Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter and Six Months Ended June 30, 2014 Company to Hold Conference Call on August 7, 2014, at 8:30 AM ET

Raises Net Income Guidance to $82 and $87 Million From $80 and $85 Million

FUZHOU, China, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (Nasdaq: PME), ("Pingtan," or the "Company") a global fishing company based in the People's Republic of China (PRC), today announced its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2014.

Second Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights (all results are compared to prior year period)

  • Revenue from continuing operations ("fishing business") increased 166.4% to $56.9 million from $21.4 million, primarily due to an increase in sales volume as a result of a larger fleet and an increase in the number of vessels.
  • Gross profit increased 83.7% to $16.8 million from $9.1 million, and gross margin was 29.5% compared to 42.7%, due to a decrease in the average unit selling price as well as new vessels with higher depreciation and amortization expense.
  • Net income from the fishing business increased 104.3% to $14.3 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, from $7.0 million, or $0.09 per diluted share.

Second Quarter 2014 Operational Highlights

  • June 2014: The Company finalized its previously announced joint venture, known as Global Deep Ocean Fishing (Pingtan) Industrial Limited Company, with China Co-op (Hainan) Industry Development Co., Ltd. and Yangtai Hengyu Trading Limited. The joint venture, will process, cold storage, and transport deep-ocean fishing products.
  • Pingtan operated 126 vessels during the period, compared to 40 vessels in the prior year period. The Company owns 104 trawlers and 2 drifters and have license rights to operate 20 drifter vessels.
  • Sales volumes in the second quarter of 2014 rose by 182.2% to 19,078 tons from 6,762 tons in the same period of 2013.

Mr. Xinrong Zhuo, Chairman and CEO of the Company, commented, "We are pleased to deliver strong revenue and income growth in the second quarter of 2014, which was resulted from the increased production capacity attributable to our fleet expansion.  We understand that Pingtan operates an asset focused model and we feel it is important to continue reinvesting in our Company by deliberately replacing older vessels with newly-built vessels without disruption to our fishing operations.  We feel this is a benefit of having the access to capital and operational leverage to renew our fleet as necessary."

Second Quarter 2014 Selected Financial Highlights (A)

($ in millions, except per share data)

Three Months ended June 30,


2014

2013

Fishing Business (continuing operations)



Revenue

$56.9

$21.4

Cost of Revenue

40.1

12.2

Gross Profit

16.8

9.1

Gross Profit Margin

29.5%

42.7%

Net Income from Fishing Business

14.3

7.0

Basic and Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

79.1

79.1

EPS (from continuing operations)(in $)

$0.18

$0.09




Balance Sheet Highlights


6/30/2014

12/31/2013

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$13.6

$8.2

Total Current Assets

54.8

28.8

Total Assets

396.7

357.9

Total Current Liabilities

65.1

51.2

Total Long-term Debt, net of current portion

44.3

54.5

Total Liabilities

109.4

105.7

Shareholders' Equity

287.2

252.2

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

396.7

357.9

Book Value Per Share (in $)

$3.63

$3.19




(A) Represents the consolidation retrospectively restated as if Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (formerly known as China Growth Equity Investment Ltd.) completed its merger with China Dredging Group Co., Ltd. and the share purchase of Merchant Supreme Co., Ltd. on January 1, 2013 rather than on February 25, 2013. 

Consolidated Financial and Operating Review

Revenues

Revenues from the fishing business for the three months ended June 30, 2014 increased by 166.4% to $56.9 million from $21.4 million for the same period in 2013.  

Sales increased primarily as a result of the addition of 66 fishing vessels in June and September 2013, which operated at full capacity in the current period; and the addition of license rights to operate 20 new fishing vessels in December 2013, which began operating in the first quarter of 2014.

Sales volumes in the second quarter of 2014 rose by 182.1% to 19,078 tons from 6,762 tons in the same period of 2013.  The Company's top 6 species of fish sold included: ribbon fish, Indian white shrimp, pomfret, croaker fish, red fish, and mackerel accounted for about 82.7% of revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2014.

For the six months ended June 30, 2014, the Company's revenues increased by 198.5% to $122.5 million from $41.0 million in the first half of 2013. The increase was primarily due to higher sales volume as a result of the addition of vessels acquired in 2013, in addition to increases in average unit selling price.

Gross Margin

The Company's gross margin for its fishing business decreased to 29.5% for the three months ended June 30, 2014, from 42.7% in the prior year period.  The decrease was due to a decrease of average unit selling price by 5.7% during the second quarter, largely to a scarcity in certain types of shrimps in Southeast Asia inflating the price in the prior year quarter. 

For the six months ended June 30, 2014, gross margin slightly decreased to 33.3% from 35.3% in the same period of 2013, principally due to increased amortization and labor cost. 

Selling, General & Administrative Expenses

For the three months ended June 30, 2014, total selling, general and administrative expenses for the fishing business was $1.5 million, or 2.7% of revenue, compared to $1.0 million, or 4.9% of revenue, in the prior year period. The increase was mainly due to higher selling expenses, increased salaries and staff welfare costs as the Company expanded scale of operations, as well as higher administrative costs associated with the company being a publicly listed company.

For the six months ended June 30, 2014, total selling, general and administrative expenses increased to $2.8 million from $1.5 million in the same period of 2013.

Net Income

Net income from the fishing business for the three months ended June 30, 2014 was $14.3 million, or $0.18 per basic and diluted share, compared to $7.0 million, or $0.09 per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2013. The increase was primarily due to the same reasons described above.

For the six months ended June 30, 2014, the Company's net income from the fishing business was $36.0 million, or $0.46 per basic and diluted share, compared to $11.5 million, or $0.15 per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2013.

Outlook for 2014

Based on 2014 first half results, its current fleet capacity, strong demand for fishing products in China and its continued efforts in building market share, the Company has raised the 2014 net income guidance to between $82 and $87 million from $80 and $85 million

Chairman Zhuo concluded, "We have been pleased with the progression of our fleet expansion, as we operated at full capacity during the second quarter while experiencing relatively steady fuel costs.  As a result of these factors, along with continued demand for our catch, we were pleased to conservatively raise our bottom line guidance for the year.  Looking ahead, we continue to seek new areas for growth within our operations, both in terms of renewing our current fleet and also addressing potential downstream markets.  We believe that the recently announced joint venture with China Co-op (Hainan) and Yantan Hengyu will allow Pingtan entry into direct customer sales, as we anticipate to constructing a fishing processing plant as soon as permits are obtained from the Government.  We anticipate keeping investors regularly apprised of our progress."  

Conference Call Details

Pingtan also announced that it will discuss financial results in a conference call on August 7, 2014, at 8:30 AM ET.

The dial-in numbers are:

Live Participant Dial In (Toll Free): 877-407-0310
Live Participant Dial In (International): 201-493-6786

To listen to the live webcast, please go to http://www.ptmarine.com and click on the conference call link at the top of the page, or go to: http://ptmarine.equisolvewebcast.com/q2-2014. This webcast will be archived and accessible through the Company's website for approximately 30 days following the call.

About Pingtan Marine

Pingtan is a global fishing company, engaging in ocean fishing through its wholly-owned subsidiary, 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.

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



 

PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)










  For the Three Months Ended June 30, 


For the Six Months Ended June 30,


2014


 2013 (A)


2014


 2013 (A)









Revenue

$   56,909,432


$  21,362,357


$122,492,384


$  41,031,833

Cost of revenue

(40,143,919)


(12,235,475)


(81,685,913)


(26,527,609)









Gross profit

16,765,513


9,126,882


40,806,471


14,504,224

Selling and marketing expenses

(568,422)


(174,046)


(1,239,373)


(368,734)

General and administrative expenses

(957,925)


(866,194)


(1,578,840)


(1,167,536)

Operating income

15,239,166


8,086,642


37,988,258


12,967,954

Other income/(expense)








   Interest income

5,747


1,460


9,171


2,556

   Interest expenses

(1,036,260)


(710,365)


(2,409,201)


(1,395,742)

   Dividend income

345,983


69,071


345,983


69,071

   Subsidy income

-


205


524,421


35,592

   Sundry income

-


11


89


2,014

   Loss on foreign exchange, net

(234,401)


(428,389)


(457,634)


(220,405)

Total other expense

(918,931)


(1,068,007)


(1,987,171)


(1,506,914)

Income from continuing operations 
   before income tax

14,320,235


7,018,635


36,001,087


11,461,040

Income tax expense

-


-


-


-

Net income from continuing operations

14,320,235


7,018,635


36,001,087


11,461,040

Net income from discontinued 
   
operations, net of income tax expense

-


 

17,759,118


 

-


 

27,099,254

Consolidated net income

$   14,320,235


$  24,777,753


$  36,001,087


$  38,560,294

Basic and diluted earnings per share








  From continuing operations

$         0.18


$        0.09


$        0.46


$        0.15

  From discontinued operations

-


0.22


-


0.34

  Net income

$         0.18


$        0.31


$        0.46


$        0.49

Weighted average number of ordinary








   shares outstanding








- Basic and diluted

79,055,053


79,055,053


79,055,053


79,055,053









(A) Represents the consolidation retrospectively restated as if Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (formerly known as China Growth Equity Investment Ltd.) completed its merger with China Dredging Group Co., Ltd. and the share purchase of Merchant Supreme Co., Ltd. on January 1, 2013 rather than on February 25, 2013.

 

PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)








June 30, 2014


December 31, 2013



(Unaudited)


(A)






Assets




Current assets





Cash

$ 13,628,063


$ 8,156,599


Accounts receivable 

25,273,649


9,133,130


Inventories

13,847,641


9,095,736


Prepaid expenses and deposits - third parties

1,258,409


2,380,874


Prepaid expenses and deposits - related parties 

832,684


-


Other receivables

2,371


11,665

Total current assets

54,842,817


28,778,004






Other assets





Other receivables

1,184,119


1,213,440


Long-term investment

3,385,131


3,468,953


Prepaid fixed asset deposits

22,252,016


1,928,700


Prepaid operating license rights

211,059,322


215,381,356


Property, plant and equipment, net

103,970,136


107,178,269

Total other assets

341,850,724


329,170,718






Total assets

$ 396,693,541


$ 357,948,722






Liabilities and equity




Current liabilities





Accounts payable - third parties

$ 839,385


$ 2,184,964


Accounts payable - related parties

10,191,525


13,807,605


Receipt in advance

-


297,034


Short-term loans

20,958,121


9,085,353


Long-term loans - current portion

26,678,058


20,252,077


Accrued liabilities and other payables

4,744,457


3,851,047


Deferred income

1,691,598


1,733,485

Total current liabilities

65,103,144


51,211,565






Other liabilities





Long-term loans, net of current portion

44,345,219


54,499,727

Total other liabilities

44,345,219


54,499,727

Total liabilities

109,448,363


105,711,292





Shareholders' equity





Ordinary shares, 225,000,000 shares authorized 






with $0.001 per share; 79,055,053 shares issued and 






outstanding as of June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013 

79,055


79,055


Statutory reserves 

22,410,773


22,410,773


Retained earnings

235,342,599


199,341,512

Accumulated other comprehensive income

29,412,751


30,406,090

Total shareholders' equity

287,245,178


252,237,430





Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$ 396,693,541


$ 357,948,722





(A) 

Represents the consolidation retrospectively restated as if Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (formerly known as China Growth Equity Investment Ltd.) completed its merger with China Dredging Group Co., Ltd. and the share purchase of Merchant Supreme Co., Ltd. on January 1, 2013 rather than on February 25, 2013.

 

PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)










For the Six Months Ended June 30,




2014


2013 (A)

Cash flows from operating activities




Net income

$ 36,001,087


$ 38,560,294

Discontinued operations, net of tax

-


(27,099,254)

Income from continuing operations

36,001,087


11,461,040

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net





cash provided by operating activities





Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

1,993,816


1,529,723


Amortization of operating license rights

4,322,034


-

Changes in operating assets and liabilities





Accounts receivable

(16,401,659)


7,439,389


Inventories

(4,983,981)


(2,025,416)


Prepaid expenses and deposits - third parties

1,067,631


394,949


Prepaid expenses and deposits - related parties

(834,743)


-


Other receivables

9,034


274,998


Accounts payable - third parties

(1,295,979)


2,611,720


Accounts payable - related parties

(3,290,557)


331,367


Receipt in advance - third parties

(290,574)


358,176


Receipt in advance - related parties

-


(12,942,680)


Accrued liabilities and other payables

(446,629)


9,145,867

Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations

15,849,480


18,579,133

Cash flows from investing activities





Deposit paid for acquisition of fishing vessels

-


(200,000,000)


Proceeds from deferred income

-


1,861,416


Payment for property deposits

(22,307,032)


-


Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(595,233)


(14,831,031)


Refunds from fixed assets deposits

1,886,749


-


Advance to related parties

-


(8,731,951)

Net cash used in investing activities from continuing operations

(21,015,516)


(221,701,566)

Cash flows from financing activities





Proceeds from short-term loans

29,524,941


24,994,395


Repayment of short-term loans

(17,402,742)


(30,680,742)


Proceeds from long-term loans

3,716,691


-


Repayment of long-term loans

(5,643,715)


(1,884,778)


Advance from a director

650,000


-


Advance from related parties

-


203,779,276

Net cash provided by financing activities from continuing operations

10,845,175


196,208,151





Cash flow from discontinued operations




Net cash provided by operating activities from





discontinued operations

-


40,030,992

Net cash used in investing activities from





discontinued operations

-


(193,780,034)

Net cash provided by financing activities from





discontinued operations

-


4,363,800

Net cash used in discontinued operations

-


149,385,242

Net increase/(decrease) in cash

5,679,139


(156,299,524)

Effect of exchange rate

(207,675)


1,617,223

Cash at the beginning of period (1)

8,156,599


175,488,715

Cash at the end of period (2)

$ 13,628,063


$ 20,806,414

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:




Cash paid:





Interest paid

$ 2,984,513


$ 1,395,742

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash transaction eliminated in above:





Payable for purchase of ship equipment

$ 778,712


$ -


Proceeds from deferred income

$ -


$ 7,594,182


Deposit on setting up Joint Venture netted of






accounts payable - related party

$ -


$ 6,090,302







(1)

Includes cash and cash equivalents of discontinued operations of $nil and $168,627,930 at the beginning of the year in 2014 and 2013, respectively.

(2)

Includes cash and cash equivalents of discontinued operations of $nil and $20,196,391 as of June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

(A)

 

Represents the consolidation retrospectively restated as if Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (formerly known as China Growth Equity Investment Limited) completed its merger with China Dredging Group Co., Ltd. and the share purchase of Merchant Supreme Co., Ltd. on January 1, 2013 rather than on February 25, 2013.

 

SOURCE Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd.



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