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China Distance Education Holdings Limited Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results
Aug 17, 2011 (04:08 PM EDT)
Revenue increased by 22.7% year-over-year, exceeding guidance
BEIJING, Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Distance Education Holdings Limited (NYSE: DL) ("CDEL", or the "Company"), a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education, reported today its unaudited financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2011 ended June 30, 2011.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2011 Business and Financial Highlights:
Commenting on the results, Mr. Zhengdong Zhu, CDEL Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said, "We are pleased to report another quarter of top-line growth exceeding our guidance, supported by a steady increase in our core online education services net revenues. We are also pleased to see our non-GAAP net income for the third quarter increased year-over-year. These prove again that we are delivering on our commitment to execute our top- and bottom-line growth strategy."
"We have maintained a consistent focus throughout 2011 on the execution of our strategy to provide high quality, comprehensive, life-long online learning programs. This has included continued investments in our online learning platform, consistent focus on the quality of our courses and services, and extensive marketing and advertising campaigns to further strengthen our brand name. This investment in our growth has helped to bolster our reputation as a high quality, results oriented education services provider, supporting enrollment growth and allowing us to raise prices in our core online test preparation courses. We will continue to execute our balanced growth strategy, focusing on delivering quality courses and services, promoting our brand awareness, and seeking to delivering healthy top- and bottom-line growth for years to come."
Ms. Ping Wei, Chief Financial Officer of CDEL, commented, "We continue to strive for a balanced growth approach despite a generally inflationary environment, investing prudently in growth initiatives while maintaining tight cost control. The selective investments we have made, coupled with payroll inflation, resulted in heightened marketing and payroll related cost and expenses this quarter. However, our tight control over other expenses helped partially offset the impact. We believe such investments are necessary for the long-term health of our business and will eventually pay off."
Fiscal Third Quarter 2011 Unaudited Financial Results
Net Revenues. Total net revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 were US$12.7 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 22.7% from US$10.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2010.
Online education services net revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 were US$8.9 million, an increase of 42.0% from the third quarter of fiscal 2010. This increase was a result of increased revenue from Accounting Professional Qualification Examinations ("APQE"), CPA Examinations, accounting certificate exams, accounting continuous education, healthcare, and construction engineering courses.
Net revenue from books and reference materials decreased by 25.1% to US$1.0 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 from that of the same period fiscal year 2010. The decrease was mainly caused by a change in the approach to allocating price between study cards and books for certain bundled sales, which is for revenue presentation purposes only. Excluding the effect of the allocation of US$0.4 million book revenue to online revenue, net revenue from books and reference materials would have increased by 8.3% to US$1.5 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011.
Other revenues increased 1.2% to US$2.7 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011.The increase was a result of increased revenue in offline business start-up training courses provided by Zhengbao Yucai, in-person courses for the "Big Four" accounting firms, and primary and secondary school supplementary courses. Such increase was partially offset by the decrease in revenues from courseware production services.
Cost of Sales. Cost of sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was US$5.4 million, representing a 23.9% increase over the third quarter of fiscal 2010. Excluding share-based compensation ( non-GAAP (1) ), cost of sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was US$5.0 million, an increase of 27.8% over the same period last year. The increase in cost of sales was primarily due to increased salary and related expenses, lecturer fees and cost of our books and reference materials due to the increase in sales.
Gross Profit and Gross Margin. Gross profit for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was US$7.3 million, representing a 21.8% increase from US$6.0 million in the same period last year. Excluding share-based compensation, non-GAAP (1) gross profit was US$7.7 million, an increase of 19.5% year-over-year. Gross margin for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was 57.6%, compared to 58.0% in the third quarter of fiscal 2010. Excluding share-based compensation, the non-GAAP (1) gross margin for the third quarter of fiscal 2011was 60.5%, compared to 62.1% in the same period of 2010. The decrease in non-GAAP (1) gross margin was primarily a result of increased lecturer fees.
Operating Expenses. Total operating expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 were US$7.0 million, an increase of 42.4% year-over-year and an increase of 54.2% from the second quarter of fiscal 2011. Excluding share-based compensation and the write off of purchased call option for acquisition of additional equity interest in Zhengbao Yucai, non-GAAP (1) operating expenses were US$5.3 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 23.6% and a sequential increase of32.9% over the second quarter of fiscal 2011.
Selling expenses amounted to US$3.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011, representing a 56.8% increase year-over-year and a 58.8% increase from the second quarter of fiscal 2011. Excluding share-based compensation ( non-GAAP (1) ), selling expenses were US$3.0 million, a 61.6% increase from the same period last year and a 60.9% increase from the second quarter of fiscal 2011 as a result of increased advertising and promotional activities, salary and related expenses and commissions to our agents due to the increase in sales.
General and administrative expenses were US$2.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, representing a 5.5% year-over-year decrease and a 7.4% increase from the second quarter of fiscal 2011. Excluding share-based compensation ( non-GAAP (1) ), general and administrative expenses were US$2.3 million, a decrease of 5.8% year-over-year and an increase of 8.2% compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2011. The decrease in general and administrative expenses year-over-year was primarily due to decreased bad debt provision for outstanding receivables according to our accounting policy. Such decrease was partially offset by increased salary and related expenses and professional fees.
Income Tax Expenses. Income tax expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was US$0.2 million, compared with income tax expenses of US$0.3 million in the same period last year.
Net Income. Net income was US$0.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011, compared to net income of US$1.3 million in the same period of 2010. Excluding share-based compensation and the US$0.8 million write-off of purchased call option for acquisition of additional equity interest in Zhengbao Yucai, non-GAAP (1) net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was US$2.7 million, compared to non-GAAP (1) net income of US$2.4 million in the corresponding quarter in 2010.
Operating Cash Flow. Net operating cash inflow for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was US$0.8 million, compared to a net operating cash inflow of US$1.8 million in the same period last year. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to the increase in non-cash working capital in fiscal 2011, primarily resulted from higher increase in accounts receivable balance partially offset by lower decrease in deferred revenue balance. Such decrease was partially offset by the increased contribution of net income before non-cash items in 2011.
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Term Deposit and Restricted Cash. Cash and cash equivalents, term deposit and restricted cash as of June 30, 2011 was US$58.6 million, compared to US$63.9 million as of March 31, 2011. The decrease was primarily due to the repurchase of US$5.5 million worth of our shares as part of our share repurchase program, partially offset by our cash inflow from operations.
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2011 Guidance - The Company expects to generate total net revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 in the range of US$12.7 million toUS$13.3 million, as compared to net revenues of US$11.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. This represents our current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.
China Distance Education Holdings Limited senior management will host a conference call on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 8:00 am (Eastern) / 5:00 am (Pacific) / 8:00 pm (Beijing/Hong Kong) to discuss its third quarter 2011 financial results and recent business activity. The conference call may be accessed by calling: +1 866 519 4004 (US), 800 930 346 (Hong Kong), 800 819 0121 (China Land-line), 400 620 8038 (China Mobile), or 0 808 234 6646 (UK), pass code CDEL.
A telephone replay will be available shortly after the call until August 25, 2011 at +1 866 214 5335 (US), 800 901 596 (Hong Kong), 10 800 714 0386 (China North), 10 800 140 0386 (China South), or 0 800 731 7846 (UK). Pass code 87364773.
A live webcast of the conference call and replay will be available on the investor relations page of China Distance Education Holdings Limited's website at:
About China Distance Education Holdings Limited
China Distance Education Holdings Limited is a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education. The courses offered by the Company through its websites are designed to help professionals and other course participants obtain and maintain the skills, licenses and certifications necessary to pursue careers in China in the areas of accounting, law, healthcare, construction engineering, and other industries. The Company also offers online test preparation courses to self-taught learners pursuing higher education diplomas or degrees and to secondary school and college students preparing for various academic and entrance exams. In addition, the Company offers online foreign language courses, offline GaoKao retake courses and offline business start-up training courses.
Safe Harbor Statement
This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "may," "should," "potential," "continue," "expect," "anticipate," "future," "intend," "plan," "believe," "is/are likely to," "estimate" and similar statements. Among other things, the outlook for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year 2011 and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as the Company's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. The Company may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the SEC in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: our goals and growth strategies; our future prospects and market acceptance of our online and offline courses and other products and services; our future business development and results of operations; projected revenues, profits, earnings and other estimated financial information; projected enrollment numbers; our plans to expand and enhance our online and offline courses and other products and services; competition in the education and test preparation markets; and Chinese laws, regulations and policies, including those applicable to the Internet and Internet content providers, the education and telecommunications industries, mergers and acquisitions, taxation and foreign exchange.
Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the SEC. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release.
Statement Regarding Unaudited Financial Information
The unaudited financial information set forth above is preliminary and subject to adjustments. Adjustments to the financial statements may be identified when audit work is performed for the year-end audit, which could result in significant differences from this preliminary unaudited financial information.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement the Company's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, the Company uses the following measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP net income, operating income, gross profit, cost of sales, selling expenses, general and administrative expenses, net income margin, operating margin, gross profit margin and basic and diluted earnings per ADS and per share. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to comparable GAAP measures" set forth at the end of this release.
The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and liquidity by excluding share-based compensation expenses and the write off of purchased call option for acquisition of additional equity interest in Zhengbao Yucai that may not be indicative of its operating performance from a cash perspective. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to the Company's historical performance and liquidity. The Company computes its non-GAAP financial measures using the same consistent method from quarter to quarter. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. A limitation of excluding share-based compensation expenses and the write off of purchased call option for acquisition of additional equity interest in Zhengbao Yucai from the above-mentioned line items and presenting these non-GAAP measures is that such charges may continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in our business. Management compensates for this limitation by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying table at the end of this release provides more detail on the reconciliations between GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures.
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