TO THE MEMBERS OF NETWORK18 MEDIA & INVESTMENTS LIMITED
Report on the Audit of the Standalone Financial Statements
We have audited the accompanying standalone financial statements of Network18 Media& Investments Limited ("the Company") which comprise the Balance Sheet asat March 312019 and the Statement of Profit and Loss (including Other ComprehensiveIncome) the Cash Flow Statement and the Statement of Changes in Equity for the year thenended and a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.
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 312019 and its loss totalcomprehensive loss its cash flows and the changes in equity 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'sResponsibility for the Audit of the Standalone Financial Statements section of our report.We are independent of the Company in accordance with the Code of Ethics issued by theInstitute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) together with the ethical requirementsthat are relevant to our audit of the standalone financial statements under the provisionsof the Act and the Rules made thereunder and we have fulfilled our other ethicalresponsibilities in accordance with these requirements and the ICAI's Code of Ethics. Webelieve that the audit evidence obtained by us is sufficient and appropriate to provide abasis for our audit opinion on the standalone financial statements.
Key Audit Matters
Key audit matters are those matters that in our professional judgement 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 Carrying values of investments in certain unlisted subsidiaries and associates ||Principal audit procedures performed: |
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|Investments in unlisted subsidiaries and associates are accounted for at cost less impairment in the Company's Balance Sheet. ||Our audit procedures included a combination of testing the design implementation and operating effectiveness in respect of management's assessment of existence of indicators of impairment and where applicable determination of recoverable amounts to measure the impairment provision that needs to be accounted for. |
|Investments are tested for impairment if impairment indicators exist. If such indicators exist the recoverable amounts of the investments in subsidiaries and associates are estimated in order to determine the extent of the impairment loss if any. Any such impairment loss is recognised in the Statement of Profit and Loss. || |
|- No. Key Audit Matter ||Auditor's Response |
|Management judgement is required in the area of impairment testing particularly in assessing: (1) whether an event has occurred that may indicate that the related asset values may not be recoverable; (2) whether the carrying value of an asset can be supported by the recoverable amount being the higher of fair value less costs to sell and value in use; considering recent transaction independent valuer's report the appropriate key assumptions to be applied in valuation including whether appropriate discounting rate/revenue multiple is applied. Any change in the basis or assumptions could materially affect the recoverable amount used in the impairment test with a consequent impact on the financial statements of the Company. ||Our substantive testing procedures included evaluation of appropriateness of management's assumption whether any indicators of impairment existed by reviewing financial and other available information/data if any of the unlisted subsidiaries and associates as at March 312019. |
| ||For those investments where indicators of impairment existed we have examined management's judgement in the area of impairment testing by considering and evaluating recent transaction independent valuer's report the reasonableness of key assumptions including discounting rate/revenue multiple applied. We evaluated appropriateness of management's impairment assessment by involving our valuation specialists. |
|In view of the foregoing valuation and allocation of investments in certain unlisted subsidiaries and associates have been identified as a Key Audit Matter. As at March 312019 carrying values of such investments aggregates र 81951 lakhs. || |
|Refer Notes 2.2(n)(E) and 3(e) to the financial statements. || |
|2 Carrying values of goodwill ||Principal audit procedures performed: |
|In accordance with Ind AS goodwill needs to be tested for impairment at every reporting period. Recoverability of the carrying value of goodwill is predicated upon appropriate attribution of goodwill to a cash generating unit or group of cash generating units (CGU) and determination of recoverable amount of the underlying CGUs. ||Our audit procedures included a combination of testing the design implementation and operating effectiveness in respect of management's basis for allocation of goodwill to CGUs and determination of recoverable amounts to measure the impairment provision if any that needs to be accounted for. |
| ||As part of our substantive testing procedures we have examined management's judgement in the area of impairment testing by considering and evaluating recent transaction independent valuer's report the reasonableness of key assumptions including discounting rate applied. We evaluated appropriateness of management's impairment assessment by involving our valuation specialists. |
|Management judgement is required in the area of impairment testing particularly in assessing whether the carrying value of the CGU including the goodwill can be supported by the recoverable amount being the higher of fair value less costs to sell and value in use; considering recent transaction independent valuer's report the appropriate key assumptions to be applied in valuation including whether appropriate discounting rate is applied. Any change in the basis or assumptions could materially affect the recoverable amount used in the impairment test with a consequent impact on the financial statements of the Company. || |
|In view of the foregoing valuation and allocation of goodwill have been identified as a Key Audit Matter. As at March 312019 carrying values of goodwill is र 29100 lakhs. || |
|Refer Notes 2.2 (g) and 3(d) to the financial statements. || |
Information Other than the Financial Statements and Auditor's Report Thereon
The Company's Board of Directors is responsible for the other information. Theother information comprises the information included in the Management Discussion andAnalysis Board's Report including Annexures to Board's Report Business ResponsibilityReport and Corporate Governance Report but does not include standalone financialstatements and our auditor's report thereon.
Our opinion on the standalone financial statements does not cover the otherinformation and we do not express any form of assurance conclusion thereon.
In connection with our audit of the standalone financial statements ourresponsibility is to read the other information and in doing so consider whether theother information is materially inconsistent with the standalone financial statements orour knowledge obtained during the course of our audit or otherwise appears to bematerially 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 Standalone 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 includingother comprehensive income cash flows and changes in equity of the Company in accordancewith the 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 judgements 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 financialstatement that give a true and fair view and are free from material misstatement whetherdue to fraud or error.
In preparing the standalone financial statements management is responsible forassessing the Company's ability to continue as a going concern disclosing as applicablematters related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unlessmanagement either intends to liquidate the Company or to cease operations or has norealistic alternative but to do so.
Those Board of Directors are also responsible for overseeing the Company's financialreporting process.
Auditor's Responsibility for the Audit of the Standalone 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 judgement andmaintain professional skepticism throughout the audit. We also:
Identify and assess the risks of material misstatement of the standalonefinancial statements whether due to fraud or error design and perform audit proceduresresponsive to those risks and obtain audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate toprovide a basis for our opinion. The risk of not detecting a material misstatementresulting from fraud is higher than for one resulting from error as fraud may involvecollusion forgery intentional omissions misrepresentations or the override of internalcontrol.
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 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 the 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 standalonefinancial statements including the disclosures and whether the standalone financialstatements represent the underlying transactions and events in a manner that achieves fairpresentation.
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.
As stated in Note 45 to the standalone financial statements pursuant to the Scheme ofMerger by Absorption ("the Scheme") for the merger of the Company'sdirect/indirect wholly owned subsidiaries as stated in the said Note ("transferorCompanies") into the Company the comparative financial information for the yearended March 312018 have been restated to give effect to the Scheme.
Further the above restatement inter alia is based on the financial information often transferor Companies which have not been audited by us. These financial informationhave been audited by other auditors.
Our opinion on the standalone financial statements is not modified in respect of thismatter.
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) 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 Cash Flow Statement and Statement of Changes in Equity 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.
e) On the basis of the written representations received from the directors as on March312019 taken on record by the Board of Directors none of the directors is disqualifiedas on March 312019 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 opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanationsgiven to us the remuneration paid 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.
ii. 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;
iii. There has been no delay in transferring amounts required to be transferred tothe Investor Education and 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.
| ||For DELOITTE HASKINS & SELLS LLP |
| ||Chartered Accountants |
| ||(Firm's Registration No. 117366W/W-100018) |
| ||Abhijit A. Damle |
| ||Partner |
|Mumbai April 15 2019 ||(Membership No. 102912) |
TO THE INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT TO THE MEMBERS OF NETWORK 18 MEDIA &INVESTMENTS LIMITED
Referred to in paragraph 1(f) under 'Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements'section of our report of even 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 Network18Media & Investments Limited ("the Company") as of March 31 2019 inconjunction with our audit of the standalone Ind AS financial statements of the Companyfor 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 of the Company based on our audit. We conducted ouraudit in accordance with the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls OverFinancial Reporting (the "Guidance Note") issued by the Institute of CharteredAccountants of India and the Standards on Auditing prescribed under Section 143(10) of theCompanies Act 2013 to the extent applicable to an audit of internal financial controls.Those Standards and the Guidance Note require that we comply with ethical requirements andplan and 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 Company's internal financial controls systemover financial reporting.
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 authorisations ofmanagement and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regardingprevention or timely detection of unauthorised 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 March 312019 based on the criteria forinternal financial control over financial reporting established by the Company consideringthe essential components of internal control stated in the Guidance Note on Audit ofInternal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting issued by the Institute of CharteredAccountants of India.
| ||For DELOITTE HASKINS & SELLS LLP |
| ||Chartered Accountants |
| ||(Firm's Registration No. 117366W/W-100018) |
| ||Abhijit A. Damle |
| ||Partner |
|Mumbai April 15 2019 ||(Membership No. 102912) |