China Nutrifruit Group Limited (NYSE Amex: CNGL) ("China Nutrifruit" or "the Company"), a leading producer of premium specialty fruit based products in China ("PRC"), announced its financial results for the first quarter fiscal year 2012, ended June 30, 2011.
First Quarter Fiscal Year 2012 Highlights and Recent Events
- Net sales increased 6.9% year-over-year to $10.3 million
- Gross profit increased 16.4% year-over-year to $4.8 million, with gross margin of 46.6%
- Operating earnings rose 11.9% year-over-year to $2.7 million, with operating margin of 26.4%
- Net income increased 0.4% year-over-year to $1.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share
- In June 2011, the Company filed an application with the SEC to withdraw its registration statement on Form S-1 for the proposed Taiwan Depositary Receipt offering and withdraw its application for listing on the Taiwan Stock Exchange
"Historically, we experience modest growth in net sales and profitability in our first fiscal quarter as we primarily engage in selling remaining inventory from the prior year production season. At the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2012, we sold through most of our inventory position. During the quarter, our newly introduced seabuckthorn and blackcurrant glazed fruit products continued to benefit from strong market demand and as a result, we recorded a 6.9% year-over-year increase in net sales, demonstrating our strong capability in diversifying our product portfolio," commented Mr. Yu Changjun, Chairman and CEO of China Nutrifruit. "On the operational level, due to our continued efforts to implement cost control measures, we recorded 3.8 percentage points year-over-year growth in our gross margin. Due to our solid market position, coupled with our product diversification and capacity expansion initiatives, we expect to achieve strong revenue and net income growth in fiscal year 2012," added Mr. Yu.
First Quarter Fiscal Year 2012 Results
Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 increased 6.9% to $10.3 million, from $9.6 million in the same quarter of fiscal 2011. Sales growth during the quarter was primarily due to increased sales volume of glazed fruit products. The Company's recently introduced seabuckthorn and blackcurrant glazed fruit and concentrate juice products accounted for approximately 19.1% of the total sales during the quarter.
In the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, net sales from concentrated juice products, which accounted for 50.5% of total net sales, were $5.2 million, up slightly from $5.0 million, or 52.3% of total net sales, in the same quarter of fiscal year 2011. Net sales from glazed fruit products reached $3.8 million, contributing 37.2% of net sales, up 119.2% as compared to $1.7 million, or 18.2% of total net sales in the same period of prior year. Sales of concentrate pulp products were $1.0 million, or 9.7% of total net sales, down 56.5% compared to $2.3 million in the same period in fiscal year 2011. Net sales of concentrate pulp decreased as the Company ceased cooperation with one of two OEM factories in this quarter due to changes in the factory's business operations. In fiscal year 2012, the Company made a strategic decision to replace this relationship with another OEM concentrate pulp manufacturer that consistently meets the Company's stringent quality requirements. Sales from nectar were $0.3 million, or 2.6% of total net sales, down 52.3% from $0.6 million, or 5.8% of total net sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2011.
Gross profit for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 increased 16.4% to $4.8 million from $4.1 million for the same period a year ago. Gross margin was 46.6% for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, up from 42.8% in the year ago period. The increase in gross margin was mainly due to significant increase in sales volume of higher margin glazed fruit products. Gross margin on glazed fruit products rose to 54.9% from 49.8% a year ago. In contrast, gross margin of concentrate pulp products, nectar and concentrate juice were 23.6%, 67.3% and 43.8% compared to 25.5%, 69.3% and 45.3%, respectively, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2011.
In the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, selling, general, and administrative expenses were $2.1 million, up 22.8% from the same period last fiscal year. Selling expenses were $0.4 million, or 4.0% of net sales, down 29.8% compared to $0.6 million, or 6.1% of net sales, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2011. As a percentage of net sales, decline in selling expenses was mainly due to the Company's well established relationships with existing distributors who continued to place repeat orders with higher volume, resulting in lower sales related travel expenses.
General and administrative expenses were $1.7 million, or 16.2% of net sales, up 50.7% from $1.1 million, or 11.5% of net sales a year ago. The increase in general and administrative expenses was mainly attributable to increase in professional expenses related to the Company's proposed Taiwan Deposit Receipt offering in Taiwan which was withdrawn in June 2011. In addition, the increase in payroll expenses also contributed to the increase in general and administrative expenses for the quarter.
Operating earnings in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 were $2.7 million compared to $2.4 million in the comparable period last fiscal year. Operating margin for the quarter improved to 26.4%, up from 25.2 % a year ago.
Provision for income taxes for the quarter was $0.9 million compared to $0.7 million a year ago. The Company's effective tax rate was 33.9% for the first quarter fiscal year 2012 compared to 27.1% for the same period last year.
Net income in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 was $1.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, up slightly compared to the same period last fiscal year. The calculation of diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 is based on 36.9 million weighted average shares outstanding compared to 36.7 million in the same quarter of fiscal 2011.
As of June 30, 2011, China Nutrifruit had $57.2 million in cash and equivalents, $10.8 million in current liabilities with no long-term debt and working capital of $53.1 million. Shareholders' equity was $96.4 million as of June 30, 2011, up from $93.3 million as of March 31, 2011.
The Company generated $11.5 million net cash from operating activities, compared to cash used in operating activities of $5.8 million in the same period fiscal year 2011. The Company used $0.6 million and $4.1 in prepayment for purchase of property and equipment for the upgrade of glazed fruit and concentrate juice production lines and the construction of the Company's new concentrate paste facility in Zhaoyuan respectively, which is scheduled to begin operations in late August 2011.
- On July 25, 2011, the Company commenced the fiscal year 2012 production season.
- In July 2011, the Company completed technological upgrades to glazed fruit production lines in Daqing and completed installation of additional processing equipment at concentrate juice production lines in Mudanjiang, increasing annual concentrate juice production capacity by 50% to reach 9,000 tons.
- In August 2011, the Company relocated its headquarters to Daqing Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone, Daqing, Heilongjiang, China.
"We are pleased to begin fiscal year 2012 with a strong cash flow position to support our production season and numerous new product development and capacity expansion initiatives. During our production season this year, we expect to introduce several new products, including fruit and vegetable powder products, concentrate paste products, golden berry dried fruits, and cherry tomato glazed fruits products. In addition, with our recent technological upgrades to our glazed fruit production lines in Daqing and installation of additional processing equipment at concentrate juice production lines in Mudanjiang, we have successfully increased our annual concentrate juice production capacity by 50% to reach 9,000 tons. We also expect to benefit from increased operational efficiency following these upgrades," said Mr. Yu. "As we are currently in the process of engaging another OEM factory, a process that may take several months, we expect concentrate pulp products to contribute less to our overall sales for the time being."
"In light of these initiatives and updates, we remain confident in our ability to achieve our financial guidance for fiscal year 2012, with revenue of approximately $110 million to $113 million and net income of approximately $29 million to $30 million," concluded Mr. Yu.
Conference Call Information
Management will conduct a conference call at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, August 15, 2011, to discuss financial results for the first quarter fiscal year 2012, ended June 30, 2011.
To participate in the conference call, please dial the following number five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time: (866) 759-2078. International callers should dial +1-706-643-0585. The conference ID number for the call is 89319601.
If you are unable to participate in the call at this time, a replay will be available for fourteen days starting from Monday, August 15, 2011at 12:00noonEastern Time. To access the replay, dial 855-859-2056. International callers should dial +1-404-537-3406. The conference ID number for the replay is 89319601.
About China Nutrifruit Group Limited
Through its subsidiaries Daqing Longheda Food Company Limited and Daqing Senyang Fruit and Vegetable Food Technology Company Limited, China Nutrifruit, is engaged in developing, processing, marketing and distributing a variety of food products processed primarily from premium specialty fruits grown in Northeast China, including golden berry, crab apple, blueberry, seabuckthorn, blackcurrant and raspberry. Its processing facility possesses ISO9001 and HACCP series qualifications. Currently, the Company has established an extensive nationwide sales and distribution network throughout 18 provinces in China. For more information, please visit http://www.chinanutrifruit.com.