Dun & Bradstreet – Manapurram Finance Corporate Awards 2014

Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), the world’s leading provider of global business information, knowledge and insight, today announced and presented the ‘ Dun & Bradstreet – Manapurram Finance Limited Corporate Awards 2014 ’ in Mumbai.

The occasion also marked the launch of the fourteenth edition of Dun & Bradstreet India’s premium publication,‘India’s Top 500 Companies 2014’ by Chief Guest, Dr. Arun Shourie, while Mr. V. P. Nandakumar, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Manappuram Finance Limited, Dr. Alok Bharadwaj, Executive Vice President, Canon IndiaDr. M. R. Rao, Provost, Woxsen School of Business and Mr. Binod Singh,President, CEO & Member of the Board, Ilantus Technologies Private Limited delivered the address at the event.

Dun & Bradstreet felicitates 50 of India’s leading corporate names and top performers across sectors

Winners of the D&B – Manappuram Finance Limited Corporate Awards 2014
Top 500 2014 Award Winner
Agro Chemicals
UPL Limited
Auto Components
Motherson Sumi Systems Limited
Automobile - Two Wheelers
Bajaj Auto Limited
Mahindra & Mahindra Limited
HDFC Bank Limited
Exide Industries Limited
SKF India Limited
UltraTech Cement Limited
Pidilite Industries Limited
ITC Limited
Computing and Telecom products
Redington (India) Limited
Construction - Infrastructure Development
Reliance Infrastructure Limited
Consumer Durables / Domestic Appliances
TTK Prestige Limited
Electrical and Electronic Equipments
Havells India Limited
Engineering / Capital Goods
Larsen & Toubro Ltd.
Tata Chemicals Limited
FIs / NBFCs / Financial Services
Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited
Hindustan Unilever Limited
Food and Agro Processing
Kwality Limited
Bata India Limited
Gas - Processing, Transmission and Marketing
GAIL (India) Limited
Gems and Jewellery
Titan Company Limited
Glass and Ceramics
Kajaria Ceramics Limited
Graphite and Electrodes
Graphite India Limited
The Indian Hotels Company Limited
Iron and Steel
Tata Steel Limited
United Spirits Limited
NMDC Limited
Non-Ferrous Metals
Hindustan Zinc Limited
Oil - Refining and Marketing
Reliance Industries Limited
Oil & Gas Exploration
Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited
Asian Paints Limited
Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited
Petrochemicals and Polymers
Supreme Petrochem Limited
Lupin Limited
Plastic and Plastic Products
Supreme Industries Limited
Greenply Industries Limited
NTPC Limited
Power Equipments
Crompton Greaves Limited
Real Estate
Prestige Estates Projects Limited
Future Retail Limited
The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited
Software and ITeS
Tata Consultancy Services Limited
Specialty Oils and Lubricants
Castrol India Limited
Balrampur Chini Mills Limited
Telecom Services
Bharti Airtel Limited
Grasim Industries Limited
Adani Enterprises Limited
Transport and Logistics
Container Corporation Of India Limited
MRF Limited

Some Key highlights:

  • Market capitalization of Top 500 companies increased by 4% in FY13, with 257 companies seeing a drop in average market cap of ` 3.8 trillion in FY13 whereas 237 companies registered an increase of ` 5.4 trillion.

  • With sluggish demand, top-line growth for the Top 500 decelerated from 24.6% in previous edition during FY12 to 10.6% in FY13 while bottom-line growth decelerated from 7.30% to 5.2% for the same period. Total income to GDP ratio at current market prices stood at 50% in FY13.

  • On an aggregate basis, overall expenses (excluding taxes) of Top 500 companies registered y-o-y growth of 11.4% in FY13. Increase in import bills of inputs such as coal and elevated crude oil prices led to y-o-y increase in raw material expenses of 9% in FY13 whereas finance costs have increased by a significant 20.3% y-o-y in FY13.

  • High inflation and interest costs and weakening rupee impacting commodity prices dented profit margins. Despite decline in NPM, Top 500 companies increased dividend payout to shareholders from 27% in FY12 to 30% in FY13, since confidence in investments declined amid challenging economic environment.

  • Private companies scored in profit growth, but PSUs paid more dividends. Profits of private companies in FY13 increased by 7.4% y-o-y whereas for PSUs it increased by 2.1% y-o-y. PSUs recorded 18.8% growth in dividends outpacing their private counterparts who registered 16.4%.

  • Top-line growth of Top 500 companies moderated to 8.2% compared with 9M FY13, reflecting weak business confidence during 9M FY14. Further, bottom-line growth decelerated at 1.4% during 9M FY14 compared with 12.9% during 9M FY13.

  • Aggregate expenditure of Top 500 companies during 9M FY14 decelerated to 8.1% from 12.1% during 9M FY13. Raw material expenses saw decelerated growth of 3.3% in FY14 compared with 10.7% in FY13 and interest costs saw 12.7% growth in FY14 against 22.5% growth in FY13.

The occasion also marked the launch of the fourteenth edition of Dun & Bradstreet India’s premium publication, ‘India’s Top 500 Companies 2014’ by Chief Guest, Dr. Arun Shourie, while Mr. V. P. Nandakumar, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Manappuram Finance Limited, Dr. Alok Bharadwaj, Executive Vice President, Canon India, Dr. M. R. Rao, Provost, Woxsen School of Business and Mr. Binod Singh, President, CEO & Member of the Board, Ilantus Technologies Private Limited delivered the address at the event.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Mr. Kaushal Sampat, President & CEO – India, Dun & Bradstreet said “Despite subdued consumption demand and inflationary pressures that persisted during FY14, the Top 500 Companies managed to show modest 8% growth in their top line earnings during first nine months of FY14 as compared to the same period previous year. On the profitability front, margins declined marginally from 7.5% during 9M FY13 to 7% during 9M FY14. On the back of policy initiatives expected from the new government, we expect revival in the domestic economy in FY15, albeit at a slower pace, as measures to boost business confidence will take time to fructify. For FY15, D&B expects the GDP to grow by 5.5%.”

Giving further insights into the Top 500 series, he added, “There are 375 companies that are common between the 2009 and 2014 editions, i.e., these are the consistent performers who have continued to remain in the list of Top 500 Companies for all five years. In fact, 37 of these 375 companies have grown from small to mid-cap or mid-cap to large categories, truly a commendable achievement in these challenging times.” he added
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. V.P. Nandakumar, MD & CEO of Manappuram Finance Limited, said, “Manappuram is honoured to partner with Dun & Bradstreet for this prestigious event. I take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners of the D&B Manappuram Finance Ltd. Corporate Awards for 2014 and also those companies who have made it to ‘India’s Top 500 Companies 2014’”.

About the ‘Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards 2014’
The ‘Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards 2014’ seeks to recognize and felicitate corporate India’s leading companies from various sectors. The Awards event is closely tied to the publication, India’s Top 500 Companies 2014. Therefore, the base universe of the companies considered for the Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards 2014 comprised of the Top 500 companies of India as covered under the publication.

The awards methodology was applied to this list of Top 500 companies, duly classified in their respective sectors. D&B India developed a proprietary financial model for identifying the top companies in each sector. The model is based on the premise of recognising the twin virtues of size and growth of the companies while awarding them. The analyst team identified pertinent financial parameters to fulfil this premise and assigned weights to them. 
Winners were chosen on the basis of a composite score of these weighted parameters. The parameters considered for ranking the companies include - total income, net profit, net worth, net profit margin, return on net worth, average market capitalisation for FY13, growth in total income and growth in net profit.

About ‘India’s Top 500 Companies 2014’
Over the past decade, Dun & Bradstreet India (D&B India) has endeavoured to provide top Indian companies a global platform through its acclaimed publication, ‘India’s Top 500 Companies’. The publication profiles India’s most well - respected and high performing companies on the basis of various financial parameters. The 2014 edition is the 14th edition of the publication.

The criteria for ranking used in the D&B’s publication ‘India’s Top 500 Companies 2014’ are total income, net profit and net worth. It includes both private sector companies as well as public sector enterprises (PSEs) that are listed on stock exchanges. The companies were short listed on the basis of their market capitalisation on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange, India’s two main stock exchanges. 

The companies in the publication have been classified on a sectoral basis. The sectoral classification is based on segmental revenue – a company should generate at least 35% of its revenues from a particular sector in order to be classified under that sector. Within each sector, the companies have been further ranked based on total income. The ‘Others’ category includes companies which are the only ones present in a particular sector; whereas companies operating in more than one segment which individually does not contribute to more than 35% are classified under the ‘Diversified’ category.

About Dun & Bradstreet (D&B):
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