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
6.3 +0.1
Consumer Sentiments Index
Base September-December 2015
93.5 +0.8
Consumer Expectations Index
Base September-December 2015
93.9 +0.6
Current Economic Conditions Index
Base September-December 2015
92.8 +1.0
Quarterly CapeEx Aggregates
(Rs.trillion) Jun 17 Sep 17 Dec 17 Mar 18
New projects 2.32 1.37 1.18 2.15
Completed projects 0.87 1.21 1.02 1.06
Stalled projects 2.67 0.69 0.93 3.34
Revived projects 0.30 0.34 0.23 0.14
Implementation stalled projects 0.73 0.72 0.58 1.05
Updated on: 23 Apr 2018 12:20PM
Quarterly Financials of Listed Companies
(% change) Jun 17 Sep 17 Dec 17 Mar 18
All listed Companies
 Income 9.6 7.9 11.9 12.3
 Expenses 9.9 9.0 12.9 11.5
 Net profit -19.9 -18.1 -13.9 14.1
 PAT margin (%) 5.3 5.5 4.9 19.5
 Count of Cos. 4,481 4,468 4,430 48
Non-financial Companies
 Income 10.2 8.2 13.2 8.5
 Expenses 10.5 8.2 12.3 7.7
 Net profit -25.1 -6.0 12.7 9.7
 PAT margin (%) 5.2 6.2 6.4 19.8
 Net fixed assets 9.2 0.7
 Current assets 78.7 7.3
 Current liabilities 11.0 21.6
 Borrowings 10.4 -5.3
 Reserves & surplus 5.2 -2.1
 Count of Cos. 3,458 3,441 3,426 34
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 23 Apr 2018 12:20PM
Annual Financials of All Companies
(% change) FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18
All Companies
 Income 5.5 1.5 5.1 1.6
 Expenses 5.6 1.7 5.1 0.7
 Net profit 0.0 -10.3 23.7 9.2
 PAT margin (%) 3.1 2.8 3.6 8.3
 Assets 9.5 10.0 6.9 3.3
 Net worth 8.5 11.4 6.0 2.8
 RONW (%) 5.8 4.9 5.9 12.7
 Count of Cos. 25,647 23,668 20,755 19
Non-financial Companies
 Income 4.7 0.6 4.7 1.5
 Expenses 4.9 0.0 5.2 0.6
 Net profit -8.6 18.4 18.0 10.7
 PAT margin (%) 2.0 2.5 3.1 7.4
 Net fixed assets 13.3 17.3 5.4 4.4
 Net worth 6.9 12.0 4.4 2.9
 RONW (%) 4.6 5.1 6.0 11.5
 Debt / Equity (times) 1.1 1.1 1.0 0.2
 Interest cover (times) 1.9 1.9 2.1 11.8
 Net working capital cycle (days) 66 65 62 38
 Count of Cos. 20,897 19,807 17,287 17
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018 11:50AM

Time series available from 1990 onwards