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China Automotive Systems (CAAS)

Participants
Kevin Theiss Investor Relations
Jie Li Chief Financial Officer
William Gregozeski Greenridge Global
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Operator

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to China Automotive Systems First Quarter 2022 Conference Call. At this time, all participants have been placed on a listen-only mode and the floor will be open for questions and comments after the presentation. It is now my pleasure to turn the floor over to your host, Kevin Theiss. Kevin, over to you.

Kevin Theiss

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a Next, we'll items. review few balance sheet

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Operator

Thank Instructions] you. [Operator

Gregozeski, coming your Your please ask question. from first is William question Global. Greenridge William,

William Gregozeski

Hi. A couple questions. of

that the that First, of with is right having some regards current lockdowns to quarter? much much in China, the is saw how impact that now an having? of in in quarter. You the How first

Unidentified Company Representative

[Foreign Language]

Jie Li

Okay.

is half of in to lockdown really core-related the a pandemic our March. business impact the So really second

significant ‘ come to doesn't our quarter our the fully did impact in in in April The way. lockdown very - of much reflected significant first number. month have impact it doesn't it So a in,

the at last the entire look with vehicle month April you auto was year. of in down the sales industry If passenger April of XX% in the compared China,

in lockdown our April. reflect So to - adjusted downward impact the we from and particular reason, that guidance for of month COVID annual just have the

William Gregozeski

it to do get like for gross all And Great. normal levels? XX%. what's Okay. regards that the to Or related? margin, sales that? that the all back looks With you more gross under Is margins guys had shipping how up international the reason

Unidentified Company Representative

[Foreign Language]

Jie Li

and including overall first gross overall impacted three margin, margin by affected was our that's quarter, business was domestic in and factors. the So international the gross

business The commercial first is sector. domestic our the vehicle in

players The truck lot sales market margin our and one to of are overall market. trucks. in estate the property overall affected of We business. weak to market commercial the producers product in impact the an truck for the heavy-duty sell weaker a major have side vehicle do of our vehicle heavy-duty sales, real the commercial steering particular, We does or

sizable mentioned, the oil for does our due inflated On accounts the overall shipping vehicle costs to a price you business international The revenue. the higher as just business, passenger of affected exchange. - last being dollars foreign dollars. U.S. our which was factor the the first costs. were our U.S. as stronger, in actually quarter, against because In reporting And affected RMB we

that's So large affecting our

William Gregozeski

[Foreign Language]

Jie Li

Yes.

noticed, As you since also especially U.S. has dollars, April and of May. the the RMB that been month has depreciated - against so

with margin improve, hopeful help are our quarters, the especially us we stronger So a will next dollar few weaker and the R&D.

William Gregozeski

right. XXXX? you that the towards how about on and going now? to Can what expect you is All in spend much Okay. R&D spending And talk XXXX

Jie Li

Okay. [Foreign Language] Okay.

of booked million. US$X.X about we in So R&D, terms QX,

and expect call of power expenses other the fiscal EPS R&D year we about R&D to steering, for going We the $XX including ERCB a We autonomous are as intelligent what now IRC, of XXXX. and the for some million product. electric the into EPS have in really the we And the systems, steering as embed for of development of functions most the slew or driving systems, Level GPS, - systems artificial future the intelligence the software featured REPS, our steering well for X of and vehicles. functions

invest. next the that slightly from area R&D will So higher expect said, be And expenses these year. will XXXX continue we the being are to we

this year's higher So we're lease little higher - going a spending. bit than

William Gregozeski

repurchases? expect Okay. Great. And when is, do to then do question last you share any guys

Jie Li

Okay. [Foreign Language] Yes.

the we finished will reporting, as the just we purchase. then qualified to So be

to then we'll stop to would we take brokers. probably and start up get line buying. It XX So our we days have with ready,

William Gregozeski

you, Thank guys. great. Okay,

Jie Li

Thank you.

Operator

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Kevin Theiss

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Operator

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