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B&A LTD.

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ISIN No INE489D01011 52Week High 218 Book Value (Rs.) 246.04 Face Value 10.00
Bookclosure 29/09/2020 52Week Low 102 EPS 13.09 P/E 14.08
Market Cap. 57.13 Cr. P/BV 0.75 Div Yield (%) 0.00 Market Lot 1.00

AUDITOR'S REPORT

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Year End :2018-03 

INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT

To

The Members of B & A LIMITED

Report on the Standalone Indian Accounting

Standard (Ind AS) Financial Statements

1. We have audited the accompanying standalone Ind AS Financial Statements of B&A LIMITED (“the Company”), which comprise the Balance Sheet as at 31st March, 2018, the Statement of Profit and Loss (including other comprehensive income), the Cash Flow Statement and the Statement of Changes in Equity for the year then ended, and a summary of the significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.

Management’s Responsibility for the Standalone

Ind AS Financial Statements

2. The Company's Board of Directors is responsible for the matters stated in Section 134(5) of the Companies Act, 2013 (“the Act”) with respect to the preparation of these standalone Ind AS Financial Statements that give a true and fair view of the financial position, financial performance (including other comprehensive income), cash flows and changes in equity of the Company in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in India, including the Accounting Standards specified in the Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules, 2015 (as amended), under Section 133 of the Act. This responsibility also includes maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Act for safeguarding of the assets of the Company and for preventing and detecting frauds and other irregularities; selection and application of appropriate accounting policies; making judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent; and design, implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financial controls, that were operating effectively for ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the accounting records, relevant to the preparation and presentation of the standalone Ind AS Financial Statements that give a true and fair view and are free from material misstatement(s), whether due to fraud or error.

Auditor’s Responsibility

3. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these standalone Ind AS Financial Statements based on our audit.

4. We have taken into account the provisions of the Act, the accounting and auditing standards and matters which are required to be included in the audit report under the provisions of the Act and the Rules made thereunder.

5. We conducted our audit in accordance with the Standards on Auditing specified under Section 143(10)of the Act and other applicable authoritative pronouncements issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Those Standards and pronouncements require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the standalone Ind AS Financial Statements are free from material misstatement(s).

6. An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the accounts and the disclosures in the standalone Ind AS Financial Statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditors' judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement(s) of the standalone Ind AS Financial Statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal financial control relevant to the Company's preparation of the standalone Ind AS Financial Statements that give a true and fair view in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of the accounting policies used and the reasonableness of the accounting estimates made by the Company's Directors, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the standalone Ind AS Financial Statements.

7. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion on the standalone Ind AS financial statements.

Opinion

8. In our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us, the aforesaid standalone Ind AS Financial Statements give the information required by the Act in the manner so required and give a true and fair view in conformity with the accounting principles generally accepted in India, of the state of affairs of the Company as at 31st March, 2018, and its total comprehensive income (comprising of profit and other comprehensive income), its cash flows and changes in equity for the year ended on that date.

Other Matter

9. The financial information of the Company for the year ended March 31, 2017 and the transition date opening Balance Sheet as at April 1, 2016 included in these standalone Ind AS Financial Statements, are based on the previously issued statutory Financial Statements for the years ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016 respectively, prepared in accordance with the Companies (Accounting Standards) Rules, 2006 (as amended) which were audited by us and on which we expressed an unmodified opinion dated May 27, 2017 and May 28, 2016 respectively. The adjustments to those Financial Statements for the differences in accounting principles adopted by the Company on transition to the Ind AS have been audited by us.

Our opinion is not qualified in respect of this matter.

Report on Other Legal and Regulatory

Requirements

10. 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 best of our knowledge and belief were necessary for the purposes of our audit;

(b) in our opinion, proper books of accounts as required by law have been kept by the Company so far as it appears from our examination of those books;

(c) the Balance Sheet, the Statement of Profit and Loss (including other comprehensive income), the Cash Flow Statement and the Statement of Changes in Equity dealt with in this Report are in agreement with the books of accounts;

(d) in our opinion, the aforesaid standalone Ind AS Financial Statements comply with the Indian Accounting Standards specified under Section 133 of the Act, read with Rule 7 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules,

2015 (as amended);

(e) on the basis of the written representations received from the directors as on 31st March, 2018 taken on record by the Board of Directors, none of the directors is disqualified as on 31st March, 2018 from being appointed as a director in terms of Section 164(2) of the Act, and

(f) our opinion on whether the Company has adequate internal financial controls system in place and whether such controls are operating effectively is given in “Annexure I” to this report.

11. With respect to the other matters to be included in the Auditor's Report in accordance with Rule

11 of the Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules, 2014, in our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us:

(a) the Company has disclosed liabilities of a contingent nature and claims not acknowledged by it (refer Note 43.5 in standalone Ind AS Financial Statements), the quantum of which, however, are in our opinion, not such as would impact the financial position of the Company.

(b) the Company did not have any long-term contracts including derivative contracts for which there were any material foreseeable losses, and

(c) there has been no delay in transferring amounts, required to be transferred, to the Investor Education and Protection Fund by the Company during the year ended March 31, 2018.

12. As required by the Companies (Auditor's Report) Order, 2016 (“the Order”) issued by the Central Government of India in terms of Section 143(11) of the Act, we give in “Annexure II” a statement on the matters specified in paragraphs 3 and 4 of the Order.

[Annexure I to Independent Auditor's Report Dated 21 May, 2018]

[Referred to in paragraph 10(f) of the Independent Auditor’s Report of even date to the members of B & A Limited on the standalone Ind AS Financial Statements as at and for the year ended 31 March, 2018 ]

Report on the Internal Financial Controls under Clause (i) of Sub-section 3 of Section 143 of the Companies Act, 2013 (“the Act”)

We have audited the internal financial controls over financial reporting of B&A Limited (“the Company'') as of March 31, 2018 in conjunction with our audit of the standalone 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 internal financial controls based on the internal control over financial reporting criteria established by the Company considering the essential components of internal control stated in the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls over Financial Reporting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. These responsibilities include the design, implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financial controls that were operating effectively for ensuring the orderly and efficient conduct of its business, including adherence to company's policies, the safeguarding of its assets, the prevention and detection of frauds and errors, the accuracy and completeness of the accounting records, and the timely preparation of reliable financial information, as required under the Companies Act, 2013.

Auditors’ Responsibility

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company's internal financial controls over financial reporting based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting (the “Guidance Note”) issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India as well as the Standards on Auditing, also issued by ICAI and deemed to be prescribed under Section 143(10) of the Companies Act, 2013, to the extent such standards are applicable to an audit of internal financial controls. Those Standards and the Guidance

Note require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether adequate internal financial controls over financial reporting was established and maintained and if such controls operated effectively in all material respects.

Our audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the adequacy of the internal financial controls system over financial reporting and their operating effectiveness. Our audit of internal financial controls over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal financial controls over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. The procedures selected depend on the auditor's judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement(s) of the Financial Statements, whether due to fraud or error.

We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion on the Company's internal financial controls system over financial reporting.

Meaning of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting

A company's internal financial control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of standalone Ind AS Financial Statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company's internal financial control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of Financial Statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the Company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the Company'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 financial reporting, including the possibility of collusion or improper management override of controls, material misstatements due to error or fraud may occur and not be detected. Also, projections of any evaluation of the internal financial controls over financial reporting to future periods are subject to the risk that the internal financial control over financial reporting may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

Opinion

In our opinion, the Company has, in all material respects, an adequate internal financial controls system over financial reporting and such internal financial controls over financial reporting were operating effectively as at March 31, 2018 based on the internal control over financial reporting criteria established by the Company considering the essential components of internal control stated in the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

[Annexure II to Independent Auditor's Report dated 21 May, 2018]

[Referred to in paragraph 12 of the Independent Auditor's Report of even date to the members of B & A Limited on the standalone Ind AS Financial Statements as at and for the year ended 31 March, 2018 ] Matters to be included in the auditor's report Under Companies (Auditors' Report) Order, 2016

(i) (a) The Company is maintaining proper records showing full particulars, including quantitative details and situation of its fixed assets;

(b) We are informed that these fixed assets have been physically verified by the management at reasonable intervals, and, as reported to us, no material discrepancies were noticed on such verification, and

(c) The title deeds of the immovable properties appearing in the books of the Company as its assets are held in the Company's name.

(ii) Physical verification of inventories was carried out at reasonable intervals by the management and discrepancies between physical and book balances, which were not material, have been properly dealt with in the accounts.

(iii) The Company has granted unsecured loan to a company covered in the register maintained under section 189 of the Companies Act, 2013, and

(a) the terms and conditions of the grant of such loan are not prejudicial to the interest of the Company,

(b) the loan is not due for repayment unless and until the bank loan is repaid by the Company and, as such, the question of whether the loan is overdue does not arise.

(iv) In our opinion, and according to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has complied with the provisions of Section 185 and 186 of the Companies Act, 2013 in respect of loans and investments made. The Company has not given any guarantee and security in terms of the above Sections.

(v) The Company has not accepted deposits of the nature that attracts the directives issued by the Reserve Bank of India and the provisions of Sections 73 to 76 or any other relevant provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and the rules framed thereunder. Hence, the question of our reporting under this clause does not arise.

(vi) The Company has made and maintained the cost records specified by the Central Government of India under sub-section (1) of Section 148 of the Companies Act, 2013.

(vii) (a) The Company is regular in depositing

undisputed statutory dues including provident fund, employees' state insurance, income tax, sales tax, service tax, duty of customs, duty of excise, value added tax, cess and any other statutory dues to the appropriate authorities;

(b) The Company has disputed the following demands raised by government authorities and has preferred appeal before the appellate authority established under the respective taxing laws:

(i) Rs. 12,61,660 under Central Excise Act, 1944

(ii) Rs.1,80,54,094 under Assam Agricultural Income Tax Act, 1939

(iii) Rs. 15,29,000 under Income Tax Act, 1961

(viii)The Company has not defaulted on the repayment of its borrowings, which have been obtained from banks.

(ix) The Company has not raised any money by way of initial public offer or further public offer (including debt instruments). Money raised from banks by way of term loans were applied for the purposes for which those were raised.

(x) No fraud by the Company or any fraud on the Company by its officers or employees has been noticed or reported to us during the year.

(xi) Managerial remuneration has been paid or provided in accordance with the requisite approvals mandated by the provisions of Section 197 read with Schedule V to the Companies Act, 2013.

(xii) This Company is not a Nidhi Company; hence the question of our reporting under this clause does not arise.

(xiii) All transactions with the related parties are in compliance with Sections 177 and 188 of Companies Act, 2013 where applicable and the details have been disclosed in the

Standalone Ind AS Financial Statements, as required by the Ind AS.

(xiv) The Company has not made any preferential allotment or private placement of shares or fully or partly convertible debentures during the year under review; hence the question of our reporting under this section does not arise.

(xv) The Company has not entered into any non-cash transactions with directors or persons related to any of them and, hence, the question of our reporting under this clause does not arise.

(xvi) The Company is not required to be registered under Section 45-IA of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.

For Ghosal, Basu & Ray

Chartered Accountants

(Firm Regn. No. : 315080E)

Prasun Kr. Basu

Place : Kolkata, Partner

Date : 21st May, 2018 (Membership No. 016178)