India’s Opportunity Explained in Charts

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Successful thematic investing is not just about correctly identifying long term structural trends but also positioning yourself early to take advantage of them as they unfold. We have identified several positive structural changes occurring in India that make it a very attractive opportunity for thematic investors. This long-term opportunity drives... Show More

Sometimes You Just Need a Page

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Imagine a company that’s grown its revenue at 36% p.a. over the last 22 years simply selling underwear. What if I told you that the company has averaged a valuation of 46x since its listing back in March 2007, would you still invest in the stock? The company we are... Show More

India’s thematics are great, but is it expensive?

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Valuations provide investors with a margin-of-safety when investing. However, what appears cheap for one, may not be so cheap for another. The most commonly used measure, particularly where earnings are transparent and sustainable, is the Price-to-Earnings ratio i.e. what price am I paying for the future earnings potential of a... Show More

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The World’s Largest Biometric ID System

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India is home to the world’s largest biometric identity program. The Unique Identification Authority of India has spent seven years collecting fingerprints, iris and facial scans for over 1.167 billion enrolled citizens. The World Bank's Chief Economist, Paul Romer, described it as "the most sophisticated ID program in the world". Show More

Socially Responsible Companies in India. It’s the law.

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This may come as a surprise, but guess which country was the first to legislate social responsibility for corporations? India! Indian companies are engaged in several projects that are meaningfully impacting the lives of India’s poor and the surrounding environment. Unfortunately, you don’t hear about this in the Australian media. Show More

Think Indian companies for growth

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Growth is increasingly elusive in today’s world, particularly from companies experiencing organic top-line revenue increases. There are very few companies that can grow revenues and earnings organically from operating purely in Australia as many of their products and services are saturated domestically. So where do we find companies that are... Show More

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India is NOT the next China

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The exciting story surrounding emerging markets has been the rise of two economic powerhouses, India and China. Whilst both countries share some basic similarities, they differ in many significant ways, most importantly stock market returns. In this wire, we articulate how they differ and what investors should expect going forward. Show More

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Hi Sathyan, Dabur manufactures and distributes its products directly and indirectly (via Kirana or corner stores as it is known here). As 45% of revenue is rural, (with presence in over 40,000 villages) they are able to have such wide distribution reach through 6.3 million retail outlets across India.

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Hi Richard, There are a few options for India. Typically EM, Asia and Global Equity Funds offer between 0-30% allocation. However, for a 100% investment in India you have the choice of four actively managed funds in Australia. India is a country where active management can make a significant difference to returns achieved, given the level of inefficiency which exists typically in any emerging market. Hope this helps. Regards, Mugunthan Managing Director, India Avenue

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