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China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

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SHENZHEN, China, May 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. (NYSE: NPD) ("Nepstar" or the "Company"), the largest retail drugstore chain in China based on the number of directly operated stores, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Financial Highlights

For the quarter ended March 31, 2013:

  • Same store sales increased by 6.1% compared with the first quarter of 2012
  • Revenue increased to RMB627.4 million (US$101.0 million) from RMB625.8 million in the first quarter of 2012
  • Net income increased slightly to RMB7.1million (US$1.1 million) from RMB7.0 million in the first quarter of 2012
  • Basic and diluted earnings per American depositary share ("ADS") were RMB0.07 (US$0.01), the same as in the first quarter of 2012

"We are pleased to see continuing same store sales growth in the first quarter of 2013, compared with the same period of 2012," Mr. Fuxiang Zhang, Chief Executive Officer, commented. "Our focus on increasing store efficiencies and maximizing customer transactions per visit, enabled the Company to maintain top line growth momentum, even given a lower store count. In the current competitive market environment, we strive to broaden and optimize our product portfolio. We believe that our dedication to product line development and optimization has provided a solid foundation for the company to stabilize its gross margins over time."

First Quarter Results

During the first quarter of 2013, the Company opened 25 new stores and closed 63 stores. As of March 31, 2013, the Company had 2,094 directly operated stores in total.  

Revenue for the first quarter of 2013 increased by 0.2% to RMB627.4 million (US$101.0 million) from RMB625.8 million for the same period in 2012. Same store sales (for the 2,015 stores opened before December 31, 2011 and which were still operating) for the first quarter of 2013, increased by 6.1% compared with the same period in 2012. The increase in same store sales was primarily due to promotional initiatives aimed at increasing transactions per store.

First quarter revenue analysed by product group comprised 22.1% by sales of prescription drugs; 40.0% by over-the-counter ("OTC") drugs; 14.9% by nutritional supplements; 4.1% by herbal products; and 18.9% from convenience and other products.

First quarter gross profit was RMB290.9 million (US$46.8 million), which was slightly decreased from RMB291.6 million in the same period of 2012. Gross margins in the first quarter of 2013 were 46.4%, compared with 46.6% in the same period of 2012. The small year-over-year decrease in gross margin was mainly the result of mandatory price cuts on certain pharmaceuticals imposed by the Chinese government together with changes in product mix, as the Company introduced more convenience products with lower gross margins.

The Company's portfolio of private label products extended to 2,024 types of products as of March 31, 2013. Sales of private label products represented approximately 24.5% of the Company revenue and 33.9% of the gross profit for the first quarter of 2013.

Sales, marketing and other operating expenses, as a percentage of revenue, in the first quarter of 2013 decreased to 40.2% from 40.4% in the same period of 2012. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to the growth in same store sales and closure of underperforming stores.  

General and administrative expenses, as a percentage of revenue, in the first quarter of 2013 was 4.4%, compared with 4.8% for the same period of 2012. The decrease was mainly due to the continued implementation of the Company's overall cost management measures.

Income from operations in the first quarter of 2013 increased by 30.3% to RMB11.3 million (US$1.8 million) from RMB8.7 million in the same period of 2012.

Interest income for the first quarter of 2013 was RMB4.1 million (US$0.7 million), compared with RMB5.4 million in the same period of 2012. Interest income decreased as a result of reduced cash balances following the distribution of a special dividend in the second quarter of 2012.

Dividend income from cost method investments was RMB1.8 million (US$0.3 million) in the first quarter of 2013, compared with RMB1.4 million in the same period of 2012. Equity in income of an equity method investee was nil in the first quarter of 2013, compared with the income of RMB0.7 million in the same period of 2012. On December 28, 2012, the Company completed the sales of its entire 40% equity interests in Yunnan Jianzhijia Chain Drugstore Ltd. for a total cash consideration of approximately RMB 81.5 million.

The Company's effective tax rate was 58.6% for the first quarter of 2013, compared with 56.8% for the same period in 2012. The higher effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2013 was caused by non-deductible expenses and the effect of operating losses from loss-making subsidiaries, for which full valuation allowances were made on their deferred tax assets.

Net income in the first quarter of 2013 was RMB 7.1 million (US$1.1 million), which represented RMB0.07 (US$0.01) basic and diluted earnings per ADS. Net income in the first quarter of 2012 was RMB7.0 million, which also represented RMB0.07 basic and diluted earnings per ADS.

In the first quarter of 2013, net cash-flows from operating activities were RMB6.9 million (US$1.1 million), compared with RMB0.9 million in the same period of 2012.

As of March 31, 2013, the Company's total cash, cash equivalents, bank deposits and restricted cash were RMB662.1 million (US$106.6 million) and its shareholders' equity was RMB1.03 billion (US$166.3 million), compared with total cash, cash equivalents, bank deposits and restricted cash of RMB664.4 million and shareholders' equity of RMB1.03 billion as of December 31, 2012.

Business Outlook  

"The ongoing avian flu epidemic in the second quarter of 2013 has clearly caused more visits of customers to the Company drugstores for preventive medications. Fever reducing and detoxicating drugs in our pharmaceutical category contributed to be the strong growth category in same store sales, in second quarter-to-date as compared with the same period in 2012," Mr. Zhang remarked. "We continue to execute our strategy of focusing on store productivity and cost control."

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call and a simultaneous webcast, on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 8:00 p.m. Beijing Time. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing in approximately five minutes before the call start time at +1-877-407-9210 (North America) or +1-201-689-8049 (International). A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's website at www.nepstar.cn.

A replay of the call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the event through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 4, 2013. An archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's website at http://www.nepstar.cn. Interested parties may access the replay by dialing +1-877-660-6853 (North America) or +1-201-612-7415 (International) and entering conference ID number 414282.

About China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd.                                                    

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. (NYSE: NPD) is the largest retail drugstore chain in China based on the number of directly operated stores. As of March 31, 2013, the Company had 2,094 stores across 76 cities, one headquarter distribution center and 16 regional distribution centers in China. Nepstar uses directly operated stores, centralized procurement and a network of distribution centers to provide its customers with high-quality, professional and convenient pharmaceutical products and services and a wide variety of other merchandise, including OTC drugs, nutritional supplements, herbal products, personal care products, family care products, and convenience products. Nepstar's strategy of centralized procurement, competitive pricing, customer loyalty programs and private label offerings has enabled it to capitalize on the continuing economic growth in China and take advantage of the demographic trend in China to achieve a strong brand and leading market position. For further information, please go to http://www.nepstar.cn.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in 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 quotations from management in this press release and the Company's strategic operational plans and business outlook, contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable law.

Exchange Rate Information

The United States dollar (US$) amounts disclosed in this press release are presented solely for the convenience of the reader. Translations of amounts from RMB into United States dollars were calculated at the certified exchange rate of US$1.00 = RMB6.2108 on March 29, 2013 as set forth in the H.10 weekly statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted into US$ at that rate on March 29, 2013, or at any other date. The percentages stated are calculated based on RMB amounts.

Contacts

Zixin Shao
China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd.
Chief Financial Officer
+86-755-2641-4065
ir@nepstar.cn

Dixon Chen
Grayling
Investor Relations
+1-646-284-9403
dixon.chen@grayling.com

Ivette Almeida
Grayling
Media Relations
+1-646-284-9455
ivette.almeida@grayling.com

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China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(amounts in thousands – except per-share data)



Three-month period ended

March 31,


2012


2013


2013


RMB


RMB


USD







Revenue

625,835


627,360


101,011

Cost of goods sold

(334,257)


(336,437)


(54,170)

Gross profit

291,578


290,923


46,841

Sales, marketing and other operating expenses

(252,682)


(252,085)


(40,588)

General and administrative expenses

(30,239)


(27,557)


(4,437)

Income from operations

8,657


11,281


1,816

Interest income

5,384


4,113


662

Dividend income from cost method investments

1,404


1,797


289

Equity in income of an equity method investee

742


-


-

Income before income tax expense

16,187


17,191


2,767

Income tax expense

(9,201)


(10,077)


(1,622)

Net income

6,986


7,114


1,145







Basic earnings per ordinary share

0.035


0.036


0.006

Basic earnings per ADS

0.070


0.072


0.012

Diluted earnings per ordinary share

0.035


0.036


0.006

Diluted earnings per ADS

0.070


0.072


0.012







Other comprehensive income, net of tax:












Foreign currency translation adjustments

26


(137)


(22)

Comprehensive income attributable to China
Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd.

7,012


6,977


1,123

 


 

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(amounts in thousands)








As of


As of


As of

December 31,


March 31,


March 31,


2012


2013


2013


RMB


RMB


USD







ASSETS






Current assets






Cash and cash equivalents

371,256


374,034


60,223

Short-term bank time deposits

237,100


232,100


37,370

Restricted cash

36,000


36,000


5,796

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful
accounts

114,601


117,986


18,997

Amounts due from related parties

8,254


9,760


1,571

Prepaid expenses, deposits and other current assets

147,252


139,040


22,388

Inventories

478,483


456,816


73,552

Deferred tax assets

1,704


3,556


573

Total current assets

1,394,650


1,369,292


220,470







Non-current assets






Long-term bank time deposits

20,000


20,000


3,220

Property and equipment, net

120,237


117,829


18,972

Rental deposits

38,236


38,733


6,236

Cost method investments

12,638


12,638


2,035

Intangible assets, net

2,868


2,868


462

Goodwill

51,819


51,819


8,343

Deferred tax assets

3,056


3,041


490

Accrued interest income

507


719


116

Total non-current assets

249,361


247,647


39,874

Total assets

1,644,011


1,616,939


260,344







LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS'
EQUITY












Current liabilities






Accounts payable

356,095


348,767


56,155

Bills payable

20,534


-


-

Amounts due to related parties

18,381


15,456


2,489

Accrued expenses and other payables

105,503


97,395


15,681

Income tax payable

40,967


44,443


7,156

Deferred income

14,327


14,568


2,346

Total current liabilities

555,807


520,629


83,827







Non-current liabilities






Deferred income

18,365


18,363


2,957

Deferred tax liabilities

7,499


7,898


1,272

Other non-current liabilities

36,237


36,969


5,952

Total non-current liabilities

62,101


63,230


10,181

Total liabilities

617,908


583,859


94,008







Shareholders' equity






Share capital

158


158


25

Additional paid-in capital

832,811


832,811


134,091

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(41,688)


(41,825)


(6,734)

Retained earnings

234,822


241,936


38,954

Total shareholders' equity

1,026,103


1,033,080


166,336

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

1,644,011


1,616,939


260,344

SOURCE China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd.



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