HONG KONG, Feb. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Highway Holdings Limited (Nasdaq:HIHO) today reported results for its fiscal third quarter and nine months ended December 31, 2017.
Net sales for the fiscal 2018 third quarter were $5.0 million compared with $5.4 million a year ago -- reflecting the continuous impact of a previously announced strategic decision to phase out certain low-margin business.
Net sales for the fiscal 2018 nine-month period were $15.0 million compared with $14.9 million a year ago.
Net income for the fiscal 2018 third quarter was $379,000, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared with $270,000, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the same quarter a year earlier -- reflecting substantial contributions derived from tooling orders during the quarter.
Net income for the fiscal 2018 nine-month period was $808,000, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared with $308,000, or $0.08 per diluted share, a year earlier.
Gross profit margin for the three- and nine-month periods ended December 31, 2017 increased to 32.2 percent and 30.5 percent, respectively, compared with 28 percent and 26.4 percent, respectively, a year earlier. Gross profit benefitted from product mix and from the substantial billings for tooling, as noted above. A substantial portion of the costs associated with the tooling orders was already absorbed in previous quarters, and the recognition of the tooling revenues during the fiscal third quarter increased gross profit.
Selling, general and administrative expenses remained substantially unchanged for both the third quarter and nine-month periods despite increasing wages and operating costs in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. Operating income for the three-month period ended December 31, 2017 was $559,000 compared with $370,000 in the prior year. Operating income for the nine months increased sharply to $1.05 million compared with $421,000 a year earlier, due to the higher gross margins noted above.
“We continue to focus on organic growth and appropriate new business opportunities to increase sales momentum,” said Roland Kohl, chairman, president and chief executive officer.
“As noted in last quarter’s financial release, an ongoing challenge for the company is to balance the increasing costs in China and Hong Kong, which result in continuously increasing wages, with the pricing expectations of our customers,” Kohl said. He added that the company’s two- pronged strategic objective is to improve this situation by greater utilization of automation in China and increased utilization of lower-cost labor manufacturing in Myanmar.
Currency exchange rates had a minimal impact on the company’s net income for the nine-month period ended December 31, 2017. The company reported a $9,000 currency exchange loss compared with a $53,000 exchange loss in fiscal 2017 -- mainly due to the strengthening of the RMB at December 31, 2017. The company does not engage in currency exchange rate hedging, and the fluctuations in the exchange rate of the RMB since January 1, 2017 are expected to affect the company’s future results.
Kohl noted the company’s balance sheet remains very strong. The company’s total cash position at December 31, 2017 increased to about $11 million, or approximately $2.89 per share, from $9.8 million at December 31, 2016, despite dividend payments and on-going equipment and other capital investments. The company’s current ratio was 2.65:1 at December 31, 2017, and the company's total cash exceeded all current and long-term liabilities combined by $4.7 million.
About Highway Holdings
Highway Holdings produces a wide variety of high-quality products for blue chip original equipment manufacturers -- from simple parts and components to sub-assemblies and finished products. Highway Holdings’ administrative office is located in Hong Kong and its manufacturing facilities are located in Shenzhen in the People’s Republic of China and Yangon, Myanmar.
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, political and technological factors affecting the company's revenues, operations, markets, products and prices, and other factors discussed in the company’s various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation, the company’s annual reports on Form 20-F.
(Financial Tables Follow)
|HIGHWAY HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Consolidated Statement of Income|
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)|
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Cost of sales||3,410||3,918||10,412||10,952|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||1,064||1,150||3,528||3,510|
|Exchange gain /(loss), net||2||(79||)||(9||)||(53||)|
|Gain/Loss on disposal of Asset||2||1||48||12|
|Total non-operating income/ (expenses)||8||(76||)||51||(37||)|
|Share of profits/ (loss) of equity investees||-||-||-||-|
|Net income before income tax and non-controlling interests||567||294||1,100||384|
|Net Income before non-controlling interests||390||264||832||304|
|Less: net (loss)/gain attributable to non-controlling interests||11||(6||)||24||(4||)|
|Net Income attributable to Highway Holdings Limited shareholders||$||379||$||270||$||808||$||308|
|Net Income per share - basic and diluted||$||0.10||$||0.07||$||0.21||$||0.08|
|Weighted average number of shares outstanding|
|HIGHWAY HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Consolidated Balance Sheet|
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
|December 31||March 31|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||10,973||$||10,028|
|Accounts receivable, net of doubtful accounts||3,061||3,403|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||669||714|
|Total current assets||16,546||16,410|
|Property, plant and equipment, (net)||892||954|
|Other liabilities and accrued expenses||3,937||3,053|
|Income tax payable||559||328|
|Total current liabilities||6,245||6,210|
|Long term liabilities:|
|Deferred income taxes||32||32|
|Common shares, $0.01 par value||38||38|
|Additional paid-in capital||11,370||11,370|
|Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)/income||(97||)||(136||)|
|Treasury shares, at cost – 5,049 shares as of December 31, 2017; and March 31, 2017 respectively||(14||)||(14||)|
|Total Highway Holdings Limited shareholders’ equity||11,283||11,271|
|Total shareholders’ equity||11,349||11,310|
|Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity||$||17,626||$||17,552|
Gary S. Maier
Maier & Company, Inc.
Source:Highway Holdings Limited