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China GrenTech Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2010 Financial Results
Mar 16, 2011 (04:03 PM EDT)


- 2010 revenue increased by 7.4%

-Achieved strong net income growth of 200.4%

SHENZHEN, China, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China GrenTech Corporation Limited (Nasdaq: GRRF, "GrenTech", or "the Company"), a leading China-based provider of radio frequency ("RF") and wireless coverage products and services, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

Fourth Quarter 2010 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenue was RMB794.3 million (US$120.3 million)(1) , an increase of 59.0% year-over-year
  • Gross profit was RMB221.0 million (US$33.5 million), an increase of 133.2% year-over-year
  • Operating income was RMB132.4 million (US$20.1 million), compared to a loss of RMB10.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2009
  • Net income attributable to the equity shareholders of GrenTech was RMB102.9 million (US$15.6 million), compared to a loss of RMB7.1 million during the fourth quarter of 2009
  • Diluted earnings per ADS(2)  was RMB4.40 (US$0.67), compared to a loss of RMB0.30 per ADS during the fourth quarter of 2009

 Fiscal Year 2010 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenue increased by 7.4% year-over-year to RMB1,720.7 million (US$260.8 million)
  • Gross profit increased by 20.3% year-over-year to RMB455.7 million (US$69.1 million)
  • Operating income increased significantly by 157.8% year-over-year to RMB155.7 million (US$23.6 million)
  • Net income attributable to the equity shareholders of GrenTech increased significantly by 200.4% year-over-year to RMB98.1million (US$14.9 million)
  • Diluted earnings per ADS was RMB4.12 (US$0.62), compared to diluted earnings per ADS of RMB1.35 in 2009

(1) The Company's reporting currency is Renminbi ("RMB"). The translation of amounts from RMB to United States dollars is solely for the convenience of the reader. RMB numbers included in this press release have been translated into U.S. dollars at the noon buying rate for U.S. dollars in effect on December 31, 2010 as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, which was US$1.00=RMB6.6000. No representation is made that RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted into U.S. dollars at that rate or at any other rate on December 31, 2010.

(2)  Each ADS represents 25 of the Company's ordinary shares.



"Not only has our top line performance grown consecutively for the last several years, but we have also achieved a major breakthrough in attaining a significant improvement in profitability this year as management committed to a more robust business strategy to enhance the overall development of the Company. We are delighted to deliver outstanding fourth quarter and fiscal year 2010 results, as we were able to achieve solid growth, improve our product mix to focus on higher margin products, improve operational efficiency and strengthen internal controls, and as a result, significantly enhance our net income and margins," said Mr. Yingjie Gao, Chairman and CEO of GrenTech.

"In 2010, we took the following steps to improve products mix and profitability: i) we promoted new products including WLAN, digital optic coverage products and network coverage to subway segment etc., all of which represented over 20% of our total revenue. These new products introductions enriched our product offerings and contributed to the increase in our margins, and ii) we enhanced our traditional product portfolio with a higher proportion of integrated services sales which has higher margin than equipment sales.  This strategy has proven successful as for the first time, our sales contract value of integrated services has exceeded sales from traditional wireless coverage equipments," Mr. Gao added.

"In order to maintain our technology edge and stay ahead of the competition, we increased research and development expenditures by 19.5% from 2009 levels. As a result, we achieved an important milestone in our digital technology platform, where we developed a series of digital optic coverage products and solutions. In order to resolve the problem of different networks sharing the same coverage system, we use high-speed data transmission technology and pico-power distribution technology. This technology reduces signal disturbances and improves efficiencies of signal transmission, while creating a suite of solutions for indoor wireless coverage where GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, WLAN and other signals can be used simultaneously with minimal interference. This is an important breakthrough as the technology can be used as a basis for the advancement of integration of telecom, broadcast TV and Internet networks in China (" tri-network integration"). Based on our in-house technology development, we were successful in winning all 7 bid sections for the CMMB project in 2010, underlying the strength of our technology and industry know how."

"During the year, we were invited to be part of World Expo 2010 and Guangzhou Asian Games communications and network support team in China, which we believe demonstrates our leading position in the market. We also obtained "Outstanding contributor award to the Guangzhou Asian Games communications and network support team" by China Mobile. In addition, we were the sole equipments provider for China Mobile of Shanghai Expo's WLAN, and WLAN solutions provider for China Telecom to the China Pavilion at the Expo event."

"Looking forward to 2011, we are confident that China GrenTech is well positioned to maintain its growth momentum in the traditional wireless coverage business and base station RF business. In the meantime, we will continue to expand our businesses, including by providing nationwide WLAN products and integrated services for China Mobile to help it accommodate growing demand for bandwidth; leveraging our CMMB project to penetrate China Broadcasting Corporation's network; expanding market share in the light rail transit and subway wireless coverage projects; and expanding our aesthetic antenna business and introducing other new products. We believe that the Chinese telecommunication operators will maintain their level of investment in network construction in 2011, which, together with our pipeline of new product introductions and new client retention, will enable us to continue to deliver solid growth for the coming year."

Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2010 Financial Results

Revenue

Revenue for the fourth quarter 2010 was RMB794.3 million (US$120.3 million), representing a RMB294.7 million (US$44.7 million), or 59.0% increase compared to the same period of 2009. The primary driver was the increased revenue of RMB173.0 million (US$26.2 million) generated from China Mobile in the fourth quarter, representing an increase of 160.1% from 2009. Revenue generated from China Unicom also increased by RMB114.4 million (US$17.3 million), representing an increase of 80.4% from 2009.

Total fiscal year 2010 revenue was RMB 1,720.7 million (US$260.8 million), which increased by 7.4% from RMB1,602.9 million in 2009. Revenue from wireless coverage products and services increased by 19.1% year-over-year, whereas revenue from base station RF products decrease by 27.0% compared to 2009. The increase in revenues in the wireless coverage products and services segment was attributable to China Mobile's increased spending to enhance its GSM network quality and increased investment in WLAN. During 2010 the Company was successful in expanding its WLAN business as well as  increasing regional market shares in wireless coverage business with China Mobile, which resulted in a 61.7% or RMB241.3 million (US$36.6 million) increase in revenue from that account. In addition, the other new products and services that were launched in 2010, including digital optic coverage products, and network coverage to subway segment etc., also contributed to the growth in total revenue in 2010. Revenue generated from China Unicom and China Telecom was slightly deceased as the lower coverage spending by both of these telecom operators. Sales from base station RF products also decreased due to the slower pace in 3G infrastructure spending after its peak period in 2009.



2009

2010

Fourth Quarter

Fiscal Year

Fourth Quarter

Fiscal Year

RMB'000

RMB'000

RMB'000

US$'000

RMB'000

US$'000

% of Revenue

Wireless Coverage Products & Service

China Mobile

108,092

390,902

281,126

42,595

632,158

95,782

36.7%

China Unicom

142,361

518,246

256,809

38,910

483,031

73,187

28.1%

China Telecom

113,929

241,198

112,504

17,046

228,106

34,562

13.3%

Overseas

4,614

17,054

3,432

520

11,527

1,747

0.7%

Non-operators

20,705

28,574

33,016

5,003

69,204

10,485

4.0%

Subtotal

389,701

1,195,974

686,887

104,074

1,424,026

215,763

82.7%

RF Products

OEMs

109,883

406,969

107,410

16,274

296,948

44,992

17.3%

Total

499,584

1,602,943

794,297

120,348

1,720,974

260,755

100%




Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues in the fourth quarter of 2010 was RMB573.3 million (US$86.9 million), representing a 41.6% year- over-year increase from RMB168.5 million.

Cost of revenues for the fiscal year 2010 was RMB1,265.2 million (US$191.7 million), representing an increase of 3.4% compared to 2009.

The increase in cost of revenues was driven primarily by the increased sales volume.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2010 was RMB221.0 million (US$33.5 million), representing an increase of 133.2%, or RMB126.2 million (US$19.1 million) from RMB94.8 million in 2009. Gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2010 was 27.8%, compared to 19.0% in the comparable period of 2009.

Gross profit for the fiscal year 2010 was RMB455.7 million (US$69.1 million), representing an increase of 20.3% or RMB76.8 million (US$11.6 million) from 2009. Gross margin increased to 26.5% from 23.6% in 2009. The increase in gross margin is attributable to the introduction of higher margin new products as discussed above, and the increased portion in sales of higher-margin integrated services compared to 2009.

Other Revenue

During the fourth quarter of 2010, other revenue was RMB4.1 million (US$0.6 million), compared to RMB1.7 million in the same period of 2009.

For the fiscal year 2010, other revenue was RMB16.6 million (US$2.5 million), representing an increase of 396.2% from RMB3.3 million in 2009.

The increase was attributable to the increased rental income from the leasing area at the Company's headquarter building.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2010 were RMB92.6 million (US$14.0 million), representing a 13.0% decrease from RMB106.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.

For the fiscal year 2010, total operating expense decreased by 1.6% to RMB316.7 million (US$48.0 million) from RMB321.9 million in 2009.

Research and Development Costs

Research and development costs for the fourth quarter of 2010 were RMB15.0 million (US$2.3 million), a decrease of 14.3% compared to the corresponding period in 2009. The decrease was attributable to decreased spending on research and development materials.

For the fiscal year 2010, research and development costs were RMB71.6 million (US$10.8 million), representing a 19.5% increase compared to 2009 as a result of the Company's strategy to increase the launch of new products and technologies.

Sales and Distribution Expenses

Sales and distribution expenses for the fourth quarter 2010 remained relatively stable at RMB59.0 million (US$8.9 million).

For the fiscal year 2010, sales and distribution expenses were RMB166.6 million (US$25.2 million), representing a decrease of 7.7% from 2009. The decrease was attributable to the Company's more stringent internal control and improved operational efficiencies.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2010 were RMB18.6 million (US$2.8 million), representing a decrease of 38.0% compared to the corresponding period last year.

For the fiscal year 2010, general and administrative expenses decreased by 3.7% to RMB78.5 million (US$11.9 million) compared to 2009.

The quarterly and annual decreases were mainly attributable to a reduction in bad debt allowances which totaled RMB8.3 million (US$1.3 million) during the year. Other expenses related to audits, office expenses and equity amortization slightly decreased.

Operating Income

During the fourth quarter of 2010, operating income was RMB132.4 million (US$20.1 million), compared to operating loss of RMB10.0 million in the same period in 2009.

For the fiscal year 2010, operating income was RMB155.7 million (US$23.6 million), increasing by 157.8% from RMB60.4 million in 2009. Operating margin increased to 9.0% in 2010 from 3.8% in 2009.

The increase in operating income was mainly attributable to the Company's improvement in gross margin, the decreases in sales and distribution and general and administrative expenses and increase of rental income.

Other Income/ Expense

Interest income during the fourth quarter of 2010 was RMB14.9 million (US$2.3 million), decreasing by 8.0% from RMB16.2 million in 2009.

For the fiscal year 2010, interest income was RMB27.8 million (US$4.2 million), decreasing by 32.3% from RMB 41.0 million in 2009.

The decrease in interest income was attributable to the lower amortization of discounted income from prior years' accounts receivable.

Interest expense during the fourth quarter of 2010 was RMB15.6 million (US$2.4 million), increased by 15.1% from RMB13.5 million during the corresponding period in 2009.

For the fiscal year 2010, interest expense was RMB58.1 million (US$8.8 million), increased by 2.4% from RMB56.8 million in 2009.

The increase in interest expense was primarily due to increase in short-term bank loans and an increase in the effective interest rate.

Earnings

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2010 was RMB102.9 million (US$15.6 million), compared to a net loss of RMB7.1 million in the same period of 2009.

For the fiscal year 2010, net income increased by 200.4% to RMB98.1 million (US$14.9 million) from RMB32.7 million in 2009.

Diluted earnings per ADS for the fourth quarter of 2010 were RMB4.40 (US$0.67), compared to diluted loss per ADS of RMB0.30 in the same period of 2009.

Diluted earnings per ADS for fiscal year 2010 were RMB4.12 (US$0.62), compared to RMB1.35 in 2009.

Balance Sheet

Cash, cash equivalents and pledged time deposits were RMB514.7 million (US$78.0 million) as of December 31, 2010, representing a decrease of 10.1% as compared to December 31, 2009, primarily attributable to additional cash spending on raw material procurement, research and development, as well as enhancement of production facilities.

Total accounts receivable including long-term accounts receivable as of December 31, 2010 was RMB1,572.6 million (US$238.3 million), representing an increase of 17.0% as compared to December 31, 2009, primarily due to increased revenue in the fourth quarter of 2010 for which most accounts receivable has not entered into the collection period.

Inventories as of December 31, 2010 decreased by 16.6% to RMB643.3 million (US$97.5 million) compared to December 31, 2009, primarily due to increased sales and improved supply chain management efficiency.

Total assets increased by 2.4% to RMB 3,419.1 million (US$518.0 million), compared to RMB 3,337.3 million as of December 31, 2009.

Total liabilities as of December 31, 2010 were RMB 1,866.6 million (US$282.8 million), a slight decrease of 0.2% from December 31, 2009.

Business Outlook

Wireless Coverage Products and Services

Looking ahead, China Mobile's continued spending to enhance its GSM network coverage and expand its WLAN to accommodate large data usage among its users will remain important growth drivers for China GrenTech. In addition, the Company will also continue its effort in research and development to support China Mobile's TD-LTE trial phase. The Company also expects business from China Unicom to grow as it invests to expand its WCDMA network to accommodate more users and enhance its WLAN coverage to support the increase in data usage. The Company also expects CMMB's network coverage to continue to expand due to the push for tri-network integration. In addition, wireless coverage in the subway segment is also expected to provide opportunities for the Company to grow its business in the quarters ahead. GrenTech will leverage its strong track record to maintain its growth momentum in the traditional wireless coverage business, at the same time, the Company will continue to develop and launch new products as well as its extensive integrated services capabilities to meet the growing market demand.

Base Station RF Products

The Company will leverage its current customer base to increase introduction of new products to expand market share. Along with the development of TD-LTE trial phase, the Company believes that its TD-LTE RF products will be launched during the third or fourth quarter of 2011. The Company will also look into increasing sales to overseas operators to provide overall coverage solutions and RF products.

Guidance for First Quarter 2011

For the first quarter of 2011, GrenTech forecasts revenue to be in the range of RMB160 million to RMB184 million.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. ET or 8:00 p.m. Beijing/Hong Kong time on March 17, 2011, to discuss the results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2010. To participate in the live conference call, please dial the following number five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time: +1 866 706 7745. International callers should dial +1 617 614 3472. When prompted by the operator, mention conference pass code GRENTECHCALL.  

If you are unable to participate in the call at this time, a replay will be available for 7 days starting on March 17, 2011. To access the replay, please dial +1 888 286 8010, international callers dial +1 617 801 6888, and enter the pass code 60443508. A live webcast of the conference call and replay will also be available on the investor relations page of GrenTech's website at: http://www.grentech.cn/en/Earnings_Announcements.asp

About China GrenTech

GrenTech is a leading developer of radio frequency ("RF") technology in China and a leading provider of wireless coverage products and services in China. The Company uses RF technology to design and manufacture wireless coverage products, which enable telecommunication operators to expand the reach of their wireless communication networks to indoor and outdoor areas, such as buildings, highways, subways, tunnels and remote regions. GrenTech's wireless coverage services include design, installation and project warranty services. The Company also tailors the design and configuration of its wireless coverage products to the specific requirements of its customers.

Based on its in-house RF technology platform, the Company also develops and produces base station RF parts and components sold to base station manufacturers. GrenTech is a qualified supplier of RF parts and components to major global and domestic base station manufacturers. For more information, please visit www.GrenTech.com.cn.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements, including financial projections and forecasts, involve risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from its current expectations. Factors that could cause the Company's results to differ materially from those set forth in these forward-looking statements include: the Company's reliance on business relationships with the Chinese telecommunications operators and base station equipment manufacturers; the risk that the Company will continue to experience downward pressure on the pricing of its products and services due to the telecommunications operators' bidding policies or other factors, which could adversely affect the Company's business and margins; the risk that the telecommunications operators in China will not expand or maintain their spending on 2G, 3G, WLAN or other network projects or that the Company will not be successful in future bids for tenders held by the operators; uncertainty as to the future demand for base station RF products by domestic or international base station equipment manufacturers, including the risk that demand in China or elsewhere for base stations may not grow as the Company's management anticipates due to factors beyond the Company's control; risks associated with large accounts receivable, long collection periods and accounts receivable cycles and the Company's ability to maintain or improve its recently decreasing collection periods; fierce competition in the wireless communication industry; growth of, and risks inherent in, the wireless communication industry in China, including uncertainties regarding the timing and nature of any future restructuring of the telecommunications operators in China and uncertainty regarding the planned integration of telecom, broadcast TV and Internet networks in China and how such convergence, if it happens, may affect the Company's business; uncertainty as to future profitability and the Company's ability to obtain adequate financing for its planned capital expenditure requirements; uncertainty as to its ability to continuously develop and manufacture new RF technologies and keep up with changes in RF technologies or to develop new markets for wireless coverage products and services such as industrial users; risks associated with possible defects and errors in its wireless coverage products or base station RF products; uncertainty as to the Company's ability to protect and enforce its intellectual property rights; and uncertainty as to the Company's ability to attract and retain qualified executives and personnel, particularly in its research and development department. Other factors that may causes the Company's actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements contained in this press release and that may affect its prospects in general are described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Registration Statement on Form F-1 related to its initial public offering and its annual reports on Form 20-F. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or changed assumptions or circumstances.

China GrenTech Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(RMB and US$ expressed in thousands)




December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


2009

2010

2010



RMB


RMB


US$

Assets







Cash and cash equivalents


469,454


424,563


64,328

Pledged time deposits


103,035


90,132


13,656

Accounts receivable, net


892,149


1,110,075


168,193

Inventories


771,236


643,265


97,464

Other current assets


116,793


107,048


16,220

Total current assets


2,352,667


2,375,083


359,861

Long-term accounts receivable


452,191


462,521


70,079

Other non-current assets


532,489


581,494


88,106

Total assets


3,337,347


3,419,098


518,046








Liabilities and equity







Short-term bank loans


613,378


638,229


96,702

Other current liabilities


1,142,441


1,133,772


171,783

Total current liabilities


1,755,819


1,772,001


268,485

Long-term bank loans


110,000


90,000


13,636

Other non-current liabilities


4,679


4,598


697

Total liabilities


1,870,498


1,866,599


282,818

Non-controlling  interests


4,340


6,335


960

Total equity attributable to GrenTech


1,462,509


1,546,164


234,268

Total liabilities and equity


3,337,347


3,419,098


518,046




China GrenTech Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(RMB and US$ expressed in thousands except for share and per share data)




For Three Months Ended December 31,


For Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2009


2010


2010


2009


2010


2010



RMB


RMB


US$


RMB


RMB


US$

Revenues


499,584


794,297


120,348


1,602,943


1,720,974


260,754

Cost of revenues


-404,827


-573,331


-86,868


-1,223,973


-1,265,247


-191,704

Gross profit


94,757


220,966


33,480


378,970


455,727


69,050

Other revenue


1,664


4,094


620


3,344


16,594


2,514

Operating expenses













Research and development costs


-17,524


-15,026


-2,277


-59,899


-71,590


-10,847

Sales and distribution expenses


-58,906


-59,009


-8,941


-180,525


-166,592


-25,241

General and administrative expenses


-30,004


-18,600


-2,818


-81,506


-78,478


-11,891

Total operating expenses


-106,434


-92,635


-14,036


-321,930


-316,660


-47,979

Operating (loss)/income


-10,013


132,425


20,064


60,384


155,661


23,585

Other income/(expenses)













Interest income


16,240


14,934


2,263


40,997


27,770


4,208

Interest expense


-13,515


-15,552


-2,356


-56,766


-58,142


-8,809

Investment income


0


0


0


0


0


0

Foreign currency exchange loss


162


-141


-21


-211


-597


-90

Grant income


920


57


9


6,322


2,157


327

Total other expenses, net


3,807


-702


-105


-9,658


-28,812


-4,364

(Loss)/income before income tax expense


-6,206


131,723


19,959


50,726


126,849


19,221

Income tax expense


-883


-29,321


-4,443


-18,068


-29,714


-4,502

Net (loss)/ income


-7,089


102,402


15,516


32,658


97,135


14,719

Net Loss attributable to non-controlling interests


14


496


75


14


1,005


152

Net (loss)/income attributable to equity shareholders of the Company


-7,075


102,898


15,591


32,672


98,140


14,871

(loss)/earnings per share attributable to the equity shareholders of the Company:













–  Basic


-0.01


0.18


0.027


0.05


0.17


0.026

–  Diluted


-0.01


0.18


0.027


0.05


0.16


0.025

Weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding:













–  Basic


590,137,125


569,811,000


569,811,000


595,536,733


581,814,594


581,814,594

–  Diluted


593,783,108


584,798,674


584,798,674


604,781,041


595,199,449


595,199,449




China GrenTech Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(RMB and US$ expressed in thousands)



 

For Year Ended December 31,



2009


2010


2010



RMB


RMB


US$








Net cash provided by operating activities


90,731


58,012


8,790

Net cash used in investing activities


-45,338


-92,089


-13,953

Net cash provided by/ (used in) financing activities


130,919


-10,217


-1,548

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash


-211


-597


-90

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


176,101


-44,891


-6,801

Cash at beginning of the year


293,353


469,454


71,129

Cash at end of the year


469,454


424,563


64,328



Company Contact:

Lian Xin, Senior Manager

China GrenTech Corp. Ltd.

Tel: +86 755 2650 3007

E-mail: investor@powercn.com

Investor Relations Contact:

Ed Job, Sr. Account Manager

CCG Investor Relations

Tel: + (86) 1381-699-7314 (Shanghai)

E-mail: ed.job@ccgir.com



SOURCE China Grentech Corporation Limited