TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 28 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corporation Limited (OTC Bulletin Board: AWRCF) ("APWCC" or the "Company"), today announced unaudited results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010.
First-Quarter 2010 Highlights: -- Revenues increased 55.8% to $104.9 million from $67.3 million in the first quarter of 2009 -- Gross profit increased 18.0% to $11.4 million from $9.7 million compared with the first quarter of 2009 -- Operating income increased 53.4% to $5.2 million from $3.4 million compared with the first quarter of 2009 -- Net income attributable to APWCC stockholders increased 147.8% to $3.7 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, from $1.5 million, or $0.11 per diluted share in the same period last year -- Shareholders' equity attributable to APWCC stockholders was $133.0 million as of March 31, 2010, compared to $127.3 million at the end of 2009
The Company started 2010 business year with a solid quarter exhibiting strong growth in both revenues and net income. Demand for our products remains strong-particularly for enameled wire and power cables. The majority of our products and services are used in industrial, power and telecommunications infrastructure in the growing Asia-Pacific region.
First-Quarter 2010 Results
Net revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2010, was $104.9 million compared to $67.3 million for the same period in 2009, an increase of 55.8%. The increase in revenue was primarily due to a dramatic increase in sales of enameled wire, which more than doubled year over year. Sales of power cable were also robust.
Revenue from enameled wire for the three months ended March 31, 2010 was $49.5 million compared to $19.1 million for the same period in 2009, an increase of 158.6%. Sales of enameled wire increased in two major geographic markets: Thailand and China. Revenue from telecommunication cable was $10.7 million compared to $13.1 million for the same period in 2009, a decrease of 17.7%, which was primarily due to lower sales of fiber-optic cable. Revenue from power cable was $29.6 million compared to $24.4 million for the same period in 2009, an increase of 21.1%. The increase in power cable sales was largely due to higher sales in Singapore and Australia versus slightly lower sales in Thailand.
Revenue from the SDI (Sales, Delivery and Installation) segment for the three months ended March 31, 2010 was $7.4 million compared to $2.0 million for the same period in 2009, an increase of 275.8%. This increase was largely due to several government-sponsored projects in Singapore. APWCC's largest SDI project in Singapore is with the government agency SP Powerasset, a $25.1 million contract for the supply and servicing of high-voltage power cable through 2011. A second major SDI contract in Singapore is for high-voltage power cable and building wiring and it was completed in May 2010.
Gross profit was $11.4 million compared to $9.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009, an increase of 18.0%. The gross margin was 10.9% compared to 14.4% for the same period last year. Despite the decrease in gross margin in Q1 2010, the significant increase in overall revenue resulted in higher gross profit coupled with the Company's efforts in controlling cost, including rigorous control over raw-material inventory.
The combination of higher revenues, lower gross margins, and basically flat operating expenses year over year led to a 53.4% increase in operating income. Higher currency exchange gains, lower interest expense, and a tax credit more than offset higher income attributable to non-controlling interests, leading to net income per share attributable to APWCC shareholders of $3.7 million, which was a 147.8% increase over the first quarter of 2009. Net income per diluted share was $0.27, versus $0.11 per diluted share, in the same period last year.
As of March 31, 2010, the Company had $46.4 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $41.5 million as of December 31, 2009. Total current assets were $259.3 million as of March 31, 2010, compared to $239.0 million at the end of 2009, and total current liabilities were $122.4 million as of March 31, 2010, compared to $111.9 million at the end of 2009. Working capital was $137.0 million versus $127.1 million at the end of 2009. Shareholders' equity was $133.0 million, compared to $127.4 million at the end of 2009. Cash from operations was $3.3 million, versus an outflow of $8.8 million in the year-ago quarter.
The Company has enjoyed the recovery that began in 2009 and continued through the first quarter of 2010. Looking ahead, the Company expects to report continued year-over-year growth in revenues and earnings in our second quarter ended June 30, 2010. The Company is looking forward to meeting with investors at Global Hunter's 2010 China Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 13, and in one-on-one meetings before and after the conference.
About Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corporation
Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of telecommunications (copper and fiber-optic) and power cable and enameled-wire products in the Asia-Pacific region, primarily in China, Thailand, Singapore and Australia. For more information on the Company, visit http://www.apwcc.com . Information on the Company's Web site or any other Web site does not constitute a portion of this release.
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(financial tables follow) ASIA PACIFIC WIRE & CABLE CORPORATION LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousand U.S. Dollars) (Unaudited) (Audited) March 31, December 31, 2010 2009 ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS: Cash and cash equivalents $46,383 $41,534 Unrestricted Short-term bank deposits -- -- Restricted Short-term bank deposits 16,464 13,145 Accounts receivable 101,423 101,849 Amounts due from related parties 5,744 5,664 Inventories 78,540 69,047 Investments 76 106 Deferred tax assets 3,922 2,595 Prepaid expenses 5,569 3,928 Other current assets 1,213 1,180 Total current assets 259,334 239,048 Total property, plant and equipment (net) 43,614 43,640 OTHER ASSETS: Long term investments 600 580 Investment in equity investees 3,220 3,263 Goodwill 8,801 8,801 Other assets 142 107 Deferred tax assets 1,743 613 14,506 13,364 TOTAL ASSETS $317,454 $296,052 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES: Bank loans and overdrafts $23,316 $18,516 Trust receipts 27,334 18,669 Accounts payable 29,662 33,706 Accrued expenses 10,271 9,244 Amounts due to related parties 17,632 17,487 Short-term loans from a related party 1,732 1,732 Income taxes 7,384 7,059 Current portion of long-term debt -- -- Deferred tax liabilities 58 -- Other current liabilities 4,979 5,496 Total current liabilities 122,368 111,909 Long-term debt, less current portion -- -- Long-term debt from related parties, less current portion -- -- Other liabilities 607 546 Deferred tax liabilities 1,647 1,005 Total liabilities 124,622 113,460 Commitments and contingencies SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY: Common stock, $0.01 par value: Authorized shares - 50,000,000 shares Issued and outstanding shares - 13,830,769 in 2008 and 2009 138 138 Additional paid-in capital 111,541 111,541 Retained earnings 29,638 25,909 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (8,283) (10,196) Total APWCC shareholders' equity 133,034 127,392 Noncontrolling Interest 59,798 55,200 Total Equity $192,832 $182,592 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $317,454 $296,052 NET BOOK VALUE PER SHARE $9.62 $9.21 ISSUED AND OUTSTANDING SHARES 13,830,769 13,830,769 ASIA PACIFIC WIRE & CABLE CORPORATION LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousand U.S. Dollars, except share data) (Unaudited) 3 months ended March 31, 2010 2009 NET SALES $104,868 $67,315 COST OF SALES (93,442) (57,632) GROSS PROFIT 11,426 9,683 Selling, general and administrative expenses (6,133) (5,807) Provision for doubtful debts (125) (432) Impairment loss of long-lived assets -- (75) INCOME FROM OPERATIONS 5,168 3,369 Exchange gain (loss) 865 438 Interest income 118 114 Interest expense (559) (768) Share of net gain (loss) of equity investees (42) (24) Gain on share issuance by subsidiaries and affiliates -- -- Impairment of investment -- -- Gain on disposal of subsidiaries (Epan group) -- -- Other income 183 327 INCOME BEFORE TAXES AND NONCONTROLLING INTEREST 5,733 3,456 Income taxes 1,049 (1,199) NET INCOME 6,782 2,257 Less: Net income attributable to the noncontrolling Interest (3,053) (752) NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO APWCC $3,729 $1,505 BASIC AND DILUTED INCOME PER SHARE 0.27 0.11 BASIC AND DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING 13,830,769 13,830,769 ASIA PACIFIC WIRE & CABLE CORPORATION LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (In thousand U.S. Dollars, except share data) 3 months ended March 31, 2010 2009 Net Income (Loss) $3,729 $1,505 Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash Loss on writedown of goodwill/intangible -- -- Impairment of fixed assets -- 75 Deferred Income tax (1,756) 1,036 Foreign currency gains (311) (47) Depreciation of Property and Equipment 1,679 1,584 Provision for Bad Debt 125 432 Gain/loss on sale of fixed assets (18) (6) Write-down of inventory (678) (13,491) Gain on sales of investment -- -- Unrealized loss on securities available of sale -- -- Undistributed loss of equity investees 43 24 Recognized under SFAS 158 (327) -- Provision for diminution in investments -- -- Non-controlling interests 3,053 752 Net change in operating asset and liabilities: -- -- Accounts and notes receivable 1,973 16,631 Inventory (7,287) 27,072 Deposits with vendors -- -- Other current assets (1,635) (341) Other long term assets 202 (575) Accounts payable (4,157) (20,890) Trust receipts 7,861 959 Related parties 119 (23,066) Other Liabilities (514) 429 Accrued expenses and other liabilities 1,220 (919) Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities: 3,321 (8,838) Cash flows from investing activities: (Increase) decrease in unrestricted ST bank deposits -- (5,609) (Increase) decrease in restricted ST bank deposits (3,056) 1,793 Investment (decrease investment) in equity investee -- -- Acquisition of plant and equipment (862) (369) Acquisition of equipment produced for rental Payments received on notes receivable Disposition of plant and equipment 27 24 Net cash from investing activities (3,892) (4,161) Cash flows from financing activities: Repayment of bank loans (3) (2,388) Increase in bank loans 4,800 4,751 Net increase (decrease) in overdrafts -- -- Net cash provided by financing activities 4,797 2,363 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 624 570 Increase (decrease) in cash 4,850 (10,066) Cash balance at beginning of period 41,534 37,510 Cash and equivalents at end of period $46,384 $27,444 For more information, please contact: Company Contact: Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corporation Limited Mr. Frank Tseng, CFO Phone: +886-2-2712-2558 x66 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.apwcc.com Investor Relations Contact: CCG Investor Relations Mr. John Harmon, Senior Account Manager Phone: +1-646-833-3424 (New York) Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.ccgir.com
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