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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 Reports Unaudited First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. and SHENZHEN, China, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Highpower International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HPJ) ("Highpower" or the "Company"), a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of lithium ion and nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries, battery management systems, and a provider of battery recycling, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

First Quarter 2017 Highlights

  • Net sales for the first quarter of 2017 increased by 43.9% to $41.9 million from $29.1 million in the prior year period.
  • Gross margin for the first quarter of 2017 increased to 23.7% from 20.2% in the prior year period.
  • Net income attributable to the Company for the first quarter of 2017 was $2.5 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss attributable to the Company of $0.3 million, or a net loss of $0.02 per diluted share in the prior year period.

Mr. George Pan, Chairman and CEO of Highpower International, commented, "We are extremely pleased to have delivered another quarter of strong top- and bottom-line results in the first quarter of 2017. Importantly, growth in our lithium ion batteries business, including battery solutions, continued to accelerate driven by demand for energy storage systems, smart wearable devices, and other digital products. Looking forward, we will continue to invest in areas that are critical to our business and capture the market opportunities ahead of us. With our solid product reputation and business foundations in the industry, we are confident that we will be able to maintain our strong growth momentum and continue to develop our business for years to come."

First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Net Sales

Net sales for the first quarter of 2017 increased by 43.9% to $41.9 million from $29.1 million in the prior year period, primarily attributable to increased revenue contribution from lithium batteries as a result of the increased battery sales into markets for smart wearable devices, digital products, and handheld devices such as smart phones, tablets, and notebooks.

Gross Profit

Gross profit for the first quarter of 2017 increased by 69.0% to $9.9 million from $5.9 million in the prior year period, primarily attributable to enhanced product mix and improved labor efficiency. Gross margin for the first quarter of 2017 increased to 23.7% from 20.2% in the prior year period.

Operating Expenses

  • Research and development (R&D) expenses for the first quarter of 2017 were $1.8 million as compared to $1.6 million in the prior year period. As a percentage of net sales, R&D expenses decreased to 4.3% from 5.6% in the prior year period.
  • Selling and distribution expenses for the first quarter of 2017 were $1.6 million as compared to $1.5 million in the prior year period. As a percentage of net sales, selling and distribution expenses decreased to 3.9% from 5.3% in the prior year period, primarily attributable to the Company's customer base optimization efforts.
  • General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2017 remained stable at $3.1 million year over year. As a percentage of net sales, general and administrative expenses decreased to 7.3% from 10.5% in the prior year period.

Net Income

Net income attributable to the Company for the first quarter of 2017 increased to $2.5 million from net loss attributable to the Company of $0.3 million in the prior year period. Net income attributable to the Company per diluted share for the first quarter of 2017 increased to $0.17 from net loss attributable to the Company per diluted share of $0.02 in the prior year period.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the Company's weighted average diluted shares outstanding used in computing diluted share was 15,299,029.

EBITDA

EBITDA for the first quarter of 2017 increased by 308.5% to $5.0 million from $1.2 million in the prior year period.

A table reconciling EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, to the appropriate GAAP measure is included with the Company's financial information below.

Balance Sheet Highlights





($ in millions, except per share data)


March 31,

2017


December 31,

2016



(Unaudited)





$


$

Cash


$20.0


$9.3

Total Current Assets


$115.2


$104.5

Total Assets


$175.4


$163.3






Total Current Liabilities


$127.3


$118.0

Total Liabilities


$127.3


$118.0

Total Equity


$48.1


$45.3

Total Liabilities and Equity


$175.4


$163.3

Book Value Per Share


$3.17


$3.00

Conference Call Details

The Company will hold a conference call on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 10:00 am Eastern Time or 10:00 pm Beijing Time to discuss the financial results. Participants may access the call by dialing the following numbers:

United States: 877-407-3108
International: 201-493-6797

To listen to the live webcast, please go to www.highpowertech.com and click on the conference call link, or go to http://highpowertech.equisolvewebcast.com/q1-2017. This webcast will be archived and accessible through the Company's website for approximately 30 days following the call.

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. Highpower's target customers are Fortune 500 companies and top 20 companies in each vertical segment. 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.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

The Company has supplemented its reported GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) financial information with non-GAAP measures. EBITDA was derived by taking earnings before interest expense (net), taxes, depreciation and amortization. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company believes this non-GAAP measure is useful to investors as it provides a basis for evaluating the Company's operating results in the ordinary course of its operations. This non-GAAP measure is not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. The Company believes that non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with its results of operations as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate the Company's results of operations in conjunction with, and not in lieu of, the corresponding GAAP measures. EBITDA is reconciled in the accompanying table to the most directly comparable measure as reported in accordance with GAAP.

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. 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, including, without limitation, 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; our dependence on the growth in demand for smart wearable devices and energy storage systems, and other digital products 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 solutions, including our lithium ion batteries; and our ability to continue R&D development to keep up with technological changes. 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.

CONTACT:

Highpower International, Inc.
Sunny Pan
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +86-755-8968-6521
Email: ir@highpowertech.com

Yuanmei Ma
Investor Relations Manager
Tel: +1-909-214-2482
Email: ir@highpowertech.com

ICR, Inc.
Jessie Fan
Tel: +1-646-931-0303
Email: ir@highpowertech.com

 

HIGHPOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Stated in US Dollars)



March 31,


December 31,



2017


2016




(Unaudited)





$


$

ASSETS                                                                                                  






Current Assets:






Cash


20,036,278


9,324,393


Restricted cash


14,021,382


11,213,640


Accounts receivable, net


39,324,098


46,280,769


Amount due from Yipeng


7,420,500


7,517,250


Notes receivable


868,427


1,093,730


Prepayments and other receivables


7,536,315


6,899,872


Inventories


26,013,323


22,207,333








Total Current Assets


115,220,323


104,536,987








Property, plant and equipment, net


44,751,137


43,504,991


Land use right, net


3,631,897


3,622,435


Other assets


487,500


500,000


Deferred tax assets


1,366,041


1,477,761


Long-term investment


9,919,428


9,689,576






TOTAL ASSETS


175,376,326


163,331,750






LIABILITIES AND EQUITY










LIABILITIES






Current Liabilities:






Accounts payable


44,170,801


49,463,901


Deferred income


884,134


761,491


Short-term loans


20,462,659


18,776,080


Non-financial institution borrowings


10,158,767


3,741,115


Notes payable


38,291,121


30,658,000


Amount due to Yipeng


1,728,203


1,522,313


Other payables and accrued liabilities


9,267,866


11,148,556


Income taxes payable


2,310,168


1,963,298








Total Current Liabilities


127,273,719


118,034,754








Warrant Liability


31,811


259







TOTAL LIABILITIES


127,305,530


118,035,013






COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES


-


-







EQUITY






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, 15,176,252
shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017 and 15,114,991
shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016)


1,517


1,511


Additional paid-in capital


11,766,446


11,580,934


Statutory and other reserves


4,992,463


4,992,463


Retained earnings


31,801,717


29,266,068


Accumulated other comprehensive income


(900,241)


(873,582)








Total equity attributable to the stockholders of
Highpower International Inc.


47,661,902


44,967,394








Non-controlling interest


408,894


329,343







TOTAL EQUITY


48,070,796


45,296,737







TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY


175,376,326


163,331,750

 

HIGHPOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(Stated in US Dollars)








Three months ended March 31,



2017


2016



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)



$


$






Net sales


41,866,848


29,097,055

Cost of sales


(31,932,014)


(23,220,016)

Gross profit


9,934,834


5,877,039






Research and development expenses


(1,813,930)


(1,622,883)

Selling and distribution expenses


(1,638,313)


(1,535,036)

General and administrative expenses


(3,058,562)


(3,069,714)

Foreign currency transaction loss


(313,878)


(90,436)

Total operating expenses


(6,824,683)


(6,318,069)






Income (loss) from operations


3,110,151


(441,030)






Changes in fair value of warrant liability


(31,552)


119,469

Other income


578,093


155,928

Equity in earnings of investee


146,932


-

Interest expenses


(603,317)


(274,992)

Income (loss) before taxes


3,200,307


(440,625)






Income taxes expenses


(587,765)


(35,504)

Net income (loss)


2,612,542


(476,129)






Less: net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest


76,893


(133,521)

Net income (loss) attributable to the Company


2,535,649


(342,608)






Comprehensive income (loss)





Net income (loss)


2,612,542


(476,129)

Foreign currency translation (loss) gain


(24,001)


250,146

Comprehensive income (loss)


2,588,541


(225,983)






Less: comprehensive income (loss) attributable to non-
controlling interest


79,551


(128,822)

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to the Company


2,508,990


(97,161)






Earnings (loss) per share of common stock attributable to the Company





    - Basic


0.17


(0.02)

    - Diluted


0.17


(0.02)






Weighted average number of common stock outstanding





    - Basic


15,119,693


15,101,679

    - Diluted


15,299,029


15,101,679

 


Reconciliation of Net Income (loss) to EBITDA




Three months ended March 31,


2017


2016


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


$


$

Net income (loss) attributable to the Company

2,535,649


(342,608)





Interest expenses

603,317


274,992

Income taxes expenses

587,765


35,504

Depreciation and Amortization

1,274,334


1,256,379





EBITDA

5,001,065


1,224,267

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