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China Natural Gas Announces First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

- First Quarter 2013 revenue increased by 10.0% year-over-year to $35.5 million

- Gross profit increased by 13.8% year-over-year to $12.9 million

- Net income increased by 139.6% year-over-year to $4.7 million, or $0.22 per diluted share

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XI'AN, China, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- China Natural Gas, Inc. ("China Natural Gas" or the "Company") (PINK: CHNG), a leading provider of compressed natural gas (CNG) and LNG for vehicular fuel and pipeline natural gas for industrial, commercial and residential use in Xi'an, China, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

First Quarter 2013 Results

Revenue in the first quarter of 2013 increased by 10.0% to $35.5 million from $32.3 million in the first quarter of 2012, driven by increased capacity of our LNG plant. Sales revenue of natural gas grew by 9.5% year-over-year to $32.2 million, from $29.4 million in the first quarter of 2012. Gasoline revenue in the first quarter of 2013 decreased by 42.5% to $0.5 million, from $0.8 million in the same period of the prior year, mainly because the closure of one gasoline fueling stations during the fourth quarter of 2012. Installation and automobile conversion services revenue increased by 38.6% year-over-year to $2.8 million, from $2.1 million a year ago. In the first quarter of 2013, sales of natural gas, gasoline, and installation and automobile conversion services contributed 90.7%, 1.3%, and 8.0% of total revenue, respectively.

Gross profit in the first quarter of 2013 increased 13.8% to $12.9 million from $11.4 million in the same period of the prior year. Gross margin in the first quarter of 2013 was 36.4%, compared to 35.2% a year ago. Gross margin increased primarily due to the increase in gross margin for our LNG business.

Operating income in the first quarter of 2013 was $5.8 million, an increase of 57.9% year-over-year from $3.7 million, primarily attributable to the increase in gross profit of LNG and decrease in general and administrative expenses.

Income tax expense was $0.9 million at an effective tax rate of 15.9%, as compared to $0.8 million at an effective tax rate of 28.9% in the first quarter of 2012. The decrease of effective income tax rate was primarily attributable to the reduced income tax rate of 15% enjoyed by JBLNG beginning on January 1, 2013.

Net income in the first quarter of 2013 increased by 139.6% to $4.7million or $0.22 per diluted share from $1.9 million or $0.10 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2012.

As of March 31, 2013, the Company had $10.7 million of cash and cash equivalents on hand, compared to $10.9 million of cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2012. The decrease was primarily attributable to the construction of the LNG plant and other projects, and the repayment of the loans from Shanghai Pudong Development Bank.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $5.0 million for the first quarter of 2013, as compared to net cash provided by operations of $7.4 million for the first quarter of 2012. The decrease was primarily due to the increase in advances to suppliers, accounts receivable and other receivable, and adjustments for non-cash expense items.

About China Natural Gas, Inc.

China Natural Gas (http://www.naturalgaschina.com ) transports and sells natural gas to vehicular fueling terminals, as well as commercial, industrial and residential customers through its distribution networks in China's Shaanxi, Henan and Hubei Provinces. The Company owns approximately 120 km of high-pressure pipelines and operates 20 CNG fueling stations in Shaanxi Province, 10 CNG fuelling stations in Henan Province and 1 CNG fueling station in Hubei Province and one LNG factory in Jingbian, Shaanxi province. China Natural Gas' five primary business lines include: (1) distribution and sales of CNG through Company-owned CNG fueling stations serving hybrid (natural gas/gasoline) powered vehicles; (2) installation, distribution and sales of piped natural gas to residential and commercial customers through Company-owned pipelines; (3) production and sales of LNG through our LNG production facility in Jingbian County, Shaanxi Province; (4) distribution and sales of gasoline through Company-owned CNG fueling stations for hybrid (natural gas/gasoline) powered vehicles; and (5) conversion of gasoline-fueled vehicles to hybrid (natural gas/gasoline) powered vehicles at its automobile conversion workshops.

SAFE HARBOR: FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release includes statements that may constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. For example, statements about the future plans and goals of the JV with CNPC and its prospects are forward looking and subject to risks. China Natural Gas, Inc. may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to fourth parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks outlined in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its registration statements on Forms S-1 and S-3, in each case as amended. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

This release is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration. Any public offering of securities to be made in the United States will be made by means of a prospectus that may be obtained from the issuer or selling security holder and that will contain detailed information about the company and management, as well as financial statements.

CHINA NATURAL GAS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF MARCH 31, 2013 AND DECEMBER 31, 2012

(Stated in US Dollars)




March 31, 2013


December 31, 2012






ASSETS







CURRENT ASSETS:







Cash and cash equivalents


$

10,700,924


$

10,857,456

Accounts receivable, net



3,289,300



2,148,379

Other receivables, net



969,170



458,605

Employee advances



325,505



399,031

Inventories



3,041,500



2,473,933

Advances to suppliers



8,449,792



4,869,606

Prepaid expense and other current assets



2,724,481



3,541,431

Total current assets



29,500,672



24,748,441








Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures



-



1,587,000

Property and equipment, net



177,582,135



179,515,563

Construction in progress



57,149,739



53,393,933

Goodwill



844,569



839,806

Other intangible assets



21,094,232



21,400,924

Prepaid expenses and other assets



7,367,886



7,015,142

TOTAL ASSETS


$

293,539,233


$

288,500,809








LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY














CURRENT LIABILITIES:







Senior notes- current maturities


$

38,569,998


$

38,352,498

Current portion of bank loan payable



4,788,000



4,761,000

Redeemable liabilities - warrants



17,500,000



17,500,000

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities



6,752,805



6,756,278

Other payable - related party



827,596



1,616,429

Short-term borrowing - related party



2,679,945



2,679,945

Unearned revenue



4,590,622



3,663,570

Accrued interest



2,392,773



1,936,584

Taxes payable



1,887,751



2,232,546

Total current liabilities



79,989,490



79,498,850








LONG-TERM LIABILITIES:







Bank loan payable, net of current portion



3,192,000



4,761,000

Total long-term liabilities



3,192,000



4,761,000

Total liabilities


$

83,181,490


$

84,259,850








STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:







Preferred stock, par value $0.0001 per share, 5,000,000 authorized, none issued and outstanding


$

-


$

-

Common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, 45,000,000 authorized, 21,458,654 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively



2,145



2,145

Additional paid-in capital



83,649,675



83,501,637

Accumulated other comprehensive income



22,579,356



21,276,931

Statutory reserves



12,368,349



11,818,087

Retained earnings



91,499,821



87,410,615

Noncontrolling interests



258,397



231,544

Total stockholders' equity



210,357,743



204,240,959

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY


$

293,539,233


$

288,500,809

 

CHINA NATURAL GAS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE THREE MONTHS PERI ODS ENDED MARCH 31, 2013 AND 2012

(Stated in US Dollars)




Three Months Ended March 31,



2013


2012






Revenue







Natural gas


$

32,180,068


$

29,399,687

Gasoline



474,999



825,895

Installation and other



2,844,263



2,051,736




35,499,330



32,277,318








Cost of revenue







Natural gas



20,953,430



19,274,859

Gasoline



420,661



788,144

Installation and other



1,196,648



852,245




22,570,739



20,915,248








Gross profit



12,928,591



11,362,070








Operating expenses







Selling



5,553,854



4,950,800

General and administrative



1,531,990



2,711,646




7,085,844



7,662,446








Income from operations



5,842,747



3,699,624








Non-operating income (expense):







Interest income



9,723



10,746

Interest expense



(189,379)



(432,037)

Loss on disposal of fixed assets



(57,045)



-

Loss on sales of long term investment



(79,650)



-

Other income (expense), net



26,199



(33,093)

Change in fair value of warrants



-



(83)

Foreign currency exchange loss



(813)



(505,940)




(290,965)



(960,407)








Income before income tax



5,551,782



2,739,217








Provision for income tax



885,461



791,471








Net income



4,666,321



1,947,746

Less: Income/(loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests



26,853



(228,059)

Net income attributable to China Natural Gas, Inc.



4,639,468



2,175,805








Other comprehensive income







Foreign currency translation gain



1,302,425



1,758,800

Comprehensive income


$

5,941,893


$

3,934,605








Weighted average shares outstanding







Basic



21,458,654



21,458,654

Diluted



21,458,654



21,458,654








Earnings per share







Basic


$

0.22


$

0.10

Diluted


$

0.22


$

0.10

 

CHINA NATURAL GAS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2013 AND 2012

(Stated in US Dollars)




For the Three Months Ended March 31,



2013


2012






CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:










Net income



4,666,321



1,947,746

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:







Depreciation and amortization



3,453,703



3,411,668

Provision for (recovery of) doubtful accounts



66,400



284,740

Loss (Gain) on disposal of equipment



57,045



-

Loss (Gain) on sales of long term investment



79,650



-

Stock-based compensation



148,038



148,038

Change in fair value of warrants



-



83

Change in assets and liabilities:







Accounts receivable



(1,193,016)



1,272,022

Other receivables



(931,273)



(1,196,797)

Employee advances



75,568



(88,962)

Inventories



(552,497)



124,084

Advances to suppliers



(3,545,892)



(2,961,113)

Prepaid expense and other current assets



874,291



3,195,216

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities



763,439



997,587

Unearned revenue



904,572



1,359,757

Accrued interest



456,189



(484,705)

Taxes payable



(356,785)



(588,625)

Net cash provided by operating activities



4,965,753



7,420,739








CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:







Payment for acquisition of property and equipment



(76,831)



(3,192,954)

Proceeds from sales of property and equipment



7,133



-

Proceeds from sales of long term investment



716,850



-

Additions to construction in progress



(3,353,310)



(4,744,279)

Prepayment on long-term assets



(89,747)



4,962,691

Payment for acquisition of business



-



(657,421)

Payment for intangible assets



-



(1,506,029)

Net cash used in investing activities



(2,795,905)



(5,137,992)








CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:







Repayment of short-term borrowing and other payable, related parties



(796,500)



-

Repayment of long -term debt



(1,593,000)



(794,000)

Repayment of senior notes



-



(3,333,334)

Increase in restricted cash



-



(794,000)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities



(2,389,500)



(4,921,334)








Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents



63,120



23,216








NET (DECREASE) INCREASEIN CASH & CASH EQUIVALENTS



(156,532)



(2,615,371)








CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD



10,857,456



9,622,883

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD


$

10,700,924


$

7,007,512

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:







Interest paid, net of capitalized interest


$

149,857


$

1,194,334

Income taxes paid


$

1,076,702


$

1,143,667








Non-cash transactions for investing and financing activities:







Construction material transferred to construction in progress


$

-


$

67,185

Construction in progress transferred to property and equipment


$

526


$

15,506,551

Other assets transferred to construction in progress



93,729



671,615

Capitalized interest - amortization of discount of notes payable and issuance costs


$

-


$

1,016,672

For more information, please contact:

China Natural Gas, Inc.     
Zhaoyang Qiao, CFO
Phone: +86-29-8832-7391
Email: qiaochaoyang@naturalgaschina.com

Jackie Shi
Investor Relations Director
Phone: +86-29-8832-3325 x922
Cell:  +86-139-9287-9998
Email: yjshi@naturalgaschina.com

SOURCE China Natural Gas, Inc.



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