Migao Corporation

Migao Corporation

July 03, 2012 07:17 ET

Migao Reports Fiscal 2012 Year-End Financial Results

- Dividend Policy Announced -

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 3, 2012) - Migao Corporation (TSX:MGO), a China-based leading specialty potash fertilizer producer, today reported financial results for the year ended March 31, 2012. Migao reported net income of $16.5 million or $0.31 per basic share from revenues of $402.7 million (RMB 2.6 billion) for the 12-months ended March 31, 2012 as compared to net income of $33.9 million or $0.65 per basic share from revenues of $317.0 million (RMB 2.1 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2011.

Net earnings were negatively impacted by the recognition of an impairment of $4.6 million for assets used in the production of sulphuric acid. Without the impact of the impairment expense, earnings for the year ended March 31, 2012 would have been $20.0 million or $0.38 per basic share.

12 months ended
March 31, 2012
12 months ended
March 31, 2011
Sales 402,706 316,937
Gross Profit 59,701 70,907
EBITDA 29,275 51,953
Net Income 16,538 33,952
Basic EPS 0.31 0.65
Diluted EPS 0.31 0.64
Weighted average number of shares (in millions of shares)
Basic 52.6 52.3
Diluted 52.6 52.7
Balance Sheet Highlights
March 31, 2012 March 31, 2011
Current ratio 2.56:1 2.44:1
Cash and Restricted Cash 68,924 35,208
Working Capital 205,483 116,734
Total Assets 479,163 386,762
Total Equity 342,416 303,436
Long Term Debt to Equity Ratio 0.0:1 0.0:1

"Our strong revenue growth for the year, a record for the Company, was driven by strong sales from our new specialty compound fertilizers as well as increased sales of potash," said Mr. Liu Guocai, Migao CEO. "Our profit margin for the year was impacted by lower average selling prices of the co-product hydrochloric acid, a result of the global economic downturn reducing demand for products utilizing hydrochloric acid in their production. Further impacting our results was reduced production of potassium sulphate ('SOP') as a result of the restrictive environment for hydrochloric acid ('HCL'). Our potassium nitrate and specialty compound businesses were healthy throughout the year with strong demand and healthy profit margins."

Migao also announced today the Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend policy. The initial dividend is anticipated to be declared in August 2012 with the payment date expected to be made in September 2012. The annual cash dividend is expected to equal approximately $0.06 per share, representing a dividend yield of approximately 2.4% based on the recent closing price of the Company's shares. Any decision to declare and pay dividends will be subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of Migao Corporation, in its sole and absolute discretion, upon considering the Company's earnings, financial and operational requirements and such other factors as it deems advisable.

"We have reacted quickly to the issues related to HCL. To make up for the decline in SOP and HCL sales, we have increased our production capacity of specialty compound fertilizers ahead of schedule," continued Mr. Liu Guocai. "We are working with international experts to determine alternative applications, markets, and formulations to mitigate Migao's current HCL situation."

Gross profit for the year was 14.8%, a decrease from 22.4% reported last year. The decline in gross margin is primarily a result of the ongoing HCL market conditions. HCL demand and pricing have declined as a result of European and North American weakness for products that use HCL in their manufacturing process. The average selling price for HCL in China is regional and has declined 40-75% depending on the region as compared to average selling prices in 2010 and 2011.

Subsequent to the end of the year, Shanghai Migao received its final permits to commence production and is currently fulfilling an order for a fruit and vegetable customer. Ramp up to full production will be dictated by market conditions for SOP and HCL. Local pricing for HCL is strong however volume demand is below what would be produced by Shanghai Migao at full production capacity. Discussions with potential tobacco customers and other HCL customers are ongoing.

During the year Changchun Migao completed construction of an additional 40,000 tonne per year capacity of potassium sulphate. Construction at Zunyi Migao for a 100,000 tonne specialty compounding facility was also completed and ramped up to full production capacity. From the additions at Changchun, Zunyi and Shanghai Migao receiving full and final permitting, Migao's production capacity of potassium nitrate, potassium sulphate and specialty compound fertilizers is 620,000 tonnes per year.

For the three-month period ended March 31, 2012, Migao reported record sales of $138.8 million compared to $117.6 million in the same three-month period in 2011. Net loss was $1.0 million or $0.02 per basic share for the final quarter of fiscal 2012 compared to $8.8 million or $0.17 per basic share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. Without the impact of the sulphuric acid plant impairment expense, earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 would have been $2.4 million or $0.05 per basic share.

At the end of the period, the Company had $38.9 million (77,974 tonnes) of potassium chloride inventory with an average delivered price of $498 per tonne, of which 45,930 tonnes were on hand and the remainder in transit. In addition, during the year, the Company sold 111,552 tonnes of potassium nitrate, 208,437 tonnes of potassium sulphate, 148,248 tonnes of compound fertilizer, 147,692 tonnes of potassium chloride and at the end of the period, the Company had $15.6 million (88,716 tonnes) of finished goods inventory on hand, including co-products.

At March 31, 2012, Migao reported cash and restricted cash of $68.9 million and working capital of $205.5 million. At March 31, 2012, current bank debt was $67.0 million.

Conference Call
Migao will be hosting a conference call to discuss the year-end results at 10:00am, Eastern Time, Tuesday July 3, 2012. The details are as follows:
Dial in number: 416-340-2216 or 1-866-226-1792
Taped replay (until July 17, 2012): 905-694-9451 or 1-800-408-3053
Taped replay access code: 3506656#

About Migao

Migao Corporation, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns and operates fertilizer production plants in various strategic locations across China for the production and sale of specialty potash fertilizer (potassium nitrate and potassium sulphate) to China's agricultural market. Migao Corporation is subject to, and complies with strict government regulations that govern safety, quality and environmental protection. Migao's Sichuan facility is ISO 14001 certified, an international environmental management standard. Please visit www.migaocorp.com for further information.


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