SOURCE: New Oriental Energy & Chemical Corp.

February 15, 2007 11:30 ET

New Oriental Energy & Chemical Corporation Announces Financial Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2007

Company Reports 16% Increase in Revenue to $10.9 Million Versus Q3FY06; Net Income of $952,000 and EPS of $0.09

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 15, 2007 --

Third Quarter 2007 Highlights:

--  DME Production Expanded to 50,000 tons of Available Annual Capacity
    during the Quarter
--  Company Returns to Profitability as Gross and Operating Margins Improve
    versus Last Year to 20% and 14% respectively
New Oriental Energy & Chemical Corp. (OTCBB: NOEC) "New Oriental," a specialty chemical and emerging alternative fuel manufacturer in China, today reported results for the third quarter of fiscal 2007, which ended December 31, 2006.

The Company reported revenue of $10.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2007 compared to $9.4 million during the comparable quarter last year, representing an increase of 15.9 percent. Revenue growth primarily resulted from an increase in liquid ammonia sales in the specialty chemical business and a growing contribution from new alternative energy products such as Dimethyl Ether (DME) and Methanol.

Mr. Chen Si Qiang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of New Oriental, commented, "Our specialty chemical business, particularly Urea, continues to enjoy strong brand recognition in the market and we expect to further leverage this stable base of cash flow to grow our portfolio of new alternative energy products."

DME sales were $0.9 million during the quarter and increased versus last year as the Company successfully expanded its available production capacity, while methanol sales were $2.6 million, a 31.6 increase versus the third quarter of fiscal 2006. The Company shifted manufacturing capacity away from DME to capture the favorable price increase in Methanol and since both of these end products are derived from synthesized ammonia production capacity, management has the flexibility to produce what will provide the most beneficial contribution to the Company. Synthesized ammonia capacity was 24,697 tons during the third quarter with an estimated capacity utilization of 38 percent. The Company sold 7,224 tons of Methanol with an average price of $413.36 per ton during the third quarter, compared to 3,342 tons at an average price of $315.39 during the second fiscal quarter. This sharp increase in Methanol prices was created by a convergence of several factors, including a decrease of supply by top manufacturers due to line maintenance, overall increased International demand, and the promotion by the Chinese government for blending methanol with petrol in several provinces for end consumer use.

"We are pleased with the pace of our expansion into high growth and higher margin alternative fuels such as DME and Methanol," further commented Mr. Quiang. "During the third quarter we significantly expanded our DME capacity and are well positioned to benefit from the strong secular growth associated with increasing domestic consumption for our portfolio of alternative fuels. This anticipated growth in addition to further sales efforts are expected to drive a higher level of overall utilization and improved profitability."

Gross profit during the quarter increased 441.5 percent to $2.2 million as the Company benefited from a greater percentage of higher margin DME and methanol revenue, lower cost of goods sold related to reduced consumption of coal in addition to a higher rate of overall capacity utilization. Gross margins improved 16.0 percent versus last year to 20.3 percent for the third quarter. Operating expenses for the third fiscal quarter were $0.7 million, representing an increase of $0.4 million, or 114.2 percent, as compared to last year. Increased sales and marketing costs as a result of higher revenue levels and expenses related to the facility expansion contributed to the year over year increase in operating expenses. Operating income increased substantially to $1.5 million as compared to breakeven results last year. Operating income benefited primarily from the aforementioned higher gross margins with operating margin during the third quarter improving to 14.0 percent as compared to less than 1.0 percent last year.

In addition to the Value Added Tax (VAT) which is paid prior to reported net revenues, the Company incurred $0.5 million in income tax representing an effective tax rate of 33.5 percent as compared to no such expense last year. Net income for the third quarter increased to $1.0 million as compared to a modest loss during the same quarter last year. Earnings per share were $0.09 based on 10.9 million weighted average fully diluted shares outstanding. The Company currently has a total of 12.6 million fully diluted shares outstanding.

For the nine month period ending December 31, 2006 revenues were $28.4 million, an increase of 35.7 percent compared to $20.9 million reported in the comparable period last year. Gross profit increased 184.2 percent to $4.6 million from $1.6 million in 2005 resulting in an improved gross margin of 16.2 percent, as compared to 7.7 percent last year. The improvement in gross margins primarily resulted from increased sales of higher margin products and other aforementioned factors. Net income for the period was $1.8 million, which represented a 312.0 percent increase over the $0.5 million reported for the nine months last year. Earnings per weighted average fully diluted share were $0.21, a significant increase from $0.06 reported for the year ago period.

Cash provided by operating activities was $6.0 million for the nine months ended December 31, 2006 compared $1.9 million during the same period in 2005, and resulted from higher net income and an improvement in working capital management. The Company during the first nine months of this year spent approximately $2.6 million in capital expenditures related to facility expansion. Cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash, was $9.8 million as compared to $2.4 million in the prior year period. Restricted cash of $4.9 million represents time deposits to secure notes payable. The Company's account receivable balance is minimal as many clients prepay for orders or utilize cash on delivery. Total current assets were $20.4 million for the period. The Company currently has $9.8 million in total debt with current liabilities for the quarter totaling $25.9 million. The Company's current ratio on December 31, 2006 was .75 to 1 with shareholders equity totaling $10.5 million.

Mr. Chen Si Qiang concluded, "Project implementation is underway to expand our DME production capacity from 50,000 tons currently to 150,000 tons, which we anticipate will be concluded by June, 2008. Additionally we are evaluating other new product offerings such as Biodiesel to complement our existing product line and leverage our core competencies. We believe this expansion in conjunction with new product offerings will provide the Company with significant future growth opportunities."

About New Oriental Energy & Chemical Corp.

New Oriental Energy & Chemical Corp. is an emerging alternative fuel and specialty chemical manufacturer based in Henan Province, China. The Company is focused on the production of Dimethyl ether (DME), methanol and fertilizer products, and the Company expects to begin production of bio-diesel within the next year. The Company sells its products primarily through a network of distribution partners.

Safe Harbor Statement:

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning Sports Source, Inc. and New Oriental Energy. The actual results may differ materially depending on a number of risk factors including, but not limited to, the following: general economic and business conditions, development, shipment, market acceptance, additional competition from existing and new competitors, changes in technology or product techniques, and various other factors beyond its control. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this Cautionary Statement and the risks factors detailed in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. New Oriental Energy & Chemical Corp. undertakes no duty to revise or update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

                                                       December 31, 2006
  Cash and cash equivalents                            $       4,943,014
  Restricted cash                                              4,866,367
  Notes receivable                                             1,316,608
  Accounts receivable                                             87,467
  Inventories                                                  3,541,583
  Prepayments for goods                                        4,676,234
  Due from employees                                              53,786
  Other receivables, prepaid expenses, and
   other assets                                                  954,698
      Total current assets                                    20,439,757

  Plant and equipment, net                                    11,083,478
  Land use rights, net                                         1,562,989
  Construction in progress                                     3,069,054
  Deposits                                                     1,196,131
  Long-term investment                                            26,893
  Deferred taxes                                                 235,141
  TOTAL ASSETS                                         $      37,613,443


  Accounts payable                                     $       4,177,130
  Other payables and accrued liabilities                         672,329
  Short-term debt                                              3,060,689
  Notes payable                                                6,778,337
  Customer deposits                                            9,679,018
  Due to related parties                                         820,756
  Due to employees                                               116,894
  Taxes payable                                                  626,443
          Total current liabilities                           25,931,596

  Deferred taxes                                               1,218,094
          Total long-term liabilities                          1,218,094

TOTAL LIABILITIES                                             27,149,690


Preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share; 10,000,000
 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding Common
 stock, par value $0.001 per share; 30,000,000 shares
 authorized, 12,640,000 share issued and outstanding              12,640
 Additional paid-in capital                                    4,573,205
 Retained earnings (the restricted portion is $510,283)        5,387,773
 Accumulated other comprehensive income                          490,135

          Total shareholders' equity                          10,463,753


                           Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended
                              December 31,              December 31,
                            2006         2005         2006         2005
                        ------------------------  ------------------------
REVENUES, NET           $10,884,452  $ 9,389,238  $28,365,616  $20,908,345

COST OF GOODS SOLD        8,679,748    8,982,406   23,767,912   19,290,691
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

GROSS PROFIT              2,204,704      406,832    4,597,704    1,617,654

Selling and distribution    135,956       84,672      496,095      167,469

General and
 administrative             542,769      232,162      944,233      625,957
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

INCOME FROM OPERATIONS    1,525,979       89,998    3,157,376      824,228


   Interest expense, net    (92,933)     (72,912)    (212,803)    (160,848)

   Investment income, net     7,390            -        7,339            -

   Other, net               (12,949)     (26,309)     (74,964)      63,711
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

 INCOME TAXES             1,427,487       (9,223)   2,876,948      727,091

INCOME TAX EXPENSE         (475,683)           -   (1,035,062)    (279,970)
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

NET INCOME (LOSS)           951,804       (9,223)   1,841,886      447,121

  Foreign currency
   translation gain         109,950       46,286      329,855      175,096
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

 TAXES                      109,950       46,286      329,855      175,096

 INCOME                     (36,284)     (15,274)    (108,852)     (57,782)
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

 TAXES                       73,666       31,012      221,003      117,314
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME    $ 1,025,470  $    21,789  $ 2,062,889  $   564,43
--------------------    ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

 DILUTED                 10,908,043    7,500,000    8,640,145    7,500,000
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

 DILUTED                $      0.09  $     (0.00) $      0.21  $      0.06
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    New Oriental Energy & Chemical Corp.
    Mr. Wang Gui Quan
    Xicheng Industrial Zone of Luoshan, Xinyang
    Henan Province, The People's Republic of China
    Tel: (011-86) 376-2169211
    Fax: (011-86) 376-6818152

    For Investors:
    Bob Agriogianis
    Focus Asia Partners
    Ph: (973) 966-2983
    Cell: (973) 216-6949
    Fax: (973) 966-6252

    HC International:
    Matt Hayden
    (858) 704-5065