Pingtan Marine Enterprise Reports Unaudited Financial Results For Its Third Quarter And Nine-Months Ended September 30, 2013

FUZHOU, China, Nov. 14, 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 its unaudited financial results for the third quarter and nine-months ended September 30, 2013.

Recent Business Development

The Company expanded its fleet from 40 to 86 vessels through a purchase transaction of 46 fishing trawlers for a total consideration of $410.1 million in June 2013. These vessels are fully licensed to fish in Indonesian waters, and have brought to the Company additional carrying capacity of approximately 45,000 to 50,000 tons starting in the third quarter of 2013.

In September 2013, The Company further increased its fleet to 106 vessels with the addition of 20 newly-built fishing vessels, which were initially ordered in September 2012. These vessels are fully licensed to fish in both Indian and Indonesian waters, and have been placed into the sea for testing for 3 - 6 months of run-in period. Each vessel is capable of harvesting 900 to 1,000 tons of fish at full operation.  At current prices and operating at full capacity, each vessel is expected to generate annual revenue of approximately $3 million with annual net income of approximately $800,000 to $1 million.

Update on Sale of Dredging Subsidiary (Discontinued operations)

The China Dredging Group ("CDGC") business was reported as a discontinued operation during the third quarter of 2013.

As previously announced in July 2013, the Company received an offer from the Chairman and CEO, Mr. Xinrong Zhuo, to acquire the business and operating assets of our wholly-owned dredging subsidiary, CDGC, and its PRC operating subsidiaries in exchange for (i) forgiveness of the Company's current $155.2 million 4% promissory note due on June 19, 2015; (ii) transfer to the Company of the 25-year exclusive operating rights for 20 new fishing vessels, with such rights appraised at $216.1 million by an independent, globally recognized appraiser, BMI Appraisals Limited; and (iii) forgiveness of the Company's current accounts due to CDGC with amount $172.1 million.

Subsequent to the receipt of the fairness opinion on the proposed transaction from independent financial advisor, Duff & Phelps LLC on October 28, 2013, the Board, excluding Mr. Zhuo, and the Company's Senior Officer, Mr. Bin Lin, due to their interest in the proposed transaction, approved moving forward with the transaction. The Board is evaluating any potential alternative proposals received during the 30 day period beginning October 28, 2013 and the transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2013. Assuming the proposed transaction closes, the Company will own or have exclusive operating rights to 126 fishing vessels and licenses.

Third Quarter 2013 Management Comments

Mr. Xinrong Zhuo, Chairman and CEO of the Company, commented, "We are pleased with our efforts in expanding our fishing business, as we reported improved sales and gross margin during the period.  This increased margin expansion was driven by our operations reaching a greater size and scale, which we believe will continue to improve as we grow.  Pingtan's operating costs are largely tied to volume, as our public company costs are relatively fixed, and our labor and overhead costs currently provide operating leverage to grow. Increasing our total volume is also important in our pricing negotiations with fuel providers, distributors and exporters, while also opening the possibility to sell to end markets directly.  We believe that the recent notification by the Ministry of Agriculture restricting the number of new fishing licenses operating in international waters will help provide an important barrier to entry by new competitors into our markets.  We are looking forward to beginning to report our results for entire quarterly period with all of our new vessels operating at full capacity, and will continue to keep our shareholders updated as Pingtan progresses in its plans."

Third Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights (A)

($ in millions, except per share data)

3 months ended


3 months ended


9 months ended


9 months ended


 September 30,

2013


September  30,

2012


September  30,

2013


September  30,

2012

Fishing (Continuing operations)








Recognized Revenue

$20.6


$13.2


$61.6


$39.0

Cost of Revenue

12.4


9.7


39.0


28.6

Gross Profit

8.2


3.5


22.6


10.4

Gross Profit Margin

39.6%


26.3%


36.8%


26.8%

Net Income from continuing operations

5.9


5.8


17.4


10.6

Basic and Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

79.1


79.1


79.1


79.1

EPS (from continuing operations)

0.08


0.07


0.22


0.13









Dredging Services (Discontinued operations)








Revenue

$54.3


$46.9


$131.6


$166.0

Net Income

 

 

12.4


17.4


39.5


60.8

EPS (from discontinued operations)

0.15


0.22


0.50


0.77









Balance Sheet Highlights (A)




9/30/2013


         12/31/2012


Cash and Cash Equivalents                                                



$10.8


$10.4


Total Current Assets



281.7


437.4


Total Assets



355.4

 


484.0


Total Current Liabilities



221.5


67.0


Total Long-term Debt



58.4


16.7


Total Liabilities



280.0


83.7


Shareholders' Equity



75.4


400.3


Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity



$355.4


$484.0


Book Value Per Share



$0.95


$5.06









(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, 2012 rather than on February 25, 2013. Assets and liabilities of discontinued operations are   retrospectively restated as of December 31, 2012 after taking into account of the Group's plan to sell China Dredging Group Co., Ltd. and its subsidiaries to the Company's Chairman, CEO and major shareholder, Mr. Xinrong Zhuo.

Consolidated Financial and Operating Review

Revenues

Revenue from the fishing business, sales of frozen fish and other marine catches (continuing operations) for the three months ended September 30, 2013 increased by 56.7% to $20.6 million from $13.2 million for the same period in 2012. The increase was primarily due to an increase in sales volume as a result of the acquisition of 46 new fishing vessels in June 2013, which began operating in the third quarter of the year, and increased unit sales price and a change in the product mix of frozen fish and other marine products.

For the nine-months ended September 30, 2013, the Company increased revenue from its fishing business (continuing operations) by 57.9% to $61.6 million from $39.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the increase was due to the same reason as described above.

Revenue from dredging services (discontinued operations) for the three months ended September 30, 2013 increased by 15.8% to $54.3 million from $46.9 million in the same period of 2012.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, revenue from dredging services (discontinued operations) decreased by 20.7% to $131.6 million from $166.0 million in the same period of 2012.

Gross Margin

The Company's gross margin for continuing operations increased to 39.6% in the three months ended September 30, 2013 from  26.3% in the same period of 2012. The increase was primarily due to increase in unit sales price and change in the product mix of frozen fish and other marine products.

Gross margin increased to 36.8% for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 from 26.8% in the same period of 2012. The increase was due to the same reason as described above.

The Company's gross margin for discontinued operations was 38.3% for the three months ended September 30, 2013, compare to 55.3% in the same period of 2012. The Company's gross margin for discontinued operations was 43.2% in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared to 53.9% in the same period of 2012.

Selling, General & Administrative Expenses

For the three months ended September 30, 2013, total selling, general and administrative expenses for continuing operations was $1.5 million, or 7.5% of revenue, compared to $0.4 million, or 2.7% of revenue, in the same period of 2012. The increase was primarily attributable to higher professional fees and administrative costs associated with the Company being a publicly listed company, as well as our expanded scale of operations.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, total selling, general and administrative expenses for continuing operations was $3.1 million, or 5.0% of revenue, compared to $1.2 million, or 3.0 % of revenue, in the same period of 2012. The increase was due to the same reason as described above.

Net Income From Continuing Operations

Net income from continuing operations for the three months ended September 30, 2013 was $5.9 million, or $0.08 per basic and diluted share, compared to $5.8 million, or $0.07 per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2012. The slight increase was primarily due to a deferred government subsidy and the decrease in interest expense caused by the discontinued operation assuming the interest expenses from the notes payable. In the three months ended September 30, 2013 there was $0.2 million in subsidies received compared to $3.8 million in the same period of 2012. In October 2013, The Company was notified by the Fujian Provincial Government of the grant of a subsidy of $6.5 million, which will be subsequently received in 2013.

Net income excluding subsidy income for the three months ended September 30, 2013 increased by 190.0% to $5.8 million from $2.0 million in the same period of 2012.

Net income from continuing operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $17.4 million, or $0.22 per basic and diluted share, compared to $10.6 million, or $0.13 per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2012. Net income was affected by the same reason as described above.

Net income, excluding subsidy income, for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 increased by 153.0% to $17.2 million from $6.8 million in the same period of 2012.

Net income from discontinued operations for the three months ended September 30, 2013 was $12.4 million, or $0.15 per basic and diluted share, compared to $17.4 million, or $0.22 per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2012.

Net income from discontinued operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $39.5 million, or $0.50 per basic and diluted share, compared to $60.8 million, or $0.77 per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2012.

About Pingtan Marine

Pingtan is a marine enterprises group, engaging in ocean fishing through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, 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 Definitive Proxy Statement and Form S 3. 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




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PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)

 




 For the Three Months Ended

September 30,


 For the Nine Months Ended

September 30,




2013


 2012 (A)


2013


 2012 (A)











Revenue


$    20,609,107


$  13,152,223


$    61,640,940


$    39,039,757











Cost of revenue

(12,446,879)


(9,693,182)


(38,974,488)


(28,572,398)











Gross profit

8,162,228


3,459,041


22,666,452


10,467,359











Selling and marketing expenses

(361,999)


(146,641)


(730,734)


(608,483)











General and administrative expenses

(1,178,035)


(209,633)


(2,345,569)


(578,544)











Operating income

6,622,194


3,102,767


19,590,149


9,280,332











Other income/(expense)








   Investment income

218


20


69,289


15,146

   Interest income

2,306


678


4,861


2,888

   Interest expenses

(1,049,041)


(1,079,474)


(2,444,782)


(2,438,124)

   Subsidy income

168,900


3,783,578


204,492


3,783,578

   Sundry income

8


-


2,021


-

   Gain/(Loss) on foreign

 exchange, net

194,433


(21,051)


(25,972)


(52,770)

Total other income/(expense)

(683,176)


2,683,751


(2,190,091)


1,310,718











Income from continuing operations

      before income taxes

5,939,018


5,786,518


17,400,058


10,591,050











Income tax expense

-


-


-


-











Net income from continuing operations

5,939,018


5,786,518


17,400,058


10,591,050











Net income from discontinued

      operations, net of taxes

12,362,523


17,375,250


39,461,777


60,773,049











Consolidated net income

$    18,301,541


$  23,161,768


$    56,861,835


$    71,364,099





















Basic and diluted earnings per share








              - From continuing operations


$         0.08


$        0.07


$         0.22


$         0.13

              - From discontinued operations


0.15


0.22


0.50


0.77

            - Net income


$         0.23


$        0.29


$         0.72


$         0.90











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, 2012 rather than on February 25, 2013.

 

PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)








September 30, 2013


December 31, 2012



(Unaudited)


(A)

Assets





Current assets





          Cash


$      10,832,000


$    10,426,140

          Notes receivable (banker's acceptances)





             transferred from related parties


-


3,645,817

          Accounts receivable - third parties


10,252,829


11,478,436

          Other receivables


11,015


29,885

          Advance to related parties


-


49,802,821

          Prepaid expenses


4,932,497


410,966

          Inventories


5,427,251


194,331

          Assets of discontinued operations


250,209,548


361,460,444

Total current assets


281,665,140


437,448,840






Other assets





          Long-term investment


3,431,373


3,328,789

          Deposit on setting up of Joint Venture


-


6,090,302

          Property, plant and equipment, net


66,979,281


37,141,906

          Other receivables


3,283,333


-

Total other assets


73,693,987


46,560,997






Total assets


$     355,359,127


$  484,009,837






Liabilities and equity





Current liabilities





          Accounts payable - third parties


$           151,000


$          70,732

                                        - related parties


163,303


5,765,632

          Receipt in advance - third parties


476,399


-

                                         - related parties


-


12,681,102

          Short-term loans


22,363,811


25,169,260

          Long-term loans - current portion


11,413,399


8,094,308

          Accrued liabilities and other payables


3,684,872


1,033,784

          Advance from related parties


115,472


153,961

          Deferred income


1,714,706


-

          Liabilities of discontinued operations 


181,463,364


14,052,751

Total current liabilities


221,546,326


67,021,530






Other liabilities





          Long-term loans, net of current portion


58,431,373


16,689,321

Total other liabilities


58,431,373


16,689,321

Total liabilities


279,977,699


83,710,851






Shareholders' equity





          Ordinary shares, 225,000,000 shares authorized with $0.001 authorized





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





               as of September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012


79,055


79,055

           Additional paid-in capital


26,645,687


141,381,098

           Statutory reserves 


19,877,314


19,386,642

           Retained earnings


-


217,224,220

           Accumulated other comprehensive income


28,779,372


22,227,971

Total shareholders' equity


75,381,428


400,298,986






Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$   355,359,127


$  484,009,837

(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, 2012 rather than on February 25, 2013. Assets and liabilities of discontinued operations are retrospectively restated as of

December 31, 2012 after taking into account of the Group's plan to sell China Dredging Group Co., Ltd. and its subsidiaries to the

Company's Chairman, CEO and major shareholder, Mr. Xinrong Zhuo.

 

PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)













 For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 



2013


2012 (A)

Cash flows from operating activities





Net income


$  56,861,835


$  71,364,099

Discontinued operations, net of tax


(39,461,777)


(60,773,049)

Income from continuing operations


17,400,058


10,591,050






Adjustments to reconcile net income to net





     cash provided by operating activities





     Depreciation of property, plant and equipment


2,268,063


2,596,876

     Short term investment income 


-


(15,868)






Changes in operating assets and liabilities





     Accounts receivable - third parties


1,568,675


(4,240,254)

                                       - related parties


-


4,586,762

     Other receivables


19,657


6,766,975

     Prepaid expenses


(4,479,159)


336,543

     Inventories


(5,191,641)


756,413

     Accounts payable - third parties


77,561


2,498,040

                                   - related parties 


494,616


3,443,700

     Receipt in advance - third parties


473,183


(382,150)

                                    - related parties


(12,983,365)


-

     Accrued liabilities and other payables


2,602,770


1,146,071

Net cash provided by operating activities from 





     continuing operations


2,250,418


28,084,158






Cash flows from investing activities





     Payment for long term investment 


-


(2,995,958)

     Proceeds from disposition of short-term investment


-


808,449

     Proceeds from deferred income 


6,224,357


-

     Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(216,850,307)


(6,574,964)

     Advance to related parties


(4,044,837)


(52,772,881)

Net cash used in investing activities from 





     continuing operations


(214,670,787)


(61,535,354)






Cash flows from financing activities





     Proceeds from short-term loans


43,439,587


51,478,882

     Repayment of short-term loans


(46,996,499)


(36,078,434)

     Proceeds from long-term loans


45,889,055


26,630,736

     Repayment of long-term loans


(1,890,743)


-

     Proceeds from additional paid in capital


-


13

     Advance from related parties, net of reception 


3,847,492


(10,222,164)

     in form of note receivable 





Net cash provided by financing activities from





     continuing operations 


44,288,892


31,809,033











Cash flow from discontinued operations





Net cash provided by operating activities from 





     discontinued operations


71,420,962


73,322,045

Net cash provided by investing activities from





     discontinued operations


7,624,250


23,934,193

Net cash (used in)/provided by financing activities from





     discontinued operations


(560,216)


168,559

Net cash provided by discontinued operations


78,484,996


97,424,797






Effect of exchange rate


1,977,422


732,443






Net (decrease)/increase in cash


(87,669,059)


96,515,077






Cash at the beginning of period (1)


175,488,715


114,204,340






Cash at the end of period (2)


$87,819,656


$210,719,417






Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:










Cash paid:





     From discontinued operations


$12,814,679


$23,111,634

     Income tax paid










     From continuing operations





     Interest paid


$2,325,864


$2,559,454






Supplemental disclosure of non-cash transaction eliminated in above:





     Note payable – related party


$155,166,195


$                         -

     Purchase of property, plant and equipment





        by setting off advances to related parties


$54,882,642


$                         -

     Deposit on setting up Joint Venture netted of accounts

     payable - related parties


$6,090,302


$                         -

 

(1)

 

 

Includes cash and cash equivalents of discontinued operations of 165,062,575 and $112,409,544 at the beginning of the year in 2013

and 2012 respectively.

(2)

 

Includes cash and cash equivalents of discontinued operations of 76,987,656 and $210,552,835 at the nine months ended September

30, 2013 and 2012 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, 2012 rather than on February 25, 2013.

SOURCE Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd.




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