China Clean Energy Announces Record Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2010 Results, Expects 2011 Adjusted EPS of $0.36

Mar 30, 2011, 16:15 ET from China Clean Energy Inc.

FUQING CITY, China, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Clean Energy Inc. (OTC QB: CCGY) ("China Clean Energy" or the "Company"), a producer of biodiesel fuel and environmentally-friendly specialty-chemical products made from renewable resources, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

Fourth Quarter 2010 Highlights

  • Revenue totaled $18.1 million, up 271% from $4.9 million for the fourth quarter in 2009
  • Gross profit totaled $4.3 million, up 378% from $0.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2009
  • Gross margin increased to 23.7%
  • Operating income was $3.8 million, compared to $0.3 million in the fourth quarter 2009
  • Net income was $ 2.2 million or $0.07 per fully-diluted share, compared to net income of $0.6 million or $0.02 per fully-diluted share in the fourth quarter 2009
  • Adjusted net income (Non-GAAP) was $2.9 million, or 0.09 per fully-diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $0.3 million or $0.01 per fully- diluted share in the comparable period of 2009. A table reconciling adjusted net-income, a non-GAAP measure, to its nearest GAAP measure is available elsewhere in this release.

Fiscal Year 2010 Highlights

  • Total revenue increased to $59.0 million, up 270% from $15.9 million for the full year 2009
  • Gross profit totaled $12.2 million, up 260% from $2.9 million for the full year 2009
  • Gross margin was 20.7%, up from 18.5% for the full year 2009
  • Operating income was $10.2 million, up from $0.9 million for the full year 2009
  • Net income was $6.4 million, compared to a loss of $0.3 million for the full year 2009
  • Earnings per fully-diluted share were $0.20, compared to a loss of $0.01 in 2009
  • Adjusted net income (Non-GAAP) was $7.8 million, or $0.25 per fully-diluted share
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $13.6 million at year end

"We are delighted with our results for the fourth quarter and for the fiscal year 2010, reflecting the successful ramp up of our Jiangyin plant, as we gradually expanded production to meet demand from existing as well as new customers," said Mr. Tai-ming Ou, China Clean Energy's Chairman and CEO. "As we look to the future we expect to continue to grow our top- and bottom-line as we benefit from our increased capacity, improved product quality, and growing customer acceptance for our premium products, such as purity dimer acid and high performance adhesives."

Fourth Quarter 2010 Results

China Clean Energy's net revenue in the fourth quarter was $18.1 million, up 271% from the fourth quarter of 2009. The increase in revenue was driven by the substantial increase in sales volume and average selling prices. Sales volume of specialty-chemical products rose by 204% to 9,778 tons, while enjoying an 18% year-over-year increase in average selling price to RMB 10,928 per ton. Biodiesel sales volume was 2,802 tons in the fourth quarter of 2010, up 257% from 784 tons in the fourth quarter of 2009. Biodiesel average selling price was RMB 4,993 in the fourth quarter of 2010, up 13% from the fourth quarter of 2009. Specialty-chemicals and biodiesel represented 88.4% and 11.6% of total revenue in the quarter, respectively.

Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2010 was $4.3 million up 378% from the fourth quarter of 2009. Gross margin was 23.7% in the fourth quarter, up from 18.4% in the same period of 2009 as a result of overall increase in average selling prices for both biodiesel and specialty chemicals as well as an improved sales mix.

Operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2010 were $468,910, down 27% from $646,739 in the final quarter of 2009. This is largely due to lower export sales of specialty chemicals as a percentage of total revenue. Operating income in the fourth quarter of 2010 reached $3.8 million, up from $250,194 for the comparable period of 2009.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $2.2 million or $0.07 per fully-diluted share, compared to a net income of $0.6 million, or $0.02 per fully-diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2009. Net income for the fourth quarter includes a $31,408 non-cash benefit for employee stock-based compensation and a $686,100 non-cash charge to reflect the fair value of warrant liability.

Adjusted net income, excluding above non-cash charges, was $2.9 million or $0.09 per fully-diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $0.3 million or $0.01 per fully-diluted share in the comparable period of 2009. A table reconciling adjusted net-income to its nearest GAAP measure is available elsewhere in this release.

Fiscal Year 2010 Results

For the full year 2010, total revenue was $59.0 million, a 270% increase from $15.9 million in 2009. Approximately 81.3% of revenue for the year was derived from specialty-chemical sales and 18.7% from biodiesel sales. Gross profit for the full year 2010 was $12.2 million, up 316% from $2.9 million in 2009. Gross margin was 20.7% for the full year 2010, up from 18.5% for the full year 2009.

Operating income for the full year 2010 was $10.2 million, up from $0.9 million in 2009. Operating margin improved to 17.3% in 2010, an increase from 5.5% in 2009. In 2010 the Company achieved net income of $6.4 million or $0.20 per fully- diluted share, compared with a loss of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share in 2009. Net income in 2010 includes a $287,537 non-cash charge for employee stock-based compensation, $932,578 non-cash charge to reflect the fair value of warrant liability and $258,861 non-cash charge associated with impairment of fixed assets. Adjusted net income (Non-GAAP) was $7.8 million, or $0.25 per fully-diluted share. A table reconciling adjusted net income, which is a non-GAAP measure, to the nearest GAAP measure is available elsewhere on this release.

Financial Condition

As of December 31, 2010, China Clean Energy had $13.6 million in cash, approximately $15.1 million in working capital, and $5.3 million of debt. Stockholders' equity at December 31, 2010 stood at $39.3 million, or approximately $1.25 per share.

Business Outlook

"The macroeconomic environment in China remains positive, and we are excited with the opportunities to continue to deliver positive results in the quarters ahead. We expect our revenue and operating income in 2011 to be approximately $75 million and $14 million, respectively, as we benefit from our increased capacity as well as improving sales mix. We would also expect to see adjusted earnings reach $0.36 per fully-diluted share in 2011," stated Mr. Tai-ming Ou, China Clean Energy's Chairman and CEO.

"As we look to the future, we hope to leverage our strengthening balance sheet and improving free cash-flow position to acquire upstream feedstock suppliers in the second half or 2011, with the goal to expanding our gross margins and securing feedstock supply. We believe that pursuing a partially or fully integrated upstream strategy will reduce the volatility of our operating results and maximize shareholder value in the long-run. We are currently actively searching for acquisition candidates, and we expect to be able to finance an eventual transaction with cash on hand as well as cash-flow from operations," concluded Mr. Ou.

Conference Call

China Clean Energy will hold its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2010 conference call for all interested persons at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, March 31, 2011 to discuss its results. To participate in the live conference call, please dial the following number five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time: +1 (866) 759-2078. International callers should dial +1 (706) 643-0585. When prompted by the operator, mention conference passcode 54366548. If you are unable to participate in the call at this time, a replay will be available for 14 days starting on March 31, 2011, at 13:00 p.m. eastern time. To access the replay, please dial +1 (800) 642-1687, international callers dial +1 (706) 645-9291, and enter the pass code 54366548.

About China Clean Energy

China Clean Energy, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Fujian Zhongde Technology Co., Ltd. and Fujian Zhongde Energy Co., Ltd, is engaged in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of biodiesel and specialty chemical products made from renewable resources. For additional information please visit: http://www.chinacleanenergyinc.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this announcement are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, the effectiveness, profitability, and the marketability of the Company's products; the future trading of the common stock of the Company; the ability of the Company to capitalize on its expanded production capacity; the period of time for which its current liquidity will enable the Company to fund its operations; the Company's ability to protect its proprietary information; general economic and business conditions; the volatility of the Company's operating results and financial condition; the Company's ability to attract or retain qualified senior management personnel and research and development staff; and other risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the Company and the industry. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or to changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that the Company's expectations will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results.

--FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW—

CHINA CLEAN ENERGY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(UNAUDITED)













Three months ended December 31,



The year ended December 31,



2010


2009



2010


2009











REVENUES

$

18,111,063

$

4,878,426


$

58,956,142

$

15,933,351

Less: cost of goods sold


13,821,185


3,981,493



46,731,955


12,993,260

GROSS PROFIT    


4,289,878


896,933



12,224,187


2,940,091











OPERATING EXPENSES










 Selling and marketing


99,776


48,840



368,953


286,055

 General and administrative


316,402


537,090



1,523,738


1,641,535

 Research and development


52,731


60,809



132,474


143,944

     Total operating expenses


468,909


646,739



2,025,165


2,071,534











INCOME FROM OPERATIONS


3,820,969


250,194



10,199,022


868,557











OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)










 Interest expense, net


(22,018)


6,619



(293,402)


-

 Impairment loss on assets held for sale


-


-



(258,861)


-

 Other income (expense)


111,541


11,350



79,330


7,997

 Change in fair value of warrant liabilities


(686,100)


389,172



(932,578)


(964,391)

     Total other expenses


(598,047)


407,141



(1,405,511)


(956,394)











INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES


3,222,922


657,335



8,793,511


(87,837)











Provision for income taxes


998,516


29,797



2,424,836


236,613





















NET INCOME (LOSS)


2,224,406


627,538



6,368,675


(324,450)











COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)










  Foreign currency translation adjustment


495,626


(225)



1,020,970


(3,742)











COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

$

2,721,502

$

627,313



7,389,645

$

(328,192)





















BASIC AND DILUTED EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE










  Weighted average number of shares


31,512,269


31,512,269



31,512,269


31,512,269

  Earnings per share

$

0.07

$

0.02



0.20

$

(0.01)




CHINA CLEAN ENERGY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET INCOME TO NET INCOME

The management of China Clean Energy uses non-GAAP adjusted net earnings to measure the performance of the Company's business internally by excluding non-recurring items as well as non-cash charges related to the warrants issued in connection with the Company's 2009 Private Placement offering. The Company's management believes that these non-GAAP adjusted financial measures allow the management to focus on managing business operating performance because these measures reflect the essential operating activities of China Clean Energy and provide a consistent method of comparison to historical periods. The Company believes that providing the non-GAAP measures - which management uses internally - to its investors is useful to investors for a number of reasons. The non-GAAP measures provide a consistent basis for investors to understand the Company's financial performance in comparison to historical periods without variation of non-recurring items and non-operating related charges. In addition, it allows investors to better evaluate the Company's performance using the same methodology and information as those used by the management. Non-GAAP measures are subject to inherent limitations because they do not include all of the expenses included under GAAP and because they involve the exercise of judgment of which charges are excluded from the non-GAAP financial measure. However, the management of China Clean Energy compensates for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of the items excluded.

The following table provides the non-GAAP financial measure and a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measure to the GAAP net income.



Three months ended December 31,


Twelve months ended December 31,



2010


2009


2010


2009










Net Income (Loss)


$2,224,405


$627,538


$6,368,675


($324,450)

 Add back (Deduct):            









    Change in fair value of warrant


$686,100


($389,172)


$932,578


$964,391

    Stock-based compensation


($31,408)


$83,029


$287,537


$404,582

Impairment loss on assets held for sale


-




$258,861



Adjusted Net Income


$2,879,097


$321,395


$7,847,651


$1,044,523










Diluted EPS


$0.07


$0.02


$0.20


($0.01)

 Add back (Deduct):            









    Change in fair value of warrant


$0.02


($0.01)


$0.03


$0.03

    Stock-based compensation


($0.00)


$0.00


$0.01


$0.01

Impairment loss on assets held for sale


-


-


$0.01


-

Adjusted EPS


$0.09


$0.01


$0.25


$0.03



CHINA CLEAN ENERGY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS























December 31,


December 31,




ASSETS


2010


2009









CURRENT ASSETS






Cash and cash equivalents

$

13,648,437

$

4,154,814


Restricted cash


443,647


-


Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $29,665  and $93,761


4,080,424


1,766,952


Other current assets


9,332


11,000


Tax receivable


63,865


-


Inventories


2,126,375


464,842


Advances for inventory purchases


1,031,401


188,659


Machinery and equipment held for sale


108,458


-



Total current assets


21,511,939


6,586,267









Deferred tax assets


104,246


69,466

Plant and equipment, net


25,656,929


25,119,034

Intangible assets, net


4,812,693


4,860,645

TOTAL ASSETS

$

52,085,807

$

36,635,412












LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY













CURRENT LIABILITIES






Accounts payable

$

1,400,188

$

157,433


Accrued liabilities


244,044


279,516


Customer deposits


650,017


71,090


Taxes payable


1,526,033


130,287


Banker acceptances


1,478,825


-


Bank loan payable - current portion


1,025,835


3,080,700



Total current liabilities


6,324,942


3,719,026









Warrants liability


2,192,352


1,259,774

Bank loan payable - net of current portion


4,234,720


-











Total liabilities


12,752,014


4,978,800









COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES













SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






Preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share, authorized 10,000,000 shares, no shares







issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively


-


-


Common stock, par value $0.001 per share, authorized 90,000,000 shares, 31,512,269







shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively


31,512


31,512


Additional paid-in capital


12,708,060


12,420,523


Statutory reserves


2,424,309


1,630,882


Retained earnings


19,982,696


14,407,448


Accumulated other comprehensive income


4,187,216


3,166,247



Total shareholders' equity


39,333,793


31,656,612



Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

52,085,807

$

36,635,412



CHINA CLEAN ENERGY INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
















For the year ended







December 31,







2010


2009

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES






Net income (loss)

$

6,368,675

$

(324,450)


Adjusted to reconcile net income (loss) to cash provided







by operating activities:








Depreciation


3,114,340


710,051




Recovery of allowance for doubtful accounts


(64,095)


(42,602)




Amortization of intangible assets


198,376


211,851




Stock-based compensation expense


287,537


404,582




Loss on impairment on assets held for sale


258,861


-




Change in warrant libilities


932,578


964,391




Deferred tax benefit


(34,780)


(69,424)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities







Accounts receivable


(2,249,377)


(631,169)



Inventories


(1,661,533)


350,154



Other assets


1,668


(11,000)



Advances for inventory and other current assets


(842,742)


122,038



Accounts payable


1,242,755


(193,068)



Accrued liabilities


(35,472)


(69,890)



Customer deposits


578,927


39,644



Taxes payables


1,395,746


(26,660)



Taxes receivable


(63,865)


-




Net cash provided by operating activities


9,427,599


1,434,448










CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES






Purchase of equipment


(1,974,321)


(3,010,857)



Net cash used in investing activities


(1,974,321)


(3,010,857)










CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES






Restricted cash


(443,647)


-


Proceeds from bank loans


4,339,354


3,078,810


Proceeds from banker acceptances


1,598,278


-


Payments on bankers acceptances


(119,453)


-


Payments on bank loans


(2,159,499)


(257,702)



Net cash provided by financing activities


3,215,033


2,821,108

EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE ON CASH


(1,174,688)


(3,596)










INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS


9,493,623


1,241,103

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of year


4,154,814


2,913,711

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of year

$

13,648,437


4,154,814










SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION















Interest expenses paid

$

292,621

$

114,717


Income taxes paid

$

1,657,336

$

283,103

Non-cash investing and financing activities:






Advances for equipment purchases transferred to fixed assets

$

0

$

3,646,953




Contact:

China Clean Energy Inc.

William Chen, CFO

Email: william.chen@chinacleanenergyinc.com

Website: http://www.chinacleanenergyinc.com


CCG Investor Relations Inc.

David Rudnick, Account Manager

Telephone: +1(646) 833-3416

Email: david.rudnick@ccgir.com




SOURCE China Clean Energy Inc.



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