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China Automotive Systems Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2018 Results

2019-03-28 22:27 9420

WUHAN, China, March 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- China Automotive Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAAS) ("CAAS" or the "Company"), a leading power steering components and systems supplier in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and the audited results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Highlights

  • Net sales were $124.3 million compared to $143.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017
  • Net loss attributable to parent company's common shareholders was $3.2 million, or diluted loss per share of $0.10, compared to a net loss of $39.0 million, or diluted loss per share of $1.23, in the fourth quarter of 2017, reflected a one-time corporate tax accrual of $35.6 million recognized in the fourth quarter of 2017 as mandated by the 2017 U.S. tax reform.

Fiscal Year 2018 Highlights

  • Net sales were $496.2 million compared to $499.1 million in 2017
  • Diluted income per share attributable to parent company's common shareholders was $0.08 compared to a diluted loss per share attributable to parent company's common shareholders of $0.61 in 2017
  • Cash and cash equivalents, pledged cash and short-term investments were $133.5 million as of December 31, 2018
  • Net cash flow from operating activities was $12.5 million

Mr. Qizhou Wu, chief executive officer of CAAS, commented, "Our performance in 2018 reflected the slower growth of the automotive industry in China as the world's largest automotive market experienced lower overall sales for the first time in more than two decades. Overall auto sales declined by 2.8% in 2018 with weakness in every month during the second half of the year. Car sales declined by 4.1% compared with a 5.1% increase in the much smaller commercial vehicle market in 2018."

"Our sales continued to be buoyed by our advanced hydraulic steering products as we transitioned our electric power steering ("EPS") products into our new Hubei KYB joint venture, which began operations during 2018. EPS sales comprised 21.7% of net sales in 2018."  

"We have entered into other new joint ventures and development contracts for future growth.  In late 2018, we entered into a new joint venture agreement with Hyoseong Electric Co. Ltd. ("Hyoseong Electric") to establish a new joint venture company to design, manufacture and sell electric motors for automotive EPS. CAAS owns 51% of this new joint venture and it is expected to have an annual capacity of 4.5 million units upon completion. Due to our excellent record of new product development, one of our tier-1 customers in North America awarded CAAS a development program for a new recirculating-ball ("RCB") steering system ("i-RCB Program") for use in that company's autonomous vehicle product development. We expect to begin mass production of this system in August 2019 with annual sales of approximately 45,000 units. Additionally, in March 2019, we also announced that Great Wall Motor Company Limited, one of China's leading auto producers, has awarded an exclusive supply contract for CAAS to supply its EPS systems to steer its new all-electric small vehicle, model ORA R150. Total shipments are expected to reach 150,000 units in 2019."

"Our export sales grew by 22.3% in 2018 compared with 2017, and represented approximately 28.5% of total sales in 2018. Most export sales were to the United States and represented sales to our two tier-1 OEM customers that supply vehicles in North America. In 2018, we received the Q1 Award from Ford North America. This is the highest honor for a supplier from Ford and it means we have met the most stringent quality management and execution standards. We remain well positioned with our broad line of advanced steering products and we have received supply awards from our customers." 

Mr. Jie Li, chief financial officer of CAAS, commented, "We continue to focus on generating cash flow from operations to further build our financial strength. Our joint ventures and product development contracts are solidifying relationships and enhancing our abilities to meet the current and future needs of our diverse customer base."

Fourth Quarter of 2018

In the fourth quarter of 2018, net sales were $124.3 million compared to $143.7 million in the same quarter of 2017. The net sales decrease was mainly due to the weaker Chinese auto market in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the fourth quarter of 2017.    

Gross profit was $11.4 million compared to $16.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The decrease in gross profit was primarily due to the decrease in net sales and change of product mix. Gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2018 was 9.2%, compared to 11.4% in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Gain on other sales was $1.0 million, compared to $1.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Selling expenses were $4.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $6.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The decline was primarily due to lower transportation expenses related to decreased volume. Selling expenses represented 3.9% of net sales in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to 4.7% in the fourth quarter of 2017.

General and administrative expenses ("G&A expenses") increased to $7.2 million from $5.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. G&A expenses represented 5.8% of net sales in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to 3.8% of net sales in the fourth quarter of 2017.  The increase in G&A expenses and G&A expenses as a percentage of net sales in the fourth quarter of 2018 was mainly due to lower net sales and higher personnel costs.

Research and development expenses ("R&D expenses") were $10.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $9.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. R&D expenses represented 8.2% of net sales in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to 6.9% in the fourth quarter of 2017. 

Loss from operations was $9.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to a loss of $4.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The higher loss was mainly due to lower sales and a decline in the gross profit compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.

Net financial income was $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $0.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Net loss attributable to parent company's common shareholders was $3.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $39.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The loss in the fourth quarter of 2017 was primarily due to a one-time accrued tax of $35.7 million mandated by the 2017 U.S. tax reform, and accrued withholding tax of $4.0 million related to the planned dividend distribution from PRC subsidiaries in order to fulfill the payment of a one-time accrued tax. Diluted loss per share was $0.10 in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to diluted loss per share of $1.23 in the fourth quarter of 2017.

The weighted average number of diluted common shares outstanding was 31,645,510 in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to 31,646,897 in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Fiscal Year 2018

Annual net sales were $496.2 million in 2018 compared to $499.1 million in 2017. The overall decrease was mainly due to lower sales of EPS systems partially offset by higher sales of advanced legacy hydraulic products. EPS sales represented 21.7% of total revenue in 2017.

Gross profit in 2018 was $65.4 million compared to $84.6 million in 2017. The decrease in gross profit was primarily due to lower net sales, a change in product mix and higher raw material costs.

Gain on other sales mainly consisted of the net amount retained from the sales of materials, property, plant and equipment and scraps. For the year ended December 31, 2018, gain on other sales amounted to $3.9 million compared to $7.6 million in 2017. The decrease in gain on other sales was primarily due to the disposal of a building and higher scrap volume in 2017.

Selling expenses were $18.9 million compared to $19.9 million in 2017, which was mainly due to lower net sales resulting in decreased transportation expenses during the year. Selling expenses represented 3.8% of net sales in each of 2018 and in 2017.

G&A expenses were $19.8 million compared to $19.5 million in 2017. The increase was primarily due to higher personnel costs and professional service fees. G&A expenses represented 4.0% of net sales in 2018 compared to 3.9% of net sales in 2017.

R&D expenses were $33.6 million in 2018, generally consistent with $33.5 million in 2017. R&D expenses represented 6.8% of net sales in 2018, compared to 6.7% of net sales in 2017.

Operating loss was $2.9 million in 2018 compared to operating income of $19.3 million in 2017. The decrease was primarily due to lower gross profit in 2018.

Interest expense was $2.9 million in 2018, compared to interest expense of $1.8 million in 2017 due primarily to higher interest rates on loans in 2018.

Net financial income was $2.2 million in each of 2018 and 2017.

Loss before income tax expenses and equity in earnings of affiliated companies was $2.5 million for 2018, compared to income before income tax expenses and equity in earnings of affiliated companies of $20.4 million for 2017. This decrease was mainly due to the higher operating loss and higher interest rates.

Income tax benefit was $1.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared to income tax expense of $41.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. The income tax expense in 2017 resulted primarily from a one-time accrued tax of $35.6 million recognized in the fourth quarter of 2017 that represented management's estimate of the amount of U.S. corporate income tax for the mandatory repatriation of the Company's share of previously deferred earnings of certain non-U.S. subsidiaries of the Company as mandated by the recent U.S. tax reform. The Company elected to pay the one-time accrued tax over eight years commencing in April 2018. In addition, withholding tax of $3.9 million was accrued in the fourth quarter of 2017 in order to fund the payment of such one-time accrued tax since the Company plans to distribute dividends from its PRC subsidiaries to the Company. Excluding the one-time accrued tax and withholding tax discussed above, income tax expense was $1.9 million in 2017. The effective tax rate was 58.6% in 2018 and the effective tax rate (excluding the impact of the one-time transition tax) was approximately 10.0% in 2017. The increase in effective tax rate was mainly due to the decreased net income and additional R&D expense super-deductions allowed in 2018 according to China's new tax regulation.

Net income attributable to parent company's common shareholders was $2.4 million in 2018 compared to a net loss attributable to parent company's common shareholders of $19.3 million in 2017. Diluted net income per share was $0.08 in 2018, compared to diluted loss per share of $0.61 in 2017.

The weighted average number of diluted common shares outstanding was 31,645,594 in 2018 compared to 31,646,897 in 2017.

Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2018, total cash and cash equivalents, pledged cash and short-term investments were $133.5 million, total accounts receivable including notes receivable were $256.3 million, accounts payable were $210.1 million and bank and government loans were $61.2 million. Total parent company stockholders' equity was $285.9 million as of December 31, 2018, compared to $299.4 million as of December 31, 2017. To date, a total of 146,281 shares have been repurchased for consideration of $0.8 million under a repurchase program approved on December 5, 2018. Net cash flow from operating activities was $12.5 million in 2018. 

Business Outlook

Management has provided revenue guidance for the full year 2019 of $510 million. This target is based on the Company's current views on operating and market conditions, which are subject to change.

Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call on March 28, 2019 at 8:00 A.M. EDT/8:00 P.M. Beijing Time to discuss these results. A question and answer session will follow management's presentation. To participate, please call the following numbers 10 minutes before the call start time and ask to be connected to the "China Automotive Systems" conference call:

US Toll Free:

+1-877-407-8031

International: 

+1-201-689-8031

China (toll free):

+ 86 400 120 2840

A replay of the call will be available on the Company's website under the investor relations section.

About China Automotive Systems, Inc.

Based in Hubei Province, the People's Republic of China, China Automotive Systems, Inc. is a leading supplier of power steering components and systems to the Chinese automotive industry, operating through nine Sino-foreign joint ventures. The Company offers a full range of steering system parts for passenger automobiles and commercial vehicles. The Company currently offers four separate series of power steering with an annual production capacity of over 6 million sets of steering gears, columns and steering hoses. Its customer base is comprised of leading auto manufacturers, such as China FAW Group, Corp., Dongfeng Auto Group Co., Ltd., BYD Auto Company Limited, Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd. and Chery Automobile Co., Ltd. in China, and Chrysler Group LLC in North America. For more information, please visit: http://www.caasauto.com.

Forward-Looking Statements


This press release contains statements that are "forward-looking statements" as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the qualitative and quantitative effects of the accounting errors, the periods involved, the nature of the Company's review and any anticipated conclusions of the Company or its management and other statements that are not historical facts. Our actual results may differ materially from the results described in or anticipated by our forward-looking statements due to certain risks and uncertainties. As a result, the Company's actual results could differ materially from those contained in these forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including those described under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Form 10-K annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 28, 2019, and in documents subsequently filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We expressly disclaim any duty to provide updates to any forward-looking statements made in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For further information, please contact:

Jie Li
Chief Financial Officer
China Automotive Systems, Inc.
jieli@chl.com.cn

Kevin Theiss
Awaken Advisors
+1-212-521-4050
Kevin.Theiss@awakenlab.com 

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China Automotive Systems, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands of USD, except share and per share amounts)



December 31,


2018



2017

ASSETS







Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents

$

86,346



$

64,558

Pledged cash


29,623




31,535

Short-term investments


17,543




29,587

Accounts and notes receivable, net - unrelated parties


237,519




274,989

Accounts and notes receivable, net - related parties


18,825




19,086

Advance payments and others - unrelated parties


16,270




12,790

Advance payments and others - related parties


1,281




20,841

Inventories


88,021




79,217

     Total current assets


495,428




532,603

Non-current assets:







Property, plant and equipment, net


129,853




126,033

Intangible assets, net


605




661

Other receivables, net - unrelated parties


1,799




2,188

Advance payment for property, plant and equipment - unrelated parties


6,135




9,657

Advance payment for property, plant and equipment - related parties


8,723




5,264

Long-term investments


32,620




27,596

Deferred tax assets


15,336




13,367

     Total assets

$

690,499



$

717,369








LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY







Current liabilities:







Bank and government loans

$

60,952



$

72,711

Accounts and notes payable - unrelated parties


205,643




233,048

Accounts and notes payable - related parties


4,477




7,168

Customer deposits


750




1,128

Accrued payroll and related costs


7,346




8,577

Accrued expenses and other payables


47,032




40,127

Accrued pension costs


3,282




4,051

Taxes payable


11,137




5,927

Amounts due to shareholders/directors


317




343

Advances payable (current portion)


364




383

     Total current liabilities


341,300




373,463

Long-term liabilities:







Long-term government loan


291




306

Advances payable


1,654




359

Other long-term payable


8,726




-

Deferred tax liabilities


4,198




4,393

Long-term taxes payable


29,503




32,719

     Total liabilities


385,672




411,240

Commitments and Contingencies (Note 31)







Stockholders' Equity







Common stock, $0.0001 par value - Authorized - 80,000,000 shares - Issued -
32,338,302 and 32,338,302 shares at December 31, 2018 and 2017,
respectively


3




3

Additional paid-in capital


64,429




64,406

Retained earnings-







Appropriated


11,104




10,707

Unappropriated


211,439




209,459

Accumulated other comprehensive income


1,855




17,780

Treasury stock - 711,698 and 694,298 shares at December 31, 2018 and 2017,
respectively


(2,953)




(2,907)

     Total parent company stockholders' equity


285,877




299,448

Non-controlling interests


18,950




6,681

Total stockholders' equity


304,827




306,129

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

690,499



$

717,369

 

 

China Automotive Systems, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Income and Loss

(In thousands of USD, except share and per share amounts)



Year Ended December 31,


2018



2017






Net product sales ($37,606 and $37,583 sold to related parties for the
years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017)

$

496,158



$

499,063

Cost of products sold ($25,558 and $28,994 purchased from related
parties for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017)


430,745




414,429

     Gross profit


65,413




84,634

Net gain on other sales


3,940




7,635

Operating expenses:







Selling expenses


18,949




19,912

General and administrative expenses


19,761




19,543

Research and development expenses


33,551




33,544

Total operating expenses


72,261




72,999

     Operating income


(2,908)




19,270

Other income, net


1,173




678

Interest expense


(2,928)




(1,753)

Financial income, net


2,162




2,180

     (Loss)/income before income tax expenses and equity in earnings
      of affiliated companies


(2,501)




20,375

Less: Income taxes


(1,465)




41,633

Add: Equity in net earnings of affiliates


1,115




2,619

Net income/(loss)


79




(18,639)

Net (loss)/income attributable to non-controlling interest


(2,298)




707

     Net income/(loss) attributable to parent company's common
     shareholders


2,377




(19,346)








Net income/(loss) attributable to parent company's common
shareholders per share
 -







Basic

$

0.08



$

(0.61)








Diluted

$

0.08



$

(0.61)








Weighted average number of common shares outstanding -







Basic


31,643,813




31,644,004

Diluted


31,645,594




31,646,897

 

 

China Automotive Systems, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income and Loss

(In thousands of USD unless otherwise indicated)



Year Ended December 31,


2018



2017






Net income/(loss)

$

79



$

(18,639)

Other comprehensive (loss)/income:







Foreign currency translation (loss)/income


(16,548)




19,384

Comprehensive (loss)/income


(16,469)




745

Comprehensive (loss)/income attributable to non-controlling interest


(2,921)




1,352

Comprehensive loss attributable to parent company

$

(13,548)



$

(607)

 

 

China Automotive Systems, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders' Equity

(In thousands of USD, except share and per share amounts)



2018



2017






Common Stock







Balance at January 1, 2018 and 2017 - 32,338,302 and 32,338,302 shares,
respectively

$

3



$

3

Balance at December 31, 2018 and 2017 - 32,338,302 and 32,338,302 shares,
respectively

$

3



$

3








Additional Paid-in Capital







Balance at January 1

$

64,406



$

64,764

Stock-based compensation


23




100

Acquisition of the non-controlling interest in Brazil Henglong


-




(458)

Balance at December 31

$

64,429



$

64,406








Retained Earnings – Appropriated







Balance at January 1

$

10,707



$

10,549

Appropriation of retained earnings


397




158

Balance at December 31

$

11,104



$

10,707








Unappropriated







Balance at January 1

$

209,459




228,963

Net income/(loss) attributable to parent company


2,377




(19,346)

Appropriation of retained earnings


(397)




(158)

Balance at December 31

$

211,439



$

209,459








Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income/(Loss)







Balance at January 1

$

17,780




(892)

Other comprehensive income related to the non-controlling interests acquired
by the Company


-




(67)

Net foreign currency translation adjustment attributable to parent company


(15,925)




18,739

Balance at December 31

$

1,855



$

17,780








Treasury Stock







Balance at January 1, 2018 and 2017 - 694,298 and 694,298 shares,
respectively


(2,907)




(2,907)

Repurchase of common stock in 2018 and 2017 - 17,400 shares and nil
shares, respectively


(46)




-

Balance at December 31, 2018 and 2017 - 711,698 and 694,298 shares,
respectively

$

(2,953)




(2,907)








Total parent company stockholders' equity

$

285,877



$

299,448








Non-controlling Interest







Balance at January 1

$

6,681



$

5,412

Net foreign currency translation adjustment attributable to non-controlling
interest


(623)




645

Net (loss)/income attributable to non-controlling interest


(2,298)




707

Other comprehensive income related to the non-controlling interests acquired
by the Company


-




67

Acquisition of the non-controlling interest in Brazil Henglong


-




458

Contribution by non-controlling shareholder of Henglong KYB


15,728




-

Distribution of retained earnings


(538)




(608)

Balance at December 31

$

18,950



$

6,681








Total stockholders' equity

$

304,827



$

306,129

 

 

China Automotive Systems, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands of USD unless otherwise indicated)



Year Ended December 31,


2018



2017






Cash flows from operating activities:







Net income/(loss)

$

79



$

(18,639)

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







Stock-based compensation


23




100

Depreciation and amortization


16,816




15,358

Deferred income taxes


(2,502)




4,143

Inventory write downs


6,239




5,109

Accrual of provision for doubtful accounts


887




887

Equity in net (earnings) of affiliates


(1,115)




(2,617)

Gain on disposal of fixed assets


(445)




(2,184)

(Increase) decrease in:







Accounts and notes receivable


27,526




30,908

Advance payments and other


(3,790)




(529)

Inventories


(17,853)




(12,156)

Increase (decrease) in:







Accounts and notes payable


(22,491)




2,533

Customer deposits


(346)




411

Accrued payroll and related costs


(964)




1,182

Accrued expenses and other payables


8,893




560

Accrued pension costs


(646)




(331)

Taxes payable


2,215




24,164

     Net cash provided by operating activities


12,526




48,899








Cash flows from investing activities:







Purchase of short-term investments


(22,923)




(32,145)

Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments


34,175




35,780

Increase in other receivables


337




198

Cash received from property, plant and equipment sales


1,022




2,231

Government subsidy received for purchase of property, plant and
equipment


1,322




-

Cash paid to acquire property, plant and equipment (including $9,207 
and $9,791 paid to related parties for the years ended December 31,
2018 and 2017, respectively)


(25,764)




(27,096)

Cash paid to acquire intangible assets


(189)




(201)

Loan to a related party


-




(29,044)

Cash received from repayment of the loan to a related party


20,430




10,591

Investment under equity method


(5,957)




(7,629)

     Net cash used in investing activities


2,453




(47,315)








Cash flows from financing activities:







Proceeds from bank and government loans


78,917




72,237

Repayment of bank and government loans


(92,215)




(43,154)

Proceeds from sale and leaseback transaction


11,758




-

Payment to broker agents for repurchase of common stock


(300)




-

Repayments of the borrowing for sale and leaseback transaction


(3,218)




-

Dividends paid to the non-controlling interest holders of non-wholly
owned subsidiaries


(524)




(623)

(Decrease) in amounts due to shareholders/directors


(26)




-

Cash received from capital contributions by non-controlling interest
holder


15,728




-

     Net cash provided by financing activities


10,120




28,460








Cash and cash equivalents affected by foreign currency


(5,223)




4,158

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents


19,876




34,202

Cash,  cash equivalents and pledged cash at beginning of year


96,093




61,891

Cash, cash equivalents and pledged cash at end of year

$

115,969



$

96,093


SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:



Year Ended December 31,


2018



2017






Cash paid for interest

$

3,803



$

654

Cash paid for income taxes

$

3,717



$

4,643


SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH ACTIVITIES:

Non-cash investing activities:



Year Ended December 31,


2018



2017






Property, plant and equipment recorded during the year which
previously were advance payments

$

13,347



$

19,879

Accounts payable for acquiring property, plant and equipment

$

1,046



$

1,180

 

 

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