Euro Tech Posts Weak Financial Performance, Losses

The company has felt the effects of Hong Kong's ravaged economy.

Author: Belinda Zhou   

Shares in Euro Tech Holdings Company Ltd. (Nasdaq: CLWT) soared 7% on Monday despite weak 2019 performance.

The Hong Kong-based maker of water treatment equipment said in a statement on Friday after markets closed that its revenue in the 12 months through December reached $17.4 million, down 14% year-over-year. Net loss in 2019 hit $146,000, or 6 cents per share, in contrast to income of $88,000, or 4 cents per share, in 2018.

Euro Tech said its port services and commercial ships business, Ballast Water Treatment Systems, has a "positive" future.

The company is developing the Chinese and Southeast Asia markets, offering promotions to sell its newly developed port solution system in the local ports to prevent ecological imbalance. 

New rules from the International Maritime Organization requires that approval certification for revised G8 requirements must be obtained for all BWTS installed on or after October 28 in 2020. So Euro Tech plans to start the land-based test for the BWTS, it said.

The company announced a special dividend of approximately 42 cents per ordinary share in March, noting that the special dividend is taken from the $1.45 million the company gained from the sale of a Hong Kong property.

Euro Tech said the economic slowdown in China and Hong Kong last year contributes to its weaker operating results, while the coronavirus outbreak made the situation worse.

Hong Kong recorded the biggest economic slowdown in the first quarter, with GDP down 8.3% and exports down 9.7%. 

"The magnitude of Hong Kong's economic recession in the first quarter could be worse than 2008's global economic tsunami, or the impact of the Asian financial crisis [in 1997-98]," Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po said last month.

Despite the disappointing results, shares in Euro Tech closed at $2.45 per share on Monday, up 7%.


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