Global Cord Blood Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Third Quarter and First Nine Months of Fiscal 2021

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HONG KONG, Feb. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Global Cord Blood Corporation (NYSE: CO) (“GCBC” or the “Company”), China’s leading provider of cord blood collection, laboratory testing, hematopoietic stem cell processing and stem cell storage services, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal 2021, ended December 31, 2020.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Highlights

  • Revenues decreased by 13.1% year-over-year (“YoY”) to RMB290.8 million ($44.6 million).
  • New subscribers and accumulated subscriber base were 17,802 and 882,982[1], respectively.
  • Gross profit decreased by 13.1% YoY to RMB245.9 million ($37.7 million). Gross margin remained at 84.6%, same as the prior year period.
  • Operating income decreased by 18.9% YoY to RMB124.0 million ($19.0 million). Operating margin decreased to 42.6% from 45.7% in the prior year period.
  • Operating income before depreciation and amortization (“non-GAAP operating income”[2]) decreased by 17.4% YoY to RMB136.3 million ($20.9 million).
  • Net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders decreased by 19.6% to RMB116.6 million ($17.9 million).
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was RMB145.0 million ($22.2 million).

Nine Month Fiscal 2021 Highlights

  • Revenues decreased by 7.0% YoY to RMB857.3 million ($131.4 million).
  • New subscribers and accumulated subscriber base were 52,678 and 882,982[1], respectively.
  • Gross profit decreased by 6.7% YoY to RMB724.3 million ($111.0 million).
  • Operating income decreased by 3.2% YoY to RMB396.6 million ($60.8 million).
  • Non-GAAP operating income[2] decreased by 3.0% YoY to RMB433.5 million ($66.4 million).
  • Net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders increased by 1.8% to RMB380.5 million ($58.3 million), mainly due to the increase in fair value of equity securities (“mark-to-market gains”).
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was RMB419.6 million ($64.3 million).

“Despite the ongoing challenges due to COVID-19, lower newborn numbers, and cautious consumer sentiment, we managed to recruit 17,802 new subscribers in the third quarter, keeping us on track to meet our annual target,” said Ms. Ting Zheng, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of GCBC. “Although the National Health Commission announced a new policy that no cord blood banking license applications would be accepted in 2021, new developments on industry regulations remain largely uncertain. As such, we must continue to communicate with regulatory bodies and remain vigilant regarding other changes that may arise within the industry. We intend to leverage our advantages as the industry leader to increase penetration in existing markets and seize available opportunities to expand our business and services.”

Summary – Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended December 31, 2019 and 2020

Three Months Ended December 31,

Nine Months Ended December 31,

2019

2020

2019

2020

(in thousands)

RMB

RMB

US$

RMB

RMB

US$

Revenues

334,733

290,798

44,567

921,572

857,318

131,389

Gross Profit

283,127

245,920

37,689

775,902

724,279

111,000

Operating Income[3]

152,873

123,957

18,997

409,694

396,627

60,785

Change in Fair Value of   

  Equity Securities

8,047

6,003

920

10,983

30,107

4,614

Net Income Attributable to 
 the Company’s 
 Shareholders 

145,013

116,570

17,865

373,710

380,513

58,315

Earnings per Ordinary

 Share (RMB/US$)     

  – Basic   

1.19

0.96

0.15

3.07

3.13

0.48

  – Diluted

1.19

0.96

0.15

3.07

3.13

0.48

Revenues Breakdown (%)

Processing Fees and Other 

  Services

65.3%

56.8%

63.6%

57.3%

Storage Fees

34.7%

43.2%

36.4%

42.7%

New Subscribers (persons)

23,387

17,802

65,753

52,678

Total Accumulated 
 Subscribers (persons)

815,000 

882,982[1] 

815,000

882,982[1]

 

Summary – Selected Cash Flow Statement Items

Three Months Ended December 31,

Nine Months Ended December 31,

2019

2020

2019

2020

(in thousands)

RMB

RMB

US$

RMB

RMB

US$

Net cash provided by

 operating activities

156,031

144,988

22,222

534,042

419,631

64,313

Net cash used in 

 investing activities

(139,806)

(5,996)

(919)

(145,035)

(17,316)

(2,654)

Net cash used in financing activities

(4,039)

(6,074)

(931)

Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results

REVENUES. Revenues decreased by 13.1% YoY to RMB290.8 million ($44.6 million) in the third quarter of fiscal 2021, mainly due to a drop in new subscribers which resulted in lower revenues from processing fees and other services.

During the reporting quarter, the 2019 novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic continued to affect the Company’s hospital channels and business operations. In addition, newborn numbers in the Company’s operating markets remained on a downward trend. These factors led to a 23.9% YoY decrease in new subscribers to 17,802. Revenues generated from processing fees and other services in the reporting quarter decreased by 24.4% YoY to RMB165.2 million ($25.3 million), representing 56.8% of total revenues compared to 65.3% in the prior year period.

As of December 31, 2020, the accumulated subscriber base had expanded to 882,982[1]. Revenues generated from storage fees increased by 8.0% YoY to RMB125.6 million ($19.3 million) in the reporting quarter.

GROSS PROFIT. Gross profit for the third quarter decreased by 13.1% YoY to RMB245.9 million ($37.7 million). As general cost reductions resulting from lower volumes were offset by higher costs associated with raw material and labor, gross margin remained at 84.6%, same as in the prior year period.

OPERATING INCOME. Operating income for the reporting quarter decreased by 18.9% YoY to RMB124.0 million ($19.0 million). Operating margin was 42.6% compared to 45.7% in the prior year period. Depreciation and amortization expenses for the third quarter were RMB12.3 million ($1.9 million), compared to RMB12.1 million in the prior year period. Non-GAAP operating income[2] decreased by 17.4% YoY to RMB136.3 million ($20.9 million) in the reporting quarter.

Research and Development Expenses. As the Company continued to support science and technology advancement related to the utilization of cord blood stem cells through old and new collaborations, research and development expenses in the third quarter increased to RMB9.0 million ($1.4 million) from RMB6.4 million in the prior year period.

Sales and Marketing Expenses. During the reporting quarter, the Company enhanced its marketing and promotional efforts, resulting in higher advertising and promotional expenses. The impact was, however, partially offset by lower staff renumeration on the back of a smaller salesforce. As a result, sales and marketing expenses decreased by 9.1% YoY to RMB69.0 million ($10.6 million).

General and Administrative Expenses. General and administrative expenses decreased by 8.2% YoY to RMB44.0 million ($6.7 million) due to reduced staff costs and professional fees while partially offset by higher provisions. General and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenues was 15.1% compared to 14.3% in the prior year period.

OTHER INCOME.

Change in fair value of equity securities. In the reporting period, the Company recognized a mark-to-market gain of RMB6.0 million ($0.9 million), compared to a mark-to-market gain of RMB8.0 million in the prior year period. The changes were mainly attributable to the Company’s investments in equity securities.

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE COMPANY’S SHAREHOLDERS. Income before income tax for the third quarter decreased by 18.9% YoY to RMB139.4 million ($21.4 million). Income tax expense for the third quarter was RMB21.2 million ($3.3 million). Net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders for the reporting quarter decreased by 19.6% YoY to RMB116.6 million ($17.9 million). Net margin for the reporting quarter was 40.1%.

EARNINGS PER SHARE. Basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 was RMB0.96 ($0.15).

Nine Month Fiscal 2021 Financial Results

Total revenues for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 decreased by 7.0% YoY to RMB857.3 million ($131.4 million). The decrease was mainly due to the decline in new subscribers. Revenues from processing fees and other services decreased by 16.3% YoY to RMB491.1 million ($75.3 million), whereas revenues from storage fees increased by 9.2% YoY to RMB366.2 million ($56.1 million). Gross profit decreased by 6.7% YoY to RMB724.3 million ($111.0 million). Operating income decreased by 3.2% YoY to RMB396.6 million ($60.8 million). Non-GAAP operating income[2] decreased by 3.0% YoY to RMB433.5 million ($66.4 million). Net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders improved by 1.8% to RMB380.5 million ($58.3 million). Basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share increased to RMB3.13 ($0.48). Net cash provided by operating activities in the first nine months of fiscal 2021 was RMB419.6 million ($64.3 million).

Corporate Developments

  • On June 4, 2019, the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) received a non-binding proposal letter (the “Cordlife Proposal”) from Cordlife Group Limited (“Cordlife”), a company listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (“SGX”), pursuant to which Cordlife proposed to combine its business with that of the Company, by way of a statutory merger. According to the Cordlife Proposal, Cordlife would issue approximately 2,497.9 million ordinary shares at an issue price of SGD0.5 per ordinary share in exchange for all of the Company’s outstanding ordinary shares at $7.50 per ordinary share. Upon completion of the proposed transaction, the Company’s ordinary shares would be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange, and Cordlife ordinary shares would continue to trade on the SGX. On June 5, 2019, the Board formed a special committee of independent directors (the “Special Committee”), unaffiliated with Cordlife, to evaluate such proposal.
     
    On November 11, 2019, the Company appointed Mr. Jack Chow as an independent non-executive director (“INED”) of the Board. Mr. Chow has extensive professional experience and a broad network in the finance and investment industry. He replaced Mr. Mark Chen as a member of the Audit Committee and Ms. Jennifer Weng as a member of the Special Committee. Mr. Chow also joined the Board’s Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
     
    On February 6, 2020, the Company appointed Mr. Jacky Cheng as an INED of the Board. Mr. Cheng has extensive professional experience and knowledge of legal and compliance as well as Chinese laws. He joined as a member of both the Board’s Compensation Committee and the Company’s Special Committee. Currently, the Special Committee is composed of four members, including Mr. Mark Chen, Dr. Ken Lu, Mr. Jack Chow, and Mr. Jacky Cheng.
     
    On February 11, 2021, the Company announced that the Board and the board of Cordlife have mutually agreed to discontinue any further discussions regarding the Cordlife Proposal.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, February 25, 2021, to discuss its financial performance and give a brief overview of the Company’s recent developments, followed by a question-and-answer session. Interested parties can access the audio webcast through the Company’s IR website at http://ir.globalcordbloodcorp.com. A replay of the webcast will be accessible two hours after the conference call and available for seven days at the same URL above. Listeners can also access the call by dialing 1-646-722-4977 or 1-855-824-5644 for US callers, or +852-3027-6500 for Hong Kong callers, access code: 28530146#.

[1] During the three months and nine months ended December 31, 2020, 17,802 and 52,678 new subscribers were recruited, respectively. During the three months and nine months ended December 31, 2020, the Company determined that the recoverability of 2,000 and 2,790 private cord blood units was remote; therefore, the Company terminated their subscription services according to the subscription contracts. Out of these prior private cord blood units, 1,600 and 2,390 prior private cord blood units were being treated as if they were donated cord blood units and will be part of the Company’s non-current inventories. Hence, the net accumulated subscriber base was 882,982 as of December 31, 2020.

[2] See exhibit 3 to this press release for a reconciliation of non-GAAP operating income to exclude the non-cash items related to the depreciation and amortization expenses to the comparable financial measure prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”).

[3] The reported operating income for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and 2020 included depreciation and amortization expenses related to property, plant and equipment and intangible assets of RMB12.1 million and RMB12.3 million ($1.9 million), respectively. The reported operating income for the nine months ended December 31, 2019 and 2020 included depreciation and amortization expenses related to property, plant and equipment and intangible assets of RMB37.0 million and RMB36.9 million ($5.7 million), respectively.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

GAAP results for the three months and nine months ended December 31, 2020, include non-cash items related to depreciation and amortization expenses. To supplement the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements presented on a U.S. GAAP basis, the Company has provided adjusted financial information excluding the impact of these items in this press release. The non-GAAP financial measure represents non-GAAP operating income. Such adjustment is a departure of U.S. GAAP; however, the Company’s management believes that these adjusted measures provide investors with a better understanding of how the results relate to the Company’s historical performance. Also, management uses non-GAAP operating income as a measurement tool for evaluating actual operating performance compared to budget and prior periods. These adjusted measures should not be considered an alternative to operating income, or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. These measures are not necessarily comparable to a similarly titled measure of another company. A reconciliation of the adjustments to U.S. GAAP results appears in exhibit 3 accompanying this press release. This additional adjusted information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for U.S. GAAP financials. The adjusted financial information that the Company provides also may differ from the adjusted information provided by other companies.

About Global Cord Blood Corporation

Global Cord Blood Corporation is the first and largest umbilical cord blood banking operator in China in terms of geographical coverage and the only cord blood banking operator with multiple licenses. Global Cord Blood Corporation provides cord blood collection, laboratory testing, hematopoietic stem cell processing and stem cell storage services. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at:
http://www.globalcordbloodcorp.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements relate to future events or the Company’s future financial performance. The Company has attempted to identify forward-looking statements by terminology including “anticipates”, “believes”, “expects”, “can”, “continue”, “could”, “estimates”, “intends”, “may”, “plans”, “potential”, “predict”, “should” or “will” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions, uncertainties and other factors may cause the Company’s actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The information in this press release is not intended to project future performance of the Company. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, the Company does not guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The Company expectations are as of the date this press release is issued, and the Company does not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date this press release is issued to conform these statements to actual results, unless required by law.

The forward-looking statements included in this press release are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about the Company’s businesses and business environments. These statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events and are not a guarantee of future performance. Actual results of the Company’s operations may differ materially from information contained in the forward-looking statements as a result of risk factors some of which include, among other things: the effects of the current COVID-19 outbreak, including the inability of the Company’s salesforce to return to work due to current lockdowns implemented in various cities in the PRC and the imposition by some hospitals in the PRC of restrictions on entrance to solely to hospital staff and patients; levels of consumer confidence in the healthcare services sector generally in the PRC as a result of the outbreak; the length of the COVID-19 outbreak and severity of such outbreak across the globe; the pace of recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak; continued compliance with government regulations regarding cord blood banking in the People’s Republic of China, or PRC and any other jurisdiction in which the Company conducts its operations; changing legislation or regulatory environments in the PRC and any other jurisdiction in which the Company conducts its operations; the acceptance by subscribers of the Company’s different pricing and payment options and reaction to the introduction of the Company’s premium-quality pricing strategy; demographic trends in the regions of the PRC in which the Company is the exclusive licensed cord blood banking operator; labor and personnel relations; the existence of a significant shareholder able to influence and direct the corporate policies of the Company; credit risks affecting the Company’s revenue and profitability; changes in the healthcare industry, including those which may result in the use of stem cell therapies becoming redundant or obsolete; the Company’s ability to effectively manage its growth, including maintaining effective controls and procedures and attracting and retaining key management and personnel; changing interpretations of generally accepted accounting principles; the availability of capital resources, including in the form of capital markets financing opportunities, in light of legislative developments in the U.S. affecting listed issuers whose independent registered public accounting firms are based in China and not subject to U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board inspections, international pressure on trade and currency against the PRC and its potential impact on the PRC consumer behavior, as well as general economic conditions, and other relevant risks detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States.

This announcement contains translations of certain Renminbi amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of readers. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from Renminbi to U.S. dollars as of and for the period ended December 31, 2020 were made at the noon buying rate of RMB6.5250 to $1.00 on December 31, 2020 in the City of New York for cable transfers in Renminbi per U.S. dollar as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Global Cord Blood Corporation makes no representation that the Renminbi or U.S. dollar amounts referred to in this press release could have been or could be converted into U.S. dollars or Renminbi, at any particular rate or at all.

For more information, please contact:

Global Cord Blood Corporation
Investor Relations Department
Tel: (+852) 3605-8180
Email: ir@globalcordbloodcorp.com

ICR, Inc.
William Zima
Tel: (+86) 10-6583-7511
U.S. Tel: (646) 405-5185
Email: William.zima@icrinc.com

 

 

 

EXHIBIT 1

GLOBAL CORD BLOOD CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

As of March 31 and December 31, 2020

March 31,

December 31,

2020

2020

RMB

RMB

US$

(in thousands except share data)

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

5,473,373

5,867,754

899,274

Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts

  (March 31, 2020: RMB111,869; December 31, 2020:      

  RMB124,205 (US$19,035))

104,251

128,962

19,765

Inventories

43,758

57,095

8,750

Prepaid expenses and other receivables

44,785

57,231

8,771

Total current assets

5,666,167

6,111,042

936,560

Property, plant and equipment, net

522,679

508,924

77,996

Operating lease right-of-use assets

4,548

5,573

854

Non-current deposits

347,360

343,006

52,568

Non-current accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful

  accounts (March 31, 2020: RMB71,421; December 31,

  2020: RMB70,125 (US$10,747))

160,031

202,658

31,059

Inventories

85,109

90,132

13,813

Intangible assets, net

92,823

89,357

13,695

Investment in equity securities at fair value

101,306

121,951

18,690

Other equity investment

189,129

189,129

28,985

Deferred tax assets

50,701

53,794

8,244

Total assets

7,219,853

7,715,566

1,182,464

LIABILITIES

Current liabilities

Accounts payable

19,992

9,743

1,493

Accrued expenses and other payables

113,989

128,233

19,653

Operating lease liabilities

1,717

3,116

478

Deferred revenue

402,751

423,350

64,881

Income tax payable

32,329

27,038

4,144

Total current liabilities

570,778

591,480

90,649

Non-current deferred revenue

2,289,762

2,367,446

362,827

Non-current operating lease liabilities

1,782

195

30

Other non-current liabilities

450,900

473,990

72,642

Deferred tax liabilities

18,140

16,990

2,604

Total liabilities

3,331,362

3,450,101

528,752

EQUITY

Shareholders’ equity of Global Cord Blood

  Corporation

Ordinary shares

–  US$0.0001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized,

121,687,974 and 121,551,075 shares issued and

outstanding as of March 31 and December 31, 2020,

respectively

83

83

13

Additional paid-in capital

2,101,582

2,101,582

322,082

Treasury stock, at cost (March 31 and December 31,

2020: 136,899 shares, respectively)

(2,815)

(2,815)

(431)

Accumulated other comprehensive losses

(94,663)

(103,593)

(15,876)

Retained earnings

1,877,940

2,258,453

346,122

Total equity attributable to Global Cord Blood  

  Corporation

3,882,127

4,253,710

651,910

Non-controlling interests

6,364

11,755

1,802

Total equity

3,888,491

4,265,465

653,712

Total liabilities and equity

7,219,853

7,715,566

1,182,464

 

 

 


EXHIBIT 2

GLOBAL CORD BLOOD CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the Three Months and Nine Months Ended December 31, 2019 and 2020

Three months ended December 31,

Nine months ended December 31,

2019

2020

2019

2020

RMB

RMB

US$

RMB

RMB

US$

(in thousands except per share data)

Revenues

334,733

290,798

44,567

921,572

857,318

131,389

Cost of revenues

(51,606)

(44,878)

(6,878)

(145,670)

(133,039)

(20,389)

Gross profit

283,127

245,920

37,689

775,902

724,279

111,000

Operating expenses

Research and development

(6,404)

(8,985)

(1,377)

(17,504)

(18,283)

(2,802)

Sales and marketing

(75,936)

(68,994)

(10,574)

(201,453)

(178,178)

(27,307)

General and administrative

(47,914)

(43,984)

(6,741)

(147,251)

(131,191)

(20,106)

Total operating expenses

(130,254)

(121,963)

(18,692)

(366,208)

(327,652)

(50,215)

Operating income

152,873

123,957

18,997

409,694

396,627

60,785

Other income, net

Interest income

6,350

7,190

1,102

19,072

22,767

3,489

Foreign currency exchange

  gains/(losses)

26

75

11

(164)

183

28

Change in fair value of equity
securities

8,047

6,003

920

10,983

30,107

4,614

Dividend income

507

1,281

196

Others

4,515

2,152

330

5,277

5,070

777

Total other income, net

18,938

15,420

2,363

35,675

59,408

9,104

Income before income tax

171,811

139,377

21,360

445,369

456,035

69,889

Income tax expense

(25,644)

(21,220)

(3,252)

(67,207)

(70,131)

(10,748)

Net income

146,167

118,157

18,108

378,162

385,904

59,141

Net income attributable to

non-controlling interests

(1,154)

(1,587)

(243)

(4,452)

(5,391)

(826)

Net income attributable to

Global Cord Blood Corporation’s

Shareholders

145,013

116,570

17,865

373,710

380,513

58,315

Earnings per share:

Attributable to ordinary shares

–  Basic

1.19

0.96

0.15

3.07

3.13

0.48

–  Diluted

1.19

0.96

0.15

3.07

3.13

0.48

Other comprehensive losses,
 net of nil income taxes

–  Foreign currency translation

  adjustments

(30,953)

(4,289)

(657)

(7,800)

(8,930)

(1,369)

Comprehensive income

115,214

113,868

17,451

370,362

376,974

57,772

Comprehensive income attributable to

non-controlling interests

(1,154)

(1,587)

(243)

(4,452)

(5,391)

(826)

Comprehensive income

attributable to Global Cord
Blood
Corporation’s shareholders

114,060

112,281

17,208

365,910

371,583

56,946

 

 

 

EXHIBIT 3

GLOBAL CORD BLOOD CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP OPERATING INCOME

For the Three Months and Nine Months Ended December 31, 2019 and 2020

Three months ended 

December 31,

Nine months ended 

December 31,

2019

2020

2019

2020

RMB

RMB

US$

RMB

RMB

US$

(in thousands)

GAAP amount of operating

 income

152,873

123,957

18,997

409,694

396,627

60,785

Depreciation and amortization 

 expenses[4]

12,140

12,297

1,885

37,040

36,919

5,658

Non-GAAP operating

income

165,013

136,254

20,882

446,734

433,546

66,443

 

[4] Depreciation and amortization expenses relate to property, plant and equipment and intangible assets respectively.

 

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