CHINA INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, INC.
ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER 2012 RESULTS
(Shenzhen, China – August 07, 2012) -- China Information Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNIT), a leading provider of information technologies and display technologies based in China, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.
Second Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights
• Revenues decreased 52.37% YoY to $13.28 million
• Gross profit decreased 75.88% YoY to $2.88 million
• Operating loss of $17.06 million vs. operating income of $5.46 million a year ago
• Net loss of $16.85 million vs. net income of $5.60 million a year ago
• Fully diluted net loss per share of $0.62 vs. net income per share of $0.21 a year ago
• Non-GAAP net loss of $8.72 million
• Non-GAAP fully diluted net loss per share of $0.32
Mr. Jiang Huai Lin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented, “As the Company continued to implement its business restructuring strategy, the second quarter proved to be another transitional season. Our revenues declined 52.37% to $13.28 million from $27.89 million in the same period last year and non-GAAP net income declined to a net loss of $8.72 million. The difficult macro-economic environment continued to have negatively impacted our businesses, especially in our IT segment, where we received fewer public security projects due to the weak local fiscal expenditure in many China regions. However, we are pleased to see that our transition strategy of moving towards a more balanced revenue mix between IT and DT segment and between government and non-government customers is on track. To that end, we have made significant progress in growing our DT segment resulting from our refocused business strategy towards high-end interactive display products targeting the education and commercial markets which began a year ago. Our DT business has expanded into more geographical markets, gained better customer acceptance, and improved its industry reputation in China.
“We have initiated a comprehensive marketing campaign, which including participating in the recent Shanghai International Digital Signage & Touch Technology Show 2012 and Changchun 63rd China Educational Equipment Exhibition, to educate the market on our high-end interactive touch-screen products, including our proprietary CNIT IT-Pad, CNIT DS-Pad and CNIT Tea-Pad series. As a result, we have seen increasing interest from various industry verticals including education, media, transportation, government and commercial sectors. New contracts in the second quarter from the DT segment substantially increased 127% from the first quarter, and accounted for 58% of total new contracts, the most significant of which was a $10 million contract that we won in Anhui Province to provide 9,000 sets of CNIT IT-Pad to education clients. We expect this contract win will serve as a pilot project for the new-generation interactive teaching tool for the China’s “Digital Campus” initiative, and thus believe this early-mover advantage will help us become competitive in this emerging digital education market.
“In our IT Segment, despite the slowdown in our traditional core area of digital public security, our GIS and HIS businesses, although still at a small base, are exhibiting healthy growth prospects. With the roll-out of China’s “Map World” and “Smart Grid” national initiatives, we have successfully penetrated and secured important contracts in numerous municipalities and provinces including Chongqing, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Ningxia, Gansu, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Shanxi. In the HIS sector, according to an IDC report, China’s medical information technology market in the next five year period will experience a 18% CAGR, in which, digital hospital system, regional health networking and public medical information system constructions will be the main growth areas. We expect to capture more contract opportunities by leveraging our outstanding development capabilities and industry reputation in China’s growing GIS and HIS markets.
“For the remainder of the year, we expect China’s unfavorable macro-economic environment to continue to have a negative impact on our overall business. However, we have been tirelessly implementing our new business strategy and putting great efforts investing in the GIS, HIS and DT businesses and promoting their respective products in the recent quarters and will continue to do so in the coming quarters. We believe we will return to profitability and regain business momentum when the macro-economic environment improves and as we continue to execute on our business transition strategy.”
Second Quarter 2012 Results
Our revenue is generated from the sales of our software and hardware products, our fully integrated total solutions, and the related after-sales services. For the three months ended June 30, 2012, our revenue was $13.28 million, compared to $27.89 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of $14.60 million, or 52.37%. The decrease was primarily due to the difficult fiscal environment faced by many public sector clients as a result of the Chinese government’s implementation of macroeconomic tightening policies, which led to a slowdown in projects for our government customers, which traditionally have been our core customer base; and, secondarily due to our conscious effort to realign our business operations to create a better revenue mix between IT and DT segments and between government and non-government customers.
Product sales decreased by $4.66 million, or 41.95%, to $6.45 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, as compared to $11.11 million in the same period of 2011. Product sales constituted 48.56% of total revenue during the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, as compared with 39.85% during the same period in 2011. The decrease in product sales primarily reflected 1) our efforts to transition our DT segment from the increasingly competitive and low-margin flat-screen TV market into the multi-functional and interactive display technology markets, which caused total product unit sales to fall, and 2) lower pricing of our traditional flat-screen TVs in the midst of increasing industry competition for LCD TV products.
Software sales decreased by $7.09 million, or 76.62%, to $2.16 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, from $9.26 million for the same period in 2011. Software sales constituted 16.29% of our total revenue, which decreased from 33.19% during the same period in the prior year. The decrease in sales was mainly due to the Chinese government’s continued austere fiscal policies and the curtailment of the massive government economic stimulus package, which led to a slowdown in software projects for our government customers. In addition, we instituted more stringent customer acceptance policies, which limited new projects to those with more solid credit credentials and long-term business prospects in light of the unfavorable government fiscal environment.
Sales of system integration services decreased by $2.91 million, or 40.77%, to $4.23 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, from $7.14 million for the same period in 2011. As a percentage of revenue, system integration sales increased from 25.59% during the three months ended June 30, 2011 to 31.82% during the three months ended June 30, 2012. The decrease in sales was mainly the result of the relatively sluggish macro-economic growth in the Second Quarter of 2012 and a lack of new large system integration solutions engagement in connection with large projects comparable to the Shenzhen Summer Universiade, which was held in August 2011.
Other revenue increased by $0.06 million, or 15.45%, from $0.38 million in the three months ended June 30, 2011 to $0.44 million in the same period of 2012. The increase was mainly due to increase in maintenance services during the current period.
Cost of revenues and gross profit
Cost of revenues decreased by $5.56 million, or 34.81%, to $10.41 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, as compared with $15.97 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011. As a percentage of revenues, our cost of revenue increased to 78.35% during the three months ended June 30, 2012, from 57.25% in the same period of 2011. As a result, gross margin was 21.65% for the three months ended June 30, 2012, a decrease of 21.1 percentage points from 42.75% in the same period of 2011.The decrease in gross profit margin resulted from several factors, including revenues shifting from the IT segment to the DT segment, lower software revenues, lower system integration and software gross margins.
Administrative expenses increased by $5.51 million, or 163.12%, to $8.88 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, from $3.38 million for the same period of 2011. Notable changes that resulted in increased administrative expenses were: inventory write downs increased by $1.31 million, provision of accounts receivables increased by $1.92 million, and depreciation and amortization expenses increased by $1.34 million.
Research and development expenses
Research and development expenses increased by $0.09 million, or 7.44%, to $1.24 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, from $1.15 million for the same period of 2011. As a percentage of revenue, research and development expenses accounted for approximately 9.30% of total revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared with 4.13% for the same period in 2011. Such increase was primarily due to efforts to develop new products as well as to improve the future profitability of existing products.
Selling expenses increased by $0.08 million, or 4.00%, to $2.01 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, from $1.94 million for the same period of 2011. This increase was due to our increasingly nationwide market expansion, which requires increased travel, promotional, and telecommunication expenses as well as increased total compensation to sales and marketing staff.
Impairment of goodwill.
During the second quarter of 2012 we have tested our goodwill for impairment. After analyzing the various operations and reporting units, we came to the conclusion that a goodwill impairment loss is probable, and have consequently recognized a goodwill impairment loss of $7,806,690 based on our best estimation.
Income from Operations
Income from operations during the second quarter of 2012 was a loss of $17.1 million, a decrease of $22.6 million, or 412.5%, from an income of $5.5 million in 2Q 2011.
Net (loss) income attributable to the Company.
As a result of the cumulative effect of the foregoing factors, the net loss was $16.85 million during the three months ended June 30, 2012, as compared to a net income $5.60 million for the same period in 2011.
Cash and Cash Equivalents
As of June 30, 2012, the Company had $7.4 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $15.3 million in restricted cash. For six month period ended June 30, 2012, net cash used in operating activities was $14.8 million, as compared to an operating net cash inflow of $1.9 million in the same period last year.
We believe the difficult macro conditions will continue to negatively impact our business for the rest of the year and thus expect our non-GAAP (excluding goodwill impairment, amortization of intangible assets, and other asset write-downs) fiscal year 2012 net income to be at a loss. As the fiscal environment improves and as we continue to penetrate new markets such as interactive education we expect to regain profitability in 2013.
About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures for earnings that exclude non-cash charges. China Information Technology believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they exclude non-cash charges that management excludes when it internally evaluates the performance of the Company's business and makes operating decisions, including internal budgeting, and performance measurement, because these measures provide a consistent method of comparison to historical periods. Moreover, management believes these non-GAAP measures reflect the essential operating activities of China Information Technology. Accordingly, management excludes the expense arising from certain non-cash charges when making operational decisions. China Information Technology believes that providing the non-GAAP measures that management uses to its investors is useful to investors for a number of reasons. The non-GAAP measures provide a consistent basis for investors to understand China Information Technology's financial performance in comparison to historical periods. In addition, it allows investors to evaluate China Information Technology's performance using the same methodology and information as that used by China Information Technology's management. Non-GAAP measures are subject to inherent limitations because they do not include all of the expenses included under GAAP and because they involve the exercise of judgment of which charges are excluded from the non-GAAP financial measure. However, China Information Technology's management compensates for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of the items excluded.
The following table presents the non-GAAP financial measures contained in this press release and the most directly comparable GAAP measures and provides a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.
About China Information Technology, Inc.
China Information Technology, Inc., through its subsidiaries and other consolidated entities, specializes in geographic information systems (GIS), digital public security technology (DPST), and hospital information systems (HIS), as well as high-end digital display products and solutions in China. Headquartered in Shenzhen, China, the Company's integrated solutions include specialized software, hardware, systems integration, and related services to help its customers improve efficiency in information management. To learn more about the Company, please visit its corporate website at http://www.chinacnit.com
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