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SGOCO Group, Ltd. Announces Full Year 2011 Financial Results -- Achieved Record Annual Revenue --

BEIJING, Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- SGOCO Group, Ltd. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries ("SGOCO" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: SGOC), a company focused on product design and brand development in the Chinese flat panel display market, including LCD/LED monitors, TVs, and application specific products, today announced financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

SGOCO achieved record revenues for 2011.  Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2011 grew $95.8 million, or 44%, to $313.1 million compared with $217.3 million for 2010.  The growth in revenues came from the addition of several large customers as well as increased sales from existing customers.  The Company had five customers in 2011 whose sales each exceeded $20 million, up from two customers in 2010 each with sales in excess of $20 million.

The majority of the Company's revenue growth was derived from the China market. SGOCO's China sales increased 48.5% to $276.3 million.  In 2011, the Company established a subsidiary in the US to explore greater sales opportunities in North and South America.

Full year 2011 gross profit was $33.7 million, or 10.8% of revenue, compared with $32.7 million, or 15.0% in the prior year period.  Margin compression occurred in both the Company's branded and OEM business segments and was a result of increased competition and softening demand.  The Company saw increased pricing pressure in the Chinese market that was partially in response to the general slowdown in the European monitor market.  The lack of demand in Europe drove competitors to maintain unit volume by pushing product into the Chinese market resulting in lower unit prices. The Company's results were further challenged in the second half of 2011 when severe flooding in Thailand created a shortage of computer components.  This shortage negatively affected retail sales at Chinese stores specializing in custom-made computers where many of SGOCO's monitors are sold.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for 2011 were $7.5 million, or 2.4% of total revenue compared with $7.1 million, or 3.3% of total revenue, from the prior year period.  The majority of the increase came from selling expenses as sales commissions, transportation costs and customs duties were higher than 2010.  The Company realized savings in general and administrative expenses in the fourth quarter as professional service fees associated with the Company's 2010 Nasdaq listing did not recur.

Net income for 2011 declined 16.6% to $16.6 million, or $1.02 per diluted share, compared with $19.9 million, or $1.86 per diluted share, in the prior year period.  A one-time $5.4 million provision related to the sale of the Company's manufacturing assets adversely impacted net income for 2011. Since certain earn-out milestones were met, shares held in escrow were no longer subject to forfeiture and thus diluted earnings per share was calculated using a weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding of 16,288,242 for 2011 compared with 10,705,957 for 2010. 

The Company's sale of its manufacturing subsidiary, Honesty Group, in the 2011 fourth quarter for $76.0 million in total consideration eliminated SGOCO's bank debt and resulted in a substantial improvement in the Company's liquidity ratios.  The Company's current ratio rose to 7.6 on December 31, 2011, from 1.4 at the end of 2010.  The Company's debt-to-equity ratio dropped to 0.15 as of December 31, 2011 from 1.52 as of December 31, 2010.  As of December 31, 2011 the outstanding balance of the payment owed to SGOCO for the sale of Honesty Group was $57.5 million.  The consideration was paid in full by the end of May 2012.

Fourth Quarter 2011 Sale of Manufacturing Assets

In late 2011, to better compete in the flat panel display market, SGOCO sold its Honesty Group subsidiary which included the Company's manufacturing assets.  This sale marked the transition from a "heavy-asset" to a "light-asset" business model.  This change benefits the Company financially, operationally, and strategically.  From a financial perspective, the sale eliminated approximately $110 million in bank debt, leaving the Company largely debt free.  Operationally, SGOCO is free to source from low cost producers that meet the Company's rigorous manufacturing quality specifications.  This added operational flexibility reduces the likelihood of production constraints and alleviates the pressure to accept low-margin OEM orders to absorb fixed costs.  Strategically, the Company has adopted a business model similar to that of many leading technology companies.  With the sale of its manufacturing assets, the Company has the ability to devote greater resources to the design of innovative products, the development of compelling brands, and the enhancement of its product distribution.

Comment from the CEO

Mr. Burnette Or, President and CEO of SGOCO commented, "We are pleased with our accomplishments over the past year.  SGOCO continues to evolve its operating model so the majority of our R&D and brand building are handled internally while production is outsourced.  This model helps ensure greater scalability and allows SGOCO to differentiate itself to current and future customers through enhanced product features and brand positioning."

"As we transition to our new 'light-asset' business model, we see increased competition in the Chinese market.  In response to gross margin pressure in 2012, we plan to further expand and emphasize sales of our own-brand products and licensed brands over OEM sales.  Gross margins on brands we control and license such as 'SGOCO,' 'POVIZON,' 'No.10,' as well as 'TCL' for monitors and 'Founder' are typically five percentage points higher than the gross margins on OEM sales.  Therefore, we intend to significantly reduce or eliminate OEM sales over the next two years."

"In R&D, we have a number of exciting initiatives which can contribute significantly to our business in the coming one to two years.  In addition to the normal development of monitor and TV products, SGOCO continues to promote and develop a line of higher-margin application specific products including e-boards, tablet computers, and advertising display units.  Additionally we are developing application specific multimedia systems and services composed of display panel TVs with software control systems for sale to commercial customers that can produce recurring revenues.  These products, which have a higher degree of software and hardware integration than SGOCO's traditional products, are being developed for specialized use in schools, institutions and commercial enterprises.  Our expanding sales team will work to secure contracts for these products."

About SGOCO Group, Ltd.

SGOCO Group, Ltd. is focused on designing great products and promoting its own brands in the Chinese flat panel display market.  Our main products are LCD/LED monitors, TVs, and other application specific products.  Our target markets are China's Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities where we compete by providing high quality products at competitive prices. 

For more information about SGOCO, please visit our investor relations website http://www.sgocogroup.com.  Product information can be found at http://www.sgoco.com.

Safe Harbor and Informational Statement

This press release contains "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, those with respect to the objectives, plans and strategies of the Company set forth herein and those preceded by or that include the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "future," "intend," "plan," "estimate" or similar expressions, are "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements in this release include, without limitation, the effectiveness of the Company's multiple-brand, multiple channel strategy and the reasonableness of the increases in notes payable, advances to suppliers and restricted cash. Although the Company's management believes that such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee that such expectations are, or will be, correct. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company's future results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements can change as a result of many possible events or factors not all of which are known to the Company, which may include, without limitation, requirements or changes adversely affecting the LCD and LED market in China; fluctuations in customer demand for LCD and LED products generally; our success in promoting our brand of LCD and LED products in China and elsewhere; our success in expanding our "SGOCO Image" model; our ability to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting; our success in manufacturing and distributing products under brands licensed from others; management of rapid growth; changes in government policy including policy regarding subsidies for purchase of consumer electronic products and local production of consumer goods in China; the fluctuations in sales of LCD and LED products in China; China's overall economic conditions and local market economic conditions; our ability to expand through strategic acquisitions and establishment of new locations; changing principles of generally accepted accounting principles; compliance with government regulations; legislation or regulatory environments; geopolitical events and other events and factors described in the "Key Information -- Risk Factors" section in the Company's annual report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on August 30, 2012. The Company assumes no obligation to update any of the information contained or referenced in this press release.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

SGOCO Group, Ltd. (China)

ICR, LLC

Bill Krolicki, VP of Finance

William Zima

Tel: +86-10-8587-0170 ext. 826        

Phone: +86-10-6583-7511

Email: ir@sgoco.com 



SGOCO Group Investor Relations Department


US: +1-646-328-2533

 

(Financial Tables on Following Pages)


 

SGOCO GROUP, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS


AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2011 AND 2010






2011



2010


ASSETS














CURRENT ASSETS







 Cash


$

534,501



$

23,493,805


 Restricted cash



-




6,537,086


 Accounts receivable, trade



19,680,682




55,985,013


 Accounts receivable - related parties



-




49,559


 Other receivables and prepayments



756,763




429,864


Consideration receivable from Sale of Honesty Group



57,477,790




-


 Inventories



1,864,011




17,291,123


 Advances to suppliers



4,609,506




23,312,312


 Other current assets



60,548




46,615


Total current assets



84,983,801




127,145,377











PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET



217,586




16,886,297











OTHER ASSETS









Intangible assets, net



-




8,589,215











Total assets


$

85,201,387



$

152,620,889











LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY


















CURRENT LIABILITIES









Accounts payable, trade


$

4,608,600



$

31,958,430


Accrued liabilities



353,147




333,659


Bank overdraft



-




1,492,226


Notes payable



-




26,346,505


Short-term loan



-




18,302,453


Short-term loan - shareholder



208,958




2,545,439


Other payables



343,883




1,679,541


Customer deposits



153,436




3,278,269


Taxes payable



5,552,293




2,526,279


Put option derivative liability



-




2,000,000


Total current liabilities



11,220,317




90,462,801











OTHER LIABILITIES









Warrant derivative liability



92,966




1,530,569


Total other liabilities



92,966




1,530,569











Total liabilities


$

11,313,283



$

91,993,370











SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY









Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized, nil issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010



-




-


Ordinary shares, $0.001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, 17,258,356 shares and 17,428,089 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively



17,258




17,428


Paid-in-capital



24,555,415




24,182,003


Statutory reserves



54,031




3,560,838


Retained earnings



49,177,643




29,051,779


Accumulated other comprehensive income



83,757




3,815,471


Total shareholders' equity



73,888,104




60,627,519











Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$

85,201,387



$

152,620,889


 

 

 


SGOCO GROUP, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME


FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011, 2010 AND 2009






2011



2010



2009


REVENUES:










Revenues


$

313,135,771



$

204,682,698



$

61,672,603


Revenues - related parties



-




12,618,047




6,201,701


Total revenues



313,135,771




217,300,745




67,874,304















COST OF GOODS SOLD:













Cost of goods sold



279,398,945




174,315,969




53,006,818


Cost of goods sold - related parties



-




10,285,788




4,757,517


Total cost of goods sold



279,398,945




184,601,757




57,764,335















GROSS PROFIT



33,736,826




32,698,988




10,109,969















OPERATING EXPENSES:













Selling expenses



1,705,737




700,148




116,918


General and administrative expenses



5,778,875




6,443,314




889,481


Total operating expenses



7,484,612




7,143,462




1,006,399















INCOME FROM OPERATIONS



26,252,214




25,555,526




9,103,570















OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES):













Interest income



288,415




89,900




7,221


Interest expense



(2,074,034)




(1,021,066)




(841,613)


Other income (expense), net



(248,545)




(892,184)




(75,893)


Change in fair value of warrant derivative liability



925,445




(286,877)




-


Gain from disposal of subsidiaries



126,860




-




-


Total other expenses, net



(981,859)




(2,110,227)




(910,285)















INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES



25,270,355




23,445,299




8,193,285















PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES



8,651,298




3,513,710




1,034,212


NET INCOME



16,619,057




19,931,589




7,159,073















OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME:













Foreign currency translation adjustment



83,757




1,772,063




(16,864)


Realization of foreign currency translation gain relating to disposal of subsidiaries



(3,815,471)




-




-















COMPREHENSIVE INCOME


$

12,887,343



$

21,703,652



$

7,142,209















EARNINGS PER SHARE:













Basic


$

1.03



$

2.13



$

0.84


Diluted


$

1.02



$

1.86



$

0.84















WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES:













Basic



16,086,598




9,354,186




8,500,000


Diluted



16,288,242




10,705,957




8,500,000



 

 

SGOCO GROUP, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS


FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011, 2010 AND 2009






2011



2010



2009


CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:










Net income


$

16,619,057



$

19,931,589



$

7,159,073


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













Depreciation and amortization



1,460,162




1,611,372




618,237


Bad debt provision



190,840




1,947,371




-


Change in fair value of warrant derivative liability



(925,445)




286,877




-


Gain from disposal of subsidiaries



(126,860)




-




-


Change in operating assets













Accounts receivables, trade



(19,428,249)




(37,509,713)




(14,767,985)


Accounts receivables - related parties



49,559




(48,318)




3,562,779


Other receivables and prepayments



(7,988,301)




(261,746)




6,967


Inventories



1,160,326




(12,813,671)




4,227,785


Advances to suppliers



(101,730,517)




(10,680,527)




(7,588,177)


Advances to suppliers-related party



-




9,027,294




1,853,952


Other current assets



(12,117)




258,319




29,895


Change in operating liabilities













Accounts payables, trade



31,772,095




27,638,400




1,407,351


Accrued liabilities



390,318




(130,264)




26,239


Other payables



9,789,100




(1,542,236)




3,067,883


Other payables - related parties



-




(235,178)




(7,299,039)


Customer deposits



5,544,248




2,734,645




457,480


Customer deposits - related parties



-




(337,797)




305,167


Taxes payable



5,007,684




1,603,892




927,234


Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities



(58,228,100)




1,480,309




(6,005,159)















CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:













Proceeds from disposal of subsidiaries, net of cash disposed of $3,439,038



(2,226,038)




-




-


Purchase of equipment and construction-in-progress



(1,021,169)




(3,563,545)




(13,553,487)


Purchase of intangible assets



(1,545)




(6,419)




(5,972,103)


Proceeds from the disposal of plant and equipment and intangible assets



2,354




-




-


Cash received from legal acquirer



-




5,913




-


Net cash used in investing activities



(3,246,398)




(3,564,051)




(19,525,590)















CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:













Increase in restricted cash



(19,412,627)




(730,855)




(5,414,494)


Proceeds from bank overdrafts



7,304,321




10,349,643




5,061,259


Payments on bank overdrafts



(7,538,559)




(9,618,228)




(4,344,137)


Notes payables



40,898,856




6,824,463




13,695,975


Proceeds from government



-




1,163,426




3,372,030


Proceeds from short-term loan



102,257,686




30,511,770




50,174,196


Payments on short-term loan



(81,516,378)




(32,055,846)




(34,620,488)


Shareholder contribution



-




366,780




3,080,000


Proceeds from shareholder loan



-




2,545,439




-


Payments on shareholder loan



(2,336,481)




-




-


Proceeds from recapitalization



-




5,388,083




-


Payments of recapitalization cost



-




(666,468)




-


Repayments on shareholder promissory notes



-




(100,000)




-


Proceeds from shares issuance



-




5,594,543




-


Payments of financing costs



-




(300,148)




-


Payments on repurchase of shares pursuant to Put Option



(2,000,000)




-




-


Payments on repurchase of warrants



(512,158)




-




-


Shares issued for exercise of over allotment related to secondary offering



373,242




-




-


Net cash provided by financing activities



37,517,902




19,272,602




31,004,341















EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE ON CASH



997,292




496,932




(18,148)















(DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH



(22,959,304)




17,685,792




5,455,444















CASH, beginning of year



23,493,805




5,808,013




352,569















CASH, end of year


$

534,501



$

23,493,805



$

5,808,013















SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION













Cash paid for interest


$

2,074,034



$

1,021,066



$

841,613


Cash paid for income taxes


$

4,051,393



$

1,986,106



$

106,977















SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES


























Settlement of consideration receivable – received in finished goods


$

8,925,001



$

-



$

-


Settlement of consideration receivable offset against













-      Purchase deposits to Honesty Group


$

(1,771,815)



$

-



$

-


-      Payable to Honesty Group


$

10,156,024



$

-



$

-


Consideration receivable from the Sale of Honesty Group


$

57,477,790



$

-



$

-


 

SOURCE SGOCO Group, Ltd.



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