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Your Directors have pleasure in presenting the 47th Annual Report of the Company and the audited statement of accounts for the year ended March 31, 2015.
The year under report was riddled with adverse factors such as scanty rain fall in many parts of western India crop failure, plight of sugarcane and cotton growers, non–availability of subsidy for Power Tillers in key States, all of which have resulted in de–growth of tractor and power tiller volumes.
The number of Power Tillers sold during the year was 23103 units as against the previous year's 27252 while Tractor sales was down to 6694 units compared to 7452 during 2013–14.
However it is gratifying to note that while the Income from operation of the Company fell by 12%, better realisation on product price and stable raw material prices, control on overheads have enabled the company to minimize the dent on the bottom line.
Your Directors have pleasure in recommending a dividend of Rs.15/– per equity share of Rs.10/– each for approval at the Annual General Meeting. The dividend if declared will result in an outflow of Rs.1560 lacs including the distribution tax.
Transfer to reserves
We propose to transfer Rs.50 crore to the general reserve. An amount of Rs.52 crore is proposed to be retained in the surplus.
MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
Industry – Opportunities & Challenges
Your company is fortunate to be in the business of priority sector and uniquely placed with a range of machineries required for mechanized paddy cultivation. The products target largely the small farmers who account for more than 70% of the land holding. The ever growing need to increase the production and productivity in agriculture vis–a–vis the shortage of rural labour force continues to be the key driver for business growth. The comparative statistics of China and other rice growing countries of Asia instantly point to the tremendous opportunities for power tillers and mechanized trans planters in India. At the same time the liberal imports from China , uncertainties in subsidy and the problems associated with the administration of schemes, pose a constant challenge to the industry for short term as well as long term planning. The mechanized transplantation of paddy is a difficult concept to market but is sure to grow steadily.
The general decline in tractor industry is a matter of concern, however there are signs that the demand for small tractors will keep growing. Lower investment, running and maintenance cost and advantages of compact size tractors are becoming more important factors for buying decisions, especially for agricultural usage. As pioneers in this segment we foresee a paradigm shift in the mind set of farmers from big machines to appropriate needs.
RISKS AND CONCERNS
It is well known that in as much as subsidy has greatly helped the power tiller industry to grow, the absence or delay in the subsidy schemes adversely affects the demand. While farm mechanization continues to be in focus, the share of funds from the Centre to the States is getting reduced. Special schemes to give thrust for custom hiring of agricultural machinery to benefit small farmers is yet to gain large scale acceptance. Your company is constantly trying to work with the Government to address many of the impediments that are coming in the way of greater success in small farm mechanization.
We have always conceded that we are not insulated from competition both in power tillers and tractors . We believe that it is helping the concept to grow and we have to create a space for ourselves by honing our skills and competitive edge. Your company fully endorses the call to "Make in India" and fervently hopes that domestic manufacturers interest will be accorded preference.
CURRENT YEAR OUTLOOK
Your Directors sincerely believe that the year 2014–15 was an aberration and the company should plan for returning to healthy growth for the current financial year. The products that your company manufactures requires a long lead time for production to match the seasonal fluctuation in demand and intimation to hundreds of vendors from whom the components are sourced. The opportunity loss during peak season is far greater than the carrying cost of inventory. This will be addressed with the new plant for Tractors in Hosur gearing up to increase the capacity utilization through the new variants that are added to the existing tractor model. The Bengaluru plant is also geared up to meet the anticipated increase in demand for power tillers.
In accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 Mr. V.V. Pravindra, Director of the Company will retire at the ensuing AGM and he is eligible for reappointment.
APPOINTMENT OF KEY MANAGERIAL PERSONNEL (KMP)
During the year following persons were appointed as Key Managerial Personnel (KMP) of the Company under section 203 of the Companies Act, 2013.
1. Mr. V.P. Mahendra – Vice Chairman, Managing Director & CEO
2. Mr. R. Thiyagarajan – Executive Vice President & CFO
3. Mr. Chinmaya Khatua – Company Secretary
The Company strives to ensure good in Corporate Governance and levels of transparency with all the provisions of Clause–49 of the Listing Agreement. A certificate from the Auditors to this effect forms part of Corporate Governance Report.
DIRECTOR'S RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT:
Pursuant to subsection 5 of Section 134 of the Companies Act 2013, the Directors confirm that:
(a) in the preparation of the annual accounts, the applicable accounting standards had been followed along with proper explanation relating to material departures;
(b) they had selected such accounting policies and applied them consistently and made judgements 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 and loss of the company for that period;
(c) they had taken proper and sufficient care for the maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of this Act for safeguarding the assets of the company and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities;
(d) they had prepared the annual accounts on a going concern basis; and
(e) they, had laid down internal financial controls to be followed by the company and that such internal financial controls are adequate and were operating effectively.
(f) they had devised proper systems to ensure compliance with the provisions of all applicable laws and that such systems were adequate and operating effectively.
M/s. Brahmayya & Co, Chartered Accountants were appointed as Auditors of the Company for three financial year w.e.f 2014–15 at the 46th Annual General Meeting. Their appointment will be ratified at the forth coming Annual General Meeting.
Pursuant to Section 148 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with The Companies (Cost Records and Audit) Amendment Rules, 2014, the cost audit records maintained by the Company is required to be audited. Your Directors had, on the recommendation of the Audit Committee, appointed M/s. Rao, Murthy & Associates, Cost Accountants to audit the cost records of the Company for the financial year 2015–16 on a remuneration of Rs.2 lakh (Exclusive of service tax) plus out of pocket expenses. As required under the Companies Act, 2013, the remuneration payable to the cost auditor is required to be placed before the Members in a general meeting for their ratification. Accordingly, a Resolution seeking Member's ratification for the remuneration payable to M/s. Rao, Murthy & Associates., Cost Auditors is included at Item No.6 of the Notice convening the Annual General Meeting.
M/s. K.P.Rao & Co, Chartered Accountant were appointed as Internal Auditors under section 138 of the Companies Act, 2013 for the financial year 2014–15.
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 204 of the Companies Act, 2013 and The Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014, the Company had appointed M/s. K Narayana Swamy & Co, Company Secretaries in Practice to undertake the Secretarial Audit of the Company. The Secretarial Audit Report is enclosed herewith as Annexure–4.
PARTICULARS OF EMPLOYEES:
As required by provisions of section 197 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 5(2) and (3) of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014, except Vice Chairman & Managing Director, the details of which are given in Annexure–1, there are no employees who draw remuneration as set out in the aforesaid provision of the Companies Act, 2013.
CONSERVATION OF ENERGY, TECHNOLOGY ABSORPTION AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNINGS AND OUTGO:
Information under Section 134 Companies Act, 2013 read with rule 8 (3) of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014 is enclosed as Annexure–2.
Your Company has not accepted any deposits within the meaning of Chapter– V of the Companies Act, 2013 and rules made there under.
Internal Control System and their Adequacy
The Company maintains adequate Internal Control Systems commensurate to the nature of its business and complexity of its operations. These are regularly tested for their effectiveness by Statutory as well as Internal Auditors with focused attention on validation of I T. Security.
The Significant observations made by the Auditors and follow up actions there on reported to the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee reviews the adequacy and effectiveness of the Company's Internal Control Environment and monitors the implementation of the Audit recommendations.
Industrial relations have been cordial at the Bengaluru and Hosur plants during the year. At the Mysore plant the previous memorandum of settlement has expired and negotiations are under progress for an amicable settlement.
Your company has initiated steps to building organizational capabilities and strengthen human resources at all levels in line with the corporate growth plans.
Statements in this release that are "forward–looking statements" are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those either expressed or implied due to factors such as Raw material prices, Government policies, Competition, tax regime, market acceptance of new products and services, continued acceptance of existing products and services, changes in licensing programs, product price discounts, delays in product development and related product release schedules, sales and vendor channel disruption.
All information in this release is as of May 29, 2015, The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company's expectations.
Four meetings of the Board of Directors were held during the year. For further details, please refer report on Corporate Governance of this Annual Report.
Declaration of Independent directors.
The Company has received declarations from Independent directors as mentioned in sub–section (6) of section 149 of the Companies Act, 2013.
The Company has constituted Audit Committee, CSR Committee, Nomination & Remuneration Committee and Stakeholders Relationship Committee. The details of the Committees are mentioned in Corporate Governance Report.
The purpose of this policy is to provide a framework to promote responsible and secure whistle blowing. It is to protect employees wishing to raise a concern about serious irregularities within the Company.
The Company has vigil mechanism to deal with instance of fraud and mismanagement, if any. The details of the vigil mechanism is explained in the Corporate Governance Report and also posted on the website of the Company.
Auditors qualification, reservation or adverse remark or disclaimer.
The Auditors have given a "clean report" without any qualification, reservation or adverse remark or disclaimer. Except slight delay in payment of TDS. Management explained, the same has been addressed. The Secretarial Auditors have made the following observation.
"The Company is yet to appoint Woman Director on the Board of the Company in compliance with Clause 49 (II)(A)(1) of the Listing Agreement read with Section 149 of the Companies Act, 2013."
We wish to inform that the Company has been making best efforts to find a suitable person for appointment as a woman director on the Board. We hasten to add that we are confident of complying with requirement at the earliest.
Loans, Guarantee & Investment
The Company has not given any loan or guarantee under section 186 of the Companies Act, 2013 during the year 2014–15. However the investments formed part of the notes to the financial statements provided in this Annual Report.
Related Party Transactions
All related party transactions that are entered into during the financial year were on an arm's length basis . There are no materially significant related party transactions made by the company with Promoters, Directors, Key Managerial Personnel or other designated persons which may have a potential conflict with the interest of the Company at large.
All Related Party Transactions are placed before the Audit Committee and also before the Board for approval. Prior omnibus approval of the Audit Committee was obtained for the transactions which are of a foreseen and repetitive nature. The transactions entered into pursuant to the omnibus approval so granted are audited and a statement giving details of all related party transactions is placed before the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors for their information and approval. The policy on dealing with Related Party Transactions as approved by the Board can be accessed at <http://www.vsttillers.com/sites/> default/files/policies/policy_on_related_party_transc.pdf
Material changes and commitments affecting the Financial Position
There are no material changes and commitments affecting the financial position of the company which have occurred between the end of the financial year of the company to which the financial statements relate and the date of the report;
Risk Management Policy
With regard to risk management policy, the Company is in process of finalization of the risk management policy however risk pertaining to business of the Company is discussed at the Audit Committee and at the Board Meetings on regular basis.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
The Company has formed CSR policy and Committee during the year and details of CSR policy is available in Company website i.e. <http://www.vsttillers.com/> policies. The Company has not spent any amount in CSR activities during the financial year 2014–15. However, as a matter of principle your Company has been supporting approved Trusts/NGOs in social, economic & educational fields.
Evaluation of Board Performance.
The Board works with the nomination and remuneration committee to lay down the evaluation criteria for the performance of executive / non–executive / independent directors through a peer–evaluation excluding the director being evaluated. The evaluation of all the Directors and the Board as a whole was conducted based on the criteria and frame work adopted by the Board.
None of the Independent Directors are due for re–appointment.
There is no change in nature of the business during the year.
Details of subsidiary, Associate or joint Venture Company.
Under Companies Act, 2013, M/s. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries–VST Diesel Engines Pvt Ltd (CIN– U34107KA2007PTC043432) will be treated as Joint Venture Company.
Significant and material orders
There are no significant material orders passed by the Regulators / Courts which would impact the going concern status of the Company and its future operations.
The ratio of the remuneration of each Director and KMP to the median remuneration of the employees of the company for the financial year as follows:
The Company's PAT has decreased from Rs. 8294 lakhs to Rs. 6952 lakhs, a decrease of 16 % and this increase of KMP remuneration is line with the current market scenario and with Company policy. However salary of Vice Chairman & Managing Director and other whole time directors was approved by the shareholders.
In spite of reduction in profit, the Company has given marginal normal increase in salaries to the employees keeping in view the overall industry standard and interest of the employees. The unionized employees of the Company are getting salary increment as per the terms and conditions of their wage settlement. There is no exceptional circumstances of increase in the managerial remuneration. The salary of the Vice Chairman & Managing Director was increased due to terms and conditions of his re–appointment as approved by the members at the last AGM.
The Company has 536 permanent employees on roll. The Company fixes salary of the employees on the basis of Remuneration Policy of the Company.
Internal Complaint Committee under Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace ( Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal ) Act, 2013.
The Company has formed Internal Complaint Committee under Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace ( Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal ) Act, 2013 and no complaint was received during the year 2014–15.
Extract of Annual Return
Extract of Annual Return of the Company is annexed herewith as Annexure–5 to this Report.
The Directors wish to convey their gratitude for the faith reposed in your Company by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Limited, employees, dealers, vendors, Bankers and the customers at large.
for V.S.T. TILLERS TRACTORS LTD.
V. K. Surendra
Date : May 29, 2015