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New Oriental Education & Technology: New Oriental Announces Results For The Third Fiscal Quarter Ended February 29, 2016

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

Quarterly Net Revenues Increased by 20.6% Year-Over-Year

Quarterly Enrollments Increased by 25.2% Year-Over-Year

Quarterly Operating Income Increased by 32.6% Year-Over-Year

BEIJING, April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc. (the Company or New Oriental) (NYSE: EDU), the largest provider of private educational services in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fiscal quarter ended February 29, 2016, which is the third quarter of New Orientals fiscal year 2016.

Financial Highlights for the Third Fiscal Quarter Ended Fe bruary 29, 2016

Total net revenues increased by 20.6% year-over-year to US$346.9 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2016.

Operating income increased by 32.6% year-over-year to US$42.3 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2016.

Net income attributable to New Oriental increased by 16.8% year-over-year to US$48.4 million.

Key Financial Results

(in thousands US$, except per ADS

data)

3Q FY2016

3Q FY2015

% of change

Net revenues

346,912

287,733

42,297

31,903

Non-GAAP operating income

(2)(3)

46,743

35,854

48,442

41,483

Non-GAAP net income attributable to New Oriental

52,888

45,434

Net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental - basic

Net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental - diluted

Non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental - basic

(3)(4)

Non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental - diluted

9M FY2016

9M FY2015

% of change

1,083,483

917,958

161,744

130,507

174,922

141,500

182,868

157,298

Non-GAAP net income attributable to New Oriental

196,046

168,291

Each ADS represents one common share.

GAAP represents Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America.

New Oriental provides net income attributable to New Oriental, operating income and net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental on a non-GAAP basis that excludes share-based compensation expenses to provide supplemental information regarding its operating performance. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the section captioned About Non-GAAP Financial Measures and the tables captioned Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures to the Most Comparable GAAP Measures set forth at the end of this release.

The Non-GAAP net income per ADS is computed using Non-GAAP net income and the same number of shares and ADSs used in GAAP basic and diluted EPS calculation.

Operating Highlights for the Third Fiscal Quarter Ended February 29, 2016

Total student enrollments in academic subjects tutoring and test preparation courses increased by 25.2% year-over-year to approximately 755,100 for the third fiscal quarter of 2016.

The total number of schools and learning centers was 727 as of February 29, 2016, an increase of 5 compared to 722 as of February 28, 2015, and an increase of 7 compared to 720 as of November 30, 2015. The total number of schools was 64 as of February 29, 2016.

Michael Yu, New Orientals Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, For the third fiscal quarter, we continued to make solid progress on all fronts given improved product mix, positive market dynamics and increased efficiency in operations. On the revenue side, we had a top-line growth of 20.6%, which exceeded the high end of our expected range. The growth was attributable to the ongoing increases in our total enrollments. Our K-12 all-subjects after-school tutoring business performed well this quarter, with gross revenue up 35% year over year and enrollment up 31% year over year. In particular, our U-Can middle and high school all-subjects after-school tutoring business grew approximately 33% year over year, and the revamped POP Kids program delivered a year-over-year revenue increase of 40%, representing a record high since its launch in 2014. With an ever-increasing market demand for our O2O Two-Way Integrated Education System, we have been able to attract an increasing number of new customers for our K-12 business. More importantly, this new offering has proven to be well received by our existing customers, which in turn noticeably improved our retention rate. We are confident that this will translate into consistent and healthy revenue growth for our business over the long term.

Mr. Yu continued, As part of our strategy to optimize the market via profitable growth, we opened a new school in the city of Zhuhai, a fast growing Special Economic Zone in southern China. In addition, we added a net of 6 learning centers and expanded certain existing ones, adding a total of approximately 10,000 square meters of classroom area. For the remainder of the fiscal year, we will continue to expand our operations in the cities that have been showing rapid growth and strong profitability and will also continue to look for positive opportunities in unpenetrated cities. Encouraged by the exciting results of the O2O system for our K-12 business, we continued to expand our investment in online and offline integrated education to other key business lines. Most recently, we officially launched the IELTS interactive education system, the O2O solution for our overseas test preparation business, in three large cities in China. Furthermore, our pure online education platform, Koolearn.com, recorded revenue growth of 25% year over year in the third quarter, with a doubling of registered users and a 70% increase in paid users.

Stephen Zhihui Yang, New Orientals Chief Financial Officer, commented, Our consistently strong performance is supported by constantly improving operational efficiency and stringent cost control. During the third quarter, operating income increased by 32.6% year over year to approximately US$42.3 million and operating margin increased by 110 basis points to 12.2% from 11.1% a year ago. We will continue to manage our business with a passion for driving efficiency and bringing value to our customers. We are confident that this over time will ensure sustainable long-term growth of our business.

Recent Development

In February 2016, the Company announced that an affiliate of Tencent Holdings Limited has agreed to invest RMB320 million (US$50 million) in Beijing New Oriental Xuncheng Network Technology Co., Ltd. (Xun Cheng), which operates the Companys online education platform, Koolearn.com. This investment was completed in April 2016. Also, Xun Cheng intends to conduct a listing on mainland China stock market. New Oriental plans to continue to control and consolidate Xun Cheng after the potential listing.

Financial Results for the Third Fiscal Quarter Ended February 29, 2016

For the third fiscal quarter of 2016, New Oriental reported net revenues of US$346.9 million, representing a 20.6% increase year-over-year. Net revenues from educational programs and services for the third fiscal quarter were US$313.3 million, representing a 19.5% increase year-over-year. The growth was mainly driven by increases in student enrollments in K-12 after-school tutoring courses.

Total student enrollments in academic subjects tutoring and test preparation courses in the third fiscal quarter of 2016 increased by 25.2% year-over-year to approximately 755,100.

Operating Costs and Expenses

Operating costs and expenses for the quarter were US$304.6 million, representing a 19.1% increase year-over-year. Non-GAAP operating costs and expenses for the quarter, which exclude share-based compensation expenses, were US$300.2 million, representing a 19.2% increase year-over-year.

Cost of revenues

increased by 15.1% year-over-year to US$145.0 million, primarily due to increases in teachers compensation for more teaching hours.

Selling and marketing expenses

increased by 8.0% year-over-year to US$45.0 million, primarily due to increases in brand promotion expenses and selling and marketing staffs compensation.

General and administrative expenses

for the quarter increased by 30.0% year-over-year to US$114.6 million. Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, which exclude share-based compensation expenses, were US$110.1 million, representing a 30.8% increase year-over-year, primarily due to increases in R&D expenses and human resources expenses related to the development of our online and offline integrated education ecosystem.

Total share-based compensation expenses, which were allocated to related operating costs and expenses, increased by 12.5% to US$4.4 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2016.

Operating Income and Operating Margin

Operating income was US$42.3 million, a 32.6% increase from US$31.9 million in the same period of the prior fiscal year. Non-GAAP income from operations for the quarter was US$46.7 million, a 30.4% increase from US$35.9 million in the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Operating margin for the quarter was 12.2%, compared to 11.1% in the same period of the prior fiscal year. Non-GAAP operating margin, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, for the quarter was 13.5%, compared to 12.5% in the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Net Income and EPS

Net income attributable to New Oriental for the quarter was US$48.4 million, representing a 16.8% increase from the same period of the prior fiscal year. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to New Oriental were US$0.31 and US$0.31, respectively.

Non-GAAP Net Income and Non-GAAP EPS

Non-GAAP net income attributable to New Oriental for the quarter was US$52.9 million, representing a 16.4% increase from the same period of the prior fiscal year. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to New Oriental were US$0.34 and US$0.34, respectively.

Cash Flow

Net operating cash flow for the third fiscal quarter of 2016 was approximately US$91.9 million. Capital expenditures for the quarter were US$19.4 million, which were primarily attributable to the opening of 20 new learning centers and renovations at existing learning centers.

Balance Sheet

As of February 29, 2016, New Oriental had cash and cash equivalents of US$464.1 million, as compared to US$524.1 million as of November 30, 2015. In addition, the Company had US$95.0 million in term deposits, US$753.0 million in short-term investment and US$238.9 million in long-term held-to-maturity investments due within one year consisting of trusts guaranteed by a bank and expected to mature within one year from February 29, 2016.

New Orientals deferred revenue balance, which is cash collected from registered students for courses and recognized proportionally as revenue as the instructions are delivered, at the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 was US$585.3 million, an increase of 37.8% as compared to US$424.9 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended February 29, 2016

For the first nine months of fiscal year 2016, New Oriental reported net revenues of US$1,083.5 million, representing an 18.0% increase year-over-year.

Total student enrollments in academic subjects tutoring and test preparation courses in the first nine months of fiscal year 2016 increased by 23.4% to approximately 2,607,400.

Income from operations for the first nine months of fiscal year 2016 was US$161.7 million, representing a 23.9% increase year-over-year. Non-GAAP income from operations for the first nine months of fiscal year 2016 was US$174.9 million, representing a 23.6% increase year-over-year.

Operating margin for the first nine months of fiscal year 2016 was 14.9 %, compared to 14.2% for the same period of the prior fiscal year. Non-GAAP operating margin, which excludes share-based compensation expenses for the first nine months of fiscal year 2016, was 16.1%, compared to 15.4% for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Net income attributable to New Oriental for the first nine months of fiscal year 2016 was US$182.9 million, representing a 16.3% increase year-over-year. Basic and diluted net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental for the first nine months of fiscal year 2016 amounted to US$1.17 and US$1.16, respectively.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to New Oriental for the first nine months of fiscal year 2016 was US$196.0 million, representing a 16.5% increase year-over-year. Non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental for the first nine months of fiscal year 2016 amounted to US$1.25 and US$1.25, respectively.

Outlook for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016

Reflecting ongoing positive momentum, New Oriental expects total net revenues in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016 (March 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016) to be in the range of US$378.1 million to US$391.3 million, representing year-over-year growth in the range of 15% to 19%.

If not including the impact from the recent depreciation of Renminbi against the U.S. Dollar, the projected revenue growth rate is expected to be in the range of 20% to 24% for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016.

This forecast reflects New Orientals current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call Information

New Orientals management will host an earnings conference call at 8 AM on April 19, 2016, U.S. Eastern Time (8 PM on April 19, 2016, Beijing/Hong Kong Time).

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

+1-845-675-0437

Hong Kong:

+852-3018-6771

+44-20-3621-4779

Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call. The passcode is New Oriental Earnings Call.

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following number until April 27, 2016:

International:

+61-2-8199-0299

Passcode:

80096892

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available at

http://investor.neworiental.org

About New Oriental

New Oriental is the largest provider of private educational services in China based on the number of program offerings, total student enrollments and geographic presence. New Oriental offers a wide range of educational programs, services and products consisting primarily of English and other foreign language training, test preparation courses for major admissions and assessment tests in the United States, the PRC and Commonwealth countries, primary and secondary school education, development and distribution of educational content, software and other technology, and online education. New Orientals ADSs, each of which represents one common share, currently trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EDU.

For more information about New Oriental, please visit

http://english.neworiental.org

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 fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016, quotations from management in this announcement, as well as New Orientals strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. New Oriental 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. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about New Orientals beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. 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 statement, including but not limited to the following: our ability to attract students without a significant decrease in course fees; our ability to continue to hire, train and retain qualified teachers; our ability to maintain and enhance our New Oriental brand; our ability to effectively and efficiently manage the expansion of our school network and successfully execute our growth strategy; the outcome of ongoing, or any future, litigation or arbitration, including those relating to copyright and other intellectual property rights; competition in the private education sector in China; changes in our revenues and certain cost or expense items as a percentage of our revenues; the expected growth of the Chinese private education market; Chinese governmental policies relating to private educational services and providers of such services; health epidemics and other outbreaks in China; and general economic conditions in China. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in our annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. New Oriental does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and New Oriental undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

To supplement New Orientals consolidated financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, New Oriental uses the following measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the SEC: net income excluding share-based compensation expenses, operating income excluding share-based compensation expenses, operating costs and expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses, general and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses, operating margin excluding share-based compensation expenses, and basic and diluted net income per ADS and per share excluding share-based compensation expenses. 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 tables captioned Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures set forth at the end of this release.

New Oriental believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and liquidity by excluding share-based compensation expenses that may not be indicative of its operating performance from a cash perspective. New Oriental believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate managements internal comparisons to New Orientals historical performance and liquidity. New Oriental computes its non-GAAP financial measures using the same consistent method from quarter to quarter. New Oriental 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 these non-GAAP measures is that they exclude share-based compensation charge that has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in our business. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying tables have more details on the reconciliations between GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures.

Contacts

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:

Ms. Cara OBrien

FTI Consulting

Tel: +852-3768-4537

Email:

cara.obrien@fticonsulting.com

Ms. Sisi Zhao

Tel: +86-10-6260-5568

zhaosisi@xdf.cn

NEW ORIENTAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

As of February 29

As of November 30

(Unaudited)

ASSETS:

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

464,061

524,053

Restricted cash, current

Term deposits

94,983

71,363

Short term investments

752,964

698,859

Accounts receivable, net

Inventory

25,803

28,255

Deferred tax assets, current (note 1)

14,111

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

102,166

87,999

Amounts due from related parties, current

Long term investment due within one year

238,943

Total current assets

1,684,536

1,430,084

Property, plant and equipment, net

232,621

233,188

Land use rights, net

Amounts due from related parties, non-current

Deferred tax assets, non-current (note 1)

19,466

Long term deposit

14,722

15,808

Long term prepaid rent

Restricted cash, non-current

Intangible assets

Goodwill

10,589

10,861

Long term investments

154,556

390,739

Other non-current assets

Total assets

2,129,934

2,101,147

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable (including accounts payable of the consolidated VIE without recourse to New Oriental of US$23,352 and US$16,709 as of November 30, 2015 and February 29, 2016, respectively)

17,615

23,491

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (including accrued expenses and other current liabilities of the consolidated VIE without recourse to New Oriental of US$136,464 and US$152,101 as of November 30, 2015 and February 29, 2016, respectively)

168,811

149,531

Dividend payable (including dividend payable of the consolidated VIE without recourse to New Oriental of nil and nil as of November 30, 2015 and February 29, 2016, respectively)

Income taxes payable (including income tax payable of the consolidated VIE without recourse to New Oriental of US$28,980 and US$28,881 as of November 30, 2015 and February 29, 2016, respectively)

31,784

30,040

Amounts due to related party(including amounts due to related parties of the consolidated VIE without recourse to New Oriental of US$174 and US$35 as of November 30, 2015 and February 29, 2016, respectively)

Deferred revenue (including deferred revenue of the consolidated VIE without recourse to New Oriental of US$582,021and US$582,007 as of November 30, 2015 and February 29, 2016, respectively)

585,349

586,455

Total current liabilities

803,594

797,273

Deferred tax liabilities (including deferred tax liabilities of the consolidated VIE without recourse to New Oriental of US$1,514 and US$1,457 as of November 30, 2015 and February 29, 2016, respectively) (note 1)

Total long-term liabilities

Total liabilities

805,691

799,487

Noncontrolling interests

13,370

13,371

Total New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. shareholders equity

1,310,873

1,288,289

Total shareholders equity

1,324,243

1,301,660

Total liabilities and shareholders equity

Note 1: In November, 2015, the FASB issued a new pronouncement which changes how deferred taxes are classified on organizations balance sheets. The ASU eliminates the current requirement for organizations to present deferred tax liabilities and assets as current and noncurrent in a classified balance sheet. Instead, organizations will be required to classify all deferred tax assets and liabilities as noncurrent. The amendments apply to all organizations that present a classified balance sheet. For public companies, the amendments are effective for financial statements issued for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016, and interim periods within those annual periods. Earlier application is permitted for all entities as of the beginning of an interim or annual reporting period. The Group elected to early adopt this new guidance on a prospective basis and have applied the changes to all deferred tax liabilities and assets and to the consolidated balance sheet as of February 29, 2016. The Group did not retrospectively apply the changes to prior periods.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands except for per share and per ADS amounts)

For the Three

Ended February 29

Ended February 28

Net Revenues:

Educational programs and services

313,251

262,041

Books and others

33,661

25,692

Operating costs and expenses (note 2):

145,045

126,015

44,989

41,647

114,581

88,168

Total operating costs and expenses

304,615

255,830

Other income, net

16,125

16,318

Provision for income taxes

(8,515

(6,333

Loss from equity method investment

(1,137

48,770

41,435

Net loss(gain) attributable to the noncontrolling interests

Net income attributable to New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc.

Net income per share attributable to New Oriental-Basic

Net income per share attributable to New Oriental-Diluted

Net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental-Basic (note 3)

Net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental-Diluted (note 3)

Other comprehensive loss, net of tax

(30,695

(19,183

Comprehensive income

18,075

22,252

Comprehensive income attributable to New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc.

18,076

22,300

Notes:

Note 2: Share-based compensation expenses (in thousands) are included in the operating costs and expenses as follows:

Note 3: Each ADS represents one common share.

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO THE MOST COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES

Share-based compensation expense in general and administrative expenses

110,135

84,217

300,169

251,879

Net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental- Basic (note 3)

Net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental- Diluted (note 3)

Non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental - Basic (note 3)

Non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental - Diluted (note 3)

Weighted average shares used in calculating basic net income per ADS (note 3)

156,932,343

155,993,002

Weighted average shares used in calculating diluted net income per ADS (note 3)

157,721,515

156,874,791

Non-GAAP income per share - basic

Non-GAAP income per share - diluted

For the Nine

987,127

835,363

96,356

82,595

450,931

388,893

138,511

135,197

332,297

263,361

921,739

787,451

51,620

49,226

(26,909

(21,751

(3,221

183,234

157,250

Net income per ADS attributable to New Oriental-Basic (note 3)

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

(51,620

131,614

162,849

131,577

162,897

13,178

10,993

319,119

252,368

908,561

776,458

156,721,538

156,745,702

157,342,880

157,615,286

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