IT Tech Packaging, Inc. (ITP) CEO Zhenyong Liu on Q3 2021 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Nov. 12, 2021 12:28 PM ETIT Tech Packaging, Inc. (ITP)
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IT Tech Packaging, Inc. (NYSE:ITP) Q3 2021 Earnings Conference Call November 12, 2021 8:00 AM ET

Company Participants

Zhenyong Liu - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Jing Hao - Chief Financial Officer

Operator

Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to IT Tech Packaging's Third Quarter of 2021 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, I would like to inform you that this conference is being recorded and that all participants are in a listen-only mode.

Joining us today are the company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Zhenyong Liu; and the company's Chief Financial Officer Ms. Jing Hao. Remarks from both Mr. Liu and Ms. Hao will be delivered in English by interpreters.

IT Tech Packaging announced its third quarter of 2021 financial results via press release on November 10, 2021 which can be found on the company's website at www.itpackaging.cn. Mr. Liu will start today's presentation with an overview for the third quarter of 2021 performance, then Ms. Hao will share more details about the company's financial results.

Before we start, I would like to draw your attention to our Safe Harbor statement. Management's prepared remarks contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact in the announcement are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to anticipated revenues from the corrugating medium paper, tissue paper, offset printing paper and face mask business segments; the actions and initiatives of current and potential competitors; the company's ability to introduce new products; the company's ability to implement capacity expansion; market acceptance of new products; general economic and business conditions; the ability to attract or retain qualified senior management personnel and research and development staff; and other risks detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates, and projections about the company and the industry. The company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent or current events or circumstances or to changes in its expectations except as may be required by law.

Although the company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot be assured that this expectation will turn out to be correct and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results.

There is a presentation document featuring the management's prepared remarks and it is now available for download from the company's website at www.itpackaging.cn. Please note that there will be discussions on non-GAAP financial measures or EBITDA or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. Please refer to our press release for a complete reconciliation of EBITDA to net income.

As a kind reminder, all numbers in the presentation are quoted in U.S. dollars and all comparisons refer to year-over-year comparisons unless otherwise stated.

At this time, I would like to turn the call over to Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IT Tech Packaging. His overview will be delivered in English by [indiscernible]. Please go ahead.

Zhenyong Liu

Thank you, operator and good morning everyone. Thanks for joining IT Tech Packaging third quarter 2021 earnings conference call today. I'll provide an overview of the company's performance for the third quarter of 2021. For the first nine months of this year, we continue to make improvements in the sales of Corrugating Medium Paper or CMP, offset printing paper and tissue paper products. Our total revenue had an increase of 59.2% to $114.8 million resulted from 36.3% growth of overall sales volume and a 25.6% increase in average selling prices over all categories of products.

We recorded 34.8% increase of gross profits. This by the demand of paper products is impacted by factors such as resurgence of COVID-19 double reduction policy and the trend for paperless offices. We expect the earnings per ton will be a significant improve by operating price also, many living paper manufacturers adjusted the production according to the dual control of energy consumption policy, which will cause a shortage of slot.

We have confidence and will continue to provide high quality products. We expect the performance in upcoming quarter will be significantly better. Thank you again for all your support and attention.

Now, I will turn the call over to Ms. Jing Hao, our CFO who will review our financial results for the third quarter of 2021. Her review will be delivered in English by [indiscernible].

Jing Hao

Thanks everyone for being on the call. Next, on behalf of the management team, I will summarize some key financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. Also I will occasionally refer to the specific production line associated with their products. I will make clear which products I'm referring to. For reference, the numbering system of our production line is provided on Slide number 18.

Now let's look at financial performance for third quarter of 2021. Let's turn to Slide number 7. For the third quarter of 2021, total revenue increased by 35.2% to $45.1 million due to the increase in sales volume of Regular Corrugating Medium Paper and the increase in average selling price of CMP and tissue paper products.

Then turn to Slide 8. For the third quarter of 2021, the CMP segments including those Regular CMP and Light-Weight CMP generated revenue of $37.3 million representing a 82.8% of total revenue, $31.2 million of revenue was from our Regular CMP products, and $6.1 million was from Light-Weight CMP.

CMP segment volume increased by 22.1% to 74,444 tonnes of which 61,947 tonnes were Regular CMP and 12,497 tonnes were Light-Weight CMP. Average selling price or ASP for Regular CMP increased by 24.1% to 504 per tonne. And ASP for Light-Weight CMP increased by 24.4% to 490 per tonne.

Let's turn to next page. For the third quarter of 2021, the offset printing paper generated revenue of $4.8 million, decreased by $1.3 million, or 21.7% from the same period of last year. The offset printing paper volumes decreased by 31.5% to 7,045 tonnes.

ASP for offset printing paper increased by 14.3% to 681 per tonne. Then turning to Slide 10. For the third quarter of 2021, tissue paper products generated revenue of $2.8 million increased by $0.4 million or 18.1%. This resulted from the sales of 2,646 tonnes tissue paper products within 7.6% decrease at an ASP of $1,063 per tonne with an increase of 27.5%.

Moving to Slide 11. We sold 3,180 thousand pieces of face masks and generated revenue of $0.2 million from selling face masks for the third quarter 2021. Slide number 12 summarizes the change in our revenue mix. For the third quarter of 2021, total cost of sales increased by $12.5 million to $43.3 million leading to the total gross profit of $1.8 million, 29.1% decrease from the gross profit of $2.6 million for the same period of last year.

And overall gross margin was 4.0% for the third quarter of 2021. For the third quarter of 2021, SG&A expenses decreased by 13.5% to $2.0 million and operating loss was $0.2 million, compared to income from operations of $0.2 million for the same period of last year.

Operating loss margin was $0.4% compared to operating margin of 0.5% for the same period of last year. For the third quarter of 2021, net income was $1.5 million, resulting in net income of $0.03 per basic and diluted share. This compared to a net loss of $0.5 million of the net loss of $0.02 for the basic and diluted share for the same period of last year.

For the third quarter of 2021, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization increased by $1.7 million to $5.3 million from $3.6 million for the same period of last year.

Now shifting gears to year-to-date financial results. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, total revenue increased by 69.2% to $113.8 million as a result of increasing sales volume and ASPs of our all paper product categories.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the CMP segments including both Regular and Light-Weight CMP generated revenue of $94.8 million representing a 81.9% of total revenue, $78.4 million in revenue was from our Regular CMP products and the $16.4 million was from Light-Weight CMP, volumes for the CMP segments increases by 36.3% to 189,738 tonnes of which 156,080 tonnes were Regular CMP and 33,658 tonnes were Light-Weight CMP. ASP for Regular CMP increased by 28.1% to 502 per tonne. While ASP for Light-Weight CMP increases by 27.8% to 488 per tonne.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, our offset printing paper segments generated revenue of $14.1 million. We shipped 20,602 tonnes of offset printing paper for nine months ended September 30, 2021. An increase of 55.3% from the same period of last year. ASP of offset printing paper increased by 13.4% to 684 per tonne.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, tissue paper products generated revenue of $6.5 million, increased by $0.7 million or 12.6%. We shipped 5,963 tonnes of tissue paper products with 13.9% decrease at an ASP of 1,089 per tonne with an increase of 30.7%.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021 face mask generated revenue of $0.4 million with sales volume of $9.7 million pieces of face mask. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, total cost of sales increased by $45.9 million to $108.8 million leading to a total gross profit of $6.7 million and an increase of 34.8% from last year.

Overall gross margin of 5.8% reflects a decrease of 1.5 percentage points from last year. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021 SG&A expenses were $7.2 million, compared to $8.4 million for the same period last year.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, operating loss decreased from $3.5 million to $0.5 million. Operating loss margin was $0.4 million, compared to operating loss margin of 5.1% for the same period of last year.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, net loss were $3.2 million, or $0.06 loss per basic and diluted share compared to a net loss of $3.9 million or $0.15 loss per basic and diluted share for the same period of last year.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization decreased from $7.2 million to $2.7 million for the same period of last year.

Now moving to Slide 19, and 20. Let's look at the balance sheet and the liquidity. As of September 30, 2021, the company has cash and bank balances short-term GAAP including a bank loans current portion of long-term loans from credit union and related party loans and long-term debt including loan from credit union of $26.6 million, $12.2 million and $4.5 million respectively, compared to $4.1 million, $12.2 million and $4.6 million respectively at the end of 2020.

Net accounts receivable was $4.1 million as of September 30, 2021 compared to $2.4 million as of December 31, 2020. Net inventory was $7.6 million as of September 30, 2021 compared to $1.2 million at the end of 2020.

As of September 30, 2021, the company has current assets of $62.2 million and the current liabilities of $18.7 million, resulting in a working capital of $43.5 million, this was compared to current asset of $14.9 million and current liability of $18.3 million resulting in our working capital deficit of $3.4 million at the end of 2020.

Net cash used in operating activities was $6.4 million for the first nine months of 2021, compared to net cash provided by operating activities of $2.4 million for the same period of last year. Net cash used in investing activities was $12.8 million for the first nine months of 2021, compared to $2.6 million for the same period of last year.

Net cash provided by financing activities was $41.5 million for the first nine months of 2021, compared to net cash used in financing activities of $2.2 million for the same period of last year.

That's all for IT Tech Packaging third quarter of 2021 earnings conference call. I would like to thank everyone for joining us today. If you have any questions, please contact us through email at ir@itpackaging.cn. We appreciate your interest and support in IT Tech Packaging and look forward to speaking with you again next time. Operator let's go ahead.

Question-and-Answer Session

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Operator

Thank you again for attending IT Tech Packaging third quarter of 2021 earnings conference call. This concludes our call today and we thank you all for listening in. Good bye.

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