Asia Bio-Chem Group Corp. Announces First Quarter Financial Results



    
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    TSX Venture: ABC
    


    TORONTO, May 15 /CNW/ - Asia Bio-Chem Group Corp. (TSXV: ABC) ("Asia
Bio-Chem" or the "Company") today announced its interim financial statements
for the three month period ending March 31, 2009.

    
    Interim Financial Results

    Highlights

    -   Excluding the (non-cash) stock-based compensation expense, income
        from operations and EBITDA during the first quarter of 2009 was
        $0.7 million and $1.1 million respectively.

    -   The Daqing plant construction is on schedule with approximately
        $65 million of construction in progress incurred as of
        March 31, 2009.

    -   The Company has secured debt financing from both the
        China Construction Bank and Zhaoyuan County Government. The total
        amount of these facilities is RMB 135 million ($25 million) of which
        RMB 35 million ($6.4 million) has been drawn down as at
        March 31, 2009, approximately RMB 20 million ($3.6 million) received
        subsequent to March 31, 2009, and approximately RMB 80 million
        ($15 million) is being negotiated with the PRC government.

    -   As at March 31, 2009, the Company had $3.0 million in cash and
        $6.4 million in bank debt.
    

    Asia Bio-Chem, today reported first quarter sales of $19.0 million
representing a 4.3% decline compared to the corresponding period of 2008.
Lower selling prices and volumes contributed to this reduction.
    Gross margin declined to $2.7 million during the quarter representing a
52.4% decrease over the same quarter of 2008. This reduction was primarily due
to lower selling prices particularly in germ, fiber and starch products as
well as a reduction in sales volume.
    "The challenging market conditions from our fourth quarter continued into
the first quarter of 2009 as the economic slowdown in China coupled with
government purchases of corn had a negative effect on our gross profit,"
stated Mr. Zhiping Wang, President and CEO of Asia Bio-Chem.
    During the first quarter, stock-based compensation expense of $1.2
million and higher general and administrative expenses associated with the
Company's public company status caused income from operations to decline to a
loss of $0.5 million.

    
    SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

    in thousands of Canadian dollars
     except shares, per share and                3 Months to     3 Months to
     percentage data                                 3/31/09         3/31/08
                                                -------------  --------------

    Sales                                             19,031          19,895
    Gross profit                                       2,423           5,085
    Gross margin (% of Sales)                          12.8%           25.6%
    Operating expenses                              (*)2,923             951
    Income from operations                              (502)          4,134
    Other income                                        (179)           (441)
    Income taxes                                         157             569
    Net income                                          (837)          3,124
    Comprehensive net income                           1,013           5,542
    EBITDA                                              (169)          3,869
    EBITDA before Stock-based compensation             1,063           3,869
    Earnings per share
      Basic and diluted                               ($0.01)          $0.08
    Weighted average number of shares
      Basic and diluted                           76,777,025      37,540,000

    Balance Sheet Highlights

                                                       As at           As at
                                                     3/31/09        12/31/08
                                                -------------  --------------
    Cash                                               3,040          10,489
    Working Capital                                    5,836           5,154
    Total assets                                     112,848         113,144
    Current Ratio                                     1.38:1          1.28:1

    (*) Includes a $1.2 million non-cash charge for stock-based compensation
        expense
    

    Reduced gross margins, stock-based compensation expense and the higher
selling, general and administrative expenses caused net income to decline from
$3.1 million during the first quarter of 2008 to a loss of $0.8 million during
the first quarter of 2009.
    The Company's cash position declined to $3.0 million as at March 31, 2009
as $8.1 million was used in operating activities during the quarter. A loan
from the China Construction Bank in the amount of $6.3 million contributed to
the Company's cash position.

    Daqing Project

    On September 25th, 2008, the Company announced that it had closed the
acquisition of Daqing Biochemical Company Ltd. ("Daqing"). Daqing owns a
partially completed, 600,000 tonne corn processing plant in Zhaoyuan County of
Heilongjiang Province in China.
    The Daqing plant construction is well underway with approximately $65
million of construction in progress incurred as of March 31, 2009. The
remaining capital required to complete the project and current obligations
associated with the project are expected to be financed with a combination of
cash flow from operations, bank and government financing.
    As announced on March 16th 2009 and on April 15, 2009, the Company has
entered into a loan agreements with China Construction Bank and Zhaoyuan
County Government. The total amount of these facilities is RMB 135 million
($25 million) of which RMB 35 million ($6.4 million) has been drawn down.

    
    Conference Call

    Asia Bio-Chem will be hosting a conference call to discuss the second
quarter results and its proposed acquisition at 2 pm Friday, May 15, 2009. The
details are as follows:

    Dial in number:       1-800-731-5774 or 416-644-3421

    Taped replay:         1-877-289-8525 or 416-640-1917
    Pass Code:            21305265 followed by the number sign
                          (available until May 29th, 2009)
    

    About Asia Bio-Chem Group Corp.

    Asia Bio-Chem Group, through its wholly-owned subsidiary in the Peoples
Republic of China ("PRC") is in the business of manufacturing cornstarch and
related products. From its plant in Liaoning Province, the Company produces
approximately 270,000 tonnes of cornstarch, corn germ, gluten and fiber per
year for sale into the domestic market in the PRC. The Company is currently
constructing a second facility in Heilongjiang Province which, upon
completion, is expected to triple production capacity.

    This news release contains certain statements that may be deemed "forward
looking statements". Forward looking statements are statements that are not
historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words
"expects,", "plans", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates",
"projects", "potential" and similar expressions, or that events or conditions
"will", "would", "may", "could" or "should" occur. Although the Company
believes the expectations expressed in such forward looking statements are
based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future
performance and actual results may differ materially from those in forward
looking statements. Forward looking statements are based on the beliefs,
estimates and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements
are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward looking
statements, except as required by law, in the event that management's beliefs,
estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change.

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For further information: For Corporate Information: Asia Bio-Chem Group
Corp., Suite 2105 - 130 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3P5,
Attention: Robert Wilson, Tel: (416) 603-7500

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