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Escorts Finance Ltd.

BSE: 511716 | NSE: ESCORTSFIN | Series: NA | ISIN: INE359A01012 | SECTOR: Finance - Leasing & Hire Purchase

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Annual Report

For Year :
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2009 2008 2007

Auditor's Report

To the Members of Escorts Finance Limited

1. Report on the Standalone Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying standalone financial statements of Escorts Finance Limited (''the Company), which comprise the balance sheet as at 31st March 2016, the statement of profit and loss and the cash flow statement for the year then ended, and a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.

2. Management''s Responsibility for the Standalone 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 and presentation of these standalone financial statements that give a true and fair view of the financial position, financial performance and cash flows of the Company in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in India, including the Accounting Standards specified under Section 133 of the Act, read with Rule 7 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014. This responsibility also includes maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Act for safeguarding the assets of the Company 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 financial statements that give a true and fair view and are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

3. Auditor''s Responsibility

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these standalone financial statements based on 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 there under.

We conducted our audit 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 financial statements are free from material misstatement.

An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and the disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor''s judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the 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 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 financial statements. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion on the standalone financial statements.

4. Basis of Qualified Opinion

Attention is invited to the following matters in the Notes to the Financial Statements:

i. Note No. 21, regarding non-maintenance of investments in Government Securities as liquid assets in terms of Section 45-IB of Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934;

ii. Note No. 22, regarding non-maintenance of minimum capital adequacy ratio working out to -6517.79 (negative) as against 37.77 required to be maintained in terms of Non-Banking Financial Companies requirements;

iii. Note No. 24, regarding the Company''s credit rating not sought post November 2005;

iv. Note No. 25, regarding unpaid/unclaimed matured Fixed Deposit Liability aggregating to Rs.1278.78 lakhs as on balance sheet date;

v. Note No. 29, regarding non-provision of preference dividend on cumulative preference shares amounting to Rs.95.00 lakhs for the year;

vi. Note No. 30, regarding non-determination of Employee Terminal Benefits on actuarial basis. In the absence of the same, the exact impact cannot be ascertained in the books of accounts.

5. Opinion

In our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us, except for the effect of the matter described in sub-paragraph (iv), (v) and (vi) under the Basis for Qualified Opinion above,

the aforesaid standalone 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 31st March 2016 and its profit and its cash flow for the year ended on that date.

6. Emphasis of Matters

We draw attention to the following matters in the Notes to the Financial Statements;

(a) Note No. 27 in the financial statements which indicates that the Company had accumulated losses at the close of the financial year with its net worth continuing to stand fully eroded and the financial statements have been prepared on going concern basis for reasons explained by the management, including the possibilities of venturing into newer business areas. We have relied on the representation made to us by the management.

(b) Note No. 23 in the financial statements which states that the company had filed an application with the Reserve Bank of India for de-registration of its NBFC status and accordingly Certificate of Registration (COR) had also been surrendered. Subsequent to the balance sheet date of 31st March 2016, the approval for de-registration of the NBFC Status of the Company has been received vide letter dated 06th May 2016.

Our opinion is not qualified in respect of the above matters.

7. Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements

A. As required by the Companies (Auditor''s Report) Order, 2016 (the Order) issued by the Central Government of India in terms of sub-section (11) of section 143 of the Act, we give in the Annexure A, a statement on the matters specified in the paragraph 3 and 4 of the order.

B. As required by Section 143 (3) of the Act, we report 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 so far as it appears from our examination of those books;

(c) the balance sheet, the statement of profit and loss and the cash flow statement dealt with by this Report are in agreement with the books of account;

(d) except for the effect of the matters described in sub-paragraph (iv), (v) and (vi) under the Basis for Qualified Opinion above, in our opinion, the aforesaid standalone financial statements comply with the Accounting Standards specified under Section 133 of the Act, read with Rule 7 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014;

(e) The matter described in sub-paragraph (a) under the Emphasis of Matters paragraph above, in our opinion, may have an adverse effect on functioning of the Company;

(f) on the basis of the written representations received from the directors as on 31st March 2016 taken on record by the Board of Directors, none of the directors is disqualified as on 31st March 2016 from being appointed as a director in terms of Section 164 (2) of the Act;

(g) with respect to the adequacy of the internal financial controls over financial reporting of the Company and the operating effectiveness of such controls, refer to our separate report in Annexure B; and

(h) 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, in our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us:

i. The Company has made disclosure regarding pending litigations in its standalone financial statements, as referred to in Note No. 20 to the financial statements including claims against the Company for which amount is presently not ascertainable;

ii. The Company did not have any long term contracts including derivative contracts for which there were any material foreseeable losses;

iii. The Company has not deposited amounts to the Investor Education and Protection Fund against unpaid fixed deposit liabilities including interest thereon as referred to in Note No. 25 to the financial statements.

ANNEXURE - A TO THE INDEPENDENT AUDITORS'' REPORT OF EVEN DATE ON THE STANDALONE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF ESCORTS FINANCE LIMITED

(Referred to in sub para A of Para 7 under the heading of Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements)

We Report that:

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

(b) The Company has a regular programme of physical verification of its fixed assets by which fixed assets are verified in a phased manner in reasonable intervals. In accordance with this programme, certain fixed assets were verified during the year and no material discrepancies were noticed on such verification. In our opinion, this periodicity of physical verification is reasonable having regard to the size of the Company and the nature of its assets.

(c) According to the information and explanations given to us and on the basis of our examination of the records of the Company, it does not hold any immovable properties. Thus, Clause (i) (c) of the Order is not applicable to the Company.

(ii) In view of the nature of the operations of the Company, the Company does not hold any inventory other than stock of repossessed assets, which have been verified by the management during the year. Provision has been made in respect of discrepancies / diminution in the value of such stock as at the end of the year end;

(iii) According to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has not granted any loans, secured or unsecured, to companies, firms or other parties covered in the register maintained under Section 189 of the Companies Act, 2013. Consequently, Clause (iii)(a), (iii)(b) and (iii)(c) of the Order are not applicable to the Company.

(iv) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has not dealt with any loans, guarantee, investments and security under the provision of section 185 and 186 of the Companies Act 2013. Consequently, Clause (iv) of the Order is not applicable to the Company.

(v) In respect of accepted of any deposits from the public, in our opinion and according to the information and explanation given to us, the directives issued by Reserve Bank of India and the provisions of Section 73 to 76 or any other relevant provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, the Company had not complied with the said norms in relation to repayment of deposit on their respective maturity dates. However, in accordance with the Hon''ble Delhi High Court''s Order / direction dated March 04, 2011, Escorts Benefit Trust (EBT) created by Escorts Limited, repaid matured fixed deposit liability against the claims received till March 03, 2013. Claims received after said dates are also being entertained and settled after due verification. As at March 31, 2016, the unpaid/unclaimed matured fixed deposits liability (including interest thereon) is Rs. 1278.78 lacs (Previous Year Rs. 1357.40 lacs).

(vi) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Central Government has not prescribed the maintenance of cost records under section 148(1) of the Act, for any of the services rendered by the Company. Consequently, Clause (vi) of the Order is not applicable to the Company.

(vii) (a) According to the information and explanations given to us and on the basis of our examination of the books of

accounts, the Company has been generally regular in depositing undisputed statutory dues including Provident Fund, Employee State Insurance, Income-Tax, Sales Tax, Service Tax, Custom Duty, Excise Duty, value added tax, cess and other statutory dues, during the year with the appropriate authorities.

According to the information and explanations given to us, and on the basis of our examination of the books of account, no undisputed amounts payable in respect of Provident Fund, Employees State Insurance, Income-Tax, Sales Tax, Wealth Tax, Service Tax, Customs Duty, Excise Duty, Value Added Tax, Cess were in arrears, as at 31 March 2016, for a period of more than six months from the date they became payable except income tax liability amounting to Rs. 22.25 lacs.

(b) According to the information and explanations given to us, there are following dues of Income-Tax, Value Added Tax and other material Statutory Dues which have not been deposited with the appropriate authorities on account of any dispute.

S. No.

Nature of Statutory Dues

Period to which the amount relates

Forum where Dispute is pending

Unpaid Amount (in Rs. Lacs)

1

Income Tax

AY 2004-2005

DCIT, New Delhi

34.94

AY 2005-2006

DCIT, New Delhi

131.34

2

Value Added Tax

AY 2001-2002

AC Appeal, Kolkata

2.26

AY 1994-1995

DC Appeal, Noida

0.54

AY 1999-2001

AC Appeal, Jaipur

1.52

(viii) The Company does not have any loans or borrowings from any financial institution, banks, government or debenture holders during the year. Accordingly, Clause (viii) of the Order is not applicable.

(ix) The Company did not raise any money by way of initial public offer or further public offer (including debt instruments) and term loans during the year. Accordingly, Clause (ix) of the Order is not applicable.

(x) According to the information and explanations given to us, no material fraud by the Company or on the Company by its officers or employees has been noticed or reported during the course of our audit.

(xi) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, no managerial remuneration has been paid or provided by the Company. Accordingly, Clause (xi) of the Order is not applicable.

(xii) To the best of our knowledge and belief and according to the information and explanations given to us, the

Company is not a Nidhi company. Consequently, Clause (xii) of the Order is not applicable.

(xiii) According to the information and explanations given to us and based on our examination of the records of the Company, transactions with the related parties are in compliance with sections 177 and 188 of the Act where applicable and details of such transactions have been disclosed in the financial statements as required by the applicable accounting standards.

(xiv) According to the information and explanations give to us and based on our examination of the records of the Company, the Company has not made any preferential allotment or private placement of shares or fully or partly convertible debentures during the year under review; consequently, the requirements of clause (xiv) of the Order are not applicable to the Company.

(xv) To the best of our knowledge and belief and according to the information and explanations given to us, the

Company has not entered into non-cash transactions with directors or persons connected with him. Accordingly, Clause (xv) of the Order is not applicable to the Company.

(xvi) To the best of our knowledge and belief and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company which is registered under section 45-IA of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934. had filed an application with the Reserve Bank of India for de-registration of its NBFC status and accordingly Certificate of Registration (COR) had also been surrendered. Subsequent to the balance sheet date of 31st March 2016, the approval for de-registration of the NBFC Status of the Company has been received vide letter dated 06th May 2016.

ANNEXURE - B TO THE INDEPENDENT AUDITOR''S REPORT OF EVEN DATE ON THE STANDALONE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF ESCORTS FINANCE LIMITED

(Referred to in Clause (g), sub para B of Para 7 under the heading of Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements of our report of even date)

1. Report on the Internal Financial Controls under Clause (i) of Sub-section 3 of Section 143 of the Companies Act, 2013 (the Act)

We were engaged to audit the internal financial controls over financial reporting of ESCORTS FINANCE LIMITED (the Company) as at March 31, 2016, in conjunction with our audit of the standalone financial statements of the Company for the period ended on that date.

2. Management''s Responsibility for Internal Financial Controls

The Company''s management is responsible for establishing and maintaining internal financial controls based on the internal control over financial reporting criteria established by the Company, considering the essential components of internal control stated in the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls over Financial Reporting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. These responsibilities include the design, implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financial controls that were operating effectively for ensuring the orderly and efficient conduct of its business, including adherence to company''s policies, the safeguarding of its assets, the prevention and detection of frauds and errors, the accuracy and completeness of the accounting records, and the timely preparation of reliable financial information, as required under the Companies Act, 2013.

3. Auditors'' Responsibility

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company''s internal financial controls over financial reporting based on our audit conducted in accordance with the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting (the Guidance Note) and the Standards on Auditing, to the extent applicable to an audit of internal financial controls, both issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Because of the matter described in the Disclaimer of Opinion paragraph below , we were unable to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence to provide a basis for an audit opinion on internal financial controls system over financial reporting of the company.

4. Meaning of Internal Financial Controls over Financial Reporting

A company''s internal financial control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company''s internal financial control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company''s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

5. Disclaimer of Opinion

According to information and explanations given to us, the Company has not established its internal financial controls over financial reporting on criteria based on or considering the essential components of internal control stated in the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls over Financial Reporting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Because of this reason, we are unable to obtain sufficient appropriate evidence to provide a basis for our opinion whether the Company had adequate internal financial controls over financial reporting, and whether such internal financial controls were operating effectively as at March 31, 2016.

We have considered the disclaimer reported above in determining the nature, timing, and extent of audit tests applied in our audit of the standalone financial statements of the company and the disclaimer does not affect our opinion on the standalone financial statements of the Company

For N.M.Raiji and Co.

Chartered Accountants

ICAI Firm Registration number: 108296W

Sd/-

CA. S. N. Shivakumar

Place: Faridabad Partner

Date: 30th May, 2016 Membership No. 088113