China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc. (NASDAQ:CJJD) (the “Company”), a retail and wholesale distributor of pharmaceutical and other healthcare products in China, today reported earnings results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. The Company will hold a conference on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Please see below for dial-in information.
Mr. Lei Liu, the Company’s Chairman and CEO, stated, “During fiscal year 2012, we faced a continually challenging regulatory environment as more over-the-counter and prescription drugs were subject to price controls and new restrictions were enacted which curtailed our ability to promote in Hangzhou where most of our pharmacies are located. Nevertheless, we plan to continue opening new stores in the coming fiscal year.”
During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company opened two pharmacies, including at premium locations designed to meet the needs of more affluent customers. As of June 26, 2012, the Company operated 64 retail pharmacy locations.
“In light of the challenges we are facing, however, we have pushed forward on our vertical integration strategy in order to reduce our reliance on retail pharmacy sales, starting with our acquisition of Zhejiang Jiuxin Medicine Co., Ltd., a wholesale distributor, in August 2011,” continued Mr. Liu. “Our goal is to eventually scale our wholesale operations to a size that would qualify us to sell to hospital-affiliated pharmacies, which we estimate to make up over 80% of the pharmacies in China.”Mr. Liu continued, “Fiscal year 2012 also saw our cultivation of traditional Chinese medicine herbs come to fruition as we began harvest at the end of calendar 2011 and distribution during the last quarter of fiscal 2012. Sales from our online drugstore also picked up.” During the fiscal year 2012, the Company had revenues of $4.2 million and $1.1 million from the sales of its cultivated herbs and from online drugstore sales, respectively.