Dhanlaxmi Bank Ltd Directors Report.

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The Members of Dhanlaxmi Bank Limited Report on the Audit of Financial Statements

Opinion

We have audited the accompanying financial statements of Dhanlaxmi Bank Limited ("the Bank"), which comprise the Balance Sheet as at 31st March, 2021, the Profit and Loss Account and the Cash Flow statement for the year then ended, and notes to the financial statements, including a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information. Incorporated in these financial statements are the returns of Twenty-Two branches/offices and Treasury division audited by us, 234 branches/offices audited by statutory branch auditors.

In our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us, the aforesaid financial statements together with the Principal Accounting Policies and Notes appended thereto give the information required by the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 as well as the Companies Act, 2013 (the "Act") in the manner so required for the banking companies and give a true and fair view in conformity with the accounting principles generally accepted in India, of the state of affairs of the Bank as at 31st March, 2021, its profit and its cash flows for the year ended on that date.

Basis for Opinion

We conducted our audit in accordance with the Standards on Auditing (SAs) specified under section 143(10) of the Act. Our responsibilities under those Standards are further described in the Auditors Responsibilities for the Audit of the Financial Statements section of our report. We are independent of the Company in accordance with the Code of Ethics issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India together with the ethical requirements that are relevant to our audit of the financial statements under the provisions of the Act and the Rules thereunder, and we have fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements and the Code of Ethics. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion on the Financial Statement.

Emphasis of Matter

We call attention to Note No. 4.3 of Schedule 18 of the Accompanying Financial Statement, wherein the impact of the COVID-1 9 pandemic and its implications on the accounts for the quarter/year ended 31st March 2021 has been stated. The extent to which the pandemic will impact the Banks operations and financial position depends on several factors including the steps taken to reduce such impact and other regulatory measures which is highly uncertain.

Our opinion on the financial results is not modified in respect on the above matters.

Key Audit Matters

Key audit matters are those matters that, in our professional judgment, were of most significance in our audit of the financial statements of the current period. These matters were addressed in the context of our audit of the financial statements as a whole, and in forming our opinion thereon, and we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters.

Sr. No. Key Audit Matters Auditors Response/Procedure
1 Identification and classification of assets into NPAs is made based on the assessment of various criteria stipulated in the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines with regard to the Prudential Norms on Income Recognition, Asset Classification and Provisioning (RBI Guidelines). Design / controls
Provisions in respect of such NPAs and restructured advances are made subject to the minimum provisioning levels prescribed by RBI from time to time. Excess provisioning is based on the managements evaluation of the degree of impairment of the advances. The provision on NPAs is also based on the valuation of the security available. • Assessing the design, implementation and operating effectiveness of key internal controls over approval, recording and monitoring of loans, identification of NPA accounts, measurement of NPA provisions, indicators of impairment and assessing the reliability of management information, which included overdue reports.
• Understanding the managements approach, interpretation, systems and controls implemented in relation to NPA computation, particularly in light of the COVID-19 regulatory package.
• For corporate loans we tested controls over the internal ratings process, monitoring of stressed accounts including credit file review processes and review controls over the approval of significant individual impairment provisions.
• Evaluating the design, implementation and operating effectiveness of key internal controls over the valuation of securities for NPAs and Special Mention Accounts (SMA).
The NPA classification and provisioning of loans and advances was construed as a key audit matter due to the significant efforts involved by the management in identifying and classifying advances as NPAs based on the RBI Guidelines, the level of management judgment involved in determining the provisions (including the provisions on assets which are not classified as NPAs), the valuation of security of the NPAs and the significance of these estimates on the financial statements of the Bank. • Analysing the key IT systems/applications used, its design and implementation as well as operational effectiveness of relevant controls, including the considerations of manual processes and manual controls.
On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to be a pandemic and the continued lockdown and travel restrictions imposed by the Govt of India and the respective State Government/ Union Territory due to COVID-19 Second Wave.
We have identified the impact of, and uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic as a key event and consideration for recognition and measurement of NPAs on account of: Substantive tests
• Short- and long-term macroeconomic effect on businesses in the country and globally and its consequential first order and cascading negative impact on revenue and employment generation opportunities; • Test of details for a selection of exposures in relation to calculation of NPA provisions including valuation of collaterals for NPAs as at 31 March 2021; provisioning determined by the Bank and also testing related disclosures by assessing the completeness, accuracy and relevance of data and to ensure that the same is in compliance with the RBI guidelines with regard to the Prudential Norms on Income Recognition, Asset Classification and Provisioning.
• impact of the pandemic on the Banks customers and their ability to repay dues; and • Samples (based on quantitative and qualitative thresholds) of large corporates where impairment indicators have been identified by management were chosen..
• application of regulatory package and relaxations announced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on asset classification, regulatory reporting and provisioning. We obtained managements assessment of the recoverability of these exposures (including individual provisions calculations) and evaluated whether individual provisions, or lack of, were appropriate
• This included the following procedures: -
- Reviewing the statement of accounts, approval process, board and credit committees minutes, credit review of customer, review of Special Mention Accounts (SMA) reports and other related documents to assess recoverability and the classification of the facility; -
Assessed external collateral valuers credentials and comparing external valuations to values used in managements assessments; and
- Analysing the effect of Stay given by Honourable Supreme Court and its consequent effect on the vacation of stay on nonclassification of NPA.
• Assessing the factual accuracy and appropriateness of additional disclosures made in connection to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the financial statements of the Bank.
• Verification of concurrent audit reports and inspection for NPA issues, Covid related issue and the guidelines issues by Head Office.
2 IT systems and automated controls The extent to which the Banks key financial accounting and reporting processes depend on information systems including automated controls in systems is considerably high, that there exists a risk of gaps in the IT control environment that could potentially result in the financial accounting and reporting records being materially misstated. • Our key IT audit procedures included:
The Bank uses several systems for its overall financial reporting. In addition to this, large volumes of transactions and the increasing challenges to protect the integrity of the Banks systems and data, cyber security has become a more significant risk in recent periods. • Testing and understanding the IT systems of the bank and integration of various software.
We have identified IT systems and automated controls as key audit matter because of the high-level automation, significant number of systems being used by the management and the complexity of the IT structure. • We focussed on user access management, change management, segregation of duties, system reconciliation controls and system application controls over key financial accounting and reporting systems.
• We tested a selection of key controls operating over the information technology in relation to financial accounting and reporting systems, including system access and system change management, program development and computer operations.
• We tested the design and operating effectiveness of key controls over user access management which includes granting access right, new user creation, removal of user rights and preventative controls designed to enforce segregation of duties.
• For a selected group of key controls over financial and reporting system, we have performed procedures to determine that these controls remained unchanged during the year or were changed following the standard change management process.
• We have also assessed other areas which include password policies, security configurations, system interface controls, controls over changes to applications and databases and that business users, developers and production support did not have access to change applications, the operating system or databases in the production environment.
• Security configuration review and related tests on certain critical aspects of cyber security on network security management mechanism, operational security of key information infrastructure, data and client information management, monitoring and emergency management.
• Assessment of data security controls in the context of a large population of staff working from remote location at the year end.
• Verification of systems audit in IT related area and corrective mechanism
3 Modified Audit Procedure carried out in light of COVID-19 outbreak: • Wherever physical access was not possible, necessary records/ reports/ documents/ certificates were made available to us by the Bank through digital medium, emails and remote access to CBS and other relevant application software.
Due to COVID-1 9 pandemic and consequent nationwide lockdown and travel restrictions imposed by Central / State Government / Local Authorities during the period of audit and the Reserve Bank of India directions to Banks to conduct audit remotely, wherever physical access was not possible, we couldnt carry out audit by visiting the premises of certain Branches / Departments and Corporate Office. To this extent, the audit process was carried out on the basis of such documents, reports and records made available to us which were relied upon as audit evidence for conducting the audit and reporting for the current period. Accordingly, we modified our audit procedure as follows:
Since we were unable to gather audit evidence physically or in person, the same was carried through discussions and personal interactions with the officials at the Branches/Departments / Corporate Office. We have identified such modified audit procedure as a Key Audit Matter. a) Carried out verification of necessary records/ documents/ CBS and other application software electronically through remote access/ emails in respect of the Branches/ Departments and Corporate Office where physical access was not possible.
Accordingly, our audit procedure was modified to carry out the audit remotely, b) Carried out verification of scanned copies of the documents, deeds, certificates, returns and the related records made available to us through emails and remote access over secured network of the Bank.
c) Making enquiries and gathering necessary audit evidence through conferencing, dialogues and discussions over phone calls/ conference calls, emails and similar communication channels.
d) Resolution/ Replies of our audit observations through email/ telephone instead of a face-to-face interaction with the designated officials.

Information other than the Financial Statements and Auditors Report thereon

The Banks Management and Board of Directors are responsible for the other information. The other information comprises the Directors Report including the annexures to Directors Report, Secretarial audit Report, Management Discussion & Analysis Report and Corporate Governance Report included in the Annual report, but does not include the financial statements and our auditors report thereon and the Pillar III Disclosures under the New Capital Adequacy Framework (Basel III disclosures). The Annual Report is expected to be made available to us after the date of this auditors report.

Our opinion on the financial statements does not cover the other information and Basel III Disclosures and we will not express any form of assurance conclusion thereon.

In connection with our audit of the financial statements, our responsibility is to read the other information identified above when it becomes available and, in doing so, consider whether the other information is materially inconsistent with the financial statements or our knowledge obtained in the audit or otherwise appears to be materially misstated.

When we read the Annual Report, if we conclude that there is a material misstatement therein, we are required to communicate the matter to those charged with governance.

Responsibilities of Management and those charged with governance for the Financial Statements

The Banks Management and Board of Directors are responsible for the matters stated in section 134(5) of the Act with respect to the preparation of these financial statements that give a true and fair view of the financial position, financial performance and cash flows of the Bank in accordance with the provisions of Section 29 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 and accounting principles generally accepted in India, including the Accounting Standards specified under section 133 of the Act read with Rule 7 of the Companies(Accounts) Rules, 2014, in so far as they apply to the Bank and the guidelines issued by the Reserve Bank of India from time to time. This responsibility also includes maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Act for safeguarding of the assets of the Bank and for preventing and detecting frauds and other irregularities; selection and application of appropriate accounting policies, making judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent; and the design, implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financial control that were operating effectively for ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the accounting records, relevant to the preparation and presentation of the financial statements that give a true and fair view and are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

In preparing the financial statements, management and Board of Directors are responsible for assessing the Banks ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unless management and Board of Directors either intends to liquidate the Company or to cease operations, or has no realistic alternative but to do so.

The Board of Directors are also responsible for overseeing the Banks financial reporting process.

Auditors responsibility for the audit of the Financial Statements

Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an auditors report that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with SAs will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of these financial statements.

As part of an audit in accordance with SAs, we exercise professional judgment and maintain professional skepticism throughout the audit. We also:

• Identify and assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error, design and perform audit procedures responsive to those risks, and obtain audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion. The risk of not detecting a material misstatement resulting from fraud is higher than for one resulting from error, as fraud may involve collusion, forgery, intentional omissions, misrepresentations, or the override of internal control.

• Obtain an understanding of internal control relevant to the audit in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances. Under Section 143(3)(i) of the Act, we are also responsible for expressing our opinion on whether the Bank has adequate internal financial controls with reference to the financial statement in place and the operating effectiveness of such controls.

• Evaluate the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates and related disclosures made by management and Board of Directors.

• Conclude on the appropriateness of management and Board of Directors use of the going concern basis of accounting and, based on the audit evidence obtained, whether a material uncertainty exists related to events or conditions that may cast significant doubt on the Banks ability to continue as a going concern. If we conclude that a material uncertainty exists, we are required to draw attention

in our auditors report to the related disclosures in the financial statements or, if such disclosures are inadequate, to modify our opinion. Our conclusions are based on the audit evidence obtained up to the date of our auditors report. However, future events or conditions may cause a bank to cease to continue as a going concern.

• Evaluate the overall presentation, structure and content of the financial statements, including the disclosures, and whether the financial statements represent the underlying transactions and events in a manner that achieves fair presentation.

We communicate with those charged with governance regarding, among other matters, the planned scope and timing of the audit and significant audit findings, including any significant deficiencies in internal control that we identify during our audit.

We also provide those charged with governance with a statement that we have complied with relevant ethical requirements regarding independence, and to communicate with them all relationships and other matters that may reasonably be thought to bear on our independence, and where applicable, related safeguards.

From the matters communicated with those charged with governance, we determine those matters that were of most significance in the audit of the financial statements of the current period and are therefore the key audit matters. We describe these matters in our auditors report unless law or regulation precludes public disclosure about the matter or when, in extremely rare circumstances, we determine that a matter should not be communicated in our report because the adverse consequences of doing so would reasonably be expected to outweigh the public interest benefits of such communication.

Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements

The Balance Sheet and the Profit and Loss Account have been drawn up in accordance with the provisions of Section 29 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 read with Section 133 of the Companies Act, 2013 and read with Rule 7 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014.

1. As required by Sub Section 3 of section 30 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, we report that:

a) We have obtained all the information and explanations which, to the best of our knowledge and belief, were necessary for the purpose of our audit and have found them to be satisfactory;

b) In our opinion, the transactions of the Bank, which have come to our notice, have been within the powers of the Bank;

c) The returns received from the Offices and branches of the Bank have been found adequate for the purpose of our audit. The reports on the accounts of the branch offices audited by branch auditors of the Bank under section 143(8) of the Act have been sent to us and have been properly dealt with by us in preparing this report;

2. Further, as required by section 143(3) of the Act, we further report that:

a) We have sought and obtained all the information and explanations which to the best of our knowledge and belief were necessary for the purpose of our audit;

b) In our opinion, proper books of account as required by law have been kept by the Bank so far as it appears from our examination of those books;

c) The reports on the accounts of 234 branches of the Bank audited by branch auditors under Section 143(8) of the Act have been forwarded to us and have been properly dealt with by us in preparing this report

d) The Balance Sheet, the Profit and Loss Account and the Cash Flow Statement dealt with by this Report are in agreement with the books of account;

e) In our opinion, the aforesaid financial statements comply with the Accounting Standards specified under Section 133 of the Act, read with Rule 7 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014, as applicable to banks and not inconsistent with the accounting policies prescribed by RBI;

f) On the basis of written representations received from the directors as on 31 March, 2021 taken on record by the Board of Directors, none of the directors are disqualified as on 31 March, 2021 from being appointed as a director in terms of Section 164(2) of the Act;

g) With respect to the adequacy of the internal financial controls over financial reporting of the Bank and the operating effectiveness of such controls, refer to our separate Report in "Annexure 1" to this report. Our report expresses an unmodified opinion on the adequacy and operating effectiveness of the Banks internal financial controls over financial reporting.

3. With respect to the other matters to be included in the Auditors Report in accordance with Rule 11 of the Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules, 2014, in our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us:

a) The Bank has disclosed the impact of pending litigations as at 31 March 2021 on its financial position in its financial statements;

b) The Bank has made provision, as required under the applicable law or accounting standards, for material foreseeable losses on long-term contracts including derivative contracts;

c) There has been no delay in transferring amounts required to be transferred to the Investor Education and Protection Fund by the Bank.

4. With respect to the matter to be included in the Auditors Report under Section 197(16):

In our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us, the entity being a banking company. Section 197 of the Act related to the managerial remuneration is not applicable by virtue of Section 35B (2A) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

For RB. Vijayaraghavan& Co.
Chartered Accountants
FRN: 004721S
RB. Santhanakrishnan
Partner
Place: Chennai M.No: 020309
Date: 29-05-2021 UDIN: 21020309AAAAGE5329

Annexure 1 to The Independent Auditors Report of even date on the Financial Statements of Dhanlaxmi Bank Limited for the year ended 31st March 2021.

(Referred to in paragraph 2 (g) under Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements section of our report of even date) Report on the Internal Financial Controls under Clause (i) of Sub-section 3 of Section 143 of the Companies Act, 2013 ("the Act")

To The Members of Dhanlaxmi Bank Limited

We have audited the internal financial controls over financial reporting of Dhanlaxmi Bank Limited ("the Bank") as of 31st March, 2021 in conjunction with our audit of the financial statements of the Bank for the year ended on that date.

Managements Responsibility for Internal Financial Controls

The Banks Management and the Board of Directors are responsible for establishing and maintaining internal financial controls based on the internal control over financial reporting criteria established by the Bank considering the essential components of internal control stated in the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls over Financial Reporting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (the "Guidance Note"). These responsibilities include the design, implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financial controls that were operating effectively for ensuring the orderly and efficient conduct of its business, including adherence to the Banks 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 information, as required under the Companies Act, 2013.

Auditors Responsibility

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Banks internal financial controls over financial reporting based on our audit. We have conducted our audit in accordance with the Guidance Note and the Standards on Auditing as specified under section 143(10) of the Companies Act, 2013, to the extent applicable to an audit of internal financial controls, both applicable to an audit of Internal Financial Controls and, both issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Those Standards and the Guidance Note require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether adequate internal financial controls over financial reporting was established and maintained and if such controls operated effectively in all material respects.

Our audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the adequacy of the internal financial controls system over financial reporting and their operating effectiveness. Our audit of internal financial controls over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal financial controls over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. The procedures selected depend on the auditors judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error.

We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion on the internal financial controls system over financial reporting.

Concept of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting

A banks internal financial control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A banks internal financial control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that

A. pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the bank;

B. provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the bank are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the bank; and

C. provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the banks assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Inherent Limitations of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting

Because of the inherent limitations of internal financial controls over financial reporting, including the possibility of collusion or improper management override of controls, material misstatements due to error or fraud may occur and not be detected. Also, projections of any evaluation of the internal financial controls over financial reporting to future periods are subject to the risk that the internal financial control over financial reporting may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

Opinion

In our opinion, the Bank has, in all material respects, an adequate internal financial controls system over financial reporting and such internal financial controls over financial reporting were operating effectively as at 31 March, 2021, based on the internal control over financial reporting criteria established by the Bank considering the essential components of internal control stated in the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

For RB.Vijayaraghavan & Co.
Chartered Accountants
FRN: 004721S
RB. Santhanakrishnan
Rartner
Date: 29-05-2021 M.No.: 020309
Place: Chennai UDIN: 21020309AAAAGE5329