Top 10 Biggest Pharma Companies in India


The pharmaceutical industry in India employs a hundred of thousand people and generates valuable foreign exchange. In fact, India is the largest supplier of generic medicine globally accounting for 20% of global exports.

The Indian industry also supplies around 40% of all generics in the US and over 50% of all global demand for numerous vaccines.

In the following sections, I will be talking about the leading pharmaceutical companies. In my consulting career spanning 20 years, I have helped many entrepreneurs set up pharmaceutical formulating plants, nitrogen plants, and surgical instrumentation-making centers.

Throughout my career, I have been associated with pharmaceutical companies in various capacities managing different departments of the industry. However, I started my career as an engineer fabricating and designing oxygen plants.


1.) Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd

It is the largest pharmaceutical company in India with headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra (India). The company manufactures and formulates drugs and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for Indian consumption and export as well.

Being the largest pharmaceutical company in India, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd has a got weightage of 24.09% in the Nifty Pharma Index. The pharma major has total sales of Rs 29066 Cr.

Moreover, it is the largest pharmaceutical company by market valuation and revenue.

Revenue: ₹ 34,357 Cr

ROE: 9.19 %

Sales Growth (3Yrs): 0.67 %

Promoter holding: 54.56 %

Debt to equity: 0.25

Price to book value: 2.28

The leading drug company offers drug formulations in various areas including neurology, cardiology, gastroenterology, diabetology, psychiatry, ENT, surgery, urology, etc.


2.) Aurobindo Pharma Ltd

It is the 2nd largest pharmaceutical company in India by market valuation and revenue. The company was established in 1986 by Mr. P. V. Ramprasad Reddy, Mr. K. Nityananda Reddy, and a few other committed professionals.

Aurobindo came into existence with an amazing vision for its future growth.

The company duly started its operations in 19888-89 manufacturing Semi-Synthetic Penicillin (SSP) at their unit in Pondicherry.  It generates total sales of Rs 19564 Cr.

Revenue: ₹ 28,404 Cr

ROE: 19.01 %

Sales Growth (3Yrs): 12.41 %

Promoter holding: 51.87 %

Debt to equity: 0.37

Price to book value: 1.82

It became a public company in 1992 and listed its shares on the Indian stock market in 1995. The Pondicherry-based company has established leadership in semi-synthetic penicillin.

Moreover, the pharma major has also a significant presence in segments such as antibiotics, anti-retroviral, neurosciences, cardiovascular, etc.


Lupin Pharma Company India


3.) Lupin

It is an international company making many pharmaceutical products including branded & generic formulations, specialty, and APIs.  The company generates total sales of Rs 16718Cr.

The manufacturing and operational facilities of Lupin are located in many countries including Brazil, Mexico, Japan, and India.  

Revenue: ₹ 15,300 Cr

ROE: 5.38 %

Sales Growth (3Yrs): 5.46 %

Promoter holding: 46.93 %

Debt to equity: 0.64

Price to book value: 2.17

Lupin is an important player in the pharmaceutical industry manufacturing and supplying drugs for Asthma, Cardiovascular, Diabetology, Antibiotics, and so on.


4.) Cipla

It is one of the leading pharmaceutical majors in India. The company is committed to making high-quality branded as well as generic medicines. Cipla products enjoy an excellent reputation abroad.

The company has got sales of Rs 16362 Cr.

Revenue: ₹ 19,425 Cr

ROE: 9.62 %

Sales Growth (3Yrs): 5.87 %

Promoter holding: 36.65 %

Debt to equity: 0.23

Price to book value: 2.20

Cipla is working hard to develop its market share in important markets such as South Africa, the US and UK.  


5.) Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories is an internationally reputed company based in the Indian state of Telangana, India.

It has got weightage of 17% in the Nifty Pharma Index. With total sales of over Rs  14500 Cr, it is one of the largest companies in India.

Revenue: ₹ 19,386 Cr

ROE: 13.61 %

Sales Growth (3Yrs): -0.26 %

Promoter holding: 26.76 %

Debt to equity: 0.17

Price to book value: 3.30

As one of the top ten pharmaceutical companies in India, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories manufactures and supplies its products in India and various other countries on different continents.

The company supplies active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), pharmaceutical formulations and diagnostic kits, etc.


6.) Cadila Healthcare Ltd

Zydus Cadila is a prominent pharmaceutical company in India employing hundreds of thousands of people. The company is headquartered in Ahmadabad, India.

It has got manufacturing and research facilities located in five states including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, and Sikkim. Moreover, it has got overseas facilities in the US and Brazil.

Revenue:  ₹ 15, 139 Cr.

ROE: 18.66 %

Sales Growth (3Yrs): 11.78 %

Promoter holding: 74.88 %

Debt to equity: 0.69

Price to book value: 2.55

The company has established its market in the US, Spain, and France. It has a sizable presence in Latin America and South Africa. And, it is also present in numerous other countries. The company has got total sales of Rs 6500 Cr.


7.) Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd

It is one of the most acclaimed Indian pharmaceutical companies. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals is committed to making new chemical entities (NCEs). The company is primarily engaged in the field of oncology, respiratory, and dermatology.

The company has many drugs in different stages of pre-clinical and clinical development.

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals has a significant presence not only in India but also in many other parts of the globe including the US, UK, and emerging countries. 

Revenue: ₹ 11,038 Cr.

ROE: 15.20 %

Sales Growth (3Yrs): 9.27 %

Promoter holding: 46.59 %

Debt to equity: 0.60

Price to book value: 1.27

It has got total sales of Rs 6403 Cr.  As a leading company, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals has got over 17 manufacturing facilities. With over 5 R & D centers, the company endeavors to make newer and more efficient drug formulations.


8.) Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Torrent Pharma is one of the foremost pharmaceutical companies in India. The company has got many centers for manufacturing and R&D.

It has got a significant market share in the therapeutic segment including cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and women’s healthcare. The company has got a sizeable presence in numerous countries apart from India.

Revenue: ₹ 8,061 Cr.

ROE: 12.75 %

Sales Growth (3Yrs): 4.69 %

Promoter holding: 71.25 %

Debt to equity: 0.85

Price to book value: 7.00

The company has total sales of Rs 5762 Cr. It is reputed for maintaining high standards of manufacturing and quality. The Indian major brings significant foreign earnings every year.


Alkem Laboratories Limited Pharma Company in India


9.) Alkem Laboratories Ltd

The company was established in 1973 known for manufacturing generics, generic drugs, and active pharmaceutical ingredients. It exports its products to over 60 countries.

The company has got a diversified range of pharmaceutical products with a strong all-India distribution network.

Revenue: ₹ 9,098 Cr.

ROE: 14.84 %

Sales Growth (3Yrs): 14.47 %

Promoter holding: 66.04 %

Debt to equity: 0.24

Price to book value: 5.22

Alkem Laboratories Ltd features among the top ten companies in India offering iconic brands like Clavam, Taxim, Taxim-O, etc.

It has got 19 manufacturing units in India and 2 overseas. The company has annual sales amounting to Rs 5714 Cr.


10.) Divi’s Laboratories Ltd

Divis Laboratories is a leading pharmaceutical company located in Hyderabad offering a diverse range of pharmaceutical products including APIs, intermediates, and nutraceuticals but not manufacturing oxygen gas plants.

It has many manufacturing and research centers located in different parts of the country.

Market Cap: 57,919 Cr.

ROE: 21.01 %

Sales Growth (3Yrs): 9.41 %

Promoter holding: 52.00 %

Debt to equity: 0.00

Price to book value: 8.18

The company with net sales of Rs 4880 Cr has got global footprint. It exports world-class products to different countries across the globe. However, the company primarily focuses on emerging markets.


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