NetDragon Websoft Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2010 Financial Results

Core Online Games Business Shows Steady Growth, Mobile Internet Business Promising

Mar 25, 2011, 06:16 ET from NetDragon Websoft Inc.

HONG KONG, March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- NetDragon Websoft Inc. ("NetDragon", Stock Code: 777), a leading online game developer and operator in China, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2010. Additionally, a management conference call and live webcast is scheduled at 8:00 PM Hong Kong time, March 25, 2011 to review financial results and recent business developments.

Fourth Quarter 2010 Financial and Operational Highlights

  • Total revenues were RMB 144.0million, an increase of 12.3% over third quarter 2010
  • Gross profit was RMB 129.3million, an increase of 15.6% over third quarter 2010; gross margin was 89.8% up from 87.2% in third quarter 2010  
  • Mobile Internet business income was RMB 4.2million, an increase of 340.8% over third quarter 2010
  • Net profit was RMB 9.4million, an increase of 229.2% over third quarter 2010; net profit margin was 6.5%, up from 2.2% in the third quarter 2010
  • Basic earnings per share (EPS) were RMB 1.76cents, diluted EPS were RMB 1.76cents
  • Average concurrent users ("ACU") for online games was 232,000, an increase of 2.7% over the third quarter 2010
  • Peak concurrent users ("PCU") for online games was 542,000, a decrease of 8.0% over the third quarter 2010

Fiscal Year 2010 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenues were RMB 531.8million, as compared with RMB 621.8million in the year 2009
  • Gross profit was RMB 465.4million, as compared with RMB 537.5million in the year 2009; gross margin was 87.5% compared to 86.4% in 2009
  • Mobile Internet business income was RMB 6.7million, as compared with zero income from this business in 2009
  • Net profit was RMB 34.9million, as compared with RMB 86.6million in the year 2009; net profit margin was 6.6% compared to 13.9% in 2009
  • Basic earnings per share (EPS) were RMB 6.64cents, diluted EPS were RMB 6.64cents

Chairman's Statement    

Mr. Liu Dejian, Chairman and Executive Director of NetDragon, stated, "In 2010, the release of diversified versions of our flagship online games successfully attracted new gamers and drew old gamers back, which lead to our Fourth Quarter ACU mark reaching the highest level in 2010. We also continued to build strategic partnerships with globally renowned enterprises, and develop new online game products based on our strengthening R&D capabilities. Management is deeply pleased with NetDragon's recent rebound and the solid foundation we have laid for growth in our core online gaming business.

Mr. Liu concluded, "As for our mobile internet business, we continued to leverage our early-mover advantage and R&D prowess into tens of millions of aggregate installations of our mobile internet software. We also made headway in monetizing our mobile internet platform through advertising as well as our turnkey solution that integrates R&D, operations and our marketplace. We believe that our efforts in mobile internet will enable us to maintain our leading position in the coming years.

Fourth Quarter 2010 Business Highlights

  • The Vietnamese and Traditional Chinese versions of Zero Online's EP "Galactic Armada" were released in Vietnam and Hong Kong, respectively
  • A new expansion pack "Phoenix Returns" of Heroes of Might and Magic Online was launched in China
  • Chinese and English versions of Conquer Online's EP "The Returning Light" were released, and a Portuguese version of Conquer Online officially entered open beta testing in Brazil
  • NetDragon received the "Award for Original Online Game" at the 8th China International Digital Content Expo (DigiChina)

Recent Developments

  • In January of 2011, Arabic, Spanish and French versions of EP - "The Returning Light" were released for Conquer Online
  • NetDragon's Board of Directors will recommend the payment of a final dividend of HK$0.02 per share for the year ended 31 December 2010; subject to final approval of the stockholders at the annual general meeting
  • NetDragon's annual general meeting will be held on May 20, 2011

Business Outlook    

Online Games business. NetDragon expects to release several new online games in 2011, including the following:  

  • TRANSFORMERS Online: The action-oriented PC online game TRANSFORMERS Online is expected to officially roll-out in 2011 in China as well as other select markets in Asia, MENA and Russia/CIS
  • World of Dungeon Keeper: In 2010, NetDragon carried out two closed beta tests for the 3D MMORPG, World of Dungeon Keeper. Open beta testing is expected in the second half of 2011
  • icombo (previously named as "Cross Gate") : NetDragon's first 2D "beat-em-up" side scroller, icombo underwent two closed beta tests in 2010, and is expected to enter open beta testing in 2011
  • Absolute Force: NetDragon's first "first-person shooter" game, Absolute Force is expected to enter open beta testing in 2011

Mobile Internet business. NetDragon has built up a number of leading products, perfected channels, and acquired a broad user base in the sector. We will continue to develop mobile internet applications and other mobile products. Additionally, NetDragon will push forward with its strategy of platform development, to provide even more domestic and overseas small-to-medium sized developers with industry-leading platform resources, in order to realize win-win results.

Financial Highlights:


RMB('000)

4Q 2010

3Q 2010

QoQ(%)

FY 2010

FY 2009

YoY(%)

Revenue

143,957

128,219

12.3%

531,772

621,836

(14.5%)

Gross Profit

129,339

111,851

15.6%

465,439

537,511

(13.4%)

GPM

89.8%

87.2%

2.6%

87.5%

86.4%

1.1%

Profit for the period

9,373

2,847

229.2%

34,893

86,624

(59.7%)

NPM

6.5%

2.2%

4.3%

6.6%

13.9%

(7.3%)

EPS-Basic (RMB cents)

1.76

0.55

220%

6.64

16.57

(59.9%)

EPS-Diluted (RMB cents)

1.76

0.55

220%

6.64

16.56

(59.9%)




Metrics



4Q 2010

3Q 2010

2Q 2010

1Q 2010

4Q 2009

PCU

542,000

589,000

449,000

451,000

492,000

ACU

232,000

226,000

217,000

230,000

253,000

Note 1: Online games include Conquer Online, Eudemons Online, Zero Online, Tou Ming Zhuang Online, Heroes of Might and
Magic Online, Way of the Five, Disney Fantasy Online, Tian Yuan and others



Management Conference Call

NetDragon will host a management conference call and webcast to review its results and recent developments, at 8:00PM Hong Kong Time, which corresponds to 8:00AM Eastern Standard Time, 25 March, 2011.

Details of the conference call are as follows:

Dial in numbers:  


International Toll  

1-617-847-8705

US Toll Free

1-800-599-9816

Hong Kong Toll Free

800-963-844

South China Toll Free

10-800-130-0399

North China Toll Free

10-800-152-1490

Passcode

469-329-38




Replay service is available from 11:00PM 25 March to 12:00PM, 1 April, 2011. Below are the replay numbers for different regions. International Toll: 1-617-801-6888; US Toll Free: 1-888-286-8010; Replay passcode: 91-593-620. A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of NetDragon's website at http://ir.netdragon.com/investor/ir_events.shtml Participants in the live webcast should visit the aforementioned website 10 minutes prior to the call, then click on the icon for "4Q and Fiscal Year 2010 Results Conference Call" and follow the registration instructions.

About NetDragon

NetDragon Websoft Inc. is a leading innovator and creative force in China's online gaming and mobile internet industries. Established in 1999, we are a vertically integrated developer & operator of MMORPGs and a cutting-edge R&D powerhouse. We launched our first self-made online game Monster & Me in 2002, followed by multiple titles including Eudemons Online, Conquer Online, Heroes of Might & Magic Online and Disney Fantasy Online. We are also China's pioneer in overseas expansion, directly operating titles in overseas markets since 2004 in English, Spanish, Arabic and other languages. Our online games currently in development include World of Dungeon Keeper, TRANSFORMERS Online, icombo (previously named as Cross Gate), and a new version of Ultima Online. In the mobile internet industry, we provide one of China's leading marketplaces for smartphone users, offering applications and content for the most popular mobile operating systems globally.

For further information please contact:


NetDragon Websoft Inc.

Ms. Maggie Zhou (Investor Relations Department)

Tel:

+86 591 8754 3120

Email:

maggie@nd.com.cn;


ir@nd.com.cn

Website:    

www.nd.com.cn/ir




CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME



FOR THE THREE MONTHS AND THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2010




For the Three Months Ended

For the Year Ended


31/12/2010
(Unaudited)
RMB '000


30/9/2010
(Unaudited)
RMB '000


31/12/2010
(Audited)
RMB '000  


31/12/2009
(Audited)
RMB '000

Revenue

143,957


128,219


531,772


621,836

Cost of revenue

(14,618)


(16,368)


(66,333)


(84,325)









Gross profit

129,339


111,851


465,439


537,511

Other income and gains

37,353


8,565


60,864


57,807

Selling and marketing expenses

(24,280)


(28,886)


(101,993)


(133,460)

Administrative expenses

(49,783)


(48,059)


(182,022)


(163,926)

Development costs

(49,891)


(36,966)


(162,234)


(201,461)

Other expenses

(5,552)


(1,380)


(10,392)


(1,959)

Net loss on derivative financial instruments

-


-


-


(15,214)

Net gain on financial assets designated
 as fair value through profit or loss

-


-


-


18,431

Share of losses of jointly controlled entities

-


-


-


(724)









Profit before taxation

37,186


5,125


69,662


97,005

Taxation

(27,813)


(2,278)


(34,769)


(10,381)









Profit for the period

9,373


2,847


34,893


86,624

Other comprehensive income (expenses):








Exchange differences arising on
 translation of foreign operations

(151)


(49)


(172)


(784)

Gain on revaluation of property

673


-


673


-


522


(49)


501


(784)

Total comprehensive income for the period

9,895


2,798


35,394


85,840









Profit for the period attributable to:








-   Owners of the company

9,292


2,894


34,949


87,108

-   Non-controlling interests

81


(47)


(56)


(484)


9,373


2,847


34,893


86,624









Total comprehensive income attributable to:








-   Owners of the company

9,814


2,845


35,450


86,324

-   Non-controlling interests

81


(47)


(56)


(484)


9,895


2,798


35,394


85,840









Earnings per share

RMB cents


RMB cents


RMB cents


RMB cents

-Basic

1.76


0.55


6.64


16.57

-Diluted

1.76


0.55


6.64


16.56



CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2010


31 December 2010


31 December 2009


(Audited)


(Audited)/(Restated)


RMB '000


RMB '000





Non-current assets




Property, plant and equipment

128,534


138,011

Prepaid lease payments

87,753


12,917

Investment property

14,551


-

Deposit paid for acquisition of property, plant and equipment

19,050


8,895

Intangible assets

13,136


12,980

Interests in jointly controlled entities

-


-

Available-for-sale investments

4,000


4,000

Loan receivables

5,819


7,313

Deferred tax assets

54


54


272,897


184,170





Current assets




Prepaid lease payments

1,784


228

Loan receivables

893


893

Trade receivables

24,393


14,128

Other receivables, prepayments and deposits

40,072


66,272

Held for trading investments

1,079


377

Advance to a jointly controlled entity

-


29,000

Amount due from a related company

171


-

Tax recoverable

-


20

Bank deposits

340,828


551,970

Bank balances and cash

877,823


705,053


1,287,043


1,367,941





Current liabilities




Trade payables

519


285

Other payables and accruals

58,218


67,881

Deferred income

23,119


18,189

Amount due to a related company

5,328


-

Income tax payable

21,599


9,935


108,783


96,290

Net current assets

1,178,260


1,271,651


1,451,157


1,455,821





Capital and reserves




Share capital

39,264


39,264

Share premium and reserves

1,412,433


1,417,041

Equity attributable to owners of the Company

1,451,697


1,456,305

Non-controlling interests

(540)


(484)






1,451,157


1,455,821



SOURCE NetDragon Websoft Inc.



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