NetDragon Websoft Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results Company marks solid growth in revenue and net profit for 6 consecutive quarters

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

Third Quarter 2011 Financial and Operational Highlights

  • Net Revenue was RMB 202.7 million, an increase of 10% over the second quarter of 2011 ("QoQ"), and an increase of 58.1% over the third quarter of 2010 ("YoY")
  • Revenue from Online Games was RMB 183.5 million, an increase of 5% QoQ and an increase of 43.1% YoY
  • Revenue from Mobile Internet was RMB 19.2 million, an increase of 103.4% QoQ and an increase of 1923.8% YoY
  • Operating Profit was RMB 59.0 million, an increase of 4.2% QoQ and an increase of 1052.0% YoY
  • Profit attributable to owners of the company was RMB 49.8 million, an increase of 16% QoQ and an increase of 1619.8% YoY; net profit margin was 24.6%, up from 23.3% in the second quarter of 2011 and 2.2% in the third quarter of 2010
  • Basic earnings per share (EPS) were RMB 9.48 cents, diluted EPS were RMB 9.48 cents
  • Peak concurrent users ("PCU") for online games were 569,000, a decrease of 11.5% QoQ
  • Average concurrent users ("ACU") for online games were 300,000, a decrease of 3.5% QoQ

Liu Dejian, Chairman and Executive Director of NetDragon, said, "During the quarter, we managed to increase our revenue and net profit for six consecutive quarters, representing a solid uptrend in the results for NetDragon's operations. Our online game business, which benefited from the roll-outs of new expansion packs and the staging of several in-game events, saw continuous increases in the number of paid players and their willingness to pay for major games. That was driven by NetDragon's quick response to the demands of the market and players through the application of our proprietary research and development strategy. We believe that major games scheduled for launch in 2012, including Dungeon Keeper Online and TRANSFORMERS Online, along with content updates for our existing games to meet the players' demands, will fuel the further growth of NetDragon's online games business. In addition, with the increasing popularity of portable devices, players are turning their attentions to these new devices as a platform for games. NetDragon is positioning itself to take advantage of the surge in portable devices and to get a jump on future opportunities in the online game market through innovation and by leveraging its resource advantages."

Mr. Liu continued, "Compared to the online game market, China's mobile internet market is experiencing exponential growth. With advertisers increasingly realizing the importance of mobile internet in marketing and in promotions, NetDragon's mobile business has established relationships with more vendors, which has, in turn, significantly increased our mobile internet advertising revenue. In terms of mobile games, NetDragon saw increases in the revenue from in-home developed and jointly operated mobile games. Additionally, during the quarter, the number of users of our series of mobile applications has continued to display dynamic growth. Furthermore, we have invested in companies with growth potential and synergistic value, so as to lay a sound foundation for the long-term success of our mobile business. Going forward, we will continue to expand the depth and width of our mobile platforms and establish close partnerships with other leading developers in the industry as part of the move to enrich the content of the mobile platforms, provide more outstanding services and enhance the overall experience for both developers and users. " 

Third Quarter 2011 Business Highlights

Online Games

  • NetDragon released new Chinese version of the EP "Legend of the Oriental" for Heroes of Might and Magic Online
  • NetDragon released new EP "Edge of Night" for the English version of Eudemons Online
  • NetDragon released new Brazilian EP "The Returning Light" for Conquer Online
  • NetDragon started the third round of closed testing for its first 3D MMORPG, Dungeon Keeper Online

Mobile Internet

  • New versions released for mobile games 91 Farm and 91 Tribe.
  • New versions of 91 Panda Reader released for different operating systems
  • Significant improvements in product and stability were made in 91 PC Suite, assuring better customer experience. The application was also awarded one of top ten mobile software titles in 2011 Seventh China Mobile Software Top 50 Contest as well as one of the top 100 software titles in 2011 First Hong Kong International Software Contest.

Other

  • NetDragon granted a total of 3,681,500 share options to its senior executives, outstanding employees and other eligible participants, to promote the continuing growth and success of NetDragon by implementing a medium-and long-term equity incentive plan.
  • NetDragon paid an interim dividend of HK$0.1 per share, with dividend payments in cash totaling approximately RMB 43,957,000.
  • TQ Building, the main building in the Haixi Animation Creativity City project was completed in August 2011, and is expected to be put into operation in 2012.

Recent Developments & Business Outlook 

Online Games

  • NetDragon launched the "Trumpet of the Legionnaire" EP for its flagship online game Eudemons Online in October 2011, which led to Eudemons Online hitting a historic high in monthly revenue. In addition, NetDragon plans to launch a new Chinese version EP for the title in the first quarter of 2012. The new EP "Legion Eudemons" for the English version of Eudemons Online will be launched in December 2011.
  • Tou Ming Zhuang Online and Conquer Online are expected to launch new Chinese EPs respectively in December 2011.
  • The Russian version of Conquer Online started closed testing in November 2011 and is expected to enter public open beta testing in January 2012; and the English web version of Conquer Online conducted large-scale closed testing in November 2011 and is expected to enter public open beta testing at the end of the year; and the English version of Conquer Online for tablet PC is slated for release by year end.
  • NetDragon's first 2D horizontal edition combat online game icombo completed three round closed beta testings in 2010 and is expected to enter its final closed beta testing in June 2012.
  • Zero Online plans to launch a new Chinese EP in the first quarter of 2012.
  • TRANSFORMERS Online is expected to carry out its first closed beta testing at the end of 2011 and officially roll-out in 2012 in China.
  • NetDragon's first 3D MMORPG, Dungeon Keeper Online is expected to enter open beta in early 2012.

Mobile Internet

  • NetDragon is pressing on with the development of the new version of 91 Panda Reader to increase the breadth of content available for the reader while optimizing overall performance.
  • 91 PC Suite is soon to come out with a new user interactive experience version on the existing platform to increase frequency and level of engagement of the application's active users.

Other

  • In October 2011, 91kt Player, jointly developed by NetDragon and Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc., the parent company of Cartoon Network, was formally launched. This product aims to bring Chinese children and adolescents the world's most popular Cartoon Network content, in association with a jointly developed website 91kt.com.
  • In October 2011, NetDragon once again won Award for Original Online Game at the 2011 China International Internet Culture Expo.
  • In November 2011, NetDragon was honored with the 2011 Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) Award at the award ceremony in Seoul, South Korea. Net Dragon was one among three Chinese companies winning the award.

Financial Highlights

RMB('000)

3Q 2011

2Q 2011

QoQ(%)

3Q 2011

3Q 2010

YoY(%)

Revenue

202,739

184,304

10.0%

202,739

128,219

58.1%

-Online Games

183,533

174,863

5.0%

183,533

128,219

43.1%

-Mobile Internet Business

19,206

9,441

103.4%

19,206

949 (1)

1923.8%

Gross Profit

184,696

170,195

8.5%

184,696

111,851 (2)

65.1%

GPM

91.1%

92.3%

(1.2%)

91.1%

87.2%

3.9%

Profit for the period

49,854

42,970

16.0%

49,854

2,847

1651.1%

NPM

24.6%

23.3%

1.3%

24.6%

2.2%

22.4%

EPS-Basic (RMB cents)

9.48

8.15

16.3%

9.48

0.55

1623.6%

EPS-Diluted (RMB cents)

9.48

8.15

16.3%

9.48

0.55

1623.6%



Note 1: The mobile internet business income has been recorded as revenue for the period ended 30 September 2011 whereas it had been classified as other income and gains for the period ended 30 September 2010.

Note 2: The mobile internet income was classified as other income and gains, thus, the figure does not form part in calculating the GP of 3Q 2010.

Metrics


3Q 2011

2Q 2011

1Q 2011

4Q 2010

3Q 2010

2Q 2010

PCU

569,000

643,000

546,000

542,000

589,000

449,000

ACU

300,000

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 unaudited financial results for the 3 months and 9 months ended September 30th, 2011 on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 Hong Kong time.

Details of the investor conference call are as follows:

Time: 7:00PM Hong Kong Time / 6:00AM Eastern Standard Time, November 30th, 2011

Dial in numbers:  

International Toll  

656-723-9381

US Toll Free

1-866-519-4004

Hong Kong Toll Free

800-93-0346

Mainland China Toll Free          

800-819-0121

Passcode

27093088



Replay service is available from 10:00 PM November 30 to 11:59 PM, December 7, 2011 HKT. Below are the replay numbers for different regions. International Toll: 612-8235-5000; US Toll Free: 1-866-214-5335; Replay passcode: 27093088. A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of NetDragon's website at http://ir.netdragon.com/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 "3Q 2011 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 Dungeon Keeper Online, TRANSFORMERS Online, Absolute Force, icombo, 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, sj.91.com and hiapk.com.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2011


Three Months Ended


30/9/2011

30/6/2011


30/9/2010

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

RMB '000

RMB '000

RMB '000

Revenue

202,739


184,304


128,219

Cost of revenue

(18,043)


(14,109)


(16,368)







Gross profit

184,696


170,195


111,851

Other income and gains

5,303


5,572


8,565

Selling and marketing expenses

(34,310)


(34,435)


(28,886)

Administrative expenses

(56,156)


(48,875)


(48,059)

Development costs

(36,280)


(35,025)


(36,966)

Other expenses

(3,894)


(768)


(1,380)

Finance costs

(316)


-


-

Share of losses of an associate

(65)


(77)


-

Profit before taxation

58,978


56,587


5,125

Taxation

(9,124)


(13,617)


(2,278)

Profit for the period

49,854


42,970


2,847







Other comprehensive (expenses) income:






Exchange differences arising on
translation of foreign operations

(734)


(375)


(49)







Total comprehensive income for the period

49,120


42,595


2,798







Profit for the period attributable to:






 -Owners of the Company

49,771


42,917


2,894

-Non-controlling interests

83


53


(47)


49,854


42,970


2,847

Total comprehensive income attributable to:






- Owners of the Company

49,037


42,542


2,845

- Non-controlling interests

83


53


(47)


49,120


42,595


2,798


RMB cents


RMB cents


RMB cents

Earnings per share






- Basic

9.48


8.15


0.55

- Diluted

9.48


8.15


0.55



CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(AS AT 30 SEPTEMBER 2011)


30 September 2011


31 December 2010


(Unaudited)


(Audited)


RMB '000


RMB '000

Non-current assets




Property, plant and equipment

163,476


128,534

Prepaid lease payments

86,708


87,753

Investment property

15,900


14,551

Deposit paid for acquisition of property, plant and equipment

19,050


19,050

Intangible assets

6,152


13,136

Interests in an associate

7,108


-

Available-for-sale investments

4,000


4,000

Loan receivables

7,356


5,819

Deferred tax assets

54


54


309,804


272,897





Current assets




Prepaid lease payments

1,784


1,784

Loan receivables

361


893

Trade receivables

43,024


24,393

Other receivables, prepayments and deposits

40,322


40,072

Held for trading investments

-


1,079

Amount due from a related company

890


171

Bank deposits

30,000


340,828

Bank balances and cash

1,282,890


877,823


1,399,271


1,287,043

Current liabilities





Trade payables

1,003


519

Other payables and accruals

78,743


58,218

Deferred income

23,319


23,119

Amount due to a shareholder

-


5,328

Promissory notes

29,565


-

Income tax payable

29,749


21,599


162,379


108,783

Net current assets

1,236,892


1,178,260

Non-current liabilities




Redeemable convertible preferred shares

14,541


-

Conversion option derivative liability

11,398


-


25,939


-


1,520,757


1,451,157


Capital and reserves




Share capital

39,026


39,264

Share premium and reserves

1,482,075


1,412,433

Equity attributable to owners of the Company

1,521,101


1,451,697

Non-controlling interests

(344)


(540)


1,520,757


1,451,157



SOURCE NetDragon Websoft Inc.



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