Forward Reports Fiscal 2023 Second Quarter Results
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Forward Reports Fiscal 2023 Second Quarter Results

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., May 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Forward Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORD), a global design, manufacturing, sourcing and distribution group, today announced financial results for its second quarter ended March 31, 2023.

Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2023 Financial Highlights  

  • Revenues were $10.7 million, an increase of 3.9% from $10.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2022.
  • Gross margin declined to 14.2% compared to 21.8% for the second quarter of fiscal year 2022.
  • Operating loss was $0.8 million compared to $0.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2022.
  • Basic and diluted loss per share was $0.09 compared to $0.04 for the second quarter of fiscal year 2022.
  • Cash balance of $2.4 million at March 31, 2023 as compared to $2.6 million at September 30, 2022.

Terry Wise, Chief Executive Officer of Forward Industries, stated “During the quarter, whilst the positive momentum within our design division was sustained, the group continued to be adversely impacted by the poor performance within retail and OEM divisions. These complex legacy and logistical challenges are being actively addressed. Upon resolution of these challenges, I am hopeful that these efforts will be reflected in a positive performance for the entire group.”

The tables below are derived from the Company’s consolidated financial statements included in its Form 10-Q filed on May 12, 2023 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Please refer to the Form 10-Q for complete financial statements and further information regarding the Company’s results of operations and financial condition relating to the fiscal quarters ended March 31, 2023 and 2022. Please also refer to the Company’s Form 10-K for a discussion of risk factors applicable to the Company and its business. 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements (Brian to review based on quote)

This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 including statements regarding our optimism for improved performance in fiscal year 2023 and hopeful that our efforts will be reflected in a positive performance for the entire group. Forward has tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words such as “may”, “should,” “expect,” “hope,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to the Company and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause its actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. These risks include the inability to expand our customer base, loss of additional customers, pricing pressures, lack of success of our sales people, failure to develop products at a profit, failure to commercialize products that we develop, continued supply chain issues, inability of our design division’s customers to pay for our services, unanticipated issues with our affiliated sourcing agent, issues at Chinese factories that we source our products as a result of the pandemic or otherwise, and failure to obtain acceptance of our products. No assurance can be given that the actual results will be consistent with the forward-looking statements. Investors should read carefully the factors described in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s filings with the SEC, including the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2022 for information regarding risk factors that could affect the Company’s results. Except as otherwise required by Federal securities laws, Forward undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or any other reason.

About Forward Industries

Forward is a global design, manufacturing, sourcing and distribution group serving top tier medical and technology customers worldwide. Through its acquisitions of Intelligent Product Solutions, Inc. and Kablooe Design, Inc., the Company has expanded its ability to design and develop solutions for its existing multinational client base and expand beyond the diabetic product line into a variety of industries with a full spectrum of hardware and software product design and engineering services. In addition to our existing design and distribution of carry and protective solutions, primarily for handheld electronic devices, we are now a one-stop shop for design development and manufacturing solutions serving a wide range of clients in the industrial, commercial, medical and consumer industries.

For more information, contact:        
Anthony Camarda, CFO, Forward Industries, Inc.                
(631) 547-3041, 

        March 31,   September 30,
          2023       2022  
Assets   (Unaudited)    
Current assets:      
  Cash   $ 2,355,713     $ 2,575,522  
  Accounts receivable, net   8,184,823       7,542,666  
  Inventories, net   2,920,982       3,801,030  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets   511,020       417,605  
      Total current assets   13,972,538       14,336,823  
Property and equipment, net   261,211       241,146  
Intangible assets, net   999,522       1,105,901  
Goodwill   1,758,682       1,758,682  
Operating lease right of use assets, net   3,227,103       3,427,726  
Other assets   68,737       68,737  
      Total assets $ 20,287,793     $ 20,939,015  
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity      
Current liabilities:      
  Accounts payable $ 408,838     $ 268,160  
  Due to Forward China   8,977,441       7,713,880  
  Deferred income   166,395       438,878  
  Current portion of earnout consideration         25,000  
  Current portion of operating lease liability   396,652       377,940  
  Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   957,613       1,153,906  
      Total current liabilities   10,906,939       9,977,764  
Other liabilities:      
  Note payable to Forward China   1,300,000       1,400,000  
  Operating lease liability, less current portion   3,046,856       3,249,824  
  Earnout consideration, less current portion   30,000       45,000  
    Total other liabilities   4,376,856       4,694,824  
      Total liabilities   15,283,795       14,672,588  
Commitments and contingencies      
Shareholders’ equity:      
  Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 40,000,000 shares authorized;      
    10,061,185 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2023      
    and September 30, 2022   100,612       100,612  
  Additional paid-in capital   20,154,505       20,115,711  
  Accumulated deficit   (15,251,119 )     (13,949,896 )
      Total shareholders’ equity   5,003,998       6,266,427  
      Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 20,287,793     $ 20,939,015  

  For the Three Months Ended March 31,   For the Six Months Ended March 31,
    2023       2022       2023       2022  
Revenues, net $ 10,657,980     $ 10,314,563     $ 21,467,659     $ 21,928,304  
Cost of sales   9,145,550       8,061,889       18,036,528       17,056,861  
Gross profit   1,512,430       2,252,674       3,431,131       4,871,443  
Sales and marketing expenses   773,309       704,102       1,463,609       1,441,780  
General and administrative expenses   1,583,179       1,871,311       3,278,457       3,538,188  
Loss from operations   (844,058 )     (322,739 )     (1,310,935 )     (108,525 )
Fair value adjustment of earnout consideration               (40,000 )      
Interest expense   26,781       30,864       54,739       63,691  
Interest income   (856 )           (856 )      
Other expense/(income), net   965       2,732       (23,595 )     4,095  
Loss before income taxes   (870,948 )     (356,335 )     (1,301,223 )     (176,311 )
Provision for income taxes                      
Net loss $ (870,948 )   $ (356,335 )   $ (1,301,223 )   $ (176,311 )
Loss per share:              
Basic $ (0.09 )   $ (0.04 )   $ (0.13 )   $ (0.02 )
Diluted $ (0.09 )   $ (0.04 )   $ (0.13 )   $ (0.02 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:              
Basic   10,061,185       10,061,185       10,061,185       10,061,185  
Diluted   10,061,185       10,061,185       10,061,185       10,061,185  


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