franklin leasing finance ltd share price Directors report

Dear Members,

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


The Standalone Financial results are summarized below:

(Amount in thousands)

Particulars March 31, 2023 March 31, 2022
Total Income 1177469.52 1298383.29
Total Expenditure 1156704.25 1269706.38
Profit Before Tax 20765.26 28676.91
Provision for Tax 5399.00 8177.00
Profit after Tax 15366.26 20499.91
Transfer to Statutory Reserves (3591.06) (4121.05)
Profit available for appropriation 113984.23 97605.37
Contingent Provision Against 1002.00
Standard Assets
Provision for Proposed Dividend - -
Provision for Dividend Tax - -
Balance Carried to Balance Sheet 124757-43 113984.23


The Company has transferred Rs.3,59,106 u/s 45-IC of the RBI Act, 1934


The World Health Organization declared a global pandemic of the Novel Corona virus disease (COVID-19) on February 11, 2022. In enforcing social distancing to contain the spread of the disease, our offices and client offices all over the world have been operating with minimal or no staff for extended periods of time. In keeping with its employee-safety first approach, the Company quickly instituted measures to trace all employees and be assured of their well-being. Our teams reacted with speed and efficiency, and quickly leveraged technology to shift the workforce to an entirely new ‘work- from-home model. Proactive preparations were done in our work locations during this transition to ensure our offices are safe.


Your Directors feel that it is prudent to plough back the profits for future growth of the Company and do not recommend any dividend for the year ended 31st March, 2023.


The paid up equity capital as on March 31, 2023 was Rs. 15,78,24,000. During the year under review, no issue of equity shares with differential voting rights was completed. Further, the Company has not issued any sweat equity nor granted any employee stock options.


During the year, there has been no Change in the nature of the Business of the Company.

No material changes and commitments have occurred between the end of the financial year and date of report.


The Board of Directors duly met 4(Four) times on 28.05.2022, 24.08.2022, 14.11.2022 and 24.02.2023 in respect of which meetings, proper notices were given and the proceedings were properly recorded and signed in the Minutes Book maintained for the purpose.


Your Company has not accepted any deposits in terms of Section 73 to 76 of the Companies Act, 2013 and the Companies (Acceptance of Deposits) Rules, 2014 and no amount on account of principal or interest on deposits from public was outstanding during the year under review as on the date of the balance sheet.


The company has not given loans or guarantees but has invested in the Equity Shares of the other Companies. The details of the investments made by company during the year under review are given in the financial statements.


The Company has in place adequate internal financial controls system with reference to financial statements. The scope of work includes review of process for safeguarding the assets of the Company, review of operational efficiency, effectiveness of systems and processes, and assessing the internal control strengths in all areas. During the year, such controls were tested and no reportable weakness in the design or operation was observed.


In accordance with the requirements of the provisions of section 135 of the Act, the Company has constituted a Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) Committee. The composition and terms of reference of the CSR Committee is provided in the Corporate Governance Report. Since your Company do not have the net worth of Rs. 500 Cr. or more, or turnover of Rs. 1000 Cr. or more, or a net profit of Rs. 5 Cr. or more during the financial year, section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 relating to Corporate Social Responsibility is not applicable and hence the Company need not adopt any Corporate Social Responsibility Policy.


The required information as per rule 8(3) of the companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014 is provided hereunder:

A. Conservation of Energy: Your Companys operations are not energy intensive. Adequate measures have been taken to conserve energy wherever possible by using energy efficient computers and purchase of energy efficient equipment.

B. Technology Absorption:

1. Research and Development (R&D): NIL

2. Technology absorption, adoption and innovation: NIL

C. Foreign Exchange Earnings and Out Go:

1. Foreign Exchange Earnings: NIL Foreign Exchange Outgo: NIL.


1. Scope:

This policy sets out the guiding principles for the Nomination & Remuneration Committee for identifying persons who are qualified to become Directors and to determine the independence of Directors, in case of their appointment as independent Directors of the Company.

2. Terms and References:

2.1 "Director” means a director appointed to the Board of a Company.

2.2 "Nomination and Remuneration Committee means the committee constituted in accordance with the provisions of Section 178 of the Companies Act, 2013 and clause 49 of the Equity Listing Agreement.

2.3 "Independent Director” means a director referred to in sub-section (6) of Section 149 of the Companies Act, 2013 and Clause 49(11) (B) of the Equity Listing Agreement.

3. Policy:

Qualifications and criteria

3.1.1 The Nomination and Remuneration Committee, and the Board, shall review on annual basis, appropriate skills, knowledge and experience required of the Board as a whole and its individual members. The objective is to have a board with diverse background and experience that are relevant for the Companys operations. 3.1.2 In evaluating the suitability of individual Board member the NR Committee may take into account factors, such as:

General understanding of the companys business dynamics, global business and social perspective;

Educational and professional background

Standing in the profession;

Personal and professional ethics, integrity and values;

Willingness to devote sufficient time and energy in carrying out their duties and responsibilities effectively.

3.1.3 The proposed appointee shall also fulfill the following requirements:

shall possess a Director Identification Number;

shall not be disqualified under the companies Act, 2013;

shall Endeavour to attend all Board Meeting and Wherever he is appointed as a Committee Member, the Committee Meeting;

shall abide by the code of Conduct established by the company for Directors and senior Management personnel;

shall disclose his concern or interest in any company or companies or bodies corporate, firms, or other association of individuals including his shareholding at the first meeting of the Board in every financial year and thereafter whenever there is a change in the disclosures already made;

Such other requirements as may be prescribed, from time to time, under the companies Act, 2013, Equity listing Agreements and other relevant laws.

3.1.4 The Nomination & Remuneration Committee shall evaluate each individual with the objective of having a group that best enables the success of the companys business.

3.2 Criteria of independence

3.21 The Nomination & Remuneration Committee shall assess the independence of Directors at time of appointment/ re-appointment and the Board shall assess the same annually. The Board shall re-assess determinations of independence when any new interest or relationships are disclosed by a Director.

3.2.2 The criteria of independence shall be in accordance with guidelines as laid down in companies Act, 2013 and Clause 49 of the Equity Listing Agreement.

3.2.3 The Independent Director shall abide by the “Code for Independent Directors “as specified in Schedule IV to the companies Act,2013.

3.3 Other Directorships/ Committee Memberships

3.3.1 The Board members are expected to have adequate time and expertise and experience to contribute to effective Board performance accordingly, members should voluntarily limit their directorships in other listed public limited companies in such a way that it does not interfere with their role as Director of the company. The HRNR Committee shall take into account the nature of, and the time involved in a Director Service on other Boards, in evaluating the suitability of the individual Director and making its recommendations to the Board.

3.3.2 A Director shall not serve as director in more than 20 companies of which not more than 10 shall be public limited companies.

3.3.3 A Director shall not serve an independent Director in more than 7 listed companies and not more than 3 listed companies in case he is serving as a whole-time Director in any listed company.

3.3.4 A Director shall not be a member in more than 10 committee or act chairman of more than 5 committee across all companies in which he holds directorships.

For the purpose of considering the limit of the committee, Audit committee and stakeholders relationship committee of all public limited companies, whether listed or not, shall be included and all other companies including private limited companies, foreign companies and companies under section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 shall be excluded.

Remuneration policy for Directors, key managerial personnel and other employees

1. Scope:

1.1 This policy sets out the guiding principles for the Nomination and Remuneration committee for recommending to the Board the remuneration of the directors, key managerial personnel and other employees of the company.

2. Terms and Reference:

In this policy the following terms shall have the following meanings:

2.1 “Director” means a Director appointed to the Board of the company.

2.2 "key managerial personnel” means

(i) The Chief Executive Office or the managing director or the manager;

(ii) The company secretary;

(iii) The whole-time director;

(iv) The chief finance Officer; and

9) Such other office as may be prescribed under the companies Act, 2013

2.3 “Nomination and Remuneration Committee” means the committee constituted by Board in accordance with the provisions of section 178 of the companies Act, 2013 and clause 49 of the Equity Listing Agreement.

3. Policy:

3.1 Remuneration to Executive Director and Key Managerial Personnel

3.1.1 The Board on the recommendation of the Nomination and Remuneration (NR) committee shall review and approve the remuneration payable to the Executive Director of the company within the overall approved by the shareholders.

3.1.2 The Board on the recommendation of the NR committee shall also review and approve the remuneration payable to the key managerial personnel of the company.

3.1.3 The Remuneration structure to the Executive Director and key managerial personnel shall include the following components:

(i) Basic pay

(ii) Perquisites and Allowances

(iii) Stock Options

(iv) Commission (Applicable in case of Executive Directors)

(v) Retrial benefits

(vi) Annual performance Bonus

3.1.4 The Annual plan and Objectives for Executive committee shall be reviewed by the NR committee and Annual performance Bonus will be approved by the committee based on the achievement against the Annual plan and Objectives.

3.2 Remuneration to Non Executive Directors

3.2.1 The Board, on the recommendation of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, shall review and approve the remuneration payable to the Non Executive Directors of the Company within the overall limits approved by the shareholders as per provisions of the companies act.

3.2.2 Non Executive Directors shall be entitled to sitting fees attending the meetings of the Board and the Committees thereof. The Non- Executive Directors shall also be entitled to profit related commission in addition to the sitting fees.

3.3. Remuneration to other employees

3.3.1. Employees shall be assigned grades according to their qualifications and work experience, competencies as well as their roles and responsibilities in the organization. Individual remuneration shall be determined within the appropriate grade and shall be based on various factors such as job profile skill sets, seniority, experience and prevailing remuneration levels for equivalent jobs.


The independent directors of the Company (SUNITHA GUPTA, BARUN NASKAR & JAGDEV YADAV) have given declarations that they meet the all criteria of independence as laid down under section 149(6) of the Companies Act, 2013 and Regulation 25 of SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirement) Regulations, 2015.


The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) have issued certificate pursuant to the provisions of Regulation 27(2) of the LODR certifying that the Financial Statements do not contain any materially untrue statement and these statements represent a true and fair view of the Companys affairs and the same forms a part of thisreport


As per section 149 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with clause VII (1) of the schedule IV and rules made there under, the independent directors of the company had a meeting on 13.02.2023 without attendance of non- independent directors and members of management. In the meeting the following issues were taken up:

(a) Review of the performance of non-independent directors and the Board as a whole;

(b) Review of the performance of the Chairperson of the company, taking into account the views of executive directors and non-executive directors;

(c) Assessing the quality, quantity and timeliness of flow of information between the company management and the Board that is necessary for the Board to effectively and reasonably perform their duties.

The meeting also reviewed and evaluated the performance of non-independent directors. The company has one non-independent directors namely:

i.) Mr.Jagannath Jha - Non- Independent& Executive

ii.) Mr. Mahesh Kumar Dalmia - Non-Independent& Executive

The meeting was recognized for shaping up of the company and putting the company on accelerated growth path. They devoted more time and attention to bring up the company to the present level.

The meeting also reviewed and evaluated the performance of the Board as whole in terms of the following aspects:

Preparedness for Board/Committee meetings

.Attendance at the Board/Committee meetings

Guidance on corporate strategy, risk policy, corporate performance and overseeing acquisitions and disinvestments.

Monitoring the effectiveness of the companys governance practices

Ensuring a transparent board nomination process with the diversity of experience, knowledge, perspective in the Board.

Ensuring the integrity of the companys accounting and financial reporting systems, including the independent audit, and that appropriate systems of control are in place, in particular, systems for financial and operational control and compliance with the law and relevant standards.

Mr. Jagannath Jha, chairman of the company and Mr. Mahesh Kumar Dalmia has performed exceptionally well by attending board meetings regularly, by taking active participation in the discussion of the agenda and by providing required guidance from time to time to the company for its growth etc. It was noted that the Board Meetings have been conducted with the issuance of proper notice and circulation of the agenda of the meeting with the relevant notes thereon.


Based on the framework of internal financial controls and compliance systems established and maintained by the Company, work performed by the internal, statutory, and secretarial auditors and the reviews performed by Management and the relevant Board Committees, including the Audit Committee, the Board is of the opinion that the Companys internal financial controls were adequate and effective during the financial year 2022-21. Accordingly, pursuant to Section 134(5) of the Companies Act, 2013, the Board of Directors, to the best of their knowledge and ability, confirm that:

(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 ona going concern basis; and

(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.


There are no materially significant related party transactions made by the company with Promoters, Key Managerial Personnel or any other related parties as defined under the Companies Act, 2013, which may have potential conflict with interest of the company.


The Company does not have any subsidiary or Joint Venture.


The Company confirms that it has paid the Annual Listing Fees for the year 2022-23 to The SME Platform of BSE Limited where the Companys Shares are listed.


In line with the provisions of the Section 177(9) of the Act and the regulation 27(2) of LODR with stock exchanges, the Company has adopted Whistle Blower Policy, as part of vigil mechanism to provide appropriate avenues to the Directors and employees to bring to the attention of the management any issue which is perceived to be in violation of or in conflict with the fundamental business principles of the Company. This vigil mechanism provides for adequate safeguards against victimization of employees and directors who avail of the vigil mechanism and also provide for direct access to the chairperson of the Audit committee, in exceptional cases. The Company Secretary is the designated officer for effective implementation of the policy and dealing with the complaints registered under the policy.


The Auditors Report does not contain any qualification, reservation or adverse remarks. Notes to Accounts and Auditors remarks in their report are self-explanatory and do not call for any further comments.


In terms of the provisions of Section 204 of the Companies Act, 2013 and Rules framed there under, a Secretarial Audit Report in the prescribed format, obtained from a Company Secretary in practice, is required to be annexed to the Boards Report. In view thereof, The Board has appointed Mr. Akhil Agarwal, Practicing Company Secretary, to conduct Secretarial Audit for the Financial Year 2022-23. The Secretarial Auditors Report, in the prescribed format, for the period ended March 31, 2023 is annexed to this Directors Report and forms part of the Annual Report.


M/s. K B & Associates (FRN 328672F) retires at the ensuing annual general meeting and is eligible for re- appointment. Due to pre-occupation with other assignments, M/s. K B & Associates, Chartered Accountants resigns from the Company w.e.f. 04.09.2023.

As required under the provisions of Section 139 of the Companies Act, 2013, the Company has received a written consent from SSRV & Associates, Chartered Accountants (FRN:135901W) to their appointment and a certificate to the effect that their appointment, if made, would be in accordance with the Companies Act, 2013 and the rules framed there under and that they have satisfied the criteria provided in Section 141 of the Companies Act, 2013. The Board recommends the appointment of SSRV & Associates, Chartered Accountants, as the statutory auditors of the Company from the conclusion of this Annual General meeting till the conclusion of the fourth Annual General Meeting.


As provided under Section 92(3) of the Act, the extract of the Annual Return in form MGT-9 is annexed herewith as “Annexure- I".


Your Company has a structured framework to satisfy that sound policies, procedures and practices are in place to manage the key risks under risk framework of the company. Major risks identified by the businesses and functions are systematically addressed through mitigating actions on a continuing basis.


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 Act, 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 and the same will be furnished on request.

Particulars of Employees pursuant to section 134(3)(q) of the Companies Act, 2013 read with rule 5(2) of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014

1. None of the employees was employed throughout the financial year, which was in receipt of remuneration exceeding Rs. 6,000,000/- per annum or more. Therefore, Rule 5(2)(i) of the captioned Rules is notapplicable.

2. None of the employees was employed throughout the financial year, who was in receipt of remuneration exceeding Rs. 500,000/- per month. Therefore, Rule 5(2)(ii) of the captioned Rules is not applicable.

3. No employee is a relative of any director or Key Managerial personnel of the Company. Therefore, Rule 5(2)(iii) of the captioned Rules is not applicable to any employee.


The Company has complied with the corporate governance requirements as stipulated under Regulation 27(2) of the LODR entered into with the stock exchanges. A separate section on corporate governance is provided, along with a certificate from the auditor confirming the compliance of conditions of Corporate Governance as stipulated under Regulation 27(2) of the LODR entered into with the stock exchanges is annexed and forms part of this report.


The Management Discussion and Analysis Reports is attached which forms part of this Report.


The Company has a policy of zero tolerance for sexual harassment at workplace in line with the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and the Rules there under. The following is the summary of sexual harassment complaints received and disposed during the calendar year.

No. of complaints received: Nil

No. of complaints disposed off: Nil


The Company has been not availing facilities of Credit and Guarantee .


The details pertaining to composition of audit committee are included in the Corporate Governance Report, which forms part of this report. During the year under review, there were no instances when recommendation of audit committee was not accepted by the board.


The Companys policy on directors appointment and remuneration and other matters provided in Section 178(3) of the Act has been disclosed in the corporate governance report, which forms part of the directors report.


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).


Your Directors wish to place on record their appreciation of the contribution made by the employees at all levels, to the continued growth and prosperity of your Company.

Your Directors also wish to place on record their appreciation of business constituents, banks and other financial institutions and shareholders of the Company like SEBI, BSE, NSDL, CDSL, RBL Bank, Bank of Baroda, Indusind Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank etc. for their continued support for the growth of the Company.

For and on behalf of the Board Sd/- Sd/-
Sunitha Gupta Jagannath Jha
Place: New Delhi Director Director
Date: 04/09/2023 DIN No. 07133097 DIN:08943829