ZhongDe Waste Technology AG: First quarter 2013 shows improved year-on-year results

Results Q1 2013

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- Revenues grew by 2.4 per cent to 1.25 million Euros
- Gross profit increased by 14.5 per cent to 0.2 million Euros
- Order backlog grew significantly to 264.5 million Euros
- Solid cash position of around 100.0 million Euros

Despite that ZhongDe Waste Technology's results for the first three months of 2013 remain unsatisfying, they improved compared to the same period last year. While revenues increased slightly to 1.25 million Euros, gross profit showed an improvement as well, growing by 14.5 per cent to 0.2 million Euros. Given the favorable economic prospects for eco-friendly waste disposal in China and the progress of ZhongDe's BOT projects, the company is cautiously optimistic for the full year 2013.

During the first quarter of 2013 ZhongDe generated revenues of 1.25 million Euros, representing an increase of 2.4 per cent compared to 1.22 million Euros in the first quarter of 2012. Revenues were completely generated from BOT projects.

Gross profit increased by 14.5 per cent to 0.16 million Euros (Q1 2012: 0.14 million Euros), while the EBIT augmented by 13.5 per cent to -1.3 million Euros (Q1 2012: -1.5 million Euros). The net loss amounted to 1.5 million Euros (Net loss Q1 2012: 1.8 million Euros), representing an increase of 15.0 per cent year-on-year. The improved financial results, compared to the previous year, were mainly related to the construction progress of ZhongDe's BOT projects in Kunming and Xianning.

Efficient cost controlling and solid cash position

Within the first quarter of 2013, ZhongDe continued to reduce its selling and distribution expenses by 71.8 per cent to 0.1 million Euros (Q1 2012: 0.3 million Euros) as well as its administrative expenses by 25.9 per cent to 0.7 million Euros (Q1 2012: 1.0 million Euros).

ZhongDe still disposes of a strong equity and cash position, allowing the company to further advance in the fields of BOT investments and project finance in the future. Amounting to 100.0 million Euros, cash and cash equivalents remain on the same high level as in the first quarter of 2012. Equity increased by 1.9 per cent to 114.9 million Euros (31 December 2012:112.8 million Euros). Equity ratio amounted to 55.4 per cent as at 31 March 2013 (31 December 2012: 56.2 per cent).

Additionally, the order backlog increased significantly by 90.7 per cent to 264.5 million Euros compared to the first quarter of 2012, which was mainly due to the new contract for the Lanzhou project, a BOT project with a daily capacity of up to 3,000 tons per day.

Moderate outlook

Looking ahead to the remaining quarters of 2013, ZhongDe expects to further benefit from the favorable political and economic environment for eco-friendly waste disposal as well as from the growing demand for energy-from-waste plants in China as well as throughout Asia.

Currently ZhongDe is negotiating on two new projects with an expected disposal capacity of 1.000 tons per day each and is confident to close the contracts in 2013. In the second quarter of 2013, the company anticipates to sign one of the two contracts. Moreover, ZhongDe's current three BOT projects will be completed in 2013 and will begin their operations and generate cash-inflows. Further, revenues will be derived after the finalisation of the BOT projects and the construction of the EPC projects in Dingzhou and Zhucheng, once they have been resumed.

All in all, ZhongDe expects to remain in a transition period during the current financial year in which the company will finalise projects that will start its operations. Furthermore, ZhongDe intends to start construction its Lanzhou project in Q4 2013. ZhongDe anticipates to achieve better financial results in 2013 compared to 2012.

Please find the complete Q1 Report 2013 of ZhongDe Waste Technology AG on the company's website under the following link:
http://www.zhongde-ag.com/investor_relations/publikationen.html
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