Lihua International Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results First Quarter Revenue Increases 29.1% Year-over-Year to $218.2 Million PR Newswire DANYANG, China, May 10, 2013 DANYANG, China, May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lihua International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIWA) ("Lihua" or the "Company"), a leading Chinese developer, designer, and manufacturer of low cost, high quality alternatives to pure copper products, including refined copper products, copper wire and copper clad aluminum ("CCA") wire, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. First Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights (USD in Millions, except per-share data): Three Months Ended March 31, 2013 2012 % Change Revenue $ 218.2 $ 169.1 +29.1% Gross Profit $ 21.1 $ 18.6 +13.0% Net Income $ 13.3 $ 11.5 +16.0% Earnings Per Share (Diluted) $ 0.44 $ 0.38 +18.4% Non-GAAP Net Income $ 13.4 $ 11.8 +13.4% Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share (Diluted) $ 0.45 $ 0.39 +15.4% Adjusted EBITDA $ 19.1 $ 16.7 +14.2% As of March 31, 2013, Lihua had a strong balance sheet with $168.9 million in cash and cash equivalents, or $5.64 per diluted share, compared with $144.3 million, or $4.82 per diluted share, as of December 31, 2012. Cash flow from operations for the first quarter was $24.7 million, compared with cash flow from operations of $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2012. First Quarter 2013 and Recent Business Highlights oIn January 2013, completed construction of and launched production on the Company's third dedicated copper anode smelter. This smelter produced over 1,200 tons of copper anode in March 2013, and is expected to reach designed annual capacity of 25,000-- 30,000 tons in the second quarter. oAlso in January 2013, began construction of its fourth copper anode smelter. The Company expects to complete construction of this smelter by the end of the second quarter, bringing annual scrap copper refinery capacity to 150,000-- 170,000 tons from 125,000-- 140,000 tons. oCompleted construction of all production, warehousing and storage facilities on 30-acre campus; construction of the remaining facilities will be completed this fiscal year. oContinued pre-commercial marketing activities for CCA cable and wire product. "In the first quarter of 2013, we achieved record quarterly shipments of copper anode as a result of our ongoing capacity expansion efforts, which helped offset the typical seasonal weakness due to the Chinese Spring Festival," said Mr. Jianhua Zhu, Lihua's founder, chairman and CEO. "Although margins continued to be impacted by product mix and ASP pressure, we increased net income 16% over the first quarter of 2012 based on continued strong demand from our customers." "Construction of our fourth dedicated copper anode smelter is on track to be completed by the end of the second quarter and is expected to commence volume production shortly thereafter. We are making substantive progress toward the commercial launch of our new CCA cable and wire product for the power transmission market. In the first quarter, we began discussions with several potential customers for the new product, and their initial reactions have been very positive. We are confident that these investments will further strengthen our leadership position in the markets we serve and contribute to sustainable growth in our business over the long-term. Our strong balance sheet, with $169 million in cash as of March 31, gives us the financial resources necessary to fund these exciting initiatives, which we believe will help Lihua build incremental shareholder value over time," concluded Mr. Zhu. First Quarter 2013 Financial Results Sales for the first quarter of 2013 increased 29.1% to $218.2 million, compared with sales of $169.1 million in the first quarter of 2012. The increase in revenue was primarily driven by additional production and sales of copper anode and copper rod as a result of the Company's capacity expansion. Lihua's CCA and copper wire products, copper anode and copper rod accounted for sales of $87.0 million, $114.0 million and $17.3 million, respectively in the first quarter of 2013. This compares with CCA and copper wire sales of $89.6 million, copper anode sales of $63.0 million and cooper rod sales of $16.5 million in the first quarter of 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, the average selling price of Lihua's products was $8,133 per ton, compared with $8,362 per ton in the same period last year. Gross profit for the first quarter of 2013 was $21.1 million, an increase of 13.0% from gross profit of $18.6 million for the first quarter of 2012. As a percentage of total sales, gross margin declined to 9.6% in the first quarter of 2013 from 11.0% for the same period last year. The decrease was primarily due to a shift in product mix as we increased the production and sales of lower margin refined copper products, and the narrowing spread between scrap copper cost and copper prices in the first quarter of 2013. Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses for the first quarter of 2013 were $3.1 million, compared with $2.8 million in the same period of 2012. The Company recorded no interest expense in the first quarter of 2013, compared with interest expense of $143,779 in the first quarter of 2012. For the three months ended March 31, 2013, provision for income tax expense was $4.7 million, compared with $4.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012. The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2013 was 26.2%, compared to 27.2% for the first quarter of 2012. Net income for the first quarter of 2013 was $13.3 million, or $0.44 per share, based on 30.0 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding, compared with net income of $11.5 million, or $0.38 per share, based on 30.1 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding during the same period in 2012. Non-GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2013 was $13.4 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $11.8 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP net income excludes the net impact of warrant-related non-cash charges of $0.1 million and $0.4 million in the first quarters of 2013 and 2012, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was $19.1 million, compared with $16.7 million for the same period in the prior year. Balance Sheet As of March 31, 2013, Lihua had $168.9 million, or $5.64 per diluted share, in cash and cash equivalents, compared with $144.3 million, or $4.82 per diluted share, as of December 31, 2012. As of March 31, 2013, Lihua had working capital of $227.6 million and no debt. Outlook The Company began construction of a fourth copper anode smelter in January 2013 and expects to complete construction by the end of the second quarter of 2013. Once complete, Lihua's aggregate scrap copper refinery capacity will increase to 150,000 – 170,000 tons per year. The Company has completed construction of all factory buildings and warehouse and storage facilities on its 30-acre plant site. The remainder of the site, which includes a new R&D center, office space and employee facilities, will be completed this fiscal year. The Company expects full-year 2013 gross profit in the range of $95 - 98 million, and non-GAAP net income in the range of $62 - 65 million, representing year-over-year growth of 6.1 – 9.4% and 6.9 – 12.1%, respectively. The Company expects the growth in 2013 will be largely the result of copper anode capacity expansion. Conference Call and Webcast Management of Lihua International will host a conference call today, May 10, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss the first quarter 2013 financial results. Individuals interested in participating in the conference may do so by dialing 1-877-941-1427 in the U.S. and Canada, or 1-480-629-9664 internationally. Those interested in listening to the conference call live via the Internet may do so by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site at: http://www.lihuaintl.com/Investor_Relations/Events_Presentations.html. For those unable to participate, an audio replay of the call will be available beginning approximately one hour after the conclusion of the live call through March 29, 2013. The audio replay can be accessed by dialing 1-800-406-7325 from the U.S or Canada, or 1-303-590-3030 internationally, and entering access ID No. 4618350#. Following the live webcast, an online archive will be available for 90 days. About Non-GAAP Financial Measures The Company uses non-GAAP net income and other non-GAAP metrics such as Adjusted EBITDA to provide information about its operating trends. Investors are cautioned that non-GAAP net income and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of liquidity or of financial performance under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). The Company defines non-GAAP net income as net income excluding the change in fair value of warrants and other one-time or non-recurring items that are evaluated on an individual basis. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income before depreciation and amortization, interest income/expense, income taxes, change in fair value of warrants and non-cash share-based compensation expenses. The non-GAAP net income and Adjusted EBITDA numbers presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Non-GAAP net income and Adjusted EBITDA, while providing useful information, should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income or cash flows as determined under GAAP. Consistent with Regulation G under the U.S. federal securities laws, the non-GAAP measures in this press release have been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure, and this reconciliation is located under the headings "Non-GAAP Net Income Calculation" and "Adjusted EBITDA Calculation" below. Non-GAAP Net Income Calculation For Three Months Ended March 31, 2013 2012 Net income $ 13,311,187 $ 11,475,012 Gain on Extinguishment of Warrant - -73,291 Liabilities Change in fair value of warrants 108,000 430,000 Non-GAAP Net Income $ 13,419,187 $ 11,831,721 Adjusted EBITDA Calculation For Three Months Ended March 31, 2013 2012 Net income $ 13,311,187 $ 11,475,012 Depreciation and amortization 1,044,563 657,320 Share-based compensation expense 81,464 112,875 Gain on Extinguishment of Warrant - -73,291 Liabilities Change in fair value of warrants 108,000 430,000 Interest income -170,751 -163,136 Interest expenses - - Provision for income tax 4,714,688 4,277,346 Adjusted EBITDA $ 19,089,151 $ 16,716,126 About Lihua International, Inc. Lihua, through its two wholly owned subsidiaries, Lihua Electron and Lihua Copper, is a leading value-added manufacturer of copper replacement products for China's rapidly growing copper wire and copper replacement product market. Lihua is one of the first vertically integrated companies in China to develop, design and manufacture lower cost, high quality alternatives to pure copper magnet wire and pure copper alternative products. Lihua's products include CCA and refined copper products. Current product offerings include CCA and pure copper wire, copper rod and copper anode. Except for CCA wire, all other products are produced from recycled scrap copper. Lihua's products are sold in China either directly to manufacturers or through distributors in the wire and cable industries and manufacturers in a wide variety of industries including the consumer electronics, white goods, automotive, utility, telecommunications and specialty cable industries. Lihua's corporate and manufacturing headquarters are located in the heart of China's copper industry in Danyang, Jiangsu Province. For more information, visit: http://www.lihuaintl.com. To be added to the Company's email distribution for future news releases, please send your request to email@example.com. Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains certain statements that may be deemed to be "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 facts, that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, without limitation, statements about its business or growth strategy, general industry conditions including availability of copper or recycled scrap copper, future operating results of the Company, capital expenditures, expansion and growth opportunities, bank borrowings, financing activities and other such matters, are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that its expectations stated in this press release are based on reasonable assumptions, actual results may differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Please note that information in this press release reflects management views as of the date of issuance. Contact: The Piacente Group, Inc. Investor Relations Brandi Floberg or Lee Roth (212) 481-2050 firstname.lastname@example.org LIHUA INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (AMOUNTS EXPRESSED IN US DOLLARS) March 31, December31, 2013 2012 ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $168,932,279 $144,300,290 Accounts receivable, net 42,024,583 45,284,923 Prepayments for raw material purchases 14,255,297 19,569,239 Other receivables, deposits and prepayments 193,302 559,955 Prepaid land use right – current portion 407,101 406,026 Deferred income tax assets 24,919 24,948 Inventories 21,531,298 17,844,405 Total current assets 247,368,779 227,989,786 OTHER ASSETS Property, plant and equipment, net 46,419,651 47,197,115 Construction in progress 614,143 175,006 Prepaid land use right-- long-term portion 18,494,015 18,546,658 Intangible assets 2,863 3,332 Total non-current assets 65,530,672 65,922,111 Total assets $312,899,451 $293,911,897 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES Accounts payable 9,573,476 3,891,110 Other payables and accruals 5,017,519 4,937,404 Income taxes payable 4,759,903 5,797,188 Warrant liabilities 462,000 354,000 Total current liabilities 19,812,898 14,979,702 Total liabilities 19,812,898 14,979,702 STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Preferredstock:$0.0001parvalue,10,000,000sharesauthorized, none issued and outstanding - - Common stock, $0.0001 par value: 75,000,000 shares authorized, 30,084,883 shares issued and 29,820,836 shares outstanding as of March 31, 2013 (December 31, 2012: 30,084,883 shares issued and 29,820,836 shares outstanding), respectively 3,008 3,008 Additional paid-in capital 79,339,385 79,257,921 Treasury stock, at cost, 264,047 shares and 264,047 as of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively (2,126,597) (2,126,597) Statutory reserves 15,540,605 14,566,846 Retained earnings 182,500,548 170,163,120 Accumulated other comprehensive income 17,829,604 17,067,897 Total stockholders' equity 293,086,553 278,932,195 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $312,899,451 $293,911,897 LIHUA INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (AMOUNTS EXPRESSED IN US DOLLARS) For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2013 2012 NET REVENUE $ 218,229,539 $ 169,086,267 Cost of sales (197,174,187) (150,451,275) GROSS PROFIT 21,055,352 18,634,992 Selling expenses (680,680) (686,006) General and administrative expenses (2,405,784) (2,097,834) Income from operations 17,968,888 15,851,152 Other income (expenses): Interest income 170,751 163,136 Gain on extinguishment of warrant liabilities - 73,291 Change in fair value of warrants (108,000) (430,000) Other income (expenses) (5,764) 94,779 Total other income (expenses) 56,987 (98,794) Income before income taxes 18,025,875 15,752,358 Provision for income taxes (4,714,688) (4,277,346) NET INCOME $ 13,311,187 $ 11,475,012 OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME: Foreigncurrencytranslationadjustments 761,707 208,402 COMPREHENSIVE INCOME $ 14,072,894 $ 11,683,414 Net income per share Basic $ 0.45 $ 0.39 Diluted $ 0.44 $ 0.38 Weightedaveragenumberofsharesoutstanding Basic 29,820,836 29,800,624 Diluted 29,952,867 30,080,154 LIHUA INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (AMOUNTS EXPRESSED IN US DOLLARS) ThreeMonthsEndedMarch31, 2013 2012 CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net income $ 13,311,387 $ 11,475,012 Adjustmentstoreconcilenetincometocashprovidedbyoperatingactivities: Depreciation and amortization 1,044,563 657,320 Share-based compensation 81,464 112,875 (Gain) on extinguishment of warrant liabilities - (73,291) Change in fair value of warrants 108,000 430,000 Deferred income tax benefits 95 179,426 (Increase) decrease in assets: Accounts receivable 3,375,085 2,829,666 Prepayments for raw material purchases 5,352,699 (6,020,960) Other receivables, deposits and prepayments 372,431 879,411 Inventories (3,634,076) (2,056,628) Increase (decrease) in liabilities: Accounts payable 5,663,389 (889,271) Other payables and accruals 44,734 (371,130) Income taxes payable (1,051,026) (467,079) Net cash provided by operating activities 24,668,545 6,685,351 CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES Purchase of property, plant and equipment and construction in progress (457,225) (146,645) Deposits for plant and equipment - (3,754,080) Net cash used in investing activities (457,225) (3,900,725) CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES Dividend paid - (496,423) Net cash used in financing activities - (496,423) Foreign currency translation adjustment 420,669 68,258 INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 24,631,989 2,356,461 CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, at the beginning of the period 144,300,290 105,637,627 CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, at the end of the period $ 168,932,279 $ 107,994,088 MAJOR NON-CASH TRANSACTION: Share-based compensation to employees and directors $ 81,464 $ 112,875 Issuance of common stock to settle warrant liabilities - 311,704 SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE INFORMATION Cash paid for income taxes $ 5,765,619 $ 4,564,999 SOURCE Lihua International, Inc. 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Lihua International Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results
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