Forward Reports Fiscal 2012 Results

Forward Reports Fiscal 2012 Results

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 20, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Forward Industries,
Inc. (Nasdaq:FORD), a designer and distributor of custom carry and protective
solutions, today announced financial results for its fiscal year ended
September 30, 2012.

Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Results – Compared to fiscal year 2011 results:

  *Net sales increased $6.6 million, or 29%, to $29.4 million in fiscal 2012
    due primarily to higher sales of diabetic products, which increased $5.0
    million, and to a lesser extent, higher sales of other products, which
    increased $1.6 million.
    
  *Gross profit decreased $1.1 million, or 22%, to $4.0 million in fiscal
    2012. As a percentage of sales, gross profit declined to 14% in fiscal
    2012 from 22% in fiscal 2011. This decline was primarily due to:

    *Nonrecurring costs related to the restructuring of our sourcing and
      quality assurance capability, and the remediation of certain quality
      issues relating to two major customers.
      
    *Introduction of new and replacement programs with lower gross margins
      that contributed significantly to overall product mix.
      
    *Increases in costs of materials with respect to several large,
      long-standing programs, combined, in some cases, with customer price
      concessions.

  *Sales and marketing expenses decreased $0.9 million, or 35%, to $1.7
    million in fiscal 2012 due primarily to:

    *Lower personnel costs resulting from the restructuring of our sales,
      marketing, and product development team.
      
    *Lower travel and entertainment expenses.
      
    *Lower advertising and promotion expenses.

  *General and administrative expenses increased $0.9 million, or 20%, to
    $5.6 million in fiscal 2012 due primarily to:

    *Higher legal fees and settlement costs incurred in connection with a
      lawsuit.
      
    *Higher consulting and personnel costs resulting from the restructure of
      our executive, finance, and IT personnel.

  *Net loss from continuing operations increased $1.3 million to $3.3
    million, or $(0.41) per share, in fiscal 2012 from $2.0 million, or $0.25
    per share in fiscal 2011 due to: decreased gross profit on a higher sales
    base, higher sales and marketing expenses; higher general and
    administrative expenses; and an unfavorable change in other income
    (expense).
    
  *Net loss from discontinued operations was $6.3 million, or $(0.78) per
    share, in fiscal 2012, compared to $0.9 million, or $(0.11) per share, in
    fiscal 2011.

Robert Garrett, Jr., Forward's Chief Executive Officer, commented: "Against a
challenging operating and economic backdrop, we remain focused on returning
our company to profitability by revitalizing and growing our core OEM business
and completing our exit from retail.

"To this end, we have recently implemented several key measures, such as
partnering with an exclusive, Asia-based, sourcing agent that we believe will
yield meaningful, long-term benefits, in terms of negotiating favorable
material costs, improving the quality of our products, and diversifying our
supplier base. We have also reduced our fixed overhead, by closing our offices
in London, Dubai, Saarbrucken, and Santa Monica; relocating our corporate
headquarters to West Palm Beach; and eliminating headcount dedicated to our
retail business.A portion of these costs savings are being reinvested to
expand and restructure our sales, design, customer service, finance and IT
personnel focused on growing our OEM business. In addition, a rigorous cost
rationalization plan is underway with regard to other components of our
operating expenses, which we believe will result in a more streamlined and
efficient use of our working capital.

"We continue to see the underlying strengths of our OEM business, as evidenced
by the 29% sales growth achieved during fiscal 2012.However, we have also
seen our margins compress in fiscal 2012. Our primary challenge is to restore
our gross margins to levels achieved as recently as fiscal 2010, which we
believe is attainable through our ongoing efforts to diversify our supplier
and customer bases."

The tables below are derived from the Company's audited, consolidated
financial statements included in its Annual Report on Form 10-K 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, 2012 and 2011. 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 Statements

In addition to the historical information contained herein, this press release
contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section
27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that reflect Forward's current
expectations and projections about its future results, performance, prospects
and opportunities.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 in Forward's fiscal year ending
September 30, 2013 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in, or
implied by, these forward-looking statements.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, 2012 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

Incorporated 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.

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FORWARD INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                                                                
                                                   For the Fiscal Years Ended
                                                    September 30,
                                                   2012          2011
Net sales                                           $29,403,004   $22,763,280
Cost of goods sold                                  25,429,096    17,682,301
Gross profit                                        3,973,908     5,080,979
                                                                
Operating expenses:                                              
Sales and marketing                                 1,675,680     2,590,515
General and administrative                          5,562,019     4,630,421
Total operating expenses                            7,237,699     7,220,936
                                                                
Loss from operations                                (3,263,791)   (2,139,957)
                                                                
Other income (expense):                                          
Interest income                                     61,882        109,737
Other expense, net                                  (96,069)      (51,302)
Total other (expense) income                        (34,187)      58,435
                                                                
Loss from continuing operations before income tax   (3,297,978)   (2,081,522)
expense (benefit)
Income tax expense (benefit)                       15,110        (56,050)
Loss from continuing operations                     (3,313,088)   (2,025,471)
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax of $0 (6,320,968)   (875,068)
Net loss                                            $(9,634,056)  $(2,900,539)
                                                                
Net loss per basic and diluted common share:                     
Loss from continuing operations                     $(0.41)       $(0.25)
Loss from discontinued operations                   $(0.78)       $(0.11)
Net loss per share                                  $(1.19)      $(0.36)
                                                                
Weighted average number of common and common                     
equivalent shares outstanding
Basic and diluted                                   8,101,661     8,080,344


FORWARD INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                                                               
                                                  September 30, September 30,
                                                   2012          2011
Assets                                                          
Current assets:                                                 
Cash and cash equivalents                         $4,608,246    $14,911,844
Marketable securities                             420,605       --
Accounts receivable, net                          7,533,491     3,894,118
Inventories, net                                  3,380,813     1,014,195
Prepaid expenses and other current assets         367,552       378,008
Current assets of discontinued operations         621,879       1,671,243
Total current assets                               16,932,586    21,869,408
                                                               
Property and equipment, net                       138,774       302,158
Other assets                                      40,442        88,716
Total Assets                                       $17,111,802   $22,260,282
                                                               
Liabilities and shareholders' equity                            
Current liabilities:                                            
Accounts payable                                  $5,936,848    $2,787,263
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities    1,725,185     465,995
Current liabilities of discontinued operations    261,806       324,335
Total liabilities                                  7,923,839     3,577,593
                                                               
Commitments and contingencies                                   
                                                               
Shareholders' equity:                                           
Preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share;
4,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and  --            --
outstanding
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share;
40,000,000 shares authorized, 8,811,595 and        88,116        87,943
8,794,296 shares issued; and 8,105,185 and
8,087,886 shares outstanding, respectively
Capital in excess of par value                    17,020,771    16,845,673
Treasury stock, 706,410 shares at cost            (1,260,057)   (1,260,057)
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)           (6,624,926)   3,009,130
Accumulated other comprehensive loss              (35,941)      --
Total shareholders' equity                         9,187,963     18,682,689
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity         $17,111,802   $22,260,282

CONTACT: Forward Industries, Inc.
         James McKenna, CFO
         (561) 465-0070

Forward Industries, Inc.
 
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