HARBIN, China, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- SOKO Fitness & Spa Group, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SOKF) ("SOKO"), an operator of fitness centers and beauty salons and spas in China, today reported financial results for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal 2010, ended November 30, 2009.
Second Quarter and Recent Financial and Business Highlights -- Revenue increased 61% to $7.4 million, compared with revenue of $4.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2009. -- Revenue increased across each of the company's business segments, with spa and beauty services and products accounting for 80% of revenue, fitness centers accounting for 15% of revenue and the beauty school accounting for 5% of revenue. -- Total professional services were $5.3 million, up 73% year-over- year; -- Total product sales were $598,000, up 102% year-over-year; -- Membership fees were $1.1 million, up 19% year-over-year; and, -- Revenue from beauty school tuition was $392,000, compared with $314,000 in the second quarter of fiscal 2009. -- Gross profit was $5.2 million, or 70% of revenue, compared with $3.0 million, or 65% of revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2009. -- Operating income improved by 76% to $3.2 million, compared with $1.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2009. -- Net income improved by 89% to $3.2 million, or $0.17 per share (diluted), compared with net income of $1.7 million, or $0.10 per share (diluted) in the second quarter of fiscal 2009. -- As of November 30, 2009, cash and cash equivalents were $3.64 million, an increase of 91% over $1.91 million as of May 31, 2009. -- Opened its first "non-surgical medical beauty spa" in Harbin, China in an effort to expand SOKO's range of services and capture potential new revenue streams. -- Expanded geographic reach by securing 51% interest in two fitness centers in suburban Beijing, marking the company's initial entry into the Beijing market.
"Our quarterly results reflect the strength of our cross-selling business model and continued execution of our business strategy," said Tong Liu, Chief Executive Officer of SOKO. "During the first half of fiscal 2010, we continued to expand our brand by opening new facilities, including Yoga Wave II and the Harbin Queen Medical Beauty Spa, which is our first facility licensed to perform non-surgical medical aesthetic procedures. We believe that the medical beauty segment is a potentially high-growth market where there are significant barriers to entry due to licensing requirements. As such, we believe we are well positioned to secure additional revenue from our existing customer base with these medical beauty services, as well leverage this offering to attract new customers who should be candidates for our full range of fitness, spa and beauty services. In line with our strategy, we will continue to focus on promoting our higher margin business segments such as our yoga centers and spa and beauty service offerings. Importantly, while we continue to open new centers, our operating costs remain in-line with our revenue. With a 62% increase in SG&A expenses in the second quarter, we achieved a 77% year-over-year increase in operating income.
"Following the close of the second quarter, we also acquired a majority interest position in two fitness centers in Beijing. This marks our initial entry into this important region and serves our objective of geographic expansion through strategic acquisitions. These centers are located in a suburban area of Beijing and, as such, we believe they face less competition from peers that are operated in the central Bejing area and are thus consistent with our acquisition strategy. We expect to continue to execute on our growth strategy based in opening centers in second tier cities such as Harbin where we believe we can achieve the swiftest impact. In addition, we will also strategically evaluate opportunities to open centers in or around first tier cities, such as Beijing, so long as they fit in with our core strategy of opening facilities where we believe there is low penetration from peers and we can adequately compete.
"With the expanding breadth of our service offerings and a growing client base, we believe we are well positioned to grow our business, with our existing members and clients representing the ideal target customers for the full breadth of our products and services," Mr. Liu concluded.
SOKO currently operates 15 facilities in key cities in Northeastern China including nine beauty salons and spas, five fitness centers and yoga studios and one beauty school, as well as two fitness centers in suburban Beijing. At the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2010, SOKO had 14,909 fitness club members, and 19,893 beauty salon and spa clients. In addition, SOKO has four facilities under construction: The Da Qing beauty salon and spa, one beauty salon in the Long Dian building in Harbin, as well as one fitness center and one yoga center.
Second Quarter Financial Summary:
Total Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2010, ended November 30, 2009, was $7.4 million, an increase of 61%, over revenue of $4.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2009. The increase in revenue was largely attributed expansion of our facilities and services including increased sales from existing members and clients, sales of add-on services to members and clients and continued efforts to add new members and clients in new and existing facilities.
Gross profit for the quarter was $5.2 million, or 69.5% of revenue, compared with $3.0 million, or 65.5% of revenue for the comparable quarter in fiscal 2009. The increase in margins for the period was [primarily the result of the addition of the non-medical beauty service offering].
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $2.0 million, an increase of approximately 62% over $1.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2009.
Net Income increased 89% to $3.2 million, or $0.17 per share, based on 18.2 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared with $1.7 million, or $0.10 per share, based on 17.0 million weighted average shares outstanding, for the year-ago period. The increase in net income was related to the increase in revenue, as well as a reduction in interest and other expenses.
As of November 30, 2009, SOKO had cash and cash equivalents of $3.6 million, an increase of 2% compared with $3.6 million in the prior quarter, and a 91% increase over $1.9 million reported on May 31, 2009.
Company and Market Outlook
"As we move into the second half of our 2010 fiscal year, we believe SOKO is positioned to continue its growth," said Mr. Liu. "Our strong member retention rate of approximately 81% remains above the industry average and provides a potential base of recurring and predictable revenue while we execute on our growth initiatives. We continue to expand our product and service offerings with an emphasis on growing our client and membership bases to drive our existing facilities into maturity, a cycle we typically achieve within two to three years following each center's opening. With new SOKO- operated facilities opened earlier this year and four new facilities currently under construction, we believe we are well on our way toward reaching our goal of adding 7-9 new centers to our portfolio in calendar 2010.
"We further believe that the number of potential customers for SOKO's fitness and aesthetic offerings are expanding as the upper and middle classes in the cities in which we operate are becoming increasingly affluent. With an established, well-respected brand and a loyal existing customer base, we are confident that we can capitalize on these favorable market trends in order to continue growing our business," Mr. Liu concluded.
SOKO will host a conference call for interested investors and analysts on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. To participate in the conference call, please dial 877-941-8416 toll free from the U.S, or 1-480- 629-9808 for international callers.
An audio replay will be available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call and will be made available through Tuesday, February 2, 2010. The audio replay can be accessed by dialing 1-800-406-7325 toll free from the U.S., or 1-303-590-3030 for international callers, and entering access ID number 4201679.
About SOKO Fitness & Spa Group, Inc.
SOKO Fitness & Spa Group, Inc., an OTCBB listed company (SOKF.OB), is an operator of fitness centers and beauty salons and spas key cities in Northeastern China as well as in suburban Beijing. SOKO provides programs, services, and products combined with exercise, education, and nutrition to help their members lead a healthy life and achieve their fitness goals. For further information, please go to http://www.sokofitness.com .
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For more information, please contact: The Piacente Group, Inc. Investor Relations Brandi Floberg Tel: +1-212-481-2050 Email: email@example.com SOKO Fitness & Spa Group, Inc. Shawn Qu Tel: +1-908-208-8681 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org SOKO Fitness & Spa Group, Inc. Judy Jiang Tel: +86-451-8770-2280 Email: email@example.com SOKO FITNESS & SPA GROUP, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (IN US DOLLARS) (UNAUDITED) FOR THE SIX MONTHS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED ENDED NOVEMBER 30, NOVEMBER 30, 2009 2008 2009 2008 (RESTATED) (RESTATED) Net Sales $13,843,683 $8,885,158 $7,413,179 $4,608,291 Cost of Sales (4,451,744) (3,015,436)(2,262,805) (1,590,281) Gross Profit 9,391,939 5,869,722 5,150,374 3,018,010 Selling, General and Administrative Expenses: 3,899,759 2,576,336 2,001,385 1,234,151 Operating Income 5,492,180 3,293,386 3,148,989 1,783,859 Other Income and Expenses Interest expenses (31,564) (106,632) 961 (56,624) Other income 33,298 2,606 17,776 191 Other expenses (3,934) (165,721) (3,463) (96,380) Total Other Income and (Expense) (2,200) (269,747) 15,274 (152,813) Income Before Income Taxes 5,489,980 3,023,639 3,164,265 1,631,046 Provision for Income Taxes 47,904 51,437 24,024 26,305 Net Income 5,442,076 2,972,202 3,140,240 1,604,741 Less: net (loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interest (162,151) (147,544) (36,384) (71,664) Net Income Attributable to SOKO Fitness & Spa Group, Inc. $5,604,227 $3,119,746 $3,176,623 $1,676,405 Other Comprehensive Income Foreign currency translation adjustment 4,695 260,748 25,977 17,788 Comprehensive Income $5,608,922 $3,380,494 $3,202,600 $1,694,193 Basic and Diluted Income per common share Basic $0.33 $0.18 $0.19 $0.10 Diluted $0.31 $0.18 $0.17 $0.10 Weighted average common share outstanding Basic 17,000,000 17,000,000 17,000,000 17,000,000 Diluted 18,168,443 17,000,000 18,168,443 17,000,000 SOKO FITNESS & SPA GROUP, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (IN US DOLLARS) NOVEMBER 30, 2009 MAY 31, 2009 (UNAUDITED) ASSETS Current Assets: Cash & cash equivalents $3,638,308 $1,907,640 Restricted cash -- 7,233 Accounts receivable, net 411,431 110,541 Inventories 1,430,666 1,391,302 Advances to suppliers 2,861,514 993,084 Employee advance 87,531 54,783 Prepaid expense 192,019 146,959 Total Current Assets 8,621,469 4,611,542 Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation 24,637,890 19,674,394 Other Assets Security deposit 109,711 47,853 Deferred rent 719,338 589,188 Deposit to suppliers 1,464,847 1,464,530 Investment advance 1,171,795 399,750 Goodwill 2,793,607 2,525,778 Total Other Assets 6,259,298 5,027,099 Total Assets 39,518,657 29,313,035 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current Liabilities: Short-term loans 3,310,322 2,196,795 Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other payable 833,606 471,457 Unearned revenue 5,084,363 1,909,755 Taxes payable 423,134 360,229 Contingent liability 200,000 200,000 Total Current Liabilities 9,851,425 5,138,236 Stockholders' Equity Preferred Stock, $.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; - 0 - shares issued and outstanding at November 30, 2009 and May 31,2009 -- -- Common stock, $0.001 Par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized; 17,000,000 shares issued and outstanding at November 30 and May 31, 2009 17,000 17,000 Additional paid-in-capital 2,361,716 2,346,397 Additional paid-in-capital - Warrants 639,253 639,253 Accumulated other comprehensive income 1,915,447 1,910,752 Retained earnings 24,819,341 19,215,114 Total Stockholders' Equity 29,752,757 24,128,516 Noncontrolling interest (85,525) 46,283 Total Equity 29,667,232 24,174,799 Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $39,518,657 $29,313,035
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