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ZK International Announces Gross Profit Increase of 44.6% Driven by Record Revenue of $26.6 Million for the Fiscal First Half of 2018

WENZHOU, China, Sept. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ZK International Group Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: ZKIN) ("ZKIN", "ZK International" or the "Company"), a designer, engineer, manufacturer, and supplier of patented high-performance stainless steel and carbon steel pipe products that require sophisticated water or gas pipeline systems, today announced its financial results for the fiscal first six months ended March 31, 2018.

Financial Highlights for the Fiscal Six Months Ended March 31, 2018:

  • Revenue increased 29.2% year-over-year to $26.6 million as compared to $20.6 million;
  • Gross profit increased 44.6% year-over-year to $8.6 million as compared to $5.9 million;
  • Gross profit margin increased to 32.4% as compared to 29% for the same period in the year prior;
  • Comprehensive net income attributable to ZK International increased 80.04% to $3.82 million;
  • Net income increased 29.3% year-over-year to $3.6 million as compared to $2.8 million;
  • Earnings per share for the fiscal first half of 2018 was $0.29, based on 13,175,841 shares total outstanding as of the fiscal period.

Mr. Jiancong Huang, Chairman of ZK International, commented, "During the fiscal first six months of 2018 we focused on growth and investment. We have not only successfully increased our manufacturing capacity, but also significantly bolstered our sales and marketing capabilities. In doing so, we increased top and bottom line approximately 29% year-over-year, largely driven by new contracts, growth internationally, and new service offerings. Our increased capacity has allowed the Company to meet the demand of the Chinese government to implement mandatory standards for water and gas infrastructure improvements."

Mr. Huang continued, "As we continue to build our brand and cultivate new customer relationships, it is equally important that we remain forward thinkers and innovators. Our investment in research and development has yielded our company the opportunity to one day introduce the Intelligent Piping System to the market which combines revolutionary new aspects to our industry such as the remote water testing sensors and blockchain-based information distribution system. We will continue to invest in ourselves for not only growth today, but for years to come."

Operational Highlights for Fiscal First Half of 2018:

  • Strategically focused on providing premium pipeline products and engineering and design solutions to water and gas pipe infrastructure sector that has seen increasing governmental investment to supply clean water and safe gas through stainless steel and carbon steel pipe network to accommodate fast paced urbanization of China. As a result of the market trend and sales network expansion, the revenue generated from sale of pipeline products and engineering and design solutions, which yields higher gross profit than the stainless steel coil business line, increased from 66.7% to 88.4% as a percentage of sales and thus gross profit margin increased from 29% to 32.4%.
  • Expanded business operations into the emerging multi-billion dollar metal pipe market located in Africa, initially targeting Uganda, one of the leading countries in East Africa, for its growth in the Oil and Gas sectors. ZK International is looking to expand its business operations in Uganda as it eyes the Ugandan government's oil and gas initiative to build a 1,445 KM pipeline from Lake Albert in Uganda to the Port of Tanga in Tanzania.
  • ZK International and its subsidiary, xSigma Corporation, have begun the implementation of its patent pending software and blockchain technologies into its manufacturing process and supply chain management system. In addition, the two companies are working together to develop remote water testing system that can test the quality of water that flows through the Company's pipe using water testing sensors.
  • Increased sales force in retail piping division from 15 to 49 professionals in 37 cities and 16 provinces, which have allowed the Company to sell products directly to the interior design firms and home owners and build new customer relationships.

Significant Contracts in Fiscal First Half of 2018:

  • Selected as a major supplier during the annual bid with Changsha Water Group to supply stainless steel piping for the water supply infrastructure of Changsha, the capital and most populous city in Hunan Province. In November 2017, the municipal government of Changsha issued a regulation to immediately begin updating the existing water supply infrastructure pipeline to stainless steel.
  • After a 400% increase in orders year-over-year, ZK International renewed its contract with Towngas China Company Limited ("Towngas China"), one of the largest public utility providers in China and one of the largest suppliers of gas in Asia.
  • Signed agreement with Shenzhen Water Group Co., Ltd. in the amount of $3.0 million to deploy the Company's proprietary stainless steel pipes and fittings through the city's Community Pipeline Network Upgrade Program.
  • Entered into $1.2 million contract with The XingRong Group, one of the largest water treatment and supply companies in Western China, to supply approximately 280,000 meters of piping and 280,000 pipe fittings over the course of one year.

Financial Results for the Fiscal Six Months Ended March 31, 2018:

For the fiscal first half of 2018, revenue increased by 29.2% to $26.6 million as compared to $20.6 million during the fiscal first half of 2017. The increase in revenue is primarily attributable to the increase in capital expenditure by the government in China to build healthier and safer clean water supply infrastructure in urban areas. Additionally, the Company increased international sales in China by 61.5% during the fiscal first half of 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017.

Gross profit for the fiscal first half of 2018 increased 44.6% to $8.6 million as compared to $5.9 million during the fiscal first half of 2017. Gross profit margin increased to 32.4% for the fiscal first half of 2018 as compared to 29% for the fiscal first half of 2017. Gross profit margin increased primarily due to an increase in the Company's sales of premium pipeline products and engineering and design solutions for client construction projects, which yield higher gross margin, increased from 66.7% to 88.4% as a percentage of sales year-over-year. During the fiscal first half of 2018 lower margin stainless steel coil product sales decreased from 33.3% to 11.6% as a percentage of sales year-over-year.

Operating expenses increased 82.8% year-over-year to $3.7 million as compared to $2.1 million year-over-year. The increase is mainly due to an increase in selling and marketing expense. The increase reflected higher Selling and Marketing Expenses related to the sales growth, increased general and administrative expenses ("G&A") and higher research and development ("R&D") costs. During the period, the Company increased its sales force by 227% from 15 to 49 professionals in 37 cities and 16 provinces throughout China to strategically target the consumer plumbing market. As a percentage of revenue, operating expenses were 14.1% in the fiscal first half of 2018, compared with 9.9% in the fiscal first half of 2017.

Income from operations increased 24.6% to $4.8 million in the fiscal first half of 2018 as compared with $3.9 million in the fiscal first half of 2017. As a percentage of revenue, income from operations was 18.3% during the fiscal first half of 2018 as compared to 18.9% in the 2017 for the same period the year prior.

Net income attributable to ZK International for the fiscal first half of 2018 totaled $3.6 million as compared to $2.9 million in the fiscal first half of 2017. Earnings per share for the fiscal first half of 2018 was $0.29, based on 13,175,841 shares total outstanding as of the fiscal period.

Comprehensive net income attributable to ZK International for the fiscal first half of 2018 increased 80.04% to $3.8 million as compared with $2.1 million in the fiscal first half of 2017. The increase was mainly due to the increase of net income and appreciation of Chinese Yuan against US Dollar which led to comprehensive gain on currency translation.

About ZK International Group Co., Ltd.

ZK International Group Co., Ltd. is a China-based designer, engineer, manufacturer, and supplier of patented high-performance stainless steel and carbon steel pipe products that require sophisticated water or gas pipeline systems. The Company owns 28 patents, 21 trademarks, 2 Technical Achievement Awards, and 10 National and Industry Standard Awards.  ZK International is preparing to capitalize on the $850 billion commitment made by the Chinese Government to improve the quality of water, which in its current supply state is 70% unfit for human contact.  ZK International is Quality Management System Certified (ISO9001), Environmental Management System Certified (ISO1401), and a National Industrial Stainless Steel Production Licensee that is focused on supplying steel piping for the multi-billion dollar industries of Gas and Water sectors.  ZK has supplied stainless steel pipelines for over 2,000 projects, including the Beijing National Airport, the "Water Cube" and "Bird's Nest", which were venues for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  Emphasizing superior properties and durability of its steel piping, ZK International is providing a solution for the delivery of high quality, highly sustainable, environmentally sound drinkable water not only to the China market but to international markets such as Europe, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.  

For more information please visit www.ZKInternationalGroup.com. Additionally, please follow the Company on TwitterFacebookYouTube, and Weibo. For further information on the Company's SEC filings please visit www.sec.gov.


Safe Harbor Statement 

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "could," "estimate" or "continue" or the negative or other variations thereof or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the control of ZK International.  Actual results may differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties, as well as other risk factors that are included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Although ZK International believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of the assumptions could prove inaccurate and, therefore, there can be no assurance that the results contemplated in forward-looking statements will be realized.  In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking information included herein, the inclusion of such information should not be regarded as a representation by ZK International or any other person that their objectives or plans will be achieved. ZK International does not undertake any obligation to revise the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Investor Contact:

KCSA Strategic Communications 
Valter Pinto, Managing Director
PH: +1 (212) 896-1242 
ZKInternational@KCSA.com

 

 

 

ZK International Group Co., Ltd. and Subsidiaries


 Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income (Loss)


For the Six Months Ended March 31, 2018 and 2017 (Unaudited)






For The Six Months Ended Mar 31,



2018

2017


Revenues

26,599,838

$20,588,991


Cost of sales

17,971,991

14,623,906


Gross profit

8,627,848

5,965,084






Operating expenses:




Selling and marketing expenses

1,725,830

692,252


General and administrative expenses

1,306,653

742,775


Research and development costs

722,331

619,380


Total operating expenses

3,754,814

2,054,407






Operating Income

4,873,034

3,910,678






Other income (expenses):




Interest expenses

(571,973)

(523,939)


Interest income

4,857

8,566


Other income (expenses), net

9,358

36,632


Total other expenses, net

(557,758)

(478,741)






Income before income taxes

4,315,276

3,431,937






Income tax provision

628,372

488,525






Net income

3,686,904

$2,943,412


Net income attributable to non-controlling interests

39,219

31,447






Net income attributable to ZK International Group Co., Ltd.

3,647,684

$2,911,965






Net income

3,686,904

$2,943,412






Other comprehensive loss:




Foreign currency translation adjustment

180,714

(782,893)






Total comprehensive income

3,867,618

2,160,519


Comprehensive income attributable to non-controlling interests

47,005

38,413


Comprehensive income attributable to ZK International Group Co.,
Ltd.

3,820,613

2,122,106






Basic and diluted earnings per share




Basic

0.29

0.21


Diluted

0.29

0.21


Weighted average number of shares outstanding




Basic

13,147,929

10,166,667


Diluted

13,175,841

10,166,667






 

 

 

ZK International Group Co., Ltd. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

As of March 31, 2017 and 2018 (Unaudited)




 Balance Sheet


As of March 31,



 2018 USD


2017 USD

Assets





Current assets





Cash and cash equivalents


2,866,835


$2,308,705

Restricted cash





Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts


27,595,376


14,029,873

Notes receivable


337,046


76,420

Other receivables




2,463,775

Inventories


12,379,704


10,831,964

Advance to suppliers


14,211,330


7,278,889

Deferred tax assets, current portion


288,755


239,309

Total current assets


57,679,046


37,228,935






Property, plant and equipment, net


5,988,442


5,505,493

Intangible assets, net


1,586,104


446,875

Other long-term assets


1,012,380


310,405

TOTAL ASSETS


$66,265,972


$43,491,708

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY





Current liabilities:





Accounts payable


778,494


$478,872

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


3,743,743


1,259,374

Accrued payroll and welfare


340,331


246,771

Advance from customers


2,087,656


1,876,922

Related party payables


9,814,413


2,980,595

Short-term bank borrowings


20,152,169


21,103,137

Notes payable


-



Income tax payable


3,828,865


2,514,097

TOTAL LIABILITIES


$40,745,671


$30,459,768






COMMOTMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES










Equity 





   Common stock, no par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized,
13,068,346 shares issued and outstanding





Additional paid-in capital


8,668,614


4,093,277

Statutory surplus reserve


1,565,557


936,646

Retained earnings


14,235,225


8,250,377

Accumulated other comprehensive income


853,872


(375,700)

Total equity attributable to ZK International Group Co., Ltd.


25,323,269


12,904,600

Equity attributable to non-controlling interests


197,033


127,341

Total equity


25,520,302


$13,031,941

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY


$66,265,972


$43,491,708






 

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