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Pacific Online Limited Reports Higher Results for the Year 2011
Mar 23, 2012 (03:03 PM EDT)
Conference call to be held on March 26th at 9:00AM Hong Kong time
GUANGZHOU, China, March 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Online Ltd. (HKSe: 543) ("Pacific Online," the "Company" or the "Group"), a leading internet content provider in China, today reported higher revenues, net profit, and earnings per share for the year ended 31 December 2011. Management will host a conference call to discuss the results at 9:00 AM Hong Kong time on Monday, March 26, 2012 (which is also 9:00 PM EDT in New York on Sunday, March 25, 2012). Dial-in details are provided at the end of this release.
Year Ended December 31, 2011 Financial Highlights
Mr. Waiyan Lam, Chairman and CEO of Pacific Online Limited, commented, "Our entire lineup of portals continued to show strong growth in 2011, led by PClady, which more than doubled its revenue from the prior year. The female-focused content and high-quality quality fashion and beauty advice are quickly increasing its popularity and generating a strong following. With disposable income in China steadily rising, we believe our PClady portal is poised to take advantage of growing advertising opportunities resulting from increasing demand for luxury and brand name products.
"PCauto showed another strong year of revenue growth despite the slowing growth rate of China's automobile industry. This clearly reflects the strength of our brand and the visibility we offer to online advertisers. While the growth rate of China's auto industry is expected to remain in the single digit pace, we believe we will still be able to generate further growth as advertisers allocate a greater share of their advertising dollars from print and television to newer digital media. Our established market position and increasing presence give us a great opportunity to capitalize on this trend.
"PConline, the Group's IT portal, continued to expand steadily. This reflects an overall increase in advertising spending from IT companies and we will continue to grow with the increasing demand of the consumer electronics market in China.
"In 2011, we further increased our focus on expanding our reach to the mobile web. We launched new applications on both Apple and Android operating systems to give users greater mobile access to PCauto, PConline, and PClady, our top three vertically integrated portals.
"We also launched free online magazines on the Apple iPad featuring premium content that mirrors and expands on certain content that is available on our portals. The engaging and easy-to-read content is helping to generate deeper interest and greater user 'stickiness'. Our PCauto magazine has just completed its first full year in publication and has gained significant popularity. Starting from March this year, we also launched a PChouse magazine, our second online publication for the iPad, and are expecting it to pick up traction in the coming year.
"The number of internet users accessing the web through mobile devices is quickly rising and we are carefully adding new features and content to stay on top of all the above mentioned trends and capture greater market share over both the traditional and mobile web market moving forward.
"The Group moved into its new Guangzhou headquarters in the fourth quarter of the year. Photos of the Group's new headquarters are shown on the cover of our annual report. We believe the upgraded working environment will enhance team morale and productivity, and provide us with stability in the foreseeable future."
Proposed Final Dividend
The Board has recommended the payment of a final cash dividend of RMB14.78 cents per ordinary share for the year ended 31 December 2011 (the "Proposed Final Dividend") (2010: RMB14.38 cents), subject to the shareholders' approval at the Company's forthcoming annual general meeting to be held on Friday, 18 May 2012 (the "2012 AGM"). The Proposed Final Dividend will be paid in cash on 6 June 2012 to shareholders whose names appear on the register of members of the Company at the close of business on 29 May 2012.
Full Year 2011 Financial Results
Revenue increased 25.9% from RMB508.6 million for the year ended 31 December 2010 to RMB640.1 million for the year ended 31 December 2011.
Revenue for PCauto, the Group's automobile portal, increased 24.9% from RMB235.3 million in 2010 to RMB293.9 million in 2011. According to statistics from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, passenger car sales in China grew only 5.2 percent to 14.5 million in 2011, the lowest growth rate over the past decade. However, PCauto was able to outperform the modest growth in the number of car sales as automobile advertisers continued allocating more of their marketing budgets to digital media.
Revenue for PConline, the Group's IT and consumer electronics portal, increased 13.5% from RMB226.9 million in 2010 to RMB257.5 million in 2011. The increase in revenue from PConline was mainly due to the overall increase in advertising of consumer electronics such as smart phones, tablets, Blu-ray disc players and digital book readers.
Revenue for PClady, the Group's lady and fashion portal, increased 105.6% from RMB25.2 million in 2010 to RMB51.8 million in 2011. The increase reflected the tremendous demand in the women's segment, especially for luxury and fashion goods.
Revenue for other operations, including the PCgames, PCbaby and PChouse portals, increased by 74.5% from RMB21.2 million in 2010 to RMB37.0 million in 2011. Revenue from these segments increased significantly as advertisers increasingly accept the internet as an effective platform to promote and market their products and images.
As a percentage of total revenue, PCauto accounted for 46.3% in 2010 and 45.9% in 2011, whereas PConline accounted for 44.6% in 2010 and 40.2% in 2011, PClady accounted for 5.0% in 2010 and 8.1% in 2011 and other operations accounted for 4.1% in 2010 and 5.8% in 2011. The Group continued to diversify its revenue base across the different industry segments.
Cost of Revenue
Cost of revenue increased 42.6% from RMB138.8 million in 2010 to RMB197.9 million in 2011. The gross profit margin was 72.7% in 2010 and 69.1% in 2011. The increase in cost of revenue was primarily due to increases in the number of employees, higher sales commission and increases in technology service charges.
Selling and Marketing Costs
Selling and marketing costs increased 38.7% from RMB62.2 million in 2010 to RMB86.3 million in 2011. The increase was mainly due to increases in staff cost and marketing expenses.
Administrative expenses decreased by 6.3% from RMB52.0 million in 2010 to RMB48.7 million in 2011, due to lower provisions for the impairment of trade receivables during the year under review.
Product Development Expenses
Product development expenses increased by 37.3% from RMB20.9 million in 2010 to RMB28.7 million in 2011. The increase was mainly due to the increase in the number of employees in the teams of mobile internet, online magazines, research and development to support the Group's expansion plans.
Operating Profit before Share-based Compensation Expenses (non-GAAP)
Operating profit before share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB289.2 million in 2011, representing 18.5% increase from RMB244.1 million in 2010.
Finance Income and Cost
Net finance income was RMB3.5 million in 2010 and RMB5.3 million in 2011. The rise in net finance income was mainly due to higher interest income on short-term deposits.
Profit Before Income Tax
Profit before income tax increased 20.3% from RMB239.0 million in 2010 to RMB287.4 million in 2011.
Income Tax Expense
Income tax expense increased by 52.7% from RMB38.3 million in 2010 to RMB58.5 million in 2011. This increase was due to an over provision of dividend withholding tax of RMB13 million in 2009 and its subsequent reversal in 2010, thus leading to a lower tax expense in 2010. Our statutory rate of 15% corporate income tax rate as a high and new technology enterprise and 5% dividend withholding tax rate remain the same in 2011 from 2010.
Net profit increased 14.1% from RMB200.7 million in 2010 to RMB228.9 million in 2011.
Liquidity and Financial Resources
As of 31 December 2011, the Group had short-term deposits and cash totaling RMB432.2 million, compared to RMB444.5 million as of 31 December 2010.
In 2011, net cash flow from operating activities was RMB218.2 million, net cash flow from investing activities was RMB84.7 million, net cash outflow used in financing activities was RMB134.5 million, with a net increase in cash and cash equivalents of RMB168.4 million for the year 2011.
In 2010, net cash flow from operating activities was RMB197.3 million, net cash outflow used in investing activities was RMB257.4 million, net cash outflow used in financing activities was RMB86.2 million, with a net decrease in cash and cash equivalents of RMB146.3 million for the year 2010.
The Group had no external debt as of 31 December 2011 and 2010.
As we look ahead to 2012, we plan to continue investing in the growth of our business and our brand. Given the positive outlook for the online advertising market in China, we are confident that our platform, strategy, and market position will continue to produce strong results. We will continue to expand the reach and stickiness of our existing portals and at the same time focus on the mobile web market as this segment will form an important part of our business in the future. We are always evaluating new opportunities to expand into new markets and launch new content as we seek to grow shareholder value over the long term.
Management will host a conference call to discuss the results at 9:00 AM Hong Kong time on Monday, March 26, 2012 (9:00 PM EDT on Sunday, March 25, 2012). Mr. Lam Wai Yan, Chairman and CEO, and Mr. Jeff Wang, Chief Financial Officer, will discuss the results and take questions following the prepared remarks.
A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations section of the Company's website at: http://corp.pconline.com.cn.
About Pacific Online Ltd. (corp.pconline.com.cn)
Pacific Online is one of the leading Internet content providers in the PRC in terms of total advertising revenue. The Company operates six vertically-integrated portals, which, according to industry practice, are portals that focus on specific content. Among the Company's portals are PConline, the largest portal in the PRC specializing in IT product-related content, in terms of advertising revenue, and PCauto, the largest portal in the PRC specializing in automobile-related content, in terms of advertising revenue.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those discussed in the press release. In addition, any projections about the Company's future performance represent management's estimates as of today March 23, 2012. The Company assumes no obligation to update these projections in the future as business and market conditions change.
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