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THT Heat Transfer Technology, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Results

April 1, 2013

Sales revenue rose 43.9% year-over-year in fourth quarter 2012, exceeding guidance

SIPING, China, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — THT Heat Transfer Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: THTI) (“THT” or the “Company”), a leading provider of heat exchangers and heat exchange solutions in China’s clean technology industry, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Fourth Quarter 2012 (Unaudited) Financial Highlights

  • Sales revenue increased by 43.9% year-over-year to US$27.6 million, exceeding the Company’s previously stated guidance of US$11 million to US$13 million.
  • Gross profit decreased by 18.1% year-over-year to US$7.0 million.
  • Gross margin for the fourth quarter 2012 was 25.5%, compared to 44.8% for the fourth quarter 2011.
  • Operating income decreased by 35.1% year-over-year to US$1.8 million.
  • Net income attributable to common stockholders decreased by 63.4% year-over-year to US$0.7 million.

Fiscal Year 2012 (Audited) Financial Highlights

  • Sales revenue increased by 8.7% year-over-year to US$62.8 million.
  • Gross profit decreased by 14.2% year-over-year to US$21.7 million.
  • Operating income decreased by 43.1% year-over-year to US$5.3 million.
  • Net income attributable to common stockholders decreased by 60.0% year-over-year to US$3.2 million.
  • Basic and fully diluted net income per share was US$0.15 for 2012, compared with net income per share of US$0.39 for 2011.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Guohong Zhao commented, “We are pleased to report significant revenue growth in the fourth quarter 2012 exceeding our guidance, mainly driven by the delivery of a backlog of orders from previous quarters. In addition, sales revenue from heat exchange units increased over 182% as a result of China’s rapid urbanization. Despite the increase in the fourth quarter sales, we continued to face a challenging operating environment in the face of macroeconomic headwinds and competitive pressure, which coupled with increased labor and raw materials costs, resulted in a decline in our gross margin for the fourth quarter.

“Looking to the year ahead, we expect to face continuing macroeconomic and industry specific headwinds, namely increasing competition and further margin pressure as labor and raw materials costs are forecasted to remain high. Nevertheless, we expect that sales from heat exchange units will continue to benefit from ongoing development and urbanization in China, providing stability and growth prospects in certain end markets. In order to maximize our growth prospects in the year ahead, we will complement our sales efforts in key end markets with an increased focus on expanding sales of replacement parts and repair services. Having completed over 3,000 installation projects in recent years, we are now in a phase that many of these installations are gradually approaching the end of their product lifecycles, requiring replacement parts and repair services which we believe will create new revenue streams for the Company. In addition, we will continue to invest in research and development to improve and further diversify our product portfolios and support the long-term growth prospects for the Company.”

Fiscal Year 2012 Audited Financial Results

Revenue

Sales revenue for the fiscal year 2012 was US$62.8 million, an 8.7% increase from US$57.7 million in 2011, primarily attributable to increased demand of heat exchange units in response to rapid urbanization in China. Sales volume of heat exchange products amounted to 3,726 units, a decrease of 407 units from 4,133 units in 2011. Such decrease was mainly due to decreased sales from plate heat exchangers (PHEs) and air-cooled heat exchangers.

For the fiscal year 2012, sales revenue from heat exchange units increased US$12.2 million, or 98.7% year-over-year, to US$24.6 million. Sales revenue from PHEs decreased 18.9% year-over-year to US$24.2 million from US$29.9 million in 2011. Sales revenue from air-cooled heat exchangers decreased 50.1% year-over-year to US$1.7 million from US$3.5 million in 2011. The decreased revenue from PHEs and air-cooled heat exchangers was mainly due to decreased demand from the petrochemical and shipbuilding industries as a result of the overall economic slowdown in China in 2012.

Cost of Sales

Cost of sales for the fiscal year 2012 increased by 26.5% year-over-year to US$41.1 million from US$32.5 million in 2011, mainly attributable to increased total labor costs in factory and raw material costs in 2012.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit for 2012 was US$21.7 million, representing a 14.2% decrease from US$25.2 million in 2011, mainly attributable to decreased sales from PHEs and air-cooled heat exchangers.

Gross margin decreased to 34.5% in 2012 compared to 43.7% in 2011, mainly due to an increase in labor costs in factory and raw material costs in 2012.

Operating Expenses

Administrative expenses increased 5.2% year-over-year to US$5.9 million in 2012, compared to US$5.6 million in 2011. The rise was driven primarily by higher allowance for doubtful accounts. The overall increase in administrative expenses was partially offset by a decrease in our office expenses which decreased by $0.60 million to $1.29 million in 2012 compared with $0.69 million in 2011. The decrease was mainly due to a reduction in the office purchase in 2012.

Research and development (R&D) expenses rose by 27.1% to US$2.2 million in 2012 from US$1.8 million in 2011, primarily due to the Company’s increasing emphasis on R&D and expanded investment in the development of new products such as HBLB welded plate heat exchangers and large-scale nuclear class plate heat exchangers in 2012.

Selling expenses totalled US$8.2 million in 2012, representing a decrease of 4.0% over 2011, mainly due to a decrease in salaries of the Company’s sales personnel.

Accordingly, total operating expenses increased by 2.7% to US$16.3 million in 2012 compared to US$15.9 million in 2011.

Income Before Income Taxes

Income before income taxes for the fiscal year 2012 decreased by 57.2% to US$3.9 million from US$9.1 million in 2011. The decrease was mainly attributable to the decreased gross profit and increased total expenses.

Income Tax

Income tax expenses decreased to US$0.7 million in 2012 from US$1.6 million in 2011 as a result of a decrease in taxable income.

Net Income

Net income attributable to common stockholders was US$3.2 million in 2012, a decrease of 60.0% compared to US$7.9 million in 2011.

Basic and fully diluted net income per share was US$0.15 in 2012, compared with US$0.39 in 2011.

Liquidity

As of December 31, 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of US$10.7 million and restricted cash of US$1.8 million. During the year, there was a net cash inflow of US$3.4 million, compared with a net cash outflow of US$11.1 million in 2011.

Net cash provided by operating activities was US$4.2 million for 2012, compared with net cash used in operating activities of US$13.1 million for 2011. The increase in net cash provided by operating activities was mainly because the inventories increased US$18.0 million in 2011 but decreased US$0.9 million in 2012.

Net cash used in investing activities was US$1.4 million for 2012, compared with US$6.2 million for 2011.

Net cash provided by financing activities was US$0.5 million for 2012, compared with US$7.8 million for 2011.

First Quarter Fiscal 2013 Guidance

THT expects to generate net revenues in the range of US$7 million to US$9 million during the first quarter 2013, compared with US$11.4 million in the same period of 2012. This represents the Company’s current and preliminary view, and is subject to change.

About THT Heat Transfer Technology, Inc.

Through its Chinese operating subsidiaries, THT Heat Transfer Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells plate heat exchangers, shell-and-tube heat exchangers, heat exchanger units and other heat exchanger products with total heat exchange solutions. Heat exchangers play an integral part in helping customers improve energy efficiency. Used in a number of industries, THT’s products focus on energy conservation, emission reduction and other environmentally friendly applications. Its six major product categories are plate heat exchangers, shell-and-tube heat exchangers, air-cooled heat exchangers, weld plate heat exchangers, heat exchanger units and plate-and-shell heat exchangers. The Company also offers comprehensive heat exchange solutions.

THT’s in-house R&D capabilities enable it to deliver tailored products that better meet the changing demands of its customers. The Company has a strong record of delivering high-quality products and services to leading domestic and international customers. THT has completed over 3,000 projects and has provided heat exchange solutions to several Fortune 500 companies. The Company is headquartered in Siping City, Jilin Province, China. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.tht.cn.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains certain statements that may include “forward looking statements”. All statements other than statements of historical fact included herein are “forward-looking statements”. These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects” or similar expressions, and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in the risk factor sections of the Company’s periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and are available on its website (http://www.sec.gov). All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, the Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

Contact:

The Company:

Mr. Jack Xiao
Investor Relations Manager
THT Heat Transfer Technology, Inc.
Tel: +86 (434) 3266779
Email: IR@tht.cn

Investor Relations (Beijing):

Xiaoyan Su
Taylor Rafferty
Tel: +852 3196 3712
Email: tht@taylor-rafferty.com

Investor Relations (US):

Mahmoud Siddig
Taylor Rafferty
Tel: +1 (212) 889 4350
Email: tht@taylor-rafferty.com

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                        THT Heat Transfer Technology, Inc.

                        Audited Consolidated Balance Sheets

                         As of December 31, 2012 and 2011

                        (Stated in thousands of US Dollars)

                                  December 31, 2012         December 31, 2011
                                  -----------------         -----------------

    Assets

    Current assets

    Cash and cash
     equivalents                                   10,703                     7,340

    Restricted
     cash                                           1,838                     1,726

    Accounts
     receivable,
     net                                           37,683                    33,573

    Inventories,
     net                                           31,892                    32,531

    Other current
     assets                                        14,049                     9,763
                                                   ------                     -----

    Total current
     assets                                        96,165                    84,933

    Long-term
     accounts
     receivable                                     1,237                     1,184

    Other non-
     current
     assets                                        14,067                    13,693
                                                   ------                    ------

    Total assets                                  111,469                    99,810
                                                  =======                    ======

    Liabilities

    Current liabilities

    Short-term
     bank loans                                    18,705                    16,183

    Other current
     liabilities                                   33,080                    25,748
                                                   ------                    ------

    Total current
     liabilities                                   51,785                    41,931

    Long-term
     loan                                             951                     2,828
                                                      ---                     -----

    Total
     liabilities                                   52,736                    44,759

    Total
     shareholders'
     equity                                        59,311                    55,616

     Noncontrolling
     interests                                       (578)                     (565)
                                                     ----                      ----

    Total
     liabilities
     and equity                                   111,469                    99,810
                                                  =======                    ======

             THT Heat Transfer Technology, Inc.

         Audited Consolidated Statements of Income

      For Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011

    (Stated in thousands of US Dollars, except number of shares and per share data)

                                         Year ended December 31,

                                                 2012          2011
                                                 ----          ----

    Sales revenue                              62,771        57,741

    Cost of sales                             (41,119)      (32,501)
                                              -------       -------

    Gross profit                               21,652        25,240
                                               ------        ------

    Operating expenses

      Administrative expenses                   5,910         5,616

      Research and development
       expenses                                 2,231         1,755

      Selling expenses                          8,195         8,532
                                                -----         -----

    Total operating expenses                   16,336        15,903
                                               ------        ------

    Operating income                            5,316         9,337

    Interest income                                28            56

    Other income                                  524           797

    Financial costs                            (1,814)       (1,121)

    Other expense                                (175)            -
                                                 ----

    Income before income
     taxes                                      3,879         9,069

    Income taxes expenses                        (700)       (1,620)
                                                 ----

    Net income before
     noncontrolling interests                   3,179         7,449

    Net (income) loss
     attributable to
     noncontrolling interest                      (16)          454
                                                  ---

    Net income attributable
     to the equity
     stockholders                               3,163         7,903
                                                =====         =====

    Earnings per share attributable to THT Heat Transfer

      Technology Inc. common
       stockholders                              0.15          0.39
                                                 ====          ====

    Weighted average number of shares outstanding

    - Basic and diluted                    20,453,500    20,453,500
                                           ==========    ==========

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         THT Heat Transfer Technology, Inc.

    Audited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

    For Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011

        (Stated in thousands of US Dollars)

                                        Fiscal Year Ended
                                        December 31,

                                         2012       2011
                                         ----       ----

    Net cash provided by (used in)
     operating activities               4,219    (13,050)

    Net cash used in investing
     activities                        (1,409)    (6,239)

    Net cash provided by financing
     activities                           475      7,786

    Effect of exchange rate changes
     on cash and cash equivalents          78        405
                                          ---        ---

    Net (decrease) /increase in
     cash and cash equivalents          3,363    (11,098)

    Cash and cash equivalents at
     beginning of the period            7,340     18,438
                                        -----     ------

    Cash and cash equivalents at
     end of the period                 10,703      7,340
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SOURCE THT Heat Transfer Technology, Inc.


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