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China Automotive Systems Reports 45.0% Net Sales Increase in the Second Quarter of 2021

China Automotive Systems Reports 45.0% Net Sales Increase in the Second Quarter of 2021

China Automotive Systems Reports 45.0% Net Sales Increase in the Second Quarter of 2021

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WUHAN, China, Aug. 12, 2021

WUHAN, China, Aug. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- China Automotive Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAAS) ("CAAS" or the "Company"), a leading power steering components and systems supplier in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2021.

Second Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Net sales rose 45.0% to $120.6 million from $83.2 million in the second quarter of 2020;
  • Gross profit increased 102.6% to $15.8 million from $7.8 million in the second quarter of 2020; gross margin was 13.1% compared with 9.4% in the first quarter of 2020;
  • Income from operations was $0.1 million, compare to a loss of $5.2 million in the second quarter of 2020;
  • Net income attributable to parent company's common shareholders was $3.2 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.10, compared to a net loss attributable to parent company's common shareholders of $4.1 million in the second quarter of 2020.

First Six Months of 2021 Highlights

  • Net sales grew by 60.1% to $250.9 million, compared to $156.7 million in the first six months of 2020;
  • Gross profit increased by 87.4% to $35.6 million, compared to $19.0 million in the first six months of 2020; gross margin increased to 14.2% in the first six months of 2021, compared to 12.1% in the first six months of 2020;
  • Income from operations was $4.3 million compared with a loss from operations of $4.2 million in the first six months of 2020;
  • Net income attributable to parent company's common shareholders was $6.4 million compared with a net loss of $4.1 million in the first six months of 2020; diluted earnings per share attributable to parent company's common shareholders was $0.21, compared to diluted loss per share of $0.13 in the first six months of 2020;
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $5.5 million in the first six months of 2021;
  • Cash and cash equivalents, and pledged cash were $117.3 million as of June 30, 2021.

Mr. Qizhou Wu, chief executive officer of CAAS, commented, "Our second quarter 2021 sales continued to achieve robust growth of 45.0% year-over-year with sales of our advanced hydraulic products rising by 43.9% in the Chinese passenger vehicle market, our electric power steering ("EPS") product sales grew by 49.7% and sales into North America were 179.8% higher.  Our operations in Brazil also experienced sales growth in the second quarter of 2021, with expected sales growth of approximately 200% year-over-year for the full year 2021."

"According to statistics from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, automobile sales in China rose by 25.6% in the first six months of 2021 as passenger vehicle sales grew 27.0% and commercial vehicle sales increased by 20.9%.  For the first six months of 2021, our sales increased by 60.1%, far surpassing the growth in the Chinese vehicle market."

"In the first half of 2021, we have taken actions to improve our strategic position.  A new EPS product has been introduced based on proprietary CAAS technologies which connects with vehicle data allowing drivers to better adapt to different road conditions which enhances drivability. Mass production of this product has begun for new vehicle models for Chinese automaker, Great Wall Motors, with other OEMs testing the products for their models.

In addition, the board of directors has approved the plan to purchase a 40% interest in Sentient AB, a world leader in steering and vehicle control software and hardware.  Based in Sweden with operations in China, Sentient AB specializes in software development and hardware design for advanced steering functions, vehicle motion control and the fast-growing autonomous driving market."

"To faster penetrate the European market, we entered into the OTOP (Off Tool Off Process) phase of new steering development for the leading European auto brand, Alfa Romeo. This new steering system is for Alfa Romeo's first luxury plug-in-hybrid SUV model, 2021 Tonale. Among its features, the Tonale electric vehicle features Alfa Romeo's first plug-in-hybrid powertrain.  Purchase orders approximating 100,000 annual units are anticipated. And our wholly owned subsidiary, Hubei Henglong, recently received the SGS TÜV ISO26262:2018 ASIL-D certification to meet all the requirements by the ISO26262:2018 standard. Receiving a D certification, the highest and most stringent safety standard of SGS, demonstrates our commitment to developing the highest quality and safety in our products, and distinguishes us from other steering companies."

Mr. Jie Li, chief financial officer of CAAS, commented, "We maintained a strong cash position and financial strength in the first half of 2021 with working capital of $137.8 million at June 30, 2021."

Second Quarter of 2021

Net sales increased by 45.0% to $120.6 million in the second quarter of 2021, compared to $83.2 million in the second quarter of 2020.  Net sales of traditional steering products and parts increased by 43.9% to $97.4 million for the second quarter of 2021, compared to $67.7 million for the same period in 2020.  Net sales of electric power steering ("EPS") products rose 49.7% to $23.2 million from $15.5 million for the same period in 2020.  EPS product sales were 19.2% of the total net sales for the second quarter of 2021, compared with 18.6% for the same period in 2020.  Export net sales to North American customers rose 179.8% to $31.9 million in the second quarter of 2021 compared with $11.4 million in the second quarter of 2020.

Gross profit rose by 102.6% to $15.8 million compared to $7.8 million in the second quarter of 2020. Gross margin in the second quarter of 2021 was 13.1% compared with 9.4% in the second quarter of 2020. The increase in gross margin was mainly due to higher net sales and increased gross profit in the Company's Hubei Henglong operations.

Gain on other sales was $0.7 million, compared to $0.8 million in the second quarter of 2020.

Selling expenses increased by 46.7% to $4.4 million compared to $3.0 million in the second quarter of 2020. This increase in selling expenses was primarily due to higher personnel expenses. Selling expenses represented 3.6% of net sales in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 3.6% in the second quarter of 2020.

General and administrative expenses ("G&A expenses") were $6.1 million compared to $4.8 million in the second quarter of 2020. G&A expenses represented 5.1% of net sales in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 5.8% of net sales in the second quarter of 2020.  

Research and development expenses ("R&D expenses") were $5.9 million compared to $6.1 million in the second quarter of 2020.  R&D expenses represented 4.9% of net sales in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 7.3% in the second quarter of 2020.

Other income, net was $1.5 million for the second quarter of 2021, compared to $1.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. 

Income from operations was $0.1 million in the second quarter of 2021, compared to a loss from operations of $5.2 million in the second quarter of 2020.

Interest expense was $0.3 million in the second quarter of 2021, substantially consistent with $0.4 million in the second quarter of 2020.

Net financial income was $0.2 million in the second quarter of 2021, compared to net financial expense of $0.06 million in the second quarter of 2020. The change in net financial expense was primarily due to achieving a foreign exchange benefit in the second quarter of 2021 compared with a foreign exchange expense in the second quarter of 2020.

Income before income tax expenses and equity in earnings of affiliated companies was $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2021, compared to a loss before income tax expenses and equity in earnings of affiliated companies of $4.4 million in the second quarter of 2020.

Net income attributable to parent company's common shareholders was $3.2 million in the second quarter of 2021, compared to a net loss attributable to parent company's common shareholders of $4.1 million in the second quarter of 2020.  Diluted earnings per share was $0.10 in the second quarter of 2021, compared to  diluted net loss per share of $0.13 per share in the second quarter of 2020.

The weighted average number of diluted common shares outstanding was 30,855,406 in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 31,174,045 in the second quarter of 2020.

First Six Months of 2021

Net sales increased 60.1% to $250.9 million in the first six months of 2021, compared to $156.7 million in the first six months of 2020. Six-month gross profit was $35.6 million, compared to $19.0 million in the corresponding period last year. Six-month gross margin was 14.1%, compared with 12.1% in the first six months of 2020.  The gain on other sales was $2.0 million in the first six months of 2021 compared to $1.4 million in the corresponding period last year.  Income from operations was $4.3 million in the first six months of 2021, compared with a loss from operations of $4.2 million in the first six months of 2020. 

Net income attributable to parent company's common shareholders was $6.4 million in the first six months of 2021, compared to a net loss attributable to parent company's common shareholders of $4.1 million in the corresponding period in 2020.  Diluted earnings per share was $0.21 in the first six months of 2021, compared to diluted loss per share of $0.13 in the first six months of 2020.

Balance Sheet

As of June 30, 2021, total cash and cash equivalents, and pledged cash were $117.3 million, total accounts receivable including notes receivable were $228.5 million, accounts payable including notes payable were $220.4 million and short-term loans were $36.4 million. Total parent company stockholders' equity was $312.2 million as of June 30, 2021, compared to $303.2 million as of December 31, 2020.  

Business Outlook

Management raises revenue guidance for the full year 2021 to $495 million from $485 million. This target is based on the Company's current views on operating and market conditions, which are subject to change.

Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call on August 12, 2021 at 8:00 A.M. EDT/8:00 P.M. Beijing Time to discuss these results. A question and answer session will follow management's presentation. To participate, please call the following numbers 10 minutes before the call start time and ask to be connected to the "China Automotive Systems" conference call:

US Toll Free:              

+1-877-407-8031

International:              

+1-201-689-8031

China (toll free):         

+ 86 400 120 2840

A replay of the call will be available on the Company's website under the investor relations section.

About China Automotive Systems, Inc.

Based in Hubei Province, the People's Republic of China, China Automotive Systems, Inc. is a leading supplier of power steering components and systems to the Chinese automotive industry, operating through ten Sino-foreign joint ventures. The Company offers a full range of steering system parts for passenger automobiles and commercial vehicles. The Company currently offers four separate series of power steering with an annual production capacity of over 6 million sets of steering gears, columns and steering hoses. Its customer base is comprised of leading auto manufacturers, such as China FAW Group, Corp., Dongfeng Auto Group Co., Ltd., BYD Auto Company Limited, Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd. and Chery Automobile Co., Ltd. in China, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Ford Motor Company in North America. For more information, please visit: http://www.caasauto.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that are "forward-looking statements" as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the qualitative and quantitative effects of the accounting errors, the periods involved, the nature of the Company's review and any anticipated conclusions of the Company or its management and other statements that are not historical facts. Our actual results may differ materially from the results described in or anticipated by our forward-looking statements due to certain risks and uncertainties. As a result, the Company's actual results could differ materially from those contained in these forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including those described under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Form 10-K annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 30, 2021, and in documents subsequently filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. If the outbreak of COVID-19 is not effectively and timely controlled, our business operations and financial condition may be materially and adversely affected as a result of the deteriorating market outlook for automobile sales, the slowdown in regional and national economic growth, weakened liquidity and financial condition of our customers or other factors that we cannot foresee. Any of these factors and other factors beyond our control, could have an adverse effect on the overall business environment, cause uncertainties in the regions where we conduct business, cause our business to suffer in ways that we cannot predict and materially and adversely impact our business, financial condition and results of operations. A prolonged disruption or any further unforeseen delay in our operations of the manufacturing, delivery and assembly process within any of our production facilities could continue to result in delays in the shipment of products to our customers, increased costs and reduced revenue.  We expressly disclaim any duty to provide updates to any forward-looking statements made in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For further information, please contact:

Jie Li
Chief Financial Officer
China Automotive Systems, Inc.
jieli@chl.com.cn

Kevin Theiss
Awaken Advisors
+1-212-521-4050
Kevin@awakenlab.com 

 

 

 

China Automotive Systems, Inc. and Subsidiaries 

Condensed Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income

(In thousands of USD, except share and per share amounts)







Three Months Ended

 June 30,




2021



2020


Net product sales ($15,750 and $16,105 sold to related parties for the three months ended June 30,
2021 and 2020)


$

120,604



$

83,184


Cost of products sold ($7,197 and $6,152 purchased from related parties for the three months
ended June 30, 2021 and 2020)



104,775




75,353


Gross profit



15,829




7,831


Gain on other sales



725




838


Less: Operating expenses









Selling expenses



4,446




2,977


General and administrative expenses



6,063




4,759


Research and development expenses



5,926




6,125


Total operating expenses



16,435




13,861


Income from operations



119




(5,192)


Other income, net



1,506




1,257


Interest expense



(294)




(446)


Financial income/(expense), net



182




(59)


Income/(loss) before income tax expenses and equity in earnings of affiliated companies



1,513




(4,440)


Less: Income taxes expense/(benefit)



198




(31)


Add: Equity in earnings of affiliated companies



1,613




169


Net income/(loss)



2,928




(4,240)


Less: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests



(279)




(142)


Accretion to redemption value of redeemable non-controlling interests



(7)




-


Net income/(loss) attributable to parent company's common shareholders


$

3,200



$

(4,098)


Comprehensive income:









Net income/(loss)


$

2,928



$

(4,240)


Other comprehensive income:









Foreign currency translation income, net of tax



5,586




358


Comprehensive income/(loss)



8,514




(3,882)


Comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to non-controlling interests



80




(86)


Accretion to redemption value of redeemable non-controlling interests



(7)




-


Comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to parent company


$

8,427



$

(3,796)











Net income/(loss) attributable to parent company's common shareholders per share -









Basic


$

0.10



$

(0.13)


Diluted


$

0.10



$

(0.13)











Weighted average number of common shares outstanding -









Basic



30,851,776




31,174,045


Diluted



30,855,406




31,174,045


 

 

 

 China Automotive Systems, Inc. and Subsidiaries


Condensed Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income


(In thousands of USD, except share and per share amounts)








Six Months Ended June 30,




2021



2020


Net product sales ($32,325 and $23,599 sold to related parties for the six months ended June
30, 2021 and 2020) 


$

 

250,945



$

156,739


Cost of products sold ($15,411 and $9,286 purchased from related parties for the six months
ended June 30, 2021 and 2020)



215,368




137,756


Gross profit



35,577




18,983


Gain on other sales



2,041




1,438


Less: Operating expenses









Selling expenses



10,055




5,095


General and administrative expenses



10,678




8,188


Research and development expenses



12,606




11,318


Total operating expenses



33,339




24,601


Income/(loss) from operations



4,279




(4,180)


Other income, net



3,229




1,374


Interest expense



(637)




(811)


Financial expense, net



(57)




(590)


Income/(loss) before income tax expenses and equity in earnings of affiliated companies



6,814




(4,207)


Less: Income taxes expense



839




483


Add: Equity in earnings/(loss) of affiliated companies



184




(178)


Net income/(loss)



6,159




(4,868)


Less: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests



(261)




(742)


Accretion to redemption value of redeemable non-controlling interests



(14)




-


Net income/(loss) attributable to parent company's common shareholders


$

6,406



$

(4,126)


Comprehensive income:









Net income/(loss)


$

6,159



$

(4,868)


Other comprehensive income:









Foreign currency translation income/(loss), net of tax



3,315




(4,603)


Comprehensive income/(loss)



9,474




(9,471)


Comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling interests



(38)




(1,139)


Accretion to redemption value of redeemable non-controlling interests



(14)




-


Comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to parent company


$

9,498



$

(8,332)











Net income/(loss) attributable to parent company's common shareholders per share -









Basic


$

0.21



$

(0.13)


Diluted


$

0.21



$

(0.13)











Weighted average number of common shares outstanding -









Basic



30,851,776




31,174,045


Diluted



30,856,571




31,174,045











Share-based compensation included in operating expense above is as follows:









General and administrative expenses



88




-













 

 

 


China Automotive Systems, Inc. and Subsidiaries


Condensed Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets


(In thousands of USD unless otherwise indicated)


















June 30,
2021



December 31,
2020


ASSETS









Current assets:









Cash and cash equivalents


$

83,113



$

97,248


Pledged cash



34,204




30,813


Accounts and notes receivable, net - unrelated parties



204,782




216,519


Accounts and notes receivable - related parties



23,679




17,621


Inventories



95,971




88,325


Other current assets



34,008




25,132


Total current assets



475,757




475,658


Non-current assets:









Property, plant and equipment, net



135,899




141,004


Land use rights, net



10,737




10,774


Long-term investments



45,629




49,766


Other non-current assets



27,523




30,358


Total assets


$

695,545



$

707,560











LIABILITIES, MEZZANINE EQUITY AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY









Current liabilities:









Short-term loans


$

36,415



$

44,238


Accounts and notes payable-unrelated parties



208,440




212,522


Accounts and notes payable-related parties



12,000




12,730


Accrued expenses and other payables



51,721




55,607


Other current liabilities



29,339




29,387


Total current liabilities



337,915




354,484


Long-term liabilities:









Other long-term payable



-




1,126


Long-term tax payable



21,074




23,884


Other non-current liabilities



8,153




8,151


Total liabilities


$

367,142



$

387,645











Mezzanine equity:









Redeemable non-controlling interests



537




523











Stockholders' equity:









Common stock, $0.0001 par value - Authorized - 80,000,000 shares; Issued - 32,338,302
and 32,338,302 shares as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively


$

3



$

3


Additional paid-in capital



63,731




64,273


Retained earnings-









Appropriated



11,303




11,303


Unappropriated



221,897




215,491


Accumulated other comprehensive income



20,519




17,413


Treasury stock - 1,486,526 and 1,486,526 shares as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020,
respectively



(5,261)




(5,261)


Total parent company stockholders' equity



312,192




303,222


Non-controlling interests



15,674




16,170


Total stockholders' equity



327,866




319,392


Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and stockholders' equity


$

695,545



$

707,560













 

 

 

China Automotive Systems, Inc. and Subsidiaries


Condensed Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows


(In thousands of USD unless otherwise indicated)








Six Months Ended June
 30,




2021



2020


Cash flows from operating activities:









Net income/(loss)


$

6,159



$

(4,868)


Adjustments to reconcile net income from operations to net cash (used in)/provided by
operating activities:









Share-based compensation



88




-


Depreciation and amortization



13,117




10,562


Provision/(reversal) of credit losses



311




(239)


Deferred income taxes



469




21


Equity in gain/(loss) of affiliated companies



(184)




178


Government subsidy reclassified from government loans



-




287


Loss on fixed assets disposals



9




42


(Increase)/decrease in:









Accounts and notes receivable



6,887




41,917


Inventories



(7,036)




(1,281)


Other current assets



(1,250)




(1,355)


Increase/(decrease) in:









Accounts and notes payable



(6,291)




(11,924)


Accrued expenses and other payables



(4,030)




2,683


Long-term taxes payable



(2,809)




(2,809)


Other current liabilities



105




(1,835)


Net cash provided by operating activities



5,545




31,379


Cash flows from investing activities:









Increase in demand loans included in other non-current assets



(137)




(3)


Repayment of loan from a related party



154




-


Cash received from property, plant and equipment sales



206




586


Payments to acquire property, plant and equipment (including $330 and $760 paid to related
parties for the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively)



(3,927)




(4,525)


Payments to acquire intangible assets



(303)




(390)


Investment under the equity method



-




(5,360)


Purchase of short-term investments



(31,253)




(27,128)


Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments



23,806




5,781


Cash received from long-term investment



4,785




448


Net cash used in by investing activities



(6,669)




(30,591)


Cash flows from financing activities:









Proceeds from bank loans



34,990




36,135


Repayments of bank loans



(43,081)




(33,890)


Repayments of the borrowing for sale and leaseback transaction



(2,217)




(2,041)


Cash received from capital contributions by non-controlling interest holder



-




212


Deemed distribution to shareholders



-




(88)


Acquisition of non-controlling interest



(538)




(81)


Net cash (used in)/provided by financing activities



(10,846)




247


Effects of exchange rate on cash, cash equivalents and pledged cash



1,226




(1,558)


Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and pledged cash



(10,744)




(523)


Cash, cash equivalents and pledged cash at beginning of the period



128,061




106,403


Cash, cash equivalents and pledged cash at end of the period


$

117,317



$

105,880


 

 

 

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