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Kingold Jewelry Reports Financial Results For The First Quarter 2018

Company to Hold Conference Call with Accompanying Slide Presentation at 8:30 a.m. ET on May 11, 2018

WUHAN CITY, China, May 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Kingold Jewelry, Inc. ("Kingold" or "the Company") (KGJI), one of China's leading manufacturers and designers of high quality 24-karat gold jewelry, ornaments and investment-oriented products, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

2018 First Quarter Financial Highlights (all results compared to prior year period)

  • Net sales were $539.5 million, an increase of 85% from $292.3 million.
  • Processed a total of 23.3 metric tons of 24-karat gold products, increased by 45.6% from 16 metric tons.
  • Net income was $13.2 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, increased by 162% from a net loss $21.3 million, or $(0.32) per diluted share.

Outlook for 2018

  • The Company reiterates its guidance of processing between 100 metric tons and 110 metric tons of 24-karat gold products in 2018.

Management Commentary

Mr. Zhihong Jia, Chairman and CEO of the Company, commented, "We were pleased to deliver strong operating results during the first quarter of 2018, which was a result of Kingold's continuous devotion in production expansion and achieved good performance from our gold investment after few quarters of our management's efforts. Our production capacity expanded based on the support of a significant amount of gold from our prior investment at favorable terms. We will continue to enhance shareholder value through consistent expansion in production, tight risk controls of our investment gold and continued efforts in improving inventory management." 

2018 FIRST QUARTER OPERATIONAL REVIEW

Metric Tons of Gold Sales


Three Months Ended:


March 31, 2018

March 31, 2017


Volume

% of Total

Volume

% of Total

Branded Production*

13

55.8%

8.1

50.3%

Customized Production**

10.3

44.2%

7.9

49.7%

Total

23.3

100%

16

100%



Branded Production:

The Company acquires gold from the Shanghai Gold Exchange to produce branded products.

** Customized Production:

Clients who purchase customized products supply gold to the Company for processing.

For the three months ended March 31, 2018, the Company processed a total of 23.3 metric tons of gold, of which branded production was 13 metric tons, representing 55.8% of total gold processed, and customized production was 10.3 metric tons, representing 44.2% of total gold processed in the first quarter of 2018. In the first quarter of 2017, the Company processed a total of 16 metric tons, of which branded production was 8.1 metric tons, or 50.3% of the total gold processed, and customized production was 7.9 metric tons, or 49.7% of total gold processed.

2018 FIRST QUARTER FINANCIAL REVIEW

Net Sales
Net sales for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was $539.5 million, representing an increase of $247.3 million, or 85%, from $292.2 million for the same period in 2017.

The increase in net sales was primarily driven by the higher sales volume for branded production sales and customized production sales. In addition, the average selling price for branded production increased from RMB 245.70 per gram for the three months ended March 31, 2017 to RMB 258.32 per gram for three months ended March 31, 2018.

Gross Profit
Gross profit for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was $64.2 million, compared to $17.1 million for the same period in 2017.

Gross Margin
The Company's gross margin was 12% for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to 6% in the prior year period.

The primary reason for the increase in gross margin was due to the increased average selling price of branded production and the decreasing unit cost of branded production sales. The average selling price of our branded production was RMB 258.32 per gram for the three months ended March 31, 2018, increased by RMB 12.62, or 5%, from RMB 245.70 per gram for the same period in 2017. While the unit cost of branded production sales was RMB 232.12 per gram for the three months ended March 31, 2018, decreased by RMB 2.8, or 1%, from RMB 234.92 per gram for the same period in 2017. The decrease of unit cost of branded production was mainly due to the fact the investment in gold released to the inventory for production during the three months ended March 31, 2018 was purchased at low price in the past periods.

Net Income (Loss)
Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was $13.2 million, or $0.20 per diluted share based on 66.5 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding, increased by $34.5 million, or 162%, from a net loss of $21.3 million in the prior year period, or $(0.32) per diluted share based on 66.0 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding in the prior-year period.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

(in millions except for percentages)

3/31/2018

12/31/2017

% Changed

Cash

$          1.0

$          5.0

(80.0%)

Inventories (gold)

$      306.5

$      135.0

127%

Working Capital

$      806.7

$      768.3

5.0%

Stockholders' Equity

$      398.7

$      390.2

2.2%

Net cash provided by operating activities was $211.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared with net cash used in operating activities of $54.7 million for the same period in 2017. The increase of net cash provided by operating activities was mainly due to the decrease in inventory purchases of 155.3 million because $319.9 million of gold for investment was released to inventory during the three months ended March 31, 2018, a decrease in value added tax receivable of $37 million and an increase in income taxable of $2.0 million.

Kingold's net cash from operating activities can fluctuate significantly due to changes in inventories (principally gold). Other factors that may vary significantly include our accounts payable, purchases of gold and income taxes. The Company expect the net cash it generates from operating activities to continue to fluctuate as the Company's inventories, receivables, accounts payables and the other factors described above change with increased production and the purchase of larger or smaller quantities of raw materials (principally gold). These fluctuations could cause net cash from operating activities to decrease, even if the net income grows as the Company continue to expand. Although the Company expects that net cash from operating activities will increase over the long term, it cannot predict how these fluctuations will affect Kingold's cash flow in any particular accounting period.

OUTLOOK FOR 2018
Based on its existing resources and capacity along with strong demand for 24-karat gold products in China, the Company reiterates its expectation that gold processed will be between 100 metric tons and 110 metric tons during 2018.

Conference Call Details
Kingold also announced that it will discuss these financial results in a conference call on May 11, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. ET. The dial-in numbers are:

Live Participant Dial In (Toll Free): +1-877-407-9038
Live Participant Dial In (International): +1-201-493-6742

The conference call will also be webcast live. To listen to the call, please go to the Investor Relations section of Kingold's website at www.kingoldjewelry.com, or click on the following link: http://kingoldjewelry.equisolvewebcast.com/q1-2018. The Company will also have an accompanying slide presentation available in PDF format on its homepage prior to the conference call.

About Kingold Jewelry, Inc.

Kingold Jewelry, Inc. (KGJI), centrally located in Wuhan City, one of China's largest cities, was founded in 2002 and today is one of China's leading designers and manufacturers of high quality 24-karat gold jewelry, ornaments, and investment-oriented products. The Company sells its products both directly to retailers and through major distributors across China. Kingold has received numerous industry awards and has been a member of the Shanghai Gold Exchange since 2003. For more information, please visit www.kingoldjewelry.com.

Business Risks and Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. You can identify these forward -looking statements by words such as "expects," "believe," "project," "anticipate," or similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this release include statements regarding Kingold's outlook with respect to its 2018 outlook for gold processing and investment. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, including those contained in Kingold's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including Kingold's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Kingold undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

COMPANY CONTACT
Kingold Jewelry, Inc. Bin Liu, CFO
Phone: +1-847-660-3498 (US) / +86-27-6569-4977 (China)
bl@kingoldjewelry.com

INVESTOR RELATIONS
The Equity Group Inc.
Katherine Yao, Senior Associate
Phone: +86-10-6587-6435
kyao@equityny.com

 

 

KINGOLD JEWELRY, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(IN US DOLLARS)

(UNAUDITED)




For the three months ended

March 31,




2018



2017









NET SALES


$

539,524,055



$

292,264,077


COST OF SALES









Cost of sales



(474,965,584)




(274,909,008)


Depreciation



(317,665)




(294,443)


Total cost of sales



(475,283,249)




(275,203,451)


GROSS PROFIT



64,240,806




17,060,626


OPERATING EXPENSES









Selling, general and administrative expenses



2,545,354




3,697,383


Stock compensation expenses



5,364




11,143


Depreciation



108,829




105,839


Amortization, other



2,973




2,743


Total operating expenses



2,662,520




3,817,108











INCOME FROM OPERATIONS



61,578,286




13,243,518











OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES)









Other income, net



-




65,365


Interest Income



376,001




686,845


Interest expense, including amortization of debt issuance costs of $2,255,066 and $3,287,709



(44,116,880)




(37,589,496)


Total other expenses, net



(43,740,879)




(36,837,286)


INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS BEFORE TAXES



17,837,407




(23,593,768)


INCOME TAX PROVISION (BENEFIT)









Current



3,257,474




-


Deferred



1,345,009




(2,287,949)


Total income tax provision (benefit)



4,602,483




(2,287,949)











NET INCOME (LOSS)



13,234,924




(21,305,819)











OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)









Unrealized gain (loss) related to investments in gold, net of tax


$

(18,622,697)



$

102,907,389


Total foreign currency translation gain (loss)



13,819,701




(3,427,417)


Total Other comprehensive gain (loss)


$

(4,802,996)



$

99,479,972











COMPREHENSIVE INCOME


$

8,431,928



$

78,174,153


Earnings (Loss) per share









Basic and diluted


$

0.20



$

(0.32)


Weighted average number of shares









Basic



66,113,502




66,018,867


Diluted



66,541,351




66,018,867


 

 

KINGOLD JEWELRY, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)

(UNAUDITED)



March 31,



December 31,




2018



2017





(Unaudited)






ASSETS


















Cash


$

999,156



$

4,997,125


Restricted cash



6,691,929




5,534,551


Accounts receivable



-




768,167


Inventories



306,512,889




135,042,713


Investments in gold



1,177,796,726




1,562,943,153


Other current assets and prepaid expenses



719,778




100,592


Value added tax recoverable



328,973,748




353,732,758


Total current assets



1,821,694,226




2,063,119,059











Property and equipment, net



7,148,280




7,299,643


Restricted cash



8,928,941




7,392,721


Investments in gold



1,085,565,622




957,124,267


Other assets



312,927




302,072


Deferred income tax assets



12,953,934




6,677,675


Land use right



442,355




429,915


Total long-term assets



1,115,352,059




979,226,293


TOTAL ASSETS


$

2,937,046,285



$

3,042,345,352











LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY


















CURRENT LIABILITIES


















Short term loans


$

906,862,905



$

962,101,746


Other payables and accrued expenses



19,844,109




18,913,863


Related party loan



79,608,961




307,389,647


Due to related party



3,102,653




2,630,301


Income tax payable



3,297,669




1,208,742


Other taxes payable



2,264,914




2,615,463


Total current liabilities



1,014,981,211




1,294,859,762


Related party loans



632,751,640




567,843,066


Long term loans



890,643,755




789,410,137


TOTAL LIABILITIES



2,538,376,606




2,652,112,965


COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES









EQUITY









Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 500,000 shares authorized, none issued or outstanding as of March
31, 2018 and December 31, 2017  



-




-


Common stock $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 66,113,502 shares issued and
outstanding as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017



66,113




66,113


Additional paid-in capital



80,382,813




80,377,449


Retained earnings









Unappropriated



316,901,535




303,666,611


Appropriated



967,543




967,543


Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax



351,675




5,154,671


Total Equity



398,669,679




390,232,387











TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY


$

2,937,046,285



$

3,042,345,352


 

 

KINGOLD JEWELRY, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(IN US DOLLARS)

(UNAUDITED)




For the three months ended March 31,




2018



2017









CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES









Net income (loss)


$

13,234,924



$

(21,305,819)


Adjusted to reconcile net income (loss) to cash provided by (used in) operating activities:









Depreciation



426,494




400,282


Amortization of intangible assets



2,973




2,743


Share based compensation for services and warrants expense



5,364




11,143


Amortization of debt issuance costs included in interest expense



2,255,066




3,287,709


Deferred tax provision (benefit)



1,345,009




(2,287,949)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities









Accounts receivable



786,072




355,430


Inventories



155,338,325




31,552,069


Other current assets and prepaid expenses



(608,086)




46,031


Value added tax recoverable



37,013,840




(64,399,390)


Other payables and accrued expenses



(1,288,349)




(2,147,164)


Customer deposit



1,352,167




-


Income tax payable



2,020,558




-


Other taxes payable



(439,118)




(192,391)


Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities



211,445,239




(54,677,306)











CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES









Purchases of property and equipment



(375,289)




(506,991)


Investments in gold



-




(422,116,819)


Net cash used in investing activities



(375,289)




(422,623,810)











CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES









Proceeds from other loans – short term



-




29,031,368


Repayments of other loans – short term



(239,183,259)




(145,157)


Proceeds from other loans – long term



220,188,104




95,803,516


Repayments of other loans – long term



-




(29,031,368)


Proceeds from related party loan – short term



-




284,507,410


Repayments of related party loan – short term



(235,915,825)




-


Proceeds from related party loan – long term



335,000,472




479,017,578


Repayments of related party loan – long term



(290,176,465)




(374,504,652)


Payment of loan origination fees



-




(1,990,977)


(Repayments of) borrowings from related party



485,179




(5,586,376)


Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities



(209,601,794)




477,101,342











EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATES ON CASH AND RESTRICTED CASH



(2,772,527)




906,954


NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND RESTRICTED CASH



(1,304,371)




707,180


CASH AND RESTRICTED CASH, BEGINNING OF PERIOD



17,924,397




81,677,623


CASH AND RESTRICTED CASH, END OF PERIOD


$

16,620,026



$

82,384,803











SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION









Cash paid for interest expense


$

43,192,416



$

27,688,571


Cash paid for income tax


$

1,236,915



$

-


NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES









Investments in gold obtained in a lease from a related party and fully repaid


$

-



$

131,117,303


Investments in gold transferred to inventories


$

333,328,678



$

-


Unrealized gain (loss) on investments in gold


$

(25,171,194)



$

102,907,389




 

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