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Directors Report Year End : Mar '18    Mar 17

The Directors have pleasure in presenting their Twenty Sixth Annual Report, together with the Audited Financial Statements of the Company for the year ended March 31, 2018.

SUMMARY OF FINANCIAL RESULTS & STATE OF COMPANY’S AFFAIRS

Description

Amount (Rs. in lakhs)

2017-18

2016-17

Revenue from Operations

32868.69

22952.31

Other Income

130.53

316.41

Earnings before Finance Costs, Depreciation and Tax

3583.76

1669.74

Finance Costs

387.90

347.95

Profit before Depreciation and Tax

3195.86

1321.79

Depreciation and Amortization

794.07

772.77

Profit before Tax

2401.79

549.02

Tax Expenses / (Credit)

788.43

215.57

Net Profit for the year

1613.36

333.45

Your Company has adopted Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS) with effect from April 1, 2017 (transition date being April 1, 2016). Accordingly, the financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2018 have been prepared in accordance with Ind AS in terms of the provisions of Section 133 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with the Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules, 2015, as amended from time to time. Previous year figures have been restated as per Ind AS to make them comparable.

GENERAL & CORPORATE MATTERS

During the year under review, your Company achieved Gross Revenue from operations of Rs.32868.69 lakhs as compared to Rs.22952.31 lakhs in the previous year (an increase of about 43.20%). The increase in revenue was mainly due to robust orders received from various customers. The Profit before Depreciation and Tax for the year stood at Rs.3195.86 lakhs as compared to Rs.1321.79 lakhs in the previous year. The increase in profit was due to excellent order position enjoyed by the company during the year under review.

The Global optical fibre cable consumption has gone up to 493 million fibre-km in 2017, which is a clear increase of 14.9 % from the previous year. The overall growth in the global optical fibre market coupled with increasing Indian market demand primarily due to huge demand from Government driven rural broadband project and other Greenfield network expansion projects from private telecom players in the country. As a matter of fact, the Fibre demand in India mainly driven by the migration of 3G to 4G telecom network which warrants huge volumes of fibre cables to be deployed in backbone, access and premise network nodes. This even extends to the fiberisation requirements to cell sites due to heavy data driven networks with the high bandwidth demands.

The spurt in overall growth in the requirement of optical fibre cables is not only in the domestic segment, but also in the overseas market due to robust network roll-out by leading telcos all across the world. Almost one third of the revenue came from the export segment for the company, which clearly demonstrates the quality culture traditionally being nourished by the company on a long term basis.

DIVIDEND AND RESERVES

After considering the Company’s profitability, free cash flow and overall financial performance, the Board of Directors of the Company is pleased to recommend a Dividend of Rs.1/- (previous year '' Nil) per equity share of face value Rs.10/- each (i.e. 10%) for the financial year ended on March 31, 2018. The distribution of Dividend on equity shares, if approved by the Members at the ensuing Annual General Meeting, will result in payout of Rs.300.00 lakhs excluding Tax on Dividend and Surcharge/Education Cess thereon.

SHARE CAPITAL

The paid-up Equity Share Capital of the Company as at March 31, 2018 stood at Rs.3000.00 lakhs. During the year under review, the Company has neither issued shares with differential rights as to dividend, voting or otherwise nor has granted stock options or sweat equity under any scheme. Further, none of the Directors of the Company holds investments convertible into equity shares of the Company as on March 31, 2018.

DEPOSITS/FINANCE

Your Company has not accepted any public deposits during the year within the meaning of Section(s) 73 to 76 of the Companies Act, 2013 and the Companies (Acceptance of Deposits) Rules, 2014 and as such no amount on account of principal or interest on public deposits was outstanding as on the date of the Balance Sheet.

Your Company continued to optimise bank borrowings during the year by focusing on cash flows and working capital management. By availing alternate funding options like issuance of Buyer’s Credit and Supplier’s Credit, your Company ensured efficiency in its borrowing costs.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Pursuant to Regulation 34(3) read with Para C of Schedule V of SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, the Management Discussion & Analysis, Report on Corporate Governance and a certification by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) confirming compliance by all the Board Members and Senior Management Personnel with Company’s Code of Conduct and Auditors’ Certificate regarding compliance of conditions of Corporate Governance are made a part of the Annual Report.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVES

As a part of its initiative under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the Company has undertaken CSR activities in the areas of (i) Animal welfare and (ii) Education promoting employment enhancing vocation skills especially among children and livelihood enhancement projects. These activities are largely in accordance with Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 and the Company’s CSR Policy.

The Annual Report on CSR activities is given in Annexure-I, which is attached hereto and forms a part of the Directors’ Report. The Corporate Social Responsibility Policy of the Company is available on the website of the Company i.e. www.birlacable.com.

DIRECTORS’ RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

To the best of their knowledge and belief and according to the information and explanations obtained by them, your Directors make the following statements in terms of Section 134(3)(c) of the Companies Act, 2013:

(a) that in the preparation of the annual financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2018, the applicable accounting standards read with requirements set out under Schedule III to the Companies Act, 2013, have been followed and there are no material departures from the same;

(b) that such accounting policies as mentioned in Notes to the Financial Statements have been selected and applied consistently and judgement and estimates have been made that are reasonable and prudent so as to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company as at March 31, 2018 and the profit of the Company for the year ended on that date. The Company adopted Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS) effective from April 1, 2017 with transition date being April 1, 2016 and accordingly, the transition was carried out and applied in the accounting policies in accordance with the applicable Ind AS as stated in the Notes to Financial Statements. The impact of transition has been recorded in opening reserves as at April 1, 2016 and the periods presented have been restated accordingly;

(c) that proper and sufficient care has been taken for the maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of Companies Act, 2013 for safeguarding the assets of the Company and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities;

(d) that the annual financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis;

(e) that proper internal financial controls were in place and that the financial controls were adequate and were operating effectively; and

(f) that system to ensure compliance with the provisions of all applicable laws were in place and were adequate and operating effectively.

RISK MANAGEMENT AND ADEQUACY OF INTERNAL CONTROL SYSTEMS

The Company’s system of financial and compliance controls with reference to the financial statements and risk management is embedded in the business process by which the Company pursues its objectives. Additionally, the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors assess the implementation of risk management and risk mitigation measures through their review of potential risks which could negatively impact the operations, the proposed budget and plan, the Company’s strategic framework besides inherent risks associated with the products/ goods dealt with by the Company. Your Company’s approach to address business risks is comprehensive and includes periodic review of such risks and a framework for mitigating and reporting mechanism of such risks. In the view of the Board of Directors, there are no material risks, which may threaten the existence of the Company.

The Board of Directors of the Company has laid down the policies and procedures for internal financial controls to be followed by the Company for ensuring the orderly and efficient conduct of its business, in order to achieve the strategic, operational and other objectives over a long period and that its exposure to risks are within acceptable limits decided by the Board. In addition, the policies and procedures have been designed with an intent to ensure safeguarding of Company’s assets, the prevention and detection of frauds and errors, the accuracy in completeness of the accounting records and the timely preparation of reliable financial information.

The management is committed to ensure effective internal financial controls environment, which provides assurance on the efficiency of its business operations coupled with adherence to its established policies, safety/security of its assets besides orderly and legitimate conduct of Company’s business in the circumstances, which may reasonably be foreseen. The Company has defined organisation structure, authority levels delegated powers, internal procedures, rules and guidelines for conducting business transactions. The Company’s system and process relating to internal controls and procedures for financial reporting have been designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes with the Companies Act, 2013, Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules, 2015 and other relevant provisions of the Act and rules made thereunder and all other applicable regulatory/statutory guidelines, etc. for disclosures with reference to financial statements.

Your Company’s internal control systems are supplemented by an extensive program of internal audit by an independent firm of Chartered Accountants. Internal audits are conducted at regular intervals and a summary of the observations and recommendations of such audits are placed before the Audit Committee. The Internal Auditors, the Audit Committee as well as the Board of Directors conduct an evaluation of the adequacy and effectiveness of the system of internal financial controls system on an ongoing basis.

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AND SAFETY

Industrial relations remained cordial throughout the year. Your Directors recognize and appreciate the sincere and hard work, loyalty, dedicated efforts and contribution of all the employees in the growth and performance of the Company during the year.

The Company continues to accord a very high priority to both industrial safety and environmental protection and these are ongoing process at the Company’s plant and facilities to maintain high awareness levels. The Company is conscious of the importance of environmentally clean and safe operations so as to ensure safety of all concerned and compliance of applicable environmental regulations. The Company as a policy re-evaluates safety standards and practices from time to time in order to raise the bar of safety standards for its people as well as users and customers.

RECOGNITION

The Company’s manufacturing facilities continue to remain certified by independent and reputed external agency as being compliant as well as aligned with the external standards for Quality Management System IS/ISO 9001:2008, TL9000R5.5/5.0H, Environmental Management Standards IS/ISO 14001:2004 and Occupational Health and Safety Management System OHSAS 18001:2007. During the year, the audits for these Certifications established continuous improvement in performance against these standards.

During the year under review, the Company successfully obtained certification under Information Security Management System ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Standards from Bureau Veritas for design, development and manufacture of optical fibre cables, ribbon type optical fibre cables, polyethylene insulated jelly filled telecommunication cables, copper communication cables, insulated wire & cables, electric conductors, supply of accessories for optical fibre cables & copper cables and support processes.

DIRECTORS

In accordance with the provisions of Section 152 of the Companies Act, 2013 and the Company’s Articles of Association, Shri D.R.Bansal [DIN: 00050612], Director shall retire by rotation at the ensuing Annual General Meeting and being eligible, has offered himself for re-appointment as a Director of the Company. The Board recommends his re-appointment for the consideration of the members of the Company at the ensuing Annual General Meeting.

The brief resume and other details of Director seeking re-appointment as required under Regulation 36(3) of the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 and Secretarial Standard on General Meetings (SS-2) are given in the Notice of the ensuing Annual General Meeting, which is being sent to the shareholders along with Annual Report.

During the year under review, there was no change in the Board of Directors of the Company.

KEY MANAGERIAL PERSONNEL

Shri R Sridharan, Manager and Chief Executive Officer and Shri Somesh Laddha, General Manager (Accounts) & Secretary are the Key Managerial Personnel of the Company. During the year under review there was no change in the Key Managerial Personnel of the Company.

DECLARATION BY INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS

All Independent Directors of your Company viz.Shri R.C.Tapuriah, Dr.Aravind Srinivasan,Shri Arun Kishore, Shri K.Raghuraman and Smt. Archana Capoor have individually and severally given a declaration pursuant to Section 149(7) of the Companies Act, 2013 affirming compliance to the criteria of Independence as laid down under Section 149(6) of the Companies Act, 2013. Based on the declaration(s) of Independent Directors, the Board of Directors recorded its opinion that all Independent Directors are independent of the Management and have fulfilled the conditions as specified in the Companies Act, 2013, rules made thereunder as well as applicable provisions of the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements), Regulations, 2015.

MEETINGS OF BOARD AND COMPOSITION OF COMMITTEES

During the year under review, the Board met six times viz. May 16, 2017, August 08, 2017, September 27, 2017, November 14, 2017, February 06, 2018 and March 09, 2018.

As required under Section 177(8) read with Section 134(3) of the Companies Act, 2013, and the rules framed thereunder, the composition and meetings of the Audit Committee were in line with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, details of which alongwith composition, number of meetings of all other Board Committees held during the year under review and attendance at the meetings are provided in the Report on Corporate Governance, forming a part of the Annual Report. During the year under review, all the recommendations of the Audit Committee were accepted by the Board of Directors.

PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF BOARD, COMMITTEES AND DIRECTORS

Pursuant to the Provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 and the Guidance Note on Board evaluation issued by SEBI, the Board of Directors of the Company carried out the formal annual evaluation of its own performance and that of its Committees and individual Directors, interalia, to assess the skill set and contribution that are desired, recognising that competencies and experiences evolves over time. The Directors were individually evaluated based on personal interaction to ascertain feedback on well defined parameters which, interalia, comprised of level of engagement and their contribution to strategic planning and other criteria based on performance and personal attributes of the Directors. During the process of evaluation, the Board of Directors also considered the criteria for evaluation of performance of Independent Directors and the Board of Directors formulated by the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. The Board of Directors also reviewed and discussed the annual performance evaluation of Directors carried out by the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and review of the performance of the Chairman (taking into account the views of non-executive directors), the Non-independent Directors and the Board as a whole carried out by the Independent Directors. A statement indicating the manner, in which formal annual evaluation has been made by the Board of Directors, is given in the Report on Corporate Governance which forms a part of the Annual Report.

SELECTION AND APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTORS AND THEIR REMUNERATION

The Board of Directors in consonance with the recommendation of Nomination and Remuneration Committee (NRC) has adopted a terms of reference which, interalia, deals with the criteria for identification of members of the Board of Directors and selection/appointment of the Key Managerial Personnel/Senior Management Personnel of the Company. The NRC recommends appointment of Director/appointment or re-appointment of Manager & CEO based on their qualifications, expertise, positive attributes and independence in accordance with prescribed provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and rules framed thereunder and SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015. The NRC, in addition to ensuring diversity of race and gender, also considers the impact the appointee would have on Board’s balance of professional experience, background, view points, skills and areas of expertise.

The Board of Directors in consonance with the recommendation of Nomination and Remuneration Committee has also adopted the Remuneration Policy for the members of the Board and Executive Management. The guiding principles of the Remuneration Policy are stated in the Report on Corporate Governance, which forms a part of the Annual Report.

VIGIL MECHANISM / WHISTLE BLOWER POLICY

In terms of the provisions of Section 177(9) of the Companies Act, 2013, the Company has implemented a Vigil Mechanism which includes implementation of the Whistle Blower Policy to deal with instances of fraud and mis-management, if any, and conducting business with integrity, including in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. No employee has been denied access to the Vigilance Officer as well as Chairman of the Audit Committee. The details of the Vigil Mechanism and Whistle Blower Policy are explained in the Corporate Governance Report and also posted on the website of the Company.

AUDITORS

In terms of the provisions of Section 139 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with the Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules, 2014 as amended vide the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 and the Companies (Audit and Auditors) Amendment Rules, 2018 respectively Messrs Jain Pramod Jain & Co., Chartered Accountants (Firm Registration No. 016746 N) were appointed as Statutory Auditors of the Company to hold office for a term of five (5) years until the conclusion of the Thirtieth Annual General Meeting of the Company to be held for the financial year 2021-22 and their appointment is not required to be ratified each year at Annual General Meeting of the Company. The Auditors have confirmed to the Company that they continue to remain eligible to hold office as the Auditors and not disqualified for being so appointed under the Companies Act, 2013, the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 and the rules and regulations made thereunder.

The Board of Directors has re-appointed Messrs D. Sabyasachi & Co., Cost Accountants, as Cost Auditors for conducting audit of the accounting records maintained by the Company in respect of specified products of the Company covered under The Companies (Cost Records and Audit) Amendment Rules, 2014 and fixed their remuneration based on the recommendation of the Audit Committee. The remuneration payable to Cost Auditors is subject to ratification by the shareholders in the ensuing Annual General Meeting of the Company.

AUDITORS’ REPORT

The Auditors’ Report on the financial statements of the Company forms a part of the Annual Report. There is no qualification, reservation, adverse remark, disclaimer or modified opinion in the Auditors’ Report, which calls for any further comments or explanations. Further, during the year under review, the Auditors have not reported any matter under Section 143(12) of the Companies Act, 2013, therefore, no detail is required to be disclosed in pursuance to Section 134(3)(ca) of the Companies Act, 2013.

SECRETARIAL AUDITOR

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 204 of the Companies Act, 2013 and the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014, Messrs R.K.Mishra & Associates, Company Secretaries (PCS Registration no.14474) were appointed to undertake the Secretarial Audit of the Company for the year ended March 31, 2018. The Report of the Secretarial Auditor is given in Annexure-II, which is attached hereto and forms a part of the Directors’ Report.

No qualification or observation or other remarks have been made by Messrs R.K.Mishra & Associates in the Secretarial Audit Report, which calls for any comments or explanations.

COMPLIANCE WITH SECRETARIAL STANDARDS

The Company has proper system in place to ensure compliance with the provisions of applicable Secretarial Standards. During the year under review, your Company has complied with applicable provisions of Secretarial Standard on Meetings of the Board of Directors (SS-1) and Secretarial Standard on General Meetings (SS-2) issued by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

All related party transactions that were entered into by the Company during the financial year under review were generally on arms’ length basis and in the ordinary course of business. The disclosure of related party transactions as required under Section 134(3)(h) of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 8 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014 in prescribed Form AOC-2 is given in Annexure-III, which is attached hereto and forms a part of the Directors’ Report. There are no material significant related party transactions entered into by the Company with its Promoters, Directors, Key Managerial Personnel or other designated persons, which may have a potential conflict with the interest of the Company at large.

All related party transactions are placed before the meeting(s) of Audit Committee for its approval. Prior omnibus approval of the Audit Committee is obtained on an annual basis, for a financial year, for the transactions which are of a foreseen and repetitive in nature. The statement giving details of all related party transactions entered into pursuant to the omnibus approval together with relevant documents/ information are placed before the Audit Committee for review and updation on quarterly basis. The Company’s Policy on materiality of Related Party Transactions and dealing with Related Party Transactions, as approved by the Board of Directors, is uploaded on the Company’s website and can be accessed at weblink: http://www.birlacable.com/pdf/RPTPolicy_BCL.pdf.

PARTICULARS OF LOANS, GUARANTEES AND INVESTMENTS UNDER SECTION 186 OF THE COMPANIES ACT, 2013

The particulars of Loans, Guarantees and Investment in pursuance to Section 186 of the Companies Act, 2013 have been disclosed in the financial statements read together with Notes annexed to and forming an integral part of the financial statements.

DISCLOSURE OF RATIO OF REMUNERATION OF DIRECTORS AND KEY MANAGERIAL PERSONNEL, ETC.

As required under Section 197(12) of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 5(1) of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014, the Statement of Disclosure of Remuneration and such other details as prescribed therein are given in Annexure-IV, which is attached hereto and forms a part of the Directors’ Report.

EXTRACT OF ANNUAL RETURN

An Extract of Annual Return as provided under Section 92(3) of the Companies Act, 2013 is given in Annexure-V, which is attached hereto and forms a part of the Directors’ Report.

PARTICULARS OF EMPLOYEES

Particulars of employees in accordance with the provisions of Section 197 of the Companies Act, 2013, read with Rule 5(2) of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014 are not given, as none of the employees qualifies for such disclosure.

CONSERVATION OF ENERGY, TECHNOLOGY ABSORPTION AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNING AND OUTGO

As required under Section 134(3)(m) of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 8 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules 2014, the information on Conservation of Energy, Technology Absorption and Foreign Exchange Earnings and Outgo are given in Annexure-VI, which is attached hereto and forms a part of the Directors’ Report.

GENERAL

Your Directors state that no disclosure or reporting is required in respect of the following items as there were no transactions or events on these items during the year under review:

(a) the Company has neither issued shares with differential rights as to dividend, voting or otherwise nor has granted stock options or sweat equity under any scheme. Further, none of the Directors of the Company holds investments convertible into equity shares of the Company as on March 31, 2018.

(b) No significant or material orders were passed by the Regulators or Courts or Tribunals which impact the going concern status of the Company and its operations in future.

(c) The Company has zero tolerance towards sexual harassment at workplace and has adopted a Policy on prevention, prohibition and redressal of sexual harassment at workplace in line with the requirements of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, and Rules made thereunder. During the year under review, there were no cases filed or reported pursuant to the provisions of the said Act.

(d) There are no material changes or commitments affecting the financial position of the Company, which have occurred between the end of the financial year of the Company to which the financial statements relate and the date of this Report.

(e) No frauds were reported by Auditors in terms of Section 143(2) of the Companies Act, 2013 and rules, if any, made thereunder.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The Board of Directors desires to place on record its grateful appreciation for the excellent assistance and co-operation received from the State Government and continued support extended to the Company by the bankers, investors, vendors, esteemed customers and other business associates. Your Directors also wish to place on record their sincere thanks and infinite appreciations to all the employees of the Company for their unstinted commitment and continued contribution in the performance of the Company.

Yours faithfully,

Harsh.V.Lodha Chairman

(DIN: 00394094)

D.R.Bansal

(DIN: 00050612)

R.C.Tapuriah

(DIN: 00395997)

Aravind Srinivasan Directors

(DIN: 00088037)

Arun Kishore

(DIN: 00177831)

Archana Capoor

(DIN: 01204170)

New Delhi, May 24, 2018

Source : Dion Global Solutions Limited
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