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Avoid Stocks Of Holding Companies


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Historical data shows that holding company shares might not be good for minority shareholders as the market traditionally values holding companies — an entity that controls a clutch of businesses — at a discount to their book value.

ET looked at valuations of nine holding companies listed on Indian stock exchanges. Specifically, they looked at one metric: the price-to-book value ratio. Book value is the total value of a company’s assets less intangible assets (like trademark or intellectual property) and liabilities. For seven of these nine holding companies, this ratio was less than 1, indicating under-valuation. The average discount-to-book value was 40%, and ranged from 4% (EID Parry) to 93% (UB Holdings). Aditya Birla Nuvo and Tata Investment Corporation were the two exceptions (See table).  Read more of this post

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