SOURCE: New Oriental Energy & Chemical Corp.

August 14, 2008 08:30 ET

New Oriental Energy & Chemical Reports First Quarter Revenues Increased 8.4% on Limited DME Sales

Sharp Gain in DME Sales Upon Completion of New 200 Ton Capacity Methanol Plant Continues to Be Anticipated Later This Year; Company to Host Investor Conference Call on Wednesday, August 20, at 8:00am

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 14, 2008) - New Oriental Energy & Chemical Corp. (NASDAQ: NOEC), a specialty chemical and emerging coal-based alternative fuel manufacturer in The People's Republic of China (PRC), said today that, in line with its prior guidance, revenues in the first quarter of fiscal year '09 ended June 30, 2008, increased 8.4% to $15,965,093 compared with $14,727,290 in the same period in the prior fiscal year. The Company noted that first quarter sales of its coal-based alternative fuel, DME, increased 11.09% over the same period last year to $4,915,616 and represented 30.79% of the Company's total revenues in the period, a result of the Company's decision to limit DME sales due to the high cost of purchased methanol currently needed to produce DME at full capacity. Sales of fertilizer chemicals, mainly urea, grew 7.60% and contributed 62.12% to the Company's total revenues in the period.

Mr. Chen Si Qiang, president and CEO of New Oriental Energy and Chemical Corp., commented, "We continue to expect that upon the anticipated completion of our new 200,000 ton methanol plant in the November/December timeframe, we will be positioned to self-produce the methanol necessary to achieve our growth forecast and sell all of the DME we can produce with strong margins. This should raise the contribution to revenues from our coal-based alternative fuels to 55% in the current fiscal year and substantially more in FY'10, when we expect to optimize our alternative fuel production in each quarter of the year utilizing self-produced methanol."

According to the Company, comprehensive income in the FY'09 first quarter, including an unrealized foreign exchange gain of $440,034, an increase of 28.82% over the same period last year, grew to $1,268,053, an increase of 1.30% over the same period last year. Mainly reflecting higher raw material costs as well as increased administrative costs, net income in the period was $828,019, or approximately 19.05% lower than the $1,022,898 reported in the first quarter of fiscal year 2008. EPS, based on net income, was 0.07 per share in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009, compared to 0.08 in the first quarter of fiscal year 2008.

The Company noted that while gross margins on urea decreased 2.66% to 18.53% in the first quarter compared to the year ago quarter, they compared favorably with fiscal year end '08 gross margins of 17.93%, and it expects urea margins will continue to be helped during the year by its cost reducing innovations and investments.

During the quarter, the Company also saw increases in gross margins on its alternative fuel products. DME margins increased approximately 4% to 18.05% in the quarter as DME prices grew nearly 40% compared to the year ago period. Over the same period, margins on methanol increased 26.26% to 31.31%, also mainly due to increased prices. The Company noted that nearly all of its self produced methanol in the period was utilized as feedstock for its DME production.

Capital Expenditures

The Company reported that as of June 30, 2008, total assets were $57,266,676 and total liabilities were $38,709,130, up respectively from $50,754,315 and $33,464,822 at year end fiscal '08. Shareholders' equity increased to $18,557,546 at June 30, 2008 compared with $17,289,493 a year earlier.

During the quarter, the Company substantially increased cash utilized in investing activities, principally as a consequence of its increased capital expenditure for construction of a new 200,000 ton capacity methanol plant, which will facilitate optimum utilization of its 150,000 ton DME production capacity. The Company reported that $6,867,622 was spent in the first quarter on construction in progress, bringing its total investment in the new methanol plant to $14 million (RMB 96,580,000) as of June 30, 2008.

The Company added that it continues to have good borrowing capacity and no current long term liabilities and, further, anticipates a strong increase in its cash flow upon completion of the new methanol facility.

Strong Growth Outlook

Looking ahead, the Company reiterated its expectation of another year of record overall growth, with revenues increasing at least 20% and net income also anticipated to grow approximately 20%. This is based on the anticipation of continuing solid gains in its fertilizer business and a significantly increased contribution from its alternative fuel products when its new 200,000 ton capacity methanol plant comes on stream in the November/December time frame. With its new self produced methanol capacity, the Company will not be required to purchase methanol at higher prices from outside vendors to produce DME and expects improved DME margins of 20%-25%. Significantly, the Company will be positioned to optimize production of DME and methanol depending on prevailing economics.

The Company added that in line with its growth strategy, it expects the contribution to total revenues from its growing alternative fuels business in fiscal year 2009 will increase to 55% from approximately 48% in fiscal year 2008, and expects this will increase further to approximately 70% in fiscal year 2010, when the Company anticipates it will be able to generate approximately $90 million in revenues from four full quarters of optimum production of DME and methanol, in addition to any gains it may achieve in sales of its core fertilizer products.

Conference Call Invitation

The Company will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter results for the period ended June 30, 2008 and its FY'09 outlook on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. ET.

Interested participants should call 1-800-762-8779 when calling within the United States or 1-480-629-9031 when calling internationally. Please ask for the New Oriental Energy & Chemical Earnings Conference Call, Pass Code 3912195. There will be a playback available until 08/27/2008. To listen to the playback, please call 1-800-406-7325 when calling within the United States or 1-303-590-3030 when calling internationally. Use the Pass Code 3912195 for the replay.

This call is being webcast by ViaVid Broadcasting and can be accessed by clicking on this link http://viavid.net/dce.aspx?sid=0000554C or at ViaVid's website at www.viavid.net. The webcast can be accessed through August 20, 2009.


                  New Oriental Energy & Chemical Corp.

                        Three Months Ended June   Three Months Ended June
                                30, 2008                  30, 2007
                        ------------------------  ------------------------
                                     Percentage                Percentage
Item                       Amount    of Revenues    Amount     of Revenues
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
                            US $         (%)          US $         (%)
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Revenues                 15,965,093       100.00%  14,727,290       100.00%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Cost of Goods Sold      (13,257,214)    (83.04%)  (12,118,023)    (82.28%)
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Gross Profit              2,707,879        16.96%   2,609,267        17.72%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Research and
 development                 20,433         0.13%      51,662         0.35%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Selling and
 distribution               277,989         1.74%     435,049         2.95%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
General &
 administrative             949,161         5.95%     428,226         2.91%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Income from operations    1,460,296         9.15%   1,694,330         11.5%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Interest expense, net      (186,755)     (1.17%)      (99,834)     (0.68%)
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Other, net                  (32,167)     (0.20%)       10,456         0.07%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Income before tax         1,241,374         7.78%   1,604,952        10.90%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Income tax                  413,355         2.59%     583,815         3.96%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Income from continuing
 operation                  828,019         5.19%   1,021,137         6.93%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Discontinued operation            -         0.00%       1,761         0.01%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Net income (loss)           828,019         5.19%   1,022,898         6.95%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Foreign currency
 translation gain           440,034         2.76%     341,582         2.32%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Other comprehensive
 income                     440,034         2.76%     228,860         1.55%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Comprehensive income      1,268,053         7.94%   1,251,758         8.50%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Weighted average shares
 outstanding basic and
 diluted                 12,640,000                12,640,000
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Net income per share,
 basic and diluted             0.07                      0.08
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------



                              Comparisons
                        ------------------------
                        Growth in
                          Amount
                        -----------
                                       Increase
                                     (Decrease)
                                         in
                                     Percentage
                            US $         (%)
                        -----------  -----------
Revenues                  1,237,803         8.40%
                        -----------  -----------
Cost of Goods Sold       (1,139,191)        9.40%
                        -----------  -----------
Gross Profit                 98,612         3.78%
                        -----------  -----------
Research and
 development                (31,229)    (60.45%)
                        -----------  -----------
Selling and
 distribution              (157,060)    (36.10%)
                        -----------  -----------
General &
 administrative             520,935       121.65%
                        -----------  -----------
Income from operations     (234,034)    (13.81%)
                        -----------  -----------
Interest expense, net       (86,921)       87.07%
                        -----------  -----------
Other, net                  (42,623)   (407.64%)
                        -----------  -----------
Income before tax          (363,578)    (22.65%)
                        -----------  -----------
Income tax                 (170,460)    (29.20%)
                        -----------  -----------
Income from continuing
 operation                 (193,118)    (18.91%)
                        -----------  -----------
Discontinued operation       (1,761)   (100.00%)
                        -----------  -----------
Net income (loss)          (194,879)    (19.05%)
                        -----------  -----------
Foreign currency
 translation gain            98,452        28.82%
                        -----------  -----------
Other comprehensive
 income                     211,174        92.27%
                        -----------  -----------
Comprehensive income         16,295         1.30%
                        -----------  -----------
Weighted average shares
 outstanding basic and
 diluted
                        -----------  -----------
Net income per share,
 basic and diluted
                        -----------  -----------



                   NEW ORIENTAL ENERGY & CHEMICAL CORP.
             (FORMERLY SPORTS SOURCES, INC.) AND SUBSIDIARIES
                   CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
                                (UNAUDITED)



                    ASSETS
                                                    June 30,    March 31,
                                                      2008         2008
                                                 ------------  ------------
                                                  (Unaudited)
CURRENT ASSETS
  Cash and cash equivalents                       $  1,636,234 $  7,487,808
  Restricted cash                                    7,140,150    5,438,809
  Notes receivable, net of reserve of $145,792
   and $135,563 at June 30, 2008 and March 31,
   2008, respectively                                  597,746      647,908
  Inventories                                        5,236,548    2,171,040
  Prepayments for goods                                378,460    1,196,831
  Due from employees                                    22,626       13,213
  Other assets                                          87,848      134,993
  Due from related parties                             302,937            -
                                                 ------------  ------------
      Total current assets                          15,402,549   17,090,602
                                                 ------------  ------------

  Plant and equipment, net                          20,515,470   20,102,938
  Land use rights, net                               1,658,671    1,629,633
  Construction in progress                          17,437,409    9,740,638
  Deposits                                           2,036,189    1,978,389
  Deferred taxes                                       183,245      179,541
  Other long-term assets                                33,143       32,574
                                                 ------------  ------------
      Total long-term assets                        41,864,127   33,663,713
                                                 ------------  ------------

  TOTAL ASSETS                                    $ 57,266,676 $ 50,754,315
                                                  ============ ============


    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
  Accounts payable                                $  3,048,291 $  1,656,883
  Other payables and accrued liabilities               647,167      545,090
  Short-term debt                                   20,730,854   17,954,837
  Customer deposits                                  4,129,364    4,220,527
  Payable to contractors                               474,473      506,364
  Due to related parties                             6,920,942    5,708,995
  Taxes payable                                      1,288,696    1,424,992
                                                 ------------  ------------
       Total current liabilities                    37,239,787   32,017,688
                                                 ------------  ------------

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES
  Long-term notes payable                              529,224      517,168
  Deferred taxes                                       780,245      773,449
  Due to employees                                     159,874      156,517
                                                 ------------  ------------
       Total long-term liabilities                   1,469,343    1,447,134
                                                  ------------  -----------
-

TOTAL LIABILITIES                                 $ 38,709,130 $ 33,464,822
                                                 ------------  ------------

CONTINGENCIES                                     $          0 $          0
                                                 ------------  ------------

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
  Common stock, par value $0.001 per share;
   30,000,000 shares authorized, 12,640,000
   shares issued and outstanding as of June 30,
   2008 and March 31, 2008, respectively                12,640       12,640
  Additional paid-in capital                         4,573,205    4,573,205
  Retained earnings (restricted portion was
   $950,327 as of June 30, 2008 and March 31,
   2008, respectively)                              11,454,518   10,626,499
  Accumulated other comprehensive income             2,517,183    2,077,149
                                                 ------------  ------------
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                          18,557,546   17,289,493
                                                 ------------  ------------

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY        $ 57,266,676 $ 50,754,315
                                                  ============ ============

About New Oriental Energy & Chemical Corp.

New Oriental Energy & Chemical Corp. listed on the NASDAQ Global Market (NASDAQ: NOEC), is an emerging coal-based alternative fuels and specialty chemical manufacturer based in Henan Province, China. The Company's core products are urea and other coal-based chemicals primarily utilized as fertilizers. Future growth is anticipated mainly from its focus on expanding production of coal-based alternative fuels, in particular, methanol and dimethyl ether (DME), which is a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to LPG for home heating and cooking, and diesel fuel for cars and buses. All of the Company's sales are made through a network of distribution partners in China. Additional information on the Company is available on its website at www.neworientalenergy.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release may contain forward-looking statements concerning New Oriental Energy & Chemical Corp. 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 risk 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.

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Mr. Ben Wang
    Chief Financial Officer
    New Oriental Energy & Chemical Corp.
    Xicheng Industrial Zone of Luoshan, Xinyang
    Henan Province, The People's Republic of China
    Tel: (011-86) 10-6709-2670

    Investors:

    Mark Miller
    East West Network Group
    mmeastwest@hotmail.com
    Ph: (770) 436-7429

    Press:

    Ken Donenfeld
    DGI Investor Relations
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    kdonenfeld@dgiir.com
    Ph: (212) 425-5700
    Fax: (212) 425-6951