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Winner Medical reiterates FY 2011 revenue guidance of $138-150 mn
Feb '11
Winner Medical Group Inc, a leading manufacturer of medical dressings, medical disposables and non-woven fabric made from 100% natural PurCotton products in China, reported consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended December 31, 2010.

Mr. Jianquan Li, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Winner Medical, commented, "During the first quarter of fiscal year 2011, cotton prices continued to increase and these raw material price increases were shifted to our customers. Early in the quarter, some customers chose to delay purchases and reduced their inventory while monitoring cotton price trends.

“Starting in November, having depleted the majority of their inventory, our customers increased their purchases again, resulting in December sales being one of the strongest months that Winner Medical has recorded in recent years. I believe the medical dressings and medical disposables markets have now largely accepted the cotton price increases from last year and we expect positive margin and sales growth for the remainder of 2011."

First Quarter 2011 Unaudited Financial Results

Winner Medical reported net sales of $33.7 million, an increase of 13.2% compared to the same period last year. The increase was mainly attributable to higher average sales prices and increased sales orders from Chinese, North American and South American customers. Export sales to North and South America remained robust, increasing 50.2% year over year, driven by increased orders from American and Brazilian clients who recognized Winner Medical's high quality products and timely delivery capabilities.

Orders in Europe remained stable year-over-year as customers in Sweden increased purchases while clients in Greece and Spain postponed orders as a result of the debt crisis. Sales were up 1.0% in China, with steady improvements in November and December. Strong sales of medical dressings and disposables were offset by lower sales of protective gowns and face masks, which were unusually strong in the first quarter of 2010 due to the H1N1 virus outbreak.

Cost of goods sold increased 19.0% to $24.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2011, from $20.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2010. Cost of goods sold as a percentage of net revenues were 71.9% and 68.3% for the first quarter in fiscal 2011 and 2010, respectively. This increase was mainly attributable to increased raw material prices. To minimize the impacts brought by increased cotton prices, the Company increased its selling price progressively and purchased cotton futures contracts to hedge against the volatility of cotton prices.

Gross profit increased 0.5% to $9.5 million compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2010. Gross margin decreased to 28.1% as compared to 31.7% in the first quarter of fiscal 2010. The decrease in gross margin was mainly attributable to time lag for customers to accept higher selling prices, especially in the months of October and earlier November 2010, as well as lower sales of protective gowns and face masks, which were unusually strong in the first quarter of 2010 due to the H1N1 virus outbreak.

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