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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

RFID Stock; ZST Digital Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZSTN) Announces Second Quarter 2011 Results

ZHENGZHOU, China - August 3, 2011 (Investorideas.com RFID stocks newswire) � ZST Digital Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZSTN) (the "Company" or "ZST"), a major developer, manufacturer and supplier of digital and optical network equipment to cable system operators and provider of GPS tracking devices and support services for transport-related enterprises in China, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011.
Second Quarter 2011 (unaudited) Financial Highlights
  • Total revenue was US$41.4 million, an increase of 25% compared to the second quarter of 2010.
  • Gross profit for the second quarter 2011 was US$10.2 million, an increase of 24% compared to the second quarter 2010.
  • Gross profit margin for the second quarter 2011 was 24.7%, compared to 25.0% for the second quarter of 2010.
  • Operating income for the second quarter 2011 was US$8.8 million, an increase of22% compared to the second quarter of 2010.
  • Net income for the second quarter 2011 was US$6.4 million, an increase of 22% compared to the second quarter of 2010.
  • Net income margin for the second quarter of 2011 was 15.4%, compared to 15.7% for the second quarter of 2010.
Recent Business Highlights
  • On June 8, 2011, the Company announced that it signed a Letter of Intent with EarthSearch Communications International, Inc. ("EarthSearch"), a subsidiary of East Coast Diversified Corporation (OTC.BB:ECDC) as the basis for further discussion regarding the terms and conditions that may apply in a formal agreement to be executed between both parties in the future. Under any such formal agreement, ZST Digital would be granted Chinese distribution and marketing rights to EarthSearch'sLogiboxx product, a proprietary technology for integrated wireless communication between GPS and RFID, and ZST would provide technical and administrative support for the product in China.
  • On June 20, 2011, the Company announced that it filed a patent application with the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) to ensure intellectual property protection for its Assisted GPS technology. Assisted GPS, or A-GPS, is a technology used to improve the performance of traditional standalone GPS tracking systems which rely solely on radio signals from satellites and can be impacted by poor signal conditions in certain environments, for example in dense urban areas. Without requiring any additional hardware, ZST Digital's A-GPS system can make use of the GSM modules and location based service (LBS) capabilities of customers' existing mobile phone equipment, in conjunction with additional software, to introduce LBS capabilities to the GPS system, forming a dual-positioning mode.
  • On July 12, 2011, the Company reported that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Zhong Bo was named a "Zhengzhou City Outstanding Entrepreneur" in a ceremony held by the Zhengzhou Association of Enterprises and the Zhengzhou Entrepreneurs Association.
Mr. ZhongBo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ZST, commented, "We delivered another quarter of healthy top- and bottom-line growth supported by strong sales of our commercial GPS fleet management products and services and continued expansion of our cable TV related businesses. Sales revenue from our IPTV, cable TV network equipment and commercial GPS fleet management tracking segments accounted for approximately 39%, 32% and 29% of total revenues, respectively. We continue to benefit from government regulations which are spurring demand within our end markets, especially for commercial GPS fleet management products and services. We expect these positive trends to continue to support the growth of our commercial GPS-related business segment in the second half of the year, and we remain confident in our ability to reach our full year guidance. As we enter the second half, we will continue to focus on delivering profitable growth, maintaining the highest standards of transparency and disclosure and increasing shareholder value."
Mr. Henry Ngan, Chief Financial Officer of ZST, commented, "We delivered a strong financial performance in the second quarter with year-over-year revenue increases across all three of our product segments. We believe that the underlying demand for our products and services remains healthy, and we are especially pleased with the rapid growth of our commercial GPS segment. While gross profit margin declined slightly in the quarter due to the change in sales mix of our IPTV products, we nevertheless maintained a healthy profit margin level thanks to the high-margin profile of our commercial GPS products and services. We further strengthened our balance sheet in the second quarter, and we believe that we are well-positioned to fund our continued growth. We enter the second half of the year on a strong footing and maintain our commitment to increasing long-term shareholder value."
Second Quarter 2011 (unaudited) Financial Highlights
Revenue
Revenue for the second quarter of 2011 was US$41.4 million, representing an increase of 25% from US$33.0 million in the second quarter of 2010. The primary reason for the increase in revenue during the quarter was strong growth in the commercial GPS-related business line. Revenue from sales of GPS devices and related service amounted to $12.1 million, representing an increase of 102% year-over-year, supported by the growing market demand for commercial GPS fleet management systems in response to government regulations requiring the registration of certain types of commercial vehicles on GPS platforms for government monitoring purposes. For the second quarter, the cable TV-related business and the commercial GPS-related business accounted for approximately 71% and 29% of total revenue, respectively, compared to 82% and 18% for the comparable period in 2010.
Gross Profit and Gross Profit Margin
Gross profit for the second quarter of 2011 was US$10.2 million, representing a 24% year-over-year increase. Gross profit margin for the second quarter of 2011 was 24.7%, essentially flat compared to25% in the second quarter of 2010.
Operating Expenses
Total operating expenses for the second quarter of 2011 were US$1.4 million, representing an increase of 39% from US$1.0 million in the second quarter of 2010.This increase in operating expenses was primarily a result of the higher volume of business activities generated.
Selling expenses for the second quarter 2011 were US$203,000, an increase of 86% from US$109,000 for the second quarter of 2010. Selling expenses comprise mainly salaries, shipping costs, and after-sale service expenses. Since our suppliers cover most of the shipping costs, we have not incurred high selling expense relative to our substantial increase in revenue. As a percentage of total revenue, selling expenses accounted for 0.5% and 0.3% for the second quarter of 2011 and 2010, respectively.
Research and development expenses (R&D) for the second quarter 2011 were US$167,000, an increase of 76% compared to US$95,000 for the second quarter of 2010. The increase resulted from the continued focus on the commercial GPS tracking business as we continued to expand the overall scope of the segment. As a percentage to total revenue, R&D expense accounted for 0.4% and 0.3% for the second quarter of 2011 and 2010, respectively.
General and administrative expenses (G&A) for the second quarter 2011 were US$1.1 million, up 28% from US$0.8 million in the second quarter of 2010. The rise in G&A expenses was mainly attributable to an increase in salary expenses and stock-based compensation. As a percentage to total revenue, G&A expenses accounted for 2.6% and 2.5% for the second quarter of 2011 and 2010, respectively.
Income from Operations
Income from operations was US$8.8 million in the second quarter of 2011 representing an increase of 22% compared to operating income of US$7.2 million in the second quarter of 2010.
Income Tax
Income tax expense for the second quarter of 2011 was US$2.5 million, compared to approximately US$2.0 million in the second quarter of 2010. This increase was mainly due to an increase in taxable income.
Net Income and EPS
Net income for the second quarter of 2011 was US$6.4 million, a year-over-year increase of 22% from US$5.2 million in the second quarter of 2010. Net margin was 15.4% for the second quarter of 2011 compared to15.7% in the second quarter of 2010.
Diluted net income per share was US$0.55 in the second quarter 2011, compared to US$0.45 for the second quarter of 2010, based on weighted-average common shares outstanding of 11,613,730 and 11,650,442, respectively.
Balance Sheet
Cash and cash equivalents totaled to US$50.2 million as of June 30, 2011, compared to US$40.2 million as of March 31, 2011, primarily attributable to cash generated from operations.
As of June 30, 2011, total accounts receivables were US$27.8 million, an increase of 31% from US$21.3million as of March 31, 2011, primarily due to a higher volume of business generated.
Full Year 2011 Outlook - For the full year 2011, the Company reiterates its estimates that revenues will range between US$160 million and US$175 million, and net income will range between US$28 million and US$30 million. This represents the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.
Conference Call
ZST senior management will host a conference call on August 3, 2011 at 7:00 am (U.S. Pacific Time) / 10:00 am (U.S. Eastern Time) / 10:00pm (HK / Beijing Time) to discuss its 2011 second quarter financial results and recent business activities.
The conference call may be accessed by calling +1-866-519-4004 or +1-718-354-1231 (for callers in the U.S.), 800-819-0121 (for callers in China), 800-930-346 (for callers in Hong Kong), +0808-234-6646 (for callers in United Kingdom) or +65-6723-9381 (for other international callers) and entering passcode 86908938. Please dial in approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled time of the call.
A recording of the conference call will be available through August 16, 2011, by calling +1-866-214-5335 (for callers in the U.S.) or +61-2-8235-5000 (for callers outside the U.S.) and entering pass code 86908938.
About ZST Digital Network, Inc.
ZST Digital Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:ZSTN) is a China-based company, principally engaged in (1) supplying digital and optical network equipment and providing installation services to cable system operators in China and (2) providing GPS location and tracking services to local logistics and transportation companies in China. The Company has developed a line of IPTV devices that are used to provide bundled cable television, Internet and telephone services to residential and commercial customers. The Company has assisted in the installation and construction of over 400 local cable networks in more than 90 municipal districts, counties, townships, and enterprises. The Company has also launched a commercial line of vehicle tracking devices utilizing our GPS tracking technologies and support services for transport-related enterprises to track, monitor and optimize their businesses. For more information about ZST Digital Networks, Inc., please visit http://www.zstdigital.com/english.
"Safe Harbor" Statement
This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" relating to the business of the Company and its subsidiary companies. These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes, expects" or similar expressions. Such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the non-binding nature of the letter of intent entered into with EarthSearch; risks related to techniques employed by manipulative short sellers in Chinese small cap stocks that may drive down the market price of our common stock.; our ability to maintain and increase revenues and sales of our products; our ability to develop and market new products; our strategic investments and acquisitions; compliance and changes in the laws of the People's Republic of China (the "PRC") that affect our operations; our ability to obtain all necessary government certifications and/or licenses to conduct our business; vulnerability of our business to general economic downturn, especially in the PRC; adverse capital and credit market conditions; our ability to meet liquidity needs; and other risk factors detailed in reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. Investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including the factors discussed above and in the Company's periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on its website (http://www.sec.gov). All forward-looking statements attributable the Company or to persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors other than as required under the securities laws. The Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.
Contacts:
Company Contact:
ZST Digital Networks Inc.
Henry H. Ngan, Chief Financial Officer
Email: ir@zstdigital.com
Investor Relations (US):
Bryan Degnan
Taylor Rafferty
Tel: +1 (212) 889-4350
Email: zstdigital@taylor-rafferty.com
Investor Relations (HK):
Mahmoud Siddig
Taylor Rafferty
Tel: +852-3196-3712
Email: zstdigital@taylor-rafferty.com
About EarthSearch Communications
EarthSearch Communications, an ECDC Company (OTC.BB:ECDC), is a US-based business whose flagship product, LogiBoxx�, integrates GPS and RFID at the hardware level. When combined with its proprietary Global Asset Tracking and Identification System (GATIS) middleware, LogiBoxx and GATIS become the centerpieces of a LogiBoxx Certified Solution. An unprecedented business decision-making tool, a LogiBoxx Certified Solution offers continuous visibility within the Supply Chain, Logistics, and Asset Management and Control industries. Along with its integrated, patent-pending GPS and RFID technologies, EarthSearch also offers a complete line of innovative RFID solutions. Its expertise with GPS and RFID technologies, combined with exceptional support and service facilities, distinguishes EarthSearch as a leading manufacturer and supplier of real-time location solutions in the marketplace. For more information on EarthSearch, visit www.earthsearch.us.
"SAFE HARBOR" STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: The statements contained in this release which are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include the Company's entry into new commercial businesses, the risk of obtaining financing, recruiting and retaining qualified personnel, and other risks described in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date hereof, and the Company disclaims any obligation to provide updates, revisions or amendments to any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in the Company's expectations or future events.
Editorial Contacts
Glenn Davis - EarthSearch Communications, an ECDC Company, - 1 770-953-4184 - +866-503-9316 - investorrelations@earthsearch.us
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