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Future Supply Chain Solutions Ltd Directors Report

Jul 16, 2024|12:00:00 AM

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The Members

Future Supply Chain Solutions Limited

The Directors of your Company are pleased to present the 16th Annual Report of the Company for the financial year ended March 31, 2021.


(Rs in Lakh)

Particulars For the year ended March 31, 2021 For the year ended March 31, 2020
Total Income 50,027.89 1,16,058.17
Profit Before Tax (18,436.19) (6,388.24)
Profit After Tax (18,436.19) (6,388.24)
Earnings Per Share-Basic & Diluted (Rs) (42.01) (15.51)


A significant portion of the financial year under reporting was washed away on account of COVID-19 situation and consequent lockdowns, movement and other restrictions imposed by the Central/ State Governments from time to time. As of the March 31, 2021, FSC operations run through 65 distribution centres across India, covering approximately 8.02 million square feet of warehouse space. The Company utilises a "hub-and-spoke" distribution model comprising 13 hubs and 123 operational branches and covering 11,780 pin codes across the country. FSC operates 13 temperature-controlled warehouses with total pallet capacity of 21,303 pallets. During the year 2020-21, the warehousing capacity was rationalized from 8.20 mn sq. ft. in 2019-20 to 8.02 mn sq. ft. in 2020-21, while consolidating its number of warehouses from 74 in 2019-20 to 65 in 2020-21. Led by a COVID-19 affected weak macro-economic environment and consumption slowdown in India, FSC undertook several initiatives to improve productivity and increase operational efficiencies which include warehousing network re-design & consolidation, transport cost rationalisation and move to a complete variable model, labour productivity enhancement initiatives at the warehouse level, fixed costs / overheads rationalisation and revisiting customer contracts where FSCs ROI was sub-optimal. Overall efficiency was increased but on account of low volume, the operations were resulted into losses.


Although the COVID-19 pandemic impacted supply chain disruptions gave a significant blow to the logistics sector in the country, the industry is gradually recovering impressively. With the fear of COVID-19 pandemic still around, the discretionary consumption of non-essential goods is unlikely to pick up during the year 2021-22 and hence, it would affect revenue growth and profit margins. However, from a longer period outlook perspective, management believes that the Company would benefit from sector tailwinds, which will contribute to strong revenue growth. These mainly include benefits of GST implementation, increased outsourcing of non-core activities by product companies, growth of consumption-led sectors and fast evolving consumer behaviour. Additionally, FSC will benefit from its strategic partnership with Nippon Express, wherein the two companies will jointly sell the services to Nippon Express customers globally. FSC would also expand its target market in the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors along with Nippon Express, leveraging on the latters domain expertise in these sectors.


During the year 2020-21, the Board has approved a Composite Scheme of Arrangement between various companies belonging to Future Group (Transferor Companies) and companies belonging to Reliance Group which, in order to expand its retail and wholesale footprint, is desirous of acquiring the logistics & warehousing and retail & wholesale businesses of such Transferor Companies as a going concern on Slump Sale basis in the manner provided in the Scheme. Future Group, as a first step, would consolidate the logistics & warehousing and retail & wholesale businesses of such Transferor Companies in Future Enterprises Limited - the Transferee Company which shall subsequently transfer to Reliance Group on slump sale basis. The salient features of the said Scheme are as follows:

• Amalgamation of the Company along with other Transferor companies, with Future Enterprises Limited ("FEL");

• Transfer and vesting of the Logistics & Warehousing Undertaking from FEL as a going concern on a slump sale basis to Reliance Retail Ventures Limited ("RRVL ");

• Transfer and vesting of the Retail & Wholesale Undertaking from FEL as a going concern on a slump sale basis to Reliance Retail and Fashion Lifestyle Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of RRVL ("RRVL WOS");

• Preferential allotment of equity shares and warrants of FEL to RRVL WOS.

Pursuant to the Scheme, FEL will issue 131 (One Hundred Thirty One) fully paid up equity shares of Rs 2/- each to the equity shareholders of FSC as on the Record Date (as may be determined in terms of the Scheme) for every 10 (Ten) fully paid up equity share of Rs 10/- each held in FSC. The said Scheme would be subject to requisite approvals of the National Company Law Tribunal, BSE Limited, National Stock Exchange of India Limited, Securities and Exchange Board of India, Competition Commission of India and other statutory / regulatory authorities, including those from the shareholders and creditors of the Transferor Companies and Transferee Company and other applicable contractual approvals.

As on the date of this report, necessary directions from the Hble National Company Law Tribunal for convening the meetings of the shareholders and creditors for their approval, remained awaited.


In view of losses, your Directors are unable to declare any dividend.

Dividend Policy

A Dividend Policy adopted by the Company is given with this report as Annexure A.

Unclaimed Dividend

Details of unclaimed dividends of earlier years have been provided in Corporate Governance report.

Investor Education and Protection Fund

It is confirmed that during the year 2020-21, there was no amount of unclaimed dividends which was liable to be transferred to the Investor Education and Protection Fund as required under section 124 of the Companies Act, 2013.


No amount is proposed to be transferred to the General Reserves or any other Reserves.

holding, subsidiary, joint venture and associate company

The Company did not have any holding or subsidiary company during the year 2020-21. Leanbox Logistics Solutions Private Limited ("Leanbox") is an Associate entity of the Company. Leanbox acts as a General Trade Distribution Partner for CPG/Brand Companies and as Supply chain Partner for small store format retailers in India by helping them improve sales and efficiency using its technology platform, order processing and delivery capabilities. Leanboxs tech platform is custom built to enable the critical processes for in-city distribution supply chain. For the year 2020-21, Leanbox registered total income of Rs 6,884.75 Lakh and net loss of Rs 132.25 Lakh. A statement in prescribed form AOC-1 in annexed to this report as an Annexure B.

particulars of loan, guarantee and investment

The particulars of investments, loans, and guarantees covered under the provisions of Section 186 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with rules made thereunder are given in the Notes to the Standalone Financial Statements of the Company.

particulars of contracts or ARRANGEMENTS with related parties

Transactions entered into with related parties (as defined under Section 188(1) of the Companies Act, 2013) during the year 2020-21 were in the ordinary course of business and on arms length basis and based on omnibus approval accorded by the Audit Committee. Pursuant to section 134(3)(h) of the Companies Act, 2013, particulars of contracts/ arrangements entered into by the Company with related parties referred to in sub section (1) of section 188 of the Companies Act, 2013 are given in Annexure C.


During the year 2020-21, P V Sheshadri resigned as Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective from April 4, 2020.

During the year 2020-21, Vimal K Dhruve - Company Secretary and Compliance Officer of the Company resigned effective from September 17, 2020. The Board appointed Rohan Gavas as a Company Secretary and Compliance Officer effective from November 7, 2020. However, Rohan Gavas resigned on February 1, 2021.

After close of the year 2020-21, Nippon Express (South Asia & Oceania) Pte Ltd. withdrew their nomination of Hiroyuki Tanaka and accordingly, Hiroyuki Tanaka resigned on June 24, 2021.

Pursuant to nomination by Nippon Express (South Asia & Oceania) Pte. Ltd. under the Shareholders Agreement, the Board of Directors appointed Shinichi Kaikyama as an Additional Director (termed as "Non-Executive Director") of the Company effective from June 24, 2021 who holds office as such till the date of ensuing annual general meeting. The Company has received a notice from a member of the Company proposing the candidature of Shinichi Kakiyama for the appointment of Director.

After close of the year 2020-21 and subsequent to the recommendations of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, the Board at its meeting held on June 24, 2021 appointed Vimal K Dhruve as a Company Secretary and Compliance Officer of the Company effective from July 1, 2021.

In terms of section 152 of the Companies Act, 2013, Rakesh Biyani retires at the ensuing annual general meeting and eligible for re-appointment.

Information as required pursuant to regulation 26(4) and 36 of the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 and Secretarial Standard on General Meetings in respect of Directors seeking appointment/ re-appointment is given under the notice of the ensuing annual general meeting.

The Company has received requisite declarations from all the Independent Directors under Section 149(7) of the Companies Act, 2013 confirming the criteria of independence met by them as laid down in Section 149(6) of the Act and Regulation 16(1)(b) of the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015.


The Board met seven times during the year 2020-21 on July 31,2020, August 29, 2020, September 11,2020, November 7, 2020, November 27, 2020, February 10, 2021 and March 31,2021. Other details of the meetings of the Board of Directors and various Committees thereof including the details of composition, meetings and attendance are given in Corporate Governance Report.


Pursuant to section 134(3)(p) of the Companies Act, 2013 and SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, the Board of Directors has carried out an annual evaluation of its own performance, its Committees and individual Directors.

The performance were evaluated after seeking inputs from all the Directors on the basis of criteria determined by the Nomination and Remuneration Committee such as the Board composition and structure, effectiveness of processes, information and functioning, effectiveness and roles of committees etc.

In a separate meeting of Independent Directors, performance of Non-Independent Directors, the Board as a whole and the Chairman of the Company was evaluated after taking into account the views of Managing Director and other Non-Executive Directors. The Board and the NRC reviewed the performance of individual Directors on the basis of criteria such as the level of participation, meaningful discussion and constructive inputs and other requisite matters. The performance of the Board, its Committees, and individual Directors was discussed at the meeting of the Board. The Independent Directors assessed the quality, independence, relevance and timeliness of the flow of the information to the Board of Directors.

Performance evaluation of Independent Directors was done by the entire Board, excluding the Independent Director being evaluated.

Based on evaluation, it emerged that the Board has an optimum level of competency, experience, qualifications and diversity. Each Board member contributed in his/her own manner to the collective prudence of the Board, keeping in mind his/her own background and experience. There was active participation and adequate time was given for various matters brought before the Board. Overall, the Board was functioning very well in a unanimous and interactive manner.


Pursuant to regulation 34 of the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 and relevant sections of the Companies Act, 2013, a Management Discussion and Analysis Statement, report on Corporate Governance and Auditors Certificate thereon are included in this Annual Report.


Pursuant to the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, a Business Responsibility Report is appended hereto and forms part of this Annual Report.


During the year 2020-21, the Company has not accepted any deposits within the meaning of section 73 of the Companies Act, 2013.


The Audit Committee wholly comprises Independent Directors. Bala Deshpande Chairs the Committee. Other members of the Committee are Malini Chopra and Janat Shah. There were no instances where the Board did not accept the recommendations and suggestions, if any, of the Audit Committee. Various details covering terms of reference, powers and roles, meetings and attendance of the Audit Committee are disclosed in Corporate Governance Report.


The Company has in place a mechanism to identify, assess, monitor and mitigate various risks to key business objectives. Internal control systems are commensurate with the nature of the business, size and complexity of the business operations. These controls are routinely tested by the auditors and are discussed at regular intervals. All locations are subject to regular audit on risk-based methodology and are in sync with the business verticals, operational design, financial model, systems & process and other relevant subjects. Risks, if any, are systematically addressed through mitigating actions. The audit reports detailing the efficacy of the internal controls are brought to the notice of the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors for their review. Suggestions and recommendations, if any, are also implemented as may be recommended by the Audit Committee. In the opinion of the Board, there is no element of risk, which threatens the existence of the Company.


The Company has established a vigil mechanism to provide a framework to promote whistle blowing and to provide for raising concerns about unethical behaviour, actual or suspected fraud or violation of the code of conduct or policies of the Company. The mechanism provides for adequate safeguards against victimization of employees and Directors to avail of the mechanism and also provide for direct access to the Chairperson of the Audit Committee in exceptional cases. The Company has revised the Whistle blower Policy to include "reporting of incidents of leak or suspected leak of unpublished price sensitive information" in terms of amendments in SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 2015.


During the year 2020-21, GMJ & Co.; Chartered Accountants, resigned as Statutory Auditors of the Company w.e.f. November 7, 2020. The Board at its meeting held on November 27, 2020 had appointed DMKH & Co. as Statutory Auditors to fill the casual vacancy caused by the resignation of GMJ & Co. The said appointment was approved by the members at the annual general meeting held on December 28, 2020.

DMKH & Co. - Chartered Accountants, Statutory Auditors of the Company, are eligible to hold office as such for the financial year 2021-22 and have issued a certificate to that effect.

The Statutory Auditors included a qualification in their report on the Financial Statements for the year 2020-21. The Audit Committee and Board of Directors at their respective meetings while approving the said Financial Statements reviewed such qualification and agreed appropriate explanations therefor. As required under section 134(3)(f) of the Companies Act, 2013 and regulation 34(2) of SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, a statement containing the details of qualification, explanation by the Board and impact of the qualifications is annexed to the Financial Statements.

During the year 2020-21, there was no instance of fraud committed against the Company by its officers or employees, as reported by Statutory Auditors or Secretarial Auditor to the Audit Committee under Section 143(12) of the Companies Act, 2013.


The Company has devised a system to ensure compliance with the provisions of applicable Secretarial Standards. SECRETARIAL AUDIT

As required under section 204 of the Act and 24A of the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 a Secretarial Audit Report for the year 2020-21 issued by K Bindu & Associates, Company Secretaries in wholetime Practise, is appended hereto as Annexure D.


Maintenance of cost records as specified by the Central Government under section 148(1) of the Companies Act, 2013 is not applicable to the Company and hence, such accounts and records are not required to be maintained by the Company.


The particulars required under Section 134(3)(m) of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 8(3) of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014 relating to energy conservation, technology absorption and foreign exchange earnings and outgo, are given in Annexure E appended hereto.


Pursuant to section 178 of the Companies Act, 2013 and regulation 19(4) of SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, and consequent to the recommendations of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee ("NRC"), the Board has framed a policy on board diversity governing the criteria for appointment of Executive, Non-Executive and Independent Directors. The appointment of Directors are made based on merit, apart from compliance of legal and contractual requirements, that complements and expands the skills, experience and expertise of the Board as a whole taking into account knowledge, professional experience and qualifications, gender, age, cultural and educational background, and any other factors that the NRC might consider relevant for the Board to function effectively. While appointing any person as an Independent Director, utmost care is to be taken as to the independence of such person.

The Board has also approved a policy on remuneration payable to the Directors of the Company. In determining the remuneration of the Directors, the NRC evaluates the remuneration paid by comparable organisation and thereafter makes its recommendation to the Board. Details of availability of Policy on Board Diversity and Remuneration Policy on the website of the Company are given in the Corporate Governance Report.


Information on codes and policies adopted by the Company pursuant to the Companies Act, 2013 and/ or SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 is given in Corporate Governance Report.


The Board of Directors of the Company, based on recommendation made by CSR Committee, has formulated and approved a CSR Policy in line with the requirements of the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013. The disclosures according to the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 is given in prescribed form which is appended hereto as Annexure F.


There are no significant and material orders passed by the regulators or courts or tribunals impacting the going concern status and the Companys operations in future.


The COVID-19 has deeply impacted the long-term business viability and led to significant financial stress across the industries. The debt burden had become disproportionate relative to the cash flow during this pandemic period, posing significant financial stability risks. In view of this and to facilitate revival of business and mitigate the impact of COVID-19, the Reserve Bank of India ("RBI") had provided a window under the Prudential Framework to enable the lenders to implement a resolution plan in respect of corporate exposures without change in ownership, subject to specified conditions. The Company opted to avail the relaxations so proposed by the RBI by restructuring its financial debt so as to manage the cash flow and ensure the business continuity.

After the close of the year 2020-21, the Company and its financial lenders had agreed to a resolution plan to restructure the financial debt of the Company as permitted under the Resolution Framework for COVID 19-related Stress announced by the RBI. The Resolution Plan provided for, inter alia, extension in repayment of all term loans and complete waiver of all penal interest and charges, default premiums, processing fees etc.

Further, as part of the Resolution Plan, the debt raised through the non-convertible debentures issued by the Company under Series - I and Series - II ("NCDs") were also proposed to be restructured. The Company also received consent of the holder(s) of the NCDs and the Debenture Trustee, inter alia, to extend the maturity date of the said NCDs, subject to the approval of the Stock Exchange.


Disclosures with respect to the remuneration of Directors and employees as required under Section 197(12) of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 5(1) of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014 are given in Annexure G appended hereto.

In terms of the provisions of 134 of the Companies Act, 2013, read with Rule 5(2) of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014, a statement containing the names and other particulars of employees drawing remuneration in excess of the limits set out in the said rules are provided in Annual Report. However, in terms of the first proviso to Section 136(1) of the Companies Act, 2013, information pursuant to Section 197 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 5(2) and 5(3) of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014, is excluded from the Annual Report in physical form but available for inspection by the members at the Registered Office of the Company during business hours on all working days up to the date of the ensuing Annual General Meeting. Any member interested in obtaining a copy thereof, may write to the Company Secretary and the same will be furnished on request. The complete Annual Report including aforesaid information is being sent electronically to all those members who have registered their e-mail addresses and is also available on the websites of the Company and Stock Exchanges.


The Company has implemented a Stock Option Plan - "Future Supply Chain Solutions Limited Employees Stock Options Plan -2017" with a view to appropriately reward and retain its valuable human resources as may be proposed by the management and approved by the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Details as required to be provided under Section 62 of the Companies Act, 2013 and Rule 12(9) of Companies (Share Capital and Debenture) Rules, 2014 and SEBI (Share Based Employee Benefits) Regulations, 2014 are given in Annexure H appended hereto.


In terms of section 134(3)(a) and 92(3) of the Companies Act, 2013, a form of annual return for the year ended March 31, 2021 is available on the website of the Company at https://www.futuresupplychains.com/annual-reports.php.


There were no penalties/ punishments/ compounding of offenses for breach of any section of Companies Act, 2013 against the Company or its Directors or other officers in default, if any, during the year 2020-21.


The Directors of the Company state that -

• in the preparation of the annual accounts for the year 2020-21, the applicable accounting standards have been followed along with proper explanation relating to material departures;

• they 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 year 2020-21 and of the loss of the Company for that year;

• they 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;

• they have prepared the annual accounts for the financial year ended March 31, 2021 on a going concern basis;

• they have laid down internal financial controls to be followed by the Company and such financial controls are adequate and operating effectively; and

• they have devised proper systems to ensure compliance with the provisions of all applicable laws and that such systems are adequate and operating effectively.


The Company is committed to foster a healthy working environment that enables employees to work without fear of prejudice, gender bias and sexual harassment. The Company seeks to ensure that every gender should have equal opportunity and no preferential or discriminatory treatment is meted out to anyone on grounds of sex alone. The Company has in place a strong policy on prevention of sexual harassment at workplace which aims at prevention of harassment of employees and lays down the guidelines for identification, reporting and prevention of sexual harassment. The Company conducts programs to spread awareness, prevent gender related harassment or discrimination, and in the event of such an occurrence, provides recourse to the concerned individual. This policy extends to all employees and is incorporated in the service conditions of code of conduct for all employees. This policy is consistent and designed to comply with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

The Company has formed an Internal Complaints Committees (ICC) across all zones in India which are responsible for redressal of complaints related to sexual harassment and follow the guidelines provided in the policy. The ICC are chaired by senior female employees of the Company at each of the zones and has representation of an external subject matter expert, Ms. Sheetal Niwalkar who is empanelled with other renowned corporates as well. The ICC work towards creating an atmosphere that promotes equality, non-discrimination and gender justice. They facilitate measures to ensure there is no hostile environment towards employees at the workplace. ICC regularly monitors and reviews the implementation and effectiveness of sexual harassment policy acting as highest point of escalation in the Company in case of complaint.


Except as disclosed in this report, there are no material changes, commitments or events affecting the financial position of the Company, which have occurred after the closure of the year 2020-21 till the date of this report.


Your Directors desire to place on record, their appreciation to all employees at all levels, who during the year 2020-21, with dedicated effort, enabled the Company to deliver a satisfactory performance during the year which was largely affected by COVID pandemic.

Your Directors also wish to place on record their appreciation and acknowledge with gratitude for the support and co-operation extended by the Government, clients, bankers, investors and other government agencies and look forward to their continued patronage in future.

For and on behalf of the Board of Directors of
Future Supply Chain Solutions Limited
Rakesh Biyani
Mumbai, June 24, 2021

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