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Sutor Technology Group Limited Reports First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results

2014-12-15 21:10 1738

CHANGSHU, China, December 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sutor Technology Group Limited (the "Company" or "Sutor") (Nasdaq: SUTR), one of the leading China-based manufacturers and service providers for fine finished steel products used by a variety of downstream applications, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 ended September 30, 2014.

First Quarter of Fiscal 2015 Financial Results Highlights:


1Q FY2015

1Q FY2014

Change

Revenues (million):

38.0

139.1

(72.7)%

Gross profit (million)

(1.8)

12.2

(114.8)%

Net income (million)

(5.1)

5.2

(198.2)%

EPS

(0.12)

0.13

(192.3)%

Ms. Lifang Chen, CEO of Sutor, commented, "Based on our recent operating results and market outlook, we anticipate our performance for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015 will improve. We believe the recent net loss reflected the unusual challenges facing the Chinese steel industry and our company.

"It appears that the steel industry is at a cyclical bottom. The headwinds we encountered were stronger than we had expected. The Chinese economy is undergoing a structural adjustment. During the process, those companies without technology or markets for their products are being phased out. This structural change temporarily reduced demands for certain steel products, depressed prices to a multi-year low level, and altered our customers purchase patterns. Further, tight liquidity for some small and medium enterprises further constrained our customers' operations and affected our performance."

Ms. Chen continued, "To cope with these challenges, we are carrying out a number of strategic initiatives. We are taking a multi-faceted approach and transforming ourselves from a traditional steel manufacturer to a fine finished steel product and service provider. We are developing fee-based steel processing services to minimize the risks of declining steel prices. We believe that such services are more scalable and allow us to quickly adapt to the changes in the market place.

"We believe the growth of Chinese economy cannot be sustainable without a healthy and growing steel industry. We also believe the Chinese steel sector is at a cyclical bottom and the valuation of Chinese steel companies is generally depressed. This creates a tremendous opportunity for the steel industry to restructure and consolidate. We are taking advantage of this historical opportunity and actively evaluating merger and acquisition opportunities that are otherwise not available to us.We have engaged Ernst & Young as our financial advisor to help us evaluate and structure deals and to maximize our asset value. We believe we can become larger and stronger through steel industry restructuring and consolidation. We will update the market on this potential development when it is appropriate." Ms. Chen concluded.

First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015 Results

Revenue. For the three months ended September 30, 2014, revenue was $38.0million, compared to $139.1 million for the same period last year, a decrease of $101.1 million, or 72.7%. The decrease was mainly attributable to the change in our business model. In the past, our revenue was primarily derived from selling manufactured products and the sales price included the cost of steel sheets plus a gross profit. Under the fee-based processing services, the price of processing services does not include the cost of steel sheets as the customers are responsible for procurement of the raw materials. As a result, revenue from processing one ton of fine finished steel products is only a fraction of the revenue from the traditional practice of the revenue from the traditional business model. We believe the fee-based model is more scalable and allows us to better adapt to the changes in the Chinese economy than our traditional manufacturing and sales model. Finally, as fewer products were available for sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 than in the same period last year, sales to related parties were also significantly reduced.

On a geographic basis, revenue generated from outside of China was $1.0 million, or 2.8% of the total revenue, for the three months ended September 30, 2014, as compared to $18.1 million, or 13.0% of the total revenue, for the same period in 2013. Our pre-painted galvanized steel ("PPGI") line was shut down during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 for scheduled technical upgrading. PPGI historically was one of our main export products.

Gross profit and gross margin.Gross profit decreased by $14.0 million to $(1.8) million in the three months ended September 30, 2014, from $12.2 million in the same period in 2013. Gross profit as a percentage of revenue (gross margin) was (4.9)% for the three months ended September 30, 2014, as compared to 8.8% for the same period last year. The main reason for the declined gross margin was our effort to make our new fee-based processing services more competitive by setting up our fees at a comparatively low level. In addition, overall lower production volumes in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 than the same period last year also reduced gross margin due to fixed production expenses.

Total operating expenses. Our total operating expenses decreased by $2.4 million to $2.5million in the three months ended September 30, 2014, from $4.9 million in the same period in 2013. As a percentage of revenue, our total operating expenses increased to 6.6% in the three months ended September 30, 2014, from 3.5% in the same period in 2013.

Selling expenses. Our selling expenses decreased by $1.7 million to $0.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014, from $2.0 million in the same period in 2013. As a percentage of revenue, our selling expenses decreased to 0.7% for the three months ended September 30, 2014, from 1.4% for the same period last year. The reduced dollar amount of the selling expenses was primarily due to reduced shipping and handling activities as the total sales were reduced.

General and administrative expenses. General and administrative expenses was $2.2 million, or 5.9% of the total revenue, in the three months ended September 30, 2014, as compared with $2.9 million, or 2.1% of the revenue, in the same period in 2013. The decreased dollar amount of general and administrative expenses was primarily due to the reversal of a prior period bad debt allowance.

Interest expense. Our interest expense increased by $1.2 million to $3.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014, from $1.8 million in the same period in 2013. As a percentage of revenue, our interest expense was 7.8% of total revenue in the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared to 1.3% in the same period in 2013. The higher amount of interest expenses was mainly due to more outstanding bank loans in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 than the same period last year.

Provision for income taxes. Our income tax benefit was $1.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014, as compared to $1.5 million of income tax expense in the same period last year, mainly due to net losses for the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

Net income. Net income, without including the foreign currency translation adjustment, decreased by $10.3 million, or 198.2%, to $(5.1) million in the three months ended September 30, 2014, from $5.2 million in the same period in 2013, as a cumulative result of the above factors.

Financial Condition and Liquidity

As of September 30, 2014, we had approximately $4.0 million in cash and $14.8 million in restricted cash. Our short-term loans were approximately $186.8 million. We also had approximately $11.0 million long-term loans. As of September 30, 2014, the Company had an unused line of credit with banks of approximately $31.2 million.

As a result of the completion of its500,000 MT cold-rolled production line, the Company does not expect any major capital expenditures within the next twelve months and intends to use cash flow from operations and unused line of credit from banks to meet the near-term working capital requirements. The Company also expects to renew bank loans when they become due. However, there is no assurance that additional financing will become available on terms acceptable to us.

Functional Currency

The functional currency of the Company is the Chinese Yuan Renminbi ("RMB"); however, the accompanying financial information has been expressed in United States Dollars ("USD"). The accompanying consolidated balance sheets have been translated into USD at the exchange rates prevailing at each balance sheet date. The accompanying consolidated statements of operations and cash flows have been translated using the weighted-average exchange rates prevailing during the periods of each statement. Transactions in the Company's equity securities have been recorded at the exchange rate existing at the time of the transaction.

About Sutor Technology Group Limited

Sutor is one of the leading China-based manufacturers and service providers for high-end fine finished steel products and welded steel pipes used by a variety of downstream applications. The Company utilizes a variety of in-house developed processes and technologies to convert steel manufactured by third parties into fine finished steel products, including hot-dip galvanized steel, pre-painted galvanized steel, acid-pickled steel, cold-rolled steel and welded steel pipe products. To learn more about the Company, please visit http://www.sutorcn.com/en/index.php.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes certain statements that are not descriptions of historical facts, but are "forward-looking statements"in nature within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, among others, those concerning our expected financial performance, liquidity and strategic and operational plans, our future operating results, our expectations regarding the market for our products, our expectations regarding the steel market, as well as all assumptions, expectations, predictions, intentions or beliefs about future events. You are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that a number of risks and uncertainties could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but not limited to, the factors mentioned in the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2014, and other risks mentioned in our other reports filed with the Securities Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Copies of filings made with the SEC are available through the SEC's electronic data gathering analysis retrieval system (EDGAR) at http://www.sec.gov. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "project," "targets," "optimistic," "intend," "aim," "will" or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. The Company assumes no obligation and does not intend to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

For more information, please contact:
Investor Relations
Sutor Technology Group Limited
Tel: +86-512-5268-0988
Email: investor_relations@sutorcn.com

SUTOR TECHNOLOGY GROUP LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS




September 30,


June 30,



2014


2014






ASSETS





Current Assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

$

4,021,868

$

12,178,225

Restricted cash


14,779,924


60,860,255

Short-term investments


-


3,248,652

Trade accounts receivable, unrelated parties, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,243,554 and $1,368,723, respectively


3,939,382


6,331,702

Trade accounts receivable, related parties


40,790,071


16,149,269

Notes receivables


576,795


194,919

Other receivables and prepayments, unrelated parties, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $257,946 and $255,628, respectively


2,679,247


1,875,785

Other receivables and prepayments, related parties


405,670


405,558

Advances to suppliers, unrelated parties, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $661,926 and $527,673, respectively


7,898,158


8,645,751

Advances to suppliers, related parties


287,018,783


286,085,768

Inventories, net


56,202,616


78,277,682

Current deferred tax assets


3,104,989


1,507,840

Total Current Assets


421,417,503


475,761,406

Non-current Assets:





Advances for purchase of long term assets


85,264


85,241

Property, plant and equipment, net


85,008,417


87,121,382

Intangible assets, net


3,548,143


3,568,855

Long-term investments


1,815,236


1,814,734

Total Non-current Assets


90,457,060


92,590,212

TOTAL ASSETS

$

511,874,563

$

568,351,618






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY





Current Liabilities:





Short-term loans

$

186,818,007

$

139,223,123

Long-term loans, current portion


-


-

Accounts payable, unrelated parties


5,717,104


5,843,599

Notes payable


33,295,758


136,274,446

Other payables and accrued expenses, unrelated parties


9,411,081


4,613,201

Other payables and accrued expenses, related parties


3,113,169


3,110,196

Advances from customers, unrelated parties


7,095,891


7,917,111

Advances from customers, related parties


15,118,527


15,114,353

Warrant liabilities


3


866

Total Current Liabilities


260,569,540


312,096,895

Non-Current Liabilities





Long-term loans, unrelated parties


2,859,995


2,859,995

Long-term loans, related parties


8,182,018


8,182,018

Total Non-current Liabilities


11,042,013


11,042,013

Total Liabilities


271,611,553


323,138,908






Stockholders' Equity





Undesignated preferred stock - $0.001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; nil shares outstanding


-


-

Common stock - $0.001 par value;

authorized: 500,000,000 shares as of September 30 and June 30, 2014;

issued: 42,252,267 shares and 42,252,267 shares as of September 30 and June 30, 2014, respectively


42,252


42,252

Additional paid-in capital


43,720,091


43,652,089

Statutory reserves


22,725,841


22,725,841

Retained earnings


131,989,310


137,081,594

Accumulated other comprehensive income


42,437,025


42,362,443

Less: Treasury stock, at cost, 590,838 as of September 30 and June 30, 2014


(651,509)


(651,509)

Total Stockholders' Equity


240,263,010


245,212,710

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$

511,874,563

$

568,351,618

SUTOR TECHNOLOGY GROUP LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME




For the Three Months Ended



September 30



2014


2013






Revenue from unrelated parties

$

16,991,898

$

102,182,122

Revenue from related parties


20,995,932


36,926,203

Total Revenue


37,987,830


139,108,325

Cost of Revenue


(39,832,100)


(126,905,780)

Gross (Loss)/Profit


(1,844,270)


12,202,545






Operating Expenses:





Selling expenses


(269,640)


(1,994,856)

General and administrative expenses


(2,249,251)


(2,904,270)

Total Operating Expenses


(2,518,891)


(4,899,126)

(Loss)/Income from Operations


(4,363,161)


7,303,419






Other Incomes/(Expenses):





Interest income


446,485


1,050,222

Interest expense


(2,978,347)


(1,803,295)

Changes in fair value of warrant liabilities


863


(12,587)

Income from equity method investments


-


85,172

Other income


273,362


44,274

Other expense


(66,845)


(18,023)

Total Other Expenses


(2,324,482)


(654,237)






Income (Loss) Before Taxes


(6,687,643)


6,649,182

Income tax benefit/(expense)


1,595,359


(1,460,935)

Net Income/(Loss)

$

(5,092,284)

$

5,188,247






Other Comprehensive Income:





Foreign currency translation adjustment


74,582


1,659,557

Comprehensive Income/(Loss)


(5,017,702)


6,847,804






Basic Earnings/(Loss) per Share

$

(0.12)

$

0.13

Diluted Earnings/(Loss) per Share

$

(0.12)

$

0.13






Basic Weighted Shares Outstanding


41,661,429


41,314,527

Diluted Weighted Shares Outstanding


41,661,429


41,314,527

SUTOR TECHNOLOGY GROUP LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS




For the Three Months Ended



September 30



2014


2013

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:





Net income (loss)

$

(5,092,284)

$

5,188,247

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities





Depreciation and amortization


2,139,619


2,244,793

Provision for doubtful accounts


10,827


106,557

Stock-based compensation


68,002


64,264

Foreign currency exchange gain


-


(91,689)

Income from equity method investments


-


(85,172)

Deferred income taxes


(1,595,359)


(112,083)

Changes in fair value of warrant liabilities


(863)


12,587

Changes in current assets and liabilities:





Restricted cash


46,057,480


(8,735,865)

Trade accounts receivable, unrelated parties


2,517,420


(2,708,302)

Trade accounts receivable, related parties


(24,615,145)


-

Notes receivable


(381,494)


(41,394,993)

Other receivables and prepayments, unrelated parties


(804,498)


(8,236,889)

Advances to suppliers, unrelated parties


615,344


(2,831,826)

Advances to suppliers, related parties


(853,727)


93,269,690

Inventories


22,077,021


(54,550,385)

Accounts payable, unrelated parties


574,496


3,728,819

Accounts payable, related parties


-


9,268,908

Notes payable


(102,927,694)


17,255,052

Other payables and accrued expenses, unrelated parties


4,792,724


(361,778)

Other payables and accrued expenses, related parties


2,641


-

Advances from customers, unrelated parties


(822,613)


(190,350)

Net Cash (Used In)/Provided by Operating Activities


(58,238,103)


11,839,585






Cash Flows from Investing Activities:





Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(685,244)


(6,557,827)

Payments for short-term investments


-


(3,243,910)

Proceeds from sale of short-term investments


3,246,753


-

Net Cash Provided By/(Used In) Investing Activities


2,561,509


(9,801,737)






Cash Flows from Financing Activities:





Proceeds from loans


79,796,650


32,728,061

Payments of loans


(32,281,138)


(44,606,562)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock


-


1,500,000

Changes in restricted cash


-


10,864,531

Net Cash Provided By Financing Activities


47,515,512


486,030






Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash


4,725


25,427






Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents


(8,156,357)


2,549,305

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Year


12,178,225


3,601,385

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Year

$

4,021,868

$

6,150,690






Supplemental Non-Cash Information:





Offset of notes payable to related parties against receivable from related parties

$

-

$

10,997,923

Accounts payable for purchase of long-term assets


(702,495)


-






Supplemental Cash Flow Information:





Cash paid during the year for interest expense

$

(2,726,391)

$

(2,030,947)

Cash paid during the year for income tax

$

-

$

(1,539,622)

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