HONG KONG, March 5 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Cord Blood Corporation ("CCBC" or "the Company") (NYSE: CO), China's leading provider of cord blood collection, laboratory testing, hematopoietic stem cell processing, and stem cell storage services, today announced unaudited financial results for the third quarter and first nine months ended December 31, 2009.
Highlights -- Net revenue in the third quarter of fiscal 2010 increased 23.5% year-over-year to RMB68.9 million (USD10.1 million) from RMB55.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. -- New subscriber sign-ups during the third quarter of fiscal 2010 increased 19.6% to 11,771 subscribers from 9,842 in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. -- Net income attributable to shareholders in the third quarter of fiscal 2010 increased 56.3% to RMB20.0 million (USD2.9 million) from RMB12.8 million year-on-year. -- Net revenue in the first nine months of fiscal 2010 increased 38.5% to RMB190.7 million (USD27.9 million) from RMB137.7 million last year. -- New subscriber sign-ups during the first nine months of fiscal 2010 increased 36.1% to 33,523 subscribers from 24,631 in the first nine months of fiscal 2009. -- Net income attributable to shareholders for the first nine months of fiscal 2010 increased to RMB33.0 million (USD4.8 million) compared to RMB0.6 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2009. -- On February 24, 2010, CCBC entered into agreement to acquire an effective interest of 19.92% in the Shandong Cord Blood Bank ("SCBB"), the exclusive cord blood bank operator for the Shandong province in China. Inclusive of the latest acquisition, the Company has gained exclusive strategic access into the Beijing municipality, Guangdong province and Shandong province, namely three of the six licenses issued by Ministry of Health of China. China Government adopts one license per region policy which means license holder will be the exclusive operator providing cord blood services in these markets. Summary - The quarter and nine months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended December 31, December 31, 2009 2008 2009 2008 USD('000) RMB('000) RMB('000) USD('000) RMB('000) RMB('000) Revenue 10,095 68,905 55,795 27,941 190,731 137,730 Gross Profit 7,644 52,178 42,234 20,526 140,116 101,994 Operating Income 3,676 25,093 24,880 10,590 72,292 58,615 Non-GAAP EBITDA 4,320 29,485 27,362 12,627 86,196 64,450 Net Income Attributable to China Cord Blood Corporation Shareholders 2,930 20,001 12,837 4,841 33,048 576 EPS Attributable to Ordinary Shares - Basic (USD/RMB) 0.05 0.31 0.11 0.06 0.44 (0.32) Non-GAAP EPS Attributable to Shareholders - Basic (USD/RMB) 0.05 0.31 0.22 0.13 0.88 0.01 Revenue Breakdown (%) Processing Fee 81.4% 85.2% 82.2% 84.0% Storage Fee 18.4% 14.1% 17.3% 15.1% New Subscribers (persons) 11,771 9,842 33,523 24,631 Accumulated Total Number of Subscribers (persons) 117,583 74,013 117,583 74,013
"This is a very exciting time," said Ms. Ting Zheng, China Cord Blood Corporation's chairperson and chief executive officer. "We concluded the third quarter with remarkable results with record breaking new subscribers numbers. The robust performance reflected the team capabilities to deepen market penetrations in our existing markets in an effective, efficient and lucrative manner. Leveraging the rising acceptance of umbilical cord blood banking, China's single child policy and our dominant market presence, we expect our business will continue to flourish and we should capture a growing number of new subscribers."
"Also, our Group has made tremendous progress to expand our geographical reach following the recently announced Shandong acquisition. By acquiring a 19.92% equity interest and the right of first refusal, we open the doorway into Shandong province, which has approximately 1.1 million babies per annum. Together with our local partner, we will seize this opportunity and deploy our resources and market expertise to rapidly build out a significant presence in this affluent region of China. Beijing, Guangdong and Shandong together have a market size of 2.1 million new born babies per annum."
Third Quarter Fiscal 2010 Financial Results
Net revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 increased 23.5% to RMB68.9 million (USD10.1 million) from RMB55.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Net revenue generated from processing fees increased 18.1% year-over-year to RMB56.1 million (USD8.2 million), tracking a 19.6% increase in new subscribers to 11,771 from 9,842 from last year. Net revenue from storage fees increased 60.8% year-over-year to RMB12.7 million (USD1.9 million) from RMB 7.9 million on the back of a 58.9% increase in the total subscriber base to 117,583 subscribers, compared to 74,013 subscribers last year. Processing fees and storage fees for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 accounted for 81.4% and 18.4% of net revenue, respectively, compared to 85.2% and 14.1% for the prior year period.
For the third quarter of fiscal 2010, gross profit increased 23.7% to RMB52.2 million (USD7.6 million) from RMB42.2 million in the prior year period, due primarily to rising new subscriber numbers. The 75.7% gross margin was similar to the same period last year.
Sales and marketing expense was RMB10.4 million (USD1.5 million) in the third quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to RMB6.6 million for the prior year period. Third quarter sales and marketing expense as a percentage of revenue was 15.1%, up from 11.9% last year but similar on a quarter-on-quarter basis.
Administrative expense increased to RMB16.7 million (USD2.4 million) compared to RMB10.7 million in the prior year period in light of the Group's business expansion and the commencement of the new Beijing and Guangdong facilities and the increase in corporate overhead.
Operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 was RMB25.1 million (USD3.7 million) compared to RMB24.9 million for the same period last year. Operating margin for the quarter was 36.4% compared to 44.6% in the prior year period. The decline in operating margin was largely attributable to the commencement of new Beijing storage facilities in April 2009 and the increase in administrative expense, related to legal and professional fees associated with being a newly public company.
Non-GAAP EBITDA in the third quarter increased 7.8% to RMB29.5 million (USD4.3 million).
Net income attributable to shareholders for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 increased 56.3% to RMB20.0 million (USD2.9 million) from RMB12.8 million for the prior year period. Net margin for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 increased to 29.0% from 23.0% in the prior year period.
Basic earnings per share and fully diluted earnings per share for third quarter of fiscal 2010 were RMB0.31 (USD0.05) and RMB0.29 (USD0.04), respectively.
Non-GAAP EPS for the third quarter amounted to RMB0.31 (USD0.05), up from RMB0.22 in the prior year period.
As of December 31, 2009, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB386.1 million (USD56.6 million), compared to RMB161.4 million as of March 31, 2009.
Ms. Ting Zheng continued, "Adding the Shandong cord blood bank license, we now have direct access into the top three regions licensed for cord blood banking services. The acquisition of the Shandong cord blood bank illustrated our execution capabilities beyond Beijing and Guangdong regions, and more importantly, it is a recognition of the Company as the market leader in the industry. This will pave the way for future corporate developments in China and the Asia Pacific region."
Nine Months Fiscal 2010 Financial Results
First nine months of fiscal 2010, net revenue increased 38.5% to RMB190.7 million (USD27.9 million), from RMB137.7 million last year. During the first nine months of fiscal 2010, new subscribers sign-up increased by 36.1% to 33,523 new subscribers from 24,631 subscribers in the prior year period. Gross profit for first nine months of fiscal 2010 increased 37.4% to RMB140.1 million (USD20.5 million) from RMB102.0 million in the prior year period. For the first nine months of fiscal 2010, operating income increased 23.3% to RMB72.3 million (USD10.6 million). Net income attributable to shareholders in the same period was RMB33.0 million (USD4.8 million) compared to RMB0.6 million in the prior year period. Basic earnings per share and fully diluted earnings per share attributable to ordinary shares were RMB0.44 (USD0.06) and RMB0.42 (USD0.06), respectively. Non-GAAP EBITDA increased 33.7% to RMB86.2 million (USD12.6 million).
The Company expects total number of new subscribers for the 2010 fiscal year to increase by approximately 30% year-over-year or no less than 45,000 new subscribers which is expected to translate into not less than a 30% increase in total net revenue. Management also expects accumulated total number of subscribers will be at least 129,000 by March 31, 2010. In addition to organic growth on the existing markets, the Company plans to continue to pursue any opportunities with existing licensees and license applicants for potential acquisitions. The Company's practice is to provide guidance on a full year basis only. Such expectations reflect the Company's current and preliminary views, which are subject to change and the Company does not undertake any responsibility to update or correct any such forward-looking information.
The Company will hold a teleconference at 8:00 a.m. EST on Friday, March 5, 2010 to discuss its financial performance and give a brief overview of the Company's recent developments, followed by a question and answer session.
Interested parties may access the audio webcast through the following link: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/playerlink.zhtml?c=206671&s=wm&e=2770193 . A replay of the webcast will be accessible two hours after the presentation and available for three weeks at the same URL link above. Listeners may also access the call by dialing 1-718-354-1231 or 1-866-519-4004 for US callers or +852-2475-0994 for Hong Kong callers, access code: 59252599.
About China Cord Blood Corporation
China Cord Blood Corporation is the first and the largest cord blood banking operator in China in terms of geographical coverage and is the only cord blood bank operator with more than one license (i.e., Beijing, Guangdong and Shandong). Under the current PRC government regulations, only one licensed cord blood bank operator is permitted to operate in each licensed region and only six licenses have been issued as of today. China Cord Blood Corporation provides cord blood collection, laboratory testing, hematopoietic stem cell processing, and stem cell storage services. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.chinacordbloodcorp.com.
Non-GAAP basic earnings attributable to shareholders represents a pro forma adjustment to the number of ordinary shares outstanding for all periods to reflect the conversion of certain redeemable shares into ordinary shares in June 2009. This is effected by adding income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest back to GAAP net income attributable to shareholders and divides by proforma weighted average ordinary shares issued and outstanding. Proforma weighted average ordinary shares issued and outstanding is the sum of weighted average ordinary shares issued and outstanding and assumes all redeemable shares are exchanged into ordinary shares at the beginning of the period.
Non-GAAP EBITDA represents operating income excluding acquired intangible assets amortization expense and depreciation expense. We have presented EBITDA because we consider it an important supplemental measure of our performance and believe it is frequently used by analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. Management uses EBITDA as a measurement tool for evaluating our actual operating performance compared to budget and prior periods. Other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA differently than we do, basing the determination on net income before net interest expense, income tax expense (benefit), depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is not a measure of performance under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and should not be considered as a substitute for net income prepared in accordance with GAAP.
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. The non-GAAP measures described by the Company are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measure in the exhibits below titled "Reconciliations of non-GAAP results of operations measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures" and "Reconciliations of non-GAAP EPS to the nearest comparable GAAP measures".
The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and liquidity. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to 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 its historical performance and liquidity. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to the supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events, performance and results of operations, and underlying assumptions and other statements that are other than statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to uncertainties and risks including, but not limited to, product and service demand and acceptance, changes in technology, economic conditions, the impact of competition and pricing, government regulation, and other risks contained in statements filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All such forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, and whether made by or on behalf of the company, are expressly qualified by the cautionary statements and any other cautionary statements which may accompany the forward-looking statements. In addition, the company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.
This announcement contains translations of certain Renminbi amounts into US dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of readers. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from Renminbi to US dollars as of and for the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal 2010 were made at the noon buying rate of RMB6.8259 to USD1.00 on December 31, 2009 in the City of New York for cable transfers in Renminbi per US dollar as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. China Cord Blood Corporation makes no representation that the Renminbi or US dollar amounts referred to in this press release could have been or could be converted into US dollars or Renminbi, at any particular rate or at all.
For more information, please contact: China Cord Blood Corporation Ms. Joeling Law Phone: +852-3605-8180 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Integrated Corporate Relations, Inc. In New York: Ashley M. Ammon or Christine Duan Phone: +1-646-277-1227 In Beijing: Wei-Jung Yang Phone: +86-10-6599-7968 Exhibit 1 CHINA CORD BLOOD CORPORATION UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS As of December 31 and March 31, 2009 December 31, March 31, 2009 2009 US$ RMB RMB (in thousands except redemption value and number of shares) ASSETS Current assets Cash and cash equivalents 56,560 386,069 161,406 Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts (December 31, 2009: RMB9,251; March 31, 2009: RMB 6,170) 8,361 57,071 49,763 Inventories 843 5,757 6,501 Prepaid expenses and other receivables 1,511 10,312 7,978 Deferred tax assets 476 3,249 1,846 Total current assets 67,751 462,458 227,494 Property, plant and equipment, net 37,553 256,331 236,740 Non-current prepayments and deposits 1,735 11,846 27,184 Non-current accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts (December 31, 2009: RMB5,390; March 31, 2009: RMB2,223) 24,007 163,872 91,761 Inventories 4,153 28,348 26,069 Intangible asset, net 3,888 26,540 27,268 Available-for-sale equity securities 8,780 59,932 26,242 Deferred reverse recapitalization costs -- -- 33,633 Deferred tax assets 89 609 -- Total assets 147,956 1,009,936 696,391 LIABILITIES Current liabilities Bank loan 6,592 45,000 -- Accounts payable 1,274 8,693 5,128 Accrued expenses and other payables 2,853 19,472 19,269 Deferred revenue 5,135 35,049 18,351 Amounts due to related parties 384 2,621 -- Income tax payable 584 3,989 4,321 Total current liabilities 16,822 114,824 47,069 Deferred revenue 12,530 85,530 74,231 Other non-current liabilities 2,113 14,427 13,551 Deferred tax liabilities 414 2,827 4,017 Total liabilities 31,879 217,608 138,868 Commitments and contingencies Redeemable ordinary shares of China Cord Blood Services Corporation US$0.0001 par value, 14,614,140 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2009 (redemption value of US$51,088,745 as of March 31, 2009) -- -- 386,577 EQUITY China Cord Blood Corporation shareholders' equity Ordinary shares US$0.0001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 43,237,100 shares and 66,182,726 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2009 and December 31, 2009, respectively 7 45 34 Additional paid-in capital 102,233 697,834 140,745 Accumulated other comprehensive loss 2,055 14,023 (19,319) Retained earnings 10,425 71,161 44,082 Total China Cord Blood Corporation shareholders' equity 114,720 783,063 165,542 Noncontrolling interests 1,357 9,265 5,404 Total equity 116,077 792,328 170,946 Total liabilities, redeemable ordinary shares and equity 147,956 1,009,936 696,391 Exhibit 2 CHINA CORD BLOOD CORPORATION UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS For the Three Months and Nine Months Ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 Three months ended Nine months ended December 31, December 31, 2009 2008 2009 2008 US$ RMB RMB US$ RMB RMB (in thousands except per share) Revenues 10,095 68,905 55,795 27,941 190,731 137,730 Direct costs (2,451) (16,727) (13,561) (7,415) (50,615) (35,736) Gross profit 7,644 52,178 42,234 20,526 140,116 101,994 Operating expenses Sales and marketing (1,526) (10,416) (6,636) (3,945) (26,928) (21,683) General and admini- strative (2,442) (16,669) (10,718) (5,991) (40,896) (21,696) Total operating expenses (3,968) (27,085) (17,354) (9,936) (67,824) (43,379) Operating income 3,676 25,093 24,880 10,590 72,292 58,615 Other income/ (expense), net Interest income 336 2,292 882 739 5,047 2,793 Interest expense (102) (695) -- (265) (1,812) -- Exchange gain/(loss) 6 39 (107) 88 602 (188) Write-off of deferred offering and reverse recapital- ization costs -- -- 215 (3,159) (21,566) (9,473) Impairment loss on available- for-sale equity securities -- -- (9,828) -- -- (37,426) Others (8) (51) 1,809 48 326 663 Total other income/ (expense), net 232 1,585 (7,029) (2,549) (17,403) (43,631) Income before income tax 3,908 26,678 17,851 8,041 54,889 14,984 Income tax expense (795) (5,431) (4,012) (2,574) (17,572) (11,810) Net income 3,113 21,247 13,839 5,467 37,317 3,174 Income attri- butable to redeemable noncontrolling interests -- -- -- (51) (347) -- Income attri- butable to noncontrolling interests (183) (1,246) (1,003) (575) (3,922) (2,598) Net income attributable to China Cord Blood Corporation shareholders 2,930 20,001 12,836 4,841 33,048 576 Net income/ (loss) per share: Attributable to ordinary shares -Basic 0.05 0.31 0.11 0.06 0.44 (0.32) -Diluted 0.04 0.29 0.11 0.06 0.42 (0.32) Attributable to redeemable ordinary shares -Basic N/A N/A 0.54 0.24 1.65 0.98 -Diluted N/A N/A 0.54 0.24 1.62 0.98 Exhibit 3 CHINA CORD BLOOD CORPORATION Reconciliations of non-GAAP results of operations measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures Three Three Three Nine Nine Nine months months months months months months Ended Ended Ended Ended Ended Ended Dec 31, Dec 31, Dec 31, Dec 31, Dec 31, Dec 31, 2009 2009 2008 2009 2009 2008 US$ RMB RMB US$ RMB RMB ('000) ('000) ('000) ('000) ('000) ('000) GAAP Operating Income 3,676 25,093 24,880 10,590 72,292 58,615 Depreciation 608 4,149 2,239 1,930 13,176 5,107 Amortization 36 243 243 107 728 728 Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization 4,320 29,485 27,362 12,627 86,196 64,450 ("Non-GAAP EBITDA") Exhibit 4 CHINA CORD BLOOD CORPORATION Reconciliations of non-GAAP EPS to the nearest comparable GAAP measures 3 Months 3 Months 9 Months 9 Months Ended Ended Ended Ended Dec 09 Dec 08 Dec 09 Dec 08 NUMERATOR ('RMB'000) GAAP net income attributable to China Cord Blood Corporation shareholders 20,001 12,836 33,048 576 Pro forma adjustments Income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest -- -- 347 -- Write-off of deferred reverse recapitalization costs -- -- 21,566 -- Non-GAAP net income attributable to shareholders 20,001 12,836 54,961 576 DENOMINATOR ('000 shares) Weighted average ordinary shares issued and outstanding 64,377 43,237 56,252 43,237 Add: Issue of ordinary shares upon share exchange with ordinary shareholders of China Cord Blood Services Corporation In June 2009 -- 12,476 4,159 12,476 Add: Issue of ordinary shares for redeemable share exchange in Aug 2009 -- 3,506 1,719 3,506 Pro forma weighted average ordinary shares issued and outstanding 64,377 59,219 62,130 59,219 Non-GAAP basic earnings attributable to shareholders (RMB) 0.31 0.22 0.88 0.01 Non-GAAP basic earnings attributable to shareholders (US$) 0.05 0.03 0.13 0.00
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