Ku6 Media Reports Unaudited Financial Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011

Nov 14, 2011, 06:48 ET from Ku6 Media Co., Ltd.

BEIJING, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Ku6 Media Co., Ltd., ("Ku6 Media" or the "Company", Nasdaq: KUTV) a leading internet television company in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30 of fiscal year 2011.

Background

In 2010, Ku6 Media (formerly known as Hurray!) completed a series of transactions including acquisition of Ku6 in January 2010 and disposal of its WVAS and music businesses to Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited ("Shanda") as well as acquisition of online audio business from Shanda in August 2010, and became a company focusing on online advertising business on its online video platform of www.Ku6.com. As a result, the operating results of WVAS and recorded music were presented as "Operating Results of Discontinued Operations" in the income statements.

Third Quarter 2011 Highlights

  • Total revenues from continuing operations were $4.2 million, up 5.0% from $4.0 million in the second quarter of 2011, and down 2.3% from $4.3 million in the third quarter of 2010. Performance advertising revenue increased continuously and accounted for 72.3% of total revenue in the quarter, as compared to 19.9% in the second quarter of 2011.
  • Net loss from continuing operations was $13.0 million, down 39.8% from a loss of $21.6 million in the second quarter of 2011, and up 2.4% from a loss of $12.7 million in the third quarter of 2010.

Business results

Total revenues from continuing operations, representing advertising revenue from online video portal and online audio operation, were $4.2 million in the third quarter of 2011, representing an increase of 5.0% from $4.0 million in the second quarter of 2011 and a decrease of 2.3% from $4.3 million in the third quarter of 2010. In the second quarter of 2011, the company started to generate revenue from performance advertising using a system called Application Advertisement ("AA"). The performance advertising revenue was realized through an agent which is a related party within Shanda. 72.3% of total revenue in the third quarter was from this source, as compared to 19.9% of total revenue in the second quarter of 2011.

Gross loss from continuing operations was $1.3 million in the third quarter of 2011, down 84.1% from $8.2 million in the second quarter of 2011 and down 75.5% from $5.3 million in the third quarter of 2010.

Operating expenses from continuing operations were $11.3 million in the third quarter of 2011, including provisions for accounts receivable of $1.0 million, an accrual for annual bonus of $0.8 million, a loss from disposal of network equipments of $2.4 million due to technological upgraded, and a provision of $1.6 million for possible copyright lawsuits after examining content previously shown on our website. This represents a decrease of 14.4% from $13.2 million in the second quarter of 2011 and an increase of 52.7% from $7.4 million in the third quarter of 2010.

Operating loss from continuing operations was $12.5 million in the third quarter of 2011, a decrease of 41.6% from $21.4 million in the second quarter of 2011 and a decrease of 1.6% from $12.7 million in the third quarter of 2010.

Net loss from continuing operations was $13.0 million in the third quarter of 2011, a decrease of 39.8% from the loss of $21.6 million in the second quarter of 2011 and an increase of 2.4% from the loss of $12.7 million in the third quarter of 2010.

Net loss from discontinued operations (WVAS and recorded music businesses) was nil in the second and third quarter of 2011 since the WVAS and recorded music businesses were sold in August 2010, as compared to $0.4 million of net loss in the third quarter of 2010.

Net loss attributable to Ku6 Media was $13.0 million in the third quarter of 2011, as compared to $21.6 million in the second quarter of 2011 and $12.8 million in the third quarter of 2010.

Net loss attributable to Ku6 Media per basic and diluted ADS was $0.26 in the third quarter of 2011, compared to $0.61 in the second quarter of 2011 and $0.40 in the third quarter of 2010. Weighted average ADS used to calculate diluted net loss per ADS was 50.2 million ADS in the third quarter of 2011, 35.2 million ADS in the second quarter of 2011 and 31.9 million ADS in the third quarter of 2010.

Loss before interest expense and interest income, income taxes, depreciation, and amortization ("EBITDA", a non-GAAP measure) was $11.2 million in the third quarter of 2011, compared to $19.9 million in the second quarter of 2011 and $11.4 million in the third quarter of 2010. Reconciliation between net loss attributable to Ku6 Media under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and EBITDA is presented at the end of this news release.

As of September 30, 2011, the Company had $41.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $111.4 million as of June 30, 2011. The significant decrease in cash and cash equivalents was attributed to the redemption of senior convertible bonds of US$50 million from Shanda.

Mr. Jeff Shi, Chief Executive Officer of Ku6 Media, commented, "Ku6 Media has made a successful strategic transition and our business has improved in this quarter. We have become more technology focused while improving user experience. We believe our Web 2.0 strategy will help us build a solid foundation for further execution and continuous improvement of operating results in the next few quarters."

Recent Business Activities

In September, the Company announced the termination of the variable interest entity arrangement with respect to Shanghai Yisheng Network Technology Co., Ltd. ("Yisheng"), its online audio business operating entity, and the completion of certain transfers and issuances of shares in Yisheng. Following these transactions, the Company holds a 20% economic interest, down from 100%, in Yisheng and has ceased to control Yisheng as a consolidated variable interest entity. All local government registrations relating to the above changes in the registered capital and shareholding of Yisheng were completed on August 11, 2011.

On September 30, 2011, Ku6 Media agreed to redeem senior convertible bonds of US$50,000,000 from Shanda. The senior convertible bonds were issued to Shanda at face value on June 29, 2011. The bonds were to mature in three years after issuance and would bear an interest of 3% per annum, payable semi-annually. Based on the working capital position of the Company, Ku6 Media redeemed the bonds on September 30, 2011 at its issue price with the approval of the board of directors and a special committee comprised of three independent directors.

Note to the financial information

The unaudited financial information disclosed above is preliminary. The results for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 are not necessarily indicative of the results expected for the full year or for any future period. Adjustments to the financial statements may be made when audit work is completed, which could result in significant differences between the audited financial statements and the preliminary unaudited financial information contained in this press release.

Conference call

Ku6 Media's management team will host a conference call on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. EDT, which is Monday, November 14, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. in Beijing and Hong Kong, to present an overview of the company's financial performance and business operations.

Dial-in numbers:      

U.S.A.:

+17183541231/18665194004 (Toll free)

International:                          

+6567239381

Conference ID:

25141697

A replay will be available from November 14, 2011 for 7 days.

U.S.A.:      

18662145335

International:                          

+61 2 8235 5000

Conference ID:  

25141697

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available at

http://www.media-server.com/m/p/hhkrah5d.

About Ku6 Media Co., Ltd.

Ku6 Media Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: KUTV) is a leading internet television company in China. Through its premier online brand and online video website, www.ku6.com, Ku6 Media provides video information services and entertainment in China.

As a leading online video portal, www.ku6.com provides a video platform for sharing and watching user-generated content. It also provides online video reports and other interactive entertainment programs for its users. For more information about Ku6 Media, please visit http://ir.ku6.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by terminology such as "believes," "could," "expects," "may," "might," "should," "will," or "would," and by similar statements. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but instead represent only the Company's beliefs regarding future events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of its control. It is possible that the Company's actual results and financial condition may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results and financial condition indicated in these forward-looking statements. Some of the risks and important factors that could affect the Company's future results and financial condition include: continued competitive pressures in China's internet video and audio portal market; changes in technology and consumer demand in this market; the risk that Ku6 Media may not be able to control its expenses in future periods; changes in the policies in China or the laws governing the operations and content of internet video and audio portal websites; the success of Ku6 Media's ability to sell advertising and other services on its websites; and other risks outlined in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's (filed under the name of Ku6 Media Co., Ltd.) annual report on Form 20-F. Ku6 Media does not undertake any obligation to update this forward-looking information, except as required under law.

Ku6 Media Co., Ltd.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

As of September 30, 2011

As of December 31, 2010

U.S. dollars in thousands

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$41,629

$27,295

Restricted cash

5,666

-

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts

2,314

8,135

Accounts receivable due from related party

2,604

326

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

565

3,487

Other receivable due from related parties

17,781

5,532

Inventories

-

31

Total current assets

70,559

44,806

Deposits

284

-

Property and equipment, net

2,910

8,004

Acquired intangible assets, net

24,501

27,264

Investment in equity affiliate

321

-

Goodwill

6,233

6,896

Total assets

$104,808

$86,970

Liabilities and shareholders' equity

Current liabilities:

Short-term borrowings

$2,066

-

Accounts payable

14,993

15,503

Accounts payable due to related party

12

1,665

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

12,633

11,462

Other payable due to related parties

16,641

7,777

Total current liabilities

46,345

36,407

Non-current deferred tax liabilities

4,826

4,925

Total liabilities

51,171

41,332

Shareholders' equity:

Ordinary shares

251

174

Additional paid-in capital

183,677

130,100

Accumulated deficit

(128,511)

(83,105)

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(1,780)

(1,423)

Total Ku6 Media Co., Ltd. shareholders' equity

53,637

45,746

Non-controlling interests

-

(108)

Total shareholders' equity

53,637

45,638

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$104,808

$86,970

Ku6 Media Co., Ltd.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

For the three months ended

For the nine months ended

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2011

2010

2011

2010

(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share data)

Revenues:

Advertising

Third parties

1,100

4,113

10,169

9,275

Related parties

3,129

159

4,632

514

Total revenues

4,229

4,272

14,801

9,789

Cost of revenues:

Advertising

Third parties

5,482

9,475

26,268

27,747

Related parties

-

73

380

249

Total cost of revenues

5,482

9,548

26,648

27,996

Gross loss

(1,253)

(5,276)

(11,847)

(18,207)

Operating expenses:

Product development

857

-

2,101

-

Selling and marketing

2,005

4,294

11,799

10,214

General and administrative

5,613

3,147

16,837

9,722

Other general expenses

2,800

-

2,800

-

Total operating expenses

11,275

7,441

33,537

19,936

Operating loss from continuing operations

(12,528)

(12,717)

(45,384)

(38,143)

Interest income

49

23

89

50

Other income

32

-

730

-

Interest expense

(330)

(19)

(786)

(31)

Equity in loss of affiliates

(201)

-

(201)

-

Loss before income tax expense

(12,978)

(12,713)

(45,552)

(38,124)

Income tax benefit

-

10

99

31

Net loss from continuing operations

(12,978)

(12,703)

(45,453)

(38,093)

Discontinued operations:

Net loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

-

(407)

-

(3,139)

Gain from disposal of discontinued operations, net of tax

-

-

-

4,487

Net income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

-

(407)

-

1,348

Net loss

(12,978)

(13,110)

(45,453)

(36,745)

Less: Net loss attributable to the non-controlling interest

2

271

47

658

Net loss attributable to Ku6 Media Co., Ltd.

(12,976)

(12,839)

(45,406)

(36,087)

Loss per share-basic and diluted

Loss from continuing operations attributable to Ku6 Media Co., Ltd. ordinary shareholders

($0.00)

($0.00)

($0.01)

($0.01)

Income (loss) from discontinued operations attributable to Ku6 Media Co., Ltd. ordinary shareholders

$0.00

($0.00)

$0.00

$0.00)

Net loss attributable to Ku6 Media Co., Ltd. ordinary shareholders

($0.00)

($0.00)

($0.01)

($0.01)

Loss per ADS-basic and diluted

Loss from continuing operations attributable to Ku6 Media Co., Ltd. ordinary shareholders

($0.26)

($0.39)

($1.13)

($1.26)

Income (loss) from discontinued operations attributable to Ku6 Media Co., Ltd. ordinary shareholders

$0.00

($0.01)

$0.00

$0.04

Net loss attributable to Ku6 Media Co., Ltd. ordinary shareholders

($0.26)

($0.40)

($1.13)

($1.22)

Weighted average shares used in per share calculation-basic and diluted

5,019,786,036

3,194,781,254

4,011,011,072

2,967,456,124

Weighted average ADSs used in per ADS calculation-basic and diluted

50,197,860

31,947,813

40,110,111

29,674,561

The use of non-GAAP financial measures:

To supplement its consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") in the United States, Ku6 Media uses a non-GAAP measure EBITDA, which is adjusted based on results prepared in accordance with GAAP excluding certain expenses. Ku6 Media's management believes the use of this non-GAAP financial measure provides useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses. This non-GAAP financial measure also facilitates management's internal comparisons to the Company's historical performance and our competitors' operating results. Ku6 Media believes this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. The presentation of this additional financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Please see below financial table for a reconciliation of EBITDA.

Reconciliation of Net loss attributable to Ku6 Media under GAAP to EBITDA for the following periods:

For the three months ended

For the nine months ended

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2011

2010

2011

2010

(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share data)

Net loss attributable to Ku6 Media Co., Ltd.

(12,976)

(12,839)

(45,406)

(36,087)

Add (deduct):

Interest expense

330

5

786

25

Income tax expense (benefit)

-

(30)

(99)

(56)

Depreciation and amortization

1,495

1,496

4,360

3,732

Interest income

(49)

(18)

(89)

(87)

EBITDA

(11,200)

(11,386)

(40,448)

(32,473)

SOURCE Ku6 Media Co., Ltd.



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