TO THE MEMBERS
The Directors have pleasure to present the 80th Annual Report of your
Company covering the operating and financial performance for the year
ended December 31, 2012.
millions) (in Rs.
Gross Turnover 18,717.54 15,650.78
Less: Excise Duty on Turnover 293.01 225.43
Net Turnover 18,424.53 15,425.35
Other Income 299.52 1,309.14
Profit / (Loss) before Depreciation & Taxation 3,033.39 3,605.04
Less: Depreciation 513.75 411.01
Profit / (Loss) before Taxation 2,519.64 3,194.03
Provision for Taxation:
- Current Tax 908.43 966.79
- Deferred Tax Charge/ (Credit) (Net) (101.44) (31.15)
- Income Tax for earlier year (3.38) -
Net Profit 1,716.03 2,258.39
(Net profit of 2011 includes Rs. 837.67 Mn
from surplus property development)
Profit available for Appropriation 5,288.76 4,245.71
During the year 2012 your Company achieved a total turnover of Rs.
18,717.54 million as compared to Rs. 15,650.78 million in 2011,
reflecting a growth of approx. 19.6% on year-on- year.
During the year under review, your Company continues to record good
growth in the performance of all its business areas. Large scale
expansion of retail stores, renovation of existing stores, improvement
in customer service, introduction of new value oriented products,
training of employees, consolidation of manufacturing processes and
focus to improve non-retail sales division, all together has yet again
enabled your Company to achieve new milestones.
Your Company always endeavours to provide good quality footwear at
affordable pricing to its customers. Use of modern technology in its
factories and consistent improvement in its manufacturing and procuring
process, enabled your Company to offer new range of trendy and
fashionable footwear at a reasonable price. Your Company''s retail
stores provide a great ambience and delightful shopping experience to
the customers through specially designed shoe display systems,
ultra-modern style, trained and friendly sales personnel and a range of
attractive accessories. During the year 2012, your Company has improved
its footwear collections under its existing brands to suit the
requirements of its customers in all categories. Your Company has also
introduced many new brands of footwear, e.g., Sundrops - a new premium
range of stylish comfortable footwear for women, ''Angry Birds'' - a
new collection of merchandise offering school shoes, casual shoes and
accessories for children and teenagers, etc.
In addition to recording a well deserved growth in its BATA HOME
delivery services during the year 2012, your Company has improved its
online shopping experience by making ''cash on delivery'' and ''multiple
order services'' for the customers. Your Company has also made tie-up
arrangements with various e-commerce sites, e.g., Jabong, Snapdeal,
India Times, Rediff, Junglee, etc., to attract potential customers
Your Company continues to enjoy the highest market share in organized
footwear industry in India. In order to maintain its leadership
position and stay ahead of growing competition, your Company will
continue to innovate and move in the right direction and shall take all
available measures to improve its business performance in the years to
TRANSFER TO RESERVES
The Company has transferred a sum of Rs.171.60 million to General
Reserve against Rs.225.84 million transferred last year.
The Board of Directors has recommended a dividend of Rs.6/- per share
(i.e., 60% on an equity share of par value of Rs.10/- each) for the
year ended December 31, 2012 as against Rs.5/-(i.e., 50% on an equity
share of par value of Rs.10/- each) paid last year (excluding special
dividend of Re.1/- per share for gains from surplus property
development). The payment of aforesaid dividend is subject to approval
of the shareholders at the ensuing Annual General Meeting of the
As on December 31, 2012 your Company had unclaimed matured deposits
aggregating to Rs.0.63 million. Several reminders have been sent to the
deposit holders concerned advising them to claim their matured deposits
from the Company. Presently the Company is not accepting any fixed
As informed in the previous Directors'' Report, ICRA has reaffirmed the
rating of [ICRA] A1 (pronounced as ''ICRAA one plus'') to your Company
for its CP programme. This is the highest-credit quality rating
assigned by ICRA to short term debt instruments. ICRA has also
reaffirmed the rating of [ICRA] AA (pronounced as ''ICRA double A'') to
your Company for its Line of Credit (LOC) limits of fund based /
non-fund based facilities sanctioned by the Consortium of Banks. The
outlook on the assigned rating was ''Positive.''
Your Company is in the process of obtaining revised Credit Ratings from
ICRA and expects to receive the same before March 31, 2013.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Your Company has received the following Awards and Recognition, which
has made us all proud:
1. The Most Admired Footwear Brand (Retail) - Brand equity recognized
Bata as one of the ''Top most trusted brands'' in November 2012.
2. Most Admired Large Format Multi Brand Footwear Retailer of the year
- National Chain Bata - Bata India was awarded the ''Most Admired Large
Format Multi Brand Footwear Retailer of the Year - National Chain'' by
the Images Shoes & Accessories forum held at Mumbai in March 2012.
3. Customer & Brands loyalty awards in the footwear sector - Bata
India was awarded the ''Customer & Brand Loyalty Award in the Footwear
Sector '' from AIMIA at the 5th Loyalty Summit, held in Mumbai in
4. Most Trusted Brand at the 18th position - The Brand Trust Report
recognized Bata India as the most trusted brand at the 18th position.
This ranking is post survey of 16,000 brands out of which only 300 top
brands were felicitated by the trust advisory.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
As a good corporate citizen in India, your Company discharges its
Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) with due importance and
considers CSR as a continuous process. Your Company is committed to
preserved the nature, protect the environment, contribute to the
economic development, ensure improvement in the quality of life of its
employees and their families as well as the local communities where it
operates and also development of the society at a large, specially for
the under-previleged and differently-abled people.
The following CSR activities have been undertaken by your Company
during the year 2012:
- Your Company has organized Polio Immunization Campaign, routine
vaccination awareness camp and polio vaccination in slums near Bataganj
- Your Company is associated with Blood Donation Camp organized by
Pan India on Bata Children Program day to help children suffering from
- Your Company has celebrated World Environment Day with tree
plantations in Retail West office. Team also received a certificate of
appreciation from United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
- Your Company has celebrated World Literacy Day with street children
by involving them into different educational fun games and donated
shoes to them in Gurgaon.
- Your Company has organized Eye Check-up Camp for the children of
Govt. Middle School, Ramjeechak at Bataganj, Patna and the children of
Bata Nursery School at Batanagar with an eye safety awareness session.
- Orphan and blind girl children were sensitized to raise awareness
about girl child rights on the occasion of First International Day of
the girl child and were given shoes in Kolkata & Patna.
- Your Company saluted the spirit of bravery of young hearts by
honouring the bravery award recipients who won the National Bravery
Award presented by the Hon''ble Prime Minster of India on the eve of
64th Republic Day on January 26, 2013. These children were given shoes,
socks and bags.
- Under Bata Children''s Program (BCP) India Initiative, this year
Bata India Limited donated 250 pairs of Black School Shoes to all the
differently-abled boys and girls in the age group of 7-23 years in deaf
and dumb school in Gurgaon.
Your Company has continued its strategy of expanding its retail
operations and has opened 189 new stores in 2012 across metros, tier 1
and tier 2 cities. The process of opening large format stores and
renovating the existing stores to foster contemporary appeal has also
continued with the majority of the stores above 3000 sq. ft. The
company has renovated more than 50 retail stores and closed / relocated
more than 60 retail stores. The strategy adopted by the Company has
resulted in higher sales and improved profitability leading to improved
financial results achieved by the Company in the year 2012. The Company
has also continued expansion of its Hush Puppies brand with the opening
of 15 exclusive new stores and 12 shop-in-shops stores across the
country. Your Company continues to improve the strategic positioning of
its retail stores to cater the needs of the customers and stay ahead of
All the new retail stores of your Company are made as per Bata''s global
format, designed by experienced designers and architects, using the
latest retail techniques and the best quality of furniture to enhance
stores layout and provide an attractive product display. These new
stores deliver an enjoyable shopping experience to its customers in an
aesthetically designed ambience with attentive, friendly and trained
Customer Service continued to remain the main focus during the year
2012. Many new initiatives, e.g., Home Delivery service; E-Commerce
enabled website and a dedicated call centre for customer queries and
suggestions, etc., have been introduced to enhance customer
satisfaction. Extensive training of store staff, customer response,
research management systems and customer relationship management are
some of the measures adopted by your Company for improved Customer
In order to achieve volume growth your Company has opened 10 new FOOTIN
stores across India during the year 2012, with a new range of footwear
for both men and women focusing on fashionable and trendy styles at an
affordable price. These stores are unique in terms of display and
ambience and different from other footwear retail stores in India.
Most of the existing brands of footwear sold by your Company viz.,
Comfit, Ambassador, Mocassino, Scholl, Power, North Star, etc., have
recorded a healthy growth during the year 2012. Introduction of new
range of Marie Claire shoes helped your Company gain market share in
the ladies footwear segment. Bubblegummer continues to remain the most
favourite brands amongst the children for its comfort and attractive
designs. New Brands launched in the year 2012 e.g., Sundrops,Angry
Birds, etc, have generated good response in the market.
Your Company shall continue to expand its retail operations across the
Country in the future. Opening of large format stores at strategic
locations, making available the footwear and accessories as per
customers'' choice in these retail stores and continuous improvement in
the customer services, shall be the main focus area to enhance your
Company''s market share in the organized retail footwear industry.
Your Company''s Industrial division has grown steadily year after year
and has created a niche in the safety footwear market in the country.
The Division is working with a vision to be the No.1 in the country in
Industrial footwear segment. Strong initiatives have been taken in the
year 2012 in the direction of creating technically superior merchandize
suited to the market needs. The Division also covered newer segments by
launch of new categories of products for various industrial
applications and needs of industries, e.g., construction, steel, power,
etc. A first time launch of product with PU-Rubber sole has been
planned in the first quarter of the year 2013. This is revolutionary
advancement over current products used by the smelter & chemical
industry. A strong back-up support system has been put in place to
provide personalized service to industrial buyers.
Your Company''s Institutional business has expanded its customer base in
different segments and is now introducing specialized collections with
special features for specific needs of various institutions. With its
new business expansion plan and increased focus on each specific
segment, e.g., education, defence, hospitality, security agencies &
service sector, the division is positioning itself as a footwear
Defence segment has also been the key focus area for the division and a
large order has been received from Indian Air force.
Your Company''s Export sales in 2012 were Rs 149.82 million compared to
Rs.169.34 million in 2011.
Your Company has a well-organized logistics team at its Corporate
Office in Gurgaon which controls all transport & warehouse operations.
Modernization of Retail Distribution Centre (RDC) at Bhiwandi was the
highlight of the year 2012. Infrastructure at Bhiwandi RDC has been
upgraded to meet the future requirements of the organization in line
with growth plans.
The Logistics Team of your Company has successfully implemented the
barcode enabled warehouse management system at three RDCs, i.e.
Chennai, Farrukhnagar and Bhiwandi. This initiative has significantly
increased the Inventory accuracy at RDCs.
Your Company is in the process of consolidating its warehouses across
the business categories. The consolidation process for Industrial &
Institutional business with RDCs at Farrukhnagar and Bhiwandi has been
completed and a detailed consolidation plan of warehouses is currently
The Capital Expenditure incurred during the year amounted to Rs. 877.59
million as against Rs. 1,244.97 million (including Batanagar housing of
Rs. 433.76 million) in 2011. The capital expenditure was predominantly
due to opening a number of new stores and modernization of old stores.
Capital expenditure has also been incurred for installation of
machinery and moulds to modernize the factories and to produce footwear
of the latest trendy designs.
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONSAND PERSONNEL
Your Company has continuously been working to improve human resources
competencies and capabilities in the company to deliver results as per
the plan. Major initiatives and interventions to this effect as taken
up during the year 2012, are as under:
(i) Building up the best team in all functional areas
During 2012 your Company has recruited 43 Middle and Senior level
Executives for its various functional areas and Executives moving out,
retiring, etc. Your Company has endeavoured to get suitable replacement
with competent people for each position in the organization to ensure
smooth business operations.
(ii) Creating bench strength and building up capability for future
growth Executive Development plan
For the third consecutive year, your Company pursued its aim of
nurturing and developing new talent for various responsibilities by
successfully training its Executive Trainees. 10 Executive Trainees
have been hired from various retail management schools, who have
undertaken training for 9 months under the Executive Development Plan
(EDP) initiated by the Company in the year 2009. 7 Executive Trainees,
who successfully completed their training, have been placed as District
Managers across retail operations chains.
Training and Development
a) District Manager Training
Developing and Training of internal talents continued to be the focus
area of your Company in 2012. During the year 94 nominated District
Managers across all retail chains have attended 2 days District Manager
b) Training of Store Employees and Store Managers/K-Scheme Agents
Training of shop floor employees to improve their knowledge and skill
levels with an objective to provide excellent customer service in the
retail stores continued to remain an important aspect. Accordingly,
training has been conducted for 849 store employees and 265 Store
Managers / K-Scheme Agents to enhance their performance and
c) Training on topic ''5 S'' Japanese system at Bataganj Factory
Training session on ''5 S'' Japanese system on Good Housekeeping
standards for Managerial Staff, emphasizing on the fact that this
system gives the potential benefits such as safe working environment,
improvement in product, etc.
(iii) New Initiatives in the year 2012
a) BEM Interchange Program 2012 successfully launched
Bata Emerging Markets (BEM) Interchange Programme has been launched in
your Company in the year 2012. Under this programme, participants from
different countries of Bata World underwent extensive on-the-job
training for six months to enrich their skills, knowledge, abilities
and gained practical expertise in their specific area of work. They
have also been made familiarized with Bata India''s rich culture, values
and work environment. Similarly, high performing employees from your
Company have also been given opportunity to work and prove their merit
in countries, viz., South Africa, Peru, Chile and Indonesia. This
initiative has surely helped in identifying best talent across
countries and will further aide in developing them for future roles.
This program has helped create a bond in unifying Bata as One
Company, cutting across borders of geography.
b) Talented Step-Up Program
The Step-Up Program Project has commenced under the guidance of the
representatives of Bata Shoe Organization (BSO) and approximately
spreads over a duration of three years and is composed of three phases:
the BSO Assessment, the 1.0 Talented Step Up Program and the 2.0
Talented Step Up Program. All three phases have been conducted
recently. Participants for these courses comprised of various
departments ranging from retail, merchandise to production. The aim of
the training was to equip participants with the necessary knowledge,
skills and know-how to progress from being an effective manager to a
future leader. The Emotional Intelligence training was focused on
developing the ability to perceive, control and evaluate the emotions.
The Effective Recruitment training put emphasis on how to recruit
highly skilled and competent employees. While the Strategic Planning
training session included possible avenues to develop and implement
c) STEP-UP Bata 2012 Event
In 2012, Your Company has launched the Step-Up Bata 2012 Theme in an
event where 129 employees including District Managers, Retail Managers,
Buyers-Family, Flagship & Wholesale and Functional Heads were taken to
a valley of dreams in the outskirts of Manesar. The objective of the
Meet was to bring everyone on a common platform, build camaraderie,
know each other, instil team spirit and cascade the business objectives
of the Company. The Conference gave way to successful SWOT Analysis of
your Company. The highlight of the event was a glittering Awards
Ceremony where selected Executives were given Awards in appreciation of
the business acumen and hard work displayed by them.
d) Revamped Induction Program
Your Company has successfully revamped the induction program of new
joiners under the umbrella of Kaleidoscope in the year 2012. The
objective was to inspire a sense of welcome among all new joiners by
means of inter-departmental interactions, create awareness and
familiarization with cross functional systems and processes and make
all employees feel comfortable and seem no complexity in settling down
at the workplace from their very first day.
e) In-House Newsletter ''Walk of Life'' Launched
Your Company''s in-house Newsletter has undergone metamorphic
transformation in the year 2012. ''Walk of Life'' features snapshots from
the events and campaigns organized throughout Corporate Office,
Manufacturing, Retail Chains and Stores across India. It includes
snapshots of Celebrations, insight into the career path of Leadership
Team and their experience, stupendous feat achieved by the children of
the employees of your Company, accolades won by the Company all that
and much more make an interesting read inside this quarterly editions.
The focus of this Newsletter has been towards representing a spectrum
of identities, characters and voices which are important, informative,
clear, precise and most importantly, inspirational.
(iv) Celebration of Occasions
During the year under review your Company has celebrated many occasions
across its factories, offices and retail chains. Some of the
celebrations were as under:
a) Bata Children''s Program (BCP) India Initiative celebrated Christmas
with differently-abled School Children in the Deaf & Dumb School in
b) Employees'' Kids Day was celebrated at the Corporate Office at
c) Independence Day was celebrated at the Corporate Office at Gurgaon
and all other establishments of the Company across India.
d) ''Town Hall'' was organised at the Corporate Office at Gurgaon to
brief all employees about your Company''s objectives, business
performance and initiatives to be taken for achieving the long-term
goals during the year.
The Earning per Share (EPS) of your Company has increased by 20.8%
(from Rs. 22.11 in 2011 to Rs. 26.70 in 2012) without considering the
gains from Surplus Property Development in previous year. As mentioned
in the Annual Report of the previous years, since April 2010, your
Company is debt-free and the entire capital expenditure has been funded
through internal sources. Your Company continues to focus on cash
generation to record positive cash flow during the year under review.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIESAND ENERGY CONSERVATION
Your Company continued its local Research & Development activities
during the year in the key areas of product, process, material
development, footwear moulds, leather and tannery technology with
emphasis on creating a pollution-free work environment. The in-house
Research & Development Units of your Company at Batanagar, Bataganj,
Faridabad and Hosur have obtained recognition from the Department of
Scientific & Industrial Research (DS&IR) of the Ministry of Science &
Technology, Government of India. Total expenditure incurred on Research
& Development was Rs. 46.89 million during the year.
Your Company continues to actively pursue energy conservation measures.
SUPPORT FROM BATA GROUP
Your Company has seamless access to the benefits of technical research
and innovative programs of the Bata group from Global Footwear Services
Pte. Ltd., Singapore, for which your Company has paid a fee of Rs.160
million during the calendar year 2012.
Your Company continues to receive guidance and managerial support in
its various functions including store layout, marketing, shoe line,
upgradation of factories, training of managers and guidance from Bata
Shoe Organization (BSO).
The Statutory Auditors of the Company - Messrs. S. R. Batliboi & Co.,
Chartered Accountants, retire at the ensuing Annual General Meeting of
the Company and have given their consent for re-appointment. Your
Company has also received their confirmation pursuant to Section
224(1B) of the CompaniesAct, 1956.
DIRECTORS'' RESPONSE TO THE COMMENTS MADE BY THE AUDITORS IN THEIR
Auditors'' Report read together with Annexure referred to in Paragraph 3
of the Auditors'' Report do not contain any qualification of significant
nature. Comments under para xxi of the Annexure to the Auditors'' Report
are self explanatory and, therefore, require no further comments from
the Board of Directors.
In compliance with the Order of the Central Government, your Board has
appointed M/s. Mani & Co., Cost Accountants to carry out the Cost Audit
of your Company in respect of Footwear. This appointment has to be made
in each financial year and based on the application of your Company the
Central Government has approved the re-appointment of the Cost Auditor
for the financial year ended December 31, 2012. Necessary application
will be made to the Central Government in due course seeking approval
to the re-appointment of the Cost Auditors for the financial year
ending December 31, 2013.
The Cost Audit reports of the Company for the financial year ended
December 31, 2011 have been filed with the Ministry of Corporate
Affairs, Cost Audit Branch, Government of India, New Delhi on December
31, 2012 within the stipulated time as extended.
In accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 and the
Articles of Association of your Company, Mr. Uday Khanna and Mr. Atul
Singh, Directors of the Company are due to retire by rotation at the
ensuing Annual General Meeting and being eligible, offer themselves for
re-election. Your Board is of the opinion that their continued
association with the Board of Directors of the Company will be
beneficial to the Company and hence recommends their re-election.
Mr. Jack Clemons, a Member of your Board of Directors has been
appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Bata Shoe Organization
(BSO). Your Board is happy to have continued participation and guidance
of Mr. Jack Clemons as a Non Executive Director on the Board of
Directors of your Company. Mr. Clemon''s appointment as the new CEO of
BSO shall help your Board in guiding your Company to achieve its
objectives going forward.
At the Board Meeting held on July 26, 2012, Mr. Gigi Abraham was
appointed as the Group Brands Director of the Company for a period of
five years, subject to approval of the shareholders at the forthcoming
Annual General Meeting. The remuneration of Mr. Abraham as Group
Brands Directors fixed by your Board falls within the overall limits
specified under the CompaniesAct, 1956 and as approved by the
Shareholders at the 76th Annual General Meeting held on May 26, 2009.
However, Mr. Abraham vide his letter dated December 19, 2012 tendered
his resignation. Your Board at their Meeting held on February 26, 2013
accepted the resignation of Mr. Abraham with effect from December 19,
Accordingly, approval of the Shareholders is being sought at the
forthcoming Annual General Meeting to the appointment and payment of
remuneration to Mr. Gigi Abraham as Group Brands Director during the
tenure of his directorship in the Company, i.e. for the period from
July 26, 2012 to December 19, 2012 (both days inclusive).
As mentioned in the Annual Reports of earlier years, in April - 2010,
your Company restructured itsAgreements with the Joint Venture Partners
with revised terms and conditions for the development of the modern
integrated township at Batanagar, West Bengal.
Pursuant to the restructuring of these Agreements, Riverbank Developers
Private Limited (RDPL) ceased to be a jointly controlled entity during
the previous year. Your Company has already fulfilled its obligation
towards development of employee housing colony at Batanagar and met its
obligation towards investment in the factory and retail stores in the
State of West Bengal as mentioned in the said Order. The development of
Batanagar Project is in progress and your Company will receive
approximately 324,550 square feet of constructed space at no additional
cost in a phased manner from the Developers.
Notwithstanding the aforesaid restructuring of Agreements, your Company
continues to remain committed to the Government of West Bengal in terms
of their approval on Batanagar Project. In order to meet its remnant
obligations, your Company is carrying a liability of Rs. 216 million in
its books of accounts as on December 31, 2012. Your Company will make
additional investments to improve and modernize its factory at
Batanagar and also for revitalization and rejuvenation of its employees
at Batanagar in the years to come.
DIRECTORS'' RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT PURSUANT TO PROVISIONS OF SECTION
217 (2AA) OF THE COMPANIESACT, 1956
Your Directors hereby confirm:-
i) that in the preparation of the annual accounts, the applicable
accounting standards have been followed along with proper explanation
relating to material departures;
ii) that the Directors have selected such accounting policies and
applied them consistently and made judgments and estimates that are
reasonable and prudent so as to give a true and fair view of the state
of affairs of the Company at the end of the financial year, and of the
profit of the Company for that period;
iii) that the Directors have taken proper and sufficient care for the
maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the
provisions of this Act for safeguarding the assets of the Company and
for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities;
iv) that the Directors have prepared the AnnualAccounts on a going
Bata Properties Limited and Coastal Commercial & Exim Limited continue
to be wholly owned subsidiaries of your Company. In terms of the
Circular No.2/2011 dated February 8, 2011 issued by the Ministry of
Corporate Affairs, Government of India, a general exemption has been
granted from the compliance of Section 212 of the Companies Act, 1956,
requiring holding companies to attach with their balance sheet, a copy
of the balance sheet, profit and loss account and other documents of
each of its subsidiaries, provided that the Board of Directors of such
companies have given consent, by way of a resolution, for not attaching
the Accounts & Reports of the subsidiary companies concerned with the
balance sheet of the Company and that the conditions prescribed in the
said Circular are complied with. Your Board at their meeting held on
February 26, 2013 have given their consent for not attaching, inter
alia, the balance sheet, profit and loss account and other relevant
reports and statements of its subsidiary companies to the balance sheet
of your Company as on December 31, 2012 and have also agreed to comply
with the conditions prescribed in the said Circular.
In view of the above Circular, the balance sheet, profit and loss
account and other documents and statements of the aforesaid two
subsidiaries have not been attached to the Balance Sheet as on December
31, 2012 of your Company. The Annual Reports -2012 of the aforesaid
subsidiaries will be made available to the Shareholders of the Company
upon receipt of written requests from them. The Annual Reports -2012 of
the aforesaid subsidiary companies will be available for inspection by
the Shareholders of the Company at the Registered Office of your
Company and its subsidiaries and also at the Company''s Office at 27B,
Camac Street (1st Floor), Kolkata - 700 016 between 09.30 a.m. and
12.30 p.m. on any working day.
In compliance with the requirements of the aforesaid Circular, a
Statement showing relevant details for the year ended December 31, 2012
of Bata Properties Limited and Coastal Commercial & Exim Limited, the
wholly owned subsidiaries of the Company have been included in the
Consolidated Financial Statements of the Company which forms part of
this Annual Report.
Your Company believes that Corporate Governance is a way of life rather
than something to be carried out under legal compulsion. Your Company
is committed to the application of the best management practices,
compliance with law, adherence to ethical standards and discharge of
social responsibilities. Your Company has introduced adequate checks
and balances in all spheres of its activities to ensure protection of
all stakeholders'' interest. Your Company also endeavours to share with
its stakeholders openly and transparently information on matters which
have a bearing on their economic and reputational interest. This calls
for a great degree of judgment and discretion so as not to put business
and commercial interest of the Company at risk.
Corporate Governance Report as well as Corporate Governance Compliance
Certificate received from the Statutory Auditors is provided as
separate Annexure to this Report.
Your Board place on record their sincere appreciation for the
cooperation and support received from investors, dear shareholders,
customers, business associates, bankers, vendors as well as regulatory
and government authorities.
Your Board would like to thank the Management of the Company and also
thank the nominated Directors on the Board and the Major Shareholders
for their complete support in smooth operations of your Company. Your
Board is very grateful to the Independent Directors for their valuable
contributions. All of them despite other business exigencies have
shared their rich experience and knowledge with the management to take
your Company forward. Your Board would also like to thank all the
employees and staff of the Company and wish them all the best for
achieving many new milestones in the future.
For and on behalf of the Board of Directors
Gurgaon, February 26, 2013. Chairman