ZIBO CITY, China, March 30, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- China Chemical Corp. (OTCBB:CHCC) ("China Chemical" or the "Company"), a manufacturer of organic chemicals, today announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010. The Company's primary products are Phthalic Anhydride and Maleic Anhydride, which have a wide variety of applications in the construction, automotive, aviation, marine, and consumer goods industries.
Fiscal Year 2010 Financial Highlights
- Revenues for the 2010 fiscal year increased by 32.9% year-over-year to $75.7 million, up from $56.9 million in 2009.
- Gross profit for the year was $17.0 million, an increase of 56.0% compared to $10.9 million in 2009. Gross margin was 22.4% and 19.1% in 2010 and 2009, respectively.
- Operating income increased 60.4% year-over-year to $15.3 million, as compared to $9.6 million in 2009.
- Net income after tax increased 37.1% year-over-year to $13.7 million, compared to $10.0 million in the previous year.
- Earnings per basic and diluted share were $0.61 for the 2010 fiscal year, compared with basic and diluted EPS of $0.50 in the previous year.
Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights
- Revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2010 increased by 38.7% year-over-year to $23.9 million, up from $17.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.
- Gross profit for the fourth quarter was $6.4 million, an increase of 52.2% as compared to $4.2 million in 2009. Gross margin was 26.9% and 24.5% for the three months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively.
- Operating income increased 51.8% year-over-year to $5.8 million, as compared to $3.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.
- Net income after tax for the three months ended December 31, 2010 was $4.7 million, an increase of 27.9% as compared to $3.7 million for the same period in 2009.
- Earnings per basic and diluted share were $0.16 for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with basic and diluted EPS of $0.18 in the fourth quarter of 2009.
China Chemical's Chairman and CEO, Mr. Lu Feng, stated, "2010 was an exciting year for China Chemical, as we entered the U.S. capital markets and reached a milestone in our expansion strategy by completing our new 30,000-ton maleic anhydride facility. The new facility doubled our production capacity of MAH, our most profitable product, and our average selling price for MAH rose 48.6% in 2010 due to strong market demand, which also boosted revenue and gross profit. We achieved strong organic growth this year, with both top- and bottom-line growth well above 30% and a sales mix increase in MAH from 30% to more than 35% of total sales."
"Looking forward," Mr. Lu continued, "our outlook for 2011 is equally optimistic, as we will benefit from the revenue contribution of the new MAH plant, which became fully operational in January 2011. Progress on our 50,000-ton 1,4-butanediol facility remains on track following the beginning of site development in late 2010. Following its completion in 2013, we will be able to supply all of the plant's MAH feedstock needs internally thanks to our new MAH expansion facility. We are very confident in our ability to achieve strong sustained growth and profitability for the next several years."
Fiscal Year 2010 Results of Operations
Revenues for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010 were $75.7 million, compared to $56.9 million in 2009. The increase of 32.9%, or $18.8 million, was primarily due to increased sales of the Company's two primary chemical products, phthalic anhydride ("PA") and maleic anhydride ("MAH"). Sales of PA and MAH grew 24.4% and 56.8% year-over-year and made up 44.9% and 35.5% of total 2010 revenues, respectively.
Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $17.0 million or 22.4% of total revenues, as compared to $10.9 million or 19.1% of total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2009. The increase of 56.0%, or $6.1 million, was primarily attributable to sales volume growth and an improvement in gross margin due to low growth in raw material prices.
Income from Operations
Operating income totaled $15.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2010 as compared to operating income of $9.6 million for the previous year. The increase of 60.4%, or $5.8 million, was due to the corresponding increase in revenues. General and administrative expenses grew 23.3% due to professional and consulting fees related to the Company's entrance into the U.S. capital market.
Net income after tax for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $13.7 million, an increase of 37.1%, or $3.7 million, as compared to $10.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2009, due to the reasons set forth above. Earnings per basic and diluted share were $0.61 for the year, compared with basic and diluted EPS of $0.50 for the previous year.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of December 31, 2010, the Company's current assets were $129.6 million and current liabilities were $147.4 million. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $3.3 million as of December 31, 2010. The Company's shareholders' equity at December 31, 2010 was $258.1 million. The Company had $6.7 million in cash used in operating activities in 2010, compared to cash provided by operating activities of $10.5 million in 2009. The Company used $33.4 million in net cash for investing activities during 2010, compared to $33.0 million in 2009. Net cash provided by financing activities was $40.3 million in 2010, compared to $23.1 million in 2009.
Recent Business Highlights
- The Company applied to be listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market exchange in November 2010. The Company has received and responded to initial comments from NASDAQ and is awaiting further guidance.
- China Chemical completed its new 30,000-ton MAH plant and began testing it in November 2010. The facility became fully operational in January 2011, and the Company has also begun site development for its 50,000-ton BDO co-generation plant, which is expected to be completed in 2013.
- On January 12, 2011, China Chemical began trading on the OTC Bulletin Board. The Company's shares are also quoted on the OTCQB, a newly created marketplace of companies that are registered and reporting to the SEC.
- The Company received certification from the PRC government as a high-tech enterprise, which will grant it a 15% corporate income tax rate through fiscal 2013, as compared to the 25% statutory corporate income tax rate.
- The Company received three patents for proprietary technologies its employees use in daily operations. The patents relate to the Company's integrated wastewater treatment unit, tail gas absorber, and improved dust and gas protection mask, all of which were developed internally by the Company's staff.
Conference Call and Webcast
Management will host a conference call to discuss these financial results on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time (7:00 a.m. Pacific).
To participate in the call, please dial (877) 941-1427, or (480) 629-9664 for international calls, approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
A replay of the call will be available for two weeks from 1:00 p.m. EDT on April 1, 2011, until 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 15, 2011. The number for the replay is (877) 870-5176, or (858) 384-5517 for international calls; the passcode for the replay is 4430604.
About China Chemical Corp.
China Chemical Corp. is a Zibo City, China-based manufacturer of organic chemical compounds used in high-performance plastics, PVC, elastic fibers, paints, tires, insulation, flooring, adhesives, medicines, food processing, ink, and paper. The Company's primary products are Phthalic Anhydride (PA) and Maleic Anhydride (MAH), which have a wide variety of applications in the construction, automotive, aviation, marine, and consumer goods industries. China Chemical currently has the capacity to produce 60,000 tons of MAH and 50,000 tons of PA annually. The Company began site development in October 2010 for a 50,000-ton-capacity 1,4 butanediol (BDO) co-generation plant.
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