Exhibit 99.1

 

 

pingtan marine enterprise Reports FINANCIAL RESULTS

for the FIRST quarter ended MARCH 31, 2016

 

Company to Hold Conference Call on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 8:30 AM ET

 

FUZHOU, China, May 10, 2016 – Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (Nasdaq: PME), (“Pingtan,” or the “Company”) a global fishing company based in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), today announced its unaudited financial results the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

 

Factors Affecting Pingtan’s Results of Operation

As previously disclosed in Form 10-K and 10-Q the Company filed in 2015, in early December 2014 the Indonesian government introduced a six-month moratorium on issuing new fishing licenses and renewals so that the country’s Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (“MMAF”) could monitor the operations of existing fleets and fight illegal fishing activities . As a result, all licensed fishing vessels operating in Indonesian waters were informed by the Indonesian government to operate within strict guidelines and subsequently to cease operation, in order to avoid potential enforcement actions by the Indonesian Navy such as boat seizures.

 

Among the Company’s 135 fishing vessels, 117 of these vessels operate in the Arafura Sea of Indonesia. To cooperate and comply with the Indonesian government’s fishing license check procedures, in January 2015, the Company reduced its operations - since February 2015, Pingtan has ceased operations of the 117 vessels which are licensed to operate in Indonesian waters. Since the Company derives a majority of its revenue from this area, this ban caused a significant drop in production.

 

In November 2015, the Indonesian government announced that the moratorium had concluded. The Company’s expectation is that the MMAF will implement new fishing policies and resume the license renewal process although this has not yet occurred. In the interim, the Company’s financial results will continue to be materially adversely affected by this moratorium.

 

As a result, the Company’s sales for the three months ended March 31, 2016 decreased significantly as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2015.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2016, the Company purchased fish from a third party to satisfy customer demands. The resale of purchased fish to its customers generated a positive gross margin on such sales. The positive gross margin in these reselling activities partially offset the decrease in the Company’s overall gross margin for the three months ended March 31, 2016.

 

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First Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights (all results are compared to prior year corresponding period)

 

·As a result of the above, revenue from fishing business was $4.1 million compared to $28.7 million.
·Gross loss was $3.3 million, compared to gross profit of $11.5 million, and gross margin was (80.5%) compared to 39.9%, due to reduced scale of operations resulted by the moratorium described above.
·Net loss was $5.5 million, or $(0.06) per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $8.4 million, or $0.10 per basic and diluted share. The decrease was primarily due to the same reasons described above.

 

Management Commentary

Mr. Xinrong Zhuo, Chairman and CEO of the Company, commented, “While the first quarter of 2016 was challenging due to the moratorium by the Indonesian government, our team successfully met customer demands and needs by purchasing fish for resale from a third party supplier. These resale activities of purchased fish generated a positive gross margin on such sales and helped us to continue to maintain positive relationships with key customers. We believe it is only a matter of time before fully licensed fishing companies like Pingtan are allowed to resume fishing in Indonesian waters. We continue seeking to diversify our fishing territories and we are actively negotiating with neighboring countries to expand into new fishing regions.”

 

First Quarter 2016 Selected Financial Highlights

 

($ in millions, except per share data)  Three Months ended
March 31,
 
   2016   2015 
   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited) 
Revenue  $4.1   $28.7 
Cost of Revenue  $7.4   $17.3 
Gross (Loss) Profit  $(3.3)  $11.5 
Gross Margin   (80.5%)   39.9%
Net (Loss) Income  $(5.5)  $8.4 
Basic and Diluted Weighted Average Ordinary Shares Outstanding   79.1    79.1 
Net (Loss) Income Per Ordinary Share Attributable to Owners of The Company  $(0.06)  $0.10 

 

Balance Sheet Highlights

 


($ in millions, except per share data)  3/31/2016    12/31/2015 
   (Unaudited)   (Audited) 
Cash and Cash Equivalents  $2.6   $11.4 
Total Current Assets   62.8    91.9 
Total Assets   222.3    231.9 
Total Current Liabilities   38.2    42.5 
Total Long-term Debt, net of current portion   22.7    22.5 
Total Liabilities   60.9    65.0 
Shareholders’ Equity   161.4    166.9 
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity   222.3    231.9 
Book Value Per Share (in $)  $2.04   $2.11 
           

 

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Consolidated Financial and Operating Review

 

Revenue

Revenue from the fishing business, sales of frozen fish and other marine catches for the three months ended March 31, 2016, were $4.1 million compared to $28.7 million for the same period in 2015. The decrease was primarily due to the Company ceasing its operations in Indonesia waters since February 2015 resulting from the moratorium described above.

 

Gross Margin

The Company’s gross margin was (80.5%) for the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to 39.9% in the prior-year period. The significant decrease was primarily due to the reduced scale of operations resulting in lower revenue, which is reflected in the allocation of fixed costs, mainly consisting of depreciation, to cost of revenue; partially offset by the positive gross margin from our fish resale activities.

 

Selling Expenses

Selling expenses were $0.3 million, for the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to $0.7 million, in the prior-year period.

 

General & Administrative Expenses

For the three months ended March 31, 2016, general and administrative expenses were $1.5 million, compared to $1.4 million, in the prior-year period.

 

Net (Loss) Income

Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2016, was $5.5 million, or $(0.06) per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $8.4 million, or $0.10 per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2015. The decrease was primarily due to the reasons described above.

 

Conference Call Details

Pingtan also announced that it will discuss financial results in a conference call on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 8:30 AM ET.

The dial-in numbers are:

Live Participant Dial In (Toll Free):         877-407-0310
Live Participant Dial In (International):  201-493-6786

 

To listen to the live webcast, please go to http://www.ptmarine.com and click on the conference call link at the top of the page, or go to: http://ptmarine.equisolvewebcast.com/q1-2016. This webcast will be archived and accessible through the Company’s website for approximately 30 days following the call.

About Pingtan

Pingtan is a global fishing company, engaging in ocean fishing through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fujian Provincial Pingtan County Ocean Fishing Group Co., Ltd., or Pingtan Fishing. Pingtan Fishing, a provider of high quality seafood in the PRC, primarily engages in ocean fishing with many of its self-owned vessels operating within the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone and the Arafura Sea of Indonesia.

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Business Risks and Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements that the Company’s expectation is that the MMAF will implement new fishing policies, that the Company seeks to expand into new fishing territories to help reduce its dependency on a single region, diversify its revenue stream and fulfill the needs of its customers. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in Pingtan's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including Pingtan's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Definitive Proxy Statement. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Pingtan undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

 

CONTACT:

Roy Yu

Chief Financial Officer

Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd.

Tel: +86 591 87271753

ryu@ptmarine.net

 

INVESTOR RELATIONS:

The Equity Group Inc.

Adam Prior, Senior Vice President

Tel: (212) 836-9606

aprior@equityny.com

 

In China

Katherine Yao, Senior Associate

Tel: +86 10 6587 6435

kyao@equityny.com

 

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PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME  (UNAUDITED)
(IN U.S. DOLLARS)

 

   For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
   2016   2015 
         
         
REVENUE  $4,115,098   $28,732,824 
           
COST OF REVENUE   7,427,810    17,266,289 
           
GROSS (LOSS) PROFIT   (3,312,712)   11,466,535 
           
OPERATING EXPENSES:          
Selling   343,020    705,520 
General and administrative   1,467,471    1,444,214 
           
Total Operating Expenses   1,810,491    2,149,734 
           
(LOSS) INCOME FROM OPERATIONS   (5,123,203)   9,316,801 
           
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):          
Interest income   2,367    19,232 
Interest expense   (522,265)   (953,644)
Foreign currency transaction gain   20,797    37,381 
Grant income   154,447    - 
Loss on equity method investment   (10,316)   (3,345)
Other expense   (264)   (163)
           
Total Other Income (Expense), net   (355,234)   (900,539)
           
(LOSS) INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES   (5,478,437)   8,416,262 
           
INCOME TAXES   413    - 
           
NET (LOSS) INCOME  $(5,478,850)  $8,416,262 
           
LESS: NET (LOSS) INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST   (378,471)   193,015 
           
NET (LOSS) INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPANY  $(5,100,379)  $8,223,247 
           
COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME:          
NET (LOSS) INCOME   (5,478,850)   8,416,262 
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME          
Unrealized foreign currency translation gain   879,423    646,756 
COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME  $(4,599,427)  $9,063,018 
LESS: COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST   (309,448)   387,343 
COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPANY  $(4,289,979)  $8,675,675 
           
NET (LOSS) INCOME PER ORDINARY SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPNAY          
Basic and diluted  $(0.06)  $0.10 
           
WEIGHTED AVERAGE ORDINARY SHARES OUTSTANDING:          
Basic and diluted   79,055,053    79,055,053 

 

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PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
(IN U.S. DOLLARS)    

 

   March 31, 2016   December 31, 2015 
   (Unaudited)     
ASSETS        
         
CURRENT ASSETS:        
Cash  $2,583,497   $11,448,684 
Restricted cash   2,208,471    1,577,642 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts   8,921,998    12,575,042 
Inventories, net of reserve for inventories   3,789,465    2,336,167 
Advances to suppliers   36,059,841    35,994,146 
Prepaid expenses   546    1,818 
Prepaid expenses - related parties   2,783,783    4,640,166 
Receivable from transferring equity method investment shares   -    15,406,659 
Other receivables   78,088    78,051 
Other receivables - related parties   6,412,506    7,887,527 
           
Total Current Assets   62,838,195    91,945,902 
           
OTHER ASSETS:          
Cost method investment   3,256,874    3,235,398 
Equity method investment   30,678,214    30,486,314 
Prepayment for long-term assets   21,425,085    11,654,645 
Property, plant and equipment, net   104,139,615    94,555,114 
           
Total Other Assets   159,499,788    139,931,471 
           
Total Assets  $222,337,983   $231,877,373 
           
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY          
           
CURRENT LIABILITIES:          
Accounts payable  $946,414   $978,353 
Accounts payable - related parties   1,076,728    408,631 
Short-term bank loans   18,002,118    21,971,438 
Long-term bank loans - current portion   12,763,846    12,679,680 
Accrued liabilities and other payables   4,563,261    5,044,049 
Dividend payable   790,551    - 
Due to related parties   24,644    1,384,644 
           
Total Current Liabilities   38,167,562    42,466,795 
           
OTHER LIABILITIES:          
Long-term bank loans - non-current portion   22,720,576    22,570,755 
           
Total Liabilities   60,888,138    65,037,550 
           
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES          
           
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:          
Equity attributable to owners of the company:          
Ordinary shares ($0.001 par value; 225,000,000 shares authorized; 79,055,053 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015)   79,055    79,055 
Additional paid-in capital   111,008,085    111,008,085 
Retained earnings   28,427,110    34,318,040 
Statutory reserve   9,391,827    9,391,827 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (3,515,951)   (4,326,351)
Total equity attributable to owners of the company   145,390,126    150,470,656 
Non-controlling interest   16,059,719    16,369,167 
           
Total Shareholders' Equity   161,449,845    166,839,823 
           
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity  $222,337,983   $231,877,373 

 

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PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)  
(IN U.S. DOLLARS)  

 

   For the Three Months Ended March 31, 
   2016   2015 
         
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:        
Net (loss) income  $(5,478,850)  $8,416,262 
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income from operations to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation   1,682,985    1,528,756 
Increase in allowance for doubtful accounts   277,982    160,765 
Increase in reserve for inventories   1,550,335    - 
Loss on equity method investment   10,316    3,345 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Accounts receivable   3,406,211    19,795,236 
Inventories   (2,967,993)   7,266,034 
Advances to suppliers   170,802    - 
Prepaid expenses   1,266    13,289 
Prepaid expenses - related parties   1,860,757    (10,140,274)
Deferred expenses - related parties   -    472,387 
Other receivables   (17)   164,836 
Other receivables - related parties   (97)   - 
Accounts payable   (37,895)   122,267 
Accounts payable - related parties   656,067    (2,307,645)
Advances from customers   -    (155,489)
Accrued liabilities and other payables   (507,011)   792,197 
Due to related parties   -    3 
           
NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES   624,858    26,131,969 
           
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:          
Refunds from commercial retail space prepayments   -    22,497,898 
Purchase of property, plant and equipment   (113,479)   (16,361)
Prepayments made for long-term assets   (20,108,663)   - 
Proceeds from transferring equity method investment share   15,291,759    - 
Payments for equity method investment   -    (40,744,483)
           
NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES   (4,930,383)   (18,262,946)
           
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:          
Proceeds from short-term bank loans   3,156,505    7,153,729 
Repayments of short-term bank loans   (7,214,044)   (6,158,048)
Repayments of long-term bank loans   -    (6,506,894)
Increase in restricted cash   (611,670)   - 
Advances from related parties   200,000    1,100,000 
Payments made for dividend   -    (790,551)
Capital contribution from non-controlling interest   -    65,191,173 
Payments made to related parties in connection with the termination of VIE   -    (13,527,168)
           
NET CASH (USED IN) PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES   (4,469,209)   46,462,241 
           
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   (90,453)   296,407 
           
NET (DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   (8,865,187)   54,627,671 
           
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - beginning of period   11,448,684    12,752,272 
           
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - end of period  $2,583,497   $67,379,943 
           
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:          
Cash paid for:          
Interest  $556,138   $939,951 
Income taxes  $-   $- 
           
NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:          
Acquisition of property and equipment by decreasing prepayment for long-term assets  $10,551,314   $- 
Offset other receivables - related parties against due to related parties  $1,560,000   $-