China Digital TV Announces Unaudited Third Quarter 2009 Results - Nov 10, 2009

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China Digital TV Announces Unaudited Third Quarter 2009 Results

PRNewswire-Asia
BEIJING
Nov 10, 2009

China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. ("China Digital TV" or the "Company"), the leading provider of conditional access ("CA") systems to China's expanding digital television market, announced today its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2009.

  Highlights for the Third Quarter 2009

  -- China Digital TV shipped approximately 1.96 million smart cards during
     the third quarter, compared to 2.21 million and 2.13 million smart
     cards shipped in the third quarter of 2008 and in the second quarter of
     2009, respectively.

  -- According to market data collected by the Company, China Digital TV
     entered into 9 out of a total of 15 new contracts to install CA systems
     in China in the third quarter of 2009.

  -- Net revenues in the third quarter were US$12.1 million, a 28.2%
     decrease from the corresponding period in 2008 and a 17.1% decrease
     from the second quarter of 2009, which were within the Company's
     revenue guidance.

  -- Diluted earnings per American depositary share ("ADS") (one ADS
     representing one ordinary share) in the third quarter of 2009 were
     US$0.08.

"As expected, the third quarter continued to be a challenging period for CA card shipments. Cable operators continued to postpone digital migration projects as they have been waiting for more clarity regarding potential consolidation of the Chinese cable television industry and television subscription fee adjustments in certain regions," said Mr. Jianhua Zhu, China Digital TV's chairman and chief executive officer. "While we do not anticipate any immediate growth catalysts in our industry, we are confident that China Digital TV will maintain strong market share and win new contracts."

Mr. Zhu noted that about two thirds of China's cable TV subscribers are still awaiting digitalization.

"As one of the leading players in China's digital television industry, China Digital TV's deep market insight, technological know-how and ability to provide flexible solutions position us well to understand the evolving needs of Chinese television viewers. Looking forward, in addition to providing value-added services to television viewers through cooperation with cable TV operators, we will continue exploring ways to directly address consumers' needs to capture opportunities in this market," Mr. Zhu continued.

Mr. Mason Xu, chief financial officer of China Digital TV said, "The decrease in average selling price of our smart cards continued in the third quarter due to ongoing competitive pressures. As the migration of TV digitalization progresses from larger cities to smaller cities and counties, where the cable operators are generally more price sensitive, we expect to make pricing concessions in order to win new customers."

"Operational expenses remained stable during the third quarter," added Mr. Xu. "We continued to manage costs prudently while expanding our research & development team for value-added services. With a strong balance sheet and a profitable business, we are in a strong position to continue investing for long-term growth."

Third Quarter 2009 Results

(Note: Unless otherwise stated, all financial statement measures presented in this press release are based on generally accepted accounting principle in the United States ("U.S. GAAP").)

In the third quarter of 2009, net revenues were US$12.1 million, a decrease of 28.2% from the third quarter of 2008 and a decrease of 17.1% from the second quarter of 2009. The year-over-year decrease in net revenues was primarily due to a decrease in revenues from smart card sales. The quarter-over-quarter decrease was largely due to decreases in both smart card sales and revenues from services.

  Revenue Breakdown

                                         For the three months ended
                                 September 30,     June 30,     September 30,
                                    2009             2009            2008
                                       (in U.S. dollars, in thousands)
  Products
  Smart Cards                     $10,524          $12,593         $15,050
  Set-top boxes and others             60               10              49
  Subtotal                         10,584           12,603          15,099
  Services
  Head-end system integration         909            1,361             814
  Head-end system development         113              103             221
  Licensing income                    285              319             689
  Royalty income                      130              209             154
  Other service (1)                   150               85              --
  Subtotal                          1,587            2,077           1,878
  Total revenues                  $12,171          $14,680         $16,977

  (1) Other service represents digital TV-based advertising business


Revenues from smart cards and related products were US$10.6 million in the third quarter of 2009, a decrease of 29.9% from the corresponding period in 2008 and a decrease of 16.0% from the second quarter of 2009. Sales of smart cards and related products accounted for 87.0% of total revenues for the quarter, slightly up from 85.9% in the second quarter of 2009. The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter decreases were primarily due to decreases in both shipment volume and the ASP of smart cards.

Revenues from the top five customers accounted for 33.3% of total revenues in the third quarter of 2009, compared to 33.4% in the second quarter of 2009.

Revenues from services were US$1.6 million in the third quarter of 2009, a decrease of 15.5% from the corresponding period in 2008 and a decrease of 23.6% from the second quarter of 2009. Service revenues accounted for 13.0% of total revenues for the quarter. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to a 58.6% decrease in licensing revenues as demand for such service weakened during that period. The quarter-over-quarter decrease was primarily due to decreases in head-end system integration and royalty revenues.

Gross profit in the third quarter of 2009 was US$8.9 million, a decrease of 35.3% from the corresponding period in 2008 and a decrease of 17.3% from the second quarter of 2009. Gross margin was 73.8% in the third quarter of 2009, compared to 81.8% in the corresponding period in 2008 and 74.0% in the second quarter of 2009. The year-over-year decline in gross margin was mainly due to a decrease in the ASP and an increase in non-chip cost of smart cards. Gross margin for the third quarter remained stable from the second quarter primarily due to the impact of a lower ASP being largely offset by improving profitability in the system integration business.

In the third quarter of 2009, the ASP for smart cards decreased by 7.8% compared to the second quarter of 2009. The unit cost of smart cards increased by 8.4% compared to the second quarter of 2009 due to increase in non-chip cost of smart cards.

Operating expenses in the third quarter of 2009 were US$5.0 million, a decrease of 8.5% from the third quarter of 2008 and a decrease of 1.4% from the second quarter of 2009.

-- Research and development expenses in the third quarter were US$2.2 million, an increase of 12.6% from the corresponding period in 2008 and an increase of 0.4% from the second quarter of 2009. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to increases in both the number of research & development staff and travelling expenses. The flat quarter-over-quarter expenses largely reflected the increase in number of R&D staff being offset by lower average salaries.

-- Sales and marketing expenses in the third quarter were US$1.8 million, a decrease of 13.7% from the corresponding period in 2008 and an increase of 1.8% from the second quarter of 2009. The year-over-year decrease was mainly due to decrease in marketing activities in third quarter of 2009. The slight quarter-over-quarter increase was primarily due to higher compensation costs for sales and marketing staff, which was largely offset by lower expenses for marketing activities.

-- General and administrative expenses in the third quarter were US$1.0 million, a decrease of 29.8% from the corresponding period in 2008 and a decrease of 9.7% from the second quarter of 2009. The year-over-year decrease was mainly due to a decrease in professional service fees. The quarter-over-quarter decease was mainly due to a decrease in bad debt expense.

Income from operations in the third quarter was US$3.9 million, a 52.8% decrease from the corresponding period in 2008 and a 31.4% decrease from the second quarter of 2009.

Operating margin, defined as income from operations divided by net revenues, in the third quarter of 2009 was 32.5%, compared to 49.4% in the corresponding period in 2008 and 39.3% in the second quarter of 2009.

Income tax expenses in the third quarter of 2009 were US$0.3 million, a decrease of 83.8% from the corresponding period in 2008 and a decrease of 27.9% from the second quarter of 2009. For year 2009, the Company expects to be subject to a 7.5% preferential tax rate under relevant PRC tax regulations.

Net income attributable to China Digital TV in the third quarter of 2009 was US$4.9 million, a decrease of 39.9% from the corresponding period in 2008 and a decrease of 27.5% from the second quarter of 2009.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to China Digital TV, defined as net income excluding certain non-cash expenses, i.e., share-based compensation expenses and amortization of acquired intangible assets relating to business acquisitions, in the third quarter of 2009 was US$5.5 million, a decrease of 35.0% from the corresponding period in 2008 and a decrease of 24.6% from the second quarter of 2009.

As of September 30, 2009, China Digital TV had cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, deposits with maturity over three months and short-term investments totaling US$224.7 million. In the third quarter of 2009, cash flow from operations was approximately US$2.1 million.

Business Outlook

Based on information available as of November 10, 2009, China Digital TV expects smart card shipments for the fourth quarter of 2009 to be in the range of 2.2 million to 2.4 million. Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2009 are expected to be in the range of US$12.5 million to US$13.6 million, representing a year-over-year decrease in the range of 25% to 19%.

Conference Call Information

The Company will hold an earnings conference call at 7:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on November 10, 2009 (8:00 a.m. on November 11, Beijing/Hong Kong Time).

  Conference Call Dial-in Information

  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

  Passcode:  China Digital TV Earnings Call

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

A replay of the call will be available for one week between 10:00 p.m. on November 10, 2009 and 10:00 p.m. on November 17, 2009 Eastern Standard Time.

  Replay Information

  United States:            +1-888-286-8010
  International:            +1-617-801-6888

  Passcode:                 18185110

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/ .

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 fourth quarter of 2009 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 and future market positions. China Digital TV may also make 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 projections 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 progress of the television digitalization in the PRC, 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 annual report on Form 20-F 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 are as of the date of this press release only.

About China Digital TV

Founded in 2004, China Digital TV is the leading provider of CA systems to China's expanding 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 PRC subsidiary, Beijing Super TV Co., Ltd., and its affiliate, Beijing Novel-Super Digital TV Technology Co., Ltd., as well as subsidiaries of its affiliate.

For more information please visit the Investor Relations section of China Digital TV's website at http://ir.chinadtv.cn/ . The information contained in that website is not a part of this announcement.

  For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

  In China:

   Eric Yuan
   China Digital TV
   Tel:   +86-10-8279-0021
   Email: ir@chinadtv.cn

   Cynthia He
   Brunswick Group LLC
   Tel:   +86-10-6566-2256
   Email: che@brunswickgroup.com

  In the US:

   Kate Tellier
   Brunswick Group LLC
   Tel:   +1-212-706-7879
   Email: ktellier@brunswickgroup.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
                                        September 30, June 30,  September 30,
                                            2009       2009         2008
                                                               As adjusted(1)
  Revenues:
    Products                              $10,584     $12,603     $15,099
    Services                                1,587       2,077       1,878
  Total revenues                           12,171      14,680      16,977
    Business taxes                            (65)        (84)       (115)
  Net revenues                             12,106      14,596      16,862

  Cost of Revenues:
    Products                               (2,347)     (2,319)     (2,295)
    Services                                 (825)     (1,470)       (766)
  Total Cost of Revenues                   (3,172)     (3,789)     (3,061)
  Gross Profit                              8,934      10,807      13,801

  Operating expenses:
    Research and development expenses      (2,200)     (2,192)     (1,953)
    Sales and marketing expenses           (1,782)     (1,751)     (2,064)
    General and administrative expenses    (1,019)     (1,128)     (1,451)
  Total Operating Expenses                 (5,001)     (5,071)     (5,468)

  Income from operations                    3,933       5,736       8,333

    Interest income                         1,357       1,590       2,377
    Other expense                             (48)        (43)       (450)
  Income before income tax                  5,242       7,283      10,260
  Income tax benefits/ (expenses)
    Income tax-current                       (371)       (484)     (2,547)
    Income tax-deferred                        41          26         504
  Net income before net income/ (loss)
   from equity investments                  4,912       6,825       8,217
    Net income/ (loss) from equity
     investments                               34          (6)          6
  Net income                                4,946       6,819       8,223
     Less: Net income/ (loss)
     attributable to noncontrolling
      interest                                 (3)         (6)         (8)
  Net Income attributable to China
   Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.            $4,949      $6,825      $8,231

  Net income per share:
  Basic ordinary shares                     $0.09       $0.12       $0.14
  Diluted ordinary shares                   $0.08       $0.12       $0.14

  Weighted average shares used in
   computation:

  Basic ordinary shares                57,941,513  57,616,550  57,643,602

  Diluted ordinary shares              58,724,875  58,466,825  60,627,807



                      China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.
               Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                        (in U.S. dollars in thousands)

                                              September 30,     December 31,
  ASSETS                                          2009             2008
  Current assets:                                              As adjusted(1)
    Cash and cash equivalents                   $138,902          $202,947
    Restricted cash                                   16                24
    Bank deposit maturing over three months       64,018            68,887

    Short-term investment                         21,720                --
    Notes receivable                               2,118             1,649
    Accounts receivable, net                      13,473            10,860
    Inventories                                    5,480             4,014
    Prepaid expenses and other
     current assets                                4,130             3,974
    Deferred costs-current                           289               326
    Deferred income taxes - current                  276               201
  Total current assets                           250,422           292,882
    Property and equipment, net                    2,415             1,880
    Intangible assets, net                         1,368             1,854
    Goodwill                                         499               499
    Long-term investments-equity
     method investments                            1,022               437
    Long-term investments-held to
     maturity securities                           1,201                --
    Deferred costs-non-current                       218               338
    Deferred income taxes -
     non-current                                     105                86
  Total assets                                   257,250           297,976

  LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
  Current liabilities:
    Accounts payable                               1,075             1,103
    Accrued expenses and other
    current liabilities                            5,765             7,888
    Deferred revenue - current                     3,188             3,704

    Payable to shareholders                           --            57,210

    Income tax payable                                --             1,088
  Total current liabilities                       10,028            70,993
    Deferred revenue - non-current                   684               957
    Deferred income taxes -
     non-current                                      --                --
  Total Liabilities                               10,712            71,950

  Equity:
      Shareholders' equity
    Ordinary shares                                   29                29
    Additional paid-in capital                   157,474           154,643
    Statutory reserve                             10,184            10,184
    Accumulated profit                            72,244            52,910
    Accumulated other comprehensive
     income                                        6,607             6,696
      Total shareholders' equity                 246,538           224,462

    Noncontrolling interest                           --             1,564
  Total shareholders' equity                     246,538           226,026

  TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                  $257,250          $297,976

  (1) Amount in relation to noncontrolling interest, formerly named minority
      interest, is reclassified in accordance with FASB Statement No. 160,
      Noncontrolling Interest, which was adopted by the Company on January 1,
      2009.


  Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

Non-GAAP net income attributable to China Digital TV excludes certain non-cash expenses, i.e., share-based compensation expenses and amortization of acquired intangible assets relating to business acquisitions. The Company believes that these financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's performance and liquidity by excluding certain non-cash expenses that may not be indicative of its operating performance from a cash-flow perspective. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to this additional information in assessing the Company's performance and when planning and forecasting future periods.

                                         For the three months ended
                                  September 30,     June 30,    September 30,
                                     2009             2009          2008
                                       (in U.S. dollars, in thousands)
  Net Income attributable to
   China Digital TV - GAAP          $4,949           $6,825         $8,231
  Share-based compensation             479              405            116
  Amortization of acquired
   intangible assets related
   to business acquisitions             96               97            155
  Net Income attributable to
   China Digital TV- Non-GAAP       $5,524           $7,327         $8,502

SOURCE: China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.

CONTACT: In China: Eric Yuan, China Digital TV, +86-10-8279-0021, or
ir@chinadtv.cn; Or Cynthia He of Brunswick Group LLC, +86-10-6566-2256, or
che@brunswickgroup.com; Or In the US: Kate Tellier of Brunswick Group LLC, +1-
212-706-7879, or ktellier@brunswickgroup.com