“Why can’t India be the alternative market that the ailing Indian IT industry can look up to?”
This was the question that popped up during lunch time between us at
- Indian market nascent still
- Not enough big players to outsource big work
- Indian IT vendors charge US dollar rates to Indian customers
All true…but they brought up new questions….
- Why nascent?
- Why not more big players?
- Why USD rates for Indian customers?
As the discussions ensued two points came out that sort of answered the primary and secondary questions.
1. Most sectors in India are unorganized: Retail Sector,
2. Indian IT vendors play to the American stock markets: The ADRs and the NYSE listings are what drive the Indian IT companies primarily. I am not saying this is wrong but a strong growth in these stock exchanges must be reflected through a dollar growth. Growth in rupee earnings must be 50 times as much as dollar earnings to match similar feats. Keeping the market and the shareholders happy with your earnings forecasts and your quarter on quarter growth is a real need that public companies get exposed to. No prizes for guessing that the balance tilts in favor of the stronger currency. You can’t expect to show earnings in the weaker currency and keep impressing the market that runs on the stronger currency.
Certainly points that can’t be dismissed cheaply, eh?