ZHANGZHOU, China, March 30, 2017 /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 full year ended December 31, 2016.
Fourth Quarter 2016:
Full Year 2016:
Mr. Junqiu Gao, Deputy CEO and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Zenix Auto, commented, „Our OEM sales growth continues to reflect the turnaround in the heavy- and medium-duty truck market in China during 2016. We have increased our investment in research and development to develop new materials and wheel designs for the steel and aluminum wheel markets, and to maintain our market leadership.”
Mr. Martin Cheung, CFO of Zenix Auto, commented, „We continue to focus on generating positive cash flow from operations to strengthen our cash position and balance sheet. We are managing our current assets and liabilities to contribute to our financial condition.”
2016 Fourth Quarter Results
Revenue for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016 was RMB 591.9 million (US$85.3 million) from RMB587.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase in revenue on a year-over-year basis was mainly driven by renewed growth in truck sales in China, especially for the heavy- and medium-duty trucks.
Aftermarket sales in China decreased by 13.5% year-over-year to RMB248.4 million (US$35.8 million) in the fourth quarter of 2016 from RMB287.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Total unit sales in the aftermarket decreased by 14.2% year-over-year while pricing increased slightly. The aftermarket wheel segment remained weak as the logistic-based truck market remained sluggish and price competition stayed intense.
Sales to the Chinese OEM market increased by 20.4% year-over-year to RMB255.7 million (US$36.8 million) in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to RMB212.3 million in the same quarter of 2015. Total unit sales in the OEM market increased by 13.2% year-over-year as a result of strong truck sales, especially heavy- and medium-duty trucks, during the fourth quarter of 2016.
International sales decreased slightly by 0.2% year-over-year to RMB 87.8 million (US$12.6 million) in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to sales of RMB88.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Total unit sales in the international sales increased by 3.1% year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2016 but the weaker economic environment in our main market, Southeast Asia, negatively affected overall sales.
In the fourth quarter of 2016, domestic aftermarket sales, domestic OEM sales and international sales contributed 42.0%, 43.2% and 14.8% of revenue, respectively.
Sales of tubed steel wheels comprised 52.4% of 2016 fourth quarter revenue compared to 53.9% in the same quarter in 2015. Tubeless steel wheel sales represented 35.4% of fourth quarter revenue compared to 36.5% in the same quarter of 2015. Tubed and tubeless steel wheel sales remained the main sources of revenue for the Company. However, sales of aluminum wheels increased and accounted for 7.9% of fourth quarter revenue as compared to 4.7% in the same quarter a year ago.
Fourth quarter gross profit decreased by 21.3% to RMB 88.8 million (US$12.8 million), compared to RMB112.9 million in the same quarter in 2015. Gross margin was 15.0%, compared with 19.2% in the fourth quarter of 2015. The decrease in gross margin on a year-over-year basis was mainly driven by the price appreciation of raw materials, namely steel, which outpaced Zenix’s wheel price increase.
Selling and distribution expenses increased by 0.7% to RMB45.4 million (US$6.5 million) from RMB45.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. As a percentage of revenue, selling and distribution costs were 7.7% in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 7.7% in the same quarter a year ago.
Research and development („R&D”) expenses increased by 65.1% to RMB23.5 million (US$3.4 million), compared to RMB14.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. R&D as a percentage of revenue was 4.0% in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 2.4% in same quarter of 2015.
Administrative expenses decreased by 9.6% to RMB 34.4 million (US$5.0 million) from RMB38.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, mainly due to effective cost control measures partially offset by the increase of office building depreciation in the aluminum wheel production facility. As a percentage of revenue, administrative expenses were 5.8% in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 6.5% of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Net loss and total comprehensive loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 was RMB11.6 million (US$1.7 million), compared to net profit and total comprehensive income of RMB8.6 million in the same quarter of 2015.
Basic and diluted loss per ADS in the fourth quarter of 2016 were RMB 0.23 (US$0.03) compared to basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB0.17 in the same quarter of 2015.
In the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company recorded net cash outflows from operating activities of RMB41.4 million (US$6.0 million). Capital expenditures for the purchase of property, plant and equipment in the fourth quarter were RMB3.7 million (US$0.5 million). Deposits paid for acquisition of property, plant and equipment in the fourth quarter were RMB2.7 million (US$0.4 million).
During the fourth quarter of 2016 and 2015, the weighted average number of ordinary shares was 206.5 million and the weighted average number of ADSs was 51.6 million.
2016 Full Year Results
Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2016 was RMB2,249.5 million (US$324.0 million) compared with RMB2,445.8 million in 2015.
Aftermarket sales decreased by 14.5% to RMB1,021.3 million (US$147.1 million) in 2016, and represented 45.4% of total revenue. Sales to the Chinese OEM market increased by 5.2% to RMB856.7 million (US$123.4 million) and represented 38.1% of total revenue. International sales decreased by 15.0% to RMB371.5 million (US$ 53.5 million) compared to last year, and represented 16.5% of total revenue.
Tubed steel wheel sales in 2016 accounted for 54.6% of revenue compared with 56.1% in 2015. Tubeless steel wheel sales accounted for 36.4% of revenue compared with 37.5% in 2015. With the increase in market acceptance, aluminum wheel sales accounted for 4.6% of revenue in 2016 compared with 1.1% in 2015.
Gross profit for year 2016 was RMB 387.5 million (US$55.8 million), compared with RMB363.8 million in 2015. Gross margin increased to 17.2% in 2016 from 14.9% in 2015.
Loss before taxation for the year 2016 was RMB25.6 million (US$3.7 million), compared with loss before taxation of RMB30.1 million in 2015.
Net loss and total comprehensive loss for full year 2016 was RMB25.9 million (US$3.7 million), compared with net loss and total comprehensive loss of RMB28.6 million in 2015. Basic and diluted loss per ordinary share and per ADS for the full year ended December 31, 2016 were RMB0.13 (US$0.02) and RMB0.50 (US$0.07), respectively.
As of December 31, 2016, Zenix Auto had bank balances and cash of RMB896.8 million (US$129.2 million) and fixed bank deposits with a maturity period over three months of RMB290.0 million (US$41.8 million). Total equity attributable to owners of the Company was RMB2,537.6 million (US$365.5 million).
For the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company recorded cash inflows from operating activities of RMB179.2 million (US$25.8 million). Capital expenditures for the purchase of property, plant and equipment were RMB15.1 million (US$2.2 million). Deposits paid for acquisition of property, plant and equipment were RMB14.5 million (US$2.1 million).
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call, to be simultaneously webcast, on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. ET/ 8:00 p.m. Beijing Time. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing +1-877-407-0782 (U.S. Toll Free) or +1-201-689-8567 (International). Please dial in five minutes before the call start time and ask to be connected to the „China Zenix Auto” conference call.
A replay will be available shortly after the conclusion of the conference call through April 30, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Interested parties may access the replay by dialing +1-877-481-4010 (U.S. Toll Free) or +1-919-882-2331 (International) and using Conference ID 10278 to access the replay.
Exchange Rate Information
The United States dollar (US$) 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 RMB6.943 to US$1.00, the effective noon buying rate as of December 31, 2016, 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. The Company offers more than 772 series of aluminum wheels, tubed steel wheels, tubeless steel wheels, and off-road steel wheels in the aftermarket and OEM markets in China and internationally. The Company’s customers include large PRC commercial vehicle manufacturers, and it also exports products to over 80 distributors in more than 28 countries worldwide. With six large, strategically located manufacturing facilities in multiple regions across China, the Company has a designed annual production capacity of approximately 15.5 million units of steel and aluminum wheels as of December 31, 2016. For more information, please visit: www.zenixauto.com/en.
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