Epic Energy Ltd Directors Report.
The Members of EPIC ENERGY LIMITED
Your Directors are pleased to present the 28th Annual Report and the Companys Audited Financial Statements for the Year ended on March 31, 2019.
The Companys financial performance, for the year ended March 31, 2019, is summarised below:
|(INR in lakh except EPS)||(INR in lakh except EPS)|
|Operating Profit before Depreciation & Tax||44.82||31.04|
|Profit before exceptional and extraordinary items and Tax||6.94||(6.92)|
|Profit before tax||6.94||(6.92)|
|Less: Tax expense for earlier Years (Tax disposed off)||56.16||62.88|
|Net Profit after tax||63.10||(69.80)|
|Other Comprehensive Income / Loss for the year (net of tax)||-||-|
|Total Comprehensive Income||63.10||(69.80)|
|Balance of profit and loss account brought Forward||(323.24)||(253.44)|
|Less:-Transfer to General Reserve||-||-|
|Balance carried to Balance sheet||(260.14)||(323.24)|
|Earnings per share (basic/diluted)||0.87||(0.97)|
Financial highlights Sales
Your Company posted a turnover of Rs. 679.55 lakh in the financial year ended on 31st March, 2019, as compared to Rs. 1872.24 lakh in the previous year.
Your Companys profit before exceptional and extraordinary items and tax for the year ended 31st March, 2019, was recorded at Rs. 6.94 lakh, as compared to a Loss of Rs. 6.92 lakh in the previous year.
Earnings per share
EPS was at Rs. 0.87 as on 31 March, 2019, as against Rs. (0.97) as on 31 March, 2018.
Transfer to Reserves
There is no proposed amount to be transferred to the General Reserve.
The Companys net worth as on 31st March, 2019, was at Rs. 822.35 lakh as compared to Rs. 759.25 lakh as on 31 March 2018.
The Directors do not recommend any dividend for the Financial Year ended on 31st March, 2019.
REVIEW OF OPERATIONS
During the year under review, your company continued to play a significant role in the Energy Efficiency Market in the organized sector. Our ongoing projects in the LED retrofitting market are progressing as planned. We hope to implement similar projects in the coming years. During the current fiscal year FY 2019-20, the Company is planning to market Energy Efficient Consumer Appliances like Ceiling Fans and Pedestal Fans.
Your company wishes to acknowledge the Bureau of Energy Efficiencys continued efforts to promote energy efficiency in every walk of life, which has led to ESCOs gathering sufficient traction in the Indian Energy Market.
LISTING OF SECURITIES
The Companys Equity Shares are listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange Limited (BSE).
The Company has already paid the listing fees to Bombay Stock Exchange for the Financial Year 2019-20.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND KEY MANAGERIAL PERSONNEL
The Board consisted of four members as on 31st March, 2019, two of whom were Independent Non Executive Directors. Regular meetings of the Board are held at least once in a quarter, inter-alia, to review the quarterly results of the Company. Additional Board meetings are convened to discuss and decide on various business policies, strategies and other Businesses.
During the year under review, Board of Directors of the Company met four times, viz 30th May, 2018, 13th August, 2018, 13th November,2018 and 13th February,2019.
Committee of Board
Your Company has several Committees which have been established as part of best corporate governance practices and are in compliance with the requirements of the relevant provisions of applicable laws and statutes.
The Company has following Committees of the Board:
Nomination and Remuneration Committee
Stakeholders Grievances and Relationship Committee
A detailed note on the committees with respect to composition, meeting, powers, and terms of reference is provided under the corporate governance report section in this Annual Report.
Appointment, Re-appointment and Resignation of Directors
The appointment of Mr. Bharat Mehta as a Director is due for regularization at the forthcoming AGM. Your Directors commend his appointment. None of the other Directors are interested in this Resolution.
Details of Key Managerial Personnel
Mr. Nikhil Morsawala, Chairman and Mr. Atul Mishra, Compliance Officer, were the Key Managerial Personnel as per the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and were already in the office before the commencement of the Companies Act, 2013. None of the Key Managerial Personnel has resigned or appointed during the year under review. Mr. Nikhil Morsawala resigned as Director from the Board on June 17, 2019, and was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on June 21, 2019. Mr. Bharat Mehta was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director on June 17, 2019.
Nomination and Remuneration Policy
The Company has, in order to attract motivated manpower in a competitive market, and to harmonise the aspirations of human resources consistent with the goals of the Company and in terms of the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and the listing agreement as amended from time to time, devised a policy on the nomination and remuneration of Directors, key managerial personnel and senior management.
Key points of the policy are:
A. Policy on appointment of Directors, key managerial personnel and senior management personnel
The policy is formulated to identify and ascertain the integrity, qualification, expertise and experience of the person for appointment as Director, KMP and senior management personnel and recommend to the Board for his/her appointment.
A person should possess adequate qualification, expertise and experience for the position he/she is considered for appointment.
In case of appointment of Independent Director, the Committee shall satisfy itself with regard to the independent nature of the Director vis-a-vis the Company so as to enable the Board to discharge its function and duties effectively.
B. Policy on remuneration of Director, key managerial personnel and senior management personnel. The Companys remuneration policy is driven by the success and performance of the Director, KMP and Senior Management Personnel vis-a-vis the Company. The Companys philosophy is to align them and provide adequate compensation with the Objective of the Company so that the compensation is used as a strategic tool that helps us attract, retain and motivate highly talented individuals who are committed to the core value of the Company. The Company follows a combination of fixed pay, benefits and performance-based variable pay. The Company pays remuneration by way of salary, benefits, perquisites and allowance. The remuneration and sitting fees paid by the Company are within the salary scale approved by the Board and Shareholders.
Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement mandates that the Board shall monitor and review the Board evaluation framework. The Companies Act, 2013 states that a formal annual evaluation needs to be made by the Board of its own performance and individual Director. Schedule IV of the Companies Act, 2013 states that the performance evaluation of independent directors shall be done by the entire Board of Directors excluding the director being evaluated. A structured questionnaire was prepared after taking into consideration of the various aspects of the Boards functioning, composition of the Board and Committees, culture, execution and performance of specific duties, obligation and governance.
The evaluation of all the directors and the Board as a whole was conducted based on the criteria and framework adopted by the Board. The Board approved the evaluation results as suggested by the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. The performance evaluation of the Independent Directors was completed. For the year under review, the Independent Directors met on 30th May, 2019, interalia, to discuss:
Performance evaluation of Independent Directors and Board of Directors as a whole;
Performance evaluation of the Chairman of the Company;
Evaluation of the quality of the flow of information between the Management and Board for effective performance by the Board. The Board of Directors expressed their satisfaction with the evaluation process.
During the period under review, the Company has not accepted or renewed any deposits from shareholders and public falling within the ambit of Section 73 of the Companies Act, 2013 and rules made thereunder.
The paid-up equity share capital as at 31stMarch, 2019, stood at Rs. 7,21,15,000.
We seek to promote and follow the highest level of ethical standards in all our business transactions guided by our value system. The SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements), Regulations, 2015 mandated the formulation of certain policies for all listed companies. The policies are reviewed periodically by the Board and updated based on need and new compliance requirements.
The Company has established a vigil mechanism and accordingly framed a Whistle Blower Policy. The policy enables the employees to report instances of unethical behavior, actual or suspected fraud or violation of Companys Code of Conduct to the management. Further the mechanism adopted by the Company encourages the Whistle Blower to report genuine concerns or grievances and provide for adequate safeguards against victimization of the Whistle Blower who avails of such mechanism and also provides for direct access to the Chairman of the Audit Committee in exceptional cases. The functioning of vigil mechanism is reviewed by the Audit Committee from time to time. No whistle blower has been denied access to the Audit Committee of the Board.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF WOMEN AT WORKPLACE
There were no incidences of sexual harassment reported during the year under review, in terms of the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.
Pursuant to Regulation 34(3) and Schedule V of SEBI (LODR) Regulations, 2015, a separate report on Corporate Governance and a certificate from the Auditors of the Company are annexed to the Directors Report.
MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS REPORT
Your attention is drawn to the perception and business outlook of your management for your company for current year and for the industry in which it operates including its position and perceived trends in near future. The Management Discussion and Analysis Report, as required under Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement with the Stock Exchange is attached and forms part of this Directors Report.
RISK MANAGEMENT POLICY:
The Company has developed and implemented a risk management policy which identifies major risks which may threaten the existence of the Company. The same has also been adopted by your Board and is also subject to its review from time to time.
OTHER DISCLOSURES AS PER SECTION 134 OF THE COMPANIES ACT, 2013
a) There are no qualifications, reservations or adverse remark or disclaimer by the Statutory Auditor or by Secretarial Auditor in their respective reports.
b) There are no material changes and commitments affecting the financial position of the Company which have occurred between the end of the financial year of the Company, to which the financial statements relate and the date of the report.
c) Extract of the Annual Report as provided in sub-section 3 of section 92, which is given in Annexure I forming part of this report.
CONTRACTS OR ARRANGEMENTS WITH RELATED PARTIES
All the related party transactions that were entered during the financial year were in the ordinary course of business of the Company and were on arms length basis. There were no materially significant related party transactions entered by the Company with its Promoters, Directors, Key Managerial Personnel or other persons which may have potential conflict with the interest of the Company.
All Related Party transactions are placed before the Audit Committee for approval, wherever applicable. Prior omnibus approval for normal business transactions is also obtained from the Audit Committee for the related party transactions which are of repetitive nature and accordingly, the required disclosures are made to the Committee on a quarterly basis in terms of the approval of the Committee.
All the related party transactions entered into by the Company were in the ordinary course of business and were on an arms length basis as provided in Annexure 2.
CONSERVATION OF ENERGY, TECHNOLOGY ABSORPTION AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNINGS AND OUTGO
Information relating to conservation of energy, technology and foreign earning and outgo, as required under Section 134(3) (m) of the Companies Act, 2013 forms part of this Directors Report as Annexure 3.
PARTICULAR OF EMPLOYEES PARTICULARS OF EMPLOYEES PURSUANT TO SECTION 134(3) OF THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2017 READ WITH RULE 5(1) OF THE COMPANIES (APPOINTMENT AND REMUNERATION OF MANAGERIAL PERSONNEL) AMENDMENT RULES, 2016
The information required in terms of Section 134(3) of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 read with Rule 5(1) of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Amendment Rules, 2016 is furnished hereunder:
i) The ratio of the remuneration of Director to the median remuneration of the employees of the Company: Not Applicable
ii) The percentage increase in remuneration of CFO, CS during the financial year: NIL
iii) The percentage increase in the median remuneration of employees in the financial year is NIL
iv) The number of permanent employees on the rolls of company at the end of the financial year 2018-19 is 8.
v) It is hereby affirmed that the remuneration of KMPs are in accordance with the Remuneration Policy.
|Name||Designation||Remuneration paid FY 2018-19 ( in lakh)||Remuneration paid FY 2017-18 ( in lakh)||Percentage increase in remuneration||Ratio per Median of employee Remuneration|
|Ms Rashi Mirani||Company Secretary||1.44||-||-||-|
INTERNAL FINANCIAL CONTROL SYSTEMSAND THEIR ADEQUACY
Your Company has laid down the set of standards, processes and structure which enables it to implement internal financial control across the organisation and ensure that the same are adequate and operating effectively. To maintain the objectivity and independence of internal audit, the Internal Auditor reports to the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board.
The Internal Auditor monitors and evaluates the efficacy and adequacy of internal control systems in the Company, its compliance with the operating systems, accounting procedures and policies of the Company.
Based on the report of Internal Auditor, the process owners undertake the corrective action in their respective areas and thereby strengthen the control. Significant audit observation and corrective actions thereon are presented to the Audit Committee of the Board.
Under Section 139 of the Companies Act, 2013 and the Rules made thereunder, it is mandatory to rotate the statutory auditors on completion of the maximum term permitted under the provisions of Companies Act, 2013. In line with the requirements of the Companies Act, 2013 M/s. P. MURALI & Co., Chartered Accountants, Hyderabad, (Registration No. 023412), were appointed as the Statutory Auditors of the Company, to hold the office from the conclusion of the 23rd Annual General Meeting held on 29 September, 2015 to the conclusion of the 29th Annual General Meeting to be held in year 2020. The requirement for the annual ratification of auditors appointment at the AGM has been omitted pursuant to Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 notified on May 7, 2018. During the year, the statutory auditors have confirmed that they satisfy the independence criteria required under Companies Act, 2013, Code of ethics issued by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
The Report of the Auditors on the Accounts of the Company is attached herewith, being self explanatory, does not need further elaboration.
Secretarial Auditor and their report
To discuss Pursuant to the provisions of Section 204 of the Companies Act, 2013 and The Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014, your Company had appointed Mr. VIJAY TIWARI, Practicing Company Secretary to undertake the Secretarial Audit of the Company for the FY 2018-19. The Secretarial Audit Report for the FY 2018-19 is annexed to this Directors Report as Annexure-5.
Directors Qualification Certificate
In terms of SEBI (LODR) Regulations 2015, a certificate from Mr. Vijay Tiwari, Practicing Company Secretary has been received stating that none of the Directors on the board of the company have been debarred or disqualified from being appointed or continuing as directors of company by the Board/Ministry of Corporate Affairs or any such statutory authority and the same is annexed to this report.
Disclosure of transactions of the listed entity with any person or entity belonging to the promoter/promoter group which hold(s) 10% or more shareholding in the listed entity
During the financial year 2018-19, no such transaction took place with any person or entity belonging to the promoter/ promoter group which hold(s) 10% or more shareholding in the listed entity.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Subject to the provisions of Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2015, the Company is not a part of its CSR initiatives, has not made contributions in accordance with the formulated CSR Policy. The report of the CSR activities is not applicable to the Company.
During the year, the Company has not given donation to any charitable trust.
DECLARATION ABOUT INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS UNDER SUB-SECTION 6 OF SECTION 149:
The Company has received the declarations from Independent Directors that they meet the criteria of independence laid down under section 149(6) of the Companies Act, 2013 and under regulation 16(b) of SEBI (LODR) Regulations, 2015.
DIRECTORS RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT
As stipulated in Section 134(3) (c) read with 134(5) of the Companies Act, 2013, Directors subscribe to the "Directors Responsibility Statement" and confirm that:
a) In preparation of annual accounts for the year ended 31st March 2019, the applicable accounting standards have been followed and no material departures have been made from the same;
b) The Directors have 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 or loss of the Company for that year;
c) The Directors have taken proper and sufficient care for the maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, for safeguarding the assets of the Company and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities;
d) The Directors have prepared the annual accounts for the year ended 31st March, 2019, on a going concern basis.
e) The Directors have laid down the internal financial controls to be followed by the Company and that such internal financial controls are adequate and were operating effectively; and
f) The Directors have devised proper systems to ensure compliance with the provisions of all applicable laws and that such systems are adequate and operating effectively.
The Auditors Report on the accounts of the Company for the accounting year ended 31st March, 2019, is self-explanatory and does not call for further explanations or comments that may be treated as adequate compliance of Section 134 of the Companies Act, 2013.
Your Directors state that no disclosure or reporting is required in respect of the following items as there were no transactions on these items during the year under review:
1. Issue of equity shares with differential rights as to dividend, voting or otherwise.
2. Issue of shares (including sweat equity shares) to employees of the Company under any ESOS scheme.
3. The Company does not have a Managing Director or any subsidiaries, and as such the question of the Managing Director of the Company receiving any remuneration or commission from any of its subsidiaries does not arise.
4. No significant or material orders were passed by the Regulators or Courts or Tribunals which impact the going concern status and Companys operations in future.
Your Directors express their appreciation for the assistance and cooperation received from its Bankers, various government authorities, customers, vendors and members during the year under review. Your Directors also wish to place on record their deep sense of appreciation for the committed services by the executives, staff and workers of the Company.
|By order of the Board|
|Date: 30th May, 2019||Nikhil Morsawala|
|Place: Navi Mumbai||Chairman|