Pingtan Marine Enterprise, Ltd. (NASDAQ:PME)’s Shares Surge After it Reports Financial Results for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016

China-based global fishing company, Pingtan Marine Enterprise, Ltd. (NASDAQ:PME), announces its unaudited Q3 financial results.

Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (PME) (“Pingtan” or the “Company”), a global fishing company based in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), announced today its unaudited financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016.

The Company’s recent notable events are as follows:

    October 20, 2016: The Company announced that it has declared a cash dividend of $0.01 per share of common stock outstanding. The dividend was payable in cash on, or about November 15, 2016 to shareholders of record on October 31, 2016.  This marks the eighth consecutive quarterly dividend paid by the Company, which it intends to continue paying on a quarterly basis.

    The Company previously announced in August 2016, that 13 fishing vessels controlled by the Company have obtained fishing licenses from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and are expected to operate in the sea area of Timor-Leste. In November, these 13 fishing vessels have completed its modification process to change their fishing method in order to meet the local requirements, and are on the way to their operating destination in the sea area of Timor-Leste.

Management Comments

Mr. Xinrong Zhuo, Chairman and CEO of the Company, commented, “In the third quarter 2016, we continued to reach out to different countries and regions seeking to expand our fishing territories. We are pleased to announce that 13 of our fishing vessels are on the way to their fishing destination in the sea area of Timor-Leste, and we expect to put these vessels in full operation the upcoming weeks. Meanwhile, we are also in the process of negotiating with delegates from several countries with fertile fish resources, and we have already looked into opportunities outside of Asia-Pacific. We are committed to providing a variety of natural seafood products around the world to Chinese consumers.”

Factors Affecting Pingtan’s Results of Operation – Indonesia Moratorium

As previously disclosed in Form 10-K and 10-Q the Company filed in 2015 and 2016, in early December 2014 the Indonesian government introduced a nine-month moratorium on issuing new fishing licenses and renewals so that the country’s Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (“MMAF”) could monitor the operations of existing fleets and fight illegal fishing activities. As a result, all licensed fishing vessels operating in Indonesian waters were informed by the Indonesian government to operate within strict guidelines and subsequently to cease operation, in order to avoid potential enforcement actions by the Indonesian Navy such as boat seizures.

To cooperate and comply with the Indonesian government’s fishing license check procedures; the Company reduced its operations in January 2015. Since February 2015, Pingtan has ceased operations of the vessels in Indonesian waters.  Since the Company derives a majority of its revenue from this area, this ban caused a significant drop in production.

In November 2015, the Indonesian government announced that the moratorium had concluded. The Company’s expectation is that the MMAF will implement new fishing policies and resume the license renewal process, although this has not yet occurred. In the interim, the Company’s financial results will continue to be materially adversely affected by this moratorium.

Among the company’s 135 fishing vessels, 13 vessels have obtained fishing licenses from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and will operate in the sea area of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste; 12 vessels are operating in the Bay of Bengal in India; 6 vessels are licensed to operate in Western and Central Pacific Ocean of the international waters, and the remaining vessels are licensed to operate in the Arafura Sea in Indonesia.

Third Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights (all results are compared to prior year period)

    As a result of the above, revenue was $1.2 million compared to $2.7 million.

    Gross loss was $12.3 million compared to of $6.5 million.

    Net loss was $13.9 million, or $0.16 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $22.5 million, or $0.26 per basic and diluted share.

Revenues

Revenues from the fishing business and sales of frozen fish and other marine catches, for the three months ended September 30, 2016, were $1.2 million compared to $2.7 million for the same period in 2015. The decrease was primarily due to significant decrease in sales volumes, as the Company temporarily ceased its operations in the Indonesia waters since February 2015 due to the moratorium described above, as well as decrease in average unit sale price compared to prior year period.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the Company’s revenues were $7.4 million compared to $46.7 million in the first nine months of 2015. The decrease was primarily due to decrease in sales volume due to the moratorium described above.

Gross Margin

As a result of the moratorium described above, the Company’s gross margin was negative for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016.

Selling Expenses

Selling expenses were $0.09 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, compared to $0.3 million in the prior-year period.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, selling expenses were $0.5 million, compared to $1.3 million in the same period of 2015.

General & Administrative Expenses

For the three months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, general and administrative expenses were $0.7 million.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, general and administrative expenses were $3.0 million compared to $2.5 million in the same period of 2015.

Net (Loss) Income

For the three months ended September 30, 2016, net loss was $13.9 million, or $(0.16) per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $22.5 million, or $0.26 per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2015. The decrease was primarily due to the factors described above.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the Company’s net loss was $23.9 million, or $(0.28) per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $29.4 million, or $0.35 per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2015.

Conference Call Details

Pingtan also announced that it will discuss financial results in a conference call on Wednesday, November 9, at 8:30 AM ET.

About Pingtan

Pingtan is a global fishing company engaging in ocean fishing through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fujian Provincial Pingtan County Ocean Fishing Group Co., Ltd., or Pingtan Fishing.  Pingtan Fishing, a provider of high quality seafood in the PRC, primarily engages in ocean fishing with many of its self-owned vessels operating within the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone and the Arafura Sea of Indonesia.

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Pingtan Marine Enterprise, Ltd. (NASDAQ:PME) shares are trading +14.00% on the news and in the range of $1.00 – 1.16 during the current trading session.  When taking a look at which direction the stock might be headed, investors often look to brokerage analysts who cover the stock.  Sell-side research firms on Wall Street currently have a consensus one-year price target of $15.00 on the stock.  This is according to brokerage analysts polled by Thomson Reuters First Call.

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Sell-side analysts are projecting earnings per share of $0.00 for the next fiscal quarter.  For the current year, analysts are predicting earnings of $1.39 per share according to First Call.

Looking at where the stock is trading on a technical level, the stock is trading +16.36% away from its 50-day moving average of $0.98.  Based on the most recent available data, the equity is -51.07% off of its 52-week high of $2.33 and +35.71% away from its 52-week low which is $0.84.

In taking a look at the company’s valuation, the firm’s price to earnings ratio stands at 39.31.  Today, the stock opened at $1.00 and the last bid at the time of writing stood at $1.14.  During the session thus far, the equity dipped down to $1.00 and touched $1.16 as the high point.  Pingtan Marine Enterprise, Ltd. (NASDAQ:PME) has a market cap of $90.12M and has seen an average daily volume of 48,957 over the past three months.

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