CAGR Insights – 07 Mar 2024

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A leveraged buyout (LBO) is a financial transaction where a company is acquired using a significant amount of borrowed funds, typically with the target company’s assets serving as collateral. Private equity firms often employ LBOs to take over companies, aiming to improve their financial performance and ultimately sell them at a profit. The acquired company’s cash flow is used to repay the debt, with the expectation that operational improvements will enhance its value. 

Example – Acquisition of Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) by private equity firm KKR & Co. Inc. in 2019. KKR initiated an LBO to take CCD private, leveraging debt financing to acquire a controlling stake in the coffee chain. The transaction aimed to restructure CCD’s operations and improve its profitability amid challenging market conditions.

Here’s the list of curated readings for you this week:

Personal Finance

  • Exploring the Downside of Being Smart – Exploring the potential pitfalls of high intelligence, it can lead to self-deception, difficulty in accepting alternative perspectives, and resistance to change, posing challenges in evolving fields and hindering personal growth. Read here.

  • Strategies for Informed Investing – Navigating through cognitive biases in investing requires recognizing, understanding, and implementing strategies to mitigate their impact for more informed decision-making and rational outcomes. Read here.

  • A Tale of Innovation, Rivalry, and Hubris – The rise and fall of Adam Osborne and his groundbreaking Osborne 1 portable computer, highlighting his innovative approach to software bundling and aggressive marketing tactics, ultimately leading to rapid success followed by a dramatic downfall. Read here.


  • Bond Index Inclusion – Bloomberg announces the inclusion of India Fully Accessible Route (FAR) bonds in the Bloomberg Emerging Market Local Currency Government Index, gradually phased in over a ten-month period starting January 31, 2025. Read here.

  • Striking a Balance – Apple’s decision to end Project Titan reflects the importance for companies to balance innovation with pragmatism, knowing when to walk away from unsuccessful ventures. Read here.

  • Finding Alpha in the Arena – The author identifies valuation-agnostic trading strategies, particularly pod shops, as the new enemy to be exploited in the market. Read here.

  • Decoding Indus Valley – Delve into the 2023 Indus Valley Report for a comprehensive exploration of India’s startup ecosystem, revealing unique innovations, challenges, and the country’s emergence as a global economic player. Read here.

  • A Strategic Victory Amidst Rating Agency Setbacks – India’s successful engagement with global bond and equity index agencies has boosted its market weight and protected FPI funds, despite ongoing challenges with sovereign credit ratings. Read here.

  • Narratives Follow Prices – The power of dominant narratives in financial markets, drawing parallels with historical speculative manias and highlighting the transformative yet unpredictable nature of industries. Read here.

  • Interpreting Market Conditions – Ray Dalio suggests that after assessing market conditions; recent readings suggest that while US equities, including the ‘Magnificent 7’, have rallied significantly, they do not appear to be in a full-on bubble. Read here.


  • Understanding India’s Youth – Exploring the interplay between learning and career decisions among India’s youth reveals complex socio-economic influences. Addressing these factors could foster more inclusive, diverse, and financially sustainable career pathways for India’s next generation. Read here.

  • India’s Allure: Fact, Fiction, or A Story for Redemption? – Foreign investors are increasingly focusing on promoting India’s growth story to compensate for difficulties raising funds for China amidst redemptions, despite concerns over valuation and slowing economic momentum. Read here.


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