China Zenix Auto International Announces Record Quarterly Sales for Second Quarter 2011

- Revenue grew 29.7% over the same quarter last year, Gross margin 25.9%

- Non-IFRS net income grew 34.1% on year over year basis

Aug 15, 2011, 01:00 ET from China Zenix Auto International Limited

ZHANGZHOU, China, Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- China Zenix Auto International Limited (NYSE: ZX) ("Zenix Auto" or "the Company"), the largest commercial vehicle wheel manufacturer in China in both the aftermarket and OEM market by sales volume, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2011.

Financial Highlights

For the quarter ended June 30, 2011:

  • Revenue increased 29.7% to RMB1,131.2 million (US$175.0 million) from RMB872.1 million in the second quarter of 2010.
  • Gross margin increased to 25.9% from 25.0% in the second quarter of 2010.
  • Profit and total comprehensive income for the period increased 23.7% to RMB118.9 million (US$18.4 million) compared with RMB96.1 million in the second quarter last year.
  • Excluding one-time IPO listing costs, adjusted non-IFRS net income for the period would have been RMB128.9 million (US$19.9 million), a 34.1% increase over RMB96.1 million in the second quarter of 2010.
  • Earnings per ordinary share and earnings per American Depositary Share ("ADS") in the second quarter of 2011 were RMB0.64 (US$0.10) and RMB2.56 (US$0.40), respectively.
  • Net Cash from Operating Activities was RMB280.2 million ($43.3 million) for the six months ended June 30, 2011.

Mr. Jianhui Lai, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zenix Auto, commented, "We are very pleased to report record quarterly sales for the second quarter of 2011.  Our ability to deliver strong growth in a challenging market environment demonstrates our potential for further expansion. A large number of commercial vehicles have been sold in the past few years and that is driving sales of replacement products. As these vehicles age, they need newer and more durable wheels.  We believe that Zenix Auto is well positioned for further aftermarket growth with our leading market share, highly recognized brand name, broadest line of wheels, and largest wheel distribution network in China.  We also continue to win new OEM customers and plan to increase our penetration with existing OEM customers. The strategic locations and scalability of our vertically integrated production facilities enable us to mass produce high-quality products at competitive costs."

"More importantly, we continue to invest in research and development in order to sustain our market leadership and bring the best possible products to our customers.  New steel wheel products are being introduced with even higher quality and performance standards.  We are developing China's first domestically designed and produced aluminum wheels.  With more new products featuring enhanced durability and lighter weights coming on line, we are confident in our ability to attract even more new customers."

Second Quarter Results

Revenue for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011 increased 29.7% to a quarterly record of RMB1,131.2 million (US$175.0 million), from revenue of RMB872.1 million for the second quarter of 2010.  Aftermarket sales in China grew 55.5% to RMB525.5 million (US$81.3 million) in the second quarter.  Sales to the Chinese OEM market increased 21.4% to RMB458.7 million (US$71.0 million).  International sales declined by 5.9% to RMB147.0 million (US$22.7 million) compared to the second quarter a year ago. Lower export sales in the second quarter were mainly due to the Company's decision prior to its IPO to cease selling products to certain markets that are subject to U.S. economic sanctions, as well as certain countries in Africa. However, revenue from exports to the Company's top 10 overseas customers increased by 21.0% in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.

In the second quarter of 2011, aftermarket sales, OEM sales and international sales contributed 46.4%, 40.6% and 13.0% of revenue, respectively. Tubed steel wheel sales grew by 16.0% and comprised 58.6% of second quarter revenue compared to 65.5% in the same quarter in 2010.  Tubeless steel wheel sales rose 54.0% and increased to 35.8% of second quarter revenue from 30.1% in the same period quarter in 2010.    

Second quarter gross profit grew by 34.1% to RMB292.7 million (US$45.3 million) from RMB218.4 million in the same quarter in 2010 last year.  Gross margin increased to 25.9% in the second quarter from 25.0% in the same quarter in 2010. The gross margin increase reflected higher sales volume, and a 46.5% contribution to sales from higher-margin aftermarket sales in the second quarter compared to a 38.8% contribution for such products in the second quarter of 2010.  

Selling and distribution costs increased by 24.0% to RMB65.0 million (US$10.1 million).  Higher selling and distribution costs were primarily generated by increased transportation expenses due to the shipping of more units, increased advertising and the addition of sales personnel to increase market penetration. As a percentage of revenue, selling and distribution costs declined to 5.7% from 6.0% in the same quarter of 2010.  

Research and development (R&D) expenses grew 85.2% to RMB22.0 million (US$3.4 million) compared to the second quarter of 2010.  R&D as a percent of revenue grew to 1.9% from 1.4% in the same period last year. Higher R&D expenses reflect the Company's commitment to new product development and market leading innovation, including more direct materials and more R&D professionals. Zenix Auto is designing new steel wheels and developing the first domestic aluminum wheels to be introduced in China.

Administrative expenses grew by 82.8% to RMB38.2 million (US$5.9 million).  Higher administrative expenses were mainly due to RMB10.0 million one-time listing expenses for the Company's Initial Public Offering (IPO) in May 2011, and expansion of the Company's management team and administrative staff, in order to foster continued growth and comply with listing requirements for a public company.  Administrative expenses represented 3.4% of revenue for the quarter. Excluding the one-time IPO expenses, administrative expenses represented 2.5% of revenue.

Profit before taxation increased 25.9% to RMB151.4 million (US$23.4 million).  Profit before taxation represented 13.4% of revenue in the second quarter of 2011 compared to 13.8% in the same quarter last year.  Excluding one-time IPO listing costs, adjusted non-IFRS profit before taxation would have been RMB161.4 million (US$25.0 million).

Zenix Auto's effective tax rate was 21.5% for the second quarter of 2011, compared to 20.1% for the same period in 2010.  The increase in tax rate was primarily due to the fact that certain expenses, such as the IPO listing fees, are non-tax deductible.

Profit and total comprehensive income for the second quarter increased 23.7% to RMB118.9 million (US$18.3 million), compared to RMB96.1 million in the same quarter of 2010.  Excluding one-time IPO listing costs, adjusted non-IFRS profit and total comprehensive income for the period would have been RMB128.9 million (US$19.9 million), a 34.1% increase over the RMB96.0 million reported in the second quarter of 2010.

Earnings per ordinary share and earnings per ADS in the second quarter of 2011 were RMB0.64 (US$0.10) and RMB2.56 (US$0.40), respectively.

Zenix Auto successfully completed its IPO on May 11, 2011 and issued 46.4 million ordinary shares, or 11.6 million ADSs, to public shareholders.  Each ADS represents four ordinary shares of the Company.  At the end of the second quarter of 2011, the weighted average number of ordinary shares was 185.5 million shares, and the weighted average number of ADSs was 46.4 million.

Six-Month Highlights

Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2011 increased 39.2% to RMB2,167.1 million (US$335.3 million) compared to the first six months in 2010.  Aftermarket sales in China grew 66.2% to RMB1,001.5 million in the six months of 2011 and represented 46.2% of total six-month revenue.  Sales to the Chinese OEM market increased 27.4% to RMB877.3 million and represented 40.5% of revenue.  International sales rose by 8.3% to RMB288.3 million compared to the same period last year, and represented 13.3% of revenue.

Tubed steel wheel sales for the six months ended June 30, 2011 grew 20.1% compared with the same period in 2010 and comprised 58.1% of revenue.  Tubeless steel wheel sales rose by 79.9% from the same period a year ago and were 36.8% of revenue compared to 28.5% for the same period in 2010.

Gross profit for the six-months ended June 30, 2011 rose 46.2% to RMB579.5 million (US$89.7 million) and represented a gross margin of 26.7%.  Profit before taxation increased by 49.5% to RMB313.8 million (US$48.5 million) compared with the same period last year.  Profit and net income for the period climbed 51.0% to RMB252.7 million (US$39.1 million).

As at June 30, 2011, Zenix Auto's bank balances and cash were RMB847.6 million (US$131.1 million) and its shareholders' equity was RMB1.7 billion (US$268.1 million).  As at December 31, 2010, bank balances and cash were RMB318.0 million and shareholders' equity was RMB1.1 billion.  

In the six months ended June 30, 2011, net cash flow from operations was RMB 280.2 million (US$43.3 million). Capital expenditures were RMB 84.1 million (US$13.0 million) during the first half of 2011.

Business Outlook

Management's revenue guidance for the year ending December 31, 2011 is approximately RMB 4.0 billion.  This target is based on the Company's current views on operating and market conditions, which are subject to change.  

Frank Li, Chief Financial Officer of Zenix Auto, commented, "With the capital infusion from our IPO, we will continue to further broaden our exclusive distribution network in China and increase investment in R&D.  We are encouraged by the growing acceptance of our higher value added tubeless wheels in China.  We believe that our newly strengthened financial resources will enable us to achieve our long-term strategic plans in China and India, as well as other potential markets."

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call, to be simultaneously Web cast, on Monday,  August 15, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. EDT/ 8:30 p.m. Beijing Time. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing +1-866-519-4004 (North America) or +852-2475-0994 (Hong Kong) or +65-6723-9381 (International) approximately five to ten minutes before the call start time. A live Web cast of the conference call will be available on the Zenix Auto Web site at http://www.zenixauto.com/en/.

A replay of the call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the conference call through September 5, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, or September 6, 2011 at 11:59 a.m. Beijing Time. An archived Web cast of the conference call will be available on the Zenix Auto corporate website at http://www.zenixauto.com/en/ and under the investor relations section. Interested parties may access the replay by dialing +1-866-214-5335 (North America), 800-901-596 (Hong Kong) or +61-2-8235-5000 (International) and entering conference ID number 89606733.

Exchange Rate Information

The United States dollar (US$) amounts disclosed in this press release are presented solely for the convenience of the reader.  All translations from RMB to U.S. dollars are made at a rate of RMB6.4635 to US$1.00, the effective noon buying rate as of June 30, 2011 in The City of New York for cable transfers of RMB as set forth in H.10 weekly statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board.  The percentages stated are calculated based on RMB amounts.

About China Zenix Auto International Limited

China Zenix Auto International Limited is the largest commercial vehicle wheel manufacturer in China in both the aftermarket and OEM market by sales volume. With a large intellectual property portfolio, the Company offers more than 230 series of tubed steel wheels, tubeless steel wheels, and off-road steel wheels in both the aftermarket and OEM market in China and internationally. Zenix Auto's customers include group members of a number of large PRC commercial vehicle manufacturers, and it also exports products to over 70 distributors in 30 countries worldwide. With five large, strategically located manufacturing facilities in multiple regions across China, the Company has an aggregate annual production capacity of approximately 12.5 million units of steel wheels as of December 31, 2010. For more information, please visit: http://www.zenixauto.com/en.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "confident" and similar statements. Among other things, the revenue guidance and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as Zenix Auto's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. Zenix Auto may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees.  Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Zenix Auto's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: our growth strategies; our future business development, including our ability to successfully develop new tubeless steel wheel products and the planned introduction of aluminum wheels; our ability to expand our distribution network; overall growth in the aftermarket and OEM market in China and elsewhere, which depends on a number of factors beyond our control including economic growth rates and vehicle sales; and changes in our revenue and certain cost or expense items as a percentage of our revenue. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including our final prospectus dated May 11, 2011. Zenix Auto does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.  All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of the press release, and Zenix Auto undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.  

About Non-IFRS Financial Measures

Zenix Auto prepares its financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board.  

To supplement the consolidated financial results presented in IFRS, Zenix Auto uses in this press release the following measures defined as non-IFRS financial measures by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: (1) adjusted profit before taxation (2) adjusted profit and total comprehensive income and (3) adjusted diluted earnings per ordinary share and diluted earnings per ADS. The presentation of the non-IFRS financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with IFRS. For more information on these non-IFRS financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliation of IFRS and non-IFRS Results" set forth below.

Zenix Auto believes that these non-IFRS financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information to investors regarding its operating performance by excluding IPO listing costs, which (1) may not be indicative of Zenix Auto's recurring core business operating results or (2) are not expected to result in future cash payments. These non-IFRS financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to Zenix Auto's previous year's operating results. The accompanying table has more details on the reconciliation between non-IFRS financial measures and their most directly comparable IFRS financial measures.

Reconciliation of IFRS and non-IFRS Results

Non-IFRS calculation

2Q2011

2Q2010

Profit before taxation

RMB151,408

RMB120,228

     Add:  one time IPO expenses

10,021

-

Adjusted profit before taxation

161,429

120,228

Profit and total comprehensive income

118,884

96,108

     Add:  one time IPO expenses

10,021

-

Adjusted profit and total comprehensive income

128,905

96,108

Diluted earnings per ordinary share:

     IFRS

0.64

0.60

     Non-IFRS

0.69

0.60

Diluted earnings per ADS:

     IFRS

2.56

2.40

     Non-IFRS

2.78

2.40

Ordinary shares used in computing both IFRS and Non-IFRS diluted earnings per share

185,516,484

160,000,000

ADSs used in computing both IFRS and Non-IFRS diluted earnings per ADS

46,379,121

40,000,000

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China Zenix Auto International Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the three months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010

(RMB and US$ amounts expressed in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended June 30

2010

2011

2011

RMB' 000

RMB' 000

US$' 000

Revenue

872,093

1,131,223

175,017

Cost of sales

(653,742)

(838,489)

(129,727)

Gross profit

218,351

292,734

45,290

Other operating income 

2,225

1,899

294

Net exchange loss

(470)

(3,170)

(490)

Selling and distribution costs

(52,396)

(64,997)

(10,056)

Research and development expenses

(11,858)

(21,966)

(3,398)

Administrative expenses

(20,869)

(38,153)

(5,903)

Finance costs

(14,755)

(14,939)

(2,311)

Profit before taxation 

120,228

151,408

23,426

Income tax expense

(24,120)

(32,524)

(5,032)

Profit and total comprehensive income  for the period

96,108

118,884

18,394

Earnings per share

Basic

RMB0.60

RMB0.64

US$   0.10

Diluted

RMB0.60

RMB0.64

US$   0.10

Earnings per ADS

Basic

RMB2.40

RMB2.56

US$   0.40

Diluted

RMB2.40

RMB2.56

US$   0.40

China Zenix Auto International Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010

(RMB and US$ amounts expressed in thousands, except per share data)

Six Months Ended June 30

2010

2011

2011

RMB' 000

RMB' 000

US$' 000

Revenue

1,557,138

2,167,065

335,277

Cost of sales

(1,160,808)

(1,587,532)

(245,615)

Gross profit

396,330

579,533

89,662

Other operating income 

4,261

7,218

1,117

Net exchange loss

(493)

(3,671)

(568)

Selling and distribution costs

(97,729)

(133,711)

(20,687)

Research and development expenses

(22,046)

(41,567)

(6,431)

Administrative expenses

(41,962)

(64,509)

(9,981)

Finance costs

(28,492)

(29,478)

(4,561)

Profit before taxation 

209,869

313,815

48,551

Income tax expense

(42,488)

(61,082)

(9,450)

Profit and total comprehensive income  for the period

167,381

252,733

39,101

Earnings per share

Basic

RMB1.05

RMB1.46

US$   0.23

Diluted

RMB1.05

RMB1.46

US$   0.23

Earnings per ADS

Basic

RMB4.18

RMB5.85

US$   0.90

Diluted

RMB4.18

RMB5.85

US$   0.90

China Zenix Auto International Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

(RMB and US$ amounts are expressed in thousands)

December 31  2010

June 30  2011

June 30  2011

RMB'000

RMB'000

US$' 000

ASSETS

Current Assets                                                   

 Inventories 

493,381

613,145

94,863

 Trade and other receivables and      prepayments 

766,432

1,093,714

169,214

 Prepaid lease payments 

6,080

6,932

1,072

 Taxation recoverable 

-

1,250

193

 Pledged bank deposits 

71,433

124,144

19,207

 Bank balances and cash 

318,020

847,608

131,138

Total current assets

1,655,346

2,686,793

415,687

Non-Current Assets

 Property, plant and equipment 

1,198,652

1,175,371

181,848

 Prepaid lease payments 

266,875

305,582

47,278

 Deposits paid for acquisition of     property, plant and equipment 

2,503

17,372

2,688

 Deposits paid for acquisition of     prepaid lease payments 

20,000

-

-

 Deferred tax assets 

3,974

4,236

655

 Intangible assets 

17,000

17,000

2,630

Total non-current assets

1,509,004

1,519,561

235,099

Total assets

3,164,350

4,206,354

650,786

December 31  2010

June 30  2011

June 30  2011

RMB'000

RMB'000

US$' 000

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

Current Liabilities                                               

 Trade and other payables and accruals 

960,907

1,321,087

204,392

 Taxation payable 

24,234

23,051

3,566

 Bank borrowings 

813,500

1,007,000

155,798

 Total current liabilities 

1,798,641

2,351,138

363,756

Non-current liabilities

 Bank borrowings 

238,500

38,500

5,957

 Deferred income 

13,275

12,876

1,992

 Deferred tax liabilities 

57,305

71,071

10,996

Total non-current liabilities

309,080

122,447

18,945

Total liabilities

2,107,721

2,473,585

382,701

EQUITY

Share capital

106

136

21

Paid in capital

234

234

36

Reserves

1,056,289

1,732,399

268,028

Total equity attributable to owners of      the company

1,056,629

1,732,769

268,085

Total equity and liabilities

3,164,350

4,206,354

650,786

China Zenix Auto International Limited                    

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2011

(RMB and US$ amounts are expressed in thousands)

 Six Months Ended 

June 30, 2011

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

RMB'000

USD'000

Profit before taxation

313,815

48,551

Adjustments for:

Amortization of prepaid lease payments

3,040

470

Depreciation of property plant and equipment

58,150

8,997

Release of deferred income

(399)

(62)

Share-based payment

1,480

229

Finance costs

29,478

4,562

Interest income

(1,485)

(230)

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

404,079

62,517

Increase in inventories

(119,764)

(18,530)

Increase in trade and other receivables and prepayments 

(327,282)

(50,636)

Increase in trade and other payables and accruals 

371,661

57,502

Cash generated from operations

328,694

50,853

Interest received                                                                                   

1,485

230

PRC income tax paid

(50,011)

(7,737)

NET CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

280,168

43,346

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(44,171)

(6,834)

Acquisition of leasehold land 

(22,599)

(3,496)

Increase in pledged bank deposits 

(52,711)

(8,155)

Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment

324

50

Deposit paid for acquisition of property, plant and equipment 

(17,372)

(2,688)

NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES

(136,529)

(21,123)

 Six Months Ended 

June 30, 2011

RMB'000

USD'000

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

New bank borrowings raised

363,000

56,162

Repayment of bank borrowings

(369,500)

(57,167)

Interest paid                                                                                         

(29,478)

(4,561)

Net proceeds from initial public offerings

411,019

63,591

Capital contribution from shareholders

10,908

1,688

NET CASH FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

385,949

59,713

NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

529,588

81,936

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

318,020

49,202

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

847,608

131,138

SOURCE China Zenix Auto International Limited



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