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Pingtan Marine Enterprise Reports Financial Results For the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015

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Company to Hold Conference Call on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 8:30 AM ET

FUZHOU, China, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Company Declares Cash Dividend During Period

  • October 9, 2015: The Company announced that it has declared a cash dividend of $0.01 per share of common stock outstanding. The dividend was payable in cash on or about November 16, 2015 to shareholders of record on October 16, 2015.  This marks the fourth consecutive quarterly dividend paid by the Company.

Factors Affecting Pingtan's Results of Operation

As previously disclosed, 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 to fight illegal fishing activities. As a result, all licensed fishing vessels operating in Indonesian waters have been informed by the Indonesian government to only operate within strict guidelines in order to avoid potential enforcement actions by the Indonesian Navy such as boat seizures.

Among the 135 fishing vessels, 117 vessels are licensed to operate in the Arafura Sea of Indonesia. To cooperate and remain in compliance with the Indonesian government's fishing license check procedures, in January 2015, the Company lowered its operation to approximately half of its normal level; and from February 2015, Pingtan temporarily 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 temporary ban caused a significant drop in production.

The Indonesian government had previously expected the license check of fishing vessels to be completed by April 30, 2015. As of the date of this report, the license check was still in process. While the Company believes that over the long-term the Indonesian government's anti-illegal fishing measures will be beneficial to fully licensed fishing companies such as PME, it cannot guarantee when fishing will resume in this area, and its financial condition and results of operation will continue to be materially impacted while this moratorium is in existence.

As a result, the Company's sales for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 decreased significantly as compared to the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Mr. Xinrong Zhuo, Chairman and CEO of the Company, commented, "The moratorium enacted by the Indonesian government significantly affected our overall operating results since the beginning of the year, and we continue to fully cooperate with the Indonesian government.  We have operated successfully and in full concert with their government in the past.  While this moratorium affected our short-term financial outlook, we feel that our size and capitalization offers us a competitive opportunity over smaller enterprises that can not leverage these resources.  In addition, we are also continuing to work closely with the Chinese government to deliver quality consumer products to individuals throughout China.  During the third quarter, Pingtan received a $31.7 million dollar incentive grant from the Chinese government relating to fuel expenditure incurred in 2014. We intend to devote additional time and resources to our current operations in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone and the Western and Central Pacific Ocean of the International Waters to provide high quality products to our customers in China during the fourth quarter."

Third Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights (all results are compared to prior year period)

  • As a result of the above, revenue was $2.7 million compared to $54.4 million.
  • Gross loss was $6.5 million compared to gross profit of $15.5 million, and gross margin decreased to (237.4%) compared to 28.5%, due to the moratorium described above.
  • Net income was $22.5 million, or $0.26 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $14.2 million, or $0.18 per basic and diluted share.  This increase was largely due to the $31.7 million paid to the Company as an incentive grant, which was booked as other income, net. 

Third Quarter 2015 Selected Financial Highlights



($ in millions, except per share data)

Three Months ended September 30,


2015

2014

Fishing Business



Revenue

$2.7

$54.4

Cost of Revenue

$9.2

$38.9

Gross Loss / Profit

($6.5)

$15.5

Gross Margin

(237.4%)

28.5%

Net Income

$22.5

$14.2

Basic and Diluted Weighted Average

79.1

79.1

EPS (in $)

$0.26

$0.18




Balance Sheet Highlights



($ in millions, except per share data)

9/30/2015

12/31/2014


(Unaudited)

(Audited)

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$21.1

$12.8

Total Current Assets

98.2

105.9

Total Assets

266.0

249.0

Total Current Liabilities

56.2

61.1

Total Long-term Debt, net of current portion

29.6

38.6

Total Liabilities

85.8

99.7

Shareholders' Equity

180.2

149.3

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

266.0

249.0

Book Value Per Share (in $)

$2.28

$1.89

Consolidated Financial and Operating Review

Revenues

Revenues from the fishing business, sales of frozen fish and other marine catches, for the three months ended September 30, 2015, were $2.7 million compared to $54.4 million for the same period in 2014. The decrease was primarily due to significant decrease in sales volumes, due to the Company temporarily ceased its operations in the Indonesia waters since February 2015 due to the moratorium described above, as well as the decrease in average unit sale price due to the different sales mix.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company's revenues were $46.7 million compared to $176.9 million in the first nine months of 2014. The decrease was primarily due to decrease in sales volume due to the moratorium described above, as well as the decrease in average unit sale price due to the different sales mix.

Gross Margin

The Company's gross margin was (237.4%) for the three months ended September 30, 2015, compared to 28.5% in the prior-year period.  The significant decrease was primarily due to the reduced scale of operations resulting from the moratorium, which is reflected in the allocation of fixed costs, mainly consisting of depreciation and labor costs, to cost of revenue. The ordinary repairs and maintenance fees were incurred in the periods to maintain vessels in operating condition and represent revenue expenditures.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, gross margin decreased to 13.2% from 33.1% in the same period of 2014, the decrease was primarily due to the same reasons described above.

Selling Expenses

Selling expenses were $0.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015, compared to $0.7 million in the prior-year period.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, selling expenses were $1.3 million, decreased from $1.9 million in the same period of 2014.

General & Administrative Expenses

During the moratorium period, the Company has endeavored to control corporate overhead and fixed corporate costs. For the three months ended September 30, 2015, general and administrative expenses were $0.7 million, compared to $0.8 million in the prior-year period.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, general and administrative expenses were $2.5 million compared to $2.4 million in the same period of 2014.

Net Income

Net income from the fishing business for the three months ended September 30, 2015 was $22.5 million, or $0.26 per basic and diluted share, compared to $14.2 million, or $0.18 per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2014.  The increase was primarily due to grant income of approximately $31.7 million offset by loss from operations of $7.6 million resulting from the moratorium described above, an increase in interest expense due to the increase of the Company's interest bearing bank loan, and currency transaction loss due to the exchange rate fluctuation.

Net income from the fishing business for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 was $29.4 million, or $0.35 per basic and diluted share, compared to $52.4 million, or $0.66 per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2014.

Conference Call Details

Pingtan also announced that it will discuss financial results in a conference call on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 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/q3-2015. This webcast will be archived and accessible through the Company's website for approximately 30 days following the call.

About Pingtan Marine

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 primarily engages in ocean fishing with many of its self-owned vessels that are licensed to operate within the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone, the Arafura Sea of Indonesia and the Western and Central Pacific Ocean of international waters. Pingtan Fishing is a growing fishing company and provider of high quality seafood in the PRC.

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. Such forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, potential  long-term benefits of the Indonesian government's anti-illegal fishing measures  to fully licensed fishing companies such as Pingtan, potential opportunities afforded Pingtan due to its  size and capitalization over smaller enterprises that cannot leverage these resources,  Pingtan's ability to provide high quality products to its customers in China during the fourth quarter of 2015 and Pingtan's ability to control corporate overhead and fixed corporate costs during the moratorium by the Indonesian government. 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.
Katherine Yao, Senior Associate
Tel: +86 10 6587 6435
kyao@equityny.com


 

PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED) 

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)



 For the Three Months Ended
September 30,


For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,



2015


2014


2015


2014










REVENUE

$

2,740,981

$

54,416,793

$

46,727,808

$

176,909,177










COST OF REVENUE


9,248,696


38,932,806


40,562,651


118,388,729










GROSS (LOSS) PROFIT


(6,507,715)


15,483,987


6,165,157


58,520,448










OPERATING EXPENSES:









     Selling


312,574


675,442


1,309,859


1,914,815

     General and administrative


733,923


828,530


2,547,225


2,407,370










        Total Operating Expenses


1,046,497


1,503,972


3,857,084


4,322,185










(LOSS) INCOME FROM OPERATIONS


(7,554,212)


13,980,015


2,308,073


54,198,263










OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):









     Interest income


10,875


4,845


98,894


14,016

     Interest expense


(817,321)


(679,484)


(2,856,516)


(3,088,685)

     Foreign currency transaction (loss) gain


(774,934)


171,058


(714,620)


(286,576)

     Grant income


31,691,166


716,121


31,691,166


1,240,542

     Investment (loss) income from cost method investment


(3,264)


2,399


417,434


348,382

     Loss on equity method investment


(34,187)


-


(37,545)


-

     Loss on fixed assets disposal


-


-


(1,544,277)


-

     Other income (expense)


1


(424)


(212)


(335)










        Total Other Income (Expense), net


30,072,336


214,515


27,054,324


(1,772,656)










INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES


22,518,124


14,194,530


29,362,397


52,425,607










INCOME TAXES


-


-


-


-










NET INCOME

$

22,518,124

$

14,194,530

$

29,362,397

$

52,425,607










LESS: NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST


(1,834,497)


-


(1,925,443)


-










NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPANY

$

20,683,627

$

14,194,530

$

27,436,954

$

52,425,607










COMPREHENSIVE INCOME:









   NET INCOME


22,518,124


14,194,530


29,362,397


52,425,607

   OTHER COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME









       Unrealized foreign currency translation (loss) gain


(6,948,652)


302,391


(5,848,277)


(690,948)

   COMPREHENSIVE INCOME  

$

15,569,472

$

14,496,921

$

23,514,120

$

51,734,659

   LESS: COMPREHENSIVE INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST


(1,277,639)


-


(1,600,169)


-

   COMPREHENSIVE INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPANY

$

14,291,833

$

14,496,921

$

21,913,951

$

51,734,659










NET INCOME PER ORDINARY SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPNAY









    Basic and diluted

$

0.26

$

0.18

$

0.35

$

0.66










WEIGHTED AVERAGE ORDINARY SHARES OUTSTANDING:









    Basic and diluted


79,055,053


79,055,053


79,055,053


79,055,053

 

 

PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)

 



September 30,
2015


December 31,
2014



(Unaudited)



ASSETS





CURRENT ASSETS:





    Cash

$

21,092,310

$

12,752,272

    Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts


10,221,351


49,999,712

    Inventories


5,442,615


12,123,405

    Prepaid expenses


38,647,378


32,913

    Prepaid expenses - related parties


14,522,315


7,319,975

    Deferred expenses - related parties


46,083


1,029,114

    Other receivables


79,374


22,656,232

    Other receivables - related parties


8,163,049


-






        Total Current Assets


98,214,475


105,913,623






OTHER ASSETS:





    Cost method investment


3,305,109


3,421,031

    Equity method investment


54,733,971


15,964,812

    Prepayment for long-term assets


14,649,387


13,750,102

    Property, plant and equipment, net


95,061,020


109,980,617






        Total Other Assets


167,749,487


143,116,562






        Total Assets

$

265,963,962

$

249,030,185






LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY










CURRENT LIABILITIES:





    Accounts payable

$

1,111,274

$

1,181,977

    Accounts payable - related parties


5,057,984


2,601,314

    Advances from customers


-


164,724

    Short-term bank loans


28,571,024


30,353,890

    Long-term bank loans - current portion


12,150,209


18,868,616

    Accrued liabilities and other payables


9,263,009


5,602,307

    Due to related parties


23,354


2,373,352






        Total Current Liabilities


56,176,854


61,146,180






OTHER LIABILITIES:





    Long-term bank loans - non-current portion


29,572,854


38,625,071






        Total Liabilities


85,749,708


99,771,251






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 September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014)


79,055


79,055

    Additional paid-in capital


111,011,856


117,525,377

    Retained earnings


47,171,563


21,315,710

    Statutory reserve


6,412,892


6,412,892

    Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income


(1,768,587)


3,925,900

    Total equity attributable to owners of the company


162,906,779


149,258,934

    Non-controlling interest


17,307,475


-






        Total Shareholders' Equity


180,214,254


149,258,934






        Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$

265,963,962

$

249,030,185

 

PINGTAN MARINE ENTERPRISE LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)



For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,



2015


2014






CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:






Net income

$

29,362,397

$

52,425,607


Adjustments to reconcile net income from operations to net cash







provided by operating activities:







Depreciation


4,360,186


4,022,232



Decrease in allowance for doubtful accounts


(87,535)


-



Loss on equity method investment


37,545


-



Loss on disposal of fixed assets


1,544,277


-


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:







Accounts receivable


39,365,984


(32,622,490)



Inventories


6,466,615


2,918,687



Prepayments made for inventories purchased


(35,352,076)





Prepaid expenses - other


(4,474,501)


3,956,449



Prepaid expenses - related parties


(7,684,028)


(3,111,736)



Deferred expenses - related parties


977,895


(2,239,090)



Advances to suppliers


-


(258,408)



Other receivables


88,115


(156,943)



Other receivables - related parties


4,384,313


-



Accounts payable


(31,612)


(1,839,459)



Accounts payable - related parties


2,624,623


(6,849,973)



Advances from customers


(164,133)


(130,484)



Accrued liabilities and other payables


3,970,928


241,133



Due to related parties


-


23,348









NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES


45,388,993


16,378,873









CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:







Refunds from commercial retail space prepayments


22,407,331


-



Prepayments made for commercial retail space


-


(22,461,657)



Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(16,295)


(1,268,934)



Proceeds from government grants for fishing vessels construction


-


1,195,275



Payments for equity method investment


(40,580,463)


(15,946,109)









NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES


(18,189,427)


(38,481,425)









CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:







Proceeds from short-term bank loans


15,472,361


44,891,439



Repayments of short-term bank loans


(16,250,334)


(17,724,568)



Proceeds from long-term bank loans


-


3,742,454



Repayments of long-term bank loans


(14,255,917)


(5,682,835)



Advances from related parties


2,550,000


650,000



Payments made for dividend


(1,581,101)


-



Capital contribution from non-controlling interest


64,928,741


-



Payments made to related parties in connection with the termination of VIE


(13,472,714)


-



Acquisition of fishing vessels from relate parties under common control


(56,206,080)


-









NET CASH (USED IN) PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES


(18,815,044)


25,876,490









EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS


(44,484)


(132,878)









NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS


8,340,038


3,641,060









CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - beginning of period


12,752,272


8,156,599









CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - end of period

$

21,092,310

$

11,797,659









SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:






Cash paid for:








Interest

$

2,858,417

$

4,065,601




Income taxes

$

-

$

-









NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:






Acquisition of property and equipment by decreasing prepayment for long-term assets

$

-

$

27,099,444


Decrease in cost of property and equipment by proceeds from government grants

$

-

$

1,195,275


Decrease in cost of property and equipment by recognition of deferred grant income

$

-

$

512,261

 

 

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