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Auditor's Report (Larsen & Toubro) Year End : Mar '17

We have audited the accompanying standalone Ind AS financial statements of Larsen & Toubro Limited (the “Company”), which comprise the Balance Sheet as at March 31, 2017, the Statement of Profit and Loss (including Other Comprehensive Income), the Statement of Cash Flows and the Statement of Changes in Equity for the year then ended, and a summary of the significant accounting policies and other explanatory information, which includes 25 Joint Operations (herein after referred to as “standalone Ind AS financial statements”).

Management’s Responsibility for the Standalone Ind AS Financial Statements

The Company’s Board of Directors is responsible for the matters stated in Section 134(5) of the Companies Act, 2013 (the “Act”) with respect to the preparation of these standalone Ind AS financial statements that give a true and fair view of the financial position, financial performance including other comprehensive income, cash flows and changes in equity of the Company including its joint operation in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in India, including the Indian Accounting Standards (“Ind AS”) prescribed under section 133 of the Act.

The Boards of Directors of the Company and those charged with governance of its joint operation are responsible for maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Act for safeguarding the assets of the Company and its joint operation and for preventing and detecting frauds and other irregularities; selection and application of appropriate accounting policies; making judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent; and design, implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financial controls, that were operating effectively for ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the accounting records, relevant to the preparation and presentation of the standalone Ind AS financial statements that give a true and fair view and are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

Auditor’s Responsibility

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these standalone Ind AS financial statements based on our audit.

In conducting our audit, we have taken into account the provisions of the Act, the accounting and auditing standards and matters which are required to be included in the audit report under the provisions of the Act and the Rules made thereunder.

We conducted our audit of the standalone Ind AS financial statements in accordance with the Standards on Auditing specified under Section 143(10) of the Act. Those Standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the standalone Ind AS financial statements are free from material misstatement.

An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and the disclosures in the standalone Ind AS financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor’s judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the standalone Ind AS financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal financial control relevant to the Company’s preparation of the standalone Ind AS financial statements that give a true and fair view in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of the accounting policies used and the reasonableness of the accounting estimates made by the Company’s Directors, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the standalone Ind AS financial statements.

We believe that the audit evidence obtained by us and other auditors in terms of their reports referred to in the Other Matters paragraph below, is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion on the standalone Ind AS financial statements.

Opinion

In our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us, and based on the consideration of reports of the other auditors on separate financial statements of joint operations referred to in the Other Matters paragraph below, the aforesaid standalone Ind AS financial statements give the information required by the Act in the manner so required and give a true and fair view in conformity with the accounting principles generally accepted in India, of the state of affairs of the Company as at March 31, 2017, and its profit, total comprehensive income, cash flows and the changes in equity for the year ended on that date.

Other Matters

a) We did not audit the financial statements / information of 16 joint operations included in the standalone Ind AS financial statements of the Company whose financial statements reflect total assets of RS.3,647.41 crore as at March 31, 2017, total revenues of RS.4,360.69 crore, total profit after tax (net) of RS.268.96 crore and total comprehensive income (net) of RS.269.03 crore for the year ended on that date, as considered in the standalone Ind AS financial statements. The financial statements of these joint operations have been audited by the other auditors whose reports have been furnished to us, and our opinion in so far as it relates to the amounts and disclosures included in respect of these joint operations and our report in terms of subsection (3) of Section 143 of the Act, in so far as it relates to aforesaid joint operations, is based solely on the reports of such other auditors.

Out of above, there are 7 joint operations which are located outside India whose financial results have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in their respective countries and which have been audited by other auditors under generally accepted auditing standards applicable in their respective countries. The Company’s management has converted the financial statements of such joint operations located outside India from accounting principles generally accepted in their respective countries to accounting principles generally accepted in India. We have audited these conversion adjustments made by the Company’s management. Our audit report in so far as it relates to the balances and affairs of such joint operations located outside India is based on the reports of other auditors and the conversion adjustments prepared by the management of the Company and audited by us.

b) The comparative financial information of the Company for the transition date opening balance sheet as at 1st April 2015 included in these standalone Ind AS financial statements, are based on the statutory financial statements prepared in accordance with the Companies (Accounting Standards) Rules, 2006 audited by one of the joint auditors whose report for the year ended March 31, 2015 dated May 30, 2015 expressed an unmodified opinion on those standalone financial statements, and have been restated to comply with Ind AS. Adjustments made to the previously issued said financial information prepared in accordance with the Companies (Accounting Standards) Rules, 2006 to comply with Ind AS have been audited by us.

c) The comparative financial information for the year ended March 31, 2016 in respect of 4 joint operations included in this standalone Ind AS financial statements prepared in accordance with the Ind AS have been audited by the other auditors.

The comparative financial information for the year ended March 31, 2016 in respect of 16 joint operations included in this standalone Ind AS financial statements prepared in accordance with the Ind AS have not been audited by their auditors and have been furnished to us by the Management.

Our opinion on the standalone Ind AS financial statements, and our report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements below, is not modified in respect of these matters with respect to our reliance on the work done and the reports of the other auditors and the financial information certified by the Management.

Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements

1. As required by Section 143(3) of the Act, based on our audit and on the consideration of the reports of the other auditor on the separate financial statements / information of the joint operation, referred to in the Other Matters paragraph above we report, to the extent applicable that:

a) We have sought and obtained all the information and explanations which to the best of our knowledge and belief were necessary for the purposes of our audit;

b) In our opinion, proper books of account as required by law have been kept by the Company and its joint operation so far as it appears from our examination of those books and the reports of the other auditors;

c) The Balance Sheet, the Statement of Profit and Loss including Other Comprehensive Income, the Statement of Cash Flows and Statement of Changes in Equity dealt with by this Report are in agreement with the relevant books of account;

d) In our opinion, the aforesaid standalone Ind AS financial statements comply with the Indian Accounting Standards prescribed under section 133 of the Act read with relevant rules issued thereunder;

e) On the basis of the written representations received from the directors as on March 31, 2017 taken on record by the Board of Directors and the report of the statutory auditor of its joint operation company incorporated in India, none of the directors is disqualified as on March 31, 2017 from being appointed as a director in terms of Section 164(2) of the Act;

f) With respect to the adequacy of the internal financial controls over financial reporting of the Company and joint operation which is a Company incorporated in India and the operating effectiveness of such controls, refer to our separate Report in “Annexure A”. Our report expresses an unmodified opinion on the adequacy and operating effectiveness of the Company’s and it’s joint operation’s internal financial controls over financial reporting; and

g) With respect to the other matters to be included in the Auditor’s Report in accordance with Rule 11 of the Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules, 2014, as amended, in our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us:

i. The Company has disclosed the impact of pending litigations on its financial position in its standalone Ind AS financial statements;

ii. The Company has made provision, as required under the applicable law or accounting standards, for material foreseeable losses, if any, on long-term contracts including derivative contracts;

iii. There has been no delay in transferring amounts, required to be transferred, to the Investor Education and Protection Fund by the Company; and

iv. To the best of our information and according to the information and explanations given to us and having regard to the nature of business and size of its operations and cash payments made by the Company in the ordinary course of business and based on the Company’s practices for recording such transactions, the Company has provided the requisite disclosures in its financial statements as to holdings as well as dealings in Specified Bank Notes as defined in the Notification S.O. 3407(E) dated the 8th November, 2016 of the Ministry of Finance, during the period from November 8, 2016 to December 30, 2016. Based on audit procedures performed and the representations provided to us by the management, we report that the disclosures are in accordance with the relevant books of account maintained by the Company and as produced before us and other auditor by the management.

2. As required by the Companies (Auditor’s Report) Order, 2016 (“the Order”) issued by the Central Government in terms of Section 143(11) of the Act, we give in “Annexure B” a statement on the matters specified in paragraphs 3 and 4 of the Order.

ANNEXURE “B” TO THE INDEPENDENT AUDITORS’ REPORT

(Referred to in paragraph 2 under ‘Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements’ section of our report of even date)

(i) (a) The Company has maintained proper records showing full particulars, including quantitative details and situation of fixed assets.

(b) The Company has a program of verification of its fixed assets to cover all the items in a phased manner over a period of 3 years which, in our opinion, is reasonable having regard to the size of the Company and the nature of its fixed assets. Pursuant to the program, certain fixed assets were physically verified by the Management during the year. According to the information and explanations given to us, no material discrepancies were noticed on such verification.

(c) According to the information and explanations given to us and the records examined by us and based on the examination of the registered sale deed / transfer deed / conveyance deed provided to us, we report that, the title deeds, comprising all the immovable properties of land and buildings (including land whose title deed have been pledged as security against debentures issued by the Company), are held in the name of the Company as at the balance sheet date, except the following:

Rs. crore

Type of asset

Total no. of cases

Leasehold / freehold

Gross block as at March 31, 2017

Net block as at March 31, 2017

Remarks

Land

3

Freehold

1.27

1.27

Conveyance deed pending to be executed.

Buildings

2

Freehold

3.54

0.94

Conveyance deed pending to be executed.

In respect of immovable properties of land and buildings that have been taken on lease and disclosed as fixed asset in the financial statements, the lease agreements are in the name of the Company, where the Company is the lessee in the agreement.

(ii) As explained to us, the inventories were physically verified during the year by the Management at reasonable intervals and no material discrepancies were noticed on physical verification between the physical stock and the book records.

(iii) According to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has granted loans, secured or unsecured, to companies, firms, Limited Liability Partnerships or other parties covered in the register maintained under section 189 of the Act, in respect of which:

(a) The terms and conditions of the grant of such loans are, in our opinion, prima facie, not prejudicial to the Company’s interest.

(b) The schedule of repayment of principal and payment of interest has been stipulated and repayments or receipts of principal amounts and interest have been regular as per stipulations.

(c) There is no overdue amount remaining outstanding as at the balance sheet date.

(iv) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has complied with the provisions of Sections 185 and 1 86 of the Act in respect of grant of loans, making investments and providing guarantees and securities, as applicable.

(v) According to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has not accepted any deposit during the year and hence reporting under paragraph 3 (v) of the Order is not applicable to the Company.

(vi) The maintenance of cost records has been specified by the Central Government under section 148(1) of the Act. We have broadly reviewed the cost records maintained by the Company pursuant to the Companies (Cost Records and Audit) Rules, 2014, as amended and prescribed by the Central Government under sub-section (1) of Section 148 of the Act, and are of the opinion that, prima facie, the prescribed cost records have been made and maintained. We have, however, not made a detailed examination of the cost records with a view to determine whether they are accurate or complete.

(vii) According to the information and explanations given to us, in respect of statutory dues:

(a) The Company has been generally regular in depositing undisputed statutory dues, including Provident Fund, Employees’ State Insurance, Income-tax, Sales Tax, Service Tax, Customs Duty, Excise Duty, Value Added Tax, cess and other material statutory dues applicable to it to the appropriate authorities.

(b) There were no undisputed amounts payable in respect of Provident Fund, Employees’ State Insurance, Income-tax, Sales Tax, Service Tax, Customs Duty, Excise Duty, Value Added Tax, cess and other material statutory dues in arrears as at March 31, 2017 for a period of more than six months from the date they became payable.

(c) Details of dues of Income-tax, Sales Tax, Service Tax, Customs Duty, Excise Duty, and Value Added Tax which have not been deposited as on March 31, 2017 on account of disputes are given below:

Name of Statute

Nature of Dues

Forum where Dispute is Pending

Period to which Amount Relates

Amount Involved (Rs. crore)

Amount Unpaid Rs. crore)

Central Sales Tax Act, Local Sales Tax Acts and Works

Taxability of sub-contractor turnover, rate of tax for declared goods, inter-state sales and non-submission of forms

Supreme Court

2000-01 to 2006-07

12.13

3.14

Contract Tax Act

Dispute regarding question of law, non-submission of forms, classification dispute, tax deducted at source at lower rate, sales in transit, high seas sales, labour turnover, local VAT, rate of tax on declared goods and other matters.

High Court

1986-87 to 1987-88, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1998-99 to 2002-03, 2005-06, 2006-07 to 2012-13

74.62

65.49

Non-submission of forms, classification disputes, disallowance of sales occasioning import, arbitrary demand raised, sub-contractors turnover disallowed, pumping and freight charges, inter-state sales turnover, tax deducted at source disallowed, rates of tax of declared goods, classification dispute, disallowance of Entry tax and other matters.

Sales Tax/VAT Tribunal

1989-90 to 2013-14

417.09

360.28

Dispute regarding question of law, non-submission of forms, classification

Commissioner

(Appeal)

2000-01,2003-04 to 2012-13, 2014-15 to 2015-16

43.44

40.82

dispute, disallowance of setoff, valuation of goods, sales in transit and high seas sales, and other matters.

Commissioner

2008-09, 2012-13

0.33

0.33

Non Submission of Forms and other matters.

Additional

Commissioner

2011-12 to 2012-13

2.59

2.58

Dispute regarding question of law, non-submission of forms, sales in transit, local VAT and other matters.

Joint

Commissioner

2006-07, 2009-10, 2011-12 to 2015-16

27.18

4.02

Non-submission of forms, additional demands for pending forms, rate of tax dispute, disallowance of branch transfer, sub-contractors turnover, considering supply agreement as Works Contract Tax, disallowance of sales in transit, stock transfer and other matters.

Assistant/ Deputy/ Joint Commissioner - Appeals

1998-99, 2000-01 to 2014-15

1219.32

1128.36

Sales in transit, local VAT and other matters.

Assessing/ Commercial Tax Officer

1996-97 to 1998-99, 2001-02 to 2007-08, 2009-10 to 2012-13

7.97

7.13

The Central Excise Act, 1944, Service Tax under Finance Act,

Export rebate claim, service tax on commercial construction services, service tax liability against rate change and penalty imposed for wrong availment of CENVAT credit.

High Court

2005-06 to 2007-08, 2009-10 to 2012-13

42.48

40.74

1994 and Customs Act, 1962

Demand of excise duty on Fabrication of Cable tray supports/ ED exemption/ Export rebate disallowance / Service Tax on Business Auxiliary Services/ Valuation Dispute pertaining to Excise/ Duty on Supply of Bolts & nuts/ GTA services, site jobs, export rebate disallowance, MRP valuation disputes, CENVAT credit availed, non-maintenance of separate records, and other matters.

CESTAT

1991-92,2001-02 to 2011-12

1025.48

1001.52

Disallowance of CENVAT credit, excise duty refund, excise duty on site jobs, short payment of service tax, service tax rate dispute, valuation dispute and other matters.

Commissioner

(Appeal)

2006-07 to 2012-13, 2015-16

13.87

13.57

Disallowance of CENVAT credit, short payment of service tax, service tax rate dispute, valuation dispute and other matters.

Commissioner

2005-06 to 2013-14

78.69

77.58

Disallowance of CENVAT credit, short payment of service tax and other matters.

Tribunal

2006-07 to 2009-10, 2011-12 to 2012-13

78.97

78.12

Non fulfilment of Export Obligations under Export promotion scheme

Directorate General of Foreign Trade

2015-16 to 2016-17

12.49

12.49

Income-tax Act, 1961

Demands arising out of Regular Assessment/ Reassessment

ITAT

2003-04, 2006-07 to 2011-12

1616.42

491.16

(viii) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has not defaulted in the repayment of loans or borrowings to financial institutions and banks and dues to debenture holders. The Company has not borrowed any funds from the government.

(ix) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has not raised any money by way of initial public offer or further public offer (including debt instruments) or term loans and hence reporting under paragraph 3 (ix) of the Order is not applicable to the Company.

(x) To the best of our knowledge and according to the information and explanations given to us, no fraud by the Company and no material fraud on the Company by its officers or employees has been noticed or reported during the year.

(xi) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has paid / provided managerial remuneration in accordance with the requisite approvals mandated by the provisions of section 197 read with Schedule V to the Act.

(xii) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company is not a Nidhi Company and hence reporting under paragraph 3 (xii) of the Order is not applicable to the Company.

(xiii) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company is in compliance with Section 177 and 188 of the Act, where applicable, for all transactions with the related parties and the details of related parties and the details of related party transactions have been disclosed in the financial statements etc. as required by the applicable accounting standards.

(xiv) According to the information and explanations given to us, during the year the Company has not made any preferential allotment or private placement of shares or fully or partly convertible debentures and hence reporting under paragraph 3 (xiv) of the Order is not applicable to the Company.

(xv) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, during the year the Company has not entered into any non-cash transactions with its directors or persons connected with him and hence provisions of section 192 of the Act are not applicable to the Company.

(xvi) The Company is not required to be registered under section 45-IA of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.

For DELOITTE HASKINS & SELLS LLP For SHARP & TANNAN

Chartered Accountants Chartered Accountants

(Firm Registration No. 1 17366W/W-100018) (Firm Registration No. 109982W)

P. R. RAMESH FIRDOSH D. BUCHIA

(Partner) (Partner)

(Membership No. 70928) (Membership No. 38332)

MUMBAI, May 29, 2017

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