Wednesday, August 16, 2017

THTI Reports Losses, Negative Cash Flow, and More Debt in the Second Quarter of 2017.

THT Heat Transfer Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: THTI) is a total solution provider in the heat exchange industry with primary operations in China. In the three months ended June 30, 2017, the company generated sales of $7.5 million, down 3.4% over the same period in the prior year.

In addition to negative top-line growth, the company booked US$732K in negative net income and generated negative cash flow from operations. The company disclosed that it had repaid in full a one-year loan for CNY32 million at 4.78% interest with Agricultural Bank of China (HKEX:  1288) in May, 2017. However, in June, 2017, Agricultural Bank of China extended another one-year loan for the same amount at the same interest rate to the company. The company reported the U.S. dollar value of this loan as $4.7 million. As of June 30, 2017, a few weeks after the loan was granted, the company only had $4.2 million in cash on hand, meaning its entire cash position came from that one loan.

Agricultural Bank of China is rolling over its own loan at the same interest rate and collateral to a non-profitable company with a negative cash flow from operations. Without the ability to expand artificial credit at suppressed interest rates, the bank would not be able to support further misallocation of capital. Without this loan, the company would have insufficient cash on hand. To correct its cash position, it will need to reverse the $4.1 million increase in net inventories and $1.1 million decrease in accounts payable during the six months ended June 30, 2017. Although that will help in the short term, its position in the Chinese heat exchange technology industry might not be profitable.