Alfa Ica (India) Ltd Management Discussions.


FY 2020-21 has been an unprecedented year in modern times, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting human life extensively across the globe. Its impact on the economic front, too, has been significant. The slowdown across economies witnessed in 2019 exacerbated further in 2020 by the shock delivered by the pandemic. As a result, the global GDP is believed to have contracted by 3.3% in 2020, with all major economics moving into negative territory. The economic upheaval could have been much more severe had it not been for the quick and synchronized response from central banks and governments globally, although this too varied across countries. The increase in balance sheet sizes of almost all central banks and the supportive measures undertaken by governments globally ensured easy availability of funding and support for both private and public consumption. This support has been instrumental in the progressive recovery seen in the last two quarters of the calendar year as compared to the significant contractions observed in the first two quarters. The sequential recovery in global trade coupled with the easy liquidity conditions have also led to a sharp rise in commodity prices, especially in the last quarter of FY 2019-20. This has been further aggravated by large-scale disruptions in the global supply chain, with shipping line capacities and container availability posing a major challenge.


The Indian economy too witnessed similar stress, with the nationwide lockdown from end March 2020 bringing business activities to a standstill for the major part of April and May 2020. An accommodative monetary policy from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and fiscal policy interventions by the central government, coupled with the gradual reopening of the economic activities from June 2020, have led to a sequential recovery in economic output. Indias real GDP clocked a 0.4% growth in the October-December 2020 quarter on a year-on-year basis after a sharp fall in the first two quarters of FY 2020-21. However, the recovery is largely centered around the formal part of the economy. The informal players, especially the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in many industries have taken a disproportionately large hit. Inflation picked up over the year, despite the pandemic, primarily led by food inflation and higher fuel taxes. On the exchange rate front, post the initial bout of depreciation in the Indian currency in the beginning of the financial year, the currency has been relatively well supported on account of robust portfolio inflows in the economy as well as a better current account position.


Your company is in the business of High Pressure Laminate (H.P.L) Sheets & Compacts .Alfa ranges are available in several Colours, Designs and Textures consisting of more than 400 design decors and more than 50 textures. With more decors and more finishes, our innovation brings you beautiful, high quality environmental friendly decorative solutions.

Alfa High Pressure Laminates are recognized and appreciated by architects, interiors and fitters. We confirm all our produce is as per strict requirements of EN438 (European Standard).To ensure European quality, all decorative papers are sourced from worlds best European printers.

In changing world, we are changing faster. We are relentless in our pursuit of discovery and innovation, bringing in technologies that empower us to enhance your environment, constantly opening the door to a world of possibility. Alfa Laminate sheets are used for various applications in many areas such as Furniture Covering, Wall Paneling, Partitions, Door Covering, Shower Panels, Interior Wall Paneling, Exterior Wall Cladding, Green Chalk Board, White Marker Board, Kitchen Top and Backsplash, Table Top, Anti-bacterial laminate, Anti-fingerprint laminate, Cubicle partition panel and more other things.

Your company assures highest commitment of consistent innovation by introduction of new designs as well as finishes to feed the creative mind of interior decorators and furniture designers. The companys philosophy is to attain transparency and accountability in its relationship with all its stakeholders, ensuring a high degree of regulatory compliance.


Your Company continues to sustain with its overall performance in the financial year 2020-21 driven by the average performance in existing business. Currently the Company is running well in decorative laminates segment. Your Directors have been making efforts on all fronts viz. production, marketing, finance and cost control etc. and these efforts have been yielding good results. The outlook for the companys products appears to be good and the company is confident of achieving improved operational performance.

The Profit before Tax amounted to Rs. 190,13,459 as against Rs. 165,11,470 in the previous year. The net profit after tax was Rs. 141,98,722 as against Rs. 123,21,013 in the previous year. Your company has continued to put in all possible efforts to boost exports, during the year under review achieved Export sales of Rs. 459,627,065.


The Company has in place robust internal control procedures commensurate with its size and operations. Company has the internal controls Department headed by Internal Auditor of the company. The Board of Directors is also responsible for the internal control system, sets the guidelines, verifying its adequacy, effectiveness and application. The Companys internal control system is designed to ensure management efficiency, measurability and verifiability, reliability of accounting and management information, compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and the protection of the Companys assets so that the companys main risks (operational, compliance-related, economic and financial) are properly identified and managed overtime.


Company maintained healthy, cordial and harmonious industrial relations at all levels. The Board of Directors and management wish to place on record their appreciation of the efforts put in by all employees to achieve good performance.

Some of the companys core developments on the HR front and imitative planned during the year under review included the following:

• Standardized recruitment through creating robust systems and processes to ensure that only those qualified whose skill sets matched with the requirements;

• Focused on training to establish a professional e- learning module

• Focus on capabilities enhancement through structure interventions, both on functional and behavioral side

• With a view to professionalize payroll, to out source the service to ensure that all statutory and regulatory compliances are met to the highest level

There was not any case pursuant to the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 was reported during the year.


Your Company has adopted a mechanism to identify, assess, monitor and mitigate various risks to key business objectives. Major risks elements associated with the businesses and functions of the Company have been identified and will be systematically addressed through mitigating actions on a continuing basis. These are already discussed at the meetings of the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors of the Company. Risk Management forms an integral part of the Companys planning process. There are no risks, which in the opinion of the Board threaten the existence of your Company.


Exports shall remain the core growth are and a lot depends on overseas economic recovery. In the domestic sector, the outlook seems to best able in long term, with the economy expected to perform better in the years to come. Though inflation is a worry which may dampen real spends in the economy, but an emphasis on infrastructure and housing shall push the demand for companys products.


The Company is engaged primarily in manufacturing of Laminated Sheets and there are no separate reportable segments.


Certain statements in this Annual Report more particularly in the Management Discussion and Analysis Report describing the Companys strength, strategies, objectives, predictions, expectations and estimates may be "forward looking statements" within the meaning of applicable laws and regulations. Actual results may vary significantly from the forward looking statements contained in this document due to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include global and domestic financial market conditions affecting the interest rates, availability of resources for the financial sector, market for lending, changes in regulatory directions issued by the Government, tax laws, economic situation affecting demand / supply, price conditions in the domestic markets in which Company operates, significant changes in political and economic environment in India, applicable statues, litigations, labour relations that may impact the Companys business as well as its ability to implement its strategies. Further, market data and product information contained in this Report are based on information gathered from various published and unpublished reports, and their accuracy, reliability and completeness cannot be assured. The Company does not undertake to update these statements.