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VisionChina Media Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2009 Results

2010-03-03 04:50 697

BEIJING, March 3 /PRNewswire-Asia/ --

-- Full-Year 2009 Revenues Grew 16.0% Year-over-Year

-- Company Recorded Full-year Basic and Diluted EPS of $0.37 and

-- Fourth Quarter Basic and Diluted EPS of $0.08

-- Company's full-year net income attributable to it shareholders was

$26.6 million

-- Company's non-GAAP full-year net income attributable to its

shareholders exceeded guidance

VisionChina Media Inc. ("VisionChina Media" or the "Company")

(Nasdaq: VISN), one of China's largest out-of-home digital television advertising networks on mass transportation systems, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2009.

Fourth Quarter 2009 Highlights

-- Total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2009 increased 3.4%

quarter-over-quarter to $31.8 million.

-- Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2009 was $14.5 million,

representing a decrease of 5.5% from $15.4 million in the third quarter

of 2009.

-- Operating profit in the fourth quarter of 2009 was $6.3 million, a

decrease of 13.9% from $7.3 million in the third quarter of 2009.

-- Net income attributable to VisionChina Media shareholders in the fourth

quarter of 2009 was $5.6 million, a decrease of 21.6% from $7.2 million

in the third quarter of 2009.

-- The Company's fourth quarter net income attributable to VisionChina

Media shareholders, excluding share-based compensation expenses and

amortization of intangible assets ("non-GAAP net income") was $7.2

million, compared to non-GAAP net income of $9.1 million in the third

quarter of 2009.

-- Basic and diluted net income per share in the fourth quarter of 2009

were $0.08 and $0.08, respectively (each ADS representing one common

share), compared to $0.10 and $0.10 respectively in the third quarter

of 2009.

-- The Company had cash and cash equivalents of $68.8 million as of

December 31, 2009, a decrease of $43.8 million from $112.7 million as

of September 30, 2009. The decrease was mainly a result of a restricted

deposit pledged for obtaining an offshore foreign currency bank

facility for the payment of the first installment of the consideration

for the acquisition of Digital Media Group Company Limited ("DMG" or

"Digital Media Group"). The Company generated cash flows from operating

activities of $18.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to

$8.1 million in the third quarter of 2009.

-- Network capacity, which is measured by total broadcasting hours in the

Company's network, reached 36,250 hours in the fourth quarter of 2009,

compared to 34,778 hours in the third quarter of 2009.

-- As of December 31, 2009, the Company had installed a total of 89,299

digital displays on buses, subway trains and subway platforms.

-- On average, the Company sold 6.93 advertising minutes per broadcasting

hour in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to 6.86 advertising

minutes per broadcasting hour in the third quarter of 2009.

-- Average advertising service revenue per broadcasting hour was $796 in

the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to $845 in the third quarter of

2009.

Full-Year 2009 Highlights

-- Total revenues in the full-year 2009 increased 16.0% year-over-year to

$120.7 million.

-- Gross profit in the full-year 2009 decreased 5.4% to $59.6 million,

from $63.0 million in 2008.

-- Operating profit in the full-year 2009 decreased 36.1% to $27.1 million,

from $42.4 million in 2008.

-- Net income attributable to VisionChina Media shareholders in the

full-year 2009 decreased 43.2% to $26.6 million, from $46.8 million in

2008.

-- Non-GAAP net income in the full-year 2009 was $33.7 million, exceeding

the Company's guidance of $31.0 million to $33.0 million.

-- Basic and diluted net incomes per share during the full-year 2009 were

$0.37 and $0.37, respectively (each ADS representing one common share),

compared to $0.67 and $0.65, respectively during the full-year 2008.

-- Network capacity, which is measured by total broadcasting hours in the

Company's network, reached 138,164 hours in 2009, compared to 119,170

hours in 2008.

-- The Company sold an average of 6.47 advertising minutes per

broadcasting hour in 2009, compared to an average of 7.72 advertising

minutes per broadcasting hour in 2008.

-- Average advertising service revenue per broadcasting hour decreased

2.1% in 2009 to $825, compared to $843 in 2008.

Mr. Limin Li, VisionChina Media's chairman and chief executive officer, commented, "Although the challenges faced by our industry throughout a difficult 2009 extended into the fourth quarter, we were pleased to end the year above our own expectations. Our most significant and important corporate development in 2009 was our decision to acquire Digital Media Group, which closed in the beginning of 2010. Our combined platform has enabled us to increase the depth and breadth of our network, reinforce our ability to offer our clients an integrated advertising solution on both bus and subway advertising platforms in certain cities across China and help reduce competitive pressure. We are currently integrating our acquisition of Digital Media Group and are optimistic about the long-term benefits presented by our strengthened competitive position."

Scott Chen, VisionChina Media's chief financial officer, added, "We were pleased to finish the year strongly and within our financial targets. Looking forward, we are encouraged by recent new customer wins that demonstrate the industry's increasing recognition of the value of our unique breadth of services. In the near-term, however, we expect a number of factors will negatively impact our revenue including industry competition, restructuring our sales force and integrating our acquisition of Digital Media Group. As a result of these factors, we anticipate that sales visibility for the first quarter of 2010 will be limited. In addition, a late Chinese New Year holiday this year, has hindered our ability to build sales momentum at the start of the quarter for our new platform. However, our integration with Digital Media Group and our new sales force restructuring have now been implemented and we believe full-year 2010 will give us the opportunity to clearly demonstrate the synergies of our expanded platform."

Fourth Quarter 2009 Results

VisionChina Media's total revenues were $31.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, an increase of 3.4% from $30.8 million in the third quarter of 2009.

Total broadcasting hours in the fourth quarter of 2009 were 36,250 hours, compared to 34,778 hours in the third quarter of 2009. Average advertising revenue per broadcasting hour was $796 in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to $845 per broadcasting hour in the third quarter of 2009. On average, the Company sold 6.93 advertising minutes per broadcasting hour in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to 6.86 advertising minutes per broadcasting hour in the third quarter of 2009.

During the fourth quarter of 2009, 354 advertisers purchased advertising time on the Company's advertising network either directly or through advertising agents compared to 334 advertisers in the third quarter of 2009.

Media cost, the most significant component of advertising service costs of total revenues, was $14.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, representing 82.8% of total advertising service costs, compared to $12.6 million, or 81.8% of total advertising service costs, in the third quarter of 2009. The increase in media cost for the fourth quarter of 2009 was primarily the result of increased media buying of advertising resources outside of the Company's exclusive network as a service to certain clients. As VisionChina Media's exclusive network has expanded in 2010, the Company expects the level of media purchases outside of its network to decrease in 2010 and future periods.

Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2009 was $14.5 million, a decrease of 5.4% from $15.4 million in the third quarter of 2009. Advertising service gross margin was 45.6% in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to 49.9% in the third quarter of 2009.

Selling and marketing expenses were $6.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, a decrease of 1.2% from $6.4 million in the third quarter of 2009. Selling and marketing expenses represented 19.7% of the Company's advertising service revenues in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to 20.6% in the third quarter of 2009.

General and administrative expenses were $2.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, an increase of 30.9% from $1.6 million in the third quarter of 2009. The increase in the fourth quarter as compared with the third quarter was primarily attributable to costs associated with professional service fees incurred for the acquisition of Digital Media Group.

Loss from equity method investments amounted to $0.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to a $0.3 million loss in the third quarter of 2009.

Operating profit was $6.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, a decrease of 13.9% from $7.3 million in the third quarter of 2009. The decrease was primarily due to a general increase in media costs and general and administrative expenses.

Net income attributable to VisionChina Media shareholders was $5.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, a decrease of 21.6% from $7.2 million in the third quarter of 2009. Basic and diluted net incomes per share in the fourth quarter of 2009 were $0.08 and $0.08, respectively. Non-GAAP net income in the fourth quarter was $7.2 million compared to $9.1 million in the third quarter of 2009.

As of December 31, 2009, the Company had 89,299 digital television displays in its network, compared to 84,560 as of September 30, 2009.

As of December 31, 2009, the Company had 553 employees, compared to 535 employees as of September 30, 2009,

The Company had cash and cash equivalents of $68.8 million as of December 31, 2009, a decrease of $43.9 million from $112.7 million as of September 30, 2009. The decrease was mainly a result of a restricted deposit pledged for obtaining an offshore foreign currency bank facility for the payment of the first installment of the consideration for the acquisition of Digital Media Group. Depreciation and amortization in the fourth quarter of 2009 was $1.3 million and capital expenditures were $0.2 million. The Company generated cash flows from operating activities of $18.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Full-Year 2009 Results

Total revenues in the full-year 2009 were $120.7 million, an increase of 16.0% from $104.1 in 2008.

Gross profit in the full-year 2009 was $59.6 million, a decrease of 5.4% from gross profit of $63.0 million in 2008. The year-over-year decrease in gross profit was primarily due to a general increase in media costs as the Company has expanded its media network. Advertising service gross margin was 49.4% in the full-year 2009.

Selling and marketing expenses in the full-year 2009 were $24.6 million, compared to $14.7 million in 2008. The increase was primarily attributable to the expansion of the Company's sales team, the strengthening of its sales capabilities, and the overall increase in sales activities in a market environment that was challenging throughout the full-year.

General and administrative expenses in the full-year 2009 were $7.4 million, compared to $5.4 million in 2008. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in staff costs and management expenses related to the Company's expansion of operations in 2009.

Loss from equity method investments in the full-year 2009 amounted to $1.0 million, compared to a loss of $0.5 million in 2008. The increase was primarily a result of further media network development costs and challenging sales environments for certain of the Company's equity joint-venture entities in 2009.

Operating profit in the full-year 2009 was $27.1 million, a decrease of 36.1% from $42.4 million in 2008. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to a general increase in media costs, as the Company has expanded its media network, and an increased sales and marketing expense in 2009.

The Company recognized an income tax expense of $2.3 million in the full-year 2009, compared to an income tax benefit of $0.2 million in 2008.

Net income attributable to VisionChina Media shareholders in the full-year 2009 was $26.6 million, compared to $46.8 million in 2008. The decrease was primarily due to the challenging sales environment seen in 2009 compared to 2008 deriving from the global economic recession. As a result, revenue growth did not expand in line with costs as the Company expanded in 2009. Basic and diluted net incomes per share in the full-year 2009 were $0.37 and $0.37, respectively. Non-GAAP net income in the full-year 2009 was $33.7 million, exceeding the Company's guidance of $31.0 million to $33.0 million.

Recent Developments

In January 2010, VisionChina Media announced the completion of the Company's previously announced acquisition of Digital Media Group, a leader in China's subway mobile television advertising market. The transaction creates China's largest and most comprehensive mobile television advertising network, furthering VisionChina Media's goal to become the foremost digital television platform reaching daytime audiences in China. The total consideration for the transaction, consisting of US$160 million in cash and shares, is payable by the Company to eligible shareholders of Digital Media Group in three installments over the next two years.

In December 2009, the Company signed an exclusive agreement with Changsha TV Digital Mobile Media Co. Ltd. expanding its network coverage to include Changsha, the capital city of Hunan province. The three-year exclusive agreement went into effect on January 1, 2010 and the Changsha mobile TV network features 2,444 screens on 1,222 buses.

Business Outlook

Total revenue in the first quarter of 2010 is expected to be no less than $22 million. During the first quarter, a number of factors have negatively impacted our revenue and revenue visibility. The Company expects that the negative impact of these factors will be short-term in nature and the Company expects revenue visibility to increase in subsequent quarters.

The Company bases these estimates on a foreign exchange rate of RMB6.8360 per US$1.00.

The Company noted that its guidance is based on its current network of 23 cities that, as of release date, have already been secured by contract. If and when more cities are added, either organically or through M&A activity, it will impact the management's forecast.

Conference Call

VisionChina's management will hold an earnings conference call at 8:00 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time on March 2, 2010 (9:00 AM Beijing/Hong Kong Time on March 3, 2010).

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

U.S. Toll Free: + 1 800 901 5213

Hong Kong: + 852 3002 1672

International: + 1 617 786 2962

Passcode for all regions: VisionChina Earnings Call

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following numbers until March 12, 2010.

U.S. Toll Free: +1 888 286 8010

International: +1 617 801 6888

Passcode: 97580099

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of this conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of VisionChina Media's website at http://www.visionchina.cn .

About VisionChina Media Inc.

VisionChina Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VISN) operates an out-of-home advertising network on mass transportation systems, including buses and subways that reaches over 40 million viewers each day in China, according to CTR Market Research. As of January 31, 2010 VisionChina Media's advertising network included 121,053 digital television displays on mass transportation systems in 23 of China's economically prosperous cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. VisionChina Media has the ability to deliver real-time, location-specific broadcasting, including news, stock quotes, weather and traffic reports and other entertainment programming. For more information, please visit http://www.visionchina.cn .

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to VisionChina Media's consolidated financial results under GAAP, the Company also provides non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP net income, excluding non-cash share-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets. The Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with another method for assessing VisionChina Media's operating results in a manner that is focused on the performance of its ongoing operations. 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. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the performance of VisionChina Media's liquidity and when planning and forecasting future periods.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and 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" and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this press release contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its registration statement on Form F-1 and its annual report on Form 20-F. 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 applicable law.

VISIONCHINA MEDIA INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Amounts in U.S. dollars)

December September December

31, 2009 30, 2009 31, 2008

ASSETS (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Note1)

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents 68,834,087 112,655,218 163,248,286

Restricted cash 64,368,455 -- --

Accounts receivable, net 37,050,076 45,898,745 38,296,590

Amounts due from related parties 4,334,472 4,796,170 5,225,564

Prepaid expenses and other current

assets 10,049,007 11,772,361 9,431,279

Deferred tax assets 41,309 152,675 273,325

Total current assets 184,677,406 175,275,169 216,475,044

Non-current Assets:

Fixed assets, net 9,192,741 9,445,797 10,205,784

Investments under equity method 6,670,189 6,765,512 7,686,065

Other investments 2,660,189 2,660,034 2,276,034

Long-term prepayments and deposits 65,241,570 22,605,286 21,888,068

Intangible assets 11,455,972 11,929,289 14,034,343

Goodwill 109,017,669 56,998,947 21,074,229

Total non-current assets 204,238,330 110,404,865 77,164,523

TOTAL ASSETS 388,915,736 285,680,034 293,639,567

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Short-term bank loan 40,800,000 -- --

Accounts payable 2,311,224 1,921,132 1,237,262

Amounts due to related parties 213,029 712,774 786,284

Consideration payable 47,873,901 -- 30,734,610

Income tax payable 2,411,156 1,512,307 39,209

Accrued expenses and other current

liabilities 9,326,208 7,270,756 9,507,341

Total current liabilities 102,935,518 11,416,969 42,304,706

Non-current Liabilities:

Long-term bank loan 731,294 -- --

Consideration payable 9,330,085 5,188,296 2,776,173

Deferred tax liabilities 2,503,125 2,606,638 2,924,073

Total non-current liabilities 12,564,504 7,794,934 5,700,246

Total liabilities 115,500,022 19,211,903 48,004,952

Equity:

Common shares 7,214 7,181 7,182

Additional paid-in capital 192,362,565 191,036,920 190,694,719

Accumulated profits 70,112,299 64,480,405 43,509,296

Accumulated other comprehensive

income 10,499,278 10,479,315 10,862,017

Total VisionChina Media Inc.

shareholders' equity 272,981,356 266,003,821 245,073,214

Non-controlling interest 434,358 464,310 561,401

Total equity 273,415,714 266,468,131 245,634,615

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 388,915,736 285,680,034 293,639,567

Note1: Information extracted from the audited financial statements

included in the 2008 Form 20-F of the Company filed with the

Securities and Exchange Commission on April 6, 2009, as modified

for the adoption of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No.

160 "Non-controlling Interest in Consolidated Financial Statements

- An amendment of Accounting Research Bulletin No. 51" ("SFAS 160"),

which resulted in the reclassification of amounts previously

attributable to minority interest to a separate component of

shareholders' equity titled "Non-controlling Interest" in the

condensed consolidated balance sheet.

VISIONCHINA MEDIA INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Amounts in thousand U.S. Dollars, except number of shares and per share

data)

For three months ended

December September December

31, 2009 30, 2009 31, 2008

(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)

Revenues:

Advertising service revenue 31,829 30,785 34,250

Total revenues 31,829 30,785 34,250

Cost of revenues:

Advertising service cost -17,309 -15,416 -14,592

Total cost of revenues -17,309 -15,416 -14,592

Gross profit 14,520 15,369 19,658

Operating expenses:

Selling and marketing -6,278 -6,356 -4,760

General and administrative -2,154 -1,646 -2,089

Total operating expenses -8,432 -8,002 -6,849

Government grant 293 245 --

Loss from equity method investees -96 -315 -5

Operating profit 6,285 7,297 12,804

Interest income 383 380 1,003

Interest expense -110 -- --

Government grant -- -- 672

Other income 1 -- --

Net income before income taxes 6,559 7,677 14,479

Income tax expenses (benefits) -957 -515 315

Net income 5,602 7,162 14,794

Net loss attributable to non-

controlling interest 30 24 26

Net income attributable to VisionChina

Media Inc. shareholders 5,632 7,186 14,820

Net income attributable to VisionChina

Media Inc. shareholders per share:

Basic 0.08 0.10 0.21

Diluted 0.08 0.10 0.20

Shares used in computation of net

income attributable to VisionChina

Media Inc. shareholders per share:

Basic 71,940,008 71,603,160 72,070,484

Diluted 73,024,531 72,487,904 73,275,526

Share-based compensation expenses

during the related periods included

in:

Cost of revenues -33 -13 -9

Selling and marketing expenses -690 -1,015 -344

General and administrative expenses -166 -160 -142

Total -889 -1,188 -495

Reconciliation from GAAP net income

attributable to VisionChina Media

Inc. shareholders to Adjusted Non-

GAAP net income attributable to

VisionChina Media Inc. shareholders:

Net income attributable to VisionChina

Media Inc. shareholders (GAAP) 5,632 7,186 14,820

Add back share-based compensation

expenses during the related periods 889 1,188 495

Add back intangible assets

amortization expenses during the

related periods 691 691 689

Net income attributable to VisionChina

Media Inc. shareholders (Non-GAAP) 7,212 9,065 16,004

VISIONCHINA MEDIA INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Amounts in thousand U.S. Dollars, except number of shares and per share

data)

For twelve months ended

December 31, December 31,

2009 2008

(Unaudited) (Note2)

Revenues:

Advertising service revenue 120,686 103,515

Advertising equipment revenue -- 565

Total revenues 120,686 104,080

Cost of revenues:

Advertising service cost -61,104 -40,602

Advertising equipment cost -- -475

Total cost of revenues -61,104 -41,077

Gross profit 59,582 63,003

Operating expenses:

Selling and marketing -24,621 -14,712

General and administrative -7,425 -5,414

Total operating expenses -32,046 -20,126

Government grant 538 --

Loss from equity method investees -999 -485

Operating profit 27,075 42,392

Interest income 1,860 3,480

Interest expense -110 --

Government grant -- 672

Other expenses -1 -39

Net income before income taxes 28,824 46,505

Income tax expenses (benefits) -2,348 213

Net income 26,476 46,718

Net loss attributable to non-

controlling interest 127 92

Net income attributable to

VisionChina Media Inc. shareholders 26,603 46,810

Net income attributable to

VisionChina Media Inc. shareholders

per share:

Basic 0.37 0.67

Diluted 0.37 0.65

Shares used in computation of net

income attributable to VisionChina

Media Inc. shareholders per share:

Basic 71,686,900 70,064,663

Diluted 72,676,438 72,404,916

Share-based compensation expenses

during the related periods included

in:

Cost of revenues -63 -39

Selling and marketing expenses -3,698 -1,164

General and administrative expenses -571 -264

Total -4,332 -1,467

Reconciliation from GAAP net income

attributable to VisionChina Media

Inc. shareholders to Adjusted Non-

GAAP net income attributable to

VisionChina Media Inc. shareholders:

Net income attributable to

VisionChina Media Inc. shareholders

(GAAP) 26,603 46,810

Add back share-based compensation

expenses during the related periods 4,332 1,467

Add back intangible assets

amortization expenses during the

related periods 2,761 1,660

Net income attributable to

VisionChina Media Inc. shareholders

(Non-GAAP) 33,696 49,937

Note2: Information extracted from the audited financial statements

included in the 2008 Form 20-F of the Company filed with the

Securities and Exchange Commission on April 6, 2009, as modified

for the adoption of SFAS 160, which resulted in the disclosure of

net loss previously attributable to minority interest separately

from the net income in the condensed consolidated statements of

operations.

Source: VisionChina Media Inc.
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