November 05, 2010 at 08:30 AM EDT
Bonso Electronics Reports Year End Results

HONG KONG, Nov. 5, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bonso Electronics International Inc. (Nasdaq:BNSO) today reported its annual results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010.

Bonso reported a net loss for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010 of $0.66 million or $0.13 basic and diluted loss per share, as compared to a net loss of $7.6 million or $1.45 basic and diluted loss per share posted during fiscal year ended March 31, 2009. Net sales for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010 decreased 29% to $28.5 million from $40.4 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009.

Mr. Anthony So, President and CEO stated: "The global economic downturn that began in 2008 continued to effect the demand for our products during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010, as can be seen from the decrease in revenue compared to the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009. Although the overall market demand for the year was weak, our efforts in effecting tight cost control measures, the disposal of our unprofitable subsidiaries and the reduction of telecommunication products with lower margins, allowed us to reduce our net loss to $0.66 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010. Also, I am pleased that we were able to achieve positive cash flow during the last fiscal year in spite of challenges we faced."

Mr. So said further: "We are very optimistic about the future prospects for our company, and we believe our shares are undervalued in the market place. Therefore, we will continue to buy back our shares in the open market when we believe it is in the best interest of our shareholders to do so. Also, we maintain a strong cash position, which was $8.1 million (or $1.4 per share) as of March 31, 2010."

About Bonso Electronics

Bonso Electronics designs, develops, manufactures, assembles and markets a comprehensive line of electronic scales, weighing instruments, health care products and telecommunications products. Bonso products are manufactured in the People's Republic of China for customers primarily located in North America and Europe. Company services include product design and prototyping, production tooling, procurement of components, total quality management, and just-in-time delivery. Bonso also independently designs and develops electronic products for private label markets. For further information, visit the company's web site at http://www.bonso.com.

This news release includes forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward looking statements may be identified by such words or phrases as ``should,'' ``intends,'' ``is subject to,'' ``expects,'' ``will,'' ``continue,'' ``anticipate,'' ``estimated,'' ``projected,'' ``may,'' `` I or we believe,'' ``future prospects,'' or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements made in this press release, which relate to the reduction of losses and a positive impact upon our future operations as a result of the sale of assets involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results to differ materially from those expected and stated in this announcement. We undertake no obligation to update "forward-looking" statements.

-- Tables to Follow --

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Expressed in United States Dollars)
March 31
2009 2010
$ $
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 8,043,535 8,085,405
Trade receivables, net 1,084,756 1,323,655
Inventories 6,284,293 4,989,958
Income tax recoverable 987,449 1,569,332
Other receivables, deposits and prepayments 837,191 1,359,065
Held-to-maturity investments 1,000,000 --
Current assets of discontinued operations 3,813,697 199,892
Total current assets 22,050,921 17,527,307
Deferred income tax assets -- --
Goodwill -- --
Brand name and other intangible assets, net 4,008,147 3,854,610
Property, plant and equipment
Buildings 9,567,353 9,601,738
Construction-in-progress -- 475,931
Plant and machinery 19,972,376 20,037,455
Furniture, fixtures and equipment 3,276,312 3,287,852
Motor vehicles 447,792 448,212
33,263,833 33,851,188
Less: accumulated depreciation and impairment (29,889,580) (31,544,302)
Property, plant and equipment, net 3,374,253 2,306,886
Non-current assets of discontinued operations 5,704 --
 Total assets 29,439,025 23,688,803
 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
 
Current liabilities
Bank overdrafts – secured 385,514 68,580
Notes payable 1,361,787 2,094,532
Accounts payable 3,103,502 2,633,187
Accrued charges and deposits 2,004,841 1,934,265
Income tax liabilities 6,888 6,888
Current portion of capital lease obligations 130,201 51,971
Current liabilities of discontinued operations 5,787,099 1,097,723
Total current liabilities 12,779,832 7,887,146
 
Capital lease obligations, net of current portion 51,971 --
Income tax liabilities 2,595,135 2,595,135
Deferred income tax liabilities 14,162 19,069
 
Stockholders' equity
Common stock par value $0.003 per share
- authorized shares - 23,333,334
- issued shares: 2009 and 2010 - 5,577,639, outstanding shares: 2009 and 2010 – 5,246,903 shares 16,729 16,729
Additional paid-in capital 21,764,788 21,764,788
Treasury stock at cost: 2009 and 2010 - 330,736 shares (1,462,325) (1,462,325)
Accumulated deficit (8,714,233) (9,371,913)
Accumulated other comprehensive income 2,392,966 2,240,174
13,997,925 13,187,453
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity 29,439,025 23,688,803
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
Expressed in United States Dollars)
Year ended March 31,
2009 2010
$ $
(restated)
Net sales 40,378,198 28,543,272
Cost of sales (34,707,293) (23,693,400)
Gross profit 5,670,905 4,849,872
Selling expenses (649,377) (375,290)
Salaries and related costs (3,776,841) (2,538,673)
Research and development expenses (792,071) (579,700)
Administration and general expenses (4,601,879) (2,011,112)
Loss from operations (4,149,263) (654,903)
Interest income 126,544 102,686
Interest expenses (209,268) (69,106)
Foreign exchange loss (278,944) (521,832)
Gain on disposal of property 162,681 --
Other income / (expenses) 706,541 620,207
Loss before income taxes (3,641,709) (522,948)
Income tax benefit / (expense) (208,003) (9,087)
Loss from continuing operations (3,849,712) (532,035)
Loss from discontinued operations (including gain from disposal of $363,411), net of tax (3,734,702) (125,645)
Net loss (7,584,414) (657,680)
Other comprehensive income, net of tax:
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax 811,368 (152,792)
Comprehensive loss (6,773,046) (810,472)
Loss per share
Weighted average number of shares outstanding 5,246,903 5,246,903
- basic and diluted
- Continuing operations (0.73) (0.10)
- Discontinued operations (0.72) (0.03)
(1.45) (0.13)

The diluted net loss per share was the same as the basic net loss per share for the year ended Mar 31, 2009 and 2010 as all potential ordinary shares including the stock options and warrants are anti-dilutive and are therefore excluded from the computation of diluted net loss per share.

CONTACT:  Bonso Electronics International, Inc.
          Albert So, Chief Financial Officer
          852 2605 5822
          Fax: 852 2691 1724
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