Cogo Reports Highest Ever Annual Revenue for 2010

- Expects Strong 2011 Growth and Operating Margin Expansion

- Industrials Lead the Way; Strong Order Visibility in All End-Markets

- Full year revenue of $392.4 million grew 27.8% versus 2009

- Management reiterates Q1 2011 guidance of $95-$100 million in revenue and estimated Non-GAAP EPS Diluted of approximately $0.19

- The Company continues to target gross margins of 15% and operating margins of 10%

Mar 16, 2011, 15:27 ET from Cogo Group, Inc.

SHENZHEN, China, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cogo Group, Inc. ("Cogo", or the "Company") (Nasdaq: COGO), a leading gateway for global semiconductor companies to access the Industrial and Technology markets in China, today announced unaudited financial results for its fourth quarter and audited full year financial results for the year ended December 31, 2010. The Company reported record quarterly revenue of $113.5 million, up 28.9% year-over-year compared to $88.1 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $4.6 million, up 7.2% from $4.3 million reported in the same period last year, with Non-GAAP net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. up 27.0% over the same period last year. Earnings per share ("EPS") Diluted attributable to Cogo Group., Inc. on a U.S. GAAP basis was $0.12, on a Non-GAAP basis was $0.24, up 27.0% from the fourth quarter of 2009.

For the full year 2010, the Company reported revenue of $392.4 million, a 27.8% increase compared to $307.1 million reported for 2009. Net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. for 2010 was $17.0 million, up 44.9% from $11.8 million in 2009, and EPS Diluted attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. on a U.S. GAAP basis was $0.45, up 42.9% from $0.32 reported for the prior year.

Jeffrey Kang, CEO and Chairman of Cogo, remarked, "We are following up a strong 2010 with a great start to 2011. As we indicated on March 1, 2011, our first quarter results are tracking better than expected. We expect 2011 to be another year of strong revenue growth and operating margin expansion. The closing of the MDC Tech acquisition in January 2011 also provides us with a strong foothold in two fast growing Industrial markets: Health Care and Smart Grid.  

"In 2010, we added 180 customers and increased our Average Revenue Per User ("ARPU") for each customer by over 10%. We added key supplier partnerships with Intel and Xilinx and continued to be a leading gateway for global semiconductor players like Broadcom, Atmel and Freescale to access the fast growing and lucrative China Technology and Industrial markets. Our Small and Medium Enterprise ("SME") strategy paid off, with SME ARPU growth of over 21% year-over-year in 2010."

"Our Automotive business has increased significantly and our Tablet business has become noteworthy in just a few months. Industrial trends are providing continued tailwinds in Smart Meters/Smart Grid and High-Speed Railways. We have a strong capital structure, which we will continue to utilize in 2011 to fund working capital growth, acquisitions and strategically buyback stock."

Key Financial Indicators

(all numbers in US dollar thousands, except share data)

Q4 2010(1) (unaudited)

Q4 2009(1) (unaudited)

Percentage Change

Net Revenue

$113,537

$88,084

28.9%

Cost of Sales

$97,431

$75,274

29.4%

Gross Profit

$16,106

$12,810

25.7%

Operating Expenses

$11,322

$8,462

33.8%

Net Income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc.

$4,600 (2)

$4,299

7.0%

EPS Diluted attributable to Cogo Group, Inc.

$0.12

$0.11

5.1%

Non-GAAP EPS Diluted attributable to Cogo Group, Inc.

$0.24 (2)

$0.19

27.0%

  1. The US dollar ("USD") amounts are calculated based on the conversion rate of $1 to Chinese Yuan ("RMB") 6.6000 as of December 31, 2010 and $1 to RMB 6.8259 as of December 31, 2009.
  2. Included in the Q4 2010 net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. was an amount of $7.6 million of share-based compensation expense recognized in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") 718, Compensation-Stock Compensation and $2.9 million of acquisition related costs, such as amortization and impairment of intangible assets, related deferred taxation and impairment of goodwill. 2010 Non-GAAP net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. was $9.3 million.

Financial Results

Revenue for the fourth quarter was $113.5 million, an increase of 28.9% compared to $88.1 million reported for the same period in 2009. The revenue breakdown includes: $63.8 million, or 56.2% of total sales for digital media, representing a 24.4% increase year-over-year; $27.8 million, or 24.5% of total sales for telecommunications equipment, representing a 27.9% increase year-over-year; $20.3 million, or 17.8% of total sales for industrial business, representing a 46.3% increase year-over-year; and $1.6 million, or 1.5% of total sales for service revenue, representing a 36.9% increase year-over-year. Management believes the industrial business end-market is among the fastest growing markets in China. The Company is currently targeting opportunities in the electrical grid, smart meter, automotive, railway, cleantech and medical sectors.

Cost of sales, which includes the aggregate purchase of components from suppliers and the direct cost of services, was $97.4 million compared to $75.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, representing an increase of 29.4% year-over-year. Gross profit for the fourth quarter was $16.1 million, up 25.7% compared to $12.8 million during the fourth quarter of last year. Gross margin for fourth quarter was 14.2% compared to 14.5% reported for the fourth quarter of 2009.

Operating expenses, including selling, general and administrative, and research and development (R&D) expenses as well as provision for doubtful accounts, net gain on settlement relating to the acquisition of Long Rise before goodwill impairment and impairment loss of goodwill and intangible assets, totaled $11.3 million, up 33.8%, compared to $8.5 million reported for the fourth quarter of last year.

Net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $4.6 million or EPS Diluted attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. of $0.12 on a U.S. GAAP basis, compared to net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. of $4.3 million, or EPS Diluted attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. of $0.11, in the fourth quarter of 2009. Non-GAAP net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. was $9.3 million or $0.24 Non-GAAP EPS Diluted attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. for the fourth quarter of 2010. The weighted average number of shares used in the calculation of diluted EPS was 38.7 million compared to 38.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.

For the full year 2010, the Company reported revenue of $392.4 million, up 27.8% from the year ended 2009. Cost of sales was $336.8 million, an increase of 28.1% compared to the $263.0 million reported last year. Gross profit was $55.6 million, an increase of 25.8% from $44.1 million in 2009. Gross margin was 14.2% of sales, compared to 14.4% last year.

Operating expenses, including selling, general and administrative expenses, research and development expenses as well as provision for doubtful accounts, net gain on settlement relating to the acquisition of Long Rise before goodwill impairment and impairment loss of goodwill and intangible assets totaled $37.4 million, as compared to $33.4 million for last year. Income from operations was $18.1 million, an increase of 69.2% from $10.7 million reported in the prior year.

The Company had an effective tax rate of 9.5% compared to 10.9% last year. Included in the income tax expense for the year ended December 31, 2010 was a deferred income tax benefit of $0.5 million, resulting from amortization of intangible assets of $3.3 million. The decrease in effective tax rate was contributed by significant non-taxable items including the net gain on settlement relating to the acquisition of Long Rise before goodwill impairment of $6.6 million, offset by the transitional tax rates under the PRC CIT law of 20% in 2009 to 22% in 2010, and the expiry of tax holiday for certain Shenzhen subsidiaries. There was income attributable to noncontrolling interest of $0.1 million during the year, compared to $0.4 million for 2009. Net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. for 2010 increased by 44.9% to $17.0 million or $0.45 per fully diluted share, compared to $11.8 million or $0.32 per fully diluted share for the same period last year.

Balance Sheet

The Company completed fiscal year 2010 with cash of $106.0 million, up $8.2 million versus 2009. Pledged bank deposits increased to $50.3 million at the end of 2010 from $17.0 million at the end of 2009, due to an increase in banking facilities to facilitate USD-denominated operations. Inventory increased from $21.4 million at the end of 2009 to $38.0 million as of December 31, 2010. Accounts receivable increased from $90.5 million at the end of 2009 to $103.3 million as of December 31, 2010, and accounts payable decreased from $11.9 million in 2009 to $9.6 million in 2010. Accounts receivable and inventory increased due to the Company's revenue growth and the entrance into new end-markets. Bank borrowings at the end of 2010 amounted to $76.7 million as compared to $17.5 million of borrowings reported as of December 31, 2009.  

In the fourth quarter of 2010, inventory days decreased from 47 days reported for the third quarter of 2010 to 36 days. Days sales outstanding increased slightly from 82 days reported for the third quarter to 84 days in the fourth quarter. Days payable outstanding in the fourth quarter decreased from 13 days to 9 days as compared with the third quarter.  Cogo's cash conversion cycle improved from 116 days in the third quarter of 2010 to 111 days in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Total cash, including pledged bank deposits, fell slightly in the fourth quarter, from $157.1 million reported at the end of the third quarter to $156.3 million as at December 31, 2010, driven by $0.8 million in share buybacks, a small increase of working capital, offset by the appreciation of RMB. Total cash, including pledged bank deposits, was $156.3 million as of December 31, 2010, compared to $114.8 million reported as of December 31, 2009. Intangible assets decreased from $17.0 million at the end of 2009 to $12.7 million as of December 31, 2010, and goodwill decreased from $28.8 million at the end of 2009 to $26.6 million as of December 31, 2010. In 2010, the Company repurchased 1,023,454 shares of stock at an average price of $6.91. Cogo Group, Inc. equity was $256.4 million as of December 31, 2010, an increase of 13.4% from $226.1 million as of December 31, 2009. As of December 31, 2010, the Company had $79.7 million in net cash, or approximately $2.09 per share of net cash.

Business Outlook

As announced on February 1, 2011, management's guidance for the first quarter of 2011 is $95-$100 million in revenue and estimated Non-GAAP EPS Diluted of $0.19. As noted in the March 1, 2011 press release, the Company's first quarter of 2011 results are progressing better than initially expected. The Company continues to target longer term gross margins of 15% and operating margins of 10%.

Currency Exchange Rates Impacts on Annual Results

The annual revenue for the full year 2010 was $392.4 million. Total revenue cumulated by adding the results of the four quarters together would have been $385.7 million*. Cumulated Non-GAAP EPS Diluted based on the addition of the results of the four quarters would have been $0.81. Because RMB has appreciated against USD during 2010, the full year revenue was $6.7 million higher than the cumulated revenue.

* The USD amounts are calculated based on the conversion rates of $1 to RMB 6.8258 as of March 31, 2010 for the first quarter, $1 to RMB 6.7815 as of June 30, 2010 for the second quarter, $1 to RMB 6.6905 as of September 30, 2010 for the third quarter and $1 to RMB 6.6000 as of December 31, 2010 for the fourth quarter and the consolidated 2010 full year.

About Cogo Group, Inc.:

Cogo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: COGO) is one of the leading gateways for global semiconductor companies to access the rapidly growing Industrial and Technology sectors in China. Through its unique business-to-business services platform, Cogo designs customized embedded solutions using technology from suppliers including Intel, Broadcom, Xilinx, SanDisk, Freescale, Atmel and others for a customer base of over 1,600 Chinese OEMs/ODMs. Cogo's customer list includes approximately 100 blue-chip companies, including ZTE, BYD and NARI, as well as over 1,400 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The Company serves a broad list of rapidly growing end-markets in China, including 3G Smartphones, Tablets, Automotives, High-Speed Railway, Smart Meter/Smart Grid, Healthcare and High Definition Television "HDTV". Cogo's fastest growing end-market is Industrial business, which constituted close to 18% of total company sales at the end of 2010. Cogo has approximately 560 employees, with about 280 focused on engineering and 100 in direct sales.

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Safe Harbor Statement:

This press release includes certain statements that are not descriptions of historical facts, but are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements may include statements about our proposed discussions related to our businesses such as businesses with Broadcom, Atmel and Freescale or growth strategy such as growth in digital media, telecommunications and industrial applications businesses, as well as our potential acquisitions which are subject to change. Such information is based upon expectations of our management that were reasonable when made, but may prove to be incorrect. All such assumptions are inherently subject to uncertainties and contingencies beyond our control and upon assumptions with respect to future business decisions, which are subject to change. For further descriptions of other risks and uncertainties, see our most recent Annual Report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Form 10-K, and our subsequent SEC filings. Copies of filings made with the SEC are available through the SEC's electronic data gathering analysis retrieval system (EDGAR) at www.sec.gov.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

To supplement Cogo's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, Cogo uses the following measures defined as Non-GAAP financial measures by the SEC: 1) Non-GAAP net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. which is net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. excluding share-based compensation expenses and acquisition related costs, such as amortization and impairment of intangible assets, related deferred taxation and impairment of goodwill and 2) Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to Cogo Group, Inc., which is basic and diluted earnings per share excluding share-based compensation expenses and acquisition related costs, such as amortization and impairment of intangible assets, related deferred taxation and impairment of goodwill. The presentation of these Non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these Non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Unaudited Reconciliations of Non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures" set forth at the end of this release.

Cogo believes that these Non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and liquidity by excluding share-based compensation expense and acquisition related costs, such as amortization and impairment of intangible assets, related deferred taxation and impairment of goodwill that may not be indicative of its operating performance from a cash perspective. Cogo believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these Non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These Non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to Cogo's historical performance and liquidity. Cogo computes its Non-GAAP financial measures using the same consistent method from quarter to quarter.

Cogo believes these Non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. A limitation of using Non-GAAP net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc., Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to Cogo Group, Inc., Non-GAAP income from operation and Non-GAAP operating margin is that these Non-GAAP measures exclude share-based compensation expense and acquisition related costs, such as amortization and impairment of intangible assets, related deferred taxation and impairment of goodwill that have been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a recurring expense in our business. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each Non-GAAP measure. The accompanying tables have more details on the reconciliations between GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to Non-GAAP financial measures.

Tables Attached

COGO GROUP, INC.

AUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2010 AND 2009

(in thousands, except share data)

December 31,

2010

2010

2009

USD

RMB

RMB

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash

106,007

699,650

667,320

Pledged bank deposits

50,311

332,050

116,040

Accounts receivable, net

103,320

681,911

617,613

Bills receivable

4,697

31,001

17,592

Inventories

37,966

250,573

146,132

Income taxes receivable

375

2,478

1,263

Prepaid expenses and other receivables

7,475

49,338

28,083

Total current assets

310,151

2,047,001

1,594,043

Property and equipment, net

2,214

14,613

14,406

Intangible assets, net

12,651

83,499

115,804

Goodwill

26,581

175,436

196,858

Other assets

222

1,468

416

TOTAL ASSETS

351,819

2,322,017

1,921,527

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

9,587

63,283

81,140

Bank borrowings

76,650

505,888

119,402

Income taxes payable

2,447

16,153

11,847

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

2,361

15,581

138,008

Total current liabilities

91,045

600,905

350,397

Deferred tax liabilities

2,086

13,777

19,108

Total liabilities

93,131

614,682

369,505

Equity:

Common stock

Par value: USD0.01

     Authorized: 200,000,000 shares

     Issued: 41,181,529 shares in 2010 and 40,079,336 shares in 2009

     Outstanding: 35,848,764 shares in 2010

35,770,025 shares in 2009

505

3,332

3,258

Additional paid in capital

199,365

1,315,806

1,221,538

Retained earnings

108,612

716,839

604,464

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(17,800)

(117,479)

(107,384)

290,682

1,918,498

1,721,876

Less cost of common stock in treasury, 5,332,765 shares in 2010 and 4,309,311 shares in 2009

(34,317)

(226,495)

(178,309)

Total Cogo Group, Inc. equity

256,365

1,692,003

1,543,567

Noncontrolling interest

2,323

15,332

8,455

Total equity

258,688

1,707,335

1,552,022

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

351,819

2,322,017

1,921,527

COGO GROUP, INC.

AUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010, 2009 AND 2008

(in thousands, except share data)

Year ended December 31,

2010

2010

2009

2008

USD

RMB

RMB

RMB

Net revenue

Product sales

387,120

2,554,991

2,066,815

1,931,845

Services revenue

5,231

34,527

29,401

27,695

392,351

2,589,518

2,096,216

1,959,540

Cost of sales

Cost of goods sold

(332,561)

(2,194,901)

(1,771,166)

(1,624,101)

Cost of services

(4,238)

(27,971)

(23,716)

(18,664)

(336,799)

(2,222,872)

(1,794,882)

(1,642,765)

Gross profit

55,552

366,646

301,334

316,775

Selling, general and administrative expenses

(29,069)

(191,855)

(124,842)

(152,898)

Research and development expenses

(11,801)

(77,888)

(67,504)

(50,947)

Provision for doubtful accounts

-

(2)

(35,992)

(6,847)

Net gain on settlement relating to the acquisition of Long Rise before goodwill impairment...

6,617

43,676

-

-

Impairment loss of goodwill and intangible assets

(3,246)

(21,422)

-

(33,759)

Other operating income, net

70

463

116

214

Income from operations

18,123

119,618

73,112

72,538

Interest expense

(1,425)

(9,407)

(1,963)

(1,056)

Interest income

2,226

14,693

14,490

27,895

Earnings before income taxes and extraordinary item

18,924

124,904

85,639

99,377

Income tax expense

(1,795)

(11,849)

(9,207)

(2,215)

Income before extraordinary item

17,129

113,055

76,432

97,162

Extraordinary item, net of nil tax

-

-

6,737

-

Net income

17,129

113,055

83,169

97,162

Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interest.

(103)

(680)

(2,945)

(1,255)

Net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc.

17,026

112,375

80,224

95,907

Earnings per share attributable to Cogo Group, Inc.

Income before extraordinary item

0.46

3.01

2.01

2.49

Extraordinary item

-

-

0.19

-

- Basic

0.46

3.01

2.20

2.49

Income before extraordinary item

0.45

2.94

1.95

2.42

Extraordinary item

-

-

0.18

-

- Diluted

0.45

2.94

2.13

2.42

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding

- Basic

37,275,427

36,541,037

38,488,861

- Diluted

38,188,814

37,673,351

39,585,921

Amounts attributable to Cogo Group, Inc.

Income before extraordinary item

17,026

112,375

73,487

95,907

Extraordinary item

-

-

6,737

-

Net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc.

17,026

112,375

80,224

95,907

Comprehensive income:

Net income

17,129

113,055

83,169

97,162

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

Foreign currency translation adjustments

(1,589)

(10,486)

260

(44,570)

Comprehensive income

15,540

102,569

83,429

52,592

Less:  comprehensive income, net of tax attributable to noncontrolling interest

(44)

(289)

(2,944)

(1,256)

Comprehensive income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc.

15,496

102,280

80,485

51,336

COGO GROUP, INC.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO THE MOST COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES

FOR THE QUARTERS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010 AND 2009

(in millions, except share data)

For the quarter ended Dec 31, 2010

For the quarter ended Dec 31, 2009

Net income

USD

USD

GAAP net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc.

4.6

4.3

Share-based compensation expense

7.6

2.2

Amortization of intangible assets and related deferred taxation

0.4

0.7

Net gain on settlement relating to the acquisition of Long Rise before goodwill impairment

(6.6)

-

Impairment loss of goodwill

3.3

-

Non-GAAP net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc.

9.3

7.2

Earnings per share

$

$

GAAP net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. per common share-Diluted

0.12

0.11

Share-based compensation expense per common share – Diluted

0.20

0.06

Amortization of intangible assets and related deferred taxation per common share – Diluted

0.01

0.02

Net gain on settlement relating to the acquisition of Long Rise before goodwill impairment per common share – Diluted

(0.17)

-

Impairment loss of goodwill per common share – Diluted

0.08

-

Non-GAAP net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. per common share-Diluted

0.24

0.19

COGO GROUP, INC.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO THE MOST COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES

FOR THE QUARTERS ENDED MARCH 31, JUNE 30, SEPTEMBER 30 AND DECEMBER 31, 2010

(in thousands, except share data)

Quarters Ended

Mar 31

Jun 30

Sep 30

Dec 31

Total

USD

USD

USD

USD

USD

Revenue

80,987

90,980

100,200

113,537

385,704

Net Income

GAAP net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc.

3,481

4,005

4,648

4,600

16,734

Share-based compensation expense

2,352

2,600

2,634

7,518

15,104

Amortization of intangible assets and related deferred taxation

667

672

680

426

2,445

Net gain on settlement relating to the acquisition of Long Rise before goodwill impairment

-

-

-

(6,617)

(6,617)

Impairment loss of goodwill

-

-

-

3,246

3,246

Non-GAAP net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc.

6,500

7,277

7,962

9,173

30,912

Earnings per share

GAAP net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. per common share- Diluted

0.09

0.11

0.12

0.12

0.44

Non-GAAP net income attributable to Cogo Group, Inc. per common share- Diluted

0.17

0.19

0.21

0.24

0.81

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding

#

#

#

#

- Basic

37,144,442

37,133,304

37,244,589

37,623,962

- Diluted

38,168,035

38,045,705

37,853,878

38,697,921

SOURCE Cogo Group, Inc.