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 Orient Paper (NYSE AMEX:ONP)

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Notable Share Transactions

BAODING, China, August 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (the "Company"), (NYSE MKT: ONP), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in North China, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with an institutional investor for a registered direct placement of $2,500,000 of shares of common stock at a price of $1.60 per share.

In addition, the Company will issue to the investor warrants to purchase up to 781,250 shares of common stock. The warrants have an exercise price of $1.70 per share and are exercisable for five years following issuance.


Thursday, August 14, 2014
Comments & Business Outlook

Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

  • Revenue from CMP increased 25.2% to $25.8 million, representing 68.1% of total revenue.
  • Basic and diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2014 were $0.19, compared to $0.20 for the corresponding period of 2013.

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "With the successful ramp up of PM6 giving rise to a 24% increase in production volumes of our Regular CMP, the Company has reported a strong revenue growth for the second quarter of 2014. In addition, we are pleased with the performance of the newly launched PM1 after our modernization program, which has produced and sold 4,215 tonnes of Light-Weight CMP although it has only been in operation for just more than a month."

"While the consolidation in the domestic paper manufacturing sector will continue, we expect market conditions to improve in the second half of 2014. Orient Paper remains committed to establishing a track record for solid financial performance, and we will focus on the ramp up of both PM6 and PM1, executing the expansion plan while carefully managing our working capital needs in the second half of the year. With Regular CMP product prices making a mild recovery in July from the second quarter, we reiterate our commitment to meeting our full year 2014 guidance," added Mr. Liu.

Full Year 2014 Guidance

The Company maintains its full year guidance for 2014, with revenue ranging between $146 million and $161 million, gross profit ranging between $27 million and $30 million, net income ranging between $15 million and $17 million, and basic and diluted earnings per share between $0.81 and $0.90.


Friday, August 1, 2014
Comments & Business Outlook
Unaudited Preliminary Results for the Second Quarter 2014
  • Revenues was $37.8 million up 14.5% from last years same quarter.
  • Basic and diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2014 were $0.20, compared to $0.20 for the corresponding period of 2013.

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "We are pleased to report strong growth in our revenue, thanks to the successful ramp up of our PM6 with a monthly utilization rate of approximately 75% throughout the period, resulting in a 23% increase in production volumes of our regular high-strength CMP. The 75% utilization has better absorbed our fixed facility cost and mitigated the effect of a modestly lower ASP for CMP experienced in the quarter as we had advised the market earlier this month. While the consolidation in our domestic paper manufacturing sector will continue, we expect market conditions to improve in the second half of 2014 and the pricing for CMP to make a mild recovery from the second quarter."


Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Comments & Business Outlook

BAODING, Hebei, China, July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in North China, today announced the Company has ramped up its renovated PM1, and provides operation and market updates to shareholders and investors.

PM1 Update

Orient Paper has recently commenced commercial production of the newly renovated PM1, producing corrugating medium paper ("CMP")-based packaging paper with specification of 40 to 80 gram per square meter ("g/s/m"). PM1 has successfully ramped up production in the month of June, achieving more than 3,500 tonnes of paper with specification of mostly 60g/s/m, instead of the originally budgeted 1,000 tonnes.

PM1's 40-80g/s/m CMP-based packaging paper products have a wide range of commercial applications. For example, they can be used to sandwich certain insulation materials as a construction material for wall and floor insulation and to manufacture moisture-proof packaging materials for transportation of books and magazines by the publishing industry in China. It can also be used as corrugating medium to make corrugated cardboard for packaging solutions where a customer requires light-weight boxes. The40-80g/s/m light weight CMP is considered a niche product in the packaging paper market and enjoys a higher margin than the conventional CMP and steady demand from end-users while the supply of this special specification CMP is relatively limited. Essentially all of the Company's PM1 products are 60g/s/m CMP used as packaging paper at current stage. However, the Company has begun selling 60g/s/m CMP as insulation liner and may switch to other product specifications based on customer demand or changes in market condition.

While the Average Selling Price ("ASP") for the 60g/s/m packaging paper is lower than that of the 40-50g/s/m insulation liner, which was originally planned for the renovated PM1, the annual production capacity of PM1 is expected to increase from approximately 50,000 tonnes to at least 60,000 tonnes if we continue to ramp up PM1 for producing the 60g/s/m CMP-based packaging paper. With the shift of products and the ramp up, the new PM1 is now expected to contribute approximately $9 million to $11 million to the Company's annual revenue for 2014, instead of the previous estimated range of $7 million to $9 million.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Deal Flow

Orient Paper, Inc.

$10,000,000

Common Stock
Warrants

Debt Securities
Units


We may from time to time, in one or more offerings at prices and on terms that we will determine at the time of each offering, sell common stock, warrants debt securities, or a combination of these securities, or units for an aggregate initial offering price of up to $10,000,000. This prospectus provides you with a general description of the securities we may offer. Each time we offer and sell securities, we will provide you with a prospectus supplement that will contain specific information about the terms of that offering. Any prospectus supplement may also add, update, or change information contained in this prospectus. You should carefully read this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement as well as the documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in this prospectus before you invest.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Comments & Business Outlook

BAODING, China, May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in North China, today announced the Company has recently commenced the final commercial production phase of its PM1 renovation project, producing insulation liner paper.

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper commented, "We are very pleased to re-launch the renovated PM1 a few months earlier than our original schedule. The purpose of our modernization plan is not only to convert PM1 into a more energy-efficient production line but also to produce higher profit margin products. The insulation liner paper is used to sandwich certain insulation materials as a construction material for wall and floor insulation. It can also be combined with certain plastic woven cloth to manufacture new moisture-proof packaging material for transportation of books and magazines by the publishing industry in China. Both product applications are expected to be benefited from stable market demand in this region."

With a designed annual production capacity of 50,000 tonnes, the output of the new PM1 has started stabilizing each day, and is expected to bring in revenue in the range of between $7 million to $9 million for 2014.


Thursday, May 22, 2014
Comments & Business Outlook

First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

  • Total Revenue in the first quarter of 2014 was $25.8 million, an increase of 30.4% from $19.7 million for the previous year.
  • Basic and diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2014 were $0.14, compared to $0.02 for the corresponding period of 2013.

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "Our first quarter results for 2014 has shown significant improvement on top-line and bottom-line figures. This is largely due to the normalization of operations in the period for both CMP and offset printing paper, which were affected by the county-wide environmental inspection in the first quarter of 2013."

Mr. Liu continued, "In addition, we are pleased to report a successful ramp up of PM6 with a utilization rate of 80% for March after our seasonally slower months of January-February due to the Chinese New Year break and scheduled annual equipment maintenance. This has contributed to the increase of our CMP sales volumes in the quarter, compared to the same period a year. We have also completed PM1 installation and are currently conducting test runs to prepare for trial production before we commence actual commercial production of insulation liner paper."

"Furthermore, we are very pleased to report that, through our continued efforts to optimize the production schedules at our digital photo paper facility since the second half of 2013, we are seeing an increase in digital photo paper production and a 76% growth in sales volumes, while minimizing disturbance to the neighboring residents," added Mr. Liu.

Outlook

Industry analysts expect market demand to remain around the same pace as the last quarter, while continued action by the government to eliminate outdated capacity would help to curb surplus capacity in certain sectors in the paper industry. Raw material prices for domestically sourced recycled paper may remain lower but may show some volatility going forward, as paper mills in China attempt to reduce the imported OCC and take advantage of the domestic recycled paper.

Looking ahead, the Company intends to maintain strong operating cash flows, look for opportunities to restructure its short term liabilities, and to best utilize its available cash to support our investments and expansion. We plan to achieve this in the remaining quarters of the year by executing our business strategy. This includes the ramp up of PM6, commencing commercial production of the renovated PM1 and ramping up production thereafter. At the same time, we believe our future growth lies very much in our tissue business expansion and we would strive to complete the installation and launch of PM8 by the end of the year within our available resources.

2014 Guidance

The Company is maintaining its full year guidance for 2014, with revenue ranging between $146 million and $161 million, gross profit to be between $27 million and $30million, net income to be between $15million and $17million, and basic and diluted earnings per share between $0.81and $0.90.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Deal Flow

ORIENT PAPER, INC.

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

Title of each class of securities to be
registered
  Amount to be
registered(1)
    Proposed maximum
offering price per
unit
    Proposed maximum
aggregate offering
price (2)
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registration fee(3)
 
Common stock, par value $0.001 per share                        
Warrants(4)                        
Debt Securities(5)                        
Units(6)                        
Total                   $ 10,000,000     $ 1,288  

 


Monday, May 5, 2014
Comments & Business Outlook

BAODING, China, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in North China, today announced its preliminary unaudited results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. The Company will file its Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission and will announce, through a press release, its audited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014before market opens on Thursday, May 15, 2014.

Preliminary First Quarter 2014 Selected Unaudited Financial Results Highlights

  • Revenue (US$ million) was $26 million up 30% from last years Quarter $20 million
  • EPS was $0.14 up 600% from last years quarter of $0.02

Key Highlights for First Quarter 2014

  • Significant improvement year-over-year of key financial metrics with an over sevenfold increase in net income
  • PM1 conducting test runs to prepare for trial production. Early completion of PM1 renovation is expected during the second quarter.
  • PM6 monthly annualized utilization reached 80% in March 2014

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "We are pleased to report our first quarter results for 2014, with significant improvement on top-line and bottom-line figures. This is largely due to the normalization of operations in the period for both CMP and offset printing paper, which were affected by the county-wide environmental inspection in the first quarter of 2013."

Mr. Liu continued, "In addition, we achieved a monthly utilization rate of 80% for PM6 in March after our seasonally slower months of January-February due to the Chinese New Year break, which contributed to the increase of our CMP sales volumes in the quarter, compared to the same period a year back. We have also completed the installation of PM1 and are now conducting test runs to prepare for trial production on the production before we commence actual commercial production of insulation liner paper."


Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Comments & Business Outlook

Fourth Quarter 2013 Results

  • Revenue was $35.2 million vs. last year $43.5 Million
  • EPS was $0.19 vs. last years $0.11 a 72.7% increase

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "We have experienced a very eventful 2013 quarter to quarter. Nonetheless, we are pleased to have achieved satisfactory results well within our financial guidance for the full year, and made good progress on all our projects."

Mr. Liu continued, "In particular, we are pleased to announce that we are wrapping up the conversion works of PM1 into an insulation liner paper production line. The conversion project is looking at a completion months ahead of schedule with a much lower cost than budgeted. We will launch the new PM1 production during the second quarter of 2014 and will be ramping up production in the months to come.

For our existing operations, we will continue to ramp up production of PM6, after achieving a record high monthly annualized utilization of 86% in December and a 24% increase of production volumes for the full year."

Mr. Liu concluded, "Meanwhile, we continue to make progress in our new tissue business expansion in Wei County, with the PM8 installation to be completed in the second half of 2014. We remain committed to ensuring the success of our new businesses such as insulation liner and tissue paper, which are expected to be additional key revenue growth drivers for the Company in 2015 and beyond."

Business Outlook

Revenues for the full year are expected to be in the range of between $146 million and $161 million, gross profit to be between $27 million and $30million, net income to be between $15million and $17million, and basic and diluted earnings per share to be between $0.81 and $0.90.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Comments & Business Outlook

Unaudited Preliminary Results for Fourth Quarter 2013

  • Revenue was $35.2 million vs. last year $43.5 Million
  • EPS was $0.19 vs. last years $0.11 a 72.7% increase

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "We are pleased to report that Orient Paper's production continues its recovery in the fourth quarter, which helped us to achieve satisfactory results well within our financial guidance for the full year of 2013. With the average selling price and raw materials prices both stabilizing in the fourth quarter, we realized a better margin year-over-year, leading to an improvement in profitability as well."

Mr. Liu continued, "In terms of our existing operations, we continue to successfully ramp up production of PM6 and have attained a monthly annualized utilization of 86% in December. We are also optimistic that the conversion of PM1 into a building insulation liner paper production line can be completed ahead of schedule, and we plan to roll out production in the second quarter of 2014."

Mr. Liu concluded, "Overall, we are pleased that Orient Paper continues to make progress in terms of its existing operations and new business expansion in Wei County, with the installation of PM8 progressing on schedule. While our current operation is our major source of revenue, new business opportunities such as building insulation liner and tissue paper will be additional key revenue growth drivers."


Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Comments & Business Outlook

Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results:

  • Gross profit up 23.7% YoY to US$8.4 million
  • Basic and diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2013 were$0.30, compared to $0.24 for the corresponding period of 2012.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, Mr. Zhenyong Liu commented, "We are pleased to report that the Company's production continue to recover steadily in the third quarter. The ramp up of PM6 has further accelerated from the previous quarter and achieved a utilization rate of 74%. The decline in recycled paper raw material costs has also improved our profitability, and this was all achieved despite the prevailing challenges in the current economic environment."

Mr. Liu added, "We have also made further progress in the Company's expansion plans. While the infrastructure construction works continue, we expect the installation of the new PM8 will begin in the fourth quarter of 2014. We have also initiated planning of the second tissue paper production line, or PM9. Installation is expected to begin in early 2014, with a target to roll out production by the second half of 2015. On the other hand, modernization of PM1 is underway and is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of 2014. These investments are expected to deliver mid-to-long term business growth for the Company."

Mr. Liu concluded, "Orient Paper remains committed to establish a track record of solid financial performance, and we have revised upwards our full-year guidance for 2013. We are also pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has decided to resume payment of quarterly dividend. This decision was taken in consideration of the Company's expansion plans and financial obligations, which are critical to our long-term success, while rewarding shareholders for their long-term support in Orient Paper, particularly during challenging times like these."

Outlook and Full Year 2013 Guidance

The Company remains cautiously optimistic towards the prospects of the Chinese paper manufacturing sector, while several industry analysts expect a mild recovery in the corrugated medium paper market in the next few quarters.

The Company is adjusting its guidance on most of the financial KPI or metrics, including net income and earnings per share, for the full year of 2013. Revenues for the full year are expected to be in the range of between $120 million and $132 million, gross profit to be between $21 million and $23 million, net income to be between $11 million and $13 million, and basic and diluted earnings per share to be between $0.64 and $0.71.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Comments & Business Outlook

Third Quarter 2013 Unaudited Financial Results

  • Revenue (US$ million) was $37.7 million the same as last years third quarter
  • EPS was $0.30 vs. last years $0.24

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "We are pleased to report that the Company's production continues to recover steadily this quarter. As PM6 continues its ramp up from the previous quarter, together with the decline in recycled paper raw material costs, the Company's overall profitability has made further improvements despite the prevailing challenges in the current economic environment."

"We are also pleased to report that the Federal District Court has once again dismissed the litigation brought by Tribank Capital Investment Inc. The dismissal allows us to fully concentrate in the development of our Wei County paper production facilities amidst a mild recovery in the stabilizing paper industry in China," Mr. Liu commented.


Monday, August 12, 2013
Comments & Business Outlook

Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results:

  • Gross profit in the second quarter of 2013 was $6.1 million, up 5.4% from $5.8 million for the second quarter of 2012.
  • Income from operations was $5.2 million for the second quarter of 2013, up 2.2% from $5.1 million for the second quarter of 2012,
  • Net income was $3.7 million, up 1.3% from $3.6 million. Basic and diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2013 were $0.20, compared to $0.20 for the corresponding period of 2012.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, Mr. Zhenyong Liu commented, "We are pleased to report that our businesses have started to recover with production ramping up steadily from the previous quarter and the decline in raw material costs. As a result, the Company's overall profitability has improved even though the economic environment remains challenging."

Mr. Liu added, "Our expansion into the tissue paper segment is also progressing well. The construction works in the Wei County Economic Development Zone site is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2013, and we have successfully obtained the $24 million financing arrangement, which reflects creditable rating of Orient Paper as a Company especially in the midst of tight credit conditions in China. This financing will provide adequate working capital for the later stage of the expansion plan critical to driving our mid to long term business growth."

Mr. Liu concluded, "Orient Paper is committed to establish a track record for solid financial performance. With product prices gradually stabilizing, we reiterate our commitment to meeting our 2013 guidance.

Full Year 2013 Guidance

The Company is maintaining its guidance on most of the financial KPI or metrics, including net income and earnings per share, for the full year of 2013. Revenues for the full year are expected to be in the range of between$117 million and $129 million, gross profit to be between $17 million and $19 million, net income to be between$9 million and $10 million, and basic and diluted earnings per share to be between $0.51 and $0.56.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Comments & Business Outlook

Preliminary Second Quarter 2013 Selected Unaudited Financial Results

  • Gross profit up 5.4% YoY to US$6.1 million
  • Net income up 0.8% YoY US$3.6 million

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "Despite the current economic environment, we are pleased that our businesses have started to recover steadily with our production ramping up from the previous quarter. The Company's overall profitability has improved as a result.

"We are also excited as we continue to make inroads into our tissue paper business expansion," continued Mr. Liu. "Securing the RMB150 million financing arrangement is an important milestone for Orient Paper, as well as an appreciation and recognition of our business strategy in the midst of tight credit conditions in China, which will provide adequate working capital for the later stage of this project."


Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Resolution of Legal Issues

BAODING, China, July 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in North China, today announces that the staff of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") has notified the Company that it has completed an investigation of the Company and does not intend to recommend any enforcement action by the SEC. The staff began an informal inquiry regarding the Company in December 2010.

"We are very pleased that the SEC has completed its investigation of the Company and recommended that no action be taken by the Commission," said Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and CEO of Orient Paper.

"We are very happy to put this matter behind us as we continue to expand our business in the North China region to ride on the growth opportunities presented by the rising urbanization in the country. We are ramping up our new corrugating medium paper production line and building our new tissue paper facility as planned to tap on the unmet market needs here in this region," Mr. Liu added.


Thursday, June 20, 2013
Deal Flow

BAODING, China, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in North China, today announces it has entered into a sale-leaseback financing arrangement (the "Financing Arrangement") with China National Foreign Trade Financial & Leasing Co., Ltd ("CNFTFL") onJune 16, 2013, for a total financing proceeds in the amount of RMB150 million (approximately US$24 million).

All proceeds from the Financing Arrangement will be used to finance the Company's business expansion into the tissue paper segment, including the constructions of the two production lines and other infrastructure of the paper mill in the Wei County Industrial Park.

The Financing Arrangement involves substantially all of Orient Paper's paper machines and production facilities (the "Production Facilities"). As part of the Financing Arrangement, the Company will sell and then lease back the Production Facilities for a three-year term. The aggregate rental payable during the three-year term is approximately RMB 166.4 million (approximately US$ 26.4 million), with an implicit interest rate of 6.15% per annum and an upfront one-time leasing service fee of 5.55%. Under the terms of the Financing Arrangement, the ownership of the Production Facilities will be transferred back to the Company for a nominal fee ofRMB15,000 (approximately US$2,400) at the end of the 3-year term.

The management believes that the Financing Arrangement qualifies as a financing-capital lease transaction under the US GAAP. For purposes of financial statements, Orient Paper is deemed to own all of the Production Facilities during the three-year term and will continue to operate its businesses as usual. No gain or loss is recognized by Orient Paper as a result of the Financing Arrangement.

"We are pleased to have secured the financial resources to support our business expansion into the tissue paper segment. Rapid urbanization in Tier 3 and 4 cities presents the opportunities for Orient Paper to tap in these underpenetrated markets. We have already started the construction at our Wei County Industrial Park site for our first tissue paper production line PM8. With the CNFTFL financing, we expect to start the construction of the second production line the PM9 before the end of this year. We now target to roll out PM8 for commercial production in the second half of 2014," said Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper.

CNFTFL is a 50-50 joint venture of China Minmetals Corporation and China Orient Asset Management Corporation. China Minmetals Corporation is a state-owned and international metals and mining corporation primarily engaged in exploration, mining smelting, processing and trading of metals and minerals. China Orient Asset Management Corporation is a wholly state-owned financial institution primarily engaged in the purchase, management and disposal of non-performing loans from financial institutions, as well as investment banking.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Comments & Business Outlook

First Quarter 2013 Results

  • Total Revenue in the first quarter of 2013 was $19.7 million, decreased 42.6% from $34.4 million.
  • Basic and diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2013 were $0.02 compared to $0.25 for the corresponding period of 2012.

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "We are pleased that our facilities passed the rigorous governmental inspection as we are committed to a business model that complies with the governmental initiative of building an environment-friendly operation."

Mr. Liu added, "Despite the challenges and the financial impact of the Chinese New Year and a 20-day suspension of production due to government environmental inspection in this quarter, we are pleased that our cash position has continued to improve, supported by the Company's ability to generate cash consistently and maintain a competitive cost structure."

"With demand slowly picking up, as reflected in a slight sequential increase of the average selling price of corrugating medium paper, raw material prices trending towards a normalized level, and the ramp up of our new production line PM6, we reiterate our commitment to our net income guidance for 2013," continued Mr Liu.

Full Year 2013 Guidance

Thanks to recent raw material pricing decreases, the Company is maintaining its guidance on most of the financial benchmarks, including net income and earnings per share, for the full year of 2013. Revenues for the full year are expected to be in the range of between $125 million and $138 million, gross profit to be between $17 million and $19 million, net income to be between $9 million and $10 million, and basic and diluted earnings per share to be between $0.51 and $0.56.


Thursday, April 4, 2013
Regular Dividend News

BAODING, China, April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. ("Orient Paper" or the "Company") (NYSE MKT: ONP), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in North China, today announced that its Board of Directors declared another quarterly cash dividend of $0.0125 per share. The dividend is payable on April 30, 2013 to shareholders of record as of the close of business of April 16, 2013.

"As we have completed the county-wide government inspections in the last month, we are now working hard to ramp up our new Corrugating Medium Paper production line and increase utilization rate, as well as execute our expansion plans for the tissue business. We will also continue to focus on shareholder value and are pleased to announce our fourth consecutive cash dividend," said Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper.

"Although market conditions are still challenging, we remain committed to be sustainably the profitable cost leader in paper production in North China," added Mr. Li


Monday, March 18, 2013
Comments & Business Outlook

Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

  • Quarterly Revenue of $43.5 million, driven by accelerating ramp-up of new 360,000 tonnes-per-year Corrugating Medium Paper ("CMP") production line (PM6)1 with sales volume up by 154% YoY.
  • Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $6.7 million, down 20.0% from $8.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. The decline was mainly due to the falling average selling prices of the offset printing paper and CMP.
  • Net income was $2.0 million, down 63.6% from $5.5 million. Basic and diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2012 were$0.11 compared to $0.30 for the corresponding period of 2011.

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "2012 has been a difficult year for the paper industry in China and product prices have been weak for the most part. As we disclosed to the market in previous quarters, there were also operational disruptions back in the second and early third quarters that have all been resolved.  Nevertheless, we were able to record the highest quarterly revenue ever in the fourth quarter for $43.5 million and also successfully began the ramp-up of our new CMP production line PM6, which boosted our sales volume by 154% in the fourth quarter. We will continue to accelerate this ramp up for 2013.

"As China continues to develop, we see a sustainable long term growth demand for paper, and prospects remain bright for Orient Paper, particularly in North China, where we have strengthened our cost-leadership position. With CMP as our core business, we have just begun the renovation of our legacy 150,000 tonnes-per-year production line PM1 in anticipation of increased regulatory concerns on energy efficiencies and to further upgrade the quality of our CMP products. The renewal program will provide us with an increased annual capacity of 250,000 tonnes for PM1 upon completion next year. As a result, the Company has made a provision of a one-off impairment loss of US$2.8 million for 2012 in anticipation of this renovation," continued Mr. Liu.

Mr. Liu added, "Furthermore, we are pleased that our cash position has improved significantly, supported by strong recurring cash flows from operations that will give us the necessary fuel to fund our business expansion plans. In the last quarter, Orient Paper also made head-start progress in our tissue business expansion where we are aiming to capture the growing demand in the underpenetrated market especially here in North China."

Business Outlook

While the overall economic situation has yet to see significant improvements, the industry is expecting further consolidation and tightening of supply with strict reinforcement of environment protection requirements by the Chinese government. It is also widely expected that the ongoing mandatory closure of outdated capacities by the government will be continued in 2013. Furthermore, as there is a strong growing public demand for a clean and healthy environment, it is expected that all levels of the Chinese governments will elevate their reinforcement of environmental protection guidelines to protect the quality of air and water. Although our production has been affected by environmental inspections in the last few fiscal quarters, we place the environmental issues at top priority and are confident that our environmental protection measures and practices can withstand any public scrutiny.

Our gross profit margins have been squeezed by resistance over efforts to raise paper product ASPs, as well as rising raw material costs since the fourth quarter of 2012. However, due to the increasingly stringent environmental policy reinforcement efforts on paper mills, particularly the smaller operators, it is widely expected that paper supply will be noticeably suppressed in 2013 and may help push the ASP higher. We are cautiously optimistic about the mid-to-long term prospect of the Chinese paper market but will closely monitor our pricing policy and continue to improve the production efficiency in year 2013.

Looking ahead, Orient Paper will continue to focus relentlessly on business execution:  increasing the ramp up of the new production line PM6 to increase sales volume and extract greater synergies and cost efficiencies in all aspects of its operations, while undertaking the renewal program of its legacy line. The Company will also speed ahead as planned with the building of its new tissue paper machines, which will start operating its first production line in mid-2014, while maintaining strong cash flows to support our investments.

2013 Guidance

In view of the production disruption for the government's environment inspection in March, the Company expects revenues to be lower for the first quarter of 2013, compared to the corresponding period in 2012. Coupled with the suspension of the renovated legacy line PM1 and the prevailing low ASP rates, we believe 2013 will continue to be a challenging year in terms of earnings growth.

Revenues for the full year are expected to be in the range of between $144 million and $159 million, gross profit to be between $17 million and $19 million, net income to be between $9 million and $10 million, and basic and diluted earnings per share to be between$0.51 and $0.56.


Monday, March 11, 2013
Comments & Business Outlook

Preliminary Financial results for the fourth quarter 2012

  • Revenue from CMP in the quarter increased 125.4% to $30.9 million, representing 71.0% of total revenue.
  • Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $6.7 million, down 20.0% from $8.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Net income was $2.0 million, down 63.6% from $5.5 million. Basic and diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $0.11 compared to $0.30 for the corresponding period of 2011.

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "2012 has been a difficult year for the paper industry in China and product prices have been weak for the most part. As we disclosed to the market in previous quarters, there were also operational disruptions back in the second and early third quarters that have all been resolved. We have also successfully begun the ramp-up of our new CMP line, which boosted our sales volume by 154% in the fourth quarter, and we will continue to accelerate this ramp up for 2013."

"As China continues to develop, we see a sustainable long term growth demand for paper, and prospects remain bright for Orient Paper, particularly in North China, where we have strengthened our cost-leadership position. With CMP as our core business, we have just begun the renovation of our legacy 150,000 tonne-per-year-line in anticipation of increased regulatory concerns on energy efficiencies and to further upgrade the quality of our CMP products. The renewal program will provide us with an increased annual capacity of 250,000 tonnes upon completion next year. As a result, the Company has made a provision of a one-off impairment loss of US$2.8 million for 2012 in anticipation of this renovation," continued Mr. Liu.

Mr. Liu added, "Furthermore, we are pleased that our cash position has improved significantly, supported by strong recurring cash flows from operations that will give us the necessary fuel to fund our business expansion plans. In the last quarter, Orient Paper also made head-start progress in our tissue business expansion where we are aiming to capture the growing demand in the underpenetrated market especially here in North China."


Monday, January 7, 2013
Contract Awards

BAODING, China, January 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in northern China, today announced that it has secured the land lease for its new household/tissue paper production facilities as well as signed the construction and installation contract for the first production line in these facilities, through its subsidiary Hebei Baoding Orient Paper Milling Co., Ltd. ("Orient Paper HB").

Orient Paper HB has secured the lease of a 300 mu parcel of land (or approximately 200,000 square meters) in the Wei County Economic Development Zone in Hebei Province. Under the land lease agreement, Orient Paper HB has the usage rights for 15 years starting from November 27, 2012 for lease payment of RMB3.6 million (US$580,000) per annum.

Orient Paper HB has also signed a construction and installation contract with a leading paper manufacturing equipment provider in China, for the first of its two household/tissue paper production lines, each having a designed capacity of 15,000 tonnes per year. The consideration for the first production line under the contract is RMB31 million(US$5.0 million), funded by the Company out of cash on hand, with installation scheduled to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2014. The Company estimates that the total cost of the two tissue paper production lines and related facilities will be approximately US$43.5 million. When full anticipated production is achieved, the Company expects the two production lines to generate up to US$30 to US$34 million of revenue annually.

"Orient Paper is making steady progress with our business expansion into the tissue paper sector, as previously announced," said Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper. "Our strategy is to tap on under-served markets and benefit from the growing urbanization of China's rural regions, and we see great potential in the household/tissue market in North China. The tissue paper business is one of our key future growth drivers and we are confident that the expansion into this sector can provide long-term value for our shareholders."


Thursday, January 3, 2013
Legal Insights

BAODING, Hebei, China, January 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in northern China, today announced the Company has appointed DLA Piper LLP as its legal counsel, replacing Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference LLP ("Sichenzia Ross"), effective as of January 1, 2013.

"Sichenzia Ross has served us well in the past four years, and we would like to thank them for their services and valuable contribution to the Company," said Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper.

"As Orient Paper looks to expand and develop further as a Chinese business and US-listed corporation, we believe a truly global law firm like DLA Piper is a good partner who can understand and address our needs in the U.S. and Asia, and provide the Company with pragmatic and solution-oriented advice, while further strengthening our corporate governance."

"We believe in the future prospects of the paper business in North China, spurred by the increasing urbanization of the region, and opportunities created by government-mandated closure of outdated and polluting paper mills. The Board and Management are committed to executing our business strategy as well as transforming Orient Paper organizationally to manage our future growth effectively, to improve our stock valuation and achieve long term shareholder value," added Mr Liu.


Thursday, December 6, 2012
Regular Dividend News

BAODING, China, December 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. ("Orient Paper" or the "Company") (NYSE MKT: ONP), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in northern China, today announced that its Board of Directors declared another quarterly cash dividend of $0.0125 per share. The dividend is payable on December 31, 2012 to shareholders of record as of the close of business of December 17, 2012.

"The Company's goal is to generate long-term shareholder value and we are pleased to announce our third consecutive cash dividend," said Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper.

"Although our Company is currently in expansion mode and we are also making plans to enter into the household/tissue paper, the Board of Directors is committed to implement a regular dividend payout policy to reward the support from all shareholders, as long as our cash flow permits.

"We believe the worst period may be over for the paper industry and we are cautiously optimistic of improved market conditions for 2013," added Mr. Liu.


Friday, November 9, 2012
Comments & Business Outlook

Financial Results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

  • Total Revenue in the third quarter of 2012 was $37.7 million, increased 1.6% from $37.1 million.
  • Net income was $4.4 million, down 19.4% from $5.4 million. Basic and diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2012 were $0.24 compared to $0.3 for the corresponding period of 2011. Weighted average shares used in the calculation of diluted earnings per share were 18,459,775 in the third quarter of 2012 compared to 18,350,186 in the corresponding period of 2011.

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "In the third quarter, the paper industry continued to suffer from a weak pricing environment, which affected the margins of all our products. Coupled with the production disruptions that occurred from the second quarter to early part of the third quarter that have impacted our revenues in August particularly, our results have declined and fallen short of expectations. In view of this, we have revised down our full year guidance.

"However, we are pleased to have resolved all these operational interruptions, and to be able to ramp up the new production line to achieve of over 72% utilization in September. The Company will continue to focus on enhancing our operational efficiency together with maintaining our position as the cost leader in Northern China with our stringent cost management discipline.

"Looking ahead, we will expand our business further to higher value products including tissue paper which potentially offer high gross margins and will be a key future growth driver to the Company. With the rise of growing consumerism in China, the currently low penetration of tissue paper in rural areas of North China offers us tremendous potential for growth."

Commenting further on the future of the Company, Mr. Liu said, "Orient Paper is still in the investment stage but we have confidence in its future prospects riding on our unique market position as the cost leader in North China, demonstrated by our industry leading margins and strong cash flow. On behalf of the board of directors, I reiterate that there are no plans for privatization and in fact, the Board is pleased to approve the payout of dividends to shareholders on a regular basis."

Business Outlook

The overall outlook for the paper industry remains soft with slowdown of China's economy, coupled with the correction of the construction and real estate market in North China. Pressure on prices will remain low with continuing weakened demand and structural overcapacity, which the Company believes, will lead to further consolidation within the industry in the coming 12 months.

While the combined effect of increased sales and production volume, as well as increasing economies of scale generated from the ramp-up of the new production line can partially offset the downward pressure on prices, the Company has prudently revised down its full fiscal 2012 guidance in view of the current headwinds. Revenues are now expected to be in the range of between $146 million and $148 million, gross profit to be between $26 million and $28 million, net income to be between $15 million and $17 million, and basic and diluted earnings per share to be between $0.90 and $0.92.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Regular Dividend News
BAODING, China, September 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in northern China, today announced that its Board of Directors declared another quarterly cash dividend of $0.0125 per share. The dividend is payable October 1, 2012 to shareholders of record as of the close of business of September 14, 2012.

"It is our commitment to maximize value for our shareholders and we are pleased to announce our second consecutive cash dividend," stated Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper. "While we are still evaluating our next expansion plan in a challenging local economy, our efforts to ensure effective cash flow management enables us to reward our shareholders with our profits in China," added Mr. Liu.

On August 27, 2012, Orient Paper completed the installation of the new 75-tonne boiler, which is currently undergoing the government's inspection process. The Company expects the launch of the new boiler in mid-September 2012 to enhance the performance of its new 360,000 tonnes corrugating medium paper production line and also improve productivity of its other legacy production lines.

"We hold a positive outlook on the long-term growth potential of China's national economy and the regional development of Hebei province. However, we do not foresee any near term recovery in the demand for various paper commodities and average selling prices of paper products. We believe our strong financial position and improved production efficiency will help us meet the short term challenges," concluded Mr. Liu


Thursday, August 9, 2012
Comments & Business Outlook

Second Quarter 2012 Results

  • Revenue declined 14.5% year-over-year to $35.5 million 
  • Gross profit was $5.8 million with gross margin of 16.3%
  • Operating income declined 37.0% year-over-year to $5.0 million
  • Net income was $3.6 million, or $0.20 per fully diluted share
  • EBITDA, a non-GAAP measurement, decreased 21.8% year-over-year to $7.2 million 
  • Corrugating medium paper tonnage sales grew 116.2% year-over-year
  • Monthly production of corrugating medium paper produced by the new 360,000 tonnes/year production line reached 18,000 tonnes in June 2012. 
  • In June 2012, Orient Paper's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.0125 per share 
  • In June 2012, Orient Paper reached a proposed settlement of the securities class action lawsuit pending against the Company and certain current and former officers and directors of the Company 

"During the second quarter we became aware of certain malfunction of the biological treatment process at our water treatment plants. We promptly replaced the damaged parts and resumed operation of our production lines. However while resolving this we observed a 17 day voluntary shutdown of our major production lines, resulting in loss of production and revenue. We also faced pricing pressure for both our offset printing paper and corrugating medium paper products which impacted our revenue and margin performance," stated Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper. "Our new 360,000 tonnes per year corrugating paper production line is ramping up productivity and was operating at 56% monthly capacity in July 2012. We anticipate the run rate utilization to improve significantly after the new 75-ton boiler is up and running, which we now estimate will occur by the end of August 2012," added Mr. Liu.

Business Outlook

Orient Paper is in the process of ramping up the new production line. Currently, the production speed is limited by the steam pressure of the production line and the Company anticipates that when its new boiler is completed in August 2012, the machine speed will be significantly improved. During the second quarter of 2012, the new production line was operating at approximately 42.2% capacity, despite the temporary shutdown in production. Orient Paper estimates the annual production quantity from the new 360,000 tonnes/year production line to be approximately 192,000 tonnes for the year of 2012.

Mr. Liu concluded, "We continue to expect our new production line to make a sizeable contribution to increasing our sales volume and market share in 2012. However, we expect selling prices to remain under pressure in the third quarter of 2012 due to the economic slowdown throughout China, caused by economic turmoil in Europe and the Chinese government's effort to cool off the domestic construction activities."

Based on a more conservative outlook of the market demand and the continuing pressure on the selling price, Orient Paper adjusts its 2012 guidance to revenues of between $159 million and $176 million, gross profit to be between $29 million and $32 million, net income to be between $18 million and $20 million, and basic and diluted earnings per share to be between $0.98 and $1.08.


Thursday, June 21, 2012
Resolution of Legal Issues

BAODING, China, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (AMEX: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in northern China, today announced that it reached a proposed settlement of the securities class action lawsuit pending against the Company and certain current and former officers and directors of the Company ("Orient Paper defendants").

The securities class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (Mark Henning, et. al, v. Orient Paper, Inc. et al., Case no. CV-10-5887 RSWL (AJWx)) and alleges, among other things, that the Company issued materially false and misleading statements and omitted to state material facts that rendered its affirmative statements misleading as they related to the Company's financial performance, business prospects, and financial condition, and that the defendants failed to prevent such statements from being issued or corrected. The terms of the proposed settlement call for dismissal of all the Orient Paper defendants from the action in exchange for a $2 million payment from the Company's insurer.

The proposed settlement remains subject to court approval and class notice administration. The parties expect to complete full documentation of the settlement and file a motion for preliminary approval of the class action settlement and approval of the class notice no later than July 30, 2012.


Friday, June 1, 2012
Regular Dividend News

BAODING, China, June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (AMEX: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in northern China, today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.0125 per share. The dividend is payable July 2, 2012 to shareholders of record as of the close of business of June 15, 2012. The Board of Directors also approved that quarterly dividend of $0.0125 per share will also be paid in the next three quarters on such dates as the Board of Directors shall determine.

"We are pleased to announce a cash dividend providing shareholders with an attractive yield on their investment," stated Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper. "The dividend reflects our ongoing confidence in our business and prospects and balances our growth strategy with our commitment to maximize value for our shareholders."

While the intention of the Board of Directors is to distribute a cash dividend, the Company also advises investors that the cash dividend may be re-characterized as a nontaxable distribution or tax-free return of capital dependent upon the Company's U.S. taxable earnings and profits at year end 2012 and that shareholders should be prepared to assess the applicable tax treatment and consult with their tax advisors.


Sunday, May 13, 2012
Investor Alert
Since the spring of 2010 we have been trying to acquire approximately 667,000 square meters of land that is right across the street from our current facilities and is already approved by the government for our capacity expansion plan. However, since the acquisition process started we have met significant opposition by some local residents over the price that we offered for their land. We have finally completed on April 13, 2012 a partial closing on some 58,566 square meters of land with street frontage with local residents and secured all land use right permits. For the 58,566 square meters, we were refunded approximately $3.1 million of the purchase price on April 2, 2012 from the $7.3 million security deposit that we had paid as of March 31, 2012. Subsequently, we paid another $3.3 million in various compensation, taxes and recording fees to the sellers and the government to close out the acquisition on April 13, 2012. The area we acquired as of April 13, 2012 is not large enough to build major tissue paper production facilities, as we originally planned. However, because we have run out of space to house new employees and management hired since the construction of the 360,000 tonnes per year corrugating medium paper line, we plan to first build new offices and employee living quarters on the 58,566 square meters new land across the street. We estimate that the construction of these buildings may take up one third of the space of the new land. We will carefully evaluate the use of the rest of the new land, including making every effort to acquire more adjacent land in the rest of this year and in 2013 to allow the construction of new tissue paper plant.

Friday, May 11, 2012
Comments & Business Outlook

First Quarter 2012 Highlights

  • Revenue increased 3.6% year-over-year to $34.4 million
  • Gross profit remained flat year-over-year at $7.8 million, with gross margin of 22.5%
  • Operating income declined 2.0% year-over-year to $6.7 million
  • Operating margin decreased to 19.5% from 20.6% in the first quarter of 2011
  • Net income decreased 3.5% year-over-year to $4.7 million, or $0.25 per fully diluted share
  • EBITDA, a non-GAAP measurement, increased year-over-year by 9.3% to $8.7 million
  • Monthly production of corrugating medium paper produced by the new 360,000 tonnes/year production line reached 14,085 tonnes in March 2012.

"The first quarter of the year is typically a slow quarter due to the extended Chinese New Yearholidays in China," stated Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper. "We are pleased to see our new 360,000 tonnes per year corrugating paper production line steadily ramping up productivity. During the quarter, we dealt with some moderate pricing pressure on our printing paper products and have temporarily discontinued printing paper trading activities. Overall, we anticipate a sizeable revenue growth and profitability driven by our capacity expansion plans and favorable market conditions in fiscal 2012," added Mr. Liu.

Business Outlook

During the first quarter of 2012, the Company's new 360,000 tonnes corrugating medium paper production line was operating at approximately 30% capacity, despite the disruption in production caused by the Chinese New Year holidays and equipment maintenance activities. Orient Paper anticipates the run rate utilization to improve significantly after the new 75-ton boiler is up and running by the end of the second quarter.

In April 2012, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China announced the 2012 program of mandatory capacity closures in 19 different industries inChina, including 9.7 million tonnes outdated and inefficient paper production capacities across the country. Orient Paper is waiting for the details of the 2012 government program, which may have a significant impact on many of the Company's smaller competitors in China.

Despite the temporary impact of the malfunction of the biological treatment process at its water treatment plants, Orient Paper reaffirms its 2012 guidance to revenues of between $185 million and $204 million, gross profit to be between $39 million and $43 million, net income to be between $25 million and $27 million, and basic and diluted earnings per share to be between$1.35 and $1.49.

Mr. Liu concluded, "Our new corrugating medium paper line made a sizeable contribution to our sales volume in the first quarter. We expect this new line to contribute to our revenue growth over the next few quarters as we focus on ramping up production and reach our target annualized utilization rate of approximately 70% by the end of 2012. Additionally, we anticipate market demand for packaging paper to continue to grow driven by regional economic growth and shortage in supply due to government mandate closures."


Thursday, May 3, 2012
Comments & Business Outlook

Preliminary First Quarter 2012 Results

  • For the three months ended March 31, 2012, total unaudited revenue increased 3.6% to approximately $34.4 million from $33.2 million in the first quarter of 2011.
  • The Company expects to report unaudited net income of approximately $4.7 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, down 3.5% from $4.9 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

On April 22, 2012, Orient Paper became aware of certain malfunction of the biological treatment process at its water treatment plants. The Company has promptly notified related government environment protection agencies of the situation and voluntarily shut down operations of all its production lines (excluding the digital photo paper coating lines) to replace the damaged parts of the waste water treatment station. Management estimates that all affected production lines will resume operation by May 9, 2012.

"During the first quarter of 2012, our new 360,000 tonnes corrugating medium paper production line was operating at approximately 30% capacity, despite the disruption in production caused by the Chinese New Year holidays and equipment maintenance activities. Our new production line accounted for approximately 60% of the quarter's total corrugated medium paper revenue and we are pleased to see the production output reach more than 14,000 tonnes for the month of March 2012. We anticipate the run rate to improve substantially when our new 75-tonne boiler is up and running by the end of the second quarter," commented Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper.

"Historically, the first quarter is off to a slow start due to the extended holidays in China. During the first quarter of 2012, we dealt with some moderate pricing pressure on our printing paper products and decided to discontinue trading activities. On the other hand, we are pleased to see the packaging paper price holding well, especially in our region of northern China, as well as the ramp up of our new corrugating medium paper production line. We believe the regional shortage in paper products will continue to benefit our business as we ramp up capacity utilization of our new line over the next few quarters. In April 2012, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China announced the 2012 program of mandatory capacity closures in 19 different industries in China, including 9.7 million tonnes outdated and inefficient paper production capacities across the country. We are waiting for the details of the 2012 government program, which may have a significant impact on many of our smaller competitors in China. We anticipate sizeable revenue growth and profitability driven by our capacity expansion plans in fiscal 2012 and favorable market conditions," added Mr. Liu.


Thursday, March 15, 2012
Comments & Business Outlook

Fourth Quarter 2011 Results

  • Revenue increased 7.3% year-over-year to $38.9 million 
  • Average Selling Price ("ASP") of corrugating medium paper was $415/ton, which is 12.9% higher than the ASP in the fourth quarter 2010 and 0.5% higher than the ASP in the third quarter 2011.
  • ASP of offset printing paper was $801/ton, which is 2.6% higher than the ASP in the fourth quarter 2010 but 2.5% lower than the ASP in the third quarter 2011.
  • Gross profit was $8.4 million, with gross margin of 21.5%
  • Operating income rose 2.6% year-over-year to $7.6 million, with operation margin of 19.7%
  • Net income increased 3.6% year-over-year to $5.5 million, or $0.30 per diluted share vs $0.29 in prior year
  • Completed the construction and launched production of the new 360,000 tons per year corrugating medium paper production line

"Our revenue and net income growth in 2011 was largely due to rising selling prices in the first three quarters of 2011 and due to lower than normal level of total offset printing and corrugating medium paper production and sales in 2010," commented Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper. "In recent years, the PRC government's move towards consolidation of the paper industry has led to regional shortage in supply of paper products, resulting in higher product ASPs across the board for at least the first 10 months of year 2011. Starting in the fourth quarter of 2011, we have seen softening ASPs continuing into the first two months in year 2012 as the effect of industry consolidation and capacity elimination on regional paper supply phased out. We have also completed the construction and launched production of our new 360,000 tons per year corrugating medium paper production line in the fourth quarter. With this new production line, we are well positioned to capitalize on the growing market demand and increase our market share in 2012 and beyond."

Business Outlook

In December 2011, Orient Paper launched production of its new 360,000 tons corrugating medium paper production line. The Company is currently ramping up production of this new line and projects production of approximately 150,000 tons in 2012. In addition, the Company has completed the renovation of a small production line which has been idle since 2007. Orient Paper intends to utilize this renovated production line to begin producing up to 10,000 tons of digital photo base paper in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

Orient Paper expects fiscal year 2012 revenues to be in the range of $185 million and $204 million, gross profit to be between $39 million and $43 million, net income to be between $25 million and $27 million, and basic and diluted earnings per share to be between $1.35 and $1.49.

Mr. Liu concluded, "We are confident that the recent softening in paper product ASPs is a temporary adjustment to the market, where high paper prices are constantly on the rise since the end of year 2009. We believe that regional economic development and the growth of Chinese domestic consumption will quickly push the pricing of paper products to reflect the growing demand in year 2012. Meanwhile, we plan to gradually ramp up production of our new corrugated medium paper line and expect to achieve our target annualized utilization rate of approximately 60% by the end of 2012. In 2012, our revenue and net income growth will largely be driven by our capacity expansion initiatives, and growth in market share. We believe our new production line will significantly contribute to our fiscal 2012 revenue growth and profitability."


Monday, March 12, 2012
Investor Presentations
On March 12, 2012, Orient Paper, Inc., a Nevada corporation (the “Company”) will make a presentation to investors at the 24th Annual Roth Conference.

Thursday, February 16, 2012
Comments & Business Outlook

BAODING, China, February 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (AMEX: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in northern China, today announced unaudited preliminary results for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2011. The Company plans to release full financial results and file its Form 10-K on or before March 15, 2012 and will hold an earnings conference call to discuss its results.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, total unaudited revenue increased 21.6% to approximately $150.7 million from $124.0 million in the year ended December 31, 2010. In fiscal year 2011, the Company sold 108,174 tons and 122,320 tons of corrugating medium paper and offset printing paper, respectively, up 0.91% and 8.34% compared to fiscal 2010, respectively. In addition, the average selling prices of the Company's corrugating medium paper and offset printing paper products rose 24.93 % and 8.31 %, respectively, compared to fiscal 2010. The Company expects to report unaudited gross profit of approximately $33.0 million for fiscal year 2011, compared to $26.2 million in fiscal 2010. The Company is expecting unaudited net income to be approximately$21.5 million, or $1.17 per diluted share, up from $15.6 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, in fiscal 2010.

"Our strong financial performance in fiscal 2011 was largely due to robust growth in market demand and favorable pricing trends in 2011. The production launch of our new 360,000 tons corrugating medium paper production line marked an important milestone for Orient Paper in 2011," commented Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper.

"In fiscal 2012, we anticipate sizeable revenue growth and profitability driven by our capacity expansion, growing market demand for our products, and tightening regional supply conditions as a result of the PRC government's move toward industry consolidation. Over the next few quarters, we expect to ramp up capacity utilization of our new line, expand our market share, and strengthen our brand recognition in our target markets. We believe our new production line will significantly contribute to our fiscal 2012 revenue growth and profitability," added Mr. Liu


Monday, December 26, 2011
Comments & Business Outlook
BAODING, Hebei, China, Dec. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- (AMEX: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in northern China, today announced that the Company has recently completed all testing operations and launched commercial production of its new corrugating medium paper production line. The Company has also developed a video of this new 360,000 tons corrugating medium paper production line which is now available for viewing on Orient Paper's corporate website. Click here to view the video

Sunday, November 13, 2011
Liquidity Requirements

Within the next 12 months we also intend to complete the acquisition of land that was originally approved by the government for approximately 667,000 square meters. If the entire 667,000 square meters is acquired at the unit price offered as of June 2010, the acquisition would cost approximately $14,500,000 in financial compensation to the current land owners and in land use rights from the government. However, similar to many other recent land acquisition transactions in China, the acquisition process has met significant opposition by some local residents. These opposing local residents hold various objections to the terms of the acquisition and amount of compensation that we offer. While the provincial and local governments are fully supportive for the proposed acquisition, it has been a recent trend in China that eminent domain not be exercised for fear of civil unrest. Under these circumstances, we are evaluating the options of (1) acquiring only a portion of the square footage as originally planned, (2) possibly raising the unit price of our compensation offer, or (3) withdrawing from the transaction and seeking other locations following a full refund of the security deposit put down on the 667,000 square meters land plot. As of September 30, 2011, we have pre-paid a security deposit of $7,200,438 to the local village council toward the purchase of the land and have taken possession of some 80,040 square meters of land. We expect to consummate a partial closing of an additional 30,015 square meters during the fourth quarter of year 2011 and to start the second phase of the acquisition, which involves the application and securing of the land use rights permit.

If we are able to obtain a significant portion of the 667,000 square meters, we expect to finance the acquisition with our working capital, net cash inflows generated from business operations during the remainder of the year 2011, and if necessary, loans from local Chinese banks. We do not have any firm commitment from the local banks with respect to new credit facilities in addition to the current bank borrowings, which aggregated to approximately $8,533,189 as of June 30, 2011. However, based on the present loan to equity ratio (which is less than 16% as of June 30, 2011), we do not believe the Company will have any problem securing additional bank loans as needed, unless the macroeconomic condition in China changes (e.g. government policies tighten bank credit facilities as a tool to control inflation).

The Company currently does not have any plans for equity financing in the next 12 months.  


Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Comments & Business Outlook

Third Quarter 2011 Results

  • For the three months ended September 30, 2011, Orient Paper is expecting to report total unaudited revenue increased 61.2% to approximately $37.1 million from $23.0 million in the third quarter of 2010.
  • The Company is expecting unaudited net income to be approximately $5.4 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, up from $1.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

The Company revised its 2011 guidance with projected revenue for fiscal year 2011 to be between $147 million and $163 million, gross profit of between $32 million and $35 million., However, the Company reaffirmed its guidance for 2011 net income of between $21 million and $23 million, and basic and diluted earnings per share of between $1.16 and $1.28.

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, stated, "Our strong performance in the third quarter reflects the continued favorable pricing trends. We are currently conducting extensive testing procedures on our new 360,000 tons per year corrugating medium paper production line and expect to begin commercial production in the fourth quarter of 2011. The more extensive testing and troubleshooting period has led us to slightly reduce our revenue forecast for 2011, while tight cost controls on G&A expenses have enabled us to maintain our bottom line target for the year. With the additional production capacity coming on line in the near term and favorable industry dynamics, we expect to ramp up capacity utilization of our new corrugating paper line over the next few quarters."


Monday, September 26, 2011
Resolution of Legal Issues
 

BAODING, Hebei, China, September 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (AMEX: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in northern China, today announced that the Company's registered independent public accounting firm, BDO Limited ("BDO"), a Hong Kong member of BDO International Ltd., has completed the re-audit of Orient Paper's 2008 financial statements that were originally audited by Davis Accounting Group P.C.. The reissued financial statements, including the report of BDO, will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 26, 2011.

As previously announced, the Company learned earlier in 2011 that the licenses of Davis Accounting Group P.C. and its principal Mr. Edwin Reese Davis Jr. (collectively, "Davis") had lapsed on September 30, 2008. During the time when Davis was retained by the Company, the Company had no knowledge that Davis's license in Utah had lapsed, and Davis represented that it was in good standing. Since Davis's license had lapsed at the time it issued its opinion regarding the Company's financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, those results are not considered to be audited. Accordingly, the Company engaged BDO for the re-audit of its financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008. The re-audit of FY 2008 financial results resulted in the following adjustments:

  • Changes were made to the cash flow statement to incorporate the correct method for translating cash flow activities and calculate the effect of currency exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents. Such change does not affect the Company's cash balances at the end of FY 2008.
  • A FY 2008 stock compensation expense of $0.5 million was reclassified from an item of other comprehensive income to general and administrative expenses.
  • As a result of the change in recognition of the $0.5 million stock compensation expense and a recalculation of weighted average number of shares, the basic and diluted earnings per share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008 declined by 4.9%, from $0.81 per share to $0.77. The Company believes such change in FY 2008 earnings per share is immaterial.

Notwithstanding the $0.5 million reclassification, the re-audit of FY 2008 does not change the total comprehensive income for that year. None of the changes as a result of the 2008 re-audit affects the audited financial statements of FY 2009, which were audited by BDO and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 10-K on March 29, 2010.

Orient Paper will file the Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009 on September 26, 2011


Monday, September 19, 2011
Notable Share Transactions

BAODING, China, September 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (AMEX: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in northern China, today announced that the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Zhenyong Liu, intends to purchase up to $400,000 worth of the Company's common shares in open-market transactions during the next three months.

Mr. Liu commented, "I believe that Orient Paper's shares are significantly undervalued and represent a sound investment opportunity given recent trading prices. I strongly believe in the fundamentals of the Company's business and its future growth prospects. Therefore, I intend to purchase shares of our Company's common stock, which demonstrates my confidence in Orient Paper and reflects my commitment to increasing shareholder value."

The share purchases will be made in a manner consistent with Orient Paper's stock-trading policy and relevant securities laws.


Monday, September 12, 2011
Investor Presentations
On September 6, 2011, Orient Paper, Inc., a Nevada corporation (the “Company”), issued a press release announcing that the Company will present at the Rodman & Renshaw Annual Global Investment Conference in New York City to be held September 11-13, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Comments & Business Outlook

BAODING, China, September 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (AMEX: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in northern China, today announced that the Company has successfully completed the construction and installation of the paper manufacturing equipments at its new 360,000 tons corrugating medium paper production facility.

Following the completion of construction and installation of equipments, the Company is currently engaged in carrying out limited testing procedures with its current power supply system on separate sections of its new production line, and in recruiting and training new employees. Meanwhile, Orient Paper is coordinating with the local government and electricity department to activate the Company's new power station, which will be the primary source of power supply for the new corrugating paper production line. The Company expects the new power station to be activated and the commercial production of the production line to be officially launched in the near term.

Recent pictures of the new 360,000 tons corrugating medium paper line can be viewed at the below link: http://www.orientpaperinc.com/Picture.html

"With the completion of construction and installation of the paper manufacturing equipments, we are now making progress on testing procedures. We also expect to conduct complete trial runs after our new power station is activated," commented Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper. "We have been working towards expanding our capacity over the past few years. We believe at our new facility, we will produce high-quality products that will further strengthen our market reputation and increase our market share."


Friday, August 12, 2011
Investor Alert
Within the next 12 months we also intend to complete the acquisition of land that was originally approved by the government for some 667,000 square meters. If the entire 667,000 square meters is acquired at the unit price offered as of June 2010, the acquisition would cost approximately $14,500,000 in financial compensation to current land owners and in land use rights from the government. However, similar to many other recent land acquisition transactions in China, the acquisition process has met significant opposition by some local residents. These opposing local residents hold various objections to the terms of the acquisition and amount of compensation that we offer. While the provincial and local governments are fully supportive for the proposed acquisition, it has been a recent trend in China that eminent domain not be exercised for fear of civil unrest. Under these circumstances, we are evaluating the options of (1) acquiring only a portion of the square footage as originally planned, (2) possibly raising the unit price of our compensation offer, or (3) withdrawing from the transaction and seeking other locations following a full refund of the security deposit put down on the 667,000 square meters land plot. As of June 30, 2011, we have pre-paid a security deposit of $7,117,438 to the local village council toward the purchase of the land. We are cautiously optimistic that we may be able to reach an agreement with some village residents to allow us to partially close the acquisition on approximately 110,055 square meters adjacent lots and start the second phase of the acquisition, which involves the application and securing of the land use rights permit.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Comments & Business Outlook

Second Quarter 2011 Highlights

     

  • Revenue increased 8.6% year-over-year to $41.5 million
  • Gross profit was $8.8 million with gross margin of 21.2%
  • Operating income rose 9.2% year-over-year to $8.1 million, with operating margin of 19.5%
  • Net income increased 9.5% year-over-year to $5.9 million, or $0.32 per fully diluted share

"We are pleased to report another quarter of growth at both top and bottom line, despite experiencing lower volumes in our traditional products lines related to the construction work on our expansion. The reduced volumes were offset by continued favorable pricing and the brisk growth of our digital paper products," said Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper. "We expect to have our large scale new corrugating paper on line as we enter the fourth quarter. This will more than double our existing production capacity and should contribute to very meaningful growth in volumes, revenues and earnings in the quarters to come."

Business Outlook

Orient Paper expects to begin testing procedures of its new 360,000 tons per annum corrugating medium paper production line at the end of August 2011 and commercial production in September 2011. With the addition of this new production line, the Company's total annual production capacity will increase from 248,000 tons to 608,000 tons and corrugating medium paper production capacity will increase over 200%. The Company is also expected to become one of the top 30 Chinese paper manufacturers by the end of 2011.

Due to the delay in beginning production of the new corrugating medium paper line, the Company anticipates the total corrugating medium paper production volume for 2011 to reach approximately 153,000 tons to 187,000 tons, of which up to 60,000 tons will be contributed by the new production line. Accordingly, Orient Paper revises its guidance with projected revenue for fiscal year 2011 to be between $163 million and $180 million, gross profit of between $33 million and $37 million, net income of between $21 million and $23 million, and basic and diluted earnings per share of between $1.16 and $1.28.

Mr. Liu concluded, "Our new corrugating medium paper production line has entered final installation stage and we expect to begin commercial production in September 2011. We believe the continued growth in market demand for paper products and the government mandate to eliminate production capacity at hundreds of small paper mills presents an extraordinary growth opportunity for our business. The launch of our new large scale paper production line is well positioned to benefit from such industry developments. In addition, we continue to execute on our capacity expansion and product development strategy with the development of our new digital photo base paper and/or security paper products through the renovation of an old production line. In light of these strategic initiatives, we believe Orient Paper is set to achieve robust revenue and profitability growth in the near future. Given our strong cash generation we believe that Orient Paper can achieve substantial growth through our internal cash and domestic credit so as to become a meaningful industry player in the coming years."

 


Monday, August 8, 2011
Company Rebuttal

BAODING, China, Aug. 5, 2011  /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (Amex: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in northern China, announced today that the Company has written a letter to the author of an article published on www.seekingalpha.com on August 4, 2011.  

In the article, under the caption "Related Party Transactions in the Chinese RTO Sector," Orient Paper is mentioned and described as having an undisclosed related party transaction with its major supplier. The Company has informed the author of the article that it would like to bring to attention that its Chairman, Mr. Zhenyong Liu has provided documents to prove that he had sold his entire ownership in Dongfang Trading Company Limited ("Dongfang Trading"), one of its major suppliers, in July 2004. Since then Dongfang Trading has not been a related party with Orient Paper. The Company deals with Dongfang Trading on an arm's-length basis and cannot exert control over Dongfang Trading.

Orient Paper's management team is committed to accurately portraying the Company in the financial and online media. The Company has therefore reached out to the author of the article and requested for a correction.


Friday, July 29, 2011
Comments & Business Outlook

 

BAODING, China, July 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ --  (AMEX: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in northern China, today announced unaudited preliminary results for the three months ended June 30, 2011. The Company will release full financial results and file its Form 10-Q on or before August 9, 2011 and will hold an earnings conference call to discuss its results.

For the three months ended June 30, 2011, Orient Paper is expecting to report total unaudited revenue increased 8.6% to approximately $41.5 million from $38.3 million in the second quarter of 2010. During the quarter, the Company noted strong revenue growth from its medium grade offset printing paper sales as a result of increase in average selling prices and a regional shortage in paper products supply. The Company experienced lower tonnage sales of corrugating medium paper compared to one year ago period due to (1) the disposal of one of its corrugating medium paper production lines in June 2010, (2) temporary disruptions by the construction activities of the new production line, and (3) production adjustment to meet a more stringent waste water discharge standard imposed by the government. The effect of the lower quantities sold was partly offset by increase in average selling prices of over 26% compared to one year ago period. The Company is expecting unaudited net income to be approximately $5.9 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, up 9.5% from $5.4 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, stated, "Regional demand for corrugating medium paper and medium-grade offset printing paper continued to grow in the second quarter of 2011 resulting in average selling price increases of over 26% and 9%, respectively, compared to the year ago period. Our digital photo paper products experienced nearly 100% year-over-year growth in sales driven by our market-competitive pricing strategy and marketing efforts."

Mr. Liu, added, "With the additional 360,000 metric tons of annual production capacity expected to come online soon, we believe we are well-positioned to benefit from the government mandated closure of paper capacity in 2011. We look forward to starting the testing procedures of our new corrugating medium paper line in August and beginning trial production in September."

  • The Company revises its 2011 guidance with projected
  • revenue for fiscal year 2011 to be between $163 million and $180 million
  • gross profit of between $33 million and $37 million
  • net income of between $21 million and $23 million
  • basic and diluted earnings per share of between $1.16 and $1.28.

Friday, July 22, 2011
Resolution of Legal Issues

BAODING, China, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (AMEX:ONP - News) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in northern China, announced today that on July 18, 2011, United States District Court Judge Manual Real ("the Court") granted Orient Paper motion to dismiss the complaint filed against the Company by Tribank Capital Investments, Inc. The Court granted the motion in its entirety, finding that venue is improper because the contract that forms the basis of the parties' relationship contains a valid and enforceable forum selection clause providing that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China is the exclusive forum for resolution of disputes.

The Company continues to believe that the action is without merit, and will vigorously defend any further litigation brought by Plaintiff.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Comments & Business Outlook

BAODING, China, June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. (AMEX: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in northern China, today announced that the Company is nearing the completion of the renovation of one of its idle paper production lines, which can be used to manufacture digital photo base paper and other higher profit margin specialty papers. The Company is also making significant progress towards beginning trial production of its new corrugating medium paper production line in early July 2011.

As previously announced, Orient Paper has been working on renovating a small production line which has been idle since 2007. The renovated production line is expected to produce up to 10,000 tons of digital photo base paper and/or other high profit margin specialty papers, including security paper with certain anti-counterfeit properties. The Company anticipates completing renovation after the installation of new power supply units at the workshop in July 2011. If test operations are successful, the Company expects to begin by producing digital photo base paper to supply the production of the Company's two existing digital photo paper coating lines by the end of the third quarter 2011.

Pictures of the Company's recently renovated production line can be viewed by accessing the below link:

http://www.orientpaperinc.com/Renovated-Production-Line.html

Orient Paper's new 360,000 tons corrugating medium paper production line is making significant progress and is on schedule to begin trial production in early July 2011. With the addition of this new production line, the Company expects total corrugating medium paper production in 2011 to reach approximately 199,500 tons to 220,500 tons, of which up to 98,000 tons are expected to be contributed by the new production line.

Pictures of the Company's new 360,000 tons corrugating medium paper line can be viewed by accessing the below:

http://www.orientpaperinc.com/Picture.html

In May 2011, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China ("MITT") announced that it recently ordered the elimination of outdated production capacity for various industries for year 2011, including the closure of approximately 7.4 million tons of paper production capacity in 2011. The government mandated closure of paper capacity in 2011 comprises approximately 7.4% of the current 100 million tons paper production capacity in China, up 72% from 4.3 million tons eliminated in 2010. It is believed that a majority of the paper production capacity to be eliminated concentrates in northern China and includes cultural paper, low-grade packaging paper, and household paper. The paper production capacity closures in the Henan Province and Hebei Province in year 2011 will be approximately 1.9 million tons and 1.1 million tons, respectively, according to the provincial level allocation by the MITT.

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper commented, "With the new round of government-mandated closures of regional small and inefficient paper production capacity, we anticipate the pricing pressure will further intensify given reduced supply and stronger demand from our customers in the second half of the year. We believe our new corrugating medium paper capacity which we expect to come online in July will play an important role in our ability to meet the increasing market demand. The paper industry in the Henan, Hebei, Hunan and Guangdong Provinces account for a majority of capacity eliminations, which hopefully will further strengthen our leading market position in northern China. Looking into the future, we plan to develop our expertise to offer new paper products such as security paper with anti-counterfeit properties, to further expand our product portfolio and increase market share."


Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Investor Alert

BAODING, China, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -Orient Paper, a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in northern China, today announced that the Company has engaged BDO Limited ("BDO"), a Hong Kong member firm of BDO International Ltd., for the re-audit of its financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 (FY 2008).

As previously announced, due to lapsed licenses of Orient Paper's previous audit firm, Davis Accounting Group P.C. ("Davis Accounting"), at the time of auditing the Company's FY 2008 financial statements, the Company's FY 2008 financial statements included in the Annual Report for the fiscal year 2008 and fiscal year 2009 are not considered to be audited. The Company does not anticipate the re-audit to materially impact the Company's financial statements for fiscal year 2009 and fiscal year 2010, both of which were audited by the Company's current registered independent public accounting firm, BDO Limited.

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper commented, "We have engaged BDO to complete the re-audit of our financial statements for FY 2008 and to confirm their accuracy. We anticipate the audit will be completed during the third quarter of 2011."


Friday, May 6, 2011
Comments & Business Outlook

BAODING, Hebei, China, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. today announced unaudited preliminary results for the three months ended March 31, 2011. The Company will release full financial results and file its Form 10-Q on or before May 10, 2011 and will hold an earnings conference call to discuss its results.

For the three months ended March 31, 2011, the Company is expecting to report total unaudited revenue increased 25.6% to approximately $33.2 million from $26.5 million in the first quarter of 2010.  During the quarter, the Company experienced lower tonnage sales of corrugating medium paper and lower gross profit margin from sales of offset printing paper sourced from third party suppliers. The Company is expecting unaudited net income to be approximately $4.9 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, up 55.2% from $3.1 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, stated, "We experienced robust growth in market demand and higher selling price of our products during the quarter as a result of the government-mandated capacity elimination in the second half of 2010. Regional demand for corrugating medium paper and medium-grade offset printing paper continued to grow in the first quarter of 2011 resulting in average selling price increases of over 26% and 12%, respectively, compared to the year ago period. Sales of our digital photo paper products experienced significant year-over-year growth as a result of our aggressive pricing strategy, and sales and marketing efforts.  We produced 231 tons of digital photo paper in the month of March 2011, operating at over 100% of the original estimated production capacity of our photo paper coating lines. With continued favorable market conditions, we will be able to further ramp up our photo paper production during the rest of the year."

Mr. Liu, added, "We are pleased to begin fiscal year 2011 on a positive note and anticipate strong revenue growth and profitability to be driven by our capacity expansion initiatives, growing market demand, attractive performance of our digital photo paper business, and tightening regional supply conditions. We are in the final stage of the new production equipment installation and look forward to beginning trial production of our new 360,000 tons per annum corrugating medium paper production line in June 2011 and commercial production at the beginning of the third quarter of 2011."

Due to the delay in the commercial production of its new corrugating medium paper production line and adjustments for anticipated effect of inflation on its production costs and selling prices, the Company is revising 2011 guidance to

  • revenues of between $172 million and $190 million
  • gross profit of between $35 million and $38 million
  • net income of between $22 million and $25 million
  • basic and diluted earnings per share of between $1.22 and $1.35.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Investor Alert
On April 1, 2011 Orient Paper, Inc., a Nevada corporation, was served notice of a lawsuit filed on March 30, 2011 in the Los Angeles Superior Court against the Company. The complaint in the lawsuit, Tribank Capital Investments, Inc. v. Orient Paper, Inc. and Zhenyong Liu, alleges, among other claims, that the Company breached the Non-Circumvention Agreement dated October 29, 2008 between the Company and Tribank Capital Investments, Inc. and that the Company was unjustly enriched as a result of breaching the Agreement. The complaint seeks, among other relief, compensatory damages and plaintiff’s counsel’s fees. The Company believes that the complaint has no merit and intends to vigorously defend the lawsuit.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Investor Alert

We are filing this Amendment No. 1 to the Annual Report on Form 10-K/A (the “Amendment”) to amend certain disclosure in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, as originally filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 29, 2010.

Our former independent auditor, formerly Davis Accounting Group P.C.(a.k.a. Etania Audit Group P.C.) was not duly licensed when it issued the audit report on our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2008. Accordingly, the following changes have been made to our Annual Report:

  • We removed the audit report of Etania Audit Group P.C., dated March 19, 2009.
  • We labeled the columns of the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2008 as “Not Audited.”

The Company is in the process of engaging its current auditor, BDO Limited, to perform a re-audit of the Company's financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2008 to confirm the accuracy of those financial statements.  


Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Comments & Business Outlook

Fourth Quarter Highlights:

  • Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased 15.7% to $36.3 million compared to $31.4 million for the same period last year
  • Operating income was $7.5 million, up 64.2% from $4.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.
  • Net income was $5.3 million, up 69.5% from $3.1 million in the same period last year.
  • Basic and diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2010 were $0.29 compared to $0.21 for the same period a year ago.

"In 2010, demand for corrugating medium paper and offset printing paper continued to exhibit strong growth in northern China," stated Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper. "In addition, the PRC government's initiatives to eliminate inefficient and polluting paper production further contributed to a regional shortage of paper supply and an increase in the average selling price ("ASP") of various paper products.  In 2010, we achieved double-digit revenue and net income growth and initiated expansion plans for future growth, including the launch of our new digital photo paper production line and construction of our new 360,000 tons per year corrugating medium paper production line, which we expect to commence operations in the second quarter of 2011 and, upon completion, will significantly expand our production capacity."

The Company continues to expect 2011

  • revenues of between $186 million and $206 million,
  • gross profit of between $36 million and $40 million,
  • net income of between $24 million and $27 million,
  • basic and diluted earnings per share of between $1.33 and $1.46.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Liquidity Requirements

The Company finances its daily operations mainly by cash flows generated from its business operations and loans from banking institutions and major shareholders. Major capital expenditures in year 2009 and 2010 are financed by cash flows generated from business operations and by proceeds of equity financing transactions. As of December 31, 2010 we had approximately $7,600,000 in capital expenditure commitments that were related to the construction of a new corrugating medium paper production line and will be satisfied by payment of cash within the next 12 months. We also intend to complete the acquisition of some 667,000 square meters of land within the next 12 months. The land acquisition is expected to consume an additional $14,500,000 in cash to pay for the financial compensation to current land owners and for the land use rights to the government. We expect to finance the above capital expenditures and land acquisition with the net working capital of $9,347,926, the net cash inflows generated from year 2011 business operations, which is estimated to be at least $19,000,000, and if necessary, new loans from local Chinese banks.

The Company made a land acquisition deposit payment in June 2010 in the amount of $11,494,601 to the local residents council, which is in charge of the reimbursement and relocation of the residents who occupied the parcel of subject land that is a vital part of any future expansion of our facilities. As of September 30, 2010, 56 families of local residents on the subject land have contracted to surrender their land use rights (representing roughly 85% of the total land to be acquired) and have been reimbursed. The land acquisition process will continue throughout the rest of the year for us to obtain the title through the local government. Unsatisfied with the slow progress of the acquisition, we demanded partial returns of the deposit from the local resident village council in December 2010 and received two refunds in total amount of $4,537,341. In addition to the remaining deposit, to complete the land acquisition we estimate that the entire land acquisition process will require an additional $14,500,000 (based on an estimated total average cost of approximately $31.78 per square meter) of cash payment in the next six to twelve months, which is expected to be paid for by future cash flows generated by our operating activities. If, however, the relocation and financial restoration phase progress continue to stall for more than six to twelve months, we may demand the full refund of whatever deposit already made from the local resident village council.


Monday, March 7, 2011
Investor Presentations
On February 28, 2011, Orient Paper, Inc., a Nevada corporation issued a press release announcing that its management will present at the Rodman & Renshaw Annual China Investment Conference. The Company presentation will start at 9:50 a.m. local time on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 inside the Le Royal Meridien in Shanghai, P.R.C

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Comments & Business Outlook

BAODING, Hebei, China, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Orient Paper, Inc. today announced unaudited preliminary results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

  • For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, total unaudited revenue increased 21% to approximately $124.0 million from $102.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2009.
  • Full year 2010 unaudited net income was approximately $15.5 million, up 22% from $12.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2009.

Net income was impacted by more than $1 million in legal, accounting and professional expenses related to the independent investigation by the audit committee, which has now been successfully concluded.

  • Fourth quarter net income of $5.4 million, exceeded the company's previous guidance for adjusted net income of at least $5.0 million, which excluded the impact of non-recurring legal and professional expenses.

GeoTeam® Note: EPS for the 2010 fourth quarter and year works out to about $0.30 and $0.89 (or $0.36 and $1.04 after adding back legal expenses and other one time expense items), respectively.

"Looking into 2011, we anticipate strong revenue growth and profitability driven by growing market demand for paper products, tightening regional supply conditions as a result of government-mandated closures of regional paper mills, and capacity additions from our new 360,000 tons per annum corrugating medium paper production line, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2011."

The Company reaffirms its 2011 guidance of:

  • revenues of between $186 million and $206 million,
  • gross profit of between $36 million and $40 million,4
  • net income of between $24 million and $27 million,
  • and basic and diluted earnings per share of between $1.33 and $1.46 as previously announced.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
Comments & Business Outlook

BAODING, Hebei, China, Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Orient Paper, Inc.today announced it recently completed the installation of two new energy efficient boilers to replace two old steam boilers that, as previously announced, were removed in July 2010, per the requirement of the Baoding City Environmental Protection Agency in connection with the government's approval of the Company's pending new 360,000 tons per year corrugating medium paper production line.

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "We are pleased to announce that with the installation of the new boilers, we have now resumed full production on our corrugating medium paper and offset printing paper lines. We continue to see growing market demand for paper products in China and tightening regional supply conditions resulting from government-mandated closures of regional paper mills."


Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Investor Presentations
On December 15 and December 16, 2010, Orient Paper, Inc. made a presentation to various investors.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
Comments & Business Outlook

For fiscal year 2011, the Company expects

  • revenues of between $186 million to $206 million 
  • gross profit of between $36 million and $40 million 
  • net income of between $24 million and $27 million 
  • basic and diluted earnings per share of between $1.33 and $1.46.  

As previously announced, for the fourth quarter of 2010, the Company expects revenues of approximately $33 million and adjusted net income of at least $5 million, which excludes certain legal and other professional expenses that are expected to be non-recurring.        

The Company's new 360,000 tons per annum corrugating medium paper production line is expected to begin production in the first quarter of next year.  For fiscal year 2011, the Company expects corrugating medium paper production of between 260,000 tons and 288,000 tons, of which up to 168,000 tons is expected to be contributed by the new production line; medium grade offset printing paper production of between 104,000 tons and 110,000 tons; and digital photo paper production of between 2,300 tons and 2,500 tons.  The Company expects that by the end of 2011, the monthly production of the new 360,000 tons per annum corrugating medium paper production line will be ramped up to approximately 20,000 tons, representing an approximate 67% annualized utilization rate.  

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "As 2010 comes to a close and we look to fiscal year 2011, we expect our growth to be driven by the launch of our new 360,000 tons per year corrugating medium paper production line in the first quarter of next year, the continued production ramp-up of our digital photo paper line, and strong average selling prices as a result of growing market demand for paper products in China and tightening supply conditions resulting from government-mandated closures of regional paper mills.  Overall, we are optimistic about our business prospects and look forward to capitalizing on the attractive growth opportunities in our market."


Monday, November 29, 2010
Comments & Business Outlook

Orient Paper, Inc. today commented on the conclusion and summary results of the independent investigation conducted by the Company's audit committee with the assistance of Loeb & Loeb, LLP ("Loeb"), Deloitte & Touche Financial Advisory Services Limited ("Deloitte"), and other legal and industry expert advisors.

"In January of 2010, our company was visited by representatives of a research firm known as W.A.B. Capital (http://www.growthequities.com), which is owned by Mr. Bill Block. The two representatives of W.A.B. Capital, Mr. Carson Block, who is Mr. Bill Block's son, and Mr. Sean Regan, toured our plant for less than an hour and then offered to publish a positive research report in exchange for a large sum of money and equity compensation. We refused their offer. The next we heard from these gentlemen was on June 28, 2010, when they published a 30 page report under the name of a new firm named Muddy Waters, LLC ("Muddy Waters"), alleging that our company was a fraud and that management had misappropriated investors' money," stated Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, Inc.

"We said at that time that this report was categorically false and provided extensive documentation to prove this. However, Muddy Waters and their confederates ignored the evidence and continued to publish false and misleading information regarding our company in a reckless manner that appears to have been designed to enrich themselves and other unknown parties while disrupting the orderly trading in our stock," Mr. Liu continued.

"Given the severity of the allegations, our independent board appointed the audit committee to conduct an independent investigation with the assistance of Loeb, Deloitte, and other experts. This investigation has now concluded and determined that there is no evidence to support the allegations made by Muddy Waters that Orient Paper misappropriated funds from investors, no evidence that we overstated our revenues, no evidence that we overstated the number of workers we employed and no evidence that our disclosures regarding our top 10 customers support charges of fraud. Orient Paper has been caused significant damages by the false and irresponsible reports published by Muddy Waters. But we were resolute in following best practices in corporate governance to put this matter finally behind us and provide our shareholders assurance as to the correctness of our actions. Our heart goes out to the hundreds of investors who suffered financial damages as a result of Muddy Waters and other unknown parties. We are now firmly focused on the future and executing our plans to grow our business and build long term value, just as we were on the day Muddy Waters first came to visit us, about ten months ago," concluded Mr. Liu.

Summary of Major Findings

The Muddy Waters allegations were specifically delineated in its reports.  The following is a summary of the major findings of the investigation generally keyed to those allegations:

  • No Evidence Found to Indicate Misappropriation of $30 million since October 2009.  For the period from October 2009, the Audit Committee has not found, through a review that included Company books and records and bank records, any evidence to support the allegation of misappropriation of $30 million made by Muddy Waters.  Bank records showed that funds acquired from recent capital raises were either still in the bank or had been used for valid, corporate purposes.  Any material wire transfers disbursed from the Company's bank account during this period were used for capital expenditures and other obligations.
  • No Evidence to Indicate ONP Overstated Revenue.  With respect to fiscal years 2009 and 2008, the Audit Committee has not found any evidence that ONP overstated revenue.  The Audit Committee was able to satisfy itself that reported revenue was consistent with bank records and the Company's books and records, cash receipts, and sales invoices.  In addition, bank records demonstrated that the Company made VAT payments to the tax bureau on a basis consistent with the revenue reported to the public for 2009 and 2008.  In addition, Muddy Waters has alleged that there are discrepancies between the revenues for 2009 and 2008 set forth in ONP's Annual Report on Form 10-K, and the revenues for the corresponding periods set forth in the PRC audited financial statements of ONP's principal operating subsidiary, Hebei Baoding Orient Paper Milling Company Limited ("HBOP").  The Audit Committee, however, has reconciled to its satisfaction revenue and income shown on the PRC audited financial statements of HBOP for 2009 and 2008 (in each case, using financial statements stamped by the PRC State Administration for Industry and Commerce ("SAIC")) as well as the HBOP general ledger to the ONP's audited financial statements for 2009 and 2008 contained in the Company's public reporting documents.  
  • No Evidence to Indicate that ONP's Claim to Have 600 Workers is Inaccurate.  Muddy Waters alleges that ONP does not have nearly the number of workers it claims.  The Audit Committee, however, based on site visits, a review of Company records, including payroll records, and a random sampling of employees, determined that there is no evidence that ONP's claims as to the number of its workers is incorrect.
  • No Evidence to Indicate that ONP's Claims About Its Top 10 Customers Supports Fraud.  Muddy Waters points out that ONP's customers changed by 80% between 2008 and 2009, and that certain ONP customers have disclosed, on their SAIC reports, revenue for 2009 or 2008 that is less than their purchases from the Company over the same periods.  First, based on the Committee's review of Company and bank records with respect to which Muddy Waters does not have access, the Audit Committee confirmed and reconciled to its satisfaction the names of the Company's top 10 customers for 2009 and 2008 to wire transfers made from bank accounts owned by those customers, and found wire transfer amounts made by customers to be consistent with reported sales for those customers.  The Committee also tied top 10 customer names and amounts to Company books and records, cash receipts, and sales invoices, which are also not available to Muddy Waters.  Second, based on the Committee's review of Company records with respect to which Muddy Waters does not have access, ONP's customers remained relatively consistent between 2008 and 2009.  The Committee determined that, even though public reporting documents show that the top 10 ONP customers changed completely (except for two) between 2008 and 2009, (i) 8 of the top 12 customers from 2008 were ranked within the top 15 customers of the Company in 2009, and (ii) 4 of the top 10 customers from 2009 were ranked within the top 12 customers in 2008, showing a more consistent pattern of customer activity year over year than suggested by Muddy Waters in its publications.  Third, even though SAIC reports of certain customers do not necessarily support ONP's level of sales to certain customers, the Audit Committee believes that the strength of the evidence in the bank records outweighs any deficiency to SAIC records.  The Audit Committee is not in a position to comment on the SAIC reports of other companies.
  • No Evidence Found to Indicate Differences in Reported Inventory Turnover or Gross Profit.  Based on a review of Company's books and records, including, among other things, inventory ledgers, stock take records and production reports, as well as site visits and a limited review of comparable companies, the Audit Committee found no evidence that the Company's report of inventory turnover for 2009 and 2008 and gross profit for 2009 or 2008 is false.
  • Digital Photo Paper Lines Show Production Capacity Consistent with Public Reports. Based upon a review performed by an independent, third-party expert, the Audit Committee has determined that the estimated production capacity for the digital production lines is consistent with the production numbers set forth in the Company's public reporting documents.
  • Production Capacity Checks on Corrugating Medium Production Line and Two Printing Paper Production Lines Are Deferred Due to Pending Boiler Installation. The Audit Committee recognized that any testing of production capacity of the Company's currently operating corrugating medium production line and two printing paper production lines would yield unreliable results because of the absence of two boilers that had been taken out of service in connection with the Company's upgrade of its facilities and the installation of a new corrugating medium production line.  Accordingly, the Audit Committee recommends that production capacity checks on these other lines occur as soon as those boilers are installed, which is expected in the fourth quarter of 2010.  The Audit Committee also recommends a production capacity check with respect to the new corrugating medium line shortly following its completion and installation.
  • Price for New Operating Line Deemed Fair and Reasonable.  Based on a review by an independent, third party expert of the specifications for the new corrugating medium production line being purchased from Henan Qinyang First Paper Machine Limited, the Audit Committee believes that the purchase price of RMB 190 million for this line to be fair and reasonable.
  • No Formal Valuation Appraisals Performed on Currently Operating Production Lines or Inventory.  The Audit Committee has requested access to the facilities for the conduct of formal, independent valuation appraisals of all currently operating production lines, together with a formal, independent appraisal of the Company's inventory.  Such access, however, has not yet been granted.  As a result, although the Audit Committee has found no evidence of irregularities, the Audit Committee cannot at this time corroborate the soundness of the carrying value of any such equipment or inventory, or come to any conclusion about the fair value of the original purchase price for any such equipment or inventory.  The Audit Committee recommends that these appraisals be conducted as soon as practicable; however, it recognizes that the appraisals of the currently operating corrugating medium and printing paper lines may yield more reliable results if conducted following the installation of the new boilers.
  • Further Review of Raw Material Purchases from Xushui County Dongfang Trading Company Limited ("Dongfang").  Chairman Liu has produced evidence that he disposed of his 96% equity interest in Dongfang, the Company's largest supplier of raw materials in 2004, as indicated by a transfer agreement reviewed as part of the investigation.  Nevertheless, since SAIC records indicate that Mr. Liu did not transfer his interest until August 2010, the Audit Committee has determined that it would be prudent for the Board of Directors as soon as practicable to retain an expert in the paper industry to review and evaluate the pricing of raw material purchases made by the Company from Dongfang over the preceding year.  This person will report directly to the Audit Committee, which may seek additional analyses depending on the expert's report.
  • The Company's Land Purchase for a New Facility and Related Deposit May Be Subject to Ordinary but Nonetheless Disclosable Risk.  As part of an effort to acquire land for a new facility, the Company has already made an initial payment of approximately $11 million (less than the land's recent appraisal value as determined by an independent expert retained by the Audit Committee) as part of a land requisition and purchase process being administered by certain PRC governmental entities.  This land acquisition process is subject to additional legal approvals, an open auction process, and a risk of not being consummated.  These risks are ordinary and common in connection with the requisition and purchase of land in some PRC rural areas.  Nonetheless, given the risk, the Audit Committee is recommending additional disclosure be included in the Company's public reporting documents to clarify this risk.

The Audit Committee believes that the investigation, which used the services of a team of independent professionals and involved the review of documents and the conduct of interviews, has been extensive and thorough.  Nonetheless, the Audit Committee recognizes that additional matters may come to its attention and that additional information may need to be reviewed.  The Audit Committee also recognizes that the investigation was tailored to investigate the claims made Muddy Waters, and was not designed to be the equivalent of an audit conducted by the Company's independent accountants.

Recommendations to Management in Response to Investigation

As a result of its report, the Audit Committee has recommended to the ONP Board of Directors that a number of measures be taken in response to the investigation:

  • the completion of production capacity checks on the currently operating production lines (other than the digital paper production lines) as soon as new boilers are installed, expected in the fourth quarter of 2010;
  • the completion of a production capacity check with respect to the new corrugating medium line shortly following its completion and installation;
  • formal, independent valuation appraisals of all currently operating production lines, together with a formal appraisal of the Company's inventory; and
  • the retention of an expert in the paper industry to review and evaluate the pricing of raw material purchases made by the Company from Dongfang over the preceding year.


 


Monday, November 15, 2010
Comments & Business Outlook
 
   
 
 
       
Nine Months September 30,
 
   
2010
   
2009
   
2010
   
2009
 
                         
Revenues
  $ 23,006,314     $ 30,548,611     $ 87,721,642     $ 70,786,472  
Cost of Sales
    (19,184,629 )     (23,422,920 )     (69,932,956 )     (56,355,360 )
Gross Profit
    3,821,685       7,125,691       17,788,686       14,431,112  
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
    (1,082,240 )     (491,676 )     ( 2,159,939 )     (966,238 )
Loss on Disposal of Property, Plant and Equipment
    (15,566 )     -       (1,098,020 )     -  
Income from Operations
    2,723,879       6,634,015       14,530,727       13,464,874  
Other Income (Expense):
                               
Interest income
    41,384       35,522       130,858       67,464  
Interest expense
    (136,325 )     (208,471 )     (469,571 )     (624,551 )
Income before Income Taxes
    2,628,938       6,461,066       14,192,014       12,907,787  
Provision for Income Taxes
    (864,710 )     (1,647,468 )     (3,949,837 )     (3,320,931 )
Net Income
    1,764,228       4,813,598       10,242,177       9,586,856  
Other Comprehensive Income:
                               
Foreign currency translation adjustment
    1,512,661       48,155       1,840,157       (98,111 )
                                 
Total Comprehensive Income
  $ 3,276,889     $ 4,861,753     $ 12,082,334     $ 9,488,745  
                                 
Earnings Per Share:
                               
Basic Earnings per Share
  $ 0.10     $ 0.41     $ 0.60     $ 0.84  
Fully Diluted Earnings per Share
  $ 0.10     $ 0.41     $ 0.60     $ 0.84  
                                 
Weighted Average Number of Shares
                               
Outstanding - Basic
    18,344,811       11,697,557       17,128,689       11,418,338  
Outstanding - Fully Diluted
    18,344,811       11,716,579       17,130,062       11,424,749

Revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2010 was $23,006,314, a decrease of $7,542,297 or 24.69% from $30,548,611 for the comparable period in 2009. The decrease was substantially attributable to the following temporary adjustments in production:

(1) Beginning in late June 2010, we shut down and later demolished one of our two corrugating medium paper production lines. We had originally planned to build a new 360,000 ton/year new corrugating medium paper production line and other facilities on some 667,000 square meters of land across the street from our current main manufacturing compound, but due to certain changes in the plan, we decided to instead build the new production line in our current manufacturing compound. To make room for the new production line and related pulping facilities, we tore down two existing buildings and an existing corrugating medium paper production line. We estimate the lost capacity could be approximately 34,000 tons per year. The new corrugating medium paper production line is expected to begin production in the first quarter of 2011.

(2) In connection with the government’s approval of our pending new corrugating medium paper production line, the Baoding City Environmental Protection Agency requires that we replace two of our four steam boilers with new and more energy-efficient models. We removed the two old boilers in July 2010. Because of the loss of steam pressure, production quantities were lowered during this quarter. The new boilers are expected to be fully installed and inspected by the government’s environmental protection agency during the fourth quarter of 2010.

As a partial remedy for the lost production, in August 2010 the Company entered into three printing paper supply agreements and one corrugating medium paper supply agreement with paper manufacturers in Hebei Province and the neighboring Shandong province. These paper supply agreements are all effective through the end of year 2010. During August and September 2010, revenue generated from sales of offset printing paper and corrugating medium paper finished goods purchased from these vendors pursuant to the supply agreements are in the amounts of $4,964,588 and $1,066,545, respectively, representing 31.85% and 17.41% of sales revenues of offset printing paper and corrugating medium paper in the third quarter of 2010.


Liquidity Requirements
The land acquisition process will continue throughout the rest of the year for us to obtain the title through the local government. We estimate the entire land acquisition process will require an additional $10,000,000 (or $15 per square meter) of cash payment in the next six to twelve months, which is expected to be paid for by future cash flows generated by our operating activities.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Comments & Business Outlook

Second Quarter 2010 Highlights and Recent Events 

  • Revenue increased 70.8% to $38.3 million.
  • Gross margin increased 610 basis points to 23.9%.
  • Operating income increased 100.5% to $7.4 million .
  • Excluding the $1.1 million non-cash charge related to the disposal of property, plant and equipment, non-GAAP operating income increased 129.8% to $8.5 million, or 22.2% of sales (*)
  • Net income increased 116.3% to $5.4 million, or $0.30 per share
  • Excluding the non-cash charge non-GAAP net income increased 160.0% to $6.4 million, or $0.36 per share

"We achieved strong revenue and earnings growth during the second quarter," commented Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chief Executive Officer. "Our performance was driven by increased pricing in both our medium-grade offset printing and corrugating medium paper businesses, a significantly higher volume of sales in our medium-grade offset printing paper business, and the contribution made by our new digital photo paper business. We are also very pleased with our bottom line performance, which benefited from our strong sales growth, and the contribution of our higher margin digital photo paper business."

Business Outlook

Mr. Liu added, "Due to the rapidly increasing prices of wood pulp and the government's environmental protection initiatives, the demand for medium-grade offset printing paper as a substitute for the high-grade printing paper that consumes wood pulp continues to exhibit robust growth. We are confident that the strong market demand, partly caused by the government-mandated elimination of inefficient capacities, may continue into the second half of the year."

"We expect some minor delays in the installation of our new 360,000 tons annual capacity corrugating medium paper production line, which was expected to be completed in October 2010. Our current expectation is that trial production will begin at the end of the year. We expect this new facility will ramp up to achieve an annualized utilization rate of approximately 60%-70% by the end of fiscal year 2011.

"In connection with the government's approval of our new corrugating medium paper production line, the Baoding City Environmental Protection Agency requires that we replace two of our four steam boilers with new more energy- efficient models. We removed the two old boilers in July 2010. Our production in the third quarter may be lower until the new boilers are installed and inspected possibly in the fourth quarter. As a result of all of the above mentioned factors, we now expect fiscal year 2010 adjusted net income of $16.2 million compared to our previously provided guidance of $18.0 million."


Friday, July 2, 2010
Research

The Muddy Waters Research report has made some bold claims, basically purporting that ONP is a major fraud.  The report begins:

"We are confident that ONP is a fraud.  Its purpose is to raise and misappropriate tens of millions of dollars.

-Approximately $30 million has been misappropriated since October 2009.
-ONP overstated 2008 revenue by 27x
-ONP overstated 2009 revenue by approximately 40x
-ONP's claims about its top 10 customers support our fraud conclusion
-ONP overvalues its assets by at least 10x
-The value of ONP's production lines is greatly overstated
-ONP's inventory is overstated by millions of dollars
-ONP's claims of inventory turnover of 32.5x and 16.8x in 2008 and 2009, respectively, are without credibility when compared to those of China's industry leaders, which range from 4.3x to 7.7x
-ONP overstates its gross profit margins by hundreds of basis points."

The rest of the report can be found here.

ONP quickly responded to these allegations in a press release:

"The report issued by Muddy Waters contains many inaccuracies, omissions, fabrications, and unsubstantiated claims with a purpose of having the reader draw a conclusion that "ONP is a fraud" whose "purpose is to raise and misappropriate tens of millions of dollars." Orient Paper categorically denies these allegations and has instructed its legal counsel to contact Muddy Waters and explore all legal options against it for publishing and distributing such a report."

The rest of their response can be found here.

Muddy Waters quickly procured a response to ONP's release.  Although they seem confident that their findings are accurate, it is odd that this disclaimer appears at the bottom of their commentary:

"Muddy Waters, LLC has obtained all information contained herein from sources we believe to be accurate and reliable. However, such information is presented "as is," without warranty of any kind, whether express or implied. Muddy Waters, LLC makes no representation, express or implied, as to the accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of any such information or with regard to the results to be obtained from its use. All expressions of opinion are subject to change without notice, and Muddy Waters, LLC does not undertake to update or supplement this report or any of the information contained herein."

Finally, Rick Peasron published an article on TheStreet.com, where he discusses how he and the founders of  Muddy Waters, who were consequently and to his surprise former classmates at the University of Southern California,  had toured ONP's facilities, with video camera in hand.  He begins his article:

"The reason I moved back to China a few years ago was so that I could get the best possible information on U.S.-listed China small-cap stocks.

Days like today [day of Muddy Waters Report] are when that decision really pays off because I got to buy Orient Paper (ONP) at an absurdly low price with a high degree of confidence despite (and due to) a recently released short-sellers' report stating that the company is a fraud."

Rick Pearson's observations, interpretations of the event and video are revealing and are worth the read.

We assume that this story is far from over and are as anxious as all of ONP's investors to find the full truth.  We will post updates as they become available


Thursday, July 1, 2010
GeoSpecial Notes

Orient Paper Inc (NYSE AMEX:ONP) joins the growing list of companies that have been targeted by investors who are attempting to discredit ChinaHybrid firms. Whether justified or not, these actions will have an effect on the sector. To be frank, ChinaHybrids are easy targets for the following reasons:

  1. Complicated ownership structures due to Chinese law that does not allow direct foreign ownership into Chinese firms.
  2. The resistance of many Chinese firms to spend the funds to engage a top ten accounting firm. What they do not realize is that the money they are saving will more than offset a decrease in the market value of their stock.
  3. Many firms lack an effective IR campaign which can lead to illiquidity and proneness to manipulation.
  4. A general lack of companies that have actually proven that they are shareholder friendly. This can be evidenced by reckless equity raises that continue to take place in the ChinaHybrid space. China Yongxin Pharmaceuticals (OTC BB:CYXN) is a good example of a company that completed its most recent raise pre-reverse split at $0.06 that resulted in a massive spike in its share count. see note.

    Also, reference China Armco Metals (NYSE AMEX:CNAM) last raise at $6.50. We had tried to give them the benefit of the doubt as CNAM’s business requires capital. So we were somewhat taken aback when it recently announced its investment in an Australian iron ore exploration company, whose mine is believed to contain quality iron ore, instead of using the money to immediately grow its business. As far as we are concerned, CNAM has enough on its plate and should not embark on a somewhat risky investment that only may pay off in the future. Furthermore, the company has a history of reporting sporadic quarterly results, reducing are short-term confidence in this story.

    Yuhe Intl (NASDAQ:YUII) is another example that clearly states it did not need capital and then filed a shelf to potentially offer stock see note.

    Skystar Bio-Pharma Co (NASDAQ:SKBI) is an interesting stock that on June 1, 2010, was in the midst of embarking on its third raise in about a year when management has not been on schedule with its business plan implementation. It’s funny how just a few weeks later they figured out that they had enough money to fund operations internally and withdrew plan to offer stock. Do these companies think we are fools?
  5. Inability to thoroughly inspect a firm’s operations.
  6. The abundance of many intra-company related transactions.
  7. Lack of investor participation in this sector can accelerate moves to the down side.
  8. Lack of SEC legal action taken against those who write false articles that may be proven wrong.
  9. Most notably, differences in the numbers reported in U.S. GAAP financial statements vs. those reported with China regulatory bodies have surfaced for several ChinaHybrids. There is much debate over whether comparing these documents is appropriate. It turns out to be a big deal since it impacts investor psychology. Worse yet, we really have not heard Wall Street come to the defense of these companies. This issue has pressured stocks such as Lihua Intl (NASDAQ:LIWA), China Marine Food (NYSE AMEX:CMFO) and now ONP. ONP addressed this issue, highlighted by a negative article by Muddy Waters, LLC, in a press release yesterday.

    The basic premise of Muddy Water's allegations is that ONP sales in its SEC documents were overstated by 27 times ($2.4 million vs. the $65.2 million) when compared to filings made in China. ONP claims that the main operating subsidiary referenced in the report was a smaller company with a similar name as Orient Paper's China operating subsidiary named "Hebei Baoding Orient Paper Milling Co" vs. Muddy Water's finding, He Bei Oriental Paper Co. Ltd. Actually, we vaguely recall coming across a company with a name similar to ONP's, during our initial due diligence. ONP went so far as to provide a PRC government link proving that it has filed consistent financial results in both China and the United States as regards its actual China operating subsidiary. (PRC website http://www.hegs.gov.cn to browse these corporate and financial records (please email info@orientalpapercorporation.com if interested for the necessary passwords).

So what should investors do with Orient Paper?

Over our 20+ years of investing we have made it a point to avoid controversy when pursuing investments. Could ONP be an exception to the rule? It has made some valid points in its defense and even provided a link to the filing in China. If Muddy Waters, LLC in fact referenced the wrong name, we would hope that the SEC takes a look at the matter.

Note that the Muddy report does make additional allegations

The report by Muddy Waters makes further assertions that:

  1. Orient Paper's management has misappropriated proceeds from the company's April 2010 private placement
  2. The value of the machinery being purchased for the new corrugating medium paper production line with an annual production capacity of 360,000 tons is significantly below the $27.8 million reported by the company.

Company rebuttal:

"In fact, Orient Paper has already disclosed a copy of the definitive equipment purchase agreement for this equipment, which is the largest scale such line manufactured to date in China, in an 8-K filing with the SEC on April 12, 2010, that also includes the agreed upon payment schedule. To date, Orient Paper has made a $5.6 million down payment for this equipment and the remaining proceeds from the private placement remain in the corporate bank account to fund the Company's future payment obligations which will be made in additional installments in commensuration with the progress made on equipment installation. Orient Paper will make available to all interested parties a copy of the Company's recent monthly bank statement and plans to post this document on the Company's website in the near future".

If ONP is correct about the name mishap then there case seems like a partial slam dunk and its stock could rebound as CBPO’s eventually did when it faced controversies over issues concerning past dealing of its directors. However, this will likely be a back and forth battle as time is needed to digest Muddy Water’s other allegations.  We should also note that it is extremely difficult to find Muddy Water's website.

Regardless of this matter, on May 20, 2010 we issued an update on ONP where we mentioned:

We will keep ONP coded as a GeoSpecial only for long-term investors who may have to go through some pain in 2010. In the short term we are not sure investors will flock to ONP until EPS growth resumes. Note that ONP guidance does not include acquisitions that may give some upside to its outlook. Long-term investors may be content holding through 2010 in anticipation of 2011, albeit a tough mental decision in this challenging market environment...especially when better EPS growth stories are present elsewhere.

We are continuing to recommend that GeoInvesting readers take extreme caution when considering current investments in ChinaHybrids. We are in the process of performing a quality check on these firms to aid investors who still want to participate in this space.

Due to recent events, we removed ONP from the GeoSpecial list earlier this morning. We are also attempting to identify other stocks that may be easy targets for the shorts such as Lotus Pharmaceuticals (OTC BB:LTUS), a company that has had its own share of controversy.

Jons.. Yes , I do recall that the sub issue was rebutted. But I believe that there was eventually some Chinese press that validated Muddy's sub claims.... (more)
Wow. That wrong sub name thing is old and already rebutted over 1 and a half year ago by muddy. In a years time alot can change for ONP. With open mind you can see they have modernised the place.... (more)

Thursday, May 20, 2010
GeoSpecial Notes

Added to the GeoSpecial list  on May 22 @ $1.68

Catalyst: Solved its liquidity problem.

Peak performance: Reached a high of  $15.15 on January 13, 2010.
Current road block: dilution may hinder EPS growth until late 2010 or early 2011 when capacity ramp-up is in full execution. Quarterly EPS growth has not been consistent. Had only a couple good growth quarters in 2009. Fiscal year 2010 guidance is not spectacular.
Current Price: $9.20

We will keep ONP coded as a GeoSpecial only for long-term investors who may have to go through some pain in 2010. In the short term we are not sure investors will flock to ONP until EPS growth resumes. Note that ONP guidance does not include acquisitions that may give some upside to its outlook. Long-term investors may be content holding through 2010 in anticipation of 2011, but this is mentality tasking in this challenging market environment , especially when better EPS growth stories are present elsewhere.


Friday, April 9, 2010
GeoSpecial Notes

On March 29, 2010 Orient Paper reported 2009 financial results:


December Yr. End Full Year 2009 Full Year 2008 Period Change
GAAP Revenue $102.1 million $65.2 million 56.6%
GAAP EPS $1.04 $0.81 28.4%
GeoCalculated Non-GAAP EPS a  $1.13 $0.86 31.4%
Tax Rate 26.8% 25.0% 20.0% 
Fully Tax-Adjusted Non-GAAP EPS a $1.10 $0.85

29.5%

Fully Diluted Shares 12,232,878 10,769,896 13.6%

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December Qtr. 4th Quarter 2009 4th Quarter 2008 Period Change
GAAP Revenue $31.3 million $15.9 million 96.9%
GAAP EPS $0.21 $0.20 5.0%
GeoCalculated Non-GAAP EPS a  $0.28 $0.25 12.0%
Tax Rate 30.0% 29.0% 3.5%
Fully Tax-Adjusted Non-GAAP EPS a $0.26 $0.25 4.0%
Fully Diluted Shares 14,630,912 10,769,896 35.9%



a
Non-GAAP EPS Figures exclude certain non-operating gains and losses as well as certain non-cash items. Non-GAAP information should not be viewed in isolation or as a substitute for reported, or GAAP information . For a more complete explanation of the company's definition of non-GAAP please refer to its financial press releases. The GeoTeam® non-GAAP figures may, from time to time, differ from company supplied figures. The GeoTeam® non-GAAP figures apply a 25% and 36% tax rate for Chinese and United States companies respectively.

Dilution and a spike in administrative expenses led to anemic  fourth quarter EPS growth:

"Selling, general and administrative expenses for three months ended December 31, 2009 were $1.1 million, up 450% from $0.2 million in the same period last year. The significant increase was primarily attributable to an increase in expenses related to the Company's status as a public company and expenses related to the October 2009 private placement transaction. These additional fourth quarter 2009 expenses include items such as legal, accounting, consulting, investor relations, and officers/directors compensation."

Shares have been weak ever since ONP filed its 2009 10K revealing that a loan commitment with one its subsidiary,  Habie LTD., fell through...."Because of Orient's decision to fund future business expansions through another subsidiary, Baoding Shengde LTD, instead of Habie LTD. This may have led to:

  • Investor wariness over why the loan could not get approved.
  • Fear of more dilution via an equity raise to replace the receipt of the expected loan funding.

As it turns out, just two days after its financial press release, ONP announced the closing of a private placement to raise funds at $8.25 that could add up to 3,450,000 to its fully diluted share count.  The problem, from a growth perspective, is that after factoring in the 23% dilution from the equity raise, investors may infer that the company’s guidance that called for 2010 EPS of $1.21 is in jeopardy. Actually, it is interesting to note that even after this round of financing ONP has not reduced its EPS forecast, leading us to believe that, ONP was on its way to exceeding its EPS target by at least 23%.  Also, to be fair, the 2010 EPS expectation is only a make good target related to a private placement in October 2009 and may be conservative.  While EPS growth of 10% is not too exciting, value investors may still take to ONP with its meager trailing P/E of 8.2 and conjecture that it will make a swift accretive move with its funds:

"Net proceeds from the offering are expected to be used for general corporate purposes, including expanding the Company's products, and for general working capital purposes. The Company may also use a portion of the net proceeds to acquire or invest in businesses and products that are complementary to its own. At the present time, the Company has no plans, commitments or agreements with respect to any acquisitions."

We will monitor this story closely.


Thursday, April 1, 2010
Comments & Business Outlook

Orient Paper reaffirms its ability to achieve the make good target of $18.0 million in adjusted net income, or $1.21 per fully diluted share, for fiscal year 2010. Mr. Liu added, "We continue to hold a positive outlook on China's paper industry. We believe our revenue and net income growth in 2010 will be largely driven by regional economic development, increased capacity utilization, and the very-much-anticipated earnings contribution from our new digital photo paper production capacity. We are confident in our ability to increase and diversify our customer base as we acquire a greater market share in northern China. We will continue to seek strategic investment opportunities to accelerate our growth and expansion in the long-term.

Source: PR Newswire (March 29, 2010)


Monday, November 16, 2009
Special Situations

Not only did GeoSpecial, Orient Paper report 2009 third quarter financial results that came in well above what we had expected; But Company commentary in its SEC 10Q filing was very encouraging pointing to further growth in coming quarters.

"While sales of corrugating medium paper still remain strong due to a healthy level of manufacturing activities around the region of Northern China, the demand for our medium-grade offset printing paper, which primary use is for monochrome printing materials, including school textbooks, grew even faster. A large portion of our writing paper production capacity was converted to make more medium-grade offset printing paper.

Generally, unit sales prices for our paper products during the third quarter of 2009 remained stable as compared to the first two quarters of the year, and were even slightly lower as compared to the same period ended September 30, 2008, when commodities prices rose sharply, including the costs of our raw materials. Nevertheless, we have seen unit sales prices for the corrugating medium and offset printing paper products going upward starting in September 2009, and believe the trend may continue through the next few months. During the three months ended September 30, 2009, we obtained 12 new customers, which accounted for 6.28% of the quarterly revenue, with the largest new customer (a paper distributor in Shanghai, China) contributing 4.78% of quarterly revenue."

We need to be cognizant that ORPN's outlook is contingent on the closing of a digital photo paper plant to enter into the high-margin digital photo paper business.

Qtr. Ended March 3rd Quarter 2009 3rd Quarter 2008 Period Change
GAAP Revenue $30.5 million $18.3 million 66.7%
GAAP EPS $30.5 $18.3 95.2%
Tax Rate 25.0% 25.0% 0.0%
Fully Diluted Shares 11.7 million 11.3 million  3.5%

Source: PR Newswire (November 16, 2009)

ORPN could be poised for P/E expansion if investors view this quarter as a break out. The Company's P/E currently stands at 6.57 on trailing EPS of $1.08.


Sunday, August 23, 2009
Comments & Business Outlook

'We posted solid financial results in the first half of 2009, and expect to maintain our growth momentum in revenue and operating income in the second half of the year. We are constantly seeking solutions to enhance our production efficiency and allow us to increase utilization and improve output of our existing fixed assets,' said Mr. Liu Zhenyong. 'Our strategic location near the printing industry in Beijing and Tianjin provides us with ready access to our primary raw materials, recycled paper, lower freight costs and better opportunities to market our diversified product portfolio. In the coming months, will pursue opportunities to introduce new, high-end paper products in the market and strengthen our position in the industry.'

Source: PR Newswire (August 17, 2009)


Monday, August 3, 2009
Special Situations

On May 22, 2009 the GeoTeam® coded Orient Paper as GeoSpecial ($0.42) due to an improvement in its liquidity position.  

We also cited two concerns:

1. The company has not addressed previously stated financial guidance.

  • issue still open

2. The company did not have any United States investor relations representation.

The GeoTeam® is hopeful that this news will result in more investors discovering the Orient Paper story.  More updates will be provided when warranted.


Friday, May 22, 2009
Liquidity Requirements

Orient Paper Inc. (OTCBB:OPAI)  shares have been quietly rising in recent weeks.  The company engages mainly in the production and distribution of products such as copy paper, uncoated and coated paper, digital photo paper, corrugated paper, plastic paper, kraft paper, graphic design paper, antifraud thermal security paper and other paper and packaging-related products.

Recent Company Data (5/21/09)

Price = $0.42
Shares Outstanding = 45.1 Million
Trailing EPS = $0.21
Fully-Taxed Trailing EPS = $0.19
P/E Based on Fully-Taxed Trailing EPS = 2.21

The most recent development was the filing of its SEC Form 10Q for the first quarter ended March 2009. It seems that the company's liquidity situation has improved. 

Excerpt from 2008 10K, page 27:

"We had net working capital deficit of $1,165,795 on December 31, 2008, a decrease of $6,690,831 over a net working capital deficit of $7,856,626 on December 31, 2007."

Excerpt from 2009 March 10Q, page 5:

"We had net working capital of $2,013,660 on March 31, 2009, an increase of $3,179,455 over a net working capital deficit of ($15,253,388) on March 31, 2008."

The stock has increased in price nicely from since the 10Q filing. The GeoTeam® is perplexed as to why the company has not issued a press release for the first quarter of 2009.  The company did issue a release for its 2008 year ended December which contained 2009 guidance details:

"We expect total sales for 2009 to increase approximately 30% compared to 2008. These projections do not take into account any impact related to future financing or acquisitions. We believe we can continue to grow and improve our company's operating results."

The GeoTeam® could not find similar verbiage in the 2009 10Q, so it is unclear as to whether this outlook is still intact.  It is the opinion of  the GeoTeam's® that the company needs to do a better job with its investor relations effort.  Furthermore, we were unable to locate a United States representative.  Nevertheless, due to the improving liquidity situation, the GeoTeam® will continue to monitor the Orient Paper story and has initiated a small position.  We are hoping that investors will  reassess the stock's risk premium by assigning it a higher P/E than it's current P/E of 2x trailing fully taxed EPSThe trailing EPS for OPAI is $0.21 ( $0.19 fully taxed). For 2008, the company reported a 100% increase in EPS to $0.20 ($0.18 fully taxed).


Sunday, March 29, 2009
Comments & Business Outlook

Guidance Report: 

Despite the recent global economic slowdown, we continue to experience strong demand for its products especially for cultural paper. We expect total sales for 2009 to increase approximately 30% compared to 2008. These projections do not take into account any impact related to future financings or acquisitions. We believe we can continue to grow and improve our company's operating results. We believe that accelerated growth could be achieved by strengthening our operational foundation through efforts focused on issues such as internal cost control, improved logistics coordination, advanced technology import, new product development and an increase in the overall managerial efficiency of the Company. We will continue to monitor customer demand carefully and take decisive action to preserve and strengthen our core-competence to achieve our objectives for long-term growth in earnings and stockholder value.

Full Year Fiscal 2009 Guidance Ending December

  2009 Guidance 2008 Reported Period Change
GAAP Revenue 84.8 million $65.2 million 30%

Source: PR Newswire (March 27, 2009)


Wednesday, June 18, 2008
GeoSpecial Notes
Orient Paper Inc. Signs Letter of Intent to Merge with Lingxian Taihua Pulp & Paper Ltd, Co.

Source: Business Wire (June 18, 2008)

The GeoTeam is in the process of evaluating this development. The potential consummation of this merger would significantly increase the sales and earnings potential. However, we are uncertain as to the effect on the final share count resulting form the deal. (i.e. will there be dilution).

The Geo Team will provide an update when more information becomes available.

Thursday, June 5, 2008
Research
The Stock seems that it may meet the requirements to qualify as a GeoBargain. The GeoTeam will provide an update as soon as possible.The GeoTeam owns shares in opai.

Comments & Business Outlook
Fiscal 2008 Outlook:

Orient Paper reaffirms previously issued guidance for its 2008 financial results, with total sales for 2008 to increase approximately 20% compared to 2007.

Source: Business Wire (May 21, 2008)

Orient Paper Expects to Produce $40M in Revenues from Conversion to Anti-Counterfeit Paper Production Line:


"Once the transformation of the production line has been accomplished. the firm has the potential to generate approximately an additional $40 million in revenues for our Company and $6 million in net profits."

Source: Business Wire (June 4, 2008)