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China Marine Food Group Limited Reports Record Results for its Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2009, Company Exceeds 2009 Guidance

2010-03-22 21:30 752

SHISHI, China, March 22 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- China Marine Food Group Limited (NYSE Amex: CMFO) ("China Marine" or the "Company"), a China-based manufacturer of Mingxiang(R) seafood-based snack foods, "Hi-Power" marine algae-based beverages and distributor of frozen marine catch, today announced record financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2009.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2009 Highlights:

-- Revenue was $24.9 million, up 85.0% from Q4 2008.

-- Gross profit was $5.8 million, up 54.7% from Q4 2008.

-- Operating income was $4.8 million, up 71.0% from Q4 2008.

-- Net income was $4.4 million, up 74.1% from Q4 2008.

-- Earnings per share were $0.18 based on 24.4 million shares.

Fiscal Year 2009 Highlights:

-- Revenue was $69.6 million, up 42.6% from the year ended December 31,

2008.

-- Gross profit was $19.1 million, up 25.9% from the previous year.

-- Operating income was $16.2 million, up 29.8% from the previous year.

-- Net income was $14.6 million, up 30.9% from 2008, with earnings of

$0.60 per diluted share.

-- Completed a new manufacturing facility during Q3 2009 which increased

capacity from 10,000 tons to 20,000 tons per annum.

"China Marine experienced strong demand during the fourth quarter for both our processed seafood-based snack foods and marine catch product lines as retailers prepared for the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. The additional capacity we added during the year was instrumental in meeting our sales goals," said Mr. Pengfei Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of China Marine.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2009 Results

Total revenue in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009 was $24.9 million, up 85.0% from $13.5 million in the prior year's period. Sales growth was driven by increased shipments of Mingxiang(R) snack food products to distributors and by shipments of frozen marine catch to distributors in the Liaoning province. The processed seafood segment contributed $14.5 million of revenues and grew 29.7% from the fourth quarter of 2008. The marine catch product line contributed $10.4 million in revenue and increased over three-fold from Q4 2008. As previously discussed, while the Company's focus is Mingxiang(R) snack foods and beverages, China Marine will take advantage of opportunities to drive incremental revenue growth by selling bulk orders of frozen squid to its established base of marine catch distributors.

Gross profit in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2009 was $5.8 million, an increase of 54.7% from $3.8 million in the prior year's corresponding period. Gross margins for the processed snack food line were 33.1%, compared to 32.0% in the fourth quarter of 2008. Marine Catch margins were 10.0% versus 8.2% in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Selling, general and administrative expenses in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009 were approximately $1.0 million, up 5.8% from $0.9 million in the prior year's period.

Operating income in the fourth quarter was $4.8 million, with operating margin of 19.4%, a 71.0% increase from $2.8 million with operating margin of 21.0%, in the prior year's period.

Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 was $4.4 million, compared to $2.5 million in the prior year's corresponding period. Earnings per diluted share were $0.18 based on 24,391,942 diluted shares outstanding.

Fiscal Year 2009 Results

Total revenue for fiscal year 2009 was $69.6 million, up 42.6% from $48.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2008. In 2009, 74.8% of revenue was generated by sales of processed seafood products, and 25.2% of revenue was generated by sales of marine catch compared to 90.9% and 9.1%, respectively in 2008. Domestic sales accounted for 97.4% of revenue in 2009, compared to 95.1% of revenue in 2008. The Company exceeded its top line revenue guidance of $60.0 million by approximately $9.6 million, or 16.0%.

Gross profit was $19.1 million in 2009, a 25.9% increase from $15.2 million in 2008. In 2009, 90.6% of gross profit was generated by sales of processed seafood products and 9.4% of gross profit was generated by sales of marine catch compared to 97.1% and 2.9%, respectively in 2008. In 2009, sales of processed seafood had a gross margin of 33.3%, and sales of marine catch had a gross margin of 10.3% compared to 33.2% and 9.9%, respectively in 2008.

Operating income totaled $16.2 million in 2009, a 29.8% increase from $12.5 million in the previous fiscal year. The Company's operating margin was 23.2% compared to 25.5% in the prior year. Net income for fiscal year 2009 was $14.6 million, a 30.9% increase from $11.1 million during 2008, with net margins of 20.8% and 22.8% for 2009 and 2008, respectively. Earnings per share were $0.60 per diluted share in fiscal year 2009, compared to $0.48 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2008.

"We were very pleased to exceed both our revenue guidance of $60.0 million and net income guidance of $14.3 million for the year," said Mr. Pengfei Liu, Chairman and CEO of China Marine. "We leveraged our growing distribution network of Mingxiang(R) snack foods and significantly expanded our retail network to 2,200 stores from 1,400 in 2008. In 2010, we plan to enter new provinces and develop select export markets in Asia to drive future growth."

Financial Condition

As of December 31, 2009, the Company had $7.1 million in cash. Working capital was $48.4 million, up from $36.8 million as of December 31, 2008. Accounts receivable were $18.8 million, compared to $4.8 million as of December 31, 2008, which was attributed to the increase in sales volume during the year and the extension of credit period to the Company's major customers and consistent with existing market practices. Current liabilities were $8.1 million compared to $6.6 million as of December 31, 2008. Shareholder's equity was $59.9 million, a 32.9% increase from $45.0 million as of December 31, 2008.

The Company has $26.4 million in notes receivable on December 31, 2009 which was attributable to the convertible loan due from the acquisition's target company, and $2.3 million in prepayment for land use right due to the land cost for development of cold storage facilities.

Recent Events

On January 1, 2010, China Marine exercised an option to purchase 80.0% of the registered capital stock of Shishi Xianghe Food Science and Technology Co., Ltd. ("Xianghe"), the manufacturer of "Hi-Power", an algae-based health beverage. The acquisition consisted of transferring a loan of $26.4 million, which was owed by Xianghe to China Marine, and a payment of $1.4 million from China Marine to the former sole shareholder of Xianghe. 2010 revenues from Xianghe are forecast to be over $20 million with a 20.0% net profit margin.

In January 2010, China Marine announced that it entered into an agreement to sell 4,615,388 shares of common stock at a price of $6.50 per share, generating net proceeds of approximately $28.5 million, which will be used for working capital and general corporate purposes.

Business Outlook and Guidance

"Our acquisition of Xianghe complements our product line and gives us entry into new markets. Xianghe's "Hi-Power" algae-based drink is popular among health conscious consumers, a growing market segment in China," said Mr. Liu. "China Marine management will take over and manage Xianghe, and we intend to develop additional sales of "Hi-Power" algae-based drink through our Mingxiang(R) existing and expanding distribution network," Liu concluded.

After acquiring Xianghe, the Company increased its fiscal year 2010 guidance to $100.0 million in revenues and $21.5 million in net income. These guidance numbers are subject to change and before any non-cash amortization charges associated with intangible assets generated from the Xianghe acquisition.

Conference Call

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Date: March 23, 2010

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About China Marine

China Marine Food Group Ltd. is a food and beverage manufacturer of Mingxiang(R) seafood-based snack foods, "Hi-Power" marine algae-based health drinks, and a wholesaler of frozen marine catch in seven provinces in the PRC. Founded in 1994, China Marine has grown steadily and positioned its Mingxiang(R) brand as a category leader in 2,200 retail sales points in the PRC. The Company has received "The Famous Brand" and "Green Food" awards. Located in the Fujian province, it is one of the largest coastal provinces in the PRC and a vital navigation hub between the East China Sea and the South China Sea. The Company is committed to the highest standard of quality control with the ISO9001, ISO14001, HACCP certification and EU export registration.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" relating to the business of China Marine Food Group Limited and its subsidiary companies, which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes, expects" or similar expressions. Such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including all business uncertainties relating to product development, marketing, concentration in a single customer, raw material costs, market acceptance, future capital requirements, competition in general and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are or will be described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. China Marine Food Group Limited is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction.

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CHINA MARINE FOOD GROUP LIMITED

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2009 AND 2008

(Currency expressed in United States Dollars ("US$"))

As of December 31,

2009 2008

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents $7,143,232 $31,640,307

Accounts receivable, net 18,834,062 4,819,434

Inventories 3,876,950 6,679,488

Note receivable 26,399,696 --

Prepaid expenses and other

current assets 151,653 326,977

Total current assets 56,405,593 43,466,206

Property, plant and equipment, net 8,599,977 5,944,515

Land use rights, net 615,355 630,150

Prepayment for land use right 2,274,323 --

Construction in progress -- 1,604,855

TOTAL ASSETS $67,895,248 $51,645,726

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Short-term borrowings $4,139,121 $4,289,341

Accounts payable, trade 885,286 416,463

Amount due to a stockholder 69,587 170,091

Income tax payable 618,664 362,326

Accrued liabilities and other

payable 2,334,384 1,387,427

Total current liabilities 8,047,042 6,625,648

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' equity:

Preferred stock, $0.001 par value;

1,000,000 shares authorized; 0

shares issued and outstanding as

of December 31, 2009 and 2008 -- --

Common stock, $0.001 par value;

100,000,000 shares authorized;

23,413,639 and 23,026,301 shares

issued and outstanding as of

December 31, 2009 and 2008 23,414 23,026

Additional paid-in capital 16,888,532 16,752,945

Statutory reserve 5,614,517 4,883,700

Accumulated other comprehensive

income 3,576,135 3,448,436

Retained earnings 33,745,608 19,911,971

Total stockholders' equity 59,848,206 45,020,078

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $67,895,248 $51,645,726

CHINA MARINE FOOD GROUP LIMITED

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATION AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2009 AND 2008

(Currency expressed in United States Dollars ("US$"),

except for number of shares)

Years ended December 31,

2009 2008

Revenue, net $69,585,683 $48,798,804

Cost of revenue (inclusive of

depreciation and amortization) (50,456,225) (33,606,972)

Gross profit 19,129,458 15,191,832

Operating expenses:

Depreciation and amortization (79,725) (58,310)

Sales and marketing (608,685) (608,259)

General and administrative (2,276,006) (2,067,802)

Total operating expenses (2,964,416) (2,734,371)

Income from operations 16,165,042 12,457,461

Other income (expenses):

Subsidy income 309,901 68,225

Rental income 82,299 73,941

Interest income 288,687 505,173

Interest expense (230,433) (319,229)

Income before income taxes 16,615,496 12,785,571

Income tax expense (2,051,042) (1,662,761)

NET INCOME $14,564,454 $11,122,810

Other comprehensive income:

- Foreign currency

translation gain 127,699 2,195,540

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME $14,692,153 $13,318,350

Net income per share - basic $0.63 $0.48

Net income per share - diluted $0.60 $0.48

Weighted average shares

outstanding - basic 23,062,839 23,010,842

Weighted average shares

outstanding - diluted 24,391,942 23,010,842

CHINA MARINE FOOD GROUP LIMITED

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2009 AND 2008

(Currency expressed in United States Dollars ("US$"))

Years ended December 31,

2009 2008

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income $14,564,454 $11,122,810

Adjustments to reconcile net

income to net cash provided by

operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization 330,419 237,400

Loss on disposal of property,

plant and equipment 1,386 156,681

Stock issued to an executive 66,975 77,136

Stock issued for service 69,000 96,420

Allowance for doubtful accounts 70,425 3,196

Changes in operating assets and

liabilities:

Accounts receivable (14,085,053) (639,193)

Inventories 2,802,538 (5,492,153)

Prepaid expenses and other

current assets 175,324 (161,449)

Accounts payable, trade 468,823 (20,157)

Income tax payable 256,338 21,232

Accrued liabilities and other

payable 946,957 598,575

Net cash provided by operating

activities 5,667,586 6,000,498

Cash flows from investing

activities:

Purchase of property, plant and

equipment (353,177) (634,069)

Proceeds from disposal of

property, plant and equipment -- 13,906

Cash paid to construction in

progress (995,235) (3,558,441)

Cash paid to prepayment for land

use right (2,274,323) --

Advances to note receivable (26,399,696) --

Net cash used in investing activities (30,022,431) (4,178,604)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Repayment of amount due to a

stockholder (100,504) (92,297)

Proceeds from short-term borrowings 4,139,121 8,844,844

Payment on short-term borrowings (4,289,341) (5,388,690)

Net cash (used in) provided by

financing activities (250,724) 3,363,857

Effect of exchange rate changes

in cash and cash equivalents 108,494 1,977,909

NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH

EQUIVALENTS (24,497,075) 7,163,660

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS,

BEGINNING OF YEAR 31,640,307 24,476,647

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF

YEAR $7,143,232 $31,640,307

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH

FLOW INFORMATION

Cash paid for income taxes $1,794,704 $1,641,529

Cash paid for interest $230,433 $319,229

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH

INVESTING AND FINANCING TRANSACTIONS

Transfer from construction in progress to

property, plant and equipment $2,600,090 $--

For more information, please contact:

COMPANY

Marco Hon Wai Ku, CFO

Suite 815, 8th Floor

Ocean Centre, Harbour City

Kowloon, HONG KONG

Tel: +852-2111-8768

Email: marco.ku@china-marine.cn

Web: http://www.china-marine.cn

INVESTOR RELATIONS

John Mattio, SVP

HC International, New York

Tel: +1-203-616-5144 (U.S.)

Email: john.mattio@hcinternational.net

Web: http://www.hcinternational.net

Source: China Marine Food Group Limited
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