China New Borun Announces Second Quarter 2014 Unaudited Financial Results

BEIJING, August 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — China New Borun Corporation (NYSE: BORN; “Borun” or the “Company”), a leading producer and distributor of corn-based edible alcohol in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter of 2014.

Mr. Jinmiao Wang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Borun, commented on the results, “Although demand and average selling price for edible alcohol were solid in the first half of the second quarter, the market encountered an unexpected sharp drop nation-wide in demand and average selling price this June. As a result, even though we recorded revenue growth at the high end of our second quarter guidance on better-than-expected volume shipment, our gross profits contracted year-over-year.”

“Despite the challenging month of June, we continued to make progress in ramping up our chlorinated polyethylene (“CPE”) and foam insulation businesses. During the quarter, we successfully scaled our CPE plant to full production capacity and grew total revenue from CPE and foam insulation by 47% sequentially to RMB23.4 million. It is worth noting that the new business has surpassed its gross breakeven point during the second quarter, and therefore we anticipate incremental positive contributions to profitability from the new business in the months ahead,” Mr. Wang concluded.

Second Quarter 2014 Quick View

  • Total revenue increased 6.4% to RMB668.9 million ($108.7 million[1]) from RMB628.5 million in the second quarter of 2013.
  • Gross profit decreased 5.4% to RMB67.5 million ($11.0 million) from RMB71.4 million in the second quarter of 2013.
  • Net income decreased 17.8% to RMB21.0 million ($3.4 million) from RMB25.5 million in the second quarter of 2013.
  • Basic and diluted earnings per American Depositary Share (“ADS”) were RMB0.82 ($0.13) for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Each ADS represents one of the Company’s ordinary shares.

Second Quarter 2014 Financial Performance

For the second quarter of 2014, revenue increased by 6.4% year-over-year to RMB668.9 million ($108.7 million) from RMB628.5 million in the same period of 2013. The increase in revenue was mainly attributable to higher sales volume of edible alcohol, partially offset by lower average selling prices, as well as incremental revenue contribution from the Company’s CPE and foam insulation businesses that were introduced in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Revenue breakdown by product lines is as follows:

  • Revenue from edible alcohol increased by 4.1% to RMB425.9 million ($69.2 million) in the second quarter of 2014, compared to RMB409.0 million in the second quarter of 2013. Driven by higher production, the sales volume of edible alcohol in the second quarter of 2014 increased by 6.1% year-over-year to 83,505 tons, while the average selling price of edible alcohol decreased by 1.9% year-over-year to RMB5,100 per ton.
  • Revenue from DDGS Feed increased by 2.1% to RMB159.8 million ($26.0 million) in the second quarter of 2014, compared to RMB156.5 million in the second quarter of 2013. The sales volume of DDGS Feed in the second quarter of 2014 decreased by 1.2% year-over-year to 74,155 tons, while the average selling price increased by 3.3% year-over-year to RMB2,155 per ton.
  • Revenue from liquid carbon dioxide decreased by 17.0% to RMB11.4 million ($1.8 million) in the second quarter of 2014 compared to RMB13.7 million in the second quarter of 2013. The sales volume of liquid carbon dioxide in the second quarter of 2014 decreased by 2.6% year-over-year to 32,751 tons, and the average selling price decreased by 14.8% year-over-year to RMB347 per ton.
  • Revenue from crude corn oil decreased by 1.4% to RMB48.5 million ($7.9 million) in the second quarter of 2014 compared to RMB49.2 million in the second quarter of 2013. The sales volume of crude corn oil in the second quarter of 2014 increased by 4.0% year-over-year to 6,746 tons, while the average selling price decreased by 5.3% year-over-year to RMB7,185 per ton.
  • Revenue from CPE was RMB21.3 million ($3.5 million) in the second quarter of 2014, and the sales volume was 2,448 tons at an average selling price of RMB8,718 per ton. Revenue from foam insulation was RMB2.0 million ($0.3 million) in the second quarter of 2014, and the sales volume was 1,868 cubic meters at an average selling price of RMB1,094 per cubic meter.

During the second quarter of 2014, gross profit decreased by 5.4% to RMB67.5 million ($11.0 million) from RMB71.4 million in the same period of 2013. Gross margin for the second quarter of 2014 decreased to 10.1%, from 11.4% in the same period of 2013, which was primarily attributable to a decrease in average selling price of edible alcohol, as well as lower gross margin from the new CPE and foam insulation businesses during its initial production ramp up.

Operating income decreased by 7.8% to RMB55.3 million ($9.0 million) in the second quarter of 2014, from RMB60.0 million in the same period of 2013, primarily due to lower gross profit earned.

Selling expenses were RMB1.5 million ($0.2 million) in the second quarter of 2014, which remained stable with that in the same period of 2013.

General and administrative expenses increased by RMB0.8 million, or 8.0% to RMB 10.7 million ($1.7 million) in the second quarter of 2014, from RMB9.9 million in the same period of 2013, mainly due to the increasing management cost for our new CPE and foam insulation businesses.

Income tax expenses in the second quarter of 2014 were RMB7.0 million ($1.1 million), representing an effective tax rate of 25.0%.

Net income decreased by 17.8% to RMB21.0 million ($3.4 million) in the second quarter of 2014, compared to RMB25.5 million in the same quarter of 2013. In the second quarter of 2014, basic and diluted earnings per share and per ADS were RMB0.82 ($0.13), and the Company had 25.7 million weighted average basic and diluted shares outstanding.

As of June 30, 2014, cash and bank deposits of RMB361.8 million ($58.8 million) decreased by RMB159.5 million, compared with RMB521.3 million as of December 31, 2013. Cash flows provided by operating activities for the second quarter of 2014 were RMB77.3 million ($12.6 million), compared with operating cash outflow of $148.1 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Financial Outlook

During the third quarters, the Company historically conducts an annual maintenance of its production facilities, which requires a temporary shut down of all production lines for edible alcohol for approximately one month.

Reflecting the annual maintenance period this summer, and lower average selling prices, the Company estimates that its revenue for the third quarter of 2014 will be in the range of RMB520 million ($84.5 million) to RMB540 million ($87.8 million), an increase of approximately 0.4% to 4.2% over the same quarter of 2013.

This guidance is based on the current market conditions and reflects the Company’s current and preliminary estimates of market and operating conditions and customer demand, which are all subject to change.

Conference Call

Borun’s management will hold a corresponding earnings conference call and live webcast at 8:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, August 22, 2014 (8:00 p.m. Beijing time on Friday, August 22, 2014) to discuss the results and highlights from the second quarter and answer questions from investors. A webcast of the call will be available at http://ir.chinanewborun.com. Listeners may access the call by dialing:

United States Toll Free:

1-866-519-4004

US Toll/International:

1-845-675-0437

Hong Kong Toll Free:

800-930-346

Hong Kong Toll:

852-2475-0994

China Toll Free:

800-819-0121

China Toll Free (Mobile):

400-620-8038

Conference ID:

85386554

A replay of the webcast will be accessible through August 30, 2014 on http://ir.chinanewborun.com or by dialing:

United States toll free:

1-855-452-5696

International:

61-2-8199-0299

Passcode

85386554

About China New Borun Corporation

China New Borun Corporation (NYSE: BORN) is a leading producer and distributor of corn-based edible alcohol sold as an ingredient to producers of baijiu, a popular grain-based alcoholic beverage in China. The Company also produces DDGS Feed, liquid carbon dioxide and crude corn oil as by-products of edible alcohol production, and CPE and foam insulation that are widely used in chemical industries. China New Borun is based in Shouguang, Shandong Province. Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.chinanewborun.com and in documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

Forward-looking Statements

All statements included in this press release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry, management’s beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “predicts,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing,” similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

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This press release contains translations of certain Renminbi amounts into US dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of readers. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from Renminbi to US dollars for the period ended June 30, 2014 were made at a rate of RMB6.1528 to USD1.00, the rate published by the People’s Bank of China on June 30, 2014. China New Borun Corporation makes no representation that the Renminbi or US dollar amounts referred to in this press release could have been or could be converted into US dollars or Renminbi, at any particular rate or at all.

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CHINA NEW BORUN CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

December 31, 2013

June 30, 2014

RMB

RMB

US$

Assets

Cash

521,270,799

361,770,279

58,797,666

Restricted cash

42,040,667

32,000,000

5,200,884

Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of nil and nil, respectively

358,463,468

353,450,451

57,445,464

Available-for-sale securities

16,783,869

————

————

Inventories

353,206,120

915,014,772

148,715,182

Advance to suppliers

276,245,034

191,099

31,059

Other receivables

58,510,165

114,562,500

18,619,572

Prepaid expenses

3,773,980

2,299,637

373,755

Deferred income tax assets

248,712

————

————

Total current assets

1,630,542,814

1,779,288,738

289,183,582

Property, plant and equipment, net

1,143,722,628

1,106,121,274

179,775,269

Land use right, net

138,944,251

137,541,648

22,354,318

Intangible assets, net

9,648,771

7,735,649

1,257,257

Other non-current assets

10,697,712

8,130,261

1,321,392

Total assets

2,933,556,176

3,038,817,570

493,891,818

Liabilities and shareholders’ equity

Trade accounts payable

29,272,232

15,877,284

2,580,497

Accrued expenses and other payables

106,574,084

66,479,333

10,804,728

Income taxes payable

9,119,258

7,038,216

1,143,905

Short-term borrowings

620,200,000

732,000,000

118,970,225

Current portion of long-term borrowings

24,000,000

24,000,000

3,900,663

Total current liabilities

789,165,574

845,394,833

137,400,018

Long-term borrowings

48,000,000

36,000,000

5,850,995

Bonds Payable

500,000,000

500,000,000

81,263,815

Total liabilities

1,337,165,574

1,381,394,833

224,514,828

Shareholders’ equity

Ordinary share – (December 31, 2013 and June 30, 2014: par value of RMB0.0068259, 25,725,000 shares issued and outstanding)

175,596

175,596

25,725

Additional paid-in capital

468,132,187

468,132,187

76,084,415

Retained earnings – appropriated

126,356,029

126,356,029

20,536,346

Retained earnings – unappropriated

1,002,921,340

1,063,215,301

172,801,863

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,194,550)

(456,376)

(71,359)

Total shareholders’ equity

1,596,390,602

1,657,422,737

269,376,990

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

2,933,556,176

3,038,817,570

493,891,818

CHINA NEW BORUN CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

For the three-month period ended,

June 30,

March 31,

June 30, 2014

2013

2014

(RMB)

(RMB)

(RMB)

(US$)

Revenues

628,493,979

625,731,081

668,887,775

108,712,745

Cost of goods sold

557,088,612

535,247,941

601,348,437

97,735,736

Gross profit

71,405,367

90,483,140

67,539,338

10,977,009

Operating expenses:

Selling

1,509,414

1,214,951

1,534,527

249,403

General and administrative

9,912,973

10,490,866

10,703,722

1,739,651

Total operating expenses

11,422,387

11,705,817

12,238,249

1,989,054

Operating income

59,982,980

78,777,323

55,301,089

8,987,955

Other (income) expenses:

Interest income

(990,007)

(525,335)

(637,612)

(103,630)

Interest expense

26,418,467

26,024,958

26,695,034

4,338,681

Others, net

(105,210)

855,570

1,273,848

207,035

Total other expense, net

25,323,250

26,355,193

27,331,270

4,442,086

Income before income taxes

34,659,730

52,422,130

27,969,819

4,545,869

Income tax expense

9,142,375

13,105,533

6,992,455

1,136,467

Net income

25,517,355

39,316,597

20,977,364

3,409,402

Earnings per share:

Basic and diluted

0.99

1.53

0.82

0.13

Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding:

Basic and diluted

25,725,000

25,725,000

25,725,000

25,725,000

CHINA NEW BORUN CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

For the six-month period ended,

June 30, 2013

June 30, 2014

(RMB)

(RMB)

(US$)

Revenues

1,079,186,038

1,294,618,856

210,411,334

Cost of goods sold

960,690,062

1,136,596,378

184,728,315

Gross profit

118,495,976

158,022,478

25,683,019

Operating expenses:

Selling

2,558,750

2,749,478

446,866

General and administrative

19,721,770

21,194,588

3,444,706

Total operating expenses

22,280,520

23,944,066

3,891,572

Operating income

96,215,456

134,078,412

21,791,447

Other (income) expenses:

Interest income

(1,616,097)

(1,162,947)

(189,011)

Interest expense

46,298,133

52,719,992

8,568,455

Others, net

(131,154)

2,129,418

346,089

Total other expense, net

44,550,882

53,686,463

8,725,533

Income before income taxes

51,664,574

80,391,949

13,065,914

Income tax expense

13,393,586

20,097,988

3,266,478

Net income

38,270,988

60,293,961

9,799,436

Earnings per share:

Basic and diluted

1.49

2.34

0.38

Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding:

Basic and diluted

25,725,000

25,725,000

25,725,000

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