HANGZHOU, China, March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hailiang Education Group Inc. (Nasdaq: HLG) ("Hailiang Education" or the "Company"), a provider of private K-12 educational services in China, today announced its financial results for the first six months of fiscal year 2017 ended December 31, 2016 ("First Six Months Fiscal 2017").
"We are pleased to kick off the fiscal year 2017 by achieving strong financial results driven by revenue growth of 20.6% and gross profit growth of 53.9% as compared to the same period of last year," commented Mr. Ming Wang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hailiang Education. "In particular, our total student enrollments continued its excellent growth trend in the first half of fiscal 2017, as enrollments of our basic educational program and international program each recorded a 15.7% and 33.8% year-over-year growth, respectively. Combined with a reasonable increase in tuition fees, revenue from our basic educational program increased by 17.2% while revenue from our international program increased by 36.9% compared to the same period of last year."
"We are also making solid progresses in our growth initiatives, as we recently launched an integrated online platform in support of after-school tutoring services, while partnering with Thomas Carr College in Australia to expand our renowned international programs. Recently, we are proud to receive multiple prestigious awards in the private education industry as the only full-time K-12 educational services provider among the award recipients. Looking ahead, fueled by our extensive educational experience and strong brand reputation, we will commit to focusing on our key growth strategies of student enrollment expansion with increased proportion in our international program and continuing to provide best-in-class learning experience to our students and capitalize on the significant growth opportunities in China's K-12 education market," Mr. Wang concluded.
Mr. Hancheng Lee, Chief Financial Officer of Hailiang Education, added, "Our solid financial results in the first half of 2017 were highlighted by 450 basis points increase in gross margin and an over five times increase in net profit. The significant margin improvements were mainly attributable to growing student enrollment and reduced expenditures related to facility construction. Looking ahead, we will continue our light-asset operating model and take a balanced approach to drive growth and profitability."
First Six Months Fiscal 2017 Highlights
- Revenue was RMB367.6 million (US$52.9 million), an increase of 20.6% from RMB304.9 million in the same period last year.
- Gross profit was RMB76.6 million (US$11.0 million), an increase of 53.9% from RMB49.7 million in the same period last year.
- Gross margin was 20.8% compared with 16.3% in the same period last year.
- Net profit was RMB53.0 million (US$7.6 million), an increase of 513.2% from RMB8.6 million in the same period last year.
- Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB2.06 (US$0.30) compared with RMB0.34 in the same period last year.
- The number of students enrolled in the basic educational program was 18,936, an increase of 15.7% from 16,362 in the same period last year.
- The number of students enrolled in the international program was 2,488, an increase of 33.8% from 1,859 in the same period last year.
 "ADS" refers to our American depository shares, each representing 16 ordinary shares of the Company, par value US$0.0001 each.
First Six Months Fiscal 2017 Financial Results
Revenue was RMB367.6 million (US$52.9 million), an increase of 20.6% from RMB304.9 million in the same period last year. The increase was attributed to an increase in total number of enrolled students and higher average tuition. The revenue increase was also attributable to a greater proportion of our students enrolled in the international program, which has a higher tuition than the basic educational program.
Revenue from the basic educational program was RMB296.5 million (US$42.7 million), an increase of 17.2% from RMB253.0 million in the same period last year, driven primarily by the increase in average tuition and total number of enrolled students.
Revenue from the international program was RMB71.1 million (US$10.2 million), an increase of 36.9% from RMB51.9 million in the same period last year, primarily due to the increase of number of students enrolled in this program and an increase in this program's tuition.
Cost of Revenue
Cost of revenue was RMB291.0 million (US$41.9 million), an increase of 14.0% from RMB255.2 million in the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to higher labor costs associated with the increased headcount and compensation levels of employees, increased depreciation due to the relocation to Hailiang Education Park, and offset by lower student-related costs.
Gross Profit and Gross Margin
Gross profit was RMB76.6 million (US$11.0 million), an increase of 53.9% from RMB49.7 million in the same period last year.
Gross margin was 20.8% compared with 16.3% in the same period last year. The increase in gross margin was attributable to greater revenue increase brought by increased student enrollments and higher average tuition.
Operating expenses were RMB31.9 million (US$4.6 million), a decrease of 35.7% from RMB49.6 million in the same period last year.
Selling expenses were RMB18.0 million (US$2.6 million), an increase of 30.7% from RMB13.8 million in the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to increased student enrollment rewards on recruitment.
Administrative expenses were RMB13.9 million (US$2.0 million), a decrease of 31.7% from RMB20.4 million in the same period last year. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in professional service fees.
Disposal loss of leasehold improvement was nil compared with RMB15.5 million in the same period last year. The disposal loss in the last year was due to the relocation of Zhuji Hailiang Foreign Language School to the Hailiang Education Park in September 2015.
Net Finance Income
Net finance income was RMB3.8 million (US$0.5 million), a decrease of 10.1% from RMB4.2 million in the same period last year. The decrease was primarily due to a reduced amount of funds deposited with a related party finance entity.
Net profit was RMB53.0 million (US$7.6 million), an increase of 513.2% compared to RMB8.6 million in the same period of last year. The lower net profit in the first half of fiscal 2016 was a result of a number of one-off expenses including the relocation to the Hailiang Education Park and IPO related fees.
Basic and Diluted Earnings per ADS
Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB2.06 (US$0.30) compared with basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB0.34 in the same period last year.
Net cash provided by operating activities was RMB509.5 million (US$73.4 million), an increase of 39.6% from RMB365.0 million in the same period last year. Capital expenditures in the first six months of fiscal 2017 were RMB62.1 million (US$8.9 million), compared with RMB206.0 million in the same period last year. The decrease in capital expenditures was primarily related to furniture, equipment, and leasehold improvement for the new campus, Hailiang Education Park, in last year.
As of December 31, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB151.3 million (US$21.8 million), compared with RMB119.3 million as of June 30, 2016. As of December 31, 2016, the Company also had cash deposit and term deposits held at a related party finance entity of RMB134.8 million (US$19.4 million) and RMB458.6 million (US$66.1 million), respectively. The cash deposit held at a related party finance entity as of June 30, 2016 was RMB 171.7 million.
Conference Call Information
Hailiang Education's management will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 AM on March 30, 2017, U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 PM on March 30, 2017, Beijing/Hong Kong Time).
Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:
US Toll Free:
Hong Kong Toll Free:
China Toll Free:
Participants should call in at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time and ask to be connected to the "Hailiang Education Group call."
A replay of the conference call may be accessed by dialing either of the telephone numbers below through April 6, 2017:
US Toll Free:
Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available at http://ir.hailiangedu.com.
This announcement contains translations of certain Renminbi (RMB) amounts into U.S. dollars (US$) at a specified rate solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, the translation of RMB into US$ has been made at RMB6.9430 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on December 31, 2016 as set forth in the H.10 Statistical Release of the Federal Reserve Board.
About Hailiang Education
Founded in 1995, Hailiang Education operates, via its Variable Interest Entity, Zhejiang Hailiang Education Investment Co., Ltd., three centrally managed schools in Zhuji city, Zhejiang province: Hailiang Foreign Language School, Zhuji Private High School and Tianma Experimental School. Hailiang Education Park, the Company's newest campus, was opened in September 2015 and represents Hailiang Education's commitment in delivering comprehensive and high-quality educational programs. Hailiang Education offers a variety of educational programs, including basic educational programs and international programs at the kindergarten, primary school, middle school, and high school levels, as well as preparatory courses designed for university-bound students studying for A-level courses in the United Kingdom and the SAT examination in the United States. For more information, please visit http://ir.hailiangedu.com/.
Safe Harbor Statement
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this announcement are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, the Company's business strategies and initiatives as well as the Company's business plans; the Company's future business development, results of operations and financial condition; expected changes in the Company's revenue and certain cost or expense items; trends and competition in the education industry in China; general economic and business conditions in China; and other risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that the Company believes may affect its financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs. Investors can identify these forward-looking statements by words or phrases such as "may," "will," "expect," "anticipate," "aim," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "potential," "continue," "is/are likely to" or other similar expressions. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that such expectations will turn out to be correct, and the Company cautions investors that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results.
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