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ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc. Announces First Half 2018 Financial Results

November 12, 2018

BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 12, 2018--ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:RETO) (“ReTo” or the “Company”), a manufacturer and distributor of eco-friendly construction materials as well as equipment used for the production of these eco-friendly construction materials, and consultation, design, project implementation and construction of urban ecological environments including those for the purpose of capturing, controlling and reusing rainwater, commonly called “sponge cities”, today announced its financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2018.

First Half 2018 Financial Highlights

Revenues increased by 28% to $19.14 million primarily due to the increases in machinery and equipment sales and construction material sales. Gross profit increased by 38% to $10.41 million while gross margin increased by 4 percentage points to 54.4%. Income from operations was $3.33 million, compared to $4.23 million for the same period of last year. The decrease was mainly due to increase in bad debt expense of $2.67 million and partially offset by the increase in gross profit. Operating margin was 17.4%, compared to 28.2% for the same period of last year. Net income attributable to ReTo was $2.19 million, or $0.09 per share. This compared to $2.64 million, or $0.15 per share, for the same period of last year.

Mr. Hengfang Li, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ReTo, commented, “With revenues and gross profit increasing by 28% and 38%, respectively, our first half of 2018 financial results highlighted continued strength in our business. However, our bottom line was negatively impacted by an increase in bad debt expense of $2.67 million in the first half of 2018. Looking ahead, with a robust order book, we expect the growth of our business to continue in the near future.”

Revenues

Revenues increased by $4.15 million, or 28%, to $19.14 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 from $14.99 million for the same period of last year. The increase was primarily attributable to the increased sales from our machinery and equipment sales and construction material sales.

The machinery and equipment we manufacture mostly consist of large-scale automatic environmental protection materials production equipment with hydraulic integration, which can be used to produce various types of eco-friendly construction materials and meet the needs of various ecological projects. Revenues from our machinery and equipment segment increased by $1.85 million, or 27%, to $8.83 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 from $6.98 million for the same period of last year.

Construction materials are mostly environmental-friendly – made from mining waste (iron tailings) and fly-ash and used for ground works, landscaping, hydraulic engineering projects and wall projects. Revenues from construction materials increased by $2.18 million, or 27%, to $10.19 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 from $8.01 million for the same period of last year. The increase in revenues from our construction materials was related to increases in both sales volume and average selling price (“ASP”).

Municipal construction includes such projects as sponge city projects, sewage pipeline construction, public plaza construction, and landscaping. Our environmental-friendly construction materials such as brick and block may be used in these municipal construction projects as required by local governments. Revenues from municipal construction projects were $0.13 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018. We did not book revenues from municipal construction projects for the same period of last year.

We started to provide environmental-protection related consulting services to customers in the second half of 2016. Our subsidiaries Beijing REIT and Dingxuan provided such services to customers by assisting them in planning the environmental-protection projects, providing market research and feasibility reports, reviewing and assisting customers to finalize the design, installation, testing and inspection, as well as providing employee training services. We didn’t book revenues from technological consulting and other services for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Revenues from machinery and equipment, construction materials, and municipal construction projects accounted for 46.1%, 53.2%, and 0.7%, respectively, of total revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to 46.5%, 53.5%, and nil, respectively, for the same period of last year.

Cost of goods sold

Cost of goods sold increased by $1.28 million, or 17%, to $8.73 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 from $7.45 million for the same period of last year. The increase was in line with the increase in revenue and was also attributable to lower material costs for our machinery and equipment sales in six months ended June 30, 2018.

Costs of goods sold for machinery and equipment, construction materials, and municipal construction projects were $3.17 million, $5.47 million, and $0.09 million, respectively, for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to $2.99 million, $4.46 million, and $nil, respectively, for the same period of last year.

Gross profit

Gross profit increased by $2.87 million, or 38%, to $10.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 from $7.54 million for the same period of last year. Gross margin was 54% for the six months ended June 30, 2018 as compared to 50% for the same period of last year. The increase in gross margin was primarily attributable to higher selling prices and higher gross margins related to our machinery and equipment sales during the six months ended June 30, 2018.

Gross profits for machinery and equipment, construction materials, and municipal construction projects were $5.66 million, $4.72 million, and $0.03 million, respectively, for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to $3.99 million, $3.55 million, and $nil, respectively, for the same period of last year. Gross margins for machinery and equipment, construction materials, and municipal construction projects were 64.1%, 46.3%, and 26.6%, respectively, for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to 57.1%, 44.4%, and nil, respectively, for the same period of last year.

Operating expenses

Selling expenses increased by $0.01 million, or 2%, to $0.61 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 from $0.60 million for the same period of last year. As a percentage of revenues, selling expenses represented 3% of revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2018 as compared to 4% for the same period of last year. The increase in selling expenses was in line with the increase of total sales.

General and administrative expenses increased by $0.98 million, or 53% to $2.82 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 from $1.84 million for the same period of last year. The increase was mainly due to increased payroll expenses in 2018, and other professional service fees incurred after the Company became a public filer.

Bad debt expenses increased by $2.67 million, or 438%, to $3.28 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 as compared to $0.61 million for the same period of last year. The increase was due to slow collections and the slow down of the economy in China in 2018, especially for the construction industry together with other general increases in salary and office expenses.

Research and development expenses increased by $0.11 million, or 44%, to $0.37 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 from $0.26 million for the same period of last year. The increase was in line with the increase in revenue. The Company is committed to invest more in research and development for more environmentally friendly construction material products.

Total operating expenses increased by $3.77 million, or 114%, to $7.08 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 from $3.31 million for the same period of last year, which was mainly due to increases in general and administrative expenses, and the increase in bad debt expenses of $2.67 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018.

Operating income

Operating income was $3.33 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, a decrease of $0.90 million or 21% from operating income of $4.23 million for the same period of last year.

Other expenses, net

Other expense was $0.45 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 as compared to $0.56 million for the same period of last year. The slight decrease of other expenses was mainly due to less interest expense incurred for the six months ended June 30, 2018.

Provision for income taxes

Provision for income taxes was approximately $0.74 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, a decrease of $0.1 million, or 12%, from $0.84 million for the same period of last year. The provision was mainly derived from one of the Company’s main operating entities, Beijing REIT Technology Development Co., Ltd. (“Beijing REIT”), which was profitable for the six months ended June 30, 2018.

Net income

Net income was $2.14 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, a decrease of $0.7 million, or 25%, from net income of $2.84 million for the same period of last year.

After deducting for non-controlling interest, net income attributable to ReTo was $2.19 million, or $0.09 per basic and diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2018. This compared to net income attributable to ReTo of $2.64 million, or $0.15 per basic and diluted share, for the same period of last year.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, the Company had cash of approximately $6.46 million and $10.86 million, and working capital of approximately $14.93 million and $7.05 million, respectively.

For the six months ended June 30, 2018 and for the year ended December 31, 2017, our accounts receivable turnover in days were 323 days and 171 days, respectively. The deterioration of our accounts receivable was mainly due to the slow down of the overall economy in China, which has a negative impact on the construction industry. Although we believe that we have developed a robust receivable management system and have not incurred a situation where an accounts receivable has become uncollectable, as our business continues to scale, we believe that our accounts receivable balance will continue to grow. This, in turn, increases our risk for bad debts and uncollectible receivables. To the extent we incur additional bad debts and/or uncollectible receivables, our business, financial condition and results of operation may be materially and adversely affected.

The instances of slow payments and long-aging receivables may have a negative impact on our short-term operating cash flow and future liquidity. We periodically review our accounts receivable and allowance level in order to ensure our methodology used to determine allowances is reasonable and accrue additional allowances if necessary. We have recently put a lot of effort into accounts receivable collection by tightening our customer credit policy and strengthening the monitoring of our uncollected receivables. If the Company has difficulty collecting an account, the following steps will be taken, including but not limited to: cease any additional shipments to the customer, visit the customer to request payments on past due invoices, and if necessary, take legal recourse. If all of these steps are unsuccessful, management will determine whether or not the receivable will be reserved or written off.

Net cash used in operating activities was $5.68 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, a decrease of $8.39 million from $2.71 million in net cash provided by operating activities for the six months ended June 30, 2017. The decrease in operating cash flow was mainly due to increased accounts receivable of approximately $2.37 million, increased inventory of approximately $1.60 million, increased advances to suppliers of approximately $4.35 million, increased prepayment and other assets of approximately $1.32 million, decreased accounts payable of approximately $1.99 million, decreased taxes payable of approximately $0.85 million, and decreased advances from customers of approximately $1.30 million, offset by increased accruals and other liabilities of approximately $1.73 million.

Net cash used in investing activities was $0.47 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to net cash used in investing activities of $0.91 million for the same period of last year. The net cash used in investing activities in the six months ended June 2018 and 2017 were payments for the construction in progress (“CIP”) projects to build a new factory facility and purchase of equipment for the Company’s subsidiary REIT Xinyi.

Net cash provided by financing activities was $2.20 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to net cash used in financing activities of $2.09 million for the same period of last year. Net cash provided by financing activities for the six months ended June 30, 2018 was primarily due to proceeds from long-term and short-term bank loans totaling $16.81 million, offset by the repayment of short-term and long-term bank loans totaling $14.30 million. Net cash used in financing activities for the six months ended June 30, 2017 was primarily due to proceeds from bank loans totaling $4.55 million, offset by the repayment of bank loans totaling $6.64 million.

Recent Developments

On November 6, 2018, the Company held its annual meeting of stockholders (the “Meeting”). At the Meeting, the Company’s stockholders: 1) re-elected Xingchun Wang and Zhi Li as Class B directors to serve terms ending at the third succeeding annual meeting of stockholders in 2021 or until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified; 2) ratified the appointment of Friedman LLP as the company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018; and 3) approved the Company’s 2018 Share Incentive Plan.

On June 28, 2018, the Company and JD.com, China’s largest retailer, announced a partnership in sustainable building. The partnership was created due to the sustainable building movement, which is picking up steam in China in the last few years, and consumers are increasingly looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints. JD and ReTo will collaborate on a range of strategic initiatives, including eco-friendly construction materials, eco-towns, and smart cities, among others. Working with the China Academy of Building Research, the two companies are also committed to establishing a joint research program to develop and promote eco-friendly products. Through the purchase of products such as ReTo’s signature eco-friendly paving tiles, businesses and individual customers on JD’s e-commerce platform will be able to help minimize carbon emissions to cause their buildings to become more energy efficient.

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About ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc.

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Beijing, ReTo is a manufacturer and distributor of eco-friendly construction materials (aggregates, bricks, pavers and tiles), made from mining waste (iron tailings) and fly-ash, as well as equipment used for the production of these eco-friendly construction materials. The Company also provides a full range of eco-friendly project solutions, including consultation, design, project implementation and construction, relating to all stages of sponge-city projects for customers. The Company’s clients are located or have been located in mainland China, and internationally, including Canada, the United States, Middle East, India, Maldives North Africa and Brazil.

Notice

Rounding amounts and percentages: Certain amounts and percentages included in this press release have been rounded for ease of presentation. Percentage figures included in this press release have not in all cases been calculated on the basis of such rounded figures, but on the basis of such amounts prior to rounding. For this reason, certain percentage amounts in this press release may vary from those obtained by performing the same calculations using the figures in the financial statements. In addition, certain other amounts that appear in this press release may not sum due to rounding.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press 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. When the Company uses words such as “may,” “will,” “intend,” “should,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “estimate” or similar expressions that do not relate solely to historical matters, it is making forward-looking statements. Specifically, the Company’s statements regarding: 1) the Company’s business outlook and growth; 2) the Company’s ability to manage its accounts receivables; 3) the Company’s plan to invest more in research and development for more environmentally friendly construction material products; 4) the success of its partnership with JD.com; 5) the planned joint research program with the China Academy of Building Research and JD.com to develop and promote eco-friendly products; and 6) the ability of ReTo’s products to help minimize carbon emissions to cause their buildings to become more energy efficient are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations discussed in the forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to uncertainties and risks including, but not limited to, the following: the Company’s goals and strategies; the Company’s future business development; product and service demand and acceptance; changes in technology; economic conditions; the growth of construction in China and internationally; reputation and brand; the impact of competition and pricing; government regulations; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions in China and internationally and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing and other risks contained in reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For these reasons, among others, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements in this press release. Additional factors are discussed in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available for review at www.sec.gov. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof.

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KEYWORD: ASIA PACIFIC CHINA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BUILDING SYSTEMS MANUFACTURING OTHER MANUFACTURING REIT CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY COMMERCIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE

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