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INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT

To

Th e Members of

GOLDEN TOBACCO LIMITED

Report on the Standalone Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying standalone financial statements ofGolden Tobacco Limited ("the Company"), which comprise the Balance Sheet as at 31st March, 2015, the Statement of Profit and Loss, the Cash Flow Statement for the year then ended, and a summary of the significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.

Management's Responsibility for the Standalone Financial Statements

The Company's Board of Directors is responsible for the matters stated in Section 134(5) of the Companies Act, 2013 ("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 and cash flows of the Company in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in India, including the Accounting Standards specified under Section 133 of the Act, read with Rule 7 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014. 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 financial statements that give a true and fair view and are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

Auditor's Responsibility

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these standalone financial statements based on our audit.

We have taken into account the provisions of the  Act, the accounting and auditing standards and matters which are required to be included in the audit report under the provisions of the Act and the Rules made thereunder.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the Standards on Auditing specified under Section 143(10) of the Act. Those Standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement.

An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and the disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor's judgment, including the assessment of the  risks of material misstatement of the  financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal financial control relevant to the Company's preparation of the financial statements that give a true and fair view in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on whether the Company has in place an adequate internal financial controls system over financial reporting and the operating effectiveness of such controls. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of the accounting policies used and the reasonableness of the accounting estimates made by the Company's Directors, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the  financial statements.

We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion on the standalone financial statements.

Opinion

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 Act in the manner so required and give a true and fair view in conformity with the accounting principles generally accepted in India,

(i) in the case of the Balance Sheet, of the state of affairs of the Company as at 31st March, 2015;

(ii) in the case of the Statement of Profit and Loss, of the loss of the Company for the year ended on that date, and

(iii) in the case of the Cash Flow Statement, of the cash flows of the Company for the year ended on that date. Emphasis of Matter:

Without qualifying, we draw attention to the following:

(a) the appropriateness or otherwise of the  preparation of these standalone financial statements on a going concern basis, in view the Company's net worth having been entirely eroded as also the restrictions placed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court to  deal with the properties of the  Company and also by the Gujarat High Court particularly in respect of Vile Parle property. The Company has however, prepared the financial statements on a going concern basis as the management is hopeful to turn around the Company's business performance and expects favourable decision by the aforesaid courts and consequential early finalization of Modified Draft Rehabilitation Scheme (MDRS), inter alia, providing for early disposal of Company's surplus properties. (Refer note no. 25.(10) of the  standalone financial statements)

(b) The Company's Revised MDRS submitted to the Monitoring Agency for their consideration, which is pending and consequential impact, if any, including provisions/reliefs and payment of interest on various advances taken by the Company, etc. as and when the scheme is sanctioned (Refer note no. 25(1)(1.1) (c) of the  standalone financial statements).

(c) There is substantial diminution in the carrying value of certain long term investments, particularly in respect of quoted investments– the diminution being Rs. 2,12,32,345 (Previous year Rs. 3,55,10,361) as compared to its market value which, in the opinion of the management is temporary and no provisioning is considered necessary at this stage as the same are long term and of strategic in nature (Refer note no.9.1 of the  standalone financial statements).

Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements

1. As required by the Companies (Auditor's Report) Order, 2015 ("the Order") issued by the Central Government of India in terms of sub–section (11) of section 143 of the Act, we give in the Annexure a statement on the matters specified in paragraphs 3 and 4 of the  Order.

2. As required by Section 143(3) of the Act, 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, and the Cash Flow Statement 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 Accounting Standards specified under Section 133 of the  Act, read with Rule 7 of the  Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014.

(e) On the basis of the written representations received from the directors as on 31st March, 2015 taken on record by the Board of Directors, none of the directors is disqualified as on 31st March, 2015 from being appointed as a director in terms of Section 164 (2) of the Act.

f) With respect to the other matters to be included in the Auditor's Report in accordance with Rule 11 of the  Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules, 2014, 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. (Refer note no.25(1) (1.1) (a) to (e) and 25 (7) (a) of the  standalone financial statements)

ii. The Company did not have any long–term contracts including derivative contracts for which there were any material foreseeable losses.

iii. There were no amounts which were required to be transferred to the Investor Education and Protection Fund by the Company. 

ANNEXURE REFERRED TO IN PARAGRAPH 1 UNDER THE HEADING "REPORT ON OTHER LEGAL AND REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS" OF OUR REPORT OF EVEN DATE TO THE MEMBERS OF GOLDEN TOBACCO LIMITED ON THE STANDALONE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

On the basis of such checks as we considered appropriate and according to the information and explanations given to us during the course of our audit, we state that:

1. (a) The Company has generally maintained proper records showing full particulars, including quantitative details and situation of fixed assets.

(b) The Company has carried out physical verification its fixed assets during the year. In our opinion, the frequency of verification is reasonable considering the size of the  Company and the nature of its assets. No material discrepancies were noticed on such verification except a Flat having Gross Book Value of Rs. 66,44,825 (Net Book Value: Rs. 37,27,501) as on March, 2015 which, as explained by the Management, is in the wrongful possession of the family member of an ex–employee for a long time. The Company had already initiated legal proceedings against the said ex– employee and on his demise; the names of his family members were substituted. The Company is pursuing litigation so that the flat can be vacated at the earliest. We are, however, unable to comment as to when the said flat would be released to the Company and on the ultimate realisability of the carrying value thereof.

2. (a) The inventories of the  Company at its major locations have been physically verified by the management at reasonable intervals during the year. Inventory lying with third parties and in–transit as on 31st March, 2015 have been verified by the management with reference to confirmation or statement of account or correspondence obtained from the third parties and /or subsequent receipt of inventory.

(b) In our opinion, the procedures of physical verification of inventory followed by the management are reasonable and adequate in relation to the size of the  Company and the nature of its business.

(c) The Company has maintained proper records of inventory and the discrepancies noticed between the physical stocks and the book records were not material and have been properly dealt with in the books of account.

3. During the year, the Company has not granted any loans, secured or unsecured to companies, firms or other parties covered in the register maintained under section 189 of the Act.

4. In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, having regard to the explanation that some of the items purchased and sold are of the special nature in respect of which suitable alternative sources do not exist for obtaining comparable quotations, there are adequate internal control systems commensurate with the size of the  Company and nature of its business for purchase of inventory, fixed assets and with regard to the sale of goods and services. During the course of our audit, no major weakness has been noticed in the aforesaid internal control systems.

5. In our Opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has not accepted any public deposits within the meaning of Section 73 to 76 or any other relevant provisions of the  Act and rules framed thereunder.

6. On the basis of records produced, we are of the opinion that prima facie, the cost records and accounts prescribed by the Central Government under Section 148 (1) of the Act have been maintained. However, we are not required to and thus have not carried out any detailed examination of such accounts and records, with a view to ascertain whether these are accurate and complete.

7. (a) The Company is generally regular in depositing undisputed statutory dues including Provident Fund, Employee's State

Insurance, Income Tax, Sales Tax, Wealth Tax, Service Tax, Duty of Customs, Duty of Excise, Value added Tax, Cess and any other material statutory dues applicable to the Company with the appropriate authorities. No undisputed amounts payable in respect of the aforesaid statutory dues were outstanding as at the last day of the financial year for a period of more than six months from the date they became payable.

(b) According to the records of the  Company, there are no dues of Income Tax, Sales Tax, Service tax, Duty of Customs, Wealth Tax, Duty of Excise, Value Added Tax, Cess which have not been deposited on account of any dispute except the following : 

c) There were no amounts which were required to be transferred to the Investor Education and Protection Fund by the Company.

8. The accumulated losses of the  Company at the end of the  financial year are more than 50% of its networth. The Company has incurred cash losses during the current financial year as well as in the immediately preceding financial year.

9. In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us and based on the documents and records produced before us there has been no default in repayment of dues to banks except for a delay ranging from 3–90 days of Rs. 69,500,000 towards principal and Interest of Rs. 1,04,76,746. There are no dues to financial institutions or debenture holders.

10. According to the information and explanations given to us, the terms and conditions on which the Company had given guarantee for loans taken by others from banks and financial institutions are, prima facie, not prejudicial to the interest of the  Company.

11. Based on the information and explanations given to us by the management, the Company has not obtained any term loans during the year. Therefore, the provisions of the clause 4 (xi) of the Order are not applicable to the Company.

12. During the course of our examination of the  books and records of the  Company, carried out in accordance with the generally accepted auditing standards in India and according to the information and explanations given to us, we have neither come across any instance of fraud on or by the Company, noticed or reported during the year, nor have we been informed of such case by the management.

For LODHA & CO.

Chartered Accountants

Firm Registration No. 301051E

R. P. Baradiya

Partner

Membership No. 44101 

Place : Mumbai  

Date : May 25, 2015    

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