The Board of Directors have the pleasure of presenting the 23rd Annual Report of the Bank together with the Audited Statement of Accounts, Auditors'''' Report and the Report on the business and operations of the Bank for the financial year ended 31st March 2017.
The financial highlights for the year under review are presented below:
(Rs, in crores)
Out of which
- Savings Bank Deposits
Out of which
- Retail Advances
- Non-retail Advances
Net Interest Income
Out of which
- Fee Income
- Trading Profit(l)
- Misc. Income
Operating Expenses (excluding depreciation)
Profit before Depreciation, Provisions and Tax
Provision for Tax
Other Provisions and Write offs
Transfer to Statutory Reserve
Transfer (from)/to Investment Reserve
Transferto Capital Reserve
Transferto Reserve Fund
Surplus carried over to Balance Sheet
1 Excluding Merchant Exchange Profit
DIRECTORS'''' REPORT (CONT.)
Key Performance Indicators
Interest Income as a percentage of working funds*
Non-interest Income as a percentage of working funds*
Net Interest Margin
Return on Average Net Worth
Operating Profit as a percentage of working funds*
Return on Average Assets
Profit per Employee**
Business (Deposits less inter-bank deposits Advances) per employee**
Net non-performing assets as a percentage of net customer assets***
Working funds represent average total assets ** Productivity ratios are based on average number of employees for the year *** Customer assets include advances and credit substitutes
Previous year figures have been re-grouped wherever necessary
During the year, 12,204,283 equity shares of ''''2 each of the Bank were allotted by the Bank to some of its Whole Time Directors / Employees and that of its subsidiary companies, pursuant to exercise of options by them under the various Employee Stock Option Scheme(s) of the Bank. Pursuant to the said allotment, the total issued and paid-up equity share capital of the Bank, as on 31st March 2017 increased to Rs,479.01 crore, as compared to Rs,476.57 crore, as on 31st March 2016.
The shareholding pattern of the Bank, as on 31st March 2017, was as under:
Category / Shareholder
No. of Shares
% of Paid-up
Administrator of the Specified Undertaking of the Unit Trust of India (SUUTI)
Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)
General Insurance Corporation of India
The New India Assurance Company Limited
National Insurance Company Limited
The Oriental Insurance Company Limited
United India Insurance Company Limited
Overseas Investors (including Flls/OCBs/NRIs)
Foreign Direct Investment (GDR)
Domestic Financial Institutions
Financial Institutions/Mutual Funds/Banks/NBFC
The said equity shares of the Bank are listed on National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) and BSE Limited (BSE). The Unsecured, Redeemable, Non-Convertible, Subordinated, Perpetual Debentures issued bythe Bank on a private placement basis are listed on NSE and the BSE. The Bonds issued by the Bank under the MTN programme are listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange and the Green Bonds issued by the Bank are listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Global Depository Receipts (GDR) issued by the Bank are listed on the London Stock Exchange.
The Bank has paid the listing fees to the said Stock Exchanges for the financial year 2016-17.
Approval granted by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to increase Foreign Investment Limits
The FIPB vide its letter no. FC II - 125 (2013)/183 (2013) dated 19th July 2016 granted its approval to the Bank for increasing Foreign Investment Limit from 62% to 74% of its total issued and paid up share capital on a full fungibility basis without any sub-limits, for investment by way of issue of equity shares and/or other permissible instruments to eligible non-resident investors including a Qualified Institution Placement (QIP) of equity shares and/or issue of American Depository Receipts (ADRs)/Global Depository Receipts (GDRs) and/or investment by Qualified Foreign Investors (QFIs)/Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) under Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS) issued and permissible securities on Stock Exchange except NRI holding which shall be allowed up to 24% of the total issued and paid up share capital of the Bank. As on 31st March 2017, the total foreign shareholding in the Bank was 53.05% of its total issued and paid up share capital.
The Diluted Earnings Per Share (EPS) of the Bank for the financial year 2016-17 stood at Rs,15.34 per equity share of Rs,2/- each as compared to Rs,34.40 per equity share of Rs,2/- each in the previous year. In view of the overall performance of the Bank and with the objective of rewarding the Shareholders of the Bank with cash dividends while retaining capital to maintain a healthy capital adequacy ratio to support future growth, the Board of Directors of the Bank at its meeting held on 26th April 2017, recommended a dividend of Rs,5/- per equity share of Rs,2/- each for the financial year 2016-17, in terms of the Dividend Distribution Policy of the Bank.
In terms of Regulation 43A of the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 ("Listing Regulations") the Bank has formulated and adopted the Dividend Distribution Policy with the objective of providing clarity to its stakeholders on the profit distribution strategies of the Bank. The said Policy has been hosted on the website of the Bank at https://www.axisbank.com/ shareholders-corner/corporate-aovernance/Compliance-Report.
Closure of Share Transfer Books and Record Date for Dividend
The Register of Members and the Share Transfer Books of the Bank will be closed from Saturday, 8th July 2017 to Wednesday, 26th July 2017 (both days inclusive) for the purpose of the 23rd Annual General Meeting of the Shareholders of the Bank to be held on Wednesday, 26th July 2017 and for determining the names of the Members who would be entitled to dividend, if any, declared by the Bank for the financial year ended 31st March 2017.
The Record Date for payment of the said dividend, if approved by the Members at the 23rd Annual General Meeting, has been fixed on Friday, 7th July 2017. The said dividend shall be paid to those Members whose name appears on the Register of Members of the Bank/ the Statements of Beneficial Ownership as received from the Depositories, as at the close of business hours on Friday, 7th July 2017.
Ratings of various Debt Instruments
The Unsecured, Redeemable, Non-Convertible Debentures issued by the Bank, on a private placement basis, during the financial year 2016-17, were rated "AAA/Stable" by CRISIL and "AAA" by ICRA & CARE.
The Unsecured, Redeemable, Non-Convertible Subordinated Debentures issued by the Bank, on a private placement basis, during the financial year 2016-17, were rated "AAA(hyb)" by ICRA Limited and "IND AAA" by India Ratings and Research Private Limited.
The Unsecured, Subordinated, Perpetual, Additional Tier 1, Basel III Compliant Non-Convertible Debentures issued by the Bank on a private placement basis, during the financial year 2016-17, were rated "IND AA " by India Ratings & Research Private Ltd. and "CRISIL AA(Stable)" by CRISIL Ltd.
The Bonds issued by the Bank under the MTN programme on a private placement basis, during the financial year 2016-17, were rated "AAA" by CRISIL, CARE and ICRA.
The Green Bonds issued by the Bank, on a private placement basis during the financial year 2016-17 are Asia''''s first certified Green Bonds and first ever Green Bonds issued by an Indian entity and listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Green Bonds were rated "Baa3" by Moody''''s, "BBB-" byS&P and "BBB-" by Fitch.
Board of Directors
In terms of Article 90 of the Articles of Association of the Bank, the Board of Directors of the Bank at its meeting held on 1 2th May 2016 appointed Dr. Sanjiv Misra as an Independent Director and as the Non-Executive (Part Time) Chairman of the Bank, with effect from 12th May 2016, subject to the approval of the RBI and the Shareholders of the Bank. Thereafter, RBI approved the appointment of Dr. Sanjiv Misra as the Non-Executive (Part Time) Chairman of the Bank, for a period of 3 years, with effect from 18th July 2016, which was also approved by the Shareholders of the Bank at the 22nd Annual General Meeting held on 22nd July 2016.
At the said meeting, the Board of Directors of the Bank also appointed Shri Rajiv Anand, Group Executive (Retail Banking) of the Bank as a Director of the Bank and as the Whole Time Director designated as "Executive Director (Retail Banking)" of the Bank, for a period of 3 years, with effect from 12th May 2016, subject to the approval of the RBI and the Shareholders of the Bank. The said appointment was approved by the Shareholders of the Bank at the 22nd Annual General Meeting held on 22nd July 2016 and thereafter by the RBI, for a period of 3 years, with effect from 4th August 2016.
At the said meeting, the Board of Directors of the Bank also appointed Shri Rajesh Dahiya, Group Executive (Corporate Centre) as a Director of the Bank and as the Whole Time Director designated as "Executive Director (Corporate Centre)" of the Bank, for a period of 3 years, with effect from 12th May 2016, subject to the approval of the RBI and the Shareholders of the Bank. The said appointment was approved by the Shareholders of the Bank at the 22nd Annual General Meeting held on 22nd July 2016 and thereafter by the RBI, for a period of 3 years, with effect from 4th August 2016.
During the year, no other changes took place in the composition of the Board of Directors of the Bank. The composition of the Board of Directors of the Bank is in compliance with the applicable norms.
Selection and Appointment of Directors
The selection and appointment of Directors of the Bank is done in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, the relevant Rules made there under, the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, the Guidelines issued by the RBI and the Listing Regulations.
The Bank adheres to the process and methodology prescribed by the RBI in respect of ''''Fit & Proper'''' criteria as applicable to Private Sector Banks, signing of deed of covenants which binds the Directors to discharge their responsibilities to the best of their abilities, individually and collectively in order to be eligible to be appointed as a Director of a Bank. The prescribed declarations given by the Directors other than members of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee (NRC) are placed before the NRC and the declarations given by the Members of the NRC are placed before the Board, for its review and noting. The said declarations are obtained from all the Directors on an annual basis and also at the time of their appointment / re-appointment, in compliance with the said laws. An assessment on whether the Directors fulfill the said criteria is also made by the NRC and the Board on an annual basis, before considering their candidature for re-appointment.
The NRC reviews the structure, size, composition of the Board, the regional and industry experience, track record, expertise and other relevant information and documents of the Directors before making appropriate recommendations to the Board with regard to their appointment, re-appointment, remuneration and assignment of duties (viz., nomination to various Committees of the Board) designed to enhance the Board''''s effectiveness. The NRC also identifies potential candidates from diverse backgrounds including but not limited to accountancy, agriculture and rural economy, banking, co-operation, economics, finance, law, small-scale industry, information technology, core industries, infrastructure sector, payment and settlement systems, human resource, risk management and business management, thus providing the Board with members who have special knowledge, practical experience and skills, to serve the diverse business interests of the Bank.
Declaration of Independence
All the Independent Directors of the Bank have given their respective declarations stating that they meet the criteria prescribed for independence under the applicable laws and in the opinion of the Board, all the Independent Directors meet the said criteria.
Key Managerial Personnel
Smt. Shikha Sharma, Managing Director & CEO, Shri Jairam Sridharan, Chief Financial Officer and Shri Girish V Koliyote, Company Secretary are the Key Managerial Personnel of the Bank, as defined under Section 2(51) of the Companies Act, 2013.
During the year, there were no changes in the composition of the Key Managerial Personnel of the Bank.
The Companies Act, 2013, and the Listing Regulations contains provisions on evaluation of the performance of the Board as a whole, Individual Directors including Independent Directors, Non-Independent Directors, Chairperson and the Board Committees.
The Bank had engaged the services of an external consultant to help it conduct an impartial and independent Board evaluation, as aforesaid. On the basis of their findings, a process of evaluation was recommended to the Board for adoption. The manner in which the evaluation has been conducted is explained in the Report on Corporate Governance, which is forming part of this report.
The schedule of the meetings of the Board and the Board Committees for the ensuing financial year is circulated well in advance to the Members of the Board, for their consideration and approval. During the year, 7 meetings of the Board of Directors of the Bank were held and the gap between the said meetings did not exceed the limit of 120 days, as prescribed under the relevant provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, the relevant Rules made there under and the Listing Regulations.
The composition, role and functions of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the Bank is disclosed in the Report on Corporate Governance, which is forming a part of this report.
The Bank has formulated and adopted a Remuneration Policy for its Directors, Key Managerial Personnel and other Employees, in terms of the relevant provisions of Section 178of the Companies Act, 2013, the relevant Rules made there under and the Listing Regulations. The details of the Remuneration Policy have been disclosed in the Report on Corporate Governance, which is forming part of this report.
Whistle Blower Policy and Vigil Mechanism
The details of the Whistle Blower Policy and Vigil Mechanism have been disclosed in the Report on Corporate Governance, which is forming part of this report.
As on 31st March 2017, the Bank has the following nine unlisted subsidiary companies:
i) Axis Asset Management Company Ltd. undertakes the activities of managing the mutual fund business.
ii) Axis Bank UK Ltd. is the banking subsidiary of the Bank in the United Kingdom and undertakes the activities of banking.
iii) Axis Capital Ltd. provides services relating to investment banking, equity capital markets, institutional stock broking, mergers and acquisition advisory, etc.
iv) Axis Finance Ltd. is an NBFC and carries on the activities of loan against shares, margin funding, IPO financing, etc.
v) Axis Mutual Fund Trustee Ltd. acts as the trustee forthe mutual fund business.
vi) Axis Private Equity Ltd. primarily carries on the activities of managing equity investments and provides venture capital support to businesses.
vii) Axis Securities Ltd. is primarily in the business of marketing of credit cards and retail asset products and also provides retail broking services.
viii) Axis Trustee Services Ltd. is engaged in trusteeship activities, acting as debenture trustee and as trustee to various securitization trusts.
ix) A.TREDS Limited is engaged in the business of discounting trade receivables.
During the Financial Year 2016-17, the Bank incorporated a public limited company, in the name and style of A.TREDS Limited as its subsidiary under the relevant provisions of Companies Act, 2013 and the relevant rules made there under, with an authorized share capital of ''''50,00,00,000 divided into 5,00,00,000 (five crore) equity shares of ''''10/- each, to undertake amongst others the business of setting up and operating a Trade Receivables Discounting System. Further, one of the subsidiary company of the Bank, Axis Securities Europe Limited engaged in the business of financial advisory services is under the process of winding up.
In accordance with the provisions of Section 129(3) of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 8 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014, as amended, the Bank has prepared its consolidated financial statements including that of all of the said subsidiary companies, which is forming part of this report. The financial position and performance of each of the said subsidiary companies are given in the statement containing the salient features of the financial statements of the said subsidiary companies of the Bank, which is annexed to this report.
In accordance with third proviso to Section 136(1) of the Companies Act, 2013, the Annual Report of the Bank, containing therein its standalone and the consolidated financial statements has been hosted on its website www.axisbank.com. Further, as per fourth proviso to the said section, the audited annual accounts of each of the said subsidiary companies of the Bank have been hosted on the Bank''''s website www.axisbank.com.
Any shareholder who may be interested in obtaining a physical copy of the aforesaid financial statements may write to the Company Secretary at the Registered Office of the Bank. Further, please note that the said financial statements will be available for inspection by the Members of the Bank at the Registered Office of the Bank during business hours from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. on all working days except Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays and National Holidays.
Related Party Transactions
During the year, the Bank has not entered into any materially significant transactions with its Promoters, Directors, Management, Subsidiaries or Relatives of the Directors, which could lead to potential conflict of interest between the Bank and these parties, other than transactions entered into in the ordinary course of its business. Transactions entered into by the Bank with related parties in the normal course of its business were placed before the Audit Committee of the Board. There were no material individual transactions with related parties, which were not in the normal course of the business of the Bank, nor were there any material transactions with related parties or others, which were not on arm''''s length basis. Accordingly, AOC-2 is not applicable to the Bank. A statement giving details of all related party transactions, entered pursuant to the omnibus approval so granted, is placed before the ACB for their review on a quarterly basis. The Bank has developed a Standard Operating Procedure for the purpose of identifying and monitoring such transactions. The policy on Related Party Transactions as reviewed and approved by the Board at its meeting held on 20th January 2016, has been hosted on the Bank''''s website, in terms of the Listing Regulations.
Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP)
Since the financial year 2000-01, the Bank has formulated and adopted several Employee Stock Option Schemes (ESOS) for the benefit of the eligible Directors/Employees of the Bank and that of its subsidiary companies, in terms of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Employee Stock Option Scheme and Employee Stock Purchase Scheme) Guidelines, 1999/ Securities and Exchange Board of India (Share Based Employee Benefits) Regulations, 2014, as amended, from time to time. The objective of the said ESOS is to enhance employee motivation, enable employees to participate, directly or indirectly, in the long-term growth and financial success of the Bank, to act as a retention mechanism by enabling employee participation in the business of the Bank as its active stakeholder and to usher an ''''owner-manager'''' culture.
In terms of the said ESOS, as on date, up to 240,087,000 options can be granted by the Bank to the eligible Directors / Employees of the Bank and that of its Subsidiary Companies. The eligibility and number of options to be granted to such eligible Directors / Employees is determined on the basis of their performance and such other criteria as approved by the NRC / Board of Directors of the Bank, from time to time.
During the period from February 2001 to July 2013, the Shareholders of the Bank had approved the grant of stock options, as aforesaid, on six occasions. Under the first two ESOS and in respect of the grant of stock options made by the Bank up to 29th April 2004, the option conversion price was set at the average of the daily high-low price of the Bank''''s equity shares traded during the 52 weeks preceding the date of approval of grant by the Board of Directors of the Bank / NRC, prevailing on the Stock Exchange which had the maximum trading volume of the Bank''''s equity share during the staid period. Thereafter, under the third and subsequent ESOS and with effect from the said grants made by the Bank on 10th June 2005 and thereafter, the option conversion price was changed to the latest available closing price of the equity shares prevailing on the Stock Exchange which recorded higher trading volume, on the day prior to the date of approval of grant by the NRC / Board of Directors of the Bank, as the case may be.
Pursuant to the sub-division of the equity shares of the Bank, the Shareholders of the Bank at the 20th Annual General Meeting held on 27th June 2014, also approved the consequent adjustments to the stock options granted to the eligible Directors / Employees of the Bank and that of its Subsidiary Companies, under its various ESOS, such that all stock options available for grant (including lapsed and forfeited options available for reissue) and those already granted but not vested/and vested but not exercised as on the record date fixed for the purpose of sub-division, were proportionately converted into options bearing equity shares of the face value of 2 each of the Bank and the grant price of all the outstanding stock options (unvested, vested and unexercised) as on the said record date for the sub-division were proportionately adjusted by dividing the existing grant price by 5. The record date for the said sub-division was 30th July 2014.
Since 24th February 2001 up to 26th April 2016, the NRC / Board had out of the said 240,087,000 options, approved the grant of 246,272,950 options (including 24,579,864 options which were lapsed / cancelled) to the eligible Directors / Employees of the Bank and that of its Subsidiary Companies, in terms of the various ESOS. The said options are non-transferable and vest at rates of 30%, 30% and 40% on each of three successive anniversaries following the date of respective grant, subject to standard vesting and other conditions as set out in the respective ESOS. The said options are required to be exercised by the concerned Directors / Employees of the Bank and that of its Subsidiary Companies, within a period of three / five years, from the date of its respective vesting and subject to the terms as set out in the respective ESOS.
As of 31st March 2017, out of the said 246,272,950 options so granted 207,151,583 options have been vested, out of which 191,217,059 options have been exercised and the balance 15,934,524 options remain unexercised. Further 13,776,600 options remained unvested and 25,344,767 options had been treated as lapsed/ cancelled.
Statutory disclosures in terms of Regulation 14 of the SEBI (Share Based Employee Benefits) Regulations, 2014 have been uploaded on the website of the Bank, https://www.axisbank.com/shareholders-corner/corporate-aovernance/compliance-report.
The Bank is committed to achieving and adhering to the highest standards of Corporate Governance and it constantly benchmarks itself with best practices in this regard. The Report on Corporate Governance for the financial year 2016-17 along with a Certificate issued by the Statutory Auditors of the Bank confirming compliance with the mandatory requirements relating to Corporate Governance as stipulated under Chapter IV of the Listing Regulations, is forming part of this report. The Corporate Governance framework of the Bank incorporates all the mandatory requirements as set out in the Listing Regulations.
Directors'''' Responsibility Statement
The Board of Directors of the Bank hereby declares and confirms the following statements, in terms of Section 134(3)(c) of the Companies Act, 2013:
a. That in the preparation of the annual accounts for the year ended 31st March 2017, the applicable accounting standards had been followed along with proper explanation relating to material departures.
b. That such accounting policies as mentioned in Note 17 of the Notes to accounts of the Financial Statements have been selected and applied consistently and judgments and estimates have been made that are reasonable and prudent so as to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Bank as at 31st March 2017 and of the profit of the Bank for the year ended on that date.
c. That proper and sufficient care has been taken for the maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 for safeguarding the assets of the Bank and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities.
d. That the annual accounts have been prepared on a going concern basis.
e. That internal financial controls to be followed by the Bank, were in place and that the same were adequate and were operating effectively.
f. That proper system to ensure compliance with the provisions of all applicable laws was in place and the same were adequate and operating effectively.
Extract of Annual Return
Pursuant to Section 92 (3) of the Companies Act, 2013 and Rule 12 (1) of the Companies (Management and Administration) Rules, 2014, as amended, the extract of the Annual Return in Form MGT 9, is provided as an annexure to this report.
Particulars of Employees
The information required pursuant to Section 197 read with Rule 5 (1) of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014, as amended, in respect of directors/employees of the Bank is provided as an annexure to this report.
As on 31st March 2017, the Bank had 31 employees who were employed throughout the year and were in receipt of remuneration of more than Rs,1.02 crore per annum and 6 employees of the Bank who were employed for part of the year and were in receipt of remuneration of more than Rs,8.50 lakhs per month.
In terms of Section 136 of the Companies Act, 2013, the copy of the financial statements of the Bank, including the consolidated financial statements, the auditor''''s report and relevant annexure to the said financial statements and reports are being sent to the Members and other persons entitled thereto, excluding the information in respect of the said employees containing the particulars as specified in Rule 5 (2) of the said Rules, which is available for inspection by the Members at its Registered Office during business hours of the Bank up to the date of the ensuing Annual General Meeting. Any Member interested in obtaining a copy thereof, may write to the Company Secretary of the Bank at its Registered Office. The financial statements and other reports of the Bank annexed hereto have been hosted on the website of the Bank, www.axisbank.com at https://www.axisbank.com/shareholders-corner/financial-results-and-other-information/quarterlv-results.
Conservation of Energy, Technology Absorption, Foreign Exchange Earnings and Outgo Conservation of Energy:
The Bank has always considered energy and natural resource conservation as a focus area and has been consciously making efforts towards improving the energy performance year on year. Energy efficiency improvement initiatives have been implemented across all the branches and offices by undertaking various energy and resource conservation projects for Sustainable Development.
The Bank ensures strict compliance with all the statutory requirements and has taken several sustainable steps voluntarily to contribute towards better environment. Select few steps /impact are listed below:
- Implementation of solar energy of aggregate —4.6 MW spread over select Branches/Offices.
- Implementing Energy Management System (EMS) to monitor and control energy consumption in select Branches.
- Conversion of conventional lighting to LED.
- Installed Compost Machine for converting food waste into manure at Axis House.
- Maintenance of unity power factor through 500 KVAR x 4 Nos of APFC panels in auto mode for optimum use of power at Axis House.
- Motion sensors installation for the workstations at Axis House.
- Recycle and Reuse of Food waste, Dry waste and Sewage at Axis House.
- Sewage Treatment Plant of 150 KL capacity recycles sewage water at Axis House every day.
- Use of water flow reducer to reduce the water consumption at Axis House and Gigaplex (Airoli).
- Rain Water Harvesting at Axis House.
- Introduction of bio blocks in urinals at Select Large Facilities thereby saving flushing water.
The details pertaining to Technology Absorption have been explained in the Management''''s Discussion and Analysis Report, which is provided as an annexure to this report.
Foreign Exchange Earning and Outgo:
The provisions relating to Section 134(3)(m) of the Companies Act, 2013 on particulars relating to Foreign Exchange Earning and Outgo are not applicable to a Banking Company and as such no disclosure is being made in this regard.
Management''''s Discussion and Analysis Report
The Management''''s Discussion and Analysis Report for the year under review, as stipulated under Regulation 34(2)(e) of the Listing Regulations, is provided as an annexure to this report.
Pursuant to Regulation 21 of the Listing Regulations, the Bank has already constituted the Risk Management Committee of the Board of Directors. The details of the said Committee and its terms of reference are set out in the Report on Corporate Governance, which is forming part of this report.
The Bank has formulated and adopted a robust Risk Management Framework. Whilst the Board is responsible for framing, implementing and monitoring the Risk Management Framework, it has delegated its powers relating to monitoring and reviewing of risks associated with the business of the Bank to the said Committee. The details of the Risk Management Framework and issues related thereto have been explained in the Management''''s Discussion and Analysis Report, which is provided as an annexure to this report.
Business Responsibility Report
In terms of Regulation 34(2)(f) of the Listing Regulations, top 500 listed entities based on their market capitalization as on 31st March every year, are required to submit their Business Responsibility Report (BRR) as a part of the Annual Report. The Bank''''s Business Responsibility Report describing the initiatives taken by the Bank from an environmental, social and governance perspective has been hosted on the website of the Bank, www.axisbank.com at https://www.axisbank.com/shareholders-corner/shareholder''''s-information/ business-responsibility-report. Any Member interested in obtaining a copy of the BRR may write to the Company Secretary of the Bank at its Registered Office.
Particulars of Loans, Guarantees and Investments
The provisions relating to Section 134(3)(g) of the Companies Act, 2013 on particulars of loans, guarantees and investments are not applicable to a Banking Company and as such no disclosure is being made in this regard.
Corporate Social Responsibility
The Bank has constituted the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee of the Board of Directors, in accordance with the provisions of Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013, read with the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility) Rules, 2014, as amended.
The brief outline of the CSR Policy, including overview of the programs undertaken by the Bank, the composition of the CSR Committee, average net profits of the Bank for the past three financial years, prescribed CSR expenditure and details of the amounts spent by the Bank on CSR activities during the year under review, have been provided as an annexure to this report.
Plan and Status of Ind AS Implementation
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a circular in February 2016 requiring banks to implement Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS) and prepare standalone and consolidated Ind AS financial statements with effect from 1st April 2018. Banks are also required to report the comparative financial statements for the financial year 201 7-18, to be published along with the financial statement for the year beginning 1st April 2018.
In line with the RBI guidelines on Ind AS implementation, the Bank has formed a Steering Committee comprising members from the concerned functional areas, headed by the Deputy Managing Director. A quarterly progress report on the status of Ind AS implementation in the Bank is presented to the Audit Committee of the Board. During FY 2016-17, the Bank has undertaken a preliminary diagnostic analysis of the GAAP differences between Indian GAAP vis-a-vis Ind AS. The Bank has also submitted Proforma Ind AS financial statements for the six months ended 30th September 2016, to the RBI.
The Bank has identified and evaluated data gaps, process and system changes required to implement Ind AS and is in the process of implementing necessary changes in its IT system and other processes. Dry-run of accounting systems and end-to-end reporting process will be undertaken at the appropriate time during the year. The Bank has been holding workshops and training for its staff, which will continue in the current year.
The Bank is in the process of preparation of opening Ind AS financials as on 1st April 2017 and is also examining impact of Ind AS on business planning, budgeting, taxation, capital planning and on capital adequacy. The Bank will prepare quarterly Ind AS financials during the year 2017-18 for internal purpose, which will be used later, as comparative numbers for the financial year 2018-19.
At the 20th Annual General Meeting of the Shareholders of the Bank held on 27th June 2014, M/s S. R. Batliboi & Co. LLFJ Chartered Accountants, Statutory Auditors of the Bank (Membership No.301003E/E300005), were appointed as the Statutory Auditors of the Bank to hold office as such from the conclusion of the 20th Annual General Meeting until the conclusion of the 24th Annual General Meeting, subject to the approval of the Reserve Bank of India and ratification by the shareholders each year and on such remuneration, as may be approved by the Audit Committee of the Board (ACB).
In terms of the first proviso to Section 139 of the Companies Act, 2013, the appointment of the Statutory Auditors is required to be placed for ratification at every Annual General Meeting. Accordingly, the appointment of M/s. S. R. Batliboi & Co. LLFJ Chartered Accountants, as Statutory Auditors of the Bank for the financial year 2017-18, is being placed for ratification by the Shareholders of the Bank at the 23rd Annual General Meeting.
As recommended by the ACB, the Board of Directors has proposed the appointment of M/s. S. R. Batliboi & Co. LLFJ Chartered Accountants, as the Statutory Auditors of the Bank for the financial year 2017-18 and to hold office as such from the conclusion of the 23rd Annual General Meeting up to the conclusion of 24th Annual General Meeting for the ratification by the Shareholders of the Bank at the 23rd Annual General Meeting. The Shareholders are requested to ratify the said appointment of the Statutory Auditors and the payment of remuneration, as approved by the ACB.
In this regard, the Bank has received a certificate from the Statutory Auditors to the effect that the ratification of their appointment, if made, would be in accordance with the relevant provisions of Section 141 of the Companies Act, 2013.
As required under Regulation 33(1)(d) of the Listing Regulations, the Statutory Auditors have confirmed that they have subjected themselves to the peer review process of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and that they hold a valid certificate issued by the Peer Review Board of ICAI.
There are no qualifications, reservations or adverse remarks made by M/s. S. R. Batliboi & Co. LLFJ Chartered Accountants, Statutory Auditors of the Bank, in their report.
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 204 of the Companies Act, 2013 and the relevant provisions of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014, the Bank has appointed M/s. BNP & Associates, Company Secretaries, Mumbai, to act as the Secretarial Auditor of the Bank.
The secretarial audit of the Bank has been conducted on a quarterly basis in respect of the matters as set out in the said Rules and set out in the Secretarial Audit Report for the financial year 2016-17, which is provided as an annexure to this report.
There are no qualifications, reservations or adverse remarks made by M/s. BNP & Associates, Company Secretaries, Secretarial Auditor of the Bank, in their report.
Significant and Material Order Passed by Regulators or Courts or Tribunals Impacting the Going Concern Status and Operations of the Bank
During the financial year 2016-17, no significant or material orders were passed by any Regulator, Court or Tribunal against the Bank, which could impact its going concern status or operations.
Adequacy of Internal Financial Controls Related to Financial Statements
The Board has inter alia reviewed the adequacy and effectiveness of the Bank''''s internal financial controls relating to its financial statements.
The Board has discussed with the Management of the Bank the major financial risk exposures and the steps taken by it to monitor and control such exposures, overseen and reviewed the functioning of the Whistle Blower Mechanism (which is a part of the Bank''''s Fraud Risk Management Policy) and the findings in respect of the investigations conducted on frauds, which were material in nature and the actions taken by the Management in this regard.
CEO & CFO Certification
Certificate issued by Smt. Shikha Sharma, Managing Director & CEO and Shri Jairam Sridharan, CFO of the Bank, for the financial year under review, was placed before the Board of Directors at its meeting held on 26th April 2017, in terms of Regulation 17(8) of the Listing Regulations.
The Board of Directors places on record its gratitude to the RBI, FIPB, MCA, SEBI, other Statutory and Regulatory Authorities, Financial Institutions, Stock Exchanges, Registrar and Share Transfer Agent, Debenture Trustees, Depositories and Correspondent Banks for their continued support and guidance.
The Board also places on record its appreciation to the shareholders of the Bank for their continued support and to its valued customers for their continued patronage.
The Board also expresses its deep sense of appreciation to all the employees of the Bank for their strong work ethic, excellent performance, professionalism, teamwork, commitment and initiatives which has led to the Bank reinforcing its customer centric image and making commendable progress in today''''s challenging environment.
For and on behalf of the Board of Directors
Place: Mumbai Dr. Sanjiv Misra
Date: 26th April 2017 Chairman