XI'AN, China, May 14 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Housing & Land Development, Inc. ("China Housing" or the "Company";Nasdaq: CHLN) today announced its audited financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2010.
Highlights for 1Q10: -- Total revenues increased 27.8% to US$33.6 million compared to US$26.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, and increased 58.9% from $13.8 million in the first quarter of 2009. -- Total gross floor area ("GFA") sales were 61,666 sq. meters, compared to 61,786 sq. meters in the 2009 fourth quarter period and 20,922 sq. meters in the 2009 first quarter period. -- Gross profit increased 38.3% to $6.5 million from $4.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 and 51.2% from $4.3 million in the first quarter of 2009. Gross margin was 19.3% compared to 17.8% and 31.4% in each respective period. -- SG&A expenses as a percentage of total revenue declined to 7.6% from 12.6% in the 2009 fourth quarter and 10.1% in the 2009 first quarter. -- Operating income increased to $3.0 million from an operating loss of ($0.2 million) in the 2009 fourth quarter and operating income of $1.7 million in the 2009 first quarter period. -- Net loss attributable to the Company was ($11.1 million), or ($0.34) per diluted share, due to a one-time charge of $14.2 million related to the Prax Puhua project restructuring. Excluding this charge, net income would have increased 148% to $3.1 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, from $1.3 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2009.
Mr. Pingji Lu, China Housing's Chairman, commented, "We posted strong first quarter results in what is traditionally one of our seasonally slower quarters. The overall real estate market condition in Xi'an has improved since the beginning of 2010 and through the first quarter, which is demonstrated in the pre-sales results of our current projects under construction. In the first quarter, we were able to recognize approximately $26.6 million as revenue from the JunJing II Phase Two project and our Puhua project, and were able to secure approximately $11.3 million new contracts from these two projects. As of March 31, 2010, we have pre-sold approximately 72.6% of the JunJing II Phase Two project on a GFA basis and 74.1% on a unit basis as well as pre-sold 7.8% and 7.9% of our Puhua project on a GFA sales and unit basis. As we accelerate our sales of Puhua units in the future, we are expecting a slight improvement to gross margin due to higher average prices of these apartment units. Since we first started pre-sales of Puhua units in October 2009, the average selling price per sq. meter has risen 9% to RMB 4,742."
Total revenue in the first quarter of 2010 increased to $33.6 million from $26.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 and $13.9 million in the first quarter of 2009. In the first quarter of 2010, most of the Company's revenue came from its JunJing II Phases Two and Puhua project. Contract sales totaled US$44.7 million of residential and commercial unit sales from the JunJing II Phase One, Phase Two, Puhua Phase One and other completed projects, representing a total of GFA 61,666 square meters.
Gross profit in the first quarter of 2010 was $6.5 million, or 19.3% of total revenue, compared to gross profit of $4.7 million, or 17.8% of total revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2009 and $4.3 million, or 31.4% of total revenue, in the first quarter of 2009. Our gross margin decreased due to the sales of the parking lots of JunJing I and JunJing II phase one which only had 3% to 5% margin.
SG&A expense was $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2010, compared to $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 and $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2009. As a percentage of total revenue, SG&A expenses decreased to 7.6% from 12.6% in the fourth quarter of 2009 and 10.1% in the first quarter of 2009.
Operating income in the first quarter of 2010 was $3.0 million, compared to operating loss of ($0.2 million) in the fourth quarter of 2009 and operating income of $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2009.
Net loss attributable to China Housing in the first quarter of 2010 was ($11.1 million), or ($0.34) per diluted share, compared to net loss of ($1.1 million), or ($0.03) per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2009 and net income of $1.3 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2009. First quarter 2009 adjusted net income, which excludes a $14.2 million charge associated with the restructure of Prax, was $3.1 million, or $0.10 per diluted share.
Q1 2010 Project Revenue GFA Sold ASP Recognized ($) (m2) (RMB) Projects Under Construction JunJing II Phase One 4,095,525 6,295 5,263 JunJing II Phase Two 15,161,722 26,415 5,426 Puhua Project 11,454,564 25,741 4,742 Projects Completed Tsining-24G 15,684 8 14,015 JunJing I 1,296,725 2370.48 3,735 Additional Projects 366,841 836 2,996 Other Income 1,181,853 Total 33,572,914 61,666 5,027 Q4 2009 Revenue Project Recognized GFA Sold ASP ($) (m2) (RMB) Projects Under Construction JunJing II Phase One 6,224,147 7,498 4,287 JunJing II Phase Two 16,014,055 29,499 4,935 Puhua Project -- 24,129 4,377 Projects Completed Tsining-24G 409,367 220 16,736 JunJing I (1,083,459) 57 11,543 Additional Projects 112,068 384 3,070 Other Income 4,642,727 Total 26,318,905 61,786 4,675 Q-o-Q Change 27.6% (0.2%) 7.5%
As of March 31, 2010, China Housing reported $66.3 million in unrestricted cash, compared to $36.9 million as of December 31, 2009 and $10.6 million as of March 31, 2009. Total debt was $92.9 million on March 31, 2010, compared to $59.8 million as of December 31, 2009 and $59.4 million on March 31, 2009. Net debt as a percentage of total capital was 23.9% on March 31, 2010, compared to 16.1% on December 31, 2009 and 29.4% on March 31, 2009.
"In mid-April the central government raised minimum mortgage rates and down payment ratios for home purchases in order to curb property price speculation in Tier 1 cities. Shortly following that, Xi'an's government issued local real estate policies, which still focused on enhancing affordable home purchases for first time home buyer and first upgraders. We believe that we are relatively well positioned from the impact of these policies given that we target middle income consumers in Xi'an, a Tier II city, where price increases and speculative buying has been much lower. Close to 90% of unit purchases in the Xi'an market come from local customers, not outside speculators. First time home-buyers account for around 72% our units purchased among our existing projects. The average down payment for those with a mortgage is around 34% and approximately 16% of our customers at our existing projects have paid in cash, reducing mortgage risk. We believe there will be more hesitation in the broader market due to central government policies, which could slow down our sales in the coming months. However, industry research from E house shows that demand in the Xi'an market is still greater than supply and that average selling prices and transaction volume will be stable thereby giving us comfort with our full year financial outlook.
The general real estate performance data for Xi'an thus far in the second quarter remains encouraging. Apartment unit transaction volume and average selling prices in Xi'an in the month of April are both higher compared to the previous month and previous year. Currently, we do not have any plans to lower our prices as we already provide mid to low end price range developments in Xi'an which are affordably priced. Based on the current market demand in Xi'an, we believe we have the right number of projects in place and in the pipeline to meet our full year financial forecast," concluded Mr. Lu.
Since government policies raised purchase hesitation in the Xi'an real estate market, the sales for the coming months have become less visible. That said, we are still confident with our project pipeline and market positioning and maintain our previous financial outlook for 2010. The Company will keep monitoring the market condition and adjust our business strategy if necessary.
2010 total contract sales in 2010 are expected to reach US$237 to $262 million, a 128%-152% increase compared to $103.9 million in 2009. Total recognized revenue in 2010 is expected to reach US$179 to $198 million, a 107%-129% increase compared to $86.6 million in 2009. The Company is reporting contract sales estimates compared to revenue as it is not subject to percentage of completion alterations.
Conference Call Information
China Housing's management will host an earnings conference call on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time. Listeners may access the call by dialing #1-719-325-2108. To listen to the live webcast of the event, please go to http://www.viavid.net . Listeners may access the call replay, which will be available through May 21st, by dialing #1-719-457-0820; Passcode: 7003204.
About China Housing & Land Development, Inc.
Based in Xi'an, the capital city of China's Shaanxi province, China Housing & Land Development, Inc., is a leading developer of residential and commercial properties in northwest China. China Housing has been engaged in land acquisition, development, and management, including the sales of residential and commercial real estate properties through its wholly-owned subsidiary in China, since 1992.
China Housing & Land Development is the first and only Chinese real estate development company traded on NASDAQ. The Company's news releases, project information, photographs, and more are available on the internet at http://www.chldinc.com .
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For more information, please contact: China Housing contacts Mr. Cangsang Huang Chief Financial Officer Tel: +86-29-8258-2648 in Xi'an Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Jing Lu Chief Operating Officer, Board Secretary, and Investor Relations Officer Tel: +86-29-8258-2639 in Xi'an Email: email@example.com / English and Chinese Mr. Shuai Luo Investor Relations Tel: +86-29-8258-2632 in Xi'an Email: Laurentluo@chldinc.com/ English and Chinese Mr. Bill Zima, ICR Tel: +1-203-682-8200 in United States Email: William.Zima@icrinc.com Ms. Annie Chen, ICR Tel: +86-10-6599-7966 in Beijing Email: Annie.Chen@icrinc.com (Financial Tables Follow) CHINA HOUSING & LAND DEVELOPMENT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Interim Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets As of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2010 (Unaudited) March 31, December 31, 2010 2009 ASSETS Cash & cash equivalents $66,323,400 $36,863,216 Cash - restricted 701,259 701,017 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $390,002 and $389,996, respectively 9,267,167 6,088,482 Other receivables, prepaid expenses and other assets, net 4,696,509 2,484,221 Real estate held for development or sale 105,763,268 103,003,529 Property and equipment, net 15,715,656 15,307,478 Asset held for sale 14,301,774 14,301,564 Advance to suppliers 580,863 10,368,386 Deposits on land use rights 50,939,221 28,084,346 Intangible assets, net 41,355,740 41,355,134 Goodwill 816,481 816,469 Deferred financing costs 372,975 411,457 Total assets 310,834,313 259,785,299 LIABILITIES Accounts payable $18,127,903 $20,706,263 Advances from customers 30,453,151 21,301,876 Accrued expenses 2,296,023 5,587,837 Payable for acquisition of businesses 8,555,780 5,916,354 Income and other taxes payable 9,478,550 8,194,659 Other payables 4,608,268 4,524,288 Loans from employees 4,715,931 2,864,824 Loans payable 64,461,309 36,185,705 Deferred tax liability 13,656,266 11,505,181 Warrants liability 4,519,590 5,074,191 Fair value of embedded derivatives 3,424,841 3,991,047 Convertible debt 15,164,169 14,834,987 Mandatory redeemable noncontrolling interests in Subsidiaries 46,751,893 -- Total liabilities 226,213,674 140,687,212 SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Common stock: $.001 par value, authorized 100,000,000 shares issued and outstanding 33,065,386 and 31,884,969, respectively 33,065 31,885 Additional paid in capital 40,745,457 35,461,706 Common stock subscribed -- 252,118 Statutory reserves 4,922,248 4,922,248 Retained earnings 28,784,070 39,895,179 Accumulated other comprehensive income 10,135,799 10,163,483 Total China Housing & Land Development, Inc. shareholders' equity 84,620,639 90,726,619 Noncontrolling interests -- 28,371,468 Total shareholders' equity 84,620,639 119,098,087 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $310,834,313 $259,785,299 CHINA HOUSING & LAND DEVELOPMENT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income For The Three Months Ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 (Unaudited) 3 Months 3 Months March 31, March 31, 2010 2009 REVENUES Sale of properties $32,391,061 $12,925,869 Other income 1,181,853 1,002,058 Total revenues 33,572,914 13,927,927 Cost of sales 27,098,660 9,581,459 Gross margin 6,474,254 4,346,468 OPERATING EXPENSES Selling, general and administrative expenses 2,537,884 1,408,824 Security registration expenses -- 600,000 Other expenses 122,651 39,796 Interest expense 507,025 338,078 Accretion expense on convertible debt 329,182 281,822 Total operating expenses 3,496,742 2,668,520 NET INCOME (LOSS) FROM BUSINESS OPERATIONS 2,977,512 1,677,948 CHANGE IN FAIR VALUE OF DERIVATIVES Change in fair value of embedded derivatives 566,206 124,038 Change in fair value of warrants 554,601 167,239 Total change in fair value of derivatives 1,120,807 291,277 Income before provision for income taxes and noncontrolling interests 4,098,319 1,969,225 Provision for income taxes 1,009,531 713,641 Recovery of deferred income taxes (29,146) -- NET INCOME 3,117,934 1,255,584 Charge to noncontrolling interests (14,229,043) (47,135) Net (loss) income attributable to China Housing & Land Development, Inc. (11,111,109) 1,302,719 WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING Basic 32,580,769 30,893,757 Diluted 32,580,769 30,922,261 NET INCOME PER SHARE Basic $(0.34) $0.04 Diluted $(0.34) $0.04 CHINA HOUSING & LAND DEVELOPMENT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income For The Three Months Ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 (Unaudited) 3 Months 3 Months March 31, March 31, 2010 2009 NET INCOME $3,117,934 $1,255,584 OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) (Loss) gain in foreign exchange (27,684) (363,133) COMPREHENSIVE INCOME 3,090,250 892,451 Charge to noncontrolling interests (14,229,043) 47,135 Comprehensive income attributable to China Housing & Land Development, Inc. $(11,138,793) $939,586 CHINA HOUSING & LAND DEVELOPMENT INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows For The Three Months Ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 (Unaudited) March 31, March 31, 2010 2009 CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net income 3,117,934 $1,255,584 Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by (used in) operating activities: Depreciation 293,134 154,088 Gain on disposal of fixed assets -- (16,945) Amortization of deferred financing costs 38,482 38,482 Recovery of future income taxes (29,146) -- Change in fair value of warrants (554,601) (167,239) Change in fair value of embedded derivatives (566,206) (124,038) Accretion expense on convertible debt 329,182 281,822 Non-cash proceeds from sales -- (15,835) (Increase) decrease in assets: Accounts receivable (3,177,943) (3,107,443) Other receivable and prepaid expense (2,211,864) 643,186 Real estate held for development or sale 7,485,899 (36,452,495) Advance to suppliers 9,492,722 227,051 Refund (deposit) on land use rights (22,849,777) 11,372,462 Deferred financing costs -- -- Increase (decrease) in liabilities: Accounts payable (2,578,136) (892,860) Advances from customers 9,149,087 1,182,958 Accrued expenses 858,829 198,281 Other payables 82,578 (2,127,062) Income and other taxes payable 1,283,577 1,148,392 Accrued security registration expenses -- 600,000 Net cash used in operating activities 163,751 (25,801,611) CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Change in restricted cash (231) 53,002 Purchase of property and equipment (701,004) (63,224) Notes receivable collected -- 111,737 Cash acquired from acquisition of business 2,179 519,309 Proceeds from sale of property and equipment -- 193,098 Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (699,056) 813,922 CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Loans from bank 31,491,680 -- Payments of loans payable (3,222,404) (1,170,292) Loans from or repayment to employees, net 1,850,685 151,407 Repayment of payables for acquisition of businesses (117,334) (753,416) Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities 30,002,627 (1,772,301) (DECREASE)/INCREASE IN CASH 29,467,322 (26,759,990) Effects on foreign currency exchange (7,138) (67,150) CASH, beginning of period 36,863,216 37,425,340 CASH, end of period 66,323,400 $10,598,200
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