Agoracom Blog Small-Cap Feature: General Steel Holdings Inc.

Posted by AGORACOM at 9:30 AM on Friday, November 6th, 2009

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.


General Steel Holdings (NYSE:GSI)


General Steel Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Beijing, China, operates a diverse portfolio of Chinese steel companies. With 6.3 million metric tons aggregate production capacity, its companies serve various industries and produce a variety of steel products including rebar, hot-rolled carbon and silicon sheet, high-speed wire and spiral-weld pipe. General Steel Holdings, Inc. has steel operations in Shaanxi and Guangdong provinces, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Tianjin municipality.

On November 6th 2009, the Company announced reported that net revenues advanced 31% to $17,976,529 from $13,735,376 in prior year.

Check out the full details below:

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  • Aggregate shipment volume increased 67.2% year-over-year to a record 1,036,076 metric tons
  • Total revenues increased 17.8% to a record $484.8 million from $411.5 million in the third quarter of 2008
  • Net income was $10.4 million, or earnings per basic and diluted share of $0.23 and $0.22, respectively


As always, these are my own views and conclusions.  Do your own due diligence.  I know this is one company that would benefit from online investor relations.

If you have any comments, I’d love to see them below.


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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.


Net income was $10.4 million, or earnings per basic and diluted share

of $0.23 and $0.22, respectively

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