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QKL Stores Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results

2015-04-15 18:00 3234

DAQING, China, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- QKL Stores Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq: QKLS), a leading regional supermarket chain in Northeastern China and Inner Mongolia, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year financial results ended December 31, 2014.

Mr. Zhuangyi Wang, Chairman and CEO, said, "As QKL expands its market presence in northeast China, we are uniquely positioned against our local competitors through our large product offering, strong supplier relationships, efficient distribution network and state-of-the-art IT system. We are comfortable with our opportunities in 2015 and believe we'll see an improvement in operating expenses and profit growth in coming quarters.

"In 2014, we closed one store and opened five stores. As of December 31, 2014, we operated 26 supermarkets, 18 hypermarkets, 4 department stores and 5 distribution centers situated in Daqing, Harbin Changchun and Jiamusi, respectively.

As we advance into 2015, we expect to open two new supermarket or hypermarket stores this year. We maintain confidence in our strategy of strengthening our store presence in Tier 4 and 5 cities in northeastern China as well as in our core region of operation around Daqing where the majority of our older stores are based."

Fourth Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased by 12.3% to $75.8 million from $67.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Comparable stores are stores that were opened for at least one year before the beginning of the comparison period, or by October 1, 2013. Those 43 stores generated approximately $66.8 million in sales in the fourth quarter of 2014, representing a decrease of $0.2 million, or 0.3% compared with $67.0 million in sales in fiscal 2013. New store sales increased, reflecting the opening of five new stores since October 1, 2013. These stores generated approximately $9.0 million in sales in the fiscal 2014.

Gross profit increased by 10.4% year over year to $12.7 million, compared to $11.5 million in the prior year period. Gross profit as a percentage of revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 was 16.8%, compared to 17.0% for the fourth quarter of 2013. The decrease was due to the increasing competition in the online shopping.

Operating expenses increased by 42.2% to $24.6 million compared to $17.3 million in the prior year period. This was primarily a result of our significant recognition of the preliminary expenses and related new stores expenses in the fourth quarter of 2014. We did not open any new store in fiscal 2013.

We had a net loss of $14.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with net loss of $11.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Full Year 2014 Financial Results

Revenue decreased by $8.2 million, or 2.9%, to $274.6 million for fiscal 2014 from $282.8 million for fiscal 2013. The change in net sales was primarily attributable to the following: comparable stores are stores that were opened for at least one year before the beginning of the comparison period, or by January 1, 2013. Those 43 stores generated approximately $252.9 million sales in fiscal 2014, a decrease of $20.1 million, or 7.4% compared with $273.0 million sales in fiscal 2013. New store sales increased, reflecting the opening of five new stores since January 1, 2013. These stores generated approximately $19.0 million in sales in the fiscal 2014.

Gross profit, or total revenue minus cost of sales, was decreased by $2.0 million, or4.1%, to $46.4 million, or 16.9% of net sales, in fiscal 2014 from $48.4 million, or 17.1% of net sales, in fiscal 2013. The change in gross profit was primarily attributable to net sales decreased by $8.2 million in fiscal 2014 compared to fiscal 2013.

Selling expenses increased by $11.8 million, or 25.2%, to $58.7 million, or 21.4% of net sales, in fiscal 2014 from $46.9 million, or 16.6% of net sales, in fiscal 2013. The change in selling expense was mainly due to the increase in the new stores in 2014. In particular, we incurred $5.5 million of preliminary expense, and $4.4 million of other additional expenses, including salaries, depreciation rental, utility and advertising in fiscal 2014. We did not open any new store in fiscal 2013.

We had a net loss of $27.0 million in fiscal 2014 compared with net loss of $14.3 million in fiscal 2013. The number of shares used in the computation of diluted EPS increased by 0.2% to 1,522,326 shares in fiscal 2014 from 1,519,258 shares in fiscal 2013.

About QKL Stores Inc.:

Based in Daqing, China, QKL Stores, Inc. is a leading regional supermarket chain company operating in Northeastern China and Inner Mongolia. QKL Stores sells a broad selection of merchandise, including groceries, fresh food, and non-food items, through its retail supermarkets, hypermarkets and department stores; the company also has its own distribution centers that service its supermarkets. For more information, please access the Company's website at: www.qklstoresinc.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements in this release and other written or oral statements made by or on behalf of the Company are "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements regarding future events and developments and our future performance, as well as management's expectations, beliefs, plans, estimates or projections relating to the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. The forward looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties including market acceptance of the Company's services and projects and the Company's continued access to capital and other risks and uncertainties. The actual results the Company achieves may differ materially from those contemplated by any forward-looking statements due to such risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on our current expectations and speak only as of the date of such statements.

Contact Information


QKL Stores, Inc.

In China:

Mike Li, Investor Relations

+86-459-460-7987

QKL STORES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Balance Sheets



December
31, 2014



December
31, 2013









ASSETS







Cash


$

9,013,006



$

9,245,212


Restricted cash



8,623,748




8,668,882


Accounts receivable



949,211




557,745


Inventories



62,605,754




64,724,923


Other receivables



21,375,611




21,979,152


Prepaid expenses



12,114,028




9,915,479


Advances to suppliers



8,653,037




7,822,660


Income taxes receivables



-




1,739,773


Deferred income tax assets - current portion



2,839,714




2,788,918











Total current assets



126,174,109




127,442,744


Property, plant equipment, net



37,843,171




40,247,576


Land use rights, net



684,375




718,337


Deferred income tax assets - non-current portion



61,681




66,956


Other assets



11,880




17,276











Total assets


$

164,775,216



$

168,492,889











LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY









Short term bank loans



60,201,757




40,889,761


Accounts payable



37,206,633




35,840,964


Cash card and coupon liabilities



14,539,728




18,465,030


Customer deposits received



2,005,136




984,308


Accrued expenses and other payables



23,147,611




18,827,472


Income taxes payable



241,189




-











Total current liabilities



137,342,054




115,007,535


Warrant liabilities



-




-











Total liabilities



137,342,054




115,007,535











Commitments and contingencies



-




-











Shareholders' equity









Common stock, $0.001 par value per share, authorized 100,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 1,522,326 and 1,522,326 shares at December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013 respectively



1,522




1,522


Series A convertible preferred stock, par value $0.01, authorized 10,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 529,412 and 529,412 shares at December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013



5,294




5,294


Additional paid-in capital



93,746,014




93,337,957


Retained earnings - appropriated



8,338,153




8,329,586


Retained earnings



(89,116,190)




(62,145,794)


Accumulated other comprehensive income



14,458,369




13,956,789











Total shareholders' equity



27,433,162




53,485,354











Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$

164,775,216



$

168,492,889


QKL STORES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Operations



Years Ended December 31,




2014



2013









Net sales


$

274,636,920



$

282,790,433


Cost of sales



228,215,577




234,421,906


Gross profit



46,421,343




48,368,527











Operating expenses:









Selling expenses



58,724,799




46,854,916


General and administrative expenses



8,879,070




10,384,659


Total operating expenses



67,603,869




57,239,575











Loss from operations



(21,182,526)




(8,871,048)




















Non-operating income(expense):









Interest income



622,988




441,718


Interest expense



(4,436,526)




(1,386,810)


Total non-operating income



(3,813,538)




(945,092)











Loss before income tax



(24,996,064)




(9,816,140)











Income taxes



1,965,765




4,481,672











Net loss


$

(26,961,829)



$

(14,297,812)


Comprehensive loss statement:


















Net loss



(26,961,829)




(14,297,812)


Foreign currency translation adjustment



501,580




1,406,689











Comprehensive loss


$

(26,460,249)



$

(12,891,123)


*Basic earnings per share of common stock


$

(17.71)



$

(9.41)


*Diluted earnings per share


$

(17.71)



$

(9.41)


*Weighted average shares used in calculating net income per ordinary share - basic



1,522,326




1,519,258


*Weighted average shares used in calculating net income per ordinary share - diluted



1,522,326




1,519,258


QKL STORES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows



Years Ended December 31,




2014



2013









CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:







Net loss


$

(26,961,829)



$

(14,297,812)


Depreciation-property, plant and equipment



4,942,830




6,502,288


Amortization



30,223




29,968


Deferred income tax



(60,393)




3,631,238


Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment



1,205,657




2,850


Share-based compensation



408,057




816,468


(Reversal)/provision on inventory, other receivables and sales return



(378,576)




518,453


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:









Accounts receivable



(394,389)




261,888


Inventories



1,761,003




(2,895,295)


Other receivables



880,698




(3,018,049)


Prepaid expenses



(2,250,285)




1,509,946


Advances to suppliers



(871,150)




1,990,054


Accounts payable



1,552,356




3,865,732


Cash card and coupon liabilities



(3,829,348)




(743,884)


Customer deposits received



1,026,003




(301,087)


Accrued expenses and other payables



5,209,616




(10,898,312)


Income taxes payable



1,972,000




(1,718,925)


Net cash used in operating activities



(15,757,527)




(14,744,479)











CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:









Purchases of property, plant and equipment



(4,230,820)




(598,043)


Sales proceeds of fixed assets disposal



277,290




177,346


Increase of restricted cash



-




(8,668,629)


Net cash used in investing activities



(3,953,530)




(9,089,326)











CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:









Bank repayment



(40,678,849)




(16,133,794)


Bank borrowings



60,204,696




40,334,486


Net cash provided by financing activities



19,525,847




24,200,692











Net (decrease)/increase in cash



(185,210)




366,887











Effect of foreign currency translation



(46,996)




398,912











Cash at beginning of period



9,245,212




8,479,413


Cash at end of period


$

9,013,006



$

9,245,212











Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:









Interest paid



4,436,526




1,386,810


Income taxes (received)/paid


$

(45,196)



$

999,271



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