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Pingtan Marine Enterprise Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter and Six Months Ended June 30, 2019

Company to Hold Conference Call on Monday, August 12, 2019, at 8:30 AM ET
2019-08-10 04:06 1360

FUZHOU, China, Aug. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (Nasdaq: PME) ("Pingtan" or the "Company"), a global fishing company based in the People's Republic of China (PRC), today announced financial results for its second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2019.

Second Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights (all results are compared to prior year period)

  • Revenue increased by 87.1% to $25.5 million from $13.6 million
  • Gross profit increased by 33.2% to $9.3 million from $7.0 million
  • Net income increased by 50.9% to $5.0 million from net income of $3.3 million
  • Net income attributable to owners of the Company was $4.6 million, or $0.06 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income attributable to owners of the Company of $2.9 million, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share

Management Comments

Mr. Xinrong Zhuo, Chairman and CEO of the Company, commented, "In the second quarter of 2019, we continued to achieve overall favorable operational and financial performance. While we target at organized implementation of fishing fleet maintenance and vessel modification and rebuilding projects, the Company is also actively exploring for other available fishing areas in international waters. The Company's management is currently focusing on accelerating the modification and rebuilding projects of 31 vessels, in particular: 15 light luring seine fishing vessels, 15 squid jigging vessels and 1 transport vessel. Among these rebuilt new vessels, 8 fishing vessels and 1 transport vessel are expected to be put into operation in the near future; 16 fishing vessels are in the process of modification and rebuilding; and the remaining 6 fishing vessels were approved in June by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and will soon start the modification and rebuilding projects. Upon completion, the 6 fishing vessels are allowed to operate in the international waters of the Indian Ocean. With these rebuilt kiloton new vessels being gradually put into operation, we believe the Company will see the operational and financial results of these vessels in subsequent quarters."

Factors Affecting Pingtan's Results of Operations

As previously disclosed, in early December 2014, the Indonesian government introduced a six-month moratorium on issuing new fishing licenses and renewals so that the country's Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries ("MMAF") could combat illegal fishing and rectify ocean fishing order. In February 2015, the Company ceased all fishing operations in Indonesia. During the moratorium, the Company was informed that fishing licenses of 4 vessels operated through PT Avona and the business license of PT Dwikarya were revoked. PT Avona and PT Dwikarya are two local entities through which the Company conducts business in Indonesia. As a result of the above and because license renewal is prohibited due to the general moratorium, all local fishing licenses of the Company's vessels in Indonesia are presently inactive.

In November 2015, the Indonesian government announced that the moratorium had concluded; however, the MMAF has neither implemented new fishing policies nor resumed the license renewal process. The Company does not know when exactly licensing and renewal will resume. We have been paying close attention to any new trends in fishing policy and have been actively exploring other business operations and redeploying vessels to other locations. Since the Company previously derived a majority of its revenue from this area, this ban has caused a significant drop in production and we believe the Company's financial results will continue to be adversely affected. 

In September 2017, the Company was informed that the fishing licenses of 13 vessels deployed to the Indo-Pacific waters were suspended and the vessels were docked in the port by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries ("MAF") of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. The MAF alleged and investigated whether false statements were made by the Company during the licensing process and the vessels were simultaneously registered in Indonesia.  The Company disputed these allegations and the government of Timor-Leste eventually agreed to release these vessels as no evidence was presented to support such allegations. The 13 vessels have returned to China for maintenance.

As of June 30, 2019, 12 of the Company's 141 vessels were operating in the Bay of Bengal in India; 37 were operating in international waters and 19 of the 37 have returned to China due to fishing off season or routine maintenance; 13 have returned to China from the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste due to the reason described above; 1 transport vessel has been completed and was waiting for operation in the forthcoming quarter; 31 vessels were in different stages of modification and rebuilding projects. The remaining 47 vessels were licensed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People's Republic of China to operate in the Arafura Sea in Indonesia, 16 of which returned to China for maintenance in the first half of 2019. The vessels in Indonesian waters, however, are not in operation because the licenses are currently inactive due to either the moratorium discussed above, the revocation of the fishery business license of the local entity through which the vessels operate, or, with respect to 4 vessels, the revocation of the local fishing licenses. 

Second Quarter 2019 Selected Financial Highlights

($ in millions, except shares and per share)

Three Months ended June 30,


2019

2018


(UNAUDITED)

(UNAUDITED)

Revenue

$25.5

$13.6

Cost of Revenue

$16.2

$6.7

Gross Profit 

$9.3

$7.0

Gross Margin

36.4%

51.1%

Net Income

$5.0

$3.3

Basic and Diluted Weighted Average Shares

79.1

79.1

EPS (in $)

$0.06

$0.04

Balance Sheet Highlights 

($ in millions, except for book value per share)


6/30/2019

12/31/2018



(UNAUDITED)

(AUDITED)

Cash and Cash Equivalents


$3.2

$2.0

Total Current Assets


$57.7

$15.5

Total Assets


$361.6

$247.0

Total Current Liabilities


$104.0

$73.1

Total Long-term Debt, net of current portion


$102.8

$22.3

Total Liabilities


$207.1

$95.4

Shareholders' Equity


$154.5

$151.6

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity


$361.6

$247.0

Book Value Per Share (in $)


$1.95

$1.92

Consolidated Financial and Operating Review

Revenue

Revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2019 was $25.5 million, an increase of $11.9 million, or 87.1%, from $13.6 million for the same period in 2018. The increase in revenue is primarily attributable to more vessels in operation, which resulted in an increase in sales volume, and due to the different sales mix, average unit sale price decreased, as compared to the same period in 2018. 

Sales volume increased by 151.0% to 15.4 million KG in the three months ended June 30, 2019 from 6.1 million KG in the same period of 2018. Due to different sales mix, however, average unit sale price decreased by 25.7% in the three months ended June 30, 2019, as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2018.

For the six months ended June 30, 2019, the Company's revenues were $43.9 million compared to $24.5 million in the first half of 2018. The increase was primarily due to the same reasons described above, i.e. more vessels in operation.

Sales volumes increased by 140.1% to 24.2 million KG in the six months ended June 30, 2019 from 10.1 million KG in the same period of 2018. Average unit sale price decreased 25.1% in the six months ended June 30, 2019, as compared to the six months ended June 30, 2018.

Gross Margin

The Company's gross margin was 36.4% for the three months ended June 30, 2019, compared to 51.1% in the prior year period.  The decrease in gross margin for the three months ended June 30, 2019, as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2018, was primarily attributable to a drop of average unit sale price by 25.7% due to different catch mix delivered from the new fishing vessels that were deployed in different waters of high seas.

For the six months ended June 30, 2019, gross margin decreased to 30.4% from 51.3% in the same period of 2018. The decrease in gross margin for six months ended June 30, 2019, as compared to six months ended June 30, 2018, was primarily attributable to a drop of average unit sale price by 25.1% due to different catch mix delivered from the new fishing vessels that were deployed in different waters of high seas.

Selling Expenses

For the three months ended June 30, 2019, selling expenses were $0.5 million compared to $0.4 million in the prior year period. The increase was primarily attributable to the increase in insurance due to the different insured fishing vessel mix and increase in other miscellaneous selling expense, partially offset by the decrease in storage fees, shipping and handling fees, customs clearance charge and advertising expenses.

For the six months ended June 30, 2019, selling expenses were $1.2 million compared to $0.9 million in the same period of 2018. The increase was primarily due to the increase in other miscellaneous selling expense as a result of higher satellite communication fees and pilotage fees, increase in insurance due to the different insured fishing vessel mix, as well as an increase in storage fees, partially offset by a decrease in shipping and handling fees, customs clearance charges and advertising expenses.

General & Administrative Expenses

For the three months ended June 30, 2019, general and administrative expenses for the fishing business were $2.1 million, compared to $3.0 million in the prior year period, a decrease of 30%. 

The decrease was primarily due to the decrease of $0.7 million in depreciation in relation to non-operating vessels as, upon launch of the vessel modification and rebuilding projects, the number of non-operating vessels decreased by 30 in the second quarter of 2019 as compared to the same period in 2018; compensation and related benefits and professional fees also showed a large drop of $0.6 million. The decrease was partially offset by the increase in impairment loss on vessels in the second quarter of 2019.

For the six months ended June 30, 2019, general and administrative expenses were $6.9 million compared to $6.1 million in the same period of 2018, an increase of 13.1%. The increase was primarily due to an impairment loss on vessels, which totaled $2.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019. The increase was partially offset by the big decrease in depreciation in relation to non-operating vessels, compensation and related benefits, and professional fees.

Net Income

Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2019 was $5.0 million, compared to net income of $3.3 million in the same period of 2018.

For the six months ended June 30, 2019, net income was $3.1 million, compared to $4.3 million in the prior year period. Due to the modification and rebuilding projects, a non-recurring non-cash impairment loss of $2.5 million was recorded for the six months ended June 30, 2019.

Net Income Attributable to Owners of the Company

Net income attributable to owners of the Company for the three months ended June 30, 2019 was $4.6 million, or $0.06 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income attributable to owners of the Company of $2.9 million, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2018. 

For the six months ended June 30, 2019, net income attributable to owners of the Company was $2.7 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income attributable to owners of the Company of $3.8 million, or $0.05 per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2018.

Conference Call Details

Pingtan also announced that it will discuss financial results in a conference call Monday, August 12, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. ET.

The dial-in numbers are:
Live Participant Dial-in (Toll Free):             +1 877-407-0310
Live Participant Dial-in (International):        +1 201-493-6786

To listen to the live webcast, please go to http://www.ptmarine.com and click on the conference call link at the top of the page, or go to: https://78449.themediaframe.com/dataconf/productusers/pme/mediaframe/31853/indexl.html. This webcast will be archived and accessible through the Company's website for approximately 30 days following the call.

About Pingtan

Pingtan is a global fishing company engaging in ocean fishing through its subsidiary, Fujian Provincial Pingtan County Ocean Fishing Group Co., Ltd., or Pingtan Fishing.

Business Risks and Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 for forward-looking statements. Words such as "estimate," "project," "forecast," "plan," "believe," "may," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "planned," "potential," "can," "expectation" and similar expressions, or the negative of those expressions, may identify forward-looking statements. Although forward-looking statements reflect the good faith judgment of our management, such statements can only be based on facts and factors currently known by us. Consequently, forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties and actual results and outcomes may differ materially from the results and outcomes discussed in or anticipated by the forward-looking statements. Risks include anticipated growth and growth strategies; need for additional capital and the availability of financing; locating or re-locating vessels in foreign waters and related license requirements; our ability to successfully manage relationships with customers, distributors and other important relationships; actions taken by government regulators, such as the Indonesian moratorium; technological changes; competition; demand for our products and services; the deterioration of general economic conditions, whether internationally, nationally or in the local markets in which we operate; legislative or regulatory changes that may adversely affect our business; operational, mechanical, climatic or other unanticipated issues that adversely affect the production capacity of the Company's fishing vessels and their ability to generate expected annual revenue and net income; and other risk factors  contained in Pingtan's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including Pingtan's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Pingtan undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason, except as required by law.

CONTACT:

Roy Yu
Chief Financial Officer
Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd.
Tel: +86 591 87271753 
ryu@ptmarine.net

Maggie Li 
Investor Relations Manager 
Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. 
Tel: +86 591 8727 1753 
mli@ptmarine.net

INVESTOR RELATIONS COUNSEL:

The Equity Group Inc.
Katherine Yao, Senior Associate
Tel: +86 10 5661 7012 
kyao@equityny.com

 

PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)  



For the Three Months Ended
June 30,


For the Six Months Ended
June 30,


2019


2018


2019


2018









REVENUE

$

25,463,094


$

13,606,170


$

43,887,303


$

24,490,438













COST OF REVENUE


16,196,280



6,650,634



30,539,838



11,934,350













GROSS PROFIT


9,266,814



6,955,536



13,347,465



12,556,088













OPERATING EXPENSES:












Selling


535,276



380,350



1,245,205



861,801

General and administrative


1,365,250



1,521,671



4,960,640



3,081,268

General and administrative - depreciation


749,056



1,479,214



1,971,217



3,045,233

Grant income


-



-



-



(1,052,112)

Loss (gain) on fixed assets disposal


166,152



(2,705)



166,152



2,178,750













Total Operating Expenses


2,815,734



3,378,530



8,343,214



8,114,940













INCOME FROM OPERATIONS


6,451,080



3,577,006



5,004,251



4,441,148













OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):












Interest income


17,773



14,768



20,289



34,532

Interest expense


(1,598,082)



(195,309)



(2,127,247)



(657,568)

Foreign currency transaction (loss) gain


(139,715)



(407,777)



(49,631)



166,215

Gain from cost method investment


347,651



397,420



347,651



397,420

Loss on equity method investment


(271,227)



(50,164)



(381,843)



(61,115)

Other income (expense)


226,487



(685)



252,158



(685)













Total Other (Expense), net


(1,417,113)



(241,747)



(1,938,623)



(121,201)













INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES


5,033,967



3,335,259



3,065,628



4,319,947













INCOME TAXES


-



-



-



-













NET INCOME

$

5,033,967


$

3,335,259


$

3,065,628


$

4,319,947













LESS: NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST


454,923



389,775



373,823



502,170













NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPANY

$

4,579,044


$

2,945,484


$

2,691,805


$

3,817,777













COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS):












NET INCOME


5,033,967



3,335,259



3,065,628



4,319,947

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME












Unrealized foreign currency translation loss


(3,066,793)



(7,654,890)



(167,444)



(2,050,982)

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

$

1,967,174


$

(4,319,631)


$

2,898,184


$

2,268,965

LESS: COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST


209,407



(222,538)



334,384



338,071

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPANY

$

1,757,767


$

(4,097,093)


$

2,563,800


$

1,930,894













NET INCOME PER ORDINARY SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPANY












Basic and diluted

$

0.06


$

0.04


$

0.03


$

0.05













WEIGHTED AVERAGE ORDINARY SHARES OUTSTANDING:












Basic and diluted


79,055,053



79,055,053



79,055,053



79,055,053

 

 

PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)





June 30,


December 31,




2019


2018




(Unaudited)




ASSETS






CURRENT ASSETS:







Cash

$

3,173,279


$

1,966,855


Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts


8,716,346



6,307,492


Due from related parties


28,286,500



-


Inventories, net of reserve for inventories


8,576,940



5,840,207


Prepaid expenses


4,641,386



644,824


Other receivables


4,340,682



698,450











Total Current Assets


57,735,133



15,457,828









OTHER ASSETS:







Cost method investment


3,054,679



3,059,797


Equity method investment


28,589,643



28,872,521


Right-of-use asset


784,411



-


Property, plant and equipment, net


271,426,858



199,571,425











Total Other Assets


303,855,591



231,503,743











Total Assets

$

361,590,724


$

246,961,571

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY














CURRENT LIABILITIES:







Accounts payable

$

56,640,127


$

30,642,125


Accounts payable - related parties


382,936



3,244,843


Short-term bank loans


5,077,827



5,085,139


Long-term bank loans - current portion


22,182,786



8,487,295


Accrued liabilities and other payables


8,586,061



6,058,548


Lease liability


432,970



-


Due to related parties


10,677,834



19,555,277











Total Current Liabilities


103,980,541



73,073,227









OTHER LIABILITIES:






Lease liability


312,038



-

Long-term bank loans - non-current portion


102,840,851



22,329,234



Total Other Liabilities


103,152,889



22,329,234











Total Liabilities

$

207,133,430


$

95,402,461

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES














SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:







Equity attributable to owners of the company:







Ordinary shares ($0.001 par value; 225,000,000 shares authorized; 79,055,053 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018)


79,055



79,055


Additional paid-in capital


81,682,599



81,682,599


Retained earnings


52,284,874



49,593,069


Statutory reserve


14,760,112



14,760,112


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(13,576,052)



(13,448,047)


Total equity attributable to owners of the company


135,230,588



132,666,788


Non-controlling interest


19,226,706



18,892,322











Total Shareholders' Equity


154,457,294



151,559,110











Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$

361,590,724


$

246,961,571

 

 

 

PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)




For the Six Months Ended
June 30,



2019


2018






CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:





Net income


$

3,065,628


$

4,319,947

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







Depreciation



5,071,259



4,762,731

Decrease in allowance for doubtful accounts



-



(40,412)

(Decrease) increase  in reserve for inventories



(358,040)



59,293

Loss on equity method investment



381,843



61,115

Loss on disposal of fixed assets



-



2,178,750

Impairment loss of fishing vessels



2,475,442



-

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:







Accounts receivable



(2,452,909)



2,542,265

Inventories



(2,426,497)



(2,694,938)

Prepaid expenses



2,569



(763,537)

Other receivables



(375,533)



165,932

Other receivables - related party



(20,230)



-

Accounts payable



1,973,993



(1,260,101)

Accounts payable - related parties



(2,896,036)



(553,347)

Accrued liabilities and other payables



2,572,773



(1,013,530)

Accrued liabilities and other payables - related party



(1,290)



-

Due to related parties



1,221,527



4,075,326








NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES



8,234,499



11,839,494








CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:







Purchase of property, plant and equipment



(59,984,190)



(6,157,014)

Proceeds from government grants for fishing vessels construction



3,623,171



2,286,575

Deposit for purchase of land use right



(7,373,762)



-








NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES



(63,734,781)



(3,870,439)








CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:







Repayments of short-term bank loans



-



(8,500,000)

Proceeds from long-term bank loans



100,283,152



-

Repayments of long-term bank loans



(4,719,207)



(3,060,696)

Due to related parties



(10,220,387)



2,991,809

Due from related parties



(28,678,209)



-

Payments made for dividend



-



(1,581,101)








NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES



56,665,349



(10,149,988)








EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE ON CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH



41,357



(178,341)








NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH



1,206,424



(2,359,274)








CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH - beginning of period



1,966,855



3,826,727








CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED - end of period


$

3,173,279


$

1,467,453








SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:







Cash paid for:







Interest


$

2,095,373


$

423,528

Income taxes


$

-


$

-








RECONCILIATION TO AMOUNTS ON CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS:







 Cash and cash equivalents



3,173,279



1,467,453

TOTAL CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH


$

3,173,279


$

1,467,453

NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:







   Acquisition of property and equipment by decreasing prepayment for long-term assets


$

-


$

11,873,429

   Property and equipment acquired on credit as payable


$

24,435,995



12,968,879

 

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