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Construction & infra firms among biggest wealth destroyers in past 20 years

They first reported a surge in stock prices and then all went downhill

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Analysts attribute their poor show to their high debt, poor return on capital

Krishna Kant Mumbai
Companies in the construction and infrastructure sector have been among the biggest underperformers and wealth destroyers in the stock market in the past 20 years. The sector has also seen a wave of corporate failures and bankruptcies, making it tough for retail or non-promoter shareholders to make money on their investments.

The numbers suggest that companies in the infrastructure sector go through a typical boom-and-bust cycle. First, there is a sharp rally in the share price as companies report rapid growth in revenues and profits, but then earnings growth loses steam, triggering a big sell-off in these stocks and a further

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First Published: Jan 30 2023 | 9:44 PM IST

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