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Linktone Reports Unaudited First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

2012-05-16 20:00 1212

BEIJING, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Linktone Ltd. (NASDAQ: LTON) ("the Company"), a provider of media and entertainment content and services in key strategic markets in Asia, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.

UNAUDITED RESULTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER

US$ million, expect for per ADS items

Three months ended


March 31,
2011


December 31,
2011


March 31,
2012

Gross Revenues

$13.9


$16.2


$11.6

Gross Profit

4.9


6.0


3.8

Operating Income/(Loss)

(0.5)


1.1


(2.1)

GAAP Net Income

0.9


0.1


3.8

GAAP Net Income per ADS (Diluted)

$0.021


$0.002


$0.092







Non-GAAP Net Income

0.9


0.0


3.8

Non-GAAP Net income per ADS (Diluted)

$0.021


$0.001


$0.093

Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments available for sale totaled $108.4 million as of March 31, 2012, compared with $97.5 million as of December 31, 2011.

Linktone's financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2012 included the following:

Gross revenues decreased 28.4% sequentially to $11.6 million in the first quarter of 2012, compared with $16.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The quarter-over-quarter revenue decline was primarily attributable to a decline in VAS data-related services revenue, which was impacted by more stringent restrictions imposed by regulators in Indonesia, and weaker than expected performance associated with the Company's movie and children's edutainment titles.

On a year-over-year basis, revenue decreased from $13.9 million in the first quarter of 2011. This decline was primarily attributable to the aforementioned decline in VAS data-related services revenue and weaker than expected performance of movies and children's edutainment titles.

GAAP net income in the first quarter of 2012 was $3.8 million, or $0.092 per diluted ADS, compared with GAAP net income of $0.1 million, or $0.002 per diluted ADS, in the fourth quarter of 2011 and GAAP net income of $0.9 million, or $0.021 per diluted ADS, in the first quarter of 2011. The Company's first quarter 2012 net income included realized gains totaling $5.1 million related to the sale of 75 million shares of Global Mediacom for $12.3 million.

"We achieved first quarter gross revenues in line with our guidance, despite soft performance among our movie and children's edutainment titles in Singapore, and increasingly stringent restrictions on our data-related services business imposed by regulators in Indonesia," said Hary Tanoesoedibjo, Group Chief Executive Officer. "An improvement in our audio-related services business contributed to our gross revenues in the quarter, driven by an increase in interactive voice response revenue generated in China during the New Year holiday."

"Our underlying business is strong and the execution of our strategic growth initiatives remains on track. For our media content business, we continue to pursue partnerships with major international studios, and are also continuing to develop and expand relationships with independent studios in Asia, Europe and the Americas. We believe that this broader focus will accelerate the diversification of our content portfolio across platforms, genres and territories.

Moreover, our ongoing efforts to diversify beyond our traditional media and VAS businesses are expected to help broaden our revenue base throughout 2012. We believe our media content portfolio management strategy, coupled with the diversification of our distribution platforms, will help to make Linktone less susceptible to changing trends in consumers' media consumption habits and reduce the risk of quarter-to-quarter revenue volatility common among media businesses. As such, we believe we can achieve our second quarter revenue projections despite continued challenges on the regulatory front.

We remain steadfast in our efforts to transform Linktone from a VAS provider in China to a geographically diverse, social and multimedia entertainment content and service provider. We are capitalizing on the broad range of opportunities in new, high-growth sectors such as social media and networking, mobile gaming, online and mobile content distribution in fast-growing markets throughout the Southeast Asian region. We have a clear growth strategy and we believe that our strong balance sheet, with over $108 million in cash and cash equivalents and short-term available for sale investments, provides us with the resources needed to achieve our goals," concluded Mr. Tanoesoedibjo.

FIRST QUARTER REVENUE MIX

Linktone's first quarter revenue mix included VAS data-related services (SMS, MMS, WAP, and Java), VAS audio-related services (IVR and RBT), distribution of media content, as well as mobile and PC games. The breakdown of revenue in the first quarter was as follows:


Three months ended

US$ million, except for %

December 31, 2011


March 31, 2012


Gross
Revenues


Revenues


Gross
Revenues


Revenues

VAS Data-related services

$7.3


45%


$5.7


49%

VAS Audio-related services

1.6


10%


2.2


19%

Media content

6.1


38%


2.8


24%

Mobile games

0.7


4%


0.6


5%

PC games

0.5


3%


0.3


3%

Total gross revenue

$16.2


100%


$11.6


100%

The shift in the Company's first quarter 2012 revenue mix was primarily related to a decline in VAS data-related revenue in Indonesia and media content sales in Singapore, partially offset by an increase in IVR revenue from VAS audio-related services in China.

Data-related services revenue in the first quarter accounted for 49% of gross revenues, or $5.7 million, a decline of 22% from the fourth quarter of 2011. The sequential decline was primarily due to a decrease in SMS revenue from Linktone's Indonesian operations, related to more stringent restrictions imposed by government regulators.

The breakdown of VAS data-related services revenue in the first quarter was as follows:


Three months ended

US$ million, except for %

December 31, 2011


March 31, 2012


Gross
Revenues


% of Gross
Revenues


Gross
Revenues


% of Gross
Revenues

SMS

$5.9


36%


$4.7


40%

MMS

0.8


5%


0.7


6%

WAP and JAVA

0.6


4%


0.3


3%

Total Data-related services

$7.3


45%


$5.7


49%

  • Short messaging services ("SMS") decreased 20% on a sequential quarter basis, primarily due to a $1.2 million decline in SMS revenue from Linktone's Indonesian operations.

Audio-related services revenue in the first quarter accounted for 19% of gross revenues, or $2.2 million, a 38% increase over the fourth quarter of 2011. The sequential increase in audio-related services revenue was driven by a seasonal increase in IVR revenue in China during the Chinese New Year holidays.

The breakdown of VAS audio-related services revenue in the first quarter was as follows:


Three months ended

US$ million, except for %

December 31, 2011


March 31, 2012


Gross
Revenues


% of Gross
Revenues


Gross
Revenues


% of Gross
Revenues

IVR

$1.0


6%


$1.6


14%

RBT

$0.6


4%


$0.6


5%

Total Audio-related services

$1.6


10%


$2.2


19%

Media content revenue decreased 54% sequentially to $2.8 million for the first quarter of 2012, due to a quarter-over-quarter decline in the number of new releases from the Company's home entertainment division. Media content revenue in the fourth quarter of 2011 included the realization of deferred revenue in the amount of $2.5 million.

MARGINS, EXPENSES AND BALANCE SHEET

US$ million, except for margin items

Three months ended


March 31,
2011


December 31,
2011


March 31,
2012

Gross profit margin

35%


37%


33%

Operating income/(loss) margin

(4%)


7%


(18%)







Operating expenses

$5.5


$4.9


$5.8

Selling and marketing expenses

2.2


1.8


1.7

Product development expenses

0.5


0.9


0.9

Other general and administrative expenses

2.8


3.9


3.2

Income tax expense / (benefit)

0.1


0.9


(0.1)

The drivers behind Linktone's key operating benchmarks and changes in balance sheet items for the first quarter of 2012 include the following:

  • Gross profit margin decreased from 37% to 33% on a sequential-quarter basis primarily due to lower margins generated by the Company's subsidiary, PT Linktone.
  • Operating margin decreased on a sequential-quarter basis. Operating income included a $1.6 million reversal of a contingent consideration payable to one of the operating companies in China in the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Selling and marketing expenses decreased on a sequential-quarter basis, in-line with the decline in SMS revenue.
  • Other general and administrative expenses decreased $0.7 million on a sequential-quarter basis due to a write-off of unrecoverable debts in China provided for in the fourth quarter of 2011. No such write-off was recognized in the first quarter of 2012.
  • Income tax expense decreased due to a valuation allowance for a deferred tax asset on one of the operating companies in China provided for in the fourth quarter of 2011, as well as lower operating income in the first quarter of 2012.
  • Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments available for sale totaled $108.4 million as of March 31, 2012. The $10.9 million net increase over the fourth quarter of 2011 was largely attributable to a $10.7 million unrealized gain in the mark-to-market of the 282 million shares of Global Medicom held by the Company as of March 31, 2012.

SHARE REPURCHASE ACTIVITY

Linktone purchased its ADSs on the open market from September 2011 to February 2012 under the Company's previously announced buyback program. During the first quarter of 2012, the Company purchased approximately 0.1 million ADSs at an average price of $1.30 per ADS. Through February 29, 2012, Linktone had purchased a total of 1.2 million ADSs at an average price of $1.29 per ADS.

INVESTING ACTIVITY

Linktone sold 75 million shares of Global Mediacom in the first quarter of 2012 for gross proceeds of $12.3 million and realized a gain on sale of $5.1 million.

SECOND QUARTER 2012 OUTLOOK

For the second quarter ending June 30, 2012, Linktone anticipates gross revenues to be in the range of $11.0 million to $14.0 million.

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

The reconciliation of GAAP measures with non-GAAP measures for net income or loss and net income or loss per diluted ADS included in this press release is set forth after the attached unaudited financial information. Linktone believes that the supplemental presentation of Non-GAAP net income or loss and Non-GAAP net income or loss per diluted ADS, adjusted to exclude the effect of share-based compensation expense and provisions for impairment and related reversals, provides meaningful non-GAAP financial measures to help investors understand and compare business trends among different reporting periods on a consistent basis, independently of share-based compensation and items not indicative of Linktone's future ongoing operating results. Thus, the non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with another method for assessing Linktone's operating results in a manner that is focused on the performance of its ongoing operations. Linktone management also uses non-GAAP financial measures to plan and forecast results for future periods. Readers are cautioned not to view non-GAAP results on a stand-alone basis or as a substitute for results under GAAP, or as being comparable to results reported or forecasted by other companies, and should refer to the reconciliation of GAAP results with non-GAAP results accompanying this press release.

ABOUT LINKTONE LTD.

Linktone Ltd. is a provider of rich and engaging services and content to a wide range of traditional and new media consumers and enterprises in Mainland China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Linktone focuses on media, entertainment, communication and edutainment products, which are promoted through the Company's strong nationwide distribution networks, integrated service platforms and multiple marketing sales channels, as well as through the networks of leading mobile operators in Mainland China and Indonesia.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," and similar statements. The accuracy of these statements may be impacted by a number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated, including risks related to: Linktone's ability to expand into Asian markets outside of the People's Republic of China ("PRC") and diversify its revenue base; changes in the policies of the relevant government regulators or telecom network operators in China and Indonesia or in the manner in which the operators interpret and enforce such policies, including policies which reduce the prices the Company may charge customers; the risk that other changes in applicable laws and regulations, including without limitation tax and media-related laws or laws relating to the usage of telecom value-added services, or in application thereof by relevant governmental authorities, could adversely affect Linktone's financial condition and results of operations; the risk that Linktone will not be able to realize meaningful returns from investments it makes, including its acquisitions or strategic partnerships, or may be required to record provisions for impairments in the value of the Company's investments; Linktone's ability to cost-effectively market its services and products; the risk that Linktone will not be able to compete effectively in the telecom value-added services market in the PRC and the other markets in which it operates including the VAS market in Indonesia and the market for edutainment and entertainment products, for whatever reason, including competition or changes in the regulatory environment; the risk that Linktone will not be able to realize meaningful returns from its acquisitions or strategic partnerships or may be required to record additional provisions for impairments in the value of the Company's investments in such acquisitions or partnerships; the risk that Linktone will not be able to effectively manage entities that it acquires or effectively utilize their resources; and the risks outlined in Linktone's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its registration statement on Form F-1 and annual report on Form 20-F. Linktone does not undertake any obligation to update this forward-looking information, except as required under applicable law.

Investor Relations

The Piacente Group, Inc.
Lee Roth or Wendy Sun
linktone@thepiacentegroup.com
Tel: +1-212-481-2050


LINKTONE LTD.



CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS



(In U.S. dollars, except share data)




December 31,

March 31,


2011

2012



(audited)

(unaudited)


Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

40,921,818

39,450,812


Restricted cash

603,088

603,721


Short-term investments

56,584,958

68,925,385


Accounts receivable, net

17,048,783

15,444,562


Tax refund receivable

1,177,761

279,568


Inventories

1,881,749

1,887,332


Due from related parties

2,375,450

2,325,607


Deferred tax assets

486,176

485,726


Deposits and other current assets

5,702,726

16,615,829


Total current assets

126,782,509

146,018,542






Property and equipment, net

11,195,432

11,363,138


Non-current assets held for sale

814,878

838,507


Intangible assets, net

9,525,908

9,119,162


Goodwill

40,483,355

40,483,354


Deferred tax assets

369,706

377,122


Other long-term assets

1,024,442

1,502,160






Total assets

190,196,230

209,701,985






Liabilities and shareholders' equity




Current liabilities:




Account payable, accrued liabilities and other payables

14,980,545

14,131,008


Due to related parties

16,198

16,709


Short-term loan

4,781,181

4,947,316


Taxes payable

4,088,188

2,936,283


Deferred revenue

387,149

387,552


Deferred tax liabilities

126,034

127,397


Total current liabilities

24,379,295

22,546,265


LINKTONE LTD.



CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS



(In U.S. dollars, except share data)




December 31,

March 31,


2011

2012



(audited)

(unaudited)


Long-term liabilities




Deferred tax liabilities

2,761,348

2,695,545


Long term loan

511,878

395,214


Other long-term liabilities

67,688

67,805






Total liabilities

27,720,209

25,704,829






Shareholders' equity




Linktone Ltd. shareholders' equity:




Ordinary shares ($0.0001 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized,
421,130,130 shares issued and 410,422,650 shares outstanding as of
December 31, 2011 and 421,130,130 shares issued and 409,243,820
outstanding as at March 31, 2012, respectively)

42,144

42,144


Additional paid-in capital

137,745,875

137,796,742


Treasury stock

(1,425,204)

(1,578,050)


Statutory reserves

2,466,165

2,500,055


Accumulated other comprehensive income:




Unrealized gain on investment in marketable securities

4,453,157

22,312,929


Cumulative translation adjustments

10,973,973

11,433,179


Accumulated losses

(14,425,929)

(10,662,190)


Noncontrolling interest

22,645,840

22,152,347


Total shareholders' equity

162,476,021

183,997,156






Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

190,196,230

209,701,985



LINKTONE LTD.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(In U.S. dollars, except share data)



Three months ended


March 31,

December 31,

March 31,

2011

2011

2012

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Gross revenues

13,942,210

16,227,988

11,608,348

Sales tax

(227,600)

(537,775)

(178,176)

Net revenues

13,714,610

15,690,213

11,430,172

Cost of services

(8,770,399)

(9,689,058)

(7,642,298)

Gross profit

4,944,211

6,001,155

3,787,874

Operating expenses:




Product development

(545,191)

(906,077)

(925,817)

Selling and marketing

(2,165,032)

(1,751,683)

(1,747,647)

Other general and administrative

(2,787,383)

(3,945,197)

(3,175,740)

Reversal of contingent consideration payable

-

1,618,816

-

Gain on recovery of bad debt

37,975

100,000

-

Total operating expenses, net

(5,459,631)

(4,884,141)

(5,849,204)

Income/(loss) from operations

(515,420)

1,117,015

(2,061,330)

Interest income

913,845

337,137

426,872

Gain on sale of investment

200,000

409,299

5,127,060

Other income / (loss)

490,395

(281,669)

(295,416)

Income before tax

1,088,820

1,581,782

3,197,186

Income tax benefit/(expense)

(141,545)

(939,791)

68,841

Less: Net (income)/loss attributable to non- controlling interest

(46,003)

(553,143)

497,713

Net income

901,272

88,848

3,763,740

Other comprehensive income:

399,678

5,870,589

18,318,978

Comprehensive income

1,300,950

5,959,437

22,082,718





Basic income per ordinary share:




Total net income

0.00

0.00

0.01

Diluted income per ordinary share:




Total net income

0.00

0.00

0.01

LINKTONE LTD.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(In U.S. dollars, except share data)



Three months ended


March 31,

December 31,

March 31,

2011

2011

2012

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Basic income per ADS:




Total net income

0.02

0.00

0.09

Diluted income per ADS:




Total net income

0.02

0.00

0.09





Weighted average ordinary shares:




Basic

421,193,281

416,208,612

409,444,996

Diluted

421,285,286

416,210,858

409,447,242





Weighted average ADSs:




Basic

42,119,328

41,620,861

40,944,500

Diluted

42,128,529

41,621,086

40,944,724


LINKTONE LTD.

NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION

(In U.S. dollars, except share data)



Three months ended


March 31,

December 31,

March 31,

2011

2011

2012

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)





Net income

901,272

88,848

3,763,740

Stock based compensation expense

22,381

37,178

50,867

Gain on recovery of bad debt

(37,975)

(100,000)

-

Non-GAAP net income

885,678

26,026

3,814,607





Non-GAAP diluted income per share

0.00

0.00

0.01

Non-GAAP diluted income per ADS

0.02

0.00

0.09

Number of shares used in diluted per-share calculation

421,285,286

416,210,858

409,447,242

Number of ADSs used in diluted per-share calculation

42,128,529

41,621,086

40,944,724

Source: Linktone Ltd.
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