CF Energy Updates on the Pricing Formula Adjustment Notification for Gas Distribution Business in Sanya From the Sanya City Development and Reform Commission (SYDRC)
TORONTO, July 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CF Energy Corp. (TSX-V: CFY) (“CF Energy” or the “Company”, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”), a leading new energy service provider in the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC”) would like to announce that the Sanya City Development and Reform Commission (“SYDRC”) has finalized the City’s natural gas utility pricing formula adjustment which will be the guideline for the Group to follow on its gas selling prices starting from August 1, 2020 (the “New Gas Selling Price”). SYDRC is the government natural gas price regulating body in Sanya City, and this pricing formula adjustment (the “Pricing Formula”) is part of the pricing control strategy of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) for the whole of China. The NDRC had announced in 2017 the guiding principle that the difference between the natural gas selling price and the natural gas purchasing price and other qualified indirect costs for distribution should not exceed 5% initially, or 4% after a transition period of three years. The Development and Reform Commissions at the local level have gradually introduced specific regulations in line with such guiding principle. The natural gas market operators in the PRC have adjusted their strategies in the past years in anticipation of the specific pricing changes in their jurisdictions.
The Pricing Formula in determining the New Gas Selling Price is based on the following formula:Gas Selling Price = Gas Purchasing Price + Gas Distribution PriceThe New Gas Selling Price applicable to the Group in Sanya for the distribution of gas to our customers will negatively impact the Group’s gross profit from its Sanya natural gas distribution business segment. The SYDRC recognizes that gas purchasing prices may fluctuate on the supply side, so it allows the Group to make price adjustments for the distribution of gas to our commercial customers according to the average gas purchasing price of the Group on a bi-annual basis.“The SYDRC’s decision is no surprise to us. The NDRC has introduced the gas price regulating guiding principles in China since late 2017, although adjustments have been slow to date. We have prepared for this by making an effort to control our gas business operating costs, frequently communicating with the SYDRC, and investing in our alternative new energy business to offset revenue growth limitation caused by potential regulated gas price adjustments like this”, CEO and Chair of the Board Ann Lin said, “We will continue to maintain our gas distribution business sound and safe, but will have more focus on our new energy projects, which will be our high growth business segments in the future.”About CF Energy Corp. (Previously known as: Changfeng Energy Inc.)CF Energy Corp. is a Canadian public company currently traded on the Toronto Venture Exchange (“TSX-V”) under the stock symbol “CFY”. It is an integrated energy provider and natural gas distribution company (or natural gas utility) in the PRC. CF Energy strives to combine leading clean energy technology with natural gas usage to provide sustainable energy to its customer base in the PRC. In 2009, CF Energy was recognized as being one of China’s the Top Ten Most Influential Brands in the Natural Gas Industry and in 2019, ranked amongst the 2019 TSX Venture 50 top performers on the TSXV for the 2018 year.CONTACT INFORMATIONCorporate Investment Relations
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