emerald leasing finance and investment co ltd share price Directors report


Dear Members,

Your Directors have pleasure in presenting before you their 40th Annual Report together with the Audited Accounts of the Company for the year ended 31st March, 2023.

FINANCIAL RESULTS:-

The standalone financial results of the Company for the year under review are summarized for your consideration:

Particulars 2022-2023 (Amount in Lacs) 2021-2022 (Amount in Lacs)
Gross Income 540.734 113.305
Expenses 253.550 192.201
Profit Before Exceptional item, Depreciation and Tax 287.184 221.104
Exceptional Item-CSR 7.159 0 565
Profit Before Depreciation and Tax 280.025 220.539
Depreciation 0.359 1.749
Net Profit Before Tax 279.666 218.790
Provision for Tax 72.121 56.466
Net Profit After Tax 207.545 162.323
Basic EPS 0.69 0.56
Diluted EPS 0.69 0.56

STATE OF COMPANYS AFFAIRS/ BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPANYS WORKING DURING THE YEAR/HIGHLIGHTS/OPERATIONS

As the Company has been granted NBFC License by RBI, Emerald is focused mainly on giving loans to credit worthy SMEs. Company has elaborate system of vetting any loan proposal. Whereby, we study the financials, past track records and promoters credibility. We have granted loans ranging from INR 5000 onwards. Current Loan Portfolio of the organization is performing very well.

Further to this the company has entered into partnership with various Fintech platforms to offer small ticket loans to merchants and individuals across India. Emerald also has entered into an agreement with Rainpay India Pvt Ltd ("Rain"). This tie up will enable Emerald to diversify its portfolio by entering the salaried segment, providing loans linked to the salary of the customer.

As the Promoters of the Company are into financial services from last 31 years, they have wide knowledge about credit worthiness of various clients.

Company is also in syndication of big tickets loans for various financial institutions. Last Year we have earned a revenue of INR 49,03,051/- through syndication business only.

We have floated a subsidiary by the name of Eclat Net Advisors Private Limited in March 2015. The Company acts as Direct Selling Agent for various financial institutions pan India through its online portal.

Contribution towards CSR: The company is actively and voluntarily contributing to Corporate Social Responsibility. During the current year the contribution of the company was INR 53750/-.

DIVIDEND :-

Your Directors have recommended dividend of INR 0.10 per share in the current financial year.

RESERVE:

Entire amount of Net Profit has been transferred to Profit and Loss Surplus account, which appears under the head "Reserves and Surplus." An amount of INR 41,51,072.88/- has been transferred to Statutory Reserve Fund u/s 45 IC @20% .

DIRECTORS:-

In accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and Articles of Association of the Company, Mrs. Anubha Aggarwal (DIN 02557154), Director of the Company retires by rotation in the ensuing Annual General Meeting and being eligible offer herself for re-appointment.

DECLARATION BY INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS

All Independent Directors of the Company have given declarations that they meet the criteria of Independence as laid down under Section 149 (6) of the Companies Act, 2013 and Regulation 25 of SEBI (LODR) Regulations.

KEY MANAGERIAL PERSONNEL

The Key Managerial Personnel (KMP) in the Company as per Section 2(51) and 203 of the Companies Act, 2013 are as follows:

Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal Managing Director
Mrs. Anubha Aggarwal Non-executive, Non- Independent Director , Member
Ms. Sheetal Kapoor Chief Financial Officer
Mrs. Amarjeet Kaur Company Secretary

SHARE CAPITAL

The Authorised Share Capital of the company is Rs. 50,00,00,000/- divided into 5,00,00,000 Equity Shares of Rs. 10/- each. During the year under review, the company has raised Rs. 1,10,00,000/- by way of Preferential Allotment. The paid up share capital of the company is increased from Rs 29,04,36,500/- to Rs. 30,14,36,500/- for the period ended March 31, 2023.

- The Company has not bought back any of its securities during the year under review.

- The Company has not issued any Sweat Equity Shares during the year under review.

- No Bonus Shares were issued during the year under review.

OBLIGATION OF COMPANY UNDER THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF WOMEN AT WORKPLACE (PREVENTION, PROHIBITION AND REDRESSAL) ACT, 2013

Your Company has zero tolerance policy in case of sexual harassment at workplace and is committed to provide a healthy environment to each and every employee of the company. The Company has in place "Policy for Prevention and Redressal of Sexual Harassment" in line with the requirements of sexual harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (hereinafter referred to as the said Act) and Rules made there under. As per the provisions of Section 4 of the said Act, the Board of Directors has constituted the

Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) at the Registered Office, Works to deal with the Complaints received by the company pertaining to gender discrimination and sexual harassment at workplace.

Further, as per the provisions of Section 21& 22 of the aid Act, the Report in details of the number of cases filed under Sexual Harrasement and their disposal for the financial year under review, is as under:

Sr. No . No. of cases pending as on the beginning of the financial year under review No. of complaints filed during the financial year under review No. of cases pending as on the end of the financial year under review
1. NIL NIL NIL

EVENTS SUBSEQUENT TO THE DATE OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

The company has changed its name from Emerald Leasing Finance and Investment Company Limited to Emerald finance Limited. The company got the approval from registrar of companies on 24.04.2023 and is in the process of getting its name change with various authorities.

MATERIAL CHANGES AND COMMITMENTS, IF ANY, AFFECTING THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE COMPANY WHICH HAS OCCURRED BETWEEN THE END OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR OF THE COMPANY TO WHICH THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS RELATE AND THE DATE OF THE REPORT:

No events have been occurred subsequent to the end of Financial Year.

MAIOR CHANGES HAPPENING DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR

Your Directors wish to inform that there have not been any changes during the Financial Year under review:

a. In the nature of Companys business

b. Generally in the class of business in which the Company has an interest.

LISTING AND LISTING REGULATIONS:-

The equity shares of the company are listed on the BSE Ltd. During the year, Company executed Uniform Listing Regulations in accordance with the requirements of SEBI circular DCS/ COMP/12/2015-16 dated October 13, 2015, with BSE Limited.

The Company has also formulated the new Policies as required under Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015.

The company is regular in paying the listing fee.

INSIDER TRADING:

The Board of Directors has adopted The Code Of Conduct For Prevention Of Insider Trading in accordance with the requirements of the SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 2015. The Insider trading policy of the company lays down guidelines and procedures to be followed and disclosures to be made while dealing with shares of the Company, as well as the consequences of violation.

CONSERVATION OF ENERGY, TECHNOLOGY ABSORPTION, FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNINGS & OUTGO

The requisite information has been given by way of an Annexure D-1 to this Report.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE:-

Your Company is committed to maintain the highest standards of Corporate Governance. As required under Listing Regulations, 2015, Report on Corporate Governance is annexed herewith as Annexure D-10 and forms a part of this Annual Report. A Certificate from Mr. Kanwaljit Singh, a Practicing Company Secretary confirming compliance with the conditions of Corporate Governance is also annexed with the Annual Report.

BUSINESS RESPONSIBILITY REPORT

Regulation 34 (2) (f) the Securities Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 is not applicable to the Company.

PARTICULARS OF REMUNERATION OF DIRECTORS/ KMP/EMPLOYEES:-

The information required pursuant to Section 197 read with Rule 5 of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014 in respect of employees of the Company, will be provided upon request. In terms of Section 136 of the Companies Act 2013, the Report and Accounts are being sent to the Members and others entitled thereto, excluding the information on employees particulars which is available for inspection by the Members at the Registered Office of the Company during business hours on working days of the Company up to the date of the ensuing Annual General Meeting. If any Member is interested in obtaining a copy thereof, such Member may write to the Company Secretary in this regard. The details under Section 197 (12) of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rules 5 (1) of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014 are given as Annexure D-4.

NUMBER OF MEETINGS OF BOARD

During the year 2022-23, 18 Board Meetings were held including one meeting of Independent Directors on the following dates:.

Sr. no. Date of Board Meeting No. of Directors Present
1 18.04.2022 4 1
2 06.05.2022 4 2
3 30.05.2022 4 4
1 09.08.2022 4 1
5 25.08.2022 4 1
6 02.09.2022 4 2
7 23.09.2022 4 2
8 13.10.2022 4 3
9 18.10.2022 4 3
10 21.10.2022 4 2
11 31.10.2022 4 2
12 14.11.2022 4 1
13 21.11.2022 4 3
14 17.12.2022 4 3
15 27.12.2022 4 3
16 09.01.2023 4 4
17 18.01.2023 4 2
18 15.03.2023(Ind. Directors Meeting) 2 2

POLICY ON DIRECTORS APPOINTMENT AND POLICY ON REMUNERATION

Pursuant to the requirement under Section 134(3)(e) and Section 178(3) of the Companies Act, 2013, the policy on appointment of Board members including criteria for determining qualifications, positive attributes, independence of a Director and the policy on remuneration of Directors, KMP and other employees is attached as Annexure D-2, which forms part of this report.

MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION & ANALYSIS REPORT:

Management Discussion & Analysis Report for the year under review, as stipulated under Part B of Schedule V to the Securities Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 is presented in a separate section as Annexure D-3 forming part of this Annual Report.

PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF THE BOARD, ITS COMMITTEES AND INDIVIDUAL DIRECTORS

Pursuant to applicable provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and the Listing Regulations with Stock Exchanges, the Board, in consultation with its Nomination & Remuneration Committee, has formulated a framework containing, inter-alia, the criteria for performance evaluation of the entire Board of the Company, its Committees and Individual Directors, including Independent Directors. Accordingly, following is the criteria for evaluation:-

a. Criteria for evaluation of the Board of Directors as a whole:

i. The Frequency of Meetings

ii. Quantum of Agenda

iii. Administration of Meetings

iv. Flow and quantity of Information from the Management to the Board

v. Number of Committees and their role.

vi. Overall performance of the Company

b. Criteria for evaluation of the Individual Directors including Independent Directors;

i. Experience and ability to contribute to the decision making process

ii. Problem solving approach and guidance to the Management

iii. Attendance and Participation in the Meetings

iv. Personal competencies and contribution to strategy formulation

v. Contribution towards statutory compliances, monitoring of controls and Corporate Governance

The Independent Directors had met separately on 15.03.2023 without the presence of Non-Independent Directors and the members of management and discussed, inter-alia, the performance of non-Independent Directors and Board as a whole and the performance of the Chairman of the Company after taking into consideration the views of Executive and Non-Executive Directors.

The Nomination and Remuneration Committee has also carried out evaluation of every Directors performance. The performance evaluation of all the Independent Directors have been done by the entire Board, excluding the Director being evaluated. On the basis of performance evaluation done by the Board, it shall be determined whether to extend or continue their term of appointment, whenever the respective term expires. The Directors express their satisfaction with the evaluation process.

STATUTORY AUDITORS & AUDITORS REPORT:-

M/s S. Lal Bansal & Co., Chartered Accountants, Chandigarh, was appointed as Statutory Auditors of the Company in the last Annual General Meeting to hold office till the conclusion of Annual General Meeting to be held in the year 2027.

The Auditors Report being self-explanatory requires no comments from the Directors. Further, there are no reservations, qualifications or adverse remarks in the Audit Report given by them in respect of the Financial Year 2022-23.

SECRETARIAL AUDITORS AND THEIR REPORT

Mr. Anil Negi (M. No. 46547), a Company Secretary in practice having CP No. 17213, was appointed as Secretarial Auditor of the Company till the financial year 2024 pursuant to Section 204 of the Companies Act, 2013. As required by Listing Regulations, he has been appointed as Secretarial Auditor of the subsidiary company on 31.03.2021 for a term of 5 years.

The Secretarial Audit Report of the company and its subsidiary as submitted by him in the prescribed form MR-3 is attached as Annexure D-5 and forms part of this report.

FRAUDS REPORTED BY AUDITORS

There are no frauds reported by auditors under sub-section (12) of section 143 including those which are reportable to the Central Government.

COST AUDIT

As per the Cost Audit Orders, Cost Audit is not applicable to the Company.

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Your Directors have pleasure in attaching the Consolidated Financial Statements pursuant to Section 129(3) of the Companies Act, 2013 (Act) and SEBI Listing Regulations and prepared in accordance with the Accounting Standards prescribed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, in this regard.

INTERNAL FINANCIAL CONTROLS AND THEIR ADEQUACY

As required pursuant to provisions of section 134(1) (e) of the Act, the Company has a well placed, proper and adequate internal financial control system, commensurate with the size, scale and complexity of its operations. The scope and authority of the internal Audit function is well defined in the Organization. The internal financial control system ensures that all assets are safeguarded and protected and that the transactions are authorized, recorded and reported correctly.

DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF RISK MANAGEMENT

The Company has in place comprehensive risk assessment and minimization procedures, which are reviewed by the Board periodically. During the year, as per the requirements of Listing Agreement with the Stock Exchanges, a Risk Management Committee was constituted by the Board of Directors with responsibility of preparation of Risk Management Policy, reviewing and monitoring the same on regular basis, to identify and review critical risks on regular basis The risks faced by the Company and their minimization procedures are assessed by the Board. Further, the Company identifies risks, and control systems are instituted to ensure that the risks in each business process are mitigated. The Board provides oversight and reviews the Risk Management Policy on a regular basis. In the opinion of the Board there has been no identification of elements of risk that may threaten the existence of the Company.

SUBSIDIARIES/ASSOCIATES

The Company has a subsidiary M/s Eclat Net Advisors Pvt. Ltd.(CIN:U74140CH2015PTC035473) as defined in the Companies Act, 2013. Report on the performance and Financial position of the subsidiary in the specified format AOC-1 is annexed to the Directors Report as Annexure D-6.

DEPOSITS

The Company has neither accepted nor renewed any deposits during the Financial Year 2022-23 in terms of Chapter V of the Companies Act, 2013. Information in this regard, therefore, is nil. There was no non compliance of provisions of chapter V of the Companies Act, 2013.

SIGNIFICANT AND MATERIAL ORDERS PASSED BY THE REGULATORS OR COURTS OR TRIBUNALS IMPACTING THE GOING CONCERNS STATUS AND COMPANYS OPERATIONS IN FUTURE

The Company has not received any significant or material orders passed by any Regulatory Authority, Court or Tribunal which shall impact the going concern status and Companys operations in future.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

The Company is not covered under section 135 of Companies Act, 2013 hence details regarding policy on Corporate Social Responsibility is not applicable to the Company.

AUDIT COMMITTEE

Your Directors wish to inform that in Compliance with Section 177 of the Companies Act, 2013 and Regulation 18 of Securities Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, an audit committee has been duly constituted. The Audit Committee as on March 31, 2023 comprises of the following Directors:

Mr. Deepak Gour Independent Director, Chairman
Mr. Raman Aggarwal Independent Director, Member
Mrs. Anubha Aggarwal Non - Executive , Non-Independent Director, Member

Details of the Audit Committee have been separately given in the corporate governance report. Further, all recommendations of Audit Committee were accepted by the Board of Directors.

NOMINATION & REMUNERATION COMMITTEE

In terms of Regulation 19 of Securities Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 and pursuant to the provisions of section 178 of the Companies Act, 2013, Nomination & Remuneration Committee as on March 31, 2023 comprises of the following Directors:

Mr. Deepak Gour Independent Director, Chairman
Mrs. Anubha Aggarwal Non-executive, Non - independent Director, Member
Mr. Raman Aggarwal Independent Director, Member

The details of Remuneration Policy and the Committee are furnished in the Report on Corporate Governance, which is annexed herewith.

STAKEHOLDERS RELATIONSHIP COMMITTEE

In terms of Regulation 20 of Securities Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, the Company has constituted Stakeholders Relationship Committee with following composition as on 31.03.2023:-

Mrs. Anubha Aggarwal Non-executive, Non - independent Director, Chairperson
Mr. Raman Aggarwal Independent Director, Member
Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal Managing Director, Member

ANNUAL RETURN

The Annual Return of the Company, pursuant to sub-section 3(a) of Section 134 and the provisions of Section 92 read with Rule 12 of the Companies (Management and Administration) Rules, 2014 for the financial year 2022-2023 in the Form MGT-7 has been uploaded on Companys website and the web link for the same is https://www.emeraldfin.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Form MGT 7-Draft.pdf

The extract of Annual Return as on March 31, 2023 in the prescribed Form No. MGT-9, pursuant to Section 92(3) of the Companies Act, 2013 and Rule 12 (1) of the Companies (Management and Administration) Rules, 2014 is attached herewith as Annexure-D-7 and forms part of this Report.

PARTICULARS OF LOANS, GUARANTEES OR INVESTMENTS UNDER SECTION 186 OF THE COMPANIES ACT, 2013

Pursuant to Section 134(3)(g) of the Companies Act, 2013 particulars of loans, guarantees or investments under Section 186 of the Act as at end of the Financial Year 2022-23 are not applicable to the company as company is a non banking finance company, though the information is attached as Annexure D-8 which forms part of this report.

CONTRACTS OR ARRANGEMENTS WITH RELATED PARTIES UNDER SECTION 188(1) OF THE COMPANIES ACT, 2013

With reference to Section 134(3)(h) of the Companies Act, 2013, all contracts and arrangements with related parties under Section 188(1) of the Act, entered by the Company during the financial year, were in the ordinary course of business and on an arms length basis. However, as these transactions were in the ordinary course of business and on an arms length basis, in the opinion of the Board these transactions are justified to be executed. The detail of these transactions is given in Annexure D-9, which forms part of this report.

During the year, the Company had not entered into any contract or arrangement with related parties which could be considered material according to the policy of the Company on Materiality of Related Party Transactions. Your attention is also drawn to the Related Party disclosures set out in Note no. 27 of the Financial Statements.

VIGIL MECHANISM

The Company has established a Vigil Mechanism cum Whistle Blower Policy in terms of Section 177 (10) of the Companies Act, 2013 and also in terms of Regulation 22 of Securities Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015. The detail of the said Vigil Mechanism cum Whistle Blower Policy is given in the Corporate Governance Section, which is annexed herewith. The Vigil Mechanism cum Whistle Blower Policy is also available on the Companys website https://www.emeraldfin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Whistle-Blower-Policy.pdf.

DIRECTORS RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT:-

(a) in the preparation of the annual accounts, the applicable accounting standards had been followed along with proper explanation relating to material departures;

(b) the directors had selected such accounting policies and applied them consistently and made judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent so as to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the company at the end of the financial year and of the profit and loss of the company for that period;

(c) the directors had taken proper and sufficient care for the maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of this Act for safeguarding the assets of the company and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities;

(d) the directors had prepared the annual accounts on a going concern basis;

(e) the directors, had laid down internal financial controls to be followed by the company and that such internal financial controls are adequate and were operating effectively.

(f) the directors had devised proper systems to ensure compliance with the provisions of all applicable laws and that such systems were adequate and operating effectively.

COMPLIANCE

The company has devised proper systems to ensure compliance of all laws applicable to the company and the compliance reports issued by the Departmental Heads are placed before the Board every Quarter confirming compliance by the Company with all applicable Laws.

CEO/CFO CERTIFICATION

In accordance with Regulation 17 (8) read with Part B of Schedule V to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 pertaining to corporate governance norms the Managing Director has submitted necessary certificate to the Board of Directors stating the particulars specified under the said Clause. The certificate has been reviewed by the Audit Committee and taken on record by the Board of Directors.

DEMATERIALIZATION OF SHARES

As mentioned in Companys earlier Annual Reports, the Companys equity shares are in compulsory Demat mode in terms of SEBI Guidelines. This has been facilitated through arrangement with NSDL and CDSL. About 98.80% of the shares of the Company are already in dematerialized form. M/s Mas Services Limited, New Delhi is acting as the Registrar and Share Transfer Agents for this purpose and acts as common share agency in terms of SEBI Guidelines.

TRANSFER OF AMOUNTS TO INVESTOR EDUCATION AND PROTECTION FUND

Your Company did not have any funds lying unpaid or unclaimed for a period of seven years. Therefore there were no funds which were required to be transferred to Investor Education and Protection Fund (IEPF).

COMPLIANCE WITH THE SECRETARIAL STANDARDS

The company has duly complied with the applicable Secretarial Standards during the financial year 2022-23. SUMS DUE TO MICRO, SMALL & MEDIUM ENTERPRISES

There is no liability towards principal and interest payable to Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises as on 31st March, 2023.

ONE TIME SETTLEMENTS

The Company has not made any one-time settlement for loans taken from the Banks or Financial Institutions, and hence the details of difference between amount of the valuation done at the time of one time settlement and the valuation done while taking loan from the Banks or Financial Institutions along with the reasons thereof is not applicable.

ESOP ISSUANCE

During the Financial Year 2022-23, Our Company has not adopted any ESOP Scheme and also no options were issued.

SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE

Your Company is conscious of its responsibility towards preservation of natural resources and continuously takes initiatives to reduce consumption of electricity and water.

CORPORATE INSOLVENCY RESOLUTION PROCESS INITIATED UNDER THE INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY CODE, 2016 (IBC)

No Insolvency resolution process has been initiated/ filed by a financial or operational creditor or by the company itself under the IBC before the NCLT.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:-

The Directors take this opportunity to express their deep sense of gratitude to its Central and State Governments and local authorities for their continued co-operation and support.

They also would like to place on record their sincere appreciation for the commitment, hard work, and high engagement level of every employee of the Company.

The Directors would also like to thank various stakeholders of the Company including Clients, Reserve Bank of India, Companys Bankers, advisors, local community, etc. for their continued committed engagement with the Company.

They would also like to thank the shareholders of the Company for their confidence and trust reposed in the management team of the Company.

For & On Behalf of the Board For & On Behalf of the Board
Sd/- Sd/-
(Sanjay Aggarwal) (Anubha Aggarwal)
MANAGING DIRECTOR DIRECTOR
(DIN 02580828) (DIN 02557154)
PLACE: CHANDIGARH
Date: 26.08.2023