TO THE MEMBERS OF AUTHUM INVESTMENT & INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED Report on the Audit ofthe Financial Statements Opinion
We have audited the accompanying financial statements of Authum Investment &Infrastructure Limited ("the Company")which comprises the Balance Sheet asat March 31 2020 the Statement of Profit and Loss (including Other ComprehensiveIncome) the Statement of Changes in Equity and statement of Cash Flows for the year thenended and notes to the financial statements including a summary of significantaccounting policies and other explanatory information.
In our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanationsgiven to us the aforesaid financial statements give the information required by the Actin the manner so required and give a true and fair view in conformity with the accountingprinciples generally accepted in India of the state of affairs of the Company as at March31 2020 and its loss (including other comprehensive income) changes in equity and itscash flows for the year ended on that date.
Basis for Opinion
We conducted our audit in accordance with the Standards on Auditing (SAs) specifiedunder section 143(10) of the Companies Act 2013. Our responsibilities under thoseStandards are further described in the Auditor's Responsibilities for the Audit of theFinancial Statements section of our report. We are independent of the Company inaccordance with the Code of Ethics issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants ofIndia together with the ethical requirements that are relevant to our audit of thefinancial statements under the provisions of the Companies Act 2013 and the Rulesthereunder and we have fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordance withthese requirements and the Code of Ethics. We believe that the audit evidence we haveobtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.
Key Audit Matters
Key audit matters are those matters that in our professional judgment were of mostsignificance in our audit of the financial statements of the current period. These matterswere addressed in the context of our audit of the financial statements as a whole and informing our opinion thereon and we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters.The Company has adopted Ind AS prescribed under section 133 of the Act read with theCompanies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules 2015 from April 01 2019 and the effectivedate of such transition is April 01 2018. For periods up to and including the year endedMarch 31 2019 the Company had prepared and presented its financial statements inaccordance with Accounting Standards prescribed under the section 133 of the Act (IndianGAAP). Accordingly for transition to Ind AS the Company has prepared its financialstatements for the year ended March 31 2020 together with the comparative financialinformation for the previous year ended March 31 2019 and the opening Balance Sheet as atApril 01 2018 under Ind AS. We consider this transition and the required disclosures tobe a key audit matter because new accounting policies have been adopted by the Company tocomply with these standards. Note No. 1(b) "Significant Accounting Policies" andNote No. 31 "First time Adoption" to the Ind AS financial statements providesdetailed information on the significant policies critical judgement and estimation alongwith details of exemptions applied from certain requirements under Ind AS based on whichthese Ind AS financial statements are prepared.
Information Other than the Financial Statements and Auditor's Report Thereon
The Company's Board of Directors is responsible for the preparation of the otherinformation. The other information comprises the information included in the Board'sReport including Annexures to Board's Report but does not include the financialstatements and our auditor's report thereon.
Our opinion on the financial statements does not cover the other information and we donot express any form of assurance conclusion thereon.
In connection with our audit of the financial statements our responsibility is to readthe other information and in doing so consider whether the other information ismaterially inconsistent with the financial statements or our knowledge obtained during thecourse of our audit or otherwise appears to be materially misstated.
If based on the work we have performed we conclude that there is a materialmisstatement of this other information we are required to report that fact. We havenothing to report in this regard.
Management's Responsibility for the 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 financial statements that give a true and fair view of the financial positionfinancial performance (including other comprehensive income) changes in equity and cashflows of the Company in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted inIndia including the Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS) specified under section 133 ofthe Act read with the Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules 2015 as amended.This responsibility also includes maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordancewith the provisions of the Act for safeguarding of the assets of the Company and forpreventing 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 financialstatement that give a true and fair view and are free from material misstatement whetherdue to fraud or error.
In preparing the financial statements management is responsible for assessing theCompany's ability to continue as a going concern disclosing as applicable mattersrelated to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unless managementeither intends to liquidate the Company or to cease operations or has no realisticalternative but to do so.
Those Board of Directors are also responsible for overseeing the company's financialreporting process.
Auditor's Responsibilities for the Audit of the Financial Statements
Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financialstatements as a whole are free from material misstatement whether due to fraud or errorand to issue an auditor's report that includes our opinion.
Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance but is not a guarantee that an auditconducted in accordance with SAs will always detect a material misstatement when itexists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material ifindividually or in the aggregate they could reasonably be expected to influence theeconomic decisions of users taken on the basis of these financial statements.
As part of an audit in accordance with SAs we exercise professional judgment andmaintain professional skepticism throughout the audit. We also:
? Identify and assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statementswhether due to fraud or error design and perform audit procedures responsive to thoserisks and obtain audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis forour opinion. The risk of not detecting a material misstatement resulting from fraud ishigher than for one resulting from error as fraud may involve collusion forgeryintentional omissions misrepresentations or the override of internal control.
? Obtain an understanding of internal control relevant to the audit in order to designaudit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances. Under section 143(3)(i) of theCompanies Act 2013 we are also responsible for expressing our opinion on whether thecompany has adequate internal financial controls system in place and the operatingeffectiveness of such controls.
? Evaluate the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness ofaccounting estimates and related disclosures made by management.
? Conclude on the appropriateness of management's use of the going concern basis ofaccounting and based on the audit evidence obtained whether a material uncertaintyexists related to events or conditions that may cast significant doubt on the Company'sability to continue as a going concern. If we conclude that a material uncertainty existswe are required to draw attention in our auditor's report to the related disclosures inthe financial statements or if such disclosures are inadequate to modify our opinion.Our conclusions are based on the audit evidence obtained up to the date of our auditor'sreport. However future events or conditions may cause the Company to cease to continue asa going concern.
? Evaluate the overall presentation structure and content of the financial statementsincluding the disclosures and whether the financial statements represent the underlyingtransactions and events in a manner that achieves fair presentation.
We communicate with those charged with governance regarding among other matters theplanned scope and timing of the audit and significant audit findings including anysignificant deficiencies in internal control that we identify during our audit.
We also provide those charged with governance with a statement that we have compliedwith relevant ethical requirements regarding independence and to communicate with themall relationships and other matters that may reasonably be thought to bear on ourindependence and where applicable related safeguards.
From the matters communicated with those charged with governance we determine thosematters that were of most significance in the audit of the financial statements of thecurrent period and are therefore the key audit matters. We describe these matters in ourauditor's report unless law or regulation precludes public disclosure about the matter orwhen in extremely rare circumstances we determine that a matter should not becommunicated in our report because the adverse consequences of doing so would reasonablybe expected to outweigh the public interest benefits of such communication.
Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements
As required by the Companies (Auditor's Report) Order 2016 ("the Order")issued by the Central Government of India in terms of sub-section (11) of section 143 ofthe Companies Act 2013 we give in the Annexure "A" a statement on the mattersspecified in paragraphs 3 and 4 of the Order to the extent applicable.
As required by Section 143(3) of the Act we report 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 (including Other ComprehensiveIncome) the Statement of Changes in Equity and the Statement of Cash Flows dealt with bythis Report are in agreement with the books of account.
d. In our opinion the aforesaid financial statements comply with the Ind AS prescribedunder section 133 of the Act read with the Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules2015 as amended.
e. On the basis of the written representations received from the directors as on 31stMarch 2020 taken on record by the Board of Directors none of the directors isdisqualified as on 31st March 2020 from being appointed as a director in termsof Section 164 (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 "B" and
g. In our opinion the managerial remuneration for the year ended March 31 2020 hasbeen paid/provided by the Company to its directors in accordance with the provisions ofsection 197 read with Schedule V to the Act
h. 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 in our opinionand to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us:
i. The Company does not have any pending litigations which would impact its financialposition.
ii. The Company did not have any long-term contracts including derivative contracts forwhich there were any material foreseeable losses.
iii. There were no amounts which were required to be transferred to the InvestorEducation and Protection Fund by the Company.
Annexure A to the Independent Auditors' Report
The Annexure referred to in our Independent Auditors' Report to the members of theCompany on the financial statements for the year ended 31st March 2020 wereport that:
1. a) The Company has maintained proper records showing full particulars includingquantitative details and situation of fixed assets.
(b) As explained to us the fixed assets have been physically verified by themanagement in accordance with a phased programme of verification which in our opinion isreasonable considering the size and the nature of its business. The frequency ofverification is reasonable and no material discrepancies have been noticed on suchphysical verification.
(c) According to the information and explanations given to us and on the basis of ourexamination of the records of the Company the Company does not hold any immovableproperty as Property Plant and Equipment.
2. The inventories of Shares being held in electronic mode. Accordingly paragraph3(ii) of the Order is not applicable.
3. The Company has granted unsecured loans to companies covered in the registermaintained under section 189 of the Act.
(a) The terms and conditions of the aforesaid loans granted by the Company are notprejudicial to the interest of the Company.
(b) The schedule of repayment of principal and payment of interest in respect of theaforesaid loans has been stipulated and the repayments or receipts of principal amountsand interest are regular.
(c) There is no amount which is overdue in respect of the aforesaid loans.
4. In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us theCompany has complied with the provisions of section 185 and 186 of the Companies Act 2013to the extent applicable to it.
5. The Company has not accepted any deposits from the public.
6. As informed to us the Central Government has not prescribed maintenance of costrecords under sub-section (1) of Section 148 of the Act in respect of the activitiescarried on by the Company.
7. a) According to the information and explanations given to us and on the basis of ourexamination of the books and records of the Company the Company is regular in depositingundisputed statutory dues (including income tax other statutory dues applicable to it)with appropriate authorities. According to the information and explanations given to usthere were no undisputed amounts payable in respect of Income-tax and other statutorydues in arrears were outstanding as at 31st March 2020 for a period of more than sixmonths from the date they became payable.
b) According to the information and explanations given to us there are no suchstatutory dues which have not been deposited on account of any dispute.
8. According to the records of the Company examined by us and the information andexplanations given to us the Company has not defaulted in repayment of dues to anyfinancial institution banks government or debenture holder.
9. In our opinion and according to the information and explanations provided by themanagement the Company has utilised the monies raised by way of debt instruments(Compulsory Convertible Debentures) for the purposes for which they were raised.
10. According to the information and explanations given to us no material fraud by theCompany or on the Company by its officers or employees has been noticed or reported duringthe course of our audit.
11. According to the information and explanations give to us and based on ourexamination of the records of the Company the Company has paid/provided for managerialremuneration in accordance with the requisite approvals mandated by the provisions ofsection 197 read with Schedule V to the Act.
12. In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us theCompany is not a nidhi Company. Accordingly paragraph 3(xii) of the Order is notapplicable.
13. According to the information and explanations given to us and based on ourexamination of the records of the Company transactions with the related parties are incompliance with sections 177 and 188 of the Act where applicable and details of suchtransactions have been disclosed in the financial statements as required by the applicableaccounting standards.
14. The Company had made preferential allotment or private placement of RedeemablePreference Shares and Compulsory Convertible during FY 2019-2020. In our opinion therequirement of section 42 of the Act has been complied with and the amount raised has beenused for the purposes for which funds were raised.
15. According to the information and explanations given to us and based on ourexamination of the records of the Company the Company has not entered into non-cashtransactions with directors or persons connected with him. Accordingly paragraph 3(xv) ofthe Order is not applicable.
16. According to the information and explanations given to us and on the basis of ourexamination of the records of the Company the Company is Non-Banking Finance Company andit is registered under section 45-IA of the Reserve Bank of India Act 1934.
Annexure - B to the Independent Auditors' Report
Report on the Internal Financial Controls under Clause (i) of Sub-section 3 of Section143 of the Companies Act 2013 ("the Act")
We have audited the internal financial controls over financial reporting of AuthumInvestment & Infrastructure Limited ("the Company") as of 31stMarch 2020 in conjunction with our audit of the financial statements of the Company forthe year ended on that date.
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 Reportingissued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI'). Theseresponsibilities include the design implementation and maintenance of adequate internalfinancial controls that were operating effectively for ensuring the orderly and efficientconduct of its business including adherence to Company's policies the safeguarding ofits assets the prevention and detection of frauds and errors the accuracy andcompleteness of the accounting records and the timely preparation of reliable financialinformation as required under the Companies Act 2013.
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 on Audit of Internal Financial Controls over Financial Reporting(the "Guidance Note") and the Standards on Auditing issued by ICAI and deemedto be prescribed under section 143(10) of the Companies Act 2013 to the extentapplicable to an audit of internal financial controls both applicable to an audit ofInternal Financial Controls and both issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants ofIndia. Those Standards and the Guidance Note require that we comply with ethicalrequirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whetheradequate internal financial controls over financial reporting was established andmaintained and if such controls operated effectively in all material respects.
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 judgment 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 with reference to Financial Statements
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 of records that in reasonable detail accurately andfairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Company;
(2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permitpreparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accountingprinciples and that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only inaccordance with authorisations of management and directors of the Company; and
(3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection ofunauthorised acquisition use or disposition of the Company's assets that could have amaterial effect on the financial statements.
Inherent Limitations of Internal Financial Controls with reference to FinancialStatements
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.
In our opinion the Company has in all material respects an adequate internalfinancial controls over financial reporting with reference to financial statements andsuch internal financial controls over financial reporting with reference to financialstatements were operating effectively as at 31st March 2020 based on the internal controlover financial reporting criteria established by the Company considering the essentialcomponents of internal control stated in the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal FinancialControls Over Financial Reporting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants ofIndia.