HONG KONG, Feb. 24, 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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