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Nam Tai Property Inc. Reports Q4 2019 Results

Published : Monday, January 27, 2020, 7:30 pm
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SHENZHEN, China, Jan. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Nam Tai Property Inc. ("Nam Tai" or the "Company") (NYSE Symbol: NTP) today announced its unaudited results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

(In thousands of US dollars, except per share data, percentages and as otherwise stated)



Quarterly Results


Twelve Months Results




Q4 2019


Q4 2018


YoY(%)(a)



12M 2019


12M 2018


YoY(%)(a)

Operating income


$

839


$

486



72.6%



$

2,965


$

493



501.4%

Net operating income


$

367


$

413



(11.1)%



$

1,609


$

420



283.1%

Operating loss


$

(4,596)


$

(3,550)





$

(17,235)


$

(20,795)



% of operating income



(547.8)%



(730.5)%







(581.3)%



(4218.0)%




per share (diluted)


$

(0.12)


$

(0.09)





$

(0.45)


$

(0.55)



Net loss 


$

(2,093)


$

(6,280)





$

(13,566)


$

(13,254)



% of operating income



(249.5)%



(1292.2)%







(457.5)%



(2688.4)%




Basic loss per share


$

(0.05)


$

(0.16)





$

(0.35)


$

(0.35)



Diluted loss per share


$

(0.05)


$

(0.16)





$

(0.35)


$

(0.35)



Weighted average number of shares ('000)




















Basic



38,585



38,643







38,331



37,826




Diluted



38,585



38,643







38,331



37,826





Notes:

(a)         Percentage change is not applicable if either of the two periods contains a loss or no amount.

 






As of December 31,



As of December 31,




2019



2018


Cash and cash equivalents(a)


$

130,218



$

62,919


Short term investments(b)


$



$

46,952


Real estate properties under development, net


$

251,896



$

171,610


Property, plant and equipment, net


$

26,758



$

27,442


Right of use assets


$

4,078



$


Deferred income tax assets


$

1,703



$


Total assets


$

426,173



$

318,107


Accounts payable


$

36,676



$

87,214


Advance from customers


$

68,639



$

255


Short term bank loan


$

1,433



$


Current portion of lease liabilities


$

529



$


Noncurrent portion of lease liabilities


$

3,642



$


Current portion of long term bank loans


$

2,234



$


Long term bank loans


$

94,119



$


Total shareholders' equity


$

215,176



$

227,891


Total number of common shares issued



38,632




38,187



Notes:

(a)         Cash and cash equivalents include all cash balances and certificates of deposit having a maturity date of three months or less upon acquisition.

(b)         Short term investments include all highly liquid investments with original maturities of greater than three months and less than 12 months. Investments that are expected to be realized in cash during the next 12 months are also included in short term investments.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION (UNAUDITED) IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2019

Key Highlights of Financial Position



As at December 31,


As at December 31,



2019


2018

Ratio of cash(a) to current liabilities


1.16


1.22

Current ratio(b)


1.24


1.29

Ratio of total assets to total liabilities


2.02


3.53

Return on equity



(6.1)%



(5.6)%

Ratio of total liabilities to total equity


0.98


0.40








Notes:

(a)         Cash in this financial ratio include cash, cash equivalents and short term investments.

(b)         Current ratio means all current assets, including prepaid expenses and other receivables, divided by all current liabilities. 


FINANCIAL RESULTS

Net Operating Income

Net operating income for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $0.4 million compared to $0.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2019 mainly consisted of rental income of $0.7 million from the existing factory buildings located on the sites of Inno Valley and Wuxi.

Net operating income for the twelve months of 2019 was $1.6 million compared to $0.4 million in the twelve months of 2018. Operating income for the twelve months of 2019 mainly consisted of rental income of $2.5 million from the existing factory buildings located on the sites of Inno Valley and Wuxi.

Operating Loss

Operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $4.6 million compared to an operating loss of $3.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. Operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2019 mainly consisted of general and administrative expenses of $3.9 million and selling and marketing expenses of $1.1 million, which were offset in part by our net operating income of $0.4 million for the period. Operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 mainly consisted of general and administrative expenses of $3.5 million and selling and marketing expenses of $0.5 million, which were offset in part by our net operating income of $0.4 million for the period.

Operating loss for the twelve months of 2019 was $17.2 million compared to an operating loss of $20.8 million in the twelve months of 2018. Operating loss for the twelve months of 2019 mainly consisted of general and administrative expenses of $12.4 million and selling and marketing expenses of $6.5 million, which were offset in part by our net operating income of $1.6 million for the period. The expenses mainly included salary and benefits of $8.6 million, and accrued apartment rental commission of $3.9 million. Operating loss for the twelve months of 2018 mainly consisted of general and administrative expenses of $20.4 million, including accrual of compensation for loss of office of $3.7 million for the retirement of a senior officer, stock option compensation expenses of $2.9 million for certain officers and employees, salary and benefits of $6.6 million, depreciation of $3.7 million and audit, legal and professional fees of $1.4 million, which is offset by the net operating income of $0.4 million.  

Net Loss

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $2.1 million compared to net loss of $6.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2019 mainly consisted of operating loss of $4.6 million, which was offset in part by interest income of $0.4 million earned from time deposits, deferred income tax credit of $1.7 million and other net income of $0.4 million. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 mainly consisted of a net operating loss of $3.6 million and a loss of $4.1 million related to the disposal of certain fixed assets in our Wuxi factory, which were offset in part by interest income of $1.0 million earned from time deposits.

Net loss for the twelve months of 2019 was $13.6 million compared to net loss of $13.3 million in the twelve months of 2018. Net loss for the twelve months of 2019 mainly consisted of operating loss of $17.2 million and other net loss of $0.4 million, which were offset in part by interest income of $2.4 million and deferred income tax credit of $1.7 million. Net loss for the twelve months of 2018 mainly consisted of a net operating loss of $20.8 million and a loss of $4.1 million related to the disposal of certain fixed assets in our Wuxi factory; which were offset in part by a gain of $6.8 million on the disposal of an office property in Hong Kong, interest income of $5.6 million earned from time deposits and other net loss of $0.7 million.

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Short-term Investment

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investment increased by $20.3 million in the twelve months of 2019 from $109.9 million as of December 31, 2018 to $130.2 million as of December 31, 2019. This increase was mainly due to the payment of $134.6 million for real estate properties under development which was offset by $68.3 million advance from customers and $96.4 million long term bank loans obtained in 2019.

Real Estate Properties under Development, Net

Real estate properties under development increased by $80.3 million in the twelve months of 2019 from $171.6 million as of December 31, 2018 to $251.9 million as of December 31, 2019. This increase consisted of $80.3 million for the construction of both Nam Tai Inno Park and Nam Tai Technology Center.

Right of use assets

Right of use assets increased by $4.1 million in 2019. The increase was mainly due to the recognition of right of use assets for Nam Tai • Tang Xi Technology Park and Hong Kong office, which were $3.6 million and $0.5 million respectively, in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") 842 Leases which became effective January 1, 2019.

Deferred income tax assets

Deferred income tax assets increased by $1.7 million in 2019. No deferred income tax assets existed at the beginning of 2019. The increase was mainly due to the accumulated loss of $6.8 million incurred during the construction of Nam Tai Technology Center, which is expected to be utilized in the next five years.

Accounts Payable

Accounts payable decreased by $50.5 million in the twelve months of 2019 from $87.2 million as of December 31, 2018 to $36.7 million as of December 31, 2019. This decrease mainly consisted of accrued payables for the completed construction of both Nam Tai Inno Park and Nam Tai Technology Center.

Advance from Customers

Advance from customers increased by $68.3 million in the twelve months of 2019 from $0.3 million as of December 31, 2018 to $68.6 million as of December 31, 2019. This increase was mainly attributed to $68.3 million in prepaid rent received from customers of Nam Tai Inno Park.

Lease liabilities

Lease liabilities increased by $4.2 million in 2019. The increase was mainly due to the recognition of lease liabilities for Nam Tai • Tang Xi Technology Park and the Hong Kong office, which were $3.7 million and $0.5 million respectively, according to ASC842 Leases.

Short term bank loan

Short term bank loan increased by $1.4 million in the twelve months of 2019. No short term bank loan existed at the beginning of 2019. The increase was mainly due to the $1.4 million loan from China Everbright Bank for Nam Tai Technology Center.

Long term bank loans

Long term bank loan increased by $96.4 million in the twelve months of 2019. No long term bank loan existed at the beginning of 2019. The increase was mainly due to the $73 million loan from Bank of China for Nam Tai Inno Park, $7.2 million loan from Bank of Beijing, $12 million loan from Shenzhen Rural Commercial Bank for Nam Tai Technology Center and $4.2 million loan from Industrial Bank for Nam Tai Inno Valley.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of December 31, 2019, we had a total cash balance of $130.2 million. According to our project development plan, project investment for the first quarter of 2020 is estimated to be $22.2 million. The total project investment for 2020 is estimated to be $93.6 million.

With respect to the financing of Nam Tai Technology Center, Nam Tai Investment (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. ("Nam Tai Investment"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, entered into a credit agreement with Baoan Branch of Shenzhen Rural Commercial Bank ("Shenzhen Rural Commercial Bank") in October 2019 for a credit facility of RMB1 billion with a period of five years for the construction of Nam Tai Technology Center. The credit facility was secured by the land of Nam Tai Technology Center and 100% equity of Nam Tai Investment. Zastron Electronic (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. ("Zastron Electronic "), our wholly-owned subsidiary, also provided a guarantee. As of December 31, 2019, we had withdrawn RMB84 million from Shenzhen Rural Commercial Bank. The credit facility with Shenzhen Rural Commercial Bank was a key step in ensuring the construction progress of Nam Tai Technology Center.

With respect to the financing of Nam Tai Inno Park, after entering into the financing package with Bank of China in September 2019, we had drawn down RMB509.9 million for the construction of Nam Tai Inno Park.

With respect to other financing activities, Zastron Electronic entered into a project loan agreement with Zhuhai Branch of Xiamen International Bank ("Xiamen International Bank") in January 2020 for a loan facility of RMB110 million with a period of two years. This loan was secured by the buildings and the related land use right (land parcel number: A116-0018) which is located in the Namtai Road, Gushu Community, Xixiang Township, Baoan District, Shenzhen City and Nam Tai Investment provided jointly liability guarantee. In addition, we also entered into two other loan agreements with two separate financial institutions in the second half of 2019 for loan facilities of RMB30 million and RMB10 million, respectively, to be used as general working capital. The two loans were guaranteed by a third-party guarantee company, secured by our office properties in Qianhai, Shenzhen, and guaranteed by several of our subsidiaries. These loans have increased the Company's liquidity and expanded its sources of financing.

Please see the Company's Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for further details. The information contained herein has also been published on the Company's website at https://www.namtai.com/quarterly/index.html.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

The development of our projects in Guangming and Gushu, Shenzhen, continue to proceed as planned.

For Nam Tai Inno Park ("Inno Park"), construction continued smoothly in the fourth quarter of 2019. In December 2019, the Company received the Construction Acceptance Reports of Inno Park, which demonstrated the capabilities of the Company in developing large-scale technology parks. In the fourth quarter, we held various industrial events in Inno Park, strengthening our brand image as a technology park operator, establishing contacts with potential technology enterprise tenants, and deepening the relationships with our partners. These industrial activities included the "Nam Tai Sub-Forum of 2019 Greater Bay Area Conference on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence" held in November 2019 and the "Private Advisory Board of Shenzhen Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Industry Alliance" held in December 2019. In addition, Nam Tai Inno Park won the "Technology Park Award of Guangdong High-tech Enterprise Kunpeng Award" from the Guangdong High-tech Industry Chamber of Commerce, affirming the quality of our technology park. As of December 31, 2019, we had leased approximately 34,848 square meters of Inno Park to tenants.

Nam Tai Inno Park was highly recognized by high-tech corporate tenants. In January 2020, we signed lease contracts with Taihang Automobile Company Limited, a new energy automobile company, for the lease of our office and commercial units. Taihang Automobile plans to set up its Shenzhen headquarter in Inno Park. The signing of the contracts and the introduction of a new economy enterprise reflected the market's high recognition of our project and operating capabilities, and also strengthened our brand image as a leading technology park operator.

Nam Tai Sub-Forum of 2019 Greater Bay Area Conference on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

In November 2019, Nam Tai (Shenzhen) Industrial Operation Management Co., Ltd. ("Nam Tai Industrial Operation"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, co-hosted the sub-forum of "AI + Big Data Special Field - Development Trend and Application" in Shenzhen, together with China International Conference Center for Science and Technology, Shenzhen Association for Science and Technology as well as Shenzhen Industry-University-Research Institute Collaboration Association. Hosted by Professor Wang Zhidong from Chiba University of Technology in Japan, this forum was well-attended by prominent participants, including Huawei Altas Ecological Development Department, iFLYTEK Co., Ltd., Beijing Shenxing Technology Co., Ltd., Orbbec, Autox and the School of Computer Science and Technology of Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen). At this sub forum, the "Shenzhen Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Industry Alliance", jointly hosted by enterprises and organizations including Nam Tai Industrial Operation, Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen and Shenzhen Industry-University-Research Institute Collaboration Association, was proposed to established.

Private Advisory Board of Shenzhen Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Industry Alliance

In December 2019, the Private Advisory Board of Shenzhen Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Industry Alliance was successfully held in Nam Tai Inno Park by Nam Tai Industrial Operation, in conjunction with Shenzhen Industry-University-Research Institute Collaboration Association, Southern University of Science and Technology. During the forum, Professor Ren Rongwei from School of Management in Sun Yat-sen University shared his research on the cutting-edge trends of AI in the United States. Other participants included scholars from Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen and management from over 20 technology companies in Shenzhen and Shanghai.

Progress on Nam Tai Technology Center

We continued to advance the construction of the main structure of Nam Tai Technology Center in the fourth quarter of 2019. At present, the garden landscape, exhibition hall and lobby in the exhibition area are under construction. In addition, the Company obtained "Payment Certificate of Land Price" and "Property Ownership Certificate" in September and November 2019, respectively, after paying the additional land premium of Nam Tai Technology Center. These key documents were essential for obtaining bank credit facilities.

Update on Nam Tai Inno Valley

As at December 31, 2019, the percentage of leased space at the Nam Tai Inno Valley ("Inno Valley") had maintained at approximately 89.2%, equivalent to approximately 33,033 square meters. In the fourth quarter of 2019, we continued to improve the operational level of Inno Valley and provide industrial support services for our enterprise tenants in the park. In this quarter, we held three industrial events in Inno Valley, including the "Nam Tai Inno Valley Smart Nam Tai App Promotion Conference" in October 2019, the "Unknown Convenience for Corporate Bank Financing" in November 2019, and the "Senior Economist Training" in December 2019.

As for our Wuxi facilities, we leased out the facilities and delivered them to a third party in February 2019.

Other Project Expansion

As for Nam Tai • Tang Xi Technology Park, we started the optimization and renovation in September 2019, and opened it for leasing in the fourth quarter of 2019. As of December 31, 2019, the leased space at Nam Tai • Tang Xi Technology Park had reached 1,737 square meters.

In addition, the Company continued to add asset-light operation projects and expand our business in the Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone. In December 2019, we entered into a leasing agreement with a third party and rented a number of units located in Lanqiao International Building, Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai, with a total leased floor area of approximately 3,981 square meters for a period of nine years. The project has been re-named as "Nam Tai • U-Creative Space (Lujiazui)", with a focus on attracting enterprise tenants in finance, design, consulting, advertising, technology innovation, among other industries.

Policy Update

In terms of policy development, the Commission of Shenzhen Municipality and General Office of Shenzhen Municipal People's Government issued the "Action Plan to Build Shenzhen Pilot Demonstration Area of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics (2019-2025)" (the "Action Plan") in December 2019. The Action Plan proposes a new round of innovation-driven development strategies, including the comprehensive promotion of the Science City in Guangming District. In addition, it also aims to develop a new generation IT industry with a focus on 5G-related technologies. We will pay close attention to the positive impacts of the Action Plan in Guangming District and to the potential development opportunities in the region.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Public Security, China Quality Certification Center, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission and Cyberspace Administration of China also issued the "Opinions on Rectifying and Regulating the Order of the Housing Rental Market" (the "Opinions") in December 2019. According to the Opinions, the relevant ministries should formulate policies for transforming idle commercial office buildings, industrial plants and other non-residential buildings into rental housing in accordance with laws and regulations. The buildings, which are renovated for rental purpose, should meet the requirements of construction, fire control and other relevant regulations. We will continue to monitor on the policy changes and evaluate the opportunities that may arise.   

OUTLOOK

Looking back on the economic environment and policies of China in 2019, the national economy was generally stable, with a year-on-year growth of 6.2% in the first three quarters of 2019, a year-on-year growth of 5.6% in the industrial sector adding value above designated scale nationwide and a year-on-year growth of 7.1% in the sales of commercial housing. The GDP of Shenzhen in the first three quarters increased by 6.6% year on year. Earlier in 2019, the Central People's Government of China and the State Council issued the "Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area" in February 2019 and "Opinions on Supporting Shenzhen to Build a Pilot Demonstration Area of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics" in August 2019, which outlined the direction for future development of the Greater Bay Area. A stable economic environment and favorable policies will help us to explore long-term opportunities in China.

The Company will actively seek out development opportunities in the Greater Bay Area, and China's first-tier and second-tier cities. In addition to the existing technology park development and operation businesses, we will also actively explore business opportunities for the development of residential and commercial properties. We believe that our commercial and financial status will be more balanced by combining the development and sales of asset-heavy projects with the operation and leasing of asset-light projects.

In 2020, we will continue to promote the leasing of Nam Tai Inno Park, strengthen our operating system, and proceed with the construction of our project according to the plan. The construction of Nam Tai Technology Center will be advanced. As for Inno Valley, the urban renewal application process is planned to be filed.

In terms of financing, based on the secured financing facilities, we will withdraw credit prudently in 2020 to support the construction of our projects, and continue to strengthen our liquidity management capabilities to ensure the sustainability and health of the operations and cashflow of the Company.

OPERATING RESULTS




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