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Asia Carbon Industries, Inc. Announces First Quarter Financial Results

May 15, 2013

Specialty Carbon Black Production Facility On Track For Third Quarter Launch

NEW YORK, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Asia Carbon Industries, Inc. (“Asia Carbon”, or the “Company”) today announced its earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. The Company, whose shares trade in the U.S. on the OTCQB Tier of the OTC Markets under the stock symbol “ACRB”, filed its quarterly report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 15, 2013.

Commenting on the results, Yao Guoyun, Asia Carbon’s Chairwoman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Asia Carbon has dedicated the past six months to complete conversion of our manufacturing facilities from commodity grade to specialty carbon black production. Although this has impacted our operating results during this period, we expect to see returns on this investment as soon as the new production goes online in the third quarter, as specialty carbon black commands prices ranging upwards of $2,400 per ton while traditional carbon black is typically sold for less than $1,000 per ton.”

Ms. Yao went on to say “We undertook this project to better serve our primary customer, tire manufacturers, particularly those that produce higher quality tires. China is not only the world’s largest producer of tires, it is also the largest consumer, and we believe our ability to offer our customers a higher grade product positions Asia Carbon to fully participate in this thriving market.”

Highlights of First Quarter 2013 Financials

  • All operating results for the quarter were negatively impacted by the suspension of the Company’s three dry production facilities for conversion to specialty carbon black production.
  • Net sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 were $5,963,945, 53% lower from $12,581,692 for the same period in 2012.
  • Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $389,953, a decrease of 78% from $1,807,081 for the same period in 2012.
  • Tonnage sales of carbon black were 7,268 in the quarter ended March 31, 2013, a 47% decline as compared to the first quarter of 2012.

Financial Discussion

Asia Carbon’s total sales decreased $6,617,747 or 53% during the three months ended March 31, 2013 compared to the same period of 2012. The decline in total sales is primarily attributed to the suspension of operation on three of the Company’s four production lines during the quarter.

Sales were also negatively impacted by the decline in the average selling prices of the Company’s products during the first quarter which was $821 per metric ton, a decrease of $103, or 11%, from $924 in the same period of 2012. The Company sold 7,268 metric tons of carbon black and naphthalene oil during the quarter, a decrease of 6,355 metric tons or 47%, compared to 13,623 metric tons in the same period of 2012.

Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was $389,953, a decrease of $1,417,128 or 78%, compared to $1,807,081 in the same period of 2012. The decrease in net income reflects a lower gross profit due to the decline in selling prices and the higher operating expenses, which were partly offset by lower income taxes. The higher operating expenses as a percentage of sales in the first quarter of 2013 were mainly due to an increase in stock-based compensation to members of senior management and needed building repairs.

                                                                                 ASIA CARBON INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
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                                                                                          CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
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                                                                                                                                  March 31,               December 31,

                                                                                                                                                     2013                      2012
                                                                                                                                                   ----                      ----

                                                                                                                               (Unaudited)

    ASSETS
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     Current Assets:

            Cash and equivalents                                                                                                             $6,054,268                $6,664,444

            Accounts receivable, net                                                                                                          2,700,198                 3,622,644

            Inventories                                                                                                                       1,673,992                 2,393,121

            Prepaid expenses and other receivable                                                                                                20,860                     6,420

            Total Current Assets                                                                                                             10,449,318                12,686,629

     Property, Plant and Equipment, Net                                                                                                      28,938,045                26,906,929

     Other Assets:

            Land use rights, net                                                                                                                211,869                   214,356

     TOTAL ASSETS                                                                                                                           $39,599,232               $39,807,914
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    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
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     Current Liabilities:

            Short term debt                                                                                                                  $1,356,078                $1,364,014

            Accounts payable                                                                                                                  1,785,900                 1,962,695

            Accrued liabilities                                                                                                                 150,212                   169,302

            Taxes payable                                                                                                                       130,510                   714,413

            Investor deposit payable                                                                                                             50,000                         -

            Due to shareholder                                                                                                                   26,503                    26,625

            Total Current Liabilities                                                                                                         3,499,203                 4,237,049

    Commitments and Contingencies

    Stockholders' Equity:

            Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value, 5,000,000                                                                         -                         -
              authorized, none issued and outstanding

            Blank Check Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 authorized,                                                                      -                         -
              none issued and outstanding

            Common stock, $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 authorized, 52,857,052                                                                   52,857                    52,857

            issued and outstanding at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012

            Additional paid-in capital                                                                                                        7,035,461                 6,690,461

            Statutory reserves                                                                                                                2,757,200                 2,757,200

            Retained earnings                                                                                                                23,249,851                22,859,898

            Accumulated other comprehensive income                                                                                            3,004,660                 3,210,449

            Total Stockholders' Equity                                                                                                       36,100,029                35,570,865

    TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                                                                              $39,599,232               $39,807,914
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                                                                      ASIA CARBON INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
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                                                               CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
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                                                                                       (UNAUDITED)
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                                                                                                                                     Three Months Ended March 31,
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                                                                                                                                                  2013                  2012
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    Net Sales                                                                                                             $5,963,945       $12,581,692

    Cost of Sales                                                                                                                            4,574,689             9,655,740
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    Gross Profit                                                                                                                             1,389,256             2,925,952
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    Operating Expenses:

                                    Selling                                                                                                     81,785                91,691

                                    General and administrative                                                                                 618,708               310,388

                                      Total Operating Expenses                                                                                 700,493               402,079

    Income From Operations                                                                                                                     688,763             2,523,873
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    Other Income and (Expense)

                                    Interest income                                                                                                  -                11,060

                                    Interest expense                                                                                           (34,251)              (45,634)

                                      Total Other Income and (Expense)                                                                         (34,251)              (34,574)

    Income Before Provision for Income Tax                                                                                                     654,512             2,489,299

    Provision for income tax                                                                                                                   264,559               682,218
                                                                                                                                               -------               -------

    Net Income                                                                                                                                 389,953             1,807,081

    Other comprehensive loss - Foreign currency translation                                                                                   (205,789)              (15,411)

    Comprehensive Income                                                                                                    $184,164        $1,791,670
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    Net Income Per Share - Basic                                                                                               $0.01             $0.04
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    Net Income Per Share - Diluted                                                                                             $0.01             $0.04
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    Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Basic                                                                                             52,857,052            51,194,583
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    Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted                                                                                           54,888,900            51,194,583
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                                                                                         ASIA CARBON INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
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                                                                                             CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
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                                                                                                          (UNAUDITED)
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                                                                                                                                 Three Months Ended March 31,
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                                                                                                                                                                2013                                                 2012
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    Cash Flows from Operating Activities:

                      Net Income                                                                                                                            $389,953                                           $1,807,081

                      Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to

                       Net Cash Provided by Operating
                        Activities:

                       Provision for doubtful accounts                                                                                                         4,075                                               14,192

                       Depreciation and amortization                                                                                                         464,009                                              441,538

                       Stock-Based Compensation                                                                                                              345,000                                              112,500

                       Changes in operating assets and
                        liabilities:

                      Accounts receivable                                                                                                                    895,816                                           (1,074,448)

                      Inventories                                                                                                                            704,049                                             (143,372)

                      Prepaid expenses and other receivable                                                                                                  (14,453)                                               4,786

                      Accounts payable                                                                                                                      (198,306)                                            (841,890)

                      Accrued expenses                                                                                                                        14,832                                               47,231

                      Taxes payable                                                                                                                         (578,795)                                             182,751
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                       Net Cash Provided by Operating
                       Activities                                                                                                                          2,026,180                                              550,369

    Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

                      Additions to construction  in progress                                                                                              (2,646,840)                                                   -

                       Acquisitions of property, plant and
                       equipment                                                                                                                                   -                                             (939,786)

                      Net Cash Used in Investing Activities                                                                                               (2,646,840)                                            (939,786)

    Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

                      Proceeds from investor deposit                                                                                                          50,000                                                    -

                      Decrease in deposits payable                                                                                                                 -                                              (49,985)

                      Proceeds from private placement                                                                                                              -                                               99,970

                       Net Cash Provided by Financing
                       Activities                                                                                                                             50,000                                               49,985

    Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash                                                                                                                  (39,516)                                              (4,476)

    Net Decrease in Cash and Equivalents                                                                                                                    (610,176)                                            (343,908)
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    Cash and Equivalents - Beginning of the Period                                                                                                         6,664,444                                            8,092,411
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    Cash and Equivalents - End of the Period                                                                                                              $6,054,268                                           $7,748,503
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    Supplemental Cash Flow Information:
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                      Interest Paid                                                                                                                          $31,543                                              $45,976

                      Income taxes                                                                                                                          $461,021                                             $589,467

About Asia Carbon Industries, Inc.

Asia Carbon Industries Inc. is an emerging, China-based producer of a series of high quality carbon black products under the brand name “Great Double Star.” The Company was established in 2003 in Shanxi, China’s highest coal producing province. Asia Carbon is one of the top ten carbon black producers in the province and has established relationships with a high-profile customer base. The Company went public in 2010 through a registration statement on Form S-1 which was declared effective by the SEC on October 26, 2010, and is currently in the process of expanding its manufacturing capacity to meet the anticipated demand.

This release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such State.

Forward-looking statements:

The above news release contains forward-looking statements. The statements contained in this document that are not statements of historical fact, including but not limited to, statements identified by the use of terms such as “anticipate,” “appear,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “hope,” “indicate,” “intend,” “likely,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “will,” “would,” and other variations or negative expressions of these terms, including statements related to expected market trends and the Company’s performance, are all “forward-looking statements” and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on assumptions that management believes are reasonable based on currently available information, and include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company and its management. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performances, and are subject to a wide range of external factors, uncertainties, business risks, and other risks identified in filings made by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in the company’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances upon which any statement is based.

Company contact: Elaine Zhao
Asia Carbon Industries, Inc.
Phone +1-626-386-8062

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