WENZHOU, China, Aug. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- ZK International Group Co., Ltd. (ZKIN) ("ZK International" or the "Company"), a designer, engineer, manufacturer, and supplier of patented high-performance stainless steel and carbon steel pipe products primarily used for water and gas supplies, today announced its unaudited financial results for the six months ended March 31, 2021.

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Financial Highlights for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2021

  • Revenue increased 4.98% to a record $42.17 million due to increased domestic orders that drove increased sales volume.
  • Gross profit increased by 46.83% to $4.71 million. Gross margin was 11.16%, compared to 7.98% for the same period of the prior fiscal period. The increase of gross profit was primarily due to increased weighted average selling prices of our water and gas piping products as the result of domestic demand recovery of construction materials and piping infrastructure.
  • Loss from operations was $1.65 million, compared to income from operations of $0.34 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. Operating margin was -3.91%, compared to 0.8% for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The decrease of operating margin was primarily due to one-off developing and marketing expenses incurred for the xSigma trading platform and other newly added business operations.
  • Net loss attributable to ZK International was $0.58 million, or $0.03 per share. This compared to net income attributable to ZK International of $0.09 million, or $0.01 per share, for the same period of the prior fiscal year.
  • Net book value increased to $3.11 per share as of March 31, 2021, compared to $2.66 as of September 30, 2020.


For the Six Months Ended March 31,

($ millions, except per share data)


2021


2020


% Change

Revenue


$42.17


$40.17


4.98%

Gross profit


$4.71


$3.21


46.83%

Gross margin


11.16%


7.98%


3.18% pp*

Income (loss) from operations


$(1.65)


$0.34


-582.45%

Operating margin


-3.91%


0.85%


-4.76% pp*

Net income (loss) attributable to ZK
International


$(0.58)


$0.09


-763.28%

Diluted earnings per share


$(0.03)


$0.01


-367.92%

Net book value per share


$3.11


$2.66


16.96%

* pp: percentage point(s)







Mr. Jiancong Huang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ZK International, commented, "As a Company we continue to grow as we have hit record sales of $42 million for the first half of fiscal year of 2021. With our core business returning to profitability, in what is a competitive landscape, we continue to be a market leader of our proprietary stainless steel and carbon steel pipe products. Our growth is not limited to the Chinese market as we aim to expand our line of products into other European countries, Canada and the United States. In addition to the existing business, leadership at the Company decided to be innovative, and have formed several subsidiaries to develop, market, and execute on a number of initiatives which include raising capital to develop a DeFi Exchange and launch our own tokens, develop a cryptocurrency trading platform and the development of our own NFT Marketplace which will be launched in the Fall of 2021. We expect our core business to grow with a focus of returning to profitability while we establish venture vehicles through operations of our subsidiaries."

Financial Results for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2020

Revenue

Revenue increased by $1,999,238 or 4.98%, to $ 42,168,823 for the six months ended March 31, 2021 from $40,169,585 for the six months ended March 31, 2020. The increase in revenues was primarily driven by our increased sales of stainless steel coil and strip as compared to our stainless steel piping and fitting products. During six months ended March 31, 2021, the sales of stainless steel coil and strip accounts for approximately 53.85% of our total revenue, as compared to 50.84%of our total revenue during six months ended March 31, 2020.

Gross Profit

Our gross profit increased by $1,501,481, or 46.83%, to $4,707,758 for the six months ended March 31, 2021 from $3,206,277 for the six months ended March 31, 2020. Gross profit margin was 11.16% for the six months ended March 31, 2021, as compared to 7.98%% for the six months ended March 31, 2020. The increase of gross profit was primarily due to increased weighted average selling prices of our water and gas piping products as the result of domestic demand recovery of construction materials and piping infrastructure. The gross profit of stainless steel coil products is approximately 0.21% due to the decrease of average selling price of stainless steel coil products, while our water and gas piping products generally have gross margin of 23.75% during six months ended March 31, 2021.

Selling and Marketing Expenses

We incurred $2,769,264 in selling and marketing expenses for the six months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $961,513 for the six months ended March 31, 2020. Selling and marketing expenses increased by $1,807,751, or 188.01%, during the six months ended March 31, 2021 compared to the six months ended March 31, 2020. This increase is primarily due to stock-based marketing expenses we paid to third party for the marketing and promoting services provided to xSigma Corporation, a subsidiary of the Company. On February 15, 2021, ZK entered into a Consultancy Agreement (the "Agreement") with Dentoro Alliance LP, a company incorporated in the Republic of Ireland (the "Consultant"). Pursuant to the Agreement, the Consultant agreed to provide marketing services for the business development of xSigma Corporation, including website development, social media and community management, content creation and public relations management. In exchange for the Consultant's services, the Company agreed to pay the Consultant 250,000 ordinary shares of the Company. The shares are valued at $3.58/share.

General and Administrative expenses

We incurred $1,166,210 in general and administrative expenses for the six months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $1,272,675 for the six months ended March 31, 2020. General and administrative expenses decreased by $106,465, or 8.37%, for the six months ended March 31, 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. The slight decrease is primarily due to decrease in travelling expenses and administrative staff salary.

Research and Development Expenses

We incurred $2,419,355 in research and development expenses for the six months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $630,692 for the six months ended March 31, 2020. R&D expenses increase by $1,788,663, or 283.60%, for the six months ended March 31, 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. The significant increase was primarily due to the expenses we paid to our various subsidiaries to to develop a DeFi exchange, a cryptocurrency trading platform, and an NFT platform.

Income (loss) from Operations

Loss from operations was $1.65 million for the first half of fiscal year 2021, compared to $0.34 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. As a result, operating margin was -3.91% for the first half of fiscal year 2021, compared to 0.85% for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The decreases in operating income and operating margin were primarily related to our expanded operations, increase of research and development expenses and consulting share issuances.

Other Income (Expenses)

Interest expenses were $0.53 million for the first half of fiscal year 2021, compared to $0.42 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. Other income was $0.33 million for the first half of fiscal year 2021, compared to $0.17 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. As a result, total net other expenses were $0.19 million for the first half of fiscal year 2020, compared to $0.25 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. 

Net Income (loss) and earnings per share

As a result of the factors described above, net loss was $1.92 million for the first half of fiscal year 2021, compared to net income of $0.09 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. Net margin was -4.55% for the first half of fiscal year 2021, compared to 0.2% for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

After deducting for non-controlling interests, net loss attributable to ZK International was $0.58 million, or $0.03 per share, for the first half of fiscal year 2021. This compared to net income attributable to ZK International of $0.09 million, or $0.01 per share, for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Financial Condition

As of March 31, 2021, cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $23.79 million, compared to $3.76 million as of September 30, 2020. Short-term bank borrowings were $18.35 million as of March 31, 2021, compared to $17.37 million as of September 30, 2020.

Accounts receivable was $25.77 million as of March 31, 2021, compared to $31.39 million as of September 30, 2020. Inventories were $22.04 million as of March 31, 2021, compared to $21.68 million as of September 30, 2020. Accounts payable was $6.54 million as of March 31, 2021, compared to $10.35 million as of September 30, 2020.

Total current assets and current liabilities were $89.01 million and $37.26 million, respectively, leading to a current ratio of 2.39 as of March 31, 2021. This compared to total current assets and current liabilities were $64.78 million and $40.88 million, respectively, and current ratio of 1.58 as of September 30, 2020.

Net cash used in operating activities was $4.23 million for the six months ended March 31, 2021, compared to net cash provided by operating activities of $1.07 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. Net cash provided by investing activities was $0.06 million for the six months ended March 31, 2021, compared to net cash used in investing activities of $0.57 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. Net cash provided by financing activities was $23.82 million for the six months ended March 31, 2021, compared to net cash used in financing activities of $2.61 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

About ZK International Group Co., Ltd.

ZK International Group Co., Ltd. is a China-based designer, engineer, manufacturer, and supplier of patented high-performance stainless steel and carbon steel pipe products that require sophisticated water or gas pipeline systems. The Company owns 33 patents, 21 trademarks, 2 Technical Achievement Awards, and 10 National and Industry Standard Awards. ZK International is Quality Management System Certified (ISO9001), Environmental Management System Certified (ISO1401), and a National Industrial Stainless Steel Production Licensee that is focused on supplying steel piping for the multi-billion dollar industries of Gas and Water sectors. ZK has supplied stainless steel pipelines for over 2,000 projects, including the Beijing National Airport, the "Water Cube", and "Bird's Nest", which were venues for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  Emphasizing superior properties and durability of its steel piping, ZK International is providing a solution for the delivery of high quality, highly sustainable, environmentally sound drinkable water not only to the China market but also to international markets such as Europe, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.

For more information please visit www.ZKInternationalGroup.com. Additionally, please follow the Company on TwitterFacebookYouTube, and Weibo. For further information on the Company's SEC filings please visit www.sec.gov.

Safe Harbor Statement 

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "could," "estimate" or "continue" or the negative or other variations thereof or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantee of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the control of ZK International. Actual results may differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties, as well as other risk factors that are included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Although ZK International believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of the assumptions could prove inaccurate and, therefore, there can be no assurance that the results contemplated in forward-looking statements will be realized.  In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking information included herein, the inclusion of such information should not be regarded as a representation by ZK International or any other person that their objectives or plans will be achieved. ZK International does not undertake any obligation to revise the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 

 

ZK International Group Co., Ltd. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income (Loss)

For the Six Months Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 (Unaudited)

(IN U.S. DOLLARS, EXCEPT SHARE DATA)




For the Six Months Ended 
March 31,




2021



2020


Revenues



42,168,823



$

40,169,585


Cost of sales



37,461,065




36,963,308


Gross profit



4,707,758




3,206,277











Operating expenses:









Selling and marketing expenses



2,769,264




961,513


General and administrative expenses



1,166,210




1,272,675


Research and development costs



2,419,355




630,692


Total operating expenses



6,354,829




2,864,880











Operating Income (loss)



(1,647,071)




341,397











Other income (expenses):









Interest expenses



(528,598)




(424,463)


Interest income



9,543




3,003


Other income (expenses), net



325,539




170,391


Total other income (expenses), net



(193,516)




(251,069











Income (Loss) before income taxes



(1,840,587)




90,328











Income tax provision



(76,306)




-











Net income (loss)



(1,916,893)



$

90,328


Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests



(1,334,346)




2,500











Net income (loss) attributable to ZK International Group Co., Ltd.



(582,547)



$

87,828











Net income (loss)



(1,916,893)



$

90,328











Other comprehensive income:









Foreign currency translation adjustment



1,863,153




414,042











Total comprehensive income (loss)



(53,740)




504,370


Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests



(1,315,874)




5,098


Comprehensive income attributable to ZK International Group Co., Ltd.



1,262,134




499,272











Basic and diluted earnings per share









Basic



(0.03)




0.01


Diluted



(0.03)




0.01


Weighted average number of shares outstanding









Basic



19,243,252




16,558,037


Diluted



21,743,252




16,558,037


 

 

ZK International Group Co., Ltd. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

As of March 31, 2021 and September 30, 2020 (Unaudited)

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)




2021



2020


Assets









Current assets









Cash and cash equivalents


$

23,792,863



$

3,759,535


Short-term Investment



-




294,568


Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $2,098,282 and $2,020,373,
   respectively



25,772,075




31,393,289


Notes receivable



161,616




192,819


Other receivables



1,038,179




3,337,634


Due from related parties



2,927,769




47,135


Inventories



22,037,116




21,679,258


Advance to suppliers



13,281,349




4,078,256


Total current assets



89,010,967




64,782,494


Property, plant and equipment, net



8,035,478




7,870,680


Intangible assets, net



5,936,851




929,021


Deferred tax assets



750,912




724,612


Long-term deposit



12,266,483




11,836,860


Long-term investment



317,974




306,837


TOTAL ASSETS


$

116,318,665



$

86,450,504


LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY









Current liabilities:









Accounts payable


$

6,543,051



$

10,351,880


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities



2,239,097




4,172,781


Accrued payroll and welfare



1,145,865




1,555,705


Advance from customers



5,338,816




2,345,891


Due to related parties



225,288




1,315,803


Short-term bank borrowings



18,354,498




17,372,894


Other borrowing - short term portion



-




420,741


Notes payables



112,946




153,175


Income tax payable



3,301,236




3,188,615


Total current liabilities



37,260,797




40,877,485


Other borrowing - long term portion



562,447




269,290


TOTAL LIABILITIES


$

37,823,244



$

41,146,775











Equity









Common stock, no par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, 25,553,748 and 16,558,037 shares
   issued and outstanding, respectively









Additional paid-in capital



51,283,674




18,049,630


Statutory surplus reserve



2,904,699




2,904,699


Retained earnings



22,975,762




23,546,921


Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)



2,337,366




492,685


Total equity attributable to ZK International Group Co., Ltd.



79,501,501




44,993,935


Equity attributable to non-controlling interests



(1,006,080)




309,794


Total equity



78,495,421




45,303,729


TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY


$

116,318,665



$

86,450,504


 

 

ZK International Group Co., Ltd. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

For the Six Months Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 (Unaudited)

(IN U.S. DOLLARS)




For the Six Months Ended 
March 31,




2021



2020


Cash Flows from Operating Activities:









Net income


$

(1,916,893)



$

90,328


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:









Depreciation expense



264,887




176,111


Amortization expense



6,605




-


Non-cash expenses



894,167




-


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:









Accounts receivable



6,755,242




(136,090)


Other receivables



2,420,300




(96,109)


Notes receivable



38,197




167,896


Inventories



428,946




2,563,087


Advance to suppliers



(9,053,966)




163,096


Accounts payable



(4,379,215)




(2,002,061)


Notes payable



(45,783)




-


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities



(2,084,882)




263,591


Accrued payroll and welfare



(466,248)




(183,670)


Advance from customers



2,907,425




64,820


Income tax payable



(3,111)




-


Net cash provided (used in) operating activities



(4,234,329)




1,070,999











Cash Flows from Investing Activities:









Purchases of property, plant and equipment



56,013




(608,404)


Proceed from disposal of property, plant and equipment



(4,871)




48,676


Net proceeds placed into long-term deposit



6,715




(14,262)


Net cash used in investing activities



57,857




(574,050)











Cash Flows from Financing activities:









Net proceeds from stock offering



27,340,977




-


Net proceeds released from (placed into) bank acceptance notes



-




(185,764)


Net proceeds released from short-term investment



305,222




277,944


Net proceeds from (repayment to) short-term bank borrowings



351,006




716,659


Net repayment of other borrowing



(156,929)




-


Repayments of loans of related parties



(1,138,134)




(1,474,517)


Cash advance to related parties



(2,878,572)




(1,948,937)


Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities



23,823,569




(2,614,615)











Effect of exchange rate changes on cash



386,231




58,933











Net change in cash and cash equivalents



20,033,328




(2,058,733)


Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of year



3,759,535




3,451,138


Cash and cash equivalents at the end of year


$

23,792,863



$

1,392,405











Supplemental disclosures of cash flows information:









Cash paid for income taxes


$

167,862



$

-


Cash paid for interest expenses


$

524,217



$

450,282


 

 

 

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