China Education Alliance Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results

HARBIN, China, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- China Education Alliance, Inc. ("China Education Alliance" or the "Company", OTCQX: CEAI), a China-based education resource and services company today announced its fourth quarter and full year 2012 results.  The Company will host a conference call on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 8 a.m. EDT (8 p.m. Beijing time on the same day).

Financial Highlights for the Fourth Quarter ended December 31, 2012

  • Total revenues were $1.8 million.
  • Gross loss was $0.4 million.
  • Operating loss was $4.0 million
  • Net loss was $3.4 million.
  • EPS was $(0.32) per fully diluted share.

Financial Highlights for Full Year 2012

  • Total revenue was $11.7 million compared to $34.8 million in 2011.
  • Gross profit was $1.6 million compared to $24.1 million in 2011.
  • Operating loss was $14.4 million compared to operating income of $5.0 million in 2011. 
  • Net loss was $14.1 million compared to $6.1 million in 2011.
  • Loss per share was $1.33 per fully diluted share compared to earnings per share of $0.58 in 2011.

"Our business continued to face significant challenges in 2012 due to the continuing economic uncertainty lingering over China's economy and more intense competition in the domestic education business which directly impacted our financial results" commented Mr. Xiqun Yu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of China Education Alliance. "While we are disappointed with the results, we are optimistic about our future as we continue to work diligently to build a new model for our online business and expanding our training center network."

"The new online platform we have been developing for some time and which, in effect, is an online mall for education content is in its final testing stage.  A number of schools have contributed content to the trial runs and I am satisfied with the progress accomplished so far.  Once officially launched, sometime this year, the new platform will act as a digital marketplace for a wide array of proprietary educational products developed by China Education Alliance in addition to content from third party developers and educational institutions. As the growth and adoption of e-commerce platforms in China continue to surge, we are confident that this new business model will significantly enhance user experience, substantially improve educational options for a wide population of students, and give us a definite competitive advantage."

Mr. Yu concluded, "While this investment will take time to fully yield results, we are excited about the future opportunities and growth potential of our new approach to online education and are generally positive about our business prospects for the future."

Fiscal Year 2012 Review:

Revenue decreased by $23.0 million, or 66% to $11.7 million for the full year 2012 from $34.8 million in 2011. The decline in revenue for the year ended December 31, 2012 was a result of decline in revenue across all of our business. We believe revenue was affected by external factors including slowdown in economic growth within the PRC, untruthful allegations about our businesses, and increased competition. These factors contributed to the continuous decline in interest of existing and new students, which resulted in decrease in student enrollments and led to a decline in revenue as compared to the year ended December 31, 2011. We expect to improve the performance of our online education division in the future by providing students with more competitive, up-to-date study materials and easy access. We have contracted technology companies to design a new web-based platform providing video based long-distance teaching services which encompass online community system and online teaching management system. Additionally, we are seeking to establish more onsite training centers and optimize the operation of existing training centers. As such, we predict that our revenue will gradually recover after we launch the new web-based platform and set up more training centers.

Revenue from the on-line education division decreased by $15.3 million, or 77%, to $4.5 million in 2012 from $19.8 million in 2011.

Revenue from the training center division decreased by $7.8 million, or 52%, to $7.2 million in 2012 from $15.0 million in 2011.

Total cost of revenue decreased by $0.6 million, or 5%, to $10.1 million in 2012 from $10.7 million in 2011.  

Cost of revenue for the online education division increased by $0.3 million, or 4% in 2012 to $7.2 million compared with $6.9 million in 2011. This increase was mainly attributable to the purchase of new examination papers, tutorial materials, new servers and computers. In order to keep the online education material up-to-date and competitive, the Company must constantly purchase new study materials. Gross profit margin for the online education division decreased to negative 59% of revenue in 2012 from 65% of revenue in 2011 due to the decrease in revenue and increase in cost of revenue.

Cost of revenue for the training center division decreased by $0.9 million, or 23% to $2.9 million in 2012 from $3.8 million in 2011. The decrease in cost of revenue for the training center division was primarily due to the decrease in revenue. However, cost of revenue did not decrease in proportion to the decrease in revenue as a result of increase in salaries. In order to improve the performance of the training center division, the Company offered higher salaries to retain reputable teachers. Increases in salary for non-faculty staff also contributed to the increase in salaries paid. Gross profit margin for the training center division decreased to 60% of revenue from 75% in 2011 as a result of the decrease in revenue and increase in salary for both reputable teachers and non-faculty staff.

Gross profit for the full year 2012 was $1.6 million compared to $24.1 million in 2011.

Selling expenses decreased by $4.9 million, or 46%, to $5.8 million in 2012 from $10.7 million in 2011. Selling expenses were 50% of total revenue in 2012 compared with 31% in 2011. The decrease in selling expenses was mainly due to the decrease in revenue. The Company's sales commissions decreased dramatically as a result of significant drop in revenue. However, advertising expenses increased by $2.1 million, or 326% due to increased promotional activities.

Administrative expenses increased by $1.4 million, or 26% to $6.9 million in 2012 from $5.5 million in 2011. The increase in administrative expenses was primarily due to the increase in research and development expenses relating to the development of the web based platform. Total administrative expenses were 59% of total revenue.

Interest income remained flat at $1.9 million for both full year 2011 and 2012.

Provision for income tax was nil and deferred tax expenses were $0.3 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, as compared to the deferred tax benefits of $0.1 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Net loss for the year of 2012 was $14.1 million compared to net income of $6.1 million in 2011. Basic and diluted loss per share was $1.33 in 2012 compared to earnings per share of $0.58 in 2011. The decrease in earnings per share was mainly due to the decrease in net income. The basic weighted average shares outstanding and diluted weighted average shares outstanding were 10,582,530 in 2012, and 10,572,388 and 10,577,966, respectively in 2011.

Financial Position

At December 31, 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $64.2 million. The Company generated net cash provided by operating activities of $8.3 million.

At December 31, 2012, the Company had no long-term debt.

Conference Call

China Education Alliance will host a conference call and live webcast at 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on April 2, 2013 (8 p.m. in Harbin/Beijing on the same day).

The dial-in details for the live conference call are as follows:

    - Participant Dial In (Toll Free USA): 1-866-519-4004
    - International Dial In: +65-6723-9381
    - China Toll Free:  8008-190-121 
    - Hong Kong Toll Free: 8009-30346
      Conference Password: CEU

A live webcast of the conference call will be available in the investor relations section of the Company's website at: http://www.chinaeducationalliance.com/index.jsp

A telephone replay of the call will be available 1 hour after the end of the conference for seven days.

The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:

    - US Toll Free:  +1-855-452-5696
    - International Toll:  +61-2-8199-0299
      Passcode Number: 31478528

About China Education Alliance, Inc.

China Education Alliance, Inc. (http://www.chinaeducationalliance.com) is a leading educational services company offering high-quality instructors and online education materials for students between the ages of 6 to 18 and adults (university students and professionals) aged 18 and over. Divided into two segments, students and graduate professionals, our business model delivers the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in a rapidly growing and highly competitive China. The Company provides students in the first segment with online education materials sourced from top tier schools and famous instructors for download, as well as online training and tutoring services. With teaching centers located across China, the Company also offers hands on training and tutoring to aid Chinese students pass the two most important tests they will face in their educational careers: the senior high school entrance and college entrance exams. In the second segment for graduates and professionals, China Education Alliance provides vocational training courses in subjects including IT, administration, multimedia, as well as several professional training programs.

Safe Harbor Statement

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Certain statements in this press release, constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, without limitation, statements regarding our ability to prepare the company for growth, the Company's planned expansion in 2009 and predictions and guidance relating to the Company's future financial performance. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs and are not a guarantee of future performance but they involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, which may include, but are not limited to, such factors as unanticipated changes in product demand especially in the education industry, pricing and demand trends for the Company's products, changes to government regulations, risk associated with operation of the Company's new facilities, risk associated with large scale implementation of the company's business plan, the ability to attract new customers, ability to increase its product's applications, cost of raw materials, downturns in the Chinese economy, and other information detailed from time to time in the Company's filings and future filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this press release, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any of them and the Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company's expectations.

For more information, please contact:

China Education Alliance, Inc.
Ms. Cloris Li
Chief Financial Officer
Email: cloris@edu-chn.com

Christensen
Mr. Christian Arnell
Telephone:  +86 10 5826 4939
Email: carnell@christensenir.com

 

China Education Alliance, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income






For the twelve months ended

In US dollars

December 31, 2012


December 31, 2011

Revenue




  Online education revenue

$                   4,539,378


$                 19,806,226

  Training center revenue

7,185,731


14,951,305

Total revenue

11,725,109


34,757,531





Cost of revenue




  Online education costs

7,199,678


6,898,671

  Training center costs

2,895,065


3,779,495

Total cost of revenue

10,094,743


10,678,166





Gross profit (Loss)




  Online education gross profit/(loss)

(2,660,300)


12,907,555

  Training center gross profit

4,290,666


11,171,810

Total gross profit/(loss)

1,630,366


24,079,365





Operating expenses




  Selling expenses

5,815,968


10,749,531

  Administrative expenses

6,946,247


5,503,004

  Depreciation and amortization

3,292,471


2,799,556

Total operating expenses

16,054,686


19,052,091





(Loss) Income from operations

(14,424,320)


5,027,274





Other income (Expense)




  Other Income/(Expense), net

(5,138)


(281,158)

  Loss on disposal of property and equipment

(118,581)


(573,403)

  Impairement loss on intangible assets

(1,447,173)


-

  Interest income

1,867,440


1,867,527

  Investment loss

-


(205,382)

Total other income/(Expense), net

296,548


807,584





Net (loss) income before income tax

(14,127,772)


5,834,858

  Current

-


(179,153)

  Deffered

(319,255)


311,786





Net (loss) income

(14,447,027)


5,967,491

  Net (loss) income attributable to the noncontrolling interests

(384,423)


(136,317)

Net (loss) income - attributable to CEAI and subsidiaries

$                (14,062,604)


$                   6,103,808





Basic (loss) income per share

$                           (1.33)


$                            0.58

Diluted (loss) income per share

$                           (1.33)


$                            0.58





Basic Weighted  Average Shares Outstanding

10,582,530


10,572,388

Diluted Weighted  Average Shares Outstanding

10,582,530


10,572,388





The components of other comprehensive income




  Net (loss) income

$                (14,062,604)


$                   6,103,808

  Foreign currency translation adjustment

1,054,905


3,694,020





Comprehensive (loss) income

$                (13,007,699)


$                   9,797,828

 

China Education Alliance, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidate Balance Sheets



In US dollars

December 31, 2012


December 31, 2011

Assets




Current assets




  Cash and cash equivalents

$                 64,172,917


$                 73,597,159

  Other receivables

841,003


652,526

  Prepaid expenses and other current assets

660,054


1,305,496

Total current assets

65,673,974


75,555,181





Non-current assets




  Note receivable

7,935,122


7,869,678

  Property and equipment

11,349,025


14,203,136

  Intangibles and capitalized software

9,213,515


12,420,620

  Deferred tax assets

-


316,737

Total non-current assets

28,497,662


34,810,171





Total assets

$                 94,171,636


$               110,365,352





Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity




Current liabilities




  Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$                      420,434


$                   1,430,499

  Deferred revenue

1,332,620


2,277,620

  Income tax and other taxes payable

179,544


532,254

  Due to a stockholder

-


131,650

Total current liabilities

1,932,598


4,372,023





Stockholder's Equity




 Common stock ($0.001 par value, 150,000,000 shares authorized, 10,582,530 issued both as of
December 31, 2012, and 2011, respectively; 137,512 shares held in treasury, as of
December 31, 2012, and 2011, respectively)

10,583


10,583

  Additional paid-in capital

40,941,215


40,936,106

  Statutory reserve

3,792,161


3,792,161

  Retained earnings

36,186,436


50,249,040

  Accumulated other comprehensive income

10,322,490


9,267,585

  Less: Treasury stock

(977,072)


(977,072)

  Stockholder's equity - CEAI and subsidiaries

90,275,813


103,278,403

  Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries

1,963,225


2,714,926

Total stockholder's equity

92,239,038


105,993,329





Total liabilities and stockholder's equity

$                 94,171,636


$               110,365,352

 

China Education Alliance, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows






For the twelve months ended

In US dollars

December 31, 2012


December 31, 2011

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net (loss) income

$                (14,447,027)


$                   5,967,491

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided (used in) provided by operating activities




  Depreciation and amortization - operating expenses

3,292,471


2,799,556

  Depreciation and amortization - cost of revenue

2,844,824


1,873,663

  Loss on disposal of fixed assets

118,581


573,403

  Bad debt written off on other recievables

18,969


184,500

  Impairment loss on intangible assets

1,447,173


-

  Stock based compensation

5,109


1,209,803

  Investment loss

-


205,382

Net changes in operating assets and liabilities




  Prepaid expenses and other receivables

453,995


1,234,634

  Deferred tax assets

319,255


(311,786)

  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(1,020,140)


1,067,334

  Income tax and other taxes payable

(352,710)


183,282

  Deferred revenue

(963,589)


1,141,679

Net cash provided by operating activities

(8,283,089)


16,128,941





Cash flows from investing activities




  Purchases of property and equipment

(1,489,552)


(9,356,220)

  Proceeds from disposal of fixed assets

23,291


1,851,987

  Cash used for additional registered capital of a subsidiary

-


(212,599)

  Cash used for acquisitions

-


(8,447,427)

Net cash used in investing activities

(1,466,261)


(16,164,259)





Cash flows from financing activities:




  Advance from stockholder

(132,696)


131,650

  Dividend paid to noncontrolling shareholders

(158,643)


(247,893)

Net cash used in financing activities

(291,339)


(116,243)





Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

616,447


2,643,305

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(9,424,242)


2,491,744

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

73,597,159


71,105,415

Cash and cash equivalents, at end of period

$                 64,172,917


$                 73,738,147





SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES:




  Income tax paid

$                        92,832


$                      122,945

 

SOURCE China Education Alliance, Inc.



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