VSF Projects Ltd Management Discussions.
The Indian Engineering sector has witnessed a remarkable growth over the last few years driven by increased investments in infrastructure and industrial production. The engineering sector, being closely associated with the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors, is of strategic importance to Indias economy. India on its quest to become a global superpower has made significant strides towards the development of its engineering sector. The Government of India has appointed the Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) as the apex body in charge of promotion of engineering goods, products and services from India. India exports transport equipment, capital goods, other machinery/equipment and light engineering products such as castings, forgings and fasteners to various countries of the world
INFRASTRUCTURE AND CONSTRUCTION THE LONG TERM OPPORTUNITY
Infrastructure remains a vital sector for Indias growth story. But, lack of adequate infrastructure is a major constraint in Indias growth. Infrastructure, which was the golden sector a few years ago, is battling regulatory bottlenecks, land acquisition delays and credit crunch. Without any dichotomy - the future growth prospects of the Indian economy lingers primarily on the infrastructure investment and timely execution of the projects. Defying inflationary pressures and euro zone crisis, the Finance Minister in his Budget has attempted to steer the economy out of recessionary slumber. To give infrastructure the much needed boost and to bridge the infra funding deficit he marshaled all resources at his disposal and fired a barrage of tax free bonds to generate funds for infrastructure sector which plays a pivotal role in generating jobs, shaping the fiscal health of economy and accelerating GDP growth. In fact, the approach is straight, loud and crystal clear attempt to make India an attractive destination for global investors by conceptualizing the cascading effect of dividend distribution tax by terminating secondary tax on companies and skillfully employing the ECB window to generate infra funds both from internal and external resources.
VSF Projects (VSFPROJ.) is one of Indias leading companies with a history of 27 years. Over this span, the company built strong capabilities and established widespread credentials for success of project delivery across wide spectrum of sectors within the infrastructure industry. It is this pedigree that has helped the Company re-invents itself to meet the challenges of different times and deliver value to all stake-holders.
The Companys core business is providing Engineering & Construction services for large projects across sectors like Power (Thermal, Solar), Transportation (Roads, Bridges etc.) Water (Irrigation and water supply) and Industrial Projects. The Financial Year 2018-19 has been a very tough year for the Company as the company had no new order due to huge financial crunch and the biggest slowdown in construction business over all in the economy. Further the Management is scouting for various other business opportunities for reviving the company including venturing into earlier business of the Company that is aquaculture and other related business.
OPPORTUNITIES & THREATS
Infrastructure Industry: The continued thrust on infrastructure projects including highways / expressways and Power will bring lot of opportunities for India and your Company. Power Generation: The necessity for addition of power generation capacity of the country and the various incentives provided by the Government of India for private sector participation in development of power will be key to the development of Power projects. General: The Indian Economy is expected to slowdown and grows at around 5%p.a and provides ample opportunity for the Company to sustain the growth. All though the Company is well poised and equipped to face any risk of exposure to Business, Assets and Financial Risks in the form of competition, accidents, natural calamities, obsolescence, and fluctuations in foreign currency etc, the Company is not secluded from the threats of slowing economy around the world and India in particular. Emerging economies around the globe have witnessed outflow of FII investment from both Debt and Equities, resulting in a free fall of the domestic currency against the US Dollar. India is no exception to this and companies across the sectors are feeling the pinch of the slowing economy and falling rupee. Apart from the global and macro factors, power sector in India is going through a lean phase. The delay in getting various clearances from the government, non signing of Fuel Supply Agreements by the Coal and Gas ministries, the cost escalation have all impacted adversely the Power Sector. The management of your company is however hopeful that the government will take appropriate and timely steps to revive the prospects of the ailing infra and power companies.
|RISKS & CONCERNS|
|1. Infrastructure sector is dependent on political stability.|
|2. Contract Payment Risk|
|3. un organized Sector|
|4. Shortage of Labor and Employees.|
|5. Coal Shortages|
INTERNAL CONTROL SYSTEM AND ITS ADEQUACY
The philosophy we have with regard to internal control systems and their adequacy has been formulation of effective systems and their strict implementation to ensure that assets and interests of the Company are safeguarded; checks and balances are in place to determine the accuracy and reliability of accounting data. The Company has a well defined organization structure with clear functional authority, limits for approval of all transactions. The Company has a strong reporting system, which evaluates and forewarns the management on issues related to compliance. Company updates its internal control system from time to time, enabling it to monitor employee adherence to internal procedures and external regulatory guidelines.
Human wealth is the ultimate wealth in for any industry. The Company recognizes this fact and understands that employees are one of the most important sources for sustained growth of any business. Quality personnel delivering their optimum potential for the organization is the key differentiator. The Company maintained good relations with its employees and there was no unrest in the Company at any point of time. Industrial relations in the organization continued to be cordial and progressive.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
The Company places considerable emphasis on health and safety throughout its operation and displays commitment to ensure the high standards being maintained in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE WITH RESPECT TO OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE
|Total Income (Including other income)||274.40||0|
|Profit Before Tax||-729.57||-100.03|
|Profit After Tax||-727.11||-93.02|
|Earnings per share||-12.39||-1.58|
FORWARD LOOKING / CAUTIONARY STATEMENT:
Certain statements in the Management Discussion & Analysis Report detailing the Companys objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or predictions may be forward looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws and regulations. These statements being based on certain assumptions and expectation of future event, actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied. Important factors that could make a difference to the Companys operations include economic conditions affecting domestic demand supply conditions, finish goods prices, changes in Government Regulations and Tax regime etc. The Company assumes no responsibility to publically amend, modify or revise any forward looking statements on the basis of subsequent developments, information or events.
|BY THE ORDER OF THE BOARD|
|For VSF Projects Limited|
|Bobba Narayana Murthy|
|Chairman and Managing Director|