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Deswell Industries Inc. has announced net sales of $29.8 million for the first six months ended September 30, 2017, up by 44.2% compared to the same period in the previous year. Net sales increased by 30.6% to $13.8 million in the plastic segment and increased by 58.4% to $16 million in the company's electronic segment.
Total gross margin increased to 19.6% of net sales during the period, up from 14.3% in the same period last year. Gross profit margin in the plastic segment increased to 24.3% of net sales for the first half of fiscal 2018, compared to 17.9% of net sales for the corresponding period of last fiscal year. The increase in gross profit and margin in the plastic segment was mainly due to lower factory overhead, offsetting a slight increase in raw material and labor costs, as a percentage of sales. Gross profit margin in the electronic segment increased to 15.5% of net sales for the first half of fiscal 2018, compared to 10.5% of net sales for the corresponding period of last fiscal year. The increase in gross profit and margin in the electronic segment was mainly attributable to a decrease in labor cost and factory overhead, as a percentage of net sales. The operating income in the first half of fiscal 2018 was $1.6 million, compared to an operating loss of $1.8 million for the same period of fiscal 2017.
The company reported net income of $3.7 million for the six months ended September 30, 2017, compared to net income of $0.7 million for the six months ended September 30, 2016. This was primarily due to an increase in gross profit and decrease in SG&A expense, as a percentage of sales, for the six months ended September 30, 2017.
The company's financial position remained strong, with $11.7 million in cash and cash equivalents and working capital totaled $42.7 million as of September 30, 2017. Furthermore, the Company has no long-term or short-term borrowings as of September 30, 2017.
Edward So, chief executive officer, commented, "Our strong operating performance in the first half of 2018 is a result of the strategic initiatives we have focused on over the past few years. The top line growth reflects our efforts to drive revenue by expanding business with existing customers and adding new customers; both our plastic and electronic assembly segments saw strong growth in the period. Furthermore, we have continued to reduce costs, enabling us to achieve enhanced margins and considerable growth in earnings per share. Our pipeline is healthy, and we remain diligently focused on aligning with the right customers and products."
Deswell manufactures injection-molded plastic parts and components, electronic products and subassemblies, and metallic molds and accessory parts for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and contract manufacturers at its factories in the People’s Republic of China. The Company produces a wide variety of plastic parts and components used in the manufacture of consumer and industrial products; printed circuit board assemblies using surface mount (SMT) and finished products such as telephones, telephone answering machines, sophisticated studio-quality audio equipment and computer peripherals. To learn more about Deswell Industries, Inc., please visit the Company’s website.