June 30, 2008
China Automotive Systems Announces 2008 Second Quarter Preliminary Results
Revenue Expected to be Over US$ 52 Million EPS Expected to be Between US$0.18 and US$0.22
WUHAN, Hubei, China, June 30 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- China Automotive Systems, Inc. , a leading power steering components and systems supplier in China, today announced preliminary results for the second quarter of 2008, with revenue expected to be over US$52 million compared with US$36 million in the second quarter of 2007, reflecting over 43% year-over-year growth. In the 2008 second quarter, diluted earnings per share (EPS) are expected to be between $0.18 and $0.22, compared with second quarter 2007 diluted EPS of $0.10.
The 2008 second quarter results were highlighted by solid performances across China Automotive Systems' business segments and strong cash flow from operations. China Automotive Systems has also renewed their contracts with all of its key customers.
''We are very confident about the favorable market outlook for our long-term growth. Despite the slowdown of the US and European auto market, the Chinese domestic auto market maintains a healthy growth momentum. Also, with the rising fuel price in China, most of our large OEM customers, who are economy car manufacturers, will benefit from increasing market demand for small-size vehicles. We strive to continue to win new contracts and expand our production capacity to increase our earnings, and further enhance our long-term shareholder value," Mr. Qizhou Wu, Chief Executive Officer of China Automotive Systems, commented.
Based in Hubei Province, People's Republic of China, China Automotive Systems, Inc. is a leading supplier of power steering components and systems to the Chinese automotive industry, operating through seven Sino-foreign joint ventures. The Company offers a full range of steering system parts for passenger automobiles and commercial vehicles. The Company currently offers 4 separate series of power steering and 307 models of power steering with an annual production capacity of 1.1 million sets, steering columns, steering oil pumps and steering hoses. Its customer base is comprised of leading Chinese auto manufacturers such as China FAW Group, Corp., Donfeng Auto Group Co., Ltd., Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd., Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd. and Chery Automobile Co., Ltd., etc. For more information, please visit: http://www.caasauto.com/ .
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For further information, please contact: Jie Li Chief Financial Officer China Automotive Systems Email: [email protected] Kevin Theiss Investor Relations Grayling Global Tel: +1-646-284-9409 Email: [email protected]
China Automotive Systems, Inc.
Web Site: http://www.caasauto.com/