Wowjoint Holdings Limited Reports Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results

-- Q3 2011 revenue of $5.3 million was in-line with guidance

-- Gross margins increased 280 basis points to 24.8%

-- Order backlog is strong at $21.3 million as of September 30, 2011

-- Q4 2011 revenue guidance: $5-7 million

-- Management to host earnings conference call November 14, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. EST

Nov 14, 2011, 08:30 ET from Wowjoint Holdings Limited

BEIJING, Nov. 14, 2011 /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 financial results for the third quarter 2011.

Third quarter Ended September 30, 2011

  • Revenues for the Company's third quarter ended September 30, 2011 were $5.4 million compared to $8.7 million in the third quarter of 2010.
  • Technical service sales were $0.2 million for the quarter, compared to $1.7 million in the same quarter last year. Lease revenue was $0.3 million for the third quarter 2011, which is a recent addition to Wowjoint's revenue stream.
  • Gross profit was $1.3 million compared to $1.9 million in the year ago period. Gross margins increased 280 basis points to 24.8% in the third quarter 2011 compared to 22.0% in the same period in 2010.
  • Operating income was $0.4 million for the third quarter 2011 compared to $0.3 million for the third quarter 2010.
  • Net income for the third quarter 2011 was $0.2 million, or $0.03 per share based on 7.9 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared to $0.3 million in same period 2010.

Cost of sales for the three months ended September 30, 2011 was approximately $4.0 million as compared to $6.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010. The higher cost of sales in third quarter 2010 was due to higher sales volume. Operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2011 were approximately $1.0 million compared to $1.5 million for the same period in 2010. The third quarter 2011 reflects a focused reduction in expenses from the Company's average operating costs. Selling expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2011 totaled $0.2 million compared to $0.4 million in the same period of 2010.

"Our gross margins remain strong and this quarter's increase was directly related to our diversification of our sales, specifically our international contracts, which provide a higher gross margin than our domestic contracts," commented Mr. Yabin Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wowjoint. "We continue to stay stringent on our spending, and in maintaining strong gross margins. During this quarter we were pleased to announce new leasing contracts, and the entry into the highway maintenance industry with our equipment for China's Ministry of Railway."

Balance Sheet as of September 30, 2011

  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $3.8 million at September 30, 2011, as compared to $4.3 million at June 30, 2011.
  • Accounts receivable were $16.6 million at September 30, 2011 as compared to $15.8 million at June 30, 2011.  The majority of the receivables are from extremely large Blue Chip companies in China; therefore collection of the receivables is relatively secure.
  • Inventories amounted to $9.9 million, which was an increase from $8.4 million at June 30, 2011, due to additional materials that were purchased for the production of equipment.
  • Working capital was $10.1 million on September 30, 2011.
  • The Company had total stockholders' equity of $22.8 million, with total assets of $57.0 million versus total liabilities of $34.2 million on September 30, 2011.  

"Wowjoint continues to expand our International outreach by adding people to our sales and marketing team and we expect to see our International sales as a larger percentage of our sales revenue," stated Mr. Liu.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011

  • Revenues for the nine month period ended September 30, 2011 increased 57% to $20.4 million as compared to $13.0 million for the nine month period ended September 30, 2010.
  • Technical service sales for the first nine months of 2011 were $1.1 million compared to $3.3million in the same period in 2010. Lease revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 were $0.8 million.  
  • International based revenues accounted for approximately 30% of total sales, a substantial increase from 3% of total sales in the same period 2010.  
  • Gross profit increased to $5.2 million from $2.8 million in the year ago nine month period. Gross margins increased 390 basis points to 25.4% in the first nine months of 2011 compared to 21.5% in the same period in 2010.
  • Operating income for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 increased to $2.2 million as compared to a loss for the same period in 2010.
  • Net income for the first nine months of 2011 was $1.6 million, or $0.20 per share based on 7.9 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared to a net loss of $0.9 million in same period 2010.

Cost of sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 was approximately $15.2 million as compared to $10.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010. Operating expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 were approximately $3.0 million compared to $3.7 million for the same period in 2010. Selling expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 totaled $0.8 million which is flat at $0.8 million in the same period of 2010, which shows a concentration on reducing costs.

Business Updates

Wowjoint continues to pursue international contracts and diversify its business. During the third quarter 2011 and recently, the Company announced its participation in three industry conferences in the US, where the company had a booth at two which focused on precast and segmental bridge development. At the ASBI Conference in Washington DC, Wowjoint's CEO, Yabin Liu, presented on the Company's technology and its current project in Tampa, FL.  These conferences provided for exposure to the US market and generated relationships that the company hopes to pursue. In addition, Wowjoint announced its expansion in the marine hoist market working with Shenzhen Land and Development, as well as entering the highway and bridge maintenance market. These vertical markets utilize Wowjoint's core competency of specialized engineering of large equipment.  

"A key competitive advantage remains our ability to produce custom-made equipment, which solves complex construction and logistical problems for our customers.  We believe our determination and drive to expand our business into other countries and vertical markets will result in Wowjoint's growth for years to come," stated Mr. Liu. "We've experienced a slight reduction in China's infrastructure spending recently, although projects still remain in the large government plan and the reduction is based on timing of those projects. The Company has focused on International sales and new verticals to generate revenue and provide greater stability in its revenue projections. Wowjoint has signed $24.4 million in new contracts since the beginning of 2011, with a substantial percentage of those contracts being in leasing, technical services or International sales."

Revenue Guidance and Contract Backlog

Management issued revenue guidance for the fourth quarter of 2011 of approximately $5 to $7 million. As of September 30, 2011, Wowjoint's backlog of signed contracts totaled approximately $21.3 million.

Conference Call

A conference call will take place at 4:30 p.m. EST on Monday, November 14, 2011. Interested participants should call 1-877-941-1429 when calling within the United States or 1-480-629-9857 when calling internationally (pass code 4487284).

A playback will be available through November 21, 2011. To listen, please call 1-877-870-5176 within the United States or 1-858-384-5517 when calling internationally. Utilize the pass code 4487284 for the replay.

The call will also be webcast. To join the webcast please go to: http://viavid.net/dce.aspx?sid=00008FEA

About Wowjoint Holdings Limited

Wowjoint is a leading provider of customized heavy duty lifting and carrying machinery used in 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 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    

– Financial Tables Follow –

WOWJOINT HOLDINGS LTD

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Income

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

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2011

June 30, 2011

September 30, 2010

September 30, 2011

September 30, 2010

Sales

Machinery sales

4,906

7,834

7,074

18,488

9,726

Technical service

167

344

1,666

1,124

3,309

Lease income

282

238

-

775

-

Total sales

5,355

8,416

8,740

20,387

13,035

Cost of goods sold

4,026

5,980

6,812

15,215

10,228

Gross profit

1,329

2,436

1,928

5,172

2,807

Operating expenses:

Selling expenses

226

376

421

829

763

General and administrative expenses

806

544

1,083

2,185

2,945

Total operating expenses

1,032

920

1,504

3,014

3,708

Income from operations

297

1,516

424

2,158

(901)

Other expenses:

Interest expense (net)

107

58

4

211

19

Bank expense

10

32

26

42

42

Foreign currency exchange loss (gain)

-

9

(39)

(53)

(23)

Other expense (profit)

(10)

(1)

3

(12)

(35)

Total other expenses

107

98

(6)

188

3

Income before income taxes

190

1,418

430

1,970

(904)

Income taxes (Benefits) expenses

(60)

394

131

406

(16)

Net income attributed to ordinary shareholders

250

1,024

299

1,564

(888)

Earnings per share

Basis

0.03

0.13

0.04

0.20

(0.12)

Diluted

0.03

0.13

0.04

0.20

(0.12)

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)

September 30,

June 30,

December 31,

2011

2011

2010

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

3,762

4,323

2,168

Accounts receivable(net)

16,663

15,839

17,904

Other receivables

2,714

1,374

723

Advances to suppliers

5,875

2,926

3,524

Inventories

9,965

8,387

5,224

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings

3,785

3,229

2,690

Amount due from related parties

-

37

82

Total Current Assets

42,764

36,115

32,316

Long-term investment

4,723

-

-

Property, plant and equipment

7,815

6,921

3,208

Intangible asset, net

1,066

1,054

1,044

Restricted cash

554

480

922

Prepaid expense - Long-term

120

145

101

Total Assets

57,041

44,715

37,590

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Short-term loans

3,305

3,863

1,510

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

12,633

11,276

7,503

Advances from customers

9,423

(527)

1,173

Unearned lease income

-

271

748

Taxes payable

5,177

4,888

5,051

Other payables

1,582

931

321

Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings

531

311

897

Total Current Liabilities

32,651

21,015

17,203

Long-term loan

1,574

1,545

-

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

7,525

7,275

5,961

Accumulated other comprehensive income

1,958

1,545

1,093

Total Stockholders' Equity

22,817

22,157

20,387

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

57,041

44,715

37,590

WOWJOINT HOLDINGS LTD

Statement of Cash Flows

(US dollars in thousands)

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2011

September 30, 2010

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net income (loss)

1,564

(888)

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

Depreciation and amortization

308

197

Bad debt expense

(462)

43

Other

-

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

-

Accounts receivable

3,257

377

Other receivables

(3,140)

(264)

Advances to suppliers

(325)

(2,493)

Inventories

(2,575)

(3,514)

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings

(1,095)

440

Prepaid expense – Short-term

-

(40)

Accounts payables and accrued expenses

3,104

121

Other payables

244

77

Unearned lease income

(748)

-

Advances from customers

6,586

1,277

Taxes payable

237

(421)

Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings

(366)

89

Total adjustments

5,023

(4,101)

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

6,587

(4,989)

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Long term investment

(4,723)

-

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(4,915)

(329)

Prepaid expense - Long-term

(19)

-

Net cash used in investing activities

(9,656)

(329)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Net cash provided by acquisition

-

6,912

Repayment of short-term loans

-

-

Proceeds from short-term loans

1,795

-

Proceeds from long-term loans

1,574

-

Restricted cash

368

(545)

Due from related parties

82

(19)

 Due to related parties

-

-

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

3,818

6,348

NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH

749

1,030

EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH

845

322

CASH, BEGINNING OF PERIOD

2,168

675

CASH, END OF PERIOD

3,762

2,027

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES:

Cash paid during the period for:

Interest paid

145

15

Income tax paid

316

25

SOURCE Wowjoint Holdings Limited



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