Specialty Chemical Company China XD Plastics Announces Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

PRNewswire 9-Nov-2018 8:00 AM

HARBIN, China, Nov. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- China XD Plastics Company Limited (NASDAQ:CXDC) ("China XD Plastics" or the "Company"), one of China's leading specialty chemical companies engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of polymer composite materials primarily for automotive applications, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Third Quarter 2018 Financial Summary   

  • Revenue was $297.2 million, a decrease of 4.6% YoY
  • Gross profit was $47.2 million, a decrease of 0.2% YoY
  • Gross margin of 15.9%, an increase of 70 basis points YoY
  • Net income was $9.0 million, an decrease of 36.2% YoY
  • EBITDA was $30.0 million, a decrease of 23.1% YoY
  • Total volume shipped was 108,832 metric tons, a slightly down 2.7% YoY

"Our third quarter 2018 results were consistent with the unanticipated severe downturn in the auto industry of China, the first year over year drop in 28 years," said Jie Han, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition, the reduction of duty on imported vehicles by an average of 46% is expected to have profound impact on the entire auto industry in China. Although we applaud the implementation of such supply-side reform by the policy makers for the wellbeing of the long term benefit of China auto industry, it will have short term impact on the auto market as companies throughout the supply chain adjust themselves and adapt to such change. On oversea business development front, we are pleased with our successful trial production at our production base in Dubai and remain optimistic about the prospect of our business expansion overseas, especially after positive results and feedbacks after product trials from customers in various countries and regions overseas."

Third Quarter 2018 Results

Revenues were US$297.2 million in the third quarter ended September 30, 2018, a decrease of US$14.2 million, or 4.6%, compared to US$311.4 million in the same period of last year, as a combined results of i) a decrease of 2.7% in sales volume and ii) 2.0% negative impact from exchange rate due to weakening RMB against US dollars partially offset by an increase of 0.1% in the average RMB selling price of our products as compared with those of last year.

According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, Automobile production and sales in China increased by 0.9% and 1.5%, respectively, for the first nine months of 2018 as compared to the same period of 2017, and China auto sales dropped 4.0%, 3.8% and 11.6% in this July, August and September, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2017. Weakening macroeconomic conditions since the summer of 2018 have deteriorated business conditions.  Though the Company has increased growth of 208.9% in South China, and 54.8% in Central China, sales decreased by 7.2% in Southwest China, 11.0% in North China, 13.6% in Northeast China and 0.2% in East China.

As for the increase of average RMB selling price, it was mainly due to more sales of higher-end products of modified PA66, PA6 in China.

Overseas sales were US$2,104 in the three-month period ended September 30, 2018 as compared to US$14.1 million in the same period of the prior year. The Company has tried to develop new customers overseas besides the existing oversea customer.  The sales to this oversea customer was suspended due to the accounts receivable balance overdue situation. 

Gross profit was US$47.2 million in the third quarter ended September 30, 2018, compared to US$47.3 million in the same period of 2017. Our gross margin increased to 15.9% during the third quarter ended September 30, 2018 from 15.2% during the same quarter of 2017 primarily due to more sales of higher-end products of 77.4% as compared to 74.9% for the same period of the prior year.

General and administrative (G&A) expenses were US$8.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 compared to US$10.4 million in the same period in 2017, representing a decrease 22.1%, or US$2.3 million. The decrease was primarily due to our approach on optimizing management structure and enhancing efficiency, leading to the decrease of (i) US$2.1 million in salary and welfare; (ii) US$0.6 million in miscellaneous expense, (iii) US$0.1 million in rental expense and partially offset by the increase of (iv) US$0.5 million in stock based compensation.

Research and development (R&D) expenses were US$23.3 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared to US$9.8 million for the same period of 2017, representing an increase of US$13.5 million, or 137.8%. This significant increase was primarily due to (i) elevated R&D activities to meet the new and higher specification requirements from potential customers, especially overseas; and (ii) increased efforts directed towards applications in new electrical equipment and electronics, alternative energy applications, power devices, aviation equipment and ocean engineering, in addition to other new products primarily for advanced industrialized applications in the automobile sector and in new verticals such as ships, airplanes, high-speed rail, 3D printing materials, biodegradable plastics, and medical devices. As of September 30, 2018, the number of ongoing research and development projects was 211.

Operating income was US$13.0 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared to US$26.2 million for the same period of 2017, representing a decrease of US$13.2 million, or 50.4%. This decrease is primarily due to higher selling expenses and R&D expenses, and partially offset by lower G&A expenses.

Net interest expenses were US$13.1 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared to $9.0 million in the same quarter of 2017, representing an increase of 45.6% or US$4.1 million, primarily due to (i) the increase of interest expense due to the increase of  average short-term and long-term loan balance in the amount of US$936.2 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018 compared to US$808.3 million of the same period in 2017; which is partially offset by the decrease of interest expense resulting from the average loan interest rate decreased to 4.01% for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018 compared to 4.57% of the same period in 2017; (ii) the decrease of interest income resulting from the average interest rate decreased to 1.0% for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018 compared to 1.5% of the same period in 2017; (iii) the decrease of average deposit balance in the amount of US$240.8 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018 compared to US$503.1 million for the same period in 2017.

Income tax income was US$3.5 million for the third quarter of 2018, representing an effective income tax rate of negative 65.1%, compared to income tax expense of US$3.1 million in the same period of 2017, representing an effective income tax rate of 17.8%. The significant  decrease of effective income tax rate was primarily due to (i) the increase of additional deduction of R&D expenses resulted from the new policy issued by China's tax authority in September 2018 to increase the R&D expenses additional deduction rate from 50% to 75% for PRC entities, effective from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020, and (ii)  the increase of continuous operating losses occurred in overseas subsidiaries such as Dubai Xinda and Xinda Holding (HK). The effective income tax rate for the three-month ended September 30, 2018 differs from the PRC statutory income tax rate of 25% primarily due to Sichuan Xinda's preferential income tax rate and R&D 75% additional deduction of the major PRC operating entities.

Net income was US$9.0 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared to US$14.1 million for the same period of 2017, representing a decrease of US$5.1 million, or 36.2%. Basic and diluted earnings per share for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018 were both US$0.13, compared to US$0.21 per basic and diluted share for the same period of 2017.  The average number of shares used in the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share in the current quarter was 50.9 million, compared to 49.6 million shares for basic and diluted earnings per share in the prior year period.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was US$30.0 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared to US$39.0 million for the same period of 2017, representing  a decrease  of US$9.0 million, or 23.1%. For a detailed reconciliation of EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, to its nearest GAAP equivalent, please see the financial tables at the end of this release.

Financial Condition

As of September 30, 2018, the Company had US$394.7 million in the total amount of cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and time deposits, a decrease of US$213.4  million or 35.1% as compared to US$608.1 million as of December 31, 2017.  As of September 30, 2018, working capital was negative US$185.8 million (current assets minus current liabilities) and the current ratio  (current assets divided by current liabilities) was 0.9, as compared to the current ratio of 1.0 as of December 31, 2017. Stockholders' equity as of September 30, 2018 was US$733.2 million, an increase of US$20.4 million or 2.9% as compared to US$712.8 million as of December 31, 2017.

Inventories increased by 34.4% as compared to the end of fiscal year 2017 as a result of more purchases of the raw materials and the Company's strategy to stock up the finished goods for the upcoming orders.  Prepaid expenses and other current assets increased by 15.8% or US$22.8 million as compared to the end of fiscal year 2017 mainly due to the increase in advances to suppliers. Prepayments to equipment supplier and construction suppliers increased by 178.1% or US$339.4 million as compared to the end of fiscal year 2017 because (i) HLJ Xinda Group prepaid to purchase equipment for the industrial project with 300,000 metric tons capacity of biological based composite material and upgrading existing 100,000 metric tons of engineering plastics facilities and (ii) Sichuan Xinda prepaid to purchase equipment with 300,000 metric tons capacity of bio-composite materials. The aggregate short-term and long-term bank loans decreased by 7.9% as compared to the end of fiscal year 2017 due to the loan repayments. We define the manageable debt level as the sum of aggregate short-term and long-term loans, and notes payable over total assets.

Recent Development

On October 31, 2018, the Company's subsidiary, HLJ Xinda Group, signed a deleveraging investment framework agreement (the "Agreement") with CCB Financial Asset Investment Co., Ltd. ("CCB Financial"), and China Construction Bank Heilongjiang Branch ("CCB HLJ"), both of which are wholy owned subsidiaries of China Construction Bank ("CCB").  Pursuant to the agreement,  CCB Financial and CCB HLJ are planning to provide estimated RMB2 billion (approximately US$289 million) capital to Xinda Group and or its affiliated entities in debt, equity or other forms, mainly to repay Xinda Group's interest bearing loans, to facilitate the Company to diversify and develop its business and to improve corporate management, subject to the parties entering into one or more definitive agreements. The definitive agreements will be subject to satisfactory due diligence by CCB Financial and CCB HLJ, business arrangement, legal viability, and completion and satisfaction of other standard and customary conditions. The Company will make its best effort to assist CCB Financial and CCB HLJ but does not provide timing estimate or make promise of signing of any definitive agreement.

Financial Guidance and Business Outlook

Since the beginning of this third quarter, China auto market has experienced an unexpected and unprecedent turn with both numbers of car produced and sold plummeted. The results from China Auto Industry Association came drastically below its early expectation. China auto sales dropped 4%, 3.8% and 11.6% in this July, August and September, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2017. It has a ripple effect and impact throughout China auto supply chain, including the Company. In light of the foregoing changing market condition and the macro economic environment in China, the Company is reiterating the updated and previously disclosed financial guidance for fiscal 2018 to range between $1 and $1.2 billion in revenue and net income to range between $70 and $80 million. It assumes the average exchange rate of the US dollar to RMB at 6.9. This financial guidance reflects the Company's current view of its business outlook for fiscal 2018 and is subject to revision based on changing market conditions at any time.

The Company's Dubai production base has completed trial production successfully and official commencement is scheduled on November 11, 2018 with 11.25 thousand metric tons annual capacity in 2019. Dubai Xinda primarily offers long chain nylon alloy and other high-end engineering plastics and has developed and completed product trials with a number of customers overseas from Spain, Italy, UAE, Malaysia, and India etc.

Conference Call

China XD Plastics' senior management will host a conference call at 9:00 am Eastern Time on Friday, November 9th, 2018, to discuss its third quarter 2018 financial results. The conference call can be accessed by dialing +1-845-675- 0437 (for callers in the U.S.), +86-4006-208-038 (for Mainland China callers) or +852-3018-6771 (for Hong Kong callers) and entering passcode 9078388.

A recording of the conference call will be available through November 16th, 2018, by calling +1-855-452-5696 (for callers in the U.S.) and entering pass code 9078388.

A live webcast and replay of the conference call will be available on the investor relations page of the Company's website at http://chinaxd.net/.

About China XD Plastics Company Limited                     

China XD Plastics Company Limited, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and sells polymer composites materials, primarily for automotive applications. The Company's products are used in the exterior and interior trim and in the functional components of 31 automobile brands manufactured in China, including without limitation, Audi, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Toyota, Buick, Chevrolet, Mazda, Volvo, Ford, Citroen, Jinbei and VW Passat, Golf, Jetta, etc. The Company's wholly-owned research center is dedicated to the research and development of polymer composites materials and benefits from its cooperation with well-known scientists from prestigious universities in China. As of September 30, 2018, 476 of the Company's products have been certified for use by one or more of the automobile manufacturers in China. For more information, please visit the Company's English website at http://chinaxd.irpass.com/, and the Chinese website at http://www.xdholding.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this announcement are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, the Company's growth potential in international markets; the effectiveness and profitability of the Company's product diversification strategy; the impact of the Company's product mix shift to more advanced products and related pricing policies;  the effectiveness, profitability, and the marketability of its the ongoing mix shift to more advanced products; the prospects of the Company's Dubai facility, and the associated expansion into Middle East, Europe and other parts of Asia; the prospects of the Company's Sichuan facility, and its penetration into Southwest China; the prospects of the Company's Harbin facility, and its penetration into Northeast China; the Company's projections of its revenues for performance in fiscal 2018.  These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expect," "project," "anticipate," "forecast," "plan," "believe," "estimate" and similar statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the Company and the industry. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the global economic uncertainty which could further impair the automotive industry and limit demand for our products; fluctuations in automotive sales and production which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and liquidity; our financial performance which may be affected by the prospect of our Dubai facility and the associated expansion into Middle East, Europe and other parts of Asia; the withdrawal of preferential government policies, the tightening control over the Chinese automotive industry, automobile purchase restrictions imposed in certain major cities which may limit market demand for our products; the slowing of Chinese automotive industry's growth; the concentration of our distributors, customers and suppliers; and other risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on its website at http://www.sec.gov. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or to changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law.  Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that its expectations will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results.

 

CHINA XD PLASTICS COMPANY LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS



September 30,


December 31,


2018


2017


US$


US$

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents


51,539,593



190,392,211

Restricted cash


335,915,478



129,699,454

Time deposits


7,268,287



288,023,017

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts


173,278,607



298,868,984

Inventories


566,810,166



421,736,682

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


167,109,645



144,326,151

    Total current assets


1,301,921,776



1,473,046,499

Property, plant and equipment, net


787,330,204



835,561,739

Land use rights, net


29,881,029



31,943,652

Long-term prepayments to equipment and construction suppliers


529,973,047



190,627,514

Other non-current assets


777,392



12,924,279

    Total assets


2,649,883,448



2,544,103,683







LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:






Short-term loans, including current portion of long-term bank loans


692,120,072



775,396,929

Bills payable


626,322,828



252,768,510

Accounts payable


26,535,220



227,993,140

Amounts due to related parties


14,256,429



-

Income taxes payable


11,495,721



17,710,217

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


116,926,581



138,605,509

    Total current liabilities


1,487,656,851



1,412,474,305

Long-term bank loans, excluding current portion


127,253,750



114,208,319

Deferred income


100,571,327



99,168,276

Other non-current liabilities


103,629,677



107,898,318

    Total liabilities


1,819,111,605



1,733,749,218







Redeemable Series D convertible preferred stock (redemption amount of
     US$270,936,200 and US$244,044,200 as of September 30, 2018 and
     December 31, 2017, respectively)


97,576,465



97,576,465







Stockholders' equity:






Series B preferred stock


100



100

Common stock, US$0.0001 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized,
     50,469,841 shares and 49,748,731 shares issued, 50,448,841 shares and
     49,727,731 shares outstanding as of  September 30, 2018 and December 31,
     2017, respectively


5,047



4,975

Treasury stock, 21,000 shares at cost


(92,694)



(92,694)

Additional paid-in capital


86,429,980



83,159,893

Retained earnings


704,079,389



648,790,469

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(57,226,444)



(19,084,743)

    Total stockholders' equity


733,195,378



712,778,000

Commitments and contingencies


-



-

    Total liabilities, redeemable convertible preferred stock and equity


2,649,883,448



2,544,103,683

 

 

CHINA XD PLASTICS COMPANY LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME



Three-Month Period Ended
September 30,


Nine-Month Period Ended
September 30,


2018


2017


2018


2017


US$


US$


US$


US$









Revenues


297,224,740



311,418,943



925,007,293



862,814,803

Cost of revenues


(249,997,804)



(264,099,790)



(767,759,035)



(717,614,278)

    Gross profit


47,226,936



47,319,153



157,248,258



145,200,525













Selling expenses


(2,741,156)



(858,739)



(7,354,876)



(2,082,889)

General and administrative expenses


(8,117,769)



(10,403,187)



(28,341,545)



(26,301,440)

Research and development expenses


(23,342,321)



(9,857,475)



(33,680,855)



(25,255,497)

    Total operating expenses


(34,201,246)



(21,119,401)



(69,377,276)



(53,639,826)













    Operating income


13,025,690



26,199,752



87,870,982



91,560,699













Interest income


264,838



1,894,747



3,607,136



4,028,299

Interest expense


(13,393,886)



(10,892,112)



(37,562,666)



(32,865,939)

Foreign currency exchange gains (losses)


4,387,166



(2,372,361)



6,064,328



(4,719,423)

Losses on foreign currency option contracts


-



(584,724)



(520,981)



(584,724)

Government grant


1,145,703



2,955,045



4,001,746



5,418,498

    Total non-operating expense, net


(7,596,179)



(8,999,405)



(24,410,437)



(28,723,289)













    Income before income taxes


5,429,511



17,200,347



63,460,545



62,837,410













Income tax benefit (expense)


3,535,430



(3,063,889)



(8,171,625)



(10,735,971)













    Net income


8,964,941



14,136,458



55,288,920



52,101,439













Earnings per common share:












Basic and diluted


0.13



0.21



0.83



0.79













Net Income


8,964,941



14,136,458



55,288,920



52,101,439













Other comprehensive income (losses)












Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of nil income taxes


(28,497,101)



15,887,423



(38,141,701)



33,557,087

    Total Comprehensive income (losses)


(19,532,160)



30,023,881



17,147,219



85,658,526

 

 

CHINA XD PLASTICS COMPANY LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS



Nine-Month Period Ended

September 30,


2018


2017


US$


US$

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net cash provided by operating activities


115,513,922



144,871,143







Cash flows from investing activities:






Proceeds from maturity of time deposits


517,686,072



249,029,754

Purchase of time deposits


(236,428,396)



(396,036,693)

Purchase of land use rights


-



(3,203,611)

Purchase of and deposits for property, plant and equipment


(430,839,423)



(338,711,968)

Refund of deposit from equipment suppliers


121,464,390



122,322,463

Deposits for acquisition of equity


(3,640,688)



-

Refund of deposits for acquisition of equity


15,577,880



-

Government grant related to the construction of Sichuan plant


10,324,859



7,207,612

Net cash used in investing activities


(5,855,306)



(359,392,443)







Cash flows from financing activities:






Proceeds from bank borrowings


719,994,473



571,141,361

Repayments of bank borrowings


(757,018,030)



(450,252,497)

Investment received in advance from a related party


75,567,512



-

Refund of investment received in advance from a related party


(75,567,512)



-

Proceeds from interest-free advances from related parties


14,256,429



-

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities


(22,767,128)



120,888,864







Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash


(19,528,082)



9,377,096

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash


67,363,406



(84,255,340)







Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period


320,091,665



271,575,847

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period


387,455,071



187,320,507







Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:






Interest paid, net of capitalized interest


35,067,228



28,035,022

Income taxes paid


16,866,842



9,098,388

Non-cash investing activities:






Accrual for purchase of equipment and construction included in accrued expenses and other current liabilities


5,825,800



6,851,777

 

The following table shows a reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash on the condensed consolidated balance sheets to that presented in the above condensed consolidated statements of cash flows.


September 30,


2018


2017


US$


US$

Cash and cash equivalents


51,539,593



46,767,025

Restricted cash


335,915,478



140,553,482

Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash shown in the statement of cash flows


387,455,071



187,320,507

 

 

CHINA XD PLASTICS COMPANY LIMITED

Reconcilation of Net Income to EBITDA

(Amounts expressed in United States Dollars)



Three Months Ended


September 30,


2,018


2,017





Net income

$                   8,964,941


$                   14,136,458

Interest expense

13,393,886


10,892,112

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

(3,535,430)


3,063,889

Depreciation and amortization expense

11,157,560


10,920,798

EBITDA

29,980,957


39,013,257

 

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