I was listening to the current quarter concall of Jyothy Laboratories and came across some interesting accounting.
In the month of May 11, Jyothy Laboratories announced the acquisition of Henkel’s stake in its Indian subsidiary Henkel
, gaining a foothold in the detergent market. Henkel India has been losing money for sometime and Jyothy has initiated action in turning the business around. As part of the exercise Jyothy has borrowed money on its balance sheet and lent that money to Henkel to manage debt on its books. India
In the current quarter Jyothy has borrowed over Rs 460 crores ( 4600 Rated Taxable Zero Coupon Non Convertible Debentures of a face value of Rs 10 lacs) by issuing short term debentures to the bank and lent the same to Henkel
. The debenture has been issued for a period of 91 days and will be redeemable at a premium of Rs 26,801.47 per debenture. India
Now comes the interesting part. Jyothy in its current quarters results has booked other income of 14.82 crores. Nearly about 12 crores of it is interest paid by Henkel
to the parent for the money that Jyothy has lent to it. It is a significant amount considering the fact that Jyothy’s PBT for the quarter is Rs 16.93 crores. India
But guess what, there is no corresponding interest expense booked in Jyothy’s accounts against the income that they are booking. On the concall the management said that since it is a zero coupon debenture which is being redeemed at a premium, the company is allowed to write of the redemption premium ( which is essentially interest) from the reserve and surplus. So magically they are booking interest income in the profit and loss account and expensing it out in the balance sheet.
Not really Ujjala bright and clean I must admit