SHENZHEN, China, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China BAK Battery, Inc. ("China BAK", the "Company", or "we") (Nasdaq: CBAK), one of the largest lithium-ion battery cell manufacturers in the world, as measured by production output, today announced its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010 ("Q1 2010").
Recent Achievements and Highlights -- Gross Margin rose to 19.0% because of improved production yields and cost reduction; -- BAK Tianjin won its first major contract for high power batteries for electric buses; -- We won a $27M bid to directly supply cell phone batteries to ZTE Corporation ("ZTE") in the first half of 2010; and -- Capital structure is strengthened by $20M registered direct offering
First Quarter FY10 Financial Results
Net revenues for the first quarter of FY10 were $50.2 million, down 12.7% from $57.6 million last quarter and down 26.2% from $68.1 million in the same quarter of last year.
Revenues from cylindrical cells used in notebook computers were $8.1 million, down 46.1% from $15.0 million last quarter and down 55.9% from $18.4 million in the same quarter of last year.
Revenues from prismatic products, including aluminum-case cells, steel- case cells and battery packs, which are used in mobile phones and certain personal electronic devices, were $38.8 million, up 3.3% from $37.5 million last quarter and down 15.1% from $45.7 million in the same quarter of last year.
Revenues from lithium polymer cells, used in personal electronic devices such as PDAs, MP3 players and Bluetooth devices, were $3.2 million in the first quarter of FY10, down 35.3% from last quarter, and down 21.2% from the same quarter of last year.
Gross profit for the first quarter of FY10 was $9.6 million, up 18.1% from $8.1 million last quarter and down 9.8% from $10.6 million in the same quarter of last year. Gross margin was 19.0%, compared to 14.1% last quarter and 15.6% in the same quarter of last year. Improved production yield and cost reduction contributed to the rise in gross margin.
Operating expenses totaled $12.4 million or 24.8% of revenues in the first quarter of FY10, as compared to $9.0 million or 15.7% of revenues last quarter and $9.8 million or 14.4% of revenues in the same quarter of last year. Research and development expenses were $1.8 million or 3.5% of revenues, as compared to $1.6 million or 2.8% of revenues last quarter and $1.4 million or 2.1% of revenues in the same quarter of last year. Sales and marketing expenses were $2.0 million or 4.0% of revenues, as compared to $1.8 million, or 3.2% of revenues last quarter and $1.6 million or 2.3% of revenues in the first quarter of last year. General and administrative expenses were $8.6 million or 17.2% of revenues, as compared to $5.6 million or 9.7% of revenues last quarter and $6.8 million or 9.9% of revenues in the same quarter of last year.
Operating loss for the first quarter of FY10 was $2.9 million, as compared to operating loss of $0.9 million last quarter and operating income of $0.8 million in the same quarter of last year.
Net loss was $3.4 million in the first quarter of FY10, as compared to net loss of $1.4 million last quarter and net loss of $1.7 million in the same quarter of last year. Diluted earnings per share were negative $0.06 compared with negative $0.02 per diluted share last quarter and negative $0.03 per diluted share in the same quarter of last year.
For the first quarter of FY10, Days Sales Outstanding ("DSO") increased to 139 from 120 last quarter, and Days Sales of Inventory decreased to 162 from 116 last quarter.
On December 31, 2009 China BAK had $18.3 million in cash and cash equivalents and negative $37.4 million in working capital, reflecting a current ratio of 0.85:1. Short-term bank loans and long-term bank loans totaled $171.9 million as compared to $194.8 million on September 30, 2009. Shareholders' equity totaled $173.9 million. China BAK had $152.5 million available for borrowing under its credit facilities.
"Looking back at Q1 2010, we are glad to see that we have established ourselves as a strong competitor in the OEM domestic market by supplying batteries directly to branded mobile phone manufacturers. We have also made significant progress in the New Energy/Clean Tech sector. We believe that high power cells will become a significant revenue source in the near future," commented Mr. Xiangqian Li, CEO of China BAK.
"We are pleased to see a strong rebound in gross margin, but we also recognize the challenges ahead. We will continue to improve our operation and prepare for future growth," commented Tony Shen, CFO of China BAK.
China BAK will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, January 28, 2010 to discuss results for the first quarter of FY10 ended December 31, 2009. Joining Xiangqian Li, China BAK's President and Chief Executive Officer on the call will be Tony Shen, Chief Financial Officer. To participate in the conference call, please dial the following number approximately fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time: 888-419-5570. International callers should dial (617) 896-9871. The pass code for the call is 819-291-86. If you are unable to participate in the call at this time, a replay will be available from 10:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, January 28, 2010 through 10:00 a.m. ET, Thursday, February 11, 2010. To access the replay, please dial 888-286-8010. International callers should dial (617) 801-6888. The pass code for the replay is 629-51-180. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties on the China BAK website at http://www.bak.com.cn/ . To listen to the live webcast, please go to the China BAK's website at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those unable to participate during the live broadcast, shortly after the call a replay will be made available on China BAK's website for 90 days.
About China BAK Battery Inc.
China BAK Battery, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers of lithium-based battery cells in the world, as measured by production output. It produces battery cells that are the principal component of rechargeable batteries commonly used in cellular phones, notebook computers and portable consumer electronics, such as digital media devices, portable media players, portable audio players, portable gaming devices, and PDAs. China BAK Battery, Inc.'s 3.0-million-square-foot facilities are located in Shenzhen and Tianjin, PRC, and have been recently expanded to produce new products.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to change. The forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All "forward-looking statements" relating to the business of China BAK Battery, Inc. and its subsidiary companies, which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects" or similar expressions, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ. These factors include but are not limited to: risks related to China BAK's business and risks related to operating in China. Please refer to China BAK's Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2009 for specific details on risk factors. Given these risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. China BAK's actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. China BAK undertakes no obligation to revise or update its forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.
--Financial Tables Follow-- China BAK Battery, Inc. and Subsidiaries Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income/(Loss) For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2009, September 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008 (Amounts in thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended December 31, September 30, December 31, 2009 2009 2008 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) Net Revenues $50,228 $57,551 $68,090 Cost of revenues (40,668) (49,457) (57,497) Gross profit 9,560 8,094 10,593 Operating expenses: Research and development costs (1,768) (1,629) (1,417) Sales and marketing expenses (2,028) (1,842) (1,599) General and administrative expenses (8,637) (5,563) (6,760) Total operating expenses (12,433) (9,034) (9,776) Operating (loss) / income (2,873) (940) 817 Finance costs, net (2,153) (2,255) (2,840) Government grant income 355 244 102 Other income 7 717 6 Loss before income taxes (4,664) (2,234) (1,915) Income tax benefit 1,272 874 176 Net loss $(3,392) $(1,360) $(1,739) Other comprehensive income / (loss) - Foreign currency translation adjustment (107) (112) 160 Comprehensive loss $(3,499) $(1,472) $(1,579) Net loss per share: Basic $(0.06) $(0.02) $(0.03) Diluted $(0.06) $(0.02) $(0.03) Weighted average shares outstanding: Basic 61,108 56,971 56,958 Diluted 61,108 56,971 56,958 China BAK Battery, Inc. and Subsidiaries Condensed Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets As of December 31, 2009 and September 30, 2009 (Amounts in thousands) December 31, September 30, 2009 2009 (Unaudited) (Audited) Assets Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $18,303 $30,678 Pledged deposits 19,040 31,115 Trade accounts receivable, net 74,080 83,292 Inventories 79,391 65,535 Prepayments and other receivables 12,820 4,632 Deferred tax assets 5,411 3,895 Assets held for sale 804 804 Total current assets 209,849 219,951 Property, plant and equipment, net 218,586 219,685 Lease prepayments, net 31,886 32,166 Intangible assets, net 224 239 Deferred tax assets 50 43 Total assets $460,595 $472,084 Liabilities Current liabilities Short-term bank loans $125,044 $139,159 Current maturities of long-term bank loans 17,577 16,114 Accounts and bills payable 88,563 92,572 Accrued expenses and other payables 16,075 18,425 Total current liabilities 247,259 266,270 Long-term bank loans, less current maturities 29,295 39,553 Deferred revenue 7,383 7,442 Other long-term payables 2,488 1,940 Deferred tax liabilities 308 278 Total liabilities 286,733 315,483 Commitments and contingencies Shareholders' equity: Ordinary shares US$ 0.001 par value; 100,000,000 authorized; 57,737,481 and 63,601,276 issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2009 and December 31, 2009, respectively 64 58 Donation Shares 14,102 14,102 Additional paid-in-capital 121,917 101,161 Statutory reserves 7,314 7,227 Retained earnings 9,848 13,328 Accumulated other comprehensive income 24,684 24,791 Less: Treasury shares (4,067) (4,066) Total shareholders' equity 173,862 156,601 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $460,595 $472,084 China BAK Battery, Inc. and Subsidiaries Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2009, September 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008 (Amounts in thousands) Three Months Ended December 31, September 30, December 31, 2009 2009 2008 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) Cash flow from operating activities Net loss $(3,392) $(1,360) $(1,739) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by / (used in) operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 4,193 1,328 3,627 Provision for doubtful debts 4,736 1,864 2,347 Provision for / (recovery of) obsolete inventories (280) 1,059 (550) Share-based compensation 1,145 1,622 818 Deferred income taxes (1,495) (1,020) (271) Deferred revenue (59) (58) (58) Exchange loss / (gain) (150) (458) 704 Loss on disposal of Property, plant and equipment -- 6 -- Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Trade accounts receivable 4,475 (15,306) (956) Inventories (13,573) (4,705) 1,279 Prepayments and other receivables (8,197) 5,509 (5,602) Accounts and bills payable (4,795) 19,460 20,230 Accrued expenses and other payables 131 (2,162) (499) Net cash provided by / (used in) operating activities $(17,261) $5,779 $19,330 Cash flow from investing activities Purchases of property, plant and equipment (3,905) (6,807) (19,528) Payment in lease prepayment -- -- (466) Purchases of intangible assets (1) (13) (58) Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment -- 10 -- Net cash used in investing activities $(3,906) $(6,810) $(20,052) Cash flow from financing activities Proceeds from borrowings 38,008 3,309 84,077 Repayment of borrowings (60,896) (22) (81,884) Decrease / (increase) in pledged deposits 12,071 (1,488) (1,664) Proceeds from issuance of capital stock, net 19,616 150 -- Net cash provided by financing activities $8,799 $1,949 $529 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (7) 121 1,694 Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents (12,375) 1,039 1,502 Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 30,678 29,639 35,707 Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period $18,303 $30,678 $37,209
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