KM Sugar Mills Ltd Directors Report.
Your Directors have pleasure in placing the 46th Directors Report along with the Audited Statement of Accounts for the year ended on 31st March, 2019.
The Financial performance of the Company during the year ended 31st March, 2019 as under :
|(Rupees in Lakhs)|
|For the year ended as at 31st March, 2019||For year ended as at 31st March, 2018|
|Profit before interest, depreciation & tax||5057||5326|
|Profit before tax||3214||2909|
|Provision for taxation||-651||-594|
|Provision for taxation (deferred)||-128||-428|
|Net Profit before extraordinary Items||2435||1887|
|Add: Extra-ordinary item||0||0|
|Earnings Per Share of Rs 2/- each||2.65||2.05|
For the year ended on 31st March, 2019, sales stood at Rs. 39005.38Lacs against the Rs. 46978.32 Lacs of previous financial year ended as at 31st March, 2018. During the financial year under review, the company has also done sugar export/trading amounting to Rs.2690.44 Lacs, whereas there was no export/trading of sugar in preceding year. Profit after interest and depreciation stood at Rs. 3213.91 Lacs as against the profit of Rs. 2909.400 Lacs in the previous year.
To conserve the resources, the directors have not recommended any dividend for the financial year ended 31st March 2019.
Finance and Accounts
As mandated by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the financial Statement for the year ended on March 31, 2019 has been prepared in accordance with the Indian Accounting Standard (IND AS) notified under Section 133 of the Companies Act, 2013 reads with Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014. The estimates and judgment relating to the Financial Statement are made on a prudence basics, so as to reflect a true and fair manner, the form and substance of transaction and reasonably present the Companys state of Affairs, profits and cash flow for the year ended March 31, 2019. Accordingly, the figures for the previous year are comparable.
Performance of Divisions:-
Crushing season till 31st March, 2019 consisted of sugar seasons of 2017-18 and 2018-19. The company has crushed 111.60 Lac sqtls. of cane and the season was for 149 days. Sugar sale was Rs. 29,657.79lacs during the year under review as against Rs.39,204.87 lacs during the previous financial year. The other details are as under:
|Year 31-03-2019||Year 31-03-2018|
|Gross Working days||149||138|
|Total Cane Crushed (qtls.)||11160820.12||10326624|
|White sugar Produced (qtls)||1230357||994395|
During the crushing season under report, the company produced 9,55,49,145 KWH power and exported 5,95,62,853.84 KWH to UPPCL as against production of 7,90,97,890 KWH power and export of 4,76,63,795 KWH to UPPCL during the previous financial year. Power sale was Rs. 2972.19 lacs as against Rs. 2183.16 lacs.
During the year ended as at 31st March, 2019, Company Produced 105.62Lacs BL of Rectified Spirit with a recovery of 21.36% , which is lower in comparison of preceding year production of 105.11 Lacs BL. with a recovery of 22.63 % due to the closure of distillery unit form 31st January, 2019 to 23rd March,2019. Sale of RS was Rs.4620.67 Lacs as against Rs.4210.64 Lacs.
The Companys Auditors, Messrs. Agiwal & Co, Chartered Accountants, who were appointed with your approval at the 44th AGM for a period of five years, subject to ratification by members at AGM, will complete their present term on conclusion of the 49th AGM of the Company. The Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 has removed the proviso to section 139(1) of the Companies Act, 2013 and therefore requirement of ratification by members at AGM is no longer required. Accordingly, the Board, on the recommendation of the Audit Committee, recommended for ratification of their appointment for remaining term to hold office up to the conclusion of 49th Annual General Meeting on such remuneration plus Goods and service tax, out-of-pocket, travelling and living expenses, etc., as may be mutually agreed between the Board of Directors of the Company and the said Auditors.
The comments on the statement of account referred to in the report of the auditors are self-explanatory, and explained in the appropriate Notes to the Accounts.
Ms. Pragati Gupta, Practicing Company Secretaries were appointed as Secretarial Auditors of the Company for the year 2018-19 as required under Section 204 of the Companies Act, 2013 and Rules made there under. The Secretarial Audit report for FY 2018-19 forms part of the Annual Report (Annexure to the Directors Report in Form MR-3) as annexed as Annexure-10 to this report and carries no qualifications, reservations, adverse remarks or disclaimers and hence no explanations are required. The Board appointed Ms. Pragati Gupta, Practicing Company Secretaries(Membership no. ACS- 19302), as Secretarial Auditor of the Company for the financial year 2019-20.
Your Board, as recommended by the Audit Committee, appointed M/s. Aman Malviya & Company, Cost Accountant, Lucknow, as a Cost Auditor for Sugar and Industrial Alcohol businesses for the financial year 2019-20.Pursuant to Section 148 of the Act read with the Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules, 2014, appropriate resolutions seeking your ratification to the remuneration of the aforesaid Cost Auditors are appearing in the Notice convening the 46th AGM of the Company. The Company maintains necessary cost records as specified by Central Government under sub-section 1of Section 148 of the Act read with the Companies (Cost Records and Audit) Rules, 2014. The Company has filed the cost audit report for the year ended at March 31, 2018.
At the ensuing Annual General Meeting Shri L.K. Jhunjhunwala and Shri Aditya Jhunjhunwala, Directors of the Company, retire by rotation u/s 152 of the Companies Act, 2013 and being eligible, offered themselves for reappointment at the ensuing Annual General Meeting. The lenders have withdrawn the nomination of Mr. Anil Kumar Mishra with effect from April 08, 2019. Dr. R.S Shukla, Independent Director of the Company resigned from the Board w.e.f. 29-05-2019.
The Board placed its deep gratitude on record for his valuable guidance, advice and suggestions to the Company during their association with the Company.
The appointment of Shri L.K. Jhunjhunwala as the Chairman-cum- Whole time Director, Shri Aditya Jhunjhunwala, as a Managing Director, Shri Sanjay Jhunjhunwala, as a Jt. Managing Director and Shri S.C. Agarwal, as an Executive Director was approved by members at the Annual General Meeting held on 19-09-2015 for a period of five years w.e.f. 1st March, 2015 to 29th February, 2020. Accordingly after having been recommended by the Nomination & Remuneration Committee of the Company, the Board has recommended for their appointment in the Board meeting held on 29-05-2019 for a period of 5 (five) years w.e.f. 20th August, 2019.
Appropriate resolutions seeking your approval for the said appointments are appearing in the Notice convening the 46th AGM of the Company. The Board in its meeting held on May 29, 2019 had also approved change in terms of their appointment for remaining tenure up to ensuing AGM.
The first tenure office years of Mr. H.P. Singhania, Mrs. Madhu Mathur and Mr. S K Gupta as Independent director shall expire on 18-09-2020. After having been recommended by the Nomination & Remuneration Committee of the Company, the Board in its meeting held on May 29, 2019 recommended the re-appointment of Mrs. Madhu Mathur, Mr. H.P. Singhania, Mr. S.K. Gupta, as Independent Directors of the Company for the second tenure of five years w.e.f. August 20, 2019 in terms of Section 149, 150 and 152 read with Schedule IV and any other applicable provisions, if any of the Companies Act, 2013 and rules made thereunder and sub-regulation 1A of Regulation 17 of the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015.
The Board considers that their continued association would be of immense benefit to the Company and it is desirable to continue them to avail their services. As Mr. H P Singhania has crossed the age of 75 years, consent of members is sought for his continuance as an Independent Director w.e.f. April 01, 2019 to ensuing AGM. Appropriate resolutions seeking your approval for the said appointments are appearing in the Notice convening the 46th AGM of the Company.
During the financial year ended 31-03-2019, the company has not accepted any public deposits.
The equity shares of the company are listed with the Bombay Stock Exchange Limited and National Stock Exchange Limited and listing fees for 2019-20 had been duly paid.
Directors Responsibility Statement
In pursuance of sub-section (5) of Section 134 of the Companies Act, 2013, in respect of Directors Responsibility Statement, the Board of Directors confirms:
(i) That in the preparation of the annual accounts for year ended on March 31, 2019 the applicable accounting standard have been followed by the Company.
(ii) That the directors of the company have selected such accounting policies, applied them consistently, made judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent so as to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company at the end of the financial year and of the profit of the Company for the year ended on that date.
(iii) That the directors of the Company have taken proper and sufficient care for the maintenance of adequate accounting in accordance with provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, for safeguarding the assets of the company and for detecting fraud and other irregularities; and
(iv) That the directors of the Company have prepared the annual accounts on a going concern basis.
(v) That the directors had laid down internal financial controls to be followed by the company and that such internal financial controls are adequate and were operating effectively.
(vi) That the directors had devised proper systems to ensure compliance with the provisions of all applicable laws and that such systems were adequate and operating effectively.
Significant and Material Orders
There are no significant and material orders passed by the regulators or courts or tribunals impacting the going concern status and the Companys operations in future.
Audit Committee and Vigil Mechanism
Pursuant to requirement of section 177(1) of Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 6 of the Companies (Meeting of Board and its Powers) Rules, 2014 and Regulation 18 and Regulation 22 of SEBI (LODR) Regulation 2015, your Company has already formed the Audit Committee, composition of which is covered under Corporate Governance report section of this Annual Report.
The Vigil Mechanism of the Company, which also incorporates a Whistle Blower Policy in terms of the Listing regulation, includes appointment of a Whistle Officer who will look into the matter, conduct detailed investigation and take appropriate disciplinary action. The Company has formulated a vigil mechanism to provide appropriate avenues to the Directors and employees to bring to the attention of the management their genuine concern about behavior of employees, the details of which are incorporated in the report on the corporate governance.
Protected disclosures can be made by a whistle blower through an e-mail, or dedicated telephone line or a letter to the Whistle Blower Officer or to the Chairman of the Audit Committee. During the year under review, no employee was denied access to Whistle Blower Officer or Audit Committee and no cases under this mechanism were reported in the company and any of its subsidiary/associates.
The Policy on vigil mechanism and whistle blower policy has been uploaded on the Companys website at the link: http://www.kmsugar.com.
Extract of Annual Return
Extract of Annual Return of the Company is annexed herewith in form no. MGT-9 as Annexure -8 to this Report.
Internal Financial Controls
The Company has in place adequate internal financial controls with reference to financial statements. During the year, such controls were tested and no reportable material weakness in the design or operation were observed.
The Company aims to have a formalized and systematic approach for managing risks across the Company. It encourages knowledge and experience sharing in order to increase transparency on the key risks to the Company to the extent possible. This approach increases risk awareness, and ensures proper management of risks as part of the daily management activities.
The objective of the Companys risk management process is to support a structured and consistent approach to identify, prioritize, manage, monitor and report on the principal risks and uncertainties that can impact its ability to achieve its strategic objectives.
The Company has introduced several initiatives for risk management including the introduction of audit functions and processes to identify and create awareness of risks, optimal risk mitigation and efficient management of internal control and assurance activities.
Corporate Social Responsibility
The Company constituted a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee (for details please refer Corporate Governance Report) pursuant to the requirement of Section 135(1) of Companies Act, 2013. The CSR policy of the Company, interalia , list the activities that can be undertaken or supported by the Company for CSR, composition and meetings of CSR committee, annual allocation for CSR activities, area of CSR projects, criteria for selection of CSR, modalities of execution/implementation of CSR activities and the monitoring mechanism of CSR activities/projections. During the year under report, the Company spent Rs.51.40 lacs towards CSR as against its obligation Rs. 50.00 lacs. The details of CSR activities undertaken by the company are mentioned in the prescribed format in the Annexure -4 to this report.
Conservation of Energy, Technology Absorption and Foreign Exchange and Outgo
Information relating to conservation of energy, technology absorption and foreign exchange earnings and outgo as required under Section 134(3)(m) of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 8 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014 is given in Annexure -1.
Research and Development
The details relating to Research and Development activities carried out by the company during the year are stated in annexure to this report.
Foreign currency risk and Commodity price risk
Foreign currency risk is the risk that the fair value or future cash flows of an exposure will fluctuate because of changes in foreign exchange rates. The Companys exposure to the risk of changes in foreign exchange rates relates primarily to the Companys foreign currency denominated borrowings. This foreign currency risk is covered by using foreign exchange forward contracts and currency swap contracts. The company does not have substantial transactions during the year in foreign currency so the company does not have such kind of risk.
Sugar industry being cyclical in nature, realizations get adversely affected during downturn. Higher cane price or higher production than the demand ultimately affects profitability. The Company has mitigated this risk by well integrated business model by diversifying into co-generation and distillation, thereby utilizing the byproducts. Credit risk is the risk that counter party will not meet its Obligations under a financial instrument or customer contract, leading to a financial loss.
The companys sugar sales are mostly on cash. Power and ethanol are sold to state government entities; thereby the credit default risk is significantly mitigated. The Central Govt. has fixed the minimum sale price of sugar w.e.f. 14.02.2019 at Rs.3,100 per Qtl. which has mitigated the price risk to the some extent. Similarly, the ethanol and power are sold the Govt. undertakings at fixed prices as per Govt. orders/regulatory guidelines.
Particulars of Employees
The disclosure as required under the provisions of Section 197 (12) of the Companies Act, 2013, read with Rule 5(2) of The Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014 in respect of the employees of the Company has been given in Annexure 2 and forms part of this Report.
As required under Regulation 34 of SEBI (Listing Obligations & Disclosure Requirements) Regulation, 2015, a separate section on Corporate Governance forming part of the Directors Report and the certificate from Practicing Company Secretary Ms. Pragati Gupta, confirming the compliance of the conditions on Corporate Governance is attached as Annexure-5 to this report.
Management Discussion and Analysis Report
The Management Discussion and Analysis Report on the business and operations of the company is attached to this report as Annexure-5.
The industrial relations have been cordial at all plants of the Company during the year.
The company has no material subsidiary company. However, your Company has two subsidiary companies viz. M/s. KM Spirits and Allied Industries Limited incorporated on 23-02-2018 to manufacture of all types of spirits. Your Company had made a total investment of 5 Lacs in the Company as on 31st March, 2019. In terms of proviso to section 139(3) of the Companies Act,2013, the salient features of the financial statements of the subsidiary is set out in the prescribed form (AOC-1) under Rule-5 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules,2014 as Annexure 6.
Your Company has another subsidiary company viz. M/s Sonar Casting Limited incorporated on 07-02-2019 and investment of Rs. 7.75 crores has been made up to March 31, 2019 for setting up of Ductile Iron Project. In M/s Sonar Casting Limited the land has been acquired and the project work - Ductile Iron of the company is in progress. Major purchase orders for Civil work, plant and machinery along with the other necessary assets have been made. The company has applied for the credit facilities from SBI, PNB &UBI. The project is expected to be completed by March 31, 2020.Total Project cost is expected around Rs.78.40 Crores, of which bank funding is expected around Rs.52.50 Crores. In terms of proviso to section 139(3) of the Companies Act,2013, the salient features of the financial statements of the subsidiary is set out in the prescribed form (AOC-1) under Rule-5 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules,2014 as Annexure 6.
In accordance with section 129 (3) of the Act and regulation 34 of the SEBI (LODR) Regu. 2015, the consolidated financial statements of the Company include financial information of its subsidiaries prepared in compliance with applicable Indian Accounting Standards (Ind-AS) and form the part of Annual Report. Pursuant to the provisions of section 136 of the Act, the financial statements of the Company including the consolidated financial statements along with relevant documents and separate audited accounts in respect of subsidiaries, are available on the website of the Company. The Company will make available the annual report of subsidiary Company upon request by any shareholder of the Company interested in obtaining the same.
Number of Meetings of the Board
The Board met four times during the financial year, the details of which are given in the Corporate Governance Report that forms part of this Annual Report. The intervening gap between any two meetings was within the period prescribed by the Companies Act, 2013 and the SEBI (LODR) Regu, 2015.
Policy on Directors Appointment and Remuneration
The Company seeks to maintain an appropriate mix of Executive and Independent Directors in order to maintain the independence of the Board and segregate the functions of governance and management. At year end, the Board consists of members, one of whom is Managing Director, three of whom are Whole-time directors, five are Independent directors and one is a Nominee director.
The Company has five Independent Directors and all are qualified personnel with requisite qualifications, experience, positive attributes and satisfy all the criteria as set out under Schedule IV of Companies Act, 2013.
These Independent Directors are only eligible for sitting fees for attending Board meetings and Committee meetings and other out of pocket expenses duly made for attending meetings of the Board or any committee of the Board thereof. Remuneration proposed for Whole Time Directors is in accordance with the Remuneration Policy approved by Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Board.
Your Company, in compliance with section 178(1) of the Companies Act, 2013 read with The Companies (Meeting of Board and its Powers) Rules, 2014, has duly constituted a Nomination and Remuneration Committee. This committee is chaired by an Independent Director and formulates the criteria for determining qualifications, positive attributes, independence of a Director and other matters.
Appointment and the remuneration of Board members, key managerial personnel or one level below the Board level is fixed on the basis of the recommendation of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee made to the Board, which may ratify them, with or without modifications.
Disclosures pursuant to the requirements of section 197(12) read with Rule 5(1) of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014 have been made in Annexure 2 of this Board Report.
Declaration by Independent Directors
As per the requirement of section 149(7), the Company received a declaration from every Independent Director that he or she meets the criteria of independence as laid down under section 149(6) read with rule 5 of the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rule, 2014 and regulation 25(8) of SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations,2015.
The Nomination & Compensation Committee, as reported in earlier years, formulated the Policy on Board evaluation, evaluation of Board Committees functioning and individual Director evaluation, and also specified that such evaluation will be done by the Board, pursuant to the Act and the Rules thereunder and the Listing Regulations 2015. In keeping with Companys belief that it is the collective effectiveness of the Board that impacts Companys performance, the primary evaluation platform is that of collective performance of the Board as a whole. Board performance is assessed against the role and responsibilities of the Board as provided in the Act and the Listing Regulations 2015 read with the Companys Governance Policy.
The parameters for Board performance evaluation have been derived from the Boards core role of trusteeship to protect and enhance shareholder value as well as to fulfil expectations of other stakeholders through strategic supervision of the Company. Evaluation of functioning of Board Committees is based on discussions amongst Committee members and shared by the respective Committee Chairman with the Board. Individual Directors are evaluated in the context of the role played by each Director as a member of the Board at its meetings, in assisting the Board in realizing its role of strategic supervision of the functioning of the Company in pursuit of its purpose and goals.
While the Board evaluated its performance against the parameters laid down by the Nomination &Compensation Committee, the evaluation of individual Directors was carried out against the laid down parameters, anonymously in order to ensure objectivity. Reports on functioning of Committees were placed before the Board by the Committee Chairman. The Independent Directors Committee of the Board also reviewed the performance of the non-IndependentDirectors and the Board, pursuant to Schedule IV to the Act and Regulation 25 of the Listing Regulations 2015.
Committees of the Board
Currently, the Board has 4 committees. A detailed note on the Board and its committees is provided in the Corporate Governance Report section of this Annual Report. The composition of the committees and compliances, as per applicable provisions of the Act and Rules, are as follows:
|Name of the committee||Composition of the committee||Highlights of duties, responsibilities and activities|
|Audit committee||Mr.H.P Singhania- Chairman.|| ?All recommendations made by the committee during the year were accepted by the Board.|
|Mr.Sanjay Jhunjhunwala- Member.|| ?The Company has adopted the Whistle Blower|
|Mr.S.K Gupta- Member.||Mechanism for directors and employees to report concerns about unethical behavior, actual or suspected fraud.|
|The Company has formed the Related Party|
| Transaction Policy.|
|Nomination and remuneration committee||Mr.H.P. Singhania- Chairman.|| ?The Committee oversees and administers executive compensation.|
|Mr.S.K. Gupta- Member.|| ?All recommendations made by the committee during the year were accepted by the Board.|
|Stakeholders relationship committee||Mr.H.P. Singhania- Chairman.|| The Committee reviews and ensures redresses of investor grievances.|
|Mr.AdityaJhunjhunwala- Member.|| ?The committee noted that the grievances of the investors reported during the year, if any.|
|Mr.S.K. Gupta- Member.|
|Corporate social responsibility committee||Mr.L.K. Jhunjhunwala- Chairman.|| ?The Board as laid down the Companys policy on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).|
|Mr.SanjayJhunjhunwala- Member.|| ?The CSR policy is uploaded on Company website, www.kmsugar.com|
|Mr.S.K Gupta- Member.|
Particulars of Loans, Guarantee or Investments
As per the requirement of section 186(4) of Companies Act, 2013, particulars of loans given, investments made, guarantees given or securities provided along with the purpose for which the loan or guarantee or security is proposed to be utilized by the recipient are provided in the financial statements.
The Company seeks to increase the investment limit of the company by exceeding the limit prescribed pursuant to section 186 of Companies Act, 2013read with rule 11 of the Companies (Meeting of Board and its Powers) Rules, 2014 by passing special Resolution in the ensuing Annual General Meeting of the Company. Details of Loans, Guarantees and Investments covered under the provisions of Section 186 of the Companies Act, 2013 are provided in Notes 36.5 to the Financial Statements.
Particulars of contracts or arrangements with Related Party
All contracts or arrangements entered into by the Company with its related parties during the financial year were in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015. The Companys policy which shall be reviewed by the Board of Directors on related party transactions including the threshold limit which is duly approved by the Board of Directors may be accessed on the Companys website at http://www.kmsugar.com. Particulars of contracts or arrangements with Related Parties referred in Section 188(1) of the Companies Act, 2013 is furnished in accordance with Rule 8(2) of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014 is given in Note to Accounts no.36.18(c )and also in Form AOC-2 as Annexure-7.
Material Changes and Commitments Affecting Financial Ratios of the Company.
Disclosures of Material changes and Commitments Affecting Financial Ratios of the Company has been made in Annexure-5 to this report.
Yours Directors place on record their acknowledgment and sincere appreciation of all the bankers and financial institutions for their continued assistance. They further appreciate and acknowledge with gratitude the cooperation and assistance received from all executives, staff and workmen of the Company.
|For and on behalf of the Board|
|of K. M. Sugar Mills Ltd.|
|Date : 29.05.2019||Sd/-|
|Place : Lucknow||L. K. Jhunjhunwala|