China Digital TV Announces Unaudited First Quarter 2008 Results - May 14, 2008

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China Digital TV Announces Unaudited First Quarter 2008 Results

PRNewswire
May 14, 2008

BEIJING, China, May 14 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- China Digital TV Holding, Co. Ltd. (''China Digital TV'' or the ''Company''), the leading provider of conditional access (CA) systems to China's rapidly growing digital television market, announced today its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008.

  Highlights for the First Quarter 2008

  -- Total revenues in the first quarter were US$17.4 million, an increase
     of 65.7% from the corresponding period in 2007 and a decrease of 11.7%
     from the fourth quarter of 2007.

  -- Net income for the first quarter was US$11.4 million, an increase of
     84.1% from the corresponding period in 2007 and a decrease of 11.5%
     from the fourth quarter of 2007.

  -- Basic earnings per share in the first quarter were US$0.20, compared to
     US$0.14 in the same period of 2007 and US$0.23 in the fourth quarter of
     2007.

  -- China Digital TV sold 2.3 million smart cards during the first quarter,
     an increase of 78.3% from the corresponding period in 2007 and a
     decrease of 11.5% from the fourth quarter of 2007.

  -- Gross margin was 80.9% for the first quarter of 2008, compared to 83.7%
     in the same period in 2007 and 79.8% in the fourth quarter of 2007.

  -- Operating margin, defined as income from operations divided by net
     revenue, for the first quarter of 2008 was 59.1%, compared to 64.0% for
     the same period of 2007, and 54.0% for the fourth quarter of 2007.

  -- During the first quarter, according to market data collected by the
     Company, China Digital TV entered into 6 new contracts to install CA
     systems out of a total of 9 contracts entered into in China during the
     quarter, demonstrating the Company's superior competitive advantage in
     the CA market.

''I am pleased to report another quarter of solid growth,'' said Mr. Jianhua Zhu, China Digital TV's chief executive officer. ''Despite expected seasonal weakness in the first quarter, we saw impressive growth across all sectors of our business compared to the corresponding period of 2007. This quarter alone we shipped 2.3 million smart cards, bringing our total number of cards shipped to date to more than 15 million. We continue to be the market leader with 170 contracts signed with network operators to provide CA systems. As those network operators deepen the penetration of digital television in their respective areas, we expect to maintain strong momentum of smart card sales in the near future.''

Dr. Zengxiang Lu, China Digital TV's chairman and chief strategy officer, commented, ''Our revenue from smart cards has been so strong that we've been able to invest heavily in our newly established subsidiary, Beijing Novel- Super Media Investment Co., Ltd., which is dedicated to the exploration of revenue-sharing models with network operators. We now have about 70 employees working for the subsidiary and continued to work on PC-TV services and electronic program guides (EPG) based advertising platforms this quarter. Our PC-TV products are in trial phases with five cable operators and our EPG-based platform is already in use with select operators. We are confident that these value-added services will contribute to China Digital's growth in the future.''

First Quarter 2008 Results

(Note: Unless otherwise stated, all financial statement amounts used in this press release are based on U.S. GAAP.)

For the first quarter of 2008, China Digital TV reported net revenues of US$17.2 million, an increase of 65.4% from US$10.4 million in the first quarter of 2007 and a decrease of 11.8% from US$19.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. The quarter-over-quarter decrease in net revenues was expected as the first quarter is typically the weakest season for smart card shipments. During the Chinese New Year period, the working calendar is shortened by one to two weeks when most network operators are not in operation. Additionally, cable operators tend to delay their purchase decisions until after the annual China Content Broadcasting Network (CCBN) industry show in March of each year.

In the first quarter of 2008, China Digital TV entered into 6 new contracts to install CA systems with network cable operators out of a total of 9 such contracts signed in China.

Revenues from smart cards and related products were US$15.8 million in the first quarter of 2008, an increase of 75.6% from the same period of 2007 and a decrease of 11.4% from US$17.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. The movement in revenue generally reflected the change in volume of smart cards sold. Sales of smart cards and related products made up 91.1% of the total revenues for this quarter. China Digital TV sold 2.3 million smart cards in the first quarter 2008, an increase of 78.3% from the same period of 2007 and a decrease of 11.5% from the fourth quarter of 2007.

Revenues from services were US$1.6 million in the first quarter 2008, an increase of 5.0% from the same period in 2007 and a decrease of 14.9% from the fourth quarter 2007. Service revenue was 8.9% of total revenues for this quarter.

Gross profit for the first quarter of 2008 was US$14.0 million, an increase of 60.0% from US$8.7 million in the same period of 2007 and a decrease of 10.5% from US$15.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. Gross margin was 80.9% for the first quarter of 2008, compared to 83.7% in the same period in 2007 and 79.8% in the fourth quarter of 2007. The slight quarter- over-quarter increase was mainly due to the Company's ability to maintain a relatively stable average selling price (ASP) of smart cards.

Operating expenses for the first quarter of 2008 were US$3.7 million, an increase of 83.6% from US$2.0 million in the same period of 2007 and a decrease of 25.4% from US$5.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2007.

  -- Research and development expenses for this quarter increased 59.2% to
     US$1.4 million from US$0.9 million in the same period of 2007 and
     decreased 3.2% from US$1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. The
     year-over-year increases were largely due to an increase of more than
     70 R&D headcount during the year-long period.

  -- Sales and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2008 increased
     65.7% to US$1.0 million from US$0.6 million in the same period of 2007
     and decreased 37.3% from US$1.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2007.
     The year-over-year increases were primarily due to increased sales and
     marketing headcount while the quarter-over-quarter decreases were
     mainly the result of slight decreases in marketing campaign spending
     and a break from marketing efforts during the Chinese New Year holiday.

  -- General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2008
     increased 148.6% to US$1.3 million from US$0.5 million in the same
     period of 2007 and decreased 32.5% from US$1.9 million in the fourth
     quarter of 2007.  The year-over-year increase was primarily due to
     additional headcount.  The G&A expense declined quarter-over-quarter
     mainly because the Company incurred certain significant professional
     service expenses in the fourth quarter of 2007 as a result of being a
     newly listed public company in the US.

Operating margin, defined as income from operations divided by net revenue, for the first quarter of 2008 was 59.1%, compared to 64.0% for the same period of 2007 and 54.0% for the fourth quarter of 2007.

Income tax expense in the first quarter of 2008 was US$1.3 million, an increase of 138.6% year-over-year and 182.3% sequentially, due to the significant increase in the income before tax and the new Enterprise Income Tax Law of the PRC, which took effect in January, 2008. The Company plans to apply for ''New and High-Tech Enterprise'' status, with an applicable 15% tax rate and a 50% reduction in 2008. But under applicable accounting rules, until the Company receives official approval of this status, income tax expense is calculated based on the 25% statutory tax rate provided for in the new Enterprise Income Tax Law and a 50% reduction, resulting in a 12.5% income tax rate for the first quarter of 2008, rather than the 7.5% tax rate used last year. Such an increase in tax rate contributed to the increase in our income tax expense in the first quarter.

Net income for the first quarter of 2008 was US$11.4 million, an increase of 84.1% from US$6.2 million in the same period of 2007 and a decrease of 11.5% from US$12.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. In the first quarter of 2008 basic and diluted earnings per share were US$0.20 and US$0.19, respectively.

As of March 31, 2008, China Digital TV had cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and deposits with maturity over three months totaling US$258.5 million. Operating cash flow in the first quarter of 2008 was a net inflow of approximately US$9.7 million.

Non-GAAP net income, defined as net income excluding certain non-cash expenses, including share-based compensation expenses and amortization of acquired intangible assets, for the first quarter of 2008 was US$11.9 million, an increase of 39.5% from US$6.7 million in the same period of 2007 and a decrease of 20.0% from US$13.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Outlook for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008

Based on information available on May 14, 2008, China Digital TV expects its net revenues for the second quarter of 2008 to be in the range of US$17.5 million to US$19.5 million, representing year-over-year growth in the range of 57.2% to 75.2%.

Updated Outlook for the full year 2008

Based on information available on May 14, 2008, China Digital TV reiterates its expectation of net revenues for the full year 2008 to be in the range of US$79 million to US$84 million, representing year-over-year growth in the range of 42.5% to 51.5%.

China Digital TV's management will hold a conference call at 8 p.m. on May 14, 2008 U.S. Eastern Time (8a.m. on May 15, 2008 Beijing/Hong Kong time).

   Dial-in details for this conference call are as follows:

   United States Toll Free: 1.800.884.5695
   International:           1.617.786.2960
   Hong Kong:               852.3002.1672
   China Toll Free:         10.800.130.0399

Please dial-in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call. The passcode for all regions is ''China Digital TV Earnings Call.''

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of this conference call will be accessible through the Investor Relations section of China Digital TV's website at http://ir.chinadtv.cn/ .

A replay may be accessed by phone at the following number until June 10, 2008:

  United States:  1.888.286.8010
  International:  1.617.801.6888
  Passcode:       20810162

  Safe Harbor Statements

This announcement contains 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. Such forward-looking 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,'' ''may,'' ''should'' and similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the outlook for the second quarter of 2008 and full year of 2008 and comments by management in this announcement about trends in the CA systems, digital television, cable television and related industries in the PRC and China Digital TV's strategic and operational plans. China Digital TV may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 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 China Digital TV'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 or implied in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: competition in the CA systems, digital television, cable television and related industries in the PRC and the impact of such competition on prices, our ability to implement our business strategies, changes in technology, the structure of the cable television industry or television viewer preferences, changes in PRC laws, regulations or policies with respect to the CA systems, digital television, cable television and related industries, including the extent of non-PRC companies' participation in such industries, and changes in political, economic, legal and social conditions in the PRC, including the government's policies with respect to economic growth, foreign exchange and foreign investment.

Further information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties is included in our registration statement on Form F-1 and other documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. China Digital TV does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release.

About China Digital TV

Founded in 2004, China Digital TV is the leading provider of conditional access (''CA'') systems to China's rapidly growing digital television market. CA systems enable television network operators to manage the delivery of customized content and services to their subscribers. China Digital TV conducts substantially all of its business through its subsidiaries, Beijing Super TV Co., Ltd. and Beijing Novel-Super Media Investment Co., Ltd, and its affiliate, Beijing Novel-Super Digital TV Technology Co., Ltd.

For more information please visit the Investor Relations section of China Digital TV's website at http://ir.chinadtv.cn/ .

  For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

  In China:
   Eric Yuan
   China Digital TV
   Tel:   +86.10.8279-0021
   Email: ericyuan@novel-supertv.com

   Helen Plummer
   Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Beijing)
   Tel:   +86-10 8520-3090
   Email: helen.plummer@ogilvy.com

  In the United States:
   Jessica Barist Cohen
   Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (New York)
   Tel:   +1-646-460-9989
   Email: jessica.cohen@ogilvy.com



                      China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.
          Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

             ( in U.S. dollars in thousands, except share data )


                                    For the three months ended
                              March 31,      December 31,       March 31,
                                2008             2007              2007
  Revenues:
    Products                    15,822           17,851            9,010
    Services                     1,545            1,815            1,471
  Total revenues                17,367           19,666           10,481
    Business taxes                (126)            (121)             (59)
  Net revenue                   17,241           19,545           10,422

  Cost of Revenues:
    Products                    (2,624)          (3,613)          (1,195)
    Services                      (664)            (339)            (507)
  Total Cost of Revenues        (3,288)          (3,952)          (1,702)
  Gross Profit                  13,953           15,593            8,720

  Operating expenses:
    Research and
     development
     expenses                   (1,439)          (1,486)            (904)
    Sales and marketing
     expenses                   (1,044)          (1,666)            (630)
    General and
     administrative
      expenses                  (1,273)          (1,886)            (512)

  Total Operating
   Expense                      (3,756)          (5,038)          (2,046)

  Income from operation         10,197           10,555            6,674

    Interest income              2,379            2,522               60
    Other income                   115              263                -
  Income before income
   tax                          12,691           13,340            6,734
  Income tax benefits /
  (expenses)
    Income tax - current        (1,345)            (612)            (556)
    Income tax -
     deferred                       35              148                7
  Net income before
  income(loss) from
   equity
  investments                   11,381           12,876            6,185
    Net income(loss)
     from
  equity investments                 4               (6)               -
  Net income                    11,385           12,870            6,185

  Net income per share:
  Basic ordinary shares           0.20             0.23             0.14
  Basic preferred shares             -             0.30             0.14
  Diluted ordinary
   shares                         0.19             0.22             0.13

  Weighted average
   shares used in
   computation:
  Basic ordinary shares     57,296,932       54,511,429       34,000,000
  Basic preferred shares             -        1,135,503        9,496,932
  Diluted ordinary
   shares                   61,082,377       58,377,611       36,970,396



                     China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.
               Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

                      ( in U.S. dollars in thousands )


                                             March 31,          December 31,
  ASSETS                                        2008                2007
  Current assets:
    Cash and cash equivalents                  228,092             228,958
    Restricted cash                              1,462                 706
    Deposits with maturity over three
     months                                     28,986              17,948
    Accounts receivable                          8,419               6,118
    Inventories, net                             2,559               2,967
    Prepaid expenses and other
     current assets                              1,903               1,254
    Amounts due from related parties             1,475               1,277
    Deferred costs-current                         371                 541
    Deferred income taxes - current                195                 184
  Total current assets                         273,462             259,953
    Property and equipment, net                  1,444               1,379
    Intangible assets, net                         941               1,002
    Goodwill                                       486                 467
    Long-term investments                          433                 396
    Deferred costs-non-current                     397                 488
    Deferred income taxes -
     non-current                                    84                  50
  Total assets                                 277,247             263,735

  LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS'
  EQUITY
  Current liabilities:
    Accounts payable                               341                 485
    Accrued expenses and other
     current liabilities                         2,846               4,757
    Deferred revenue - current                   5,606               4,784
    Income tax payable                           1,627                 722
  Total current liabilities                     10,420              10,748
    Deferred revenue-non-current                 1,116               1,136
    Deferred income taxes -
     non-current                                     -                   -
  Total Liabilities                             11,536              11,884
    Minority interest                            4,000               4,000
  Shareholders' equity:
    Ordinary shares                                 29                  29
    Additional paid-in capital                 225,245             224,863
    Statutory reserve                            5,688               5,688
    Accumulated profit                          25,729              14,344
    Accumulated other comprehensive
     income                                      5,020               2,927
  Total shareholders' equity                   261,711             247,851
  TOTAL LIABILITIES, MINORITY
  INTEREST, AND
  SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                         277,247             263,735


  Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

Non-GAAP net income excludes certain non-cash expenses, including share- based compensation expenses and amortization of acquired intangible assets. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and liquidity by excluding certain non-cash expenses that may not be indicative of our operating performance from a cash perspective. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to this additional information in assessing our performance and when planning and forecasting future periods.

                                          For the three months ended
                                      March 31,    December 31,  March 31,
                                        2008           2007        2007

  Net Income - GAAP                    11,385         12,870       6,185
      Share-based compensation            382            230         309
      Amortization of intangible
       assets                              99             97         164

  Net Income - Non-GAAP                11,866         13,197       6,658

SOURCE: China Digital TV Holding, Co. Ltd.

CONTACT: In China: Eric Yuan, China Digital TV, +86-10-8279-0021,
ericyuan@novel-supertv.com; or Helen Plummer, Ogilvy Public Relations
Worldwide (Beijing), +86-10-8520-3090, or helen.plummer@ogilvy.com; In the
United States: Jessica Cohen, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (New York),
+1-646-460-9989, or jessica.cohen@ogilvy.com