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Ctrip Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results
May 16, 2012 (06:05 PM EDT)
SHANGHAI, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (Nasdaq: CTRP), a leading travel service provider of hotel accommodations, airline tickets, packaged tours and corporate travel management in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.
Highlights for the First Quarter of 2012
"Through solid execution on our business strategies, the Ctrip team has continued outperforming the industry in the first quarter of 2012," said Min Fan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ctrip. "In the first quarter, we strengthened all business sectors, expanded into more new business areas and intensified sales and marketing campaigns. As the industry leader, Ctrip will continuously strive to deliver the best product with the best service at the best price to our customers."
First Quarter 2012 Financial Results
For the first quarter of 2012, Ctrip reported total revenues of RMB964 million (US$153 million), representing an 18% increase from the same period in 2011. Total revenues for the first quarter of 2012 decreased by 2% from the previous quarter.
Hotel reservation revenues amounted to RMB367 million (US$58 million) for the first quarter of 2012, representing an 18% increase year-on-year, primarily driven by an increase of 21% in hotel reservation volume and partially offset by a decrease of 3% commission per room night year-on-year. Hotel reservation revenues decreased by 8% quarter-on-quarter, primarily due to seasonality.
Air ticket booking revenues for the first quarter of 2012 were RMB360 million (US$57 million), representing a 10% increase year-on-year, primarily driven by a 17% increase in air ticketing sales volume and a 5% decrease in commission per ticket year-on-year. Air ticket booking revenues decreased 5% quarter-on-quarter.
Packaged-tour revenues for the first quarter of 2012 were RMB166 million (US$26 million), representing a 33% increase year-on-year due to the increase of leisure travel volume. Packaged-tour revenues increased 28% quarter-on-quarter, primarily due to the increased travel demand during Chinese New Year.
Corporate travel revenues for the first quarter of 2012 were RMB39 million (US$6 million), representing a 23% increase year-on-year, primarily driven by the increased corporate travel demand from business activities. Corporate travel revenues decreased 18% quarter-on-quarter due to the fewer business activities during Chinese New Year.
For the first quarter of 2012, net revenues were RMB911 million (US$145 million), representing a 19% increase from the same period in 2011. Net revenues for the first quarter of 2012 decreased by 2% from the previous quarter.
Gross margin was 75% in the first quarter of 2012, compared to 78% in the same period in 2011 and 76% in the previous quarter.
Product development expenses for the first quarter of 2012 increased by 51% to RMB196 million (US$31 million) from the same period in 2011, and increased by 14% from the previous quarter, primarily due to an increase in product development personnel and share-based compensation charges. Excluding share-based compensation charges (non-GAAP), product development expenses accounted for 18% of the net revenues, increased from 14% in the same period in 2011 and increased from 16% in the previous quarter.
Sales and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2012 increased by 47% to RMB183 million (US$29 million) from the same period in 2011, primarily due to an increase in sales and marketing related activities and an increase in sales and marketing personnel. Sales and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2012 decreased by 1% from the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation charges (non-GAAP), sales and marketing expenses accounted for 19% of the net revenues, increased from 15% in the same period in 2011 and remained consistent with that in the previous quarter.
General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2012 increased by 57% to RMB129 million (US$20 million) from the same period in 2011 and increased by 14% from the previous quarter, primarily due to an increase in administrative personnel, share-based compensation charges and the incremental turnover tax due to the new value-added tax reform. Excluding share-based compensation charges (non-GAAP), general and administrative expenses accounted for 8% of the net revenues, increased from 5% in the same period in 2011 and increased from 6% in the previous quarter.
Income from operations for the first quarter of 2012 was RMB177 million (US$28 million), representing a decrease of 33% from the same period in 2011 and a decrease of 23% from the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation charges (non-GAAP), income from operations was RMB277 million (US$44 million), representing a decrease of 17% from the same period in 2011 and a decrease of 15% from the previous quarter.
Operating margin was 19% in the first quarter of 2012, compared to 34% in the same period in 2011, and 25% in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation charges (non-GAAP), operating margin was 30%, decreased from 44% in the same period in 2011 and 35% in the previous quarter.
The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2012 was 28%, increased from 21% in the same periods of 2011 and increased from 23% in the previous quarter, primarily due to the increase in the amount of non tax-deductible share-based compensation as a percentage to our income as a whole.
Net income attributable to Ctrip's shareholders for the first quarter of 2012 was RMB169 million (US$27 million), representing a decrease of 28% from the same period in 2011 and a decrease of 33% from the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation charges (non-GAAP), net income attributable to Ctrip's shareholders was RMB270 million (US$43 million), representing a decrease of 12% from the same period in 2011 and a decrease of 22% from the previous quarter.
Diluted earnings per ADS were RMB1.11 (US$0.18) for the first quarter of 2012. Excluding share-based compensation charges (non-GAAP), diluted earnings per ADS were RMB1.77 (US$0.28) for the first quarter of 2012.
As of March 31, 2012, the balance of cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investment was RMB5.2 billion (US$819 million).
For the second quarter of 2012, the Company expects to continue the net revenue growth year-on-year at a rate of approximately 15-20%. This forecast reflects Ctrip's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.
As of May 16, 2012, Ctrip cumulatively purchased approximately 2.6 million ADSs with a total consideration of US$58 million from open market under two existing share repurchase plans adopted in 2008 and 2011, respectively.
Ctrip today announced the promotion of Ms. Jane Jie Sun, Ctrip's Chief Financial Officer from December 2005 to May 2012, to be the Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Ms. Sun played an important role in building Ctrip into a leading Internet travel company. Ms. Sun was awarded the Best CFO of the 2011 All-Asia Executive Team by Institutional Investor Magazine. Ms. Sun is well-respected for her expertise in financial operations, mergers and acquisitions, investor relationship, operating and managing the OTA business over the years as the CFO of the company.
Ctrip also announced the promotion of Ms. Jenny Wenjie Wu, Ctrip's Deputy CFO since December 2011, to be the Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Prior to joining Ctrip, Ms. Wu was an equity research analyst covering China Internet and Media industries in Morgan Stanley Asia Limited and in Citi Investment Research & Analysis from 2005 to 2011. Prior to that, Ms. Wu worked in the Department of Enterprises Operations and Management in China Merchants Holdings International, one of the largest SOEs in China listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange for three years. Ms. Wu has a Ph.D. degree in finance from the University of Hong Kong, a Master's degree in philosophy in finance from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and both a Master's degree and a Bachelor's degree in economics from Nan Kai University, China. Ms. Wu has been a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) since 2004.
Mr. Min Fan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ctrip, said: "We hold a highest appreciation to Jane's significant contribution to Ctrip during her tenure with us as the CFO, and we trust she will play an even greater role in our company for the years to come. We are very pleased to have Jenny succeed the CFO position. Jenny's extensive experience and knowledge in capital markets, Internet industry and large corporate operations make her an excellent choice for our CFO position. We believe that Ctrip will achieve greater success under the leadership of our expanded senior management team."
Ctrip's management team will host a conference call at 9:00PM U.S. Eastern Time on May 16, 2012 (or 9:00AM on May 17, 2012 in the Shanghai/HK time zone) following the announcement.
The conference call will be available on Webcast live and replay at: http://ir.ctrip.com. The call will be archived for one month at this website.
The dial-in details for the live conference call: U.S. Toll Free Number +1.888.679.8018, International dial-in number +1.617.213.4845, Passcode 25338369. For pre-registration, please click https://www.theconferencingservice.com/prereg/key.process?key=PPX489TDY
A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call through May 24, 2012. The dial-in details for the replay: U.S. Toll Free Number +1.888.286.8010, International dial-in number +1.617.801.6888, Passcode 84999517.
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 "may," "will," "expect," "anticipate," "future," "intend," "plan," "believe," "estimate," "is/are likely to," "confident" or other similar statements. Among other things, quotations from management and the Business Outlook section in this press release, as well as Ctrip's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. Ctrip may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Forms 20-F and 6-K, etc., 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 Ctrip's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the slow-down of economic growth in China and the global economic downturn, general declines or disruptions in the travel industry, volatility in the trading price of Ctrip's ADSs, Ctrip's reliance on its relationships and contractual arrangements with travel suppliers and strategic alliances, failure to further increase Ctrip's brand recognition to obtain new business partners and consumers, failure to compete against new and existing competitors, failure to successfully manage current growth and potential future growth, risks associated with any strategic investments or acquisitions, seasonality in the travel industry in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan, failure to successfully develop Ctrip's corporate travel business, damage to or failure of Ctrip's infrastructure and technology, loss of services of Ctrip's key executives, inflation in China and in other countries, risks and uncertainties associated with PRC laws and regulations with respect to the ownership structure of Ctrip's affiliated Chinese entities and the contractual arrangements among Ctrip, its affiliated Chinese entities and their shareholders, and other risks outlined in Ctrip's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F and other filings. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of the issuance, and Ctrip does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.
About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement Ctrip's unaudited consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), Ctrip uses non-GAAP financial information related to product development expenses, sales and marketing expenses, general and administrative expenses, income from operations, operating margin, net income, and diluted earnings per ordinary share and per ADS, each of which is adjusted from the most comparable GAAP result to exclude the share-based compensation charges recorded under ASC 718, "Stock Compensation" for 2011 and 2010. Ctrip's management believes the non-GAAP financial measures facilitate better understanding of operating results from quarter to quarter and provide management with a better capability to plan and forecast future periods.
Non-GAAP information is not prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP methods of accounting and reporting used by other companies. The presentation of this additional information should not be considered a substitute for GAAP results. A limitation of using non-GAAP financial measures is that non-GAAP measures exclude share-based compensation charges that have been and will continue to be significant recurring expenses in Ctrip's business for the foreseeable future.
Reconciliations of Ctrip's non-GAAP financial data to the most comparable GAAP data included in the consolidated statement of operations are included at the end of this press release.
About Ctrip.com International, Ltd.
Ctrip.com International, Ltd. is a leading travel service provider of hotel accommodations, airline tickets, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in China. Ctrip aggregates hotel and flight information to enable business and leisure travelers to make informed and cost-effective bookings. Ctrip also books vacation packages and guided tours. In addition, Ctrip corporate travel management services help corporate clients effectively manage their travel requirements. Since its inception in 1999, Ctrip has experienced substantial growth and become one of the best-known travel brands in China.
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