Forward Reports Fiscal 2017 Third Quarter Results

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Forward Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORD), a designer and distributor of custom carry and protective solutions, today announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights

  • Revenues were $7.3 million vs $6.7 million when compared to the third quarter of 2016.
  • Income from operations was $549 thousand compared to income of $85 thousand from the third quarter of 2016.
  • Gross profit percentage was 17.4% in the third quarter of 2017 compared to 16.2% in the third quarter of 2016.
  • Net income was $552 thousand compared to net income of $78 thousand in the third quarter of 2016.
  • Earnings per share were $0.06 per share compared to $0.01 per share for the third quarter of 2016.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $4.1 million at June 30, 2017.

Terry Wise, Chief Executive Officer of Forward Industries, stated, “We continue to focus our efforts to safeguard and grow our existing business with our top tier Medical customers. Concurrently, we have made promising progress on aggressively seeking new business within other growing market sectors in the medical industry. Additionally, we have actively cultivated opportunities within other diversified industries. To bolster our efforts, I am extremely pleased to announce that we have successfully recruited a senior sales professional with a proven track record into the senior management team. In the context of these encouraging developments, I remain hopeful that our streamlined business is set directionally on a path to growth in the future.”

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, 2016 and 2015. 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 expansion of our existing customer base and diversifying our product portfolio. 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 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, lack of success of new sales people 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, 2016 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

For the Three Months Ended June 30, For the Nine Months Ended June 30,
2017 2016
2017 2016
Net revenues$7,332,722 $6,664,700 $18,456,846 $20,828,036
Cost of goods sold 6,054,812 5,586,460 15,304,021 17,026,895
Gross profit 1,277,910 1,078,240 3,152,825 3,801,141
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing 309,000 452,691 1,116,221 1,317,725
General and administrative 419,836 540,631 1,576,495 2,005,477
Total operating expenses 728,836 993,322 2,692,716 3,323,202
Income from operations 549,074 84,918 460,109 477,939
Other income (expense):
Other income (expense), net 2,851 (6,962) 5,778 (11,600)
Total other income (expense), net 2,851 (6,962) 5,778 (11,600)
Net income$551,925 $77,956 $465,887 $466,339
Net income$551,925 $77,956 $465,887 $466,339
Other comprehensive income:
Translation adjustments - 918 - 2
Comprehensive income$551,925 $78,874 $465,887 $466,341
Net income per basic common share$0.06 $0.01 $0.05 $0.05
Net income per diluted common share$0.06 $0.01 $0.05 $0.05
Weighted average number of common and
common equivalent shares outstanding:
Basic 8,855,885 8,586,879 8,716,030 8,492,222
Diluted 8,906,846 8,679,619 8,816,432 8,661,542

June 30, September 30,
2017 2016
Current assets:
Cash$4,061,277 $4,760,620
Accounts receivable 6,637,431 4,864,423
Inventories 1,829,016 2,572,980
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 205,348 141,421
Total current assets 12,733,072 12,339,444
Property and equipment, net 26,116 43,030
Other assets 12,843 12,843
Total assets$12,772,031 $12,395,317
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$74,311 $62,136
Due to Forward China 3,578,281 3,519,676
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 341,740 587,741
Total current liabilities 3,994,332 4,169,553
Other liabilities 40,918 51,486
Total liabilities 4,035,250 4,221,039
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders' equity:
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 40,000,000 shares authorized;
8,920,830 and 8,780,830 shares, issued and outstanding, respectively 89,208 87,808
Additional paid-in capital 17,878,276 17,783,060
Accumulated deficit (9,208,918) (9,674,805)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (21,785) (21,785)
Total shareholders' equity 8,736,781 8,174,278
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$12,772,031 $12,395,317

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

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