BEIJING, May 10, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- China Agritech, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAGC) ("China Agritech", or the "Company"), a leading organic compound fertilizer manufacturer and distributor in the People's Republic of China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010.
Financial Highlights -- Net revenue increased 109% year-over-year to $15.3 million; -- Gross profit increased 90% year-over-year to $6.4 million on a 41.6% gross margin; -- Excluding non-cash charges reflecting the change in fair value of warrants issued and stock compensation of $9.6 million, non-GAAP net income increased 210% year-over-year to $3.3 million; -- Non-GAAP fully diluted EPS $0.18, up 100% from $0.09 in 2009, on a higher weighted average number of shares outstanding; -- GAAP net loss was $6.4 million, or $0.37 loss per diluted share; -- Cash and cash equivalents were $28.7 million; -- Net cash flow from operation was $8.3 million for the first quarter.
Mr. Yu Chang, Chief Executive Officer of China Agritech, commented, "We are excited to report another strong quarter. First quarter is typically the slow season. However, our liquid and granular fertilizer sales remained strong. As severe climate changes and natural disasters continue to unfold in many parts of the agricultural provinces in China, agricultural product supplies becomes increasingly important in balancing demand for an already undersupplied population. With the increasing acceptance of organic fertilizers among Chinese farmers, we are confident that our liquid and granular organic fertilizer bundle will continue to help farmers increase their yields." First Quarter 2010 Results Summary of Financial Results (Thousand US dollars, except earnings per share) For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2010 2009 Total revenue $15,354 $7,347 GAAP Net income (Loss) (6,365) 1,053 Stock-based compensation 155 -- Loss on change in fair value of warrants 9,477 -- Adjustments to the Net Income 9,632 -- Non-GAAP Net Income 3,267 1,053 GAAP Diluted (loss)earning per share (0.37) 0.09 Adjustment to diluted EPS 0.55 0.00 Non-GAAP diluted EPS 0.18 0.09 Net revenue for the first quarter of 2010 grew by 109% to $15.3 million from sales in the first quarter of 2009 of $7.3 million. Revenues in the first quarter of 2010 were approximately derived equally from organic liquid and organic granular sales. Liquid sales of $8.1 million were 11% higher than the same quarter last year primarily due to new markets established in the southern and central parts of the country. Sales of our new granular products were $7.2 million in 2010 whereas there were no granular sales in the first quarter of 2009.
Gross profit increased 90% year-over-year to approximately $6.4 million. Gross margin for the quarter was 42%, down from 46 in the first quarter of 2009. The lower gross margin was primarily due to the change in the product mix as the Company introduced granular organic compound fertilizer in the second half of 2009. Granular organic fertilizer carries a lower margin than liquid organic fertilizer, but presents a substantially larger market. Organic granular fertilizer and organic liquid fertilizer products recorded 29% and 53% gross profit margin, respectively, in the first quarter of 2010.
Selling expenses were $0.6 million, or 4% of revenue compared with $0.4 million and 6% of revenue in the first quarter of 2009.
Operating and administrative expenses during the quarter were $1.6 million, compared with $0.98 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009. The increase in operating and administrative expenses was mostly due to more legal, professional and listing fees for the Company listing its shares on the Global Market of Nasdaq, higher personnel expenses, and non-cash compensation charges for the issuance of stock options. The percentage of operating and administrative expenses decreased to 10% in the first quarter of 2010 from 13% in the first quarter of 2009. The percentage decrease was mainly attributable to effective cost control measures and greater operational leverage as the top line continues to rise.
Income from operations was approximately $4.3 million in the first quarter, up 115% from $2.0 million in the same quarter of last year. Operating margin for the 2010 first quarter was 28%, compared with the 27% in the first quarter last year. Higher sales combined with effective cost controls, resulted in the rise in operating income.
GAAP net loss was $6.4 million, with diluted loss per share of $0.37, compared with net income of $1.3 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.09 in the first quarter of 2009. Excluding non-cash charges for the change in fair value of warrants issued and stock compensation, non-GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders for the first quarter of 2010 was $3.3 million, up 210% from the same period last year. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.18 versus $0.09 for the same quarter in 2009. Diluted weighted average number of shares (GAAP basis) outstanding for the first quarter of 2010 were 17.0 million compared with diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding of 12.3 million in the first quarter of 2009.
As of March 31, 2010, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $28.7 million as compared to $20.3 million on December 31 2009. Net cash flow from operating activities was $8.3 million.
Recent Events Subsequent to the first quarter of 2010, on May 4th, China Agritech completed an offering of 1,420,459 shares of common stocks, including the over allotment, at a price of $16.10 per share. The Company received gross proceeds of approximately $23.0 million. Net proceeds from this offering are expected to establish branded large-scale distribution centers, and the remaining net proceeds, if any, will be used for working capital and general corporate purposes.
Business Outlook The Company reiterates its guidance for the year ending December 31, 2010 with revenues expected to reach approximately $114 million and non-GAAP net income, which excludes the change in the fair value of warrants issued and stock-based compensation, of approximately $23.5 million, representing a year-over-year growth of 50% and 45% on revenues and non-GAAP net income respectively. These targets are based upon the Company's current views on operating and market conditions, which are subject to change. This guidance follows 68.3% revenue growth in 2009. The Company will periodically update this guidance.
"We remain confident that 2010 will be another strong year for us, as our production capacity is expanding and market acceptance for our granular organic fertilizer is growing. We will continue to strengthen our channels and services to attract more farmers to test and adopt our products. As the Chinese government continues to increase agricultural investment, agricultural material subsidies directly for farmers to purchase fertilizers are expected to increase year-by-year. After seven consecutive years of grain harvest, the overall fertilizer consumption is likely to remain at a high level in 2010. We continue to position ourselves as a greener and more sustainable alternative to chemical fertilizers. We look forward to chipping away market shares from our chemical counterparts in 2010," Mr. Yu Chang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of China Agritech concluded.
Conference Call The Company will host a conference call, to be simultaneously web cast, on Monday, May 10, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, or 8:00 p.m. Beijing Time.
To participate, please call the following phone numbers: United States 1-866-519-4004 China, Domestic 800-819-0121-Landline Hong Kong 852-2475-0994 Canada 866-386-1016 International Toll Dial-In Number: +656-723-9381 Conference ID # 73237864 A live web cast of the conference call will be available on China Agritech's website at http://www.chinaagritechinc.com . Please visit the website at least 15 minutes early to register for the web cast and download any necessary audio software.
A web cast replay will be available on the Company's website, and the call replay will be available through Monday, May 17, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. To access the replay, please call the following phone numbers: United States Dial-In #: 1-866-214-5335 Canada Dial-In #: 1-800-301-5423 China North Dial-In #: 10-800-714-0386 China South Dial-In #: 10-800-140-0386 Hong Kong Dial-In #: 800-901-596 International Dial-In #: +61 2 8235 5000 Conference ID # 73237864 About China Agritech, Inc.
China Agritech, Inc. is engaged in the development, manufacture and distribution of liquid and granular organic compound fertilizers and related products in China. The Company has developed proprietary formulas that provide a continuous supply of high-quality agricultural products while maintaining soil fertility.
The Company sells its products to farmers located in 28 provinces of China.
For more information about the Company, please visit http://www.chinaagritechinc.com .
Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains certain statements that may be deemed to be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, without limitation, statements about its business or growth strategy, general industry conditions, future operating results of the Company, capital expenditures, expansion and growth opportunities, financing activities and other such matters, are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that its expectations stated in this press release are based on reasonable assumptions, actual results may differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are or will be described in greater detail in our filings with the SEC. Except as required by law, China Agritech is under no obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures The Company makes reference to non-GAAP financial measures. Management believes that investors may find it useful to review our financial results that exclude the non-cash expenses of stock based compensation and change in fair value of warrants issued to The Carlyle Group as a result of the adoption of a Financial Accounting Standards Board's ("FASB") ASC 815 (EITF 07-05) accounting standard effective from January 1 2009.
Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in that they provide supplemental information to possibly better understand the underlying business trends and operating performance of the Company. The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate operating performance. However, non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP.
For more information, please contact: In China: Mr. Gareth Tang Chief Financial Officer China Agritech, Inc.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org In the U.S.: Mr. Kevin Theiss Investor Relations Grayling Tel: +1-646-284-9409 Email: email@example.com - Tables to follow - CHINA AGRITECH, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS MARCH 31, DECEMBER 31, 2010 2009 ASSETS (Unaudited) (Audited) Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents $28,670,837 $20,313,089 Accounts receivable, net 43,341,716 39,256,098 Inventories 13,607,662 6,606,095 Advances to suppliers 12,889,971 25,348,687 Prepayments and other receivables 2,864,593 2,287,220 Total Current Assets 101,374,779 93,811,189 Property, plant and equipment, net 5,836,267 5,980,696 Construction in progress 424,128 424,006 Intangible assets, net 381,926 397,507 Total Assets $108,017,100 $100,613,398 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current Liabilities Accounts payable $4,014,855 $62,616 Accrued expenses and other payables 1,603,498 1,394,357 Warrant liabilities 29,635,346 20,157,869 Taxes payable 1,616,406 1,695,665 Total Current Liabilities 36,870,105 23,310,507 Stockholders' Equity Preferred stock: $0.001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, none issued -- -- Common stock: $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized, 17,002,542 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009 17,003 17,003 Additional paid in capital 34,853,025 34,698,079 Statutory reserves 2,195,818 2,195,818 Accumulated other comprehensive income 5,777,832 5,723,265 Retained earnings 28,303,317 34,668,726 Total Equity 71,146,995 77,302,891 Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $108,017,100 $100,613,398 CHINA AGRITECH, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS) MARCH 31, MARCH 31, FOR THREE MONTHS ENDED 2010 2009 Net revenue $15,353,857 $7,347,376 Cost of revenue (8,970,221) (3,978,685) Gross profit 6,383,636 3,368,691 Operating expenses: Selling expenses (559,769) (405,719) Operating and administrative expenses (1,562,001) (983,675) Total operating expenses (2,121,770) (1,389,934) Income from operations 4,261,866 1,979,297 Other income/(expenses): Interest income 11,346 2,573 Exchange (loss)/gain, net (165) (447) Changes in fair value of warrants classified as derivatives (9,477,477) -- Total other income/(expense), net (9,466,296) 2,126 (Loss)/Income before income taxes (5,204,430) 1,981,423 Income tax expenses (1,160,979) (714,278) Net (loss)/ income (6,365,409) 1,267,145 Net income attributable to non-controlling interest -- (214,283) Net (loss)/income attributable to China Agritech stockholders $(6,365,409) $1,052,862 (Loss)/Earnings per share attributable to China Agritech common stockholders: - Basic $(0.37) $0.09 - Diluted $(0.37) $0.09 Weighted average shares outstanding: - Basic 17,002,542 12,349,808 - Diluted 17,002,542 12,349,808 as retroactively adjusted for the 1-for-4 reverse stock split on September 8, 2009 and the 2-for-1 forward stock split on February 1, 2010.
CHINA AGRITECH, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS MARCH 31, MARCH 31, FOR THREE MONTHS ENDED 2010 2009 Cash flows from operating activities: Net (loss)/ income $(6,365,409) $1,267,145 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities: Share-based compensation 154,947 -- Depreciation and amortization of property, plant and equipment 190,116 152,442 Amortization of intangible assets 15,708 -- Allowance for doubtful debts (437) -- Changes in fair value of warrants classified as derivatives 9,477,477 -- Decrease / (Increase) in current assets: Accounts receivable (4,085,181) (1,287,193) Inventories (7,001,568) (6,460,298) Advances to suppliers 12,458,716 215,676 Prepayments and other receivable (577,372) 170,089 (Decrease) / Increase in current liabilities: Accounts payable 3,952,239 369,294 Tax payables (79,259) 13,053 Accrued expenses and other payables 209,142 154,357 Net cash used in operating activities 8,349,119 (5,405,435) Cash flows from investing activities: Acquisition of property, plant and equipment (45,687) (598) Deposit paid for acquisition of non controlling interest -- (1,000,000) Net cash used in investing activities (45,687) (1,000,598) Effect of exchange rate change on cash and cash equivalents 54,316 (62,947) Net increase/ (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 8,357,748 (6,468,980) Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 20,313,089 11,952,235 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $28,670,837 $5,483,255 Supplement disclosure of cash flow information: Cash paid for income tax $1,282,063 $714,278 Non cash Investment and Financing Activity Acquisition of non-controlling interest funded by issuance of stock -- $(1,000,000) The following table shows statement of income data on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis reconciling the GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP adjusted net income and earnings per share information should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income and earnings per share as determined in accordance with GAAP, since it omits the impact of the change in fair value of warrants. Management believes that the presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure is warranted and useful to its stockholders because it provides an additional analytical tool for understanding the Company's financial performance by excluding certain items that may obscure trends in the core operating performance of the Company's business.
Three Months Ended March 31 2010 2009 Adjusted Net Income available to Common shareholders -non-GAAP $ 3,267,015 $ 1,052,862 Subtract: Change in fair value of warrants $ (9,477,477) $ 0 Stock based compensation $ (154,947) $ 0 Net Income (Loss) -GAAP $ (6,365,409) $ 1,052,862 Adjusted basic earning per share non- GAAP $ 0.19 $ 0.09 Subtract: Change in fair value of warrant $ (0.56) $ 0.00 Stock based compensation $ (0.00) $ 0.00 Basic earning per share - GAAP $ (0.37) $ 0.09 Adjusted diluted earning per share non- GAAP $ 0.18 $ 0.09 Subtract: Change in fair value of warrant $ (0.55) $ 0.00 Stock based compensation $ (0.00) $ 0.00 No dilution effect because of loss $ 0.01 $ 0.00 Diluted earning per share-GAAP $ (0.37) 0.09 Weighted average number of shares - GAAP* Basic 17,002,542 12,349,808 Diluted 17,002,542 12,349,808 Weighted average number of shares - non GAAP* Basic 17,002,542 12,349,808 Diluted 17,992,535 12,349,808 *as retroactively adjusted for the 1-for-4 reverse stock split on September 8, 2009 and the 2-for-1 forward stock split on February 1, 2010.
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