The Curse of the Investor

Circa 2008

A group of investors from Ahmedabad come to Mumbai to meet an industrialist

The industrialist is at the peak of his prowess and is the toast of town

The investors tell his staff to inform him: “Hum unke pitaji ke purane mitr the. Hamara relation bees saal se upar hai. Hamein sirf aapke saath chai peena hai”

They get the reply back: “Unke pass time nahin hai. Aap chai apne aap pee lena aur paise hum se le lena”

The Investors curse: “Ek din yeh Investors se chai peene ke liye tarsege aur koi usko khada nahi rakhega”

Karma is a bitch

Loyalty Matters

But Yusuff Ali’s big break came through in 1990 amid the Gulf War.

As many packed their bags to leave the emirate, Ali decided to invest and open a “big hypermarket” in Abu Dhabi, a move that caught the attention of Sheikh Zayed, the ruler there.

“He asked me, how do you have the energy when everybody is abandoning the country,” Ali says. “I told him we are here to stay and that I learnt my business in Abu Dhabi and was not willing to run away from the problem.”

An impressed Zayed called his son, the current ruler, and told him to take care of Ali.

“That relationship continues to this date,” Ali says. “They treat me like family. Even when PM Narendra Modi was visiting, I was seated with the royal family. They treat me like their own.”

From Forbes

Ratan Tata wanted to say Tata to Tata’s Ratan

When FC Kohli, the founding chief executive of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) suffered his first cardiac attack, Ratan Tata proposed to JRD Tata that they should sell the company to IBM, reveals the statement released by the office of Cyrus P Mistry. 
 
“When one talks about vision and near death experiences, it is worth recounting a little known fact. Midway during the TCS journey to date, Mr FC Kohli was suffering from a cardiac condition. Mr Ratan Tata was then heading Tata Industries’ joint venture with IBM and approached Mr JRD Tata with a proposal from IBM to buyout TCS. Mr JRD Tata refused to discuss the deal because Mr FC Kohli was still recovering in the hospital from his setback. On his return, Mr Kohli assured JRD that TCS had a bright future and the group should not sell the company. JRD Tata turned down the offer, demonstrating true vision. But, it was also a near death experience for TCS at the hands of Mr Ratan Tata,” the statement says.-from MoneyLife

Why never buy a Tata Company

I remember being asked after I had completed a valuation of Tata Motors a few years ago whether I would buy its stock and shocking my audience by saying that I would never buy a Tata company for my portfolio.

When pushed for my rationale, I said that buying a family group company is like getting married and having your entire set of in-laws move into the bedroom with you;

in investment terms, if I invest in Tata Motors, I will (unwillingly) also be investing in many other Tata Group companies, because about 30-40% of the value of Tata Motors comes from its holdings in other Tata companies.

wrote Aswath Damodaran,Professor of Finance,New York University