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China Zenix Auto International Announces Operating Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012

Thursday, March 21, 2013

China Zenix Auto International Announces Operating Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 201206:26 EDT Thursday, March 21, 2013- Earnings Per ADS Were US$1.12 for Year 2012; Annual Revenue Guidance of RMB3.7 Billion Reached, Bank Balances and Cash Were RMB827.3 Million -ZHANGZHOU, China, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.Financial HighlightsFourth Quarter 2012: Revenue of RMB800.1 million (US$128.4 million) compared with RMB1,032.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011; Gross margin of 23.1% declined from 26.7% in the fourth quarter of 2011; Profit and total comprehensive income for the period decreased to RMB47.0 million (US$7.5 million) compared with RMB110.3 million in the fourth  quarter last year; Earnings per American Depositary Share ("ADS") in the fourth quarter of 2012 were RMB0.91 (US$0.15). Year 2012:Revenue was RMB 3,738.0 million (US$600.0 million) compared with RMB4,093.9 million in 2011; Gross margin was 25.2% compared with 26.6%; Earnings per ADS were RMB7.00 (US$1.12); Bank balances and cash were RMB827.3 million (US$132.8 million) on December 31, 2012; Net cash from operating activities of RMB897.0 million (US$144.0 million) minus capital expenditures was RMB494.3 million (US$79.3 million). Mr. Jianhui Lai, chairman and chief executive officer of Zenix Auto, commented, "We continue to report profitable operations and positive net cash from operating activities in a challenging market. We have outperformed our main domestic competition even as heavy-duty truck and construction vehicle sales continue to struggle. Although we experienced major headwinds from the aftermarket segment, we still managed to grow our market share by shifting our product mix to meet end customers' price demands. Our international customer base is expanding as our newer Asian customers are buying a larger portion of our exports." Yifan Li, chief financial officer of Zenix Auto, commented, "During 2012, we continued to focus on profitable operations and generating positive cash flow. In the fourth quarter, net cash from operating activities was RMB162.1 million (US$26.0 million) and total cash increased even as bank debt declined. We continued to generate net cash from operating activities to enhance our financial strength in a difficult market and we increased our investment in research and development by 6.4% to position our Company to capture market share both domestically and internationally." 2012 Fourth Quarter ResultsRevenue for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012 was RMB 800.1 million (US$ 128.4 million) from revenue of RMB 1,032.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2011.Aftermarket sales in China declined 22.1% to RMB411.1 million (US$66.0 million) in the fourth quarter. There was a modest increase in aftermarket unit sales for tubed and tubeless wheels combined. Aftermarket wheel sales declined due to lower steel prices. Sales to the Chinese OEM market decreased 24.5% to RMB263.7 million (US$42.3 million).  Unit sales to Chinese OEM customers were 14.9% lower year-over-year, primarily due to the overall weak commercial vehicle market and heavy-duty truck sales were down 15.8% in the fourth quarter of 2012. International sales decreased 19.1% to RMB125.3 million (US$20.1 million) compared to the fourth quarter a year ago. The decrease in export sales in the fourth quarter was mainly due to a significantly weaker commercial vehicle market in India while wheel sales to a number of newer Asian countries have accounted for a growing proportion of international sales.  In the fourth quarter of 2012, domestic aftermarket sales, domestic OEM sales and international sales contributed 51.4%, 33.0% and 15.7% of revenue, respectively. Tubed steel wheel sales comprised 58.5% of fourth quarter revenue compared to 52.7% in the same quarter in 2011. Tubeless steel wheel sales represented 37.0% of fourth quarter revenue compared to 42.2% in the same quarter in 2011.Fourth quarter gross profit was RMB184.7 million (US$ 29.6 million), compared to RMB275.8 million in the same quarter in 2011. Gross margin declined to 23.1% from 26.7% in the fourth quarter of 2011. The decline in gross margin reflected lower sales volume, and a product mix change as sales of lower-margin tubed wheels increased as a percentage of total sales combined with unusually weaker demand for higher-priced tubeless wheels. Additionally, sales shifted towards smaller wheels for medium- and light-duty vehicles as sales of higher-margin wheels for heavy-duty trucks declined in the fourth quarter of 2012. Other income, gain and losses increased by RMB3.6 million (US$0.6 million) due to higher interest income as both bank deposits and the interest rates were higher in the fourth quarter of 2012. Selling and distribution costs decreased by 10.6% to RMB57.4 million (US$9.2 million) compared with RMB64.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Lower selling and distribution costs resulted primarily from reduced advertising and business promotions. As a percentage of revenue, selling and distribution costs increased to 7.2% from 6.2% in the same quarter of 2011.Research and development (R&D) expenses increased by 6.7% to RMB20.8 million (US$3.3 million) compared with RMB19.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. R&D as a percentage of revenue was 2.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with 1.9% in last year's fourth quarter. Increased R&D investment reflected Zenix Auto's commitment on developing new products and innovative solutions.Administrative expenses decreased by 0.8% to RMB39.2 million (US$6.3 million) from RMB39.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Administrative expenses included higher personnel costs and expenditures related to being a public company. As a percentage of revenue, administrative expenses increased to 4.9% compared with 3.8% of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2011. Profit and total comprehensive income for the fourth quarter were RMB47.0 million (US$7.5 million) from RMB110.3 million in the same quarter of 2011.  Earnings per ordinary share and earnings per ADS in the fourth quarter of 2012 were RMB0.23 (US$0.04) and RMB0.91 (US$0.15), respectively. During the fourth quarter of 2012 and 2011, the weighted average number of ordinary shares was 206.4 million and the weighted average number of ADSs was 51.6 million, respectively. 2012 Full Year ResultsRevenue for the year ended December 31, 2012 declined 8.7% to RMB3,738.0 million (US$600.0 million) from RMB4,093.9 million in 2011.  Aftermarket sales in China were RMB1,829.7 million in 2012 and represented 48.9% of 2012 revenue. Sales to the Chinese OEM market decreased 15.5% to RMB1,303.6 million and represented 34.9% of revenue. International sales rose by 6.8% to RMB604.7 million compared to the 2011 year, and represented 16.2% of revenue.Tubed steel wheel sales for year ended December 31, 2012, declined 7.7% compared with 2011 and comprised 57.0% of revenue. Tubeless steel wheel sales declined by 8.7% from 2011 and were 38.8% of revenue in both years. Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2012, declined to RMB942.4 million (US$151.3 million) from RMB1,088.3 million in 2011. Gross margin was 25.2% which included a steel price decline of almost 10.0%. Profit before taxation declined to RMB428.5 million (US$68.8 million) compared with RMB562.6 million in 2011.   Profit and total comprehensive income for the year ended December 31, 2012, was RMB361.6 million (US$58.0 million) compared with RMB452.2 million in 2011. Earnings per ordinary share and earnings per ADS for the 2012 year were RMB1.75 (US$0.28) and RMB7.00 (US$1.12), respectively.As of December 31, 2012, Zenix Auto's bank balances and cash increased to RMB827.3 million (US$132.8 million) and its shareholders' equity was RMB2.3 billion (US$365.9 million). As of December 31, 2011, bank balances and cash were RMB729.6 million and shareholders' equity was RMB1.9 billion. Bank balances and cash rose by RMB97.7 million and fixed bank deposits increased by RMB55.0 million during 2012. Additionally, bank borrowing declined by RMB298.5 million during the 2012 year.  In March 2012, the Company declared an annual cash dividend of US$0.06 per ADS or approximately RMB19.5 million (US$3.1 million). For the year ended December 31, 2012, net cash from operating activities was RMB 897.0 million (US$144.0 million). Capital expenditures, including the purchase of property, plant and equipment, acquisition of leasehold land, and deposit paid for acquisition of property, plant and equipment, were RMB402.7 million (US$64.6 million) during 2012. Business OutlookManagement estimates the revenue guidance for the year ending December 31, 2013 to be approximately RMB 3.8 billion with profit and total comprehensive income of approximately RMB 290 million. This target is based on the Company's current views on operating and market conditions, which are subject to change. Mr. Jianhui Lai, chairman and chief executive officer of Zenix Auto, concluded, "Infrastructure spending is a key driver of economic growth.  The new central government leadership has announced in 2013 a RMB120 billion ($19.3 billion) program to assist local governments to fund new roads (especially in rural areas), road upgrades, and new waterways and docks. While we are still waiting for truck demand to pick up in the end markets, we are positioning ourselves to capture any rebound that might come out of the current recession. Our new aluminum wheel facility will come on line in the middle of 2013 which will further expand our product portfolio and enable us to move quickly to capture market share in the fast-growing bus segment. Our new aluminum wheels are direct replacements for imports and we believe they will give us better pricing power and a higher barrier to entry. Over time, the performance advantages of our tubeless wheels will also become more recognized and we believe they will resume growth in a better market environment. As always, we remain committed to building shareholder value through maintaining profitable operations, strengthening our balance sheet and creating free cash flow."    Conference Call InformationThe Company will host a conference call, to be simultaneously webcast, on Thursday,  March 21, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. EDT/ 8:00 p.m. Beijing Time. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing +1-866-519-4004 (United States), +852-2475-0994 (Hong Kong) or +656-723-9381 (International) and enter conference ID number 21034615 approximately five to ten minutes before the call start time. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Zenix Auto corporate website at http://zenixauto.com/en/. A replay of the call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the conference call through March 29, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, or March 30, 2013 at 11:59 a.m. Beijing Time.  An archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Zenix Auto corporate website at http://zenixauto.com/en/ under the investor relations section. Interested parties may access the replay by dialing +1-855-452-5696 (United States), +800-963-117 (Hong Kong) or +61-2-8199-0299 (International) and entering the above conference ID number.Exchange Rate InformationThe 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 RMB6.2301 to US$1.00, the effective noon buying rate as of December 31, 2012 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 LimitedChina 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 330 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 90 distributors in more than 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 15.0 million units of steel wheels as of December 31,2012. For more information, please visit: http://zenixauto.com/en.Safe HarborThis 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 SEC, 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 revenues and certain cost or expense items as a percentage of our revenues. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in our filings with the SEC. 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.  For more information, please contactInvestor Contact:Kevin Theiss GraylingTel: +1-646-284-9409Email:  kevin.theiss@grayling.com Media Contact:Ivette AlmeidaGraylingTel: +1 917-302-9946Email: Ivette.almeida@grayling.com - tables follow - China Zenix Auto International LimitedUnaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income For the three months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011(RMB and US$ amounts expressed in thousands, except per share data)Three Months Ended December 31, 201120122012RMB' 000 RMB' 000 US$' 000 Revenue 1,032,185800,069128,420Cost of sales                                              (756,347)(615,406)(98,779)Gross profit 275,838184,66329,641Other income, gain and loss  6264,179671Net exchange loss (607)(2,104)(338)Selling and distribution costs (64,257)(57,442)(9,220)Research and development expenses (19,456)(20,760)(3,332)Administrative expenses (39,504)(39,193)(6,291)Finance costs (15,733)(11,904)(1,911)Profit before taxation  136,90757,4399,220Income tax expense (26,586)(10,418)(1,672)Profit and total comprehensive income for the period 110,32147,0217,548-Earnings per share Basic 0.530.230.04Diluted 0.530.230.04Earnings per ADS Basic 2.140.910.15Diluted 2.140.910.15Shares 206,440,000206,440,000206,440,000ADSs 51,610,00051,610,00051,610,000  China Zenix Auto International LimitedUnaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income For the year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011(RMB and US$ amounts expressed in thousands, except per share data)Year ended December 31, 201120122012RMB' 000 RMB' 000 US$' 000 Revenue 4,093,8743,737,965599,985Cost of sales                                           (3,005,590)(2,795,548)(448,716)Gross profit 1,088,284942,417151,269Other income, gain and loss11,65317,0662,739Net exchange (loss) gain (5,832)922148Selling and distribution costs (256,487)(252,109)(40,466)Research and development expenses (85,398)(90,823)(14,578)Administrative expenses (129,035)(138,040)(22,157)Finance costs (60,536)(50,916)(8,173)Profit before taxation  562,649428,51768,782Income tax expense (110,448)(66,885)(10,736)Profit and total comprehensive income for the year 452,201361,63258,046-Earnings per share Basic 2.381.750.28Diluted 2.381.750.28Earnings per ADS Basic 9.537.001.12Diluted 9.537.001.12   China Zenix Auto International LimitedUnaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position(RMB and US$ amounts are expressed in thousands)December 31 2011 December 31 2012 December 31 2012 RMB'000 RMB'000 US$' 000 ASSETS Current Assets                                                  Inventories 552,104364,35158,482Trade and other receivables and     prepayments 1,108,182813,445130,567Prepaid lease payments 8,3329,4251,513Pledged bank deposits 96,21170,88411,378Fixed bank deposits with maturity period over three months 105,000160,00025,682Bank balances and cash 729,621827,271132,786Total current assets 2,599,4502,245,376360,408Non-Current Assets Property, plant and equipment 1,184,7561,405,544225,605Prepaid lease payments 371,142414,14966,475Deposits paid for acquisition of    property, plant and equipment 40,84955,1988,860Deferred tax assets 5,2084,629743Intangible assets 17,00017,0002,729Total non-current assets 1,618,9551,896,520304,412Total assets 4,218,4054,141,896664,820EQUITY AND LIABILITIES Current Liabilities Trade and other payables and accruals 1,168,3191,060,095170,157Taxation payable 21,81010,5941,700Bank borrowings 998,500700,000112,358Total current liabilities 2,188,6291,770,689284,215Non-current liabilities Deferred income 12,47911,6811,875Deferred tax liabilities 81,67279,82712,813Total non-current liabilities 94,15191,50814,688Total liabilities 2,282,7801,862,197298,903EQUITY Share capital 13613622Paid in capital 411,225391,71162,874Reserves 1,524,2641,887,852303,021Total equity1,935,6252,279,699365,917Total equity attributable to owners of the company 1,935,6252,279,699365,917Total equity and liabilities 4,218,4054,141,896664,820  China Zenix Auto International LimitedUnaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash FlowsFor the year ended December 31, 2012(RMB and US$ amounts are expressed in thousands)    OPERATING ACTIVITIES Year 2012RMB' 000 US$' 000 Profit before taxation 428,51768,782Adjustments for: Amortization of prepaid lease payments 10,5401,692Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 119,90019,245Release of deferred income(798)(128)Finance costs50,9168,173Interest income(12,694)(2,037)Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment31250Share-based payment expense1,956314Operating cash flows before movements in working capital 598,64996,091Decrease in inventories                                                                  187,75330,136Decrease in trade and other receivables and prepayments 309,49249,677Decrease in trade and other payables and accruals (129, 485)(20,784)Cash generated from operations 966,409155,120Interest received 10,3201,656PRC income tax paid (79,757)(12,802)NET CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES 896,972143, 974INVESTING ACTIVITIES Purchase of property, plant and equipment (217,466)(34,906)Acquisition of leasehold land (54,640)(8,770)Withdrawal of pledged bank deposits28,3314,547Placement of pledged bank deposits(3,004)(482)Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment49379Deposits paid for acquisition of property, plant and equipment(130,563)(20,957)Placement of fixed bank deposits with maturity periods over three months (228,883)(36,738)Withdrawal of fixed bank deposits with maturity periods over three months 173,88327,910Placement of structured deposit(20,000)(3,210)Withdrawal of structured deposit20,4293,279NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES (431,420)(69,248)FINANCING ACTIVITIES New bank borrowings raised 700,000112,358Repayment of bank borrowings (998,500)(160,270)Interest paid (49,598)(7,961)Dividend paid (19,491)(3,129)NET CASH FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES (367,589)(59,002)NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 97,96315,724Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the year 729,621117,112Effect of foreign exchange rate changes (313)(50)Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year 827,271132,786  SOURCE China Zenix Auto International Limited