India's Top 500 Companies 2016

India's Top 500 Companies 2016



Dun & Bradstreet India is pleased to present the 2016 edition of its premier publication 'India's Top 500 Companies. The issue, which made its debut in 1997, is a ready reference tool on top companies of corporate India across more than 50 sectors with valuable insights on their business operations and financial performance.

The publication 'India's Top 500 Companies 2016' continues with the customary approach of profiling companies that are ranked on total income, net profit, and net worth among other key financial indicators. Further, the edition also includes a financial comparison of companies classified under their respective sectors. The 'Insights' section is based primarily on in-depth analysis of the aggregate financial performance of these companies for the past five years (including FY15) and the first three quarters of FY16. Views of industry veterans on opportunities and growth drivers about their respective sectors and the future plans have been encapsulated in the 'Expert's View' section.


India's Top 500 Companies are a reflection of the Indian economy in the true sense. Public sector enterprises are today considered to be the pillars of critical sectors such as oil & gas, coal, power etc. Their importance can be underscored by the fact that public sector enterprises, which account for 14% of the universe of Top 500 Companies, contribute to approximately 40% of the aggregate total income and profit and around one-thirds of the aggregate market cap. The publication also highlights the gradual shift of the Indian economy from manufacturing to the services sector wherein banking and software sectors have today emerged to be the growth drivers of the economy. To continue among the fastest growing economies of the world, India needs to show sustainable growth for which the role of consistent performers becomes critical. Noteworthy is the fact that 147 companies have consistently featured in all the editions of India?s Top 500 Companies and have recorded a CAGR of 16% in market capitalization, 14% in income and 13% in profit between 1997 and 2016 editions ? a testimony indicating that stable performance is the key to success in the long run, especially in a dynamic business environment.

The Indian economy continued to demonstrate resilience in the face of a tepid global recovery. The real GVA at basic prices registered a growth of nearly 7.1% in FY15. Battling sluggish demand and tight liquidity conditions, the aggregate income and profit of India's Top 500 Companies grew by 3% and 5% respectively in FY15. The growth prospects of the Indian economy for the year 2016-17 would be highly dependent on domestic drivers of growth. We are moving in the right direction with improvement in macro-economic conditions and softening interest rates expected to improve the business sentiment in FY17. In this context, the role of India's Top 500 Companies will be clearly accentuated to lead India to greater heights in the days to come.

I hope you enjoy reading this issue of 'India's Top 500 Companies 2016' and look forward to your comments and suggestions.

Kaushal Sampat
President & Managing Director - India
Dun & Bradstreet