1. Company philosophy

The principles of Corporate Governance mainly deal with the way companies are led and managed, the role of the Board of Directors and the framework of internal controls. At Al Anwar Holdings, the Board supports the highest standards of Corporate Governance. The Board of Directors is responsible for approving and monitoring the Company’s overall strategy and policies, including risk management policies, control systems, business plan and annual budget. The Management is responsible to provide the Board with appropriate and timely information to monitor and maintain effective control over strategic, financial, operational and compliance issues. The Board confirms that Al Anwar Holdings applies the principles set out in the Capital Market Authority’s (CMA) Code of Corporate Governance for Public Listed Companies (the “Code”) and other rules and guidelines issued by the CMA from time to time.
We follow “International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)” in the preparation of accounts and financial statements.

2. Composition of the Board of Directors

During the year ended 31st March 2020, the Board consisted of seven directors who have varied backgrounds and experience and who individually and collectively exercise independent and objective judgement. The composition and the independence of the board of directors is in accordance with the Code.The members were elected to the Board at the Annual General Meeting held on 24th June 2018 for a term of 3 years.

Director Position Independent /Non-Independent Mode of Representation
Rtd. Brig. Masoud HumaidAl Harthy Chairman Non-Independent Himself – Shareholder
Mr. Qais Mohamed Al Yousef Deputy Chairman Non-Independent Fincorp Investment Company LLC
Mr. Shabir Moosa Al Yousef Director Non-Independent Himself – Shareholder
Mr. Abdulredha Mustafa Sultan Director Non-Independent Himself – Shareholder
Mr. Qaboos Abdullah Al Khonji Director Non-Independent Al Khonji Invest LLC
Sheikh Mohamed Abdullah Al Rawas Director Independent Himself – Non-shareholder
Mr. Nasser Said Al Hadi Director Independent Himself – Non-shareholder

3. Meetings of the Board

The Board met five times during the year. The meetings were held on 8th May 2019, 24th June2018, 18th June 2019, 1st August 2019, 13th November and 10th February 2020.

Sr. No. Name of the Director Position AGM held on 02.06.19 No of Meetings attended Number of directorships in other listed companies
Board NREC AC
1 Rtd. Brig. Masoud Humaid Al Harthy Chairman Yes 5 2
2 Mr. Qais Mohamed Al Yousef Dy. Chairman& Chairman NREC Yes 5 5 2
3 Mr. Nasser Said Al Hadi Director and Chairman AC Yes 5 4 0
4 Mr. Abdulredha Mustafa Sultan Director Yes 5 4 3
5 Mr. Shabir Moosa Al Yousef Director Yes 5 5 3
6 Mr. Qaboos Abdullah Al Khonji Director Yes 5 5 3
7 Sheikh Mohamed Abdullah Al Rawas Director Yes 5 5 4 1

The Meeting attendance fees paid to the members for each meeting attended is as follows:
(i) Chairman – OMR1700/-, (ii) Deputy Chairman – OMR1300/-, (iii) Other Members – OMR1200/-

4. Board Committees:

The Nomination, Remuneration & Executive Committee (NR & EC)

NR & EC is a sub-committee of the Board consists of following four directors:

Mr. Qais Mohamed Al Yousef                              Chairman

Mr. Shabir Moosa Al Yousef                             Member

Mr. Qaboos Abdullah Al Khonji                    Member

Sheikh Mohamed Abdullah Al Rawas                      Member

The NR&EC is delegated powers and authority to facilitate the smooth running of the operations of the Company and exercise all of the responsibilities of the Board which are beyond the authority of the management and within the limits set out in the Manual of Authority approved by the Board. The Committee also assist the general meeting in the nomination of proficient directors and the election of the fit for the purpose, assist the Board in selecting the appropriate and necessary executives, provide succession planning for the executive management and Board chairman and fixing the appropriate remuneration and incentives for the executive management.

The NR&EC is governed by the terms of reference (Charter) approved by the Board. The working plan of the committee is approved by the Board.

The NR&EC met six times during the year on 7th May 2019, 2nd & 18th June 2019, 26th November & 9th December 2019, 26th February 2020 and 15th March 2020.

The Meeting attendance fees paid to the members for each meeting attended was OMR 800 for Chairman and OMR 700 for Members.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee (AC) is a sub-committee of the Board, comprising of the following three non-executive directors, who are appointed by Board:

Mr. Nasser Said Al Hadi                                                Chairman

Mr. Abdulredha Mustafa Sultan                                     Member

Sheikh Mohamed Abdullah Al Rawas                             Member

The Audit Committee is constituted in accordance with the provision of the Corporate Governance requirement. Audit Committee Chairman is an Independent Director and majority of the members are Independent Directors.

All the members are experienced and have good knowledge of accounts and finance. The terms of reference (Charter) of the Audit Committee are in accordance with the guidelines given by CMA. The working plan of the committee is approved by the Board.

Major areas covered by the Audit Committee are matters concerning (i) consideration and recommendations for appointment of Internal and External Auditors, (ii) reviewing of audit plans and audit reports; (iii) oversight of internal audit functions to comply with all the requirements of internal audit as per Code of Corporate Governance and oversight of adequacy of internal control systems and financial statements, (iv) checking financial frauds, (v) reviewing annual and quarterly statements and qualifications, if any, before issuing, (vi) critical review of non-compliance of IFRS and disclosure requirements prescribed by CMA, (vii) reviewing risk management policies and related party transactions and (viii) serving a channel between internal and external auditors and the Board.

The Audit Committee met four times during the year on 8thMay 2019, 1stAugust 2019, 11thNovember2019, and 5thFebruary 2020.

5. Brief Profile of the Directors

Rtd. Brig. Masoud Humaid Al Harthy

He is a retired brigadier from the Royal Guard of Oman.Mr. Masoud holds a Bachelor Certificate in Army Science Management with an experience of 37 years in military services. Mr. Masoud is Chairman of Al Maha Ceramics SAOG in addition to beingBoard member in several other Companies including Oman Chlorine SAOG.

Mr. Qais Mohamed Al Yousef

He is post-graduate with Master’s in Management (Business) from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, USA. He is presently holding the position of Chairman of OCCI and CEO of Al Yousef Group LLC. He is also Chairman of Voltamp Energy SAOG and Oman ChromiteSAOG, and Directors in several companies operating in various sectors of the economy. Previously, he was also Chairman of Gulf Commercial Bank in Pakistan for four years. He is also a board member of The Research Council, Public Authority for Social Insurance and The Public Authority for SME Development.

Mr. Shabir Moosa Al Yousef

He holds a Master of Research in Economics from University of Essex (UK), MBA in Finance from University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (U.K), Master of Science from Colorado School of Mines (U.S.A), and Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Communications from Sultan Qaboos University.

He held positions of Chief Executive Officer of Oman Investment & Finance Co. SAOG, General Manager of Damac Holding U.A.E, Group General Manager of Premier Logistics Group LLC, General Manager of Truck Oman LLC, and a Petroleum Engineer post in Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).

Currently he is the deputy chairman of Arabia Falcon Insurance Company SAOG, Board member in Al Maha Ceramics Co. SAOG,Oman Chlorine SAOG, Union Chlorine LLC and CACTUS Premier Drilling Services SAOC.

Previously, he was Board member of Bank Sohar SAOG, Taageer Finance Co. SAOG, Financial Corporation Co. SAOG, Chairman of National Aluminum Products Company SAOG.

Mr. Abdulredha Mustafa Sultan

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce majoring in Finance from San Diego State University, USA. He is a Deputy Chairman of Al Jazeera Services Co. SAOG, Deputy Chairman of Al Maha Ceramics and board member of Voltamp Energy SAOG and Almondz Global Securities Limited (India). He is the Managing Director in Mustafa Sultan Enterprises LLC. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He is also the Honorary Council of Finland In Oman.

Mr. Qaboos Abdullah Al Khonji

He Holds a Diploma in BusinessAdministration from US. He has previously held position of General Manager in Moosa Abdul Rahman Hassan &Co. and at present he is the Deputy Chairman of Al Khonji Invest LLC and CEO of Al Binaa Construction and Al Khonji Real Estate (Better Homes). He also holds Directorship in some of the prominent SAOG Companies in Oman including Al Maha Ceramics SAOG, Oman Hotel & Tourism Co. SAOC, and Financial Corporation SAOG.

Sheikh Mohamed Abdullah Al Rawas

He holds the honorary doctorate in business administration from the University of Luton in December 2005. He is the first person in Asia and the Middle East to get this doctorate from this prestigious University for his efforts in the higher education in the Sultanate of Oman, during his chairmanship of the Presidency of the Majan College University. He holds Bachelor of business administration (finance and investment – Faculty of Commerce, Cairo University).

He is also a board member in several companies including Oman Aviation Services Company SAOC and Oman & Emirates Investment Holding Company SAOG.

Mr. Nasser Said Al Hadi

He has over 23 years of experience in business and finance. He has worked with different banks and many prestigious investment companies in senior management position. He is currently the CEO of the National Skill Company. He has co-founded several companies in Oman and is a board member at these companies. He had participated in many international conferences related to investment and capital markets.

6. Process of nomination of the Directors

The company follows the provisions of the Commercial Companies Law and Capital Market Authority Law & Regulations in respect of nomination of the members of the Board of Directors.

7. Management

The members of the management of the company are appointed with proper contracts clearly defining the terms of reference

8. Brief profile of top management personnel with executive powers

Khalid M Ansari, Chief Executive Officer

Khalid M Ansari, is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He started his career in KPMG in England in 1980. He moved to KPMG office in Oman (previously known as Peat Marwick Mitchell &Co.) in 1986 and left the firm on 30 September 2018. He was the Partner in Charge of the firm. Khalid has developed extensive business experience in Oman over the last 33 years. He has been advising and assisting public listed & private Companies and Government entities in implementing numerous projects, some of which are of national importance. He has also developed strategies for a large number of companies.

Sanjay Tiwari, Chief Financial Officer

Sanjay Tiwari is a Chartered Accountant with accreditations from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a graduate in Commerce. He has 31 years of experience in industries ranging from Textile, Cement, Tyre& Engineering to FMCG. He has in-depth knowledge of the Middle East, South East and South Asian markets. His core expertise has been to monitor and manage operations of varied industries from financial and commercial viewpoints. He has worked in some of the leading companies in India, UAE and Oman.

Manish Palande, Investment Manager

Manish Palande is a Chartered Accountant with accreditations from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has over 15 years of experience in the buy-side/independent research and funds management in Indian, US and GCC capital markets. Involved in end-to-end Private-Equity transactions involving acquisition / divestiture / refinance work flow from deal sourcing transaction structuring, valuations, financial modeling, deal diligence, fund raising, portfolio company management and timely exit. Before joining Al Anwar Holdings, Manish has worked with leading independent research houses and family offices in India managing the equity portfolios.

Dhiraj Chidwal, Manager – Internal Audit & Risk Management

Dhiraj Chidwal is a Chartered Accountant with accreditations from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from USA. He has more than seventeenyears of experience in the field of Internal Audit, Finance and Accounting. Prior to Al Anwar, he worked for one of leading private bank in India as Chief Manager, Internal Audit. He has extensive experience in the Internal Audit of Banking and Finance sector.

Mubarak Al Ghazali,Manager – Administration & Compliance

Mubarak Al Ghazali is young dedicated, hardworking Omani. He has 24 years’experience in Insurance, management, HR, administration and compliance. He has been working in Al Anwar Holdings SAOG since 2005. Mubarak holds General Diploma certificate and a certificate in Human Resource Management. He attended several training courses, workshops and conferences in various fields like Human Resource, Executive Management skills and Effective Leadership. He also attended many workshops organized by Muscat Securities Market and Capital Market Authority and other governmentbodies.

9. Means of communication with the Shareholders and investors

  • The notice to the Shareholders for the Annual General Meeting containing the details of the related party transactions is filed with CMA and mailed to shareholders along with Directors’ Report and audited accounts.
  • The Quarterly results of the company as per CMA format, are prepared by the management for every quarter, reviewed by the Audit Committee, approved by the Board, are forwarded to CMA and also published in the Newspapers as per the directives of CMA. Copies are made available to shareholders on request. Results are also uploaded on the website of Muscat Securities Market (MSM).
  • Pursuant to the Executive Regulations of the Capital Market Law, AAH has disclosed the initial quarterly and annual un-audited management results within 15 days from the end of the period.
  • Important Board decisions are disclosed to the investors through MSM from time to time. The company has its official website, www.alanwarholdings.com for its investors. The website is updated from time to time/
  • The Company had a penal discussion session with investor/analyst at CMA hall on 25thFebruary 2019
  • The Management Discussion and Analysis Report forms part of the Annual Report.

10. Remuneration matters

  • The meeting attendance fee was paid as per the remuneration fixed by the Board. A total of OMR50,000(FY 2018-19: OMR42,700/-) was paid to Directors for meetings attended during the period 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020
  • A sum of OMR840(FY 2018-19: OMR 3,153) was reimbursed to Directors towards travelling expenses for attending the meetings in addition to above mentioned sitting fees.
  • The remuneration for the employees is, after critical evaluation, fixed by the Board, based on qualification, expertise and efficiency of the executives. The total remuneration of the top five employees for Financial Year 2019-20 was OMR257,000(The top five for FY 2018-19: OMR252,000).
  • The Board did not approve any Directors’ remuneration for the year 2019-20for want of sufficient profit after tax. (FY 2018-19: OMRNIL).

11. Details of non-compliance by the company

No penalties have been imposed by CMA or MSM or any other statutory bodies on the company.

12. Market price data

The monthly high and low share price of the company during the financial year ended 31st March 2020 was as under:

13. Distribution of Shares

The share holding pattern as on 31stMarch 2020 isas given below:

Distribution No of Shareholders % age of Shareholders No of Shares %age of No. of Shares
1 to 50,000 1,572 84% 13,568,856 7%
50,001 to 100,000 107 6% 7,906,620 4%
100,001 to 200,000 84 4% 12,292,204 6%
200,001 to 500,000 65 4% 20,204,178 10%
500,001 & Above 39 2% 146,028,142 73%
Grand Total 1,867 100% 200,000,000 100%

The Company does not have any foreign Global Depository Receipts (GDR) / American Depository Receipts (ADR) / Warrants or any other instrument of any type issued to public or institutional investors or any other class of investors.

14. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Al Anwar Holdings committed to support the society and environment. AAH has extended its support toMinistry of Health and Oman Chamber of Commerce to fight with COVID 19 epidemic in Oman andalso a broad range of other charitable organizations as well as programs and events that have helped improve the lives of the disabled, orphans and the underprivileged across the Sultanate. During the year AAH has spent OMR 25,000 on CSR activity as approved by the shareholders in the AGM dated 02nd June 2019. In addition, the Company has paid RO 22,500 in advance from the next year budget to Ministry of Health and Oman Chamber of Commerce to fight with COVID 19 epidemic.

15. Professional profile of the statutory auditor

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Audit of financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2020 and compliance with Code of Corporate Governance RO. 9,500.

16. Internal Auditor

Company has a full time qualified and experienced Internal Auditor who works under the supervision of the Audit Committee. External quality assessment of the Internal Audit Unit (IAU) has been carried out during the year and we are glad to inform that their overall assessment is that the activities of IAU “Generally Conforms” with the Standards and the Code of Ethics as per guidelines issued by The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

17. Specific areas of non-compliance with the provisions of corporate governance and reasons

This report is prepared in compliance with the Code of Corporate Governance and covers all the items specified in Annexures3 of code of Corporate Governance issued in July, 2015 and updated in December, 2016.

18. Acknowledgement by Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the preparation of the financial statements in accordance with the applicable standards and rules.

There are no material things that effect the continuation of the Company and its ability to continue its operations during the next financial year.

The Board of Directors, through the Audit Committee’s consideration of the results of the internal audit work and discussions with the external auditors, together with their examination of periodic management information and discussions with the management, have reviewed the operation of internal controls during the year ended 31stMarch 2020. The Board of Directors has concluded based on this that internal controls operated effectively throughout the year

Masoud Humaid Al Harthy
Chairman

Nasser Said Al Hadi
Chairman Audit Committee

Khalid Ansari
Chief Executive Officer