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Company Description: China Marine Foods (OTCPK:CMFO) is a seafood producer engaged in the processing, distribution and sale of processed seafood products under the "Mingxiang" brand, as well as the sale of marine catch.

Data Ended 5/20/09 (See footnotes a & b)

  • Price = $3.15
  • Trailing EPS = $0.51
  • Fully-Taxed Trailing EPS = $0.39
  • Implied EPS Guidance= $0.62
  • Implied Fully-Taxed EPS Guidance = $0.50
  • P/E Based on Fully-Taxed Trailing EPS = 8.08

Reasons for Optimism

  1. The company meets 9 out of 10 GeoBargain® Requirements

    Requirement Comments
    NO Recent 52-week High Must Reach $3.50
    YES 30% EPS Growth Rate a,b
    • 1st. Qtr. 2009 EPS increased 27%.
    • Full year 2009 guidance implies EPS growth rate of 29%.
    YES 10% Revenue Growth
    • 1st. Qtr. 2009 Revenue increased 25%.
    • Full year 2009 guidance implies a revenue growth rate of 23%.
    YES Strong Balance Sheet
    Positive Operating Cash Flow $7 Million as of 1st. Qtr. 2009
    Debt to Equity Ratio less than 20% 0%
    Current Ratio is at least 2:1 7:1
    YES Return on Equity is at least 15% for Trailing Four Quarters 19.14%
    YES Minimum Pre-tax Operating Margins of 8% 22% as of 1st Qtr. 2009
    YES Preferably Under 50 Million Shares Outstanding 23 Million as of 1st Qtr. 2009
    YES High Insider Ownership (generally greater than 15%) 51% as of Dec. 2008
    YES Limited Institutional Ownership
    YES P/E Divided by EPS Growth Rate (PEG Ratio) is Less Than 1.a,b 0.28
  2. As it operates in the food sector, China Marine Foods may have some recession resistant characteristics. This situation is beneficially magnified because the Company's revenues from its processed food lines have been mostly from domestic sales, helping to insulate i from the global economic slowdown. China Marine Food's most recent 10-K illustrates that for the past 3 years the domestic market has accounted for between 98 to 99 percent of revenues.

    Dried Processed Seafood Products, Years Ended December 31*

    2008 (%) 2007 (%) 2006 (%)
    PRC 99.2 99.3 98.8
    Export Sales 0.8 0.7

    1.2

    *Source: 10-K, 2008

  3. The recently initiated guidance implies a 2009 EPS growth rate of 29%. It is important to note that, while the EPS growth rate is just below the GeoTeam® minimum requirement of 30%, the company commented, during its first quarter conference call, that it has been conservative in its assumptions.
  4. China Marine Foods has a wide distribution network, enabling it to maintain its competitive advantage in the industry. The company's 18 distributors allow it to sustain a market infiltration to over 1400 retail points throughout China and other countries. Major supermarkets and retailers such as Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) and Carrefour are among the end points for China Marine's products.
    Additionally, China Marine Foods qualifies its distributors by making sure they follow a prescribed protocol, selecting them based on strong financial backgrounds, networks, reputations and marketing strategies.
  5. The Company has taken the necessary steps to meet industry quality standards.
  • China Marine is HAACP (Hazardous Analysis and Critical Control Point) Certified, meaning that it must follow a strict protocol to ensure the best quality of its food. This fact is impressive since HAACP certification is a designation required in the United States and Europe, but not in China.
  • China Marine products are Green Food Certified.

Potential Valuation Scenarios if the company can achieve its EPS growth goals

Short-Term Potential value based on fully taxed adjusted trailing EPS a

  • P/E 25 * $0.39 = $9.75
  • P/E 20 * $0.39 = $7.80

Short-term Potential value based on 2009 fully taxed adjusted Implied EPS Guidance a,b

  • P/E 15 * $0.50 = $7.50

a CMFO is not paying a full U.S. tax rate. Therefore, all EPS numbers have been adjusted by the GeoTeam® to reflect a U.S. tax rate of 36%.

b The company issued net income guidance of $14.3 million, but did not provide EPS guidance. The GeoTeam® used the2008 year ending outstanding share count of 23,010,842 to calculate an implied EPS figure. Commentary in the company's March 31 10Q, page 58 infers that dilution from capital raises may not be an issue:

We believe that the current operating activities would be able to generate adequate cash flows supporting the daily operations. We do not have any fund raising plan at the moment.

It should be noted that the company does have 2 million outstanding warrants with an exercise price of $4.20. This could come into play if the stock gains momentum.

These scenarios are not intended to be investment advice, but are scenarios based on some commonly used investment guidelines. They are provided to aid investors in making their own investment decisions.

Disclosure: Long CMFO.OB.

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