A R C Finance Ltd Management Discussions.
Your Directors are pleased to present the Management Discussion and Analysis Report for the year ended 31st March, 2019.
After growing at a robust 6.7% in FY 2017-18, the Indian economy achieve broad-based growth in the first three quarters of FY 2018-19, with industrial growth accelerating to 7.9%, services although services decelerated. Agriculture also posted strong growth of four per cent. The last quarter of FY 2018-19, however, has witnessed a slowdown in the growth of consumption indictors as well as a hiatus in business investment activity, as the nation awaits election results. Accordingly, Q4FY2019 is expected to see the weakest growth since mid-2017 and could come in at levels that are almost on par with Chinas growth.
The World Bank (April, 2019) expects Indias GDP to accelerate moderately to 7.5% in FY 2019-20 due to sustained strengthening of investments, particularly by the private sector, an improvement in export performance and resilient consumption.
NBFCs play an important role in the Indian financial system, complementing banks by leveraging their nimble operations and tailor-made products. Their role in promoting financial inclusion and catering to the needs of small businesses and specialised segments gives an additional dimension to their existence. NBFCs accounted for 23% of total loans and 18% of total credit in India as on 31st March, 2018. They have shown strong growth in recent years, buoyed by access to equity capital and liquidity in the system. However, post the liquidity squeeze and headwinds in the industry, NBFCs have faced increased cost of borrowing and some have had funding challenges.
The opportunities ahead are immense and Company is fully geared to make the most of them. The company has concentrated on its goals of consolidating and cutting cost wherever possible. Various organization development initiatives were undertaken during the year. These are expected to help create a robust organization based on strong values, uniform and systematic business processes and people empowerment.
PREVENTION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT WORKPLACE
As per the requirement of The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013 (Act) and Rules made thereunder, your Company has constituted Internal Committees (IC). While maintaining the highest governance norms, the Company has appointed external independent persons, who have done work in this area and have requisite experience in handling such matters, as Chairpersons of each of the Committees. During the year, one complaint with allegations of sexual harassment was received by the Company and the same was investigated and resolved as per the provisions of the Act. In order to build awareness in this area, the Company has been conducting programmes in the organisation on a continuous basis.
RISK AND INTERNAL ADEQUACY:
During the year, your Company started monitoring and reporting Controls through Livewire - a comprehensive analytics tool that tracks compliance with internal controls framework established by the management. The controls dash board allows the management to perform a thematic analysis of its control health across different processes and activities, time periods and responsibility centers.
This will enable the management to pro-actively protect value through implementation of a robust control environment.
Your Company maintains strong and healthy interactions with Unilever through a well-coordinated management exchange programme, which includes setting out governing guidelines pertaining to identifying areas of research, agreeing timelines, resource requirements; scientific research based on hypothesis testing and experimentation which leads to new /improved / alternative technologies; supporting the development of launch-ready product formulation based on research and implementation of the launch ready product formulations in markets. Your Company continuously imports technology from Unilever under the Technical Collaboration Agreement and the same is fully absorbed. The benefits derived by your Company through technology absorption and R&D have been detailed earlier in this report. Your Company also receives continuous support and guidance from Unilever to drive functional excellence in marketing, supply management, media buying and IT, among others, which help your Company to build capabilities, remain competitive and further step-up its overall business performance. Unilever is committed to ensuring that the support in terms of new products, innovations, technologies and services is commensurate with the needs of your Company and enables it to win in the marketplace.
The Company recognizes the importance of Human Resource as a key asset instrumental in its growth. The Company believes in acquisition, retention and betterment of talented team players. With the philosophy of inclusive growth, the Company has redefined its performance management system. The new system focuses on progression of individual employees together with organizational goals. Under the new system increased thrust will be on job rotation and multi- skilling.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS REPORT:
The Board of Directors have reviewed the Management Discussion and Analysis prepared by the Management, and the Independent Auditors have noted its contents. Statement in this report of the Companys objective, projections, estimates, exceptions, and predictions are forward looking statements subject to the applicable laws and regulations. The statements may be subjected to certain risks and uncertainties. Companys operations are affected by many external and internal factors which are beyond the control of the management. Thus the actual situation may differ from those expressed or implied. The Company assumes no responsibility in respect of forward looking statements that may be amended or modified in future on the basis of subsequent developments, information or events.
The Compliance function of the Company is responsible for independently ensuring that operating and business units comply with regulatory and internal guidelines. The Compliance Department of the Company is continued to play a pivotal role in ensuring implementation of compliance functions in accordance with the directives issued by regulators, the Companys Board of Directors and the Companys Compliance Policy. The Audit Committee of the Board reviews the performance of the Compliance Department and the status of compliance with regulatory/internal guidelines on a periodic basis.
New Instructions/Guidelines issued by the regulatory authorities were disseminated across the Company to ensure that the business and functional units operate within the boundaries set by regulators and that compliance risks are suitably monitored and mitigated in course of their activities and processes.
Statement in this Managements Discussion and Analysis detailing the Companys objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or predictions are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws and regulations. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied. Important factors that could make a difference to the Companys operations include changes in Government regulations, tax regimes, economic developments within India and other countries within which the Company conducts business and other factors such as litigation and labour negotiations. The Company is not under any obligation to publicly amend, modify or revise any forward-looking statements on the basis of any subsequent developments, information or events.
Sustained strong performance by any company is directly linked to an organizations philosophy and levels of Corporate Governance. Keeping this important reality in view, your Company has always placed major thrust on managing its affairs with diligence, transparency, responsibility and accountability.