CNIT Six-Month Net Income Attributable to the Company $35K in First Half of 2017 vs. $7.1 Million Net Loss in 2016
EQS-News / 21/08/2017 / 19:30 UTC+8
CNIT Six-Month Net Income Attributable to the Company $35K in First Half of 2017
vs. $7.1 Million Net Loss in 2016
SHENZHEN, China, August 21, 2017 - China Information Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNIT), a provider of cloud-app technologies for internet-based advertisement distribution and advertising display terminal sharing systems in China, today said that, for the first six months of calendar 2017 ended June 30, the company had revenue of approximately $5.7 million, a 94 percent increase from revenue of approximately $3.0 million in the first half of 2016. CNIT had net income attributable to the Company of approximately $35,000, or $.00 per share, in the first half of this year, compared to a net loss of approximately $7.1 million, or ($.18) per share, for the first half of 2016.
Excluding non-cash items mainly in the categories of depreciation of fixed assets, amortization of intangible assets, stock-based compensation, provision for obsolete inventories, and provision for bad debt reserve on accounts receivable, the Company had adjusted net income for the first six months of 2017 of approximately $1.9 million, or $.05 per share, compared to an adjusted net loss of approximately $2.9 million, or ($.07) per share, for the comparable period a year ago.
Weighted average number of shares outstanding was 40,231,159 for the first half of 2017 and 40,119,106 for the prior-year six-month period.
As of June 30, 2017, the Company had about $2.3 million in cash and cash equivalents, short-term debt of $6.8 million and accounts payable of $6.4 million, compared to cash and cash equivalents of approximately $3.8 million, short-term debt of $7.8 million and accounts payable of $6.0 million at the end of calendar 2016.
CNIT's increased six-month revenue compared to the first half of last year was the result of increased product sales of the Company's cloud-based advertising display terminals. The Company's transition to profitability compared to the prior-year six-month period was mainly the result of its continuing conversion from a traditional information technology (TIT) provider to the government sector over to a cloud-based technology (CBT) solutions provider to private enterprise, a move that generates comparably higher gross margins.
During the first six months of 2017, about 94 percent of the Company's revenue was derived from its CBT segment and 6 percent from its TIT segment, compared to 80 percent and 20 percent, respectively, in the first half of 2016. The CBT segment achieved a 47 percent gross margin in the first half of 2017 while the TIT segment had a gross margin of negative 20 percent, compared to 53 percent and negative 52 percent, respectively, for the first half of 2016.
Overall the Company's gross margin for the first half of 2017 increased to 42% from 32% for the same period of 2016.
CNIT's improved bottom line performance compared to the first six months of last year also resulted from cuts of about $2.2 million in administrative expenses, which, in turn, resulted from both a decrease in compensation and benefits related to a reduction of TIT employee headcount and a decrease in bad debt provision and depreciation. R&D expenses for the first half of 2017 increased about $0.3 million compared to the first half of 2016, primarily due to the increase of amortization of software for the CBT segment. Selling expenses for the first half of 2017 dropped about $63,000 to $0.6 million from the first half of 2016, due mostly to a reduction of sales force for the Company's TIT business.
Other income for the first half of 2017 was $0.2 million, compared to other loss of $0.6 million for the same period of 2016. Other income for the first half of 2017 was mainly due to adjustments to certain liabilities based on internal review and advice from the Company's Chinese legal counsel as a result of the expiration of the creditor's statute limitation of legal actions according to relevant regulations of the General Principles of Civil Law of the People's Republic of China.
Income tax benefit for the first half of 2017 was $1.1 million, an increase of $0.8 million from the same period of 2016, due mainly to adjustments between book and corporate tax returns for certain tax liabilities as a result of the expiration of corporate tax retrospection according to relevant regulations of the Law of Administration of Tax Collection of the People's Republic of China.
"As we projected, CNIT has turned the corner and returned to profitability," said CEO and chairman Mr. Jianghuai Lin. "Not only is our transition to a leading CBT provider progressing well, we have also increased our gross margin, reduced costs, and expanded into lucrative geographic markets."
The CEO projected that, as a result of these trends, CNIT would achieve or exceed its projection of 2017 revenue of $17 to $19 million - about 90 percent of which will be derived from equipment sales - and earn adjusted net income of $3.2 to $3.6 million.
Revenue in 2018, he said, would range from $30 to $33 million, with adjusted net income of $9 to $11 million.
In 2019, he added, revenue could possibly be between $55 and $60 million, with adjusted net income of from $20 to $23 million. Revenue in 2019 is expected to be derived evenly between equipment and services, the latter of which traditionally yields superior profit margins.
About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures for earnings that exclude non-cash charges. The Company 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, as these measures provide a consistent method of comparison to historical periods. Moreover, management believes these non-GAAP measures reflect the essential operating activities of the Company. Accordingly, management excludes the expense arising from certain non-cash charges when making operational decisions. The Company also 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 the Company's financial performance in comparison to historical periods. In addition, it allows investors to evaluate the Company's performance using the same methodology and information as that used by the Company'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, the Company'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.
Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 and 2016 Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) Attributable to the Company and EPS to Exclude Amortization of Intangible Assets, Depreciation, Stock-based Expenses, Provision for Losses on Accounts Receivable and Other Asset Write-downs (unaudited)
June 30, 2017
June 30, 2016
Net income (loss) attributable to the Company
Provision for losses on account receivables
Provision for obsolete inventories
Amortization of intangible assets
Impairment of property and equipment
Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets
Change in fair value of warrant liability
Adjusted net income (loss)
Weighted average number of shares
- Basic and diluted
Adjusted (loss) earnings per share
- Basic and diluted
About China Information Technology, Inc.
China Information Technology, Inc. (CNIT) is a leading Internet service company that provides integrated cloud-based solutions enabling innovation and smart living in the fields of new media, elevator safety management, education, etc. Through continuous innovation, CNIT is aiming to leverage its proprietary Cloud-Application-Terminal technology to level the competitive landscape in the new media industry and deliver value for its shareholders, employees, customers, and the community. To learn more, please visit http://www.chinacnit.com.
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