ICICI Bank Ltd Directors Report.
Your Directors have pleasure in presenting the Twenty-Fifth Annual Report of ICICI Bank Limited (ICICI Bank/the Bank) along with the audited financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2019.
The financial performance for fiscal 2019 is summarised in the following table:
|र in billion, except percentages||Fiscal 2018||Fiscal 2019||% change|
|Net interest income and other income||404.45||415.27||2.7%|
|Core operating profit||189.39||220.72||16.5%|
|Provisions & contingencies (excluding tax)||173.07||196.61||13.6%|
|Profit before tax||74.34||37.77||(49.2)%|
|Profit after tax||67.77||33.63||(50.4)%|
|र in billion, except percentages||Fiscal 2018||Fiscal 2019||% change|
|Consolidated profit before tax and minority interest||109.78||74.08||(32.5)%|
|Consolidated profit after tax and minority interest||77.12||42.54||(44.8)%|
The profit after tax of the Bank for fiscal 2019 is र 33.63 billion after provisions and contingencies of र 196.61 billion, provision for taxes of र 4.14 billion and all expenses. The accumulated profit is र 218.58 billion, taking into account the balance of र 179.70 billion brought forward from the previous year and credit of र 5.25 billion in balance in profit and loss account towards reversal of provision for frauds on non-retail accounts created in earlier years through accumulated profits. Your Bank has a consistent dividend payment history. Your Banks dividend policy is based on the profitability and key financial metrics, capital position and requirements and the regulations pertaining to the payment of dividend. In line with the above, your Directors have recommended a dividend of र 1.00 per equity share for the year ended March 31, 2019 and have appropriated the disposable profit as follows:
|र in billion||Fiscal 2018||Fiscal 2019|
|To Statutory Reserve, making in all र 237.38 billion||16.94||8.41|
|To Special Reserve created and maintained in terms of Section 36(1) (viii) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, making in all र 95.04 billion||6.00||5.25|
|To Capital Reserve, making in all र 128.54 billion1||25.66||0.28|
|To Capital Redemption Reserve, making in all र 3.50 billion2 (amount appropriated from surplus profit available for previous years)||-||3.50|
|To Investment Fluctuation Reserve, making in all र 12.69 billion3||-||12.69|
|To Revenue and other reserves, making in all र 40.28 billion4||7.01||0.01|
|Dividend paid during the year|
| On equity shares, during fiscal 2019 @ र 1.50 per share of face value र 2.00 each (during fiscal 2018 @ र 2.50 per share)||14.57||9.65|
| On preference shares2, during fiscal 2019 @ 100.00 per preference shares (र) (during fiscal 2018 @ र 100.00 per share)||35,000||35,000|
| Corporate dividend tax||0.09||-|
|Leaving balance to be carried forward to the next year||179.70||178.79|
1 Fiscal 2018 includes transfer of र 24.90 billion on account of sale of part of equity investment in the Banks insurance subsidiary.
2 Redeemable Non-Cumulative Preference Shares (350 RNCPS) of र 10.0 million each were redeemed at par on April 20, 2018. Accordingly, an equivalent amount was transferred to Capital Redemption Reserve from surplus profit available for previous years.
3 Represents an amount transferred to Investment Fluctuation Reserve (IFR) from disposable profit. As per the RBI guidelines, from the year ended March 31, 2019, an amount not less than the lower of net profit on sale of available-for-sale (AFS) and held-to-maturity (HFT) category investments during the year or net profit for the year less mandatory appropriations is required to be transferred to IFR, until the amount of IFR is at least 2% of the HFT and AFS portfolio.
4 Includes transfer of र 7.6 million to Reserve Fund for fiscal 2019 (र 10.6 million for fiscal 2018) in accordance with regulations applicable to the Sri Lanka branch.
The Bank prepares its financial statements in accordance with the applicable accounting standards, RBI guidelines and other applicable laws/regulations. RBI, under its risk-based supervision exercise, carries out the risk assessment of the Bank on an annual basis. This assessment is initiated subsequent to the finalisation, completion of audit and publication of audited financial statements for a financial year and typically occurs a few months after the financial year-end. As a part of this assessment, RBI separately reviews asset classification and provisioning of credit facilities given by the Bank to its borrowers. The divergences, if any, in classification or provisioning arising out of the supervisory process are given effect to in the financial statements in subsequent periods after conclusion of the exercise. In terms of the RBI circular no. //DBR.BP.BC.No. 32/21.04.018/ 2018-19 dated April 1, 2019, banks are required to disclose the divergences in asset classification and provisioning consequent to RBIs annual supervisory process in their notes to accounts to the financial statements, wherever either (a) the additional provisioning requirements assessed by RBI exceed 10% of the reported net profits before provisions and contingencies or (b) the additional gross non-performing assets (NPAs) identified by RBI exceed 15% of the published incremental gross NPAs for the reference period, or both. Based on the condition mentioned in RBI circular, no disclosure on divergence in asset classification and provisioning for NPAs is required with respect to RBIs supervisory process for fiscal 2018.
During the year under review, the Bank allotted 18,248,877 equity shares of र 2.00 each pursuant to exercise of stock options under the Employee Stock Option Scheme. For details refer to Schedule 1 of the financial statements.
PARTICULARS OF LOANS, GUARANTEES OR INVESTMENTS
Pursuant to Section 186(11) of the Companies Act, 2013, the provisions of Section 186 of the Companies Act, 2013, except sub-section (1), do not apply to a loan made, guarantee given or security provided by a banking company in the ordinary course of business. The particulars of investments made by the Bank are disclosed in Schedule 8 of the financial statements as per the applicable provisions of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
SUBSIDIARY, ASSOCIATE AND JOINT VENTURE COMPANIES
There is no change in the subsidiaries of the Bank during fiscal 2019. The definition of the subsidiary company and associate company under the Companies Act, 2013 was changed during fiscal 2019. One of the criterion for identification of a subsidiary company or an associate company was changed from percentage holding in total share capital of the investee company to percentage voting power in the investee company. Pursuant to the changes in the definition of subsidiary company and associate company, Shree Renuka Sugars Limited and National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Limited ceased to be associate companies of the Bank. Further, Arteria Technologies Private Limited became an associate company of the Bank during fiscal 2019. The particulars of subsidiary and associate companies as on March 31, 2019 have been included in Form MGT-9 which is annexed to this Report.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PERFORMANCE OF SUBSIDIARIES, ASSOCIATES AND JOINT VENTURE COMPANIES AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE OVERALL PERFORMANCE OF THE COMPANY
The performance of subsidiaries and associates and their contribution to the overall performance of the Bank as on March 31, 2019 is given in "Consolidated Financial Statements of ICICI Bank Limited Schedule 18 - Note 13 Additional information to consolidated accounts" of this Annual Report. A summary of key financials of the Banks subsidiaries is also given in "Statement Pursuant to Section 129 of Companies Act, 2013" of this Annual Report.
The highlights of the performance of key subsidiaries are given as a part of Managements Discussion & Analysis under the section "Consolidated financials as per Indian GAAP".
The Bank will make available separate audited financial statements of the subsidiaries to any Member upon request. These documents/details will be available on the Banks website at https://www.icicibank.com/aboutus/annual.html and will also be available for inspection by any Member or trustee of the holder of any debentures of the Bank at its Registered Office and Corporate Office. As required by Accounting Standard 21 (AS-21) issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, the Banks consolidated financial statements included in this Annual Report incorporate the accounts of its subsidiaries and other consolidating entities.
SIGNIFICANT AND MATERIAL ORDERS PASSED BY THE REGULATORS OR COURTS OR TRIBUNALS IMPACTING THE GOING CONCERN STATUS OF THE COMPANY AND ITS FUTURE OPERATIONS
There are no significant and/or material orders passed by the regulators or courts or tribunals impacting the going concern status or future operations of the Bank.
MATERIAL CHANGES AND COMMITMENT AFFECTING FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE BANK
There are no material changes and commitments, affecting the financial position of the Bank which have occurred between the end of the financial year of the Bank to which the financial statements relate and the date of this Report.
DIRECTORS AND OTHER KEY MANAGERIAL PERSONNEL
Changes in the composition of the Board of Directors and other Key Managerial Personnel
Since the date of the last Directors Report, the Board approved the appointments of Hari L. Mundra, Rama Bijapurkar, B. Sriram and Subramanian Madhavan as additional Directors for a period of five years from the date of their appointment. All the above four Directors hold office upto the date of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) and are eligible for appointment. Their appointments are being proposed in the Notice of the forthcoming AGM through item nos. 6, 7, 8 and 9. The Members at the last AGM held on September 12, 2018 approved the appointments of Radhakrishnan Nair and M. D. Mallya as independent Directors. Further, the Members at the last AGM held on September 12, 2018 approved the appointment of Sandeep Bakhshi as a Wholetime Director and Chief Operating Officer. The Board at its Meeting held on October 4, 2018 appointed Sandeep Bakhshi as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer for a period of five years until October 3, 2023, subject to regulatory approvals. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has vide its letter dated October 15, 2018, approved the appointment for a period of three years effective October 15, 2018. Approval of the Members is being sought for Sandeep Bakhshis appointment as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for five years in the Notice of the forthcoming AGM through item no.10.
The Board of Directors at its Meeting held on October 4, 2018 accepted the request of Chanda Kochhar to seek early retirement from the Bank with immediate effect. However, the Board at its meeting held on January 30, 2019 reconsidered her separation from the Bank and regarded the same as Termination for Cause, having effect from the close of business hours of the Board Meeting i.e. January 30, 2019 after considering the Enquiry Report of Honble Mr. Justice (Retd.) B.N. Srikrishna.
Lok Ranjan, Joint Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance was nominated by Government of India as a Government Nominee Director on the Board of the Bank in place of Amit Agrawal, with effect from April 5, 2018.
Lalit Kumar Chandel, Economic Adviser, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance has been nominated by Government of India as a Government Nominee Director on the Board of the Bank in place of Lok Ranjan, with effect from December 4, 2018.
The Board of Directors on May 6, 2019 approved the appointment of Sandeep Batra as an Additional Director and Wholetime Director (designated as Executive Director) for a period of five years effective May 7, 2019 or the date of approval of his appointment by RBI, whichever is later. The said appointment is also subject to the approval of Members. Approval of the Members is being sought for Sandeep Batras appointment for five years in the Notice of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting through item nos. 11 and 12.
Vijay Chandok ceased to be a Director of the Bank at the end of day on May 6, 2019 and assumes office as Managing Director & CEO of ICICI Securities Limited with effect from May 7, 2019. Pursuant to completion of maximum permissible tenure of eight years as per the provisions of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, Tushaar Shah, independent Director, ceased to be a Director on the Board of the Bank effective close of business hours on May 2, 2018. Pursuant to the internal movement, N. S. Kannan ceased to be a Director of the Bank effective close of business hours on June 18, 2018. M. K. Sharma ceased to be a non-executive Director and part-time Chairman of the Bank effective close of business hours on June 30, 2018 consequent to the completion of his tenure of three years as approved by the RBI. M. D. Mallya, Independent Director, tendered his resignation due to health reasons and ceased to be a Director effective October 4, 2018 and the same was accepted by the Board. Pursuant to completion of their primary tenure under the Companies Act, 2013, Dileep Choksi and V. K. Sharma, independent Directors ceased to be Directors on the Board of the Bank effective April 1, 2019.
The Board acknowledges the valuable contribution and guidance provided by the above Directors.
The Board of Directors at its Meeting held on July 27, 2018 appointed Ranganath Athreya as the Company Secretary and Compliance Officer of the Bank effective July 28, 2018. The Board in the same Meeting noted the cessation of P. Sanker, as the Company Secretary and Compliance Officer of the Bank effective close of business hours on July 27, 2018.
Declaration of Independence
All independent Directors have given declarations that they meet the criteria of independence as laid down under Section 149 of the Companies Act, 2013 as amended (the Act) and Regulation 16 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, (SEBI Listing Regulations) which have been relied on by the Bank and were placed at the Board Meeting held on May 6, 2019. In the opinion of the Board, the independent Directors fulfil the conditions specified in the Act and the SEBI Listing Regulations and are independent of the Management.
Retirement by rotation
In terms of Section 152 of the Companies Act, 2013, Anup Bagchi would retire by rotation at the forthcoming AGM and is eligible for re-appointment. Anup Bagchi has offered himself for re-appointment.
At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on September 12, 2018, the Members approved the appointment of M/s Walker Chandiok & Co LLP, Chartered Accountants, as statutory auditors to hold office from the conclusion of the Twenty-Fourth AGM till the conclusion of the Twenty-Fifth AGM. As per the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines, the statutory auditors of the banking companies are allowed to continue for a period of four years, subject to fulfilling the prescribed eligibility norms. Accordingly, M/s Walker Chandiok & Co LLP, Chartered Accountants, would be eligible for re-appointment at the conclusion of the forthcoming AGM. As recommended by the Audit Committee, the Board has proposed the re-appointment of M/s Walker Chandiok & Co LLP, Chartered Accountants, as statutory auditors for the year ending March 31, 2020 (fiscal 2020). M/s Walker Chandiok & Co LLP, Chartered Accountants, will hold office from the conclusion of the forthcoming AGM till the conclusion of the Twenty-Sixth AGM, subject to the approval of Members of the Bank, RBI and other regulatory approvals as may be necessary or required. The re-appointment of the statutory auditors is proposed to the Members in the Notice of the forthcoming AGM through item no. 4. There are no qualifications, reservation or adverse remarks made by the statutory auditors in the audit report.
The Board appointed M/s. Parikh Parekh & Associates, a firm of Company Secretaries in Practice to undertake the Secretarial Audit of the Bank for fiscal 2019. The Secretarial Audit Report is annexed herewith as Annexure A. There are no qualifications, reservation or adverse remark or disclaimer made by the auditor in the report save and except disclaimer made by them in discharge of their professional obligation.
Maintenance of Cost Records
Being a Banking Company, the Bank is not required to maintain cost records as specified by the Central Government under Section 148(1) of the Companies Act, 2013.
Reporting of Frauds by Auditors
During the year under review, there were no instances of fraud reported by the statutory auditors, branch auditors and secretarial auditor under Section 143(12) of the Companies Act, 2013 to the Audit Committee or the Board of Directors.
The statement containing particulars of employees as required under Section 197(12) of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 5(2) of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014 is given in an Annexure and forms part of this report. In terms of Section 136(1) of the Companies Act, 2013, the annual report and the financial statements are being sent to the Members excluding the aforesaid Annexure. The Annexure is available for inspection at the Registered office of the Bank. Any Member interested in obtaining a copy of the Annexure may write to the Company Secretary of the Bank.
INTERNAL CONTROL AND ITS ADEQUACY
The Bank has adequate internal controls and processes in place with respect to its financial statements which provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements. These controls and processes are driven through various policies, procedures and certifications. The processes and controls are reviewed periodically. The Bank has a mechanism of testing the controls at regular intervals for their design and operating effectiveness to ascertain the reliability and authenticity of financial information.
DISCLOSURE UNDER FOREIGN EXCHANGE MANAGEMENT ACT, 1999
The Bank has obtained a certificate from its statutory auditors that it is in compliance with the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 provisions with respect to investments made in its consolidated subsidiaries and associates during fiscal 2019.
RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
The Bank undertakes various transactions with related parties in the ordinary course of business. The Bank has a Board approved policy on Related Party Transactions, which has been disclosed on the website of the Bank at (https://www.icicibank.com/aboutus/ other-policies.page?#toptitle). The Bank also has a Board approved Group Arms Length Policy which requires transactions with the group companies to be at arms length. The transactions between the Bank and its related parties, during the year ended March 31, 2019, were in the ordinary course of business and based on the principles of arms length. The details of material related party transactions at an aggregate level for the year ended March 31, 2019 are given in Annexure B.
The extract of Annual Return in Form No. MGT 9 is annexed herewith as Annexure C. The Annual Return in Form No. MGT 7 will be hosted on the website of the Bank at https://www.icicibank.com/aboutus/annual.html.
BUSINESS RESPONSIBILITY REPORTING
The Business Responsibility Report as stipulated under Regulation 34 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 will be hosted on the website of the Bank at https://www.icicibank.com/aboutus/annual.html. Any Member interested in obtaining a physical copy of the same may write to the Company Secretary of the Bank.
The Bank has sought to adopt the principles of the International Integrated Reporting Framework as developed by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) in its Annual Report for fiscal 2019. For accessing the Integrated Report, please refer to the Annual Report 2018-2019 hosted on the website of the Bank at https://www.icicibank.com/aboutus/annual.html.
RISK MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK
The Banks risk management framework is based on a clear understanding of various risks, disciplined risk assessment and measurement procedures and continuous monitoring. The policies and procedures established for this purpose are continuously benchmarked with international best practices. The Board of Directors has oversight on all the risks assumed by the Bank. Specific Committees have been constituted to facilitate focussed oversight of various risks, as follows:
The Risk Committee of the Board reviews risk management policies of the Bank pertaining to credit, market, liquidity, operational and outsourcing risks and business continuity management. The Committee also reviews the Risk Appetite and Enterprise Risk Management frameworks, Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (ICAAP) and stress testing. The stress testing framework includes a range of Bank-specific, market (systemic) and combined scenarios. The ICAAP exercise covers the domestic and overseas operations of the Bank, banking subsidiaries and non-banking subsidiaries. The Committee reviews migration to the advanced approaches under Basel II and implementation of Basel III, risk return profile of the Bank and the activities of the Asset Liability Management Committee. The Committee reviews the level and direction of major risks pertaining to credit, market, liquidity, operational, technology, compliance, group, management and capital at risk as a part of the risk dashboard. In addition, the Committee has oversight on risks of subsidiaries covered under the Group Risk Management Framework. The Risk Committee also reviews the Liquidity Contingency Plan for the Bank and the various thresholds set out in the Plan.
The Credit Committee of the Board, apart from sanctioning credit proposals based on the Banks credit approval authorisation framework, reviews developments in key industrial sectors and the Banks exposure to these sectors as well as to large borrower accounts and borrower groups. The Credit Committee also reviews major credit portfolios, non-performing loans, accounts under watch, overdues and incremental sanctions.
The Audit Committee of the Board provides direction to and monitors the quality of the internal audit function, oversees the financial reporting process and also monitors compliance with inspection and audit reports of RBI, other regulators and statutory auditors.
The Asset Liability Management Committee provides guidance for management of liquidity of the overall Bank and management of interest rate risk in the banking book within the broad parameters laid down by the Board of Directors/Risk Committee.
Summaries of reviews conducted by these Committees are reported to the Board on a regular basis. Policies approved from time to time by the Board of Directors/Committees of the Board form the governing framework for each type of risk. The business activities are undertaken within this policy framework. Independent groups and subgroups have been constituted across the Bank to facilitate independent evaluation, monitoring and reporting of various risks. These groups function independently of the business groups/subgroups. The Bank has dedicated groups, namely, the Risk Management Group, Compliance Group, Corporate Legal Group, Internal Audit Group and the Financial Crime Prevention & Reputation Risk Management Group, with a mandate to identify, assess and monitor all of the Banks principal risks in accordance with well-defined policies and procedures. The Risk Management Group is further organised into the Credit Risk Management Group, Market Risk Management Group, Operational Risk Management Group and Information Security Group. The Chief Risk Officer (CRO) reports to the Risk Committee constituted by the Board which reviews risk management policies of the Bank. The CRO, for administrative purpose reports to President. The above mentioned groups are independent of all business operations and coordinate with representatives of the business units to implement the Banks risk management policies and methodologies. The Internal Audit and Compliance groups are responsible to the Audit Committee of the Board.
INFORMATION REQUIRED UNDER THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF WOMEN AT WORKPLACE (PREVENTION, PROHIBITION & REDRESSAL) ACT, 2013
The Bank has a policy against sexual harassment and a formal process for dealing with complaints of harassment or discrimination. The said policy is in line with the requirements of the Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013. The Bank has complied with provisions relating to the constitution of Internal Complaints Committee under the said Act.
Pursuant to the amendment to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, the details pertaining to number of complaints during the year has been provided below: a) number of complaints filed during the financial year: 59 b) number of complaints disposed off during the financial year: 59 c) number of complaints pending1 at end of the financial year: Nil
1 Complaints that are open beyond the applicable turnaround time (90 days). All complaints received during FY2019 have been closed within the applicable turnaround time.
The corporate governance framework at ICICI Bank is based on an effective independent Board, the separation of the Boards supervisory role from the executive management and the constitution of Board Committees to oversee critical areas. At March 31, 2019, independent Directors constituted a majority on most of the Committees and most of the Committees were chaired by independent Directors.
I. PHILOSOPHY OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
ICICI Banks corporate governance philosophy encompasses regulatory and legal requirements, which aims at a high level of business ethics, effective supervision and enhancement of value for all stakeholders.
The Bank has formulated a Whistle-Blower Policy, which is periodically reviewed. The policy comprehensively provides an opportunity for any employee or director of the Bank to raise any issue concerning breaches of law, accounting policies or any act resulting in financial or reputation loss and misuse of office or suspected or actual fraud. The policy provides for a mechanism to report such concerns to the Audit Committee through specified channels. The policy has been periodically communicated to the employees and also posted on the Banks intranet. The Whistle-Blower Policy complies with the requirements of Vigil mechanism as stipulated under Section 177 of the Companies Act, 2013 and other applicable laws, rules and regulations. The details of establishment of the Whistle-Blower Policy/Vigil mechanism have been disclosed on the website of the Bank.
Code of Conduct as prescribed under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 2015
In accordance with the amendments to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 2015, the Bank has adopted the revised ICICI Bank Code on Prohibition of Insider Trading.
Group Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
The Group Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for Directors and employees of the ICICI Group aims at ensuring consistent standards of conduct and ethical business practices across the constituents of the ICICI Group. This Code is reviewed on an annual basis and the latest Code is available on the website of the Bank (www.icicibank.com). Pursuant to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, a confirmation from the Managing Director & CEO regarding compliance with the Code by all the Directors and senior management forms part of the Annual Report.
In accordance with the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, the Bank has formulated a Policy for determining Material Subsidiaries and the same has been hosted on the website of the Bank at (https://www.icicibank.com/aboutus/other- policies.page?#toptitle). At March 31, 2019, no subsidiary of the Bank qualifies as a material unlisted subsidiary as per the criteria stipulated in the regulations.
Familiarisation Programme for independent Directors
Independent Directors are familiarised with their roles, rights and responsibilities in the Bank as well as with the nature of the industry and the business model of the Bank through induction programmes at the time of their appointment as Directors and through presentations on economy & industry overview, key regulatory developments, strategy and performance which are made to the Directors from time to time. The details of the familiarisation programmes have been hosted on the website of the Bank and can be accessed on the link: (https://www.icicibank.com/aboutus/bod-1.page?).
In terms of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, the certification by the Managing Director & CEO and Chief Financial Officer on the financial statements and internal controls relating to financial reporting has been obtained.
Fees to statutory auditors
The details of fees pertaining to services provided by the statutory auditors and entities in the network firm/network entity of which the statutory auditors is a part, to ICICI Bank Limited and its subsidiaries during the year ended March 31, 2019 are given in the following table:
|Nature of service||Amount in र1|
|Certification and other audit related services||6,800,000|
1 Excludes taxes and out of pocket expenses.
Details of utilisation of funds
During the year under review, the Bank has not raised any funds through Preferential Allotment or Qualified Institutions Placement as specified under Regulation 32(7A) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015.
Recommendations of mandatory committees
All the recommendations made by the committees of the Board mandatorily required to be constituted by the Bank under the Companies Act, 2013 and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 were accepted by the Board.
Skills/expertise/competence of the Board of Directors
The Bank has identified the core skills/expertise/ competence of the Board of Directors as required under Section 10A(2)(a) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 in the context of its business(es) and the sectors(s) for it to function effectively and has been in compliance with the same.
The details of the core skills/expertise/competence possessed by the existing directors of the Bank is detailed as under:
|Name of Directors||Areas of expertise|
|Girish Chandra Chaturvedi||Banking, Economics, Business Management and Agriculture Sector|
|Rama Bijapurkar||Business Management and Marketing|
|Uday Chitale||Accounts, Finance and Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Specialist|
|Neelam Dhawan||Information Technology|
|S. Madhavan||Accountancy, Economics, Finance, Law, Information Technology, Human Resources, Risk Management, Business Management|
|Hari L. Mundra||Credit and Consumer Finance|
|Radhakrishnan Nair||Accountancy, Agriculture and Rural Economy, Banking, Law, Co-operation, Risk Management, Business Management Economics & Finance|
|B. Sriram||Banking and Finance|
|Lalit Kumar Chandel||Banking, Insurance, Capital Markets, External Assistance, Agriculture and Rural Development, Power, Irrigation and Health|
|Sandeep Bakhshi||Finance, Banking and Insurance|
|Vishakha Mulye||Finance and Banking|
|Anup Bagchi||Retail & Rural and Inclusive Banking|
Credit Rating as on March 31, 2019
Foreign currency denominated instrument ratings
|Senior unsecured medium term notes||Baa3||BBB-||-|
|Senior unsecured medium term notes issued under Tokyo pro-bond||-||-||BBB+|
|Certificate of Deposits||P-3||-||-|
Rupee denominated instrument ratings
|Tier II bonds (Basel III)||CARE AAA||[ICRA]AAA||-|
|Additional Tier 1 bonds (Basel III)||CARE AA+||[ICRA]AA+||CRISIL AA+|
|Unsecured redeemable bonds||CARE AAA||[ICRA]AAA||-|
|Upper Tier II bonds||CARE AAA||-||CRISIL AAA|
|Lower Tier II bonds1||CARE AAA||[ICRA]AAA||-|
|Long-term bonds issued by erstwhile ICICI Limited||CARE AAA||[ICRA]AAA||CRISIL AAA|
|Certificate of Deposits||CARE A1+||[ICRA]A1+||-|
|Fixed deposits||CARE AAA||MAAA||-|
1 Includes Lower Tier II bonds issued by erstwhile The Bank of Rajasthan Limited.
Moodys: Moodys Investors Services S&P: S&P Global Ratings JCRA: Japan Credit Rating Agency, Limited CARE: CARE Ratings Limited, India ICRA: ICRA Limited, India CRISIL: CRISIL Limited, India
During the year under review, there were no revisions in the credit ratings obtained by the Bank. During the year, the Bank sought a rating from CRISIL Limited for its Additional Tier 1 bonds which were rated CRISIL AA+.
DIVIDEND DISTRIBUTION POLICY
In accordance with Regulation 43A of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, the Bank has formulated a Dividend Distribution Policy and the same is annexed herewith as Annexure D. The Policy is hosted on the website of the Bank and can be viewed at (https://www.icicibank.com/aboutus /other-policies.page?#toptitle).
CERTIFICATE FROM A COMPANY SECRETARY IN PRACTICE
In terms of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, the Bank has obtained a Certificate from a Company Secretary in practice that none of the directors on the Board of the Bank have been debarred or disqualified from being appointed or continuing as directors of companies by the Securities and Exchange Board of India/Ministry of Corporate Affairs or any such statutory authority. The Certificate of Company Secretary in practice is annexed herewith as Annexure E.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ICICI Bank has a broad-based Board of Directors, constituted in compliance with the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, the Companies Act, 2013 and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 and in accordance with good corporate governance practices. The Board functions either as a full Board or through various committees constituted to oversee specific operational areas. The Board has constituted various committees, namely, Audit Committee, Board Governance, Remuneration & Nomination Committee, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Credit Committee, Customer Service Committee, Fraud Monitoring Committee, Information Technology Strategy Committee, Risk Committee, Stakeholders Relationship Committee and Review Committee for Identification of Wilful Defaulters/Non Co-operative Borrowers. There were eighteen meetings of the Board during the year April 2, May 2, May 7, May 8, May 15, May 17, May 29, June 13, June 18, June 27, June 29, July 27, September 18, October 4 and October 26 in 2018 and January 14, January 30 and February 22 in 2019.
There were no inter se relationships between any of the Directors.
The names of the Directors, their attendance at Board Meetings during the year, attendance at the last AGM and details of other directorships and board committee memberships held by them at March 31, 2019 are set out in the following table:
|Number of directorships|
|Name of Director||Board Meetings attended during the year||Attendance at last AGM (September 12, 2018)||of other Indian public limited companies||of other Indian companies||Names of the other listed entity where a person is a director and category of directorship||Number of other committee1 memberships|
|G. C. Chaturvedi (Director w.e.f. July 1, 2018, Chairman w.e.f. July 17, 2018) (DIN: 00110996)||7/7||Present||2||-||1) Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited (NED)||1(1)|
|2) IL & FS Energy Development Company Limited (Chairman, NED)|
|M. K. Sharma (Chairman upto close of business hours on June 30, 2018) (DIN: 00327684)||11/11||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.|
|Dileep Choksi (upto March 31, 2019) (DIN: 00016322)||17/18||Present||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.|
|Hari L. Mundra (w.e.f. October 26, 2018) (DIN: 00287029)||2/3||N.A.||2||-||1) Allcargo Logistics Limited (ID)||3(1)|
|M. D. Mallya (w.e.f. May 29, 2018 and upto October 4, 2018) (DIN: 01804955)||0/7||Absent||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.|
|Neelam Dhawan2 (DIN: 00871445)||14/18||Present||-||-||-||-|
|Radhakrishnan Nair (w.e.f. May 2, 2018) (DIN: 07225354)||16/16||Present||7||1||1) ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Limited (ID)||2|
|2) Geojit Financial Services Limited (ID)|
|3) ICICI Securities Primary Dealership Limited (ID)|
|Rama Bijapurkar||2/2||N.A.||3||2||1) Nestle India Limited (ID)||3(2)|
|(w.e.f. January 14, 2019) (DIN: 00001835)||2) Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited (ID)|
|3) Emami Limited (ID)|
|B. Sriram (w.e.f. January 14, 2019) (DIN: 02993708)||2/2||N.A.||-||-||-||-|
|Tushaar Shah (upto close of business hours on May 2, 2018) (DIN: 03055738)||1/2||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.||N.A||N.A.|
|Uday Chitale (DIN: 00043268)||18/18||Present||4||1||1) ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited (ID)||4(1)|
|2) India Infradebt Limited (ID)|
|V. K. Sharma (upto March 31, 2019) (DIN : 02449088)||8/18||Absent||N.A.||N.A.||N.A||N.A.|
|Government Nominee Directors|
|Amit Agrawal (upto April 5, 2018) (DIN: 07117013)||0/1||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.|
|Lalit Kumar Chandel (w.e.f. December 4, 2018) (DIN: 00182667)||0/3||N.A.||1||-||1) National Insurance Company Limited (Government Nominee Director)||-|
|Lok Ranjan (w.e.f. April 5, 2018 and upto December 4, 2018) (DIN: 07791967)||0/14||Absent||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.|
|Managing Director & CEO / Wholetime Directors|
|Anup Bagchi (DIN: 00105962)||17/18||Present||5||-||1) ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Limited (NED)||1|
|2) ICICI Securities Limited (NED)|
|3) ICICI Home Finance Company Limited (Chairman, NED)|
|Chanda Kochhar (upto close of business hours on October 4, 2018) (DIN: 00043617)||8/14||Absent||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.|
|N. S. Kannan (upto close of business hours on June 18, 2018) (DIN: 00066009)||8/9||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.||N.A.|
|Sandeep Bakhshi (Wholetime Director w.e.f. July 31, 2018, Managing Director & CEO w.e.f. October 15, 2018) (DIN: 00109206)||6/6||Present||-||-||-||-|
|Vijay Chandok (upto May 6, 2019) (DIN: 01545262)||17/18||Present||1||-||-||-|
|Vishakha Mulye (DIN: 00203578)||15/18||Present||1||-||1) ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited (NED)||-|
Independent Director (ID) Non-Executive Director (NED)
1 Includes only chairpersonship/membership of Audit Committee and Stakeholders Relationship Committee of other Indian public limited companies. Figures in parentheses indicate committee chairpersonships.
2 Participated in three Meetings through video-conference and one Meeting through tele-conference.
The terms of reference of the Board Committees as mentioned earlier, their composition and attendance of the respective Members at the various Committee Meetings held during fiscal 2019 are set out below:
II. AUDIT COMMITTEE
Terms of Reference
The Audit Committee provides direction to the audit function and monitors the quality of internal and statutory audit. The responsibilities of the Audit Committee include examining the financial statements and auditors report and overseeing the financial reporting process to ensure fairness, sufficiency and credibility of financial statements, review of the quarterly and annual financial statements before submission to the Board, review of managements discussion & analysis, recommendation of appointment, terms of appointment, remuneration and removal of central and branch statutory auditors and chief internal auditor, approval of payment to statutory auditors for other permitted services rendered by them, reviewing and monitoring with the management the auditors independence and the performance and effectiveness of the audit process, approval of transactions with related parties or any subsequent modifications, review of statement of significant related party transactions, utilisation of loans and/or advances from/investment by the Bank in its subsidiaries, review of functioning of the Whistle-Blower Policy, review of the adequacy of internal control systems and the internal audit function, review of compliance with inspection and audit reports and reports of statutory auditors, review of the findings of internal investigations, review of management letters/letters on internal control weaknesses issued by statutory auditors, reviewing with the management the statement of uses/application of funds raised through an issue (public issue, rights issue, preferential issue, etc.), the statement of funds utilised for the purposes other than those stated in the offer document/prospectus/notice and the report submitted by the monitoring agency, monitoring the utilisation of proceeds of a public or rights issue and making appropriate recommendations to the Board to take steps in this matter, discussion on the scope of audit with external auditors, examination of reasons for substantial defaults, if any, in payment to stakeholders, valuation of undertakings or assets, evaluation of risk management systems and scrutiny of inter-corporate loans and investments. The Audit Committee is also empowered to appoint/oversee the work of any registered public accounting firm, establish procedures for receipt and treatment of complaints received regarding accounting and auditing matters and engage independent counsel as also provide for appropriate funding for compensation to be paid to any firm/advisors. In addition, the Audit Committee also exercises oversight on the regulatory compliance function of the Bank. The Audit Committee is also empowered to approve the appointment of the Chief Financial Officer (i.e., the wholetime Finance Director or any other person heading the finance function or discharging that function) after assessing the qualifications, experience and background, etc. of the candidate.
There were seventeen Meetings of the Committee during the year April 20, April 26, May 7, June 6, June 28, July 12, July 18, July 26, July 27, July 30, October 22 and October 26 in 2018 and January 28, January 29, January 30, February 22 and March 7 in 2019. The details of the composition of the Committee and attendance at its Meetings held during the year are set out in the following table:
|Name of Member||Number of meetings attended|
|Uday Chitale, Chairman||17/17|
|Dileep Choksi*, Alternate Chairman||15/17|
|Radhakrishnan Nair (w.e.f. May 3, 2018)||15/15|
|Tushaar Shah (upto May 2, 2018)||0/2|
* Participated in one Meeting through tele-conference.
Upon completion of his tenure as a Director, Dileep Choksi ceased to be a Member of the Committee with effect from April 1, 2019. The Board on April 14, 2019 reconstituted the Committee pursuant to which S. Madhavan, independent Director, was inducted a Member of the Committee with immediate effect.
III. BOARD GOVERNANCE, REMUNERATION & NOMINATION COMMITTEE
Terms of Reference
The functions of the Committee include recommending appointments of Directors to the Board, identifying persons who are qualified to become Directors and who may be appointed in senior management in accordance with the criteria laid down and recommending to the Board their appointment and removal, formulate a criteria for the evaluation of the performance of the Wholetime/Independent Directors and the Board and to extend or continue the term of appointment of independent Directors on the basis of the report of performance evaluation of independent Directors, recommending to the Board a policy relating to the remuneration for the Directors, key managerial personnel and other employees, recommending to the Board the remuneration (including performance bonus and perquisites) to wholetime Directors and senior management personnel. Recommending commission and fee payable to non-executive Directors subject to applicable regulations, approving the policy for and quantum of bonus payable to the members of the staff including senior management and key managerial personnel, formulating the criteria for determining qualifications, positive attributes and independence of a Director, framing policy on Board diversity, framing guidelines for the Employees Stock Option Scheme (ESOS) and decide on the grant of stock options to employees and wholetime Directors of the Bank and its subsidiary companies.
There were twelve Meetings of the Committee during the year May 7, May 29, June 18, June 27, June 29, July 27, September 18, October 4 and October 26 in 2018 and January 14, January 30 and March 20 in 2019. The details of the composition of the Committee and attendance at its Meetings held during the year are set out in the following table:
|Name of Member||Number of meetings attended|
|Neelam Dhawan, Chairperson (Chairperson w.e.f. July 1, 2018)||7/7|
|Dileep Choksi (Chairman w.e.f. May 3, 2018 and upto June 30, 2018, Member upto January 14, 2019)||10/10|
|Tushaar Shah1 (Chairman and Member upto May 2, 2018)||-|
|G. C. Chaturvedi2 (w.e.f. July 27, 2018)||6/6|
|M. K. Sharma (upto June 30, 2018)||5/5|
|Rama Bijapurkar (w.e.f. January 14, 2019)||2/2|
|B. Sriram (w.e.f. January 14, 2019)||2/2|
|V. K. Sharma (upto January 14, 2019)||6/10|
1 No Meetings were held during his tenure.
2 Participated in one Meeting through video-conference.
Policy/Criteria for Directors Appointment
The Bank with the approval of its Board Governance, Remuneration & Nomination Committee (Committee) has put in place a policy on Directors appointment and remuneration including criteria for determining qualifications, positive attributes and independence of a Director as well as a policy on Board diversity. The policy has been framed based on the broad principles as outlined hereinafter. The Committee would evaluate the composition of the Board and vacancies arising in the Board from time to time. The Committee while recommending candidature of a Director would consider the special knowledge or expertise possessed by the candidate as required under Banking Regulation Act, 1949. The Committee would assess the fit and proper credentials of the candidate and the companies/entities with which the candidate is associated either as a director or otherwise and as to whether such association is permissible under RBI guidelines and the internal norms adopted by the Bank. For the above assessment, the Committee would be guided by the guidelines issued by RBI in this regard. The Committee will also evaluate the prospective candidate for the position of a Director from the perspective of the criteria for independence prescribed under Companies Act, 2013 as well as the listing regulations. For a non-executive Director to be classified as independent he/she must satisfy the criteria of independence as prescribed and sign a declaration of independence. The Committee will review the same and determine the independence of a Director.
The Committee based on the above assessments will make suitable recommendations on the appointment of Directors to the Board.
The Compensation Policy of the Bank is in line with the RBI circular dated January 13, 2012 and is in compliance with the requirements for the Remuneration Policy as prescribed under the Companies Act, 2013. The Policy is divided into the segments, Part A, Part B and Part C where Part A covers the requirements for wholetime Directors & employees pursuant to RBI guidelines, Part B relates to compensation to non-executive Directors (except part-time non-executive Chairman) and Part C relates to compensation to part-time non-executive Chairman. The Compensation/Remuneration Policy is available on the website of the Bank under the link (https://www.icicibank.com/aboutus/ other-policies.page?#toptitle). Further details with respect to the Compensation Policy are provided under the section titled "Compensation Policy and Practices".
The remuneration payable to non-executive/ independent Directors is governed by the provisions of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, RBI guidelines issued from time to time and the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and related rules to the extent it is not inconsistent with the provisions of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949/RBI guidelines. The remuneration for the non-executive/independent Directors (other than Government Nominee Director) would be sitting fee for attending each Meeting of the Committee/Board as approved by the Board. The Members at their Meeting held on July 11, 2016 approved the payment of profit related commission upto र 1,000,000 per annum to each non-executive Director of the Bank (other than part-time Chairman and the Government Nominee Director).
For the non-executive Chairman, the remuneration, in addition to sitting fee includes such fixed payments as may be recommended by the Board and approved by the Members and RBI, maintaining a Chairmans office at the Banks expense, bearing expenses for travel on official visits and participation in various forums (both in India and abroad) as Chairman of the Bank and bearing travel/halting/other expenses and allowances for attending to duties as Chairman of the Bank and any other modes of remuneration as may be permitted by RBI through any circulars/guidelines as may be issued from time to time.
All the non-executive/independent Directors would be entitled to reimbursement of expenses for attending Board/Committee Meetings, official visits and participation in various forums on behalf of the Bank.
Performance evaluation of the Board, Committees and Directors
The Bank with the approval of its Board Governance, Remuneration & Nomination Committee has put in place an evaluation framework for evaluation of the Board, Directors, Chairperson and Committees. The evaluations for the Directors, the Board, Chairman of the Board and the Committees is carried out through circulation of four different questionnaires, for the Directors, for the Board, for the Chairperson of the Board and the Committees respectively. The performance of the Board is assessed on select parameters related to roles, responsibilities and obligations of the Board, relevance of Board discussions, attention to strategic issues, performance on key areas, providing feedback to executive management and 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 evaluation criteria for the Directors is based on their participation, contribution and offering guidance to and understanding of the areas which were relevant to them in their capacity as members of the Board. The evaluation criteria for the Chairperson of the Board besides the general criteria adopted for assessment of all Directors, focuses incrementally on leadership abilities, effective management of meetings and preservation of interest of stakeholders. The evaluation of the Committees is based on assessment of the clarity with which the mandate of the Committee is defined, effective discharge of terms and reference of the Committees and assessment of effectiveness of contribution of the Committees deliberation/recommendations to the functioning/decisions of the Board. The overall performance evaluation process for fiscal 2019 was completed to the satisfaction of the Board. The Board of Directors also identified specific action points arising out of the overall evaluation which would be executed as directed by the Board.
The evaluation process for wholetime Directors is further detailed under the section titled "Compensation Policy and Practices".
Details of Remuneration paid to Executive Directors
The Board Governance, Remuneration & Nomination Committee determines and recommends to the Board the amount of remuneration, including performance bonus and perquisites, payable to the wholetime Directors.
The following table sets out the details of remuneration (including perquisites and retiral benefits) paid to Directors in fiscal 2019:
|Sandeep Bakhshi1 2018-19||Vishakha Mulye 2018-19||Anup Bagchi 2018-19||Vijay Chandok 2018-19|
|Allowances and perquisites 2||2,24,38,936||2,06,13,574||2,05,42,265||1,87,75,761|
|Contribution to provident fund||26,54,403||27,96,237||25,28,094||25,28,094|
|Contribution to superannuation fund||0||34,95,300||0||31,60,120|
|Contribution to gratuity fund||18,42,599||19,41,053||17,54,918||17,54,918|
1 Sandeep Bakhshi assumed office as Chief Operating Officer (Designate) effective June 19, 2018. RBI approved his appointment as Wholetime Director designated as Chief Operating Officer effective July 31, 2018. He was subsequently appointed as Managing Director & CEO as per RBI approval effective October 15, 2018. The above is his part year salary.
2 Allowances and perquisites exclude stock options exercised during fiscal 2019 which does not constitute remuneration paid to the wholetime Directors for fiscal 2019.
3 The performance bonus and ESOPs payable in fiscal 2019 (pertaining to fiscal 2018) is pending RBI approvals.
4 Remuneration paid to following Directors not included above
(a) Chanda Kochhar was with the Bank till October 4, 2018. Basic, allowances & perquisites and retirals paid during the year are
र 15,665,561, र 56,576,012 and र 3,184,807 respectively. These include amount pertaining to full and final settlement given to Kochhar in October 2018.
(b) N.S. Kannan was with the Bank till June 18, 2018. Basic, allowances & perquisites and retirals paid during the year are र 5,048,758,
र 5,711,859 and र 1,783,728 respectively.
Perquisites (evaluated as per Income-tax rules wherever applicable and otherwise at actual cost to the Bank) such as the benefit of the Banks furnished accommodation, gas, electricity, water and furnishings, club fees, group insurance, use of car and telephone at residence or reimbursement of expenses in lieu thereof, medical reimbursement, leave and leave travel concession, education benefits, provident fund, superannuation fund and gratuity, were provided in accordance with the scheme(s) and rule(s) applicable from time to time. In line with the staff loan policy applicable to specified grades of employees who fulfill prescribed eligibility criteria to avail loans for purchase of residential property, the wholetime Directors are also eligible for housing loans subject to approval of RBI. The stock options for fiscal 2018 are awaiting approvals from the RBI. The options shall vest in a graded manner over a three year period, with 30%, 30% and 40% of the grant vesting in each year, commencing from the end of 12 months from the date of the grant. The options so vested are to be exercised within 5 years from the date of vesting.
Sandeep Bakhshi was appointed as Managing Director & CEO with effect from October 15, 2018 as per the RBI approval. The Bank does not pay any severance fees to its Managing Director & CEO or to its wholetime Directors. The tenure of the office of Managing Director & CEO and the wholetime Directors of the Bank is 5 years, subject to approval of RBI and the Members. The notice period for each of them, as specified in their respective terms of appointments is 2 months in addition to gardening leave.
Details of Remuneration paid to non-executive Directors
The Board of Directors have approved the payment of र 1,00,000 as sitting fee for each Meeting of the Board and Audit Committee and र 50,000 as sitting fee for each Meeting of the Committee attended other than the Audit Committee.
RBI has approved the appointment of G. C. Chaturvedi as Non-Executive (part-time) Chairman of the Bank for a period from July 17, 2018 till June 30, 2021 on a fixed remuneration of र 3,500,000 per annum. Information on the total sitting fees and commission paid to each non-executive Director during fiscal 2019 is set out in the following table:
|Name of Director||Sitting Fees||Commission1|
|G.C. Chaturvedi2, 8||11,00,000||-|
|M. K. Sharma3||18,50,000||-|
|Dileep C. Choksi8||46,50,000||10,00,000|
|Hari L. Mundra5||7,00,000||-|
|V. K. Sharma||13,00,000||10,00,000|
|M. D. Mallya7||-||-|
1 Commission pertaining to fiscal 2018, paid in fiscal 2019.
2 w.e.f. July 1, 2018 3 upto June 30, 2018 4 w.e.f. January 14, 2019 5 w.e.f. October 26, 2018 6 upto May 2, 2018
7 w.e.f. May 29, 2018 and upto October 4, 2018
8 The independent Directors were paid sitting fees for its meeting held on September 12, 2018.
In fiscal 2019, a gross amount of र 24,74,465 was paid as remuneration for the period July 17, 2018 to March 31, 2019 to G. C. Chaturvedi and a gross amount of र 40,83,334 was paid as remuneration for the period May 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 to M. K. Sharma.
Government Nominee Director is only entitled to reimbursement of expenses for attending Board/ Committee Meetings.
Details of shares/convertible instruments held by existing Non-Executive Directors:
As on March 31, 2019, Rama Bijapurkar and Lalit Kumar Chandel held 2,600 and 6 equity shares of र 2 each respectively. Further, S. Madhavan held 1,600 equity shares of र 2 each as on the date of his appointment i.e. April 14, 2019.
Remuneration disclosures as required under RBI guidelines
The RBI circular DBOD No. BC. 72/29.67.001/2011-12 on "Compensation of wholetime Directors/Chief Executive Officers/Risk takers and Control function staff etc." requires the Bank to make following disclosures on remuneration on an annual basis in their Annual Report:
COMPENSATION POLICY AND PRACTICES
(A) Qualitative Disclosures a) Information relating to the bodies that oversee remuneration.
Name, composition and mandate of the main body overseeing remuneration
The Board Governance, Remuneration and Nomination Committee (BGRNC/Committee) is the body which oversees the remuneration aspects. The functions of the Committee include recommending appointments of Directors to the Board, identifying persons who are qualified to become Directors and who may be appointed in senior management in accordance with the criteria laid down and recommending to the Board their appointment and removal; formulate a criteria for the evaluation of the performance of the whole time/ independent Directors and the Board and to extend or continue the term of appointment of independent Director on the basis of the report of performance evaluation of independent Directors, recommending to the Board a policy relating to the remuneration for the Directors, Key Managerial Personnel and other employees, recommending to the Board the remuneration (including performance bonus and perquisites) to wholetime Directors (WTDs) and senior management, commission and fee payable to non- executive Directors subject to applicable regulations, approving the policy for and quantum of bonus payable to members of the staff including senior management and key managerial personnel, formulating the criteria for determining qualifications, positive attributes and independence of a Director, framing policy on Board diversity, framing guidelines for the Employee Stock Option Scheme (ESOS) and decide on the grant of the Banks stock options to employees and WTDs of the Bank and its subsidiary companies.
External consultants whose advice has been sought, the body by which they were commissioned, and in what areas of the remuneration process
The Bank employed the services of a reputed consulting firm for market benchmarking in the area of compensation, including executive compensation.
Scope of the Banks remuneration policy (e.g. by regions, business lines), including the extent to which it is applicable to foreign subsidiaries and branches
The Compensation Policy of the Bank, as last reviewed by the BGRNC and the Board at their meeting held on May 7, 2018, pursuant to the guidelines issued by RBI, covers all employees of the Bank, including those in overseas branches of the Bank. In addition to the Banks Compensation Policy guidelines, the overseas branches also adhere to relevant local regulations.
Type of employees covered and number of such employees
All employees of the Bank are governed by the Compensation Policy. The total number of permanent employees of the Bank at March 31, 2019 was 84,922. b) Information relating to the design and structure of remuneration processes.
Key features and objectives of remuneration policy
The Bank has under the guidance of the Board and the BGRNC, followed compensation practices intended to drive meritocracy within the framework of prudent risk management. This approach has been incorporated in the Compensation Policy, the key elements of which are given below.
Effective governance of compensation: The BGRNC has oversight over compensation. The Committee defines Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for WTDs and equivalent positions and the organisational performance norms for bonus based on the financial and strategic plan approved by the Board. The KPIs include both quantitative and qualitative aspects. The BGRNC assesses organisational performance as well as the individual performance for WTDs and equivalent positions. Based on its assessment, it makes recommendations to the Board regarding compensation for WTDs, senior management and equivalent positions and bonus for employees, including senior management and key management personnel.
Alignment of compensation philosophy with prudent risk taking:
The Bank seeks to achieve a prudent mix of fixed and variable pay, with a higher proportion of variable pay at senior levels and no guaranteed bonuses. Compensation is sought to be aligned to both financial and non-financial indicators of performance including aspects like risk management and customer service. In addition, the Bank has an employee stock option scheme aimed at aligning compensation to Long-term performance through stock option grants that vest over a period of time. Compensation of staff in financial and risk control functions is independent of the business areas they oversee and depends on their performance assessment.
Whether the remuneration committee reviewed the firms remuneration policy during the past year, and if so, an overview of any changes that were made
During the year ended March 31, 2019, the Banks Compensation Policy was reviewed by the BGRNC and the Board at their meeting held on May 7, 2018. No changes were proposed in the compensation policy.
Discussion of how the Bank ensures that risk and compliance employees are remunerated independently of the businesses they oversee
The compensation of staff engaged in control functions like Risk and Compliance depends on their performance, which is based on achievement of the key results of their respective functions. Their goal sheets do not include any business targets. c) Description of the ways in which current and future risks are taken into account in the remuneration processes.
Overview of the key risks that the Bank takes into account when implementing remuneration measures
The Board approves the risk framework for the Bank and the business activities of the Bank are undertaken within this framework to achieve the financial plan. The risk framework includes the Banks risk appetite, limits framework and policies and procedures governing various types of risk. KPIs of WTDs & equivalent positions, as well as employees, incorporate relevant risk management related aspects. For example, in addition to performance targets in areas such as risk calibrated core operating profit (profit before provisions and tax, excluding treasury income), performance indicators include aspects such as asset quality. The BGRNC takes into consideration all the above aspects while assessing organisational and individual performance and making compensation-related recommendations to the Board.
Overview of the nature and type of key measures used to take account of these risks, including risk difficult to measure
The annual performance targets and performance evaluation incorporate both qualitative and quantitative aspects including asset quality, refinement/improvement of the risk management framework, effective management of stakeholder relationships and mentoring key members of the top and senior management.
Discussion of the ways in which these measures affect remuneration
Every year, the financial plan/targets are formulated in conjunction with a risk framework with limit structures for various areas of risk/lines of business, within which the Bank operates to achieve the financial plan. To ensure effective alignment of compensation with prudent risk taking, the BGRNC takes into account adherence to the risk framework in conjunction with which the financial plan/targets have been formulated. KPIs of WTDs and equivalent positions, as well as employees, incorporate relevant risk management related aspects. For example, in addition to performance targets in areas such as risk calibrated core operating profit, performance indicators include aspects such as asset quality. The BGRNC takes into consideration all the above aspects while assessing organisational and individual performance and making compensation-related recommendations to the Board.
Discussion of how the nature and type of these measures have changed over the past year and reasons for the changes, as well as the impact of changes on remuneration.
The nature and type of these measures have not changed over the past year and hence, there is no impact on remuneration.
d) Description of the ways in which the Bank seeks to link performance during a performance measurement period with levels of remuneration
Overview of main performance metrics for Bank, top level business lines and individuals
The main performance metrics include risk calibrated core operating profit (profit before provisions and tax, excluding treasury income) asset quality metrics (such as additions to non-performing loans and recoveries & upgrades), compliance with regulatory norms, refinement of risk management processes and customer service. The specific metrics and weightages for various metrics vary with the role and level of the individual.
Discussion of how amounts of individual remuneration are linked to the Bank-wide and individual performance
The BGRNC takes into consideration above mentioned aspects while assessing performance and making compensation-related recommendations to the Board regarding the performance assessment of WTDs and equivalent positions. The performance assessment of individual employees is undertaken based on achievements compared to their goal sheets, which incorporate various aspects/metrics described earlier.
Discussion of the measures the Bank will in general implement to adjust remuneration in the event that performance metrics are weak, including the Banks criteria for determining weak performance metrics
The Banks Compensation Policy outlines the measures the Bank will implement in the event of a reasonable evidence of deterioration in financial performance. Should such an event occur in the manner outlined in the policy, the BGRNC may decide to apply malus on none, part or all of the unvested deferred variable compensation.
e) Description of the ways in which the Bank seeks to adjust remuneration to take account of the longer term performance
Discussion of the Banks policy on deferral and vesting of variable remuneration and, if the fraction of variable remuneration that is deferred differs across employees or groups of employees, a description of the factors that determine the fraction and their relative importance
The quantum of bonus for an employee does not exceed a certain percentage (as stipulated in the compensation policy) of the total fixed pay in a year. Within this percentage, if the quantum of bonus exceeds a predefined threshold percentage of the total fixed pay, a part of the bonus is deferred and paid over a period. These thresholds for deferrals are same across employees.
Discussion of the Banks policy and criteria for adjusting deferred remuneration before vesting and (if permitted by national law) after vesting through claw back arrangements
The deferred portion of variable pay is subject to malus, under which the Bank would prevent vesting of all or part of the variable pay in the event of an enquiry determining gross negligence, breach of integrity or in the event of a reasonable evidence of deterioration in financial performance. In such cases, variable pay already paid out may also be subjected to clawback arrangements, as applicable. f) Description of the different forms of variable remuneration that the Bank utilises and the rationale for using these different forms
Overview of the forms of variable remuneration offered. A discussion of the use of different forms of variable remuneration and, if the mix of different forms of variable remuneration differs across employees or group of employees, a description of the factors that determine the mix and their relative importance
The Bank pays performance linked retention pay (PLRP) to its front-line staff and junior management and performance bonus to its middle and senior management. PLRP aims to reward front line and junior managers, mainly on the basis of skill maturity attained through experience and continuity in role which is a key differentiator for customer service. The Bank also pays variable pay to sales officers and relationship managers in wealth management roles while ensuring that such pay-outs are in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements. The Bank ensures higher proportion of variable pay at senior levels and lower variable pay for front-line staff and junior management levels.
(B) Quantitative disclosures
The following table sets forth, for the period indicated, the details of quantitative disclosure for remuneration of WTDs (including MD & CEO) and equivalent positions. र in million, except numbers
|Particulars||Year ended March 31, 2019||Year ended March 31, 2018|
|Number of meetings held by the BGRNC||12||7|
|Remuneration paid to its members during the financial year (sitting fees)||1.9||0.3|
|Number of employees who received a variable remuneration award||-||4|
|Number and total amount of sign-on awards made||-||-|
|Number and total amount of guaranteed bonuses awarded||-||-|
|Details of severance pay, in addition to accrued benefits||-||-|
|Breakdown of amount of remuneration awards for the financial year|
|Particulars||Year ended March 31, 2019||Year ended March 31, 2018|
|Total amount of deferred remuneration paid out during the year||-||6.1|
|Total amount of outstanding deferred remuneration||-||-|
|Total amount of outstanding deferred remuneration and retained remuneration exposed to ex-post explicit and/or implicit adjustments||-||-|
|Total amount of reductions during the year due to ex-post explicit adjustments4||-||-|
|Total amount of reductions during the year due to ex-post implicit adjustments||-||-|
1 Fixed pay includes basic salary, supplementary allowances, superannuation, contribution to provident fund and gratuity fund by the Bank. The amounts mentioned in the above table corresponds to the period of employment of WTDs/ President in the Bank during the year ended March 31, 2019.
2 For the years ended March 31, 2019 and March 31, 2018, variable and share-linked instruments represent amounts paid/options awarded for the years ended March 31, 2018 and March 31, 2017 respectively, as per RBI approvals.
3 Includes stock options granted to MD & CEO and President during their employment with the group company.
4 Excludes र 74.1 million variable pay to the former MD & CEO for past years which has been directed for claw-back.
Disclosures required with respect to Section 197(12) of the Companies Act, 2013
The ratio of the remuneration of each Director to the median employees remuneration and such other details in terms of Section 197(12) of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 5 of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014 and as amended from time to time.
(i) The ratio of the remuneration of each director to the median remuneration of the employees of the Company for the financial year;
|Sandeep Bakhshi, Managing Director & CEO1||118:1|
1 Sandeep Bakhshi was appointed as MD & CEO effective October 15, 2018 as per the RBI approval. Annualised remuneration has been used for computation of ratios.
(ii) The percentage increase in remuneration of each director, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Company Secretary or Manager, if any, in the financial year;
The percentage increase done with effect from April 1, 2018 in the remuneration of each Director, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary is provided below:
|Sandeep Bakhshi, Managing|
|Director & CEO1||NA|
|Vishakha Mulye, Executive Director||15%|
|Vijay Chandok, Executive Director||15%|
|Anup Bagchi, Executive Director||15%|
|Rakesh Jha, Chief Financial Officer||15%|
|Ranganath Athreya, Company Secretary||11%|
1 Sandeep Bakhshi was appointed as MD & CEO effective October 15, 2018 as per the RBI approval.
(iii) The percentage increase in the median remuneration of employees in the financial year;
The percentage increase in the median remuneration of employees in the financial year was around 9%.
(iv) The number of permanent employees on the rolls of company;
The number of employees, as mentioned in the section on Managements Discussion & Analysis is 86,763. Out of this, the employees on permanent rolls of the Company is 84,922, including employees in overseas locations.
(v) Average percentile increase already made in the salaries of employees other than the managerial personnel in the last financial year and its comparison with the percentile increase in the managerial remuneration and justification thereof and point out if there are any exceptional circumstances for increase in the managerial remuneration;
The average percentage increase made in the salaries of total employees other than the Key Managerial Personnel for FY2019 was around 9%, while the average increase in the remuneration of the Key Managerial Personnel was in the range of 11% to 15%.
(vi) Affirmation that the remuneration is as per the remuneration policy of the Company.
The independent Directors of the Bank, other than Chairman receive remuneration in the form of sitting fees and profit related commission. The Chairman receives sitting fees and remuneration as approved by the shareholders and RBI.
IV. CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMITTEE
Terms of Reference
The functions of the Committee include review of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives undertaken by the ICICI Group and the ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth, formulation and recommendation to the Board of a CSR Policy indicating the activities to be undertaken by the Company and recommendation of the amount of expenditure to be incurred on such activities, reviewing and recommending the annual CSR plan to the Board, making recommendations to the Board with respect to the CSR initiatives, policies and practices of the ICICI Group, monitoring the CSR activities, implementation and compliance with the CSR Policy and reviewing and implementing, if required, any other matter related to CSR initiatives as recommended/suggested by RBI or any other body.
There were three Meetings of the Committee during the year April 12, 2018, September 7, 2018 and January 16, 2019. The details of the composition of the Committee and attendance at its Meetings held during the year are set out in the following table:
|Name of Member||Number of meetings attended|
|Radhakrishnan Nair, Chairman (Member w.e.f. May 3, 2018 and Chairman w.e.f. July 1, 2018)||2/2|
|Dileep Choksi (Chairman w.e.f. May 3, 2018 and upto June 30, 2018)||1/3|
|Tushaar Shah (Chairman and Member upto May 2, 2018)||1/1|
|Amit Agrawal (upto April 5, 2018)1||-|
|Anup Bagchi (w.e.f. July 1, 2018)||2/2|
|Chanda Kochhar (upto October 4, 2018)||1/2|
Upon completion of his tenure as a Director, Dileep Choksi ceased to be a Member of the Committee with effect from April 1, 2019. The Board at its Meeting on May 6, 2019 reconstituted the Committee pursuant to which Rama Bijapurkar and Uday Chitale, independent Directors has been inducted as the Members of the Committee with effect from June 30, 2019.
Details about the policy developed and implemented by the Company on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives taken during the year.
ICICI Bank has a long-standing commitment towards socio-economic development. The Banks Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities are focussed in the areas of education, health, skill development for sustainable livelihoods, rural development and related activities including financial inclusion and financial literacy, and other activities as may be required towards fulfilling the CSR objectives. The activities are largely implemented either directly or through the ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth. The CSR policy has been hosted on the website of the Bank at https://www.icicibank.com/managed- assets/docs/about-us/ICICI-Bank-CSR-Policy.pdf. The Annual Report on the Banks CSR activities is annexed herewith as Annexure F.
V. CREDIT COMMITTEE
Terms of Reference
The functions of the Committee include review of developments in key industrial sectors, major credit portfolios and approval of credit proposals as per the authorisation approved by the Board.
There were thirty one Meetings of the Committee during the year. The details of the composition of the Committee and attendance at its Meetings held during the year are set out in the following table:
|Name of Member||Number of meetings attended|
|Sandeep Bakhshi, Chairman1 (Member w.e.f. July 31, 2018 and Chairman w.e.f. October 26, 2018)||17/20|
|M. K. Sharma (Chairman upto June 30, 2018)||7/7|
|Chanda Kochhar (upto October 4, 2018)||4/17|
|Hari L. Mundra2 (w.e.f. October 26, 2018)||9/11|
|M. D. Mallya (w.e.f. May 29, 2018 and upto October 4, 2018)||0/13|
|Radhakrishnan Nair3 (w.e.f. May 3, 2018)||29/29|
|Tushaar Shah (upto May 2, 2018)||1/2|
|Vishakha Mulye4 (w.e.f. July 1, 2018)||21/24|
1 Attended one meeting through video-conferencing
2 Attended one meeting through tele-conference
3 Attended three meetings through video-conferencing
4 Attended two meetings through video-conferencing and one through tele-conference.
The Chairperson was decided at each Meeting held during July 1, 2018 till October 25, 2018.
The Board at its Meeting on May 6, 2019 reconstituted the Committee pursuant to which Radhakrishnan Nair, independent Director ceases to be a Member of the Committee with effect from June 30, 2019, G. C. Chaturvedi, independent Director has been inducted as a Member with effect from June 30, 2019 and upto September 30, 2019, B. Sriram, independent Director has been inducted as a Member of the Committee with effect from October 1, 2019.
VI. CUSTOMER SERVICE COMMITTEE
Terms of Reference
The functions of this Committee include review of customer service initiatives, overseeing the functioning of the Customer Service Council and evolving innovative measures for enhancing the quality of customer service and improvement in the overall satisfaction level of customers.
There were five Meetings of the Committee during the year. The details of the composition of the Committee and attendance at its Meetings held during the year are set out in the following table:
|Name of Member||Number of meetings attended|
|Rama Bijapurkar, Chairperson (Chairperson w.e.f. January 14, 2019)||1/1|
|M. D. Mallya, (Chairman w.e.f. July 1, 2018 and upto October 4, 2018)||0/2|
|Tushaar Shah (Chairman and Member upto May 2, 2018)1||-|
|Uday Chitale (Chairman w.e.f. May 3, 2018 and upto June 30, 2018)2||5/5|
|Chanda Kochhar (upto October 4, 2018)||1/3|
|Neelam Dhawan (w.e.f. May 3, 2018)||5/5|
|Sandeep Bakhshi (w.e.f. July 31, 2018)||3/3|
1 No meetings were held during his tenure.
2 Also chaired the meeting held in November 2018.
The Board at its Meeting on May 6, 2019 reconstituted the Committee pursuant to which Uday Chitale, Neelam Dhawan, independent Directors ceases to be the Members of the Committee with effect from June 30, 2019 and Hari L. Mundra, independent Director has been inducted as a Member of the Committee with effect from June 30, 2019.
VII. FRAUD MONITORING COMMITTEE
Terms of Reference
The Committee monitors and reviews all the frauds involving an amount of र 10.0 million and above with the objective of identifying the systemic lacunae, if any, that facilitated perpetration of the fraud and put in place measures to rectify the same. The functions of this Committee include identifying the reasons for delay in detection, if any, and reporting to top management of the Bank and RBI on the same. The progress of investigation and recovery position is also monitored by the Committee. The Committee also ensures that staff accountability is examined at all levels in all the cases of frauds and action, if required, is completed quickly without loss of time. The role of the Committee is also to review the efficacy of the remedial action taken to prevent recurrence of frauds, such as strengthening of internal controls and put in place other measures as may be considered relevant to strengthen preventive measures against frauds.
There were six Meetings of the Committee during the year. The details of the composition of the Committee and attendance at its Meetings held during the year are set out in the following table:
|Name of Member||Number of meetings attended|
|Dileep Choksi, Chairman||6/6|
|Chanda Kochhar (upto October 4, 2018)||1/3|
|Sandeep Bakhshi (w.e.f. July 31, 2018)||3/3|
Upon completion of his tenure as Director, Dileep Choksi ceased to be the Chairman and Member of the Committee with effect from April 1, 2019. The Board at its Meeting on May 6, 2019 reconstituted the Committee pursuant to which Uday Chitale, independent Director ceases to be a Member of the Committee with effect from June 30, 2019 and S. Madhavan, independent Director has been inducted as a Member as well as appointed as Chairman of the Committee and Radhakrishnan Nair, independent Director has been inducted as a Member of the Committee with effect from June 30, 2019.
VIII. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY COMMITTEE
Terms of Reference
The functions of the Committee are to approve strategy for Information Technology (IT) and policy documents, ensure that IT strategy is aligned with business strategy, review IT risks, ensure proper balance of IT investments for sustaining the Banks growth, oversee the aggregate funding of IT at Bank-level, ascertain if the management has resources to ensure the proper management of IT risks, review contribution of IT to business and oversee the activities of Digital Council.
There were four Meetings of the Committee during the year. The details of the composition of the
Committee and attendance at its Meetings held during the year are set out in the following table:
|Name of Member||Number of meetings attended|
|Neelam Dhawan, Chairperson||4/4|
|Anup Bagchi (w.e.f. July 1, 2018)||2/3|
|Chanda Kochhar (upto October 4, 2018)||1/2|
|Sandeep Bakhshi (w.e.f. July 31, 2018)||3/3|
Upon completion of his tenure as a Director, Dileep Choksi ceased to be a Member of the Committee with effect from April 1, 2019.
The Board at its Meeting on May 6, 2019 reconstituted the Committee pursuant to which B. Sriram, independent Director has been inducted as a Member as well as appointed as the Chairman of the Committee with effect from June 30, 2019.
IX. RISK COMMITTEE
Terms of Reference
The functions of the Committee are to review ICICI Banks risk management policies pertaining to credit, market, liquidity, operational, outsourcing, reputation risks, business continuity plan and disaster recovery plan. The functions of the Committee also include review of the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework, Risk Appetite Framework (RAF), stress testing framework, Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (ICAAP) and framework for capital allocation; review of the status of Basel II and Basel III implementation, risk return profile of the Bank, risk dashboard covering various risks, outsourcing activities and the activities of the Asset Liability Management Committee. The Committee also has oversight on risks of subsidiaries covered under the Group Risk Management Framework. The Committee also carries out Cyber Security risk assessment.
There were eight Meetings of the Committee during the year April 27, 2018, June 11, 2018, June 20, 2018, July 25, 2018, October 22, 2018, January 29, 2019, February 18, 2019 and March 20, 2019. The details of the composition of the Committee and attendance at its Meetings held during the year are set out in the following table:
|Name of Member||Number of meetings attended|
|B. Sriram, Chairman (Chairman w.e.f. January 14, 2019)||3/3|
|Dileep Choksi (Chairman w.e.f. July 1, 2018 and upto January 14, 2019)||6/8|
|M. K. Sharma (Chairman upto June 30, 2018)||3/3|
|Chanda Kochhar (upto October 4, 2018) M. D. Mallya (w.e.f. July 1, 2018 and upto October 4, 2018)||1/4|
|Sandeep Bakhshi (w.e.f. July 31, 2018)||4/4|
|V. K. Sharma||4/8|
Upon completion of their tenure as Directors, Dileep Choksi and V. K. Sharma ceased to be the Members of the Committee with effect from April 1, 2019. The Board on April 14, 2019 reconstituted the Committee pursuant to which S. Madhavan, independent Director, was inducted as a Member of the Committee with immediate effect.
The Board at its Meeting on May 6, 2019 reconstituted the Committee pursuant to which Sandeep Bakhshi, Managing Director & CEO, ceases to be a Member of the Committee with effect from June 30, 2019, B. Sriram, independent Director ceases to be a Member and Chairman of Risk Committee with effect from September 30, 2019 and G. C. Chaturvedi has been inducted as a Member as well as the Chairman of the Committee with effect from October 1, 2019.
X. STAKEHOLDERS RELATIONSHIP
Terms of Reference
The functions of the Committee include approval and rejection of transfer or transmission of shares, bonds, debentures, issue of duplicate certificates, allotment of securities from time to time, redressal and resolution of grievances of security holders, delegation of authority for opening and operation of bank accounts for payment of interest/dividend.
There were four Meetings of the Committee during the year April 26, 2018, July 26, 2018, October 26, 2018 and January 29, 2019. The details of the composition of the Committee and attendance at its Meetings held during the year are set out in the following table:
|Name of Member||Number of meetings attended|
|Hari L. Mundra, Chairman (Chairman w.e.f. January 14, 2019)||1/1|
|M. D. Mallya, (Chairman w.e.f. July 1, 2018 and upto October 4, 2018)||0/1|
|Uday Chitale (Chairman upto June 30,2018), (Chairman w.e.f. October 26, 2018 and upto January 14, 2019)||4/4|
|N.S. Kannan (upto June 18, 2018)||1/1|
|Vijay Chandok (w.e.f. October 26, 2018 and upto January 14, 2019)||1/1|
The Company Secretary of the Bank acts as the Compliance Officer in accordance with the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015. 173 investor complaints received in fiscal 2019 were processed. At March 31, 2019, no complaints were pending.
XI. REVIEW COMMITTEE FOR IDENTIFICATION OF WILFUL DEFAULTERS/NON CO-OPERATIVE BORROWERS
Terms of Reference
The function of the Committee is to review the order of the Committee for Identification of Wilful Defaulters/Non Co-operative Borrowers
(a Committee comprising wholetime Directors and senior executives of the Bank to examine the facts and record the fact of the borrower being a wilful defaulter/non co-operative borrower) and confirm the same for the order to be considered final.
The Managing Director & CEO is the Chairman of this Committee and any two independent Directors comprise the remaining members. Two Meetings of the Committee were held during the year. The Meeting held on January 30, 2019 was attended by Sandeep Bakhshi, Uday Chitale and Radhakrishnan Nair and the Meeting held on March 19, 2019 was attended by Sandeep Bakhshi, Uday Chitale and Neelam Dhawan.
XII. SEPARATE MEETING OF INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS
During the year, the independent Directors met on May 7/8/11, 2018 and September 12, 2018 inter alia to review the matters statutorily prescribed under the Companies Act, 2013 and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015.
In addition to the above, the Board has from time to time constituted various committees, namely, Committee of Executive Directors, Executive Investment Committee, Asset Liability Management Committee, Committee for Identification of Wilful
Defaulters/Non Co-operative Borrowers, Committee of Senior Management (comprising certain wholetime Directors and Executives) and Committee of Executives, Compliance Committee, Product & Process Approval Committee, Regional Committees for India and overseas operations, Outsourcing Committee, Operational Risk Management Committee, Vigilance Committee, Product Governance Committee and other Committees (all comprising Executives). These committees are responsible for specific operational areas like asset liability management, approval/renewal of credit proposals, approval of products and processes and management of operational risk, under authorisation/supervision of the Board and its Committees.
XIV.GENERAL BODY MEETINGS
The details of General Body Meetings held in the last three years are given below:
|General Body Meeting||Day, Date||Time||Venue|
|Twenty-Fourth Annual||Wednesday,||11:30 a.m.||Sir Sayajirao Nagargruh, Vadodara Mahanagar|
|General Meeting||September 12, 2018||Seva Sadan, Near GEB Colony, Old Padra Road, Akota, Vadodara 390 020|
|Twenty-Third Annual General Meeting||Friday, June 30, 2017||12 noon||Professor Chandravadan Mehta Auditorium, General Education Centre, Opposite D. N. Hall Ground, The Maharaja Sayajirao University, Pratapgunj, Vadodara 390 002|
|Twenty-Second Annual General Meeting||Monday, July 11, 2016||12 noon||Sir Sayajirao Nagargruh, Vadodara Mahanagar Seva Sadan, Near GEB Colony, Old Padra Road, Akota, Vadodara 390 020|
The details of the Special Resolutions passed in the Annual General Meetings held in the previous three years are given below:
|General Body Meeting||Day, Date||Resolutions|
|Annual General Meeting||Wednesday, September 12, 2018|| Amendment to Capital Clause of the Memorandum of Association|
| Amendment to Article 5(a) of the Articles of Association|
| Amendment to the definition of Exercise Period under Employees Stock Option Scheme-2000|
| Private placement of securities under Section 42 of the Companies Act, 2013|
|Annual General Meeting||Friday, June 30, 2017|| Private placement of securities under Section 42 of the Companies Act, 2013|
|Annual General Meeting||Monday, July 11, 2016|| Private placement of securities under Section 42 of the Companies Act, 2013|
No resolution was passed through postal ballot during the financial year ended March 31, 2019. At present, no special resolution is proposed to be passed through postal ballot.
1. There are no materially significant transactions with related parties i.e., directors, management, subsidiaries, or relatives conflicting with the Banks interests. The Bank has no promoter.
2. Penalties or strictures imposed on the Bank by any of the stock exchanges, the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) or any other statutory authority, for any non-compliance on any matter relating to capital markets, during the last three years, detailed as hereunder: i. As mentioned by RBI in its press release dated March 29, 2018, RBI has through an order dated March 26, 2018, imposed a monetary penalty of
र 589.0 million on the Bank for non-compliance with directions/guidelines issued by RBI. This penalty has been imposed in exercise of powers vested in RBI under the provisions of Section 47A(1)(c) read with Section 46(4)(i) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949. ii. The RBI, in exercise of powers conferred under Section 47(A)(1)(c) read with Section 46(4)(i) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, levied an aggregate penalty of र 10.0 million vide its order dated February 25, 2019. The penalty has been levied for delay in compliance to RBIs directives on "Time-bound implementation & strengthening of SWIFT related controls".
3. In terms of the Whistle-Blower Policy of the Bank, no employee of the Bank has been denied access to the Audit Committee.
XVI. MEANS OF COMMUNICATION
It is ICICI Banks belief that all stakeholders should have access to information regarding its position to enable them to accurately assess its future potential. ICICI Bank disseminates information on its operations and initiatives on a regular basis. ICICI Banks website (www.icicibank.com) serves as a key awareness facility for all its stakeholders, allowing them to access information at their convenience. It provides comprehensive information on ICICI Banks strategy, financial performance, operational performance and the latest press releases.
ICICI Banks investor relations personnel respond to specific queries and play a proactive role in disseminating information to both analysts and investors. In accordance with SEBI and Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) guidelines, all information which could have a material bearing on ICICI Banks share price is released through leading domestic and global wire agencies. The information is also disseminated to the National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE), the BSE Limited (BSE), New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Singapore Stock Exchange, Japan Securities Dealers Association and SIX Swiss Exchange Ltd. from time to time.
The financial and other information and the various compliances as required/prescribed under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 are filed electronically with NSE/BSE through NSEs Electronic Application Processing System (NEAPS) and through BSE Listing Centre and are also available on their respective websites in addition to the Banks website. ICICI Banks quarterly financial results are published either in the Financial Express (Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi editions) or the Business Standard (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune editions), and Vadodara Samachar (Vadodara). The financial results, official news releases, analyst call transcripts and presentations are also available on the Banks website.
The Managements Discussion & Analysis forms part of the Annual Report.
General Shareholder Information
|Annual General Meeting||Day, Date||Time||Venue|
|Twenty-Fifth Annual||Friday,||11:45 a.m.||Professor Chandravadan Mehta Auditorium,|
|General Meeting||August 9, 2019||General Education Centre, Opposite D. N. Hall|
|Ground, The Maharaja Sayajirao University,|
|Pratapgunj, Vadodara 390 002|
|Financial Year||: April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019|
|Book Closure||: July 24, 2019 to August 9, 2019 (both days inclusive)|
|Dividend Payment Date||: Will be paid/despatched on or after August 9, 2019|
Listing of Equity Shares/ADSs/Bonds on Stock Exchanges
|Stock Exchange||Code for ICICI Bank|
|BSE Limited (BSE) (Equity) Phiroze Jeejeebhoy Towers, Dalal Street, Mumbai 400 001||532174 & 6321741|
|National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) (Equity) Exchange Plaza, Bandra-Kurla Complex Bandra (East), Mumbai 400 051||ICICIBANK|
|New York Stock Exchange (ADSs)2||IBN|
|11, Wall Street, New York, NY 10005, United States of America|
1 FII segment of BSE.
2 Each ADS of ICICI Bank represents two underlying equity shares.
The bonds issued in domestic market comprised of privately placed bonds as well as bonds issued via public issues which are listed on BSE/NSE. ICICI Bank has paid annual listing fees for the relevant periods to BSE and NSE where its equity shares/bonds are listed and NYSE where its ADSs are listed.
Listing of Other Securities
The bonds issued overseas are issued either in public or private placement format. The listed bonds are traded on Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited, 2 Shenton Way, #02-02, SGX Centre 1, Singapore 068804 or SIX Swiss Exchange Ltd, P.O. Box 1758, CH-8021 Zurich, Switzerland or Tokyo Stock Exchange, 2-1 Nihombashi Kabutocho, Chuo-ku Tokyo 103-8220 Japan.
Market Price Information
The reported high and low closing prices and volume of equity shares of ICICI Bank traded during fiscal 2019 on BSE and NSE are set out in the following table:
|Month||High र||Low र||Volume||High र||Low र||Volume||Total Volume on BSE and NSE|
The reported high and low closing prices and volume of ADRs of ICICI Bank traded during fiscal 2019 on the NYSE are given below:
|Month||High (USD)||Low (USD)||Number of ADS traded|
The performance of ICICI Bank equity shares relative to the S&P BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), S&P BSE Bank Index (Bankex) and NYSE Financial Index during the period April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 is given in the following chart:
Share Transfer System
ICICI Banks investor services are handled by
3i Infotech Limited (3i Infotech). 3i Infotech is a SEBI registered Category I - Registrar to an Issue
& Share Transfer (R&T) Agent. 3i Infotech is an information technology company and in addition to R&T services, provides a wide range of technology & technology-enabled products and services. ICICI Banks equity shares are traded mainly in dematerialised form. During the year, 4,148,620 equity shares of face value र 2 each involving 19,451 certificates were dematerialised. At March 31, 2019, 99.68% of paid-up equity share capital (including equity shares represented by ADS constituting 24.89% of the paid-up equity share capital) are held in dematerialised form.
Physical share transfer requests were processed and the share certificates were returned normally within a period of seven days from the date of receipt, if the documents were correct, valid and complete in all respects.
The number of equity shares of ICICI Bank transferred during the last three years (excluding electronic transfer of shares in dematerialised form) is given below:
|Fiscal 2017 Shares of face value र 2||Fiscal 2018 Shares of face value र 2||Fiscal 2019 Shares of face value र 2|
|No. of transfer deeds||414||629||2013|
|No. of shares transferred||109,155||157,922||585,550|
As required under Regulation 40(9) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, a certificate is obtained every six months from a practising Company Secretary that all transfers have been completed within the stipulated time. The certificates are filed with BSE and NSE.
In terms of Regulation 76 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Depositories and Participants) Regulations, 2018 and SEBI Circular D&CC/FITTC/CIR-16/2002 dated December 31, 2002, as amended vide Circular no. CIR/MRD/DP/30/2010 dated September 6, 2010 an audit is conducted on a quarterly basis by a firm of Chartered Accountants, for the purpose of, inter alia, reconciliation of the total admitted equity share capital with the depositories and in the physical form with the total issued/paid up equity share capital of ICICI Bank. Certificates issued in this regard are placed before the Stakeholders Relationship Committee and filed with BSE and NSE, where the equity shares of ICICI Bank are listed.
Registrar and Transfer Agents
The Registrar and Transfer Agent of ICICI Bank is 3i Infotech Limited. Investor services related queries/requests/complaints may be directed to Ms. R. C. Dsouza at the address as under:
|3i Infotech Limited|
|International Infotech Park|
|Tower# 5, 3rd Floor|
|Vashi Railway Station Complex|
|Vashi, Navi Mumbai 400 703|
|Tel. No.: +91-22-7123 8000|
|Fax No.: +91-22-7123 8099|
|E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Queries relating to the operational and financial|
|performance of ICICI Bank may be addressed to:|
|Rakesh Jha/Anindya Banerjee|
|ICICI Bank Limited|
|ICICI Bank Towers|
|Mumbai 400 051|
|Tel. No.: +91-22-2653 7131|
|Fax No.: +91-22-2653 1175|
Pursuant to Regulation 53 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, the names and contact details of the debenture trustees for the public issue bonds and privately placed bonds of the Bank are given below:
|Bank of Maharashtra|
|Head Office, Legal Dept.|
|"1501" Shivaji Nagar,|
|Pune - 411 005|
|Tel. No.: +91-020-2553 6256|
|Axis Trustee Services Limited|
|The Ruby, 2nd Floor, SW 29,|
|Senapati Bapat Marg,|
|Dadar West, Mumbai - 400 028|
|Tel. No.: +91-22-2425 5202|
|IDBI Trusteeship Services Limited|
|Asian Building, Ground Floor,|
|17, R Kamani Marg,|
|Mumbai - 400 001|
|Tel. No.: +91-22-4080 7001|
|The details are available on the website of the Bank at the link (https://www.icicibank.com/Personal-Banking/ investments/icici-bank-bonds/index.page).|
|Information on Shareholding|
|Shareholding pattern of ICICI Bank at March 31, 2019|
|Shareholder Category||No. of shares||% holding|
|Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas (Depositary for ADS holders)||1,604,424,721||24.89|
|FIIs/FPIs, NRIs, Foreign Banks, Foreign Companies, OCBs and Foreign Nationals||2,105,174,383||32.66|
|Bodies Corporate (including Government Companies and Clearing Members)||152,759,354||2.37|
|Banks & Financial Institutions||1,085,096||0.02|
|Individuals, HUF and Trusts||372,621,600||5.78|
|NBFCs Registered with RBI||6,547,817||0.10|
|Provident Fund/Pension Fund||62,358,629||0.97|
|Alternate Investment Fund||10,999,750||0.17|
Shareholders of ICICI Bank with more than one percent holding at March 31, 2019
|Name of the Shareholder||No. of shares||% holding|
|Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas*||1,604,424,721||24.89|
|Life Insurance Corporation of India||509,224,087||7.90|
|HDFC Trustee Co Ltd (Various Mutual Fund Accounts)/HDFC Large Cap Fund||267,000,149||4.14|
|Dodge & Cox International Stock Fund||254,429,276||3.95|
|SBI Mutual Fund/SBI Dual Advantage Fund and Other Various Fund Accounts||173,093,609||2.69|
|ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund (Various Mutual Fund Accounts)||144,736,199||2.25|
|Aditya Birla Sun Life Trustee Private Limited||130,775,083||2.03|
|Reliance Capital Trustee Co Ltd/Reliance ETF/Reliance Emergent India Fund (Various Fund Accounts)||115,164,358||1.79|
|Government of Singapore||98,147,231||1.52|
|Kotak Capital Fund (Various Mutual Fund Accounts)||85,155,884||1.32|
* Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas holds equity shares of ICICI Bank as depositary for ADS holders.
Distribution of shareholding of ICICI Bank at March 31, 2019
|Range Shares||No. of Folios||%||No. of Shares||%|
|50,001 & above||1,968||0.23||6,118,581,036||94.92|
Disclosure with respect to shares lying in suspense account
The Bank had 100,222 equity shares held by 483 shareholders lying in suspense account at the beginning of the fiscal 2019. The Bank has been transferring the shares lying unclaimed to the eligible shareholders as and when the request for the same has been received after proper verification. During the year, the Bank had received requests from 33 shareholders holding 11,429 shares for claiming these shares out of which 4,559 shares held by 8 shareholders were transferred from the suspense account. As on March 31, 2019, 95,663 shares held by 475 shareholders remained unclaimed in the suspense account.
The voting rights on the shares lying in suspense account are frozen till the rightful owner of such shares claims the shares.
Transfer of unclaimed dividend and shares to investor education & protection fund (IEPF)
Pursuant to the provisions of Sections 124 and 125 of the Companies Act, 2013, during fiscal 2019, dividend amount of र 3.33 crore remaining unclaimed for a period of seven years from the date of its transfer to the Unpaid Dividend Accounts of the Company have been transferred to the Investor Education and Protection Fund (IEPF).
Pursuant to Section 124(6) of the Companies Act, 2013 read with the Investor Education & Protection Fund Authority (Accounting, Audit, Transfer & Refund) Rules, 2016, during fiscal 2019, 1,314,679 equity shares in respect of which the dividend has not been claimed for seven consecutive years have been transferred to the designated demat account of the IEPF Authority.
Members who have not yet encashed their dividend warrant(s) for the financial year ended March 31, 2012 and/or subsequent years are requested to submit their claims to the Registrar and Transfer Agent of the Company without any delay. The unclaimed dividend and the equity shares transferred to IEPF can be claimed by making an application in the prescribed form available on the website of IEPF i.e. www.iepf.gov.in. The details of the Nodal Officer appointed under the provisions of IEPF are available under the Investor Relations section on the website of the Bank at www.icicibank.com.
Dematerialisation of securities and updation of PAN and Bank details
SEBI, vide its Circular dated April 20, 2018, introduced a documented framework for streamlining and strengthening the systems and processes of RTAs, Issuer Companies and Bankers to an Issue with regards to handling and maintenance of records, transfer of securities and payment of dividend, as may be applicable. The said SEBI Circular, inter alia, provides for updation of PAN and Bank details by the Shareholders, wherever not available. This has been separately communicated to investors holding securities in physical form by the Bank. Those investors who are yet to respond are requested to take necessary action in the matter at the earliest.
Outstanding GDRs/ADSs/Warrants or any Convertible instruments, conversion date and likely impact on equity
ICICI Bank has 802.21 million ADS (equivalent to 1,604.42 million equity shares) outstanding, which constituted 24.89% of ICICI Banks total equity capital at March 31, 2019. There are no other convertible instruments outstanding as on March 31, 2019.
Commodity price risk or foreign exchange risk and hedging activities
The foreign exchange risk position including bullion is managed within the net overnight open position (NOOP) limit approved by the Board of Directors. The foreign currency assets of the Bank are primarily floating rate linked assets. Wholesale liability raising for foreign currencies takes place in USD or other currencies via bond issuances, bilateral loans and syndicated/club loans as well as refinance from Export Credit Agencies (ECA) which may be at a fixed rate or floating rate linked. In case of fixed rate Long-term wholesale fund raising in USDs, the interest rate risk is generally hedged via interest rate swaps wherein the Bank moves to a floating rate index in order to match the asset profile. In case of fund raising in non USD currencies, the foreign exchange risk is hedged via foreign exchange swaps or currency interest rate swaps.
The extant RBI guidelines do not allow AD Category I Banks to take any market positions in commodity related activities. However, the extant guidelines allows Bank to import gold and silver in line with the RBI license and selling of imported gold/silver on outright basis to domestic clients or providing gold metal loan to jewellery manufacturers and take gold deposits under the Gold Monetisation scheme. ICICI Bank provides pricing and hedging of Gold Metal Loan to jewellery customers and such exposures are covered on a back-to-back basis with gold suppliers. In view of the above, the disclosure pursuant to the SEBI Circular no. SEBI/HO/CFD/CMD1/
CIR/P/2018/0000000141 dated November 15, 2018 is not required to be given.
Plant Locations Not applicable
|Address for Correspondence|
|ICICI Bank Limited|
|ICICI Bank Towers|
|Mumbai - 400 051|
|Tel. No.: +91-22-2653 8900|
|Fax No.: +91-22-2653 1230|
The Bank is in compliance with requirements specified in Regulations 17 to 27 and clauses (b) to (i) of sub-regulation (2) of Regulation 46 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015. The Bank has also complied with the discretionary requirements such as maintaining a separate office for the Chairman at the Banks expense, ensuring financial statements with unmodified audit opinion, separation of posts of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and reporting of internal auditor directly to the Audit Committee.
ANALYSIS OF CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS
a) Customer complaints in fiscal 2019
|No. of complaints pending at the beginning of the year||6,209|
|No. of complaints received during the year||264,726|
|No. of complaints redressed during the year||262,259|
|No. of complaints pending at the end of the year||8,676|
Note: The above does not include complaint redressed within 1 working day.
b) Awards passed by the Banking Ombudsman in fiscal 2019
|No. of unimplemented awards at the beginning of the year||Nil|
|No. of awards passed by the Banking Ombudsman during the year||Nil|
|No. of awards implemented during the year||Nil|
|No. of unimplemented awards at the end of the year||Nil|
COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE OF THE AUDITORS
ICICI Bank has annexed to this Report, a certificate obtained from the statutory auditors, M/s Walker Chandiok & Co LLP, Chartered Accountants, regarding compliance of conditions of Corporate Governance as stipulated in the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015.
EMPLOYEE STOCK OPTION SCHEME
The Bank has an Employee Stock Option Scheme (ESOS/Scheme) which was instituted in fiscal 2000 to enable the employees and wholetime Directors of ICICI Bank and its subsidiaries to participate in future growth and financial success of the Bank. The ESOS aims at achieving the twin objectives of (i) aligning employee interest to that of the shareholders; and (ii) retention of talent. Through employee stock option grants, the Bank seeks to foster a culture of long-term sustainable value creation. The Scheme is in compliance with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Share Based Employee Benefits) Regulations, 2014 (the SEBI Regulations). Pursuant to the SEBI Regulations, options are granted by the Board Governance, Remuneration & Nomination Committee (BGRNC) and noted by the Board. The Scheme was initially approved by the Members at their meeting held on February 21, 2000 and amended from time to time.
The Members at the Annual General Meeting held on September 12, 2018 approved the change in exercise period to not exceeding five years from date of vesting of options as may be determined by the BGRNC for each grant. The above definition of Exercise Period has been made applicable to all future grants effective May 2018. The Bank has upto March 31, 2019 granted 499.24 million stock options from time to time aggregating to 7.74% of the issued equity capital of the Bank at March 31, 2019. As per the ESOS, as amended from time to time, the maximum number of options granted to any employee/Director in a year is limited to 0.05% of ICICI Banks issued equity shares at the time of the grant, and the aggregate of all such options is limited to 10% of ICICI Banks issued equity shares on the date of the grant (equivalent to 644.62 million shares of face value र 2 each at March 31, 2019).
Particulars of options granted by ICICI Bank as on March 31, 2019 are given below:
|Number of options outstanding at the beginning of the year||235,672,250|
|Number of options granted during the year*||31,112,400|
|Number of options forfeited/lapsed during the year||18,979,999|
|Number of options vested during the year||46,916,376|
|Number of options exercised during the year||18,248,877|
|Number of shares arising as a result of exercise of options||18,248,877|
|Money realised by exercise of options during the year (र)||3,486,300,104|
|Number of options outstanding at the end of the year||229,555,774|
|Number of options exercisable at the end of the year||152,151,329|
* Excludes options pertaining to Wholetime Directors pending for RBI approval.
The Bank follows the intrinsic value method to account for its stock-based employee compensation plans. The diluted earnings per share (EPS) pursuant to issue of shares on exercise of options calculated in accordance with Accounting Standard 20 (AS-20) was र 5.17 in fiscal 2019 compared to basic EPS of र 5.23. Based on the intrinsic value of options, no compensation cost was recognised during fiscal 2019. However, if the Bank had used the fair value of options based on the binomial tree model, compensation cost in fiscal 2019 would have been higher by र 3.18 billion and proforma profit after tax would have been र 30.45 billion. On a proforma basis, the Banks basic and diluted earnings per share would have been र 4.73 and र 4.68 respectively.
The key assumptions used to estimate the fair value of options granted during fiscal 2019 are given below:
|Risk-free interest rate||7.32% to 8.31%|
|Expected life||3.64 to 6.64 years|
|Expected volatility||30.79% to 32.22%|
|Expected dividend yield||0.43% to 0.80%|
The weighted average fair value of options granted during fiscal 2019 was र 107.22 (र 86.43 during fiscal 2018) and the weighted average exercise price of options granted during fiscal 2019 was र 283.91 (र 251.05 during fiscal 2018).
Risk free interest rates over the expected term of the option are based on the government securities yield in effect at the time of the grant. The expected term of an option is estimated based on the vesting term as well as expected exercise behavior of the employees who receive the option. Expected exercise behaviour is estimated based on the historical stock option exercise pattern of the Bank. Expected volatility during the estimated expected term of the option is based on historical volatility determined based on observed market prices of the Banks publicly traded equity shares. Expected dividends during the estimated expected term of the option are based on recent dividend activity.
The detailed disclosures as stipulated under Regulation 14 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Share Based Employee Benefits) Regulations, 2014 will be hosted on the website of the Bank at https://www.icicibank.com/aboutus/other-policies.page.
CONSERVATION OF ENERGY, TECHNOLOGY ABSORPTION, FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNINGS AND OUTGO
The Bank has undertaken various initiatives for energy conservation at its premises. A detailed write up is given in the chapter Natural Capital, in the Integrated Report section of the Annual Report for fiscal 2019 and under Principle 6 of Section E of the Business Responsibility Report which will be available on the website of the Bank at https://www.icicibank.com/aboutus/annual.page. The Bank has used information technology extensively in its operations; for details refer to the chapter Strategic Focus Areas for Business in the Integrated Report section of the Annual Report for fiscal 2019.
UPDATE ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AT THE BANK
Shareholders were provided an update under this section last year that the Audit Committee of the Bank under direction given by the Board of Directors had instituted an independent enquiry, headed by a former Supreme Court Judge, Honble Mr. Justice B. N. Srikrishna (Retd.), to consider various allegations relating to the then MD & CEO, Ms. Chanda Kochhar. The final findings and actions taken by the Board were disclosed by the Bank to the stock exchanges vide press release dated January 30, 2019 and is now generally available information. Shareholders can access the said press release at (www.icicibank.com). Any shareholder who requires a printed copy of this press release may also write to the Registrar and Transfer Agents of the Bank.
GREEN INITIATIVE IN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
In line with the continuing efforts towards Green Initiative, the Bank has effected electronic delivery of Notice of Annual General Meeting and Annual Report to those Members whose e-mail ids were registered with the Depository Participants/3i Infotech/Bank. The Companies Act, 2013 and the underlying rules as well as Regulation 36 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, permit the dissemination of financial statements and annual report in electronic mode to the Members. Your Directors are thankful to the Members for actively participating in the Green Initiative and seek your continued support.
Your Bank is in compliance with the Secretarial Standard on Meetings of the Board of Directors (SS-1) and Secretarial Standard on General Meetings (SS-2) for the financial year ended March 31, 2019.
DIRECTORS RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT
The Directors confirm:
1. that in the preparation of the annual accounts, the applicable accounting standards had been followed, along with proper explanation relating to material departures; 2. that they have selected such accounting policies and applied them consistently and made judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent, so as to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Bank at the end of the financial year and of the profit of the Bank for that period; 3. that they have taken proper and sufficient care for the maintenance of adequate accounting records, in accordance with the provisions of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 and the Companies Act, 2013 for safeguarding the assets of the Bank and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities; 4. that they have prepared the annual accounts on a going concern basis; 5. that they have laid down internal financial controls to be followed by the Bank and that such internal financial controls are adequate and were operating effectively; and 6. that they have devised proper systems to ensure compliance with the provisions of all applicable laws and that such systems were adequate and operating effectively.
ICICI Bank is grateful to the Government of India, Reserve Bank of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India and overseas regulators for their continued co-operation, support and guidance. ICICI Bank wishes to thank its investors, the domestic and international banking community, rating agencies and stock exchanges for their support. ICICI Bank would like to take this opportunity to express sincere thanks to its valued clients and customers for their continued patronage. The Directors express their deep sense of appreciation to all the employees, whose outstanding professionalism, commitment and initiative has made the organisations growth and success possible and continues to drive its progress. Finally, the Directors wish to express their gratitude to the Members for their trust and support.
Compliance with the Group Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
I confirm that all Directors and members of the senior management have affirmed compliance with Group Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for the year ended March 31, 2019.
|May 6, 2019||Managing Director & CEO|
|For and on behalf of the Board|
|Girish Chandra Chaturvedi|
|May 6, 2019||Chairman|