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Hailiang Education Group Inc. Reports Financial Results for The First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2020

2020-03-25 04:10 5362

HANGZHOU, China, March 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Hailiang Education Group Inc. (Nasdaq: HLG) ("Hailiang Education", the "Company" or "we"), an education and management service provider of primary, middle, and high schools in the PRC, today announced its financial results for the first six months of fiscal year 2020 ended December 31, 2019.

"We are very pleased to build a one-stop K-12 education integrated service platform by providing excellent basic, international education program and ancillary education services, delivering solid performance results. For the first six months of fiscal year 2020, our revenue was RMB736.7 million, increased by 12.9% from RMB652.7 million. Our net profit was RMB197.6 million, increased by 52.5% from RMB129.6 million. The increase was primarily due to the continued growth of tuition of our affiliated schools and the expansion of our study trips and overseas study consulting services. Furthermore, our earning capability continued to grow. For the first six months of fiscal year 2020, our gross profit margin was 32.3% and net profit margin was 26.8%, increased from 30.3% and 19.9%, respectively, compared to the same period last year," commented Mr. Ming Wang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hailiang Education.

Mr. Wang continued, "The outbreak of COVID-19[1] has caught the world off guard. Schools in many regions were ordered by the government to postpone the spring semester of 2020 or to suspend their ongoing classes. At present, it is estimated that the epidemic will have a negative impact on the operations of our study trip services and onsite educational training services. Besides, since there is still uncertainty about the beginning and ending time of the spring semester, we are evaluating the impact on the revenue recognition of K-12 educational services. We will continually monitor the development of the epidemic, assess the impact on our financial position and financial performance, orderly prepare for back-to-school in accordance with government directives, and timely disclose the impact of the outbreak on our financial position and operations. On the other hand, online education services have thrived during the outbreak of COVID-19. Relying on our abundant educational resources, outstanding facility capabilities, and technical advantages across our affiliated and management schools, we launched 'Hailiang VIP Cloud Virtual Classroom' in February 2020. As of February 29, 2020, more than 2,000 teachers and nearly 38,000 students were participating in the online live classes. Online education services are not just a countermeasure for this emergency, but we intend that it will be a growing and long-lasting creative initiative to supplement the way that we deliver quality innovative K-12 educational services."

Overview of Recent Operations

As of December 31, 2019, Hailiang Education sponsored and managed 38 schools, with an aggregate number of 67,821 students enrolled. As of December 31, 2019, we had 2,129 teachers and educational staff in our affiliated schools. To better recruit, develop and retain talents, we founded Cadre Army Academy and Excellent Teacher Development Academy in April 2019 and August 2019, respectively. These academies provide professional training programs to our staff, and we expect to cultivate outstanding school administrators and professional teaching staff.

Our efforts to deliver quality education were reflected by our students' academic accomplishment. As of February 29, 2020, 198 students from the 2020 graduating class of our international programs have received more than 500 offers, approximately 65% of these students received offers from global top 100 universities. In addition, our students have received remarkable achievements in Academic Competition, including competitions in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and computer science. Our students were awarded four national gold medals and two national silver medal, and five provincial first-prize, 18 provincial second-prize and 25 provincial third-prize.

Hailiang Education adheres to the hybrid development strategy, which combines asset-light mode, with self-construction and strategic acquisitions. As of the reporting date, one affiliated school and two managed schools are expected to start operations in September 2020.


Six Months Ended December 31,

(RMB millions, except per share data)

2019


2018


 % Change

 Revenue


736.7


652.7


12.9%

 Gross Profit


237.8


197.7


20.3%

 Gross Margin


32.3%


30.3%


2.0pp*

 Operating Profit


240.8


165.2


45.8%

 Operating Margin


32.7%


25.3%


7.4pp*

 Net Profit


197.6


129.6


52.5%

 Net Profit Margin


26.8%


19.9%


6.9pp*

 Earnings per Share


0.49


0.29


69.0%

*Note: pp represents percentage points

Financial Highlights for the First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2020

  • Revenue was RMB736.7 million (US$105.8 million), an increase of 12.9% from RMB652.7 million for the same period last year.
  • Gross profit was RMB237.8 million (US$34.2 million), an increase of 20.3% from RMB197.7 million for the same period last year.
  • Gross margin was 32.3% compared with 30.3% for the same period last year.
  • Net profit was RMB197.6 million (US$28.4 million), an increase of 52.5% from RMB129.6 million for the same period last year.
  • Net profit margin was 26.8% compared with 19.9% for the same period last year.
  • Basic and diluted earnings per share were RMB0.49 (US$0.07) compared with RMB0.29 for the same period last year.

Operational Highlights for the First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2020

  • As of December 31, 2019, the scale of the Company's school network was expanded to 38 schools, 10 of which were affiliated schools that we sponsored and 28 of which were managed schools that we provided education and management services. The aggregate number of enrollments in both our affiliated and managed schools were 67,821 students, an increase of 10.9% for the same period last year.
  • As of December 31, 2019, the total enrollment of students in our affiliated schools we sponsored was 23,630, an increase of 4.6% for the same period last year.
  • As of December 31, 2019, the number of students enrolled in the basic educational programs of our affiliated schools were 18,752, an increase of 4.0% from 18,034 as of December 31, 2018. The number of students enrolled in the international programs of our affiliated schools was 4,878, an increase of 7.1% from 4,555 as of December 31, 2018.
  • As of December 31, 2019, there is an aggregate of 2,129 teachers and educational staff in our affiliated schools, which includes 133 senior teachers, 15 golden Olympiad competition training coaches, 70 full-time foreign teachers, and 258 teachers with masters or doctoral degrees.

Financial Results for the First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2020

Revenue

Revenue was RMB736.7 million (US$105.8 million), an increase of 12.9% from RMB652.7 million for the same period last year.

The table below sets forth a breakdown of our total revenue:



Six Months Ended December 31,

(RMB millions)

2019


2018


 % Change

K-12 educational services

624.5


544.1


14.8%

  Basic educational program

411.8


355.1


16.0%

  International program


212.7


189.0


12.5%

Educational training services


43.4


59.8


-27.4%

Study trip services


43.1


26.5


62.6%

Education and management services


17.4


16.9


3.0%

Others


8.3


5.4


53.7%

Total revenue


736.7


652.7


12.9%

Revenue from K-12 educational services was RMB624.5 million (US$89.7 million), an increase of 14.8% from RMB544.1 million for the same period last year, primarily due to a 4.6% increase of the number of students enrolled and a 9.7% increase in average tuitions.

Revenue from the basic educational program was RMB411.8 million (US$59.1 million), an increase of 16.0% from RMB355.1 million for the same period last year. Revenue from the international program was RMB212.7 million (US$30.6 million), an increase of 12.5% from RMB189.0 million for the same period last year.

Revenue from educational training services was RMB43.4 million (US$6.2 million), a decrease of 27.4% from RMB59.8 million for the same period last year, mainly due to the decrease of the number of students enrolled in managed schools' educational training program since we stopped the educational training business in Jiangxi Province.

Revenue from study trip services was RMB43.1 million (US$6.2 million), an increase of 62.6% from RMB26.5 million for the same period last year, mainly derived from the increase in the number of students participating in study trips.

Revenue from education and management services was RMB17.4 million (US$2.5 million), a slight increase of 3.0% from RMB16.9 million for the same period last year. We provided various education and management services to schools located in Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Hubei and Shandong provinces.

Other revenue was RMB8.3 million (US$1.2 million), an increase of 53.7% from RMB5.4 million for the same period last year, mainly derived from the increased number of students in international program enrolled in overseas study consulting services.

Cost of Revenue

Cost of revenue was RMB498.9 million (US$71.7 million), an increase of 9.6% from RMB455.0 million for the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to increased compensation levels of employees and increased cost related to study trip services.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit was RMB237.8 million (US$34.2 million), an increase of 20.3% from RMB197.7 million for the same period last year.

Gross margin was 32.3% compared to 30.3% for the same period last year. The increase in gross margin was mainly due to the increase in student enrollments and average tuition.

Other income, net

Other income, net was RMB49.8 million (US$7.2 million), an increase of 403.0% from RMB9.9 million for the same period last year, which was mainly driven by an increase in government grants of discretionary and non-conditional subsidies we received from local government.

Operating expenses

Operating expenses were RMB46.7 million (US$6.7 million), an increase of 9.9% from RMB42.5 million for the same period last year.

Selling expenses were RMB15.1 million (US$2.2 million), an increase of 52.5% from RMB9.9 million for the same period last year. The increase was mainly attributable to the increasing sales commission payment related to educational training services.

Administrative expenses were RMB31.6 million (US$4.5 million), a slight decrease of 3.1% from RMB32.6 million for the same period last year.

Finance income

Finance income was RMB13.9 million (US$2.0 million), an increase of 11.2% from RMB12.5 million for the same period last year, which was primarily due to an increase in the interest income derived from term deposits held at a related party finance entity.

Finance costs

Finance costs were RMB3.9 million (US$0.6 million), which represent the interest portion of operating lease payment upon the adoption of IFRS 16.

Income tax expenses

Income tax expenses were RMB53.1 million (US$7.6 million) compared with RMB48.0 million for the same period last year. The increase was mainly driven by the growth of educational services that were subject to income tax.

Net Profit

Net profit was RMB197.6 million (US$28.4 million), an increase of 52.5% compared to RMB129.6 million for the same period of last year.

Basic and Diluted Earnings per share

Basic and diluted earnings per share were RMB0.49 (US$0.07) compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of RMB0.29 for the same period last year.

Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities was RMB476.1 million (US$68.4 million), a decrease of 26.4% from RMB646.9 million for the same period last year. The decrease was mainly due to more income taxes and labor costs paid during this year and a larger amount of the tuition of fiscal year 2020 received before June 30, 2019 compared with the same period last year. Net cash used in investing activities was RMB457.1 million (US$65.7 million) compared with RMB211.5 million for the same period last year. The increase was mainly due to the prepayment of lease rentals and partially offset by the increase of term deposits withdrawn upon the maturity from a related party finance entity compared with the same period last year. Net cash used in financing activities was RMB51.8 million (US$7.4 million), compared with RMB7.3 million for the same period last year, and the increase was mainly due to more dividends paid by a subsidiary of HLG to non-controlling interests and loan repayment to a related party.

Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB228.2 million (US$32.8 million), compared to RMB260.7 million as of June 30, 2019. As of December 31, 2019, the Company had cash deposit and term deposits held at a related party finance entity of RMB216.5 million (US$31.1 million) and RMB1,260.9 million (US$181.1 million), respectively. The cash deposit and term deposits held at a related party finance entity as of June 30, 2019 was RMB223.5 million and RMB1,387.1 million, respectively.

We have adopted IFRS 16 in the financial reporting period commencing July 1, 2019 and elects to use the modified retrospective approach. Therefore, comparative information has not been restated. As allowed by IFRS 16, we use the practical expedient to grandfather the previous assessment of which existing arrangements are, or contain leases. We apply the new definition of a lease in IFRS 16 only to contracts that are entered into on or after the date of initial application. In addition, short-term leases and leases of low-value assets are not elected for IFRS 16 adoption.

As at July 1, 2019, we recognized future lease payments and the corresponding right-of-use assets amounting to RMB411.1 million upon the initial adoption of IFRS 16, the majority of which related to the campus rental agreement with Hailiang Education Investment Group Ltd. ("Hailiang Investment"), a related party controlled by Mr. Feng. Per the supplementary contracts with Hailiang Investment regarding the lease of campuses in Zhuji city signed on September 6, 2019, we paid rental leases of RMB529.8 million for the remaining 18 years' rental period. Right-of-use assets of RMB530.4 million (US$76.2 million) and lease liabilities of RMB17.9 million (US$2.6 million) were recognized as of December 31, 2019.

Exchange Rate

This announcement contains translations of certain Renminbi (RMB) amounts into U.S. dollars (US$) at a specified rate solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, the translation of RMB into US$ has been made at RMB6.9618 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on December 31, 2019 as set forth in the H.10 Statistical Release of the Federal Reserve Board.

Conference Call

The Company expects to host its conference call for the financial results of the first six months of fiscal year 2020 at 9:00 am Eastern Time (6:00 am Pacific Time/9:00 pm Beijing Time) on Wednesday March 25, 2020. To attend the call, please use the information below for either dial-in access or webcast access. When prompted on dial-in, ask for "Hailiang Education Group/HLG."

Conference Call

Date:

March 25, 2020

Time:

9:00 am ET, U.S.

International Toll Free:

United States: +1 888-346-8982

Mainland China: +86 400-120-1203

Hong Kong: +852 800-905-945

International:

International: +1 412-902-4272

Conference ID:

Hailiang Education Group/HLG

Please dial in at least fifteen minutes before the call to ensure timely participation. For those unable to participate, an audio replay of the conference call will be available beginning approximately one hour after the end of the live call through April 1, 2020. The audio replay can be accessed by dialing +1-877-344-7529 within the United States or +1-412-317-0088 internationally and entering access code No. 10140637.

A live webcast and archive of the conference call will be available at http://ir.hailiangedu.com.

[1] COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. The above definition is taken from the World Health Organization.

About Hailiang Education Group Inc.

Hailiang Education (Nasdaq: HLG) is one of the largest primary, middle, and high school educational service providers in China. The Company primarily focuses on providing distinguished, specialized, and internationalized education. Hailiang Education is dedicated to providing students with high-quality primary, middle, and high school, and international educational services and highly valuing the quality of students' life, study, and development. Hailiang Education adapts its education services based upon its students' individual aptitudes. Hailiang Education is devoted to improving its students' academic capabilities, cultural accomplishments, and international perspectives. Hailiang Education operates multilingual programs including Chinese, English, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and French. In addition, Hailiang Education has launched various diversified high-quality courses, such as Mathematical Olympiad courses, A-level courses, Australia Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) courses, IELTS courses, TOEFL courses, as well as SAT courses. The Company has also formed an extensive cooperative network with more than 200 educational institutions and universities globally. Hailiang Education is committed to making great effort to provide its students with greater opportunities to enroll in well-known domestic and international universities to further their education. For more information, please visit http://ir.hailiangedu.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains information about Hailiang Education's view of its future expectations, plans, and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made under the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical facts in this announcement are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the following: general economic conditions in China, competition in the education industry in China, the expected growth of the Chinese private education market, Chinese governmental policies relating to private educational services and providers of such services, health epidemics and other outbreaks in China, the Company's business plans, the Company's future business development, results of operations, and financial condition, expected changes in the Company's revenue and certain cost or expense items, its ability to raise additional funding, its ability to maintain and grow its business, variability of operating results, its ability to maintain and enhance its brand, its development and introduction of new products and services, the number of students entrusted by schools, the successful integration of acquired companies, technologies and assets into its portfolio of software and services, marketing and other business development initiatives, dependence on key personnel, the ability to attract, hire, and retain personnel who possess the technical skills and experience necessary to meet the requirements of its clients, and its ability to protect its intellectual property, the outcome of ongoing, or any future, litigation or arbitration, including those relating to copyright and other intellectual property rights, and other risks detailed in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). Hailiang Education may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the SEC, 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 Hailiang Education's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, whether known or unknown, and are based on current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that the Company believes may affect its financial condition, results of operations, business strategy, and financial needs. Investors can identify these forward-looking statements by words or phrases such as "may," "will," "will make," "will be," "expect," "anticipate," "aim," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "potential," "continue," "endeavor to," "is/are likely to," or other similar expressions. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in our annual report on Form 20-F and other filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and Hailiang Education undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as may be required under applicable law. 

For more information, please contact: 

Mr. Litao Qiu
Board Secretary
Hailiang Education Group Inc.
Phone: +86-571-5812-1974
Email: ir@hailiangeducation.com 

Ms. Tina Xiao
Ascent Investor Relations LLC
Phone: +1-917-609-0333
Email: tina.xiao@ascent-ir.com 

 

 

Hailiang Education Group Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)



For Six Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2019


2018


RMB

USD


RMB

Revenue

736,676

105,817


652,715

Cost of revenue

(498,878)

(71,659)


(454,983)






Gross profit

237,798

34,158


197,732

Other income, net

49,785

7,151


9,866

Selling expenses

(15,124)

(2,172)


(9,877)

Administrative expenses

(31,645)

(4,546)


(32,553)






Operating profit

240,814

34,591


165,168

Finance income

13,878

1,993


12,463

Finance costs

(3,910)

(562)


-






Profit before tax

250,782

36,022


177,631

Income tax expenses

(53,145)

(7,634)


(48,049)






Net profit for the period

197,637

28,388


129,582

Profit attributable to:





Net profit attributable to the group's
   shareholders

201,944

29,007


119,922

Net (loss)/profit attributable to non-
   controlling interests

(4,307)

(619)


9,660






Other comprehensive income

1,223

176


3,223

Total comprehensive income

198,860

28,564


132,805

Comprehensive income attributable to:





Comprehensive income attributable to
   the group's shareholders

203,167

29,183


123,145

Comprehensive (loss)/income
   attributable to non-controlling
   interests

(4,307)

(619)


9,660






Earnings per share





  Basic earnings per share

0.49

0.07


0.29

  Diluted earnings per share

0.49

0.07


0.29






Weighted average shares outstanding





  Basic

412,450,256

412,450,256


412,450,256

  Diluted

412,450,256

412,450,256


412,450,256

 

 

Hailiang Education Group Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

(Amounts in thousands)



As of December 31,


As of June 30,


2019


2019


RMB

USD


RMB

Assets





Property and equipment, net

625,084

89,788


620,623

Intangible assets and goodwill, net

98,860

14,200


99,525

Right-of-use assets

530,435

76,192


-

Contract costs

13,963

2,006


9,899

Prepayments to third party suppliers

69

10


94

Deferred tax assets

252

36


-

Non-current assets

1,268,663

182,232


730,141






Trade receivables

6,250

897


-

Other receivables due from related parties

87,834

12,617


91,674

Other current assets

47,628

6,841


31,706

Term Deposits held at a related party finance
   entity

1,260,880

181,114


1,387,094

Restricted bank deposits

1,600

230


1,613

Cash and cash equivalents

228,196

32,778


260,684

Current assets

1,632,388

234,477


1,772,771






Total assets

2,901,051

416,709


2,502,912






Equity





Share capital

268

38


268

Share premium

134,583

19,332


134,583

Contributed capital

251,034

36,059


251,034

Reserves

387,644

55,682


360,914

Retained earnings

1,081,446

155,340


905,009






Total Hailiang Education Group Inc.
   shareholders' equity

1,854,975

266,451


1,651,808

Non-controlling interests

8,274

1,188


37,439

Total equity

1,863,249

267,639


1,689,247






Liabilities





Contract liabilities

2,439

350


2,579

Deferred tax liabilities

4,710

677


4,691

Lease liabilities

16,285

2,339


-

Non-current liabilities

23,434

3,366


7,270






Trade and other payables due to third parties

161,009

23,126


218,122

Other payables due to related parties

99,728

14,325


134,745

Contract liabilities

713,136

102,436


398,951

Income tax payable

38,920

5,591


54,577

Lease liabilities

1,575

226


-

Current liabilities

1,014,368

145,704


806,395






Total liabilities

1,037,802

149,070


813,665






Total equity and liabilities

2,901,051

416,709


2,502,912

The foreign exchange of RMB into US$ has been made at RMB6.9618 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on December 31, 2019 as set forth in the H.10 Statistical Release of the Federal Reserve Board.

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