Deliver Your News to the World Presents "Twenty Six Blue-Chip Companies in India" -- An Exclusive Feature by Well Known Market Analyst Dr. Udaylal Pai


POINT ROBERTS, WA -- 11/10/2004 --, a global investor portal about the Indian stock and investing sector, is pleased to provide investors an exclusive report on India’s Stock Markets. The article features twenty-six Indian blue-chip companies, with a brief overview of each. The report was prepared by Dr.Udaylal Pai, a journalist, market analyst, and author, with twenty years of experience in covering business issues in India for international publications.

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Report Excerpt: “Twenty six blue-chip companies in India.”

Hero Honda -- Racing Ahead

(HHML), the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world, is a joint venture promoted by Hero Cycles (P) Limited and Honda Motor Company of Japan. The company is the market leader in the motorcycle segment with a 44% market share in FY03 (50% in FY02). The company is also the largest producer of motorcycles among all Honda companies in the world. Splendor is the single largest selling two-wheeler model worldwide. Hero Honda’s main characteristics are its four-stroke engine technology; fuel efficiency and low exhaust pollution levels. It exports to around 31 countries including Sri Lanka, Africa, west Asia, Bermuda, Zaire, and Paraguay.

The Indian two wheeler sector is the largest in terms of volumes (70%) among all the segments in the automobile industry. The segment can be further categorized into three main sub-segments -- scooters, motorcycles and mopeds. With strong brand equity of its fuel-efficient vehicles, a wide range of motorcycles, and backing of the global leader Honda, HHML is well placed in the sector.

Asian Paints -- Painting the world red

Asian Paints are the market leader in India’s paint industry with a commanding market share of about 39% in the organized segment. It is among the top ten players in the decorative segment in the world! Asian Paints has also undertaken overseas acquisitions which has transformed it into India’s premier multi-national paint company.

Apart from the domestic market, the company has expanded its presence in the international arena through acquisitions in the recent past (operates in about 22 countries). On a consolidated basis, 73% of revenues comes from domestic paints markets, 21% comes from international business and remaining 7% from chemicals business.

Asian Paints is positioned to benefit from the housing construction boom in the country. The company has presence in both Decorative and Industrial Coating segment of the Paint business. Both this segment constitutes 92% of the topline of APIL.

BPCL -- Leading player in Gas

Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) has made rapid strides and emerged as one of India’s leading petroleum majors alongside its public sector units.

(PSU) peers such as HPCL and IOCL. The company’s current refining capacity stands at 8.5 MTPA and is expected to increase to 12 MTPA by FY05. Its two subsidiaries Numaligarh and Kochi Refinery increase the combined capacity to 19 MTPA. BPCL`s network includes 4,850 retail outlets and 1,800 LPG distributors. It plans to enter exploration in next three years and is known for its pro-activeness.

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