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HCL Technologies Ltd.

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Year End :2018-03 

INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT

To the Members of HCL Technologies Limited

Report on the Standalone Ind AS Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying standalone Ind AS financial statements of HCL Technologies Limited (“the Company”), which comprise the Balance Sheet as at March 31, 2018, the Statement of Profit and Loss, including the statement of Other Comprehensive Income, the Cash Flow Statement and the Statement of Changes in Equity for the year then ended, and a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.

Management's Responsibility for the Standalone Ind AS Financial Statements

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 accounting principles generally accepted in India, including the Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS) specified under section 133 of the Act, read with the Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules, 2015, as amended. 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 the design, implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financial control that were operating effectively for ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the accounting records, relevant to the preparation and presentation of the Ind AS financial statements that give a true and fair view and are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

Auditor's Responsibility

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these standalone Ind AS financial statements based on our audit. 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 there under. We conducted our audit of the standalone Ind AS financial statements in accordance with the Standards on Auditing, issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, as specified under Section 143(10) of the Act. Those Standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement.

An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor's judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement 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 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. 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

In our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us, the 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 March 31, 2018, its profit including other comprehensive income, its cash flows and the changes in equity for the year ended on that date.

Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements

1.    As required by the Companies (Auditor's report) Order, 2016 (“the Order”) issued by the Central Government of India in terms of sub-section (11) of section 143 of the Act, we give in the “Annexure 1”a statement on the matters specified in paragraphs 3 and 4 of the Order.

2.    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 purpose of our audit;

(b)    In our opinion, proper books of account 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, Statement of Profit and Loss including the Statement of Other Comprehensive Income, the Cash Flow Statement and Statement of Changes in Equity dealt with by this Report are in agreement with the books of account;

(d)    In our opinion, the aforesaid standalone Ind AS financial statements comply with the Accounting Standards specified under section 133 of the Act, read with Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules, 2015, as amended;

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

(f)    With respect to the adequacy of the internal financial controls over financial reporting of the Company and the operating effectiveness of such controls, refer to our separate Report in “Annexure 2” to this report;

(g)    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:

i. The Company has disclosed the impact of pending litigations on its financial position in its standalone Ind AS financial statements;

ii.    The Company has made provision, as required under the applicable law or accounting standards, for material foreseeable losses, if any, on long-term contracts including derivative contracts;

iii.    There has been no delay in transferring amounts, required to be transferred, to the Investor Education and Protection Fund by the Company;

Annexure 1 referred to in paragraph 1 of the section on

“Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements” of our report of even date

Re: HCL Technologies Limited (the Company)

(i)    (a) The Company has maintained proper records showing

full particulars, including quantitative details and situation of fixed assets.

(b)    All fixed assets were physically verified by the management in accordance with a planned programme of verifying them in phased manner over a period of three years, which, in our opinion, is reasonable having regard to the size of the Company and the nature of its assets. No material discrepancies were noticed on such verification conducted during the financial year.

(c)    According to the information and explanations given by the management, the title deeds of immovable properties included in property, plant and equipment / fixed assets are held in the name of the Company.

(ii)    The management has conducted physical verification of inventory at reasonable intervals during the financial year and no material discrepancies were noticed on such physical verification.

(iii)    According to the information and explanations given to us, the Company has not granted any loans, secured or unsecured to companies, firms, Limited Liability Partnerships or other parties covered in the register maintained under section 189 of the Companies Act, 2013. Accordingly, the provisions of clause 3(iii)(a), (b) and (c) of the Order are not applicable to the Company and hence not commented upon.

(iv)    In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, provisions of section 186 of the Companies Act, 2013 in respect of loans given have been complied with by the Company. In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us, there are no loans, investments, guarantees, and securities given in respect of which provisions of section 185 of the Companies Act, 2013 are applicable and hence not commented upon.

(v)    The Company has not accepted any deposits within the meaning of Sections 73 to 76 of the Act and the Companies (Acceptance of Deposits) Rules, 2014 (as amended). Accordingly, the provisions of clause 3(v) of the Order are not applicable.

(vi)    To the best of our knowledge and as explained, the Central Government has not specified the maintenance of cost records under clause 148(1) of the Companies Act, 2013, for the products / services of the Company.

(vii) (a) Undisputed statutory dues including provident fund, employees' state insurance, income-tax, sales-tax, service tax, duty of custom, value added tax, goods and service tax, cess and other material statutory dues have generally been regularly deposited with the appropriate authorities though there has been slight delay in few cases. The provisions relating to duty of excise is not applicable to the Company.

(b) According to the information and explanations given to us, no undisputed amounts payable in respect of provident fund, employees' state insurance, income-tax, sales-tax, goods and service tax, duty of custom, value added tax, cess and other statutory dues were outstanding, at the year end, for a period of more than six months from the date they became payable except for service tax as below:

Name of the Statute

Nature of Dues

Amount (in Crores of ')

Period to which the amount relates

Due

Date

Date of Payment

Finance Act 1994, read with Service Tax Rules, 1994*

Service

tax

5.21

2010-11 to 2014-15

06-Feb-

17

Not Paid

* As informed by Management, the Company has filed a writ petition before the Bombay High Court on 19 March 2018 which is not yet accepted by the high court. The writ petition has been filed because time limit to file appeal with the CESTAT has been lapsed.

(c) According to the records of the Company, the dues of income-tax, sales-tax, service tax, duty of custom, value added tax and cess on account of any dispute, are as follows:

Name of the Statute

Nature of Dues

Amount (in Crores of ')

Period to which the amount relates

Forum where dispute is pending

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

2.10

2012-13

Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals)

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

19.89

2011-12

Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals)

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

2.46

2010-11

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

68.80

2009-10

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

63.65

2008-09

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

0.68

2008-09

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

230.82

2006-07

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

205.00

2005-06

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

7.17

2004-05

Delhi High Court

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

18.10

2004-05

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

1.18

2004-05

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

 

Name of the Statute

Nature of Dues

Amount (in Crores of Rs,)

Period to which the amount relates

Forum where dispute is pending

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

1.74

2004-05

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

15.95

2004-05

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

6.97

2004-05

Supreme Court

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

0.55

2004-05

Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals)

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

51.27

2003-04

Supreme Court

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

8.94

2003-04

Delhi High Court

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

2.11

2003-04

Delhi High Court

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

4.22

2003-04

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

2.34

2003-04

Supreme Court

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

7.28

2003-04

Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals)

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

25.33

2002-03

Delhi High Court

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

3.02

2002-03

Supreme Court

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

13.02

2002-03

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

0.20

2002-03

Delhi High Court

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

8.12

2001-02

Supreme Court

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

0.34

2000-01

Delhi High Court

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

0.44

2000-01

Supreme Court

Income Tax Act, 1961 #

Income Tax

1.40

2010-11

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961 #

Income Tax

19.54

2009-10

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961 #

Income Tax

0.30

2008-09

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961 #

Income Tax

0.46

2007-08

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961 #

Income Tax

13.11

2005-06

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961 #

Income Tax

0.08

2004-05

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961 *

Income Tax

12.15

2011-12

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961 *

Income Tax

4.67

2010-11

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961 *

Income Tax

19.52

2009-10

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act,1961 *

Income Tax

30.24

2008-09

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961 *

Income Tax

6.62

2007-08

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961 *

Income Tax

19.62

2006-07

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961 *

Income Tax

5.73

2012-13

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax

3.63

2013-14

Commissioner

(Appeals)

Customs Act, 1962

Custom Duty

0.27

2006-07

Common Adjudicating Authority (Directorate of Revenue Intelligence)

Customs Act, 1962 *

Custom Duty

6.85

2007-08

Office of Asstt. Commissioner of Customs

Customs Act, 1962 *

Custom Duty

0.11

2009-14

Office of Asstt. Commissioner of Customs

 

Name of the Statute

Nature of Dues

Amount (in Crores of Rs,)

Period to which the amount relates

Forum where dispute is pending

Customs Act, 1962 *

Custom Duty

0.25

2009-14

Office of Asstt. Commissioner of Customs

Customs Act, 1962 *

Custom Duty

0.01

1999-00

Office of Asstt. Commissioner of Customs

Customs Act, 1962 *

Custom Duty

1.06

1998-99

Office of Asstt. Commissioner of Customs

Customs Act, 1962 *

Custom Duty

6.52

1997-98

Office of Asstt. Commissioner of Customs

Customs Act, 1962 *

Custom Duty

2.30

1997-99

Office of Asstt. Commissioner of Customs

Customs Act, 1962 *

Custom Duty

0.07

1997-98

Office of Asstt. Commissioner of Customs

Central Excise Act 1944

Excise Duty

2.99

2011-12

Commissioner Appeals, Central Excise, Chennai

Finance Act 1994, read with Service Tax Rules, 1994

Service Tax

2.55

2013-15

CESTAT, Allahabad

Finance Act 1994, read with Service Tax Rules, 1994

Service Tax

6.80

2010-13

CESTAT, Allahabad

Finance Act 1994, read with Service Tax Rules, 1994

Service Tax

0.09

2009-10

Customs,Excise, Service Tax Appellant Tribunal, Allahabad

Finance Act 1994, read with Service Tax Rules, 1994

Service Tax

0.28

2006-11

Customs,Excise, Service Tax Appellant Tribunal, Allahabad

Finance Act 1994, read with Service Tax Rules, 1994

Service Tax

6.82

2006-07

Commissioner

(Appeals)

Finance Act 1994, read with Service Tax Rules, 1994

Service Tax

0.45

2007-08 to 2011-12

Commissioner

(Appeals)

Central Board Trustees *

Provident

fund

4.30

1996-14

Bombay High Court

Above amount represents total demand inclusive of interest. Total amount deposited / adjusted in respect of Income tax is Rs,133.35 Crores, Custom Duty Rs,7.12 Crores and Service tax is Rs,4.44 Crores.

#    Pursuant to scheme for demerger of IT enabled business of HCL Comnet Systems & Services Limited in FY 2012 -13.

*    Pursuant to acquisition of demerged business of Geometric Limited in FY 2016-17

(viii)    In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given by the management, the Company has not defaulted in repayment of loans or borrowing to a bank. The Company did not have any outstanding loans or borrowing dues in respect of financial institution or government or dues to debenture holders.

(ix)    According to the information and explanations given by the management, the Company has not raised any money by way of initial public offer / further public offer / debt instruments hence, reporting under clause is not applicable to the Company and hence not commented upon. In our opinion and according to information and explanations given by the management, term loans were applied for the purpose for which they were raised.

(x)    Based upon the audit procedures performed for the purpose of reporting the true and fair view of the financial statements and according to the information and explanations given by the management, we report that no fraud by the company or no fraud / material fraud on the company by the officers and employees of the Company has been noticed or reported during the year.

(xi)    According to the information and explanations given by the management, the managerial remuneration has been paid / provided in accordance with the requisite approvals mandated by the provisions of section 197 read with Schedule V to the Companies Act, 2013.

(xii)    In our opinion, the Company is not a nidhi company. Therefore, the provisions of clause 3(xii) of the order are not applicable to the Company and hence not commented upon.

(xiii)    According to the information and explanations given by the management, transactions with the related parties are in compliance with section 177 and 188 of Companies Act, 2013 where applicable and the details have been disclosed in the notes to the financial statements, as required by the applicable accounting standards.

(xiv)    According to the information and explanations given to us and on an overall examination of the balance sheet, the company has not made any preferential allotment or private placement of shares or fully or partly convertible debentures during the year under review and hence, reporting requirements under clause 3(xiv) are not applicable to the company and, not commented upon.

(xv)    According to the information and explanations given by the management, the Company has not entered into any noncash transactions with directors or persons connected with him as referred to in section 192 of Companies Act, 2013.

(xvi)    According to the information and explanations given to us, the provisions of section 45-IA of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 are not applicable to the Company.

ANNEXURE 2 TO THE INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT OF EVEN DATE ON THE STANDALONE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF HCL TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED

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 HCL Technologies Limited (“the Company”) as of March 31, 2018 in conjunction with our audit of the standalone 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 the 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.

Auditor's 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”) and the Standards on Auditing as specified under section 143(10) of the Companies Act, 2013, to the extent applicable to an audit of internal financial controls and, both issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. 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 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 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 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.

For S.R. Batliboi & CO. LLP

Chartered Accountants

ICAI Firm Registration Number: 301003E / E300005

per Nilangshu Katriar

Partner

Membership Number: 58814

 

Place of Signature: Gurgaon

Date: May 2, 2018

 

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