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Report on the Audit of the Standalone Financial Statements Opinion
We have audited the accompanying standalone financial statements of Trent Limited ("the Company"), which comprise the Balance Sheet as at 31 March 2019, and the Statement of Profit and Loss (including Other Comprehensive Income), the Cash Flow Statement and the Statement of Changes in Equity for the year then ended, and a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.
In our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us, the aforesaid standalone financial statements give the information required by the Companies Act, 2013 ("the Act") in the manner so required and give a true and fair view in conformity with the Indian Accounting Standards prescribed under section 133 of the Act read with the Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules, 2015, as amended, ("Ind AS") and other accounting principles generally accepted in India, of the state of affairs of the Company as at 31 March 2019, and its profit, total comprehensive income, its cash flows and the changes in equity for the year ended on that date.
Basis for Opinion
We conducted our audit of the standalone financial statements in accordance with the Standards on Auditing specified under section 143(10) of the Act (SAs). Our responsibilities under those Standards are further described in the Auditors Responsibility for the Audit of the Standalone Financial Statements section of our report. We are independent of the Company in accordance with the Code of Ethics issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) together with the ethical requirements that are relevant to our audit of the standalone financial statements under the provisions of the Act and the Rules made thereunder, and we have fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements and the ICAIs Code of Ethics. We believe that the audit evidence obtained by us is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion on the standalone financial statements.
Key Audit Matters
Key audit matters are those matters that, in our professional judgment, were of most significance in our audit of the standalone financial statements of the current period. These matters were addressed in the context of our audit of the standalone financial statements as a whole, and in forming our opinion thereon, and we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters. We have determined the matters described below to be the key audit matters to be communicated in our report.
|Sr. No.||Key Audit Matter||Auditors Response|
|1||Impairment of Investments||In response to this key matter, our audit included, among others, the following principal audit procedures:|
|As indicated in Note 5 and 11, the value of the Companys investments at year-end was Rs. 941.05 crores, representing 36.75% of the Companys total assets. Out of the total investments, investment in equity shares in subsidiaries, joint ventures, associates and other companies amounts to Rs. 784.52 crores which is 83.37% of the total investments of the Company.||An assessment of whether the methodology established by management to identify indications of impairment and the quantification thereof for each investment are appropriate, comparing their consistency with the applicable financial reporting framework.|
|Under Ind AS, the Company must perform an impairment test on its portfolio of investments when there are indications of potential impairment or reversals thereof.||An assessment of the design, implementation and operational effectiveness of the relevant controls implemented by the Company to ensure the completeness and the accuracy of the estimation of impairment and its recognition in the financial statements.|
|The definition of indicators that the investments may have suffered impairment and the performance of an impairment test thereon were identified as key in our audit, since managements assessment of possible impairment is a complex process that includes a significant level of estimates, judgements and assumptions.||Involvement of valuation experts in the audit team to evaluate the methodologies and assumptions used by the Company, in particular, those involving the calculation of the discount rates in the various companies.|
|The main assumptions used by the Company were as follows:||Analysis of the consistency and reasonableness of the assumptions used by the management in the impairment tests, including, inter alia, a detailed review of the sensitivity tests of those assumptions which management considers as key assumptions.|
|- Net worth of the subsidiaries, joint venture and associates;|
|- Budget plans of the investee companies including the income and expense growth rates, profitability margins, capital expenditure, net working capital considered in the plans;||Assessment of compliance of the disclosure to the financial statements with the regulatory financial reporting framework.|
|- the specific discount rates used for discounted cash flows;|
|- the tax rates to be applied to the cash flows generated.|
|2||Information Technology (IT) Systems||In response to this key matter, our work included the following principal audit procedures in which our IT specialists were involved:|
|The significant volume of transactions, the high level of automation of business processes and the importance of the IT systems in financial information generation processes expose the Company to a high dependency on the IT system and its correct functioning. In this connection, maintaining an adequate control environment for information systems is essential in order to ensure their correct functioning and, accordingly, appropriate information processing.||- Identification of relevant IT applications and software in the financial information preparation process.|
|- Obtaining the required understanding of the IT systems involved in the financial information preparation process and assessment of the level of internal control over the systems. Our understanding focused, among others, on the existence of an IT security policy and written procedures in relation to IT processes; on the structure, governance and organisation of the IT area; on the degree of outsourcing of certain tasks; and on the identification of the locations of the hardware that supports the relevant IT software.|
|Due to their importance and the audit effort required, knowledge, evaluation and validation of the general financial reporting system controls, including controls relating to software maintenance and development,||- An assessment of the design, implementation and operational effectiveness of general IT controls relating to security, management of changes and operations and maintenance of the software we considered relevant.|
|physical and logical security and system operations were considered a key matter in our audit.||- An assessment of the design, implementation and operational effectiveness of the key automatic controls operating in certain, especially significant business cycles, such as sales, inventories and accounts closing.|
|3||Measurement of Inventories||In response to this key matter, our audit included, among others, the following principal audit procedures:|
|As indicated in Note 10, the value of the Companys inventories at year-end was|
|489.40 crores, representing 19.11% of the Companys total assets.These inventories relate mainly to finished goods and are distributed among the various points of sale, distribution centres and other warehouses managed by the Company. Given the nature of the business of the company, a very high volume of stockkeeping units (SKUs) is designed and put on sale over the course of the year; these SKUs rotate based on the season and customer tastes and demand, generating, therefore, a high volume of movements of inventories.||- An assessment of the consistency of the accounting principles and rules applied by the Company to measure its inventories at 31 March 2019 with the applicable regulatory financial reporting framework.|
|- An assessment of the design, implementation and operational effectiveness of the key controls in place in the inventory management and measurement process, with the involvement of our Information Technology experts in performing the tests on automatic controls applied to the relevant software involved in the process.|
|We identified this matter as key in our audit, due to the importance of the judgements and assumptions applied by the Company to determine the cost and recoverable amount of each SKU and the complexity of the logistics activities carried on by the Company in order to manage its products, which give rise to numerous SKU movements between various different locations.||- For a representative sample, verification that the finished goods inventories were correctly measured, using a re-calculation of the measurement of those inventories based on the cost of acquiring them from suppliers and considering the costs directly attributable to such goods.|
|- Assessment of the key estimates used by the management to determine the net realisable value and the consistency thereof with Company policies on provisions for inventory and actual historical and other information, such as sales and returns after the reporting date.|
Information Other than the Financial Statements and Auditors Report Thereon
The Companys Board of Directors is responsible for the other information. The other information comprises the information included in the Management Discussion and Analysis, Boards Report including Annexures to Boards Report, Business Responsibility Report, Corporate Governance and Shareholders Information, but does not include the standalone financial statements and our auditors report thereon.
Our opinion on the standalone financial statements does not cover the other information and we do not express any form of assurance conclusion thereon.
In connection with our audit of the standalone financial statements, our responsibility is to read the other information and, in doing so, consider whether the other information is materially inconsistent with the standalone financial statements or our knowledge obtained during the course of our audit or otherwise appears to be materially misstated.
If, based on the work we have performed, we conclude that there is a material misstatement of this other information, we are required to report that fact. We have nothing to report in this regard.
Managements Responsibility for the Standalone Financial Statements
The Companys Board of Directors is responsible for the matters stated in section 134(5) of the Act with respect to the preparation of these standalone financial statements that give a true and fair view of the financial position, financial performance including other comprehensive income, cash flows and changes in equity of the Company in accordance with the Ind AS and other accounting principles generally accepted in India. This responsibility also includes maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Act for safeguarding the assets of the Company and for preventing and detecting frauds and other irregularities; selection and application of appropriate accounting policies; making judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent; and design, implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financial controls, that were operating effectively for ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the accounting records, relevant to the preparation and presentation of the standalone financial statement that give a true and fair view and are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
In preparing the standalone financial statements, management is responsible for assessing the Companys ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unless management either intends to liquidate the Company or to cease operations, or has no realistic alternative but to do so.
Those Board of Directors are also responsible for overseeing the Companys financial reporting process. Auditors Responsibility for the Audit of the Standalone Financial Statements
Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the standalone financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an auditors report that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with SAs will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of these standalone financial statements.
As part of an audit in accordance with SAs, we exercise professional judgment and maintain professional skepticism throughout the audit. We also:
Identify and assess the risks of material misstatement of the standalone financial statements, whether due to fraud or error, design and perform audit procedures responsive to those risks, and obtain audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion. The risk of not detecting a material misstatement resulting from fraud is higher than for one resulting from error, as fraud may involve collusion, forgery, intentional omissions, misrepresentations, or the override of internal control.
Obtain an understanding of internal financial control relevant to the audit in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances. Under section 143(3)(i) of the Act, we are also responsible for expressing our opinion on whether the Company has adequate internal financial controls system in place and the operating effectiveness of such controls.
Evaluate the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates and related disclosures made by the management.
Conclude on the appropriateness of managements use of the going concern basis of accounting and, based on the audit evidence obtained, whether a material uncertainty exists related to events or conditions that may cast significant doubt on the Companys ability to continue as a going concern. If we conclude that a material uncertainty exists, we are required to draw attention in our auditors report to the related disclosures in the standalone financial statements or, if such disclosures are inadequate, to modify our opinion. Our conclusions are based on the audit evidence obtained up to the date of our auditors report. However, future events or conditions may cause the Company to cease to continue as a going concern.
Evaluate the overall presentation, structure and content of the standalone financial statements, including the disclosures, and whether the standalone financial statements represent the underlying transactions and events in a manner that achieves fair presentation.
Materiality is the magnitude of misstatements in the standalone financial statements that, individually or in aggregate, makes it probable that the economic decisions of a reasonably knowledgeable user of the standalone financial statements may be influenced. We consider quantitative materiality and qualitative factors in (i) planning the scope of our audit work and in evaluating the results of our work; and (ii) to evaluate the effect of any identified misstatements in the standalone financial statements.
We communicate with those charged with governance regarding, among other matters, the planned scope and timing of the audit and significant audit findings, including any significant deficiencies in internal control that we identify during our audit.
We also provide those charged with governance with a statement that we have complied with relevant ethical requirements regarding independence, and to communicate with them all relationships and other matters that may reasonably be thought to bear on our independence, and where applicable, related safeguards.
From the matters communicated with those charged with governance, we determine those matters that were of most significance in the audit of the standalone financial statements of the current period and are therefore the key audit matters. We describe these matters in our auditors report unless law or regulation precludes public disclosure about the matter or when, in extremely rare circumstances, we determine that a matter should not be communicated in our report because the adverse consequences of doing so would reasonably be expected to outweigh the public interest benefits of such communication.
Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements
1. As required by Section 143(3) of the Act, based on our audit we report, that:
a) We have sought and obtained all the information and explanations which to the best of our knowledge and belief were necessary for the purposes of our audit.
b) In our opinion, proper books of account as required by law have been kept by the Company so far as it appears from our examination of those books
c) The Balance Sheet, the Statement of Profit and Loss including Other Comprehensive Income, the Cash Flow Statement and Statement of Changes in Equity dealt with by this Report are in agreement with the books of account.
d) In our opinion, the aforesaid standalone financial statements comply with the Ind AS specified under Section 133 of the Act.
e) On the basis of the written representations received from the directors as on 31 March 2019 taken on record by the Board of Directors, none of the directors is disqualified as on 31 March 2019 from being appointed as a director in terms of Section 164(2) of the Act.
f) With respect to the adequacy of the internal financial controls over financial reporting of the Company and the operating effectiveness of such controls, refer to our separate Report in "Annexure A". Our report expresses an unmodified opinion on the adequacy and operating effectiveness of the Companys internal financial controls over financial reporting.
g) With respect to the other matters to be included in the Auditors Report in accordance with the requirements of section 197(16) of the Act, as amended, in our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us, the remuneration paid by the Company to its directors during the year is in accordance with the provisions of section 197 of the Act.
h) With respect to the other matters to be included in the Auditors Report in accordance with Rule 11 of the Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules, 2014, as amended in our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us:
i. The Company has disclosed the impact of pending litigations on its financial position in its standalone financial statements. (Note 37 (e) Page 159) of the standalone financials statements.
ii. The Company did not have any long-term contracts including derivative contracts for which there were any material foreseeable losses.
iii. There has been no delay in transferring amounts, required to be transferred, to the Investor Education and Protection Fund by the Company, except Rs. 0.07 crores which is held in abeyance due to legal cases pending. (Note 39 (d) Page 161)
2. As required by the Companies (Auditors Report) Order, 2016 ("the Order") issued by the Central Government in terms of Section 143(11) of the Act, we give in "Annexure B" a statement on the matters specified in paragraphs 3 and 4 of the Order.
For DELOITTE HASKINS & SELLS LLP
Chartered Accountants (Firms Registration No. 117366W/W - 100018)
(Membership No. 29519)
Place: Mumbai Date: 29 April 2019
ANNEXURE "A" TO THE INDEPENDENT AUDITORS REPORT
(Referred to in paragraph 1(f) under Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements section of our report of even date)
Report on the Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting under Clause (i) of Sub-section 3 of Section 143 of the Companies Act, 2013 ("the Act")
We have audited the internal financial controls over financial reporting of Trent Limited ("the Company") as of 31 March 2019 in conjunction with our audit of the standalone Ind AS financial statements of the Company for the year ended on that date.
Managements Responsibility for Internal Financial Controls
The Companys management is responsible for establishing and maintaining internal financial controls based on the internal control over financial reporting criteria established by the Company considering the essential components of internal control stated in the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. These responsibilities include the design, implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financial controls that were operating effectively for ensuring the orderly and efficient conduct of its business, including adherence to companys policies, the safeguarding of its assets, the prevention and detection of frauds and errors, the accuracy and completeness of the accounting records, and the timely preparation of reliable financial information, as required under the Act.
Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Companys internal financial controls over financial reporting of the Company based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting (the "Guidance Note") issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Standards on Auditing prescribed under Section 143(10) of the Act, to the extent applicable to an audit of internal financial controls. Those Standards and the Guidance Note require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether adequate internal financial controls over financial reporting was established and maintained and if such controls operated effectively in all material respects.
Our audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the adequacy of the internal financial controls system over financial reporting and their operating effectiveness. Our audit of internal financial controls over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal financial controls over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. The procedures selected depend on the auditors judgement, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error.
We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion on the Companys internal financial controls system over financial reporting.
Meaning of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting
A companys internal financial control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A companys internal financial control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorisations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorised acquisition, use, or disposition of the companys assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Inherent Limitations of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting
Because of the inherent limitations of internal financial controls over financial reporting, including the possibility of collusion or improper management override of controls, material misstatements due to error or fraud may occur and not be detected. Also, projections of any evaluation of the internal financial controls over financial reporting to future periods are subject to the risk that the internal financial control over financial reporting may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
In our opinion, to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us, the Company has, in all material respects, an adequate internal financial controls system over financial reporting and such internal financial controls over financial reporting were operating effectively as at 31 March 2019, based on the criteria for internal financial control over financial reporting established by the Company considering the essential components of internal control stated in the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
For DELOITTE HASKINS & SELLS LLP
Chartered Accountants (Firms Registration No. 117366W/W - 100018)
(Membership No. 29519)
Place: Mumbai Date: 29 April 2019
ANNEXURE "B" TO THE INDEPENDENT AUDITORS REPORT
(Referred to in paragraph 2 under Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements Section of our report of even date)
(i) (a) The Company has maintained proper records showing full particulars, including quantitative details and situation of fixed assets.
(b) Some of the fixed assets were physically verified during the year by the Management in accordance with a program of verification, which in our opinion provides for physical verification of all the fixed assets at reasonable intervals. According to the information and explanations given to us no material discrepancies were noticed on such verification.
(c) According to the information and explanations given to us and the records examined by us and based on the examination of the registered sale deed / title deed provided to us, we report that, the title deeds, comprising all the immovable properties of land and buildings which are freehold, are held in the name of the Company as at the balance sheet date, except the following:
|(Rs. In Crores)|
|Particulars of the land and building||Gross Block (as at 31 March 2019)||Net Block (as at 31 March 2019)||Remarks|
|Office premises bearing Nos. D2 and D4, Second floor, Taj Building, 210, Dr. D. N. Road, Mumbai - 400001||0.23||0.05||Title Deed of the property is in the name of Bruel Investments Private Limited which was amalgamated with Lakme Limited. Consequently, Lakme Limited has changed its name to Trent Limited.|
|Flat no. 21/D, Second floor, Mamta-D, Plot no. 926, T.P.S. no. IV, Appasaheb Marathe Road, Prabhadevi, Mumbai-400025.||0.71||0.18||Title Deed of the property is in the name of Lakme Limited, which has changed its name to Trent Limited.|
(ii) As explained to us, the inventories were physically verified during the year by the management at reasonable interval and no material discrepancies were noticed on physical verification.
(iii) The Company has not granted any loans, secured or unsecured, to companies, firms, limited liability partnerships or other parties covered in the register maintained under Section 189 of the Act.
(iv) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has complied with the provisions of Section 185 and 186 of the Act in respect of grant of loans, making investments and providing guarantees and securities, as applicable.
(v) According to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has not accepted any deposits during the year in terms of Section 73 to 76 of the Act and hence reporting under clause 3(v) of the Order is not applicable.
(vi) The maintenance of cost records has not been specified by the Central Government under section 148(1) of the Act.
(vii) According to the information and explanations given to us, in respect of statutory dues:
(a) The Company has been regular in depositing undisputed statutory dues, including Provident Fund, Employees State Insurance, Income Tax, Goods and Services Tax, cess and other material statutory dues applicable to it to the appropriate authorities.
(b) There were no undisputed amounts payable in respect of Provident Fund, EmployeesState Insurance, Income Tax, Customs Duty, Goods and Services Tax, cess and other material statutory dues in arrears as at 31 March 2019 for a period of more than six months from the date they became payable.
(c) According to the records made available to us and the information and explanations given by the management, the details of dues of Sales Tax, Income Tax, Value Added Tax which have not been deposited as on 31 March 2019 on account of disputes are given below:
|(Rs. In Crores)|
|Name of Statute||Nature of Dues||Forum where Dispute is Pending||Period to which the Amount Relates||Amount (Net of Amount paid under protest)||Amount paid under protest|
|Income Tax Act, 1961||Income Tax Matters||Income Tax Appellate Tribunal||2011-2012||1.43|
|Commissioner (Appeals)||2010-2011, 2013-2014, 2015-2016||25.77|
|Assessing Officer (A.O)||2016-2017||10.12||-|
|Central Sales Tax Act, 1956 and respective State Sales Tax Act||Sales Tax and Value Added Tax||Deputy Commissioner (Appeals)||1995-1996, 2002-2003, 2016-2017||0.04|
|Joint Commissioner (Appeals)||2012-2013||0.16||0.05|
|Joint Commissioner of Sales Tax (Appeal)||2013-14||0.20||0.01|
|Appellate Deputy Commissioner||2014-2015||0.22||0.03|
There are no dues of Custom Duty and Goods and Services Tax as on 31 March 2019 on account of disputes.
(viii) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has not defaulted in the repayment of borrowings to banks and dues to debenture holders. The Company has not taken any loans or borrowings from financial institutions and government.
(ix) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, the money raised by way of debt instruments have been applied by the Company during the year for the purposes for which they were raised. The Company has not raised moneys by way of initial public offer or further public offer or term loans.
(x) To the best of our knowledge and according to the information and explanations given to us, no fraud by the Company and no material fraud on the Company by its officers or employees has been noticed or reported during the year.
(xi) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has paid or provided managerial remuneration in accordance with the requisite approvals mandated by the provisions of Section 197 read with Schedule V to the Act.
(xii) The Company is not a Nidhi Company and hence reporting under clause 3(xii) of the Order is not applicable.
(xiii) I n our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company is in compliance with Section 177 and 188 of the Act, where applicable, for all transactions with the related parties and the details of related party transactions have been disclosed in the financial statements as required by the applicable accounting standards.
(xiv) During the year, the Company has not made any preferential allotment or private placement of shares or fully or partly convertible debentures and hence reporting under clause 3(xiv) of the Order is not applicable to the Company.
(xv) I n our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, during the year, the Company has not entered into any non-cash transactions with its directors or directors of its holding, subsidiary or associate company or persons connected with them and hence provisions of Section 192 of the Act are not applicable.
(xvi) The Company is not required to be registered under Section 45-IA of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.
For DELOITTE HASKINS & SELLS LLP
Chartered Accountants (Firm Registration No.117366W/W-100018)
(Membership No. 29519)
Date: 29 April 2019