China Kangtai Cactus (CKGT) provides shareholder update and Q4 guidance
China Kangtai Cactus Biotech Inc.(OTCBB:CKGT.ob), a vertically integrated grower, developer, manufacturer and marketer of a variety of cactus-based products in China, issued guidance for the fourth fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2010 and provided additional comment about the company’s status and plans for further growth.
In an open letter to shareholders, China Kangtai Cactus CEO Mr. Jinjiang Wang said, “We are nearing the end of our most successful year ever. Our profitable growth is accelerating as Chinese consumers and farmers increase their use of our cactus products. Fourth quarter revenue will reach a record $12.2 million. This will represent a revenue gain of 43% over revenue of $8.5 million in 2009. For the year, we are anticipating revenue of $36.0 million, a gain of 35% over 2009 revenue of $26.5 million. Although we are not yet prepared to provide specific EPS guidance for the quarter, we can point out that earnings per share in the first nine months of 2010 were $0.38 per diluted share and we currently expect good profitability in the fourth quarter.
“This shows that our valuation is extremely low and represents exceptional value for investors. The average P/E for fast growing profitable Chinese companies trading on the U.S. capital markets is approximately 8.85. Our current trailing twelve-month price to earnings ratio is 3.78.
“Our company generated cash flow from operations for the nine months of $6.9 million. We fully expect this to increase because we completed the $8 million patent payment at the end of August and our operating margins should remain in the 33% range.
“Our growth is driven by several important factors. Our cigarette business is growing even faster than we originally expected. For the first nine months cigarette revenue was $1.7 million up from $42,000 in the first nine months of 2009. In the third quarter of 2010, cigarette revenue was nearly $660,000. We believe we are going to continue to see robust growth in this segment of our business.
“Our other two strong growth segments are cactus feed, which was up 67% in the third quarter and beverages, still our largest segment, which was up 37% in the third quarter to $3.9 million. Our ability to continue to scale up our various business segments is positive,” Mr. Wang said.