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Bright Scholar Announces Unaudited Financial Results for the Fourth Fiscal Quarter and Fiscal Year 2019

Top Line Growth Exceeded Guidance by 4.2%
Short-term Bottom Line Impact from Consolidation of Newly Acquired Overseas Schools

FOSHAN, China, Nov. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited ("Bright Scholar," the "Company," "we" or "our") (BEDU), a global premier education service company, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended August 31, 2019.

Fourth Fiscal Quarter Ended August 31, 2019 Financial Highlights 

(in comparison to the same period of the last fiscal year):


RMB in million

Except EPS

Fourth Fiscal Quarter

Ended August 31, 2019

Fourth Fiscal Quarter

Ended August 31, 2018

YoY %
Change

Impact from CATS 

in Q4 FY19(*)

Revenue

711.6

389.7

82.6%

121.8

Gross Profit

212.1

106.7

98.8

17.4

Gross Profit Margin

29.8%

27.4%

2.4%

14.3%

Adjusted Gross Profit (1)

221.6

109.5

102.3%

17.4

Adjusted Gross Profit Margin (1)

31.1%

28.1%

3.0%

14.3%

Operating Profit/(Loss)

(44.4)

(9.0)

396.3%

(39.6)

Operating Margin

(6.2%)

(2.3%)

(3.9%)

(32.5%)

Adjusted Operating
Profit/(Loss) (2)

(28.4)

3.2

(995.6%)

(39.6)

Adjusted Operating Margin (2)

(4.0%)

0.8%

(4.8%)

(32.5%)

Net Income/(Loss)

(48.1)

11.7

(512.7%)

(39.1)

Net Margin

(6.8%)

3.0%

(9.8%)

(32.1%)

Adjusted Net Income/(Loss) (3)

(32.1)

23.8

(234.9%)

(39.1)

Adjusted Net Margin (3)

(4.5%)

6.1%

(10.6%)

(32.1%)

Adjusted EBITDA (4)

4.0

34.9

(88.6%)

(36.6)

Adjusted EBITDA Margin (4)

0.6%

8.9%

(8.3%)

(30.1%)

Basic and Diluted

Earnings/(Loss) per Share

(0.43)

0.09

(577.8%)


Adjusted Basic Earnings/(Loss)
per Share (5)

(0.30)

0.19

(257.9%)


Adjusted Diluted Earnings/(Loss)
per Share (5)

(0.30)

0.19

(257.9%)



(*) This column presents the financial results of CATS for the periods.

 

Fiscal Year 2019 Ended August 31, 2019 Financial Highlights 

(in comparison to the last fiscal year):


RMB in million

Except EPS

Fiscal Year 2019 Ended

August 31, 2019

Fiscal Year 2018 Ended

August 31, 2018

YoY %
Change

Impact from CATS

in FY19 (*)

Revenue

2,563.0

1,718.9

49.1%

121.8

Gross Profit

977.0

628.3

55.5%

17.4

Gross Profit Margin

38.1%

36.6%

1.5%

14.3%

Adjusted Gross Profit (1)

1,000.3

634.9

57.5%

17.4

Adjusted Gross Profit Margin (1)

39.0%

36.9%

2.1%

14.3%

Operating Profit/(Loss)

300.5

272.2

10.4%

(39.6)

Operating Margin

11.7%

15.8%

(4.1%)

(32.5%)

Adjusted Operating
Profit/(Loss) (2)

375.5

307.8

22.0%

(39.6)

Adjusted Operating Margin (2)

14.6%

17.9%

(3.3%)

(32.5%)

Net Income/(Loss)

252.8

248.9

1.5%

(39.1)

Net Margin

9.9%

14.5%

(4.6%)

(32.1%)

Adjusted Net Income/(Loss) (3)

327.7

284.6

15.2%

(39.1)

Adjusted Net Margin (3)

12.8%

16.6%

(3.8%)

(32.1%)

Adjusted EBITDA (4)

491.6

408.8

20.2%

(36.6)

Adjusted EBITDA Margin (4)

19.2%

23.8%

(4.6%)

(30.1%)

Basic and Diluted

Earnings/(Loss) per Share

1.97

2.02

(2.5%)


Adjusted Basic Earnings/(Loss)
per Share (5)

2.58

2.32

11.2%


Adjusted Diluted Earnings/(Loss)
per Share (5)

2.58

2.31

11.7%



(*) This column presents the financial results of CATS for the periods.


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1. Adjusted gross profit is defined as gross profit excluding amortization of intangible assets. Adjusted gross margin is defined as adjusted gross profit/(loss) divided by revenue.

2. Adjusted operating profit/(loss) is defined as operating profit/(loss) excluding share-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets. Adjusted operating margin is defined as adjusted operating income/(loss) divided by revenue.

3. Adjusted net income/(loss) is defined as net income/(loss) excluding share-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets. Adjusted net margin is defined as adjusted net income/(loss) divided by revenue.

4. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income/(loss) excluding interest income, net; income tax expense/benefit; depreciation and amortization; share-based compensation expense, and non-recurring foreign exchange gain/loss (included in other expenses) due to the movement of the cash denominated in USD at a PRC subsidiary level which is reserved for designated purpose of use in fiscal year 2018 and subsequently exchanged to RMB and realized exchange gain in later 2018. Adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as adjusted EBITDA/(LBITDA) divided by revenue.

5. Adjusted basic and diluted EPS is defined as adjusted net income/(loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders (net income/(loss) to ordinary shareholders excluding share-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets) divided by the weighted average number of basic and diluted ordinary shares or American depositary shares (each an "ADS"), each representing one Class A ordinary share of the Company, on an as-converted basis. 


For more information on these adjusted financial measures, please see the section captioned under "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and the tables captioned "Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" set forth at the end of this release.

 

"As a Company with a commitment to delivering academic excellence, we take great pride in our reputation as a trusted provider of premium education services," said Jerry He, Executive Vice Chairman of Bright Scholar. "Fiscal 2019 marks a transformational year in scaling up our business and reflects our ongoing dedication to making significant investments in expanding our global footprint and broadening our service offerings."

"We have successfully expanded our global school network through organic and acquisitive growth, in particularly, the acquisition of Bournemouth Collegiate School, St Michael's School, Bosworth Independent College and CATS Colleges which firmly established our positions outside of China."  Mr. He continued, "I am pleased to report that we have completed these transactions by September 2019 and as of November 7, 2019, we own 7 schools in the UK and 1 boarding school in the US with a total of more than 2,500 students enrolled. The expansion into the UK and US markets represent the first step of our long-term goal of growing our footprint beyond China and capitalizing on global growth opportunities. As of the release date, we have a global network of 88 schools with a total capacity of 67,194 students." 

Mr. He concluded, "The financial impact of these transactions is significant as it structurally changes our revenue mix which will be fully reflected in the revenue growth for fiscal 2020. The strategic investments over the last 2 fiscal years accelerated the pace of building the Company into a global premier education service company with the goal to create the best learning experience for our students and substantial values for our stakeholders."

"Bright Scholar delivered third consecutive year of robust topline growth well ahead of expectations in fiscal 2019. The year over year revenue growth exceeded top end of our revised guidance by 4.2% to 49.1%, with 31.3% organically and 17.8% from acquisitions," said Derek Feng, Chief Executive Officer of Bright Scholar.

"Fiscal 2019 represents a significant inflection point in our business scale, with our revenue growing to RMB2,563 million compared to RMB1,719 million in fiscal 2018 and RMB1,328 million in fiscal 2017. Our overarching strategy is to expand our business portfolios, enhance academic performance, strengthen operational performance, optimize synergies from acquired businesses, broaden our service offering and diversify our revenue streams. In addition to continue driving operating efficiencies, we are also reinvesting part of the margin expansion in enhancing operating capabilities to position the business for future growth."

Mr. Feng concluded, "As fiscal 2020 gets underway, we are working from a strong position to vigorously pursue our exciting growth opportunities through three major business segments, domestic K-12 schools, overseas schools and complementary education. We remain laser-focused on delivering high quality education service, expanding global platform, building business scale, creating and maximizing value for our students and stakeholders."

UNAUDITED FINANCIAL RESULTS for the Fourth FISCAL QUARTER ENDED august 31, 2019

Revenues

Revenue for the fourth fiscal quarter was RMB711.6 million. It represented an 82.6% increase from RMB389.7 million for the same period of the last fiscal year. 

The table below sets forth a breakdown of revenues:


Fourth Fiscal Quarter 

Ended August 31, 2019

Fourth Fiscal Quarter 

Ended August 31, 2018

YoY % Change


(RMB in million)

(RMB in million)


Domestic K-12 Schools

393.5

315.7

24.6%

International Schools

154.3

117.4

31.4%

Bilingual Schools

130.8

108.2

20.9%

Kindergartens

108.4

90.1

20.4%

Overseas Schools

148.5

-

-

Complementary Education

169.6

74.0

129.3%

Total

711.6

389.7

82.6%

Domestic K-12 Schools: Revenue contribution for the quarter was RMB393.5 million and accounted for 55.3% of the total revenues. It represented a 24.6% increase from RMB315.7 million for the same period of last fiscal year, which accounted for 81.0% of the total revenues in that period. The increase in domestic K-12 schools revenue was primarily due to the 19.5% increase in the average number of students from 37,418 to 44,719, and a 4.3% increase in average tuition fees from RMB8,437 to RMB8,799 during the comparison periods.

International Schools: Revenue contribution for the quarter was RMB154.3 million and accounted for 21.7% of the total revenues. It represented a 31.4% increase from RMB117.4 million for the same period of last fiscal year, which accounted for 30.1% of the total revenues in that period. The increase was primarily due to a 25.4% increase in average number of students from 7,462 to 9,361, and a 4.7% increase in the average tuition and fees from RMB15,737 to RMB16,480 during the comparison periods. Revenue contribution from Sannew was RMB9.9 million for the quarter.

Bilingual Schools: Revenue contribution for the quarter was RMB130.8 million and accounted for 18.4% of the total revenues. It represented a 20.9% increase from RMB108.2 million for the same period of last fiscal year, which accounted for 27.8% of the total revenues in that period. The increase was primarily due to a 15.3% increase in the average number of students from 15,782 to 18,192, and a 4.9% increase in average tuition and fees from RMB6,854 to RMB7,189 during the comparison periods.

Kindergartens: Revenue contribution for the quarter was RMB108.4 million and accounted for 15.2% of the total revenues. It represented a 20.4% increase from RMB90.1 million for the same period of last fiscal year, which accounted for 23.1% of the total revenues in that period. The increase was primarily due to a 21.1% increase in the average number of students from 14,175 to 17,166 for the comparison periods. Revenue contribution from Xinqiao and Qiqiaoban kindergartens was RMB14.8 million for the quarter. Average tuition and fees for the quarter was RMB6,369 as compared to RMB6,357 in the same period of last fiscal year.

Overseas Schools: Revenue for the quarter was RMB148.5 million, which accounted for 20.9% of total revenues. For the fiscal quarter, overseas schools had an average number of 1,996 students.

Complementary Education: Revenue for the quarter was RMB169.6 million and accounted for 23.8% of total revenues. It represented a 129.3% increase from RMB74.0 million for the same period of last fiscal year, which accounted for 19.0% of the total revenues in that period.

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues for the quarter was RMB499.5 million, representing a 76.5% increase from RMB283.0 million for the same period of the last fiscal year. This was primarily due to an increase in staff costs to RMB268.9 million from RMB193.0 million as we increased the headcount and the compensation level of teaching staff and instructors to support the expanding network of schools from organic growth and acquired businesses. The average number of teachers and instructors across all business lines rose by 32.8% from 4,341 to 5,766 during the comparison periods.

Gross Profit, Gross Margin and Adjusted Gross Profit

Gross profit for the quarter was RMB212.1 million. It represented a 98.8% increase from RMB106.7 million for the same period of last fiscal year. Gross margin for the quarter was 29.8%, as compared to 27.4% for the same period of last fiscal year. 

Adjusted gross profit for the quarter was RMB221.6 million, representing a 102.3% increase from RMB109.5 million for the same quarter of last fiscal year. Adjusted gross margin was 31.1% for the quarter as compared to 28.1% for the same period of last fiscal year.

Domestic K-12 Schools: Gross profit for the quarter was RMB122.0 million, representing a 38.1% increase from RMB88.4 million for the same period of last fiscal year. Gross margin for the quarter was 31.0%, as compared to 28.0% for the same period of last fiscal year.

International Schools: Gross profit for the quarter was RMB36.9 million, representing a 60.1% increase from RMB23.0 million for the same period of last fiscal year. Gross margin for the quarter was 23.9%, as compared to 19.6% for the same period of last fiscal year.

Bilingual Schools: Gross profit for the quarter was RMB44.5 million, representing a 45.3% increase from RMB30.6 million for the same period of last fiscal year. Gross margin for the quarter was 34.0%, as compared to 28.3% for the same period of last fiscal year. 

Kindergartens: Gross profit for the quarter was RMB40.6 million, representing a 17.1% increase from RMB34.8 million for the same period of last fiscal year. Gross margin for the quarter was 37.5%, as compared to 38.6% for the same period of last fiscal year.

Overseas Schools: Gross profit for the quarter was RMB25.2 million, with a gross margin of 17.0%, due to seasonality impact from most overseas schools, as minimal school term revenue was recognized in July and August 2019.

Complementary Education: Gross profit for the quarter was RMB64.9 million, representing a 254.5% increase from RMB18.3 million for the same period of last fiscal year. Gross margin for the quarter was 38.3%, as compared to 24.8% for the same period of the last fiscal year. This was primarily due to margin improvement of Elan and margin contribution from the acquired businesses.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses and Adjusted SG&A Expenses (6)

Total selling, general and administrative expenses for the quarter were RMB260.0 million, of which RMB77.8 million was incremental from the acquired businesses, as compared to RMB117.4 million for the same period of the last fiscal year. These expenses amounted to 36.5% of the total revenues as compared to 30.1% for the same period of last fiscal year. The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily due to the increase in the compensation and benefits incurred from additional general and administrative staff members;  employee stock ownership plan ("ESOP") related expenses to retain talent; marketing expenses for brand promotion; the costs associated with acquisitions and other professional services to support the business growth as a listed company as well as the incremental SG&A expenses incurred from acquired businesses.

Adjusted SG&A expenses (6) for the quarter were RMB253.4 million, as compared to RMB108.1 million for the same period of last fiscal year. These expenses amounted to 35.6% of the total revenues as compared to 27.7% for the same period of last fiscal year.

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(6) Adjusted SG&A expenses is defined as selling, general and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expense. 

Operating Loss, Operating Loss Margin and Adjusted Operating Loss

Operating loss for the quarter was RMB44.4 million as compared to operating loss of RMB9.0 million for the same period of last fiscal year. Operating margin for the quarter was (6.2%), as compared to (2.3%) for the same period of last fiscal year.

Adjusted operating loss for the quarter was RMB28.4 million, as compared to adjusted operating income of RMB3.2 million for the same quarter of last fiscal year. Adjusted operating margin was (4.0%) for the quarter as compared to 0.8% for the same period of last fiscal year.

Domestic K-12 Schools: Operating profit for the quarter was RMB29.6 million, representing a 40.9% increase from RMB21.0 million for the same period of last fiscal year. Operating margin for the quarter was 7.5%, as compared to 6.7% for the same period of last fiscal year.

International Schools: Operating loss for the quarter was RMB1.2 million, as compared to an operating loss of RMB1.5 million for the same period of last fiscal year. Operating margin for the quarter was (0.8%), as compared to (1.3%) for the same period of last fiscal year.

Bilingual Schools: Operating profit for the quarter was RMB14.9 million, as compared to RMB5.9 million for the same period of last fiscal year. Operating margin for the quarter was 11.4%, as compared to 5.5% for the same period of last fiscal year. 

Kindergartens: Operating profit for the quarter was RMB15.9 million, as compared to RMB16.6 million for the same period of last fiscal year. Operating margin for the quarter was 14.7%, as compared to 18.4% for the same period of last fiscal year.

Overseas Schools: Operating loss for the quarter was RMB36.3 million, with an operating margin of (24.4%) due to the seasonality impact, as minimal school term revenue was recognized in July and August 2019.

Complementary Education: Operating loss for the quarter was RMB37.7 million, of which RMB74.5 was attributable to head office expenses, as compared to RMB30.0 million of operating loss for the same period of last fiscal year, with RMB37.6 million attributable to head office expenses for the same period of last fiscal year. Operating margin for the quarter was (22.3%), as compared to (40.5%) for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Net Loss and Adjusted Net Loss 

Net loss for the quarter was RMB48.1 million, as compared to net income of RMB11.7 million for the same period of last fiscal year.

Adjusted net loss for the quarter was RMB32.1 million, as compared to an adjusted net income of RMB23.8 million for the same period of last fiscal year. 

Earnings per ordinary share/ADS and Adjusted Earnings per ordinary share/ADS

Basic and diluted net loss per ordinary share/ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders/ADS holders for the quarter were RMB0.43 and RMB0.43, respectively, as compared to earnings per share of RMB0.09 and RMB0.09, respectively, for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Adjusted basic and diluted net loss per ordinary share/ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders/ADS holders for the quarter were RMB0.30 and RMB0.30, respectively, as compared to earnings per share of RMB0.19 and RMB0.19, respectively, for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was RMB4.0 million, of which RMB36.6 million loss was attributable to newly acquired overseas schools, as compared to an adjusted EBITDA of RMB34.9 million for the same period of last fiscal year.

UNAUDITED FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR Fiscal YearENDED august 31, 2019

Revenues

Revenue for fiscal year 2019 was RMB2,563.0 million, representing a 49.1% increase, from RMB1,718.9 million for the last fiscal year. 

The table below sets forth a breakdown of revenues:


Fiscal Year 2019 Ended 

August 31, 2019

Fiscal Year 2018 Ended

August 31, 2018

YoY % Change


(RMB in million)

(RMB in million)


Domestic K-12 Schools

1,890.4

1,522.8

24.1%

International Schools

745.0

589.6

26.4%

Bilingual Schools

650.4

534.0

21.8%

Kindergartens

495.0

399.2

24.0%

Overseas Schools

181.8

-

-

Complementary Education

490.8

196.1

150.4%

Total

2,563.0

1,718.9

49.1%

Domestic K-12 Schools: Revenue for the fiscal year was RMB1,890.4 million and accounted for 73.8% of the total revenues. It represented a 24.1% increase from RMB1,522.8 million for the last fiscal year, which accounted for 88.6% of the total revenues of the last fiscal year. The increase was primary due to the 20.6% increase in the average number of students from 36,679 to 44,224, and a 4.2% increase in average tuition fees from RMB42,108 to RMB43,891 for the last fiscal year.

International Schools: Revenue contribution for the fiscal year was RMB745.0 million and accounted for 29.1% of the total revenues. It represented a 26.4% increase from RMB589.6 million for the last fiscal year, which accounted for 34.3% of the total revenue of  the last fiscal year. The increase was primarily due to a 26.9% increase in the average number of students from 7,366 to 9,350, and a 4.4% increase in average tuition and fees from RMB80,048 to RMB83,555 for the last fiscal year. Revenue contribution from Sannew was RMB15.5 million for the fiscal year.

Bilingual Schools: Revenue contribution for the fiscal year was RMB650.4 million and accounted for 25.4% of the total revenues. It represented a 21.8 % increase from RMB534.0 million for the last fiscal year, which accounted for 31.1% of the total revenues for the last fiscal year. The increase was primarily due to a 16.1% increase in the average number of students from 15,620 to 18,132, and a 4.9% increase in average tuition and fees from RMB34,187 to RMB35,872 for the last fiscal year.

Kindergartens: Revenue contribution for the fiscal year was RMB495.0 million and accounted for 19.3% of the total revenues. It represented a 24.0% increase from RMB399.2 million for the last fiscal year, which accounted for 23.2% of the total revenues for the last fiscal year. The increase was primarily due to a 22.3% increase in the average number of students from 13,693 to 16,742 for the last fiscal year. Revenue contribution from Xinqiao and Qiqiaoban kindergartens was RMB52.9 million for the fiscal year. Average tuition and fees were RMB30,424 as compared to RMB30,736 for the last fiscal year. The drop was primarily due to the lower average tuition fees at the newly acquired kindergartens.

Overseas Schools: Revenue for the fiscal year was RMB181.8 million, which accounted for 7.1% of the total revenues. For the fiscal year, overseas schools had an average number of students of 2,514 and an average tuition and fees of RMB239,486.

Complementary Education: Revenue for the fiscal year was RMB490.8 million and accounted for 19.1% of the total revenues. It represented a 150.4% increase from RMB196.1 million for the last fiscal year, which accounted for 11.4% of the total revenues for the last fiscal year. Revenue contribution from the acquired businesses, including Can-Achieve, Foundation, Hangzhou Impression and DBC, was approximately RMB285.0 million

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues for the fiscal year was RMB1,586.0 million. It represented a 45.4% increase from RMB1,090.6 million for the last fiscal year. This was primarily due to an increase in staff costs to RMB979.6 million from RMB753.7 million as we increased the headcount and the compensation level of teaching staff and instructors to support the expanding network of schools from organic growth and acquired businesses. The average number of teachers and instructors across all business lines rose by 30.4% to 5,602 from 4,297 for the last fiscal year.

Gross Profit, Gross Margin and Adjusted Gross Profit

Gross profit for the fiscal year was RMB977.0 million. It represented a 55.5% increase from RMB628.3 million for the last fiscal year. Gross margin for the period was 38.1%, as compared to 36.6% for the last fiscal year. 

Adjusted gross profit for the fiscal year was RMB1,000.3 million, representing a 57.5% increase from RM634.9 million for the last fiscal year. Adjusted gross margin was 39.0%, increased from 36.9% for the last fiscal year.

Domestic K-12 Schools: Gross profit for the fiscal year was RMB755.0 million, representing a 30.4% increase from RMB579.1 million for the last fiscal year. Gross margin for the fiscal year was 39.9%, increased from 38.0% for the last fiscal year.

International Schools: Gross profit for the fiscal year was RMB289.0 million, representing a 33.7% increase from RMB216.2 million for the last fiscal year. Gross margin for the fiscal year was 38.8%, increased from 36.7% for the last fiscal year.

Bilingual Schools: Gross profit for the fiscal year was RMB250.4 million, representing a 33.8% increase from RMB187.1 million for the last fiscal year. Gross margin for the fiscal year was 38.5%, increased from 35.0% for the last fiscal year. 

Kindergartens: Gross profit for the fiscal year was RMB215.6 million, representing a 22.7% increase from RMB175.8 million for the last fiscal year. Gross margin for the fiscal year was 43.6%, as compared to 44.0% for the last fiscal year.

Overseas Schools: Gross profit for the fiscal year was RMB36.3 million, with a gross margin of 19.9%.

Complementary Education: Gross profit for the fiscal year was RMB185.7 million, representing a 278.5% increase from RMB49.2 million for the last fiscal year. Gross margin for the fiscal year was 37.8%, increased from 25.0% for the last fiscal year. 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses and Adjusted SG&A Expenses (6)

Total selling, general and administrative expenses for the fiscal year were RMB691.9 million, representing an 87.9% increase from RMB368.1 million for the last fiscal year. These expenses amounted to 27.0% of the total revenues as compared to 21.4% for the last fiscal year. The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily due to the increase in the compensation and benefits incurred from additional general and administrative staff members; ESOP related expenses to retain talent; the increase in marketing expenses for brand promotion; the costs associated with acquisitions and other professional services to support the business growth as a listed company as well as the incremental SG&A expenses incurred from the acquired businesses.

Adjusted SG&A expenses (6) for the fiscal year were RMB640.2 million, representing an 88.8% increase from RMB339.1 million for the last fiscal year. These expenses amounted to 25.0% of the total revenues as compared to 19.7% for the last fiscal year.

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(6) Adjusted SG&A expenses is defined as selling, general and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expense. 

Operating Income, Operating Margin and Adjusted Operating Income

Operating income for the fiscal year was RMB300.5 million. It represented a 10.4% increase, from RMB272.2 million for the last fiscal year. Operating margin for the fiscal year was 11.7%, as compared to 15.8% for the last fiscal year, primarily due to the expenses incurred associated with acquisitions and other professional services provided to support our business expansion for the year.

Adjusted operating income for the fiscal year was RMB375.5 million, representing a 22.0% increase from RMB307.8 million for the last fiscal year. Adjusted operating margin was 14.6% for the fiscal year as compared to 17.9% for the last fiscal year.

Domestic K-12 Schools: Operating profit for the fiscal year was RMB460.8 million, representing a 37.6% increase from RMB334.9 million for the last fiscal year. Operating margin for the fiscal year was 24.4%, increased from 22.0% for the last fiscal year.

International Schools: Operating profit for the fiscal year was RMB181.0 million, representing a 43.9% increase from RMB125.8 million for the last fiscal year. Operating margin for the fiscal year was 24.3%, increased from 21.3% for the last fiscal year.

Bilingual Schools: Operating profit for the fiscal year was RMB146.2 million, representing a 47.2% increase from RMB99.3 million for the last fiscal year. Operating margin for the fiscal year was 22.5%, increased from 18.6% for the last fiscal year. 

Kindergartens: Operating profit for the fiscal year was RMB133.6 million, representing a 21.7% increase from RMB109.8 million for the last fiscal year. Operating margin for the fiscal year was 27.0%, as compared to 27.5% for the last fiscal year.

Overseas Schools: Operating loss for the fiscal year was RMB39.8 million, with an operating margin of (21.9%). 

Complementary Education: Operating loss for the fiscal year was RMB120.5 million, representing a 92.0% drop from RMB62.8 million for the last fiscal year, within which RMB213.5 million and RMB89.0 million relate to head office expenses in fiscal years 2019 and 2018 respectively. Operating margin for the fiscal year was (24.6%), as compared to (32.0%) for the last fiscal year.

Net Income and Adjusted Net Income 

Net income for the fiscal year was RMB252.8 million, of which RMB39.7 million loss was from newly acquired overseas schools, as compared to RMB248.9 million for the last fiscal year.

Adjusted net income for the fiscal year was RMB327.7 million, representing a 15.2% increase from RMB284.6 million for the last fiscal year. 

Earnings per ordinary share/ADS and Adjusted Earnings per ordinary share/ADS

Basic and diluted net earnings per ordinary share/ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders/ADS holders for the fiscal year were RMB1.97 and RMB1.97, respectively, as compared to RMB2.02 and RMB2.02, respectively, for the last fiscal year.

Adjusted basic and diluted net earnings per ordinary share/ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders/ADS holders for the fiscal year were RMB2.58 and RMB2.58, respectively, as compared to RMB2.32 and RMB2.31, respectively, for the last fiscal year.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA for the fiscal year was RMB491.6 million, of which RMB33.9 million loss was attributable to overseas schools, representing a 20.2% increase, from RMB408.8 million for the last fiscal year.

Cash and Working Capital

As of August 31, 2019, the Company's cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash were RMB3,265.0 million (US$456.4 million), as compared to RMB2,057.1 million as of May 31, 2019. For the fiscal year 2019, the Company's capital expenditure was approximately RMB155 million, up 32.0% compared to the last fiscal year.

New Accounting Standards 

On September 1, 2018, the Company adopted Revenue from Contracts with Customers ("Topic 606"), and applied the newly adopted accounting policy retrospectively to all contracts that were not completed as of September 1, 2018. Results for reporting periods beginning September 1, 2018 are presented under Topic 606, while prior period amounts are not adjusted and continue to be reported under the accounting standards in effect for the prior periods. The Company assessed variable consideration included in its complementary education training services and study-abroad consulting services over the expected service period. The cumulative effect of RMB0.4 million was recorded as an adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings upon the initial adoption.

GUIDANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING AUGUST 31, 2020

For the fiscal year 2020, the Company currently expects its revenue to be in a range of RMB4.0 billion and RMB4.1 billion, representing a year-over-year growth of 56% to 60%, and its average student enrollment to be between approximately 53,200 and 53,600, representing a year-over-year increase of 14% to 15%. The Company also expects to open seven new kindergartens for the 2020 fiscal year.

This guidance is based on the current market and operating conditions and reflects the Company's current and preliminary estimates of such market and operating conditions and market demand, which are all subject to change.

Conference Call

BEDU's management will host a conference call at 8:00 am US Eastern Time (9:00 pm Beijing/Hong Kong Time) on November 8, 2019 to discuss its quarterly results and recent business activities.

To participate in the conference call, please dial the following number five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time:

Mainland China:  

4001-201-203

Hong Kong:  

852-301-84992

United States: 

1-888-346-8982

Canada Toll Free: 

1-855-669-9657

International: 

1-412-902-4272

*No passcode is required for the call. Please request to join Bright Scholar Education Holdings Ltd.'s call as you dial in.

The Company will also broadcast a live audio webcast of the conference call. The webcast will be available at http://ir.brightscholar.com/.

Following the earnings conference call, an archive of the call will be available by dialing: 

United States: 

1-877-344-7529

International: 

1-412-317-0088

Canada Toll Free: 

855-669-9658

Replay Passcode: 

10136109

Replay End Date: 

November 15, 2019

CONVENIENCE TRANSLATION

The Company's business is primarily conducted in China and the significant majority of revenues generated are denominated in Renminbi ("RMB"). However, periodic reports made to shareholders will include current period amounts translated into U.S. dollars using the prevailing exchange rates at the balance sheet date, for the convenience of readers. Translations of balances in the condensed consolidated balance sheets, and the related condensed consolidated statements of operations, and cash flows from RMB into U.S. dollars as of and for the quarter and fiscal year ended August 31, 2019 are solely for the convenience of the readers and were calculated at the rate of US$1.00=RMB7.1543, representing the noon buying rate set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board on August 30, 2019. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized or settled into US$ at that rate on August 31, 2019 or at any other rate.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

In evaluating our business, we consider and use certain non-GAAP measures, including primarily adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income/(loss), adjusted gross profit/(loss), adjusted SG&A, adjusted operating income/(loss), adjusted net earnings per share attributable to ordinary shareholders basic and diluted as supplemental measures to review and assess our operating performance. 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 U.S. GAAP. We define adjusted gross profit/(loss) as gross profit/(loss) excluding amortization of intangible assets and adjusted gross margin as adjusted gross profit/(loss) divided by revenue. We define adjusted EBITDA as net income/(loss) excluding interest income, net; income tax expense/benefit; depreciation and amortization; share-based compensation expense, and non-recurring foreign exchange gain/loss (included in other expenses) due to the movement of the cash denominated in USD at a PRC subsidiary level which was reserved for designated purpose of use in fiscal year 2018 and subsequently exchanged to RMB and realized exchange gain in later 2018, and adjusted net income/(loss) as net income/(loss) excluding share-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets. We define adjusted SG&A as selling, general and administration expense excluding share-based compensation expense and adjusted operating income/(loss) as net operating income/(loss) excluding share-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets. Additionally, we define adjusted net earnings per share attributable to ordinary shareholders, basic and diluted, as adjusted net income/(loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders (net income/(loss) to ordinary shareholders excluding share-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets) divided by the weighted average number of basic and diluted ordinary shares or American depositary shares (each an "ADS"), each representing one Class A ordinary share of the Company, on an as-converted basis.

We incur amortization expense of intangible assets related to various acquisitions that have been made in recent years. These intangible assets are valued at the time of acquisition and are then amortized over a period of several years after the acquisition. We believe that exclusion of these expenses allows greater comparability of operating results that are consistent over time for the Company's newly-acquired and long-held businesses as the related intangibles does not have significant connection to the growth of the business. Therefore, we provide additional exclusion of amortization of intangible assets to redefine adjusted operating income/(loss), adjusted net income/(loss), and adjusted net earnings per share attributable to ordinary shareholders, basic and diluted.

We present the non-GAAP financial measures because they are used by our management to evaluate our operating performance and formulate business plans. Such non-GAAP measures include adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income/(loss), adjusted gross profit/(loss), adjusted SG&A, adjusted operating income/(loss), adjusted net earnings per share attributable to ordinary shareholders basic and diluted. Non-GAAP financial measures enable our management to assess our operating results without considering the impact of non-cash charges, including depreciation and amortization and share-based compensation expense, and without considering the impact of non-operating items such as interest income, net; income tax expense/benefit; non-recurring foreign exchange gain/loss (included in other expenses) due to the movement of the cash denominated in USD at a PRC subsidiary level which was reserved for designated purpose of use in fiscal year 2018 and subsequently exchanged to RMB and realized exchange gain in later 2018; and share-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets. We also believe that the use of these non-GAAP measures facilitates investors' assessment of our operating performance.

The non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools. One of the key limitations of using these non-GAAP financial measures is that they do not reflect all items of income and expense that affect our operations. Interest income, net; income tax expense/benefit; depreciation and amortization; share-based compensation expense; and non-recurring foreign exchange gain/loss (included in other expenses) due to the movement of the cash denominated in USD at a PRC subsidiary level which was reserved for designated purpose of use in fiscal year 2018 and subsequently exchanged to RMB and realized exchange gain in later 2018, have been and may continue to be incurred in our business and are not reflected in the presentation of these non-GAAP measures, including adjusted EBITDA or adjusted net income/(loss). Further, these non-GAAP measures may differ from the non-GAAP information used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited.

About Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited

Bright Scholar is a global premier education service company. The Company is dedicated to providing quality international education to global students and equipping them with the critical academic foundation and skillsets necessary to succeed in the pursuit of higher education. Bright Scholar also complements its international offerings with Chinese government-mandated curriculum for students who wish to maintain the option of pursuing higher education in China. As of August 31, 2019, Bright Scholar operated 77 schools across nine provinces in China and six schools overseas, covering the breadth of K-12 academic needs of its students. In the year ended August 31, 2019, Bright Scholar had an average of 46,738 students enrolled at its schools. As of release date, Bright Scholar has a global network of 88 schools, and a total student capacity of 67,194 students.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company's business plans and development, which can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "expect," "anticipate," "aim," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "potential," "continue," "is/are likely to" or other similar expressions. Such statements are based upon management's current expectations and current market and operating conditions and relate to events that involve known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control, which may cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under law.

IR Contact:
GCM Strategic Communications 
Email: BEDU.IR@gcm.international

Media Contact:
Email: media@brightscholar.com  
Phone: +86-757-6683-2507

 

 


BRIGHT SCHOLAR EDUCATION HOLDINGS LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Amounts in thousands)




As of



August 31,

August 31,



2018

2019



RMB

RMB

USD











ASSETS





Current assets





Cash and cash equivalents   


3,153,852

3,246,995

453,852

Restricted cash 


10,229

18,019

2,519

Short term investments       


-

241,270

33,724

Accounts receivable   


809

34,790

4,863

Amounts due from related parties 


17,960

10,652

1,489

Other receivables, deposits and other assets    


52,457

177,150

24,760

Inventories       


9,174

26,234

3,667






Total current assets   


3,244,481

3,755,110

524,874






Property and equipment, net


460,485

876,086

122,456

Land use right, net     


33,721

88,204

12,329

Intangible assets, net


73,657

554,701

77,534

Goodwill 


609,511

2,102,141

293,829

Long-term investments       


204,968

14,711

2,056

Equity method investments 


2,313

12,161

1,700

Other investments     


83

1,583

221

Prepayment for construction contract     


2,983

5,251

734

Deferred tax assets, net       


18,129

30,333

4,240

Deposits for acquisition      


8,854

338,585

47,326

Other non-current assets     


7,296

13,362

1,868






Total non-current assets     


1,422,000

4,037,118

564,293






TOTAL ASSETS         


4,666,481

7,792,228

1,089,167






 

 


BRIGHT SCHOLAR EDUCATION HOLDINGS LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS-CONTINUED

(Amounts in thousands)





As of



August 31,

August 31,



2018

2019



RMB

               RMB

USD






LIABILITIES AND EQUITY





           Current liabilities





Short term loan (including short term loan of the
      consolidated VIEs without recourse to Bright Scholar
      Education of nil and nil as of August 31, 2018 and
      August 31, 2019, respectively)


49,840

50,000

6,989

Accounts payable (including accounts payable of the
      consolidated VIEs without recourse to Bright Scholar
      Education of RMB 37,271 and RMB 32,842 as of
      August 31, 2018 and August 31, 2019, respectively)


63,602

89,269

12,478

Amounts due to related parties (including amounts due to
      related parties of the consolidated VIEs without
      recourse to Bright Scholar Education of RMB 
      142,068 and RMB 76,117 as of August 31, 2018 and
      August 31, 2019, respectively)


157,295

110,038

15,381

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (including
      accrued expenses and other current liabilities of the
      consolidated VIEs without recourse to Bright Scholar
      Education of RMB 289,388 and RMB 364,734 as of
      August 31, 2018 and August 31, 2019, respectively)


335,857

615,082

85,974

Income tax payable (including income tax payable of the
      consolidated VIEs without recourse to Bright Scholar
      Education of RMB 23,886 and RMB 50,968 as of
      August 31, 2018 and August 31, 2019, respectively)


53,598

93,479

13,066

Current portion of deferred revenue (including deferred
      revenue of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to
      Bright Scholar Education of RMB 936,615 and nil as
      of August 31, 2018 and August 31, 2019,
      respectively)


965,152

-

-

Contract liabilities (including contract liabilities of the
      consolidated VIEs without recourse to Bright Scholar
      Education of nil and 1,549,266 as of August 31, 2018
      and August 31, 2019, respectively)


-

1,542,399

215,590

Refund liabilities (including refund liabilities of the
      consolidated VIEs without recourse to Bright Scholar
      Education of nil and RMB 19,132  as of August 31,
      2018 and August 31, 2019, respectively)


-

20,259

2,832






Total current liabilities       


1,625,344

2,520,526

352,310






Deferred tax liabilities, net (including deferred tax
      liabilities of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to
      Bright Scholar Education of RMB 14,452 and RMB
      35,895 as of August 31, 2018 and August 31, 2019,
      respectively)


17,067

50,044

6,995

Bonds payable (including bonds payable of the
      consolidated VIEs without recourse to Bright Scholar
      Education of nil and nil as of August 31, 2018 and
      August 31, 2019, respectively)


-

2,106,000

294,368

Other non-current liability due to related parties
      (including non-current liabilities due to related parties
      of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Bright
      Scholar Education of nil and RMB 21,736 as of
      August 31, 2018 and August 31, 2019, respectively)


-

21,736

3,038

Other non-current liability due to third parties (including
      non-current liabilities due to third parties of the
      consolidated VIEs without recourse to Bright Scholar
      Education of RMB 7,817 and RMB 7,621 as of
      August 31, 2018 and August 31, 2019, respectively)


12,471

10,654

1,489






Total non-current liabilities


29,538

2,188,434

305,890






TOTAL LIABILITIES          


1,654,882

4,708,960

658,200











EQUITY





Share capital     


9

8

1

Additional paid-in capital    


2,469,815

2,105,189

294,255

Statutory reserves      


64,945

64,945

9,078

Accumulated other comprehensive income      


75,770

78,955

11,036

Accumulated retained earnings     


231,036

472,339

66,022






Shareholders' equity 


2,841,575

2,721,436

380,392

Non-controlling interests    


170,024

361,832

50,575






Total equity      


3,011,599

3,083,268

430,967






TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY  


4,666,481

7,792,228

1,089,167






 

 


BRIGHT SCHOLAR EDUCATION HOLDINGS LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Amounts in thousands, except for shares and per share data)



Months Ended August 31,

Three Months Ended August 31,


2018

2019

2018

2019


RMB

RMB

USD

RMB

RMB

USD















Revenue

389,665

711,560

99,459

1,718,871

2,563,005

358,247

Cost of revenue

(282,987)

(499,453)

(69,812)

(1,090,595)

(1,586,014)

(221,687)








Gross profit

106,678

212,107

29,647

628,276

976,991

136,560

Selling, general and administrative expenses

(117,382)

(259,963)

(36,337)

(368,141)

(691,900)

(96,711)

Other operating income

1,753

3,428

479

12,027

15,435

2,157








Operating (loss)/income

(8,951)

(44,428)

(6,211)

272,162

300,526

42,006

Interest income/(expense), net

12,790

(8,036)

(1,123)

27,297

24,254

3,390

Investment income

7,570

1,678

235

21,669

17,414

2,434

Other income (expenses)

4,009

(2,814)

(394)

(4,803)

(8,617)

(1,204)








Income(loss) before income taxes and share of equity in

income of unconsolidated affiliates

15,418

(53,600)

(7,493)

316,325

333,577

46,626

Income tax expense/(benefit)

(3,685)

5,696

796

(67,382)

(80,580)

(11,263)

Share of equity in loss of unconsolidated affiliates

(72)

(222)

(31)

(40)

(239)

(33)








Net income/(loss)

11,661

(48,126)

(6,728)

248,903

252,758

35,330















Net/(loss) income attributable to non-controlling

interests

(88)

3,798

531

1,934

11,659

1,630








Net income/(loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders

11,749

(51,924)

(7,259)

246,969

241,099

33,700








Net earnings per share attributable to







   ordinary shareholders







Basic

0.09

(0.43)

(0.06)

2.02

1.97

0.28

Diluted

0.09

(0.43)

(0.06)

2.02

1.97

0.28















Weighted average shares used in







   calculating net earnings per ordinary share:







Basic

126,988,515

120,585,274

120,585,274

122,088,201

122,322,894

122,322,894

Diluted

127,099,320

120,645,073

120,645,073

122,186,796

122,430,457

122,430,457








 

 

 

BRIGHT SCHOLAR EDUCATION HOLDINGS LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Amounts in thousands)



Twelve Months Ended August 31

Three Months Ended August 31


2018

2019

2018

2019


RMB

RMB

USD

RMB

RMB 

USD








Net cash generated from operating activities

454,102

682,471

95,392

554,216

864,988

120,905








Net cash used in investing activities

(43,145)

(1,418,471)

(198,268)

(472,460)

(2,256,009)

(315,336)








Net cash (used in)/generated from financing activities

(62,804)

1,946,754

272,110

1,092,604

1,479,533

206,803








Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

113,690

(2,820)

(394)

93,059

12,421

1,736








Net change in cash and cash equivalents,







   and restricted cash

461,843

1,207,934

168,840

1,267,419

100,933

14,108








Cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash







   at beginning of the period

2,702,238

2,057,080

287,531

1,896,662

3,164,081

442,263








Cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash







   at end of the period

3,164,081

3,265,014

456,371

3,164,081

3,265,014

456,371

















 

 

 

Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results

(Amounts in thousands, except for shares and per share data)



Three Months Ended August 31,

Twelve Months Ended August 31,


2018

2019

2018

2019


RMB

RMB

USD

RMB

RMB

USD








Gross profit

106,678

212,107

29,647

628,276

976,991

136,560

  Add: Amortization of intangible assets

2,849

9,452

1,321

6,621

23,284

3,255








Adjusted gross profit

109,527

221,559

30,968

634,897

1,000,275

139,815















Operating (loss)/income

(8,951)

(44,428)

(6,211)

272,162

300,526

42,006

   Add: Share-based compensation expense

9,271

6,599

922

29,061

51,664

7,221

   Add: Amortization of intangible assets

2,849

9,452

1,321

6,621

23,284

3,255








Adjusted operating income/(loss)

3,169

(28,377)

(3,968)

307,844

375,474

52,482















Net income/(loss)

11,661

(48,126)

(6,728)

248,903

252,758

35,330

   Add: Share-based compensation expense

9,271

6,599

922

29,061

51,664

7,221

   Add: Amortization of intangible assets

2,849

9,452

1,321

6,621

23,284

3,255








Adjusted net income/(loss)

23,781

(32,075)

(4,485)

284,585

327,706

45,806















Net income/(loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders

11,749

(51,924)

(7,259)

246,969

241,099

33,700

   Add: Share-based compensation expense

9,271

6,599

922

29,061

51,664

7,221

   Add: Amortization of intangible assets

2,849

9,452

1,321

6,621

23,284

3,255








Adjusted net income/(loss) attributable to ordinary
shareholders

23,869

(35,873)

(5,016)

282,651

316,047

44,176















Net income

11,661

(48,126)

(6,728)

248,903

252,758

35,330

   Less:   Interest income/(expense), net

12,790

(8,036)

(1,123)

27,297

24,254

3,390

   Add:   Income tax (benefit)/expense

3,685

(5,696)

(796)

67,382

80,580

11,263

   Add:   Depreciation and amortization

25,306

43,177

6,035

85,879

130,819

18,285

   Add:   Share-based compensation expense

9,271

6,599

922

29,061

51,664

7,221

   Add:   Foreign exchange (gain)/ loss

              (included in other expenses)

(2,272)

-

-

4,868

-

-








Adjusted EBITDA

34,861

3,990

556

408,796

491,567

68,709






















Selling, general and administrative expenses

117,382

259,963

36,337

368,141

691,900

96,711

   Less:  Share-based compensation expense

9,271

6,599

922

29,061

51,664

7,221








Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses

108,111

253,364

35,415

339,080

640,236

89,490






















Weighted average shares used







   in calculating earnings per ordinary share:







—Basic

126,988,515

120,585,274

120,585,274

122,088,201

122,322,894

122,322,894

—Diluted

127,099,320

120,645,073

120,645,073

122,186,796

122,430,457

122,430,457















Adjusted net earnings per share attributable







   to ordinary shareholders







—Basic

0.19

(0.30)

(0.04)

2.32

2.58

0.36

—Diluted

0.19

(0.30)

(0.04)

2.31

2.58

0.36








                                                                                                                                                                           

 

 

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