SOURCE: China Armco Metals, Inc.

May 17, 2010 19:11 ET

China Armco Metals Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2010

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) - China Armco Metals, Inc. (NYSE Amex: CNAM), a distributor of imported metal ore and metal recycler with a new state of the art scrap metal recycling facility in China, today announced the Company's financial results for the first quarter of 2010.

Financial Highlights

--  1st quarter 2010 revenue increases to $8.6 million, up 59% from $5.4
    Million in the 1st quarter of 2009
--  1st quarter 2010 Non-GAAP Net Income of $670,000 versus $185,000 in 1st
    quarter of 2009
--  1st quarter 2010 Non-GAAP EPS of $0.06 versus $0.02 in 1st quarter of
--  1st quarter 2010 GAAP net income of $53,000 after inclusion of a
    non-cash charge of ($324,000) for the increase of fair market value of
    outstanding common stock purchase warrants
--  1st quarter 2010 GAAP EPS of $0.01 versus $0.03 in first quarter of

Maintains Financial Forecast for Full Year 2010

--  Maintains financial guidance with full year 2010 revenue exceeding $220
    with full year net income exceeding $12 million

First Quarter 2010 Financial Results

Net revenues for the first quarter of 2010 were $8.6 million, an increase of 59% compared to the $5.4 million recorded in the first quarter of 2009. The increase in revenue is largely attributable to a stronger overall business environment in 2010 as compared to 2009 assisted by our increased credit availability.

Cost of goods sold for the first quarter of 2010 were $8.0 million, as compared to $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2009. Gross profit margins were 6.5% in the first quarter of 2010 as compared to 9.4% in the first quarter of 2009. The decrease in margins in 2010 was mainly due to a heavy concentration of lower margin iron ore shipments in the Company's ore sourcing and distribution operations. Additionally, we received a favorable vendor price adjustment of $963,000 for goods previously shipped. This was recorded as a gain related to a vendor price adjustment in other income, not as an offset to our cost of goods sold. Operating expenses for the first quarter of 2010 were $914,000, as compared to $334,000 in the first quarter of 2009. The Company's operating expenses are comprised of selling expenses and general and administrative expenses. These increases are a result of a higher level of sales and additional costs related to stock based compensation, and increases in staff for the initiation of our metal recycling operations.

On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the first quarter of 2010 was $670,000, an increase of over 262% as compared to non-GAAP net income of $185,000 in the first quarter of 2010. This resulted in Non-GAAP EPS of $0.06 as compared to non-GAAP EPS of $0.02 in the first quarter of 2009. After deducting all non-cash items including $322,000 related to the fair market value of outstanding warrants treated as derivative liabilities, GAAP net income was $53,000 as compared to $297,000 in the first quarter of 2009 (inclusive of a gain of $170,000 from the reduction in fair market value of the same warrants). This resulted in GAAP EPS of $0.01 as compared to GAAP EPS of $0.03 in the first quarter of 2009.

At March 31, 2010 shareholder equity reached $27.1 million with cash of $4.1 million as compared to December 31, 2009, when shareholder equity was $17.1 million with cash of $744,000.

Financial Forecast for Full Year of 2010

As a result of a strong comparative performance in the first quarter of 2010 with continued strong demand in our distribution business coupled with the launch in the second quarter and anticipated ramp up in production at our newly operational scrap metal recycling facility, management is maintaining financial guidance with revenues for the full year of 2010 exceeding $220 million with net income exceeding $12.0 million. Management expects its metal recycling operations to become the largest contributor to revenues progressively accelerating in the second half of 2010.

Commenting on China Armco Metals' financial performance, Kexuan Yao, its CEO and Chairman stated, "We are pleased with our performance in the first quarter. While it is traditionally our weakest quarter, we increased sales over 59% from the same period in 2009. We anticipate that as our recycling ramps up throughout the year and our distribution business builds on the favorable trends from the first quarter of 2010, we expect to see record performance for our company in the coming years. We are in the strongest financial position in our history and intend to put our capital to work to further fuel our growth."

About China Armco Metals, Inc.

China Armco Metals, Inc. is engaged in the sale and distribution of metal ore and non-ferrous metals throughout the PRC and has entered the recycling business with the recent launch of operations of a 1-million ton per year capacity scrap metal shredder and recycler located on 32 acres of land in Lianyungang, China. China Armco maintains customers throughout China which includes the fastest growing steel producing mills and foundries in the PRC. Raw materials are supplied from global suppliers in India, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Brazil, Turkey, and the Philippines. China Armco's product lines include ferrous and non-ferrous ore, iron ore, chrome ore, nickel ore, magnesium, copper ore, manganese ore and steel billet. The recycling facility is expected to be capable of recycling one million metric tons of scrap metal per year which will position China Armco as one of the 10 largest recyclers of scrap metal in China. China Armco estimates the recycled metal market at 70 million metric tons in 2010.

                        CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

                                                 March 31,    December 31,
                                                   2010          2009
                                               ------------  ------------
Cash                                           $  4,125,091  $    743,810
Pledged deposits                                    214,768       779,169
Accounts receivable, net                         13,406,561    28,390,528
Inventories                                          37,854       496,149
Advance on purchases                              3,481,847     3,903,782
Prepayments and other current assets              6,017,816     3,513,538

Total Current Assets                             27,283,937    37,826,976

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net               25,157,851    19,642,861

LAND USE RIGHTS, net                              2,147,100     2,158,234

Total Assets                                   $ 54,588,888  $ 59,628,071

Loans payable                                  $          -  $ 17,021,558
Current maturities of long-term debt              2,194,234     2,193,881
Accounts payable                                  7,489,100     6,841,584
Advances from stockholder                         1,870,851        35,475
Customer deposits                                 2,921,101     2,453,098
Corporate income tax payable                      2,110,849     1,990,277
Value added tax and other taxes payable             345,862     1,312,455
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities    1,905,838       654,756

Total Current Liabilities                        18,837,835    32,503,084

LONG-TERM DEBT                                    8,045,523     6,581,641

DERIVATIVE LIABILITY                                572,396     3,417,974

Total Liabilities                                27,455,754    42,502,699


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, 11,793,262
 and 10,310,699 shares issued and
 outstanding, respectively                           11,793        10,310
Additional paid-in capital                       13,017,568     2,556,966
Deferred compensation                            (1,180,108)     (676,500)
Retained earnings                                14,990,139    14,936,915
Accumulated other comprehensive income:
Foreign currency translation gain                   293,742       297,681

Total Stockholders' Equity                       27,133,134    17,125,372
                                               ------------  ------------

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity     $ 54,588,888  $ 59,628,071


                                            For the three   For the three
                                             Months Ended    Months Ended
                                            March 31, 2010  March 31, 2009
                                            --------------  --------------
                                              (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)

NET REVENUES                                $    8,576,570  $    5,357,858

COST OF GOODS SOLD                               8,017,651       4,847,235

GROSS PROFIT                                       558,919         510,623

Selling expenses                                   342,705          27,293
General and administrative expenses                570,872         306,641

Total operating expenses                           913,577         333,934

INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS                     (354,658)        176,689

Interest income                                       (225)              -
Interest expense                                    85,115          18,036
Gain from vendor price adjustment                 (963,259)              -
Loss (gain) on change in fair value of
 derivative liability                              321,754        (169,826)
Other (income) expense                               2,400          30,227

Total other (income) expense                      (554,215)       (121,563)

INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES                  199,557         298,252

INCOME TAXES                                       146,333             790
                                            --------------  --------------

NET INCOME (LOSS)                                   53,224         297,462

Foreign currency translation gain (loss)            (3,939)        (26,445)

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)                 $       49,285  $      271,017
                                            ==============  ==============

Basic earning (loss) per share              $         0.01  $         0.03
                                            ==============  ==============
Diluted earning (loss) per share            $            -  $         0.03
                                            ==============  ==============

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding
 - basic                                        10,571,611      10,095,616
                                            ==============  ==============
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding
 - diluted                                      12,082,551      10,095,616
                                            ==============  ==============

Q1 Fiscal Year 2010 GAAP Reconciliation


The following table reconciles the calculation of net income per share on a basic and fully diluted basis from the amounts reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") to such amounts before giving effect to the following non-cash items: depreciation and amortization, restricted share-based compensation expenses - employees and directors, share-based compensation expense - consultants, and gain or loss due to the change in fair value of derivative liability. This disclosure is being provided as we believe it is meaningful to our investors and other interested parties to understand our operating performance on a consistent basis without regard to the impact of expenses linked to market fluctuations. The presentation of the non-GAAP information titled "Non-GAAP net income" and "Non-GAAP net loss" is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or diluted income per share prepared in accordance with GAAP.

                                             Three Months    Three Months
                                            Ended March 31, Ended March 31,
                                                 2010           2009
                                            =============== ==============
                                              Unaudited       Unaudited
                                            =============== ==============
GAAP net income                             $        53,224 $      297,462
Depreciation and Amortization expense               126,038         57,681
Restricted Share-based compensation
 expenses - Employees & Directors(1)                 59,792              -
Share-based compensation expenses -
 Consultants                                        109,622              -
Change in fair value of derivative
 liability                                          321,754       (169,826)
                                            --------------- --------------
Non-GAAP net income                                 670,430        185,317
                                            =============== ==============
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding
 - basic and diluted                             10,571,611     10,095,616
GAAP Earnings applicable to common
 stockholders                               $        53,224 $      297,462
  GAAP Basic EPS                                       0.01           0.03
  GAAP Diluted EPS                                     0.01           0.03
Non-GAAP Earnings applicable to common
 stockholders                                       670,430        185,317
  Non-GAAP Basic EPS                                   0.06           0.02
  Non-GAAP Diluted EPS                      $          0.06 $         0.02
                                            =============== ==============
Shares used in basic net income per-share
 calculation - GAAP                              10,571,611     10,095,616
Shares used in basic net income per-share
 calculation - Non-GAAP                          10,571,611     10,095,616
Shares used in diluted net income per-share
 calculation - GAAP                              12,082,551     10,095,616
Shares used in diluted net income per-share
 calculation - Non-GAAP                          12,082,551     10,095,616

Safe Harbor Statement

In connection with the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, China Armco Metals, Inc., is hereby providing cautionary statements identifying important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements (as defined in such act). 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 likely result," "are expected to," "will continue," "is anticipated," "estimated," "intends," "plans," "believes" and "projects") may be forward-looking and may involve estimates and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, our guidance and expectations regarding revenues, net income and earnings. In addition, any such statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to, and are accompanied by, the following key factors that have a direct bearing on our results of operations:

--  We operate in a business that is cyclical and where demand can be
--  Our dependence on adequate supply and availability of raw materials.
--  The principal markets we serve are highly competitive.
--  Our customers' inability to fulfill their contractual obligations
    during uncertain economic conditions.
--  Loss of order volumes from any of our major customers could result in
    a significant decline in our sales and our cash flows may be reduced.
--  Equipment upgrades and equipment failures may lead to production
    curtailments or shutdowns.
--  Our need for additional financing to fund expansion of our recycling
    facility and working capital for our metal ore business and the
    potentially dilutive effects of those activities.
--  Our ability to manage growth in operations to maximize our potential
    growth and achieve our expected revenues.
--  The lack various legal protections in certain agreements to which we
    are a party and which are material to our operations which are
    customarily contained in similar contracts prepared in the United
--  Our dependence on our key management personnel.
--  The effect of changes resulting from the political and economic
    policies of the Chinese government on our assets and operations
    located in the PRC.
--  The influence of the Chinese government over the manner in which our
    Chinese subsidiaries must conduct our business activities.
--  The impact on future inflation in the PRC on economic activity in the
--  The impact of any recurrence of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or
    SAR's, or another widespread public health problem.
--  The limitation on our ability to receive and use our revenues
    effectively as a result of restrictions on currency exchange in the
--  Our ability to enforce our rights due to policies regarding the
    regulation of foreign investments in the PRC.
--  The restrictions imposed under recent regulations relating to offshore
    investment activities by Chinese residents and the increased
    administrative burden we face and the creation of regulatory
    uncertainties that may limit or adversely affect our ability to
    complete the business combination with our PRC based subsidiaries.
--  Our ability to comply with the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices
    Act which could subject us to penalties and other adverse consequences.
--  Our ability to establish adequate management, legal and financial
    controls in the PRC.
--  The provisions of our articles of incorporation and bylaws which may
    delay or prevent a takeover which may not be in the best interests of
    our shareholders.
--  Our controlling stockholders may take actions that conflict with your

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. Further, any 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. New factors 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. This press release is qualified in its entirety by the cautionary statements and risk factor disclosure contained in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009.

Contact Information

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    China Armco Metals, Inc.
    Richard Galterio
    Investor Relations