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‘Mukherjea’s book is insightful and makes for easy reading.’ Financial Express
‘Books that are able to describe successful businesses through a common theme or analytical framework are rare in India. This one is an addition to that small collection.’ Money Life
‘The book does not just list the winning pack, but also traces the history of these companies and very methodically looks at various metrics to prove why they are the winners.’ Hindu Business Line
‘An insightful – and reassuring – exposition of how steady good sense can consistently beat the unsteady Sensex.’ Rama Bijapurkar, author and management consultant
‘Saurabh’s book highlights that the recipe for outstanding corporate results hinges on old-fashioned values.’ Ashoka Wadhwa, group CEO, Ambit Holdings
‘Saurabh Mukherjea describes incisively how some great Indian companies have achieved corporate success and made a great deal of money for investors along the way.’ John Kay, professor of economics, London School of Economics

About the Author

Saurabh Mukherjea is the CEO of Institutional Equities for Ambit Capital, an Indian investment bank. In 2014 and 2015, he was rated as the leading equity strategist in India by the Asiamoney polls. Mukherjea has spent most of the past decade trying to construct and implement systematic methods for analysing Indian companies in the midst of the chaos that surrounds the Indian stock market. A London School of Economics alumnus, Mukherjea is also a CFA charter holder. He lives in Mumbai with his wife and two children.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 454 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Latest edition (17 August 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670089257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670089253
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 14 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is indeed a great book for people who are businessmen, investors and management students. The case studies provided in this book are tales of how a few great leaders turned around the fortunes of their companies by taking bold steps and avoiding capital mismanagement. The book focuses on explaining how important it is to manage working capital, acquiring broader markets and developing economic moats around your products.
The case studies also explains the strategies used by great companies to maintain the Return on Capital Employed and still make acquisitions. Why should a company focus on its core business and why as you as an investor invest in such companies who have great economies.

After the Case studies, the author provides a detailed checklist for long term investors, How to build a Coffee Can Portfolio and John Kay's IBAS framework.
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This is a very well written description of the value investment model recommended by Saurabh Mukherjea of Ambit. This is a rare business book in India where the writing is lucid, coherent and logical, and the editing is pretty good too (aside from the rare typo).
Saurabh's thesis is that consistent past financial performance is a great predictor of continued future outperformance of a business - leading to outperformance of a stocks portfolio consisting of such outperforming businesses.
In a very readable fashion (I read through this book in 2 days), he is able to outline the concept of a "Coffee Can Portfolio" - i.e., a portfolio of stocks of outperforming businesses which should be left alone over 5-10 years to beat index returns hands down. He then goes on the define the right financial metrics to identify such outperforming businesses. He presents detailed backtesting data to show the returns of such an approach for portfolios beginning from 1991 onwards. And finally, he presents 7 such business profiles of companies which have frequently figured in his coffee can portfolio over the last 10 years.
I believe that while the book may be of interest to a value investor, it is of even greater value to a business strategist in identifying the approaches that have worked well in the Indian market in sectors like FMCG, banking, paints, and pipes.
You may disagree partly with the approach, or the completeness of the data presented, but it is well worth reading this book.
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Good recreation of the history of some long lasting successes in Indian business. The author goes as far back as is possible to bring to the fore common threads that make companies tick consistently over long periods of time.

A good read.
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Good compilation by Saurabh Mukherjea. Indeed the story of growth advancement of these handpicked business have created enormous wealth for stake holders. Must read. Indeed a very good and informative book.in all it shows the simple approach to the art of investing. How fur business were built from scratch in corporate India. Would be happy and eager to see another such completion from saurabh mukherjea
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The Unusual billionaires takes you through some of the most successful companies in Indian corporate history. Author selects these companies who have delivered consistent 10% sales growth and RoE/RoCE of 15% in last 10 years.

Author tries to explore the reasons why these companies attended greatness (something similar to book Good to Great). Book takes you through the entire journey of entrepreneur. It discusses what steps they took during different stages of the company and what possibly can be learnt from them.

At the end, author describes few tenets which can guide us in finding companies which can probably fit into the above list down the line. Overall excellent book to read.
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This is book where writer gave you insight of indian companies .
Though it's a selected companies they represent India's growth story!
Sourabh Mukherjea is famous for predicting last bear market and this book will also help you to notice facts about strong companies and their fundamentals .
Must read for every novice investor and classic read for everyone who is bullish on India.
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This book exactly suits to my requirement of how to understand and analyse the good businesses and identify fundamentally good stocks.

I liked the approach of saurabh.For an experienced investor it may be bit boring.
I recommended this book for all individual investors who are very serious about investing for longterm in stock market.
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Good book. Though there is hindsight bias, we can learn about 7 very well managed companies that have managed to create enduring value.
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