General Steel Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results Capacity Increase Drives 57% Revenue Growth and Profitability of $2.6 Million and $0.05 EPS

Gross Profit Increases Four-Fold on 272 bps Increase in Gross Margin

BEIJING, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- General Steel Holdings, Inc. ("General Steel" or "the Company") (NYSE: GSI), one of China's leading non-state-owned producers of steel products and aggregators of domestic steel companies, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

First Quarter 2011 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue increased 57% year-over-year to $710.5 million, from $453.0 million in the first quarter of 2010.
  • First quarter 2011 production volume totaled 1.2 million metric tons, compared with 1.0 million metric tons in the first quarter of 2010.
  • Gross profit totaled $28.3 million, or 4.0% of total revenue, up from $5.7 million, or 1.3% of total revenue in the first quarter of 2010.
  • Operating income for the quarter was $13.8 million, compared with an operating loss of $(6.4) million in the first quarter of 2010.
  • Net income attributable to the Company was $2.6 million, or $0.05 per diluted share based on 54.8 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared with a net loss of $(5.5) million, or $(0.11) per diluted share based on 51.7 million weighted average shares outstanding in the first quarter of 2010.
  • As of March 31, 2011, the Company had cash and restricted cash of $292.3 million and total stockholders' equity of $102.7 million.

First Quarter 2011 and Recent Business Highlights

  • Entered into unified management agreement along with its subsidiary Shaanxi Longmen Iron and Steel Co., Ltd. ("Longmen JV") with Shaanxi Iron and Steel Group Co., Ltd. ("Shaanxi Steel Group") and Shaanxi Coal Chemical Industry Group Co., Ltd., ("Shaanxi Coal Group"), the parent company of Shaanxi Steel Group. The agreement gains General Steel access to approximately $500 million worth of newly-built production equipment which expands Longmen JV's annual crude steel capacity to seven million metric tons, improves raw materials procurement and reduces transportation costs.
  • Continued transition of the Company's independent registered public accounting firm; PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian CPAs Limited expected to commence service in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.
  • Made additional repurchases of Company stock through open market transactions under previously announced share repurchase program of up to one million shares. As of May 9, 2011, the Company had purchased 979,481 shares under the program in open market transactions at an average price of $2.65 price per share.

"Based on our increased capacity, we entered 2011 with strong revenue growth in what is typically a slow quarter for construction activity. We are also making important gains to our bottom line and are well positioned to continue the trend of profitable growth, as we make additional progress toward increasing capacity, production efficiency and cost structure at Longmen JV," said General Steel Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Henry Yu. "The new production equipment at Longmen JV, which has been operational since the beginning of the year, has contributed to significant improvements in operating expenses and reductions of energy consumption per ton of steel produced. These improvements contributed to a healthy margin expansion, with our first quarter gross margin of 4.0% which was well ahead of the same quarter last year."

"Our unified management agreement with Shaanxi Steel Group and Shaanxi Coal Group was a significant milestone for our Company, and has potential implications that extend well beyond the additional capacity this new equipment has provided. This agreement has given us the ability to purchase raw materials at much more favorable terms, improve transportation capabilities, as well as provide provisions for future financial and operational support. In addition to these tangible benefits, we believe our association with prominent State-Owned enterprises such as Shaanxi Steel Group and Shaanxi Coal Group will better position the Company to win municipal and provincial government-sponsored projects in conjunction with the continued development of western China."

Mr. Yu concluded, "Housing and infrastructure construction activity has been steadily increasing since the beginning of the second quarter, and is expected to continue to increase as the year progresses. We are confident that our new capacity, improved sourcing capabilities and ongoing initiatives to further improve organizational efficiency position the Company well for profitable growth as we move forward."

First Quarter 2011 Financial Results

Total sales for the first quarter of 2011 increased 57% year-over-year to $710.5 million, compared with $453.0 million in the first quarter of 2010, and $478.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. The annual and sequential-quarter revenue increases were primarily attributable to increased production capacity and sales volume from Longmen JV, following the launch of production using the newly installed equipment early in the first quarter, as well as an increase in the average selling price of rebar. Total production volume in the first quarter of 2011 was 1.2 million metric tons, compared with 1.0 million metric tons in the first quarter of 2010. The average selling price of rebar increased 22.2% to approximately $606 (RMB3,996) in the first quarter of 2011 from approximately $496 (RMB3,270) in the same period of 2010.

Total cost of sales for the quarter was $682.1 million, or 96.0% of sales, compared with $447.3 million, or 98.7% of sales in the first quarter of 2010, and $435.4 million, or 91.0% of sales in the fourth quarter of 2010. The increase was mainly due to growth in sales volume and unit cost, as a result of increased pricing for iron ore and coke. The increase in cost of sales compared to the fourth quarter of 2010 was primarily attributable to a one-time payment of approximately $27.1 million (RMB180 million) as compensation from Shaanxi Steel Group related to the decreased production volume resulting from the aforementioned equipment construction at Longmen JV, which was recognized as a reduction in cost of sales, in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Gross profit for the quarter totaled $28.3 million, or 4.0% of total sales, compared with $5.7 million, or 1.3% of total sales in the first quarter of 2010, and $43.2 million, or 9.0% of total sales in the fourth quarter of 2010. The increase in gross profit was mainly attributable to an increase in the average selling price of rebar and the expanded capacity and production at Longmen JV, which resulted in a decrease in unit energy consumption and unit overhead expense. The decrease in gross margin compared to the fourth quarter of 2010 was attributable to the cost of sales reduction of the above mentioned $27.1 million compensation payment in the fourth quarter of 2010. Excluding the $27.1 million compensation payment, the adjusted gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of 2010 was 3.4%.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2011 increased 19% to $14.5 million, compared to $12.1 million in the first quarter of 2010, and decreased 17% from $17.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily related to an increase in business activity and long distance sales deliveries to markets such as Henan, Hubei and Chongqing. The Company expects operating expense per ton to decline going forward as a result of the increased capacity and improved efficiency at Longmen JV.

Income from operations for the first quarter of 2011 totaled $13.8 million, compared with a loss from operations of $(6.4) million in the first quarter of 2010, and income from operations of $25.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. The year-over-year increase in operating income was primarily due to increased total sales, as well as operational efficiency improvements, at Longmen JV, while the sequential decline was related to the aforementioned fourth quarter compensation payment of $27.1 million from Shaanxi Steel.

Finance and interest expense in the first quarter of 2011 was $14.1 million, compared with $11.0 million in the first quarter of 2010, and $13.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. The increase in interest expense was related to increased borrowing by the Company to stockpile raw material inventory and support increased working capital needs in conjunction with the launch of the increased capacity at Longmen JV.

Net income attributable to General Steel for the first quarter of 2011 was $2.6 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, based on 54.8 million weighted average shares outstanding. This compares to a net loss of $(5.5) million, or $(0.11) per diluted share, based on 51.7 million weighted average shares outstanding in the first quarter of 2010, and net income of $2.2 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, based on 54.7 million weighted average shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2011, General Steel had cash and restricted cash of $292.3 million, compared to $263.1 million as of December 31, 2010. Accounts receivable, net of allowance was $24.9 million as of March 31, 2011.

The Company had an inventory balance of $521.1 million as of March 31, 2011 compared to $475.9 million as of December 31, 2010. Raw materials inventory totaled $294.2 million, finished goods were $209.7 million, and the remaining $17.2 million was other supply inventory. The increase in inventories during 2011 was primarily related to the stockpile of raw material inventory in order to utilize the increased crude steel capacity at Longmen JV.

As of March 31, 2010, the Company had total liabilities of $1.9 billion. This included $556.8 million in short-term notes payable related to bank lines of credit and $507.4 million in short-term loans.

Conference Call and Webcast:

General Steel management will hold an earnings conference call at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time on May 11, 2011 (8:00 p.m. Beijing/Hong Kong Time) to discuss the quarterly and annual results and answer investors' questions.

Interested investors may access the call by dialing 1-800-860-2442 in the U.S., 1-866-605-3852 in Canada, and 1-412-858-4600 internationally.

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of this call will be available on the Investor Relations section of General Steel's website at www.gshi-steel.com, or http://www.mzcan.com/us/GSI/irwebsite/index.php?mod=event.

About General Steel Holdings, Inc.

General Steel Holdings, Inc., (NYSE: GSI), headquartered in Beijing, China, operates a diverse portfolio of Chinese steel companies. With 7 million metric tons of annual crude steel production capacity, its companies serve various industries and produce a variety of steel products including rebar, high-speed wire and spiral-weld pipe. General Steel Holdings, Inc. has steel operations in Shaanxi and Guangdong provinces, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Tianjin municipality. For more information, please visit www.gshi-steel.com.

To be added to General Steel's email list to receive Company news, please send your request to generalsteel@tpg-ir.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations or beliefs about future events and financial, political and social trends and assumptions it has made based on information currently available to it. The Company cannot assure that any expectations, forecasts or assumptions made by management in preparing these forward-looking statements will prove accurate, or that any projections will be realized. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of inaccurate assumptions or a number of risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties are set forth in the Company's filings under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 under "Risk Factors" and elsewhere, and include: (a) those risks and uncertainties related to general economic conditions in China, including regulatory factors that may affect such economic conditions; (b) whether the Company is able to manage its planned growth efficiently and operate profitable operations, including whether its management will be able to identify, hire, train, retain, motivate and manage required personnel or that management will be able to successfully manage and exploit existing and potential market opportunities; (c) whether the Company is able to generate sufficient revenues or obtain financing to sustain and grow its operations; (d) whether the Company is able to successfully fulfill our primary requirements for cash; and (e) other risks, including those disclosed in the Company's Form 10-K, filed with the SEC.  Forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact Us

In China:

Jenny Wang
General Steel Holdings, Inc.
Tel: +86-10-5879-7346
Email: jenny.wang@gshi-steel.com

Or

Wendy Sun
The Piacente Group, Inc.
Investor Relations
Tel: +86 10-6590-7991
Email: generalsteel@tpg-ir.com

In the US:

Brandi Floberg or Lee Roth
The Piacente Group, Inc.
Investor Relations
Tel: (212) 481-2050
Email: generalsteel@tpg-ir.com


GENERAL STEEL HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF MARCH 31, 2011 AND DECEMBER 31, 2010

(In thousands, except per share data)


ASSETS



March 31,


December 31,



2011


2010



(Unaudited)



CURRENT ASSETS:






Cash

$

89,310

$

65,271


Restricted cash


202,976


197,797


Notes receivable


117,804


49,147


Restricted notes receivable


322,814


240,298


Accounts receivable, net


24,947


17,591


Other receivables, net


8,853


11,150


Other receivables - related parties


35,255


17,428


Inventories


521,066


475,879


Advances on inventory purchase


32,129


24,577


Advances on inventory purchase - related parties


9,353


6,187


Prepaid expense


3,237


5,018


Prepaid value added tax


21,214


37,323


Deferred tax assets


6,304


6,925



TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS


1,395,262


1,154,591






PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net


607,195


602,612






OTHER ASSETS:






Advances on equipment purchase


15,137


14,898


Investment in unconsolidated subsidiaries


19,172


17,456


Long-term deferred expense  




1,377


1,439


Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization


23,729


23,672



TOTAL OTHER ASSETS


59,415


57,465









TOTAL ASSETS

$

2,061,872

$

1,814,668






LIABILITIES AND EQUITY






CURRENT LIABILITIES:






Short term notes payable

$

556,812

$

480,152


Accounts payable


269,719


241,367


Accounts payable - related parties


115,010


77,285


Short term loans - bank


311,020


285,198


Short term loans - others


81,502


89,765


Short term loans - related parties


114,845


114,468


Other payables and accrued liabilities


38,459


30,093


Other payable - related parties


3,502


18,214


Customer deposit


291,481


187,495


Customer deposit - related parties


67,029


60,760


Deposit due to sales representatives


28,416


52,079


Taxes payable


4,932


2,316



TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES


1,882,727


1,639,192






DERIVATIVE LIABILITIES


2,022


5,573












TOTAL LIABILITIES


1,884,749


1,644,765









COMMITMENT AND CONTINGENCIES










EQUITY:






Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, 3,092,899 shares







 issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010


3


3


Common Stock, $0.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 55,080,467







and 54,839,733 issued, 54,366,807 and  54,522,973 outstanding as of March 31, 2011







 and December 31, 2010, respectively


55


55


Treasury stock, $0.001 par value, 713,660 and 316,760 shares as of March 31, 2011 and







December 31, 2010, respectively.


(1,998)


(871)


Paid-in-capital


105,619


104,971


Statutory reserves


6,246


6,202


Accumulated deficits


(21,482)


(24,086)


Accumulated other comprehensive income  


14,295


12,712



TOTAL SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY


102,738


98,986






NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS


74,385


70,917








TOTAL EQUITY


177,123


169,903












TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$

2,061,872

$

1,814,668










GENERAL STEEL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES






CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATION AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2011 AND 2010

(UNAUDITED)

(In thousands, except per share data)








2011


2010

SALES

$

501,479

$

317,628






SALES - RELATED PARTIES


208,985


135,395

   TOTAL SALES


710,464


453,023






COST OF GOODS SOLD


481,487


317,576






COST OF GOODS SOLD - RELATED PARTIES


200,653


129,714

   TOTAL COST OF GOODS SOLD


682,140


447,290






GROSS PROFIT    


28,324


5,733






SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES        


14,501


12,141






INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS


13,823


(6,408)






OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)





   Interest income


1,063


1,120

   Finance/interest expense


(14,119)


(10,963)

   Change in fair value of derivative liabilities


3,552


3,939

   Loss on disposal of fixed assets


(397)


-

   Income from equity investments


1,655


1,682

   Foreign currency transaction gain


619


-

   Other non-operating income (expense), net


306


(4)

        Total other expense, net


(7,321)


(4,226)






INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES





   AND NONCONTROLLING INTEREST


6,502


(10,634)






PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES





   Current


750


621

   Deferred


(77)


(2,588)

          Total provision (benefit) for income taxes


673


(1,967)






NET INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST


5,829


(8,667)






Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest


3,225


(3,160)






NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO CONTROLLING INTEREST


2,604


(5,507)






OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)





   Foreign currency translation adjustments


1,583


(299)

   Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest


243


165






COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

$

4,430

$

(5,641)






WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF SHARES





   Basic & Diluted


54,839,733


51,652,843






EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE





   Basic & Diluted

$

0.05

$

(0.11)





GENERAL STEEL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2011 AND 2010

(UNAUDITED)

(In thousands, except per share data)




Three months ended March 31,



2011


2010

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:






Net income (loss) attributable to controlling interest

$

2,604

$

(5,507)


Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest


3,225


(3,160)


Consolidated net income (loss)


5,829


(8,667)


Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash provided by (used in) operating activities:







Depreciation and amortization


8,922


9,586



Bad debt recovery (allowance)


5


(94)



Inventory written-off


1,947


-



Loss on disposal of equipment


397


-



Stock issued for services and compensation


647


996



Amortization of deferred note issuance cost and discount on convertible notes


-


68



Change in fair value of derivative instrument


(3,552)


(3,939)



Income from investment


(1,655)


(1,682)



Deferred tax assets


693


(2,484)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities







Notes receivable


(68,315)


4,760



Accounts receivable


(7,269)


(13,556)



Accounts receivable - related parties


-


(4,750)



Other receivables


3,686


256



Other receivables - related parties


(15,701)


(389)



Inventories


(43,694)


(36,689)



Advances on inventory purchases


(7,451)


(5,945)



Advances on inventory purchases - related parties


(3,137)


(44,257)



Accounts payable


27,484


1,556



Accounts payable - related parties


37,367


8,699



Other payables and accrued liabilities


8,246


(3,502)



Other payables - related parties


(14,732)


17,291



Customer deposits


103,096


14,521



Customer deposits - related parties


3,028


36,280



Taxes payable


18,791


9,978




Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities


54,632


(21,963)






CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:






Payments made for treasury stock acquired


(1,128)


-


Dividend receivable


-


(1,554)


Deposits due to sales representatives


(23,771)


16,894


Cash proceeds from sales of equipment


328


-


Advance on equipment purchases


(190)


(4,664)


Equipments purchase and intangible assets


(10,912)


(6,816)




Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities


(35,673)


3,860






CASH FLOWS FINANCING ACTIVITIES:






Restricted cash


(4,516)


(34,660)


Notes receivable - restricted


(81,509)


(24,216)


Borrowings on short term loans - bank


85,312


95,015


Payments on short term loans - bank


(60,495)


(69,336)


Borrowings on short term loan - others


36,128


27,945


Payments on short term loans - others


(44,664)


(24,954)


Payments on short term loans - related parties


-


(11,747)


Borrowings on short term notes payable


243,985


251,725


Payments on short term notes payable


(169,105)


(182,369)




Net cash provided by financing activities


5,136


27,403






EFFECTS OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGE IN CASH


(56)


(386)






INCREASE IN CASH


24,039


8,914






CASH, beginning of period


65,271


82,118






CASH, end of period

$

89,310

$

91,032







Non-cash transactions of investing and financing activities:







Share issuance for debt settlement

$

-

$

82,118




SOURCE General Steel Holdings, Inc.



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