Related party transactions can present a potential or actual conflict of interest which
may be against the best interest of the company and its shareholders.
1) SCOPE AND PURPOSE OF THE POLICY
Related party transactions can present a potential or actual conflict of interest which may be against the best interest of the company and its shareholders. Considering the requirements for approval of related party transactions as prescribed under the Companies Act, 2013 (“Act”) read with the Rules framed there under and Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement (as amended by SEBI Circulars dated April 17, 2014 and September 15, 2014), Advance Steel Tubes Limited (“ASTL” or “the Company”) has formulated guidelines for identification of related parties and the proper conduct and documentation of all related party transactions.
Also, Clause 49(VII)(C) of the Listing Agreement requires a company to formulate a policy on materiality of related party transactions and dealing with related party transactions. In light of the above, Advance Steel Tubes Limited has framed this Policy on Related Party Transactions (“Policy”).
This Policy has been adopted by the Board of Directors of the Company based on recommendations of the Audit Committee. Going forward, the Audit Committee would review and amend the Policy, as and when required, subject to the approval of the Board.
2) OBJECTIVE OF THE POLICY
The objective of this Policy is to set out (a) the materiality thresholds for related party transactions and; (b) the manner of dealing with the transactions between the Company and its related parties based on the Act, Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement and any other laws and regulations as may be applicable to the Company.
“Arm’s length transaction (‘ALP’)” means a transaction between two related parties that is conducted as if they were unrelated, so that there is no conflict of interest.
“Related Party” , with reference to a Company, shall have the same meaning as defined in Section 2(76) of the Companies Act, 2013 and Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement
“Related Party Transaction” (RPT) means – for the purpose of the Act, specified transaction mentioned in clause (a) to• (g) of sub-section 1 of Section 188; for the purpose of RC 49, any transaction involving any Related Party which• is a transfer of resources, services or obligations between a company and a related party, regardless of whether a price is charged. A "transaction" with a related party shall be construed to include single transaction or a group of transactions in a contract.
4) MATERIALITY THRESHOLDS
Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement requires a company to provide materiality thresholds for transactions beyond which the shareholders’ approval will be required by way of a special resolution. The Company has fixed its materiality threshold at 10% of the annual consolidated turnover of the Company as per last audited financial statements of the company for the purpose of Clause 49(VII)(C) of the Listing Agreement.
5) MANNER OF DEALING WITH RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
(a) Identification of related parties
Advance Steel Tubes Limited has formulated guidelines for identification and updating the list of related parties as prescribed under Section 2(76) of the Act read with the Rules framed there under and Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement.
(b) Identification of related party transactions
Advance Steel Tubes Limited has formulated guidelines for identification of related party transactions in accordance with Section 188 of the Act and Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement. ADVANCE STEEL TUBES LIMITED has also formulated guidelines for determining whether the transaction is in the ordinary course of business and at arm’s length basis and for this purpose, the Company seeks external professional opinion, if necessary.
(c) Procedure for approval of related party transactions
Approval of the Audit Committee
While assessing a proposal put up before the Audit Committee / Board for approval, the Audit Committee / Board may review the following documents / seek the following information from the management in order to determine if the transaction is in the ordinary course of business and at arm’s length or not:
Nature of the transaction i.e. details of goods or property to be acquired / transferred or services to be rendered / availed – including description of functions to be performed, risks to be assumed and assets to be employed under the proposed transaction;
Key terms (such as price and other commercial compensation contemplated under the arrangement) of the proposed transaction, including value and quantum;
Key covenants (non-commercial) as per the draft of the proposed agreement/ contract to be entered into for such transaction;
Special terms covered / to be covered in separate letters or undertakings or any other special or sub arrangement forming part of a composite transaction;
Benchmarking information that may have a bearing on the arm’s length basis analysis, such as: o market analysis, research report, industry trends, business strategies, financial forecasts, etc.; o third party comparables, valuation reports, price publications including stock exchange and commodity market quotations; o management assessment of pricing terms and business justification for the proposed transaction; o comparative analysis, if any, of other such transaction entered into by the company.
Approval of the Board of Directors of the Company As per the provisions of Section 188 of the Act, all kinds of transactions specified under the said Section and which are not in the ordinary course of business and at arm’s length basis, are placed before the Board for its approval.
In addition to the above, the following kinds of transactions with related parties are also placed before the Board for its approval:
Transactions meeting the materiality thresholds laid down Clause 5 of the Policy, which are intended to be placed before the shareholders for approval.
Approval of the Shareholders of the Company All the transactions with related parties meeting the materiality thresholds, laid down in Clause 5 of the Policy, are placed before the shareholders for approval.
For this purpose, all entities falling under the definition of related parties shall abstain from voting irrespective of whether the entity is a party to the particular transaction or not.
Clause 49(VII) (E) provides that the requirement for seeking shareholders’ approval shall not be applicable to transactions between ASTL and its wholly owned subsidiary/ies whose accounts are consolidated with the Company.
In addition to the above, all kinds of transactions specified under Section 188 of the Act which (a) are not in the ordinary course of business and at arm’s length basis; and (b) exceed the thresholds laid down in Companies (Meetings of Board and its Powers) Rules, 2014 are placed before the shareholders for its approval.
Advance Steel Tubes Limited shall disclose, in the Board’s report, transactions prescribed in Section 188(1) of the Act with related parties, which are not in ordinary course of business or arm’s length basis along with the justification for entering into such transaction. In addition to the above, Advance Steel Tubes Limited shall also provide details of all related party transactions meeting the materiality threshold (laid down in Clause 5 of the Policy above) on a quarterly basis to the stock exchanges.
In any case, where the Audit Committee determines not to ratify a related party transaction that has been commenced without approval, the Audit Committee, as appropriate, may direct additional actions including, but not limited to, discontinuation of the transaction or seeking the approval of the shareholders, payment of compensation for the loss suffered by the related party etc. In connection with any review/approval of a related party transaction, the Audit Committee has authority to modify or waive any procedural requirements of this Policy.
ASTL`s Advance Steel Tubes Limited is a public Limited Company manabed by high profiled technocrats and professionals.
The Company is in the business of black steel Tubes & Pipes.In 1983,it stated manufacturing of galvanized
iron steel tubes & Pipesranging from 15mm N.B to 250mm N.B. in various thickness maximum upto 10mm.
The company undertook a diversification program in 1996.