- 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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‘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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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.
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.
A good read.
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.
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.
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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The book is good.Must read it.The poet group had done very nice work.Published 14 days ago by Prakhar
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Good book. Value for money
In this book having Value ingesting stocks....
Good book for value investors who want to invest in safe bets and are looking for performing companies which can give assured returns. You learn how to value pick such companies.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
The way to analyze a company was pretty well defined. He even backs fundamental analysis and advantages of long term holding.Published 1 month ago by Srikar
Each company has been analyzed exhaustively
This is more of a business strategy book than investment guide as the title projects
Good research by an Indian. Quality of Book is quite good and matter inside is authentic with so many charts, sheets and real life examples.Published 1 month ago by Rakesh