updated 5/16/2011 4:18:14 PM ET 2011-05-16T20:18:14

  • Revenues increase 479% to $49.7 million

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- China Armco Metals, Inc. (AMEX:CNAM) ("China Armco" or the "Company"), a distributor of imported metal ore and metal recycler with a new state-of-the-art scrap metal recycling facility in China, today announced its financial results for its first quarter and full year 2010.

SUMMARY FINANCIALS

 
First quarter 2011 Results
  Q1 2011 Q1 2010 CHANGE
Revenue $49.7 million $8.6 million 479%
Gross Profit $3.2 million $0.6 million 467%
Net Income $0.6 million $0.1 million 936%
EPS (Fully Diluted) $0.04 $0.01  634%

First Quarter of 2011 Financial Results

For the quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared to same period of 2010, net revenue rose 479% to $49.7 million due to strong trading revenues. China Armco sold 253,249 tons of iron ore and various other ores through its trading business compared to a total of 63,171 tons in the first quarter of 2010, at an average price of $438 per ton. China Armco's metal recycling business contributed $6.3 million in sales during the first three months of 2011, as the business started to ramp back up. There were no comparable sales as our recycling facility was not in operation in the first quarter of 2010.

Mr. Kexuan Yao, Chairman and CEO of China Armco stated, "Our first quarter reflects the strength of a diversified business model and our ability to secure meaningful new customers which culminated into a return to profitability. We expect a ramp up in sales in both our metal trading and recycling businesses under a backdrop of robust steel production and demand across China. Developing strong relationships with strategic customers and suppliers such as Mineracao Usiminas S.A. ("MUSA"), will enable us to fully leverage our operating model to generate incremental revenue and profitability."

Gross profit for the first quarter of 2011 increased 467% to $3.2 million, compared to $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2010. Gross profit for trading was $2.8 million and $0.4 million for metal recycling. Gross margin was flat year-over-year at 6.4%.

Operating expenses increased $0.9 million to $1.8 million for the first quarter of 2011 due to increased sales and marketing expenses related to higher orders. As a percent of sales, operating expenses were 3.6% and 10.7% in the first quarter of 2011 and 2010, respectively, reflecting positive operating leverage from significantly higher sales.

Operating income for the first quarter of 2011 was $1.4 million compared to an operating loss of $0.4 million in the first quarter of 2010.

Net income for the first quarter of 2011 was $0.6 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to $0.1 million or $0.01 per share for the same period last year. The weighted average diluted shares outstanding increased from 12.1 million in the first quarter of 2010 to 15.3 million in the first quarter of 2011, due to an equity raise and converted warrants during 2010.

Financial Condition

As of March 31, 2011, the Company had $5.7 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $3.1 million at the end of 2010. Working capital was $12.2 million and a current ratio of 1.2:1 on March 31, 2011 compared to 8.5 million and 1.4:1 on March 31, 2010. Total accounts receivable were $30.5 million at the end of the first quarter of 2011 compared to $19.1 million at year-end 2010 due to the $22.4 million accounts in receivable related to the sale of 150,000 MT of iron ore, which approximately $22 million was collected in April, 2011. As of March 31, 2011, shareholders' equity was $43 million, essentially flat from December 31, 2010. Management believes the working capital is adequate to fund operations for the coming 12 months.

The Company had a $9.2 million net cash outflow from operations the first quarter of 2011 compared to a net inflow of $15.4 million in the same period last year. China Armco increased inventories by $8.5 million in anticipation of higher production at its recycling facilities. The Company has bank facilities, which provide for cash borrowings or the issuance of commercial letters of credit required in its metal ore trading business, aggregating $95 million. Approximately $53 million was available under these facilities at March 31, 2011.

Business Updates

China Armco had several large metal trading orders in the first quarter of 2011. On March 17, 2011, the Company delivered its first shipment of 150,000 tons of iron value valued at $19.8 million from Mineracao Usiminas S.A. ("MUSA"), which is 70% owned by Usiminas, one of the largest steel producers in Brazil. The strategic relationship with MUSA provides an entry into a new, fast-growing market for China Armco. Subsequent orders are expected from this relationship while the Company is pursuing additional customers to complement growth in this business segment.

The metal recycling business resumed normal operations in January 2011 after the provincial government eliminated power restrictions that were in effect since September. During the first quarter, which ended March 31, the Company sold approximately 14,435 tons of processed scrap steel. The Company currently serves nine clients, several which it also presents on the trading business, and is establishing itself as a quality producer. Management continues to believe that the secular shift to renewable raw material sources and government quotas imposed on steel producers will drive underlying demand for recycled steel. Furthermore, the Company expects to ramp production in its Texas Shredder throughout the remainder of 2011 as it adds new customers and gains more experience in metal recycling production. Enhanced capacity utilization is expected to have a positive variance on margins.

Management began migrating its metal recycling customers to a pre-sold model starting in January 2011. Under this new sales strategy, customers pay China Armco 100% of the total purchase price in advance by issuing a commercial bill from related bank, thereby locking in a set volume and price. This allows the Company to use the proceeds to pay for raw materials, thereby reducing its working capital needs and providing enhanced visibility into future production volumes. Seven customers have transitioned to the pre-selling model so far, and the Company continues to actively solicit existing and new customers.

Conference Call

The Company will conduct a conference call at 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, May 16th, 2011. To attend the call, please use the dial-in information below. When prompted, ask for the "China Armco Metals call" and/or be prepared to provide the conference ID.

Date:  Monday, May 16th, 2011
Time:  5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S.
Conference Line Dial-In (U.S.):  1-877-407-9210
International Dial-In:  1-201-689-8049
Conference ID# 372658:  "China Armco Metals"
Webcast link:  http://www.investorcalendar.com/IC/CEPage.asp?ID=164472

The playback of the webcast can be accessed until May 21st, 2011. To access the webcast, you will need to have the Windows Media Player on your desktop. For the free download of the Media Player, please visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/en/download/default.asp
The Teleconference will be available for replay until 11:59 PM November 15, 2011

-- Replay Number (Toll Free): (877) 660-6853
-- Replay Number (international): (201) 678-7415
-- Account #: 286
-- Conference ID: 372658

About China Armco Metals, Inc.

China Armco Metals, Inc. is engaged in the sale and distribution of metal ore and non-ferrous metals throughout the PRC and is in the recycling business with the recent launch of operations of a metal recycling facility capable of producing up to approximately one million tons per year located on 32 acres of land. China Armco maintains customers throughout China which includes the fastest growing steel producing mills and foundries in the PRC. Raw materials are acquired from a global group of suppliers located in diverse countries, including, but not limited to, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Ukraine and the United States. China Armco's product lines include ferrous and non-ferrous ore, iron ore, chrome ore, nickel ore, magnesium, copper ore, manganese ore and steel billet. The recycling facility is expected to be capable of recycling one million metric tons of scrap metal per year which will position the Company as one of the 10 largest recyclers of scrap metal in China. China Armco estimates the demand for recycled metal market in China will be over 120 million metric tons in 2011. For more information about China Armco, please visit http://www.armcometals.com .

Safe Harbor Statement

In connection with the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, China Armco Metals, Inc., is hereby providing cautionary statements identifying important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements (as defined in such act). Any statements that are not historical facts and that express, or involve discussions as to, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, indicated through the use of words or phrases such as "will likely result," "are expected to," "will continue," "is anticipated," "estimated," "intends," "plans," "believes" and "projects") may be forward-looking and may involve estimates and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, our expectations regarding our revenues and production related to our scrap metal recycling operations and the extent of government imposed energy restrictions and resulting blackouts and impact on our recycling operations.

In addition, any such statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to, and are accompanied by, the following key factors that have a direct bearing on our results of operations:

We caution that the factors described herein could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements we make and that investors should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of such factors. Further, we cannot assess the impact of each such factor on our results of operations or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. This press release is qualified in its entirety by the following, including, but not limited to, any expectations with respect to the Company's revenues and operations, institution of governmental regulations relating to our businesses and the international economic climate, and the cautionary statements and risk factor disclosure contained in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.

 CHINA ARMCO METALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
 CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
     
  March 31, 2011 December 31, 2010
  (Unaudited)  
     
ASSETS     
CURRENT ASSETS:     
Cash   $ 5,667,142  $ 3,097,917
Pledged deposits   9,992,094  12,643,671
Marketable securities   1,985,870  2,890,380
Accounts receivable, net   30,502,727  19,115,019
Inventories   19,001,233  10,439,831
Advance on purchases   7,308,054  6,509,846
Prepaid corporate income taxes   --  --
Prepayments and other current assets   4,840,209  4,729,935
     
Total Current Assets   79,297,329  59,426,599
     
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT     
Property, plant and equipment   35,267,115  34,633,639
Accumulated depreciation   (1,407,094)  (761,515)
     
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net   33,860,021  33,872,124
     
LAND USE RIGHT     
Land use right   2,356,717  2,338,289
Accumulated amortization   (167,143)  (153,965)
     
LAND USE RIGHT, net   2,189,574  2,184,324
     
Total Assets   $ 115,346,924  $ 95,483,047
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY     
CURRENT LIABILITIES:     
Loans payable   $ 28,350,301  $ 24,765,820
Banker's acceptance notes payable   10,304,721  4,174,355
Current maturities of capital lease obligation   700,607  727,756
Current maturities of long-term debt   4,573,101  4,537,342
Accounts payable   12,935,318  3,435,528
Advances received from (paid to) Chairman and CEO   779,394  799,394
Customer deposits   3,335,754  1,345,304
Corporate income tax payable   365,479  1,091,038
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   5,755,954  6,316,568
     
Total Current Liabilities   67,100,629  47,193,105
     
CAPITAL LEASE OBLIGATION, net of current maturities   1,370,011  1,540,915
     
LONG-TERM DEBT, net of current maturities   3,810,918  3,781,119
     
DERIVATIVE LIABILITY   86,920  138,143
     
Total Liabilities  72,368,478  52,653,282
     
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES     
     
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:     
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized;

none issued or outstanding 
 --  --
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 74,000,000 shares authorized, 

14,950,460 and 14,840,948 shares issued and outstanding, respectively 
 14,950  14,841
Additional paid-in capital   29,338,776  28,966,596
Retained earnings   13,277,209  12,711,039
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss):     
Change in unrealized loss on marketable securities   (1,594,654)  (506,278)
Foreign currency translation gain   1,942,165  1,643,567
     
Total Stockholders' Equity   42,978,446  42,829,765
     
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 115,346,924  $ 95,483,047
 
 
 CHINA ARMCO METALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) 
     
  For the three Months

Ended 

March 31, 2011
For the three Months

Ended 

March 31, 2010
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
     
NET REVENUES   $ 49,684,652  $ 8,576,570
     
COST OF GOODS SOLD   46,515,883  8,017,651
     
GROSS PROFIT   3,168,769  558,919
     
OPERATING EXPENSES:     
Selling expenses   271,524  342,705
General and administrative expenses   1,023,574  570,872
Operating cost of Armet idle manufacturing facility   471,350  --
     
Total operating expenses   1,766,448  913,577
     
INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS   1,402,321  (354,658)
     
OTHER (INCOME) EXPENSE:     
Interest income   (4,334)  (225)
Interest expense   554,253  85,115
Foreign currency transaction gain   (183,866)  --
Gain from vendor price adjustment   --  (963,259)
Change in fair value of derivative liability   (51,223)  321,754
Loan guarantee cost   89,666  --
Other (income) expense   256,492  2,400
     
Total other (income) expense   660,988  (554,215)
     
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES   741,333  199,557
     
INCOME TAXES   175,163  146,333
     
NET INCOME   566,170  53,224
     
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS):     
Change in unrealized loss of marketable securities   (1,594,654)  --
Foreign currency translation gain (loss)   298,598  (3,939)
     
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)   $ (729,886)  $ 49,285
     
NET INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE - BASIC AND DILUTED:     
     
Net income per common share - basic and diluted   $ 0.04  $ 0.01
     
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding - basic and diluted   15,320,498  10,571,611
 
 
 CHINA ARMCO METALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 
     
  For the three Months

Ended

March 31, 2011
For the three Months

Ended

March 31, 2010
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
     
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:     
Net income (loss)   $ 566,170  $ (1,605,631)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash 

provided by (used in) operating activities 
   
Depreciation expense   640,225  24,415
Amortization expense   11,965  11,482
Change in fair value of derivative liability   (51,223)  1,980,609
Gain on foreign exchange rate on investment   (183,866)  --
Stock based compensation   185,110  169,494
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:     
Accounts receivable   (11,345,619)  14,986,098
Inventories   (8,481,017)  458,375
Advance on purchases   (746,901)  422,443
Prepayments and other current assets   (529,792)  (2,503,657)
Accounts payable   9,477,183  640,907
Customer deposits   1,979,848  467,609
Taxes payable   (272,380)  (846,233)
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   (417,695)  1,256,788
     
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES   (9,167,992)  15,462,699
     
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:     
Proceeds from release of pledged deposits   15,252,670  1,595,417
Payment made towards pledged deposits   (12,504,818)  (1,030,922)
Purchases of property and equipment   (366,554)  (5,536,245)
     
NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES   2,381,298  (4,971,750)
     
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:     
Proceeds from loans payable   26,882,112  (17,022,321)
Repayment of loans payable   (23,375,825)  --
Banker's acceptance notes payable   6,097,468  --
Repayment of capital lease obligation   (215,933)  --
Proceeds from long-term debt   --  1,462,822
Advances (to) from Chairman and CEO   (20,000)  1,835,137
Proceeds from exercise of warrants   --  6,621,652
     
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES   9,367,822  (7,102,710)
     
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH   (11,902)  (6,958)
     
NET CHANGE IN CASH   2,569,226  3,381,281
     
Cash at beginning of period   3,097,917  743,810
     
Cash at end of period   $ 5,667,142  $ 4,125,091
     
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOWS INFORMATION:     
Cash paid for:     
Interest   $ 554,253  $ 338,133
Income taxes   $ 449,071  $ 974,865
     
NON CASH FINANCING AND INVESTING ACTIVITIES:     
Accrued employee compensation paid in common shares in lieu of cash   $ 187,180  $ --
CONTACT: Investor Relations:
         HC International, Inc.
         Ted Haberfield, Executive VP
         Tel: +1-760-755-2716
         Email: ir@armcometals.com
         Web: www.hcinternational.net
         
         Company:
         U.S. Contact:
         Oliver Hu
         Investor Relations
         China Armco Metals, Inc.
         Office: 650.212.7620
         Email: oliver@armcometals.com
         Website: www.armcometals.com
         
         China Contact:
         Wayne Wu
         China Armco Metals, Inc.
         Office: 021-62375286
         Email: wayne.wu@armcometals.com
         Website: www.armcometals.com

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