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NetQin Mobile Inc. Announces First Quarter 2011 Results
Jun 01, 2011 (05:06 PM EDT)
Company Achieves Record Net Revenues and Profit for Q1
Issues Guidance for Q2 and FY2011
BEIJING, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- NetQin Mobile Inc. ("NetQin" or the "Company") (NYSE: NQ), a leading provider of consumer-centric mobile security and productivity applications, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.
First Quarter 2011 Highlights
The Company's non-GAAP financial measures and related reconciliations to GAAP financial measures are described in the accompanying sections of "Non-GAAP Disclosure" and "Reconciliations to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations."
First Quarter 2011 Operating Metrics
"We are very pleased to report our first quarterly results as a U.S.-listed company," said Dr. Henry Lin, chairman and chief executive officer of NetQin Mobile. "Our strong growth in the first quarter further validates our innovative freemium SaaS business model. With the rapid growth in smartphone shipments globally and the proliferation of mobile Internet applications, mobile security risks are on the rise and mobile security is quickly becoming a fundamental need for smartphone users. NetQin is well positioned to seize this market opportunity and become the leading global mobile Internet service provider."
"We saw strong growth momentum across all our security and productivity offerings during the first quarter as we reached new highs in our number of registered users, active users and paying users. We also launched the NQ Space cloud services platform in the first quarter of 2011 and improved the functionality and user experience of our product offerings. With our IPO on the New York Stock Exchange last month, we have enhanced our market visibility and are now even better positioned to grow our user base, establish new partnerships, develop new products and expand our business," added Dr. Lin.
"We will continue to deliver more free and premium product offerings to our users. Our focus on innovation, user experience and user needs will enable us to extend our market leadership during this exciting time for the mobile Internet industry," Dr. Lin concluded.
First Quarter 2011 Results
Net revenues in the first quarter of 2011 were $7.6 million, an increase of 216.7% from $2.4 million in the same period in 2010 and 20.6% from $6.3 million in the previous quarter. The significant year-over-year and sequential increases in revenues were mainly due to the strong growth in revenues from premium mobile Internet services and revenues from other services.
Net revenues from premium mobile Internet services in the first quarter of 2011 were $6.6 million, an increase of 214.3% from the same period in 2010 and 22.5% from the previous quarter. The increases were primarily due to the strong growth in the number of our paying user accounts, which in turn reflected the growth of the number of our registered and active user accounts and their increased use of our premium services and, in particular, an increase in the number of our overseas paying user accounts, which generally pay for our premium services at a higher subscription fee level.
Net revenues from other services in the first quarter of 2011 were $1.1 million, an increase of 266.7% from the same period in 2010 and 22.2% from the previous quarter. The increase was primarily due to the growth in revenues from secured download and delivery service for mobile applications produced by third parties.
Cost of Revenues
Cost of revenues in the first quarter of 2011 was $1.5 million, compared with $0.8 million in the same period in 2010 and $2.0 million in the previous quarter, representing an increase of 87.5% and a decrease of 25.0%, respectively. The year-on-year increase was primarily due to increased customer acquisition costs, increased fees charged by mobile payment service providers and increased staff costs. The sequential decrease from the previous quarter was primarily due to decreased customer acquisition costs as a result of viral marketing effect associated with a larger user base.
Total operating expenses in the first quarter of 2011 were $4.6 million, compared with $2.2 million in the same period in 2010 and $14.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. The large operating expenses in the previous quarter were primarily due to the recognition of $11.2 million in share-based compensation expenses related to options granted during that quarter, a significant portion of which was immediately vested upon grant. Non-GAAP operating expenses, which exclude share-based compensation expenses, were $3.1 million in the first quarter of 2011, compared with $1.8 million in the same period in 2010 and $3.6 million in the previous quarter.
Total operating expenses as a percentage of net revenues in the first quarter of 2010 were 60.5%, compared with 91.7% in the same period in 2010 and 233.3% in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP total operating expenses, excluding share-based compensation expenses, as a percentage of net revenues were 40.8% in the first quarter of 2011, compared with 75.0% in the same period in 2010 and 57.1% in the previous quarter.
Operating Income and Operating Margin
Operating income in the first quarter of 2011 was $1.5 million, compared with an operating loss of $0.6 million in the same period in 2010 and an operating loss of $10.5 million in the previous quarter. Operating margin, or operating income as a percentage of net revenues, in the first quarter of 2011 was 19.7%, compared with -25.0% in the same period in 2010 and -166.7% in the previous quarter. The negative operating margin in the previous quarter was mainly due to the impact of share-based compensation expenses related to options granted during that quarter.
Non-GAAP operating income, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, in the first quarter of 2011, was $3.0 million, compared with an operating loss of $0.2 million in the same period in 2010 and operating income of $0.7 million in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP operating margin, or non-GAAP operating income as a percentage of net revenues, was 39.5% in the first quarter of 2011, compared with -8.3% in the same period in 2010 and 11.1% in the previous quarter.
The significant year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter improvement in Non-GAAP operating margin was primarily due to robust revenue growth and the strong operating leverage the Company enjoys as its user base continues to grow and scale up.
Net income attributable to NetQin was $1.7 million, compared with a net loss attributable to NetQin of $0.4 million in same period in 2010 and net loss attributable to NetQin of $10.5 million in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP net income attributable to NetQin, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, was $3.1 million, compared with non-GAAP net income attributable to NetQin of $0.02 million in the same period in 2010 and non-GAAP net income attributable to NetQin of $0.6 million in the previous quarter.
Cash Flows and Deferred Revenue
Net cash flow generated from operations for the first quarter of 2011 was $2.0 million. As of March 31, 2011, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $24.5 million and deferred revenue of $3.4 million.
The Company expects net revenues to be in the range of $8.6 million and $8.8 million for the second quarter of 2011, representing year-over-year growth of 139% to 144% and quarter-over-quarter growth of 13% to 16%. For the full year of 2011, the Company expects net revenues to be in the range of $37.5 million and $38.5 million, an increase of 112% to 118% compared to fiscal year 2010. The above forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to possible material changes.
Conference Call Information
NetQin management will hold an earnings conference call at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on June 2, 2011 (8:00 p.m. Beijing/Hong Kong Time on June 2, 2011) to discuss results and highlights from the quarter and answer questions.
The dial-in numbers and passcode for the conference call are as follows:
A replay of the call will be available from 11:00 a.m. on June 2, 2011 until 11:00 a.m. on June 9, 2011 U.S. Eastern Daylight Time. Dial-in details for the replay are as follows:
Additionally, an archived web-cast of this call will be available on the Investor Relations section of NetQin's website at http://ir.netqin.com.
Headquartered in Beijing, China, NetQin Mobile Inc. is a leading provider of consumer-centric mobile Internet services focusing on security and productivity. NetQin was one of the first companies to recognize the growing security threats targeting smartphone users and is now a leading SaaS-provider, serving both greater China and global clients. The company focuses on serving clients in three key sectors: 1) mobile security, providing mobile security services to protect users from mobile malware threats, data theft, and privacy intrusion; 2) mobile productivity, providing mobile productivity services designed to intelligently enhance time and relationship management; 3) personalized intelligent cloud services, providing personalized intelligent cloud services such as "NQ Space", which is accessible through a variety of Internet-enabled devices to provide a tailored user experience.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our financial results prepared in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), NetQin's management uses non-GAAP measures of cost of revenues, operating expenses, operating income and net income, which are adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude the share-based compensation expenses.
Our non-GAAP financial information is provided as additional information to help our investors compare business trends among different reporting periods on a consistent basis and to enhance investors' overall understanding of the historical and current financial performance of our continuing operations and our prospects for the future. Our non-GAAP financial information should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. In addition, our calculation of this non-GAAP financial information may be different from the calculation used by other companies, and therefore comparability may be limited.
The non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of NetQin's current financial performance and prospects for the future. A limitation of using non-GAAP cost of revenues, operating expenses, operating income and net income, excluding share-based compensation expenses, is that the share-based compensation charge has been and will continue to be a significant recurring expense in the Company's business for the foreseeable future. In order to mitigate these limitations the Company has provided specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying tables include details on the reconciliation between GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to the non-GAAP financial measures the Company has presented.
Notes to Financial Information
Financial information in this press release other than the information indicated as being non-GAAP is derived from NetQin's unaudited financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.
Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this press release are forward-looking statements and involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the Company and the industry in which the Company operates, but involve a number of unknown risks and uncertainties, Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its registration statement on Form F-1. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that such expectations will turn out to be correct, and actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results. You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements.
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