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SOURCE E-commerce China Dangdang Inc.

Net Income in Q1 2014 reached RMB2.0 million

Gross margin in Q1 2014 expanded quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year to 18.2%

Total net revenues in Q1 2014 rose 30.1% year-over-year

BEIJING, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc. ("Dangdang" or the "Company") (NYSE: DANG), a leading business-to-consumer e-commerce company in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

First Quarter 2014 Highlights

  • Total net revenues for the first quarter of 2014 was RMB1,735.8 million ($279.2 million), a 30.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. Media product revenue for the first quarter of 2014 was RMB1,151.7 million ($185.3 million), representing a 33.3% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Gross margin for the first quarter of 2014 was 18.2%, compared to 17.2% in the first quarter of 2013 and 17.6% in the fourth quarter of 2013.
  • Operating income for the first quarter of 2014 was RMB10.1 million ($1.6 million) representing 0.6% of total net revenues, as compared with an operating loss of RMB80.4 million in the first quarter in 2013, representing negative 6.0% of total net revenues.
  • Net Income for the first quarter of 2014 was RMB2.0 million ($0.3 million), representing 0.1% of total net revenues, as compared with a net loss of RMB72.7 million in the first quarter in 2013 representing negative 5.5% of total net revenues.
  • Gross Merchants Value ("GMV") of the market place in the first quarter of 2014 was RMB1,186.0 million ($190.8 million), a 103% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Dangdang had approximately 8.6 million active customers including approximately 2.8 million new customers in the first quarter of 2014, representing 16% and 17% increases, respectively, from the corresponding period in 2013. Total orders for the first quarter of 2014 were approximately 16.4 million, an 11% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.

"Dangdang continued its path to profitability in the first quarter of 2014. We began the year on a positive note, achieving strong top line year-over-year growth, the highest gross margin since the second quarter of 2011 and a second consecutive quarter of profitability," said Ms. Peggy Yu Yu, Executive Chairwoman of E-Commerce China Dangdang.

"We continue to make good progress in transforming Dangdang from an online bookstore into an integrated online shopping mall with prominent destination categories. Combined general merchandise sales of RMB1.7 billion from both principal business and marketplace surpassed books and media for the sixth consecutive quarter, growing at a rate of 71% year-over-year. Books and media revenue grew 33% year-over-year. Fashion and apparel accounted for nearly half of marketplace GMV and continued to outpace the growth of the overall marketplace."

"Going forward, we remain committed to the healthy and sustainable growth of our business. We will continue to drive growth through both the marketplace and our principal business with a strong emphasis on our destination categories," Ms. Yu Yu concluded.

First Quarter 2014 Results

Dangdang's total net revenues in the first quarter of 2014 were RMB1,735.8 million ($279.2 million), a 30.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.

Media product revenue for the first quarter of 2014 was RMB1,151.7 million ($185.3 million), representing a 33.3% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. General merchandise revenue for the first quarter of 2014 was RMB516.7 million ($83.1 million), representing a 25.5% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. Other revenue including revenue from third-party merchants for the first quarter of 2014 was RMB67.4 million ($10.9 million), representing a 16.0% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.

Dangdang had about 8.6 million active customers including 2.8 million new customers in the first quarter of 2014, representing increases of 16% and 17%, respectively, from corresponding period in 2013. Total orders for the first quarter 2014 were approximately 16.4 million, an 11% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.

Cost of revenues was RMB1,419.1 million ($228.3 million), representing 81.8% of total net revenues, as compared to 82.8% in the corresponding period in 2013. The slight decrease in cost of revenues as a percentage of total net revenues was primarily due to the execution of strategic category mapping, where certain categories were moved to the marketplace as well as economies-of-scale in some categories in Dangdang's principal business. Gross margin in the first quarter of 2014 was 18.2%, as compared to 17.2% in the first quarter of 2013 and 17.6% in the fourth quarter of 2013. The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter increases resulted from strong gross margin contribution from books and media products and the increase in other revenue, representing the sustained scaling of the marketplace.

Fulfillment expenses which include warehousing and shipping expenses, were RMB170.8 million ($27.5 million), representing 9.8% of total net revenues, compared to 13.8% in the corresponding period in 2013 and 9.4% in the fourth quarter of 2013. The year-over-year decrease in fulfilment expenses as a percentage of total net revenues was primarily due to more efficient warehouse operation and lower shipping costs. The quarter-over-quarter increase as a percentage of total net revenues was the result of a seasonal decline in revenue in the first quarter, which is traditionally an off-peak season for e-commerce in China.

Marketing expenses were RMB66.9 million ($10.8 million), representing 3.9% of total net revenues, compared to 3.2% in the corresponding period in 2013 and 4.2% in the fourth quarter of 2013. The year-over-year increase in marketing expenses as a percentage of total net revenues was due to increased investment in marketing programs to build awareness of Dangdang's fashion and apparel destination category. The quarter-over-quarter decrease as a percentage of total net revenues was the result of lower expenditures for marketing programs relative to the fourth quarter, which is typically the peak season for e-commerce in China.

Technology and content expenses were RMB43.6 million ($7.0 million), representing 2.5% of total net revenues, compared to 3.7% in thecorresponding period in 2013 and 2.0% in the fourth quarter of 2013.The year-over-year decrease in technology and content expenses as a percentage of total net revenues was primarily due to operating leverage and a reduction in IT headcount. The quarter-over-quarter increase as a percentage of total net revenues was primarily due to higher IT staff cost and a seasonal decline in revenue in the first quarter, which is traditionally an off-peak season for e-commerce in China.

General and administrative expenses were RMB37.6 million ($6.1 million), representing 2.2% of total net revenues, compared to 2.4% in the corresponding period in 2013 and 2.3% in the fourth quarter of 2013. The year-over-year decrease in general and administrative expenses as a percentage of total net revenues was primarily due to larger scale and improved management efficiency. The quarter-over-quarter decrease in general and administrative expenses as a percentage of total net revenues was primarily due to year-end bonuses accrued in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Share-based compensation expenses, which were allocated to related expense line items, were RMB3.2 million ($0.5 million) in the first quarter of 2014, compared to RMB2.6 million in the corresponding period in 2013,representing a 23.1% increase.

Dangdang recorded operating income of RMB10.1 million ($1.6 million) in the first quarter of 2014, as compared with an operating loss of RMB80.4 million in the corresponding period in 2013, primarily due to strong execution on margin expansion and operating leverage.

Operating income excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB13.3 million ($2.1 million), as compared with an operating loss excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) of RMB77.8 million in the corresponding period in 2013.

Foreign exchange loss and the loss of forward foreign currency contracts was RMB17.4 million ($2.8 million), compared to a foreign exchange gain of RMB2.7 million in the corresponding period in 2013 and RMB17.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, which was largely attributable to the rapid depreciation of the Chinese RMB against the US dollar in the first quarter in 2014.

Net income was RMB2.0 million ($0.3 million), as compared with a net loss of RMB72.7 million in the corresponding period in 2013, primarily due to the increase in gross profit and operating leverage.

Net margin was 0.1%, as compared with a net margin of negative 5.5% in the corresponding period in 2013.

Net income excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB5.2 million ($0.8 million), as compared with a net loss excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) of RMB70.1 million in the corresponding period in 2013.

As of March 31, 2014, Dangdang had cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, short-term time deposits, available for sale investments and held-to-maturity investments of RMB1,389.8 million ($223.6 million), as compared to RMB1,213.5 million as of December 31, 2013. As of March 31, 2014, Dangdang had no short-term bank loans.

Capital expenditures for the first quarter of 2014 were RMB35.8 million ($5.8 million).

Outlook for Second Quarter 2014

Dangdang expects total net revenues in the second quarter of 2014 to be around RMB1,942 million, representing year-over-year growth of around 30%. The Company also expects GMV from its marketplace to grow at a rate of 80% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2014. This forecast reflects Dangdang's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call Information

Dangdang's management will host an earnings conference call on May 15, 2014 at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time (or 8:00 PM on May 15, 2014 Beijing/Hong Kong time).

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

US:

+1-845-675-0437

China, Domestic:

+400-620-8038

Hong Kong:

+852-2475-0994

International:

+65-6723-9381

Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the pass code to join the call. The pass code is "Dangdang earnings call."

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following number through May 23, 2014:

International:

+61-2-8199-0299

Conference ID:

31012103

A live and archived webcast of this conference call will be available at http://ir.dangdang.com through May 15, 2015.

About Dangdang

E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc. is a leading business-to-consumer e-commerce company in China. On its website dangdang.com, the Company offers books and media products as well as selected general merchandise products including fashion and apparel, baby, children and maternity and home and lifestyle products. It also operates the dangdang.com marketplace program, which allows third-party merchants to sell their products alongside products sourced by the Company. Dangdang is transforming itself into an integrated online shopping mall with prominent destination categories. Dangdang's nationwide fulfilment and delivery capabilities, high-quality customer service support and scalable technology infrastructure enable it to provide a compelling online shopping experience to customers. For more information, please visit ir.dangdang.com.

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," "confident" and similar statements. Among other things, the outlook for the second quarter 2014 and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as Dangdang's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. Dangdang may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report 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 Dangdang's 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: Dangdang's growth strategies; its future business development, results of operations and financial condition; its ability to attract and retain new customers and to increase revenues generated from repeat customers; its expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of our products and services; trends and competition in China's business-to-consumer e-commerce market; changes in its revenues and certain cost or expense items; the expected growth of the Chinese business-to-consumer e-commerce market; Chinese governmental policies relating to Dangdang's industry and general economic conditions in China. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Dangdang's annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Dangdang 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 Dangdang undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement Dangdang's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), we use the following measures as the non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP operating (loss) income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net (loss) income and adjusted EBITDA (collectively referred to as the "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" thereafter). We define non-GAAP operating (loss) income, non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP net (loss) income as operating (loss) income, operating margin and net (loss) income excluding the impact of share-based compensation expenses respectively; we define adjusted EBITDA as (loss) income before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, other non-operating income, and share-based compensation expenses. We review the Non-GAAP Financial Measures together with net (loss) income to obtain a better understanding of our operating performance. We believe that these Non-GAAP Financial Measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's performance and liquidity. However, a limitation of using the Non-GAAP Financial Measures as an analytical tool is that they do not include all items that impact our net (loss) income for the period. In addition, because they are not calculated in the same manner by all companies, they may not be comparable to other similar titled measures used by other companies. In light of the foregoing limitations, you should not consider the Non-GAAP Financial Measures in isolation from or as an alternative to net (loss) income prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

For information on the reconciliation between the Non-GAAP Financial Measures and the GAAP financial measures presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP for the periods presented, please see the tables captioned "Non-GAAP operating (loss) income, operating margin and net (loss) income" and "Adjusted EBITDA" at the end of this release.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Sophia Zhou
Investor Relations Director
E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc.
Phone: +86-10-5799-2306
E-mail: ir@dangdang.com

Elaine Ketchmere, CFA 
Compass Investor Relations
+1 310-528-3031 
Email: eketchmere@compass-ir.com 

- Financial Tables Follow


E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share related data)


As of December 31,
2013


As of March 31,
2014


RMB


RMB

US$


(Audited)


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

ASSETS





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

353,273


352,419

56,692

Restricted cash

6,964


554

89

Time deposits with original maturities

 exceeding three months

853,222


856,328

137,753


Available for sale investments

-


100,515

16,169

Held-to-maturity investments

-


80,000

12,869

Inventories

1,760,904


1,860,094

299,224

Accounts receivable, net

37,446


49,984

8,041

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

328,887


269,008

43,274

Amounts due from related parties

2,691


419

67

Total current assets

3,343,387


3,569,321

574,178






Fixed assets, net

241,805


238,006

38,287

Prepaid land lease payments

43,316


43,093

6,932

Prepaid expenses and deposits

5,949


6,148

989

Total assets

3,634,457


3,856,568

620,386






LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:





Accounts payable

1,970,651


2,352,228

378,391

Deferred revenue

407,794


296,356

47,673

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

650,413


586,856

94,404

Amounts due to related parties

3,182


2,238

360

Total current liabilities

3,032,040


3,237,678

520,828

Non-current liabilities

32,724


30,810

4,957

Total liabilities

3,064,764


3,268,488

525,785






Shareholders' equity:





Class A common shares (par value of US$0.0001 per share;

 686,505,790 shares authorized; 270,466,820 and

 271,284,105 shares issued and outstanding as of December

 31, 2013 and March 31, 2014, respectively)

201


201

32




Class B common shares (par value of US$0.0001 per share;

 313,494,210 shares authorized; 131,876,660 and 

 131,876,660 shares issued and outstanding as of December

31, 2013 and March 31, 2014, respectively)

103


103

17




Additional paid-in capital

1,871,095


1,874,291

301,507

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(134,939)


(121,703)

(19,578)

Accumulated deficit

(1,166,767)


(1,164,812)

(187,377)

Total shareholders' equity

569,693


588,080

94,601

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

3,634,457


3,856,568

620,386

 

E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME

(In thousands, except share related data)


Three Months Ended


March 31,

2013


March 31,

2014


RMB


RMB

US$


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Net revenues





  Product revenue

1,275,610


1,668,334

268,376

    Media

863,898


1,151,673

185,264

    General merchandise

411,712


516,661

83,112

  Other revenue

58,144


67,445

10,850

Total net revenues

1,333,754


1,735,779

279,226

Cost of revenues

(1,104,891)


(1,419,122)

(228,287)

Gross profit

228,863


316,657

50,939






Operating expenses:





  Fulfillment

(184,590)


(170,775)

(27,472)

  Marketing

(43,232)


(66,883)

(10,759)

  Technology and content

(49,320)


(43,562)

(7,007)

  General and administrative

(32,414)


(37,635)

(6,054)

  Government grants

329


12,268

1,973

Total operating expenses, net

(309,227)


(306,587)

(49,319)

(Loss) income from operations

(80,364)


10,070

1,620

Interest income

8,859


8,004

1,288

Interest expense

(4,480)


-

-

Other income (expenses), net

3,275


(16,119)

(2,593)

(Loss) income before income taxes

(72,710)


1,955

315

Income tax expense

-


-

-

Net (loss) income

(72,710)


1,955

315






Net (loss) income attributable to common shareholders

(72,710)


1,955

315






(Loss) income per common share:





- Basic

(0.18)


0.00

0.00

- Diluted

(0.18)


0.00

0.00






(Loss) income per ADS:





 - Basic

(0.91)


0.02

0.00

 - Diluted

(0.91)


0.02

0.00






(Loss) income allocated to common shareholders used in (loss)

 income per share/ADS calculation:





- Basic

(72,710)


1,955

315

- Diluted

(72,710)


1,955

315

Shares used in (loss) income per common share computation:










Class A common shares:





- Basic

268,924,378


270,715,907

270,715,907

- Diluted

400,841,038


416,345,987

416,345,987






Class B common shares:





- Basic

131,916,660


131,876,660

131,876,660

- Diluted

131,916,660


131,876,660

131,876,660






ADSs used in (loss) income per ADS calculation:





- Basic

80,168,208


80,518,513

80,518,513

- Diluted

80,168,208


83,269,197

83,269,197






Other comprehensive (loss) income





Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of taxes

(3,697)


12,721

2,046

Unrealized gain on available-for-sale investments, net of taxes

-


515

83






Comprehensive (loss) income attributable to common shareholders

(76,407)


15,191

2,444

 


Share-based compensation

(In thousands, except share related data)


Three Months Ended


March 31,
2013


March 31,
2014


RMB


RMB

US$


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Share-based compensation expenses included are as follows:

Operating expenses:





Fulfillment

424


585

94

Marketing

81


120

19

Technology and content

262


185

30

General and administrative

1,830


2,306

371

Total

2,597


3,196

514






(1) This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to US$ are made at a rate of RMB6.2164 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate on March 31, 2014 in the City of New York for cable transfers of RMB as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

(2) Each ADS represents five common shares of the Company.

 






 

Non-GAAP operating (loss) income, operating margin and net (loss) income

(In thousands)






Three Months Ended


March 31,
2013


March 31,
2014


RMB


RMB

US$


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)






(Loss) income from operations

(80,364)


10,070

1,620

Share-based compensation expenses

2,597


3,196

514

Non-GAAP operating (loss) income

(77,767)


13,266

2,134






Operating margin

-6.0%


0.6%

0.6%

Share-based compensation expenses

0.2%


0.2%

0.2%

Non-GAAP operating margin

-5.8%


0.8%

0.8%






Net (loss) income

(72,710)


1,955

315

Share-based compensation expenses

2,597


3,196

514

Non-GAAP net (loss) income

(70,113)


5,151

829

 

Adjusted EBITDA


(In thousands)






Three Months Ended


March 31,
2013


March 31,
2014


RMB


RMB

US$


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)






(Loss) income from operations

(80,364)


10,070

1,620

Add back:





 Depreciation and amortization 

12,626


12,840

2,066

 Share-based compensation expenses

2,597


3,196

514






 Adjusted EBITDA

(65,141)


26,106

4,200

 

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