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China Armco Metals Announces Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2012

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SAN MATEO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/29/13 -- China Armco Metals, Inc. (NYSE MKT: CNAM) ("China Armco" or "the Company"), a distributor of imported metal ore and metal recycler, today announced its financial results for its fourth quarter and for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

SUMMARY FINANCIALS


----------------------------------------------------------------------------Fourth Quarter 2012 Results---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Q4 2012 Q4 2011 CHANGE----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sales $38.0 million $9.5 million 298%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Gross Profit $4.4 million $0.5 million 732%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Income (Loss) from Operations $1.75 million ($0.67) million 362%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Net Income (Loss) $0.6 million ($1.5) million 141%----------------------------------------------------------------------------EPS (Fully Diluted) (Loss) $0.03 ($0.10) N/A--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Full Year 2012 Results---------------------------------------------------------------------------- FY 2012 FY 2011 CHANGE----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sales $106.6 million $106.2 million 0.33%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Gross Profit $8.5 million $5.8 million 45%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Income (Loss) from Operations $0.9 million ($0.9) million 194%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Net Income (Loss) ($2.6) million ($3.3) million 22%----------------------------------------------------------------------------EPS (Fully Diluted) (Loss) ($0.14) ($0.22) N/A----------------------------------------------------------------------------




Fourth Quarter of 2012 Financial Results

For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, net revenue increased 298% to $38 million due to the significant increase in sales in our recycling business as result of steel market rebound in China in the period. In response to the market rebound, we quickly and proactively react to the market changes, speeded up processing of the raw materials acquired at a low cost during the market downturn, and sales of the products to our existing customers successfully. During the fourth quarter of 2012, our net revenue in the scrap metal recycling business increased significantly by 430% to $36.6 million from $6.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Our production increased substantially by 337% to 69,687 metric tons ("MT") from 15,948 MT in the fourth quarter of 2011. Despite the great uncertainties surrounding global economies, we believe the demand for iron ore on a global basis and the Chinese scrap steel demand will grow in 2013. We intend to continue our strategy to secure longer term ore and scrap metal supply contracts with our customers, ensuring a more stable supply of inventory.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 732% to $4.4 million, compared to $0.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Gross margin increased to 11.6%, compared to 5.5% in the same period in 2011.

Operating expenses increased by 119% to $2.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 from $1.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2011.

Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 362% to 1.75 million, compared to an operating loss of $0.67 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $0.6 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to a loss of ($1.5) million or ($0.10) per share for the same period last year. Diluted earnings per share were a $0.14 loss and $0.22 loss for the year ended December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.

Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2012

Net revenues in 2012 remained at approximately $106 million, compared to 2011. By business section, the net revenues from our metal recycling business increased by $17.8 million, or by 41%, to $61.6 million, compared to 2011; our net revenues for our metal ore trading business decreased approximately 28% in 2012 to $45.0 million, compared to $62.5 million in 2011. Our recycling business accounted for approximately 60% of our total revenue and has first time exceeded trading business, becoming the major sources of our net revenue and gross profit. Gross profit for the full year 2012 was $8.5 million, an increase of 45% from $5.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. Gross margins increased to 8.0% in 2012 compared to 5.5% in 2011, which was primarily attributable to higher margins on sales of scrap metal valued at $61.6 million in 2012 with a gross margin of 10.2%.

Operating expenses of $7.6 million in 2012 increased by $0.8 million, or 12.5%, compared to 2011, primarily due to an increase in general and administrative expenses of $1.4 million including $0.8 million of non-cash stock compensation to officers and employees, and an increase in selling expenses of $0.12 million. Selling expenses include commissions, salaries and travel for the sales agents and warehouse fees. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in professional fees of $0.55 million including legal fees, audit fees, investor relations, website design and SEC filing services, and a decrease in operating cost of our idle manufacturing facility of $0.14 million. Our net loss in 2012 was $2.6 million, compared to net loss of $3.3 million in 2011, the decrease in loss primarily related to the increase in gross profit of $2.6 million as a result of improved gross margin in our recycling business.

In reviewing the financial performance for the quarter and year ended 2012, Mr. Kexuan Yao, Chairman and CEO of China Armco, was pleased that the company has made substantial improvement on its recycling business during this past year. Mr. Yao remarked that, "Although 2012 proved to be a challenging year for China steel industry, financially we achieved positive operating results from our operations in 2012 and were profitable in both the third and fourth quarter of 2012 with significant growth in our recycling business. The results are very important to us because this is the first time we had a profitable annual operation results and a consecutive profitable quarters since we officially started our recycling business operation in 2010. More importantly, the recycling business has replaced the trading business and has become the major source of our net revenue and gross profit. We believe the metal recycling business will continue to be the major growth driver for our company."

Mr. Yao further stated that "Our recycling production started in the late of 2010 and the operation has experienced difficulties and ups and downs due to market volatility and our learning curve for entering the new business. However, through the past two years' operation, we have achieved many accomplishments in fundamental aspects such as optimizing production process, improving cost control and management, developing and streamlining supply chain, establishment of long term strategic partnership with key clients, obtaining various qualifications and licenses, and building our brand in the industry. All of these are valuable intangible assets to the Company and has been and will continue to contribute to our development and growth."

Financial Condition

As of December 31, 2012, the Company had $1.4 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $1.0 million at year-end 2011. The Company had working capital of $0.3 million and a current ratio of 1.01:1 on December 31, 2012 compared to $1.6 million and 1.03:1 on December 31, 2011. The decrease in working capital was mainly due to increases in value added tax and other taxes payable of $2.5 million as result of increased sales which we could get 50% refund in the future, $0.4 million income tax due to the increased net income in our subsidiaries, and $0.3 million derivative warrant liability which will be expiring in August 2013. As of December 31, 2012, shareholders' equity was $41.8 million, slightly down from $42.3 million at the end of 2011.

The Company had $9 million net cash used in operations in 2012 compared to a net inflow of $14.3 million in 2011. The change primarily reflects a decrease in accounts payable of $17.4 million, an increase in accounts receivable of $14.9 million and a decrease in inventories of $20 million in the year ended 2012 compared to year ended 2011. The Company invested a total of approximately $50 million in the aggregate to acquire land use rights and to construct and purchase equipment for scrap metal facilities we operated. We maintain seven bank facilities with lines of credit totaling approximately $57 million in the aggregate. Approximately $33 million remained available at December 31, 2012. An additional $20 million bank facility's renewal is currently in process.

Business Outlook

China Armco continues to make steady progress in its metal recycling business and to refine and develop its metal trading business model. In 2012 our sales increased significantly with improved gross margin in compared to 2011 in our recycling business while trading business sales decreased in 2012 due to economy slow down and market condition in the PRC. By March 25, 2012, the Company's trading business has delivered metal ores to its customers approximately 21,000 tons and 17,000 tons to be delivered. We continued to work with our global metal ore suppliers to seize market opportunities with manageable market risks. In third quarter we signed a financing mandate letter with Deutsche Bank. The new financing facility is custom-tailored for our new "Commodity Financing" model which enables us to provide financing service for our clients and liquidate the ore inventories stockpiled at the ports. We continue to work on and expect to make some major progresses on the new "Commodity Financing" model in 2013 which could significantly increase the growth potential of the Company.

In the metal recycling business, in 2012, the Company made substantial improvement both financially and fundamentally. As of result of our efforts and achievements, we have seen the first consecutive profitable quarters in the last two quarters of 2012 since we officially started our recycling business operation in 2010. More importantly, our recycling business has exceeded the trading business and has become the major source of our net revenue and gross profit. This is a milestone for our recycling business development which reflects the successful transition of our main business from high-volatility metal ore trading business to scrap metal recycling with stable margin and lower risk. We expect to continue to expend our overseas supply channels and recent development included negotiations on business cooperation with Japan and U.S. suppliers. During the third quarter our recycling business obtained new qualifications for scrap recycling operation. The updated qualification certificate allows our facility to recycle scrap metals imported from abroad without the requirement to use agents, who charge the company a fee. This is expected to substantially lower the company's cost by removing the agent fee in its operation and thus improve operating profit margin. The removal of the previous qualification limitation also enhances the company's capability on raw materials sourcing and purchasing and improves the company's operating capacity. Moreover, in the fourth quarter our recycling business further obtained the qualification from Chinese regulators to import and process various scrap metals, including waste metal appliances, scrap wires/cables and waste electric motors, from overseas to China directly. This is a milestone for the Company's supply chain development. With the license, China Armco can import and process scrap metals from overseas directly, which will significantly improve its global sourcing capability and cost control by removing import agents and directly working with global suppliers. More importantly, this license is the key to the Company's business strategy which it aims to generate excess profits in processing imported scrap metals by capitalizing on China labor cost advantages and its state-of-the-art scrap metal recycling facility. By year end of 2012, China Armco also expanded its purchases from overseas markets, acquiring approximately 12,000 MT of unprocessed scrap metals. By March 25, 2013, the Company has received orders in aggregate approximately 360,000 MTs for 2013 and beyond and has delivered approximately $26,500 and additional $10,000 in the shipping process.

Recently our recycling facility has been certified as a Demonstration Base for Steel Scrap Processing and Distribution by the China Steel Scrap Industrial Associations, and therefore could benefit from a 50% value added tax (VAT) refund in 2013 according to the upcoming policy of the Chinese government. The Company will benefit from the certification as well as the possible tax refund. The tax refund when effective could lower our costs and increase our profits by a large margin. Also, with the certification we are allowed to act as procurement agency for other uncertified companies, which could boost our domestic purchases and total sales as well.

In addressing the issues faced by the Company's recycling operations for 2012, Chairman Yao noted that "Our Facility is fully capable of ramping up to satisfy an expected increase in production volumes. With the benefit of the greater efficiency of recycling operations and its strategic port location advantages, we are cautiously optimistic that we can operate profitably with potentially higher gross margins. Perhaps, most importantly, while enduring these tumultuous times, we wish to express our sincere appreciation to our customers, suppliers, vendors, as well as all of our long-term stockholders and banking institutions, for their unwavering support. All our credit facilities have been renewed on favorable terms, reflecting their continual confidence in our management team, our strategies and its future business prospects for success. As a result, we continue to remain optimistic for our business prospects for 2013, despite the existence of the world's economies mercurial nature."

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About China Armco Metals, Inc.

China Armco Metals, Inc. is engaged in the sale and distribution of metal ore and non-ferrous metals throughout the PRC and is in the recycling business in the PRC. China Armco's customers throughout China include some of the fastest growing steel producing mills and foundries in the PRC. Raw materials are acquired from a global group of suppliers located in diverse countries, including, but not limited to, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Ukraine and the United States. China Armco's product lines include ferrous and non-ferrous ore, iron ore, chrome ore, nickel ore, magnesium, copper ore, manganese ore, steel billet and recycled scrap metals. For more information about China Armco, please visit http://www.armcometals.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

In connection with the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, China Armco Metals, Inc., is hereby providing cautionary statements identifying important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements (as defined in such act). Any statements that are not historical facts and that express, or involve discussions as to, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, indicated through the use of words or phrases such as "will likely result," "are expected to," "will continue," "is anticipated," "estimated," "intends," "plans," "believes" and "projects") may be forward-looking and may involve estimates and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, our expectations regarding our revenues and production related to our scrap metal recycling operations and the extent that any of China's energy restrictions that have and could be imposed upon us from time to time in the future with resulting blackouts having and adverse impact on our recycling operations.

In addition, any such statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to, and are accompanied by, the following key factors that have a direct bearing on our results of operations:

We caution that the factors described herein could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements we make and that investors should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of such factors. Further, we cannot assess the impact of each such factor on our results of operations or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. This press release is qualified in its entirety by the following, including, but not limited to, any expectations with respect to the Company's revenues and results of operations, the institution of China and US governmental regulations relating to our businesses and the general economic climate of volatility around the world, and the cautionary statements and risk factor disclosure contained in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.


CHINA ARMCO METALS, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) For the Year For the Year Ended Ended December 31, December 31, 2012 2011 ------------- -------------NET REVENUES $ 106,569,474 $ 106,216,065COST OF GOODS SOLD 98,102,412 100,363,253 ------------- -------------GROSS PROFIT 8,467,062 5,852,812OPERATING EXPENSES: Selling expenses 413,352 293,887 Professional fees 278,502 824,275 General and administrative expenses 5,112,131 3,699,401 Operating cost of idle manufacturing facility 1,807,313 1,946,369 ------------- ------------- Total operating expenses 7,611,298 6,763,932 ------------- -------------INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS 855,764 (911,120) ------------- -------------OTHER (INCOME) EXPENSE: Interest income (190,999) (102,456) Interest expense 2,001,535 1,792,885 Foreign currency transaction (gain) loss - marketable securities 36,957 (220,881) Impairment other than temporary - marketable securities 386,941 1,980,000 Change in fair value of derivative liability 306,505 (137,940) Loan guarantee expense 59,744 158,066 Investment credit - government - (1,547,030) Forgiveness of debt (16,343) - Other (income) expense 148,097 278,578 ------------- ------------- Total other (income) expense 2,732,437 2,201,222 ------------- -------------INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES PROVISION (1,876,673) (3,112,342)INCOME TAX PROVISION 732,663 232,662 ------------- -------------NET INCOME (LOSS) (2,609,336) (3,345,004)OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS): Change in unrealized income (loss) of marketable securities 797 505,481 Foreign currency translation gain (loss) 263,532 1,577,471 ------------- -------------COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) $ (2,345,007) $ (1,262,052) ============= =============NET INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE - BASIC AND DILUTED: Net income (loss) per common share - basic and diluted $ (0.14) $ (0.22) ============= ============= Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding - basic and diluted 18,482,234 15,366,743 ============= ============= See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements. CHINA ARMCO METALS, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS December 31, December 31, 2012 2011 ------------ ------------ASSETSCURRENT ASSETS: Cash $ 1,367,171 $ 1,042,591 Pledged deposits 4,590,829 8,357,670 Marketable securities 1,213,641 1,636,742 Bank acceptance notes receivable 7,926 - Accounts receivable, net 15,699,390 758,500 Inventories 13,378,445 33,344,547 Advance on purchases 2,238,652 3,079,684 Prepaid corp income taxes - Renewable Metals - 467,546 Prepayments and other current assets 453,299 1,744,047 ------------ ------------ Total Current Assets 38,949,353 50,431,327PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT Property, plant and equipment 43,319,218 42,165,437 Accumulated depreciation (6,284,162) (3,514,893) ------------ ------------ PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net 37,035,056 38,650,544LAND USE RIGHTS Land use rights 6,473,761 6,422,956 Accumulated amortization (260,897) (209,474) ------------ ------------ LAND USE RIGHTS, net 6,212,864 6,213,482 ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ Total Assets $ 82,197,273 $ 95,295,353 ============ ============LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYCURRENT LIABILITIES: Loans payable $ 19,109,930 $ 6,711,898 Banker's acceptance notes payable and letters of credit 8,624,734 8,178,029 Current maturities of capital lease obligation 2,615,296 2,195,177 Current maturities of long-term debt - 3,931,745 Accounts payable 1,141,583 18,543,129 Advances received from Chairman and CEO - 607,009 Customer deposits 1,577,194 5,851,769 Corporate income tax payable 407,621 99,042 Derivative warrant liability - current portion 306,708 - Value added tax and other taxes payable 2,504,677 1,150 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 2,355,903 2,713,532 ------------ ------------ Total Current Liabilities 38,643,646 48,832,480CAPITAL LEASE OBLIGATION, net of current maturities 1,749,955 4,127,354LONG-TERM DEBT, net of current maturities - -DERIVATIVE LIABILITY, net of current portion - 203 ------------ ------------ Total Liabilities 40,393,601 52,960,037 ------------ ------------COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIESSTOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY: Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding - - Common stock, $0.001 par value, 74,000,000 shares authorized, 20,319,698 and 15,421,008 shares issued and outstanding, respectively 20,320 15,421 Additional paid-in capital 31,542,083 29,733,619 Retained earnings 6,756,699 9,366,035 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss): Change in unrealized loss on marketable securities - (797) Foreign currency translation gain 3,484,570 3,221,038 ------------ ------------ Total Stockholders' Equity 41,803,672 42,335,316 ------------ ------------ Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 82,197,273 $ 95,295,353 ============ ============ See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements. CHINA ARMCO METALS, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS For the Year For the Year Ended Ended December 31, December 31, 2012 2011 ------------- -------------CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:Net loss $ (2,609,336) $ (3,345,004)Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities Depreciation expense 2,742,995 2,726,315 Amortization expense 49,766 49,376 Change in fair value of derivative liability 306,505 (137,940) (Gain) loss from foreign currency exchange rate change on marketable securities 36,957 (220,881) Impairment other than temporary - marketable securities 386,941 1,980,000 Stock based compensation 1,444,019 580,423 Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Bank acceptance notes receivable (7,926) - Accounts receivable (14,935,416) 18,569,271 Inventories 20,095,232 (22,498,388) Advance on purchases 865,391 (852,982) Prepaid value added taxes 471,244 - Prepayments and other current assets 1,369,997 2,688,460 Bank acceptance notes payable 1,585 - Accounts payable (17,410,355) 14,992,427 Customer deposits (4,320,862) (491,603) Taxes payable 2,812,095 (990,833) Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (310,424) 1,305,792 ------------- -------------NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES (9,011,592) 14,354,433CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Proceeds from release of pledged deposits 20,718,637 50,146,115 Payment made towards pledged deposits (16,902,377) (45,373,468) Purchase of property, plant and equipment (826,350) (2,967,453) Purchase of land use rights - (2,664,162) ------------- -------------NET CASH PROVIDED BY INVESTING ACTIVITIES 2,989,910 (858,968)CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Proceeds from loans payable 64,716,249 61,308,627 Repayment of loans payable (52,413,180) (79,757,796) Banker's acceptance notes payable 380,433 3,837,383 Proceeds from mortgage payable - 5,897,617 Repayment of mortgage payable (2,007,291) (1,934,133) Repayment of long-term debt (3,962,844) (4,718,094) Advances from (repayment to) Chairman and CEO (319,306) (192,385) ------------- -------------NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES 6,394,061 (15,558,780)EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH (47,799) 7,990 ------------- -------------NET CHANGE IN CASH 324,580 (2,055,325)Cash at beginning of the year 1,042,591 3,097,917 ------------- -------------Cash at end of the year $ 1,367,171 $ 1,042,591 ============= =============SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOWS INFORMATION: Interest paid $ 2,001,337 $ 1,792,885 ============= ============= Income tax paid $ - $ 1,224,230 ============= =============NON CASH FINANCING AND INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Accrued director cash compensation paid in common shares in lieu of cash $ - $ - ============= ============= Accrued compensation paid in common shares in lieu of cash $ - $ 282,323 ============= ============= Advance payments used towards construction in progress and land use rights $ - $ 4,468,337 ============= ============= Common shares issued for conversion of advances from Chairmand and CEO $ 353,753 $ - ============= ============= See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements.





For more information, please contact:

Company:
US Contact:
Christina Xiong
Investor Relations
China Armco Metals, Inc.
Office: 650.212.7620
Email: christina@armcometals.com
Website: www.armcometals.com

China Contact:
Ripple Zhang
Office: 021-62375286
Email: ripple.zhang@armcometals.com
Website: www.armcometals.com



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