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Recon Technology Announces FY20 Sales Were Roughly $9.3M Down 35.8% YoY

BEIJING, Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Recon Technology, Ltd. (NASDAQ:RCON) ("Recon" or the "Company"), a China-based independent solutions integrator in the oilfield service and

· 10/09/2020 17:05

BEIJING, Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Recon Technology, Ltd. (NASDAQ:RCON) ("Recon" or the "Company"), a China-based independent solutions integrator in the oilfield service and environmental protection, electric power and coal chemical industries, today announced its financial results for fiscal year 2020.

Fiscal 2020 Financial Highlights:

  • Total cost of revenues for fiscal year 2020 decreased by 36.4% to $6.5 million(RMB46.2 million). 
  • Gross profit for fiscal year 2020 was $2.8 million (RMB19.6 million). Gross profit margin for fiscal year 2020 was 29.8%, an increase of 0.6 percentage points compared to fiscal year 2019. 
  • Net loss attributable to Recon for fiscal year 2020 was $2.7 million (RMB19.2 million), or $0. 59 (RMB4.16) per basic and diluted share, compared to $3.5 million (RMB24.0 million), or $0.92 (RMB6.49) per basic and diluted share for the fiscal year 2019.

Management Commentary

Mr. Shenping Yin, co-founder and CEO of Recon, stated, "The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on our operation of the second-half of fiscal 2020, resulted in a delay in project performance timeline and thus delayed recognition of revenue. Nevertheless, we are pleased with our ability to handle such challenge and we believe our delayed projects will be completed methodically as social and overall conditions in China resume. We're also very proud that our clients remained stable and we believe our strategy to establish long term cooperation with clients valuing our essential automation solution and value-added services will help us reposition our business by bringing more resources through companies that want to adopt effective online and industrial automotive solutions and Internet-of-Things in China."

"We believe Recon has been prepared for larger projects in automation and environmental protection segments. We never stop improving our business structure and focusing on opportunities that can leverage our knowledge and experience in energy industry. We believe all our current efforts will drive our long-term net profit growth targets," concluded Mr. Yin.

Fiscal 2020 Financial Results:

Revenue

Total revenues were approximately RMB65.8 million ($9.3 million), representing a decrease of 35.8% compared to fiscal year 2019.

Automation products and software. Revenues from automation products and software decreased to approximately RMB51.4 million ($7.3 million), representing a decrease of 19.1% from fiscal year 2019. The decrease was primarily due to the postponed acceptance of several projects and less expenditures budgeted by Shenhua Group and decreased orders from Xinjiang East Hope New Energy Co., Ltd. 

Equipment and accessories. Revenue from equipment and accessories decreased to approximately RMB14.2 million ($2.0 million), representing a decrease of 40.6%from fiscal year 2019, mainly due to less demand of the Company's products by oilfield companies as a result of low oil price.

Oilfield environmental protection. Revenue from oilfield environmental protection decreased by 99.2% to almost nil for this period, mainly affected by late acceptance inspection of the Company's Gansu production project, thus orders were not fulfilled and revenue was not recognized during the fiscal year 2020. 

Cost and Margin

Total cost of revenues decreased by 36.4% to approximately RMB46.2 million ($6.5 million), mainly due to the decreased cost in line with revenue.

Gross profit decreased to approximately RMB19.6 million ($2.8 million), representing a decrease of 34.4% from fiscal year 2019. Gross margin was maintained at a same level of 29.8%, compared to a 29.2% of last year. Specifically, gross margin for automation and equipment segments were all improved during fiscal year 2020. The Company expects that the gross margin for oilfield environmental protection segment will be back to a 40% level when the treatment process is completed and revenue is recognized.

Operating Expenses 

Total operating expenses decreased to approximately RMB39.8 million ($5.6 million), representing a decrease of 26.5%. 

Selling and distribution expenses. Selling and distribution expenses were approximately RMB4.4 million ($0.6 million), representing a 51.3% decrease from fiscal year 2019. This decrease was mainly caused by less traveling expenses and entertainment expenses as the Company tried to control its operating expenditure, as well as the restriction on travelling and outdoor activities imposed by PRC government due to the COVID-19 during the fiscal year 2020.

General and Administrative Expenses. General and administrative expenses was approximately RMB26.1 million ($3.7 million), representing a 36.7% decrease from fiscal year 2019. The decrease was mainly due to the decrease in stock-based compensation expense.

Research and development expenses. Research and development expenses were approximately RMB7.0 million ($1.0 million), representing an increase of 7.6% from fiscal year 2019. This increase was primarily due to more expenses spent on design of new automation platform systems.

Net Loss

Loss from operations was RMB20.2 million ($2.9 million), representing a decrease of 22.0% from fiscal year 2019, which was a loss of RMB25.8 million.

Basic and diluted EPS. Basic and diluted net loss per share were RMB4.16 ($0.59), compared to RMB6.49 ($0.92) in fiscal year 2019.

Financial Condition

As of June 30,2020, the Company had cash of RMB30.3 million ($4.3 million), compared to RMB4.5 million as of June 30, 2019. As of June 30, 2020, the Company had working capital of RMB64.1 million ($9.1 million), while as of June 30, 2019, the Company had working capital of RMB55.7 million. The increase was mainly contributed to securities offerings during May and June of 2020.

Net cash used in operating activities was RMB5.2 million ($0.7 million) for fiscal year 2020, compared to net cash used in operating activities of approximately RMB32.2 million for fiscal year 2019. Net cash used in investing activities was RMB2.1 million ($0.3 million) for fiscal year 2020, compared to RMB13.5 millionfor fiscal year 2019. Net cash provided by financing activities was RMB33.2 million($4.7 million) for fiscal year 2020, compared to net cash provided by financing activities of RMB3.5 million for fiscal year 2019.

Exchange Rate

The translation of RMB amounts into U.S. dollars are included solely for the convenience of readers and have been made at the rate of RMB7.06973 to $1.00, the approximate exchange rate prevailing on December 31, 2019.