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Wah Fu Education Group Ltd. Announces Financial Results for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2020

BEIJING, March 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wah Fu Education Group Limited (“Wah Fu” or the “Company”) (WAFU), a provider of online education and exam preparation services, as well as related training materials and technology solutions for both institutions and individuals, today announced its unaudited financial results for the six months ended September 30, 2019.

Financial Highlights for the Six Months Ended September 30, 2019

    For the Six Months Ended
September 30,
 
($’000, except per share data)   2019     2018     % Change  
Revenue   $ 2,500     $ 2,896       -13.7 %
Gross profit   $ 986     $ 1,839       -46.4 %
Gross margin     39.4 %     63.5 %     -24.1 pp  
Income (loss) from operations   $ (1,038 )   $ 277       -474.7 %
Operating profit (loss) margin     -41.5 %     9.6 %     -51.1 pp  
Net income (loss)   $ (1,183 )   $ 224       -628.1 %
Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share   $ (0.29 )   $ 0.05       -680.0 %

* pp: percentage points

  • Revenue decreased by 13.7% year-over-year to $2.50 million for the six months ended September 30, 2019 from $2.90 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The decrease in revenue is primarily attributable to the decreased revenue from technological development and operation services, partially offset by the increased revenue from online education services.
  • Gross profit decreased by 46.4% to $0.99 million for the six months ended September 30, 2019 from $1.84 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. Gross margins were 39.4% and 63.5% for the six months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The decreases in gross profit and gross margin were primarily due to the increased cost of revenue for online education services.
  • Loss from operations was $1.04 million for the six months ended September 30, 2019, compared to income from operations of $0.28 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. Operating loss margin was 41.5% for the six months ended September 30, 2019, compared to operating profit margin of 9.6% for the same period of the prior fiscal year.
  • Net loss was $1.18 million or, loss per share of $0.29 for the six months ended September 30, 2019, compared to net income of $0.22 million, or earnings per share of $0.05, for the same period of the prior fiscal year. 

Unaudited Financial Results for the Six months Ended September 30, 2019

Revenue

For the six months ended September 30, 2019, revenue decreased by $0.40 million, or 13.7%, to $2.50 million from $2.90 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The decrease in revenue is primarily attributable to the decreased revenue from technological development and operation services, partially offset by the increased revenue from online education services.

For the six months ended September 30, 2019, revenue from online education services increased by $0.50 million, or 25.6%, to $2.45 million from $1.95 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase was primarily driven by the increase of both its B2B2C and B2C revenues. The increase in B2C revenues was due to the increased sales and the utilization of pre-paid self-study cards, since the Company formed a telemarketing team to promote its B2C business starting from the late 2018. The increase in B2B2C revenues was due to the increased revenue from continuing education, and the resumed self-study examinations from Hunan Province starting from January 2019.

Revenue from technological development and operation services decreased by $0.89 million, or 94.7%, to $0.05 million for the six months ended September 30, 2019 from $0.94 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The decrease was mainly because the Company did not provide software system development services for the six months ended September 30, 2019. The Company does not plan to provide such services in the future.

Cost of revenue

Cost of revenue increased by $0.45 million, or 42.5%, to $1.51 million for the six months ended September 30, 2019 from $1.06 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase in overall cost of revenue was due to increased cost of revenue for online education services and partially offset by decreased cost of revenue for technological development and operation services.

Cost of revenue for online education services increased by $0.70 million, or 88.6%, to $1.49 million for the six months ended September 30, 2019 from $0.79 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase in cost of revenue for online education services was primarily due to the increased payroll expenses by $0.3 million, and increased collaboration fees of $0.1 million resulting from business expansion in Hubei Province. The increase in payroll expenses was primarily due to the Company developing self-use software in fiscal 2018 and it capitalized some payroll expenses, while no self-used software was developed during the six months ended September 30, 2019. Cost of revenue for technological development and operation services decreased by $0.25 million, or 98.6%, to $3,682 for the six months ended September 30, 2019 from $0.25 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The decrease was primarily because less resources were required to fulfill technical support and maintenance services than development services, and the Company only had technical support and maintenance services for the six months ended September 30, 2019.

Gross profit

Gross profit decreased by $0.85 million, or 46.2%, to $0.99 million for the six months ended September 30, 2019 from $1.84 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. As a result, gross margin decreased by 24.1 points to 39.4% for the six months ended September 30, 2019 from 63.5% for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The decrease in gross margin was primarily due to the increased cost of revenue for online education services.

Gross profit for online education services decreased by $0.22 million or 19.0% to $0.94 million for the six months ended September 30, 2019 from $1.16 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. Due to the fierce competition in distance learning market in China, there was no substantial increase in the sales price of the Company’s online education services. As a result, gross margin for online education services decreased to 38.4% for the six months ended September 30, 2019 from 59.5% for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Gross profit for technological development and operation services decreased by $0.63 million, or 92.6%, to $0.05 million for the six months ended September 30, 2019 from $0.68 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. Gross margin for technological development and operation services increased by 19.4 points to 91.9% for the six months ended September 30, 2019 from 72.5% for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Operating expenses

Selling expenses increased by $0.08 million, or 11.8%, to $0.76 million for the six months ended September 30, 2019 from $0.68 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase was mainly due to the increased effort the Company put in marketing in 2019. As a percentage of sales, selling expenses was 30.4% for the six months ended September 30, 2019, compared to 23.5% for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

General and administrative expenses increased by $0.37 million, or 42.7%, to $1.26 million for the six months ended September 30, 2019 from $0.89 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase was primarily related to the increased expenditures of new subsidiaries, increased professional fees and director expenses after the IPO in April 2019. As a percentage of sales, general and administrative expenses was 50.4% for the six months ended September 30, 2019, compared to 30.7% for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Total operating expenses increased by $0.46 million, or 29.5%, to $2.02 million for the six months ended September 30, 2019 from $1.56 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. As a percentage of sales, total operating expenses was 81.0% for the six months ended September 30, 2019, compared to 54.0% for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Income (loss) from operations

Loss from operations was $1.04 million for the six months ended September 30, 2019, compared to income from operations of $0.28 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. As a result, operating loss margin was 41.5% for the six months ended September 30, 2019, compared to operating profit margin of 9.6% for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Other income (expenses)

Total other income, including interest income, loss from investments in unconsolidated entity, net of other expenses, was $0.04 million for the six months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $0.07 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Income (loss) before income taxes

Loss before income taxes was $1.00 million for the six months ended September 30, 2019, compared to income before income taxes of $0.35 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share

Net loss was $1.18 million for the six months ended September 30, 2019, compared to net income of $0.22 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. Net loss margin was 47.2% for the six months ended September 30, 2019, compared to net profit margin of 7.6% for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

After deducting non-controlling interests, net loss attributable to the Company was $1.23 million, or loss of $0.29 basic and diluted share, for the six months ended September 30, 2019. This compared to net income of $0.14 million, or earnings of $0.05 per basic and diluted share, for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Weighted average number of shares outstanding was 4,199,336 for the six months ended September 30,2019, compared to 3,200,000 for the same period of last fiscal year. The increase of shares outstanding was the new shares issued in connection with the Company’s IPO.

Financial Condition

As of September 30, 2019, the Company had cash $9.60 million, compared to $3.93 million as of March 31, 2019. Accounts receivable was $0.72 million as of September 30, 2019, compared to $1.78 million as of March 31,2019.

Total current assets and current liabilities were $10.62 million and $3.04 million, respectively, leading to a current ratio of 3.49 as of September 30, 2019. This compared to total current assets and current liabilities of $6.84 million and $1.78 million, respectively, and current ratio of 3.84 as of March 31, 2019.

Recent Developments

On January 8, 2020, the Company announced that through its majority owned subsidiary, Nanjing Suyun Education Technology Co., Ltd., the Company entered into a 5-year service agreement to develop a customized online educational platform for Jiuzhou Polytechnic Vocational College, featuring cloud-based online courses related to vocational training required by the Ministry of Education of China, administration and student management services.

On November 21, 2019, the Company announced that it had entered into a one-year partnership agreement with Chengdu Neusoft University to develop and maintain a customized online education platform featuring online courses, self-taught examinations, and administration and student management services, etc. for Chengdu Neusoft University.

On September 19, 2019, the Company announced that it had entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Guangzhou Modern Information Engineering College to provide the administrators, staffs, teachers and students of Guangzhou Modern with its proprietary online education and training program, and to develop a customized online education system for Guangzhou Modern which includes online courses, self-study examination, administration and student management services, etc.

On April 29, 2019, the Company announced the closing of its IPO of 1,181,033 ordinary shares at a public offering price of $5.00 per share, for total gross proceeds of approximately $5.9 million before deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and other related expenses. The shares commenced trading on the NASDAQ Capital Market on April 30, 2019 under the ticker symbol “WAFU.”

About Wah Fu Education Group Limited

Headquartered in Beijing, China, Wah Fu Education Group Limited provides online training and exam preparation services, as well as related training materials and technology solutions for both institutions, such as universities and training institutions, and students. For more information about Wah Fu, please visit www.edu-edu.cn.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements that are other than statements of historical facts. When the Company uses words such as “may, “will, “intend,” “should,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “estimate” or similar expressions that do not relate solely to historical matters, it is making forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations discussed in the forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to uncertainties and risks including, but not limited to, the following: the Company’s goals and strategies; the Company’s future business development; product and service demand and acceptance; changes in technology; economic conditions; the growth of the online training industry in China and the other markets the Company serves or plans to serve; reputation and brand; the impact of competition and pricing; government regulations; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions in China and the other markets the Company serves or plans to serve and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing and other risks contained in reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). For these reasons, among others, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements in this press release. Additional factors are discussed in the Company’s filings with the SEC, which are available for review at www.sec.gov. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof.

For more information, please contact:

At the Company:
Email: ashely.ai@horwathcapital.com.cn

Investor Relations:
Tony Tian, CFA
Weitian Group LLC
Email: ttian@weitianco.com
Phone: +1-732-910-9692


WAH FU EDUCATION GROUP LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

    As of
September 30,
    As of
March 31,
 
    2019     2019  
ASSETS            
CURRENT ASSETS:            
Cash   $ 9,597,530     $ 3,927,718  
Accounts receivable, net     716,229       1,781,360  
Other receivables, net     222,353       75,213  
Loan to third parties, current     -       490,420  
Other current assets     86,527       146,058  
Deferred offering costs     -       417,100  
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS     10,622,639       6,837,869  
                 
Loan to third parties, noncurrent     560,434       89,404  
Right-of-use assets     721,995       -  
Rent deposit     72,574       -  
Property and equipment, net     771,810       868,802  
Investments in unconsolidated entities     266,256       283,113  
Deferred tax assets, net     291,073       403,466  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 13,306,781     $ 8,482,654  
                 
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                
Due to related parties   $ 280,269     $ 252,874  
Deferred revenue     1,705,947       620,332  
Operating lease liabilities, current     244,027       -  
Taxes payable     404,648       318,685  
Other payables     110,398       268,550  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities     296,391       324,510  
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES     3,041,680       1,784,951  
                 
Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent     500,006       -  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     3,541,686       1,784,951  
                 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES                
                 
EQUITY                
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 30,000,000 shares authorized; 4,381,033 and 3,200,000 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019 and March 31, 2019, respectively     43,810       32,000  
Additional paid-in capital     4,844,424       217,395  
Statutory reserve     222,180       222,180  
Retained earnings     5,196,917       6,421,944  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (769,154 )     (407,169 )
Total shareholders’ equity     9,538,177       6,486,350  
Non-controlling interest     226,918       211,353  
TOTAL EQUITY     9,765,095       6,697,703  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $ 13,306,781     $ 8,482,654  


WAH FU EDUCATION GROUP LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

    For the Six Months
Ended September 30,
 
    2019     2018  
             
REVENUE   $ 2,500,195     $ 2,896,107  
                 
COST OF REVENUE AND RELATED TAX                
Cost of revenue     1,491,384       1,041,871  
Business and sales related tax     22,509       14,867  
                 
GROSS PROFIT     986,302       1,839,369  
                 
OPERATING EXPENSES                
Selling expenses     764,179       677,224  
General and administrative expenses     1,259,784       885,560  
Total operating expenses     2,023,963       1,562,784  
                 
INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS     (1,037,661 )     276,585  
                 
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)                
Interest income     46,447       74,729  
Income (loss) from investments in unconsolidated entities     -       (186 )
Other expenses     (5,726 )     (4,471 )
Total other income, net     40,721       70,072  
                 
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAX PROVISION     (996,940 )     346,657  
                 
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES     186,434       123,089  
                 
NET INCOME (LOSS)     (1,183,374 )     223,568  
                 
Less: net income attributable to non-controlling interest     41,653       79,381  
                 
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO WAH FU EDUCATION GROUP LIMITED   $ (1,225,027 )   $ 144,187  
                 
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)                
Net income (loss)     (1,183,374 )     223,568  
Other comprehensive loss: foreign currency translation loss     (388,073 )     (708,281 )
Total comprehensive loss     (1,571,447 )     (484,713 )
Less: Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest     (26,088 )     94,629  
                 
COMPREHENSIVE LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO WAH FU EDUCATION GROUP LIMITED   $ (1,545,359 )   $ (579,342 )
                 
Earnings (loss) per common share - basic and diluted   $ (0.29 )   $ 0.05  
Weighted average shares - basic and diluted     4,199,336       3,200,000  


WAH FU EDUCATION GROUP LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATION STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

    Ordinary Shares     Additional
Paid-in
    Statutory     Retained     Accumulated Other Comprehensive     Shareholders’     Non-controlling     Total  
       Shares     Amount     Capital     Reserves     Earnings     Income (Loss)     Equity     Interest     Equity  
                                                       
Balance at March 31, 2019     3,200,000     $ 32,000     $ 217,395     $ 222,180     $ 6,421,944     $ (407,169 )   $ 6,486,350     $ 211,353     $ 6,697,703  
                                                                         
Common stock issued net of stock issuance costs of $1,266,326     1,181,033       11,810       4,627,029                       -       4,638,839               4,638,839  
Net income (loss)     -       -       -       -       (1,225,027 )     -       (1,225,027 )     41,653       (1,183,374 )
Foreign currency translation adjustment     -       -       -               -       (361,985 )     (361,985 )     (26,088 )     (388,073 )
                                                                         
Balance at September 30, 2019     4,381,033     $ 43,810     $ 4,844,424     $ 222,180     $ 5,196,917     $ (769,154 )   $ 9,538,177     $ 226,918     $ 9,765,095  
                                                                         
Balance at March 31, 2018     3,200,000     $ 32,000     $ 217,395     $ 217,001     $ 7,373,306     $ 116,015     $ 7,955,717     $ 217,596     $ 8,173,313  
Capital contribution     -       -       -       -       -       -       -       10,976       10,976  
Net income     -       -       -       -       144,187       -       144,187       79,381       223,568  
Foreign currency translation adjustment     -       -       -       -       -       (723,529 )     (723,529 )     15,248       (708,281 )
                                                                         
Balance at September 30, 2018     3,200,000     $ 32,000     $ 217,395     $ 217,001     $ 7,517,493     $ (607,514 )   $ 7,376,375     $ 323,201     $ 7,699,576  


WAH FU EDUCATION GROUP LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

    For the six months
ended, September 30
 
    2019     2018  
Cash flows from operating activities:            
Net Income (loss)   $ (1,183,374 )   $ 223,568  
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:                
Depreciation and amortization     113,767       58,033  
Non-cash lease expense     78,861       -  
Loss from disposal of property and equipment     88       2,547  
Provision for doubtful accounts     59,242       8,594  
Provision for investments in unconsolidated entities     -       186  
Interest income from loan to third parties     (15,610 )     (12,837 )
Deferred tax benefit     91,148       (2,882 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable, net     929,249       (391,342 )
Other receivable, net     (155,658 )     (55,080 )
Other current assets     67,131       (345,630 )
Rent deposit     (74,856 )     -  
Deferred revenue     1,157,842       112,781  
Taxes payable     108,238       35,773  
Operating lease liabilities     (56,131 )     -  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities     13,928       30,904  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities     1,133,865       (335,385 )
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Purchase of property and equipment     (63,111 )     (59,910 )
Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment     -       65  
Payment made on capitalized software development costs     -       (220,273 )
Proceeds from loans to third parties     -       455,063  
Payments made for loans to third parties     -       (91,013 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities     (63,111 )     83,932  
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Changes in due to related parties     26,040       2,742  
Net proceeds from initial public offering (“IPO”)     4,866,512       -  
Capital contribution by shareholders of non-controlling interest     -       10,976  
Net cash provided by financing activities     4,892,552       13,718  
                 
Effect of exchange rate fluctuation on cash     (293,494 )     (394,129 )
                 
Net increase (decrease) in cash     5,669,812       (631,864 )
Cash at beginning of the period     3,927,718       4,722,955  
Cash at end of the period   $ 9,597,530     $ 4,091,091  
                 
Supplemental cash flow information                
Cash paid for income taxes   $ 11,228     $ 94,527  
                 
Non-cash financing activities                
Right of use assets obtained in exchange for operating lease obligations   $ 823,554     $ -  
Deferred offering cost netted with proceeds from IPO   $ 227,673     $ -  
Payable for capitalized software development costs   $ -     $ 34,744