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China Armco Metals Announces First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

SAN MATEO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/15/12 -- China Armco Metals, Inc. (NYSE Amex: CNAM) ("China Armco" or the "Company"), a distributor of imported metal ore and metal recycler, today announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2012.

SUMMARY FINANCIALS

First quarter 2012 Results
                               Q1 2012              Q1 2011          CHANGE
                          -----------------    -----------------    --------
Revenue                     $49.3 million        $49.7 million       - 0.8%
                          -----------------    -----------------    --------
Gross Profit                 $1.5 million         $3.2 million        -54%
                          -----------------    -----------------    --------
Net Income (Loss)          ($1.66 million)       $0.57 million         n/a
                          -----------------    -----------------    --------
EPS (Fully Diluted)            ($0.10)               $0.04             n/a
                          -----------------    -----------------    --------

First Quarter of 2012 Financial Results

For the quarter ended March 31, 2012, net revenue remained at around $49 million, with a slight decrease of $0.4 million compared to the same period of 2011. China Armco sold 321,274 tons of iron ore and various other ores at an average price of $126 per ton through its trading business compared to sales of a total of 253,249 tons in the first quarter of 2011. China Armco's metal recycling business contributed $8.7 million in sales during the first three months of 2012, increased 38% compared to $6.3 million in sales in same period of 2011.

Gross profit for the first quarter of 2012 decreased 54% to $1.5 million, compared to $3.2 million in the first quarter of 2011. Gross profits for the trading and metal recycling business were $1.32 million and $0.14 million respectively. Gross margin for the trading and recycling businesses declined to 3% and 2% respectively, compared to 6% for both businesses in the first quarter of 2011.

Operating expenses decreased $0.1 million to $1.7 million for the first quarter of 2012 due to decreased professional fees and selling expenses related to port and warehouse fee. As a percentage of sales, operating expenses were 3.4% and 3.6% in the first quarter of 2012 and 2011, respectively, reflecting stable operating leverage at this high level of sales.

Operating loss for the first quarter of 2012 was $0.2 million compared to an operating income of $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2011.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2012 was $1.66 million which included a $0.4 million write-off of investment, or $0.10 loss per diluted share, compared to net income $0.6 million or $0.04 per share for the same period last year. The weighted average diluted shares outstanding increased from 15.3 million in the first quarter of 2011 to 16.7 million in the first quarter of 2012, due to equity issuance for payment and compensation and converted warrants during 2012.

Mr. Kexuan Yao, Chairman and CEO of China Armco, stated, "The first quarter was the most difficult quarter for China steel industry in recent years which whole industry suffered quarterly loss first time in 10 years. Both our trading and recycling businesses were adversely affected by the brutal market resulted in sharp declines on gross margins during the quarter. However, our revenue in recycling business continued to grow steady; the quantities of metal ores and scrap metals we sold in the first quarter reached record high compared to any first quarter in the past. We believe our solid and sound foundation in the industry, our strong relationship with our customers and suppliers around the world, and the strategy we have developed will enable us to overcome various challenges and fully leverage our operating model to generate incremental revenue and profitability. We consider the market is recovering from its bottom and we are well-positioned to capture a growing share of an increasing market demand for our products."

Financial Conditions

As of March 31, 2012, the Company had $0.98 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $1.04 million at the end of 2011. Working capital was ($1 million) and a current ratio of 1:1.02 on March 31, 2012 compared to $1.6 million and 1.03:1 on March 31, 2011. Total accounts receivable were $28.2 million at the end of the first quarter of 2012 compared to $0.8 million at the year end of 2011 primarily due to the $26.5 million accounts in receivable related to the sales of 230,000 MT of iron ore, which we expect to collect the payment in full during the second quarter of 2012. As of March 31, 2012, shareholders' equity was $41 million, essentially flat from December 31, 2011.

The Company had a $26 million net cash outflow from operations the first quarter of 2012 compared to a net outflow of $9.2 million in the same period last year. During the first quarter of 2012, China Armco successfully completed large order sales of metal ores and reduced inventories by $22 million to control market risks and speed up capital turnover. The Company has bank facilities, which provide for cash borrowings or the issuance of commercial letters of credit required in its metal ore trading business, aggregating $102 million. Approximately $58 million was available under these facilities at March 31, 2012.

Business Updates

Our trading business remained at approximately $40 million in net revenues during the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. In the first quarter of 2012, we completed large order sales of metal ores quickly and lowered our inventory level substantially to control market risks and speed up our capital turnover. We continued to firm our business relationship with large suppliers and stabilize our supply capacity .We believe our effort to build our supply capacity will benefit us in the long term and strengthen our market position in the industry in the PRC.

During the first quarter of 2012, despite the Chinese New Year holiday and market downturn, both production and revenues for our recycling business increased significantly compared to the same period of last year. The scrap metals recycled at our recycling facility increased by 103% to 25,071 MT compared to 12,373 MT in the same period of last year. Our scrap metal business sold approximately 16,753 MT of scrap metals, generating approximately $8.7 million of revenue. By comparison, for the first quarter of 2011, our scrap metal business sold approximately 14,435 MT of scrap metals, generating approximately $6.3 million of revenue. We have conducted a series of cost testing and variance analysis to improve our cost control and implement precise management in our recycling operations. We also developed a strategy to expand our sources of raw material acquisition and to establish a supply chain network locally to increase and stabilize the availability of raw materials near and for our recycling operation. We expect to continue to expend resources to build our overseas supply channels and recently development includes negotiations on business cooperation with U.S. and Japan suppliers.

Conference Call

The Company will conduct a conference call at 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. To attend the call, please use the dial-in information below. When prompted, ask for the "China Armco Metals call" and/or be prepared to provide the conference ID.

Conference Call

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, US
Conference Line Dial-In (U.S.): 1-877-407-9210
International Dial-In: 1-201-689-8049

Conference ID# 394011: 2012 1st Quarter Financial Results Call

Webcast link: http://www.investorcalendar.com/IC/CEPage.asp?ID=168474

The playback of the webcast can be accessed until 11/15/2012. To access the webcast, you will need to have the Windows Media Player on your desktop. For the free download of the Media Player, please visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/en/download/default.asp

Teleconference Replay:

Replay Number (Toll Free): 1-877-660-6853

Replay Number (International): 1-201-612-7415

Replay Passcodes (both required for playback):

Account#:286

Conference ID#: 394011

Teleconference will be available for replay until 11:59 PM 05/29/2012

About China Armco Metals, Inc.

China Armco Metals, Inc. is engaged in the sale and distribution of metal ore and non-ferrous metals throughout the PRC and is in the recycling business in the PRC. China Armco's customers throughout China include some of the fastest growing steel producing mills and foundries in the PRC. Raw materials are acquired from a global group of suppliers located in diverse countries, including, but not limited to, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Ukraine and the United States. China Armco's product lines include ferrous and non-ferrous ore, iron ore, chrome ore, nickel ore, magnesium, copper ore, manganese ore, steel billet and recycled scrap metals. For more information about China Armco, please visit http://www.armcometals.com.

Forward-Looking Statement

In connection with the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, China Armco Metals, Inc., is hereby providing cautionary statements identifying important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements (as defined in such act). Any statements that are not historical facts and that express, or involve discussions as to, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, indicated through the use of words or phrases such as "will likely result," "are expected to," "will continue," "is anticipated," "estimated," "intends," "plans," "believes" and "projects") may be forward-looking and may involve estimates and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, our expectations regarding our revenues and production related to our scrap metal recycling operations and the extent of government imposed energy restrictions and resulting blackouts and impact on our recycling operations.

In addition, any such statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to, and are accompanied by, the following key factors that have a direct bearing on our results of operations:

We caution that the factors described herein could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements we make and that investors should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of such factors. Further, we cannot assess the impact of each such factor on our results of operations or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. This press release is qualified in its entirety by the following, including, but not limited to, any expectations with respect to the Company's revenues and operations, institution of governmental regulations relating to our businesses and the international economic climate, and the cautionary statements and risk factor disclosures contained in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

-- FINANCIAL TABLES --


                  CHINA ARMCO METALS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                        CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

                                         March 31, 2012   December 31, 2011
                                          (Unaudited)
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
  Cash                                 $         981,863  $       1,042,591
  Pledged deposits                             9,518,173          8,357,670
  Marketable securities                        1,215,045          1,636,742
  Bank acceptance notes receivable               158,265                  -
  Accounts receivable                         28,243,055            758,500
  Inventories                                 11,214,554         33,344,547
  Advance on purchases                         6,237,242          3,079,684
  Prepaid corp income taxes -
   Renewable Metals                              470,505            467,546
  Prepayments and other current assets         1,392,465          1,744,047
    Total Current Assets                      59,431,167         50,431,327
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
  Property, plant and equipment               43,724,618         42,165,437
  Accumulated depreciation                    (4,240,863)        (3,514,893)
    PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net        39,483,755         38,650,544
LAND USE RIGHT
  Land use right                               6,463,618          6,422,956
  Accumulated amortization                      (223,222)          (209,474)
    LAND USE RIGHT, net                        6,240,396          6,213,482
     Total Assets                      $     105,155,318  $      95,295,353
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
  Loans payable                        $      33,779,054  $       6,711,898
  Banker's acceptance notes payable
   and letters of credit                      10,128,986          8,178,029
  Current maturities of capital lease
   obligation                                  2,272,864          2,195,177
  Current maturities of long-term debt         3,956,635          3,931,745
  Accounts payable                             3,333,452         18,543,129
  Advances received from Chairman and
   CEO                                           626,032            607,009
  Customer deposits                            2,501,826          5,851,769
  Corporate income tax payable                   186,445             99,042
  Value added tax and other taxes
   payable                                       191,514              1,150
  Accrued expenses and other current
   liabilities                                 3,532,639          2,713,532
    Total Current Liabilities                 60,509,447         48,832,480
CAPITAL LEASE OBLIGATION, net of
 current maturities                            3,560,776          4,127,354
DERIVATIVE LIABILITY                                 752                203
     Total Liabilities                        64,070,975         52,960,037
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
  Preferred stock, $0.001 par value;
   1,000,000 shares authorized; none
   issued or outstanding                               -                  -
  Common stock, $0.001 par value,
   74,000,000 shares authorized,
   17,068,334 and 15,421,008 shares
   issued and outstanding,
   respectively                                   17,068             15,421
  Additional paid-in capital                  29,902,944         29,733,619
  Retained earnings                            7,705,827          9,366,035
  Accumulated other comprehensive
   income (loss):
    Change in unrealized loss on
     marketable securities                             -               (797)
    Foreign currency translation gain          3,458,504          3,221,038
    Total Stockholders' Equity                41,084,343         42,335,316

    Total Liabilities and
     Stockholders' Equity              $     105,155,318  $      95,295,353




                CHINA ARMCO AND METALS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
   CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

                                         For the three      For the three
                                             Months             Months
                                             Ended              Ended
                                         March 31, 2012     March 31, 2011
                                          (Unaudited)        (Unaudited)

NET REVENUES                           $      49,284,191  $      49,684,652

COST OF GOODS SOLD                            47,824,094         46,515,883

GROSS PROFIT                                   1,460,097          3,168,769

OPERATING EXPENSES:
  Selling expenses                               130,523            271,524
  Professional fees                               16,712            128,165
  General and administrative expenses          1,043,466            895,409
  Operating cost of idle manufacturing
   facility                                      497,224            471,350

    Total operating expenses                   1,687,925          1,766,448

INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS                   (227,828)         1,402,321

OTHER (INCOME) EXPENSE:
  Interest income                                 (1,052)            (4,334)
  Interest expense                               786,512            554,253
  Foreign currency transaction (gain)
   loss - marketable securities                   35,553           (183,866)
  Impairment other than temporary -
   marketable securities                         386,941                  -
  Change in fair value of derivative
   liability                                         549            (51,223)
  Loan guarantee expense                          16,667             89,666
  Other (income) expense                         119,807            256,492

    Total other (income) expense               1,344,977            660,988

INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES             (1,572,805)           741,333

INCOME TAX PROVISION                              87,403            175,163

NET INCOME (LOSS)                             (1,660,208)           566,170

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS):
  Change in unrealized loss of
   marketable securities                             797         (1,594,654)
  Foreign currency translation gain              237,466            298,598

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)            $      (1,421,945) $        (729,886)

NET (INCOME) LOSS PER COMMON SHARE -
 BASIC AND DILUTED:

  Net income (loss) per common share -
   basic and diluted                   $           (0.10) $            0.04

  Weighted Average Common Shares
   Outstanding - basic and diluted            16,668,006         15,320,498





                  CHINA ARMCO METALS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                   CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

                                         For the three      For the three
                                             Months             Months
                                             Ended              Ended
                                         March 31, 2012     March 31, 2011
                                          (Unaudited)        (Unaudited)
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net Income (loss)                      $      (1,660,208) $         566,170
Adjustments to reconcile net income
 (loss) to net cash used in operating
 activities
  Depreciation expense                           704,941            640,225
  Amortization expense                            12,422             11,965
  Change in fair value of derivative
   liability                                         549            (51,223)
  (Gain) loss from foreign currency
   exchange rate change on marketable
   securities                                     35,553           (183,866)
  Impairment other than temporary -
   marketable securities                         386,941                  -
  Stock based compensation                       155,382            185,110
  Changes in operating assets and
   liabilities:
    Bank acceptance notes receivable            (158,265)                 -
    Accounts receivable                      (27,480,173)       (11,345,619)
    Inventories                               22,233,344         (8,481,017)
    Advance on purchases                      (3,138,063)          (746,901)
    Prepayments and other current
     assets                                      362,154           (529,792)
    Accounts payable                         (15,217,453)         9,477,183
    Customer deposits                         (3,386,988)         1,979,848
    Taxes payable                                277,761           (272,380)
    Accrued expenses and other current
     liabilities                                 820,715           (417,695)

NET CASH USED IN OPERATING ACTIVITIES        (26,051,388)        (9,167,992)

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
  Proceeds from release of pledged
   deposits                                    8,413,409         15,252,670
  Payment made towards pledged
   deposits                                   (9,534,359)       (12,504,818)
  Purchases of property and equipment         (1,297,120)          (366,554)

NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN)
 INVESTING ACTIVITIES                         (2,418,070)         2,381,298

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
  Proceeds from loans payable                 43,404,164         26,882,112
  Repayment of loans payable                 (16,372,992)       (23,375,825)
  Banker's acceptance notes payable            1,899,185          6,097,468
  Repayment of capital lease
   obligation                                   (528,916)          (215,933)
  Advances from (repayment to)
   Chairman and CEO                               19,016            (20,000)

NET CASH PROVIDED BY FINANCING
 ACTIVITIES                                   28,420,457          9,367,822

EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON
 CASH                                            (11,727)           (11,902)

NET CHANGE IN CASH                               (60,728)         2,569,226

Cash at beginning of period                    1,042,591          3,097,917

Cash at end of period                  $         981,863  $       5,667,143
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOWS
 INFORMATION:
    Interest paid                      $         786,512  $         554,253
    Income tax paid                    $               -  $         449,071
NON CASH FINANCING AND INVESTING
 ACTIVITIES:
  Accrued compensation paid in common
   shares in lieu of cash              $          15,591  $         187,180




For more information, please contact:

Company:
US Contact:
Christina Xiong
Investor Relations
China Armco Metals, Inc.
Office: 650.212.7620
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.armcometals.com

China Contact:
Julie Gu
Office: 021-62375286
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.armcometals.com

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