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China Zenix Auto International Announces Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

China Zenix Auto International Announces Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2013

06:00 EDT Thursday, August 22, 2013

- Sold a Record High of 3.8 Million Wheels -
- Aftermarket Sales Increased Both Year-Over-Year and Quarter-Over-Quarter -
- Earnings Per ADS Were US$0.24 -

ZHANGZHOU, China, Aug. 22, 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 second quarter and first six months ended June 30, 2013.

Financial Highlights

Second Quarter 2013:

  • Revenue was RMB1,059.3 million (US$172.6 million);
  • Gross margin of 21.2%;
  • Profit and total comprehensive income for the period was RMB74.7 million (US$12.2 million) with earnings per American Depositary Share ("ADS") of RMB1.45 (US$0.24).

First Six Months of 2013:

  • Revenue was RMB1,889.5 million (US$307.9 million);
  • Gross margin of 21.0%;
  • Profit and total comprehensive income for the period was RMB117.3 million (US$19.1 million) with earnings per American Depositary Share ("ADS") of RMB2.27 (US$0.37).

Mr. Jianhui Lai, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zenix Auto, commented, "We are encouraged by our second quarter results. The worst is now behind us as our revenue rebounded from the weak first quarter. As the demand for truck and bus shifts from construction to logistics, market demand for commercial vehicle wheels has also evolved in function and pricing. As the leader in the Chinese commercial vehicle wheel market, we recognize the importance of the aftermarket as a key foundation for rolling out new products and servicing our repeat customers. We will continue to focus on expanding our market share in the important aftermarket segment."

Mr. Yifan Li, Chief Financial Officer of Zenix Auto, commented, "We continue to reduce our bank loans and our strong cash-flow provides the resources to fund future growth. Our improved product mix in the second quarter of 2013 enabled us to considerably increase our earnings per share from our first quarter."

2013 Second Quarter Results

Revenue for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013, was RMB1,059.3 million (US$172.6 million) compared to RMB1,131.5 million for the second quarter of 2012, but was higher than the RMB830.2 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Aftermarket sales in China slightly increased year-over-year to RMB519.2 million (US$84.6 million) in the second quarter of 2013, and were higher than the sales of RMB430.4 million in the first quarter of 2013. Total unit sales in the aftermarket increased 10.9% year-over-year as a result of proactive price adjustments. The Company continued to expand its market share in the aftermarket during the second quarter.

Sales to the Chinese OEM market decreased by 11.5% year-over-year to RMB377.6 million (US$61.5 million) in the second quarter of 2013, but were higher than the RMB269.4 million in the first quarter of 2013.

International sales decreased by 13.2% year-over-year to RMB162.5 million (US$26.5 million) in the second quarter of 2013, but were higher than the sales of RMB130.5 million in the first quarter of 2013. The decrease in export sales in the second quarter of 2013 was mainly due to continued weakness within the commercial vehicle market in India. However, sales to other Asian countries continued to grow and accounted for an increasing proportion of international sales. In addition, our tubeless products, due to their functionality and quality, have received more orders from our international customers.

In the second quarter of 2013, domestic aftermarket sales, domestic OEM sales and international sales contributed 49.0%, 35.6% and 15.4% of revenue, respectively.

Sales of tubed steel wheels comprised 59.5% of 2013 second quarter revenue compared to 57.5% in the same quarter in 2012. Tubeless steel wheel sales represented 36.6% of second quarter revenue compared to 38.6% in the same quarter of 2012.

Second quarter gross profit was RMB224.7 million (US$36.6 million), compared to RMB294.1 million in the same quarter in 2012. Gross margin declined to 21.2% from 26.0% in the second quarter of 2012, but were up from 20.6% in the first quarter of 2013. The decline in gross margin on year-over-year basis reflected lower product pricing, higher labor costs, and a product mix change as sales of lower-margin tubed wheels increased as a percentage of total sales.

Selling and distribution expenses decreased by 3.0% to RMB73.8 million (US$12.0 million) from RMB76.1 million in the second quarter of 2012. Lower selling and distribution costs primarily resulted from reduced advertising and business promotions, and lower sales commissions. As a percentage of revenue, selling and distribution costs were 7.0% due to lower revenue in the second quarter of 2013, compared to 6.7% in the same quarter a year ago, but were down from 7.4% in the first quarter of 2013.

Research and development ("R&D") expenses were RMB22.6 million (US$3.7 million), compared to RMB27.8 million in the second quarter of 2012. R&D as a percentage of revenue was 2.1% in the second quarter of 2013, compared to 2.5% in last year's second quarter, and to 2.4% in the first quarter of 2013. The Company remains committed to developing new products and innovative solutions to address customer needs and to raise the entry barriers to the markets.

Administrative expenses increased by 4.1% to RMB36.0 million (US$5.9 million) from RMB34.6 million in the second quarter of 2012, due to higher personnel costs. As a percentage of revenue, administrative expenses were 3.4%, compared to 3.1% of revenue in the second quarter of 2012, but were down from 4.1% in the first quarter of 2013.

Profit and total comprehensive income for the second quarter of 2013 was RMB74.7 million (US$12.2 million), compared to RMB122.8 million in the same quarter of 2012.

Earnings per ordinary share and earnings per ADS in the second quarter of 2013 were RMB0.36 (US$0.06) and RMB1.45 (US$0.24), respectively.

During the second quarter of 2013, the weighted average number of ordinary shares were 206.5 million and the weighted average number of ADSs were 51.6 million.

2013 First Six-Month Results

Revenue for the first six months ended June 30, 2013, was RMB1,889.5 million (US$307.9 million) compared with RMB2,175.7 million in the first six months in 2012.

Aftermarket sales declined 6.7% to RMB949.6 million in the first six months of 2013, and represented 50.3% of total six-month revenue. Sales to the Chinese OEM market decreased 19.8% to RMB646.9 million and represented 34.2% of revenue. International sales decreased by 16.6% to RMB292.9 million compared to the same period last year, and represented 15.5% of revenue.

Tubed steel wheel sales for the first six months ended June 30, 2013, declined 8.8% compared with the same period in 2012 and comprised 59.2% of revenue. Tubeless steel wheel sales declined by 19.7% from the same period a year ago and were 36.7% of the revenue compared to 39.7% for the same period in 2012.

Gross profit for the first six months ended June 30, 2013, was RMB396.0 million (US$64.5 million), compared with RMB580.2 million during the same period in 2012. Gross margin decreased to 21.0% compared from 26.7% in the same period last year. Profit before taxation was RMB138.1 million (US$22.5 million), compared with RMB303.8 million during the first six months of 2012.

Profit and total comprehensive income for the first six months ended June 30, 2013, was RMB117.3 million (US$19.1 million), compared with RMB258.1 million during the same period in 2012. Earnings per ordinary share and earnings per ADS for the first six months ended June 30, 2013, were RMB0.57 (US$0.09) and RMB2.27 (US$0.37), respectively.

As of June 30, 2013, Zenix Auto had bank balances and cash of RMB642.7 million (US$104.7 million) and fixed bank deposits with a maturity period over three months of RMB160.0 million (US$26.1 million). Total equity attributable to owners of the Company was RMB2,397.3 million (US$390.6 million).

For the first six months ended June 30, 2013, net cash from operating activities was RMB43.7 million (US$7.1 million). Capital expenditures for the purchase of property, plant and equipment were RMB63.1 million (US$10.3 million) during the first six months of 2013.

Business Outlook

Management is maintaining its revenue guidance for the year ending December 31, 2013, to be approximately RMB3.8 billion. Profit and total comprehensive income guidance is being reduced to approximately RMB230 million from RMB290 million due to the sales mix change and competitive pricing as results of continuous weakness in market demand for medium- to heavy-duty trucks and off-road equipment. These targets are based on the Company's current views on the operating and market conditions, which are subject to change.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call, to be simultaneously webcast, on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. EDT/ 8:00 p.m. Beijing Time. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing +1-877-407-0782 (U.S. Toll Free) or +1-201-689-8567 (International). Please dial in five minutes before the call start time and ask to be connected to the "China Zenix Auto" conference call.

In addition, the conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet at: http://www.investorcalendar.com/IC/CEPage.asp?ID=171411. Please go to the web site at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary software.

A replay will be available shortly after the conclusion of the conference call through September 22, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Interested parties may access the replay by dialing +1-877-660-6853 (U.S. Toll Free) or +1-201-612-7415 (International) and using Conference ID "418609" to access the replay.

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 RMB6.1374 to US$1.00, the effective noon buying rate as of June 28, 2013 in The City of New York, for cable transfers of RMB as set forth in the 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 430 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 80 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 June 30,2013. For more information, please visit: http://www.zenixauto.com/en.

Safe Harbor

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 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 contact

Investor Contact:Kevin Theiss / Shiwei YinGraylingTel: +1-646-284-9409Email: kevin.theiss@grayling.com shiwei.yin@grayling.com

Media Contact:Ivette AlmeidaGraylingTel: +1 917-302-9946Email: ivette.almeida@grayling.com

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China Zenix Auto International Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

For the three months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012

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

Three Months Ended June 30,

2012

2013

2013

RMB' 000

RMB' 000

US$' 000

Revenue

1,131,459

1,059,272

172,593

Cost of sales

(837,394)

(834,604)

(135,987)

Gross profit

294,065

224,668

36,606

Other income, gain and loss 

1,995

4,403

717

Net exchange gain (loss)

1,214

(2,519)

(410)

Selling and distribution costs

(76,122)

(73,819)

(12,028)

Research and development expenses

(27,755)

(22,595)

(3,682)

Administrative expenses

(34,588)

(36,015)

(5,868)

Finance costs

(12,957)

(6,066)

(988)

Profit before taxation 

145,852

88,057

14,347

Income tax expense

(23,037)

(13,361)

(2,177)

Profit and total comprehensive income for the period

122,815

74,696

12,170

-

Earnings per share

Basic

0.59

0.36

0.06

Diluted

0.59

0.36

0.06

Earnings per ADS

Basic

2.38

1.45

0.24

Diluted

2.38

1.45

0.24

 

China Zenix Auto International Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

For the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012

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

Six Months Ended June 30,

2012

2013

2013

RMB' 000

RMB' 000

US$' 000

Revenue

2,175,652

1,889,486

307,864

Cost of sales

(1,595,501)

(1,493,459)

(243,337)

Gross profit

580,151

396,027

64,527

Other income, gain and loss 

6,890

8,579

1,398

Net exchange gain (loss)

1,560

(4,147)

(676)

 

Selling and distribution costs

(142,784)

(135,534)

(22,083)

Research and development expenses

(49,491)

(42,792)

(6,972)

Administrative expenses

(66,256)

(70,045)

(11,413)

Finance costs

(26,273)

(14,005)

(2,282)

Profit before taxation 

303,797

138,083

22,499

Income tax expense

(45,666)

(20,767)

(3,384)

Profit and total comprehensive income for the period

258,131

117,316

19,115

-

Earnings per share

Basic

1.25

0.57

0.09

Diluted

1.25

0.57

0.09

Earnings per ADS

Basic

5.00

2.27

0.37

Diluted

5.00

2.27

0.37

 

China Zenix Auto International Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

(RMB and US$ amounts are expressed in thousands)

December 31, 2012

June 30, 2013

June 30, 2013

RMB'000

RMB'000

US$' 000

ASSETS

Current Assets

Inventories

364,351

367,915

59,946

Trade and other receivables and     prepayments

813,445

1,031,092

168,000

Prepaid lease payments

9,425

9,425

1,536

Pledged bank deposits

70,884

76,522

12,468

Fixed bank deposits with maturity period over three months

160,000

160,000

26,070

Bank balances and cash

827,271

642,700

104,719

Total current assets

2,245,376

2,287,654

372,739

Non-Current Assets

Property, plant and equipment

1,405,544

1,503,781

245,019

Prepaid lease payments

414,149

409,437

66,712

Deposits paid for acquisition of    property, plant and equipment

55,198

11,947

1,947

Deferred tax assets

4,629

4,409

718

Intangible assets

17,000

17,000

2,770

Total non-current assets

1,896,520

1,946,574

317,166

Total assets

4,141,896

4,234,228

689,905

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

Current Liabilities

Trade and other payables and accruals

1,060,095

1,115,549

181,763

Taxation payable

10,594

12,830

2,091

Amount due to a related party

-

3,089

503

Bank borrowings

700,000

615,000

100,205

Total current liabilities

1,770,689

1,746,468

284,562

Non-current liabilities

Deferred income

11,681

11,283

1,838

Deferred tax liabilities

79,827

79,220

12,907

Total non-current liabilities

91,508

90,503

14,745

Total liabilities

1,862,197

1,836,971

299,307

EQUITY

Share capital

136

136

22

Additional paid in capital

391,711

392,076

63,883

Reserves

1,887,852

2,005,045

326,693

Total equity attributable to owners of the Company 

2,279,699

2,397,257

390,598

Total equity and liabilities

4,141,896

4,234,228

689,905

 

China Zenix Auto International Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

For the six months ended June 30, 2013

(RMB and US$ amounts are expressed in thousands)

Six Months Ended

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

June 30, 2013

RMB' 000

US$' 000

Profit before taxation

138,083

22,499

Adjustments for:

Amortization of prepaid lease payments

4,712

768

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

62,088

10,116

Release of deferred income

(398)

(65)

Finance costs

14,005

2,282

Interest income

(7,118)

(1,160)

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

248

40

Share-based payment expense

242

39

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

211,862

34,519

Increase in inventories

(3,564)

(581)

Increase in trade and other receivables and prepayments

(218,991)

(35,681)

Increase in trade and other payables and accruals

65,548

10,680

Cash generated from operations

54,855

8,937

Interest received

7,770

1,266

PRC income tax paid

(18,918)

(3,082)

NET CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

43,707

7,121

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(63,068)

(10,276)

Withdrawal of pledged bank deposits

1,256

205

Placement of pledged bank deposits

(6,894)

(1,123)

Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment

62

10

Deposits paid for acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(54,445)

(8,871)

Placement of fixed bank deposits with maturity periods over three months

(160,000)

(26,070)

Withdrawal of fixed bank deposits with maturity periods over three months

160,000

26,070

NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES

(123,089)

(20,055)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

New bank borrowings raised

265,000

43,178

Repayment of bank borrowings

(350,000)

(57,027)

Interest paid

(20,881)

(3,402)

NET CASH USED IN FINANCING ACTIVITIES

(105,881)

(17,251)

NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

(185,263)

(30,185)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

827,271

134,792

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes

692

112

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

642,700

104,719

SOURCE China Zenix Auto International Limited

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