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China Baicaotang Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 Results

China Baicaotang Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 Results Full Year 2009 Revenue Increases 25% to $136.1 Million Full Year 2009 Net Income Rose 17% to $19.4 Million, or $0.61 Per Diluted Share

 
China Baicaotang Medicine Limited, , (\"China Baicaotang\" or the \"Company\"), the leading pharmaceutical distributor, retail pharmacy, and manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and medical-related products in Guangxi Province, China, today announced results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2009. \"We closed 2009 with solid results, achieving double-digit growth in revenue and net income,\" commented Mr. Hui Tian Tang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of China Baicaotang Medicine Limited. \"Our unique, vertically integrated business model combines manufacturing capabilities with the largest regional wholesale network in Guangxi and an extensive retail network position. We continue to focus on expanding our dominant position in second and third tier cities in Guangxi Province in order to take advantage of China\'s $124.3 billion universal healthcare bill, which targets rural areas.\" Fourth Quarter 2009 Results For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009, revenue increased 56.0% to $36.6 million, as compared to $23.5 million in the same quarter of 2008. The increase in revenue was primarily driven by strong sales volume in the Company\'s pharmaceutical distribution sales channel. Within this sales channel, the Company increased the number of products sold and grew its customer base. In terms of revenue by business segment, the wholesale distribution channel accounted for 72.0%, while retail and manufacturing contributed 24.2% and 3.8%, respectively, as compared to 62.4% from pharmaceutical distribution, 30.0% from retail and 7.6% from manufacturing for the fourth quarter of 2008. Gross profit grew 20.6% to $9.0 million, as compared to $7.4 million for the same period of 2008. Gross margin was 24.5%, as compared to 31.7% in the same period last year. The decline was mainly attributable to the increase in the costs of purchasing merchandise in support of greater sales volume. Gross margin in the year ago period was elevated by sales of Yanguanglian injection, a high margin product which accounted for the majority of sales from the Company\'s Hefeng Pharmaceutical subsidiary. In 2009, demand for other products in Hefeng Pharmaceutical\'s product portfolio accounted for a larger proportion of the product mix. As a result, the Company\'s overall gross margin returned to a more sustainable rate of around 25%. Operating expenses increased 18.3% to $3.1 million, as compared to $2.6 million in the same period last year. Administrative expenses increased 47.3% to $1.8 million, as compared to $1.2 million in the same period of 2008, primarily due to an increase in staff compensation. Selling expenses rose 94.2% to $1.3 million, compared to $0.7 million in the same period of 2008, due to increased marketing expenses. Research and development expenses declined 93.9% to $0.05 million as compared to $0.8 million in the same period of 2008, as the majority of the first phase of R&D expenses was recorded in 2008. Once the effectiveness of the first phase is complete, the Company will invest further in research and development. Operating income increased 21.9% to $5.9 million, or 16.0% of revenue, from $4.8 million, or 20.5% of revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2008. Net income increased 31.3% to $4.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to $3.1 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2008. Diluted earnings per share were calculated using weighted average shares of 32,055,319 and 32,000,000 for the quarters ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively. Full Year 2009 Results Revenue increased 24.9% to $136.1 million, as compared to $109.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2008. The increase was mainly attributable to an increase of $24.3 million revenue from the Company\'s pharmaceutical distribution operations as a result of an increase in the quantity and range of products sold to existing hospital clients supported by the Chinese government\'s expansion in healthcare security schedule coverage and the implementation of the New Rural Cooperative Medicare Program. Revenue from the Company\'s pharmaceutical distribution segment accounted for approximately 71.4% of total revenue, while retail contributed 22.9% and manufacturing generated 5.7%. Gross profit increased 19.8% to $35.5 million, as compared to $29.6 million in 2008. Gross margin was 26.1%, as compared to 27.2% in 2008. The decrease in gross margin was primarily due to the increase in purchasing costs. Operating income increased 15.1% to $26.9 million, from $23.4 million in 2008. Net income increased 16.5% to $19.4 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, as compared to $16.7 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2008. Diluted earnings per share were calculated using weighted average shares of 32,013,943 and 31,963,669 for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

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