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China Zenix Auto International Limited Reports Financial Results for 2019 Third Quarter

ZHANGZHOU, China, Nov. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- China Zenix Auto International Limited (OTC: ZXAIY) ("Zenix Auto" or "the Company"), the largest commercial vehicle wheel manufacturer in China in both the aftermarket and OEM market by sales volume, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Financial Highlights

Third Quarter 2019:

  • Revenue was RMB531.9 million (US$74.4 million), down 27.2% year-over-year;
  • Sales to the Chinese OEM market decreased 33.5% year-over-year;
  • Aftermarket sales decreased by 15.3% year-over-year;
  • Gross margin was 6.2%;
  • Loss and total comprehensive loss for the period was RMB40.3 million (US$5.6 million);
  • Net cash from operations of RMB146.3 million (US$20.5 million) was generated during the third quarter of 2019.

First Nine Months of 2019

  • Revenue was RMB2,000.2 million (US$279.8 million), a decrease of 18.5% year-over-year compared with RMB2,454.2 million in the first nine months of 2018;
  • Tubeless steel wheel sales decreased by 18.4% year-over-year;
  • Sales of aluminum wheels decreased by 16.2% year-over-year;
  • Gross margin was 10.6%;
  • Selling and distribution expenses declined by 13.2% and administrative costs were 23.4% lower year-over-year;
  • Loss and total comprehensive loss for the period was RMB34.5 million (US$4.8 million) with basic and diluted loss per American Depositary Share ("ADS") of RMB0.67 (US$0.09);
  • Bank balances and cash, pledged bank deposits and fixed bank deposits with maturity period over three months totaled RMB1,293.4 million (US$181.0 million).

Mr. Junqiu Gao, Deputy CEO and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Zenix Auto, commented, "The Chinese GDP grew at 6.0% in the third quarter of 2019; the slowest growth since the first quarter of 1992. Chinese commercial vehicle sales during the quarter consisted of a 6.4% decline in July 2019, a 2.8% decrease in August 2019, and an increase of 1.9% in September 2019, according to statistics from the China Association of Automobiles ("CAAM"). The implementation of the stricter National VI emission standard starting July 1, 2019 in major parts of the country resulted in retailers increasing promotions to boost sales of their inventory of National V emission standard compliant vehicles. The National VI emission standard has affected OEM vehicle production as current inventories are drawn down.  The nationwide implementation of the National VI emission standard is following soon."

Mr. Martin Cheung, CFO of Zenix Auto, commented, "We remain financially strong as we  ended the 2019 third quarter with bank balances and cash, pledged bank deposits and fixed bank deposits with a maturity period over three months of RMB1,293.4 million (US$181.0 million).  We generated net cash from operations of RMB146.3 million (US$20.5 million) during the third quarter of 2019 as well. We have adjusted our personnel and operational requirements to better utilize our resources in the future."

2019 Third Quarter Results

Revenue for the third quarter was RMB531.9 million (US$74.4 million) compared with RMB730.4 million for the third quarter of 2018. The decrease in revenue on a year-over-year basis was mainly due to reduced production by some of the Company's key OEM customers in China, namely JAC, Foton, Yutong and Sinotruk, and softer demand from international sales.

Sales to the Chinese OEM market decreased by 33.5% year-over-year to RMB291.4 million (US$40.8 million) in the third quarter of 2019 compared to RMB438.4 million in the same quarter of 2018. Total unit sales in the OEM market decreased by 28.1% year-over-year during the third quarter of 2019.

Aftermarket sales in China decreased by 15.3% year-over-year to RMB185.0 million (US$25.9 million) in the third quarter of 2019 from RMB218.4 million in the third quarter of 2018.  Total unit sales in the aftermarket decreased by 7.4% year-over-year as the softer economy affected the logistics sector. Lower selling prices in the aftermarket also contributed to the revenue decline.

International sales decreased by 24.5% year-over-year to RMB55.5 million (US$7.8 million) in the third quarter of 2019 compared to sales of RMB73.6 million in the third quarter of 2018. Total international unit sales decreased by 28.6% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2019 mainly due to continued weak demand in Southeastern Asian countries and the high material costs affecting the Company's pricing competitiveness.

In the third quarter of 2019, domestic OEM sales, domestic aftermarket sales and international sales contributed 54.8%, 34.8% and 10.4% of revenue, respectively.

Sales of tubed steel wheels comprised 45.5% of 2019 third quarter revenue compared to 45.1% in the same quarter in 2018. Tubeless steel wheel sales represented 41.2% of 2019 quarter revenue compared to 42.5% in the same quarter of 2018. While tubed and tubeless steel wheel sales remain the main sources of revenue for the Company, sales of aluminum wheels accounted for 9.4% of third quarter revenue as compared to 8.7% in the same quarter a year ago.

Third quarter gross profit was RMB32.9 million (US$4.6 million), compared to RMB88.7 million in the same quarter in 2018. Gross margin was 6.2%, compared with 12.1% in the third quarter of 2018. Despite the improved margin in international sales, the decline in overall unit sales and selling prices on a year-over-year basis led to the decrease in the overall gross margin.

Selling and distribution expenses decreased by 17.7% to RMB34.5 million (US$4.8 million) from RMB41.9 million in the third quarter of 2018. The decrease in selling and distribution costs was primarily due to lower transportation expenses associated with lower sales volume. As a percentage of revenue, selling and distribution costs were 6.5% in the third quarter of 2019, compared to 5.7% in the same quarter a year ago.

Research and development ("R&D") expenses increased by 10.6% to RMB14.0 million (US$2.0 million), compared to RMB12.6 million in the third quarter of 2018. R&D as a percentage of revenue was 2.6% in the third quarter of 2019, compared to 1.7% in the same quarter a year ago. Despite the sluggish market, the Company continued to commit to new product development.

Administrative expenses decreased by 39.5% to RMB31.3 million (US$4.4 million) from RMB51.8 million in the third quarter of 2018.  This decrease is mainly due to a one-time loss of RMB18.5 (US$2.7 million) on the disposal of an obsolete production line at the Lang Fang steel wheel factory in the third quarter of 2018.  As a percentage of revenue, administrative expenses were 5.9%, compared to 7.1% of revenue in the third quarter of 2018.

Net loss and total comprehensive loss were RMB40.3 million (US$5.6 million) in the third quarter of 2019 compared to a net loss and total comprehensive loss of RMB15.1 million for the third quarter of 2018. 

Basic and diluted losses per ADS were RMB0.78 (US$0.11) in the third quarter of 2019 compared to basic and diluted loss per ADS of RMB0.29 in the third quarter of 2018.

In the third quarter of 2019, the Company recorded net cash inflows from operating activities of RMB146.3 million (US$20.5 million). Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) was at 56 days in the third quarter of 2019, in comparison with 54 days during the full year of 2018. The Company had capital expenditures of RMB6.7 million (US$0.9 million) for the purchase of property, plant and equipment in the third quarter of 2019.

During the third quarter of 2019 and 2018, the weighted average number of ordinary shares was 206.5 million and the weighted average number of ADSs was 51.6 million.

2019 First Nine Months Results

Revenue for the first nine months ended September 30, 2019 was RMB2,000.2 million (US$279.8 million) compared with RMB2,454.2 million in the first nine months of 2018.

Sales to the Chinese OEM market decreased by 24.3% year-over-year to RMB1,086.2 million (US$152.0 million) and represented 54.3% of revenue. Aftermarket sales decreased by 6.2% year-over-year to RMB694.6 million (US$97.2 million) in the first nine months of 2019 and represented 34.7% of total revenue. International sales decreased by 21.5% year-over-year to RMB219.4 million (US$30.7 million) and represented 11.0% of revenue.

Tubed steel wheel sales for the first nine months ended September 30, 2019 decreased by 20.4% compared with the same period in 2018 and accounted for 45.0% of revenue. Tubeless steel wheel sales decreased by 18.4% from the same period a year ago and accounted for 42.1% of revenue. Aluminum wheel sales decreased 16.2% from the same period a year ago and accounted for 8.8% of revenue. Off-road steel wheel sales increased by 22.7% and accounted for 2.2% of revenue.

Gross profit for the first nine months ended September 30, 2019 was RMB211.8 million (US$29.6 million) compared with RMB298.9 million during the same period in 2018. Gross margin was 10.6% compared with 12.2% in the same period last year.

Net loss and total comprehensive loss for the first nine months ended June 30, 2019 was RMB34.5 million (US$4.8 million) compared with net profit and total comprehensive income of RMB5.2 million during the same period in 2018.

Basic and diluted losses per ADS for the first nine months ended September 30, 2019 were RMB 0.67 (US$0.09), compared with basic and diluted earnings per ADS RMB 0.10 during the same period in 2018.

As of September 30, 2019, Zenix Auto had bank balances and cash of RMB980.0 million (US$137.1 million) and fixed bank deposits with a maturity period over three months of RMB290.0 million (US$40.6 million). Pledged bank deposits were RMB23.4 million (US$3.3 million). Total bank borrowings were RMB558.0 million (US$78.1 million). Total equity attributable to owners of the Company was RMB2,504.1 million (US$350.3 million).

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call, to be simultaneously webcast, on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. ET/ 9:00 p.m. Beijing Time. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing +1-877-407-0782 (U.S. Toll Free) or +1-201-689-8567 (International). Please dial in five minutes before the call start time and ask to be connected to the "China Zenix Auto" conference call.

A replay will be available shortly after the conclusion of the conference call through December 21, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. ET. Interested parties may access the replay by dialing +1-877-481-4010 (U.S. Toll Free) or +1-919-882-2331 (International) and using Conference ID 56808 to access the replay.

Exchange Rate Information

The United States dollar (US$) amounts disclosed in this press release are presented solely for the convenience of the reader. All translations from RMB to U.S. dollars are made at a rate of RMB7.1477 to US$1.00, the effective noon buying rate as of September 30, 2019 in The City of New York, for cable transfers of RMB as set forth in the H.10 weekly statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The percentages stated are calculated based on RMB amounts.

About China Zenix Auto International Limited

China Zenix Auto International Limited is the largest commercial vehicle wheel manufacturer in China in both the aftermarket and OEM market by sales volume. The Company offers more than 834 series of aluminum wheels, tubed steel wheels, tubeless steel wheels, and off-road steel wheels in the aftermarket and OEM markets in China and internationally. The Company's customers include large PRC commercial vehicle manufacturers, and it also exports products to over 78 distributors in more than 30 countries worldwide. With six large, strategically located manufacturing facilities in multiple regions across China, the Company has a designed annual production capacity of approximately 15.5 million units of steel and aluminum wheels as of September 30, 2019. For more information, please visit: www.zenixauto.com/en.

Safe Harbor

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "confident" and similar statements. The Company may make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the SEC, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Further information regarding these risks is included in our filings with the SEC. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of the press release, and the Company undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law. 

For more information, please contact

Kevin Theiss
Awaken Advisors
Tel: +1-(212) 521-4050
Email: Kevin@awakenlab.com

 

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China Zenix Auto International Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income

For the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018

(RMB and US$ amounts expressed in thousands, except number of shares and per share data)




2018 Q3

2019 Q3


2019 Q3


RMB' 000

RMB' 000


US$' 000

Revenue


730,385

531,875


74,412

Cost of sales


(641,652)

(498,972)


(69,809)

Gross profit


88,733

32,903


4,603

Other operating income 


3,750

4,200


588

Net exchange gain


1,582

1,115


156

Selling and distribution costs


(41,900)

(34,464)


(4,822)

Research and development expenses

(12,641)

(13,982)


(1,956)

Administrative expenses


(51,790)

(31,348)


(4,385)

Finance costs


(5,877)

(6,202)


(868)

Loss before taxation 


(18,143)

(47,778)


(6,684)

Income tax credit


3,060

7,499


1,049







Loss and total comprehensive
loss for the period


(15,083)

(40,279)


(5,635)







Loss per share






Basic


(0.07)

(0.20)


(0.03)

Diluted


(0.07)

(0.20)


(0.03)







Loss per ADS






Basic


(0.29)

(0.78)


(0.11)

Diluted


(0.29)

(0.78)


(0.11)







Shares


206,500,000

206,500,000


206,500,000

ADSs


51,625,000

51,625,000


51,625,000

 

  

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income

For the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018

(RMB and US$ amounts expressed in thousands, except number of shares and per share data)  




2018


2019


2019


RMB' 000


RMB' 000


US$' 000

Revenue


2,454,213


2,000,223


279,841

Cost of sales


(2,155,353)


(1,788,422)


(250,209)

Gross profit


298,860


211,801


29,632

Other operating income 


11,927


13,144


1,839

Net exchange gain


1,609


1,108


155

Selling and distribution costs


(135,849)


(117,850)


(16,488)

Research and development expenses

(39,225)


(42,198)


(5,904)

Administrative expenses


(112,996)


(86,525)


(12,105)

Finance costs


(17,337)


(18,230)


(2,550)

Profit (loss) before taxation 


6,989


(38,750)


(5,421)

Income tax (expense) credit


(1,760)


4,202


588








Profit (loss) and total
comprehensive income (loss) for
the period


5,229


(34,548)


(4,833)








Earnings (loss) per share







Basic


0.03


(0.17)


(0.02)

Diluted


0.03


(0.17)


(0.02)








Earnings (loss) per ADS







Basic


0.10


(0.67)


(0.09)

Diluted


0.10


(0.67)


(0.09)








Shares


206,500,000


206,500,000


206,500,000

ADSs


51,625,000


51,625,000


51,625,000

 

 

China Zenix Auto International Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

(RMB and US$ amounts expressed in thousands)



December 31
 2018


September 30
 2019


September 30
 2019


RMB'000


RMB'000


US$' 000

ASSETS






Current Assets






Inventories

172,111


232,113


32,473

Trade and other receivables and prepayments

776,473


594,683


83,199

Prepaid lease payments

9,425


9,425


1,319

Pledged bank deposits

33,500


23,400


3,274

Fixed bank deposits with maturity period over three
months

290,000


290,000


40,572

Bank balances and cash

933,250


979,989


137,106

Total current assets

2,214,759


2,129,610


297,943







Non-Current Assets






Property, plant and equipment

1,099,003


1,008,434


141,086

Prepaid lease payments

357,599


350,530


49,041

Deferred tax assets

40,272


50,384


7,049

Intangible assets

17,000


17,000


2,378

Deposits paid for acquisition of property, plant and
equipment

-


86,964


12,167

Total non-current assets

1,513,874


1,513,312


211,721

Total assets

3,728,633


3,642,922


509,664

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES






Current Liabilities






Trade and other payables and accruals

611,463


471,897


66,021

Amount due to a shareholders

9,911


16,565


2,318

Taxation payable

2,477


641


90

Bank borrowings

473,000


558,000


78,067

Total current liabilities

1,096,851


1,047,103


146,496

Deferred tax liabilities

86,239


85,422


11,951

Deferred income

6,903


6,305


882

Total non-current liabilities

93,142


91,727


12,833

Total liabilities

1,189,993


1,138,830


159,329

EQUITY






Share capital

136


136


19

Paid in capital

392,076


392,076


54,853

Reserves

2,146,428


2,111,880


295,463

Total equity attributable to owners of the company

2,538,640


2,504,092


350,335

Total equity and liabilities

3,728,633


3,642,922


509,664

 

 

China Zenix Auto International Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the three months ended September 30, 2019

(RMB and US$ amounts expressed in thousands)





Three Months Ended

OPERATING ACTIVITIES


September 30, 2019




RMB' 000

US$' 000

Loss before taxation


(47,778)

(6,684)

Adjustments for:





Amortization of prepaid lease payments

2,356

330


Depreciation of property plant and equipment

33,803

4,729


Release of deferred income

(199)

(28)


Finance costs

6,202

868


Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

144

20


Interest income

(2,996)

(419)

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

(8,468)

(1,184)

Increase in inventories

(14,609)

(2,044)

Decrease in trade and other receivables and prepayments

285,524

39,946

Decrease in trade and other payables and accruals

(115,604)

(16,174)

Cash generated from operations

146,843

20,544

Interest received


3,122

437

PRC income tax paid


(3,686)

(516)

NET CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

146,279

20,465

INVESTING ACTIVITIES




Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(6,734)

(942)

Placement of pledged bank deposits

(147,400)

(20,622)

Withdrawal of pledged bank deposits

155,000

21,686

Deposits paid for acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(90,744)

(12,696)

Placement of fixed bank deposits with maturity periods over three
months

(160,000)

(22,385)

Withdrawal of fixed bank deposits with maturity periods over
three months

160,000

22,385

NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES

(89,878)

(12,574)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES




New bank borrowings raised

(80,000)

(11,192)

Repayment of bank borrowings

80,000

11,192

Interest paid


(6,202)

(868)

Advance from a shareholder

6,007

841

NET CASH USED IN FINANCING ACTIVITIES

(195)

(27)

NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

56,206

7,864

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

924,409

129,330

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes

(626)

(88)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

979,989

137,106

 

 

China Zenix Auto International Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the nine months ended September 30, 2019

(RMB and US$ amounts expressed in thousands)




Nine Months Ended

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

September 30, 2019



RMB' 000


US$' 000

Loss before taxation

(38,750)


(5,421)

Adjustments for:





Amortization of prepaid lease payments

7,069


989


Depreciation of property plant and equipment

101,882


14,254


Release of deferred income

(598)


(84)


Finance costs

18,230


2,551


Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

146


20


Interest income

(8,953)


(1,253)

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

79,026


11,056






Increase in inventories

(60,002)


(8,395)

Decrease in trade and other receivables and prepayments

182,481


25,530

Decrease in trade and other payables and accruals

(140,222)


(19,618)

Cash generated from operations

61,283


8,573

Interest received

9,096


1,273

PRC income tax paid

(8,929)


(1,249)

NET CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

61,450


8,597

INVESTING ACTIVITIES




Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(7,118)


(996)

Placement of pledged bank deposits

(479,900)


(67,140)

Withdrawal of pledged bank deposits

490,000


68,554

Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment

49


7

Deposits paid for acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(90,744)


(12,696)

Placement of fixed bank deposits with maturity periods over
three months

(1,220,000)


(170,684)

Withdrawal of fixed bank deposits with maturity periods over
three months

1,220,000


170,684

NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES

(87,713)


(12,271)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES




New bank borrowings raised

420,000


58,760

Repayment of bank borrowings

(335,000)


(46,868)

Interest paid

(18,184)


(2,544)

Advance from a shareholder

6,654


931

NET CASH FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

73,470


10,279

NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

47,207


6,605

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

933,250


130,566

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes

(468)


(65)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

979,989


137,106

 

 

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