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China Carbon Graphite Group Releases Second Quarter 2011 Results

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NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- China Carbon Graphite Group, Inc. (OTCBB: CHGI) ("China Carbon" or the "Company"), the largest wholesale supplier of fine-grain and high-purity graphite in China and one of the nation's top manufacturers of carbon and graphite products, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011.

Second Quarter 2011 Financial Highlights:

  • Revenue increased 274%, from $3.2 million in Q2 2010 to $12.1 million in Q2 2011
  • EBIDTA improved 11%, from $1.8 million in Q2 2010 to $2.0 million in Q2 2011
  • Gross profit rose 1,070%, from $0.2 million in Q2 2010 to $2.7 million in Q2 2011
  • Gross profit rate increased 214%, from 7% in Q2 2010 to 22% in Q2 2011
  • Net income grew 22%, from $0.7 million in Q2 2010 to $0.9 million in Q2 2011
  • Adjusted net income rose 279%, from $0.68 million adjusted net loss in Q2 2010 to $1.2 million in Q2 2011
Summarized Second Quarter 2011 Results:      
       Q2 2011      Q2 2010 CHANGE
Revenue $12.15 million $3.25 million +274%
EBIDTA* $2.0 million $1.8 million +11%
Gross profit $2.69 million $0.23 million +1,070%
Net Income $0.88 million $0.72 million +22%
Adjusted Net Income (loss) $1.2 million ($0.68) million + 279%
Earning Per Share (Diluted) ** $0.04 $0.04 0
Adjusted Earning (loss) Per share (Diluted) $0.05 ($0.03) + 266%
 
* Please see the accompanying Non-GAAP EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income (loss) measurements below the "Business Outlook Section."
**Earnings per diluted share of $0.04 on 23.2 million shares. For the second quarter of 2010, the Company reported fully diluted earnings per share of $0.04 on 22.1 million shares.

"We are very pleased with our second quarter results," said China Carbon's CEO Donghai Yu. "Solid growth in our core businesses, fine and high purity graphite products, along with our capacity expansion drove 274 percent revenue growth from the second quarter of 2010 to the second quarter of 2011. This past quarter, we continued to see in China increased demand for coupled with a lack of supply of fine and high purity graphite products. As a result of these circumstances, these products maintained higher margins than graphite electrodes. Moreover, due to the soaring demand of high purity graphite in China's emerging solar and mold industries, the average unit price of high purity graphite products rose 98 percent in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period last year."

Due to these conditions, we continued our strategy of adjusting our product mix to meet current market demand. By boosting our supply of fine and high purity graphite products, and raising the price of our high purity graphite, we were able to realize considerable growth in our higher margin business. Our sales of high purity graphite alone reached approximately $9.4 million in the second quarter of 2011, which is a $9 million or 231 percent increase when compared to our sales of these products during the same period in 2010. We are very confident about our future as we expect the heightened demand for our higher margin products to extend through 2011, and we intend to continue to invest aggressively in our higher margin businesses in upcoming quarters to further improve profits.

2011 Second Quarter Financial Results

Revenue

During the three months ended June 30, 2011, we had sales of $12,145,024 as compared to sales of $3,248,351 for the three months ended June 30, 2010, an increase of $8,896,673, or approximately 273.9%. Our revenue was generated mainly from sales of graphite electrodes, fine grain graphite, high purity graphite, and semi-processed graphite products. Sales increase was mainly attributable to a significant increase in the demand of our products during the three months ended June 30, 2011 resulting from the market recovery, new customer developments, and change of product mix to include more high purity graphite products which average unit price increased 98% in the three months ended June 30, 2011 compared to the same period last year. The fast development of manufacturing of solar and mold products increased the demand of our products as raw material. Increased production capacity and increased unit prices also contributed to the increase of total sales. The increased unit price of high purity graphite is due to a large demand for such products in the market. We also had a decrease in the demand of high purity graphite in 2010. Since then, the company has been successful to improve its product mix to achieve higher profit by increasing sales of fine grain graphite and high purity graphite products which generate a better margin.

Cost of Sales & Gross Profit

During the three months ended June 30, 2011, our cost of sales was $9,456,762, as compared to $3,019,732 during the three months ended June 30, 2010, an increase of $6,437,030, or 213.2%. The increase in cost of sales was directly associated with the increase in sales. Our gross margin increased from 7.0% for the three months ended June 30, 2010 to 22.1% for the three months ended June 30, 2011. The increase reflects the variance in production mix, as the percentage of our sales of high purity graphite products, a higher margin product compared to graphite electrodes, increased significantly. Fine grain graphite products decreased its margin due to the market demand shifts more to purity graphite electrodes during the three months ended June 30, 2011. The increased sales and increased margin of high purity graphite products offset the margin and unit price of fine grain graphite products.

Net Income

Our net income for the three months ended June 30, 2011 was $882,303, as compared to net income of $720,640 for the three months ended June 30, 2010, an increase of $161,663, or 22.4%. Our 2010 net income benefited significantly from change in fair value warrants, so we experienced more real growth in net income this year. 

Liquidity & Capital Resources

China Carbon had a cash and cash equivalent position totaling $4.1 million at the end second quarter of 2011 compared to $0.3 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase of $3.8 million or 1,270 percent.

Recent Updates

In July 2011, China Carbon completed the installations at its new facility, which includes baking and dipping plants, with the expectation that it will become fully operational by September 2011. Testing at the baking plant has already been completed and the Company anticipates that testing at the dipping plant will be finished by September 2011 with operations beginning shortly thereafter. Once the facility is completely up and running, China Carbon believes that its new facility will have an annual production capacity of 30,000 tons, which would double the Company's current annual production capacity. Through its expansion efforts, China Carbon is looking to better position itself to meet the growing demand the Company is seeing for its higher margin products.

Business Outlook

"Right now, we plan to have our new facility specialize in the manufacturing of higher margin products, like large size, ultra high power graphite electrodes, and high purity and fine gain graphite products," remarked Mr. Yu. "China's emerging aerospace, defense, automotive and clean tech end industries present the greatest demand for all types of graphite, specifically the forms of graphite we are planning to produce at our new facility. Moreover, we anticipate considerable growth in China's electric arc furnace steel production, which we believe will contribute to increased demand for large size, ultra high graphite electrodes. Accordingly, we are working hard to become the first company in China to produce 800 mm diameter ultra high power graphite electrodes. Through our product development and capacity expansion efforts, we are striving to enhance our production of higher margin products so we can gain further leverage in China's graphite sector."

About China Carbon Graphite Group, Inc.

China Carbon Graphite Group, through its affiliate, Xingyong Carbon Co., Ltd., manufactures graphite and carbon based products in China. The company is the largest wholesale supplier of fine-grain and high-purity graphite in China and one of the nation's top overall producers of carbon and graphite products. Fine grain graphite is widely used in smelting for colored metals and rare earth metal smelting as well as the manufacture of molds. High purity graphite is used in metallurgy, mechanical industry, aviation, electronic, atomic energy, chemical industry, food industry and a variety of other fields. In September 2007, the Company was approved and designated by the Ministry of Science & Technology as a "National Hi-tech Enterprise," a distinction which the Company still holds. Of the more than 400 carbon graphite producers in China, China Carbon is the only non-state-owned company to receive this honor. For more information, please visit www.chinacarboninc.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" relating to the business of the Company and its subsidiary companies. These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects" or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to be materially different from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including the risk factors set forth in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

China Carbon Graphite Group, Inc.and subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
     
  June 30,
2011 
December 31, 2010
ASSETS    
   (Unaudited)  
 
Current Assets    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 4,071,153  $ 296,312
Restricted cash  6,559,280   --
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $2,555,423 12,031,460   6,222,112
Notes receivable  294,600   460,856
Advance to suppliers 11,298,587   10,198,602
Inventories 31,119,839  26,432,217
Prepaid expenses  1,171,079  573,094
Other receivables 1,461,437   335,986
Total current assets  68,007,435   44,519,179
     
Property and Equipment, Net 23,847,024 24,127,189
     
Construction In Progress  12,954,130   10,265,888
     
Land Use Rights, Net 10,609,782  10,496,930
Total Assets  $ 115,418,371  $ 89,409,186
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
     
Current Liabilities    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 5,417,310 $ 5,452,743
Advance from customers  3,917,563  1,060,147
Short term bank loan  39,139,100  33,298,150
Notes payable  10,519,600  --
Other payables  3,846,388  2,584,589
Dividends payable  15,114  32,996
Total current liabilities  62,855,075  42,428,625
     
Amount Due To A Related Party  6,171,562  4,744,634
     
Warrant Liabilities  5,422  73,121
Total Liabilities  69,032,059  47,246,380
     
Stockholders' Equity    
Convertible series A preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share, authorized 20,000,000 shares, none issued and outstanding at June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010  --  --
Convertible series B preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share, authorized 3,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 472,160 and 1,225,000 shares at June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively. 472  
1,225
Common stock, par value $0.001 per share, authorized 100,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 22,525,358 and 20,520,161 shares at June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively  22,525  20,521
Deferred consulting fee  --  (57,500)
Additional paid-in capital 17,301,361  15,158,291
Accumulated other comprehensive income  7,165,862  6,344,414
Retained earnings  21,896,092  20,695,855
Total stockholders' equity 46,386,312  42,162,806
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 115,418,371  $ 89,409,186
 
 
China Carbon Graphite Group, Inc and subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income
(Unaudited)
         
  Three months ended June
30,
Six months ended
June 30,
  2011 2010 2011 2010
         
Sales $ 12,145,024 $ 3,248,351 $ 23,608,359 $ 8,095,207
         
Cost of Goods Sold 9,456,762 3,019,732 18,340,023 6,842,398
Gross Profit 2,688,262 228,619 5,268,336 1,252,809
  22% 7% 22% 15%
Operating Expenses 1,106,978 1,009,491 2,710,903 1,438,420
Selling expenses 57,312 21,704 107,175 46,697
General and administrative 1,049,666 987,787 2,603,728 1,391,723
Amortization 47,152 10,887 93,754 38,227
  1,154,130 1,020,378 2,804,657 1,476,647
Operating Income (Loss) Before Other Income (Expense)        
and Income Tax Expense 1,534,132 (791,759) 2,463,679 (223,838)
         
Other Income (Expense)        
Interest expense (693,274) (268,123) (1,406,804) (474,271)
Interest income -- -- -- --
Other expense (765) (2,926) (766) (2,926)
Other income 15,670 -- 76,550 --
Change in fair value of warrants 26,540 1,783,448 82,692 563,018
  (651,829) 1,512,399 (1,248,328) 85,821
         
Income (Loss) Before Income Tax Expense 882,303 720,640 1,215,351 (138,017)
         
Income Tax Expense -- -- -- --
         
Net Income (Loss) $ 882,303 $ 720,640 $ 1,215,351 $  (138,017)
         
Other Comprehensive Income        
Foreign currency translation gain 553,200 146,086 821,448 46,564
Total Comprehensive Income (loss) $ 1,435,503 $ 866,726 $ 2,036,799 $  (91,453)
         
Share Data        
         
Basic earnings (loss) per share $ 0.04 $ 0.04 $ 0.05 $  (0.01)
         
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 0.04 $ 0.04 $ 0.05 $ (0.01)
         
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic 22,350,263 20,068,117 21,993,435 19,281,103
         
Weighted average common shares outstanding diluted 23,194,542 20,068,117 22,671,285 19,281,103
 
 
China Carbon Graphite Group, Inc and subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
 
  Six months ended June
30,
  2011 2010
Cash flows from operating activities    
Net Income (Loss) $ 1,215,351 $ (138,017)
Adjustments to reconcile net cash provided by operating activities    
Depreciation and amortization 870,310 847,371
Stock compensation 623,450 384,700
Change in fair value of warrants (82,692) (563,018)
Change in operating assets and liabilities    
Accounts receivable (4,308,178) 236,629
Notes receivable 173,556 247,815
Other receivables (1,107,235) 740,594
Advance to suppliers (889,008) (5,582,909)
Inventories (4,121,825) (172,484)
Prepaid expenses 226,703 3,577
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (141,785) 5,870,586
Notes payable 10,410,800 7,315,567
Advance from customers 2,807,114 (161,026)
Taxes payable 1,476,262 (187,000)
Other payables 90,132 859,069
Net cash provided by operating activities 7,242,955 9,701,454
     
Cash flows from investing activities    
Acquisition of property and equipment (27,088) (2,926)
Acquisition of land use rights -- (5,137,024)
Construction in progress (2,459,521) 8,751
Net cash used in investing activities (2,486,609) (5,131,199)
     
Cash flows from financing activities    
Proceeds from issuing common stock -- 166,400
Proceeds from issuing series B preferred stock -- 338,850
Proceeds from warrants exercise 371,714 --
Dividends paid for series B preferred stock (32,996) (26,643)
Increase of restricted cash (6,491,440) --
Proceeds from short term loan 11,176,300 273,931
Payments from short term loan (6,047,450) --
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (1,023,872) 752,538
     
Effect of exchange rate fluctuation 42,368 27,621
     
Net increase in cash 3,774,842 5,350,414
     
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 296,312 2,709,127
     
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 4,071,154 $ 8,059,541
     
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information    
     
Interest paid $ 1,406,804 $ 474,270
     
Non-cash activities:    
     
Deemed preferred dividend reflected in paid-in capital $ -- $ 132,778
     
Reclassification of warrant liability with equity $ 14,993 $ 158,910
     
Issuance of common stock for consulting fee $ 1,787,600 $ 384,700
CONTACT: Investor Contact: Mr. Kevin Fickle, President NUWA Group, LLC. Tel: +1-925-330-8315 Email: kevin@nuwagroup.com Company Contact: Mr. Donghai Yu China Carbon Graphite Group, Inc. Tel: +1-626-589-6525 Email: ir@chinacarboninc.com
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