|FY2009-Q1-ended september 30, 2008: Hollysys Automation Technologies Reports Unaudited Fiscal 2009 First Quarter Financial Results|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hollysys Automation Technologies Reports Unaudited Fiscal 2009 First Quarter Financial Results
Conference call scheduled for 8:00 AM ET tomorrow
Update on Annual Guidance (based on current backlog and expected new business)
BEIJING -- Dec. 4, 2008 -- Hollysys Automation Technologies, Ltd.(NASDAQ: HOLI) ("Hollysys" or the "Company"), the leading domestic provider of automation control systems to the People's Republic of China's (PRC) nuclear, rail and industrial markets, today announced unaudited financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended September 30, 2008 (see attached tables).
Dr. Changli Wang, Hollysys' Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We were pleased with our first quarter results, and remain confident in our future prospects. During the first quarter of fiscal 2009, we increased our revenues, improved gross margins, and generated operating cash flow of $7.7 million. In our industrial segment, we achieved 12.8% growth in revenue during the quarter as compared to the same period of prior year, and with our contracts increasing in average size and length. We are commencing work under the high-speed rail contracts announced earlier this year and will report increases in revenue as these contracts continue to ramp up. We expect that as we continue to successfully execute under previously signed rail and subway contracts, Hollysys will be awarded larger, higher margin contracts. In our nuclear segment, we generated $2.7 million in revenue this quarter and continue to work with our JV partner, China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group, on the implementation of plant control systems for the Hongyanhe nuclear plant in Liaoning province. We continue to believe that Hollysys is in the right place with a strong position to grow in each of the industries it serves."
Dr. Wang continued, "In addition to the growth we reported in our business, we believe that there is an important macro-economic factor that we expect will positively benefit Hollysys. While it is still too early to judge, we expect that the recent announcement by the PRC of a RMB 4 Trillion stimulus plan will be favorable to our Company. It is believed that China has to grow its GDP in excess of its labor supply to maintain a stable economy. With the export markets weakening, we believe that additional government resources will be allocated towards expanding China's infrastructure, especially in the rail segment. Our target markets are expected to be beneficially affected by this expected government investment, and we are prepared and well-positioned to take advantage of this opportunity."
Fiscal 2009 First Quarter Financial Results Review
Herriet Qu, Hollysys' Interim CFO, stated, "In the past, the Company has filed reports under Form 6K with discussion of the financial results for quarterly and YTD periods. We have decided to include additional details in our quarterly earnings release, including summarized cash flow information. We also plan to accelerate the public filing of our quarterly financial results in the future."
For the three months ended September 30, 2008, total revenues increased 27% to $37.3 million, up from $29.4 million in the comparable prior fiscal year period. Of the total revenues, revenue from integrated contracts increased 28.6% to $36.0 million, from $28.0 million for the same period of the prior year. The Company's integrated contract revenue by segment was as follows:
Product sales, which represent sales of spare parts (either self-made or purchased from vendors) to customers for maintenance and replacement purposes, decreased slightly to $1.3 million for the fiscal 2009 first quarter, versus $1.4 million in the same period of the prior year.
For the three months ended September 30, 2008, total cost of revenues was $24.2 million, compared to $19.5 million for the same period of the prior year. The cost of integrated contracts increased to $23.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2008, compared to $19.0 million for the same period of the prior year, which was in line with the increase in revenues from integrated contracts.
Cost components of integrated contracts are determined and varied according to requirements of different customers. The following are changes in costs as a percentage of revenues from integrated contracts:
The gross margin for integrated contracts was 34.9% for the three months ended September 30, 2008, compared to 32.0% for the same period of the prior year, largely due to continued margin expansion in the Company's industrial business segment. As a percentage of total revenues, overall gross margin improved to 35.1% for the three months ended September 30, 2008, from 33.7% for the prior fiscal year period.
For the three months ended September 30, 2008, selling expenses were $2.8 million, an increase of $0.5 million, or 22.5%, compared to $2.3 million for the same period of the prior year. As a percentage to total revenues, selling expenses were 7.4% and 7.7% for the three months ended September 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively. General and administrative ("G&A") expenses amounted to $2.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2008, a decrease of $11.8 million, compared to $14.1 million for the same period of the prior year. G&A expenses for the period ended September 30, 2007 included $12.75 million in stock compensation expense on earn-out shares as a result of the stock purchase agreement under the redomestication merger. Excluding the stock compensation cost, G&A expenses were $2.3 million and $1.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively, and accounted for 6.2% and 4.8% as a percentage to total revenues for those periods. The increase in G&A expenses resulted mainly from increases in staff salaries and professional services fees.
Research and development ("R&D") expenses were presented at a net basis on the statement of income as $0.8 million and $0.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively. Gross R&D expenses amounted to $1.2 million and $0.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively. The gross R&D expenses were offset against subsidy income from the PRC government of $0.4 million for both the three months ended September 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively. As a percentage of total revenues, gross R&D expenses were 3.1% and 2.2% for the three months ended September 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively.
For the three months ended September 30, 2008, net interest expense decreased to $0.3 million, from $3.4 million for the same period of the prior year, as a result of interest and amortization of discount on notes payable of $3.1 million incurred in the 2007 period.
Gross subsidy income received from the government for the three months ended September 30, 2008 was $1.6 million, an increase of 23%, compared to $1.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2007. Proceeds from subsidies used to offset gross research and development expenses amounted to $0.4 million for both the three months ended September 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively. The net amount of subsidy income was $1.2 million and $0.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively, which was presented on the statement of income.
For the three months ended September 30, 2008, net income was $6.1 million, or $0.14 per diluted share based on 43.9 million shares outstanding, an increase of $16.5 million compared to a net loss of $10.4 million, or $0.43 per diluted share based on 24.4 million shares outstanding for the same period of the prior year. Excluding the interest and amortization of discount on notes payable of $3.1 million and the stock compensation cost of $12.75 million incurred for the three months ended September 30, 2007, the increase in net income was approximately $0.7 million, primarily the result of the increase in gross profit.
Hollysys' backlog as of September 30, 2008 amounted to $200.7 million, representing an increase of 12.4%, compared to $178.5 million as of June 30, 2008. Backlog also increased 78.8% as compared to $112.3 million as of September 30, 2007. The current breakdown for the backlog by segment is:
Cash Flow Highlights
The following table shows our cash flows with respect to operating activities, investing activities and financing activities for the three months ended September 30, 2007 and 2008:
The net cash inflow for the three months ended September 30, 2008 was $12.8 million, compared to $4.4 million for the same period of the prior year.
Net cash provided by operating activities was $7.7 million, compared to net cash used in operating activities of $3.6 million for the same period in prior year, primarily due to the net income for the period of $6.1 million.
Net cash used in investing activities was $0.8 million, compared to $0.6 million for the same period in prior year, mainly due to cash outflow of $2.4 million to purchase fixed assets, offset with the proceeds received from disposal of a long term investment of $2 million.
Net cash provided by financing activities for the three months ended September 30, 2008 was $4.4 million, compared to $7.6 million for the same period in prior year. This consisted of the cash proceeds from short term bank loans of $5.9 million, offset with repayments to short term bank loans of $1.5 million.
Balance Sheet Highlights
As of September 30, 2008, Hollysys' cash and cash equivalents were $77.1 million, compared to $64.3 million at June 30, 2008, with working capital of $144.8 million versus $143.3 million, and with a current ratio of 2.7:1. Accounts receivable increased to $105.9 million from $103.0 million, however, day sales outstanding ("DSO") declined to 259 days from over 300 days. The Company believes that the overall quality of its receivables is strong, as a large percentage of receivables are from contracts with government bodies and major listed groups. Hollysys is continuing to work on reducing its DSO and expects the trend will continue to improve in coming quarters.
Outlook for FY 2009
Dr. Wang concluded, "We feel confident in Hollysys' financial position and ability to grow in this economy. In light of this confidence, we are reiterating our annual estimate for FY 2009 of revenues between $150 million and $165 million and gross margins between 30% and 35%. In addition, we are also reiterating the $32 million incentive share earnings target for the calendar year ending December 31, 2008 (which is based on comprehensive income and excludes stock compensation expenses). Through the first nine months of calendar 2008 we have reported approximately $21.6 million in comprehensive income. We look forward to continued growth and are optimistic about Hollysys' long-term plans and success."
Management will discuss the current status of the Company's operations during a conference call at 8:00 AM ET on Friday, December 5, 2008. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing (888) 787-0460 (U.S.) or (706) 679-3200 (International) approximately 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and asking to be connected to the Hollysys Systems conference call. In addition, the conference call will be broadcast live over the internet at http://investor.shareholder.com/media/eventdetail.cfm?eventid=62370&CompanyID=Hollysys&e=1& mediaKey=8DD3979970F58831B44C9F0414C1FF38.
Participants are asked to go to the link at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. The internet audio stream will be available for 30 days after the call. A recorded replay of the call will also be available until 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time on December 12, 2008. Listeners may dial 800-642-1687 (Domestic) or 706-645-9291 (International) and use the code 75226187 for the phone replay.
About Hollysys Systems
Hollysys Automation Technologies, based in Beijing, China, with 1,700 employees, is the leading domestic provider of automation control systems to China's surging nuclear, rail and industrial markets. Hollysys has developed a series of proprietary high quality, low cost control systems that meet or exceed international standards and is able to effectively compete against the world's leading automation control companies.
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included herein are "forward-looking statements," including statements regarding: the ability of the Company to achieve its commercial objectives; the business strategy, plans and objectives of the Company and its subsidiaries; and any other statements of non-historical information. These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects" or similar expressions, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements, based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Hollysys' management, are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from the forward looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. Investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in the Company's reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on its website (://www.sec.gov ). All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, the Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.
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