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Recon Technology Reports Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2017 Highlighted by 40% Revenue Increase Driven by Traditional and Oilfield Waste Water Treatment Business Growth



BEIJING, Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Recon Technology, Ltd. (NASDAQ:RCON), ("Recon" or the "Company"), a China's leading independent solutions integrator operating in oilfield service, electric power and coal chemical industries, today announced its financial results for fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Highlights (all comparisons to the prior fiscal year):

Management Commentary

Mr. Shenping Yin, Chairman and CEO of Recon stated, "We were pleased to report progress across several facets of the Company over 2017, with revenues accelerating and margins expanding in the fourth quarter. As stated in our 2017 open letter to shareholders, we will continue to leverage Recon's ability to uniquely integrate equipment and automation with a strong client base, specifically a new client PetroChina Changqing Oilfield Company ("PCOC").  Further, our market for wastewater treatment continues to expand rapidly. This market is one that both serves to diversify Recon's revenue streams, while simultaneously addressing significant environmental concerns around industrial water in China. This has served as a primary revenue driver for the Company, and we believe will be integral in our success in fiscal 2018.  We also continued to reinvest in our business with a robust R&D effort, and believe that our Company is recognized as a cutting-edge research entity within the energy industry in China.  We anticipate revenues growing at minimum of 30% in the coming year, driven by the wastewater agreement signed in the second half of 2017 and others in our pipeline. Our financial position remains strong and we look forward to updating investors of our progress in the coming months."

Recent Developments

Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results


2017


2016


%

(thousands)

RMB


RMB


Change

Revenues

60,054


42,728


40.5%

Automation product and software

22,399


26,172


(14.4)%

Equipment and accessories

26,586


13,039


103.9%

Waste water treatment products

10,997


2,334


371.1%

Service

72


1,183


(93.9)%

Gross margin

26.6%


17.0%


9.6%

Net income (loss) attributable to RCON

-31,445


-40,883


23.1%

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

-4.90


-7.23


32.2%

Non GAAP Diluted earnings loss per share

-1.26


-5.82


78.35%

Revenues

Total revenues for the year ended June 30, 2017 were RMB60.1 million (approximately $8.9 million), an increase of RMB17.3 million or 40.5% from RMB42.7 million for the year ended June 30, 2016.

The overall increase in revenue was primarily due to increased sales of equipment, primarily more furnaces provided to Recon's new client, PCOC, a major subsidiary of PetroChina and the largest producing oilfield of China.

The Company invested heavily in R&D of new products used for oilfield waste water treatment throughout 2016, and the outcome has been gradually reflected in its operating results. For the year ended June 30, 2017, this new business line continued to contribute revenue and margin, increasing from RMB2.3 million to RMB11.0 million this year. Management expects to win additional business in the coming months due to its technical advantage and long-term cooperation with oilfield companies.

In December 2016, the Company granted 3,010,000 ordinary shares of restricted stock to the management that are forfeited and cancelled automatically in the event that the Company fails to meet certain operating performance goals. As the total revenue of RMB 60.1 million for the year ended June 30, 2017 exceeds the highest performance goal of RMB 59.8 million this year, the Company had positive gross margin this year, and it is expected the management will be employed as of the time of the filing of the annual report, the Company expects the 800,000 restricted shares granted to the management will not be forfeited and cancelled.

Gross profit and gross margin

Gross profit increased to RMB16.0 million (approximately $2.4 million) for the year ended June 30, 2017 from RMB7.2 million for the same period in 2016. Gross margin was 26.6% for the year ended June 30, 2017, compared to 17.0% for the same period of 2016.

Operating income (loss) and operating (loss) margin

Selling and distribution expenses decreased RMB1.1 million to RMB4.5 million for the year ended June 30, 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. General and administrative expenses increased by 62.2% or RMB12.6 million (approximately $1.9 million), from RMB20.2 million in the year ended June 30, 2016 to RMB32.8 million (approximately $4.8 million) in the same period of 2017.

Research and development expenses increased from RMB6.9 million for the year ended June 30, 2016 to RMB7.6 million (approximately $1.1 million) for the same period of 2017.

Total operating expenses decreased by RMB0.6 million, or 1.2%, to RMB46.6 million for the twelve months ended June 30, 2017 from RMB47.2 million for the same period of last fiscal year.

Operating loss was RMB30.6 million (approximately $4.5 million) for the year ended June 30, 2017, compared to a loss of RMB39.9 million for the same period of 2016. Operating loss margin was 51.0% for the year ended June 30, 2017, compared to operating loss margin of 93.4% for the same period of last fiscal year.

Net income (loss)

Net loss was RMB31.2 million (approximately $4.6 million) for the year ended June 30, 2017, an improvement of RMB9.7 million (approximately $1.4 million) from net loss of RMB40.9 million for the same period of 2016.

Financial Position  

As of June 30, 2017, Recon had cash in the amount of RMB3.8 million (approximately $0.6 million), compared to RMB1.8 million for the same period of 2016. Working capital as of June 30, 2017 was RMB38.9 million ($5.7 million) as compared to RMB44.5 million at June 30, 2016. Net cash provided by operating activities was RMB5.7 million (approximately $0.8 million) for the year ended June 30, 2017, compared to net cash used in operating activities ofRMB0.3 million for the year ended June 30, 2016. Net cash used in investing activities was RMB0.6 million (approximately $86,500) for the year ended June 30, 2017, which was an increase in cash used in investing activities of RMB0.5 million compared to the same period in 2016. Net cash used in financing activities amounted to RMB3.1 million (approximately $0.5 million) for the year ended June 30, 2017, as compared to net cash used in financing activities of RMB10.2 million for the same period in 2016.

About Recon Technology, Ltd. ("Recon")

Recon Technology, Ltd. ("Recon") is China's first listed non-state owned oil and gas field service company on NASDAQ. Recon supplies China's largest oil exploration companies, such as PetroChina (NYSE: PTR) and Sinopec (NYSE: SNP), with advanced automated technologies, efficient gathering and transportation equipment and reservoir stimulation measure for increasing petroleum extraction levels, reducing impurities and lowering production costs. Through the years, Recon has taken leading positions on several segmented markets of the oil and gas filed service industry. Recon also has developed stable long-term cooperation relationship with its major clients, and its products and service are also well accepted by clients. The Company is also developing new markets of oilfield environmental protection, sewage treatment sector and power and coal chemical industry based on its advantage on technic and market resources. For additional information please visit: www.recon.cn .

Company Contact
Liu Jia, CFO
Recon Technology, Ltd.
+86 (10) 84945799
info@recon.cn

Investor Relations
The Equity Group Inc.

In China
Katherine Yao, Senior Associate
+86-10-6587-6435
kyao@equityny.com

In the U.S.
Adam Prior, Senior Vice President
+1 (212) 836-9606
aprior@equityny.com

Safe Harbor

This news release contains forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements that are other than statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to uncertainties and risks including, but not limited to, product and service demand and acceptance, changes in technology, economic conditions, the impact of competition and pricing, government regulation, and other risks contained in reports filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All such forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, and whether made by or on behalf of the company, are expressly qualified by the cautionary statements and any other cautionary statements which may accompany the forward-looking statements. In addition, the company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

 

RECON TECHNOLOGY, LTD

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS



As of June 30,


As of June 30


As of June 30


2016


2017


2017

ASSETS

RMB


RMB


U.S. Dollars

Current assets









Cash

RMB

1,817,620


RMB

3,809,279


$

562,054

Notes receivable


4,660,177



6,112,960



901,960

Trade accounts receivable, net


38,097,626



39,425,911



5,817,245

Inventories, net


6,313,070



2,627,974



387,754

Other receivables, net


22,000,112



4,106,510



605,911

Purchase advances, net


1,323,305



11,476,000



1,693,270

Prepaid expenses


110,310



828,441



122,235

Total current assets


74,322,220



68,387,075



10,090,429










Property and equipment, net


2,907,762



2,767,970



408,411

Long-term trade accounts receivable, net


2,220,332



-



-

Total Assets

RMB

79,450,314


RMB

71,155,045


$

10,498,840










LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY


















Current liabilities









Trade accounts payable

RMB

7,540,430


RMB

8,352,870


$

1,232,456

Other payables


4,144,326



3,651,900



538,834

Other payable- related parties


3,680,244



3,314,019



488,979

Deferred revenue


406,681



1,259,725



185,871

Accrued payroll and employees' welfare


381,109



2,014,514



297,239

Taxes payable


755,880



684,721



101,030

Short-term borrowings - related parties


12,941,848



10,168,008



1,500,277

Total current liabilities


29,850,518



29,445,757



4,344,686



-



-



-

Commitments and Contingencies


-



-



-



-



-



-

Equity









Common stock, ($ 0.0185 U.S. dollar par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 5,804,005 and 9,902,914 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2016 and 2017, respectively)


741,467



1,261,288



186,101

Additional paid-in capital


100,612,455



123,436,043



18,212,837

Statutory reserve


4,148,929



4,148,929



612,169

Accumulated deficit


(63,907,512)



(95,352,659)



(14,069,168)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(219,040)



(249,156)



(36,762)

Total shareholders' equity


41,376,299



33,244,445



4,905,177

Non-controlling interest


8,223,497



8,464,843



1,248,977

Total equity


49,599,796



41,709,288



6,154,154

Total Liabilities and Equity

RMB

79,450,314


RMB

71,155,045


$

10,498,840




























The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements

 

RECON TECHNOLOGY, LTD

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS






For the years ended






June 30,







2015



2016



2017


2017







RMB



RMB



RMB


USD


















Revenues
















Hardware and software




RMB

48,980,953


RMB

41,544,925


RMB

59,982,292


$

8,850,314


Service





103,774



1,183,352



72,170



10,649


Hardware and software - related parties





2,428,173



-



-



-


Total revenues





51,512,900



42,728,277



60,054,462



8,860,963


















Cost of revenues
















Hardware and software





41,373,566



34,732,965



44,090,960



6,505,568


Service





-



748,429



-



-


Hardware and software - related parties





27,161



-



-



-


Total cost of revenues





41,400,727



35,481,394



44,090,960



6,505,568


Gross profit





10,112,173



7,246,883



15,963,502



2,355,395


















Selling and distribution expenses





11,312,452



5,630,715



4,458,218



657,805


General and administrative expenses





26,894,273



20,195,701



32,751,142



4,832,391


Provision for doubtful accounts 





3,252,868



14,475,074



1,766,286



260,613


Research and development expenses





4,168,813



6,856,522



7,599,340



1,121,273


Operating expenses





45,628,406



47,158,012



46,574,986



6,872,082


































Loss from operations





(35,516,233)



(39,911,129)



(30,611,484)



(4,516,687)


















Other income (expenses)
















Subsidy income





781,457



289,087



132,791



19,593


Interest income





293,499



183,553



73,990



10,917


Interest expense





(1,110,451)



(903,368)



(548,878)



(80,986)


Change in fair value of warrants liability





4,034,272



-



-



-


Income (loss) from foreign currency exchange





(19,190)



7,570



21,502



3,173


Loss from warrants redemption





(2,496,375)



-



-



-


Other income (expense)





24,558



(2,445)



36,178



5,338


Other income (expense)





1,507,770



(425,603)



(284,417)



(41,965)


Loss before income tax





(34,008,463)



(40,336,732)



(30,895,901)



(4,558,652)


Income tax expenses (benefits)





(2,552,075)



545,845



307,900



45,430


Net loss





(31,456,388)



(40,882,577)



(31,203,801)



(4,604,082)


















Less: Net income attributable to non-controlling interest





-



-



241,346



35,610


Net loss attributable to Recon Technology, Ltd




RMB

(31,456,388)


RMB

(40,882,577)


 RMB

(31,445,147)


$

(4,639,692)


















Comprehensive loss
















Net loss





(31,456,388)



(40,882,577)



(31,203,801)



(4,604,082)


Foreign currency translation adjustment





(38,276)



98,511



(30,116)



(4,444)


Comprehensive loss





(31,494,664)



(40,784,066)



(31,233,917)



(4,608,526)


Less: Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest





(1,982)



-



241,346



35,610


Comprehensive loss attributable to Recon Technology, Ltd




RMB

(31,492,682)


RMB

(40,784,066)


 RMB

(31,475,263)


$

(4,644,136)


















Loss per common share - basic and diluted




RMB

(6.45)


RMB

(7.23)


RMB

(4.90)


$

(0.72)


Weighted - average shares -basic and diluted





4,876,504



5,653,149



6,417,305



6,417,305


















The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements

 

 

RECON TECHNOLOGY, LTD 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 



For the years ended June 30,


2015


2016


2017


2017


RMB


RMB


RMB


U.S. Dollars













Cash flows from operating activities:












Net loss

RMB

(31,456,388)


RMB

(40,882,577)


RMB

(31,203,801)


$

(4,604,082)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:












Depreciation and amortization


526,046



955,083



856,735



126,410

Gain from disposal of  equipment


(193,657)



(40,688)



(35,919)



(5,300)

Provision for doubtful accounts


3,252,868



14,475,074



1,766,286



260,613

Provision for slow moving inventories


7,700,836



2,428,288



-



-

Share based compensation


1,294,629



2,096,162



2,039,446



300,918

Restricted shares issued for management


1,828,788



3,595,146



12,904,723



1,904,076

Deferred tax provision (benefit) 


(532,136)



1,742,098



-



-

Change in fair value of warrants liability


(4,034,272)



-



-



-

Restricted shares issued for services


1,585,462



2,287,415



8,399,240



1,239,298

Loss from warrants redemption


2,496,375



-



-



-

Income tax benefit


(2,111,281)



(1,196,253)



-



-

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:












Notes receivable


(4,205,530)



(454,647)



(1,452,783)



(214,356)

Trade accounts receivable, net


(3,245,218)



14,658,360



(245,190)



(36,177)

Trade accounts receivable-related parties, net


4,315,755



1,090,453



-



-

Inventories, net


(4,209,241)



1,191,811



3,597,832



530,856

Other receivable, net


2,481,328



(1,775,659)



17,632,104



2,601,595

Other receivables-related parties, net


1,323,412



91,021



-



-

Purchase advance, net


3,271,935



4,930,479



(10,534,132)



(1,554,298)

Purchase advance-related parties, net


-



1,374,034



-



-

Prepaid expense


1,808,350



716,004



(718,130)



(105,959)

Prepaid expense - related parties, net


(190,000)



420,000



-



-

Trade accounts payable


2,213,583



(9,615,363)



812,440



119,875

Trade accounts payable-related parties


3,528,705



-



-



-

Other payables


71,584



712,525



(189,302)



(27,931)

Other payables-related parties


1,003,678



1,869,889



(366,225)



(54,036)

Deferred revenue


(2,134,295)



(1,878,848)



853,044



125,866

Accrued payroll and employees' welfare


(170,835)



134,320



1,633,405



241,007

Taxes payable


(1,322,818)



790,199



(78,700)



(11,612)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities


(15,102,337)



(285,674)



5,671,073



836,763













Cash flows from investing activities:












Purchases of property and equipment


(2,078,204)



(181,075)



(638,119)



(94,154)

Proceeds from disposal of equipment


400,400



60,000



51,900



7,658

Net cash used in investing activities


(1,677,804)



(121,075)



(586,219)



(86,496)













Cash flows from financing activities:












Proceeds from short-term bank loans


7,000,000



500,000



-



-

Repayments of short-term bank loans


(10,000,000)



(7,500,000)



-



-

Proceeds from short-term borrowings


-



530,000



1,100,000



162,304

Repayment of short-term borrowings


-



-



(1,330,000)



(196,240)

Proceeds from short-term borrowings-related parties


18,250,000



12,895,400



13,103,718



1,933,438

Repayment of short-term borrowings-related parties


(6,550,000)



(16,780,765)



(15,950,682)



(2,353,504)

Proceeds from sale of common stock, net of issuance costs


2,392,027



171,919



-



-

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities


11,092,027



(10,183,446)



(3,076,964)



(454,002)













Effect of exchange rate fluctuation on cash and cash equivalents


(61,543)



62,886



(16,231)



(2,399)













Net increase (decrease) in cash


(5,749,657)



(10,527,309)



1,991,659



293,866

Cash at beginning of year


18,094,586



12,344,929



1,817,620



268,188

Cas at end of year

RMB

12,344,929


RMB

1,817,620


RMB

3,809,279


$

562,054

























Supplemental cash flow information












Cash paid during the year for interest

RMB

1,060,529


RMB

903,368


RMB

571,037


$

84,256

Cash paid during the year for taxes

RMB

881,794


RMB

142,477


RMB

284,487


$

41,976













Non-cash investing and financing activities












Issuance of common stock to redeem warrants

RMB

3,462,438


RMB

-


RMB

-


$

-

AR and short-term borrowings-related parties offset

RMB

-


RMB

200,000


RMB

-


$

-

Inventories used for fixed assets


-



1,025,410



-



-

Non-cash payment for property and equipment purchase

RMB

-


RMB

-


RMB

87,265


$

12,876

Issuance of unvested common stock to senior managers 

RMB

-


RMB

-


RMB

55,685


$

8,216


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements

 

SOURCE Recon Technology, Ltd.


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