Noah Holdings Limited Announces Unaudited Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2014

SHANGHAI, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Noah Holdings Limited ("Noah" or the "Company") (NYSE: NOAH), a leading wealth management service provider focusing on distributing wealth management products to the high net worth population in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter of 2014.

SECOND QUARTER 2014 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net revenues in the second quarter of 2014 were US$71.4 million, a 61.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Income from operations in the second quarter of 2014 was US$ 28.3 million, a 53.7% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Operating margin in the second quarter of 2014 was 39.6%, compared to 41.6% in the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Net income attributable to Noah shareholders in the second quarter of 2014 was US$22.9 million, a 58.3% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. Non-GAAP[1] net income attributable to Noah shareholders in the second quarter of 2014 was US$ 24.6 million, a 52.8% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Net income per basic and diluted ADS in the second quarter of 2014 were both US$0.41. Non-GAAP net income per diluted ADS in the second quarter of 2014 was US$0.44.

SECOND QUARTER 2014 OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Total number of registered clients as of June 30, 2014 increased by 32.6% year-over-year to 60,801; this figure includes  58,150 registered individual clients, 2,532 registered enterprise clients and 119 wholesale clients that have entered into cooperation agreements with the Company.
  • Active clients[2] during the second quarter of 2014 were 3,538, a 36% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. The aggregate value of wealth management products distributed by the Company during the second quarter of 2014 was RMB18.2 billion (approximately US$2.9 billion)[3], a 46.6% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. Of this aggregate value, fixed income products accounted for 64.3%, private equity fund products accounted for 29.3%, and other products, including mutual fund products, private securities investment funds and insurance products, accounted for 6.4%. The average transaction value per client[4] in the second quarter of 2014 was RMB5.1 million (approximately US$0.8 million), a 6.9% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Coverage network as of June 30, 2014 included 57 branches, up from 56 branches as of March 31, 2014 but remained the same as December 31, 2013. The number of relationship managers was 690 as of June 30, 2014, up from 569 as of December 31, 2013 and 604 as of March 31, 2014.

Ms. Jingbo Wang, Co-founder, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Despite the overall challenge economic environment, we have achieved solid performance in the second quarter. Our asset management and core risk control capability continues to strength and gain market recognition which provide a solid foundation for future development."

Ms. Theresa Teng, Chief Financial Officer, said, "It was a strong quarter, with both quarterly transaction value and revenues reaching a record high in the Company's history.  We are also glad to see that profitability remained at a health level as we further expend our business."

SECOND QUARTER 2014 FINANCIAL RESULTS

Net Revenues

Net revenues for the second quarter of 2014 were US$71.4 million, a 61.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2013, due to increases in both one-time commission revenues and recurring service fees and contribution of performance fees for the second quarter of 2014.

Net revenues from one-time commissions for the second quarter of 2014 were US$22.9 million, a 0.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. The year-over-year increase for the second quarter of 2014 was primarily due to an increase in transaction value, despite a decrease in average commission rate.

Net revenues from recurring service fees for the second quarter of 2014 were US$35.8 million, a 76.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. The year-over-year increase for the second quarter of 2014 was mainly due to the cumulative effect of private equity funds previously distributed by the Company and an increase in assets under management by the Company since the second half of 2013.

Net revenues from performance fees for the second quarter of 2014 were US$11.4 million, due to full realization of two real estate funds managed by the Company in the second quarter. 

Operating Margin

Operating margin for the second quarter of 2014 was 39.6%, as compared to 41.6% for the corresponding period in 2013. The year-over-year decrease for the second quarter of 2014 was primarily due to the expansion of the company in the second quarter.

Operating Cost and Expenses 

Operating cost and expenses for the second quarter of 2014, including cost of revenues, selling expenses, G&A expenses and other operating income, were US$ 43.2million, a 66.9% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.

Cost of revenues for the second quarter of 2014 totaled US$18.0 million, a 95.2% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.  The year-over-year increase for the second quarter of 2014 was primarily due to increases in compensation expenses as result of the increase in transaction value and number of relationship managers.  In addition, the year-over-year increase for the second quarter of 2014 was caused by increases in compensation expenses for two fully realized real estate funds managed by the Company in the second quarter. Cost of revenues as a percentage of net revenues for the second quarter of 2014 was 25.2%, as compared to 20.8% for the corresponding period in 2013.

Selling expenses for the second quarter of 2014 were US$12.0 million, a 34.3% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. The year-over-year increase for the second quarter of 2014 was primarily due to increases in personnel expenses, general marketing activities and rental expenses. Selling expenses as a percentage of net revenues for the second quarter of 2014 was 16.7%, as compared to 20.1% for the corresponding period in 2013. 

G&A expenses for the second quarter of 2014 were US$14.1 million, a 57.7% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. The year-over-year increase for the second quarter of 2014 was primarily due to increases in personnel expenses, share-based compensation and professional fee. G&A expenses as a percentage of net revenues for the second quarter of 2014 was 19.7%, slight decrease from 20.2% for the corresponding period in 2013.  

Other operating income for the second quarter of 2014 was US$0.9 million, as compared to US$1.2 million for the corresponding period in 2013. Other operating income is government subsidies received in the PRC from local governments for general corporate purposes.

Income Tax Expenses

Income tax expenses for the second quarter of 2014 were US$7.7 million, a 42.9% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. The year-over-year increase for the second quarter of 2014 was primarily due to increase in taxable income.

Net Income

Net income attributable to Noah shareholders for the second quarter of 2014 was US$ 22.9 million, a 58.3% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. Net margin for the second quarter of 2014 was 33.6%, as compared to 33.3% for the corresponding period in 2013. Net income per basic and diluted ADS for the second quarter of 2014 were both US$0.41, as compared to US$0.26 for the corresponding period in 2013. 

Non-GAAP net income attributable to Noah shareholders for the second quarter of 2014 was US$24.6 million, a 52.8% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. Non-GAAP net margin for the second quarter of 2014 was 34.5%, as compared to 36.4% for the corresponding period in 2013. Non-GAAP net income per diluted ADS for the second quarter of 2014 was US$0.44, as compared to US$0.29 for the corresponding period in 2013.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of June 30, 2014, the Company had US$ 214.7 million in cash and cash equivalents, an increase of US$54.6million from US$160.0 million as of March 31, 2014. In the second quarter of 2014, the Company generated US$43.5 million cash inflow from its operating activities and a net US$10.6 million cash inflow from its investing activities.

2014 FORECAST

The Company estimates that non-GAAP net income attributable to Noah shareholders for the full year 2014 is expected to be in a range of US$72.0 million and US$76.0 million, representing a year-over-year increase in the range of 27.0% and 34.1%. This estimate reflects management's current business outlook and is subject to change.

Key Personnel Change

Ms. Theresa Teng will be resigning as chief financial officer effective September 2nd, 2014 due to personal reason.  A search for a replacement has commenced and Ms. Chia-Yue Chang, our current executive director, will be the acting CFO effective from September 3rd, 2014, until a suitable candidate comes on board.

CONFERENCE CALL

Senior management will host a conference call on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 8:00 am (Eastern) / 5:00 am (Pacific) / 8:00 pm (Hong Kong, Tuesday, August 12, 2014) to discuss its second quarter 2014 unaudited financial results and recent business activity. The conference call may be accessed by calling the following numbers:


Toll Free

United States

+1-877-870-4263

China

4001-201203

Hong Kong

800-90-5945

International

+1-412-317-0790

Conference ID #

10050430

A telephone replay will be available shortly after the call until August 19, 2014 at +1-877-344-7529 (US Local Toll) or +1-412-317-0088 (International). Conference ID #10050430.

A live webcast of the conference call and replay will be available in the investor relations section of the Company's website at http://ir.noahwm.com.

DISCUSSION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES:

In addition to disclosing financial results prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company's earnings release contains non-GAAP financial measures that exclude the effects of all forms of share-based compensation. The reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the nearest GAAP measures is set forth in the table captioned "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results" below.

The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the Company should not be considered a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The financial results reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP and reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results should be carefully evaluated. The non-GAAP financial measure used by the Company may be prepared differently from and, therefore, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

When evaluating the Company's operating performance in the periods presented, management reviewed non-GAAP net income results reflecting adjustments to exclude the impacts of share-based compensation to supplement U.S. GAAP financial data. As such, the Company believes that the presentation of the non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP income per diluted ADS and non-GAAP net margin provides important supplemental information to investors regarding financial and business trends relating to the Company's financial condition and results of operations in a manner consistent with that used by management. Pursuant to U.S. GAAP, the Company recognized significant amounts of expenses for the restricted shares and share options in the periods presented. To make financial results comparable period by period, the Company utilized the non-GAAP financial results to better understand its historical business operations.

ABOUT NOAH HOLDINGS LIMITED

Noah Holdings Limited is a leading wealth management service provider focusing on distributing wealth management products to the high net worth population in China. Noah distributes wealth management products, including primarily fixed income products, private equity funds, private securities investment funds and mutual funds. Noah is also equipped with asset management services capability, managing its own fund of funds and real estate fund products. With 690 relationship managers in 57 branch offices as of June 30, 2014, Noah's total coverage network encompasses China's most economically developed regions where the high net worth population is concentrated. Through this extensive coverage network, product sophistication, and client knowledge, the Company caters to the wealth management needs of China's high net worth population. For more information please visit the Company's website at http://www.noahwm.com.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of 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," "confident" and similar statements. Among other things, the outlook for the full year 2014 and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as Noah's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. Noah may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. 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 Noah'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 those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: its goals and strategies; its future business development, financial condition and results of operations; the expected growth of the wealth management market in China and internationally; its expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of the products it distributes; its expectations regarding keeping and strengthening its relationships with key clients; relevant government policies and regulations relating to its industry; its ability to attract and retain quality employees; its ability to stay abreast of market trends and technological advances; its plans to invest in research and development to enhance its product choices and service offerings; competition in its industry in China and internationally; general economic and business conditions in China; and its ability to effectively protect its intellectual property rights and not infringe on the intellectual property rights of others. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Noah's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. Noah 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. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and Noah undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

Contacts:

Noah Holdings Limited
Jing Ou-Yang, Director of IR
Tel: +86 21 2510 0889
ir@noahwm.com

 

-- FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL TABLES FOLLOW --


 


Noah Holdings Limited

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In U.S. dollars)

(unaudited)







As of






March 31,2014


June 30,2014





$


$

Assets






Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents


160,040,452


214,661,861



Restricted cash


160,865


161,197



Short-term investments


46,564,383


48,413,577



Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of nil at March 31, 2014 and June 30, 2014


13,682,745


17,738,509



Loans receivable


22,705,151


15,056,822



Deferred tax assets


767,626


782,783



Amounts due from related parties


23,454,477


21,003,828



Other current assets


4,065,973


6,100,505



Total current assets


271,441,672


323,919,082









Long-term investments


18,487,819


10,273,068


Investment in affiliates


16,696,255


18,393,796


Property and equipment, net


9,004,958


10,102,932


Non-current deferred tax assets


1,451,815


1,517,931


Other non-current assets


1,278,920


1,874,288

Total Assets


318,361,439


366,081,097








Liabilities and Equity






Current liabilities:







Accrued payroll and welfare expenses


21,820,537


36,024,534



Income tax payable


4,081,788


6,571,251



Amounts due to related parties


3,175


10,834



Deferred revenues


17,355,808


20,058,907



Short-term bank loans


8,061,673


8,076,628



Other current liabilities


13,783,725


14,682,721



Total current liabilities


65,106,706


85,424,875









Non-current uncertain tax position liabilities


1,664,713


1,666,812


Other non-current liabilities


2,745,806


3,626,924


Total Liabilities


69,517,225


90,718,611









Equity


248,844,214


275,362,486

Total Liabilities and Equity


318,361,439


366,081,097










 


Noah Holdings Limited

Condensed Consolidated Income Statements

(In U.S. dollars, except for ADS data, per ADS data and percentages)

(unaudited)




Three months ended




 June 30,


 June 30





2013


2014


Change


Revenues:

$


$




   Third-party revenues

26,397,769


28,785,237


9.0%


   Related party revenues

20,455,258


46,736,661


128.5%


Total revenues

46,853,027


75,521,898


61.2%


   Less: business taxes and related surcharges

(2,588,670)


(4,077,767)


57.5%


Net revenues

44,264,357


71,444,131


61.4%


Operating cost and expenses:







   Cost of revenues

(9,204,873)


(17,970,679)


95.2%


   Selling expenses

(8,897,931)


(11,953,347)


34.3%


   General and administrative expenses

(8,934,533)


(14,091,972)


57.7%


   Other operating income

1,185,135


862,745


(27.2%)


Total operating cost and expenses

(25,852,202)


(43,153,253)


66.9%


Income from operations

18,412,155


28,290,878


53.7%


Other income:







   Interest income

692,734


1,527,263


120.5%


   Investment income

847,153


1,247,554


47.3%


   Other income

12,617


23,982


90.1%


Total other income

1,552,504


2,798,799


80.3%


Income before taxes and loss from equity in affiliates

19,964,659


31,089,677


55.7%


Income tax expense

(5,394,450)


(7,706,562)


42.9%


Income from equity in affiliates

165,921


647,103


290.0%


Net income

14,736,130


24,030,218


63.1%


Less: net income attributable to non-controlling

interests

288,312


1,158,911


302%


Net income attributable to Noah Shareholders

14,447,818


22,871,307


58.3%









Income per ADS, basic

0.26


0.41


57.7%


Income per ADS, diluted

0.26


0.41


57.7%


Margin analysis:







Operating margin

41.6%


39.6%




Net margin

33.3%


33.6%




Weighted average ADS equivalent: [1]







Basic

54,809,120


55,668,048




Diluted

55,746,252


56,379,038




ADS equivalent outstanding at end of period

54,915,820


55,748,158

















 

 

Noah Holdings Limited

 Condensed Comprehensive Income Statements

 (In U.S. dollars)

(unaudited)



Three months ended






June 30,


June 30,




2013


2014


Change


$


$



Net income

14,736,130


24,030,218


63.1%

Other comprehensive income, net of tax:






Foreign currency translation adjustments

1,683,916


539,010


(68.0%)

      Fair value fluctuation of available for sale

Investment (after tax)

-


47,801



Comprehensive income

16,420,046


24,617,029


49.9%

Less: Comprehensive income attributable to non-controlling interests

387,716


1,188,986


206.7%

Comprehensive income attributable to Noah Shareholders

16,032,330


23,428,043


46.1%


 

Noah Holdings Limited

 Supplemental Information

(unaudited)


As of




June 30, 2013


June 30, 2014


Change







 Number of registered clients

45,839


60,801


32.6%

 Number of relationship managers

525


690


31.4%

 Number of branch offices

56


57


1.8%
















Three months ended


June 30, 2013


June 30, 2014


Change


(in millions of RMB, except number of active clients and percentages)

 Number of active clients

2,602


3,538


36.0%

 Transaction value:






        Fixed income products

10,618


11,701


10.2%

        Private equity fund products

1,133


5,328


370.3%

        Other products, including mutual fund products, private securities investment funds and insurance products

655


1,161


77.3%

 Total transaction value

12,406


18,190


46.6%

 Average transaction value per client

4.77


5.10


6.9%

 


Noah Holdings Limited

 Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results

 (In U.S. dollars, except for ADS data and percentages)

 (unaudited)



Three months ended


June 30,


 June 30,




2013


2014


Change


$


$



Net income

14,736,130


24,030,218


63.1%

Adjustment for share-based

compensation related to:






           Share options

58,316


479,049


721.5%

           Restricted shares

1,612,898


1,287,005


(20.2%)

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)*

16,407,344


25,796,272


57.2%







Net margin

33.3%


33.6%



Adjusted net margin (non-GAAP)*

37.1%


36.1%









Net income attributable to Noah

    Shareholders

14,447,818


22,871,307


58.3%

Adjustment for share-based

   compensation related to:






           Share options

58,316


479,049


721.5%

           Restricted shares

1,612,898


1,287,005


(20.2%)

Adjusted net income attributable

  to Noah Shareholders (non-GAAP)*

16,119,032


24,637,361


52.8%







Net income attributable to Noah

  Shareholders per ADS, diluted

0.26


0.41


57.7%

Adjusted net income attributable

   to Noah Shareholders per

   ADS, diluted  (non-GAAP)*

0.29


0.44


51.7%







*The non-GAAP adjustments do not take into consideration the impact of taxes on such adjustments.

[1]  Noah's Non-GAAP financial measures are its corresponding GAAP financial measures as adjusted by excluding the effects of all forms of share-based compensation.

[2] "Active clients" refers to those registered clients who purchased wealth management products distributed by Noah during any given period.  

[3] The amount in RMB was translated into U.S. dollars using the average rate for the period as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board.

[4] "Average transaction value per client" refers to the average value of wealth management products distributed by Noah that are purchased by active clients during a given period.

SOURCE Noah Holdings Limited



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