SIPING, China, Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- THT Heat Transfer Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: THTI, "the Company", or "THT"), a leading provider of heat exchangers and heat exchange solutions in China's clean technology industry, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011.
Third Quarter 2011 Financial Highlights
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Guohong Zhao commented, "This quarter we saw a decline in our net revenue as tightened credit within China led customers to delay their payment and delivery schedules. Although macroeconomic conditions adversely impacted our third quarter financial results and caused a buildup in inventory, we view this disruption as temporary and believe the strength of product lineup, robust pipeline and sound strategy will drive value in the long term. Contract value in the third quarter was up almost 32% over the same period in 2010, signifying that demand remains strong and we are well positioned for future growth as customers' credit lines are restored.
"Taking the current credit environment into consideration, we expect fourth quarter 2011 revenue to be in the range of US$10 million to US$12 million. We are closely monitoring the situation and carefully evaluating clients' payment and credit histories to ensure timely payment and maintain healthy accounts receivable levels."
Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results
Revenue for the third quarter 2011 decreased 19.31% to US$10.31 million, from US$12.78 million during the same period in 2010, primarily attributable to delays in the Company's delivery schedule. These delays were caused by credit-tightening within China, which adversely impacted customers' financial positioning.
Sales volume for the three months ended September 30, 2011 amounted to 645 units, a 58.31% year-over-year decrease from 1,547 units, attributable to the aforementioned delivery delays.
Revenue from plate heat exchangers, or PHEs, totaled US$4.61 million, a 39.82% decline from US$7.66 million in the second quarter of 2010. Revenue from heat exchange units was US$1.40 million, a 31.91% decrease from US$2.05 million for the same period of 2010. In addition, sales revenue from shell-and-tube heat exchangers amounted to US$0.78 million in the third quarter of 2011, down from US$1.91 million during the same period in 2010. During the third quarter of 2011, sales revenue from the Company's new wide channel welded plate heat exchangers totaled US$1.37 million, as compared to no revenue contribution from this segment in the same period last year.
Cost of Sales
Cost of sales for the third quarter fell 19.60% to US$5.80 million from US$7.21 million in the third quarter 2010. This decrease was mainly attributable to the decline in sales volume for the third quarter of 2011.
Gross Profit and Gross Margin
Gross profit decreased 18.94% to US$4.51 million during the third quarter, from US$5.56 million for the same period in 2010. Gross profit margin for the three months ended September 30, 2011 increased to 43.75% from 43.55% in the previous period, driven by higher average unit prices as the Company improved its product mix.
Administrative expenses increased 0.25% to US$1.65 million in the third quarter, from US$1.64 million for the same period in 2010.
Research and development expenses increased 21.09% year-over-year to US$0.37 million, from US$0.30 million in the third quarter 2010. The increase was mainly due to the Company's continued investment in the development of new products.
Selling expenses increased 26.79% to US$2.30 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011, from US$1.81 million during the same period in 2010, mainly attributable to an expansion of the sales team by 15 people and an average salary increase as a result of rising inflation in China.
This resulted in a 14.74% rise in total operating expenses to US$4.31 million in the third quarter 2011 from US$3.76 million for the same period in 2010.
Other income amounted to approximately US$0.06 million in the third quarter, down from US$0.14 million in the same period in 2010.
Loss/Income before Income Tax
Loss before income taxes was US$0.09 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011, down from US$1.78 million in income before income tax for the same period in 2010. The decrease was mainly attributable to the decrease in sales revenue and other income.
Income taxes decreased to US$0.09 million in the third quarter 2011 from US$0.32 million during the same period in 2010. This decrease in taxes resulted from the decline in revenue and operating profits.
As a result of the aforementioned, net income attributable to common stockholders decreased by US$1.44 million, or 92.17%, to US$0.12 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011, from US$1.56 million for the same period in 2010.
Basic and fully diluted net income per share was US$0.01 in the third quarter 2011, compared with US$0.10 in the same period of 2010.
Cash and cash equivalents totalled US$3.30 million as of September 30, 2011 compared with US$5.15 million as of June 30, 2011.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, net cash outflow amounted to US$15.13 million, compared with a net cash outflow of US$3.67 million in the same period of 2010. The change was mainly driven by an increase in cash used in operating and investing activities. Net cash used in operating activities was US$14.20 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, as compared with US$4.78 million in the same period in 2010. The increase in net cash used in operating activities was mainly due to prepayments for the purchase of raw materials and staff advances in the amount of US$8.09 million in anticipation of production requirements for the upcoming fourth quarter, an US$8.25 million increase in inventory, and a US$5.57 million rise in trade receivables. Net cash used in investing activities was US$5.59 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, as compared with US$0.76 million in the same period in fiscal year 2010. The net cash used in investing activities during the nine months ended September 30, 2011 was primarily used for the land use rights and purchase of equipment.
Fourth Quarter 2011 Guidance
In light of the current operating environment, THT expects to generate net revenues in the range of US$10 million to US$12 million in the fourth quarter fiscal 2011, as compared with US$15.16 million in the same period of 2010. This represents the Company's preliminary view and is subject to change.
THT's senior management will host a conference call at 8:00 am (Eastern) / 5:00 am (Pacific) / 9:00 pm (Beijing) on November 22, 2011 to discuss the third quarter 2011 financial results and recent business activity. The conference call may be accessed by calling:
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A live webcast of the conference call and replay will be available on the investor relations page of THT's website at: http://www.tht.cn/ir.asp
About THT Heat Transfer Technology, Inc.
Through its Chinese operating subsidiaries, THT Heat Transfer Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells plate heat exchangers, shell-and-tube heat exchangers, heat exchanger units and other heat exchanger products with total heat exchange solutions. Heat exchangers play an integral part in helping customers improve energy efficiency. Used in a number of industries, THT's products focus on energy conservation, emission reduction and other environmentally friendly applications. Its six major product categories are plate heat exchangers, shell-and-tube heat exchangers, air-cooled heat exchangers, weld plate heat exchangers, heat exchanger units and plate-and-shell heat exchangers. The Company also offers comprehensive heat exchange solutions.
THT's in-house R&D capabilities enable it to deliver tailored products that better meet the changing demands of its customers. The Company has a strong record of delivering high-quality products and services to leading domestic and international customers. THT has completed over 3,000 projects and has provided heat exchange solutions to several Fortune 500 companies. The Company is headquartered in Siping City, Jilin Province, China. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.tht.cn.
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