Perfect World Q2: Profits Double, Launches PWIN Fund

  • Total revenues were RMB928.4 million (USD149.6 million), compared with RMB891.1 million in the previous quarter and RMB700.1 million in the same quarter last year.
  • Gross profit was RMB678.6 million (USD109.4 million), compared with RMB656.1 million in the previous quarter and RMB535.5 million in the same quarter last year.
  • Operating profit was RMB128.2 million (USD20.7 million), compared with RMB177.3 million in the previous quarter and RMB72.6 million in the same quarter last year. Non-GAAP operating profit[2] was RMB138.4 million (USD22.3 million), compared with RMB195.9 million in the previous quarter and RMB89.7 million in the same quarter last year.
  • Net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders was RMB161.7 million (USD26.1 million), compared with RMB201.2 million in the previous quarter and RMB80.7 million in the same quarter last year. Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders[2] was RMB171.9 million (USD27.7 million), compared with RMB219.8 million in the previous quarter and RMB97.8 million in the same quarter last year.
  • Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB3.26 (USD0.53) and RMB3.21 (USD0.52), respectively, compared with RMB4.07 and RMB3.98, respectively, in the previous quarter, and RMB1.66 and RMB1.65, respectively, in the same quarter last year. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS[2] were RMB3.47 (USD0.56) and RMB3.41 (USD0.55), respectively, compared with RMB4.45 and RMB4.35, respectively, in the previous quarter, and RMB2.01 and RMB2.00, respectively, in the same quarter last year.

[1] The U.S. dollar (USD) amounts disclosed in this press release, except for those transaction amounts that were actually settled in U.S. dollars, are presented solely for the convenience of the reader. The conversion of Renminbi (RMB) into USD in this release is based on the noon buying rate in The City of New York for cable transfers in RMB per USD as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as of June 30, 2014, which was RMB6.2036 to USD1.00. The percentages stated in this press release are calculated based on the RMB amounts.

[2] As used in this press release, non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders and non-GAAP earnings per ADS are defined to exclude share-based compensation charge from operating profit, net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders and earnings per ADS, respectively. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” at the end of this press release.

[3] Each ADS represents five ordinary shares.

Mr. Robert Xiao, CEO of Perfect World commented, “We are pleased to announce our second quarter results. Total revenues came in line with the high end of our expectations. Our PC client-based games, such as our flagship title ‘Swordsman Online,’ delivered an increase in revenues. ‘DOTA2,’ a world-class title which we have obtained exclusive rights to operate in mainland China, also bolstered our second quarter results with its growing contribution. Meanwhile, our mobile game business continued to build momentum as we launched more new titles. Towards the end of the second quarter, we launched our 3D mysterious fantasy MMORPG mobile game ‘Forsaken World.’ And recently, we launched our 2D turn-based cartoon-style RPG mobile game, ‘CrossGate Mobile,’ which has become another hit since its debut.”

“As we remain dedicated to maintaining the health of our diversified portfolio by releasing a steady stream of expansion packs and content updates for our existing games, we are also excited about our pipeline that consists of a rich line-up of appealing games. ‘Legend of the Condor Heroes,’ a highly-anticipated 3D MMORPG based on one of Louis Cha’s classic martial arts novels, is currently under development. ‘Neverwinter’ is an MMORPG developed by our Cryptic Studios. The PC version of this game has been well received by gamers following its launch in North America and Europe and is expected to be launched in China later this year. We are also working on taking our games beyond the PC market. As part of our efforts to build our console game pipeline, we have established a long-term partnership with Microsoft, through whose Xbox One platform we are looking forward to bringing several console games to players in China. Among these exciting titles, our ‘Neverwinter’ is one of the highly-anticipated titles to be launched along with the debut of Xbox One devices in mainland China. On the mobile side, we look forward to bringing a variety of high-quality games to players as well. Some of the upcoming titles in our diverse mobile game pipeline are ‘Touch,’ ‘Forever Mars’ and ‘Swordsman Mobile.'”

“In addition to our differentiated portfolio and pipeline, our well-established global operational network is also one of our core competitive advantages. In addition to operating a variety of PC client-based games and mobile games in China, we have also established an overseas network through our subsidiaries and licensing activities with overseas partners, covering over one hundred countries and regions with around one-fourth of our total revenues generated from various overseas markets. With our rich global operational experience and strong global R&D capabilities, we successfully deliver a number of attractive games across a wide range of genres and offer premium services to players worldwide.

Meanwhile, we continue to explore broad growth opportunities in the global market. As such, we’ve launched our PWIN program to actively seeking opportunities to invest in small to medium size game studios and R&D teams globally. Through this program, we recently entered into a definitive agreement to invest RMB50 million as a limited partner in a game industry investment fund (‘the Fund’), which will primarily focus on investing in game development teams and early-stage companies in game-related businesses in China.

The PWIN Fund will be managed by senior members from both a well-known private equity firm in China and Unity China, we believe whose valuable and abundant industry resources will provide us with great access to more investment opportunities in outstanding R&D teams and companies with high potential in the future. We look forward to leveraging the resources and talent brought by our PWIN program to not only further sharpen our competitive edge in China but also further strengthen our global presence.”

“Looking forward, we are confident that we will continue to deliver world-class and engaging gaming experiences to our players as we look to achieve sustainable growth for our business over the long term.”

Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Total Revenues

Total revenues were RMB928.4 million (USD149.6 million), compared with RMB891.1 million in the previous quarter and RMB700.1 million in the same quarter last year.

Online game operation revenues, which include both domestic and overseas online game operations, were RMB861.1 million (USD138.8 million), compared with RMB827.6 million in the previous quarter and RMB650.1 million in the same quarter last year.  The increase from the previous quarter was due to the combined effects of the increased revenue contribution from some of the PC client-based games that the Company operates in China, such as “Swordsman Online” and “DOTA2,” the continued strength of the Company’s mobile games, and the decrease in revenues of some other PC client-based games.  In addition, the sequential increase was partially associated with a change in the estimated player lives of certain PC client-based games, which were shortened in 2Q14 as a result of a regular assessment of the player life cycles of its games.

The aggregate average concurrent users (ACU) for PC games under operation in mainland China was approximately 661,000, compared with 662,000 in the previous quarter and 742,000 in the same quarter last year.

Licensing revenues were RMB48.9 million (USD7.9 million), compared with RMB45.3 million in the previous quarter and RMB31.5 million in the same quarter last year. The increase from the previous quarter was largely associated with the Company’s mobile game launched in certain overseas markets in 2Q14.

Other revenues were RMB18.3 million (USD2.9 million), compared with RMB18.1 million in the previous quarter and RMB18.5 million in the same quarter last year.

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues was RMB249.8 million (USD40.3 million), compared with RMB235.0 million in the previous quarter and RMB164.6 million in the same quarter last year. The increase from the previous quarter was mainly due to an increase in revenue sharing cost in 2Q14. As a result of increased revenue contribution from “DOTA2,” which the Company obtained exclusive rights to operate in mainland China, revenue sharing associated with this world-class title increased in 2Q14.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit was RMB678.6 million (USD109.4 million), compared with RMB656.1 million in the previous quarter and RMB535.5 million in the same quarter last year. Gross margin was 73.1%, compared with 73.6% in the previous quarter and 76.5% in the same quarter last year.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were RMB550.3 million (USD88.7 million), compared with RMB478.7 million in the previous quarter and RMB462.9 million in the same quarter last year. The increase in operating expenses from the previous quarter was mainly due to increases in sales and marketing expenses, general and administrative expenses, and R&D expenses in 2Q14.

R&D expenses were RMB259.8 million (USD41.9 million), compared with RMB253.5 million in the previous quarter and RMB198.5 million in the same quarter last year.

Sales and marketing expenses were RMB197.8 million (USD31.9 million), compared with RMB144.0 million in the previous quarter and RMB191.9 million in the same quarter last year. The increase from the previous quarter was primarily due to an increase in advertising and promotional expenses in 2Q14.

General and administrative expenses were RMB92.8 million (USD15.0 million), compared with RMB81.3 million in the previous quarter and RMB72.5 million in the same quarter last year. The increase from the previous quarter was mainly due to a provision of receivables from certain of the Company’s overseas partners that no longer operate the Company’s games in some overseas markets.

Operating Profit

Operating profit was RMB128.2 million (USD20.7 million), compared with RMB177.3 million in the previous quarter and RMB72.6 million in the same quarter last year. Non-GAAP operating profit was RMB138.4 million (USD22.3 million), compared with RMB195.9 million in the previous quarter and RMB89.7 million in the same quarter last year.

Total Other Income

Total other income was RMB42.1 million (USD6.8 million), compared with RMB43.8 million in the previous quarter and RMB33.5 million in the same quarter last year.

Income Tax Expense

Income tax expense was RMB10.5 million (USD1.7 million), compared with RMB20.8 million in the previous quarter and RMB20.2 million in the same quarter last year. The decrease from the previous quarter was primarily because some games are operated by some of the Company’s controlled entities that enjoy a greater preferential tax treatment.

Net Income Attributable to the Company’s Shareholders

Net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders was RMB161.7 million (USD26.1 million), compared with RMB201.2 million in the previous quarter and RMB80.7 million in the same quarter last year. Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders was RMB171.9 million (USD27.7 million), compared with RMB219.8 million in the previous quarter and RMB97.8 million in the same quarter last year.

Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB3.26 (USD0.53) and RMB3.21 (USD0.52), respectively, compared with RMB4.07 and RMB3.98, respectively, in the previous quarter, and RMB1.66 and RMB1.65, respectively, in the same quarter last year. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB3.47 (USD0.56) and RMB3.41 (USD0.55), respectively, compared with RMB4.45 and RMB4.35, respectively, in the previous quarter, and RMB2.01 and RMB2.00, respectively, in the same quarter last year.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

As of June 30, 2014, the Company had RMB883.6 million (USD142.4 million) of cash and cash equivalents, compared with RMB1,598.5 million as of March 31, 2014. The decrease was mainly due to the payments of its share purchase of 30,326,005 class A ordinary shares of Shanda Games Limited (GAME), which was presented as “secured receivable” in the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets as of June 30, 2014 in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the investments in certain short-term structured deposits, and the Company’s annual cash dividend payments in April. This was partially offset by the net cash inflow generated from the Company’s online game operations.

Business Outlook

Based on the Company’s current operations, total revenues for the third quarter of 2014 are expected to be between RMB956 million and RMB1,003 million, representing an increase of 3% to 8% on a sequential basis.  This takes into consideration the continued strength of the Company’s mobile games.