Encash Entertainment Ltd Management Discussions.

India has been the growth leader amongst major economies, including Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (EMDEs) over the last few years. However, the momentum of the strong economic growth weakened gradually during FY20 due to the liquidity crunch, rising unemployment and weak consumer demand. GDP on GVA basis grew by just 4.2% in FY20 compared to 6.1% in FY19. An already slowing economy was hit by the COVID-19, like most of the countries around the globe. After the government announced a nationwide lockdown beginning 25th March, 2020 the economic activity came to almost shutdown. After two months of lockdown, economic activity resumed in a phased manner, with some restrictions still in place.

The impact of the shutdown and gradual opening will be felt sharply on the economy in the first half of FY20. While there is still uncertainty on how fast the economic growth would bounce back, most of the estimates suggest that Indias economy will shrink in the first half but as the impact of the pandemic subsides in the second half, the economic growth would return to its normal trajectory. The government has unveiled a Rs 20 trillion relief package to support economy. This package includes liquidity measures taken by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), easing of lending to MSMEs, and specific measure for key sectors like manufacturing, agriculture, and infrastructure. The RBI, besides providing liquidity support and regulatory relief, also cut the lending rates twice to record lows. Apart from the relief package announced in May, the government has taken several steps to revive economic growth. Few steps like overhaul of the corporate tax rate structure, announcement of NIP (National Infrastructure Pipeline), far reaching reforms in agriculture sector, initiatives to boost ‘Make in India, and recapitalisation of public sector banks would help strengthen the economy in the long run.

INDIAN MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

The Indian Media and Entertainment (M&E) industry continued to grow during the year, at a slower rate as compared to the previous year due to the weak macroeconomic environment. According to the FICCI-EY report (the Report), M&E industry revenue reached Rs. 1,822 billion in 2019 with a 9% YoY growth. The Indian economy is projected to contract by 4.5% in FY 2020-21 due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic is expected to have far- reaching economic and social consequences for the country, with strong cross-border spill over effects anticipated through trade, tourism and financial linkages. In FY 2021-22, the economy is expected to record 6% growth, owing to varied government initiatives and policies aimed at instilling confidence and improving sentiments.

Outlook

The year 2020 is likely to be very challenging for the Indian film industry, owing to the unprecedented Covid-19 outbreak. Amidst long periods of lockdowns, all major film releases have been stalled for an indefinite period and ongoing projects have been shelved. For the first time in the history of Indian cinema, this is likely to result in heavy financial losses for the industry and it is likely to record zero box-office collection for the 1st quarter of FY21. Further, with social distancing being the ‘new normal, multiplexes are likely to witness reduced footfalls even after the lockdown is revoked.

Due to the lockdown led by the outbreak of Covid-19, several film makers and content creators are expected to release films directly on OTT platforms and sell digital rights, thereby indicating growth in Direct to Digital market. Industry Risks

Ever-changing trends in media sector

Entertainment needs of the audience are constantly evolving, and it is difficult to predict the consumer behaviour with accuracy. It is also influenced by new trends and the environment around consumers. As the Company makes substantial investments in content, non-performance of the shows/movies would have an adverse impact on the revenue and profitability of the Company.

External Risks Global/Local Pandemic

Fallout of COVID-19 not only created an extremely volatile macro-economic environment, it also impacted the normal business operations. It led to disruption in content production and had a significant impact on the ways of working. Any pandemic breakout in the future could have an impact on the Companys ability to produce content and monetise it.

IT Security Threats

COVID-19 has forced organisations to embrace remote working and new technologies. This has created an ideal situation for cyber criminals to attack IT infrastructure and launch a range of hacking strategies. A security breach or disruption to IT infrastructure could lead to loss of sensitive data or information, legal and regulatory noncompliance, reputational damage as well as revenue loss.

Regulatory Risk

Uncertainties in rules and regulations

Further, COVID-19 has forced governments to bring new regulations which companies need to adopt swiftly and effectively. Any changes in laws and regulations could have a material impact on the revenues and cost of doing business for the Company.

Internal Risks Increase in content costs

The Company spends a significant amount for acquisition of rights of movies. With increasing competition, content creation and content acquisition costs could rise to a level not commensurate with the monetization potential and estimated cost recovery.

INTERNAL CONTROL

Companys internal control systems are commensurate with the nature of its business and the size and complexity of its operations. These are routinely tested by Statutory as well as Internal Auditors and cover key business areas. Significant audit observations and follow up actions thereon are reported to the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee reviews adequacy and effectiveness of the Companys internal control processes and monitors the implementation of audit recommendations, including those relating to strengthening of the Companys risk management policies and systems. Further the Audit Committee has directed stringent controls for mitigating any potential risk implications while issuing letter of comfort by the Company or its subsidiary in the course of the business.

Cautionary statement

The statements made in the Management Discussion and Analysis describing the Companys objectives, projections, estimates, expectations may be "forward looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws & regulations. Actual results could differ from those expressed or implied. Important factors that could make a difference to the Companys operations include economic conditions affecting demand-supply and price conditions in the domestic & overseas markets in which the Company operates, changes in the government regulations, tax laws & other statutes & other incidental factors.