SOURCE: China Armco Metals, Inc.

August 14, 2012 16:30 ET

China Armco Metals Announces Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 14, 2012) - China Armco Metals, Inc. (NYSE MKT: CNAM) ("China Armco" or the "Company"), a distributor of imported metal ore and metal recycler with a new state-of-the-art scrap metal recycling facility in China, today announced its financial results for its second quarter 2012 and first half year 2012.

SUMMARY FINANCIALS

Three months ended June 30
    Q2 2012   Q2 2011   CHANGE
Sales   $4.3 million   $31.0 million   -86%
Gross Profit   $0.7 million   $1.3 million   -46%
Net Income   -$1.7 million   -$1.3million   N/A
EPS (Fully Diluted) (Loss)   ($0.09)   ($0.08)   N/A

Second Quarter of 2012 Financial Results

For the quarter ended June 30, 2012, net revenue decreased 86% to $4.3 million, of which the metal recycling sales decreased 87% to $2.9 million from $22.1 million and the metal ores trading sales decreased by 84% to $1.4 million from $8.8 million, respectively, compared to the same period of 2011. The Company sold 6,719 metric tons ("MT") of recycled scrap metal compared to 47,662MT sold in the second quarter of 2012, and the production of recycled scrap metal decreased by 70% to 10,915 MT from 36,322 MT in the second quarter of 2011. The decrease in the trading business sales was composed of a $3.9 million decrease in sales of iron ore, a $2.4 million decrease in sales of manages ore, and a $1.1 million decrease in sales of chromium ore.

"Domestic steel market condition in the PRC deteriorated as the slowdown of China's economy in the second quarter of 2012," explained Mr. Kexuan Yao, Chairman and CEO of China Armco. "In response to the deteriorating market in the second quarter we significantly reduced our trading and production activities to control market risks. Consequently, we experienced a significant decline in metal ore sales across the board and scrap metals sales as well in the second quarter of 2012. However, although the market is still weak we have seen some sure signs of a move to pro-growth policy in the PRC and we expect recovery will pick up momentum in the late of 2012. With the expected improvement of our supply chain management, we are well-positioned to capture a growing share of an increasing market demand for our products when the market recovers."

Gross profit for the second quarter of 2012 was $0.7 million compared to $1.3 million in the second quarter of 2011. Gross margin was 16.9% compared to 4.4% for same period of last year. The profit margin increase was primarily due to an adjustment as result of invoicing changes for transactions in prior quarter.

Operating expenses decreased to $1.9 million from $2.1 million a year ago. The decrease in operating expenses was primarily due to decreased professional fees and selling expenses associated with lower level of sales.

Operating income for the second quarter of 2012 was a $1.2 million loss compared to a $0.7 million loss in the second quarter of 2011.

Net loss for the second quarter of 2012 was $1.7million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to a $1.3 million loss, or $0.08 per share, in the same period last year. The weighted average diluted shares outstanding increased from 15.4 million in the second quarter of 2011 to 18.5 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Financial Condition

The Company ended the second quarter of 2012 with $0.9 million in cash, compared to $1.0 million at the end of 2011. Working capital was -$2.57 million and a current ratio of 0.93:1 on June 30, 2012 compared to $1.6 million and 1.03:1 on December 31, 2011. The decrease in working capital from end of 2011 was mainly as result of operating loss, interest expense, and wrote off on marketable securities of investment. Total accounts receivable were $0.79 million at the end of the second quarter of 2012 compared to $0.76 million at year-end 2011. Accounts receivable has been maintained at low level due to improved collections and the successful transition to the Company's pre-selling strategy. Total shareholders' equity was $39.6 million at June 30, 2012.

The Company had $4.95 million net cash outflow from operations the first half of 2012 and spent $1.3 million on capital expenditures. Net cash inflow from financing activities was $7.65 million. China Armco had approximately $63 million of credit available on seven bank lines with an aggregate capacity of $79 million at June 30, 2012.

First Half 2012 Financial Results

Six months ended June 30
    1H 2012   1H 2011   CHANGE
Sales   $53.6 million   $80.7 million   -34%
Gross Profit   $2.2million   $4.5 million   -52%
Net Income   -$3.4 million   -$0.7 million   N/A
EPS (Fully Diluted) (Loss)   ($0.19)   ($0.05)   N/A

China Armco's sales decreased in the first half of 2012, from $80.7 million a year ago to $53.6 million. Sales in the metal recycling business were $11.6 million, a decrease of $16.9 million from the same period last year. Metal ores trading generated $41.9 million of sales compared to $52.2 million in the comparable period a year ago. In response to the deteriorating market due to China economy slowdown in first half of 2012 the company significantly reduced its trading and production activities to control market risks. While expanding its sources of raw material and developing a supply chain network locally to increase and stabilize the availability of raw materials, China Armco is also seeking to expend its overseas supply channels and recent development included negotiations on business cooperation with U.S. and Japan suppliers.

Gross profit decreased by $2.3 million to $2.2 million, with a gross margin of 4% compared to $4.5 million for the first six months of 2011.

Operating expenses decreased from $3.8 million to $3.6 million, primarily due to decrease in professional fees and selling expenses. Net loss and per share loss were $3.3 million and $0.19, respectively, in the first half of 2012. The weighted average diluted shares outstanding were 17.6 million, a 15% increase from 15.3 million in the first six months of 2011.

Business Updates

The metal ore trading business decreased about 20% in net revenues during the first half of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011 due to deteriorating market as result of China economy slowdown. During the difficult time for whole industry, the Company continued to solidify business relationships with its suppliers while reducing purchases and inventory to control market risk. Management also works with clients and financial institutions to refine business model in trading business and believes it will benefit to all parties.

The scrap metal recycling business was adversely affected by the economy slowdown in the PRC. Sales decreased substantially from approximately 61,192 in the first six months of 2011 to approximately 23,471 MT in the first six months of 2012. The Company ended the second quarter with 1,278 MT of recycled scrap steel yet to be delivered. The Company has concentrated its efforts on streamlining the production and operations by developing standardized production processes, improving cost controls with greater precision and efficiencies. The Company continues to work on developing a supply chain network locally and expanding overseas supply channels and recent development included negotiations on business cooperation with U.S. and Japan suppliers. Management continues to believe that the secular shift to more environmentally friendly energy production materials and methods will drive the underlying demand for recycled steel.

In June 2012, the Company renewed the operating agreement with Lianyungang Hebang Renewable Resources Co., Ltd. ("Hebang"), an unrelated third party, to lease storage and production capacity at Hebang's facilities located in Guanyun City, Jiangsu province. The agreement allows China Armco to secure and store raw materials at a reasonable cost while reducing the cost of transportation. Guanyun City is located approximately 60 miles (direction) from the Company's metal recycling facilities in Lianyungang. Hebang has provided 11,396 MT raw materials since the first lease started last June.

Conference Call

     
Conference Call Name   China Armco Metals Second Quarter 2012 Conference Call
Date:   Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Time:   12:00 pm Eastern Time, US
Conference Line Dial-In (U.S.):   +1-877-407-9210
International Dial-In:   +1-201-689-8049
Conference Call ID   398547
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About China Armco Metals, Inc.

China Armco Metals, Inc. trades metal ore and recycles scrap metal within the PRC, which is the world's largest importer of iron ore and has the world's largest market for scrap metal. Through its trading business, the company sells and distributes metal ore and non-ferrous metals within the PRC. Through its recently launched recycling business, the company recycles scrap metal (primarily steel) at its facility located in the Jiangsu province of the PRC and sells the recycled product to steel mills within the PRC. Materials used in the company's trading business are sourced from global suppliers in India, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Brazil, Turkey and the Philippines, and raw materials in the recycling business are sourced primarily from local suppliers. For more information about China Armco, please visit http://www.armcometals.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 relating to our operations, results of operations and other matters that are based on our current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections. Any statements that are not historical facts and that express, or involve discussions as to, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, indicated through the use of words or phrases such as "will" "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "project," "may", "potential," "opportunity" and "should") are intended to identify forward-looking statements and may involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, our expectations regarding programs and policies announced by the PRC government on our operations or any forward looking statement in this press release.

We caution that the factors described herein could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements we make and that investors should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: fluctuations in the prices of metals, ore and scrap metal, the growth rate of the Chinese and world economy and related economic factors, fluctuations in supply and demand of metals, ore and scrap metal, our ability to secure supplies of metals, ore and scrap metal upon favorable terms, our ability to resell metals and ores at current market prices and on favorable terms, our ability to finance the purchase price of metals, ore and scrap metal (and the continued willingness of our Chairman to personally guarantee such financing), our ability to repay our indebtedness, our ability to retain current customers and suppliers and attract new customers and suppliers, our ability to continue to improve production rates at our recycling facility, our ability to establish adequate management, legal and financial controls in the United States and China, the actions (including for example electric power limitations and currency controls) of government and regulatory bodies in China and United States, the negative market and governmental reaction to "reverse merger" Chinese companies due to high profile frauds and other problems noted in the press, and the cautionary statements and risk factors contained in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, as amended by Form 10-K/A, and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2012 and June 30, 2012. Most of these factors are beyond our ability to predict or control. New factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of such factors. Further, we cannot assess the impact of each such factor on our results of operations or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances.

-- Financial Tables --

   
   
CHINA ARMCO METALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)  
                         
    For the Six Months
Ended
June 30, 2012
    For the Three Months
Ended
June 30, 2012
    For the Six Months
Ended
June 30, 2011
    For the Three Months
Ended
June 30, 2011
 
    (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)  
                                 
NET REVENUES   $ 53,578,925     $ 4,294,734     $ 80,652,790     $ 30,968,138  
                                 
COST OF GOODS SOLD     51,393,910       3,569,816       76,134,622       29,618,739  
                                 
GROSS PROFIT     2,185,015       724,918       4,518,168       1,349,399  
                                 
OPERATING EXPENSES:                                
  Selling expenses     269,352       138,829       542,048       270,524  
  Professional fees     105,934       89,222       628,805       500,640  
  General and administrative expenses     2,184,456       1,140,990       1,768,376       872,967  
  Operating cost of idle manufacturing facility     1,061,821       564,597       899,786       428,436  
                                 
    Total operating expenses     3,621,563       1,933,638       3,839,015       2,072,567  
                                 
INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS     (1,436,548 )     (1,208,720 )     679,153       (723,168 )
                                 
OTHER (INCOME) EXPENSE:                                
  Interest income     (44,173 )     (43,121 )     (29,384 )     (25,050 )
  Interest expense     1,211,302       424,790       963,428       409,175  
  Foreign currency transaction (gain) loss - marketable securities     61,995       26,442       (92,869 )     90,997  
  Impairment other than temporary - marketable securities     386,941       -       -       -  
  Change in fair value of derivative liability     129       (420 )     (128,120 )     (76,897 )
  Loan guarantee expense     30,964       14,297       134,999       45,333  
  Other (income) expense     130,848       11,041       323,281       66,789  
                                 
    Total other (income) expense     1,778,006       433,029       1,171,335       510,347  
                                 
LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES     (3,214,554 )     (1,641,749 )     (492,182 )     (1,233,515 )
                                 
INCOME TAX PROVISION     151,042       63,639       242,871       67,708  
                                 
NET LOSS     (3,365,596 )     (1,705,388 )     (735,053 )     (1,301,223 )
                                 
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS):                                
  Change in unrealized loss of marketable securities     797       -       (2,109,512 )     (514,858 )
  Foreign currency translation gain     254,736       17,270       886,612       588,014  
                                 
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)   $ (3,110,063 )   $ (1,688,118 )   $ (1,957,953 )   $ (1,228,067 )
                                 
NET LOSS PER COMMON SHARE - BASIC AND DILUTED:                                
                                 
  Net loss per common share - basic and diluted   $ (0.19 )   $ (0.09 )   $ (0.05 )   $ (0.08 )
                                 
  Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding - basic and diluted     17,561,985       18,455,833       15,336,338       15,352,020  
                                 
   
   
   
CHINA ARMCO METALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
             
    June 30, 2012     December 31, 2011  
    (Unaudited)        
                 
ASSETS                
CURRENT ASSETS:                
  Cash   $ 879,174     $ 1,042,591  
  Pledged deposits     9,903,019       8,357,670  
  Marketable securities     1,188,603       1,636,742  
  Accounts receivable     792,629       758,500  
  Inventories     13,644,232       33,344,547  
  Advance on purchases     3,915,252       3,079,684  
  Prepaid corp income taxes - Renewable Metals     470,818       467,546  
  Prepayments and other current assets     1,174,876       1,744,047  
                 
    Total Current Assets     31,968,603       50,431,327  
                 
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT                
  Property, plant and equipment     43,798,927       42,165,437  
  Accumulated depreciation     (4,955,899 )     (3,514,893 )
                   
    PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net     38,843,028       38,650,544  
                 
LAND USE RIGHT                
  Land use right     6,467,918       6,422,956  
  Accumulated amortization     (235,801 )     (209,474 )
                   
    LAND USE RIGHT, net     6,232,117       6,213,482  
                   
      Total Assets   $ 77,043,748     $ 95,295,353  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                
  Loans payable   $ 12,669,654     $ 6,711,898  
  Banker's acceptance notes payable and letters of credit     11,402,689       8,178,029  
  Current maturities of capital lease obligation     2,350,734       2,195,177  
  Current maturities of long-term debt     3,959,267       3,931,745  
  Accounts payable     982,070       18,543,129  
  Advances received from Chairman and CEO     300,255       607,009  
  Customer deposits     740,157       5,851,769  
  Corporate income tax payable     362,825       99,042  
  Value added tax and other taxes payable     34,515       1,150  
  Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     1,736,585       2,713,532  
                 
    Total Current Liabilities     34,538,751       48,832,480  
                 
CAPITAL LEASE OBLIGATION, net of current maturities     2,942,237       4,127,354  
                 
DERIVATIVE LIABILITY     332       203  
                 
      Total Liabilities     37,481,320       52,960,037  
                 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES                
                 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:                
  Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding     -       -  
  Common stock, $0.001 par value, 74,000,000 shares authorized, 17,176,667 and 15,421,008 shares issued and outstanding, respectively     17,177       15,421  
  Additional paid-in capital     30,069,038       29,733,619  
  Retained earnings     6,000,439       9,366,035  
  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss):                
    Change in unrealized loss on marketable securities     -       (797 )
    Foreign currency translation gain     3,475,774       3,221,038  
                     
    Total Stockholders' Equity     39,562,428       42,335,316  
                     
    Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 77,043,748     $ 95,295,353  
   
   
   
   
CHINA ARMCO METALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
   
    For the Six Months     For the Six Months  
    Ended     Ended  
    June 30, 2012     June 30, 2011  
    (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)  
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:                
Net loss   $ (3,365,596 )   $ (735,053 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities                
  Depreciation expense     1,417,754       1,322,537  
  Amortization expense     24,861       24,287  
  Change in fair value of derivative liability     129       (128,120 )
  (Gain) loss from foreign currency exchange rate change on marketable securities     61,995       (92,869 )
  Impairment other than temporary - marketable securities     386,941       -  
  Stock based compensation     506,926       311,523  
    Bank acceptance notes receivable     -       (154,715 )
    Accounts receivable     (29,284 )     18,900,255  
    Inventories     19,814,593       (2,995,412 )
    Advance on purchases     (814,011 )     (4,870,851 )
    Prepayments and other current assets     580,859       2,809,624  
    Accounts payable     (17,569,656 )     (1,386,949 )
    Customer deposits     (5,152,574 )     7,121,994  
    Taxes payable     297,140       (956,651 )
    Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     (1,112,164 )     (5,263,344 )
                 
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES     (4,952,087 )     13,906,256  
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:                
  Proceeds from release of pledged deposits     12,163,902       27,057,004  
  Payment made towards pledged deposits     (13,665,517 )     (26,247,324 )
  Purchases of property and equipment     (1,343,721 )     (1,263,008 )
                 
NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES     (2,845,336 )     (453,328 )
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:                
  Proceeds from loans payable     51,324,318       45,707,764  
  Repayment of loans payable     (45,456,352 )     (61,873,516 )
  Banker's acceptance notes payable     3,167,414       1,918,465  
  Repayment of mortgage payable     (1,073,817 )     -  
  Repayment of capital lease obligation     -       (388,186 )
  Advances from (repayment to) Chairman and CEO     (306,762 )     (72,760 )
                 
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES     7,654,801       (14,708,233 )
                 
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH     (20,794 )     (17,357 )
                 
NET CHANGE IN CASH     (163,417 )     (1,272,662 )
                 
Cash at beginning of period     1,042,591       3,097,917  
                 
Cash at end of period   $ 879,174     $ 1,825,255  
                 
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOWS INFORMATION:                
    Interest paid   $ 1,256,282     $ 963,428  
    Income tax paid   $ -     $ 1,205,932  
                 
                 

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