Tantech Holdings Limited Announces Full Year 2014 Financial Results
LISHUI, China, April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Tantech Holdings Ltd. (TANH), a manufacturer and developer of bamboo-based charcoal products for industrial energy applications and household cooking, heating, purification, sanitation and agricultural uses, today announced its financial results for the full year ended December 31, 2014.
Tantech’s largest segment, the household products segment, accounted for 81% of revenues in 2014, so the 19.3% year-over-year increase in segment revenues contributed heavily to overall growth. Moreover, the Company’s focus on building a market for its bamboo-based carbon for use in supercapacitors resulted in the energy segment turning a loss of nearly $561,000 in 2013 into a segment profit of approximately $779,000 in 2014. While growth in two of the three segments was partially offset by a 62.5% decrease in trading segment revenues, this decrease was planned and designed for the Company’s long-term benefit. Mr. Zhengyu Wang, Chief Executive Officer of Tantech, commented, “We shifted our focus in 2014 toward what we view as our most promising segments, household products and energy. Because the trading segment features comparatively high costs and low margins, we believe that deploying our resources in the household products and energy segments will be in the best long-term interest of our company and shareholders”.
Mr. Wang continued, “We were pleased with the stable growth we experienced in 2014. Our regional sales expanded and sales increased while selling expenses as a percentage of sales dropped. Additionally, we introduced new “Charcoal Doctor” brand products to the market and developed new techniques to improve the production process for EDLC carbon. These successes, together with the decrease in general and administrative expenses, led to more than a 45% increase in income from operations”.
Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2014
Revenues. Revenues increased approximately $4.3 million, or 7.0%, to approximately $65.5 million in 2014 from approximately $61.2 million in 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to the increased sales from our consumer product segment and energy segment, which were partially offset by decreased sales from our trading segment.
In our consumer product segment, revenue increased to approximately $53.1 million in 2014 from approximately $44.5 million in 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to increased sales in purification and deodorization products in 2014 as the demand for our products continues to be strong. We sold approximately 4.9 million pieces of air purification products and 7.9 million pieces of deodorizer products in 2014 compared to approximately 4.3 million pieces and 6.6 million pieces in 2013. The average selling price of air purification products increased by 17.9% in 2014.
In our trading segment, the revenue was approximately $3.0 million in 2014, a decrease of 62.5% compared to approximately $8.0 million in 2012. The decrease was attributable to our decision to significantly decrease our rubber wholesale business in 2014. Our energy segment sales of approximately $9.4 million in 2014 represented an increase of approximately $694,000 as compared to approximately $8.7 million in 2013.
The increase in sales revenue was primarily attributable to the increased sales of EDLC carbon in 2014. We sold 280 tons of EDLC carbon in 2014 compared to 272 tons sold in 2013. The average selling price of our EDLC carbon increased 2.5% to approximately $30,860 per ton from approximately $30,106 per ton in 2013. Cost of revenues. Our cost of revenues increased by approximately $789,000 or 1.8% to approximately $44.9 million in 2014, from approximately $44.1 million in 2013. As a percentage of revenues, the cost of revenue decreased by approximately 3.5% to 68.5% in 2014 from 72.0% in 2013. The decrease in cost of revenues as a percentage of revenues was primarily attributable to the decision to reduce our rubber wholesale business in 2014,
as the rubber wholesale business has historically featured a much higher cost of revenues. Gross profit. Our gross profit increased by approximately $3.5 million, or 20.3%, to approximately $20.6 million in 2014 from approximately $17.2 million in 2013. Gross profit margin was 31.5% in 2014, as compared to 28.0% in 2013. The increase of 3.5 percentage points was primarily attributable to the reduction of our rubber wholesale business that had a lower gross profit margin in 2013. Selling expenses. Selling expenses decreased by approximately $370,000 to approximately $1.1 million in 2014 compared to approximately $1.45 million in 2013. As a percentage of sales, our selling expenses decreased to 1.7% of revenues in 2014, as compared to 2.4% of revenues in 2013. General and administrative expenses. Our general and administrative expenses decreased by approximately $1.5 million or 47.8%, to approximately $1.6 million in 2014 from approximately $3.1 million in 2013.
As a percentage of revenues, general and administrative expenses decreased 2.6% to 2.5% in 2014, compared to 5.1% in 2013. Research and development expenses. Our research and development expenses increased approximately $14,000 to approximately $746,000 in 2014 compared to approximately $732,000 in 2013 as we continued to increase research and development activities, especially those related to our EDLC carbon products in 2014. Interest expense. Our interest expense decreased by approximately $319,000, or 36.8%, to approximately $548,000 in 2014, from approximately $867,000 in 2013. The decrease in interest expense was primarily attributable to the repayment of approximately $4.1 million in long-term bank loans in April 2014, which reduced our interest expenses. We also discounted fewer bankers acceptance notes payable in 2014.
Government subsidy income. Our government subsidy income was approximately $62,000 in 2014 compared to approximately $49,000 in 2013. Our government subsidy income in 2014 and 2013 were all granted by local governments in recognition of our achievements in different areas. All subsidies we received in 2014 and 2013 were one-time grants and may not occur again in the future. We cannot predict the likelihood or amount of any future subsidies. Other Income. Other income was approximately $721,000 and $691,000 in 2014 and 2013, respectively. Other income was primarily related to the consulting fee that we charged to a third party company using our patent in its production of doors with air treatment functionality. Income before income taxes. Our income before income taxes was approximately $17.6 million in 2014, an increase of approximately $5.7 million compared to approximately $11.9 million in 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase of approximately $3.5 million in gross profit and a decrease of approximately $1.9 million in operating expenses in 2014 compared to 2013. Provision for income taxes. Our provision for income taxes was approximately $2.8 million in 2014, an increase of approximately $1.0 million or 56.8% from approximately $1.8 million in 2013. The increase in provision for income taxes was primarily attributable to higher income before income taxes and higher effective income tax rate in 2014 compared to 2013. Net income attributable to common stockholders. Our net income attributable to common stockholders was approximately $14.0 million in 2014, an increase of approximately $4.4 million from approximately $9.6 million in 2013. The increase was attributable to the factors described above.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
As of December 31, 2014, we had cash and cash equivalents of $415,275, working capital of $43.5 million and stockholders’ equity of $59.3 million. In 2014, the Company generated $2.5 million from its operating activities, generated $533,000 by investing activities and used $4.2 million in financing activities, mostly related to the repayment of a long-term loan. As of April 10, 2015, our cash and cash equivalents balances increased to $9.6 million which included the proceeds received from the Company’s initial public offering of $5.1 million”.
In 2015 we expect to build on our solid foundation by expanding our traditional sales of Charcoal Doctor products with a new focus on e-commerce platform. We are confident this approach will help us better manage our costs, as well as increase market share and profitability.” Mr. Wang further stated, “I am encouraged about the company’s growth opportunities in 2015. Our recent IPO will allow us to continue the development of new products, creating added value for our investors and sustain long term growth for the company”.
About Tantech Holdings Ltd.
We are a specialized manufacturer of bamboo charcoal based products with primary business focus in household products, EDLC carbon as well as low emission BBQ charcoal. We conduct our operations in China through our wholly owned subsidiary, USCNHK Group Limited in Hong Kong and its majority-owned Chinese subsidiary, Zhejiang Tantech Bamboo Technology Co., Ltd (“Tantech Bamboo”). Tantech Bamboo is engaged in the production and distribution of household products. Through Tantech Bamboo’s wholly owned Chinese subsidiary, Zhejiang Tantech Bamboo Charcoal Co., Ltd (“Tantech Charcoal”), we conduct trading business, including the export of charcoal products; through Bamboo Tech’s wholly owned Chinese subsidiary, Zhejiang Tantech Energy Technology Co., Ltd (“Tantech Energy”), we manufacture EDLC carbon and low emission BBQ charcoal.
Our household products include purification and deodorization products, cleaning products and barbecue charcoals designed for domestic market. Purification and deodorization products and cleaning products are sold under the brand name “Charcoal Doctor”. Purification and deodorization products include air purification products, deodorizer and bamboo vinegar. Cleaning products include kitchen and bathroom cleaning products, personal care products and liquid detergents.
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