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S&T Corporation Ltd. Accounting Policy

REPORT ON CORPORATE GOVERNANCE (ANNEXTURE A)

The guidelines on corporate Governance as per listing agreement with Stock Exchanges are applicable to the Company for the Year 2014-15. The Company has been following steps towards implementation of the corporate governance.

Company's Philosophy on Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance is to combination of voluntary practice and compliance with laws and regulations leading to effective control and management of the Company. Good Corporate Governance leads to long term shareholder value and enhances the interest of other stake holders. It brings into focus the fiduciary and the trusteeship role of the Board to align and direct the actions of the organization keeping in mind the interest of the shareholders and the society.

GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK

Your Company's Governance structure consists of Board of Directors, its Committees and the Management.

Board Structure:

Board Leadership: Your Company has a well-balanced Board of Directors with members from diverse backgrounds who have years of experience and expertise in various fields. Out of 6 members on the Board, 4 are Independent Directors who are well known for their wealth of experience, high standards of governance and independence. The Managing Director & CEO is responsible for the overall management of the affairs of the Company under the supervision of the Board of Directors. The Board over the period of years, has created a culture of leadership to provide long term vision and policy approach to improve performance and quality of governance in your Company. It has played a primary role in providing strategic direction to the management coupled with giving responsibility and accountability to deliver value with highest level of transparency and integrity.

Board Committees: Committees have been constituted by the Board with specific terms of reference and have an optimum representation of Board members. These Committee members meet at such frequency as is necessary to address the responsibilities and tasks assigned to them. Presently there are Three Committees of the Board viz., Audit Committee, Nomination and Remuneration Committee, Stakeholders Relationship Committee.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Composition:

The composition of the Board is in conformity with Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement as well as the Companies Act, 2013. The Company has a Executive Chairman and an optimum representation of Independent Directors on the Board of Directors of the Company.

The composition of the Board of Directors of the Company as on 31st March, 2015 is as follows:

Number of Board Meetings:

During the financial year ended 31st March, 2015, Five (5) meetings of the Board of Directors were held and the maximum time gap between two (2) meetings did not exceed one hundred and twenty days. The dates of the Board meetings are as under:

Date(s) on which meeting(s) were held

23/04/2014 05/05/2014 30/07/2014 30/10/2014 13/01/2015

All the Directors have informed the Company periodically about their Directorship and Membership on the Board/Committees of the Board of other companies. As per the disclosures received, none of the Directors of the Company hold membership in more than 10 committees or act as the Chairman of more than five committees across all companies in which he/she is a director.

Board Procedures

The Board meets at least once in a quarter to review financial results and operations of the Company. In addition to the above, the Board also meets as and when necessary to address specific issues concerning the businesses of your Company.

The Board Meetings are governed by a structured Agenda. The Agenda along with detailed explanatory notes and supporting material are circulated in advance before each meeting to all the Directors for facilitating effective discussion and decision making. The Board members are, on a quarterly basis, apprised by the Managing Director & CEO on the overall performance of the Company through presentations and detailed notes.

The Board has complete access to any information within your Company which includes the information as specified in Annexure X to Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement and they are updated about their roles and responsibilities in the Company.

The Board, inter alia, reviews annual operating and capital expenditure plans and budgets, financial statements of business segments, compliance report(s) of all laws applicable to the Company, major legal and tax issues, policies/charters of committees of the Company, appointment and remuneration to Directors, significant labour issues, presentations on Environment Health and Safety (EHS) initiatives, risk management, transactions involving sale of material investments, assets, which are not in normal course of business, status of all investments made by the Company, minutes of meetings of the Committees of the Board, declaration of dividend, issue of securities, short-term borrowings, any other proposal from the management regarding mergers, acquisitions and restructuring of investments, etc.

The Companies Act, 2013 read with the relevant rules issued there under, now facilitate conducting meetings of Board and its Committees through permitted audio-visual means or videoconferencing. Accordingly, during the year, the Board members were, in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and the Companies (Meetings of Board and its Powers) Rules, 2014, provided with an option to participate at Board

Meetings through video conferencing mode except in respect of those meetings wherein transactions are not permitted to be carried out by way of video-conferencing.

The proceedings of each meetings of the Board and its Committees are captured in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and Companies (Meetings of Board and its Powers) Rules, 2014.

Familiarisation Programme

Your Company has put in place a structured induction and familiarisation programme for all its Directors including the Independent Directors. The Company through such programme familiarizes not only the Independent Directors but any new appointee on the Board, with a brief background of the Company, their roles, rights, responsibilities in the Company, nature of the industry in which the Company operates, business model, operations of the Company, etc. They are also informed of the important policies of the Company including the Code of Conduct for Board Members and Senior Management Personnel and the Code of Conduct to Regulate, Monitor and Report Trading by Insiders, etc.

The Managing Director & CEO, CFO , business heads and other senior officials of the Company make presentations to the Board members on a periodical basis, briefing them on the operations of the Company, strategy, risks, new initiatives, etc.

Independent Directors' Meeting

In accordance with the provisions of Schedule IV (Code for Independent Directors) of the Companies Act, 2013 and Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement, a meeting of the Independent Directors of the Company was held on below mentioned dates.

Date(s) on which meeting(s) were held

23/04/2014 05/05/2014 30/07/2014 30/10/2014 13/01/2015

Evaluation of Board Effectiveness

In terms of provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rules issued there under and Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement, the Board of Directors, on recommendation of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, have evaluated the effectiveness of the Board. Accordingly, the performance evaluation of the Board, each Director and the Committees was carried out for the financial year ended 31st March, 2015. The evaluation of the Directors was based on various aspects which, inter alia, included the level of participation in the Board Meetings, understanding of their roles and responsibilities, business of the Company along with the environment and effectiveness of their contribution.

COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD

The Committees constituted by the Board play a very important role in the governance structure of the Company. The terms of reference of these Committees are approved by the Board and are in line with the requirements of Companies Act, 2013 and Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement. The minutes of Committee meetings are tabled at the Board meetings and the Chairperson of each Committee briefs the members of the Board on the important deliberations and decisions of the respective Committees. The minutes of the proceedings of the Committee Meetings are captured in the same manner as the Board Meetings and in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013. Currently, there are Three (3) Committees of the Board, viz., Audit Committee, Nomination and Remuneration Committee and Stakeholders Relationship Committee.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee has played an important role in ensuring the financial integrity of the Company. The Audit Committee's role includes oversight of the financial reporting process, the audit process, the adequacy of internal controls, transactions with related parties and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

The composition of the Audit Committee is in line with provisions of Section 177 of the Companies Act, 2013 and Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement. The members of the Audit Committee are financially literate and have requisite experience in financial management. The Audit Committee meets the Statutory Auditor and the Chief Internal Auditor independently without the management at least once in a year.

The Chairman of the Audit Committee was present at the last AGM held on 30th September , 2014.

The scope of activities and terms of reference of the Audit Committee is governed by a Charter which is in line with the provisions of Section 177 of the Companies Act, 2013 and Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement.

The role of the Audit Committee, inter alia, includes the following:

1. Overseeing the Company's financial reporting process and the disclosure of its financial information to ensure that the financial statements are correct, sufficient and credible;

2. Reviewing with the management the quarterly, half-yearly, nine-monthly and annual financial statements, standalone as well as consolidated, before submission to the Board for approval;

3. Reviewing the Management Discussion and Analysis of the financial condition and results of operations;

4. Reviewing with the management, the annual financial statements and auditor's report thereon before submission to the Board for approval, with particular reference to:

a. Matters required to be included in the Directors' Responsibility Statement to be included in the Board's report as per Section 134(3)(c) of the Companies Act, 2013;

b. Changes in the accounting policies and practices and the reasons for the same, major accounting entries involving estimates based on the exercise of judgment by management and significant adjustments made in the financial statements arising out of audit findings;

c. Compliance with listing and other legal requirements relating to financial statements;

d. Disclosure of any Related Party Transactions (RPTs); and

e. Qualifications in the draft audit report, if any.

5. Reviewing the financial statements of unlisted subsidiary companies (including joint ventures) and investments made by the unlisted subsidiary companies (including joint ventures.

6. Reviewing and considering the following w.r.t. appointment of auditors before recommending to the Board:

a. qualifications and experience of the individual/firm proposed to be considered for appointment as auditor;

b. whether such qualifications and experience are commensurate with the size and requirements of the company; and

c. giving due regard to any order or pending proceeding relating to professional matters of conduct against the proposed auditor before the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India or any competent authority or any Court.

7. Recommending to the Board the appointment, re-appointment and, if required, the replacement or removal of the statutory auditor, fixing of audit fees and approving payments for any other service;

8. Discussion with the statutory auditors before the audit commences, about the nature and scope of audit as well as post-audit discussion to ascertain any area of concern;

9. Reviewing and approving quarterly and yearly management representation letters to the statutory auditor;

10. Reviewing management letters/letters of internal control weaknesses issued by the statutory auditors and ensuring suitable follow-up thereon;

11. Reviewing and monitoring the auditor's independence and performance, and effectiveness of audit process;

12. Reviewing the adequacy of internal audit function, if any, including the structure of the internal audit department, staffing and seniority of the official heading the department, reporting structure coverage and frequency of internal audit;

13. Reviewing the appointment, removal and terms of remuneration of the Chief Internal Auditor of the Company;

14. Formulating in consultation with the Internal Auditor, the scope, functioning, periodicity and methodology for conducting the internal audit;

15. Evaluating the internal financial controls and risk management policies/system of the Company;

16. Discussion with the internal auditors on internal audit reports relating to internal control weaknesses and any other significant findings and follow-up thereon;

17. Reviewing the internal investigations by the internal auditors into matters where there is a suspected fraud or irregularity or failure of internal control systems of a material nature and reporting the matter to the Board;

18. Review and comment upon the report made by the statutory auditors (before submission to the Central Government) with regard to any offence involving fraud committed against the company by its officers/employees;

19. Approval or subsequent modification of transactions of the Company with related parties including appointment and revision in remuneration of related parties to an office or place of profit in the Company, its subsidiary company or associate company;

20. Reviewing the statements of significant related party transactions submitted by the management;

21. Reviewing and Scrutinizing the inter-corporate loans and investments;

22. Review of the Whistle Blower mechanism of the Company as per the Whistle Blower Policy. Overseeing the functioning of the same;

23. Approval of appointment of CFO (i.e., the whole-time Finance Director or any other person heading the finance function or discharging that function) after assessing the qualifications, experience and background, etc. of the candidate;

24. Approving the auditors (appointed under the Companies Act, 2013) to render any service other than consulting and specialised services;

27. Appointing registered valuers and defining the terms and conditions for conducting the valuation of assets/net-worth/ liabilities of the Company. Reviewing the valuation report and follow-up thereon;

28. Reviewing with the management, the statement of uses/ application of funds raised through an issue (public issue, rights issue, preferential issue, etc.), the statement of funds utilized for purposes other than those stated in the offer document/prospectus/notice and the report submitted by the agency monitoring the utilization of proceeds of a public or rights issue, and making appropriate recommendations to the Board to take up steps in this matter;

29. Looking into reasons for substantial defaults in payment to the depositors, debenture holders, shareholders (in case of non-payment of declared dividends) and creditors, if any;

30. Review and approve policy formulated for determination of material subsidiaries;

31. Review and approve policy on materiality of related party transactions and also dealing with related party transactions; and

32. Any other matter referred to by the Board of Directors.

Nomination and Remuneration Committee

The Nomination and Remuneration Committee broadly plays a dual role of determining the composition of the Board based on need and requirements of the Company from time to time and determines the overall compensation framework and policy for Directors, senior management and employees. The Committee further reviews that the human resource practices of the Company are effective in maintaining and retaining a competent workforce.

During the financial year 2014-15, in compliance with Section 178 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Companies (Meetings of the Board and its Powers) Rules, 2014 and Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement, "Nomination and Remuneration Committee" of the Board of Directors of the Company was formed.

The composition of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee is in compliance with the provisions of Section 178 of the Companies Act, 2013 and Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement. The Committee met four (4) times during the financial year ended 31st March, 2015. The composition of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company along with the details of the meetings held and attended by the members of the Committee during the financial year ended 31st March, 2015 is detailed below:

Stakeholders Relationship Committee:

During the financial year ended 31st March, 2015, the Shareholders Grievance Committee was changed to "Stakeholders Relationship Committee" pursuant to the provisions of Section 178 of the Companies Act, 2013 and Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement. The composition of the Stakeholder Relationship Committee is in compliance with the provisions of Section 178 of the Companies Act, 2013 and Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement.

The Committee met 4 time during the financial year ended 31st March, 2015. The constitution of the Stakeholders Relationship Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company along with the details of the meetings held and attended by the members of the Committee during the financial year ended 31st March, 2015 is detailed below:

The terms of reference of the Committee includes enquiring into and redressing complaints of shareholders and investors and to resolve the grievance of the security holders of the Company.

No complaints received during the financial year ended 31st March, 2015.

RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Your Company enters into various transactions with related parties as defined under Section 2(76) of the Companies Act, 2013 in its ordinary course of business. All the RPTs are undertaken in compliance with the provisions set out in Companies Act, 2013 and Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement. The Audit Committee and the Board of Directors of the Company have formulated the Policy on dealing with RPTs and a Policy on materiality of RPTs.

During the financial year ended 31st March, 2015, the Company has entered into RPTs in the ordinary course of business and on arms' length basis; and in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 read with the Rules issued there under, Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement and the Policy of the Company on dealing with RPTs. During the financial year ended 31st March, 2015, there are no transactions with related parties which qualify as a material transaction in terms of the applicable provisions of Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement. The details of the RPTs are set out in the Notes to Financial Statements forming part of this Annual Report.

The details of the remuneration paid to the Key Managerial Personnel appointed by the Company in accordance with the provisions of Section 203 of the Companies Act, 2013 is set out in the Board's Report forming part of this Annual Report.

CEO/CFO CERTIFICATION

As required under Clause 49 (IX) of the Listing Agreement, the CEO/CFO certificate for the financial year ended 31st March, 2015

DISCLOSURES

1. There are no materially significant related party transactions of the Company which have potential conflict with the interests of the Company at large.

2. Your Company has complied with all the requirements of the Stock Exchange(s) and the Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on matters related to Capital Markets. There were no penalties imposed or strictures passed against the Company by the statutory authorities in this regard.

3. Vigil Mechanism and Whistle Blower Policy:

>- Your Company believes in conducting its business and working with all its stakeholders, including employees, customers, suppliers and shareholders in an ethical and lawful manner by adopting highest standards of professionalism, honesty, integrity and ethical behaviour.

>- Your Company prohibits any kind of discrimination, harassment, victimization or any other unfair practice being adopted against an employee. In accordance with Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement, your Company has adopted a Whistle Blower Policy with an objective to provide its employees and a mechanism whereby concerns can be raised in line with the Company's commitment to highest standards of ethical, moral and legal business conduct and its commitment to open communication.

>- No personnel was denied access to the Audit Committee of the Company.

4. Code of Conduct

Your Company has adopted a Code of Conduct for all the employees including Board Members and Senior Management Personnel of the Company in accordance with the requirement under Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement. All the Board Members and the Senior Management Personnel have affirmed their compliance with the said Code of Conduct for the financial year ended 31st March, 2015.

Details of compliance with mandatory and non-mandatory requirements of Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement

Means of Communications:

The annual, half yearly and quarterly results and share distribution statements are generally submitted to the Mumbai Stock Exchange

General Shareholder Information:

Listing of Shares on Stock Exchanges & Information regarding Registrars & Transfer Agents:

The shares of the Company are listed in the Mumbai. The Company has been paying the listing fees of Mumbai Stock Exchange regularly.

The company has entered into agreement with M/s. Sharex Dynamic (India) Pvt. Ltd. & has appointed them share transfer agent.

Market Price Data:

During the Year ended 31 March 2015, Market price is Low Rs: 192.5 / High Rs: 225 /-Share Transfer System:

The company's shares are present in physical form , Shares sent for transfer in physical form as well as DEMAT form are registered by the share transfer agent within 30 days of receipt of the documents, if the documents are founded in order, and shares under objection are return within two weeks.

DEMAT SHARES

Securities lodged for transfer at the Registrar's address are normally processed within 15 days from the date of lodgement, if the documents are clear in all respects. All requests for dematerialization of securities are processed and the confirmation is given to the depositories within 15 days. Senior Executives of the Company are empowered to approve transfer of shares and other investor related matters. Grievances received from Investors and other miscellaneous correspondence on change of address, mandates, etc. are processed by the Registrars within 15 days.

Reconciliation of Share Capital Audit/ Compliance of Share Transfer Formalities:

Pursuant to Clause 47(c ) of the Listing Agreement with the Stock Exchanges, certificates, on half-yearly basis, have been issued by a Company Secretary-in-Practice for due compliance of share transfer formalities by the Company.

A Company Secretary-in-Practice carried out a Reconciliation of Share Capital Audit to reconcile the total admitted capital with NSDL and CDSL and the total issued and listed capital. The audit confirms that the total issued/paid up capital is in agreement with the aggregate of the total number of shares in physical form and the total number of shares in dematerialized form.

Financial Calendar, 2014-15:

First quarterly results: last week of July

Second quarterly results: last week of October

Third quarterly results: Second week of January

Fourth Quarterly Results: last week of April

Annual General Meeting for the year 2015: 30th  September 2015

Date of book closure of last year: 24th  September 2014 to 30th  September 2014