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Accounting Policy Year : Mar '19

1. Significant accounting policies

a) Statement of compliance

These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and the Indian Accounting Standards (“Ind AS”) notified under the Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules, 2015 and amendments thereof issued by Ministry of Corporate Affairs in respect of section 133 of the Companies Act, 2013. In addition, the guidance notes/announcements issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) are also applied except where compliance with other statutory promulgations require a different treatment. These financials statements have been approved for issue by the Board of Directors at their meeting held on May 03, 2019.

b) Basis of accounting

These financial statements have been prepared on the historical cost basis, except for certain financial instruments which are measured at fair values at the end of each reporting period, as explained in the accounting policies below. Historical cost is generally based on the fair value of the consideration given in exchange for goods and services. Fair value is the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date.

Accounting policies have been consistently applied except where a newly-issued accounting standard is initially adopted or a revision to an existing accounting standard required a change in the accounting policy hitherto in use.

c) presentation of financial statements

The balance sheet and the statement of profit and loss are prepared in the format prescribed in the schedule III to the Act. The statement of cash flows has been prepared and presented as per the requirements of Ind AS 7 “Cash Flow Statements”. The disclosure requirements with respect to items in balance sheet and statement of profit and loss, as prescribed in the schedule III to the Act, are presented by way of notes forming part of accounts along with the other notes required to be disclosed under the notified Ind AS and the SEBI (Listing Obligation and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, as amended.

d) Operating cycle for current and non-current classification

Operating cycle for the business activities of the Company covers the duration of the project/contract/service and extends up to the realization of receivables within the credit period normally applicable to the respective lines of business.

e) Revenue recognition

(i) Revenue from operations

The Company derives revenue from Engineering Research and Development (ER&D) services, which are a set of services provided to manufacturing, technology and process engineering companies, to help them develop and build products, processes and infrastructure required to deliver products and services to their end customers. Revenue is recognised upon transfer of control of promised services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration which the Group/Company expects to receive in exchange for those services:

a. Revenue from contracts which are on time and material basis are recognized when services are rendered, and related costs are incurred.

b. Revenue from fixed-price contracts where the performance obligations are satisfied over time and where there is no uncertainty as to measurement or collectability of consideration, is recognized as per the percentage-of-completion method. Percentage of completion is determined based on project costs incurred to date as a percentage of total estimated project costs required to complete the project. The cost expended (or input) method has been used to measure progress towards completion as there is a direct relationship between input and productivity.

c. Revenues in excess of invoicing are classified as contract assets (unbilled revenue) while invoicing in excess of revenues are classified as contract liabilities (unearned revenue).

d. Revenue is measured based on the consideration specified in a contract with a customer and excludes amounts collected on behalf of third parties. The Company presents revenue net of discounts, collection charges, indirect taxes and value-added taxes in its statement of profit and loss.

e. The Company exercises judgement in determining whether the performance obligation is satisfied at a point in time or over a period of time. The Company considers indicators such as how customer consumes benefits as services are rendered or who controls the asset as it is being created or existence of enforceable right to payment for performance to date as per contract.

f. Refer note 47(d) for impact on adoption of Ind AS 115.

f) Other income

a. Interest income is accrued on a time basis by reference to the principal outstanding and the effective interest rate.

b. Dividend income is accounted in the period in which the right to receive the same is established.

c. Other items of income are accounted as and when the right to receive arises and it is probable that the economic benefits will flow to the Company and the amount of income can be measured reliably

d. The Company recognizes government grant only when there is reasonable assurance that conditions attached to them shall be complied with and grants will be received. Government grants receivable in the form of duty credit scripts is recognised as other income in the statement of profit and loss in the period in which application is made to the government authorities. Grants are disclosed after netting of all expenses which might not have been incurred by the Company if grant had not been available.

g) Exceptional items

An item of income or expense which by its size, type or incidence requires disclosure in order to improve an understanding of the performance of the Company is treated as an exceptional item and the same is disclosed in the notes to accounts.

h) property, plant and equipment

PPE is recognised when it is probable that future economic benefits associated with the item will flow to the Group and the cost of the item can be measured reliably

Property, plant and equipment are stated at cost net of tax/duty credits availed, if any, less accumulated depreciation and cumulative impairment loss, if any.

PPE not ready for intended use on the date of balance sheet are disclosed as “capital work-in-progress”.

Depreciation is provided for property, plant and equipment so as to expense the cost over their estimated useful lives, based on evaluation, using straight-line method. The estimated useful lives and residual value are reviewed at the end of each reporting period, with the effect of any changes in estimate accounted for on a prospective basis.

Depreciation is not recorded on capital work-in-progress until construction and installation are complete and the asset is ready for its intended use.

i) Intangible assets and amortisation

Intangible assets are recognised when it is probable that the future economic benefits that are attributable to the asset will flow to the Company and the cost of the asset can be measured reliably.

Intangible assets purchased are measured at cost (net of tax/duty credits availed, if any) or fair value as of the date of acquisition, as applicable, less accumulated amortisation and accumulated impairment, if any.

Intangible assets consist of computer software and technical know-how which are amortised on straight line basis over the useful life as given below:

j) Goodwill

Goodwill represents the excess of consideration paid over the net value of assets acquired. Goodwill is not amortised; however, it is tested for impairment on an annual basis. Refer note k (ii) for accounting policy on impairment of assets.

k) Impairment of assets

i) Trade receivables

The Company assesses at each date of statement of financial position whether a financial assets or group of financial assets is impaired. In accordance with IndAS 109, the Company applies expected credit loss (ECL) model for measurement and recognition of impairment loss. As a practical expedient, the Company uses a provision matrix to determine impairment loss on portfolio of its trade receivables. The provision matrix is based on its historically observed default rates over the expected life of trade receivables. ECL impairment loss allowances (or reversal) recognized during the period is recognized as an expense/income respectively in the statement of profit and loss. Provision for ECL is presented as deduction from carrying amount of trade receivables.

ii) Non-financial assets Tangible and intangible assets

Property, plant and equipment and intangible assets (other than goodwill) are evaluated for recoverability whenever there is any indication that their carrying amounts may not be recoverable. If any such indication exists, the recoverable amount (i.e. higher of the fair value less cost to sell and the value-in-use) is determined on an individual asset basis unless the asset does not generate cash flows that are largely independent of those from other assets. In such cases, the recoverable amount is determined for the cash generating unit (CGU) to which the asset belongs.

If the recoverable amount of an asset (or CGU) is estimated to be less than its carrying amount, the carrying amount of the asset (or CGU) is reduced to its recoverable amount. An impairment loss is recognised in the statement of profit and loss

Goodwill is tested for impairment annually and if events or changes in circumstances indicate that an impairment loss may have occurred. In the impairment test, the carrying amount of the cash generating unit, including goodwill, is compared with its fair value. When the carrying amount of the reporting unit exceeds its fair value, a goodwill impairment loss is recognised, up to a maximum amount of the goodwill related to the cash generating unit.

l) Employee benefits

(i) Short term employee benefits

All employee benefits falling due wholly within twelve months of rendering the service are classified as short-term employee benefits. The benefits like salaries, wages, and short term compensated absences and performance incentives are recognized in the period in which the employee renders the related service.

(ii) Post-employment benefits

a. Defined contribution plan

The Company’s contribution to state governed provident fund scheme, employee state insurance scheme and employee pension scheme are classified as defined contribution plans. The contribution paid / payable under the schemes is recognised in the statement of profit and loss in the period in which the employee renders the related service.

b. Defined benefit plans

The provident fund scheme managed by trust, employee’s gratuity fund scheme managed by LIC and post-retirement medical benefit scheme are the Company’s defined benefit plans. Wherever applicable, the present value of the obligation under such defined benefit plans is determined based on actuarial valuation using the Projected Unit Credit Method, which recognizes each period of service as giving rise to additional unit of employee benefit entitlement and measures each unit separately to build up the final obligation.

The obligation is measured at the present value of the estimated future cash-flows.

The discount rates used for determining the present value of the obligation under defined benefit plans, is based on the market yields on government bonds as at the balance sheet date, having maturity periods approximating to the terms of related obligations. In case of funded plans, the fair value of the plan assets is reduced from the gross obligation under the defined benefit plans to recognize the obligation on net basis.

Gains or losses on the curtailment or settlement of any defined benefit plan are recognized when the curtailment or settlement occurs. Past service cost is recognized as expense at the earlier of the plan amendment or curtailment and when the Company recognizes related restructuring costs or termination benefits.

Actuarial gains and losses are recognized immediately in the balance sheet with a corresponding debit or credit to retained earnings through OCI in the period in which they occur. Other changes in net defined benefit obligation like current service cost, past service cost, gains and losses on curtailment and net interest expense or income are recognized in the statement of profit and loss.

(iii) Long term employee benefits

The obligation for long term employee benefits like long term compensated absences is recognized in the similar manner as in the case of defined benefit plans as mentioned in (ii) (b) above.

(iv) Social security plans

Employer’ contribution payable for oversees employees with respect to social security plans, which are defined contribution plans, is charged to the statement of profit and loss in the period in which employee renders the services.

m) Leases

(a) Finance leases

Assets acquired under lease where the Company has substantially all the risk and rewards of ownership are classified as finance leases. Such assets are capitalised at inception of lease at the lower of fair value or present value of minimum lease payments and a liability is created for an equivalent amount. Each lease rental paid is allocated between the liability and the interest cost so as to obtain a constant periodic rate of interest on the outstanding liability for each period.

(b) Operating leases

Assets acquired on leases where a significant portion of the risk and rewards of ownership are retained by the lessor are classified as operating leases. Lease rentals are charged to the statement of profit and loss on accrual basis.

n) Financial instruments

Financial assets and liabilities are recognised when the Company becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the instrument. Financial assets and liabilities are initially measured at fair value. Transaction costs that are directly attributable to the acquisition or issue of financial assets and financial liabilities (other than financial assets and financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss) are added to or deducted from the fair value measured on initial recognition of financial asset or financial liability

(i) Non-derivative financial assets

a. Financial assets at amortised cost

Financial assets are subsequently measured at amortised cost if these financial assets are held within a business model whose objective is to hold these assets in order to collect contractual cash flows and the contractual terms of the financial asset give rise on specified dates to cash flows that are solely payments of principal and interest on the principal amount outstanding. Financial assets at amortised cost are represented by trade receivables, cash and cash equivalents, employee and other advances and eligible current and non-current assets.

b. Financial assets at fair value through other comprehensive income

Financial assets are measured at fair value through other comprehensive income if these financial assets are held within a business model whose objective is achieved by both collecting contractual cash flows that give rise on specified dates to solely payments of principal and interest on the principal amount outstanding and by selling financial assets.

c. Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss Financial assets are measured at fair value through profit or loss unless it is measured at amortised cost or at fair value through other comprehensive income on initial recognition. The transaction costs directly attributable to the acquisition of financial assets and liabilities at fair value through profit or loss are immediately recognised in profit or loss.

(ii) Non-derivative financial liabilities

Financial liabilities are initially recognised at fair value, and subsequently carried at amortised cost using the effective interest method. For trade and other payables maturing within 1 year from balance sheet date, the carrying amount approximate fair value due to short maturity of these instruments.

(iii) Derivative financial instrument Cash flow hedge

The Company designates foreign exchange forward & options contracts as hedge instruments in respect of foreign exchange risks. These hedges are accounted for as cash flow hedges.

The Company uses hedging instruments that are governed by the policies of the Company which are approved by the Board of Directors, which provide written principles on the use of such financial derivatives consistent with the risk management strategy of the Company

The hedge instruments are designated and documented as hedges at the inception of the contract.

The effectiveness of hedge instruments to reduce the risk associated with the exposure being hedged is assessed and measured at inception and on an ongoing basis. The ineffective portion of designated hedges are recognised immediately in the statement of profit and loss.

The effective portion of change in the fair value of the designated hedging instrument is recognised in the other comprehensive income and accumulated under the heading cash flow hedge reserve.

Hedge accounting is discontinued when the hedging instrument expires or is sold, terminated or no longer qualifies for hedge accounting. Any gain or loss recognised in other comprehensive income and accumulated in equity till that time it remains and is recognised in statement of profit and loss when the forecasted transaction ultimately affects the profit or loss. When a forecasted transaction is no longer expected to occur, the cumulative gain or loss accumulated in equity is transferred to the statement of profit and loss.

o) Cash and cash equivalents

For the purpose of presentation in the statement of cash flows, cash and cash equivalents includes cash on hand, deposits held at call with financial institutions and other deposits with original maturity of three months or less that are readily convertible to known amounts of cash and which are subject to an insignificant risk of changes in value.

p) Securities premium account

(i) Securities premium includes:

a. Any share issued for consideration over and above face value.

b. The fair value of the stock options which are treated as expense, if any, in respect of shares allotted pursuant to the Company’s stock options scheme.

(ii) The issue expenses of securities which qualify as equity instruments are written off against securities premium account.

q) Borrowing costs

Borrowing costs include interest expense and exchange differences arising on foreign currency borrowings, to the extent they are regarded as an adjustment to interest costs.

All other borrowing costs are recognized in statement of profit or loss in the period in which they are incurred.

r) Company’s stock option scheme

In respect of stock options granted pursuant to the Company’s stock options scheme, the excess of fair value of the option over the exercise price is treated as discount and accounted as employee compensation cost over the vesting period. The amount recognised as expense each year is arrived at based on the number of grants expected to vest. If a grant lapses after the vesting period, the cumulative discount recognised as expense in respect of such grant is transferred to general reserve.

s) Foreign currencies

The functional currency of the Company is Indian rupee (‘).

Income and expenses in foreign currencies are recorded at exchange rates prevailing on the date of the transaction. Foreign currency denominated monetary assets and liabilities are translated at the exchange rate prevailing on the balance sheet date and exchange gains and losses arising on settlement and restatement are recognized in the statement of profit and loss.

Non-monetary assets and liabilities that are measured in terms of historical cost in foreign currencies are not retranslated.

t) Income-tax

I ncome tax expense comprises current tax expense and the net change in the deferred tax asset or liability during the year. Current and deferred taxes are recognized in statement of profit and loss, except when they relate to items that are recognized in other comprehensive income or directly in equity, in which case, the current and deferred tax are also recognized in other comprehensive income or directly in equity, respectively

Current income taxes

The current income tax expense includes income taxes payable by the Company and its branches in India and overseas. The current tax payable by the Company in India is Indian income tax payable for their worldwide income after taking credit for tax relief available for export operations in Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

Current income tax payable by overseas branches of the Company is computed in accordance with the tax laws applicable in the jurisdiction in which the respective branch operates. The taxes paid are generally available for set off against the Indian income tax liability of the Company’s worldwide income.

Advance taxes and provisions for current income taxes are presented in the balance sheet after off-setting advance tax paid and income tax provision arising in the same tax jurisdiction and where the relevant tax paying units intends to settle the asset and liability on a net basis.

Deferred income taxes

Deferred income tax is recognized using the balance sheet approach. Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are recognized for deductible and taxable temporary differences arising between the tax base of assets and liabilities and their carrying amount, except when the deferred income tax arises from the initial recognition of an asset or liability in a transaction that is not a business combination and affects neither accounting nor taxable profit or loss at the time of the transaction.

Deferred income tax asset is recognized to the extent that it is probable that taxable profit will be available against which the deductible temporary differences and the carry forward of unused tax credits and unused tax losses can be utilized.

The carrying amount of deferred income tax assets is reviewed at each reporting date and reduced to the extent that it is no longer probable that sufficient taxable profit will be available to allow all or part of the deferred income tax asset to be utilized.

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using substantively enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which the temporary differences are expected to be received or settled.

For operations carried out in SEZs, deferred tax assets or liabilities, if any, have been established for the tax consequences of those temporary differences between the carrying values of assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases that reverse after the tax holiday ends.

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are offset when the Company has a legally enforceable right to set off the recognized amounts and where it intends either to settle on a net basis or to realize the asset and settle the liability simultaneously.

Deferred tax assets include Minimum Alternative Tax (MAT) paid in accordance with the tax laws in India, which is likely to give future economic benefits in the form of availability of set off against future income tax liability Accordingly, MAT is recognized as deferred tax asset in the balance sheet when the asset can be measured reliably and it is probable that the future economic benefit associated with the asset will be realized.

The Company recognizes interest levied related to income tax assessments in interest expenses.

u) provisions, contingent liabilities and contingent assets

Provisions are recognized for liabilities that can be measured only by using a substantial degree of estimation, if

i) The Company has a present obligation as a result of a past event;

ii) A probable outflow of resources is expected to settle the obligation; and

iii) The amount of the obligation can be reliably estimated

Contingent liability is disclosed in the case of

i) A present obligation arising from a past event when it is not probable that an outflow of resources will be required to settle the obligation; or

ii) A possible obligation unless the probability of outflow of resources is remote

Contingent assets are neither recognized nor disclosed. Provisions, contingent liabilities and contingent assets are reviewed at each balance sheet date.

v) Commitments

Commitments are future liability for contractual expenditure. Commitment are classified and disclosed as follows:

i) Estimated amount of contracts remaining to be executed on capital account and not provided for,

ii) Other non-cancellable commitments, if any, to the extent they are considered material and relevant in the opinion of management.

Other commitments related to sales/procurements made in the normal course of business are not disclosed to avoid excessive details.

w) Cash flow statement

Cash flows are reported using the indirect method, whereby profit for the period is adjusted for the effects of transactions of non-cash nature, any deferrals or accruals of past or future operating cash receipts or payments and item of income or expenses associated with investing or financing cash flows. The cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities of the Company are segregated.

x) use of estimates and judgements

The preparation of these financial statements in conformity with the recognition and measurement principles of Ind AS requires the management of the Company to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported balances of assets and liabilities, disclosures relating to contingent liabilities as at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of income and expense for the periods presented.

Estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates include useful lives of property, plant and equipment & intangible assets, allowance for doubtful debts/advances, future obligations in respect of retirement benefit plans, expected cost of completion of contracts, provision for rectification costs, future cash inflows (net) for hedging purpose, fair value measurement etc. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimates are revised and future periods are affected.

y) Investment in subsidiaries

Investment in subsidiaries are measured at cost as per Ind AS 27 - Separate Financial Statements.

z) Earnings per equity share

Basic earnings per equity share is computed by dividing the net profit attributable to the equity holders of the Company by the weighted average numbers of the equity shares outstanding during the period. Diluted earnings per equity share is computed by dividing the net profit attributable to the equity holders of the Company by the weighted average number of equity shares considered for deriving basic earnings per equity share and the weighted average number of equity shares that would have been outstanding assuming the conversion of all dilutive potential equity shares. The dilutive potential equity shares are adjusted for the proceeds receivable had the equity shares been actually issued at fair value (i.e. the average market value of the outstanding equity shares). Dilutive potential equity shares are deemed converted as of the beginning of the period, unless issued at a later date. Dilutive potential equity shares are determined independently for each period presented.

Recent accounting pronouncements

Ministry of Corporate Affairs (“MCA”) through Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Amendment Rules, 2018 has notified the following new and amendments to Ind ASs which the Company has not applied as they are effective for annual periods beginning on or after April 1, 2019:

Ind AS 116 - Leases

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs notified Ind AS 116 “Leases” in respect of accounting periods commencing on or after April 1, 2019 superseding Ind AS 17 “Leases”.

Ind AS 116 introduces significant changes to lease accounting model. It eliminates the classification of leases as either operating lease or finance lease for a lessee and instead all the leases are treated similar to a finance lease. Under the revised model, lessee would recognize a right-of-use asset and a corresponding liability for all leases. The standard, however, does not require an entity to recognize assets and liabilities for (a) short- term leases (for a period of twelve months or less) and (b) leases of low value assets.

The standard permits two possible methods of transition:

- Retrospective approach - Under this approach the standard will be applied retrospectively to each prior reporting period presented in accordance with Ind AS 8 - Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors

- Modified retrospective approach - Retrospectively with cumulative effect of initially applying the standard recognized at the date of initial application.

On preliminary assessment, the Company expects that the effect of adoption as on transition date would result in an increase in right of use assets approximately by Rs. 3,484 Mn and an increase in lease liability approximately by Rs. 3,812 Mn.

Source : Dion Global Solutions Limited
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