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SinoCoking Third Quarter Net Income Increases 283% to Approximately $3 Million

PINGDINGSHAN, China, May 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SinoCoking Coal and Coke Chemical Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:SCOK), a vertically integrated producer of clean energy products located in Henan Province, today reported financial results for the third fiscal quarter and nine-month period ended March 31, 2015.

A summary of financial results and business highlights is outlined below.

Third Fiscal Quarter Financial Highlights:

  • Net income of $2,989,851 ($0.12 per share) increased 283%, compared to net income of $781,065 ($0.04 per share) in Q3 2014.
  • Gross profit margin improved to 37% vs. 22%, primarily from syngas higher profit margin.
  • Prior to adjustments for interest expense of $1.26 million and a noncash gain for the change in fair value of warrants of $1.89 million, operating income was $3.08 million vs. $2.07 million in the prior year.
  • Year-over-year revenue was $10.86 million vs. $10.99 million. A decline in revenue from traditional coal and coke products was offset by rising syngas sales.

Nine-Month Financial Highlights:

  • Net income of $4,418,452 ($0.19 per share) increased 141%, compared to net income of $1,835,291 ($0.09 per share) in the comparable year-ago period.
  • Gross profit margin improved to 24% vs. 18%, aided by the sale of syngas in the second half of the nine-month period.
  • Prior to adjustments for interest expense of $4.26 million and a noncash gain for the change in fair value of warrants of $5.32 million, operating income was $4.97 million vs. $6.06 million in the prior year.
  • Year-over-year revenue was $37.11 million vs. $41.68 million. As a result of change in revenue mix, we were able to achieve higher net income in spite of lower overall revenues.

For the third fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2015, SinoCoking derived 49% of its revenue from coke products, 4% from coal products and 47% from syngas products, as compared with 94% from coke products and 6% for coal products for the three months ended March 31, 2014, when there was no syngas production. For the nine-month period ended March 31, 2015, coal, coke and syngas products accounted for 69%, 11% and 20% of revenue, respectively, as compared with 86% from coke products and 14% from coal products in the comparable year-ago period.

"We are excited by the rapid ramp-up and success of our syngas program during a time when there has been a nationwide softening of demand for both coal and coking products," said SinoCoking CEO Mr. Jianhua Lv. "We will continue to expand our business from coal and coke products to clean-burning energy products; and, with continued improvements in our operation technology and expansion of production capacity, we expect syngas to contribute a progressively higher proportion of future revenue."

Mr. Lv said the company's second aboveground facility in Henan Province has completed construction and is expected to double total syngas output to approximately 50,000 cubic meters per hour by the end of the current quarter.

With current and projected production schedules for both facilities, Mr. Lv estimated that at $0.10 per cubic meter, total syngas output in calendar 2015 should range between 272.6 million and 344.89 million cubic meters and, on that basis, would contribute between $27.26 million – $34.49 million to SinoCoking's total revenue during that period. He noted that revenue contribution month-to-month may vary from company estimates due to the influence of certain operational and market factors.

Of the $45.11 million in current maturities of long-term loans recorded at the close of Q3 2015, about $29.41 million is due on October 2, 2015 and $12.74 million is due on April 2, 2016. According to Mr. Lv, "We intend to negotiate with the lender, Bairui Trust, to further extend the maturity dates of these outstanding loans by an additional two to three years, and to repay the loans through our operational cash flow. However, we cannot guarantee success in such negotiations and we will continue to explore additional options for financing our growth."

SinoCoking's operations and financial condition for the third fiscal quarter and nine-month period ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 are more fully discussed in its Form 10-Q on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are encouraged to carefully review the Form 10-Q for a complete analysis of the company's results from operations and financial condition.

For additional information on SinoCoking, please go to http://www.scokchina.com or refer to the company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (http://www.scokchina.com/sec-filings.html). Investors wishing to receive SinoCoking's corporate communications as they become available may go to the company's Investor Relations site (http://www.scokchina.com/corporate-overview.html) and register under Email Alerts.

Also, investors may submit questions directly to Mr. Lv and his staff to receive non-confidential information about the company's operations and products at the company's "Ask Management" blog (http://www.scokchina.com/ask-management.html).

About SinoCoking

SinoCoking Coal and Coke Chemical Industries, Inc. (www.scokchina.com), a Florida corporation, is an emerging producer of clean energy products located in Pingdingshan, Henan Province, China. The company has historically been a vertically-integrated coal and coke processor of basic and value-added coal products for steel manufacturers, power generators, and various industrial users. SinoCoking has been producing metallurgical coke since 2002, and acts as a key supplier to regional steel producers in central China. SinoCoking also produces and supplies thermal coal to its customers in central China. SinoCoking currently owns its assets and conducts its operations through its subsidiaries, Top Favour Limited and Pingdingshan Hongyuan Energy Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd., and its affiliated companies, Henan Province Pingdingshan Hongli Coal & Coke Co., Ltd., Baofeng Coking Factory, Baofeng Hongchang Coal Co., Ltd., Baofeng Hongguang Environment Protection Electricity Generating Co., Ltd., Zhonghong Energy Investment Company, Henan Hongyuan Coal Seam Gas Engineering Technology Co., Ltd., Baofeng Shuangri Coal Mining Co., Ltd., and Baofeng Xingsheng Coal Mining Co., Ltd.

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SINOCOKING COAL AND COKE CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
March 31, June 30,
2015 2014
(Unaudited)
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash $ 103,831 $ 191,992
Accounts receivable, net 16,476,915 8,946,435
Other receivables and deposits 4,973,125 5,787,232
Loans receivable -- 8,032,037
Inventories 1,987,291 7,419,821
Advances to suppliers 9,302,744 8,700,022
Prepaid expenses 41,669 --
Total current assets 32,885,575 39,077,539
PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net 21,476,310 14,426,319
CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS 47,159,165 40,389,961
OTHER ASSETS
Refundable deposits 4,901,480 4,873,928
Prepayments 62,165,079 61,815,632
Intangible assets, net 32,434,960 32,305,697
Long-term investments 2,914,617 2,898,233
Other assets 114,368 113,725
Total other assets 102,530,504 102,007,215
Total assets $ 204,051,554 $ 195,901,034
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Current portion of long term loans $ 45,111,059 $ 20,795,425
Accounts payable, trade 45,403 2,978,326
Other payables and accrued liabilities 2,951,444 2,460,113
Other payables - related party 1,893,226 526,699
Acquisition payable 4,738,098 4,711,463
Customer deposits 80,151 79,701
Taxes payable 1,637,330 765,421
Current portion of warrants liability 289,481 --
Total current liabilities 56,746,192 32,317,148
LONG TERM LIABILITIES
Long term loans -- 29,243,566
Warrants liability 4,442,823 16
Total long term liabilities 4,442,823 29,243,582
Total liabilities 61,189,015 61,560,730
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
EQUITY
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 23,960,217 shares and 21,121,372 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2014, respectively 23,960 21,121
Additional paid-in capital 6,846,397 3,592,053
Statutory reserves 3,689,941 3,689,941
Retained earnings 116,713,859 112,295,407
Accumulated other comprehensive income 11,256,782 10,410,182
Total SinoCoking Coal and Coke Chemicals Industries, Inc's equity 138,530,939 130,008,704
NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS 4,331,600 4,331,600
Total equity 142,862,539 134,340,304
Total liabilities and equity $ 204,051,554 $ 195,901,034
SINOCOKING COAL AND COKE CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(UNAUDITED)
For the Three Months Ended For the Nine Months Ended
March 31, March 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
REVENUE $ 10,860,134 $ 10,993,882 $ 37,111,289 $ 41,678,105
COST OF REVENUE 6,846,870 8,545,142 28,128,833 34,076,508
GROSS PROFIT 4,013,264 2,448,740 8,982,456 7,601,597
OPERATING EXPENSES:
Selling 34,585 37,723 103,840 118,351
General and administrative 894,165 342,598 3,911,414 1,421,425
Total operating expenses 928,750 380,321 4,015,254 1,539,776
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS 3,084,514 2,068,419 4,967,202 6,061,821
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)
Interest income 190 58,895 165,297 426,235
Interest expense (1,264,104) (872,615) (4,263,658) (2,963,194)
Other finance expense (563) (27,689) (52,462) (177,949)
Change in fair value of warrants 1,889,365 -- 5,315,068 12
Total other income (expense), net 624,888 (841,409) 1,164,245 (2,714,896)
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 3,709,402 1,227,010 6,131,447 3,346,925
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES 719,551 445,945 1,712,995 1,511,634
NET INCOME 2,989,851 781,065 4,418,452 1,835,291
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
Foreign currency translation adjustment 676,095 (1,236,437) 846,600 365,320
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) $ 3,665,946 $ (455,372) $ 5,265,052 $ 2,200,611
WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES
Basic and diluted 23,960,217 21,121,372 23,076,987 21,121,372
EARNINGS PER SHARE
Basic and diluted $ 0.12 $ 0.04 $ 0.19 $ 0.09
SINOCOKING COAL AND COKE CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED)
For the Nine Months Ended March 31,
2015 2014
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income $ 4,418,452 $ 1,835,291
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation 1,052,240 640,309
Amortization and depletion 53,126 53,250
Bad debt expense 1,645,659 89,298
Change in fair value of warrants (5,315,068) (12)
Amortization of prepaid expenses 58,331 --
Change in operating assets and liabilities
Accounts receivable, trade (8,428,248) (38,624)
Other receivables 841,985 (1,406,410)
Inventories 5,450,252 (2,219,390)
Advances to suppliers (1,215,314) (1,957,529)
Prepaid expenses -- --
Accounts payable, trade (2,936,709) 1,666,570
Other payables and accrued liabilities (807,441) 754,872
Customer deposits -- (81,519)
Taxes payable 863,744 (87,979)
Net cash used in operating activities (4,318,991) (751,873)
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Collection of principal of loans receivable 8,232,037 --
Loan out principal of loans receivable (200,000) --
Payments of construction in progress (6,511,939) --
Purchase of equipment (7,040,567) --
Net cash used in investing activities (5,520,469) --
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Change in restricted cash -- 9,782,343
Payments of note payable -- (9,782,343)
Repayment of short-term loans - Bairui Trust (8,132,990) --
Proceeds from short-term loans - CPL 2,958,329 --
Proceeds from short-term loans - others -- 162,700
Repayment of short-term loans - others -- (162,700)
Proceeds from issuance of common shares 13,204,539 --
Proceeds from (payment to) related parties 1,380,735 176,962
Net cash provided by financing activities 9,410,613 176,962
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE ON CASH 340,686 (2,766)
DECREASE IN CASH (88,161) (577,677)
CASH, beginning of period 191,992 782,018
CASH, end of period $ 103,831 $ 204,341
SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION:
Cash paid for income tax $ 1,330,554 $ 1,292,053
Cash paid for interest expense $ 4,893,353 $ 1,910,285
NON-CASH TRANSACTIONS OF INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Reclassification of salary payable to related parties to other payable to related parties $ -- $ 190,000.00
Common share issued for the payment of a service fee $ 100,000 $ --
Issuance of warrants related to the sale of common stock $ 10,047,356 $ --
Transfer of construction in progress into plant and equipment $ 7,040,567 $ --

CONTACT: SinoCoking Song Lv, Chief Financial Officer + 86-375-2882-999 lvsong@sinocoking.net http://www.scokchina.com/ Investor Relations Counsel: Jimmy Caplan, Asia IR-PR +1-512-329-9505 jimmy@asia-irpr.com http://asia-irpr.com/Source:SinoCoking Coal and Coke Chemical Industries. Inc.