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CF Energy Announces Q2 and 1H Result of 2021

TORONTO, Aug. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CF Energy Corp. (TSX-V: CFY) (“CF Energy” or the “Company”, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”), an energy provider in the People’s Republic of China (the ”PRC” or “China”), announces that the Company has filed its unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial results for the three-month and six-months period ended June 30, 2021 (“Q2 2021 and 1H 2021” respectively).

Q2 2021 financial highlights

Continuing Operations

In millions

Q2 2021

Q2 2020

Change

%

Q2 2021

Q2 2020

Change

%

(except for % figures)

RMB

RMB

RMB

CAD

CAD

CAD

Continuing Operations

Revenue

86.2

76.4

9.8

13%

16.6

14.8

1.8

12%

Gross Profit

34.5

27.4

7.1

26%

6.6

5.3

1.3

25%

Gross Profit Margin

40.0%

35.8%

4.2%

40.0%

35.8%

4.2%

Net Profit (loss)

14.9

(2.2)

17.1

-794%

2.9

(0.4)

3.3

-787%

Adjusted net Profit

13.0

8.3

4.7

57%

2.5

1.6

0.9

54%

EBITDA

28.3

7.7

20.6

266%

5.4

1.5

3.9

262%

Adjusted EBITDA

26.4

18.2

8.2

45%

5.0

3.5

1.5

39%

Revenue in Q2 2021 was RMB86.2 million (approx. CAD16.6 million), an increase of RMB9.8 million (approx. CAD1.8 million), or 13%, from RMB76.4 million (approx. CAD14.8 million) for the three-month period ended June 30, 2020 (“Q2 2020”). The overall increase in revenue mainly reflected the general increase in sales volume with solid economic recovery since COVID-19 was under control.

Gross profit in Q2 2021 was RMB34.5 million (approx. CAD6.6 million), an increase of RMB7.1 million (CAD1.3 million) or 26% from RMB27.4 million (approx. CAD5.3 million) in Q2 2020. Overall Gross margin in Q2 2021 was 40.0%, an increase of 4.2 percentage point from 35.8% in Q2 2020.

In millions

Q2 2021

Q2 2020

Change

%

Q2 2021

Q2 2020

Change

%

(except for % figures)

RMB

RMB

RMB

CAD

CAD

CAD

Continuing Operations

EBITDA for the period

28.3

7.7

20.6

266%

5.4

1.5

3.9

262%

Non-recurring items

Fair value change on derivative financial instrument

(2.6)

10.5

(13.1)

-125%

(0.5)

2.0

(2.5)

-125%

Recognition of share-based payment expenses

0.7

-

0.7

100%

0.1

-

0.1

100%

Adjusted EBITDA for the period

26.4

18.2

8.2

45%

5.0

3.5

1.5

39%

EBITDA (Non-IFRS measure) in Q2 2021 was RMB28.3 million (approx. CAD5.4 million), an increase of RMB20.6 million (approx. CAD3.9 million), or 266%, from RMB7.7 million (approx. CAD1.5 million) in Q2 2020. EBITDA in Q2 2021 included non-recurring items. On a comparable basis, after excluding the effects of non-recurring items: the fair value change on derivative financial instrument of RMB2.6 million (approx. CAD0.5 million) (please refer to the MD&A for details) and the recognition of share-based payments of RMB0.7 million (approx. CAD0.1 million), adjusted EBITDA in Q2 2021 was RMB26.4 million (approx. CAD5.0 million), an increase of RMB8.2 million (approx. CAD1.5 million), or 45%, from RMB18.2 million (approx. CAD3.5 million) in Q2 2020.

In millions

Q2 2021

Q2 2020

Change

%

Q2 2021

Q2 2020

Change

%

(except for % figures)

RMB

RMB

RMB

CAD

CAD

CAD

Continuing Operations

Net profit (loss) for the period

14.9

(2.2)

17.1

-795%

2.9

(0.4)

3.3

-787%

Non-recurring items

Fair value change on derivative financial instrument

(2.6)

10.5

(13.1)

-125%

(0.5)

2.0

(2.5)

-125%

Recognition of share-based payment expenses

0.7

-

0.7

100%

0.1

-

0.1

100%

Adjusted net profit for the period (non-IFRS)

13.0

8.3

4.7

57%

2.5

1.6

0.9

54%

Net profit in Q2 2021 was RMB14.9 million (approx. CAD2.9 million), an increase of RMB17.1 million (approx. CAD3.3 million), or 795%, from net loss of RMB2.2 million (approx. CAD0.4 million) in Q2 2020. Net profit in Q2 2021 included non-recurring items. On a comparable basis, after excluding the non-recurring items: the fair value change on derivative financial instrument of RMB2.6 million (approx. CAD0.5 million) (please refer to Q2 2021 MD&A for details) and the recognition of share-based payments of RMB0.7 million (approx. CAD0.1 million), the adjusted net profit in Q2 2021 (non-IFRS) was RMB13.0 million (approx. CAD2.5 million), an increase of RMB4.7 million (approx. CAD0.9 million) or 57% from RMB8.3 million (approx. CAD1.6 million) in Q2 2020.

Basic earnings per share (“EPS”) in Q2 2021 was RMB0.22 (CAD0.04) per share. Adjusted EPS in Q2 2021 was RMB0.19 (CAD0.04) per share (non-IFRS).

1H 2021 financial highlights

Continuing Operations

In millions

1H 2021

1H 2020

Change

%

1H 2021

1H 2020

Change

%

(except for % figures)

RMB

RMB

RMB

CAD

CAD

CAD

Continuing Operations

Revenue

167.4

141.3

26.1

18%

32.3

27.4

4.9

18%

Gross Profit

68.1

54.5

13.6

25%

13.1

10.6

2.5

24%

Gross Profit Margin

40.7%

38.6%

2.1%

40.7%

38.6%

2.1%

Net Profit

17.8

14.9

2.9

19%

3.4

2.9

0.5

16%

Adjusted net Profit

21.8

13.3

8.5

64%

4.2

2.6

1.6

63%

EBITDA

42.9

34.6

8.3

24%

8.3

6.7

1.6

24%

Adjusted EBITDA

46.9

33.0

13.9

42%

9.1

6.4

2.7

39%

Revenue in 1H 2021 was RMB167.4 million (approx. CAD32.3 million), an increase of RMB26.1 million (approx. CAD4.9 million), or 18%, from RMB141.3 million (approx. CAD27.4 million) for the six-month period ended June 30, 2020 (“1H 2020”). The overall increase in revenue mainly reflected the general increase in sales volume with solid economic recovery since COVID-19 was under control.

Gross profit in 1H 2021 was RMB68.1 million (approx. CAD13.1 million), an increase of RMB13.6 million (CAD2.5 million) or 25% from RMB54.5 million (approx. CAD10.6 million) in 1H 2020. Overall Gross margin in 1H 2021 was 40.7%, an increase of 2.1 percentage point from 38.6% in 1H 2020.

In millions

1H 2021

1H 2020

Change

%

1H 2021

1H 2020

Change

%

(except for % figures)

RMB

RMB

RMB

CAD

CAD

CAD

Continuing Operations

EBITDA for the period

42.9

34.6

8.3

24%

8.3

6.7

1.6

24%

Non-recurring items

Fair value change on derivative financial instrument

3.0

(1.6)

4.6

-298%

0.6

(0.3)

0.9

-290%

Recognition of share-based payment expenses

1.0

-

1.0

100%

0.2

-

0.2

100%

Adjusted EBITDA for the period

46.9

33.0

13.9

42%

9.1

6.4

2.7

39%

EBITDA (Non-IFRS measure) in 1H 2021 was RMB42.9 million (approx. CAD8.3 million), an increase of RMB8.3 million (approx. CAD1.6 million), or 24%, from RMB34.6 million (approx. CAD6.7 million) in 1H 2020. EBITDA in 1H 2021 included non-recurring items. On a comparable basis, after excluding the effects of non-recurring items: the fair value change on derivative financial instrument of RMB3.0 million (approx. CAD0.6 million) (please refer to the MD&A for details) and the recognition of share-based payments of RMB1.0 million (approx. CAD0.2 million), adjusted EBITDA in 1H 2021 was RMB46.9 million (approx. CAD9.1 million), an increase of RMB13.9 million (approx. CAD2.7 million), or 42%, from RMB33.0 million (approx. CAD6.4 million) in 1H 2020.

In millions

1H 2021

1H 2020

Change

%

1H 2021

1H 2020

Change

%

(except for % figures)

RMB

RMB

RMB

CAD

CAD

CAD

Continuing Operations

Net profit for the period

17.8

14.9

2.9

18%

3.4

2.9

0.5

16%

Non-recurring items

Fair value change on derivative financial instrument

3.0

(1.6)

4.6

-125%

0.6

(0.3)

0.9

-290%

Recognition of share-based payment expenses

1.0

-

1.0

100%

0.2

-

0.2

100%

Adjusted net profit for the period (non-IFRS)

21.8

13.3

8.5

64%

4.2

2.6

1.6

63%

Net profit in 1H 2021 was RMB17.8 million (approx. CAD3.4 million), an increase of RMB2.9 million (approx. CAD0.5 million), or 18%, from RMB14.9 million (approx. CAD2.9 million) in 1H 2020. Net profit in 1H 2021 included non-recurring items. On a comparable basis, after excluding the non-recurring items: the fair value change on derivative financial instrument of RMB3.0 million (approx. CAD0.6 million) (please refer to MD&A for details) and the recognition of share-based payments of RMB1.0 million (approx. CAD0.2 million), the adjusted net profit in 1H 2021 (non-IFRS) was RMB21.8 million (approx. CAD4.2 million), an increase of RMB8.5 million (approx. CAD1.6 million) or 64% from RMB13.3 million (approx. CAD2.6 million) in 1H 2020.

Basic earnings per share (“EPS”) in 1H 2021 was RMB0.26 (CAD0.05) per share. Adjusted EPS in 1H 2021 was RMB0.32 (CAD0.06) per share (non-IFRS).

Completion of 2021 Target

In millions

2021
Projection

1H 2021
Actual

Completed

(except for % figures)

RMB

RMB

%

Revenue

410.7

167.4

40.8%

Gross Profit

187.3

68.1

36.4%

Projected Net Profit (Recurring)/Adjusted Net Profit

28.9

21.8

75.4%

Benchmarking against the annual target for the 2021 year, for the half year of 2021, we have achieved up to 40.8% of the revenue, 36.4% of gross profit and 75.4% of net profit targets set for the whole of the 2021 year.

Statement from the Chair

We are very encouraged and please to report to our shareholders the respectable net profit from continuing operations for the first half of 2021 which will place us in a good position to achieve our targets for the 2021 year. With further implementation of the policy of the SYDRC to adjust the natural gas prices chargeable to our customers to take effect from September 1, 2021 and the abolishment of certain pipeline connection related service charges to our customers in Sanya, we expect to face more challenges for the 2021 year. We will continue to do our best to take advantage of the lowering of the natural gas price to explore opportunities to expand our natural gas distribution network and expand our footprint in the natural gas grid, continue with our cost control measures and placing more emphasis on the furtherance of our planned development of the integrated smart energy projects and the EV battery swap station business for sustained future growth and enhancement of return to our shareholders.

The unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial results and Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) can be downloaded from www.SEDAR.com or from the Company's website at www.cfenergy.com.

About CF Energy Corp. (Previously known as: Changfeng Energy Inc.)

CF Energy Corp. is a Canadian public company currently traded on the Toronto Venture Exchange (“TSX-V”) under the stock symbol “CFY”. It is an integrated energy provider and natural gas distribution company (or natural gas utility) in the PRC. CF Energy strives to combine leading clean energy technology with natural gas usage to provide sustainable energy to its customer base in the PRC.

TELE-CONFERENCE

A tele-conference will be held following the release of this press release and the results of the Group, details of which will be provided by way of a separate press release in due course.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Corporate Investment Relations
Investor.relations@changfengenergy.cn

Charles Wang
Executive Assistant to CEO & Chair of the Board
zhaoyu.wang@changfengenergy.cn

Frederick Wong
Director of the Board
fred.wong@changfengenergy.cn

Mike Liu
VP Capital Market
mike.liu@changfengenergy.cn

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Non-IFRS Financial Measures.

This news release contains financial terms that are not considered in the International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"): EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Profit. These financial measures, together with measures prepared in accordance with IFRS, provide useful information to investors and shareholders, as management uses them to evaluate the operating performance of the Company. The Company's determination of these non-IFRS measures may differ from other reporting issuers, and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Further, these non-IFRS measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance or cash flows prepared in accordance with IFRS. These financial measures are included because management uses this information to analyze operating performance and liquidity. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.