China New Borun Announces First Quarter 2015 Unaudited Financial Results

May 21, 2015, 16:30 ET from China New Borun Corporation

BEIJING, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- China New Borun Corporation (NYSE: BORN; "Borun" or the "Company"), a leading producer and distributor of corn-based edible alcohol in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015.

Mr. Jinmiao Wang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Borun, commented on the results, "We are glad that our top line beat the high end of our guidance for the first quarter, as we experienced better-than-expected demand for edible alcohol. However, the competitive landscape during the first quarter continued to be very challenging for the mid-to-low end baijiu producers, causing a sequential decline of 2.5% in average selling price ("ASP") for edible alcohol. At the same time, China government's recent move to ease import restrictions on corn caused double-digit percentage decline in the ASP of corn-based by-products.

Recognizing the challenging environment for corn processors, authorities in Heilongjiang province, including Finance Bureau, Food Bureau and Agricultural Development Bank of China, this April, jointly released guidance for subsidies to corn-processing entities with over 100,000 tons of corn capacity. As one of the largest corn processing companies in Heilongjiang province, we are qualified to participate in designated bids to not only purchase corn at favored prices but also potentially to receive RMB200 per ton of corn purchased through such bids and processed by the end of 2015. This subsidy grant coupled with our pre-purchase and storage capability should further enhance our significant cost advantages," Mr. Wang concluded.

First Quarter 2015 Quick View

  • Total revenue decreased 8.8% to RMB570.9 million ($93.0 million[1]) from RMB625.7 million in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Gross profit decreased 34.5% to RMB59.2 million ($9.6 million) from RMB90.5 million in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Net income decreased 59.8% to RMB15.8 million ($2.6 million) from RMB39.3 million in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Basic and diluted earnings per American Depositary Share ("ADS") were RMB0.61 ($0.10) for the quarter ended March 31, 2015. Each ADS represents one of the Company's ordinary shares.

First Quarter 2015 Financial Performance

For the first quarter of 2015, revenue decreased by 8.8% year-over-year to RMB570.9 million ($93.0 million) from RMB625.7 million in the same period of 2014. The decrease in revenue was mainly due to the decrease in the average selling price in edible alcohol and its by-products and lower sales volume in by-products.

Revenue breakdown by product lines is as follows:

  • Revenue from edible alcohol decreased by 1.3% to RMB394.2 million ($64.2 million) in the first quarter of 2015, compared to RMB399.4 million in the first quarter of 2014. The sales volume of edible alcohol in the first quarter of 2015 increased by 1.3% year-over-year to 76,796 tons, while the average selling price of edible alcohol decreased by 2.5% year-over-year to RMB5,134 per ton.
  • Revenue from DDGS Feed decreased by 19.1% to RMB124.0 million ($20.2 million) in the first quarter of 2015, compared to RMB153.4 million in the first quarter of 2014. The sales volume of DDGS Feed in the first quarter of 2015 decreased by 2.3% year-over-year to 67,484 tons, and the average selling price decreased by 17.2% year-over-year to RMB1,838 per ton.
  • Revenue from liquid carbon dioxide decreased by 62.8% to RMB4.3 million ($0.7 million) in the first quarter of 2015, compared to RMB11.6 million in the first quarter of 2014. The sales volume of liquid carbon dioxide in the first quarter of 2015 decreased by 17.0% year-over-year to 26,015 tons, and the average selling price decreased by 55.3% year-over-year to RMB166 per ton.
  • Revenue from crude corn oil decreased by 15.5% to RMB38.4 million ($6.3 million) in the first quarter of 2015, compared to RMB45.4 million in the first quarter of 2014. The sales volume of crude corn oil in the first quarter of 2015 decreased by 4.0% year-over-year to 5,792 tons, while the average selling price decreased by 12.0% year-over-year to RMB6,613 per ton.
  • Revenue from chlorinated polyethylene (CPE) decreased by 32.7% to RMB10.0 million ($1.6 million) in the first quarter of 2015, compared to RMB14.9 million in the first quarter of 2014. The sales volume of CPE in the first quarter of 2015 decreased by 31.1% year over year to 1,170 tons, while the average selling price decreased by 2.3% to RMB8,547 per ton.

During the first quarter of 2015, gross profit decreased by 34.5% to RMB59.2 million ($9.6 million) from RMB90.5 million in the same period of 2014. Gross margin for the first quarter of 2015 decreased to 10.4%, from 14.5% in the same period of 2014, which was primarily attributable to a decrease in average selling price of edible alcohol and its by-products.

Operating income decreased by 41.3% to RMB46.2 million ($7.5 million) in the first quarter of 2015, from RMB78.8 million in the same period of 2014, primarily due to lower gross profit earned.

Selling expenses were RMB1.2 million ($0.2 million) in the first quarter of 2015, remain stable with that in the same period of 2014.

General and administrative expenses increased by RMB1.3 million, or 12.6% to RMB11.8 million ($1.9 million) in the first quarter of 2015, from RMB10.5 million in the same period of 2014.

Income tax expenses in the first quarter of 2015 were RMB5.3 million ($0.9 million), representing an effective tax rate of 25.0%.

Net income decreased by 59.8% to RMB15.8 million ($2.6 million) in the first quarter of 2015, compared to RMB39.3 million in the same quarter of 2014. In the first quarter of 2015, basic and diluted earnings per share and per ADS were RMB0.61 ($0.10), and the Company had 25.7 million weighted average basic and diluted shares outstanding.

As of March 31, 2015, cash and bank deposits of RMB664.6 million ($108.2 million) decreased by RMB165.8 million, compared with RMB830.4 million as of December 31, 2014. Cash flows generated from operating activities for the first quarter of 2015 were RMB14.1 million ($2.3 million), compared with cash flow used in operating of RMB332.0 million in the first quarter of 2014.

Financial Outlook

The Company estimates that its revenue for the second quarter of 2015 will be in the range of RMB620 million ($100.9 million) to RMB660 million ($107.5 million), a decrease of approximately 1.3% to a decrease of 7.3% over the same quarter of 2014.

This guidance is based on the current market conditions and reflects the Company's current and preliminary estimates of market and operating conditions and customer demand, which are all subject to change.

Conference Call

Borun's management will hold a corresponding earnings conference call and live webcast at 8:00 a.m. E.T. on Friday, May 22, 2015 (8:00 p.m. Beijing time on Friday, May 22, 2015) to discuss the results and highlights from the first quarter of 2015 and answer questions from investors. A webcast of the call will be available at http://ir.chinanewborun.com. Listeners may access the call by dialing:

United States Toll Free:

1-866-519-4004

US Toll/International:

1-845-675-0437

Hong Kong Toll Free:

800-906-601

Hong Kong Toll:

852-3018-6771

China Toll Free:

800-819-0121

China Toll Free (Mobile):

400-620-8038

Conference ID:

43241938

A replay of the webcast will be accessible through May 30, 2015 on http://ir.chinanewborun.com or by dialing:

United States toll free:

1-855-452-5696

International:

61-2-8199-0299

Passcode

43241938

About China New Borun Corporation

China New Borun Corporation (NYSE: BORN) is a leading producer and distributor of corn-based edible alcohol sold as an ingredient to producers of baijiu, a popular grain-based alcoholic beverage in China. The Company also produces DDGS Feed, liquid carbon dioxide and crude corn oil as by-products of edible alcohol production, and CPE and foam insulation that are widely used in chemical industries. China New Borun is based in Shouguang, Shandong Province. Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.chinanewborun.com and in documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov.

Forward-looking Statements

All statements included in this press release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

Contact Information

Asia Bridge Capital Limited Wendy Sun Phone: +86-10-8556-9033 (China) +1-888-870-0798 (U.S.) Email: wendy.sun@asiabridgegroup.com

[1]

This press release contains translations of certain Renminbi amounts into US dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of readers. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from Renminbi to US dollars for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 were made at a rate of RMB6.1422 to USD1.00, the rate published by the People's Bank of China on March 31, 2015. China New Borun Corporation makes no representation that the Renminbi or US dollar amounts referred to in this press release could have been or could be converted into US dollars or Renminbi, at any particular rate or at all.

 

 

CHINA NEW BORUN CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

December 31, 2014

March 31, 2015

RMB

RMB

US$

Assets

Cash

830,430,168

664,551,444

108,194,367

Restricted cash

62,370,000

35,000,000

5,698,284

Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of nil and nil, respectively

531,480,981

400,888,182

65,267,849

Held-to-maturity debt securities

98,933,968

16,107,253

Inventories

496,754,625

680,248,928

110,750,045

Advance to suppliers

52,577,513

80,252

13,066

Other receivables

73,593,217

147,023,724

23,936,655

Prepaid expenses

4,562,333

3,249,982

529,123

Total current assets

2,051,768,837

2,029,976,480

330,496,642

Property, plant and equipment, net

1,096,055,659

1,077,959,792

175,500,601

Land use right, net

136,125,360

135,417,215

22,047,021

Intangible assets, net

5,822,528

4,865,967

792,219

Other non-current assets

5,562,810

4,279,085

696,670

Total assets

3,295,335,194

3,252,498,539

529,533,153

Liabilities and shareholders' equity

Trade accounts payable

17,055,679

15,330,471

2,495,925

Accrued expenses and other payables

86,729,443

61,314,379

9,982,478

Income taxes payable

6,205,515

7,526,510

1,225,377

Short-term borrowings

901,000,000

914,200,000

148,839,178

Current portion of long-term borrowings

24,000,000

24,000,000

3,907,395

Bonds Payable  

500,000,000

460,000,000

74,891,733

Total current liabilities

1,534,990,637

1,482,371,360

241,342,086

Long-term borrowings

84,000,000

78,000,000

12,699,033

Total liabilities

1,618,990,637

1,560,371,360

254,041,119

Shareholders' equity

Ordinary share – (December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2015: par value of RMB0.0068259, 25,725,000 shares issued and outstanding)

175,596

175,596

25,725

Additional paid-in capital

468,132,187

468,132,187

76,215,719

Retained earnings – appropriated

134,277,095

134,277,095

21,861,401

Retained earnings – unappropriated

1,074,210,923

1,089,996,897

177,460,339

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(451,244)

(454,596)

(71,150)

Total shareholders' equity

1,676,344,557

1,692,127,179

275,492,034

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

3,295,335,194

3,252,498,539

529,533,153

 

CHINA NEW BORUN CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

 

For the three-month period ended,

March 31,

2014

December 31,

2014

March 31, 2015

(RMB)

(RMB)

(RMB)

(US$)

Revenues

625,731,081

610,013,951

570,925,219

92,951,258

Cost of goods sold

535,247,941

553,101,972

511,689,155

83,307,146

Gross profit

90,483,140

56,911,979

59,236,064

9,644,112

Operating expenses:

Selling

1,214,951

1,045,480

1,202,672

195,805

General and administrative

10,490,866

11,521,209

11,813,709

1,923,368

Total operating expenses

11,705,817

12,566,689

13,016,381

2,119,173

Operating income

78,777,323

44,345,290

46,219,683

7,524,939

Other (income) expenses:

Interest income

(525,335)

(1,074,378)

(2,263,389)

(368,498)

Interest expense

26,024,958

24,757,422

26,409,354

4,299,657

Others, net

855,570

3,231,807

1,025,752

167,000

Total other expense, net

26,355,193

26,914,851

25,171,717

4,098,159

Income before income taxes

52,422,130

17,430,439

21,047,966

3,426,780

Income tax expense

13,105,533

4,357,609

5,261,992

856,695

Net income

39,316,597

13,072,830

15,785,974

2,570,085

Earnings per share:

Basic and diluted

1.53

0.51

0.61

0.10

Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding:

Basic and diluted

25,725,000

25,725,000

25,725,000

25,725,000

 

SOURCE China New Borun Corporation



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