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Noah Education Announces Unaudited Third Quarter Fiscal 2010 Financial Results
May 12, 2010 (04:05 PM EDT)
Revenue increased by 18.3% over same quarter fiscal 2009
Operating income increased by 12.8% over same quarter fiscal 2009
SHENZHEN, China, May 12 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Noah Education Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NED) ("Noah" or "the Company"), a leading provider of interactive educational content and education services in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2010.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2010 Financial Highlights -- Net revenue for the quarter increased 18.3% to RMB253.7 million (US$37.2 million), compared to RMB214.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009 -- Gross profit rose 9.5% to RMB124.3 million (US$18.2 million), representing a gross margin of 49.0%, compared to gross profit of RMB113.5 million, or a gross margin of 52.9%, in the third quarter of fiscal 2009 -- Operating income increased 12.8% to RMB32.9 million (US$4.8 million), compared to RMB29.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009 -- Net income rose 4.9% to RMB36.0 million (US$5.3 million), compared to RMB34.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009 -- Basic and diluted earnings per share were RMB0.94 (US$0.14) and RMB0.92 (US$0.13), respectively, representing a 2.1% and 3.2% decrease, respectively, compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of RMB0.96 and RMB0.95, respectively, for the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per share, excluding share-based compensation expense and the change in the fair value of warrants (non-GAAP), were RMB1.00 (US$0.15) and RMB0.98 (US$0.14), respectively, representing a 9.9% and 7.7% increase, respectively, compared to non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per share of RMB0.91 for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 New Share Repurchase Program -- On May 12, 2010, the Company's Board of Directors authorized a share repurchase program. Under the plan, Noah may purchase up to US$10 million of ADSs over the course of the next 12 months, as permitted under the open trading window. This program reflects Noah's confidence in its long-term growth prospects and its belief that its ADSs are undervalued at current levels.
Commenting on the results, Mr. Xu Dong, Noah's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We delivered a healthy performance in third quarter of fiscal 2010, as net revenues increased 18.3% over same quarter fiscal 2009 to RMB253.7 million and net income climbed 4.9% to RMB36 million. Although our results fell short of our initial expectations, attributable to slower-than-anticipated growth in China's Electronic Learning Products ("ELP") industry, we were nevertheless encouraged by the growth exhibited in both our ELP and education services segments.
"Within the ELP business, we continued to capitalize on the increasing demand in a nascent market and more than doubled our sales of Kid Learning Device ("KLD") products, which helped offset a decline in Digital Learning Device ("DLD") revenue contribution. ELP revenue growth also outpaced volume growth, a testimony to the success of our new, higher-priced devices that we have introduced to the market in recent quarters. Going forward, we will continue to develop our customer-focused, integrated R&D and marketing approach. Within this strategy, we plan to concentrate our efforts on the development of new devices featuring the design, functionality and content that appeal to selected market segments. During the third fiscal quarter, we also completed our strategic investment in Franklin, which has already begun to contribute to our original design manufacturing ("ODM") revenue, and will further strengthen our development capabilities going forward.
"In addition to our focus on maintaining growth in our ELP business, we remain committed to accelerating acquisitive growth within China's education services space. During the quarter, Little New Star ("LNS") continued to perform well, expanding to 724 franchised schools and reaching the top end of our revenue guidance. In March, we further executed on our strategy to acquire complementary education companies with the acquisition of Wentai Education. This deal, which remains on track to close by June 1, 2010, will extend Noah's offering of high-quality educational services and provide Wentai Education with the necessary funding to expand its number of schools in operation and accelerate growth. We are excited to forge this new relationship with Wentai Education, as we believe its business model and growth potential will help generate a strong return on our investment. We view education services as our main growth driver going forward, and will continue to actively pursue accretive acquisitions within this segment.
"Overall, we are pleased with our progress to date, and are confident in our ability to drive growth both organically and via additional acquisitions going forward. As evidence of this optimism, we announced today a share repurchase program for up to US$10 million of ADSs. I firmly believe that our comprehensive strategy, coupled with our strong market position, proven execution ability and solid balance sheet, provides us with the tools necessary to expand our business and deliver long-term shareholder value."
Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2010 Unaudited Financial Results
Net Revenue. Net revenue was RMB253.7 million (US$37.2 million) in the third quarter of fiscal 2010, compared to guidance of RMB282 million to RMB293 million announced in February 2010. This represents an increase of 18.3%, from RMB214.5 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Net revenue from Noah's traditional ELP business was RMB243.0 million (US$35.6 million), compared to the Company's previously issued guidance of RMB273 million to RMB282 million, representing an increase of 13.3% from the same period last fiscal year. Net revenue from the LNS business was RMB10.7 million (US$1.6 million), against the Company's guidance of RMB9 to RMB11 million.
The following tables provide a breakdown of sales volume and revenue for the third fiscal quarter of 2010 for Noah's traditional ELP business:
Volume Net Revenue (RMB 'MM) Noah Q3 '10 Q3 '09 Inc/(Dec) Q3 '10 Q3 '09 Inc/(Dec) DLD 118,017 160,169 (26.3)% 87.3 119.6 (27.0)% KLD 238,517 139,574 70.9 % 118.4 59.0 100.7% E-dictionary 164,292 183,317 (10.4)% 37.1 35.2 5.4% Others -- -- -- 0.2 0.7 (71.4)% Total 520,826 483,060 7.8% 243.0 214.5 13.3%
Cost of revenue. Cost of revenue increased 28.2% from the same quarter last fiscal year to RMB129.4 million (US$19.0 million) in the third quarter of fiscal 2010.
Gross Profit and Gross Margin. Gross profit was RMB124.3 million (US$18.2 million) for the third quarter of fiscal 2010, representing a gross margin of 49.0%. This compares with gross profit of RMB113.5 million and a gross margin of 52.9% in the third quarter of fiscal 2009, reflecting the shift in product mix which is becoming more heavily weighted towards KLD products.
Operating Expenses. Total operating expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 were RMB108.9 million (US$16.0 million), representing an increase of 13.6% from the same quarter last fiscal year. Operating expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 represented 42.9% of net revenue for the quarter, compared to 44.7% of net revenue in the same quarter of fiscal 2009.
Research & development expenses (R&D) for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 were RMB13.5 million (US$2.0 million), representing an increase of 19.6% from the same quarter last fiscal year. The increase reflects the Company's focus on strengthening its content development capabilities.
Sales & marketing expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 were RMB73.2 million (US$10.7 million), representing an increase of 12.2% from the same quarter last fiscal year. This was primarily due to an increase in sales and marketing initiatives associated with new product launches during the period.
General & administrative expenses (G&A) for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 rose 13.8% to RMB22.0 million (US$3.2 million) compared with the same quarter last fiscal year. This increase was mainly due to expenses resulting from the expansion of LNS that were not present in the third fiscal quarter of 2009, as well as an increase in stock option expenses.
Operating Income. Operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 increased 12.8% from the same quarter last fiscal year to RMB32.9 million (US$4.8 million), representing an operating margin of 13.0%, compared to operating income of RMB29.2 million and an operating margin of 13.6% in the third quarter of fiscal 2009.
Non-operating Income, net. There was no derivative gain during the quarter, compared to a RMB2.76 million derivative gain in the same quarter of fiscal 2009. Interest income was RMB2.2 million (US$0.3 million) in the third quarter of fiscal 2010, compared to RMB1.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Investment income was RMB0.3 million (US$0.04 million) in the third quarter of fiscal 2010, compared to RMB1.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Other non-operating income was RMB0.6 million (US$0.09 million) in the third quarter of fiscal 2010, compared to RMB0.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009.
Net Income. Net income was RMB36.0 million (US$5.3 million) for the third quarter of fiscal 2010. Basic earnings per share and diluted earnings per share were RMB0.94 (US$0.14) and RMB0.92 (US$0.13), respectively, for the third quarter of fiscal 2010. This compares with net income of RMB34.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2009, and basic and diluted earnings per share of RMB0.96 and RMB0.95, respectively.
Net income excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the third quarter ended March 31, 2010 was RMB38.6 million (US$5.6 million), or RMB1.00 (US$0.15) and RMB0.98 (US$0.14) per basic and diluted share, respectively, compared to non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per share of RMB0.91 for the third quarter of fiscal 2009.
Liquidity. As of March 31, 2010, Noah had cash and cash equivalents, short-term bank deposits and short-term investments of RMB714.0 million (US$104.6 million). This compares with cash and cash equivalents, short-term bank deposits and short-term investments of RMB800.3 million as of December 31, 2009.
Third Quarter Operational Highlights Electronic Learning Products. -- Kid Learning Device products. The launch of a new higher-end model in the quarter helped drive strong growth in KLD products, which led to a 100.7% rise in revenue and higher average selling prices. This launch furthered Noah's strategy to expand its product range in order to strategically target potential customers across various spending segments. -- Digital Learning Device products. Approximately 37.7% of revenue from DLD products was derived from the new low-end DLD, as well as a student notebook targeting the higher-end segment, which launched in the third fiscal quarter. To help stabilize DLD revenue levels going forward, the Company will employ a heavily customer-focused development approach in order to introduce products that are aligned with the preferences of its target customer base. -- E-dictionaries. The ODM business, supported by the Company's partnership with Franklin Electronic Publishers, was a leading contributor to the 5% increase in net revenue from E-dictionaries in the quarter. The Company will maintain its dual strategy to achieve a stable revenue flow from the ODM business and from the launch of higher-end models in the domestic market.
Education Services. LNS added one direct owned school and 24 franchise schools in the third fiscal quarter of 2010. Noah plans to continue to grow the LNS school network by further expanding the number of franchised schools. The Dudu Happy Reading (DHR) program is progressing well, and will be rolled out to more kindergartens in the coming quarters.
Acquisition of Wentai Education. In March 2010, Noah furthered its strategic objective of acquisitive growth as it entered into a definitive agreement to purchase a 70% interest in Shenzhen Wentai Education Industry Development Co., Ltd ("Wentai Education"), a company focused on early childhood, primary and secondary education services in China, for a total consideration of RMB126 million. The deal will be funded by the Company's current cash reserve. Wentai Education operates and manages six kindergartens and four primary schools in China's Guangdong Province, with a total enrollment of more than 5,000 students, and focuses on providing top-quality education, academic excellence and challenging coursework. The deal, which will provide Wentai Education with capital for accelerated expansion, offers synergistic opportunities with LNS and serves as a platform for Noah to test its content and devices, is on track to be completed by June 1, 2010.
Completion of Strategic Acquisition Franklin Electronic Publishers. In February 2010, Noah completed its strategic investment to acquire an approximately 21% interest on a diluted basis in Franklin Electronic Publishers. In the third fiscal quarter, this investment contributed to a gain in other comprehensive income as well as an increase in revenue within Noah's ODM business. The partnership will afford Noah access to Franklin's extensive distribution channels, and Noah will also gain exclusive sponsorship of Franklin's Global SpellEvent in China. Additionally, the relationship will serve as a platform for R&D collaboration.
Financial Outlook for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2010
Based on current estimates and market conditions, Noah expects to generate net revenue in the range of RMB129 million (US$18.9 million) to RMB135 million (US$19.8 million) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, which includes RMB121 million to RMB126 million from the traditional ELP business and RMB8 million to RMB9 million from the LNS business. Basic earnings per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 is expected to be in the range of RMB0.10 (US$0.02) to RMB0.17 (US$0.03).
The Company updates its guidance for the full fiscal year 2010, with net revenue in the range of RMB776 million (US$113.7 million) to RMB782 million (US$114.5 million), which includes RMB738 million to RMB743 million from the traditional ELP business and RMB38 million to RMB39 million from the Little New Star business. Basic net income per share is expected to be in the range of RMB2.43 (US$0.36) to RMB2.50 (US$0.37). This revised forecast reflects the Company's visibility into current demand for ELP products in China as well as a potential modest one-time impact from a realignment of certain distributors in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2010.
This forecast reflects Noah's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.
Noah has scheduled an investor conference call at 5.00 a.m. (Pacific) / 8.00 a.m. (Eastern) / 8.00 p.m. (Beijing/Hong Kong) on May 13, 2010 to discuss its third quarter fiscal 2010 financial results and recent business activities. Individuals interested in participating in the call may do so by dialing:
Toll Free Toll United States 1-866-362-5158 1-617-597-5397 China -- South China Telecom 10-800-130-0399 China Netcom 10-800-852-1490 -- North China Telecom 10-800-152-1490 Hong Kong 800-96-3844 International 1-617-597-5397 Passcode "Noah Education" or "Noah" or "NED"
Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin.
A telephone replay will be available shortly after the call until May 20, 2010 by dialing the following numbers:
Toll Free Toll United States 1-888-286-8010 1-617-801-6888 International Dial In 1-617-801-6888 Passcode 92333307
A live webcast of the conference call and replay will be available on the investor relations page of Noah's website at http://ir.noahedu.com.cn .
Currency Convenience Translation
For the convenience of readers, certain RMB amounts have been translated into US dollars at the rate of RMB6.8258 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate for US dollars in effect on March 31, 2010 for cable transfers of RMB per US dollar as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to consolidated financial results under GAAP, the Company also provides non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP net income which excludes non-cash share-based compensation and change in fair value of warrants. The Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with another method for assessing the Company's operating results in a manner that is focused on the performance of its ongoing operations. Readers are cautioned not to view non-GAAP results on a stand-alone basis or as a substitute for results under GAAP, or as being comparable to results reported or forecasted by other companies. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the performance of the Company's liquidity and when planning and forecasting future periods.
Noah Education Holdings Limited is a leading provider of interactive educational content and education services in China. Noah's core offering includes the development and marketing of interactive educational courseware content, electronic learning products (ELPs), software, kids' English training and after-school education services. Noah combines standardized education content with innovative digital and multimedia technologies to create a dynamic learning experience and improve academic performance for kids in China aged 3-19. Noah has developed a nationwide sales network, powerful brand image, and accessible and diverse delivery platforms to bring its innovative content to the student population. Noah also provides kids' English training service under the brand Little New Star in its direct-owned schools and approximately 724 franchise schools throughout China. Noah was founded in 2004 and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol NED.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect Noah's current expectations and views of future events that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Noah has based these forward-looking statements largely on its current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that it believes may affect its financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs. You should understand that our actual future results may be materially different from and worse than what Noah expects. Information regarding these risks, uncertainties and other factors is included in Noah's most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F and other filings with the SEC.
For further information, please contact: Investor Contact: Jerry He CFO and Executive Vice President Noah Education Holdings Ltd Tel: +86-755-8204-9263 Email: email@example.com Investor Relations (US): Kelly Gawlik Taylor Rafferty Tel: +1-212-889-4350 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Investor Relations (HK): Ruby Yim Taylor Rafferty Tel: +852-3196-3712 Email: email@example.com Noah Education Holdings Ltd. Consolidated Statements of Operations Three months ended March 31, 2009 2010 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) RMB RMB USD Net revenue 214,477,955 253,679,453 37,164,794 Cost of revenue (100,961,711) (129,390,751) (18,956,130) Gross profit 113,516,244 124,288,702 18,208,664 Research & development expenses (11,263,478) (13,471,274) (1,973,582) Sales & marketing expenses (65,244,595) (73,181,981) (10,721,378) General and administrative expenses (19,341,783) (22,013,079) (3,224,982) Other expenses (4,500) (206,077) (30,191) Total operating expenses (95,854,356) (108,872,411) (15,950,133) Other operating income 11,515,005 17,493,213 2,562,808 Operating income 29,176,893 32,909,504 4,821,339 Derivative gain (loss) 2,755,004 0 0 Interest income 1,006,210 2,191,777 321,102 Investment income 1,245,040 298,046 43,665 Other Non-Operating income 359,137 583,487 85,483 Income before income taxes 34,542,284 35,982,814 5,271,589 Income tax (expenses) credit (165,889) 66,712 9,774 Net income 34,376,395 36,049,526 5,281,363 Net income per share Basic 0.96 0.94 0.14 Diluted 0.95 0.92 0.13 Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding Basic 35,802,726 38,420,502 38,420,502 Diluted 35,999,768 39,162,596 39,162,596 Nine Month Ended March 31, 2009 2010 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) RMB RMB USD Net revenue 552,014,937 646,765,604 94,753,084 Cost of revenue (268,776,119) (331,450,472) (48,558,480) Gross profit 283,238,818 315,315,132 46,194,604 Research & development expenses (42,926,095) (39,813,513) (5,832,798) Sales & marketing expenses (176,188,542) (182,640,520) (26,757,379) General and administrative expenses (44,949,133) (56,217,898) (8,236,089) Other expenses (142,559) (576,778) (84,499) Total operating expenses (264,206,329) (279,248,709) (40,910,765) Other operating income 35,840,774 39,449,599 5,779,484 Operating income 54,873,263 75,516,022 11,063,323 Derivative gain (loss) 5,807,511 0 0 Interest income 2,805,250 7,714,381 1,130,180 Investment income 11,710,962 1,916,671 280,798 Other Non-Operating income 4,278,436 1,708,723 250,333 Income before income taxes 79,475,422 86,855,797 12,724,634 Income tax (expenses) credit (432,978) 2,358,498 345,527 Net income 79,042,444 89,214,295 13,070,161 Net income per share Basic 2.15 2.33 0.34 Diluted 2.13 2.28 0.33 Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding Basic 36,697,112 38,223,281 38,223,281 Diluted 37,114,312 39,127,490 39,127,490 Noah Education Holdings Ltd. Consolidated Balance Sheet December 31, March 31, 2009 2010 Unaudited Unaudited RMB RMB USD Assets: Current assets Cash and cash equivalents 563,459,955 688,254,341 100,831,308 Short-tem deposit 230,865,142 20,000,000 2,930,059 Investments 5,941,055 5,780,288 846,829 Accounts receivables, net of allowance 222,084,226 374,271,537 54,831,893 Related party receivables 646,470 506,326 74,178 Inventories 127,151,408 109,161,307 15,992,456 Prepaid expenses, and other current assets 68,798,085 54,194,572 7,939,666 Deferred tax asset - current 407,273 1,037,683 152,024 Total current assets 1,219,353,614 1,253,206,054 183,598,413 Property, plant and equipment, net 138,457,403 141,786,674 20,772,169 Intangible assets, net 27,745,511 29,422,149 4,310,432 Goodwill 56,597,146 56,597,146 8,291,650 Deferred tax asset 2,058,180 2,058,180 301,529 Investments in available for sale securities 0 30,310,572 4,440,589 Total assets 1,444,211,854 1,513,380,775 221,714,782 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity Current liabilities Accounts payable 55,214,031 88,266,756 12,931,342 Other payables, accruals 74,813,907 79,252,952 11,610,793 Advances from customers 4,502,316 7,969,776 1,167,596 Income taxes payable 442,477 829,413 121,511 Deferred revenues 3,094,554 5,616,191 822,789 Total current liabilities 138,067,285 181,935,088 26,654,031 Consideration payable 10,000,000 0 0 Deferred revenues 6,624,024 6,536,626 957,635 Deferred tax liabilities 2,459,870 2,352,672 344,673 Total non-current liabilities 19,083,894 8,889,298 1,302,308 Total liabilities 157,151,179 190,824,386 27,956,339 Shareholders' Equity Ordinary shares 15,534 15,433 2,261 Additional paid-in capital 1,076,978,689 1,066,821,907 156,292,582 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (94,032,450) (94,259,242) (13,809,259) Accumulated unrealized holding gains for investments 0 9,829,871 1,440,104 Retained earnings 304,098,902 340,148,420 49,832,755 Total shareholders' equity 1,287,060,675 1,322,556,389 193,758,443 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 1,444,211,854 1,513,380,775 221,714,782 Noah Education Holdings Ltd. Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Three months ended March 31, 2009 2010 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) RMB % of Rev RMB USD % of Rev GAAP net revenue 214,477,955 100.0% 253,679,453 37,164,794 100.0% GAAP gross profit 113,516,244 52.9% 124,288,702 18,208,664 49.0% Share-based compensation 33,717 0.0% 76,361 11,187 0.0% Non-GAAP gross profit 113,549,961 52.9% 124,365,063 18,219,851 49.0% GAAP operating income 29,176,892 13.6% 32,909,504 4,821,339 13.0% Share-based compensation 1,097,105 0.5% 2,515,755 368,566 1.0% Non-GAAP operating income 30,273,997 14.1% 35,425,259 5,189,905 14.0% GAAP net income 34,376,395 16.0% 36,049,526 5,281,363 14.2% Share-based compensation 1,097,105 0.5% 2,515,755 368,566 1.0% Change in the fair value of warrants (2,755,004) -1.3% 0 0 0.0% Non-GAAP net income 32,718,496 15.3% 38,565,281 5,649,929 15.2% GAAP net income per share Basic 0.96 0.94 0.14 Diluted 0.95 0.92 0.13 Non-GAAP net income per share Basic 0.91 1.00 0.15 Diluted 0.91 0.98 0.14 Nine months ended March 31 2009 2010 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) RMB % of Rev RMB USD % of Rev GAAP net revenue 552,014,937 100.0% 646,765,604 94,753,084 100.0% GAAP gross profit 283,238,818 51.3% 315,315,132 46,194,604 48.8% Share-based compensation 156,526 0.0% 219,579 32,169 0.0% Non-GAAP gross profit 283,395,344 51.3% 315,534,711 46,226,773 48.8% GAAP operating income 54,873,263 9.9% 75,516,022 11,063,322 11.7% Share-based compensation 5,700,700 1.0% 7,871,356 1,153,177 1.2% Non-GAAP operating income 60,573,963 11.0% 83,387,378 12,216,499 12.9% GAAP net income 79,042,444 14.3% 89,214,295 13,070,160 13.8% Share-based compensation 5,700,700 1.0% 7,871,356 1,153,177 1.2% Change in the fair value of warrants (5,807,511) -1.1% 0 0 0.0% Non-GAAP net income 78,935,633 14.3% 97,085,651 14,223,337 15.0% GAAP net income per share Basic 2.15 2.33 0.34 Diluted 2.13 2.28 0.33 Non-GAAP net income per share Basic 2.15 2.54 0.37 Diluted 2.13 2.48 0.36
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