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China Zenix Auto Announces Fourth Quarter and 2013 Financial Results

ZHANGZHOU, China, April 17, 2014 /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, 2013.

Financial Highlights

Fourth Quarter 2013:

  • Revenue was RMB982.7 million (US$162.3 million) compared with RMB800.1 million;
  • Gross margin of 20.1%;
  • Profit and total comprehensive income for the period rose 15.7% to RMB54.4 million (US$9.0 million) with earnings per American Depositary Share ("ADS") of RMB1.05 (US$0.17).

Year 2013:

  • Revenue was RMB3,802.3 million (US$628.1 million) compared with RMB3,738.0 million;
  • Gross margin of 20.8%;
  • Profit and total comprehensive income declined to RMB232.7 million (US$38.4 million) with earnings per American Depositary Share ("ADS") of RMB4.51 (US$0.74);
  • Net cash from operating activities was RMB282.4 million (US$46.6 million).

Mr. Junqiu Gao, deputy chief executive officer and chief sales and marketing officer, commented, "We concluded the 2013 year with strong sales due to our product adjustments in the fourth quarter of 2013. Tubeless unit volume grew by 31.8% in the fourth quarter, and our OEM unit volume increased by 36.3% with higher demand for heavy-duty trucks in the fourth quarter."

"We have maintained our strong financial condition with RMB908.7 million (US$150.1 million) in bank balances and cash and fixed bank deposits with maturity period over three months, generated RMB282.4 million (US$46.6 million) in cash flow from operations and reduced our outstanding bank loans by approximately 20% at December 31, 2013," Mr. Gao concluded.

2013 Fourth Quarter Results

Revenue for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013, was RMB982.7 million (US$162.3 million) from RMB800.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Aftermarket sales in China increased by 22.2% year-over-year to RMB502.5 million (US$83.0 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013 from RMB411.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Total unit sales in the aftermarket increased by 24.3% year-over-year as a result of the demand for heavy-duty trucks from the building and construction industry, and proactive product adjustments. The Company continued to increase its market share in the aftermarket during the fourth quarter of 2013.

Sales to the Chinese OEM market increased by 31.2% year-over-year to RMB345.9 million (US$57.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with RMB263.7 million in the same quarter of 2012. Total OEM unit sales in the fourth quarter of 2013 increased by 36.3% year-over-year as a result of stronger truck sales, especially heavy-duty trucks.

International sales increased by 7.2% year-over-year to RMB134.3 million (US$22.2 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with sales of RMB125.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.  The export sales increase in the fourth quarter of 2013 resulted mainly from higher sales to Southeastern Asian countries, which have been rapidly growing to represent a larger proportion of our international sales.  Furthermore, the international sales of tubeless products increased during the fourth quarter of 2013.

In the fourth quarter of 2013, domestic aftermarket sales, domestic OEM sales and international sales contributed 51.1%, 35.2% and 13.7% of revenue, respectively.

Sales of tubed steel wheels comprised 59.1% of 2013 fourth quarter revenue compared with 58.5% in the same quarter in 2012. Tubeless steel wheel sales represented 37.2% of fourth quarter revenue compared with 37.0% in the fourth quarter of 2012. The Company's product mix continued to shift to increase market penetration.

Fourth quarter gross profit increased by 7.0% to RMB197.7 million (US$32.7 million), compared with RMB184.7 million in the same quarter in 2012. Gross profit margin was 20.1%, compared with 23.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012, and compared with 21.2% in the third quarter of 2013, respectively. The decline in gross profit margin on a year-over-year basis was mainly due to the change in product mix and pricing strategy.   

Selling and distribution expenses increased by 25.5% to RMB72.1 million (US$11.9 million) from RMB57.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The increase in selling and distribution costs was primarily due to a 26.0% higher number of units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with the same quarter last year. As a percentage of revenue, selling and distribution costs were 7.3% in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with 7.2% in the fourth quarter last year.

Research and development ("R&D") expenses increased by 19.5% to RMB24.8 million (US$4.1 million), compared with RMB20.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.  R&D as a percentage of revenue was 2.5% in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with 2.6% in last year's fourth quarter.

Administrative expenses decreased by 7.2% to RMB36.4 million (US$6.0 million) from RMB39.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, mainly due to lower consulting fees. As a percentage of revenue, administrative expenses were 3.7%, compared with 4.9% of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Profit and total comprehensive income for the fourth quarter of 2013 increased by 15.7% to RMB54.4 million (US$9.0 million), compared with RMB47.0 million in the same quarter of 2012. 

Earnings per ordinary share and earnings per ADS in the fourth quarter of 2013 were RMB0.26 (US$0.04) and RMB1.05 (US$0.17), respectively.

During the fourth quarter of 2013, the weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of basic earnings per share and for the purpose of diluted earnings per share was 206.5 million and 206.5 million, respectively. The weighted average number of ADSs for the purpose of basic earnings per share and for the purpose of diluted earnings per share was 51.6 million and 51.6 million, respectively.

2013 Full Year Results

Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2013, was RMB3,802.3 million (US$628.1 million) compared with RMB3,738.0 million in 2012.

Aftermarket sales increased by 5.4% to RMB1,928.2 million (US$318.5 million) and represented 50.7% of 2013 revenue.  Sales to the Chinese OEM market increased by 1.0% to RMB1,316.8 million (US$217.5 million) and represented 34.6% of revenue. International sales decreased by 7.8% to RMB557.3 million (US$92.1 million) compared with the same period last year, and represented 14.7% of revenue.

Tubed steel wheel sales increased by 5.6% in 2013, compared with 2012 and comprised 59.2% of revenue. Tubeless steel wheel sales declined by 3.2% from 2012 and were 36.9% of the revenue, compared with 38.8% in 2012.

Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2013, was RMB790.7 million (US$130.6 million), compared with RMB942.4 million in 2012. Gross margin decreased to 20.8% compared from 25.2% last year.  Profit before taxation was RMB275.6 million (US$45.5 million), compared with RMB428.5 million in 2012.

Profit and total comprehensive income for the year ended December 31, 2013, was RMB232.7 million (US$38.4 million), compared with RMB361.6 million in 2012. Earnings per ordinary share and earnings per ADS were RMB1.13 (US$0.19) and RMB4.51 (US$0.74), respectively.

As of December 31, 2013, Zenix Auto had bank balances and cash of RMB748.7 million (US$123.7 million) and fixed bank deposits with a maturity period over three months of RMB160.0 million (US$26.4 million). Total equity attributable to owners of the Company was RMB2,512.8 million (US$415.1 million).

For the year ended December 31, 2013, net cash from operating activities was RMB282.4 million (US$46.6 million) and capital expenditures for the purchase of property, plant and equipment were RMB175.4 million (US$29.0 million).

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call, to be simultaneously webcast, on Thursday, April 17, 2014 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=172574

Please go to the web site at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary software.

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call through 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 17, 2014. The dial-in details for the replay are: U.S. Toll Free Number +1-877-660-6853, International dial-in number +1-201-612-7415 using Conference ID "13579755" 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 RMB 6.0537 to US$1.00, the effective noon buying rate as of December 31, 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 December 31, 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
Grayling
Tel: +1-646-284-9409
Email:  [email protected]

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China Zenix Auto International Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income

For the three months ended December 31, 2013 and 2012

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




Three Months Ended December 31,



2012


2013


2013


RMB' 000


RMB' 000


US$' 000

Revenue


800,069


982,686


162,328

Cost of sales


(615,406)


(785,020)


(129,676)

Gross profit


184,663


197,666


32,652

Other operating income 


4,179


9,162


1,513

Net exchange loss


(2,104)


(1,737)


(287)

Selling and distribution costs


(57,442)


(72,074)


(11,906)

 

Research and development expenses

(20,760)


(24,799)


(4,097)

Administrative expenses


(39,193)


(36,390)


(6,011)

Finance costs


(11,904)


(6,464)


(1,068)

Profit before taxation 


57,439


65,364


10,796

Income tax expense


(10,418)


(10,944)


(1,808)








Profit and total comprehensive income for the period


47,021


54,420


8,988

 

 

Earnings per share







Basic


0.23


0.26


0.04

Diluted


0.23


0.26


0.04

Earnings per ADS







Basic


0.91


1.05


0.17

Diluted


0.91


1.05


0.17








Shares-  Basic


206,440,000


206,486,356


206,486,356

Shares - Diluted


206,485,410


206,500,000


206,500,000

ADSs


51,610,000


51,625,000


51,625,000


 

 

China Zenix Auto International Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income

For the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012

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





Year ended December 31,




2012


2013


2013



RMB' 000


RMB' 000


US$' 000









Revenue



3,737,965


3,802,308


628,097

Cost of sales



(2,795,548)


(3,011,615)


(497,483)

Gross profit



942,417


790,693


130,614

Other operating income 



17,066


27,300


4,510

Net exchange gain (loss)



922


(7,438)


(1,229)

Selling and distribution costs



(252,109)


(274,825)


(45,398)

 

Research and development expenses


(90,823)


(91,632)


(15,137)

Administrative expenses



(138,040)


(142,495)


(23,539)

Finance costs



(50,916)


(26,003)


(4,295)

Profit before taxation 



428,517


275,600


45,526

Income tax expense



(66,885)


(42,947)


(7,094)









Profit and total comprehensive income for the year



361,632


232,653


38,432

Earnings per share








Basic



1.75


1.13


0.19

Diluted



1.75


1.13


0.19









Earnings per ADS








Basic



7.01


4.51


0.74

Diluted



7.01


4.51


0.74









Shares - Basic



206,440,000


206,486,356


206,486,356

Shares -  Diluted



206,440,000


206,500,000


206,500,000

ADSs



51,610,000


51,625,000


51,625,000

 

China Zenix Auto International Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

(RMB and US$ amounts are expressed in thousands)










December 31


December 31


December 31

2012

2013

2013



RMB'000 


RMB'000 


US$' 000 

ASSETS 







Current Assets 







Inventories 


364,351


394,758


65,209

Trade and other receivables and


813,445


971,806


160,531

    prepayments 

Prepaid lease payments 


9,425


9,425


1,557

Pledged bank deposits 


70,884


76,600


12,653

Fixed bank deposits with maturity period over three months 


160,000


160,000


26,430

Bank balances and cash 


827,271


748,744


123,684

Total current assets 


2,245,376


2,361,333


390,064








Non-Current Assets 







Property, plant and equipment 


1,405,544


1,494,848


246,931

Prepaid lease payments 


414,149


404,724


66,856

Deposits paid for acquisition of property,


55,198


21,540


3,558

plant and equipment 

Deferred tax assets 


4,629


4,365


721

Intangible assets 


17,000


17,000


2,808

Total non-current assets 


1,896,520


1,942,477


320,874

Total assets 


4,141,896


4,303,810


710,938






























EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 

Current Liabilities 







Trade and other payables and accruals 


1,060,095


1,132,172


187,021

Taxation payable 


10,594


10,977


1,813

Bank borrowings 


700,000


558,000


92,175

Total current liabilities 


1,770,689


1,701,149


281,009








Non-current liabilities 







Deferred income 


11,681


10,885


1,798

Deferred tax liabilities 






13,040

79,827

78,942

Total non-current liabilities 


91,508


89,827


14,838

Total liabilities 


1,862,197


1,790,976


295,847








EQUITY 







Share capital 


136


136


22

Paid in capital 


391,711


392,076


64,766

Reserves 


1,887,852


2,120,622


350,303

Total equity attributable to owners of the


2,279,699


2,512,834


415,091

company 

Total equity and liabilities 


4,141,896


4,303,810


710,938








 

China Zenix Auto International Limited  

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

For the year ended December31, 2013

(RMB and US$ amounts are expressed in thousands)


OPERATING ACTIVITIES 


Year 2013




RMB' 000 


US$' 000 

Profit before taxation 


275,600


45,526

Adjustments for: 






Amortization of prepaid lease payments 


9,425


1,557


Depreciation of property plant and equipment 

125,972


20,809


Release of deferred income


(796)


(131)


Finance costs


26,003


4,295


Interest income


(15,115)


(2,496)


Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

538


89


Share-based payment expense


482


80

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital 

422,109


69,729







Increase in inventories 


(30,407)


(5,023)

Increase in trade and other receivables and prepayments 

(160,022)


(26,434)

Increase in trade and other payables and accruals 

78,400


12,951

Cash generated from operations 


310,080


51,223

Interest received 


15,473


2,556

PRC income tax paid 


(43,185)


(7,134)

NET CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES 


282,368


46,645

INVESTING ACTIVITIES 





Purchase of property, plant and equipment 


(62,661)


(10,351)

Withdrawal of pledged bank deposits


5,778


954

Placement of pledged bank deposits


(11,494)


(1,899)

Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment

176


29

Deposits paid for acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(112,780)


(18,630)



(320,000)


(52,860)

Placement of fixed bank deposits with maturity periods over three months 



320,000


52,860

Withdrawal of fixed bank deposits with maturity periods over three months 

NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES 


(180,981)


(29,897)







FINANCING ACTIVITIES 





New bank borrowings raised 


558,000


92,175

Repayment of bank borrowings 


(700,000)


(115,632)

Interest paid 


(39,217)


(6,478)

NET CASH FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES 


(181,217)


(29,935)

NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 


(79,830)


(13,187)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the year 


827,271


136,655

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes 


1,303


216

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year 


748,744


123,684

SOURCE China Zenix Auto International Limited

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