Wowjoint Holdings Limited Reports Fourth Quarter & Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Results -- FY 2011 revenue of $24.4 million

-- Q4 2010 revenue of $4.0 million

-- EPS for FY 2011 was $0.15, a 150% increase from FY 2010

-- Gross margins increased to 27.3% for FY 2011

-- Order backlog was strong at $16.3 million as of December 31, 2011

BEIJING, April 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Wowjoint Holdings Limited ("Wowjoint," or the "Company") (Nasdaq: BWOW), China's innovative infrastructure solutions provider of customized heavy duty lifting and carrying machinery, reported today unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2011.

Full Year Ended December 31, 2011

  • Revenues for the full year ended December 31, 2011 were $24.4 million, a slight increase from the $24.1 million reported for 2010.
  • The Company built and sold 12 machines during the year which represented $19.6 million, or 80% of total revenues.
  • Technical service sales were $1.3 million, a decrease from the $5.1 million in FY 2010. Lease income for FY 2011, which began as a segment of revenue a year ago for the company, represented $3.5 million, or 14.4% of total revenues, an increase from $0.7 million in 2010.
  • International based revenues accounted for approximately 26% of total sales.
  • Gross profit for 2011 was $6.7 million, compared to gross profit of $6.0 million in the full year 2010, representing an 11% increase year over year. Gross margins increased to 27.3%, from 24.8% in the same period 2010. The 250 basis points gross margin increase was due to higher lease income and a higher margin product mix.
  • Operating margin increased substantially to 8.6% compared to 2.6% in the prior year. During the year the Company entered into new markets and added staffing to enhance the Company's internal systems and control, yet the company was able to control costs and achieve an increase in operating profit.
  • Net income was $1.2 million, or $0.15 per share based on 7.9 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared to net income of $0.4 million, or $0.06 per share based on 7.4 million weighted average shares outstanding for the full year 2010.

Operating expenses for 2011 were reduced to approximately $4.6 million, compared to $5.3 million in the same period of 2010. Selling expenses were flat year over year at $1.2 million. General and administrative expenses were $3.4 million and $4.2 million for the 2011 and 2010 periods, respectively, with the decrease due to the company's stringent focus on reducing costs.

Fourth-quarter Ended December 31, 2011

  • Revenues for the Company's fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011 were $4.0 million as compared to $11.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.
  • Technical service sales $151,000 in the fourth quarter 2011.
  • Lease income increased 269% to $2.7 million for the fourth quarter 2011. This is a higher margin line of business for Wowjoint.  Gross margin for this segment was 80%, much higher than that of machinery sales at 17%. 
  • Gross profit was $1.5 million compared to $3.2 million in the year ago period. Gross margins increased markedly to 36.9%, from the previous quarter 2011 and from a year ago 2010. This is primarily due to a higher percentage of lease revenue, which has a higher gross margin. 
  • Operating margins were 1.6% for the fourth quarter 2011.
  • Net loss for the fourth quarter 2011 was $0.3 million, compared to net income of $1.3 million in same period 2010.

Cost of sales for the three months ended December 31, 2011 was approximately $2.5 million as compared to $7.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2010. Operating expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2011 were approximately $1.5 million, compared to $1.6 in the same period in 2010. Selling expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2011 totaled $0.3 million compared to $0.4 million in the same period of 2010.

"During the fourth quarter, we continued to pursue International expansion by attending two conferences in the US, which introduced Wowjoint to various contractors and designers that could be customers in the future," commented Mr. Yabin Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wowjoint. "In general, gross margin has improved noticeably for the year due to the increase in our lease income segment, which provides clearer visibility for our future revenue stream. Providing leasing and technical services creates a more stable income flow and helps us better serve our customers."

Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2011

  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $4.6 million at December 31, 2011, as compared to $2.2 million at December 31, 2010.
  • Accounts receivable were $13.3 million at December 31, 2011 as compared to $14.0 million at December 31, 2010.  The receivables are held with extremely large Blue Chip companies in China; therefore we believe collection of the receivables is relatively secure.
  • Inventories amounted to $5.6 million and working capital was $ 9.5 million on December 31, 2011.
  • The Company had total stockholders' equity of $22.5 million, with total assets of $53 million versus total liabilities of $30.5 million on December 31, 2011.  Leverage was extremely low, with bank debt/equity of only 23%.

"We are pleased with Wowjoint's progress during 2011. During the year we entered new vertical markets, new international locations and grew our sales force. We remain encouraged by the traction that we are achieving in these new markets and believe we will see the results over the next few years," stated Mr. Yabin Liu, Chairman and CEO of Wowjoint.

Business Updates

Wowjoint continued to diversify its revenue streams in 2011, by entering new technical services and leasing contracts totaling $9.8 million. Key leasing and services contracts were signed with prominent construction companies such as China Railway 22nd and 17th Bureau Group Companies and China Railway No. 3 Engineering Group. These initiatives allow the Company to capitalize on global opportunities, while generating recurring revenues which will lead to greater revenue and earnings visibility.

Wowjoint made significant progress entering new vertical markets during 2011. In February 2011, Wowjoint announced a contract with Sunbird Yacht Company, China's largest yacht manufacturer, to provide two marine hoists. In July, the marine hoist segment expanded through a contract with Shenzhen Land Investment & Development Center. The Company signed a contract with British Green (Tongliao) Wind Power Equipment Co., Ltd, a wind turbine tower manufacturer and a subsidiary of Greens Holdings Ltd (HK: 01318.HK), to provide a wind tower hoist. Finally, Wowjoint entered the bridge inspection and maintenance industry by being awarded a contract by China's Ministry of Railway to build the first ever equipment for inspection of the overhead concrete beams of the elevated pave way of China's high-speed railway. The Company continues to pursue additional verticals where its knowledge and expertise can be utilized and believes it will make further progress in new vertical markets during 2012. "We continued to expand our sales into new vertical markets and with additional leasing contracts," stated Mr. Liu. "The Company's skilled R&D team continues to produce innovative equipment, which is demonstrated by our new inspection maintenance equipment being chosen by the Ministry of Railway. This key advantage provides us the ability to provide solutions that our competitors are unable to produce. We are excited about the global opportunity we have in the future."

In 2012, key management of the Company began purchases of the Company's stock in the open market, demonstrating their belief in Wowjoint. In addition, a new manufacturing facility and a new R&D facility were established in Zhenjiang City. Construction on the facilities began in April 2012 and Wowjoint is actively pursuing partners to further expand the production in the new facilities.

2012 Guidance and Contract Backlog

Management issued revenue guidance for the first quarter of 2012 of approximately $1 to $2 million. The first quarter tends to be a slower quarter historically for the Company.  Presently in China, there has been a decrease in infrastructure spending, which has had an impact on projects the Company would be involved in. We anticipate this will change later in the year as spending on infrastructure returns. In addition, the Company is pursuing leasing, service and International contracts to subsidize the reduction in Chinese projects.

As of December 31, 2011, Wowjoint's backlog of signed contracts totaled approximately $16.3 million.

About Wowjoint Holdings Limited

Wowjoint is a leading provider of customized heavy duty lifting and carrying machinery used in such large scale infrastructure projects such as railway, highway and bridge construction. Wowjoint's main product lines include launching gantries, tyre trolleys, special carriers and marine hoists. The company's innovative design capabilities have resulted in patent grants and proprietary products. Wowjoint is well positioned to benefit directly from China's rapid infrastructure development by leveraging its extensive operational experience and long-term relationships with established blue chip customers. Information on Wowjoint's products and other relevant information are available on its website at http://www.wowjoint.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "expect," "estimate," "project," "budget," "forecast," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "may," "will," "could," "should," "believes," "predicts," "potential," "continue," and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release include matters that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from results expressed or implied by this press release. Wowjoint undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this communication. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this communication. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning Wowjoint or other matters and attributable to Wowjoint or any person acting on their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above. Wowjoint does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, relating to the matters discussed in this news release.

For additional information contact:  

Wowjoint Holdings:    
Aubrye Foote, Vice President, Investor Relations
Tel:  +1-530-475-2793
Email: aubrye@wowjoint.com
Website: www.wowjoint.com

 













WOWJOINT HOLDINGS LTD






Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Income






(US dollars in thousands, except for EPS and share data)

















Three Months Ended


Fiscal Year Ended






December 31,

September 30,

December 31,


December 31,

December 31,






2011

2011

2010


2011

2010






(unaudited)


(unaudited)






Sales











Machinery sales

1,111

4,906

8,295


19,599

18,194





Technical service

151

167

1,989


1,275

5,124





Lease income

2,749

282

744


3,524

744





Total sales

4,011

5,355

11,028


24,398

24,062
















Cost of goods sold

2,527

4,026

7,858


17,742

18,085





Gross profit

1,484

1,329

3,170


6,656

5,977
















Operating expenses:











Selling expenses

331

226

400


1,160

1,163





General and administrative expenses

1,217

806

1,231


3,402

4,177





Total operating expenses

1,548

1,032

1,631


4,562

5,340
















Income from operations

(64)

297

1,538


2,094

637
















Other expenses:











Interest expense (net)

74

107

45


285

60





Bank expense

3

10

25


45

67





Foreign currency exchange loss (gain)

317

-

(15)


264

(38)





Other expense (profit)

(58)

(10)

(151)


(70)

(182)





Total other expenses

336

107

(97)


524

(93)
















Income before income taxes

(400)

190

1,635


1,570

731
















Income taxes (Benefits) expenses

60

(60)

323


346

307
















Net income attributed to ordinary shareholders

(340)

250

1,312


1,224

424
















Earnings per share











Basis

0.00

0.03

0.17


0.15

0.06





Diluted

0.00

0.03

0.17


0.15

0.06
















Weighted average number of shares used in computing earnings per share









Basis

7,949,965

7,949,965

7,949,965


7,949,965

7,449,079





Diluted

7,949,965

7,949,965

7,949,965


7,949,965

7,449,079






































  








WOWJOINT HOLDINGS LTD




Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheet




(US dollars in thousands)










December 31,

 September 30,

December 31,




2011

2011

2010




(unaudited)



ASSETS






Current Assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

4,627

3,762

2,168



Accounts receivable(net)

13,274

16,663

13,969



Other receivables

1,656

2,714

723



Advances to suppliers

8,956

5,875

3,524



Inventories

5,558

9,965

5,224



Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings

4,201

3,785

2,690



Amount due from related parties

76

-

82



Total Current Assets

38,348

42,764

28,380









Property, plant and equipment

13,009

4,723

3,208



Intangible asset, net

1,067

7,815

1,044



Restricted cash

578

1,066

922



Prepaid expense - Long-term

-

554

101



Long-term Accounts Receivable

-

120

3,935



Total Assets

53,002

57,041

37,590









TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current Liabilities:






Short-term loans

3,492

3,305

1,510



Accounts payable and accrued expenses

14,049

12,633

7,503



Advances from customers

6,068

9,423

1,173



Due to related parties

54

-

-



Unearned lease income

-

-

748



Taxes payable

4,592

5,177

5,051



Other payables

631

1,582

321



Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings

-

531

897



Total Current Liabilities

28,886

32,651

17,203









Long-term loan

1,587

1,574

-









Stockholders' Equity:






Common stock 

8

8

8



Additional paid in capital

10,300

10,300

10,300



Statutory surplus reserves

3,025

3,025

3,025



Retained earnings

7,185

7,525

5,961



Accumulated other comprehensive income

2,011

1,958

1,093



Total Stockholders' Equity

22,529

22,817

20,387



Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

53,002

57,041

37,590

































  




WOWJOINT HOLDINGS LTD


Statement of Cash Flows


(US dollars in thousands)






 Year Ended 



December 31,
 2011

December 31,
2010


(unaudited)





CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:



Net income (loss)

1,224

424

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:



Depreciation and amortization

725

331

Bad debt expense

111

83

Other



Changes in operating assets and liabilities:



Accounts receivable

4,519

(4,537)

Other receivables

(933)

(680)

Advances to suppliers

(5,432)

(2,734)

Inventories

(334)

(1,589)

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings

(1,511)

(369)

Prepaid expense – Short-term

-

(96)

Accounts payables and accrued expenses

6,546

3,066

Other payables

310

66

Unearned lease income

(748)

748

Advances from customers

4,895

693

Taxes payable

(459)

(177)

Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings

(897)

873

Total adjustments

6,792

(4,322)

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

8,016

(3,898)




CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:



Long term investment

-

-

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(10,526)

(1,779)

Prepaid expense - Long-term

101

-

Net cash used in investing activities

(10,425)

(1,779)




CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:



Net cash provided by acquisition

-

6,910

Repayment of short-term loans

(1,510)

(732)

Proceeds from short-term loans

3,492

1,510

Proceeds from long-term loans

1,587

-

Restricted cash

344

(734)

Due from related parties

6

(20)

  Due to related parties

54

-

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

3,973

6,934




NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH

1,564

1,257

EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH

895

236

CASH, BEGINNING OF PERIOD

2,168

675




CASH, END OF PERIOD

4,627

2,168




SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES:



Cash paid during the period for:



Interest paid

220

69

Income tax paid

427

26




 

SOURCE Wowjoint Holdings Limited



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