As many of you know, we are very bullish on the long-term future of Chinese small cap and mid cap companies for two reasons:
1] The obvious reason – China is the fastest growing economy on the planet and nothing is going to slow down its ascent over the next 50 years and beyond. Investing in growth companies there just makes too much sense.
2] Great Results and Valuations - Many Small Cap Chinese Companies are listing in the US (OTCBB, NYSE Alternext and NASDAQ) with great financial results. Unlike many dubious US Small Cap Companies, Chinese Companies don’t seem to believe in losing money or failing to execute in a business plan. As such, 7-digit revenues and profits are very common.
From a valuation point of view, many Chinese companies became a victim of their own success in Q4 2008 and Q1 2009. Why? When the world needed to start liquidating, one of the first places they looked were China where most investors had significant gains to sell into. This resulted in the proverbial baby being thrown out with the bathwater and some great valuations.
TODAY’S FEATURED COMPANY
LDK Solar Co., Ltd. is a leading vertically integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) products and the world’s largest producer of multicrystalline wafers. LDK Solar manufactures polysilicon, mono and multi crystalline ingots, wafers, modules, and engages in project development activities in selected segments of the PV market.
On March 30th, 2010, LDK reported its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009.
Check out the full details below:
- Fourth quarter 2009 revenue was $304.6 million;
- Shipped 340.4 MW of wafers in the fourth quarter, up 33.8% year-over-year;
- Gross margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 was 9.9%;
- Net loss was $7.3 million, or $0.07 per diluted ADS for the fourth quarter;
- Increased wafer capacity to 1.8 GW in 2009;
- Sold 15% ownership stake in 15,000 metric ton (MT) annualized capacity polysilicon plant to Jiangxi International Trust and Investment Co., Ltd. for proceeds of approximately $219.7 million; and
- Completed follow-on public offering and received net proceeds of $111.0 million.
YOUR RESEARCH STARTING POINTS FOR CHINESE SMALL CAP AND MID CAP COMPANIES
We’ve provided investors with two great starting points to research great Chinese small cap and mid cap companies.
1. ChinaSecurities.com – ChinaSecurities.com tracks 250 of the best small cap and mid cap companies trading on North American exchanges. It provides you with the best of the best in two ways. First, the front page lists the best news of the day coming out of the space. It does so by giving you a text view of the best press releases by industry and via Chinese Stocks TV, a 5-minute broadcast every morning just after the open. Chinese Stocks TV is archived, so you can catch up on shows you missed.
Second, if you want to research each of the 250 companies to find candidates for your portfolio, it has a very intuitive directory that lets you quickly review each company on the master list, or parse it out by industry and exchange if you have a particular sector of interest. Cool stuff.
2. Right here on AGORACOM, you can refer to our China category for other featured Chinese Small-Cap Companies. As always, we will disclose any IR relationship with any public company. Given the sheer number of great Chinese Small-Cap Companies out there, you can expect us NOT to have an IR relationship with most of these companies.