UPDATE: China Distance Education (DL) Reports Q3 EPS of $0.17 on Revenues of $47.4M; Offers FY19 Revenue Guidance Above Consensus

August 15, 2018 5:08 PM
(Updated - August 15, 2018 5:13 PM EDT)

China Distance Education (NYSE: DL) reported Q3 EPS of $0.17. Revenue for the quarter came in at $47.4 million.

Mr. Zhengdong Zhu, Chairman and CEO of CDEL, said, "We delivered strong results in our third quarter, highlighted by a 33.8% year-over-year increase in net revenue which exceeded the high end of our guidance range. The top-line outperformance in the third quarter relative to our guidance was driven primarily by our market-leading accounting vertical, which has produced strong revenue growth since the beginning of fiscal year 2018 through the third fiscal quarter. In addition, we are pleased to report that our cash receipts from online course registration were up 51.6% year-over-year in our third fiscal quarter, primarily due to strong cash receipts from our core accounting test preparation courses, and more student enrollments in our longer duration premium and elite classes. Our total course enrollments were down 13.7% year-over-year in the third quarter, primarily attributable to a decrease in enrollments of our continuing education courses. However, our accounting test preparation course enrollments grew 9.9% year-over-year."

Mr. Zhu concluded, "As we look ahead, in addition to driving growth in our three established industry verticals – accounting, healthcare, and engineering and construction, our previously announced acquisition of Beijing Ruida, a leading provider of exam preparation services for participants in China\'s national judicial examination, further diversifies our business model and squarely positions us in a fourth important vertical – legal. Our investment in Beijing Ruida is well aligned with our strategy of expanding into select educational disciplines, with the goal of further enhancing our life-long learning ecosystem and our future growth opportunities."

Mr. Mark Marostica, Co-Chief Financial Officer of CDEL, said, "Strong revenue growth combined with effective cost control drove a return to profitability in our third fiscal quarter as anticipated. However, the increase in fair value of contingent consideration with respect to our 40% equity interest investment in Beijing Ruida, resulting from the outperformance of Beijing Ruida in 2017, adversely impacted our operating income in the third fiscal quarter. Excluding such change in fair value impact, our adjusted operating income and adjusted net income in the third fiscal quarter were $6.0 million and $8.5 million, representing 27.9% and 191.6% year-over-year growth, respectively. We will continue to balance our efforts to drive growth with a keen focus on profitability and prudent cost control."

GUIDANCE:

China Distance Education sees FY2019 revenue of $167.3-169.3 million, versus the consensus of $130.99 million.

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