Highway Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: HIHO) today reported results for its fiscal third quarter and nine months ended December 31, 2019 -- reflecting increased sales and profitability.

Net sales for the fiscal 2020 third quarter increased 22 percent to $3.6 million from $2.9 million a year ago. For the same period, net income increased sharply to $318,000, or $0.08 per share, from a loss of $305,000, or $0.08 per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

For the nine months, net sales were $9.6 million compared with $10.5 million a year ago. For the same period, the company reported net income of $123,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $444,000, or $0.12 per share, a year earlier.

“Results for the quarter benefited from the company’s multi-year investments in Myanmar, and management’s strategic focus on reducing the company’s higher manufacturing costs. As a result, these lower manufacturing costs allowed us to maintain our margin targets and create favorable economics for our customers to attract business, which contributed, we believe, to our customers’ increased sales activity and our increased orders for the quarter,” said Roland Kohl, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Highway Holdings.

Kohl noted that the recent coronavirus outbreak and the country-wide shut down of factories across China to contain the spread of the virus will impact the company’s manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China, as well as its supply chain. “Operations at our facilities in Shenzhen are currently halted, and we aren’t sure when we will be able to resume full operations. It is difficult to predict the long-term impact, though a short-term impact to our company and customers is to be expected. Fortunately, the company’s increasing reliance on our operations in Myanmar, which already produces more than half of our monthly sales volume, is a strategic benefit and we remain optimistic about the company’s long-term prospects,” Kohl said.

Gross margin as a percentage of sales for the three months ended December 31, 2019 increased to 33.7 percent from 28.7 percent a year earlier, and gross margin as a percentage of sales for the nine months increased to 29.1 percent from 26.2 percent last year.

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased for the quarter by $287,000, and also declined by $477,000 for the nine months on a year-over-year basis, despite the company’s continued additional expenses to support its Myanmar operation with technical and managerial personnel from the company’s Hong Kong and Chinese operations.

“The continued relocation of much of our business to Myanmar is resulting in lower-work load requirements for our operations in China. Consequently, we anticipate redundancies in our work force in China, which will lead to substantial severance expense, which has been accrued. While we do not expect these severance expenses to impact our bottom-line results, these payments will somewhat reduce our cash position,” Kohl said.

Net income for the fiscal third quarter reflects a currency exchange gain of $17,000 compared with a currency exchange loss of $56,000 a year ago. The company reported a $112,000 currency exchange gain for the fiscal 2020 nine months compared with a $21,000 currency exchange loss a year earlier -- mainly due to the weakening of the RMB and Kyat. The company does not engage in currency exchange rate hedging, and the fluctuations in the exchange rate of the RMB and Kyat are expected to affect the company’s future results.

Kohl noted the company’s balance sheet remains strong, despite a decrease in cash. The company’s total cash position at December 31, 2019 decreased to approximately $8.5 million, or approximately $2.2 per diluted share, from $8.8 million at March 31, 2019 -- reflecting an increase in inventory levels during the transition of operations from China to Myanmar, while maintaining order fills to customers.

The company’s current ratio was 2.5:1 at December 31, 2019, and the company's total cash exceeded all current and long-term liabilities combined by $2.6 million.

Separately, the company reported that it has entered into a new three-year lease for a portion of the existing Shenzhen, China facilities. Under the new lease, which becomes effective on March 1, 2020 and continues until February 28, 2023, the company will lease a total of approximately 15,200 square meters of space compared with its current lease of approximately 24,400 square meters of factory space and dormitories located in Shenzhen. The reduced space requirements reflect the company’s relocation of most of its labor-intensive manufacturing and assembly operations to its facility in Yangon, Myanmar. The company also reported that it has renewed the leases of its executive offices in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong office leases, which will expire in March 2020, have been extended for three years on terms substantially similar to the existing lease terms.

About Highway Holdings

Highway Holdings produces a wide variety of high-quality products for blue chip original equipment manufacturers -- from simple parts and components to sub-assemblies and finished products. Highway Holdings’ administrative office is located in Hong Kong and its manufacturing facilities are located in Shenzhen in the People’s Republic of China and Yangon, Myanmar.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, political and technological factors affecting the company's revenues, operations, markets, products and prices, and other factors discussed in the company’s various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation, the company’s annual reports on Form 20-F.

HIGHWAY HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statement of Income

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

$3,590

 

 

$2,950

 

 

$9,630

 

 

$10,495

 

 

Cost of sales

2,379

 

 

2,104

 

 

6,828

 

 

7,741

 

 

Gross profit

1,211

 

 

846

 

 

2,802

 

 

2,754

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

875

 

 

1,162

 

 

2,801

 

 

3,278

 

 

Operating income/(loss)

336

 

 

(316

)

 

1

 

 

(524

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-operating items

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange gain /(loss), net

17

 

 

(56

)

 

112

 

 

(21

)

 

Interest income

12

 

 

10

 

 

42

 

 

17

 

 

Gain on disposal of asset

14

 

 

-

 

 

17

 

 

28

 

 

Other income

0

 

 

2

 

 

1

 

 

8

 

 

Total non-operating income/ (expenses)

43

 

 

(44

)

 

172

 

 

32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income/(loss) before income tax and non-controlling interests

 

379

 

 

(360

)

 

173

 

 

(492

)

 

Income taxes

(60

)

 

-

 

 

(60

)

 

-

 

 

Net income/(loss) before non-controlling interests

319

 

 

(360

)

 

113

 

 

(492

)

 

Less: net gain/(loss) attributable to non-controlling interests

1

 

 

(55

)

 

(10

)

 

(48

)

 

Net income/(loss) attributable to Highway Holdings Limited’s shareholders

$318

 

 

($305

)

 

$123

 

 

($444

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income/(loss) per share - basic and diluted

$0.08

 

 

($0.08

)

 

$0.03

 

 

($0.12

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

3,977

 

 

3,801

 

 

3,895

 

 

3,801

 

 

Diluted

3,977

 

 

3,801

 

 

3,895

 

 

3,801

 

 

HIGHWAY HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Balance Sheet

(In thousands, except per share data)

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

December 31

 

 

March 31

 

 

2019

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$8,542

 

 

$8,827

 

Accounts receivable, net of doubtful accounts

2,483

 

 

2,264

 

Inventories

2,327

 

 

1,539

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

502

 

 

722

 

Operating leases

199

 

 

-

 

Total current assets

14,053

 

 

13,352

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, (net)

890

 

 

886

 

Operating Lease

1,157

 

 

-

 

Long-term deposits

54

 

 

66

 

Long-term loan receivable

95

 

 

75

 

Long-term prepayment

299

 

 

-

 

Long-term rental prepayment

-

 

 

871

 

Total assets

$16,548

 

 

$15,250

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$1,211

 

 

$1,161

 

Other liabilities and accrued expenses

3,273

 

 

2,989

 

Lease liability

193

 

 

-

 

Income tax payable

625

 

 

602

 

Dividend payable

329

 

 

329

 

Total current liabilities

5,631

 

 

5,081

 

Long term liabilities :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lease liability

249

 

-

 

Deferred income taxes

32

 

32

 

Total liabilities

5,912

 

5,113

 

 

Shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

Common shares, $0.01 par value

39

 

 

38

 

Additional paid-in capital

11,712

 

 

11,370

 

Retained earnings/( Deficit)

(1,111

)

 

(1,233

)

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)/income

(29

)

 

(35

)

Treasury shares, at cost – 5,049 shares as of December 31, 2019; and March 31, 2019 respectively

(14

)

 

(14

)

Non-controlling interest

39

 

 

11

 

Total Highway Holdings Limited shareholders’ equity

10,636

 

 

10,137

 

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$16,548

 

 

$15,250

 

 

Gary S. Maier Maier & Company, Inc. (310) 471-1288

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