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Your Board of Directors are pleased to present the Thirty Fourth Annual Report covering the business and operations of the Company and the Audited Financial Statements of the Company for the financial year ended March 31, 2016.
Pursuant to Section 134 of the Companies Act, 2013 ('the Act'), in relation to the Annual Financial Statements for the Financial Year 2015–2016, your Directors state and confirm that:
a) The Financial Statements of the Company – comprising of the Balance Sheet as at March 31, 2016 and the Statement of Profit & Loss for the year ended on that date, have been prepared on a going concern basis following applicable accounting standards and that no material departures have been made from the same;
b) Accounting policies selected were applied consistently and the judgments and estimates related to these financial statements have been made on a prudent and reasonable basis, so as to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company as at March 31, 2016, and, of the profits of the Company for the year ended on that date;
c) Proper and sufficient care has been taken for maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, to safeguard the assets of the Company and to prevent and detect fraud and other irregularities.
d) Requisite internal financial controls to be followed by the Company were laid down and that such internal financial controls are adequate and operating effectively; and
e) Proper systems have been devised to ensure compliance with the provisions of all applicable laws and such systems are adequate and are operating effectively.
Your Directors recommend payment of Equity Dividend of Rs. 2.25 per equity share of Rs. 1/– each and such Equity Dividend, upon approval by the Members of the Company at the ensuing Annual General Meeting, shall be payable on the outstanding equity capital as at the Record Date. The outflow on account of equity dividend and the tax on such dividend distribution, based on current paid–up capital of the Company would aggregate to Rs. 2594 million, resulting in a payout of 30% of the net profits of the Company on a stand–alone basis.
Equity dividend payout for the year under review has been formulated in accordance with the Company's policy to pay sustainable dividend linked to long term growth objectives of the Company to be met by internal cash accruals.
Equity Shareholders of the Company as on the Record Date of July 22, 2016 shall be eligible for payment of Equity Dividend for the financial year ended March 31, 2016.
During the year under review, your Company had remitted:
– Preference Dividend of Rs. 0.06 on 6% Cumulative Redeemable Non–Convertible Preference Shares of Rs. 1 each (Bonus Preference Shares) for financial year 2015–16 resulting in an outflow of Rs. 1,456.53 million (including dividend distribution tax);
– Pro–rata Preference Dividend at the rate of Rs. 0.06 per year, on 6% Non–Cumulative Redeemable Non–Convertible Preference Shares of Rs. 1 each (Class A – Unlisted Preference Shares) for the period from April 1, 2015 till the date of redemption i.e. January 15, 2016, resulting in total outflow of Rs. 1.28 million (including dividend distribution tax).
Reflecting our focus on delivering superior performance, your Company had another good financial year with the growth reflecting strong fundamentals of the Company – performing well in domestic markets and simultaneously exploring international opportunities. During FY2016, Indian economy saw revival with the Government's economic policies showing positive results and the effects of such economic recovery were visible in the growth of Indian Television Media industry. Overall, the television media industry registered a growth of 14% with revenues increasing from Rs. 475 billion in 2014 to Rs. 542 billion in 2015. The year also saw the launch of BARC ratings system replacing the existing TAM ratings and the new ratings system intends to improve the quality of data along with the inclusion of rural data. The roll out of digitization process in Phase III cities made good progress in FY2016 and should help boost the subscription revenues in the future.
Your Company's flagship channel, Zee TV was ranked third in the Hindi GEC space during the year with the shows like Kumkum Bhagya, Jamai Raja and Tashan E–Ishq being leaders in their primetime slots and the channel extended its weekday programming to six days a week.
The new General Entertainment Channel (GEC) – &TV launched in March 2015, has performed well marking its presence in the cluttered GEC space, by gradually climbing the urban ratings charts. Its shows like Bhabhiji Ghar Pe Hain and Santoshi Maa are visible in the popularity chart and the non–fiction shows in the channel like Voice of India and Sabse Shaana Kaun gave the audience an experience of international entertainment formats with an Indian touch.
Zee Anmol, your Company's Free To Air channel, which airs popular shows from ZEE's content library was the No. 1 channel among the FTA channels.
Movie channels' cluster strengthened its movie library and continued to lead the Hindi Movie genre viewership ratings with some of the Bollywood's biggest blockbusters like Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Nh10, Singh is Bling etc being premiered during the year.
Your regional entertainment channels continued their strong growth in respective markets. Zee Marathi continues to maintain leadership in all the primetime slots and had more than 50% market share during the year. Zee Bangla continued to be a strong No. 2 player in the Bangla GEC space with strong leadership in the non–fiction genre, driven by shows like Dadagiri Unlimited and Didi No 1.
Zee Kannada captured market share to become No 2 in the Karnataka market with the addition of top performing fiction shows like Naagini, Ganga & Mahadevi and non–fiction shows like Weekend with Ramesh and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. Zee Telugu also increased its market share with a strong performance in the urban market and the channel was at the No 1 position in the urban market on the back of shows like Mudda Mandaram, Varudhini Parinayam and Mangama Gari Manavaralu.
Sarthak TV, the latest addition to your Company's bouquet of regional offerings was the clear No 1 in Odiya GEC genre with well over half the market share and a strong leader in fiction as well as non–fiction categories.
The English language entertainment offerings – Zee Cafe and Zee Studio continue to perform well in their respective genres and continue to strengthen the network subscription bouquet. Zee Cafe is one of the leading players in the English GEC category and has the telecast rights to the latest series programming of America's leading TV shows like The Big Bang Theory, House of Cards, Pretty Little Liars etc. Zee Studio which shows the latest blockbusters from the Hollywood catalogue, was true to its ideology of "See it All" premiering movies like The Last Knight, Eden etc.
The Sports channels portfolio was rebranded as TEN 1, TEN 2, TEN 3, TEN 1 HD and TEN Golf HD during the year to offer seamless viewing experience to the consumers. With telecast rights to 5 of the 10 cricket boards which ensure coverage of cricket of all test playing countries, your Company's sports channels continue to enthrall viewers across the country. Besides Cricket, the sports network offers it viewers the best action from other sports with events like UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, WTA Tennis, Tour de France, WWE etc among others.
Your Company expanded its digital footprints with the launch of OZEE – a one stop destination for all the content produced by ZEE, giving consumers the convenience of catching up on their favorite shows on one platform.
Your Company's focus on expansion in International markets continued, with several deals signed during the year enhancing the penetration of ZEE network channels in international territories. The major highlights for the year include:
• Launch of Zee Magic in Africa. Zee Magic is your first French GEC, offering Indian contents to target French mainstream markets in Francophone Africa;
• &TV consistently featured in the Top 10 South Asian Channels in the United Kingdom; &TV was also launched in the MENAP market;
• Zee TV was the No 1 channel and Zee Cinema was the No 2 channel among South Asian expats in their respective genres in the UAE;
• Zee Aflam consolidated its position as the top Bollywood channel catering to Arabic audiences.
There were no changes to the Equity Share Capital of the Company during the year under review. However, 22,273,886 – 6% Non–Cumulative Redeemable Non–Convertible Preference Shares of Rs. 1 each (Class A – Unlisted Preference Shares) issued by the Company in pursuance of a Scheme of Arrangement approved by Hon'ble Bombay High Court on September 12, 2014, were redeemed at par on January 15, 2016 and an amount of Rs. 22,273,886/– was transferred to Capital Redemption Reserve. Consequent to redemption of the said Preference Shares, the overall Paid–up Share Capital of the Company as at the close of March 31, 2016 stand reduced to Rs. 2112,98,71,840/–, comprising of 96,04,48,720 Equity Shares of Rs. 1 each and 2016,94,23,120 Preference Shares of Rs. 1 each.
In order to facilitate future corporate action(s) for redemption of Bonus Preference Shares as per the terms of the issue, as per approval accorded by the Equity Shareholders and Preference Shareholders during FY 2015–16, on April 1, 2016 your Company had executed a Corporate action for consolidation of face value of Bonus Preference Shares from Rs. 1/– each to Rs. 10/– each. Consequently, 201,69,42,312 Bonus Preference Shares having face value of Rs. 10/– each post such consolidation (bearing ISIN INE256A04022) were listed and traded on BSE Limited and National Stock Exchange of India Limited on and from April 7, 2016. The said consolidation of face value of Bonus Preference Shares resulted in alteration of the Paid–up Share Capital of your Company at Rs. 2112,98,71,840/–comprising of 96,04,48,720 Equity Shares of Rs. 1 each and 201,69,42,312 Preference Shares of Rs. 10/– each on and from April 1, 2016. In pursuance of the approval accorded by the Shareholders, the Authorised Share Capital of the Company stands altered to Rs. 2300 Crores comprising of 200 Crores Equity Shares of Rs. 1 each and 210 Crores Preference Shares of Rs. 10 each.
During the financial year, Brickwork Ratings India Private Ltd re–affirmed the current upgraded rating of 'BWR AA+' assigned to the Bonus Preference Shares of the Company listed on the Stock Exchanges.
During the year under review, keeping in mind the expansion plans and integration of operations of all the divisions of the Company, effective September 1, 2015 the Registered and Corporate Office of the Company was shifted to a landmark building called 'Marathon Futurex' situated in Lower Parel, Mumbai which has lavish interiors, sprawling workspaces, the Sky Gardens, restaurants, etc.
REGISTRAR & SHARE TRANSFER AGENT
During the first quarter of Calendar Year 2016, there were certain allegations of fraud and malpractices in the conduct and operations of Sharepro Services (India) Pvt Ltd ('Sharepro'), who has been the Registrar and Share Transfer (R&T) Agent of the Company and upon preliminary investigations, SEBI had issued an order dated March 22, 2016 inter alia restraining Sharepro from involving in market related activities. The Assurance Audit of records and systems of Sharepro done at the behest of your Company by M/s MKB Associates, Company Secretaries did not reveal any irregularity or violations with respect to transfer of securities or payment of dividend of the Company during the audit period of 11 years from April 1, 2005.
Subsequently, in pursuance of the advisory issued by SEBI vide Order dated March 22, 2016 and considering that key employees were leaving Sharepro which could affect R&T services at Sharepro in future, your Company has appointed M/s Link Intime India Private Ltd as the R&T Agent in place of Sharepro. The said changeover of R&T agent shall take effect from June 16, 2016.
EMPLOYEE STOCK OPTION SCHEME
During the year under review, your Company has not granted any Stock Options under its ESOP 2009 Scheme. Further there were no Stock Options outstanding as at the close of March 31, 2016. Hence there are no disclosures provided, as required under Regulation 14 of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Share Based Employee Benifits) Regulations, 2014.
SUBSIDIARIES & JOINT VENTURES
During the year under review, in order to provide clear focus on international broadcasting operations, Mr Amit Goenka, son of Dr Subhash Chandra, Non–Executive Chairman of the Company was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Asia Today Limited, Mauritius (earlier known as Zee Multimedia (Maurice) Ltd). Further, the overseas broadcasting operations of the Company were re–organised as under:
• Asia Today Limited, Mauritius, a wholly owned overseas subsidiary of the Company was renamed as ATL Media Ltd (ATL–Media) and the businesses relating to Sports Channels, English Channels viz Zee Cafe and Zee Studio and up–link operations for international channels continued to be housed under ATL Media Ltd either directly or through its wholly owned subsidiaries viz. Expand Fast Holdings Singapore Pte Ltd and Taj TV Ltd, Mauritius;
• Zee Multimedia (Maurice) Ltd, one of the wholly owned subsidiaries of ATL Media Ltd was renamed as Asia Today Limited (ATL) and the business operations of general entertainment channels for various international territories as detailed below have been housed under ATL as under:
i. Distribution business in Middle East region is managed through ATL Media FZLLC and Zee Entertainment Middle East FZLLC, both wholly owned subsidiaries of ATL; Distribution in APAC region is being handled by other wholly owned subsidiaries of ATL viz. Asia Today Singapore Pte Ltd and its subsidiary Zee Technologies (Guangzhou) Ltd; and
ii. Distribution business in Europe, Canada, Russia and USA are managed by Asia TV Ltd, UK directly and through its subsidiaries viz 000 Zee CIS Holdings LLC, Russia, 000 Zee CIS LLC, Russia, Asia TV USA Ltd, Wyoming, Asia Multimedia Distribution Inc, Canada and Zee TV South Africa (Proprietary) Ltd, South Africa.
As a process of this re–organisation of businesses, the ownership of respective entities also stood transferred to their respective holding companies. Consequent to above reorganisation and incorporation of 2 new overseas subsidiaries viz. Asia Today Singapore Pte Ltd and Asia TV USA Ltd, for carrying out operations in international territories as at March 31, 2016 your Company had 17 direct and in–direct overseas subsidiaries as against 15 subsidiaries as at March 31, 2015.
During the year under review, your Company transferred its Ditto TV and Digital Business to a wholly owned subsidiary viz Zee Sports Limited, which changed its name subsequently to Zee Digital Convergence Limited. Additionally, your Company acquired 100% equity stake in Sarthak Entertainment Pvt Ltd, a Company engaged in the business of broadcasting of 'Sarthak' a leading Odiya language general entertainment channel. India Webportal Pvt Ltd, a 51% subsidiary of the Company, increased its equity stake in Idea Shop Web And Media Pvt Ltd (Idea Shop) from 38.61% to 51.04% and therefore Idea Shop, a Company engaged in the business of managing an online lifestyle portal (www.brownpaperbag.in), became a step down subsidiary of the Company as at March 31, 2016. Consequent to aforesaid acquisitions, for carrying out domestic operations as at March 31, 2016 your Company had 7 Indian Subsidiaries as against 5 as at March 31, 2015.
Apart from above, no other Subsidiary / Joint–venture was formed or divested during the financial year 2015–16. In compliance with Section 129 of the Act, a statement containing requisite details including financial highlights of the operation of all the subsidiaries in Form AOC–1 is annexed to this report.
In March 2016, your Board had approved acquisition of 100% equity stake in a company called Fly By Wire International Pvt Ltd., (FBW) which is engaged in providing Aircraft Charter services and owns one Bombardier Challenger 605 Aircraft. As on the date of this report, your Company has acquired 49% equity stake in FBW and balance 51% equity stake in FBW shall be acquired by the Company upon receipt of regulatory approvals.
Further with a view to create an Integrated Sales Organization which shall engage in advertisement sales agency business across genres and/or platforms, on April 1, 2016 your Company had acquired 100% stake in Zee Unimedia Limited and effective April 1, 2016 the ad–sales operations of the Company stand transferred to this subsidiary on an agency commission basis.
Your Company has prepared the Consolidated Financial Statements in accordance with Section 129(3) of the Companies Act 2013 read with Accounting Standard AS 21 (Consolidated Financial Statements), AS 23 –(Accounting for Investments in Associates) and AS 27 (Financial Reporting of Interest in Joint Ventures).
In accordance with Section 136 of the Companies Act, 2013, the audited financial statements including the consolidated financial statements and related information of the Company and audited accounts of each of the subsidiaries are available on the website of the Company www.zeetelevision.com. These documents will also be available for inspection during business hours at the Registered Office of the Company.
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND POLICIES
In order to maximize shareholder value on a sustained basis, your Company has been constantly reassessing and benchmarking itself with well–established Corporate Governance practices besides strictly complying with the requirements of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirement) Regulations, 2015 ('Listing Regulations') and applicable provisions of Companies Act, 2013.
In terms of Schedule V of Listing Regulations, a detailed report on Corporate Governance along with Compliance Certificate issued by the Statutory Auditors of the Company is attached and forms an integral part of this Annual Report. Management Discussion and Analysis Report and Business Responsibility Report as per Listing Regulations are presented in separate sections forming part of the Annual Report. The said Business Responsibility Report will also be available on the Company's website www.zeetelevision.com as part of the Annual Report.
In compliance with the requirements of Companies Act, 2013 and Listing Regulations, your Board has approved various Policies including Code of Conduct for Directors & Senior Management, Material Subsidiary Policy, Insider Trading Code, Document Preservation Policy, Material Event Determination and Disclosure Policy, Fair Disclosure Policy, Corporate Social Responsibility Policy, Whistle Blower and Vigil Mechanism Policy, Related Party Transaction Policy and Remuneration Policy. All these policies and codes have been uploaded on Company's corporate website www.zeetelevision.com Additionally, Directors Familiarisation Programme and Terms and Conditions for appointment of Independent Directors can be viewed on Company's corporate website www.zeetelevison.com
In compliance with the requirements of Section 178 of the Companies Act, 2013, the Nomination & Remuneration Committee of your Board had fixed various criteria for nominating a person on the Board which inter alia include desired size and composition of the Board, age limits, qualification / experience, areas of expertise and independence of individual. The Committee had also approved in–principle that the initial term of an Independent Director shall not exceed 3 years.
DIRECTORS & KEY MANAGERIAL PERSONNEL
Your Board currently comprises of 8 Directors including 4 Independent Directors, an Executive Director and 3 Non–Executive Directors. Independent Directors provide their declarations both at the time of appointment and annually confirming that they meet the criteria of independence as prescribed under Companies Act, 2013 and Listing Regulations. During FY 2015–16 your Board met 6 (six) times details of which are available in Corporate Governance Report annexed to this report.
During the year under review, Lord Gulam Noon, one of the Independent Directors of the Company, passed away on October 27, 2015. Your Board places on record its appreciation for the contributions made by Lord Gulam Noon during his tenure as an Independent Director of the Company. Mr Subodh Kumar, who was appointed for a period of 3 years as Executive Vice Chairman of the Company with effect from February 1, 2014 resigned from his executive position as at the close of October 15, 2015 and continues as a NonExecutive Director on the Board of your Company.
Based on confirmation of independence and recommendations by the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, your Board had approved appointment of Mr Adesh Kumar Gupta as an Additional Director of the Company in the category of Independent Director with effect from December 30, 2015. In terms of Section 161 of the Companies Act 2013, Mr Adesh Kumar Gupta shall hold office up to the date of the ensuing Annual General Meeting. Your Company has received a notice in writing along with requisite deposit pursuant to Section 160 of Companies Act, 2013, proposing appointment of Mr Adesh Kumar Gupta as Director of the Company and your Board recommends appointment of Mr Adesh Kumar Gupta as an Independent Director not liable to retire by rotation for a period of 3 years with effect from December 30, 2015.
Pursuant to the Members' approval at the 32nd Annual General Meeting held on July 18, 2014, Prof (Mr) Sunil Sharma and Prof (Mrs) Neharika Vohra were appointed as Independent Directors of the Company for a period of 3 years till January 21, 2017 and March 11, 2017 respectively. Special Resolutions seeking members' approval for appointing them as Independent Director(s) for the second term of 3 years from expiry of their current terms form part of the Notice of the ensuing Annual General Meeting. Your Company has received notice(s) in writing along with requisite deposit pursuant to Section 160 of Companies Act, 2013, proposing their appointment for the second term and based on performance evaluation and contributions made by Prof (Mr) Sunil Sharma and Prof (Mrs) Neharika Vohra, your Board recommends their appointment for the second term of 3 years upon expiry of their current term.
Dr Subhash Chandra, Non–Executive Director is liable to retire by rotation at the ensuing Annual General Meeting and, being eligible, has offered himself for re–appointment. Your Board recommends his re–appointment.
In compliance with the requirements of Section 203 of the Companies Act, 2013, Mr. Punit Goenka, Managing Director & CEO, Mr Mihir Modi, Chief Finance & Strategy Officer and
Mr M Lakshminarayanan, Chief Compliance Officer & Company Secretary of the Company continue as Key Managerial Personnel of the Company.
The Independent Directors of your Company, in a separate meeting held without presence of other Directors and management evaluated performance of the Chairman, Managing Director and other Non–Independent Directors along with performance of the Board/Board Committees based on various criteria recommended by Nomination & Remuneration Committee. A report on such evaluation done by Independent Directors was taken on record by the Board and further your Board, in compliance with requirements of Companies Act, 2013, evaluated performance of all Independent Directors based on various parameters including attendance, contribution etc.
In compliance with the requirements of Companies Act, 2013 and Listing Agreements / Listing Regulations, your Board had constituted various Board Committees including Audit Committee, Risk Management Committee, Nomination & Remuneration Committee, Stakeholders Relationship Committee and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. Details of the constitution of these Committees, which are in accordance with regulatory requirements, have been uploaded on the website of the Company viz. www.zeetelevision com. Details of scope, constitution, terms of reference, number of meetings held during the year under review along with attendance of Committee Members therein form part of the Corporate Governance Report annexed to this report.
A detailed report on Corporate Social Responsibility activities initiated by the Company during the year under review, in compliance with the requirements of Companies Act, 2013, is annexed to this report.
Statutory Audit: The Statutory Auditors M/s MGB & Co. LLP, Chartered Accountants, Mumbai, having Firm Registration No 101169W/W–100035, holds office until the conclusion of the ensuing Annual General Meeting and are eligible for reappointment. Your Company has received confirmation from the Auditors to the effect that their reappointment, if made, will be in accordance with the limits specified under the Companies Act, 2013 and the firm satisfies the criteria specified in Section 141 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 4 of Companies (Audit & Auditors) Rules 2014.
Your Board is of the opinion that continuation of M/s MGB & Co. LLP, as Statutory Auditors during and for certifying the financial statements for FY 2016–17, will be in the best interests of the Company and therefore Members are requested to consider their appointment as Statutory Auditors of the Company for signing financial statements and issue reports for the period ending March 31, 2017. The re–appointment proposed is within the time frame for transition as provided under the third proviso to sub–section (2) of Section 139 of Companies Act 2013.
Secretarial Audit: During the year, Secretarial Audit was carried out by M/s Vinod Kothari & Co., Company Secretaries (Firm Registration No. P1996WB042300) in compliance with Section 204 of the Companies Act, 2013.
The reports of Statutory Auditor and Secretarial Auditor forming part of this Annual report do not contain any qualification, reservation or adverse remarks. During the year the Statutory Auditors had not reported any matter under Section 143 (12) of the Act, therefore no detail is required to be disclosed under Section 134 (3) (ca) of the Act.
i. Particulars of loans, guarantees and investments: Particulars of loans, guarantees and investments made by the Company as required under section 186 (4) of the Companies Act, 2013 are contained in Note No 14 to the Standalone Financial Statements.
ii. Transactions with Related Parties: None of the transactions with related parties fall under the scope of Section 188(1) of the Act. Information on material transactions with related parties pursuant to Section 134(3)(h) of the Act, read with rule 8(2) of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014, in form AOC–2 is annexed to this report.
iii. Risk Management: Your Board had constituted Risk Management Committee to identify elements of risk in different areas of operations and to develop policy for actions associated to mitigate such risks. In the opinion of the Risk Management Committee, there was no risk that may threaten the existence of the Company.
iv. Internal Financial Controls and their adequacy: Your Company has approved internal financial controls and policies/procedures to be adopted by the Company for orderly and efficient conduct of the business including safeguarding of assets, prevention and detection of frauds and errors, ensuring accuracy and completeness of the accounting records and the timely preparation of reliable financial information. The Audit Committee evaluates the internal financial control system periodically.
v. Deposits & Unclaimed Dividend: Your Company has not accepted any public deposit under Chapter V of the Companies Act, 2013. During the year under review, in terms of provisions of Investors Education and Protection Fund (Awareness and Protection of Investors) Rules, 2014, unclaimed dividend declared by the Company & ETC Networks Ltd (since merged with the Company) for financial year 2007–08, aggregating to 0.92 Million was transferred to Investors Education and Protection Fund.
vi. Extract of Annual Return: The extract of Annual Return in Form MGT–9 as required under Section 92(3) of the Act read with Companies (Management & Administration) Rules, 2014 is annexed to this report.
vii. Sexual Harassment: The Company has zero tolerance for sexual harassment at workplace and has adopted a Policy on prevention, prohibition and redressal of sexual harassment at workplace in line with the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and the Rules thereunder. During the year under review no complaints on sexual harassment were received.
viii. Regulatory Orders: No significant or material orders were passed by the regulators or courts or tribunals which impact the going concern status and Company's operations in future.
CONSERVATION OF ENERGY, TECHNOLOGY ABSORPTION AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNINGS AND OUTGO
Your Company is into the business of Broadcasting of General Entertainment Television Channels. Since this business does not involve any manufacturing activity, most of the Information required to be provided under Section 134(3)(m) of the Companies Act, 2013 read with the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014, are Nil / Not applicable. However, the information, as applicable, are given hereunder:
FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNINGS AND OUTGO:
Particulars of foreign currency earnings and outgo during the year are given in Note 41 to 43 to Standalone Financial Statement.
HUMAN RESOURCES & PARTICULARS OF EMPLOYEES
Being in the business of creativity and business of people, to ensure sustainable business growth and become future ready, over the years your Company has been focusing on strengthening its talent management and employee engagement processes and through the year, organisation's employee engagement scores has improved to highest percentile in the entertainment sector. Your Company continues to build talent pipeline by hiring fresh talent from renowned campuses and nurturing them and identifying / training top performing resources. Your Company has institutionalised the people philosophy framework SAMWAD to ensure that, as part of key objectives, people managers deliver on organisation's expectations of managing outcome and developing people by being focused on their strengths. As at March 31, 2016, your Company had 2034 employees.
Requisite disclosures in terms of the provisions of Section 197 of the Act read with Rule 5 of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014 along with statement showing names and other particulars of the employees drawing remuneration in excess of the limits prescribed under the said rules is annexed to this report.
Employees are our vital and most valuable assets. Your Directors value the professionalism and commitment of all employees of the Company and place on record their appreciation of the contribution made by employees of the Company and its subsidiaries across the world at all levels that has contributed to your Company's success and remain in the forefront of media and entertainment business. Your Directors thank and express their gratitude for the support and co–operation received from the Central and State Governments / regulatory authorities viz. the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, the Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Reserve Bank of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India, Foreign Investment Promotion Board, the Stock Exchanges and Depositories and other stakeholders including viewers, producers, vendors, financial institutions, banks, investors and service providers.
For and on behalf of the Board of Directors
Managing Director & CEO
Date: May 10, 2016