NetDragon Announces 2011 Second Quarter and Interim Results

First Half Net Profit Increased by 242.4% YoY;

Online Games & Mobile Internet Businesses Revenues Rise Significantly

HONG KONG, Aug. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- NetDragon Websoft Inc. ("NetDragon"; Stock Code: 777), a leading developer and operator of online games and mobile Internet applications in China, today announced its unaudited interim financial results for the period ended June 30, 2011. Additionally, a management conference call and live webcast is scheduled at 7:00 PM Hong Kong time, August 25, 2011 to review financial results and recent business developments.

Second Quarter 2011 Financial and Operational Highlights

  • Net Revenue was RMB184.3 million, an increase of 17.6 % over the first quarter of 2011 ("QoQ"), and an increase of 53.4% over the second quarter of 2010 ("YoY")
  • Revenue from Online Games was RMB174.9 million, an increase of 16.1% QoQ and an increase of 45.6% YoY
  • Revenue from Mobile Internet was RMB9.4 million, an increase of 54.8% QoQ and an increase of 2,250% YoY
  • Operating Profit was RMB56.7 million, an increase of 50.1% QoQ and an increase of 848.8% YoY
  • Profit attributable to owners of the company was RMB42.9 million, an increase of 24.0% QoQ and an increase of 2,672.4% YoY; net profit margin was 23.3%, up from 22.1% in the first quarter of 2011 and 1.3% in the second quarter of 2010
  • Basic earnings per share (EPS) were RMB8.15 cents, diluted EPS were RMB8.15 cents
  • Peak concurrent users ("PCU") for online games were 643,000, an increase of 17.8% QoQ
  • Average concurrent users ("ACU") for online games were 311,000, an increase of 26.4% QoQ
  • The Board has resolved to declare an interim dividend of HKD 0.1 per share on September 15, 2011 for the six months ended June 30, 2011, which will be paid to the shareholders whose names appeared on the register of members of the Company on September 8, 2011

Mr. Liu Dejian, Chairman and Executive Director of NetDragon, commented, "Following a significant rise in first-quarter 2011 net profit, NetDragon maintained steady growth momentum this quarter, thanks to continued growth in online games and mobile business revenues, coupled with effective control over R&D and other costs. This has resulted in dramatically improved first-half results when compared with the same period of 2010. We believe that our game business will perform even better in future on the back of upcoming product launches. NetDragon expects to launch our self-developed and highly-anticipated 3D titles, World of Dungeon Keeper Online and TRANSFORMERS Online, in the fourth quarter of 2011 and Spring 2012, respectively. In addition to MMORPGs, we expect to unveil a FPS, TCG and 'beat-em-up' side scroller as well as ports of our popular PC games to tablet PC and smartphone platforms in the future, which will better enable NetDragon to expand its customer base at home and abroad."

Mr. Liu continued, "We are delighted that NetDragon's Mobile Internet business achieved significant growth during the first half, boosted by the increasing brand awareness of our mobile platforms. During the second quarter, revenues from the mobile Internet business exceeded our expectations, reaching RMB9.4 million, up 55% sequentially. As of June 30, users of our 91 Series smartphone products surpassed 40 million, including over 25 million total installations of our marketplace client 91 PC Suite. Aggregate downloads of applications and content through our platforms is greater than 3 billion; and user loyalty has improved as well. Looking into the future, the company will continue to focus on platform creation with an open and cooperative attitude in a changing and competitive mobile Internet market, to constantly improve customer satisfaction and mobile Internet product experience, and to maintain NetDragon's leadership in the industry."

Second Quarter 2011 Business Highlights

Online Games

  • The fifth Chinese EP "Edge of Night" for Eudemons Online was released, introducing a new "Vampire" class and driving the maximum number of the game's concurrent users to hit a four-year high.  
  • The Turkish version of Conquer Online was available in countries including Turkey, Germany, Azerbaijan and Cyprus, further expanding the overseas footprint of NetDragon and cementing its leadership in emerging online game markets.  
  • The EP "Demon Rising" for the traditional Chinese version of Eudemons Online was launched in Malaysia. "Edge of Night" for the English version of Eudemons Online and "The Andromeda Crisis" for the English version of Zero Online were also released.

Mobile Internet

  • NetDragon entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Japan's largest social game developer DeNA Co Ltd. to share their mobile phone game resources and distribution platform.
  • The users of "HiMarket" grew rapidly, with NetDragon maintaining its leading position among China's Android marketplaces.  
  • 91 Panda Reader won the China Software and Information Services Industry Award for Innovative Product at the 9th China International Software & Information Service Fair (CISIS).


  • NetDragon granted a total of 16,090,900 share options to its core members, outstanding employees and other eligible participants, to ensure the continuing growth and success of NetDragon by implementing a medium-and long-term equity incentive plan.
  • NetDragon paid a final dividend of HK$0.02 per share for the year ended December 31, 2010, with dividend payments in cash totaling approx. RMB 8,994,000.
  • NetDragon's indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary 91 Limited entered into an agreement with members of the IDG Group on the sale of convertible preferred shares for US$3,999,840. The preferred shares sold will represent 17.9% of all the outstanding shares of 91 Limited upon full conversion.

Recent Developments & Business Outlook

Online Games

  • "Legend of the Oriental", the new EP for Heroes of Might and Magic Online was launched in August.
  • NetDragon's first 3D MMORPG, World of Dungeon Keeper Online, started 3rd round of closed testing in August, and is expected to enter public open beta testing in October 2011.
  • TRANSFORMERS Online is expected to be launched in China in Spring 2012.
  • New EPs for Conquer Online, Eudemons Online, and Zero Online are expected in 2011.
  • "The Returning Light" EP for Conquer Online will be launched in Brazil; tablet PC and web browser versions of the English version of Conquer Online are slated for release by year end.

Mobile Internet

  • Plan to launch 91 mobile games open arena for the establishment of mobile terminal games open arena.
  • A series of products including 91 PC Suite, Android market and 91 Panda Reader will continue to strengthen their leading advantages, further improve the application and content distribution abilities, and put much more effort into the Android business.
  • Continue to advance mobile game business, further open platforms and optimize community functions and user experiences to absorb more excellent game contents into 91 platform.
  • Continue to advance 91 mobile open platform plan and entrepreneurial team supporting plan, to assist more excellent applications and teams to grow fast with the help of 91 platform.
Financial Highlights   
RMB('000)  2Q 2011  1Q 2011 QoQ(%) 1H 2011  1H 2010 YoY(%)  
Revenue 184,304  156,755 17.6% 341,059  259,596 31.4%  
Gross Profit 170,195  142,212 19.7% 312,407  224,249 39.3%  
GPM 92.3%  90.7% 1.6% 91.6%  86.4% 5.2%  
Profit for the period 42,970  34,672 23.9% 77,642  22,673 242.4%  
NPM 23.3%  22.1% 1.2% 22.8%  8.7% 14.1%  
EPS-Basic (RMB cents) 8.15  6.57 24.0% 14.72  4.33 239.9%  
EPS-Diluted (RMB cents) 8.15  6.57 24.0% 14.72  4.33 239.9%  

  2Q 2011  1Q 2011 4Q 2010 3Q 2010 2Q 2010  
PCU 643,000  546,000 542,000 589,000 449,000  
ACU 311,000  246,000 232,000 226,000 217,000  

Note: Online games include Conquer Online, Eudemons Online, Zero Online, Tou Ming Zhuang Online, Heroes of Might and Magic Online, Way of the Five, Tian Yuan, Disney Fantasy Online and other games.   

Management Conference Call

NetDragon will host a management conference call and webcast to review its results and recent developments, at 7:00PM Hong Kong Time, which corresponds to 7:00AM Eastern Daylight Time, 25 August, 2011.

Details of the conference call are as follows:

Time: 7:00PM Hong Kong Time / 7:00AM Eastern Daylight Time, August 25th, 2011

Dial in numbers:  

International Toll 1-617-614-3528   
US Toll Free 1-800-561-2731   
Hong Kong Toll Free 800-96-3844   
South China Toll Free 10-800 130 0399   
North China Toll Free 10-800 152 1490   
Passcode 45488981   

Replay service is available from 10:00 PM August 25th to 12:00 AM, September 1st, 2011. Below are the replay numbers for different regions. International Toll: 1-617-801-6888; US Toll Free: 1-888-286-8010; Replay passcode: 24514749. A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of NetDragon's website at Participants in the live webcast should visit the aforementioned website 10 minutes prior to the call, then click on the icon for "2011 Interim Results Conference Call" and follow the registration instructions.

About NetDragon

NetDragon Websoft Inc. is a leading innovator and creative force in China's online gaming and mobile internet industries. Established in 1999, we are a vertically integrated developer & operator of MMORPGs and a cutting-edge R&D powerhouse. We launched our first self-made online game Monster & Me in 2002, followed by multiple titles including Eudemons Online, Conquer Online, Heroes of Might & Magic Online and Disney Fantasy Online. We are also China's pioneer in overseas expansion, directly operating titles in overseas markets since 2004 in English, Spanish, Arabic and other languages. Our online games currently in development include World of Dungeon Keeper Online (previously named as World of Dungeon Keeper), TRANSFORMERS Online, icombo (previously named as Cross Gate), and a new version of Ultima Online. In the mobile Internet industry, we provide China's leading marketplace for smartphone users, offering applications and content for the most popular mobile operating systems. NetDragon owns many well-known mobile Internet products, including 91 Panda Reader, 91 PC Suite, 91 Panda Space, 91 mobile portal and

  ThreeMonthsEnded   SixMonthsEnded  
31/3/2011   30/6/2011
Revenue  184,304    156,755   341,059    259,596  
Costofrevenue (14,109)    (14,543)   (28,652)    (35,347)  
Grossprofit  170,195    142,212   312,407    224,249  
Otherincomeandgains 5,572    9,912   15,484    14,946  
Sellingandmarketingexpenses (34,435)    (25,318)   (59,753)    (48,827)  
Administrativeexpenses (48,875)    (46,591)   (95,466)    (84,180)  
Developmentcosts (35,025)    (40,577)   (75,602)    (75,377)  
Otherexpenses (768)    (1,885)   (2,653)    (3,460)  
Shareoflossofanassociate (77)    -   (77)    -  
Profitbeforetaxation  56,587    37,753   94,340    27,351  
Taxation (13,617)    (3,081)   (16,698)    (4,678)  
Profitfortheperiod  42,970    34,672   77,642    22,673  
(375)    (172)   (547)    28  
Totalcomprehensiveincomefortheperiod 42,595    34,500   77,095    22,701  
-OwnersoftheCompany 42,917    34,612   77,529    22,763  
-Non-controllinginterests 53    60   113    (90)  
  42,970    34,672   77,642    22,673  
-OwnersoftheCompany 42,542    34,440   76,982    22,791  
-Non-controllinginterests 53    60   113    (90)  
  42,595    34,500   77,095    22,701  
  RMB cents    RMB cents   RMB cents    RMB cents  
-Basic 8.15    6.57   14.72    4.33  
-Diluted 8.15    6.57   14.72    4.33  

AS AT 30 JUNE 2011
  30 June 2011    31 December 2010  
  (Unaudited)    (Audited)  
  RMB '000    RMB '000  
Non-current assets         
Property, plant and equipment 148,839    128,534  
Prepaid lease payments 87,195    87,753  
Investment property 15,801    14,551  
Deposit paid for acquisition of property, plant and equipment 19,050    19,050  
Intangible assets 10,673    13,136  
Interests in an associate 2,423    -  
Available-for-sale investments 4,000    4,000  
Loan receivables 7,890    5,819  
Deferred tax assets 54    54  
  295,925    272,897  
Current assets         
Prepaid lease payments 1,784    1,784  
Loan receivables 361    893  
Trade receivables 28,977    24,393  
Other receivables, prepayments and deposits 45,699    40,072  
Held for trading investments -    1,079  
Amount due from a related company 832    171  
Bank deposits 220,000    340,828  
Bank balances and cash 1,059,602    877,823  
  1,357,255    1,287,043  
Current liabilities         
Trade payables 1,094    519  
Other payables and accruals 68,386    58,218  
Deferred income 24,130    23,119  
Amount due to a shareholder 9,748    5,328  
Amount due to a related company 182    -  
Income tax payable 27,328    21,599  
  130,868    108,783  
Net current assets   1,226,387    1,178,260  
  1,522,312    1,451,157  
Capital and reserves         
Share capital 39,264    39,264  
Share premium and reserves 1,483,475    1,412,433  
Equity attributable to owners of the Company 1,522,739    1,451,697  
Non-controlling interests (427)    (540)  
  1,522,312    1,451,157  
Source: NetDragon Websoft Inc.
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