BEIJING, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Funtalk China Holdings Limited (the "Company" or "Funtalk China") (Nasdaq: FTLK), a leading China-based retailer and wholesale distributor of wireless communications devices, accessories and content, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2010 ("1Q FY2011").
"We are very pleased to report a strong set of Q1 FY2011 results, wherein we exceeded our original guidance expectations and achieved solid growth and profitability during the quarter. Our revenue grew 28% and net income grew more than 130% on a year over year basis," commented Mr. Fei Dongping, chief executive officer of the Company. "These positive results once again validate our strategic investment in our retail business, as we continue to execute our growth plans. We are also excited to announce that Funtalk China is now the only wholesale distributor and retailer that has been chosen as a national partner by all three of the mobile carriers in China. And, as Chinese carriers are expected to significantly increase subsidies to channels and end-users, we believe Funtalk China is best positioned to take advantage of this positive trend."
First Quarter Financial Results
The Company reported consolidated net revenue of $253.0 million for 1Q FY2011, representing a 28.0% increase from the first fiscal quarter of 2010 ("1Q FY2010"). The Company currently generates revenues from two business segments, retail and wholesale distribution of mobile phones and related services and accessories.
Retail revenue for 1Q FY2011 was $122.7 million, representing a 77.5% increase from 1Q FY2010. This growth in the retail segment was primarily driven by the increase in the number of retail subsidiaries, with a total of nine retail subsidiaries covering 528 locations in 1Q FY2011 compared to six retail subsidiaries covering 198 locations in 1Q FY2010. Organic growth(1) of the Company's retail segment accounted for an increase in revenue of 12.9%, representing $78.0 million in revenue in 1Q FY2011 from $69.1 million in 1Q FY2010. Newly acquired subsidiaries contributed approximately $44.7 million to the Company's retail segment revenue in 1Q FY2011.
(1) Excluding the acquisitions of Shanghai Lezhiyu Telecommunications Equipment Co., Ltd. ("Shanghai Lezhiyu") (formerly known as "Shanghai Xieheng Telecommunications Equipment Co., Ltd.") in 3Q FY2010 and Beijing Yipai Innovation Technology Development Co., Ltd., ("Beijing Yipai"), Yantai Yonglian Hengfa Telecommunications Equipment Co., Ltd. and Hunan Feon Digital Technology Co., Ltd. in 1Q FY2011, respectively, or together "newly acquired subsidiaries."
Wholesale distribution revenue for 1Q FY2011 was $130.3 million, representing a 1.3% increase from 1Q FY2010. The increased wholesale distribution revenue was primarily attributable to a 64.7% increase in the total volume of mobile phones sold, partially offset by a 37.5% decrease in average selling prices of mobile phones, primarily due to a higher mix of lower-end priced handsets.
Gross profit for 1Q FY2011 increased 50.5% to $36.7 million, or 14.5% of total revenue, compared to $24.4 million, or 12.3% of total revenue, in 1Q FY2010. Gross margins for the wholesale distribution segment and retail segment were 11.2% and 18.0%, respectively, for 1Q FY2011, compared to 10.9% and 15.0%, respectively, for 1Q FY2010. The increase in overall consolidated gross margins was primarily driven by the revenue generated from the sales of wireless operators' related products and services.
Selling and distribution expenses were $13.9 million for 1Q FY2011 compared to $10.1 million in 1Q FY2010. The increase was primarily due to the increase in rental expenses resulting from the acquisition of Shanghai Lezhiyu and the expansion of the Company's direct sales force for the retail segment in 1Q FY2011. General and administrative expenses were $9.0 million for 1Q FY2011, representing a 135.4% increase from $3.8 million in 1Q FY2010. The increase was primarily due to an increased headcount and an increase in bank service charges associated with the expansion of the Company's operations.
Income from operations increased by 46.5% to $16.4 million in 1Q FY2011 from $11.2 million in 1Q FY2010. Correspondingly, operating income margin, calculated based on income from operations as a percentage of net revenues, increased to 6.5% in 1Q FY2011 from 5.7% in 1Q FY2010.
Income tax expense was $4.3 million for 1Q FY2011 compared to a $2.9 million tax expense for 1Q FY2010. The effective tax rate was 28.3% for 1Q FY2011 compared to 34.2% in 1Q FY2010, as fewer subsidiaries incurred operating losses in 1Q FY2011.
Net income attributable to the Company was $9.6 million, or 3.8% of total revenue, for 1Q FY2011, representing a 132.9% increase from $4.1 million, or 2.1% of total revenue for 1Q FY2010. 1Q FY2011 diluted earnings per share ("EPS") was $0.19 based on a diluted share count of 51.1 million shares compared to 1Q FY2010 diluted EPS of $0.09 based on a diluted share count of 45.0 million shares.
As of June 30, 2010, the Company's cash balance (including pledged deposits) was $32.9 million. The Company's accounts receivable was $79.9 million, representing a decrease of 0.7% from the accounts receivable balance of $80.5 million as of March 31, 2010. The accounts receivable (including notes receivable) turnover days for 1Q FY2011 was 25.8 days compared to 29.3 days in 1Q FY2010.
Recent Business Development Initiatives
In July 2010, the Company's principal shareholders, Arch Digital Holdings Limited and Capital Ally Investments Limited, waived their rights to receive up to an additional 23,000,000 earn-out shares in order to minimize potential dilution to Funtalk China's other existing shareholders.
In August 2010, the Company acquired 100% of the outstanding equity interests of Beijing Gold Feon Telecommunications Technology Co., Ltd. from an unaffiliated third party. The consideration for this acquisition was RMB95.0 million (approximately $13.9 million) plus the net asset value of the new company to be measured in accordance with the sale and purchase agreement.
Following the above acquisition, as of the date of this announcement, Funtalk has a network of mobile phone retail chains with aggregate retail space of approximately 190,000 square meters in approximately 108 cities, with a total of 612 mobile phone retail stores located in the provinces of Hebei, Yunnan, Henan, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Shanxi, Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Anhui and Liaoning, and the cities of Beijing, Chongqing and Shanghai.
The Company expects its revenue for 2Q FY2011 to be in the range of $240 million to $260 million and its net income attributable to the Company to be in the range of $8.0 million to $10.0 million. The Company expects approximately even revenue split between its retail and distribution business segments in 2Q FY2011. Gross margin and operating income margin are projected to be in the ranges of 13.5% to 14.5% and 5.8% to 6.8%, respectively.
For FY2011, the Company reaffirms its revenue outlook to be in the range of $1.0 billion to $1.2 billion and its net income attributable to the Company to be in the range of $40 million to $45 million. The Company expects a revenue split of approximately 57% for its retail business segment and approximately 43% for its distribution business segment in FY2011. Gross margin and operating margin for the full fiscal year are projected to be in the range of 15.0% to 16.0% and 8.5% to 9.5%, respectively. Such projections are based on the Company's current views on operating and market conditions and are subject to change.
"Funtalk China's Fiscal Year 2011 is off to a strong start. With our leading nationwide distribution network for mobile communications products and services, we have gained strong momentum to help increase our market share in China's fast growing retail mobile phone market. Our strategically located retail outlets serve as a significant barrier to entry for prospective competitors, while our large scale enables us to gain favorable terms from handset manufacturers and mobile carriers. Moving forward, we will continue to expand our retail network in China and further increase our retail presence in existing covered areas, both organically and through acquisitions. Given the favorable trends and our strong competitive position, we aim to further enhance our brand awareness and significantly broaden to our value-added services. With our increased cash position and strong balance sheet, we are very confident in our ability to execute on our goal of reaching 2,000 retail stores within the next three years," concluded Mr. Fei.
The unaudited condensed consolidated statements of income and balance sheets accompanying this press release have been prepared by management using U.S. GAAP. This financial information is not intended to fully comply with U.S. GAAP because they do not present all of the disclosures required by U.S. GAAP. The March 31, 2010 balance sheet was derived from audited consolidated financial statements of Pypo Digital Company Limited, the Company's predecessor.
Management will host a conference call at 9:00 am ET on Tuesday, August 31st. Listeners may access the call by dialing #1-201-689-8470. To listen to the live webcast of the event, please go to http://www.viavid.net . Listeners may access the call replay, which will be available through September 14th, by dialing #1-201-612-7415. The account number is 3055 and the conference ID number is 345752.
About Funtalk China Holdings Limited
The Company is a retailer and distributor of wireless communications devices, accessories and content in 30 provinces in China. The Company has branch offices and regional distribution centers, operates a chain of mobile phone retail stores, and has an internet retailing platform.
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(Financial Statements Follow) FUNTALK CHINA HOLDINGS LIMITED UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS) Three Months Ended June 30, 2010 June 30, 2009 Net revenues $ 253,041 $ 197,730 Cost of revenues -216,316 -173,323 Gross profit 36,725 24,407 Operating expenses: Other operating income 2,578 716 Selling and distribution expenses -13,904 -10,102 General and administrative expenses -8,987 -3,818 Total operating expenses -20,313 -13,204 Income from operations 16,412 11,203 Others, net 1,743 -887 Interest income 46 31 Interest expense -3,695 -1,960 Income before income tax, equity in (loss) income of affiliated companies and non-controlling interests 14,506 8,387 Income tax expense -4,258 -2,870 Equity in income of affiliated companies -- 3 Net income 10,248 5,520 Net income attributable to non-controlling interests -691 -1,417 Net income attributable to the Company $ 9,557 $ 4,103 Basic net income per share $ 0.19 $ 0.09 Diluted net income per share $ 0.19 $ 0.09 Number of shares used in computing basic net income 49,456,923 45,000,000 Number of shares used in computing diluted net income 51,075,923 45,000,000 FUNTALK CHINA HOLDINGS LIMITED UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (IN THOUSANDS) As of June 30, As of Mar. 31, 2010 2010 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 27,014 $ 26,616 Restricted bank deposits 5,908 8,860 Accounts receivable (less allowance for doubtful accounts of $635 for June 30, 2010 and $704 for March 31, 2010 79,928 80,457 Inventories 94,018 104,800 Notes receivable 2,658 5,125 Value added tax receivable 10,601 7,588 Receivable from a vendor 21,633 23,908 Other receivable 41,433 33,102 Prepayment and other assets 20,638 23,388 Deferred tax assets 4,467 3,743 Total current assets 308,298 317,587 Non-current assets: Property and equipment, net 21,452 20,468 Intangible assets 22,757 20,761 Goodwill 104,343 70,035 Deposits paid for acquiring new entities 26,462 29,480 Other assets 2,733 2,869 Total non-current assets 177,747 143,613 TOTAL ASSETS $ 486,045 $ 461,200 FUNTALK CHINA HOLDINGS LIMITED UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (IN THOUSANDS) As of As of June 30, 2010 Mar. 31, 2010 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable (including trade payable of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Funtalk China Group of $43,453 and $36,589 as of June 30, 2010 and March 31, 2010, respectively) $ 64,725 $ 93,345 Notes payable (including notes payable of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Funtalk China Group of $8,521 and $13,140 as of June 30, 2010 and March 31, 2010, respectively) 18,826 23,394 Provision for rebates and price protections 10,924 8,168 Advance payments from customers (including advance payment from customers of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Funtalk China Group of $1,008 and $1,121 as of June 30, 2010 and March 31, 2010, respectively) 2,819 2,789 Other payables and accruals (including other payables and accruals of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Funtalk China Group of $10,787 and $8,075 as of June 30, 2010 and March 31, 2010 respectively) 21,816 28,139 Income taxes payable (including income taxes payable of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Funtalk China Group of $4,561 and $4,423 as of June 30, 2010 and March 31, 2010, respectively) 8,339 10,798 Amounts due to related parties (including amounts due to related parties of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Funtalk China Group of $11,777 and$11,719 as of June 30, 2010 and March 31, 2010, respectively) 11,777 11,719 Short term borrowings (including short term borrowings of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Funtalk China Group of $12,513 and $8,057 as of June 30, 2010 and March 31, 2010, respectively) 154,599 97,860 Total current liabilities 293,825 276,212 Non current liability Deferred tax liabilities (including deferred tax liabilities of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Funtalk China Group of $1,274 and $830 as of June 30, 2010 and March 31, 2010, respectively) 5,218 4,296 Total non-current liability 5,218 4,296 Total liabilities 299,043 280,508 Total shareholders' equity 177,747 170,550 Non-controlling interests 9,255 10,142 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 486,045 $ 461,200 For more information, please contact: Bill Zima ICR Inc. (US) Tel: +1-203-682-8200 Email: email@example.com In China: Michael Tieu Tel: +86-10-6599-7960 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Francis Kwok Cheong Wan Funtalk China Ltd. (China) Senior Vice President Tel: +86-10-5709-1193 Email: email@example.com Maria Xin Funtalk China Ltd. (China) Investor Relations Manager Tel: +86-10-5709-1193 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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