Unaudited results for the 6 months ended 30 June
Profit Before Tax
Profit Attributable to Equity Shareholders
Profit Attributable to Equity Shareholders (excluding the net change in fair value of biological assets)
Basic Earnings per Share (RMB)
During the Period, the Group achieved encouraging financial results with revenue increased by 36.9% to approximatelyRMB776 million. Gross profit surged 49.6% to approximatelyRMB252 million. Profit attributable to equity shareholders reached approximatelyRMB20 million, representing a turnaround in the Period as compared to the loss attributable to equity shareholders recorded in the corresponding period of 2013. The turnaround is mainly attributable to the reduction of the negative net change in fair value of the Group's biological assets, as well as the increase in the Group's revenue and gross profit. During the Period, approximately 10.09 million square meters of flooring products were sold (1H2013: approximately 8.45 million square meters), representing an increase of 19.4% year-on-year.
Manufacturing and Sale of Wood Products
During the Period, turnover of the Group's manufacturing and sale of wooden products has increased 39.2% to approximatelyRMB527 million, mainly attributable to the continued recovery of the Group's flooring business in the PRC and the overall increased sales in flooring products.
The Group has successfully developed a solid and extensive sales network in the PRC. It has 1,856 "Nature" stores, 1,121 "Nature No.1My Space" stores, 152 "Nature Aesthetics" stores, 99 foreign imported brand stores and 116 other brand stores as at30 June 2014, amounting to 3,344 stores in total.
Trading of Timber and Wood Products
For the overseas market, the recovery of the global economy, especially the economy of the U.S., has created a favorable environment for the development of the Group's business and brought to the group significant growth in the trading business revenue of timber and wood products. The Group's subsidiaries located in the U.S. have further boosted the Group's business development by establishing additional sales channels, which resulted in a sustained growth in the Group's sales for the trading of wood flooring products in the U.S. During the Period, the Group's trading business of timber and wood products contributed a revenue of approximatelyRMB165 million, representing a significant increase of 61.8% as compared to approximatelyRMB102 million in the corresponding period of 2013.
Chairman Se concluded, "Looking forward, the Group is still facing various challenges. However, the Group has captured the opportunities from the trend of online and offline shopping. We plan to establish an online housing O2O platform forthe household industry to provide our customers with a one-stop solutionwith household products, logistics and decoration as well as installation service. The Group also plans to open'O2O Household Package Experience Stores', which will display different packages of household products, offering customers an open experience for household products. We will also continue to implement our strategy of integrated household products and enhancingour household brand with a combination of online and offline platforms, in order to maximize the effectiveness in sales of the household brand. We will also strive for better performance in the future for the relevant business, especially with the new production line of wooden doors inthe Taizhou Plant anda new production line of wardrobes and cabinets in the Zhongshan Plant. As one of the largest wood flooring brands inChina, we have full confidence in our business and we will continue to reinforce our leading position in the industry to maximize returns to our shareholders."
According to Industry Report, in 2011, the Group's branded products ranked second in laminated flooring, first in multi-layered engineered flooring and first in solid wood flooring, each in terms of both the market share of retail sales volume and retail sales value inChina. The Group is the only company to achieve a top two market share position across the three primary wood flooring product categories inChina in 2011. Leveraging its strong brand, extensive distribution network, comprehensive product portfolio and flexible manufacturing model, the Group grew rapidly and gained market share inChina from 2008 to 2011.
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