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500.com Limited Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

2014-11-20 20:13 2041

SHENZHEN, China, November 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 500.com Limited (NYSE: WBAI) ("500.com" or the "Company"), a leading online sports lottery service provider in China, today reported its unaudited financial results for the third quarter of 2014.

Third Quarter 2014 Highlights

  • Total purchase amount was RMB2,244.6 million (US$365.7 million), representing a 7.2% increase from the second quarter of 2014 and a 205.1% increase from the third quarter of 2013.
  • Net revenues were RMB187.6 million (US$30.6 million), representing a 20.2% increase from the second quarter of 2014 and a 171.1% increase from the third quarter of 2013.
  • Operating profit was RMB39.3 million (US$6.4 million), representing a 33.9% decrease from the second quarter of 2014 and a 122.0% increase from the third quarter of 2013.
  • Non-GAAP operating profit was RMB79.3 million (US$12.9 million), representing a 17.8% increase from the second quarter of 2014 and a 333.3% increase from the third quarter of 2013.
  • Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB39.6 million (US$6.5 million),representing a 47.5% decrease from the second quarter of 2014 and a 216.8% increase from the third quarter of 2013.
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders excluding share-based compensation expenses was RMB79.6 million (US$13.0 million), representing a 4.3% decrease from the second quarter of 2014 and a 485.3% increase from the third quarter of 2013.
  • Basic and diluted earnings per ADS1 attributable to ordinary shareholders were US$0.19 and US$0.18, respectively.
  • Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders excluding share-based compensation expenses were US$0.37 and US$0.36, respectively.
  • Number of active users was approximately 3,500,000 during the third quarter of 2014, representing a 38.3% increase from the second quarter of 2014.

"I am pleased to report another solid quarter of growth as our business continues to gain momentum," commented Mr. Man San Law, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 500.com. "Total purchase amount reached a new record high of US$365.7 million, a 205.1% increase from the same period last year. We are seeing a very real and rapid shift towards mobile as mobile traffic increase at a faster pace than PC traffic. While active users of our mobile app increased only slightly sequentially, they now account for almost half of the total purchase amount, a 74.8% increase from last quarter. With traction for our mobile products increasing rapidly, we will continue to invest in their redesign, service development and marketing as we work to create a great user experience. We are confident that our mobile strategy and its enhanced services will strengthen our position as China's leading online sports lottery service and generate sustainable, long-term revenue."


1

American Depositary Shares, which are traded on the NYSE. Each ADS represents ten Class A ordinary shares of the Company.

Third Quarter 2014 Operational Results

Active Users

Active users increased by 38.3% to approximately 3,500,000 during the third quarter of 2014 from 2,530,000 in the second quarter of 2014.

Active New Users2

The Company had a total of 3,233,000 active new users during the quarter, an increase of 49.7% from 2,160,000 active new users during the second quarter of 2014. Active new users accounted for RMB1,371.1 million (US$223.4 million) of the Company's total purchase amount during the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 11.6% from RMB1,228.3 million during the second quarter of 2014.

Active Users - Platforms

z PC

The Company had a total of 1,014,000 active PC users during the quarter, a decrease of 5.0% from 1,067,000 active PC users during the second quarter of 2014. Active PC users accounted for RMB 1,173.7 million(US$191.2 million), or 52.3% of the Company's total purchase amount during the third quarter of 2014, a decrease of 14.6% from RMB1,374.9 million during the second quarter of 2014.

z Mobile App

The Company had a total of 736,000 active mobile app users during the quarter, an increase of 3.7% from 710,000 active mobile app users during the second quarter of 2014. Active mobile app users accounted for RMB862.4 million (US$140.5 million), or 38.4% of the Company's total purchase amount during the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 74.8% from RMB493.4 million during the second quarter of 2014.

z Mobile Website

The Company had a total of 2,485,000 active mobile website users during the quarter, an increase of 68.5% from 1,475,000 active mobile website users during the second quarter of 2014. Active mobile website users accounted for RMB208.5 million (US$34.0 million), or 9.3% of the Company's total purchase amount during the third quarter of 2014, a decrease of 7.3% from RMB224.9 million during the second quarter of 2014.

2

Active new user is defined as a user who made their first purchase during the current year.

Active Users - Direct and Third Party Channels

z Direct Active Users

The Company had a total of 1,091,000 direct active users during the quarter, an increase of 41.9% from 769,000 direct active users during the second quarter of 2014. Direct active users accounted for RMB2,034.6 million (US$331.5 million) of the Company's total purchase amount during the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 11.1% from RMB1,831.1 million during the second quarter of 2014.

z Third Party Channels

The Company had a total of 2,409,000 third party channel active users during the quarter, an increase of 36.8% from 1,761,000 third party channel active users during the second quarter of 2014. Third party channel active users accounted for RMB210.0 million (US$34.2 million) of the Company's total purchase amount during the third quarter of 2014, a decrease of 19.9% from RMB262.1 million during the second quarter of 2014.

Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues were RMB187.6 million (US$30.6 million), representing an increase of 171.1% from RMB69.2 million during the third quarter of 2013 and an increase of 20.2% from RMB156.1 million during the second quarter of 2014.

Total purchase amount was RMB2,244.6 million(US$365.7 million), an increase of 205.1% from RMB735.6 million during the third quarter of 2013 and an increase of 7.2% from RMB2,093.2 million during the second quarter of 2014. The significant increase over the third quarter of 2013 was partially due to the 2014 FIFA World Cup which helped drive an increase in purchases of sports lottery products on related soccer matches.

Total service fees received from provincial sports lottery administration centers were RMB226.1 million (US$36.8 million), representing an increase of 175.4% from RMB82.1 million during the third quarter of 2013 and an increase of 2.2% from RMB221.2 million during the second quarter of 2014. The increase was approximately in-line with the increase in total purchase amount, and was partially offset by the added-value tax which replaced the business tax starting on June 1, 2014.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were RMB149.6 million (US$24.4 million), representing an increase of 178.1% from RMB53.8 million in the third quarter of 2013 and an increase of 50.5% from RMB99.4 million during the second quarter of 2014.

Cost of services were RMB16.5 million (US$2.7 million), representing an increase of 120.0% from RMB7.5 million during the third quarter of 2013 and 17.0% from RMB14.1 million during the second quarter of 2014. The year-over-year increase was mainly a result of the increase in the total purchase amount. Cost of services represented 8.8% of net revenues, compared with 10.8% in the third quarter of 2013 and 9.0% in the second quarter of 2014.

Sales and marketing expenses were RMB58.8 million (US$9.6 million), representing an increase of 138.1% from RMB24.7 million during the third quarter of 2013 and an increase of 16.7% from RMB50.4 million during the second quarter of 2014. Sales and marketing expenses represented 31.3% of net revenues, compared with 35.7% in the third quarter of 2013 and 32.3% in the second quarter of 2014. The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter decreases in sales and marketing expenses as a percentage of net revenues were mainly due to the high sales and marketing expenses incurred in promoting the Company's business in the third quarter of 2013 and during second quarter of the FIFA World Cup.

General and administrative expenses were RMB52.5 million (US$8.6 million), representing an increase of 250.0% from RMB15.0 million during the third quarter of 2013 and an increase of 101.1% from RMB26.1 million during the second quarter of 2014. Both the year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter increases were mainly a result of the increase in share-based compensation expenses associated with the share options granted to the Company's employees during the fourth quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2014. General and administrative expenses represented 28.0% of net revenues, compared with 21.7% in the third quarter of 2013 and 16.7% in the second quarter of 2014. The increase in general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net revenues was mainly due to the increase in share-based compensation expenses associated with share options that were granted to the Company's employees on June 19, 2014.

Service development expenses were RMB18.5 million (US$3.0 million), representing an increase of 176.1% from RMB6.7 million during the third quarter of 2013 and an increase of 110.2% from RMB8.8 million during the second quarter of 2014. The increase were mainly due to an increase in the bonus accrued for employees and the share-based compensation expenses associated with share options that were granted to the Company's employees in the Company's research and development departments. Service development expenses represented 9.9% of net revenues, compared with 9.7% in the third quarter of 2013 and 5.6% in the second quarter of 2014.

Operating Profit

Operating profit was RMB39.3 million (US$6.4 million), representing an increase of 122.0% from RMB17.7 million during the third quarter of 2013 and a decrease of 33.9% from RMB59.5 million during the second quarter of 2014.

Non-GAAP operating profit excluding share-based compensation expenses was RMB79.3 million (US$12.9 million), representing an increase of 333.3% from RMB18.3 million during the third quarter of 2013 and an 17.8% increase from RMB67.3 million in the second quarter of 2014.

Operating profit as a percentage of net revenue was 20.9% for the third quarter of 2014, compared 25.6% during the third quarter of 2013, and 38.1% in the second quarter of 2014. Operating profit as a percentage of total service fees was 17.4%.

Non-GAAP operating profit as a percentage of net revenue was 42.3% for the third quarter of 2014, compared to 26.4% during the third quarter of 2013, and 43.1% in the second quarter of 2014. Non-GAAP operating profit as a percentage of total service fees was 35.1%.

Net Income

Net income was RMB39.6 million (US$6.5 million), compared with a net income of RMB12.5 million during the third quarter of 2013 and RMB75.4 million during the second quarter of 2014. The sequential decrease was mainly due to (i) share-based compensation expenses in the amount of RMB40.0 million associated with the share options granted to the Company's employees on June 19, 2014; and (ii) in the second quarter of 2014, a one-off reversal of corporate income tax accrued in 2013 fiscal year in the amount of RMB6.1 million, due to the reduction of the Company's applicable tax rate to 10% as a result of the Company being designated as a "national key software enterprise" for the year 2013 and 2014 by the competent government authorities".

Non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders excluding share-based compensation expenses was RMB79.6 million (US$13.0 million), a decrease of 4.3% sequentially.

Basic and Diluted Earnings per ADS

Basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders were US$0.19 and US$0.18, respectively.

Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses were US$0.37 and US$0.36.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

As of September 30, 2014, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB505.5 million (US$82.4 million), restricted cash3 of RMB16.2 million (US$2.6 million) and time deposits4 of RMB411.3 million (US$67.0 million) compared with cash and cash equivalents of RMB439.3 million, restricted cash of RMB15.6 million and time deposits of RMB260.6 million as of June 30, 2014.

Account Receivables

As of September 30, 2014, the Company had account receivables of RMB66.4 million (US$10.8 million), compared with RMB118.4 million as of June 30, 2014.

Prepayments and Other Current Assets

As of September 30, 2014, the balance of prepayment and other current assets was RMB139.2 million (US$22.7 million), compared with RMB231.0 million as of June 30, 2014. The current period end balance mainly included: i) RMB98.5 million (US$16.0 million) of prepayments deposited with lottery administration centers for future lottery ticket purchases; ii) RMB21.8 million (US$3.6 million) of receivables from third party payment service providers; iii) RMB3.4 million (US$0.6 million) of receivables from lottery administration centers for winnings; and iv) RMB15.5 million (US$2.5 million) of the current portion of deferred expenses and others.

Business Outlook

For the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company expects the total purchase amount to be between RMB1,650.0 million (US$268.8 million) and RMB1,750.0 million (US$285.1 million), representing a sequential decrease of 16.4% - 21.2% and a year-over-year increase of 54.1% - 63.4%. These estimates reflect the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to possible material changes.

3

Restricted cash represents government grants received but pending final clearance.

4

Time deposits represent six-month fixed-interest deposits with commercial banks.

Conference Call

500.com's management will host an earnings conference call on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time (9:00 p.m. Beijing / Hong Kong the same day).

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

International:

+1-412-902-4272

U.S. Toll Free:

+1-888-346-8982

Hong Kong:

800-905945

China:

4001-201203

Passcode:

WBAI

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

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call through 12:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time, November 28, 2014. The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:

International:

+1-412-317-0088

U.S. Toll Free:

+1-877-344-7529

Passcode:

10055965

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of 500.com's website at http://www.500.com.

Currency Convenience Translation

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 were made at the exchange rate of RMB6.1380 to US$1.00, as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board on Sep 30, 2014.

About 500.com Limited

500.com Limited (NYSE:WBAI) is a leading online sports lottery service provider in China. The Company offers a comprehensive and integrated suite of online lottery services, information, user tools and virtual community venues to its users. 500.com was among the third companies to provide online lottery services in China, and is one of two entities that have been approved by the Ministry of Finance to provide online lottery sales services on behalf of the China Sports Lottery Administration Center, which is the government authority that is in charge of the issuance and sale of sports lottery products in China. According to iResearch, the Company had the largest market share among online lottery service providers for the third six months of 2013, in terms of the total purchase amount of sports lottery products.

Safe Harbor Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "target," "going forward," "outlook" and similar statements. Such statements are based upon management's current expectations and current market and operating conditions, and relate to events that involve known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control, which may cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under law.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company's financial results presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company uses non-GAAP financial measures, which are adjusted from results based on U.S. GAAP to exclude share-based compensation expenses and deferred tax expense/benefit relating to outside basis differences in our consolidated affiliated entities. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to U.S. GAAP financial measures are set forth in table at the end of this release, which provide more details on the non-GAAP financial measures.

Non-GAAP financial information is provided as additional information to help investors compare business trends among different reporting periods on a consistent basis and to enhance investors' overall understanding of the historical and current financial performance of the Company's continuing operations and prospects for the future. Non-GAAP financial information should not be considered a substitute for or superior to U.S. GAAP results. In addition, calculations of this non-GAAP financial information may be different from calculations used by other companies, and therefore comparability may be limited.

For more information, please contact:

500.com Limited
ir@500wan.com

Christensen

In China
Mr. Christian Arnell
Phone: +86-10-5900-1548
E-mail: carnell@christensenir.com

In US
Ms. Linda Bergkamp
Phone: +1-480-614-3004
Email: lbergkamp@ChristensenIR.com

500.com Limited

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi ("RMB") and U.S. dollars ("US$"), except for number of shares)








As of


December 31,
2013


September 30,
2014


September 30,
2014


RMB


RMB


US$


Audited


Unaudited


Unaudited

ASSETS






Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

544,318


505,528


82,360

Restricted cash

71,662


16,206


2,640

Time deposits

121,085


411,300


67,009

Accounts receivable

62,522


66,386


10,816

Prepayments and other current assets

94,273


139,207


22,680

Deferred tax assets, current portion

16,016


36,583


5,960

Total current assets

909,876


1,175,210


191,465







Non-current assets:






Property and equipment, net

36,213


39,577


6,448

Intangible assets, net

3,377


3,859


629

Deposits

5,939


8,369


1,362

Long-term investment

-


6,037


984

Deferred tax assets, non-current

157


157


26

Other non-current assets

2,738


346


56

Total non-current assets

48,424


58,345


9,505







TOTAL ASSETS

958,300


1,233,555


200,970







LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current liabilities:






Short term loans

12,802


-


-

Accrued payroll and welfare payable

13,012


11,671


1,901

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

88,246


114,934


18,725

Income tax payable

4,507


23,833


3,883

Total current liabilities

118,567


150,438


24,509







Non-current liabilities:






Long-term payables

30,313


24,687


4,022

Total non-current liabilities

30,313


24,687


4,022







Total liabilities

148,880


175,125


28,531







Shareholders' Equity:






Class A ordinary shares, par value US$0.00005 per share, 700,000,000 shares authorized
as of December 31, 2013 and September 30, 2014; 66,539,000 and 248,760,722 shares
issued as of December 31, 2013 and September 30, 2014, respectively

20


85


14

Class B ordinary shares, par value US$0.00005 per share; 300,000,000 shares authorized
as of December 31, 2013 and September 30, 2014; 262,197,451 and 101,784,849 shares
issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2013 and September 30, 2014, respectively

94


36


6

Additional paid-in capital

967,233


1,067,665


173,943

Accumulated other comprehensive income

10,492


16,555


2,697

Accumulated deficit

(168,419)


(25,911)


(4,221)

Total shareholders' equity

809,420


1,058,430


172,439







TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

958,300


1,233,555


200,970

500.com Limited

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi ("RMB") and U.S. dollars ("US$"),

except for number of shares, per share (or ADS) data)










Three Months Ended


September 30,
2013


June 30,
2014


September 30,
2014


September 30,
2014


RMB


RMB


RMB


US$


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited

Net Revenues

69,237


156,137


187,565


30,558

Operating expenses:








Cost of services

(7,496)


(14,126)


(16,507)


(2,689)

Sales and marketing

(24,667)


(50,389)


(58,837)


(9,586)

General and administrative

(14,985)


(26,053)


(52,475)


(8,549)

Service development expenses

(6,690)


(8,790)


(18,502)


(3,014)

Write-off of deferred offering expenses

-


-


(3,241)


(528)

Total operating expenses

(53,838)


(99,358)


(149,562)


(24,367)

Other operating income

2,577


3,292


3,332


543

Government grant

47


157


355


58

Other operating expense

(275)


(748)


(2,377)


(387)

Operating profit

17,748


59,480


39,313


6,405

Interest income

71


5,033


3,593


585

Interest expense

(278)


(120)


(6)


(1)

Income before income tax

17,541


64,393


42,900


6,989

Income tax benefit (expense)

(5,061)


11,010


(3,316)


(540)

Net income

12,480


75,403


39,584


6,449

Other Comprehensive Income (loss), net of tax








Foreign currency translation gain (loss)

1,218


(1,111)


(5,806)


(946)

Comprehensive Income

13,698


74,292


33,778


5,503

Earnings per share for Class A and Class B ordinary shares:








Basic

0.05


0.23


0.11


0.02

Diluted

0.05


0.21


0.11


0.02

Earnings per ADS*








Basic

-


2.28


1.14


0.19

Diluted

-


2.08


1.10


0.18

Weighted average number of Class A and Class B ordinary
shares outstanding:








Basic

228,768,220


331,116,713


348,338,793


348,338,793

Diluted

247,658,970


361,789,103


359,039,133


359,039,133









* American Depositary Shares, which are traded on the NYSE. Each ADS represents ten Class A ordinary shares of the Company.

500.com Limited

Reconciliation of non-GAAP results of operations measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures

(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi ("RMB") and U.S. dollars ("US$"),

except for number of shares, per share (or ADS) data)










Three Months Ended


Sep 30, 2013


June 30, 2014


Sep 30, 2014


Sep 30, 2014


RMB


RMB


RMB


US$


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited

Operating profit

17,748


59,480


39,313


6,405

Adjustment for share-based compensation expenses

519


7,790


39,971


6,512

Adjusted operating profit (non-GAAP)

18,267


67,270


79,284


12,917

Net income

12,480


75,403


39,584


6,449

Adjustment for deferred tax expense relating to outside basis
differences

599


-


-


-

Adjustment for share-based compensation expenses

519


7,790


39,971


6,512

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)

13,598


83,193


79,555


12,961









Earnings per share for Class A and Class B ordinary shares (non-GAAP)








Basic

0.06


0.25


0.23


0.04

Diluted

0.05


0.23


0.22


0.04

Earnings per ADS* (non-GAAP)








Basic

-


2.51


2.28


0.37

Diluted

-


2.30


2.22


0.36









* American Depositary Shares, which are traded on the NYSE. Each ADS represents ten Class A ordinary shares of the Company.

Source: 500.com Limited
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