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Synutra Reports Third Quarter and First Nine Months of Fiscal 2012 Financial Results

3Q12 Formula Sales Rose to 3 Year Record High of $99.8 million

3Q12 Gross Margin was 41.3%

3Q12 Net Income Increases to $10.3 million

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QINGDAO, China and ROCKVILLE, Md, Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Synutra International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYUT), ("Synutra" or the "Company"), which owns subsidiaries in China that produce, market and sell nutritional products for infants, children and adults, today announced financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal 2012 ended December 31, 2011.

Mr. Liang Zhang, Chairman and CEO of Synutra, remarked, "Synutra has achieved an exceptional quarter with powdered formula sales reaching a three year record high of $99.8 million and net income increasing to $10.3 million, reflecting sustained profitability. These positive quarterly results were in part due to the impact of the week-long Chinese New Year holiday in January, which led some distributors to place orders in December 2011, which may have otherwise been placed in January 2012. More importantly, in the third quarter we increased distributor promotions for our Super-Love product brand to help deepen market recognition and penetration for this relatively new sub-brand of our Super Series. As a result, Super-Love gross sales for November and December were more than double that of the previous monthly average.

"Operationally, we remain focused on product safety. We continue to concentrate on the effectiveness of our already stringent quality control processes and continue to invest in improvements. This January, when media reports on the death of a child in Jiangxi brought product safety into the spotlight, we swiftly conducted an internal investigation while actively cooperating with local authorities in their fact-finding efforts. Two days after the story aired, we published the outcome of our own investigation to show our products were safe. Initial government findings came shortly thereafter, confirming that our products were safe and consistent with national standards. In less than seven days, final results of multiple rounds of testing by separate government authorities further confirmed what we already knew. While it is still early to determine the effect of this incident on our business, we are encouraged by the fact that no Synutra products were pulled from store shelves due to this event other than the one shop in Jiangxi where the infant's family purchased their formula. Throughout this event we maintained timely and open communications with our customers and investors. We are also encouraged by the swiftness and effectiveness with which the entire Synutra team handled this crisis, a testimony to the experience and maturity of the management team and Synutra's employees. Overall, we remain confident that we will continue to deliver sustained growth driven by the high quality of our products and the market expertise of our management team."

Formula Sale Performance



4Q11

1Q12

2Q12

3Q12

Net sales of powdered formula segment

48,318

40,163

79,109

99,843

Adjusted net sales of powdered formula segment*

48,318

56,772

62,500

99,843

Market share (CIC data)**

4.9%

5.3%

5.1%

5.4%

* Adjusts for $16.6 million of revenue delayed from 1Q12 to 2Q12

** Market share as of the last month of the quarter




Mr. Weiguo Zhang, President and Interim CFO of Synutra, commented, "We are pleased to see that our powdered formula sales performance has not only returned to a normal growth trajectory but also reached a three year high at $99.8 million. Our powdered formula margins have similarly recovered and are on track for further improvement long term. The significant margin gains over the past quarters have primarily been driven by the recovery process. In the near term, margins will fluctuate more moderately based on powdered formula sales and product mix. This quarter's powdered formula gross margin was 48.8% compared to 49.1% as a result of a sales shift recorded in the previous quarter, which created a higher than normal gross margin in the second quarter, as well as higher promotional costs for the Super Love product line for the third quarter.

"Looking forward, we caution that the fourth fiscal quarter's results may be more muted compared to the performance of the third fiscal quarter, considering the following impacts. First, there is the effect of the Chinese New Year holiday which shifted some January 2012 orders forward to December 2011. In addition to affecting sales performance, this will also impact margins as we provide distributors with fixed discounts each period, which is why margins vary with sales volume. Second, it is still early to quantify the impact of the Jiangxi incident. January 2012 orders were placed ahead of the incident so any impact will affect the February and March order numbers. Lastly, we are preparing to implement a distributor price increase of about 15% on April 1, 2012, to bring our prices more in line with rising costs and industry trends. We expect this supplier price adjustment will translate into a retail price increase of up to 15% on average resulting in future margin expansion and revenue growth. Overall, the coming quarter will be an exciting one in Synutra's development. We look forward to updating the market as we gain more visibility."

Financial Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2012 versus the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2012



Quarter Ended

Quarter Ended


QoQ Change


Dec 31, 2011

Sept 30, 2011




(in USD 000's except per share and percentage data)






Net sales

114,362

99,053


15,309

15.5%







Cost of sales

67,078

57,054


10,024

17.6%

Gross profit

47,284

41,999


5,285

12.6%

Gross margin

41.3%

42.4%










Selling and distribution expenses

12,619

12,328


291

2.4%

Advertising and promotion expenses

7,588

8,042


(454)

(5.6)%

General and administrative expenses

7,365

6,672


693

10.4%

Other operating income, net

1,721

70


1,651

2358.6%

Total operating expense

25,851

26,972


(1,121)

(4.2)%







Income from operations

21,433

15,027


6,406

42.6%

Operating margin

18.7%

15.2%










Net interest expense and other income

3,869

3,153


716

22.7%

Income tax expense

7,162

3,257


3,905

119.9%

Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest

116

92


24

(26.1%)







Net income attributable to Synutra International, Inc. common shareholders

10,286

8,525


1,761

20.7%

Net margin

9.0%

8.6%










Income per share – Basic and diluted

$0.18

$0.15


$0.03

20.7%




Net sales increased 15.5% to $114.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 from $99.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Net sales from the Company's branded powdered formula segment were $99.8 million, or 87.3% of net sales in the quarter, compared to $79.1 million, or 79.9% of net sales, in the previous quarter. The significant sequential increase reflects several factors including, the impact of Chinese New Year as some distributors shifted orders to December 2011 from January 2012 in anticipation of the week-long holiday and increased sales of Helanruniu, as more consumers bought adult milk powder for Chinese New Year gifts. Furthermore, the Company realized increased sales of the Super-Love line of the Super series by increasing promotions to drive market penetration of the relatively new product line. This led net sales of the Company's Super series infant formula to rise to 58.9% of the volume of sales and 70.3% of the net sales of the powdered formula segment for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 compared to 56.7% of the volume of sales and 68.2% of the net sales of the powdered formula segment in the previous quarter. By volume, sales of powdered formula products increased 12.0% to 9,088 tons in the third quarter from 8,115 tons in the previous quarter.

Net sales from Other Products, which includes imported whole milk powder and whey protein powder sold to industrial customers, was $14.2 million, or 12.5% of net sales, in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to $19.7 million, or 19.9% of net sales in the previous quarter. This included $11.5 million of surplus imported whole milk powder sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

Gross profit increased 12.6% to $47.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, from $42.0 million in the previous quarter. Gross margin in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 was 41.3%, compared to 42.4% in the previous quarter. Powdered formula margin decreased to 48.8% this quarter compared to 49.1% in the previous quarter. The muted sequential performance was primarily due to a shift in sales recorded in the previous quarter, which led to a higher than normal gross margin for the previous quarter, and increased promotional costs this quarter.

Income from operations increased 42.6% to $21.4 million from $15.0 million in the previous quarter. Total operating expenses remained relatively stable at $25.9 million compared to $27.0 million in the previous quarter. The slight decrease was primarily due to an operating income of $1.7 million related to a local government subsidy. Advertising and promotional expenses was $7.6 million compared to $8.0 million in the previous quarter. Selling and distribution expenses were $12.6 million compared to $12.3 million in the previous quarter. General and administrative expenses remained steady at $7.4 million compared to $6.7 million in the previous quarter.

Net income attributable to Synutra International, Inc. common stockholders increased 20.7% to $10.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012, or $0.18 per diluted share, from $8.5 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the previous quarter, reflecting steady profitability.

First Nine Months of Ended December 31, 2011 Financial Results

Net sales for the first nine months ended December 31, 2011 increased 52.0% to $257.2 million from $169.2 million in the prior year period. Net sales from branded powdered formula products increased 59.6% to $219.1 million, or 85.2% of net sales, in the first nine months of fiscal 2012, from $137.3 million, or 81.1% of net sales, in the prior year period.

Net sales from Other Products, which consists mainly of imported whole milk powder and raw milk sold to industrial customers, were $37.0 million, or 14.4% of net sales, in the first nine months of fiscal 2012, compared to $30.7 million, or 18.1% of net sales, in the prior year period.

Gross profit increased 74.8% to $105.4 million in first nine months of fiscal 2012 from $60.3 million in the prior year period. Gross margin was 41.0% for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 compared to 35.6% for the prior year period.

Operating income was $26.6 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2012 compared to an operating loss of $33.9 million in the prior year period.

Net income attributable to Synutra International, Inc. common stockholders was $9.2 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2012, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $31.5 million, or $(0.56) per diluted share, in the prior year period.

Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2011, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $45.8 million and restricted cash of $49.5 million, including current and non-current portion.

Conference Call Details

The Company will hold a conference call on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the financial results. Listeners may access the call by dialing the following numbers:

United States Toll Free:

+1 (855) 500-8701

International:

+1 (646) 254-3515

Conference ID:

45244167



The replay will be accessible through February 16, 2012 by dialing the following numbers:

United States Toll Free:

+1 (866) 214-5335

International:

+1 (718) 354-1232

Conference ID:

45244167



A webcast of the conference call will be available through the Company's IR website at www.synutra.com.

About Synutra International, Inc.

Synutra International, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYUT) is a leading infant formula company in China. It principally produces, markets and sells its products through its operating subsidiaries under the "Shengyuan" or "Synutra" name, together with other complementary brands. It focuses on selling premium infant formula products, which are supplemented by more affordable infant formulas targeting the mass market as well as other nutritional products and ingredients. It sells its products through an extensive nationwide sales and distribution network covering all provinces and provincial-level municipalities in mainland China. As of December 31, 2011, this network comprised over 650 independent distributors and over 860 independent sub-distributors who sell Synutra products in over 68,000 retail outlets.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about Synutra International, Inc. and its industry. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this release are forward-looking statements. In some cases, these forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "is/are likely to," "may," "plan," "should," "will," "aim," "potential," "continue," or other similar expressions. The forward-looking statements included in this press release relate to, among others, Synutra's goals and strategies; its future business development, financial condition and results of operations; the expected growth of the nutritional products and infant formula markets in China; market acceptance of Synutra's products; the safety and quality of Synutra's products; Synutra's expectations regarding demand for its products; Synutra's ability to stay abreast of market trends and technological advances; competition in the infant formula industry in China; PRC governmental policies and regulations relating to the nutritional products and infant formula industries, and general economic and business conditions in China. These forward-looking statements involve various risks and uncertainties. Although Synutra believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these expectations may turn out to be incorrect. Synutra's actual results could be materially different from the expectations. Important risks and factors that could cause actual results to be materially different from expectations are generally set forth in Synutra's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release. Synutra International, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Synutra International, Inc.

Investor Relations Department

ir@synutra.com or 301-840-3881



Synutra International, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets



December 31, 2011

March 31, 2011



(in thousands, except share par value)

ASSETS





Current Assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

$

45,776

$

48,741

Restricted cash


28,531


37,690

Accounts receivable, net of allowance


55,264


46,021

Inventories


54,372


67,372

Due from related parties


8,663


13,708

Income tax receivable


269


259

Receivable from assets disposal


1,378


1,714

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


16,195


11,562

Deferred tax assets


14,638


20,922






Total current assets


225,086


247,989






Property, plant and equipment, net


118,298


109,811

Land use rights, net


9,561


6,096

Intangible assets, net


3,168


3,140

Restricted cash


20,997


-

Other assets


1,303


4,022

Deferred tax assets


28,667


27,646






TOTAL ASSETS

$

407,080

$

398,704






LIABILITIES AND EQUITY










Current Liabilities:





Short-term debt

$

94,165

$

124,281

Long-term debt due within one year


58,404


38,131

Accounts payable


54,586


52,923

Due to related parties


1,675


2,330

Advances from customers


6,366


4,890

Other current liabilities


34,627


25,913






Total current liabilities


249,823


248,468






Long-term debt


55,739


62,722

Deferred revenue


4,438


4,456

Capital lease obligations


5,741


5,540

Other long-term liabilities


1,855


1,592






Total liabilities


317,596


322,778






Equity:





Synutra International, Inc. shareholders' equity





Common stock, $.0001 par value: 250,000 authorized; 57,301 and 57,301 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2011 and March 31, 2011, respectively


6


6

Additional paid-in capital


135,440


135,440

Accumulated deficit


(79,142)


(88,357)

Accumulated other comprehensive income


32,088


28,204






Total Synutra common stockholders’ equity


88,392


75,293






Noncontrolling interest


1,092


633






Total equity


89,484


75,926






TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$

407,080

$

398,704








-


-








Synutra International, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Income












Three Months Ended December 31,




Nine Months Ended December 31,





2011


2010


2011


2010



(in thousands except earnings per share data)
















Net sales

$

114,362

$

44,233

$

257,172

$

169,222

Cost of sales


67,078


39,211


151,810


108,943










Gross profit


47,284


5,022


105,362


60,279










Selling and distribution expenses


12,619


12,714


37,408


37,551

Advertising and promotion expenses


7,588


10,451


22,638


35,107

General and administrative expenses


7,365


6,130


20,616


20,576

Impairment of goodwill


-


-


-


1,440

Other operating income, net


1,721


173


1,901


484










Income (loss) from operations


21,433


(24,100)


26,601


(33,911)










Interest expense


3,841


2,626


11,125


7,401

Interest income


481


187


1,404


432

Other income, net


(509)


73


63


298










Income (loss) before income tax expense (benefit)


17,564


(26,466)


16,943


(40,582)










Income tax expense (benefit)


7,162


(5,920)


7,370


(8,922)










Net income (loss)


10,402


(20,546)


9,573


(31,660)










Net income (loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interest


116


(67)


358


(131)










Net income (loss) attributable to Synutra International, Inc. common stockholders

$

10,286

$

(20,479)


9,215

$

(31,529)










Earnings (loss) per share - basic

$

0.18

$

(0.36)


0.16

$

(0.56)

Earnings (loss) per share - diluted

$

0.18

$

(0.36)


0.16

$

(0.56)










Weighted average common share outstanding - basic


57,301


57,301


57,301


56,201

Weighted average common share outstanding - diluted


57,301


57,301


57,301


56,201












SOURCE Synutra International, Inc.



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