TO THE MEMBERS OF MERCANTILE VENTURES LIMITED
Report on the Audit of the Standalone Financial Statements Opinion
We have audited the accompanying standalone financial statements of Mercantile VenturesLimited ("the Company") which comprise the Balance Sheet as at March 312021the Statement of Profit and Loss (including Other Comprehensive Income) the Statement ofChanges in Equity and the Statement of Cash Flows for the year ended on that date and asummary of the significant accounting policies and other explanatory information(hereinafter referred to as "the standalone financial statements").
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 Companies Act 2013 ("the Act") in the manner so required and give a trueand fair view in conformity with the Indian Accounting Standards prescribed under section133 of the Act read with the Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules 2015 asamended ("Ind AS") and other accounting principles generally accepted in Indiaof the state of affairs of the Company as at March 312021 the profit and totalcomprehensive income changes in equity and its cash flows for the year ended on thatdate.
Basis for Opinion
We conducted our audit of the standalone financial statements in accordance with theStandards on Auditing specified under section 143(10) of the Act (SAs). Ourresponsibilities under those Standards are further described in the Auditor'sResponsibilities for the Audit of the Standalone Financial Statements section of ourreport. We are independent of the Company in accordance with the Code of Ethics issued bythe Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) together with the independencerequirements that are relevant to our audit of the standalone financial statements underthe provisions of the Act and the Rules made thereunder and we have fulfilled our otherethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements and the ICAI's Code ofEthics. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriateto provide a basis for our audit opinion on the standalone financial statements.
Key Audit Matters
Key audit matters are those matters that in our professional judgment were of mostsignificance in our audit of the standalone financial statements of the current period.These matters were addressed in the context of our audit of the standalone financialstatements as a whole and in forming our opinion thereon and we do not provide aseparate opinion on these matters. We have determined the matters described below to bethe key audit matters to be communicated in our report.
|Sr. No. Key Audit Matter ||Auditor's Response |
|1 Evaluation of uncertain tax positions ||Principal Audit Procedures |
|The Company has uncertain tax positions including matters under dispute which involves significant judgment to determine the possible outcome of these disputes. ||Obtained details of Pending tax assessments and demands for the year ended March 31 2021 from management. |
|Refer Notes 27 to the Standalone Financial Statements ||We reviewed the management's underlying assumptions in estimating the tax provision and the possible outcome of the disputes and also considered legal precedence and other rulings in evaluating management's position on these uncertain tax positions. |
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 ManagementDiscussion and Analysis Board's Report including Annexures to Board's Report BusinessResponsibility Report Corporate Governance and Shareholder's Information but does notinclude the standalone financial statements 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 or conclusion thereon.
In connection with our audit of the financial statements our responsibility is to readthe other information Therefore we have nothing 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 Act with respect to the preparation of these standalone financial statementsthat give a true and fair view of the financial position financial performance totalcomprehensive income changes in equity and cash flows of the Company in accordance withthe IND AS and other accounting principles generally accepted in India. Thisresponsibility also includes maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance withthe provisions of the Act for safeguarding the assets of the Company and for preventingand detecting frauds and other irregularities; selection and application of appropriateaccounting policies; making judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent; anddesign implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financial controls that wereoperating effectively for ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the accountingrecords relevant to the preparation and presentation of the standalone financialstatements 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.
The Board of Directors are responsible for overseeing the Company's financial reportingprocess.
Auditor's Responsibilities for the Audit of the Financial Statements
Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the standalonefinancial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement whether due to fraudor error and to issue an auditor's report that includes our opinion. Reasonable assuranceis a high level of assurance but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordancewith SAs will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. Misstatements canarise from fraud or error and are considered material if individually or in theaggregate they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of userstaken on the basis of these standalone 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 financialstatements whether due to fraud or error design and perform audit procedures responsiveto those risks and obtain audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate to provide abasis for our opinion. The risk of not detecting a material misstatement resulting fromfraud is higher than for one resulting from error as fraud may involve collusionforgery intentional omissions misrepresentations or the override of internal control.
Obtain an understanding of internal financial controls 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 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 reasonablenessof accounting estimates and related disclosures made by management.
Conclude on the appropriateness of management's use of the going concern basisof accounting 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 standalone financial statements or if such disclosures are inadequate to modify ouropinion. Our conclusions are based on the audit evidence obtained up to the date of ourauditor's report. However future events or conditions may cause the Company to cease tocontinue as a going concern.
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.
Materiality is the magnitude of misstatements in the standalone financial statementsthat individually or in aggregate makes it probable that the economic decisions of areasonably knowledgeable user of the standalone financial statements may be influenced. Weconsider quantitative materiality and qualitative factors in (i) planning the scope of ouraudit work and in evaluating the results of our work; and (ii) to evaluate the effect ofany identified misstatements in the standalone financial statements
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 standalone financial statementsof the current period and are therefore the key audit matters. We describe these mattersin our auditor's report unless law or regulation precludes public disclosure about thematter or when 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
1) As required by Section 143(3) of the Act based on our audit 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) I n 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 standalone financial statements comply with the Ind ASspecified under 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 March312021 taken on record by the Board of Directors none of the directors is disqualifiedas on March 312021 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 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 the requirements of section 197(16) of the Act as amended in our opinionand to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us theremuneration paid/provided by the Company to its directors during the year is inaccordance with the provisions of section 197 of 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 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 vide Note 27.
1) The Company has made provision as required under the applicable law or accountingstandards for material foreseeable losses if any on long-term contracts includingderivative contracts.
II) There has been no amounts required to be transferred to the Investor Educationand Protection Fund by the Company.
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.
ANNEXURE "A" TO THE INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT
(Referred to in paragraph 1(f) under Report on Other Legal and RegulatoryRequirements' section of our report to the Members of MERCANTILE VENTURES LIMITED ofeven 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 MERCANTILEVENTURES LIMITED ("the Company") as of March 312021 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 Board of Directors of the Company is responsible for establishing and maintaininginternal financial controls based on the internal control over financial reportingcriteria established by the Company considering the essential components of internalcontrol stated in the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls Over FinancialReporting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. 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 respective company's policies thesafeguarding of its assets the prevention and detection of frauds and errors theaccuracy and completeness of the accounting records and the timely preparation ofreliable financial information as required under the Companies s Act 2013.
Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the internal financial controls overfinancial reporting of the Company based on our audit. We conducted our audit inaccordance with the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls Over FinancialReporting (the "Guidance Note") issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountantsof India and the Standards on Auditing prescribed under Section 143(10) of the CompaniesAct 2013 to the extent applicable to an audit of internal financial controls. ThoseStandards and the Guidance Note require that we comply with ethical requirements and planand perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether adequate internalfinancial controls over financial reporting was established and maintained and if suchcontrols 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 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 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.
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 March 312021 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.
ANNEXURE B' TO THE INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT
(Referred to in paragraph 2 under Report on Other Legal and RegulatoryRequirements' section of our report to the
Members of MERCANTILE VENTURES LIMITED of even date)
i) In respect of the Company's fixed assets:
a) The Company has maintained proper records showing full particulars includingquantitative details and situation of fixed assets.
b) The Company has a program of verification to cover all the items of fixed assets ina phased manner which in our opinion is reasonable having regard to the size of theCompany and the nature of its assets. Pursuant to the program certain fixed assets werephysically verified by the management during the year. According to the information andexplanations given to us no material discrepancies were noticed on such verification.
c) According to the information and explanations given to us the records examined byus and based on the examination of the conveyance deeds / registered sale deed provided tous we report that the title deeds comprising all the immovable properties of land andbuildings which are freehold are held in the name of the Company as at the balance sheetdate.
ii) The Company is in the business of providing services and does not have any physicalinventories. Accordingly reporting under clause 3 (ii) of the Order is not applicable tothe Company.
iii) According the information and explanations given to us the Company has notgranted unsecured loans to Body Corporate covered in the register maintained under section189 of the Companies Act 2013 in respect of which:
a) In the light of above we do not comment on terms and conditions of grant of suchloans.
b) In the light of above we do not comment on repayment of the principal amount andinterest.
c) I n the light of above we do not comment on the reasonable steps have been taken bythe company for recovery of the principal and interest.
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 Act in respect ofgrant of loans making investments and providing guarantees and securities as applicable.
v) The Company has not accepted deposits during the year and does not have anyunclaimed deposits as at March 312021 and therefore the provisions of the clause 3 (v)of the Order are not applicable to the Company.
vi) The maintenance of cost records has not been specified by the Central Governmentunder section 148(1) of the Companies Act 2013 for the business activities carried out bythe Company. Thus reporting under clause 3(vi) of the order is not applicable to theCompany.
vii) According to the information and explanations given to us in respect of statutorydues:
a) The Company has generally been regular in depositing undisputed statutory duesincluding Provident Fund Employees' State Insurance Income Tax Goods and Service TaxCustoms Duty Cess and other material statutory dues applicable to it with the appropriateauthorities except TDS defaults of Rs 63900/-*.- appearing as TDS degault in the TracesPortal relating to the period when the company was under control of the officialLiquidator Madras High Court".
b) According to the records of the Company and according to the information andexplanations given to us there are no dues of Income tax and Goods and service Taxexcept as mentioned below
|S.No Assessment Year ||Demand Amount (Rs in Lakhs) ||Status |
|1 In CIT Appeals AY 1 2015-16 ||35.39 ||20% of the disputed demand amounting to Rs.8.86 lakhs has been paid under protest. Rectification Order u/s 154 requested for earlier assessment years and cross objections filed before the Income-tax Appellant Tribunal for 2013-14 is pending to be disposed off |
|2 In CIT(A) AY 20162 17 ||28.58 ||Appeal filed however the is Pending before CIT Appeals |
viii) The Company has not taken any loans or borrowings from financial institutionsbanks and government or has not issued any debentures. Hence reporting under clause 3(viii) of the Order is not applicable to the Company.
ix) The Company has not raised moneys by way of initial public offer or further publicoffer (including debt instruments) or term loans and hence reporting under clause 3 (ix)of the Order is not applicable to the Company.
x) To the best of our knowledge and according to the information and explanations givento us no fraud by the Company or no material fraud on the Company by its officers oremployees 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 Act.
xii) The Company is not a Nidhi Company and hence reporting under clause 3 (xii) of theOrder is not applicable to the Company.
xii) 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 standalone financial statements as required by theapplicable accounting standards.
xvi) During the year the Company has not made any preferential allotment or privateplacement of shares or fully or partly paid convertible debentures and hence reportingunder clause 3 (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 persons connected to its directors and hence provisions of section 192 of theCompanies Act 2013 are not applicable to the Company.
xvi) The Company is not required to be registered under section 45-IA of the ReserveBank of India Act 1934.
|For DPV & Associates |
|Chartered Accountants |
|CA Vaira Mutthu K |
|Date: 25/06/2021 |
|Place: Chennai |
|UDIN No.21218791AAAABP8748 |