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China Distance Education Holdings Limited Reports First Quarter 2012 Results
Feb 28, 2012 (03:02 PM EST)
Revenue growth accelerated to 35.8% year-over-year, exceeding guidance
Gross profit increased by 57.3% year-over-year
Achieved GAAP profit in the quarter
BEIJING, Feb. 28, 2012 /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 first quarter of fiscal year 2012 ended December 31, 2011.
First Quarter Fiscal 2012 Business and Financial Highlights:
(1) For more information about the non-GAAP financial measures contained in this press release, please see "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below
Commenting on the results, Mr. Zhengdong Zhu, CDEL Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said, "We are pleased to report strong first quarter results with revenues exceeding our guidance and net profit on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. Despite the first quarter being our seasonally lowest quarter of the year, we delivered enrollment growth across our online education courses and average student payment growth for most of our online test preparation courses. As a result, total net revenues from continuing operations of our online education services increased 48.6% year-over-year. In addition, we have seen increasing contribution from our newer initiatives, demonstrating that our investment in new courses and services is beginning to pay dividends.
"Our results were further supported by strong adoption of our newly launched courseware and services, including mobile learning platform, mobile learning magazines and our online high-definition courses. These new delivery channels, made possible by our growing adoption of mobile technologies and our robust online platform, provide us with an important competitive advantage and a real value-add to our students."
"Our positive momentum in recent quarters confirms our belief in the merits of our strategy to realize the full potential of our unique business model. We intend to further leverage our platform in the coming months. With our deep experience in the education field and our robust online delivery platform, we are uniquely positioned to capitalize on the strong demand for high quality results based education and rapidly increasing online consumer spending in China. We believe that our business model and strategy position us well to deliver continued growth and increasing shareholder returns in the years ahead."
Ms. Ping Wei, Chief Financial Officer of CDEL, commented, "This quarter's results clearly demonstrated the scalability of our business model as our revenue growth outpaced the increase in cost and expenses despite the fact that we are still operating in an inflationary environment. We expect this margin expansion trend to continue. Simultaneously, we strongly believe in the future of online education in China and we will continue to invest prudently in new online learning models and revenue growth drivers. Going forward, we expect to maintain our non-GAAP margin from continuing operations at a level similar to or slightly better than the non-GAAP margin of fiscal year 2011."
Fiscal First Quarter 2012 Unaudited Financial Results
Net Revenues. Total net revenues from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 were US$9.9 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 35.8% from US$7.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2011.
Online education services net revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 were US$7.7 million, an increase of 48.6% from the first quarter of fiscal 2011. The increase was a result of increased revenue in accounting continuing education, accounting certificate examinations, Accounting Professional Qualification Examinations, healthcare and construction engineering courses. Such increase was partially offset by decreased revenue in self-taught higher education.
Net revenues from books and reference materials decreased by 17.9% to US$1.0 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 due to slower cash collection from customers in the quarter.
Net revenues from others increased by 30.8% year-over-year to US$1.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 from US$0.9 million in the corresponding period of last year. The increase was a result of increased revenue in offline business start-up training courses provided by Zhengbao Yucai and other off-line supplementary training courses. Such increase was partially offset by decreased revenue from magazine content production, courseware production and platform production services.
Cost of Sales. Cost of sales from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was US$4.63 million, representing a 17.4% increase over the first quarter of fiscal 2011. Non-GAAP1 cost of sales from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was US$4.61 million, an increase of 30.2% over the same period last year. The increase in cost of sales was primarily due to the increased salaries and related expenses, lecturer fees, and rent and related expenses.
Gross Profit and Gross Margin. Gross profit from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was US$5.28 million, representing a 57.3% increase from US$3.4 million in the same period last year. Non-GAAP1 gross profit from continuing operations was US$5.29 million, an increase of 41.0% year-over-year. Gross profit margin from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was 53.3%, compared to 46.0% in the first quarter of fiscal 2011. Non-GAAP1 gross profit margin from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was 53.4%, compared to 51.4% in the same period last year. The increase in non-GAAP1 gross profit margin was primarily a result of gross profit contributed from business start-up training courses and the relatively moderate increase in salaries and related expenses, server management fees, depreciation and amortization compared to sales, and smaller revenue contribution from our lower-margin book and reference material business. Such increase was partially impacted by the relatively higher growth in lecturer fees and rent and related expenses.
Operating Expenses. Total operating expenses from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 were US$5.0 million, an increase of 5.3% year-over-year. Non-GAAP1 operating expenses from continuing operations were US$4.9 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 18.8%.
Selling expenses from continuing operations amounted to US$2.87 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012, representing a 15.1% increase year-over-year. Non-GAAP1 selling expenses from continuing operations were US$2.86 million, a 21.2% increase from the same period last year primarily as a result of increased salaries and related expenses, advertising and promotional activities, and commissions to our agents due to the increase in sales.
General and administrative expenses from continuing operations were US$2.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012, representing a 5.2% year-over-year decrease. Non-GAAP1 general and administrative expenses from continuing operations were US$2.1 million, an increase of 15.7% year-over-year primarily due to the increased salaries and related expenses.
Income Tax (Expenses) Benefit. Income tax expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 were US$0.09 million, compared with income tax benefit of US$0.3 million in the same period last year.
Net Income (Loss) from continuing operations attributable to China Distance Education Holdings Limited. Net income from continuing operations was US$0.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to net loss of US$0.9 million in the same period last year. Non-GAAP1 net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was US$0.5 million, compared to non-GAAP1 net income of US$0.1 million in the same period last year.
Net Loss from discontinued operations attributable to China Distance Education Holdings Limited. Net loss from discontinued operations was US$0.006 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to net loss of US$0.1 million in the same period last year. Non-GAAP1 net loss from discontinued operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was US$0.006 million, compared to non-GAAP1 net income of US$0.01 million in the same period last year.
Net Income (Loss). Net income was US$0.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to net loss of US$1.0 million in the same period last year. Non-GAAP1 net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was US$0.5 million, compared to non-GAAP net income of US$0.1 million in the same period last year.
Operating Cash Flow. Net operating cash inflow for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was US$5.0 million, compared to a net operating cash inflow of US$1.4 million in the same period last year. The increase was primarily the result of increased profit generated in the quarter, decrease in accounts receivable, increase in accrued expenses and other liabilities, and higher deferred revenue and refundable fees balance resulted primarily by increased payments by our students to obtain our courses. Such increase was partially offset by increase in prepayment and other current assets, and decrease in income tax payable.
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Term Deposits and Restricted Cash. Cash and cash equivalents, term deposits and restricted cash as of December 31, 2011 decreased to US$49.7 million from US$60.3 million as of September 30, 2011 primarily due to the payment of US$15.9 million of special cash dividend and US$0.3 million of capital expenditures, partially offset by US$5.0 million of operating cash flow generated from operations in the quarter.
Second Quarter Fiscal 2012 Guidance - The Company expects to generate total net revenues from continuing operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 in the range of US$11.3 million to US$12.2 million, as compared to net revenues from continuing operations of US$9.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2011, representing a 25% to 35% year-over-year increase. This represents our current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.
Share Repurchase Program
Today, the board of directors of CDEL has approved the extension of the Company's share repurchase program (the "Prior Repurchase Plan") to April 28, 2013. Under the extended program, CDEL is authorized to repurchase up to US$5.84 million worth of its issued and outstanding ADSs from time to time in open-market transactions on NYSE, representing the unused portion of the Prior Repurchase Plan. The repurchases will be made at prevailing market prices, in negotiated transactions off the market, in block trades, pursuant to a 10b5-1 plan (which if adopted, will allow CDEL to repurchase its ADSs during periods in which it may be in possession of material non-public information) or otherwise. The purchases will be made subject to restrictions relating to volume, price and timing. The timing and extent of any purchases will depend upon market conditions, the trading price of its ADSs and other factors. CDEL expects to implement this share repurchase program in a manner consistent with market conditions and the interest of its shareholders. The board will review the share repurchase program periodically, and may authorize adjustment of its terms and size accordingly. The program may be suspended or discontinued at any time.
China Distance Education Holdings Limited senior management will host a conference call at 8:00 am (Eastern) / 5:00 am (Pacific) / 9:00 pm (Beijing/Hong Kong) on February 29, 2012 to discuss its first fiscal quarter 2012 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). The pass code is CDEL.
A telephone replay will be available shortly after the call until March 8, 2012 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). The pass code is 48238541.
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: http://ir.cdeledu.com/versions/Financials_en/EarningsAnnouncements_en.html
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 and offline business start-up training courses. For further information please visit http://ir.cdeledu.com.
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 second quarter of the fiscal year 2012 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 impairment of purchased call option for acquisition of additional equity interest in Champion Xinlixiang 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 impairment of purchased call option for acquisition of additional equity interest in Champion Xinlixiang 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.
Financial Tables Follow
Note 1: Each ADS represents four ordinary shares
SOURCE China Distance Education Holdings Limited