updated 11/16/2010 12:47:48 PM ET 2010-11-16T17:47:48

NEW YORK and GUANGZHOU, China, Nov. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sino Green Land Corporation (OTCBB:SGLA), a leading distributor of high-end fruits and green foods in China, today announced financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2010.

Financial highlights:

  • Net sales increased 32.0% to $94.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 compared to the same period last year
  • Gross profit increased 36.4% to $10.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 compared to the same period last year
  • GAAP net income of $5.5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share for the first nine months of 2010
  • Adjusted net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 increased 50.3% to $6.5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, excluding the change in derivative liability, non-cash stock-based compensation and amortization expense
  • $1.1 million of cash and cash equivalents, no long-term debt and shareholder's equity of $35.9 million as of September 30, 2010

Mr. Henry Luo, CEO of Sino Green Land, commented, "We are quite pleased to report 32% revenue growth for the first nine months of 2010 compared to the same period last year. Our revenue for the quarter was relatively flat, as anticipated, due to the fact we sold through much of our apple inventory in the first and second quarters of 2010. Earlier this year, we leased approximately 3,200 acres of additional plantations in Shaanxi. As a result, we expect to see a substantial increase in Fuji apple supply next year as these plantations begin harvesting new fruit. Heading into the fourth quarter, we have a fresh supply of apples from the new harvest season. As a result, we have very good revenue visibility and anticipate very strong growth in the fourth quarter of 2010 and in 2011.

"Although we expect to maintain strong double digit growth in the fruit distribution business going forward, our major emphasis is on launching the green food distribution business. By working closely with both the private and public sectors, our strategy is to centralize the distribution of green foods throughout China. Currently, there are no established channels to ensure the quality or authenticity of these foods. Due to the strong demand for our services from both retailers and green food producers, we are expanding the footprint of the Metro Green distribution hub in Guangzhou from 220,000 square feet, as originally planned, to 330,000 square feet. Although this has delayed the launch of the distribution hub, we expect to begin generating sales from green foods in the fourth quarter of 2010 and expect the hub to officially open in early 2011." 

Mr. Luo concluded, "We believe that with the launch of our green food distribution hub we can rapidly dominate this market. As a result, we are confident the new green food distribution business can achieve annualized sales in excess of $150 million, on a standalone basis, within the next 1-2 years."

Revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2010 decreased 0.5% to $31.0 million, as compared to $31.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009. The decrease was primarily due to limited supply of Fuji apples in storage during the third quarter of 2010 due to strong sales in the first half of 2010.

Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 increased 32.0% to $94.3 million, as compared to $71.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009. The increase was primarily due to higher volume sales of produce and higher average sale prices.

Gross profit increased 3.0% to $3.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010, as compared to $3.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009, representing gross margins of approximately 10.9% and 10.5%, respectively. Gross margins increased due to a decrease in purchase costs during the third quarter of 2010.  

Gross profit increased 36.4% to $10.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, as compared to $7.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009, representing gross margins of approximately 10.7% and 10.4%, respectively. Gross margins were relatively stable since they are largely determined by the margin of the wholesale prices charged by the company's suppliers and the reseller price the company can charge at distribution centers, both of which have remained relatively stable during the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2010 and 2009

Operating income decreased 37.6% to $1.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010, compared to $2.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009, representing operating margins of 4.1% and 6.6%, respectively. The decline in operating margin was primarily due to $360,325 of stock-based compensation expense and additional expenses related to construction of the new green food distribution hub.

Operating income increased 19.1% to $4.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, compared to $4.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009, representing operating margins of 5.1% and 5.6%, respectively. The decline in operating margin was primarily due to $952,146 of stock-based compensation expense and additional expenses related to construction of the new green food distribution hub. 

Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2010 was $1.6 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.5 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the same period last year. The third quarter of 2010 included a non-cash gain of $0.3 million due to a change in derivative liability, related to the fair value of the company's warrants. 2009 included a non-cash loss of $0.3 million due to a change in derivative liability.

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 was $5.5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.4 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the same period last year. The first nine months of 2010 included a non-cash gain of $0.7 million due to a change in derivative liability, related to the fair value of the company's warrants. 2009 included a non-cash loss of $0.3 million due to a change in derivative liability.

Adjusted net income for the third quarter of 2010, which excludes the aforementioned non-cash change in derivative liability, non-cash stock-based compensation and amortization expenses, would have been $1.9 million, or $0.1 per diluted share, compared to $2.4 million, or $0.2 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2009 (see table below for reconciliation to net income). Adjusted net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, which excludes the aforementioned non-cash change in derivative liability, non-cash stock-based compensation and amortization expenses, would have been $6.5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to $4.3 million, or $0.04 per diluted share for the same period last year (see table below for reconciliation to net income). 

As of September 30, 2010, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $1.1 million, no long-term debt and shareholders' equity of $35.9 million.

Table 1: Reconciliation of Reported Net Income and Adjusted Net Income and Net Income per Diluted Share for the Three Months and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010 and 2009:

The Company defines adjusted net income as earnings before non-cash stock-based compensation and amortization expenses. Adjusted net income is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"), and should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, earnings as an indicator of operating performance or cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. The Company believes the presentation of adjusted net income is relevant and useful by enhancing the readers' ability to understand the Company's operating performance. The Company's management utilizes adjusted net income as a means to measure performance. The Company's measurements of adjusted net income may not be comparable to similar titled measures reported by other companies. The table below reconciles adjusted net income, a non-GAAP measure, to net income for the three months ended September 30, 2010 and September 30, 2009.

About Sino Green Land Corporation

Sino Green Land Corporation is a leading agricultural distributor of high end fruits and vegetables in the People's Republic of China. Since its inception in 2003, Sino Green Land has grown from a small distributor of various produce to become a large distributor of high end fruits such as: Fuji apples, emperor bananas and tangerine oranges. Sino Green Land is also a leading Green Food distributor. The Green Food designation is an important standard set by China's Ministry of Agriculture, and recognized by over 40 trade partner countries. Through its relationship with the China Green Food Association, Sino Green Land has access to distribute over 17,000 food items from more than 6,000 producers. The company's Green Food distribution covers both Chinese and overseas markets. Green Foods are a fast growing market within China, and are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world. Sino Green Land has built a solid reputation, a sophisticated supply chain and a distribution network that stretches from Beijing to Guangzhou.

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