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China Cord Blood Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year of Fiscal 2012 4Q12 New Subscribers reached 14,336

4Q12 Net Income Attributable to Shareholders Up 11.3% to RMB29.2 Million

Full Year of Fiscal 2012 Operating Cash Flow Increased to RMB353.9 Million

Conference Call to be Held June 12, 2012 at 8:00 am ET

HONG KONG, June 11, 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 fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2012.

Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2012 Highlights

  • As a result of the change in operational strategy, fourth quarter new subscribers reached 14,336, a decrease of 8.3%, as compared to 15,641 in the prior year period and up 11.5% from the third quarter of fiscal 2012.
  • Revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 increased by 5.4% to RMB99.8 million ($15.8 million) from RMB94.7 million in the prior year period.
  • Gross profit increased by 2.4% to RMB76.4 million ($12.1 million) from RMB74.7 million in the prior year period.
  • Operating profit decreased by 4.4% to RMB34.8 million ($5.5 million) from RMB36.4 million in the prior year period, as a result of enhanced sales force and marketing initiatives for operation expansion.
  • Net income attributable to shareholders increased by 11.3% to RMB29.2 million ($4.6 million) from RMB26.3 million in the prior year period.

Full Year of Fiscal 2012 Highlights

  • New subscribers for fiscal 2012 reached 53,924, up 7.8% above our target of 50,000 for the year, as compared to 56,518 in fiscal 2011.
  • Accumulated subscriber base up 29.0% to 239,754.
  • Revenues for the full year of fiscal 2012 increased by 12.1% to RMB380.5 million ($60.4 million) from RMB339.5 million in the prior year.
  • Gross profit increased by 12.1% to RMB293.8 million ($46.7 million) from RMB262.2 million in the prior year.
  • Operating profit increased by 8.9% to RMB134.8 million ($21.4 million) from RMB123.8 million in the prior year.
  • Net income attributable to shareholders increased by 43.9% to RMB132.0 million ($21.0 million) from RMB91.7 million in the prior year.
  • Operating cash flow for fiscal 2012 increased by 100.4% to RMB353.9 million ($56.2 million) from RMB176.6 million in the prior year.

"We are pleased by our accomplishments in fiscal year 2012 on several fronts," stated Ms. Ting Zheng, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of China Cord Blood Corporation. "For the full year, we exceeded our target of 50,000 new subscribers to add total of 53,924 new subscribers, expanding our total accumulated subscriber base to nearly 240,000. Such growth speaks well for our new marketing strategy, which targets high-end subscribers by offering premium services, and the well-received reception by the market."

"Furthermore, our new payment model with its emphasis on upfront payments and a higher processing fee per subscriber has strengthened our financial performance," continued Ms. Zheng. "The market's acceptance of this new payment model reinforces our conviction that we have developed a strong foundation for the Company's brand in each region upon which we are successfully expanding China Cord Blood's footprint. In addition to enhancing our strategic positioning, the new payment model has also strengthened our cash flow position as cash generated from operating activities almost doubled in fiscal 2012 from the prior year. All in all, fiscal 2012 concluded with the Company in an outstanding financial position and represented a successful first step towards repositioning our company as a premium healthcare service provider with recognized high-quality services."

Summary – The Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended March 31, 2011 and 2012


Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended


March 31,

March 31,


2011

2012

2011

2012

 (in thousands)

RMB

RMB

USD

RMB

RMB

USD

Revenues

94,671

99,778

15,844

339,532

380,490

60,419

Gross Profit

74,670

76,448

12,139

262,156

293,832

46,658

Operating Income

36,429

34,842

5,532

123,819

134,843

21,412

Net Income Attributable to Shareholders

26,259

29,239

4,643

91,703

131,980

20,957

EPS Attributable to Ordinary Shares
– Basic and Diluted (RMB/USD)

0.35

0.40

0.06

1.31

1.79

0.28








Revenue Breakdown (%)







Processing Fee

78.8%

74.0%


79.1%

74.0%


Storage Fee

21.2%

26.0%


20.9%

26.0%









New Subscribers (persons)

15,641

14,336


56,518

53,924


Total Accumulated Subscribers (persons)

185,830

239,754


185,830

239,754





Summary – Selected Cash Flow Statement Items


Twelve Months Ended

March 31, 2011


Twelve Months Ended

March 31, 2012

 (in thousands)

RMB


RMB

USD

Net cash provided by operating activities

176,585


353,858

56,190

Net cash used in investing activities

(33,914)


(122,945)

(19,523)

Net cash provided by/(used in) financing activities

193,141


(44,664)

(7,092)




Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results

REVENUES. Revenues increased by 5.4% to RMB99.8 million ($15.8 million) in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 from RMB94.7 million in the prior year period, driven by the higher processing fee per subscriber as well as growth in recurring storage revenue as the Company's accumulated subscriber base continued to expand.

Revenues generated from storage fees increased to RMB26.0 million ($4.1 million), up 29.4% from RMB20.1 million in the prior year period. Revenue from storage fees accounted for 26.0% of total revenues compared to 21.2% in the prior year period. This shift in revenue mix was driven by persistent growth in accumulated subscribers, which increased by 29.0% year-over-year to 239,754 as a result of continued strong demand from the Beijing and Guangdong markets.

Revenues generated from processing fees were RMB73.8 million ($11.7 million), down 1.1% from RMB74.6 million in the prior year period, as a result of the decline in new subscriber numbers pursuant to the Company strategy, which was partially offset by the increase in the higher processing fee per subscriber.

GROSS PROFIT. Gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 increased by 2.4% to RMB76.4 million ($12.1 million) from RMB74.7 million in the prior year period. This reflects a solid gross margin of 76.6% despite the reduction in new subscriber numbers.

OPERATING INCOME. Operating income for the fourth quarter decreased to RMB34.8 million ($5.5 million) compared to RMB36.4 million in the prior year period, mostly due to an increase in marketing activities and related expenses, operating margin thus decreased to 34.9% as compared to 38.5% in the prior year period. Depreciation and amortization expenses for the fourth quarter were RMB7.7 million ($1.2 million), compared to RMB6.5 million in the prior year period.

Research and Development Expenses. Research and development expenses increased to RMB2.0 million ($0.3 million) compared to RMB1.7 million in the prior year period as a reflection of the Company's continued focus on technology advancement in relation to cord blood stem cell preservation.

Sales and Marketing Expenses. Sales and marketing expenses increased by 24.8% to RMB16.6 million ($2.6 million) from RMB13.3 million in the prior year period as the Company continued to invest in promotional initiatives and increased its sales force by 32.2% to better penetrate its growing hospital network and meet increasing subscriber demand. Sales and marketing expenses remained within the management's expectation at 16.6% of revenues in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 compared to 14.0% in the prior year period and 17.9% in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

General and Administrative Expenses. General and administrative expenses decreased to RMB23.1 million ($3.7 million) compared to RMB23.3 million in the prior year period. General and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenues represented approximately 23.1%, compared to 24.6% in the prior year period and 24.0% in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO SHAREHOLDERS. Despite the decrease in operating income, net income attributable to shareholders for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 increased by 11.3% to RMB29.2 million ($4.6 million) from RMB26.3 million in the prior year period, as a result of the preferential tax treatment of a reduced tax rate of 15%, compared to 25% in the prior year period for both Guangdong and Beijing subsidiaries. Net margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 rose to 29.3% from 27.7% in the prior year period. Basic and diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 were RMB0.40 ($0.06).

LIQUIDITY. As of March 31, 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB794.3 million ($126.1 million) compared to RMB611.4 million as of March 31, 2011. The Company had bank loan borrowings of RMB45.0 million ($7.1 million) as of March 31, 2012.

Full Year Fiscal 2012 Financial Results

Fiscal year 2012 total new subscribers down to 53,924 pursuant the Company strategy to push for higher adoption of upfront payment, but the impact was offset by the increment in processing fee per subscriber from RMB5,000 to RMB5,800. For full year of fiscal 2012, total revenues increased by 12.1% to RMB380.5 million ($60.4 million) from RMB339.5 million in the prior year. The increase was largely attributable to the processing fee increase effective from April 2011 and the expansion of the Company's accumulated subscriber base to 239,754 subscribers. Processing fees and storage fees grew by 4.8% and 39.6%, respectively. Gross profit increased by 12.1% to RMB293.8 million ($46.7 million) from RMB262.2 million in the prior year. Operating income increased by 8.9% to RMB134.8 million ($21.4 million) from RMB123.8 million in the prior year. Net income attributable to shareholders increased by 43.9% to RMB132.0 million ($21.0 million), reflecting solid operational performance and the tax benefits from the Beijing and Guangdong subsidiaries throughout the fiscal year of 2012.

Basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to ordinary shares were RMB1.79 ($0.28). Fiscal year 2012 net cash provided by operating activities increased to RMB353.9 million ($56.2 million) from RMB176.6 million in the prior year.

Ms. Zheng concluded, "It has been the Company's strategy to expand our presence both inside and outside of China. With our recently announced partnership with KKR, a globally prominent strategic investor who shares our vision for building China Cord Blood, we believe we are now better enabled to follow through with our long-term expansion strategy. We will continue to seek out appropriate acquisitions targets and partners for cooperation as we develop the Company into a world-leading cord blood banking operator that provides long-term and sustainable returns to our shareholders."

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, June 12, 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: 80300968.

About China Cord Blood Corporation

China Cord Blood Corporation is the first and largest umbilical cord blood banking operator in China in terms of geographical coverage and is 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 periods ending March 31, 2012 were made at the noon buying rate of RMB6.2975 to $1.00 on March 30, 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

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) 405-5185



EXHIBIT 1

CHINA CORD BLOOD CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

As of March 31, 2011 and 2012

(in thousands except share data)



March 31,


March 31,


2011


2012


RMB


RMB


US$

ASSETS






Current assets






Cash and cash equivalents

611,387


794,311


126,131

Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts






 (March 31, 2011: RMB11,850; March 31, 2012: RMB13,916)

77,402


79,012


12,546

Inventories

6,729


6,666


1,059

Prepaid expenses and other receivables

9,982


11,561


1,836

Trading securities

-


354


56

Deferred tax assets

5,373


5,268


837

Total current assets

710,873


897,172


142,465

Property, plant and equipment, net

250,348


267,862


42,535

Non-current prepayments

5,752


2,863


455

Non-current accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts






 (March 31, 2011: RMB28,106; March 31, 2012: RMB38,628)

240,952


254,236


40,371

Inventories

31,600


34,651


5,502

Intangible assets, net

134,412


129,791


20,610

Available-for-sale equity securities

52,733


98,199


15,593

Other investments

134,363


134,363


21,336

Deferred tax assets

2,565


5,013


796

Total assets

1,563,598


1,824,150


289,663







LIABILITIES






Current liabilities






Bank loan

45,000


45,000


7,146

Accounts payable

5,046


6,343


1,007

Accrued expenses and other payables

106,731


33,351


5,296

Deferred revenue

82,319


106,110


16,850

Amounts due to related party

360


360


57

Income tax payable

11,156


5,943


944

Total current liabilities

250,612


197,107


31,300

Deferred revenue

162,668


306,534


48,676

Other non-current liabilities

30,036


60,420


9,594

Deferred tax liabilities

26,890


24,462


3,884

Total liabilities

470,206


588,523


93,454










EXHIBIT 1 (continued)

CHINA CORD BLOOD CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

As of March 31, 2011 and 2012 – (continued)

(in thousands except share data)



March 31,


March 31,


2011


2012


RMB


RMB


US$

EQUITY






Shareholders' equity






Ordinary shares






- US$0.0001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 75,406,875 shares






and 73,140,147 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2011,






and 2012, respectively

52


50


8

Additional paid-in capital

910,316


865,654


137,460

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)/ income

(18,580)


26,057


4,138

Retained earnings

178,993


310,973


49,380

Total shareholders' equity

1,070,781


1,202,734


190,986

Non-controlling interests

22,611


32,893


5,223

Total equity

1,093,392


1,235,627


196,209

Total liabilities and equity

1,563,598


1,824,150


289,663










EXHIBIT 2

CHINA CORD BLOOD CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

For the Three Months and Year ended March 31, 2011 and 2012

(in thousands except per share)















Three months ended March 31,


Year ended March 31,


2011


2012


2011


2012


RMB


RMB


US$


RMB


RMB


US$













Revenues

94,671


99,778


15,844


339,532


380,490


60,419

Direct costs

(20,001)


(23,330)


(3,705)


(77,376)


(86,658)


(13,761)

Gross profit

74,670


76,448


12,139


262,156


293,832


46,658

Operating expenses












Research and development

(1,717)


(1,953)


(310)


(6,960)


(7,615)


(1,209)

Sales and marketing

(13,273)


(16,567)


(2,631)


(47,583)


(61,678)


(9,794)

General and administrative

(23,251)


(23,086)


(3,666)


(83,794)


(89,696)


(14,243)

Total operating expenses

(38,241)


(41,606)


(6,607)


(138,337)


(158,989)


(25,246)

Operating income

36,429


34,842


5,532


123,819


134,843


21,412

Other income, net












Interest income

2,694


3,411


542


9,065


13,432


2,133

Interest expense

(657)


(896)


(142)


(2,606)


(3,287)


(522)

Exchange (loss)/ gain

(61)


33


5


486


(1,343)


(213)

Dividend income

-


-


-


-


7,217


1,146

Others

269


823


131


1,378


737


117

Total other income, net

2,245


3,371


536


8,323


16,756


2,661

Income before income tax

38,674


38,213


6,068


132,142


151,599


24,073

Income tax expense

(10,867)


(6,597)


(1,048)


(33,929)


(9,634)


(1,530)

Net income

27,807


31,616


5,020


98,213


141,965


22,543

Income attributable to non-controlling












 interests

(1,548)


(2,377)


(377)


(6,510)


(9,985)


(1,586)

Net income attributable to












shareholders

26,259


29,239


4,643


91,703


131,980


20,957













Net income per share:












Attributable to ordinary shares












-Basic

0.35


0.40


0.06


1.31


1.79


0.28

-Diluted

0.35


0.40


0.06


1.31


1.79


0.28




SOURCE China Cord Blood Corporation



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