Centre likely to define shell companies by end of Jan 2018

Absence of definition, guidelines refrain govt agencies from initiating action

by Arjit Singh Bhambra

The government is likely to finalise a definition of ’shell company’ by the end of January 2018, as per a report in Business Standard. A special Task force comprising officials from the ministry of corporate affairs (MCA), ministry of finance, SFIO, CBDT and ED was constituted by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in February 2016 to prevent malpractices of the shell companies. The task force has been mandated to provide a proper definition of such firms along with specific guidelines to validate government’s action against such companies. The absence of such details prohibits the probing agency from initiating appropriate action. The centre also plans to include the definition on shell firms in the companies act, securities law, income-tax act and wherever applicable. This will also help the government from distinguishing between companies with legitimate purposes, penny stocks and dummy firms.

References
1. http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/what-are-shell-companies-govt-to-lay-down-guidelines-by-jan-end-118010200048_1.html
CMIE STATISTICS
Unemployment Rate
Per cent
4.8 +0.0
Consumer Sentiments Index
Base September-December 2015
97.2 -0.2
Consumer Expectations Index
Base September-December 2015
96.5 0.0
Current Economic Conditions Index
Base September-December 2015
98.2 -0.5
Quarterly CapeEx Aggregates
(Rs.trillion) Mar 17 Jun 17 Sep 17 Dec 17
New projects 4.01 2.11 1.18 0.84
Completed projects 1.95 0.86 1.03 0.90
Stalled projects 0.74 2.67 0.67 0.92
Revived projects 0.86 0.30 0.29 0.20
Implementation stalled projects 0.33 0.69 0.73 0.58
Updated on: 23 Jan 2018 9:20AM
Quarterly Financials of Listed Companies
(% change) Mar 17 Jun 17 Sep 17 Dec 17
All listed Companies
 Income 10.2 9.7 7.9 10.7
 Expenses 11.9 10.0 9.2 10.3
 Net profit 16.1 -19.8 -20.0 16.1
 PAT margin (%) 6.0 5.3 5.4 14.2
 Count of Cos. 4,460 4,389 4,313 183
Non-financial Companies
 Income 11.8 10.3 7.7 10.6
 Expenses 15.6 10.6 7.8 10.5
 Net profit -2.3 -25.2 -7.9 15.0
 PAT margin (%) 6.2 5.2 6.1 14.4
 Net fixed assets 6.9 9.0
 Current assets 2.7 78.0
 Current liabilities 8.8 10.6
 Borrowings 4.9 10.1
 Reserves & surplus 6.3 4.8
 Count of Cos. 3,448 3,407 3,348 135
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 23 Jan 2018 9:21AM
Annual Financials of All Companies
(% change) FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17
All Companies
 Income 10.0 5.3 1.4 6.6
 Expenses 9.9 5.4 1.5 7.1
 Net profit -2.5 1.6 -12.6 18.7
 PAT margin (%) 3.1 3.2 2.9 5.7
 Assets 12.3 9.4 9.8 8.3
 Net worth 9.6 8.7 10.8 7.2
 RONW (%) 6.1 6.1 5.1 8.3
 Count of Cos. 24,439 24,353 22,049 8,816
Non-financial Companies
 Income 9.7 4.5 0.5 6.4
 Expenses 9.4 4.6 -0.3 7.6
 Net profit -3.1 -5.5 12.5 11.8
 PAT margin (%) 2.2 2.1 2.6 5.3
 Net fixed assets 11.7 13.3 15.6 7.3
 Net worth 8.2 7.1 11.2 5.3
 RONW (%) 5.0 4.9 5.4 9.0
 Debt / Equity (times) 1.1 1.1 1.1 0.8
 Interest cover (times) 2.0 1.9 2.0 2.9
 Net working capital cycle (days) 69 67 65 52
 Count of Cos. 19,688 19,805 18,467 6,761
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 21 Jan 2018 12:27PM

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