Record FY 2013 Revenues of $133 Million as Lithium Battery Net Sales Were up 52.6% Over FY 2012; Q4 Net Revenues up 24.7% YoY to $38.4 Million While Net Income Grew 114% YoY to $1.2 Million; Issues FY 2014 Guidance Range -- Revenues of $150 to $170 Million and Net Income of $2.5 Million to $4 Million
SAN FRANCISCO, CA and SHENZHEN, CHINA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/25/14 -- Highpower International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HPJ), a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) and lithium rechargeable batteries, and a battery management systems and battery recycling provider, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year-ended ended December 31, 2013.
Fourth Quarter 2013 Highlights
- Net sales increased 24.7% to $38.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 over the fourth quarter of 2012
- Continued strong performance in lithium battery segment -- lithium battery net sales up 79.2% in the fourth quarter of 2013 over the fourth quarter of 2012; total lithium battery pieces sold increased 31.0%; and a 54.4% increase in volume per ampere hour
- Healthy gross margin of 22.5%, up 170 basis points in the fourth quarter of 2013 over the fourth quarter of 2012 and 390 basis points sequentially
- Net income of $1.21 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, a 114% increase from $0.57 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012
Fiscal Year 2013 Highlights
- Net sales increased 17.9% year-over-year to $132.8 million
- Sustained growth in lithium battery segment -- lithium battery net sales up 52.6% in fiscal year 2013 over fiscal year 2012; total lithium battery pieces sold increased 31.7%; and a 49.6% increase in volume per ampere hour
- Gross margin of 19.9%, down from 21.0% in fiscal year 2012
- Net income of $1.5 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, down from $1.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in fiscal year 2012
"The fourth quarter of 2013 was a quarter of extraordinary growth and development for Highpower," stated Mr. George Pan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Highpower International. "We are excited to end the year on such an exceptional note having once again achieved record revenues in our lithium battery segment and overall record revenues for Highpower. Our lithium battery business, including the increased capacity from our newly opened facility in Huizhou, and our recently announced first major order in the electrical vehicle market, gives us tremendous momentum and increased brand recognition, positioning us well for a strong 2014."
"Several key end markets that we serve with our batteries -- mobile and portable devices, and electric vehicles -- show no signs of slowing and we expect increased demand for our products throughout 2014. We remain committed to our pioneering efforts in the battery recycling space and are very excited about our new recycling facility planned to come online in the second quarter of 2014. Some of our existing large customers, as well as potential customers in the pipeline, are attracted to our recycling initiatives. This recycling platform helps serve as a key differentiator for us to win additional business in the future. Being on the forefront of this trend makes sense from both a business and environmental perspective, especially over the next few years when increasing amounts of complex energy storage system and electric vehicle batteries need to be disposed of," concluded Mr. Pan.
"We delivered strong revenue growth, healthy gross margins, improved management efficiency, and profitability in the fourth quarter," said Mr. Henry Sun, Chief Financial Officer of Highpower International. "In 2014, we expect these positive trends to continue, which we believe will translate into strong top and bottom line growth for the full year. We are planning for lower capital expenditures in 2014 and will continue to invest in R&D to improve our overall technical capabilities and sustainable core competencies. In addition, the percentage of operating expenses as a percentage of sales is expected to be lower in fiscal 2014."
Fourth Quarter 2013 Financial Results
Net sales for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013 totaled $38.4 million, a year-over-year increase of 24.7% compared with $30.8 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012. The increase in sales for the fourth quarter was due to a $9.5 million increase in net sales of our lithium batteries which more than offset a $0.7 million decrease in net sales of our Ni-MH batteries. The increase in the volume of lithium batteries sold during the fourth quarter of 2013 was primarily attributable to growth in global customer demand and increased competitiveness of our products. While we experienced an increase in the number of Ni-MH battery units sold in the fourth quarter of 2013, our average selling prices declined at a slightly greater rate due to our marketing strategy to stay competitive under conditions of weaker commodity markets that persisted throughout 2013.
Fourth quarter 2013 gross profit increased to $8.6 million, as compared with $6.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. Gross profit margin was 22.5% for the fourth quarter of 2013, as compared with 20.8% for the fourth quarter of 2012. The year-over-year increase in gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of 2013 was primarily attributable to the increased volume of high end lithium batteries sold, combined with higher average selling prices for those batteries, offset by a decline in gross margin for our Ni-MH batteries.
R&D spending was $1.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, as compared with $1.3 million for the comparable period in 2012, reflecting our ongoing commitment to R&D activities and the expansion of our workforce in research of basic materials and electrochemical platforms, and development of complex battery management systems.
Selling and distribution expenses were $1.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, as compared with $1.4 million for the comparable period in 2012. The year-over-year increase in selling and distribution expenses was due to increased sales and marketing activities, participation in industry trade shows, and international travel to promote and sell our products globally.
General and administrative expenses were $3.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, as compared with $3.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. The increase was primarily due to our increased management staff headcount to support the growth of our business.
Net income attributable to the company for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $1,208,581, or $0.09 per diluted share, based on 13.9 million weighted average shares outstanding. This compares with fourth quarter 2012 net income of $565,761 or $0.04 per diluted share, based on 13.6 million weighted average shares outstanding.
Full Year 2013 Financial Results
Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2013 totaled $132.8 million, a year-over-year increase of 17.9% compared with $112.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to a $20.0 million increase in net sales of our lithium batteries and a $1.1 million increase in net sales of our Ni-MH batteries. The increase in the number of Ni-MH battery units sold in 2013 was primarily attributable to increased orders from our new customers and the increase in the volume of lithium batteries sold in 2013 was primarily attributable to growth in global demand.
Gross profit for 2013 increased to $26.4 million, as compared with $23.7 million for 2012. Gross profit margin was 19.9% for 2013, as compared with 21.0% for 2012. The year-over-year decrease in gross profit margin for 2013 was primarily attributable to decreases in the average selling price of Ni-MH batteries sold and an increase in labor costs for the comparable period.
R&D spending was $5.7 million for 2013, as compared with $4.6 million for 2012, reflecting our ongoing commitment to R&D activities and the expansion of our workforce in research of basic materials and electrochemical platforms, and development of complex battery management systems.
Selling and distribution expenses were $6.2 million for 2013, as compared with $5.3 million for 2012. The year-over-year increase in selling and distribution expenses was due to increased sales and marketing activities, participation in industry trade shows, and international travel to promote and sell our products globally.
General and administrative expenses were $12.1 million for 2013, as compared with $11.5 million for 2012. The increase was primarily due to our increased management staff headcount to support the growth of our business.
Net income attributable to the company for 2013 was $1,451,218, or $0.11 per diluted share, based on 13.7 million weighted average shares outstanding. This compares with 2012 net income of $1,717,022 or $0.13 per diluted share, based on 13.6 million weighted average shares outstanding.
As of December 31, 2013, Highpower International had cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaling $36.6 million, total assets of $151.8 million, and stockholders' equity of $34.7 million. Bank credit facilities totaled $74.6 million at December 31, 2013, of which $45.3 million was utilized and $29.3 million was available as unused credit.
Based on our current expectations for global demand for the rechargeable and recycling battery markets in 2014 and our continued shift toward mobile power sources, higher-value energy storage systems and transportation products, we are issuing 2014 guidance of revenues to range between $150 million to $170 million and net income to range between $2.5 million to $4 million.
Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host a conference call today at 7:00 a.m. Pacific time/10:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss these results and answer questions.
Individuals interested in participating in the conference call may do so by dialing 877-941-9205 from the U.S. or 480-629-9771 from outside the U.S. and referencing the reservation code 4674450. Those interested in listening to the conference call live via the Internet may do so by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site at www.highpowertech.com or www.InvestorCalendar.com.
About Highpower International, Inc.
Highpower International was founded in 2001 and produces high-quality Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) and lithium-based rechargeable batteries used in a wide range of applications such as electric buses, bikes, energy storage systems, power tools, medical equipment, digital and electronic devices, personal care products, and lighting, etc. With advanced manufacturing facilities located in Shenzhen, Huizhou, and Ganzhou of China, Highpower is committed to clean technology, not only in the products it makes, but also in the processes of production. The majority of Highpower International's products are distributed to worldwide markets mainly in the United States, Europe, China and Southeast Asia.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe-harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are not historical facts. These statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believe," "expect," "may," "will," "should," "project," "plan," "seek," "intend," or "anticipate" or the negative thereof or comparable terminology, and include discussions of strategy, and statements about industry trends and the Company's future performance, operations and products. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such statements and involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, an economic downturn and uncertainty in the economy adversely affecting demand for our products; fluctuations in the cost of raw materials; our dependence on, or inability to attract additional, major customers for a significant portion of our net sales; our ability to increase manufacturing capabilities to satisfy orders from new customers; our ability to maintain increased margins; changes in the laws of the PRC that affect our operations;; our ability to control operating expenses and costs related to our operations; the devaluation of the U.S. Dollar relative to the Renminbi; our dependence on the growth in demand for portable electronic devices and the success of manufacturers of the end applications that use our battery products; our responsiveness to competitive market conditions; our ability to successfully manufacture our products in the time frame and amounts expected; the market acceptance of our battery products, including our lithium products; our ability to successfully develop products for and penetrate the electric transportation market; our ability to continue R&D development to keep up with technological changes; our exposure to product liability, safety, and defect claims; rising labor costs, volatile metal prices, and inflation; our ability to pay our existing bank facilities and debt obligations; changes in foreign, political, social, business and economic conditions that affect our production capabilities or demand for our products; and various other matters, many of which are beyond our control. For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties see "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the Company's public filings with the SEC. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. The Company has no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
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|HIGHPOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)|
|(Stated in US Dollars except Number of Shares)|
|Three months ended
|For the year ended
|Cost of sales||(29,776,440||)||(24,384,461||)||(106,465,780||)||(88,942,281||)|
|Research and development expenses||(1,726,327||)||(1,345,764||)||(5,711,269||)||(4,611,054||)|
|Selling and distribution expenses||(1,801,801||)||(1,442,921||)||(6,188,176||)||(5,347,692||)|
|General and administrative expenses, including share-based compensation||(3,716,995||)||(3,164,804||)||(12,092,708||)||(11,478,541||)|
|Loss on exchange rate difference||(178,259||)||(142,139||)||(552,669||)||(220,597||)|
|Gain on derivative instruments||58,906||490,059||326,222||730,591|
|Total operation expenses||(7,364,476||)||(5,605,569||)||(24,218,600||)||(20,927,293||)|
|Income from operations||1,278,940||810,164||2,165,442||2,779,131|
|Income before taxes||1,339,748||708,681||2,056,805||2,704,755|
|Income taxes expense||(138,664||)||(189,127||)||(718,016||)||(1,132,340||)|
|Less: net loss attributable to non-controlling interest||(7,497||)||(46,207||)||(112,429||)||(144,607||)|
|Net income attributable to the Company||1,208,581||565,761||1,451,218||1,717,022|
|Foreign currency translation gain||291,457||307,048||822,600||532,918|
|Less: comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling interest||1,796||(39,922||)||(88,824||)||(146,932||)|
|Comprehensive income attributable to the Company||1,490,745||866,524||2,250,213||2,252,265|
|Earnings per share of common stock attributable to the Company|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding|
|HIGHPOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC.AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(Stated in US Dollars except Number of Shares)|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||7,973,459||6,627,334|
|Accounts receivable, net||33,961,014||25,323,899|
|Total Current Assets||97,308,244||80,785,553|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||48,548,203||33,462,369|
|Land use right, net||4,421,415||4,423,348|
|Intangible asset, net||650,000||700,000|
|Deferred tax assets||802,225||762,954|
|Foreign currency derivatives assets||63,289||255,508|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY|
|Other payables and accrued liabilities||7,801,431||4,485,918|
|Income taxes payable||1,279,658||1,180,469|
|Current portion of long-term loan||1,967,536||1,925,762|
|Total Current Liabilities||113,164,205||82,638,326|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES|
|HIGHPOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (CONTINUED)|
|(Stated in US Dollars except Number of Shares)|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|(Par value: $0.0001, authorized: 10,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding: none)||-||-|
|(Par value: $0.0001, authorized: 100,000,000 shares, 13,978,106shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2013 and 13,582,106 shares outstanding at December 31, 2012)||1,398||1,358|
|Additional paid-in capital||6,011,305||6,035,230|
|Statutory and other reserves||3,142,411||2,790,484|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||5,848,859||5,049,864|
|Total Equity for the Company's Stockholders||33,394,848||31,168,520|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY||151,793,376||120,389,732|
|HIGHPOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS|
|(Stated in US Dollars)|
|For the year ended December 31,|
|Cash flows from operating activities|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||2,523,583||2,090,403|
|Allowance for doubtful accounts||483,586||1,744,655|
|Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment||263,454||71,473|
|Loss (gain) on derivative instruments||194,892||(236,709||)|
|Deferred income tax||(23,410||)||102,614|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Other payables and accrued liabilities||3,178,758||(2,503,482||)|
|Income taxes payable||72,509||754,589|
|Net cash flows provided by operating activities||9,394,200||3,845,903|
|Cash flows from investing activities|
|Acquisition of plant and equipment||(19,981,373||)||(11,646,583||)|
|Acquisition of land use right||-||(1,327,754||)|
|Net cash flows used in investing activities||(19,981,373||)||(12,974,337||)|
|Cash flows from financing activities|
|Proceeds from short-term bank loans||34,088,599||14,627,171|
|Repayment of short-term bank loans||(18,770,730||)||(3,776,533||)|
|Proceeds from notes payable||45,285,470||46,359,978|
|Repayment of notes payable||(46,960,375||)||(38,188,330||)|
|Repayment of letter credit||-||(2,880,000||)|
|Proceeds from long-term bank loans||-||7,924,935|
|Repayment of long-term bank loans||(1,937,987||)||(316,997||)|
|Capital contribution from non-controlling interest||-||950,992|
|Increase in restricted cash||(350,756||)||(14,696,735||)|
|Net cash flows provided by financing activities||11,354,221||10,004,481|
|Effect of foreign currency translation on cash and cash equivalents||579,077||575,664|
|Net increase in cash and cash equivalents||1,346,125||1,451,711|
|Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year||6,627,334||5,175,623|
|Cash and cash equivalents - end of year||7,973,459||6,627,334|
|Supplemental disclosures for cash flow information:|
|Cash paid for:|
|Accounts payable for construction in progress||1,294,963||3,767,497|
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