Fuling Global Inc. Reports 2019 Financial Results

|Apr 15|magazine26 min read

WENLING, China and ALLENTOWN, Pa., April 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Fuling Global Inc. (NASDAQ: FORK) ("Fuling Global" or the "Company"), a manufacturer and distributor of environmentally friendly plastic and paper foodservice disposable products, today announced sharply higher financial results for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019.

Full Year 2019 Financial Highlights:

  • Revenues increased 9.0% to $151.1 million, from $138.7 million for 2018.
  • Gross profit grew 26.4% to $37.6 million, from $29.8 million for 2018.
  • Net income from continuing operations increased 46.3% to $14.4 million, or $0.91 per share, compared with $9.8 million, or $0.62 per share, for 2018.
  • Net income attributable to Fuling Global increased 52.2% to $15.0 million, or $0.95 per share, compared with $9.9 million, or $0.62 per share, for 2018.

"The positive results for 2019 reflected our focus on producing high-quality and environmentally friendly straws, cups and plates for a growing global market," said Xinfu Hu, Chief Executive Officer of Fuling Global. "We continued to make progress enhancing our manufacturing footprint with the opening of our newest plant in Indonesia, which is now our largest production plant outside of China. This state-of-the-art facility is currently manufacturing straws, and has the capability to produce sauce cups, take-out boxes, paper bags and paper cups. As we continue to penetrate new geographic markets, this plant enables Fuling Global to even better serve our growing worldwide customer base."

"We had a strong 2019 by successfully executing on our long-term strategic plan," said Guilan Jiang, Chairwoman of Fuling Global. "Our strategy, focused on highly efficient manufacturing and development of an increasing number of environmentally friendly products to meet growing demand, puts us in a solid position for long-term growth and shareholder value enhancement. Cups and plates represented our largest growth category in 2019, as the market increasingly favors environmentally friendly products, versus Styrofoam. During the first quarter of 2020, our facilities in China experienced disruption because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but since the end of March they have been up and running at full capacity," Ms. Jiang added.

Revenues by Product Category:


For the twelve months ended December 31,


2019


2018


Y/Y Change


($'000)


($'000)


Cups and plates

$          48,126


$       37,439


29%

Cutlery

68,649


66,559


3%

Straws

21,888


23,573


(7%)

Others

12,450


11,093


12%

Revenues by Geography:


For the twelve months ended December 31,


2019


2018


Y/Y

Change


($'000)


 ($'000)


United States

$        129,660


$     118,308


10%

China

10,220


8,286


23%

Canada

5,575


1,636


241%

Europe

1,457


6,622


(78%)

Other countries

4,201


3,812


10%

Gross profit for 2019 advanced to $37.6 million, or 24.9% of total revenue, from $29.8 million, or 21.5% of total revenue, for the comparable period in 2018. The increase in gross profit was primarily attributable to lower raw material unit cost, offset by increased labor cost.

Selling expenses were $8.9 million, or 5.9% of total revenues, for 2019, compared with $7.8 million, or 5.6% of total revenues, for the prior year. General and administrative expenses were $9.5 million, or 6.3% of total revenues, for 2019, compared with $8.3 million, or 6.0% of total revenues, for 2018. Research and development expenses amounted to $3.9 million, or 2.6% of total revenues, for 2019, compared with $3.4 million, or 2.5% of total revenues, for the prior year. The Company expects to increase its research and development expenditures approximately proportionate to the expected revenue increases, as it continues to seek the use of environmentally friendly materials, develop new biodegradable materials, and reduce reliance on fossil-based raw materials.

Total operating expenses were $22.3 million for 2019, compared with $19.6 million for the prior year.

Operating income increased substantially to $15.4 million for 2019, from $10.2 million for 2018. Operating margin rose to 10.2% of total revenues for 2019, compared with 7.3% for 2018.

Total net other income, which includes interest income and expenses, subsidy income and other non-operating income and expenses, was $1.6 million for 2019, compared with total net other income of $0.8 million for 2018. The difference primarily related to a subsidy income of approximately $3.0 million received from the Wenling, China government in 2019, compared with approximately $1.7 million in 2018, offset by foreign currency transaction gain of $0.3 million in 2019 versus $0.8 million in 2018.  The subsidy income received was for the completion of the Company's expansion of its newest facility in China, which added an additional 400,000 square feet to the initial 600,000 square feet of the state-of-the-art plastic serviceware manufacturing factory. All subsidies received were one-time grants and may not occur again in the future.

The Company's effective tax rate for 2019 was 15.1%, compared with 10.3% for in 2018.  The increase was primarily due to more taxable income generated from the Company's Chinese subsidiaries in 2019 compared with 2018.

Strong Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash of $8.6 million and $1.1 million, respectively, compared with $4.4 million and $2.4 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2018. Short-term borrowings and bank notes payable were reduced to $17.2 million and $1.8 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2019, compared with $19.9 million and $2.9 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2018. Long-term borrowings were $10.3 million as of December 31, 2019, compared with $7.2 million as of December 31, 2018.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $11.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared with $11.6 million for 2018. Net cash used in investing activities was $6.7 million for 2019, compared with $8.7 million for 2018. Net cash used in financing activities was $1.4 million for 2019, compared with $2.8 million for 2018. 

About Fuling Global Inc.

Fuling Global manufactures and distributes environmentally-friendly disposable serviceware for the foodservice industry from six precision manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Mexico, Indonesia and China. The Company's plastic and paper serviceware products include disposable cutlery, drinking straws, cups, plates and other plastic and paper products and are used by more than one hundred customers, including some of the world's most notable quick-service restaurants and retailers, primarily in the U.S. China, Canada and European countries. More information about the Company can be found at: http://ir.fulingglobal.com/.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains information about Fuling Global's view of its future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from historical results or those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties associated with its ability to raise additional funding, its ability to maintain and grow its business, variability of operating results, its ability to maintain and enhance its brand, its development and introduction of new products and services, the successful integration of acquired companies, technologies and assets into its portfolio of software and services, marketing and other business development initiatives, competition in the industry, general government regulation, economic conditions, dependence on key personnel, the ability to attract, hire and retain personnel who possess the technical skills and experience necessary to meet the requirements of its clients, and its ability to protect its intellectual property. Fuling Global encourages you to review other factors that may affect its future results in Fuling Global's annual report and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Fuling Global disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

 

 



FULING GLOBAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME





 For the Year Ended December 31,




2019


2018


Revenues

$

151,113,371

$

138,664,272


Cost of goods sold


113,503,127


108,914,256


Gross profit


37,610,244


29,750,016








Operating expenses






Selling expenses


8,937,988


7,830,280


General and administrative expenses


9,455,186


8,323,207


Research and development expenses


3,860,929


3,430,529


Total operating expenses


22,254,103


19,584,016








Income from operations


15,356,141


10,166,000








Other income (expense):






Interest income


27,637


32,810


Interest expense


(1,679,609)


(1,768,434)


Subsidy income


2,994,383


1,705,956


Investment loss


(639)


(8,667)


Foreign currency transaction gain (loss)


300,097


780,406


Other income (expense), net


(37,951)


65,926


Total other income (expense), net


1,603,918


807,997








Income before income taxes


16,960,059


10,973,997








Provision for income taxes


2,554,432


1,126,736








Net income from continuing operations

$

14,405,627

$

9,847,261








Discontinued operations:






Net income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax


516,999


(88,302)


Net income


14,922,626


9,758,959








Less: net (loss) income attributable to non-controlling interest from continuing operations


(92,594)


(104,533)








Net income attributable to Fuling Global Inc.

$

15,015,220

$

9,863,492








Other comprehensive income






Foreign currency translation loss


(636,386)


(3,123,851)


Comprehensive income attributable to Fuling Global Inc.

$

14,378,834

$

6,739,641








Earnings (loss) per share - Basic and diluted






Continuing operations

$

0.91

$

0.62


Discontinued operations

$

0.03

$

(0.01)








Weighted average number of shares - Basic and diluted






Continuing operations and discontinued operations


15,796,857


15,782,055

 

 



FULING GLOBAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS





December 31,

2019


 December 31,

2018


ASSETS












Current Assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$

8,584,754

$

4,400,402


Restricted cash


1,102,591


2,396,993


Accounts receivable, net


23,829,251


27,760,956


Advances to supplier, net


2,299,873


1,255,420


Inventories, net


23,779,671


22,274,613


Security deposits


508,037


-


Prepaid expenses and other current assets


1,194,215


1,394,234


Current assets from discontinued operation


-


37,761


Total Current Assets     


61,298,392


59,520,379








Property, plant and equipment, net


54,103,612


51,836,633


Intangible assets, net


7,882,850


8,157,916


Prepayments for construction and equipment purchases


1,617,584


1,222,888


Security deposits - long term


1,492,537


1,590,671


Other assets


424,648


297,906


Right-of-use lease assets


7,507,445


-


Non-current assets from discontinued operations


-


13,697


Total Assets

$

134,327,068

$

122,640,090








LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY












Current Liabilities:






Short term borrowings

$

17,197,339

$

19,890,641


Bank notes payable


1,802,884


2,888,053


Advances from customers


267,805


393,749


Accounts payable


10,809,902


18,186,400


Accounts payable - related party


303,083


82,014


Accrued and other liabilities


1,936,320


2,121,304


Other loans payable - current


2,985,476


2,847,859


Taxes payable


182,058


247,635


Deferred gains


154,750


291,170


Due to related party


97,559


12,200


Operating lease liabilities - current


910,897


-


Current liabilities from discontinued operation


-


528,263


Total Current Liabilities


36,648,073


47,489,288








Deferred tax liability


887,098


577,826


Long term borrowings


10,246,011


7,203,357


Other loan payable – non-current


1,373,402


2,635,567


Operating lease liabilities – non-current


6,103,899


-


Total  Liabilities


55,258,483


57,906,038








Shareholders' Equity






Common stock: $0.001 par value, 70,000,000 shares authorized,
15,803,763 and 15,795,910 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively


15,804


15,797


Additional paid in capital


30,057,831


30,009,545


Statutory reserve


6,962,390


5,532,945


Retained earnings


45,188,209


31,602,434


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(3,108,640)


(2,472,254)


Total Fuling Global Inc.'s equity


79,115,594


64,688,467








Non-controlling interest


(47,009)


45,585


Total Shareholders' Equity 


79,068,585


64,734,052








Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$

134,327,068

$

122,640,090

 

SOURCE Fuling Global Inc.