One third SMEs yet to register under GST

Still grappling with teething problems

by Arjit Singh Bhambra

According to a report in Economic Times, about one third of country’s 4.5 million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have yet not registered for the goods and services tax (GST). The SMEs, across the country are still struggling to adapt themselves to the recently introduced GST regime. Lack of understanding like for example dealing with unregistered vendors, bracketing output, cracking harmonised system of nomenclature (HSN) code, and adopting reverse charge mechanism (RCM) has made matters worse. Experts are attributing these problems to the industry-wide lack of preparations and industry’s general aversion toward getting into the "system". As more and more small business owners begin to acknowledge the benefits of GST, accepting the change might be the only way forward for the SMEs.

References
1. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/sme-sector/smes-still-working-hard-to-sort-out-teething-troubles/articleshow/60011192.cms
CMIE STATISTICS
Unemployment Rate
Per cent
3.6 +0.1
Consumer Sentiments Index
Base September-December 2015
95.8 0.0
Consumer Expectations Index
Base September-December 2015
96.8 0.0
Current Economic Conditions Index
Base September-December 2015
94.1 0.0
Quarterly CapeEx Aggregates
(Rs.trillion) Sep 16 Dec 16 Mar 17 Jun 17
New projects 2.37 1.46 2.93 1.64
Completed projects 2.23 0.94 1.83 1.10
Stalled projects 0.65 1.01 0.35 2.45
Revived projects 0.91 0.17 0.62 0.29
Implementation stalled projects 0.37 0.81 0.33 0.64
Updated on: 18 Aug 2017 8:20PM
Quarterly Financials of Listed Companies
(% change) Sep 16 Dec 16 Mar 17 Jun 17
All listed Companies
 Income 2.1 6.2 10.3 10.1
 Expenses 1.9 6.4 11.9 10.1
 Net profit 14.6 40.3 17.9 -16.3
 PAT margin (%) 6.9 6.1 6.1 6.0
 Count of Cos. 4,495 4,496 4,399 2,750
Non-financial Companies
 Income 0.6 6.0 11.8 10.8
 Expenses -0.2 7.3 15.5 10.7
 Net profit 26.6 24.6 -1.1 -20.9
 PAT margin (%) 6.9 6.2 6.3 6.0
 Net fixed assets -9.2 7.6
 Current assets 8.1 2.2
 Current liabilities 11.6 8.6
 Borrowings 3.1 4.9
 Reserves & surplus 8.4 6.5
 Count of Cos. 3,481 3,486 3,420 2,015
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 18 Aug 2017 8:30PM
Annual Financials of All Companies
(% change) FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16
All Companies
 Income 12.6 10.0 4.9 1.0
 Expenses 12.8 9.8 5.0 1.2
 Net profit 0.9 -2.3 1.3 -15.2
 PAT margin (%) 3.5 3.2 3.2 3.0
 Assets 14.3 12.3 9.3 8.8
 Net worth 9.6 9.6 8.8 7.6
 RONW (%) 6.8 6.2 6.1 5.3
 Count of Cos. 25,384 22,944 22,236 18,452
Non-financial Companies
 Income 11.9 9.7 4.1 0.0
 Expenses 12.2 9.3 4.2 -0.6
 Net profit -8.6 -2.6 -6.1 6.3
 PAT margin (%) 2.4 2.2 2.2 2.7
 Net fixed assets 12.9 11.6 13.0 13.9
 Net worth 7.8 8.6 7.4 6.9
 RONW (%) 5.5 5.1 4.9 5.6
 Debt / Equity (times) 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.0
 Interest cover (times) 2.1 2.0 1.9 2.0
 Net working capital cycle (days) 72 69 67 67
 Count of Cos. 19,804 18,286 17,814 15,125
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 04 Aug 2017 3:37PM

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