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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 03:29:04 PM IST
Updated: Jul 27, 2017 03:45:53 PM IST

Three Indian companies in Forbes Asia's 2017 'Best under a Billion' listShare price  displayed at a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan
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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).

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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.

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

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