To the Members of Howard Hotels Limited Report on the Audit of the Financial StatementsOpinion
We have audited the accompanying Ind AS financial statements of Howard Hotels Limited(the 'Company') which comprise the Balance Sheet as at 31 March 2020 the Statement ofProfit and Loss (including Other Comprehensive Income) the Cash Flow Statement and theStatement of Changes in Equity for the year then ended and a summary of the 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 theCompanies Act 2013 (the 'Act') in the manner so required and give a true and fair view inconformity with the accounting principles generally accepted in India including IndianAccounting Standards ('Ind AS') specified under Section 133 of the Act of the state ofaffairs (financial position) of the Company as at 31 March 2020 and its Loss (financialperformance including other comprehensive income) its cash flows and the changes inequity for the year ended on that date.
Basis for Opinion
We conducted our audit of the financial statement in accordance with the Standards onAuditing specified under Section 143(10) of the Act. 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 ('ICAI') together with the ethical requirements that are relevant to our audit ofthe financial statements under the provisions of the Act and the rules thereunder and wehave fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirementsand the ICAI's Code of Ethics. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained issufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion on the financialstatements.
Emphasis of Matter
We draw your attention to Note 38 to financial statement which explains uncertainty andthe management's assessment of the financial impact on the financial statement of theCompany due to lockdown and other restriction imposed by the Government of India and otherconditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic situation which might impact the operation ofthe Company for which a definitive assessment in the subsequent period is highlydependent upon circumstances as they evolve.
Our opinion is not modified in respect of abovementioned matter.
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.
We have determined that there are no Key Audit matters to communicate in our report.
Information other than the Financial Statements and Auditor's Report thereon
The Company's Board of Directors is responsible for the other information. The otherinformation comprises the information included in the annual report but does not includethe financial statements and our auditor's report thereon. The annual report is expectedto be made available to us after the date of this auditor's report.
Our opinion on the financial statements does not cover the other information and wewill not express any form of assurance conclusion thereon.
In connection with our audit of the financial statements our responsibility is to readthe other information identified above when it becomes available and in doing soconsider whether the other information is materially inconsistent with the financialstatements or our knowledge obtained in the audit or otherwise appears to be materiallymisstated.
Management's Responsibility for the Financial Statements
The Company's Board of Directors is responsible for the matters stated in Section134(5) of the Act with respect to the preparation of these financial statements that givea true and fair view of the state of affairs (financial position) profit or loss(financial performance including other comprehensive income) changes in equity and cashflows of the Company in accordance with the Ind AS and other accounting principlesgenerally accepted in India. This responsibility also includes maintenance of adequateaccounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Act for safeguarding of theassets of the Company and for preventing and detecting frauds and other irregularities;selection and application of appropriate accounting policies; making judgments andestimates that are reasonable and prudent; and design implementation and maintenance ofadequate internal financial controls that were operating effectively for ensuring theaccuracy and completeness of the accounting records relevant to the preparation andpresentation of the financial statements that give a true and fair view and are free frommaterial misstatement whether due 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. The Board of Directors are also responsible for overseeing theCompany's financial reporting 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 highlevel of assurance but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance withStandards on Auditing will always detect a material misstatement when it exists.Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if individuallyor in the aggregate they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisionsof users taken on the basis of these financial statements.
As part of an audit in accordance with Standards on Auditing we exercise professionaljudgment and maintain professional skepticism throughout the audit. We also:
I. 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.
II. Obtain an understanding of internal financial control relevant to the audit inorder to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances. Under Section143(3) (i) of the Act we are also responsible for explaining our opinion on whether theCompany has adequate internal financial controls system in place and the operatingeffectiveness of such controls.
III. Evaluate the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness ofaccounting estimates and related disclosures made by management.
IV. 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.
V. Evaluate the overall presentation structure and content of the financialstatements including the disclosures and whether the financial statements represent theunderlying transactions 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
I. As required by Section 197(16) of the Act we report that the Company has paidremuneration to its director during the year in accordance with the provisions of andlimits laid down under Section 197 read with Schedule V to the Act.
II. As required by the Companies (Auditor's Report) Order 2016 (the 'Order') issued bythe Central Government of India in terms of Section 143(11) of the Act we give in theAnnexure A a statement on the matters specified in paragraphs 3 and 4 of the Order.
III. Further to our comments in Annexure A as required by Section 143(3) of the Actwe 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 Statement of Changes in Equity and the Statement of Cash Flow dealt with by thisReport are in agreement with the relevant books of account.
(d) In our opinion the aforesaid financial statements comply with the Ind AS specifiedunder Section 133 of the Act read with Rule 7 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules 2014.
(e) On the basis of the written representations received from the directors as on March31 2020 taken on record by the Board of Directors none of the directors is disqualifiedas on March 31 2020 from being appointed as a director in terms of Section 164 (2) of theAct.
(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". Our report expresses an unmodifiedopinion on the adequacy and operating effectiveness of the company's internal financialcontrols over financial 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 the financial statements- Refer note No 35 of the financial statement;
(ii) The Company did not have any long-term contracts including derivative contractsfor which 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 during the year ended 31 March2020;
(iv) The disclosure in the financial statements regarding holding as well as dealing inspecified bank notes during the period from 08 November 2016
to 30 December 2016 have not been made since they do not pertain to the financial yearended 31 March 2020.
| ||For B G G & Associates |
| ||Chartered Accountants |
| ||FRN:- 016874N |
|Place :-Agra || |
|Date >29.06.2020 ||Sd/- |
| ||CA Gaurav Kumar Gupta |
| ||Partner |
| ||M. No. :- 521850 |
| ||UDIN :-20521850AAAAAC8176 |
"Annexure A" to the Independent Auditor's Report
(Referred to in paragraph 2 under 'Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements'section of our report to the Members of Howard Hotels Limited of even date)
Based on the audit procedures performed for the purpose of reporting a true and fairview on the financial statements of the Company and taking into consideration theinformation and explanations given to us and the books of account and other recordsexamined by us in the normal course of audit and to the best of our knowledge and beliefwe report that:
i. (a) The Company has maintained proper records showing full particulars includingquantitative details and situation of fixed assets.
(b) The Company has a regular programme of physical verification of its fixed assets bywhich fixed assets are verified in a phased manner over a period of three year. Inaccordance with this programme certain fixed assets were verified during the year and nomaterial discrepancies were noticed on such verification. In our opinion this periodicityof physical verification is reasonable having regard to the size of the company and thenature of its assets.
(c) According to the Information and explanation given to us and on the basis ofexamination of books of account and other documents the title deeds of immovableproperties owned by the Company are held in the name of the Company.
ii. According to the information & explanation given to us physical verificationof inventory has been conducted at reasonable intervals by the management. Thediscrepancies noticed on verification between the physical stocks and the book recordswere not material and have been properly dealt with in the book of accounts.
iii. According to the information and explanation given to us the Company has notgranted any loans secured or unsecured to companies firms or other parties covered inthe register maintained under section 189 Companies Act 2013. Accordingly Clauses (a)(b) and (c) of sub Para iii of paragraph 3 of the order are not applicable.
iv According to the information & explanation given to us the Company has neithergiven any loans or guarantees nor made any investment and securities as per provisions ofsection 185 and I86 of the Companies Act 2013. Accordingly this Clause Para iii ofparagraph 3 of the order are not applicable.
v. According to the information and explanations given to us the Company has notaccepted any deposits from the public as mentioned in the directives issued by ReserveBank of India and provisions of sections 73 to 76 of the Companies Act 2013 or any otherrelevant provisions of the Act and the rules framed there under.
vi. To the best of our knowledge and explanation given to us the Central Governmenthas not prescribed maintenance of cost records under clause of sub section (1) of section148 of the Companies Act 2013 for the services rendered by the company. Hence theprovisions of paragraph 3(vi) of the Order is not applicable.
vii. (a) According to the information and explanations given to us and according to thebooks and records produced before us the company is regular in depositing withappropriate authorities undisputed statutory dues including provident fund investoreducation and protection fund employees' state insurance income tax goods and servicestax sales tax custom duty service tax excise duty cess and other material statutorydues applicable to it.
According to the information and explanations given to us no undisputed amountspayable in respect of income tax goods and services tax service tax sales tax customduty excise duty and cess were in arrears as at 31-Mar-2020 for a period of more thansix months from the date they became payable.
(b) According to the information and explanations given to us there are no dues ofincome tax or goods and services tax or wealth tax or service tax which have not beendeposited on account of any dispute.
viii. According to the information and explanations given to us the company has notdefaulted in repayment of dues to financial institutions banks or debenture holders.
ix. The Company did not raise any money by way of initial public offer or furtherpublic offer (including debt instruments) including term loan.
x. According to the information and explanations given to us no fraud by the Companyor on the Company by its officers or employees has been noticed or reported during thecourse of our audit.
xi. According to the information and explanations given to us the Company haspaid/provided managerial remuneration in accordance with the requisite approvals mandatedby the provisions of section 197 read with Schedule V to the Act.
xii. The Company is not a Nidhi Company and hence reporting under clause 3 (xii) of theOrder is not applicable to the Company.
xiii. According to the information and explanations given to us the Company is incompliance with Section 177 and 188 of the Companies Act 2013 where applicable for alltransactions with the related parties and the details of related party transactions havebeen disclosed in the financial statements as required by the applicable Indian AccountingStandards.
xiv. According to the information & explanation provide to us the Company has notmade any preferential allotment or private placement of shares or fully or partly paidconvertible debentures during the year hence reporting under clause 3 (xiv) of the Orderis not applicable to the Company.
xv According to the information and explanations given to us during the year theCompany has not entered into any non-cash transactions with its Directors or personsconnected to its directors. Accordingly the provision of paragraph 3(xv) of the Order arenot applicable to the Company.
xvi. The Company is not required to be registered under Section 45-IA of the ReserveBank of India Act 1934. Accordingly the provisions of Clause (xvi) of the Order are notapplicable to the Company.
| ||For B G G & Associates |
| ||Chartered Accountants |
| ||FRN:- 016874N |
| ||Sd/- |
| ||CA Gaurav Kumar Gupta |
|Date :- 29.06.2020 Place :- Agra ||Partner UDIN :-20521850AAAAAC8176 M. No. :- 521850 |
"Annexure B to the Independent Auditor's Report
(Referred to in paragraph 3 (f) under 'Report on Other Legal and RegulatoryRequirements' section of our report to the Member of Howard Hotels Limited of evei date)
Report on the Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting under clause (i) ofSub-section 3 of section 143 of Companies Act 2013
We have audited the internal financial controls over financial reporting of HowardHotels Limited ("the Company") as of 31 March 2020 in conjunction with ouraudit of the Ind AS financial statements of the Company for the 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. These responsibilities includethe design implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financial controls thatwere operating effectively for ensuring the orderly and efficient conduct of its businessincluding adherence to Company's policies the safeguarding of its assets the preventionand detection of frauds and errors the accuracy and completeness of the accountingrecords and the timely preparation of reliable financial information as required underthe 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. Those Standards and the GuidanceNote require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit toobtain reasonable assurance about whether adequate internal financial controls overfinancial reporting was established and maintained and if such controls operatedeffectively 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 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 internal financial controls system overfinancial reporting of the Company.
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 authorizations ofmanagement and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regardingprevention or timely detection of unauthorized 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.
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 2020 based on internal control overfinancial 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.
| ||For B G G & Associates |
| ||Chartered Accountants |
| ||FRN:- 016874N |
| ||Sd/- |
| ||CA Gaurav Kumar Gupta Partner |
| ||M. No. :- 521850 |
|Place :- Agra ||UDIN :-20521850AAAAAC8176 |
|Date :- 29.06.2020 || |