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Form 10-K for RECON TECHNOLOGY, LTD


27-Sep-2013

Annual Report


Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and
Results of Operation.

The following discussion and analysis of our company's financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and the related notes included elsewhere in this report. This discussion contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results and the timing of selected events could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors.

Overview

We are a company with limited liability incorporated in 2007 under the laws of the Cayman Islands. Headquartered in Beijing, we provide products and services to oil and gas companies and their affiliates through our Domestic Companies. As the company contractually controlling the Domestic Companies, we are the center of strategic management, financial control and human resources allocation.

Our business is mainly focused on the upstream sectors of the oil and gas industry. We derive our revenues from the sales and provision of (1) oilfield dedicated products and accessories, (2) stimulation technology and services. Our products and services involve most of the key procedures of the extraction and production of oil and gas, and include automation systems, equipment, tools and on-site technical services.

Our VIEs provide the oil and gas industry with equipment, production technologies, automation and services to enhance our customers' efficiency.

Nanjing Recon: Nanjing Recon is a high-tech company that specializes in automation services for oilfield companies. It mainly focuses on providing automation solutions to the oil exploration industry, including monitoring wells, automatic metering to the joint station production, process monitor, and a variety of oilfield equipment and control systems.

BHD: BHD is a high-tech company that specializes in transportation equipment and stimulation productions and services. Possessing proprietary patents and substantial industry experience, BHD has built up stable and strong working relationships with the major oilfields in China.

Business Outlook

The oilfield engineering and technical service industry is generally divided into five sections: (1) exploration, (2) drilling and completion, (3) testing and logging, (4) production and (5) oilfield construction. Our businesses have mainly focused on production processes. As of this year, we are also expanding our business to well completion and horizontal well down-hole service process. We still believe that many existing oil wells and oilfields are in need of renewal and improvement on their current equipment to maintain production. We also believe that as many new wells are developed, our gathering and transferring equipment will be in great need. Accordingly, in the next year, we will focus on the following areas.

Measuring Equipment and Service. "Digital oil field" and the management of oil companies are highly regarded. We believe our oilfield Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition ("SCADA") and related technical support services will address the needs of the oil well automation system market, for which we forecast strong needs in the short term. Through early cooperation with CNPC on Turkmenistan, we have developed our experience in this market. Although bidding has not yet commenced, we will continue pursuing overseas business projects in the coming second phase construction.

Gathering and Transferring Equipment. With more new wells developed, our management anticipates that demand for our furnaces and burners will grow more compared to last year, especially in the Jilin Oilfield and Xinjiang oilfield.

Fracturing business. We believe we cooperated well with Zhongyuan Oilfield in 2013 and expect to continue growing revenue from fracturing and related stimulation services in the coming year.

New business. Design and development of down-hole tools has always been an important technique for oilfield companies. Recently, this market has developed very rapidly. After a year test project for our client, we have developed experience with this technology and our products and servers have been accepted by our client. We received modest revenue this year and expect more revenue from this business in the coming year.

Recent Industry Developments

Despite uncertainty in the energy industry related to such matters as fluctuating prices and future opportunities for oil companies, our management believes there are still many factors to support our long-term development:

(1) The opening of the Chinese oil industry to participation by non-state owned service providers and vendors played an increasingly important role in the high-end oilfield service segment to allow competition based on efficiency and price. As oil and gas fields are depleted, it becomes more challenging to find and convert reserves into usable energy sources. As the industry has permitted competition by private companies and oil companies have formed separate service companies, high-tech service has gradually opened up to private companies.

(2) Speeding up the development of unconventional hydrocarbon resources such as shale gas and coal bed methane will bring more requirements of related technic and service. China is rich in unconventional hydrocarbon resources, but new exploration and development technology breakthroughs are urgently needed; and

(3) Overseas assets of Chinese oilfield companies increased gradually, and they will provide more opportunity for domestic service companies to participate in foreign projects.

Management is focused on these factors and will seek to extend our business on the industrial chain, like providing more integrated services and incremental measures and growing our business from a predominantly up-ground business to include some down-hole services as well.

Growth Strategy

As a smaller local company, it is our basic strategy to focus on developing our onshore oilfield business, i.e. the upstream of the industry. Due to the remote location and difficult environment of China's oil and gas fields, foreign competitors rarely enter those fields.

Large domestic oil companies prefer to focus on their exploration and development businesses to earn higher margins and keep their competitive advantage. With regard to private oilfield service companies, 90% specialize in the manufacture of drilling and production equipment. Thus, the market for technical support and project service is still in its early stage. Our management focuses on providing high quality products and service at oilfields where we have a geographical advantage. Such strategy allows us to avoid conflicts of interest with bigger suppliers of drilling equipment and keep our leading position within the market segment. Our mission is to increase the automation and safety levels of industrial petroleum production in China, and improve its efficiency and effectiveness through advanced technologies. At the same time, we are always looking to improve our business and to increase our earning capability.

On June 27, 2013, the Company acquired 32.22% of a U.S. oil and natural gas company's outstanding shares for approximately 1.5 million ($250,000). This strategic investment marks an important step in expanding our business in the U.S. market.

Factors Affecting Our Results of Operations

Our operating results in any period are subject to the general conditions typically affecting the Chinese oilfield service industry including:

the amount of spending by our customers, primarily those in the oil and gas industry;

growing demand from large corporations for improved management and software designed to enhance corporate performance;

the procurement processes of our customers, especially those in the oil and gas industry;

competition and related pricing pressure from other oilfield service solution providers, especially those targeting the oil and gas industry in China;

the ongoing development of the oilfield service market in China; and

inflation and other factors.

Unfavorable changes in any of these general conditions could negatively affect the number and size of the projects we undertake, the number of products we sell, the amount of services we provide, the price of our products and services or otherwise affect our results of operations.

Our operating results in any period are more directly affected by company-specific factors including:

our continued ability to lead and to control all affiliated entities;

our revenue growth;

the proportion of our business dedicated to large companies;

our ability to successfully develop, introduce and market new solutions and services;

our ability to increase our revenues from customers both old and new in the oil and gas industry in China;

our ability to effectively manage our operating costs and expenses; and

our ability to effectively implement any targeted acquisitions and/or strategic alliances so as to provide efficient access to the markets in the oil and gas industry.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

Estimates and Assumptions

We prepare our consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP"), which require us to make judgments, estimates and assumptions. We continually evaluate these estimates and assumptions based on the most recently available information, our own historical experience and various other assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. Since the use of estimates is an integral component of the financial reporting process, actual results could differ from those estimates. An accounting policy is considered critical if it requires an accounting estimate to be made based on assumptions about matters that are highly uncertain at the time such estimate is made, and if different accounting estimates that reasonably could have been used, or changes in the accounting estimates that are reasonably likely to occur periodically, could materially impact the consolidated financial statements. We believe that the following policies involve a higher degree of judgment and complexity in their application and require us to make significant accounting estimates. The following descriptions of critical accounting policies, judgments and estimates should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and other disclosures included in this quarterly report. Significant accounting estimates reflected in our Company's consolidated financial statements include revenue recognition, allowance for doubtful accounts, and useful lives of property and equipment.

Consolidation of VIEs

We recognize an entity as a VIE if it either (i) has insufficient equity to permit the entity to finance its activities without additional subordinated financial support or (ii) has equity investors who lack the characteristics of a controlling financial interest. We consolidate a VIE as its primary beneficiary when we have both the power to direct the activities that most significantly impact the entity's economic performance and the obligation to absorb losses or the right to receive benefits from the entity that could potentially be significant to the VIE. We will continue to make ongoing assessment whether our VIEs still continue to be VIEs and whether we continue to be the primary beneficiary.

Assets recognized as a result of consolidating VIEs do not represent additional assets that could be used to satisfy claims against our general assets. Conversely, liabilities recognized as a result of consolidating these VIEs do not represent additional claims on our general assets; rather, they represent claims against the specific assets of the consolidated VIEs.

Revenue Recognition

We recognize revenue when the following four criteria are met: (1) persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists; (2) delivery has occurred or services have been provided; (3) the sales price is fixed or determinable; and
(4) collectability is reasonably assured. Delivery does not occur until products have been shipped or services have been provided to the client and the client has signed a completion and acceptance report, risk of loss has transferred to the client, client acceptance provisions have lapsed, or the Company has objective evidence that the criteria specified in client acceptance provisions have been satisfied. The sales price is not considered to be fixed or determinable until all contingencies related to the sale have been resolved.

Hardware

Revenue from hardware sales is generally recognized when the product is shipped to the customer and when there are no unfulfilled company obligations that affect the customer's final acceptance of the arrangement.

Software

The Company sells self-developed software. For software sales, the Company recognizes revenues in accordance with the provisions of Accounting Standards Codification, Topic 985-605, "Software Revenue Recognition," and related interpretations. Revenue from software is recognized according to project contracts. Contract costs are accumulated during the periods of installation and testing or commissioning. Usually this is short term. Revenue is not recognized until completion of the contracts and receipt of acceptance statements.

Services

The Company provides services to improve software functions and system requirements on separated fixed-price contracts. Revenue is recognized when services are completed and acceptance is determined by a completion report signed by the customer.

Deferred income represents unearned amounts billed to customers related to sales contracts.

Cost of Revenues

When the criteria for revenue recognition have been met, costs incurred are recognized as cost of revenue. Cost of revenues includes wages, materials, handling charges, the cost of purchased equipment and pipes, and other expenses associated with manufactured products and services provided to customers. We expect cost of revenues to grow as our revenues grow. It is possible that we could incur development costs with little revenue recognition, but based upon our past history, we expect our revenues to grow.

Fair Values of Financial Instruments

The carrying amounts reported in the consolidated balance sheets for trade accounts receivable, other receivables, advances to suppliers, trade accounts payable, accrued liabilities, advances from customers and notes payable approximate fair value because of the immediate or short-term maturity of these financial instruments. Long-term other receivables approximate fair value because the interest rate approximates the market rate. Long-term investment is carried at less than fair value, with fair value determined using level 1 inputs.

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

Trade receivables and other receivable accounts are recognized initially at fair value and subsequently measured at amortized cost using the effective interest method, less a provision made for impairment of these receivables. Provisions are applied to trade and other receivables where events or changes in circumstances indicate that the balance may not be collectible. The identification of doubtful accounts requires the use of judgment and estimates of management. Our management must make estimates of the collectability of our accounts receivable. Management specifically analyzes accounts receivable, historical bad debts, customer creditworthiness, current economic trends and changes in our customer payment terms when evaluating the adequacy of the allowance for doubtful accounts.

Long-term investment

Long-term investment in equity over which the Company has the ability to exercise significant influence but not control, and that, in general, are 20-50 percent owned are stated at cost plus equity in undistributed net income (loss) of the investee. These investments are evaluated for impairment, in which an impairment loss would be recorded whenever a decline in the value of an equity investment below its carrying amount is determined to be "other than temporary." In judging "other than temporary," the Company would consider the length of time and extent to which the fair value of the investment has been less than the carrying amount of the investment, the near-term and longer-term operating and financial prospects of the investee, and the Company's longer-term intent of retaining the investment in the investee.

Valuation of Long-Lived Assets

We review the carrying values of our long-lived assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that they may not be recoverable. When such an event occurs, we project undiscounted cash flows to be generated from the use of the asset and its eventual disposition over the remaining life of the asset. If projections indicate that the carrying value of the long-lived asset will not be recovered, we reduce the carrying value of the long-lived asset by the estimated excess of the carrying value over the projected discounted cash flows. In the past, we have not had to make significant adjustments to the carrying values of our long-lived assets, and we do not anticipate a need to do so in the future. However, circumstances could cause us to have to reduce the value of our capitalized software more rapidly than we have in the past if our revenues were to significantly decline. Estimated cash flows from the use of the long-lived assets are highly uncertain and therefore the estimation of the need to impair these assets is reasonably likely to change in the future. Should the economy or the acceptance of our software change in the future, it is likely that our estimate of the future cash flows from the use of these assets will change by a material amount.

New Accounting Pronouncements

Recently issued accounting pronouncements- In February 2013 the FASB issued an accounting standards update ("ASU") No. 2013-02 "Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Reporting of Amounts Reclassified Out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income," requiring new disclosures for items reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income ("AOCI"), including (1) changes in AOCI balances by component and (2) significant items reclassified out of AOCI. The guidance does not amend any existing requirements for reporting net income or OCI in the financial statements. The standards update was effective for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2012, to be applied prospectively. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of adopting this standard on its consolidated financial statements. As this guidance only requires expanded disclosures, the adoption of this guidance is not expected to have a significant impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.

In March 2013, the FASB issued an accounting standards update ("ASU") No. 2013-05 "Foreign Currency Matters (Topic 830): Parent's Accounting for the Cumulative Translation Adjustment upon Derecognition of Certain Subsidiaries or Groups of Assets within a Foreign Entity or of an Investment in a Foreign Entity,' requiring the release of the cumulative translation adjustment into net income when a parent either sells a part or all of its investment in a foreign entity or no longer holds a controlling financial interest in a subsidiary or group of assets that is a nonprofit activity or a business within a foreign entity. The standards update is effective prospectively for fiscal years and interim reporting periods within those years beginning after December 15, 2013.
Early adoption is permitted. The Company does not expect the adoption of this guidance will have a significant impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.

In July 2013, the FASB issued ASU 2013-11, Income Taxes (Topic 740):
Presentation of Unrecognized Tax Benefit When a Net Operating Loss Carryforward, A Similar Tax Loss, or a Tax Credit Carryforward Exists (A Consensus the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force). ASU 2013-11 provides guidance on financial statement presentation of unrecognized tax benefit when a net operating loss carrforward, a similar tax loss, or a tax credit carryforward exists. The FASB's objective in issuing this ASU is to eliminate diversity in practice resulting from a lack of guidance on this topic in current U.S. GAAP. This ASU applies to all entities with unrecognized tax benefits that also have tax loss or tax credit carryforwards in the same tax jurisdiction as of the reporting date. This amendment is effective for public entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2013 and interim periods within those years. The company does not expect the adoption of this standard to have a material impact on the Company's unaudited condensed consolidated financial position and results of operations

                             Results of Operations

The following consolidated results of operations include the results of
operations of the Company and its variable interest entities ("VIEs"), BHD and
Nanjing Recon.

Our historical reporting results are not necessarily indicative of the results
to be expected for any future period.

Revenue

                                                              For the Years Ended
                                                                   June 30,
                                                                          Increase /      Percentage
                                              2012           2013         (Decrease)        Change
Hardware - non-related parties             49,693,929    35,873,924    (13,820,005)         (27.8) %

Hardware - related parties                   7,909,994      5,479,021      (2,430,973)         (30.7) %

Service                                     13,985,465     25,464,003       11,478,538           82.1 %

Software - related parties                           -      4,234,188        4,234,188            100 %

Software                                     3,952,991      5,534,593        1,581,602           40.0 %

Total revenues                             75,542,379    76,585,729       1,043,350            1.4 %

Our total revenues for the year ended June 30, 2013 were approximately 76.6 million ($12.4 million), an increase of approximately 1.0 million or 1.4% from 75.5 million for the year ended June 30, 2012. This was mainly caused by:

1. Hardware business. During the year ended June 30, 2013, hardware revenues decreased mainly because we recorded significant revenue from our Turkmenistan project in 2012, while there is no such revenue in 2013.

2. Hardware - related parties. Sales of hardware to related-parties decreased because 1) one entity ceased to be a related party in 2013. In 2012, we generated revenues from two related parties. In 2013, we sold to the same two parties, but one was no longer a related party, and as a result, revenues from that party were included in hardware non-related parties revenue for the years ended June 30, 2012 and 2013; and 2) some revenue was allocated to software revenue-related parties.

3. Service business. Most of our increased revenue during the year ended June 30, 2013 was from our fracturing service business. During the year ended June 30, 2013, Recon BHD signed several fracturing service contracts with an aggregate contract value of RMB 30 million with Sinopec Zhongyuan oilfield. As of June 30, 2013, we have completed all those contracts and recognized the corresponding revenues from the contracts. We continue to perform fracturing work beyond those contracts.

4. Software business. The software sales increased approximately 1.6 million ($0.3 million). We record revenue as software sales when (1) the customer signs a separate software contract with us, or (2) the customer accepts VAT invoices for software. The amount of our revenues categorized as software sales may fluctuate because certain software may be sold with hardware at times as a whole product and not separately priced.

5. Software business - related parties. This revenue was from Ji Dong oilfield, which is considered related party revenue because we have done business with this oilfield through Beijing Yabei Nuoda, a company of which our chief executive officer is legal representative. As mentioned above, we recorded revenue as software sales only when it satisfies specific criteria. Revenue from software related parties should be considered together with hardware sales from related parties. This increase only reflected separately recorded software revenue increase, while our automation business with Ji Dong oilfield developed well.

Cost and Margin

                                     For the Years Ended
                                           June 30,
                                                 Increase /     Percentage
                       2012           2013       (Decrease)       Change

Total revenues      75,542,379    76,585,729    1,043,350            1.4 %

Cost of revenues     51,269,950     51,531,759       261,809            0.5 %

Gross profit        24,272,429    25,053,970      781,541            3.2 %
Margin %                   32.1 %         32.7 %         0.6 %

Cost of Revenues. Our cost of revenues includes raw materials and costs related to design, implementation, delivery and maintenance of products and services. All materials and components we need can be purchased or manufactured under contracts. Usually the prices of electronic components do not fluctuate dramatically due to market competition and will not significantly affect our cost of revenues. However, specialized equipment and incentive chemical products may be directly influenced by the price fluctuation of metal and oil. Additionally, the prices of some imported accessories mandated by our clients can also impact our cost. Our cost of revenues increased from approximately 51.3 million in the year ended June 30, 2012 to approximately 51.5 million ($8.3 million) for the year ended June 30, 2013, an increase of approximately 0.3 million ($42,000) or 0.5%. As a percentage of revenues, our cost of revenues decreased from 67.9% in 2012 to 67.3% in 2013.

Gross Profit. Our gross profit increased to approximately 25.1 million ($4 million) for the year ended June 30, 2013 from approximately 24.3 million for the year ended June 30, 2012. Our gross profit as a percentage of revenue increased to 32.7% for the year ended June 30, 2013 from 32.1% for the same period in 2012.

In more detail:

                                                               For the Years Ended
                                                                    June 30,
                                                                            Increase /        Percentage
                                            2012             2013           (Decrease)          Change
Total revenues-hardware and software-
non related parties                      53,646,920      41,408,517      (12,238,403)           (22.8) %
Cost of revenues -hardware and
software- non related parties             37,740,629       26,617,786       (11,122,843)           (29.5) %
Gross profit                             15,906,291      14,790,731       (1,115,560)            (7.0) %
Margin %                                        29.6 %           35.7 %              6.1 %

Cost of revenue from hardware and software-related parties decreased, causing gross profit from non-related parties increased, was mainly because revenue from software business, which usually enjoying a higher margin, occupied larger proportion of our revenue.

                                                            For the Years Ended
                                                                 June 30,
                                                                        Increase /      Percentage
                                           2012            2013         (Decrease)        Change
Total revenues-hardware and software-
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