Arabian American Development Announces Record Revenue for Fiscal 2006

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Planned Plant Expansion to Increase Capacity; Enable Growth to Continue

DALLAS, March 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arabian American Development Co. (OTC Bulletin Board: ARSD) today announced record financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year period ended December 31, 2006.

    Fiscal 2006/First Quarter 2007 Highlights:
     * Revenues increase 4.1% for the quarter; 22.6% to the year
     * Operating Income increased $2.6 million in the fourth quarter
     * 4th Quarter EPS of $.09 vs. loss of $.05 in year ago period
     * The company recently gained approval from the Saudi Department of
       Petroleum and Mineral Resources to transfer the mining lease to the
       joint stock corporation.
     * The Company's Board of Directors approved a $12 million expansion of
       the Company's Penhex Unit, with up to $2 million to be financed by the
       Company and the balance through a line of credit from Bank of America
     * Robert E. Kennedy joined the Company's Board of Directors, effective
       January 13, 2007 and will sit on the Board's Audit and Compensation
       Committees. Mr. Kennedy brings more than 36 years experience in the
       industrial chemical and petrochemical industry, including leadership
       positions with Chevron Chemical, Resinate Corp. and his consulting
       firm, R.E. Kennedy and Associates LP.

    Financial Results

Revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 were $22.6 million, an increase of 4.1 percent compared to the $21.7 million for the fourth quarter last year. Refined product sales (predominantly C5 and C6 Hydrocarbons and related products) represented $21.2 million, or 94.1 percent of total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2006 and $20.7 million, or 95.4 percent of total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2005. The Company generated $1.3 million in toll processing fees during the fourth quarter of 2006 compared with $1.0 million for the prior-year's fourth quarter.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter was $3.8 million, or 17 percent gross profit margin compared with gross profit of $729,000, or 3.4 percent gross profit margin for the fourth quarter last year. General and administrative expenses increased 28.5 percent to $1.6 million compared to $1.2 million last year.

The Company reported $1.9 million in operating income compared to a loss from operations of $763,000 last year. The Company reported $718,000 in other income for the quarter, which included $743,000 in miscellaneous expense related to insurance compensation for hurricane damage, compared to other expenses of $8,300 in the prior-year's fourth quarter, primarily related to $133,000 in interest expense.

Inclusive of $577,000 in income tax expense, the Company reported net income of $2.0 million, or $.09 per basic and fully diluted share (based on 23.2 million shares) compared to a net loss from of $1.1 million, or $(.05) per basic and fully diluted share last year (based on 22.7 million shares). Last year's fourth quarter included $304,000 in income tax expense.

"We continued to demonstrate steady revenue growth throughout 2006 despite reaching near full capacity at our Penhex plant, constraining our ability to meet demand," commented Nick Carter, the Company's President. "Our expansion initiative will alleviate this issue, enabling us to maintain our growth rate and expand our market leadership position. Once we reach full capacity following the expansion, we will be able to double both our revenue and EBITDA opportunity. In the fourth quarter, we experienced typical seasonality in December, with sales dropping 30 percent compared to the other two months in the quarter. As in the past, we expect sales to return to normal levels in January."

For the full-year period, revenues were $98.5 million, an increase of 22.6 percent compared to the $80.4 million last year. Gross profit margin was 18.9 percent for fiscal 2006, negatively impacted by an unrealized loss of $690,000, compared to 20.8 percent for fiscal 2005, which were positively impacted by an unrealized gain of $75,000.

Total operating expenses for the year were $87.3 million, an increase of 26.7 percent compared to the $68.9 million for the prior-year period. Other income for the year was $644,000 compared to other expenses of $568,000 last year. Net income from continuing operations was $7.9 million, or $.35 per basic and fully diluted share (based on 22.8 million shares) compared to income from continuing operations of $9.8 million, or $.43 per basic and fully diluted share (based on 22.7 million shares) for the year ago period. In fiscal 2005, the Company divested its Coin mining assets and reported those operations as discontinued operations. Inclusive of discontinued operations, the comprehensive net income was $16.6 million or $.73 per share.

Mr. Carter continued, "We continue to make progress on our mining initiative and believe we are quickly approaching the final approval needed for the formation of the Joint Stock Corporation. Accordingly, we expect to begin construction on the mining facility in the second half of this year. Preliminary work is being done at the site while we are waiting on the approvals for the business structure. As the mineral spot prices that form the majority of our reserves continue to increase and we move closer towards revenue generation, we believe this segment of our business will gain a closer valuation to the proven underlying mineral assets. We remain excited about this opportunity."

The Company completed the year with $2.9 million in cash compared to $1.7 million as of December 31, 2005. The Company had $8.1 million in working capital as of December 31, 2006. The Company ended the year with a current ratio of 2.1 to 1. Both working capital and current ratio were calculated excluding the $11 million non interest-bearing/non-recourse current note payable to the Saudi Government. The company expects this note to be transferred to the joint stock corporation with the mining lease in the second quarter of 2007. Shareholder's equity increased 22.5 percent during the year to $44.7 million compared to $36.3 million as of December 31, 2005.


Management will conduct a conference call and live web cast at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 to discuss these results. Anyone interested in participating should call 800-936-9754 if calling within the United States or 973-935-2048 if calling internationally. There will be a playback available until April 4, 2007. To listen to the playback, please call 877-519-4471 if calling within the United States or 973-341-3080 if calling internationally. Please use pin number 8601186 for the replay. This call is being web cast by ViaVid Broadcasting and can be accessed at ViaVid's website at . The web cast can be accessed until April 28, 2007.

About Arabian American Development Co.

Arabian American owns and operates a petrochemical facility located in southeast Texas just north of Beaumont, Texas, specializing in high purity petrochemical solvents and other solvent type manufacturing. Arabian American also has a mining project in Saudi Arabia which is under development and is expected to produce economic quantities of zinc, copper, gold, and silver when it is put into production. There are currently about 20 employees at the mine site.

Safe Harbor

Statements in this release that are not historical facts are forward looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward looking statements are based upon management's belief as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. Because such statements are based upon expectations as to future economic performance and are not statements of fact, actual results may differ from those projected. These risks, as well as others, are discussed in greater detail in Arabian American's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Arabian American's annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005 and the Company's subsequent Quarterly Report Form 10-Q.

                               Tables to follow

                       Arabian American Development Company
                       Consolidated Statement of Operations

                               Three Months ended       Twelve Months ended
                                  December 31,              December 31,
                               2006         2005         2006         2005
    Refined Product Sales  $21,219,694  $20,660,127  $93,854,726  $76,268,360
    Processing Fees          1,342,332    1,005,187    4,647,431    4,105,227
                            22,562,026   21,665,314   98,502,157   80,373,587

    Cost of Refined Product
     Sales/Process.         18,729,796   20,936,225   79,888,772   63,626,497
    General and
     Administrative          1,563,379    1,216,581    6,033,393    4,468,253
    Depreciation               397,549      275,035    1,339,061      756,596
                            20,690,724   22,427,841   87,261,226   68,851,346

       (LOSS)                1,871,302     (762,527)  11,240,931   11,522,241

    Interest Income             58,899       38,471      230,817       80,489
    Interest Expense           (71,478)    (133,924)    (704,282)    (792,976)
    Minority Interest in
     Loss (Pioche)              10,744        1,489       17,535        8,437
    Bad Debt Expense (Pioche)  (23,570)      (2,547)     (37,876)     (17,151)
    Miscellaneous Income
     (Expense)                 742,965       88,203    1,137,619      153,424
                               717,560       (8,308)     643,813     (567,777)

     INCOME TAXES            2,588,862     (770,835)  11,884,744   10,954,464

    Income Tax Expense        (577,149)    (304,187)  (4,009,416)  (1,133,787)

       from continuing
       operations            2,011,713   (1,075,022)   7,875,328    9,820,677

    Discontinued operations
      Income from Coin
       operations                    0            0            0      989,856
      Gain on disposal of
       Coin                          0            0            0    5,825,668

    Income from discontinued
     operations                      0            0            0    6,815,524

      NET INCOME            $2,011,713  $(1,075,022)  $7,875,328  $16,636,201

    Basic net income per
      Continuing operations     $0.088      $(0.047)      $0.345       $0.432
      Discontinued operations      ---          ---          ---        0.300
      Net Income                $0.088      $(0.047)      $0.345       $0.732

    Basic weighted average
     shares outstanding     22,871,994   22,731,994   22,804,567   22,731,994

    Diluted net income per
      Continuing operations     $0.087      $(0.047)      $0.342       $0.432
      Discontinued operations      ---          ---          ---        0.300
      Net income                $0.087      $(0.047)      $0.342       $0.732

    Diluted weighted average
     shares outstanding     23,190,085   22,731,994   23,030,283   22,731,994

                           CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

                                                        December 31,
    ASSETS                                         2006              2005

      Cash and cash equivalents                 $2,939,022        $1,738,558
      Natural gas derivatives                          ---            74,752
      Trade receivables                          8,893,182        12,972,657
      Income tax receivable                         41,228               ---
      Prepaid derivative settlement              1,500,000               ---
      Inventories                                3,576,317         1,164,674
        Total current assets                    16,949,749        15,950,641

     EQUIPMENT - AT COST                        21,643,903        17,905,048
       LESS ACCUMULATED DEPRECIATION           (11,017,503)       (9,678,443)
     EQUIPMENT, NET                             10,626,400         8,226,605

    AL MASANE PROJECT                           37,137,022        36,804,098

    OTHER INTERESTS IN SAUDI ARABIA              2,431,248         2,431,248

    MINERAL PROPERTIES IN THE UNITED STATES      1,084,711         1,084,711

    OTHER ASSETS                                 2,821,036         2,476,865

      TOTAL ASSETS                             $71,050,166       $66,974,168


      Accounts payable                          $2,989,203        $1,787,353
      Accrued interest                              59,857            58,749
      Financial Contracts                          765,672               ---
      Accrued liabilities                        1,210,054         1,282,993
      Accrued liabilities in Saudi Arabia        1,645,257         2,407,282
      Notes payable                             11,012,500        11,025,833
      Current portion of long-term debt            488,828         1,425,932
         Total current liabilities              18,171,371        17,988,142

    LONG-TERM DEBT                               5,108,309         9,838,662

    DEFERRED REVENUE                             2,205,454         1,732,556

    DEFERRED INCOME TAXES                              ---           297,000

     SUBSIDIARIES                                  817,558           834,662

      Common stock                               2,257,199         2,243,199
      Additional paid-in capital                37,087,206        36,512,206
      Accumulated deficit                        5,403,069        (2,472,259)
        Total stockholders' equity              44,747,474        36,283,146

         EQUITY                                $71,050,166       $66,974,168

     Company Contact:  Nick Carter, President, Secretary and Treasurer
                       (409) 385-1400

     Investor Contact: Cameron Donahue or Brett Maas
                       Hayden Communications
                       (651) 653-1854

SOURCE Arabian American Development Co.