China Digital TV Announces Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Results

Mar 03, 2016, 17:00 ET from China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.

BEIJING, March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STV) ("China Digital TV" or the "Company"), the leading provider of cloud-based application platforms and conditional access ("CA") systems which enable China's digital cable television market to offer and secure diversified content services, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015.

"Supported by positive seasonality and a larger-than-expected uptick in international shipments of smart cards, we were very pleased to have beaten our guidance for both revenues and shipments during the fourth quarter," stated Mr. Jianhua Zhu, China Digital TV's chief executive officer. "Despite this achievement, 2015 was a tough year for the Company, as we continued to face secular headwinds associated with the overall market maturity of the smart card sector. As the Chinese cable industry continues its transition to further embrace the Internet and offer over-the-top ("OTT") services, we see uncertainties in the short-term, and great opportunities over the mid- to long-term. Our progress in building our cyber cloud ecosystem demonstrates the synergies between our traditional and emerging businesses. By leveraging our strong partnerships and expertise in the cable industry, we were able to amass 1.7 million registered users on our cyber cloud platform across all geographies by the end of 2015, and further expand into Sichuan province. Looking ahead in 2016, we will focus on both optimizing the cloud gaming operations for television to continue expanding and diversifying our user base, and analyzing user behavior on the platform to attract additional TV gamers and prepare for monetization. By continuing to build upon our strengths and abilities to capitalize on opportunities across China's evolving cable and Internet TV landscape, we are confident we can weather the current volatility and develop next-generation content services for our expanding base of users."

Ms. Yue Qian, China Digital TV's acting chief financial officer, commented, "Though the traditional smart card business continues to plateau, it remains a valuable asset that provides us solid cash flow and profit margins. We are committed to improving this business and will continue to leverage our leadership position in the cable TV market as we focus on developing and promoting our emerging cyber cloud ecosystem in China."

Fourth Quarter 2015 Results[1]

In the fourth quarter of 2015, China Digital TV's smart card shipments decreased by 31.3% to 3.54 million from 5.15 million in the prior year period. The decrease was primarily due to the general market decline of the mature CA business.

China Digital TV's net revenues decreased by 38.9% to US$17.9 million from US$29.2 million in the prior year period. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in revenues from the sales of smart cards caused by the general market decline of the mature CA business and decline in average selling price ("ASP") of smart cards.

Revenues from the Company's top five customers accounted for 34.5% of total revenues, compared to 26.5% in the prior year period, primarily attributable to the consolidation of certain cable operators in the market.

Revenue Breakdown



For the three months ended



December 31,


September 30,


December 31,



2015


2015


2014



(in thousands of U.S. dollars)

Products:










Smart cards


$

12,753


$

9,035


$

22,145

Other products



1,743



318



2,354

Subtotal



14,496



9,353



24,499

Services:










Head-end system integration



1,675



460



3,210

Head-end system development



1,587



169



737

Licensing income



145



282



1,155

Royalty income



35



216



152

Other services



193



195



11

Subtotal



3,635



1,322



5,265

Total revenues


$

18,131


$

10,675


$

29,764

Revenues from smart cards decreased by 42.4% to US$12.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 from US$22.1 million in the prior year period. The decrease was mainly due to a decrease in shipment volumes of smart cards, as well as a decline in ASPs. Sales of smart cards accounted for 70.3% of total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to 74.4% in the prior year period.

Revenues from other products decreased by 26.0% to US$1.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 from US$2.4 million in the prior year period. The decrease was mainly attributable to a decline in sales of network broadcasting platforms ("NBP"). Sales of other products accounted for 9.6% of total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to 7.9% in the prior year period.

Revenues from services decreased by 31.0% to US$3.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 from US$5.3 million in the prior year period. The decrease was primarily due to the decline in revenues from head-end system integration, as well as licensing income, which was partially offset by an increase in revenues from head-end system development. Revenues from services accounted for 20.1% of total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to 17.7% in the prior year period.

Cost of revenues from smart cards and other products decreased by 29.4% to US$2.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 from US$4.1 million in the prior year period. The decrease was mainly due to a decline in cost of revenues from smart cards resulting from decreased shipment volumes of smart cards. Cost of revenues from smart cards and other products accounted for 29.3% and 20.5%, respectively, of total cost of revenues in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to 60.8% and 12.2% in the prior year period.

Cost of revenues from services increased by 92.8% to US$2.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 from US$1.5 million in the prior year period. The increase was mainly due to the increases in costs associated with head-end system integration and development. Cost of revenues from services accounted for 50.2% of total cost of revenues, compared to 27.0% in the prior year period.

Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased by 49.0% to US$12.1 million from US$23.6 million in the prior year period. Gross margin, which is equal to gross profit divided by net revenues, was 67.6% in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to 80.9% in the prior year period. The decline in gross margin was primarily due to the decreased portion of total revenues accounted for by net revenues from smart cards, which have a higher gross margin than other products and services.

In the fourth quarter of 2015, the ASP of smart cards decreased by 16.2% year over year, while the unit cost of smart cards decreased by 27.4% year over year.

Operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased by 20.8% to US$9.3 million from US$11.8 million in the prior year period.

  • Research and development expenses in the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased by 16.7% to US$3.7 million from US$4.4 million in the prior year period. The decline was mainly due to a decrease in personnel related expenses resulting from lower headcount, and project development expenses.
  • Selling and marketing expenses in the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased by 7.3% to US$3.0 million from US$3.2 million in the prior year period. The decline was mainly due to a decrease in marketing activities relating to the Company's CA business.
  • General and administrative expenses in the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased by 35.4% to US$2.7 million from US$4.2 million in the prior year period. The decline was mainly due to a decrease in professional fees.

Income from operations in the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased by 77.0% to US$2.7 million from US$11.9 million in the prior year period.

Income tax expenses in the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased by 56.8% to US$1.6 million from US$3.6 million in the prior year period. The decline was mainly due to a decrease in taxable income.

Net income attributable to holders of ordinary shares in the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased by 79.0% to US$2.3 million from US$10.9 million in the prior year period.

Non-GAAP net income[2] attributable to holders of ordinary shares in the fourth quarter of 2015 was US$2.3 million, compared to US$11.1 million in the prior year period[3].

Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2015, China Digital TV had cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash totaling US$70.2 million.

Full Year 2015 Results

In 2015, China Digital TV's smart card shipments decreased by 30.2% to 10.88 million from 15.60 million in the prior year.

China Digital TV's net revenues decreased by 35.2% to US$52.9 million from US$81.5 million in the prior year. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in revenues from the sales of smart cards caused by the general market decline of the mature CA business, as well as a decline in the ASP of smart cards.

Revenues from the Company's top five customers accounted for 33.9% of total revenues, compared to 26.9% in the prior year, primarily attributable to the consolidation of certain cable operators in the market.

Revenue Breakdown




 For the twelve months ended




December 31,


December 31,




2015


2014




(in thousands of U.S. dollars)

Products:








Smart cards



$

43,533


$

67,108

Other products




2,865



6,412

Subtotal




46,398



73,520

Services:








Head-end system integration




3,235



4,591

Head-end system development




2,419



1,566

Licensing income




725



2,516

Royalty income




518



585

Other services




407



165

Subtotal




7,304



9,423

Total revenues



$

53,702


$

82,943

Revenues from smart cards decreased by 35.1% to US$43.5 million in 2015 from US$67.1 million in the prior year. The decrease was mainly due to a decline in shipment volumes of smart cards. Sales of smart cards as a percentage of total revenues remained stable at 81.1% in 2015, compared to the prior year.

Revenues from other products decreased by 55.3% to US$2.9 million in 2015 from US$6.4 million in the prior year. The decrease was mainly attributable to a decline in the sales of surface mounted chips and NBPs. Sales of other products accounted for 5.3% of total revenues in 2015, compared to 7.7% in the prior year.

Revenues from services decreased by 22.5% to US$7.3 million in 2015, compared to US$9.4 million in the prior year. The decrease was primarily due to the decrease in revenues from licensing income and head-end system integration, which was partially offset by an increase in revenues from head-end system development. Revenues from services accounted for 13.6% of total revenues in 2015, compared to 11.4% in the prior year.

Cost of revenues from smart cards and other products decreased by 34.1% to US$9.1 million in 2015 from US$13.8 million in the prior year. The decrease was mainly due to a decline in cost of revenues from smart cards, which corresponds to decreased shipment volumes. Cost of revenues from smart cards and other products accounted for 48.2% and 12.0%, respectively, of total cost of revenues in 2015, compared to 60.8% and 15.1% in the prior year.

Cost of revenues from services increased by 37.4% to US$6.0 million in 2015 from US$4.4 million in the prior year. The increase was mainly due to an increase in cost of revenues from head-end system integration. Cost of revenues from services accounted for 39.8% of total cost of revenues, compared to 24.1% in the prior year.

Gross profit in 2015 decreased by 40.4% to US$37.7 million from US$63.3 million in the prior year. Gross margin, which is equal to gross profit divided by net revenues, was 71.3% in 2015, compared to 77.6% in the prior year. The decline in gross margin was primarily due to a decrease in the gross margin of other products, which was attributable to the decline in sales of comparatively high-margin surface mounted chips and NBPs.

In 2015, the ASP of smart cards decreased by 7.1% year over year, while the unit cost of smart cards decreased by 5.5% year over year.

Operating expenses in 2015 decreased by 15.5% to US$35.6 million from US$42.1 million in the prior year.

  • Research and development expenses in 2015 decreased by 11.4% to US$15.3 million from US$17.3 million in the prior year. The decline was mainly due to a decrease in personnel related expenses resulting from lower headcount.
  • Selling and marketing expenses in 2015 decreased by 16.2% to US$11.6 million from US$13.9 million in the prior year. The decline was mainly due to a decrease in marketing expenses.
  • General and administrative expenses in 2015 decreased by 20.9% to US$8.7 million from US$10.9 million in the prior year. The decline was mainly due to a decrease in professional fees.

Income from operations in 2015 decreased by 89.9% to US$2.1 million from US$21.2 million in the prior year.

Net income attributable to holders of ordinary shares in 2015 decreased by 92.7% to US$1.5 million from US$20.9 million in the prior year.

U.S. Federal Income Taxation

Based on the Company's analysis of the value of the Company's assets and income for the taxable year ended December 31, 2015, the Company believes that it was not a passive foreign investment company ("PFIC") for the taxable year ended December 31, 2015. There can be no assurance that the Company will not be a PFIC for the taxable year ending December 31, 2016 or future taxable years, as PFIC status is tested each year and depends on the Company's assets and income in such year. In addition, based on an analysis of the value of the Company's assets as of the end of prior years, the Company was a PFIC during the taxable years ended December 31, 2009 through 2013 and not a PFIC during the taxable year ended December 31, 2014 for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Certain holders of the Company's ADSs or ordinary shares that are subject to U.S. federal income tax and that held ADSs or ordinary shares during any year in which the Company was treated as a PFIC will be subject to special rules that may have materially adverse consequences. Further details about the PFIC rules are available in the Company's annual reports on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. U.S. holders (as defined in the Form 20-F) of the Company's ADSs should generally be able to make a mark-to-market election under the PFIC rules. U.S. holders of the Company's ADSs are advised to consult their own tax advisors regarding the application of the PFIC rules to their particular circumstances, including the consequences of making a mark-to-market election.

Business Outlook

Based on information available as of March 3, 2016, China Digital TV expects smart card shipment volumes in the first quarter of 2016 to be in the range of 2.7 million to 3.0 million. Net revenues in the first quarter of 2016 are expected to be in the range of US$12.1 million to US$13.3 million.

Conference Call Information

China Digital TV's management will host an earnings conference call at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2016, U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016, Beijing/Hong Kong Time).

Conference Call Dial-in Information:

United States Toll Free:

+1-888-346-8982

International:

+1-412-902-4272

Hong Kong:

800-905945

China Toll Free:

4001-201203

Conference Name:

China Digital TV Holding Co. Ltd. call.

A replay of the call will be available for one week between 9:00 p.m. on March 3, 2016 and 9:00 a.m. on March 10, 2016, U.S. Eastern Time.

Replay Dial-in Information:

United States:

+1-877-344-7529

International:

+1-412-317-0088

Replay Access Code:

10081586

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of this call will be available on the Investor Relations section of China Digital TV's corporate website at http://ir.chinadtv.cn.

About China Digital TV

Founded in 2004, China Digital TV enables television network operators to manage, extend and diversify content services across households and public areas in China. China Digital TV is the leading provider of cloud-based application platforms and network broadcasting platform ("NBP") services to Chinese cable operators, helping them to effectively bring mobile gaming apps and other entertainment options to household television sets, and extend cable programming outside the home to any mobile device. China Digital TV is also the leading provider of Conditional Access ("CA") systems in China's digital television market. CA systems enable television network operators to secure the delivery of content to their subscribers. The Company has existing cooperation with nearly all of China's cable television operators.

For more information please visit the Investor Relations section of China Digital TV's website at http://ir.chinadtv.cn.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the 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," "may," "should" and similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the outlook for the first quarter of 2016 and comments by management in this announcement about trends in the CA systems, digital television, cable television and related industries in the PRC and China Digital TV's strategic and operational plans and future market positions. China Digital TV may also make forward-looking statements in its periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about China Digital TV's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from projections contained or implied in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: competition in the CA systems, digital television, cable television and related industries in the PRC and the impact of such competition on prices, our ability to implement our business strategies, changes in technology, the progress of the television digitalization in the PRC, the structure of the cable television industry or television viewer preferences, changes in PRC laws, regulations or policies with respect to the CA systems, digital television, cable television and related industries, including the extent of non-PRC companies' participation in such industries, and changes in political, economic, legal and social conditions in the PRC, including the government's policies with respect to economic growth, foreign exchange and foreign investment.

Further information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties is included in our annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. China Digital TV does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.
Nan Hao
Investor Relations Manager
Tel: +86-10-6297-1199 x 9780
Email: ir@chinadtv.cn

ICR, Inc.
Charles Eveslage
Tel: +1 (646) 328-1950
Email: stv@icrinc.com

[1]Unless otherwise stated, all financial statement measures stated in this press release are based on generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("U.S. GAAP").

[2]Non-GAAP net income (loss) is defined as net income (loss) excluding certain non-cash expenses, such as share-based compensation expenses, amortization of acquired intangible assets from business acquisitions and equity method investments.
[3]For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the tables captioned "Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures" set forth at the end of this release.

 

China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income/(Loss)
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share data)







For the three months ended



December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


2015


2015


2014











Revenues:










Products


$

14,496


$

9,353


$

24,499

Services



3,635



1,322



5,265

Total revenues



18,131



10,675



29,764

Business and sales related taxes



(281)



(128)



(537)

Net revenues



17,850



10,547



29,227











Cost of revenues:










Products



(2,884)



(2,088)



(4,083)

Services



(2,906)



(1,098)



(1,507)

Total cost of revenues



(5,790)



(3,186)



(5,590)

Gross profit



12,060



7,361



23,637











Operating expenses:










Research and development expenses



(3,691)



(3,904)



(4,430)

Selling and marketing expenses



(2,954)



(2,609)



(3,188)

General and administrative expenses



(2,694)



(1,897)



(4,169)

Total operating expenses



(9,339)



(8,410)



(11,787)











Income/(loss) from operations



2,721



(1,049)



11,850











Interest income



306



287



151

Other income



1,012



248



1,930

Income/(loss) before income taxes



4,039



(514)



13,931

Income tax expenses/(benefits)










Income tax-current



(1,104)



(734)



(1,545)

Income tax-deferred



(451)



57



(2,054)

Net income/(loss) before net income from equity method investments



2,484



(1,191)



10,332

Net(loss)/income from equity method investments, net of income taxes (including dilution gain from equity method investment of nil, US$184 and nil, respectively)  



(140)



337



(70)

Net income/(loss)



2,344



(854)



10,262

Net(income)/loss attributable to noncontrolling interest


(46)



378



675

Net income/(loss) attributable to holders of ordinary shares


$

2,298


$

(476)


$

10,937











Net income/(loss) per share attributable to holders of ordinary shares










Basic


$

0.04


$

(0.01)


$

0.18

Diluted


$

0.04


$

(0.01)


$

0.18





















Net income/(loss)


$

2,344


$

(854)


$

10,262

Other comprehensive loss, net of tax

Foreign currency translation adjustment



(1,892)



(2,212)



(1,050)

Comprehensive income/(loss)



452



(3,066)



9,212

Comprehensive (income)/loss attributable to noncontrolling interest



(42)



395



684











Comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to holders of ordinary shares


$

410


$

(2,671)


$

9,896































Weighted average shares used in calculating net income per ordinary share










Basic



60,156,157



60,137,813



59,592,861

Diluted



61,126,154



60,137,813



62,221,519

 

China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.  
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)





ASSETS

December 31,


December 31,

2015

2014

Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents

$

70,138


$

62,042


Restricted cash


34



78


Notes receivable


4,851



5,417


Accounts receivable, net


38,211



47,977


Inventories, net


4,857



4,966


Prepaid expenses and other current assets


3,782



8,964


Deferred costs-current


-



710


Deferred tax assets - current


3,015



2,387

Total current assets 


124,888



132,541


Long-term receivable


-



45


Property and equipment, net 


680



880


Intangible assets, net


348



440


Goodwill


1,343



1,402


Equity method investments


3,055



2,502


Deferred costs - non-current


-



516


Deferred tax assets - non-current


436



785

Total assets


130,750



139,111








LIABILITIES AND EQUITY






Current liabilities:







Accounts payable


1,665



2,298


Notes payable


-



86


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 


11,806



17,652


Deferred revenue - current


3,635



4,572


Income tax payable


2,401



3,465


Deferred tax liabilities - current


5,334



3,727


Government subsidies - current


819



167

Total current liabilities


25,660



31,967


Deferred revenue - non-current


173



617


Government subsidies - non-current


3,024



4,390


Deferred income taxes-non-current


87



110

Total liabilities  


28,944



37,084







EQUITY






China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. shareholders'

equity:


Ordinary shares


30



30


Additional paid-in capital and statutory reserve


56,349



53,616


Retained earnings


23,451



22,307


Accumulated other comprehensive income


21,650



25,509

Total China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.

shareholders' equity


101,480



101,462

Noncontrolling interest


326



565

Total equity


101,806



102,027

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$

130,750


$

139,111

 

China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share data)


























For the year ended





December 31,


December 31,




2015


2014











Revenues:










  Products





$

46,398


$

73,520

  Services






7,304



9,423

Total revenues






53,702



82,943

  Business and sales related taxes






(838)



(1,410)

Net revenues






52,864



81,533

Cost of revenues:










  Products






(9,123)



(13,845)

  Services






(6,024)



(4,384)

Total Cost of Revenues






(15,147)



(18,229)

Gross Profit






37,717



63,304











Operating expenses:










  Research and development expenses






(15,304)



(17,276)

  Selling and marketing expenses






(11,627)



(13,877)

  General and administrative expenses






(8,653)



(10,935)

Total operating expenses






(35,584)



(42,088)











Income from operations






2,133



21,216











  Interest income






1,126



1,312

  Other income






1,810



3,069

Income before income taxes






5,069



25,597

Income tax (expenses)/benefits










  Income tax-current






(3,401)



(10,638)

  Income tax-deferred






(1,177)



4,265

Net income before net income from
equity method investments






491



19,224

Net  income/(loss) from equity method
investments, net of income taxes (including
dilution gain from equity method investment
of US$184 and nil, respectively)






137



(59)

Net income






628



19,165

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling
interest






900



1,725

Net income attributable to holders
of ordinary shares





$

1,528


$

20,890











Net income per share attributable
to holders of ordinary shares










Basic





$

0.03


$

0.35

Diluted





$

0.02


$

0.34





















Net income





$

628


$

19,165

Other comprehensive loss, net of tax

    Foreign currency translation adjustment






(3,892)



(3,441)

Comprehensive (loss)/income






 

(3,264)



 

15,724

Comprehensive loss attributable to
noncontrolling interest






933



1,735











Comprehensive (loss)/income attributable
to holders of ordinary shares





$

 

 

(2,331)


$

 

 

17,459































Weighted average shares used in
calculating net income per ordinary share










Basic






59,968,346



59,369,708

Diluted






62,133,669



61,716,779

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

Non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to holders of ordinary shares excludes certain non-cash expenses, such as share-based compensation expenses, amortization of intangible assets acquired from business acquisitions and equity method investments. The Company believes that the non-GAAP net income (loss) provides meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's performance by excluding certain non-cash expenses that may not be indicative of its operating performance from a cash flow perspective. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to this additional information in assessing the Company's performance and when planning and forecasting future periods.


For the three months ended  


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,

2015

2015

2014



(in U.S. dollars, in thousands)

Net income/(loss) attributable to China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd shareholders - GAAP


$

2,298


$

(476)


$

10,937

Share-based compensation expenses



16



26



78

Amortization of intangible assets from business acquisitions and equity method investments



12



12



52

Net income/(loss) attributable to China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd shareholders - Non-GAAP


$

2,326


$

(438)


$

11,067











 

SOURCE China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.



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