Exhibit 99.1

 

Pingtan Marine Enterprise, Ltd.

March 14, 2018

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pingtan marine enterprise Reports FINANCIAL RESULTS

for the fourth quarter and year ended december 31, 2017

Company to Hold Conference Call on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 8:30 AM ET

 

FUZHOU, China, March 14, 2018 – 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 financial results for its fourth quarter and year-ended December 31, 2017.

 

The Company's recent notable events are as follows:

·January 24, 2018: The Company announced a cash dividend of $0.01 per share of common stock outstanding, which was paid on February 15, 2018 to shareholders of record on February 6, 2018. This marked the thirteenth consecutive quarterly dividend paid by the Company.
·January 10, 2018: The Company announced that an additional two fishing vessels are operating in international waters. These two squid jigging vessels departed from port on December 2, 2017 and were put into operation after arrival at their fishing destination in the international waters of South-West Atlantic Ocean on January 10, 2018 China Standard Time.
·January 4, 2018: The Company entered into the e-commerce consumer food market by offering its fish products on JD.com, one of China's largest e-commerce retailers. The Company has first launched three of its fish products including pomfret, yellow croaker and ribbon fish cuts on JD.com, and it expects to launch more products in the future.
·December 13, 2017: The Company held its Annual Shareholder Meeting at Pingtan Marine's headquarters in Fuzhou, China.
   
 November 15, 2017: The Company announced a cash dividend of $0.01 per share of common stock outstanding, which was paid on December 15, 2017 to shareholders of record on November 30, 2017. This marked the twelfth consecutive quarterly dividend paid by the Company.


Management Comments

 

Mr. Xinrong Zhuo, Chairman and CEO of the Company, commented, “We delivered strong operating and financial results in 2017 despite the impact from the Indonesian government’s moratorium and subsequent actions on our fishing operations in Indonesian waters. We were dedicated to enlarging fishing territories and increasing production capacity and product mix through expanding operating vessels in various fishing methods to harvest higher margin fishing products. During the year, we have been paying close attention to any new changes and trends in fishing policy and have been actively exploring for new locations to deploy our vessels. Since the second quarter of 2017, we have started partnerships with major chain restaurants and one of China's largest e-commerce retailers, JD.com. After months of efforts from both the JD and Pingtan teams, we have successfully launched three of our fish products online. As to date, we have made record online sales of over 10,000 pieces, capturing the attention of e-commerce customers. Our online success has motivated us to seek to launch more products in the future. Looking forward, we intend to accelerate the construction of our processing facilities and expand our territory to enrich product mix and expand our market share through online retail businesses.

 

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Factors Affecting Pingtan’s Results of Operation – Indonesia Moratorium

As previously disclosed in our Forms 10-K and 10-Q filed during 2015 and 2016, 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 combat illegal fishing and rectify ocean fishing order. In February 2015, the Company ceased all fishing operations in Indonesia. During the moratorium, the Company was informed that fishing licenses of four vessels operated through PT. Avona, one of the local companies through which Pingtan conducts business in Indonesia, and the fishery business license of PT. Dwikarya, the other local company through which Pingtan conducts business in Indonesia, were revoked. As a result, and because license renewal was prohibited due to the general moratorium, all local fishing licenses of the Company’s vessels in Indonesia are presently inactive. The MMAF has not yet restored license issuing or renewal process for vessels built abroad.

In November 2015, the Indonesian government announced that the moratorium had concluded. As the MMAF has not implemented new fishing policies and resumed the license renewal process, the Company does not know when exactly licensing and renewal will start. Since the Company derived a majority of its revenue from this area, this ban has caused a significant drop in production.

In September 2017, the Company was informed that the fishing licenses of 13 vessels deployed to the Indo-Pacific waters were suspended and the vessels were docked in the port by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries ("MAF") of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. The MAF is alleging and is investigating whether false statements were made during the licensing process and the vessels were simultaneously registered in Indonesia.  The Company disputes these allegations.

As of December 31, 2017, among the Company’s 140 vessels, 12 are located in the Bay of Bengal in India; 11 are located in international waters (including 1 refrigerated transport vessel); and 13 are located in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste but are currently not operating as described above. The remaining 104 vessels are located in Indonesian waters and continue to be idle due to the Indonesian government’s moratorium and subsequent actions.

 

2017 Financial Highlights (all results are compared to prior year)

 

·Revenue increased by 207.7% to $63.2 million from $20.5 million as a result of increase in fishing activities.
·Gross profit increased by 351.3% to $22.1 million from gross loss of $8.8 million, and gross margin was 34.9% compared to (42.8)%.
·Net income attributable to owners of the Company was $29.7 million, or $0.38 per basic and diluted share, compared to net loss attributable to owners of the Company of $13.7 million, or $(0.17) per basic and diluted share.

 

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Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights (all results are compared to prior year period)

 

·Revenue was $16.4 million compared to $13.2 million.
·Gross profit was $12.2 million compared to $9.9 million, and gross margin was 74.5% compared to 75.1%.
·Net income attributable to owners of the Company was $4.8 million, or $0.06 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income attributable to owners of the Company of $8.4 million, or $0.11 per basic and diluted share.

Pingtan’s Revenue Break-down By PRC Territories

   Year Ended December 31, 
   2017   2016   2015 
Fujian province   61%   32%   36%
Guangdong province   28%   48%   47%
Shandong province   9%   4%   3%
Zhejiang province   2%   13%   8%
Liaoning province   0%   1%   2%
Other areas   0%   2%   4%
Total   100%   100%   100%

 

2017 Selected Financial Highlights

($ in millions, except share and per share) data)  Three Months ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31, 
   2017   2016   2017   2016   2015 
                     
Revenue  $16.4   $13.2   $63.2   $20.5   $60.7 
Cost of Revenue  $4.2   $3.3   $41.1   $29.3   $63.5 
Gross Profit (Loss)  $12.2   $9.9   $22.1   $(8.8)  $(2.8)
Gross Margin   74.5%   75.1%   34.9%   (42.8)%  $(4.6)%
Net Income (Loss)  $5.3   $9.2   $32.5   $(14.7)  $19.6 
Basic and Diluted Weighted Average Shares   79.1    79.1    79.1    79.1    79.1 
EPS (in $)  $0.06   $0.11   $0.38   $(0.17)  $0.23 

 

Balance Sheet Highlights

 

($ in millions, except for book value per share)   12/31/2017    12/31/2016 
           
Cash and Cash Equivalents  $2.0   $0.8 
Total Current Assets  $20.8   $60.8 
Total Assets  $201.1   $226.5 
Total Current Liabilities  $36.4   $64.9 
Total Long-term Debt, net of current portion  $17.2   $21.8 
Total Liabilities  $53.6   $86.8 
Shareholders’ Equity  $147.5   $139.7 
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity  $201.1   $226.5 
Book Value Per Share (in $)  $1.87   $1.77 

 

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Consolidated Financial and Operating Review

 

Revenue

 

Revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2017 was $16.4 million compared to $13.2 million for the same period in 2016. The increase was mainly attributable to business expansion resulting from more fishing vessels put into operation.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company’s revenue was $63.2 million, increasing by 207.7% from $20.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2016. The increase was primarily due to the increase in fishing activities. During the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company purchased 4 squid jigging vessels to reinforce its fishing capacity and placed 10 fishing vessels in operation in international waters during the year ended December 31, 2017 in comparison to 2 fishing vessels operating in international waters during the year ended December 31, 2016.

 

Gross Margin

 

The Company’s gross margin was 74.5% for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to 75.1% in the prior year period.

 

The Company’s gross margin was 34.9% in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 compared to (42.8)% in the same period of 2016. The increase was due to the increase in our sales revenue and the decrease in unit production cost of fish.

 

Selling Expenses

 

For the three months ended December 31, 2017, selling expense was $0.5 million compared to $0.7 million in the prior year period.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2017, total selling expense was $1.2 million, remaining unchanged as that of the same period of 2016.

 

General & Administrative Expenses

 

For the three months ended December 31, 2017, general and administrative expense was $6.3 million, compared to $0.9 million in the prior year period. The increment is due to depreciation of 104 vessels located in Indonesia but not operating as a result of the moratorium mentioned, which was recorded as operation expense rather than cost of revenue.

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, total general and administrative expense was $9.6 million compared to $4.0 million in the same period of 2016. The increase was primarily due to increase in depreciation expense, professional fees and travel for investor conferences, as well as bad debt recovery based on periodic review of accounts receivable balances and management’s evaluation of the collectability of receivable balances.

 

Net Income (Loss)

 

Net income attributable to owners of the Company for the three months ended December 31, 2017 was $4.8 million, or $0.06 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income attributable to owners of the Company of $8.4 million, or $0.11 per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2016. The decrease was mainly due to management’s sales policy since 2018 Lunar New Year is in February, which is the peak season for the seafood sales in China.

 

Net income attributable to owners of the Company for the year ended December 31, 2017 was $29.7 million, or 0.38 per basic and diluted share, compared to net loss attributable to owners of the Company of $13.7 million, or $(0.17) per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2016. The increase was due to increase of fishing vessels operating in international waters as described above.

 

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Conference Call Details

Pingtan also announced that it will discuss financial results in a conference call Thursday, March 15, 2018 – 8:30 a.m. 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/q4-2017. 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 subsidiary, Fujian Provincial Pingtan County Ocean Fishing Group Co., Ltd., or Pingtan Fishing.

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. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “forecast,” “plan,” “believe,” “may,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “planned,” “potential,” “can,” “expectation” and similar expressions, or the negative of those expressions, may identify forward-looking statements. Although forward-looking statements reflect the good faith judgment of our management, such statements can only be based on facts and factors currently known by us. Consequently, forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties and actual results and outcomes may differ materially from the results and outcomes discussed in or anticipated by the forward-looking statements. Risks include anticipated growth and growth strategies; need for additional capital and the availability of financing; locating or re-locating vessels, in foreign waters and related license requirements; our ability to successfully manage relationships with customers, distributors and other important relationships; actions taken by government regulators, such as the Indonesian moratorium, technological changes; competition; demand for our products and services; the deterioration of general economic conditions, whether internationally, nationally or in the local markets in which we operate; legislative or regulatory changes that may adversely affect our business; operational, mechanical, climatic or other unanticipated issues that adversely affect the production capacity of the Company's fishing vessels and their ability to generate expected annual revenue and net income; and other 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. 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

 

Johnny Zhang 
IR Manager 
Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. 
Tel: +86 591 8727 1753
jzhang@ptmarine.net

 

Maggie Li 
IR Deputy Manager 
Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. 
Tel: +86 591 8727 1753 
mli@ptmarine.net

 

INVESTOR RELATIONS COUNSEL:

 

The Equity Group Inc.

Katherine Yao, Senior Associate

Tel: +86 10 6587 6435

kyao@equityny.com

 

 

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PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)

 

  

For the three Months Ended

 
  

December 31, 2017

  

December 31, 2016

 
         
REVENUE  $16,389,874   $13,152,374 
           
COST OF REVENUE   4,183,993    3,274,073 
           
GROSS PROFIT   12,205,881    9,878,301 
           
OPERATING EXPENSES:          
Selling   469,536    727,435 
General and administrative   6,254,136    930,481 
Grant income   (153,486)   (404,937)
Loss on fixed assets disposal   7,666    - 
Total Operating Expenses   6,577,852    1,252,979 
           
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS   5,628,029    8,625,322 
           
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):          
Loss on equity method investment   (5,746)   (7,978)
Dividend received   2,191    (3,601)
Interest income   14,151    1,927,912 
Interest expenses   (561,421)   (315,595)
Other expense   6,330    5 
Foreign currency transaction gain (loss)   254,141    (1,000,663)
           
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES   5,337,675    9,225,402 
           
INCOME TAXES   -    - 
           
NET INCOME  $5,337,675   $9,225,402 
           
LESS: NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST   508,471    790,804 
           
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPANY  $4,829,204   $8,434,598 
           
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME:          
    NET INCOME   5,337,675    9,225,402 
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)          
   Unrealized foreign currency translation gain (loss)   2,939,441    (5,456,204)
   TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME  $8,277,116   $3,769,198 
           
LESS: COMPREHENSIVE INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST   741,402    359,051 
           
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPANY  $7,535,714   $3,410,147 
           
NET INCOME PER ORDINARY SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPANY          
Basic and diluted earnings per share  $0.06   $0.11 
           
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 STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)

 

   For the Years Ended December 31, 
   2017   2016   2015 
             
REVENUE  $63,209,687   $20,540,769   $60,700,190 
                
COST OF REVENUE   41,126,898    29,328,776    63,476,627 
                
GROSS PROFIT (LOSS)   22,082,789    (8,788,007)   (2,776,437)
                
OPERATING EXPENSES (PROFIT):               
Selling   1,231,031    1,235,497    1,858,687 
General and administrative   9,579,404    3,969,465    2,933,588 
Grant income   (22,177,227)   (558,451)   (33,152,698)
Loss on fixed assets disposal   195,375    -    1,583,834 
                
Total Operating (Profit) Expenses   (11,171,417)   4,646,511    (26,776,589)
                
INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS   33,254,206    (13,434,518)   24,000,152 
                
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):               
Interest income   186,194    1,931,963    103,668 
Interest expense   (2,403,213)   (1,972,267)   (3,630,200)
Foreign currency transaction gain (loss)   1,195,875    (1,543,357)   (1,308,922)
Dividend received   320,316    375,396    413,614 
Loss on equity method investment   (33,246)   (33,073)   (19,700)
Other expense   (1)   (471)   (210)
                
Total Other Expense   (734,075)   (1,241,809)   (4,441,750)
                
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES   32,520,131    (14,676,327)   19,558,402 
                
INCOME TAXES   -    984    - 
                
NET INCOME (LOSS)  $32,520,131   $(14,677,311)  $19,558,402 
                
LESS: NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST   2,860,438    (959,688)   1,205,485 
                
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPANY  $29,659,693   $(13,717,623)  $18,352,917 
                
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS):               
NET INCOME (LOSS)   32,520,131    (14,677,311)   19,558,402 
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)               
Unrealized foreign currency translation gain (loss)   7,760,460    (9,288,056)   (8,628,162)
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)  $40,280,591   $(23,965,367)  $10,930,240 
LESS: COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST   3,473,736    (1,695,044)   658,092 
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPANY  $36,806,855   $(22,270,323)  $10,272,148 
                
NET INCOME (LOSS) PER ORDINARY SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPANY               
Basic and diluted  $0.38   $(0.17)  $0.23 
                
WEIGHTED AVERAGE ORDINARY SHARES OUTSTANDING:               
Basic and diluted   79,055,053    79,055,053    79,055,053 

 

 

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PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)

   December 31, 
   2017   2016 
ASSETS        
         
CURRENT ASSETS:          
    Cash  $2,005,540   $820,396 
    Restricted cash   1,821,187    2,911,922 
    Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts   13,012,671    11,322,726 
    Inventories, net of reserve for inventories   3,560,261    8,811,111 
    Advances to suppliers   -    3,969,351 
    Prepaid expenses   110,536    8,145 
    Prepaid expenses - related parties   -    522,337 
    Other receivables   273,151    31,835,456 
    Other receivables - related parties   -    639,917 
           
        Total Current Assets   20,783,346    60,841,361 
           
OTHER ASSETS:          
    Cost method investment   3,213,859    3,027,245 
    Equity method investment   30,521,466    28,493,273 
    Prepayment for long-term assets   11,577,057    11,913,912 
    Property, plant and equipment, net   135,042,467    122,196,594 
           
        Total Other Assets   180,354,849    165,631,024 
           
        Total Assets  $201,138,195   $226,472,385 
           
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY          
           
CURRENT LIABILITIES:          
    Accounts payable  $4,301,146   $916,737 
    Accounts payable - related parties   1,803,698    2,560,760 
    Short-term bank loans   14,600,978    21,554,636 
    Long-term bank loans - current portion   5,968,596    17,298,544 
    Accrued liabilities and other payables   5,354,616    4,399,536 
    Accrued liabilities and other payables - related party   38,208    18,147,152 
    Due to related parties   4,348,693    43,354 
           
        Total Current Liabilities   36,415,935    64,920,719 
           
OTHER LIABILITIES:          
    Long-term bank loans - non-current portion   17,217,104    21,839,412 
           
        Total Liabilities   53,633,039    86,760,131 
           
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 December 31, 2017 and 2016)   79,055    79,055 
    Additional paid-in capital   81,682,599    111,008,085 
    Retained earnings   40,349,189    17,438,215 
    Statutory reserve   12,978,343    9,391,827 
    Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (5,731,889)   (12,879,051)
    Total equity attributable to owners of the company   129,357,297    125,038,131 
    Non-controlling interest   18,147,859    14,674,123 
           
        Total Shareholders' Equity   147,505,156    139,712,254 
           
        Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity  $201,138,195   $226,472,385 

 

 

 

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PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)

 

   For the Years Ended December 31, 
   2017   2016   2015 
             
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:               
Net (loss) income  $32,520,131   $(14,677,311)  $19,558,402 
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) from operations to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:               
Depreciation   8,965,553    6,613,720    6,353,055 
Decrease in allowance for doubtful accounts   (194,278)   (100,366)   (770,195)
(Decrease) increase in reserve for inventories   -    (213,255)   227,826 
Loss on equity method investment   33,246    33,073    19,700 
Loss on disposal of fixed assets   195,376    -    1,583,834 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:               
Accounts receivable   (765,708)   563,318    37,007,012 
Inventories   5,607,279    (6,705,933)   9,302,719 
Advances to suppliers   4,078,230    (145,293)   (37,575,746)
Prepaid expenses   (98,606)   (6,729)   30,633 
Prepaid expenses - related parties   536,665    3,988,749    2,382,910 
Deferred expenses - related parties   -    -    1,016,039 
Other receivables   32,439,871    (1,994,127)   87,907 
Other receivables - related party   1,377,487    1,387    (145,617)
Accounts payable   3,005,441    2,275,069    2,202,515 
Accounts payable - related parties   (885,433)   -    (162,631)
Accrued liabilities and other payables   254,242    (334,820)   (266,105)
Accrued liabilities and other payables - related party   (18,606,716)   5,732,472    - 
Due to related parties   (23,354)   20,000    1,292 
                
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES   68,439,426    (4,950,046)   40,853,550 
                
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:               
Refunds from commercial retail space prepayments   -    -    22,202,268 
Purchase of property, plant and equipment   (49,860,416)   (1,465,144)   (56,222,226)
Proceeds from government grants for fishing vessels construction   6,600,906    -    - 
Prepayments made for long-term assets   -    (26,671,132)   - 
Payments for equity method investment   (296,217)   -    (40,209,087)
Proceeds from transferring equity method investment share   -    15,055,026    8,041,817 
                
NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES   (43,555,727)   (13,081,250)   (66,187,228)
                
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:               
Proceeds from short-term bank loans   14,453,010    23,275,729    23,958,292 
Repayments of short-term bank loans   (21,673,260)   (22,234,749)   (30,989,630)
Proceeds from long-term bank loans   -    18,818,783    - 
Repayments of long-term bank loans   (17,773,038)   (12,390,286)   (19,963,812)
Refund of restricted cash   1,229,302    (1,499,481)   (1,646,964)
Advances from related parties   4,328,693    5,063,620    3,910,000 
Payments made for dividend   (3,162,203)   (3,162,202)   (2,371,652)
Capital contribution from non-controlling interest   -    -    64,334,540 
Payments made to related parties in connection with the termination of VIE   -    -    (13,349,417)
                
NET CASH (USED IN) PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES   (22,597,496)   7,871,414    23,881,357 
                
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   (1,101,059)   (468,406)   148,733 
                
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   1,185,144    (10,628,288)   (1,303,588)
                
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - beginning of year   820,396    11,448,684    12,752,272 
                
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - end of year  $2,005,540   $820,396   $11,448,684 
                
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:               
Cash paid for:               
Interest  $2,639,039   $2,921,417   $3,799,389 
Income taxes  $-   $984   $- 
                
NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:               
Acquisition of property and equipment by decreasing prepayment for long-term assets  $1,036,761   $38,332,421   $1,408,636 
Property and equipment acquired on credit as payable  $215,202   $-   $- 
Decrease in cost of property and equipment by decreasing in accounts payable - related party  $-   $-   $4,344,190 
Other receivable increase by transferring equity method investment share  $-   $-   $16,083,635 
Offset other receivables - related parties against due to related parties  $-   $6,424,910   $4,900,000 
Increase in prepayment for long-term assets by increasing in accrued liabilities and other payables - related party  $-   $13,219,818   $- 
Reclassification of advances to suppliers to other receivables  $-   $31,172,469   $-