TIANJIN, CHINA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 -- China Auto Logistics Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ: CALI), a top seller in China of luxury imported automobiles, a leading provider of auto-related services and developer and operator of one of China's leading automobile portals and three major auto-related websites, today reported it achieved substantial year over year revenue gains in the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012.
•2012 third quarter revenues grew 78.3% to $170,456,821 led by an 83.4% increase in Automobile Sales revenues to $168,360,743 and a 22% increase in Financing Services sales to $1,491,170. •Net income attributable to shareholders in the 2012 third quarter was $1,517,549, or $0.41 per share on 3,693,912 diluted shares outstanding (reflecting the Company's recent 1 for 6 reverse split). This compared with net income attributable to shareholders in the prior year period of $2,477,747 or $0.68 per share on 3,661,296 diluted shares outstanding. The decline is primarily attributable to a planned decrease in higher margin web-based advertising revenue which was not offset by gains achieved in the Company's other high margin services businesses, or its lower margin automobile sales. •In the nine months ended September 30, 2012, revenues grew to $427,950,375, up 41% from the prior year period, led by a 43.2 % year over year increase in Automobile Sales revenues. •Net income attributable to shareholders in the first nine months of 2012 was $4,748,487or $1.29 per share on 3,693,912 diluted shares outstanding. This compared with $6,841,081 or $2.04 per share a year earlier on 3,351,414 diluted shares outstanding.
Mr. Tong Shiping, CEO and Chairman of the Company, stated, "We believe our growth strategy will have increasingly clear benefits over time. In essence, we are sacrificing our web-based advertising revenue and higher profits it might generate in the near term in order to create the opportunities that develop from being a much bigger company and the clear leader in China in luxury auto sales and auto related services. While focusing on the growth of our luxury auto sales we are also exploring opportunities for higher bottom line growth with new services as well as our existing auto-related services. The sharp jump in Auto Sales revenues in this year's third quarter reflects well on our decision, as does the growth, in particular, of our Financing Services."
The largest contributor in the third quarter to the Company's revenues and profits was its luxury auto sales business. During the quarter the Company sold 2,004 automobiles, up 130% from 871 vehicles in the third quarter of 2011. The average unit price per sale was $84,012 in the 2012 quarter, down from $105,411 per unit in the third quarter last year. The Company continued to price its vehicles very competitively to expand its market share and maintain its leadership position in the industry. The contribution to operating income from Automobile Sales in the 2012 third quarter was $1,124,528 and was $3,777,411 through the first nine months of the year.
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