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August 20, 2015
ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd. Announces Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results

BEIJING, Aug. 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd. ("ChinaCache" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:CCIH), the leading total solutions provider of Internet content and application delivery services in China, today announced its unaudited condensed consolidated financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Highlights for the Second Quarter of 2015

  • Net revenues in the second quarter were RMB353.3 million (US$57.0 million), a 2.0% increase year-over-year.
  • Gross profit in the second quarter was RMB96.8 million (US$15.6 million), a decrease of 6.8% year-over-year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) in the second quarter was RMB41.8 million (US$6.7 million), an increase of 46.6% from RMB28.5 million in the second quarter of 2014.
  • Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) was RMB4.0 million (US$0.6 million) in the second quarter of 2015, compared to RMB11.6 million in the second quarter of 2014.
  • Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS in the second quarter of 2015 was RMB0.15 (US$0.02) each.

"During the first half of 2015, we made significant progress on several key fronts, including customer base expansion, infrastructure advancements, and the addition of new mobile capabilities, while further improving our operating efficiency," commented Mr. Song Wang, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ChinaCache. "As our CDN business becomes bigger and continues to grow, we must continue to improve our infrastructure and services to support this growth. Although we are currently experiencing some platform issues, which have impacted our top-line recently, we are confident that our continued strategic investment in delivering innovative solutions will provide a differentiated value proposition to our customers, ensure the highest services standards and bandwidth optimization, and enable us to maintain our leadership position as the premium CDN total solution provider in China. We will work very hard to achieve meaningful improvements, while remaining a trusted partner of our customers, shareholders and employees."

Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Net revenues for the second quarter of 2015 were RMB353.3 million (US$57.0 million), a 2.9% decrease from the previous quarter and a 2.0% increase from the corresponding period in 2014.

Cost of revenues for the second quarter of 2015 was RMB256.5 million (US$41.4 million), which remained stable compared with the previous quarter and represented a 5.8% increase from the corresponding period in 2014.

Gross margin for the second quarter of 2015 was 27.4%, compared with 29.5% for the previous quarter and 30.0% for the corresponding period in 2014. Non-GAAP gross margin for the second quarter of 2015, which excludes share-based compensation, was 27.7%, compared with 29.9% in the previous quarter and 30.1% for the corresponding period in 2014. The decrease in gross margin was mainly due to an expense for consumable hardware purchase related to a platform upgrade.

Sales and marketing expenses for the second quarter of 2015 were RMB25.5 million (US$4.1 million), or 7.2% of net revenues, a 19.8% decrease over the previous quarter and a 27.8% decrease from the corresponding period in 2014. The quarter-over-quarter decrease was mainly due to improved operating efficiency and effective cost control.

General and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2015 were RMB54.5 million (US$8.8 million), or 15.4% of net revenues, a 9.7% increase from the previous quarter and a 45.5% increase over the corresponding period in 2014.

Research and development (R&D) expenses for the second quarter of 2015 were RMB26.8 million (US$4.3 million), or 7.6% of net revenues, which remained stable from the previous quarter and represents a 10.7% decrease from the corresponding period in 2014. The decrease in R&D expenses from the corresponding period in 2014 was mainly due to significant increased investment in ChinaCache's infrastructure development throughout 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP), defined as EBITDA excluding share-based compensation expense and foreign exchange gain (loss), was RMB41.8 million (US$6.7 million), a quarter-over-quarter decrease of 15.8% compared with RMB49.7 million in the first quarter of 2015, and year-over-year growth of 46.6% from RMB28.5 million in the corresponding period in 2014.

Operating loss was RMB10.0 million (US$1.6 million) in the second quarter of 2015, compared with an operating loss of RMB1.1 million in the previous quarter and an operating income of RMB1.0 million in the corresponding period in 2014. Non-GAAP operating income, which excludes share-based compensation expense, was RMB1.5 million (US$0.2 million), an 89.1% decrease from the previous quarter and a 62.8% decrease from the corresponding period in 2014.

Income tax benefit was RMB3.0 million (US$0.5 million) in the second quarter of 2015, compared with income tax expense of RMB0.5 million in the previous quarter and income tax benefit of RMB3.6 million in the corresponding period in 2014.

Net loss was RMB7.3 million (US$1.2 million) in the second quarter of 2015, compared to a net loss of RMB5.2 million in the previous quarter and a net income of RMB6.9 million in the corresponding period in 2014. Basic and diluted loss per American depositary share ("ADS") for the second quarter of 2015 was RMB0.28 (US$0.05) each. Each ADS represents 16 ordinary shares of the Company.

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP), defined as net income before share-based compensation expense, foreign exchange gain (loss), and penalties on uncertain tax positions, was RMB4.0 million (US$0.6 million), a quarter-over-quarter decrease of 61.3% and a year-over-year decrease of 65.1% from the corresponding period in 2014.

Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS in the second quarter of 2015 was RMB0.15 (US$0.02) each.

Balance Sheet

As of June 30, 2015, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB649.5 million (US$104.8 million), compared with RMB375.9 million as of December 31, 2014. Capital expenditures for the second quarter of 2015 were RMB25.2 million (US$4.1 million).

2015 Revenue Guidance

ChinaCache currently expects to generate total net revenues in the range of RMB1.40 billion to RMB1.47 billion for full year 2015.

This forecast reflects ChinaCache's current view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call Information

The Company has scheduled a corresponding conference call and live webcast to discuss these results at 8:00 PM Eastern time on August 20, 2015, which corresponds to 8:00 AM Beijing time on August 21, 2015.

The dial-in details for the live conference call are as follows:

  • U.S. dial-in number: +1 (845) 675-0438
  • Hong Kong dial-in number: +852 3018-6776
  • International dial-in number: +65 6713-5440
  • China dial-in number: 400-1200-654
  • Conference ID: 4554880

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of ChinaCache's website at en.chinacache.com.

A replay of the conference call will also be available until August 26, 2015 by dialing:

  • U.S. dial-in number: +1 (855) 452-5696
  • International dial-in number: +61 (2) 9003-4211
  • China dial-in number: 400-632-2162
  • Conference ID: 4554880

About ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd.

ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ:CCIH) is the leading total solutions provider of Internet content and application delivery services in China. As a carrier-neutral service provider, ChinaCache's network in China is interconnected with networks operated by all telecom carriers, major non-carriers and local Internet service providers. With more than a decade of experience in developing solutions tailored to China's complex Internet infrastructure, ChinaCache is a partner of choice for businesses, government agencies and other enterprises to enhance the reliability and scalability of online services and applications and improve end-user experience. For more information on ChinaCache, please visit ir.chinacache.com.

*Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In evaluating its business, ChinaCache considers and uses the following non-GAAP measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the SEC as supplemental measures to review and assess its operating performance: non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP sales and marketing expenses, non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, non-GAAP research and development expenses, non-GAAP operating income (loss), adjusted net income (loss) (non-GAAP), EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP). 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 U.S. GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliations of Non-GAAP to GAAP Financial Measures" set forth at the end of this press release.

To present non-GAAP sales and marketing expenses, non-GAAP general and administrative expenses and non-GAAP research and development expenses, the Company excludes share-based compensation expense.

To present non-GAAP gross profit, the Company excludes share-based compensation expense.

To present non-GAAP operating income (loss), the Company excludes share-based compensation expense.

The Company defines adjusted net income (loss) as net income (loss) before share-based compensation expense, foreign exchange gain (loss) and penalties on uncertain tax positions.

The Company uses EBITDA to assist in reconciliation to adjusted EBITDA. The Company defines EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, interest income, income tax expense and penalties on uncertain tax positions and depreciation and amortization. The Company defines adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA before share-based compensation expense and foreign exchange gain (loss) that the Company does not consider reflective of its ongoing operations. The Company believes that the use of adjusted EBITDA facilitates investors' use of operating performance comparisons from period to period and company to company by backing out potential differences caused by variations in items such as capital structure (affecting relative interest expense and share-based compensation expense), the book amortization of intangibles (affecting relative amortization expense), the age and book value of facilities and equipment (affecting relative depreciation expense) and other non-cash expenses. The Company also presents adjusted EBITDA because it believes it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties as a measure of the financial performance of companies in its industry.

Those non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not measures presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Those non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, and when assessing the Company's operating performance, investors should not consider them in isolation, or as a substitute for net income or other consolidated income statement data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Some of these limitations include, but are not limited to:

  • Adjusted net income, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the Company's cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • They do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, the Company's working capital needs;
  • They do not reflect the interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on the Company's debt;
  • They do not reflect income taxes or the cash requirements for any tax payments;
  • Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized often will have to be replaced in the future, and adjusted net income, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements;
  • While share-based compensation is a component of cost of revenues and operating expenses, the impact on the Company's financial statements compared to other companies can vary significantly due to such factors as assumed life of the options and assumed volatility of the Company's ordinary shares; and
  • Other companies may calculate adjusted net income, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA differently than the Company does, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.

Exchange Rate Information

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at a specified rate solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to U.S. dollars are based on the effective exchange rate of 6.2000 as of June 30, 2015.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of 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 outlook for the full year 2015 and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as ChinaCache's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. ChinaCache may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the following: the Company's goals and strategies, expansion plans, the expected growth of the content and application delivery services market, the Company's expectations regarding keeping and strengthening its relationships with its customers, and the general economic and business conditions in the regions where the Company provides its solutions and services. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and ChinaCache undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

FINANCIAL TABLES

  • Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
  • Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)
  • Supplementary Metrics
  • Reconciliations of Non-GAAP to GAAP Financial Measures
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(amounts in thousands)
       
  As of Dec 31 As of Jun 30 As of Jun 30
  2014 2015 2015
   RMB   RMB   US$ 
  (Audited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
 ASSETS       
 Current assets       
 Cash and cash equivalents   375,879  649,488  104,756
 Restricted Cash   68,191  248  40
 Accounts receivable, net   319,494  344,683  55,594
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets   55,374  108,448  17,491
 Short term investment   25,219  25,719  4,148
 Deferred tax assets   20,658  24,942  4,023
 Total current assets   864,815 1,153,528 186,052
       
 Non-current assets       
 Property and equipment, net   418,886  535,422  86,358
 Cloud infrastructure construction in progress  283,475  377,748  60,927
 Intangible assets, net   10,321  9,625  1,552
 Land use right, net   49,697  49,408  7,969
 Long term investments   46,950  47,750  7,702
 Deferred tax assets   980  6,380  1,029
 Long term deposits and other non-current assets   56,084  76,784  12,385
 Total non-current assets   866,393 1,103,117 177,922
       
 Total Assets   1,731,208  2,256,645  363,974
       
 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY       
 Current Liabilities       
 Short-term loan   60,000  --   -- 
 Accounts payable   255,821  270,215  43,583
 Accrued employee benefits   45,016  59,520  9,600
 Accrued expenses and other payables   411,803  853,932  137,731
 Income tax payable   21,374  19,561  3,155
 Liabilities for uncertain tax positions   11,739  11,739  1,893
 Amounts due to related parties   18  18  3
 Current portion of long term loan  7,180  7,180  1,158
 Current portion of capital lease obligations  13,794  55,542  8,958
 Deferred government grant   37,360  37,360  6,026
 Total current liabilities  864,105 1,315,067 212,107
       
 Non-current liabilities       
       
Long-term loan  11,520  7,930  1,279
Non-current portion of capital lease obligations  20,592  67,709  10,921
Deferred tax liabilities  44  44  7
 Total non-current liabilities   32,156  75,683  12,207
       
 Total Liabilities   896,261  1,390,750  224,314
       
 Total Shareholders' equity   834,947  865,895  139,660
       
 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY  1,731,208 2,256,645 363,974
         
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (loss)
(amounts in thousands, except for number of shares, per share and per ADS data)
 
  For the Three Months Ended
  June 30, 2014 Mar 31, 2015 Jun 30, 2015 Jun 30, 2015
  RMB RMB RMB US$
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
         
Net revenues  346,299  363,745  353,344  56,991
Cost of revenues  (242,444)  (256,299)  (256,524)  (41,375)
         
Gross profit  103,855  107,446  96,820  15,616
Sales & marketing expenses  (35,360)  (31,833)  (25,526)  (4,117)
General & administrative expenses  (37,466)  (49,712)  (54,511)  (8,792)
Research & development expenses  (30,026)  (26,962)  (26,819)  (4,326)
         
Operating income (loss)  1,003  (1,061)  (10,036)  (1,619)
Interest income  3,190  992  1,153  186
Interest expense  (1,572)  (4,129)  (3,322)  (536)
Other income   2,190  18  1,718  277
Foreign exchange (loss) gain, net  (1,509)  (475)  188  30
         
Income (loss) before income taxes  3,302  (4,655)  (10,299)  (1,662)
Income tax benefit (expense)  3,608  (548)  2,953  476
         
Net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders  6,910  (5,203)  (7,346)  (1,186)
         
Foreign currency translation  (121)  266  (148)  (24)
Unrealized holding gains arising during the period  147  286  212  34
         
Total other comprehensive income, net of tax  26  552  64  10
         
Comprehensive income (loss)  6,936  (4,651)  (7,282)  (1,176)
         
Earnings (loss) per ordinary share:        
Basic 0.02 (0.01) (0.02) (0.00)
Diluted 0.02 (0.01) (0.02) (0.00)
         
Earnings (loss) per ADS*:        
Basic 0.27 (0.20) (0.28) (0.05)
Diluted 0.26 (0.20) (0.28) (0.05)
         
Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in earnings per share computation:
Basic  407,486,064  413,501,903  419,437,177  419,437,177
Diluted  419,885,015  413,501,903  419,437,177  419,437,177
         
* Note 1:1 ADS = 16 shares        
   Note 2: Non-GAAP Financial Measures        
         
Supplementary Metrics - Reconciliations of Non-GAAP to GAAP Financial Measures
         
(amounts in thousands, except for percentages, number of shares, per share and per ADS data)
(Unaudited)        
         
         
  For the Three Months Ended
  Jun 30, 2014 Mar 31, 2015 Jun 30, 2015 Jun 30, 2015
  RMB RMB RMB US$
Adjusted EBITDA — defined as EBITDA before share-based compensation expense and foreign exchange loss (gain)
         
Net income (loss)  6,910  (5,203)  (7,346)  (1,186)
Depreciation  21,642  34,185  37,737  6,087
Amortization  527  1,349  817  132
Interest expense  1,572  4,129  3,322  536
Interest income  (3,190)  (992)  (1,153)  (186)
Income tax (benefit) expense   (3,608)  548  (2,953)  (476)
Share-based compensation  3,115  15,163  11,569  1,865
Foreign exchange loss (gain)  1,509  475  (188)  (30)
Penalties on uncertain tax positions  44  --   --   -- 
Adjusted EBITDA  28,521  49,654  41,805  6,742
Margin% 8.2% 13.7% 11.8% 11.8%
         
         
Adjusted net income — defined as net income (loss) before share-based compensation, foreign exchange loss (gain) and penalties on uncertain tax positions
         
Net income (loss)  6,910  (5,203)  (7,346)  (1,186)
Share-based compensation  3,115  15,163  11,569  1,865
Foreign exchange loss (gain)  1,509  475  (188)  (30)
Penalties on uncertain tax positions  44  --   --   -- 
Adjusted net income  11,578  10,435  4,035  649
Margin% 3.3% 2.9% 1.1% 1.1%
Earnings per ordinary share:        
Basic 0.03 0.03 0.01 0.00
Diluted 0.03 0.02 0.01 0.00
Earnings per ADS:        
Basic 0.45 0.40 0.15 0.02
Diluted 0.44 0.39 0.15 0.02
         
         
Non-GAAP gross profit - defined as gross profit before share-based compensation expense
         
Gross profit  103,855  107,446  96,820  15,616
Plus: Share-based compensation  307  1,307  999  161
Non-GAAP gross profit  104,162  108,753  97,819  15,777
Margin% 30.1% 29.9% 27.7% 27.7%
         
         
Non-GAAP operating expense - defined as operating expense before share-based compensation expense
         
Sales & marketing expenses  35,360  31,833  25,526  4,117
Minus: Share-based compensation  (666)  (1,103)  (824)  (133)
Non-GAAP sales & marketing expenses  34,694  30,730  24,702  3,984
% of net revenues 10.0% 8.4% 7.0% 7.0%
         
General & administrative expenses  37,466  49,712  54,511  8,792
Minus: Share-based compensation  (1,503)  (11,089)  (8,933)  (1,440)
Non-GAAP general & administrative expenses  35,963  38,623  45,578  7,352
% of net revenues 10.4% 10.6% 12.9% 12.9%
         
Research & development expenses  30,026  26,962  26,819  4,326
Minus: Share-based compensation  (639)  (1,664)  (813)  (131)
Non-GAAP research & development expenses  29,387  25,298  26,006  4,195
% of net revenues 8.5% 7.0% 7.4% 7.4%
         
         
Non-GAAP operating income — defined as GAAP operating income (loss) before share-based compensation expense
         
Operating income (loss)  1,003  (1,061)  (10,036)  (1,619)
Plus: Share-based compensation  3,115  15,163  11,569  1,865
Non-GAAP operating income   4,118  14,102  1,533  246
Margin% 1.2% 3.9% 0.4% 0.4%
 
Supplementary Metrics
(Unaudited)
           
  Jun 30,
2014
Sep 30,
2014
Dec 31,
2014
Mar 31,
2015
Jun 30,
2015
           
Revenues breakdown by industry verticals          
           
Internet and software 23% 23% 22% 22% 21%
Mobile internet 15% 16% 16% 16% 16%
Media and entertainment 29% 29% 29% 29% 30%
E-commerce 20% 19% 19% 19% 19%
Enterprises 12% 13% 14% 14% 14%
Government agencies 1% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
           
Capital expenditures  58,368  104,588  66,611  56,144 25,150
As a percentage of net revenues 16.9% 27.9% 19.7% 15.4% 7.1%
CONTACT: For investor and media inquiries please contact:



         Investor Relations Department

         ChinaCache International Holdings

         Tel: +86 (10) 6408 5307

         Email: ir@chinacache.com



         Mr. Don MarkleyThe Piacente Group | Investor Relations

         Tel: +1 212-481 2050

         Email: chinacache@tpg-ir.com

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