NetDragon Announces 2011 Second Quarter and Interim Results First Half Net Profit Increased by 242.4% YoY;

Online Games & Mobile Internet Businesses Revenues Rise Significantly

HONG KONG, Aug. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- NetDragon Websoft Inc. ("NetDragon"; Stock Code: 777), a leading developer and operator of online games and mobile Internet applications in China, today announced its unaudited interim financial results for the period ended June 30, 2011. Additionally, a management conference call and live webcast is scheduled at 7:00 PM Hong Kong time, August 25, 2011 to review financial results and recent business developments.

Second Quarter 2011 Financial and Operational Highlights

  • Net Revenue was RMB184.3 million, an increase of 17.6 % over the first quarter of 2011 ("QoQ"), and an increase of 53.4% over the second quarter of 2010 ("YoY")
  • Revenue from Online Games was RMB174.9 million, an increase of 16.1% QoQ and an increase of 45.6% YoY
  • Revenue from Mobile Internet was RMB9.4 million, an increase of 54.8% QoQ and an increase of 2,250% YoY
  • Operating Profit was RMB56.7 million, an increase of 50.1% QoQ and an increase of 848.8% YoY
  • Profit attributable to owners of the company was RMB42.9 million, an increase of 24.0% QoQ and an increase of 2,672.4% YoY; net profit margin was 23.3%, up from 22.1% in the first quarter of 2011 and 1.3% in the second quarter of 2010
  • Basic earnings per share (EPS) were RMB8.15 cents, diluted EPS were RMB8.15 cents
  • Peak concurrent users ("PCU") for online games were 643,000, an increase of 17.8% QoQ
  • Average concurrent users ("ACU") for online games were 311,000, an increase of 26.4% QoQ
  • The Board has resolved to declare an interim dividend of HKD 0.1 per share on September 15, 2011 for the six months ended June 30, 2011, which will be paid to the shareholders whose names appeared on the register of members of the Company on September 8, 2011

Mr. Liu Dejian, Chairman and Executive Director of NetDragon, commented, "Following a significant rise in first-quarter 2011 net profit, NetDragon maintained steady growth momentum this quarter, thanks to continued growth in online games and mobile business revenues, coupled with effective control over R&D and other costs. This has resulted in dramatically improved first-half results when compared with the same period of 2010. We believe that our game business will perform even better in future on the back of upcoming product launches. NetDragon expects to launch our self-developed and highly-anticipated 3D titles, World of Dungeon Keeper Online and TRANSFORMERS Online, in the fourth quarter of 2011 and Spring 2012, respectively. In addition to MMORPGs, we expect to unveil a FPS, TCG and 'beat-em-up' side scroller as well as ports of our popular PC games to tablet PC and smartphone platforms in the future, which will better enable NetDragon to expand its customer base at home and abroad."

Mr. Liu continued, "We are delighted that NetDragon's Mobile Internet business achieved significant growth during the first half, boosted by the increasing brand awareness of our mobile platforms. During the second quarter, revenues from the mobile Internet business exceeded our expectations, reaching RMB9.4 million, up 55% sequentially. As of June 30, users of our 91 Series smartphone products surpassed 40 million, including over 25 million total installations of our marketplace client 91 PC Suite. Aggregate downloads of applications and content through our platforms is greater than 3 billion; and user loyalty has improved as well. Looking into the future, the company will continue to focus on platform creation with an open and cooperative attitude in a changing and competitive mobile Internet market, to constantly improve customer satisfaction and mobile Internet product experience, and to maintain NetDragon's leadership in the industry."

Second Quarter 2011 Business Highlights

Online Games

  • The fifth Chinese EP "Edge of Night" for Eudemons Online was released, introducing a new "Vampire" class and driving the maximum number of the game's concurrent users to hit a four-year high.  
  • The Turkish version of Conquer Online was available in countries including Turkey, Germany, Azerbaijan and Cyprus, further expanding the overseas footprint of NetDragon and cementing its leadership in emerging online game markets.  
  • The EP "Demon Rising" for the traditional Chinese version of Eudemons Online was launched in Malaysia. "Edge of Night" for the English version of Eudemons Online and "The Andromeda Crisis" for the English version of Zero Online were also released.

Mobile Internet

  • NetDragon entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Japan's largest social game developer DeNA Co Ltd. to share their mobile phone game resources and distribution platform.
  • The users of "HiMarket" grew rapidly, with NetDragon maintaining its leading position among China's Android marketplaces.  
  • 91 Panda Reader won the China Software and Information Services Industry Award for Innovative Product at the 9th China International Software & Information Service Fair (CISIS).

Other

  • NetDragon granted a total of 16,090,900 share options to its core members, outstanding employees and other eligible participants, to ensure the continuing growth and success of NetDragon by implementing a medium-and long-term equity incentive plan.
  • NetDragon paid a final dividend of HK$0.02 per share for the year ended December 31, 2010, with dividend payments in cash totaling approx. RMB 8,994,000.
  • NetDragon's indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary 91 Limited entered into an agreement with members of the IDG Group on the sale of convertible preferred shares for US$3,999,840. The preferred shares sold will represent 17.9% of all the outstanding shares of 91 Limited upon full conversion.

Recent Developments & Business Outlook

Online Games

  • "Legend of the Oriental", the new EP for Heroes of Might and Magic Online was launched in August.
  • NetDragon's first 3D MMORPG, World of Dungeon Keeper Online, started 3rd round of closed testing in August, and is expected to enter public open beta testing in October 2011.
  • TRANSFORMERS Online is expected to be launched in China in Spring 2012.
  • New EPs for Conquer Online, Eudemons Online, and Zero Online are expected in 2011.
  • "The Returning Light" EP for Conquer Online will be launched in Brazil; tablet PC and web browser versions of the English version of Conquer Online are slated for release by year end.

Mobile Internet

  • Plan to launch 91 mobile games open arena for the establishment of mobile terminal games open arena.
  • A series of products including 91 PC Suite, Android market and 91 Panda Reader will continue to strengthen their leading advantages, further improve the application and content distribution abilities, and put much more effort into the Android business.
  • Continue to advance mobile game business, further open platforms and optimize community functions and user experiences to absorb more excellent game contents into 91 platform.
  • Continue to advance 91 mobile open platform plan and entrepreneurial team supporting plan, to assist more excellent applications and teams to grow fast with the help of 91 platform.

Financial Highlights

RMB('000)

2Q 2011

1Q 2011

QoQ(%)

1H 2011

1H 2010

YoY(%)

Revenue

184,304

156,755

17.6%

341,059

259,596

31.4%

Gross Profit

170,195

142,212

19.7%

312,407

224,249

39.3%

GPM

92.3%

90.7%

1.6%

91.6%

86.4%

5.2%

Profit for the period

42,970

34,672

23.9%

77,642

22,673

242.4%

NPM

23.3%

22.1%

1.2%

22.8%

8.7%

14.1%

EPS-Basic (RMB cents)

8.15

6.57

24.0%

14.72

4.33

239.9%

EPS-Diluted (RMB cents)

8.15

6.57

24.0%

14.72

4.33

239.9%



Metrics


2Q 2011

1Q 2011

4Q 2010

3Q 2010

2Q 2010

PCU

643,000

546,000

542,000

589,000

449,000

ACU

311,000

246,000

232,000

226,000

217,000



Note: Online games include Conquer Online, Eudemons Online, Zero Online, Tou Ming Zhuang Online, Heroes of Might and Magic Online, Way of the Five, Tian Yuan, Disney Fantasy Online and other games.



Management Conference Call

NetDragon will host a management conference call and webcast to review its results and recent developments, at 7:00PM Hong Kong Time, which corresponds to 7:00AM Eastern Daylight Time, 25 August, 2011.

Details of the conference call are as follows:

Time: 7:00PM Hong Kong Time / 7:00AM Eastern Daylight Time, August 25th, 2011

Dial in numbers:  

International Toll  

1-617-614-3528

US Toll Free

1-800-561-2731

Hong Kong Toll Free

800-96-3844

South China Toll Free      

10-800 130 0399

North China Toll Free

10-800 152 1490

Passcode

45488981



Replay service is available from 10:00 PM August 25th to 12:00 AM, September 1st, 2011. Below are the replay numbers for different regions. International Toll: 1-617-801-6888; US Toll Free: 1-888-286-8010; Replay passcode: 24514749. A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of NetDragon's website at http://ir.nd.com.cn/cn/investor/ir_events.shtml. Participants in the live webcast should visit the aforementioned website 10 minutes prior to the call, then click on the icon for "2011 Interim Results Conference Call" and follow the registration instructions.

About NetDragon

NetDragon Websoft Inc. is a leading innovator and creative force in China's online gaming and mobile internet industries. Established in 1999, we are a vertically integrated developer & operator of MMORPGs and a cutting-edge R&D powerhouse. We launched our first self-made online game Monster & Me in 2002, followed by multiple titles including Eudemons Online, Conquer Online, Heroes of Might & Magic Online and Disney Fantasy Online. We are also China's pioneer in overseas expansion, directly operating titles in overseas markets since 2004 in English, Spanish, Arabic and other languages. Our online games currently in development include World of Dungeon Keeper Online (previously named as World of Dungeon Keeper), TRANSFORMERS Online, icombo (previously named as Cross Gate), and a new version of Ultima Online. In the mobile Internet industry, we provide China's leading marketplace for smartphone users, offering applications and content for the most popular mobile operating systems. NetDragon owns many well-known mobile Internet products, including 91 Panda Reader, 91 PC Suite, 91 Panda Space, 91 mobile portal and hipak.com.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE THREE MONTHS AND SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2011



Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


30/6/2011
(Unaudited)

RMB '000

31/3/2011


30/6/2011
(Unaudited)

RMB '000


30/6/2010
(Unaudited)

RMB '000

(Unaudited)/ (Restated)

RMB '000









Revenue 

184,304


156,755


341,059


259,596

Cost of revenue

(14,109)


(14,543)


(28,652)


(35,347)









Gross profit

170,195


142,212


312,407


224,249

Other income and gains

5,572


9,912


15,484


14,946

Selling and marketing expenses

(34,435)


(25,318)


(59,753)


(48,827)

Administrative expenses

(48,875)


(46,591)


(95,466)


(84,180)

Development costs

(35,025)


(40,577)


(75,602)


(75,377)

Other expenses

(768)


(1,885)


(2,653)


(3,460)

Share of loss of an associate

(77)


-


(77)


-

Profit before taxation

56,587


37,753


94,340


27,351

Taxation

(13,617)


(3,081)


(16,698)


(4,678)









Profit for the period

42,970


34,672


77,642


22,673

Other comprehensive (expenses) income:








Exchange differences arising on 
  translation of foreign operations

(375)


(172)


(547)


28









Total comprehensive income for the period

42,595


34,500


77,095


22,701









Profit for the period attributable to: 








  -Owners of the Company

42,917


34,612


77,529


22,763

  -Non-controlling interests

53


60


113


(90)


42,970


34,672


77,642


22,673

Total comprehensive income attributable to:








  - Owners of the Company

42,542


34,440


76,982


22,791

  - Non-controlling interests

53


60


113


(90)


42,595


34,500


77,095


22,701


RMB cents


RMB cents


RMB cents


RMB cents

Earnings per share 








  - Basic 

8.15


6.57


14.72


4.33

  - Diluted 

8.15


6.57


14.72


4.33





CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION


AS AT 30 JUNE 2011



30 June 2011


31 December 2010


(Unaudited)


(Audited)


RMB '000


RMB '000





Non-current assets




Property, plant and equipment

148,839


128,534

Prepaid lease payments

87,195


87,753

Investment property

15,801


14,551

Deposit paid for acquisition of property, plant and equipment

19,050


19,050

Intangible assets

10,673


13,136

Interests in an associate

2,423


-

Available-for-sale investments

4,000


4,000

Loan receivables

7,890


5,819

Deferred tax assets

54


54


295,925


272,897





Current assets




Prepaid lease payments

1,784


1,784

Loan receivables

361


893

Trade receivables

28,977


24,393

Other receivables, prepayments and deposits

45,699


40,072

Held for trading investments

-


1,079

Amount due from a related company

832


171

Bank deposits

220,000


340,828

Bank balances and cash

1,059,602


877,823


1,357,255


1,287,043

Current liabilities




Trade payables

1,094


519

Other payables and accruals

68,386


58,218

Deferred income

24,130


23,119

Amount due to a shareholder

9,748


5,328

Amount due to a related company

182


-

Income tax payable

27,328


21,599


130,868


108,783

Net current assets

1,226,387


1,178,260


1,522,312


1,451,157

Capital and reserves




Share capital

39,264


39,264

Share premium and reserves

1,483,475


1,412,433

Equity attributable to owners of the Company

1,522,739


1,451,697

Non-controlling interests

(427)


(540)


1,522,312


1,451,157




SOURCE NetDragon Websoft Inc.



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