Lihua International Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2012 Financial Results 2012 Revenue Increases 34% to $853.8 Million

Exceeds Guidance: Gross Profit of $89.5 Million and Non-GAAP Net Income of $58.0 Million

Introduces 2013 Guidance of $95 - 98 Million Gross Profit and $62 - 65 million Non-GAAP Net Income

DANYANG, China, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/-- Lihua International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIWA) ("Lihua" or the "Company"), a leading Chinese developer, designer, and manufacturer of low cost, high quality alternatives to pure copper products, including refined copper products, copper wire and copper clad aluminum ("CCA") wire, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2012.

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2012 Financial Highlights (USD in Millions, except per-share data):


Three Months Ended
December 31,




Twelve Months Ended December 31




2012

 


2011

 


% Change


2012

 


2011

 


% Change

Revenue

$  254.9


$ 177.6


43.5


$853.8


$637.1


34.0

Gross Profit

$ 24.9


$ 19.7


26.6


 

$89.5


$75.7


18.3

Net Income

$ 15.8


$ 12.7


24.1


$57.9


$53.1


9.0

Earnings Per Share (Diluted)

$ 0.52


$ 0.43


20.9


$1.93


$1.77


9.0

Non-GAAP Net Income

$ 15.9


$ 12.8


23.7


$58.0


$50.0


16.0

Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share (Diluted)

$ 0.52


$ 0.43


23.3


$1.94


$1.66


16.9

Adjusted EBITDA

$ 22.9


$ 18.0


27.2


$82.2


$69.7


17.9

As of December 31, 2012, Lihua had a strong balance sheet with $144.3 million in cash and cash equivalents, or $4.82 per diluted share, compared with $105.6 million, or $3.52 per diluted share, as of December 31, 2011.  Cash flow from operations for 2012 was $48.7 million, compared with cash flow from operations of $33.4 million in 2011.

2012 and Recent Business Highlights

  • Decommissioned and dismantled its original copper anode smelter located in the Company's old plant site and completed construction of a new smelter at the Company's expanded anode production site located on its new corporate campus. The Company expects to improve copper anode production efficiency by consolidating manufacturing within the new plant.
  • In June 2012, Lihua began production on two new copper anode smelters. As of December 31, 2012, production on the Company's copper anode smelters had reached capacity of 50,000 – 60,000 tons annually. The smelter completed in January 2013 is expected to reach designed annual capacity of 25,000 – 30,000 tons in the second quarter of 2013. 
  • Began construction of the Company's fourth copper anode smelter in January 2013 with expected completion in the second quarter of 2013. Once complete, the Company's annual scrap copper refinery capacity will reach 150,000 – 170,000 tons.
  • Completed trial production and industry qualification of new CCA cable and wire product and began marketing and customer targeting efforts.
  • Signed agreement with a new copper anode customer to supply a minimum volume of 1,600 tons of anode per month.

"2012 was a year of record performance for Lihua, in which we exceeded our full-year guidance for both gross profit and non-GAAP net income, while advancing our capacity expansion and new product development initiatives. The strength with which we completed 2012 has carried over to 2013, and we are poised to achieve even greater success in the coming years," said Mr. Jianhua Zhu, Lihua's founder, chairman and CEO. "Although margins were impacted during the year by ASP pressure for our wire products, we were able to increase revenues and profitability based on strong demand from key customers, efficiency improvement and further capacity expansion.

"Our expansion initiatives are proceeding according to plan, and we remain on track to complete the development of our 30-acre plant site this year. The consolidation of the production and warehousing facilities of copper anode and copper rod products is expected to further improve production efficiency.  We have completed trial production and passed quality testing of our new CCA cable and wire product and began introducing this product to prospective customers.  We expect to commercialize this product in the next 6 to 12 months. Additionally, we further strengthened our financial position in 2012, completing the year with over $144 million in cash, providing us with the resources necessary to fund our future growth through continued investment in capacity expansion, efficiency improvement, new market penetration and product development, and positioning us to lead the next wave of industry growth," concluded Mr. Zhu.

Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Sales for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 43.5% to $254.9 million, compared with sales of $177.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The increase in revenue resulted from additional production and sales of copper anode and copper rod as a result of capacity expansion. Lihua's CCA and copper wire products, copper anode and copper rod accounted for sales of $102.5 million, $129.7 million and $22.7 million, respectively in the fourth quarter of 2012. This compares with CCA and copper wire sales of $94.0 million, copper anode sales of $69.4 million and cooper rod sales of $14.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. During the fourth quarter of 2012, the average selling price of Lihua's products was $8,087 per metric ton, compared with $8,328 per metric ton in the same period last year, reflecting a decrease of 2.9% year-over-year.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $24.9 million, an increase of 26.6% from gross profit of $19.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. As a percentage of total sales, gross margin declined to 9.8% in the fourth quarter of 2012 from 11.1% for the same period last year. The decrease was primarily due to a shift in product mix as we increased the production and sales of lower margin refined copper products.

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $3.4 million, up 17.8%, compared with $2.9 million in the same period of 2011. The rise in SG&A was related to increased costs related to product distribution and insurance as a result of expanded business volume, and increased staffing costs as the Company continue to expand the sales and production force during the period.

The Company recorded no interest expense in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with interest expense of $34,605 in the fourth quarter of 2011.

For the three months ended December 31, 2012, provision for income tax expense was $5.7 million, compared with $4.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 26.7%, compared to 25.6% for the fourth quarter of 2011.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $15.8 million, or $0.52 per share, based on 30.0 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding, compared with net income of $12.7 million, or $0.43 per share, based on 30.0 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding during the same period in 2011.

Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $15.9 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $12.8 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP net income excludes the net impact of warrant-related charges of $0.1 million and $0.1 million in the fourth quarters of 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2012 was $22.9 million, compared with $18.0 million for the same period in the prior year.

Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2012, Lihua had $144.3 million, or $4.82 per diluted share, in cash and cash equivalents, compared with $105.6 million, or $3.52 per diluted share, as of December 31, 2011. As of December 31, 2012, Lihua had working capital of $213 million and no debt.

Outlook

The Company began production on its two new copper anode smelters on June 1, 2012, and completed construction of a third copper anode smelter in January 2013. As a result, the total scrap copper refinery capacity increased to 125,000 – 140,000 tons per year. The Company has begun construction of a fourth copper anode smelter in January 2013 and expects to complete construction in the second quarter of 2013. Once complete, the aggregate scrap copper refinery capacity will increase to 150,000 – 170,000 per year. The Company has completed construction of all factory buildings and warehouse and storage facilities on a new 30-acre plant site. The remainder of the site, which includes a new R&D center, office space and employee facilities, will be completed in 2013.

The Company expects full-year 2013 gross profit in the range of $95 - 98 million, and non-GAAP net income in the range of $62 - 65 million for the full year 2013, representing year-over-year growth of 6.1 – 9.4% and 6.9 – 12.1%, respectively. The Company expects the growth in 2013 will be largely the result of copper anode capacity expansion.

Conference Call and Webcast

Management of Lihua International will host a conference call today, March 15, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss the fourth quarter and full-year 2012 financial results.

Individuals interested in participating in the conference may do so by dialing 1-877-941-1427 in the U.S. and Canada, or 1-480-629-9664 internationally.

Those interested in listening to the conference call live via the Internet may do so by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site at:
http://www.lihuaintl.com/Investor_Relations/Events_Presentations.html.

For those unable to participate, an audio replay of the call will be available beginning approximately one hour after the conclusion of the live call through March 29, 2013. The audio replay can be accessed by dialing 1-800-406-7325 from the U.S or Canada, or 1-303-590-3030 internationally, and entering access ID No. 4606962#. Following the live webcast, an online archive will be available for 90 days.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses non-GAAP net income and other non-GAAP metrics such as Adjusted EBITDA to provide information about its operating trends. Investors are cautioned that non-GAAP net income and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of liquidity or of financial performance under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP").

The Company defines non-GAAP net income as net income excluding the change in fair value of warrants and other one-time or non-recurring items that are evaluated on an individual basis. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income before depreciation and amortization, interest income/expense, income taxes, change in fair value of warrants and non-cash share-based compensation expenses. The non-GAAP net income and Adjusted EBITDA numbers presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Non-GAAP net income and Adjusted EBITDA, while providing useful information, should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income or cash flows as determined under GAAP. Consistent with Regulation G under the U.S. federal securities laws, the non-GAAP measures in this press release have been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure, and this reconciliation is located under the headings "Non-GAAP Net Income Calculation" and "Adjusted EBITDA Calculation" below.

 

Non-GAAP Net Income Calculation










For the Three Months


For the Twelve Months

Ended December 31,

Ended December 31,




2012


2011


2012


2011

Net income

$


$


$


$


15,793,687

12,727,388

57,942,003

53,133,533

Gain on Extinguishment of
Warrant Liabilities


-


(1,522)


(73,291)


(88,777)

Change in fair value of
warrants









101,000

120,677

124,000

(3,062,575)

Non-GAAP Net
Income


$


$


$


$


15,894,687

12,846,543

57,992,712

49,982,181

 

Adjusted EBITDA Calculation









For the Three Months


For the Twelve Months


Ended December 31,

Ended December 31,







2012


2011


2012


2011


Net income

$


$


$


$



15,793,687

12,727,388

57,942,003

53,133,533


Depreciation and
amortization


1,294,612


710,430


3,669,077


2,294,159


Share-based
compensation
expense


68,780


118,934


382,089


498,212


Gain on
Extinguishment of
Warrant Liabilities


-


(1522)


(73,291)


(88,777)


Change in fair value
of warrants










101,000

120,677

124,000

(3,062,575)


Interest income










(129,444)

(117,400)

(547,679)

(522,722)












Interest expenses


-

34,605


-

143,779


Provision for income
tax










5,745,058

4,390,287

20,730,844

17,323,700


Adjusted EBITDA

$

22,873,693

$

17,983,399

$

82,227,043

$

69,719,309













About Lihua International, Inc.

Lihua, through its two wholly owned subsidiaries, Lihua Electron and Lihua Copper, is a leading value-added manufacturer of copper replacement products for China's rapidly growing copper wire and copper replacement product market. Lihua is one of the first vertically integrated companies in China to develop, design and manufacture lower cost, high quality alternatives to pure copper magnet wire and pure copper alternative products. Lihua's products include CCA and refined copper products. Current product offerings include CCA and pure copper wire, copper rod and copper anode. Except for CCA wire, all other products are produced from recycled scrap copper. Lihua's products are sold in China either directly to manufacturers or through distributors in the wire and cable industries and manufacturers in a wide variety of industries including the consumer electronics, white goods, automotive, utility, telecommunications and specialty cable industries. Lihua's corporate and manufacturing headquarters are located in the heart of China's copper industry in Danyang, Jiangsu Province. For more information, visit: http://www.lihuaintl.com.

To be added to the Company's email distribution for future news releases, please send your request to lihua@tpg-ir.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains certain statements that may be deemed to be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, without limitation, statements about its business or growth strategy, general industry conditions including availability of copper or recycled scrap copper, future operating results of the Company, capital expenditures, expansion and growth opportunities, bank borrowings, financing activities and other such matters, are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that its expectations stated in this press release are based on reasonable assumptions, actual results may differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

Please note that information in this press release reflects management views as of the date of issuance.

Contact:

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

 

 

 

LIHUA INTERNATIONAL, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(AMOUNTS EXPRESSED IN US DOLLARS)









As of December 31,




2012




2011

ASSETS







CURRENT ASSETS







Cash and cash equivalents


$

144,300,290


$

105,637,627

Accounts receivable, net



45,284,923



31,082,460

Prepayments for raw material purchases



19,569,239



21,882,977

Other receivables, deposits and prepayments



559,955



1,882,864

Prepaid land use rights – current portion



406,026



405,034

Deferred income tax assets



24,948



200,588

Inventories



17,844,405



15,502,246

Total current assets



227,989,786



176,593,796

OTHER ASSETS







Property, plant and equipment, net



47,197,115



20,565,875

Construction in progress



175,006



18,794,910

Deposits for plant and equipment



-



3,428,082

Prepaid land use rights – long-term portion



18,546,658



18,906,280

Intangible assets



3,332



170

Total non-current assets



65,922,111



61,695,317

Total assets


$

293,911,897


$

238,289,113








LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY







CURRENT LIABILITIES







Accounts payable


$

3,891,110


$

6,066,261

Other payables and accruals



4,937,404



6,370,833

Income taxes payable



5,797,188



4,607,533

Dividend payable



-



992,846

Warrant liabilities



354,000



615,000

Total current liabilities



14,979,702



18,652,473

Total liabilities



14,979,702



18,652,473








STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY







Preferred stock: $0.0001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, none issued
       and outstanding



-



-

Common stock, $0.0001 par value: 75,000,000 shares authorized,







30,084,883 shares issued and 29,820,836 shares outstanding as of December 31,
    2012 (2011: 30,036,481 shares issued and 29,772,434 shares outstanding),
    respectively



 

 

3,008



 

 

3,003

Additional paid-in capital



79,257,921



78,564,128

Treasury stock, at cost, 264,047 shares and 264,047 as of December 31, 2012    
    and 2011, respectively



 

(2,126,597)



 

(2,126,597)

Statutory reserves



14,566,846



10,418,476

Retained earnings



170,163,120



116,369,487

Accumulated other comprehensive income



17,067,897



16,408,143

Total stockholders' equity



278,932,195



219,636,640

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

293,911,897


$

238,289,113











 

 

 

LIHUA INTERNATIONAL, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS

OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(AMOUNTS EXPRESSED IN US DOLLARS)







Year Ended December 31,



2012


2011


2010









NET REVENUE


$

853,766,541


$

637,093,439


$

370,531,685











Cost of sales



(764,218,167)



(561,379,767)



(308,429,530)











GROSS PROFIT



89,548,374



75,713,672



62,102,155











Selling expenses



(2,954,460)



(2,485,978)



(2,058,323)

General and administrative expenses



(8,621,494)



(6,650,142)



(5,747,178)











Income from operations



77,972,420



66,577,552



54,296,654











Other income (expenses):










Interest income



547,679



522,722



253,964

Interest expenses



-



(143,779)



(131,106)

Foreign exchange differences



109,638



234,763



(112,443)

Gain on extinguishment of warrant liabilities



73,291



88,777



186,897

Change in fair value of warrants



(124,000)



3,062,575



(1,448,819)

Other income (expenses)



93,819



114,623



(79,596)

Total other income (expenses)



700,427



3,879,681



(1,331,103)











Income before income taxes



78,672,847



70,457,233



52,965,551

Provision for income taxes



(20,730,844)



(17,323,700)



(14,499,576)











NET INCOME


$

57,942,003


$

53,133,533


$

38,465,975











OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME:




















Foreign currency translation adjustments



659,754



9,152,577



4,626,336











COMPREHENSIVE INCOME


$

58,601,757


$

62,286,110


$

43,092,311











Net income per share










Basic


$

1.94


$

1.78


$

1.38

Diluted


$

1.93


$

1.77


$

1.34











Weighted average number of shares outstanding










Basic



29,815,943



29,816,871



27,956,451

Diluted



29,965,811



30,076,130



28,671,363

 

 

 

LIHUA INTERNATIONAL, INC.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS


(AMOUNTS EXPRESSED IN US DOLLARS)













Year Ended December 31,




2012


2011


2010


CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES








Net income


$

57,942,003


$

53,133,533


$

38,465,975


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











Depreciation and amortization



3,669,077



2,294,159



2,171,961


Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment



-



-



124,196


Share-based compensation



382,089



498,212



408,772


Gain on extinguishment of warrant liabilities



(73,291)



(88,777)



(186,897)


Change in fair value of warrants



124,000



(3,062,575)



1,448,819


Deferred income tax benefits



175,379



(65,136)



(25,638)


(Increase) decrease in assets:











Accounts receivable



(14,065,887)



3,487,873



(21,166,870)


Bills receivable



-



541,989



(517,114)


Prepayments for raw material purchases



2,357,227



(21,347,998)



-


Other receivables, deposits and prepayments



1,321,844



(1,814,309)



475,790


Inventories



(2,294,323)



1,442,579



1,880,784


Increase (decrease) in liabilities:











Accounts payable



(2,180,647)



(246,640)



915,611


Other payables and accruals



198,772



(782,013)



2,433,980


Income taxes payable



1,173,326



(612,900)



3,275,329


Net cash provided by operating activities



48,729,569



33,377,997



29,704,698













CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES











Purchase of property, plant and equipment and construction in  
    progress



(9,365,100)



(16,965,626)



(2,258,580)


Deposits for plant and equipment



-



(3,344,274)



-


Proceeds from disposal of fixed assets



-



-



153,095


Payments for land use rights



-



-



(9,938,585)


Net cash used in investing activities



(9,365,100)



(20,309,900)



(12,044,070)













CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES











Payment of common stock dividend



(992,846)



-



-


Repayments of short-term bank loans



-



(2,322,413))



-


Release of restricted cash related to private placement



-



-



575,000


Repurchase of common stock



-



(2,126,597)



-


Proceeds from exercise of warrants



-



1,898,050



3,226,300


Proceeds from public offering of common stock, net of expenses



-



-



32,069,517


Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities



(992,846)



(2,550,960)



35,870,817













Foreign currency translation adjustment



291,040



4,511,150



2,463,057


INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS



38,662,663



15,028,287



55,994,502


CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, at the beginning of the year



105,637,627



90,609,340



34,614,838













CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, at the end of the year


$

144,300,290


$

105,637,627


$

90,609,340













MAJOR NON-CASH TRANSACTION:











   Share-based compensation to employees and directors


$

382,089


$

498,212


$

408,772


   Issuance of common stock to settle warrant liabilities



311,709



4,916,088



6,854,964


SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE INFORMATION











   Cash paid for interest


$

-


$

143,779


$

131,106


   Cash paid for income taxes


$

19,569,241


$

18,056,035


$

11,198,079













SOURCE Lihua International, Inc.



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