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Origin Agritech Limited Reports Unaudited Third Quarter Financial Results For Three Months Ended June 30, 2012

2012-08-07 06:00 ET - News Release

Revenues increased by 10% year-over-year from RMB244.7 million to RMB269.3 million
Net income attributable to Origin Agritech was RMB25.4 million, EPS of RMB1.09

 

BEIJING, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Origin Agritech Limited (NASDAQ: SEED) ("Origin" or the "Company") , a technology-focused supplier of hybrid and genetically modified crop seeds in China, today announced unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended June 30, 2012. Origin prepares its financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) of the United States.

FINANCIAL RESULTS OVERVIEW

During the third quarter of fiscal 2012, revenues increased by 10.1% year-over-year to RMB269.3 million (US$42.7 million) from RMB244.7 million one year ago. Higher revenues this quarter were mainly due to earlier sales settlement with the distributors for the 2012 selling season.

Deferred revenues were RMB257.3 million (US$40.7 million) as of June 30, 2012 compared with RMB287.2 million on June 30, 2011. Deferred revenues mainly reflect the value of Origin's crop seeds after a) sales arrangement is confirmed; b) delivery to the customer is made; and c) pre-payment from the customer is received, but before the final sales price is fixed and determined. The final sales price is primarily determined by sales incentives that Origin gives to its customers. The year-over-year decrease in deferred revenues was mainly due to more revenue is recognized in the current period of this year. Deferred revenues as of June 30, 2012 also included a total of RMB24.9 million (US$3.9 million) of subsidies received from various levels of the Chinese government.

The sum of recognized revenues for the first nine months ended June 30, 2012 and deferred revenues as of June 30, 2012 were RMB568.3 million (US$90.0 million), compared with RMB550.1 million for the same period last year. Excluding the deferred government subsidies, Changchun Origin and the divestiture of Jilin Changrong, the sum of revenues for the first nine months ended June 30, 2012 and deferred revenues as of June 30, 2012 increased by 20.6% year-over-year to RMB493.4 million (US$78.2 million) from RMB409.1 million as of June 30, 2011. This year-over-year increase in recognized and deferred revenues was mainly due to an increase in corn seed shipping volume during the 2012 planting season. The table below lists the deferred revenues and recognized revenues with and without the contribution from Jilin Changrong and Changchun Origin, and government subsidies.

Year-to-date Revenues and Deferred Revenues, in thousands of RMB


As of June 30, 2011

As of June 30, 2012

Year-over-Year Change

Deferred revenues
excluding deferred
government subsidies

(1)

287,164

232,446


9-Month Revenues

(2)

262,966

310,986


(1)+(2)

550,130

543,432

-1.2%





Deferred revenues excluding
Jilin Changrong, Changchun
Origin and deferred
government subsidies

(3)

287,164

232,446


9-Month Revenues

(4)

121,982

260,955


(3)+(4)

409,146

493,401

20.6%

 

Notes: After the divestiture of Jilin Changrong Hi-tech Seed Company Limited ("Jilin Changrong") in fiscal year 2011, Changchun Origin Seed Technology Development Limited ("Changchun Origin") started operation in the same Northeastern region in fiscal year 2012.

Gross profit for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 was RMB54.2 million (US$8.6 million) compared to RMB85.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

Total net operating expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2012 decreased to RMB30.2 million (US$4.8 million) from RMB51.9 million during the same period in fiscal 2011. Lower operating expenses during the third quarter of fiscal 2012 were mainly due to a decrease in costs previously associated with Jilin Changrong, which are no longer applicable after the divestiture. Specifically, selling and marketing expenses were RMB10.3 million (US$1.6 million) for the third quarter of fiscal 2012, compared with RMB12.6 million for the same period last year. General and administrative ("G&A") expenses decreased by 45.9% year-over-year to RMB12.9 million (US$2.0 million) from RMB23.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011. Research and development ("R&D") expenses were RMB8.2 million (US$1.3 million) for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared with RMB15.5 million during the same period last year.

Income from operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 amounted to RMB24.1 million (US$3.8 million) compared with income from operations of RMB33.9 million for the same period in fiscal 2011.

Net income attributable to Origin for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 was RMB25.4 million (US$4.0 million), or RMB1.09(US$0.17) per share - both basic and diluted, compared with a net income of RMB13.9 million, or RMB0.60 per share - both basic and diluted during the same period one year ago.

BALANCE SHEET

As of June 30, 2012, cash and cash equivalents were RMB194.2 million (US$30.7 million), and shareholders' equity was RMB217.4 million (US$34.4 million). Short-term borrowings were RMB39.0 million (US$6.2 million). Long-term borrowings were RMB30.0 million (US$4.7 million), representing bank borrowings to finance the construction of the seed conditioning plant in Xinjiang.

Advances from customers were RMB365.8 million (US$57.8 million) as of June 30, 2012 compared with RMB290.8 million a year ago. These advances represent cash receipts for future orders.

About Origin

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Zhong-Guan-Cun (ZGC) Life Science Park in Beijing, Origin Agritech Limited (NASDAQ GS: SEED) is China's leading agricultural biotechnology company, specializing in crop seed breeding and genetic improvement, seed production, processing, distribution, and related technical services. Leading the development of Genetically Modified (GM) technology, Origin Agritech's phytase corn was the first transgenic corn to receive the Bio-Safety Certificate from China's Ministry of Agriculture. Over the years, Origin has established a robust GM seed pipeline including products with glyphosate tolerance and pest resistance (Bt) traits. Staffed by approximately 800 employees, Origin operates production centers, processing centers and breeding stations nationwide with sales centers located in key crop-planting regions. Product lines are vertically integrated for corn, rice and canola seeds. For further information, please log on to the Company's website at: www.originseed.com.cn.

Forward Looking Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based on information available to us on the date hereof. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause our actual results to differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," "targets," "goals," "projects," "continue," or variations of such words, similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Therefore, actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Neither we nor any other person can assume responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of forward-looking statements. Important factors that may cause actual results to differ from expectations include, but are not limited to, those risk factors discussed in Origin's filings with the SEC including its annual report on Form 20-F to be filed. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.

 


UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME


(In thousands, except share data)



Three Months ended June 30,



2011


2012



RMB


RMB


US$








Revenues


244,688


269,319


42,667

Cost of revenues


(158,886)


(215,102)


(34,078)








Gross profit


85,802


54,217


8,589








Operating expenses:







Selling and marketing


(12,552)


(10,301)


(1,632)

General and administrative


(23,756)


(12,860)


(2,037)

Research and development


(15,506)


(8,206)


(1,300)

Other operating income (expenses), net


(97)


1,208


191

Total operating expenses, net


(51,911)


(30,159)


(4,778)








Income from operations


33,891


24,058


3,811

 

Interest expense


(327)


(1,308)


(207)

Share of net income of equity investments


2,430


721


114

Interest income


660


504


80








Income before income tax expense


36,654


23,975


3,798

Income tax expense:







Current


(1,739)


(31)


(5)

Deferred


(3,754)


-


-








Income tax expense


(5,493)


(31)


(5)








Net income


31,161


23,944


3,793

Less: Net income (loss) attributable to the non-controlling interests


17,236


(1,500)


(238)








Net income attributable to Origin Agritech Limited


13,925


25,444


4,031








Other comprehensive income







Net income


31,161


23,944


3,793

Foreign currency translation difference


712


624


99

Comprehensive income


31,873


24,568


3,892








Less: Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests


17,236


(1,500)


(238)

Comprehensive income attributable to Origin Agritech Limited


14,637


26,068


4,130








Net income per share - basic


0.60


1.09


0.17








Net income per share - diluted


0.60


1.09


0.17








Shares used in calculating basic net income per share


23,313,970


23,382,812


23,382,812








Shares used in calculating diluted net income per share


23,335,835


23,382,812


23,382,812









 


UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS



(In thousands, except share data)




June 30

September 30

June 30



2011


2011


2012


2012



RMB


RMB


RMB


US$

Assets:









Current assets:









Cash and cash equivalents


219,989


129,942


194,200


30,704

Accounts receivable


8,592


6,616


11,360


1,796

Dividend receivable


-


-


2,100


332

Due from related parties


105


5,183


2,207


349

Advances to suppliers


5,215


12,418


14,362


2,271

Advances to growers


34,293


78,623


56,294


8,900

Inventories


434,114


210,826


385,631


60,970

Income tax recoverable


2,745


2,155


2,110


334

Other current assets


12,692


65,055


15,387


2,433

Total current assets


717,745


510,818


683,651


108,089

Land use rights, net


20,531


33,094


32,249


5,099

Plant and equipment, net


166,599


190,094


298,806


47,243

Equity investments


24,666


20,503


22,154


3,503

Goodwill


16,665


11,973


11,973


1,893

Acquired intangible assets, net


32,165


29,232


26,790


4,236

Deferred income tax assets


16,324


3,028


3,028


479

Other assets


29,763


19,640


2,384


377

Total assets


1,024,458


818,382


1,081,035


170,919










Liabilities and Equity:









Current liabilities:









Short-term borrowings


20,000


20,000


39,000


6,166

Accounts payable


14,198


5,740


13,488


2,133

Due to growers


10,951


7,947


9,685


1,531

Due to related parties


14,830


1,728


12,150


1,921

Advances from customers


290,783


397,933


365,758


57,828

Deferred revenues


287,164


19,812


257,346


40,688

Income tax payable


45,486


39,060


39,060


6,175

Other payables and accrued expenses


29,056


40,351


41,606


6,578

Total current liabilities


712,468


532,571


778,093


123,020

Long-term borrowings


-


-


30,000


4,743

Other long-term liabilities


6,133


-


-


-

Total liabilities


718,601


532,571


808,093


127,763

Shareholders' equity:









Preferred stock (no par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized, none issued)


-


-


-


-

Common stock (no par value; 60,000,000 shares authorized, 23,313,970, 23,382,812 and 23,382,812 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2011, September 30, 2011 and June 30, 2012 respectively)


-


-


-


-

Additional paid-in capital


391,101


394,344


397,265


62,810

Retained deficit


(116,041)


(99,533)


(145,630)


(23,025)

Treasury stock at cost (498,851 shares)


(29,377)


(29,377)


(29,377)


(4,645)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(7,387)


(6,397)


(4,906)


(773)

Total Origin Agritech Limited shareholders' equity


238,926


259,037


217,352


34,367

 Non-controlling interests


67,561


26,774


55,590


8,789

Total equity


305,857


285,811


272,942


43,156

Total liabilities and equity


1,024,458


818,382


1,081,035


170,919












CONTACT:

Origin Agritech Limited
James Chen
Chief Financial Officer
james.chen@originseed.com.cn

Grayling
Shiwei Yin, 646-284-9474
shiwei.yin@grayling.com

SOURCE Origin Agritech Limited

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