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Bell Ceramics Ltd.

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Market Cap. (₹) 14.37 Cr. P/BV 0.17 Book Value (₹) 70.68
52 Week High/Low (₹) 0/0 FV/ML 10/1 P/E(X) 10.84
Bookclosure 29/05/2012 EPS (₹) 1.09 Div Yield (%) 0.00
Year End :2010-12 
The Directors submit herewith the Twenty Fifth Annual Report and the Audited Accounts of the Company for the financial year ended 31st December 2010.


                                                        (Rs. in lacs)

                                                 Current       Previous
                                                  Period           Year
                                                 2010-11        2009-10

                                              (9 Months)    (12 Months)

Sales & Other Income                            11943.70       16666.11
Profit Before Interest,

Depreciation and Taxation                        1015.76        1464.98

Interest                                         1235.65        1088.02
Profit Before Depreciation

& Amortization                                   -219.89         376.96

Depreciation                                      837.64        1114.59

Profit/(Loss) before tax                        -1057.54        -737.63
Less : Provision for Tax

- Current Year/earlier year                         0.00         -95.65

- Deferred Income Tax                             267.65         202.57

- FBT                                              -4.81          -6.61

Profit/(Loss) after Tax                          -794.70        -637.32

Profit/(Loss) b/f from previous year            -3442.22       -2804.90

Less: Written off under the scheme               2838.18           0.00
of Arrangement & Restructuirng as per order of Hon'ble High court of Gujarat

Profit/(Loss) carried to

Balance Sheet                                   -1398.74       -3442.22

Business Performance:

With continuous reduction in the market share of the company's product, there was further fall in the capacity utilization of the plants. During the year on an annualized basis, the production reduced by 6% in terms of quantity whereas the sales reduced by 10% in terms of quantity over the previous year performance. With the under utilization of the plant capacity, the fixed cost could not be amortised resulting into the higher effective per unit cost of production.

With the change in the management control effected in the later part of the year, the Company has started receiving technical and marketing support from the holding company i.e. Orient Ceramics and Industries Ltd. The Company has already started witnessing improvement with reduction in the energy cost and higher yield in the form of improved percentage of first quality production. Steps are being initiated to improve the marketability of products by up gradation in the existing product and by improving the product mix to suit the market requirements. All efforts are being made which would result into higher capacity utilization.


In view of the losses for the year, your Directors do not recommend any dividend on the Equity Share Capital.

Scheme of Arrangement - Restructuring of Capital

The Scheme of Arrangement (the Scheme) under the provisions of Section 391 and 394 and 100 to 104 of the Companies Act, 1956 as approved by the Shareholders of the company at their EGM held on 10.11.09 has been approved by the Hon'ble Gujarat High court vide its order dtd 02.07.10. The scheme has been made effective from 15.07.2010 being the date of filing the certified copy of the order with the office of the Registrar of Companies, Gujarat.

Pursuant to the approval received from the High court, the scheme has been implemented as under:

a) a sum of Rs 1434.76 lakh being 2/3rd of the total amount of Equity Share Capital as appeared in the books of the Company on the effective date was written off from the Share capital and the said amount was credited to Capital Restructuring Account.

b) On writing off the amount of Rs 1434.76 lakh from the share capital of the company, the paid up value of equity share of Rs 10/- each was reduced to Rs 3.33 per equity share, fully paid up.

c) After the adjustments of writing off capital was made, the Company has consolidated 3 equity shares of Rs. 3.33 (as reduced) each fully paid up into 1 equity share of Rs. 10/- each fully paid up;

d) General Reserve Balance of Rs 1460.75 lakh as at 31.03.08 was transferred to Capital Restructuring Account.

e) The Company has set off its accumulated losses of Rs 2838.18 lakh as at 31st March, 2008 against the Capital Restructuring account of the Company created from the reduction of the paid up capital of the Company and transfer from General Reserve as above .

f) The Company has converted its 1,50,00,000 Redeemable cumulative Preference shares of Rs 10/- each fully paid up into 50,00,000 Equity share of Rs 10/- each fully paid up at a premium of Rs 20/- per share.

g) Accumulated amount of preference dividend aggregating to Rs. 1564.51 lakh payable as on 31.03.2008 and further amount payable to the Preference shareholders as dividend till the effective date of the scheme stood cancelled.

For the purpose of issue of new Equity shares on reduction of capital, 27.07.2010 was decided as the Record Date and new share certificates were issued .


As the members are aware, during the year, pursuant to the Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) executed on 20.09.10, between Shri Shiv Kumar Jatia, one of erstwhile promoters of the company, OCIL and Bell Ceramics Limited, OCIL has acquired from Shri Shiv kumar Jatia, 75,87,709 (62.33%) of the Equity Shares of Rs. 10/- each fully paid up in the Company at a price of Rs. 20.69 per share. With this there was a change in the management control of the company from Shri Shiv Kumar Jatia to OCIL.

On acquisition of Equity shares from the promoters as above, pursuant to Regulation 10 & 12 of SEBI (SAST) Regulation 1997, OCIL had made an offer for purchase up to 20% of the Equity shares from the public shareholders of the company. On completion of this offer, OCIL has acquired further 6,56,475 (5.39%) Equity shares of Rs. 10/- each fully paid up in the Company at a price of Rs. 25/- per share

With this, OCIL has acquired 82,44,184 (67.72%) Equity shares of Bell Ceramics Limited. On completion of the transaction as above, effective 29.12.2010, Bell Ceramics Limited has become the subsidiary of OCIL.


As explained hereinabove, effective 29.12.2010, BCL has become the subsidiary of OCIL.

Both BCL and OCIL are in similar line of business and OCIL believes that it can derive significant synergy with the business of BCL. It further believes that BCL has plants and strong presence in South and West India whereas OCIL has plant in North India and strong presence in North and East Indian markets which is a good business synergy. To the extent required and to optimise the value to the shareholders of both BCL and OCIL, it has been thought in the interest of both the companies to amalgamate/ merger of BCL with OCIL.

Since last few years, BCL has been incurring losses and facing financial difficulties to run its operations smoothly. The amalgamation will enable OCIL to make BCL a financially viable unit which would facilitate rehabilitation or revival of the business of BCL, to diversify its activities and to explore the possibility of expanding its production capacity. Apart from the usual benefits and economics of amalgamation, reduction in overhead expenses, costs of management and administration, the business of the said companies can be conveniently and advantageously combined together.

The proposed Amalgamation / Merger will enable the aforesaid two companies to rationalize and streamline their management and finance so as to enable them to successfully withstand the recession and competition.

The proposed Scheme of Amalgamation/ Merger of BCL with OCIL will however be subject to the required statutory and other approvals.


As mentioned hereinabove, effective 29.12.2010, BCL has become the subsidiary of OCIL. The Board of the Directors have subject to necessary approvals, proposed amalgamation / merger of BCL with OCIL.

For the purpose of implementing the proposal of amalgamation / merger, it is necessary to decide the exchange ratio of Equity shares of the transferor company (BCL) with that of the transferee company (OCIL). For this purpose it was felt necessary to get the accounts of the Transferor Company (BCL) audited as early as possible.

As per the earlier practice the accounts of BCL were being prepared and audited for a financial year of 12 months commencing from 1st April and ending at 31st March of the subsequent calendar year. It was recommended to close the current financial year of the company for a period of 9 months. Accordingly the current financial year of BCL has been changed from 01.04.2010 to 31.03.2011 (12 months) to 01.04.2010 to 31.12.2010 (9 months).

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 210 of the Companies Act, 1956, at every Annual General Meeting of the company the Board of Directors of the company shall lay before the company a balance sheet and Profit and loss Account for the period beginning with the day immediately after the period for which the account was last submitted and ending with a day which shall not precede the day of the meeting by more than six months or if extension granted than by more than six months and the extension so granted. Further pursuant to Section 210(4) of the said Act, the period of financial year to which the account relates may be less or more than a calendar year but not exceed 15 months or for a period of 18 months with ROC permission. Accordingly it is permissible to have accounts of the company for the period of 9 months also.


Management discussion and analysis report annexed herewith is forming part of this report inter alia adequately deals with the operation and the current and the future outlook of the Company.


As required under clause 49 of the Listing Agreement with the Stock Exchanges, the Report on "Corporate Governance" together with Auditors' Certificate regarding compliance of the code of Corporate Governance is annexed herewith.


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

a) in the preparation of Annual Accounts, the applicable accounting standards had been followed along with proper explanation relating to material departures;

b) the accounting policies selected had been applied consistently and judgments and estimates made 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 31st December 2010 and of the loss for that period;

c) proper and sufficient care had been taken for the maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956, for safeguarding the assets of the Company and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities; and

d) the annual accounts have been prepared on a going concern basis.


Referring to the remark printed in italic in para (v) of the Auditors Report, the Directors would like to submit that the request of the company for removal of the disqualification of the Directors have been favourably considered by the Central Government and the approval to this effect has been received by the company on 25.02.11.

Referring to the remark printed in italic in para 9a) in the Annexure of the Auditors Report, the Directors would like to submit that on account of poor financials of the company there were delay in few cases in making the payment of tax deducted at source and the value added tax. The dues of tax deducted at source and fringe benefit tax aggregating to Rs. 169.77 lakhs have since been settled by making payment of Rs. 160.43 lakhs after adjusting the extra provision.


The Company has not accepted any deposits from the Public during the financial year ended 31 December 2010.


The Company's applications for removal of the disqualification of its Directors under the provisions of Section 274 (1) (g) of the Companies Act, 1956 have been considered by the Central government and with this the said disqualification have now been removed.

At the ensuing Annual General meeting, none of the Directors shall retire by rotation. Till 24.11.2010, the Company had five Directors on the Board including two Whole-time Directors and one Nominee Director from IDBI Bank Ltd. The other two directors out of the total five Directors namely Ms Anita Thaper and Shri Rameshwar Lal Maheshwari, who were liable to retire by rotation resigned from the Board effective 24.11.2010.

During the year, on account of change in the management control of the company from Shri Shiv Kumar Jatia ( the erstwhile promoter of the company) to Orient Ceramics And Industries limited, seven new Directors namely Shri Mahendra K Daga, Shri Madhur Daga, Shri S K Jatia, Shri R N Bansal, Shri NR Srinivasan, Shri Arun Sodhani and Shri Anil Agrawal were appointed as Additional Directors on the Board effective 24.11.10. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 260 of the Companies Act, 1956 ("the Act") read with Article 104 of the Articles of Association of the Company, all the seven Additional Directors hold office up to the date of the ensuing Annual General Meeting of the Company. Notices under Section 257 of the Act, have been received proposing all of them as candidates for the office of Directors, liable to retire by rotation.

Effective 07.02.11, IDBI Bank has changed its nomination on the Board and in place of Shri Pawan Agarwal, Ms Madhavi Kapadia has been appointed as Nominee Director of IDBI Bank Ltd.

The Board welcome all the new Directors on the Board and with a sense of appreciation take note of the co operation and guidance extended by all the three outgoing Directors namely, Ms Anita Thaper, Shri Rameshwar Lal Maheshwari and Shri Pawan Agarwal during their association with the company.


The information required under section 217(2A) of the Companies Act, 1956 read with the Companies (Particulars of Employees) Rules, 1975, forms part of this Report.

However, as per the provisions of Section 219(1)(b) of the Companies Act, 1956, the Report and Accounts are being circulated to the shareholders do not include the Statement of Particulars of Employees under Section 217(2A) of the Act. Any shareholder interested in obtaining a copy of the said statement may write to the Company Secretary at the Registered Office.


Information as per Section 217(1)(e) of the Companies Act, 1956, read with Companies (Disclosures of Particulars in respect of the Board of Directors) Rules, 1988 and forming part of this report is annexed to and forming part of this report.


As per the resolution approved at the previous Annual General Meeting of the company held on 18.09.2010, M/s. R. P. Malhan & Company, Chartered Accountants, New Delhi, were appointed as Auditors of the Company for the period till the conclusion of the ensuing Annual General Meeting. They have however resigned from the office of Auditors effective 25.02.2011.

The Board of Directors have subject to the approval of the shareholders at their Extra Ordinary General Meeting scheduled to be held on 16.04.11, considered appointment of M/s. S. R. Dinodia & Co., Chartered Accountants, New Delhi, as the Statutory Auditors of the Company in place of M/s. R. P. Malhan & Co. A consent from M/s. S. R. Dinodia & Co., was received along with a certificate from them pursuant to the provisions of Section 224(1B) of the Companies Act, 1956. Their present appointment in the office of the auditors is for the period till the date of ensuing Annual General Meeting. A fresh certificate from them is also received under the provisions of section 224(1B) of the Companies Act, 1956 for considering their reappointment as the auditors of the company from the conclusion of this Annual General Meeting till the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting.

The Board with a sense of appreciation took note of the valuable services and the co-operation extended by M/s. R. P. Malhan & Co., Chartered Accountants during their association as auditors of the Company.


Yours Directors place on record their sincere appreciation of the continued co-operation and support extended by IDBI Bank Ltd. and other Banks, Suppliers, Dealers, C&F Agents, Customers, Employees and various Central and State Government Agencies. The Directors also take this opportunity to thank the shareholders for their continued confidence reposed in the Management of the Company.

                                        For and on behalf of the Board

Place : New Delhi                                      Mahendra K Daga

Date :25.02.2011                                              Chairman
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