Pingtan Marine Enterprise Announces Delivery of 20 Newly-built Fishing Vessels

Sep 13, 2013, 07:00 ET from Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd.

FUZHOU, China, Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (Nasdaq: PME), ("Pingtan," or the "Company") an integrated marine services company in the People's Republic of China (PRC), today announced the recent delivery of 20 newly-built fishing vessels, which were initially ordered by the Company in September 2012.  With the addition of these vessels and the recent acquisition of 46 vessels in June 2013, the Company's total current fleet has increased to 106.  The Company expects these vessels will materially increase its fish harvest volume and revenue, while being immediately accretive to net income.

The vessels delivered to the Company (full list below), which were built in Shandong Province, were delivered to the Company in early September.  These vessels have an expected run-in period of 3 - 6 months, in which each are placed into the sea for testing prior to full operation. At full operation, each vessel is capable of harvesting 900 to 1000 tons of approximately 30 types of species of fish from the Indian Ocean.  At current prices and operating at full capacity, each vessel can generate annual revenue of approximate $3 million USD with annual net income of approximate $800,000 to $1 million.

Mr. Xinrong Zhou, Pingtan's Chairman and CEO, stated, "We are pleased to announce the delivery of these new vessels.  We believe that the expansion of our fleet will continue to create economies of scale for Pingtan.  Increasing our volume will help in our negotiations with distributors and exporters, and also create the possibility of selling downstream directly to end markets.  We expect to remain aggressive in increasing our fleet, and look forward to enhancing our leading position in China's seafood industry."

About Pingtan

Pingtan is a marine enterprises group, engaging in dredging services and ocean fishing through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, China Dredging Group and Merchant Supreme, and their respective PRC operating subsidiaries, Fujian Xinggang Port Service Co., Ltd., or Fujian Service, Pingtan Xingyi Port Service Co., Ltd., or Pingtan Xingyi and Fujian Provincial Pingtan County Ocean Fishing Group Co., Ltd., or Pingtan Fishing. 

Pingtan Fishing primarily engages in ocean fishing with many of its self-owned vessels operating within the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone and the Arafura Sea of Indonesia. Pingtan Fishing is a growing fishing company and provider of high quality seafood in the PRC.

List of 20 Newly-built Fishing Vessels

Trawlers

Fishing Area

Carrying Tonnage

Capacity (KW)

FuYuanYu 171

India

156

1000

FuYuanYu 172

India

156

1000

FuYuanYu 173

India

156

1000

FuYuanYu 174

India

156

1000

FuYuanYu 175

India

156

1000

FuYuanYu 176

India

156

1000

FuYuanYu 177

Indonesia

156

1000

FuYuanYu 178

Indonesia

156

1000

FuYuanYu 179

Indonesia

156

1000

FuYuanYu 180

Indonesia

156

1000

FuYuanYu 181

Indonesia

156

1000

FuYuanYu 182

Indonesia

156

1000

FuYuanYu 183

Indonesia

156

1000

FuYuanYu 184

Indonesia

156

1000

FuYuanYu 185

Indonesia

156

1000

FuYuanYu 186

Indonesia

156

1000

FuYuanYu 187

Indonesia

156

1000

FuYuanYu 188

Indonesia

156

1000

FuYuanYu 189

Indonesia

156

1000

FuYuanYu 190

Indonesia

156

1000

Business Risks and Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in Pingtan's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including Pingtan's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Definitive Proxy Statement. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Pingtan undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

CONTACT: Roy Yu Chief Financial Officer Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. Tel: +86 591 87271753 ryu@ptmarine.net

INVESTOR RELATIONS: The Equity Group Inc. Adam Prior, Senior Vice President (212) 836-9606 aprior@equityny.com

In China Katherine Yao, Associate 86 10 6587 6435 kyao@equityny.com

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