HONG KONG, December 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SGOCO Group, Ltd. (Nasdaq: SGOC) ("SGOCO" or the "Company"), a company focused on product design, distribution and brand development in display products, today announced its unaudited operating results for the six months ended June 30, 2014. The Company also announced that it would report interim results on a half-year basis in the future.

2014 Interim Results Overview

The interim results of SGOCO were adversely impacted by the significant increase in competition and weak industrial growth in the Chinese display industry.

  • Interim revenues decreased 70.0% to $34.1 million in the first half of the year ("1H"), as compared to $113.8 million year-over-year.
  • Gross profit dropped 80.5% year-on-year to $1.7 million in the 1H 2014, from $8.9 million in the same period of 2013.
  • Net loss decreased to $1.6 million in 1H 2014 as compared to $5.1 million of net income year-over-year.
  • Basic and diluted loss per share was $0.09 in the 1H 2014, as compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.30 in the 1H 2013.

Revenue

SGOCO’s revenue decreased year-over-year in the first half year on weak industrial growth. SGOCO’s main products are Flat panel monitors. As a result of the slow demand of Personal Computers in general and the increased demand for mobile devices, SGOCO’s sales in the display market dropped significantly. This change of users’ behavior has led to the contraction of the traditional display market and increased price competition from the Company’s peers which resulted in significant decreases in the 1H 2014 gross margins and revenues. The total revenues decreased by 70.0% to $34.1 million when compared with the 1H 2013.

Gross margin

In 1H 2014, the gross profit of the Company decreased 80.5% to $1.7 million from $8.9 million year-over-year. The overall gross margin for the 1H 2014 was 5.1%, as compared with 7.9% during the same period of 2013.

Operating loss and expenses

The Company recorded a $1.9 million operating loss in the 1H 2014, as compared to $6.7 million operating income in the 1H 2013. Operating expenses in 1H 2014 increased 65.4% to $3.7 million, compared to $2.2 million in the first six months of 2013. A significant part of the increase in operating expenses is due to the issuance of ordinary shares to the independent directors and certain employees. In January 2014, a total of 160,000 ordinary shares were issued to SGOCO’s independent directors and specific employees and vested immediately. The fair value of each share was $3.36 on the grant day and as a result, the Company recorded $537,600 in non-cash compensation expenses. In addition, the general administration expenses in SGOCO’s Hong Kong office increased due to the relocation and expansion of our Hong Kong office since late 2013, whereas no such expenses arose in 1H 2013.

Net loss and loss per share

The Company’s net loss for 1H 2014 was $1.6 million, which changed 132.2% from a net income position of $5.1 million year-over-year. The net margin experienced a loss of 4.8% in the 1H of 2014, as compared to 4.5% net profit margin during the same period of 2013. Basic and diluted loss per share was $0.09 in the 1H of 2014 based on 17,397,082 weighted average number of common shares, as compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.30 based on 17,130,888 weighted average number of common shares for the 1H 2013.

Cash and working capital

SGOCO held $1.1 million cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2014, compared to $13.4 million as of December 31, 2013. Working capital decreased to $85.9 million from $87.6 million at the end of December 31, 2013. Increasing costs of products and the Company’s significant losses are the major causes for the drop in cash flow.

SGOCO’s Outlook

In the future, we expect SGOCO to face a continuing difficult battle in the industry. In order to improve the revenue and profit, SGOCO is working hard to turn the business focus and explore more new products in the coming months. SGOCO management is also considering further restructuring of its business model, including the potential sale of the Company’s trading arm in Fujian Province, China.

About SGOCO Group, Ltd.

SGOCO Group, Ltd. is focused on product design, brand development and distribution in the Chinese display market, including computer monitors, All-In-One ("AIO") and Parts-In-One ("PIO") computers and application specific products. SGOCO sells its products and services in the China market and abroad. For more information about SGOCO, please visit our investor relations website http://www.sgocogroup.com.

Safe Harbor and Informational Statement

This announcement contains "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, those with respect to the objectives, plans and strategies of the Company set forth herein and those preceded by or that include the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "future," "will," "intend," "plan," "estimate" or similar expressions, are "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements in this release include, without limitation, the effectiveness of the Company’s multiple-brand, multiple channel strategy and the transitioning of its product development and sales focus and to a "light-asset" model, Although the Company’s management believes that such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee that such expectations are, or will be, correct. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company’s future results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements can change as a result of many possible events or factors not all of which are known to the Company, which may include, without limitation, requirements or changes adversely affecting the LCD and LED market in China; fluctuations in customer demand for LCD and LED products generally; our success in promoting our brand of LCD and LED products in China and elsewhere; our ability to have effective internal control over financial reporting; our success in designing and distributing products under brands licensed from others; management of sales trend and client mix; possibility of securing loans and other financing without efficient fixed assets as collaterals; changes in government policy in China; the fluctuations and competition in sales and sale prices of LCD and LED products in China; China’s overall economic conditions and local market economic conditions; our ability to expand through strategic acquisitions and establishment of new locations; compliance with government regulations; legislation or regulatory environments; geopolitical events, and other events and/or risks outlined in SGOCO’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F and other filings. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of the issuance, and SGOCO does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

SGOCO Group, Ltd.
Kathy Ko
Investor Relations Officer
Tel: +852 25010128
Email: ir@sgoco.com

SGOCO GROUP, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2014 AND 2013
(Unaudited)

(In thousands of U.S. dollars except share and per share data)

2014

2013

REVENUES:

Revenues

34,141

113,785

COST OF GOODS SOLD:

Cost of goods sold

32,396

104,840

GROSS PROFIT

1,745

8,945

OPERATING EXPENSES:

Selling expenses

240

556

General and administrative expenses

3,441

1,670

Total operating expenses

3,681

2,226

(LOSS) INCOME FROM OPERATIONS

(1,936)

6,719

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES):

Interest income

338

5

Interest expense

(171)

(93)

Other income (expense), net

(8)

(61)

Change in fair value of warrant derivative liability

15

(27)

Total other income (expenses), net

174

(176)

(LOSS) INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

(1,762)

6,543

PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

(113)

1,429

NET (LOSS) INCOME

(1,649)

5,114

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME:

Foreign currency translation adjustment

(592)

106

COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME

(2,241)

5,220

(LOSS) EARNINGS PER SHARE:

Basic

(0.09)

0.30

Diluted

(0.09)

0.30

WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES
OUTSTANDING:

Basic

17,397,082

17,130,888

Diluted

17,397,082

17,130,888

SGOCO GROUP, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF JUNE 30, 2014 AND DECEMBER 31, 2013

(In thousands of U.S. dollars except share and per share data)

June 30,

2014

December 31,

2013

ASSETS

(Unaudited)

CURRENT ASSETS

Cash

1,108

13,497

Accounts receivable, net of provision for doubtful accounts of
$1,437 and $98, respectively

50,439

48,063

Deferred tax assets

352

Notes receivable

1,316

Other receivables and prepayments

353

744

Inventories

6,028

7,017

Advances to suppliers

46,266

33,824

Other current assets

106

51

Total current assets

104,652

104,512

PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET

178

223

Total assets

104,830

104,735

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES

Short-term loans

4,063

6,734

Accounts payable, trade

6,479

2,052

Accrued liabilities

440

301

Short-term loan – shareholder

100

Other payables

386

394

Customer deposits

638

999

Taxes payable

6,317

6,126

Deferred tax liabilities

316

319

Total current liabilities

18,739

16,925

OTHER LIABILITIES

Warrant derivative liability

6

21

Total liabilities

18,745

16,946

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 1,000,000 shares

authorized, nil issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2014

and December 31, 2013, respectively

Common stock, $0.001 par value, 50,000,000 shares

authorized, 17,414,861 and 17,660,356 issued and

outstanding as of June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013,

respectively

18

18

Paid-in-capital

25,589

25,052

Statutory reserves

809

809

Retained earnings

59,431

61,080

Accumulated other comprehensive income

238

830

Total shareholders’ equity

86,085

87,789

Total liabilities and shareholder’s equity

104,830

104,735

SGOCO GROUP, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2014 AND 2013
(Unaudited)

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

June 30,

2014

2013

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net (loss) income

(1,649)

5,114

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to cash

(used in) provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

41

37

Bad debt provision

1,339

105

Change in fair value of warrant derivative liability

(15)

27

Share-based compensation expenses

538

224

Change in operating assets – (increase) decrease

Accounts receivable, trade

(3,969)

(17,469)

Deferred tax assets

(353)

Other receivables

385

(2,467)

Notes Receivable

1,316

Inventories

928

(10,475)

Advances to suppliers

(12,782)

1,592

Other current assets

(53)

(35)

Change in operating liabilities – increase (decrease)

Accounts payables, trade

4,457

22,956

Other payables and accrued liabilities

138

111

Customer deposits

(354)

1,476

Taxes payable

247

415

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

(9,785)

1,611

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Purchase of equipment

(15)

Net cash used in investing activities

(15)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Proceeds from short-term loan

804

Payments on short-term loan

(2,617)

Proceeds from shareholder loan

100

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(2,517)

804

EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE ON CASH

(87)

208

(DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH

(12,389)

2,608

CASH, beginning of period

13,497

11,548

CASH, end of period

1,108

14,156

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION

Cash paid for interest

171

93

Cash paid for income taxes

43

900

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