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New Oriental Announces Results for the First Fiscal Quarter Ended August 31, 2019
10/22/2019 at 4:23 AM EDT
Quarterly Net Revenues Increased by 24.6% Year-Over-Year
Quarterly Student Enrollments Increased by 50.4% Year-Over-Year
Quarterly Operating Income Increased by 52.6% Year-Over-Year
Quarterly Net Income Attributable to New Oriental Increased by 69.6% Year-Over-Year

BEIJING, Oct. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (the "Company" or "New Oriental") (NYSE: EDU), the largest provider of private educational services in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first fiscal quarter ended August 31, 2019, which is the first quarter of New Oriental's fiscal year 2020.   

Financial Highlights for the First Fiscal Quarter Ended August 31, 2019

  • Total net revenues increased by 24.6% year-over-year to US$1,071.8 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2020.
  • Operating income increased by 52.6% year-over-year to US$246.2 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2020.
  • Net income attributable to New Oriental increased by 69.6% year-over-year to US$209.0 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2020.
  • Key Financial Results

    (in thousands US$, except per ADS(1) data)

    1Q FY2020

    1Q FY2019

    % of change

    Net revenues

    1,071,777

    859,846

    24.6%

    Operating income

    246,196

    161,335

    52.6%

    Non-GAAP operating income (2)(3)

    257,216

    175,255

    46.8%

    Net income attributable to New Oriental

    208,990

    123,232

    69.6%

    Non-GAAP net income attributable to New Oriental (2)(3)

    230,162

    184,136

    25.0%

    Net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental - basic

    1.32

    0.78

    69.9%

    Net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental - diluted

    1.31

    0.77

    69.1%

    Non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental

     - basic(3)(4)

    1.45

    1.16

    25.3%

    Non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental

     - diluted(3)(4)

    1.44

    1.16

    24.6%





    (1)   Each ADS represents one common share.

    (2)   GAAP represents Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America.

    (3)   New Oriental provides net income attributable to New Oriental, operating income and net income per ADS
           attributable to New Oriental on a non-GAAP basis that excludes share-based compensation expenses and
           loss from fair value change of long-term investments to provide supplemental information regarding its
           operating performance. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the
           section captioned "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and the tables captioned "Reconciliations of Non-
           GAAP Measures to the Most Comparable GAAP Measures" set forth at the end of this release.

    (4)   The Non-GAAP net income per ADS is computed using Non-GAAP net income and the same number of
           shares and ADSs used in GAAP basic and diluted EPS calculation.

     

    Operating Highlights for the First Fiscal Quarter Ended August 31, 2019

  • Total student enrollments in academic subjects tutoring and test preparation courses increased by 50.4% year-over-year to approximately 2,609,200 for the first fiscal quarter of 2020.
  • The total number of schools and learning centers was 1,261 as of August 31, 2019, an increase of 161 compared to 1,100 as of August 31, 2018, and an increase of 7 compared to 1,254 as of May 31, 2019. The total number of schools was 95 as of August 31, 2019.
  • Michael Yu, New Oriental's Executive Chairman, commented, "We are very pleased to start fiscal 2020 with robust top line growth of 24.6%, or 29.7% if measured in Renminbi, which exceeded the high-end of our expected range. Moreover, we achieved a remarkable year-over-year improvement in operating margin.  The K-12 after-school tutoring business continued to be our key growth driver, and achieved a year-over-year revenue growth of approximately 35%, or 40% if measured in Renminbi. Furthermore, our U-Can middle and high school all-subjects after-school tutoring business grew by approximately 33%, or 38% if measured in Renminbi, while our POP Kids program achieved a growth of approximately 38%, or 44% if measured in Renminbi."

    Chenggang Zhou, New Oriental's Chief Executive Officer, added, "As we continued to implement our well-proven "Optimize the Market" Strategy, we remained committed to carry out capacity expansion in cities where we see potential for rapid growth and strong profitability. During this quarter, we added a net of seven learning centers in existing cities. The total square meters of classroom area by the end of this quarter increased approximately 24% year-over-year, and 3% quarter-over-quarter. Furthermore, in this quarter we once again delivered a highly successful summer promotion campaign, offering low-cost offline trial courses for multiple subjects across most of our existing cities, targeting students before they begin secondary school. We are very encouraged to see that even with a doubled average price compared to last year, total promotion enrollments reached 820,000, an 8% increase year-over-year, accompanied by improved student retention year-over-year. Meanwhile, we also continued to strengthen our online-merge-offline (OMO) standardized classroom teaching system, in addition to launching an innovative interactive courseware for the POP kids program in certain major cities, creating more interactive and high-quality learning experience for our students. We also made further strategic investment into dual-teacher model classes and new initiatives for K-12 tutoring through Koolearn.com, our pure online education platform. With our core dual competencies in both offline and online education services, we are confident to capture the substantial business opportunities in low-tier cities and remote areas moving forward."

    Stephen Zhihui Yang, New Oriental's Chief Financial Officer, commented, "During this quarter, we continued to fine-tune our capacity expansion at a controlled and balanced pace, which supported our delivery of a strong bottom line performance, compounded with year-over-year operating margin expansion. Our non-GAAP operating income increased by 46.8% year-over-year to approximately US$257.2 million, while non-GAAP operating margin rose by 360 basis points to 24.0%, from 20.4% a year ago. We will also sharpen our focus on utilizing facilities and improving operating efficiency. Thus, we are confident in our ability to deliver consistent margin improvement, and create sustainable long-term value to our customers and shareholders."

    Financial Results for the First Fiscal Quarter Ended August 31, 2019

    Net Revenues

    For the first fiscal quarter of 2020, New Oriental reported net revenues of US$1,071.8 million, representing a 24.6% increase year-over-year. Net revenues from educational programs and services for the first fiscal quarter were US$996.5 million, representing a 25.0% increase year-over-year. The growth was mainly driven by increases in student enrollments in K-12 after-school tutoring courses.

    Total student enrollments in academic subjects tutoring and test preparation courses in the first fiscal quarter of 2020 increased by 50.4% year-over-year to approximately 2,609,200. The higher-than-normal increase in the number of student enrollments is primarily due to the division of the autumn semester into two parts. Under this method, student enrollments in the autumn semester are recorded separately for each part and the student enrollments for each part fall into separate quarters. This practice was adopted in November 2018 to comply with the latest regulatory requirements.

    Operating Costs and Expenses

    Operating costs and expenses for the quarter were US$825.6 million, representing a 17.9% increase year-over-year. Non-GAAP operating costs and expenses for the quarter, which exclude share-based compensation expenses, were US$814.6 million, representing an 18.7% increase year-over-year

  • Cost of revenues increased by 19.8% year-over-year to US$440.2 million, primarily due to increases in teachers' compensation for more teaching hours and higher rental costs for the increased number of schools and learning centers in operation.
  • Selling and marketing expenses increased by 1.9% year-over-year to US$101.2 million.
  • General and administrative expenses for the quarter increased by 21.6% year-over-year to US$284.2 million. Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, which exclude share-based compensation expenses, were US$273.5 million, representing a 24.5% increase year-over-year.
  • Total share-based compensation expenses, which were allocated to related operating costs and expenses, decreased by 20.8% to US$11.0 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2020.

    Operating Income and Operating Margin

    Operating income was US$246.2 million, representing a 52.6% increase year-over-year. Non-GAAP income from operations for the quarter was US$257.2 million, representing a 46.8% increase year-over-year.

    Operating margin for the quarter was 23.0%, compared to 18.8% in the same period of the prior fiscal year. Non-GAAP operating margin, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, for the quarter was 24.0%, compared to 20.4% in the same period of the prior fiscal year.

    Net Income and EPS

    Net income attributable to New Oriental for the quarter was US$209.0 million, representing a 69.6% increase from the same period of the prior fiscal year. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to New Oriental were US$1.32 and US$1.31, respectively.

    Non-GAAP Net Income and Non-GAAP EPS

    Non-GAAP net income attributable to New Oriental for the quarter was US$230.2 million, representing a 25.0% increase from the same period of the prior fiscal year. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to New Oriental were US$1.45 and US$1.44, respectively.

    Cash Flow

    Net operating cash flow for the first fiscal quarter of 2020 was approximately US$364.6 million. Capital expenditures for the quarter were US$64.3 million, which were primarily attributable to opening of 43 facilities and renovations at existing learning centers.

    Balance Sheet

    As of August 31, 2019, New Oriental had cash and cash equivalents of US$973.2 million, as compared to US$1,414.2 million as of May 31, 2019. In addition, the Company had US$351.6 million in term deposits, US$2,010.7 million in short-term investment as of August 31, 2019.

    New Oriental's deferred revenue balance, which is cash collected from registered students for courses and recognized proportionally as revenue as the courses are delivered, at the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 was US$1,330.7 million, an increase of 16.0% as compared to US$1,146.7 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2019. The lower-than usual-increase was due to the change of tuition fees collection schedule for K-12 after-school tutoring courses, in compliance with the latest regulatory requirements. This change was implemented during the second quarter of fiscal year 2019.

    New Accounting Standard

    The Company adopted the new lease accounting standard (ASC 842) on June 1, 2019, using the modified retrospective transition method resulting in the recording of operating lease right-of-use assets of US$1,224.5 million and operating lease liabilities of US$1,212.6 million on the balance sheet. Prior period amounts have not been adjusted and continue to be reported in accordance with the previous accounting guidance. The adoption of the new guidance did not have a material effect on the consolidated statements of operations.

    Outlook for Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2020

    New Oriental expects total net revenues in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 (September 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019) to be in the range of US$753.6 million to US$771.0 million, representing a year-over-year growth in the range of 26% to 29%.

    The projected growth rate of revenue in our functional currency Renminbi is expected to be in the range of 30% to 33% for the second quarter of the fiscal year 2020. The exchange rate used to calculate expected revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 is 7.11. The historical exchange rate used to calculate revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was 6.90.

    This forecast reflects New Oriental's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

    Conference Call Information

    New Oriental's management will host an earnings conference call at 8 AM on October 22, 2018, U.S. Eastern Time (8 PM on October 22, 2018, Beijing/Hong Kong Time).

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

    Mainland China:

    +400-620-8038

    US:              

    +1-845-675-0437

    Hong Kong:  

    +852-3018-6771

    UK:              

    +44-20-3621-4779

    Passcode:

    3660734

    Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.

    A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following number until October 30, 2019:

    International:

    +61 2 8199 0299

    Passcode: 

    3660734

    Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available at http://investor.neworiental.org.

    About New Oriental

    New Oriental is the largest provider of private educational services in China based on the number of program offerings, total student enrollments and geographic presence. New Oriental offers a wide range of educational programs, services and products consisting primarily of language training and test preparation, primary and secondary school education, online education, content development and distribution, overseas study consulting services, pre-school education and study tour. New Oriental's ADSs, each of which represents one common share, currently trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "EDU."

    For more information about New Oriental, please visit http://english.neworiental.org.

    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 outlook for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019, quotations from management in this announcement, as well as New Oriental's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. New Oriental may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports 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 New Oriental's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: our ability to attract students without a significant decrease in course fees; our ability to continue to hire, train and retain qualified teachers; our ability to maintain and enhance our "New Oriental" brand; our ability to effectively and efficiently manage the expansion of our school network and successfully execute our growth strategy; the outcome of ongoing, or any future, litigation or arbitration, including those relating to copyright and other intellectual property rights; competition in the private education sector in China; changes in our revenues and certain cost or expense items as a percentage of our revenues; 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; and general economic conditions in China. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in our annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. New Oriental does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and New Oriental undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

    About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

    To supplement New Oriental's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, New Oriental uses the following measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the SEC: net income excluding share-based compensation expenses and gain / (loss) from fair value change of long-term investments, operating income excluding share-based compensation expenses, operating cost and expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses, general and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses, operating margin excluding share-based compensation expenses, and basic and diluted net income per ADS and per share excluding share-based compensation expenses and gain / (loss) from fair value change of long-term investments. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the tables captioned "Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures" set forth at the end of this release.

    New Oriental believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and liquidity by excluding share-based compensation expenses and gain / (loss) from fair value change of long-term investments that may not be indicative of its operating performance from a cash perspective. New Oriental believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to New Oriental's historical performance and liquidity. New Oriental believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. A limitation of using these non-GAAP measures is that they exclude share-based compensation charge and gain / (loss) from fair value change of long-term investments that has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in our business. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying tables have more details on the reconciliations between GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures.

    Contacts

    For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

    Ms. Joanne Wong
    FTI Consulting
    Tel: +852-3768-4747
    Email: joanne.wong@fticonsulting.com

    Ms. Sisi Zhao
    New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc.
    Tel: +86-10-6260-5568
    Email: zhaosisi@xdf.cn

     

     

     

    NEW ORIENTAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC.

    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

    (In thousands)



    As of August 31


    As of May 31

    2019


    2019

    (Unaudited)


    (Audited)


    USD


    USD

    ASSETS:




    Current assets:




    Cash and cash equivalents

    973,197


    1,414,171

    Restricted cash

    43


    43

    Term deposits

    351,556


    108,672

    Short-term investments

    2,010,697


    1,668,689

    Accounts receivable, net

    3,960


    3,300

    Inventory, net

    29,629


    29,046

    Prepaid expenses and other current assets, net

    222,911


    199,677

    Amounts due from related parties, current

    46,321


    42,644

    Total current assets

    3,638,314


    3,466,242





    Restricted cash, non-current

    3,643


    4,013

    Property and equipment, net

    544,005


    532,015

    Land use rights, net

    6,140


    6,405

    Amounts due from related parties, non-current

    1,858


    1,204

    Long-term deposits

    48,545


    49,742

    Long-term prepaid rents

    470


    442

    Intangible assets, net

    12,483


    13,935

    Goodwill, net

    77,457


    79,614

    Long-term investments, net

    432,168


    404,704

    Deferred tax assets, non-current, net

    63,275


    61,467

    Right-of-use assets

    1,224,508


    -

    Other non-current assets

    15,369


    26,776

    Total assets

    6,068,235


    4,646,559





    LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




    Current liabilities:




        Accounts payable (including accounts payable of the consolidated variable interest entities
    without recourse to New Oriental of US$33,646 and US$35,486 as of May 31, 2019 and August 31,
    2019, respectively)

    35,917


    34,057

        Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (including accrued expenses and other current
    liabilities of the consolidated variable interest entities without recourse to New Oriental of
    US$518,937 and US$519,884 as of May 31, 2019 and August 31, 2019, respectively)

    576,327


    576,521

        Income taxes payable (including income tax payable of the consolidated variable interest
    entities without recourse to New Oriental of US$79,067 and US$128,783 as of May 31, 2019
    and August 31, 2019, respectively)

    133,661


    94,071

        Amounts due to related parties (including amounts due to related parties of the consolidated
    variable interest entities without recourse to New Oriental of US$472 and US$961 as of May 31,
    2019 and August 31, 2019, respectively)

    961


    472

        Deferred revenue (including deferred revenue of the consolidated variable interest entities
    without recourse to New Oriental of US$1,268,318 and US$1,317,690 as of May 31, 2019 and
    August 31, 2019, respectively)

    1,330,704


    1,301,103

        Operating Lease Liability-current (including operating lease liabilities-current of the
    consolidated variable interest entities without recourse to New Oriental of nil and US$331,681
    as of May 31, 2019 and August 31, 2019, respectively)

    343,085


    -





    Total current liabilities

    2,420,655


    2,006,224





        Deferred tax liabilities, non-current (including deferred tax liabilities of the consolidated
    variable interest entities without recourse to New Oriental of US$18,607 and US$19,325 as of
    May 31, 2019 and August 31, 2019, respectively)

    18,944


    18,781

        Long term loan (including long term loan of the consolidated variable interest entities without
    recourse to New Oriental of nil and nil as of May 31, 2019 and August 31, 2019, respectively)

    95,213


    96,457

        Operating lease liabilities (including operating lease liabilities of the consolidated variable
    interest entities without recourse to New Oriental of nil and US$865,647 as of May 31, 2019
    and August 31, 2019, respectively)

    869,564


    -









    Total liabilities

    3,404,376


    2,121,462





    Equity




      New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. shareholders' equity

    2,505,550


    2,360,686

      Non-controlling interests

    158,309


    164,411

    Total equity

    2,663,859


    2,525,097





    Total liabilities and equity

    6,068,235


    4,646,559

     

     

     

    NEW ORIENTAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC.

    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

    (In thousands except for per share and per ADS amounts)






    For the Three Months Ended August 31


    2019


    2018


    (Unaudited)


    (Unaudited)


    USD


    USD

    Net revenues

    1,071,777


    859,846





    Operating cost and expenses (note 1)




    Cost of revenues

    440,229


    367,399

    Selling and marketing

    101,193


    99,301

    General and administrative

    284,159


    233,662

    Total operating cost and expenses

    825,581


    700,362

    Gain on disposal of a subsidiary

    -


    1,851

    Operating income

    246,196


    161,335

    Loss from fair value change of long-term investments

    (11,282)


    (46,984)

    Other income, net

    19,953


    33,509

    Provision for income taxes

    (50,836)


    (25,684)

    Loss from equity method investments

    (803)


    (1,053)





    Net income

    203,228


    121,123

    Add: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests

    5,762


    2,109





    Net income attributable to New Oriental Education &
    Technology Group Inc.'s shareholders

    208,990


    123,232





    Net income per common share




           - Basic

    1.32


    0.78

           - Diluted

    1.31


    0.77





    Net income per ADS (note 2)




           - Basic

    1.32


    0.78

           - Diluted

    1.31


    0.77

     

     

     

    NEW ORIENTAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC.

    RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO THE MOST COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES

    (In thousands except for per share and per ADS amounts)




    For the Three Months Ended August 31


    2019


    2018


    (Unaudited)


    (Unaudited)


    USD


    USD





    General and administrative expenses

    284,159


    233,662

    Less: Share-based compensation expenses in general and
    administrative expenses

    10,619


    13,920

    Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses

    273,540


    219,742





    Total operating cost and expenses

    825,581


    700,362

    Less: Share-based compensation expenses

    11,020


    13,920

    Non-GAAP operating cost and expenses

    814,561


    686,442





    Operating income

    246,196


    161,335

    Add: Share-based compensation expenses

    11,020


    13,920

    Non-GAAP operating income

    257,216


    175,255





    Operating margin

    23.0%


    18.8%

    Non-GAAP operating margin

    24.0%


    20.4%





    Net income attributable to New Oriental

    208,990


    123,232

    Add: Share-based compensation expenses

    9,890


    13,920

    Add: Loss from fair value change of long-term
    investments

    11,282


    46,984

    Non-GAAP net income attributable to New Oriental

    230,162


    184,136





    Net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental- Basic
    (note 2)

    1.32


    0.78

    Net  income per ADS attributable to New Oriental-
    Diluted (note 2)

    1.31


    0.77





    Non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to New
    Oriental - Basic (note 2)

    1.45


    1.16

    Non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to New
    Oriental - Diluted (note 2)

    1.44


    1.16





    Weighted average shares used in calculating basic net
    income per ADS (note 2)

    158,246,454


    158,573,830

    Weighted average shares used in calculating diluted net
    income per ADS (note 2)

    159,667,569


    159,193,707





    Non-GAAP income per share - basic

    1.45


    1.16

    Non-GAAP income per share - diluted

    1.44


    1.16

    Notes:







    Note 1: Share-based compensation expenses (in thousands) are included in the operating cost and expenses as follows:







    For the Three Months Ended August 31



    2019


    2018



    (Unaudited)


    (Unaudited)



    USD


    USD


    Cost of revenues

    36


    -


    Selling and marketing

    365


    -


    General and administrative expenses

    10,619


    13,920


    Total

    11,020


    13,920









    Note 2: Each ADS represents one common share.




     

     

     

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