China Zhongwang Announces Results for First Nine Months 2013
Profit Attributable to Shareholders Surges 13.5% to RMB1.57 Billion
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Sales Volume of Aluminium Extrusion Products Reaches 495,000 Tonnes
Sales from Deep-processed Products Rose 65.4% to RMB1.13 Billion
(Hong Kong, 30 October 2013) – China Zhongwang Holdings Limited (“China Zhongwang” or “the Company”, together with its subsidiaries “the Group”, stock code: 01333), the second largest industrial aluminium extrusion product developer and manufacturer in the world and the biggest one in Asia and China, announced the unaudited results for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 (the “review period”).
During the review period, the Group strived to optimize product mix, develop overseas markets, and enhance operational efficiency. Revenue totaled RMB10.93 billion, up 1.8% year-on-year. Gross profit margin rose by 6.2 percentage points to 27.6% compared with the same period last year. Increased profitability boosted profit attributable to shareholders by 13.5%, reaching approximately RMB1.57 billion.
Sales volume of aluminium extrusion products rose 14.3% to 495,000 tonnes year-on-year. Sales volume of the deep-processed products grew significantly by 113.5% to 41,000 tonnes during the review period. As deep-processed products were mainly exported to overseas markets, revenue from overseas markets surged notably by 60.2% to RMB1.31 billion.
Upgrade of industrial aluminium extrusion equipment to drive down production cost
As at 30 September, 2013, the Group had 87 aluminium extrusion production lines. Once the installation and testing of 6 additional aluminium extrusion production lines are completed, the number of industrial aluminium extrusion production lines of the Group will reach 93 and the annual production capacity will be over 1 million tonnes.
Mr. Lu Changqing, Executive Director and Vice President of China Zhongwang, said, “To upgrade the quality and production efficiency of high precision, large-section industrial aluminium extrusion products, we put in place the most advanced aluminium extrusion production equipment and tap into the Group’s proprietary research and development capability. These efforts enable us to keep pace with our overseas and domestic expansion plan. ”
Deep-processing business optimizes product mix to form a new profit growth engine
Deep-processed products represented a key niche for profit growth pursued by the Group with major efforts. During the review period, due to certain concessions offered by the Group to existing deep-processed product customers in an effort to further expand its overseas markets and boost export sales, coupled with a drop in the aluminium ingot prices, the average selling price of the Group’s deep-processed products fell to RMB 27,676 per tonne. Sales volume, however, rose substantially by 113.5% year-on-year. During the review period, the Group successfully developed high-tech, high value-added deep-processed product prototypes such as all-aluminium fire trucks, refuse collection vehicles, semi-trailers and high-speed rail carriages. As the relevant market conditions gradually ripen for such products, vast market potentials will facilitate a robust growth of the Group’s deep-processing business.
Focus on technology innovation to raise product value
Technological innovation provides the main impetus for sustainable development of enterprises. The Group continued to invest in product research and development. It started to set up the “Liaoning Province Key Laboratory for High-end Aluminium Alloy Extrusion Processing” in the third quarter of the year, which is expected to be completed in two years. The laboratory will further improve the Group’s relevant research & development and testing equipment and upgrade production technology of high-end large-section industrial aluminium products and deep-processed products, satisfying the rigorous technical requirements of large-section industrial aluminium products from different industries.
“The State Council announced in the third quarter environmental protection and industry upgrade policies including ‘Notice on Further Promotion and Use of New Energy Vehicles’ and ‘Action Plan for Air Pollution Prevention and Control’, giving guidance on the elimination of obsolete vehicles, on the development of public transport, the increase of new energy supply, and the promotion of new energy vehicles, etc. These policies provide new business opportunities for China Zhongwang which possesses superior capabilities in both research & development and equipment,” Mr. Lu said.
The Chinese Government has been actively advancing urbanization and implementing a number of industrial reform measures. Infrastructure development and industrial upgrade of urban transportation, machinery and automobile manufacturing will continue to fuel aluminum consumption. The Group will continue to reap the benefits from the growth in the downstream consumer market. In the future, China Zhongwang will further develop and diversify its high-end industrial aluminum extrusion product offerings, strengthen the deep-processing business, and make an all-out effort to advance the aluminum flat rolled product project, so as to build stable and diversified revenue streams.