General Steel Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results Company to Restart Share Repurchase Program

BEIJING, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- General Steel Holdings, Inc. ("General Steel" or the "Company") (NYSE: GSI), a leading non-state-owned steel producer in China, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013. The Company will file its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 with the Securities and Exchange Commission after market closes on Friday, August 30, 2013.

"During the second quarter, the average selling price of rebar decreased over 5% sequentially to near the year's lowest level, and as a result, despite a higher shipping volume, our total sales and profit margins declined, causing widened net losses," said Henry Yu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Steel. "However, this August, we were encouraged to witness an improvement in the pricing trend of steel in China, and since we have significantly improved our efficiency and cost structure, we feel very positive about our ability to enhance profitability in the second half of 2013."

"In addition, the filing of our quarterly results for the second quarter of 2013 marks the final milestone in our persistent efforts to regaining full compliance with the SEC's reporting requirements. Given our regained filing status, we are once again able to restart our share repurchase program. Personally, and on behalf of the Company, we are confident about our long-term prospects, and are committed to enhance shareholders' value and wealth."

Second Quarter 2013 Financial Information

  • Sales decreased by 16.3% year-over-year to $653.7 million, from $780.7 million in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Sales volume increased by 3.4% year-over-year to approximately 1.4 million metric tons, compared with 1.3 million metric tons in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Gross loss was $(35.5) million, or negative (5.4%) of revenue, compared with a gross profit of $28.0 million, or 3.6% of revenue in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Operating loss was $(42.2) million, compared with an operating income of $7.9 million in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Net loss attributable to the Company was $(39.8) million, or $(0.72) per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $(26.4) million, or $(0.48) per diluted share in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Operating cash net outflow was $(65.3) million, compared with a net inflow of $67.4 million in the second quarter of 2012.
  • As of June 30, 2013, the Company had cash and restricted cash of $448.5 million.

First Six Months 2013 Financial Information

  • Sales decreased by 8.7% year-over-year to $1.3 billion, from $1.4 billion in the first six months of 2012.
  • Sales volume increased by 7.0% year-over-year to approximately 2.7 million metric tons, compared with 2.5 million metric tons in the first six months of 2012.
  • Gross loss was $(31.5) million, or negative (2.4%) of revenue, compared with a gross profit of $33.7 million, or 2.4% of revenue in the first six months of 2012.
  • Operating loss was $(5.2) million, compared with an operating loss of $(5.1) million in the first six months of 2012.
  • Net loss attributable to the Company was $(36.7) million, or $(0.67) per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $(61.2) million, or $(1.11) per diluted share in the first six months of 2012.
  • Operating cash net outflow was $(61.4) million, compared with a net outflow of $(99.6) million in the first six months of 2012.

John Chen, Chief Financial Officer of General Steel, commented, "Although the steeper drop in average selling price of rebar caused a decline in sales and gross losses, we continued to strongly execute on our internal objectives. We achieved continued improvements in inventory efficiency, and outstanding savings in finance expense by over $28 million compared with the same period of last year. As our new continuous rolling rebar lines enter full production, we are poised to achieve greater profitability improvement and positive gross margins in the second half of 2013."

Second Quarter 2013 Financial and Operating Results

Total Sales

Total sales for the second quarter of 2013 decreased by 16.3% year-over-year to $653.7 million, compared with $780.7 million in the second quarter of 2012. The year-over-year revenue decreases were due to a decrease in the average selling price of the products despite an increased sales volume.

  • Total sales volume in the second quarter of 2013 was 1.4 million metric tons, an increase of 3.4% compared with 1.3 million metric tons in the second quarter of 2012.
  • The average selling price of rebar decreased 19.0% to approximately $482.7 in the second quarter of 2013 from approximately $596.2 in the same period of 2012.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross loss for the quarter was $(35.5) million, compared with a gross profit of $28.0 million in the second quarter of 2012. The decrease in gross profit was mainly attributable to a steeper decrease in average selling price of rebar, with the gross margin decreased to negative (5.4%) of total sales in the second quarter of 2013, compared with 3.6% of total sales in the same period a year ago.

Operating Expenses and Operating Income

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2013 increased 3.6% to $20.8 million, compared to $20.1 million in the second quarter of 2012. General and administrative expenses increased to $11.6 million, compared with $9.8 million in the same period of 2012, due to increased expense in human resources and a $1.2 million write-off of prepared special fund. Selling expenses decreased by 9.9% to $9.3 million, compared to $10.3 million in the same period of 2012. The decrease in selling expense was primary attributable to a savings in a special fund related to the sales of our products, which was no long imposed by the PRC tax authorities in 2013, while $1.6 million of the special fund was imposed in the second quarter of 2012.

The Company recognized other operating income of $14.2 million due to change in the fair value of profit sharing liability during the second quarter of 2013, compared with $0 in the same period of last year. On April 29, 2011, the Company's subsidiary, Longmen Joint Venture entered into a capital lease agreement with Shaanxi Steel and Shaanxi Coal for the use of new equipment. The profit sharing liability is recognized initially at its estimated fair value at the lease commencement date, and the value of the profit sharing liability is reassessed each reporting period with any change in fair value accounted for on a prospective basis. As such, and in consideration of the recent changes in China economic situation, the fair value of the Company's profit sharing liability has been reduced as compared to its previous estimates, and the Company recognized a gain of $14.2 million during the second quarter of 2013 accordingly.

Correspondingly, loss from operations for the second quarter of 2013 was $(42.2) million, compared with an income from operations of $7.9 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Finance Expense

Finance and interest expense in the second quarter of 2013 decreased by $28.1 million to $25.9 million, of which, $9.8 million was the non-cash interest expense on capital lease as compared with $10.8 million in the same period of 2012, and $16.1 million was the interest expense on bank loans and discounted note receivables as compared with $43.2 million in the second quarter of 2012. The decrease in interest expense on bank loans and discounted note receivables was primarily attributable to a reduction in the amount of bank notes receivable redeemed early, and less interest-bearing loans from banks and third parties, benefiting from additional financing support from suppliers and vendors during the second quarter of 2013.

Net Income and Net Income per Share

Net loss attributable to General Steel for the second quarter of 2013 was $(39.8) million, or $(0.72) per diluted share, based on 55.0 million weighted average shares outstanding. This compares to a net loss of $(26.4) million, or $(0.48) per diluted share, based on 54.9 million weighted average shares outstanding in the second quarter of 2012.

First Six Months 2013 Financial Results and Operating Results

Total Sales

Total sales for the first six months of 2013 decreased by 8.7% year-over-year to $1.3 billion, compared with $1.4 billion in the first six months of 2012. The year-over-year revenue decreases were due to a decrease in the average selling price of the products despite an increased sales volume.

  • Total sales volume in the first six months of 2013 was 2.7 million metric tons, an increase of 7.0% compared with 2.5 million metric tons in the first six months of 2012.
  • The average selling price of rebar decreased 15.9% to approximately $498.4 in the first six months of 2013 from approximately $592.8 in the same period of 2012.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Due to the steeper decrease in average selling price, gross loss for the first six months of 2013 was $(31.5) million, or (2.4%) of total sales, compared with a gross profit of $33.7 million, or 2.4% of total sale in the first six months of 2012.

Operating Expenses and Operating Income

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the first six months of 2013 increased 2.7% to $39.8 million, compared to $38.8 million in the first six months of 2012. General and administrative expenses increased to $22.5 million, compared with $19.6 million in the same period of 2012. Selling expenses decreased by 9.7% to $17.3 million, compared to $19.2 million in the same period of 2012. There was a $2.9 million special fund imposed in the first six months of 2012.

The Company recognized other operating income of $66.1 million due to change in the fair value of profit sharing liability during the first six months of 2013, compared with $0 in the same period of last year.

Correspondingly, loss from operations for the first six months of 2013 was $(5.2) million, compared with $(5.1) million in the first six months of 2012.

Finance Expense

Finance and interest expense in the first six months of 2013 was $55.9 million, of which, $20.0 million was the non-cash interest expense on capital lease as compared with $21.6 million in the same period of 2012, and $35.9 million was the interest expense on bank loans and discounted note receivables as compared with $80.7 million in the first six months of 2012.

Net Income and Net Income per Share

Net loss attributable to General Steel for the first six months of 2013 was $(36.7) million, or $(0.67) per diluted share, based on 54.9 million weighted average shares outstanding. This compares to a net loss of $(61.2) million, or $(1.11) per diluted share, based on 55.2 million weighted average shares outstanding in the first six months of 2012.

Balance Sheet

As of June 30, 2013, the Company had cash and restricted cash of approximately $448.5 million, compared to $369.9 million as of December 31, 2012. The Company had an inventory balance of approximately $160.2 million as of June 30, 2013, compared to $212.7 million as of December 31, 2012. As of June 30, 2013, the Company had total liabilities of approximately $3.0 billion.

Share Repurchase Program

On March 27, 2012, the Company launched a follow-on share repurchase program to repurchase up to an aggregate of 2,000,000 shares of its common stock (the "Share Repurchase Program"), which, together with the previous share repurchase program launched in December 2010, had brought the total authorized shares of the Company's common stock available for purchase to 4,000,000 shares. As of August 29, 2013, the Company has authorized shares of the Company's common stock available for repurchase under the Share Repurchase Program of approximately 1.5 million.

Conference Call and Webcast:

General Steel will hold a corresponding conference call and live webcast at 8:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, August 30, 2013 (which corresponds to 8:00 p.m. Beijing/Hong Kong Time on Friday, August 30, 2013) to discuss the results and answer questions from investors. Listeners may access the call by dialing 1-800-860-2442 in the U.S., and 1-412-858-4600 internationally.

The call will also be available as a live, listen-only webcast under the "Events and Presentations" page on the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's website at http://www.mzcan.com/us/GSI/irwebsite/index.php?mod=event. Following the live webcast, an online archive will be available for 90 days.

About General Steel Holdings, Inc.

General Steel Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Beijing, China, produces a variety of steel products including rebar, high-speed wire and spiral-weld pipe. The Company has operations in China's Shaanxi and Guangdong provinces, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Tianjin municipality with seven million metric tons of crude steel production capacity under management. For more information, please visit www.gshi-steel.com.

To be added to the General Steel email list to receive Company news, or to request a hard copy of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, please send your request to generalsteel@asiabridgegroup.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

General Steel Holdings, Inc.

In China:
Jenny Wang
Tel: +86-10-5775-7691
Email: jenny.wang@gshi-steel.com

In the US:
Joyce Sung
Tel: +1-347-534-1435
Email: joyce.sung@gshi-steel.com

Asia Bridge Capital Limited
Carene Toh
Tel: +1-888-957-3362
Email: generalsteel@asiabridgegroup.com

 

GENERAL STEEL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF JUNE 30, 2013 AND DECEMBER 31, 2012

(UNAUDITED)

(In thousands)





June 30,


December 31,

ASSETS

2013


2012

CURRENT ASSETS:







 Cash

$

67,871


$

46,467


 Restricted cash


380,670



323,420


 Notes receivable


213,644



145,502


 Restricted notes receivable


117,774



357,900


 Loans receivable - related parties


6,000



69,319


 Accounts receivable, net


42,273



6,695


 Accounts receivable - related parties


6,212



14,966


 Other receivables, net


53,525



8,407


 Other receivables - related parties


63,223



68,382


 Inventories


160,155



212,671


 Advances on inventory purchase


57,909



79,715


 Advances on inventory purchase - related parties


2,391



46,416


 Prepaid expense and other


1,585



450


 Prepaid taxes


21,846



24,116


 Short-term investment


2,592



2,619

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS


1,197,670



1,407,045








 PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net


1,214,558



1,167,836








 OTHER ASSETS:







Advances on equipment purchase


16,458



6,499


Long-term other receivable


-



43,008


Investment in unconsolidated entities


1,106



1,166


Long-term deferred expense


764



1,062


Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization


24,058



24,066

TOTAL OTHER ASSETS


42,386



75,801








TOTAL ASSETS

$

2,454,614


$

2,650,682








LIABILITIES AND DEFICIENCY












 CURRENT LIABILITIES:







Short term notes payable

$

813,521


$

983,813


Accounts payable


407,683



352,052


Accounts payable - related parties


172,306



177,432


Short term loans - bank


208,731



147,124


Short term loans - others


151,245



147,323


Short term loans - related parties


81,975



79,557


Current maturities of long-term loans - related party


48,014



54,885


Other payables and accrued liabilities


60,775



54,589


Other payable - related parties


101,268



73,025


Customer deposits


122,339



125,890


Customer deposits - related parties


7,798



21,998


Deposit due to sales representatives


30,800



33,870


Deposit due to sales representatives - related parties


1,798



1,238


Taxes payable


10,310



16,674


Deferred lease income, current


2,164



2,120


TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES


2,220,727



2,271,590








 NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES:







 Long-term loans - related party


29,160



38,088


 Long-term other payable - related party


-



43,008


Deferred lease income, noncurrent


75,558



75,079


 Capital lease obligations


347,290



330,099


 Profit sharing liability


278,788



328,827


 Other noncurrent liabilities


1,393



-


 TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES


732,189



815,101








TOTAL LIABILITIES


2,952,916



3,086,691








 COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES













DEFICIENCY:







Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 50,000,000
  shares authorized, 3,092,899 shares issued and
  outstanding as of June 30, 2013 and December 31,
  2012


3



3


Common stock, $0.001 par value, 200,000,000
  shares authorized, 57,607,888 and 57,269,838
  shares issued, 55,135,582 and 54,797,532 shares
  outstanding as of June 30, 2013 and December 31,
  2012, respectively


58



57


Treasury stock, at cost, 2,472,306 shares as of June
  30, 2013 and December 31, 2012


(4,199)



(4,199)


 Paid-in-capital


106,194



105,714


 Statutory reserves


6,204



6,076


 Accumulated deficits


(418,497)



(381,782)


 Accumulated other comprehensive income


4,201



10,185


 TOTAL GENERAL STEEL

 HOLDINGS, INC. DEFICIENCY


(306,036)



(263,946)








 NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS


(192,266)



(172,063)


TOTAL DEFICIENCY


(498,302)



(436,009)










TOTAL LIABILITIES AND
DEFICIENCY


$

2,454,614


$

2,650,682

 

GENERAL STEEL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

FOR THE THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2013 AND 2012

(UNAUDITED)

(In thousands, except per share data)




Three months ended June 30,


Six months ended June 30,



2013


2012


2013


2012














SALES


$

517,350


$

538,986


$

1,019,781


$

922,783














SALES - RELATED PARTIES



136,301



241,697



285,161



505,941

   TOTAL SALES



653,651



780,683



1,304,942



1,428,724














COST OF GOODS SOLD



540,271



516,277



1,038,897



898,033














COST OF GOODS SOLD - RELATED PARTIES



148,916



236,362



297,514



497,047

   TOTAL COST OF GOODS SOLD



689,187



752,639



1,336,411



1,395,050














GROSS PROFIT (LOSS)



(35,536)



28,044



(31,469)



33,674














SELLING, GENERAL AND
ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES



(20,848)



(20,132)



(39,803)



(38,761)

CHANGE IN FAIR VALUE OF PROFIT
SHARING LIABILITY



14,160



-



66,052



-














INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS



(42,224)



7,912



(5,220)



(5,087)














OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)













   Interest income



3,383



3,146



5,882



8,702

   Finance/interest expense



(25,882)



(53,948)



(55,852)



(102,314)

   Change in fair value of derivative liabilities



-



20



1



7

   Gain (loss) on disposal of equipment



(235)



3



96



(116)

   Income from equity investments



132



79



90



36

   Foreign currency transaction gain (loss)



98



(973)



126



(588)

   Lease income



539



530



1,071



1,060

   Other non-operating income (expense), net



521



1,145



789



1,002

       Other expense, net



(21,444)



(49,998)



(47,857)



(92,211)














LOSS BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME
TAXES AND NONCONTROLLING
INTEREST



(63,668)



(42,086)



(53,077)



(97,298)














PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES













   Current



105



43



176



410

   Deferred



-



-



-



169

       Provision for income taxes



105



43



176



579














NET LOSS



(63,773)



(42,129)



(53,253)



(97,877)














Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling
interest



(23,955)



(15,752)



(16,538)



(36,716)














NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO GENERAL
STEEL HOLDINGS, INC.


$

(39,818)


$

(26,377)


$

(36,715)


$

(61,161)














NET LOSS


$

(63,773)


$

(42,129)


$

(53,253)


$

(97,877)














OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS













   Foreign currency translation adjustments



(7,210)



1,590



(9,736)



121














COMPREHENSIVE LOSS



(70,983)



(40,539)



(62,989)



(97,756)














Less: Comprehensive loss attributable to
noncontrolling interest



(26,745)



(15,393)



(20,290)



(36,833)














COMPREHENSIVE LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE
TO GENERAL STEEL HOLDINGS, INC.


$

(44,238)


$

(25,146)


$

(42,699)


$

(60,923)














WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF
SHARES













   Basic and Diluted



54,980



54,857



54,893



55,188














LOSS PER SHARE













   Basic and Diluted


$

(0.72)


$

(0.48)


$

(0.67)


$

(1.11)

 

GENERAL STEEL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2013 AND 2012

(UNAUDITED)

(In thousands)




Six months ended June 30,



2013


2012

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:







Net loss


$

(53,253)


$

(97,877)

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











Depreciation, amortization and depletion



43,067



41,329

Change in fair value of derivative liabilities



(1)



(7)

(Gain) loss on disposal of equipment



(96)



74

Provision for doubtful accounts



(169)



5

Reservation of mine maintenance fee



215



50

Stock issued for services and compensation



480



394

Amortization of deferred financing cost on capital lease



19,996



21,627

Income from equity investments



(90)



(36)

Foreign currency transaction gain



(126)



588

Deferred tax assets



-



169

Deferred lease income



(1,071)



(1,060)

Changes in fair value of profit sharing liability



(66,052)



-

Changes in operating assets and liabilities







Notes receivable 



(64,424)



11,728

Accounts receivable



(33,951)



3,789

Accounts receivable - related parties



8,969



(66,664)

Other receivables



(857)



2,403

Other receivables - related parties



10,275



15,729

Inventories



38,014



(24,713)

Advances on inventory purchases



23,215



(36,985)

Advances on inventory purchases - related parties



(48,019)



(54,790)

Prepaid expense and other



(1,115)



(181)

Long-term deferred expense



317



131

Prepaid taxes



2,742



1,760

Accounts payable



43,122



(49,095)

Accounts payable - related parties



55,227



54,720

Other payables and accrued liabilities



5,002



4,254

Other payables - related parties



(16,987)



110,061

Customer deposits



(6,103)



(2,418)

Customer deposits - related parties



(14,502)



(29,781)

Taxes payable



(6,639)



(4,785)

Other noncurrent liabilities



1,378



-

Net cash used in operating activities



(61,436)



(99,581)








CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:







Restricted cash



(49,988)



(5,671)

Loans to related parties



-



(69,303)

Cash proceeds from (made to) short term investment



80



79

Cash proceeds from sales of equipment



16



4

Equipment purchase and intangible assets



(52,350)



(20,550)

Effect on cash due to deconsolidating of a subsidiary



-



(2,975)

Net cash used in investing activities



(102,242)



(98,416)








CASH FLOWS FINANCING ACTIVITIES:







Payments made for treasury stock acquired



-



(1,404)

Notes receivable – restricted



244,940



364,325

Borrowings on short term notes payable



812,577



921,101

Payments on short term notes payable



(1,001,301)



(1,134,080)

Borrowings on short term loans - bank



141,484



184,477

Payments on short term loans - bank



(83,433)



(241,919)

Borrowings on short term loan - others



47,903



155,936

Payments on short term loans - others



(47,055)



(162,212)

Borrowings on short term loan - related parties



213,576



178,454

Payments on short term loans - related parties



(124,059)



(138,320)

Deposits due to sales representatives



(3,734)



7,515

Deposit due to sales representatives - related parties



529



286

Payments on long-term loans – related party



(17,544)



-

Net cash provided by financing activities



183,883



134,159








EFFECTS OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGE IN CASH



1,199



2,226

INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH



21,404



(61,612)

CASH, beginning of period



46,467



120,016

CASH, end of period


$

67,871


$

58,404

 

SOURCE General Steel Holdings, Inc.



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