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Fushi Copperweld Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 F

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DALIAN, China, March 12 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Fushi Copperweld, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSIN), the leading global manufacturer and innovator of

copper-clad bimetallic wire used in a variety of telecommunication, utility, transportation and other electrical applications, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2008.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Highlights

-- FY08 revenues increased 72.7% to $221.4 搜狐财经million.

-- FY08 pre-tax income increased 17.5% to $31.3 million from $26.6 million,

excluding litigation accrual expense

-- FY08 operating income increased 21.0% to $37.1 million

-- Free cash flow for the fourth quarter was $20.4 million.

-- Cash position at year end remains strong at $65.6 million

-- Q4 operating expenses down 17%, or $1.1 million year-over-year

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2008 decreased 16.2% to $41.1 million, down from $49.0 million in the prior year’s quarter, primarily due to lower copper prices and decreased sales volumes from the Dalian and Fayetteville facilities.

Gross profit in the fourth quarter decreased 39.1% year over year to $8.9 million from $14.6 million. Gross margin decreased to 21.6% from 29.8% in the prior year period. The primary factors for the gross margin decline in the fourth quarter were the slowdown in the U.S. economy which impacted the Company’s Fayetteville, TN. facilities and the absorption of a full quarter of Copperweld’s Fayetteville and Telford, UK facilities, which generally operate at a lower gross margin compared to the facility in Dalian, against a partial quarter of absorption in the prior year fourth quarter period.

Operating expenses in the fourth quarter decreased 16.6% to $5.6 million, compared with $6.7 million in the prior year’s quarter. This decrease was due to effective cost reduction related to production and stronger operating leverage. On a percentage basis, operating expenses decreased 10 basis points to 13.5% from 13.6% in the fourth quarter 2007.

Net income for the 2008 fourth quarter was $4.6 million, or $0.15 per diluted share. This compares with $9.3 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2007.

For the full year 2008, revenues were $221.4 million, up 72.7% from $128.2 million in 2007. Gross profit increased 34.9% to $57.3 million from $42.4 million in 2007. 2008 operating profit increased 21.0% to $37.1 million from $30.6 million in the prior year period. Net income for the full year decreased 3.5% to $28.5 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, compared to $29.5 million, or $1.19 per diluted share, in 2007.

The Company’s balance sheet showed significant improvement in the fourth quarter, generating $20.4 million of free cash flow. While receivables were up in 2008, there was a sequential improvement compared to the levels at the end of the third quarter. Advances to suppliers at the end of 2008 dropped from $25 million to $20 million. The Company ended 2008 with $2.32 a share in cash and book value per share of $7.18. In 2008, the Company successfully reduced its long-term debt 33% to $40 million, of which $35 million is comprised of high yield notes and $5 million were convertible bonds.

Mr. Li Fu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fushi Copperweld, commented, "At the end of the third quarter, we commented that the global economic slowdown and declining copper prices were beginning to impact our top line, and we have seen the effects of current market conditions during the fourth quarter. We also mentioned at that time that our capital position would enable us to better withstand challenging market conditions. We continue to believe that we are well-positioned, and that our solid balance sheet will enable us to be poised to quickly reap the rewards of prudent financial management and market positioning when the global economy turns. Unlike the products of many of our competitors, we do not simply produce commodity products that are price driven. Our products are engineered conductors that offer our customers favorable end-use characteristics. This is one of the many reasons why we believe we are best positioned to weather the current global economic situation.”

“In China, we are seeing strong demand in 3-G related business and we also expect our Chinese operations to benefit in the second half of the year from the government stimulus package. Improving the performance and productivity in Fayetteville is a major priority for our business. A new management team has been put in place and we are seeing steady signs of improvement.”

Mr. Fu continued, "We remain optimistic about the long term health of our industry, and about our positioning in the bimetallics industry. Still, we must be realistic about the challenges that the short term brings. The global economy continues to be unstable, and although copper prices have stabilized somewhat over the last several weeks, they are still down considerably from the peaks in 2008. Our plan is to continue to conservatively manage our balance sheet and prepare ourselves for the inevitable turn in the economy. Our steadfastness to our corporate vision to be the leading innovator in the bi-metallic conductor business will provide us with the preparation needed to benefit from pent-up demand when the market turns, while also increasing our market share during the downturn. We plan to continue to identify new and innovative ways to improve our products and to distinguish ourselves, especially during these challenging times."

Financial Expectations

In the 2009 first quarter, the Company expects fully diluted earnings per share between $0.10 and $0.15 based on an estimated weighted average diluted share count of 28.5 million shares. This compares to net income of $7.6 million, $0.26 per diluted share, in the prior year first quarter period. The 2009 first quarter is seasonally the Company’s weakest quarter due to the timing of the Chinese New Year, during which the Company’s operating facilities are closed for two weeks. The Company expects profitability in subsequent quarters to improve over the first quarter due to higher revenues with the absence of the Chinese New Year, increased profitability at the Fayetteville facility as a result of cost saving initiatives, and increased revenue from China’s recently announced stimulus package.

Conference Call

The Company will conduct a conference call to discuss the fourth quarter 2008 results today, Thursday, March 12, 2009, at 8:30 am ET. Listeners may access the call by dialing 1-913-312-1397. A live webcast of the conference call will also be available at http://www.fushicopperweld.com , under the Calendar of Events link located on the Investor Relations section or at http://www.viavid.net . A replay of the call will be available from March 12, 2009 to April 12, 2009. Listeners may access the replay by dialing

1-719-457-0820; passcode: 9680843.

About Fushi Copperweld, Inc.

Fushi Copperweld, Inc. through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Fushi International (Dalian) Bimetallic Cable Co,, Ltd., and Copperweld Bimetallics, LLC, is the leading manufacturer and innovator of copper cladded bi-metallic engineered conductor products used in the electrical, telecommunications, transportation, utilities and industrial industries. With extensive design and production capabilities and a long-standing dedication to customer service, Fushi-Copperweld, Inc. is the preferred choice of bi-metallic products

world-wide. For more information, visit: http://www.fushicopperweld.com .

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release may include certain statements that are not descriptions of historical facts, but are forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “will” “believes”, “expects” or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements may also include statements about our proposed discussions related to our business or growth strategy, which is subject to change. Such information is based upon expectations of our management that were reasonable when made but may prove to be incorrect. All of such assumptions are inherently subject to uncertainties and contingencies beyond our control and upon assumptions with respect to future business decisions, which are subject to change. We do not undertake to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. For a description of the risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, see our most recent Annual Report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Form 10-K, and our subsequent SEC filings. Copies of filings made with the SEC are available through the SEC’s electronic data gathering analysis retrieval system (EDGAR) at www.sec.gov.

For more information, please contact:

Nathan Anderson

Director Investor Relations

Fushi Copperweld, Inc.

Email: ir@fushicopperweld.com

Tel: +1-931-433-0482

Bill Zima

ICR, Inc.

Tel: +1-203-682-8200

(Financial Tables on Following Page)

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2008 AND 2007

Twelve Months Ended Three Months Ended

12/31/2008 12/31/2007 12/31/2008 12/31/2007

REVENUES $221,434,702 $128,222,083 $41,065,619 48,983,666

COST OF GOODS SOLD 164,181,739 85,773,819 32,185,476 34,406,112

GROSS PROFIT 57,252,963 42,448,264 8,880,143 14,577,554

25.9% 33.1% 21.6% 29.8%

OPERATING EXPENSE:

Selling expenses 4,607,459 1,762,461 1,333,411 1,203,726

General and

administrative

expenses 15,555,267 10,040,827 4,219,319 5,452,817

Total operating

expense 20,162,726 11,803,288 5,552,730 6,656,543

INCOME FROM

OPERATIONS 37,090,237 30,644,976 3,327,413 7,921,011

OTHER INCOME

(EXPENSE):

Interest income 662,290 1,822,048 132,639 747,211

Interest expense (8,833,866) (7,544,635) (1,447,592) (2,744,081)

Gain on derivative

instrument 163,062 1,508,693 (159,646) 419,925

Other (expense)

income (112,303) 222,545 (81,703) 33,852

Registration rights

penalty -- -- 149,055 84,992

Total other

expense, net (8,120,817) (3,991,349) (1,407,247) (1,458,101)

INCOME BEFORE INCOME

TAXES 28,969,420 26,653,627 1,920,166 6,462,910

PROVISION (BENEFIT)

FOR INCOME TAXES 494,911 (2,852,000) (2,656,051) (2,852,000)

NET INCOME 28,474,509 29,505,627 4,576,217 9,314,910

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE

INCOME:

Unrealized loss on

marketable

securities 22,301 (22,301) -- (22,301)

Foreign currency

translation

adjustment 12,535,951 9,853,904 (1,526,564) 4,586,931

Change in fair value

of derivative

instrument 4,138,320 (8,515,396) 928,917 (3,905,306)

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME $45,171,081 $30,821,834 $3,978,570 9,974,234

Earnings per share:

Basic $1.04 $1.33 $0.17 0.38

Diluted $1.00 $1.19 $0.15 0.34

Weighted average

number of shares:

Basic 27,298,891 22,178,517 27,403,885 24,411,159

Diluted 28,271,863 25,243,788 28,227,317 27,757,794

FUSHI COPPERWELD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2008 AND 2007

2008 2007

ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS:

Cash $65,611,770 $79,914,758

Marketable Securities -- 2,977,699

Restricted cash 1,000,000 1,000,000

Accounts receivable, trade, net of

allowance of bad debt $318,529

and $135,418 as of December 31,

2008 and 2007 49,782,548 23,611,186

Inventories 6,977,852 12,308,295

Notes receivables 171,300 816,905

Other receivables and prepaid expenses 869,973 997,979

Advances to suppliers 20,261,585 2,341,839

Cross currency hedge receivable -- 706,170

Deposit in derivative hedge 1,000,000 --

Prepaid taxes 670,805 --

Total current assets 146,345,833 124,674,831

PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net 119,761,027 87,228,600

OTHER ASSETS:

Notes Receivable, noncurrent 799,106 --

Advances to suppliers, noncurrent 4,022,879 18,204,775

Prepaid land use right -- 4,559,760

Intangible asset, net of

accumulated amortization 12,406,920 5,832,721

Deferred loan expense, net 3,317,725 3,115,930

Deferred tax assets, noncurrent 7,804,027 2,852,000

Total other assets 28,350,657 34,565,186

Total assets $294,457,517 $246,468,617

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

Accounts payable, trade $7,204,156 $3,028,823

Line of credit 4,712,075 7,168,524

Short term bank loans 17,588,400 5,703,360

Current portion of long term debts 5,000,000 10,968,000

Other payables and accrued liabilities 4,751,460 5,791,597

Customer deposits 542,540 --

Taxes payable -- 1,005,259

Cross currency hedge payable 104,324 --

Total current liabilities 39,902,955 33,665,563

LONG TERM LIABILITIES:

Notes payable 40,000,000 60,000,000

Fair value of derivative instrument 4,377,076 8,515,396

Total liabilities 84,280,031 102,180,959

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES 7,197,794 --

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

Preferred stock, $0.001 par value,

5,000,000 shares authorized, none

issued or outstanding as of

December 31, 2008 and 2007 -- --

Common stock, $0.006 par value,

100,000,000 shares authorized,

2008: 27,499,034 issued and

27,399,034 outstanding,

2007: 25,311,304 issued and

25,211,304 outstanding 164,395 151,268

Common stock held in escrow,

100,000 shares 600 600

Additional paid in capital 91,172,890 77,665,064

Statutory reserves 12,316,147 8,321,726

Retained earnings 78,613,158 54,133,070

Accumulated other comprehensive income 20,712,502 4,015,930

Total shareholders’ equity 202,979,692 144,287,658

Total liabilities and

shareholders’ equity $294,457,517 $246,468,617

FUSHI COPPERWELD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2008, 2007 AND 2006

2008 2007 2006

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING

ACTIVITIES:

Net income $28,474,509 $29,505,627 $17,810,026

Adjustments to reconcile net

income to cash provided

by operating activities:

Bad debt expenses 178,467 -- --

Reserve for inventory 96,893 -- --

Depreciation 6,457,629 3,117,837 2,208,924

Gain/loss in disposal of PP&E 28,887 -- --

Amortization of intangibles 417,681 234,672 223,800

Amortization of loan

commission 2,798,205 721,455 --

Interest penalty 710,544 -- --

Amortization of stock option

compensation 1,868,809 1,938,073 --

Gain on derivative instrument (163,061) (1,508,693) --

Investment loss on marketable

securities 16,158 -- --

Change in operating assets and

liabilities:

Accounts receivable (24,794,459) (9,151,252) (616,477)

Inventories 5,113,772 4,344,568 478,455

Other receivables and

prepayments (810,192) 200,721 726

Notes receivables (114,896) (784,551) --

Advance to suppliers (17,408,968) 1,015,842 --

Deferred tax assets (4,952,027) (2,852,000) --

Accounts payable 4,076,919 (2,564,797) (1,747,265)

Other payables and accrued

liabilities (1,083,919) 2,667,158 (360,312)

Customer deposits 509,481 (545,440) 404,906

Taxes payable (1,788,643) (186,374) (5,092,090)

Liquidated damage payable -- -- --

Net cash provided by

operating activities $(368,211) $26,152,846 $13,310,693

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING

ACTIVITIES:

Marketable securities 2,983,842 (2,977,699) --

Payment for swap liability -- (127,380) --

Purchase of land use right (1,698,433) -- --

Advance for purchase of land

use right -- (4,379,166) --

Purchase of property and

equipment (15,226,592) (31,115,408) (8,493,919)

Advances for purchase of

equipment (3,148,802) (12,583,219) (4,465,823)

Net cash used in investing

activities (17,089,985) (51,182,872) (12,959,742)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING

ACTIVITIES:

Loan from shareholder -- -- 4,450,000

Repayments to shareholders -- (3,985,698) --

Restricted cash in escrow -- (1,000,000) --

Repayment to shareholder -- -- (532,379)

Due to related companies -- -- 3,367,897

Net borrowings on revolver

line (2,419,008) 1,025,814 --

Proceeds from bank loans 16,908,000 11,718,630 24,365,120

Payments on bank loans (17,268,032) (29,628,641) (19,714,490)

Proceeds from derivative

instrument 973,556 802,523 --

Net proceeds from stock

issuance in private placement 37,232,906 --

Net proceeds from long term

notes -- 56,400,000 --

Proceeds from exercise of

stock warrants 139,124 7,692,068 248,729

Fees paid for recapitalization -- -- (77,500)

Net cash (used in) provided

by financing activities (1,666,360) 80,257,602 12,107,377

EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE ON CASH 4,821,568 4,193,631 1,868,337

CHANGE IN CASH (14,302,988) 59,421,207 14,326,665

CASH, beginning 79,914,758 20,493,551 6,166,886

CASH, ending $65,611,770 $79,914,758 $20,493,551

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH

FLOW INFORMATION:

Cash paid for interest expense $6,327,084 $4,249,882 $1,352,377

Cash paid for income taxes $4,509,274 $ -- $2,288,242

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