Ambow Education Announces First Nine Months 2015 Unaudited Financial Results

21 Dec, 2015, 16:05 ET from Ambow Education Holding Ltd.

BEIJING, Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ambow Education Holding Ltd. ("Ambow" or the "Company"), a leading national provider of educational and career enhancement services in China, today announced unaudited financial and operating results for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

"We continued to make tremendous progress during the first nine months of 2015, and our results were recognized by media and authorities as we received multiple awards as the leading education service provider and brand in China," commented Dr. Jin Huang, Ambow's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Meanwhile, our unique Application-Oriented Education System and the Public Service Platform for the National Network Alliance of Teacher's Education passed accreditation reviews led by China's Ministry of Education, demonstrating our exceptional capabilities to provide innovative one-stop professional services under the Internet Plus concept."

"Earlier this year, we signed a strategic agreement with Synopsys, Inc., the world's largest integrated circuit design software provider, to establish the Synopsys-Ambow School to groom talent in the electronics industry. With our extensive experience in the career enhancement industry and dedication to innovation, we look forward to further advancing our strategic initiatives by actively seeking partnership opportunities with outstanding enterprises and universities worldwide," Dr. Huang added.

Kia Jing Tan, Chief Financial Officer, added, "Our efforts to streamline the Company's internal structure and drive operating efficiency are paying off, resulting in reduced operating expenses and increased cash flow."

"During the third quarter, we established a service center to efficiently support the operation team while reducing operating risks, enhanced our Enterprise Resource Planning system to standardize operating procedures, and recruited talented personnel in key departments. Our significant achievements in operation improvement have paved the road to the next growth phase of Ambow," concluded Chiao-Ling Hsu, Chief Operating Officer.

Year-to-Date Financial Information For The Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015

  • Gross profit in the first nine months of 2015 was RMB111.8 million, an increase of 7.8% compared with gross profit of RMB103.7 million in the same period of 2014.  Gross profit margin in the first nine months of 2015 was 39.3%, compared with gross profit margin of 35.2% in the same period of 2014.
  • Operating expenses for the first nine months of 2015 were RMB240.1 million, a decrease of 68.0% compared with operating expenses of RMB750.8 million in the same period of 2014. Excluding an RMB292.6 million impairment loss of goodwill, intangible assets and de-consolidation of certain subsidiary, and a bad debt provision of RMB86.6 million that were accounted into the operating expenses in the first nine months of 2014, the operating expenses for the first nine months of 2015 decreased 35.4% year-over-year. The decrease was primarily due to improvement in cost control.
  • Net income attributable to the Company was RMB166.1 million in the first nine months of 2015, or RMB4.60 per basic and diluted share, compared with a net loss of RMB888.1 million, or a loss of RMB109.94 per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2014. Net income for the first nine months of 2015 included a RMB347.4 million net gain from the Jinghan disposal, which occurred in the second quarter. There was a loss from extinguishment of debt amount of RMB143.8 million, impairment loss of RMB292.6 million and bad debt provision of RMB86.6 million in the first nine months of 2014.
  • As of September 30, 2015, the Company increased its cash balance to a total of RMB516.6 million, including cash and cash equivalents of RMB464.6 million and restricted cash of RMB52.0 million, compared with a total cash balance of RMB182.3 million as of December 31, 2014.
  • As of September 30, 2015, net assets were RMB253.6 million, an RMB306.9 million net increase from negative net assets of RMB53.3 million as of December 31, 2014.

Recent Developments

  • As of the date of the issuance of this release, the Company had 33,962,697 Class A Ordinary Shares and 4,708,415 Class C Ordinary shares, of which 33,883,787 Class A Ordinary Shares are issued and outstanding including newly issued restricted shares to non-employee directors. 2,300,943 ADRs, representing 4,601,886 underlying ordinary shares, were held of record by DTC, the Depository Trust Company, under the nominee name of Cede & Co., on behalf of DTC participants.
  • On November 8, 2015, 4,708,415 of the Company's Class A Ordinary shares were converted to Class C Ordinary shares, which have super-majority voting rights.  
  • In December 2015, Mr. Winston Sim resigned from his position as a member of the Company's Board of Directors and audit committee for personal reasons, effective immediately. Members of the Board will assume Mr. Sim's responsibilities while conducting a search for a replacement.

Exchange Rate Information

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at a specified rate solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to U.S. dollars are based on the effective exchange rate of 6.3556 as of September 30, 2015.

About Ambow Education Holding Ltd.

Ambow Education Holding Ltd. is a leading national provider of educational and career enhancement services in China, offering high-quality, individualized services and products. With its extensive network of regional service hubs complemented by a dynamic proprietary learning platform and distributors, Ambow provides its services and products to students in 30 out of the 31 provinces and autonomous regions within China.

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Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements.  These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements.  Among other things, the outlook for the third quarter and full year 2015 and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as Ambow's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. Ambow may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the following: the Company's goals and strategies, expansion plans, the expected growth of the content and application delivery services market, the Company's expectations regarding keeping and strengthening its relationships with its customers, and the general economic and business conditions in the regions where the Company provides its solutions and services. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and Ambow undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

For investor and media inquiries please contact:

Ambow Education Holding Ltd.
Tel: +86-10-6206-8104

The Piacente Group | Investor Relations
Tel: +1-212-481-2050 or +86-10-6535-0147
Email: ambow@tpg-ir.com

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AMBOW EDUCATION HOLDING LTD.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(All amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)



As of September 30,


As of December 31,


2015


2014


US$


RMB


RMB

ASSETS






Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

73,100


464,595


180,285

Restricted cash

8,190


52,050


2,048

Term deposits

157


1,000


1,000

Accounts receivable, net

3,770


23,958


13,525

Amounts due from related parties

222


1,409


2,780

Deferred tax assets

2,702


17,172


19,003

Prepaid and other current assets

24,643


156,627


147,876

Consideration receivable

6,892


43,800


133,800

Assets classified as held for sale

-


-


512,422

Total current assets

119,676


760,611


1,012,739

Non-current assets:






Property and equipment, net

21,541


136,915


149,272

Land use rights, net

307


1,948


1,981

Intangible assets, net

17,993


114,356


122,157

Goodwill

13,449


85,477


84,541

Deferred tax assets, non-current

2,460


15,634


14,001

Other non-current assets

18,777


119,336


120,997







Total non-current assets

74,527


473,666


492,949







Total assets

194,203


1,234,277


1,505,688







LIABILITIES






Short-term borrowings *

376


2,390


39,633

Convertible loan *

-


-


13,470

Deferred revenue *

24,072


152,990


116,959

Accounts payable  *

5,959


37,874


39,966

Accrued and other liabilities  *

49,163


312,460


486,634

Income taxes payable  *

60,298


383,233


230,659

Amounts due to related parties  *

666


4,232


8,453

Amount due to deconsolidated subsidiaries *

3,484


22,144


22,144

Liabilities classified as held for sale  *

-


-


533,418

Total current liabilities

144,018


915,323


1,491,336

Deferred tax liabilities  *

10,284


65,361


67,658

Total non-current liabilities

10,284


65,361


67,658

Total liabilities

154,302


980,684


1,558,994







EQUITY (DEFICIT)






Preferred shares






     (US$ 0.003 par value; 1,666,667 shares authorized,

      nil issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2015 
      and December 31, 2014) 

-


-


-

Ordinary shares






(US$ 0.003 par value; 40,000,000 and 40,000,000 shares authorized, 37,780,846 and  30,536,833 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively)

111


708


574

Additional paid-in capital

543,068


3,451,521


3,325,288

Statutory reserve

12,710


80,777


80,777

Retained earnings

(517,000)


(3,285,845)


(3,451,958)

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

602


3,823


(3,740)







Total Ambow Education Holding Ltd.'s
    shareholders'equity
(deficit)

39,491


250,984


(49,059)

Non-controlling interests

410


2,609


(4,247)

Total equity (deficit)

39,901


253,593


(53,306)

Total liabilities and equity

194,203


1,234,277


1,505,688







*  All of the VIE's assets can be used to settle obligations of their primary beneficiary. Liabilities recognized as a result of consolidating these VIEs do not represent additional claims on the Company's general assets.

 

AMBOW EDUCATION HOLDING LTD.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(All amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)



For the nine months ended September 30,


For the three months ended September 30,


2015


2015


2014


2015


2015


2014


US$


RMB


RMB


US$


RMB


RMB













NET REVENUES












Educational program and 
    services

44,735


284,316


294,985


15,711


99,856


98,364

Total net revenues

44,735


284,316


294,985


15,711


99,856


98,364

COST OF REVENUES












 Educational program and 
    services

(27,150)


(172,553)


(191,269)


(9,505)


(60,408)


(65,690)

Total cost of revenues

(27,150)


(172,553)


(191,269)


(9,505)


(60,408)


(65,690)













GROSS PROFIT

17,585


111,763


103,716


6,206


39,448


32,674

Operating expenses:












Selling and marketing

(6,403)


(40,693)


(55,761)


(1,918)


(12,193)


(17,510)

General and administrative

(30,668)


(194,917)


(392,793)


(9,564)


(60,784)


(238,545)

Research and development

(714)


(4,536)


(9,708)


(191)


(1,211)


(2,784)

Impairment loss

-


-


(292,577)


-


-


(292,577)

Total operating expenses

(37,785)


(240,146)


(750,839)


(11,673)


(74,188)


(551,416)













OPERATING LOSS

(20,200)


(128,383)


(647,123)


(5,467)


(34,740)


(518,742)













OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)












Interest income (expenses), net

(8,835)


(56,154)


(109,425)


115


730


(87,236)

Loss in extinguishment of debt

-


-


(143,849)


-


-


-

Foreign exchange gain (loss), net

37


236


(195)


164


1,045


(61)

Other income (loss), net

452


2,873


(9,453)


(279)


(1,773)


(6,960)

Total other income (expenses)

(8,346)


(53,045)


(262,922)


-


2


(94,257)

LOSS BEFORE INCOME

  TAX, NON-

  CONTROLLING

  INTEREST, AND

  DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

(28,546)


(181,428)


(910,045)


(5,467)


(34,738)


(612,999)

Income tax benefit (expense)

675


4,291


(5,550)


(410)


(2,613)


10,968













LOSS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

(27,871)


(177,137)


(915,595)


(5,877)


(37,351)


(602,031)

Income from and gain on sale 
    of discontinued operations, 
    net of income tax

54,141


344,099


27,633


-


-


24,436













NET INCOME (LOSS)

26,270


166,962


(887,962)


(5,877)


(37,351)


(577,595)

Non-controlling interest from
   
continuing operations

(132)


(838)


(174)


(46)


(295)


(4)

Non-controlling interest on sale
    
of discontinued operations

(2)


(11)


-


-


-


-













NET INCOME (LOSS) 

  ATTRIBUTABLE TO

  AMBOW EDUCATION

  HOLDING LTD.

26,136


166,113


(888,136)


(5,923)


(37,646)


(577,599)













Net loss from continuing 
     operations per share- basic 
     and diluted

(0.78)


(4.93)


(113.36)


(0.16)


(1.00)


(47.34)













Net income from discontinued 
      operations per share- basic 
      and diluted

1.50


9.53


3.42


-


-


1.92













Total income (loss) per share-
      basic and diluted

0.72


4.60


(109.94)


(0.16)


(1.00)


(45.41)













Weighted average shares used 
      in calculating basic and 
      diluted net income (loss) per 
      share

36,109,151


36,109,151


8,078,562


37,780,846


37,780,846


12,718,341

SOURCE Ambow Education Holding Ltd.