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Global Cord Blood Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Third Quarter and First Nine Months of Fiscal 2022

·20 min read

Added 18,985 New Subscribers in 3Q22
Revenues Up 9.1% YoY to RMB317.2 Million ($49.8 Million)
Gross Profit Up 9.8% YoY to RMB269.9 Million ($42.4 Million)
Operating Income Up 20.8% YoY to RMB149.7 Million ($23.5 Million)
Non-GAAP Operating Income Up 18.6% YoY to RMB161.6 Million ($25.4 Million)
Conference Call to be Held on March 1, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. ET

HONG KONG, Feb. 28, 2022 /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 third quarter and first nine months of fiscal 2022, ended December 31, 2021.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2022 Highlights

  • Revenues increased by 9.1% year-over-year ("YoY") to RMB317.2 million ($49.8 million).

  • New subscribers and accumulated subscriber base were 18,985 and 955,864[1], respectively.

  • Gross profit increased by 9.8% YoY to RMB269.9 million ($42.4 million). Gross margin increased to 85.1% from 84.6% in the prior year period.

  • Operating income increased by 20.8% YoY to RMB149.7 million ($23.5 million). Operating margin increased to 47.2% from 42.6% in the prior year period.

  • Operating income before depreciation and amortization ("non-GAAP operating income"[2]) increased by 18.6% YoY to RMB161.6 million ($25.4 million).

  • Net income attributable to the Company's shareholders increased by 15.1% to RMB134.2 million ($21.1 million).

  • Net cash provided by operating activities was RMB121.8 million ($19.1 million).

First Nine Months Fiscal 2022 Highlights

  • Revenues increased by 10.3% YoY to RMB946.0 million ($148.5 million).

  • New subscribers and accumulated subscriber base were 57,724 and 955,864[1], respectively.

  • Gross profit increased by 11.1% YoY to RMB804.7 million ($126.3 million).

  • Operating income increased by 17.7% YoY to RMB466.7 million ($73.2 million).

  • Non-GAAP operating income[2] increased by 16.0% YoY to RMB502.9 million ($78.9 million).

  • Net income attributable to the Company's shareholders increased by 4.2% to RMB396.3 million ($62.2 million), as growth in operating income was partially offset by a decrease in fair value of equity securities, or "mark-to-market loss."

  • Net cash provided by operating activities increased by 7.6% YoY to RMB451.6 million ($70.9 million).

"Despite ongoing challenges from a resurgence of COVID-19 and the general trend of fewer newborns in China, we managed to recruit 18,985 new subscribers in the third quarter," said Ms. Ting Zheng, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of GCBC. "As regulatory uncertainties affecting China's cord blood banking industry remain as we head to the Year of Tiger, management will continue to monitor any potential regulatory changes, while carrying on with our operating efforts and thoroughly examining business development opportunities related to cord blood stem cells, as we aim to generate growth in new areas."

Summary – Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended December 31, 2020 and 2021



Three Months Ended December 31,


Nine Months Ended December 31,



2020


2021


2020


2021

(in thousands)


RMB


RMB

US$


RMB


RMB

US$












Revenues


290,798


317,202

49,776


857,318


946,046

148,455

Gross Profit


245,920


269,921

42,357


724,279


804,715

126,277

Operating Income[3]


123,957


149,719

23,494


396,627


466,727

73,239

Change in Fair Value of











Equity Securities


6,003


599

94


30,107


(6,416)

(1,007)

Net Income Attributable to
the Company's
Shareholders


116,570


134,192

21,058


380,513


396,349

62,195

Earnings per Ordinary











Share (RMB/US$)











– Basic


0.96


1.11

0.17


3.13


3.26

0.51

– Diluted


0.96


1.11

0.17


3.13


3.26

0.51












Revenues Breakdown (%)











Processing Fees and Other











Services


56.8%


57.1%



57.3%


57.7%


Storage Fees


43.2%


42.9%



42.7%


42.3%













New Subscribers (persons)


17,802


18,985



52,678


57,724


Total Accumulated
Subscribers (persons)


882,982


955,864[1]



882,982


955,864[1]


Summary – Selected Cash Flow Statement Items



Three Months Ended December 31,


Nine Months Ended December 31,



2020


2021


2020


2021

(in thousands)


RMB


RMB

US$


RMB


RMB

US$

Net cash provided by











operating activities


144,988


121,779

19,110


419,631


451,578

70,862

Net cash used in











investing activities


(5,996)


(7,145)

(1,122)


(17,316)


(13,378)

(2,098)

Net cash used in











financing activities


-


-

-


(6,074)


(7,729)

(1,212)

Third Quarter Fiscal 2022 Financial Results

REVENUES. Revenues increased by 9.1% YoY to RMB317.2 million ($49.8 million) in the third quarter of fiscal 2022 as a result of the increase in new subscribers and a larger subscriber base.

During the reporting quarter, the Group recorded a 6.6% YoY increase in new subscribers to 18,985 despite challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and the general downward trend of newborns in the Company's operating markets. Revenues generated from processing fees and other services increased by 9.7% YoY to RMB181.2 million ($28.5 million) in the reporting quarter, representing 57.1% of total revenues compared to 56.8% in the prior year period.

As of December 31, 2021, the accumulated subscriber base expanded to 955,864[1]. Revenues generated from storage fees increased by 8.3% YoY to RMB136.0 million ($21.3 million) in the reporting quarter.

GROSS PROFIT. Gross profit for the third quarter increased by 9.8% YoY to RMB269.9 million ($42.4 million). Due to the effect of economy of scale, which was partially offset by higher labor costs, gross margin improved to 85.1% from 84.6% in the prior year period.

OPERATING INCOME. As a result of topline growth and tighter cost control measures, operating income for the reporting quarter increased by 20.8% YoY to RMB149.7 million ($23.5 million). Operating margin improved to 47.2% from 42.6% in the prior year period. Depreciation and amortization expenses for the third quarter were RMB11.9 million ($1.9 million), compared to RMB12.3 million in the prior year period. Non-GAAP operating income[2] increased by 18.6% YoY to RMB161.6 million ($25.4 million) in the reporting quarter.

Research and Development Expenses. Research and development expenses in the third quarter decreased to RMB6.8 million ($1.1 million) from RMB9.0 million in the prior year period.

Sales and Marketing Expenses. During the reporting quarter, the Company continued to closely monitor its sales and promotional activities as obstacles for frontline client access resulting from COVID 19 protocols remained. In light of labor cost saving, sales and marketing expenses decreased by 4.5% YoY to RMB65.9 million ($10.3 million). Sales and marketing expenses as a percentage of revenues was 20.8%, compared to 23.7% in the prior year period.

General and Administrative Expenses. General and administrative expenses increased by 7.9% YoY to RMB47.4 million ($7.4 million) due to higher professional fees, partially offset by lower staff costs and provisions. General and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenues edged down to 15.0% from 15.1% in the prior year period.

OTHER INCOME.

Change in fair value of equity securities. In the reporting period, the Company recognized a mark-to-market gain of RMB0.6 million ($0.09 million), compared to a mark-to-market gain of RMB6.0 million in the prior year period. The changes were mainly attributable to the Company's investments in equity securities.

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE COMPANY'S SHAREHOLDERS. Income before income tax for the third quarter increased by 14.2% YoY to RMB159.1 million ($25.0 million). Income tax expense for the third quarter was RMB23.6 million ($3.7 million). Net income attributable to the Company's shareholders for the reporting quarter increased by 15.1% YoY to RMB134.2 million ($21.1 million). Net margin for the reporting quarter increased to 42.3% from 40.1% of the prior year period.

EARNINGS PER SHARE. Basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 was RMB1.11 ($0.17).

Nine Month Fiscal 2022 Financial Results

Total revenues for the first nine months of fiscal 2022 increased by 10.3% YoY to RMB946.0 million ($148.5 million) due to the increase in new subscribers and an enlarged subscriber base. Revenues from processing fees and other services increased by 11.2% YoY to RMB546.1 million ($85.7 million), and revenues from storage fees increased by 9.2% YoY to RMB399.9 million ($62.8 million). Gross profit increased by 11.1% YoY to RMB804.7 million ($126.3 million). Operating income increased by 17.7% YoY to RMB466.7 million ($73.2 million). Non-GAAP operating income[2] increased by 16.0% YoY to RMB502.9 million ($78.9 million). As growth in operating income was partially offset by a mark-to-market loss, net income attributable to the Company's shareholders improved by 4.2% to RMB396.3 million ($62.2 million). Basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share increased to RMB3.26 ($0.51). Net cash provided by operating activities in the first nine months of fiscal 2022 improved by 7.6% YoY to RMB451.6 million ($70.9 million).

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 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 1-646-722-4977 or 1-855-824-5644 for US callers, or +852-3027-6500 for Hong Kong callers, access code: 61137296#.

[1] During the three months and nine months ended December 31, 2021, 18,985 and 57,724 new subscribers were recruited. During the three months and nine months ended December 31, 2021, the Company determined that the recoverability of 1,213 and 3,297 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, 999 and 2,683 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 955,864 as of December 31, 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 December 31, 2020 and 2021 included depreciation and amortization expenses related to property, plant and equipment and intangible assets of RMB12.3 million and RMB11.9 million ($1.9 million), respectively. The reported operating income for the nine months ended December 31, 2020 and 2021 included depreciation and amortization expenses related to property, plant and equipment and intangible assets of RMB36.9 million and RMB36.2 million ($5.7 million), respectively.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

GAAP results for the three months and nine months ended December 31, 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 an umbilical cord blood banking operator serving multiple regions in China. 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, 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 ended December 31, 2021 were made at the noon buying rate of RMB6.3726 to $1.00 on December 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.

EXHIBIT 1




GLOBAL CORD BLOOD CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

As of March 31 and December 31, 2021








March 31,


December 31,



2021


2021



RMB


RMB


US$



(in thousands except share data)

ASSETS







Current assets







Cash and cash equivalents

6,075,798


6,505,014


1,020,780


Accounts receivable, less allowance for credit losses







(March 31, 2021: RMB137,961; December 31, 2021:







RMB152,100 (US$23,868))

130,298


154,074


24,177


Inventories

44,257


47,390


7,437


Prepaid expenses and other receivables

47,788


75,721


11,882


Total current assets

6,298,141


6,782,199


1,064,276


Property, plant and equipment, net

498,656


480,229


75,359


Operating lease right-of-use assets

5,039


3,434


539


Non-current deposits

344,752


343,541


53,909


Non-current accounts receivable, less allowance for credit







losses (March 31, 2021: RMB67,095; December 31,







2021: RMB59,173 (US$9,286))

217,208


253,539


39,785


Inventories

91,446


94,555


14,838


Intangible assets, net

88,202


84,737


13,297


Investment in equity securities at fair value

117,911


107,726


16,905


Other equity investment

189,129


189,129


29,678


Deferred tax assets

55,845


58,637


9,201


Total assets

7,906,329


8,397,726


1,317,787









LIABILITIES







Current liabilities







Accounts payable

9,479


11,674


1,832


Accrued expenses and other payables

136,448


144,668


22,702


Operating lease liabilities

1,636


1,695


266


Deferred revenue

449,359


451,974


70,925


Income tax payable

29,547


26,483


4,156


Total current liabilities

626,469


636,494


99,881


Non-current deferred revenue

2,392,906


2,457,490


385,634


Non-current operating lease liabilities

147


-


-


Other non-current liabilities

482,224


499,900


78,445


Deferred tax liabilities

16,132


16,245


2,549


Total liabilities

3,517,878


3,610,129


566,509




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 December 31, 2021,







respectively

83


83


13


Additional paid-in capital

2,101,582


2,101,582


329,784


Treasury stock, at cost (March 31 and December 31,







2021: 136,899 shares, respectively)

(2,815)


(2,815)


(442)


Accumulated other comprehensive losses

(103,179)


(106,718)


(16,746)


Retained earnings

2,386,187


2,782,536


436,640


Total equity attributable to Global Cord Blood







Corporation

4,381,858


4,774,668


749,249


Non-controlling interests

6,593


12,929


2,029


Total equity

4,388,451


4,787,597


751,278


Total liabilities and equity

7,906,329


8,397,726


1,317,787



EXHIBIT 2




GLOBAL CORD BLOOD CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the Three Months and Nine Months Ended December 31, 2020 and 2021










Three months ended December 31,


Nine months ended December 31,




2020


2021


2020


2021




RMB


RMB


US$


RMB


RMB


US$




(in thousands except per share data)
















Revenues


290,798


317,202


49,776


857,318


946,046


148,455


Cost of revenues


(44,878)


(47,281)


(7,419)


(133,039)


(141,331)


(22,178)


Gross profit


245,920


269,921


42,357


724,279


804,715


126,277


Operating expenses














Research and development


(8,985)


(6,845)


(1,074)


(18,283)


(17,516)


(2,749)


Sales and marketing


(68,994)


(65,916)


(10,344)


(178,178)


(182,243)


(28,598)


General and administrative


(43,984)


(47,441)


(7,445)


(131,191)


(138,229)


(21,691)


Total operating expenses


(121,963)


(120,202)


(18,863)


(327,652)


(337,988)


(53,038)


Operating income


123,957


149,719


23,494


396,627


466,727


73,239


Other income, net














Interest income


7,190


8,004


1,256


22,767


24,183


3,795


Foreign currency exchange














gains/(losses)


75


(526)


(83)


183


(395)


(62)


Change in fair value of equity

securities


6,003


599


94


30,107


(6,416)


(1,007)


Dividend income


-


-


-


1,281


1,120


176


Others


2,152


1,329


209


5,070


2,551


400


Total other income, net


15,420


9,406


1,476


59,408


21,043


3,302


Income before income tax


139,377


159,125


24,970


456,035


487,770


76,541


Income tax expense


(21,220)


(23,568)


(3,698)


(70,131)


(85,085)


(13,352)


Net income


118,157


135,557


21,272


385,904


402,685


63,189


Net income attributable to














non-controlling interests


(1,587)


(1,365)


(214)


(5,391)


(6,336)


(994)


Net income attributable to














Global Cord Blood Corporation's














Shareholders


116,570


134,192


21,058


380,513


396,349


62,195
















Earnings per share:














Attributable to ordinary shares














- Basic


0.96


1.11


0.17


3.13


3.26


0.51


- Diluted


0.96


1.11


0.17


3.13


3.26


0.51











































Other comprehensive losses,
net of nil income taxes














- Foreign currency translation














adjustments


(4,289)


(1,364)


(214)


(8,930)


(3,539)


(555)


Comprehensive income


113,868


134,193


21,058


376,974


399,146


62,634
















Comprehensive income attributable to














non-controlling interests


(1,587)


(1,365)


(214)


(5,391)


(6,336)


(994)


Comprehensive income














attributable to Global Cord Blood














Corporation's shareholders


112,281


132,828


20,844


371,583


392,810


61,640


EXHIBIT 3


GLOBAL CORD BLOOD CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP OPERATING INCOME

For the Three Months and Nine Months Ended December 31, 2020 and 2021




Three months ended


Nine months ended



December 31,


December 31,



2020


2021


2020


2021



RMB


RMB


US$


RMB


RMB


US$



(in thousands)



























GAAP amount of operating













income


123,957


149,719


23,494


396,627


466,727


73,239

Depreciation and amortization













expenses[4]


12,297


11,887


1,865


36,919


36,152


5,673

Non-GAAP operating













income


136,254


161,606


25,359


433,546


502,879


78,912







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



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