全球新闻

联系我们

当前位置:主页 > 全球新闻 >

Noah Education Announces Unaudited First Quarter Fiscal 2010

编辑:918 日期:2019-01-17

17.8% Increase in Revenue Year over Year

97.9% Increase in Operating Income Year over Year

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Noah Education Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NED) ("Noah" or "the Company"), a leading provider of interactive educational content and education services in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2009.

First Quarter Fiscal 2010 Financial Highlights

-- Net revenue for the quarter increased by 17.8% to RMB238.2 网易财经million

(US$34.9 million), compared with RMB202.2 million in the first quarter

of fiscal 2009, exceeding the Company's previously stated guidance of

RMB231 million to RMB237 million

-- Gross profit increased by 16.1% to RMB117.5 million (US$17.2 million),

representing a gross margin of 49.3%, compared with gross profit of

RMB101.2 million, or a gross margin of 50.1%, in the first quarter of

fiscal 2009

-- Operating income increased by 97.9% to RMB32.5 million (US$4.8 million),

compared with operating income of RMB16.4 million in the first quarter

of fiscal 2009

-- Net income increased by 5.5% to RMB37.8 million (US$5.5 million),

compared with RMB35.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2009,

which included RMB 10.9 million in derivative and foreign exchange

gains

-- Basic and diluted earnings per share were RMB0.99 (US$0.14) and RMB0.96

(US$0.14), respectively, compared with RMB0.94 basic and RMB0.93

diluted for the first quarter of fiscal 2009. Non-GAAP earnings per

share, excluding share-based compensation expenses were RMB1.06 basic

(US$0.16) and RMB1.03 diluted (US$0.15), compared with RMB0.87 basic

and RMB0.85 diluted, for the first quarter of fiscal 2009

Mr. Dong Xu, Noah's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Noah Education is off to a very solid start in fiscal 2010. We are executing well on all fronts, driving top-line growth, maintaining stable margins and steadily improving our bottom line. In our flagship Electronic Learning Product or 'ELP' business, our product mix has shifted as we predicted, with Kids Learning Device or 'KLD' now representing the largest component of ELP revenue. As DLD and E-dictionaries settle into maturity, KLD will be our key top line growth driver among our ELP products. Market reception to these products has been excellent, with demand showing no signs of slowing down. We will continue to focus on R&D efforts to create new, innovative applications for children aged 3-19 years to stay ahead of the competition in this fast-growing and underserved market. Additionally, we have implemented more rigorous budget controls in support of our margin performance, and to enable us to better predict and control expenses.

"Last year, we took the first step in diversifying our education services offering through the acquisition of Little New Star or 'LNS', and I am pleased to report that integration is well underway. The majority of corporate and administrative functions are completely integrated as of the end of the first quarter. We have added new talent to the LNS management team that will focus on strengthening the brand, creating a customer-focused culture and exploring innovative ways to grow the business. I am pleased with our progress to date and confident that we have the tools to enable this business to thrive.

"By adhering to the fundamental principles of our strategy, we have now delivered five consecutive profitable quarters during the global recession. We are focused on growing the company organically and diversifying our offering through selective acquisitions of complementary businesses. Ultimately, we strive to become the leader in providing interactive educational content and education services to students in China," Xu concluded.

First Quarter Fiscal Year 2010 Unaudited Financial Results

Net Revenue. Net revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was RMB238.2 million (US$34.9 million), exceeding the Company's guidance of RMB231 million to RMB237 million. This represented an increase of 17.8% compared with net revenue of RMB202.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2009. Net revenue from Noah's legacy ELP business was RMB225.2 million (US$33.0 million), representing a year-over-year increase of 11.4%. Net revenue from LNS was RMB13.0 million (US$1.9 million).

The following tables provide a breakdown of sales volume and revenue for the first fiscal quarter 2010 for Noah's legacy ELP business segment.

Volume Net Revenue (RMB 'MM)

Q1 10 Q1 09 Inc/(Dec) Q1 10 Q1 09 Inc/(Dec)

DLD 122,920 176,327 -30.3% 84.3 135.4 -37.7%

KLD 214,756 73,165 +193.5% 106.1 27.5 +285.8%

E-dictionary 164,300 237,941 -30.9% 34.1 36.2 -5.9%

Others -- -- -- 0.6 3.1 -80.6%

Total 501,976 487,433 +3.0% 225.2 202.2 +11.4%

Cost of revenue. Cost of revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was RMB120.6 million (US$17.7 million), representing an increase of 19.5% from RMB101.0 million in the first quarter 2009. This was essentially in line with Noah's revenue growth, with a slight adjustment for the change in product mix.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin. Gross profit in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was RMB117.5 million (US$17.2 million), representing a year-over-year increase of 16.1%. Gross margin for the first quarter was 49.3%, down slightly from 50.1% in the first quarter 2009. Gross margin decreased slightly in line with the change in the product mix, which is now more heavily weighted toward KLD products. Gross profit and margin for the ELP business for the first fiscal quarter 2010 were RMB110.1 million (US$16.1 million) and 48.9%, respectively. Gross profit and margin for LNS business for the first quarter 2010 were RMB7.4 million (US$1.1 million) and 56.5%, respectively.

Operating Expenses. Total operating expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were RMB98.2 million (US$14.4 million), a slight year-over-year increase compared to RMB 95.8 million in the first quarter of 2009.

Research and development expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were RMB12.4 million (US$1.8 million), representing a 28.1% decrease from RMB17.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2009. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to a decrease in costs related to third-party software and content developers.

Sales and marketing expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were RMB69.3 million (US$10.2 million), up 7% year over year from RMB64.7 million, and in line with the expansion of Noah's business.

General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were RMB16.4 million (US$2.4 million), up 18.6% from RMB13.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2009. The increase in general and administrative expenses was mainly attributable to the integration of LNS and depreciation related to the Company's new office space in Chengdu.

Other Operating Income. Other operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was RMB13.3 million (US$1.9 million), increased by 20% year-over-year, compared to RMB11.0 million in the first quart of fiscal 2009. Other operating income for first fiscal quarter of 2010 was primarily consist of RMB12.0 million (US$1.7 million) government subsidy income to high-tech software companies, and RMB1.3 million (US$0.2 million) from sales of miscellaneous accessories.

Total Operating Income. Total operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 increased significantly to RMB32.5 million (US$4.8 million), representing an operating margin of 13.7%, compared to operating income of RMB16.4 million and an operating margin of 8.1% in the first quarter of fiscal 2009. This was a result of the Company's efforts to control operating expenses while increasing revenue.

Other Non-operating Income, net. Interest income was RMB2.9 million (US$0.4 million) in the first quarter of fiscal 2010, a significant increase compared to RMB0.6 million in first quarter of fiscal 2009, attributable mainly to the Company's higher balance of bank deposits. Investment income was RMB1.1 million (US$0.2 million) in the first quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with RMB7.8 million in the first quarter of 2009. Other non-operating income was RMB0.6 (US$0.098 million) in the first quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with RMB6.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2009. The difference is attributable to the absence of any foreign exchange gain or gain from the fair value of warrants in the 2010 period.

Net Income. The Company reported net income of RMB37.8 million (US$5.5 million) for the first quarter of fiscal 2010. Basic earnings per share and diluted earnings per share were RMB0.99 (US$0.14) and RMB0.96 (US$0.14), respectively, for the first quarter of fiscal 2010. This compares with net income of RMB35.8 million which included RMB 10.9 million in derivatives and foreign exchange gains, and basic earnings per share and diluted earnings per share of RMB0.94 and RMB0.93 respectively for the first quarter of fiscal 2009.

Net income excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the first quarter ended September 30, 2009 was RMB40.5 million (US$5.9 million), or RMB1.06 (US$0.16) and RMB1.03 (US$0.15) per basic and diluted share, respectively.

Liquidity. As of September 30, 2009, Noah had cash and cash equivalents, short-term bank deposits and investments of RMB828.1 million (US$121.3 million). This compares with cash and cash equivalents, short-term bank deposit and investments of RMB776.1 million as of June 30, 2009.

Q1 Operational Highlights

ELP products. As predicted, the sales mix within Noah's ELP product category has shifted, with a heavier weighting toward KLD products as DLD and e-dictionary reach maturity. Noah remains focused on developing new and innovative content delivery methods to drive demand for these products.

-- Kids Learning Device (KLD) products. KLD products continue to generate

substantial interest, and for the first time are the largest

contributor to total ELP revenue at 47.1%. The Company expects KLD

revenue and sales volume to continue to grow at a fast rate.

-- Digital Learning Device (DLD) products. Noah remains China's industry

leader in terms of both DLD sales and volume. In Q1 fiscal 2010, Noah

saw a decline in DLD revenue which was partially due to the difficult

economy. DLD sales declines are expected to be less pronounced in the

coming quarters as the economy recovers. Additionally, increases in

KLD sales are expected to offset declines in DLD revenue.

-- E-dictionaries. In general, demand for Noah's e-dictionaries remains

stable, with revenue down slightly from Q1 fiscal 2009. The Company is

looking into expansion opportunities in international markets for these

products.

Education Services. LNS integration is on track. The LNS management team will focus on strengthening the brand, creating a customer-focused culture and capitalizing on the synergy between the education services and ELP businesses. Our newly developed Electronic Teaching Devices were introduced to LNS schools in September. We are also developing English training programs for younger kids, and seeking partnership opportunities with kindergarten classes. We continue to look for acquisition opportunities in education services segment.

Recent Business Highlights

Strategic Investment in Franklin Electronic Publishers. Noah recently announced that it would make a strategic investment with a total consideration of $3 million in Franklin Electronic Publishers via Saunders Acquisition Corporation, an entity formed to consummate a merger with and into Franklin. The deal is expected to be completed in the third quarter of fiscal 2010. Management expects this investment to facilitate a partnership that helps further Noah's strategic objectives. As a result:

-- Franklin and Noah agree to carry out certain business cooperation

initiatives, including Noah obtaining the exclusive sponsorship of

Franklin's Global SpellEvent in China, gaining access to Franklin's

distribution channel outside of China, and being granted a right of

first offer as the preferred original design manufacturer in China for

Franklin's handheld electronic reference products and handheld language

learning devices. There will also be cost saving opportunities from

joint R&D efforts.

Strengthened Management Team. In early November, Noah announced changes to its senior management team that enable each member of the team to focus on his/her strengths and will create stronger leadership in the long term. Changes include:

-- Mr. Benguo Tang, one of Noah's founders, has been appointed to the

position of President and Chief Operating Officer upon the departure of

Mr. Xianquan Xiao. Having been with Noah since its inception, Mr. Tang

is well placed to drive the execution of the Company's strategic vision.

-- Mr. Jerry He, the Company's Executive Vice President, has been

appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer.

-- Ms. Dora Li will manage Noah's internal financial controls and

accounting processes as Noah's Vice President of Finance, Controller.

Financial Outlook for Second Quarter and Full Year of Fiscal 2010

Based on current estimates and market conditions, Noah expects to generate net revenue in the range of RMB151 million (US$ 22.1 million) to RMB159 million (US$ 23.3 million) for the second quarter of fiscal 2010, which includes RMB146 million to RMB152 million from the legacy ELP business, and RMB5 million to RMB7 million from the LNS business. Basic net income per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2010 is expected to be in the range of RMB 0.39 to RMB0.45 (US$ 0.06 to US$ 0.07).

For the full year fiscal 2010, Noah expects the net revenue to be in the range of RMB824 million to RMB855 million (US$ 121 million to US$ 125 million), which includes RMB786 million to RMB812 million from the legacy ELP business and RMB38 million to RMB43 million from the LNS business. Basic net income per share is expected to be in the range of RMB3.00 to RMB3.20 (US$ 0.44 to US$ 0.47).

This forecast reflects Noah's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call

Noah has scheduled an investor conference call at 6:00 a.m. (Pacific) / 9:00 a.m. (Eastern) / 10:00 p.m. (Beijing/Hong Kong) on November 23, 2009 to discuss its first quarter fiscal 2010 financial results and recent business activities. Individuals interested in participating in the call may do so by dialing:

Toll Free Toll

United States 1-800-510-0178 1-617-614-3450

China - South China Telecom 10-800-130-0399

China Netcom 10-800-852-1490

- North China Telecom 10-800-152-1490

Hong Kong 800-96-3844

United Kingdom 00-800-280-02002

Passcode Noah Education

Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin.

A telephone replay will be available shortly after the call until November 30, 2009 by dialing the following numbers:

Toll Free Toll

United States 1-888-286-8010 1-617-801-6888

International Dial In 1-617-801-6888

Passcode 89520019

A live webcast of the conference call and replay will be available on the investor relations page of Noah's website at http://ir.noahedu.com.cn .

Annual General Meeting

Noah also today announced the details of its Annual General Meeting for shareholders (AGM). The AGM will take place at Building C2, Chengdu High-Tech Software Park, Tianfu Road South, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, People's Republic of China on Tuesday, December 22nd at 9 am local time. All NED shareholders are invited to attend the meeting in person, or vote via proxy before December 19, 2009.

Currency Convenience Translation

For the convenience of readers, certain RMB amounts have been translated into US dollars at the rate of RMB Noah expects to generate net revenue in the range of RMB6.8262 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate for US dollars in effect on September 30, 2009 for cable transfers of RMB per US dollar as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to consolidated financial results under GAAP, the Company also provides non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP net income which excludes non-cash share-based compensation and change in fair value of warrants. The Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with another method for assessing the Company's operating results in a manner that is focused on the performance of its ongoing operations. Readers are cautioned not to view non-GAAP results on a stand-alone basis or as a substitute for results under GAAP, or as being comparable to results reported or forecasted by other companies. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the performance of the Company's liquidity and when planning and forecasting future periods.

About Noah

Noah Education Holdings Limited is a leading provider of interactive educational content and education services in China. Noah's core offering includes the development and marketing of interactive educational courseware content, electronic learning products (ELP), software, kids' English training and after-school education services. Noah combines standardized education content with innovative digital and multimedia technologies to create a dynamic learning experience and improve academic performance for the kids at the age of 3-19 in China. Noah has developed a nationwide sales network, powerful brand image, and accessible and diverse delivery platforms to bring its innovative content to the student population. Noah also provides kids' English training service under the brand Little New Star in its direct-owned schools and more than 600 franchise schools throughout China. Noah was founded in 2004 and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol NED.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect Noah's current expectations and views of future events that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Noah has based these forward-looking statements largely on its current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that it believes may affect its financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs. You should understand that our actual future results may be materially different from and worse than what Noah expects. Information regarding these risks, uncertainties and other factors is included in Noah's most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F and other filings with the SEC.

For more information, please contact:

Investor Contact:

Jerry He, CFA

CFO and Executive Vice President

Noah Education Holdings Ltd

Tel: +86-755-8204-9263

Email: jerry.he@noahedu.com

Investor Relations (US):

Jessica McCormick

Taylor Rafferty

Tel: +1-212-889-4350

Email: noahedu@taylor-rafferty.com

Investor Relations (HK):

Ruby Yim

Taylor Rafferty

Tel: +852-3196-3712

Email: noahedu@taylor-rafferty.com

- FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW -

Noah Education Holdings Ltd.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

Three months ended

September 30,

2008 2009

(Unaudited) (Unaudited)

RMB RMB USD

Net revenue 202,179,495 238,165,223 34,889,869

Cost of revenue (100,979,037) (120,643,320) (17,673,569)

Gross profit 101,200,459 117,521,903 17,216,300

Research & development expenses (17,234,011) (12,387,826) (1,814,747)

Sales & marketing expenses (64,715,603) (69,266,914) (10,147,214)

General and administrative

expenses (13,834,460) (16,401,747) (2,402,764)

Other expenses (12,681) (170,634) (24,997)

Total operating expenses (95,796,755) (98,227,121) (14,389,722)

Other operating income 11,041,160 13,252,092 1,941,357

Operating income 16,444,864 32,546,874 4,767,935

Derivative gain (loss) 5,161,005 0 0

Interest income 641,142 2,868,630 420,238

Investment income 7,790,226 1,122,175 164,392

Other Non-Operating income 6,106,229 667,545 97,792

Income before income taxes 36,143,465 37,205,224 5,450,357

Income tax (expenses) credit (315,509) 603,510 88,410

Net income 35,827,957 37,808,734 5,538,767

Net income per share

Basic 0.94 0.99 0.14

Diluted 0.93 0.96 0.14

Weighted average ordinary shares

outstanding

Basic 37,932,586 38,243,246

Diluted 38,626,579 39,184,476

Noah Education Holdings Ltd.

Consolidated Balance Sheet

June 30, 2009 September 30, 2009

Audited Unaudited

RMB RMB USD

Assets:

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents 493,911,466 445,051,410 65,197,534

Short-tem bank deposit 274,200,000 374,000,000 54,788,902

Investments 7,978,942 9,098,081 1,332,818

Accounts receivables, net of

allowance 181,653,129 203,758,663 29,849,501

Related party receivables 627,626 599,124 87,768

Inventories 151,872,803 142,209,361 20,832,873

Prepaid expenses and other

current assets 69,039,625 65,180,318 9,548,551

Deferred tax asset 13,207 394,753 57,829

Total current assets 1,179,296,798 1,240,291,710 181,695,776

Deposit for investment 21,581,952 0 0

Property, plant and

equipment, net 119,619,947 133,218,305 19,515,734

Intangible assets, net 4,461,760 27,903,701 4,087,736

Goodwill 0 56,597,146 8,291,164

Deferred tax asset 2,058,180 2,058,180 301,512

Total assets 1,327,018,637 1,460,069,042 213,891,922

Liabilities and Shareholders'

Equity

Current liabilities

Accounts payable 82,560,888 89,350,344 13,089,324

Other payables and accruals 45,809,825 78,168,232 11,451,207

Advances from customers 3,308,173 2,249,516 329,541

Income taxes payable 499,471 403,911 59,171

Deferred revenues 1,518,203 3,685,673 539,930

Total current liabilities 133,696,560 173,857,676 25,469,173

Consideration payable 0 10,000,000 1,464,944

Deferred revenues 6,227,860 6,648,323 973,942

Deferred tax liabilities 0 2,693,704 394,613

Total non-current

liabilities 6,227,860 19,342,027 2,833,499

Total liabilities 139,924,420 193,199,703 28,302,672

Shareholders' Equity

Ordinary shares 14,504 15,493 2,270

Additional paid-in capital 1,029,778,033 1,072,046,283 157,048,765

Accumulated other comprehensive

loss (93,632,438) (93,935,295) (13,760,994)

Retained earnings 250,934,118 288,742,858 42,299,209

Total shareholders' equity 1,187,094,217 1,266,869,339 185,589,250

Total liabilities and

shareholders' equity 1,327,018,637 1,460,069,042 213,891,922

Note 1: Information extracted from the audited financial statements

included in the fiscal 2009 Form 20-F of the Company filed with

the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 20, 2009.

Noah Education Holdings Ltd.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP

Three months ended

September 30,

2008 2009

(Unaudited) (Unaudited)

RMB % of Rev RMB USD % of Rev

GAAP net revenue 202,179,495 100.0% 238,165,223 34,889,869 100.0%

GAAP gross profit 101,200,459 50.1% 117,521,903 17,216,300 49.3%

Share-based compensation 61,404 0.0% 71,609 10,490 0.0%

Non-GAAP gross profit 101,261,863 50.1% 117,593,512 17,226,790 49.4%

GAAP operating income 16,444,864 8.1% 32,546,874 4,767,935 13.7%

Share-based compensation 2,301,798 1.1% 2,660,903 389,807 1.1%

Non-GAAP operating income 18,746,662 9.3% 35,207,777 5,157,742 14.8%

GAAP net income 35,827,957 17.7% 37,808,734 5,538,767 15.9%

Share-based compensation 2,301,798 1.1% 2,660,903 389,807 1.1%

Change in the fair value

of warrants (5,161,005) -2.6% 0 0 0.0%

Non-GAAP net income 32,968,750 16.3% 40,469,637 5,928,574 17.0%

GAAP net income per share

Basic 0.94 0.99 0.14

Diluted 0.93 0.96 0.14

Non-GAAP net income per

share

Basic 0.87 1.06 0.16

Diluted 0.85 1.03 0.15