SHENZHEN, China, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. (NYSE: NPD) ("Nepstar" or "the Company"), the largest retail drugstore chain in China based on the number of directly operated stores, today announced that the State Administration of Foreign Exchange imposed on the company a one-time non-recurring penalty in the amount of RMB25.5 million (US$3.8 million) for the conversion of approximately US$349 million net proceeds from the initial public offering into Renminbi in January 2008 without evidence of business operations at the time of the conversion by Nepstar Commerce Ltd, Nepstar Electronics Ltd, Nepstar Wisconsin Trading Ltd, and Nepstar Jinfu Logistics Ltd, the four investment holding companies wholly owned by the Company in mainland China, the four being the recipients of China Nepstar's IPO proceeds as foreign investment. The conversion was made at an average exchange rate of 1 U.S. dollar to RMB7.33. The Company is expected to make the payment of the penalty within 15 days.
The Company will host a conference call to address questions related to the penalty on August 4, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time / 9:00 p.m. Beijing Time. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing +1- 877-407-9210 (North America) or +1-201-689-8049 (International) approximately five to ten minutes before the call start time.
About China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd.
China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. (NYSE: NPD - News) is China's largest retail drugstore chain based on the number of directly operated stores. As of March 31, 2010, the Company had 2,559 stores across 74 cities, one headquarter distribution center and 13 regional distribution centers in China. Nepstar uses directly operated stores, centralized procurement and a network of distribution centers to provide its customers with high-quality, professional and convenient pharmacy services and a wide variety of other merchandise, including OTC drugs, nutritional supplements, herbal products, personal care products, family care products, and convenience products including consumables. Nepstar's strategy of centralized procurement, competitive pricing, customer loyalty programs and private label offerings has enabled it to capitalize on the robust economic growth in China and to take advantage of the demographic trend in China to achieve a strong brand and leading market position. For further information, please go to http://www.nepstar.cn
Safe Harbor Statement
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For more information, please contact: In China: Lucia Qian China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. Vice President, IR Tel: +86-755-2641-4065 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org In the United States: Dixon Chen Grayling Investor Relations Tel: +1-646-284-9403 Email: email@example.com Ivette Almeida Grayling Media Relations Tel: +1-646-284-9455 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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