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China Cord Blood Corporation Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2013
Date:8/22/2012

HONG KONG, Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Cord Blood Corporation (NYSE: CO) ("CCBC" or the "Company"), China's leading provider of cord blood collection, laboratory testing, hematopoietic stem cell processing, and stem cell storage services, today announced its preliminary unaudited financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, which ended June 30, 2012.

First Quarter of Fiscal 2013 Highlights

  • Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 increased by 31.9% to RMB115.3 million ($18.2 million) from RMB87.5 million in the prior year period.
  • New subscriber sign-ups and accumulated subscriber base were 16,460 and 256,214, respectively.
  • Gross profit increased by 34.5% to RMB90.9 million ($14.3 million) from RMB67.6 million in the prior year period.
  • Operating income jumped by 44.4% to RMB44.4 million ($7.0 million) from RMB30.8 million in the prior year period. Operating margin expanded by 3.3 percentage points to 38.5%, as core operations benefited from economies of scale.
  • Interest expense increased to RMB10.2 million ($1.6 million) from RMB0.5 million as a result of the convertible note issued to KKR China Healthcare Investment Limited ("KKR") in April 2012.
  • In the absence of the dividend income from our investment in Shandong Cord Blood Bank and discrete tax benefit of our Guangdong subsidiary, both of which took place in the first quarter of fiscal 2012, together with the first-time interest expense in relation to the convertible note that was issued in April 2012, net income attributable to shareholders decreased by 22.3% to RMB31.1 million ($4.9 million) from RMB40.0 million in the prior year period.
  • Operating cash flow for the quarter amounted to RMB136.9 million ($21.5 million).
  • "I'm pleased to announce that new subscriber numbers have, once again, set a new record by breaking the 16,000 mark to 16,460 for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, setting the stage for yet another astonishing year," stated Ms. Ting Zheng, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of China Cord Blood Corporation.  "Not only are we setting new records based on revenues and operating income, but we are also gaining higher cash flows generated from increasing numbers of subscribers who chose to pay full-term storage fees upfront.  Benefiting from the current "Dragon Year" baby boom, we are extremely excited about the results in this fiscal year." 

    Ms. Zheng further commented, "As we remain committed to increasing long-term shareholder value, the management team and I are encouraged to have had the Board of Directors authorize an increase in our annual share repurchase program from $15 million to $20 million, effective August 1, 2012.  Upsizing the share repurchase program reflects not only our confidence in the underlying business, but also our long-term commitment to reward our shareholders.  During the first quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company repurchased approximately 1.7 million ordinary shares and these shares were held by the Company as treasury stock."

    Summary – The First Quarter Ended June 30, 2011 and 2012Three Months EndedJune 30,2011

    2012(in thousands)

    RMB

    RMB

    USDRevenues

    87,458

    115,330

    18,154Gross Profit

    67,590

    90,941

    14,315Operating Income

    30,752

    44,398

    6,989Interest Expense

    (460)

    (10,176)

    (1,602)Net Income Attributable to Shareholders

    40,022

    31,093

    4,895 

    Earnings per Ordinary Shares

    – Basic[1] and Diluted (RMB/USD Cents)

    0.53

    0.41

    0.06Revenue Breakdown (%)Processing Fees

    74.2%

    75.4%Storage Fees

    25.8%

    24.6%New Subscribers (persons)

    12,828

    16,460Total Accumulated Subscribers (persons)

    198,658

    256,214 

    [1] The terms of the convertible note issued to KKR provides KKR with the ability to participate in any excess cash dividend.  Therefore, the calculation of basic EPS has taken into consideration of KKR's participating right effect of RMB0.02.Summary – Selected Cash Flow Statement ItemsThree Months Ended

    June 30, 2012(in thousands)RMB

    USDNet cash provided by operating activities136,872

    21,544Net cash used in investing activities(82,528)

    (12,990)Net cash provided by financing activities299,046

    47,072First Quarter Fiscal 2013 Financial ResultsREVENUES.  Revenues jumped 31.9% to RMB115.3 million ($18.2 million) in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 from RMB87.5 million in the prior year period, driven mainly by the expansion in new subscriber numbers and, to a less extent, ongoing increases in the accumulated subscriber base.  

    Revenues generated from storage fees increased to RMB28.4 million ($4.5 million), up 25.7% from RMB22.6 million in the prior year period.  This was driven by persistent growth in accumulated subscribers, which increased by 29.0% year-over-year to 256,214.  Revenue from storage fees accounted for 24.6% of total revenues, compared to 25.8% in the prior year period.  

    Revenues generated from processing fees were RMB86.9 million ($13.7 million), up 33.9% from RMB64.9 million in the prior year period, reflecting 16,460 new subscriber sign-ups this quarter, a 28.3% annual increase and a 14.8% sequential increase in new subscriber sign-ups.

    GROSS PROFIT.  Gross profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 increased by 34.5% to RMB90.9 million ($14.3 million) from RMB67.6 million in the prior year period.  Gross margin improved to 78.9%, reflecting benefits brought about by increasing economies of scale.

    OPERATING INCOME.  Operating income for the first quarter increased to RMB44.4 million ($7.0 million) compared to RMB30.8 million in the prior year period, as the effects of revenue growth and prudent cost controls continued to surpass the increases in combined costs associated with sales, general and administrative expenses, and the startup costs regarding with the Zhejiang operations.  Depreciation and amortization expenses for the first quarter were RMB7.9 million ($1.2 million), compared to RMB7.1 million in the prior year period.  Operating margin expanded to 38.5%, up from 35.2% in the prior year period, benefiting from increasing economies of scale and surging subscriber numbers.

    Research and Development Expenses.  Research and development expenses increased to RMB2.3 million ($0.4 million) compared to RMB1.8 million in the prior year period, a reflection of the Company's continuous efforts to enhance our operations through technology advancement in relation to cord blood stem cell preservation.

    Sales and Marketing Expenses.  Sales and marketing expenses, a key driving force behind our revenue growth, increased by 52.5% to RMB19.2 million ($3.0 million) from RMB12.6 million in the prior year period.  These expenses reflected the Company's efforts to further penetrate into the Beijing and Guangdong markets and the gradual development of costs to build up sales channels and personnel that serve the Zhejiang market.  Sales and marketing expenses represented 16.7% of revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, up from 14.4% in the prior year period and up by less than one percentage point compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.

    General and Administrative Expenses.  General and administrative expenses were RMB25.1 million ($3.9 million). As a percentage of revenue, it declined to 21.7% compared to 25.7% in the prior year period and compare to 23.1% in the fourth quarter in fiscal 2012.  

    OTHER INCOME AND EXPENSESInterest Expense.  The Company recorded an interest expense of RMB10.2 million ($1.6 million) compared to RMB0.5 million in the prior year period, which was largely attributable to the issuance of a convertible note to KKR in April 2012.  During the period, interest expense related to the convertible note annual coupon payment amounted to RMB5.1 million ($0.8 million) and the interest amortization charge amounted to RMB3.7 million ($0.6 million).

    Other.  For the first quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company recorded dividend income of RMB7.2 million from the Company's equity investment in the Shandong Cord Blood Bank.  No such dividend from Shandong Cord Blood Bank was recorded in first quarter of fiscal 2013.  The Company recorded RMB2.4 million ($0.4 million) of dividend income from Cordlife Group Limited ("Cordlife") during the first quarter of fiscal 2013.  

    NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO SHAREHOLDERS.  The surge in operating income was offset by an increase in interest expense in relation to the convertible note, absence of dividend income of RMB7.2 million from our investment in Shandong Cord Blood Bank and the absence of a discrete tax benefit of RMB10.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012 when the Company's Guangdong subsidiary was accredited as "High and New Technology Enterprise".  As a result, net income attributable to shareholders for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 fell by 22.3% to RMB31.1 million ($4.9 million) from RMB40.0 million in the prior year period.  Net margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 stood at 27.0%, down from 45.8% in the prior year period. 

    EARNINGS PER SHARE.  The terms of the convertible note issued to KKR provides KKR with the ability to participate in any Excess Cash Dividend[2].  Therefore, the calculation of basic EPS has taken into consideration of KKR's participating right effect of RMB0.02.  Basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 were RMB0.41 ($0.06). 

    LIQUIDITY.  As of June 30, 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB1,146.7 million ($180.5 million) compared to RMB794.3 million as of March 31, 2012.  The Company had total debt of RMB416.4 million ($65.5 million) as of June 30, 2012.  Operating cash flow for the quarter amounted to RMB136.9 million ($21.5 million).

    Ms. Zheng concluded, "Our Guangdong operation continues to deliver impressive performance.  In order to sustain momentum in this highly promising market, we are expanding our operations there with a new facility.  We anticipate that it will commence operating in two years and will be able to provide a platform for next-stage growth.  As we increase our capacity in Guangdong, we will also acquire a minority interest in Guangzhou Municipality Tianhe Nuoya Bio-engineering Co., Ltd., the Company's operating arm in Guangdong province from Cordlife.  This is pursuant to our recently announced alliance-building transactions.  Upon completion of the announced transactions, Cordlife will become an affiliate of our group by holding approximately 10% equity interest in CCBC.  This strategic alliance represents immense value for our existing shareholders as we can develop a strategic presence throughout Asia and benefit from Cordlife's Asia-wide expertise to better serve existing and prospective customers."

    [2] "Excess Cash Dividend" means any cash dividend to holders of shares that, together with all other cash dividends previously paid to holders of shares in the same financial year, exceeds, on a per share basis, an amount equal to the interest that has accrued and shall accrue at 7% in such financial year divided by the number of shares into which the note is convertible at the conversion price then in effect on the relevant record date.Conference Call The Company will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, August 23, 2012 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 Company's IR website at http://ir.chinacordbloodcorp.com.  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: 17593205.

    About China Cord Blood CorporationChina Cord Blood Corporation is the first and largest umbilical cord blood banking operator in China in terms of geographical coverage and the only cord blood banking operator with multiple licenses.  Under current PRC government regulations, only one licensed cord blood banking operator is permitted to operate in each licensed region and only seven licenses have been authorized 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.  

    Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements relate to future events or the Company's future financial performance. The Company has attempted to identify forward-looking statements by terminology including "anticipates", "believes", "expects", "can", "continue", "could", "estimates", "intends", "may", "plans", "potential", "predict", "should" or "will" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions, uncertainties and other factors may cause the Company's actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The information in this press release is not intended to project future performance of the Company. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, the Company does not guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The Company expectations are as of the date this press release is issued, and the Company does not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date this press release is issued to confirm these statements to actual results, unless required by law.

    The forward-looking statements included in this press release are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about the Company's businesses and business environments. These statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and are not a guarantee of future performance. Actual results of the Company's operations may differ materially from information contained in the forward-looking statements as a result of risk factors some of which include, among other things: continued compliance with government regulations regarding cord blood banking in the People's Republic of China, or PRC; changing legislation or regulatory environments in the PRC; the acceptance by subscribers of the Company's different pricing and payment options and reaction to the introduction of the Company's premium-quality pricing strategy; demographic trends in the regions of the PRC in which the Company is the exclusive licensed cord blood banking operator; labor and personnel relations; credit risks affecting the Company's revenue and profitability; changes in the healthcare industry, including those which may result in the use of stem cell therapies becoming redundant or obsolete; the Company's ability to effectively manage its growth, including implementing effective controls and procedures and attracting and retaining key management and personnel; changing interpretations of generally accepted accounting principles; the availability of capital resources, including in the form of capital markets financing opportunities, in light of industry developments affecting issuers that have pursued a "reverse merger" with an operating company based in China, as well as general economic conditions; and other relevant risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    This announcement contains translations of certain Renminbi amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of readers. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from Renminbi to U.S. dollars as of and for the three months ending June 30, 2012 were made at the noon buying rate of RMB6.353 to $1.00 on June 29, 2012 in the City of New York for cable transfers in Renminbi per U.S. 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 U.S. dollar amounts referred to in this press release could have been or could be converted into U.S. dollars or Renminbi, at any particular rate or at all.

    For more information, please contact:China Cord Blood Corporation
    Investor Relations
    Ms. Joeling Law
    Tel: (+852) 3605-8180
    Email: ir@chinacordbloodcorp.com  

    ICR, Inc.
    Mr. Rob Koepp
    Tel: (+86) 10-6583-7516
    U.S. Tel: (646) 405-5185EXHIBIT 1 

    CHINA CORD BLOOD CORPORATIONUNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETSAs of March 31 and June 30, 2012

     March 31,June 30,20122012RMBRMB  US$(in thousands except share data)ASSETSCurrent assetsCash and cash equivalents

    794,3111,146,682180,495Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts  (March 31, 2012: RMB13,916; June 30, 2012: RMB15,285)

    79,01280,34912,647Inventories

    6,6665,611883Prepaid expenses and other receivables

    11,56143,2556,808Trading securities

    354--Deferred offering costs

    -2,564404Deferred tax assets

    5,2685,842920Total current assets897,1721,284,303202,157Property, plant and equipment, net

    267,862347,84754,754Non-current prepayments

    2,8631,766278Non-current accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts  (March 31, 2012: RMB38,628; June 30, 2012: RMB42,802)

    254,236246,15338,746Inventories

    34,65136,0885,680Intangible assets, net

    129,791128,63620,248Available-for-sale equity securities

    98,19975,63311,905Other investment

    134,363134,36321,150Deferred offering costs

    -9,7991,542Deferred tax assets

    5,0136,075956Total assets1,824,1502,270,663357,416LIABILITIESCurrent liabilitiesBank loan

    45,000--Accounts payable

    6,3438,9561,410Accrued expenses and other payables

    33,35148,6867,663Deferred revenue

    106,110129,80920,433Amounts due to related party

    360720113Income tax payable

    5,9436,324995Total current liabilities197,107194,49530,614Convertible notes

    -416,37865,540Non-current deferred revenue

    306,534351,62155,347Other non-current liabilities

    60,42069,72810,976Deferred tax liabilities

    24,46223,7113,732Total liabilities588,5231,055,933166,209 EXHIBIT 1 (continued) 

    CHINA CORD BLOOD CORPORATIONUNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETSAs of March 31 and June 30, 2012 – (continued)

     March 31,June 30,20122012RMBRMBUS$(in thousands except share data)EQUITYShareholders' equityOrdinary shares - US$0.0001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 73,140,147shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2012 and June 30,
    2012, respectively

    50508Additional paid-in capital

    865,654865,654136,259Treasury stock

    -(30,788)(4,846)Accumulated other comprehensive income

    26,0572,068326Retained earnings

    310,973342,06653,844Total shareholders' equity 1,202,7341,179,050185,591Non-controlling interests32,89335,6805,616Total equity1,235,6271,214,730191,207Total liabilities and equity1,824,1502,270,663357,416 

    EXHIBIT 2CHINA CORD BLOOD CORPORATIONUNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOMEFor the Three Months ended June 30, 2011 and 2012

     Three months ended June 30,2011

    2012RMB

    RMB

    US$(in thousands except share data)Revenues

    87,458115,33018,154Direct costs

    (19,868)(24,389)(3,839)Gross profit67,59090,94114,315Operating expensesResearch and development

    (1,777)(2,263)(356)Sales and marketing

    (12,606)(19,220)(3,025)General and administrative

    (22,455)(25,060)(3,945)Total operating expenses

    (36,838)(46,543)(7,326)Operating income30,75244,3986,989Other income/(expense), netInterest income

    3,1393,329524Interest expense

    (460)(10,176)(1,602)Exchange gain

    96102Dividend income

    7,2172,420381Others

    21423637Total other income/(expense), net

    10,206(4,181)(658)Income before income tax 40,95840,2176,331Income tax credit/(expense)

    1,783(6,335)(997)Net income42,74133,8825,334Income attributable to non-controlling interests

    (2,719)(2,789)(439)Net income attributable to shareholders40,02231,0934,895Net income per share:Attributable to ordinary shares - Basic

    0.530.410.06- Diluted

    0.530.410.06Other comprehensive income- Net effect of foreign currency translation, net of nil tax

    (811)(1,417)(223)- Net unrealized loss in available-for-sale equity securities, net of nil tax

    (5,532)(22,574)(3,553)Comprehensive income36,3989,8911,558Comprehensive income attributable to non-controlling interests

    (2,925)(2,787)(439)Comprehensive income attributable to shareholders33,4737,1041,119 


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