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China Zenix Auto International Limited Reports 16.2% Revenue Growth in 2018 Second Quarter

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China Zenix Auto International Limited Reports 16.2% Revenue Growth in 2018 Second Quarter

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- Revenue from Chinese OEM market rose by 22.3% in the second quarter -

ZHANGZHOU, China, Aug. 16, 2018 /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 second quarter ended June 30, 2018.                                                                                                             

Financial Highlights

Second Quarter 2018:

  • Revenue was RMB907.6 million (US$137.2 million), up 16.2% year-over-year;
  • Sales to the Chinese OEM market increased 22.3% year-over-year;
  • Sales of aluminum wheels increased by 43.9% year-over-year;
  • Gross margin was 9.3%;
  • Net cash flow from operating activities was RMB40.7 million (US$6.1 million).

First Six Months of 2018

  • Revenue was RMB1,723.8 million (US$260.5 million), up 18.8% compared with RMB1,451.3 million in the first six months of 2017;
  • Tubed steel wheel sales increased by 18.7%;
  • Sales of aluminum wheels increased by 68.9%
  • Gross margin was 12.2%;
  • Net profit and total comprehensive income for the period was RMB20.3 million (US$3.1 million) with earnings per American Depositary Share ("ADS") of RMB0.39 (US$0.06);
  • Bank balances and cash, pledged bank deposits and fixed bank deposits with maturity period over three months totaled RMB1,146.1 million (US$173.2 million).

Mr. Junqiu Gao, Deputy CEO and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Zenix Auto, commented, "Our advanced wheel products resulted in higher revenue in our three main markets led by a 22.3% increase in sales to the OEM market in the second quarter of 2018.  Additionally, our sales of aluminum wheels demonstrated higher growth of 43.9% compared to the same quarter last year and continued to capture market share.  However, sharply rising raw material prices, mainly for steel, continued to affect our gross margin and profitability in the second quarter of 2018."

Mr. Martin Cheung, CFO of Zenix Auto, commented, "We continued to generate positive cash flow from operations and our cash position has improved since the end of 2017.  We focus on improving our productivity and as a result our operating costs declined as a percentage of revenue during the second quarter of 2018. We continue to maintain our financial strength and enhance our resources to support our growth."

2018 Second Quarter Results

Revenue for the second quarter was RMB907.6 million (US$137.2 million) from RMB781.0 million for the second quarter of 2017. The 16.2% increase in revenue on a year-over-year basis was mainly due to the continued growth in the domestic truck OEM market driven by the Chinese government's enforcement of its truck anti-overloading policy. The increase in total revenue was also attributable to a higher price adjustment in response to rising raw material costs.

Sales to the Chinese OEM market increased by 22.3% year-over-year to RMB530.8 million (US$80.2 million) in the second quarter of 2018 compared to RMB434.1 million in the same quarter of 2017. Total unit sales in the OEM market increased by 3.6% year-over-year during the second quarter of 2017.

Aftermarket sales in China increased by 12.0% year-over-year to RMB268.2 million (US$40.5 million) in the second quarter of 2018 from RMB239.5 million in the second quarter of 2017. Total unit sales in the aftermarket increased by 1.0% year-over-year as the aftermarket wheel segment began to slowly recover after the implementation of the truck anti-overloading policy and regulations.

International sales increased by 1.2% year-over-year to RMB108.7 million (US$16.4 million) in the second quarter of 2018 compared to sales of RMB107.4 million in the second quarter of 2017. Total international unit sales decreased by 4.3% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2018 mainly due to continued weak demand in Southeastern Asian countries due to higher material costs.

In the second quarter of 2018, domestic OEM sales, domestic aftermarket sales and international sales contributed 58.5%, 29.5% and 12.0% of revenue, respectively.

Sales of tubed steel wheels comprised 47.2% of 2018 second quarter revenue compared to 47.8% in the same quarter in 2017. Tubeless steel wheel sales represented 42.4% of 2018 second quarter revenue compared to 42.7% in the same quarter of 2017. While tubed and tubeless steel wheel sales remain the main sources of revenue for the Company, sales of aluminum wheels increased by 43.9% year-over-year and accounted for 7.5% of second quarter revenue as compared to 6.0% in the same quarter a year ago. The tightened regulation by Chinese government to curb emissions and increase road safety fueled high demand for light-weight tubeless and aluminum wheels.

Second quarter gross profit decreased by 2.0% to RMB84.2 million (US$12.7 million), compared to RMB85.9 million in the same quarter in 2017. Gross margin was 9.3%, compared with 11.0% in the second quarter of 2017. The decrease in gross margin on a year-over-year basis was mainly due to the sharp rise of raw material costs. The Company raised selling prices during the second quarter, but the increases were not high enough to offset higher raw material costs.

Selling and distribution expenses decreased by 1.3% to RMB48.9 million (US$7.4 million) from RMB49.6 million in the second quarter of 2017. The decrease in selling and distribution costs was primarily due to lower marketing and advertising expenses. As a percentage of revenue, selling and distribution costs were 5.4% in the second quarter of 2018, compared to 6.3% in the same quarter a year ago.

Research and development ("R&D") expenses decreased by 2.0% to RMB13.7 million (US$2.1 million), compared to RMB14.0 million in the second quarter of 2017. R&D as a percentage of revenue was 1.5% in the second quarter of 2018, compared to 1.8% in the same quarter a year ago.

Administrative expenses increased by 4.7% to RMB30.5 million (US$4.6 million) from RMB29.1 million in the second quarter of 2017. As a percentage of revenue, administrative expenses were 3.4%, compared to 3.7% of revenue in the second quarter of 2017.

Net loss and total comprehensive loss were RMB5.8 million (US$0.9 million) in the second quarter of 2018 compared to a net loss and total comprehensive loss of RMB7.9 million for the second quarter of 2017. 

Basic and diluted loss per ADS were RMB0.11 (US$0.02) in the second quarter of 2018 compared to basic and diluted loss per ADS of RMB0.15 in the second quarter of 2017.

In the second quarter of 2018, the Company recorded net cash inflows from operating activities of RMB40.7 million (US$6.1 million). The reduction of inventories during the quarter positively affected operating cash-flows. Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) was at 59 days in the second quarter of 2018, in comparison with 57 days during the full year of 2017. The Company did not incur any capital expenditures for the purchase of property, plant and equipment in the second quarter of 2018.

During the second quarter of 2018 and 2017, the weighted average number of ordinary shares was 206.5 million and the weighted average number of ADSs was 51.6 million.

2018 First Six Months Results

Revenue for the first six months ended June 30, 2018 was RMB1,723.8 million (US$260.5 million) compared with RMB1,451.3 million in the first six months of 2017.

Sales to the Chinese OEM market increased by 27.4% year-over-year to RMB995.9 million (US$150.5 million) and represented 57.8% of revenue.  Aftermarket sales grew by 10.8% year-over-year to RMB522.1 million (US$78.9 million) in the first six months of 2018, and represented 30.3% of total six-month revenue. International sales increased by 3.6% year-over-year to RMB205.9 million (US$31.1 million) compared with the same period last year, and represented 11.9% of revenue.

Tubed steel wheel sales for the first six months ended June 30, 2018 increased by 18.7% compared with the same period in 2017 and accounted for 46.5% of revenue. Tubeless steel wheel sales increased by 13.0% from the same period a year ago and accounted for 41.9% of revenue. Aluminum wheel sales rose 68.9% from the same period a year ago and accounted for 8.4% of revenue.

Gross profit for the first six months ended June 30, 2018 was RMB210.1 million (US$31.8 million) compared with RMB191.6 million during the same period in 2017, up 9.7% year-over-year. Gross margin was 12.2% compared with 13.2% in the same period last year.

Net profit and total comprehensive income for the first six months ended June 30, 2018 was RMB20.3 million (US$3.1 million) compared with RMB5.0 million during the same period in 2017. Basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share and per ADS for the first six months ended June 30, 2018 were RMB0.10 (US$0.01) and RMB0.39 (US$0.06), respectively.

As of June 30, 2018, Zenix Auto had bank balances and cash of RMB814.7 million (US$123.1 million) and fixed bank deposits with a maturity period over three months of RMB290.0 million (US$43.8 million). Pledged bank deposits were RMB41.4 million (US$6.3 million). Total bank borrowings were RMB558.0 million (US$84.3 million). Total equity attributable to owners of the Company was RMB2,566.9 million (US$387.9 million).

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call, to be simultaneously webcast, on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. ET/ 8:00 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 September 16, 2018, 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 36630 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 RMB6.6171 to US$1.00, the effective noon buying rate as of June 29, 2018 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 802 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 71 distributors in more than 28 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 June 30, 2018. 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
Investor Relations
Awaken Advisors
Tel: +1-(212) 521-4050
Email: Kevin.Theiss@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 June 30, 2018 and 2017

(RMB and US$ amounts expressed in thousands, except number of shares and ADSs and

per share data)






2017 Q2


2018 Q2


2018 Q2



RMB' 000


RMB' 000


US$' 000










Revenue


780,987


907,621


137,163


Cost of sales


(695,079)

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