China GengSheng Minerals Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results
Revenue Increases 36.4% Year-over-year to $16.2 Million
GONGYI, China, May 16, 2011 – China GengSheng Minerals, Inc. (NYSE Amex: CHGS), a leading China-based high-tech industrial materials manufacturer producing heat-resistant, energy-efficient materials for a variety of industrial applications, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.
First Quarter 2011 Financial Highlights:
First Quarter 2011 and Recent Business Highlights
“We achieved solid year-over-year revenue growth, driven by the continued success of our fracture proppant business. While the first quarter is generally seasonally slow as a result of the Chinese Spring Festival and a slowdown in the steel industry due to reduced domestic construction during the winter months, we expect to reduce some of this seasonality as we continue to diversify our revenue mix. Our loss for the quarter was related to increased expenses associated with investment in our fracture proppants and fine precision abrasives businesses, which are key growth drivers for our business, both now and over the longer-term,” said Mr. Shunqing Zhang, China GengSheng's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “During the first quarter, we gained additional traction in the overseas markets through both supply orders and demand indications for fracture proppants as oil and gas producers increasingly recognized the quality and value of our proppant products. In addition to our capacity expansion efforts, we are expanding our international sales and marketing efforts to help build the GengSheng brand among potential proppant customers outside of China. In light of the sizeable market opportunity and our targeted growth initiatives, we expect to achieve continued strong performance from this segment going forward.
“We entered the second quarter having made a number of meaningful improvements in the manufacturing efficiency of our fine precision abrasive products, with monthly output reaching 400 metric tons in May, from 100 metric tons at the beginning of 2011, while also improving our raw materials procurement capabilities. We believe these initiatives will help drive margin expansion and profitability in our abrasives business as it continues to grow, driven by the ongoing advancement of China’s solar industry, as well as other end markets.”
Mr. Zhang concluded, “Although we have faced challenges in the last several quarters, we believe our business is on the right track and are optimistic with regard to the future. We have two important catalysts in fine precision abrasives and the international expansion of fracture proppants. We expect our full-year blended gross margin to improve to 27% to 30%, and to achieve profitability as we are improving production efficiency, to ramp production volume and improve our raw materials sourcing capabilities, while continuing our efforts to better manage accounts receivable and collections.”
Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2011
For the first quarter of 2011, sales revenue was approximately $16.2 million, an increase of 36.4%, over approximately $11.9 million in the first quarter of 2010, and a decrease of 13.0% compared with $18.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. The year-over-year increase was mainly attributable to increased export sales from the Company’s fracture proppant segment and contribution from GengSheng’s fine precision abrasive products, while the sequential decrease was primarily related to seasonality during the Chinese New Year holiday in the first quarter.
Cost of goods sold totaled approximately $11.9 million, an increase of 50.8%, compared with approximately $7.9 million for the first quarter of 2011, and a decrease of 19.3%, compared with approximately $14.7million for the fourth quarter of 2010. The year-over-year increase in cost of goods sold resulted from an increase in total revenue, as well as depreciation and fixed costs related to fine precision abrasives production.
Gross profit for the three months ended March 31, 2011, totaled approximately $4.3 million, or 26.5% of revenue, compared with approximately $4.0 million, or 33.5% of revenue in the first quarter of 2010, and approximately $3.9 million, or 20.7% of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2010.
The decline in gross margin percentage compared with the first quarter of 2010 was mainly attributable a shift in the mix of fracture proppant sales toward lower-margin export products, and higher unit production cost for fine precision abrasives due to limited output.
For the three months ended March 31, 2011, total operating expenses were approximately $3.6 million, compared with approximately $3.1 million in the year-ago period, and approximately $5.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. The increase in operating expenses was primarily related to increased selling expenses due to business expansion, while the sequential quarter decline was related to less provision for doubtful account receivables and less selling expense during the Chinese New Year holiday compared with the fourth quarter of 2010.
General and administrative expenses remained stable at approximately $1.5 million for the first quarter in 2011, compared with approximately $1.4 million for both the first and fourth quarters of 2010.
Selling expenses increased by approximately $477,000, or 31.9% year-over-year, to approximately $2.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, compared with approximately $1.5 million for the first quarter in 2010, and declined approximately 41% quarter-over-quarter from approximately $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. The year-over-year increase in selling expenses was primarily attributable to increased export costs related to the overseas sales of fracture proppants, marketing activities associated with the newly introduced fine precision abrasives product, as well as increased shipment expense. The sequential decrease was primarily due to less marketing activity during Chinese New Year holiday, and less incremental channel building expense for fine precision abrasives compared with the fourth quarter of 2010. As a percentage of total revenue, selling expenses increased in-line with the growth in total revenue, with selling expenses accounting for 12.2%, 12.6% and 17.9%, for the first quarter of 2011, the first quarter of 2010 and the fourth quarter of 2010, respectively.
Finance costs totaled approximately $1.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, compared with approximately $405,000 in the first quarter in 2010, and approximately $456,000 in the fourth quarter in 2010. The increase in finance cost was primarily due to increased bank interests related to more domestic short-term bank loans to support working capital needs, and an increase in discounted interest cost, due to discounting of receivables in an effort to accelerate collection and improve turnover rate. During the first quarter of 2011, there was an increase of approximately $2.5 million in domestic commercial bank loans, and a decrease of approximately $3.1 million in trade and bills receivables.
Income tax expense decreased to approximately $136,000, from approximately $163,000 in the first quarter of 2010, and $151,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Net loss attributable to Company's common stockholders was approximately $(80,000), or break-even per diluted share, based on weighted average shares outstanding of 26.6 million for the first quarter of 2011. This compares with net income of approximately $387,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, based on weighted average shares outstanding of 24.1 million for the first quarter in 2010, and a net loss of approximately $(2.1) million, or $(0.08) per diluted share, based on weighted average shares outstanding of 24.3 million for the fourth quarter in 2010. The increase in share count was due to the completion of the Company's registered direct offering in January 2011.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of March 31, 2011, the Company had cash and cash equivalents totaling approximately $11.5 million, compared with approximately $0.9 million as of December 31, 2010. The increase in cash and cash equivalents was primarily due to approximately $9.3 million in net proceeds from the Company's registered direct offering in January 2011. Current assets totaled approximately $120.3 million, with working capital of approximately $25.5 million and total shareholders' equity of approximately $59.4 million at March 31, 2011, respectively.
Management will hold a conference call today, Monday, May 16, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. EDT (8:00 p.m. BJ time) to discuss first quarter 2011 results.
To participate in the call please dial (877) 407-9205 from the U.S. and Canada, or (201) 689-8054 for international calls, approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. The call will also be available as a live, listen-only webcast at http://www.gengsheng.com/english/affair.aspx.
A telephone replay of the call will be available through May 23, 2011. To access the replay, please dial (877) 660-6853 in the U.S. and Canada, or (201) 612-7415 internationally; account number 286 and conference ID 372447. Additionally, a webcast archive will be available for a period of one year.
About China GengSheng Minerals, Inc.
China GengSheng Minerals, Inc. ("GengSheng") develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of high-tech industrial material products, including monolithic refractories, industrial ceramics, fracture proppants and fine precision abrasives. A market leader offering customized solutions, GengSheng sells its products primarily to the iron and steel industry as heat-resistant components for steel-making furnaces, industrial kilns and other high-temperature vessels to guarantee and improve the productivity of those expensive pieces of equipment, while reducing their consumption of energy. Founded in 1986 and based in China's Henan province, GengSheng currently has over 200 customers in the iron, steel, oil, glass, cement, aluminum and chemical businesses located in China and other countries. GengSheng conducts business through GengSheng International Corporation, a British Virgin Islands company, and its Chinese subsidiaries, which are Henan GengSheng Refractories Co., Ltd., Zhengzhou Duesail Fracture Proppant Co., Ltd., Henan GengSheng Micronized Powder Materials Co., Ltd, Guizhou SouthEast Prefecture Co., Ltd., GengSheng New Materials Co., Ltd, and Henan GengSheng High Temperature Materials Co., Ltd.
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