SHENZHEN, China, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. (NYSE: NPD) ("Nepstar" or "the Company"), the largest retail drugstore chain in China based on the number of directly operated stores, today announced that its Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of the Board have each approved the termination of a voting rights agreement which assigned 30% of the total voting rights of Yunnan JianZhiJia Chain Drugstore Co. Ltd. ("JZJ") to Nepstar, effective January 5, 2009.
JZJ was founded in 1999 and is 40% owned by Nepstar, 30% owned by Qunxiang Industrial Trading ("Qunxiang"), a company 100% beneficially owned by a director of JZJ, and 30% owned by Yunnan Hengyu Industrial Trading Co., Ltd. Under the voting rights agreement, which was entered into in 1999, Qunxiang assigned its voting rights to Nepstar, and as a result, Nepstar held 40% of the equity ownership and 70% of the voting rights in JZJ. With the termination of the voting rights agreement, Nepstar will hold 40% of the voting rights, as well as continue to hold 40% of the equity ownership in JZJ.
As of September 30, 2008, JZJ had 359 drugstore outlets, all of which were located in Yunnan province in southwestern China. JZJ's other shareholders have expressed an intention to pursue the listing of the portion of the equity interest they hold in JZJ on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in three years through a holding company. The 40% of equity ownership by China Nepstar in JZJ is not expected to be diluted after the listing of the holding company. The voting rights agreement was terminated in order to facilitate these shareholders' plan for public listing. JZJ intends to continue to focus its operation on the southwest China market.
Prior to the termination of the voting rights agreement, as the majority of the voting rights of JZJ resided with Nepstar, JZJ's financial results had been consolidated into Nepstar's financial statements. As a result of the termination of the voting rights agreement, Nepstar will no longer consolidate JZJ's financials, beginning in the first quarter of 2009, and the financial results of JZJ will be accounted for under the equity method. The following pro forma financial information is presented to show the accounting impact of the termination of the voting rights agreement as if that had been taken place in the beginning of the relevant period.
Nepstar Income Statement for the year ended December 31, 2007 (in RMB 000s) Historical Margin Pro Forma Pro Forma Financials Financials Margin Revenues 1,954,683 -- 1,629,151 -- Gross Profit 862,672 44.1% 762,155 46.8% Income from Operations 180,818 9.3% 165,152 10.1% Share of JZJ's net income -- -- 5,381 -- Net Income 148,165 7.6% 148,165 9.1% Nepstar Income Statement for the three quarters ended September 30, 2008 (in RMB 000s) Historical Margin Pro Forma Pro Forma Financials Financials Margin Revenues 1,740,865 -- 1,462,877 -- Gross Profit 839,923 48.2% 749,712 51.2% Income from Operations 102,950 5.9% 91,298 6.2% Share of JZJ's net income -- -- 4,059 -- Net Income 146,612 8.4% 146,612 10.0%
Dr. Simin Zhang, Chairman of Nepstar, commented, "The Board and the Audit Committee believe it is in the best interest of the Company to support the other shareholders of JZJ to pursue a public listing of the portion of the equity interest they hold in JZJ. We offer them our best wishes in preparing for a public listing. Nepstar is now focusing on higher margin core operations in more affluent markets with higher disposable income per capita. We will continue our efforts to maximize margin growth and cash generation for our shareholders in this difficult economic environment. As the leader in the retail drugstore chain market in China, Nepstar will continue to achieve organic expansion while seeking complimentary acquisitions in the key markets."
About China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd.
China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. (NYSE: NPD) is China's largest retail drugstore chain based on the number of directly operated stores. As of September 30, 2008, the Company had 2,667 stores, including the 359 stores in YunNan subsidiary, across 76 cities, one headquarters distribution center and 11 regional distribution centers in China. Nepstar uses directly operated stores, centralized procurement and a network of distribution centers to provide its customers with high-quality, professional and convenient pharmacy services and a wide variety of other merchandise, including OTC drugs, nutritional supplements, herbal products, personal care products, family care products, and convenience products including consumables. Nepstar's strategy of centralized procurement, competitive pricing, customer loyalty programs and private label offerings has enabled it to capitalize on the robust economic growth in China and to take advantage of the demographic trend in China to achieve a strong brand and leading market position. For further information, please go to http://www.nepstar.cn .
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