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Bajaj Auto
BSE: 532977|NSE: BAJAJ-AUTO|ISIN: INE917I01010|SECTOR: Auto - 2 & 3 Wheelers
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Accounting Policy Year : Mar '13
1) System of accounting

i) The Company follows the mercantile system of accounting and recognises income and expenditure on an accrual basis except in case of significant uncertainties.

ii) Financial Statements are prepared under the Historical cost convention. These costs are not adjusted to reflect the impact of changing value in the purchasing power of money.

iii) Estimates and Assumptions used in the preparation of the financial statements and disclosures are based upon management's evaluation of the relevant facts and circumstances as of the date of the Financial Statements, which may differ from the actual results at a subsequent date.

2) Revenue recognition:

a) Sales:

i) Domestic Sales are accounted for on dispatch from the point of sale.

ii) Export sales are recognised on the date of the Mate's Receipt/shipped on Board and initially recorded at the relevant exchange rates prevailing on the date of the transaction.

b) Export incentives:

Export incentives are accounted for on export of goods if the entitlements can be estimated with reasonable accuracy and conditions precedent to claim are fulfilled.

c) Income:

The Company recognises income (including rent etc.) on accrual basis. However, where the ultimate collection of the same lacks reasonable certainty, revenue recognition is postponed to the extent of uncertainty.

(1) Interest income is accrued over the period of the loan/investment and net of amortisation of premium/discount with respect to fixed income securities, thereby recognizing the implicit yield to maturity, with reference to coupon dates, where applicable. However, income is accrued only where interest is serviced regularly and is not in arrears, as per the guidelines framed by the management.

(2) Dividend is accrued in the year in which it is declared whereby a right to receive is established.

(3) Profit/loss on sale of investments is recognised on the contract date.

3) Fixed assets and depreciation

(A) Fixed assets

i) Fixed assets except freehold land are carried at cost of acquisition, construction or at manufacturing cost, as the case may be, less accumulated depreciation and amortisation. Freehold land is carried at cost of acquisition.

ii) Land and buildings acquired/constructed, not intended to be used in the operations of the Company are categorised as investment property under Investments and not as Fixed assets.

(B) Depreciation and amortisation:

(a) Leasehold land

Premium on leasehold land is amortised over the period of lease.

(b) On other Fixed assets

Depreciation is provided at the rates specified in Schedule XIV of the Companies Act, 1956 or at rates computed with reference to the economic life of the assets where the estimated economic life is shorter than the life inferred by the Schedule XIV rates.

i. Depreciation on additions is being provided on prorata basis from the month of such additions.

ii. Depreciation on assets sold, discarded or demolished during the year is being provided at their rates upto the month in which such assets are sold, discarded or demolished.

4) intangible assets

a) Technical know-how acquired

Expenditure on technical know-how acquired (including Income-tax and R&D cess) is being amortised equally over a period of six years.

b) Technical know-how developed by the Company

i) Expenditure incurred on know-how developed by the Company, post research stage, is recognised as an intangible asset, if and only if the future economic benefits attributable are probable to flow to the Company and the costs can be measured reliably.

ii) The cost of technical Know-how developed is amortised equally over its estimated life i.e. generally three years.

5) Investments

a) Fixed income securities remaining with the Company on vesting of the manufacturing undertaking of erstwhile Bajaj Auto Ltd., are carried at their fair market values as at 1 April 2007 where the carrying costs of such investments were higher on that date, less amortisation of premium/discount thereafter, as the case may be.

b) Other fixed income securities are carried at cost, less amortisation of premium/discount, as the case may be, and provision for diminution, if any, as considered necessary.

c) Investments other than fixed income securities intended to be held for a long term are valued at cost of acquisition, less provision for diminution as necessary.

d) Investments with maturity of less than 3 months from the date of acquisition are classified as cash and cash equivalents.

e) Investments made by the Company are, generally, of a long-term nature, hence diminutions in value of quoted and unquoted investments are not considered to be of a permanent nature. However, current investments, representing fixed income securities with a maturity less than 1 year and investment not intended to be held for a period more than 1 year, are stated at lower of cost or fair value.

f) The management has laid out guidelines for the purpose of assessing likely impairments in investments and for making provisions based on given criteria. Appropriate provisions are accordingly made, which in the opinion of the management are considered adequate.

g) Investment property is carried at cost, less depreciation computed in the manner prescribed for Fixed assets.

6) Inventories

Cost of inventories have been computed to include all costs of purchases, cost of conversion and other costs incurred in bringing the inventories to their present location and condition.

a) Finished stocks of vehicles, auto spare parts and work-in-progress are valued at cost or net realisable value whichever is lower. Finished stocks of vehicles lying in the factory premises, branches, depots are valued inclusive of excise duty.

b) Stores, packing material and tools are valued at cost arrived at on weighted average basis. However, obsolete and slow moving items are valued at cost or estimated realisable value whichever is lower.

c) Raw materials and components are valued at cost arrived at on weighted average basis or lower of cost and net realisable value, as circumstances demand. However, obsolete and slow moving items are valued at cost or estimated realisable value whichever is lower.

d) Machinery spares and maintenance materials are charged out as expense in the year of purchase. However, machinery spares forming key components specific to a machinery and held as insurance spares are capitalised along with the cost of the asset.

e) Goods in transit are stated at actual cost incurred upto the date of Balance Sheet.

7) Foreign currency transactions

a) Monetary items of current assets and liabilities in foreign currency outstanding at the close of financial year are revalorised at the appropriate exchange rates prevailing at the close of the year.

b) The gain or loss on decrease/increase in reporting currency due to fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, in case of monetary current assets and liabilities in foreign currency, are recognised in the Statement of Profit and Loss in the manner detailed in note 37 to financial statements.

c) Fixed assets purchased at liaison offices in foreign exchange are recorded at their historical cost computed with reference to the average rate of foreign exchange remitted to the liaison office.

d) Foreign exchange contracts/derivatives:

i) Cash flow hedges -

Changes in the fair value of a derivative hedging instrument that qualify for hedge accounting as per the principles of hedge accounting and designated as a cash flow hedge are recognised as Hedge reserve and presented within Reserves and surplus, to the extent that the hedge is effective. To the extent that the hedge is ineffective, changes in fair value are recognised in the Statement of Profit and Loss. If the hedging instrument no longer meets the criteria for hedge accounting, expires or is sold, terminated or exercised, then hedge accounting is discontinued prospectively.

The cumulative gain or loss previously recognised in Hedge reserve, remains there until the forecast transaction occurs.

When a hedging instrument expires or is sold, or when a hedge no longer meets the criteria for hedge accounting, any cumulative gain or loss existing in equity at that time is recognised in the Statement of Profit and Loss. When a forecast transaction is no longer expected to occur, the cumulative gain or loss that was reported in Hedge reserve is immediately transferred to the Statement of Profit and Loss. Refer note 25 to financial statements for disclosure.

ii) Profits and losses arising from either cancellation or utilisation of contracts are recognised in the Statement of Profit and Loss as detailed in note 37 to financial statements.

8) Research & Development expenditure

Research and Development Expenditure is charged to revenue under the natural heads of account in the year in which it is incurred. Payments for R&D work by contracted agency are being expensed out upto the stage of completion.

However, expenditure incurred at development phase, where it is reasonably certain that outcome of research will be commercially exploited to yield economic benefits to the Company, is considered as an Intangible asset and accounted in the manner specified in clause 4 b) above.

9) Employee benefits

a) Privilege leave entitlements

Privilege leave entitlements are recognised as a liability, in the calendar year of rendering of service, as per the rules of the Company. As accumulated leave can be availed and/or encashed at any time during the tenure of employment the liability is recognised at the actuarially determined value by an appointed actuary.

b) Gratuity

Payment for present liability of future payment of gratuity is being made to approved Gratuity Fund, which fully covers the same under Cash Accumulation Policy of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) and Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company Ltd. (BALIC). However, any deficit in plan assets managed by LIC and BALIC as compared to the actuarial liability is recognised as a liability.

c) Superannuation

Defined contribution to Superannuation fund is being made as per the scheme of the Company.

d) Provident fund contributions are made to Company's Provident Fund Trust. Deficits, if any, of the fund as compared to actuarial liability is to be additionally contributed by the Company and hence recognised as a liability.

e) Defined contribution to Employees Pension Scheme 1995 is made to Government Provident Fund Authority.

10) Taxation

a) Provision for tax is made for the current accounting period (reporting period) on the basis of the taxable profits computed in accordance with the Income Tax Act, 1961.

b) Deferred tax resulting from timing difference between book profits and taxable profits are accounted for to the extent deferred tax assets and liabilities are expected to crystalise with reasonable certainty. However, in case of deferred tax assets, representing unabsorbed depreciation or carried forward losses, are recognised, if and only if there is virtual certainty that there would be adequate future taxable income against which such deferred tax assets can be realised. Deferred tax is recognised on adjustments to revenue reserves to the extent the adjustments are allowable as deductions in determination of taxable income and they would reverse out in future periods.

11) Provisions and contingent liabilities

The Company creates a provision when there is present obligation as a result of a past event that probably requires an outflow of resources and a reliable estimate can be made of the amount of the obligation such as product warranty costs.

A disclosure for a contingent liability is made when there is a possible obligation or a present obligation that may, but probably will not, require an outflow of resources. When there is a possible obligation or a present obligation in respect of which the likelihood of outflow of resources is remote, no provision or disclosure is made.

Source : Dion Global Solutions Limited
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