Abridged Board’s Report for Small Companies and OPC

By Simran Jalan (corplaw@vinodkothari.com)

Background:

MCA vide its notification dated July 31, 2018[1] has brought the Companies (Accounts) Amendment Rules, 2018 which broadly deals with two changes:

  1. Additional disclosures for companies other than small companies and OPCs;
  2. Abridged list of contents for small companies and OPCs

Even though the aforesaid amendment in the said Rules have been brought in line with the proposed changes in section 134 of the Companies Act, 2013 (‘CA, 2013’) under the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017, however, the said amended section has not been enforced till date.

Additional disclosures for companies other than small companies and OPCs:

The additional disclosures required to be made are with respect to:

  • Maintenance of cost records in accordance with section 148(1) of the CA, 2013 in case the same is applicable on such company.
  • A statement on constitution of Internal Complaints Committee under the Sexual Harassment of the Women at workplace (Prevention, prohibition and Redressal) act, 2013.

Relief for small companies and OPCs:

The Rules state that small companies and OPCs are not required to make the disclosures stated under Rule 8. Instead, as per Rule 8A of the aforesaid Rules, an abridged list of disclosures have been given for small companies and OPCs, which are as follows:

  • The web address of the company, where the annual return has been placed;
  • Number of meetings of the Boards;
  • Director’s Responsibility Statement;
  • Details of frauds s reported by auditors to Central Government as per section 143(12) of the CA, 2013;
  • Explanations or comments by Board on every observation made by the auditor in his report;
  • The state of the Company’s affairs;
  • The financial summary or highlights;
  • The material changes in the nature of business and its effect on the financial position of the Company;
  • The details of appointment/resignation of directors;
  • Details of material orders passed by regulators/courts/tribunals which can impact the going concern status of the company and its operations in future;
  • The Board’s Report shall also include the particulars of the contract or arrangements entered with related parties as per section 188(1) of the CA, 2013 in the Form AOC-2.

Conclusion:

Following the aforesaid change, there are basically three categories of board’s report:

Category I Category II Category III
Listed Company and Public Company with PUSC[2] of Rs.25 crores or more Unlisted Company and every public company with PUSC of less than Rs. 25 crores Small Companies and OPCs
All the matters in the Board’s report as specified in Section 134(3) of the CA, 2013 read with Rule 8 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014 (‘Account Rules’). All matters in the Board’s report as specified under section 134 (3) of the CA, 2013 read with Rule 8 of the Accounts Rules except for the following:

 

  •  Section 134 (3) clause(p)

“a statement indicating the manner in which formal annual evaluation has been made by the Board of its own performance and that of its committees and individual directors;”

 

  • Rule 8 sub-rule (4) of the Accounts Rules

“a statement indicating the manner in which formal annual evaluation has been made by the Board of its own performance and that of its committees and individual directors.”

 

All the matters in the Board’s report as specified under Rule 8A of the Accounts Rules.

 


[1] http://www.mca.gov.in/Ministry/pdf/companisAccountsRules_31072018.pdf

[2] PUSC denotes Paid-up Share Capital

 

Corporatisation Prospects for Unregistered Entities – Amendment in Section 366 of the Companies Act, 2013

By Pammy Jaiswal (corplaw@vinodkothari.com)

Partner, Vinod Kothari and Company

Background

By virtue of the enforcement notification of MCA dated 5th July, 2018[1], the proposed change under section 75 of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 (‘Amendment Act’) relating to section 366 of the Companies Act, 2013 (‘Act, 2013’) has been notified with effect from 15th August, 2018. Further, MCA vide its notification dated 5th July, 2018[2] has also brought the Companies (Authorised to Register) Second Amendment Rules, 2018 (‘Amendment Rules’). The said Amendment Rules shall also come into force from 15th August, 2018.

The section deals with registration of unregistered entities like partnership firms, LLPs, cooperative societies and such other entities, as a company under the Act, 2013. The amendment paves way for such entities having two or more members to get themselves registered under the Act, 2013 either as a company limited by guarantee, company limited by shares or unlimited companies. Read more

MCA raises curtain on SBO Rules – Notifies final rules with several changes.

CS Vinita Nair, vinita@vinodkothari.com

CS Nikita Snehil, nikita@vinodkothari.com

Vinod Kothari & Co. | June 14, 2018

Amendment to Section 89 and 90 is one of the key amendments proposed in Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 (Amendment Act). While, the Amendment Act is being enforced in phases, stakeholders were given the option to provide the public comments on the draft rules[1] in relation to Significant Beneficial Ownership (SBO), which was issued by MCA on Feb 2, 2018. Thereafter, on June 6, 2018, MCA vide its Notification, has enforced the provisions of amended Section 90 of the Companies Act, 2013 and also issued the Companies (Beneficial Interest and Significant Beneficial Interest) Rules, 2018[2] (‘Final Rules’) in relation to SBO. This is one of the most onerous provision rolled out by MCA. The purpose of this Section is to ask companies ‘Parde ke peeche kaun hai? Saamne aao!’. The present Article explains the provisions of the amended Section 90 and the Final Rules. Read more