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Highpower International Inc. : Highpower Reports Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Highpower International, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results
Record-level sales across battery segments; Return to profitability

New York, USA & Shenzhen, China – August 10, 2012 – Highpower International, Inc. (NasdaqGM: HPJ), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) and lithium rechargeable batteries and battery solutions, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012. Second Quarter 2012 Highlights
• Grew net sales by 43% sequentially for the second quarter of 2012 to $29.4 million from $20.6 million in the first quarter 2012
• Achieved record-level sales in both major battery segments–Lithium battery net sales up 56% over the second quarter of 2011 and 72% sequentially; Ni-MH battery net sales up 10% over the second quarter of 2011 and 32% sequentially
• Improved gross margins to 20.5% in the second quarter of 2012 from 16.0% in the second quarter 2011
• Returned to profitability; EPS attributable to Highpower International of $0.04 for second quarter of 2012
• Completed new facility; production to begin in August 2012

Management Commentary
“We are pleased with the strong performance we saw across our business in the second quarter, with exceptional growth in both our major battery segments and a return to
profitability for the first time in a year,” said Mr. George Pan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Highpower International. “Not only did our lithium business turn in its strongest results in the history of the company across all metrics, but we also had a nice recovery in our traditional Ni-MH business. We expect that our lithium business can grow rapidly for the foreseeable future with strong end-market demand for our cleaner lithium battery solutions. Moreover, we believe our Ni-MH business will continue to be a steady source of revenue and is well positioned to capitalize on consolidation trends emerging in the Ni-MH space. We are committed to building Highpower into a highly sustainable and profitable company and will achieve this by providing high-end, environmentally sound rechargeable batteries and future battery and e-waste recycling solutions.”
“Lastly, we also achieved another major corporate milestone recently when we completed the long awaited build out of our factory in Huizhou, Guangdong Province. This new facility will allow us to more efficiently manufacture batteries for our customers while meeting the increasing demand for our products. Production will begin in August,” concluded Mr. Pan.
Mr. Henry Sun, Chief Financial Officer of Highpower International, added, “The second quarter proved to be a positive turning point for Highpower despite weaker global macro concerns in both Europe and Asia. As expected, our Nickel-Metal Hydride battery business regained its growth momentum this quarter and we also benefited from lower commodity costs in comparison to the same period last year. Our Materials business continues the shift to a full-scale, more profitable battery and e-waste recycling model and we expect this business to begin to ramp up in 2013.”

Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results
Net sales for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012 totaled $29.4 million, a year-over- year decrease of 1% compared with $29.7 million for the second quarter ended June 30,
2011 and a sequential increase of 43% from the first quarter 2012. The slight year-over- year decrease in sales for the second quarter was primarily due to a decline in revenues in the Materials segment as this business shifts to a full recycling platform, but was offset in part by strong year-over-year sales increases in both the Ni-MH and lithium battery segments.
Second quarter 2012 gross profit increased to $6.0 million, as compared with $4.8 million for the second quarter of 2011. Gross profit margin was 20.5% for the second quarter of
2012, as compared with 16.0% for the second quarter of 2011, or a 450 basis point increase. The year-over-year increase in gross profit margin for the second quarter of
2012 was primarily due to a shift in our revenue mix away from the low margin Materials business, lower commodity costs, and better factory utilization due to the increased production volumes.
R&D spending was $1.2 million for the second quarter of 2012, as compared with $0.9 million for the comparable period in 2011, reflecting our continued increased investments in new product research activities and the expansion of our R&D workforce.
Selling and distribution costs were $1.3 million for second quarter of 2012 as compared with $1.0 million for the comparable period in 2011, primarily as a result of increased sales and marketing activities, including the expansion of our sales team with more experienced international sales personnel.
General and administrative expenses, including non-cash stock-based compensation, were $2.3 million for the second quarter of 2012, as compared with $2.1 million for the second quarter of 2011.
Income from operations for the second quarter of 2012 was $1.1 million as compared with income from operations of $0.7 million for the second quarter of 2011.
Net income attributable to Highpower International (exclusive of loss attributable to non- controlling interest) for the second quarter of 2012 was $0.5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, based on 13.6 million weighted average shares outstanding. This compares with second quarter 2011 net income attributable to Highpower International (exclusive of loss attributable to non-controlling interest) of $0.4 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, based on 13.6 million weighted average shares outstanding.

Balance Sheet
At June 30, 2012, Highpower International had cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaling $23.1 million, total assets of $106.3 million, and stockholders’ equity of $30.1
million. Bank credit facilities totaled $63 million at June 30, 2012, of which $38 million was utilized and $25 million was available as unused credit.

Outlook
Based on our current expectations for global demand for the rechargeable battery market in 2012 and our continued shift toward higher-end products, we expect revenues from our battery business to grow between 15% and 25% over 2011 revenue levels. The revenue growth in our Ni-MH and lithium businesses will be offset by the shift away from our traditional Materials business to a full scale materials recycling business that will ramp up in 2013. We expect to remain profitable for the remainder of fiscal 2012.

Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host a conference call today at 7:00 a.m. Pacific time/10:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss these results and answer questions.
Individuals interested in participating in the conference call may do so by dialing 877-
941-0844 from the U.S. or 480-629-9835 from outside the U.S. and referencing the reservation code 4553100. Those interested in listening to the conference call live via the Internet may do so by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company’s Web site at www.highpowertech.com or www.InvestorCalendar.com.

About Highpower International, Inc.
Highpower International was founded in 2001 and produces Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni- MH) and lithium-based rechargeable batteries. With over 3,000 employees and prominent international customers, Highpower is committed to expanding its market through continuous research and development as well as increased vertical integration efforts. As a company, Highpower International is committed to clean technology, not only in the products it makes, but also in the processes used to make them. The majority of Highpower International’s products are distributed worldwide to markets in the United States, Europe, China and Southeast Asia.

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, and include discussions of strategy, and statements about industry trends and the Company’s future performance, operations and products. 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. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the current economic downturn adversely affecting demand for the Company’s products; fluctuations in the cost of raw materials; the Company’s dependence on, or inability to attract additional, major customers for a significant portion of its net sales; the Company’s ability to increase manufacturing capabilities to satisfy orders from new customers; changes in the laws of the People’s Republic of China that affect the Company’s operations; the devaluation of the U.S. Dollar relative to the Renminbi; the Company’s dependence on the growth in demand for portable electronic devices and the success of manufacturers of the end applications that use the Company’s battery products; the Company’s responsiveness to competitive market conditions; the Company’s ability to successfully manufacture lithium batteries in the time frame and amounts expected; the market acceptance of the Company’s lithium products; changes in foreign, political, social, business and economic conditions that affect the Company’s production capabilities or demand for our products; and various other matters, many of which are beyond the Company’s control. For a more detailed 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 including the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31,
2012 filed with the SEC and its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 to be filed 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. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to the Company and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. The Company has no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
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– financial tables to follow –

HIGHPOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) (Stated in US Dollars)

Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,

2012 2011 2012 2011 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) $ $ $ $
Net sales 29,377,682 29,708,154 49,980,465 56,658,820

Cost of sales (23,369,258) (24,942,124) (40,299,782) (47,892,431)

Gross profit 6,008,424 4,766,030 9,680,683 8,766,389

Research and development costs (1,233,585) (873,383) (2,117,931) (1,478,428) Selling and distribution costs (1,282,499) (980,663) (2,481,399) (2,155,348) General and administrative costs, including

stock-based compensation (2,263,983) (2,098,497) (4,278,468) (4,205,335) Income (loss) on exchange rate difference 153,360 (297,768) 122,030 (470,703) Gain (loss) on derivative instruments (304,147) 156,380 32,956 (234,196) Equity loss in an associate – (2,199) – (3,971)

Income from operations 1,077,570 669,900 957,871 218,408

Other income 61,185 66,119 228,218 218,255

Interest expenses (301,123) (170,591) (313,441) (260,142)

Income before taxes 837,632 565,428 872,648 176,521

Income taxes expense (362,941) (137,017) (416,266) (142,778)

Net income 474,691 428,411 456,382 33,743

Less: net loss attributable to non-controlling interest (29,023) – (50,517) –

Net income attributable to the Company 503,714 428,411 506,899 33,743

Comprehensive income

Net income 474,691 428,411 456,382 33,743

Foreign currency translation (loss) gain (282,868) 3,015 (137,963) (15,768)

Comprehensive income 191,823 431,426 318,419 17,975

Less: comprehensive loss attributable to

non-controlling interest (46,997) – (68,449) –

Comprehensive income attributable to the

Company 238,820 431,426 386,868 17,975

Earnings per share of common stock attributable to the Company

– Basic 0.04 0.03 0.04 –

– Diluted 0.04 0.03 0.04 –

Weighted average common shares outstanding

– Basic 13,582,106 13,582,106 13,582,106 13,582,106

– Diluted 13,582,106 13,585,661 13,582,106 13,582,578

HIGHPOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Stated in US Dollars)

ASSETS

Current Assets:

June 30, December 31,

2012 2011 (Unaudited)

$ $

Cash and cash equivalents 5,119,991 5,175,623

Restricted cash 18,017,812 12,708,999

Accounts receivable, net 25,753,706 21,129,418

Notes receivable 1,731,336 515,107

Prepayments 3,638,489 4,251,723

Other receivables 789,134 1,041,614

Inventories 16,368,579 13,512,942

Total Current Assets 71,419,047 58,335,426

Property, plant and equipment, net 28,979,438 25,462,656

Land use right, net 4,384,150 3,132,965

Intangible asset, net 725,000 750,000

Deferred tax assets 745,328 857,209

Foreign currency derivatives assets – 15,653

TOTAL ASSETS 106,252,963 88,553,909

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY LIABILITIES

Current Liabilities:

Foreign currency derivatives liabilities 15,969 – Accounts payable 23,842,503 22,153,822

Deferred revenue 648,298 – Notes payable 20,801,187 17,909,843

Letter of credit – 2,880,000

Other payables and accrued liabilities 8,361,253 6,941,063

Income taxes payable 477,770 411,536

Short-term loan 14,179,8429,545,383

Total Current Liabilities 68,326,822 59,841,647

Long-term loan 7,867,697 –

TOTAL LIABILITIES 76,194,519 59,841,647

Highpower International, Inc.

HIGHPOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC AND SUBSIDIARIES

EQUITY

Stockholder’s equity

Preferred Stock

(Par value: $0.0001, Authorized: 10,000,000 shares, Issued and

June 30, December 31,

2012 2011 (Unaudited)

$ $

outstanding: none) – – Common stock

(Par value : $0.0001, Authorized: 100,000,000 shares, 13,582,106

shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011) 1,358 1,358

Additional paid-in capital 5,924,400 5,831,237

Statutory and other reserves 2,726,390 2,726,390

Retained earnings 16,145,555 15,638,656

Accumulated other comprehensive income 4,376,658 4,514,621

Total equity for the Company’s stockholders 29,174,361 28,712,262

Non-controlling interest 884,083 –

TOTAL EQUITY 30,058,444 28,712,262

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 106,252,963 88,553,909

Highpower International, Inc.

HIGHPOWER INTERNATIONAL, INC AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Stated in US Dollars)

Cash flows from operating activities

Six months ended June 30,

2012 2011 (Unaudited) (Unaudited)

$ $

Net income 456,382 33,743

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities :

Depreciation and amortization 999,544 883,231

Allowance for doubtful accounts 282,127 61,026

Reversal of allowance for inventory obsolescence (70,966) (46,705) Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment 56,703 6,636

Equity loss in an associate – 3,971 (Gain) loss on derivative instruments (32,956) 234,196

Deferred income tax 106,643 – Share based payment 93,164 277,180

Changes in operating assets and liabilities :

Accounts receivable

(4,971,615)

(629,177)

Notes receivable

(1,227,504)

(550,505)

Prepayments

591,874

(3,889,931)

Other receivable

240,454

11,223

Inventories

(2,836,232)

946,233

Accounts payable

5,680,116

(2,000,570)

Deferred revenue

652,157

Other payables and accrued liabilities

1,481,166

60,682

Income taxes payable

69,855

(1,072,317)

Net cash flows provided by operating activities

1,570,912

(5,671,084)

Cash flows from investing activities

Acquisition of plant and equipment

(8,484,171)

(2,930,714)

Acquisition of land use right

(1,326,010)

Net cash flows used in investing activities

(9,810,181)

(2,930,714)

Cash flows from financing activities

Proceeds from short-term bank loans

5,871,646

7,086,802

Repayment of short-term bank loans

(1,196,676)

(8,422,290)

Proceeds from long-term bank loans

7,914,523

Proceeds from notes payable

19,342,085

18,387,317

Repayment of notes payable

(16,633,527)

(10,225,663)

Proceeds from letter of credit

Repayment of letter of credit

– (2,880,000)

5,508,490

Proceeds from non-controlling interest

949,743

Decrease in restricted cash

(5,387,117)

(5,167,034)

Net cash flows provided by financing activities

7,980,677

7,167,622

Effect of foreign currency translation on cash and cash equivalents

202,960

466,547

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(55,632)

(967,629)

Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of period

5,175,623

8,490,629

Cash and cash equivalents – end of period

5,119,991

7,523,000

Supplemental disclosures for cash flow information :

Cash paid for :

Income taxes

239,767

386,314

Interest expenses

590,399

386,313

Highpower International, Inc.

Non-cash transactions

Accounts payable for construction in progress 1,501,464 –
Source 4-traders.com

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