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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

(Mark One)

xQUARTERLY REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2012

 

¨TRANSITION REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE EXCHANGE ACT

 

For the transition period from _________ to _________

 

Commission file number 000-11991

 

SORL AUTO PARTS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

DELAWARE 30-0091294
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization) (IRS Employer Identification No.)

 

No. 1169 Yumeng Road

Ruian Economic Development District

Ruian City, Zhejiang Province

People’s Republic Of China

(Address of principal executive offices)

  

 

 

86-577-6581-7720

(Registrant’s telephone number)

 

 

  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes x No ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).

Yes x No ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See definition of “accelerated filer”, “large accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large Accelerated Filer ¨ Accelerated Filer ¨ Non-Accelerated Filer ¨                       Smaller Reporting Company x

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act):

Yes ¨ No

 

APPLICABLE ONLY TO CORPORATE ISSUERS

 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date:

As of March 31, 2012 there were 19,304,921 shares of Common Stock outstanding

 

 

 
 

 

SORL AUTO PARTS, INC.

FORM 10-Q

For the Quarter Ended March 31, 2012

 

INDEX

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION (Unaudited) 1
     
Item 1. Financial Statements: 1
     
  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2012 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2011 3
     
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income (Unaudited) for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 4
     
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited) for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 5
     
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity (Unaudited) for the Three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 6
     
  Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited) 7
     
Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis or Financial Condition and Results of Operations 20
     
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 26
     
Item 4. Controls and Procedures 26
     
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION 26
     
Item 1.

Legal Proceedings.

26
     

Item 1A.

Risk Factors.

27

     

Item 2.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds. 

27

     

Item 3.

Defaults Upon Senior Securities.

27

     
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures. 27
     
Item 5.  Other Information. 27
     
Item 6. Exhibits 27
     
SIGNATURES 27

 

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SORL Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011
 

 

   March 31, 2012   December 31, 2011 
   (Unaudited)     
Assets        
Current Assets          
Cash and Cash EquivalentsUS $15,736,035 US  $17,116,692 
Accounts Receivable, Net of Provision   65,595,672    65,344,441 
Bank acceptance notes from customers   11,272,803    17,980,145 
Inventory   53,790,171    56,377,556 
Prepayments   5,972,254    2,484,026 
Other current assets   3,095,991    4,960,061 
Deferred tax assets   688,233    605,539 
Total Current Assets   156,151,159    164,868,460 
Fixed Assets          
Machinery   50,152,349    49,879,491 
Molds   1,386,277    1,384,825 
Office equipment   1,477,877    1,439,305 
Vehicle   1,952,294    1,853,111 
Building   8,898,044    8,888,723 
Machinery held under capital lease   18,185,136    18,166,087 
Construction in progress   1,630,705    1,503,200 
Less: Accumulated Depreciation   (32,756,723)   (30,905,671)
   Property, Plant and Equipment, Net   50,925,959    52,209,071 
Leasehold Improvements in Progress   388,640    375,604 
           
Land Use Rights, Net   15,034,686    15,111,078 
           
Other Non-Current Assets          
           
Intangible Assets   176,055    175,871 
Less: Accumulated Amortization   (96,523)   (92,237)
Intangible Assets, Net   79,532    83,634 
Security Deposits On Lease Agreement   1,881,861    1,879,890 
Total Other Non-Current Assets   1,961,393    1,963,524 
Total AssetsUS  $224,461,837 US  $234,527,737 
           
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity          
Current Liabilities          
Accounts Payable, including $307,521 and $524,148 due to related parties on
March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.
US  $7,367,425 US  $10,772,396 
Bank acceptance notes to vendors   670,448    5,589,678 
Deposit Received from Customers   5,158,450    5,074,532 
Short term bank loans   11,702,079    16,448,527 
Income tax payable   742,526    273,781 
Accrued Expenses   9,115,202    8,808,788 
Current Portion Of Capital Lease Obligations   2,353,696    2,305,125 
Other Current Liabilities, including $210,874 and $143,950 due to related parties on
March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.
   282,083    467,850 
Total Current LiabilitiesUS $37,391,909   $49,740,677 
           
Non-Current Liabilities          
Non-Current Portion Of Capital Lease Obligations   9,874,226    10,469,265 
Deferred tax liabilities   250,552    236,385 
Total Non-Current Liabilities   10,124,778    10,705,650 
           
Total LiabilitiesUS  $47,516,687 US  $60,446,327 
           
Stockholders' Equity          
           
Preferred Stock - No Par Value; 1,000,000 authorized; none issued and
outstanding as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011
   -    - 
Common Stock - $0.002 Par Value; 50,000,000 authorized,          
19,304,921 and 19,304,921 issued and outstanding as of          
March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011   38,609    38,609 
Additional Paid In Capital   42,199,014    42,199,014 
Reserves   8,608,443    8,375,392 
Accumulated other comprehensive income   22,146,120    21,910,957 
Retained Earnings   86,711,198    84,610,260 
Total SORL Auto Parts, Inc. stockholders' equity   159,703,384    157,134,232 
Noncontrolling Interest In Subsidiaries   17,241,766    16,947,178 
Total Equity   176,945,150    174,081,410 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' EquityUS  $224,461,837 US  $234,527,737 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements

 

 

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SORL Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income
For The First Quarter Ended on March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011

 

 

   Three Months Ended March 31, 
   2012   2011 
         
SalesUS $44,598,241    51,992,965 
Include: sales to related parties   586,789    904,947 
Cost of Sales   32,381,944    37,403,946 
           
Gross Profit   12,216,297    14,589,019 
           
Expenses:          
Selling and Distribution Expenses   3,170,902    3,069,228 
General and Administrative Expenses   3,857,757    2,866,448 
Research and development expenses   1,267,156    1,978,901 
Financial Expenses   594,897    567,352 
           
Total Expenses   8,890,712    8,481,929 
           
Operating Income   3,325,585    6,107,090 
           
Other Income   351,845    205,248 
Non-Operating Expenses   (60,896)   (8,137)
           
Income (Loss) Before Provision for Income Taxes   3,616,534    6,304,201 
           
Provision for Income Taxes   1,018,656    949,743 
           
Net IncomeUS $2,597,878    5,354,458 
           
Other Comprehensive Income - Foreign Currency Translation Adjustment   265,862    1,534,176 
           
Total Comprehensive Income   2,863,740    6,888,634 
           
Less:          
Net income attributable to Noncontrolling Interest In Subsidiaries   263,889    500,135 
           
Other Comprehensive Income Attributable to Non-controlling Interest's Share   30,699    153,418 
           
Total Comprehensive Income Attributable to Non-controlling Interest's Share   294,588    653,553 
           
Net Income Attributable to Stockholders   2,333,989    4,854,323 
           
Other Comprehensive Income Attributable to Stockholders   235,163    1,380,758 
           
Total Comprehensive Income Attributable to Stockholders   2,569,152    6,235,081 
           
Weighted average common share - Basic   19,304,921    19,304,921 
           
Weighted average common share - Diluted   19,304,921    19,304,921 
           
EPS - Basic   0.12    0.25 
           
EPS - Diluted   0.12    0.25 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements

 

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SORL Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For The First Quarter Ended on March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011

 

 

   Three Months Ended March 31, 
   2012   2011 
         
Cash Flows from Operating Activities          
Net IncomeUS $2,597,878    5,354,458 
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash          
from operating activities:          
Bad Debt Expense   27,775    - 
Depreciation and Amortization   1,939,592    1,688,888 
Loss on disposal of Fixed Assets   2,333    - 
Changes in Assets and Liabilities:          
Account Receivables   (648,998)   (9,744,191)
Bank acceptance notes from customers   6,722,671    15,249,986 
Other Currents Assets   1,461,199    (540,196)
Inventory   2,645,103    (5,112,991)
Prepayments   (3,483,826)   (399,564)
Deferred tax assets   (82,017)   35,194 
Accounts Payable and Bank acceptance notes to vendors   (8,336,880)   3,274,639 
Income Tax Payable   468,213    7,808 
Deposits Received from Customers   78,584    (2,294,562)
Other Current Liabilities and Accrued Expenses   913,965    812,543 
Deferred tax liabilities   13,912    13,296 
Net Cash Flows from Operating Activities   4,319,504    8,345,308 
           
Cash Flows from Investing Activities          
Acquisition of Property and Equipment   (367,457)   (2,987,014)
Proceeds of disposal of fixed assets   3,096    - 
Leasehold Improvements in Progress   (31,069)   - 
           
Net Cash Flows from Investing Activities   (395,430)   (2,987,014)
           
Cash Flows from Financing Activities          
Proceeds from (Repayment of) Bank Loans   (4,761,199)   48,104 
Repayment of capital lease   (559,570)   - 
           
Net Cash flows from Financing Activities   (5,320,769)   48,104 
           
Effects on changes in foreign exchange rate   16,038    92,484 
           
Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents   (1,380,657)   5,498,882 
           
Cash and Cash Equivalents- Beginning of the year   17,116,692    6,691,078 
           
Cash and cash Equivalents - End of the periodUS $15,736,035    12,189,960 
           
           
Supplemental Cash Flow Disclosures:          
Interest Paid   233,931    551,121 
Tax Paid   618,429    893,444 

  

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements

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SORL Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders' Equity
For The First Quarter Ended on March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011

 

   Number   Common   Additional   Reserves   Retained   Accumu. Other             
   of Share   Stock   Paid-in       Earnings   Comprehensive   Shareholders'   Noncontrolling   Total 
           Capital       (Deficit)   Income   Equity   Interest   Equity 
Beginning Balance - January 1, 2012   19,304,921    38,609    42,199,014    8,375,392    84,610,260    21,910,957    157,134,232    16,947,178    174,081,410 
                                              
Net Income                       2,333,989         2,333,989    263,889    2,597,878 
                                              
Other Comprehensive Income(Loss)                            235,163    235,163    30,699    265,862 
                                              
Transfer to reserve                  233,051    (233,051)                  - 
                                              
Ending Balance – March 31, 2012   19,304,921    38,609    42,199,014    8,608,443    86,711,198    22,146,120    159,703,384    17,241,766    176,945,150 

 

 

                                     
   Number   Common   Additional   Reserves   Retained   Accumu. Other             
   of Share   Stock   Paid-in       Earnings   Comprehensive   Shareholders'   Noncontrolling   Total 
           Capital       (Deficit)   Income   Equity   Interest   Equity 
Beginning Balance - January 1, 2011   19,304,921    38,609    42,199,014    6,641,547    69,672,286    14,731,607    133,283,063    14,517,162    147,800,225 
                                              
Net Income                       4,854,323         4,854,323    500,135    5,354,458 
                                              
Other Comprehensive Income(Loss)                            1,380,758    1,380,758    153,418    1,534,176 
                                              
Transfer to reserve                  492,502    (492,502)                  - 
                                              
Ending Balance - March 31, 2011   19,304,921    38,609    42,199,014    7,134,049    74,034,107    16,112,365    139,518,144    15,170,715    154,688,859 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements 

 

 

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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

NOTE A - DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS

 

SORL Auto Parts, Inc.( “the Company”) is principally engaged in the manufacture and distribution of vehicle brake systems and other key safety-related components, through its 90% ownership of Ruili Group Ruian Auto Parts Company Limited (“Ruian”) in the People’s Republic of China (“PRC” or “China”) and 60% ownership of SORL International Holding, Ltd. ("SIH") in Hong Kong. The Company distributes products both in China and internationally under SORL trademarks. The Company’s products range in 65 categories and over 2000 different specifications.

 

On November 11, 2009, the Company entered into a joint venture agreement with MGR, a Hong Kong-based global auto parts distribution specialist firm and a Taiwanese investor. The new joint venture was named SIH(the Joint Venture). SORL holds a 60% interest in SIH, MGR holds a 30% interest, and the Taiwanese investor holds a 10% interest. SIH is primarily devoted to expanding SORL's international sales network in Asia-Pacific and creating a larger footprint in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with a target to create a truly global distribution network. Based in Hong Kong, SIH is expanding and establishing channels of distribution in international markets.

 

On February 8, 2010, the Company sold 1,000,000 shares of its common stock to selected institutional investors at a price of $10.00 per share pursuant to a registered direct offering. This transaction provided net proceeds of approximately $9.4 million. On March 9, 2010, through Fairford, SORL invested $9.349 million in its operating subsidiary, Ruian. To maintain its 10% shareholding in Ruian, the Ruili Group increased its capital investment by $1.039 million. Accordingly, SORL continues to hold a 90% controlling interest in the operating subsidiary.

 

On August 31, 2010, the Company, through Ruian, executed an Agreement to acquire the assets of the hydraulic brake, power steering, and automotive electrical operations of the Ruili Group (the "Seller", a related party under common control). As a result of this acquisition, the Company's product offerings expanded to include both commercial and passenger vehicles' brake systems and other key safety-related auto parts. The purchase price was RMB 170 million, or approximately USD$25 million. The transaction was accounted for using the book value of assets acquired, consisting primarily of machinery and equipment, inventory, accounts receivable and patent rights, used or usable in connection with the acquired segment of the auto parts business of the Seller. The Company purchased the machinery and equipment, inventory, accounts receivable at book values of $8.0 million, $8.0 million and $5.2 million, respectively. The Company did not acquire any of the assets of the Seller other than those in the segment of Seller's business described above. The excess of consideration over the carrying value of net assets received has been recorded as a decrease in the additional paid-in capital of the Company.

 

The acquisition was accounted for as a transaction between the entities under common control because the CEO of the Company owns 63% of the registered capital of Ruili Group Co., Ltd., and owns more than 50% of the outstanding common stock of SORL, together with his wife and brother. This results in the acquisition being accounted for using the historical costs of the financial statements of the Seller. The consolidated financial statements have been prepared as if the acquisition took place at the earliest time presented, that is, as of January 1, 2010. The assets purchase was deemed to be the acquisition of a business.

 

NOTE B - BASIS OF PRESENTATION

 

The condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its majority owned subsidiaries. All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in the consolidation. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in conjunction with generally accepted accounting principles have been condensed or omitted as permitted by the rules and regulations of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, although the Company believes that the disclosures contained in this report are adequate to make the information presented not misleading. These condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the annual audited consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto included in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, and other reports filed with the SEC.

 

 

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The accompanying condensed unaudited interim consolidated financial statements reflect all adjustments of a normal and recurring nature which are, in the opinion of management, necessary to present fairly the financial position, results of operations and cash flows of the Company for the interim periods presented. The results of operations for these periods are not necessarily comparable to, or indicative of, results of any other interim period or for the fiscal year taken as a whole.

 

NOTE C- RECENTLY ISSUED FINANCIAL STANDARDS

 

 

In May 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued ASU No. 2011-04, “Fair Value Measurement (Topic 820): Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP and IFRSs” (ASU 2011-04). This newly issued accounting standard clarifies the application of certain existing fair value measurement guidance and expands the disclosures for fair value measurements that are estimated using significant unobservable (Level 3) inputs. This ASU is effective on a prospective basis for annual and interim reporting periods beginning on or after December 15, 2011. The adoption of this standard did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

In June 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-05, “Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Presentation of Comprehensive Income” (ASU 2011-05). This newly issued accounting standard: (1) eliminates the option to present the components of other comprehensive income as part of the statement of changes in stockholders’ equity; (2) requires the consecutive presentation of the statement of net income and other comprehensive income; and (3) requires an entity to present reclassification adjustments on the face of the financial statements from other comprehensive income to net income. The amendments in this ASU do not change the items that must be reported in other comprehensive income or when an item of other comprehensive income must be reclassified to net income nor do the amendments affect how earnings per share is calculated or presented.

 

In December 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-12, Deferral of the Effective Date for Amendments to the Presentation of Reclassifications of Items Out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income in Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-05, which defers the requirement within ASU 2011-05 to present on the face of the financial statements the effects of reclassifications out of accumulated other comprehensive income on the components of net income and other comprehensive income for all periods presented. During the deferral, entities should continue to report reclassifications out of accumulated other comprehensive income consistent with the presentation requirements in effect prior to the issuance of ASU 2011-05. These ASUs are required to be applied retrospectively and are effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2011. As these accounting standards do not change the items that must be reported in other comprehensive income or when an item of other comprehensive income must be reclassified to net income, the adoption of these standards did not have an impact on our consolidated financial statements.

 

In December 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-11, Balance Sheet (Topic 210): Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities (ASU 2011-11). This newly issued accounting standard requires an entity to disclose both gross and net information about instruments and transactions eligible for offset in the statement of financial position as well as instruments and transactions executed under a master netting or similar arrangement and was issued to enable users of financial statements to understand the effects or potential effects of those arrangements on its financial position. This ASU is required to be applied retrospectively and is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning on or after January 1, 2013. As this accounting standard only requires enhanced disclosure, the adoption of this standard is not expected to have an impact on our consolidated financial statements.

 

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NOTE D - RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

The Company continued to purchase packaging materials from the Ruili Group Co., Ltd. The Ruili Group Co., Ltd., is the minority shareholder of Ruian and is controlled by Mr. Xiao Ping Zhang and his family, who is the CEO and also the controlling party of the Company.

 

The following related party transactions are reported for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011:

 

   Three Months Ended March 31, 
   2012   2011 
PURCHASES FROM:          
Ruili Group Co., Ltd.  $1,065,227   $1,397,135 
Total Purchases  $1,065,227    1,397,135 
           
SALES TO:          
Ruili Group Co., Ltd.  $586,789   $904,947 
Total Sales  $586,789   $904,947 
      

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2012   2011 
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE        
Ruili Group Co., Ltd.  $307,521   $524,148 
Total  $307,521   $524,148 
           
 OTHER PAYABLES          
MGR Hong Kong Limited  $29,166   $25,559 
Ruili Group Co., Ltd.   181,708    118,391 
Total  $210,874   $143,950 

 

 

 

NOTE E - ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE

 

No customer individually accounted for more than 10% of our revenues or accounts receivable for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The changes in the allowance for doubtful accounts on March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 are summarized as follows:

  

   March 31, 2012   December 31, 2011 
Beginning balance  $892,455   $319,687 
Add: Increase to allowance   28,725    572,768 
Less: Accounts written off        
           
Ending balance  $921,180   $892,455 

 

 

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   March 31,
2012
   December 31,
2011
 
         
Accounts receivable  $66,516,852   $66,236,896 
Less: allowance for doubtful accounts   (921,180)   (892,455)
           
Account receivable balance, net  $65,595,672   $65,344,441 

  

NOTE F - INVENTORIES

 

On March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, inventories consisted of the following:

 

   March 31, 2012   December 31, 2011 
Raw Material  $10,258,852   $13,019,592 
Work in process   13,303,489    16,576,415 
Finished Goods   30,227,830    26,781,549 
Total Inventory  $53,790,171   $56,377,556 

  

NOTE G - PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

 

Property, plant and equipment consisted of the following, on March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011:

 

   March 31,
2012
   December 31,
2011
 
Machinery  $50,152,349   $49,879,491 
Molds   1,386,277    1,384,825 
Office equipment   1,477,877    1,439,305 
Vehicle   1,952,294    1,853,111 
Building   8,898,044    8,888,723 
Machinery held under Capital lease   18,185,136    18,166,087 
Construction in progress   1,630,705    1,503,200 
Sub-Total   83,682,682    83,114,742 
           
Less: Accumulated depreciation   (32,756,723)   (30,905,671)
           
Fixed Assets, net  $50,925,959   $52,209,071 

 

 

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Depreciation expense charged to operations was $1,821,309 and $1,582,499 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011, respectively.

 

On September 13, 2011, the Company entered an agreement with International Far Eastern Leasing Co., Ltd.(a first party) and sold and simultaneously leased back part of its unencumbered manufacturing equipment, for a term of 60 months and an interest rate of 7.95%. The sale price of the manufacturing equipment was $13,209,492. As related to this transaction, the Company put down a security deposit of $1,863,916 to be refunded back to the Company after the end of the lease. In addition, the Company paid a fee of $641,484 to this first party accounted for as financing expense in the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements. The Company has an option, exercisable at the end of the lease term, to repurchase the manufacturing equipment for $157. The transaction was accounted for as a financing transaction and was recorded in the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements as a capital lease.

 

NOTE H- LEASEHOLD IMPROVEMENTS

 

   March 31,
2012
   December 31,
2011
 
Cost:  $548,610   $517,011 
Less: Accumulated amortization:   (159,970)   (141,407)
Leasehold Improvements In Progress, net  $388,640   $375,604 

 

 

By law and practice, when improvements are made to real property and those improvements are permanently affixed to the property, the title to those improvements automatically transfers to the owner of the property. The lessee’s interest in the improvements is not a direct ownership interest but rather it is an intangible right to use and benefit from the improvements during the term of the lease. The leasehold improvements are amortized over the lease term.

 

In May 2009, Ruian entered into a lease agreement with Ruili Group Co., Ltd. for the lease of a manufacturing plant. This manufacturing plant was not part of the assets acquired from Ruili Group Co., Ltd. The lease term is from September 2009 to May 2017.

 

In August 2009, SIH entered into a lease agreement with MGR for the lease of an office with a five-year lease term.

  

In August 2010, a new a lease agreement was signed between Ruian and Ruili Group Co., Ltd., under which Ruian leased 32,410 square meters manufacturing plant for its new purchased passenger vehicles brake systems business. The lease term is from September 2009 to August 2020.

 

NOTE I- LAND USE RIGHTS

 

   March 31,
2012
   December 31,
2011
 
Cost:  $16,694,958   $16,677,470 
Less: Accumulated amortization:   (1,660,272)   (1,566,392)
Land use rights, net  $15,034,686   $15,111,078 

 

 

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According to the law of China, the government owns all the land in China. Companies and individuals are authorized to possess and use the land only through land use rights granted by the Chinese government. The Company purchased the land use rights from Ruili Group for approximately $13.9 million on September 28, 2007. The company has been negotiating with the government for a reduction in or exemption from the tax being sought by the government in connection with the transfer of the land use rights, and pending resolution of that issue, we have deferred accrual or payment of the tax. Due to the lack of resolution of that issue, the land use right certificate has not been issued to the Company. We plan to conclude negotiations with the government and to obtain the land use rights certificate as soon as practicable. Amortization expenses were $92,189 and $85,538 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

 

NOTE J - INTANGIBLE ASSETS

 

Intangible assets owned by the Company included patent technology and management software licenses. Amortization expenses were $4,188 and $3,970 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Future estimated amortization expense is as follows:

 

2012   2013   2014   2015   2016   Thereafter
$ 12,555   $ 16,743   $ 13,574   $ 11,990   $ 11,990   $ 12,594

  

NOTE K - PREPAYMENT

 

Prepayment consisted of the following as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011:

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2012   2011 
Raw material suppliers  $6,699,012   $1,773,877 
Equipment purchase   668,413    710,149 
Total prepayment  $7,367,425   $2,484,026 

 

 

NOTE L - DEFERRED TAX ASSETS AND DEFERRED TAX LIABILITIES

 

Deferred tax assets consisted of the following as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 comprise the following:

   March 31, 2012   December 31, 2011 
Deferred tax assets - current          
Provision  $137,357   $133,049 
Subsidiary's operating loss carry forwards          
Warranty   589,823    578,225 
Deferred tax assets   727,180    711,274 
Valuation allowance        
Net deferred tax assets - current   727,180    711,274 
           
Deferred tax liabilities - current          
Revenue (netoff cost)   38,947    105,735 
Deferred tax liabilities - current   38,947    105,735 
           
Net deferred tax assets - current  $688,233   $605,539 
           
Deferred tax liabilities - non-current          
Land use right  $250,552   $236,385 
Deferred tax liabilities - non-current  $250,552   $236,385 

 

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Deferred taxation is calculated under the liability method in respect of taxation effect arising from all timing differences, which are expected with reasonable probability to realize in the foreseeable future. The Company and its subsidiaries do not have income tax liabilities in U.S. as the Company had no United States taxable income for the reporting period. The Company’s subsidiary registered in the PRC is subject to income taxes within the PRC at the applicable tax rate.

 

NOTE M ACCEPTANCE NOTES TO VENDORS

 

Bank acceptance notes to vendors represent accounts payable in the form of bills of exchange whose acceptances are guaranteed and settlements are handled by banks. From time to time we receive bank acceptance notes payable to the Company from our customers, for goods we sell to those customers. If the notes are not yet due and payable, we may exchange them at a bank in exchange for notes payable to our suppliers, and deliver those notes to our vendors. In such cases, we pay a small service fee to the banks. The bank acceptance notes usually mature and are payable to vendors by the banks in six months. The Company does not have to pay any interest to the banks on these notes. The vendors would pay interest if they discounted the bank acceptance notes to vendors at the banks.

  

Bank acceptance notes to vendors were $670,448 and $5,589,678 as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. The Company has pledged bank acceptance notes from customers of $1,112,117 to secure the bank acceptance notes to vendors granted by banks.

 

NOTE N - BANK LOANS

 

Bank loans represented the following as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011:

 

   March 31,
2012
   December 31,
2011
 
Secured  $11,702,079   $16,448,527 
Less: Current portion  $(11,702,079)  $(16,448,527)
Non-current portion  $   $ 

  

The Company obtained those short term loans from Bank of China and Agricultural Bank of China, respectively, to finance general working capital as well as new equipment acquisition. The Company did not provide any guarantee to any other parties. Interest rate for the loans ranged from 4.33% to 7.38% per annum. The maturity dates of the loans ranged from April 5, 2012 to August 6, 2012.

 

Corporate or personal guarantee:
$3.1 Million Guaranteed by Ruili Group Co., Ltd., a related party;
$8.6 Million Guaranteed by Ruili Group Co., Ltd., a related party, Mr. Xiao Ping Zhang and Ms. Shu Ping Chi, both principal shareholders.

 

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NOTE O - ACCRUED EXPENSES

 

Accrued expenses consisted of the following as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011:

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2012   2011 
Accrued payroll  $1,690,838   $1,626,544 
Accrued warranty expenses   3,963,896    3,854,832 
Other accrued expenses   3,460,468    3,327,412 
Total accrued expenses  $9,115,202   $8,808,788 

  

NOTE P –CAPITAL LEASE OBLIGATIONS

 

 

   March 31,
2012
   December 31,
2011
 
Total Capital Lease Obligations  $12,227,922   $12,774,390 
Less: Current portion  $(2,353,696)  $(2,305,125)
Non-current portion  $9,874,226   $10,469,265 

 

 

The capital lease obligation was under the agreement with International Far Eastern Leasing Co., Ltd., which was disclosed in Note G, for a term of 60 months and an interest rate of 7.95% per annum, payable monthly in arrears. International Far Eastern Leasing Co., Ltd. is the subsidiary of China Sinochem Corporation (listed among the 2012 Fortune 500 company list by Fortune magazine). As related to this transaction, the Company made a security deposit of $1,879,890 to be refunded back to the Company after the end of the lease.

 

 

NOTE Q – RESERVE

 

The reserve funds are comprised of the following:

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2012   2011 
Statutory surplus reserve fund  $8,608,443   $8,375,392 
Total  $8,608,443   $8,375,392 

  

Pursuant to the relevant laws and regulations of Sino-foreign joint venture enterprises, the profits of the Company's subsidiary, which are based on their PRC statutory financial statements, are available for distribution in the form of cash dividends after they have satisfied all the PRC tax liabilities, provided for losses in previous years, and made appropriations to reserve funds, as determined at the discretion of the board of directors in accordance with PRC accounting standards and regulations.

 

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As stipulated by the relevant laws and regulations for enterprises operating in the PRC, Ruian is required to make annual appropriations to the statutory surplus funds. In accordance with the relevant PRC regulations and the articles of association of the respective companies, Ruian is required to allocate a certain percentage of its profits after taxation, as determined in accordance with PRC accounting standards applicable to the Company, to the statutory surplus reserve until such reserve reaches 50% of the registered capital of the Company.

 

Net income as reported in the US GAAP financial statements differs from that as reported in the PRC statutory financial statements. In accordance with the relevant laws and regulations in the PRC, the profits available for distribution are based on the statutory financial statements. If Ruian has foreign currency available after meeting its operational needs, Ruian may make its profit distributions in foreign currency to the extent foreign currency is available. Otherwise, it is necessary to obtain approval and convert such distributions at an authorized bank. The reserve fund consists of retained earnings which have been allocated to the statutory reserve fund.

 

 

NOTE R - INCOME TAXES

 

Ruian is registered in the PRC, and is therefore subject to state and local income taxes within the PRC at the applicable tax rate on the taxable income as reported in the PRC statutory financial statements in accordance with relevant income tax laws.

 

The Company increased its investment in Ruian as a result of its financing in December, 2006. In accordance with the Income Tax Law of the People's Republic of China on Foreign-invested Enterprises and Foreign Enterprises, Ruian was eligible for additional preferential tax treatment. For the years 2007 and 2008, Ruian was entitled to an income tax exemption on all pre-tax income generated by the company above its pre-tax income generated in the fiscal year 2006. Thereafter, Ruian was entitled to a 50% exemption from the effective income tax rate on any pre-tax income above its 2006 pre-tax income, to be recognized in the years 2009, 2010 and 2011. The above taxation exemption was superseded, because Ruian has been awarded the Chinese government's "High-Tech Enterprise" designation. The High-Tech Enterprise certificate is valid for three years and provides for a reduced tax rate of 15% for years 2009 through 2011. So, the Company’s effective income tax rate will be 15% for years 2009 through 2011.

 

The reconciliation of the effective income tax rate of Ruian to the statutory income tax rate in the PRC for the first quarter of 2012 and 2011 is as follows:

 

   Three months ended March 31, 2012   Three months ended March 31, 2011 
US Statutory income tax rate   35.00%   35.00%
Valuation allowance recognized with respect to the loss in the US company   -35.00%   -35.00%
HK Statutory income tax rate   16.50%   16.50%
Valuation allowance recognized with respect to the loss in those HK company   -16.50%   -16.50%
China Statutory income tax rate   25.00%   25.00%
 China Statutory income exemption   0.00%   -10.00%
Other items   3.17%   -0.21%
           
Effective tax rate   28.17%   14.79%

 

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   Three months ended March 31, 2012   Three months ended March 31, 2011 
Computed income tax provision at the statutory rate  $901,999   $1,605,499 
Tax exemption       (642,199)
Deferred tax provision   (68,104)   48,490 
Current period permanent differences and other reconciling items   184,761    (62,047)
Total income taxes  $1,018,656   $949,743 

 

 

Income taxes are calculated on a separate entity basis. Deferred income taxes reflect the net tax effects of temporary differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities for financial reporting purposes and the amounts used for income tax purposes. Significant components of the Company’s net deferred tax assets and liabilities are approximately as mentioned above on March 31, 2012. There currently is no tax benefit recorded for the United States. The tax authority may examine the tax returns of the Company three years after the year ended. In the year of 2012, there were known penalties in the amount of $40,000 related to tax years 2007 and 2008, which the Company is in the process of settlement with the U.S. tax authority. The provisions for income taxes for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, are summarized as follows:

 

 

   Three months ended March 31, 2012   Three months ended March 31, 2011 
           
Current  $1,086,760   $901,253 
Deferred   (68,104)   48,490 
           
Total  $1,018,656   $949,743 

 

The Company adopted the provisions of FASB ASC 740-10 (Prior authoritative literature: FIN No. 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes) on January 1, 2007. As the result of the implementation of the FASB ASC 740-10, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes – In Interpretation of FASB ASC 740-10 (Prior authoritative literature: FASB Statement No. 109), the Company recognized no material adjustments to unrecognized tax benefits. On the adoption date of January 1, 2007 and as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the Company has no unrecognized tax benefits.

 

NOTE S - Non-controlling interest in subsidiaries

 

 

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Non-controlling interest in subsidiaries represents a 10% non-controlling interest, owned by Ruili Group Co., Ltd., in Ruian, and a 40% non-controlling interest, owned by the Company’s Joint Venture partners, in SIH. Net income attributable to non-controlling interests in subsidiaries amounted to $263,889 and $500,135 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

 

   March 31, 2012   March 31, 2011 
10% non-controlling interest in Ruian  $258,946   $547,225 
40% non-controlling interest in SIH  4,943   (47,090)
           
Total  $263,889   $500,135 

 

 

NOTE T - LEASES

 

In December 2006, Ruian entered into a lease agreement with Ruili Group Co., Ltd. for the lease of two apartment buildings. These two apartment buildings are for Ruian’s management personnel and staff, respectively. The lease term is from January 2007 to December 2011 for one of the apartment buildings and from January 2007 to December 2012 for the other. In December 2011, a new lease agreement was signed for the lease of two apartment buildings. The lease term is from January 2012 to December 2016.

 

In May 2009, Ruian entered into a lease agreement with Ruili Group Co., Ltd. for the lease of a manufacturing plant. The lease term is from September 2009 to May 2017.

 

In August 2009, SIH entered into a lease agreement with MGR for the lease of an office with a five-year lease term. The leasehold improvements are amortized over the lease term.

 

In August 2010, a new a lease agreement was signed between Ruian and Ruili Group Co., Ltd., under which Ruian leased 32,410 square meters manufacturing plant for its new purchased passenger vehicles brake systems business. The lease term is from September 2009 to August 2020.

 

The lease expenses were $313,838 and $276,282 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011, respectively.

 

Future minimum rental payments for the years ending on December 31 are as follows:

 

   2012   2013   2014   2015   2016   Thereafter 
Operating Lease Commitments  $1,131,091   $1,057,093   $1,057,093   $1,057,093   $1,057,093   $2,661,359 

  

NOTE U - ADVERTISING COSTS

 

Advertising costs were $29,725 and $0 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011, respectively.

 

NOTE V- RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EXPENSE

 

Research and development costs are expensed as incurred and were $1,267,156 and $1,978,901 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011, respectively.

 

 

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NOTE W - WARRANTY CLAIMS

 

Warranty claims were $3,963,896 and $3,854,832 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011, respectively. Warranty claims are classified as accrued expenses on the balance sheet. The movement of accrued warranty expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was as follows:

 

Beginning balance on January 01, 2012$  3,854,832 
Aggregate reduction for payments made   (388,295)
Aggregate increase for new warranties issued during current period   461,538 
Effect on changes in foreign exchange rate   35,821 
Ending balance on March 31, 2012:$  3,963,896 

 

NOTE X – SEGMENT INFORMATION

 

The Company produces brake systems and other related components (“commercial vehicles brake systems, etc.”) for different types of commercial vehicles. On August 31, 2010, the Company through Ruian, executed an Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire, and purchased, a segment of the passenger vehicle auto parts business (passenger vehicles brake systems”) of Ruili Group Co., Ltd. As a result of this acquisition, the Company's product offerings were expanded to both commercial and passenger vehicles' brake systems and other key safety-related auto parts.

 

The Company has two operating segments: commercial vehicles brake systems, etc. and passenger vehicles brake systems, etc.

 

All of the Company’s long-lived assets are located in the PRC and Hong Kong. The Company and its subsidiaries do not have long-lived assets in the United States for the reporting periods.

 

   Three Months Ended March 31, 
   2012   2011 
         
NET SALES TO EXTERNAL CUSTOMERS          
Commercial vehicles brake systems  $35,467,955   $41,052,238 
Passenger vehicles brake systems   9,130,286    10,940,727 
           
Net sales  $44,598,241   $51,992,965 
INTERSEGMENT SALES          
Commercial vehicles brake systems  $   $ 
Passenger vehicles brake systems        
           
Intersegment sales  $   $ 
GROSS PROFIT          
Commercial vehicles brake systems  $10,165,832   $10,711,954 
Passenger vehicles brake systems   2,050,465    3,877,065 
All other          
Gross profit  $12,216,297   $14,589,019 
Selling and distribution expenses   3,170,902    3,069,228 
General and administrative expenses   3,857,757    2,866,448 
Research and development expenses   1,267,156    1,978,901 
Financial Expenses   594,897    567,352 
Income (loss) from operations   3,325,585    6,107,090 
Other income (expense), net   290,949    197,111 
Income (loss) before income tax expense (benefit)  $3,616,534   $6,304,201 
CAPITAL EXPENDITURE          
Commercial vehicles brake systems  $314,476   $16,037,535 
Passenger vehicles brake systems   80,954    24,963,964 
           
Total  $395,430   $41,001,499 
DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION          
Commercial vehicles brake systems  $1,542,513   $1,322,423 
Passenger vehicles brake systems   397,079    366,465 
           
Total  $1,939,592   $1,688,888 

 

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   March 31, 2012   December 31, 2011 
           
TOTAL ASSETS          
Commercial vehicles brake systems  $178,509,335   $185,276,912 
Passenger vehicles brake systems   45,952,502    49,250,825 
           
Total  $224,461,837   $234,527,737 

 

   March 31, 2012   December 31, 2011 
     
LONG LIVED ASSETS          
Commercial vehicles brake systems  $54,325,911   $55,030,829 
Passenger vehicles brake systems   13,984,767    14,628,448 
           
Total  $68,310,678   $69,659,277 

 

All of the Company’s long-lived assets are located in the PRC and Hong Kong. The Company and its subsidiaries do not have long-lived assets in the United States for the reporting periods.

 

NOTE Y – PURCHASE DISCOUNT

 

Purchase discounts represent discounts received from vendors for purchasing raw materials. The Company did not receive any purchase discounts during the three months ended March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011.

 

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NOTE Z – SHIPPING AND HANDLING COSTS

 

Shipping and handling costs incurred by the Company are included in selling expenses in the accompanying consolidated statements of income. Shipping and handling costs were $1,115,315 and $1,182,236 for the three month ended March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011, respectively.

 

 

NOTE AA – STOCK COMPENSATION PLAN

 

We had no stock-based compensation expense during the three months ended March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011, respectively. There were no employee stock options or warrants outstanding as of March 31, 2012.

 

NOTE AB- COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

(1)  According to the law of China, the government owns all the land in China. Companies and individuals are authorized to possess and use the land only through land use rights granted by the Chinese government. The Company purchased the land use rights from Ruili Group for approximately $13.9 million on September 28, 2007. The Company has not yet obtained the land use right certificate. However, the Company has applied to obtain the land use right certificate.

 

(2)  Information regarding lease commitments is provided in Note T.

 

 

NOTE AC - OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

 

On March 31, 2012, we do not have any material commitments for capital expenditures or have any transactions, obligations or relationships that could be considered off-balance sheet arrangements.

 

NOTE AD – THE ACQUISITION AND COMBINATION OF OPERATIONS REPORTING

 

All of the allocations and estimates in the Consolidated Financial Statements are based on assumptions that management believes are reasonable under the circumstances. However, these allocations and estimates are not necessarily indicative of the costs and expenses that would have resulted if the business we acquired from the Seller had been operated as a part of SORL for periods prior to the combination/acquisition.

 

 

NOTE AE – SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

 

The Company has no significant subsequent events from March 31, 2012 through the consolidated financial statements issue date of this report.

  

ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

The following is management’s discussion and analysis of certain significant factors that have affected our financial position and operating results during the periods included in the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements, as well as information relating to the plans of our current management. This quarterly report on Form 10-Q includes forward-looking statements. Any statements contained in this report that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Generally, the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “continue,” and similar expressions, or the negative thereof, or comparable terminology, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including the matters set forth in this report or other reports or documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, which could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those anticipated. Undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

 

 

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The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and the related notes thereto and other financial information contained elsewhere in this Form 10-Q.

 

OVERVIEW

 

The Company manufactures and distributes automotive brake systems and other key safety-related components to automotive original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, and the related aftermarket both in China and internationally for use primarily in different types of commercial vehicles, such as trucks and buses, and in passenger vehicles. Management believes that it is the largest manufacturer of automotive brake systems in China for commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses.

 

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES

 

For a summary of our accounting policies and estimates, see Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the Fiscal Year ended December 31, 2011.

 

See Note P to the attached Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the information regarding changes in taxation by the government of China.

 

Results of Operations

 

Results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2012 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2011.

SALES

 

    

Three Months ended

March 31, 2012

    

Three Months ended

March 31, 2011

 
    (U.S.  dollars in millions) 
                     
Commercial vehicle brake systems, etc.  $35.5    80%  $41.1    79%
Passenger vehicle brake systems, etc.  $9.1    20%  $10.9    21%
                     
Total  $44.6    100%  $52.0    100%

  

Net sales were $44,598,241 and $51,992,965 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, a decrease of $7.4 million or 14.2%.

 

The sales from commercial vehicle brake systems decreased by $5.6 million or 13.6%, to $35.5 million for the first quarter of 2012, compared to $41.1 million for the same period of 2011. Due to the slowdown of the commercial vehicle market in the first quarter of 2012, the sales from the OEM market decreased, which impacted the sales of the commercial vehicle brake systems.

 

Due to the slowdown of the passenger vehicle market this year, the sales from passenger vehicle brake systems decreased by $1.8 million or 16.5%, to $9.1 million for the first quarter of 2012, compared to $10.9 million for the same period of 2011.

 

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A breakdown of net sales revenue for these markets for the first quarter of the 2012 and 2011 fiscal years, respectively, is set forth below:

 

   Three Months   Percent   Three Months   Percent     
   ended   of   ended   of   Percentage 
   March 31, 2012   Total Sales   March 31, 2011   Total Sales   Change 
   (U.S. dollars in million) 
China OEM market  $25.8    57.8%  $32.0    61.5%   -19.4%
China Aftermarket  $9.8    22.0%  $8.6    16.5%   14.0%
International market  $9.0    20.2%  $11.4    22.0%   -21.1%
Total  $44.6    100.0%  $52.0    100.0%   -14.2%

  

The four trillion RMB economic stimulus policy and car incentives in the past two years lead the Chinese automotive industry into an explosive growth. While this year as these policies faded out, the auto market gradually returned to a rational growth. Meanwhile, economic policies adopted by the Chinese government to help control domestic inflation, especially tighter regulation in the real estate market, have caused a deceleration of economic and investment growth in China. These factors negatively affected the Chinese automotive market, particularly for commercial vehicles. According to industry data , in the first quarter, the commercial vehicle production and sales was 1.013 million and 1.019 million, down 11.4% and 10.6%, separately, and the production of heavy duty truck decreased by 32.0%. SORL has made inroads into construction equipment and expanded its market share in the bus market, which partially offset the effects of these declines. Our first-quarter OEM sales declined 19.4% from 2011’s first quarter, to $25.8 million, which management considers to be a solid performance in view of these difficult market conditions.

 

Our sales to the Chinese aftermarket increased by $1.2 million or 14.0%, to $9.8 million for the first quarter of 2012, compared to $8.6 million for the same period of 2011. The increased number of vehicles in service in China and the expiration of OEM warranties helped increase our aftermarket business. Sales of our new model products, applicable to both OEM and aftermarket, also grew during the three months ended March 31, 2012. We will continue with our strategies to further optimize our sales network, to help further penetrate into new markets. Accelerated urbanization and the Chinese government’s increased support for public transportation favor expansion in the bus aftermarket.

 

Our export sales decreased by $2.4 million or 21.1%, to $9.0 million for the first quarter of 2012, as compared to $11.4 million for the same period of 2011. The debt crisis in Europe and the currency depreciation in some countries caused some of our customers reduce their inventories; also the instability of the situation in the Middle East countries restricted the purchases of our customers from us. We will take the following measures to ensure future growth in the international market:

 

(1) Enhanced SORL brand image through industry exhibitions.

(2) Maintenance of our customer base and market position while penetrating new markets and capturing new customers.

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(3) Building a stronger international marketing network with the focus on exploring high-value foreign markets, and active marketing to the large automotive chain stores that directly sell to end users.

(4) Further targeting the international OEM market by actively supporting initiatives that promote our overseas sales.

 

COST OF SALES AND GROSS PROFIT

 

Cost of sales for the three months ended March 31, 2012 were $32,381,944, a decrease of $5.0 million or 13.4% from $37,403,946 for the same period last year. Our gross profit decreased by 16.3% from $14,589,019 for the first quarter of 2011 to $12,216,297 for the first quarter of 2012.

 

Gross margin decreased to 27.4% from 28.1% for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared with 2011. Gross margin is being affected by rising labor expenses, the appreciation of the Chinese currency, and higher raw material prices. We intend to focus in 2012 on increasing production efficiency, improving the technologies of products, and improving our product portfolio, to help us to maintain or increase our gross profit margins.

 

Cost of sales from commercial vehicle brake systems for the three months ended March 31, 2012 were $25.3 million a decrease of $5.0 million or 16.5% from $30.3 million for the same period last year. The gross profit from commercial vehicle brake systems decreased by 4.7% from $10.7 million for the first quarter of 2011 to $10.2 for the first quarter of 2012. Gross margin from commercial vehicle brake systems increased to 28.7% from 26.1% for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared with 2011. The increase is being affected by increasing production efficiency, improving the technologies of products, and improving our product portfolio.

 

Cost of sales from passenger vehicle brake systems for the three months ended March 31, 2012 were $7.1 million a decrease of $0.02 million or 0.2% from $7.1 million for the same period last year. The gross profit from passenger vehicle brake systems decreased by 46.2% from $3.9 for the first quarter of 2011 to $2.1 for the first quarter of 2012. Gross margin from passenger vehicle brake systems decreased to 22.5% from 35.4% for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared with 2011. The decrease was mainly due to raising labor expenses, the appreciation of the Chinese currency, and higher raw material prices.

 

SELLING AND DISTRIBUTION EXPENSES

 

Selling and distribution expenses were $3,170,902 for the three months ended March 31, 2012, as compared to $3,069,228 for the same period of 2011, an increase of $101,674 or 3.3%.

 

The increase was mainly due to increased wages expense and travel expenses. As a percentage of sales revenue, selling expenses increased to 7.1% for the three months ended March 31, 2012, as compared to 5.9% for the same period in 2011.

 

GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

 

General and administrative expenses were $3,857,757 for the three months ended March 31, 2012, as compared to $2,866,448 for the same period of 2011, an increase of $991,309 or 34.6%. The increase was mainly due to increases in labor expenses and expenses for business expansion. As a percentage of sales revenue, general and administrative expenses increased to 8.7% for the three months ended March 31, 2012, as compared to 5.5% for the same period in 2011.

 

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RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EXPENSE

 

Research and development expenses include payroll, employee benefits, and other headcount-related expenses associated with product development. Research and development expenses also include first-party development costs. For the three months ended March 31, 2012, research and development expense was $1,267,156, as compared to $1,978,901 for the same period of 2011, a decrease of $711,745.

 

DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION

 

Depreciation and amortization expense increased to $1,939,592 for the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared with that of $1,688,888 for the same period of 2011, an increase of $250,704. The increase in depreciation and amortization expense was primarily due to the addition of purchased production equipment.

 

FINANCIAL EXPENSE

 

Financial expense mainly consists of interest expense, the financing expense associated with our capital lease transaction and exchange loss. The financial expense for the three months ended March 31, 2012 increased by $27,545 to $594,897 from $567,352 for the same period of 2011, which was mainly due to increased interest expenses.

 

OTHER INCOME

 

Other income was $351,845 for the three months ended March 31, 2012, as compared to $205,248 for the three months ended March 31, 2011, an increase of $146,597. The increase was mainly due to an increase in sales of raw material scraps for the three months ended March 31, 2012.

 

INCOME TAX

 

The Joint Venture is registered in the PRC, and is therefore subject to state and local income taxes within the PRC at the applicable tax rate on the taxable income as reported in the PRC statutory financial The Joint Venture is registered in the PRC, and is therefore subject to state and local income taxes within the PRC at the applicable tax rate on taxable income as reported in the PRC statutory financial statements in accordance with relevant income tax laws.

 

The Company increased its investment in the Joint Venture as a result of its financing in December, 2006. In accordance with the Income Tax Law of the People's Republic of China on Foreign-invested Enterprises and Foreign Enterprises, the Joint Venture was eligible for additional preferential tax treatment for the years 2007 and 2008. In those years, the Joint Venture was entitled to an income tax exemption on all pre-tax income generated by the Company above its pre-tax income generated in the fiscal year 2006. This tax exemption was superseded as a result of the Joint Venture having been awarded the Chinese government's "High-Tech Enterprise" designation. The High-Tech Enterprise certificate is valid for three years and provides for a reduced tax rate for years 2009 through 2011. Thus, our effective income tax rate is 15% for years 2009 through 2011. For the quarter ended March 31, 2012, the effective income tax rate is 25%. However, the Company is in the process of renewing its “High-Tech Enterprise” certificate. If this renewal is successful, the effective income tax rate may be reduced to 15% later in 2012.

  

Income tax expense of $1,018,656 and $949,743 was recorded for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.  

 

STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION

 

 

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There were no options or warrants outstanding through March 31, 2012.

 

Although the Company anticipates that future issuances of stock awards could have a material impact on reported net income in future financial statements, we do not expect them to have a material impact on future cash flows.

 

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST IN SUBSIDIARIES

 

Non-controlling interest in subsidiaries represents a 10% non-controlling interest in Ruian and 40% non-controlling interest in SIH, in each case held by our Joint Venture partners. Net income attributable to non-controlling interest in subsidiaries amounted to $263,889 and $500,135 for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

 

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO STOCKHOLDERS

 

The net income attributable to stockholders for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 decreased by $2.5 million, to $2,333,989 from $4,854,323 for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 due to the factors discussed above. Earnings per share (“EPS”), both basic and diluted, for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, were $0.12 and $0.25 per share, respectively.

  

FINANCIAL CONDITION

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

OPERATING - Net cash provided from operating activities was $4,319,504 for three months ended March 31, 2012 compared with $8,345,308 of net cash provided in operating activities in the same period in 2011, a decrease of $4.0 million, primarily due to the decreased cash inflow resulted by changes in accounts payable and bank acceptance notes to vendors. The Company discounted the notes receivable at the banks and obtained cash to use in the operations. That was also due to the relatively low interest rates charged by the banks on discounting of notes receivable.

 

On March 31, 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $15,736,035, as compared to cash and cash equivalents of $17,116,692 on December 31, 2011. The Company had working capital of $118,759,250 on March 31, 2012, as compared to working capital of $115,127,783 on December 31, 2011, reflecting current ratios of 4.18 and 3.31:1, respectively.

 

INVESTING - During the three months ended March 31, 2011, the Company expended net cash of $2,987,014 in investing activities, mainly for acquisition of new equipment to support the growth of the business. For the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company utilized $395,430 in investing activities.

 

FINANCING - During the three months ended March 31, 2012, net cash used by financing activities was $5,320,769. The cash provided by financing activities was $48,104 for three months ended March 31, 2011.

 

Management of the Company has taken a number of steps to restructure our customer base and phase out accounts which failed to make prompt payments. We also placed more emphasis on collection of accounts receivable from our customers. During 2012, we continued developing higher profit margin new products, and adopting steps for further cost saving such as improving material utilization rate. We maintain good relationships with local banks. We believe that our current cash and cash equivalents and anticipated cash flow generated from operations and our bank lines of credit will be sufficient to finance our working capital requirements for the foreseeable future.

 

CURRENCY RISK AND FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS - Although our reporting currency is the U.S. dollar, the functional currency of Joint Venture is RMB. As a result, we are exposed to foreign exchange risk as our revenues and results of operations may be affected by fluctuations in the exchange rate between U.S. dollars and RMB. If the RMB depreciates against the U.S. dollar, the value of our Renminbi revenues, earnings and assets as expressed in our U.S. dollar financial statements will decline. In recent years, the RMB has been appreciating against the U.S. dollar.

 

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 Assets and liabilities of our operating subsidiaries are translated into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate at the balance sheet date, their equity accounts are translated at historical exchange rate and their income and expenses items are translated using the average rate for the period. Any resulting exchange differences are recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income or loss. The Company is adopting such steps as the diversification of currencies used in export sales, and the negotiation of export contracts with fixed exchange rates.

 

As the Company’s historical debt obligations are primarily short-term in nature, with fixed interest rates, the Company does not have any risk from an increase in market interest rates. However, to the extent that the Company arranges new borrowings in the future, an increase in market interest rate would cause a commensurate increase in the interest expense related to such borrowings.

 

OFF-BALANCE SHEET AGREEMENTS

 

On March 31, 2012 we did not have any material commitments for capital expenditures or have any transactions, obligations or relationships that could be considered off-balance sheet arrangements.

  

According to the law of China, the government owns all the land in China. Companies and individuals are authorized to possess and use the land only through land use rights granted by the Chinese government. The Company purchased the land use rights from Ruili Group for approximately $13.9 million on September 28, 2007. The company has been negotiating with the government for a reduction in or exemption from the tax being sought by the government in connection with the transfer of the land use rights, and pending resolution of that issue, we have deferred accrual or payment of the tax. Due to the lack of resolution of that issue, the land use right certificate has not been issued to the Company. We plan to conclude negotiations with the government and to obtain the land use rights certificate as soon as practicable.

 

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

See the discussion in Item 2 above, “Liquidity and Capital Resources”.

 

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures:

 

As of the end of the period covered by this report, management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, evaluated the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”)). Based upon that evaluation, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer concluded that the disclosure controls and procedures were effective in all material respects to ensure that information required to be disclosed in reports we file or submit under the Exchange Act is (1) recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in Securities and Exchange Commission rules and forms, and (2) accumulated and communicated to our management to allow their timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting:

 

There were no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended March 31, 2012 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

PART II OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

 

None.

 

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ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS.

 

None.

 

ITEM 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS.

 

None.

 

ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES.

 

None.

 

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES.

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION.

 

None.

 

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

 

31.1   Certification of Principal Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14 and Rule 15d-14(a), promulgated under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
     
31.2   Certification of Principal Accounting Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14 and Rule 15d-14(a) promulgated under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
     
32.1   Certification pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. (1)
     
101   Interactive data files pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T: (i) the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2012 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2011; (ii) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income (Unaudited) for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012 and 2011; (iii) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited) for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012 and 2011; (iv) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity (Unaudited) for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 and (v) the Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Unaudited Financial Statements tagged as blocks of text (included with this filing). (2)

  

(1)Furnished in accordance with Item 601(b) (32) of Regulation S-K, this Exhibit is not deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. Such certifications will not be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except to the extent that the registrant specifically incorporates it by reference.

 

(2)As provided in Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, this information is deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of section 11 and 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, is deemed to be filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act, and otherwise is not subject to liabilities under that sections.

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

     
Dated : May 15, 2012 SORL AUTO PARTS, INC.


 
 
 
 
 
    By: /s/ Xiao Ping Zhang
 

Name: Xiao Ping Zhang

  Title: Chief Executive Officer
  (Principal Executive Officer)

 

     
    By: /s/ Zong Yun Zhou
 

Name: Zong Yun Zhou

 

Title: Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Accounting Officer)

 

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