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ZST Digital Networks, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2011 Results

2011-11-09 20:03 1335

ZHENGZHOU, China, Nov.9, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- ZST Digital Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZSTN) (the "Company" or "ZST"), a major developer, manufacturer and supplier of digital and optical network equipment to cable system operators and provider of GPS tracking devices and support services for transport-related enterprises in China, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011.

Third Quarter 2011 (unaudited) Financial Highlights

  • Total revenue was US$50.2 million, an increase of 30% compared to the third quarter of 2010.
  • Gross profit for the third quarter 2011 was US$12.8 million, an increase of 28% compared to the third quarter 2010.
  • Gross profit margin for the third quarter 2011 was 26%, which was the same for the third quarter of 2010.
  • Operating income for the third quarter 2011 was US$11.2 million, an increase of 27% compared to the third quarter of 2010.
  • Net income for the third quarter 2011 was US$8.2 million, an increase of 28% compared to the third quarter of 2010.
  • Net income margin for the third quarter of 2011 was 16.4%, compared to 16.6% for the third quarter of 2010.

Recent Business Highlights

  • On August 15, 2011, the Company reported that it received a AAA level enterprise reputation rating from the Zhengzhou City Enterprise Reputation Certification Committee ("the Committee"). The Committee is comprised of people from several institutions and government agencies in Zhengzhou City, including the enterprise association, the committee of industry and information technology, bureau of commerce, local taxation bureau, state taxation bureau and the bureau of small and medium sized enterprises ("SMEs"). The Committee evaluates enterprise reputations and assigns ratings based on the enterprises' operating results, financial strength, capital structure, credit worthiness, international certifications and business outlook. The AAA level is the highest reputation rating given out by the Committee.
  • On October 17, 2011, the Company announced that it entered into an agreement with the Road Transportation Department of Zhumadian, a prefecture-level city with over seven million residents in southern Henan Province, to develop a city-wide GPS tracking platform for commercial vehicles. Under the terms of the agreement, ZST Digital will plan, design and implement a city-wide GPS tracking platform for the city's commercial vehicles. The platform will utilize ZST Digital's commercial GPS tracking technology and will link registered vehicles to the national and provincial transportation departments. In addition, ZST Digital will provide ongoing maintenance and support of the platform.

Mr. Zhong Bo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ZST, commented, "We are pleased to report a strong third quarter supported by solid execution across our two main business lines. The continued growth of our commercial GPS fleet management products and services segment bolstered our top and bottom line growth in the quarter, reflecting the strong demand for our offering among commercial transport enterprises in Henan Province. Sales from our IPTV, cable TV network equipment and commercial GPS fleet management tracking systems accounted for approximately 40%, 29% and 31%, respectively, of our total sales. The underlying demand across our product segments remains healthy, supported by favorable government policies regulating certain types of commercial vehicles to be equipped with GPS monitoring systems. We believe these trends, coupled with our strong market presence and track record of delivering high quality products and services to our customers are sustainable and will allow us to deliver increasing shareholder value."

Mr. Henry Ngan, Chief Financial Officer of ZST, commented, "Our robust financial performance in the third quarter extends our track record of consistent top- and bottom-line growth. Continued demand for our commercial GPS fleet management products and services has supported the growth of this segment in every quarter since launch. The high margin nature of our commercial GPS products and services allowed us to maintain margins essentially in-line with the previous year, despite a decrease in margins for products sold. Nevertheless, the underlying demand for our product sales remain healthy, as sales volume increased at a steady rate year-over-year. We enter the fourth quarter on a sound financial footing, with a strong balance sheet supported by steady cash flow generation. Looking ahead, we remain committed to maintaining the highest standards of transparency and disclosure as we seek to deliver profitable growth."

Third Quarter 2011 (unaudited) Financial Highlights

Revenue

Revenue for the third quarter of 2011 was US$50.2 million, representing an increase of 30% from US$38.5 million in the third quarter of 2010. The primary reason for the increase in revenue during the quarter was strong growth in the commercial GPS-related business line. Revenue from sales of GPS devices and related service amounted to $15.7 million, representing an increase of 95% year-over-year, supported by healthy market demand for commercial GPS fleet management systems in response to government regulations requiring the registration of certain types of commercial vehicles on GPS platforms for government monitoring purposes. For the third quarter, the cable TV-related business and the commercial GPS-related business accounted for approximately 69% and 31% of total revenue, respectively, compared to 79% and 21% for the comparable period in 2010.

Gross Profit and Gross Profit Margin

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2011 was US$12.8 million, representing a 28% year-over-year increase. Gross profit margin for the third quarter of 2011 was 26%, in line with the third quarter of 2010.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2011 were US$1.6 million, representing an increase of 40% from US$1.2 million in the third quarter of 2010. This increase in operating expenses was primarily a result of the higher volume of business activities generated.

Selling expenses for the third quarter 2011 were US$334,000, an increase of 79% from US$187,000 for the third quarter of 2010. Selling expenses comprise mainly salaries, shipping costs, and after-sale service expenses. The increase in selling expense was primarily due to increase in salary expense. As the company expanded the scale of its sales efforts, the selling expense increased correspondingly. As a percentage of total revenue, selling expenses accounted for 0.7% and 0.5% for the third quarter of 2011 and 2010, respectively.

Research and development expenses (R&D) for the third quarter 2011 were US$151,000, an increase of 297% compared to US$38,000 for the third quarter of 2010. The increase resulted from the continued update of our products to meet market demand. As a percentage to total revenue, R&D expense accounted for 0.3% and 0.1% for the third quarter of 2011 and 2010, respectively.

General and administrative expenses (G&A) for the third quarter 2011 were US$1.2 million, up 22% from US$0.9 million in the third quarter of 2010. The rise in G&A expenses was mainly attributable to an increase in legal fees and stock-based compensation. As a percentage to total revenue, G&A expenses accounted for 2.3% and 2.5% for the third quarter of 2011 and 2010, respectively.

Income from Operations

Income from operations was US$11.2 million in the third quarter of 2011 representing an increase of 27% compared to operating income of US$8.8 million in the third quarter of 2010.

Income Tax

Income tax expense for the third quarter of 2011 was US$3.0 million, compared to approximately US$2.5 million in the third quarter of 2010. This increase was mainly due to an increase in taxable income.

Net Income and EPS

Net income for the third quarter of 2011 was US$8.2 million, a year-over-year increase of 28% from US$6.4 million in the third quarter of 2010. Net margin was 16.4% for the third quarter of 2011 compared to 16.6% in the third quarter of 2010.

Diluted net income per share was US$0.71 in the third quarter 2011, compared to US$0.55 for the third quarter of 2010, based on weighted-average common shares outstanding of 11,545,845 and 11,650,442, respectively.

Balance Sheet

Cash and cash equivalents totaled to US$55.8 million as of September 30, 2011, compared to US$50.2 million as of June 30, 2011, primarily attributable to cash generated from operations.

As of September 30, 2011, total accounts receivables were US$35.3 million, an increase of 27% from US$27.8 million as of June 30, 2011, primarily due to a higher volume of business generated.

Full Year 2011 Outlook - For the full year 2011, the Company reiterates its estimates that revenues will range between US$160 million and US$175 million, and net income will range between US$28 million and US$30 million. This represents the Company's current view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call

ZST senior management will host a conference call on November 9, 2011 at 6:00 am (U.S. Pacific Time) / 9:00 am (U.S. Eastern Time) / 10:00 pm (HK / Beijing Time) to discuss its 2011 third quarter financial results and recent business activities.

The conference call may be accessed by calling +1-866-519-4004 or +1-718-354-1231 (for callers in the U.S.), 800-819-0121 (for callers in China), 800-930-346 (for callers in Hong Kong), +0808-234-6646 (for callers in United Kingdom) or +65-6723-9381 (for other international callers) and entering pass code 25213715. Please dial in approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled time of the call.

A recording of the conference call will be available through November 17, 2011, by calling +1-866-214-5335 (for callers in the U.S.) or +61-2-8235-5000 (for callers outside the U.S.) and entering pass code 25213715.

About ZST Digital Network, Inc.

ZST Digital Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZSTN) is a China-based company, principally engaged in (1) supplying digital and optical network equipment and providing installation services to cable system operators in China and (2) providing GPS location and tracking services to local logistics and transportation companies in China. The Company has developed a line of IPTV devices that are used to provide bundled cable television, Internet and telephone services to residential and commercial customers. The Company has assisted in the installation and construction of over 400 local cable networks in more than 90 municipal districts, counties, townships, and enterprises. The Company has also launched a commercial line of vehicle tracking devices utilizing our GPS tracking technologies and support services for transport-related enterprises to track, monitor and optimize their businesses. For more information about ZST Digital Networks, Inc., please visit http://www.zstdigital.com/english.

"Safe Harbor" Statement

This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" relating to the business of the Company and its subsidiary companies. These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes, expects" or similar expressions. Such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks related to techniques employed by manipulative short sellers in Chinese small cap stocks that may drive down the market price of our common stock; our ability to maintain and increase revenues and sales of our products; our ability to develop and market new products; our reliance on access to the China Unicom wireless network for providing our GPS services; our ability to meet liquidity needs; competitive nature of our industry; our ability to efficiently establish city-wide GPS tracking platforms, including the project for Zhumadian; our strategic investments and acquisitions; compliance and changes in the laws of the People's Republic of China (the "PRC") that affect our operations; noncompliance of the SAIC reports filed for our PRC operating subsidiary, Zhengzhou ZST, with applicable PRC regulations and related risk of fines, penalties, and/or revocation of our business license; our ability to obtain all necessary government certifications and/or licenses to conduct our business; vulnerability of our business to general economic downturn, especially in the PRC; adverse capital and credit market conditions; and other risk factors detailed in reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. Investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including the factors discussed above and in the Company's periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on its website (http://www.sec.gov). All forward-looking statements attributable the Company or to persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors other than as required under the securities laws. All information in this press release is as of the date of this release and the Company undertakes no duty to update this information.

Contacts:


Company Contact:

ZST Digital Networks Inc.

Henry H. Ngan, Chief Financial Officer

Email: ir@zstdigital.com

Investor Relations (HK):

Mahmoud Siddig

Taylor Rafferty

Tel: +852-3196-3712

Email: zstdigital@taylor-rafferty.com


Investor Relations (US):

Bryan Degnan

Taylor Rafferty

Tel: +1 (212) 889-4350

Email: zstdigital@taylor-rafferty.com






ZST DIGITAL NETWORKS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In US Dollars)




December 31,


September 30,




2010


2011






(Unaudited)








ASSETS






Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$

23,702,457

$

55,780,181


Accounts receivable


33,490,510


35,279,855


Inventories


221,093


195,942


Advance to suppliers


7,270,379


875,002


Prepaid expenses and other receivable


1,019,629


1,003,120


Deferred tax assets


685,491


1,413,561








Total current assets


66,389,559


94,547,661








Property, machinery, equipment and software, net


10,544,051


10,928,536


Intangible asset


166,288


109,271








Total assets

$

77,099,898

$

105,585,468








LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current liabilities:






Deferred revenue

$

2,741,964

$

6,484,525


Accruals and other payables


263,073


594,592


Accrued payroll and related expense


129,281


79,307


VAT payable


669,682


558,861


Franchise tax payable


170,000


-


Income tax payable


1,289,974


3,397,383


Total current liabilities


5,263,974


11,114,668








Equity:






Common stock $0.0001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 11,650,442 and 11,725,442 shares issued, and 11,625,542 and 11,505,943 shares outstanding


1,165


1,172


Additional paid-in capital


30,729,182


31,202,603


Treasury stock


(198,335)


(690,048)


Appropriated earnings


5,817,035


5,817,035


Retained earnings


33,358,364


53,188,531


Translation adjustment


2,128,513


4,951,507


Total equity


71,835,924


94,470,800








Total liabilities and equity

$

77,099,898

$

105,585,468





ZST DIGITAL NETWORKS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 AND 2011

(In US Dollars)




Nine Months Ended September 30,


Three Months Ended September 30,




2010


2011


2010


2011




(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)






















Revenues:










Sales of products

$

84,418,095

$

115,169,491

$

36,424,171

$

45,843,531


Sales of services


4,195,309


10,238,938


2,094,812


4,351,007


Total revenue


88,613,404


125,408,429


38,518,983


50,194,538












Cost of sales:










Cost of products sold


66,050,337


93,365,013


28,468,428


37,030,749


Cost of service


118,796


613,202


27,156


322,007


Total cost of sales


66,169,133


93,978,215


28,495,584


37,352,756












Gross profit


22,444,271


31,430,214


10,023,399


12,841,782












Selling expense


563,474


702,497


187,195


334,390


Research and development expenses


369,358


448,922


38,467


150,840


General and administrative expenses


2,515,597


3,143,882


949,832


1,156,569












Income from operations


18,995,842


27,134,913


8,847,905


11,199,983












Interest income (expense), net


52,295


125,991


20,073


55,151


Other income (expense)


34,858


(7,695)


32,457


(47)












Income before income taxes


19,082,995


27,253,209


8,900,435


11,255,087












Income tax provision


5,499,691


7,423,042


2,490,898


(3,023,755)






















Net income

$

13,583,304

$

19,830,167

$

6,409,537

$

8,231,332












Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic


11,650,442


11,595,477


11,650,442


11,545,845












Earnings per share - basic


1.17


1.71


0.55


0.71












Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted


11,650,442


11,595,477


11,650,442


11,545,845












Earnings per shares - diluted


1.17


1.71


0.55


0.71












Comprehensive income:










Net income


13,583,304


19,830,167


6,409,537


8,231,332


Translation adjustment


1,084,925


2,822,994


785,503


1,231,268












Comprehensive income

$

14,668,229

$

22,653,161

$

7,195,040

$

9,462,600





ZST DIGITAL NETWORKS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents

(In US Dollars)




Nine Months Ended September 30,




2010



2011











(unaudited)



(unaudited)


Cash flows from operating activities:







Net income

$

13,583,304

$


19,830,167


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:







Depreciation and amortization


227,317



422,713


Stock-based compensation


-



514,709


Deferred tax assets


-



(728,070)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:







Accounts receivable


(2,604,359)



(1,768,368)


Inventories


1,022,278



24,046


Advance to suppliers


7,249,152



6,171,748


Prepayment and other assets


830,152



(13,910)


Accounts payable


(712,445)



-


Accruals and other payable


(61,217)



4,821


Deferred revenue


1,261,952



3,865,237


Taxes payable


345,157



2,176,784









Net cash provided by operating activities


21,141,291



30,499,877









Cash flows from investing activities:







Additions to property, machinery, equipment and software


(1,736,041)



(751,706)









Cash flows from financing activities:







Repurchase of common stock


-



(491,713)









Effect of changes in foreign exchange rates


1,173,041



2,821,266









Net increase in cash and cash equivalents


20,578,291



32,077,724









Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period


13,627,992



23,702,457









Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period

$

34,206,283

$


55,780,181
















Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:







Cash paid for income taxes

$

5,247,337

$


6,089,724





Source: ZST Digital Networks, Inc.
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