Third Quarter 2006 Highlights: -- Total net sales for the period increased to US$22.7 million, reflecting a 54% year-over-year growth; -- Net sales from steering components for passenger and light-duty vehicles increased to US$13.6 million, reflecting a 49% year-over-year growth; -- Net sales from steering components for commercial vehicles increased to US$6.4 million, reflecting an 73% increase year-over-year; -- Operating income for the third quarter of 2006 increased to $3.4 million, reflecting a 22% year-over-year growth; -- Net income rose to $1.5 million, reflecting a 42% year-over-year growth; and -- Diluted earnings per share was US$0.07, an increase of 40% year-over- year.
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Total net sales for the third quarter of 2006 was $22.7 million, compared with $14.8 million reported in the same period of 2005 and $ 24.7 million for the second quarter of 2006, reflecting a 54% year-over-year growth and an 8% quarter-over-quarter decline respectively. Net income for the third quarter of 2006 was $1.5 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared with $1.1 million, or $0.05 per diluted share in the same period last year and $0.75 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2006, reflecting a 40% year-over-year growth and a 104% quarter-over-quarter increase, respectively.
Net sales from steering products for passenger and light-duty vehicles for the third quarter of 2006 increased to $13.6 million, compared with $9.1 million reported in the same period of 2005 and $ 15.8 million for the second quarter of 2006, reflecting a 49% year-over-year growth and a 14% quarter- over-quarter decline respectively. Net sales from steering products for commercial vehicles for the third quarter of 2006 increased to $6.4 million as compared with $3.7 million reported in the same period of 2005 and $6.0 million for the second quarter of 2006, reflecting a 73% increase year-over- year and a 7% quarter-over-quarter increase, respectively.
"Third quarter is normally a slow season in Chinese passenger vehicle market due to the summer. However, we see little sign of slow-down in the sedan market. Our key customers, Chery Auto and Geely Auto continue to gain market share in China's domestic market with their economy cars. Due to the roll-out of consumption taxes, luxury and mid size sedan sector experienced further pricing pressure while the economy cars held in the third quarter. On the export front, we are excited to report that our products have been installed in Geely and Chery's exported vehicles. With the further economic development and growing export, the commercial vehicle sector is also experiencing further recovery. Our sales to commercial vehicle sector rose to 30% of our total revenue in this quarter." said Mr. Hanlin Chen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of China Automotive Systems.
Gross profit for the third quarter of 2006 increased to $8.2 million, compared with $5.7 million reported in the same period for 2005 and $9.3 million for the second quarter of 2006, reflecting a 45% increase year-over- year and a 12% quarter-over-quarter decline, respectively. Operating income for the third quarter of 2006 was $3.4 million, compared with $2.8 million reported in the same period of 2005 and $ 3.0 million for the second quarter of 2006, reflecting a 22% year-over-year growth and a 12% quarter-over-quarter growth respectively.
Total cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2006 totaled $18.4 million as compared to $12.4 million as of December 31, 2005. Stockholder's equity increased to $46.1 million as of September 30, 2006 from $36.9 million as of December 31, 2005.
Mr. Daming Hu, Chief Financial Officer stated, "During this quarter, we incurred higher Selling, General and Administrative expenses (SG&A) as compared to the same period last year. Our rapid sales growth and facility expansion triggered higher SG&A expenses including selling expenditure, doubtful debt provision and depreciation. We carefully measure the expenses in accordance with our top line growth. With the solid relationship with our customers, we are confident that we will be able to collect the payment. Meanwhile, as we increase technology investment, government raised subsidy to our interest payment to the local commercial banks. As a result, our non-operating income increased as compared to the same period last year."
Based in Hubei Province, People's Republic of China, China Automotive Systems, Inc. is a leading supplier of power steering components and systems to the Chinese automotive industry, operating through seven Sino-foreign joint ventures. The Company offers a full range of steering system parts for passenger automobiles and commercial vehicles. The Company currently offers 4 separate series of power steering and 307 models of power steering with an annual production capacity of 800,000 sets, steering columns, steering oil pumps and steering hoses. Its customer base is comprised of leading Chinese auto manufacturers such as China FAW Group, Corp., Donfeng Auto Group Co., Ltd., Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd., Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd. and Chery Automobile Co., Ltd. etc. For more information, please visit: http://www.caasauto.com .
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China Automotive Systems, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited) Three Months Ended September 30, 2006 2005 Operating revenue: Net product sales $ 22,399,673 $ 14,262,933 Net other sales 341,225 525,167 22,740,898 14,788,100 Operating cost: Cost of product sales 14,266,514 8,754,017 Cost of other sales 284,991 373,010 14,551,505 9,127,027 Gross profit 8,189,393 5,661,073 Operating expenses: Selling expenses 1,540,030 1,151,638 General and administrative expenses 2,139,440 846,238 R&D expenses 206,732 261,711 Depreciation and amortization 904,622 607,392 4,790,824 2,866,979 Income from operations 3,398,569 2,794,094 Non-operating income 93,632 18,518 Financial (expenses) (295,121) (333,885) Income before income taxes 3,197,080 2,478,727 Income taxes 470,617 597,427 Income before minority interests 2,726,463 1,881,300 Minority interests 1,194,340 804,388 Net income $ 1,532,123 $ 1,076,912 Basic $ 0.07 $ 0.05 Diluted $ 0.07 $ 0.05 Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - Basic 23,287,049 22,574,542 Diluted 23,287,782 22,574,207 China Automotive Systems, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited) Nine Months Ended September 30, 2006 2005 Operating revenue: Net product sales $ 68,112,037 $ 45,002,692 Net other sales 1,154,242 1,248,758 69,266,279 46,251,450 Operating cost: Cost of product sales 43,762,536 28,496,684 Cost of other sales 897,406 1,048,245 44,659,942 29,544,929 Gross profit 24,606,337 16,706,521 Operating expenses: Selling expenses 5,419,420 3,818,669 General and administrative expenses 6,529,130 4,010,754 R&D expenses 647,873 757,660 Depreciation and amortization 2,846,716 1,992,163 15,443,139 10,579,246 Income from operations 9,163,198 6,127,275 Non-operating income 94,257 27,183 Financial (expenses) (806,984) (941,486) Income before income taxes 8,450,471 5,212,972 Income taxes 1,522,067 1,150,750 Income before minority interests 6,928,404 4,062,222 Minority interests 3,550,247 1,617,073 Net income $ 3,378,157 $ 2,445,149 Basic $ 0.15 $ 0.11 Diluted $ 0.15 $ 0.11 Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - Basic 23,076,215 22,574,542 Diluted 23,084,675 22,585,732 China Automotive Systems, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited) September 30, December 31, 2006 2005 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 18,424,513 $ 12,374,944 Pledged cash deposits 3,533,732 1,185,660 Accounts and notes receivable, net 50,702,026 41,580,320 Advance payments and other 1,475,131 1,029,892 Inventories 17,514,260 12,385,833 Total current assets 91,649,662 68,556,649 Long-term Assets: Property, plant and equipment, net 38,349,268 39,796,033 Intangible assets, net 3,111,854 3,503,217 Other receivables, net 5,104,002 6,503,629 Advance payment for property, plant and equipment 3,040,858 1,096,121 Long-term investments 67,832 74,074 Total assets $ 141,323,476 $ 119,529,723 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Bank loans $ 16,229,713 $ 14,814,815 Accounts and notes payable 35,103,991 31,375,599 Customer deposits 288,564 157,919 Accrued payroll and related costs 1,504,462 1,418,093 Accrued expenses and other payables 6,119,563 5,191,617 Accrued pension costs 2,900,333 2,653,064 Taxes payable 5,206,614 4,172,212 Amounts due to shareholders/directors 259,525 766,642 Total current liabilities 67,612,765 60,549,961 Long-term liabilities: Advances payable 301,552 301,614 Total liabilities $ 67,914,317 $ 60,851,575 Minority interests 27,343,634 21,751,043 Stockholders' equity: Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value- Authorized - 20,000,000 shares Issued and outstanding - None Common stock, $0.0001 par value- Authorized - 80,000,000 shares Issued and outstanding- 23,289,495 and 22,574,543 shares at September 30, 2006 and December 31, 2005, respectively Common stock, $0.0001 par value- 2,329 2,257 Additional paid-in capital 23,305,514 18,146,721 Retained earnings- Appropriated 5,078,584 4,923,262 Unappropriated 15,745,015 12,522,181 Accumulated other comprehensive income 1,934,083 1,332,684 Total stockholders' equity 46,065,525 36,927,105 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 141,323,476 $ 119,529,723 For more information, please contact: Mr. Jie Li Investor Relations and Communications China Automotive Systems, Inc. Tel: +86-27-5981-8527 Email: Email Contact Christopher Chu The Global Consulting Group Tel: +1-646-284-9426 Email: Email Contact