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Digital China Announces 3Q Results for FY2010/11

Digital China Holdings Limited
2011-02-22 19:15 1024

Well Prepared For Implementation of Sm@rt City Strategy


HONG KONG, Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Digital China Holdings Limited ("Digital China" or the "Group"; Stock Code: 00861.HK), China's leading integrated IT service provider, today announced its results for the nine months ended 31 December 2010. ( "Period" )

Highlights:

For the nine months ended 31 December 2010:

  • Turnover was HK$42,382 million, up 12.04% over the corresponding period in FY09/10
  • Operating profit was HK$818 million, an increase of 90.12% over the corresponding period in FY09/10
  • Profit attributable to the equity holders of the parent was HK$829 million, a 22.53% growth from the corresponding period in FY09/10
The Group achieved outstanding results in the first nine months ended 31 December 2010. Profit attributable to the equity holders of the parent for the first three quarters exceeded the annual figure of the previous financial year. Turnover for the third quarter reached HK$14,823 million, a record high of the Group's quarterly turnover. Profitability of its all major businesses grew significantly during the Period, with overall profit margin climbed to 6.82%, a 0.38 percentage point increase when compared to 6.44% for the corresponding period in the previous financial year. Sm@rt City projects were quickly deployed throughout the nation in line with our forward-looking strategic planning and the Group had established a strong presence in 51 cities. Following the successful launch of "Citizen Cards" in four cities, namely Yangzhou, Wuxi, Zhangjiagang and Zhenjiang, it made another successful move by launching the "Cloud-Based Platform for Smart Cards and related Demo Project" in Chancheng District, Foshan City, Guangdong. Moreover, it entered into Sm@rt City strategic cooperation agreements with Hainan, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Zhengzhou and Wuhan.

Mr. Guo Wei, Chairman and CEO of Digital China, commented, "Digital China has made its presence in the international capital market for ten years. During the period, we embraced the vision of promoting digitalization in China and strode out towards this goal. In this financial year, we continued transformation towards IT-serivce and captured market opportunities to implement Sm@rt City strategy in the Chinese cities. We strengthened our leadership in the market, with our business value and profitability continued to improve. During the Period, our various performance indicators outperformed management's expectations and were highly acclaimed by international investors. The Group was named Forbes Asia Fab 50 for the second consecutive year."

Financial Review

The Group recorded turnover of HK$42,382 million for the nine months ended 31 December 2010, an increase of 12.04% from HK$37,826 million for the corresponding period of last financial year. This growth rate was significantly higher than the average of China's IT market. During the Period, operating profit jumped 90.12% to HK$818 million from the corresponding period of last financial year. Profit attributable to shareholders of the parent amounted to HK$829 million, representing a 22.53% growth from HK$677 million for the corresponding period of last financial year. Basic earnings per share grew 16.74% year-on-year to 80.42 HK cents.

The Group made continuing efforts in proactive risk control and cash flow management. Cash flow from operations reached HK$1,075 million, ensuring healthy and stable growth of the Group's business. The Group continued to claim leadership among its peers in terms of cash turnover, as the cash turnover cycle of 14.86 days for the nine months was shortened by 1.93 days as compared to the corresponding period of last financial year, and meanwhile, it was reported a cash turnover cycle of 13.09 days for the third quarter of the current financial year, which was among the best benchmarking for the industry.

Segment Results


 

For the nine months ended
31 December

 

 

 

(HK$ million)

 

2010

 

2009

 

Change (%) YoY

 

 

Distribution Business

 

 

 

 

 

Turnover

 

20,256

 

17,034

 

18.91

 

 

Gross profit

 

881

 

727

 

21.11

 

 

Segment Results

 

284

 

188

 

51.46

 

 

Systems Business*

 

 

 

 

 

Turnover

 

10,573

 

9,794

 

7.96

 

 

Gross profit

 

1,008

 

894

 

12.73

 

 

Segment Results

 

425

 

283

 

50.10

 

 

Supply Chain Services Business

 

 

 

 

 

Turnover

 

7,226

 

6,650

 

8.66

 

 

Gross profit

 

284

 

225

 

26.34

 

 

Segment Results

 

75

 

61

 

22.31

 

 

Services Business*

 

 

 

 

 

Turnover

 

4,327

 

4,348

 

-0.48

 

 

Gross profit

 

719

 

589

 

22.03

 

 

Segment Results

 

257

 

221

 

16.27

 

 

* Restated(2009): During the current year, the Group carried out an organisational restructuring by incorporating the Teleco Accounts Team of the Systems Business into the Information Technology Services Group with an aim of strengthening the service transformation and centralising the management of businesses, and targeting at the telecommunications industry's customers. Moreover, during the current year, upon the consideration of the more well-prepared transformation, the Group reclassified the results of this business unit from the "Systems" segment into the "Services" segment and restated the related results of the previous financial year in order to provide a more appropriate presentation for the operating segment information.

 

 
 
 

 

 
Business Review

Services Business (with a primary focus on Industry Market)

During the Period, turnover from the Group's Services Business amounted to HK$4,327 million. In terms of the Services Business, the Group has been focusing on value enhancement for customers with a special emphasis on software and services. During the nine months ended 31 December 2010, the Group's software and servicing capabilities continued to improve as the overall gross profit margin of the Services Business reached 16.62%, representing a substantial growth over 13.55% for the corresponding period of last financial year. In particular, gross profit margin for the third quarter of the current financial year reached 19.87%, which was significantly higher than 14.37% for the corresponding period of last financial year, underpinning breakthroughs in profitability.

The value of service contracts signed increased by 57% as compared to the corresponding period of last financial year, as the Group accelerated with business transformation in full swing to underpin significant improvements in the overall profitability of the Services Business. The brand influence of the Group's proprietary service continued to increase, as it received numerous awards and honors in recognition of its expertise in industry application solutions and service products and its ability to deliver standardized and efficient services. Digital China has been involved in the formulation of national IT service standards after being designated as Deputy Chief of the Working Group and the Head of the Supporting Team by the "Working Group on Standardization of China's IT services" under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in 2009. In this connection, the "White Paper on IT Services Standards (First Edition)" was officially published on 28 October 2010. Meanwhile, the Group received the "China's No.1 Influential IT Services Brand- Huazun Award" in the "Huazun Award – Annual Ranking in Large-scale Chinese Iconic Industrial Brands" jointly organized by Economy Magazine, China Business Times, Economic Newspaper and Magazine Association and the China Economy Innovation and Development League in November 2010, signifying another important recognition of the Group's leadership in IT services by industry peers and clients.

Currently, preparations for the "Sm@rt City" Project were expanded into 51 cities throughout the nation. Following the launching of "Citizen Cards" in four cities, namely Yangzhou, Wuxi, Zhangjiagang and Zhenjiang, the Group made another successful move by launching the "Cloud-Based Platform for Smart Cards and related Demo Project" in Chancheng District, Foshan City, Guangdong during the third quarter of the current financial year. The undertaking and delivery of this project will give a significant boost to the technological levels of Digital China's citizen card solutions and provide more possibilities for the business model of the citizen card service. Meanwhile, with the successful establishment of strategic cooperation agreements with Hainan , Shenzhen, Nanjing, Zhengzhou and Wuhan, the Group has become an increasingly influential player in the market as China's leading expert in Sm@rt City, on the back of a forward-looking theoretical structure and a larger portfolio of successful cases than anyone else.

In the financial sector, we maintained our leading edge in the core system building for domestic banks as we won the tender for the new generation of "core business system" of Qinhuangdao City Commercial Bank during the third quarter of the current financial year. We also signed up for our first IT Operation Outsourcing Service Project with a regional bank, marking another important progress in the regional banking market following our projects with Qilu Bank, Jinshang Bank and Bank of Chengdu and laying a solid foundation for future outsourcing services with other city commercial banks. In the telecommunications sector, the Group were awarded BOSS and CRM projects of a provincial branch of China Mobile during the third quarter of the current financial year, despite cutbacks in telecommunications carriers' investments in overall construction and deferred procurement for certain projects. As the 3G-user bases of the telecommunications carriers continue to expand with ongoing improvements in network building, abundant opportunities for core business systems and value-added operation and maintenance services will be in the pipeline. In the taxation sector, the Group made further inroads in Shenzhen and the South China market as a whole after its official takeover of the Shenzhen Local Taxation Collection and Administration Core System Project, a sub-provincial city that generates tax income of over RMB100 billion and ranks third in China in terms of local tax income. Following the local tax project of Hainan Province, and being the second local taxation collection and administration core system at sub-provincial level taken over by the Group, this project is set to bolster its regional development and market penetration in the taxation sector.

Supply Chain Services Business (with a primary focus on the High-tech Industries Market)

The Group's Supply Chain Services Business continued to enjoy strong momentum for growth subsequent to the exceptionally rapid growth recorded for the corresponding period of last financial year. During the nine months ended 31 December 2010, turnover of the Group's Supply Chain Services Business amounted to HK$7,226 million, representing a 8.66% growth over the corresponding period of last financial year. Meanwhile, the overall profitability of the Supply Chain Services Business was effectively boosted by ongoing optimization of its business structure, as evidenced by its gross profit margin of 3.94%, a significant improvement of 0.55 percentage points compared to 3.39% for the corresponding period of last financial year.

Turnover from the Chain Electronic Stores (CES) business grew significantly by 54.94% as compared to the corresponding period of last financial year, as we continued to enhance its cooperation with the stores, with special emphasis on regional players. As a value-added service for the supply chain, the Maintenance Service Business sustained rapid expansion with revenue from maintenance services growing approximately 30% over the corresponding period of last financial year. Over 290,000 maintenance orders were received for the period, with a 88% growth over the corresponding period of last financial year. For the Group's third-party logistics business, it continued to enhance inherent capabilities and develop new customers. For the nine months ended 31 December 2010, turnover grew by 53.52% as compared to the corresponding period of last financial year.

Systems Business (with a primary focus on Enterprise Market)

For the six months ended 30 September 2010, turnover from Systems Business increased 7.96% year-on-year to HK$10,573 million. Turnover from network products were driven by market demand to grow by 22.60% over the corresponding period of last financial year. The Group continued to optimize the regional distribution of its Systems Business in active response to market and customer changes. While pursuing steady development of the storage business, we were also actively engaged in new customer development with a view to sustaining high growth. During the nine months ended 31 December 2010, our regional customer business grew by 34.23% in comparison with the corresponding period of last financial year, fortifying our market leadership while positioning us to capture any market opportunities.

Distribution Business (with a primary focus on SMB & Consumer Markets)

The distribution business recorded approximately HK$20,256 million for the nine months ended 31 December 2010, an increase of 18.91% from the same period last year, higher than the average rate of growth among the peers. The gross margin is 4.35%, which is higher than the 4.27% for the previous fiscal year. The total number of Digital China "@PORT" franchise retail outlets is 597, increased by 43.86% from last year, when the number of the outlets was 415. The expansion objective is achieved one quarter ahead of the planned schedule, laying a solid foundation to enhance the market position and competitive edge of the distribution business. The two major segments of the distribution business, IT products and PC servers, increased by 39.99% and 31.83%, respectively, effectively drove an overall higher increase in the distribution business as compared to other industry players.  

Outlook

Mr. Guo Wei, Chairman and CEO of Digital China, commented, "According to China's 12th Five Year Plan, the nation will continue to advance its urbanization process, which will become a major driving force for the economic growth. The informatization is indispensable and supportive to the development of modern cities, in which Digital China will play a vital role. The construction and expansion of the Sm@rt City will contintue to be the Group's strategic focus and major driving force for the business growth. We believe that the effective management, continuous commitment to service-oriented business and strategic focus to construct Sm@rt City will help us achieve our our business objectives for the full fiscal year and create greater value for our shareholders."

About Digital China

Digital China Holdings Limited ("Digital China" or the "Group"; Stock Code:00861.HK) is the largest integrated IT service provider in the Greater China area. Digital China has regional centers in 19 major cities nationwide with approximately 11,000 employees. The Group provides customers with comprehensive IT products and services, driving technological innovations for work and life and enhancing the digitalization process in China with four core businesses: IT Services, Enterprise Systems, IT Products Distribution and Supply Chain Services. The Group has maintained its No.1 position in IT product distribution while it has increasingly focused on expanding into IT services and is one of the top 5 IT services providers across various sectors in China including telecommunications, finance and government, providing self-developed and proprietary products that are customized for specific industry needs. For additional information about Digital China, please visit the Company's website at www.digitalchina.com.hk.

For investor and media inquiries:

Wycee Liu

Digital China Holdings Limited

Tel852-3416-8089

Emailliuyqa@digitalchina.com


Judie Zhu

Digital China Holdings Limited

Tel852-3416-8090

Emailzhusja@digitalchina.com

 

Henry Chik

PRChina

Tel: 852-2522-1368

Email: hchik@prchina.com.hk


Eric Song

PRChina

Tel: 852-2522-1838

Email: esong@prchina.com.hk

 

 

Lily Lai

Digital China Holdings Limited

Tel852-3416-8133

Emaillilylai@hk.digitalchina.com

 

Peggy Yuan

PRChina

Tel: 852-2522-2823

Email: pyuan@prchina.com.hk

 

 

 

 



CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT


 

 

 

 

Three months ended

31 December
2010

 

 

Nine months ended

31 December
2010

 

 

Three months ended

31 December
2009

 

 

Nine months ended

31 December
2009

 

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

HK$'000

 

 

HK$'000

 

 

HK$'000

 

 

HK$'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REVENUE

 

 

14,822,670

 

 

42,382,425

 

 

13,362,388

 

 

37,826,336

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

 

(13,698,089)

 

 

(39,490,379)

 

 

(12,453,924)

 

 

(35,390,757)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

 

1,124,581

 

 

2,892,046

 

 

908,464

 

 

2,435,579

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income and gains

 

 

191,250

 

 

458,272

 

 

226,915

 

 

468,755

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling and distribution costs

 

 

(625,016)

 

 

(1,577,117)

 

 

(455,433)

 

 

(1,327,519)

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

 

(92,513)

 

 

(284,828)

 

 

(84,143)

 

 

(260,182)

 

 

Other operating expenses, net

 

 

(124,156)

 

 

(290,148)

 

 

(153,369)

 

 

(326,169)

 

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

(841,685)

 

 

(2,152,093)

 

 

(692,945)

 

 

(1,913,870)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance costs

 

 

(59,508)

 

 

(150,316)

 

 

(36,821)

 

 

(92,556)

 

 

Share of profits and losses of:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jointly-controlled entities

 

 

1,498

 

 

2,893

 

 

26

 

 

2,076

 

 

Associates

 

 

8,665

 

 

21,026

 

 

928

 

 

(313)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROFIT BEFORE TAX

 

 

424,801

 

 

1,071,828

 

 

406,567

 

 

899,671

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense

 

 

(84,860)

 

 

(181,524)

 

 

(98,968)

 

 

(156,845)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROFIT FOR THE PERIOD

 

 

339,941

 

 

890,304

 

 

307,599

 

 

742,826

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Equity holders of the parent

 

 

292,237

 

 

829,178

 

 

264,973

 

 

676,687

 

 

 Non-controlling interests

 

 

47,704

 

 

61,126

 

 

42,626

 

 

66,139

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

339,941

 

 

890,304

 

 

307,599

 

 

742,826

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARNINGS PER SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO ORDINARY EQUITY HOLDERS OF THE PARENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

 

 

80.42 HK cents

 

 

 

 

68.89 HK cents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted

 

 

 

 

80.09 HK cents

 

 

 

 

68.82 HK cents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION


 

 

 

 

At

31 December 2010

 

 

At

31 March 2010

 

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(Audited)

 

 

 

 

HK$'000

 

 

HK$'000

 

 

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

633,248

 

 

374,260

 

 

Investment properties

 

 

245,151

 

 

285,472

 

 

Prepaid land premiums

 

 

62,178

 

 

53,072

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

226,251

 

 

-

 

 

Intangible assets

 

 

3,889

 

 

2,822

 

 

Interests in jointly-controlled entities

 

 

4,166

 

 

3,785

 

 

Interests in associates

 

 

664,030

 

 

265,173

 

 

Available-for-sale investments

 

 

29,823

 

 

101,496

 

 

Other receivables

 

 

344,852

 

 

332,849

 

 

Deferred tax assets

 

 

36,213

 

 

49,118

 

 

Total non-current assets

 

 

2,249,801

 

 

1,468,047

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

 

3,387,372

 

 

3,368,487

 

 

Trade and bills receivables

 

 

8,819,375

 

 

6,411,961

 

 

Prepayments, deposits and other receivables

 

 

1,688,511

 

 

1,633,760

 

 

Derivative financial instruments

 

 

24,141

 

 

15,508

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

3,757,258

 

 

2,772,026

 

 

Total current assets

 

 

17,676,657

 

 

14,201,742

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and bills payables

 

 

9,402,552

 

 

7,209,673

 

 

Other payables and accruals

 

 

2,218,697

 

 

1,850,178

 

 

Derivative financial instruments

 

 

1,458

 

 

6,456

 

 

Tax payable

 

 

205,894

 

 

207,492

 

 

Interest-bearing bank borrowings

 

 

363,362

 

 

455,711

 

 

Bond payable

 

 

-

 

 

226,296

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

12,191,963

 

 

9,955,806

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

5,484,694

 

 

4,245,936

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS LESS CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

7,734,495

 

 

5,713,983

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest-bearing bank borrowings

 

 

1,269,159

 

 

1,040,600

 

 

Bond payable

 

 

35,047

 

 

-

 

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

 

1,304,206

 

 

1,040,600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET ASSETS

 

 

6,430,289

 

 

4,673,383

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Source: Digital China Holdings Limited
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