UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 6-K

 

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16
UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the month of December 2023

 

Commission file number: 001-38307

 

RETO ECO-SOLUTIONS, INC.
(Registrant’s name)

 

c/o Beijing REIT Technology Development Co., Ltd.
X-702, 60 Anli Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
People’s Republic of China 100101
(Address of principal executive office)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.

 

Form 20-F ☒            Form 40-F ☐

 

 

 

 

 

 

INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS FORM 6-K REPORT

 

Attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this report is a press release of ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc. (the “Company”), dated December 27, 2023, regarding the Company’s unaudited financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2023.

 

INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE

 

This report, including Exhibit 99.1 hereto, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference into the registration statement on Form F-3, as amended (No. 333-267101) of the Company and to be a part thereof from the date on which this report is filed, to the extent not superseded by documents or reports subsequently filed or furnished.

 

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This report on Form 6-K and the exhibits hereto contain “forward-looking statements” for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that represent the Company’s beliefs, projections and predictions about future events. All statements other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking statements,” including any projections of earnings, revenue or other financial items, any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations, any statements concerning proposed new projects or other developments, any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance, any statements of management’s beliefs, goals, strategies, intentions and objectives, and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar expressions, as well as statements in the future tense, identify forward-looking statements.

 

These statements are necessarily subjective and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements described in or implied by such statements. Actual results may differ materially from expected results described in the Company’s forward-looking statements, including with respect to correct measurement and identification of factors affecting the Company’s business or the extent of their likely impact, and the accuracy and completeness of the publicly available information with respect to the factors upon which the Company’s business strategy is based or the success of the Company’s business.

 

Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether, or the times by which, the Company’s performance or results may be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time those statements are made and management’s belief as of that time with respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to, those factors discussed more fully under the heading “Item 3. Key Information—D. Risk Factors” and elsewhere in the Company’s Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 1, 2023, as well as in this report on Form 6-K and the exhibits hereto.

  

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit No.   Description
99.1   Press Release dated December 27, 2023

 

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SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

Date: December 27, 2023 RETO ECO-SOLUTIONS, INC.
   
  By: /s/ Hengfang Li
  Name:  Hengfang Li
  Title: Chief Executive Officer

 

 

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Exhibit 99.1

 

ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc. Announces First Half 2023 Financial Results

 

BEIJING, December 27, 2023 -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: RETO) (the “Company”), a provider of technology solutions and operation services for intelligent ecological environments and internet of things technology development services in China and other countries, today announced its financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2023.

 

First Half 2023 Financial Review

 

Revenues decreased by approximately $1.7 million, or 57%, to $1.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 from approximately $2.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022.

 

Cost of revenues decreased by approximately $1.4 million, or 55%, to approximately $1.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 from $2.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022.

 

Operating expenses increased by approximately $35.1 million, or 582%, to approximately $41.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 from $6.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022.

 

Net loss increased by approximately $39.9 million, or 692%, to approximately $45.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 from $5.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022.

 

Financial Results for the First Half 2023

 

Revenues 

 

Revenues decreased by approximately $1.7 million, or 57%, to $1.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 from approximately $2.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022. Revenue from machinery and equipment sales decreased by approximately $1.0 million, or 49%, to $1.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 from approximately $2.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022. The decrease is mainly due to slowdown of the construction industry and less demand for the Company’s products. Sales of the Company’s environmental-friendly construction materials decreased by approximately $0.2 million, or 72%, to approximately $0.09 million for six months ended June 30, 2023 from approximately $0.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022 due to the decrease in demand resulting from the downturn of the national real estate market. Revenue from other services decreased by approximately $0.3 million, or 79%, to approximately $0.09 million for six months ended June 30, 2023 from approximately $0.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022 due to less demand for the Company’s technological consulting service and roadside assistance service.

 

Cost of revenues 

 

Cost of revenues decreased by approximately $1.4 million, or 55%, to approximately $1.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 from $2.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022.  The decrease in cost of revenues was in line with the decrease in revenues.

 

Gross profit

 

Gross profit decreased by approximately $0.3 million, or 75%, to approximately $0.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 from $0.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022. Gross margin was 8% for the six months ended June 30, 2023 as compared to 13% for the six months ended June 30, 2022. The decrease in gross profit was primarily attributable to (i) a decrease of approximately $147,000 in gross profit in machinery and equipment business due to the significant decrease in domestic and overseas market demand of machinery and equipment; and (ii) a decrease of approximately $155,000 in gross profit in other services due to decreased customer orders. Because other services with higher gross profit margin accounted for 7% of total revenue in the six months ended June 30, 2023 as compared to 15% of total revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2022, the Company’s gross profit margin decreased to 8% for the six months ended June 30, 2023 as compared to 13% of total revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2022.

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

For the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, the Company’s selling expenses were approximately $0.3 million for both periods.

 

General and administrative expenses increased by $33.7 million, or 572%, to $39.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 from $5.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022. The increase was due to $33.8 million increase in share-based compensation, partially offset by decreased payroll expenses.

 

Bad debt expenses amounted to approximately $0.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023, as compared to a bad debt recovery of approximately $0.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022.

 

Research and development expenses increased by $0.3 million, or 60%, to $0.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 from $0.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022. The increase was due to an increase of approximately $0.3 million in expert fees.

 

Interest expense

 

The Company’s interest expenses were approximately $0.2 million for both six-month periods ended June 30, 2023 and 2022.

 

Change in fair value in convertible debt

 

Due to change in fair value of convertible loans, the Company recorded an unrealized loss of $57,985 and $204,331 in other expense for the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively.

 

Other income (expense), net

 

Other expense was $4.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 as compared to $0.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022. The increase was due to a one-time charge of $4.7 million from a terminated project.

 

Loss before income taxes

 

The Company’s loss before income taxes was approximately $45.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023, an increase of approximately $39.9 million as compared to loss before income taxes of approximately $5.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022. The increase was primarily attributable to decrease in revenue and increase in operating expenses and other expense.

 

Provision for income taxes  

 

The Company’s subsidiaries in the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”) are subject to PRC income tax, which is computed according to the relevant laws and regulations in the PRC. Under the Enterprise Income Tax Law, the corporate income tax rate applicable to all companies, including both domestic and foreign-invested companies, is 25%. However, two subsidiaries of the Company, Beijing REIT Technology Development Co., Ltd. and Hainan Yile IoT Technology Co., Ltd., are recognized as High and New Technology Enterprises by the PRC government and thus subject to a favorable income tax rate of 15%. As the Company had losses before income tax, its income tax expenses amounted to $52 and $28,767 for the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively. 

 

Net loss

 

As a result of the foregoing, net loss amounted to approximately $45.7 million and $5.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively.

 

Cash

 

Cash was approximately $0.2 million as of June 30, 2023, reflecting an increase of approximately $0.1 million from approximately $0.1 million as of December 31, 2022.

 

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About ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc.

 

Founded in 1999, ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc., through its proprietary technologies, systems and solutions, is striving to bring clean water and fertile soil to communities worldwide. The Company, through its operating subsidiaries in China, is engaged in the ecological restoration and solid waste treatment, manufacturing and distribution of eco-friendly construction materials (aggregates, bricks, pavers and tiles) made from mining waste (iron tailings), and soil remediation materials transformed from solid waste (iron tailings), as well as equipment used for the production of these eco-friendly construction materials and soil remediation materials. In addition, the Company provides consultation, design, project implementation and construction of urban ecological protection projects and parts, engineering support, consulting, technical advice and service, and other project-related solutions for its manufacturing equipment and environmental protection projects. The Company also offers roadside assistance services and technology development services utilizing Internet of Things technologies. For more information, please visit: http://en.retoeco.com.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements that are other than statements of historical facts. These statements include, among others, statements regarding the Company’s plans to regain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement. The Company’s actual results may differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and uncertainties. The reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission discuss these and other important factors and risks that may affect the Company’s business, results of operations and financial conditions. For these reasons, among others, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements in this press release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc.

Angela Hu

Tel: +86-010-64827328

Email: ir@retoeco.com or 310@reit.cc

 

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RETO ECO-SOLUTIONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

   June 30,   December 31, 
   2023   2022 
ASSETS  (Unaudited)     
Current Assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents  $233,839   $113,895 
Accounts receivable, net   475,303    2,150,450 
Accounts receivable, net - related party   79,639    83,736 
Advances to suppliers, net   707,775    453,894 
Advances to suppliers, net - related party   1,598,977    3,787,036 
Inventories, net   820,590    337,798 
Prepayments and other current assets   114,287    402,151 
Due from related parties   483,369    208,225 
Due from third parties   678,223    - 
Total Current Assets   5,192,002    7,537,185 
           
Property, plant and equipment, net   8,028,957    8,722,435 
Intangible assets, net   4,548,402    4,869,654 
Long-term investment in equity investee   2,301,850    2,503,944 
Right-of-use assets   271,972    424,999 
Total Assets  $20,343,183   $24,058,217 
           
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY          
           
Current Liabilities:          
Short-term loans  $5,274,916    1,319,490 
Convertible debt   3,004,000    3,922,686 
Advances from customers   2,072,983    2,551,216 
Advances from customers-related party   166,275    - 
Due to a minority shareholder   413,719    725,000 
Deferred grants - current   264    18,563 
Accounts payable   2,934,058    2,624,701 
Accrued and other liabilities   2,433,692    2,717,432 
Loans from third parties   1,356,113    1,106,233 
Taxes payable   1,922,345    2,077,088 
Operating lease liabilities, current   150,420    277,036 
Deferred tax liability   309,664    325,593 
Total Current Liabilities   20,038,449    17,665,038 
           
Loans from third parties-noncurrent   1,048,088    1,160,000 
Operating lease liabilities - noncurrent   83,407    158,650 
Total Liabilities   21,169,944    18,983,688 
           
Commitments and Contingencies          
           
Shareholders’ Equity:          
Common Share, $0.01 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized, 7,725,848 shares and 4,339,889 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively   77,259    43,400 
Additional paid-in capital   98,689,295    53,331,093 
Subscription receivable   (5,887,546)   - 
Statutory reserve   1,069,882    1,066,554 
Accumulated deficit   (93,056,277)   (47,813,206)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (2,220,029)   (2,388,890)
Total Shareholders’ Equity Attributable to ReTo Eco-Solutions Inc.   (1,327,416)   4,238,951 
           
Noncontrolling interest   500,655    835,578 
Total Shareholders’ Equity   (826,761)   5,074,529 
           
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity  $20,343,183    24,058,217 

 

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RETO ECO-SOLUTIONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

   For the Six Months Ended June 30, 
   2023   2022 
         
Revenues – third party customers  $1,022,919   $2,882,792 
Revenues – related parties   210,864    6,987 
Total revenues   1,233,783    2,889,779 
Cost of revenues – third party customers   780,794    1,957,829 
Cost of revenues – related parties   359,398    557,145 
Total Cost   1,140,192    2,514,974 
Gross Profit   93,591    374,805 
           
Operating Expenses:          
Selling expenses   289,730    288,552 
General and administrative expenses   39,559,187    5,888,849 
Bad debt expenses (recovery)   460,116    (650,776)
Research and development expenses   809,979    505,847 
Total Operating Expenses   41,119,012    6,032,472 
           
Loss from Operations   (41,025,421)   (5,657,667)
           
Other Income (expenses):          
Interest expenses   (180,772)   (189,755)
Interest income   1,509    2,293 
Other income (expenses), net   (4,356,224)   348,266 
Change in fair value of convertible debt   (57,985)   (204,331)
Gain from disposal of subsidiaries   38,394    - 
Share of losses in equity method investments   (83,307)   (38,885)
Total Other Expenses, Net   (4,638,385)   (82,412)
           
Loss Before Income Taxes   (45,663,806)   (5,740,079)
Provision for Income Taxes   52    28,767 
Net Loss   (45,663,858)   (5,768,846)
           
Less: net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest   (424,115)   (92,866)
Net Loss Attributable to ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc.  $(45,239,743)  $(5,675,980)
           
Net Loss  $(45,663,858)  $(5,768,846)
Other comprehensive gain (loss):          
Foreign currency translation adjustment   258,053    (723,421)
Comprehensive Loss   (45,405,805)   (6,492,267)
Less: comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interest   (334,923)   (22,981)
Comprehensive Loss Attributable to ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc  $(45,070,882)  $(6,469,286)
           
Loss Per Share          
Basic and diluted  $(8.32)  $(1.65)
           
Weighted Average Number of Shares          
Basic and diluted   5,437,853    3,443,338 

 

 

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