Vision: Sustain ITC's position as one of India's most valuable and admired corporations through world-class performance, creating growing value for the Indian economy and the Company's stakeholders.
Mission: To enhance the wealth generating capability of the enterprise in a globalising environment, delivering superior and sustainable stakeholder value.
Answer: ITC's 'Strategy of Organisation' is crafted in a manner that enables focus on each business while harnessing the diversity of the portfolio to create unique sources of competitive advantage. Please refer to the following link http://www.itcportal.com/about-itc/values/corporate-governance-structure.aspx for details of ITC's 3-tier Governance Structure.
Answer: ITC has been a consistent performer in terms of shareholder value creation. During the period 1995/96 to 2015/16, Total Shareholder Returns have clocked compound annual growth rate of 23.3% significantly outperforming the Sensex (10.6%).
Answer: Value-Added by the Company, i.e. the value created by the economic activities of the Company and its employees, grew by 8.3% over 2014-15 to Rs. 41135 crores in 2015-16. The Company's Contribution to Exchequer in 2015-16 stood at Rs. 30750 crores representing a growth of 11.6% over last year. The incremental Value-Added during the year by the Company accrued entirely to the Exchequer. Share of Contribution to Exchequer in total Value-Added by the Company thereby increased further - from 73% in 2014-15 to 75% in 2015-16.
Including the share of dividends paid and retained earnings attributable to government owned institutions, the Company's contribution to the Central and State Governments represents 81% of its Value-Added during 2015-16.The Company remains amongst the Top 3 Indian corporates in the private sector in terms of Contribution to Exchequer.
Answer: The Company delivered steady performance during the quarter despite a challenging operating environment marked by continuing pressure on legal Cigarette industry volumes and persistently sluggish demand conditions prevailing in the FMCG industry. Operating conditions in the Hotels and Paperboards, Paper and Packaging segment also remained subdued. Revenue from Operations for the quarter stood at Rs. 13156.68 crores representing a growth of 8.3%. Profit Before Tax at Rs. 3675.40 crores and Net Profit at Rs. 2384.67 crores registered a growth of 10.0% and 10.1% respectively during the quarter. Earnings Per Share for the quarter stood at Rs. 1.97.
Pursuant to the approval of the Shareholders on 27th June 2016, through e-voting and postal ballot, the Company, on 7th July 2016, issued and allotted 402,66,57,100 Ordinary Shares of Re. 1/- each, as fully paid-up Bonus Shares in the proportion of 1 Bonus Share of Re. 1/- each for every existing 2 Ordinary Shares of Re. 1/- each held on the Record Date i.e. 4th July, 2016. The Earnings Per Share (Basic and Diluted) have been duly adjusted consequent to such issue of Bonus Shares.
Total Comprehensive Income (TCI) for the quarter stood at Rs. 2448.24 crores representing a growth of 17.6%. The higher growth in TCI relative to Net Profit is attributable to a positive swing of Rs. 148.34 crores in Other Comprehensive Income primarily on account of favourable movement in fair value of the Company's strategic investments in equity.
Answer: Increase in Consumption of Raw Materials (net of changes in closing inventories of finished goods, work-in-progress & stock-in-trade and purchase of stock-in-trade) was primarily due to higher revenue in agri commodities Business.
Answer: Other Expenditure for Q1 FY17 is higher by 43 cr. Vs. Q1 FY16 mainly due to increase in CSR expenditure, advertising & sales promotion expenditure and higher rent, rates & taxes.
Answer: Reconciliation of the standalone financial results reported as per Ind-AS to those reported under previous Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are summarised as follows:
Reconciliation of equity as reported under previous GAAP is summarised as follows:
Please refer to Notes 5 (i) to (v) to the Statement of Standalone Unaudited Financial Results for the Quarter ended 30th June 2016 for details on exemption applied at transition to Ind-AS and other key differences in accounting as compared to previous GAAP.
Answer: The new FMCG Businesses comprising Branded Packaged Foods, Personal Care Products, Education and Stationery Products, Lifestyle Retailing, Incense Sticks (Agarbattis) and Safety Matches have grown at an impressive pace over the past several years.
The FMCG industry faced another challenging year in 2015-16 with demand conditions remaining sluggish for the third year in succession. The slowdown in the broader economy - as reflected by the marked deceleration in Nominal GDP growth, the absence of any material pick-up in consumption expenditure and headwinds in rural demand due to the second successive year of sub-par monsoons - was manifest in the Company's operating segments in the FMCG space. The year also witnessed price deflationary conditions with industry players passing on the benefit of decline in input prices to consumers with a view to bolstering sales volumes.
Against the backdrop of such a challenging operating environment, the Company sustained its position as one of the fastest growing FMCG businesses in the country. The Company's FMCG-Others Businesses clocked Segment Revenue of Rs. 9731.17 crores in 2015-16, representing a growth of 7.7% over the previous year. While revenue growth during the year was relatively subdued, it is pertinent to note that apart from the factors as aforestated, the Company had to contend with regulatory issues surrounding the Noodles industry (largely pertaining to products of the lead competitor) and synchronisation of trade pipeline in the later part of the year ahead of the ensuing season in the Notebooks category. Segment Results for 2015-16 improved to Rs. 71 crores from Rs. 34 crores in 2014-15, after absorbing the gestation costs of new categories viz., Juices, Gums, Dairy and Health and Hygiene and significant brand investments towards communicating the superior value proposition offered by YiPPee! Noodles, besides a host of new launches in existing categories.
The Company continued to make investments during the year towards enhancing brand salience and consumer connect while simultaneously focusing on implementing strategic cost management measures across the value chain and adopting a judicious pricing approach. Several initiatives were also implemented during the year towards leveraging the rapidly growing e-commerce channel for enhanced reach of the Company's products and harnessing digital and social media platforms for deeper consumer engagement.
In 2015-16, 3 Company-owned units (including 1 through a joint venture company viz., North East Nutrients Private Limited) were commissioned to cater to the requirements of the Branded Packaged Foods Businesses. Significant progress was also made during the year in constructing several state-of-the-art owned integrated consumer goods manufacturing and logistics facilities across regions in line with long-term demand forecasts. Currently, over 20 projects are underway and in various stages of development - from land acquisition/site development to construction of buildings and other infrastructure.
The Company's vibrant portfolio of brands viz., 'Aashirvaad', 'Sunfeast Dark Fantasy', 'Sunfeast Yumfills', 'Sunfeast Delishus', 'Sunfeast Mom's Magic', 'Sunfeast Bounce', 'Bingo! Tedhe Medhe', 'Bingo! Mad Angles', 'Yumitos', 'YiPPee!', 'Candyman', 'mint-o', 'GumOn', 'Kitchens of India', 'Aashirvaad Svasti' in the Branded Packaged Foods space; 'Classmate' and 'Paperkraft' in Education & Stationery products market; 'Essenza Di Wills', 'Fiama Di Wills', 'Vivel', 'Superia' and 'Engage' in the Personal Care products segment; 'Wills Lifestyle' and 'John Players' in the Lifestyle Retailing Business; 'Mangaldeep' in Agarbattis, 'Aim' in Matches, amongst others continue to garner consumer franchise and enhance market standing. These brands, which represent an annual consumer spend of over Rs. 12000 crores in aggregate, have been built organically by the Company over a relatively short period of time - a feat unparalleled in the Indian FMCG industry. In terms of annual consumer spend, Aashirvaad and Sunfeast are today over Rs. 3000 crores and Rs. 2500 crores respectively while Classmate and Bingo! are over Rs. 1000 crores each. These world-class Indian brands support the competitiveness of domestic value chains of which they are a part, ensuring creation and retention of value within the country.
Answer: The Branded Packaged Foods Businesses represent the largest component of this segment, accounting for ~73% of Segment Revenue. The Education and Stationery Business and Personal Care Business account for ~8% each of Segment Revenues.
Answer: While it is anticipated that the FMCG industry will take a few more quarters for demand revival, the green shoots of economic recovery, expectations of normal monsoons, low inflation, implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and the 'One Rank One Pension' scheme augur well for the industry. The structural drivers of long-term growth such as increasing affluence and consumer awareness, a young and expanding workforce and increasing urbanisation amongst others, remain firmly in place and the FMCG industry is poised for rapid growth in the ensuing years.
With aspirations to become the No.1 FMCG player in India, the Company continuously evaluates opportunities to grow in the FMCG space. The choice of category is guided by its growth prospects, profitability profile and the ability of the Company to effectively leverage its institutional strengths with a view to achieving leadership status within a reasonable time frame. Synergies with existing categories in terms of overlap of distribution reach, brand extension possibility, procurement efficiencies etc. are considered while choosing new categories.
Chocolates, Dairy, Tea and Coffee are some of the interest areas in this context.
Answer: The Branded Packaged Foods Businesses of the Company comprise 'Confections', 'Staples, Snacks and Meals' and 'Dairy & Beverages'. These Businesses have evolved over a period of time and are currently at different stages of their lifecycles. As such, the revenue dimensions, cost structures and profitability profiles of each of these businesses are distinct from the other. For example, EBIT margin is in the high single digit range for the Staples business (first full year of launch: 2002/03) while the same is in the low single digit range for the Snack Foods business (first full year of launch: 2007/08) representing upfront investments towards category development and brand building.
Overall, the mandate for each category is to achieve best-in-class margins within a reasonable period of time.
Answer: The Personal Care Products Business presently comprises the 'Personal Wash', 'Deodorising Products', 'Skin Care' and 'Health and Hygiene' categories. The Company continues to make significant investments in this Business primarily in the area of brand building, R&D and product development towards competing effectively with incumbent players comprising firmly entrenched MNCs and domestic companies.
Presently, each category is operating at industry benchmarked gross margins. With enhanced scale and consumer connect, each category is expected to earn best-in-class EBIT margins progressively over the medium-term.
Answer: ITC's endeavour is to become the No.1 FMCG player in India driven by the existing portfolio as well as entry into new categories. In this regard, the Company is aiming for a revenue of Rs. 100,000 crores from the new FMCG businesses by the year 2030.
Over the medium term, the Company seeks to grow revenues of each category within the FMCG-Others segment at a rate which is well ahead of industry. With enhanced scale and consumer connect, each category is expected to earn best-in-class EBIT margins, progressively over the medium-term.
Answer: ITC examines prospects for inorganic growth that arise from time to time not only in this business segment but also in the other businesses. The Company continues to evaluate opportunities to grow its businesses through Acquisitions and Joint Ventures and is guided by considerations such as strategic fit, valuation, financial viability, ease of integration etc.
In February 2015, the Company acquired the 'Savlon' and 'Shower to Shower' trademarks and other intellectual property rights for identified markets from the Johnson & Johnson group. Savlon is an established brand with a rich heritage and is associated with personal care products in the fast-growing antiseptic/anti-bacterial categories. Shower to Shower has a strong consumer franchise in the prickly heat talcum powder category. The Company intends to leverage these assets to strengthen its position in the personal care space by expanding its existing product portfolio and gaining access to newer consumer segments and markets.
The Company's recently acquired 'B Natural' brand was leveraged to foray into the fast growing Juices category. B Natural range of juices, currently available in 9 exciting variants, has garnered impressive consumer traction in a relatively short span of time and is well poised for rapid growth.
Answer: The Company's FMCG-Others Segment Revenue grew by 9.5% during the quarter amidst weak demand conditions and a price deflationary scenario particularly in the Personal Care business. Most categories witnessed margin expansion driven by enhanced scale of operations and product mix enrichment. Segment Results recorded improvement in comparison to the corresponding period in the previous year despite higher investment in brand building, consumer and trade promotion activities and gestation costs relating to new categories viz. Juices, Dairy, Gums and Health & Hygiene segment in the Personal Care Products Business.
The Branded Packaged Foods Businesses posted healthy growth in revenue led by Staples, Snacks and Noodles categories despite sluggish demand conditions.
During the quarter, the Business launched a luxury range of chocolates under the 'Fabelle' brand at an exclusive 'Fabelle Chocolate Boutique' in ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru. Fabelle offers a range of exquisite handcrafted chocolate creations such as Fabelle Elements - intricately crafted pralines inspired by the elements of nature, Fabelle Ganache - velvety soft cubes of exotic cocoas delicately churned with butter & fresh cream and Fabelle As You Like It - personalised chocolate cup creations offering myriad possibilities of fillings and toppings. In addition, the chocolate boutique offers a range of exquisitely crafted desserts and cocoa beverages, created live by Fabelle Master Chocolatiers. Made from impeccable single-origin cocoas sourced from the best growing regions in Africa and South America and combined with unique ingredients, Fabelle is set to redefine the luxury chocolate segment in India. Plans are on the anvil to open Fabelle Chocolate Boutiques in select ITC Hotels in the ensuing months.
The Personal Care Products Business posted robust revenue growth during the quarter driven by higher volumes and richer product mix. The Business continues to leverage the recently acquired trademarks - 'Savlon' and 'Shower to Shower' - to expand its product portfolio and gain access to newer consumer segments and markets. New variants in the Hand Wash and Antiseptic Liquid categories launched under the Savlon brand continue to gain traction with consumers. The Business also augmented its skin care portfolio during the quarter with the launch of 'Vivel Cell Renew - Aqua Quench Cleansing Mousse'.
Please refer to the FMCG - Others section in the Report of the Directors & Management Discussion and Analysis for the financial year ended 31st March 2016 and Media Releases on quarterly results for further details.
Answer: The performance of the Cigarette Business during the quarter remained subdued on account of continued pressure on the legal Cigarette industry in India.
Over the last 4 years, the incidence of Excise Duty and VAT on cigarettes, at a per unit level, has gone up cumulatively by 118% and 142% respectively thereby exerting severe pressure on legal industry volumes even as illegal trade grows unabated. It is pertinent to note that steep increases in Excise Duty on cigarettes in recent years have resulted in widening the differential in Excise Duty rates (on a per kg. of tobacco basis) between cigarettes and other tobacco products from 29 times in 2005/06 to over 53 times currently. High incidence of taxation and a discriminatory regulatory regime on cigarettes in India have over the years led to a significant shift in tobacco consumption to lightly taxed or tax-evaded tobacco products like bidi, khaini, chewing tobacco, gutkha and illegal cigarettes which presently constitute over 89% of total tobacco consumption in the country. Besides adversely impacting the performance of the legal cigarette industry, this has led to sub-optimisation of the revenue potential from the tobacco sector.
The operating environment for the legal Cigarette industry in India was rendered even more challenging during the quarter in the wake of a further increase of 10% in Excise Duty announced in the Union Budget 2016 and introduction of the new 85% graphic health warnings (GHW) on cigarette packages. Ambiguities surrounding the implementation of the new GHW led to severe supply chain disruptions during the quarter including intermittent stoppage of manufacture at the Company's units. Besides, cigarette stocks manufactured prior to 1st April, 2016 bearing the old health warnings were seized at some locations by regulatory authorities - most of which were subsequently released following an order of the Honourable Bombay High Court, clarification from Union Health Ministry and representations made by the Company.
On 4th May 2016, the Honourable Supreme Court directed the Honourable High Court of Karnataka to hear and dispose of within six weeks, the legal challenge to GHW pending in several High Courts. The Honourable Supreme Court, however, also ordered that any stay order granted by any High Court would not be given effect to till the cases are finally disposed of. As a consequence of the above development, in compliance with the interim requirements pending hearing in the Honourable Karnataka High Court, the Company progressively commenced manufacture of cigarettes with 85% warning. The matter is currently pending before the Honourable Karnataka High Court.
The Tobacco industry in India supports the livelihood of over 45 million people including vulnerable sections of the society like farmers, farm labour, rural poor, women, tribals etc. and contributes around Rs. 30,000 crores to the national exchequer apart from generating valuable foreign exchange earnings of around Rs. 6000 crores.
The new GHW is excessively large, extremely gruesome and unreasonable. There is no evidence to suggest that cigarette smoking would cause the diseases depicted in the pictures or that large GHW will lead to reduction in consumption. In fact this inadequacy of evidence prompted the courts in USA to hold that the US FDA's proposal for introduction of similar GHW in that country as unconstitutional. Further, over 100 countries representing 60% of the signatories to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control have not adopted GHW. It is pertinent to note that other major tobacco producing countries have taken a considered view on the matter and have not adopted over-sized and excessive graphic health warnings, thus striking a balance between the interests of the consumer and of their farmers. It may also be noted that the global average size for GHW is only about 30% coverage of the principal display area. Moreover, the top three cigarette consuming countries - USA, China and Japan - which together account for 51% of global cigarette consumption have only text based warnings and have not adopted pictorial / graphic health warnings.
The new GHW will encourage the flow of illegal trade of brands owned by international companies into the country since such brands are manufactured in many jurisdictions which do not mandate the printing of graphic health warnings on cigarette packages as applicable in India. The legal cigarette industry in India will be hard pressed to counter the menace of illegal cigarettes as they will be perceived by the consumer to be safer in the absence of the statutorily mandated health warnings. Coupled with the fact that illegal cigarettes are available at a fraction of the price of legal cigarettes, the new GHW will provide further fillip to the growth of illegal cigarettes in the country.
According to an independent study, India is now the 4th largest market for illegal cigarettes in the world. In fact, illegal trade comprising smuggled foreign and domestically manufactured tax-evaded cigarettes is estimated to constitute one-fifth of the overall cigarette industry in India and is estimated to cost the exchequer a revenue loss of more than Rs. 9000 crores per annum.
It is pertinent to note that the Department of Commerce, in its submissions to the Parliamentary Committee on Subordinate Legislation, has stated that â€œlarge warnings will lead to an increase in overall tobacco consumption and illegal cigarettes; when large quantities of non-cigarette tobacco products from unorganised sector are sold loose and / or without any health warnings, it gives an impression of these products being relatively safer than cigarettes.â€
As always, the Company complies fully with all regulations and laws in letter and spirit and continues to engage with policy-makers for reasonable, pragmatic and evidence based regulation and taxation policies that balance the health, employment and economic imperatives of the country.
Despite the challenging operating environment, the Company continues to consolidate its market leadership through relentless focus on delivering world-class products, continuous innovation & value addition and best-in-class execution.
Please refer to the FMCG - Cigarettes section in the Report of the Directors & Management Discussion and Analysis for the financial year ended 31st March 2016 and Media Releases on quarterly results for further details.
Answer: See response to Q16.
Answer: While all segments are witnessing pressure on volumes, the Regular Filter segment has been the worst hit.
Answer: As aforestated, legal cigarette industry volumes are currently facing severe pressure due to the steep increase in Excise Duty and VAT and the unabated rise in illegal trade.
As highlighted earlier, the share of legal cigarettes in overall tobacco consumption is 11% in India. While this indicates room for growth in legal cigarette volumes going forward, this would largely depend on the taxation and regulatory policy on cigarettes adopted by the Government. Such growth potential was demonstrated during the period 2004/05 to 2006/07 and again, more recently, in 2009/10 and 2011/12 - years in which taxes / duties growth was moderate.
A stable, fair and equitable India-centric cigarette taxation and regulatory policy which recognises the unique tobacco consumption pattern in the country is critical to realising the full economic potential of the tobacco sector in India.
The Company continues to engage with the concerned authorities, both at the Central Government and State level, in this regard.
Answer: As per the Constitution (122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill 2014 on Goods and Services Tax (GST), cigarettes are likely to come under the purview of the proposed GST framework while continuing to be subjected to the levy of Central Excise Duty.
It would be imperative that revenue sensitive goods like cigarettes are subjected to uniform standard rates of tax applicable to general category of goods to ensure revenue buoyancy and rein in the growth of the illegal segment. Further, the combined incidence of Excise Duty and GST should be revenue neutral i.e. maintained at current levels and all existing State level taxes should be subsumed into GST. The Company, along with industry bodies and other stakeholders, continues to make representations to the Government in this regard.
Answer: On 4th May 2016, the Honourable Supreme Court directed the Honourable High Court of Karnataka to hear and dispose of within 6 weeks, the legal challenge to the 85% Graphic Health Warning pending in several High Courts. The Honourable Supreme Court, however, also ordered that any stay order granted by any High Court would not be given effect to till the cases are finally disposed of. As a consequence of the above development, in compliance with the interim requirements pending hearing in the Honourable Karnataka High Court, the Company progressively commenced manufacture of cigarettes with 85% warning. The matter is likely to be heard by the Honourable High Court of Karnataka shortly.
Answer: The proposed GHW is excessively large, extremely gruesome and unreasonable. There is no evidence to suggest that cigarette smoking would cause the diseases depicted in the pictures or that large GHW will lead to reduction in consumption. In fact this inadequacy of evidence prompted the courts in USA to hold the US FDA's proposal for introduction of similar GHW in that country as unconstitutional. Further, over 100 countries representing 60% of the signatories to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control have not adopted GHW1. It is pertinent to note that other major tobacco producing countries have taken a considered view on the matter and have not adopted over-sized and excessive graphic health warnings, thus striking a balance between the interests of the consumer and of their farmers. It may also be noted that the global average size for GHW is only about 30% coverage of the principal display area. Moreover, the top three cigarette consuming countries - USA, China and Japan - which together account for 51% of global cigarette consumption have only text based warnings and have not adopted pictorial / graphic health warnings.
The new GHW will commoditise the market where price will be the sole or prime driver of consumer choice thus eroding the value of the Company's distinctive trademarks and pack designs that have been developed and nurtured through substantial investments over the years. Moreover, the new GHW will encourage the flow of illegal trade of brands owned by international companies into the country since such brands are manufactured in many jurisdictions which do not mandate the printing of graphic health warnings on cigarette packs as applicable in India. The legal cigarette industry in India will be hard pressed to counter the menace of illegal cigarettes which will be perceived by the consumer to be safer in the absence of the statutorily mandated health warnings. Coupled with the fact that illegal cigarettes - which evade taxes / duties - are available at a fraction of the price of legal cigarettes, the new GHW will provide further fillip to the growth of illegal cigarettes in the country.
It is pertinent to note that the Department of Commerce, Government of India, in its submissions to PCOSL, has stated that â€œlarge warnings will lead to an increase in overall tobacco consumption and illegal cigarettes; when large quantities of non-cigarette tobacco products from unorganised sector are sold loose and / or without any health warnings, it gives an impression of these products being relatively safer than cigarettes.â€
As always, the Company complies fully with all laws & regulations and continues to engage with policy-makers for reasonable, pragmatic and evidence based regulation and taxation policies that balance the health, employment and economic imperatives of the country.
1Canadian Cancer Society - Cigarette Package Health Warnings, International Status Report, Fourth Edition, September 2014
Answer: In the Nicotine Gum category, the presence of the Company's brand, 'Kwiknic', was expanded with the introduction of the product in the chemists channel during 2015-16. The Business also launched a new variant - 'Kwiknic Neo' - in select markets which has received encouraging response from consumers.
Electronic Vaping Devices (EVD) are gaining increasing traction with consumers seeking alternative sources of nicotine. In line with this trend, the Company continues to engage in this category through its brand 'EON' which was launched in Hyderabad and Kolkata in 2014-15. During 2015-16, the Company extended the brand to target markets and also augmented its product portfolio with the launch of a rechargeable variant - 'EON Charge' - in Bengaluru and Delhi.
Answer: The hospitality sector continues to be adversely impacted by a weak demand and pricing scenario against the backdrop of excessive room inventory in key domestic markets and sluggish macroeconomic environment both in India and key source markets. Against this backdrop, Segment Revenue during the quarter was flattish in comparison to the corresponding period of the previous year.
Although Segment Results improved as compared to the corresponding quarter in the previous year, the same remained muted due to the challenging business context as aforestated and gestation costs of the recently commissioned ITC Grand Bharat, Gurgaon.
In yet another international recognition in its debut year, the ITC Grand Bharat, Gurgaon was ranked No. 4 among the 'Top 100 Hotels & Resorts of the World' and No.1 among the 'Top 25 Resorts in Asia' on the coveted Conde Nast Traveller U.S. Readers' Choice Awards. The luxury retreat is the only hotel from India to feature in the 'Top 50 of the world's best'. The hotel also received the Outlook Traveller Award for the 'Indian Hotel Debut of the year'. ITC Maurya was adjudged the 'Best Business Hotel' in India at the Lonely Planet Awards. ITC Hotels Business was recognised as the 'Most Respected Company' in the hospitality segment in a survey conducted by Business World. ITC Hotels was also adjudged the 'Best Hotel Group' at Travel + Leisure, India & South Asia Awards 2015.
Steady progress is being made on construction of new hotels at Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Coimbatore. All requisite clearances for the Company's first overseas project at Colombo have been received from the Sri Lankan authorities by WelcomHotels Lanka (Private) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. While excavation work is in its final stage at the Colombo project site, allied works are progressing as per schedule.
The Company's Hotels Business continues to be rated amongst the fastest growing hospitality chains in India, with over 100 properties across the country under 4 distinct brands -'ITC Hotels' in the Luxury segment, 'WelcomHotel' in the upper-upscale segment, 'Fortune Hotels' in the upscale & mid-market space and 'WelcomHeritage' in the leisure & heritage segment. In 2015-16, the Business renewed its licensing and franchising agreements with Starwood Hotels & Resorts for 'The Luxury Collection' and 'Sheraton' brands. Apart from the 12 existing properties under the ITC group, the association as aforestated will be extended to another 3 hotels that are under construction.
In line with the Company's commitment to the 'Triple Bottom Line', the Hotels Business strives continuously to reduce water and energy consumption and enhance the usage of renewable energy sources. Nearly 60% of the total energy requirements of the Business is presently met through renewable energy sources. During the year, the Business extended several 'Responsible Luxury' themed culinary initiatives and promotions under the 'Kitchens of India' banner. These interventions stand testimony to the 'Responsible Luxury' positioning of the Company's Hotels Business and reinforce ITC Hotels' position as the 'greenest luxury hotel chain' in the world.
Please refer to the Hotels section in the Report of the Directors & Management Discussion and Analysis for the financial year ended 31st March 2016 and Media Releases on quarterly results for further details.
Answer: The Business continues to provide strategic sourcing support to the Company's Cigarette business and leverage its deep rural linkages to source superior quality wheat, chip stock potato, spices and fruit pulp at competitive prices for the Branded Packaged Foods Businesses.
Segment Revenue recorded robust growth during the quarter driven by domestic agri commodity sales and leaf tobacco exports.
The Business scaled up wheat sourcing during the quarter to meet the growing requirements for Aashirvaad atta. The Business leveraged its wide geographical sourcing network and customised infrastructure to secure supplies of critical grades with benchmark quality while scaling up operations significantly towards meeting the growing requirements for Aashirvaad atta. The Business also delivered substantial savings to the system through efficient logistics management and other cost-optimisation initiatives. However, continuing lack of export trading opportunities in wheat, soya and coffee due to higher crop output and steeper currency depreciation in competing origins impacted agri exports from the country.
The Business is collaborating with research organisations such as Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Directorate of Wheat Research, Punjab Agricultural University and Agarkhar Research Institute towards scaling up wheat sourcing from areas that are in close proximity of atta manufacturing plants. As part of its wheat crop development program, the Business has introduced location-specific new and improved seed varieties along with appropriate package of practices across many States and continues to focus on augmenting capabilities in proprietary crop intelligence, scaling up the sourcing & delivery network and developing blends based on consumer requirements. The Business also leveraged its extensive sourcing network and associated infrastructure in key growing areas coupled with well-entrenched farmer linkages to source high quality chip stock potato for the Company's Bingo! Yumitos brand and fruit pulp for the Company's 'B Natural' brand.
Please refer to the Agri Business section in the Report of the Directors & Management Discussion and Analysis for the financial year ended 31st March 2016 and Media Releases on quarterly results for further details.
Answer: The Paperboards, Paper & Packaging segment remained impacted by the subdued demand environment prevailing in the FMCG and legal Cigarette industry. Zero duty imports under Free Trade Agreement with ASEAN countries and cheap imports from China along with capacity expansion / ramp-up by other industry players, continued to adversely impact the Paper and Paperboard industry. Consequently, Segment Revenue and Segment Profits were impacted during the quarter.
Despite heightened competitive intensity, the Company sustained its leadership position in the Value Added Paperboard (VAP) segment through effective key account management, focus on product & process innovation, enhanced service delivery levels leveraging strategically located 'quick service centres' and improved manufacturing efficiencies.
The Business continues to make structural interventions in the areas of strategic cost management and import substitution. Key interventions in this area include investments in in-house pulp manufacturing capability, use of wind energy, developing alternative sources of supply for key inputs on an ongoing basis. In line with this approach, the Business is setting up a Bleached Chemical Thermo Mechanical Pulp (BCTMP) mill at the Bhadrachalam unit which will further reduce dependence on imports and reduce cost. The Business is also in the process of commissioning an energy efficient power plant at the Bhadrachalam unit that will reduce coal consumption and consequently, enhance the Company's position as a carbon positive enterprise. Capacity expansion in the Value Added Paperboards and DÃ©cor segments is also underway.
The Packaging and Printing Business continued to sustain its leadership position in domestic packaging and printing industry. The Company's world-class facility at Haridwar is operating at benchmark standards and has strengthened the Business' ability to service demand in the northern markets more effectively. The Business stabilised the recently commissioned in-house cylinder manufacturing plant at the Haridwar unit and blown film manufacturing capability at the Tiruvottiyur unit. These investments have augmented the capabilities of the Business and are facilitating speedier fulfilment of customer orders thereby enhancing its competitive position.
Please refer to the Paperboards, Paper & Packaging section in the Report of the Directors & Management Discussion and Analysis for the financial year ended 31st March 2016 and Media Releases on quarterly results for further details.
Answer: The Company's capex plans are directed primarily towards capacity gearing, productivity enhancement, ensuring the highest standards in quality and environment, health & safety, and R&D.
One of the key elements of the capex plan going forward is to invest in setting up state-of-the-art owned integrated consumer goods manufacturing and logistics facilities across regions in line with long-term demand forecasts. Currently, over 20 projects are underway and in various stages of development - from land acquisition/site development to construction of buildings and other infrastructure.
In the Hotels Business, the Company is progressing the construction of new hotels in Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Coimbatore. Besides, WelcomHotels Lanka Private Ltd. - a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company - is developing a mixed-use project in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The major items of capital expenditure in the Paperboards, Paper and Packaging segment going forward comprise paperboards & specialty paper capacity augmentation/machine rebuild at the Bhadrachalam and Tribeni units, investments in setting up a state-of-the-art Bleached Chemical Thermo-Mechanical pulp line at the Bhadrachalam unit, capacity augmentation in Cartons and Flexibles packaging at the Tiruvottiyur unit.Overall, the Company estimates capex of approx. Rs. 20000 crores over the next 5 years (excluding investments for inorganic growth and acquisition of intellectual property/trademarks etc.). However, this would depend on several factors such as a pick-up in economic activity and improvement in demand conditions, timely acquisition of land at appropriate locations, obtaining approvals from the concerned authorities in a timely manner etc.
Answer: The Company's Capex during the last two financial years is tabulated below:
Answer: The increase in Segment Assets was primarily on account of
Answer: The increase in Segment liabilities was primarily on account of higher trade payables in line with business growth.
Answer: Dividend paid out by the Company for the last 5 years is given below:
Answer: The Company's vision to sub-serve larger national priorities and create enduring societal value is the inspiration for its multi-dimensional sustainability initiatives that are today acknowledged as global exemplars. The Company's sustainability strategy aims to significantly enhance value creation for the nation through superior 'Triple Bottom Line' performance that builds and enriches the country's economic, environmental and societal capital. It is premised on the belief that the transformational capacity of business can be effectively leveraged to create significant societal value through a spirit of innovation and enterprise.
The Company's models of sustainable development and value chains designed to promote livelihoods have supported the creation of around 6 million sustainable livelihoods, largely among the marginalised sections of society. The Company has sustained its position of being the only Company in the world of comparable dimensions to have achieved the global environmental distinction of being water positive (for 14 consecutive years), carbon positive (for 11 years in a row) and solid waste recycling positive (for 9 years in succession).
The Company's renewable energy portfolio ensures that over 47% of its total energy requirements are met from renewable energy sources - a remarkable achievement given the large manufacturing base of the Company. Further, premium luxury hotels, several office complexes and factories of the Company are LEEDÂ® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified at the highest level by the US Green Building Council/Indian Green Building Council and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) under its star rating scheme.
The Company's 13th Sustainability Report, published during the year detailed the progress made across all dimensions of the 'Triple Bottom Line' for the year 2015-16. The Company's Sustainability Report in conformance with the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines has been third party assured. The report has achieved the highest â€œIn Accordance - Comprehensiveâ€ level of reporting prescribed under the G4 Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative.
In addition, the Business Responsibility Report (BRR) of the Company, as mandated by the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI), which forms part of the Report and Accounts 2016, maps the sustainability performance of the Company against the reporting framework indicated by SEBI.
Answer: The Company's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme aims to address the challenges arising out of poverty, environmental degradation and climate change through a range of activities with the overarching objective of creating sustainable sources of livelihood for stakeholders many of whom represent the poorest in rural India.
The footprint of the Company's CSR programme has spread to 167 districts across the country and can be viewed at a glance in the following chart:
|Intervention Areas||Unit of Measurement||Cumulative till date|
|Total Districts Covered||Number||167|
|Social and Farm Forestry
Soil and Moisture Conservation Programme
|Sustainable Agricultural Practices
|Sustainable Livelihoods Initiative
Cattle Development Centres
Animal Husbandry Services
Artificial Inseminations (in lakhs)
|Economic Empowerment of Women
Ultra Poor Women covered
Self Help Group Members
Number (in lakhs)
|Health and Sanitation
Low Cost Sanitary Units
Households covered under Solid Waste