China Digital TV Announces Unaudited First Quarter 2015 Results - Jun 8, 2015

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China Digital TV Announces Unaudited First Quarter 2015 Results

Jun 8, 2015

BEIJING, June 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STV) ("China Digital TV" or the "Company"), the leading provider of cloud-based application platforms and conditional access ("CA") systems which enable China's digital cable television market to offer and secure diversified content services, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015.

"During the first quarter, we made further progress in our evolution from being China's leading access technology provider to the cable TV market, to being a first-mover as a diversified digital TV service provider to cable operators, increasing the prevalence of cable programming outside the home and mobile applications inside the home," said Dr. Zengxiang Lu, China Digital TV's acting chief executive officer. "As was expected, revenue came in soft due to the ongoing market decline of the conditional access business and negative impact of seasonality in the first quarter. Despite these headwinds, we maintain our market dominance in this segment with a market share of over 50% and key relationships with nearly all of China's cable operators."

Dr. Lu continued, "We believe that our leading position in this mature sector will pave the way for future success in the emerging frontier of providing cloud-based content programming for cable operators, helping them realize new streams of revenue. We continued to expand our cloud cooperation with Beijing Gehua CATV Network to 1,400 streams, and are happy to report that we currently have 300,000 registered users for cloud services under this partnership and expect to double that figure by year-end. Furthermore, we inked an agreement with the city of Zibo in Shandong province to deploy our cloud platform, and continue to explore other municipal and provincial partnerships to expand our cloud services into new regions."

Ms. Yue Qian, China Digital TV's acting chief financial officer, commented, "As our business continues to transform, it will take several quarters before our investment in these new frontiers achieves significant returns. Understandably revenues were soft due to the market maturity in the traditional segment and the still nascent state of our cloud platform segment. However, this short-term volatility should not dilute the key message that in front of us lays a tremendous market opportunity and we are uniquely well-positioned to leverage our existing capabilities and platform to take advantage of these new emerging growth avenues."

First Quarter 2015 Results[1]

In the first quarter of 2015, China Digital TV's smart card shipments decreased by 17.1% to approximately 2.95 million from 3.56 million in the prior year period.

In the first quarter of 2015, China Digital TV's net revenues decreased by 22.7% to US$14.0 million from US$18.2 million in the prior year period. The decrease was primarily due to decreases in revenues from the sales of smart cards and other products caused by the general market decline of the mature CA business.

In the first quarter of 2015, revenues from the Company's top five customers accounted for 28.4% of total revenues, as compared to 25.0% in the prior year period.

Revenue Breakdown



 For the three months ended



March 31,


December 31,


March 31,



2015


2014


2014



(in U.S. dollars, in thousands)

Products:










Smart cards


$

12,839


$

22,145


$

15,591

Other products



376



2,354



1,556

Subtotal



13,215



24,499



17,147

Services:










Head-end system integration



596



3,210



413

Head-end system development



318



737



271

Licensing income



100



1,155



311

Royalty income



123



152



303

Other services



6



11



127

Subtotal



1,143



5,265



1,425

Total revenues


$

14,358


$

29,764


$

18,572

Revenues from smart cards decreased by 17.7% to US$12.8 million in the first quarter of 2015 from US$15.6 million in the prior year period. The decrease was mainly due to a decrease in shipment volumes of smart cards. Sales of smart cards accounted for 89.4% of total revenues in the first quarter of 2015, as compared to 83.9% in the prior year period.

Revenues from other products decreased by 75.8% to US$0.4 million in the first quarter of 2015 from US$1.6 million in the prior year period. The decrease was mainly attributable to lower sales of surface mounted chips. Sales of other products accounted for 2.6% of total revenues in the first quarter of 2015, as compared to 8.4% in the prior year period.

Revenues from services decreased by 19.8% to US$1.1 million in the first quarter of 2015 from US$1.4 million in the prior year period. The decrease was primarily due to the decline in licensing and royalty income, which was partially offset by an increase in head-end system integration. Revenues from services accounted for 8.0% of total revenues in the first quarter of 2015, as compared to 7.7% in the prior year period.

Cost of revenues from smart cards and other products decreased by 22.3% to US$2.2 million in the first quarter of 2015 from US$2.8 million in the prior year period. The decrease was mainly due to a decline in cost of revenues from smart cards resulting from decreased shipment volumes of smart cards. Cost of revenues from smart cards and other products accounted for 65.0% and 3.4% of total cost of revenues, as compared to 66.0% and 6.6% in the prior year period.

Cost of revenues from services decreased by 5.1% to US$1.0 million in the first quarter of 2015 from US$1.1 million in the prior year period. The decrease was mainly due to a decline in revenues from services. Cost of revenues from services accounted for 31.5% of total cost of revenues, as compared to 27.4% in the prior year period.

Gross profit in the first quarter of 2015 decreased by 24.1% to US$10.8 million from US$14.3 million in the prior year period. Gross margin, which is equal to gross profit divided by net revenues, was 77.1% in the first quarter of 2015, as compared to 78.6% in the prior year period. The decline in gross margin was primarily due to a decrease in revenues from other products, such as surface mounted chips, which carry a relatively high gross margin.

In the first quarter of 2015, the average selling price of smart cards decreased by 1.1%, as compared to the prior year period. In addition, the unit cost of smart cards decreased by 2.0%, as compared to the prior year period.

Operating expenses in the first quarter of 2015 decreased by 8.4% to US$9.6 million from US$10.5 million in the prior year period.

  • Research and development expenses in the first quarter of 2015 decreased by 3.8% to US$3.9 million from US$4.0 million in the prior year period. The decrease was primarily due to decreases in personnel related expenses resulting from lower headcount.
  • Selling and marketing expenses in the first quarter of 2015 decreased by 13.9% to US$3.5 million from US$4.1 million in the prior year period. The decline was mainly due to a decrease in marketing activities relating to the Company's CA business.

  • General and administrative expenses in the first quarter of 2015 decreased by 7.0% to US$2.2 million from US$2.4 million in the prior year period. The decrease was mainly due to decreased share-based compensation expenses.

Income from operations in the first quarter of 2015 decreased by 67.7% to US$1.2 million from US$3.8 million in the prior year period. Operating margin, which is equal to operating income divided by net revenues, in the first quarter of 2015 was 8.7%, as compared to 20.8% in the prior year period.

Income tax expenses in the first quarter of 2015 increased by 56.7% to US$1.4 million from US$0.9 million in income tax expense in the prior year period. The increase was mainly due to the increase in accrued income tax expenses resulting from Beijing Super TV Co., Ltd., ("Super TV"), one of the Company's PRC operating subsidiaries, being taxed at a higher tax rate of 15% in the first quarter of 2015. Previously, Super TV was designated as a "key software enterprise" for the tax years of 2013 and 2014 by the relevant PRC government authorities and, as a result, was entitled to a preferential income tax rate of 10% in each of those years.

Net income attributable to holders of ordinary shares in the first quarter of 2015 decreased by 91.1% to US$0.4 million from US$4.1 million in the prior year period. Net margin, which is equal to net income divided by net revenues, in the first quarter of 2015 was 2.6%, as compared to 22.3% in the prior year period.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to holders of ordinary shares[2] in the first quarter of 2015 decreased by 89.7% to US$0.4 million from US$4.4 million in the prior year period[3].

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of March 31, 2015, China Digital TV had cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash totaling US$61.3 million. In the first quarter of 2015, cash flow used in operations was approximately US$3.5 million.

Business Outlook

Based on information available as of June 8, 2015, China Digital TV expects smart card shipment volumes in the second quarter of 2015 to be in the range of 2.1 million to 2.4 million. Net revenues in the second quarter of 2015 are expected to be in the range of US$8.77 million to US$9.93 million.

Conference Call Information

The Company will hold an earnings conference call at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 8, 2015, U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Beijing/Hong Kong Time).

Conference Call Dial-in Information

United States Toll Free:     

+ 1-888-346-8982

International:                    

+ 1-412-902-4272

Hong Kong:                      

800-905945

China Toll Free:                

4001-201203      

Passcode: 

China Digital TV Holding Co. Ltd. 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 June 8, 2015 and 10:00 a.m. on June 15, 2015 U.S. Eastern Time.

Replay Information

United States:                          

+1-877-344-7529

International:                           

+ 1-412-317-0088



Passcode:                          

10066779

In addition, 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 Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Such forward-looking statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the 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 2015 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 filed with the 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 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 enables television network operators to manage, extend and diversify content services across households and public areas in China. China Digital TV is the leading provider of cloud-based application platforms and network broadcasting platform ("NBP") services to Chinese cable operators, helping them to effectively bring mobile gaming apps and other entertainment options to household television sets, and extend cable programming outside the home to any mobile device. China Digital TV is also the leading provider of Conditional Access ("CA") systems in China's digital television market. CA systems enable television network operators to secure the delivery of content to their subscribers. The Company has existing cooperation with nearly all of China's cable television operators.

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:

China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.
Nan Hao
Investor Relations Manager
Tel: +86-10-6297-1199 x 9780
Email: ir@chinadtv.cn

ICR, Inc. 
Charles Eveslage
Tel: +1 (646) 328-1950
Email: stv@icrinc.com

[1] Unless otherwise stated, all financial statement measures stated in this press release are based on generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("U.S. GAAP").

[2] Non-GAAP net income attributable to holders of ordinary shares is defined as net income excluding certain non-cash expenses, such as share-based compensation expenses, amortization of acquired intangible assets from business acquisitions and equity method investments.

[3] For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the tables captioned "Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures" set forth at the end of this release.

 

 

 

China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

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




    For the three months ended 



March 31,


December 31,


March 31, 


2015


2014


2014











Revenues:










  Products


$

13,215


$

24,499


$

17,147

  Services



1,143



5,265



1,425

Total revenues



14,358



29,764



18,572

  Business and sales related taxes



(309)



(537)



(389)

Net revenues



14,049



29,227



18,183











Cost of revenues:










  Products



(2,198)



(4,083)



(2,830)

  Services



(1,013)



(1,507)



(1,067)

Total cost of revenues



(3,211)



(5,590)



(3,897)

Gross profit



10,838



23,637



14,286











Operating expenses:










  Research and development expenses



(3,893)



(4,430)



(4,048)

  Selling and marketing expenses



(3,506)



(3,188)



(4,071)

  General and administrative expenses



(2,218)



(4,169)



(2,385)

Total operating expenses



(9,617)



(11,787)



(10,504)











Income from operations



1,221



11,850



3,782











  Interest income



251



151



706

  Other income



64



1,930



268

Income before income taxes



1,536



13,931



4,756

Income tax expenses










  Income tax-current



(1,049)



(1,545)



(590)

  Income tax-deferred



(393)



(2,054)



(330)

Net income before net income from equity
method investments










94

10,332

3,836

Net loss from equity method investments,
net of income taxes



(18)



(70)



(22)

Net income



76



10,262



3,814

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest


287



675



242

Net income attributable to holders of ordinary shares 


$



$



$


363

10,937

4,056











Net income per share attributable to holders of ordinary shares










Basic 


$

0.01


$

0.18


$

0.07

Diluted 


$

0.01


$

0.18


$

0.07





















Net income


$

76


$

10,262


$

3,814

Other comprehensive (loss)/income, net of tax










     Foreign currency translation adjustment

258

(1,050)

(3,053)

Comprehensive income



334



9,212



761

Comprehensive loss attributable to  
noncontrolling interest



289



684



263











Comprehensive income attributable to holders
of ordinary shares


$

623


$

9,896


$

1,024





















Weighted average shares used in calculating net income per ordinary share










Basic 



59,724,925



59,592,861



59,178,936

Diluted 



62,111,962



62,221,519



60,390,688

 


 

China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands of U.S. dollars)


ASSETS

March 31,


December 31,

2015

2014

Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents 

$

61,198


$

62,042


Restricted cash


67



78


Notes receivable


4,598



5,417


Accounts receivable, net


47,660



47,977


Inventories, net


5,240



4,966


Prepaid expenses and other current assets 


5,384



8,964


Deferred costs-current 


812



710


Deferred tax assets - current


2,676



2,387

Total current assets  


127,635



132,541


Long-term receivable


45



45


Property and equipment, net  


757



880


Intangible assets, net


421



440


Goodwill 


1,403



1,402


Equity method investments


2,486



2,502


Deferred costs - non-current


636



516


Deferred tax assets - non-current


786



785

Total assets 


134,169



139,111








LIABILITIES AND EQUITY






Current liabilities:







Accounts payable 


1,542



2,298


Notes payable


32



86


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  


13,975



17,652


Deferred revenue - current 


5,112



4,572


Income tax payable 


1,041



3,465


Deferred tax liabilities - current


4,411



3,727


Government subsidies - current


168



167

Total current liabilities 


26,281



31,967


Deferred revenue - non-current 


911



617


Government subsidies - non-current


4,410



4,390


Deferred income taxes-non-current


105



110

Total liabilities   


31,707



37,084







EQUITY






China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. shareholders' 






equity:









Ordinary shares 


30



30


Additional paid-in capital 


35,739



35,639


Statutory reserve 


17,977



17,977


Retained earnings


22,670



22,307


Accumulated other comprehensive income 


25,769



25,509

Total China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. 


102,185



101,462

shareholders' equity 


Noncontrolling interest


277



565

Total equity


102,462



102,027

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 

$

134,169


$

139,111

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

Non-GAAP net income attributable to holders of ordinary shares excludes certain non-cash expenses, such as share-based compensation expenses, amortization of intangible assets acquired from business acquisitions and equity method investments. The Company believes that the non-GAAP net income provides meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's performance 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  



March 31,


December 31


March 31,

2015

2014

2014



(in U.S. dollars, in thousands)

Net income attributable to China Digital TV
Holding Co., Ltd shareholders - GAAP


$

363


$

10,937


$

4,056











Share-based compensation expenses



34



78



278











Amortization of intangible assets from business
acquisitions and equity method investments



52



52



43











Net income attributable to China Digital TV
Holding Co., Ltd shareholders - Non-GAAP


$

449


$

11,067


$

4,377











SOURCE China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.