TAL Education Group Announces Unaudited Financial Results for the First Fiscal Quarter Ended May 31, 2015

- Quarterly Net Revenues up by 45.3% Year-Over-Year

- Quarterly Income from Operations up by 43.4% Year-Over-Year

- Quarterly Net Income Attributable to TAL up by 42.0% Year-Over-Year, Non-GAAP Net Income Attributable to TAL up by 38.1% Year-Over-Year

Jul 23, 2015, 04:00 ET from TAL Education Group

BEIJING, July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- TAL Education Group (NYSE: XRS) ("TAL" or the "Company"), a leading K-12 after-school tutoring services provider in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 ended May 31, 2015.

Highlights for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016

  • Net revenues increased by 45.3% year-over-year to US$129.4 million from US$89.0 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Income from operations increased by 43.4% to US$19.6 million from US$13.7 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Non-GAAP income from operations increased by 39.3% to US$24.7 million from US$17.7 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Net income attributable to TAL increased by 42.0% year-over-year to US$19.0 million from US$13.4 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to TAL, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 38.1% year-over-year to US$24.0 million from US$17.4 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Basic and diluted net income per American Depositary Share ("ADS") were US$0.24 and US$0.23, respectively. Non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per ADS, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, were US$0.30 and US$0.28, respectively. Each ADS represents two Class A common shares.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and term deposits totaled US$631.5 million as of May 31, 2015, compared to US$491.4 million as of February 28, 2015.
  • Total student enrollments increased by 47.6% year-over-year to approximately 412,120 from approximately 279,200 in the same period of the prior year.
  • Total physical network consisted of 303 learning centers as of May 31, 2015, increased from 289 as of February 28, 2015.

Financial and Operating Data -- First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016

(In US$ thousands, except per ADS data, student enrollments and percentages)

Three Months Ended

May 31,

2014

2015

Pct. Change

Net revenues

89,026

129,387

45.3%

Net income attributable to TAL

13,350

18,954

42.0%

Non-GAAP net income attributable to TAL

17,390

24,019

38.1%

Operating income

13,667

19,600

43.4%

Non-GAAP operating income

17,706

24,666

39.3%

Net income per ADS attributable to TAL – basic

0.17

0.24

40.1%

Net income per ADS attributable to TAL – diluted

0.17

0.23

37.8%

Non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to TAL – basic

0.22

0.30

36.3%

Non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to TAL – diluted

0.22

0.28

31.5%

Total student enrollments

279,200

412,120

47.6%

"First quarter revenue exceeded our expectation due to very strong growth in cities other than Beijing. We also achieved over 40% year-on-year growth in both operating income and net income growth even though we opened 14 new learning centers on a net basis in the first quarter. We expect this strong business momentum to continue in the second quarter," said TAL's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bangxin Zhang.

"When we look at the revenue contribution from small class in the cities we generate most revenue from, we see how our revenue base is becoming more broadly spread over a larger number of cities, reflecting the rapid and healthy development of our core small class business. In the first quarter, the top five cities in terms of revenue contribution accounted for an aggregate of 72% of small class revenues. In the same period last year, the top 5 cities contributed 80%," Mr. Zhang added. "This robust start in our business and operations for Fiscal Year 2016 supports our ongoing plans to gain long-term leverage in the future education business models. From our company's early beginnings we have firmly believed that innovation and change in education is part and parcel of our business, and we want to be right at the cusp of where education meets technology."

Mr. Rong Luo, Chief Financial Officer, said, "We achieved a very solid quarter on all financial metrics, with a top line performance that is mostly enrollment driven. We saw strong enrollment growth in small class in the first quarter as well as a record high number of online student enrollments, which for the first time reached 20% of all enrollments."

Financial Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016

Net Revenues

In the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, TAL reported net revenues of US$129.4 million, representing a 45.3% increase from US$89.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. The increase was mainly driven by an increase in total student enrollments, which increased by 47.6% to approximately 412,120 from approximately 279,200 in the same period of the prior year. The increase in total student enrollments was driven primarily by increases of enrollments in the small class offerings and online courses. The increase in net revenues was partially offset by a decrease in our average selling price (ASP), which decreased by 1.5% to US$314 in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 from US$319 in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. The decrease in ASP was mainly because the increases in the hourly rate of the small class course offerings were offset by more enrollment contribution from online courses.

Operating Costs and Expenses

In the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, operating costs and expenses were US$109.8 million, a 45.5% increase from US$75.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. Non-GAAP operating costs and expenses, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, were US$104.7 million, a 46.6% increase from US$71.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Cost of revenues increased by 46.2% to US$61.0 million from US$41.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. The increase in cost of revenues was mainly due to an increase in teacher compensation, rental costs and other staff costs associated primarily with an expansion of learning center capacity, as well as increases in wages and teacher fees. Non-GAAP cost of revenues, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 46.2% to US$61.0 million, from US$41.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Selling and marketing expenses increased by 34.1% to US$15.3 million from US$11.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. Non-GAAP selling and marketing expenses, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 35.5% to US$14.8 million, from US$10.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. The increase of selling and marketing expenses in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 was primarily a result of an increase in compensation to sales and marketing staff to support a greater number of programs and service offerings versus the year-ago period.

General and administrative expenses increased by 49.8% to US$33.6 million from US$22.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. The increase in general and administrative expenses was mainly due to an increase in the number of our general and administrative personnel compared to the year-ago period and an increase in compensation to our general and administrative personnel, in particular such personnel supporting our online education initiatives among other new programs and service offerings. Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 53.8% to US$29.0 million, from US$18.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Total share-based compensation expenses allocated to the related operating costs and expenses increased by 25.4% to US$5.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 from US$4.0 million in the same period of fiscal year 2015.

Gross Profit                                                              

Gross profit increased by 44.5% to US$68.4 million from US$47.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Income from Operations

Income from operations increased by 43.4% to US$19.6 million from US$13.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. Non-GAAP income from operations, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 39.3% to US$24.7 million from US$17.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Other Income / (Expense)

Other income was US$1.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, compared to other expense of US$0.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. Other income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 was mainly due to exchange gains. As the Company holds a significant portion of cash balance in RMB and reports in US Dollars, it benefits from exchange gains in times of relative strength of the RMB and incurs exchange losses in times of relative strength of the U.S. Dollar.

Income Tax Expense

Income tax expense was US$4.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, compared to US$2.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. The increase was mainly due to the increase in income before tax and effective income tax rate. The effective income tax rate increased mainly because one of TAL's subsidiaries was entitled to a two-year exemption from enterprise income tax for calendar years 2013 and 2014 as a Newly Established Software Enterprise, and enjoys preferential tax rate of 12.5% for calendar years 2015 through 2017.

Net Income Attributable to TAL Education Group

Net income attributable to TAL increased by 42.0% to US$19.0 million from US$13.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. Non-GAAP net income attributable to TAL, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 38.1% to US$24.0 million, from US$17.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Basic and Diluted Net Income per ADS

Basic and diluted net income per ADS were US$0.24 andUS$0.23, respectively, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. Non-GAAP basic and Non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, were US$0.30 and US$0.28, respectively.

Capital Expenditures

Capital expenditures for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 were US$6.3 million, an increase of US$1.9 million from US$4.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. The increase was mainly due to leasehold improvements and the purchase of servers, computers, software systems and other hardware for the Company's teaching and mobile network research and development facilities.

Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Term Deposits

As of May 31, 2015, the Company had US$582.2 million of cash and cash equivalents and US$49.3 million of term deposits, compared to US$470.2 million of cash and cash equivalents and US$21.2 million of term deposits as of February 28, 2015.

Deferred Revenue

As of May 31, 2015, the Company's deferred revenue balance was US$331.3 million, compared to US$235.8 million as of May 31, 2014, representing a year-over-year increase of 40.5%, which was mainly contributed by the tuition revenue collected in advance for the Xueersi Peiyou small class summer and fall semesters.

Business Outlook

Based on the Company's current estimates, total net revenues for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 are expected to be between US$161.5 million and US$165.2 million, representing an increase of 32% to 35% on a year-over-year basis, assuming no material change in exchange rates.

These estimates reflect the Company's current expectation, which is subject to change.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss its financial results for the first fiscal quarter of fiscal year 2016 ended May 31, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on July 23, 2015 (8:00 p.m. Beijing time on July 23, 2015).

The dial-in details for the live conference call are as follows:

- U.S. toll free:        

+1-866-519-4004

- Hong Kong toll free:       

800-906-601

- Mainland China toll free:    

400-620-8038

- International toll:                       

+65-6713-5090

Conference ID:            

67555499

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of TAL's website at en.100tal.com.

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available through 11:59 p.m.U.S. Eastern time, July 30, 2015 (11:59 a.m. Beijing time, July 31, 2015).

The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:

- U.S. toll free:           

+1-855-452-5696

- Hong Kong toll free:                 

800-963-117

- Mainland China toll free:  

400-632-2162

- International toll:               

+61-2-9003-4211

Conference ID:             

67555499

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 outlook for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016, quotations from management in this announcement, as well as TAL Education Group's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. The Company may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports 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 the Company's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: the Company's ability to continue to attract students to enroll in its courses; the Company's ability to continue to recruit, train and retain qualified teachers; the Company's ability to improve the content of its existing course offerings and to develop new courses; the Company's ability to maintain and enhance its brand; the Company's ability to maintain and continue to improve its teaching results; and the Company's ability to compete effectively against its competitors. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's reports filed with, or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and TAL Education Group undertakes no duty to update such information or any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

About TAL Education Group

TAL Education Group is a leading K-12 after-school tutoring services provider in China. The acronym "TAL" stands for "Tomorrow Advancing Life," which reflects our vision to promote top learning opportunities for Chinese students through both high-quality teaching and content, as well as leading edge application of technology in the education experience. TAL Education Group offers comprehensive tutoring services to students from pre-school to the twelfth grade through three flexible class formats: small classes, personalized premium services, and online courses. Our tutoring services cover the core academic subjects in China's school curriculum including mathematics, English, Chinese, physics, chemistry, and biology. The Company's learning center network includes 303 physical learning centers as of May 31, 2015, located in 19 key cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xi`an, Chengdu, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Taiyuan, Zhengzhou, Chongqing, Suzhou, Shenyang, Jinan, Shijiazhuang, Qingdao and Changsha. We also operate www.jzb.com, a leading online education platform in China. Our ADSs trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "XRS".

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In evaluating its business, TAL considers and uses the following measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the SEC as supplemental metrics to review and assess its operating performance: non-GAAP operating costs and expenses, non-GAAP cost of revenues, non-GAAP selling and marketing expenses, non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income attributable to TAL, non-GAAP basic and non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS. To present each of these non-GAAP measures, the Company excludes share-based compensation expenses. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures" set forth at the end of this release.

TAL believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and liquidity by excluding share-based expenses that may not be indicative of its operating performance from a cash perspective. TAL believes that both management and investors benefit from these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to TAL's historical performance and liquidity. TAL computes its non-GAAP financial measures using the same consistent method from quarter to quarter and from period to period.TAL believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. A limitation of using non-GAAP measures is that these non-GAAP measures exclude share-based compensation charges that have been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in the Company's business. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying tables have more details on the reconciliations between GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures.

For further information, please contact:

Mei Li Investor Relations TAL Education Group Tel: +86 10 5292 6658 Email: ir@100tal.com

Caroline Straathof IR Inside Tel: +31 6 5462 4301 Email: info@irinside.com

TAL EDUCATION GROUP UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In U.S. dollars)

As of

February 28, 2015

As of

May 31, 2015

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$ 470,157,430

$ 582,229,255

Term deposits

21,229,763

49,257,825

Restricted cash-current

606,169

290,554

Short-term investment

765,611

10,454,985

Inventory

544,085

286,867

Amounts due from related parties-current

159,502

645,369

Deferred tax assets-current

4,562,034

368,505

Income tax receivable

3,222,529

3,266,847

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

38,185,411

40,081,299

Total current assets

539,432,534

686,881,506

Restricted cash-non-current

3,773,302

3,817,926

Property and equipment, net

93,575,648

100,556,288

Deferred tax assets-non-current

1,708,212

3,934,965

Rental deposit

11,034,812

12,596,223

Intangible assets, net

3,687,255

3,627,720

Goodwill

12,330,326

12,344,542

Amounts due from related parties-non-current

319,005

-

Long-term investments

97,359,075

110,085,613

Long-term prepayments and other non-current assets

9,194,468

21,384,190

Total assets

$ 772,414,637

$ 955,228,973

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities

Accounts payable (including accounts payable of the   consolidated VIEs without recourse to TAL Education   Group of 4,115,254 and 5,520,074 as of February 28,   2015, and May 31, 2015, respectively)

$ 4,705,492

$ 6,423,848

Deferred revenue (including deferred revenue of the   consolidated VIEs without recourse to TAL Education   Group of 154,982,001 and 308,516,631 as of February   28, 2015, and May 31, 2015, respectively)

177,639,939

331,266,132

Amounts due to related parties (including amount due to   related parties of the consolidated VIEs without recourse   to TAL Education Group of 22,077 and 17,369 as of   February 28, 2015, and May 31, 2015, respectively)

22,077

17,369

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (including   accrued expenses and other current liabilities of the   consolidated VIEs without recourse to TAL Education   Group of 30,106,008 and 32,065,826 as of February   28, 2015, and May 31, 2015, respectively)

43,988,602

45,428,567

Income tax payable (including income tax payable of the   consolidated VIEs without recourse to TAL Education   Group of 4,193,507 and 2,167,190 as of February 28,   2015, and May 31, 2015, respectively)

6,136,813

3,035,594

Deferred tax liabilities-current (including deferred tax   liabilities-current of the consolidated VIEs without   recourse to TAL Education Group of nil and nil as of   February 28, 2015, and May 31, 2015, respectively)

62,100

99,360

Total current liabilities

232,555,023

386,270,870

Deferred tax liabilities-non-current (including deferred tax

  liabilities-non-current of the consolidated VIEs without   recourse to TAL Education Group of 215,764 and 308,767   as of February 28, 2015, and May 31, 2015, respectively)

226,792

331,771

Bond payable (including bond payable of the consolidated   VIEs without recourse to TAL Education Group of nil and   nil as of February 28, 2015,and May 31,2015 respectively)

226,062,006

226,493,058

Total liabilities

458,843,821

613,095,699

TAL Education Group Shareholders' Equity

Class A common shares

88,372

88,372

Class B common shares

71,456

71,456

Additional paid-in capital

82,479,806

87,545,327

Statutory reserve

18,961,627

18,961,627

Retained earnings

207,522,766

226,476,386

Accumulated other comprehensive income

4,168,548

8,720,631

Total TAL Education Group's equity

313,292,575

341,863,799

Non controlling interest

278,241

269,475

Total equity

313,570,816

342,133,274

Total liabilities and equity

$ 772,414,637

$ 955,228,973

 

TAL EDUCATION GROUP

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In U.S. dollars, except share, ADS, per share and per ADS data)

For the Three Months Ended

May 31,

2014

2015

Net revenues

$ 89,025,837

$ 129,386,962

Cost of revenues (note 1)

41,694,239

60,970,912

Gross profit

47,331,598

68,416,050

Operating expenses (note 1)

Selling and marketing

11,372,702

15,251,613

General and administrative

22,412,592

33,579,764

Total operating expenses

33,785,294

48,831,377

Government subsidies

120,259

15,528

Income from operations

13,666,563

19,600,201

Interest income

2,738,024

4,811,906

Interest expense

(302,851)

(1,852,580)

Other (expenses)/ income

(282,110)

1,434,624

Income before provision for income tax and loss     from equity method investments

15,819,626

23,994,151

Provision for income tax

(2,447,606)

(4,798,226)

Loss from equity method investments

(28,621)

(254,280)

Net income

13,343,399

18,941,645

Add: Net loss attributable to non controlling interest

6,928

11,975

Total net income attributable   to TAL Education Group

$ 13,350,327

$ 18,953,620

Net income per common share

Basic

$ 0.08

$ 0.12

Diluted

0.08

0.11

Net income per ADS (note 2)

Basic

$ 0.17

$ 0.24

Diluted

0.17

0.23

Weighted average shares used in calculating net     income per common share

Basic

157,735,146

159,827,876

Diluted

161,601,142

182,809,529

Note1: Share-based compensation expenses are included in the operating costs and expenses as follows:

For the Three Months

Ended May 31,

2014

2015

Cost of revenues

$ 11,521

$ 11,129

Selling and marketing

482,434

496,620

General and administrative

3,545,236

4,557,772

Total

$ 4,039,191

$ 5,065,521

Note 2: Each ADS represents two Class A common shares

 

TAL EDUCATION GROUP UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(In U.S. dollars)

For the Three Months Ended

May31,

2014

2015

Net income

$ 13,343,399

$ 18,941,645

Other comprehensive (loss)/income, net of tax

(3,355,554)

4,555,292

Comprehensive income

9,987,845

23,496,937

Add: Comprehensive loss attributable to non controlling interest

6,928

8,766

Comprehensive income attributable to TAL Education Group

$ 9,994,773

$ 23,505,703

 

TAL EDUCATION GROUP

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to the Most Comparable GAAP Measures

(In U.S. dollars, except share, ADS, per share and per ADS data)

 

For the Three Months Ended

May 31,

2014

2015

Cost of revenues

$ 41,694,239

$ 60,970,912

Share-based compensation expense in cost of revenues

11,521

11,129

Non-GAAP cost of revenues

41,682,718

60,959,783

Selling and marketing expenses

11,372,702

15,251,613

Share-based compensation expense in selling and marketing expenses

482,434

496,620

Non-GAAP selling and marketing expenses

10,890,268

14,754,993

General and administrative expenses

22,412,592

33,579,764

Share-based compensation expense in general and administrative expenses

3,545,236

4,557,772

Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses

18,867,356

29,021,992

Operating costs and expenses

75,479,533

109,802,289

Share-based compensation expense in operating costs and expenses

4,039,191

5,065,521

Non-GAAP operating costs and expenses

71,440,342

104,736,768

Income from operations

13,666,563

19,600,201

Share based compensation expenses

4,039,191

5,065,521

Non-GAAP income from operations

17,705,754

24,665,722

Net income attributable to TAL Education Group

13,350,327

18,953,620

Share based compensation expenses

4,039,191

5,065,521

Non-GAAP net income attributable to TAL Education Group

$ 17,389,518

$ 24,019,141

Net income per ADS

Basic

$ 0.17

$ 0.24

Diluted

0.17

0.23

Non-GAAP Net income per ADS (note 3)

Basic

$ 0.22

$ 0.30

Diluted

0.22

0.28

ADSs used in calculating net income per ADS

Basic

78,867,573

79,913,938

Diluted

80,800,571

91,404,764

Note 3: The Non-GAAP adjusted net income per ADS is computed using Non-GAAP adjusted net income and the same number of ADSs used in GAAP basic and diluted EPS calculation.

 

SOURCE TAL Education Group