Bright Scholar Announces Unaudited Financial Results for the Third Fiscal Quarter of FY2020

FOSHAN, China, July 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited ("Bright Scholar," the "Company," "we" or "our") (NYSE: BEDU), a global premier education service company, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third fiscal quarter ended May 31, 2020.

Third Fiscal Quarter Ended May 31, 2020 Financial Highlights 

(in comparison to the same period of the last fiscal year):

RMB in million

Except EPS and %

Third Fiscal Quarter

Ended May 31, 2020

Third Fiscal Quarter

Ended May 31, 2019

YoY

% Change

Revenue

739.4

692.8

6.7%

Gross Profit

292.0

318.0

(8.2%)

Gross Margin

39.5%

45.9%

(6.4%)

Operating Income

136.2

166.8

(18.4%)

Operating Margin

18.4%

24.1%

(5.7%)

Net Income

68.0

137.4

(50.5%)

Net Margin

9.2%

19.8%

(10.6%)





Adjusted Gross Profit (1)

302.9

324.2

(6.6%)

Adjusted Gross Margin (1)

41.0%

46.8%

(5.8%)

Adjusted Operating Income (2)

114.7

189.6

(39.5%)

Adjusted Operating Margin (2)

15.5%

27.4%

(11.9%)

Adjusted Net Income (3)

46.6

160.2

(70.9%)

Adjusted Net Margin (3)

6.3%

23.1%

(16.8%)

Adjusted EBITDA (4)

164.5

220.9

(25.5%)

Adjusted EBITDA Margin (4)

22.2%

31.9%

(9.7%)





Basic and Diluted Earnings per Share

0.64

1.13

(43.4%)

Adjusted Basic and Diluted Earnings per Share (5)

0.46

1.32

(65.2%)

 

Nine Months Ended May 31, 2020 Financial Highlights 

(in comparison to the same period of the last fiscal year):

RMB in million

Except EPS and %

Nine Months

Ended May 31, 2020

Nine Months

Ended May 31, 2019

YoY

% Change

Revenue

2,714.4

1,851.4

46.6%

Gross Profit

1,072.3

764.9

40.2%

Gross Margin

39.5%

41.3%

(1.8%)

Operating Income

479.6

345.0

39.0%

Operating Margin

17.7%

18.6%

(0.9%)

Net Income

312.8

300.9

4.0%

Net Margin

11.5%

16.3%

(4.8%)





Adjusted Gross Profit (1)

1,105.2

778.7

41.9%

Adjusted Gross Margin (1)

40.7%

42.1%

(1.4%)

Adjusted Operating Income (2)

500.5

403.9

23.9%

Adjusted Operating Margin (2)

18.4%

21.8%

(3.4%)

Adjusted Net Income (3)

333.6

359.8

(7.3%)

Adjusted Net Margin (3)

12.3%

19.4%

(7.1%)

Adjusted EBITDA (4)

669.4

487.6

37.3%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin (4)

24.7%

26.3%

(1.6%)





Basic and Diluted Earnings per Share

2.62

2.38

10.1%

Adjusted Basic and Diluted Earnings per Share (5)

2.79

2.86

(2.4%)

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1.   Adjusted gross profit/(loss) is defined as gross profit/(loss) excluding amortization of intangible assets. Adjusted gross margin is defined as adjusted gross profit/(loss) divided by revenue.

2.   Adjusted operating income/(loss) is defined as operating income/(loss) excluding share-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets. Adjusted operating margin is defined as adjusted operating income/(loss) divided by revenue.

3.   Adjusted net income/(loss) is defined as net income/(loss) excluding share-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets. Adjusted net margin is defined as adjusted net income/(loss) divided by revenue.

4.   Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income/(loss) excluding interest income/(expense), net; income tax expense/benefit; depreciation and amortization, and share-based compensation expense. Adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue.

5.   Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share is defined as adjusted net income/(loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders (net income/(loss) to ordinary shareholders excluding share-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets) divided by the weighted average number of basic and diluted ordinary shares or American depositary shares (each an "ADS"), each representing one Class A ordinary share of the Company, on an as-converted basis.


For more information on these adjusted financial measures, please see the section captioned under "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and the tables captioned "Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" set forth at the end of this release.

 

BUSINESS PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

(in comparison to the same period of the last fiscal year)

Domestic K-12 Schools

The domestic K-12 schools comprise our international schools, bilingual schools and kindergartens in China.

  • The average number of students increased by 9.2% for the third fiscal quarter and 10.6% for the nine-month period.
  • Revenue amounted to RMB434.8 million and accounted for 58.9% of total revenue in the third fiscal quarter. For the nine-month period, revenue increased by 3.7% to RMB1,552.1 million and accounted for 57.1% of total revenue.
  • For the third fiscal quarter, gross margin was 43.1% compared to 48.3%, and operating margin was 27.0% compared to 37.8%. For the nine-month period, gross margin was 42.3% compared to 42.3%, and operating margin was 28.8% as compared to 28.8%.

Overseas Schools

The overseas schools comprise our overseas schools including Bournemouth, St. Michael's, Bosworth and CATS.

  • The average number of students was 3,219 for the third fiscal quarter and 3,246 for the nine-month period.
  • Revenue amounted to RMB210.4 million and accounted for 28.5% of total revenue for the third fiscal quarter. For the nine-month period, revenue amounted to RMB766.8 million and accounted for 28.2% of total revenue for the same period.
  • For the third fiscal quarter, gross margin was 29.9% and operating margin was 5.1%. For the nine-month period, gross margin was 36.7% and operating margin was 9.5%.

Complementary Education Services 

The complementary education services comprise language training, overseas study counselling, career counselling, study tours and camps and others.

  • Revenue amounted to RMB94.2 million and accounted for 12.6% of total revenue. For the nine-month period, revenue increased by 23.1% to RMB395.5 million, and accounted for 14.7% of total revenue.
  • For the third fiscal quarter, gross margin increased from 30.5% to 44.4%, and operating margin increased from (10.3%) to 14.7%. For the nine-month period, gross margin was 33.8% compared to 37.6%, and operating margin was 10.0% compared to 14.1%.

"Despite disruptions and short-term impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, Bright Scholar's performance during the third fiscal quarter has demonstrated our continued progress in executing our growth strategy and highlighted the resilience of our underlying business," said Jerry He, Executive Vice Chairman of Bright Scholar. "The revenue for the quarter was RMB739.4 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 6.7%. Our net income was RMB68.0 million, which was negatively impacted by the mandatory closure of our schools, kindergartens and learning centers. For the nine-month period, the revenue was RMB2,714.4 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 46.6%. The adjusted gross profit, adjusted operating income, adjusted EBITDA increased by 41.9%, 23.9% and 37.3% year-over-year, respectively."

"In these challenging times, we could not be more pleased with the resilience of demand for our domestic K-12 education services," said Wanmei Li, Chief Executive Officer of Domestic K-12 School business.  "In comparison to the third quarter and nine months of the last fiscal year, the average student enrolment increased by 9.2% and 10.6% year-over-year, respectively."

"Our students continued to achieve remarkable academic outcomes." Ms. Li continued, "As of May 22, 2020, 93.6% of students in the 2020 graduating class of our international schools in China have received offers from the top 50 institutions including 6 offers from Oxbridge, 4 offers from University of Chicago, and 12 offers from UC Berkeley. Our collaboration with Country Garden remains very strong. As of the release date, we have entered into agreements with Country Garden and other partners to add 61 kindergartens and 8 schools to our school network with a total capacity of approximately 35,500 students in China."

"Since COVID-19 outbreak in January 2020, Complementary Education Service adjusted its business strategy promptly, moving some of the services online. The pandemic is now effectively under control in China, as people resume work and normal life, the class resumption rate of some business units has reached nearly 80%," said Zi Chen, Chief Executive Officer of Complementary Education Services. "While the full impact of this global pandemic remains uncertain and as such we will focus on the markets of which the epidemic has been contained, especially domestic market, to expand our business." Mr. Chen continued, "It's very important for us to seize the opportunity in this summer, and we will launch new products and services to strengthen our competitive market position."

"As a student-centered company, Bright Scholar has continuously been evolving to meet the changing needs of our students as we all navigate the unprecedented situation of COVID-19," Mr. He continued. "While these changes present challenges in the short term, we are focused on the significant opportunities presented to us by new technology and learning behaviour." 

"In the quarter, we advanced two strategic initiatives to capitalize on these opportunities. Earlier in May, we announced the acquisition of 51% equity interests in Linstitute (the "institute"). The institute provides high-quality and outcome-focused online training services including Academic Olympiad, a comprehensive selection of academic courses, as well as other world-wide recognized international courses. In June, we announced the launch of our virtual "Future Global School" (the "virtual school") with online-merge-offline (OMO) model, which will be in operation from the beginning of FY21. The virtual school will deliver high quality international curriculums through an interactive and intelligent Learning Management System. It creates a new blended learning experience combining the best of classroom and online education that offers human connection between teachers and the students around the world. The expansion of our service offerings in utilizing technology to enhance access to high quality education will further strengthen our market leadership in the face of the pandemic as we usher a new age of learning." 

Mr. He concluded, "While the pandemic is causing uncertainty and near-term impact, our revenue and profits continued to grow in the first 3 fiscal quarters and our long-term goals and strategy remain unchanged. We expect most of our business will bounce back stronger post COVID-19. Key secular megatrends driving our business remain intact and we remain committed to balancing operational discipline with continued investments in key strategic areas to drive long term growth."

"Our prudent financial management enabled us to have the financial flexibility to continue to invest in our business and return value to our shareholders. The Board of Directors has approved and declared a cash dividend of US$0.12 per ADS."

UNAUDITED FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE THIRD FISCAL QUARTER ENDED MAY 31, 2020 

Revenue

Revenue 

Third Fiscal Quarter 

Ended May 31, 2020

Third Fiscal Quarter

Ended May 31, 2019

YoY

% Change


(RMB in million)

(% of Total Revenue)

(RMB in million)

(% of Total Revenue)


Domestic K-12 Schools

434.8

58.9%

578.4

83.5%

(24.8%)

International Schools

242.9

32.9%

225.9

32.6%

7.6%

Bilingual Schools

185.5

25.1%

195.1

28.2%

(4.9%)

Kindergartens

6.4

0.9%

157.4

22.7%

(96.0%)

Overseas Schools

210.4

28.5%

17.2

2.5%

1,126.6%

Complementary Education

94.2

12.6%

97.2

14.0%

(3.2%)

Total

739.4

100.0%

692.8

100.0%

6.7%

Revenue for the quarter was RMB739.4 million, representing a 6.7% increase from RMB692.8 million for the same period of the last fiscal year. The changes in revenue is primarily contributed by an increase in overseas schools revenue, which was acquired in July 2019, partially offset by the decreased revenue in kindergartens due to the temporary mandatory closure of schools.

Cost of Revenue

Cost of revenue for the quarter was RMB447.4 million, representing a 19.4% increase from RMB374.8 million for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Gross Profit, Gross Margin and Adjusted Gross Profit

Gross Profit

Third Fiscal Quarter 

Ended May 31, 2020

Third Fiscal Quarter

Ended May 31, 2019

YoY

% Change


(RMB in million)

(Margin %)

(RMB in million)

(Margin %)


Domestic K-12 Schools

187.4

43.1%

279.5

48.3%

(33.0%)

International Schools

127.3

52.4%

109.9

48.7%

15.9%

Bilingual Schools

94.9

51.1%

88.5

45.4%

7.1%

Kindergartens

(34.8)

(547.2%)

81.1

51.5%

(143.0%)

Overseas Schools

62.8

29.9%

8.9

51.4%

612.3%

Complementary Education

41.8

44.4%

29.6

30.5%

40.8%

Total

292.0

39.5%

318.0

45.9%

(8.2%)

Gross profit for the quarter was RMB292.0 million, as compared to RMB318.0 million for the same period of the last fiscal year. Gross margin was 39.5% for the quarter, as compared to 45.9% for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Adjusted gross profit for the quarter was RMB302.9 million, as compared to RMB324.2 million for the same period of the last fiscal year. Adjusted gross margin was 41.0% for the quarter, as compared to 46.8% for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses and Adjusted SG&A Expenses (6)

SG&A Expenses

Third Fiscal Quarter 

Ended May 31, 2020

Third Fiscal Quarter 

Ended May 31, 2019

YoY

% Change


(RMB in
million)

(% of Total
Revenue)

(RMB in
million)

(% of Total
Revenue)


Domestic K-12 Schools

70.3

9.6%

61.4

8.9%

14.5%

International Schools

36.0

4.9%

19.4

2.8%

85.4%

Bilingual Schools

21.1

2.9%

22.7

3.3%

(7.2%)

Kindergartens

13.2

1.8%

19.3

2.8%

(31.6%)

Overseas Schools

60.7

8.2%

11.2

1.6%

440.9%

Complementary Education

28.5

3.8%

41.0

5.9%

(30.7%)

Unallocated Corporate Expenses (7)

6.8

0.9%

38.4

5.5%

(82.3%)

Total

166.3

22.5%

152.0

21.9%

9.4%

 

Adj. SG&A Expenses (6)

Third Fiscal Quarter 

Ended May 31, 2020

Third Fiscal Quarter 

Ended May 31, 2019

YoY

% Change


(RMB in
million)

(% of Total
Revenue)

(RMB in m
illion)

(% of Total
Revenue)


Domestic K-12 Schools

69.2

9.4%

58.8

8.4%

17.9%

International Schools

36.2

4.9%

19.0

2.7%

90.5%

Bilingual Schools

20.4

2.8%

21.6

3.1%

(5.4%)

Kindergartens

12.6

1.7%

18.2

2.6%

(30.4%)

Overseas Schools

60.7

8.2%

11.2

1.6%

440.9%

Complementary Education

28.3

3.8%

40.5

5.8%

(30.1%)

Unallocated Corporate Expenses (8)

40.4

5.5%

24.9

3.7%

61.7%

Total

198.6

26.9%

135.4

19.5%

46.7%

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6.   Adjusted SG&A expenses is defined as selling, general and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expense.  

7.   Unallocated corporate expenses are mainly from headquarter, including staff cost, share-based compensation expense and other office expenses. 

8.   Adjusted unallocated corporate expenses is defined as unallocated corporate expenses excluding share-based compensation expense.

Total SG&A expenses for the quarter were RMB166.3 million, representing a 9.4% increase from RMB152.0 million for the same period of the last fiscal year. Adjusted SG&A expenses for the quarter were RMB198.6 million, representing a 46.7% increase from RMB135.4 million for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Operating Income, Operating Income Margin and Adjusted Operating Income

Operating Income

Third Fiscal Quarter 

Ended May 31, 2020

Third Fiscal Quarter 

Ended May 31, 2019

YoY

% Change


(RMB in million)

(Margin %)

(RMB in million)

(Margin %)


Domestic K-12 Schools

117.5

27.0%

218.4

37.8%

(46.2%)

International Schools

91.8

37.8%

90.5

40.1%

1.3%

Bilingual Schools

74.0

39.9%

65.7

33.7%

12.6%

Kindergartens

(48.3)

(757.7%)

62.2

39.5%

(177.7%)

Overseas Schools

10.6

5.1%

(2.4)

(14.0%)

541.7%

Complementary Education

13.8

14.7%

(10.0)

(10.3%)

238.2%

Unallocated Corporate Expenses

(5.7)

-

(39.2)

-

85.3%

Total

136.2

18.4%

166.8

24.1%

(18.4%)

Operating income for the quarter was RMB136.2 million, as compared to RMB166.8 million for the same period of the last fiscal year. Operating margin was 18.4% for the quarter, as compared to 24.1% for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Adjusted operating income for the quarter was RMB114.7 million, as compared to RMB189.6 million for the same period of the last fiscal year. Adjusted operating margin was 15.5% for the quarter, as compared to 27.4% for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Net Income and Adjusted Net Income    

Net income for the quarter was RMB68.0 million, as compared to RMB137.4 million for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Adjusted net income for the quarter was RMB46.6 million, as compared to RMB160.2 million for the same period of the last fiscal year. 

Earnings per ordinary share/ADS and Adjusted Earnings per ordinary share/ADS

Basic and diluted net income per ordinary share/ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders/ADS holders for the quarter were RMB0.64 and RMB0.64, respectively, as compared to earnings per share of RMB1.13 and RMB1.13, respectively, for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Adjusted basic and diluted net income per ordinary share/ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders/ADS holders for the quarter were RMB0.46 and RMB0.46, respectively, as compared to earnings per share of RMB1.32 and RMB1.32, respectively, for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was RMB164.5 million, as compared to RMB220.9 million for the same period of the last fiscal year.

UNAUDITED FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED MAY 31, 2020

Revenue

Revenue 

Nine Months 

Ended May 31, 2020

Nine Months

Ended May 31, 2019

YoY

% Change


(RMB in million)

(% of Total Revenue)

(RMB in million)

(% of Total Revenue)


Domestic K-12 Schools

1,552.1

57.1%

1,496.9

80.9%

3.7%

International Schools

695.5

25.6%

590.7

31.9%

17.7%

Bilingual Schools

573.2

21.1%

519.6

28.1%

10.3%

Kindergartens

283.4

10.4%

386.6

20.9%

(26.7%)

Overseas Schools

766.8

28.2%

33.3

1.8%

2,204.4%

Complementary Education

395.5

14.7%

321.2

17.3%

23.1%

Total

2,714.4

100.0%

1,851.4

100.0%

46.6%

Revenue for the period was RMB2,714.4 million, representing a 46.6% increase from RMB1,851.4 million for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Cost of Revenue

Cost of revenue for the period was RMB1,642.1 million, representing a 51.1% increase from RMB1,086.6 million for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Gross Profit, Gross Margin and Adjusted Gross Profit

Gross Profit

Nine Months 

Ended May 31, 2020

Nine Months 

Ended May 31, 2019

YoY

% Change


(RMB in million)

(Margin %)

(RMB in million)

(Margin %)


Domestic K-12 Schools

657.3

42.3%

633.1

42.3%

3.8%

International Schools

321.5

46.2%

252.2

42.7%

27.5%

Bilingual Schools

253.2

44.2%

205.9

39.6%

23.0%

Kindergartens

82.6

29.1%

175.0

45.3%

(52.8%)

Overseas Schools

281.2

36.7%

11.0

32.9%

2,467.3%

Complementary Education

133.8

33.8%

120.8

37.6%

10.7%

Total

1,072.3

39.5%

764.9

41.3%

40.2%

Gross profit for the period was RMB1,072.3 million, representing a 40.2% increase from RMB764.9 million for the same period of the last fiscal year. Gross margin was 39.5% for the period, as compared to 41.3% for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Adjusted gross profit for the period was RMB1,105.2 million, representing a 41.9% increase from RMB778.7 million for the same period of the last fiscal year. Adjusted gross margin was 40.7% for the period, as compared to 42.1% for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses and Adjusted SG&A Expenses (6)

SG&A Expenses

Nine Months

Ended May 31, 2020

Nine Months

Ended May 31, 2019

YoY

% Change


(RMB in

million)

(% of Total
Revenue)

(RMB in

million)

(% of Total
Revenue)


Domestic K-12 Schools

213.2

7.8%

205.8

11.2%

3.6%

International Schools

85.3

3.1%

71.9

3.9%

18.6%

Bilingual Schools

74.1

2.7%

75.0

4.1%

(1.2%)

Kindergartens

53.8

2.0%

58.9

3.2%

(8.7%)

Overseas Schools

216.8

8.0%

14.5

0.8%

1,398.8%

Complementary Education

96.4

3.6%

83.4

4.5%

15.5%

Unallocated Corporate Expenses (7)

82.1

3.0%

128.2

6.9%

(36.0%)

Total

608.5

22.4%

431.9

23.4%

40.9%

 

Adj. SG&A Expenses (6)

Nine Months

Ended May 31, 2020

Nine Months

Ended May 31, 2019

YoY

% Change


(RMB in

million)

(% of Total
Revenue)

(RMB in

million)

(% of Total
Revenue)


Domestic K-12 Schools

209.4

7.7%

198.1

10.7%

5.7%

International Schools

85.0

3.1%

70.7

3.8%

20.3%

Bilingual Schools

72.2

2.7%

71.7

3.9%

0.6%

Kindergartens

52.2

1.9%

55.7

3.0%

(6.1%)

Overseas Schools

216.8

8.0%

14.5

0.8%

1,398.8%

Complementary Education

95.4

3.5%

79.5

4.3%

20.0%

Unallocated Corporate Expenses (8)

99.0

3.6%

94.8

5.1%

4.3%

Total

620.6

22.8%

386.9

20.9%

60.4%

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6.   Adjusted SG&A expenses is defined as selling, general and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expense.  

7.   Unallocated corporate expenses are mainly from headquarter, including staff cost, share-based compensation expense and other office expenses.

8.   Adjusted unallocated corporate expenses is defined as unallocated corporate expenses excluding share-based compensation expense.

Total SG&A expenses for the period were RMB608.5 million, representing a 40.9% increase from RMB431.9 million for the same period of the last fiscal year. Adjusted SG&A expenses for the period were RMB620.6 million, representing a 60.4% increase from RMB386.9 million for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Operating Income, Operating Income Margin and Adjusted Operating Income

Operating Income

Nine Months

Ended May 31, 2020

Nine Months

Ended May 31, 2019

YoY

% Change


(RMB in million)

(Margin %)

(RMB in million)

(Margin %)


Domestic K-12 Schools

446.5

28.8%

431.3

28.8%

3.5%

International Schools

236.7

34.0%

182.2

30.8%

29.9%

Bilingual Schools

179.8

31.4%

131.3

25.3%

36.9%

Kindergartens

30.0

10.6%

117.8

30.4%

(74.5%)

Overseas Schools

72.9

9.5%

(3.5)

(10.6%)

2,177.1%

Complementary Education

39.5

10.0%

45.3

14.1%

(12.9%)

Unallocated Corporate Expenses

(79.3)

-

(128.1)

-

38.0%

Total

479.6

17.7%

345.0

18.6%

39.0%

Operating income for the period was RMB479.6 million, representing a 39.0% increase from RMB345.0 million for the same period of the last fiscal year. Operating margin was 17.7% for the period, as compared to 18.6% for the same period of the last fiscal year. 

Adjusted operating income for the period was RMB500.5 million, representing an 23.9% increase from RMB403.9 million for the same period of the last fiscal year. Adjusted operating margin was 18.4% for the period, as compared to 21.8% for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Net Income and Adjusted Net Income    

Net income for the period was RMB312.8 million, representing a 4.0% increase as compared to RMB300.9 million for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Adjusted net income for the period was RMB333.6 million, as compared to RMB359.8 million for the same period of the last fiscal year. 

Earnings per ordinary share/ADS and Adjusted Earnings per ordinary share/ADS

Basic and diluted net income per ordinary share/ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders/ADS holders for the period were RMB2.62 and RMB2.62, respectively, as compared to earnings per share of RMB2.38 and RMB2.38, respectively, for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Adjusted basic and diluted net income per ordinary share/ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders/ADS holders for the period were RMB2.79 and RMB2.79, respectively, as compared to earnings per share of RMB2.86 and RMB2.86, respectively, for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA for the period was RMB669.4 million, representing a 37.3% increase from RMB487.6 million for the same period of the last fiscal year.

Cash and Working Capital

As of May 31, 2020, the Company's cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash were RMB2,092.0 million (US$293.2 million), as compared to RMB2,433.4 million as of February 29, 2020. As of May 31, 2020, we also have short-term investments of RMB1,966.1 million (US$275.6 million). For the nine months ended May 31, 2020, the Company's capital expenditure was approximately RMB107.3 million, up 2.1% compared to the same period of the last fiscal year.

REAFFIRMS REVISED GUIDANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING AUGUST 31, 2020

The Company reaffirms its revised guidance for the 2020 fiscal year and expects its revenue to be in a range of RMB3.37 billion and RMB3.47 billion for the 2020 fiscal year, representing a year-over-year growth of 31% to 35%, and its average student enrolment to be between approximately 51,800 and 52,800, representing a year-over-year increase of 11% to 13%.

This guidance is based on the current market and operating conditions and reflects the Company's current and preliminary estimates of such market and operating conditions and market demand, which are all subject to change.

Conference Call

BEDU's management will host a conference call at 8:00 am US Eastern Time (8:00 pm Beijing/Hong Kong Time) on July 23, 2020 to discuss its quarterly results and recent business activities.

To participate in the conference call, please dial the following number five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time:

Mainland China:

4001-201-203

Hong Kong:

852-301-84992

United States: 

1-888-346-8982

Canada Toll Free: 

1-855-669-9657

International: 

1-412-902-4272

*No passcode is required for the call. Please request to join Bright Scholar Education Holdings Ltd.'s call as you dial in.

The Company will also broadcast a live audio webcast of the conference call. The webcast will be available at http://ir.brightscholar.com/.

Following the earnings conference call, an archive of the call will be available by dialling: 

United States: 

1-877-344-7529

International:  

1-412-317-0088

Canada Toll Free:

855-669-9658

Replay Passcode:

10145838

Replay End Date:

July 30, 2020

CONVENIENCE TRANSLATION

The Company's business is primarily conducted in China and the significant majority of revenue generated are denominated in Renminbi ("RMB"). However, periodic reports made to shareholders will include current period amounts translated into U.S. dollars using the prevailing exchange rates at the balance sheet date, for the convenience of readers. Translations of balances in the condensed consolidated balance sheets, and the related condensed consolidated statements of operations, and cash flows from RMB into U.S. dollars as of and for the quarter and nine-month period ended May 31, 2020 are solely for the convenience of the readers and were calculated at the rate of US$1.00=RMB7.1348, representing the noon buying rate set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board on May 29, 2020. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized or settled into US$ at that rate on May 29, 2020 or at any other rate.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

In evaluating our business, we consider and use certain non-GAAP measures, including primarily adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income/(loss), adjusted gross profit/(loss), adjusted SG&A, adjusted operating income/(loss), adjusted net earnings per share attributable to ordinary shareholders basic and diluted as supplemental measures to review and assess our operating performance. 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. We define adjusted gross profit/(loss) as gross profit/(loss) excluding amortization of intangible assets and adjusted gross margin as adjusted gross profit/(loss) divided by revenue. We define adjusted EBITDA as net income/(loss) excluding interest income/(expense), net; income tax expense/benefit; depreciation and amortization; share-based compensation expense, and adjusted EBITDA margin as adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue. We define adjusted net income/(loss) as net income/(loss) excluding share-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets and adjusted net margin as adjusted net income/(loss) divided by revenue. We define adjusted SG&A as selling, general and administration expense excluding share-based compensation expense. We define adjusted operating income/(loss) as net operating income/(loss) excluding share-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets and adjusted operating margin as adjusted operating income/(loss) divided by revenue. Additionally, we define adjusted net earnings per share attributable to ordinary shareholders, basic and diluted, as adjusted net income/(loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders (net income/(loss) to ordinary shareholders excluding share-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets) divided by the weighted average number of basic and diluted ordinary shares or American depositary shares (each an "ADS"), each representing one Class A ordinary share of the Company, on an as-converted basis.

We incur amortization expense of intangible assets related to various acquisitions that have been made in recent years. These intangible assets are valued at the time of acquisition and are then amortized over a period of several years after the acquisition. We believe that exclusion of these expenses allows greater comparability of operating results that are consistent over time for the Company's newly-acquired and long-held business as the related intangibles does not have significant connection to the growth of the business. Therefore, we provide additional exclusion of amortization of intangible assets to redefine adjusted operating income/(loss), adjusted net income/(loss), and adjusted net earnings per share attributable to ordinary shareholders, basic and diluted.

We present the non-GAAP financial measures because they are used by our management to evaluate our operating performance and formulate business plans. Such non-GAAP measures include adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income/(loss), adjusted gross profit/(loss), adjusted SG&A, adjusted operating income/(loss), adjusted net earnings per share attributable to ordinary shareholders basic and diluted. Non-GAAP financial measures enable our management to assess our operating results without considering the impact of non-cash charges, including depreciation and amortization and share-based compensation expense, and without considering the impact of non-operating items such as interest income/(expense), net; income tax expense/benefit and share-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets. We also believe that the use of these non-GAAP measures facilitates investors' assessment of our operating performance.

The non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools. One of the key limitations of using these non-GAAP financial measures is that they do not reflect all items of income and expense that affect our operations. Interest income/(expense), net; income tax expense/benefit; depreciation and amortization; and share-based compensation expense, have been and may continue to be incurred in our business and are not reflected in the presentation of these non-GAAP measures, including adjusted EBITDA or adjusted net income/(loss). Further, these non-GAAP measures may differ from the non-GAAP information used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited.

About Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited

Bright Scholar is a global premier education service company, dedicated to providing quality international education to global students and equipping them with the critical academic foundation and skillsets necessary to succeed in the pursuit of higher education. Bright Scholar also complements its international offerings with Chinese government-mandated curriculum for students who wish to maintain the option of pursuing higher education in China. As of May 31, 2020, Bright Scholar operated 80 schools across ten provinces in China and eight schools overseas, covering the breadth of K-12 academic needs of its students. In the nine months ended May 31, 2020, Bright Scholar had an average of 51,970 students enrolled at its schools.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains 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 include, without limitation, the Company's business plans and development, which can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "expect," "anticipate," "aim," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "potential," "continue," "is/are likely to" or other similar expressions. Such statements are based upon management's current expectations and current market and operating conditions and relate to events that involve known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control, which may cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 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 law.

IR Contact:
GCM Strategic Communications 
Email: BEDU.IR@gcm.international

Media Contact:
Email: media@brightscholar.com
Phone: +86-757-6683-2507

 

 

BRIGHT SCHOLAR EDUCATION HOLDINGS LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 

(Amounts in thousands) 












As of




August 31,


 May 31,




2019


2020




RMB


RMB


USD

ASSETS








Current assets








Cash and cash equivalents 

3,246,995


1,000,978


140,295



Restricted cash 

18,019


1,089,596


152,716



Short-term investments(1) 

241,270


1,966,139


275,570



Accounts receivable 

21,528


50,296


7,049



Amounts due from related parties 

10,652


22,606


3,168



Other receivables, deposits and other assets 

177,150


222,168


31,139



Inventories 

26,234


29,596


4,148


Total current assets 

3,741,848


4,381,379


614,085



Restricted cash - non current

-


1,400


195



Property and equipment, net 

899,510


1,070,112


149,985



Land use rights, net 

88,204


86,608


12,139



Intangible assets, net

552,011


573,365


80,362



Goodwill 

2,090,078


2,236,832


313,510



Long-term investments 

28,455


13,491


1,891



Prepayment for construction contract 

5,251


1,528


214



Deferred tax assets, net 

30,333


19,777


2,772



Deposit for acquisition

338,585


-


-



Other non-current assets 

13,362


12,840


1,800



Operating lease right-of-use assets 

-


1,988,949


278,767


Total non-current assets 

4,045,789


6,004,902


841,635

TOTAL ASSETS 

7,787,637


10,386,281


1,455,720









_____________________________________________________________________________________________

1.   As of May 31, 2020, part of short-term investments principal are guaranteed by related parties of the Company. 

 

 

 

BRIGHT SCHOLAR EDUCATION HOLDINGS LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS-CONTINUED 

(Amounts in thousands) 












As of




August 31,


 May 31,




2019


2020




RMB


RMB


USD

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY







   Current liabilities








Accounts payable (including accounts payable of the consolidated
   VIEs without recourse to Bright Scholar Education of RMB
   32,842 and RMB 24,629 as of August 31, 2019 and May 31,
   2020, respectively)

94,295


100,639


14,105



Amounts due to related parties (including amounts due to related
   parties of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Bright
   Scholar Education of RMB 76,117 and RMB 44,536 as of
   August 31, 2019 and May 31, 2020, respectively)

110,038


78,448


10,995



Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (including accrued
   expenses and other current liabilities of the consolidated VIEs
   without recourse to Bright Scholar Education of RMB 364,734
   and RMB 336,045as of August 31, 2019 and May 31, 2020,
   respectively)

615,082


604,309


84,696



Short term loan (including short term loan of the consolidated VIEs
   without recourse to Bright Scholar Education of nil and RMB
   7,500 as of August 31, 2019 and May 31, 2020, respectively)

50,000


938,611


131,554



Income tax payable (including income tax payable of the
   consolidated VIEs without recourse to Bright Scholar Education
   of RMB 50,968 and RMB 62,423 as of August 31, 2019 and
   May 31, 2020, respectively)

93,479


136,452


19,125



Contract liabilities (including contract liabilities of the consolidated
   VIEs without recourse to Bright Scholar Education of RMB
   1,157,774 and RMB 629,446 as of August 31, 2019 and May
   31, 2020, respectively)

1,529,137


754,673


105,774



Refund liabilities (including refund liabilities of the consolidated
   VIEs without recourse to Bright Scholar Education of RMB
   19,132 and RMB 145,503 as of August 31, 2019 and May 31,
   2020, respectively)

20,259


211,779


29,683



Operating lease liabilities (including operating lease liabilities of
    the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Bright Scholar
   Education of nil and RMB 33,023 as of August 31, 2019 and
   May 31, 2020, respectively)

-


204,603


28,677


Total current liabilities 

2,512,290


3,029,514


424,609











Non-current portion of deferred revenue (including non-current
   portion of deferred revenue of the consolidated VIEs without
    recourse to Bright Scholar Education of nil and RMB 1,700 as
   of August 31, 2019 and May 31, 2020, respectively)

-


3,201


449



Deferred tax liabilities, net (including deferred tax liabilities of the
   consolidated VIEs without recourse to Bright Scholar Education
   of RMB 35,895 and RMB 32,704 as of August 31, 2019 and
   May 31, 2020, respectively) 

53,689


58,427


8,189



Other non-current liability due to related parties (including non-
   current liabilities due to related parties of the consolidated VIEs
   without recourse to Bright Scholar Education of RMB 21,736
   and RMB 21,326 as of August 31, 2019 and May 31, 2020,
   respectively)

21,736


21,326


2,989



Other non-current liability due to third parties (including non-
   current liabilities due to third parties of the consolidated VIEs
   without recourse to Bright Scholar Education of RMB 7,621
   and RMB 11,254 as of August 31, 2019 and May 31, 2020,
   respectively)

10,654


12,983


1,820



Bonds payable

2,106,000


2,098,981


294,189



Long term loan (including long term loan of the consolidated VIEs
   without recourse to Bright Scholar Education of nil and RMB
   77,500 as of August 31, 2019 and May 31, 2020, respectively)

-


77,500


10,862



Operating lease liabilities (including operating lease liabilities of
   the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Bright Scholar
   Education of nil and RMB 231,516 as of August 31, 2019 and
   May 31, 2020, respectively)

-


1,817,869


254,789


Total non-current liabilities 

2,192,079


4,090,287


573,287

TOTAL LIABILITIES 

4,704,369


7,119,801


997,896









______________________________________________________________________________________________






1.   As of May 31, 2020, part of short-term investments principal are guaranteed by related parties of the Company. 

















As of




August 31,


 May 31,




2019


2020




RMB


RMB


USD

EQUITY









Share capital 

8


8


1



Additional paid-in capital 

2,105,189


1,966,160


275,573



Statutory reserves 

64,945


64,945


9,103



Accumulated other comprehensive income 

78,955


95,461


13,380



Accumulated retained earnings 

472,339


784,078


109,895


Shareholders' equity 

2,721,436


2,910,652


407,952


Non-controlling interests 

361,832


355,828


49,872


Total equity 

3,083,268


3,266,480


457,824

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 

7,787,637


10,386,281


1,455,720

 

 

 

BRIGHT SCHOLAR EDUCATION HOLDINGS LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS 

(Amounts in thousands, except for shares and per share data) 














Three Months Ended May 31,


Nine Months Ended May 31,


2019


2020


2019


2020


RMB


RMB


USD


RMB


RMB


USD













Revenue

692,825


739,390


103,631


1,851,445


2,714,384


380,443

Cost of revenue

(374,784)


(447,427)


(62,711)


(1,086,561)


(1,642,122)


(230,157)

Gross profit

318,041


291,963


40,920


764,884


1,072,262


150,286

Selling, general and administrative expenses

(152,035)


(166,304)


(23,309)


(431,937)


(608,537)


(85,291)

Other operating income

815


10,497


1,471


12,007


15,883


2,226

Operating income

166,821


136,156


19,082


344,954


479,608


67,221

Interest income/(expense), net

10,081


(43,086)


(6,039)


32,290


(106,304)


(14,899)

Investment income

5,593


12,978


1,819


15,736


54,570


7,648

Other expenses

(2,376)


(2,546)


(356)


(5,803)


(2,676)


(375)













Income before income taxes and share of equity in loss of unconsolidated affiliates

180,119


103,502


14,506


387,177


425,198


59,595

Income tax expense 

(42,672)


(35,477)


(4,972)


(86,276)


(112,168)


(15,721)

Share of equity in loss of unconsolidated affiliates

(33)


(19)


(3)


(17)


(252)


(35)













Net income

137,414


68,006


9,531


300,884


312,778


43,839


Net income/(loss) attributable to non-controlling
interests

761


(8,791)


(1,232)


7,861


(2,065)


(289)


Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders

136,653


76,797


10,763


293,023


314,843


44,128













Net earnings per share attributable to
   ordinary shareholders












Basic

1.13


0.64


0.09


2.38


2.62


0.37

Diluted

1.13


0.64


0.09


2.38


2.62


0.37













Weighted average shares used in
   calculating net earnings per ordinary share:











Basic

120,901,587


119,981,400


119,981,400


122,908,466


120,331,525


120,331,525

Diluted

121,010,564


119,981,400


119,981,400


122,996,539


120,331,525


120,331,525













 

 

 

BRIGHT SCHOLAR EDUCATION HOLDINGS LIMITED 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 

(Amounts in thousands)














Three Months Ended May 31,


Nine Months Ended May 31,


2019


2020


2019


2020


RMB


RMB


USD


RMB


RMB


USD

Net cash (used in)/generated from operating activities

(78,206)


(211,310)


(29,617)


182,517


(111,576)


(15,639)

Net cash used in investing activities

(300,129)


(214,278)


(30,033)


(837,538)


(1,756,712)


(246,217)

Net cash (used in)/generated from financing activities

(124,658)


51,901


7,274


(467,221)


705,541


98,887

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

37,175


32,223


4,516


15,241


(10,293)


(1,443)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents,
   and restricted cash

(465,818)


(341,464)


(47,860)


(1,107,001)


(1,173,040)


(164,412)

Cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash
   at beginning of the period

2,522,898


2,433,438


341,066


3,164,081


3,265,014


457,618

Cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash
   at end of the period

2,057,080


2,091,974


293,206


2,057,080


2,091,974


293,206

                                                                                                                 

 

 

Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results

(Amounts in thousands, except for shares and per share data)
















Three Months Ended May 31,


Nine Months Ended May 31,



2019


2020


2019


2020



RMB


RMB


USD


RMB


RMB


USD













Gross profit

318,041


291,963


40,920


764,884


1,072,262


150,286


Add: Amortization of intangible assets

6,187


10,896


1,527


13,832


32,891


4,610

Adjusted gross profit

324,228


302,859


42,447


778,716


1,105,153


154,896














Operating income

166,821


136,156


19,082


344,954


479,608


67,221


Add: Share-based compensation expense

16,623


(32,336)


(4,532)


45,065


(12,037)


(1,687)


Add: Amortization of intangible assets

6,187


10,896


1,527


13,832


32,891


4,610

Adjusted operating income

189,631


114,716


16,077


403,851


500,462


70,144














Net income

137,414


68,006


9,531


300,884


312,778


43,839


Add: Share-based compensation expense

16,623


(32,336)


(4,532)


45,065


(12,037)


(1,687)


Add: Amortization of intangible assets

6,187


10,896


1,527


13,832


32,891


4,610

Adjusted net income

160,224


46,566


6,526


359,781


333,632


46,762














Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders

136,653


76,797


10,763


293,023


314,843


44,128


Add: Share-based compensation expense

16,623


(32,336)


(4,532)


45,065


(12,037)


(1,687)


Add: Amortization of intangible assets

6,187


10,896


1,527


13,832


32,891


4,610













Adjusted net income attributable to ordinary
shareholders

159,463


55,357


7,758


351,920


335,697


47,051














Net income

137,414


68,006


9,531


300,884


312,778


43,839


Less:   Interest income/(expense), net

10,081


(43,086)


(6,039)


32,290


(106,304)


(14,899)


Add:   Income tax expense

42,672


35,477


4,972


86,276


112,168


15,721


Add:   Depreciation and amortization

34,272


50,259


7,044


87,642


150,229


21,056


Add:   Share-based compensation expense

16,623


(32,336)


(4,532)


45,065


(12,037)


(1,687)

Adjusted EBITDA

220,900


164,492


23,054


487,577


669,442


93,828














Selling, general and administrative expenses

152,035


166,304


23,309


431,937


608,537


85,291


Less:  Share-based compensation expense

16,623


(32,336)


(4,532)


45,065


(12,037)


(1,687)

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses

135,412


198,640


27,841


386,872


620,574


86,978














Weighted averageshares used
   in calculating earnings per ordinary share: 












—Basic

120,901,587


119,981,400


119,981,400


122,908,466


120,331,525


120,331,525

—Diluted 

121,010,564


119,981,400


119,981,400


122,996,539


120,331,525


120,331,525














Adjusted net earnings per share attributable
   to ordinary shareholders 












—Basic

1.32


0.46


0.06


2.86


2.79


0.39

—Diluted

1.32


0.46


0.06


2.86


2.79


0.39

 

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