ZHENGZHOU, China, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Gerui Advanced Materials Group Limited (Nasdaq: CHOP) ("China Gerui" or the "Company"), a leading niche and high value-added steel processing company that produces specialty steel products in China, today announced financial results for the second quarter and first half of 2010.
Second Quarter 2010 Summary -- Revenue increased 15.5% to $64.0 million compared to the same period last year -- Gross profit increased 13.0% to $19.1 million -- Gross margin decreased 60 basis points to 29.9% -- Net income increased 5.8% to $12.1 million, or $0.26 per diluted share
"Our second quarter results were driven by increased sales volume as compared to the same period last year," said Mr. Mingwang Lu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "During the quarter, we fulfilled large orders for some of our lower margin products. This enabled us to post a double-digit increase in sales as well as higher net income, but also resulted in a decrease in our margins. We continue to see strong demand for our products and as our new production lines focused on higher priced, higher margin products commence production later this year, we expect to achieve sustained increases in sales, margins, and earnings performance."
Second Quarter 2010 Results
Revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2010, was $64.0 million compared to $55.4 million for the same period in 2009, an increase of 15.5%. The increase in revenue was due to higher sales volume of the Company's products.
Gross profit was $19.1 million compared to $16.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009, an increase of 13.0%. Gross margin was 29.9% compared to 30.5% for the same period last year. The decrease in gross margin was mostly due to the Company fulfilling large orders for lower margin products during the quarter.
Total operating expenses were $1.8 million, or 2.8% of sales, compared to $1.2 million, or 2.1% of sales, in last year's second quarter. Operating income was $17.4 million, or 27.1% of sales, compared to $15.8 million, or 28.4% of sales, in the same period last year, an increase of 10.2%. The decrease in operating margin was primarily due to expenses related to being a public company that were not incurred in the second quarter of last year.
Net income was $12.1 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, an increase of 5.8% from $11.4 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, in the same period last year.
First Half 2010 Results
Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2010, was $125.9 million compared to $102.4 million for the same period in 2009, an increase of 22.9%. Gross profit was $37.8 million compared to $30.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2009, an increase of 23.4%. Gross margin was 30.0% compared to 29.9% for the same period last year. Total operating expenses were $4.1 million, or 3.3% of sales, compared to $2.2 million, or 2.1% of sales, in the same period last year. Operating income was $33.7 million, or 26.7% of sales, compared to $28.4 million, or 27.8% of sales, in the same period last year, an increase of 18.3%. Net income was $23.6 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, an increase of 14.8% from $20.6 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, in the same period last year.
As of June 30, 2010, the Company had $109.9 million in cash and an additional $75.2 million in restricted cash, compared to $79.6 million and $37.5 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2009. Accounts receivable was $5.0 million as of June 30, 2010, compared to $4.8 million as of December 31, 2009. Working capital was $66.0 million versus $49.3 million at the end of 2009. Shareholder's equity was $136.5 million, compared to $87.0 million at the end of 2009. The Company has no long-term debt.
As previously announced, by December 2011, the Company plans to double its existing production capacity to 500,000 tons per annum, and increase its chromium plating capability to 250,000 tons per annum, covering 50% of its total annual steel production capacity. Phase I of the expansion plan involves the construction of two new cold-rolled, wide-strip steel production lines with 150,000 tons of total annual capacity and a chromium plating line capable of processing 200,000 tons of cold-rolled steel per annum. The Company expects total capital expenditures for Phase I to be $42 million, of which approximately 65% has been spent to date. The foundation for the building housing the two new cold-rolled steel production lines was completed in August 2010 and the building will be completed by mid-September 2010. The two cold-rolling machines are expected to be completed by October 2010. The acid pickling, annealing, and temper rolling facilities relating to the Company's new steel production lines are expected to be completed by the end of September 2010. As for the chromium plating line, the building to house this line was completed in August 2010; installation is currently underway; testing is scheduled for mid-September 2010; and the line is expected to be ready to begin production in mid-October 2010. The chromium plating line can handle both narrow and wide-strip cold-rolled steel.
For Phase II of the project, the Company expects to construct a third cold-rolled wide strip steel production line with 100,000 tons of capacity by the end of the third quarter of 2011. The Company expects the capital expenditures for Phase II to total $12 million.
Mr. Lu commented, "Our expansion project remains on track and we look forward to bringing this new capacity online later this year. Our business outlook remains strong as the sale of our products are driven by domestic purchasing power in China, which continues to rise, and the import replacement trend in our industry. With our new facility we will be able to produce both narrow and wide-strip cold-rolled steel for a wider range of high-end applications than we do currently. We see the demand in the market and are confident in our ability to ramp up production once our expansion is complete."
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2010 financial results at 9:00 am ET on Tuesday, August 31, 2010. Listeners may access the call by dialing (877) 456-7316 five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time. International callers should dial +1 (706) 758-1304. The conference participant pass code is 96447787. A replay of the conference call will be available for 14 days starting from 10:00 am ET on Tuesday, August 31, 2010. To access the replay, dial +1 (800) 642-1687. International callers should dial +1 (706) 645-9291. The passcode is 96447787. A live and archived webcast of the call will be available on the Company's website at http://www.geruigroup.com/Investors.html . To listen to the live webcast, please go to the Company's website at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software.
About China Gerui Advanced Materials Group Limited
China Gerui Advanced Materials Group Limited is a leading niche and high value-added steel processing company in China. The Company produces high-end, high-precision, ultra-thin, high- strength, cold-rolled steel products that are characterized by stringent performance and specification requirements that mandate a high degree of manufacturing and engineering expertise. China Gerui's products are not standardized commodity products. Instead, they are tailored to customers' requirements and subsequently incorporated into products manufactured for various applications. The Company sells its products to domestic Chinese customers in a diverse range of industries, including the food packaging, telecommunication, electrical appliance, and construction materials industries. For more information, please visit http://www.geruigroup.com .
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For more information, please contact: Company Contact: Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.geruigroup.com Investor Relations Contact: CCG Investor Relations Mr. Athan Dounis Phone: +1-646-213-1916 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Financial tables to follow CHINA GERUI ADVANCED MATERIALS GROUP LIMITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED) (IN US DOLLARS) For the Three Months Ended For the Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2010 2009 2010 2009 Revenue $64,040,727 $55,435,241 $125,862,079 $102,408,628 Cost of revenue (44,911,879) (38,500,417) (88,068,703) (71,773,082) Gross Profit 19,128,848 16,934,824 37,793,376 30,635,546 Operating expenses: General and administrative expenses (1,531,098) (801,383) (3,507,208) (1,654,792) Selling and marketing expenses (240,295) (381,843) (635,551) (539,097) Total operating expenses (1,771,393) (1,183,226) (4,142,759) (2,193,889) Operating income 17,357,455 15,751,598 33,650,617 28,441,657 Other income and (expense): Interest income 102,007 192,033 379,481 426,542 Interest expenses (1,292,889) (718,434) (2,377,783) (1,569,568) Sundry income 91 64,694 84,998 152,450 Income before income taxes 16,166,664 15,289,891 31,737,313 27,451,081 Income tax expense (4,089,356) (3,871,225) (8,132,185) (6,897,115) Net income $12,077,308 $11,418,666 $23,605,128 $20,553,966 Earnings per share - Basic $0.28 $0.35 $0.56 $0.64 - Diluted $0.26 $0.33 $0.51 $0.59 Weighted average common shares outstanding - Basic 43,056,215 32,245,723 42,208,807 32,245,723 - Diluted 46,964,095 35,063,501 46,116,687 35,063,501 CHINA GERUI ADVANCED MATERIALS GROUP LIMITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (IN US DOLLARS) June 30, December 31, 2010 2009 (Unaudited) Assets Current assets Cash $109,943,132 $79,607,369 Restricted cash 75,249,948 37,498,169 Accounts receivable, net 5,025,711 4,808,184 Inventories 6,250,823 5,958,880 Prepaid expenses and other deposits 29,496,751 16,473,710 Other receivables 2,399,555 2,292,133 Total current assets 228,365,920 146,638,445 Non-current assets Property, plant and equipment, net 55,566,275 22,338,210 Prepaid machinery deposits -- 13,973,966 Land use right, net 14,916,747 1,399,026 Total non-current assets 70,483,022 37,711,202 Total assets $298,848,942 $184,349,647 Liabilities and stockholders' equity Current Liabilities Accounts payable $4,841,302 $7,617,953 Notes payable 91,470,787 41,013,622 Term loans 39,003,745 33,982,715 Land use right payable 10,667,778 -- Income tax payable 4,107,617 3,817,304 Customers deposits 8,505,618 8,146,611 Accrued liabilities and other payables 3,732,111 2,728,585 Total current liabilities 162,328,958 97,306,790 Total liabilities 162,328,958 97,306,790 Stockholders' equity Common stock, Common stock, 100,000,000 shares authorized with no par value; 45,424,209 and 40,692,323 shares outstanding as of June 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009 respectively 70,370,023 45,261,630 Additional paid-in capital 6,930,944 6,930,944 Retained earnings 56,044,110 32,438,982 Accumulated other comprehensive income 3,174,907 2,411,301 Total stockholders' equity 136,519,984 87,042,857 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $298,848,942 $184,349,647 CHINA GERUI ADVANCED MATERIALS GROUP LIMITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED) (IN US DOLLARS) For The Six Months Ended June 30, 2010 2009 Cash flows from operating activities: Net income $23,605,128 $20,553,966 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 1,458,116 1,381,460 Amortization of land use right 105,997 15,368 Changes in assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable, net (217,527) 4,105,526 Inventories (291,943) 122,540 Prepaid expenses and other deposits (13,023,041) 1,107,069 Other receivables (107,422) (1,259,586) Accounts payable (2,776,651) 2,353,429 Income tax payable 290,313 1,681,227 Customers deposit 359,007 (9,902,587) Accrued liabilities and other payables 1,003,526 (421,988) Net cash provided by operating activities 10,405,503 19,736,424 Cash flows from investing activities: Capital expenditures for addition of property, plant and equipment (34,444,321) (4,503,489) Payment of purchases of land use right (2,849,943) (28,521) Changes in restricted cash (37,751,779) (18,636,063) Changes in prepaid machinery deposits 13,973,966 -- Net cash used in investing activities (61,072,077) (23,168,073) Cash flows from financing activities: Repayment of term loans (16,073,377) (15,964,917) Proceeds from term loans 21,094,407 18,592,531 Proceeds received from common stock issued and warrant conversion, net of offering costs of $863,676 25,108,393 1,955,386 Proceeds from notes payable 50,457,165 19,365,413 Dividends paid -- (9,601,549) Net cash provided by financing activities 80,586,588 14,346,864 Net increase in cash 29,920,014 10,915,215 Effect on change of exchange rates 415,749 20,490 Cash as of January 1 79,607,369 42,622,404 Cash as of June 30 $109,943,132 $53,558,109 Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information: Cash paid during the period for: Interest paid $2,377,783 $1,569,568 Income tax paid $7,868,996 $5,213,632 Non-cash paid during the period for: Acquisition of land use rights with issuance of promissory note $10,667,778 $ --
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