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1. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENTS
The Company produces sponge iron from three kilns with an installed capacity of 2,10,000 MT per annum. The Companys primary product, sponge iron, is a high quality pre-reduced ferrous material and, therefore is preferred to most other materials in place of steel scrap by secondary steel producers operating induction and electric arc furnaces for producing long products for meeting the demand of the construction and infrastructure sectors.
Since the price of sponge iron is purely market driven in the present economy, the Company continuously makes efforts for reducing the cost of production to sustain its margins. The principal cost components of sponge iron consist of coal, iron ore and capital service charges. With the successful operation of its captive 5.0 MW power plant, the power cost of the Company is expected to be reduced significantly.
2. OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS
Coal and iron ore are the two major raw-materials for producing sponge iron. The price of both iron ore and coal are quite volatile and on most of the times increased by the suppliers, which adversely affects Companys margin. Therefore, the Company has been exploring various avenues for procuring good quality iron ore and sufficient coal.
3. SEGMENT WISE/ PRODUCT WISE PERFORMANCE
The Company is engaged only in the segment of manufacturing and selling of sponge iron.
The Government is going ahead with the economic reforms process albeit at slower pace. The main thrust is on developing rural economy and agriculture flowing of funds through budget and plan towards the vast rural area will increase the income levels of the countrys huge rural population and spurt demand. The increase in disposable income of the rural economy will be utilized in housing construction which is the biggest user of mild steel. Sponge Iron is basic raw material used by induction furnaces to produce mild steel. Thus there will be a huge demand for Sponge Iron.
5. RISKS AND CONCERNS
The Management periodically carries out risk assessment exercises. Risk factors are also discussed in Audit Committee Meetings. Wherever possible and necessary, insurance cover is taken for risk mitigation. However, an economic slowdown can adversely affect the demand-supply equation in the sponge iron industry. The price of sponge iron is sensitive to the demand-supply position of steel scrap in the country and also to the selling prices of long products. On the financial front, the Companys debt had been restructured pursuant to the rehabilitation scheme sanctioned by Honble BIFR is over on 30th September, 2011 and the net worth of the Company has not turned positive. All the installments of principal and interest thereon has already been paid under the scheme, except for the exchange fluctuation on foreign currency loan and interest thereon in respect of which LPA has been filed with High Court of Jharkhand, Ranchi. In addition the entire rehabilitation loan along with the interest is due for payment to Government of Jharkhand, for which the Company will make representation for waiver of interest on re-start of Companys operations.
Currently the steel market is reviving and the same is not yet stable. In view of the current market development, the Company has entered into a facility user agreement on 1st April, 2017 with a Company specialized in contract manufacturing, wherein part of the plant and machinery shall be operated by the said Company. The Company is considering to re-start the operations of the Company and evaluating all the options available under present circumstances. The Management of the Company expects that the recession phase of the steel market will be over soon.
6. INTERNAL CONTROL SYSTEMS AND THEIR ADEQUACY
The Company has adopted policies and procedures for ensuring the orderly and efficient conduct of its business including adherence to the Companys 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 disclosures. In line with international trend, planning and conduct is oriented towards a review of controls in the management of risks and opportunities in the Companys activities. The annual audit programme is developed by the Internal Auditors and approved by the Audit Committee of the Board. The Concurrent Auditors Report is placed before the Audit Committee which met at least four times during the year to review the audit observations and to follow up implementation of corrective actions.
The Committee also consults the companys statutory auditors to ascertain their views on the adequacy of the internal control systems in the Company. The Audit Committee has majority of independent directors to maintain the objectivity.
7. FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
The Plant has been under shut from 9th August, 2013 as a result of non-supply of coal by Central Coalfields Limited. The loss has been due to non- production as a result of non-availability coal.
8. HUMAN RESOURCES AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
The Company, at the year ended 31st March, 2018 had approximately 346 employees.
9. CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
The above Management Discussion and Analysis describing the Companys objectives, projections, estimates and expectations may be 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 external economic conditions affecting demand/supply influencing price conditions in the market in which the Company operates, changes in the Government regulations statutes, tax laws and other incidental factors.
|For & on behalf of the Board|
|S.K. Gupta||R.K. Agarwal|
|Place : New Delhi||(Director-Works)||(Director)|
|Date : 11th May, 2018||DIN: 03537417||DIN: 00298252|