Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ:SORL)
Shares of Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ:SORL) gained 20.4% after the leading manufacturer and distributor of automotive brake systems reported Q3 financial results that beat Wall Street estimates. According to the Chief Executive Officer, Xiaoping Zhang, demand for the company’s products continue to increase across all three business segments.
Sorl Sales Growth
Investors reacted to the better than expected financial results by pushing the stock up the chart, after coming under pressure in recent weeks. The stock is currently trading in an uptrend with immediate resistance at $8.40, above which it could make a push for the 52-week high of $9.74 a share. For the full year, the stock is up by more than 90%.
For the three months ended September 30, 2017, Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ:SORL) generated sales of $101.3 million – representing a 59% year over year growth. Revenues from international markets increased 19.1% to $19.3 million due to growing global customer base. Net sales for the first nine months of the year increased 29.6% to $72.9 million.
Gross profit in the quarter grew 44.4% to $27.3 million compared to $18.9 million reported last year. However, gross margin dropped to 26.9% from 29.7% due to higher raw materials costs and price promotion designed to increase market share.
“We are excited to report that our sales growth in all three segments accelerated during the quarter. We continue to capture market share in the Chinese commercial vehicle braking market with our new advanced products and attractive pricing,” said Mr. Zhang.
Net income attributed to shareholders increased 165% to $8.6 million or $0.44 a share compared to $3.2 million or $0.17 a share reported last year. Net income for the first nine months of the year nearly doubled to $21.4 million or $1.11 a share from $10.9 million or $0.57 a share reported last year.
Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ:SORL) exited the third quarter with cash and cash equivalent of $7.6 million. Inventories in the quarter increased to $83.1 million from $65.8 million as of December 31, 2018.
Buoyed by the strong performance in the third quarter, Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ:SORL) management has increased its full-year guidance for net sales, from $315 million to approximately $370 million. The company also expects net income of $30.5 million up from an initial guidance of $27.5 million.
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