- 3Q FY2010 Net Income Decreased 3.3% to $9.4 Million Year-over-year -
BEIJING, March 2 -- Funtalk China Holdings Limited (the "Company") (NASDAQ:FTLK), a leading China-based retailer and distributor of wireless communications devices, accessories and content, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third fiscal quarter 2010 ended December 31, 2009 (3Q FY2010).
"We showed solid progress in our business in our third fiscal quarter 2010 and are pleased with our overall performance," commented Mr. Fei Dongping, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "Our momentum was driven by our retail business, which generated strong organic growth and recurring revenue. The decline in revenue in our distribution business was fully expected as we distributed approximately 880,000 units of Samsung model B108, a low-end priced handset, in our third fiscal quarter 2009 due to weaker market conditions at the time, which did not recur in our third fiscal quarter 2010. We have a very strong opportunity to further expand our position as China's leading mobile phone retailer and are capitalizing on the opportunity to further consolidate our position in the fragmented mobile phone product and services market."
Third Quarter Financial Results
The Company reported consolidated revenue of $160.9 million for 3Q FY2010, representing a 4.3% increase from 3Q FY2009. The Company currently generates revenues from two business segments, retail and distribution of mobile phones and related accessories.
Retail revenue for 3Q FY2010 was $92.4 million, representing an 86.1% increase from 3Q FY2009. The strong growth year-over-year in the retail segment was primarily due to the inclusion of sales volume from seven retail companies covering 446 locations in 3Q FY2010, compared to sales volume of six retail companies covering 193 locations in 3Q FY2009. Organic growth (excluding the business acquisition in 3Q FY2010) of the Company's retail segment accounted for an increase of revenue of 64.6% to $81.8 million in 3Q FY2010 from $49.7 million in 3Q FY2009. The Company's acquisition of Shanghai Xieheng Telecommunications Equipment Co., Ltd. in 3Q FY2010 contributed approximately $10.6 million in revenue to the Company's retail segment.
Distribution revenue for 3Q FY2010 was $68.5 million, representing a 34.6% decrease from 3Q FY2009. The decreased distribution revenue year-over-year was primarily due to a 57.5% decrease in the total volume of mobile phones sold, offset by a 33.9% increase in average selling prices of mobile phones. The decrease in wireless devices sold through distribution was caused by a decreased market demand for lower priced handsets. The increase in average selling prices were primarily due to a higher mix of mid-end priced handsets sold and better availability for these devices compared to the same period in FY2009.
Gross profit for 3Q FY2010 increased 26.3% to $28.9 million, or 18.0% of total revenue, compared to $22.9 million, or 14.9% of total revenue, in 3Q FY2009. Gross margins for the distribution segment and retail segment were 18.6% and 17.5%, respectively, for 3Q FY2010, compared to 15.6% and 13.3%, respectively, for 3Q FY2009. The increase in gross margin was primarily due to the receipt of higher pre-tax vendors rebates in the retail segment during the quarter.
Selling and distribution expenses were $7.4 million for 3Q FY2010 compared to $0.5 million in 3Q FY2009. The significant increase was primarily due to the increase in rental expenses resulting from the retail acquisition in 3Q FY2010, the expansion of the Company's direct sales force for retail segment and greater amount of pre-tax vendors rebates offset against selling and distribution expenses in 3Q FY2009. General and administrative expenses were $5.2 million for 3Q FY2010, representing a 7.8% increase from $4.8 million in 3Q FY2009. The increase was primarily due to the increased headcount and an increase in bank service charges associated with the expansion of the Company's operations.
Income from operations decreased by 9.7% to $16.3 million in 3Q FY2010 from $18.0 million in 3Q FY2009. Operating income margin, calculated based on income from operations as a percentage of net revenues, decreased to 10.1% in 3Q FY2010 from 11.7% in 3Q FY2009.
Interest expense was $2.5 million for 3Q FY2010, representing a 100.0% increase from the corresponding period of FY2009. The increase was primarily due to the Company's higher average amount of notes payable and borrowings outstanding during the period. The Company had average outstanding borrowings of $122.2 million, bearing an average interest rate of 5.46%, in 3Q FY2010, as compared to average outstanding borrowings of $76.2 million, bearing an average interest rate of 7.15%, in 3Q FY2009.
Income tax expense was $4.6 million for 3Q FY2010, compared to $7.7 million for 3Q FY2009. The effective tax rate was 30.8% for 3Q FY2010 compared to 45.3% for 3Q FY2009.
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests of the Company's partially owned consolidated subsidiaries was $0.9 million for 3Q FY2010, representing a significant increase from the corresponding period of FY2009. The increase in non-controlling interest's share in net income in 3Q FY2010 was due to the fact that the retail companies with non-controlling interest holders incurred net losses in 3Q FY2009.
Net income attributable to the Company was $9.4 million, or 5.9% of total revenue for 3Q FY2010, representing a 3.3% decrease from $9.7 million, or 6.3% of total revenue for 3Q FY2009. 3Q 2010 diluted EPS was $0.19 based on a diluted share count of 50.3 million shares compared to 3Q FY2009 diluted EPS of $0.22 based on a diluted share count of 45.0 million shares.
As of December 31, 2009, the Company's cash balance (including pledged deposits) was $41.9 million. As of December 31, 2009, the Company's accounts receivable was $58.0 million, representing a decrease of 33.9% from the balance as of September 30, 2009. The accounts receivable turnover days for 3Q FY2010 were 42.7 days compared to 56.1 days in 3Q FY2009.
2010 Third Quarter Business Development Initiatives
On December 22, 2009, the Company completed a public offering of 3,100,000 ordinary shares and received proceeds before expenses of approximately $20.6 million. On December 17, 2009, the Company listed its ordinary shares on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol "FTLK."
On February 8, 2010, the Company announced that it recently signed a cooperation agreement with China United Network Communications Group Co., Ltd ("China Unicom"), one of three national wireless operators in China.
Under the terms of this agreement, the Company will help China Unicom to develop its 3G customer base and sell China Unicom's mobile products and services, including the Company's WCDMA and GSM phone products and services, to customers in select retail stores. The Company will allocate a certain percentage of retail space to China Unicom's mobile phone and netbook product offerings in 143 of the Company's retail store locations and utilize its sales staff to develop 3G subscribers on China Unicom's behalf. China Unicom will pay commissions to the Company based on the number of subscribers that convert to 3G services as well as from the average revenue generated from each user.
Outlook for Fourth Quarter of FY2010
The Company expects its revenue for 4Q FY2010 to be in the range of $200 million to $240 million and its net income attributable to the Company to exceed $10 million. The Company anticipates an even revenue split between its retail and distribution business segments in 4Q FY2010 and projects gross margin to be in the range of 12% to 13% and operating income margin to be in the range of 5% to 6%. Such projections are based on the Company's current views on its operating market conditions and are subject to change.
"We are encouraged with our growth prospects and look forward to strong performance in our fourth fiscal quarter 2010, a stronger seasonal sales trend and the availability of new mid- to high-end priced handsets. With the adoption of the 3G standard in China and increased competition among the major national wireless carriers, we expect our nationwide cooperation agreement with China Unicom to be mutually beneficial and start to generate revenue for the Company in the fiscal year 2011, which starts in April 2010. We will continue to explore opportunities to further expand our presence in the China market and remain focused on providing our growing base of customers with a wide range of mobile phone brands, products, services and content. We look forward to updating you on our developments as we move forward," concluded Mr. Fei.
Interim Financial Information
The unaudited condensed consolidated statements of income and balance sheets accompanying this press release have been prepared by management using U.S. GAAP. This interim financial information is not intended to fully comply with U.S. GAAP because they do not present all of the disclosures required by U.S. GAAP. The March 31, 2009 balance sheet was derived from audited consolidated financial statements of Pypo Digital Company Limited.
Management will host a conference call at 9:00 am ET on Tuesday, March 2nd. Listeners may access the call by dialing #1-201-689-8470. To listen to the live webcast of the event, please go to http://www.viavid.net/ . Listeners may access the call replay, which will be available through March 16th, by dialing #1-201-612-7415. The account number is 3055 and the conference ID number is 345752.
About Funtalk China Holdings Limited
The Company is a retailer and distributor of wireless communications devices, accessories and content in 30 provinces in China. The Company has branch offices and regional distribution centers, operates a chain of mobile phone retail stores, and has an internet retailing platform.
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(Financial Statements on Following Pages)
FUNTALK CHINA HOLDINGS LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Dec. 31, Dec. 31, Dec. 31, Dec. 31,
2009 2008 2009 2008
Net revenues $160,873 $154,243 $566,324 $373,868
Cost of revenues -131,951 -131,335 -485,025 -319,840
Gross profit 28,922 22,908 81,299 54,028
Other operating income -- 457 1,153 480
Selling and distribution
expenses -7,420 -495 -28,537 -13,912
administrative expenses -5,215 -4,837 -14,061 -10,529
Impairment loss on goodwill -- -- -- -71
Total operating expenses -12,635 -4,875 -41,445 -24,032
Income from operations 16,287 18,033 39,854 29,996
Others, net 745 52 -1,259 141
Interest income 486 268 618 516
Interest expense -2,528 -1,264 -6,647 -3,991
Income before income tax,
equity in (loss) income of
affiliated companies and
non-controlling interests 14,990 17,089 32,566 26,662
Income tax expense -4,614 -7,734 -10,358 -9,158
Equity in (loss) income of
affiliated companies -11 38 -11 121
Net income 10,365 9,393 22,197 17,625
Net (income) loss
non-controlling interests -946 352 -4,102 -64
Net income attributable to
the Company $9,419 $9,745 $18,095 $17,561
Basic net income per share $0.201 $0.217 $ 0.386 $ 0.390
Diluted net income per
share $0.187 $0.217 $ 0.370 $ 0.390
Number of shares used in
computing basic net income 46,959,171 45,000,000 46,859,232 45,000,000
Number of shares used in
computing diluted net
income 50,383,535 45,000,000 48,850,469 45,000,000
FUNTALK CHINA HOLDINGS LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
As of Dec. As of Mar.
31, 2009 31, 2009
Cash and cash equivalents $31,057 $33,468
Restricted bank deposits 10,859 11,504
Accounts receivable (less allowance for
doubtful accounts of $632 for December
31, 2009 and $735 for March 31, 2009 57,963 72,802
Inventories 96,177 54,701
Notes receivable 1,637 2,982
Value added tax receivable 5,178 2,857
Amounts due from related parties 366 42,308
Amount due from an affiliated company -- 27,946
Receivable from a vendor 16,629 21,355
Other receivable 41,302 44,180
Prepayment and other assets 22,871 8,314
Deferred tax assets 2, 517 4,866
Total current assets 286,556 327,283
Investments in affiliated companies 347 1,479
Property and equipment, net 18,470 15,694
Intangible assets 21,077 19,188
Goodwill 70,029 1,977
Other assets 1,897 320
Total non-current assets 111,820 38,658
TOTAL ASSETS $398,376 $365,941
FUNTALK CHINA HOLDINGS LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
As of Dec. 31, As of Mar. 31,
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Accounts payable $81,053 $28,290
Notes payable 23,976 23,513
Provision for rebates and price
protections 6,621 9,048
Advance payments from customers 3,090 4,827
Other payables and accruals 17,440 20,611
Income taxes payable 5,981 8,086
Amounts due to related parties -- 20,300
Amounts due to an affiliated company 827 790
Short term borrowings 88,887 79,457
Total current liabilities 227,875 194,922
Non current liabilities
Deferred tax liabilities 4,116 2,005
Total liabilities 231,991 196,927
Total shareholders' equity 156,695 154,561
Non-controlling interests 9,690 14,453
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS'
EQUITY $398,376 $365,941
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