HONG KONG, June 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Highway Holdings Limited (Nasdaq:HIHO) today reported results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2015, reflecting a sharp increase in profitability on a year-over-year basis and solid financial strength for the quarter and full year.
Net income for the fiscal fourth quarter increased 11 percent to $161,000, or $0.04 per diluted share, from $145,000, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the same quarter a year ago. Net sales for the same period were $4.9 million compared with $5.4 million a year ago.
Net income for fiscal 2015 increased 93 percent to $1.1 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, from $596,000, or $0.16 per diluted share, in fiscal 2014. Net sales for fiscal 2015 were $22.4 million compared with $22.9 million a year ago, reflecting a previously announced planned phase out of certain low margin business during fiscal 2015.
Operating income for fiscal 2015 increased sharply to $1.3 million from $793,000 a year earlier.
"Results for fiscal 2015 reflect solid improvement in operational profitability, attributable to price increases, a reduction in low-margin business and the benefits of the company's continued focus on streamlining its OEM business," said Roland Kohl, chairman, president and chief executive officer.
He highlighted the company's purchase in the fiscal fourth quarter of an additional 50 percent ownership interest in a Myanmar entity that operates an approximately 15,000 sq. ft. manufacturing and assembly factory in Yangon, Myanmar, that Highway Holdings has utilized for more than two years under a subcontracting arrangement. As a result of the purchase of the additional interest, the company now has a total current ownership position of 75 percent.
"Our goal in the new fiscal year is to further utilize Myanmar for labor-intensive assembly of parts and components, which enables us to offer cost-effective and competitive benefits to our customers. These cost savings are expected to support organic growth and new business opportunities," Kohl said. He noted that OE manufacturing in China continues to be challenging due to increasing labor and operational costs, and Myanmar is expected to become increasingly important to the company's future success.
Gross profit as a percentage of net sales increased in fiscal 2015 to 25.6 percent from 23.8 percent a year earlier, attributable to higher margin product sales and improved pricing – despite higher labor costs and increased costs of operating in China. Gross margins also increased as a result of the lower cost of assembly on the products assembled in Myanmar.
Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased for the full year compared with a year ago. Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales decreased to 19.9 percent in fiscal 2015 from 20.3 percent in fiscal 2014, primarily due to streamlining initiatives and improved operating efficiencies.
Currency exchange rates negatively affected the company's net income for fiscal 2015. The company realized a currency exchange loss of $125,000 compared with a currency exchange loss of $31,000 a year ago, mainly due to weakness of the Euro and the weakening of the RMB. The company traditionally does not undertake any currency hedging transactions.
Kohl noted that the company's balance sheet remains strong, despite three dividend distributions in fiscal 2015 -- representing an aggregate $0.20 per share. Total current assets at March 31, 2015 were $15.8 million, with working capital of $11 million and a current ratio of 3.3:1. Total cash was $9.7 million, or $2.60 per diluted share, exceeding all current and long term liabilities combined by $5 million. Kohl noted that the company's cash position increased by $3.7 million over the prior year -- due primarily to the phase out of certain low-margin business, which reduced inventory and accounts receivable and contributed to increased profitability for the fiscal year.
Kohl highlighted the company's total shareholders' equity of $12.2 million at March 31, 2015 -- representing approximately $3.22 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, with manufacturing and assembly facilities located in Shenzhen in the People's Republic of China and Myanmar.
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||3,394||3,754||16,656||17,484|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||1,299||1,409||4,446||4,659|
|Exchange (loss) gain, net||(73)||(59)||(125)||(31)|
|Gain on disposal of Asset||--||--||110||(23)|
|Total non-operating income||(65)||(113)||6||(26)|
|Share of profits (loss) of equity investee||(7)||--||--||--|
|Income before income tax and non-controlling Interest||122||117||1,277||767|
|Income taxes credit (expense)||33||28||(134)||(172)|
|Net Income before non-controlling interests||155||145||1,143||595|
|Less : Net loss attributable to non-controlling Interests||(6)||--||(7)||(1)|
|Net Income attributable to Highway Holdings Limited shareholders||$161||$145||$1,150||$596|
|Net Income per share:|
|Weighted average number of shares outstanding:|
|HIGHWAY HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Consolidated Balance Sheet|
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
|March 31,||March 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$9,727||$5,416|
|Accounts receivable, net of doubtful accounts||2,943||3,157|
|Amount due from an equity method investee||--||--|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||987||1,044|
|Total current assets||15,738||13,960|
|Property, plant and equipment, (net)||1,094||1,213|
|Long-term loans-current portion||--||--|
|Accrual expenses and other liabilities||2,429||1,730|
|Income tax payable||334||279|
|Total current liabilities||4,722||3,586|
|Deferred income taxes||32||44|
|Common shares, $0.01 par value||38||38|
|Additional paid-in capital||11,370||11,340|
|Treasury shares, at cost – 5,049 shares as of March 31, 2015 and 2014||(14)||(14)|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||8||7|
|Total Highway Holdings Limited shareholders' equity||12,184||12,141|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$16,987||$15,776|
CONTACT: Gary S. Maier Maier & Company, Inc. (310) 471-1288Source:Highway Holdings Limited