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Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Company Reports Full Year 2015 Financial Results

TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corporation Limited (APWC) ("APWC" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of wire and cable products for the telecommunications and electric-power industries in the Asia-Pacific region, today announced the Company's financial results for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015.

 

 

FY 2015 Financial Results
  FY 2015 FY 2014 CHANGE
Revenues  $389.6 million $451.3 million -13.7%
Gross Profit $23.5 million $36.7 million -36.1%
Net Income (Loss) ($8.2) million $0.6 million --
EPS* (Loss) ($0.59) $0.04 --
*Earnings per share are based on 13.8 million shares in FY 2014 and FY 2015

 

 

Full Year 2015 Results

 

Revenues for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 were $389.6 million, down from $451.3 million in the prior period. The decrease was attributable mainly to a revenue reduction of $24.6 million in the North Asia region due to the economic slowdown in China, which caused a decrease in the sales volume of products in that market, and a decrease of $35.6 million in revenues from the Rest of the World (“ROW”) region (which is primarily Singapore and Australia) due to both increased market competition, primarily the competition of products imported from China, as well as the depreciation of each of the Singapore and Australian dollars against the U.S. dollar, which is our reporting currency.

 

Gross profit for the 2015 year decreased 36.1% to $23.5 million from $36.7 million in the year-ago period, representing gross margins of 6.0% and 8.1%, respectively. Gross margins were down year over year due to the lower margin in the Thailand region and the Company’s business in the ROW region.

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $26.9 million for the full year of 2015, down $2.6 million, or 8.8%, from $29.5 million in 2014 due to a decrease in sales-related commissions and remuneration. Operating loss was ($8.9) million compared to operating income of $5.0 million in the full year of 2014.

 

Net loss attributable to APWC shareholders was ($8.2) million for the full year of 2015 compared to net income of $0.6 million in the corresponding period in 2014. Net loss per basic and diluted share was ($0.59) for the period, compared to net income of $0.04 in the twelve months of 2014. The basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding were 13.8 million for the full year of each of 2014 and 2015.

 

 

 

Financial Condition

 

As of December 31, 2015, APWC had $51.3 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to cash and cash equivalents totaling $68.9 million as of December 31, 2014.

 

Total current assets were $247.5 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $318.0 million at December 31, 2014. Working capital was $145.0 million as of December 31, 2015, compared with working capital of $169.5 million as of December 31, 2014. As of December 31, 2015, short term bank loans of $37.7 million were up from $53.9 million at December 31, 2014. The Company had no long term debt outstanding at December 31, 2015. Shareholders' equity attributable to APWC was $135.3 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $153.0 million at December 31, 2014.

 

APWC generated approximately $9.2 million of cash from operating activities during the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, compared to $8.1 million of cash inflows from operations in the corresponding period in 2014. The Company increased capital expenditures to $7.4 million in the full year of 2015 compared to $6.0 million in the full year of 2014.

 

 

 

Business Updates

 

The Company reported a net loss of ($8.2) million for the year ended 2015 compared to a net income of $0.6 million for 2014. The drop of the net income was primarily due to the exchange loss, which amounted to ($4.6) million, caused by the depreciation of local currencies against the U.S. dollar. The decrease of the net income was also attributable to the decrease in sales to the public sector, from which our Thailand subsidiaries traditionally enjoyed a higher profit margin. In addition, the drop of the copper price by 19.8% year over year and intense competition in the ROW region were also the reasons the profit was eroded.

 

China recorded a pronounced deceleration in growth in 2015, affirming that a multiyear slowdown is hitting its economy harder and shows little sign of abating. It is likely that decreased domestic demand will keep affecting the Company’s business in China. Our business in other Asian countries and Australia is also affected by the wire and cable products overflowing from China.

 

The political environment of Thailand remains unstable, which adversely affected the Thai government’s spending on infrastructure. As our major clients in Thailand are government entities, private sector participants in the infrastructure sector and agents for governmental entities, decreased investment in infrastructure by the Thai government would heavily affect our business in Thailand.

 

In response to the economic slowdown in China, the Company is managing to increase production efficiency and lower production costs through combining the export and domestic production facilities to reduce redundant machinery and operators. The Company believes the export factories, in which dutiable goods and raw materials are imported and manufactured into finished goods are directly exported without payment of any duty, are no longer needed due to the relaxation of tariff regulations in China. The Company is also contemplating selling its idle properties to better utilize its resources in its Thailand subsidiaries in order to reduce operating costs. In addition, one of the Company’s Thailand subsidiaries has completed the upgrade of its machinery, which are now up and running at their full capacity, and those substantial expenditures brought the Thailand subsidiaries into compliance with Thailand’s new more stringent environmental regulations.

 

The Company’s Singapore subsidiary is in the midst of being certified by Singapore government with regard to its high voltage power cables in order to meet the qualification requirement so that the Company is qualified to bid for Singapore government projects, including the electricity cable tunnel project of Singapore Power. As one of the ASEAN members, our Singapore subsidiary is expanding its operation into the markets of its neighboring countries including Vietnam and Cambodia.

 

The Company takes very seriously the concerns expressed by some of our shareholders. The Company management is addressing these concerns and doing its best to enhance value for our shareholders. The Company management will address these issues with the Board of Directors of the Company and present to the public its strategies to increase shareholder value, with a target date of not later than sometime during the third quarter.

 

 

 

About Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corporation Limited

 

Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corporation Limited is principally engaged in the manufacture and distribution of telecommunications (copper and fiber optic) and power cable and enameled wire products in the Asia Pacific region, primarily in Thailand, China, Singapore and Australia. The Company manufactures and distributes its own wire and cable products and also distributes wire and cable products ("Distributed Products") manufactured by its principal shareholder, Pacific Electric Wire & Cable Company Ltd., a Taiwanese company ("PEWC"). The Company also provides project engineering services in the supply, delivery and installation ("SDI") of power cables to certain of its customers. For more information on the Company, visit http://www.apwcc.com. Information on the Company's Web site or any other Web site does not constitute a portion of this release.

 

 

Safe Harbor Statement

 

This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" relating to the Company, its business, and its subsidiary companies. These forward looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes", "expects" or similar expressions. Such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to be materially different from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in the Company's periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on its website (www.sec.gov). All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or to persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors other than as required under the securities laws. The Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

 

Any shareholder inquiries regarding the Company should be directed to the APWC investor relations representative as follows:

 

Contact:

Investor Relations Contact:
MZ North America
Ted Haberfield
President
Phone: +1-760-755-2716
Email: thaberfield@mzgroup.us
Web:   http://www.mzgroup.us


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