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Highpower International Inc. was founded in 2001 as a clean energy group dedicated to R&D, production and sales of rechargeable Ni-MH / Lithium batteries, power source and energy storage systems. In June 2008, Highpower listed in NASDAQ.

Highpower International, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Financial Results

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NEW YORK, NY and SHENZHEN, CHINA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/26/12 -- Highpower International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HPJ), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) and lithium rechargeable batteries and battery solutions, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year-ended December 31, 2011.

Fiscal Year 2011 Highlights

  • Net sales of $110.6 million for fiscal year 2011, an increase of 6% over fiscal year 2010 sales of $104.2 million
  • Continued strong grow in Lithium segment -- lithium net sales up 33% in fiscal year 2011 over fiscal year 2010; total lithium battery pieces sold increased 11%; and a 35% increase in volume per ampere hour
  • Key investments made during 2011 in R&D and sales and marketing to position Highpower for shift to higher margin energy storage systems and transportation market opportunities
  • Appointed new independent auditor -- Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk (MarcumBP)

Management Commentary
"We continued to execute on our strategy to expand our business into new market segments," said Mr. George Pan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Highpower International. "Our lithium battery segment posted solid growth in 2011 as market demand shifted towards higher-performance and cleaner batteries. We also focused on strategic investments in R&D to further our position in this attractive market segment. However, our Ni-MH business faced a tough operating environment in 2011 due to weaker global demand, volatile commodity prices, and increased labor costs in China."

"In 2012, our emphasis will be on higher margin and growing business segments such as energy storage systems and transportation, including e-bikes and scooters for the Asian and European end-markets. In our Materials segment, we plan to shift to a more profitable, full-scale battery and electronic waste recycling business. Overall, we have made the right investments for our future growth and we should begin to see the positive results from these efforts in our sales and profitability in 2012," concluded Mr. Pan.

Mr. Henry Sun, Chief Financial Officer of Highpower International, added, "We believe we are well positioned to deliver improved results in 2012 because of our diversified geographic and end market mix. While we expect that our Ni-MH business will improve slightly from its lower levels in 2011, we expect to continue to see strong growth from our lithium business. Across all of our products, we will opportunistically look to raise prices where we can and we will continue our drive towards selling higher-value and therefore higher margin products."

Fourth Quarter 2011 Financial Results

Net sales for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011 totaled $26.4 million, a year-over-year decrease of 5% compared with $27.7 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010. The decrease in sales for the fourth quarter was primarily due to a decrease in the number of Ni-MH battery units sold and a decline in revenues in the Materials segment as this business shifts to a full recycling platform.

Fourth quarter 2011 gross profit decreased to $5.3 million, as compared with $6.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Gross profit margin was 20.0% for the fourth quarter 2011, as compared with 22.4% for the fourth quarter of 2010. The year-over-year decrease in gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of 2011 was primarily due to higher battery production costs, particularly raw materials, labor and unabsorbed overhead as a result of lower Ni-MH volumes.

R&D spending was $0.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, as compared with $0.4 million for the comparable period in 2010, reflecting our increased investments in new product research.

Selling and distribution costs were $0.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, as compared with $1.0 million for the comparable period in 2010.

General and administrative expenses, including non-cash stock-based compensation, were $3.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, as compared to $2.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2010.

Income from operations for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $96,000, as compared with income from operations of $1.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Included in these results were non-cash stock-based compensation expenses of $39,000 and $17,000, respectively.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $1.6 million, or ($0.12) per diluted share, based on 13.6 million weighted average shares outstanding. This compares with fourth quarter 2010 net income of $1.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, based on 13.6 million weighted average shares outstanding. Included in the fourth quarter 2011 results was a $1.5 million litigation settlement expense for a fire incident that occurred in 2006 and $39,000 of non-cash stock-based compensation.

Full Year 2011 Financial Results

Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2011 totaled $110.6 million, a year-over-year increase of 6% compared with $104.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2010. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to a 33% increase in overall lithium revenue, driven by a 35% increase in volume of lithium batteries per ampere hour, which helped off-set a 10% decline in volume in the Ni-MH battery segment. In addition, our Materials revenue increased to $17.4 million in 2011 from $12.6 million in 2010.

Gross profit for 2011 decreased to $17.7 million, as compared with $21.6 million for 2010. Gross profit margin was 16.1% for 2011, as compared with 20.7% for 2010. The lower gross profit margins in 2011 were primarily the result of a 24% decrease in margins in our Ni-MH segment due to higher battery production costs, particularly raw materials, labor and unabsorbed overhead as a result of the lower volumes. In addition, our materials business generates lower gross margins than what we achieve from our battery sales and therefore contributed to the lower overall gross profit margin.

R&D spending was $3.2 million for 2011, as compared with $1.8 million for 2010, reflecting our increased investments in new product research. Selling and distribution costs were $4.5 million for 2011, as compared with $4.0 million for 2010, reflecting increased investment in sales and marketing.

General and administrative expenses, including stock-based compensation, were $9.7 million for 2011, as compared to $7.9 million for 2010. The $1.8 million overall increase was primarily due to increased spending on senior and mid-level management staffing, higher stock based compensation expenses, and higher professional expenses in order to support our expanding operations.

Loss from operations for 2011 was $0.7 million, as compared with income from operations of $7.1 million for 2010. Included in these results were non-cash stock-based compensation expenses of $0.7 million and $0.1 million, respectively.

Net loss for the year-ended December 31, 2011 was $2.5 million, or ($0.18) per diluted share, based on 13.6 million weighted average shares outstanding. This compares with 2010 net income of $6.0 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, based on 13.6 million weighted average shares outstanding. Included in the 2011 results was a $1.5 million litigation settlement expense for a fire incident which occurred in 2006 and $0.7 million of non-cash stock-based compensation.

For the full year 2010, the Company has adjusted its consolidated financial statements to adjust certain accounting treatments. These adjustments resulted in a reduction of revenues of $0.7 million, a reduction in income from operations of $0.2 million, and a reduction in net income of $0.1 million. A detailed explanation of these accounting adjustments will be contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

Balance Sheet

At December 31, 2011, Highpower International had cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaling $17.9 million, total assets of $88.6 million, and stockholders' equity of $28.7 million. Bank credit facilities totaled $56.5 million at December 31, 2011, of which $22.6 million was utilized and $33.9 million was available as unused credit.

Outlook

Based on our current expectations for global demand for the rechargeable battery market in 2012 and our continued shift toward higher-value energy storage systems and transportation products, we expect revenues to grow between 15% to 25% over 2011 revenue levels.

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 800-762-8779 from the U.S. or 480-629-9645 from outside the U.S. and referencing the reservation code 4526511. 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.

About Highpower International, Inc.
Highpower International was founded in 2001 and produces rechargeable batteries using Ni-MH and lithium technologies. With over 2,600 employees and prominent international customers, Highpower is committed to expanding its market through continuous research and development as well as increased vertical integration efforts. As a company, Highpower International is committed to clean technology, not only in the products it makes, but also in the processes used to make them. The majority of Highpower International's products are distributed worldwide to markets 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. 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)

                                                    Three months ended
                                                        December 31
                                               ----------------------------
                                                    2011           2010

Net sales                                         26,403,946     27,703,657
Cost of sales                                    (21,128,021)   (21,499,640)
                                               -------------  -------------

Gross profit                                       5,275,925      6,204,017
                                               -------------  -------------
Research and development costs                      (937,273)      (443,452)
Selling and distribution costs                      (797,245)    (1,050,698)
General and administrative costs, including
 stock-based compensation                         (3,333,259)    (2,758,812)
Loss on exchange rate difference                    (194,318)      (304,171)
Loss on derivative instruments                        82,557         (5,136)
Loss in equity of an associate                                      (32,611)
                                               -------------  -------------
                                                  (5,179,538)    (4,594,880)
                                               -------------  -------------
(Loss) income from operations                         96,387      1,609,137
Other income Litigation expenses                     294,789        110,821
                                                  (1,500,000)             -
Interest expenses                                   (145,503)      (116,887)
                                               -------------  -------------

(Loss) income before taxes                        (1,254,327)     1,603,071
Income taxes expense                                (394,461)      (228,565)
                                               -------------  -------------

Net (loss) income for the year                    (1,648,788)     1,374,506
                                               -------------  -------------

Other comprehensive income
Foreign currency translation gain                    751,829        573,054
Comprehensive (loss) income                         (896,959)     1,947,560

(Loss) earnings per share of common stock
- Basic                                                (0.12)         (0.10)
- Diluted                                              (0.12)         (0.10)

Weighted average common shares outstanding
- Basic                                           13,582,106     13,582,106
- Diluted                                         13,582,106     13,930,096




               HIGHPOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
   CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
                           (Stated in US Dollars)

                                            For the year ended December 31,
                                           --------------------------------
                                                 2011             2010

Net sales                                      110,600,477      104,152,816
Cost of sales                                  (92,852,899)     (82,583,007)
                                           ---------------  ---------------

Gross profit                                    17,747,578       21,569,809
                                           ---------------  ---------------
Research and development costs                  (3,239,436)      (1,781,813)
Selling and distribution costs                  (4,451,548)      (4,046,012)
General and administrative costs,
 including stock-based compensation             (9,739,554)      (7,853,623)
Loss on exchange rate difference                  (851,899)        (785,576)
Loss on derivative instruments                     (54,229)         (11,984)
Loss in equity of an associate                    (108,346)         (39,391)
                                           ---------------  ---------------
                                               (18,445,012)     (14,518,399)
                                           ---------------  ---------------
(Loss) income from operations                     (697,434)       7,051,410
Other income Litigation expenses                   752,875          393,521
                                                (1,500,000)               -
Interest expenses                                 (545,884)        (281,854)
                                           ---------------  ---------------

(Loss) income before taxes                      (1,990,443)       7,163,077
Income taxes expense                              (463,556)      (1,208,933)
                                           ---------------  ---------------

Net (loss) income for the year                  (2,453,999)       5,954,144
                                           ---------------  ---------------

Other comprehensive income
Foreign currency translation gain                1,972,214          518,549
Comprehensive (loss) income                       (481,785)       6,472,693
                                           ===============  ===============

(Loss) earnings per share of common stock
- Basic                                              (0.18)            0.44
                                           ===============  ===============
- Diluted                                            (0.18)            0.44
                                           ===============  ===============

Weighted average common shares outstanding
- Basic                                         13,582,106       13,582,106
                                           ===============  ===============
- Diluted                                       13,613,544       13,638,476
                                           ===============  ===============




               HIGHPOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                         CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                           (Stated in US Dollars)

                                                   December 31, December 31,
                                                       2011         2010
ASSETS
  Current Assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                           5,175,623    8,490,629
  Restricted cash                                    12,708,999    6,044,960
  Accounts receivable, net                           21,129,418   19,949,243
  Notes receivable                                      515,107      256,574
  Prepayments                                         4,251,723    2,115,142
  Other receivables                                   1,041,614      793,405
  Inventories                                        13,512,942   13,944,352
                                                   ------------ ------------

                                                   ------------ ------------
  Total Current Assets                               58,335,426   51,594,305
                                                   ------------ ------------

  Property, plant and equipment, net                 25,462,656   13,837,581
  Land use right, net                                 3,132,965    3,022,293
  Intangible asset, net                                 750,000      800,000
  Investment in an associate                                  -      103,123
  Investment securities                                       -       53,904
  Deferred tax assets                                   857,209      785,226
  Foreign currency derivatives assets                    15,653            -
                                                   ------------ ------------

TOTAL ASSETS                                         88,553,909   70,196,432
                                                   ============ ============

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

LIABILITIES
  Current Liabilities:
  Foreign currency derivatives liabilities                    -       77,699
  Accounts payable                                   22,153,822   12,889,297
  Notes payable                                      17,909,843    9,896,169
  Letter of credit                                    2,880,000    1,341,924
  Other payables and accrued liabilities              6,941,063    4,983,269
  Income taxes payable                                  411,536    1,164,007
  Bank borrowings                                     9,545,383   11,300,939
                                                   ------------ ------------

  Total Current Liabilities                          59,841,647   41,653,304
                                                   ------------ ------------

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES




               HIGHPOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                   CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (CONTINUED)
                           (Stated in US Dollars)

                                                   December 31, December 31,
                                                       2011         2010
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
  Preferred stock
  (Par value : $0.0001, authorized: 10,000,000
   shares, Issued and outstanding: none)                      -            -

  Common stock
  (Par value : $0.0001, authorized: 100,000,000
   shares, 13,582,106 shares issued and
   outstanding at December 31, 2011 and 2010)             1,358        1,358
  Additional paid-in capital                          5,831,237    5,180,318
  Statutory and other reserves                        2,726,390    2,596,155
  Retained earnings                                  15,638,656   18,222,890
  Accumulated other comprehensive income              4,514,621    2,542,407
                                                   ------------ ------------

TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                           28,712,262   28,543,128
                                                   ------------ ------------

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY           88,553,909   70,196,432
                                                   ============ ============




               HIGHPOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                   CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                           (Stated in US Dollars)

                                            For the year ended December 31,
                                           --------------------------------
                                                 2011             2010
Cash flows from operating activities
Net (loss) income                               (2,453,999)       5,954,144
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net
 cash provided by operating activities :
  Depreciation and amortization                  1,848,824        1,505,317
  Allowance for doubtful accounts                  387,734           19,103
  Allowance for inventory obsolescence             523,921          303,445
  Loss on disposal of property, plant and
   equipment                                        24,279           87,741
  Loss on exchange rate difference                 851,899          785,576
  Equity loss in an associate                      108,346                -
  Loss on derivative instruments                    54,229           11,984
  Deferred income tax                              (27,532)         (59,531)
  Share based payment                              650,919          114,891
Changes in operating assets and
 liabilities :
  Accounts receivable                             (672,361)      (5,052,739)
  Notes receivable                                (241,465)         340,221
  Prepayments                                   (1,936,925)        (401,639)
  Other receivables                               (225,015)        (140,173)
  Inventories                                      856,753       (3,614,231)
  Accounts payable                               3,107,868        2,150,583
  Other payables and accrued liabilities         1,630,890        1,419,961
  Income taxes payable                            (793,633)         287,268
                                           ---------------  ---------------
Net cash flows provided by operating
 activities                                      3,694,732        3,711,921
                                           ---------------  ---------------

Cash flows from investing activities
  Acquisition of property, plant and
   equipment                                    (7,674,215)      (5,201,977)
  Investment in associate                                -         (103,123)
                                           ---------------  ---------------
Net cash flows used in investing
 activities                                     (7,674,215)      (5,305,100)
                                           ---------------  ---------------

Cash flows from financing activities
  Proceeds from bank borrowings                 13,936,095       11,703,718
  Repayment of bank borrowings                 (16,186,300)      (4,691,110)
  Proceeds from notes payable                   36,655,387       21,556,479
  Repayment of notes payable                   (29,407,905)     (18,715,372)
  Proceeds from letter credit                   11,403,244        8,129,007
  Repayment of letter credit                    (9,916,133)      (9,585,337)
  Increase in restricted cash                   (6,279,671)        (566,542)
                                           ---------------  ---------------
Net cash flows provided by financing
 activities                                        204,717        7,830,843
                                           ---------------  ---------------
Effect of foreign currency translation on
 cash and cash equivalents                         459,760         (714,621)
                                           ---------------  ---------------
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash
 equivalents                                    (3,315,006)       5,523,043
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of
 year                                            8,490,629        2,967,586
                                           ---------------  ---------------
Cash and cash equivalents - end of year          5,175,623        8,490,629
                                           ===============  ===============

Supplemental disclosures for cash flow
 information :
  Cash paid for :
    Income taxes                                 1,303,348        1,036,479
                                           ===============  ===============
    Interest expenses                              788,815          406,534
                                           ===============  ===============

  Non-cash transactions
    Accounts payable for construction in
     progress                                    5,319,488                -
                                           ===============  ===============



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