LianDi Clean Technology Inc. Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2010; Provides Fiscal Year 2011 Guidance

Jun 24, 2010, 07:13 ET from LianDi Clean Technology Inc.

    BEIJING, June 24 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ --

    -- FY2010 revenue and adjusted net income exceed guidance
    -- FY2010 revenue increased 148.6% to $77.7 million, with adjusted net
       income of $15.5 million up 119.2%
    -- FY2010 cash flow from operations was $34.7 million and balance sheet
       on March 31, 2010 had $59.2 million
    -- FY2011 Guidance: Revenue of $117 million and net income of $24.6
       million
    -- Operating results and outlook driven by continued strong demand for
       petroleum products and growing focus on clean technology in China

LianDi Clean Technology Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: LNDT), ("LianDi" or the "Company"), a leading provider of clean technology, downstream flow equipment, engineering services and software to China's leading petroleum and petrochemical companies, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2010.



    SUMMARY FINANCIALS

    Fiscal Year  2010 Results (USD)
    (years ended March 31,)           2010*             2009        CHANGE
    Sales                       $77.7 million     $31.3 million    +148.6 %
    Gross Profit                $18.6 million      $9.9 million     +88.4 %
    GAAP Net Income             $15.0 million      $7.1 million    +112.2 %
    Adjusted Net Income         $15.5 million      $7.1 million    +119.2 %
    GAAP EPS (Diluted)                  $0.53             $0.26    +103.8 %
    Adjusted EPS (Diluted)              $0.55             $0.26    +111.5 %


    * Fiscal year 2010 included a one-time expense of $275,000 related to the
      Company's reverse merger with Remediation Services, Inc. completed in
      February 2010, and $219,148 in unrealized exchange loss related to a
      shareholder's loan to the Company.



    Fourth Quarter 2010 Results (USD) (unaudited)

    (three months ended March      Q4 2010*          Q4 2009         CHANGE
     31,)
    Sales                       $32.0 million     $23.0 million     +39.4 %
    Gross Profit                 $5.0 million      $7.5 million     -33.9 %
    GAAP Net Income              $3.7 million      $6.3 million     -40.6 %
    Adjusted Net Income          $3.9 million      $6.3 million     -37.7 %
    GAAP EPS (Diluted)                  $0.12             $0.23     -47.8 %
    Adjusted EPS (Diluted)              $0.13             $0.23     -43.5 %

    * Q4 FY 2010 included a one-time expense of $275,000 related to the
      Company's reverse merger with Remediation Services, Inc. completed in
      February 2010, and $90,991 in unrealized exchange gain related to a
      shareholder's loan to the Company.

Fourth Quarter FY2010 Results

For the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2010, the Company reported revenue of $32.0 million, an increase of 39.4% over revenue of $23.0 million generated in the same period of fiscal year 2009. The increase resulted from higher sales of equipment and engineering services to the Company's petroleum and petrochemical customers.

Cost of goods sold for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 was approximately $27.2 million, compared to $15.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2009. Gross profit was $5.0 million and gross margins were 15.5%, compared to $7.5 million in gross profit and gross margins of 32.6% during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. The reason for the year-over-year decrease in gross profit and margins was primarily due to recognition of separate software sales for each reporting period. Specifically, the 2009 fourth quarter included $4.8 million of software based revenues which contain margins of 96% compared to $nil in the fourth quarter of 2010, with all software based revenues recognized in the first nine months of 2010, which drove the variance in the two reporting periods.

Operating expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2010, were approximately $1.3 million, compared to $0.8 million in the same period in 2009. Selling expenses in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 were $0.9 million compared to $0.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, and general and administration expenses totaled $0.4 million in both respective periods.

Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 totaled approximately $3.7 million, or $0.12 per diluted share based on weighted average shares outstanding of 30.9 million compared to $6.3 million, or $0.23 per diluted share based on weighted average shares outstanding of 27.4 million. Results for the fourth quarter of FY2010 included a one-time expense of $275,000 related to the Company's reverse merger with Remediation Services, Inc. completed in February 2010, and $90,991 in unrealized exchange gain related to a shareholder's loan to the Company. Adjusting for these items, adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of FY2010 would have been $3.9 million with corresponding adjusted net income per diluted share of $0.13. (See "Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted Net Income" table below.)

"Our performance during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010 reflects the rapid growth in petroleum exploration, refining and consumption in China, driven by the country's economic recovery and growth," stated Mr. Jianzhong Zuo, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company. "We continue to anticipate substantial opportunities ahead for our company, as reflected in the significant increase in our signed contracts and order backlog. In addition, the growing emphasis on clean technology in China's petroleum and petrochemical industries, which is being supported by government directives, provides an excellent growth conduit as we diversify our product base in fiscal 2011."

Fiscal Year 2010 Financial Results

For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010, LianDi reported revenue of $77.7 million, up 148.6% from revenue of $31.3 million for the year ended March 31, 2009, which was driven by a significant increase in the distribution of a wide array of products and installation service contracts. Specifically, for the year ended March 31, 2010, the Company completed 56 projects, which included both sales and installation of equipment, as compared to 38 projects during fiscal 2009. For the years ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, the Company also sold 73 sets and 55 sets of data processing software, respectively, with the total amount of sales for fiscal 2010 of $6.4 million compared to $4.8 million in fiscal 2009. As of March 31, 2010, the Company had seven uncompleted contracts, totaling approximately $13.0 million. Subsequent to March 31, 2010, the Company has signed eight new contracts totaling approximately $18.3 million.

Cost of sales for the year ended March 31, 2010 increased to $59.1 million from $21.4 million for the year ended March 31, 2009. Gross profit was $18.6 million and gross margins were 23.9%, compared to $9.9 million in gross profit and gross margins of 31.5% during fiscal year 2009. The level of overall gross margin was affected by the relative percentage of separate software sales volume for each reporting period.

Operating expenses for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010 were approximately $3.1 million, compared to $2.5 million in the same period in 2009. Selling expenses increased to $1.7 million for fiscal year 2010 from $1.2 million for fiscal year 2009, which was driven by increased freight charges increased marketing expenses and expansion of the Company's sales force to support the Company's growth. General and administrative expenses increased to $1.3 million for the year ended March 31, 2010 from $1.2 million for the year ended March 31, 2009. As a percentage of total revenue, general and administrative expenses decreased to 2% from 4% for the same period last year.

For the year ended March 31, 2010, net income increased 112.2% to $15.0 million, or $0.53 per diluted share based on weighted average shares outstanding of 28.2 million, from $7.1 million, or $0.26 per diluted share based on weighted average shares outstanding of 27.4 million, for the year ended March 31, 2009. Net income margins were 19.4% and 22.7% for fiscal years 2010 and 2009, respectively. Results for fiscal year 2010 included a one-time expense of $275,000 related to the Company's reverse merger with Remediation Services, Inc. completed in February 2010, and $219,148 in unrealized exchange loss related to a shareholder's loan to the Company. Adjusting for these items, adjusted net income for fiscal year 2010 would have been $15.5 million with corresponding adjusted net income per diluted share of $0.55. (See "Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted Net Income" table below.)

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of March 31, 2010, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $59.2 million, compared to $5.0 million at March 31, 2009. The increase in the Company's cash position reflects in part include the addition of net proceeds from a $27.6 million private placement completed by the Company on February 26, 2010, immediately following the reverse merger with Remediation Services, Inc. The Company had total stockholders' equity of $46.4 million at March 31, 2010, with total assets of $75.1 million versus total liabilities of $14.7 million. For fiscal year 2010, the Company generated $34.7 million in cash from operations versus utilization of $4.4 million in fiscal year 2009.

Fiscal year 2011 Guidance

For fiscal year 2011 management provided revenue guidance of $117 million, representing year-over-year growth of 50.6% over fiscal 2010, and net income guidance of approximately $24.6 million for fiscal year 2011, representing year-over-year growth of approximately 58.7%. Management expects software sales to contribute 8-10% of total revenues for fiscal year 2011.

"We anticipate another strong year for fiscal 2011 as we continue to meet the needs of our valued domestic and international petroleum and petrochemical customers. Our business benefits as China increases its crude oil imports and expands oil production domestically, while oil refiners are required to clean up their production process," added Mr. Zuo. "We look forward to advancing key development projects which will drive future incremental revenue growth as they come on line. This includes the first installation of our totally enclosed unheading units from DeltaValve for the delayed coking process, which will be the first of their kind in China.

About LianDi Clean Technology Inc.

LianDi was established in July 2004 to serve the largest Chinese petroleum and petrochemical companies. Through its four operating subsidiaries, Hua Shen Trading (International) Ltd., Petrochemical Engineering Ltd., Bright Flow Control Ltd. and Beijing JianXin Petrochemical Engineering Ltd., the Company distributes a wide range of customized valves and equipment and provides associated value-added technical and integration service. The Company also develops and markets proprietary optimization software for the polymerization process. In addition, LianDi is focused on the large, rapidly growing, clean technology market for oil refineries, projected to reach over $1 billion in the next 10 years. This market is expected to benefit from favorable Chinese government policies, including tax benefits and other incentives.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following table excludes from net income certain items related to the cost of the Company's reverse merger with Remediation Services, Inc. completed in February 2010, and the effect of currency fluctuations related to a shareholder's loan to the Company. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they exclude non-cash charges that management excludes when it internally evaluates the performance of the Company's business and makes operating decisions, including internal budgeting, and performance measurement, because these measures provide a consistent method of comparison to historical periods. Moreover, management believes these non-GAAP measures reflect the essential operating activities of LianDi. Accordingly, management excludes these items when making operational decisions. The Company believes that providing to its investors the non-GAAP measures that management uses 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. In addition, it allows investors to evaluate the Company's performance using the same methodology and information as that used by our 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, our management compensates for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of the items excluded.



    Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted Net Income

    Period Ended March 31,                       FY 2010       Fourth Quarter
                                                                    2010
                                                                 (Unaudited)
    GAAP Net (loss) income                     $15,037,978        $3,734,661
    Non-GAAP
      One-time merger related costs               $275,000          $275,000
      Unrealized exchange loss/(gain)
       related to shareholder's loan in JPY       $219,148          $(90,991)
      Adjusted Net income                      $15,532,126        $3,918,670
    Weighted Average Shares                     28,230,337        30,905,741
    Outstanding-Diluted
      Adjusted Net income Per
       Share-Diluted                                 $0.55             $0.13

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release may contain certain "forward-looking statements" relating to the business of LianDi and its subsidiary companies. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included herein are "forward-looking statements" including statements regarding: the impact of the proceeds from the private placement on the Company's short term business and operations; the general ability of the Company to achieve its commercial objectives, including the ability of the Company to sustain growth; the business strategy, plans and objectives of the Company and its subsidiaries; and any other statements of non-historical information. These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects" or similar expressions, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in the Company's periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on its website (http://www.sec.gov )

    For more information, please contact:

    Company:
     Joe Levinson, VP of Corporate Communications
     Tel:   +1-646-884-0829
     Email: joe.levinson@china-liandi.com

    Investor Relations:
     HC International, Inc.
     Ted Haberfield, Executive VP
     Tel:   +1-760-755-2716
     Email: thaberfield@hcinternational.net


                             (Financial Tables Follow)



                            LIANDI CLEAN TECHNOLOGY INC
                            CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                          (AMOUNTS EXPRESSED IN US DOLLAR)

                                                      As of March 31,
                                                    2010              2009
    ASSETS
    Current Assets
      Cash and cash equivalents                $59,238,428        $5,018,813
      Restricted cash                            2,964,864           989,475
      Accounts receivable, net of $nil
       allowance                                 2,295,231        15,054,940
      Deferred costs of revenue                  1,168,025        15,063,883
      Inventories                                   30,103            72,199
      Prepaid expenses and deposits                657,257         6,812,415
      Other receivables, net of $nil
       allowance                                 3,416,284        15,160,782
      Pledged trading securities                    11,592            29,380

    Total current assets                        69,781,784        58,201,887

    Other Assets
      Property and equipment, net                  151,660           145,733
      Intangible assets, net                     5,192,738         5,774,660

    Total assets                               $75,126,182       $64,122,280

    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Current Liabilities
      Accounts payable                             $11,926               $--
      Deferred revenue                           2,481,771        18,938,681
      Other payables and accrued expenses        3,496,612         1,275,711
      Provision for income tax                      59,763            59,869
      Payable for intangible                            --         5,968,490
      Due to shareholders                        8,461,161        26,242,336
      Preferred stock dividend payable             184,820                --

    Total current liabilities                   14,696,053        52,485,087

    Total liabilities                           14,696,053        52,485,087

    Commitments and Contingencies

    8% Series A contingently redeemable
     convertible preferred stock (25,000,000
     shares authorized; par value: $0.001
     per share; 7,086,078 shares and none
     issued and outstanding, respectively;
     aggregate liquidation preference amount:
     $24,986,093 and $nil, including accrued
     but unpaid dividend of $184,820 and $nil,
     at March 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively)  14,059,018                --

    Shareholders' Equity
      Common stock (par value: $0.001 per
       share; 50 000,000 shares authorized;
       29,358,772 and 27,354,480 shares
       issued and outstanding, respectively)        29,359            27,355
      Additional paid-in capital                19,891,932            22,645
      Statutory reserves                         1,138,733         1,138,733
      Retained earnings                         25,245,926        10,392,768
      Accumulated other comprehensive
       income                                       65,161            55,692

    Total shareholders' equity                  46,371,111        11,637,193

    Total liabilities and shareholders'
     equity                                    $75,126,182       $64,122,280



                            LIANDI CLEAN TECHNOLOGY INC
           CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
                          (AMOUNTS EXPRESSED IN US DOLLAR)

                                                 For the Year Ended March 31,
                                                    2010              2009
    NET REVENUE
      Sales and installation of equipment      $71,152,658       $25,952,152
      Sales of software                          6,433,064         4,791,901
      Services                                     133,758           521,232
                                                77,719,480        31,265,285
    Cost of revenue
      Cost of equipment sold                   (58,540,656)      (21,206,730)
      Amortization of intangibles                 (597,449)         (198,049)
                                               (59,138,105)      (21,404,779)

    Gross profit                                18,581,375         9,860,506
    Operating expenses:
      Selling expenses                          (1,673,019)       (1,228,481)
      General and administrative expenses       (1,304,006)       (1,177,820)
      Research and development cost                (91,401)          (42,158)
        Total operating expenses                (3,068,426)       (2,448,459)

    Income from operations                      15,512,949         7,412,047
    Other income (expenses), net
      Interest income                               48,864            48,390
      Interest and bank charges                   (519,969)         (366,232)
      Merger expenses                             (275,000)               --
      Exchange gains (losses), net                (293,993)           37,695
      Value added tax refund                       465,786                --
      Other                                        100,157            (3,196)
        Total other expenses, net                 (474,155)         (283,343)

    Income before income tax                    15,038,794         7,128,704
    Income tax expense                                (816)          (41,720)

    NET INCOME                                  15,037,978         7,086,984



                          LIANDI CLEAN TECHNOLOGY INC
                    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                       (AMOUNTS EXPRESSED IN US DOLLAR)

                                                  For the Year Ended March 31,
                                                     2010            2009
    CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
    Net income                                   $15,037,978      $7,086,984
    Adjustments for:
      Depreciation of property and equipment          38,449          23,474
      Amortization of intangible assets              603,892         198,777
      Merger expenses                                275,000              --
      Impairment of inventories                           --          30,998
      Gain (loss) on short-term investments          (21,763)          9,799
    Decrease (increase) in assets:
      Accounts receivable                         12,749,207     (12,038,588)
      Inventories                                     42,021         (72,306)
      Deferred costs, prepaid expenses and
       other current assets                       20,167,261     (13,648,574)
    Increase (decrease) in liabilities:
      Accounts payable                                11,941        (361,069)
      Deferred revenue and accruals              (14,158,370)     14,381,319
      Provision for income tax                       (59,839)         36,261
    Net cash provided by (used in) operating
     activities                                   34,685,777      (4,352,925)

    CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
    Proceeds from sales of short-term
     investments                                      39,521         274,329
    Purchase of property, plant and equipment        (44,643)       (168,857)
    Purchase of intangible assets                    (14,058)         (5,825)
    Payment of merger expenses for reverse
     acquisition                                    (275,000)             --
    Repayment from (advance to) other
     entities                                     11,602,932     (14,907,083)
    Net cash provided by (used in) investing
     activities                                   11,308,752     (14,807,436)

    CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
    (Repayment to) advance from shareholders      (8,379,242)     16,371,471
    Decrease (increase) in restricted cash        (1,979,672)      1,260,985
    Settlement of payable for intangibles         (5,965,488)             --
    Proceeds from Private Placement               24,552,378              --
    Net cash provided by financing activities      8,227,976      17,632,456

    Effect of foreign currency translation on
     cash                                             (2,890)         (3,374)

    Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash
     equivalents                                  54,219,615      (1,531,279)

    Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of
     year                                          5,018,813       6,550,092

    CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of year       $59,238,428      $5,018,813

    SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE INFORMATION:
    Cash paid for interests                         $236,264        $262,146
    Cash paid for income tax                            $816            $647

    NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING
     TRANSACTIONS:
    Shareholders' forgiveness of debt
     contributed as capital                       $9,377,931             $--
    Payable for intangibles                              $--      $5,941,459

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