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Highway Holdings Reports Fiscal 2020 First Quarter Results

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HONG KONG, July 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Highway Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: HIHO) today reported results for its fiscal 2020 first quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Net loss for the fiscal first quarter was $102,000, or $0.03 per share, compared with net income of $82,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, last year. Net sales for the same period were $2.8 million compared with $4.1 million a year earlier.

“As noted in the company’s fiscal year-end release, our business is being impacted by a large reduction in orders from two of our larger OEM customers, which we believe is due in part to a decrease in sales by those OEM customers and the ever-increasing manufacturing costs in China -- causing some of our customers to move their business to other lower-cost suppliers. We have made progress in our efforts to reduce this trend by convincing some of our customers to transfer a substantial amount of their business to our new factory in Myanmar. Unfortunately, the savings through the lower manufacturing costs in Myanmar is being substantially passed through to our customers; therefore, in the short term, this action will lead to lower sales turnover and lower margin for this business,” said Roland Kohl, chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Kohl noted that the company’s ongoing cost-cutting initiatives and the expected benefits of increased utilization of Myanmar will not be fully realized until the transfer of business and machinery from the company’s Shenzhen, China, facility to the Myanmar facility is completed. “We expect the timing of these factors will have a short-term impact, but we remain cautiously optimistic about the expected long-term benefits to be realized from our emerging operations in Myanmar,” Kohl said.

Gross profit for the 2020 fiscal first quarter was $746,000 compared with $1.04 million in the same period a year ago, with gross profit as a percentage of sales remaining unchanged at 26 percent.

Selling, general and administrative expense for the 2020 fiscal first quarter decreased by $89,000 but increased as a percentage of net sales to 32 percent from 25 percent due of the decrease in net sales and increased costs associated with the Myanmar transition.

The company realized a currency exchange gain of $41,000 in the quarter compared with an exchange gain of $33,000 in the same period last year, primarily due to a weakening RMB.

Kohl highlighted the company’s solid financial position, with cash and restricted cash of $ 8.3 million -- exceeding combined short- and long-term liabilities by $2.3 million. At June 30, 2019, the company had working capital of $8 million.

Total shareholders’ equity at June 30, 2019 was $10 million compared with $10.1 million as of March 31, 2019. The company’s current ratio at June 30, 2019 was 2.42:1.

About Highway Holdings

Highway Holdings produces a wide variety of high-quality products for blue chip original equipment manufacturers -- from simple parts and components to sub-assemblies and finished products. Highway Holdings’ administrative offices are located in Hong Kong and its manufacturing facilities are located in Shenzhen in the People's Republic of China and Myanmar.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release, including all statements about operations in Yangon, Myanmar and the company’s longer-term business outlook, are forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, political and technological factors affecting the company's revenues, operations, markets, products and prices, and other factors discussed in the company’s various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation, the company’s annual reports on Form 20-F.

(Financial Tables Follow)

CONTACT:
Gary S. Maier
Maier & Company, Inc.
(310) 471-1288

HIGHWAY HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statement of Income

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

Quarter Ended

June 30

2019

2018

Net sales

$

2,845

$

4,050

Cost of sales

2,099

3,007

Gross profit

746

1,043

Selling, general and administrative expenses

912

1,001

Operating (loss) / income

(166

)

42

Non-operating income (expense):

Exchange gain (loss), net

41

33

Interest income
Gain/(loss) on disposal of asset

10
1

2
27

Other income (expense)

1

6

Total non-operating income (expenses)

53

68

Net (loss)/income before income tax and non-controlling interests

(113

)

110

Income taxes

-

(32

)

Net (loss)/ income before non-controlling interests

(113

)

78

Less: net gain/(loss) attributable to non-controlling interests

(11

)

(4

)

Net (loss)/income attributable to Highway Holdings Limited’s

$

(102

)

$

82

Shareholders

Net (loss)/income per share – basic and diluted

$

(0.03

)

$

0.02

Weighted average number of shares outstanding:

Basic

3,802

3,802

Diluted

3,802

3,802


HIGHWAY HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Balance Sheet

(In thousands, except per share data)

June 30

March 31

2019

2019

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

8,319

$

8,827

Accounts receivable, net of doubtful accounts

1,838

2,264

Inventories

2,277

1,539

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

677

722

Operating leases

753

-

Total current assets

13,864

13,352

Property, plant and equipment, net

903

886

Operating leases

1,157

-

Long-term deposits

66

66

Long-term loan receivable

75

75

Long-term rental prepayment

-

871

Total assets

16,065

15,250

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

890

$

1,161

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

3,186

2,989

Lease liability

735

-

Income tax payable

583

602

Dividend payable

329

329

Total current liabilities

5,723

5,081

Lease liability

237

-

Deferred income taxes

32

32

Total liabilities

5,992

5,113

Shareholders' equity:

Common shares, $0.01 par value

38

38

Additional paid-in capital

11,370

11,370

Retained earnings

(1,335

)

(1,233

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss)

(24

)

(35

)

Treasury shares, at cost – 5,049 shares as of June 30, 2019; and on March 31, 2019

(14

)

(14

)

Non-controlling interest

38

11

Total shareholders' equity

10,073

10,137

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

16,065

$

15,250