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SORL Auto Parts Reports Higher Sales for the First Quarter of 2016

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ZHEJIANG, China, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SORL Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) ("SORL" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of automotive brake systems as well as other key safety-related auto parts in China, announced today its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of 2016 ended March 31, 2016.

First Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights

  • Net sales for the 2016 first quarter was $53.8 million, a 3.1% increase over the first quarter of 2015;
  • Gross profit margin was 26.8%;
  • Net Income attributable to stockholders was $0.4 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared with $3.1 million, or $0.16 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2015;
  • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $64.6 million with a current ratio of 2.8 to 1 at March 31, 2016.

Mr. Xiaoping Zhang, SORL's Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, stated, "Despite Chinese economic growth continuing to decelerate in 2016, our domestic sales increased in the OEM and aftermarket markets. During the first quarter, the commercial vehicle sector in China demonstrated a sign of recovery. While overall truck sales increased by 1.1% in the first quarter of 2016, heavy-duty truck sales rose by 7.0%. Our new, more advanced products continued to generate sales and led our growth.  Our growing portfolio of more advanced and higher-margin products enables us to maintain our leadership position in the commercial vehicle braking market.  In addition, we are maintaining our gross margin, among the highest in the industry, through differentiating product offerings, strict cost controls and enhanced production techniques."

"We believe that the worst time for Chinese commercial vehicle market is now behind us as we see a number of OEMs are back on growth track. We are moving into larger facilities to accommodate our future growth and enhance our productivity through a more efficient facility layout." Mr. Zhang concluded.

First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

For the first quarter of 2016, net sales increased by 3.1% to $53.8 million from $52.2 million in the 2015 first quarter. Revenues from the Company's domestic OEM customers were $28.1 million, an increase of 8.9% from $25.9 million in the first quarter of 2015. The higher OEM sales were mainly due to higher truck sales in the first quarter of 2016. Total truck sales were up by 1.1% led by a sales increase of 7.0% in the heavy-duty segment. Aftermarket sales in China grew by 6.5% to $13.2 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared with $12.4 million for the same period of 2015. New vehicle sales in China and the expiration of their OEM warranties assisted our aftermarket business growth. New product sales increased in the 2016 first quarter due to sales in both the Chinese OEM market and Chinese aftermarket. Revenues from international markets decreased 10.1% to $12.5 million, compared to $13.9 million in the first quarter of 2015 due to lower truck production and currency depreciation in several overseas markets.

The gross profit for the first quarter of 2016 increased by 5.2% to $14.4 million from $13.7 million a year ago.  Gross margin was 26.8% compared with 26.3% in the first quarter of 2015.

In the first quarter of 2016, operating expenses increased 45.5% to $14.2 million from $9.8 million in the same quarter of 2015. The increase reflected higher selling and distribution, general and administrative, and research and development expenses. As a percentage of revenue, operating expenses were 36.4% in the first quarter of 2016, compared with 18.7% in the first quarter of 2015.

  • Selling and distribution expenses were $5.6 million, or 10.3% of quarterly revenues, compared with $5.4 million, or 10.3% a year ago. The higher selling and distribution expenses were mainly due to increased freight expense and packaging expenses.
  • General and administrative ("G&A") expenses in the first quarter of 2016 were $6.9 million, or 12.9% of quarterly revenues compared with $2.7 million, or 5.2% of total revenues in the first quarter of 2015. The increase in G&A expenses was mainly due to the increase in allowance for doubtful accounts during this quarter. As the majority of the company's customers are large State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) with a long standing history with SORL. The company is not only confident on the full collection of these outstanding receivables, but also has demonstrated proven track records in collecting aged receivables.
  • Research and development ("R&D") expenses were $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2016 compared with $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2015. As a percentage of revenue, R&D expenses were 3.2% in the first quarter of 2016 compared with 3.3% of revenue in the first quarter of 2015.

Financial expenses were $0.2 million in both the first quarter of 2016 and 2015.

Income before income taxes was $0.4 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared to $4.2 million for the same quarter of 2015. The decrease in income before income taxes reflected higher operating expenses during the first quarter of 2016 compared to the first quarter of 2015. The pretax income margin was 0.8% in the first quarter of 2016, compared with 8.0% in the first quarter of 2015.

The provision for income taxes was a positive gain of $0.03 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared with an expense of $1.0 million in the first quarter of 2015.

Net income attributable to stockholders for the first quarter of 2016 was $0.4 million, or $0.02 per basic and diluted share, compared with $3.1 million, or $0.16 per basic and diluted share a year ago.

Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2016, the Company had cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments of $64.6 million compared to $91.2 million on December 31, 2015. Inventory was $68.2 million compared to $73.7 million on December 31, 2015.  Short-term bank loans were $17.4 million compared to $23.4 million on December 31, 2015. Total equity increased to $224.0 million at March 31, 2016 compared with $222.4 million at December 31, 2015. On March 31, 2016, working capital was $172.0 million with a current ratio of 2.8 to 1.

Recent Events

On May 5, 2016 SORL Auto Parts, Inc. (the "Company"), through its principal operating subsidiary, Ruili Group Ruian Auto Parts Co., Ltd. (the "Subsidiary"), entered into a Purchase Agreement with Ruili Group Co., Ltd., a related party under common control with the Company pursuant to which the Company agreed to purchase the land use rights and factory facilities located at No. 2666 Kaifaqu Avenue, Rui'an Economic Development Zone, Rui'an City, Zhejiang Province (the "Development Zone Facility").

In exchange for the Development Zone Facility, the Company will transfer to the Ruili Group the land use rights and factory facilities located at No. 1169 Yumeng Road, Rui'an Economic Development Zone, Rui'an City, Zhejiang Province (the "Dongshan Facility") that the Company currently owns, plus RMB501 million in cash. The cash consideration in the amount of RMB481 million will be paid to the Ruili Group before June 30, 2016, and the remaining RMB20 million will be paid within 10 days of completion of the required procedures in the Purchase Agreement.

The market valuations of the Dongshan Facility and the Development Zone Facility have been recently assessed by the leading independent appraiser, DTZ/Cushman & Wakefield.

The total floor area of the Dongshan Facility is 58,714 square meters compared with the total floor area of the Development Zone Facility of 157,619 square meters, which will provide more manufacturing and service capacity to support the Company's future growth.

Business Outlook

For the fiscal year 2016, management reiterates that it expects net sales to be approximately $200 million and net income to be approximately $11.5 million. These targets are based on the Company's current views on the operating and market conditions, which are subject to change.

"The growth in the overall commercial vehicle business and especially the important heavy-duty truck segment, provides optimism for the future.  We are adding more advanced braking products to provide more solutions to fulfill our customers' needs and attract more customers. With our new facility, we are adding capacity and the ability to better control our costs," Ms. Jinrui Yu, SORL's Chief Operating Officer, stated.

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 8:00 A.M. EDT/ 8:00 P.M. Beijing Time to discuss its 2016 first quarter results. Listeners may access the call by dialing U.S. toll free number +1-877-407-0778 and +1-201-689-8565 for international callers, and Mainland China toll free +864-001-202-840. A live web cast of the conference call will also be available at http://www.sorl.cn.

A replay of the call will be available shortly after the conference call through 11:59 P.M. EDT on June 16, 2016, or 11:59 A.M. Beijing Time on June 17, 2016. The replay dial-in numbers are: U.S. toll free number +1-877-660-6853 or the international number +1-201-612-7415; using Conference ID "13636680" to access the replay.

About SORL Auto Parts, Inc.

As a global tier one supplier of brake and control systems to the commercial vehicle industry, SORL Auto Parts, Inc. is the market leader for commercial vehicles brake systems, such as trucks and buses in China. The Company distributes products both within China and internationally under the SORL trademark. SORL is listed among the top 100 auto component suppliers in China, with a product range that includes 65 categories with over 2000 specifications in brake systems and others. The Company has four authorized international sales centers in UAE, India, the United States and Europe. SORL is working to establish a broader global sales network. For more information, please visit http://www.sorl.cn

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release may include certain statements that are not descriptions of historical facts, but are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "targets," "goals," "projects," "intends," "plans," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should" or similar expressions. For example, when the Company describes the evaluation of the preliminary non-binding proposal letter, it is using forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements may also include statements about the Company's proposed discussions related to its business or growth strategy, which are subject to change. Such information is based upon expectations of the Company's management that were reasonable when made, but may prove to be incorrect. All of such assumptions are inherently subject to uncertainties and contingencies beyond the Company's control and upon assumptions with respect to future business decisions, which are subject to change. The Company does not undertake to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. These risks and uncertainties may include, but are not limited to general political, economic and business conditions which may impact the demand for commercial vehicles or passenger vehicles in China and the other significant markets where the Company's products are sold, uncertainty regarding such political, economic and business conditions, trends in consumer debt levels and bad debt write-offs, general uncertainty related to possible recessions, natural disasters, the political stability of China and the impact of any of those events on demand for commercial or passenger vehicles, changes in consumer confidence, new product development and introduction, competitive products and pricing, seasonality, availability of alternative sources of supply in the case of the loss of any significant supplier or any supplier's inability to fulfill the Company's orders, cost of labor and raw materials, the loss of or curtailed sales to significant customers, the Company's dependence on key employees and officers, the ability to secure and protect trademarks, patents and other intellectual property rights, potential effects of competition in the Company's business, the dependency of the Company upon the normal operation of its sole manufacturing facility, potential effect of the economic and currency instability in China and countries to which the Company sold its products, the ability of the Company to successfully manage its expenses on a continuing basis, the continued availability to the Company of financing and credit on favorable terms, business disruptions, disease, general risks associated with doing business in China or other countries including, without limitation, foreign trade policies, import duties, tariffs, quotas, political and economic stability, and the other factors discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For additional information regarding known material factors that could cause the Company's results to differ from its projected results, please see its filings with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Copies of filings made with the SEC are available through the SEC's electronic data gathering analysis retrieval system (EDGAR) at http://www.sec.gov.

Contact Information

Raymond Lin
+86-139-6777-6556
+86-577-6581-7721
ljf@sorl.com.cn

Phyllis Huang
+86-151-6770-5972
+86-577-6581-7721
phyllis@sorl.com.cn

Investor Relations
+1-646-726-6511
sorl@compassbell.com

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SORL Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015






March 31, 2016

(unaudited)


December 31, 2015








Assets






Current Assets






Cash and cash equivalents

US$

6,103,766

US$

30,230,828


Accounts receivable, net


71,711,260


71,823,328


Bank acceptance notes from
customers


28,096,561


22,870,791


Short term investments


58,527,775


61,007,709


Inventories


68,154,818


73,661,860


Prepayments, including $1,754,420
and $0 prepayments to related
parties at March 31, 2016 and
December 31, 2015, respectively


8,233,271


3,350,607


Due from related party


18,247,384


-


Prepaid capital lease interest


54,189


93,458


Restricted cash


1,067,461


785,999


Other current assets, net


1,463,295


1,241,864


Deferred tax assets


3,506,814


2,909,729


Total Current Assets


265,166,594


267,976,173








Property, plant and equipment, net


37,053,716


37,561,905


Land use rights, net


13,208,647


13,232,149


Intangible assets, net


21,050


23,854


Security deposits on lease agreement


1,768,800


1,759,975


Total Non-Current Assets


52,052,213


52,577,883


Total Assets

US$

317,218,807

US$

320,554,056








Liabilities and Equity






Current Liabilities






Accounts payable and bank
acceptance notes to vendors,
including $496,146 and $1,133,537
due to related parties at March 31,
2016 and December 31, 2015,
respectively

US$

37,640,498

US$

35,292,277


Deposit received from customers


21,304,652


20,012,087


Short term bank loans


17,447,655


23,367,207


Accrued expenses


11,964,864


13,870,587


Capital lease obligations


2,653,200


3,519,949


Other current liabilities, including
$97,404 and $0 due to related
parties at March 31, 2016 and
December 31, 2015,
respectively


2,198,308


2,067,449


Total Current Liabilities


93,209,177


98,129,556


Total Liabilities


93,209,177


98,129,556








Equity






Preferred stock - no par value;
1,000,000 authorized; none issued
and outstanding as of March 31,
2016 and December 31, 2015


-


-


Common stock - $0.002 par value; 50,000,000 authorized,




19,304,921 issued and outstanding
as of March 31, 2016 and






December 31, 2015


38,609


38,609


Additional paid-in capital


42,199,014


42,199,014


Reserves


13,260,606


13,207,972


Accumulated other comprehensive
income


16,658,615


15,662,639


Retained earnings


129,433,106


129,055,099


Total SORL Auto Parts, Inc.
Stockholders' Equity


201,589,950


200,163,333


Noncontrolling Interest In
Subsidiaries


22,419,680


22,261,167


Total Equity


224,009,630


222,424,500


Total Liabilities and Equity

US$

317,218,807

US$

320,554,056








 

SORL Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries


Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income


For The Three Months Ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 (Unaudited)








Three Months Ended March 31,




2016


2015








Net Sales

US$

53,836,728

US$

52,197,966


Include: sales to related parties


2,580,846


1,011,924


Cost of sales


39,397,649


38,466,892


Gross profit


 

14,439,079


13,731,074








Expenses:






Selling and distribution expenses


5,562,432


5,350,998


General and administrative expenses


6,929,858


2,719,372


Research and development expenses


1,743,687


1,712,621


Total operating expenses


14,235,977


9,782,991








Other operating income


914,205


585,717








Income from operations


1,117,307


4,533,800








Interest income


88,102


110,955


Government grants


4,757


25,980


Other income


45,589


67,411


Interest expenses


(174,460)


(166,656)


Other expenses


(637,629)


(370,688)








Income before income taxes provision / benefit


443,666


4,200,802








Income taxes provision (benefit)


(34,824)


998,278








Net income

US$

478,490

US$

3,202,524








Net income attributable to noncontrolling
interest In subsidiaries


47,849


152,243








Net income attributable to common stockholders

US$

430,641

US$

3,050,281








Comprehensive income:












Net income

US$

478,490

US$

3,202,524


Foreign currency translation adjustments


1,106,640


(813,243)


Comprehensive income


1,585,130


2,389,281


Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling
interest in subsidiaries

158,513


88,568


Comprehensive income attributable to common
shareholders

US$

1,426,617

US$

2,300,713








Weighted average common share - basic


19,304,921


19,304,921








Weighted average common share - diluted


19,304,921


19,304,921








EPS - basic

US$

0.02

US$

0.16








EPS - diluted

US$

0.02

US$

0.16


 


SORL Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

For The Three Months Ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 (Unaudited)








Three Months Ended March 31,



2016


2015






Cash Flows From Operating Activities





Net Income

US$

478,490

US$

3,202,524

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash





used in operating activities:










Allowance for doubtful accounts


3,676,683


(338,319)

Depreciation and amortization


1,733,874


1,937,064

Deferred income tax


(596,802)


(162,875)

Changes in assets and liabilities:





Accounts receivable


(3,192,855)


(4,556,747)

Bank acceptance notes from customers


(5,236,626)


720,695

Other currents assets


(216,932)


(557,779)

Inventories


6,020,763


3,937,590

Prepayments


(4,828,231)


(492,545)

Prepaid capital lease interest  


40,714


87,570

Accounts payable and bank acceptance notes to vendors

2,389,292


(4,765,769)

Income tax payable


-


394,992

Deposits received from customers


1,221,498


1,716,287

Other current liabilities and accrued expenses


(1,900,667)


(1,608,205)

Net Cash Flows Used In Operating Activities


(410,799)


(485,517)






Cash Flows From Investing Activities





Change in short term investments


2,854,289


(10,157,715)

Acquisition of property and equipment


(1,247,024)


(859,313)

Change in restricted cash


(284,338)


-

Advance to related party


(18,695,590)


-

Net Cash Flows Used In Investing Activities


(17,372,663)


(11,017,028)






Cash Flows From Financing Activities





Proceeds from bank loans


13,795,728


8,643,266

Repayment of bank loans  


(20,050,944)


(5,470,663)

Repayment of capital lease


(906,123)


(932,092)

Net Cash Flows Provided By (Used In) Financing Activities


(7,161,339)


2,240,511






Effects on changes in foreign exchange rate


817,739


(20,110)






Net change in cash and cash equivalents


(24,127,062)


(9,282,144)






Cash and cash equivalents- beginning of the period


30,230,828


14,009,597






Cash and cash equivalents - end of the period

US$

6,103,766

US$

4,727,453











Supplemental Cash Flow Disclosures:





Interest paid

US$

275,913

US$

191,154

Income taxes paid

US$

677,301

US$

766,161

 

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SOURCE SORL Auto Parts, Inc.

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