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China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

SHENZHEN, China, May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. (NYSE: NPD) ("Nepstar" or the "Company"), a leading retail drugstore chain in China based on the number of directly operated stores, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Financial Highlights

  • Same store sales increased by 9.8% compared to the first quarter of 2015
  • Revenue increased by 9.9% to RMB834.3 million (US$129.4 million) compared to RMB759.1 million in the first quarter of 2015
  • Net income was RMB7.5 million (US$1.1 million) compared to a net loss of RMB3.4 million in the first quarter of 2015
  • Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB0.08 (US$0.01) compared to basic and diluted losses per ADS of RMB0.03 in the first quarter of 2015

Ms. Rebecca Yingnan Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of Nepstar, commented, "Our constant efforts on the optimization of our product portfolio and marketing programs have increased both top-line and bottom-line growth in Q1 2016 when compared with the same quarter last year. We continue to drive store traffic through proactive promotional activities and strengthening professional health care services to ensure a better customer experience, which has been successful by increasing store customer transactions and sales and improved customer loyalty."

First Quarter Results

During the first quarter of 2016, the Company opened 26 new stores and closed 24 stores. As of March 31, 2016, the Company had a total of 2,000 directly operated stores.

Revenue for the first quarter of 2016 increased by 9.9% to RMB834.3 million (US$129.4 million) from RMB759.1 million for the same period in 2015. Same store sales (for the 1,807 stores opened before December 31, 2014 and which remained in operation as of March 31, 2016) for the first quarter of 2016 increased by 9.8% compared to the same period in 2015. The increases in revenue and same store sales were mainly due to our increased in-store promotional initiatives and improved marketing of pharmaceutical products.

First quarter revenue contribution by product category was 24.4% from prescription drugs (23.7% for the same period in 2015); 45.4% from over-the-counter ("OTC") drugs (41.2% for the same period in 2015); 10.5% from nutritional supplements (12.3% for the same period in 2015); 5.1% from herbal products (4.6% for the same period in 2015); and 14.6% from convenience and other products (18.2% for the same period in 2015).

First quarter gross profit increased to RMB350.4 million (US$54.3 million) from RMB309.4 million in the same period of 2015. Gross profit margin in the first quarter of 2016 was 42.0%, compared with 40.8% in the same period of 2015, due to a better product mix.

The Company's portfolio of private label products included 2,172 types of products as of March 31, 2016. Sales of private label products represented approximately 14.0% of total revenue and 20.6% of total gross profit for the first quarter of 2016.

Sales, marketing and other operating expenses as a percentage of revenue decreased slightly to 36.3% for the first quarter of 2016 from 36.5% for the same period of 2015.

General and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue were 3.9% for the first quarter of 2016 compared to 4.3% for the same period of 2015. This decrease primarily resulted from the increasing revenue achieved and management's stringent cost control.

Income from operations in the first quarter of 2016 was RMB14.4 million (US$2.2 million) which compared with loss from operations of RMB0.2 million in the same period of 2015.

Interest income for the first quarter of 2016 was RMB1.6 million (US$0.3 million), similar to the RMB1.7 million recorded for the same period of 2015.

The Company's income tax expense was computed at RMB8.5 million (US$1.3 million) for the first quarter of 2016, compared with income tax expense of RMB6.8 million for the same period in 2015. The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2016 was 53.2%. The difference in the effective income tax rate and the PRC statutory tax rate of 25% applicable to our major operating subsidiaries was primarily due to non-deductible expenses and the operating losses from certain loss-making subsidiaries for which full valuation allowances were made on their deferred tax assets. Under PRC tax rules, losses incurred in subsidiaries cannot be offset against profits arising in other subsidiaries.

Net income for the first quarter of 2016 was RMB7.5 million (US$1.2 million), or RMB0.08 (US$0.01) basic and diluted earnings per ADS, which compares to a net loss of  RMB3.4 million, or RMB0.03 basic and diluted losses per ADS recorded for the first quarter of 2015. As of March 31, 2016, the Company had 197.4 million outstanding ordinary shares. Each ADS represents two ordinary shares of the Company.

In the first quarter of 2016, net cash inflow provided by operating activities was RMB63.6 million (US$9.9 million), compared to net cash inflow of RMB51.9 million for the same period in 2015.

As of March 31, 2016, the Company's total cash, cash equivalents, bank deposits and restricted cash were RMB385.9 million (US$59.9 million) and its shareholders' equity was RMB878.9 million (US$136.3 million), compared to RMB365.7 million and RMB871.4 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2015.

Business Outlook  

"While we gradually complete the planned program for refurbishment of our stores, we will concentrate on the optimization of our marketing tools which will both refresh our branding image efforts whilst meeting our value commitment to our customers. In the near term, we will continue to implement improvement measures with a view to increasing our market share," commented Ms. Zhang.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call, to be simultaneously webcasted, on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 8:00 p.m. Beijing Time. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing +1-877-407-9210 (North America) or +1-201-689-8049 (International) approximately five minutes before the call start time. A live web cast of the call will be available on the Nepstar website at www.nepstar.cn.

A replay of the call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the conference call through June 7, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. An archived web cast of the conference call will be available on the Nepstar website at http://www.nepstar.cn. Interested parties may access the replay by dialing +1-877-660-6853 (North America) or +1-201-612-7415 (International) and entering conference ID number 13638451.

About China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd.                                                    

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. (NYSE: NPD) is a leading retail drugstore chain in China. As of March 31, 2016, the Company had 2,000 directly operated stores across 69 cities, one headquarter distribution center and 15 regional distribution centers in China. Nepstar uses directly operated stores, centralized procurement and a network of distribution centers to provide its customers with high-quality, professional and convenient pharmaceutical products and services and a wide variety of other merchandise, including OTC drugs, nutritional supplements, herbal products, personal care products, family care products, and convenience products. Nepstar's strategy of centralized procurement, competitive pricing, customer loyalty programs and private label offerings has enabled it to capitalize on the continuing economic growth in China and take advantage of the demographic trend in China to achieve a strong brand and leading market position. For further information, please go to http://www.nepstar.cn.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in 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" and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this press release and the Company's strategic operational plans and business outlook, contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable law.

Exchange Rate Information

The United States dollar (US$) amounts disclosed in this press release are presented solely for the convenience of the reader. Translations of amounts from RMB into United States dollars were calculated at the certified exchange rate of US$1.00 = RMB6.4480 on March 31, 2016 as set forth in the H.10 weekly statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted into US$ at that rate or at any other date. The percentages stated are calculated based on RMB amounts.

Contacts

Zixin Shao
China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd.
Chief Financial Officer
+86-755-2641-4065
ir@nepstar.cn

 

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China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operation

(amounts in thousands - except per-share and per-ADS data)




Three-month period ended

March 31,


2015

2016

2016


RMB

RMB

USD





Revenue

759,119

834,335

129,394

Cost of goods sold

(449,769)

(483,946)

(75,054)

Gross profit

309,350

350,389

54,340

Sales, marketing and other operating expenses

(277,203)

(303,098)

(47,006)

General and administrative expenses

(32,336)

(32,895)

(5,102)

Income / (loss) from operations

(189)

14,396

2,232

Interest income

1,719

1,624

251

Dividend income from cost method investments

1,022

-

-

Other income

890

-

-

Income before income tax expense

3,442

16,019

2,483

Income tax benefit / (expense)

(6,835)

(8,518)

(1,321)

Net income / (loss)

(3,393)

7,502

1,162





Basic earnings / (loss)  per ordinary share

(0.017)

0.038

0.006

Basic earnings / (loss) per ADS

(0.034)

0.076

0.012

Diluted earnings / (loss) per ordinary share

(0.017)

0.038

0.006

Diluted earnings / (loss) per ADS

(0.034)

0.076

0.012





Net income/(loss)

(3,393)

7,502

1,163





Other comprehensive income / (loss), net of tax:




Foreign currency translation adjustments

6

6

1

Comprehensive income / (loss)

(3,387)

7,508

1,163

 

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(amounts in thousands)



As of

As of

December 31,

March 31,


2015

2016

2016


RMB

RMB

USD

ASSETS




Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents

356,599

385,930

59,853

Short-term bank time deposits

9,000

-

-

Long-term bank time deposits due within one year

-

-

-

Restricted cash

124

-

-

Short-term investment

-

10,000

1,551

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts

157,153

179,007

27,762

Bills receivable

-

-

-

Amounts due from related parties

4,893

5,040

782

Prepaid expenses, deposits and other current assets

217,216

158,092

24,517

Inventories

574,344

591,795

91,780

Deferred tax assets

6,802

6,774

1,050

Total current assets

1,326,131

1,336,638

207,295





Non-current assets




Property and equipment, net

175,645

194,274

30,129

Rental deposits

44,740

45,513

7,058

Cost method investments

12,493

12,493

1,938

Intangible assets, net

2,509

2,509

389

Goodwill

54,425

54,425

8,441

Deferred tax assets

3,745

3,582

556

Other non-current assets

2,097

1,368

212

Total non-current assets

295,654

314,164

48,723

Total Assets

1,621,785

1,650,801

256,018





LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY








Current liabilities




Accounts payable

461,098

514,482

79,789

Amounts due to related parties

23,607

12,916

2,003

Accrued expenses and other payables

130,812

110,744

17,175

Deferred income

28,475

20,209

3,135

Income tax payable

33,013

38,499

5,971

Total current liabilities

677,005

696,851

108,073





Non-current liabilities




Deferred income

11,626

9,180

1,424

Deferred tax liabilities

19,440

23,555

3,653

Other non-current liabilities

42,344

42,344

6,567

Total non-current liabilities

73,410

75,079

11,644

Total liabilities

750,415

771,930

119,717





Shareholders' equity




Share capital

158

158

25

Additional paid-in capital

640,341

640,341

99,308

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(41,834)

(41,834)

(6,488)

Retained earnings

272,705

280,207

43,456





Total shareholders' equity

871,370

878,872

136,301





Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

1,621,785

1,650,801

256,018

 

 

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