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Forward Reports Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter Results

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Forward Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORD), a leading product design, development and manufacturing sourcing company, today announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Third Quarter 2018 Year to Date Financial Highlights

  • Revenues for the quarter were $9.5 million compared to $7.3 million for the third quarter of 2017.
     
  • Revenues fiscal year to date were $24.9 million compared to $18.5 million for the same period in 2017.
     
  • Earnings per share for the quarter was $0.02 compared to $0.06 for the third quarter of 2017.
     
  • Earnings per share fiscal year to date were $0.13 compared to $0.05 for the same period in 2017.
     
  • Gross profit percentage for the quarter was 20.1% compared to 17.4% in the third quarter of 2017.
     
  • Net income for the quarter was $235 thousand (which includes a $510 thousand non-cash benefit from change in fair value of IPS earn-out consideration) compared to net income of $552 thousand in the third quarter of 2017.
     
  • Net income fiscal year to date was $1.2 million compared to $466 thousand for the nine months ended June 30, 2017.
     
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $4.3 million at June 30, 2018.

Terry Wise, Chief Executive Officer of Forward Industries, stated, "During the quarter, we continued our focus on leveraging the synergies and identifying operating efficiencies post the IPS acquisition to the consolidated company and I am pleased to report that these remain on track.  We have identified several promising cross selling and collaborative opportunities for both entities through our extensive client base.  For our core business, we continue, as expected, to face challenges in the diabetic sector of our business and diversifying our product mix continues to be a priority. IPS continues to realise strong pipeline opportunities and again performance is in line with expectations.  In short, I am pleased at our progress and continue to look at the future with excitement."

The tables below are derived from the Company's unaudited, condensed consolidated financial statements included in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 14, 2018 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Please refer to the Form 10-K for complete financial statements and further information regarding the Company's results of operations and financial condition relating to the fiscal years ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. Please also refer to the Form 10-K and 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2018 for a discussion of risk factors applicable to the Company and its business.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 including statements regarding opportunities presented from the IPS acquisition.  Forward has tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words such as "may", "should," "expect," "hope," "anticipate," "believe," "intend," "plan," "estimate" and similar expressions.  These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to the Company and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause its actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements.  These risks include the inability to expand our customer base, pricing pressures, lack of success of new sales people and unanticipated issues with our affiliated sourcing agent, failure to take advantage of synergies between IPS and Forward and issues integrating with IPS.  No assurance can be given that the actual results will be consistent with the forward-looking statements.  Investors should read carefully the factors described in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's filings with the SEC, including the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2017 for information regarding risk factors that could affect the Company's results.  Except as otherwise required by Federal securities laws, Forward undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or any other reason.

About Forward Industries
Incorporated in 1962, and headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, Forward Industries is a global designer and distributor of mobile device cases and accessories. In January 2018, the Company acquired Intelligent Product Solutions, Inc. adding a leading product design, development solution for our customers.   

Contact:                                               
Forward Industries, Inc.                                        
Michael Matte, CFO                                              
(561) 465-0031


         
FORWARD INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
         
  June 30,   September 30,  
    2018       2017    
  (Unaudited)      
Assets        
         
Current assets:        
Cash $   4,341,590     $   4,622,981    
Accounts receivable, net     9,003,310         6,218,563    
Inventories     1,360,680         2,120,971    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     242,421         157,930    
         
          Total current assets     14,948,001         13,120,445    
         
Property and equipment, net     326,525         20,658    
Intangible assets, net     1,452,245         -     
Goodwill     2,182,427         -     
Other assets     63,550         12,843    
         
         Total assets $   18,972,748     $   13,153,946    
         
Liabilities and shareholders' equity        
         
Current liabilities:        
Line of credit $   550,000     $   -     
Accounts payable     228,745         67,351    
Due to Forward China     3,816,791         3,736,451    
Deferred income     126,797         169,642    
Notes payable - short-term portion     1,823,965         -     
Capital leases payable - short-term portion     44,493         -     
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     743,563         213,117    
         Total current liabilities     7,334,354         4,186,561    
         
Other liabilities:        
Notes payable - long-term portion     78,571         -     
Capital leases payable - long-term portion     40,113         -     
Deferred rent     43,788         36,963    
Deferred consideration - long-term portion     538,000         -     
         Total other liabilities     700,472         36,963    
         
         Total liabilities     8,034,826         4,223,524    
         
Commitments and contingencies        
         
Shareholders' equity:        
         
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 40,000,000 shares authorized;        
9,533,850 and 8,920,830 shares issued and outstanding, respectively      95,338         89,208    
Additional paid-in capital     18,707,441         17,936,673    
Accumulated deficit     (7,864,857 )       (9,095,459 )  
         
         Total shareholders' equity     10,937,922         8,930,422    
         
         Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $   18,972,748     $   13,153,946    
         

 

FORWARD INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
(UNAUDITED)  
         
   For the Three Months Ended June 30,     For the Nine Months Ended June 30,   
    2018       2017     2018       2017  
                 
                 
Net Revenues $   9,539,539     $   7,332,722   $   24,888,433     $   18,456,846  
Cost of Sales     7,625,846         6,054,812       20,197,054         15,304,021  
Gross Profit     1,913,693         1,277,910       4,691,379         3,152,825  
                 
Operating expenses:                
Sales and marketing     548,388         309,000       1,290,741         1,116,221  
General and administrative     1,575,781         419,836       3,327,977         1,576,495  
Total operating expenses     2,124,169         728,836       4,618,718         2,692,716  
                 
Income (loss) from operations     (210,476 )       549,074       72,661         460,109  
                 
Change in fair value of earn-out consideration     510,000         -        510,000         -   
Change in fair value of deferred cash consideration     (12,000 )       -        (12,000 )       -   
Interest expense     (46,504 )       -        (77,411 )       -   
Other income (expense)     (5,536 )       2,851       (9,648 )       5,778  
Total Other income (expense)     445,960         2,851       410,941         5,778  
                 
Income before income taxes     235,484         551,925       483,602         465,887  
                 
Benefit from income taxes     -          -        747,000         -   
Net Income $   235,484     $   551,925   $   1,230,602     $   465,887  
                 
Net income per basic common share $   0.02     $   0.06   $   0.13     $   0.05  
Net income per diluted common share $   0.02     $   0.06   $   0.13     $   0.05  
                 
Weighted average number of common and                
common equivalent shares outstanding:                
Basic     9,482,842         8,855,885       9,176,390         8,716,030  
Diluted      9,547,889         8,906,846       9,281,335         8,816,432  
                 

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