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The9 Limited Reports First and Second Quarter 2011 Unaudited Financial Results

2011-08-17 05:32 2475

SHANGHAI, August 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The9 Limited (NASDAQ: NCTY) ("The9"), an online game developer and operator in China, announced its unaudited financial results for the quarters ended March 31 and June 30, 2011 today.

Financial Highlights:

First Quarter 2011

  • Net revenues for the first quarter of 2011 decreased by 10% from the fourth quarter of 2010, and increased by 17% from the first quarter of 2010 to RMB25.8 million (US$4.0 million).

  • Net loss available to ordinary shareholders for the first quarter of 2011 decreased by 82% from the fourth quarter of 2010 and decreased by 31% from the first quarter of 2010 to RMB52.6 million (US$8.1 million).

Second Quarter 2011

  • Net revenues for the second quarter of 2011 decreased by 1% from the first quarter of 2011, and increased by 1% from the second quarter of 2010 to RMB25.5 million (US$3.9 million).

  • Net loss available to ordinary shareholders for the second quarter of 2011 decreased by 77% from the first quarter of 2011 and decreased by 82% from the second quarter of 2010 to RMB12.0 million (US$1.9 million).

Management Comments:

Commenting on the results of the first half of 2011, Jun Zhu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The9 said, "With one year dedicated effort to implement our global strategy, we are very pleased to report that we have made good progress in diversifying our business into multiple fields in the online gaming industry. Our new game titles, Shen Xian Zhuan and Firefall are expected to launch in the third and fourth quarter this year respectively. Our web games and social games have shown high growth potential. The9 Game Zone was officially launched in the second quarter which will enhance our core competitiveness in mobile gaming field. With our new business structure as well as our gaming platform and contents, we believe The9 is now entering into a new phase of development and the coming year will be a fruitful one despite many challenges we may have."

Discussion of The9's Unaudited First and Second Quarter 2011 Results

Revenues

For the first quarter of 2011, net revenues were RMB25.8 million (US$4.0 million), equaled to a decrease by 10% compared to RMB28.8 million (US$4.5 million) in the fourth quarter of 2010 and an increase by 17% compared to RMB22.1 million (US$3.4 million) in the first quarter of 2010. The decrease from the fourth quarter of 2010 was primarily due to the decrease in revenue from several old games, partly offset by the increase in revenue from social games and IPTV games. The increase from the first quarter of 2010 was mainly due to new revenue streams from the games recently launched.

For the second quarter of 2011, net revenues were RMB25.5 million (US$3.9 million), equaled to a decrease by 1% compared to RMB25.8 million (US$4.0 million) in the first quarter of 2011 and an increase by 1% compared to RMB25.4 million (US$3.9 million) in the second quarter of 2010. The changes were primarily due to increase in revenue generated from the web games and social games which were partly offset by the decrease in revenues from several old games.

Gross Profit (Loss)

Gross profit for the first quarter of 2011 was RMB27.7 million (US$4.3 million), equaled to an increase by 1,582% compared to gross profit of RMB1.6 million (US$0.3 million) in the fourth quarter of 2010 and an increase by 1,489% compared to gross profit of RMB1.7 million (US$0.3 million) in the first quarter of 2010. The significant increase in gross profit in the first quarter was mainly due to the one-off waiver of royalty payment in relation to a licensed game amounted to RMB16.1 million (US$2.5 million) recorded in the first quarter of 2011.

Gross profit for the second quarter of 2011 was RMB12.7 million (US$2.0 million), equaled to a decrease by 54% compared to gross profit of RMB27.7 million (US$4.3 million) in the first quarter of 2011 and improved from gross loss of RMB4.6 million (US$0.7 million) in the second quarter of 2010. The decrease from the first quarter of 2011 was mainly due to the aforementioned waiver of royalty payment in the first quarter. The improvement from the second quarter of 2010 was primarily due to the decrease in running royalty as a percentage of the total revenue because The9 had more in-house developed games in the revenue mix compared to last year.

Operating Expenses

For the first quarter of 2011, operating expenses were RMB92.1 million (US$14.3 million), equaled to a 22% decrease from RMB118.7 million (US$18.4 million) in the fourth quarter of 2010 and a 14% increase from RMB80.7 million (US$12.5 million) in the first quarter of 2010. The decrease from the fourth quarter of 2010 was the combined result of (i) no asset impairment being recorded in the first quarter while RMB38.0 million (US$5.9 million) impairment loss being recorded in the fourth quarter of 2010; (ii) decrease in marketing and exhibition expenses; (iii) increase in development costs including Red 5; and (iv) increase in share-based compensation and professional fees. The increase from the first quarter of 2010 was mainly due to the increase in share-based compensation and development costs including Red 5.

In the first quarter of 2011, share-based compensation was RMB16.4 million (US$2.5 million), equaled to an increase from RMB8.4 million (US$1.3 million) in the fourth quarter of 2010 and RMB11.9 million (US$1.8 million) in the first quarter of 2010.

For the second quarter of 2011, operating expenses were RMB103.6 million (US$16.0 million), equaled to a 12% increase from RMB92.1 million (US$14.3 million) in the first quarter of 2011 and a 38% increase from RMB75.0 million (US$11.6 million) in the second quarter of 2010. The increase from the first quarter of 2011 was primarily due to increased marketing expenses for Firefall and increased development costs due to the increase in headcount. The increase from the second quarter of 2010 was primarily due to the increase in marketing expenses for Firefall, increase in development costs due to increased headcount, and increase in share-based compensation.

In the second quarter of 2011, share-based compensation was RMB16.1 million (US$2.5 million), compared to RMB16.4 million (US$2.5 million) in the first quarter of 2011 and RMB7.7 million (US$1.2 million) in the second quarter of 2010.

Interest Income

Interest income for the first quarter of 2011 was RMB7.2 million (US$1.1 million), compared to RMB5.8 million (US$0.9 million) in the fourth quarter of 2010 and RMB6.4 million (US$1.0 million) in the first quarter of 2010. Interest income for the second quarter of 2011 was RMB7.5 million (US$1.2 million), compared to RMB7.2 million (US$1.1 million) in the first quarter of 2011 and RMB5.4 million (US$0.8 million) in the second quarter of 2010. The increase was due to increase in bank interest rate.

Other (Expenses) Income, net

Other expenses for the first quarter of 2011 was RMB0.9 million (US$0.1 million), compared to other income of RMB22.6 million (US$3.5 million) in the fourth quarter of 2010 and other expenses of RMB2.2 million (US$0.3 million) in the first quarter of 2010. Other expenses in the first quarters of 2011 and 2010 mainly represented exchange loss. Other income in the fourth quarter of 2010 mainly represented a government subsidy amounted to RMB23.0 million (US$3.6 million).

Other income for the second quarter of 2011 was RMB6.7 million (US$1.0 million), compared to other expenses of RMB0.9 million (US$0.1 million) in the first quarter of 2011 and other expenses of RMB1.0 million (US$0.2 million) in the second quarter of 2010. Other expenses in the first quarter of 2011 and second quarter of 2010 mainly represented exchange loss. Other income in the second quarter of 2011 mainly represented a one-off settlement fee income.

Gain on Investment Disposal

In the second quarter of 2011, the Group recognized a one-off gain on the investment disposal of RMB60.1 million (US$9.3 million). The gain on investment disposal represented the sale of our equity investment in Openfeint Inc.

Net (Loss) Income attributable to ordinary shareholders

For the first quarter of 2011, net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB52.6 million (US$8.1 million), equaled to a 82% decrease from the net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of RMB289.5 million (US$44.8 million) in the fourth quarter of 2010 and a 31% decrease from the net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of RMB75.8 million (US$11.7 million) in the first quarter of 2010.

Fully diluted loss per share and per ADS for the first quarter of 2011 was RMB2.09 (US$0.32), compared with RMB11.52 (US$1.78) in the fourth quarter of 2010 and RMB3.02 (US$0.47) in the first quarter of 2010.

For the second quarter of 2011, net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB12.0 million (US$1.9 million), equaled to a 77% decrease from the net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of RMB52.6 million (US$8.1 million) in the first quarter of 2011 and decreased by 82% from the net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of RMB65.8 million (US$10.2 million) in the second quarter of 2010.

Fully diluted loss per share and per ADS for the second quarter of 2011 was RMB0.48 (US$0.07), compared with RMB2.09 (US$0.32) in the first quarter of 2011 and RMB2.62 (US$0.41) in the second quarter of 2010.

Currency Convenience Translation

The conversion of Renminbi (RMB) into US dollars (US$) in this press release is based on the noon buying rate in the City of New York for cable transfers in Renminbi per U.S. dollar as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as of June 30, 2011, which was RMB6.4635 to US$1.00. The percentages stated in this press release are calculated based on the RMB amounts.

Conference Call / Webcast Information

The9's management team will host a conference call on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 9:00 PM, U.S. Eastern Time, corresponding to Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM, Beijing Time, to present an overview of The9's financial performance and business operations.

Investors, analysts and other interested parties will be able to access the live conference by calling +1-617-614-3473, password "56104293". In the U.S., members of the financial community may also participate in the call by dialing toll-free number +1-800-706-7748, password "56104293". A replay of the call will be available through August 23, 2011. The dial-in details for the replay: U.S. toll free number +1-888-286-8010, International dial-in number +1-617-801-6888; Password "80455695".


The9 will also provide a live webcast of the earnings call. Participants in the webcast should log onto the Company's Investor Relations website http://www.corp.the9.com 15 minutes prior to the call, then click on the icon for "The9 Limited 1Q & 2Q 2011 Earnings Conference Call" and follow the instructions.

About The9 Limited

The9 Limited is an online game operator and developer in China. The9 directly, or through affiliates, operates licensed MMORPGs including Soul of The Ultimate Nation™, Atlantica and Kingdom Heroes 2 Online in mainland China. The9 has also obtained exclusive licenses to operate other online games in mainland China, including Seoyugi, Planetside 2 and Free Realms. In addition, The9 operates its proprietary MMORPG World of Fighter, web and social games Tiny Kingdoms and Winning Goal in mainland China and overseas. The9 is also developing various proprietary games, including ShenXianZhuan, Firefall and other MMORPGs, web and social games. In 2010, The9 established its Mobile Business Unit to focus on mobile internet business.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of 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" and similar statements. Among other things, the business outlook and quotations from management in this press release contain forward-looking statements. The9 may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Forms 20-F and 6-K, etc., in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about The9's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, political and economic policies of the Chinese government, the laws and regulations governing the online game industry, information disseminated over the Internet and Internet content providers in China, intensified government regulation of Internet cafes, The9's ability to retain existing players and attract new players, license, develop or acquire additional online games that are appealing to users, anticipate and adapt to changing consumer preferences and respond to competitive market conditions, and other risks and uncertainties outlined in The9's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual reports on Form 20-F. The9 does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

For further information, please contact:


Ms. Phyllis Sai

Manager, Investor Relations

The9 Limited

Tel: +86 (21) 5172-9990

Email: IR@corp.the9.com

Website: http://www.corp.the9.com/



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THE9 LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME INFORMATION

(Expressed in Renminbi - RMB and US Dollars - US$, except share data)


Quarter ended

March 31,
2010

June 30,
2010

December 31,
2010

March 31
2011

June 30,
2011

March 31,
2011

June 30,
2011

RMB

RMB

RMB

RMB

RMB

US$

US$














Revenues:














Online game services

22,257,214

25,927,886

28,710,174

24,062,300

22,944,110

3,722,797

3,549,797

Other revenues

1,074,250

847,357

1,776,925

3,214,728

4,126,587

497,366

638,445

23,331,464

26,775,243

30,487,099

27,277,028

27,070,697

4,220,163

4,188,242














Sales Taxes

(1,214,374)

(1,407,912)

(1,719,965)

(1,495,740)

(1,546,057)

(231,413)

(239,198)














Net Revenues

22,117,090

25,367,331

28,767,134

25,781,288

25,524,640

3,988,750

3,949,044














Cost of Services

(20,374,564)

(29,944,864)

(27,120,332)

1,912,084

(12,862,044)

295,828

(1,989,950)








Gross Profit (loss)

1,742,526

(4,577,533)

1,646,802

27,693,372

12,662,596

4,284,578

1,959,094














Operating Expenses:














Product development

(27,965,714)

(39,089,303)

(34,971,378)

(39,433,294)

(47,026,273)

(6,100,920)

(7,275,667)

Sales and marketing

(18,293,758)

(11,486,818)

(17,456,542)

(10,426,370)

(14,918,667)

(1,613,115)

(2,308,141)

General and administrative

(34,417,006)

(24,434,288)

(28,295,880)

(42,250,309)

(41,614,830)

(6,536,754)

(6,438,436)

Impairment of equipment,
intangible assets and goodwill

-

-

(37,949,452)

-

-

-

-














Total operating expenses:

(80,676,478)

(75,010,409)

(118,673,252)

(92,109,973)

(103,559,770)

(14,250,789)

(16,022,244)














Loss from operations

(78,933,952)

(79,587,942)

(117,026,450)

(64,416,601)

(90,897,174)

(9,966,211)

(14,063,150)

Interest income

6,420,997

5,381,655

5,812,347

7,230,594

7,459,877

1,118,681

1,154,154

Other (expenses) income , net

(2,186,512)

(1,036,375)

22,622,595

(912,117)

6,731,736

(141,118)

1,041,500














Loss before income tax expense, gain on
investment disposal, impairment loss on investment
and share of loss in equity investments

(74,699,467)

(75,242,662)

(88,591,508)

(58,098,124)

(76,705,561)

(8,988,648)

(11,867,496)

Income tax expense

(186)

(3,074)

(7,406,910)

(165)

-

(26)

-

Loss before gain on investment disposal,
impairment loss on investment and share
of loss in equity investments

(74,699,653)

(75,245,736)

(95,998,418)

(58,098,289)

(76,705,561)

(8,988,674)

(11,867,496)

Gain on investment disposal

-

6,827,900

-

-

60,121,453

-

9,301,687

Impairment loss on investment

-

-

(196,115,321)

-

-

-

-

Share of loss in equity investments,
net of taxes

(4,400,847)

(1,933,730)

(2,699,207)

(186,566)

(589,218)

(28,865)

(91,161)














Net loss

(79,100,500)

(70,351,566)

(294,812,946)

(58,284,855)

(17,173,326)

(9,017,539)

(2,656,970)

Less: Net loss attributable to non-controlling
interests

(3,297,940)

(4,533,331)

(5,358,832)

(5,713,717)

(5,138,494)

(883,997)

(795,002)














Net loss attributable to
holders of ordinary shares

(75,802,560)

(65,818,235)

(289,454,114)

(52,571,138)

(12,034,832)

(8,133,542)

(1,861,968)














Net loss attributable to holders of ordinary
shares per share














- Basic and diluted

(3.02)

(2.62)

(11.52)

(2.09)

(0.48)

(0.32)

(0.07)














Weighted average number of shares outstanding














- Basic and diluted

25,121,645

25,121,645

25,121,781

25,124,726

25,131,874

25,124,726

25,131,874














Amount attributable to holders of ordinary shares

(75,802,560)

(65,818,235)

(289,454,114)

(52,571,138)

(12,034,832)

(8,133,542)

(1,861,968)


















THE9 LIMITED

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS INFORMATION

(Expressed in Renminbi - RMB and US Dollars - US$)



As at

December 31,
2010

March 31,
2011

June 30,
2011

March 31,
2011

June 30,
2011

RMB

RMB

RMB

US$

US$

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)










Assets










Current Assets










Cash and cash equivalents

1,416,189,294

1,341,523,310

1,344,963,136

207,553,695

208,085,885

Accounts receivable

10,712,252

18,346,814

12,276,373

2,838,526

1,899,338

Advances to suppliers

52,054,494

45,421,364

50,932,811

7,027,366

7,880,067

Prepayments and other current assets

63,969,737

72,480,117

74,454,867

11,213,757

11,519,280

Prepaid royalties

15,615,493

15,459,166

16,011,151

2,391,764

2,477,164

Deferred costs

2,911,937

1,804,831

1,592,528

279,234

246,388

Total current assets

1,561,453,207

1,495,035,602

1,500,230,866

231,304,342

232,108,122

Investments in equity investees

74,843,710

74,662,484

63,237,554

11,551,402

9,783,794

Property, equipment and software

58,061,464

56,597,678

55,045,872

8,756,506

8,516,419

Goodwill

10,548,323

10,442,724

10,307,658

1,615,645

1,594,749

Intangible assets

17,647,842

17,064,109

19,910,591

2,640,073

3,080,466

Land use right

77,956,936

77,476,709

76,996,481

11,986,804

11,912,506

Other long-term assets

56,827,902

47,123,189

57,381,017

7,290,661

8,877,700

Total Assets

1,857,339,384

1,778,402,495

1,783,110,039

275,145,433

275,873,756









Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity










Current Liabilities










Accounts payable

46,948,658

17,873,088

13,809,413

2,765,234

2,136,522

Other taxes payable

5,437,764

4,352,392

4,297,771

673,380

664,929

Advances from customers

7,101,645

6,988,398

16,854,023

1,081,210

2,607,569

Deferred revenue, current

18,508,169

19,554,801

16,142,064

3,025,420

2,497,418

Refund of game points

195,993,716

195,992,701

195,991,686

30,322,999

30,322,841

Other payables and accruals

42,328,817

36,384,309

41,522,905

5,629,196

6,424,214

Total current liabilities

316,318,769

281,145,689

288,617,862

43,497,439

44,653,493

Deferred tax liabilities, non-current

5,803,848

5,745,746

5,671,431

888,953

877,455

Total Liabilities

322,122,617

286,891,435

294,289,293

44,386,392

45,530,948










Equity










Common shares (US$0.01 par value; 25,124,147 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2010, 25,127,557 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31,2011, 25,120,032 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2011)

2,051,878

2,052,101

2,051,324

317,491

317,370

Additional paid-in capital

2,091,113,883

2,102,925,514

2,118,643,876

325,353,990

327,785,855

Statutory reserves

28,071,982

28,071,982

28,071,982

4,343,155

4,343,155

Accumulated other comprehensive income

(2,096,698)

(2,650,706)

(3,741,967)

(410,104)

(578,938)

Retained deficit

(587,976,279)

(640,547,417)

(652,582,249)

(99,102,254)

(100,964,222)

Total The9 Limited shareholders' equity

1,531,164,766

1,489,851,474

1,492,442,966

230,502,278

230,903,220

Non-controlling interests

4,052,001

1,659,586

(3,622,220)

256,763

(560,412)

Total equity

1,535,216,767

1,491,511,060

1,488,820,746

230,759,041

230,342,808

Total liabilities and equity

1,857,339,384

1,778,402,495

1,783,110,039

275,145,433

275,873,756














Source: The9 Limited
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