Highway Holdings Reports Fiscal 2012 Fourth Quarter/ Year-End Results
HONG KONG, June 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Highway Holdings Limited (HIHO) today reported results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, reflecting a modest profit despite the impact of global economic factors on sales and certain one-time charges related to its transition to a Wholly Foreign Owned Entity (WFOE) registered company structure in China.
Net income for the fiscal fourth quarter was $92,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared with $789,000, or $0.21 per diluted share, a year earlier. Net sales for the same period were $5.9 million compared with $7.8 million a year earlier.
Net income for fiscal year 2012 was $184,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared with $1.65 million or $0.44 per diluted share, in fiscal 2011. Net sales for fiscal 2012 were $25.4 million compared with $31.1 million a year ago.
"Fiscal 2012 was a challenging period for the company due, in large part, to global issues that impacted our customers and net sales. This situation was directly affected by the inflationary environment in China -- particularly higher labor costs and the significant increase in operating costs. Fortunately our financial position remains strong and the company's established customers continue their long-term relationships. In order to further improve our operating efficiency, we are in the process of shifting some of our labor intensive work, which for economic reasons cannot be automated, to a lower-cost assembly supplier arrangement outside of China as a proactive initiative," said Roland Kohl, president and chief executive officer of Highway Holdings.
Gross profit as a percentage of net sales for fiscal 2012 was 20.2 percent compared with 21 percent a year earlier, due to high labor costs and the increased cost of operating in China following the reorganization to a WFOE registered company. Ongoing cost-savings initiatives and increased utilization of automation were not sufficient to offset significant increases in worker salaries throughout Southern China. As a result of lower net sales and decreased gross margins for fiscal 2012, gross profit was $5.1 million compared with $6.5 million in fiscal 2011.
Selling, general and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter increased slightly and remained essentially unchanged for the full year compared with the same periods a year ago, despite lower sales and an overall reduction in the number of employees dedicated to selling and administration services. SG&A expenses did not decrease proportionally to lower net sales, due to certain one-time and ongoing costs related to the company's WFOE reorganization. Selling, general and administrative expense as a percentage of net sales increased to 19.3 percent in fiscal 2012 from 15.5 percent in fiscal 2011.
Operating income for the 2012 fiscal fourth quarter was $178,000 compared with $775,000 in the same period a year earlier. For the full 2012 fiscal year, operating income was $230,000 compared with $1.7 million, due to reduced sales and increased operating costs in China.
The fluctuation of the Euro/U.S. dollar exchange rates have, in the past, resulted in significant currency exchange gains and losses. For fiscal 2012, the company realized a currency exchange gain of $126,000 compared with a currency exchange loss of $7,000 a year ago. The company does not undertake any currency hedging transactions. The company does, however, have agreements with certain of its European customers that limit the risk of currency fluctuations, and the company is increasingly denominating its European sales in U.S. dollars rather than Euros.
Kohl noted that the company's balance sheet remains strong with total current assets at March 31, 2012 of $14.5 million; working capital of $10.2 million; and long-term loans, net of the current portion, of $112,000. The company's current ratio was 3.38:1 at March 31, 2012 compared with 2.70 at March 31, 2011.
Kohl highlighted the company's cash position of $1.47 per diluted share and total shareholders' equity of $12 million at March 31, 2012 compared with $12.6 million a year earlier representing approximately $3.32 per diluted share.
About Highway Holdings
Highway Holdings produces a wide variety of high-quality products for blue chip original equipment manufacturers -- from simple parts and components to sub-assemblies and finished products. Highway Holdings' administrative offices are located in Hong Kong, and its manufacturing facilities are located in Shenzhen in the People's Republic of China.
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, political and technological factors affecting the company's revenues, operations, markets, products and prices, and other factors discussed in the company's various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation, the company's annual reports on Form 20-F.
(Financial Tables Follow)
|HIGHWAY HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Consolidated Statement of Income|
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)|
|Three Months Ended||Year Ended|
|March 31,||March 31,|
|Cost of sales||4,631||6,092||20,249||24,594|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||1,167||995||4,891||4,827|
|Exchange (loss) gain, net||49||62||126||(7)|
|Total non-operating income (expense)||40||60||140||25|
|Income before income tax and non-controlling Interest||218||835||370||1,751|
|Income taxes credit (expense)||(126)||(46)||(186)||(123)|
|Net Income before non-controlling interests||92||789||184||1,628|
|Loss attributable to non-controlling Interests||-||-||-||22|
|Net Income attributable to Highway Holdings Limited shareholders||$92||$789||$184||$1,650|
|Net Income attributable to Highway Holdings Limited||$0.02||$0.21||$0.05||$0.44|
|Weighted average number of shares|
|HIGHWAY HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Consolidated Balance Sheet|
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$5,575||$6,864|
|Accounts receivable, net of doubtful accounts||3,724||4,797|
|Amount due from an equity method investee||174||0|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||424||417|
|Total current assets||14,510||16,957|
|Property, plant and equipment, (net)||2,027||2,411|
|Deposit for purchase of property, plant and equipment||42||-|
|Investments in equity investees||-||31|
|Long-term loans-current portion||262||253|
|Obligations under capital leases current portion||3||41|
|Accrual expenses and other liabilities||1,324||2,057|
|Income tax payable||153||71|
|Total current liabilities||4,289||6,283|
|Obligations under capital leases-net of current portion||0||3|
|Deferred income taxes||180||173|
|Long-term loans net of current portion||112||375|
|Common shares, $0.01 par value||38||38|
|Additional paid-in capital||11,340||11,335|
|Treasury shares, at cost 5,049 shares as of March 31, 2011 and 2012||(14)||(14)|
|Total Highway Holdings Limited shareholders' equity||11,998||12,565|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$16,579||$19,399|
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