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Directors Report of Murudeshwar Ceramics Ltd.

Mar 31, 2015

The Members,

Murudeshwar Ceramics Limited

The Directors have pleasure in presenting their 32nd Annual Report on the business and operations of the Company and the accounts for the financial year ended March 31,2015.

FINANCIAL SUMMARY OR HIGHLIGHTS / PERFORMANCE OF THE COMPANY

The Board''s Report shall be prepared based on the stand alone financial statements of the company.

(Rs In Lacs) Particulars 2015 2014

Sales Income 13,807.12 14,504.23

Other Income 151.00 101.22

Total income 13,958.12 14,605.45

Operational Expenditure 9,761.91 10,344.99

Increase/(Decrease) in stock 946.61 1,106.14

Interest 2,122.20 2,099.70

Depreciation 925.80 904.55

Total Expenditure 13,756.52 14,455.38

Profit / (Loss) for the year 201.60 150.07

Less Provision for tax 40.34 21.39

Less MAT Credit (40.34) (21.39)

Less Excess Provision written back - -

Add Deferred Tax Assets 29.70 33.27

Profit / (Loss) after tax 171.90 116.80

Profit available for appropriation 171.90 116.80

OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE

During the year under report the Company has produced 24,79,752 Sq.mtrs., of Vitrified tiles and 75 Sq.mtrs. of Ceramic tiles. Whereas compared to previous year production of Vitrified tiles is reduced by 0.58% and production of Ceramic tile is reduced by 99.42%. The sales income from Vitrified tiles has reduced by 1.22% at Rs.10,568.89 lakhs compared to Rs.10,699.65 lakhs of the previous year. Sales income from Ceramic tile segment has reduced by 17.61% at Rs.780.00 lakhs compared to Rs.941.60 lakhs of the previous year. The Granite division did not produce any slabs during the year due to non-availability of quality blocks.

In spite of the above hurdles the Company has managed to earn a profit of Rs.171.90 lakhs (Previous year Rs.116.80 lakhs) which leads to an increase of 47.17% as compare to previous year 2013-14.

DIVIDEND

Since the Profits of the Company has started increasing slightly and the Directors intent to reduce the finance cost as early as possible. Hence your Directors have decided to skip the dividend for the year 2014-15. Your directors are working towards achieving higher results during the forth coming years.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPANY''S WORKING DURING THE YEAR/STATE OF COMPANY''S AFFAIR PROSPECTS

The new and aesthetic products introduced by the Company are better accepted in the market. Various cost cutting measures undertaken by the Company both by reducing the operating cost on one hand and improving the working efficiency on the other are producing encouraging results. The new Digital tiles Technology which gives a very rich look is slowly capturing the market. Now a days tiles are used as a decorating items in kitchen, bathroom or any other part of our home or for any exterior cladding of villas, bunglows, hotels, restaurants, hospitals etc. The Vitrified tiles double and multi charge tiles are also moving fast in the market. The Karaikal unit is functioned with improved gas allocation. Gas allocation for Hubli Unit is expected to arrive at the earliest. The Company is expecting a better growth in the mere future.

MARKETING STRATEGY

With a view to reduce transportation and other operating costs to reach distant markets within in shortest possible time, the Company has started outsourcing production of select varieties of Vitrified tiles under our regular brand name to other distant manufacturing units and doing its trading activity. This will provide some cushion to price the product a little more competitively. Company''s representatives are on door to door leg work to enhance sales. Hoarding, Table Calendars, Newspapers advertisements are in place in order to increase sales. This Company continues with strategy of both project and retail market. Show room sales is yielding satisfactory return in major urban centers. Your Directors are hopeful of achieving better results in the year 2015-16.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

The R & D wing of the Company has successfully developed new varieties of tiles with improved body matrix, quality and cost effective product range. Efforts to upgrade variety, body matrix, shades and designs to suit market sentiments is being consistently pursued. R&D wing is also exploring ways and means to improve operating efficiency.

DETAILS OF SUBSIDIARY/JOINT VENTURES/ASSOCIATE COMPANIES

The Company does not have any Subsidiary Joint ventures and associates Companies.

RESERVES

The net movement in the major reserves of the Company for FY15 and the previous year are as follows :

(Rs In Lacs)

Particulars FY15 FY14

Capital Reserve 15.02 15.02

Capital Redemption reserve 1,600.00 1,600.00

Securities premium account 11,184.53 11,184.53

General Reserve 12,795.85 12,795.85

Profit and Loss Account 1,279.03 1,107.13

CHANGE IN THE NATURE OF BUSINESS, IF ANY

No Change in the nature of the business of the Company done during the year.

RISK MANAGEMENT

A statement indicating development and implementation of a risk management policy for the Company including identification therein of elements of risk, if any, which in the opinion of the Board may threaten the existence of the company.

DIRECTORS AND KEY MANAGERIAL PERSONNEL

In terms of Section 149 of the Act, the Members, at their meeting held on 27th September 2014, appointed the following as Independent Directors of the Company :

- Shri Sunder Naik,

- Dr. S S Hiremath,

- Shri Annappayya K

- Shri Sankappa Keremane Shetty

- Smt Sarvani Alva

In terms of Section 203 of the Act, the following were designated as Key Managerial Personnel of your Company by the Board:

- Shri Satish Rama Shetty, CEO and Managing Director

- Shri N M Hegde, Chief Financial Officer

- Shri Lakshmisha Babu S, Company Secretary

The Company has received declarations from all the Independent Directors confirming that they meet the criteria of independence as prescribed under the Act and Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement with the Stock Exchanges.

In accordance with the requirements of the Act and the Articles of Association of the Company, Shri Sunil Rama Shetty retires by rotation and is eligible for re-appointment.

PARTICULARS OF EMPLOYEES AND REMUNERATION

The information required under Section 197 (12) of the Act read with Rule 5 of The Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014, is appended hereto and forms part of this Report as Annexure-1. The information required under Rule 5 (2) and (3) of The Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014, is provided in the Annexure forming part of this Report. In terms of the first proviso to Section 136 of the Act, the Report and Accounts are being sent to the members excluding the aforesaid Annexure. Any member interested in obtaining the same may write to the Company Secretary at the Registered Office of the Company. None of the employees listed in the said Annexure is related to any Director of the Company.

NUMBER OF MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Five Board Meetings were held during the year. For further details, please refer Report on Corporate Governance. COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD

The Committees of the Board focus on certain specific areas and make informed decisions in line with the delegated authority. The following substantive Committees constituted by the Board function according to their respective roles and defined scope:

- Audit Committee of Directors

- Nomination and Remuneration Committee

- Stakeholders Grievance Committee

- Executive Committee of the Board

Details of composition, terms of reference and number of meetings held for respective committees are given in the Report on Corporate Governance.

The familiarization programs for Independent Directors were conducted by the Company''s professional during the year.

The Board has laid down separate Codes of Conduct for Non-Executive Directors and Senior Management personnel of the Company and the same are posted on the Company''s website. All Board Members and Senior Management personnel have affirmed compliance with the Code of Conduct. The Managing Director has also confirmed and certified the same. The certification is enclosed at the end of the Report on Corporate Governance.

THE DETAILS OF CONSERVATION OF ENERGY, TECHNOLOGY ABSORPTION, FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNINGS AND OUTGO ARE AS FOLLOWS :

The information required to be furnished pursuant to Section 134(3) (m) of the Companies Act, 2013, is appended hereto and forms part of this Report as Annexure-2.

REMUNERATION POLICY FOR THE DIRECTORS, KEY MANAGERIAL PERSONNEL AND OTHER EMPLOYEES

In terms of the provisions of Section 178(3) of the Act and Clause 49(IV)(B)(1) of the Listing Agreement, the Nomination and Remuneration Committee (NRC) is responsible for formulating the criteria for determining qualification, positive attributes and independence of a Director. The NRC is also responsible for recommending to the Board a policy relating to the remuneration of the Directors, Key Managerial Personnel and other employees.

In line with this requirement, the Board has adopted the Policy on Board Diversity and Remuneration Policy for Directors, Key Managerial Personnel and other employees of the Company. The copy of policy''s are available on the company website www.naveentiles.co.in

RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

All related party transactions, that were entered into during the financial year were on arm''s length basis and were in the ordinary course of business. The Company present a statement of all related party transactions before the Audit Committee. Prior approval of the Audit Committee is obtained for the transactions which are of foreseen and repetitive nature. Further there are no significant related party transactions during the year under review made by the Company with promoters, Directors, Key Managerial Personnel or designated persons which may have a potential conflict with the interest of the Company at a large.

DEPOSITS

Your Company has not accepted any deposits within the meaning of Section 73 of the Companies Act, 2013 and the Companies (Acceptance of Deposits) Rules, 2014.

LOANS, SECURITIES OR INVESTMENTS

During the year under report the Company has not provided any Loans, guarantees and securities under section 186 of the Act. The details of investments are provided in the schedules to the financial statements.

EXTRACT OF THE ANNUAL RETURN

Pursuant to Section 92 of the Act and Rule 12 of The Companies (Management and Administration) Rules, 2014, the extract of Annual Return in Form MGT-9, is appended hereto and forms part of this Report as Annexure-3.

STATUTORY AUDITORS

The present auditors M/s. M A Narasimhan & Co., Chartered Accountants (ICAI Registration No.0023457S), Bengaluru, will be holding office as Auditors of the Company until conclusion of the ensuing Annual General Meeting. The said Auditors being eligible have consented to be reappointed. Necessary resolution will be placed before members for approval.

SECRETARIAL AUDIT REPORT

Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 204 of the Companies Act, 2013 and the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014, the Company has appointed HBP & Co., Practicing Company Secretaries (formerly known as Hemanth, Biswajit & Co) to undertake the secretarial audit of the Company. The Secretarial Audit Report is appended hereto and forms part of this Report as Annexure-4.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Pursuant to Clause 49 of the Listing Agreements with the Stock Exchanges and relevant sections of the Act, a Management Discussion and Analysis Statement, Report on Corporate Governance and Auditors'' Certificate, are included in the Annual Report. The Compliance certificate from the auditors regarding compliance of conditions of Corporate Governance as stipulated in Clause 49 of the Listing agreement shall be annexed with the report.

VIGIL MECHANISM / WHISTLE BLOWER POLICY

The Company believes in the conduct of the affairs of its constituents in a fair and transparent manner by adopting highest standards of professionalism, honesty, integrity and ethical behavior. In line with the Code of Conduct, any actual or potential violation, howsoever insignificant or perceived as such, would be a matter of serious concern for the Company. The role of the employees in pointing out such violations cannot be undermined. Pursuant to Section 177(9) of the Act, a vigil mechanism was established for directors and employees to report to the management instances of unethical behavior, actual or suspected, fraud or violation of the Company''s code of conduct or ethics policy. The Vigil Mechanism provides a mechanism for employees of the Company to approach the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Company.

SHARE CAPITAL

During the year the Company had not allotted any Equity Shares, hence the Paid up Equity Share Capital of the Company remained at the existing level of Rs.4,082.17 lakhs.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)

Your Company does not have net worth of rupees five hundred crore or more, or turnover of rupees one thousand crore or more or a net profit of rupees five crore or more during any financial year. Henceforth the disclosures as per Rule 9 of Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 shall be made as and when the Company meets the criteria specified above.

PREVENTION OF INSIDER TRADING

The Company has adopted a Code of Conduct for Prevention of Insider Trading with a view to regulate trading in securities by the Directors and designated employees of the Company. The Code requires pre-clearance for dealing in the Company''s shares and prohibits the purchase or sale of Company shares by the Directors and the designated employees while in possession of unpublished price sensitive information in relation to the Company and during the period when the Trading Window is closed. The Board is responsible for implementation of the Code. All Board Directors and the designated employees have confirmed compliance with the Code.

DIRECTORS'' RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

Based on the framework of internal financial controls and compliance systems established and maintained by the Company, work performed by the internal, statutory, secretarial auditors and external consultants and the reviews performed by Management and the relevant Board Committees, including the Audit Committee, the Board is of the opinion that the Company''s Internal financial controls were adequate and effective during the financial year 2014-15.

Accordingly, pursuant to Section 134(5) of the Companies Act, 2013, the Board of Directors, to the best of their knowledge and ability, confirm that:

a. In the preparation of the annual accounts, the applicable accounting standards have been followed and that there are no material departures therefrom;

b. They have, in the selection of the accounting policies, consulted the Statutory Auditors and have applied them consistently and made judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent so as to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company at the end of the financial year and of the profit of the Company for that period;

c. They have taken proper and sufficient care to the best of their knowledge and ability for the maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Act, for safeguarding the assets of the Company and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities;

d. They have prepared the annual accounts on a going concern basis;

e. They have laid down internal financial controls to be followed by the Company and that such internal financial controls are adequate and were operating effectively;

f. They have devised proper systems to ensure compliance with the provisions of all applicable laws and that such systems were adequate and operating effectively.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Your Directors acknowledge with appreciation, the support and co-operation extended to the Company by the Central Government, Government of Karnataka, Bankers, Financial Institutions, Dealers, Members and employees of the Company. Your Directors also wish to place on record their appreciation for the co-operation extended by M/s. SACMI, Italy and M/s. BRETON, Italy.

For and on behalf of the Board of Directors

Dr. R. N. SHETTY Place : Bengaluru Chairman Date : July 31, 2015 (DIN 00038810)


Mar 31, 2014

The Members,

Murudeshwar Ceramics Limited

The directors present the 31st Annual Report of the Company for the year ended on March 31, 2014 :

FINANCIAL RESULTS

(Rs In Lacs) Particulars 2014 2013

Sales income 14504.23 14413.55

Other Income 101.22 62.40

Total income 14605.45 14475.95

Operational Expenditure 10344.99 11629.81

Increase/(Decrease) in stock 1106.14 (301.16)

Interest 2099.70 2155.77

Depreciation 904.55 903.12

Total Expenditure 14455.38 14387.54

Profit/(Loss) for the year 150.07 88.41

Less Provision for tax 21.39 11.45

Less MAT Credit (21.39) (11.45)

Less Excess Provision written back - (1.06)

Add Deferred Tax Assets 33.27 5.76

Sub Total 33.27 4.70

Profit/(Loss) after tax 116.80 83.71

Profit available for appropriation 116.80 83.71

OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE

During the year under report the Company has produced 24,94,237 Sq.mtrs., of Vitrified tiles and 12,999 Sq.mtrs., of Ceramic tiles. Whereas compared to previous year production of Vitrified tiles is reduced by 19.69% and production of Ceramic tile is reduced by 95.17%. The sales income from Vitrified tiles has reduced by 11.07% at Rs.10,699.65 lakhs compared to Rs.12,030.95 lakhs of the previous year. Sales income from Ceramic tile and Gujarat Wall Tiles segment has reduced by 38.42% at Rs.941.60 lakhs compared to Rs.1,528.98 lakhs of the previous year. The Granite division did not produce any slabs during the year due to non-availability of quality blocks.

In spite of the above hurdles the Company has managed to earn a profit of Rs.116.80 (Previous year Rs.83.71 lakhs) which leads to an increase of 39.52% as compare to previous year 2012-13. Since the Profits of the Company has started increasing slightly and the Directors intent to reduce the finance cost as early as possible. Hence your Directors have decided to skip the dividend for the year 2013-14. Your directors are working towards achieving higher results during the forth coming years.

PROSPECTS

New varieties formats, designs and shades are being introduced from time to time. Products used at Commercial complexes, forums, malls etc. are likely to boost the sales and increase the customer base. Maximum efforts are being made to expand our market in Southern India in order to save the cost of transportation. Since the market in rural India is increasing door to door sales promotion on leg work is also put in place. Various cost cutting measures very being implemented to increase profits. Consumer friendly lending policies of Banks and encouragement from the Government for the housing sector have been contributory factors for the sustained growth of the tiles industry. The new Digital tiles Technology which gives a very rich look is slowly capturing the market. The Vitrified tiles double and multi charge tiles are also moving fast in the market. The Karaikal unit is functioned with improved gas allocation. Gas allocation for Hubli Unit is expected to arrive on December 2014. The Company is expecting a better growth in the mere future.

MARKETING STRATEGY

This Company continues with strategy of both project and retail market. Show room sales is yielding satisfactory return in major urban centers. In other places wherever show rooms are not feasible the company has closed down those show rooms and has been expanding dealership network. Depots opened at different parts of the Country are lending support for quick and sustained service to customers. The sales team has developed personal contact with Architects and Builders who influence the decision making. The rapport built shows the attitude and reaction of the Architect towards our product. Company''s representatives are on door to door leg work to enhance sales. Hoarding, Table Calenders, Newspapers advertisements are in place in order to increase sales.

Your Directors are hopeful of achieving better results in the year 2014-15.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

The R & D wing of the Company is successful in adaption of Feldspar Processing plant to remove the inbuilt iron contamination to enhance the brightness of Vitrified tile production. As usual R & D wing is continuously concentrating on reduction of power and fuel in the manufacturing process. The R & D wing is also concentrating on inventing new products, upgrade variety, body matrix, shades and designs to suit market sentiments.

INCREASE IN THE SHARE CAPITAL

During the year the Company had allotted 20,35,000 Equity Shares upon conversion of its second tranche of 20,35,000 Convertible Share Warrants into 20,35,000 Equity Shares to Murdeshwar Power Corporation Limited a promoter and promoter group Company, hence the Paid up Equity share capital of the Company increased to Rs.4,082.17 lakhs.

DIRECTORS

Shri Kudlu Sunder Naik, Dr. Shivabasayya Siddaramayya Hiremath, Shri Annappayya Kundapur and Shri Sankappa Keremane Shetty was appointed as Independent Directors of the Company for a period of five consecutive years with immediate effect in order to comply with the provisions of the Section 149 and other applicable provisions/rules of the Companies Act 2013 read with Schedule IV of the said Act.

The Board has appointed Smt Sarvani Alva as Additional Director with effect from July 31, 2014 Pursuant to Section 161 of the Companies Act, 1956 the term of such additional director is valid upto the date of ensuing Annual General Meeting. Hence necessary resolution is placed before the members for approval of the said Director with immediate effect.

Shri Naveen Rama Shetty retires by rotation and being eligible offer himself for re-appointment.

Brief personal details of above said directors are furnished in the Corporate Governance Report which forms part of this Annual Report.

AUDITORS

The present auditors M/s. M A Narasimhan & Co., Chartered Accountants, Bangalore, will be holding office as Auditors of the Company until conclusion of the ensuing Annual General Meeting. The said Auditors being eligible have consented to be reappointed. Necessary resolution will be placed before members for approval.

MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS REPORT

Management Discussion and Analysis Report as per requirements of Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement is furnished in the annexure forming part of this Report. In the said report management has also discussed opportunities, threats and risk factors.

COST COMPLIANCE REPORT

As per the requirement of The Companies (Cost Accounting Records) Rules, 2011 your Company has obtained Cost Compliance Report from Mr. Suresh R Gunjalli, Practicing Cost Accountant (Membership No.22121).

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE PROVISIONS

Your Company has complied with mandatory requirements of Corporate Governance Provisions prescribed under Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement with Stock Exchanges. Corporate Governance Report is furnished forming part of this Annual Report.

AUDIT COMMITTEE

During the year under report the Audit Committee consist of three non-executive directors namely, Dr. Rama Nagappa Shetty, Shri Kudlu Sunder Naik and Shri Annappayya Kundapur. Shri Kudlu Sunder Naik was the Chairman and Shri Lakshmisha Babu S, Company Secretary was the Secretary of the Committee.

DEPOSITS

As on 31.03.2014 the Company does not have any Public Deposits. The Company has repaid all the deposits and one unclaimed deposit of Rs.25,000/- was deposited to IEPF on November 18, 2013.

PARTICULARS OF DISCLOSURE UNDER SECTION 217(1)(e)

As per requirements of Section 217(1)(e) of The Companies Act, 1956 read with The Companies (Disclosure of Particulars in the Report of Board of Directors) Rules, 1988, necessary particulars are furnished in the annexure forming part of this report.

PARTICULARS OF EMPLOYEES

Pursuant to the provisions of The Companies (particulars of employees) Rules 1975 read with Notification bearing No. F.No.2/29/1988-DL.V dated 31.03.2011 issued by Ministry of Corporate Affairs, New Delhi. The particulars of employees as required to be submitted under Section 217(2A) of The Companies Act, 1956 are not applicable to the Company.

DIRECTORS RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

Pursuant to provisions of Section 217(2AA) of the Companies Act, 1956, your directors hereby state that:

1) In preparation of the annual accounts for the year 2013-14, the Company has followed the applicable accounting standards prescribed under Section 211 (3C) of The Companies Act, 1956 and there is no material departure from the same ;

2) Your Directors have selected and consistently applied such of the accounting policies and made judgments and estimates thereon, that are reasonable and prudent so as to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company as at the end of the financial year and the profit or loss of the Company for that period ;

3) Your Directors have taken proper and sufficient care for maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the applicable provisions of The Companies Act, 1956 for safeguarding the assets of the Company and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities ;

4) The Company has prepared the annual accounts ongoing concern basis.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Your Directors acknowledge with appreciation, the support and co-operation extended to the Company by the Central Government, Government of Karnataka, Bankers, Financial Institutions, Dealers, Members and employees of the Company. Your Directors also wish to place on record their appreciation for the co-operation extended by M/s. SACMI, Italy and M/s. BRETON, Italy.

for and on behalf of the Board of Directors Dr. RAMA NAGAPPA SHETTY Place : Bangalore Chairman Date : July 31, 2014 (DIN 00038810)


Mar 31, 2013

To The Members of Murudeshwar Ceramics Limited

The directors present the 30th Annual Report of the Company for the year ended on March 31, 2013 :

FINANCIAL RESULTS

Particulars (Rs. In Lacs)

Sales income 14413.55

Other Income 62.40

Total income 14475.95

Operational Expenditure 11629.81

Increase/(Decrease) in stock (301.16)

Interest 2155.77

Depreciation 903.12

Total Expenditure 14387.54

Profit/(Loss) for the year 88.41

Less Provision for tax 11.45

Less MAT Credit (11.45)

Less Current Tax Expenses (1.06)

Add Deferred Tax Assets 5.76

Sub total 4.70

Profit/(Loss) after tax 83.71

Profit available for appropriation 83.71

OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE

The unhealthy competition from various unorganized sector are increasing day by day. Even though construction industry has recovered the cost of input and various taxes has gone up during the year which has lead to reduction in profits margins.

During the year under report the Company has produced 31,05,861 Sq.mtrs., of Vitrified tiles and 2,68,968 Sq.mtrs., of Ceramic tiles. Compared to previous year Ceramic tile production has reduced by about 56.98%, Vitrified tile production has reduced by 10.60%. The sales income from Vitrified tiles has reduced by 7.68% at Rs.12,030.95 lakhs compared to Rs.13,031.50 lakhs for the previous year. Sales income from Ceramic tile segment has decreased by 46.17% at Rs.1,528.98 lakhs compared to Rs.2,840.15 lakhs for the previous year. The granite division did not produce any slabs during the year. The Company is finding it difficult to get quality granite blocks at reasonable prices.

In spite of the above hurdles the Company has managed to earn a profit of Rs.83.71 lakhs during the year through various cost cutting measures and by adopting good marketing strategies. Since the Profits of the Company has decreased drastically and the Company is very keen to repay its debts, your Directors have decided to skip the dividend for the year 2012-13. Your directors are working towards achieving higher results during the forth coming years.

PROSPECTS

Demand for Vitrified tiles has been increased in Tier-II and III Cities. New Technology such as Digital tiles Technology Production where as Digital printing is used in printing technology which gives a very rich look. Such a technology leads to faster production in an economical way. Tiles while look exactly like stone, wood, granite etc can be printed using such technology. Such Tiles can be used both on wall and floors which shall be maintenance free in future years. Nano Technology goes well with Vitrified tiles double and multi charge tiles are moving fast in the market. Water Get Technology offers varies shapes like circles, waves etc on the tiles. Consumer likes such complex shapes. Cladding in a technology which is picking up very fast in the market. This tiles goes well on exteriors such as lobby or staircases. The Somerset Rustic & Wood Series Ceramic Tiles in bigger formats and Cegress Series are also been well accepted in the market.

The Karaikal unit is functioned with improved gas allocation. Gas allocation for Hubli Unit is expected to arrive at December 2013. The Company is expecting a better growth in the mere future.

MARKETING STRATEGY

Periodical review of the performance of the sales staff and SWOT analysis of the sales staff and dealers are being carried out and attempts are made to convert the weakness to strength and improve our brand image. Target are set at the beginning of each year of operation based on the past performance and future market growth and potential. All Sales staff particularly of southern state have been instructed to identify new potential market and develop the same so that our distribution network will be widened. Sales of high margin items are to be identified and concentrated. Apart from big builders for bulk orders, we are now concentrating on small builders and dealers also, as Vitrified tile is no more considered as a luxury item and is commonly used by the middle class people. The sales team has developed personal contact with Architects and Builders who influence the decision making. The rapport built shows the attitude and reaction of the Architect towards our product.

Company''s representatives are on door to door leg work to enhance sales. On the product range the Company has introduced new varieties of Vitrified tiles and the Company has also introduced innovative shades and colors in Ceramic tile segment.

Your Directors are hopeful of achieving better results in the year 2013-14.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

The R & D wing of the Company is successful in introducing New Fluxing material [Soap Stone] to reduce firing temperature and firing cycle. The R & D wing is continuously concentrating on reduction of power and fuel in the manufacturing process. The R & D wing is also concentrating on inventing new products, upgrade variety, body matrix, shades and designs to suit market sentiments.

INCREASE IN THE SHARE CAPITAL

During the year the Company had allotted 19,35,000 Equity Shares upon conversion of its first trenche of 19,35,000 Convertible Share Warrants into 19,35,000 Equity Shares to Murdeshwar Power Corporation Limited a promoter and promoter group Company, hence the Paid up Equity share capital of the Company increased from Rs.3686.88 lakhs to Rs.3880.38 lakhs.

DIRECTORS

Shri Annappayya Kundapur and Dr. S S Hiremath retire by rotation and being eligible offer themselves for reappointment. Brief personal details of above said Directors are furnished in the Corporate Governance Report which forms part of this Annual Report.

AUDITORS

The present auditors M/s. M A Narasimhan & Co., Chartered Accountants, Bangalore, will be holding office as Auditors of the Company until conclusion of the ensuing Annual General Meeting. The said Auditors being eligible have consented to be reappointed. Necessary resolution will be placed before members for approval.

MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS REPORT

Management Discussion and Analysis Report as per requirements of Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement is furnished in the annexure forming part of this Report. In the said report management has also discussed opportunities, threats and risk factors.

COST COMPLIANCE REPORT

As per the requirement of The Companies (Cost Accounting Records) Rules, 2011 your Company has obtained Cost Compliance Report from Mr. Suresh R Gunjalli, Practicing Cost Accountant (Membership No.22121).

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE PROVISIONS

Your Company has complied with mandatory requirements of Corporate Governance provisions prescribed under Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement with Stock Exchanges. Corporate Governance Report is furnished forming part of this Annual Report.

AUDIT COMMITTEE

During the year under report the Audit Committee consist of three non-executive directors namely Dr. R N Shetty, Shri K Sunder Naik and Shri Annappayya. K. Shri K Sunder Naik was the Chairman and Shri Lakshmisha Babu S, Company Secretary was the Secretary of the Committee.

DEPOSITS

As at the end of the year under report the Company had 7 deposit accounts for Rs.13.40 lakhs. As on 31.03.2013, one (1) account for Rs.25,000/- remained not claimed by the concerned depositor. Efforts are being made to locate the party and advise him to claim repayment by surrendering the original deposit receipt.

PARTICULARS OF DISCLOSURE UNDER SECTION 217(1)(e)

As per requirements of Section 217(1)(e) of The Companies Act, 1956 read with The Companies (Disclosure of Particulars in the Report of Board of Directors) Rules, 1988, necessary particulars are furnished in the annexure forming part of this report.

PARTICULARS OF EMPLOYEES

Pursuant to the provisions of The Companies (particulars of employees) Rules 1975 read with Notification bearing No. F.No.2/29/1988-DL.V dated 31.03.2011 issued by Ministry of Corporate Affairs, New Delhi. The particulars of employees as required to be submitted under Section 217(2A) of The Companies Act, 1956 are not applicable to the Company.

DIRECTORS RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

Pursuant to provisions of Section 217(2AA) of the Companies Act, 1956, your directors hereby state that :

1) In preparation of the annual accounts for the year 2012-13, the Company has followed the applicable accounting standards prescribed under Secn.211 (3C) of The Companies Act, 1956 and there is no material departure from the same ;

2) Your Directors have selected and consistently applied such of the accounting policies and made judgments and estimates thereon, that are reasonable and prudent so as to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company as at the end of the financial year and the profit or loss of the Company for that period ;

3) Your Directors have taken proper and sufficient care for maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the applicable provisions of The Companies Act, 1956 for safeguarding the assets of the Company and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities ;

4) The Company has prepared the annual accounts ongoing concern basis.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Your Directors acknowledge with appreciation, the support and co-operation extended to the Company by the Central Government, Government of Karnataka, Bankers, Financial Institutions, Dealers, Members and employees of the Company. Your Directors also wish to place on record their appreciation for the co-operation extended by M/s. SACMI, Italy and M/s. BRETON, Italy. for and on behalf of the Board of Directors

Place : Bangalore

Dr. R N SHETTY

Date : July 30, 2013 Chairman


Mar 31, 2012

The directors present the 29th Annual Report of the Company for the year ended on March 31, 2012 :

FINANCIAL RESULTS

Particulars (Rs. In Lacs)

Sales income 17,907.06

Other Income 96.54

Increase/(Decrease) in stock (252.12)

Total income 17,751.48

Operational Expenditure 13,439.60

Finance Cost 2,355.71

Depreciation 1,691.28

Total Expenditure 17,486.59

Profit/(Loss) for the year 264.89

Less : Provision for tax 53.95

Less : MAT Credit (55.78)

Less : Net Current Tax Expenses (183)

Add : Deferred Tax Assets 110.33

Sub total 112.16

Profit/(Loss) after tax 377.05

Profit available for appropriation 377.05

OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE

The unhealthy competition from various unorganized sector are increasing day by day. Even though construction industry has recovered, the cost of input and various taxes has gone up during the year which has lead to reduction in profits margins.

During the year under report the Company has produced 34,74,059 Sq.mtrs. of Vitrified tiles and 6,25,150 Sq.mtrs. of Ceramic tiles. Compared to previous year even though Ceramic tile production has reduced by about 58.32%, Vitrified tile production has increased by 2.93%. The sales income from Vitrified tiles has increased by 2.40% at Rs.13,031.50 lacs compared to Rs.12,726.12 lacs for the previous year. Sales income from Ceramic tile segment has decreased by 30.11% at Rs.2,840.15 lacs compared to Rs.4,063.55 lacs for the previous year. The granite division did not produce any slabs during the year. The Company is finding it difficult to get quality granite blocks at reasonable prices.

In spite of the above hurdles the Company has managed to earn a profit of Rs.377.05 lacs during the year through various cost cutting measures and by adopting good marketing strategies. Since the Company has just started recovering from huge loss suffered during the year 2009-10 and the Company is very keen to repay its debts, your Directors have decided to skip the dividend for the year 2012-13. Your directors are working towards achieving higher results during the forth coming years.

PROSPECTS

New technology such as nano and double / multi charge tiles are catching up as the customer always look for innovative tiles where pricing is not the decision making factor. These being value added item do fetch higher realization. New exterior tiles like Durapave and the new anti stain coat in 400 x 400 and 600 x 600 mm released to the market are being well accepted by the consumers. The Somerset Rustic & Wood Series Ceramic Tiles in bigger formats is also been well accepted in the market. The Cegress Series (Application of Glaze on Vitrified Tiles with different colour and design), Aqua Magic Water jet decorative tiles in single and four tiles and various designs, Steps and Risers, Borders has received good response from our dealers as well as customers.

The Karaikal unit is functioned with improved gas allocation. Gas allocation for Hubli Unit is expected to arrive at December 2012. Since the Construction Industries have slightly picked up their activities during the year the Company is expecting a better growth in the mere future.

MARKETING STRATEGY

Periodical review of the performance of sales staff and SWOT analysis of the sales staff and dealers are being carried out and attempts are made to convert the weakness to strength and improve our brand image. Target are set at the beginning of each year of operation based on the past performance and future market growth and potential. All Sales staff particularly of southern state have been instructed to identify new potential market and develop the same so that our distribution network will be widened. Sales of high margin items are to be identified and concentrated. Apart from big builders for bulk orders, we are now concentrating on small builders and dealers also, as Vitrified tile is no more considered as a luxury item and is commonly used by the middle class people. The sales team has developed personal contact with Architects and Builders who influence the decision making. The rapport built shows the attitude and reaction of the Architect towards our product.

Company's representatives are on door to door leg work to enhance sales. On the product range the Company has introduced new varieties of Vitrified tiles and the Company has also introduced innovative shades and colors in Ceramic tile segment.

Your Directors are hopeful of achieving better results in the year 2012-13.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

The R & D wing of the Company is successful in introducing new Fluxing material [Soap Stone] to reduce firing temperature and firing cycle. The R & D wing is continuously concentrating on reduction of power and fuel in the manufacturing process. The R & D wind is also concentrating on inventing new products, upgrade variety, body matrix, shades and designs to suit market sentiments.

INCREASE IN THE SHARE CAPITAL

During the year the Company had allotted 18,40,000 Equity Shares and 39,70,000 Convertible Share Warrants to Murdeshwar Power Corporation Limited on Preferential allotment basis, hence the Paid up Equity share capital of the Company increased from Rs. 3,502.88 lacs to Rs. 3,686.88 lacs.

DIRECTORS

Dr. Sadanand V Nadig ceased to be a Director on the Board effective from 20.01.2012 due to death. Board expressed their deep sorrow for the sad demise of Dr. Sadanand V Nadig, who left for his heavenly abode. Board also appreciated his contribution to the Company.

The Board has appointed Shri Sankappa Keremane Shetty as Additional Director with effect from May 14, 2012 Pursuant to Section 260 of the Companies Act, 1956 the term of such additional director is valid up to the date of ensuing Annual General Meeting. The Company has received a notice under Section 257 of the Companies Act, 1956 from Shri Sankappa Keremane Shetty offering himself as a candidate to the office of Director. Necessary resolution is placed before the members for approval. Brief particulars of the above director have been furnished in the Corporate Governance Report which forms part of this Annual Report.

Shri Sunil R Shetty and Shri K Sundar Naik retire by rotation and being eligible offer themselves for reappointment. Brief personal details of above said directors are furnished in the Corporate Governance Report which forms part of this Annual Report.

AUDITORS

The present auditors M/s. M A Narasimhan & Co., Chartered Accountants, Bangalore, will be holding office as Auditors of the Company until conclusion of the ensuing Annual General Meeting. The said Auditors being eligible have consented to be reappointed. Necessary resolution will be placed before members for approval.

MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS REPORT

Management Discussion and Analysis Report as per requirements of Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement is furnished in the annexure forming part of this Report. In the said report management has also discussed opportunities, threats and risk factors.

COST COMPLIANCE REPORT

As per the requirement of The Companies (Cost Accounting Records) Rules, 2011 your Company has obtained Cost Compliance Report from Mr. Suresh R Gunjalli, Practicing Cost Accountant (Membership No.22121).

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE PROVISIONS

Your Company has complied with mandatory requirements of Corporate Governance provisions prescribed under Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement with Stock Exchanges. Corporate Governance Report is furnished forming part of this Annual Report.

AUDIT COMMITTEE

During the year under report the Audit Committee consist of four non-executive directors namely Dr. R N Shetty, Shri K Sundar Naik, Shri Annappaya. K and Dr.Sadanand V Nadig (upto 20.01.2012). Shri K Sundar Naik was the Chairman and Shri Lakshmisha Babu S Company Secretary was the Secretary of the Committee.

DEPOSITS

As at the end of the year under report the Company had 7 deposit accounts for Rs.13.40 lacs. As on 31.03.2012, one (1) account for Rs.25,000/- remained not claimed by the concerned depositor. Efforts are being made to locate the party and advise him to claim repayment by surrendering the original deposit receipt.

PARTICULARS OF DISCLOSURE UNDER SECTION 217(1)(e)

As per requirements of Section 217(1)(e) of The Companies Act, 1956 read with The Companies (Disclosure of Particulars in the Report of Board of Directors) Rules, 1988, necessary particulars are furnished in the annexure forming part of this report.

PARTICULARS OF EMPLOYEES

Pursuant to the provisions of The Companies (particulars of employees) Rules 1975 read with Notification bearing No. F.No.2/29/1988-DL.V dated 31.03.2011 issued by Ministry of Corporate Affairs, New Delhi. The particulars of employees as required to be submitted under Section 217(2A) of The Companies Act, 1956 are not applicable to the Company.

DIRECTORS RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

Pursuant to provisions of Section 217(2AA) of The Companies Act, 1956, your directors hereby state that :

1) In preparation of the annual accounts for the year 2011-12, the Company has followed the applicable accounting standards prescribed under Secn.211 (3C) of The Companies Act, 1956 and there is no material departure from the same ;

2) Your Directors have selected and consistently applied such of the accounting policies and made judgments and estimates thereon, that are reasonable and prudent so as to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company as at the end of the financial year and the profit or loss of the Company for that period ;

3) Your Directors have taken proper and sufficient care for maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the applicable provisions of The Companies Act, 1956 for safeguarding the assets of the Company and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities ;

4) The Company has prepared the annual accounts ongoing concern basis.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Your Directors acknowledge with appreciation, the support and co-operation extended to the Company by the Central Government, Government of Karnataka, Bankers, Financial Institutions, Dealers, Members and employees of the Company. Your Directors also wish to place on record their appreciation for the co-operation extended by M/s. SACMI, Italy and M/s. BRETON, Italy.

for and on behalf of the Board of Directors

Place : Bangalore Dr. R N SHETTY

Date : July 30, 2012 Chairman


Mar 31, 2010

The directors present the 27th Annual Report of the Company for the year ended on March 31, 2010 :

FINANCIAL RESULTS Particulars (Rs. In Lakhs) Sales income 13,839.32 Other Income 55.96 lncrease/(Decrease) in stock 1,191.24 Total income 15,086.52 Operational Expenditure 11,750.89 Interest 2,446.30 Depreciation 2,466.24 Total Expenditure 16,663.43 Profit/(Loss) for the year (1,576.91) Add : Deferred Tax Assets 29.50 Excess provision of Income Tax written back 16.64 Subtotal 46.14 ProfitJ(Loss) after tax adjustments. (1,530.77) Balance of Profit brought forward 447.51 Profit/(Loss) carried to Balance Sheet (1,083.26)

OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE

The order book position of the Company during the first three quarters was very badly affected due to various factors beyond control of the management. Even though demandfor tiles is encouraging, too many market players, particularly in the unorganised sector and cheaper imported tiles have lead to difficulties in balancing the price for the product by medium to large scale companies matching with its quality and cost. On the other hand the economic crisis seems to be over, but the after effect of it still continues to have its effect on the financial stability of companies connected with the construction industry. Even though the order book position from the last quarter of the year under report indicates that the economic crisis has ended and signals that the positive trend shall prevail in times ahead, the weak market condition and very low off take during the first three quarters of 2009-10 has significantly affected the final figures for the yea> under report.

During the year under report the Company has produced 30,13,184 Sq.mtrs. of Vitrified tiles and 21,07,084 Sq.mtrs. of Ceramic tiles. Compared to previous year even though Ceramic tile production has improved by about 14.58%, Vitrified tile production has reduced by 21.69%. The sales income from Vitrified tiles has reduced by 28.94% at Rs.10,344.70 lakhs compared to Rs.14,557.65 lakhs for the previous year. Sales income from Ceramic tile segment has improved by 8.03% at Rs.3,292.31 lakhs.

The granite division which is a 100% EOU has achieved sales income of Rs.202.31 lakhs against Rs.301.78 lakhs for the previous year. The granite business continues to be mostly dominated by unorganized entities rendering it difficult for corporate entities in the organized sector to effectively compete in the market. The Company is also finding it difficult to get quality granite blocks at reasonable prices.

On account of reasons stated above the Company has sustained loss of Rs.1530.77 lakhs for the year under report. With the result your directors have been constrained to skip the dividend for the year 2009-10 for the very first time in about 20 years. Considering the present market trends and the steps being taken by the Company to improve the economies of operation, your directors hope that the Company will be able to present better performance for the year 2010-11.

PROSPECTS

The last quarter of the year has given indications that the financial stability of the Company will be restored in a short period of time. The Order book position during the last quarter has been good and on expected lines. The new and aesthetic products introduced by the Company are better accepted in the market. Various cost cutting measures undertaken by the Company both by reducing the operating cost on one hand and improving the working efficiency on the other are producing encouraging results.

Also efforts taken by the Chairman to impress upon the Central Government for gas connection to the manufacturing unit at Hubli has yielded results and the Hubli unit isexpected to get gas connection by 2012. The Company also hopes to get increase in gas allocation to Karaikal unit. Housing loans are becoming cheaper on account of reduced interest rates. This will be a boost to the construction industry which in turn helps growth of tiles market. RIGHTS ISSUE

On the financial side, your directors are seriously planning to reduce the repayment burden so that the other cost cutting measures will be more effective. In this direction Board of Directors have proposed to increase the paid up share capital by issue of shares on rights basis for an amount not exceeding Rs.75 crores including premium which will be utilized for retiring high cost debts on priority and also to effectively implement certain other plans to economise operating costs. This will also improve liquidity position to a considerable level.

MARKETING STRATEGY

The Management is taking every possible step to improve operating margins. Even though there is committed professional management team in place, the marketing department has been given emphasis to meet new challenges being faced in the market. Dealer net work has been further expanded. Trained marketing personnel have been assigned to reach door to door to broaden the marketing net work. The advertisement and publicity is under the control of professional team with commitment to take the brand name and the product to reach every section of, the society even into rural areas. Value added products like Granite and special marble series in Vitrified tite segment are being well accepted in the market especially by commercial centres. The CEGRESS variety tiles newly introduced by the Company has become fast moving product in a very short period. In ceramic tiles segment larger sizes of 600 x 600 mm have been introduced.

With a view to reduce transportation and other operating costs to reach distant markets within in shortest possible time, the Company has started outsourcing production of select varieties of Vitrified tiles under our regular brand name to other distant manufacturing units and started its trading activity. This will provide some cushion to price the product a little more competitively.

As a result of above steps taken by the management and also keeping in view some other measures being planned to improve market efficiency, your Directors are hopeful of achieving better results in the year 2010-11.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

The R&D wing of the Company has successfully developed new varieties of tiles with improved body matrix, quality and cost effective product range. Efforts to upgrade variety, body matrix, shades and designs to suit market sentiments is being consistently pursued. R&D wing is also exploring ways and means to improve operating efficiency.

DIRECTORS

Dr Sadanand V Nadig and Shri Sunil R Shetty retire by rotation and being eligible offer themselves for reappointment. Brief personal details of abovesaid directors are furnished in the Corporate Governance Report which forms part of this Annua! Report.

AUDITORS

The present auditors M/s. M A Narasimhan & Co., Chartered Accountants, Bangalore, will be holding office as Auditors of the Company until conclusion of the ensuing Annual General Meeting. The said Auditors being eligible have consented to be reappointed. Necessary resolution wilt be placed before members for approval.

MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS REPORT

Management Discussion and Analysis Report as per requirements of Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement is furnished in the annexure forming part of this Report. In the said report management has also discussed opportunities, threats and risk factors.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE PROVISIONS

Your Company has complied with mandatory requirements of Corporate Governance provisions prescribed under Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement with Stock Exchanges. Corporate Governance Report is furnished forming part of this Annual Report.

AUDIT COMMITTEE

The present composition of the Audit Gommittee has three non-executive directors namely Dr. R N Shetty, Shri.K P Surendranath and Dr.Sadanand V Nadig. Shri K P Surendranath is the Chairman. Shri K P Surendranath and Dr.Sadanand V Nadig are independent directors. Shri P A Ravish, Company Secretary is the Secretary of the Committee.

DEPOSITS

As at the end of the year under report the Company had 24 deposit accounts for Rs.32.75 lakhs. As on 31.03.2010, one (1) account for Rs.25,000/- remained not claimed by the concerned depositor. Efforts are being made to locate the party and advise him to claim repayment by surrendering the original deposit receipt.

PARTICULARS OF DISCLOSURE UNDER SECTION 217(1)(e)

As per requirements of Section 217(1 )(e) of The Companies Act, 1956 read with The Companies (Disclosure of Particulars in the Report of Board of Directors) Rules, 1988, necessary particulars are furnished in the annexure forming part of this report.

PARTICULARS OF EMPLOYEES

Particulars of employees pursuant to provisions of Section 217(2A) of The Companies Act, 1956 read with The Companies (particulars of employees) Rules 1975 is furnished in the annexure forming part of this report.

DIRECTORS RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

Pursuant to provisions of Section 217(2AA) of the Companies Act, 1956, your directors hereby state that:

1) In preparation of the annual accounts for the year 2009-10, the Company has, subject to Note No.4 (c) of Schedule 21 in the Statement of accounts, followed the applicable accounting standards prescribed under Seen.211 (3C) of The Companies Act, 1956 and there is no material departure from the same ;

2) Your Directors have, selected and consistently applied such of the accounting policies and made judgements and estimates thereon, that are reasonable and prudent so as to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company as at the end of the financial year and of the profit or loss of the Company for that period ;

3) Your Directors have taken proper and sufficient care for maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the applicable provisions of The Companies Act, 1956 for safeguarding the assets of the Company and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities ;

4) The Company has prepared the annual accounts on going concern basis.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Your Directors acknowledge with appreciation, the support and co-operation extended to the Company by the Central Government, Government of Karnataka, Bankers, Financial Institutions, Dealers, Members and employees of the Company. Your Directors also wish to place on record their appreciation for the co-operation extended by M/s. SACMI, Italy and M/s. BRETON, Italy.

for and on behalf of the Board of Directors Place : Bangalore Dr. R N SHETTY Date : May 05, 2010 Chairman

 
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