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Global Cord Blood Corporation Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2022

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1Q22 Added 19,673 New Subscribers
Revenues Up 12.2% YoY to RMB315.2 Million ($48.8 Million)
Gross Profit Up 12.6% YoY to RMB267.3 Million ($41.4 Million)
Operating Income Up 17.3% YoY to RMB156.6 Million ($24.2 Million)
Non-GAAP Operating Income Up 15.5% YoY to RMB168.5 Million ($26.1 Million)
Conference Call to be Held on August 31, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. ET

HONG KONG, Aug. 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Cord Blood Corporation (NYSE: CO) ("GCBC" or the "Company"), China's leading provider of cord blood collection, laboratory testing, hematopoietic stem cell processing and stem cell storage services, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, ended June 30, 2021.

First Quarter of Fiscal 2022 Highlights

  • Revenues increased by 12.2% year-over-year ("YoY") to RMB315.2 million ($48.8 million).

  • New subscribers and accumulated subscriber base were 19,673 and 920,195[1], respectively.

  • Gross profit increased by 12.6% YoY to RMB267.3 million ($41.4 million).

  • Operating income increased by 17.3% YoY to RMB156.6 million ($24.2 million).

  • Operating income before depreciation and amortization[2] ("non-GAAP operating income") increased by 15.5% YoY to RMB168.5 million ($26.1 million).

  • Net income attributable to the Company's shareholders increased by 3.0% YoY to RMB136.4 million ($21.1 million).

"We recorded 19,673 new subscribers during the first quarter of fiscal 2022, as China's approach largely kept COVID-19 under control and consumer concerns gradually alleviated." said Ms. Ting Zheng, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of GCBC. "However, despite current policy stimulus on newborn, we remain cautious about our near-term outlook due to factors that include the recent reimplementation of COVID-related lockdowns, general regulatory uncertainty, potential changes to the market dynamics affecting China's cord blood banking industry and the downward newborn trend in our operating markets. With a focus on enhancing our risk-resistance capacities, we continue to prepare for potential structural and regulatory changes to ensure the long-term growth of the Company."

Summary – First Quarter Ended June 30, 2020 and 2021





Three Months Ended June 30,






2020


2021




(in thousands)


RMB


RMB


US$




Revenues



280,913



315,174



48,814




Gross Profit



237,450



267,333



41,405




Operating Income[3]



133,509



156,556



24,249




Change in Fair Value of Equity Securities



18,405



5,601



867




Dividend Income



-



1,120



173




Net Income Attributable to the Company's
Shareholders



132,509



136,421



21,130

















Earnings per Ordinary Share (RMB/US$)
– Basic



1.09



1.12



0.17

















– Diluted



1.09



1.12



0.17

















Revenue Breakdown (%)













Processing Fees and Other Services



57.5%



58.6%







Storage Fees



42.5%



41.4%




















New Subscribers (persons)



17,233



19,673







Total Accumulated Subscribers (persons)



849,933



920,195[1]





















Summary – Selected Cash Flow Statement Items



Three Months Ended June 30,





2020



2021



(in thousands)


RMB



RMB



US$



Net cash provided by operating activities



99,829




172,823




26,767



Net cash used in investing activities



(7,444)




(2,546)




(394)



Net cash used in financing activities



-




(7,729)




(1,197)



First Quarter of Fiscal 2022 Financial Results

REVENUES. Revenues increased by 12.2% YoY to RMB315.2 million ($48.8 million) in the first quarter of fiscal 2022. The increase was mainly attributable to the increase in processing fee revenues due to the increase in new subscribers as well as increase in storage fee revenues as a result of an enlarged subscriber base.

During the first quarter our new subscriber numbers for the reporting period increased by 14.2% YoY to 19,673, due in part to China's effective control of 2019 novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") gradually alleviating consumer concerns over childbirth and spending; combined with a relatively low base in the first quarter of last fiscal year early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Revenues generated from processing fees and other services in the reporting quarter increased accordingly by 14.3% YoY to RMB184.7 million ($28.6 million).

By the end of June 2021, the Company's accumulated subscriber base expanded to 920,195[1], as revenues generated from storage fees increased by 9.4% YoY to RMB130.5 million ($20.2 million) in the reporting quarter. Storage fee revenues represented 41.4% of total revenues, down from 42.5% in the prior year period.

GROSS PROFIT. Gross profit for the reporting quarter increased by 12.6% YoY to RMB267.3 million ($41.4 million), in line with topline growth. Gross margin improved slightly to 84.8% from 84.5% in the prior year period.

OPERATING INCOME. With slower increase in sales and marketing and general and administrative expenses, operating income for the reporting quarter increased by 17.3% YoY to RMB156.6 million ($24.2 million). Operating margin expanded to 49.7% in the reporting quarter from 47.5% in the prior year period. Depreciation and amortization expenses for the first quarter amounted RMB11.9 million ($1.8 million). Non-GAAP operating income[2] improved by 15.5% YoY to RMB168.5 million ($26.1 million).

Research and Development Expenses. Research and development expenses for the first quarter increased by 17.3% YoY to RMB5.1 million ($0.8 million), in line with management expectations.

Sales and Marketing Expenses. As the Company cautiously rode the tide of consumer sentiment recovery, sales and marketing expenses for the reporting quarter increased by 7.9% YoY to RMB59.4 million ($9.2 million) due to higher sales performance incentives, partially offset by controlled marketing spending. Sales and marketing expenses as a percentage of revenues decreased to 18.8% from 19.6% in the prior year period.

General and Administrative Expenses. General and administrative expenses for the first quarter increased by 3.9% YoY to RMB46.3 million ($7.2 million), mainly driven by increases in provisions and professional fees, partially offset by lower overhead. General and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenues decreased to 14.7% from 15.9% in the prior year period.

OTHER INCOME AND EXPENSES.

Change in Fair Value of Equity Securities. In the first quarter, the Company recognized an increase in fair value of equity securities, or "mark-to-market gains," of RMB5.6 million ($0.9 million), compared to RMB18.4 million in the prior year period. The changes were mainly attributable to the valuation of the Company's investments in equity securities.

Dividend Income. In the reporting quarter, the Company received RMB1.1 million ($0.2 million) dividend income from the Company's equity investments, whereas no such income was recorded in the prior year period.

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE COMPANY'S SHAREHOLDERS. As a result of the increases in operating income and dividend income, partially compensated by the decrease in mark-to-market gains, income before income tax for the first quarter increased by 7.4% YoY to RMB172.3 million ($26.7 million). Income tax expense for the reporting quarter was RMB33.3 million ($5.2 million). Net income attributable to the Company's shareholders for the reporting quarter increased by 3.0% YoY to RMB136.4 million ($21.1 million). Net margin for the first quarter was 43.3%.

EARNINGS PER SHARE. Basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share for the first quarter fiscal 2022 increased by 2.8% YoY to RMB1.12 ($0.17).

Corporate Developments

  • On March 2, 2021, the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board") received a non-binding proposal letter (the "Alternate Ocean Offer") from Alternate Ocean Investment Company Limited ("Alternate Ocean"), pursuant to which Alternate Ocean, acting on behalf of certain funds and/or entities (the "Acquirer") that it manages and/or advises, proposed to acquire all of the outstanding ordinary shares of the Company for $5.00 per ordinary share in cash, subject to certain conditions.

  • On March 15, 2021, the Board announced it had formed a special committee of independent directors who are not affiliated with Alternate Ocean (the "Special Committee") to evaluate the Alternate Ocean Offer. The Special Committee consists of Mr. Mark D. Chen, Dr. Ken Lu, Mr. Jack Chow, and Mr. Jacky Cheng, each of whom currently serves as an independent director on the Board with Mr. Chen serving as the chair of the Special Committee.

  • The Company cautions its shareholders and others considering trading its ordinary shares that no decisions have been made with respect to the Company's response to the proposed transaction. The proposed transaction is still subject to various conditions, including but not limited to, completion of due diligence, parties entering into definitive agreement, and/or the Acquirer and the Company each obtaining the relevant regulatory and shareholders' approval. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made, that any agreement will be executed, or that this or any other transaction will be approved or consummated.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 to discuss its financial performance and give a brief overview of the Company's recent developments, followed by a question and answer session. Interested parties can access the audio webcast through the Company's IR website at http://ir.globalcordbloodcorp.com. A replay of the webcast will be accessible two hours after the conference call and available for seven days at the same URL above. Listeners can also access the call by dialing 1-855-824-5644 or 1-646-722-4977 for US callers, or +852-3027-6500 for Hong Kong callers, access code: 54240817#.

[1] During the three months ended June 30, 2021, 19,673 new subscribers were recruited. During the three months ended June 30, 2021, the Company determined that the recoverability of 915 private cord blood units was remote and therefore, the Company terminated their subscription services according to the subscription contracts. Out of these prior private cord blood units, 715 prior private cord blood units were being treated as if they were donated cord blood units and will be part of the Company's non-current inventories. Hence, the net accumulated subscriber base was 920,195 as of June 30, 2021.

[2] See exhibit 3 to this press release for a reconciliation of non-GAAP operating income to exclude the non-cash items related to the depreciation and amortization expenses to the comparable financial measure prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("U.S. GAAP").

[3] The reported operating income for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2021 included depreciation and amortization expenses related to property, plant and equipment and intangible assets of RMB12.4 million and RMB11.9 million ($1.8 million), respectively.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

GAAP results for the three months ended June 30, 2021 include non-cash items related to depreciation and amortization expenses. To supplement the Company's unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements presented on a U.S. GAAP basis, the Company has provided adjusted financial information excluding the impact of these items in this press release. The non-GAAP financial measure represents non-GAAP operating income. Such adjustment is a departure of U.S. GAAP; however, the Company's management believes that these adjusted measures provide investors with a better understanding of how the results relate to the Company's historical performance. Also, management uses non-GAAP operating income as a measurement tool for evaluating actual operating performance compared to budget and prior periods. These adjusted measures should not be considered an alternative to operating income, or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. These measures are not necessarily comparable to a similarly titled measure of another company. A reconciliation of the adjustments to U.S. GAAP results appears in exhibit 3 accompanying this press release. This additional adjusted information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for U.S. GAAP financials. The adjusted financial information that the Company provides also may differ from the adjusted information provided by other companies.

About Global Cord Blood Corporation

Global Cord Blood Corporation is the first and largest umbilical cord blood banking operator in China in terms of geographical coverage and the only cord blood banking operator with multiple licenses. Global Cord Blood Corporation provides cord blood collection, laboratory testing, hematopoietic stem cell processing and stem cell storage services. For more information, please visit the Company's website at:
http://www.globalcordbloodcorp.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements relate to future events or the Company's future financial performance. The Company has attempted to identify forward-looking statements by terminology including "anticipates", "believes", "expects", "can", "continue", "could", "estimates", "intends", "may", "plans", "potential", "predict", "should" or "will" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions, uncertainties and other factors may cause the Company's actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The information in this press release is not intended to project future performance of the Company. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, the Company does not guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The Company expectations are as of the date this press release is issued, and the Company does not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date this press release is issued to conform these statements to actual results, unless required by law.

The forward-looking statements included in this press release are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about the Company's businesses and business environments. These statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and are not a guarantee of future performance. Actual results of the Company's operations may differ materially from information contained in the forward-looking statements as a result of risk factors some of which include, among other things: the ongoing impact of COVID-19, including the partial lockdowns implemented in various cities in the PRC and the imposition by some hospitals in the PRC of restrictions on entrance to solely to hospital staff and patients; levels of consumer confidence in the healthcare services sector generally in the PRC as a result of the outbreak; the length of the COVID-19 outbreak and severity of such outbreak across the globe; the pace of recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak; continued compliance with government regulations regarding cord blood banking in the People's Republic of China, or PRC and any other jurisdiction in which the Company conducts its operations; changing legislation or regulatory environments in the PRC (including but not limited to cord blood license related regulations, Biosecurity laws, antitrust laws) and any other jurisdiction in which the Company conducts its operations; the acceptance by subscribers of the Company's different pricing and payment options and reaction to the introduction of the Company's premium-quality pricing strategy; demographic trends in the regions of the PRC in which the Company is the exclusive licensed cord blood banking operator; labor and personnel relations; the existence of a significant shareholder able to influence and direct the corporate policies of the Company; credit risks affecting the Company's revenue and profitability; changes in the healthcare industry, including those which may result in the use of stem cell therapies becoming redundant or obsolete; the Company's ability to effectively manage its growth, including maintaining effective controls and procedures and attracting and retaining key management and personnel; changing interpretations of generally accepted accounting principles; the availability of capital resources, including in the form of capital markets financing opportunities, in light of legislative developments in the U.S. affecting listed issuers whose independent registered public accounting firms are based in China and not subject to U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board inspections, international pressure on trade and currency against the PRC and its potential impact on the PRC consumer behavior, as well as general economic conditions, the non-binding proposal letter from Alternate Ocean and the potential transaction contemplated by such letter, and other relevant risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States.

This announcement contains translations of certain Renminbi amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of readers. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from Renminbi to U.S. dollars as of and for the period ending June 30, 2021 were made at the noon buying rate of RMB6.4566 to $1.00 on June 30, 2021 in the City of New York for cable transfers in Renminbi per U.S. dollar as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Global Cord Blood Corporation makes no representation that the Renminbi or U.S. dollar amounts referred to in this press release could have been or could be converted into U.S. dollars or Renminbi, at any particular rate or at all.

For more information, please contact:

Global Cord Blood Corporation
Investor Relations Department
Tel: (+852) 3605-8180
Email: ir@globalcordbloodcorp.com

ICR, Inc.
William Zima
Tel: (+86) 10-6583-7511
U.S. Tel: (646) 405-5185
Email: William.zima@icrinc.com

EXHIBIT 1


GLOBAL CORD BLOOD CORPORATION


UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS


As of March 31 and June 30, 2021





March 31,


June 30,



2021


2021



RMB


RMB


US$



(in thousands except share data)

ASSETS







Current assets







Cash and cash equivalents

6,075,798


6,237,406


966,051


Accounts receivable, less allowance for credit

losses (March 31, 2021: RMB137,961;







June 30, 2021: RMB147,293 (US$22,813))

130,298


135,415


20,973


Inventories

44,257


36,960


5,724


Prepaid expenses and other receivables

47,788


66,912


10,363


Total current assets

6,298,141


6,476,693


1,003,111


Property, plant and equipment, net

498,656


488,803


75,706


Operating lease right-of-use assets

5,039


4,504


698


Non-current deposits

344,752


346,446


53,658


Non-current accounts receivable, less allowance

for credit losses (March 31, 2021: RMB67,095;







June 30, 2021: RMB65,799 (US$10,191))

217,208


228,986


35,465


Inventories

91,446


92,449


14,319


Intangible assets, net

88,202


87,047


13,482


Investment in equity securities at fair value

117,911


121,875


18,876


Other equity investment

189,129


189,129


29,292


Deferred tax assets

55,845


59,024


9,142


Total assets

7,906,329


8,094,956


1,253,749









LIABILITIES







Current liabilities







Accounts payable

9,479


13,883


2,150


Accrued expenses and other payables

136,448


144,110


22,320


Operating lease liabilities

1,636


1,655


256


Deferred revenue

449,359


453,659


70,263


Income tax payable

29,547


31,246


4,839


Total current liabilities

626,469


644,553


99,828


Non-current deferred revenue

2,392,906


2,418,456


374,571


Non-current operating lease liabilities

147


99


15


Other non-current liabilities

482,224


489,344


75,790


Deferred tax liabilities

16,132


17,013


2,635


Total liabilities

3,517,878


3,569,465


552,839



EQUITY







Shareholders' equity of Global Cord Blood

Corporation







Ordinary shares







- US$0.0001 par value, 250,000,000 shares
authorized, 121,687,974 and
121,551,075 shares issued and outstanding
as of March 31 and June 30, 2021,
respectively

83


83


13


Additional paid-in capital

2,101,582


2,101,582


325,494


Treasury stock, at cost (March 31 and June 30,







2021: 136,899 shares, respectively)

(2,815)


(2,815)


(436)


Accumulated other comprehensive losses

(103,179)


(105,125)


(16,282)


Retained earnings

2,386,187


2,522,608


390,703


Total equity attributable to Global Cord Blood







Corporation

4,381,858


4,516,333


699,492


Non-controlling interests

6,593


9,158


1,418


Total equity

4,388,451


4,525,491


700,910


Total liabilities and equity

7,906,329


8,094,956


1,253,749



EXHIBIT 2



GLOBAL CORD BLOOD CORPORATION



UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME



For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2020 and 2021








Three months ended June 30,





2020


2021





RMB


RMB


US$





(in thousands except per share data)






















Revenues


280,913


315,174


48,814



Cost of revenues


(43,463)


(47,841)


(7,409)



Gross profit


237,450


267,333


41,405



Operating expenses









Research and development


(4,345)


(5,098)


(790)



Sales and marketing


(55,060)


(59,403)


(9,199)



General and administrative


(44,536)


(46,276)


(7,167)



Total operating expenses


(103,941)


(110,777)


(17,156)



Operating income


133,509


156,556


24,249



Other income









Interest income


6,767


8,190


1,268



Foreign currency exchange gains


42


146


23



Change in fair value of equity securities


18,405


5,601


867



Dividend income


-


1,120


173



Others


1,723


639


99



Total other income


26,937


15,696


2,430



Income before income tax


160,446


172,252


26,679



Income tax expense


(26,021)


(33,266)


(5,152)



Net income


134,425


138,986


21,527



Net income attributable to non-controlling interests


(1,916)


(2,565)


(397)



Net income attributable to Global Cord









Blood Corporation's shareholders


132,509


136,421


21,130












Earnings per share:









Attributable to ordinary shares









- Basic


1.09


1.12


0.17



- Diluted


1.09


1.12


0.17


















Other comprehensive losses,
net of nil income taxes















- Foreign currency translation adjustments


(439)


(1,946)


(301)


















Comprehensive income


133,986


137,040


21,226












Comprehensive income attributable to









non-controlling interests


(1,916)


(2,565)


(397)



Comprehensive income attributable to









Global Cord Blood Corporation's shareholders


132,070


134,475


20,829


























































EXHIBIT 3



GLOBAL CORD BLOOD CORPORATION



RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP OPERATING INCOME



For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2020 and 2021








Three months ended June 30,





2020



2021





RMB



RMB



US$









(in thousands)





















GAAP amount of operating income



133,509




156,556




24,249

















Depreciation and amortization expenses[4]



12,356




11,895




1,842

















Non-GAAP operating income



145,865




168,451




26,091































________________________________________

[4] Depreciation and amortization expenses related to property, plant and equipment and intangible assets respectively.

SOURCE Global Cord Blood Corporation