Three Indian companies in Forbes Asia's 2017 'Best under a Billion' list

Consumer products and services companies dominate list of the top 200 publicly-traded companies in the Asia-Pacific region

Published: Jul 27, 2017

Starting out as a newswire journalist covering beats as diverse as business, politics, entertainment, crime, civic affairs, cricket and defence, I was keen to pursue a career in print or broadcast journalism. But the emerging world of multimedia storytelling promised a fascinating future, and I changed my focus to digital media more than a decade ago. Before Forbes India, I have worked for organisations such as ANI, Money Control, Arabian Business, Yahoo India and VFS Global. I hold master's degrees in Communication Studies (University of Pune, India) and Journalism (University of Westminster, London, UK).

mg_98281_bgrtsop0m_280x210.jpgShare price  displayed at a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan
Image: Issei Kato/Reuters (For illustrative purposes only)

Three Indian companies, including fruit-pulp juice maker, Manpasand Beverages, have made it to Forbes Asia’s latest 'Best under a Billion' list of the top 200 publicly traded companies in the Asia-Pacific region.

This is less than half the number last year, when India had seven entries in the annual list, which honours companies with annual revenue between $5 million and $1 billion.

Apart from the Vadodara-headquartered Manpasand ($675 million market cap), the other two companies from India are Chennai-based cloud solutions provider, 8K Miles Software Services ($257 million market cap), and Hyderabad-based software development company, Kellton Tech Solutions ($77 million market cap).

ALSO READ:
MangoSip is aiming for a pan-India presence

Blue sky thinking: 8K Miles is riding the Cloud

From a universe of 18,000 candidates, roughly 875 passed Forbes Asia’s criteria for profitability, growth and modest indebtedness. The list has excluded companies that traded thinly, have been trading for less than a year, and those with worrisome accounting, management, ownership or legal troubles.

Those included in the final 200 have produced the highest sales and earnings per share growth for both the most recent fiscal one and three-year periods, and the strongest five-year average return on equity, Forbes Asia said in a statement on Thursday.

mg_98285_bub_table_280x210.jpg
Tim Ferguson, Editor of Forbes Asia, said: “The better showing by Japan and South Korea is heartening, but the continued scarce presence of companies from most economies of Southeast Asia should give pause to everyone there -- capital markets, entrepreneurs and those who count on future job creation.”

Click here to view the full 2017 Forbes Asia’s 'Best Under A Billion' list

Show More
Post Your Comment
Required
Required, will not be published
All comments are moderated
Who moved my office? Some popular co-working spaces in India
Why is the Snapdeal-Flipkart deal taking time? Are Kunal Bahl, Rohit Bansal against it?