Market Overview

SORL Auto Parts Reports Increases in Earnings per Share and Net Sales in the Third Quarter Results of 2016

Share:

ZHEJIANG, China, Nov. 14, 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 third quarter and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2016.

Third Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights

  • Net Sales increased by 23.0% to $61.9 million in the third quarter of 2016 compared to $50.3 million in the third quarter of 2015;
  • Gross margin for the third quarter of 2016 was 30.1%, compared with a gross margin of 28.0% for the same period of 2015;
  • Net Income attributable to stockholders rose by 55.4% to $3.2 million from $2.0 million in the third quarter of 2015; basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.17 in the third quarter of 2016 compared with $0.11 in the third quarter of 2015;
  • Cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2016 were $7.5 million with working capital of $97.3 million;
  • Annual guidance was increased to net sales of approximately $255 million and net income of approximately $14.5 million.

Mr. Xiaoping Zhang, SORL's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased to report strong third quarter results with continued growths in both top line and bottom line, despite the ongoing slower growth of the Chinese economy. Led by renewed growth in Chinese truck OEM segments, our sales to OEM, aftermarket and international markets all posted growths as our broad portfolio of advanced products is driving higher volumes. We expanded market share as our growth outpaced the 14.1% rise in commercial vehicle production and 6.1% increase in commercial vehicle sales during the third quarter."

"Our successful new product roll-out, stringent cost controls, improved inventory balancing and increased production efficiencies enabled us to maintain our market leading gross margins at 30%. Our ongoing focus on innovative products whether in the traditional truck segment or in the electric vehicle area, continues to propel our growth and set us apart in an industry experiencing technological change, and customers are increasingly demanding more advanced products," Mr. Zhang concluded.

Third Quarter 2016 Financial Performance

Net sales for the third quarter of 2015 increased 23.0% to $61.9 million from $50.3 million in the third quarter of 2015. Revenues from the Company's domestic OEM customers increased 38.4% to $27.8 million from $20.1 million in the third quarter of 2015. Sales from China's domestic aftermarket increased 16.6% to $17.9 from $15.3 million in the third quarter of 2015. Revenues from international markets rose 8.8% to $16.2 million from $14.9 million in the third quarter of 2015, mainly due to the Company's growing global customer base.   

SORL's commercial vehicle brake sales increased 26.2% to $51.0 million and represented 82.4% of total sales in the third quarter of 2016.  The sales of passenger vehicle brake systems increased by 10.0%, to $10.9 million, which accounted for 17.6% of the total sales for the third quarter of 2016.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2016 grew 31.9% to $18.6 million compared with $14.1 million for the third quarter of 2015. Gross margin for the third quarter of 2016 was 30.1%, compared with a gross margin of 28.0% in the same quarter of 2015, which is primarily due to a shift in product mix to higher margin products during the third quarter of 2016.  

Operating expenses increased to $15.4 million in the third quarter of 2016, from $12.7 million in the third quarter of 2015. As a percentage of revenue, operating expenses were 24.9% in the third quarter of 2016, compared with 25.3% in the third quarter of 2015. The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to higher selling and distribution expenses related to higher net sales.  The decline in operating expenses as a percentage of revenue was primarily due to higher net sales.

  • Selling and distribution expenses rose to $7.9 million from $4.8 million in the same quarter of 2015. As a percentage of revenue, selling and distribution expenses were 12.8% compared with 9.6% of quarterly revenues in the same quarter of 2015. The increase in selling and distribution expenses was primarily the result of higher freight, packaging expenses and salaries as unit volume rose during the third quarter of 2016.
  • General and administrative ("G&A") expenses for the third quarter of 2016 declined by 12.5% to $4.9 million, or 7.9% of revenue, compared with $5.6 million, or 11.2% in the third quarter of 2015. The decline in G&A expenses and G&A expenses as a percentage of revenue was mainly due to a decrease in allowance for doubtful accounts during the third quarter of 2016.  
  • Research and development ("R&D") expenses were $2.4 million in the third quarter of 2016 compared with $2.3 million in the third quarter of 2015. As a percentage of revenue, R&D was 3.9% in the third quarter of 2016, compared with 4.5% of revenue in the third quarter of 2015. The Company continues to develop new, higher-margin, electronically controlled products, and upgrade the Company's traditional brake products, to capture greater market share.

Other operating income was $0.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, as compared to $0.07 million for the third quarter of 2015, an increase of $0.23 million. The increase was mainly due to higher sales of raw material scrap in the third quarter of 2016.


Interest expenses decreased by 46.0% to $214,974 in the third quarter of 2016 compared to $395,121 in the third quarter of 2015. Decreased interest expenses were mainly due to a lower interest rate and a smaller average amount of loans outstanding during the third quarter of 2016.

Income before provision for income taxes rose 39.4% to $4.0 million for the third quarter of 2016 as compared with $2.8 million for the third quarter of 2015.  The increase in income before taxes was primarily due to higher gross profit and higher other operating income.  Pretax income margin was 6.4% in the third quarter of 2016, compared with 5.7% in the third quarter of 2015. 

The provision for income taxes was $0.4 million, in the third quarter of 2016 and 2015. The tax rate was 11.0% in the third quarter of 2016 compared with 15.0% for the third quarter in 2015.

Net income attributable to stockholders for the third quarter of 2016 increased 55.4% to $3.2 million, or $0.17 per basic and diluted share, compared with $2.0 million, or $0.11 on per basic and diluted share, in the third quarter of 2015.

Nine-Month 2016 Financial Performance

Net sales for the first nine months of 2016 increased 17.0% to $189.3 million from $161.8 million for the first nine months of 2015. Revenues from the Company's China OEM customers increased by 24.6% to $92.7 million from $74.4 million in the same period in 2015. Revenues from China's domestic aftermarket increased 19.7% to $49.9 million from $41.7 million in the first nine months of 2015. Revenues from international markets increased 2.2% to $46.7 million from $45.7 million in the first nine months of 2015.

SORL's commercial vehicle brake sales increased 18.3% to $154.3 million and represented 81.5% of total sales in the first nine months of 2016.  The sales of passenger vehicle brake systems increased by 11.4%, to $35.0 million, which accounted for 18.5% of the total sales for the first nine months of 2016.

Gross profit for the first nine months of 2015 increased 23.0% to $55.7 million from $45.3 million in the same period in 2015. Gross margin for the first nine months of 2016 increased to 29.4% from 28.0% for the first nine months of 2015.

Operating income for the first nine months of 2016 increased to $12.5 million from $8.6 million in the same period in 2015. Operating margin was 6.6% for the first nine months of 2016 compared to 5.3% in first nine months of 2015.  

Net income attributable to stockholders for the first nine months of 2016 was $10.9 million, or $0.57 per basic and diluted share, compared with $7.4 million, or $0.38 per basic and diluted share, in the same period in 2015.

Balance Sheet

As of September 30, 2016 the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $7.5 million. Inventories were reduced to $63.9 million from $73.7 million as of December 31, 2015. Deposits received from customers increased 17.7% to $23.6 million from $20.0 million at December 31, 2015. There were no long-term liabilities as of September 30, 2016.  Total stockholders' equity was $159.2 million at September 30, 2016.  The Company had working capital of $97.5 million at September 30, 2016 with the current ratio of 2.7:1. 

Cash-flow from operating activities for the first nine months of 2016 was $3.3 million. The increase of net sales in the first nine months of 2016 affected our cash-flow from operating activities. Capital expenditures were $12.3 million in the first nine months of 2016. 

Business Outlook

Management has increased its guidance for fiscal year 2016 to net sales of approximately $255 million and net income attributable to common stockholders of approximately $14.5 million. These targets are based on the Company's current views on the operating and market conditions, which are subject to change.

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 8:00 A.M. EST/ 9:00 P.M. Beijing Time to discuss its 2016 third quarter and nine months 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 +86-400-1202-840. 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. EST on December 14, 2016, or 12:59 P.M. Beijing Time on December 15, 2016. The replay dial-in numbers are: U.S. toll free number +1-877-481-4010 or the international number +1-919-882-2331; using Conference ID "10128" 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
+86.181.5771.6556
+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

 

- Tables follow -

 

SORL Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015








 September 30, 2016


December 31, 2015



(Unaudited)



Assets





Current Assets





Cash and cash equivalents

US$

7,489,967

US$

30,230,828

Net accounts receivable, including $1,224,333
and $0 accounts receivable from related party
at September 30, 2016 and December 31,
2015, respectively. 


84,491,142


71,823,328

Bank acceptance notes from customers


44,328,289


22,870,791

Short term investments


-


61,007,709

Inventories


63,879,154


73,661,860

Prepayments


8,720,473


3,350,607

Prepaid capital lease interest


6,991


93,458

Restricted cash


4,938,600


785,999

Other current assets, net


1,548,764


1,241,864

Deferred tax assets


4,041,524


2,909,729

Total Current Assets


219,444,904


267,976,173






Property, plant and equipment, net


52,087,620


37,561,905

Land use rights, net


8,686,365


13,232,149

Intangible assets, net


14,711


23,854

Security deposits on lease agreement


855,714


1,759,975

Total Non-Current Assets


61,644,410


52,577,883

Total Assets

US$

281,089,314

US$

320,554,056






Liabilities and Equity





Current Liabilities





Accounts payable and bank acceptance notes
to vendors, including $5,582,717 and
$1,133,537 due to related parties at
September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015,
respectively.

US$

52,363,883

US$

35,292,277

Deposit received from customers


23,557,397


20,012,087

Short term bank loans


25,133,254


23,367,207

Income tax payable


1,125,201


-

Accrued expenses


16,688,831


13,870,587

Capital lease obligations


855,714


3,519,949

Other current liabilities, including $177,603
and $0 payables to related party at September
30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively


2,201,334


2,067,449

Total Current Liabilities


121,925,614


98,129,556

Total Liabilities


121,925,614


98,129,556






Equity





Preferred stock - no par value; 1,000,000
authorized; none issued and outstanding as of 
September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015


-


-

Common stock - $0.002 par value; 50,000,000
authorized, 19,304,921 issued and outstanding
as of September 30, 2016 and December 31,
2015


38,609


38,609

Additional paid-in capital


(28,582,654)


42,199,014

Reserves


14,541,184


13,207,972

Accumulated other comprehensive income


11,523,318


15,662,639

Retained earnings


138,629,990


129,055,099

Total SORL Auto Parts, Inc. Stockholders'
Equity


136,150,447


200,163,333

Noncontrolling Interest In Subsidiaries


23,013,253


22,261,167

Total Equity


159,163,700


222,424,500

Total Liabilities and Equity

US$

281,089,314

US$

320,554,056

 

 

SORL Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

For The Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016 and 2015 (Unaudited)













Three Months Ended September 30,



Nine Months Ended September 30,



2016


2015



2016


2015











Net sales

US$

61,878,492

US$

50,323,832


US$

189,250,952

US$

161,796,676

Include: sales to related parties


1,785,443


2,171,824



8,334,394


4,241,472

Cost of sales


43,240,780


36,228,783



133,540,473


116,533,620

Gross profit


18,637,712


14,095,049



55,710,479


45,263,056











Expenses:










Selling and distribution expenses


7,949,947


4,813,129



20,637,464


15,250,216

General and administrative expenses


4,878,979


5,634,735



16,717,966


15,784,330

Research and development expenses


2,409,891


2,261,665



6,533,540


5,831,756

Total operating expenses


15,238,817


12,709,529



43,888,970


36,866,302











Other operating income


334,845


69,480



694,717


229,801











Income from operations


3,733,740


1,455,000



12,516,226


8,626,555











Interest income


33,979


162,770



1,047,667


683,561

Government grants


424,029


150,177



569,041


176,157

Other income


212,513


1,675,000



763,534


2,517,901

Interest expenses


(214,974)


(395,121)



(515,547)


(804,321)

Other expenses


(155,261)


(198,828)



(582,820)


(884,879)











Income before income taxes


4,034,026


2,848,998



13,798,101


10,314,974











Income taxes provision


435,534


427,905



1,677,987


2,220,327











Net income

US$

3,598,492

US$

2,421,093


US$

12,120,114

US$

8,094,647











Net income attributable to
noncontrolling interest in
subsidiaries


359,849


373,067



1,212,011


734,265











Net income attributable to
common stockholders

US$

3,238,643

US$

2,048,026


US$

10,908,103

US$

7,360,382











Comprehensive income:




















Net income

US$

3,598,492

US$

2,421,093


US$

12,120,114

US$

8,094,647

Foreign currency translation
adjustments


(1,109,719)


(8,972,031)



(4,599,246)


(8,790,448)

Comprehensive income (loss)


2,488,773


(6,550,938)



7,520,868


(695,801)

Comprehensive income (loss)
attributable to noncontrolling
interest in subsidiaries


248,877


(524,189)



752,086


(160,294)

Comprehensive income (loss)
attributable to common
shareholders

US$

2,239,896

US$

(6,026,749)


US$

6,768,782

US$

(535,507)











Weighted average common share
- basic


19,304,921


19,304,921



19,304,921


19,304,921











Weighted average common share
- diluted


19,304,921


19,304,921



19,304,921


19,304,921











EPS - basic

US$

0.17

US$

0.11


US$

0.57

US$

0.38











EPS - diluted

US$

0.17

US$

0.11


US$

0.57

US$

0.38

 

 

SORL Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

For The Nine Months Ended on September 30, 2016 and 2015 (Unaudited)








Nine Months Ended September 30,



2016


2015






Cash Flows From Operating Activities





Net Income

US$

12,120,114

US$

8,094,647

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash





provided by operating activities:





Allowance for doubtful accounts


6,328,318


6,817,520

Depreciation and amortization


5,357,366


5,765,138

Deferred income tax


(1,253,285)


(1,838,158)

Gain on disposal of property and equipment


-


(44,486)

Changes in assets and liabilities:





Accounts receivable


(21,237,420)


(7,700,931)

Bank acceptance notes from customers


(22,588,093)


5,653,836

Other currents assets


(360,110)


(8,665)

Inventories


8,225,129


13,369,960

Prepayments


(5,240,758)


(536,193)

Prepaid capital lease interest 


86,777


227,367

Accounts payable and bank acceptance notes to
vendors


15,400,637


1,381,794

Income tax payable


1,153,011


434,069

Deposits received from customers


4,217,264


8,243,799

Other current liabilities and accrued expenses


1,086,934


(874,410)

Net Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities


3,295,884


38,985,287






Cash Flows From Investing Activities





Change in short term investments


60,567,408


(54,985,353)

Acquisition of property, equipment, plant and land use
right


(12,266,591)


(2,440,511)

Change in restricted cash


(4,193,003)


-

Proceeds of disposal of property and equipment


-


48,956

Change in security deposit on lease agreement


-


-

Advance to related party


(18,247,384)


-

Repayment of advance to related party


18,247,384


-

Net Cash Flows Provided by (Used in) Investing
Activities


44,107,814


(57,376,908)






Cash Flows From Financing Activities





Proceeds from bank loans


39,309,937


32,886,768

Repayment of bank loans 


(37,110,783)


(19,626,376)

Repayment of capital lease


(1,779,040)


(2,780,713)

Distribution to controlling shareholders in connection
with plant and land use rights exchange with entity
under common control


(70,781,668)


-

Net Cash Flows Provided by (Used in) Financing
Activities


(70,361,554)


10,479,679






Effects on changes in foreign exchange rate


216,995


(354,822)






Net change in cash and cash equivalents


(22,740,861)


(8,266,764)






Cash and cash equivalents- beginning of the period


30,230,828


14,009,597






Cash and cash equivalents - end of the period

US$

7,489,967

US$

5,742,833











Supplemental Cash Flow Disclosures:





Interest paid

US$

575,349

US$

815,839

Income taxes paid

US$

2,340,720

US$

3,624,319






Non-cash Investing and Financing Transactions





Transfer of plant and land use right to entity under
common control

US$

17,342,372

US$

-

Liabilities assumed in connection with the plant and
land use right exchange

US$

5,351,196

US$

-

 

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sorl-auto-parts-reports-increases-in-earnings-per-share-and-net-sales-in-the-third-quarter-results-of-2016-300362005.html

SOURCE SORL Auto Parts, Inc.

View Comments and Join the Discussion!
 

Partner Center