Cenntro Electric Group Announces First Half 2022 Unaudited Financial Results | Business Wire

2022-09-17 08:27:33 By : Ms. Jialian Zhou

1H22 net revenue increased by 105% year on year

1H22 number of vehicles sold increased 23% year on year

Management to Host Conference Call on Tuesday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m. ET

FREEHOLD, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE )--Cenntro Electric Group Limited (NASDAQ: CENN) (“Cenntro” or “the Company”), a leading EV technology company with advanced, market- validated electric commercial vehicles (“ECVs”), today announced its financial results for the first half year ended June 30, 2022.

First Half 2022 Operational and Financial Highlights

“During the first half of 2022, we continued to execute on our strategic initiatives and grow our topline despite a challenging macroeconomic environment. Sales volume of our electric commercial vehicles reached 337 units, representing an increase of 23% year-over-year. Out of that, we sold 132 units of our newly launched Logistar 200 (the “LS 200”) model, which doubled our average selling price. This demonstrates our capabilities for executing our tiered product strategy while addressing various customer demands amidst global uncertainty,” said Peter Wang, Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Wang continued, “We also made progress across multiple fronts during the first half of 2022. First, we introduced three new EV products, the Logistar 100 (the “LS 100”), Logistar 260 (the “LS 260”) for the European market and Logistar 400 (the “LS 400”) for the North American market. We have already begun receiving pre-orders for these new products. These new vehicles come with higher price points and will continue to improve our product mix. Second, we made the strategic decision to bring advanced battery technology and production in-house, which will strengthen our supply chain. Third, we started new vehicle assembly in the U.S. and Europe as well as began building out our EV distribution and services infrastructure. These initiatives set a strong foundation to accelerate our growth. Going forward, we believe our expanded product lineup and leading technology will position us well to capture tremendous growth opportunities in the transformation of the global commercial fleet industry to zero-emission vehicles.”

Edmond Cheng, Chief Financial Officer, added, “Increased vehicle sales and improved product mix helped us achieve 105% year-over-year revenue growth for the first six months of 2022. These results reflect our continuous investment in product development and partnership with the right OEMs to enhance our product offerings to meet market demand. We have also stepped up our investment in sales and marketing, infrastructure, and research & development to support our growth objectives. However, in light of the uncertain macroeconomic environment, we will remain cautious in managing our expenditures and working capital in order to preserve a strong balance sheet.”

Recent Developments & First Half 2022 Business Highlights

The Company has opened the order books for LS100, LS 260 and LS 400 models.

Net revenue was $5.0 million in the first half of 2022, an increase of 105% from $2.5 million in the first half of 2021. The increase was due to both a 23% growth in sales volume as well as an improvement of the average selling price (“ASP”) from $7,354 in primarily selling Metro Car Kits last year to $14,400 in the improved product mix to include 132 units of the LS 200 at a much higher ASP.

Gross profit was $0.53 million in the first half of 2022, an increase of 18% from $0.45 million in the first half of 2021. Gross margin was 10.6% in the first half of 2022, compared with 18.3% in the first half of 2021. The change in gross margin was primarily due to both the inflation pressure on input costs such as battery and the shipping costs, especially as shipping costs of a 40-foot container to Hamburg or New York have risen to a high of $20,000 for the first half of 2022 from the average of $2,000 for the same period last year. Recently in August, the average cost of shipping the same 40-foot container has come down to $5,000.

Total operating expenses were $24.7 million in the first half of 2022, compared with $5.0 million in the first half of 2021. The increase was primarily driven by headcount growth and higher legal and compliance costs to support our growth as a public company. In addition, in the first half of 2022, we also incurred non-recurring fees and expenses of approximately $6.5 million related to the compensation to certain directors for their past services to the Company and a non-recurring expense of approximately $1.8 million for compensation in 2022 related to FOH divestiture. Excluding these one-time costs, our operating expenses in the first half of 2022 would have been $16.4 million.

Net loss was $23.1 million in the first half of 2022, compared with net loss of $4.5 million in the first half of 2021.

Adjusted EBITDA was negative $12.9 million in the first half of 2022, compared with Adjusted EBITDA of negative $3.0 million in the first half of 2021.

Cash and cash equivalents balances

Cash and cash equivalents were $183.0 million as of June 30, 2022, compared with $2.0 million as of June 30, 2021.

First Half 2022 Results Conference Call

Cenntro Electric Group CEO Peter Wang, and CFO Edmond Cheng will host a conference call followed by a question-and-answer session on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time to discuss its financial results for the six-month period ended June 30, 2022.

Please register in advance of the conference call using the link provided below. Conference access information will be provided upon registration. Participant Online Registration: https://s1.c-conf.com/diamondpass/10025106-fmsn3a1.html

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/qrrriixa and via the investor relations section of the Company's website at ir.cenntroauto.com. A replay of the conference call will be available after 9:30 p.m. Eastern time through September 21, 2022.

About Cenntro Electric Group Ltd.

Cenntro Electric Group Ltd. (or "Cenntro") (NASDAQ: CENN) is a leading designer and manufacturer of electric light and medium-duty commercial vehicles. Cenntro's purpose-built ECVs are designed to serve a variety of organizations in support of city services, last-mile delivery, and other commercial applications. Cenntro plans to lead the transformation in the automotive industry through scalable, decentralized production, and smart driving solutions empowered by the Cenntro iChassis. As of December 31, 2021, Cenntro has sold or put into service more than 3,700 vehicles in over 25 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit Cenntro's website at: www.cenntroauto.com.

This communication contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts. Such statements may be, but need not be, identified by words such as "may,'' "believe,'' "anticipate,'' "could,'' "should,'' "intend,'' "plan,'' "will,'' "aim(s),'' "can,'' "would,'' "expect(s),'' "estimate(s),'' "project(s),'' "forecast(s)'', "positioned,'' "approximately,'' "potential,'' "goal,'' "strategy,'' "outlook'' and similar expressions. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding assembly and distribution capabilities, decentralized production, and fully digitalized autonomous driving solutions. All such forward-looking statements are based on management's current beliefs, expectations, and assumptions, and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied in this communication. For additional risks and uncertainties that could impact Cenntro's forward-looking statements, please see disclosures contained in Cenntro's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including the "Risk Factors" in Cenntro's Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on April 25, 2022 and which may be viewed at www.sec.gov.

For Cenntro’s financial statements, please refer to the Company’s current report on Form 6-K filed with the SEC on September 13, 2022.

____________________________ 1 Represents a non-GAAP financial measure. For additional information about non-GAAP measures, including, where applicable, reconciliations to the most directly comparable financial measures presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, please see “Non-GAAP Measures” below.

Investor Relations Contact: Chris Tyson MZ North America CENN@mzgroup.us 949-491-8235 Company Contact: PR@cenntroauto.com IR@cenntroauto.com

Cenntro Electric Group Announces First Half 2022 Unaudited Financial Results

Investor Relations Contact: Chris Tyson MZ North America CENN@mzgroup.us 949-491-8235 Company Contact: PR@cenntroauto.com IR@cenntroauto.com