Taomee Reports Unaudited Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

SHANGHAI, Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Taomee Holdings Limited (NYSE: TAOM) ("Taomee" or the "Company"), one of the leading children's entertainment and media companies in China, today reported its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Second Quarter of 2013 Financial Highlights

  • Total net revenues increased by 15% to US$12.0 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$10.5 million in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Net income attributable to the holders of ordinary shares was US$0.3 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$3.2 million in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Basic and diluted earnings per ADS(1) were US$0.01 and US$0.01, respectively in the second quarter of 2013 as compared with US$0.09 and US$0.08, respectively, in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to holders of ordinary shares was US$1.6 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$3.8 million in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS were US$0.04 and US$0.04, respectively, in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$0.10 and US$0.10, respectively, in the second quarter of 2012.

Mr. Benson Wang, co-founder and chief executive officer of Taomee, stated, "This quarter's results suggest improving trends in our business, and positive results from our efforts to expand our user base and strengthen our user monetization capabilities. Stable growth of our core games and strong sales of our newly launched interactive toys helped us beat our own guidance and consensus estimates by approximately 30%.

"This quarter, we continued to execute a multi-pronged growth strategy on our cross-media platform, and achieved our goal of both online and offline business expansion. Our online division launched games on web and mobile Apple iOS platforms based on the Seer franchise, including Seer: Universal Force. Meanwhile, our offline division co-launched a new 3D film, Seer III: Universal Force, in partnership with Enlight Media(2). The film is one of the most popular domestic animation films of 2013 with box-office revenue of over RMB 75 million. It is also the first time in our Company's history that we released a film in conjunction with offline merchandise, online web and mobile games with the same franchise and characters. We believe this strategy will contribute to our future success in brand building and cross-marketing, which will lead to long-term profitability," concluded Mr. Wang.

(1)

Each American Depositary Share ("ADS") represents twenty ordinary shares

(2)

Beijing Enlight Pictures Co. Ltd.

Operational Results for Second Quarter of 2013

  • Active paying accounts for the Company's virtual worlds under operation in mainland China was 1.3 million in the second quarter of 2013, a decrease of 8% and 26% from 1.5 million in the first quarter of 2013 and 1.8 million in the second quarter of 2012, respectively, as the company did not commercially launch any new online games in recent quarters.
  • Average revenue per user ("ARPU") for the Company's virtual worlds under operation in mainland China was approximately RMB 37, an increase of 12% and 23% from the first quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2012, respectively. The quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year increase reflected improving monetization trends and results of the Company's ongoing strategy to focus on expanding and strengthening the user base.
  • The number of downloads for the mobile applications operated by the Company increased approximately 2.3 million in the second quarter of 2013, and totaled approximately 6.0 million for  the first half year of 2013.

Unaudited Financial Results for Second Quarter of 2013

Total Net Revenues

Total net revenues increased by 15% to US$12.0 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$10.5 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Net online business revenues remained stable as US$8.6 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$8.6 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Net offline business revenues increased by 79% to US$3.4 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$1.9 million in the second quarter of 2012. The increase was driven by the increase in interactive toy sales as the Company launched new toy products with characters from the simultaneously released game and film of "Seer III: Universal Force".

Total Cost of Services

Total cost of services was US$3.5 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$2.3 million in the second quarter of 2012. The increase was primarily attributable to our expansion of offline business.

Online business related costs were US$1.8 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$1.7 million in the second quarter of 2012. The slight increase was primarily due to amortization costs associated with the Company's upfront game licensing fees which has occurred since the third quarter of 2012.

Offline business related costs were US$1.7 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$0.6 million in the second quarter of 2012. The increase was mainly due to an increase in costs related to interactive toys business, which is a comparatively lower margin business and has contributed a larger portion in the total offline sales mix.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit increased by 5% to US$8.5 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$8.1 million in the second quarter of 2012. 

Gross margin was 70.8% in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with 77.7% in the second quarter of 2012, partially due to the increased growth in offline business, which is a comparatively lower margin business as compared to online business, as a percentage of total net revenues from 18.2% in the second quarter of 2012 to 28.3% in the second quarter of 2013.

Gross margin for the online business was 79.5% in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with 80.2% in the second quarter of 2012.

Gross margin for the offline business was 48.8% in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with 66.4% in the second quarter of 2012, primarily attribute to the increased contribution by sale of interactive toys which have a lower margin than other products.

Total Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses was US$9.1 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$7.5 million in the second quarter of 2012.

  • Product development expenses were US$3.3 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$3.0 million in the second quarter of 2012, which was partially due to the expansion of headcount.
  • Sales and marketing expenses decreased 16% to US$2.4 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$2.8 million in the second quarter of 2012. The decrease was primarily due to the timing of film release, only part of film promotion expenses were recognized in this quarter, while the remaining part of the promotion expenses will be recognized in next quarter.
  • General and administrative expenses were US$3.0 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$2.7 million in the second quarter of 2012.The increase was due to higher payroll and welfare expenses.
  • Impairment of intangible assets was US$0.9 million in the second quarter of 2013, related to the remaining term of Wizard 101, a game for which the Company obtained a three-year exclusive license in 2011 and commercially launched in the third quarter of 2012.

Share of Profit/ Loss in Equity Method Investment

Share of profit/loss in equity method investments was a loss of US$0.07 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with a profit of US$0.4 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Profit/Loss from Operations

Loss from operations was US$0.5 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with a profit of US$0.7 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Net Income

Net income attributable to holders of ordinary shares was US$0.3 million, compared with US$3.2 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were US$0.01 and US$0.01, respectively, in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$0.09 and US$0.08, respectively, in the second quarter of 2012. 

Non-GAAP net income attributable to holders of ordinary shares was US$1.6 million in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$3.8 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS were US$0.04 and US$0.04, respectively, in the second quarter of 2013, as compared with US$0.10 and US$0.10, respectively, in the second quarter of 2012.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

As of June 30, 2013, the Company had US$114.3 million of cash and cash equivalents, compared with US$113.1 million as of March 31, 2013.

Share Repurchase Program

During the second quarter of 2013, Taomee had repurchased 78,611 ADSs. As of June 30, 2013 the Company had repurchased a total of 882,097 ADSs under the Company's share repurchase program at an average price of approximately US$3.97 per ADS.

Business Highlights

  • In the second quarter, 2013, Taomee launched interactive toy products, Spin Boom, based on the Seer franchise, and Spin Boom: Universal Force, the collectibles edition based on the film Seer III: Universal Force. The toys have features that are interactive with the online games in the Seer franchise.
  • On July 12, 2013, Taomee, in partnership with Enlight Media, released Seer III: Universal Force, a domestically produced 3D film. It was the Company's first feature film launched in conjunction with related online web and mobile games, as well as consumer products, interactive toys, books and trading cards. As of August 3, 2013, the film generated over RMB 75 million (US$12.0 million) in box-office revenue, which has exceeded the accumulated box-office revenue of the previous two films in the series.
  • On July 19, 2013, Taomee launched the mobile game Seer: Universal Force on Apple's iOS platform, which was ranked number 1 in paid apps in the China territory within 2 days after launch. On August 2, 2013, Taomee open beta launched the online web game of the same title.
  • In July, 2013, Taomee hosted over 200 on-the-ground events and shows in over 40 cities, engaged and interacted with over 500,000 children and Taomee fans across China.
  • On August 8, 2013, Taomee open beta launched Avatar Star, a cartoon style action game.

Outlook for Third Quarter of 2013

Net revenues for the third quarter of 2013 are expected to be in the range of US$13.0 million to US$13.5 million. We expect both online and offline net revenues to grow quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP, this press release presents non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders and non-GAAP earnings per ADS by excluding share-based compensation and impairment charges from net income attributable to the Company's shareholders and from the calculation of earnings per ADS. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are important to help investors understand the Company's operating and financial performance compare business trends among different reporting periods on a consistent basis and assess the Company's core operating results.  The use of the above non-GAAP financial measures has certain limitations.  Share-based compensation charge has been and will continue to be incurred and is not reflected in the presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures; it should be considered in the overall evaluation of our results.  None of the non-GAAP measures is a measure of net income attributable to the Company's shareholders, operating profit, operating performance or liquidity presented in accordance with GAAP. We compensate for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of our share-based compensation and impairment charges in our reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, which should be considered when evaluating our performance. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.  Reconciliation of each of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is set forth at the end of this release.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call and live webcast at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (New York) on Thursday, August 22, 2013 (which is 8:00 p.m. Beijing Time on Thursday, August 22, 2013).

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

Conference ID:

27038819

U.S. toll-free:

+1-866-519-4004

Hong Kong toll-free:

800-930-346

International:

+65-6723-9381

China Mainland:

400-620-8038

Passcode:

Taomee

A live webcast and archive of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of Taomee's website at http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/2bekdgii/lan/en. A telephone replay of the call will be available at 11:00am, Eastern Time on August 22, 2013 through 10:00am, August 30. The dial-in details for the telephone replay are:

Conference ID:

27038819

International:

+612-8199-0299

China:

400 1200 932

About Taomee Holdings Limited

Taomee Holdings Limited is one of the leading children's entertainment and media companies in China driven to deliver exceptional entertainment to children and families. Founded in 2007, Taomee is one of the first companies in Greater China to develop animated franchises for children through online virtual world that are both fun and educational. The Company's virtual worlds are widely trusted by millions of parents and caregivers across Asia. The Company's Mole's World and Seer franchises and characters have reached millions of children and families through virtual worlds, books, monthly print magazines, interactive toys, mobile applications, animated television series and movies. For more information, please visit: http://www.taomee.com/en_taomee.html

Safe Harbor Statements

This press release contains statements that may constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and 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. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as "may," "will," "expect," "anticipate," "aim," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "potential," "continue," "is/are likely to" or other similar expressions. Among other things, the management's quotations and outlook information contain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the Company's business strategies and initiatives as well as business plans; future business development, results of operations and financial condition; expected changes in revenues and certain cost or expense items; expectations with respect to increased revenue growth and the Company's ability to sustain profitability; the Company's services and products under development or planning; the Company's ability to attract users and further enhance the Company's brand recognition; and trends and competition in the children's entertainment and media market and industry, including those for online entertainment. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Taomee's annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of the press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as required under applicable law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward looking statements are reasonable, the Company cannot assure you that their expectations will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results.

For further information, please contact

Angela Wang
Taomee Holdings Limited
+86-21-61280056-8651
ir@taomee.com

Taomee Holdings Limited - Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets

In USD



June 30,


March 31,


2013


2013

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$ 114,303,400


$ 113,098,428

Short term investment

2,988,787


2,986,930

Accounts receivable

3,037,542


2,862,442

Inventories

323,889


182,308

Income tax recoverable

574,366


-

Due from related parties

247,532


303,268

Prepayments and other current assets

2,644,669


1,754,919

Deferred tax assets, current

3,021,232


2,977,761

Total current assets

127,141,417


124,166,056





Investments in equity investees

10,141,566


10,470,000

Property and equipment, net

1,647,495


1,390,231

Acquired intangible assets

562,503


1,539,503

Other assets

3,529,750


2,589,003

TOTAL ASSETS

$ 143,022,731


$ 140,154,793





LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current liabilities:




    Accounts payable

$ 1,535,364


$ 553,891

    Income tax payable

-


33,993

    Advance from customers

7,382,155


8,348,973

    Due to related parties

237,904


179,910

    Deferred revenue

11,927,360


12,269,666

    Deferred tax liabilities, current

13,706


13,508

    Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

5,755,154


3,996,112

Total current liabilities

26,851,643


25,396,053





Equity




Taomee Holdings Limited shareholders' equity




Ordinary shares ($0.00002 par value; 875,000,000 shares authorized;
     735,277,726 and 735,820,028 shares issued; 730,919,046 and
     734,247,808 outstanding as of March 31, 2013 and June 30, 2013,
     respectively)

14,716


14,706

     Treasury stock

(323,870)


(857,867)

     Additional paid-in capital

72,070,957


72,449,882

     Retained earnings

40,718,694


40,374,332

     Accumulated other comprehensive income

3,523,776


2,701,748

Taomee Holdings Limited shareholders' equity

116,004,273


114,682,801

Non-controlling interests

166,815


75,939

Total equity

$ 116,171,088


$ 114,758,740





TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$ 143,022,731


$ 140,154,793

 

Taomee Holdings Limited - Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations

In USD, except for share data




For three months ended



June 30,


March 31,


June 30,



2013


2013


2012

Revenues:







    Online business, net


$ 8,635,407


$ 8,183,073


$ 8,568,740

    Offline business, net


3,404,026


1,411,829


1,904,624

Total net revenues


12,039,433


9,594,902


10,473,364








Cost of services







    Online business


(1,767,903)


(1,748,437)


(1,695,167)

    Offline business


(1,742,080)


(526,726)


(640,451)

Total cost of services


(3,509,983)


(2,275,163)


(2,335,618)








Gross profit


8,529,450


7,319,739


8,137,746








Operating income (expenses):







    Product development


(3,309,258)


(3,294,735)


(2,983,713)

    Sales and marketing


(2,381,940)


(1,727,418)


(2,835,240)

General and administrative


(2,950,988)


(2,977,947)


(2,711,214)

    Impairment of intangible assets


(865,910)


-


-

    Other operating income


448,631


747,208


1,063,284

Total operating expenses


(9,059,465)


(7,252,892)


(7,466,883)








Profit (loss) from operations


(530,015)


66,847


670,863








Interest income


631,997


760,734


666,848

Other income (expense), net


188,104


132,446


(282,010)

Income before income taxes and
  share of profit (loss) in equity 
  method investments


290,086


960,027


1,055,701








Income tax (expense) benefit


141,211


(250,717)


1,778,930








Share of profit (loss) in equity method
investments


(73,195)


250,642


373,994








Net income


358,102


959,952


3,208,625








Less: Net income (loss) attributable to
   noncontrolling interest


13,740


(1,663)


-








Net income attributable to holders of
   ordinary shares


$ 344,362


$ 961,615


$ 3,208,625

Earnings per ADS







- Basic


$ 0.01


$ 0.03


$ 0.09

- Diluted


$ 0.01


$ 0.03


$ 0.08

Weighted average number of
shares used in calculation







- Basic


731,446,938


732,203,457


730,769,890

- Diluted


744,821,217


747,888,335


756,963,311

 

Taomee Holdings Limited - Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

In USD



For three months ended


June 30,


March 31,


June 30,


2013


2013


2012







Net income

$ 358,102


$ 959,952


$ 3,208,625

Other comprehensive income, net of tax






Foreign currency translation adjustments

822,028


146,178


(233,577)







Comprehensive income

1,180,130


1,106,130


2,975,048

Comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest

13,740


(1,663)


-







Comprehensive income attributable to Taomee Holdings Limited

1,166,390


1,107,793


2,975,048

 

Reconciliation from Non-GAAP measures to GAAP measures

In USD, except for share data




For three months ended



June 30,


March 31,


June 30,



2013


2013


2012















Non-GAAP net income  attributable to
  holders of ordinary shares


$         1,551,513


$         1,561,627


$         3,776,689

Share-based compensation


(341,241)


(600,012)


(568,064)

Impairment of intangible assets


(865,910)


-


-

GAAP net income  attributable to holders  of
  ordinary shares


$           344,362


$          961,615


$         3,208,625








Non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS







- Basic


$                  0.04


$                  0.04


$                0.10

- Diluted


$                  0.04


$                  0.04


$                0.10

SOURCE Taomee Holdings Limited



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