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New Oriental Announces Results for the First Fiscal Quarter Ended August 31, 2019

Quarterly Net Revenues Increased by 24.6% Year-Over-Year

Quarterly Student Enrollments Increased by 50.4% Year-Over-Year

Quarterly Operating Income Increased by 52.6% Year-Over-Year

Quarterly Net Income Attributable to New Oriental Increased by 69.6% Year-Over-Year

BEIJING, Oct. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (the "Company" or "New Oriental") (EDU), the largest provider of private educational services in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first fiscal quarter ended August 31, 2019, which is the first quarter of New Oriental's fiscal year 2020.   

Financial Highlights for the First Fiscal Quarter Ended August 31, 2019

  • Total net revenues increased by 24.6% year-over-year to US$1,071.8 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2020.
  • Operating income increased by 52.6% year-over-year to US$246.2 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2020.
  • Net income attributable to New Oriental increased by 69.6% year-over-year to US$209.0 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2020.

Key Financial Results

(in thousands US$, except per ADS(1) data)

1Q FY2020

1Q FY2019

% of change

Net revenues

1,071,777

859,846

24.6%

Operating income

246,196

161,335

52.6%

Non-GAAP operating income (2)(3)

257,216

175,255

46.8%

Net income attributable to New Oriental

208,990

123,232

69.6%

Non-GAAP net income attributable to New Oriental (2)(3)

230,162

184,136

25.0%

Net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental - basic

1.32

0.78

69.9%

Net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental - diluted

1.31

0.77

69.1%

Non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental

 - basic(3)(4)

1.45

1.16

25.3%

Non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental

 - diluted(3)(4)

1.44

1.16

24.6%





(1)   Each ADS represents one common share.

(2)   GAAP represents Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America.

(3)   New Oriental provides net income attributable to New Oriental, operating income and net income per ADS
       attributable to New Oriental on a non-GAAP basis that excludes share-based compensation expenses and
       loss from fair value change of long-term investments to provide supplemental information regarding its
       operating performance. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the
       section captioned "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and the tables captioned "Reconciliations of Non-
       GAAP Measures to the Most Comparable GAAP Measures" set forth at the end of this release.

(4)   The Non-GAAP net income per ADS is computed using Non-GAAP net income and the same number of
       shares and ADSs used in GAAP basic and diluted EPS calculation.

 

Operating Highlights for the First Fiscal Quarter Ended August 31, 2019

  • Total student enrollments in academic subjects tutoring and test preparation courses increased by 50.4% year-over-year to approximately 2,609,200 for the first fiscal quarter of 2020.
  • The total number of schools and learning centers was 1,261 as of August 31, 2019, an increase of 161 compared to 1,100 as of August 31, 2018, and an increase of 7 compared to 1,254 as of May 31, 2019. The total number of schools was 95 as of August 31, 2019.

Michael Yu, New Oriental's Executive Chairman, commented, "We are very pleased to start fiscal 2020 with robust top line growth of 24.6%, or 29.7% if measured in Renminbi, which exceeded the high-end of our expected range. Moreover, we achieved a remarkable year-over-year improvement in operating margin.  The K-12 after-school tutoring business continued to be our key growth driver, and achieved a year-over-year revenue growth of approximately 35%, or 40% if measured in Renminbi. Furthermore, our U-Can middle and high school all-subjects after-school tutoring business grew by approximately 33%, or 38% if measured in Renminbi, while our POP Kids program achieved a growth of approximately 38%, or 44% if measured in Renminbi."

Chenggang Zhou, New Oriental's Chief Executive Officer, added, "As we continued to implement our well-proven "Optimize the Market" Strategy, we remained committed to carry out capacity expansion in cities where we see potential for rapid growth and strong profitability. During this quarter, we added a net of seven learning centers in existing cities. The total square meters of classroom area by the end of this quarter increased approximately 24% year-over-year, and 3% quarter-over-quarter. Furthermore, in this quarter we once again delivered a highly successful summer promotion campaign, offering low-cost offline trial courses for multiple subjects across most of our existing cities, targeting students before they begin secondary school. We are very encouraged to see that even with a doubled average price compared to last year, total promotion enrollments reached 820,000, an 8% increase year-over-year, accompanied by improved student retention year-over-year. Meanwhile, we also continued to strengthen our online-merge-offline (OMO) standardized classroom teaching system, in addition to launching an innovative interactive courseware for the POP kids program in certain major cities, creating more interactive and high-quality learning experience for our students. We also made further strategic investment into dual-teacher model classes and new initiatives for K-12 tutoring through Koolearn.com, our pure online education platform. With our core dual competencies in both offline and online education services, we are confident to capture the substantial business opportunities in low-tier cities and remote areas moving forward."

Stephen Zhihui Yang, New Oriental's Chief Financial Officer, commented, "During this quarter, we continued to fine-tune our capacity expansion at a controlled and balanced pace, which supported our delivery of a strong bottom line performance, compounded with year-over-year operating margin expansion. Our non-GAAP operating income increased by 46.8% year-over-year to approximately US$257.2 million, while non-GAAP operating margin rose by 360 basis points to 24.0%, from 20.4% a year ago. We will also sharpen our focus on utilizing facilities and improving operating efficiency. Thus, we are confident in our ability to deliver consistent margin improvement, and create sustainable long-term value to our customers and shareholders."

Financial Results for the First Fiscal Quarter Ended August 31, 2019

Net Revenues

For the first fiscal quarter of 2020, New Oriental reported net revenues of US$1,071.8 million, representing a 24.6% increase year-over-year. Net revenues from educational programs and services for the first fiscal quarter were US$996.5 million, representing a 25.0% increase year-over-year. The growth was mainly driven by increases in student enrollments in K-12 after-school tutoring courses.

Total student enrollments in academic subjects tutoring and test preparation courses in the first fiscal quarter of 2020 increased by 50.4% year-over-year to approximately 2,609,200. The higher-than-normal increase in the number of student enrollments is primarily due to the division of the autumn semester into two parts. Under this method, student enrollments in the autumn semester are recorded separately for each part and the student enrollments for each part fall into separate quarters. This practice was adopted in November 2018 to comply with the latest regulatory requirements.

Operating Costs and Expenses

Operating costs and expenses for the quarter were US$825.6 million, representing a 17.9% increase year-over-year. Non-GAAP operating costs and expenses for the quarter, which exclude share-based compensation expenses, were US$814.6 million, representing an 18.7% increase year-over-year

  • Cost of revenues increased by 19.8% year-over-year to US$440.2 million, primarily due to increases in teachers' compensation for more teaching hours and higher rental costs for the increased number of schools and learning centers in operation.
  • Selling and marketing expenses increased by 1.9% year-over-year to US$101.2 million.
  • General and administrative expenses for the quarter increased by 21.6% year-over-year to US$284.2 million. Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, which exclude share-based compensation expenses, were US$273.5 million, representing a 24.5% increase year-over-year.

Total share-based compensation expenses, which were allocated to related operating costs and expenses, decreased by 20.8% to US$11.0 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2020.

Operating Income and Operating Margin

Operating income was US$246.2 million, representing a 52.6% increase year-over-year. Non-GAAP income from operations for the quarter was US$257.2 million, representing a 46.8% increase year-over-year.

Operating margin for the quarter was 23.0%, compared to 18.8% in the same period of the prior fiscal year. Non-GAAP operating margin, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, for the quarter was 24.0%, compared to 20.4% in the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Net Income and EPS

Net income attributable to New Oriental for the quarter was US$209.0 million, representing a 69.6% increase from the same period of the prior fiscal year. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to New Oriental were US$1.32 and US$1.31, respectively.

Non-GAAP Net Income and Non-GAAP EPS

Non-GAAP net income attributable to New Oriental for the quarter was US$230.2 million, representing a 25.0% increase from the same period of the prior fiscal year. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to New Oriental were US$1.45 and US$1.44, respectively.

Cash Flow

Net operating cash flow for the first fiscal quarter of 2020 was approximately US$364.6 million. Capital expenditures for the quarter were US$64.3 million, which were primarily attributable to opening of 43 facilities and renovations at existing learning centers.

Balance Sheet

As of August 31, 2019, New Oriental had cash and cash equivalents of US$973.2 million, as compared to US$1,414.2 million as of May 31, 2019. In addition, the Company had US$351.6 million in term deposits, US$2,010.7 million in short-term investment as of August 31, 2019.

New Oriental's deferred revenue balance, which is cash collected from registered students for courses and recognized proportionally as revenue as the courses are delivered, at the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 was US$1,330.7 million, an increase of 16.0% as compared to US$1,146.7 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2019. The lower-than usual-increase was due to the change of tuition fees collection schedule for K-12 after-school tutoring courses, in compliance with the latest regulatory requirements. This change was implemented during the second quarter of fiscal year 2019.

New Accounting Standard

The Company adopted the new lease accounting standard (ASC 842) on June 1, 2019, using the modified retrospective transition method resulting in the recording of operating lease right-of-use assets of US$1,224.5 million and operating lease liabilities of US$1,212.6 million on the balance sheet. Prior period amounts have not been adjusted and continue to be reported in accordance with the previous accounting guidance. The adoption of the new guidance did not have a material effect on the consolidated statements of operations.

Outlook for Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2020

New Oriental expects total net revenues in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 (September 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019) to be in the range of US$753.6 million to US$771.0 million, representing a year-over-year growth in the range of 26% to 29%.

The projected growth rate of revenue in our functional currency Renminbi is expected to be in the range of 30% to 33% for the second quarter of the fiscal year 2020. The exchange rate used to calculate expected revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 is 7.11. The historical exchange rate used to calculate revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was 6.90.

This forecast reflects New Oriental's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call Information

New Oriental's management will host an earnings conference call at 8 AM on October 22, 2018, U.S. Eastern Time (8 PM on October 22, 2018, Beijing/Hong Kong Time).

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

Mainland China:

+400-620-8038

US:              

+1-845-675-0437

Hong Kong:  

+852-3018-6771

UK:              

+44-20-3621-4779

Passcode:

3660734

Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following number until October 30, 2019:

International:

+61 2 8199 0299

Passcode: 

3660734

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available at http://investor.neworiental.org.

About New Oriental

New Oriental is the largest provider of private educational services in China based on the number of program offerings, total student enrollments and geographic presence. New Oriental offers a wide range of educational programs, services and products consisting primarily of language training and test preparation, primary and secondary school education, online education, content development and distribution, overseas study consulting services, pre-school education and study tour. New Oriental's ADSs, each of which represents one common share, currently trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "EDU."

For more information about New Oriental, please visit http://english.neworiental.org.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the outlook for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019, quotations from management in this announcement, as well as New Oriental's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. New Oriental may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about New Oriental's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: our ability to attract students without a significant decrease in course fees; our ability to continue to hire, train and retain qualified teachers; our ability to maintain and enhance our "New Oriental" brand; our ability to effectively and efficiently manage the expansion of our school network and successfully execute our growth strategy; the outcome of ongoing, or any future, litigation or arbitration, including those relating to copyright and other intellectual property rights; competition in the private education sector in China; changes in our revenues and certain cost or expense items as a percentage of our revenues; the expected growth of the Chinese private education market; Chinese governmental policies relating to private educational services and providers of such services; health epidemics and other outbreaks in China; and general economic conditions in China. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in our annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. New Oriental does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and New Oriental undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement New Oriental's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, New Oriental uses the following measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the SEC: net income excluding share-based compensation expenses and gain / (loss) from fair value change of long-term investments, operating income excluding share-based compensation expenses, operating cost and expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses, general and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses, operating margin excluding share-based compensation expenses, and basic and diluted net income per ADS and per share excluding share-based compensation expenses and gain / (loss) from fair value change of long-term investments. 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 GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the tables captioned "Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures" set forth at the end of this release.

New Oriental believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and liquidity by excluding share-based compensation expenses and gain / (loss) from fair value change of long-term investments that may not be indicative of its operating performance from a cash perspective. New Oriental believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to New Oriental's historical performance and liquidity. New Oriental believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. A limitation of using these non-GAAP measures is that they exclude share-based compensation charge and gain / (loss) from fair value change of long-term investments that has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in our business. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying tables have more details on the reconciliations between GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures.

Contacts

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Ms. Joanne Wong
FTI Consulting
Tel: +852-3768-4747
Email: joanne.wong@fticonsulting.com

Ms. Sisi Zhao
New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc.
Tel: +86-10-6260-5568
Email: zhaosisi@xdf.cn

 

 

 

NEW ORIENTAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)



As of August 31


As of May 31

2019


2019

(Unaudited)


(Audited)


USD


USD

ASSETS:




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

973,197


1,414,171

Restricted cash

43


43

Term deposits

351,556


108,672

Short-term investments

2,010,697


1,668,689

Accounts receivable, net

3,960


3,300

Inventory, net

29,629


29,046

Prepaid expenses and other current assets, net

222,911


199,677

Amounts due from related parties, current

46,321


42,644

Total current assets

3,638,314


3,466,242





Restricted cash, non-current

3,643


4,013

Property and equipment, net

544,005


532,015

Land use rights, net

6,140


6,405

Amounts due from related parties, non-current

1,858


1,204

Long-term deposits

48,545


49,742

Long-term prepaid rents

470


442

Intangible assets, net

12,483


13,935

Goodwill, net

77,457


79,614

Long-term investments, net

432,168


404,704

Deferred tax assets, non-current, net

63,275


61,467

Right-of-use assets

1,224,508


-

Other non-current assets

15,369


26,776

Total assets

6,068,235


4,646,559





LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current liabilities:




    Accounts payable (including accounts payable of the consolidated variable interest entities
without recourse to New Oriental of US$33,646 and US$35,486 as of May 31, 2019 and August 31,
2019, respectively)

35,917


34,057

    Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (including accrued expenses and other current
liabilities of the consolidated variable interest entities without recourse to New Oriental of
US$518,937 and US$519,884 as of May 31, 2019 and August 31, 2019, respectively)

576,327


576,521

    Income taxes payable (including income tax payable of the consolidated variable interest
entities without recourse to New Oriental of US$79,067 and US$128,783 as of May 31, 2019
and August 31, 2019, respectively)

133,661


94,071

    Amounts due to related parties (including amounts due to related parties of the consolidated
variable interest entities without recourse to New Oriental of US$472 and US$961 as of May 31,
2019 and August 31, 2019, respectively)

961


472

    Deferred revenue (including deferred revenue of the consolidated variable interest entities
without recourse to New Oriental of US$1,268,318 and US$1,317,690 as of May 31, 2019 and
August 31, 2019, respectively)

1,330,704


1,301,103

    Operating Lease Liability-current (including operating lease liabilities-current of the
consolidated variable interest entities without recourse to New Oriental of nil and US$331,681
as of May 31, 2019 and August 31, 2019, respectively)

343,085


-





Total current liabilities

2,420,655


2,006,224





    Deferred tax liabilities, non-current (including deferred tax liabilities of the consolidated
variable interest entities without recourse to New Oriental of US$18,607 and US$19,325 as of
May 31, 2019 and August 31, 2019, respectively)

18,944


18,781

    Long term loan (including long term loan of the consolidated variable interest entities without
recourse to New Oriental of nil and nil as of May 31, 2019 and August 31, 2019, respectively)

95,213


96,457

    Operating lease liabilities (including operating lease liabilities of the consolidated variable
interest entities without recourse to New Oriental of nil and US$865,647 as of May 31, 2019
and August 31, 2019, respectively)

869,564


-









Total liabilities

3,404,376


2,121,462





Equity




  New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. shareholders' equity

2,505,550


2,360,686

  Non-controlling interests

158,309


164,411

Total equity

2,663,859


2,525,097





Total liabilities and equity

6,068,235


4,646,559

 

 

 

NEW ORIENTAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands except for per share and per ADS amounts)






For the Three Months Ended August 31


2019


2018


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


USD


USD

Net revenues

1,071,777


859,846





Operating cost and expenses (note 1)




Cost of revenues

440,229


367,399

Selling and marketing

101,193


99,301

General and administrative

284,159


233,662

Total operating cost and expenses

825,581


700,362

Gain on disposal of a subsidiary

-


1,851

Operating income

246,196


161,335

Loss from fair value change of long-term investments

(11,282)


(46,984)

Other income, net

19,953


33,509

Provision for income taxes

(50,836)


(25,684)

Loss from equity method investments

(803)


(1,053)





Net income

203,228


121,123

Add: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests

5,762


2,109





Net income attributable to New Oriental Education &
Technology Group Inc.'s shareholders

208,990


123,232





Net income per common share




       - Basic

1.32


0.78

       - Diluted

1.31


0.77





Net income per ADS (note 2)




       - Basic

1.32


0.78

       - Diluted

1.31


0.77

 

 

 

NEW ORIENTAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC.

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO THE MOST COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES

(In thousands except for per share and per ADS amounts)




For the Three Months Ended August 31


2019


2018


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


USD


USD





General and administrative expenses

284,159


233,662

Less: Share-based compensation expenses in general and
administrative expenses

10,619


13,920

Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses

273,540


219,742





Total operating cost and expenses

825,581


700,362

Less: Share-based compensation expenses

11,020


13,920

Non-GAAP operating cost and expenses

814,561


686,442





Operating income

246,196


161,335

Add: Share-based compensation expenses

11,020


13,920

Non-GAAP operating income

257,216


175,255





Operating margin

23.0%


18.8%

Non-GAAP operating margin

24.0%


20.4%





Net income attributable to New Oriental

208,990


123,232

Add: Share-based compensation expenses

9,890


13,920

Add: Loss from fair value change of long-term
investments

11,282


46,984

Non-GAAP net income attributable to New Oriental

230,162


184,136





Net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental- Basic
(note 2)

1.32


0.78

Net  income per ADS attributable to New Oriental-
Diluted (note 2)

1.31


0.77





Non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to New
Oriental - Basic (note 2)

1.45


1.16

Non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to New
Oriental - Diluted (note 2)

1.44


1.16





Weighted average shares used in calculating basic net
income per ADS (note 2)

158,246,454


158,573,830

Weighted average shares used in calculating diluted net
income per ADS (note 2)

159,667,569


159,193,707





Non-GAAP income per share - basic

1.45


1.16

Non-GAAP income per share - diluted

1.44


1.16

Notes:







Note 1: Share-based compensation expenses (in thousands) are included in the operating cost and expenses as follows:







For the Three Months Ended August 31



2019


2018



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)



USD


USD


Cost of revenues

36


-


Selling and marketing

365


-


General and administrative expenses

10,619


13,920


Total

11,020


13,920









Note 2: Each ADS represents one common share.




 

 

 

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