WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Forward Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORD), a designer and distributor of custom carry and protective solutions, today announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights
  • Revenues were $7.3 million vs $6.7 million when compared to the third quarter of 2016. 
  • Income from operations was $549 thousand compared to income of $85 thousand from the third quarter of 2016. 
  • Gross profit percentage was 17.4% in the third quarter of 2017 compared to 16.2% in the third quarter of 2016. 
  • Net income was $552 thousand compared to net income of $78 thousand in the third quarter of 2016. 
  • Earnings per share were $0.06 per share compared to $0.01 per share for the third quarter of 2016. 
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $4.1 million at June 30, 2017.

Terry Wise, Chief Executive Officer of Forward Industries, stated, "We continue to focus our efforts to safeguard and grow our existing business with our top tier Medical customers. Concurrently, we have made promising progress on aggressively seeking new business within other growing market sectors in the medical industry. Additionally, we have actively cultivated opportunities within other diversified industries. To bolster our efforts, I am extremely pleased to announce that we have successfully recruited a senior sales professional with a proven track record into the senior management team. In the context of these encouraging developments, I remain hopeful that our streamlined business is set directionally on a path to growth in the future."

The tables below are derived from the Company's unaudited, condensed consolidated financial statements included in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Please refer to the Form 10-K for complete financial statements and further information regarding the Company's results of operations and financial condition relating to the fiscal years ended September 30, 2016 and 2015. Please also refer to the Form 10-K for a discussion of risk factors applicable to the Company and its business.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThis 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 expansion of our existing customer base and diversifying our product portfolio. 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, pricing pressures, lack of success of new sales people and unanticipated issues with our affiliated sourcing agent. 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, 2016 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 IndustriesIncorporated in 1962, and headquartered West Palm Beach, Florida, Forward Industries is a global designer and distributor of mobile device cases and accessories. Forward's products can be viewed online at www.forwardindustries.com.
 
FORWARD INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(UNAUDITED)
       
    For the Three Months Ended June 30,       For the Nine Months Ended June 30,  
  2017   2016   2017   2016
                           
Net revenues $ 7,332,722   $ 6,664,700     $ 18,456,846   $ 20,828,036  
Cost of goods sold   6,054,812     5,586,460       15,304,021     17,026,895  
Gross profit   1,277,910     1,078,240       3,152,825     3,801,141  
                           
Operating expenses:                          
Sales and marketing   309,000     452,691       1,116,221     1,317,725  
General and administrative   419,836     540,631       1,576,495     2,005,477  
Total operating expenses   728,836     993,322       2,692,716     3,323,202  
                           
Income from operations   549,074     84,918       460,109     477,939  
                           
Other income (expense):                          
Other income (expense), net   2,851     (6,962 )     5,778     (11,600 )
Total other income (expense), net   2,851     (6,962 )     5,778     (11,600 )
                           
Net income $ 551,925   $ 77,956     $ 465,887   $ 466,339  
                           
Net income $ 551,925   $ 77,956     $ 465,887   $ 466,339  
Other comprehensive income:                          
Translation adjustments   -     918       -     2  
Comprehensive income $ 551,925   $ 78,874     $ 465,887   $ 466,341  
                           
Net income per basic common share $ 0.06   $ 0.01     $ 0.05   $ 0.05  
Net income per diluted common share $ 0.06   $ 0.01     $ 0.05   $ 0.05  
                           
Weighted average number of common and                          
common equivalent shares outstanding:                          
Basic   8,855,885     8,586,879       8,716,030     8,492,222  
Diluted   8,906,846     8,679,619       8,816,432     8,661,542  
                           

 
FORWARD INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
       
    June 30,       September 30,  
  2017   2016
  (Unaudited)    
Assets              
               
Current assets:              
Cash $ 4,061,277     $ 4,760,620  
Accounts receivable   6,637,431       4,864,423  
Inventories   1,829,016       2,572,980  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   205,348       141,421  
               
Total current assets   12,733,072       12,339,444  
               
Property and equipment, net   26,116       43,030  
Other assets   12,843       12,843  
               
Total assets $ 12,772,031     $ 12,395,317  
               
Liabilities and shareholders' equity              
               
Current liabilities:              
Accounts payable $ 74,311     $ 62,136  
Due to Forward China   3,578,281       3,519,676  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   341,740       587,741  
Total current liabilities   3,994,332       4,169,553  
               
Other liabilities   40,918       51,486  
               
Total liabilities   4,035,250       4,221,039  
               
Commitments and contingencies              
               
Shareholders' equity:              
               
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 40,000,000 shares authorized;              
8,920,830 and 8,780,830 shares, issued and outstanding, respectively   89,208       87,808  
Additional paid-in capital   17,878,276       17,783,060  
Accumulated deficit   (9,208,918 )     (9,674,805 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (21,785 )     (21,785 )
               
Total shareholders' equity   8,736,781       8,174,278  
               
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 12,772,031     $ 12,395,317  
               
Contact:Forward Industries, Inc.Michael Matte, CFO(561) 465-0031

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