Form 8-K CHINA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS For: Jun 23

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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

Form 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 23, 2020

 

China Automotive Systems, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

Delaware 000-33123 33-0885775
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization) (Commission File Number) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

No. 1 Henglong Road, Yu Qiao Development Zone
Shashi District, Jing Zhou City
Hubei Province
The People’s Republic of China
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (86) 27-8757 0027

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

¨Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

¨Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

¨Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

¨Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company ¨

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨

 

 

 

 

 

Item 2.02Results of Operations and Financial Condition

 

On June 23, 2020, China Automotive Systems, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. The press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

 

The information in this Item 2.02 and in Exhibit 99.1 attached to this Form 8-K is furnished pursuant to Item 2.02 of Form 8-K and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section.

 

Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits

 

(d)Exhibits

 

Exhibit No     Description
     
99.1   Press Release of China Automotive Systems, Inc. dated June 23, 2020.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Company has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

    China Automotive Systems, Inc.  
    (Registrant)  
       
         
Date: June 23, 2020   By: /s/ Hanlin Chen  
      Hanlin Chen  
      Chairman  

 

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Exhibit 99.1

 

China Automotive Systems Reports 2020 First Quarter Results

 

WUHAN, China, June 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- China Automotive Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAAS) ("CAAS" or the "Company"), a leading power steering components and systems supplier in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

 

First Quarter 2020 Highlights

 

Net sales decreased 32.6% to $73.6 million from $109.2 million in the first quarter of 2019 primarily due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in China

 

Net sales of electric power steering (“EPS”) products declined 63.5% to $8.1 million from $22.2 million in the first quarter of 2019

 

Net product sales to Fiat Chrysler and Ford in North America were $28.1 million consistent with the same quarter last year

 

Gross margin increased to 15.2% compared with 12.9% in the first quarter of 2019

 

Net income attributable to parent company's common shareholders was $0.05 million, compared to $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2019

 

Total cash and cash equivalents and pledged cash were $132.6 million

 

Mr. Qizhou Wu, chief executive officer of CAAS, commented, "Our extraordinary sales decline reflects the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on China’s economy and especially the domestic Chinese automobile industry. China’s GDP declined by 6.8% year-over-year, and car sales were down 42% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of 2019 according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (“CAAM”). Internationally, our sales to our tier-1 North American customers remained constant. Also, our innovative, new powerpack brushless motors are about to start commercial production to add a new revenue channel.”

 

Mr. Jie Li, chief financial officer of CAAS, commented, “Even during the most difficult quarter in our Company’s history, our operations continued to generate positive cash flow and our cash position improved. Our gross margin increased in the first quarter and we have maintained net profitability during this crisis. With our strong balance sheet and effective cashflow management, we remain financially sound.”

 

First Quarter of 2020

 

In the first quarter of 2020, net sales were $73.6 million compared to $109.2 million in the same quarter of 2019, reflecting a 32.6% year-over-year decline. The decrease in net sales was mainly due to lower sales volume for legacy hydraulic products due to coronavirus lockdown and lower average selling prices in the domestic markets during the pandemic crisis.

 

Gross profit was $11.2 million in the first quarter of 2020 compared with $14.0 million in the first quarter of 2019. The gross margin increased to 15.2% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to 12.9% in the first quarter of 2019, mainly due to changes in the product mix.

 

Gain on other sales was $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2020 compared to $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2019, reflecting lower scrap volume.

 

Selling expenses were $2.1 million in the first quarter of 2020, compared to $3.1 million in the first quarter of 2019. The decrease was primarily due to the lower freight expenses, resulting from the suspension of the Company’s operations for most of the quarter due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Selling expenses represented 2.9% of net sales in the first quarter of 2020 compared to 2.8% in the first quarter of 2019.

 

General and administrative expenses ("G&A expenses") were $3.4 million in the first quarter of 2020, compared to $4.6 million in the same quarter of 2019. The decrease was primarily due to lower office expenses. G&A expenses represented 4.6% of net sales in the first quarter of 2020 compared with 4.2% in the first quarter of 2019.

 

Research and development expenses ("R&D expenses") were $5.1 million in the first quarter of 2020, compared to $6.6 million in the first quarter of 2019. R&D expenses represented 6.9% of net sales in the first quarter of 2020 compared to 6.0% in the first quarter of 2019. Lower R&D expenses were primarily due to increased cost controls.

 

Other income was $0.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to $1.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, representing a decrease of $1.3 million, primarily due to lower governmental subsidies and a donation made to combat COVID-19 pandemic in the first quarter of 2020.

 

 

 

 

Income from operations was $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2020, compared to $1.0 million in the same quarter of 2019. The increase was primarily due to higher gross margin and decreased operating expenses offsetting the impact of lower sales volume in the first quarter of 2020.  

 

Interest expense was $0.4 million in the first quarter of 2020 compared to $0.6 million in the same quarter of 2019. The decrease was primarily due to decreased loans.

 

Net financial expense was $0.5 million in the first quarter of 2020 compared to $0.7 million in the first quarter of 2019. The increase in net financial expense was primarily due to a decrease in foreign exchange loss in the first quarter of 2020.

 

Income before income tax expenses and equity in earnings of affiliated companies was $0.4 million in the first quarter of 2020, compared to $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2019. The decrease in income before income tax expenses and equity in earnings of affiliated companies in the first quarter of 2020 was mainly due to lower income from operations and lower other income.

 

Net income attributable to parent company's common shareholders was $0.05 million in the first quarter of 2020, compared to $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2019. Diluted earnings per share were nil per share in the first quarter of 2020, compared to $0.05 in the first quarter of 2019.

 

The weighted average number of diluted common shares outstanding was 31,174,119 in the first quarter of 2020, compared to 31,513,297 in the first quarter of 2019.

 

Balance Sheet

 

As of March 31, 2020, total cash and cash equivalents and pledged cash were $132.6 million, total accounts receivable including notes receivable were $196.5 million, accounts payable were $165.8 million and bank and government loans were $51.1 million. Total parent company stockholders' equity was $283.8 million as of March 31, 2020, compared to $289.2 million as of December 31, 2019.

 

Business Outlook

 

By mid-March, most of the Company’s production operations were up and running after the lockdown restrictions were lifted by the respective local governments as the COVID-19 outbreak subsided in China. In April, the Company regained its full operating capacity and reopened its Wuhan headquarters after a temporary relocation to Jingzhou City in March.

 

Mr. Qizhou Wu, chief executive officer of CAAS, further commented, "Industry data show that April and May auto sales in China experienced a strong rebound. We remain cautiously hopeful that the resilience of Chinese economy and large consumer base will propel a reasonable recovery of the auto sector in the remaining part of the year.”

Management reiterates its revenue guidance for the full year 2020 of $360 million. This target is based on the Company's current views on operating and market conditions, which are subject to change.

 

Conference Call

 

Management will conduct a conference call on June 23, 2020 at 8:00 A.M. EDT/8:00 P.M. Beijing Time to discuss these results. A question and answer session will follow management's presentation. To participate, please call the following numbers 10 minutes before the call start time and ask to be connected to the "China Automotive Systems" conference call:

 

US Toll Free: +1-877-407-8031
International: +1-201-689-8031
China (toll free): + 86 400 120 2840

 

A replay of the call will be available on the Company’s website under the investor

 

About China Automotive Systems, Inc.

 

Based in Hubei Province, the 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 ten Sino-foreign joint ventures. The Company offers a full range of steering system parts for passenger automobiles and commercial vehicles. The Company currently offers four separate series of power steering with an annual production capacity of over 6 million sets of steering gears, columns and steering hoses. Its customer base is comprised of leading auto manufacturers, such as China FAW Group, Corp., Dongfeng Auto Group Co., Ltd., BYD Auto Company Limited, Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd. and Chery Automobile Co., Ltd. in China, and Chrysler Group LLC and Ford Motor Company in North America. For more information, please visit: http://www.caasauto.com. 

 

 

 

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

 This press release contains statements that are "forward-looking statements" as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the qualitative and quantitative effects of the accounting errors, the periods involved, the nature of the Company's review and any anticipated conclusions of the Company or its management and other statements that are not historical facts. Our actual results may differ materially from the results described in or anticipated by our forward-looking statements due to certain risks and uncertainties. As a result, the Company's actual results could differ materially from those contained in these forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including those described under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Form 10-K annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 14, 2020 and in documents subsequently filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. If the outbreak of COVID-19 is not effectively and timely controlled, our business operations and financial condition may be materially and adversely affected as a result of the deteriorating market outlook for automobile sales, the slowdown in regional and national economic growth, weakened liquidity and financial condition of our customers or other factors that we cannot foresee. Any of these factors and other factors beyond our control, could have an adverse effect on the overall business environment, cause uncertainties in the regions where we conduct business, cause our business to suffer in ways that we cannot predict and materially and adversely impact our business, financial condition and results of operations. A prolonged disruption or any further unforeseen delay in our operations of the manufacturing, delivery and assembly process within any of our production facilities could continue to result in delays in the shipment of products to our customers, increased costs and reduced revenue. We expressly disclaim any duty to provide updates to any forward-looking statements made in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Jie Li

Chief Financial Officer

China Automotive Systems, Inc.

Email: jieli@chl.com.cn

 

Kevin Theiss

Investor Relations

+1-212-521-4050

Email: Kevin@awakenlab.com

 

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China Automotive Systems, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income

(In thousands of USD, except share and per share amounts)

 

   Three Months Ended March 31, 
   2020   2019 
Net product sales ($7,494 and $12,836 sold to related parties for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019)  $73,555   $109,193 
Cost of products sold ($3,134 and $5,504 purchased from related parties for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019)   62,403    95,148 
Gross profit   11,152    14,045 
Gain on other sales   600    1,269 
Less: Operating expenses          
Selling expenses   2,118    3,085 
General and administrative expenses   3,429    4,590 
Research and development expenses   5,053    6,602 
Total operating expenses   10,600    14,277 
Income from operations   1,152    1,037 
Other income, net   117    1,407 
Interest expense   (365)   (568)
Financial expense, net   (531)   (665)
(Loss)/income before income tax expenses and equity in earnings of affiliated companies   373    1,211 
Less: Income taxes   514    198 
Equity in (loss)/earnings of affiliated companies   (347)   211 
Net (loss)/income   (488)   1,224 
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests   (533)   (243)
Net income attributable to parent company’s common shareholders  $45   $1,467 
Comprehensive income:          
Net (loss)/income  $(488)  $1,224 
Other comprehensive income:          
Foreign currency translation (loss)/income, net of tax   (4,961)   6,363 
Comprehensive (loss)/income   (5,449)   7,587 
Comprehensive (loss)/income attributable to non-controlling interests   (897)   214 
Comprehensive (loss)/income attributable to parent company  $(4,552)  $7,373 
           
Net income attributable to parent company’s common shareholders per share          
           
Basic -  $-   $0.05 
           
Diluted -  $-   $0.05 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding          
Basic   31,174,045    31,507,487 
Diluted   31,174,119    31,513,297 

 

 

 

 

China Automotive Systems, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands of USD unless otherwise indicated)

 

   March 31, 2020   December 31, 2019 
ASSETS          
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $108,171   $76,708 
Pledged cash   24,398    29,688 
Accounts and notes receivable, net - unrelated parties   182,873    211,841 
Accounts and notes receivable - related parties   13,625    21,164 
Inventories   71,158    82,931 
Other current assets   16,885    18,833 
     Total current assets   417,110    441,165 
Non-current assets:          
Property, plant and equipment, net   134,261    140,437 
Land use rights, net   10,121    10,346 
Long-term investments   40,790    39,642 
Other non-current assets   27,395    28,374 
      Total assets  $629,677   $659,964 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY          
Current liabilities:          
Short-term loans  $44,057   $46,636 
Accounts and notes payable - unrelated parties   157,376    180,175 
Accounts and notes payable - related parties   8,391    6,492 
Accrued expenses and other payables   47,547    45,337 
Other current liabilities   24,115    25,134 
     Total current liabilities   281,486    303,774 
Long-term liabilities:          
Long-term government loans   7,057    7,167 
Other long-term payable   3,938    4,948 
Long-term tax payable   26,693    26,693 
Other non-current liabilities   7,901    8,010 
           
     Total liabilities  $327,075   $350,592 
           
Stockholders’ equity:          
Common stock, $0.0001 par value - Authorized - 80,000,000 shares; Issued - 32,338,302 and 32,338,302 shares as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively  $3   $3 
Additional paid-in capital   64,400    64,429 
Retained earnings-          
Appropriated   11,265    11,265 
Unappropriated   220,493    221,237 
Accumulated other comprehensive income   (8,059)   (3,462)
Treasury stock –1,164,257 and 1,164,257 shares as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively   (4,261)   (4,261)
Total parent company stockholders' equity   283,841    289,211 
Non-controlling interests   18,761    20,161 
     Total stockholders' equity   302,602    309,372 
     Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $629,677   $659,964 

 

 

 

 

China Automotive Systems, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands of USD unless otherwise indicated)

 

   Three Months Ended March 31, 
   2020   2019 
Cash flows from operating activities:          
Net (loss)/income  $(488)  $1,224 
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss)/income from operations to net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization   5,100    3,987 
Reversal of provision for doubtful accounts   (1)   (355)
Deferred income taxes   (34)   (84)
Equity in loss/(earnings) of affiliated companies   347    (211)
Government subsidy reclassified from government loans   287    - 
Loss on fixed assets disposals   52    - 
(Increase)/decrease in:          
Accounts and notes receivable   33,303    (1,977)
Inventories   10,430    (121)
Other current assets   (3,455)   2,387 
Increase/(decrease) in:          
Accounts and notes payable   (18,047)   (21,299)
Accrued expenses and other payables   2,557    (2,208)
Other current liabilities   (824)   443 
Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities   29,227    (18,214)
Cash flows from investing activities:          
Increase in demand loans and employee housing loans included in other non-current assets   (212)   (249)
Cash received from property, plant and equipment sales   242    834 
Payments to acquire property, plant and equipment (including $242 and $760 paid to related parties for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively)   (1,976)   (8,777)
Payments to acquire intangible assets   -    (1,194)
Investment under the equity method   (2,579)   - 
Purchase of short-term investments   -    (15,563)
Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments   5,781    14,901 
Cash received from long-term investment   448    - 
Net cash provided by/(used in) investing activities   1,704    (10,048)
Cash flows from financing activities:          
Proceeds from bank loans   14,368    15,275 
Repayments of bank loans   (16,247)   (11,881)
Repayments of the borrowing for sale and leaseback transaction   (1,028)   (1,063)
Repurchase of common shares   -    (342)
Net cash (used in)/provided by financing activities   (2,907)   1,989 
Effects of exchange rate on cash, cash equivalents and pledged cash   (1,851)   1,980 
Net increase/(decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and pledged cash   26,173    (24,293)
Cash, cash equivalents and pledged cash at beginning of the period   106,396    115,969 
Cash, cash equivalents and pledged cash at end of the period  $132,569   $91,676 

 

 



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