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Ladies & Gentlemen,
On behalf of Board of Directors, I have the pleasure of presenting the 55th Annual Report on your companys performance for the financial year ended 31st March 2018 along with Audited Statements of Accounts and Statutory Auditors Report.
Your company, one of the leading trading companies in India, recorded a turnover of 15,757 crore during 2017-18 as against the turnover of 11,593 crore registered during last fiscal. This business turnover includes Exports of 1795 crore, Imports of 11,878 crore and domestic trade of 2084 crore. The Company has reported a net profit of 48.84 crore in the current fiscal compared to 57.06 crore earned last year. The outgo has increased this year on account of pay revision and one time provision of gratuity due to enhancement in ceiling of gratuity limit.
The highlights of the Companys performance during 2017-18 are as below:-
|Sales of products||15,746.49||11,568.00|
|Sales of services||10.43||25.43|
|Other Trade Earnings||693.89||114.93|
|Total Revenue from Operations||16,450.81||11,708.36|
|Cost of Sales||16,117.36||11,483.91|
|Gross Profit from Operations||333.45||224.45|
|Add: Dividend and other Income||46.43||14.57|
|Less: Establishment & Administrative Overheads, etc.||307.12||247.71|
|Less: Debts/Claims Written off/withdrawn||0.05||0.66|
|Less: Provisions for Doubtful Debts/ Claims/Advances/Investments||-||0.48|
|Profit Before Interest, Depreciation and Amortization Expenses and Taxes||72.71||(9.83)|
|Add: Interest Earned (Net) (Interest earned minus Finance Cost)||0.07||6.47|
|Profit Before Depreciation and Amortization Expenses and Taxes||72.78||(3.36)|
|Less: Depreciation and Amortization Expenses||5.24||6.68|
|Less: Exceptional Items||8.41||(91.27)|
|Profit Before Taxes||59.13||81.23|
|Less: Provision for Current Taxes||13.32||27.45|
|Less: Provision for Deferred Taxes||(3.03)||(3.28)|
|Profit After Taxes||48.84||57.06|
|Add: Balance brought forward from the previous year||718.94||697.98|
|Items of other comprehensive income recognized directly in retained earnings|
|Re-measurements of post-employment benefit obligation net of tax||-||0.01|
|Dividend & Dividend Tax||(36.11)||(36.11)|
|Leaving a Balance to be carried forward||721.67||718.94|
The performance of different business groups of your Company is highlighted in the Management Discussion and Analysis Report, which is annexed and forms part of this Report.
Awards and rankings
"Gold Trophy" for the year 2014-15 under Merchant Exporter category by Northern Region of EEPC
"pecial Trophy for Exports of MEIS items in the Merchant Category in the National Award category by EEPC
IIGC 201 7 award for "Promising Government Nominated Agency for supply of bullion for 2017".
"FGC 2017 Award for "The Best Nominated Agency for supply of silver to exporters"
"Best Agency supplying gold to Highest Number of Clients" FY 2017-18 by GJEPC.
EQUITY SHARE CAPITAL & DIVIDEND
The Board of Directors recommends declaration of dividend @ 30% on the paid up equity capital of 100 crore of the Company as on 31.3.2018 for the year 2017-18 out of profits of the Company which is equivalent to 20% on the post-bonus issue paid up capital of 150 crores. During the year, in accordance with the directives of Department of Public Assets & Management (DIPAM), Govt. of India applicable for
all CPSEs, on 19th March 2018 Board of your company has recommended issue of bonus shares to the existing shareholders of the company in the ratio of 1:2 i.e. one bonus share of Re.1/- each for every two equity shares held by the shareholders as on the record date. During the current Financial Year upon receipt of approval of shareholders through postal ballot, the Authorized Share Capital was increased from 100 crores to 200 cr. Post bonus issue, the paid up capital of the company has increased from 100 crores to 150 crores comprising of 150 crores of equity shares of Re.1/- per share(face value). The entire process of bonus issue has since been completed with the transfer of appropriate proceeds being effected to the shareholders on fractional bonus shares upon disposal of such fractional bonus shares through the Independent Trustee appointed by the Board of Directors.
A sum of 1336.72 crore was available in the reserves and surplus of your Company as on 1st April, 2017. Your Directors have proposed that Dividend at the rate of 30% on the equity capital as on 31st March, 2018 ( 100 crore) be paid out of profits of the Company which comes to 20% on the post Bonus Paid Up Capital of 150 crores. Accordingly, an amount of 1348.64 crore was available in "Reserves and Surplus" of your Company as on 31st March, 2018.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNINGS AND OUTGO
The Foreign Exchange earnings and outgo of your Company during 2017-18 has been as under:-
|in crore||in crore|
The wholly owned subsidiary of your Company - MMTC Transnational Pte. Ltd. Singapore (MTPL) incorporated in October 1994 with the objective to take advantage of liberalization/globalization of trade and commerce to tap South East Asian market for trading in commodities has been engaged in commodity trading and has established itself as a credible and reputable trading outfit in Singapore. During the financial year 2017-18 MTPL achieved sales turnover of US$ 11.84 million as against US$ 113.17 million during last fiscal. The Net Loss of MTPL during the financial year 2017-18 amounted to US$ 0.38 million as against Net Profit of US$ 0.04 million earned during 2016-17. The net worth of MTPL stood at US$ 12.01 million as on 31st March 2018.
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 129 of the Companies Act, 2013, the audited financial statements of MTPL together with Directors Report & Auditors Report are attached herewith.
MMTCS PROMOTED PROJECT- Neelachal Ispat Nigam Ltd. (NINL)
Your company has set up Neelachal Ispat Nigam Limited (NINL) - an iron & steel plant of 1.1 million tonnes capacity, 0.8 million tonne coke oven and by product unit with captive power plant, jointly with Govt. of Odisha and others. The phase-II of the Project for production of steel, with Basic Oxygen Furnace, Oxygen Plant and SMS has been commissioned and Steel Billets Production was done on trial basis. During the year 2017-18, NINL achieved a turnover of 882.58 crore and incurred net loss of 377.67 crore. This was primarily due to recession in the economy and steel sector in particular and increase in cost of raw materials imported for the Plant. After lot of persuasion and efforts, finally NINL could sign Iron Ore Mining Lease on captive basis with Govt. of Odisha for 874.24 hectare having 92 million tonne of mineable iron ore reserves in the State of Odisha. Mines are planned to commission iron ore production by March, 2019. NINL has also signed MOU with NALCO for setting up of Coal Tar Pitch Plant. With the stabilization of steel making facility and starting of iron ore mining by end of current financial year, NINLs performance is expected to improve considerably as also increase in production capacity.
Projects/ Joint Ventures
To take advantage of new opportunities emerging in the free market environment, your company has promoted a number of joint ventures following the public-private partnership model in earlier years. A brief on the current status of such JVs set up in past years is given hereunder:
(i) Your Company holds 9.55% equity capital in Indian Commodity Exchange Limited (ICEX) as on 31.3.2018 out of total paid up capital of 167.5 crores. During the year under review ICEX has reported a net loss of 13.36 crore as against net loss of 14.85 crore during 2016-17. ICEX has got necessary approval from SEBI for launching diamond contracts apart from obtaining in principle approval for trading in contracts for Brent Crude and WTI Crude. It has since got clearance from SEBI for restarting its trading operations. It has also been decided by ICEX and NMEX to merge NMEX with ICEX.
(ii) Your company had participated in the equity of Currency Futures Exchange under the name and style of "United Stock Exchange of India Ltd which had been merged with "BSE Limited" (BSE) wherein your Company holds 38,961 equity shares of 2/- each in BSE. During the year BSE earned a net profit of 563.95 crore against 198.64 crore in 2016-17 and recommended a dividend of 31/- on equity share of 2/- each. The shares of BSE has since been listed on National Stock Exchange(NSE).
(iii) The joint venture for medallion manufacturing unit participated as 26% equity partner in collaboration with PAMP Switzerland in the name of MMTC-PAMP India Pvt. Ltd. achieved a turnover of 34022.43 crore and profit after tax of 43.69 crore during 2017-18. MMTC has received an interim dividend of 30% for its investment in MMTC-PAMP India Pvt. Ltd. for FY 2017-18. MMTC-PAMP India Pvt. Ltd became Indias first LBMA accredited refiner for Gold and silver. During 2017-18 MMTC has sold Gold Bars produced by MPIPL in the domestic market achieving a turnover of 481 crore and sale of silver bar of 170 crore.
(iv) For effective marketing of the finished products of both medallions and jewellery, your company had set up a JV Company, in partnership with a leading Indian company under the name and style of MMTC Gitanjali Limited for setting up retail stores at various cities in India. MMTC Gitanjali Limited has not reported turnover for the year 2017-18 as against turnover of 26.62 crore during 2016-17. The business got interrupted midway during the year 2017-18 and MMTC has exercised the "Exit" option from the said joint venture in terms of SHA signed with the Promoters of the Company.
(v) The JV Company - M/s. SICAL Iron Ore Terminals Limited (SIOTL) could not commence commercial operations due to non-availability of iron ore for exports from Bellary-Hospet Sector in Karnataka State. In view of uncertain future of iron ore exports and to utilize the infrastructure created, Kamarajar Port Trust (erstwhile Ennore Port Trust) decided to award the facility through bidding process for modification of the facility to also handle common user coal. As coal does not have synergy with MMTCs existing line of business, MMTC Board has decided to exit from the JV. MMTC invited bids through open tender for sale of its entire 26% equity in the SIOTL JV, however, no response was received. Meanwhile, as per "Right of First Refusal in Shareholders Agreement of SIOTL, Sical Logistics Ltd(lead promoter of SIOTL) offered to purchase MMTCs equity at reserve price fixed by MMTC which MMTC Board has decided to accept. Currently, process is on for sale of MMTCs 26% equity in SIOTL to Sical Logistics Ltd.
(vi) TM Mining Company Ltd.-your companys JV with M/s TATA Steel Ltd. for mining, exploration and allied activities. However, as the JV company was not able to generate any business since inception, MMTC Board has accorded approval for filing of necessary documents with Registrar of Companies (RoC) by the JV Company to strike off the name of the JV company from the records of RoC. Lead promoter (Tata Steel) has been apprised accordingly.
(vii) To facilitate promotion of two-way trade, the SPV promoted by your Company in association with IL&FS IIDC has been allotted land to set up International Cargo hub at Haldia and Free Trade and Warehousing Zone at Kandla on lines similar to Special Economic Zone. Two plots of 2.75 acres of land in the Kandla FTWZ has been leased in March, 2016 and the annual revenue is 24.73 lakhs. Discussions are on with the other units for leasing out the plots. The Development Commissioner had granted approval for setting up a unit within Kandla FTWZ.
(viii) A 15 MW capacity Wind Mill project with 25 Wind Energy Generators commissioned by MMTC way back in March, 2007 at Gajendragad in Karnataka, is running successfully and has contributed to the development of the area by meeting some portion of energy needs of Karnataka state. The power generated from the project is sold to HESCOM. The turnover of the project during 2017-18 was 6.90 crore with a profit of 5.18 crore.
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS & HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Cordial and harmonious industrial relations were maintained in the Company during the year. No man days were lost due to any industrial unrest during the year. Regular meetings were held with the Federation/ Unions / Associations of Officers, Staff and SC/ST Employees under Joint Consultative Machinery Forum. The aim of these meetings is to mitigate the grievances of the employees, exchange of information/ideas with a view to achieve Companys goals and objectives.
The aggregate manpower of the company as on 31st March, 2018 stood at 1127, comprising of 5 Board level functional executives, 1 CVO, 441 Officers and 579 staff. This manpower includes 3 officers, 98 staff / workers of erstwhile Mica Trading Company Ltd., which had been merged with your company pursuant to the orders of BIFR. The composite representation of the total manpower is - women employees representing 21.30% (240 employees) of the total manpower; SC, ST, OBC & persons with disabilities (PWD) to the extent of 20.67% (233 employees), 9.41% (106 employees), 10.20% (115 employees) and 2.04% (23 employees) respectively. During the year 12 officers were inducted through open advertisement.
Policy for reservations for SCs, STs, OBCs and PWD categories in services was followed fully as per the government guidelines in recruitment and promotion.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
For further enhancing / upgrading the skills of employees in the constantly changing business scenario, 436 employees were imparted training during the year in different spheres of companys activities. This was done through programs organized in association with in-house faculty as well as external resource persons from renowned institutions/organizations. The employees deputed for training had adequate representation of SC, ST and women employees (SC- 78, ST- 46 and women -180). In terms of man days, such training works out to 688 training man days during the year 2017-18.
IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
The Company is fully committed to implement Official Language Policy of the Government of India. Best efforts were made to achieve the targets prescribed in the Annual Programme for the year 2017-18 issued by the Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India. To promote the usage of Hindi in Companys day-to-day work, several programs viz. Hindi Workshops/Hindi Typing, training on Computers/Hindi Day/Week/Fortnight were organized at Corporate Office and Regional Offices during the year. This has brought positive results and a considerable increase of use of Hindi was observed in day to day official work.
During the year under review, the Honble Drafting and Evidence Sub Committee of Parliament on Official Language had included our Delhi Regional Office in their Discussion Programme while the Committee of Parliament on Official Language inspected our Regional Office Visakhapatnam for reviewing the progress of implementation of Hindi. Both the Committees had found our performance satisfactory. Three of our officials from Corporate Office had been awarded by Town Official Language Implementation Committee(PSUs), Delhi-I for their participation in the competitions conducted by different members of TOLIC.
The Vigilance Wing of your Company continued its focus on preventive vigilance to foster the goodwill & confidence stemming from value based business practices and for strengthening the Company as a professionally managed, globally competitive and internationally reputed organization. With the initiatives of Vigilance Division of your Company, various drills/manuals have been prepared and implemented. Under the new initiatives through video conference, quick redressal of problem and issues at regional level was introduced. Vigilance Division is also instrumental in overhauling of Systems and Procedures to detect and deal with the system failures and effective observance of conduct rules. During the period under review, a total number of 8 cases (involving 38 officials) were dealt by Vigilance Division. One fresh case (involving 1 official) was added to the opening tally of 7 cased (involving 37 officials). Status of the disciplinary cases as on 31.03.2018 is as under:
|Position as on 1.4.2017||Receipt during 1.4.2017 to 31.3.2018||Disposed 1.4.2017 31.3.2018||Balance as on 31.03.2018|
|7 cases (involving 37 officials)||1 case (involving 1 officials)||4 cases (involving 19 officials)||5 cases (involving 19 officials)|
Steps have been taken to streamline vigilance inspections conducted by VOs/NVOs. A system of quarterly/ yearly review of such inspections by Vigilance Division/CO is already in place. During the period under review, 186 vigilance and 42 non-vigilance inspection reports were received from VOs posted at various Regional Offices of MMTC. The same were timely processed and appropriate action was taken, wherever required. During the year, the vigilance division also processed 6 complaints (5 were carried over from last year and 1 new complaint was received). Out of 6 complaints. 5 complaints have been disposed of and action on remaining 1 complaint is in progress. Division is also instrumental in organizing "Vigilance Awareness Week" in various offices of MMTC from 30.10.2017 to 4.11.2017 with the theme of "My Vision - Corruption Free India". Training to Vigilance and Non-Vigilance Officers has been imparted on zonal basis for sensitizing the employees about the preventive vigilance aspect. During the period under review knowledge sharing sessions were held at Corporate Office to share the knowledge on trade activities, law, RTI and Vigilance matters to the newly joined executives and update the knowledge of other officers.
In accordance with the provisions of Section 177 of Companies Act 2013, the Board of your company introduced a Scheme on Vigil Mechanism in 2014. The vigil mechanism is established for Directors and employees to report their genuine concerns. The concerns, if any, from any employee/Director shall be addressed to the Chairman of the Audit Committee. During the year under review, no such complaint has been received. This mechanism is apart from the Whistle Blower Policy, already in force.
Integrity Pact is promoted as part of series of steps taken by Central Vigilance Commission for ensuring transparency, equity and competitiveness in public procurement. Your Company has also implemented the same to promote transparency/equity amongst the bidders and to plug any possibility of corrupt practices in trade conducted by the Company. Shri D.R.S. Chaudhary IAS (Retd.), has been appointed to function as Independent External Monitor(IEM).
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
MMTCs CSR Policy is in line with Section 135 of the Companies Act and the CSR Rules as notified by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The CSR Projects are being undertaken in terms of Section 135 of the Companies Act. The new CSR Policy is hosted on MMTCs website.
In compliance to CSR Rules, your Company in its endeavor to continue its commitment towards CSR & Sustainability initiatives during the year 2017-18 a sum of 1.26 crore was allocated for undertaking the CSR activities which was equivalent to 2% of the average net profit of preceding three years.
The funds allocated during 2017-18 under CSR were spent towards activities majorly related to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Clean Ganga Mission, Skill India Mission, Promotion of Art & Culture and Sports. Besides this, MMTC supported distribution of artificial limbs and assistive devices to the differently abled. The annual report on CSR activity undertaken by your Company during 2017-18 is annexed to this Report.
Your Company reposes its firm faith in continuous development, adoption and dedication towards the best corporate governance practices. Towards this end, the norms prescribed under the Companies Act, 2013, SEBI (Listing Obligations & Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 and Guidelines applicable for CPSEs issued by the Department of Public Enterprises in this regard are being implemented in letter and spirit. However, appointment of woman director on the Board of the company including two Independent Directors as required as on 31.3.2018 is yet to be made by the Government.
A separate Report on Corporate Governance along with certificate from M/s Blak & Co.(CP No.11714) regarding compliance of the stipulations relating to corporate governance specified in Listing Regulations is annexed hereto and forms part of this report. It may be mentioned that the company has complied with the CG norms prescribed by the Department of Public Enterprises applicable for CPSEs and a quarterly reports in this regard are sent regularly.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Pursuant to Regulation 1 5(5) of Listing Regulations, the Code of Conduct applicable to the Board members & senior management personnel has been posted on the website of your company. All Board Members and Senior Management Personnel as on 31st March, 2018 to whom the said Code is applicable have affirmed compliance of the same for the period ended 31st March, 2018 except one CGM(under suspension). Based on the affirmation received from Board Members and Senior Management Personnel, declaration regarding compliance of Code of Conduct made by the Chairman & Managing Director is given below:
Declaration as required under SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 and DPEs Guidelines on Corporate Governance
"All the members of the Board and Senior Management Personnel except one CGM(under suspension), have affirmed compliance of the Code of Business Conduct & Ethics for Board Members and Senior Management Personnel of the company for the financial year ended on March 31,2018.
Chairman & Managing Director