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Tiens Biotech Group (USA), Inc. (TBGU.OB) Reports Second Quarter and Six-Month Results


8/14/2009 9:36:56 AM

NEW YORK, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Tiens Biotech Group (USA), Inc. , http://www.tiens-bio.com , today announced financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2009.

Revenue for the second quarter of 2009 increased 4.6% to $20.6 million, compared to $19.7 million for the second quarter of 2008, reflecting an increase in sales in China.

Net income for the quarter rose 83% to $10.3 million, or $0.14 per share, compared to net income of $5.6 million, or $0.07 per share, for the 2008 second quarter.

For the second quarter of 2009, international revenue was $10.9 million, compared to $11.1 million for the same period in 2008. The decrease in international revenue was mainly due to a decrease in sales in the Europe-Asia region by $2.9 million in the second quarter of 2009, as compared to the second quarter of 2008. International sales continues to benefit from export restrictions having been reduced since China's Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine completed in late 2008 its national campaign against unsafe food and substandard products, which adversely affected the Company's international sales in the first half of 2008.

For the second quarter of 2009, revenue in China was $9.7 million, an increase of 13.6% compared to $8.5 million for the same period in 2008. This increase in domestic revenue was due to increased marketing efforts in China.

For the six months ended June 30, 2009, revenue was $38.8 million, an increase of 19.4% compared to $32.5 million for the same period in 2008. The increase in revenue for the first six months of 2009 was primarily driven by an increase of 47.7% in international sales.

Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2009 was $19.3 million, an increase of 90.5% compared to $10.1 million for the same period in 2008. This increase reflects the increase in sales and the transfer of production and sale of semi-finished products from the Company's subsidiary, Tianjin Tianshi Biological Development Co., Ltd., to its other subsidiary, Tianjin Tiens Life Resources Co., Ltd., which has an exemption from PRC income taxes.

Other Highlights

Cost of sales for the second quarter of 2009 decreased to $6.1 million, or by 1.4%, compared to $6.2 million for the same period in 2008. This decrease was mainly due to the decrease in the cost of some materials, such as capsules.

Gross profit for the second quarter of 2009 was $14.4 million, an increase of 7.3% compared to $13.5 million for the same period in 2008. The gross profit margin for the second quarter of 2009 was 70.2%, compared to 68.4% for the same period in 2008.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $4.0 million for the second quarter of 2009, a decrease of 21.1% compared to $5.1 million for the same period in 2008. The selling and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales was 19.5% for the second quarter of 2009 compared to 25.9% for the same period in 2008. This decrease was primarily due to the decrease in salary and insurance expenses as a result of salary reductions and reduced headcount, research and development expenses and commission expenses.

Cost of sales for the six months ended June 30, 2009 increased to $11.9 million, an increase of 15.7% compared to $10.2 million for the same period in 2008. Cost of sales for the period increased at a slightly lower rate than revenue primarily due to fixed costs, which do not increase or decrease in line with revenue changes.

Gross profit for the six months ended June 30, 2009 was $26.9 million, an increase of 21.2% compared to $22.2 million for the same period in 2008. The gross profit margin was 69.4% compared to 68.5% for the same period in 2008. These increases were mainly due to the increase of revenue overall and the increase in the portion of the products the Company sold bearing a higher profit margin than that for the same period of 2008.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2009 were $7.1 million, a decrease of 14.3% compared to $8.3 million in the same period in 2008. For the six months ended June 30, 2009, selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales was 18.4%, compared to 25.7% for the same period in 2008. This decrease was mainly due to the decrease in salary and insurance expenses as a result of salary reductions.

In China, Tiens sells its products to Tianjin Tianshi Biological Engineering Co., Ltd. ("Tianshi Engineering").

To qualify for a direct selling license in China, Tianshi Engineering is required to produce a part of the products that it sells in China. As a result, in 2006, Tiens began to sell semi-finished products to Tianshi Engineering, which jointly shares licenses with Tiens to produce, manufacture and sell the products. The semi-finished products, which Tiens is now exclusively selling in China, have lower sales prices than the finished products Tiens had previously sold to Tianshi Engineering. The application of Tianshi Engineering for a direct selling license in China is still pending.

Tiens continues to strive to expand its market share in China through the branches, chain stores, and Chinese affiliated companies of Tianshi Engineering. To enhance its position in this competitive market, Tianshi Engineering continues to increase its marketing activities in China, including opening additional branches across China, developing a nation-wide advertising campaign, encouraging media coverage and strengthening the Tiens brand.

As of June 30, 2009, Tiens had $121.3 million of retained earnings and total shareholders' equity of $168.0 million.

Jinyuan Li, Chairman, President and CEO of Tiens, said, "Tiens is pleased to report another quarter of positive results including a significant increase in net income. We are confident that international sales will remain strong and that domestic sales will return to, and potentially exceed, previous levels as customers begin to replenish stored up products. We are committed to further expanding our growing international customer base, gaining greater market share in China, and further implementing our strategic plans for long term growth."

About Tiens Biotech Group (USA), Inc. http://www.tiens-bio.com

Tiens Biotech Group (USA), Inc. conducts its business operations from Tianjin, People's Republic of China. Tiens primarily engages in the research, development, manufacturing, and marketing of nutrition supplement products, including wellness products and dietary supplements.

Tiens derives its revenues principally from product sales to affiliated companies in China and internationally in 46 countries. Since its establishment, Tiens has developed and produced 37 nutrition supplements, which include wellness products and dietary supplements. Tiens develops its products at its own product research and development center, which employs highly qualified professionals in the fields of pharmacology, biology, chemistry and fine chemistry. Tiens has obtained all required certificates and approvals from government regulatory agencies to manufacture and sell its products in China.

In China, Tiens conducts the marketing and sales of its products through its affiliated company, Tianshi Engineering. Tianshi Engineering markets and sells Tiens' products in China through chain stores, domestic affiliated companies, and its 98 branches. Outside of China, Tiens sells its products to affiliated companies that in turn sell through an extensive direct sales force, or multi-level marketing sales force. The Company's direct sales marketing program is subject to governmental regulation in each of these countries.

Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward- looking statements are not necessarily indicative of future financial results, and may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The Company's future operating results are dependent upon many factors, including but not limited to: (i) the Company's ability to obtain sufficient capital or a strategic business arrangement to fund its expansion plans; (ii) the Company's ability to build the management and human resources and infrastructure necessary to support the growth of its business; (iii) competitive factors and developments beyond the Company's control; (iv) whether the Company continues to experience delays in the export clearance of its products; (v) whether Tianshi Engineering, the Company's affiliate which sells its products in China, obtains a direct selling license in China; and (vi) other risk factors discussed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission which are available for review at http://www.sec.gov under "Search for Company Filings."

SOURCE Tiens Biotech Group (USA), Inc.

CONTACT: Investor Relations, Tiens Biotech Group (USA), Inc.,
+86-22-8213-3491 (Tel), or +86-22-8213-7914 (Fax), or
investor@tiens-bio.com; Carl Hymans, G. S. Schwartz & Co., +1-212-725-4500
(Tel), or +1-212-725-9188 (Fax), or carlh@schwartz.com

Web site: http://www.tiens-bio.com/


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