Microsoft Overtakes Apple to Become World’s Most Intangible Company

  • With an intangible asset value of nearly $2 trillion, Microsoft becomes world’s most intangible company, overtaking Apple, Saudi Aramco, and Amazon, as Microsoft Teams keeps global economy running through COVID-19 lockdowns.
  • Corporates booming – global intangible value has grown by nearly a quarter over past two years of pandemic, from $61 trillion in 2019 to $74 trillion in 2021
  • Over past 25 years, intangibles have seen astronomical growth – increasing 1145% from estimated $6 trillion in 1996. At this historic rate of change, global intangibles could be worth $1 quadrillion by 2050.
  • Brand Finance and International Valuation Standards Council call for more comprehensive reporting of intangible asset value to facilitate investor understanding and economic recovery post-COVID

Every year, the Brand Finance Global Intangible Finance Tracker (GIFT™) report ranks the world’s largest companies by intangible asset value.

This year’s number one company in terms of total estimated intangible value is Microsoft (US$1.90 trillion), which has jumped from 4th position in 2020 to overtake Apple (US$1.87 trillion), Saudi Aramco (US$1.64 trillion), and Amazon (US$1.47 trillion). Microsoft Teams has become embedded into business life for global organisations, once again proving the value of Microsoft’s ability to innovate and roll-out at scale. Microsoft is investing heavily in its business suite solutions. Although Apple is the more valuable company by approximately $200 billion, Microsoft is estimated to have more intangible value with its portfolio of brands and business operations.

Intangible assets are identifiable, non-monetary assets without physical substance. Intangible assets can be grouped into three broad categories – rights (including leases, agreements, contracts), relationships (including a trained workforce), and intellectual property (including brands, patents, copyrights).

Intangible assets boom during COVID-19 pandemic

Over the past year in particular, global intangible asset value has grown faster than usual, and at $74 trillion it exceeds pre-pandemic levels by nearly a quarter, having increased 23% compared to $61 trillion in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated even further the importance of people, innovation, reputation, and brand for businesses all around the world. Intangible assets are now unequivocally a boardroom priority.

Increases through the pandemic were primarily fuelled by the growth of the world’s largest organisations which were resilient to investor uncertainty due to their scale and their focus on technologies which we continued to rely on through lockdowns. This year, growth has been driven by China and the USA, with several industries recovering from the downturn in 2020.

In times of crisis, brands – especially those most valuable and strongest in their categories and markets – become a safe haven for capital. Like gold or fine art during past economic downturns, nowadays well-managed, innovative, and reputable brands are what the global economy turns to in the hour of need. There can be no better evidence for why brands matter than the role they have already played and will continue to play in the post-COVID recovery.

David Haigh, Chairman & CEO, Brand Finance

Global intangible value grows by over 1000% in 25 years

25 years ago – when Brand Finance was established – global intangible assets were worth only an estimated $6 trillion, less than a tenth of the same value today. As of September 2021, global intangible assets are worth over $74 trillion. This is a 1145% growth over 25 years – approximately 11% per annum.

It is a pivotal moment in financial reporting for intangibles. Total estimated intangible value has grown by over 1000% in the past 25 years. At the same rate, total global intangible value could stand at over $1 quadrillion by 2050 (that is $1,000,000,000,000,000). As investors grapple with balancing various issues such as Climate Change and ESG over the coming years, it is essential that the data they need to understand these vast sums is readily available.

Annie Brown, Associate, Brand Finance

Internally generated intangibles should be recognised in financial reports

The majority of intangible assets are not recognised, due to the limitations set by the financial reporting rules, which state that internally generated intangible assets such as brands cannot be disclosed in a company balance sheet.

Investors should not be deprived of this critical information. Intangible assets such as strong, valuable brands and innovative technology can be the differentiators that drive a $2 billion company to $2 trillion in 25 years – as witnessed with Apple. This information vacuum for investors is part of the reason why Brand Finance endeavours to estimate the extent of “undisclosed intangible value” in our GIFT™ study each year.

David Haigh, Chairman & CEO, Brand Finance Plc

To truly aid investors and provide them with useful information, we believe management should be allowed and required to:

  1. Identify the key intangibles of the entire business – both internally generated and acquired.
  2. Provide an opinion on the value of those intangibles in the notes to the financial statements.
  3. Provide an opinion of the overall business value at the reporting date, to help investors to understand whether or not their capital is allocated efficiently.

Despite the importance of intangible assets to the capital markets, only a small percentage are recognised on balance sheets, typically via acquisition from a third-party transaction. The pandemic has further exacerbated the disparity between market values and book values for those industries most reliant on brands, technology, and human capital for value creation. The IVSC supports Brand Finance, and all others, that look to make progress on this most critical issue.

Kevin Prall, Technical Director, International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC)

Garmin announces first quarter results

Company reports strong double-digit revenue and operating income growth

Schaffhausen, Switzerland / April 28, 2021/ Business Wire – Garmin® Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced results for the first quarter ended March 27, 2021.

Highlights for first quarter 2021 include:

  • Total revenue of $1.07 billion, a 25% increase over the prior year quarter led by double-digit growth in the fitness, outdoor, marine and auto segments
  • Gross margin improved to 59.8% compared to 59.2% in the prior year quarter
  • Operating margin improved to 23.3% compared to 20.7% in the prior year quarter
  • Operating income of $250 million, a 41% increase over the prior year quarter
  • GAAP EPS was $1.14 and pro forma EPS(1) was $1.18, representing 30% growth in pro forma EPS over the prior year quarter
  • Launched Lily™, our smallest and most fashionable smartwatch
  • Expanded our market reach to serve endurance athletes with the launch of EnduroTM
  • Entered the powersports market with an all-new assortment of products including the rugged Tread™ power sport navigator, the PowerSwitch digital switching system and the BC 40 wireless camera
  • Garmin Autoland named a 2020 finalist for the esteemed Robert J. Collier Trophy




Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has delivered the highest-ever first quarter sales results in the marque’s 116-year history in the first three months of 2021. Between 1 January and 31 March, the company delivered 1,380 motor cars to customers, up 62% on the same period in 2020 and surpassing the previous first quarter record set in 2019. Sales growth was seen in all markets, with the strongest in China, US and Asia Pacific.

  • Rolls-Royce reports record first quarter sales, up 62% on the same period in 2020
  • Total exceeds previous record set in 2019 and is the highest in the marque’s 116-year history
  • Sales growth was seen in all markets, with the strongest in China, US and Asia Pacific
  • High demand for all models, particularly new Ghost and Cullinan, with order books extending well into the second half of 2021; Bespoke commissions also at record levels
  • Company ‘optimistic’ for remainder of 2021


“Rolls-Royce Motor Cars made a strong start to 2021, reflected today in our first quarter sales figures, which are the highest in our 116-year history. With robust order books across our product range, particularly for the new Ghost and Cullinan, sales growing in key markets and Bespoke commissions running at record levels, our business is in excellent shape. We have every reason to be optimistic for the remainder of 2021.”

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has delivered the highest-ever first quarter sales results in the marque’s 116-year history in the first three months of 2021.
Between 1 January and 31 March, the company delivered 1,380 motor cars to customers, up 62% on the same period in 2020 and surpassing the previous first quarter record set in 2019. Sales growth was seen in all markets, with the strongest in China, US and Asia Pacific.

Demand for all Rolls-Royce models is extremely buoyant, particularly the new Ghost launched in 2020, and the superluxury SUV, Cullinan, with order books extending well into the second half of 2021.

Ghost and Cullinan

Rolls-Royce Ghost and Cullinan

Bespoke commissions remain at the record levels seen in 2020, with a number of outstanding individual examples already delivered this year, including the Koa Phantom and Iridescent Opulence Phantom. All 20 of the Phantom Tempus Collection cars have been allocated to customers worldwide.

Reflecting on the results, Müller-Ötvös said, “We’ve responded to recent challenges with our customary boldness, imagination and inventiveness, underpinned by meticulous planning and a relentless focus on our customers’ needs and requirements. Every member of our extraordinary team, at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood and across the globe, has been crucial to delivering these remarkable results; their skills, talents, commitment and enthusiasm make us who we are.”

Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board, Porsche AG and Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Executive Board, Finance and IT

Porsche achieves sustainable growth in 2020 financial year

Stuttgart. Porsche AG set a new revenue record in the 2020 financial year: its value grew to 28.7 billion euros, surpassing the previous year’s figure by more than 100 million euros. The operating result is 4.2 billion euros. The previous year it was 4.4 billion euros before special items and 3.9 billion euros after. The return on sales was 14.6 percent in 2020, within the strategic target corridor despite the tense economic situation. The strong figures from 2019 were thus only barely missed, despite a temporary shutdown of production. In total, Porsche delivered more than 272,000 vehicles to customers worldwide. This is just three percent less than the previous best year, 2019. The profit before tax was 4.4 billion euros, an increase on 2019.

“The financial year 2020 was successful for Porsche – despite challenging circumstances,” emphasises Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “There are four reasons for this: our attractive product range, convincing electric models, our brand’s innovative strength and the determination with which we approached our crisis management. More than 20,000 units were delivered of the Taycan, the first all-electric Porsche sports car. This makes it the most successful electric sports car in its class. More than 50 international awards attest to this. Among other things, the Taycan was named the ‘world’s most innovative car’. Porsche stands for a robust core business, sustainable action, social responsibility and innovative technologies.”

“We’re very proud of our business figures,” says Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Executive Board for Finance and IT of Porsche AG. “Despite the numerous challenges, we achieved our strategic target corridor with an operational return on sales of 14.6 percent.”

According to Lutz Meschke, the fact that such record figures were achieved despite the difficult global situation was made possible by a very swiftly established cost and liquidity management system. “Our top priority in the crisis was liquidity. We needed to reduce all costs that were not absolutely necessary.” At no stage did Porsche lose sight of its long-term strategic direction. “We didn’t scrimp at all when it comes to the future topics. We continue to proceed at full speed on transformation, digitalisation and electrification. Attempting to economise in these areas will very quickly result in a loss of competitiveness. Our cost and liquidity management provided a benchmark. We protected our business so we can get going again at full steam once the crisis ends.”

Honing of the profitability programme

With this in mind, Porsche once again honed its ambitious “Profitability Programme 2025”. “Our new goal is to support our result cumulatively by 10 billion euros by 2025, and by 3 billion euros per year after that,” says Lutz Meschke. “The most important thing about our profitability programme is that it’s not just a savings plan, it’s also a programme of innovation. It’s not about cutting costs. It’s about intelligently optimising all of our processes and developing new business ideas.” In a difficult market environment, Porsche has kept the number of employees constant at around 36,000. “No employee needs to be concerned. We concluded a job security agreement that guarantees the jobs of our core workforce until 2030,” says Lutz Meschke. “We’re not cutting any jobs or getting rid of any subsidiaries. On the contrary, we’re investing in our employees and in our future. This is paying off: Porsche increased its efficiency further and lowered its profit threshold. From this position we want to achieve our strategic goal of an operational return on sales of 15 percent in 2021 as well, despite the difficult economic situation.” As in the previous years, Porsche shared the company’s bounty with the workforce. For 2020, the voluntary bonus is 7850 euros.

Porsche targeting a CO₂-neutral balance sheet for 2030

In the face of continuing climate change, Porsche AG set itself another ambitious target: “Sustainability is an important part of our Strategy 2030 – holistically: economically, ecologically and socially,” says Oliver Blume. “We launched a comprehensive decarbonisation programme with a firm target in mind: Porsche wants to have a CO₂-neutral balance sheet throughout the entire value chain by 2030. We will achieve this by systematically avoiding and reducing CO₂ emissions. All of the major sites like Zuffenhausen, Weissach and Leipzig have been CO₂-neutral since 2021. We’ve earmarked more than a billion euros for decarbonisation over the next 10 years. We’ve reached the first milestone: the Taycan Cross Turismo, which had its world premiere at the beginning of March, is the first vehicle that will be CO₂-neutral throughout the use phase.”

In 2020, a third of all Porsche vehicles delivered in Europe were fully or partially electric; worldwide it was 17 percent. In 2025, half of all new Porsche vehicles sold will have an electric motor; in 2030, more than 80 percent of the new vehicles will be electric.

For Porsche, socially responsible action also comes under the umbrella of sustainable management. In keeping with this, the company launched its “Porsche helps” programme during the pandemic. It saw countless employees give their time or money to charitable projects. To mitigate the effects of the pandemic, Porsche topped up its donations by 5 million euros, while food donations to the Tafel organisations were doubled.

Robust delivery performance

When it comes to deliveries, Porsche benefited from its strong global positioning. The number of sports cars delivered to customers remained largely stable. The greatest demand was for the Cayenne, with 92,860 units delivered. This is an increase of one percent compared with the previous year. A total of 20,015 units of the Taycan were delivered in 2020 – despite the six-week production shutdown in spring that coincided with the start of production of the new model as well as numerous market premieres. China remains the largest single market: Porsche delivered 88,968 vehicles to Chinese customers in 2020 – an increase of three percent compared with 2019. The Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions also continued to show positive growth overall, with 121,641 vehicles delivered there in 2020. This was a four percent increase compared with the same period in the previous year. Porsche delivered a total of 80,892 vehicles in Europe. In America, this number was 69,629.

Movistar, Telefónica, Yoigo and Cellnex, the Spanish companies that were already in the ranking

Euskaltel enters the Brand Finance ranking of the world’s most valuable telecommunications brands

  • The Spanish presence in the sectorial ranking of telecommunications brand value increases. Euskaltel joins Movistar, Telefónica, Yoigo and Cellnex among the most valuable brands in the world.
  • The two brands of the Telefónica Group, Movistar and Telefónica, decrease in value and brand strength but continue to be the first among the Spanish ones.
  • Yoigo is the only Spanish in the ranking that increases both in value (20.1%) and in brand strength (+4 points). Cellnex is the one with the greatest increase in brand value (28.4%).
  • The 150 brands in the sector have lost a cumulative 68 billion in brand value compared to 2020.
  • Verizon extends lead ahead of AT&T as the world’s most valuable telecommunications brand, brand value increased 2% to 58.6 billion euros.
  • Jio shines as the strongest and fastest growing in the world on the Brand Strength Index (BSI) with a score of 91.7 out of 100.

Access the full Brand Finance Telecoms 150 report here.

Madrid, February 23, 2021.- Euskaltel is already among the most valuable Spanish telecommunications companies in the world according to the report that assesses the 150 most valuable international brands in the sector, Telecoms 150 2021 from Brand Finance , the leading independent consultancy in valuation of intangibles whose rankings comply with the ISO 10668 and ISO 20671 of valuation and evaluation of brands respectively and that contributes with its brand value database to create one of the indicators of the UN Global Innovation Index (GII) . The American Verizon leads the brand value ranking with a value of 58.6 billion euros, + 2% compared to 2020.

With the Euskaltel Euskadi team back in “LaVuelta” after 8 years and results 24.5% higher than 2020 despite the coronavirus year, the Euskaltel brand is living a good brand trajectory, so much so that this year it has managed to enter the list of the most valuable in the world in a sector as competitive and internationally atomized as telecommunications. This year it has distributed a dividend of 25 million among its shareholders. According to the company, this would be the fifth consecutive year that it has managed to do so since it went public in 2015. In addition, it has signed a brand license agreement with the Virgin Group to use the Virgin brand ,one of the most recognized and respected brands in the world, in Spain and thus promote its national expansion strategy. The Virgin brand will coexist with the Group’s three established brands (Euskaltel, Telecable and R), which will continue to provide leading services in each of their respective regions. Euskaltel believes that the combination of its strong regional brands with the Virgin brand, which it will use at the national level, will provide excellent growth opportunities.

Teresa de Lemus , Managing Director of Brand Finance Spain : “Despite the isolation mitigated by calls and the increase in content consumption, the most valuable Spanish telecommunications brands have gone from a brand value of 11.0 billion euros to a value total mark 9.1 in one year¨

Brand value
Mark Brand Value Ranking 2021 Brand Value Ranking 2020 Variation in Brand Value Ranking Brand Value Variation
Movistar 17 13 -4 -22.7%
Telephone 68 64 -4 -20.4%
Yoigo 115 131 16 20.1%
Cellnex Telecom 123 144 twenty-one 28.4%
Euskaltel 145 New 12.9%

Telefónica and Movistar, both brands of the Telefónica group, this year were hard hit by COVID-19, and this has been reflected in the value and brand strength of both firms. Both companies, the most valuable telecommunications companies in Spain, fell 4 places in the sector ranking to 68 and 17 respectively. Despite continuing to be the first Spanish to appear in the ranking (they are still among the first 100 in positions 17 – Movistar- and 68 -Telefónica- in terms of brand value) both companies have decreased their value by more than 20% ( -22.7% Movistar and -20.4% Telefónica).

The outlook for the group in the coming years is not very encouraging according to our analysts and the group is expected to experience lower growth in the next period. Despite the challenging environment, Telefónica remained at the forefront of developments in the sector. Its 5G network was activated with the goal of achieving 75% coverage by the end of the year in line with the brand’s message of “reaching as many households as possible.” Telefónica has suffered a setback in the field of play when the regulatory body, CNMC, has just ruled that the Spanish operator, the owner of the rights, will continue to be obliged to share them with its rivals, Orange between them, whether they want to or not, until 2023. They also launched “Movistar Salud” and performance improvements were implemented for “Movistar Prosegur Alarmas”.

Both Yoigo and Cellnex are among the 10 brands that have grown the most in brand value. The significant expansion of the Cellnex Group’s geographic footprint (Portugal, France, the UK and Poland) is the main reason for the firm’s rapid revenue growth despite the rumors of a possible merger with American Towers . Yoigo, for its part, has seen its brand value increase thanks to the increase in the income of the Masmóvil Group , of which it is part.

Teresa de Lemus, Managing Director of Brand Finance Spain: “Perhaps we will soon see other Spanish companies in the ranking, such as Red Eléctrica, which proposes the entry of new partners for the telecommunications business built around Hispasat and the fiber optic subsidiary Reintel. “

Brand Strength Ranking

At Brand Finance we establish the Strength of the Brand, the second most important variable in addition to the Brand Value, according to three factors: “Income”, activities that support the future strength of the brand; “Fairness”, actual current insights from our market research and other data provider partners.

Brand Strength
Mark Qualification 2021 2020 qualification Brand Strength Ranking 2021 Brand Strength Ranking 2020 Brand Strength Ranking Variation Brand Strength Variation
Movistar AA + AAA- 65 40 -25 – 4.0
Telephone A + A + 138 119 -19 – 4.0
Yoigo AA AA- 103 107 4               2.6
Cellnex Telecom A + AA- 122 113 -9 – 1.4
Euskaltel AA- A + 114 New               5.7

This indicator has been negative for Movistar, Telefónica and Cellnex this year, with the two Telefónica Group brands falling 4 points, which fell 25 and 19 places in the strength ranking respectively, and -1.4 points from Cellnex Telecom, which fell 9 places to 113 Euskaltel is, of the Spanish companies, the one that registered the greatest increase (+5.7 points) followed by Yoigo (+2.6 points).

A sector that loses brand value and strength

The 150 brands in the sector have lost an accumulated 68 billion in brand value compared to 2020. In 2020, the 150 brands in the sector added an accumulated 624,742 million in 2020 compared to the 556,705 million recorded in this report.

The trend is reflected in Spanish brands. The 5 brands of 2021, including Euskaltel, add up to a total of 9.1 billion euros, -1.9 billion less than the sum of the value of the 4 Spanish brands that appeared in 2020, which amounted to 11.0 billion of euros.

In Spain, many operators put themselves at the service of their customers, including Movistar, the first to offer free content to their customers during the pandemic. All these actions affect the brand evaluation, so we will see the real impact on the brand strength index and its brand value in the coming years.

Verizon Retains No. 1 Ranking Worldwide and Region-wide

For the second year in a row, Verizon has been awarded the title of the world’s most valuable telecommunications brand after a 2% increase in brand value to 58.6 billion euros. This growth in brand value has not only driven it once again to position itself among the top 10 most valuable brands globally in the Brand Finance Global 500 2021 ranking , but has meant that the brand has continued to expand the gap that separates it from AT&T in second place (brand value down -18% to € 43.7 billion). A further 15 US brands are featured in the Brand Finance Telecoms 150 2021 ranking, with a combined brand value of € 150.6 billion.

From the 2 years ago when Verizon’s business transformation program began, Verizon 2.0 – focused on network transformation, go-to-market, brand, and business culture – the brand continues to make giant strides across the industry. The giant is widely recognized for being, among those in its category, the one with the best network and the widest coverage in the United States. And network usage increased during the pandemic, handling a staggering 800 million phone calls and 8 billion text messages a day. Verizon is making significant progress in its 5G expansion program, which now reaches more than 2,700 cities and 230 million people.

Teresa de Lemus, Managing Director Brand Finance Spain: “The Verizon brand is leveraging its brand strength to increase customer differentiation by migrating to unlimited plans and increasing adherence to content and partnerships such as Disney +, Apple and Discovery plus.”

Despite a 35.1% drop in brand value, making it the eighth fastest-falling brand in Brand Finance Telecoms 150 2021, Vivo (€ 1.3 billion brand value), is the most valuable telecommunications brand in South America. With the largest share of the Brazilian telecommunications market, Vivo is the leading fixed and wireless telephony brand in the country, even though it has been through difficult times in the last year due to the pandemic. However, the brand has taken steps towards innovation, using artificial intelligence to provide data that allows the Brazilian government to track the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country.

Other telecommunications brands in South America have also had complicated results such as the Argentine Personal (brand value of 215 million euros), which caused the brand to lose 55.8% of its value, becoming the third brand to suffer the most ranking drop. Personal’s Brazilian neighbor, Oi, is the fourth brand that has fallen the most, up 38.8% to 362 million euros. The brand has been plagued with financial problems in recent years, initially filing for bankruptcy in 2016 and running losses since. This has been compounded by the low levels of consumer recommendation and consideration we saw in our Brand Finance Global Brand Equity Monitor study, which has led to a decline in brand strength, as the Strength Index score of Oi’s brand (BSI) currently reaching 63.0 out of 100. The story is similar for the Chilean brand, VTR, which is the seventh brand that falls the most in the ranking this year, falling by 35.2% less, reaching 221 million euros. VTR’s drop in brand value is primarily attributed to a slight decline in revenue and an increase in weighted cost of capital over the past year.

Deutsche Telecom is crowned the most valuable brand in Europe

With a brand value of 43.5 billion euros, Deutsche Telekom has maintained its position as the most valuable telecommunications brand in Europe, moving up one place in the Brand Finance Telecoms 150 2021 ranking to third place. Following an impressive 20.6% growth in brand value, the fastest growing brand in the top 10, far outpacing the second fastest growing brand, Spectrum , which increased 4.8% to 18.2 billion euros.

As the largest telecommunications provider by revenue in Europe, Deutsche Telekom has reaped the rewards of its harvest by expanding to ultra-fast internet connections and increasing the popularity of its MagentaENIS service package. Last year, the German telecommunications brand also completed the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint in the US, which has significantly bolstered its total revenues, even despite the COVID-19 pandemic. With a successful merger under its belt, the telecoms giant is now looking back to Europe for further expansion, an effort likely to lead to greater success in the coming year.

Jio shines as the fastest growing and strongest brand in the world

In addition to measuring overall brand equity, Brand Finance also assesses the relative strength of brands, based on factors such as marketing investment, customer perceptions, employee satisfaction, and corporate reputation. Along with revenue forecasts, brand strength is a crucial factor in brand equity.

Indian telecom giant Jio is shaking up the industry as the world’s strongest telecom brand, with a Brand Strength Score (BSI) of 91.7 out of 100 and a Brand Strength rating of AAA +.

Despite its recent founding in 2016, Jio has quickly become the largest mobile network operator in India and the third largest mobile network operator in the world, with nearly 400 million customers. Renowned for his incredibly affordable plans, Jio took India by storm by offering 4G to millions of users for free, simultaneously transforming the way Indians consume the internet, which is even known as the ‘Jio effect’.

The dominance of the brand across the country is also evident in the results of the market research conducted by Brand Finance. Jio scores highest on all metrics – Conversion Consideration, Reputation, Recommendation, Word of Mouth, Innovation, Customer Service, and Value for Money – compared to its telecom competitors in India. The brand does not have major weaknesses within the sector and, unlike other telecom brands globally, Jio has shown that it has broken the mold and enjoys genuine affection from consumers.

In addition to being a prominent brand for its brand strength, Jio is the brand that has grown the most in the ranking in terms of brand value, breaking the negative trend present throughout the industry, with an increase from 41.5% to 4.1 thousand millions of euros.

The Indian brand Airtel also celebrated a strong year, jumping 12 points in the ranking to 23rd after increasing the brand value of 28.3% to 5.2 billion euros.

Despite registering a 27.8% drop in brand value, China Mobile (€ 32 billion brand value) remains the most valuable brand in the region, followed by China Telecom (down -37 , 4% brand value to 11.3 billion euros) and China Unicom (down -20% to 6.7 billion euros). Despite being in the Top 20 of Brand Finance Telecoms 2021, China’s top three telecom brands experienced more significant losses in brand value than any of their Chinese competitors.

There are several reasons for China’s declining performance within the sector, namely the decline in the number of subscribers, including large-scale cancellations of business phone numbers, and the torrential rain that resulted in some of the worst flooding in the region in more than two decades. In the first quarter of 2020 alone, China Mobile lost four million users and China Unicom lost 7.5 million. Additionally, the mid-year floods affected nearly a quarter of a million people, with 41,000 homes destroyed when the floods washed away buildings and telecommunications infrastructure.

MEA brands stand out for innovation

Etisalat has been crowned the strongest telecommunications brand in the MEA, with a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score of 87.4 out of 100 and a AAA brand strength rating, the only brand in the region to achieve this rating.

Thanks to its strategy in recent years and its recent achievement of becoming the fastest network on the planet, the brand was in a position to respond immediately to the ‘new normal’ of the pandemic, providing solutions and flexibility in a way that connect emotionally with consumers. Etisalat Group is aiming to become a truly global player.

Teresa de Lemus , Managing Director of Brand Finance Spain :

“When COVID hit in 2020, Etisalat led from the front in ensuring business continuity, robust e-government, enabling smart cities and remote learning, to help drive the UAE’s digital future. By maintaining visibility and providing the nation with the fastest network on the planet, Etisalat has earned its place as the strongest brand in the region. “

STC is the most valuable brand in the region, its brand value rose 7.5% to 7.7 billion euros, simultaneously jumping 5 positions to 13th in the ranking. STC has recently doubled the capacity of its network, without ever compromising on customer service, something the brand takes great pride in. The brand has also achieved a AAA brand rating for the first time due to its branding and business transformation. With an increase of 4.4 points of strength, it rises an impressive 22 positions in the BSI ranking.

Note to editors

Every year, Brand Finance tests 5,000 of the largest brands, assessing their strength and quantifying their value, and publishes nearly 100 reports, ranking brands across sectors and countries. The 150 most valuable telecommunications brands in the world are included in the Brand Finance Telecoms 150 2021 report.

The full Brand Finance Telecoms 150 2021 ranking, additional information, charts, more information on the methodology, as well as definitions of key terms are available in the Brand Finance Telecoms 150 2021 report.

The brand value is defined as the net economic benefit the owner of a brand to achieve the grant brand license in the open market. Brand strength is the effectiveness of a brand’s performance on intangible measures relative to its competitors. See below for a full explanation of our methodology.

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Every year, the independent brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance values ​​the most important brands in the world. More details on the methodology and terminology, as well as the definitions of terms can be found on our Brand Finance website .

Brand Finance collaborated in the development of the international standard on financial valuation of brands, ISO 10668, as well as in the recently approved standard on brand assessment, ISO 20671. Brand Finance is under the ICAEW regulations as a public accounting firm and is the first consulting firm in brand valuation to be part of the international committee on valuation standards, IVSC.


Brand definition

The brand is defined as an intangible asset related to marketing that includes, among others, names, terms, signs, symbols, logos and designs, intended to identify goods, services or entities, creating images and distinctive associations in the minds of the parties interested. , thus generating economic benefits.

Brand value

Brand equity refers to the present value of earnings specifically related to brand reputation. Organizations own and control these profits by owning trademark rights.

All brand valuation methodologies are essentially trying to identify this, although the approach and assumptions differ. As a result, the published brand values ​​may be different.

These differences are similar to the way that equity analysts provide business valuations that are different from each other. The only way to discover “real” value is by looking at what people actually pay.

As a result, Brand Finance always incorporates a review of what brand users actually pay for brand use in the form of brand royalty agreements, found in more or less every industry in the world.

This is sometimes referred to as the “Royalty Relief” methodology and is by far the most widely used approach to brand valuations as it is grounded in reality.

It is the foundation of a public ranking, but we always augment it with a real understanding of people’s perceptions and their effects on demand, from our market research database on 3,000+ brands in 30+ markets.

Brand valuation methodology

For our ratings, Brand Finance uses the simplest and easiest-to-understand method possible to help readers understand, gain confidence, and actively use brand ratings.

Brand Finance calculates the values ​​of brands in their rankings using the Royalty Relief approach, a brand valuation method that meets the industry standards set out in ISO 10668.

Our evaluation of the Brand Strength Index or Brand Strength Index, a comprehensive scorecard of brand-related measures, also complies with ISO standards (ISO 20671) and works as a predictive tool of future changes in brand value and a dashboard to help companies improve marketing.

We do this in the following four steps:

  • Brand impact. We review what brands already pay in royalty agreements. This is augmented by an analysis of how brands impact profitability in the sector versus generic brands. This results in a range of possible royalties that could be charged in the industry by brands (for example, a range of 0% to 2% of revenue)
  • Brand strength. We adjust the rate higher or lower for brands by analyzing Brand Strength. We analyze the strength of the brand by looking at three main pillars: “Income”, which are activities that support the future strength of the brand; “Fairness”, which are actual current insights from our market research and other data partners; “Product”, which are brand-related performance measures, such as market share. Each brand is assigned a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score of 100, which feeds into the calculation of brand equity. Based on the score, each brand is assigned a corresponding brand rating up to AAA + in a format similar to a credit rating.
  • Brand impact x Brand strength. The BSI score is applied to the royalty range to arrive at a royalty rate. For example, if the royalty range in a sector is 0-5% and a brand has a BSI score of 80 out of 100, then an appropriate royalty rate for the use of this brand in the given sector will be 4%.
  • Forecast of the calculation of the brand value. We determine brand-specific revenue as a proportion of parent company’s revenue attributable to the brand in question, and we forecast that revenue by analyzing historical revenue, capital analyst forecasts, and economic growth rates. We then apply the royalty rate to the expected revenue to derive the brand’s revenue and apply the relevant valuation assumptions to arrive at an after-tax discounted present value equal to the brand’s value.


Brand Finance has produced this study with an independent and unbiased analysis. The derived values ​​and opinions presented in this study are based on publicly available information and certain assumptions Brand Finance used when such data was poor or unclear. Brand Finance accepts no responsibility and will not be liable in the event that publicly available information subsequently relied upon is inaccurate. The opinions and financial analysis expressed in the study should not be construed as investment or business advice. Brand Finance does not intend to trust the study for any reason and excludes all liability to any body, government or organization.

The data presented in this study is part of Brand Finance’s proprietary database, provided for the benefit of the media, and should not be used in whole or in part for any commercial or technical purpose without the written permission of Brand Finance.

Global Soft Power Summit 2021

BRAND FINANCE – Global Soft Power Summit 2021

25 February 2021, 12:00–16:00

2020 was a year like no other, putting the nations of the world to the test – from the impact of COVID-19 on economic activity and immediate GDP forecasts, to diminished long-term prospects. A nation’s soft power is, arguably, more important than ever.

Global Soft Power Summit 2021

Global Soft Power Summit 2021

Join us at Brand Finance’s Global Soft Power Summit 2021, hosted as a fully virtual event from the renowned Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster, London. Practitioners and researchers of soft power will come together to explore the impact COVID-19 has had on nations around the globe, and to discuss predictions for the future following the turbulence of the last twelve months.

Hosted in partnership with BBC Global News, the Summit will feature a presentation of the results of the Global Soft Power Index 2021 by Brand Finance – the world’s most comprehensive research study on perceptions of nation brands, surveying opinions of over 75,000 people in more than 100 countries.

Due to governmental restrictions regarding COVID-19, this year’s Global Soft Power Summit will be hosted online. Click the link to register for the event.

The inaugural Global Soft Power Index 2020 report and the findings of last year’s study are free to access online. Our interactive dashboard allows you to explore the results from the survey in maps and charts, rank nations by metrics and statements, and choose data sets to create your own graphs.

To request a preview of your nation’s Global Soft Power Index 2021 results or to enquire about using the data for academic research, please email


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Media partners
BBC Global News


Zeinab Badawi
Journalist and Presenter
BBC World News
Professor Joseph Nye
Harvard University
Carl Bildt
Co-Chair, European Council on Foreign Relations and Former Prime Minister of Sweden
David L Heymann M.D.
Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Rebecca Smith
New Zealand Story Group
His Excellency Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Gergawi
Minister of Cabinet Affairs
Ministry of Cabinet Affairs of the United Arab Emirates
Tom Tugendhat
Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, UK Parliament
David Haigh
Founder and CEO
Brand Finance

Blockchain and the Future of the Maritime Industry

Blockchain and the Future of the Maritime Industry

Many people think of Nasdaq as just a stock exchange, but we are also a large provider of technology to other marketplaces, banks, and brokers across the globe. With years of experience in the financial industry, we are now seeing how our technology can be utilized in other industries besides capital markets. The maritime industry specifically interests us because of the highly valuable ways we can apply our knowledge and competence from finance into the maritime business.

After several days at the Smart Digital Ports of the Future Conference, I’ve seen a positive conversation around using blockchain in the maritime sector and the digitalization of the ports. There is good work going on in the maritime business, and the next step is to figure out how we can easily help reach optimal efficiency for the industry through collaboration and support on the blockchain.

Ports and terminals can be linked through one single source of data, the blockchain record, ensuring clear communication and preventing disputes and allowing for a more efficient way to match supply and demand. Think of it like this: People want to transport something, and there are transports available– The blockchain allows them to receive a much more efficient and accurate way of price discovery, so the buyer and seller can meet in the fairest and easiest way for both parties.

Blockchain technology can help the shipping industry reach maximal operational efficiency. Once we have the golden source of data and an organized marketplace, the industry will benefit from more trustworthy communication and a streamlined way to match buyers and sellers at the best price. In addition, blockchain can help connect all parties involved in a transaction throughout the whole lifecycle of a shipment, providing increased transparency, reliability and tracking.

Nasdaq has applied blockchain technology to a number of other industries with success. For example, in the advertising industry, we created a market to issue and trade ad space on the blockchain as well as settle and arrange the payments. In the healthcare industry, we’ve worked more with data, arranging how to efficiently search for a data set across the industry and see who you’d like to buy the data from. This could be applied to the shipping industry, searching data between different ports. Additionally, in the agriculture industry, we are using blockchain to settle contracts and ensure delivery matching buyers and sellers of grain.

Ultimately, Nasdaq seeks to partner with new markets outside of the financial sector that we see could greatly benefit from using blockchain as a digital immutable ledger to store proof of all events in the value chain, and the maritime industry is one of our key interests to helping reach maximal operational efficiency.

LVMH completes the acquisition of Tiffany & Co

LVMH completes the acquisition of Tiffany & Co.

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, the world’s leading luxury products group, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF), the global luxury jeweler. The acquisition of this iconic US jeweler will deeply transform LVMH’s Watches & Jewelry division and complement LVMH’s 75 distinguished Maisons.

Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH, commented: “I am pleased to welcome Tiffany and all their talented employees in our Group. Tiffany is an iconic brand and a quintessential emblem of the global jewelry sector. We are committed to supporting Tiffany, a brand that is synonymous with love and whose Blue Box is revered around the world, with the same dedication and passion that we have applied to each of our prestigious Maisons over the years. We are optimistic about Tiffany’s ability to accelerate its growth, innovate and remain at the forefront of our discerning customers’ most cherished life achievements and memories. I would like to thank Alessandro Bogliolo and his team for their dedication to Tiffany and their work over the past three years, especially during this challenging period.”

Tiffany Executive Leadership

In conjunction with the closing of the transaction, LVMH has announced several leadership appointments at Tiffany:

  • Anthony Ledru, previously Executive Vice President, Global Commercial Activities at Louis Vuitton and formerly Senior Vice President of North America at Tiffany, becomes Chief Executive Officer of Tiffany, effective immediately.
  • Alexandre Arnault, previously Chief Executive Officer of high-quality luggage company RIMOWA, becomes Executive Vice President, Product and Communications of Tiffany, effective immediately.
  • Michael Burke, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Louis Vuitton, will become Chairman of Tiffany Board of Directors.

Leadership Transitions

  • Alessandro Bogliolo, the current Chief Executive Officer of Tiffany, has agreed to remain with the company to facilitate the transition through January 22, 2021, after which time he will depart the company.
  • Reed Krakoff, Chief Artistic Director, and Daniella Vitale, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of Tiffany, will depart Tiffany after a short transition of responsibilities.

Anthony Ledru, Chief Executive Officer of Tiffany, said: “I am delighted to re-join Tiffany, the most iconic American luxury brand which I have long admired. The inclusiveness and optimism upon which Tiffany was founded resonate now more than ever. I also come back to a Maison that is at the forefront of the environmental and sourcing standards in its industry. Going forward, I have deep confidence in LVMH’s commitment to protect the brand, drive its growth strategy and apply the highest standards of retail excellence to Tiffany. The potential ahead is limitless, and I look forward to writing this next deeply promising chapter, along with the 14,000 Tiffany employees around the world.”

Alessandro Bogliolo, former Chief Executive Officer of Tiffany, commented: “I am honored to have led Tiffany as a public company and contributed with such a talented team to further strengthening Tiffany’s iconic standing. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of all our team members, Tiffany is ideally positioned to continue its growth. I would also like to take this moment to thank Reed and Daniella for having led the creative vision, digital and marketing direction for the company. We can all be proud of what we achieved together over the past three years and, I am convinced that Tiffany will thrive under LVMH leadership. I look forward to ensuring a smooth transition to Anthony and his team and wish him and all the Tiffany community continued success in the years to come.”

Leadership Biographies

  • Anthony Ledru has more than 20 years of experience in the luxury industry. He was the Executive Vice President of Global Commercial Activities at Louis Vuitton since 2017, which he joined three years before as President & Chief Executive Officer of Louis Vuitton Americas. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of North America at Tiffany & Co. between 2013 and 2014 and served as Global Vice President of Sales for Harry Winston International. He started his career in the luxury sector working for Cartier between 1999 and 2011, first in Latin America and then in the United States. where he was Vice President of Retail for the company’s North American business. Anthony Ledru holds a master’s degree from SKEMA Business School.
  • Alexandre Arnault has led RIMOWA since January 2017, after initiating and leading its acquisition by LVMH. His professional career began in the United States in strategic consulting, at McKinsey & Company, then in private equity at KKR in New York. He then joined LVMH and Groupe Arnault to focus on digital innovation. In this capacity, Alexandre Arnault participated in the definition and implementation of a strategy to address the challenges of the development of e-commerce in the high-quality products sector. Over the past four years, he has successfully repositioned RIMOWA and elevated its brand image. Alexandre Arnault graduated from École Telecom ParisTech and holds a master’s degree from École Polytechnique.

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Google Finance makes investing information more accessible

There are many questions that come to mind when it comes to investing: Where can I get information on stocks? What numbers and statistics should I look at before I invest? How are my stocks performing in comparison to others? It can be hard to find the right information and even harder to make sense of it. We’ve redesigned Google Finance for both desktop and mobile viewing to help you easily find data for stocks you’re interested in, market trends and relevant news to make more informed investment decisions.

Find the information you need

Understanding context is key to making informed investment decisions. We’ll make it easy for you to find and compare information by organizing it in a helpful way. For example, you can group stocks you follow and build your own “Watchlists,” which will help you find relevant news, stats and earnings details, so you have more context on stock movements. You can also add company events and earnings calls directly to your Google Calendar to stay on top of what’s happening.

Check out stocks, market trends and related news on Google Finance

Create and manage your watchlists on Google Finance


Learn as you go

As you browse through stock details, you’ll find explanations and descriptions of key terms and stats to help you learn as you go. For example if you hover over “market cap,” you’ll get a definition of the term with a badge that lets you know whether the company is a large, mid- or small cap company.

Get real-time data and performance for specific stocks

Create your own portfolios

Later this year, we’ll extend the “Watchlist” feature so you’ll be able to play around with model portfolios. The portfolio feature will  let you create and customize your own portfolio, easily track daily gains or losses and review news that is relevant to your portfolio.The new Google Finance will be available in the U.S. in the coming weeks, with more new features following shortly. Just search for “Google Finance” or visit to check it out.

TCS Recognised as a Leader in Pega Services by Everest Group

Tata Consultancy Services Leverages Automation and AI to Help Customers Reinvent their Business Processes, Achieving Performance Breakthroughs and Seamless User Experiences

NEW YORK | MUMBAI, January 6, 2021: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has been positioned as a Leader in the Everest Group PEAK Matrix® for Pega Services[1].

Progressive organizations are integrating cutting-edge technologies such as RPA, AI, and analytics, into their workflows to automate processes, improve operational resilience and ensure superior business outcomes to meet evolving consumer demands. TCS builds on the capabilities of Pega technologies to enable our customers to adopt a proactive service model and provide better stakeholder experiences,” said Akhilesh Tiwari, Global Head, Enterprise Application Services. “Our leadership position in this report is a recognition of our vision, capabilities, and commitment to driving our customers’ digital transformation journeys with speed and scale.

TCS helps global companies transform their businesses to become customer-focussed organizations using Pega systems. TCS leverages its deep industry knowledge and technology expertise, to provide solutions across business process and decision management, RPA, conversational systems (chatbots/Intelligent virtual assistants), NLP, Machine learning and AI.

With a relationship that spans over 20 years, TCS is a Platinum-level Pega Premier Consulting Partner and official upgrade partner. It has one of the largest Pega practices globally and has successfully led several large-scale transformations for its customers across industries. Additionally, TCS was recently awarded the 2020 Pega Partner Award for Excellence in Growth and Delivery.

TCS has invested in developing more than 50 Pega assets and accelerators and has created industry-specific solutions for manufacturing, life sciences, banking and platform-specific accelerators, including:

  • IBOR Compliance Accelerator – Leverages automated contract remediation with recommended fallbacks, with a framework built on embedded AI and NLP and Pega Case Management. It streamlines contract remediation with recommended fallbacks.
  • TCS Lending Framework for Commercial Credit – Empowers banks to create an agile extendible platform to streamline the commercial lending process.
  • TCS Connected Digital Health platform – A digital sensor-based validation platform for sensorized clinical trial and patient monitoring during pre-screening, post procedure rehabilitation tracking and product evaluation.
  • TCS Health Care: Travel Urgent Assistance – A Pega Robotic Desktop Automation and Decision Strategy Manager-based solution that helps traveling patients find local emergency medical assistance based on patient history.
  • TCS-Pega Auto Design Validator© – Provides a reliable foundational design for implementing Pega based applications and reduces manual effort and errors substantially in design reviews.
  • TCS-Pega Auto Product and Release Notes Generator© – Enables Pega developers to create a consolidated product rule and release notes document automatically during deployment.

With our Business 4.0™ framework, Machine First™ approach, deep contextual and industry knowledge, and expertise in Pega technologies, we help global enterprises design intelligent business operations and ensure superior experiences,” added Akhilesh Tiwari.

[1] Pega Services PEAK Matrix® Assessment 2021, Everest Group, Yugal Joshi, December 11, 2020

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS)

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for over 50 years. TCS offers a consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of business, technology and engineering services and solutions. This is delivered through its unique Location Independent AgileTM delivery model, recognized as a benchmark of excellence in software development.

A part of the Tata group, India’s largest multinational business group, TCS has over 453,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $22 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. TCS’ proactive stance on climate change and award-winning work with communities across the world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Emerging Index. For more information, visit us at

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