SOURCE: China Auto Logistics Inc.

China Auto Logistics Inc.

August 14, 2012 08:00 ET

China Auto Logistics Second Quarter Revenues Grew 18.3% on Sustained Growth in Imported Luxury Vehicle Sales

Planned Reduction in Web-Based Advertising Sales Lowers Profits, Despite Sharp Advance in Financing Services

Investor Conference Call Scheduled on Thursday, August 16th at 8:00am ET

TIANJIN, CHINA--(Marketwire - Aug 14, 2012) -  China Auto Logistics Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ: CALI), one of China's leading developers of websites for buyers and sellers of imported and domestic automobiles, a top seller in China of imported luxury cars, and a leading provider of auto-related services, reported today that led by continuing growth in luxury imported auto sales in China, revenues in its second quarter ended June 30, 2012 grew 18.32% to $150,047,968 from $126,810,558 in the same period last year.

At the same time, the Company continued to shift from rapidly growing web-based advertising sales to utilizing its sites as information platforms for promoting automobile sales and its higher margin auto related services. Consequently, despite contributions from other services, and especially strong gains in financing services, net income attributable to shareholders declined by 27.85% to $1,649,461 or $0.07 per share in the 2012 second quarter compared with $2,286,200 or $0.12 per share in the same period last year.

For the six months ended June 30, 2012, revenues reached $257,493,554, up 23.57% from $208,384,546 in the first half of 2011. Net income attributable to shareholders in the first half of 2012 decreased 25.95% to $3,230,938 from $4,363,334 in the same period of 2011, or $0.15 compared with $0.23 on a per share basis respectively. The weighted average number of shares outstanding was 22,163,427 in the 2012 second quarter and 19,163,427 in the same period last year.

Continuing Growth

Mr. Tong Shiping, CEO and Chairman of the Company, stated, "We recognize we are sacrificing some profits at present with our decision to exit the highly competitive website advertising arena, particularly given the low margins in our auto sales. However, we believe we have developed a strong Internet presence with our sites that will bolster continuing growth of our auto sales where there is room for margin growth, and more importantly, present and future high margin auto-related services such as financing, which in the latter case achieved more than a tripling of operating income in this year's second quarter compared with last year. Further, we see continuing rapid growth ahead in luxury auto sales and related services, and will continue to seek to expand our leadership in this niche."

Second Quarter Auto Sales Up 19.62%

Auto sales in the second quarter of 2012 grew 19.62% to $147,243,467 compared with results in the same period last year and were 98.13% of total revenues in the 2012 period. This growth was based on a 48% year over increase in volume, from 1,129 vehicles in the comparable period last year to 1,675 vehicles in 2012. At the same time, the average unit selling price in the 2012 second quarter decreased 19.37% to $87,907 reflecting higher demand for lower end models of top selling luxury brands. Gross margins on these sales were 1.96% in the 2012 second quarter, compared with 2.94% a year earlier. Nevertheless, auto sales made a $1,217,353 contribution to total operating income in the quarter of $2,467,494. Automobile sales during the first six months of 2012 were up 24.92% year over year to $251,541,304, while gross margins in the 2012 period increased slightly to 1.26%.

Growth forecasts for the high-end automobile market vary, but in most cases exceed those for China's mainstream auto market. HIS Automotive forecasted in April this year that high end auto sales growth of 139.5% from 2010 to 2015, will soon make China the top market for most major luxury brands. This is the market on which the Company remains focused. 

Finance Services Led Auto-related Services Growth

During the second quarter of 2012, year over year revenues from the Company's financing services grew 84.60% to $2,037,550 and were the second biggest contributor after auto sales to revenues and operating income in the period. Additionally, operating income from financing services in the 2012 second quarter of $911,364, was more than triple the $294,325 in operating income generated by financing services in the second quarter last year.

In the first six months of 2012, the income from operations for automobile sales was $2,652,883, followed by $1,614,985 from financing services, while total operating income in the first six months of 2012 was $4,911,126.

The Company had aggregate lines of credit with several of China's leading banks totaling approximately $128 million and approximately $60 million drawn on those lines as of June 30, 2012. During the quarter, the Company continued to add new financing service types and increased the price for its services. In turn, this increased gross margins in financing services to 51.13% from 46.53% in the same period last year. The Company believes it has established good credit with China's major commercial banks and will be able to continue to access additional credit lines as may be needed if growth in auto transactions continue.

The contribution from web-based advertising services to operating income in the quarter was $192,380, down substantially from just over $2 million in the prior year period, as the Company continued to shift its focus from generating advertising revenue to utilizing its websites to provide information to attract new customers to its auto sales and services. The sites provide information in 50 cities throughout China and are targeted to expand to 60 cities. So far the Company believes the results of this shift have been positive despite the bottom line impact, and will create opportunities for higher potential growth of its other service products.

During the second quarter of 2012 contributions to operating income of $342,734 and 231,837 respectively also came from automobile import value added services and auto mall management services.

Looking Ahead

Commenting further, Mr. Tong stated, "At the end of the second quarter, the sum of our revenues from higher margin auto related services, including the sharply lower amount from web-based advertising, was approximately $2.6 million, from which we had income from operations of approximately $2.47 million as compared with approximately $3.13 million a year earlier. Going forward, we believe we can exceed prior operating income results and improve profits, with continued growth in our current and new automobile-related services, and as expanding awareness of our Company's leadership in luxury auto sales continues to match growth in the segment."

Conference Call Invitation

The Company will discuss 2012 second quarter and first half results during a live conference call and webcast on Thursday, August 16, at 8:00am ET

To participate in the call, interested participants should call 1-877-941-1427 when calling within the United States or 1-480-629-9664 when calling internationally. Please ask for the China Auto Logistics 2012 Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call, Conference ID: 4559503. There will be a playback available until 08/23/12. To listen to the playback, please call 1-877-870-5176 when calling within the United States or 1-858-384-5517 when calling internationally. Use the Replay Pin Number: 4559503.

This call is being webcast by ViaVid Broadcasting and can be accessed by clicking on this link or at ViaVid's website at

About China Auto Logistics Inc.

China Auto Logistics Inc. is one of China's top sellers of imported luxury vehicles, and also manages China's largest imported auto mall in Tianjin. Additionally, it operates, one of the leading automobile portals in China, as well as three major websites serving China's auto dealers and their customers. The Company also provides a growing variety of "one stop" automobile related services such as short term dealer financing. Additional information about the Company is available at

Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this press release are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause our actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted results. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, product demand, market competition, and risks inherent in our operations. These and other risks are described in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Three Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
    2012     2011     2012     2011  
Net revenue   $ 150,047,968     $ 126,810,558     $ 257,493,554     $ 208,384,546  
Cost of revenue     146,999,242       122,653,415       250,914,243       200,253,179  
    Gross profit     3,048,726       4,157,143       6,579,311       8,131,367  
Operating expenses:                                
  Selling and marketing     182,713       364,496       428,390       738,643  
  General and administrative     398,519       667,018       1,239,795       1,349,834  
    Total operating expenses     581,232       1,031,514       1,668,185       2,088,477  
Income from operations     2,467,494       3,125,629       4,911,126       6,042,890  
Other income (expenses)                                
  Interest income     15,308       15,164       28,672       27,682  
  Interest expenses     (140,620 )     -       (226,644 )     -  
  Loss on disposal of property and equipment     (26,478 )     -       (72,074 )     -  
  Miscellaneous     (114 )     (1,490 )     (114 )     (10,577 )
    Total other income (expenses)     (151,904 )     13,674       (270,160 )     17,105  
Income before income taxes     2,315,590       3,139,303       4,640,966       6,059,995  
Income taxes     663,084       825,932       1,399,673       1,642,120  
Net income     1,652,506       2,313,371       3,241,293       4,417,875  
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests    
Net income attributable to shareholders of China Auto Logistics Inc.   $
Earnings per share attributable to shareholders of China Auto Logistics Inc.- basic and diluted   $




Weighted average number of common shareoutstanding - basic and diluted    




    June 30,    
  December 31,
Current assets            
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 2,498,344   $ 8,184,793
  Restricted cash     19,907,523     18,805,876
  Accounts receivable - trade, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $0 and $2,796 as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively     41,713     107,936
  Receivables related to financing services     70,343,939     89,252,244
  Notes receivable     9,510,374     4,761,225
  Inventories     30,620,743     28,702,113
  Advances to suppliers     51,607,300     44,746,804
  Prepaid expenses     124,326     141,665
  Value added tax refundable     1,283,596     625,724
    Total current assets     185,937,858     195,328,380
Property and equipment, net     487,772     642,672
Goodwill     3,731,835     3,736,573
Intangible assets, net     1,298,758     1,419,830
Other assets     35,371     37,637
    Total Assets   $ 191,491,594   $ 201,165,092
Current liabilities            
  Lines of credit related to financing services   $ 60,158,775   $ 87,710,957
  Short term borrowings     9,662,478     4,285,102
  Accounts payable     649,627     1,566
  Notes payable to suppliers     19,020,748     -
  Accrued expenses     273,316     446,264
  Customer deposits     36,454,497     46,865,945
  Deferred revenue     194,822     319,974
  Due to shareholders     3,292,368     3,296,548
  Due to director     521,090     22,316
  Income tax payable     1,028,367     1,161,664
    Total current liabilities     131,256,088     144,110,336
Deferred tax liability     328,842     359,342
    Total liabilities     131,584,930     144,469,678
China Auto Logistics Inc. shareholders' equity            
  Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and Outstanding           -
  Common stock, $0.001 par value, 95,000,000 shares authorized, 22,163,427 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011     22,163     22,163
  Additional paid-in capital     21,975,605     21,975,605
  Accumulated other comprehensive income     5,669,231     5,699,444
  Retained earnings     31,670,260     28,439,322
    Total China Auto Logistics Inc. shareholders' equity     59,337,259     56,136,534
Noncontrolling interests     569,405     558,880
    Total equity     59,906,664     56,695,414
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 191,491,594   $ 201,165,092

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