Zhongpin Inc., meat and food processing company in China, reported higher sales revenues and lower net income for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared with the year 2011.
Year 2012 highlights:
• Sales revenues increased 13% to $1,639.6 million in 2012 from $1,456.2 million in 2011 primarily due to higher sales volume for pork products sold at lower average selling prices.
• Net income decreased 31% to $44.1 million in 2012 from $64.2 million in 2011 primarily due to a lower gross profit margin, the cost of more employees to support expansion, higher salaries, higher promotional activities, rising labor and utility costs, and higher interest expenses. The higher expenses were mainly due to the higher volume of business and intense competitive pressure in the pork market due to the ongoing industry consolidation. }
• Basic earnings per share (based on net income attributable to Zhongpin shareholders) decreased 29% to $1.18 in 2012 from $1.66 in 2011. Weighted average basic shares outstanding decreased 3% to 37,273,652 shares in 2012 from 38,505,027 shares in 2011.
• Diluted earnings per share (based on net income attributable to Zhongpin shareholders) decreased 29% to $1.18 in 2012 from $1.66 in 2011. Weighted average diluted shares outstanding decreased 3% to 37,328,792 shares in 2012 from 38,539,880 shares in 2011. }
• As of December 31, 2012, Zhongpin had 40,376,182 shares of common stock issued, of which 37,209,344 were outstanding and 3,166,838 were held as treasury stock.
Mr. Xianfu Zhu, chairman and chief executive officer of Zhongpin, said, "In 2012, our sales revenues increased 13 percent on higher tonnage at lower average prices, compared with 2011, primarily due to the intense competitive market pressure generated mainly by the continuing pork industry consolidation in China.
"Our costs continued to increase, mainly in support of our current operations and planned expansions. As a result, our gross profit margin declined to 9.4% in 2012 from 10.7% in 2011 and our net profit margin declined to 2.7% in 2012 from 4.4% in 2011.
"We are sustaining our prudent expansions in geographic markets and operations to gain market share for our long-term success in the face of the ongoing industry consolidation. We are managing our costs to maintain as much gross and net profit margin as possible and are aggressively working to further increase our asset utilization, effectiveness, and efficiency.
"In 2013, we expect that the demand for pork in China should remain strong and that Zhongpin's revenues from pork and pork products are likely to increase modestly based on higher tonnage sold at lower average prices, while live hog prices will remain at current levels, compared with 2012. We anticipate that our net profit margin in 2013 will decrease due to increased competition in the industry, the expected increase in labor cost and overheads, and the expected increase in quality assurance and control costs in response to increased importance on food safety placed by the government and consumers."
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