ShangPharma Announces Second Quarter 2012 Results
Published: Aug 20, 2012
Second Quarter 2012 Highlights
- Net revenues increased by 15.7% year-over-year to $31.8 million.
- Net revenues from the Company's top-10 customers increased by 21.3% year-over-year to $20.6 million, representing approximately 64.8% of total net revenues.
- Net revenues from full-time-equivalent ("FTE")-based services increased by 21.0% year-over-year to $23.9 million.
- GAAP gross margin was 27.8%, compared with 33.3% in the second quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP gross margin was 29.0%, compared with 34.7% in the second quarter of 2011.
- GAAP operating margin was 2.4%, compared with 10.3% in the second quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP operating margin was 7.6% compared with 15.2% in the second quarter of 2011.
"I am pleased to report that during a challenging second quarter, ShangPharma made excellent progress on several key strategic goals, including increasing revenue from biologics and shifting more of our work to FTE-based services," said Michael Xin Hui, founder and Chief Executive Officer of ShangPharma. "It is a testament to the strength of our offering that global leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies continued to expand their relationships with us."
Mr. Hui continued, "Our previously discussed investments helped us to win additional business, but also placed pressure on our margins this quarter. The increased competition that we saw in more mature service offerings in the second quarter strengthened our confidence in our long-term strategy to invest in capabilities, facilities and staff, allowing us to move up the research value chain. Our continuous investment in key areas such as integrated drug discovery, biologics, biology, process development and research manufacturing, and translational and clinical science, will be critical for strengthening our offering at the higher end of the research value chain. We believe this positions us well for long-term growth."
William Dai, Chief Financial Officer, added, "Despite industry headwinds, we succeeded in increasing the percentage of revenues generated by FTE-based services, which have better visibility, as well as expanding our integrated drug discovery service offering to many of our larger customers. While margins were impacted by annual pay raises and benefit increases effective from April, we believe that these costs will remain relatively stable over the next several quarters. We have already begun to take a series of measures to reduce costs through improving operational efficiency."
To help management and investors gain a better understanding of ShangPharma's operating performance, the Company presents certain non-GAAP measures, each of which excludes expenses relating to or the effect of share-based compensation. See "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and "Reconciliation of Unaudited GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Data" below for more information about the non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release.
Beginning in the first quarter 2012, in accordance with Accounting Standards Update 2011-05, the Company is presenting other comprehensive income and its components in the unaudited condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income. Other comprehensive income mainly consists of currency translation adjustments relating to translating some of our subsidiaries' financial statements from their functional currency to our reporting currency, which is in the United States dollar. The functional currency of our main subsidiaries in China is the RMB.
Second Quarter 2012 Results
Net revenues were $31.8 million, an increase of 15.7% from $27.5 million in the second quarter of 2011. Higher volumes from the Company's top customers and greater cross-selling of services were major drivers of this growth. This increase was partially offset by the completion of some FTE-based services projects and a decrease in non-FTE projects. Revenues this quarter were partially impacted by a change in estimates of the expected performance of certain integrated services projects.
Net revenues from the Company's top-10 customers increased by 21.3% compared with the same period last year, representing approximately 64.8% of total net revenues, compared with 61.8% in the same quarter last year. The growth was a result of global leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies expanding their scope of work and business volumes with the Company. This increase was driven by our investments in expanding our facilities and adding new capabilities during 2011. The growth demonstrates steady progress in our efforts to become a preferred business partner of global leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
Net revenues from FTE-based services were $23.9 million, an increase of 21.0% from $19.7 million in the second quarter of 2011. The growth was largely a result of global leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies expanding their scope of work and business volumes with the Company. Additionally, the growth was in part due to an increase in volume as a result of our strategic shift towards FTE-based services, which have greater visibility.
Net revenues from fee-for-service-based services were $7.9 million, an increase of 2.2% from $7.8 million in the second quarter of 2011. Revenues this quarter were partially impacted by a change in estimates of the expected performance of certain integrated services projects.
Gross profit was $8.9 million, a decrease of 3.2% from $9.1 million in the second quarter of 2011. The decrease was primarily due to the costs associated with our new facilities, some of which have not yet reached full utilization. Specifically, the manufacturing business operating at our Fengxian facility will take several additional quarters to reach good utilization. Other factors impacting our quarterly performance include higher labor costs as a percentage of total net revenues due to increased headcount to support our near future business growth and annual pay raises and benefit increases effective from April, 2012. These factors were partially offset by the increase in net revenues and cost savings resulting from the value-added-tax ("VAT") reform in Shanghai effective January 1, 2012.
Non-GAAP gross profitwas $9.2 million, a decrease of 3.2% from $9.5 million in the second quarter of 2011. This was due to the reasons mentioned in the above discussion of GAAP gross profit.
Gross margin was 27.8%, compared with 33.3% in the second quarter of 2011. This was primarily due to the reasons mentioned in the above discussion of GAAP gross profit. These factors were partially offset by the cost savings from the aforementioned VAT reform. The investments and upgrades to our facilities made during 2011, including the build-up of the Fengxian facility and the Charles River asset acquisition, are critical in positioning us for future growth and expanding further into higher-value added services.
Non-GAAP gross margin was 29.0%, compared with 34.7% in the second quarter of 2011. This decrease was due to the reasons mentioned in the above discussion of GAAP gross margin.
Operating expenses (selling and marketing, general and administrative) were $8.1 million, an increase of 28.1% from $6.3 million in the second quarter of 2011. This was primarily due to higher labor costs resulting from the addition of senior leaders across our various service offerings during the first half of 2012, annual pay raises and benefit increases effective from April 2012, higher listed company-related professional fees, higher share-based compensation expenses and higher selling and marketing expenses as a result of our enhanced business development efforts during the quarter. The enhancement of our senior scientific team is critical in positioning the Company for expansion into new capabilities and maintaining the Company's competitiveness in the market. The enhanced marketing efforts included a focus on meeting with global customers, and help communicate the value of our expanding services offering. We anticipate that these efforts will result in increased revenue in the future.
Non-GAAP operating expenses were $6.8 million, an increase of 27.0% from $5.4 million in the second quarter of 2011. This was primarily due to the reasons mentioned in the above discussion of operating expenses, excluding the impact of share-based compensation expenses.
Profit from operations was $0.8 million, a decrease of 73.1% from $2.8 million in the second quarter of 2011, primarily due to facility expansion costs, higher labor costs resulting from annual pay raises and benefit increases effective from April 2012 and an increase in the number of our scientific research staff members, including senior scientists, during the first half of 2012, higher listed company-related professional fees, higher share-based compensation expenses, and higher selling and marketing expenses. These factors were partially offset by an increase in net revenues and cost savings from the aforementioned VAT reform.
Non-GAAP profit from operations was $2.4 million, a decrease of 42.1% from $4.2 million in the second quarter of 2011. This was due to the reasons mentioned in the above discussion of GAAP profit from operations, excluding the impact of share-based compensation expenses.
Operating margin was 2.4%, compared with 10.3% in the second quarter of 2011. This decrease was primarily due to facility expansion costs, higher labor costs as a percentage of total net revenues, higher listed company-related professional fees, higher share-based compensation expenses, and higher selling and marketing expenses. These were partially offset by cost savings resulting from the aforementioned VAT reform.
Non-GAAP operating margin was 7.6%, compared with 15.2% in the second quarter of 2011. This decrease was primarily due to the reasons mentioned in the above discussion of GAAP operating margin, excluding the impact of share-based compensation expenses.
Net income decreased by 87.8% year over year to $0.4 million, primarily due to lower profit from operations and a significant unrealized foreign exchange forward contract mark-to-market loss amounting to $1.7 million, due to the RMB depreciation against the U.S. dollar during the quarter leading to continuing depreciation anticipation and lower interest income. These items were partially offset by a tax benefit recognized during the quarter as a result of the tax preference for the super deduction of research and development expenses in calculating one of our subsidiaries' 2011 income tax expenses, which was formally approved by the local tax bureau in the second quarter of 2012. Such tax preferences were not considered in our 2011 income tax expenses as we had not yet received formal approval from the local tax bureau.
Non-GAAP net income was $2.1 million, a decrease of 56.0% from $4.7 million in the second quarter of 2011. This was primarily due to the reasons mentioned in the above discussion of GAAP net income.
Diluted earnings per ADS were $0.02, which compares with $0.18 in the second quarter of 2011.
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS were $0.11, which compares with $0.25 in the second quarter of 2011.
As of June 30, 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $34.7 million and no debt outstanding. During the quarter, capital expenditures totaled $3.9 million, primarily from purchase of equipment and investment in leasehold improvements of our various facilities.
Full Year 2012 Guidance
The Company revises its previously announced guidance for non-GAAP gross margin for the full year 2012, and reconfirms its guidance for net revenues and capital expenditures for the full year 2012. The Company expects:
- Net revenues to be approximately $131.7 $136.2 million, which represents growth of approximately 18.0% 22.0% compared with the full year of 2011.
- Non-GAAP gross margin to be approximately 30.0% 31.5%, compared to the previously announced range of 31.5% 33.5%.
- Capital expenditures to be approximately $20.0 - $24.0 million.
This reflects the Company's current view and is subject to change.
ShangPharma will host a conference call and live webcast at 8:00AM U.S. Eastern Time on August 20, 2012 (8:00PM Beijing Time on August 20, 2012).
The dial-in details for the live conference call are as follows:
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- United Kingdom:
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A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of ShangPharma's website at www.shangpharma.com.
A telephone replay of the call will be available for seven days from August 20, 2012, 11:00AM U.S. Eastern Time to August 27, 2012, 11:59PM U.S. Eastern Time.
The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:
ABOUT SHANGPHARMA CORPORATION
ShangPharma Corporation (NYSE: SHP) is a leading China-based contract research organization providing high quality and cost-effective services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. It offers a broad range of high-quality, integrated services across the drug discovery and development process to help international and Chinese pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies discover and develop novel drug candidates efficiently. ShangPharma's services consist of discovery chemistry, discovery biology and preclinical development, pharmaceutical development and biologics services. For more information, please visit www.shangpharma.com.
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About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement the Company's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), the Company uses the following non-GAAP financial measures: (1) gross profit, (2) gross margin, (3) profit from operations, (4) operating expenses, (5) operating margin, (6) net income, and (7) diluted earnings per ADS, each of which excludes expenses relating to or the effect of share-based compensation. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliation of Unaudited GAAP and non-GAAP Financial Data" set forth at the end of this press release.
The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its operating performance by excluding expenses relating to or the effect of share-based compensation that may not be indicative of its operating performance. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its operating performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to the Company's historical performance. The Company computes its non-GAAP financial measures using the same consistent method from quarter to quarter. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. A limitation of using non-GAAP financial measures excluding expenses relating to or the effect of share-based compensation is that these expenses and effects have been and will continue to be significant recurring expenses in the Company's business for the foreseeable future. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amount excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying tables have more details on the reconciliation between non-GAAP financial measures and their most comparable GAAP financial measures.
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