Tech: ABV is pitching a turnaround but without any numbers to back it up
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Advanced Braking Technology (ASX:ABV) says sales are steady, costs are coming down, and margins are up — but is yet to provide its long suffering shareholders with any numbers.
The company sells brakes.
One, the Failsafe, is very popular and sells for $11,000 a set, while the other Terra Dura brake has been under testing and redevelopment for years.
Today the company said February to May was good: sales of Failsafe brakes weren’t record breaking but steady and it expects they will be supplemented by orders from Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO) for its Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia and the WestConnex civil construction project in NSW.
Savings of $800,000 for this year are beginning to make themselves felt on the balance sheet and ABV says cash burn has slowed.
But the company has provided no numbers to back these comments, telling investors to wait for the next quarterly report.
The Terra Dura brake has plagued ABV for years and it’s unclear its got any commercial sales away yet.
ABV listed in 2002 and its patented industrial SIBS — since rebranded as Failsafe — brakes have been the backbone of sales for years.
But in 2016 the company started buying the Terra Dura brand as a way into the consumer off-road market.
All seemed to be going well, with a few delays in testing, and ABV expected to start selling products in the first six months of 2017 as the orders began to roll in.
But by June the scale of problems began to become clear. The latest redesign was only completed this month and ABV is still tinkering with a new metal cover design.
Last year the company delivered 50 sets of Terra Dura brakes for paid trials and today said sales had started to mining industry customers, but offered no more information.
Last week sales director Geoff Lewis said “forecast demand” was strong and his team was “ready to immediately meet this demand”.
After posting a worse result for the six months to December 31, 2018, compared to the prior corresponding quarter, investors are now looking for a solid bank of numbers to prove the company really has turned a corner after years of up and down cash receipts and cash burn caused by the ongoing Terra Dura drama.
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