Origin Agritech Limited Reports Unaudited Financial Results For The Year Ended September 30, 2011

Origin Agritech Limited (NASDAQ: SEED) (“Origin” or the “Company”), a technology-focused supplier of crop seeds in China, today announced unaudited financial results for the year ended September 30, 2011. These unaudited year end results reflect the Company’s financial statements during the period from October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011. Origin prepares its financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) of the United States.

FY 2011 Major Corporate Events
  • Reached a licensing agreement with a multinational partner to develop high-yield corn varieties incorporating the Origin Agritech glyphosate-resistant and Bt-traits
  • Established an exclusive subsidiary in Xinjiang province with a prominent local partner for hybrid seed production and distribution to the northwest region in China
  • Liquidation of our stake in Jilin Changrong High-tech Seed Limited (“Jilin Changrong”)
  • Completed the strategic leadership transition: Dr. Gengchen Han is now the Chairman, President and CEO of Origin; Dr. James Chen joins Origin as the new CFO; Mr. Larry K. Cordell joined Origin as the Chair of the Audit committee and an independent Director.

Dr. Gengchen Han, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Origin Agritech, commented, “The Chinese seed industry is entering the next growth phase, in which we believe the prospective demand for high quality products will continue to rise. Fundamentals such as the rising food consumption and stabilizing planting area continue to bode very positive for the seed industry in general while individual crop segments also demonstrate promising growth prospects. Diversifying use for corns such as manufacturing animal feed continues to provide robust support in driving up corn price. Rising exports is expected to further boost the growth of rice seed industry.”

“In addition, recently implemented key industry policies will raise the barrier of entry and considerably favor industry leaders with established, high-yielding seed product portfolio and vertically integrated research and development capabilities. In response, we have proactively started strategic initiatives such as expanding our hybrid seed conditioning and production capabilities, establishing new marketing channels in the Northwest, proceeding with our GMO applications, and most recently have completed our strategic leadership transition. We are confident that our recent initiatives would pay off in capturing new growth opportunities in the short run and further strengthening our competitive position.”

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