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:
"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,
Cups and plates
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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/.
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
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FULING GLOBAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
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Common stock: $0.001 par value, 70,000,000 shares authorized,
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