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Lihua International Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

November 9, 2012

DANYANG, China, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Lihua International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIWA) (“Lihua” or the “Company”), a leading Chinese developer, designer, and manufacturer of low cost, high quality alternatives to pure copper products, including refined copper products, copper wire and copper clad aluminum (“CCA”) wire, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Third Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights

  • Sales increased 53.5% year-over-year to $238.8 million.
  • Gross profit increased 29.8% year-over-year to $25.3 million.
  • Net income was $17.2 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, compared with $13.5 million, or $0.45 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2011.
  • Non-GAAP net income(1) was $16.8 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, compared with $12.9 million, or $0.43 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2011.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(2) was $23.6 million, compared with $17.6 million in the third quarter of 2011.
  • Strong balance sheet with $130.5 million in cash and cash equivalents, or $4.37 per diluted share, as of September 30, 2012, compared with $105.6 million, or $3.52 per diluted share, as of December 31, 2011.
  • Cash flow from operations of $7.0 million, compared with cash flow from operations of $8.7 million in the third quarter of 2011.

Third Quarter and Recent Business Highlights

  • As of September 30, 2012, production on the Company’s second and third copper anode smelters had reached nearly 4,200 metric tons per month. This is an increase of approximately 50% over approximately 2,800 metric tons in August and is at or near designed capacity of 50,000 metric tons on an annualized basis.
  • Laid foundation for fourth 25,000-ton copper anode smelter, with construction expected to begin in the first half of 2013.
  • Completed build-out of five factories and three warehouses on the Company’s 30-acre plant site, with the remainder of the site to be completed in 2013.
  • Completed trial production in third quarter and achieved industry qualification of new CCA cable and wire products in the fourth quarter; planned commercial launch in 2013.

“We are pleased with the growth we achieved in the third quarter, as well as the strategic progress we have made throughout 2012. We are approaching the end of the year with solid momentum and are on track to see even greater strategic and operational growth in the years to come,” said Mr. Jianhua Zhu, Lihua’s founder, chairman and CEO. “Copper anode production is near full capacity while demand for our anode, wire and rod products remains strong and continues to grow, supporting strong financial performance in spite of ASP pressure related to a decline in copper prices.

“Our broader expansion initiatives are proceeding according to plan, as we have completed five new factories and three warehouses on the 30-acre plant site and maintain our expectation that the site will be fully developed, including an additional copper anode smelter, next year. In addition, we are planning to transfer our first copper anode smelter to the anode production facility on the new plant site to optimize anode production efficiency. We recently completed test production of our forthcoming CCA cable and wire product and had it qualified for its intended application. We look forward to the commercial launch of this revolutionary product in the second half of 2013. Demand from the end markets we currently serve and those we plan to serve continues to accelerate, putting Lihua in an ideal position for long-term growth and success. We have a clear vision for the future of the Company, as well as a solid plan and the financial resources necessary to achieve our growth objectives. We are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and look forward to sharing our accomplishments with the investment community along the way,” concluded Mr. Zhu.

Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Sales for the third quarter of 2012 increased 53.5% to $238.8 million, compared with sales of $155.6 million in the third quarter of 2011. The increase in revenue resulted from higher sales across all of our product categories due to increased production volume as a result of strong market demand for the Company’s products; the copper rod smelter production capacity increase was completed in October 2011, along with completing the addition of two copper anode smelters in June 2012. The increased sales volume was partially offset by a decline in copper prices during the third quarter of 2012 relative to the same period last year. Lihua’s CCA and copper wire products, copper anode and copper rod accounted for sales of $101.2 million, $118.2 million and $19.3 million, respectively, in the third quarter of 2012. This compares with CCA and copper wire sales of $77.2 million, and copper anode sales of $78.4 million in the third quarter of 2011. During the third quarter of 2012, the average selling price of Lihua’s products was $7,981 per metric ton, compared with $9,491 per metric ton in the same period last year, reflecting a decrease of 15.9% year-over-year.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2012 was $25.3 million, an increase of 29.8% from gross profit of $19.5 million for the third quarter of 2011. As a percentage of total sales, gross margin declined to 10.6% in the third quarter of 2012 from 12.5% for the same period last year. The decrease was primarily due to the additional production and sales of lower margin products including copper anode, copper rod, and fine copper wire.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses for the third quarter of 2012 were $2.8 million, up 31.3%, compared with $2.1 million in the same period of 2011. The rise in SG&A was related to higher product distribution and insurance costs, higher shipping and handling costs directly related to our increased business volume and scale of operations, as well as our continued investment in new technology and research and development.

The Company recorded no interest expense in the third quarter of 2012, compared with interest expense of $0.04 million in the third quarter of 2011.

For the three months ended September 30, 2012, provision for income tax expense was $5.9 million, compared with $4.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011. The effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2012 was 25.4%, compared to 24.6% for the third quarter of 2011.

Net income for the third quarter of 2012 was $17.2 million, or $0.58 per share, based on 29.9 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding, compared with net income of $13.5 million, or $0.45 per share, based on 30.0 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding during the same period in 2011.

Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2012 was $16.8 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $12.9 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP net income excludes the impact of a gain of $0.45 million and a gain of $0.63 million, related to the change in the fair value of warrants, in the third quarters of 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2012 was $23.6 million, compared with $17.6 million for the same period in the prior year.

Balance Sheet

As of September 30, 2012, Lihua had $130.5 million, or $4.37 per diluted share, in cash and cash equivalents, compared with $105.6 million, or $3.52 per diluted share, as of December 31, 2011. As of September 30, 2012, Lihua had working capital of $195.2 million and no debt.

Outlook

The Company began production on its two new copper anode smelters on June 1, 2012, increasing copper anode capacity to 85,000 tons per year. Additional construction on the Company’s 30-acre plant site is scheduled for completion in 2013. The Company has completed construction of five factory buildings and three warehouse and storage facilities. The remainder of the site, which includes a new R&D center, office space and employee facilities, will be completed in 2013.

The Company reiterates its full-year 2012 guidance of gross profit in the range of $84-87 million, and non-GAAP net income in the range of $54-57 million for the full year 2012, representing year-over-year growth of 11-15% and 8-14%, respectively. The Company expects the growth in 2012 will be largely the result of the additional copper anode capacity and continued strong demand in China for recycled copper and copper alternative products in end markets that include household appliances, consumer white goods and infrastructure.

Conference Call and Webcast

Management of Lihua International will host a conference call today, November 9, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss the third quarter 2012 financial results.

Individuals interested in participating in the conference may do so by dialing 1-877-941-8418 in the U.S. and Canada, or 1-480-629-9809 internationally.

Those interested in listening to the conference call live via the Internet may do so by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company’s Web site at: http://www.lihuaintl.com/Investor_Relations/Events_Presentations.html.

For those unable to participate, an audio replay of the call will be available beginning approximately one hour after the conclusion of the live call through November 16, 2012. The audio replay can be accessed by dialing 1-800-406-7325 from the U.S or Canada, or 1-303-590-3030 internationally, and entering access ID No. 4573779#. Following the live webcast, an online archive will be available for 90 days.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses non-GAAP net income and other non-GAAP metrics such as Adjusted EBITDA to provide information about its operating trends. Investors are cautioned that non-GAAP net income and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of liquidity or of financial performance under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”).

The Company defines non-GAAP net income as net income excluding the change in fair value of warrants and other one-time or non-recurring items that are evaluated on an individual basis. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income before depreciation and amortization, interest income/expense, income taxes, change in fair value of warrants and non-cash share-based compensation expenses. The non-GAAP net income and Adjusted EBITDA numbers presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Non-GAAP net income and Adjusted EBITDA, while providing useful information, should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income or cash flows as determined under GAAP. Consistent with Regulation G under the U.S. federal securities laws, the non-GAAP measures in this press release have been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure, and this reconciliation is located under the headingsNon-GAAP Net Income Calculation” and “Adjusted EBITDA Calculation” below.

Non-GAAP Net Income Calculation

                                                     For the Three Months
                                                     Ended September 30,
                                                     -------------------
                                                            2012                  2011
                                                            ----                  ----
    Net income                                      $                      $
                                                      17,226,638            13,528,083
      Gain on Extinguishment of Warrant Liabilities            -                     -
      Change in fair value of warrants
                                                        (451,000)             (629,000)
                                                        --------              --------
    Non-GAAP Net Income                             $
                                                      16,775,638            12,899,083
    ---                                               ----------            ----------

Adjusted EBITDA Calculation

                                                    For the Three Months
                                                    Ended September 30,
                                                    -------------------
                                                                           2012          2011
                                                                           ----          ----
    Net income                                      $                           $
                                                                     17,226,638    13,528,083
      Depreciation and amortization                                   1,035,925       294,080
      Share-based compensation expense                                   98,834       112,204
      Gain on Extinguishment of Warrant Liabilities -                         -
      Change in fair value of warrants
                                                                       (451,000)    (629,000)
      Interest income
                                                                       (138,081)    (135,276)
      Interest expenses                                                       -
                                                                                      38,694
      Provision for income tax
                                                                      5,858,831    4,418,812
    ---                                                               ---------    ---------
    Adjusted EBITDA                                                 $23,631,147  $17,627,597
    ---------------                                                 -----------  -----------

About Lihua International, Inc.

Lihua, through its two wholly owned subsidiaries, Lihua Electron and Lihua Copper, is a leading value-added manufacturer of copper replacement products for China’s rapidly growing copper wire and copper replacement product market. Lihua is one of the first vertically integrated companies in China to develop, design and manufacture lower cost, high quality alternatives to pure copper magnet wire and pure copper alternative products. Lihua’s products include CCA and refined copper products. Current product offerings include CCA and pure copper wire, copper rod and copper anode. Except for CCA wire, all other products are produced from recycled scrap copper. Lihua’s products are sold in China either directly to manufacturers or through distributors in the wire and cable industries and manufacturers in a wide variety of industries including the consumer electronics, white goods, automotive, utility, telecommunications and specialty cable industries. Lihua’s corporate and manufacturing headquarters are located in the heart of China’s copper industry in Danyang, Jiangsu Province. For more information, visit: http://www.lihuaintl.com.

To be added to the Company’s email distribution for future news releases, please send your request to lihua@tpg-ir.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains certain statements that may be deemed to be “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. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, without limitation, statements about its business or growth strategy, general industry conditions including availability of copper or recycled scrap copper, future operating results of the Company, capital expenditures, expansion and growth opportunities, bank borrowings, financing activities and other such matters, are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that its expectations stated in this press release are based on reasonable assumptions, actual results may differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

Please note that information in this press release reflects management views as of the date of issuance.

    (1) Lihua defines non-GAAP net income
     as net income excluding the change in
     fair value of warrants, gain on
     extinguishment of warrant liabilities,
     and other one-time or non-recurring
     items that are evaluated on an
     individual basis. Lihua uses non-GAAP
     net income and other non-GAAP metrics
     to provide information about its
     operating trends.

    (2) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP
     measurement. Lihua defines Adjusted
     EBITDA as net income before
     depreciation and amortization, interest
     income/expense, income taxes, gain on
     extinguishment of warrant liabilities,
     change in fair value of warrants and
     non-cash share-based compensation
     expenses.

Contact:
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Investor Relations
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lihua@tpg-ir.com

                                                                                            LIHUA INTERNATIONAL, INC.
                                                                                      CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                                                                                        (AMOUNTS EXPRESSED IN US DOLLARS)

                                                                                                                            September 30,       December 31,
                                                                                                                                          2012          2011
                                                                                                                                          ----          ----
    ASSETS
    ------
    CURRENT ASSETS
    Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                                     $130,485,201  $105,637,627
    Accounts receivable, net                                                                                                        42,380,509    31,082,460
    Prepayments for raw material purchases                                                                                          16,896,047    21,882,977
    Other receivables, deposits and prepayments                                                                                      1,050,111     1,882,864
    Prepaid land use right - current portion                                                                                           402,472       405,034
    Deferred income tax assets                                                                                                          24,540       200,588
    Inventories                                                                                                                     22,163,524    15,502,246
                                                                                                                                    ----------    ----------
    Total current assets                                                                                                           213,402,404   176,593,796
                                                                                                                                   -----------   -----------
    OTHER ASSETS
    Property, plant and equipment, net                                                                                              47,086,905    20,565,875
    Construction in progress                                                                                                                 -    18,794,910
    Deposits for plant and equipment                                                                                                         -     3,428,082
    Prepaid land use right - long-term portion                                                                                      18,484,925    18,906,280
    Intangible assets                                                                                                                        -           170
                                                                                                                                           ---           ---
    Total non-current assets                                                                                                        65,571,830    61,695,317
                                                                                                                                    ----------    ----------
    Total assets                                                                                                                  $278,974,234  $238,289,113
                                                                                                                                  ============  ============

    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
    ------------------------------------
    CURRENT LIABILITIES
    Accounts payable                                                                                                                $7,185,703    $6,066,261
    Other payables and accruals                                                                                                      4,917,883     6,370,833
    Income taxes payable                                                                                                             5,893,096     4,607,533
    Dividend payable                                                                                                                         -       992,846
    Warrant liabilities                                                                                                                253,000       615,000
                                                                                                                                       -------
    Total current liabilities                                                                                                       18,249,682    18,652,473
                                                                                                                                    ----------    ----------
    Total liabilities                                                                                                               18,249,682    18,652,473
                                                                                                                                    ----------    ----------

    STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Preferred stock: $0.0001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and
        outstanding                                                                                                                          -             -
    Common stock, $0.0001 par value: 75,000,000 shares authorized,
    30,084,883 shares issued and 29,820,836 shares outstanding as of September 30,
        2012 (December 31, 2011: 30,036,481 shares issued and 29,772,434 shares                                                          3,008         3,003
        outstanding)
    Additional paid-in capital                                                                                                      79,189,141    78,564,128
    Treasury stock, at cost, 264,047 shares as of September 30, 2012 and December 31,                                               (2,126,597)
        2011                                                                                                                                      (2,126,597)
    Statutory reserves                                                                                                              13,362,964    10,418,476
    Retained earnings                                                                                                              155,573,315   116,369,487
    Accumulated other comprehensive income                                                                                          14,722,721    16,408,143
                                                                                                                                    ----------    ----------
    Total stockholders' equity                                                                                                     260,724,552   219,636,640
                                                                                                                                   -----------   -----------
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity                                                                                    $278,974,234  $238,289,113
                                                                                                                                  ============  ============
                                                                                        LIHUA INTERNATIONAL, INC.
                                                                                    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS
                                                                                    OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
                                                                                    (AMOUNTS EXPRESSED IN US DOLLARS)

                                                                                                                                               For the Three Months Ended
                                                                                                                                                   September 30,
                                                                                                                                                     2012                                      2011
                                                                                                                                                     ----                                      ----

    NET REVENUE                                                                                                                              $238,793,030                                              $155,570,657

    Cost of sales                                                                                                                            (213,536,628)                                             (136,113,727)
                                                                                                                                             ------------                                              ------------

    GROSS PROFIT                                                                                                                               25,256,402                                                19,456,930

    Selling expenses                                                                                                                             (741,135)                                                 (633,584)
    General and administrative expenses                                                                                                        (2,059,027)                                               (1,498,306)
                                                                                                                                               ----------

    Income from operations                                                                                                                     22,456,240                                                17,325,040
                                                                                                                                               ----------                                                ----------

    Other income (expenses):
    Interest income                                                                                                                               138,081                                                   135,276
    Interest expenses                                                                                                                                   -                                                   (38,694)
    Exchange expenses                                                                                                                              40,686                                                  (104,397)
    Gain on extinguishment of warrant liabilities                                                                                                       -                                                         -
    Change in fair value of warrants                                                                                                              451,000                                                   629,000
    Other income  (expense)                                                                                                                          (538)                                                      670
                                                                                                                                                     ----                                                       ---
    Total other income (expenses), net                                                                                                            629,229                                                   621,855
                                                                                                                                                  -------                                                   -------

    Income before income taxes                                                                                                                 23,085,469                                                17,946,895
    Provision for income taxes                                                                                                                 (5,858,831)                                               (4,418,812)
                                                                                                                                               ----------                                                ----------

    NET INCOME                                                                                                                                $17,226,638                                               $13,528,083
                                                                                                                                              ===========                                               ===========

    OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME:

    Foreign currency translation adjustments                                                                                                     (683,771)                                                3,648,643
                                                                                                                                                 --------                                                 ---------

    COMPREHENSIVE INCOME                                                                                                                      $16,542,867                                               $17,176,726
                                                                                                                                              ===========                                               ===========

    Net income per share
    Basic                                                                                                                                           $0.58                                                     $0.45
                                                                                                                                                    =====                                                     =====
    Diluted                                                                                                                                         $0.58                                                     $0.45
                                                                                                                                                    =====                                                     =====

    Weighted average number of shares outstanding
    Basic                                                                                                                                      29,820,836                                                29,768,403
                                                                                                                                               ==========                                                ==========
    Diluted                                                                                                                                    29,891,994                                                29,976,702
                                                                                                                                               ==========                                                ==========
                                                                                             LIHUA INTERNATIONAL, INC.
                                                                                  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                                                                                         (AMOUNTS EXPRESSED IN US DOLLARS)

                                                                                                                                  Nine Months Ended September 30,
                                                                                                                                    2012                      2011
                                                                                                                                    ----                      ----
    CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES
    Net income                                                                                                                              $42,148,316             $40,406,145
    Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
    Depreciation and amortization                                                                                                             2,374,465               1,583,729
    Share-based compensation                                                                                                                    313,309                 379,278
    Gain on extinguishment of warrant liabilities                                                                                               (73,291)                (87,255)
    Change in fair value of warrants                                                                                                             23,000              (3,183,252)
    Deferred income tax benefits                                                                                                                175,444                  79,515
    (Increase) decrease in assets:
    Accounts receivable                                                                                                                     (11,538,283)              8,490,664
    Bills receivable                                                                                                                                  -                 538,761
    Prepayments for raw material purchases                                                                                                    4,866,964             (24,627,478)
    Other receivables, deposits and prepayments                                                                                                 823,965                (438,156)
    Inventories                                                                                                                              (6,784,994)             (2,335,047)
    Increase (decrease) in liabilities:
    Accounts payable                                                                                                                          1,162,203               2,181,287
    Other payables and accruals                                                                                                                 224,537                (900,961)
    Income taxes payable                                                                                                                      1,319,696                (659,145)
                                                                                                                                              ---------                --------
    Net cash provided by operating activities                                                                                                35,035,331              21,428,085
                                                                                                                                             ----------              ----------

    CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES
    Purchase of property, plant and equipment                                                                                                (2,357,375)               (795,554)
    Addition to construction in progress                                                                                                     (5,942,533)            (13,133,784)
    Net cash used in investing activities                                                                                                    (8,299,908)            (13,929,338)
                                                                                                                                             ----------             -----------

    CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES
    Repurchase of common stock                                                                                                                        -              (2,126,597)
    Proceeds from exercise of warrants                                                                                                                -               1,898,049
    Dividend paid                                                                                                                              (992,846)                      -
                                                                                                                                               --------                     ---
    Net cash used in financing activities                                                                                                      (992,846)               (228,548)
                                                                                                                                               --------                --------

    Foreign currency translation adjustment                                                                                                    (895,003)              4,075,010
                                                                                                                                               --------               ---------
    INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS                                                                                                    24,847,574              11,345,209
    CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, at the beginning of the period                                                                               105,637,627              90,609,340

    CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, at the end of the period                                                                                    $130,485,201            $101,954,549
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