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SmartHeat Inc. Announces First Quarter 2010 Financial Results; Reaffirms Full Year Earnings Guidance and Anticipates Continued Growth Momentum.

 

 NEW YORK, May 11, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/

  • Q1 revenues of $9.4 million, up 51% from Q1/09
  • Net income increased 67% to $1.7 million
  • Earnings Per Share of $0.05
  • SmartHeat reaffirms 2010 earnings guidance of  $106M to $116M in revenues and $20M to $22M in net income
  • Sees positive signs in China’s energy-saving industry and anticipates continued earnings growth momentum throughout 2010

 

SmartHeat Inc. (NASDAQ: HEAT; website: www.smartheatinc.com), a market leader in China's clean technology energy savings industry, today announced record financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010. SmartHeat senior management will host an investor conference call to discuss its first quarter 2010 financial results at 9:00 am EDT on May 11, 2010.

 

James Jun Wang, Chairman & CEO of SmartHeat, commented, "We are excited to announce our strong financial performance for our first quarter, which has historically been the slowest quarter of the year.  The first quarter has yielded continued growth and strong business performance.  The results reflect China’s continued economic growth coupled with our management team diligently executing on our growth strategies. China’s energy savings industry is witnessing unprecedented development opportunities and support from the Chinese government.  In 2010, the Government has continued to maintain our energy saving sector as a strategic industry and continues to provide significant funding through government initiatives.

 

“The recovery of China’s economy and the Government’s requirements to implement energy savings and emission reduction has increased our industrial and consumer-based customer demand for equipment that utilizes energy savings, for which we are a primary beneficiary. SmartHeat is well positioned to reap significant benefits from the world’s transition to cleaner technologies and energy saving equipment,” concluded Mr. Wang.

 

First Quarter Financial Performance

 

Revenues were $9.4 million in the first quarter of 2010 compared to $6.2 million in the same period last year, a 51% increase. The significant revenue increase was due to sales growth across all of our PHE, PHE Unit and Heat Meter product lines. The Company continued to diversify its customer base, adding new customers in chemical engineering, electric power and the metal smelting sectors.   

 

Gross profit for the quarter was $3.2 million compared to $2.3 million in the same period last year, a 40% increase.  The slight decrease in gross profit margin from the first quarter of 2009 was due to an unusually higher margin in that quarter.  We expect gross profit margins in new sectors of business that we are targeting may command lower gross margins than in existing businesses in order to penetrate new markets, but our overall gross profit margins is expected to remain in the 35% to 36% range in 2010.

 

Operating expenses were $1.42 million in the first quarter compared to $1.03 million in the same period last year, a 38% increase. The increase in operating expenses resulted from increased sales and expansion of our business. However, operating expenses as a percentage of sales dropped to 15.2%, compared to 16.7% in the same period of 2009. The decrease was attributable to our improved budgetary control and our consistent practices of reducing manufacturing costs by improving our production efficiency.

 

Operating income was $1.82 million in the first quarter of 2010 compared to $1.28 million in the same period last year, a 38% increase. Operating income benefited primarily from greater economies of scale in our production process combined with improved operating efficiency.

 

Net income was $1.7 million compared to $1.0 million in the same period last year, a 67% increase. Earnings per Share were $0.05 in the first quarter of 2010 compared to $0.04 in the same period last year.

 

Reaffirms Full Year 2010 Earnings Guidance

 

SmartHeat reaffirms its full year 2010 earnings guidance of $20M to $22M in net income and $106M to $116M in revenues.

 

Business Outlook

 

Mr. Wang commented, “SmartHeat continues to experience increasing order flow and demand from our existing and new customers for our energy savings equipment.  Demand for our products has increased due to economic conditions, improvements to our sales and distribution channels and new product offerings. SmartHeat increased its production capabilities and product offerings through its successful acquisition and integration of energy saving companies into our operations. 

 

“We believe SmartHeat’s earnings growth momentum will continue throughout the year as we anticipate a broader and fast growth in the energy saving industry. Management believes that SmartHeat is on track to meet revenue and earnings guidance, achieve solid earnings growth and provide another record year of success in 2010 for our growing list of individual and institutional shareholders,” Mr. Wang concluded.

 

Investor Conference Call Instructions

 

Date and time: 9:00 am U.S. Eastern Daylight Time, May 11, 2010

U.S. toll free number: +1-888-419-5570

International direct dial-in: +1-617-896-9871

Conference passcode: 63739740

 

A replay will be available on the SmartHeat website (www.smartheatinc.com) shortly following the close of the conference call.

 

About SmartHeat Inc.

 

Founded by James Jun Wang, a former executive at Honeywell China, SmartHeat Inc. (www.smartheatinc.com) is a NASDAQ Global Market listed (NASDAQ: HEAT) U.S. company with its primary operations in China. SmartHeat is a market leader in China's clean technology energy savings industry. SmartHeat manufactures standard plate heat exchangers (PHEs), custom plate heat exchanger units (PHE Units) and heat meters. SmartHeat's products directly address air pollution problems in China where massive coal burning for cooking and heating purposes is the only source of economical heat energy in China. With broad product applications, SmartHeat's products significantly reduce heating costs, increase energy use and reduce air pollution. SmartHeat's customers include global Fortune 500 companies as well as municipalities and industrial/residential users. China's heat transfer market is currently estimated at approximately $2.4 billion with double-digit annual growth according to China Heating Association.

 

Safe Harbor Statement

 

All statements in this press release that are not historical are forward- looking statements made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ from the company's expectations. SmartHeat's actual results may differ from its projections. Further, preliminary results are subject to normal year-end adjustments. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements in this press release as they reflect SmartHeat's current expectations with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks described in SmartHeat's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Contact Corporate Communications:

Ms. Jane Ai, Corporate Secretary

SmartHeat Inc.

Tel: 011-86-24-25363366

Email: info@SmartHeatinc.com

 

 








SMARTHEAT INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2010 (Unaudited)

December 31, 2009

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

     Cash & cash equivalents

 $  42,079,522

 $ 48,967,992

     Restricted cash

1,326,313

1,301,573

     Accounts receivable, net

22,687,065

31,887,785

     Retentions receivable

720,340

885,642

     Advances to suppliers

8,547,598

7,657,791

     Other receivables, prepayments and deposits

     3,974,543

3,572,600

     Taxes receivable

1,122,365

            -

     Inventories

23,260,096

11,259,273

     Notes receivable - bank acceptances

       345,927

397,248

 

 

 

        Total current assets

104,063,769

105,929,904

 

 

 

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

     Restricted cash

        59,321

       48,361

     Accounts receivable, net

983,853

      237,384

     Retentions receivable

730,908

      349,931

     Intangible assets, net

4,059,989

4,071,021

     Property and equipment, net

7,671,764

    7,739,609

 

 

 

       Total noncurrent assets

13,505,835

12,446,306

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 $ 117,569,604

 $118,376,210

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

     Accounts payable

 $   1,507,115

 $  3,493,196

     Unearned revenue

2,030,834

2,130,637

     Taxes payable

             -

    2,140,627

     Accrued liabilities and other payables

5,458,024

3,685,272

     Notes payable - bank acceptances

     1,723,165

    1,806,564

     Loans payable

4,394,767

4,393,544

 

 

 

         Total current liabilities

    15,113,905

   17,649,840

 

 

 

DEFERRED TAX LIABILITY

           944

8,526

 

 

 

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

 

 

 

 

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

     Common stock, $0.001 par value; 75,000,000        

        shares authorized,  32,794,875 shares issued

        and outstanding at March 31, 2010 and

        December 31, 2009, respectively

        32,795

       32,795

     Paid in capital

    74,918,122

   74,917,370

     Statutory reserve

     3,040,485

    2,872,006

     Accumulated other comprehensive income

     1,009,133

      969,988

     Retained earnings

    22,747,855

   21,231,484

 

 

 

         Total Company stockholders' equity

101,748,390

100,023,643

 

 

 

         NONCONTROLLING INTEREST

       706,365

      694,201

 

 

 

         TOTAL EQUITY

102,454,755

100,717,844

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 $ 117,569,604

 $118,376,210



SMARTHEAT INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)

THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31,

2010

2009

Net sales

 $ 9,368,836

 $ 6,207,503

Cost of goods sold

   6,129,801

   3,900,947

Gross profit

   3,239,035

   2,306,556

Operating expenses

     Selling expenses

     644,923

     460,913

     General and administrative expenses

     776,996

     569,522

     Total operating expenses

   1,421,919

   1,030,435

Income from operations

   1,817,116

   1,276,121

Non-operating income (expenses)

     Interest income

     155,037

      16,681

     Interest expense

     (61,252)

     (52,852)

     Financial expense

      (4,313)

      (1,840)

     Other income

      66,735

         760

     Other expenses

        (240)

           -

     Total non-operating income (expenses), net

     155,967

     (37,251)

Income before income tax

   1,973,083

   1,238,870

Income tax expense

     269,520

     217,601

Income from operations

   1,703,563

   1,021,269

Less: Income attributable to noncontrolling interest

        (482)

           -

Net income to SmartHeat Inc

   1,703,081

   1,021,269

Other comprehensive item

     Foreign currency translation

      23,054

       1,710

Comprehensive Income

 $ 1,726,135

 $ 1,022,979

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

  32,794,875

  24,179,900

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

  32,864,453

  24,184,174

Basic earnings per share

 $      0.05

 $      0.04

Diluted earnings per share

 $      0.05

 $      0.04



SMARTHEAT INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

 

 

 

 

THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31,

 

2010

2009

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

   Income including noncontrolling interest

 $  1,703,563

 $ 1,021,269

   Adjustments to reconcile income including noncontrolling

 

 

      interest to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

      Depreciation and amortization

      228,614

      96,684

      Unearned interest on accounts receivable

       39,574

      28,854

      Stock option compensation expense

          752

           -

      Changes in deferred tax liability

       (7,584)

        (122)

      (Increase) decrease in current assets:

 

 

      Accounts receivable

    8,273,722

   1,073,545

      Retentions receivable

     (215,311)

    (575,657)

      Advances to suppliers

     (887,598)

    (838,551)

      Other receivables, prepayments and deposits

     (948,705)

    (608,803)

            Inventory

  (11,996,634)

  (2,044,149)

      Increase (decrease) in current liabilities:

 

 

         Accounts payable

   (2,070,772)

   1,596,204

         Unearned revenue

     (100,387)

     238,745

         Taxes payable

   (3,263,301)

  (1,164,537)

         Accrued liabilities and other payables

    2,498,738

     442,319

 

 

 

         Net cash used in operating activities

   (6,745,329)

    (734,199)

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

    Change in restricted cash

      (35,320)

      47,361

    Acquisition of property & equipment & intangible asset

     (146,457)

     (10,474)

    Notes receivable

       51,427

           -

 

 

 

     Net cash used in (provided by) investing activities

     (130,350)

      36,887

 

 

 

EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGE ON CASH & CASH EQUIVALENTS

      (12,791)

        (248)

 

 

 

NET DECREASE IN CASH & CASH EQUIVALENTS

   (6,888,470)

    (697,560)

 

 

 

CASH & CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD

   48,967,992

   1,435,212

 

 

 

CASH & CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD

 $ 42,079,522

 $   737,652

 

 

 

Supplemental Cash flow data:

 

 

   Income tax paid

 $    648,603

 $   777,627

   Interest paid

 $     61,252

 $    60,316



 
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