China Precision Steel Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

SHANGHAI, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 2014 third quarter results for the period ended March 31, 2014. 

Second Quarter Highlights

  • Revenue was $14.2 million
  • Gross loss was $5.7 million
  • Net loss was $20.4 million
  • Fully diluted loss per shares was $5.26

"Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 increased 66.3% to $14.2 million as sales volume increased to 23,137 tons from 10,264 tons period over period," commented Mr. Hai Sheng Chen, CEO of China Precision Steel. "Over the past few years, we have recognized an increase in bad debt allowance and have subsequently taken steps to improve collection from our customers by tightening our credit terms. As a result, approximately 90% of our sales during the third quarter were paid on delivery contributing to a decline in our annual Days Sales Outstanding to 53 days from 357 days in the third quarter of fiscal 2013. As of the end of the quarter, we had a backlog of $5.7 million."

Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 was $14.2 million, up 66.3% from revenue of $8.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2013. The increase in revenue was mainly attributable to increased marketing and sales in the domestic market. Sequentially, revenue increased 20.0% from revenue of $11.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2014. Total sales volume in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 was 23,137 tons, up from total sales volume of 10,264 tons in the prior period. High carbon and low carbon sales accounted for 37.9% and 59.6% of total sales, respectively, compared to 40.7% and 48.6%, respectively, period-on-period. Exports represented 1% of total sales for the current period, compared to 8% in the same period a year ago. 

Gross loss in the third quarter was $5.7 million, compared to gross loss of $2.4 million in the same period a year ago. Gross loss margin for the current period was 40.0%, compared to a gross loss margin of 27.7% in the third quarter of fiscal 2013. The decrease in gross loss margin is mainly attributable to a 26.3% period-on-period decrease in average selling prices per unit sold.

Selling expenses for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 were $23,290, compared to $31,901 in the third quarter of fiscal year 2013. The decrease in selling expenses was primarily attributable to lower transportation costs period-on-period. Administrative expenses were $749,813, or 5.3% of revenue, compared to $576,091, or 6.7% of revenue period-on-period. The increase in administrative expenses was primarily due to an increase in traveling expenses and legal and professional fees period-on-period. 

Operating loss for the current quarter was $19.5 million, compared to an operating loss of $12.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2013.

Net loss for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 was $20.4 million, compared to net loss of $13.5 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2013. Fully diluted loss per share was $5.26, compared to fully diluted loss per share of $3.48 in the same period a year ago. 

Nine Months Financial Results

Revenue for the first nine months of fiscal year 2014 increased 66.9% to $37.9 million from $22.7 million in the same period a year ago. Gross loss was $13.8 million, compared to a gross loss of $5.1 million for the nine months of fiscal year 2013. Gross loss margin for the nine months ended March 31, 2014 was 36.5% compared to 22.7% for the same period a year ago. Operating loss was $40.2 million compared to $26.6 million in the first nine months of fiscal year 2013. Net loss was $43.0 million, compared to a net loss of $28.6 million in the same period a year ago. Fully diluted loss per share was $11.07, compared to fully diluted loss per share of $7.37 for the first nine months of fiscal year 2013. 

Financial Condition

As of March 31, 2014, China Precision Steel had $331,786 in cash and cash equivalents, $78.2 million in total liabilities and stockholders' equity stood at $10.0 million

Forward-Looking Statements

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Certain statements in this press 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 the likelihood that the downturn in China's steel industry has halted and that the industry will experience a turnaround and increased demand; the significance of China's implementation of pro-growth measures and the likelihood that it will start benefitting the domestic steel industry; the Company's ability to reduce operating costs, improve working capital and increase profitability, and any other statements of non-historical information. 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. 

Elite IR
Leslie J. Richardson, Partner
Leslie.richardson@elite-ir.com

-- Financial Tables Follow --

 

China Precision Steel, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)




 March 31,

June 30,




2014

2013

Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents

$331,786

$75,243


Accounts receivable





Trade, net of allowances of $6,257,658 and $30,642,373





at March 31, 2014 and June 30, 2013, respectively

7,505,070

29,480,738


Bills receivable

32,157

94,089


Other receivable

1,102,422

1,041,255


Inventories, net

13,728,195

15,837,201


Prepaid expenses

172,261

467,890


Advances to suppliers, net of allowance of $1,837,822 and





$19,689,609 at March 31, 2014 and June 30, 2013, respectively

9,009,558

9,304,847

Total current assets

31,881,449

56,301,263

Property, plant and equipment




Property, plant and equipment, net

54,020,456

61,366,745


Construction-in-progress

292,743

255,996




54,313,199

61,622,741

Intangible assets, net

1,844,922

1,903,675

Goodwill

99,999

99,999

Total assets

$88,139,569

$119,927,678

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity



Current liabilities




Short-term loans

$27,659,632

$28,028,722


Long-term loan - current portion

16,200,000

16,200,000


Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

13,217,939

7,044,007


Advances from customers

7,684,131

1,456,420


Other taxes payables

7,490,484

8,295,220


Current income taxes payable

5,914,649

5,993,574

Total current liabilities

78,166,835

67,017,943

Long-term loan

-

-

Stockholders' equity:




Preferred stock: $0.001 per value, 500,000 shares





authorized, no shares outstanding





at March 31, 2014 and June 30, 2013, respectively

-

-


Common stock: $0.001 par value, 10,000,000 shares





authorized, 3,880,866 issued and outstanding





at March 31, 2014 and June 30, 2013, respectively

3,880

3,880


Additional paid-in capital

75,685,066

75,685,066


Accumulated other comprehensive income

22,106,215

22,075,822


Accumulated deficit

(87,822,427)

(44,855,033)

Total stockholders' equity

9,972,734

52,909,735

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$88,139,569

$119,927,678

 

China Precision Steel, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income

For the Three and Nine Months Ended March 31, 2014 and 2013

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended



2014

2013


2014

2013

Sales revenues

$14,239,523

$8,563,497


$37,870,918

$22,684,524

Cost of goods sold

19,928,488

10,938,804


51,685,473

27,828,738

Gross (loss)

(5,688,965)

(2,375,307)


(13,814,555)

(5,144,214)

Operating expenses







Selling expenses

23,290

31,901


104,041

86,237


Administrative expenses

749,813

576,091


1,500,861

1,420,503


Allowance for bad and doubtful debts

13,016,962

9,665,828


24,685,571

19,825,042


Depreciation and amortization expense

40,060

51,742


128,702

155,753


Total operating expenses

13,830,125

10,325,562


26,419,175

21,487,535

(Loss) from operations

(19,519,090)

(12,700,869)


(40,233,730)

(26,631,749)

Other income/(expense)







Other revenues

41

70,743


60,105

678,500


Interest and finance costs

(912,222)

(857,269)


(2,793,769)

(2,640,934)


Total other (expense)

(912,181)

(786,526)


(2,733,664)

(1,962,434)

(Loss) from operations before income tax

(20,431,271)

(13,487,395)


(42,967,394)

(28,594,183)

Provision for income tax







Current

-

-


-

-


Total income tax

-

-


-

-

Net (loss)

(20,431,271)

(13,487,395)


(42,967,394)

(28,594,183)

Basic (loss) per share

($5.26)

($3.48)


($11.07)

($7.37)

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

3,880,866

3,880,866


3,880,866

3,880,866

Diluted (loss) per share

($5.26)

($3.48)


($11.07)

($7.37)

Diluted weighted average shares

outstanding

3,880,866

3,880,866


3,880,866

3,880,866

 

China Precision Steel, Inc. and Subsidiaries


Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows


For the Nine Months Ended March 31, 2014 and 2013


(Unaudited)




2014

2013

Cash flows from operating activities




Net (loss)

(42,967,394)

(28,594,183)


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




  Depreciation and amortization

6,766,222

6,876,606


  Allowance for bad and doubtful debts

24,685,571

19,825,042


Net changes in assets and liabilities:




  Accounts receivable, net

(435,657)

2,304,215


  Inventories

1,900,458

(4,696,893)


  Prepaid expenses

293,027

94,093


  Advances to suppliers

(2,055,378)

412,483


  Accounts payable and accrued expenses

6,263,139

3,071,081


  Advances from customers

6,246,889

441,823


  Other taxes payable

(695,503)

(546,344)


  Current income taxes

-

32,989

Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities

1,374

(779,088)

Cash flows from investing activities




  Purchase of intangible assets

-

(2,724)


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

(113,572)

(120,079)

Net cash (used in) investing activities

(113,572)

(122,803)

Cash flows from financing activities




  Repayments of short-term loans

(223,707)

(542,696)

Net cash (used in) financing activities

(223,707)

(542,696)

Effect of exchange rate

592,448

4,055

Net increase/(decrease) in cash

256,543

(1,440,532)






 

SOURCE China Precision Steel Inc.



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