Migao Corporation

Migao Corporation

August 15, 2013 07:30 ET

Migao Reports Fiscal 2014 First Quarter Financial Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 15, 2013) - Migao Corporation (TSX:MGO), a China-based specialty potash fertilizer producer, today reported financial results for the three-month period ended June 30, 2013.

Migao reported revenue of $29.4 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2013 as compared to revenue of $32.5 million for the same period ended June 30, 2012. Net loss for the quarter was $5.1 million or ($0.10) per basic share as compared to net loss of $3.9 million or ($0.07) per basic share. The decline in revenue as compared to the first quarter a year ago, is primarily a result of significantly lower sales of potassium chloride, as well as lower average selling price of potassium nitrate. Offsetting those declines were increased revenue from potassium sulphate as well as increased volume and average selling price of hydrochloric acid.

The decrease in net income was primarily a result of lower gross profit margin related to the decreased average selling price of potassium nitrate.

3 months ended
June 30, 2013
3 months ended
June 30, 2012
Sales 29,405 32,535
Gross Profit 1,987 2,821
Gross Profit (% of revenue) 6.8 % 8.7 %
Net Income (5,128 ) (3,919 )
EBITDA (1,460 ) (652 )
Basic EPS (0.10 ) (0.07 )
Weighted average number of shares (in millions of shares)
Basic 52.5 52.5
Diluted 52.5 52.5
Balance Sheet Highlights
June 30, 2013 March 31, 2013
Current Ratio 1.75:1 1.80:1
Cash, equivalents & restricted cash 101,542 77,040
Working Capital 184,239 183,037
Total Assets 561,940 542,804
Total Liabilities 239,258 234,363
Total Equity 322,682 308,441
Non-Current Bank Debt to Equity Ratio 0.02:1 0.02:1

"Recognizing that our priority continues to be returning the Company to profitability, we are encouraged by the upward trend in hydrochloric acid pricing and demand, a chronic challenge that has impacted our performance for several quarters," said Mr. Liu Guocai, CEO of Migao. "We expect the recent pricing and demand to continue and not slide to levels seen earlier. Our efforts to attract new customers in new regions as well as increase our offerings to existing customers will be instrumental in getting us back to profitability."

Migao's gross profit margin was 6.8% of revenue, compared to 8.7% in the same period a year ago. The decrease is a result of reduced selling prices of potassium nitrate.

The Company recently announced its intention to form a joint venture with EuroChem, Russia's largest mineral fertilizer producer and a top-ten agrochemical company globally, to produce potassium nitrate and low-chloride NPK fertilizers in Yunnan province. Once the joint venture agreement is finalized, Migao will provide further details regarding the budget, scale, and schedule of the project.

At the end of the period, the Company had $30.4 million (63,475 tonnes) of potassium chloride inventory with an average delivered price of $479 per tonne. In addition, during the quarter, the Company sold 16,962 tonnes of potassium nitrate, 21,939 tonnes of potassium sulphate, 4,853 tonnes of compound fertilizer, 2,307 tonnes of potassium chloride, and at the end of the period, the Company had $43.9 million (112,190 tonnes) of finished goods inventory on hand, including co-products.

At June 30, 2013, Migao reported cash and restricted cash of $101.5 million and working capital of $184.2 million.

The Company also announces the resignation of Dr. Mark Stauffer from the Board of Directors. Dr. Stauffer served as a Director since Migao went public in 2006 and was a member of the Audit and Technical Committees. "I wish Mark all the best and thank him for his efforts and many contributions over the years," said Mr. Guocai.

Conference Call

Migao will be hosting a conference call to discuss the first quarter financial results at 10:00am, Eastern Time, Thursday August 15, 2013. The details are as follows:
Dial in number: 416-340-8410 or 866-225-2055
Taped replay (until August 29, 2013): 905-694-9451 or 1-800-408-3053
Taped replay access code: 4181545#

Annual Meeting of Shareholders

The Company invites all shareholders to the annual and special meeting of Migao Corporation to be held at 885 West Georgia Street, Suite 1500 Vancouver, British Columbia on September 24, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. (Vancouver time).

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, potassium sulphate, and specialty compound fertilizers) to China's agricultural market. Migao Corporation is subject to, and complies with strict government regulations that govern safety, quality and environmental protection. Please visit www.migaocorp.com for further information.


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