BEIJING, July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — TAL Education Group (NYSE: XRS) (“TAL” or the “Company”), a leading K-12 after-school tutoring services provider in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended May 31, 2016.
Highlights for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017
Financial and Operating Data — First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017
(In US$ thousands, except per ADS data, student enrollments and percentages)
“TAL enjoyed another quarter of strong topline growth due to the continuously high demand for small class tutoring in all cities. In the quarter we achieved 58% revenue growth in RMB terms, driven by a 57% year-over-year enrollment growth. We expanded small class classroom capacity by 50% year-over-year in the quarter and managed higher utilization rate and retention rates,” said Mr. Rong Luo, TAL’s Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Luo continued, “In the coming quarters, we expect our business momentum to continue giving us a strong and positive outlook. We will continue to invest in new initiatives and further advance our global brand building.”
Financial Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017
In the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, TAL reported net revenues of US$195.1 million, representing a 50.8% increase from US$129.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. The increase was mainly driven by an increase in total student enrollments, which increased by 56.8% to approximately 646,050 from approximately 412,120 in the same period of the prior year. The increase in total student enrollments was driven primarily by increases of enrollments in the small class offerings and online courses. Average selling price (ASP) decreased by 3.8% to US$302 in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 from US$314 in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. The decrease in ASP was mainly because of the foreign exchange rate fluctuation.
Operating Costs and Expenses
In the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, operating costs and expenses were US$178.0 million, a 62.1% increase from US$109.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. Non-GAAP operating costs and expenses, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, were US$169.6 million, a 62.0% increase from US$104.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016.
Cost of revenues increased by 64.8% to US$100.5 million from US$61.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. The increase in cost of revenues was mainly due to an increase in teacher compensation and rental costs, and the acquisition of Firstleap. Non-GAAP cost of revenues, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 64.8% to US$100.5 million, from US$61.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016.
Selling and marketing expenses increased by 58.2% to US$24.1 million from US$15.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. Non-GAAP selling and marketing expenses, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 58.2% to US$23.3 million, from US$14.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. The increase of selling and marketing expenses in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 was primarily a result of an increase in the compensation to sales and marketing staff to support a greater number of programs and service offerings compared to the year-ago period.
General and administrative expenses increased by 59.1% to US$53.4 million from US$33.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. The increase in general and administrative expenses was mainly due to an increase in the number of our general and administrative personnel compared to the year-ago period and an increase in compensation to our general and administrative personnel, in particular such personnel supporting our online education initiatives among other new programs and service offerings, as well as an increase in rental cost. Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 57.9% to US$45.8 million, from US$29.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016.
Total share-based compensation expenses allocated to the related operating costs and expenses increased by 65.7% to US$8.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 from US$5.1 million in the same period of fiscal year 2016.
Gross profit increased by 38.3% to US$94.6 million from US$68.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016.
Income from Operations
Income from operations decreased by 10.4% to US$17.6 million from US$19.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. Non-GAAP income from operations, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 5.3% to US$26.0 million from US$24.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016.
Other Income / (Expense)
Other expense was US$15.1 thousand for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, compared to other income of US$1.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. Other income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 was mainly due to foreign exchange gains. As the holding company held a significant portion of the cash balance denominated in RMB and reported in US Dollars in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, it benefited from exchange gains due to relative strength of the RMB.
Income Tax Expense
Income tax expense was US$4.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, compared to US$4.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016.
Net Income Attributable to TAL Education Group
Net income attributable to TAL decreased by 30.2% to US$13.2 million from US$19.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. Non-GAAP net income attributable to TAL, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, decreased by 10.0% to US$21.6 million, from US$24.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016.
Basic and Diluted Net Income per ADS
Basic and diluted net income per ADS were both US$0.16 in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017. Non-GAAP basic and Non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, were US$0.27 and US$0.25, respectively.
Capital expenditures for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 were US$12.7 million, an increase of US$6.4 million from US$6.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. The increase was mainly due to leasehold improvements and the purchase of servers, computers, software systems and other hardware for the Company’s teaching facilities and mobile network research and development.
Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Term Deposits
As of May 31, 2016, the Company had US$684.6 million of cash and cash equivalents and US$3.2 million of term deposits, compared to US$434.0 million of cash and cash equivalents and US$17.3 million of term deposits as of February 29, 2016.
As of May 31, 2016, the Company’s deferred revenue balance was US$558.7 million, compared to US$331.3 million as of May 31, 2015, representing a year-over-year increase of 68.7%, which was mainly contributed by the tuition revenue collected in advance for the Xueersi Peiyou small class summer and fall semesters.
Based on the Company’s current estimates, total net revenues for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 are expected to be between US$247.9 million and US$251.3 million, representing an increase of 43% to 45% on a year-over-year basis. If not including the impact from the recent depreciation of RMB against the U.S. Dollar, the projected revenue growth rate is expected to be in the range of 50% to 52% for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017.
These estimates reflect the Company’s current expectation, which is subject to change.
The Company will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss its financial results for the first fiscal quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended May 31, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on July 26, 2016 (8:00 p.m. Beijing time on July 26, 2016).
The dial-in details for the live conference call are as follows:
A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of TAL’s website at en.100tal.com.
A telephone replay of the conference call will be available through 9:59 a.m. U.S. Eastern time, August 3, 2016 (9:59 p.m. Beijing time, August 3, 2016).
The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:
Safe Harbor Statement
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About TAL Education Group
TAL Education Group is a leading K-12 after-school tutoring services provider in China. The acronym “TAL” stands for “Tomorrow Advancing Life,” which reflects our vision to promote top learning opportunities for Chinese students through both high-quality teaching and content, as well as leading edge application of technology in the education experience. TAL Education Group offers comprehensive tutoring services to students from pre-school to the twelfth grade through three flexible class formats: small classes, personalized premium services, and online courses. Our tutoring services cover the core academic subjects in China’s school curriculum including mathematics, English, Chinese, physics, chemistry, and biology. The Company’s learning center network includes 395 physical learning centers as of May 31, 2016, located in 25 key cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xi`an, Chengdu, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Taiyuan, Zhengzhou, Chongqing, Suzhou, Shenyang, Jinan, Shijiazhuang, Qingdao, Changsha, Luoyang, Nanchang, Ningbo, Wuxi, Fuzhou and Hefei. We also operate www.jzb.com, a leading online education platform in China. Our ADSs trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “XRS”.
About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In evaluating its business, TAL considers and uses the following measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the SEC as supplemental metrics to review and assess its operating performance: non-GAAP operating costs and expenses, non-GAAP cost of revenues, non-GAAP selling and marketing expenses, non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income attributable to TAL, non-GAAP basic and non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS. To present each of these non-GAAP measures, the Company excludes share-based compensation expenses. 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 table captioned “Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures” set forth at the end of this release.
TAL believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and liquidity by excluding share-based expenses that may not be indicative of its operating performance from a cash perspective. TAL believes that both management and investors benefit from 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 TAL’s historical performance and liquidity. TAL computes its non-GAAP financial measures using the same consistent method from quarter to quarter and from period to period. TAL 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 non-GAAP measures is that these non-GAAP measures exclude share-based compensation charges that have been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in the Company’s 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.
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