BEIJING, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Fushi Copperweld, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSIN), the leading global manufacturer and innovator of copper-clad bimetallic wire used in a variety of telecommunication, utility, transportation and other electrical applications, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011.
Third Quarter Highlights
- Net income of $8.9 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared to $12.9 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2010;
- Revenues of $74.3 million, up 11.7% from $66.5 million in the third quarter of 2010;
- Net cash generated from operations of $19.9 million, compared to $20.1 million net cash generated from operations in the third quarter of 2010;
- Established operational hub in continental Europe; and
- Cash position at quarter end remains strong at $163.6 million.
Revenues for the third quarter of 2011 increased 11.7% to $74.3 million, up from $66.5 million in the prior year quarter, primarily driven by higher average selling prices.
Gross profit in the third quarter was $19.9 million compared to $19.7 million a year ago. Gross margin decreased to 26.8% from 29.6% in the prior year period. Gross margin for the Company's Dalian cladding facility was 33.5% compared to 36.1% in the prior year period, while gross margin for the Company's Fayetteville, TN facility was 6.0% in the third quarter of 2011, compared to 12.5% in the third quarter of 2010. Gross margin in the period was impacted by higher raw material prices and lower fixed price absorption as a result of a decline in sales volumes. The Company's results for the third quarter of 2011 also reflect the impact of continued supply constraints for its CCS clad lines in Dalian.
Operating expenses in the third quarter of 2011 increased to $6.2 million, compared to $4.6 million in the prior year's quarter, primarily as a result of the Company's continued investment in its international growth strategy, increased expenses including higher audit and professional service fees, and advisor fees related to the ongoing privatization proposal. On a percentage basis, operating expenses increased to 8.3% of revenues from 6.9% in the third quarter of 2010.
Other expense increased to $0.8 million during the 2011 third quarter from $0.2 million in the year ago period. The increase in other expense is primarily related to the impact of fluctuations in foreign exchange rates on the revaluation of receivables denominated in USD to RMB, which increased other expense by $0.6 million, or $0.02 per diluted share after-tax.
The Company's effective income tax rate for the third quarter of 2011 was 31.6% compared with an effective income tax rate of 13.8% in the year ago period. The higher tax rate is primarily due to the change in income tax rate from 12.5% in 2010 to 25.0% in 2011 for the Company's subsidiary, Fushi International (Dalian) Bimetallic Cable Co. Ltd., as a result of the expiration of the subsidiary's tax holiday. The Company expects its effective income tax rate for the 2011 full-year to be approximately 31.0%.
Net income for the third quarter was $8.9 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared to net income of $12.9 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2010.
Fully diluted share count increased 0.8% in the third quarter of 2011 to 38.3 million from 38.0 million a year ago.
During the three months ended September 30, 2011, the Company generated net cash from operations of $19.9 million, compared $20.1 million net cash generated from operations in the comparable period in 2010. In the nine months ended September 30, 2011, net cash generated from operations was $40.7 million, compared to $23.2 million in the year ago period.
As of September 30, 2011, the Company's cash position was $163.6 million, an increase of 33.0% from $123.0 million as of December 31, 2010. Accounts receivable at September 30, 2011 were $73.9 million, compared to $65.8 million at December 31, 2010. Long-term debt was $5.2 million as of September 30, 2011, compared to $5.7 million at December 31, 2010.
As previously announced, during the quarter the Company entered an agreement with the receivers of Leaf Business Holdings Belgium regarding the lease with an option to purchase a 45,000 square-meter copper tubing manufacturing and distribution center that establishes an operational hub for Fushi Copperweld in continental Europe. The Company will begin stocking the facility with copper-clad aluminum and copper-clad steel product for sale in continental Europe in the 2011 fourth quarter, and expects initial sales to commence in the first quarter of 2012.
The Company continues to expect this transaction to be dilutive to 2011 earnings by approximately $815,000, or approximately $0.02 per share, and to become slightly accretive in 2012.
Joe Longever, co-Chief Executive Officer of Fushi Copperweld, commented, "While we began the quarter with strong sales momentum across most of the markets we serve, the volatility in commodity prices in the latter part of the quarter and the uncertain economic environment reduced order rates, particularly in the U.S. market. In addition, the planned ramp-up of production on our CCS line at Dalian continues to be delayed by supply constraints, and we remain focused on finding a solution to this issue. Despite these challenges, CCA volumes in China were in line with our expectations and we continued to generate strong cash flows and make strategic investments that will benefit Fushi Copperweld over the long-term. A primary example is our recent expansion into Belgium, which enhances our access to the European market."
Mr. Longever continued, "As we enter the fourth quarter, market conditions remain challenging and current economic trends are difficult to predict. Global economic uncertainty continues to affect our customers' purchasing decisions, with many deciding to either postpone their purchases or purchase in smaller allotments, and progress in addressing our CCS production issue remains slower than anticipated. Despite these factors, we continue to see opportunities for our copper-clad products in the marketplace and remain committed to investing in our global sales, marketing, and new business initiatives to ensure we are well positioned to leverage a recovery of demand."
Based on third quarter performance, current business trends and the expected dilution related to the Company's new facility in Belgium as described above, Fushi Copperweld has revised its annual guidance for fully diluted earnings per share to a range of $0.88 to $0.98. This guidance is based on an estimated weighted average diluted share count of 38.4 million shares, and an effective income tax rate of 31.0%.
The Company will conduct a conference call to discuss the third quarter 2011 results today, Thursday, November 3, 2011, at 8:30 am ET. To participate, the conference call may be directly accessed from the U.S. and Canada at 1-866-225-2055 and accessed internationally at 1-416-340-8410. A live webcast of the conference call will also be available at www.fushicopperweld.com on the Investor Relations section. A replay of the call will be available at www.fushicopperweld.com.
About Fushi Copperweld
Fushi Copperweld Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Fushi International (Dalian) Bimetallic Cable Co. Ltd., and Copperweld Bimetallics LLC, is the leading manufacturer and innovator of copper-clad bimetallic engineered conductor products for electrical, telecommunications, transportation, utilities and industrial applications. With extensive design and production capabilities, and a long-standing dedication to customer service, Fushi Copperweld is the preferred choice for bimetallic products worldwide.
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FUSHI COPPERWELD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
AS OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 AND DECEMBER 31, 2010
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts
Advances to suppliers
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
Total current assets
PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net
Land use rights
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LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current portion of long-term bank loan
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Common stock, $0.006 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized,
38,203,638 and 38,099,138 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2011
and December 31, 2010, respectively
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Accumulated other comprehensive income
Total shareholders' equity
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
FUSHI COPPERWELD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 AND 2010
Three months ended September 30,
Nine months ended September 30,
COST OF GOODS SOLD
General and administrative expenses
Total operating expenses
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):
Gain on cross-currency interest swap derivative
Loss on extinguishment of HY notes
Change in derivative liability - conversion option
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FUSHI COPPERWELD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED September 30, 2011 AND 2010
Nine-Month Period Ended September 30,
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Cash flows from investing activities:
Payment for acquisitions of Jinchuan and Hongtai
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Purchases of property and equipment
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Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from interest-free loans provided by Mr. Li Fu
Payment for acquisition of Jinchuan
Repayment of revolving line of credit
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Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
Income taxes paid
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Accrual for the acquisition of Jinchuan
Issuance of common stock in connection with the acquisition of Hongtai
Payable for purchase of property and equipment
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