IT Tech Packaging, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2024 Unaudited Financial Results

BAODING, China, May 11, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — IT Tech Packaging, Inc. (NYSE American: ITP) (“IT Tech Packaging” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in North China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024.

Mr. Zhenyong Liu commented: “In the first quarter of FY2024, we realized revenue of approximately $6.86 million with a profit of $0.40 million. During the reporting period, domestic packaging paper suffered sluggish demand and prices. In addition, the increase in production capacity of the industry peers, more intense competition from import of finished products and interest rate hikes had posed persistent pressure on the industry. Despite these daunting challenges, China is actively launching various policies to simulate the economy and support enterprises, which is believed to be effective in boosting investment and domestic demand, thereby improving the business environment of the packaging paper industry. Looking forward, we will continue to optimize the raw material structure and minimize the purchase price to ensure production efficiency and consistent quality. We also will explore new products and new markets with appropriate price adjustments to capture greater market share. Meanwhile, we believe that together with the above measures, and better control of the inventory and working capital as well as cash flow, we will make the company a healthy operation in the near future.”

First Quarter 2024 Unaudited Financial Results

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

 ($ millions)

2024

2023

% Change

 Revenues

6.86

19.79

-65.32 %

 Regular Corrugating Medium Paper (“CMP”)*

5.75

16.47

-65.08 %

 Light-Weight CMP**

1.08

3.06

-64.83 %

 Offset Printing Paper

n/a

 Tissue Paper Products

0.22

n/a

  Face Masks

0.04

n/a

 Gross profit

0.40

-0.28

224.08 %

 Gross profit margin

5.81 %

-1.40 %

7.21 pp****

 Regular Corrugating Medium Paper (“CMP”)*

5.68 %

1.93 %

3.75 pp****

 Light-Weight CMP**

3.32 %

3.96 %

-0.64 pp****

 Offset Printing Paper

n/a

 Tissue Paper Products***

-316.80 %

n/a

 Face Masks

-7.97 %

n/a

 Operating income

-3.50

-2.77

-26.31 %

 Net loss

-3.75

-2.73

-37.08 %

 EBITDA

-0.02

1.21

-101.65 %

 Basic and Diluted earnings per share

-0.37

-0.27

-37.04 %

 * Products from PM6

 ** Products from PM1

 *** Products from PM8 and PM9

 **** pp represents percentage points

 

  • Revenue decreased by 65.32% to approximately $6.86 million, mainly due to the production suspension of corrugating medium paper (“CMP”) in January and February of 2024, and production suspension of tissue paper products in the first quarter of 2024.
  • Gross profit was approximately $0.40 million, compared with gross loss of $0.28 for the same period of last year. Total gross profit margin increased by 7.21 percentage point to 5.81%.  
  • Loss from operations was approximately $3.50million, compared to loss from operations of approximately $2.77 million for the same period of last year.
  • Net loss was approximately $3.75 million, or loss per share of $0.37, compared to net loss of approximately $2.73 million, or loss per share of $0.27, for the same period of last year.
  • Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) was approximately negative $0.02 million, compared to $1.21 million for the same period of last year.

Revenue

For the first quarter of 2024, total revenue decreased by 65.32%, to approximately $6.86 million from approximately $19.79 million for the same period of last year. This was mainly due to production suspension of corrugating medium paper (“CMP”) in January and February of 2024, and production suspension of tissue paper products in the first quarter of 2024.

The following table summarizes revenue, volume and ASP by product for the first quarter of 2024 and 2023, respectively:

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

2024

2023

Revenue
($’000)

Volume
(tonne)

ASP
($/tonne)

Revenue
($’000)

Volume
(tonne)

ASP
($/tonne)

 Regular CMP

5,751

15,640

368

16,468

41,663

395

 Light-Weight CMP

1,076

3,030

355

3,060

8,019

382

 Offset Printing Paper

 Tissue Paper Products

223

191

1,167

 Total

6,827

18,670

366

19,751

49,873

396

Revenue
($’000)

Volume
(thousand
pieces)

ASP
($/thousand
pieces)

Revenue
($’000)

Volume
(thousand
pieces)

ASP
($/thousand
pieces)

 Face Masks

35

1,105

32

Revenue from CMP, including both regular CMP and light-Weight CMP, decreased by 65.04%, to approximately $6.83 million and accounted for 100% of total revenue for the first quarter of 2024, compared to approximately $19.53 million, or 98.67% of total revenue for the same period of last year. The Company sold 18,670 tonnes of CMP at an ASP of $366/tonne in the first quarter of 2024, compared to 49,682 tonnes at an ASP of $393/tonne in the same period of last year.

Of the total CMP sales, revenue from regular CMP decreased by 65.08%, to approximately $5.75 million for the first quarter of 2024, compared to revenue of approximately $16.47 million for the same period of last year. The Company sold 15,640 tonnes of regular CMP at an ASP of $368/tonne during the first quarter of 2024, compared to 41,663 tonnes at an ASP of $395/tonne for the same period of last year. Revenue from light-weight CMP decreased by 64.83%, to approximately $1.08 million for the first quarter of 2024, compared to revenue of approximately $3.06  million for the same period of last year. The Company sold 3,030 tonnes of light-weight CMP at an ASP of $355/tonne for the first quarter of 2024, compared to 8,019 tonnes at an ASP of $382/tonne for the same period of last year.

Revenue from offset printing paper was $nil  for the first quarter of 2024 and 2023.

Revenue from tissue paper products was $nil and $222,953 for the three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023, respectively. Production of tissue paper products was suspended during the first quarter of 2024.

Revenue generated from selling face mask were $nil and $35,637 for the three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023, respectively.

Gross Profit (Loss) and Gross Margin

Total cost of sales decreased by 67.79%, to approximately $6.46 million for the first quarter of 2024 from approximately $20.07 million for the same period of last year. This was mainly due to the decrease in sales quantity and the decrease in the unit material costs of CMP.

Total gross profit was approximately $0.40 million for the first quarter of 2024, compare to the gross loss of approximately $0.28 million for the same period of last year as a result of factors described above. Overall gross profit margin was 5.81% for the first quarter of 2024, compared to gross loss margin of 1.40% for the same period of last year. Gross profit (loss) margins for regular CMP, light-weight CMP, offset printing paper, tissue paper products and face mask products were 5.68%, 3.32%, nil%, nil% and nil%, respectively, for the first quarter of 2024, compared to 1.93%, 3.96%, nil%, -316.80% and -7.97%, respectively, for the same period of last year.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) increased by 56.32%, to approximately $3.90 million for the first quarter of 2024 from approximately $2.50 million for the same period of last year.

Loss from Operations

Loss from operations was approximately $3.50 million for the first quarter of 2024, a decrease of 26.31%, from $2.77 million for the same period of last year. Operating loss margin was 51.02% for the first quarter of 2024, compared to 14.01% for the same period of last year.

Net Loss

Net loss was approximately $3.75 million, or loss per share of $0.37 for the first quarter of 2024, compared to $2.73 million, or loss per share of $0.27 for the same period of last year.

EBITDA

EBITDA was approximately $-0.02 million for the first quarter of 2024, compared to  $1.21 million for the same period of last year.

Note 1: Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to our U.S. GAAP results, this press release includes a discussion of EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The Company defines EBITDA as net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is a key measure used by management to evaluate our results and make strategic decisions. Management believes this measure is useful to investors because it is an indicator of operational performance. Because not all companies use identical calculations, the Company’s presentation of EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, and should not be viewed as an alternative to measures of financial performance or changes in cash flows calculated in accordance with the U.S. GAAP.

Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA

(Amounts expressed in US$)

 For the Three Months Ended March 31,

 ($ millions)

2024

2023

 Net loss

-3.75

-2.73

 Add: Income tax

0.04

         Net interest expense

0.21

0.25

         Depreciation and amortization

3.48

3.69

 EBITDA

-0.02

1.21

Cash, Liquidity and Financial Position

As of March 31, 2024, the Company had cash and bank balances, short-term debt (including bank loans, current portion of long-term loans from credit union and related party loans), and long-term debt (including related party loans) of approximately $4.51 million, $9.69 million and $3.24 million, respectively, compared to  approximately $3.92 million, $8.03 million and $4.50 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2023.

Net accounts receivable was approximately $2.39 million as of March 31, 2024, compared to approximately $0.58 million as of December 31, 2023. Net inventory was approximately $3.49 million as of March 31, 2024, compared to approximately $3.56 million as of December 31, 2023. As of March 31, 2024, the Company had current assets of approximately $30.01 million and current liabilities of approximately $24.57 million, resulting in a working capital of approximately $5.44 million. This was compared to current assets of approximately $28.36 million and current liabilities of approximately $21.42 million, resulting in a working capital of approximately $6.94 million as of December 31, 2023.

Net cash provided by operating activities was approximately $0.62 million for the first quarter of 2024, compared to approximately $4.81 million for the same period of last year. Net cash used in investing activities was approximately $0.01 million for the first quarter of 2024, compared to approximately $0.30 million for the same period of last year. Net cash provided by financing activities was approximately $0.42 million for the first quarter of 2024, compared to approximately $2.56 for the same period of last year.

About IT Tech Packaging, Inc.

Founded in 1996, IT Tech Packaging, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products and single-use face masks in North China. Using recycled paper as its primary raw material (with the exception of its tissue paper products), ITP produces and distributes three categories of paper products: corrugating medium paper, offset printing paper and tissue paper products. With production based in Baoding and Xingtai in North China’s Hebei Province, ITP is located strategically close to the Beijing and Tianjin region, home to a growing base of industrial and manufacturing activities and one of the largest markets for paper products consumption in the country. ITP has been listed on the NYSE American since December 2009. For more information, please visit: http://www.itpackaging.cn/.

Safe Harbor Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated, including risks outlined in the Company’s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s latest annual report on Form 10-K. All information provided in this press release speaks as of the date hereof. Except as otherwise required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements.

For more information, please contact:

At the Company
Email: ir@itpackaging.cn
Tel: +86 312 8698215

 

IT TECH PACKAGING, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF MARCH 31, 2024 AND DECEMBER 31, 2023

(unaudited)

March 31,

December 31,

2024

2023

ASSETS

Current Assets

Cash and bank balances

$

4,514,020

$

3,918,938

Restricted cash

903,540

472,983

Accounts receivable (net of allowance for doubtful
accounts of $48,697 and $11,745 as of March 31, 2024 and
December 31, 2023, respectively)

2,386,177

575,526

Inventories

3,492,364

3,555,235

Prepayments and other current assets

17,677,417

18,981,290

Due from related parties

1,041,314

853,929

Total current assets

30,014,832

28,357,901

Prepayment on property, plant and equipment

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

503,221

528,648

Property, plant, and equipment, net

160,205,120

163,974,022

Value-added tax recoverable

1,872,931

1,883,078

Deferred tax asset non-current

Total Assets

$

192,596,104

$

194,743,649

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current Liabilities

Short-term bank loans

$

845,666

$

423,567

Current portion of long-term loans

8,116,984

6,874,497

Lease liability

102,154

100,484

Accounts payable

241,779

4,991

Advance from customers

110,787

136,167

Notes payable

246,501

Due to related parties

730,095

728,869

Accrued payroll and employee benefits

310,687

237,842

Other payables and accrued liabilities

13,869,095

12,912,517

Total current liabilities

24,573,748

21,418,934

Long-term loans

3,241,720

4,503,932

Lease liability – non-current

491,908

483,866

Derivative liability

20

54

Total liabilities (including amounts of the consolidated
VIE without recourse to the Company of $21,648,803 and
$20,084,995 as of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023,
respectively)

28,307,396

26,406,786

Commitments and Contingencies

Stockholders’ Equity

Common stock, 50,000,000 shares authorized, $0.001 par
value per share, 10,065,920 shares issued and
outstanding as of March 31, 2024 and December, 31, 2023.

10,066

10,066

Additional paid-in capital

89,172,771

89,172,771

Statutory earnings reserve

6,080,574

6,080,574

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(10,857,153)

(10,555,534)

Retained earnings

79,882,450

83,628,986

Total stockholders’ equity

164,288,708

168,336,863

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

$

192,596,104

$

194,743,649

 

 

IT TECH PACKAGING, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2024 AND 2023

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2024

2023

Revenues

$

6,863,841

$

19,790,877

Cost of sales

(6,464,728)

(20,067,876)

Gross Profit (Loss)

399,113

(276,999)

Selling, general and administrative expenses

(3,900,783)

(2,495,362)

Loss from Operations

(3,501,670)

(2,772,361)

Other Income (Expense):

Interest income

2,183

136,268

Interest expense

(210,290)

(249,169)

Gain (Loss) on derivative liability

34

152,097

Loss before Income Taxes

(3,709,743)

(2,733,165)

Provision for Income Taxes

(36,793)

Net Loss

(3,746,536)

(2,733,165)

Other Comprehensive (Loss) Income

Foreign currency translation adjustment

(301,619)

2,502,756

Total Comprehensive Loss

$

(4,048,155)

$

(230,409)

Losses Per Share:

Basic and Diluted Losses per Share

$

(0.37)

$

(0.27)

Outstanding – Basic and Diluted

10,065,920

10,065,920

 

 

IT TECH PACKAGING, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS FOR

THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2024 AND 2023

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2024

2023

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:

Net income

$

(3,746,536)

$

(2,733,165)

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

3,481,788

3,686,243

(Gain) Loss on derivative liability

(34)

(152,097)

(Gain) Loss from disposal and impairment of property, plant and equipment

12,926

(Recovery from) Allowance for bad debts

36,942

(246,386)

Allowances for inventories, net

(2,951)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(1,847,112)

(1,988,921)

Prepayments and other current assets

1,276,805

9,461,336

Inventories

59,612

(3,062,782)

Accounts payable

236,603

(5,101)

Advance from customers

(25,123)

Notes payable

246,299

Related parties

(187,484)

(128,625)

Accrued payroll and employee benefits

73,213

126,986

Other payables and accrued liabilities

1,022,398

263,712

Income taxes payable

(424,198)

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

624,420

4,809,928

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(9,027)

(295,018)

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

(9,027)

(295,018)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

Proceeds from short term bank loans

422,488

Proceeds from long term loans

2,623,410

Repayment of bank loans

(2,915)

Payment of capital lease obligation

(55,849)

Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities

422,488

2,564,646

Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents

(12,242)

146,516

Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents

1,025,639

7,226,072

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash – Beginning of Period

4,391,921

9,524,868

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash – End of Period

$

5,417,560

$

16,750,940

Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information:

Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized interest cost

$

137,340

$

84,040

Cash paid for income taxes

$

$36,793

$

424,198

Cash and bank balances

4,514,020

16,750,940

Restricted cash

903,540

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash shown in the statement of cash flows

5,417,560

16,750,940

 

 

View original content to download multimedia: Read More