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Guanwei Recycling Corp. (GPRC) Posts Record Financial Results for 2011

Guanwei Recycling, China’s leading clean tech manufacturer of recycled low density polyethylene (LDPE), today reported financial results for fiscal 2011, reflecting record sales and profits.

Net revenues for 2011 increased 34 percent to a record $63.6 million compared to $47.5 million reported a year earlier.

Net income in 2011 grew 29 percent to a record $12.7 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, compared with $9.9 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, reported in 2010.

Gross profit for 2011 increased approximately 27 percent to $19.48 million, while gross margins decreased to 30.64 percent from 32.20 percent a year earlier. The company attributes this decrease primarily to an approximately 22 percent increase in raw material costs.

The company increased its annual combined raw material import quota to 99,000 tons in 2011 and 115,000 tons in 2012; production capacity expanded to 80,000 tons from 65,000 tons.

As of December 31, 2011, Guanwei reported shareholders’ equity of $45 million, an increase compared to $34.1 million a year earlier. Total assets of $45.08 million at year end included cash and cash equivalents of $12.43 million, and accounts receivable of $4.48 million. Inventories increased to $16.85 million from $10.72 million a year earlier, and pre-payments and other assets of $2.10 million as of year-end 2011 compared with $475,195 at the end of 2010.

The company also paid off short-term debt and increased working capital at year end to $23.8 million from $13.4 million a year earlier.

Chen Min, chairman and CEO of Guanwei, called 2012 a “banner year” for the company, and noted increased production capacity, the company’s strong financial standing, and its obtaining of a substantial increase in its government quota for imported raw material.

“With these accomplishments,” Min stated in the press release, “we are confident of another year of record results in 2012. Even with an anticipated slowing in our domestic economy, we have a customer base that is well diversified, and the more than 40% price advantage our recycled plastic offers compared with virgin plastic continues to make it quite attractive.”

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