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MTZ Industries Ltd. (METAZINC) - Director Report

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MTZ INDUSTRIES LIMITED ANNUAL REPORT 2005-2006 DIRECTORS' REPORT To, The Members Your Directors place before you the Twenty Third Annual Report with the Audited Accounts for the year ended 31st March, 2006. 1. FINANCIAL RESULTS: Rs. in lacs 2005-06 2004-05 Income from Operations 1104.08 1286.02 Less: Inter-divisional Transfers - 84.02 Turnover and Other Operational Income 1104.08 1202.00 Profit/(Loss) before non-recurring items, interest, depreciation, deferred revenue expenditure, extraordinary/prior period items and tax (21.19) 32.71 Non-recurring items 226.61 - Profit/(Loss) before interest, depreciation, deferred revenue expenditure, extraordinary/ prior period items and tax 205.42 32.71 Interest (Net) 87.68 133.28 Profit/(Loss) before depreciation, deferred revenue expenditure, extraordinary/prior period items and tax 117.74 (100.57) Depreciation 7.62 56.46 Profit/(Loss) before deferred revenue expenditure, extraordinary/prior period items and tax 110.12 (157.03) Deferred revenue expenditure amortised 49.89 49.87 Profit/(Loss) before extraordinary/prior period items and tax 60.23 (206.90) Extraordinary/prior period items (471.67) (6839.30) Provision for taxation - - Profit/(Loss) after tax (411.44) (7046.20) Balance brought forward (9584.64) (2538.44) Amount carried to Balance Sheet (9996.68) (9584.64) 2. DIVIDEND: Due to the loss incurred during the year, the Directors are unable to recommend payment of dividend. 3. MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS REPORT: Management Discussion and Analysis Report of the Company for the year under review, as stipulated in Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement with the Stock Exchanges, - IS given as a separate statement in the Annual Report. 4. REFERENCE UNDER SICA: On account of the accumulated losses of the Company having exceeded its net worth at the end of the last financial year, the Company made a reference to BIER. Thereafter, BIER, vide its order issued on 6th October, 2006, declared the Company as a Sick Industrial Company and appointed Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) as Operating Agency (OA) with directions to conduct a techno-economic viability study and prepare a viability report and revival scheme. Steps have been initiated by the Company in consultation with the OA to comply with BlFR's directives. 5. STATUS OF INSURANCE CLAIM RELATED TO FIRE AT BHIWANDI UNIT: The Company's writ petition filed before the Hon'ble Bombay High Court, praying for directions to the Insurance Company to settle the claim, continues to remain pending for hearing and final decision by the said Hon'ble Court. 6. FIXED DEPOSITS: No fixed deposits were accepted from the public during the year under review. 7. CORPORATE GOVERNANCE: Your Company has taken adequate steps to ensure compliance with the provisions of Corporate Governance as prescribed under the Listing Agreement with the Stock Exchanges. A separate report on Corporate Governance alongwith the Auditors' Certificate on its compliance by your Company forms a part of the Annual Report. 8. DIRECTORS: Mr. Anand S. Shah retires at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting and being eligible, offers himself for re-appointment. Mr. P. S. Talawadekar was appointed as a Director on the Company's Board by IDBI as its nominee w.e.f. 24th January, 2006. Mr. T.C.A. Ramanujam resigned as a Director from the Board of the Company w.e.f. 9th September, 2005. The Board thanks him for his contribution during his tenure as Director. 9. DIRECTORS' RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT: Pursuant to sub-section (2AA) of Section 217 of the Companies Act, 1956; the Board of Directors of the Company hereby states and confirms that: (a) In the preparation of the Annual Accounts, the applicable accounting standards have been followed and that there have been no material departures. (b) The Directors 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 as at 31st March, 2006 and of the loss of the Company for the year ended on that date. (c) The Directors have taken proper and sufficient care for the maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 as amended from time to time, for safeguarding the assets of the Company and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities. (d) The Directors have prepared the Annual Accounts on a 'going concern' basis. 10. AUDITORS AND AUDITORS' REPORT: M/s. R. K. Chapawat & Co., Auditors of the Company, retire at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting and being eligible, offer themselves for re-appointment. The notes to the accounts referred to, in the Auditors' Report are self-explanatory and do not call for any additional comments. 11. CONSERVATION OF ENERGY, TECHNOLOGY ABSORPTION AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNINGS AND OUTGO: Information pertaining to conservation of energy, technology absorption and foreign exchange earnings ant-outgo, as required by Section 217(1)(e) of the Companies Act, 1956, read with the Companies (Disclosure of Particulars in the Report of the Board of Directors) Rules, 1988, is given in Annexure 'A' to this Report. On behalf of the Board of Directors Place : Mumbai ARVIND OBEROI Dated : 27th November, 2006. Executive Director MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS REPORT 1. FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE: During the year ended 31st March, 2006, the Company's Income from Operations (excluding inter-divisional transfers) decreased by 8% to Rs. 1104.08 lacs from Rs.1202.00 sacs in the previous year. Operating loss (before non-recurring items) for the year was Rs.21.10 lacs as against an operating profit of Rs.32.71 lacs in the previous year. Performance was affected by a lower value sales mix for Insoluble Sulphur due to a larger proportion of exports, unsatisfactory capacity utilization at the Insoluble Sulphur division as a result of financial constraints, higher consumption of stores and spares at the Insoluble Sulphur plant on account of heavy rains in July 2005 that disrupted plant operations and lower sales of Dispersing Agents for want of working capital. Interest charges for the year declined to Rs.87.68 lacs from Rs. 133.28 lacs in the previous year due to a reduction in interest bearing debt and lower interest rates on certain remaining debt. Similarly, depreciation for the year was substantially loader at Rs.7.62 lacs, compared to Rs.56.46 lass for the previous year primarily on account of the divestiture of plant arid machinery related to the erstwhile Dispersing Agents and Dye Intermediates divisions and consequential reduction in fixed Assets. Net loss (before non-recurring items) was Rs.166.38 lacs in comparison with Rs.206.90 lacs in the previous year. Non-recurring items for the year under report, which are reflected in Other Income, aggregate to Rs. 226.61 lacs and comprise of Insurance Claim received, Profit on Sale of Fixed Assets and Profit on Sale of investments. 2. OPERATIONS AND FUTURE OUTLOOK: INSOLUBLE SULPHUR: Sales of Insoluble Sulphur increased marginally to 1,473 MT during the year under review but sales measured by value decreased 5%. So also did operating profits which could not be maintained. The principal reasons for the decrease in sales turnover and operating profits were a higher content of lower value exports in the sales mix, higher outlays for stores and spares due to flooding at the plant in July 2005 and production inefficiencies caused by plant downtime and working capital shortages. The increase in exports during the year was the result of higher than expected orders from an international customer whose usage volume of Insoluble Sulphur is substantial. While exports are less remunerative than domestic sales, the Company decided to service the said customer fully looking to the large contribution this customer could make to the Company's long term business objectives. In addition to sales opportunities on the export front, the Company's ability to grow domestic sales also increased as the tyre industry in India grew at close to 10% with the commercial vehicle and passenger car tyre segments exhibiting growth rates of 8% and 13% respectively. However, despite witnessing positive market conditions, the division's output continued to remain sub-optimal and ended marginally below the previous year's level. In line with the trend in recent years, maintenance downtime had a negative impact on production volumes and heavy rains during July 2005 further compounded the situation as operations came to a virtual standstill. As stated earlier, the Company's repayment obligations to lenders and creditors have been in excess of operating cash flows for a number of years. This has eroded working capital, impeded investments in upgradation and maintenance of plant and equipment and weighed heavily on plant performance and employee morale. Subsequent to the year end, in June 2006, due to continued pressure on the Company's finances and irregular employee payments as a result, labour unrest forced the division to suspend plant operations. The work suspension remains in force as on date. The suspension of operations has adversely affected the Company's standing with its important customers, both domestically and internationally. However, given that the Company has a long standing presence in the Insoluble Sulphur business, there are only a limited number of manufacturers globally due to technological barriers and growth is expected to remain buoyant in the domestic and export markets, management believes that it should be in a position to revive business once an exhaustive operational and financial restructuring package that addresses the Company's constraints is implemented. DISPERSING AGENTS: As a result of working capita! shortages, the Dispersing Agents business operated at a very low level during the year under report with sales declining 48% to 42 MT. This was despite the division being able to successfully launch the new product it was developing for oil & gas application for the past 18 months. The achievement of this important milestone should enable the Company to capitalize on business opportunities that were hitherto untapped, subject to being able to arrange the requisite working capital. Going forward, demand for the division's products from the oil & gas industry and international dyestuff customers is expected to remain healthy as oil & gas exploration activity gathers momentum in India and production of Dispersing Agents for Dyestuff application tapers off in Western countries due to environmental legislation. Presently, though, the Dispersing Agents division is not operational since its finishing facility was housed within the insoluble Sulphur complex, which is under work suspension. However, because the business is well placed within its end markets, management is hopeful that it can be scaled up once the Company's larger issues are addressed. RISKS AND CONCERNS: INSOLUBLE SULPHUR: The principal risk factors affecting the Insoluble Sulphur division include the slackening of demand from the tyre industry; the division's significant dependence on the tyre industry as an end market; the extent of radialization in the automotive industry and its effect on Insoluble Sulphur consumption for use in tyres; threat from imports of Insoluble Sulphur; import duty reduction on Insoluble Sulphur and its impact on sales realization; capacity expansion by competitors; the ability to withstand business downturns; technological changes that could occur in the product; the willingness of customers to accept price increases caused by raw material and other cost pressures; the ability to re-establish business after, an extended period of inactivity; shortages that may emerge in sourcing raw materials such as Sulphu, and carbon disulphide; and issues related to plant maintenance, operational efficiency and the timely availability of working capital. DISPERSING AGENTS: The Dispersing Agents division is exposed to various risk factors such as offtake from the Dyestuff industry; competition from Indian and Far Eastern producers of Dispersing Agents; access to adequate working capital facilities to meet business plans; the loss of customers due to pricing, quality and/or reliability considerations; replacement of Dispersing Agents being supplied to the oil & gas sector with technically superior product from competitors; the capability to develop new products to keep pace with changing market requirements; the ability to restore business with key customers subsequent to non-participation in recent business tendered by them; sudden and steep increases in raw material costs and success in passing these on to end markets; and shortages that could occur in outsourcing Dispersing Agents. 3. MANUFACTURING FACILITIES HELD FOR SALE: The following manufacturing facilities continue to be held for sale as on the date of this Report: * Erstwhile Dispersing Agents division at Dombivli (excluding plant & machinery not required divested during the year) * Erstwhile Dye Intermediates division at Roha (excluding certain fixed assets divested earlier and surplus plant & machinery divested during the year) 4. RUBBER CHEMICALS PROJECT: Management will not be in a position to take a final decision regarding the Rubber Chemicals project until the outcome of restructuring proceedings pursuant to the Company's BIFR reference is known. The demand for Rubber Chemicals in India is slated to grow at a steady rate due to the growth being experienced by the automotive industry and substantial investments in infrastructure projects. Looking to these prospects and the fact that substantial preparatory work has already been donor by the Company, the project could be revived as later date, subject to an improvement in its financial condition. 6. FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Any forward-looking statements, contained in the Directory. Report represent your Company's expectations based or, present information and assumptions. These statements are subject to various Uncertainties and actual results could differ materially from those which are expected or projected. 6. INTERNAL CONTROL SYSTEMS: Your Company has in place a system of internal controls to ensure that all its assets are safeguarded and not exposed to risks arising out of disposal or unauthorised use. The Audit Committee of the Board reviews the internal control systems and initiates suitable corrective actions wherever required. During the previous year the Company had discontinued the services of its then existing internal auditor. A new internal auditor will be appointed once manufacturing operations are restored. On behalf of the Board of Directors ARVIND OBEROI Executive Director Place : Mumbai Dated : 27th November, 2006, ANNEXURE `A' TO THE DIRECTORS' REPORT Information as per Section 217(1)(e) read with the Companies (Disclosure of Particulars in the Report of the Board of Directors) Rules, 1988, and forming part of the Directors' Report. I. CONSERVATION OF ENERGY: The Company endeavors to save electricity, fuel and water by employing energy efficient processes and power saving equipment. This results in reduced energy consumption and better financial performance. FORM 'A': Form for Disclosure of Particulars with respect to Conservation of Energy: April 2005 to April 2004 to March 2006 March 2005 A. POWER AND FUEL CONSUMPTION: 1. Electricity (a) Purchased Units (lacs) 21.45 25.17 Total amount (Rs. in lacs) 84.76 96.66 Rate/Unit (Rs.) 3.95 3.84 (b) Own Generation Through Diesel Generator Units (lacs) NIL NIL Units per Ltr. of Diesel Oil NIL NIL Cost/Unit (Rs.) NIL NIL 2. Furnace Oil: Quantity (K. Ltrs.) 675.35 711.34 Total Cost (Rs. in lacs) 94.21 92.22 Average Rate per Ltr. (Rs.) 13.95 12.96 B. CONSUMPTION PER UNIT OF PRODUCTION: Insoluble Dispersing Sulphur Agents 1. Electricity Units/MT 1,494 - Previous Year 2,216 - 2. Furnace Oil/LDO/HSD: Ltrs./MT 470 - Previous Year 626 - Since the Dispersing Agents division now operates within the Insoluble Sulphur facility, it is not practicable to bifurcate the consumption of Electricity and Furnace Oil/LDO/HSD between the products. Hence, the figures of Power and Fuel consumption pertaining to Dispersing Agents have not been furnished. II. TECHNOLOGY ABSORPTION,ADAPTATION AND INNOVATION: FORM 'B': RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D): 1. Specific areas in which R&D carried out by the Company: (a) Addition of a new catalyst during quenching to improve Insoluble Sulphur yield. (b) Development of a new cement additive for oil & gas application. 2. Benefits derived as a result of the above efforts: (a) Higher productivity. (b) Increase in product offering. 3. Future clan of action: Development of products and processes to suit changing market needs and to increase sales and profitability of the Company. 4. Expenditure on R&D: Rs. in lacs (a) Recurring 2.75 (b) Total R&D expenditure as a percentage of turnover 0.25% TECHNOLOGY ABSORPTION, ADAPTATION AND INNOVATION: 1. Efforts in brief, towards absorption, adaptation and innovation: Development of new slurry designs for the oil & gas industry to enable supplies to be made on 'package product' basis. 2. Benefits derived as a. result of the above: efforts: Potential to achieve higher turnover in view of the Company's ability to participate in all tenders for `package products'. 3. Particulars of technology imported during the last 5 years: Technology imported - Year of import Extent of absorption N.A. N.A. N.A. III. FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNINGS AND OUTGO: Rs. in lacs Foreign Exchange earned 322.30 Foreign Exchange used 7.46 On behalf of the Board of Directors ARVIND OBEROI Executive Director Place : Mumbai Dated : 27th November, 2006.