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Tantech Holdings Ltd. Announces Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results

2019-05-16 05:20 10169

LISHUI, China, May 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Tantech Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: TANH), ("Tantech" or the "Company"), an alternative energy company with diversified operations, including the manufacturing of bamboo-based charcoal products and Electric Vehicles (EVs), today announced its financial results for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.

Financial Highlights (All Figures Approximated)

  • Total revenues decreased by approximately $12.7 million, or 30.1%, to approximately $29.6 million 
  • Total gross profit from the following segments decreased by 23.9%, or approximately $2.5 million, to $8.0 million 
    - Gross profit from the Company's consumer products segment decreased by 1.9%, or $0.15 million, to $8.04 million
    - Gross profit from the Company's trading segment increased by 17.0%, or $0.1 million, to $0.5million
    - Gross profit from the Company's electronic vehicle segment decreased by 126%, or $2.4 million, to $0.50 million
  • Despite the overall decline in revenues and gross profit, the Company was still able to achieve net income attributable to common stockholders of $2.0 million, or $0.07 per share, for fiscal year 2018.

Mr. Zhengyu Wang, Chairman and CEO of Tantech said: "Tantech's overall performance in 2018 did not meet our expectations due to a much more competitive business environment, which led to lower sales of certain products. However, as the Company further streamlined its business lines in 2018, we have reduced the supply chain risks and made some breakthroughs in business, laying down a solid foundation for future growth. As such, we expect that both revenue and earnings growth will be improved this year compared with 2018."

"This year and beyond, the company will focus on manufacturing and selling bamboo charcoal-based consumer products and environment-friendly electric motor vehicles. Since 2019, the Chinese government has further reduced its subsidy for electric motor vehicles. As a result, we expect to receive fewer subsidies from the government going forward. In the past years, during which the Company's sales of electric motor vehicles were subsidized by the government, it took the Company two to three years to recover the subsidies, which contributed to a large accounts receivable balance. As a specialist in the electric logistics vehicle market, the Company expects to continue to improve its competitiveness so as to reach more customers and improve the Company's cash management. Also, the Company expects to expand into the auto parts sector, capitalizing on its rich customer resources in the automotive industry to build a strong brand image in the industry. In addition, assuming sufficient cash flow, the Company expects to increase investment in the mining sector. In 2018, the Company's 18% equity interest in  Libo Haokun, a marble mining company, saw an increase in book value, which to some extent improved shareholder returns.  " Mr. Wang concluded.

Full Year 2018 Financial Results

Revenues

Revenues decreased by approximately $12.7 million, or 30.1%, to approximately $29.6 million in fiscal 2018 from approximately $42.3 million in fiscal 2017. The decrease was mainly attributable to the significant decrease of our consumer products and electronic vehicle ("EV") segments due to a change of our business strategy and less customer demand.  The revenue from our trading segment increased due to higher demands. 


For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2018


2017


Revenues
($'000)


Gross
Profit
($'000)


Gross
Margin
(%)


Revenues
($'000)


Gross
Profit
($'000)


Gross
Margin
(%)

Consumer product

22,388


8,040


35.9%


31,889


8,196


25.7%

Trading

3,777


487


12.9%


1,829


417


22.8%

Electric Vehicles

3,396


(498)


(14.7)%


8,579


1,943


22.6%













Total

29,561


8,029


27.2%


40,297


10,556


25%















Revenues from the Company's consumer product segment decreased by $9.5 million, or 29.8%, to $22.4 million for fiscal 2018 from $31.9 million for the prior fiscal year. The gross margin of the Company's consumer product segment increased from 25.7% in fiscal 2017 to 35.9% in fiscal 2018. The decrease in revenue from the consumer product segment in 2018 was due to the following reasons. First, as a result of increasing competition from E-commerce retailers and the change of shopping habits among younger consumers, potential customers are increasingly buying consumer products online with unknown brands in order to save money. Therefore, orders from the Company's customers for its consumer products decreased considerably. Second, in 2018, the Company reduced its cooperation with certain supermarket customers with low selling prices and unfavorable profit margins. And third, in response to market competition, the Company also reduced sales of  less popular products with lower gross margin. The overall decrease in the Company's revenue from its consumer product segments reflected the above factors.

Revenue from the Company's trading segment was approximately $3.8 million in fiscal 2018, an increase of 106% from $1.9 million in fiscal 2017. Starting in fiscal 2017, the Company focused on promoting its "Charcoal Doctor" products in the market. As a result, domestic sales of "Charcoal Doctor" products have increased significantly. The decline in gross margin in fiscal 2018 compared to fiscal 2017 was due to the fact that almost all the Company's sales were made to the Chinese domestic market which have lower margins.

In July 2017, the Company completed the acquisition of a 70% equity interest of Suzhou E-Motors Co., Ltd, which became known as Shangchi Automobile in 2019 ("Shangchi Automobile"), a specialty electric vehicles and power batteries manufacturer based in Jiangsu Province, China. The revenue for this EV segment was approximately $3.4 million in fiscal 2018 with negative gross margin of 14.7%. The Company sold 110 types of logistic electronic cars in fiscal 2018 with average price of approximately $15,000, and the Company expects sales growth in fiscal 2019.

Cost of revenues

Cost of revenues decreased by approximately $10.2 million, or 32.2%, to approximately $21.5 million in fiscal 2018 from approximately $31.7 million in fiscal 2017. As a percentage of revenues, the cost of revenue decreased to 73% in fiscal 2018 from 75% in fiscal 2017. The decrease in cost of revenues as a percentage of revenues in fiscal 2018 was mainly attributable to the lower cost of revenues from the consumer products and EV segments due to lower sales. On the other hand, the cost of revenue for trading segment increased to in line with the increased sales.

Gross profit

Gross profit decreased by approximately $2.5 million, or 23.9%, to approximately $8.0 million in fiscal 2018 from approximately $10.5 million in fiscal 2017. The gross profit margin was 27.2% in fiscal 2018, as compared to 25.0% in fiscal 2017. On a segment-by-segment basis, gross margins for consumer product, trading and EV were 35.9%, 12.9%, and (14.7%), respectively, for fiscal 2018, compared to 25.7%, 22.8% and 22.6%, respectively, for fiscal 2017. The decrease in gross margin was primarily attributable to lower selling prices in the trading segment and EV segment in fiscal 2018.

Selling expenses

Selling expenses decreased by approximately $0.4 million to approximately $0.3 million in fiscal 2018 compared to approximately $0.7 million in fiscal 2017. As a percentage of sales, selling expenses were 1.1% of revenues in fiscal 2018, as compared to 1.7% of revenues in fiscal 2017. The decrease of the selling expenses was mainly attribute to decreased sales.

General and administrative expenses

General and administrative expenses increased by approximately $0.3 million, or 7.5%, to approximately $4.9 million in fiscal 2018 from approximately $4.6 million in fiscal 2017. As a percentage of revenues, general and administrative expenses increased to 16.8% in fiscal 2018, compared to 10.9% in fiscal 2017. The slight increase was primarily attributable to the fact that $0.2 million more bad debt and inventory impairment provision was recorded in fiscal 2018.

Research and development expenses

Research and development expenses decreased by $0.2 million, or 38.4%, to $0.4 million in fiscal 2018 from $0.6 million in fiscal 2017. The decrease was primarily due to less R&D activity during fiscal 2018 due to a change of business strategies. We intend to spend more resources on R&D for our electric vehicle segment going forward.

Provision for income taxes 

Provision for income taxes was approximately $1.0 million in fiscal 2018, a decrease of approximately $0.5 million or 32.5%, from approximately $1.5 million in fiscal 2017. The decrease was mainly due to lower income before income taxes from continuing operations in fiscal 2018 compared to fiscal 2017. The Company provided full valuation allowance in fiscal 2018 on bad debt reserves due to uncertainties in realizing those tax benefits in the future.

Net income attributable to common stockholders

Net income attributable to common stockholders was approximately $2.0 million in fiscal 2018, a decrease of approximately $1.8 million from approximately $3.8 million in fiscal 2017. The decrease was attributable to a general overall decline of revenue and gross profits. As of December 31, 2018, the Company ceased operating Tantech Babiku and Lishui Zhongzhu, and it is planning to sell the remaining operations of Tantech Energy because of a business strategy change. The net income for these discontinued operations was approximately $0.08 million in fiscal 2018 compared to $0.07 million in fiscal 2017.

Recent Updates

On February 26, 2019, Tantech Charcoal entered into a short term loan agreement with Bank of China (Lishui Branch) to borrow approximately $1.5 million (RMB 10 million) for one year with an annual interest rate of 4.35%. The purpose of the loan was for working capital needs. The loan was guaranteed by Tantech Bamboo, two individual related parties, Zhengyu Wang and Yefang Zhang and a third party, Zhejiang Meifeng Tea Industry Co., Ltd. The loan was also collateralized by two properties owned by Zhengyu Wang and Yefang Zhang.

On March 18, 2019, Tantech Bamboo entered into a short-term loan agreement with Bank of China (Lishui Branch) to borrow approximately $2.8 million (RMB 18.78 million) with an annual interest rate of 6.05%. Repayment of principal of approximately $150,000 (RMB 1 million) will be due on January 14, 2020 and the repayment of the remaining principal of approximately $2.7 million (RMB17,780,000) will be due on March 17, 2020.  The purpose of the loan was to fund working capital needs. The loan was collateralized by building and land use right of Tantech Bamboo with maximum guaranteed amount up to approximately $3.9 million (RMB25,960,000).  The loan was also guaranteed by three related parties, Zhengyu Wang, CEO of the Company and his wife, Yefang Zhang and Lishui Jiuanju Trading Co., Ltd., the president of which was also the COO of the Company.

About Tantech Holdings Ltd.

Established in 2001 and headquartered in Lishui City, Zhejiang Province, China, Tantech Holdings Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, develops and manufactures bamboo-based charcoal products in China and internationally. It operates through three segments: Consumer Products, Trading, and electronic vehicle. The Company provides its products for industrial energy applications, as well as household cooking, heating, purification, agricultural, and cleaning uses. The company also exports its bamboo vinegar, bamboo charcoal purification, and EDLC carbon products. For more information about Tantech Holdings Ltd., please visit: http://www.tantech.cn/en/index.asp

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements that are other than statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to uncertainties and risks including, but not limited to, product and service demand and acceptance, changes in technology, economic conditions, the impact of competition and pricing, government regulations, and other risks contained in reports filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All such forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, and whether made by or on behalf of the Company, are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement and any other cautionary statements which may accompany the forward-looking statements. In addition, the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

For more information please contact:

Tantech Holdings Ltd.
Ms. Ye Ren
IR Manager
+86-578-261-2869
ir@tantech.cn

 

 

Tantech Holdings Ltd and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets



December 31,



December 31,


2018



2017

Assets







Current Assets







Cash and cash equivalents

$

7,748,416



$

9,717,909

Restricted cash


2,121,377




3,901,526

Notes receivable


-




15,370

Accounts receivable, net


32,495,361




44,832,946

Inventories, net


1,957,058




2,572,558

Advances to suppliers, net


14,387,228




11,217,764

Prepaid value-added taxes


2,136,988




2,969,656

Prepaid expenses and other receivables, net


954,362




1,685,120

Current assets from discontinued operations


8,513,154




12,332,035

Total current assets


70,313,944




89,244,884

Property, plant and equipment, net


3,240,620




3,374,879








Other Assets







Advances to suppliers


-




2,109,005

Manufacturing rebate receivable


9,795,512




9,269,118

Intangible assets, net


15,268,062




15,976,144

Long-term Investment


18,156,000




-

Goodwill


8,861,361




9,001,924

Non-current assets from discontinued operations


8,558,515




9,511,772

Total Assets

$

134,194,014



$

138,487,726








Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity







Current Liabilities







Short-term bank loans

$

7,683,014



$

5,208,893

Bank acceptance notes payable


2,121,377




6,975,526

Accounts payable


2,524,462




5,335,363

Due to related parties


2,102,175




2,995,228

Customer deposits


865,615




1,001,726

Taxes payable


344,563




542,392

Due to third parties


3,253,253




708,864

Accrued liabilities and other payables


1,598,104




1,564,336

Liabilities from discontinued operations


1,662,252




2,456,934

Total Current Liabilities


22,154,815




26,789,262

Deferred tax liability


2,053,512




2,086,086

Total Liabilities


24,208,327




28,875,348








Stockholders' Equity







Common stock, $0.001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized,







28,853,242 and 28,703,242 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively


28,853




28,703

Additional paid-in capital


39,310,178




39,067,328

Statutory reserves


6,461,788




6,461,788

Retained earnings


58,333,136




56,356,369

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(2,066,364)




(1,101,270)

Total Stockholders' Equity attributable to the Company


102,067,591




100,812,918

Noncontrolling interest


7,918,096




8,799,460

Total Stockholders' Equity


109,985,687




109,612,378

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$

134,194,014



$

138,487,726

 

 

 

Tantech Holdings Ltd and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)



For the Years Ended December 31,


2018



2017



2016









Revenues

$

29,561,399



$

42,297,612



$

39,902,342












Cost of revenues


21,532,319




31,741,753




26,879,316












Gross Profit


8,029,080




10,555,859




13,023,026












Operating expenses











Selling expenses


320,479




730,834




621,818

General and administrative expenses


4,971,804




4,625,563




3,613,289

Research and development expenses


386,628




627,577




136,626

Total operating expenses


5,678,911




5,983,974




4,371,733












Income from operations


2,350,169




4,571,885




8,651,293












Other income (expenses)











Interest income


56,894




18,648




571

Interest expense


(626,343)




(551,044)




(470,656)

Government subsidy income


-




-




52,597

Other income, net


247,069




436,095




99,025

Total other income (expenses)


(322,380)




(96,301)




(318,463)












Income before provision for income taxes


2,027,789




4,475,584




8,332,830

Provision for income taxes


1,031,158




1,528,003




1,367,270

Net income from continuing operations


996,631




2,947,581




6,965,560












Discontinued operation:











Net income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax


83,367




65,550




(2,357,867)

Net income


1,079,998




3,013,131




4,607,693












Less: net income (loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interest from continuing operations


(896,769)




(754,084)




308,442

Net income attributable to common stockholders of Tantech Holdings Ltd.

$

1,976,767



$

3,767,215



$

4,299,251












Net income


1,079,998




3,013,131




4,607,693

Other comprehensive income (loss):











Foreign currency translation adjustment


(949,689)




4,341,324




(5,448,209)

Comprehensive income (loss)


130,309




7,354,455




(840,516)

Less: Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest


(881,364)




(784,186)




70,029

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to common stockholders of Tantech Holdings Ltd.

$

1,011,673



$

8,138,641



$

(910,545)












Earnings (loss) per share - Basic and Diluted











Continuing operations

$

0.07



$

0.15



$

0.19

Discontinued operations

$

0.00



$

0.00



$

(0.10)

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Basic and diluted











Continuing operations and discontinued operations


28,745,571




25,971,912




23,019,185

   

 

Tantech Holdings Ltd and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows



For the Years Ended December 31,


2018



2017


2016

Cash flows from operating activities










Net income

$

1,079,998



$

3,013,131


$

4,607,693

Net (income) loss from discontinued operations


(83,367)




(65,550)



2,357,867

Net income from continuing operations


996,631




2,947,581



6,965,560

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










Allowance for doubtful accounts - accounts receivable


910,811




2,632,813



239,487

Allowance for doubtful accounts - advance to suppliers


777,848




(45,507)



927,218

Allowance for doubtful accounts – other receivables


66,305




(16,827)



59,742

Allowance for doubtful accounts - due from related party


364,288




-



-

Inventory reserve (recovery)


700,379




13,908



(84,414)

Depreciation expense


628,144




576,953



497,970

Amortization of intangible asset


443,318




201,647



6,842

Amortization of prepaid consulting expense


102,263




-



-

Gain from disposal of property, plant and equipment


(44,814)




(1,875,493)



-

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:










Accounts receivable - non-related party


7,023,546




(1,001,613)



(6,272,566)

Accounts receivable - related party


3,249,359




-



-

Advances to suppliers


(3,555,851)




2,826,316



(7,354,381)

Advances to supplier non current


1,558,916




6,839,953



(451,731)

Inventory


(147,485)




804,763



(317,545)

Other receivables


767,849




(829,716)



9,424

Government rebate receivable


(644,959)




(2,942,190)



-

Accounts payable


(2,621,226)




(532,039)



(893,016)

Accrued liabilities and other payables


49,492




(1,489,128)



362,212

Customer deposits


(115,771)




(247,059)



58,122

Taxes payable


573,660




(1,927,737)



174,817

Deferred tax liability


-




-



(98,473)

Net cash provided by (used in) continuing operations


11,082,703




5,936,625



(6,170,732)

Net cash provided by (used in) discontinued operations


3,582,177




(3,785,614)



(898,699)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities


14,664,880




2,151,011



(7,069,431)











Cash flows from investing activities










Acquisition of property, plant and equipment


(559,038)




(1,302,721)



(8,282)

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment


54,089




662,144



-

Additions to intangible assets


(2,585)




-



-

Payment for business acquisition


-




(4,552,240)



(3,372,925)

Payment for investment


(17,448,000)




-



-

Cash acquired from business acquisition


-




35,707



-

Changes in deposit for asset acquisition


-




443,400



-

Net cash used in continuing operations


(17,955,534)




(4,713,710)



(3,381,207)

Net cash provided by (used in) discontinued operations


(39,976)




1,220,458



1,503,233

Net cash used in investing activities


(17,995,510)




(3,493,252)



(1,877,974)











Cash flows from financing activities










Proceeds from (repayment of) loans from third party


2,455,806




(187,706)



885,694

Note receivable


14,540




(14,780)



-

Bank acceptance notes payable, net of repayment


(4,560,185)




4,911,990



1,806,924

Proceeds from bank loans


10,291,412




10,093,262



7,001,831

Repayments of bank loans


(7,835,606)




(11,957,020)



(8,251,620)

Repayment of loans from related parties


(1,175,971)




(477,565)



-

Proceeds from issuance of common stocks


-




5,968,208



7,957,100

Net cash provided by (used in) continuing operations


(810,004)




8,336,389



9,399,929

Net cash provided by discontinued operations


-




-



-

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities


(810,004)




8,336,389



9,399,929











Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, restricted cash and cash equivalents


390,992




424,298



(491,196)











Net increase (decrease) in cash, restricted cash and cash equivalents


(3,749,642)




7,418,446



(38,672)











Cash, restricted cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year


13,619,435




6,200,989



6,239,661











Cash, restricted cash and cash equivalents, end of year

$

9,869,793



$

13,619,435


$

6,200,989











Supplemental disclosure information:










Income taxes paid

$

1,044,480



$

1,156,976


$

696,435

Interest paid

$

608,048



$

479,358


$

261,625











Supplemental non-cash activities:










Common shares issued for service

$

243,000



$

-


$

-

Common shares issued for Minority interest buyback

$

-



$

-


$

2,160,142

Common shares issued for acquisition of Shangchi Automobile

$

-



$

6,500,000


$

-

Net book value of assets and liabilities of Shangchi Automobile acquired

$

-



$

11,122,410


$

-

 

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