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* Korean licensing partner is back to normal production operation, further expansion of production capacity
* Revenue from license business more than doubled
* First deliveries to automotive manufacturers (OEM) in Brazil
* Earnings position from operating business improved by CHF 0.5 million
* One-time accountable impairment loss in the rehabilitation phase of the Korean licensing partner
Zug, Switzerland, May 20, 2017 - iQ Power Licensing AG (ISIN: CH028536338, WKN: A14M1C / Symbol iQL), the developer and marketer of technologies and their licenses for environmentally friendly and technologically leading starter batteries for motor vehicles, publishes the figures for the fiscal year 2016 and gives an overview of the current business situation.
In the year 2016, iQ Power Licensing AG continued its intensive collaboration with the new strategic partner Discover Energy Corporation (DEC) from Vancouver / Canada.
The strategic partner DEC intensified its commitment to the Korean licensing and production partner iQ Power Asia Inc. as well as to iQ Power Licensing AG through extensive financial investments in order to combine the iQ Power technology with the new DEC owned brand "Mixtech" for all major markets. In addition, Discover Energy Corporation made major investments in the expansion of the Korean plant and invested millions of dollars to stabilize and expand the production of the Korean factory. Discover Energy's commitment underscores the confidence of DEC in the future of iQ Power Licensing AG, its technology and the Korean factory, DEC is now the dominant shareholder in Korea and the largest single shareholder (18%) in iQ Power Licensing AG.
Great efforts and investments were made in 2016 to expand the product portfolio from nine battery models to 25 models. In addition to the new types of starter batteries, the Korean factory in 2016 focused on the introduction of a complete product line of commercial vehicle batteries for the North American market which will be launched in 2017. At present, the vast majority of batteries from the Korean license partner's production are sold in North America.
The year 2016 also marked the beginning of the production of the first batteries with iQ-Power technology for use by a major automobile manufacturer (OEM). Moura Baterias S.A. as the largest battery manufacturer on the South American continent, delivered the first batteries for OEM use. This was preceded by very long investment delays by automobile manufacturers in South America, caused by the economic and political crisis in Brazil.
Revenues from the operating business of iQ Power Licensing AG doubled in 2016 to CHF 0.63 million (2015: CHF 0.27 million). However, due to unforeseen production bottlenecks in the second half of 2016, IQPA was not able to keep pace with the rapidly growing orders. The increase in sales was therefore lower than originally expected. These bottlenecks were eliminated at the end of the second half of 2016 by corresponding investments in machinery and equipment.
The results from operations in 2016 showed an improvement of CHF 0.5 million compared to the previous year (2016: minus CHF 1.7 million versus 2015: minus CHF 2.2 million). The improvement is the result of higher revenues as well as lower costs for patents.
As already reported at the beginning of this year, the restructuring phase of the Korean licensing partner resulted in an dilution-related non-cash write-down of CHF 2.3 million (impairment loss) of the valuation of assets of the iQ Power Licensing AG in iQ Power Asia for the year 2016, which was necessary as part of the restructuring program. Details on this are explained in the company's annual report 2016. As a result, the total loss of the company for the year 2016 amounts to minus CHF 4.3 million (2015: minus CHF 2.5 million).
The equity of the company decreased from CHF 1.9 million to CHF 1.5 million at the end of the financial year. The decrease is primarily due to the accounting loss resulting from amortization of the asset values in iQ Power Asia Inc. as well as a lower than expected results from license revenues. The equity ratio remains satisfactory at 29% (2015: 38%). The liquidity of the company also remains satisfactory with a cash balance of CHF 0.9 million at the end of 2016.
The North American licensee began with a limited sales of batteries with iQ Power technology. However, the batteries were acquired by customers of Discover Energy in North America, which is why there is no additional license revenue from this limited business, since the revenues are included in the license payments from the Korean partner.
Outlook for 2017
Through intensive cooperation with the strategic partner Discover Energy and the establishment of a stable and efficient production as well as a growing sales of the Korean factory iQ Power Licensing AG has created a sustainable and rising sales base. The main focus of the activities in the first half of the year 2017 has been on the growth and stability of the licensee in Korea, as this is the fastest way to achieve rapid revenue growth. In addition to this, further activities are now being intensified during 2017 in order to tap additional new sources of income.
In January 2017, the first license fees were received from the Brazilian licensee. A moderate growth in these revenues is expected during the year. No significant revenue is expected by the licensee in North America for 2017.
Revenue from license revenues from the Korean licensing partner for 2017 will be significantly higher than in 2016, as the capacity of the plant continues to grow and expand. Management expects a positive operating cash flow in 2017. Overall, the management of iQ Power Licensing AG sees the developments in 2017 very positively.
About the iQ Power Technology
Batteries with iQ Power technology are designed to generate better performance in Start-Stop applications and to meet the growing demands of electronic usage in vehicles today. It is the first significant innovation to the flooded starter battery in decades. Automatic mixing of electrolyte inside the battery by passive mixing elements ensures uniform acid density for higher sustained performance throughout the entire life of the battery, thus avoiding early loss of capacity (Ah) as usual with ordinary batteries. This prolongs plate life by eliminating acid stratification and thermal gradients, delivering greater material utilization for a lower cost per cycle over conventional batteries. The patented technology was awarded the coveted Automechanika innovation award 1st prize in 2010 and und became a first prize winner of the GreenTec Awards in 2017. - More under: www.iqpower.com/en