Dynex Power Announces Second Quarter Results for 2017


Dynex Power Announces Second Quarter Results - Strong Revenue up 27% vs Q2 2016; but weak Gross Profit Margins.

Lincoln, England, August 23rd, 2017 - Dynex Power Inc. (TSXV: DNX), a leading, high power semiconductor company, today announced its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30th, 2017.

Summary financial information for the three months and six months ended June 30th, 2017 is as follows:

¹ Weighted average for the period

Second quarter revenue of $11.5 million was 27% higher than the corresponding quarter of last year. This increase was despite an 8% strengthening of the Canadian Dollar exchange rate against Sterling. In Sterling terms, revenue increased by 38%. For the year to date, revenue was $3.7 million or 19% higher than in the first half of 2016 (36% higher in Sterling terms). This reflected significant increases in bipolar sales and services, which more than offset smaller reductions in sales of IGBT modules, die and power assemblies.

The gross margin was 8.6% of revenue in the second quarter of 2017 compared to a negative gross margin of 1.3% of revenue in the second quarter of 2016. For the year to date, gross margin was 16.1% compared to 5.5% in the corresponding period of last year. The improvement in gross margin in 2017 reflects increased revenues in a high fixed cost business; however, it remains below the range targeted by management.

The combination of other income, expenses and costs represented 18.5% of revenue in the second quarter and 18.7% of revenue for the year to date compared to 21.7% and 19.1% in the corresponding periods in 2016. The absolute level of such expenditure increased by $151,000 in the second quarter and $624,000 for the year to date compared to the corresponding periods of last year, reflecting changes to the management team, increased research and development costs and the cost of a small redundancy exercise to rebalance resources in the business.

As a consequence of these results, the Company recorded a loss before tax of $1.1 million compared to a loss before tax of $2.1 million in the corresponding quarter of last year. For the year to date, a loss before tax of $590,000 was recorded compared to a loss before tax of $2.6 million for the corresponding period of last year. Tax recoveries reduced the net loss for the second quarter to $944,000 or $0.01 per share, compared with a net loss of $1.7 million, or $0.02 per share, in the same period of last year. For the year to date, the net loss was $538,000 or $0.01 per share compared to $2.2 million or $0.03 per share, a reduction of 75%.

Clive Vacher, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “We are pleased by the revenue growth. We have demonstrated that with hard work, the revenue opportunities are there.

“At the same time, we are not happy with the loss. The product mix demand from our customers resulted in a low gross margin, at 8.6%. In addition, the close-out of some power assemblies projects with budget overruns, together with higher R&D expense, negatively impacted the quarter.

“Despite these constraints, Dynex has demonstrated strong first-half revenue growth of 19% over 2016, which was even stronger - a 36% increase - on a constant-currency basis, as we place more focus on commercial results and operational execution. Losses have been cut by over 75% in the same period. But we won’t be satisfied until we produce consistent profits.

“We are, however, happy with the progress of our turnaround plan. We have five workstreams and each is showing improvements, thanks to the commitment and hard work of all our employees. We have launched some new market-leading products, with more new products on their way in the second half of the year. Operational and quality performance continues to improve, and the company is aligned with a clear strategy. While there is a lot more work to do, the direction of travel is good.”

Liu Ke’an, the Chairman of Dynex, said, “The loss in the second quarter was not what had been expected, but the numbers show considerable improvement in the performance of the business. The team at Dynex is strongly focused on the goal of sustained profitability, and I am confident the detailed plans are being executed efficiently to achieve this. I remain fully behind the change programme at Dynex and look forward to positive developments going forward.”

Forward-looking Statements

In commenting on its expectations, the Company cautioned existing and potential shareholders about relying on the Company’s expectations in that the Company’s expectations contain forward-looking statements and assumptions which are subject to the risks and uncertainties of the markets and the future, which could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations, and which are each difficult and subjective to forecast. Certain of those risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the quarter ended June 30th , 2016 and include, among other things, risks and uncertainties relating to: the level of worldwide demand for power semiconductors and power semiconductor assemblies; the level of investment in power electronic equipment, electrification of transport systems, alternative power generation and high quality power transmission and distribution; and fluctuations in exchange rates between Canadian Dollars, Sterling, US dollars and Euros. As a consequence of these and other risks and uncertainties, shareholders and potential investors must make their own independent judgments about the accuracy and reliability of the Company’s expectations. Dynex disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About the Company

Dynex designs and manufactures high power bipolar semiconductors, high power insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) modules and die, high power electronic assemblies and radiation hard silicon-on-sapphire integrated circuits (SOS IC’s). The company’s power products are used worldwide in power electronic applications including electric power transmission and distribution, renewable and distributed energy, marine and rail traction motor drives, aerospace, electric vehicles, industrial automation and controls and power supplies. The Company’s IC products are used in demanding applications in the aerospace industry. Dynex Semiconductor Ltd is its only operating business and is based in Lincoln, England in a facility housing the fully integrated silicon fabrication, assembly and test, sales, design and development operations. In 2008, a majority of the shares of Dynex were acquired by Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric Co., Ltd. In April 2016 this company changed its name to Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric Co., Ltd. Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric Co., Ltd. is based in Hunan Province in the People's Republic of China. It is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. CRRC Times Electric is mainly engaged in the research, development, manufacture and sales of locomotive train power converters, control systems and other train-borne electrical systems, as well as the development, manufacturing and sales of urban railway train electrical systems. In addition, CRRC Times Electric is also engaged in the design, manufacturing and sales of electric components including power semiconductor devices for the railway industry, urban railway industry and non-railway purposes.

Information about Dynex Semiconductor Ltd and its products can be found at www.dynexsemi.com.

Further information on CRRC Times Electric can be found at www.timeselectric.cn/en

All monetary values expressed in this release are in Canadian Dollars unless stated otherwise.

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