Hollysys Automation Technologies Reports Unaudited Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Ended June 30, 2012

BEIJING, Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ --

Q4 Financial Highlights

  • Quarterly revenues of $88.1 million, representing an increase of 22.6% compared to $71.9 million  year-over-year, and an increase of 33.2% compared to $66.1 million quarter-over-quarter.
  • Gross margin at 41.4%, as compared to 28.8% year-over-year, and 39.3% quarter-over-quarter
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to Hollysys of $12.5 million, representing an increase of 77.4% as compared to $7.0 million year-over-year, and an increase of 7.2% as compared to $11.6 million quarter-over-quarter.
  • Non-GAAP Diluted EPS at $0.22 reported for the quarter, as compared to $0.13 year-over-year, and $0.21 quarter-over-quarter.
  • Backlog of $389.8 million as of June 30, 2012, a 31.5% increase compared to $296.4 million year-over-year, and 3.0% decrease compared to $401.8 million quarter-over-quarter.
  • Quarterly DSO of 139 days, as compared to 129 days year-over-year, and 160 days quarter-over-quarter.
  • Inventory turn-over days of 53 days for this quarter compared to 63 days year-over-year, and 68 days quarter-over-quarter.
  • Generate net cash provided by operating activities of $0.5 million for this quarter.  

Fiscal Year Financial Highlights

  • Revenues of $321.7 million, representing an increase of 22.4% compared to $262.8 million year-over-year
  • Gross margin at 39.3%, as compared to 34.7% year-over-year.
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to Hollysys of $57.4 million, as compared to $42.0 million and a 36.5% increase year-over-year
  • Non-GAAP Diluted EPS at $1.03 reported for the fiscal year, as compared to $0.76 year-over-year
  • DSO of 145 days, as compared to 124 days year-over-year.
  • Inventory turnover of 54 days, versus 58 days year-over-year.
  • $57.2 million cash provided by operating activities for fiscal year 2012.

Hollysys Automation Technologies, Ltd. (Nasdaq: HOLI) ("Hollysys" or the "Company"), a leading provider of automation and control technologies and applications in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fiscal year 2012 fourth quarter and fiscal year ended on June 30, 2012 (see attached tables).

Dr. Changli Wang, Chairman and CEO of Hollysys, stated: "We are very pleased to report solid financial and operational performance for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 and we feel excited about our achievements and breakthroughs in several sectors, here I would like to take this opportunity to discuss some key events and developments during this quarter as well as in this fiscal year:

Industrial automation business continues its strong growth momentum in both revenue and new orders performance bolstered by our well set expansion and total solution strategies. We are pleased that we completed the development of and released our 5th generation DCS (Distributed Control System), which represents higher reliability, stability, better safety protection and user-friendliness with advanced system architecture, hardware, software designs and industry expert solutions. The 5th generation DCS is more competitive compared with multinational's products and will be the best cost performance product in the market. Besides, we completed the development and certified our SIS (Safety Instrumented System) -HiaGuard with SIL3 (Safety Integrity Level 3) in compliance with international standards and won great respect and recognition from the world ranking certification company TUV Rheinland for our extraordinary innovation capability, high working moral, and rigorous development procedures. HiaGuard is the first domestically developed technology and breaks the monopoly by foreign systems in China. Hollysys' HiaGuard can be applied for ESD (Emergency Shutdown System), PSD (Process Shutdown System), FGS (Fire and Gas Systems) and etc for various industries. This system not only brings us to a wholly new industry which we will transform the market scenario like our DCS has done, but also complements our total solution providing for our end customers. More excitingly, within the vast industrial automation market we have found enormous demand to apply our automation devices and solution to address customers heightened concern of energy consumption, safety, environmental protection as well as labor cost reduction; what's more, we are focusing on growing the post sales service based on our large client base and addressing customers' needs. We believe that, leveraging our strong R&D, customization and innovation capability, brand name recognition and market penetration capability, we will continue to penetrate China's industrial market and strive to be the absolute market leader in China's automation and control industry.

In the high-speed rail sector, besides the contract we won from Hong Kong MTR Corporation Ltd to provide the complete suite of high-speed rail signaling system to Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail during the last quarter, we also signed a contract with Ministry of Railways (MOR) to supply our ground-based signaling system to Xi'an-Baoji high-speed rail line after the long halt of China's domestic high-speed rail construction. This line restores public confidence in high-speed construction and enhances our faith that China will continue to develop its high-speed rail network in the face of rising public demand for traveling efficiency and future economic development. Given China's unchanged high-speed rail construction plan stated in China's 12th Five Year Plan and increased high-speed rail infrastructure investment for this calendar year 2012, we are more than confident that high-speed rail will continue to bring us significant revenue contribution for the company. Besides, we have certified all of our high-speed rail signaling system including ATP (Automatic Train Protection), TCC (Train Control Center), LEU (Line-Side Electronic Unit), BTM (Balise Transmission Module), TSRS (Temporary Speed Restriction Server), HVC (Hollysys Vital Computer), Interlocking system and others according to international standards and passed the Safety Integrity Level 4 (SIL4) certification. In light of China's heightened consciousness of rail transportation safety, SIL4 certification becomes more and more to be an important criteria and measurement for the qualification of high-speed rail signaling systems providing.  We believe that with our solid market position, strong R&D capability, tight control of our design and production and well-reputed track records, Hollysys will continue to leverage on its core growth pillar foundations to benefit from the recovery of China high-speed rail expansion;

In the subway sector, besides the contracts we signed with Hong Kong MTR and Beijing Metro Construction and Administration Corporation to supply our proprietary SCADA (Surveillance Control and Data Acquisition) system to Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail and Beijing Subway Line 14, we are well on track of subway signaling system development and certification with international standards, among which ATS (Automatic Train Supervision) and CBI (Computer Based Interlocking) have passed SIL2 and SIL4 certification respectively in compliance with international standards, other products including ATO (Automatic Train Operation), ATP (Automatic Train Protection) and ZC (Zone Controller) will pass SIL4 certification by the end of calendar year 2012. We believe the subway signaling system will bring us to a higher level in competing with other players to propel our subway business in both Chinese and international market leveraging our solid track record and brand-name recognition.

Also in the nuclear automation sector, we are very pleased that we continuously provide our proprietary non-safety automation and control systems to the nuclear power stations. In June quarter, we provided our proprietary non-safety automation and control software platform to #3 and #4 reactors of Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Station and #3 and #4 of Ningde Nuclear Power Station, each valued approximately $2.2 million. And in August, we signed a contract to supply our non-safety automation and control products to Second Phase of Qinshan Nuclear Power Station reconstruction project valued approximately $3.0 million. Hollysys, as the only domestic automation and control technology provider to nuclear power industry in China, will continue to leverage the strategic alliance with the largest nuclear builder and operator in China, China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holdings Corp. to further penetrate the nuclear automation and control market both in China and abroad.

I am attaching '2012 Letter to the Investors' with this earnings release. I hope it would provide more ideas and help investors have better understanding of our growth strategies and business development. We are aiming to deliver the best automation and control technology and products to customers and grow this company to be one of the world's leading automation and control enterprises, and continue to create value for our shareholders.

In addition, Hollysys investors are invited to attend our Annual Investor Day in the middle of October at our Beijing premises, which will be filled with showcasing our whole executive team, insightful presentations from various corporate executives and facility tour, to further enhance our transparency, corporate investor relations and communication. Our shareholders who would like to participate in this annual event shall contact their brokerage firms to arrange the reservation; we are looking forward to meeting with you in October at our premises."

The Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Unaudited Financial Results Summary

To facilitate a clear understanding of Hollysys' operational results, a summary of unaudited non-GAAP financial results is shown as below:

In USD thousands, except share numbers and EPS



Three months ended


Fiscal year ended



June 30, 2012

June 30, 2011

%
Change


June 30, 2012

June 30, 2011

%
Change



(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)



(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)











Revenues

$

88,117

71,863

22.6%


321,704

262,842

22.4%

    Integrated contract revenue

$

83,829

67,578

24.0%


304,967

248,576

22.7%

    Products sales

$

4,288

4,285

0.1%


16,736

14,266

17.3%

Cost of revenues

$

51,610

51,188

0.8%


195,357

171,713

13.8%

Gross profit

$

36,507

20,675

76.6%


126,347

91,129

38.6%

Total operating expenses

$

19,547

12,135

61.1%


60,045

45,886

30.9%

    Selling

$

6,489

6,171

5.2%


27,637

20,446

35.2%

    General and administrative

$

7,985

2,749

190.4%


25,161

16,119

56.1%

    Research and development

$

7,014

5,505

27.4%


25,552

20,133

26.9%

    VAT refunds and government subsidies

$

(1,942)

(2,289)

(15.2)%


(18,306)

(10,812)

69.3%

Income from operations

$

16,961

8,539

98.6%


66,302

45,243

46.5%

Other (expense) income, net

$

(223)

408

(154.8)%


1,068

(208)

(613.3)%

(Loss) gain on disposal of long term investments

$

-

(50)

(100.0)%


2,044

1,401

45.9%

Dilution gain on share of an equity investee


-

757

(100.0)%


-

757

(100.0)%

Share of net income (loss) of equity investees

$

354

488

(27.5)%


(3)

2,848

(100.1)%

Interest income (expense), net

$

40

(411)

(109.7)%


(1,346)

(1,579)

(14.7)%

Income tax expenses

$

4,611

2,633

75.2%


10,352

6,444

60.7%

Non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable 
         to non-controlling interest

$

52

71

(26.7)%


352

(5)

(7,305.2)%

Non-GAAP net income attributable to Hollysys
     Automation Technologies Ltd.

$

12,468

7,028

77.4%


57,361

42,022

36.5%

Non-GAAP basic EPS

$

0.22

0.13

69.2%


1.03

0.77

33.8%

Non-GAAP diluted EPS

$

0.22

0.13

69.2%


1.03

0.76

35.5%










Stock-based compensation cost

$

725

156

366.2%


1,139

552

106.4%

GAAP net income attributable to Hollysys 
     Automation Technologies Ltd.

$

11,743

6,872

70.9%


56,222

41,470

35.6%

Basic GAAP EPS

$

0.21

0.13

61.5%


1.01

0.76

32.9%

Diluted GAAP EPS

$

0.21

0.12

75.0%


1.01

0.75

34.7%










Basic weighted average ordinary shares
     outstanding


55,998,917

54,692,129

2.4%


55,659,765

54,564,842

2.0%

Diluted weighted average ordinary shares
     outstanding


56,063,561

54,988,505

2.0%


55,828,361

54,949,280

1.6%

Operational Results Analysis for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2012

For the three months ended June 30, 2012, total revenues increased by 22.6% to $88.1 million, from $71.9 million in the prior fiscal year period.  Of the total revenues, revenue from integrated contracts increased by 24.0% to $83.8 million, as compared to $67.6 million for the same period of the prior year. The Company's integrated contract revenue by segment was as followings:



Three months ended June 30,

(In USD million)


2012


2011



$

% to Total Revenue


$

% to Total Revenue



(Unaudited)



(Unaudited)


Industrial Automation


48.5

58.0%


38.8

57.4%

Rail Transportation


28.2

33.6%


28.8

42.6%

Overseas


7.1

8.4%


-

-

Total


83.8

100.0%


67.6

100.0%

The rail transportation revenue of $28.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 consisted of high-speed rail revenue of $18.9 million and subway automation revenue of $9.3 million.

As a percentage of total revenues, overall gross margin was 41.4% for the three months ended June 30, 2012, as compared to 28.8% for the same period of last year. The gross margin for integrated contracts and product sales were 40.8% and 54.1% for the three months ended June 30, 2012, as compared to 26.9% and 57.6% for the same period of last year respectively. The gross margin fluctuation was mainly due to the different revenue mix with different margin.

For the three months ended June 30, 2012, selling expenses were $6.5 million, compared to $6.2 million year over year, representing an increase of $0.3 million, or 5.2%, mainly due to the Company's expanded sales network and increased selling staff. As a percentage of total revenues, selling expenses were 7.4% and 8.6% for the three months ended June 30, 2012, and 2011, respectively.

General and administrative expenses, excluding non-cash stock-based compensation expense, were $8.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, representing an increase of $5.3 million, or 190.4%, as compared to $2.7 million for the same period of prior year. The large increase was mainly due to an increase of $3.2 million in exchange loss, which was mainly contributed by an exchange loss of $1.6 million regarding intercompany current accounts translation between SGD and USD recognized during this quarter, offset by an exchange gain of $1.4 million regarding intercompany current accounts translation between RMB and USD recorded during the prior year quarter; an increase of $1.3 million contributed by the newly acquired subsidiaries, and an increase of $0.7 million in allowance for doubtful accounts. As a percentage of total revenues, G&A expenses were 9.1% and 3.8% for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Including the non-cash stock compensation cost recorded on a GAAP basis, G&A expenses were $8.7 million and $2.9 million for three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Research and development expenses were $7.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to $5.5 million year over year, representing an increase of $1.5 million, or 27.4%. Compared to the same period of prior year, the increase was mainly due to the Company's increased R&D activities. As a percentage of total revenues, R&D expenses were 8.0% and 7.7% for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

The VAT refunds and government subsidy amounted to $1.9 million for three months ended June 30, 2012, as compared to $2.3 million for the comparative prior year period, representing a decrease of $0.4 million, or 15.2%.

The income tax expenses and the effective tax rate were $4.6 million and 28.1% for the three months ended June 30, 2012, as compared to $2.6 million and 27.5% for the same prior year period. The large income tax expenses for this quarter was mainly due to an income tax expense of $1.6 million related to an adjustment in the fourth quarter for certain expenses incurred during the year that are determined not to be deductible for tax purposes.  For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, the effective tax rate was 15.5%, as compared to 13.5% for the prior year.

For the three months ended June 30, 2012, the non-GAAP net income attributable to Hollysys excluding non-cash stock compensation cost was $12.5 million or $0.22 per diluted share based on 56 million shares outstanding. This represents an increase of $5.5 million, or 77.4%, over the $7.0 million, or $0.13 per share based on 55 million shares outstanding, reported in the prior year period. On a GAAP basis, net income attributable to Hollysys was $11.7 million, or $0.21 per diluted share representing an increase of $4.8 or 70.9%, over the $6.9 million, or $0.12 per diluted share reported in the prior year period.

Operational Results Analysis for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012

For the fiscal year 2012, total revenues increased by 22.4% to $321.7 million, from $262.8 million of the prior year. Of the total revenues, revenue from integrated contracts increased by 22.7% to $305.0 million, from $248.6 million for the prior fiscal year.  The Company's integrated contract revenue by segment was as followings:



Fiscal year ended June 30,

(In USD million)


2012


2011



$

% to Total Revenue


$

% to Total Revenue



(Unaudited)



(Unaudited)


Industrial Automation


181.7

59.6%


133.1

53.5%

Rail Transportation


99.1

32.5%


115.5

46.5%

Overseas


24.2

7.9%


-

-

Total


305.0

100.0%


248.6

100.0%

The rail transportation revenue of $99.1 million for fiscal year 2012 consisted of high-speed rail revenue of $66.0 million and subway automation revenue of $33.1 million.

As a percentage of total revenues, overall gross margin was 39.3% for the fiscal year 2012, as compared to 34.7% for the prior year. The gross margin for integrated contracts and product sales were 38.0% and 62.9% for fiscal 2012, as compared to 33.5% and 55.4% for the prior year. The gross margin fluctuation was mainly due to the different revenue mix with different margin.

For fiscal year 2012, selling expenses were $27.6 million, representing an increase of $7.2 million, or 35.2%, as compared to $20.4 million year over year. The increase was mainly due to the Company's expanded sales network and increased selling staff.  As a percentage of total revenues, selling expenses were 8.6% and 7.8% for fiscal year 2012 and 2011, respectively.

General and administrative expenses, excluding non-cash stock-based compensation expense, were $25.2 million for the fiscal year 2012, increased by $9.1 million, or 56.1%, as compared to $16.1 million year over year. The large increase was mainly due to an increase of $4.9 million contributed by the newly acquired subsidiaries; an increase of $2.4 million in exchange loss, regarding intercompany current accounts translation between SGD, RMB and USD; and an increase of $1.6 million in allowance for doubtful accounts. As a percentage of total revenues, G&A expenses were 7.8% and 6.1% for the fiscal year 2012 and 2011, respectively. Including the non-cash stock compensation cost recorded on a GAAP basis, G&A expenses were $26.3 million and $16.7 million for fiscal year, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Research and development expenses were $25.6 million for fiscal year 2012, compared to $20.1 million for last year, increased by $5.5 million, or 26.9%, mainly due to the Company's increased R&D activities. As a percentage of total revenue, R&D expenses were 7.9% and 7.7% for fiscal year 2012 and 2011, respectively.

The VAT refunds and government subsidy amounted to $18.3 million for fiscal year 2012, as compared to $10.8 million for fiscal year 2011, representing an increase of $7.5 million, or 69.3%, mainly due to the PRC government approving a VAT refund of $5.3 million in fiscal 2012 related to sales generated during January to June 2011.

The gain on disposal of long term investments amounted to $2.0 million for fiscal year 2012, which Beijing Hollysys, the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, disposed 10% equity interest in China Techenergy Co., Ltd. by consideration of RMB 27.8 million (approximately $4.4 million), and recognized a disposal gain of $2.0 million during this year. After this transaction, Beijing Hollysys continues to hold 40% equity interest in China Techenergy.  

The income tax expenses and effective tax rate were $10.4 million and 15.5% for the fiscal year 2012, compared to $6.4 million and 13.5% for the prior year. The large income tax expenses for this year was mainly due to an income tax expense of $2.7 million related to certain expenses incurred during the year that were determined not to be deductible for tax purposes. 

For the fiscal year 2012, the non-GAAP net income excluding non-cash stock compensation cost was $57.4 million or $1.03 per diluted share based on 56 million shares outstanding. This represents an increase of $15.4 million, or 36.5%, over the $42.0 million, or $0.76 per share based on 55 million shares outstanding, reported in the prior year. On a GAAP basis, net income attributable to Hollysys was $56.2 million, or $1.01 per diluted share representing an increase of $14.7 million, or 35.6%, over the $41.5 million, or $0.75 per share reported in the prior year.

Backlog Highlights

Hollysys' backlog as of June 30, 2012 was $389.8 million, compared to $401.8 million on March 31, 2012, and $296.4 million on June 30, 2011. The large increase was mainly contributed by a backlog of $63.2 million, brought by contracts with Hong Kong MTR Corporation to provide High-Speed Rail Signaling Systems. The detailed breakdown of the backlog by segment is as followings:






Quarter-over-Quarter Analysis


Year-over-Year Analysis

(In USD million)


2012-6-30


2012-3-31


2011-6-30



$

% to Total Backlog


$

% to Total Backlog


%
Change


$

% to Total Backlog


%
Change



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)




(Unaudited)



Industrial Automation


150.9

38.7%


144.8

36.0%


4.2%


120.5

40.7%


25.2%

Rail Transportation


196.9

50.5%


208.4

51.9%


(5.5%)


175.9

59.3%


12.0%

Overseas


42.0

10.8%


48.6

12.1%


(13.6%)


-

-



Total


389.8

100.0%


401.8

100.0%


(3.0%)


296.4

100.0%


31.5%

Cash Flow Highlights

The net cash provided by operating activities was $0.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012; Including investing and financing activities, the total net cash outflow for this quarter was $29.8 million, mainly due to $21.6 million deposited in banks from current accounts to time deposits with maturities between six months and one year, $5.3 million used for repayment of short-term loans, $2.5 million used for purchase of property, plant and equipment, and $2.0 million used for repayment of long-term loans.

For fiscal year 2012, the total net cash inflow was $5.7 million, mainly consisted of $57.2 million provided by operating activities, $4.4 million proceeds from disposal of long term investments, and $3.3 million proceeds from disposing property, plant and equipment; offset by $21.6 million deposited in banks from current accounts to time deposits with maturities between six months and one year, $12.3 million used for repayment of short-term loans, $8.3 million used for purchase of property, plant and equipment, $8.2 million used for repayment of  amounts due to the former shareholders of Concord, and $6.0 million used for repayment of long-term loans.

Balance Sheet Highlights

The total amount of cash and cash equivalents and time deposits with maturities over three months were $117.9 million, $126.2 million, and $90.7 million as of June 30, 2012, March 31, 2012, and June 30, 2011, respectively. Of the total $117.9 million as of fiscal year 2012 end, cash and cash equivalents were $96.3 million, and time deposits with maturities over three months were $21.6 million.

For the three months ended June 30, 2012, Days Sales Outstanding ("DSO") is 139 days, as compared to 129 days year over year and 160 days quarter over quarter; and inventory turnover is 53 days, as compared to 63 year over year and 68 days quarter over quarter. For the year ended June 30, 2012, DSO is 145 days as compared to 124 days for the prior year; and inventory turnover is 54 days as compared to 58 days for the prior year.

Outlook for FY 2013

Dr. Wang concluded, "Given our strong backlog currently on-hand and sales pipeline envisioned so far, we project our revenue in the range of $385 million to $410 million and non-GAAP net income in the range of $63 million to $67 million for fiscal year 2013.

It is worth mentioning that the relatively slower expected growth rate of net income for fiscal year 2013 compared with that of revenue is because we recognized 18-months' VAT refunds in fiscal year 2012 due to the government's delayed issuance of new VAT refund policy. Without this factor's influence, investors could expect similar growth rate for both revenue and net income for fiscal year 2013 compared with the prior year."

Conference Call

Management will discuss the current status of the Company's operations during a conference call at 9:00 AM ET/9:00 PM Beijing time on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing the following numbers approximately 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and ask to be connected to the Hollysys Automation Technologies conference call.  The conference call identification number is 16234525.

1-866-519-4004 (USA)

800-930-346 (HK)

+852-24750994 (HK)

800-819-0121 (China Landline)

400-620-8038 (China Mobile)

+ 65-67239381 (International)

In addition, a recorded replay of the conference call will be accessible within 24 hours via Hollysys' website at:

http://www.hollysys.com.sg/home/index.php/investor-relations/events-a-webcast

About Hollysys Automation Technologies, Ltd.

Hollysys Automation Technologies is a leading provider of automation and control technologies and applications in China that enables its diversified industry and utility customers to improve operating safety, reliability, and efficiency. Founded in 1993, Hollysys has approximately 3,600 employees with nationwide presence in over 50 cities in China, with subsidiaries and offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, India, and serves over 3000 customers more than 10,000 projects in the industrial, railway, subway & nuclear industries in China, South-East Asia, and the Middle East. Its proprietary technologies are applied in its industrial automation solution suite including DCS (Distributed Control System), PLC (Programmable Logic Controller), RMIS (Real-time Management Information System), HAMS (HolliAS Asset Management System), OTS (Operator Training System), HolliAS BATCH (Batch Application Package), HolliAS APC Suite (Advanced Process Control Package), SIS (Safety Instrumentation System), high-speed railway signaling system of TCC (Train Control Center), ATP (Automatic Train Protection), Subway Supervisory and Control platform, SCADA (Surveillance Control and Data Acquisition), nuclear conventional island automation and control system and other products.

SAFE HARBOUR:

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  All statements, other than statements of historical fact included herein are "forward-looking statements," including statements regarding: the ability of the Company to achieve its commercial objectives; the business strategy, plans and objectives of the Company and its subsidiaries; and any other statements of non-historical information. These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects" or similar expressions, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties.  Such forward-looking statements, based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Hollysys' management, are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from the forward looking statements.  Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. Investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in the Company's reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on its website (http://www.sec.gov). All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, the Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

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www.hollysys.com
+8610-58981386
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HOLLYSYS AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(In US Dollars)












Three months ended
June 30,


Fiscal year ended
June 30,



2012


2011


2012


2011



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)



Revenues









Integrated contract revenue

$

83,828,981

$

67,578,258

$

304,967,477

$

248,576,098

Products sales


4,287,809


4,284,909


16,736,455


14,265,788

Total revenues


88,116,790


71,863,167


321,703,932


262,841,886










Cost of integrated contracts


49,642,555


49,369,575


189,152,826


165,354,157

Cost of products sold


1,967,271


1,818,705


6,204,356


6,359,013

Gross profit


36,506,964


20,674,887


126,346,750


91,128,716










Operating expenses









Selling


6,489,347


6,171,298


27,636,866


20,445,846

General and administrative


8,709,659


2,904,590


26,300,800


16,671,448

Research and development


7,014,091


5,504,524


25,552,297


20,132,575

VAT refunds and government subsidies


(1,942,191)


(2,289,430)


(18,306,056)


(10,811,919)

Total operating expenses


20,270,906


12,290,982


61,183,907


46,437,950










Income from operations


16,236,058


8,383,905


65,162,843


44,690,766










Other (expense) income, net


(223,455)


407,600


1,068,158


(208,093)

(Loss) gain on disposal of long term investments


-


(50,094)


2,043,977


1,400,533

Dilution gain on share of an equity investee


-


756,619


-


756,619

Share of net income (loss) of equity investees


353,774


488,236


(3,141)


2,847,866

Interest income (expense), net


39,729


(410,905)


(1,345,772)


(1,578,610)

Income before income taxes


16,406,106


9,575,361


66,926,065


47,909,081










Income taxes expenses


4,611,241


2,632,545


10,352,318


6,443,967

Net income


11,794,865


6,942,816


56,573,747


41,465,114










Less: Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests


51,738


70,544


351,900


(4,884)

Net income attributable to Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd.

$

11,743,127

$

6,872,272

$

56,221,847

$

41,469,998










Weighted average number of ordinary shares


55,998,917


54,692,129


55,659,765


54,564,842










Weighted average number of diluted ordinary shares


56,063,561


54,988,505


55,828,361


54,949,280










Basic earnings per share attributable to Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd.


0.21


0.13


1.01


0.76










Diluted earnings per share attributable to Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd.


0.21


0.12


1.01


0.75










Other comprehensive (loss) income









Translation adjustments, net of nil tax


(338,501)


1,414,884


5,910,090


9,308,905

Comprehensive income, net of tax


11,456,364


8,357,700


62,483,837


50,774,019










Less: Comprehensive (loss) income attributable to non-controlling interests


(306,005)


82,919


21,346


35,753

Comprehensive income attributable to Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd.

$

11,762,369

$

8,274,781

$

62,462,491

$

50,738,266

 

HOLLYSYS AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In US Dollars)












June 30,


March 31,





2012


2012





(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

ASSETS






Current Assets







Cash and cash equivalents

$

96,332,962

$

126,178,593



Time deposit s with maturities over three months


21,586,896


-



Restricted cash


5,544,273


4,832,623



Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of 
    $14,287,361 and $13,626,327 as of June 30, 2012 and March 31,
    2012, respectively


136,589,994


106,710,893



Cost and estimated earnings in excess of billings, net of allowance
    for doubtful accounts of $1,890,108 and $1,558,430 as of June 30,
    2012 and March 31, 2012, respectively


115,161,236


100,326,971



Other receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $344,978
    and $347,264 as of June 30, 2012 and March 31, 2012, respectively


7,287,214


7,738,132



Advances to suppliers


10,300,182


9,081,346



Amounts due from related parties


16,336,558


15,642,061



Inventories


26,745,225


28,764,216



Prepaid expenses


876,363


977,026



Income tax recoverable


139,469


171,551



Deferred tax assets


772,061


2,101,850


Total current assets


437,672,433


402,525,262









Property, plant and equipment, net


70,406,722


68,667,959


Intangible assets


594,971


-


Long term investments


16,077,567


15,857,673


Goodwill


27,588,883


29,872,841


Deferred tax assets


414,399


1,069,204









Total assets


552,754,975


517,992,939








LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current liabilities







Short-term bank loans


-


5,334,878



Current portion of long-term bank loans


7,905,263


7,943,695



Accounts payable


78,761,476


76,929,206



Construction cost payable


923,205


927,693



Deferred revenue


59,293,745


34,882,340



Accrued payroll and related expense


6,448,623


5,379,151



Income tax payable


3,605,030


4,293,253



Warranty liabilities


3,575,920


3,033,303



Other tax payables


18,225,344


15,187,451



Accrued liabilities


7,746,036


8,028,948



Amounts due to related parties


1,964,275


2,185,521



Deferred tax liabilities


370,300


-


Total current liabilities


188,819,217


164,125,439










Long-term bank loans


24,650,779


26,763,935


Total liabilities


213,469,996


190,889,374









Commitments and contingencies













Equity







Ordinary shares, par value $0.001 per share, 100,000,000 shares
    authorized, 55,998,917 and  55,998,917 shares issued and
    outstanding as of June 30, 2012 and March 31, 2012, respectively


55,999


55,999



Additional paid-in capital


151,305,146


150,580,096



Statutory reserves


23,091,073


23,091,073



Retained earnings


130,934,342


119,191,215



Accumulated other comprehensive income


32,714,555


33,047,213


Total Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd. stockholder's equity


338,101,115


325,965,596










Non-controlling interests


1,183,864


1,137,969


Total equity


339,284,979


327,103,565









Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

552,754,975

$

517,992,939

 

HOLLYSYS AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In US Dollars)










Three months ended
June 30, 2012


Fiscal year ended
June 30, 2012




(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

Cash flows from operating activities:






Net income

$

11,794,865

$

56,573,747

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash





provided by operating activities:






Depreciation and amortization


2,685,903


7,587,685


Allowance for doubtful accounts


1,258,323


4,434,129


Losses on disposal of property, plant and equipment


616,143


196,117


Gain on disposal of equity investees


-


(2,043,977)


Share of net (income) loss from equity investees


(353,774)


3,141


Stock-based compensation


725,050


1,139,368


Deferred tax assets, net


1,796,089


1,713,253

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:






Accounts receivable


(16,695,919)


(16,891,513)


Cost and estimated earnings in excess of billings


(30,147,593)


(24,700,125)


Inventories 


1,891,788


2,412,298


Advance to suppliers


(1,246,913)


(1,814,764)


Other receivables 


328,203


4,132,144


Deposits and other assets


(635,457)


(1,118,873)


Due from related parties


(693,600)


(2,871,070)


Accounts payable


1,374,946


8,838,803


Deferred revenue


24,610,797


14,392,486


Accruals and other payable


(1,244,862)


2,966,928


Due to related parties


2,005,474


(344,006)


Income tax payable


(2,969,511)


(2,871,713)


Other tax payable


5,383,813


5,445,154


Net cash provided by operating activities


483,765


57,179,212







Cash flows from investing activities:






Time deposits placed with banks


(21,586,896)


(21,586,896)


Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(2,480,848)


(8,250,146)


Proceeds from disposing property, plant and equipment


528


3,276,341


Proceeds from disposal of long term investments


-


4,439,707


Acquisition of long term investments


-


(474,316)


Acquisition of a subsidiary, net of cash acquired


-


(5,296,855)


Net cash used in investing activities


(24,067,216)


(27,892,165)







Cash flows from financing activities:






Proceeds from short-term loans


-


563,736


Repayments of short-term loans


(5,295,409)


(12,314,261)


Repayments of long-term loans


(1,994,580)


(6,012,895)


Proceeds from options exercised


-


672,000


Repayment of amounts due to the former shareholders of a subsidiary


-


(8,243,700)


Net cash used in financing activities


(7,289,989)


(25,335,120)








Effect of foreign exchange rate changes


1,027,809


1,711,976


Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

$

(29,845,631)

$

5,663,903








Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

$

126,178,593

$

90,669,059


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


96,332,962


96,332,962

Non-GAAP Measures

In evaluating our results, the non-GAAP measures of "Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses", "Non-GAAP net income attributable to Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd.", "Non-GAAP basic earnings per share", and "Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share" serve as additional indicators of our operating performance and not as a replacement for other measures in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We believe these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors, as they exclude the stock-based compensation cost, which is calculated based on the number of shares or options granted and the fair value as of the grant date. It will not result in any cash inflows or outflows. We believe that using non-GAAP measures help our shareholders to have a better understanding of our operating results and growth prospects. In addition, given the business nature of Hollysys, it has been a common practice for investors and analysts to use such non-GAAP measures to evaluate the Company.

The following table provides a reconciliation of U.S. GAAP measures to the non-GAAP measures for the periods indicated:




Three months ended
June 30,


Fiscal year ended
June 30,




2012


2011


2012


2011




(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)











General and administrative expenses

$

8,709,659

$

2,904,590

$

26,300,800

$

16,671,448

Minus:










Stock-based compensation cost


725,050


155,540


1,139,368


551,966

Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses

$

7,984,609

$

2,749,050

$

25,161,432

$

16,119,482











Net income attributable to Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd.

$

11,743,127

$

6,872,272

$

56,221,847

$

41,469,998

Add:










Stock-based compensation cost


725,050


155,540


1,139,368


551,966

Non-GAAP net income attributable to Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd.

$

12,468,177

$

7,027,812

$

57,361,215

$

42,021,964












Weighted average number of ordinary shares


55,998,917


54,692,129


55,659,765


54,564,842


Weighted average number of diluted ordinary shares


56,063,561


54,988,505


55,828,361


54,949,280

Non-GAAP basic earnings per share

$

0.22

$

0.13

$

1.03

$

0.77

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share

$

0.22

$

0.13

$

1.03

$

0.76

 

August 14, 2012

2012 Letter to the Investors

Dear Investors,

I feel very encouraged and pleased to inform investors that we report strong financial and operational results thanks to our robust growth in industrial automation segment, driven by the correct strategy and its solid execution. Our total revenue of the 2012 financial year is $321.7 million, increased by 22.4%, and the responding net income is $57.4 million, with an increase of 36.5%, compared with 2011 respectively. But we are not satisfied of the overall result because our railway signal segment and our newly acquired Concord did not meet our targets, and we did not anticipate the repercussions of the tragic railway accident of last year were so widespread and lasted so long, as well as that we underestimated the difficulties confronted by our newly acquired Concord business due to the European debt crises and the recession of most of the world economies.

However, we have been tenaciously executing our strategies and solidifying our core capabilities in both our operations and research and developments. Our strategies in each business segment were elaborated in great detail in last year's letter, and strategies do not vary yearly, therefore I would rather report the significant progresses we made in the year 2012 in executing the strategies.

Although the railway construction in China has not recovered to its normal momentum yet, we strongly believe that it is coming soon, since the huge requirement for railway transportation is genuine and the construction of railway will create a substantial contribution for China's economy growth and absorb a vast amount of labors in a short time, which China is desperately needed in order to overcome the slowdown of its GDP and to regain the confidence of the people of the second largest economy in the world. We are expecting some contracts of significance coming to us due to the market recovery and satisfactory performance of our high quality standard in both system design and project execution management. It is time to reap the reward of our heavy investment in research and development in the railway signal segment. The best demonstration is the miraculous winning of Hong Kong MTR high speed railway project, which represents the total recognition of our signal systems and our project management up to the international standard, because we were competing with other well established multinational companies and the Hong Kong customer put more severe requirement on us and they made more fastidious research work on us as the Wenzhou tragic accident happened just at the time when they are making the decision and the Hong Kong citizen expressed strong suspicion on Chinese companies regarding safety signal systems. I feel greatly grateful when the project manager of Hong Kong MTR told me that they have full confident in us to provide them with satisfactory result because they had done a meticulous investigation on the quality of our critical safety system, our project management especially for safety system design and execution , based on R&D management, our sophisticated laboratories for safety system development which is approved by TUV of Germany, the manufacturing process of PCB boards and assembly factory for safety systems, and the real projects in operation for China railway, as they visited our Beijing facilities after awarding us the project. I feel pleased to tell our investors that we have received all the SIL4 certification of our TCC, ATP, LEU, BTM and a SIL4 system platform which will enable us to design other safety systems much faster, by the end of 2011 as I promised in last year's letter, and our CBTC(communication based train control) for subway signal systems development and the SIL4 certification processes are both under normal operation and we expect to get the project finished and certified by the end this calendar year. Equipped with the state-of-the-art CBTC platform and the Hong Kong project execution experience; we will be a strong competitor in the both China and abroad subway signal system arena.

I would like to address in some detail of the new product realizations for the industrial automation segment, which was not discussed in my last year's letter because we have been very cautious to disclose new system development information for the industrial automation segment to avoid attracting competitors' attention at the early stage, while I am not going to repeat the details of successful execution of our new expansion strategies in this segments. I would like to proudly introduce our new generation DCS system platform MACS650, which was developed quietly and successfully within 18 months by a very strong team from both R&D centre and the industrial engineering department picked up by me personally. In formulating the system requirements and the designing of this state-of-the-art system, we made clear several indispensible aspects: firstly, the system has to include to the largest extent all of the new features of the most novel systems of the multinational competitors. Secondly, the system will intrinsically solve all of the problems happened in our previous systems installed in more than 10000 projects in various areas, such as high voltage protection on signal terminals, high tolerance of power disturbances caused by inappropriate grounding and high frequency noises generated by inverter equipment in the fields, coating protection of corrosion in humid and corrosive environment, etc. Thirdly, the system architecture is redesigned to get rid of the central server, replaced by peer-to-peer structure to increase overall reliability and reduce system cost. Fourth, we reshuffled the requirements and reorganized them into two different layers, namely system layer and application layer, so as to easily tailor the system according to different industries, which will improve the project execution efficiency dramatically. And finally but not the lastly, we redesigned the hardware structure with both elegant appearance and high tolerance of field vibration. It is a paramount requirement that the system cost will not exceed our previous generation systems with all of the improvements. We are confident that the successful launch of MACS650 will greatly enhance our competitive capability in the traditional DCS market and ensure us to gain more market share from both domestic and multinational competitors.

The second achievement in the industrial automation segment is the newly announced completion of our safety system Hiaguard with SIL3 certified by TUV Rheinland for industrial process applications. With more and more safety concerns for industrial process from both the Chinese government and the customer, the universal safety system platform Hiaguard can be widely applied for the ESD (emergency shutdown) of chemical process, ETS (Emergency Trip System) of power generations and the other protection systems for large turbines, which have been fully controlled by a few international companies. Our newly launched Hiaguard will transform the market scenario like what our DCS has done, and Hollysys will become a major player in this field. The TUV certification team was greatly impressed by Hollysys people's high working moral, extraordinary innovative capability, strict observation of safety system development procedures and the systematic completeness of the documentation. We were told that another mature well known company that they certified recently utilized 100 personnel for 4 years to design a similar system and Hollysys deployed 50 people to finish the task within 2 years, which is a stark miracle.

The other new products we developed for the industrial automation segment worth mentioning include the Batch system which is widely required by fine chemical process, pharmaceutical process and food and beverage process, the upgraded version is going to be launched by the end of this calendar year, and a series of dedicated automatic control products for coal mining which are under testing in the real field and going to be put into mass applications.

As I emphasized in many occasions to investors that our industrial automation segment new strategy bolstered with our new systems and products will ensure us to maintain a sustainable growth with proper rate for a very long period no matter whether the market growing or not. Our 2012 data has demonstrated this assumption, since our high growth results are obtained in a very harsh market environment, where several industrial segment such as power, cement manufacturing etc contracted substantially due to the economic slowdown and the tight monetary policy formulated by the central government to control the wild inflation last year. We will further explore more opportunities in both our incumbent market and new markets to maintain sustainable growth in the segment.

I own an apology to our investors that I was too optimistic about Concord business for the year 2012, which turn out to be unsatisfactory. My optimistic judgment and Concord team's confidence were not unfeasible based on their potential projects to be awarded at the beginning this fiscal year. When we signed the agreement to merge Concord and Hollysys at the end of last fiscal year, they have planned one big project in the Middle East, one subway system installation and one big semiconductor manufacturing factory project, totaled up to more than 50m USD, they even prepared the labor resources for these projects. However, the Middle East project and the Subway project were postponed repeatedly and the semiconductor factory project was cancelled due to the economic recession in the world. With many years of successful operation, the Concord team has become very picky about projects, and they should have turned to search for more opportunities instead of spending too much efforts struggling for the pending projects. However, we never regretted the acquisition of Concord, because the international team contributed a lot in helping winning the Hong Kong MTR project, and we have modified our strategies to explore other project opportunities while preparing for the pending projects, which will enable us to gain substantially in both revenue and net income for the next year. With more and more of Hollysys products meet the international market criteria; the Concord team will form the foundation of our international business.

Another point worth noting is that we have been improving our operational efficiency consecutively over the last 3 years, such as that the inventory turnover days are decreased from 79 days 3 years ago to 54 days now, and the cash conversion cycle is reduced from 229 days 3 years ago to 192 days now. The overall improvements in operational efficiency will enhance the company's competitive capability in the market and reduce risks in the long run.

Dear Investors, I fully understand and feel sympathy that most of you lost some paper value by holding Hollysys shares, even though our business has been growing solidly, because of the overall panic sentiment of the stock market due to the uncertainties of the world economy, the worries about temporary slowdown of the Chinese economy and the recession and debt crises in Euro-zone. However, we still have full confidence in the Chinese government to pilot our economy to regain its momentum by issuing further aggressive and effective measures to enhance infrastructure investment including high speed railway and industrial projects, consumption and export, which will create another significant opportunity for us, since we are completely prepared in both products and engineering resources for fast track growth. Based on this assumption and our record high backlog, we formulate the guidance for fiscal year 2013. We project our revenue in the range between US $385 million and US $410 million and non-GAAP net income in the range between $63 million and $67 million.

Thank you !

Best Wishes,

Changli Wang
Chairman and CEO
Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd.

SOURCE Hollysys Automation Technologies, Ltd.



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