Longwei Petroleum Updates Guidance for Fiscal 2011 and 2012


TAIYUAN CITY, China, Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Ltd. /quotes/zigman/527097/quotes/nls/lph LPH -1.72% ("Longwei" or the "Company"), an energy company engaged in the storage and distribution of finished petroleum products in the People's Republic of China ("PRC"), today updated its guidance for the fiscal years ended June 30, 2011 and 2012.

Michael Toups, Chief Financial Officer of Longwei, stated, "We have recently completed our audit field work and plan to release our year-end financial statements on Form 10-K during mid-September. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, the Company's revenues are currently expected to be approximately $480 million and net income is expected to be approximately $65 million, adjusted for the warrant derivative liability expense. We have revised our fiscal 2011 revenue guidance downward by 4% as we have tried to maintain margin integrity during a period of volatile price fluctuations."

Cai Yongjun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Longwei, stated, "We have currently paid a deposit of RMB 550 million (approximately $85.1 million USD) through cash on hand for the purchase of the assets of Huajie Petroleum Co., Ltd. ("Huajie Petroleum" or the "Seller"), a fuel storage depot in northern Shanxi Province with a 100,000-metric-ton storage capacity. We remain committed to not diluting our shareholders at the current share price level, so the Company has arrangements to pay the balance of the total purchase price of RMB 700 million (approximately $108.3 million USD) using cash on hand. We have already paid approximately 81% of the purchase price and intend to close as soon as possible during our second fiscal quarter."

Huajie Petroleum's assets are located in Xingyuan Township, Fanshi County (south of the main train station) in northern Shanxi Province, China. The assets include 100,000-tonnage fuel tanks with accessory facilities and equipment, a special transportation railway line, a 3,000-square-meter office building and land use rights for 98 acres of land adjacent to the main regional rail line. Longwei expects the facility to contribute approximately $300 million to revenues and $40 million to net income during the first 12 months of operations.

"We anticipate our two current facilities will grow in volume at least 20% during fiscal 2012," stated Mr. Toups. "We are adjusting our organic revenue growth guidance for these two facilities to approximately $576 million with net income of approximately $78 million for our current fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. We will update our fiscal 2012 guidance to reflect the new asset purchase once the facility is closed and online, which we anticipate during our second fiscal quarter."

Mr. Cai stated, "This acquisition will nearly double our total storage capacity to 220,000 metric tons and extend our reach into the fast-growing industrial area of northern Shanxi Province. With the addition of the Huajie facility, we will strengthen our lead as the largest private fuel storage and distribution business in the province and will be better positioned to capitalize on the rising demand for petroleum products in our regional market. We will continue to seek accretive acquisitions with the potential to enhance our regional presence and attract new customers. As we build upon the strong foundation we have established, we remain committed to increasing value for our shareholders."

The revised guidance reflects the Company's current estimates based on the conditions and trends known to the Company as of the date of this release. Results are subject to change based upon further review by management and future changes in market and operating conditions.

About Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Limited

Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Limited is an energy company engaged in the storage and distribution of finished petroleum products in the People's Republic of China. The Company's oil and gas operations consist of transporting, storage and selling finished petroleum products, entirely in the PRC. The Company's headquarters are located in Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province. The Company has a storage capacity for its products of 120,000 metric tons located at storage facilities in Taiyuan and Gujiao, Shanxi. The Company's Taiyuan and Gujiao facilities can store 50,000 metric tons and 70,000 metric tons, respectively. The Company has the necessary licenses to operate and sell petroleum products not only in Shanxi but throughout the entire PRC. The Company's storage tanks have the largest storage capacity of any non-government operated entity in Shanxi.

The Company seeks to earn profits by selling its products at competitive prices with timely delivery to coal mining operations, power supply customers, large-scale gas stations and small, independent gas stations. The Company also earns revenue under an agency fee by acting as a purchasing agent for other intermediaries in Shanxi, and through limited sales of diesel and gasoline at two retail gas stations, each located at the Company's facilities. The Company seeks to continue to expand its customer base and distribution platform through the utilization of its large storage capacity, which allows the Company the flexibility to take advantage of pricing, supply and demand fluctuations in the marketplace.

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Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about Longwei's industry, management's beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Because such statements involve risks and uncertainties, the actual results and performance of the Company may differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Longwei's operations are conducted in the PRC and, accordingly, are subject to special considerations and significant risks not typically associated with companies in North America and Western Europe. These include risks associated with, among others, the political, economic and legal environment and foreign currency exchange. The Company's results may be adversely affected by changes in the political and social conditions in the PRC and by changes in governmental policies with respect to laws and regulations, anti-inflationary measures, currency conversion, remittances abroad, and rates and methods of taxation. Other potential risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to the ability to procure, properly price, retain and successfully complete projects, and changes in products and competition. Unless otherwise required by law, the Company also disclaims any obligation to update its view of any such risks or uncertainties or to announce publicly the result of any revisions to the forward-looking statements made here. Readers should review carefully reports or documents the Company files periodically with the Securities and Exchange Commission.



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