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Annual Report

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Director’s Report


The Members,

D. B. Corp Limited

The Directors have pleasure in presenting to you the 22nd Annual Report together with the Balance Sheet and Statement of Profit and Loss for the year ended 31st March, 2018.


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India as one of the faster growing economies of the world, demonstrated strong resilience on the face of global slow growth environment. India is expected to emerge as one of the top three economic powers of the world over the next 10-15 years, as per the Central Statistics Organisation (CSO) and IMF (International Monetary Fund). Moody’s upgradation of India’s sovereign rating after 14 years, from Baa3 (lowest investment grade) to Baa2, also underlines the strength of the country’s economic fundamentals.

After a temporary slowdown triggered by the implementation of demonetization and GST, the economy started showing signs of recovery in the second half of FY 18. The revival in positive sentiment was reflected in the pick-up in industrial production and a decline in retail inflation (as measured by the CPI) after a period of negativity. The last quarter of the fiscal saw India record its fastest growth in seven quarters at 7.7%, to overtake China, which grew at 6.8% in the quarter ended March 2018. The farm, manufacturing and services sectors propelled this growth, which is expected to sustain in the coming year.

D. B. Corp Limited’s (DBCL) performance for the fiscal 201718 needs to be viewed in the context of aforesaid economic and market environment forces. D. B. Corp Limited (‘DBCL’) delivered another year of resilient performance aided by strong market development strategies, establishment of long term customer relationships and well planned execution of sharper on-ground marketing efforts.

Your Company maintained its focus on editorial strategy which has led to significant improvement in quality of editorial content, greater readership delight and growth. Dainik Bhaskar newspaper continues to be the Nation’s largest circulated multi-edition daily as per Press In India Report 2016-17 prepared by the Registrar of Newspapers of India (RNI) and recently informed by the Honourable Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Mr. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in Parliament during an answer.

As per recently announced Indian Readership Survey (IRS) numbers, the Dainik Bhaskar Group has maintained its leadership as the Largest Newspaper Group of Urban India. Dainik Bhaskar newspaper continues to hold the # 1 position as the largest read newspaper of SEC AB (Socio- Economic Class AB), which is now called NCCS AB. The Dainik Bhaskar newspaper also holds #1 position as the largest read newspaper of Socio-economic Class - A, i.e. SEC A, which is now called NCCS A.

Dainik Bhaskar continues to be the world’s fourth largest circulated news daily by WAN-IFRA in its World Press Trends 2016 report. It ranks behind 3 newspapers which are from outside India; of which 2 are from Japan and 1 from USA.

As part of other significant developments, the following are noteworthy:

- During FY 2017-18 the company executed a challenging and ambitious Circulation Expansion strategy in its legacy markets of Rajasthan, Gujarat and in the newer market of Bihar. The circulation copies increased from an average of 50.4 lakh copies at the start of the initiative in July 2017 to 57.9 lakh copies by the end of the year i.e. a growth of around 15% in a 9-month’s period; and this entire circulation increase was achieved at a higher cover price.

- Dainik Bhaskar has successfully completed entire Bihar expansion drive. It has aggressively expanded copies in circulation reflecting over 2x growth across 38 districts covering key Tier II and Tier III cities and towns in Bihar with around 7 lakh copies.

- MY FM completed the fastest roll out of all 13 newly acquired stations under Batch 1 of Phase III and expanded the company’s reach to 7 states and across 30 cities by March 2017. Your Radio business MY FM has become the largest player in the Rest of Maharashtra and No. 1 in Chandigarh / Haryana / Punjab / Rajasthan / Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh.

- As a part of DBCL’s digital business, the largest Hindi News Website continues to secure the No. 1 spot in Hindi News and continues to remain #1 Gujarati website.

- The digital business with 9 internet portals with a very formidable and strong position in almost 67% of Indian language media space in terms of Unique Visitors and Page Views is the dominant No.1 digital player in various Indian languages, i.e., Hindi and Gujarati, alongside 4 actively available and well-used mobile apps.

Print Business

During the period under review, the Indian economy showed an improvement over 2016-17, but continued to grow at a slower pace. DBCL executed a challenging and ambitious Circulation Expansion strategy in its legacy markets of Rajasthan, Gujarat and in the newer market of Bihar. We are happy to report that it has delivered favourable response with advertising revenue witnessing a growth of around 3 % and circulation revenue registering a growth of around 7%.

Performance highlights of the Company during the year under consideration are as follows:

- Standalone revenue from operations and other income was Rs.23,524 million witnessing a growth of 3.42% as compared to Rs.22,746 million in the previous year.

- Standalone advertising revenue grew 2.83% to Rs.16,425 million which includes revenue from print, radio and digital media business.

- Circulation revenue grew by 7% to Rs.5,145 million from Rs.4,814 million largely driven by rate growth. Circulation revenue has witnessed CAGR growth of around 15% for past 5 years largely driven by rate growth.

- The consolidated gross revenue increased by 3.4% to Rs.23,523 million as compared to Rs.22,750 million in the previous year.

- EBIDTA margin of matured business stands at 28.59%.

The Company has not transferred any amount to General Reserve for the FY 2017-18.

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In order to analyse the performance of the Company, its divisions / editions are segmented into emerging and matured editions / business as any new edition / business launched takes long for stabilisation and for earnings.

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Emerging editions are classified as those editions which are below four years of age or which have turned profitable in last four consecutive quarters, whichever is earlier.

For FY 2017-18, the emerging editions include editions in newly launched states of Maharashtra and Bihar, Mobile app and also newly launched e-real estate division during FY 2015-16. Due to shifting of Jharkhand and most part of Maharashtra in Matured category, Emerging business revenues are not comparable on a YoY basis. At the same time, matured business has reported EBIDTA Margin at 28.59%.

Radio Business

94.3 MY FM is one of the largest radio network of the Tier II and Tier III cities, spread across seven states and 30 cities (including the newly launched 13 radio stations under Batch 1 of phase III in the previous year) commanding a leadership rank in almost all of its markets, both in terms of listenership as well as retail market share.

The Radio Business continued to perform exceptionally well in this financial year. Total income of this division increased from Rs.1,273 million during the previous year to Rs.1,358 million reporting a growth of 6.73%, one of the best among the Radio players. EBIDTA has decreased by (24.35%) at Rs.362 million and EBIDTA margin is 27%.

Digital Business

The digital business declined in total income by 6.8% to Rs.529 million. DB Digital has a very formidable and strong position in almost 67% of the Indian language media space in terms of Unique Visitors and Page Views. Dainik Bhaskar and Divya Bhaskar app have collectively reached 12.3 million app downloads till March 2018.


- Launch of a new brand campaign with sharper product promise of “Chalo Aaj Kuch Achcha Sunte Hai” across stations to engage and strengthen listener connect.

- Extending the “Achcha Sunte hai” promise, MY FM gifted hearing aids to children (aged 6-8 years) with hearing impairments. This drive was implemented across Surat, Rajkot and Ahmedabad. An overwhelming number of people responded to MY FM’s call to make a difference.

- Celebrating 10 years of presence in Ahmedabad and Surat, MY FM executed the biggest Music and Entertainment Festival. More than 25k and 7k people in Ahmedabad and Surat, respectively, witnessed the event.

- Rangrezz Season 4 - MY FM flagged off India’s largest painting competition across the network. The theme was based on inciting a deep sense of state pride amongst children, through catchphrases like Incredible Rajasthan, Incredible Gujarat, etc. Over 612 schools and 3 lakh children participated

- Ek Rakhi Fauji Ke Naam campaign in which MY FM RJ asked listeners to send Rakhis for their bothers in the army; 2,99,446 Rakhis were collected through this initiative.


As representative of Dainik Bhaskar group, the Company takes CSR very seriously and wants to make it a mass movement. With this purpose in mind, your Company has tweaked our strategy on CSR and now, mostly, adhere to advocacy model. The idea is to concentrate our efforts on utilizing our extensive reach to put across our CSR messages to as many people as possible by way of advertisements and write-up.

Company’s CSR initiatives are meant to inform, educate and engage the readers to care from nature, environment and deprived sections. While such initiatives may not show immediate results but in the long run have great potential to sensitize people and make them more humane.

Highlights of the Company’s overall CSR initiatives during FY 2017-18 were as follows:

- Tilak Holi-Encouraging people to reduce wastage of water, and instead celebrate holi with natural and dry colours.

- Mitti Ke Ganesh - observing Ganesh Chaturthi using idol made of natural clay and spread videos teaching how to make the clay idols.

- Sarthak Deepavali-persuading people to make Diwali a true festival of joy by bringing happiness on faces of those who are deprived.

- Ek Ped Ek Zindagi- appealing people to plant, conserve and preserve more trees to save environment.

- Jal Satyagrah-Informing people about the scarcity of water and ways to cut down its wastage.

- Daan Campaign- Urging people to observe Republic Day (26th January) by donating things which are no longer of use to one, to the needy.

- Save Birds - Appealing people to take care of birds during summer season by keeping aside food and water for them in pots.

- Live Positive Campaign -driving a whole campaign to discourage students from committing suicide by roping in coaching institutes and responsible people to become student buddies.

A brief outline of the CSR policy of the Company and initiatives undertaken by the Company on CSR activities during the year are set out in “Annexure A” to this report. For other details regarding the CSR Committee, please refer to the Corporate Governance Report, which is a part of this report. The CSR policy is available on the website of the Company.

During the year, the Company incurred an expenditure of Rs.45.1 million on CSR activities as against the required spend of Rs.100.7 million. The Company could not spend the balance required amount on account of non-availability of fitting, significant and concrete CSR projects. The Company is committed towards undertaking additional activities in the areas of promoting education, empowering women, environmental sustainability, healthcare and sanitation to mention a few and ensure the remaining amount is spent on tangible CSR activities.


Winning awards is the result of strategic efforts to build a company’s authority as an industry leader and a great opportunity to showcase the excellence standards. Your Company was conferred with as many as 81 awards during FY 2017-18 under various segments of its business for its Brand & Marketing Campaigns, CSR Initiatives, Event Activation, Effectiveness in Publication & Media and Print Innovations, Corporate Collaterals, Best Use of CSR practices in Media & Entertainment, Public Awareness Programme, etc. These include 12 Asian Customer Engagement Awards, 9 Public Relation Council of India Awards, 6 India Radio Forum Awards, 4 MarCom Awards and 3 Summit International Awards.


Your Directors have recommended a final dividend @ 10% (i.e. Rs.1/- per equity share of the face value of Rs.10/- each) for the year ended 31st March, 2018 subject to approval of members at the ensuing Annual General Meeting of the Company.

The total amount of dividend to be paid as Final Dividend is approx. Rs.18.4 Crore.


As per Regulation 43A of the SEBI Listing Regulations, the Company has framed a Dividend Distribution Policy which had been approved by the Board of Directors at its meeting held on 20th October, 2016. The Policy lays down a framework for considering decisions by the Board of the Company with regard to distribution of dividend to the shareholders and/ or retaining or plough back of its profits. A copy of the Policy has been attached as ‘Annexure B’ to this report and the same is also available for viewing on the Company’s website and can be accessed at: Dividend%20Distribution%20Policy.pdf


The members of the Company have approved Buyback proposal for buy-back of up to 92,00,000 fully paid-up equity shares of Rs.10/- each (being approx. 5% of the total paid-up equity share capital of the Company as on 31st March, 2018) at a price of Rs.340/- per equity share on a proportionate basis through tender offer for an aggregate amount of Rs.312.80 Crore (excluding transaction cost viz. brokerage, applicable taxes such as securities transaction tax, stamp duty and goods and service tax, etc.). The approval for Buyback proposal was accorded by the members of the Company by passing the enabling Special Resolution through Postal Ballot as per statutory requirements in this regard, the results of which were declared by the Company on 7th July, 2018.

The Company has made the Public Announcement in this regard after compliance with all the necessary disclosures. The Record Date for determining the eligibility of the shareholders to participate in the Buyback is set as 18th July, 2018. The Company will be completing the Buyback within 12 months from the date of Special Resolution passed approving the proposed Buyback which is 6th July, 2018.


Mr. Naveen Kumar Kshatriya, Independent Director of the Company resigned from directorship on the Board from 30th September, 2017. The Board places on record its gratitude for the valuable services rendered by Mr. Naveen Kumar Kshatriya during his association with the Company.

At the Board Meeting held on 16th May, 2018, Mr. Pawan Agarwal (DIN: 00465092), the Deputy Managing Director of the Company was re-appointed for a further period of five (5) years w, e, f. 31st July, 2018 up to 30th July 2023 subject to members’ approval sought at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting along with an increase in his remuneration from the existing remuneration of Rs.60 Lakh p.a. to Rs.1 Crore p.a. as detailed below.


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Pursuant to Section 152 of the Companies Act, 2013 (the “Act”) and the Articles of Association of the Company Mr. Pawan Agarwal, Deputy Managing Director retires by rotation at the ensuing Annual General Meeting and being eligible offers himself for re-appointment. He has confirmed that he is not disqualified from being appointed as a Director in terms of Section 164 of the Act.

A brief resume of Mr. Pawan Agarwal, nature of his expertise in specific functional areas and names of the Companies in which he holds directorships and / or membership / chairmanship of committees of the Board as stipulated under SEBI Listing Regulations is given in the Corporate Governance Report forming part of the Annual Report.

Mr. Sudhir Agarwal has been appointed as the Managing Director of the Company for a term of 5 years (1st January, 2017 to 31st December, 2021) at a remuneration of Rs.90 Lakh p.a. Considering ever expanding business of the Company, the industry trend as also the business acumen and the vast experience that he possesses, on recommendation of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and approval of the Audit Committee, the Board of Directors at its meeting held on 19th July, 2018 has increased his remuneration from Rs.90 Lakh p.a. to Rs.1.5 Crore p.a. as detailed below w.e.f. 1st October, 2018, subject to approval of the members of the Company at the ensuing Annual General Meeting (AGM). Members’ approval is sought for the said increase in his remuneration at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting.


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In terms of Sections 149 and 152 of the Companies Act, 2013, it is proposed to re-appoint the 3 (three) Independent Directors on the Board of the Company. Each of Mr. Piyush Pandey and Mr. Harish Bijoor are proposed to be re-appointed for the second consecutive term of 2 years i. e. from 1st January, 2019 till 31st December, 2020 and Mr. Ashwani Kumar Singhal is proposed to be re-appointed for the second consecutive term of 5 years i. e. from 1st January, 2019 till 31st December 2023. Resolutions for appointing them as Independent Directors for second consecutive term are recommended for passing by the members of the Company at the ensuing Annual General Meeting. A brief resume of each of these Independent Directors, nature of their expertise in specific functional areas and names of the Companies in which they hold directorship and / or membership / chairmanship of Committees of the Board as stipulated under SEBI Listing Regulations is given in the Corporate Governance Report forming part of the Annual Report.

The Company has received declarations from the Independent Directors that they meet with the criteria of independence as laid down under Section 149(6) of the Act and the SEBI Listing Regulations. The Company has also received a notice under Section 160 of the Act signifying their candidature for the office of Independent Director.

None of the Non-Executive Directors had any pecuniary relationships or transactions with the Company which may have potential conflict with the interests of the Company at large.


During the year under review, the Board met 4 (four) times, the details of which are given in the Corporate Governance Report which may be taken as forming a part of this Report.


The Board of Directors functions through the following committees constituted in terms of the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and SEBI Listing Regulations:

Audit Committee Stakeholders’ Relationship Committee

Nomination and Remuneration Committee Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Compensation Committee Executive Committee

The legal provision mandating constitution of Risk Management Committee is not yet applicable to the Company. The details regarding composition and meetings of these committees held during the year under review are given in the Corporate Governance Report which may be taken as forming a part of this Report.


The Board has evaluated the performance of each director on the Board based on the parameters listed out in the ‘Policy on Performance Evaluation of the Board’ framed by the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. The evaluation of the Board and its Committees has been done by the Board considering the Board dynamics and processes, contribution towards development of the strategy, risk management, budgetary controls, receipt of regular inputs and information, functioning, performance and structure of Board Committees, ethics and values, skill set, knowledge and expertise of Directors, leadership, etc. A report in brief on Board evaluation has been given in the Corporate Governance Report which may be taken as forming a part of this Report.


The Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Company leads the process for Board appointments in accordance with the requirements of Companies Act, 2013, SEBI Listing Regulations and other applicable regulations or guidelines. As per the policy on Nomination and Remuneration of Directors, KMPs and Other employees laid down by the said Committee, all the Board appointments are considered based on meritocracy. The potential candidates for appointment to the Board are inter alia evaluated on the basis of highest level of personal and professional ethics, standing, integrity, values and character; appreciation of the Company’s vision, mission, values; prominence in business, institutions or professions; professional skill, knowledge and expertise; financial literacy and such other competencies and skills as may be considered necessary. In addition to the above, the candidature of an Independent Director is also evaluated in terms of the criteria for determining independence as stipulated under Companies Act, 2013, SEBI Listing Regulations and other applicable regulations or guidelines.

At the meeting of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee held on 16 May, 2018, a proposal was placed for the re-appointment of three Independent Directors for the second consecutive term. The Committee has taken into consideration the results of the performance evaluation of the Directors before recommending their re-appointment to the members of the Company for approval at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting.

The detailed policy on Nomination and Remuneration of Directors, KMPs and Other employees is given in the Corporate Governance Report which may be taken as forming a part of this Report.


The details prescribed and required under Section 92(3) of the Companies Act, 2013 constituting the extract of the Annual Return is attached as ‘Annexure C’ to this Report.


Your Company is very keen on identifying, evaluating and managing significant risks faced by the Company and prioritizes relevant action plans in order to mitigate such risks. Risk management framework is reviewed periodically by the Board and Audit Committee, which includes discussing the management submissions on risks, evaluating key risks and approving action, plans to mitigate such risks.

The risk management framework adopted and implemented by the Company is given in the Corporate Governance Report which may be taken as forming a part of this Report.


Your Company has built up a strong and efficient internal control mechanism which is commensurate with the size of its business operations. It has laid down standard operating guidelines and processes which ensure smooth functioning of activities and zero ambiguity in the minds of people who actually execute the operations.

State Heads and Corporate Finance Heads are accountable for financial controls. They are fully responsible for accuracy of books of accounts, preparation of financial statements and reporting in line with the Company’s accounting policies. DBCL has deployed a vigorous Internal Controls and Audit Mechanism to facilitate an accurate and fair presentation of its financial results. This process not just ensures adherence to regulatory standards and meets statutory compliance requirements, but also confirms that our reporting is complete, reliable and understandable. In addition, there is a specific impetus on safeguarding investor interests with deployment of the highest levels of governance and regular communication with them.

Over the years, DBCL has undertaken specific efforts to build up its Processes and deploy Standard Operating Guidelines across all operational areas.

During FY 2017-18, the Company appointed Independent Chartered Accountancy firms to assist in re-evaluating and testing its Internal Financial Controls (IFC) which encompassed review, reclassification and rationalization of controls.

To build and/or strengthen its Internal Audit structure, the Company has engaged experienced Chartered Accountancy firms across all locations. A system of monthly Internal Audit reporting, reviewing and monitoring together with Surprise Audits is set to ensure effective adherence to established processes, internal controls and internal audit mechanism on real-time basis.


Integrity and ethics have been the bedrock of the Company’s corporate operations. There is no shortcut to integrity. Your Company is committed to conducting its business in accordance with the highest standards of professionalism, honesty and ethical behavior. It has the best systems in place to nurture as honest and ethical working culture.

Your Company is among the first few companies in India to take active steps towards establishing a ‘Whistle-blowing Mechanism’. This initiative was taken to encourage employees to report irregularities in operations, besides complying with the statutory requirements under Companies Act, 2013.

In order to maintain highest level of confidentiality, the Company has outsourced the complaint receiving mechanism and coordination with the whistle blower to an independent agency. All DBCL employees can avail this mechanism on a daily basis through a dedicated toll-free Hotline, Website, Email or Post. These reporting channels can be accessed in Hindi, English, Marathi and Gujarati. The whistle blower is provided with a reference number by the Agency, for providing additional information and knowing the status of complaint.

An Internal Ethics Committee has been established to operate this mechanism under the supervision of the Audit Committee. An ombudsperson along with the Ethics Committee decides the future course of action. Complaints are categorized and prioritized based on their nature and actions are commensurate with the category and priority. If the whistle blower is not satisfied with the actions taken, the mechanism also has an Escalation Protocol in place. Through the process, the mechanism considers and extends complete protection to the whistle blower.


Particulars of loans and guarantees given and investments made under Section 186 of the Companies Act, 2013 have been given separately in the financial statements of the Company under Note 31 in the Notes to Accounts, which may be read in conjunction with this Report.


All related party transactions entered into during the financial year were at arm’s length terms. Also, there have been no materially significant related party transactions that were entered into by the Company with its related parties. Hence, the Company is not required to attach the prescribed Form AOC - 2 to the Annual Report of the Company.


Pursuant to the requirements under Section 134(3)(c) of the Companies Act, 2013 with respect to Directors’ Responsibility Statement, it is hereby confirmed:

1. that in the preparation of the annual accounts for the year ended 31st March, 2018, the applicable accounting standards have been followed along with proper explanation relating to material departures;

2. that the directors had 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 as at 31st March, 2018 and of the profit of the Company for the year ended as on that date;

3. that the directors had taken proper and sufficient care for the maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, for safeguarding the assets of the Company and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities;

4. that the directors had prepared the annual accounts for the financial year ended 31st March, 2018, on a ‘going concern’ basis;

5. that the directors had laid down internal financial controls to be followed by the Company and that such internal financial controls are adequate and operating effectively;

6. that the directors had devised proper systems to ensure compliance with the provisions of all applicable laws and that such systems were adequate and operating effectively.


The Company has 2 subsidiaries as on 31st March, 2018. There are no associate companies or joint venture companies within the meaning of Section 2(6) of the Act. There has been no material change in the nature of the business of the subsidiaries.

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 129(3) of the Act, a statement containing the salient features of financial statements of the Company’s subsidiaries in Form AOC-1 is attached to the financial statements of the Company.

Performance / Business highlights of subsidiaries

The performance / business highlights of the subsidiaries of your Company during the financial year 2017-18 are as follows:

1. DB Infomedia Pvt. Ltd. (DBIPL)

DBIPL carries on its business in the domain of online digital space. It has recorded PBT loss of Rs.4.45 million in the current financial year as compared to PBT Loss of Rs.24.62 million during the previous financial year 2016-17.

2. I Media Corp Limited (IMCL)

IMCL which is housing the event business of the Company recorded an PBT Loss of Rs.1.34 million for the year under consideration. This subsidiary functions in co-ordination with radio division and carries out events across MY FM station cities.

MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS REPORT The Management Discussion and Analysis Report for the year under review as stipulated under Regulation 34 read with Schedule V of the Listing Regulations is given separately which may be taken as forming a part of this Report.


A report on Corporate Governance as stipulated under Regulation 34 read with Schedule V of the Listing Regulations is given separately which may be taken as forming a part of this Report. A Certificate, as prescribed, from the Auditors of the Company, confirming compliance with the provisions of Corporate Governance is attached to the said Report.


A report on Business Responsibility as stipulated under Regulation 34 of the Listing Regulations is given separately which may be taken as forming a part of this Report.


The Company had granted Stock Options to its employees under the ‘DBCL - ESOS 2010’ and ‘DBCL - ESOS 2011’ (Tranches 1 to 6). The Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors, constituted in accordance with the SEBI Guidelines, administers and monitors these schemes. The stock option schemes are in compliance with Securities and Exchange Board of India (Share Based Employee Benefits) Regulations, 2014 (“Employee Benefits Regulations”) and there have been no material changes to these schemes during the financial year.

The details required to be disclosed in terms of Regulation 14 of the Employee Benefits Regulations are placed on the Company’s website and can be accessed at: http://investor.

Your Company has obtained a certificate from the Auditors certifying that the said Employee Stock Option Schemes have been implemented in accordance with the Employee Benefits Regulations and the resolutions passed by the members in this regard. The Certificate will be placed at the Annual General Meeting for inspection by the members, as prescribed which is also attached to this Report.


At the previous Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Company held on 4th September, 2017 M/s. Price Waterhouse Chartered Accountants LLP (Firm Registration No. 012754N/ N500016) and M/s. Gupta Mittal & Co. (Firm Registration No. 009973C) were appointed as the Joint Statutory Auditors of the Company for a period of 5 (Five) years till the conclusion of 26th Annual General Meeting of the Company (subject to ratification by the shareholders at every Annual General Meeting, as prescribed at that time).

However, during the year under review, the Parliament of India has enacted The Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017; whereby ratification of auditors at every AGM under Section 139(1) has been done away with. Due to the enforcement of this amendment by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs during the year, it is no longer necessary to seek ratification of the appointment of the Auditors by the shareholders at every AGM henceforth.

However, the Board wishes to inform the shareholders that the Statutory Auditors viz. M/s. Price Waterhouse Chartered Accountants LLP and M/s. Gupta Mittal & Co. have confirmed that their appointment is still within the prescribed limits under Section 139 of the Companies Act, 2013 and that they are not disqualified for holding such position of auditorship within the meaning of Section 139 of the said Act.

Auditors’ report

The Auditors’ Report on the Financial statements of the Company for the financial year 2017-18 does not contain any qualifications, reservations, or adverse remarks.


Pursuant to the provisions of Section 204 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014, the Company has appointed M/s. Makarand M. Joshi & Company, a firm of Company Secretaries in Practice to undertake the secretarial audit of the Company.

secretarial Auditors’ report

The Secretarial Audit Report given by the Secretarial Auditor viz. Makarand M. Joshi & Co., Practising Company Secretaries, Mumbai is attached as ‘Annexure D’ to this Report.

The Secretarial Auditors have observed that there were few lapses of code of conduct under Insider Trading Regulations during FY 2017-18 for which company is in the process of taking appropriate actions.


Pursuant to Section 148 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with the Companies (Cost Records and Audit) Rules, 2014, as amended, the cost accounting records maintained by the Company in respect of its radio business are required to be audited. The Board of Directors had, on the recommendation of the Audit Committee, appointed M/s. K. G. Goyal & Associates, Cost Accountants (Firm Registration No. 000024) to audit the cost accounting records of the Company for the financial year 2017- 18 at a remuneration of Rs.25,000/- p.a. plus applicable taxes.

M/s. K. G. Goyal & Associates, Cost Accountants are also re-appointed by the Company as Cost Auditors for the FY 2018-19 at the same remuneration. As required under the Act, the remuneration payable to the cost auditor is required to be placed before the members in a general meeting for their ratification. Accordingly, a resolution seeking member’s ratification for the remuneration payable to M/s. K. G. Goyal & Associates for FY 2018-19 is included in the Notice convening the Annual General Meeting.


During the year under review, your Company has not accepted or invited any deposits from public within the meaning of Chapter V of the Companies Act, 2013 and applicable rules made there under or any amendment or re-enactment thereof.


The particulars of remuneration to directors and employees and other related information required to be disclosed under Section 197(12) of the Companies Act, 2013 and the Rules made thereunder as amended up to date, are given in ‘Annexure E’ to this Report.


a. conservation of energy

(I) Steps taken or impact on conservation of energy:

The Company has continued its efforts to improve energy efficiency measures with more vigour and gravity. Steps undertaken during the year to conserve energy include:

1. Conducted energy audits at different locations for optimizations of power cost.

2. Post implementation of recommendations derived from the above said energy audit at 13 print locations, the Company has managed to achieve energy savings of 987172 KWH in the FY 2017-18, despite an increase in print activity.

3. Energy Cost Optimization through conversion from conventional to LED Light, arrested all air leakages and installed VFD on K35 press & air compressors at MP Printer, Noida.

(II) Steps taken by the Company for utilising alternate sources of energy:

1. Implemented a Solar PV plant installation at one of its premium locations, which is likely to be operational soon.

2. GMG Ink Optimization Application installed -PAN India

3. Migration from LPG to PNG for Fuel cost optimization at MP Printer, Noida

(III) Capital investment on energy conservation equipments:

During the year, the Company has invested Rs.1.011 million on procurement and installation of branded LED Lights across the Company’s various locations.


Efforts made towards technology absorption and Benefits derived like product improvement, cost reduction, product development or import substitution:

1. Conservation of water and energy.

2. No disposal of polluting effluents to mother earth.

I n case of imported technology (imported during the last 3 years reckoned from the beginning of the financial year):

Nil / Not Applicable

Expenditure on R & D:



Your Company earned Foreign Exchange of Rs.380 million (Previous Year Rs.391 million). The financial expenses in foreign exchange during the year was Rs.13.5 million (Previous Year Rs.15.7 million) and on account of advertisement, travelling, maintenance and other expenses was Rs.37 million (Previous Year Rs.115 million).


During the year under review, the Company has transferred to the IEPF Suspense Account a total of 2,868 shares on which no dividend had been claimed for seven (7) consecutive years. Out of these 2,868 shares, 217 shares of 5 shareholders that were lying in Demat Suspense Account of the Company as on 31st March, 2017 since the Initial Public Offer of the Company in January, 2010 were also transferred to the IEPF Suspense Account as mandated under IEPF rules.

Shareholders are requested to note that even after the transfer to IEPF as abovesaid, the unclaimed dividend amount and the shares transferred to IEPF Suspense Account, both, can be claimed by making an online application in Form I EPF-5 and sending the physical copy of the same duly signed (as per registered specimen signature) along with requisite documents enumerated in the said Form I EPF-5 to the Company at its registered office or to the RTA.

The IEPF Rules and the application form (Form IEPF-5), as prescribed by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, are available on the website of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs at www.


Pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, read with the IEPF Authority (Accounting, Audit, Transfer and Refund) Rules, 2016 (“the rules”), all the unpaid or unclaimed dividends are required to be transferred by the Company to the IEPF established by the Central Government, after the completion of seven years.

Further, according to the said Rules, the shares in respect of which dividend has not been paid or claimed by the shareholders for seven consecutive years or more shall also be transferred to the demat account created by the IEPF Authority. Accordingly, the Company has transferred such shares to IEPF Authority. The Company will continue to transfer such unclaimed dividend and corresponding shares to IEPF Authority as mandated in future the details of which will be provided on its website viz.


Your Directors state that no disclosure is required in respect of the following matters as there were no transactions in relation thereto, during the year under review:

1. Issue of equity shares with differential rights as to dividend, voting or otherwise.

2. Issue of sweat equity shares.

3. Non-exercise of voting rights directly by the employees in respect of shares purchased under a scheme pursuant to Section 67(3) of the Act read with Rule 16(4) of Companies (Share Capital and Debentures) Rules, 2014.


There are no significant and material orders passed by the Regulators / Courts / Tribunals which would impact on the going concern status of the Company and its future operations.


The Company has constituted an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) which looks into complaints of sexual harassment. The victim or a person on victim’s behalf may lodge a formal complaint by writing a mail to icc@dbcorp. in / or by calling on the hotline number 18001032931.

During the year only one complaint was received by the Company on 20 March, 2018 which was attended to and closed on priority in April, 2018.

No. of complaints received during the year: 1

No. of complaints disposed off: Nil

No. of complaints pending at the end of the year: 1 (which was disposed off in April, 2018)


People Connect:

Your Company fosters a culture of employee and their family wellbeing by offering various types of policies and employee benefits. Policy on Hiring of Relatives of Employees, Re-hire policy, Salary Advance Policy, Ramesh Chandra Agarwal Scholarship, Saubhagyawati Bhav (Marriage assistance for employee’s daughter), Shubh Laxami (good gesture on birth of baby girl), Sparsh (good gesture on birth of baby boy), Employee Group Mediclaim Insurance, Group Personal Accident Policy, Mediclaim for Parents & Parents-in-law, Aapaat Nidhi are some of them.

Highlights of some of these policies are given below:

- Ramesh Chandra Agarwal scholarship is for the children of employees drawing salary upto Rs.30000 per month and have worked in the organisation for two years and more. This is bestowed as a onetime scholarship of Rs.1 lakh for the meritorious girl child of the employees who scores more than 90% marks in class 12th exam and as a onetime scholarship of Rs.30,000 for the meritorious children of the employees who score more than 86% marks in class 12th exam.

- sukanya samridhi account for the children of employees drawing salary upto Rs.30,000 per month and have worked in the organisation for five years and more : Company helps in opening Sukanya Samriddhi account (as per Government scheme by this name) by giving Rs.31,000 on the birth of girl child of the employees.

- Aapaat Nidhi : An exigency fund is maintained to support the employees and their families in any medical exigency and death of an employee.

With emphasise on people care, the company’s motto “DB Cares” is proved when the company offers some unique benefits for its employees and their families in the form of the above-mentioned policies. The management believes that family’s happiness leads to more productive and engaged employee.

Employee Empowerment:

The Company has conceptualised and implemented various human resource policies towards betterment of its over 11,000 employees. These include Talent Attraction and acquisition policy, Centralised Induction & On-boarding policy, Performance Management System, Career & Succession Planning, Potential to Growth (P2G) policy amongst others.

The Company provides a culture of freedom for the employees where an employee is able to speak his / her mind for the organizational improvements. The Leaders conduct “Let’s Chat” meetings to provide a platform to the team where they can share their concern and get solutions.

Year 2017-18 witnessed our journey from PeopleSoft to SuccessFactors as HRIS tool. The system is an automated interface helping the employees as well as the Managers for their attendance, salary, performance appraisal, productivity, dashboard etc.

The Company places a strong emphasis on the work ethics in order to foster a healthy corporate culture in the Company. It has always believed in adhering to the best governance practices to ensure protection of its stakeholders’ interests in tandem with healthy growth of the Company. With this belief, the Company has adopted a Code of Conduct which extends to all its Board Members and Senior Management personnel. Additionally, the Company has framed a policy which deals with Code of Conduct by all the employees across the levels, including its subsidiaries. The Code intends to forbid any activity / association / relationship by Directors / employees which is detrimental to the Company’s interest.

The corporate governance framework is further supported by a Whistle Blower Policy which serves as a mechanism for its directors and employees to report genuine concerns about unethical behaviour, actual or suspected fraud or violation of the Code of Conduct without fear of reprisal. The complainant can blow the whistle by calling on hotline number 18001032931 or sending a mail to

Company has also formed an Ethics Committee to work towards identifying quick and consistent actions and timely closure of complaints received and investigated by vigilance department.


Your Directors take this opportunity to express their thankfulness and profound gratitude to the Shareholders, Banks, Financial Institutions, Clienteles, Vendors, Central / State Governments and other governing authorities; for their support, continued backing, co-operation and guidance.

For and on behalf of the Board of Directors of

D. B. Corp Limited

sudhir Agarwal Pawan Agarwal

Managing Director Dy. Managing Director

DIN: 00051407 DIN: 00465092

Place: Mumbai

Date: 19th July, 2018

Encl.: Annexure A to E

Director’s Report