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Forward Industries Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: May 11, 2011 05:17PM

Forward Industries Inc. (FORD) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2011-03-31. Forward Industries Inc. has a market cap of $32 million; its shares were traded at around $3.96 with and P/S ratio of 1.7.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Accounts receivable consist of unsecured trade accounts with customers or their contract manufacturers. The Company performs periodic credit evaluations of its customers including an evaluation of days outstanding, payment history, recent payment trends, and perceived credit worthiness; and believes that adequate allowances for any uncollectible receivables are maintained. Credit terms to the majority of customers are generally net thirty (30) days to net sixty (60) days; however, the Company typically extends to its largest customers payment terms up to 90 days. The Company has not historically experienced significant credit or collection problems with its OEM customers or their contract manufacturers. None of these customers or their contract manufacturers is or has been in default to the Company, and payments are generally received from them on a timely basis. Two customers, including their affiliates and contract manufacturers, accounted for approximately 72% and 75% of the Company’s accounts receivable at March 31, 2011, and September 30, 2010, respectively. At March 31, 2011 and September 30, 2010, the allowance for doubtful accounts was approximately $15,000 and $19,000, respectively.

Inventories consist primarily of finished goods and are stated at the lower of cost (determined by the first-in, first-out method) or market. Based on management’s estimates, an allowance is made to reduce excess, obsolete, or otherwise un-saleable inventories to net realizable value. The allowance is established through charges to cost of goods sold on the Company’s consolidated statements of operations. As reserved inventory is disposed of, the Company charges off the associated allowance. In determining the adequacy of the allowance, management’s estimates are based upon several factors, including analyses of inventory levels, historical loss trends, sales history, and projections of future sales demand. The Company’s estimates of the allowance may change from time to time based on management’s assessments, and such changes could be material. At March 31, 2011, and September 30, 2010, the allowances for obsolete inventory were approximately $47,000 and $28,000, respectively.

Property and equipment consist of furniture, fixtures, and equipment and leasehold improvements and are recorded at cost. Expenditures for major additions and improvements are capitalized, and minor replacements, maintenance, and repairs are charged to expense as incurred. When property and equipment are retired or otherwise disposed of, the cost and accumulated depreciation are removed from the accounts and any resulting gain or loss is included in the results of operations for the respective period. Depreciation is provided over the estimated useful lives of the related assets using the straight-line method for financial statement purposes. The estimated useful life for furniture, fixtures and equipment ranges from three to ten years. Amortization of leasehold improvements is computed using the straight-line method over the shorter of the remaining lease term or the estimated useful lives of the improvements. For the three-month periods ended March 31, 2011 and 2010, the Company recorded approximately $15,000 and $14,000 of depreciation and amortization expense, respectively. For each of the six-month periods ended March 31, 2011 and 2010, the Company recorded approximately $28,000 of depreciation and amortization expense. Depreciation and amortization for production related property and equipment is included as a component of costs of goods sold in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations. Depreciation and amortization for selling and general and administrative related property and equipment, is included as a component of operating expenses in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations.

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