BEIJING, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Lotus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: LTUS) ("Lotus" or the "Company"), a growing developer and producer of prescription drugs and licensed national seller of pharmaceutical products in the People's Republic China, today reported its financial results for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2009.
Second Quarter ("Q2") 2009 Highlights and Developments: -- Q2 diluted EPS of $0.10 -- Q2 net income increased 120% to $4.8 million -- Q2 gross margin of 57.9% compared to 50.0% in Q2 of 2008 -- Participated in the April 2009 61st PHARMCHINA in Zhengzhou, China, one of the largest exhibitions in Chinese pharmaceutical industry with a history of over 30 years, and entered sales agreements with five new distributors which the Company believes may increase the Company's market share -- Exhibited at the June 26-28 2009 International Conference for Bioeconomy/the 44th New Drugs Expo and increased its wholesale portfolio with three new drugs -- Started and completed building foundation of Inner Mongolia new facility, which the Company believes accounts for approximately 5% of the total build-out -- Awarded with Good Supply Practices Certification -- Two investors of preferred shares from the 2008 private placement financing opted to convert 172,413 shares of preferred stock to 172,413 shares of common stock of the Company under Rule 144
Revenues for the second quarter of 2009 decreased 30% to $13.6 million from $19.4 million of the same period of 2008. Wholesale revenues, one of the revenue segments, accounting for 78% of total revenues, decreased 25% due to the Company's 2009 product pricing policy(1). Average unit wholesale selling price decreased 43% in the second quarter of 2009 over the same period of 2008, while 26% increase in wholesale quantities over the second quarter 2008. Retail revenues accounting for 20% of total revenues decreased 24% due to weak consumer demand for non-essential drugs.
Gross margins for the second quarter of 2009 increased to 57.9% as compared to 50.0% in the second quarter of 2008. Dr. Zhongyi Liu, Chairman and CEO of Lotus commented, "We are very pleased with our growth in sales quantities and gross margins of this quarter. Our pricing policy for 2009 has been adjusted accordingly due to the expected inflation contraction on the wholesale level nationally. We have been able to reduce the cost of sales mainly because Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient ("API") and essential medicine prices have dropped since the onset of economic slowdown."
Total operating expenses for the second quarter 2009 were $2.6 million, a 63% decrease from the second quarter of 2008. The decrease resulted from the decrease of selling expenses in relation to our drugs that have established certain market shares, which was due to the profit margins we have given away to our agents who in turn are incentivized to sell our established drugs at competitive prices.
Dr. Liu commented, "We are very pleased to obtain the approval from the Beijing Land Planning Bureau for permitting us to build a new office building on our current production base which was previously industrial-use-only land in Beijing. This means that we can finally bring all of our operational units such as administration, sales, R&D and production into a single office building. This is another important step we made towards improving our operational efficiency."
Net income for the second quarter of 2009 was $4.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to $2.2 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2008.
The Company's cash position at the end of the second quarter was $1.8 million, compared to $1.3 million at the end of 2008.
"We actively exhibit at all the important drug expos in China, through which we build strong customer relationships. We continue to fulfill our promise to bring new drugs to the market and to reach out new customers," commented Dr. Zhongyi Liu. "In addition to one new prescription drug, Qingkailing Paotengpian, we are now offering new drugs to our national sales network for the treatment of acute suppurative tonsillitis, acute upper respiratory infection, pneumonia and high fever. We are also selling two new OTC drugs: (i) NINGXIN Yishen Oral Liquid, which improves immune system and sleep, and reduces fatigue, and (ii) Shuanghuanglian Oral Liquid, which is used to treat influenza symptoms. For the three new drugs we offered, we provided promotions with introduction meetings for customers and agents in Beijing, Anhui and Inner Mongolia. Currently, we are selling a total of 15 types of drugs through our wholesale channels nationwide."
For the six-month period ended June 30, 2009, total revenues were $25.5 million, a decrease of 18.1% from $31.1 million in the same period last year. Gross profit was $14.5 million, up 6.6% from gross profit of $13.6 million for the six months of 2008. Gross margin was 57.1%, compared to 43.8% for the first six months of 2008. Operating income was $9.5 million, compared to $4.3 million for the first six months of fiscal 2008.
Net income for the period was $8.4 million, an increase of 163% from $3.2 million in the same period last year. Earnings per share (diluted) for the first half of 2009 was $0.17, compared to $0.07 in the first half of 2008.
Improved cash flows from operating activities was $16.3 million, compared to $4.7 million in the first six months of 2008.
"We are very pleased with our bottom line growth and gross margin for the first six months of 2009. We believe we will have consistent growth for the rest of the year mainly because the majority of drugs we sell to our national network are covered under the National Health Insurance Policy, and our continuous efforts to improve operational efficiency," said Mr. Liu. "While we are making progress in expanding our production capacity in Inner Mongolia, we believe we are on track to achieve the earnings guidance we provided previously."
(1) The 2008 net revenues referenced above have been adjusted for correction. While the total net revenues remain unchanged in comparison with the previously reported numbers, the allocation of three revenue segments is revised as follows: For the Three Months Ended For the Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2008 2008 NET REVENUES: Wholesale $14,235,345 $22,672,643 Retail 3,644,530 5,661,077 Other revenues 1,505,737 2,761,069 Total Net Revenues $19,385,612 $31,094,789
About Lotus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ( http://www.lotuspharma.com )
Lotus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a growing developer and producer of prescription drugs and a licensed national seller of pharmaceutical items in the People's Republic of China. Lotus operates Liang Fang Pharmaceutical, Ltd. and En Ze Jia Shi Pharmaceutical, Ltd. Lotus's current drug development pipeline is focused on the treatment of cerebro-cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes. More than 8,000 products are sold by Liang Fang directly and indirectly through its national sales channels to hospitals, clinics and drugs stores in 30 provinces.
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AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS June 30, 2009 December 31,2008 (Unaudited) ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS: Cash $1,830,366 $1,278,808 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts 2,133,871 6,132,912 Other receivable 16,120 15,757 Other receivable-related party -- 2,027,954 Inventories, net of reserve for obsolete inventory 2,775,382 3,787,802 Prepaid expenses and other assets 45,429 121,274 Deferred debt costs 265,378 398,067 Total Current Assets 7,066,546 13,762,574 PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT - Net 14,770,393 7,554,817 OTHER ASSETS Deposit on patent right 2,921,926 2,917,919 Installments on intangible assets 38,958,041 38,175,134 Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization 8,650,147 1,231,730 Deferred debt costs -- 66,344 Total Assets $72,367,053 $63,708,518 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES: Accounts payable and accrued expenses $224,050 $895,283 Other payables 1,400,382 1,274,882 Taxes payable 4,159,405 5,015,908 Unearned revenue 711,250 565,629 Due to related parties 1,841,015 1,588,689 Series A convertible redeemable preferred stock, $.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; 6,034,477 and 5,747,118 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively, net 4,503,010 -- Total Current Liabilities 12,839,112 9,340,391 LONG-TERM LIABILITIES: Due to related parties 394,460 525,225 Notes payable - related parties 5,063,395 5,056,451 Series A convertible redeemable preferred stock, $.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; 6,034,477 and 5,747,118 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively, net -- 3,652,341 Total Liabilities 18,296,967 18,574,408 STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY: Common stock ($.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 43,952,889 and 42,420,239 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively) 43,953 42,420 Additional paid-in capital 12,070,182 11,554,381 Statutory reserves 4,703,821 3,750,529 Retained earnings 32,957,880 25,557,537 Accumulated other comprehensive income 4,294,250 4,229,243 Total stockholders' Equity 54,070,086 45,134,110 Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $72,367,053 $63,708,518 LOTUS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED) For the Three Months Ended For the Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2009 2008 2009 2008 NET REVENUES: Wholesale $10,673,718 $14,235,345 $19,614,123 $22,672,643 Retail 2,759,419 3,644,530 4,896,607 5,661,077 Other revenues 198,592 1,505,737 945,286 2,761,069 Total Net Revenues 13,631,729 19,385,612 25,456,016 31,094,789 COST OF SALES 5,743,166 9,696,718 10,929,324 17,465,143 GROSS PROFIT 7,888,563 9,688,894 14,526,692 13,629,646 OPERATING EXPENSES: Selling expenses 1,801,235 5,875,549 3,503,034 6,997,886 Research and development -- 471,243 -- 1,181,468 General and administrative 769,103 542,043 1,516,309 1,168,460 Total Operating Expenses 2,570,338 6,888,835 5,019,343 9,347,814 INCOME FROM OPERATIONS 5,318,225 2,800,059 9,507,349 4,281,832 OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE): Debt issuance costs (99,516) (99,517) (199,033) (162,403) Interest income 44,793 2,027 46,112 2,588 Interest expense (470,551) (522,660) (918,648) (946,009) Total Other Income (Expense) (525,274) (620,150) (1,071,569) (1,105,824) INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 4,792,951 2,179,909 8,435,780 3,176,008 INCOME TAXES 7,418 -- 82,145 -- NET INCOME $4,785,533 $2,179,909 $8,353,635 $3,176,008 COMPREHENSIVE INCOME: NET INCOME 4,785,533 2,179,909 8,353,635 3,176,008 OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME: Unrealized foreign currency translation gain 2,896 1,587,538 65,007 3,041,741 COMPREHENSIVE INCOME $4,788,429 $3,767,447 $8,418,642 $6,217,749 NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE: Basic $0.11 $0.05 $0.19 $0.08 Diluted $0.10 $0.05 $0.17 $0.07 WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING: Basic 43,527,669 42,352,139 43,289,189 42,194,048 Diluted 49,562,146 48,099,257 49,183,956 47,941,166 LOTUS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED) For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2009 2008 CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net income $8,353,635 $3,176,008 Adjustments to reconcile net income from operations to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 725,308 307,713 Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs 199,033 162,029 Amortization of debt discount -- 208,355 Amortization of discount on convertible redeemable preferred stock 600,669 338,838 Amortization of prepaid expense attributable to warrants 14,849 -- Stock-based compensation 109,334 270,245 Warrants revaluation -- 74,593 Decrease in allowance for doubtful accounts and sales returns -- (14,101) Recognition of unearned revenue (396,450) -- Changes in assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable 4,008,383 946,083 Inventories 1,017,856 (3,358,488) Prepaid expenses and other current assets 2,101,008 986,132 Accounts payable and accrued expenses (22,506) 224,627 Other current payables (169,743) -- Taxes payable (863,589) 1,381,155 Unearned revenue 541,327 39,086 Due to related parties 118,685 -- NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES 16,337,799 4,742,275 CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Deposit on patent right -- (2,827,814) Payment on intangible assets (8,621,660) (5,862,059) Purchase of property and equipment (7,166,057) (217,982) NET CASH (USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES (15,787,717) (8,907,855) CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Repayment of convertible debt -- (2,520,000) Proceeds from sale of convertible redeemable preferred stocks -- 5,000,000 Payment of debt issuance costs -- (468,568) Proceeds from related party advances -- 774,571 NET CASH PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES -- 2,786,003 EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE ON CASH 1,476 223,064 NET (DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH 551,558 (1,156,513) CASH - beginning of period 1,278,808 4,557,957 CASH - end of period $1,830,366 $3,401,444 SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION: Cash paid for: Interest $-- $56,557 Income taxes $-- $-- Non-cash investing and financing activities: Warrants issued for prepaid financing costs and consulting expense $-- $505,752 Common stock issued for prior services $249,000 $318,551 Common stock issued for future services $9,000 $-- Common stock issued for conversion of convertible redeemable preferred stock $150,000 $250,000 Debt discount for grant of warrants and beneficial conversion feature $-- $2,033,025 Increase in payable for construction- in-progress $293,520 $-- Preferred stock issued for dividend payable $400,000 $-- For further information, please contact: Lotus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Yan ZENG, CFO Tel: +86-10-6389-9868 Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.lotuspharma.com
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