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China Recycling Energy Corporation Reports Results for the Full Year 2019

XI'AN, China, May 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- China Recycling Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: CREG) ("CREG" or "the Company"), an industrial waste-to-energy solution provider in China, today reported certain highlights of its audited operating results for the full year ended December 31, 2019.

“As of December 31, 2019, we maintained a healthy cash and cash equivalents balance of approximately $16.22 million,” stated Mr. Guohua Ku, Chairman and CEO of the Company. In addition, we have accomplished significant cost cutting throughout our entire organization, evidenced by net loss narrowed by approximately 86.7% to approximately $(8.77) million in fiscal 2019, as compared to approximately $(76.22) million in the same period of fiscal 2018. We are executing what we believe is a clear plan to manage our business efficiently and effectively through the coronavirus pandemic, prioritizing the health and safety of our customers and teams.  We believe our financial position and contingency plans will allow us to retain the financial flexibility to pursue the fast-growing smart power sector. We feel we are back on track to continue evaluating several exciting strategic opportunities to reinvest in innovative growth initiatives that we expect will reposition our energy sustainability business in direct relation to smart power integrated solutions to vastly improve climate change efficiency in China, which we believe will better serve our clients, employees and shareholders. As such, we will maintain our focus on expense and working capital discipline so that we move forward with a strengthened platform to attempt to capitalize on the significant opportunities we see for growth.” 

"Lastly, I want to thank all our employees for their service to the business and to our loyal customers.  I am confident we will emerge from this challenge even stronger, given the strength of our brand, our people and the new opportunities ahead of us."  

Financial Summary for the Full Year Ended December 31, 2019

  • Cash and cash equivalents were approximately $16.22 million as of December 31, 2019, a decrease of approximately $37.00 million as compared to approximately $53.22 million as of December 31, 2018.
  • Net sales were $0.70 million as compared to $4.89 million for the same period of 2018. The sales were from the electricity sold by Erdos TCH Energy Saving Development Co., Ltd (“Erdos TCH”), a joint venture between one of the Company subsidiaries and Erdos Metallurgy Co., Ltd (“Erdos”). However, since May 2019, Erdos TCH has ceased its operations due to renovations and furnace safety upgrades of Erdos. During this period, Erdos will compensate Erdos TCH RMB 1 million ($145,460) per month, until operations resume. The Company expects the resumption of operations of Erdos TCH in July 2020.
  • Interest income on sales-type leases for the year ended December 31, 2019 was approximately $0.17 million, a decrease of approximately $3.14 million from approximately $3.14 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. The Company only had Pucheng Phase I and II systems since then, which the Company has ceased to accrue interest income since April 2018 because Pucheng power generation systems were suspended due to strict environmental protection policies and lack of supply of biomass waste raw materials.
  • Total operating income was approximately $0.87 million as compared to approximately $8.20 million for the same period of 2018.
  • Total operating expenses were $9.98 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to $66.19 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, a decrease of $56.21 million or 85%. The decrease was mainly due to decreased bad debts expense by $26.82 million, decreased assets impairment loss on fixed assets and construction in progress by $27.55 million, and decreased operating expense by $2.86 million of Erdos TCH due to cessation of operations.
  • Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2019 was approximately $(8.77) million or approximately $(5.61) per fully diluted share compared to approximately $65.99 million or approximately $(76.22) per fully diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2018, a decrease of loss of $57,224,141. This decrease in net loss was mainly due to the decrease in operating expenses as described above.

About China Recycling Energy Corp.

China Recycling Energy Corporation (Nasdaq: CREG) ("CREG" or "the Company") is based in Xi'an, China and provides environmentally friendly waste-to-energy technologies to recycle industrial byproducts for steel mills, cement factories and coke plants in China. Byproducts include heat, steam, pressure, and exhaust to generate large amounts of lower-cost electricity and reduce the need for outside electrical sources. The Chinese government has adopted policies to encourage the use of recycling technologies to optimize resource allocation and reduce pollution. Currently, recycled energy represents only an estimated 1% of total energy consumption and this renewable energy resource is viewed as a growth market due to intensified environmental concerns and rising energy costs as the Chinese economy continues to expand. The Company’s management and engineering teams have over 20 years of experience in industrial energy recovery in China. For more information about CREG, please visit http://creg-cn.investorroom.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release may contain certain "forward-looking statements" relating to the business of CREG and its subsidiary companies. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included herein are "forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects" or similar expressions, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. 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, but not limited to, the risks and uncertainties associated with market conditions and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions relating to the registered direct offering and those discussed in the Company's annual and periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on its website at http://www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, the Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

  
CHINA RECYCLING ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

    DECEMBER 31,
2019
    DECEMBER 31,
2018
 
             
ASSETS            
             
CURRENT ASSETS                
Cash and equivalents   $ 16,221,297     $ 53,223,142  
Accounts receivable, net     42,068,760       11,755,251  
Interest receivable on sales type leases     5,245,244       9,336,140  
Prepaid taxes     52,760       32,395  
Other receivables     1,031,143       1,559,116  
                 
Total current assets     64,619,204       75,906,044  
                 
NON-CURRENT ASSETS                
Investment in sales-type leases, net     8,287,560       24,962,056  
Long term investment     -       475,635  
Long term deposit     15,712       15,971  
Operating lease right-of-use asset, net     54,078       -  
Property and equipment, net     27,044,385       27,495,049  
Construction in progress     23,824,202       42,582,177  
                 
Total non-current assets     59,225,937       95,530,888  
                 
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 123,845,141     $ 171,436,932  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                
                 
CURRENT LIABILITIES                
Accounts payable   $ 2,200,220     $ 5,591,876  
Taxes payable     4,087,642       3,636,559  
Accrued liabilities and other payables     1,184,751       1,617,997  
Operating lease liability     56,755       -  
Due to related parties     41,174       41,168  
Interest payable on entrusted loans     8,200,044       17,473,492  
Entrusted loan payable     20,480,214       48,373,936  
                 
Total current liabilities     36,250,800       76,735,028  
                 
NONCURRENT LIABILITIES                
Convertible note payable, net of unamortized debt discount     -       1,016,589  
Accrued interest on notes     368,362       40,572  
Income tax payable     5,782,625       6,390,625  
Deferred tax liability, net     -       3,040,346  
Notes payable, net of unamortized OID     1,552,376       -  
Long term payable     430,034       -  
Entrusted loan payable     286,689       -  
Refundable deposit from customers for systems leasing     544,709       1,034,503  
                 
Total noncurrent liabilities     8,964,795       11,522,635  
                 
Total liabilities     45,215,595       88,257,663  
                 
CONTINGENCIES AND COMMITMENTS (NOTE 19 & 20)                
                 
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized, 2,032,721 shares and 1,029,528 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively     2,033       1,030  
Additional paid in capital     116,682,374       114,493,283  
Statutory reserve     14,525,712       14,525,712  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (6,132,614 )     (4,620,930 )
Accumulated deficit     (46,447,959 )     (37,675,202 )
                 
Total Company stockholders’ equity     78,629,546       86,723,893  
                 
Noncontrolling interest     -       (3,544,624 )
                 
Total equity     78,629,546       83,179,269  
                 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $ 123,845,141     $ 171,436,932  
                 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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CHINA RECYCLING ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

    YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31,  
    2019     2018  
             
Revenue            
Contingent rental income   $ 697,028     $ 4,888,016  
                 
Interest income on sales-type leases     170,403       3,312,465  
                 
Total operating income     867,431       8,200,481  
                 
Operating expenses                
Bad debts     5,386,003       32,210,656  
Impairment loss on fixed assets and construction in progress     876,660       28,429,789  
Loss on disposal of systems     1,242,694       -  
General and administrative     2,469,162       5,548,475  
                 
Total operating expenses     9,974,519       66,188,920  
                 
Loss from operations     (9,107,088 )     (57,988,439 )
                 
Non-operating income (expenses)                
Loss on long-term notes redemption     (173,886 )     -  
Interest income     159,183       153,532  
Interest expense     (2,101,440 )     (8,738,148 )
Interest expense – inducement on note conversion     (893,958 )     -  
Other income (expenses), net     319,625       (42 )
                 
Total non-operating expenses, net     (2,690,476 )     (8,584,658 )
                 
Loss before income tax     (11,797,564 )     (66,573,097 )
Income tax (benefit) expense     (3,024,807 )     2,627,458  
                 
Loss before noncontrolling interest     (8,772,757 )     (69,200,555 )
                 
Less: loss attributable to noncontrolling interest     -       (3,203,657 )
                 
Net loss attributable to China Recycling Energy Corporation     (8,772,757 )     (65,996,898 )
                 
Other comprehensive items                
Foreign currency translation loss attributable to China Recycling Energy Corporation     (1,511,684 )     (5,481,483 )
Foreign currency translation gain attributable to noncontrolling interest     -       137,670  
                 
Comprehensive loss attributable to China Recycling Energy Corporation   $ (10,284,441 )   $ (71,478,381 )
                 
Comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interest   $ -     $ (3,065,987 )
                 
Basic weighted average shares outstanding     1,564,940       865,827  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding     1,564,940       865,827  
                 
Basic loss per share   $ (5.61 )   $ (76.22 )
Diluted loss per share   $ (5.61 )   $ (76.22 )
                 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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CHINA RECYCLING ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

    YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31,  
    2019     2018  
             
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:            
Loss including noncontrolling interest   $ (8,772,757 )   $ (69,200,555 )
Adjustments to reconcile loss including noncontrolling interest to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:                
Depreciation     -       2,041  
Amortization of OID and debt issuing costs of convertible note     97,161       16,589  
Stock compensation expense     148,625       -  
Operating lease expenses     66,262       -  
Bad debts expense     5,386,003       32,210,656  
Assets impairment loss     876,660       28,429,789  
Investment loss     -       (469 )
Loss on disposal of 40% ownership of Fund Management Co     46,461       -  
Loss on transfer of Chengli Boxing system     624,133       -  
Loss on transfer of Xuzhou Huayu system     397,033       -  
Loss on transfer of Shenqiu Phase I & II systems     208,359       -  
Loss on disposal of fixed assets     289       -  
Loss on long-term notes redemption     173,886       -  
Interest expense - inducement on note conversion     893,958          
Changes in deferred tax     (3,024,807 )     1,022,985  
Changes in assets and liabilities:                
Interest receivable on sales type leases     (170,403 )     (184,591 )
Collection of principal on sales type leases     -       2,444,151  
Accounts receivable     2,383,251       (159,283 )
Prepaid expenses     (21,126 )     696,525  
Other receivables     (135,938 )     (461,789 )
Notes receivable     -       967,144  
Construction in progress     -       (7,130,851 )
Accounts payable     (2,837,609 )     2,611,011  
Taxes payable     (1,317,882 )     717,487  
Payment of operating lease liability     (63,555 )     -  
Interest payable on entrusted loan     (9,091,732 )     10,093,477  
Accrued liabilities and other payables     (36,932 )     93,968  
Refundable deposit for systems leasing     (478,368 )     -  
                 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities     (14,649,028 )     2,168,285  
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:                
Proceeds from disposal of property & equipment     5,074       -  
                 
Net cash provided by investing activities     5,074       -  
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:                
Issuance of notes payable     2,000,000       1,000,000  
Issuance of common stock     3,309,475       2,689,190  
Repayment of entrusted loan     (27,125,768 )     -  
                 
Net cash used in (provided by) financing activities     (21,816,293 )     3,689,190  
                 
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGE ON CASH AND EQUIVALENTS     (541,598 )     (2,464,576 )
                 
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND EQUIVALENTS     (37,001,845 )     3,392,899  
CASH AND EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF YEAR     53,223,142       49,830,243  
                 
CASH AND EQUIVALENTS, END OF YEAR   $ 16,221,297     $ 53,223,142  
                 
Supplemental cash flow data:                
Income tax paid   $ 221,934     $ 1,160,017  
Interest paid   $ -     $ -  
                 
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash operating activities                
Transfer of Xuzhou Huayu Project and Shenqiu Phase I & II project to Mr. Bai   $ 35,415,556          
                 
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities                
Conversion of notes into common shares   $ 1,612,392     $ -  
Adoption of ASC 842 - right-of-use asset   $ (118,234 )   $ -  
Adoption of ASC 842 - operating lease liability   $ 118,234     $ -  
                 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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