Management Discussion And Analysis Report
A. Economy and Market Trends
The global economy continued to recover from the fall of 2008, albeit with a few minorsetbacks. IMF has estimated real GDP growth to be 5% in 2010.
Growth, though uneven, was driven largely by developing economies across Asia, Africaand Latin America, that demonstrated greater buoyancy. These countries recorded an averagegrowth of 8%. Whilst Indian economy grew at 8.6%, Nigeria, Africas largest nation,grew at 6.8%, and Ethiopia, the second largest nation, at 7%. Similarly, Brazil andArgentina, South Americas largest economies, grew at 7.5%. Developed economies, onthe other hand, grew more sedately at around 3%, with the US and EU growing at 2.8% and1.8% respectively.
The year was marked by imbalances in the US, the worlds largest economy, which isyet to be restored. The US continued to cope with high per capita debt (~USD 46000 inMarch 2011).
The Federal Reserve resorted to a second infusion of USD 600bn in November 2010 tostimulate the economy, while continuing to maintain interest rates at near zero levels.The resultant liquidity impacted several global markets currency, commodity andstock - which also created considerable volatility. IMF has forecast global GDP to grow at4.5% in 2011-12 with emerging economies leading the charge (growth rate of 6.5%), whilstdeveloped markets are expected to grow more slowly at 2.5%. However, commodity inflation,particularly oil, is expected to remain a cause for concern, especially given thegeopolitical uncertainties in oil producing regions. Nonetheless, fears of a double diprecession seem to have receded.
Given these factors, your Company remains cautiously optimistic about global economicgrowth, particularly in emerging markets across Asia, Africa and South America.
The Economic Survey of India revealed that Indias real GDP grew by about 8% in2009-10 and by about 8.6% in 2010-11. Though broad based, growth during 2010-11 was drivensignificantly by a rebounding Agriculture sector which is estimated to have grown by about5.4% primarily due to a normal monsoon, following the severely deficient one the yearbefore. Index of Industrial Production (IIP) grew 7.8% in April 2010-February 2011, ashade below the previous year.
The Government has targeted a GDP growth rate of 9% in 2011-12 and with consciousefforts to support it through the Union Budget. An allocation of Rs. 214,000 crore (US$46.5 billion) for infrastructure in 2011-12 reflects an increase of 23.3% over 2010-11.
Some announcements made in the Union Budget are expected to impact commercial vehiclespositively like financial assistance for metro projects in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru,Kolkata and Chennai. Many metro phases are expected to go live in 2011-12. Growth can beexpected in the cold chain business which should increase demand for reefer trucks andpower generators. The launch of a National Mission for Hybrid and ElectricVehicles has been announced, and moderate fiscal incentives provided for hybrid andelectric vehicle components are being considered.
High inflation persisted throughout 2010-11, forcing the Reserve Bank of India to makeseveral calibrated interventions to contain it, without sacrificing growth. With globalprices of crude oil continuing to remain high and volatile, oil marketing companies havehiked the prices of petroleum products. Recent moves by RBI include a 50 basis pointsincrease in repo rates which will impact interest rates, which, in turn, will dampengrowth in several sectors, especially real estate and automobiles.
In light of the above, your Company remains cautiously positive about the continuedgrowth of the Indian economy, and consequently, the commercial vehicle industry, duringthe year.
Commercial Vehicle (CV) Industry
The domestic Commercial Vehicle (CV) industry continued to grow robustly during 2010-11as it recovered from the lows of 2008. Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles (M&HCV)grew by 32%, to touch 322,788 numbers, recording the highest ever sales surpassing theprevious high of 275,556 units in 2006-07. Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) posted 23%growth and reached volumes of 353,620 units. The contribution of M&HCV grew to about48% of the overall commercial vehicle segment, compared to 46% in the previous year.
Multi-axle rigid trucks and trailers, which act as good indicators of economicactivity, continued to grow at a scorching pace. Data published by SIAM reveal thattractor-trailers with capacities greater than 35 tonnes reported sales growth of 66%against 73% over the previous year; sales of multi-axle trucks, in the 25 - 31 tonnecapacity range, used for transportation of materials used in construction, infrastructureand heavy engineering industries, also grew significantly at 207% as against 158% in2009-10. Within multi-axle vehicles, the market demonstrated a pronounced shift to rigidvehicles with higher capacity (8X2), thus moving towards greater operating efficiencies.The new emission norms (Bharat Stage IV for identified metros and Bharat Stage III for therest of India) were introduced with effect from April 1, 2010 & October 1, 2010respectively, triggering the launch of upgraded vehicles across the product range of allOEMs.
2010-11 was also a watershed year for Indian exports, with the highest ever number ofvehicles being exported worldwide. Exports of M&HCV buses registered a substantialgrowth of 75%, while M&HCV trucks registered 30% over the previous year. Buses andtrucks in the LCV range registered growth rates of 40% and 98% respectively over theprevious year.
The Total Industry Volumes registered in 2010-11 and 2009-10 were:
| ||DOMESTIC ||EXPORTS |
| ||2010 11 ||2009 10 ||change ||2010 11 ||2009 10 ||change |
|M&HcV Bus ||47,553 ||43,083 ||10.38% ||10,605 ||6,069 ||74.74% |
|M&HcV truck ||2,75,235 ||2,01,861 ||36.35% ||18,667 ||14,356 ||30.03% |
|LcV Bus ||37,480 ||34,413 ||8.91% ||3,799 ||2,706 ||40.39% |
|LcV truck ||3,16,140 ||2,53,364 ||24.78% ||43,226 ||21,878 ||97.58% |
|Total CV ||6,76,408 ||5,32,721 ||26.97% ||76,297 ||45,009 ||69.51% |
Overall economic growth indicators remain positive, auguring well for the CV Industryin 2011-12. The thrust on infrastructure and a normal monsoon should drive truck sales,while the continued focus on urban renewal should give a fillip to bus sales. However, thesame dampeners of GDP growth could slow down the growth of CVs too. Rising interest ratesas well as any upward revisions in diesel prices to contain the extent of subsidy couldalso dampen growth. Commodity price inflation could apply pressure on margins. CRISIL, therating agency, estimates that M&HCV will grow by 13-14% and LCV by 17 -18% during2011-12.
B. Ashok Leyland - The year (2010-11) in brief
Against the backdrop of rising demand for commercial vehicles, Ashok Leyland registeredseveral firsts in 2010-11. Your Company registered its highest ever sales of94,106 vehicles, a growth of 47% compared to the previous year. In the domestic market,the Company sold 83,098 M&HCV, 45% more than the previous year that included 20,425buses and 62,673 trucks, 25% and 54% respectively more than the previous year. YourCompany gained 2.4 percentage point market share in the Indian M&HCV segment duringthe same period.
Exports demonstrated phenomenal growth clocking 10,306 vehicles in 2010-11, a 72%growth against the previous year largely attributable to a revival in the Sri Lankaneconomy and buoyant growth in other SAARC markets. Your Company also undertook severalinitiatives to establish presence in fast growing markets across Asia, Africa and LatinAmerica. A new plant was inaugurated at Ras-AI-Khaimah; United Arab Emirates, to buildbuses and AVIA trucks for the region. Ashok Leyland renewed its focus on the Defencebusiness for export makets especialiy in the emerging economies.
The Power Soiutions Business Unit sold 17,643 engines in the year 2010-11, a 9% dropcompared to the previous year partly due to capacity constraints caused by theoverwhelming demand from the commercial vehicle business, and partly due to the slowdownin the Telecom tower market. Spare parts business grew at 11 % with an all-time highturnover of Rs. 712.51 crores.
Your Company produced 95,337 vehicles during the year, up 47% compared to the previousyear. Nearly 500 vehicle variants were launched during the year partly driven by change inemission standards, the highlight of which was the launch of the flagship U Truck range inOctober 2010. The U Truck range has received excellent initial response from customers,with nearly 1100 vehicles sold in the first 6 months from launch, with just a limitedrange of models on offer, The U-truck range features several 'firsts'; an engine fittedwith mechanical fuel pump that meets Bharat Stage III emission norms; India's first 8X4medium duty tipper and the country's first 4 year comprehensive service care package.
Ashok Leyland has started production at its all-new, state-of-the-art productionfacility at Pantnagar, Uttarakhand. Over 1,500 executives and associates have beenrecruited at Pantnagar and this plant will cater to the growing vehicle demand in North /Eastern part of India.
A unique initiative, known as 'BLESSING' was launched by your Company at Pantnagar inpartnership with the State Government to develop shop floor skills. Under this scheme,youth who have passed 12th grade are recruited and educated / trained by Ashok Leyland atits expense, in partnership with NTTF, whilst enabling them to work and learn on the shopfloor.
To complement the increased capacity from Pantnagar, Ashok Leyland expanded its dealernetwork substantially in areas where it had hitherto limited coverage. Dealer outletsincreased from 178 to 205 numbers, Authorised Service Centres, grew from 138 to 155numbers, To support the driver community better and to facilitate customers to obtaintrained drivers, your Company opened a new driver training centre in Kaithal, Haryana, toincrease the number of such Ashok Leyland supported institutes to three.
Your Company continued to invest heavily in Product Development in 2010-11. The NewGeneration Cab and the Neptune Engine programmes are on track and will be progressivelyintegrated into the U-Truck range. Substantial effort is being made to revamp the range ofIntermediate Commercial Vehicles and offer a global product to the Indian market, drawingupon the strengths of AVIA, Ashok Leylands associate company in the Czech Republic.Your Companys wide portfolio of buses and coaches are further being enhanced. Theacquisition of 26% equity stake in Optare, a UK based manufacturer of contemporaryrear-engine city buses and a leader in green technology, has added to AshokLeylands bus building capabilities. A range of products incorporating best practicesfrom this range is under development. In addition, your Company continued to invest indrive train technologies of the future, particularly in Hybrid and Electric vehicles, byenhancing the HYBUS portfolio.
The Companys present Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is awell-established home-grown system that connects end-to-end, addressing most enterprisetransaction needs. Also in use is a Product Lifecycle Management platform to support theDesign Release process, to manage Bill of Material and to integrate with ProductPerformance Reports filed by field service for issue of clarifications based on severity,analysis and resolution.
Given the pace of growth, your Company has launched a large scale project to upgradeits systems to address future needs more effectively be it system aided centralizedconstraint based planning, higher levels of integration with suppliers, collaborativeplanning and build or demand planning. Mission GenNext has been launched as a businessprocess transformation initiative that will re-engineer your Companys processes tobe future-ready and enable easy migration to the world class SAP platform.
Hinduja Leyland Finance
Your Company had promoted a non-banking finance company named Hinduja Leyland FinanceLimited (HLFL) as its financing arm to boost sales. With approximately 690 employees, HLFLoperates in over 400 centres across over 20 States. In its first full year of operation,it financed approximately 5,300 Ashok Leyland vehicles and made a total disbursement ofRs. 1200 Crores.
JV with Nissan Motors
The Joint Venture with Nissan Motor Company has recently unveiled its first productbranded DOST, which is powered by a specially-developed, 55 hp high-torque, 3-cylinder,turbo-charged common rail diesel engine and having a payload capacity of 1.25 Tonnes.
Mirroring the evolution of the Indian light truck market, the small commercial vehiclesegment (vehicles less than 3.5 Tonnes) has been witnessing a perceptible upward shift interms of features, performance and payload and the DOST has been positioned as acontemporary, powerful yet highly efficient product. With the hub-and-spoke model fastgaining ground, it is well-placed to ride the robust demand for vehicles making last-miledeliveries.
The product from the JV aims to blend the best in terms of Japanese engineering fromNissan, with the insight into local relevance that Ashok Leyland brings to the table. Itrepresents a very attractive value proposition to the small and medium businesses that itis targeted at.
JV with John Deere
The Company Ashok Leyland John Deere Construction Equipment Company Private Limited,incorporated in July 2009, as a 50:50 Joint Venture between Ashok Leyland and John DeereConstruction & Forestry Company marks a fast growing market with state-of-the-artproducts.
A 48-acre manufacturing facility at Gummidipoondi, on the outskirts of Chennai wasinaugurated in October 2010.
The first product the backhoe loader -- is undergoing field trials and isexpected to be launched by third quarter of 2011-12.
JV with Continental AG
Leveraging Ashok Leylands market knowledge and Continentals technologyleadership, this JV aims to become an innovation centre for delivering automotiveinfotronics solutions at value price points. The JV displayed its products capability atContinentals booth at the International Motor Show, IAA, Hanover and is currently inthe process of developing a portfolio of products for mass application.
Albonair GmbH, established with a vision of being a complete solution provider forreducing automotive emissions, has in the short period since inception, developed thecomplete solution for Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Urea Dosing System (UDS)conforming to Euro 4, 5 and 6 emission standards for commercial as well as passengervehicles. Albonair has succeeded in securing orders from Global OEMs and is gearing todevelop and deliver the same.
Ashok Leyland Defence Systems Limited (ALDS)
Ashok Leyland has a long standing relationship with Indian Army for supply of logisticsvehicles. ALDS, a newly formed associate company, will provide increased focus to addressthe opportunities in the Indian and overseas Defence markets.
Further ALDS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW)GmbH, Germany, in order to develop advanced Defence systems for the Indian Defenceestablishment as well as other Defence forces worldwide. Leveraging this and otherpartnerships, ALDS is engaged in the development of tactical vehicles for Defence.
Ashley Alteams India Limited (AAIL)
The 50:50 JV partnership between Ashok Leyland and Alteams OY, Finland aims to be aworld-class aluminium die-casting manufacturer and become a partner of choiceto their customers by providing innovative product solutions. The state-of-the-art foundryand machine shop at Cheyyar, Tamil Nadu, provides complete die-casting solutions with thelatest technological expertise. Ashley Alteams is strongly backed by European technologyand has an annual installed capacity of 7000 MT, with the capability to produce highpressure die-casting components ranging from 0.5 kg to 20 kg. In order to cater to thefast growing needs of Telecom customers, AAIL is setting up an Electroplating Project.
AVIA Ashok Leyland Motors s.r.o. (AALM)
AVIA Ashok Leyland Motors s.r.o., based in Prague, is part of Ashok Leyland sinceOctober 2006. AALM, offers the D Series trucks (consisting of 6T, 7.5T, 9T and 12T GVWmodels) that are marketed in the Czech Republic, Hungary, UK, Ireland, Slovakia and Spain.The economic recovery in Central Europe has helped AALM post higher sales number of dieselvehicles. In 2010, AALM launched the 7.5T and 12T vehicles in the Middle East market andits strategy of focused expansion into electric vehicles in supplier arrangement withSmith Electric, USA has begun to yield results, with several chassis for Electric trucksbeing exported to the USA.
Defiance Technologies Limited
Defiance Technologies Limited is a leading provider of Engineering, ERP and IT servicesto global customers leveraging the global delivery model. Headquartered at Chennai,Defiance has world-class development centres at Chennai and Bangalore in India,state-of-the-art testing facilities at Troy and Westland, Michigan and business offices inUSA, Europe, Middle East, South Africa and
India. Defiance has set up its European headquarters in Cologne in 2010, because of thestrategic advantage of its location in terms of access to roadways, airport and Beneluxregion.
In 2010, Defiance become one of the first few companies in India to receive the AS 9100Revision C certification which is considered as the gold standard forAerospace and Defence customers globally. The Company partnered with MSC SoftwareCorporation, the leader in multidisciplinary simulation solutions that accelerate productinnovation, to help customers improve design development while minimizing software costs.
C. Risk Management
The Company has initiated a focused approach towards Enterprise Risk Management acrossthe organisation based on the Committee of Sponsoring Organisations (COSO) framework toidentify, analyse, prioritise, mitigate and monitor all the risks including strategic,operational, industry and regulatory in nature, across all functions and at all levels.
Risk Management is an integral part of management, not a separate function forspecialists.
Environmental Risk: The Company is presently fully equipped to meet the environmentallegislation prescribed by the Government for Commercial Vehicles.
Though the Indian CV market continues to grow rapidly, increase in interest rates andfuel prices could dampen demand to a certain extent. Your Company is addressing thisthrough increased focus on export markets and on non-cyclical businesses such as spares,Defence and power solutions. Your Companys entry into the relatively less volatileLight Commercial Vehicles business in 2011-12 will further de-risk the business.
In case of surge in demand, your Company has built adequate manufacturing capacity tomeet such increases. With review of the production plan at regular intervals, your Companyhas the capability to add modules of capacity at short cycle times to meet demandincreases.
Rising material cost poses a major risk to profitability. To mitigate this risk, yourCompany has undertaken a wide range of product cost reduction exercises through deepdives, value engineering and alternate sourcing to sustain profitability to the extentfeasible.
Legislation will continue to put pressure on technology advancements resulting inhigher investment and product cost. To address this issue, Ashok Leylands associatecompany Albonair is working on competitive emission treatment systems. Your Company hasalso proactively launched programmes with its strategic partners to develop power trainsto meet upcoming emissions norms equivalent to Euro 5 and 6. Ashok Leyland has alsoensured that its products under development meet all norms expected in the near future,such as the bus body code, safety norms for trucks and upcoming requirements for onboarddiagnostics.
Physical Risk: The Company has a comprehensive insurance coverage and breakdowncoverage for all its electronic equipments to protect all its assets from such damages.
Political Risk: Many of our target overseas markets suffer from political instability,natural calamities, war, terrorism, etc., that could affect the Companys business.These risks are mitigated by taking ECGC cover wherever necessary and also deliveringvehicles against confirmed letters of credit.
Financial Risk: Unanticipated demand recession results in mismatch between productionand sale, which in turn causes strain on liquidity. The Company has revised its workingcapital policy in order to minimize such risks. Several initiatives on interest rates(both floating and fixed) have been taken in order to leverage the rate fluctuations.
The Company also has a currency related policy to mitigate Foreign Exchange risks.
The Companys foreign exchange exposure has increased considerably on account ofExternal Commercial Borrowings and increase in exports. The Company has activated a systemmonitored by centralised Treasury Department to mitigate adverse effects of currency/interest rate fluctuations.
D. Internal Control Systems and their Adequacy:
Given the nature of business and size of operations, the Companys internalcontrol system has been designed to provide for
Accurate recording of transactions with internal checks and prompt reporting
Adherence to applicable accounting standards and policies
Compliance with applicable statutes, policies and management policies andprocedures
Effective use of resources and safeguarding of assets
The internal control system provides for well documented policies / guidelines,authorisations and approval procedures. The Company, through its own Internal AuditDepartment, carries out periodic audits at all locations and functions based on the planapproved by the Audit Committee and brings out any deviation to internal controlprocedures. The observations, arising out of audit, are periodically reviewed andcompliance ensured. The summary of the Internal Audit observations and status ofimplementation are submitted to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. The statusof implementation of the recommendations is reviewed by the Committee on a regular basisand concerns, if any, are reported to the Board.
Information Security and IPR protection initiatives
Ashok Leyland, among the first auto majors in India to be certified under BS7799 in2005, strategically decided to expand the scope on a modular manner to critical areashandling particularly IPR and / or sensitive information.
As part of this strategy, your Company migrated to ISO 27001 during 2006 and expandedthe scope to Advanced Engineering during 2007 and Business Continuity and DisasterRecovery site in 2010.
E. Financial Review
Summary of Profit and Loss Account
| ||2010-11 ||2009-10 ||inc / (dec)% |
|Income || || || |
|sales (net of excise duty) ||11,117.71 ||7,244.71 ||53.5 |
|other income ||15.33 ||70.45 ||(78.2) |
|Total ||11,133.04 ||7,315.16 ||52.2 |
|Expenditure || || || |
|Material cost ||8,121.17 ||5,217.52 ||55.7 |
|employee expenses ||959.72 ||665.93 ||44.1 |
|other expenses ||819.26 ||598.42 ||36.9 |
|depreciation ||267.43 ||204.11 ||31.0 |
|financial expenses ||163.66 ||81.13 ||101.7 |
|Total ||10,331.24 ||6,767.11 ||52.7 |
|profit Before exceptional item ||801.80 ||548.05 ||46.3 |
|exceptional item VRs expenses Amortisation ||- ||3.27 ||(100.0) |
|profit Before tax ||801.80 ||544.78 ||47.2 |
|tax provision - current ||111.15 ||- ||100.0 |
|- deferred ||59.35 ||121.10 ||(51.0) |
|profit After tax ||631.30 ||423.68 ||49.0 |
|Basic earnings per share (in Rs.) ||4.75 ||3.18 ||49.0 |
The Companys revenues came through the following streams of business activities:
Vehicles: Income from vehicles was at Rs. 9,836 Crores, a growth of 61% over theprevious year level of Rs. 6,098 Crores. The increase in revenue was attributable mainlyto a 47% growth in vehicle sale volumes in 2010-11. Considering the increase in inputcosts and operations aided by the legislation on emission requirements, the Companyrevised the prices on four occasions to register cumulative increase of about Rs. 89,000/-per vehicle.
Engines: Revenue from engines reduced to Rs. 309 Crores, a 6% drop over theprevious year level of Rs. 329 Crores, largely due to capacity constraints and lower salesto telecom sector as explained in Para B above.
Spare Parts and others: Income from spare parts including sale of kits toVehicle Factory, Jabalpur increased to Rs. 973 Crores, an increase of 19% over theprevious year level of Rs. 818 Crores.
Other income registered a drop of Rs. 55 Crores, mainly due to gain on sale ofinvestments during previous year.
Material Cost: In the first half of 2009-10 the Company managed to mitigate theimpact of cost increases through pricing actions and value engineering. However, in thesecond half of 2009-10, cost pressures were severe.
Staff costs: Employee expenses rose significantly in 2010-11 primarily due toincrease in executive strength and enhanced compensation, higher bonuses / exgratia andannual performance pay as well as the impact of long term wage settlement at the EnnoreUnit.
Other expenses were higher by 37% primarily due to higher incurrence in power,fuel and maintenance costs in line with the higher production during 2010-11.
Depreciation for the year increased to Rs. 267 Crores compared to Rs. 204 Croresin the previous year primarily due to fuller utilization of Pantnagar plant in the currentyear.
Financial expenses doubled to Rs. 164 Crores during the year. In line with itsfunding policy, the Company borrowed fresh term loans to the extent of Rs. 460 Croresduring the year to meet investments and capital expenditure. Interest cost on these freshloans, together with the full year impact of the interest on loans availed at the end of2009-10, resulted in higher interest costs for the year. Further, interest cost during theprevious year was lower due to capitalization of interest amounting to Rs.36 Crores,relating to capital expenditure on Pantnagar. Centralised Treasury Department is active inthe money market to manage day-to-day investment of surplus funds and to raise short termfunds as required and to optimize the overall cost of borrowings.
Total capital employed by the Company increased by 12% from Rs. 6,321 Crores to Rs.7,065 Crores, mainly due to fresh acquisitions, investments in joint ventures, facilitycreation and higher finished vehicle inventory.
Total Shareholders funds as at March 31, 2011 aggregated to Rs. 3,963 Crores ofwhich equity capital was Rs. 133 Crores comprising of 133 Crore shares of Re.1 each.
| ||2010-11 ||2009-10 inc ||(dec) % |
|Sources of Funds || || || |
|shareholders funds ||3,962.96 ||3,668.77 ||8.0 |
|Loan funds ||2,568.26 ||2,203.89 ||16.5 |
|deferred Liability ||89.93 ||76.55 ||17.5 |
|deferred tax Liability-net ||443.89 ||384.54 ||15.4 |
|foreign currency Monetary tem translation difference -net i ||- ||(12.45) ||(100.0) |
|Total ||7,065.04 ||6,321.29 ||11.8 |
|Application of Funds || || || |
|fixed Assets ||4,991.76 ||4,811.03 ||3.8 |
|nvestments i ||1,230.00 ||326.16 ||277.1 |
|net current Assets ||838.97 ||1,178.93 ||(28.8) |
|Miscellaneous expenditure ||4.31 ||5.17 ||(16.7) |
|Total ||7,065.04 ||6,321.29 ||11.8 |
Capital Expenditure and Investments
During the year, the Company incurred Rs. 490 Crores towards capital expenditure,mainly development of infrastructure, engine, cab, frame and chassis assembly at Pantnagarfor setting up integrated manufacturing facilities as well as for development of newaggregates such as engines, cabs, etc. The Company also incurred capital expendituretowards implementing a new ERP system. The rest of the capital expenditure was towardscapacity optimisation programmes in existing plants.
During the year, the Company acquired 26% stake in Optare plc, UK in pursuit of itsobjective to become one of the top five bus manufacturers in the world. The Companyinvested Rs. 102 Crores in Hinduja Leyland Finance Limited during the year and madeinvestments in JVs for LCV and in the JV for Construction Equipment.
Net Current Assets as on March 31, 2011 at Rs. 839 Crores compares well with previousyear level of Rs.1,179 Crores despite increase in activity level by about 47%. Loans andAdvances were lower by Rs. 167 Crores primarily due to conversion of loans given toassociate companies into equity. Inventories increased to Rs. 2,209 Crores as on March 31,2011 compared to Rs.1,638 Crores as at March 31, 2010 mainly due to increase in finishedvehicles and production inventory. Receivables increased to Rs. 1,185 Crores as on March31, 2011 from Rs. 1,022 Crores as on March 31, 2010 mainly due to higher sales to and duesfrom State Transport Undertakings.
The Company continued with the cash and carry system of sales during theyear. This has enabled the Company manage the increased liquidity requirements better,though the activity levels increased by 47% over previous year. Increase in inventory andreceivables has necessitated additional requirement of funds. This is evident from thedrop in cash and bank balances from Rs. 519 Crores in 2009-10 to Rs. 180 Crores in2010-11.
During the year, the Company availed term loans and non-convertible debenturestotalling to Rs. 460 Crores which are secured by a first pari passu charge created / to becreated on certain immovable properties and movable assets. These funds were utilized forcapital expenditure and investments. The Company manages its liquidity through rigorousweekly monitoring of cash flows and surplus funds, if any, are invested, mainly in unitsof mutual funds and in bank deposits.
The Company improved its profitability during the year consequent to improvement involumes in core business, better product mix and increased benefits consequent toincreased volumes from Pantnagar. The Company managed to recover some portion of materialcost increases sanctioned to the suppliers through pricing, thus improving margins.Similarly, additional costs to comply with emission standards were also recovered throughpricing action. The Company managed the commodity price based cost increases during theyear through savings from various cost reduction programmes.
Presently, the Companys debts have been rated by CRISIL and ICRA.
The rating agencies have reaffirmed the Companys ratings at FY 2009-10 level withrevision in outlook from negative to stable and again to positive now which is as under:
|Agency ||Long Term ||Short Term Loan |
|cRisiL ||fAA- (positive outlook) ||p1+ (reaffirmed) |
|icRA ||LAA- (positive outlook) ||A1+ (reaffirmed) |
Results of Operation
The Company generated cash profits from operations after tax of Rs. 1,083 Crores. Aftermeeting working capital requirements, the Company registered a net cash inflow of Rs. 591Crores from its operations.
Cash outflow for investing activities for FY 2010-11 amounted to Rs. 568 Crores asagainst an outflow of Rs. 99 Crores in FY 2009-10. Fresh loans for Rs. 460 Crores wereraised to meet investing activities.
Profit before tax and exceptional items was Rs. 802 Crores. After providing for taxesat Rs.171 Crores (including deferred tax), profit after tax for the current year is Rs.631 Crores. The earnings per share (EPS) increased by 49% from Rs. 3.18 per share in2009-10 to Rs. 4.75 per share in the year under review.
The Directors have recommended 200% dividend for the year 2010-11, equivalent to Rs. 2per share.
|CASH FLOw STATEMENT || ||Rs. crores |
| ||2010-11 ||2009-10 |
|profit from operations after tax ||1,082.80 ||656.14 |
|(inc) / dec. in net Working capital ||(491.42) ||433.92 |
|net cash flow from operating activities (before exceptional item) ||591.38 ||1,090.06 |
|net cash flow from operating activities ||591.38 ||1,090.06 |
|payment for Assets acquisition - net ||(350.09) ||(684.41) |
|other cash flow from investing activities - net ||(567.63) ||(98.76) |
|cash flow from financing activities ||(13.64) ||123.31 |
|net cash inflow / (outflow) ||(339.98) ||430.21 |
With the economy still reasonably buoyant, continued accent on infrastructuredevelopment and construction activities and growth across freight generating sectorsaugurs well. Another year of good monsoon should act as a great fillip for theagricultural sector. Therefore, overall, the CV industry should be able to hold its growthtrend in 2011-12, albeit at a slower rate. 2011-2012 will be a year of growth andconsolidation for Ashok Leyland in quest of the vision to be among the global top 10 intrucks and top 5 in buses in volume terms.
Your Company is well placed and well equipped to meet demand spikes and also to meetthe challenges of upgraded products compliant to stricter emission norms. With the launchof the U Truck platform with improved aggregates like the Next Generation Cab and NeptuneEngine, your Company is confident of meeting the growing competition in the domesticmarket and improve its market share both in domestic and in international markets.
With global economies recovering, opportunities are arising for Ashok Leyland to spreadits global footprint beyond the SAARC countries to the growing markets of Asia, Africa andCIS.
On the domestic front, rising interest costs and diesel prices are going to be growthdampeners but since the fundamentals remain strong and the economy continues to be on agrowth trajectory, your Company is cautiously positive about the future.
Annexure-E to Directors Report
DIRECTORS RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT
AS PER SECTION 217(2AA) OF THE COMPANIES ACT, 1956
Responsibility in relation to financial statements
The financial statements have been prepared in conformity, in all material respects,with the generally accepted accounting principles in India and the Accounting Standardsprescribed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in a consistent manner andsupported by reasonable and prudent judgements and estimates. The Directors believe thatthe financial statements reflect true and fair view of the financial position as on31.3.2011 and of the results of operations for the year ended 31.3.2011.
The financial statements have been audited by M/s M.S. Krishnaswami & Rajan and M/sDeloitte Haskins & Sells in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards,which include an assessment of the systems of internal controls and tests of transactionsto the extent considered necessary by them to support their opinion.
In the opinion of the Directors, the Company will be in a position to carry on itsexisting commercial vehicles / engines business and accordingly it is consideredappropriate to prepare the financial statements on the basis of going concern.
Maintenance of accounting records, Internal controls and compliances
The company has taken proper and sufficient care for the maintenance of adequateaccounting records as required by various Statutes.
Directors have overall responsibility for the Companys internal control system,which is designed to provide a reasonable assurance for safeguarding of assets,reliability of financial records and for preventing and detecting fraud and otherirregularities.
The system of internal control is monitored by the internal audit function, whichencompasses the examination and evaluation of the adequacy and effectiveness of the systemof internal control and quality of performance in carrying out assigned responsibilities.Internal Audit Department interacts with all levels of management and the StatutoryAuditors, and reports significant issues to the Audit Committee of the Board.
Audit Committee supervises the financial reporting process through review of accountingand reporting practices, financial and accounting controls and financial statements. AuditCommittee also periodically interacts with Internal and Statutory Auditors to ensurequality and veracity of Companys accounts.
Internal Auditors, Audit Committee and Statutory Auditors have full and free access toall the information and records as considered necessary to carry out theirresponsibilities. All the issues raised by them have been suitably acted upon and followedup.
Proper systems are in place to ensure compliance of all laws applicable to the Company.
Annexure-G to Directors Report
CERTIFICATION By MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER TO THE BOARD
We, Vinod K Dasari, Managing Director and K.Sridharan, Chief Financial Officer of AshokLeyland Limited, certify that:
1. We have reviewed the financial statements for the year and that to the best of ourknowledge and belief:
a) these statements do not contain any materially untrue statement or omit any materialfact or contain statements that might be misleading;
b) these statements present a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Companyand of the results of operations and cash flows. The financial statements have beenprepared in conformity, in all material respects, with the existing Generally AcceptedAccounting Principles including Accounting Standards, applicable laws and regulations.
2. There are, to the best of our knowledge and belief, no transactions entered into bythe Company during the year which are fraudulent, illegal or violative of theCompanys code of conduct.
3. We accept overall responsibility for establishing and monitoring the Companysinternal control system for financial reporting and evaluating its effectiveness. Internalaudit function monitors the internal control system for financial reporting, whichencompasses the examination and evaluation of the adequacy and effectiveness. Internalaudit works with all levels of management and Statutory Auditors, and reports significantissues to the Audit Committee of the Board. The Statutory Auditors and Audit Committee areappraised of any corrective action taken or proposed to be taken with regard tosignificant deficiencies and material weaknesses.
4. We have indicated to the Auditors and to the Audit Committee:
a) significant changes in internal control over financial reporting during the year;
b) significant changes in accounting policies during the year;
c) instances of significant fraud of which we have become aware of and which involvemanagement or other employees who have significant role in the Companys internalcontrol system over financial reporting. However, there was no such instance.
|May 19, 2011 ||Vinod K Dasari ||K. Sridharan |
|Chennai ||Managing Director ||Chief Financial Officer |