The Directors have pleasure in presenting the 26th Directors Report on thebusiness and operations of your Company for the year ended March 31 2016.
(Amount in Rs. Lakhs)
| ||Stand Alone ||Consolidated |
| ||31-03-2016 ||31-03-2015 ||31-03-2016 ||31-03-2015 |
|Revenue from Operations ||367.69 ||498.41 ||5855.16 ||6577.03 |
|Other Income ||1075.31 ||1029.11 ||1116.19 ||1064.37 |
|Total Revenue ||1443.00 ||1527.52 ||6971.36 ||7641.40 |
|Profit before Interest Depreciation & Tax (Before Exceptional Items) ||472.09 ||625.40 ||525.04 ||729.15 |
|Depreciation ||336.13 ||458.54 ||340.22 ||470.84 |
|Finance Costs ||28.36 ||- ||48.62 ||10.02 |
|Profit before Tax (Before Exceptional Items) ||107.60 ||166.86 ||136.20 ||248.29 |
|Exceptional Items ||- ||- ||- ||- |
|Current Tax ||22.00 ||34.00 ||34.44 ||61.19 |
|Deferred Tax ||(9.05) ||11.57 ||(9.04) ||11.57 |
|Profit after Tax ||94.65 ||121.29 ||110.80 ||175.53 |
|Dividend (Interim Dividend) ||201.87 ||- ||201.87 ||- |
|General Reserve ||696.90 ||696.90 ||696.90 ||696.90 |
|EPS (Basic & Diluted) (in Rs.) ||0.56 ||0.72 ||0.66 ||1.04 |
Review of Operations
During the year under review your Company recorded income of Rs. 367.69 lakhs fromexport of software in comparison with previous years income of Rs. 498.41 Lakhs.Your company achieved net profit of Rs. 94.65 Lakhs for the year in comparison with theprevious years net profit of Rs. 121.29 Lakhs.
Review of operations of Wholly owned subsidiary
SoftSol Resources Inc. (SRI) a wholly owned subsidiary of your Company recorded totalrevenue of US$ 8.67 Millions for the year 2016 in comparison with the previous yearsrevenue of US$ 10.2 Millions. SRI recoded net profit of US$ 25060 for the year 2016 incomparison with the previous years net profit of US$ 88422.
Outlook and Business:
Softsol India Limited is an IT services company that focuses on enabling businesses toachieve their strategic objectives.
The tech industry is being reshaped in numerous ways. Disruption is evident in softwareand services delivery business models the vast amount of money being poured intostartups of all stripes the cloud big data entrepreneurialism and constant innovation.Against that backdrop companies can no longer rely on one-note value strategies. Analystsindicate which immediate path holds the most chance for short-term success but over timeboth improving margins and finding new revenue streams are critical for success.
The Company is taking planned steps to diversify its revenue sources by changing itsstrategic growth plan to move to a hybrid outsourcing model with a focus on products andplatforms in addition to services offerings. This strategy enables the Company tocapitalize onthe opportunities as the world transitions to digital commerce. Thistransition is prone to challenges as well opportunities which bring potential volatilitywith it. Fortunately the Company with its 20+ years of experience has demonstratedsuccess in navigating volatility and achieving managed transition to strengthen itslong-term foundation. The Company is committed to use this opportunity to diversify itsbusiness and expand its reach to geographies beyond North America.
The Companys approach to focus on strategic accounts continue to differentiateits service offerings within its focus area attracting & retaining top talent focustowards enhancing operational efficiency and scale-up towards building a deliverycapability & excellence has established the Company as a preferred partner for itsclients within its focused verticals. The clients response towards its solutionoffering was encouraging. The Company shall continue to propel further in its area ofstrength through alliances developing customer center of excellence and by readying itsclients to be prepared for digital age. The Company believes that its efforts in becominga reliable partner to its clients will make it a leader in digital solution provider inthe years to come.
The Company will enhance its cutting-edge proposition to address new customersstrengthening its emphasis on marketing to small and medium-sized firms.
Management Discussions and Analysis Report
Pursuant to Regulation 34(2) (e) of SEBI (Listing Obligations and DisclosureRequirements) Regulations 2015 a Management Discussion and Analysis Report is annexed tothis Report.
During the year under review your Company had declared and paid an interim dividendaggregating to Rs. Rs. 1.20 paisa per Equity Shares of Rs. 10 each fully paid up (12%)aggregating to Rs. 20187016/- (excluding dividend distribution tax thereof) to equityshareholders of the Company whose names were registered as shareholders of the Company ason the record date 25th November 2015.
Total cash outflow on account of dividend payments including dividend distribution taxwas Rs. 24296618 for the financial year 2015-16. Keeping in view the interim dividendalready declared by the Company the Board have not recommended any further dividend.
Amounts transferred to Reserves:
During the year under review the company has not carried any amounts to the Reserves.
The paid up Equity Share Capital as on March 31 2016 was 16822513 Equity Shares of Rs.10 each. During the year under review the Company has not issued any shares includingshares with differential voting rights nor granted stock options nor sweat equity.
As on March 31 2016 other than Mr. Srinivasa Rao Madala - Chairman and Mr. BhaskaraRao Madala Managing Director none of the other Directors of the Company held sharesof the Company.
Extract of the Annual Return
The details forming part of the extract of the Annual Return in form MGT 9 is annexedto this report.
None of the directors of the company is disqualified under the provisions of theCompanies Act 2013 or under the provisions of SEBI (Listing Obligations and DisclosureRequirements) Regulations 2015.
As per the provisions of the Companies Act 2013 read with Articles of Association ofthe Company Mr. Bhaskara Rao Madala retire by rotation and being eligible offer himselffor re-appointment at this Annual General Meeting.
The existing composition of the Companys board is fully in conformity with theapplicable provisions of the Act 2013 and provisions of SEBI (Listing Obligations andDisclosure Requirements) Regulations 2015 having the following directors as non-executiveIndependent Directors namely Dr T. Hanuman Chowdhary Mr. B. S. Srinivasan Mr. P.Venkatramaiah and Mrs. Thota Neelima.
The Members at the 24th Annual General Meeting held on September 30 2014 appointed theexisting Independent Directors as said above under the Companies Act 2013 each for a termof five years.
All Independent Directors have given declarations that they meet the criteria ofindependence as laid down under Section 149(6) of the Companies Act 2013 and Clause16(1)(b) of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and DisclosureRequirements) Regulations 2015.
Pursuant to the provisions of SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements)Regulations 2015 brief particulars of the retiring directors who are proposed to beappointed/re-appointed are provided as an annexure to the notice convening the AGM.
Key Managerial Personnel
There is no change in the key managerial personnel during the year. Mr. SrinivasMandava is the CFO of the Company and Mr. B. Laxman (ACS 20625) is the Company Secretary.
Number of meetings of the Board
During the year Four Board Meetings and Four Audit Committee Meetings were convened andheld. The details of these are given in the Corporate Governance Report. The interveninggap between the Meetings was within the period prescribed under the Companies Act 2013.
Details regarding the composition terms and references number of meetings andattendance of respective members of the various committees of board are providedseparately in the Corporate Governance Report.
Companys policy on Directors appointment and remuneration
The Board has on the recommendation of the Nomination & Remuneration Committeeframed a policy for selection and appointment of Directors Senior Management and theirremuneration including criteria for determining qualifications positive attributesindependence of a Director and other matters provided under sub-section (3) of section 178relating to the remuneration for the Directors key managerial personnel and otheremployees.
Explanations or comments by the Board on every qualification reservation or adverseremark
There is no qualification reservation or adverse remark or disclaimer made (i)by the auditor in his report; and (ii) by the Company Secretary in practice in hersecretarial audit report.
Particulars of Loans Guarantees or Investment
There are no loans given guarantees issued or investments made to which provisions ofSection 186 are applicable to the Company.
The Company has taken the requisite steps to comply with the recommendations concerningCorporate Governance. A separate statement on Corporate Governance together with acertificate from the auditors of the Company regarding compliance of conditions ofCorporate Governance as stipulated under SEBI (Listing Obligations and DisclosureRequirements) Regulations 2015 forms part of this Annual Report.
WTD and CFO Certification
As required under Regulations 17(8) and 33(2) (a) of SEBI (Listing Obligations &Disclosure Requirements) Regulations 2015 certificates are duty signed by Mr. BhaskaraRao Madala Whole time Director and Mr. Srinivas Mandava CFO.
Listing at Stock Exchange:
The Equity Shares of the Company continue to be listed on Bombay Stock Exchange Limitedand the annual listing fees for the year 2016-17 have been paid to the Exchange.
In accordance with the provisions of Section 139 of the Companies Act 2013 and thetransition period mentioned therein M/s. JVSL & Associates Chartered AccountantsHyderabad were appointed as Statutory Auditors of the Company for a period of three yearsat the 24th Annual General Meeting of the Company held on 30th September 2014 and theywill continue in office upto the conclusion of the 27th Annual General Meeting.
However in accordance with the provisions of Section 139 of the Companies Act 2013their continuance of office as Auditors shall be subject to ratification of members at theforthcoming Annual General Meeting.
The Company has obtained necessary certificate under Section 141 of the Companies Act2013 from the Auditors conveying their eligibility for the above appointment. The AuditCommittee and Board reviewed their eligibility criteria as laid down in Section 141 ofthe Companies Act 2013 and recommended their appointment as auditors for the aforesaidperiod.
During the year under review the Board of Directors had appointed M/s VBM Rao &Associates Company Secretaries Hyderabad for conducting secretarial audit in accordancewith the provisions of Companies Act 2013 and the rules framed there under. TheSecretarial Audit Report is annexed and forms part of this report.
During the year the Company has not accepted any deposit under Section 73 of theCompanies Act 2013 and The Companies (Acceptance of Deposits) Rules 2014. As on 31stMarch 2016 there are no unclaimed deposits with the Company. Further the Company has notdefaulted in repayment of deposits or payment of interest thereon. Particulars ofcontracts or arrangements with Related Parties
Particulars of contracts or arrangements with related parties
All related party transactions that were entered into during the financial year were onan arms length basis and were in the ordinary course of business and same wereentered only with SoftSol Resources Inc USA (a wholly owned Subsidiary Company). Thedetails of related party transactions are provided in the accompanying financialstatements and Corporate Governance Report. All transactions entered into with relatedparty (SoftSol Resources Inc USA a wholly owned Subsidiary Company) during the year wereon an arms length basis and were in the ordinary course of business. Accordinglythere are no transactions that are required to be reported in Form AOC-2.
There are no materially significant related party transactions made by the Company withPromoters Directors Key Managerial Personnel or other designated persons who may have apotential conflict with the interest of the Company at large. None of the Directors hasany pecuniary relationships or transactions vis--vis the Company.
Conservation of energy technology absorption foreign exchange earnings and outgo:
A. Conservation of energy:
a) The Company continues to work on reducing carbon footprint in all its areas ofoperations through initiatives like (a) green infrastructure (b) green IT (data centerslaptops and servers etc (c) operational energy efficiency.
b) The steps taken by the Company for utilising alternate sources of energy: NIL
c) The capital investment on energy conservation equipments: NIL
B. Technology absorption:
a) The Company continues to use the latest technologies for improving the productivityand quality of its services and products. The Companys operations do not requiresignificant import of technology.
b) The efforts made towards technology absorption: A continuous interaction andexchange of information in the industry is being maintained with a view to absorbingadapting and innovating new methods that may be possible.
(ii) The expenditure incurred on Research and Development: Nil.
C. Foreign Exchange earnings and outgo: Total foreign exchange earnings during the yearwere Rs. 198.50 Lakhs (Previous year Rs. 444.91 Lakhs) and foreign exchange outgo was:NIL. (previous year: NIL.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiatives
Pursuant to Section 135 Companies Act 2013 read with Rules issued the provisions ofCorporate Social Responsibility is not applicable to the Company for the financial year2015-16. Hence allocation of CSR Budget for the financial year 2015-16 is not applicablefor the Company and also spending of CSR expenditure.
Particulars of Employees:
The information required pursuant to Section 197 read with Rule 5 of The Companies(Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules 2014 is not required as noneof the employees falls under the category.
The employees relation at all levels and at all units continued to be cordialduring the year.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Companies Act 2013 and Regulation 19 of the SEBI(Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations 2015 the Board has carriedout an annual performance evaluation of its own performance the directors individually aswell as the evaluation of the working of its Audit Committee Nomination &Remuneration Committee and Stakeholders Relationship Committee. The Directors weresatisfied with the evaluation results which reflected the overall engagement of the Boardand its Committees with the Company.
Familiarization programme for Independent Directors
The Whole time Director has one to one discussion with all Directors to familiarizethem with the Companys operations. Further the Company has put in place a system tofamiliarize the Independent Directors about the Company its business and on-going eventsrelating to the Company. The details of such familiarization programmes for IndependentDirectors are posted on the website of the Company viz. www.softsol.com.
Significant and Material Orders passed by the Regulators or Courts
There are no significant material orders passed by the Regulators / Courts which wouldimpact the going concern status of the Company and its future operations.
Transfer of Unpaid/Unclaimed amounts to IEPF
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 125 of Companies Act 2013 the Unclaimed Dividendand interest thereon which remained unpaid/unclaimed for a period of 7 years have beentransferred by the Company to the Investor Education and Protection Fund (IEPF)established by the Central Government pursuant to Section 125 of the Companies Act 2013.
Directors Responsibility Statement:
Pursuant to the requirement under Section 134(3)(c) of the Companies Act 2013 withrespect to Directors Responsibility Statement it is hereby confirmed that: a) inthe preparation of the annual accounts for the year ended March 31 2016 the applicableaccounting standards had been followed along with proper explanation relating to materialdepartures;
b) the directors had selected such accounting policies and applied them consistentlyand made judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent so as to give a true andfair view of the state of affairs of the company as at March 31 2016 and of the profitand loss of the company for that period;
c) the directors had taken proper and sufficient care for the maintenance of adequateaccounting records in accordance with the provisions of this Act for safeguarding theassets of the company and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities;
d) the directors had prepared the annual accounts on a going concern basis;
e) the directors had laid down internal financial controls to be followed by theCompany and that such internal financial controls are adequate and were operatingeffectively;
"Internal Financial Controls" means the policies and procedures adopted bythe Company for ensuring the orderly and efficient conduct of its business including theadherence to companys policies the safeguarding of its assets the prevention anddetection of frauds and errors the accuracy and completeness of the accounting recordsand the timely preparation of reliable financial information;
f) the directors had devised proper systems to ensure compliances with the provisionsof the applicable laws and that such systems were adequate and operating effectively.
Vigil Mechanism / Whistle Blower Policy
The Company has a vigil mechanism to deal with instance of fraud and mismanagement ifany. The details of the Whistle Blower Policy is explained in the Corporate GovernanceReport and also posted on the website of the Company.
Subsidiaries Joint Venture or Associate Companies
Your company has prepared the consolidated financial statements in accordance with therelevant accounting standards and the provisions of the Companies Act 2013 (Act).Pursuant to the provisions of the Act documents in respect of the subsidiary company M/s.SoftSol Resources Inc. USA viz. Directors Report Auditors Report BalanceSheet and Profit and Loss Account are attached the Annual Report.
Consolidated Financial Statements
As stipulated under the provisions of the SEBI (Listing Obligations & DisclosureRequirements) Regulations 2015 the Consolidated Financial Statements have been preparedby the Company in accordance with the applicable Accounting Standards. The auditedConsolidated Financial Statements together with Auditors Report form part of theAnnual Report.
Material changes and commitments affecting the Financial Position
There are no material changes and commitments affecting the financial position of theCompany which have occurred between the end of the financial year of the Company to whichthe financial statement relate and the date of the report.
Details of Significant and Material Orders passed by the Regulators
There are no significant and material orders passed by the regulators or courts ortribunals impacting the going concern status and Companys operations in future.
Internal Financial Controls and their adequacy
Your Companys internal control systems commensurate with the nature and size ofits business operations. Your Company has maintained a proper and adequate system ofinternal controls. This ensures that all Assets are safeguarded and protected against lossfrom unauthorized use or disposition and that the transactions are authorised recordedand reported diligently.
The Audit Committee and Independent Internal Auditors regularly review internalfinancial controls and operating systems and procedures for efficiency and effectiveness.The Internal Auditors Reports are regularly reviewed by the Audit Committee of theBoard.
Disclosure under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention Prohibitionand Redressal) Act 2013.
The Company has put in place a Prevention Prohibition and Redressal of SexualHarassment at Workplace in accordance with the requirement of the Sexual Harassmentof Women at Workplace (Prevention Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013. InternalComplaints Committee (ICC) has been set up to redress complaints received regarding sexualharassment. All employees of the Company are covered under the aforementioned Policy.
The summary of complaints received and disposed off up to 31st March 2016 were asunder: Number of complaints received: Nil Number of complaints disposed off: Nil
Your Directors take this opportunity to thank all investors business partnersclients banks regulatory and governmental authorities stock exchanges and employees fortheir continued support.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Bhaskar Rao Madala
Whole time Director
Plot No. 4 Software Units Layout Madhapur Hyderabad - 500 081