The9 Limited Reports First and Second Quarter 2012 Unaudited Financial Results

Aug 23, 2012, 17:30 ET from The9 Limited

SHANGHAI, Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The9 Limited (NASDAQ: NCTY) ("The9"), an online game developer and operator, announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012 and the second quarter ended June 30, 2012 today.

Financial Highlights:

First Quarter 2012

  • Net revenues in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to RMB48.6 million (US$7.7 million), representing an increase of 74% from RMB27.9 million (US$4.4 million) in the fourth quarter of 2011 and an increase of 89% from RMB25.8 million (US$4.1 million) in the first quarter of 2011 mainly due to an increase in net revenues from Shen Xian Zhuan, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.
  • Net loss attributable to holders of ordinary shares in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to RMB111.4 million (US$17.5 million), representing a decrease of 12% from RMB126.0 million (US$19.8 million) in the fourth quarter of 2011, mainly due to the increase in net revenues; and an increase of 112% from RMB52.6 million (US$8.3 million) in the first quarter of 2011, mainly due to increases in marketing expenses and product development expenses.

Second Quarter 2012

  • Net revenues in the second quarter of 2012 amounted to RMB54.8 million (US$8.6 million), representing an increase of 13% from RMB48.6 million (US$7.7 million) in the first quarter of 2012 and an increase of 115% from RMB25.5 million (US$4.0 million) in the second quarter of 2011, mainly due to an increase in net revenues from Shen Xian Zhuan.
  • Net loss attributable to holders of ordinary shares in the second quarter of 2012 amounted to RMB118.0 million (US$18.6 million), representing an increase of 6% from RMB111.4 million (US$17.5 million) in the first quarter of 2012, mainly due to an increase in product development expenses; and an increase of 881% from the second quarter of 2011 from RMB12.0 million (US$1.9 million), mainly due to recognition of a gain on the disposal of an investment in the second quarter of 2011.

Management Comments:

Jun Zhu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The9 said, "We have a very high level of confidence in the two Massively Multiplayer Online shooting games in our pipeline. Firefall just released the biggest patch update ever in early August and received highly positive feedback from gamers. Firefall will be commercialized in the U.S. very soon and Red 5 will release more beta invites in the U.S. to attract more gamers to join Firefall.  Red 5 has also set up a subsidiary in Ireland in May 2012 to prepare for the launch in Europe. Planetside 2 is another well-known game for which we obtained the license in China. Planetside 2 is already in closed beta in the U.S.  We are now localizing the game in China and plan to start the internal technical test in China by the end of this year. We believe these two robust games in our pipeline will significantly strengthen our capability in achieving further growth. "

Discussion of The9's Unaudited First and Second Quarter 2012 Results

Net Revenues

Our net revenues in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to RMB48.6 million (US$7.7 million), representing an increase of 74% from RMB27.9 million (US$4.4 million) in the fourth quarter of 2011 and an increase of 89% from RMB25.8 million (US$4.1 million) in the first quarter of 2011. These increases were primarily due to an increase in net revenues from Shen Xian Zhuan.

Our net revenues in the second quarter of 2012 amounted to RMB54.8 million (US$8.6 million), representing an increase of 13% from RMB48.6 million (US$7.7 million) in the first quarter of 2012 and an increase of 115% from RMB25.5 million (US$4.0 million) in the second quarter of 2011. These increases were also primarily due to an increase in net revenues from Shen Xian Zhuan.

Gross Profit

Our gross profit in the first quarter of 2012 amounted to RMB32.8 million (US$5.2 million), representing an increase of 147% from RMB13.3 million (US$2.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2011 and an increase of 18% from RMB27.7 million (US$4.4 million) in the first quarter of 2011. The increases in gross profit primarily reflected a lower level of royalty incurred as we generated a majority of net revenues in the first quarter of this year from Shen Xian Zhuan, our self-developed game.

Our gross profit in the second quarter of 2012 amounted to RMB38.8 million (US$6.1 million), representing an increase of 18% from RMB32.8 million (US$5.2 million) in the first quarter of 2012 and an increase by 206% from RMB12.7 million (US$2.0 million) in the second quarter of 2011. The increases in gross profit primarily reflected a lower level of royalty incurred as we generated a majority of revenues in the second quarter of this year from Shen Xian Zhuan, our self-developed game.

Operating Expenses

In the first quarter of 2012, our operating expenses were RMB154.9 million (US$24.4 million), representing an 11% increase from RMB140.2 million (US$22.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2011 and a 68% increase from RMB92.1 million (US$14.5 million) in the first quarter of 2011. These increases in operating expenses were primarily due to an increase in marketing expenses relating to Firefall and Shen Xian Zhuan, as well as an increase in development expenses primarily relating to our mobile internet business and Firefall.

In the first quarter of 2012, share-based compensation was RMB9.0 million (US$1.4 million), compared to RMB10.0 million (US$$1.6 million) in the fourth quarter of 2011 and RMB16.4 million (US$2.6 million) in the first quarter of 2011.

In the second quarter of 2012, our operating expenses were RMB168.8 million (US$26.6 million), representing a 9% increase from RMB154.9 million (US$24.4 million) in the first quarter of 2012 and a 63% increase from RMB103.6 million (US$16.3 million) in the second quarter of 2011. The quarter-over-quarter increase was primarily due to an increase in product development expenses relating to Red 5 and our mobile internet business. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to an increase in product development expenses relating to Red 5 and our mobile internet business and an increase in marketing expenses relating to Firefall and Shen Xian Zhuan.

In the second quarter of 2012, share-based compensation was RMB8.9 million (US$1.4 million), compared to RMB9.0 million (US$1.4 million) in the first quarter of 2012 and RMB16.1 million (US$2.5 million) in the second quarter of 2011.

Interest Income

Interest income in the first quarter of 2012 was RMB6.8 million (US$1.1 million), compared to RMB7.1 million (US$1.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2011 and RMB7.2 million (US$1.1 million) in the first quarter of 2011.

Interest income in the second quarter of 2012 was RMB6.5 million (US$1.0 million), compared to RMB6.8 million (US$1.1 million) in the first quarter of 2012 and RMB7.5 million (US$1.2 million) in the second quarter of 2011. The decreases were due to decreases in cash balance.

Other (Expenses) Income, net

Other income in the first quarter of 2012 was RMB0.9 million (US$0.1 million), compared to other expenses of RMB0.8 million (US$0.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2011 and other expenses of RMB0.9 million (US$0.1 million) in the first quarter of 2011. Other income in the first quarter of 2012 primarily reflected  subsidy received as well as foreign exchange gains. Other expenses in the first and fourth quarters of 2011 primarily reflected foreign exchange losses.

Other income in the second quarter of 2012 was RMB1.6 million (US$0.3 million), compared to other income of RMB0.9 million (US$0.1 million) in the first quarter of 2012 and other income of RMB6.7 million (US$1.1 million) in the second quarter of 2011. Other income in the second quarter of 2012 primarily reflected insurance compensation in connection with computer servers and foreign exchange gains. Other income in the second quarter of 2011 was primarily the result of settlement fee income attributable to certain lawsuits.

Net Loss attributable to holders of ordinary shares

In the first quarter of 2012, net loss attributable to holders of ordinary shares was RMB111.4 million (US$17.5 million), representing a 12% decrease from RMB126.0 million (US$19.8 million) in the fourth quarter of 2011 and a 112% increase from RMB52.6 million (US$8.3 million) in the first quarter of 2011.

Fully diluted loss per share and per ADS in the first quarter of 2012 was RMB4.55 (US$0.72), compared to RMB5.14 (US$0.81) in the fourth quarter of 2011 and RMB2.09 (US$0.33) in the first quarter of 2011.

In the second quarter of 2012, net loss attributable to holders of ordinary shares was RMB118.0 million (US$18.6 million), representing a 6% increase from RMB111.4 million (US$17.5 million) in the first quarter of 2012 and an 881% increase from RMB12.0 million (US$1.9 million) in the second quarter of 2011.

Fully diluted loss per share and per ADS for the second quarter of 2012 was RMB4.82 (US$0.76), compared to RMB4.55 (US$0.72) in the first quarter of 2012 and RMB0.48 (US$0.08) in the second quarter of 2011.

Currency Convenience Translation

The translation of Renminbi (RMB) into US dollars (US$) in this press release are presented solely for the convenience of the readers at the noon buying rate in the City of New York for cable transfers in Renminbi per U.S. dollar as certified for customs purposes by the H.10 weekly statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board as of June 30, 2012, which was RMB 6.3530 to US$1.00. Such translations should not be construed as representations that the RMB amounts represents, or have been or could be converted into, US$ at that or any other rate. The percentages stated in this press release are calculated based on the RMB amounts.

Conference Call / Webcast Information

The9's management team will host a conference call on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 9:00 PM, U.S. Eastern Time, corresponding to Friday, August 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM, Beijing Time, to present an overview of The9's financial performance and business operations.

Investors, analysts and other interested parties will be able to access the live conference by calling:

US Toll Free: +1-866-519-4004 Mainland China (mobile users): 400-620-8038 Mainland China (fixed line users): 800-819-0121 Hong Kong Toll: +852-2475-0994 Singapore Toll / International Toll: +65-6723-9381

Conference ID # 14376023

A telephone replay of the call will be available from 12:00am ET on August 24, 2012 for 7 days.

The dial-in details for the replay are:

U.S. Toll Free: +1-866-214-5335 U.S. Toll / International Toll: +1-718-354-1232

The9 will also provide a live webcast of the earnings call. Participants in the webcast should log onto the Company's Investor Relations website http://www.corp.the9.com 15 minutes prior to the call, then click on the icon for "The9 Limited 1Q & 2Q 2012 Earnings Conference Call" and follow the instructions.

About The9 Limited

The9 Limited is an online game developer and operator. The9 developed and operates, directly or through its affiliates, its proprietary online games and web and social games including Shen Xian Zhuan, Re Xue Wu Shuang, Winning Basketball, Winning Goal and Q Jiang San Guo, in mainland China. It has also obtained exclusive licenses to operate other games in mainland China, such as Planetside 2. In addition, The9 is developing various proprietary games, including FireFall and other online games and web and social games. In 2010, The9 established its Mobile Internet Unit to focus on mobile internet business.

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" and similar statements.  Among other things, the business outlook and quotations from management in this press release contain forward-looking statements.  The9 may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Forms 20-F and 6-K, etc., 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 The9's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties.  A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.  Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, political and economic policies of the Chinese government, the laws and regulations governing the online game industry, information disseminated over the Internet and Internet content providers in China, intensified government regulation of Internet cafes, The9's ability to retain existing players and attract new players, license, develop or acquire additional online games that are appealing to users, anticipate and adapt to changing consumer preferences and respond to competitive market conditions, and other risks and uncertainties outlined in The9's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual reports on Form 20-F.  The9 does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Phyllis Sai Manager, Investor Relations The9 Limited Tel: +86 (21) 5172-9990 Email: IR@corp.the9.com Website: http://www.corp.the9.com/

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THE9 LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME INFORMATION

(Expressed in Renminbi - RMB and US Dollars - US$, except share data)

 Quarter ended 

March 31, 2011

June 30, 2011

December 31, 2011

March 31, 2012

June 30, 2012

March 31, 2012

June 30, 2012

RMB

RMB

RMB

RMB

RMB

US$

US$

 Revenues: 

   Online game services 

26,673,670

26,107,123

28,209,598

51,591,154

57,422,981

8,120,755

9,038,719

   Other revenues 

603,358

963,574

1,272,164

527,388

716,506

83,014

112,782

27,277,028

27,070,697

29,481,762

52,118,542

58,139,487

8,203,769

9,151,501

 Sales Taxes 

(1,495,740)

(1,546,057)

(1,562,788)

(3,510,585)

(3,343,719)

(552,587)

(526,321)

 Net Revenues 

25,781,288

25,524,640

27,918,974

48,607,957

54,795,768

7,651,182

8,625,180

 Cost of Services 

1,912,084

(12,862,044)

(14,643,160)

(15,817,867)

(16,045,323)

(2,489,826)

(2,525,629)

 Gross Profit (loss) 

27,693,372

12,662,596

13,275,814

32,790,090

38,750,445

5,161,356

6,099,551

 Operating Expenses: 

   Product development 

(39,433,294)

(47,026,273)

(68,530,135)

(69,261,659)

(78,253,825)

(10,902,195)

(12,317,618)

   Sales and marketing 

(10,426,370)

(14,918,667)

(26,749,450)

(48,703,335)

(44,795,100)

(7,666,195)

(7,051,015)

   General and administrative 

(42,250,309)

(41,614,830)

(44,933,064)

(36,952,477)

(45,156,943)

(5,816,540)

(7,107,972)

   Impairment of equipment,     intangible assets and goodwill 

-

-

-

-

(569,139)

-

(89,586)

 Total operating expenses: 

(92,109,973)

(103,559,770)

(140,212,649)

(154,917,471)

(168,775,007)

(24,384,930)

(26,566,191)

 Other operating Income 

-

-

-

30,000

30,000

4,722

4,722

 Loss from operations 

(64,416,601)

(90,897,174)

(126,936,835)

(122,097,381)

(129,994,562)

(19,218,852)

(20,461,918)

 Interest income 

7,230,594

7,459,877

7,124,036

6,771,491

6,517,258

1,065,873

1,025,855

 Other (expenses) income , net 

(912,117)

6,731,736

(781,216)

875,783

1,621,895

137,853

255,296

 Loss before income tax expense, gain (loss) on   investment disposal and share of loss in equity   investments 

(58,098,124)

(76,705,561)

(120,594,015)

(114,450,107)

(121,855,409)

(18,015,126)

(19,180,767)

 Income tax expense 

(165)

-

-

-

-

-

-

 Loss before gain (loss) on investment disposal    and share of loss in equity investments      

(58,098,289)

(76,705,561)

(120,594,015)

(114,450,107)

(121,855,409)

(18,015,126)

(19,180,767)

 Gain (loss) on investment disposal 

-

60,121,453

(15,686,651)

-

-

-

-

 Share of loss in equity investments,    net of taxes  

(186,566)

(589,218)

(1,034,009)

(1,856,783)

(2,521,100)

(292,269)

(396,836)

 Net loss 

(58,284,855)

(17,173,326)

(137,314,675)

(116,306,890)

(124,376,509)

(18,307,395)

(19,577,603)

 Less:Net loss attributable to non-controlling   interest 

(5,713,717)

(5,138,494)

(11,265,424)

(4,953,916)

(6,356,698)

(779,776)

(1,000,582)

 Net loss attributable to    holders of ordinary shares 

(52,571,138)

(12,034,832)

(126,049,251)

(111,352,974)

(118,019,811)

(17,527,619)

(18,577,021)

 Net loss 

(58,284,855)

(17,173,326)

(137,314,675)

(116,306,890)

(124,376,509)

(18,307,395)

(19,577,603)

 Other Comprehensive loss: 

   Currency translation adjustments 

(524,436)

(1,235,333)

(1,044,761)

(41,316)

(111,701)

(6,503)

(17,582)

 Comprehensive loss 

(58,809,291)

(18,408,659)

(138,359,436)

(116,348,206)

(124,488,210)

(18,313,898)

(19,595,185)

 Less: Comprehensive loss attributable to    noncontrolling interest 

(5,684,145)

(5,282,566)

(11,398,383)

(4,953,109)

(6,374,414)

(779,649)

(1,003,371)

 Comprehensive loss attributable to holders of   ordinary shares 

(53,125,146)

(13,126,093)

(126,961,053)

(111,395,097)

(118,113,796)

(17,534,249)

(18,591,814)

 Net loss attributable to holders of ordinary   shares per share 

   - Basic and diluted 

(2.09)

(0.48)

(5.14)

(4.55)

(4.82)

(0.72)

(0.76)

 Weighted average number of shares outstanding 

   - Basic and diluted 

25,124,726

25,131,874

24,518,712

24,459,891

24,474,211

24,459,891

24,474,211

 

THE9 LIMITED

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS INFORMATION

(Expressed in Renminbi - RMB and US Dollars - US$)

 As at 

December 31, 2011

March 31, 2012

June 30, 2012

March 31, 2012

June 30, 2012

RMB

RMB

RMB

US$

US$

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Assets

Current Assets

  Cash and cash equivalents

1,071,725,828

922,639,355

793,099,913

145,228,926

124,838,644

  Restricted cash

-

-

700,000

-

110,184

  Accounts receivable

10,054,911

15,547,790

17,781,455

2,447,315

2,798,907

  Advances to suppliers

3,365,755

2,136,349

4,919,914

336,274

774,424

  Prepayments and other current assets

66,060,141

101,161,932

95,982,380

15,923,490

15,108,198

  Prepaid royalties

15,556,270

15,845,245

15,906,204

2,494,136

2,503,731

  Deferred costs

1,903,099

1,644,878

1,393,319

258,914

219,317

Total current assets

1,168,666,004

1,058,975,549

929,783,185

166,689,055

146,353,405

Investments in equity investees

72,051,143

76,188,359

81,231,100

11,992,501

12,786,258

Available-for-sale investment

6,342,100

6,294,300

6,324,900

990,760

995,577

Property, equipment and software

60,513,021

68,380,408

72,351,885

10,763,483

11,388,617

Goodwill

10,035,775

10,025,263

10,074,001

1,578,036

1,585,708

Intangible assets

159,493,400

158,988,008

158,565,104

25,025,658

24,959,091

Land use right

76,036,026

75,555,798

75,075,571

11,892,932

11,817,342

Other long-term assets

75,756,603

71,406,278

69,277,418

11,239,773

10,904,678

Total Assets

1,628,894,072

1,525,813,963

1,402,683,164

240,172,198

220,790,676

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Current Liabilities

  Accounts payable

44,149,842

48,276,181

39,185,969

7,598,958

6,168,105

  Refund of game points

169,998,682

169,998,682

169,998,682

26,758,804

26,758,804

  Other taxes payable

5,797,785

6,407,902

4,712,644

1,008,642

741,798

 Advances from customers

27,010,571

33,339,778

27,414,669

5,247,879

4,315,232

  Deferred revenue, current

16,661,791

17,305,436

18,529,481

2,723,979

2,916,651

  Other payables and accruals

47,906,323

40,287,034

47,547,548

6,341,419

7,484,267

Total current liabilities

311,524,994

315,615,013

307,388,993

49,679,681

48,384,857

Long-term accounts payable

60,016,072

59,953,208

59,953,208

9,436,992

9,436,992

Deferred tax liabilities, non-current

5,521,837

5,516,053

5,542,869

868,260

872,481

Total Liabilities

377,062,903

381,084,274

372,885,070

59,984,933

58,694,330

Equity

  Common shares (US$0.01 par value; 24,456,805 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2011, 24,465,101 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31,2012, 24,485,126 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2012)

1,996,367

1,996,889

1,998,155

314,322

314,521

  Additional paid-in capital

2,110,986,623

2,119,967,236

2,129,278,277

333,695,457

335,161,070

  Statutory reserves

28,071,982

28,071,982

28,071,982

4,418,697

4,418,697

  Accumulated other comprehensive income 

(5,968,056)

(6,010,179)

(6,104,164)

(946,038)

(960,832)

  Accumulated deficit

(872,306,210)

(983,659,184)

(1,101,678,995)

(154,833,808)

(173,410,829)

The9 Limited shareholders' equity

1,262,780,706

1,160,366,744

1,051,565,255

182,648,630

165,522,627

Non-controlling interest

(10,949,537)

(15,637,055)

(21,767,161)

(2,461,365)

(3,426,281)

Total equity

1,251,831,169

1,144,729,689

1,029,798,094

180,187,265

162,096,346

Total liabilities and equity

1,628,894,072

1,525,813,963

1,402,683,164

240,172,198

220,790,676

 

SOURCE The9 Limited



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