XI'AN, China, March 23 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Bio Energy Holdings Group (OTC Bulletin Board: CBEH), a leading manufacturer and distributor of bio-diesel and distributor of petroleum-related products including gasoline, diesel, and heavy oil in China, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2008.
SUMMARY FINANCIALS Fourth Quarter 2008 Results Q4 2008 Q4 2007 CHANGE -Sales $59.1 million $22.3 million +165.0 % Gross Profit $7.5 million $2.7 million +176.0 % GAAP Net Income (Loss) ($3.3 million) $2.1 million -259.3 % Adjusted Net Income* $6.5 million $2.1 million +209.5 % GAAP EPS ($0.13) ($0.05) -60 % Adjusted EPS (Fully Diluted)* $0.17 ($0.05) +340 % Fiscal Year 2008 Results FY 2008 FY 2007 CHANGE -Sales $216.5 million $87.1 million +149.0 % Gross Profit $30.6 million $10.1 million +203.5 % GAAP Net Income $18.7 million $8.6 million +118.0 % Adjusted Net Income* $28.6 million $8.6 million +232.7 % GAAP EPS $0.54 $0.21 +157.1 % Adjusted EPS (Fully Diluted)* $0.84 $0.21 +300.0 % * Net Income and EPS in the Q4 2008 and Fiscal Year 2008 are non-GAAP calculations and do not include $9.8 million of non-cash, stock-based compensation charges related to the ''Make Good'' provision of an October 2008 financing agreement.
For more information about the non-GAAP financial measures contained in this press release, please see ''About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.
Fourth Quarter 2008 Financial Results
Sales - Sales for the fourth quarter of 2008 were $59.1 million compared to $22.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2007, an increase of 165%. The increase was mainly due to market demand in finished oil, strong growth in bio-diesel production and sales generated by the four recently leased gas stations. China Bio Energy also reports revenue in its three business segments, Distribution of Finished Oil, Bio-Diesel Production, and Retail Gas Stations:
Fourth Quarter 2008 Revenue Breakdown Q4 2008 Q4 2007 CHANGE Distribution of Finished Oil $36.7 million $18.1 million +103 % % of Sales 62.3% 81.1% Bio-Diesel Production $14.9 million $4.2 million +255 % % of Sales 25.3% 18.9% Retail Gas Stations $7.5 million N/A N/A % of Sales 12.4% N/A Total Sales $59.1 million $22.3 million +166 %
''We are very pleased with our progress during the fourth quarter,'' stated Mr. Gao Xincheng, Chief Executive Officer of China Bio Energy Holdings Group. ''The Company's bio-diesel sales increased 255% for the fourth quarter of 2008, compared to the fourth quarter of 2007. Despite declining oil prices in China and worldwide, we feel there are several fundamental factors that will continue to provide incremental and robust top-line growth for our Company. These include China's continuing demand for energy to accommodate future economic growth which will benefit from the stimulus plan and further domestic expansion, an increase of consumer automobiles in China, a shortage of domestic oil resources and dependence on foreign sources, in addition to government initiatives to increase the utilization rate for alternative fuel while decreasing pollution emissions.''
Cost of Sales - Cost of sales for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $51.5 million compared to $19.6 million in 2007, an increase of 162.8%. The increase was due to the rise in production and sales activities. Cost of sales as a percentage of sales was approximately 87.1% for the fourth quarter of 2008 and 87.8% for same period in 2007. The decrease was due to lower production costs resulting from a decrease in the cost of feedstock used to produce bio-diesel. Overall average unit costs of feedstock, which is comprised of used cooking oil and non-edible seeds, amounted to $463.2 per ton in the fourth quarter 2008, representing a decrease of 12.8% from $529.9 per ton in the fourth quarter of 2007.
Gross Profit and Gross Margin - Gross profit was $7.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to $2.7 million for the same period in 2007, an increase of 177.8% and representing gross margins of approximately 13% and 12%, respectively. The increase in gross margin is primarily due to the rise in market demand for finished oil products and bio-diesel, and a reduction in bio-diesel supply costs. During the fourth quarter of 2008, the gross profit margin for bio-diesel production and sales was approximately 27.5% while gross profit margin for distribution of finished oil products, such as gasoline and diesel oil, was approximately 8.3%. The retail gas stations during this same period had a gross margin of 11.2%.
Operating Expenses - Selling, general and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2008 were approximately $1.0 million compared to $0.89 million for the same period in 2007, an increase of 16.9%. Total operating expenses as a percentage of sales for the fourth quarter of 2008 and 2007 were 1.7% and 4.0%, respectively.
Net Income - For the quarter ended December 31, 2008, the Company reported a net loss of $3.3 million, or a loss of $0.13 per diluted share compared to net income of $2.1 million, and a loss of $.05 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2007. Diluted weighted average shares outstanding were 32.9 million and 25.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2008 and 2007, respectively. Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2008, excluding the $9.8 million charge in stock-based compensation expenses related to the ''Make Good'' provision of an October 2008 financing agreement, was $6.5 million or $0.17 per diluted share, which represented a 209.5% increase, compared to the same period in 2007.
Fiscal Year 2008 Financial Results
Sales - Sales for 2008 were $216.5 million, an increase of 149% compared to $87.1 million in 2007. The increase was mainly due to strong growth in bio-diesel sales with production increasing to 58,701 tons in 2008 from 5,836 tons in 2007, solid increases in the Company's distribution segment to existing and new customers, in addition to sales generated by the four newly leased gas stations, which were not managed during 2007.
Fiscal Year 2008 Revenue Breakdown FY 2008 FY 2007 CHANGE Distribution of Finished Oil $143.4 million $82.9 million +73.0 % % of Sales 66.3% 95.2% Bio-Diesel Production $50.1 million $4.2 million +1092.8 % % of Sales 23.1% 4.8% Retail Gas Stations $23.0 million N/A N/A % of Sales 10.6% N/A Total Sales $216.5 million $87.1 million +149 %
Cost of Sales - Cost of sales for 2008 was $185.9 million compared to $77.0 million in 2007, an increase of $108.9 million, or 141%. The increase was due to the sharp rise in production and sales activities during 2008. Cost of sales as a percentage of sales was approximately 86% for 2008 and 88% for 2007. The decrease was due to lower production costs resulting from proprietary production of bio-diesel that commenced in October 2007 and from a decrease in the cost of feedstock used to produce bio-diesel.
Gross Profit and Gross Margin - Gross profit was $30.6 million for 2008 compared to $10.1 million for 2007, an increase of 203.5% and representing gross margins of approximately 14% and 12%, respectively. The increase in gross margin is primarily due to the rise in market demand for finished oil products and bio-diesel, and a reduction in bio-diesel supply costs. During 2008, the gross profit margin for bio-diesel production and sales was approximately 28.5% while gross profit margin for distribution of finished oil products, such as gasoline and diesel oil, was approximately 10.8%. The retail gas stations during this same period yielded gross margins of 10.9%.
Operating Expenses - Selling, general and administrative expenses for 2008 were approximately $2.0 million compared to $1.69 million for 2007, an increase of $0.31 million or 18.4%, resulting from higher costs and salaries of staff to support the expansion and growth during 2008. There was also an increase in audit, legal, consulting and filing expenses in connection with the Company becoming public in the U.S. in October 2007. Total operating expenses as a percentage of sales for 2008 and 2007 were 0.9% and 1.9%, respectively.
Net Income - GAAP Net income for 2008 was $18.7 million compared to $8.6 million in 2007, an increase of $10.1 million or 118%. Adjusted Net income, excluding the $9.8 million charge of stock-based compensation expenses, was $28.6 million, which represented a 232.7% increase compared with same period in 2007. This increase is attributable to economies of scale combined with rapid growth in revenue especially from bio-diesel sales, and efficiency of operations by the management with emphasis on cost control. Fully diluted GAAP earnings per share were $0.54 compared to $0.21 based on 32.9 million and 25.1 million diluted shares outstanding. Excluding the non-cash charge of stock-based compensation, the Company would have reported fiscal year 2008 fully diluted earnings of $0.84 per share.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Cash and cash equivalents were $23.1 million on December 31, 2008, which includes $14 million from financing completed in October 2008), compared to $1.4 million on December 31, 2007. The Company had working capital of $67.5 million on December 31, 2008 and a current ratio of 7.3 to 1. Inventories were $22.3 million and the accounts receivable balance was $8.2 million on December 31, 2008, compared to $12.0 and $0.3 million on December 31, 2007, respectively. The annualized days sales outstanding for the fiscal year 2008 were 7 days. Net cash provided by operations was $8.7 million in 2008, compared to $5.1 million used by operations in 2007. The net cash inflow increased during 2008 was primarily due to a large increase in net income, excluding $10.9 million in non-cash charges.
Financial Outlook for 2009
Management expects to report fiscal year 2009 revenues of at least $240.7 million and net income of at least $33.7 million, representing an increase of 11% and 18% compared to 2008 revenue and adjusted net income, respectively. Guidance includes the addition of 50,000 tons of incremental bio-diesel production capacity expected to come online during Q3 2009 and does not include the planned acquisition or lease of additional retail services stations.
Business Outlook for 2009
China Bio Energy's management plans to focus on growing its bio-diesel production, its distribution business, and expanding the footprint of its retail service stations. On the distribution and retail side, the Company benefits from its advantageous location, well-established supplier relationships as well as an extensive distribution network that has valuable railway access to reach remote parts of China that other distribution companies cannot currently reach. The Company plans to strengthen its outreach in certain key distribution areas. It also plans to add another five to seven retail gas stations through acquisition or lease, which will benefit its overall distribution profit margins.
The Company also plans to expand its current bio-diesel production capacity of 100,000 tons to 150,000 tons, either through strategic acquisitions or through a new build-out in 2009. The Company anticipates $15 million in capital expenditures to accomplish this goal. China Bio Energy has secured adequate raw materials to supply 150,000 tons of capacity, and is working towards securing more long-term sources of raw materials.
Management believes the increase in sales volume from these initiatives will not only offset the impact of current decrease in fuel prices but also favorably impact overall profits.
"Our proprietary bio-diesel production capabilities allow us to utilize multiple types of feedstock, which provide better input cost controls while ensuring optimal capacity utilization. We are the only integrated bio-diesel producer in China with a distribution license and are one of only three companies in Shaanxi licensed to distribute both finished and heavy oil, two factors which create significant barriers to entry and strong competitive advantages. Due to our geographic location and long-established supplier relationships we are able to consistently execute on our growth strategies. We will continue to capitalize on our extensive distribution network, which includes valuable railway rights that gives us exclusive access to Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou Provinces. We are supported by a vertically integrated distribution platform that covers a geographic population of approximately 640 million people. Couple this with the ability to leverage our own retail fuel stations, we feel we have several competitive advantages over our domestic competitors while operating a business with superior profit margins," Mr. Gao concluded.
Conference Call Information
Management will host an earnings conference call on March 26, 2009 at 8:30am ET. Interested parties may access the call by dialing +1-800-762-8779 from within the United States, or +1-480-248-5081 if calling internationally. The conference ID is 4031258. It is advisable to dial in approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A replay will be available through March 27, 2009 and can be accessed by dialing +1-800-406-7325 (U.S.), +1-303-590-3030 (Int'l), passcode 4031258.
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About China Bio Energy Holdings Group
CBEH is a distributor of refined oil products including gasoline, diesel, and heavy oil, and a manufacturer and distributor of bio-diesel fuel. CBEH's bio-diesel fuel is made at its 100,000-ton capacity facility in Shaanxi Province. Feedstock consists of naturally growing non-edible seeds and waste oil from restaurants. CBEH's bio-diesel can be used as a complete substitute for petro-diesel or can be blended with petro-diesel. The Company's products are sold via its own distribution network, which includes four fuel depots in Shaanxi Province that have both road and rail access.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains certain statements that may include "forward-looking statements". All statements other than statements of historical fact included herein are "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects" or similar expressions, involving known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in the Company's periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on its website (http://www.sec.gov). All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, the Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.
About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which statements are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP EPS. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.
We use these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. Our management believes that these non- GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and liquidity by excluding certain expenses and expenditures that may not be indicative of our ''recurring core business operating results,'' meaning our operating performance excluding not only non-cash charges, such as stock-based compensation, but also discrete cash charges that are infrequent in nature. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to our historical performance and liquidity as well as comparisons to our competitors' operating results. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors both because (1) they allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making and (2) they are used by our institutional investors and the analyst community to help them analyze the health of our business.
For more information, please contact: China Bio Energy Holdings Group Alex Gong, VP of Capital Market Tel: +86-136-0127-9912 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.cbeh.net.cn/ OR HC International, Inc. Ted Haberfield, Executive VP Tel: +1-760-755-2716 Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.hcinternational.net CHINA BIO ENERGY HOLDING GROUP CO., LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS For The Year Ended December 31, December 31, 2008 2007 ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $23,119,028 $1,382,371 Restricted cash 919,351 200,000 Accounts receivable 8,164,320 288,589 Other receivables and deposits 3,986,984 4,403,762 Prepaid expenses 1,884,102 41,412 Advance to suppliers 17,945,487 16,546,506 Inventories, net 22,268,903 12,082,962 Due from related party -- 593,696 Total current assets 78,288,175 35,539,298 Prepaid rents 6,408,568 -- Property and equipment, net 9,997,674 8,166,250 Total noncurrent assets 16,406,242 8,166,250 TOTAL ASSETS $94,694,417 $43,705,548 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES Accounts payable $ -- $179,617 Advance from customers 4,580,462 499,908 Taxes payable 735,461 125,015 Other payables 3,232,088 3,233,552 Loans payable 2,247,197 1,438,164 Total current liabilities 10,795,208 5,476,256 Loans payable - Non-current -- 33,655 TOTAL LIABILITIES 10,795,208 5,509,911 STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Preferred stock, $.001 par value; authorized shares 10,000,000; issued and outstanding 3,465,753 and 1,000,000 shares at December 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively 3,465 1,000 Common stock, $.0001 par value; authorized shares 79,000,000; issued and outstanding 27,169,091 and 25,454,545 shares at December 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively 2,716 2,545 Additional paid in capital 44,434,250 19,611,938 Statutory reserve 4,920,114 2,051,030 Accumulated other comprehensive income 5,337,003 2,319,732 Retained earnings 29,201,661 14,209,392 Total stockholders' equity 83,899,209 38,195,637 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $94,694,417 $43,705,548 CHINA BIO ENERGY HOLDING GROUP CO., LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME For The Year Ended December 31, 2008 December 31, 2007 Sales $216,506,969 $87,104,187 Cost of goods sold 185,858,502 77,006,690 Gross profit 30,648,467 10,097,497 Selling, general and administrative expenses 1,997,818 1,686,760 Income from operations 28,650,649 8,410,737 Non-operating income (expenses) Interest expenses (125,201) (142,442) Subsidy income 100,792 328,697 Other expense (63,519) (17,427) Stock based compensation - make good provision (9,838,354) -- Total non-operating expenses (9,926,282) 168,828 Net income 18,724,367 8,579,565 Other comprehensive item Foreign currency translation gain 3,017,271 1,694,926 Comprehensive Income $21,741,638 $10,274,491 Net Income 18,724,367 8,579,565 Deemed dividend to preferred stockholders 863,014 3,398,534 Net income available to common stockholders 17,861,353 5,181,031 Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding Basic 25,889,748 24,238,107 Diluted 32,877,570 25,145,122 Basic and diluted net earnings per share available to common stockholders Basic $0.69 $0.21 Diluted $0.54 $0.21 CHINA BIO ENERGY HOLDING GROUP CO., LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW For The Year Ended December 31, December 31, 2008 2007 CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net income $18,724,367 $8,579,565 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities: Depreciation 1,040,924 228,833 Bad debt expenses -- -- Stock based compensation - make good provision 9,838,354 -- Stock based compensation - stocks to employees 9,945 -- (Increase) decrease in current assets: Accounts receivable (7,731,421) 5,644,946 Other receivables, deposits and prepaid expenses (8,466,631) (4,099,356) Advance to suppliers (280,790) (11,484,067) Inventories (9,223,710) (4,098,099) Due from related party 623,581 (245,852) Increase (decrease) in current liabilities: Accounts payable (187,219) (1,889,778) Advance from customers 3,982,577 87,896 Taxes payable 592,462 (643,780) Other payables and accrued expenses (217,054) 2,811,389 Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 8,705,385 (5,108,303) CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Sale of investment -- -- Acquisition of property and equipment (1,251,231) (6,809,173) Construction in progress -- -- Net cash used in investing activities (1,251,231) (6,809,173) CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Restricted cash (718,768) 457,811 Notes payable - trade -- -- Notes payable - related party -- -- Proceeds from short-term loans 719,942 269,531 Repayment of short term loan -- (1,577,744) Proceeds from long-term payables -- -- Repayment of auto loans long term notes payable (54,375) (4,235) Proceeds from issuance of preferred stock 9,000,000 9,774,993 Proceeds from warrants exercised 5,113,635 -- Capital contribution -- 3,905,724 Advance to shareholder -- -- Repayment from shareholder -- 22,617 Net cash provided by financing activities 14,060,434 12,848,697 EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGE ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 222,069 (180,293) NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 21,736,657 750,928 CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF YEAR 1,382,371 631,443 CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF YEAR $23,119,028 $1,382,371 Supplemental Cash flow data: Income tax paid $ -- $ -- Interest paid $125,201 $137,463 CHINA BIO ENERGY HOLDING GROUP CO., LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED PROFIT AND LOSS STATEMENTS For The Three Months Ended December 31, December 31, 2008 2007 Sales 59,057,147 22,269,492 Cost of goods sold 51,549,964 19,553,247 Gross Profit 7,507,183 2,716,245 12.7% 12.2% Operating expenses Selling expenses -- -- General and administrative expenses 1,035,373 885,273 Total operating expenses 1,035,373 885,273 Income from operations 6,471,810 1,830,972 11.0% 8.2% Non-operating income (expense) Interest expenses (31,714) (43,594) Subsidy income 116,157 328,697 Other income (expenses) (60,901) (17,427) Stock-based compensation - make good provision (9,838,354) -- Total Non-operating income (expense) (9,814,812) 267,676 Net income (3,343,002) 2,098,648 -5.7% 9.4% Other comprehensive item Foreign currency translation gain (loss) (172,446) 1,189,031 Comprehensive income (3,515,448) 3,287,679 -6.0% 14.8% Net income (3,343,002) 2,098,648 Deemed dividend to preferred stockholders 863,014 3,398,534 Net income available to common stockholders (4,206,016) (1,299,886) Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding Basic 25,819,011 24,238,107 diluted 32,817,152 25,145,122 Basic and diluted net earnings per share available to common stockholders Basic -0.16 -0.05 Diluted -0.13 -0.05 Net Income (GAAP based) vs. Net Income (Non-GAAP Based) For The Year Ended December 31, 2008 Net Income (GAAP) 18,724,367 Stock-based Compensation -Make Good Provision 9,838,354 Net Income (Non-GAAP) 28,562,721
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