Forward Reports Fiscal 2016 Second Quarter Results

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., May 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Forward Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORD), a designer and distributor of custom carry and protective solutions, today announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Second Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights

  • Income from Operations was $144 thousand up from a loss of $688 thousand from the second quarter of 2015.
  • Revenues were $7 million vs $7.2 million when compared to the second quarter of 2015.
  • Gross profit percentage declined to 17.1% in the second quarter of 2016 compared to 18.7% in the second quarter of 2015.
  • Net income was $144 thousand up from a loss of $688 thousand in the second quarter of 2015.
  • Earnings per share were $.02 per share compared to a loss of $.08 per share for the second quarter of 2015.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $3.3 million at March 31, 2016.

Terry Wise, Chief Executive Officer of Forward Industries, stated, “This is the fourth consecutive quarter the company has had positive income from continuing operations and Net Income. Despite a marginal drop in our revenues for the 2016 quarter vs 2015, we will continue to focus our efforts on growing our existing business with our top tier Medical customers and continue to look for new business in diversified industries. Going forward, having streamlined our business as a platform for growth, our focus is now to grow revenues through an expansion of our existing customer base, broadening of our product offerings to both new and existing customers and to extend our relationships with our existing customers through long term sourcing agreements.”

The tables below are derived from the Company’s unaudited, condensed consolidated financial statements included in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Please refer to the Form 10-K for complete financial statements and further information regarding the Company’s results of operations and financial condition relating to the fiscal years ended September 30, 2015 and 2014. Please also refer to the Form 10-K for a discussion of risk factors applicable to the Company and its business.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 including statements regarding expectations for results in 2016, growth in revenue and profitability that reflect Forward’s current expectations and projections about its future results, performance, prospects and opportunities. Forward has tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words such as “may”, “should,” “expect,” “hope,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to the Company and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause its actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities in the 2016 quarter and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. These risks include the inability to expand our customer base, pricing pressures and unanticipated issues with our affiliated sourcing agent. No assurance can be given that the actual results will be consistent with the forward-looking statements. Investors should read carefully the factors described in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s filings with the SEC, including the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2015 for information regarding risk factors that could affect the Company’s results. Except as otherwise required by Federal securities laws, Forward undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or any other reason.

About Forward Industries
Incorporated in 1962, and headquartered West Palm Beach, Florida, Forward Industries is a global designer and distributor of mobile device cases and accessories. Forward’s products can be viewed online at

Three Months Ended March 31, Six Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Net revenues $7,025,453 $7,247,339 $14,163,336 $15,191,199
Cost of goods sold 5,824,917 5,895,518 11,440,435 12,276,957
Gross profit 1,200,536 1,351,821 2,722,901 2,914,242
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing 432,146 695,628 865,034 1,378,085
General and administrative 623,180 1,337,258 1,464,846 3,807,683
Total operating expenses 1,055,326 2,032,886 2,329,880 5,185,768
Income (loss) from operations 145,210 (681,065) 393,021 (2,271,526)
Other (income) expense:
Interest income - (6) - (3,021)
Loss on marketable securities, net - - - 110,001
Other (income) expense, net 907 6,637 4,638 9,945
Total other (income) expense, net 907 6,631 4,638 116,925
Income (loss) from continuing operations 144,303 (687,696) 388,383 (2,388,451)
Income from discontinued operations, net - - - 198,963
Net income (loss) 144,303 (687,696) 388,383 (2,189,488)
Preferred stock dividends and accretion - (1,886) - (475,580)
Net income (loss) applicable to common equity $144,303 $(689,582) $388,383 $(2,665,068)
Net income (loss) $144,303 $(687,696) $388,383 $(2,189,488)
Other comprehensive loss:
Translation adjustments (480) (839) (916) (1,706)
Comprehensive income (loss) $143,823 $(688,535) $387,467 $(2,191,194)
Net income (loss) per basic common share:
Income (loss) from continuing operations $0.02 $(0.08) $0.05 $(0.34)
Income from discontinued operations 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.03
Net income (loss) per basic common share $0.02 $(0.08) $0.05 $(0.31)
Net income (loss) per diluted common share:
Income (loss) from continuing operations $0.02 $(0.08) $0.04 $(0.34)
Income from discontinued operations 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.03
Net income (loss) per diluted common share $0.02 $(0.08) $0.04 $(0.31)
Weighted average number of common and
common equivalent shares outstanding:
Basic 8,503,436 8,486,402 8,445,152 8,463,183
Diluted 8,660,114 8,486,402 8,645,395 8,463,183
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

March 31, September 30,
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$3,268,686 $4,042,124
Accounts receivable 5,985,739 5,454,129
Inventories 2,686,681 2,866,464
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 322,503 296,012
Total current assets 12,263,609 12,658,729
Property and equipment, net 96,766 78,733
Other assets 12,843 40,962
Total assets$12,373,218 $12,778,424
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$152,211 $122,803
Due to Forward China 3,612,861 4,168,021
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 696,721 1,039,085
Total current liabilities 4,461,793 5,329,909
Other liabilities 58,100 115,202
Total liabilities 4,519,893 5,445,111
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders' equity:
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 40,000,000 shares authorized;
8,782,496 and 8,641,755 shares issued and outstanding
at March 31, 2016 and September 30, 2015, respectively 87,825 86,418
Additional paid-in capital 17,681,185 17,550,047
Accumulated deficit (9,892,984) (10,281,367)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (22,701) (21,785)
Total shareholders' equity 7,853,325 7,333,313
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$12,373,218 $12,778,424
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

Contact: Forward Industries, Inc. Michael Matte, CFO (561) 465-0031

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