Bonso Reports Half Year Results

HONG KONG, Feb. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bonso Electronics International, Inc. (NASDAQ:BNSO) today announced its unaudited results for the six-month period ended September 30, 2016.

Bonso reported a net income for the six-month period ended September 30, 2016 of $1.10 million, or $0.21 basic earnings per share, as compared to a net income of $0.15 million, or $0.03 basic earnings per share, posted during the six-month period ended September 30, 2015.  Net sales for the six-month period ended September 30, 2016 decreased 20.8% to $10.2 million from $12.8 million for the six-month period ended September 30, 2015. Comprehensive income for the six-month period ended September 30, 2016 was $0.42 million as compared to $0.34 million for the comparable period in the prior year. The increase resulted from the increased income generated from the operations for the six-month period ended September 30, 2016.

Mr. Anthony So, Chairman and CEO stated: “We are pleased that our cost reduction program allowed us to remain profitable even though our sales decreased compared with the same period in the previous year.”

Mr. So said further: "A key customer, that accounted for 59% of net sales for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, has advised that they will discontinue manufacturing with us effective during the quarter ending June 30, 2017. This will impact negatively our future sales, profitability and cash flow. We intend to invest in and develop new or upgraded products for our customers, which we hope will result in additional sales revenue for the Company. There can be no assurance that our efforts will result in net sales sufficient to offset the decline in net sales attributable to the loss of the key customer.  In addition, the Company will make efforts to generate additional rental income by leasing of some of our production facilities to third parties.”

About Bonso Electronics

Bonso Electronics designs, develops, manufactures, assembles and markets a comprehensive line of electronic scales, weighing instruments, health care products and pet electronics products. Bonso products are manufactured in the People's Republic of China for customers primarily located in North America and Europe. Company services include product design and prototyping, production tooling, procurement of components, total quality management, and just-in-time delivery. Bonso also independently designs and develops electronic products for private label markets. For further information, visit the company's web site at

This news release includes forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward looking statements may be identified by such words or phrases as "should,'' "intends,'' "is subject to,'' "expects,'' "will,'' "continue,'' "anticipate,'' "estimated,'' "projected,'' "may,'' "I or we believe,'' "future prospects,''  “our strategy” or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements made in this press release, which relate to the reduction of losses and a positive impact upon our future operations as a result of the sale of assets involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results to differ materially from those expected and stated in this announcement. We undertake no obligation to update “forward-looking” statements.

The diluted net loss per share was the same as the basic net loss per share for the six-month periods ended September 30, 2014 and 2015 as all potential ordinary shares including the stock options and warrants are anti-dilutive and are therefore excluded from the computation of diluted net loss per share.

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Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Expressed in United States Dollars)
 September 30, March 31,
 $ in thousands $ in thousands
Current assets     
Cash and cash equivalents3,322  3,547 
Trade receivables, net2,111  913 
Inventories724  1,823 
Other receivables, deposits and prepayments1,292  1,180 
Financial instruments at fair value-  144 
Total current assets7,449  7,607 
Investment in life insurance contract140  140 
Other receivables - non-current portion-  265 
Other intangible assets3,007  3,292 
Property, plant and equipment, net10,975  11,717 
Total assets21,571  23,021 
Liabilities and stockholdersequity     
Current liabilities     
Notes payable698  1,237 
Accounts payable1,441  2,501 
Accrued charges and deposits3,333  3,153 
Income tax liabilities317  317 
Short-term bank loans249  506 
Payable to affiliated party-  79 
Current portion of capital lease obligations49  49 
Financial instruments at fair value160  160 
Loan from affiliated party - current portion135  135 
Total current liabilities6,382  8,137 
Capital lease obligations, non-current portion80  104 
Loan from affiliated party - non-current portion135  202 
Total liabilities6,597  8,443 
Stockholders’ equity     
Common stock par value $0.003 per share     
- authorized shares - 23,333,334     
- issued shares: Sep 30, 2016 and Mar 31, 2016 - 5,577,639,17  17 
outstanding shares: Sep 30, 2016 - 5,154,431 shares; Mar 31, 2016 – 5,173,431 shares 
Additional paid-in capital22,566  22,566 
Treasury stock at cost: Sep 30, 2016 - 423,208 shares; Mar 31, 2016 - 404,208 shares(1,587) (1,561)
Accumulated deficit(7,730) (8,828)
Accumulated other comprehensive income1,708  2,384 
 14,974  14,578 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity21,571  23,021 


Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(Expressed in United States Dollars)
 Six months ended
September 30, 2016
 Six months ended
September 30, 2015
 $ in thousands $ in thousands
  Updated *
Net sales 10,163   12,833 
Cost of sales (7,006)  (9,516)
Gross profit 3,157   3,317 
Selling expenses (151)  (258)
Salaries and related costs (1,179)  (1,191)
Research and development expenses (103)  (197)
Administration and general expenses (1,531)  (2,138)
Other income 821   825 
Income from operations 1,014   358 
Interest income 4   7 
Interest expenses (24)  (77)
Foreign exchange gain  / (loss) 150   (129)
Income before income taxes 1,144   159 
Income tax expense (46)  (5)
Net income 1,098   154 
Other comprehensive loss, net of tax:       
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax (676)  183 
Comprehensive income 422   337 
Earnings per share       
Weighted average number of shares outstanding 5,154,454   5,246,903 
Diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding 5,204,981   5,246,903 
Earnings per common share ( in U.S.Dollars) - basic$0.21  $0.03 
Earnings per common share ( in U.S.Dollars) - assuming dilution$0.21  $0.03 

* On July 15, 2015, the Company issued options to certain directors and non-employee directors of the Company to purchase an aggregate of 850,000 shares of common stock of the Company at an exercise price of $1.50.  The options for 425,000 shares will expire on March 31, 2020, and options for 425,000 shares will expire on March 31, 2025.  The exercise prices of these options were equal to the fair market value at the time of grant.  There was a one-time compensation expense of approximately $801,000 due to stock options granted, which was recorded in our financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 as filed in our Form 20-F on August 15, 2016.  However, this compensation expense was not recorded in our consolidated balance sheet and statement of operations for the six-month period ended September 30, 2015 as mentioned in Item 15 of our Amended Form 20-F filed on November 18, 2016.  Therefore, we are updating the statement of operations for the six-month period ended September 30, 2015 for the comparison with the financial statements for the six-month period ended September 30, 2016.

For more information please contact:
Albert So
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Tel: 852 2605 5822
Fax: 852 2691 1724

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