HARBIN, China, April 15 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- SOKO Fitness & Spa Group, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SOKF), a leading operator of fitness clubs and spas in Northern China, announced its operating results for the fiscal third quarter ended February 28, 2009.
Total revenue for the quarter was $5.1 million, an increase of 42% over the same quarter in the previous year. For the nine months ended February 28, 2009, revenues were $14 million, an increase of 55% from the prior year. SOKO also reaffirmed its previous FY2009 revenue guidance in a range of $16.3 to $18.3 million and its pro forma net income guidance of $6.5 to $7.1 million.
Net income during the quarter grew 29% to $1.85 million from $1.43 million for the same quarter of 2008. For the nine months ended February 28, 2009, net income increased to $5.2 million, an increase of 49%. Third quarter Earnings per share were $0.11 vs. $0.13 in the prior period. The decline was caused by the dilution from the stock offering. EPS for the 9 months were $0.30 vs. $0.32 in the previous year. Higher earnings were offset by a higher share count.
Revenue growth was driven primarily by the opening of two spas during the period. We increased product sales in our spas. Fitness and yoga membership fee revenues increased by 135% year to year, mainly as a result of the acquisition of a majority interest in Letian in March 2008. Letian contributed about 52% to our fitness revenue for Q3 FY2009.
Operating margin increased to 64.6%, compared to 62.5%. The increase in our gross profit margin was mainly driven by our ability to obtain high volume discounts because of our larger size as well as by the increases in our fitness segment.
Operating expenses increased by approximately $0.6 million to $1.4 million for the three months ended February 28, 2009 year to year. As a percentage of revenues, expenses increased to 28.2% from 22.6%. This increase was mainly driven by the high cost of being a public company as well as the start-up costs for building management teams for our new facilities.
We have reclassified some direct labor costs from operating expenses to cost of sales. The impact of this change is to lower gross margins and lower operating expenses/sales. The reclassification has no impact on either sales or net income. The numbers below for both 2008 and 2009 reflect the impact of the reclassification and are comparable with each other.
"We are very pleased with the results of our business," Mr. Liu Tong, Chairman of SOkO commented. "We focus our business on Northeast, which is the most famous traditional industry base of China, and expect to open more spas and fitness centers in the future. We believe we have significant opportunities for expansion, and look forward to becoming the dominant company in the fitness and beauty business in the northeast."
SOKO INCOME STATEMENT FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FEBRUARY 28, FEBRUARY 29, FEBRUARY 28, FEBRUARY 29, 2009 2008 2009 2008 Net Sales $13,996,019 $9,048,287 $5,110,861 $3,593,350 Cost of Sales (4,822,521) (3,330,316) (1,807,084) (1,347,769) Gross Profit 9,173,498 5,717,971 3,303,777 2,245,581 Gross Margin 65.54% 63.19% 64.64% 62.49% Operating Expenses 3,839,238 2,251,863 1,438,622 810,904 Operating Income 5,334,260 3,466,108 1,865,155 1,434,677 Net Income $5,175,220 $3,464,687 $1,855,474 $1,433,961 Diluted Income per common share $0.30 $0.32 $0.11 $0.13 Weighted average common share outstanding Diluted 17,000,000 10,725,000 17,000,000 10,725,000
About SOKO Fitness & Spa Group, Inc.:
SOKO Fitness & Spa Group, Inc., is a leading operator of fitness clubs and spas in Northeast China. The Company provides programs, services, and products uniquely combined with exercise, education, and nutrition to help their members lead a healthy life and achieve their fitness goals. For further information, please go to http://www.sokofitness.com .
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