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Winner Medical Group Reports 29.27% Increase in Net Sales and 15.5% Increase in Net Income for Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2007

2007-12-11 23:07 723

SHENZHEN, China, Dec. 11 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Winner Medical Group Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: WMDG), reported today the consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2007.

Fourth Quarter Results

Consolidated fourth quarter net sales in fiscal 2007 increased 29.27% to $21.51 million from $16.64 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006. Consolidated fourth quarter gross profit increased 7.74% to $5.71 million from $5.30 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006. The increase was mainly attributed to the increased sales orders from customers with large orders, especially from European customers.

Net income for the fourth quarter increased 15.5% to $1.49 million, or $0.033 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $1.29 million, or $0.030 per basic and diluted share, for the fourth quarter last year.

Fiscal Year Results

Net sales for fiscal year 2007 totaled approximately $70.28 million, representing approximately a 10.04% increase over net sales of approximately $63.87 million reported in the fiscal year 2006. Higher sales were generated from Europe, North America and China compared with the same period last year. Gross profit for the fiscal year 2007 decreased to $17.41 million, from $ 17.54 million for the fiscal year 2006. Gross margin in 2007 was affected by appreciation in the Chinese RMB against the U.S. dollar as well as increased labor, energy, and raw material costs.

Net income for fiscal year 2007 was approximately $5.62 million, or $0.13 per basic and diluted share, compared with net income of approximately $5.83 million, or $0.14 per basic and diluted share, in fiscal year 2006. Decrease in net profit is mainly due to increased marketing expenses on Winner Medical’s new products, and increased R&D expense.

The following table compares the sales revenues generated in fiscal year 2006 and 2007 in the major geographic areas in which Winner Medical sells its products. The table also provides the percentage of total revenues generated in each region.

(All amounts, other than percentages, in millions of U.S. dollars)

Year Ended Percentage of Year Ended Percentage of

on 9/30/07 Total Revenues on 9/30/06 Total Revenues

Europe $30.97 44.07% $25.01 39.16%

Japan $15.18 21.6% $16.65 26.06%

North America $8.82 12.55% $7.62 11.93%

China $8.53 12.13% $7.78 12.18%

Other $6.78 9.65% $6.81 10.67%

Total $70.28 100% $63.87 100.00%

As of September 30, 2007, Winner Medical had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $6.38 million with working capital of approximately $12.38 million and stockholders’ equity increasing to approximately $60.82 million.

Jianquan Li, Winner Medical’s chairman and chief executive officer, commented, “Winner continued profitable growth in fiscal year 2007. We are especially pleased with our achievements in sales and profits in the fourth fiscal quarter. These increases result primarily from increased orders from our large clients, especially in Europe. At the beginning of fiscal year 2007, we began gradually giving up certain lower margin products, and shifting our resources and services to larger clients. We faced some difficulties earlier in the year while implementing this strategy, but our operating results improved during the second half the year, and we believe our shift in strategy towards large clients and higher margin products will drive future expansion. Despite significant investment in research and development and the SAP ERP system, and the expenses associated with the marketing of new products and our listing in the U.S. capital markets, we continue to report positive bottom line results.

“Looking forward to fiscal year 2008, Winner Medical plans to continue to leverage our innovative technology and introduce new PurCotton(TM) products into the market. This product line has advantages similar to cotton gauze products -- it is absorbent, non-allergenic, and biodegradable, but eliminates many of the disadvantages -- microorganism attachment, fiber loss, shredding, and raw edges, etc. We currently have installed three manufacture lines to produce PurCotton products, also, the quality validation and marketing with certain customers will be completed; thus we are expecting to see increased sales from the PurCottonTM products in the coming year.

“In fiscal year 2008, we also plan to leverage the market expansion in China, US, and Europe,” concluded Mr. Li.

About Winner Medical

Winner Medical is a holding company comprised of eight wholly-owned operating subsidiaries and three joint venture factories. Winner Medical is primarily engaged in the development, manufacturing and distribution of high-quality cotton disposable medical dressings and disposable products. Winner Medical’s products include surgical dressings, dressing packs, wound care dressings, protective products, medical instruments, dental products and hygiene products for the institutional and home care markets. Winner Medical products are manufactured in China and sold domestically and abroad, in countries and areas such as Japan, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, France, the United States, South America, Africa and the Middle East. Winner Medical is one of few Chinese companies licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ship finished, sterilized products directly to the U.S. market. To learn more about Winner Medical, visit Winner Medical’s web site http://www.winnermedical.com .

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that may include "forward looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included herein are "forward-looking statements" including statements regarding Winner Medical and its subsidiary companies’ business strategy, plans and objective and statements of non-historical information. These forward looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects" or similar expressions, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Although Winner Medical believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Winner Medical’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in Winner Medical’s periodic reports that are filed with and available from the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward- looking statements attributable to Winner Medical or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, Winner Medical does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

Three months ended Year ended

September 30 September 30

(Unudited) (Audited)

2007 2006 2007 2006

US$ US$ US$ US$

Net sales 21,510,103 16,636,783 70,280,960 63,873,058

Cost of sales (15,797,463) (11,341,626)(52,869,597) (46,335,354)

Gross profit 5,712,639 5,295,157 17,411,363 17,537,704

Other operating

income, net 103,666 82,183 366,992 283,337

Selling, general and

administrative

expenses (4,237,144) (3,973,495)(11,959,184) (11,335,006)

Income from operations 1,579,162 1,403,845 5,819,171 6,486,035

Gain on disposal of a

subsidiary -- -- -- --

Interest income 56,986 27,858 72,650 54,772

Interest expenses (117,371) (51,632) (408,123) (266,934)

Equity in earnings of

50 percent or less

owned persons 42,944 42,199 178,693 52,817

Income before income

taxes and minority

interests 1,561,721 1,422,270 5,662,391 6,326,690

Income taxes (87,750) (135,453) 15,015 (516,635)

Income before minority

interests 1,473,971 1,286,817 5,677,406 5,810,055

-- --

Minority interests 13,276 2,607 (52,552) 19,239

Net income 1,487,247 1,289,424 5,624,854 5,829,294

Other comprehensive

income

Foreign currency

translation difference 765,344 530,980 2,907,981 857,313

-- --

Comprehensive income 2,252,591 1,820,404 8,532,835 6,686,607

Net income per stock

- basic 0.03 0.03 0.13 0.14

- diluted 0.03 0.03 0.13 0.14

Weighted average common

stock outstanding

- basic 44,677,171 43,053,212 44,677,171 43,053,212

- diluted 44,677,171 43,061,546 44,677,171 43,061,546

WINNER MEDICAL GROUP INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Audited)

September 30,

2007 2006

US$ US$

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents 6,377,488 4,319,579

Accounts receivable, less allowances

for doubtful accounts of US$36,832

and US$20,347 at September 30, 2007

and 2006 respectively 11,279,810 7,513,013

Amounts due from affiliated companies 405,919 480,900

Inventories 11,483,442 11,329,520

Prepaid expenses and other current

assets 6,631,492 6,182,472

Income taxes recoverable 94,698 7,533

Deferred tax assets 192,088 187,089

Total current assets 36,464,937 30,020,106

Property, plant and equipment, net 46,827,013 35,800,530

Investments in equity investees 1,425,550 1,062,135

Intangible assets, net 130,513 38,731

Prepaid expenses 246,578 224,391

Deferred tax assets 26,744 25,818

Total assets 85,121,335 67,171,711

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Short-term bank loans 12,781,595 5,437,050

Accounts payable 7,305,581 4,196,874

Accrued payroll and employee benefits 1,299,342 1,184,779

Customer deposits 362,900 269,965

Other accrued liabilities 1,990,871 2,379,849

Amount due to a shareholder -- 1,556

Amounts due to affiliated companies 41,809 203,999

Dividend payable -- 504,317

Income taxes payable 303,592 556,647

Total current liabilities 24,085,690 14,735,036

Deferred tax liabilities 22,857 21,707

Total liabilities 24,108,547 14,756,743

Commitments and contingencies

Minority interests 191,131 149,496

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock, par value $0.001 per share;

authorized 495,000,000 issued and

outstanding September 30, 2007 -

44,677,171 shares; 44,677 44,677

September 30, 2006 - 44,677,171 shares

Additional paid-in capital 30,260,547 30,237,197

Retained earnings 24,116,054 19,182,866

Statutory reserves 1,914,344 1,222,678

Accumulated other comprehensive income 4,486,035 1,578,054

Total stockholders' equity 60,821,657 52,265,472

Total liabilities and

stockholders' equity 85,121,335 67,171,711

Source: Winner Medical Group Inc.
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