Lihua International Reports Record Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results

Record Quarterly Revenue of $167 Million, a Year-over-Year Increase of 121%

Gross Profit Increases 35%, Net Income Up 45% and EBITDA Up 42%

Reiterates Full-Year 2011 Guidance: Gross Profit of $81-83 million and Net Income of $53-55 million

Aug 09, 2011, 06:00 ET from Lihua International, Inc.

DANYANG, China, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- 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 and superfine and magnet wire, as well as copper clad aluminum ("CCA") wire, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011.

Second Quarter 2011 Financial Highlights

  • Sales increased 121% year-over-year to $167.0 million.
  • Gross profit increased 35% year-over-year to $19.6 million.
  • Net income increased 45% to $14.4 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, compared with $9.9 million, or $0.34 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2010.
  • Non-GAAP net income(1) was $13.2 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, a 46% increase, compared with $9.0 million, or $0.31 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP net income excludes gains related to the change in fair value and extinguishment of warrants of $1.2 million and $0.9 million, for the second quarters of 2011 and 2010, respectively.
  • EBITDA increased 42% year-over-year to $18.5 million.(2)
  • Strong balance sheet with $98.7 million in cash and cash equivalents, or $3.28 per diluted share, as of June 30, 2011, compared with $90.6 million as of December 31, 2010.
  • Cash flow from operations of $11.4 million, compared with cash flow from operations of $9.1 million in the second quarter of 2010.
  • Reaffirms full-year 2011 guidance of $81-83 million gross profit and non-GAAP net income of $53-55 million, representing year-over-year growth of 30.4-33.7% and 32.2-37.2%, respectively.

(1) Lihua defines non-GAAP net income as net income excluding the change in fair value of warrants, gain on extinguishment of warrant liabilities, and other one-time or non-recurring items that are evaluated on an individual basis. Lihua uses non-GAAP net income and other non-GAAP metrics to provide information about its operating trends.

(2)EBITDA is a non-GAAP measurement. Lihua defines EBITDA as net income before depreciation and amortization, interest income/expense, income taxes, gain on extinguishment of warrant liabilities, change in fair value of warrants and non-cash share-based compensation expenses.

Second Quarter 2011 and Recent Business Highlights

  • On August 4, 2011, received independent verification of cash balances of $90.6 million, $90.7 million and $98.7 million as of December 31, 2010, March 31, 2011 and June 30, 2011, respectively, following a review by John Lees Associates, a Hong Kong-based consulting firm specializing in forensic accounting and due diligence. The Board of Directors engaged John Lees Associates on July 18, 2011 to conduct this independent review, which was supervised by the Company's Audit Committee.
  • In June 2011, Lihua received its Environmental Import License from the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People's Republic of China (PRC). This license, along with the Scrap Metal Import License from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the PRC received in November 2010 enables Lihua to begin purchasing and importing scrap copper directly from overseas suppliers.
  • Placed initial scrap copper import orders with overseas suppliers in June 2011.
  • Continued purchasing shares under previously announced stock repurchase program. As of June 30, 2011, Lihua had purchased 264,047 shares at an average price of $8.05 per share.
  • In May 2011, Mr. Jianhua Zhu, Lihua's founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer began purchasing Lihua shares on the open market through Magnify Wealth, an affiliated entity. As of June 30, 2011, Mr. Zhu had purchased 125,000 shares.
  • Construction of the new facility in Danyang remains on track. The Company expects to launch production at the new facility by early October.
  • Partnered with Shanghai Electric Cable and Wire Research Institute, a highly respected research and standards organization on the research, development and marketing of new CCA and wire products for applications including power transmission and distribution.
  • Partnered with the Beijing Modern Research Institute of Recycling Economy to establish a joint R&D center focused on the development of new copper recycling processes and technologies.

"Our financial results for the second quarter represent further acceleration of our business with continued growth across our primary operating metrics including revenue, gross profit, net income and cash flow from operations," said Jianhua Zhu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lihua. "Demand for our products continues to be robust across all of our end markets, evidenced by our 121% year-over-year revenue growth. Copper anode sales continued to ramp in the second quarter, reaching over $73 million. We have achieved significant sales growth with this product since its introduction in the third quarter of last year and we expect an even more substantial contribution from copper anode once we launch our new refined copper manufacturing facility, planned for the beginning of fourth quarter, which will double overall refined copper capacity to 100,000 metric tons per year and triple copper anode production capacity to 75,000 metric tons annually.

"In addition to our operational and financial achievements, we continue taking steps to better position Lihua for even greater accomplishments in the future. Late in the second quarter, we received our environmental import license, completing the final step required to begin directly importing scrap copper from overseas suppliers. This license is expected to significantly improve our raw materials procurement capabilities, supporting both gross profit and gross margin expansion. We also remain committed to extending our leadership position in the copper industry through continued innovation. Our recently announced agreement with the Shanghai Electric Cable and Wire Research Institute is expected to result in the development of new CCA and wire products targeting energy transmission and other high-conductivity applications. We believe that the market for these products will be sizeable, given the cost advantages of CCA over pure copper and the significant investment expected in China's power grid over the next several years. We are proud of our achievements during the first half of the year and remain keenly focused on the continued growth of our business and the advancement of China's copper industry."

Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results

Sales for the second quarter of 2011 increased 121% to $167.0 million, compared with sales of $75.5 million in the second quarter of 2010. The increase in sales was primarily attributable to increased sales of CCA and copper wire products, as well as copper anode, which was launched in August 2010.  The wire products and copper anode have generated sales of $93.5 million and $73.5 million, respectively, in the second quarter of 2011. This compares with CCA and Copper wire sales of $68.3 million, and copper rod sales of $7.2 million, respectively, in the second quarter of 2010.

Gross profit for the second quarter of 2011 was $19.6 million, up 35% from gross profit of $14.5 million for the second quarter of 2010. As a percentage of total sales, gross margin declined to 11.8% in the second quarter of 2011, from 19.2% for the same period last year, primarily due to the continued shift in product mix toward refined copper products, which carry lower gross profit margins than Lihua's wire products, but have a much higher return on invested capital due to a significantly reduced production cycle, as well as a sharp increase in copper price. During the second quarter of 2011, the average copper price was RMB69,474 per ton, compared with RMB56,160 per ton from the same period last year, reflecting an increase of 23.7% year-over-year.

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses for the second quarter of 2011 were $2.0 million, compared with $2.1 million in the same period in 2010. The improvement in SG&A was related to a decline in general & administrative expenses due to improved production efficiency and greater G&A leverage, partially offset by higher professional fees related to Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and other public company expenses, as well as an increase in selling expenses associated with the expansion of the Company's business.

Interest expense for the second quarter of 2011 was $49,000, compared with $40,000 for the second quarter of 2010. The increase was attributable to an increase in interest rates in China.

For the three months ended June 30, 2011, the provision for income tax expense was $4.6 million, compared with $3.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010. The effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2011 was 24.2%, compared to 25.5% for the second quarter of 2010.

Net income for the second quarter of 2011 was $14.4 million, or $0.48 per share, based on 30.1 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding, compared with net income of $9.9 million, or $0.34 per share, based on 29.3 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding during the same period in 2010.

Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2011 was $13.2 million or $0.44 per diluted share, an increase of 46%, compared with non-GAAP net income of $9.0 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP net income for both periods excludes change in fair value of warrants and gain on extinguishment of warrant liabilities.

EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2011 increased 42% to $18.5 million, compared with $13.0 million for the same period in the prior year.

Balance Sheet

As of June 30, 2011, Lihua had $98.7 million, or $3.28 per diluted share in cash and cash equivalents, compared with $90.6 million as of December 31, 2010.  As of June 30, 2011, Lihua had total debt of $2.3 million, associated with short-term bank loans used for working capital purposes, and working capital of $145.0 million.

Outlook

Lihua expects 2011 gross profit to be between $81.0 million and $83.0 million, and non-GAAP net income between $53.0 million and $55.0 million, representing year-over-year growth of 30.4%-33.7% and 32.2%-37.2%, respectively. The Company expects that 2011 growth will be largely the result of continued strong demand in China for recycled copper and copper alternatives in the household appliance, consumer white goods and infrastructure markets.

Lihua's 2011 financial projections assume one quarter of production and sales contribution from its new copper recycling facility, which is currently under construction and due to commence production at the beginning of fourth quarter 2011.

Mr. Zhu added, "We achieved a great deal strategically, operationally and financially in the first half of the year, including a major milestone event in securing our scrap copper import license, which is expected to have a meaningful impact on our gross profit and net income beginning next year.  Moreover, we remain on track for another milestone in the second half of the year, with the launch of production at our new copper recycling facility.  In addition, we are taking steps to further increase transparency and improve financial controls, evidenced by the recent announcement of independent verification by the Audit Committee of our reported cash balances for the last three quarters. We remain dedicated to growing our business, maintaining credibility both within our industry and among investors and building shareholder value. We are excited about what the future holds for Lihua and confident in our ability to achieve these goals."

Conference Call and Webcast

Management of Lihua International will host a conference call today, Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss the second quarter 2011 financial results.

Individuals interested in participating in the conference may do so by dialing 1-877-941-2069 toll free in the U.S. and Canada, or 1-480-629-9665 from outside the U.S.

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 August 16, 2011. 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. 4461056. 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 EBITDA to provide information about its operating trends.  Investors are cautioned that non-GAAP net income and 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, gain on extinguishment of warrant liabilities, and other one-time or non-recurring items that are evaluated on an individual basis. The Company defines EBITDA as net income before depreciation and amortization, interest income/expense, income taxes, gain on extinguishment of warrant liabilities, change in fair value of warrants and non-cash share-based compensation expenses. The non-GAAP net income and EBITDA numbers presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Non-GAAP net income and 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 "EBITDA Calculation" below.

Non-GAAP Net Income Calculation

For Three Months Ended June 30,

2011

2010

Net income

$

14,366,076

$

9,898,292

 Change in fair value of warrants

-1,179,151

-888,975

 Gain on extinguishment of warrant liabilities

-26,531

Non-GAAP Net Income

13,160,394

9,009,317

EBITDA Calculation

For Three Months Ended June 30,

2011

2010

Net income

$

14,366,076

$

9,898,292

 Depreciation and amortization

666,894

515,421

 Share-based compensation expense

120,793

101,336

 Gain on extinguishment of warrant liabilities

-26,531

 Change in fair value of warrants

-1,179,151

-888,975

 Interest income

-136,941

-61,065

 Interest expenses

49,014

40,288

 Provision for income tax

4,591,447

3,388,056

EBITDA

18,451,601

12,993,353

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 pure copper products. Current product offerings include CCA and 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

Lihua International, Inc. Daphne Huang EVP of Corporate Finance and Director of Investor Relations +1-516-717-9939 Daphne_huang@lihuaintl.com

The Piacente Group, Inc. Investor Relations Brandi Floberg or Lee Roth +1-212-481-2050 lihua@tpg-ir.com

LIHUA INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(AMOUNTS EXPRESSED IN US DOLLARS)

June 30,

December 31,

2011

2010

ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents

$

98,729,038

$

90,609,340

Bills receivable, net

-

528,576

Accounts receivable, net

23,811,515

32,973,704

Prepayments for raw material purchases

23,594,404

-

Other receivables and current assets

548,468

21,967

Prepaid land use right – current portion

394,350

211,499

Deferred income tax assets

149,849

127,317

Inventories

17,845,910

16,155,862

Total current assets

165,073,534

140,628,265

OTHER ASSETS

Property, plant and equipment, net

18,021,183

18,189,255

Construction in progress

7,344,878

916,782

Prepaid land use right – long-term portion

18,604,728

18,546,744

Intangible assets

1,897

3,547

Total non-current assets

43,972,686

37,656,328

Total assets

$

209,046,220

$

178,284,593

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES

Short term bank loans

$

2,317,819

$

2,264,937

Accounts payable

8,692,421

6,012,035

Other payables and accruals

3,044,274

3,186,174

Due to a related party

140,000

-

Income taxes payable

4,727,549

4,981,383

Warrant liabilities

1,145,000

8,682,441

Total current liabilities

20,067,063

25,126,970

Total liabilities

20,067,063

25,126,970

STOCKOLDERS' 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,

      30,032,450 and 29,385,326 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2011       and December 31, 2010, respectively

3,003

2,938

Additional paid-in capital

78,312,835

71,251,843

Treasury stock, at cost, 264,047 shares and nil, as of June 30, 2011 and       December 31, 2010, respectively

(2,126,597)

-

Statutory reserves

8,869,528

7,556,187

Retained earnings

92,655,810

67,091,089

Accumulated other comprehensive income

11,264,578

7,255,566

Total stockholders' equity

188,979,157

153,157,623

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

209,046,220

$

178,284,593

LIHUA INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(AMOUNTS EXPRESSED IN US DOLLARS)

For the Three Months

For the Six Months

Ended June 30,

Ended June 30,

2011

2010

2011

2010

Revenue

$

167,012,527

$

75,502,350

$

303,943,623

$

138,723,052

Cost of goods sold

(147,365,064)

(61,002,044)

(267,388,087)

(12,401,462)

Gross profit

19,647,463

14,500,306

36,555,536

26,321,590

Selling expenses

(668,366)

(570,420)

(1,191,402)

(1,021,297)

General and administrative expenses

(1,339,062)

(1,484,893)

(2,912,374

(2,778,496)

Income from operations

17,640,035

12,444,993

32,451,760

22,521,797

Other income (expenses):

Interest income

136,941

61,065

270,046

94,416

Interest expenses

(49,014)

(40,288)

(70,480)

(69,458)

Gain on extinguishment of warrant liabilities

26,531

-

87,255

135,369

Change in fair value of warrants

1,179,151

888,975

2,554,252

2,234,829

Other income (expenses)

23,879

(68,397)

99,830

(68,397)

Total other income (expenses), net

1,317,488

841,355

2,940,903

2,326,759

Income before income tax

18,957,523

13,286,348

35,392,663

24,848,556

Provision for income tax

(4,591,447)

(3,388,056)

(8,514,601)

(6,093,706)

Net income

14,366,076

9,898,292

26,878,062

18,754,850

Other comprehensive income:

Foreign currency translation adjustment

2,344,495

698,345

4,009,012

746,801

Total comprehensive income

$

16,710,571

$

10,596,637

$

30,887,074

$

19,501,651

Earnings per share

Basic

$

0.48

$

0.35

$

0.90

$

0.70

Diluted

$

0.48

$

0.34

$

0.89

$

0.68

Weighted average number of shares outstanding

Basic

29,872,934

28,484,091

29,865,896

26,625,272

Diluted

30,111,142

29,326,571

30,200,087

27,477,388

LIHUA INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(AMOUNTS EXPRESSED IN US DOLLARS)

 

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2011

2010

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

Net income

$

26,878,062

$

18,754,850

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

Depreciation and amortization

1,289,649

1,009,020

loss on disposal of fixed assets

123,182

Share-based compensation

267,074

201,953

Gain on extinguishment of warrant liabilities

(87,255)

(135,369)

Change in fair value of warrants

(2,554,252)

(2,234,829)

Deferred income tax benefits

(19,351)

59,020

(Increase) decrease in assets:

Accounts receivable

9,826,535

(6,112,822)

Bills receivable

535,170

-

Prepayments for raw material purchases

(23,343,711)

-

Other receivables and current assets

(525,338)

274,600

Trade receivable from a related company

-

(228,887)

Inventories

(1,298,889)

2,232,887

Increase (decrease) in liabilities:

Accounts payable

2,513,027

2,382,124

Other payables and accruals

(430,361)

446,769

Income taxes payable

 

(366,207)

 

1,693,808

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

12,684,153

 

18,466,306

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(506,313

(1,067,485)

Addition to construction in progress

(6,120,004)

 

-

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(6,626,317)

 

(1,067,485)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Proceeds from public offering of common stock, net of expenses of $2,430,489

-

32,069,517

Release of restricted cash related to private placement

-

575,000

Repurchase of common stock

(2,126,597)

-

Proceeds from a related party

140,000

-

Proceeds from exercise of warrants

1,898,049

 

2,450,000

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

 

(88,548)

 

35,094,517

Foreign currency translation adjustment

 

2,150,410

 

491,718

INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

8,119,698

52,985,056

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, at the beginning of the period

 

90,609,340

 

34,614,838

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, at the end of the period

$

98,729,038

$

87,599,894

NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING TRANSACTIONS:

Share-based compensation to employees and directors

$

267,074

$

201,953

Issue of common stock to settle warrant liabilities, net of cash received

4,895,934

4,766,160

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE INFORMATION

Cash paid for interest

$

70,480

$

69,458

Cash paid for income taxes

$

8,835,772

$

4,340,878

SOURCE Lihua International, Inc.



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