Deyu Agriculture Corp. Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results and Schedule Results Conference Call and Website

BEIJING, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Deyu Agriculture Corp. (OTCBB: DEYU) (the "Company"), a Shanxi Province, China-based vertically integrated producer, processor, marketer and distributor of organic and other agricultural products made from corn and grains, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013.

Third Quarter 2013 Results:

  • Net revenue was $68.3 million, increased $11.9 million or 21.0%, compared to $56.5 million in Q3 of 2012;
  • Gross profit was $4.0 million, decreased $6.2 million or 60.9%, compared to $10.2 million in Q3 of 2012;
  • Gross margin was 5.8%, compared to 18.1% in Q3 of 2012;
  • Net loss available to common stockholders was $15.2 million, compared to net income of $3.5 million in Q3 of 2012;
  • Loss per diluted share was $1.43 on 10.6 million shares, compared to income per diluted share of $0.28 on 12.6 million shares in Q3 of 2012.

Mr. Greg Chen, Chief Executive Officer of the Company commented, "2013 has been a very challenging year. Our Q3 2013 financial results showed a large decrease in net income. China's on-going economic slowdown has been imposing challenges on us. In addition, unexpected extreme weather conditions and increased corn imports have added to an already challenging situation."

"Corn is mainly used as raw material for livestock feeds and processed products. The corn market experienced a boom in the past several years. However, since the beginning of 2013, its market demand has been decreasing. In contrast, with rising labor costs and inflation in China, the minimum farmers' selling prices supported by the government due to its farming protection policies, continues to rise."

"Livestock farming has been going through a very difficult time in 2013. The demand for processed corn products has also been very weak. The price of ethanol hit its lowest level in the past three years. Meanwhile with a good corn harvest in 2012, there has been an influx of low cost corns imported into the market in China. With another good corn harvest in sight for 2013, anticipated increases in corn imports in the coming year, and extended current economic conditions in general, we anticipate the market demand will remain low."

"The deteriorating efficiency of existing retail distribution channels curtailed our retail grain package sales amidst the increasing competitiveness in the market. We allocated more grain resources to bulk trading activity, yet the slowdown in consumer market growth has had negative impacts on the grain bulk trading business."

"With the change in market conditions, we assessed the fair value of the land use rights of the farmlands we own in Yuci, Shanxi Province and the construction of the factory facility in our subsidiary Huichun. We realized that the discounted cash flow generated from those assets couldn't recover their net book value and we recorded an impairment loss of $6.6 million in this quarter," added Mr. Chen.

Financial Results for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2013

The Company's net revenue for Q3 2013 was $68.3 million compared with $56.5 million for Q3 2012, an increase of $11.9 million, or 21.0%. Net revenue from our Corn Division for Q3 2013 was approximately $47.6 million, an increase of $12.7 million, or approximately 36.5%, as compared to $34.9 million for Q3 2012, which was mainly attributable to the increase in sales volume under the strategy of accelerating the sale of our corn inventory with the management's anticipation of continuous decline of corn's selling price. Net revenue from our Grain Division for Q3 2013 was $9.9 million, a decrease of $7.5 million, or 43.0%, as compared to $17.4 million for Q3 2012, which was mainly due to the decline of retail sales in supermarkets and convenience stores. Net revenue from our Bulk Trading Division for Q3 2013 was $10.8 million, an increase of $6.6 million, or 159.4% as compared to $4.2 million Q3 2012, which was mainly attributable to our strategic shift from grain retail sales to wholesale or bulk trading.

The Company's gross profit decreased by $6.2 million, or 60.9%, from $10.2 million for Q3 2012 to $4.0 million for Q3 2013. Our gross margin decreased from 18.1% for Q3 2012 to 5.8% for Q3 2013. The decrease in gross margin was mainly the combined result of the simultaneous decline of gross margin in each division and the increased sales percentage of the bulk trading business, which had a relatively lower gross margin. Gross margin for our Corn Division was 5.1% for Q3 2013, down by 1023 basis points from 15.4% for Q3 2012, which was mainly attributable to the weakening demand in the corn industry with an oversupply of corn after a good harvest in 2012. Gross margin for the Grain Division was 13.7% for Q3 2013, which decreased by 1270 basis points from 26.4% for Q3 2012, which was primarily due to the increasing cost of raw materials in addition to the strategic shift from grain retail sales to wholesales with lower gross margins but with fewer distribution expenses.

Selling expenses increased by $2.4 million, or 63.5%, to $6.2 million for Q3 2013 as compared to $3.8 million for Q3 2012, which was primarily due to the increase of handling costs caused by the extreme humid weather conditions and the increase of freight cost resulting from an increase in sales volume of corn and an increase in railway delivery prices announced in February 2013. General and administrative expenses for Q3, 2013 was $5.0 million, an increase of 2.7 million, or 115.5% compared to $2.3 million for Q3 2012, which was primarily due to the increase of allowance for bad debts, the increase in taxes related to inter-subsidiary fixed assets transfers and the increase in expenses caused by obsolete inventories. Loss on impairment of assets was $6.6 million Q3 2013, which represented a $5.8 million impairment loss of the land use rights of farmlands and a $0.8 million loss resulted from the termination of the construction of an uncompleted building in our subsidiary Huichun.

The Company had net loss available to common stockholders of $15.2 million for Q3 2013, as compared to net income of $3.5 million for Q3 2012, a decrease of $18.7 million, or 537.1%. Loss per diluted share was $1.43 on 10.6 million shares for Q3 2013, compared to income per diluted share of $0.28 on 12.6 million shares for Q3 2012.

Business Outlook

"Evolving market conditions in China present not only challenges, but opportunities," said Mr. Chen. "We are developing a new operating model supported by digital infrastructures to achieve resource integration, execution efficiency, and the ability to reduce the exposure to market volatility by hedging features, while at the same time forming strategic partnerships with our suppliers and clients via a more brand and service driven approach for trading activities. We believe the introduction of this new operating structure could also have a positive impact on the Company's internal controls."

"We are also streamlining our operational structure, developing new product lines, exploring new venues and utilizing a brand-driven approach to go beyond traditional distribution channels. Our new initiatives still continue to cultivate the whole value chain concept, by offering agricultural services to secure strategic production resources, to offer efficient commercial orders and other value-added services."

"Strengthening the Company's internal and financial controls will remain one of our top priorities. Management will continue its cost-saving and efficiency assessment review of all of our subsidiaries and their divisions, with particular focus on reducing administrative costs, and will allocate resources towards business development activities. We recently reviewed the Company's overall corporate governance, internal control and financial controls and some weaknesses on operations of some subsidiaries were noticed. Measures are being taken to strengthen the Company's, including subsidiaries, resources sharing, strategic planning and management of funds. With the implementation of new business strategies and resource consolidation/sharing, we believe that we can compete effectively in the industry under the new emerging market conditions," continued Mr. Chen.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call on November 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM EST to discuss the Company's results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013.

To join the conference call, use the dial-in information below. When prompted, ask for the "Deyu Agriculture Call" and/or be prepared to provide the conference ID.

Date:

11/25/2013

Time:

9:00 AM EST

Conference Line Dial-In (US):

877-407-9205

International Dial-In:

201-689-8054

Conference ID#:

13572935

Webcast Link:

http://www.investorcalendar.com/IC/CEPage.asp?ID=171926

Dial in at least 10 minutes before the call to ensure timely participation. A Teleconference Replay will be available until 11:59 PM December 2, 2013. To listen, please call 877-660-6853 within the United States or 201-612-7415 if calling internationally.

Utilize the conference ID # for replay: 13572935

About Deyu Agriculture Corp.

Deyu Agriculture Corp. is a vertically integrated producer, processor, marketer and distributor of organic and other agricultural products made from corn and grains operating in Shanxi Province in the People's Republic of China. The Company has access to over 109,000 acres of farmland in Shanxi Province for breeding, cultivating, processing, warehousing and distributing grain and corn products. We have a nationwide sales network covering manufacturers, grain traders, wholesalers, distributors, institutional clients and retail stores in China. Deyu Agriculture Corp.'s facilities include sophisticated production lines and modern warehouses with a total production capacity of over 105,000 tons for grain products, storage capacity of over 100,000 tons and annual turnover of 700,000 tons for corn products. The Company's website is located at www.deyuagri.com.

Safe Harbor Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based upon the current plans, estimates and projections of Deyu Agriculture Corp.'s management and are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from the forward looking statements. Such statements include, among others, those concerning market and industry segment growth and demand and acceptance of new and existing products; any projections of sales, earnings, revenue, margins or other financial items; any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance; uncertainties related to conducting business in China, as well as all assumptions, expectations, predictions, intentions or beliefs about future events. Therefore, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: business conditions in China, general economic conditions; geopolitical events and regulatory changes, availability of capital, changes in the agricultural industry, the Company's ability to maintain its competitive position. Additional Information regarding risks can be found in the Company's quarterly and annual reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.

Company Contact:

Mr. Greg Chen, Chief Executive Officer

Deyu Agriculture Corp.
Tel: +1-646-499-5475
Email: gregchen@china-deyu.com

Ms. Amy He, Chief Financial Officer

Deyu Agriculture Corp.
Tel: +86-10-8273-2870 x8522
Email: amy@china-deyu.com

Financial Tables

DEYU AGRICULTURE CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS




September 30,


December 31,

2013

2012



(Unaudited)


(Audited)

Assets







Current Assets







Cash and cash equivalents


$

3,733,395


$

4,937,279

Restricted cash



16,340



815,348

Accounts receivable, net



27,103,487



33,991,288

Due from related parties



43,959



397,214

Inventory



21,497,307



30,322,191

Advance to supplier



5,469,003



6,145,840

Prepaid expenses



1,243,073



1,453,184

Other current assets



618,951



340,456

Total Current Assets



59,725,515



78,402,800








Property, plant, and equipment, net



19,644,652



19,442,599

Construction-in-progress



66,993



2,614,491

Long-term Investment



59,477



58,426

Intangible assets, net



8,598,408



13,389,075








Total Assets


$

88,095,045


$

113,907,391








Liabilities and Equity














Current Liabilities







Short-term loan


$

7,383,987


$

8,323,623

Accounts payable



4,138,736



5,179,729

Advance from customers



1,974,413



2,249,282

Accrued expenses



1,661,792



1,506,776

Tax payable



114,578



305,712

Preferred stock dividends payable



122,818



229,171

Due to related parties



563,351



8,668,552

Other current liabilities



343,469



986,153

Total Current Liabilities



16,303,144



27,448,998








Equity







Series A convertible preferred stock, $.001 par value, 10,000,000 shares







authorized, 2,182,628 and 2,039,970 shares outstanding, respectively



2,183



2,040

Common stock, $.001 par value; 75,000,000 shares authorized,







10,618,266 and 10,658,266 shares outstanding, respectively



10,618



10,658

Additional paid-in capital



21,224,421



20,781,439

Other comprehensive income



7,222,682



5,737,793

Retained earnings



43,299,658



59,500,134

Total Stockholders' Equity



71,759,562



86,032,064

Noncontrolling Interests



32,339



426,329

Total Equity



71,791,901



86,458,393








Total Liabilities and Equity


$

88,095,045


$

113,907,391

 

DEYU AGRICULTURE CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(UNAUDITED)




For The Three Months Ended


For The Nine Months Ended



September 30,


September 30,




2013



2012



2013



2012

Net revenue


$

68,339,368


$

56,472,324


$

209,117,183


$

175,048,803

Cost of goods sold



(64,342,240)



(46,256,954)



(190,705,629)



(141,911,226)

Gross Profit



3,997,128



10,215,370



18,411,554



33,137,577














Selling expenses



(6,207,310)



(3,795,367)



(14,340,936)



(11,926,786)

General and administrative expenses



(4,980,266)



(2,311,508)



(9,884,504)



(6,276,679)

Loss on impairment of assets



(6,586,425)



-



(6,586,425)



-

Total Operating Expenses



(17,774,001)



(6,106,875)



(30,811,865)



(18,203,465)

Operating income (loss)



(13,776,873)



4,108,495



(12,400,311)



14,934,112














Interest income



19,476



7,242



33,148



24,918

Interest expense



(190,183)



(330,771)



(593,464)



(1,260,810)

Non-operating income (loss)



(1,107,683)



(7,063)



(2,307,679)



569,587

Total Other Expenses



(1,278,390)



(330,592)



(2,867,995)



(666,305)














Income (loss) before income taxes



(15,055,263)



3,777,903



(15,268,306)



14,267,807

Income taxes



(54,501)



(184,485)



(580,054)



(1,475,181)

Net income (loss)



(15,109,764)



3,593,418



(15,848,360)



12,792,626

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling

interests:



194



3,826



3,998



44,695

Net income (loss) attributable to Deyu

Agriculture Corp.



(15,109,570)



3,597,244



(15,844,362)



12,837,321

Preferred stock dividends



(122,691)



(112,035)



(356,114)



(332,087)

Net income (loss) available to common

stockholders



(15,232,261)



3,485,209



(16,200,476)



12,505,234

Foreign currency translation gain (loss)



141,382



822,431



1,475,116



187,472

Comprehensive income (loss)



(15,090,879)



4,307,640



(14,725,360)



12,692,706

Other comprehensive income (loss)

attributable to noncontrolling interests



(92)



(4,157)



9,773



(306)

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable

to Deyu Agriculture Corp.


$

(15,090,971)


$

4,303,483


$

(14,715,587)


$

12,692,400














Net income (loss) attributable to common

stockholders per share - basic:


$

(1.43)


$

0.33


$

(1.52)


$

1.18

Net income (loss) attributable to common

stockholders per share - diluted:



(1.43)



0.28



(1.52)



1.02

Weighted average number of common

shares outstanding - basic



10,618,266



10,604,081



10,627,497



10,578,570

Weighted average number of common

shares outstanding - diluted



10,618,266



12,632,585



10,627,497



12,585,860

 

DEYU AGRICULTURE CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)



For The Nine Months Ended


September 30,


2013



2012

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES






Net income (loss) available to common stockholders

$

(16,200,476)


$

12,505,234

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash

provided by operating activities:






Depreciation & amortization


1,766,231



1,801,515

Loss of impairment of assets


6,586,425



-

Allowance for doubtful accounts


1,330,398



16,314

Share-based compensation


43,187



250,290

Preferred stock dividends accrued


356,114



332,087

Common stocks issued for services


(57,200)



114,400

Grain on bargain purchase


-



(499,079)

Deferred income tax expense


-



875,706

Noncontrolling interests


(3,998)



(44,695)

Decrease (increase) in current assets:






Accounts receivable


6,894,009



8,616,800

Related-parties trade receivable


357,671



466,980

Inventories


9,326,772



(5,060,976)

Advance to suppliers


781,438



2,988,738

Prepaid expense and other current assets


(724,623)



907,358

Increase (decrease) in liabilities:






Accounts payable


(1,136,732)



8,987

Advance from customers


(312,946)



(6,415,884)

Accrued expense and other liabilities


(864,448)



517,019

Net cash provided by operating activities


8,141,822



17,380,794







CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES






Construction and remodeling of factory and warehouses


(100,169)



(5,166,095)

Purchase of machinery and equipment


(532,353)



(312,588)

Consideration paid for acquisition


-



(47,829)

Advances to related parties


-



(78,604)

Cash held by the Taizihu Group at acquisition date


-



20,272

Net cash used in investing activities


(632,522)



(5,584,844)







CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES






Net proceeds (repayment) from short-term loans from bank and others


(1,021,616)



1,104,382

Net repayment of short-term loans from related parties


(8,480,651)



(9,690,871)

Cash released from restriction (restricted) for credit line of bank loans


807,515



(1,579,604)

Net repayments of short-term bank acceptance notes


-



1,812,544

Payment of preferred dividends


-



(266,795)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities


(8,694,752)



(8,620,344)







EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGE ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS


(18,432)



45,899







NET (DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH & CASH EQUIVALENTS


(1,203,884)



3,221,505

CASH & CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING BALANCE


4,937,279



8,741,703

CASH & CASH EQUIVALENTS, ENDING BALANCE

$

3,733,395


$

11,963,208







SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES:






Income tax paid

$

775,198


$

180,705

Interest paid

$

605,843


$

765,725

NONCASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:






Construction completed and transferred to property, plant, and equipment

$

767,494


$

-

Construction transferred to land use rights

$

1,045,640


$

-

Note: Please refer to the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2013 for additional notes, which are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

SOURCE Deyu Agriculture Corp.



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