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."
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.
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.
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