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NetDragon Announces 2018 Interim Financial Results

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NetDragon Announces 2018 Interim Financial Results

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Net Profit Surged more than Sixfold

HONG KONG, Aug. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited ('NetDragon' or the 'Company'; Hong Kong Stock Code: 777), a global leader in building internet communities, today announced its financial results for the first half of 2018. NetDragon's management team will host an analyst briefing session at 10:00am Hong Kong time at Nathan Room, Lower Lobby in Conrad Hong Kong on 30 August 2018 to discuss the results and recent business developments.

Mr. Dejian Liu, Chairman of NetDragon, commented: "We are excited that NetDragon delivered an excellent first half in 2018. Our revenue reached another semi-annual record-high at RMB2,469.9 million with 39.1% year-over-year growth, while profit attributable to shareholders surged by more than six times to RMB200.7 million from RMB25.8 million last year. These remarkable numbers were underpinned by our strong execution in both gaming and education segments."

"Our gaming business maintained its solid growth momentum in the first half. Mobile games were a major growth driver, with revenue increasing 53.4% year-over-year. PC games also performed well with 25.0% year-over-year growth. We also made great progress in development of our new games as our current pipeline remains very strong. As we continue to execute our strategy to maximize IP values, we are also looking to accelerate our growth further by expanding our IP portfolio, both organically and by working with our partners."

"We are also excited by the tremendous growth of our education business. In overseas, our interactive classroom product offerings continued to expand their penetration rapidly in both developed and emerging countries. As a result, our subsidiary Promethean continued to grow its revenue at a rate faster than the market, and in doing so has maintained its global market leader position[1] in K-12 interactive classroom technologies during the period. We are also pleased to complete the acquisition of Edmodo in May. With Edmodo joining our family, we are in a unique position to offer a complete product portfolio that covers pre-class, in-class and after-class learning environments, anywhere and at any time. More importantly, our online community has accumulated more than 90 million of registered users, laying solid foundations for future monetization."

"In China, our revenue rose by 35.4% year-over-year to RMB105.6 million as we continued to drive increasing adoption of our software platforms. On the user front, the installed base of our flagship platform 101 Education PPT in China exceeded 2.3 million in June 2018, almost doubled from over 1.2 million at the end of 2017, with coverage of 31 provinces across China."

2018 First Half Financial Highlights

  • Revenue was RMB2,469.9 million, representing a 39.1% increase year-over-year.
  • Revenue from the gaming business was RMB1,039.3 million, representing 42.1% of the Company's total revenue, registered a 29.5% increase year-over-year.
  • Revenue from the education business was RMB1,384.1 million, representing 56.0% of the Company's total revenue, registered a 48.2% increase year-over-year.
  • Gross profit was RMB1,402.1 million, representing a 35.7% increase year-over-year.
  • Core segmental profit[2] from the gaming business was RMB524.4 million, representing a 56.9% increase year-over-year.
  • Core segmental loss[2] from the education business was RMB158.7 million, representing a 16.2% decrease year-over-year.
  • Non-GAAP operating profit[3] was RMB249.3 million, representing a 422.9% increase year-over-year.
  • Profit attributable to owners of the Company was RMB200.7 million, representing a 678.8% increase year-over-year.
  • The company declared an interim dividend of HK$ 0.10 per share for the six months ended 30 June 2018.

Segmental Financial Highlights


Six months ended

30 June 2018

Six months ended

30 June 2017

Variance

(RMB '000)

Gaming

Education

Gaming

Education

Gaming

Education

Revenue

1,039,346

1,384,074

802,405

934,077

29.5%

48.2%

Gross Profit

978,499

421,499

755,173

273,172

29.6%

54.3%

Gross Margin

94.1%

30.5%

94.1%

29.2%

-

+1.3 ppts

Core Segmental
Profit (Loss)[2]

524,376

(158,650)

334,110

(189,224)

56.9%

-16.2%

Segmental Operating
Expenses







- Research and 
  development

(222,443)

(214,525)

(203,160)

(183,791)

9.5%

16.7%

- Selling and
  marketing

(102,609)

(224,161)

(97,118)

(192,051)

5.7%

16.7%

- Administrative

(143,806)

(113,000)

(133,909)

(68,802)

7.4%

64.2%

 

[1] Based on report issued by Futuresource Consulting dated 13 August 2018, incorporating actual shipment volumes (excluding China) of the Company.

[2] Core segmental profit (loss) figures are derived from the Company's reported segmental profit (loss) figures (presented in accordance with Hong Kong Financial Reporting Standard 8 ("HKFRS 8") but exclude non-core/operating, non-recurring or unallocated items including government grants, fair value change and finance cost of financial instruments and fair value change of convertible preferred shares.)

[3] To supplement the consolidated results of the Company prepared in accordance with Hong Kong Financial Reporting Standards ("HKFRSs"), the use of non-GAAP operating profit (loss) measure is provided solely to enhance the overall understanding of the Company's current financial performance. The non-GAAP operating profit measure is not expressly permitted measure under HKFRSs and may not be comparable to similarly titled measure for other companies. The non-GAAP operating profit of the Company excludes share-based payments expense, amortisation of intangible assets arising on acquisition of subsidiaries, impairment loss on available-for-sale investment, write off of inventories, impairment loss on property held for trade, impairment of property, plant and equipment and the extraordinary provision in relation to discontinued product.

Gaming Business

Our gaming business revenue grew by 29.5% year-over-year to a record-high RMB1,039.3 million in the first half. Mobile games continued to perform very well with 53.4% year-over-year growth. PC games also remained robust with 25.0% year-over-year revenue growth. With our strong top line growth, gaming's core segmental profit jumped by 56.9% year-over-year.

Our flagship IP Eudemons was a significant contributor to our growth in the first half with 37.8% year-over-year increase in revenue. In particular, its PC version recorded monthly gross billings over RMB100 million in five out of six months during the period, while the newly launched mobile version continued to be well received.

Heroes Evolved, another flagship IP saw revenue of its pocket version more than double in the first half year-over-year as we stepped up our monetization initiative. Since launch in December 2016, this game has been downloaded by over 150 million players and was ranked as one of the "top three downloaded mobile games" on Tencent Open Platform for nine consecutive months in 2017.

Looking forward, we will continue to drive revenue and profit growth by maximizing our IP values with new games and new game-play features, as well as expanding our IP portfolio. In particular, we are in discussion to license external IP to augment our own IP portfolio.  Our pipeline, on the other hand, remains robust, and we expect to launch multiple new games with different genres in the second half of 2018.

Education Business

For the first half of 2018, revenue from the education business was RMB1,384.1 million, up 48.2% year-over-year. We recorded revenue of RMB1,278.5 million and RMB105.6 million in overseas and China respectively, up 49.3% and 35.4% year-over-year. Core segmental loss declined by 16.2% year-over-year.

During the period, we continued to excel in emerging markets. Not only that we materialized the sizable second phase tender in the City of Moscow, we also laid the foundation for entering the huge African market by gaining new footprints in countries like Egypt and Nigeria. In developed markets, we sustained our growth momentum in various major countries, including the U.S., the UK, Germany and France. As such, we solidified our number one international market share leadership position1 in K-12 interactive technologies as we continued to gain market share across regions. Underpinned by our solid performance, Promethean's operating profit surged by more than ten times year-over-year to RMB114.4 million in the first half of 2018 as a result of our ongoing effort to drive revenue growth and rationalize costs aggressively.

We also made tremendous progress in building our learning community with our acquisition of Edmodo which was completed during the Period. To date, the total users of Edmodo have exceeded 90 million in over 400,000 schools in more than 190 countries. Combining Edmodo with Promethean's interactive learning technologies, our comprehensive product portfolio will support the full learning process, in and out of the classroom, including lesson preparation, lesson delivery, student collaboration, homework features, teacher-student- parent communications, education content marketplace and resources sharing. By capturing all the major use cases in K-12 learning, our complete product offerings will be in a unique position to drive significant user traffic, with monetization opportunities to follow.

In China, we recorded revenue of RMB105.6 million in the first half, up 35.4% from the same period of last year, as we continued to expand across different regions. As at 30 June 2018, our China sales backlog, representing signed sales orders to be delivered to or validated by the customers, was RMB347.0 million.

We are also pleased to see the continuous traction in terms of user scaling. As at 30 June 2018, we had over 2.3 million installations for our flagship software platform 101 Education PPT in China, almost doubled from over 1.2 million as at the end of 2017. Last but not least, we made strong progress in our product development as well as integrating new and exciting technologies into our offering, including the world's first AI Teaching Assistant which we launched during the period.  

Our vision to revolutionize education with advanced technologies remains firm and clear. We possess the best-in-class learning products and technologies across our group and in the near future, our strategy to integrate all these pieces will be vital to our success. In particular, our product portfolio enables users to prepare interesting courseware, deliver interactive lessons, streamline assignments, share and purchase resources, as well as communicate with one another using advanced technologies. Without question, our learning community with integrated functionalities is shaping the future of education.

About NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited

NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (HKSE: 0777) is a global leader in building internet communities. Established in 1999, NetDragon is a vertically integrated, cutting-edge R&D powerhouse with a highly successful track record which includes the development of flagship MMORPGs including Eudemons Online, Heroes Evolved (formerly known as Calibur of Spirit) and Conquer Online. The company also established China's number one online gaming portal, 17173.com, and China's most influential smartphone app store platform, 91 Wireless, which was sold to Baidu in 2013 in what was at the time the largest Internet M&A transaction in China. Being China's pioneer in overseas expansion, NetDragon also directly operates a number of game titles in over 10 languages internationally since 2003. In recent years, NetDragon has emerged as a major player in the global online and mobile learning space as it works to leverage its mobile Internet technologies and operational know-how to develop a game-changing learning ecosystem. For more information, please visit www.netdragon.com.

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS AND

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2018



Six months ended 30 June


2018


2017


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


RMB'000


RMB'000





Revenue

2,469,941


1,775,250

Cost of revenue

(1,067,810)


(741,971)





Gross profit

1,402,131


1,033,279

Other income and gains

39,817


37,525

Impairment loss, net of reversal

(13)


(96)

Selling and marketing expenses

(332,584)


(292,490)

Administrative expenses

(409,546)


(344,853)

Development costs

(442,233)


(396,251)

Other expenses and losses

(45,430)


(17,110)

Share of losses of associates

(265)


(406)

Share of loss of a joint venture

(198)


(53)





Operating profit

211,679


19,545

Interest income on pledged bank deposits

1,755


706

Exchange (loss) gain on secured bank
   borrowings and convertible preferred shares

(4,172)


1,879

Net gain on convertible preferred shares

26,953


6,962

Net loss on disposal of property held for sale

(68)


-

Net fair value gain on held-for-trading investment

-


58

Finance costs

(5,358)


(4,727)





Profit before taxation

230,789


24,423

Taxation

(53,047)


(31,510)

Profit (loss) for the period

177,742


(7,087)

Other comprehensive (expense) income for
   the period, net of income tax:




Items that may be reclassified subsequently
   to profit or loss:




Exchange differences arising on translation
   of foreign operations

(3,109)


11,862

Fair value loss on available-for-sale investment

-


(7,940)

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss:




Fair value loss on equity instrument at fair
   value through other comprehensive income

(232)


-

Other comprehensive (expense) income for the period

(3,341)


3,922





Total comprehensive income (expense) for
   the period

174,401


(3,165)





Profit (loss) for the period attributable to:




- Owners of the Company

200,740


25,777

- Non-controlling interests

(22,998)


(32,864)


177,742


(7,087)





Total comprehensive income (expense)
   attributable to:




- Owners of the Company

198,055


27,496

- Non-controlling interests

(23,654)


(30,661)


174,401


(3,165)






RMB cents


RMB cents

Earnings per share




- Basic

37.63


5.20

- Diluted

37.55


5.20


 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AS AT 30 JUNE 2018



30 June 2018


31 December 2017


(Unaudited)


(Audited)


RMB'000


RMB'000





Non-current assets




Property, plant and equipment

1,552,420


1,373,026

Prepaid lease payments

359,902


515,299

Investment properties

74,361


64,532

Intangible assets

814,341


715,578

Interests in associates

15,696


15,961

Interest in a joint venture

17,235


17,433

Available-for-sale investments

-


10,859

Equity instruments at fair value through
   other comprehensive income

10,627


-

Loan receivables

15,786


18,410

Trade receivables

-


3,912

Pledged bank deposit

8,555


-

Restricted bank deposit

-


5,000

Deposits made for acquisition of
   property, plant and equipment

10,546


7,441

Goodwill

453,063


388,675

Deferred tax assets

4,108


4,160


3,336,640


3,140,286





Current assets




Properties under development

379,922


160,141

Property held for sale

-


9,213

Inventories

127,532


106,430

Prepaid lease payments

6,636


9,866

Loan receivables

13,050


4,662

Trade receivables

945,816


380,072

Amounts due from customers for contract
   work

-


16,522

Other receivables, prepayments and deposits

349,108


255,948










30 June 2018


31 December 2017


(Unaudited)


(Audited)


RMB'000


RMB'000





Contract assets

17,893


-

Amounts due from related companies

1,757


1,704

Amounts due from associates

1,953


5,264

Amount due from a joint venture

356


159

Tax recoverable

393


1,497

Pledged bank deposits

147,315


145,084

Restricted bank balances

15,089


20,332

Bank balances and cash

1,074,087


1,578,477


3,080,907


2,695,371





Current liabilities




Trade and other payables

830,354


680,736

Contract liabilities

240,976


-

Amounts due to customers for contract work

-


1,691

Provisions

49,576


41,246

Deferred income

-


95,531

Amount due to a related company

2


1,400

Amounts due to associates

580


305

Secured bank borrowings

277,919


146,132

Promissory note

-


46,226

Income tax payable

50,054


23,339


1,449,461


1,036,606





Net current assets

1,631,446


1,658,765

Total assets less current liabilities

4,968,086


4,799,051










30 June 2018


31 December 2017


(Unaudited)


(Audited)


RMB'000


RMB'000





Non-current liabilities




Other payables

1,722


2,693

Convertible preferred shares

136,518


95,249

Secured bank borrowings

93,968


86,582

Deferred tax liabilities

164,814


130,466


397,022


314,990





Net assets

4,571,064


4,484,061





Capital and reserves




Share capital

39,029


39,094

Share premium and reserves

4,619,481


4,510,073





Equity attributable to owners of the Company

4,658,510


4,549,167

Non-controlling interests

(87,446)


(65,106)


4,571,064


4,484,061

 

 

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