Guanwei Recycling Corp., China's leading clean tech manufacturer of recycled low density polyethylene (LDPE), today announced the execution of a debt conversion agreement with Chenxin International Limited ("Chenxin"), a Hong Kong company and shareholder of the Company which is controlled by Mr. Rui Wang, a director of the Company. Pursuant to the agreement, all expenses previously paid by Chenxin on behalf of the Company, totaling $1,468,167, shall be cancelled in exchange for the issuance by the Company to Chenxin of 815,684 shares of Guanwei's common stock, or $1.80 per share.
Continuing Confidence in Our Future
Mr. Chen Min, Chairman and CEO of Guanwei, commented, "We are most appreciative of the long time support we have received from our director and friend, Mr. Rui Wang, who in another demonstration of his confidence in our future has agreed to this conversion at a small premium to the current price of our shares and also has expressed his continuing interest in remaining a long term shareholder. With this conversion, the Company is able to avoid a lump sum cash payment, further strengthening our cash position. We also are further advancing our corporate governance practices by terminating transactions that are common business practice in China, but may not be viewed favorably by U.S. investors."
Conversion at an Approximately 20% Premium
The Company explained further that the expenses accrued by Chenxin since 2009, with no interest charges to Guanwei, have been reflected in Guanwei's most recent balance sheet as "outstanding amounts due to a shareholder," and mainly are for the payment of U.S. legal and professional fees relating to the Company's U.S. listing, which could not be paid in RMB (China's currency). The oral arrangement with Chenxin, based on a longstanding friendship and business relationship between Mr. Wang and Guanwei's founder, Mr. Chin Min, was in place before Guanwei went public, and continued as a means to legally expedite non-RMB payments. The Company noted further that the agreed conversion at a share price of $1.80, represents an approximate 20% premium to yesterday's closing price of the Company's shares on NASDAQ.
Description of Guanwei Recycling Corp.
Guanwei Recycling Corp. is China's largest manufacturer of recycled low density polyethylene (LDPE). Adhering to the highest "green" standards, it has generated rapid growth producing LDPE from plastic waste procured mostly in Europe for sales to more than 300 customers in ten different industries in China. Guanwei Recycling Corp. is one of the few plastic recyclers in China that has been audited by German authorities, most recently Umweltagentur Erftstadt, for compliance with German pollution and environmental standards. This allows the company to procure high quality plastic waste directly from Germany and other European countries (Spain and Holland), with no middlemen, and permits highly economic production of the highest grades of LDPE. Additional information regarding Guanwei Recycling Corp. is available at www.guanweirecycling.com .
Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this press release are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause our actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted results. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, product demand, market competition, and risks inherent in our operations. These and other risks are described in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.