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China Precision Steel Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results

SHANGHAI, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- China Precision Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: CPSL) ("China Precision Steel" or the "Company"), a niche precision steel processing Company principally engaged in producing and selling high precision, cold-rolled steel products, announced today its fiscal year 2012 second quarter results for the period ended December 31, 2011.

Second Quarter Highlights

  • Revenue was $33.7 million
  • Gross loss was $1.8 million
  • Net loss was $3.5 million
  • Fully diluted loss per share was $0.08
  • International sales increased to $4.8 million from $0.7 million in second quarter fiscal year 2011

"Sales for the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 declined as domestic demand for our products were negatively impacted by the overall economic slowdown in China. A slight decline in demand for home appliances was anticipated as the government's home appliance trade-in program concluded at the end of 2011; however, the decline in demand was further hampered as a result of the slowdown in global demand. Home appliances are one of our major end markets and we anticipate an improvement in demand toward the end of the year as appliance manufacturers work with the government to develop incentives to strengthen sales. In the longer-term, the transition of China's population moving from rural areas to the urban areas remains a major source of growth for China's home appliances industry which is expected to expand to $137.0 billion in 2016 from $77.2 billion in 2011, according to Euromonitor International," commented Mr. Hai Sheng Chen, CEO of China Precision Steel. "As for our international sales, we experienced a strong rebound in international demand during the quarter as our average selling price declined period-on-period, which made our products more competitive in the international markets."

Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 was $33.7 million, down 15.4% from revenue in the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 of $39.8 million. The decrease in revenue was mainly attributed to the decrease in domestic demand due to the slowing of the Chinese economy. Total sales volume in the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 decreased to 39,907 tons from total sales volume of 47,236 tons while average selling price per ton increased to $844 from $842 in the second quarter of fiscal year 2011. High carbon and low carbon sales accounted for 21.2% and 77.2% of total sales, respectively, compared to 20.4% and 70.2%, respectively, period-on-period. Exports represented 14.2% of total sales for the current period, up from 1.8% in the same period a year ago as the Company has been experiencing a rebound in global demand.

Gross loss in the second quarter was $1.8 million, compared to gross profit of $1.9 million in the same period a year ago. Gross margin for the current period was (5.3%) compared to 4.8% last year. The decrease in gross profit margin principally resulted from a decline in sales volume combined with an increase in average cost per unit sold period-on-period. The average cost per unit sold increased 10.8% to $889 from $802, while average selling price increased only 0.2% period-on-period.

Selling expenses for the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 were $40,185, compared to ($1,823) in the second quarter of fiscal year 2011. The increase in selling expenses was primarily attributable to an increase in export sales and subsequent increase in sales commissions during the quarter. Administrative expenses were $932,480, or 2.8% of revenue, compared to $725,650, or 1.8% of revenue period-on-period. The increase in administrative expenses was due to increased travelling costs during the period.

Operating loss for the current quarter was $2.8 million, compared to an operating income of $1.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2011.

Net loss for the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 was $3.5 million, compared to net income of $201,781 for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011. Fully diluted loss per share was $0.08, compared to fully diluted earnings per share of $0.00 in the same period a year ago.

Six Months Financial Results

Revenue for the first six months of fiscal year 2012 was $75.8 million, up 2.9% from $73.7 million in the same period a year ago. Gross loss was $1.7 million, compared to gross profit of $4.3 million for the six months of fiscal year 2011. Gross margin for the six months ended December 31, 2011 was (2.3%), down from 5.8% for the comparable period a year ago for similar reasons discussed above. Operating loss was $3.2 million, down from an operating income of $2.5 million in the first six months of fiscal year 2011. Net loss was $4.6 million, compared to a net income of $0.8 million in the same period a year ago. Fully diluted loss per share was $0.10, compared to fully diluted earnings per share of $0.02 for the first six months of fiscal year 2011.

Financial Condition

As of December 31, 2011, China Precision Steel had $2.2 million in cash and cash equivalents, $12.6 million in long-term debt, total liabilities of $69.1 million and working capital of $69.7 million. Stockholders' equity stood at $132.2 million, compared to $133.5 million as of June 30, 2011. Cash generated from operating activities during the first six months of fiscal year 2012 was $2.6 million.

Business Outlook

China's growth is predicted to be 8.2% in 2012, down from 9.2% in 2011 mainly due to weakening demand from Europe and the United States. As a result, China Precision Steel anticipates a continued slowing of near-term domestic demand. To minimize the negative impact of such a slowdown, the Company is working to increase its international sales and began supplying a new customer from Belgium during the second quarter of fiscal year 2012. As of December 31, 2011, China Precision Steel had a backlog of $17.3 million.

"Our business is closely tied to economic growth and as a result, our revenue and net profit will fluctuate according to economic trends. Growth in China's economy cooled to the slowest pace in more than two years in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2011 to 8.9%. However, the Chinese government is in the process of taking steps to ensure steady growth throughout 2012, which is expected to include implementing a new round of incentive policies as early as March," Mr. Chen continued. "As for our international market opportunities, we have become more competitive as selling prices have declined resulting in a strengthening of our export demand. We will continue to pursue these new opportunities and develop new customers in the global market. Additionally, we are maintaining our focus on strengthening our balance sheet and improving operating cash flows."

About China Precision Steel, Inc.

China Precision Steel, Inc. is a niche precision steel processing company principally engaged in the production and sale of high precision cold-rolled steel products and provides value added services such as heat treatment and cutting medium and high carbon hot-rolled steel strips. China Precision Steel's high precision, ultra-thin, high strength (7.5 mm to 0.05 mm) cold-rolled steel products are mainly used in the production of automotive components, food packaging materials, saw blades and textile needles. The Company primarily sells to manufacturers in the People's Republic of China and overseas markets such as Indonesia, Thailand, the Caribbean, Nigeria and Ethiopia. China Precision Steel was incorporated in 2002 and is headquartered in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Additional information can be found at the Company's website http://chinaprecisionsteelinc.com.

Conference Call

China Precision Steel will host a conference call on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss fiscal 2011 second quarter results. To participate in the live conference call, please dial the following number fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time: 866-800-8648. International callers should dial 617-614-2702. When prompted by the operator, mention conference passcode 833 854 17.

If you are unable to participate in the call at this time, a replay will be available for 14 days starting on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To access the replay, dial 888-286-8010 and enter the passcode 56774263. International callers should dial 617-801-6888 and enter the same passcode.

This conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties by clicking on http://www.chinaprecisionsteelinc.com. Please access the link at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download, and install any necessary audio software. For those unable to participate during the live broadcast, a 90-day replay will be available shortly after the call by accessing the same link.

Forward-Looking Statements

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Certain statements in this press release and oral statements made by China Precision Steel on its conference call in relation to this release, constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, without limitation, statements regarding China Precision Steel's ability to prepare the Company for growth, the Company's planned manufacturing capacity expansion, predictions regarding the ability of China's home appliance stimulus program to continue stimulating the demand for the Company's products, predictions about improvements in the global economy and predictions and guidance relating to the Company's future financial performance. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs but they involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, such as business conditions in China, weather and natural disasters, changing interpretations of generally accepted accounting principles; outcomes of government reviews; inquiries and investigations and related litigation; continued compliance with government regulations; legislation or regulatory environments, requirements or changes adversely affecting the businesses in which China Precision Steel is engaged; cyclicality of steel consumption including overcapacity and decline in steel prices, limited availability of raw material and energy may constrain operating levels and reduce profit margins, environmental compliance and remediation could result in increased cost of capital as well as other relevant risks not included herein. The information set forth herein should be read in light of such risks. You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the Company's expectations.  

- Financial Tables Follow -

China Precision Steel, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)


December 31,


June 30,


2011


2011

Assets




Current assets





Cash and cash equivalents

$2,196,645


$2,707,754


Accounts receivable






Trade, net of allowances of $1,090,238 and $1,063,620 at December 31 and June 30, 2011, respectively






46,949,452


41,335,759



Bills receivable

110,695


201,133



Other

1,373,445


1,420,192


Inventories

26,361,531


25,077,449


Prepaid expenses

938,061


633,416


Advances to suppliers, net of allowance of $1,767,426 and






$1,724,275 at December 31 and June 30, 2011, respectively

48,240,379


50,034,590

Total current assets

126,170,208


121,410,293

Property, plant and equipment





Property, plant and equipment, net

73,062,825


75,311,221


Construction-in-progress

10,034


64,762




73,072,859


75,375,983

Intangible assets, net

1,917,246


1,892,249

Goodwill

99,999


99,999

Total assets

$201,260,312


$198,778,524

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity




Current liabilities





Short-term loans

$27,460,366


$27,370,648


Long-term loan - current portion

3,600,000


3,600,000


Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

6,591,755


5,599,323


Advances from customers

5,933,563


2,275,241


Other taxes payables

7,042,474


6,297,227


Current income taxes payable

5,833,887


5,691,456

Total current liabilities

56,462,045


50,833,895

Long-term loans

12,600,000


14,400,000

Stockholders' equity:





Preferred stock: $0.001 per value, 8,000,000 shares authorized,






no shares outstanding at December 31 and June 30, 2011, respectively

-


-


Common stock: $0.001 par value, 62,000,000 shares authorized,






46,562,955 and 46,562,955 issued and outstanding at






December 31 and June 30, 2011, respectively

46,563


46,563


Additional paid-in capital

75,642,383


75,642,383


Accumulated other comprehensive income

20,092,840


16,822,185


Retained earnings

36,416,481


41,033,498

Total stockholders' equity

132,198,267


133,544,629

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$201,260,312


$198,778,524




China Precision Steel, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations

For the Three and Six Months Ended December 31, 2011 and 2010

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended



December 31,

December 31,

December 31,

December 31,



2011

2010

2011

2010













Sales revenues

$33,662,335

$39,768,528

$75,829,178

$73,664,983

Cost of goods sold

35,461,052

37,859,665

77,566,125

69,372,035

Gross (loss)/profit

(1,798,717)

1,908,863

(1,736,947)

4,292,948

Operating expenses






Selling expenses

40,185

(1,823)

108,489

108,382


Administrative expenses

932,480

725,650

1,226,556

1,597,120


Allowance for bad and doubtful debts

0

19,697

0

19,697


Depreciation and amortization expense

53,993

49,551

108,437

93,711


Total operating expenses

1,026,658

793,075

1,443,482

1,818,910

(Loss)/income from operations

(2,825,375)

1,115,788

(3,180,429)

2,474,038

Other income/(expense)






Other revenues

68,872

1,094

69,071

2,612


Interest and finance costs

(808,650)

(852,738)

(1,478,578)

(1,317,851)


Total other (expense)

(739,778)

(851,644)

(1,409,507)

(1,315,239)

(Loss)/income from operations before income tax

(3,565,153)

264,144

(4,589,936)

1,158,799

Provision for income tax






Current

(27,231)

62,363

27,081

312,507


Total income tax (benefit)/expense

(27,231)

62,363

27,081

312,507

Net (loss)/income

($3,537,922)

$201,781

($4,617,017)

$846,292

Basic (loss)/earnings per share

($0.08)

$0.00

($0.10)

$0.02

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

46,562,955

46,562,955

46,562,955

46,562,955

Diluted (loss)/earnings per share

($0.08)

$0.00

($0.10)

$0.02

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

46,562,955

46,562,955

46,562,955

46,562,955

Components of comprehensive (loss)/income:






Net (loss)/income

($3,537,922)

$201,781

($4,617,017)

$846,292


Foreign currency translation adjustment

1,627,491

1,770,168

3,270,655

3,467,907

Comprehensive (loss)/income

($1,910,431)

$1,971,949

($1,346,362)

$4,314,199




China Precision Steel, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

For the Six Months Ended December 31, 2011 and 2010

(Unaudited)



2011

2010





Cash flows from operating activities




Net (loss)/income

($4,617,017)

$846,292


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




 Depreciation and amortization

4,457,774

5,891,211


 Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(16,575)

0


 Allowance for bad and doubtful debts

0

19,697


 Inventory provision

442,383

0


Net changes in assets and liabilities:




 Accounts receivable, net

(4,945,225)

10,755,506


 Inventories

(1,104,504)

(2,802,535)


 Prepaid expenses

(299,326)

93,809


 Advances to suppliers

3,046,345

(15,873,801)


 Accounts payable and accrued expenses

1,400,057

(5,820,915)


 Advances from customers

3,601,384

(1,131,961)


 Other taxes payable

587,656

649,577


 Current income taxes

0

255,560

Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities

2,552,952

(7,117,560)

Cash flows from investing activities




 Purchase of property, plant and equipment, including construction in progress

(298,802)

(8,365,838)


 Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment

16,575

0

Net cash (used in) investing activities

(282,227)

(8,365,838)

Cash flows from financing activities




 Repayment of short-term loans

-

(52,173)


 Repayment of long-term loan

(2,845,699)

-

Net cash (used in) financing activities

(2,845,699)

(52,173)

Effect of exchange rate

63,865

725,939

Net (decrease) in cash

(511,109)

(14,809,632)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

2,707,754

29,036,706

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$2,196,645

$14,227,074




Elite IR

Leslie J. Richardson, Partner

+852-3183 0283

Leslie.richardson@elite-ir.com



SOURCE China Precision Steel Inc.



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