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NSEL fallout: Financial Technologies' auditor withdraw report ahead of AGM

Citing purported crisis at NSEL, the auditor of Jignesh Shah's Financial Technologies has withdrawn his audit report for FY13 ahead of the company's AGM tomorrow

Jignesh Shah-led Financial Technologies (India) Ltd (FTIL) said its auditor has withdrawn the audit report on the company's stand-alone and the consolidated financial statements owing to purported crisis at National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL).

 

In a regulatory filing, FTIL said, it will not discuss points one, two and five in the company's annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday. The company's auditor has said that the FY13 accounts cannot be relied upon and hence has withdrawn its audit report.

 

"Due to purported crisis at NSEL in the recent past and based on the communication of management of NSEL and the statutory auditor of NSEL on the financial statements of NSEL, the statutory auditors of the company on 23 September 2013, in accordance with Standard on Auditing (SA) 560 informed that the audit reports dated 30 May 2013, on the stand-alone and the consolidated financial statements of the company for the year ended 31 March 2013, should no longer be relied upon," the filing says.

 

Interestingly, the notice for the AGM does not even mention the name of the Exchange in the agenda. This is surprising especially as its main promoter, it is the responsibility of FT to answer questions arisen about the crisis at NSEL, especially since NSEL contributed more than Rs120 crore in profits to FT last year. (Financial Technologies silent about NSEL scam in its AGM agenda)

 

The first point in FTIL's AGM agenda says that the stand alone and consolidated financial statements of the company for the previous financial year should not be relied upon. The second point which was to be discussed was that the company's financial statement for the previous fiscal were audited before the occurrence of NSEL issue.

 

The filing also stated that FTIL stand alone and consolidated accounts of the company for the previous fiscal may undergo amendment together with revised auditors' report which will be approved and published once the amendment to stand alone and consolidated accounts is finalised.

 

In a clarification, the company said, "As per standalone financials of FTIL, the total income forms part of revenue generated from NSEL during the FY2012-13 is largely on account of technology services which contributes only 4.79% of the total income of FTIL, further there is no outstanding amount pending against the same."

 

The Jignesh Shah-led financial software company and promoter of several exchanges in India and abroad such as MCX, MCX-SX, DGCX in Dubai etc. is holding its 25th AGM on 25th September at Chennai.

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COMMENTS

Nagesh Kini

4 years ago

At least the Auditor had the courage of his convictions not to be a party to the misdemenours and rightly withdrew his report, certainly an unprecedented step.
Now that he has been served with the Notice to attend the AGM he ought to be present and state the true state of affairs across to the members at the AGM based on the audit carried out by him. He owes it to them.

bhaskar

4 years ago

Chor "independent" directors and auditors. They should be held liable.

‘Unwarranted panic in the rupee market in the recent past’

India can fund the current year’s CAD without substantially drawing upon the country’s forex reserves, said Dr Raghuram Rajan, governor, Reserve Bank of India in his press meet

Dr Raghuram Rajan, governor, Reserve Bank of India declared that there was unwarranted panic in the rupee market in the recent past, when the US dollar was valued at close to Rs70. There is no need to panic today, as the oil prices are not going to shoot up in US dollar terms, while the Syrian crisis seems to be under control.

 

While the current account deficit (CAD) of India is a cause for concern, India can fund the current year’s CAD without substantially drawing upon the country’s forex reserves, pointed out Dr Rajan in his press meet. He felt that the inflationary pressures were mostly due to higher oil prices and rupee depreciation, and the fear of the high fiscal deficit was being tackled by the Finance Minister.

 

The country has breathing room to put its economy in order, as the Federal Reserve has postponed its plans to taper down the asset purchases. The emerging markets will still be flush with dollars to buy on the part of foreign institutional investors. The Reserve Bank will be ready with the economy in better shape, argued Dr Rajan, when the Fed does decide to taper down asset purchases in a phased manner.

 

In order to encourage market players, the Dr Rajan said that there was no intent to impose additional capital controls in the forex market. Even the OMC (oil marketing companies) forex window will not be permanent and will be tapered down once the economy improves. RBI will be happy to liberalise once the inflows resume, assured Dr Rajan.

 

Dr Rajan also observed that the market was still in a wait-mode as it anticipates some harsh measures from the government on fuel subsidies, especially diesel. This will be known shortly.

 

On the common man’s concerns, Dr Rajan said that the kharif crop harvest was expected to be good and that once the rural sentiment improved, the demand-side concerns in the economy would recede. Inflationary pressures would improve over a 6-month horizon.

 

Dr Rajan hastened to point out that the repo rate hike by 25 bps was not only to control inflation. “This is the course that we have to take to stabilise the economy. We must balance the state of the economy against the fight against inflation,” he insisted. The cut in marginal standing facility (MSF) to 9.5% was there to promote growth.

 

Dr Rajan pointed out that there were talks to ensure India has a place in the global bond market map. Also, he said that the FII (foreign institutional investors) gilt investments limits were yet to be breached. After a knee-jerk reaction to the repo rate, the stock market recovered substantially.

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NSEL crisis: Who are IBMA’s clients, apart from Sahara Q Shop?

Indian Bullion Markets Association-IBMA, indirectly owned by Financial Technologies, is the biggest member-creditor in the NSEL system. Who were IBMA’s clients? The biggest was Sahara Q Shop (19%) followed by a large number of commodity brokers like KR Choksey Commodity, Almondz Commodities and Capital First Commodities etc. 

 

The Indian Bullion Markets Association (IBMA), promoted by Jignesh Shah-led Financial Technologies (India) Ltd, is supposed to receive a whopping Rs1,170 crore in settlement from National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL).  While we wrote about the complete list of NSEL members, nothing much was known about IBMA clients. The members of IBMA are some of the top names in commodities market and include Sahara Q Shop Unique Products Range Ltd, KR Choksey Commodity Brokers and Almondz Commodities to name a few. 

 

The top 20 members to whom IBMA owes money to are…

 

TM/ Client Name

Amount (Rs Cr )

Sahara Q Shop Unique Products Range Ltd

226.96

K R Choksey Commodity Brokers Pvt Ltd

97.25

Capital First Commodities Ltd

79.03

Javerilal Oswal Commodities Pvt Ltd

66.49

J.G.A. Shah Commodities

52.52

Mount Shikhar Commodities Pvt Ltd

39.67

Kunal Comtrade Private Limited

38.31

Natsons Securities

37.61

Lecmec Commodities Broking Pvt Ltd

35.71

AKC Financial Consultants (P) Ltd

34.27

Padmakshi Commodities Pvt Ltd

23.99

Classone Exports Pvt Ltd

22.92

Ray Trading Pvt Ltd

22.83

Prudent Comder Pvt Ltd

19.17

Sujash Enterprises Pvt Ltd

19.12

Almondz Commodities Pvt Ltd

16.98

Jade Commodities Pvt Ltd

16.72

Twenty20 Commodities Pvt Ltd

16.21

Vibrant Commodities Trading Pvt Ltd

15.79


IBMA, owes a total of Rs1,170 crore to as many as 108 members, some of whom are trading members and some are clients. It is surprising to see Sahara Q Shop right on top of the list, with a whopping Rs226 crore owed by NSEL. KR Choksey, a well known brokerage, is supposed to receive Rs97.25 crore. The full list of IBMA’s clients and monies outstanding in late August is given at the end of the piece. A small amount of money has been released to these clients proportionately, over the last three weeks.

 

Earlier, Moneylife had published a list of members with highest exposure in NSEL. Customers of some of the biggest names in the Indian broking fraternity who aggressively sold NSEL’s borrowing-lending racket are staring at large outstanding in NSEL. Clients of Anand Rathi Commodities stand exposed to over Rs600 crore while those of India Infoline stand to lose over Rs300 crore. So far, NSEL has hardly kept up with its payment schedule. This means there is a big risk that NSEL may not pay back its entire dues, including IBMA and its members. The piece can be accessed here: NSEL brokers with the highest exposures

 

Commodities market regulator Forward Markets Commission (FMC), which is charged with supervising the handling of payment crisis at NSEL, had found that IBMA reportedly invested Rs1,200 crore in the NSEL ready-forward product.

 

IBMA was set up to act as de facto association of bullion traders, mainly for price discovery on the lines of London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), according to NSEL. “Besides providing AM/PM price fixing, thus removing dependence on LBMA’s benchmark prices, IBMA would also try to remove inefficiencies in the Indian bullion market in a steady manner,” Anjani Sinha, the erstwhile managing director and chief executive, NSEL had said at the launch of IMBA.

 

Moneylife had sought clarity about the role of IBMA in an interview with the top brass of NSEL some time ago. We had asked how IBMA was called an association, a term used by trade and industry lobbies, usually conceived as societies or non-profit companies. NSEL had replied that IBMA was called an 'Association' because it was promoted by NSEL “in a cooperative structure along with various stakeholders such as small jewellers and bullion traders, with an aim to work as an aggregator.”

 

NSEL had argued that IBMA, a member of NSEL, “has around 130 bullion dealers and jewellers from across the country as its shareholders. In addition to making representations on behalf of physical market participants, policy makers and market linkages services, IBMA also offers various services to its members such as sourcing of material, clearing and forwarding (C&F)."

 

According to the top management, IMBA was setup to represent matters relating to bullion trade and industry on the physical side, before various authorities and ministries, who are involved in policy formulation. This role has now been extended to agriculture-based commodities. The futures market’s views regarding policy formulation are being represented by several national and regional level commodity exchanges. It, however, lacked adequate representation by physical market participants (to which futures market is an adjunct). Due to this gap, physical market participants did not have enough say in policies formed by state governments, warehousing regulators and ministries related to commodities.

 

Shreekant Javalgekar, managing director and chief executive of Multi-Commodity Exchange Ltd (MCX) was also on IBMA board until recently. NSEL holds a 74% stake in IBMA, while the remaining shares are held by bullion traders.

 

To understand more about how NSEL functions, and the role of IBMA in the commodities markets, Moneylife question and answer piece will be helpful

 

Since the middle of July 2013, trading in NSEL has been suspended. NSEL has failed to make payouts to investors and failed to recover money from those who were supposed to make pay-ins. It now appears that there is not enough stock of commodities in the warehouses of NSEL against which warehouse receipts were issues. In August 2013, trading in e-series was also suspended. This was of concern for large number of investors who had purchased e-series products like e-gold.

 

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COMMENTS

Amit Anam

4 years ago

Why Jignesh Shah is still out, why is he not arrested for one of the biggest fraud, who is backing him and why no action is being initiated against him????

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rameshwar

In Reply to Amit Anam 4 years ago

might be he has bribed the regulators and investigative agencies heavily.....so that still after 1.5 month down the line no action....

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