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Aspinwall & Company Ltd. (ASPINWALL) - Auditors Report

Company auditors report

TO THE MEMBERS OF

ASPINWALL AND COMPANY LIMITED

Report on the Standalone Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying standalone financial statements of ASPINWALL COMPANYLIMITED ("the Company") which comprise the Balance Sheet as at 31 March 2017the Statement of Profit and Loss and the Cash Flow Statement for the year then ended anda 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 Section134(5) of the Companies Act 2013 ("the Act") with respect to the preparation ofthese standalone financial statements that give a true and fair view of the financialposition financial performance and cash flows of the Company in accordance with theaccounting principles generally accepted in India including the Accounting Standardsprescribed under section 133 of the Act.

This responsibility also includes maintenance of adequate accounting records inaccordance with the provisions of the Act for safeguarding the assets of the Company andfor preventing and detecting frauds and other irregularities; selection and application ofappropriate accounting policies; making judgments and estimates that are reasonable andprudent; and design implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financialcontrols that were operating effectively for ensuring the accuracy and completeness ofthe accounting records relevant to the preparation and presentation of the standalonefinancial statements that give a true and fair view and are free from materialmisstatement whether due to fraud or error.

Auditors' Responsibility

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

In conducting our audit we have taken into account the provisions of the Act theaccounting and auditing standards and matters which are required to be included in theaudit report under the provisions of the Act and the Rules made thereunder.

We conducted our audit of the standalone financial statements in accordance with theStandards on Auditing specified under Section 143(10) of the Act. Those Standards requirethat we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtainreasonable assurance about whether the standalone financial statements are free frommaterial misstatement.

An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts andthe disclosures in the standalone financial statements. The procedures selected depend onthe auditor's judgment including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement ofthe standalone financial statements whether due to fraud or error. In making those riskassessments the auditor considers internal financial control relevant to the Company'spreparation of the standalone financial statements that give a true and fair view in orderto design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances. An audit alsoincludes evaluating the appropriateness of the accounting policies used and thereasonableness of the accounting estimates made by the Company's Directors as well asevaluating the overall presentation of the standalone financial statements.

We believe that the audit evidence obtained by us is sufficient and appropriate toprovide 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 explanationsgiven to us the aforesaid standalone financial statements give the information requiredby the Act in the manner so required and give a true and fair view in conformity with theaccounting principles generally accepted in India of the state of affairs of the Companyas at 31 March 2017 and its profit and its cash flows for the year ended on that date.

Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements

1. As required by Section 143 (3) of the Act based on our audit we report to theextent applicable that:

(a) We have sought and obtained all the information and explanations which to the bestof 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 theCompany 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 Statementdealt with by this Report are in agreement with the books of account.

(d) In our opinion the aforesaid standalone financial statements comply with theAccounting Standards prescribed under section 133 of the Act.

(e) On the basis of the written representations received from the directors as on 31March 2017 taken on record by the Board of Directors none of the directors isdisqualified as on 31 March 2017 from being appointed as a director in terms of Section164 (2) of the Act.

(f) With respect to the adequacy of the internal financial controls over financialreporting of the Company and the operating effectiveness of such controls refer to ourseparate Report in "Annexure A". Our report expresses an unmodified opinion onthe adequacy and operating effectiveness of the Company's internal financial controls overfinancial reporting.

g) With respect to the other matters to be included in the Auditor's Report inaccordance with Rule 11 of the Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules 2014 as amended inour opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given tous:

i) The Company has disclosed the impact of pending litigations on its financialposition in its standalone financial statements;

ii) the Company did not have any long-term contracts including derivative contracts forwhich there were any material foreseeable losses.

iii) There has been no delay in transferring amounts required to be transferred tothe Investor Education and Protection Fund by the Company.

iv) The Company has provided requisite disclosures in the standalone financialstatements as regards its holding and dealings in Specified Bank Notes as defined in theNotification S.O. 3407(E) dated the 8 November 2016 of the Ministry of Finance duringthe period from 8 November 2016 to 30 December 2016. Based on the audit proceduresperformed and the representation provided to us by the management we report that thedisclosures are in accordance with the books of account maintained by the Company and asproduced to us by the Management.

2. As required by the Companies (Auditor's 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 theOrder.

For Deloitte Haskins & Sells
Chartered Accountants
(Firm's Registration Number : 008072S)
Sd/-
C R Rajagopal
Kochi Partner
25 May 2017. (Membership Number : 23418)

ANNEXURE "A" TO THE INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT

(Referred to in paragraph 1(f) under ‘Report on Other Legal and RegulatoryRequirements' section of our report of even date)

Report on the Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting under Clause (i) ofSub-section 3 of Section 143 of the Companies Act 2013 ("the Act")

We have audited the internal financial controls over financial reporting of Aspinwalland Company Limited ("the Company") as of 31 March 2017 in conjunction with ouraudit of the standalone financial statements of the Company for the year ended on thatdate.

Management's Responsibility for Internal Financial Controls

The Company's management is responsible for establishing and maintaining internalfinancial controls based on the internal control over financial reporting criteriaestablished by the Company considering the essential components of internal control statedin the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting("the Guidance Note") issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India("ICAI"). These responsibilities include the design implementation andmaintenance of adequate internal financial controls that were operating effectively forensuring the orderly and efficient conduct of its business including adherence tocompany's policies the safeguarding of its assets the prevention and detection of fraudsand errors the accuracy and completeness of the accounting records and the timelypreparation of reliable financial information as required under the Act.

Auditor's Responsibility

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company's internal financialcontrols over financial reporting based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordancewith the Guidance Note issued by the ICAI and the Standards on Auditing prescribed underSection 143(10) of the Companies Act 2013 to the extent applicable to an audit ofinternal financial controls. Those Standards and the Guidance Note require that we complywith ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assuranceabout whether adequate internal financial controls over financial reporting wasestablished and maintained and if such controls operated effectively in all materialrespects.

Our audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the adequacy ofthe internal financial controls system over financial reporting and their operatingeffectiveness. Our audit of internal financial controls over financial reporting includedobtaining an understanding of internal financial controls over financial reportingassessing the risk that a material weakness exists and testing and evaluating the designand operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. The proceduresselected depend on the auditor's judgement including the assessment of the risks ofmaterial misstatement of the financial statements whether due to fraud or error.

We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate toprovide a basis for our audit opinion on the Company's internal financial controls systemover financial reporting.

Meaning of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting

A company's internal financial control over financial reporting is a process designedto provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and thepreparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generallyaccepted accounting principles. A company's internal financial control over financialreporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance ofrecords that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions anddispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance thattransactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements inaccordance with generally accepted accounting principles and that receipts andexpenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorisations ofmanagement and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regardingprevention or timely detection of unauthorised acquisition use or disposition of thecompany's 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 financialreporting including the possibility of collusion or improper management override ofcontrols material misstatements due to error or fraud may occur and not be detected.Also projections of any evaluation of the internal financial controls over financialreporting to future periods are subject to the risk that the internal financial controlover financial reporting may become inadequate because of changes in conditions or thatthe degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

Opinion

In our opinion to the best of our information and according to the explanations givento us the Company has in all material respects an adequate internal financial controlssystem over financial reporting and such internal financial controls over financialreporting were operating effectively as at 31 March 2017 based on the internal controlover financial reporting criteria established by the Company considering the essentialcomponents of internal control stated in the Guidance Note issued by the ICAI.

For Deloitte Haskins & Sells
Chartered Accountants
(Firm's Registration Number : 008072S)
Sd/-
C R Rajagopal
Kochi Partner
25 May 2017. (Membership Number : 23418)

ANNEXURE "B" TO THE INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT

(Referred to in paragraph 2 under ‘Report on Other Legal and RegulatoryRequirements' section of our report of even date)

(i) (a) The Company has maintained proper records showing full particulars includingquantitative details and situation of fixed assets.

(b) Some of the fixed assets were physically verified during the year by the Managementin accordance with a programme of verification which in our opinion provides for physicalverification of all the fixed assets at reasonable intervals. According to the informationand explanations given to us no material discrepancies were noticed on such verification.

(c) With respect to immovable properties of acquired land and buildings that arefreehold according to the information and explanations given to us and the recordsexamined by us and based on the examination of registered sale deed/transfer deed/conveyance deed/court orders approving scheme of arrangements/amalgamations provided tous we report that the title deeds of such immovable properties are held in the name ofthe Company as at the balance sheet date.

Immovable properties of land and buildings that have been taken on with banks assecurity for term loans are held in the name of the Company based on the Mortgage deedexecuted between the bank and the Company for which confirmations have been obtained fromrespective bankers.

The title of land included in Plantation Land and Development that was taken on longterm lease is under dispute (refer Note No. 28.1(i)(g) to the financial statements).

(ii) As explained to us the inventories were physically verified during the year bythe Management at reasonable intervals and no material discrepancies were noticed onphysical verification.

(iii) According to the information and explanations given to us the Company hasgranted loans secured or unsecured to wholly owned subsidiary companies in respect ofwhich:

(a) The terms and conditions of the grant of such loans are in our opinion primafacie not prejudicial to the Company's interest.

(b) The schedule of repayment of principal and payment of interest has been stipulatedand the repayments are due of principal and interest thereon during the financial year2017-18.

(c) In respect of loan granted by the company in an earlier year to a wholly ownedsubsidiary company schedule of repayment of principal and payment of interest has beenstipulated and the repayments are due during the financial year 2017-18.

(d) There is no overdue amount remaining outstanding as at the balance sheet date.

(iv) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us theCompany has complied with the provisions of Sections 185 and 186 of the Companies Act2013 in respect of grant of loans making investments and providing guarantees andsecurities as applicable.

(v) According to the information and explanations given to us the Company has notaccepted any deposit during the year.

(vi) The maintenance of cost records has been specified by the Central Government undersection 148(1) of the Companies Act 2013 to Rubber Coir and Coffee Industries. We havebroadly reviewed the cost records maintained by the Company pursuant to the Companies(Cost Records and Audit) Rules 2014 as amended prescribed by the Central Governmentunder sub-section (1) of Section 148 of the Companies Act 2013 and are of the opinionthat prima facie the prescribed cost records have been made and maintained.

(vii) According to the information and explanations given to us in respect ofstatutory dues:

(a) The Company has generally been regular in depositing undisputed statutory duesincluding Provident Fund Employees' State Insurance Income-tax Sales Tax Service TaxCustoms Duty Excise Duty Value Added Tax cess and other material statutory duesapplicable to it to the appropriate authorities.

(b) There were no undisputed amounts payable in respect of Provident Fund Employees'State Insurance Income-tax Sales Tax Service Tax Customs Duty Excise Duty ValueAdded Tax cess and other material statutory dues in arrears as at 31 March 2017 for aperiod of more than six months from the date they became payable.

(c) Details of dues of Income-tax Sales Tax Service Tax Customs Duty Excise Dutyand Value Added Tax which have not been deposited as on 31 March 2017 on account ofdisputes are given below:

Name of Statute Nature of Dues Forum where Dispute is pending Period to which the amount relates Amount involved
(Rs in lakhs)
Finance Act1994 and Service Tax Rules 1994 Service Tax and Penalty (Excluding additional penalty and Interest if any) Customs Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal April 2006 to March 2012 1235
Finance Act1994 and Service Tax Rules 1994 Service Tax and Penalty (Excluding additional penalty and Interest if any) Commissioner (Appeals) April 2007 to March 2013 72
Kerala Value Added Tax Act 2003 Kerala Value Added Tax Deputy Commissioner Commercial Taxes Kochi Assessment Year 2007 - 08 37
The Kerala Agricul- tural Income Tax Act 1991 Agricultural Income Tax and interest thereon Deputy Commis- sioner (Appeals) Commercial Taxes Kochi Assessment Year 2012-13 and 2013- 14 69

(viii) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to usthe Company has not defaulted in the repayment of loans or borrowings to financialinstitutions and banks. The Company has not issued any debentures.

(ix) The Company has not raised moneys by way of initial public offer or further publicoffer (including debt instruments) as on the balance sheet date. In our opinion andaccording to the information and explanations given to us the term loans raised by thecompany from banks have been applied by the Company during the year for the purposes forwhich they were raised other than temporary deployment pending application of proceeds.

(x) To the best of our knowledge and according to the information and explanationsgiven to us no fraud by the Company and no material fraud on the Company by its officersor employees has been noticed or reported during the year.

xi) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us theCompany has paid / provided managerial remuneration in accordance with the requisiteapprovals mandated by the provisions of section 197 read with Schedule V to the CompaniesAct 2013.

(xii) The Company is not a Nidhi Company and hence reporting under clause (xii) of theOrder is not applicable.

(xiii) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us theCompany is in compliance with Section 177 and 188 of the Companies Act 2013 whereapplicable for all transactions with the related parties and the details of related partytransactions have been disclosed in the financial statements etc. as required by theapplicable accounting standards.

(xiv) During the year the Company has not made any preferential allotment or privateplacement of shares or fully or partly convertible debentures and hence reporting underclause (xiv) of the Order is not applicable to the Company.

(xv) In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to usduring the year the Company has not entered into any non-cash transactions with itsdirectors or directors of its subsidiary company or persons connected with them and henceprovisions of section 192 of the Companies Act 2013 are not applicable.

(xvi) The Company is not required to be registered under section 45-IA of the ReserveBank of India Act 1934.

For Deloitte Haskins & Sells
Chartered Accountants
(Firm's Registration Number : 008072S)
Sd/-
C R Rajagopal
Kochi Partner
25 May 2017. (Membership Number : 23418)