WSP Holdings Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 Res
WUXI, China, March 30 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- WSP Holdings Limited (NYSE: WH) ("WSP Holdings" or the "Company"), a leading Chinese manufacturer of API (American Petroleum Institute) and non-API seamless casing, tubing and drill pipes used in oil and natural gas exploration, drilling and extraction ("Oil Country Tubular Goods" or "OCTG"), and other pipes and connectors, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2009.
Fourth Quarter 2009 Highlights and Recent Events
-- Net revenues were $129.8 大发网million, down 56.6% from $299.3 million in the
fourth quarter of 2008 and up 43.8% from $90.2 million in the third
quarter of 2009
-- Gross profit was $0.8 million, down 98.5% from $56.0 million in the
fourth quarter of 2008 and down 82.1% from $4.5 million in the third
quarter of 2009
-- Net loss was $16.3 million, compared to net income of $27.8 million in
the fourth quarter of 2008
-- Basic and diluted loss per American Depository Share ("ADS," each ADS
representing two ordinary shares) were both $0.16 for the fourth
quarter of 2009, compared to earnings per basic and diluted ADS of
$0.27 in the fourth quarter of 2008
-- In February 2010, WSP Holdings began construction of a new pipe
facility in Thailand with OCTG pipe production capacity of 200,000
tonnes per year, which will allow it to serve reviving demand from
-- In February 2010, WSP China together with three other minority
shareholders disposed of their equity interests in Jiangsu Fanli Pipe
Co., Limited for a cash consideration of RMB63 million (approximately
$9.2 million). Certain production assets of Fanli will subsequently be
transferred to the new pipe facility in Thailand.
Full Year 2009 Highlights
-- Net revenue was $557.1 million, down 38.9% from 2008
-- Gross profit was $78.9 million, down 62.2% from 2008
-- Gross profit margin was 14.2%, compared to 22.9% in 2008
-- Income from operations was $18.8 million, a decrease of 87.2% from 2008
-- Net income was $3.4 million, a decrease of 96.6% from 2008
-- Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were both $0.03, compared to $0.97
The Company's sales increased 43.8% from third quarter lows due to higher sales volume of API products in China and increased sales to Africa. However, profitability was adversely affected due to changes in the product mix to include a larger proportion of lower margin green pipes and API products as well as increasing raw materials costs. OCTG inventory levels in the US continued to decline and rig counts continue to rise. As a result, oil and gas producers around the world have begun increasing orders. The Company has recently begun construction of a new facility in Thailand, which will allow it to serve reviving demand from international markets.
Fourth Quarter 2009 Financial Results
WSP Holdings' net revenues were $129.8 million, down 56.6% from $299.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 primarily due to lower demand and lower prices for its products in light of the challenging environment in international and domestic markets. Net revenues climbed up 43.8% from $90.2 million in the third quarter of 2009. Sales volume was 127,082 tonnes in the fourth quarter of 2009, down 35.1% from a year ago and increased 43.6% from third quarter of 2009.
API product sales were $93.9 million, down 53.8% from the fourth quarter of 2008, and up 47.5% from the third quarter of 2009. Non-API products sales were $22.9 million, down 61.8% from the fourth quarter of 2008 and up 10.5% from the third quarter of 2009. Sales of other products included primarily green pipes sold to domestic customers.
Domestic sales in the fourth quarter were $68.6 million, down 46.7% year-over-year and up 4.4% from the third quarter of 2009. International sales were $61.1 million, down 64.1% year over year. The decrease was attributable to a significant decrease in demand for OCTG from international markets, especially in North America and Asia. Compared to the third quarter of 2009, international sales rose 149.7% primarily because of increased shipments to the African markets. Furthermore, the Company was able to sell part of its inventory through its Houston Group subsidiary which was shipped to the US in early 2009.
Quarterly Revenue and Sales Volume
2009 of 2009 % of Q4 2008 % of
($ in Revenue ($ in Revenue ($ in Revenue
000) 000) QoQ% 000) YoY%
Products 93,855 72.3% 63,619 70.5% 47.5% 203,075 67.8% (53.8)%
Products 22,927 17.7% 20,747 23.0% 10.5% 60,020 20.1% (61.8)%
Products 12,978 10.0% 5,870 6.5% 121.1% 36,212 12.1% (64.2)%
Revenue 129,760 100% 90,236 100% 43.8% 299,307 100% (56.6)%
Domestic 68,639 52.9% 65,760 72.9% 4.4% 128,861 43.1% (46.7)%
Overseas 61,121 47.1% 24,476 27.1% 149.7% 170,446 56.9% (64.1)%
Revenue 129,760 100% 90,236 100% 43.8% 299,307 100% (56.6)%
2009 % of 2009 % of Q4 2008 % of
(tonnes) Volume (tonnes) Volume (tonnes) Volume
Products 93,114 73.3% 67,421 76.2% 38.1% 138,751 70.9% (32.9)%
Products 11,514 9.1% 11,894 13.4% (3.2)% 28,434 14.5% (59.5)%
Products 22,454 17.7% 9,182 10.4% 144.5% 28,533 14.6% (21.3)%
Volume 127,082 100% 88,497 100% 43.6% 195,718 100% (35.1)%
Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2009 was $0.8 million, down 98.5% from $56.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. Gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2009 was 0.6%, compared to 18.7% in the fourth quarter of 2008. The decline in gross margin was the result of higher raw materials costs and a larger proportion of lower-margin API products and green pipes sold in the sales mix.
Operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2009 were $18.1 million, down 27.7% from $25.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. Selling and marketing expenses were $5.5 million, down 18.1% from $6.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 primarily due to lower sales commission and lower sales activity level associated with declined sales volume. General and administrative expenses were $13.1 million, down 36.1% from $20.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2008.
Loss from operations was $17.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to income from operations of $30.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2008.
Net interest expense was $4.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to $4.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2008.
The Company recorded an income tax benefit of $4.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 due to the partial reversal of a deferred tax relating to withholding taxes on dividends remitted from WSP China to First Space Holdings Limited as a result of its qualification as a tax resident company in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Net loss was $16.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to $27.8 million of net income in the fourth quarter of 2008.
Basic and diluted loss per ADS were both $0.16 for the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to earnings per basic and diluted ADS of $0.27 in the fourth quarter of 2008.
Full Year 2009 Financial Results
For the full year 2009, net revenue was $557.1 million, down 38.9% from $912.1 million in 2008. Total sales volume was 480,091 tonnes, down 21.1% from 608,516 tonnes in 2008. Sales of API products were $414.3 million, down 18.0% year over year. Sales of Non-API products were $102.2 million, down 65.3% year over year. Domestic sales were $335.4 million, or 60.2% of revenue, up 6.1% from $316.3 million, or 34.7% of revenue in 2008.
Table 2 - Annual revenue and sales volume
FY 2009 FY 2008
($ in % of ($ in % of
000) Revenue 000) Revenue YoY %
API Products 414,250 74.4% 505,346 55.4% (18.0)%
Products 102,186 18.3% 294,776 32.3% (65.3)%
Products 40,624 7.3% 111,968 12.3% (63.7)%
Revenues 557,060 100% 912,090 100% (38.9)%
Domestic 335,433 60.2% 316,278 34.7% 6.1%
Overseas 221,627 39.8% 595,812 65.3% (62.8)%
Revenues 557,060 100% 912,090 100% (38.9)%
FY 2009 % of FY 2008 % of
(tonnes) Volume (tonnes) Volume YoY %
API Products 369,266 76.9% 355,215 58.4% (4.0)%
Products 52,877 11.0% 154,114 25.3% (65.7)%
Products 57,948 12.1% 99,187 16.3% (41.6)%
Volume 480,091 100.0% 608,516 100.0% (21.1)%
Gross profit for the full year 2009 was $78.9 million, a decrease of 62.2% from $208.6 million in 2008. Gross margin was 14.2% in 2009, compared to 22.9% in 2008. Income from operations for 2009 was $18.8 million, down 87.2% from $146.6 million in 2008. Operating margin was 3.4% in 2009, compared to 16.1% in 2008. Net income for the full year 2009 was $3.4 million, a decrease of 96.6% from $99.3 million in 2008. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were both $0.03 in 2009, compared to $0.97 for both in 2008.
As of December 31, 2009, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $133.3 million, compared to $89.1 million as of December 31, 2008. Restricted cash totaled $205.6 million as of December 31, 2009, compared to $232.0 million as of December 31, 2008. Accounts receivable totaled $203.9 million as of December 31, 2009, compared to $246.5 million as of December 31, 2008. The decrease in accounts receivable was mainly because the Company tightened its credit policy and intensified collections activities in the fourth quarter of 2009. As of December 31, 2009, total assets were $1,412.2 million, total liabilities stood at $978.7 million and total shareholders' equity was $409.9 million.
Capital expenditures for 2009 were $147.6 million. The capital expenditures for the next 12 months will be funded mainly through internally generated funds and medium- and long-term bank loans. As of December 31, 2009, the Company had available bank facilities of $249.1 million.
Update on New Production Facilities
Houston OCTG Group, Inc. ("Houston Group")
A new threading line with 120,000 tonnes of annual production capacity at Houston Group is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2010. Production at Houston Group's new heat treatment line was slightly behind schedule due to more comprehensive environmental impact studies than were previously anticipated. The heat treatment line with 100,000 tonnes of annual production capacity is expected to start production by September 2010.
Bazhou Seamless Oil Pipes Company Limited ("Bazhou Seamless")
The Company expects the three new threading lines with an annual production capacity of 300,000 tonnes at its Bazhou Seamless subsidiary in Xinjiang Autonomous Region to begin production by July 2010. The construction of another heat treatment line there with 200,000 tonnes of annual production capacity was affected by extremely cold weather this winter. The management expects the construction to pick up in the spring to meet the expected commencement of production in September 2010.
Liaoyang Seamless Oil Pipes Company Limited ("Liaoyang Seamless")
The Company expects the hot-rolling line at Liaoyang Seamless with an annual production capacity of 300,000 tonnes to begin trial production in the second quarter of 2010.
In February 2010, WSP Holdings through its wholly-owned subsidiary, First Space Holdings Limited, established a new subsidiary, WSP Pipe Company Limited ("WSP Pipe"), in the Thai-Chinese Rayong Industrial Zone, Thailand. WSP Pipe was incorporated with THB700 million (approximately $23.1 million) of registered capital. Through WSP Pipe, WSP Holdings will build an OCTG pipe manufacturing and sales facility. Two hot-rolling production lines with a combined production capacity of 200,000 tonnes per year are expected to begin their trial production by the end of 2010.
In February 2010, WSP Holdings' wholly-owned subsidiary, WSP China, together with three other minority shareholders entered into an agreement with Zhejiang Jianli Company Limited to dispose of their equity interests in Jiangsu Fanli Pipe Co., Limited ("Fanli") for a cash consideration of RMB63 million (approximately $9.2 million). Pursuant to the agreement, WSP China will take possession of certain assets of Fanli, including current assets and assume all liabilities incurred before the disposal. Certain production assets of Fanli will subsequently be transferred by WSP China to WSP Pipe for its production use.
Operational Environment and Business Outlook
Following a significant decline in the second half of 2008 to a low of around $30 per barrel at the end of 2008, global oil prices have been increasing, reaching over $80 per barrel. US Rig counts have been increasing over the last few months to reach 1,407 in March 2010 from 1,078 in November 2009. The Company does not expect a significant improvement in sales to North America in the near term due to countervailing duties on seamless pipes made in China. Longer term, the Company intends to recapture its market share in North America and pursue new opportunities in Central and South America through its subsidiaries in Houston and Thailand.
WSP Holdings expects to increase sales and marketing efforts in other international markets. It is qualified to sell products to major oil companies in the Middle East as well as Northern and Western Africa, particularly in Algeria and Nigeria.
In the domestic market, the Company continues to actively target customers in areas such as Xinjiang Autonomous Region, Sichuan Province and Shaanxi Province, in order to increase sales of higher-margin, non-API products. Domestic average selling prices, especially for API products, may remain at low levels despite increasing raw materials costs. The Company is uncertain as to when price environment will improve.
WSP Holdings' management will host a conference call at 9:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 to discuss results for its fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2009. To participate in this live conference call, please dial the following number five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time: 800 299 8538. International callers should call +1 617 786 2902. The conference pass code is 192 862 78.
A replay of the conference call will be available from 11:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 to Tuesday April 13, 2010. To access the replay, call 888-286-8010. International callers should call 617-801-6888. The conference pass code is 164 948 80.
This conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties on WSP Holdings' website: http://www.wsphl.com/ . To listen to the live webcast, please go to WSP Holdings' website at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those unable to participate during the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call on WSP Holdings' website for 90 days.
About WSP Holdings Limited
WSP Holdings develops and manufactures seamless Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG), including seamless casing, tubing and drill pipes used for on-shore and off-shore oil and gas exploration, drilling and extraction, and other pipes and connectors. Founded as WSP China in 1999, the Company offers a wide range of API and non-API seamless OCTG products, including products that are used in extreme drilling and extraction conditions. The Company's products are used in China's major oilfields and are exported to oil producing regions throughout the world. For further information, please visit WSP Holdings' website at http://www.wsphl.com/ .
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For further information, please contact:
WSP Holdings Limited
Ms. Judy Zhu, IR Director
CCG Investor Relations, Inc.
Ms. Elaine Ketchmere, Partner
Phone: +1-310-954-1345 (Los Angeles)
Mr. Crocker Coulson, President
Phone: +1-646-213-1915 (New York)
WSP HOLDINGS LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except for share and share-related data)
3 Months 3 Months
Ended Ended Year Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
2009 2008 2009 2008
Net revenues $ 129,760 $ 299,307 $ 557,060 $ 912,090
Cost of revenues (128,946) (243,294) (478,156) (703,531)
Gross profit 814 56,013 78,904 208,559
expenses (5,475) (6,682) (17,867) (22,770)
expenses (13,084) (20,462) (44,798) (41,740)
income 425 2,060 2,559 2,589
from operations (17,320) 30,929 18,798 146,638
Interest income 1,042 1,247 5,962 7,694
Interest expenses (5,717) (5,810) (22,988) (23,013)
Other income 192 192 767 767
differences 120 (1,737) 218 (6,984)
for income taxes (21,683) 24,821 2,757 125,102
income taxes 4,091 3,909 (1,864) (24,405)
Net (loss) income
investment (17,592) 28,730 893 100,697
equity investment (23) 1 (105) 1
Net (loss) income (17,615) 28,731 788 100,698
Net loss (income)
interests 1,319 (972) 2,568 (1,349)
Limited $ (16,296) $ 27,759 $ 3,356 $ 99,349
Basic 205,789,800 205,789,800 205,789,800 205,663,247
Diluted 205,789,800 205,789,800 205,789,800 205,663,247
Basic $ (0.08) $ 0.13 $ 0.02 $ 0.48
Diluted $ (0.08) $ 0.13 $ 0.02 $ 0.48
Basic $ (0.16) $ $0.27 $ $0.03 $ $0.97
Diluted $ (0.16) $ $0.27 $ $0.03 $ $0.97
Note: Each ADS represents two ordinary shares
WSP HOLDINGS LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
December 31, December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents $ 133,250 $ 89,097
Restricted cash 205,613 231,988
Accounts and bills receivable, net 203,929 246,463
Other current assets 345,968 351,828
Total Current Assets 888,760 919,376
Property and equipment, net 407,052 313,936
Land use rights 34,060 32,105
Other non-current assets 82,342 45,194
Total Assets $ 1,412,214 $ 1,310,611
Accounts payables $ 161,974 $ 344,817
Borrowings due within one year 506,448 337,438
Other current liabilities 114,365 113,880
Total Current Liabilities 782,787 796,135
Borrowings due after one year 189,069 --
Other non-current liabilities 6,866 12,481
Total Liabilities $ 978,722 $ 808,616
Total WSP Holdings Limited
shareholders' equity 409,918 482,606
Non-controlling interests 23,574 19,389
Total equity 433,492 501,995
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 1,412,214 $ 1,310,611
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