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Golden Meditech Announces FY2016/2017 Interim Results

Golden Meditech Holdings Limited
Posted on: 24 Nov 16

HONG KONG, Nov. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Golden Meditech Holdings Limited (SEHK stock code: 00801, TWSE stock code: 910801) ("Golden Meditech" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), a leading integrated healthcare enterprise in China, announces today its interim results for the period ended 30 September 2016 (the "Reporting Period").

During the Reporting Period, the results from continuing operations were in line with the management's expectations. The Group's total revenue from continuing operations was HK$121,672,000, decreased by 19.2% year-on-year. Of which, revenue from the healthcare services segment and the medical devices segment accounted for 26.2% and 72.0% of the Group's total revenue from continuing operations, respectively. The decline in total revenue from continuing operations was mainly attributable to the 24.8% year-on-year decrease in medical devices revenue. Loss attributable to equity shareholders of the Company from continuing operations increased by 129.4% year-on-year to HK$317,154,000. Such increase was mainly attributable to the interests incurred on the issuance of US$250,000,000 (approximately HK$1,940,000,000) promissory notes in December 2015; the Company used this financing to increase its interests in China Cord Blood Corporation ("CCBC"). Basic loss per share was 10.69 HK cents, increased by 45.2% year-on-year. Excluding the related interests expense, the adjusted loss attributable to equity shareholders of the Company from continuing operations was HK$166,752,000, representing a year-on-year increase of 20.6% and the adjusted basic loss per share was 5.62 HK cents, a year-on-year decrease of 23.6%.  

Mr. Kam Yuen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Group, said, "Though the global economy slows down, China still maintains a stable economy growth so far in 2016, thanks to the structural adjustments and stable economy growth policies. Driven by aging population and industrial policies, Chinese healthcare services sector has flourished. Its annualised growth rate is expected to surpass the macro-economy growth rate, making the healthcare services sector one of the most attractive sectors. The government introduces favourable measures to promote the development of non-public medical institutions. As a leading integrated healthcare enterprise in China, the Group pays close attention to the changes in Chinese economy and regulations, aiming to provide premium healthcare services and quality medical devices."

The Company submitted a non-binding privatisation proposal to the board of directors of CCBC (the "Proposed Privatisation") in April 2015. During the process of the Proposed Privatisation, the Group was approached by Nanjing Xinjiekou Department Store Co., Ltd. ("Nanjing Xinbai") in respect of the disposal of its 65.4% equity interest in CCBC. The disposal was approved by the Company's shareholders on 15 June 2016. In view of the uncertainty in the current regulatory policy regarding significant asset restructuring of listed companies in the PRC, consequently, Nanjing Xinbai decided to withdraw the application for the CSRC's approval of its acquisition of CCBC shares on 29 August 2016. Nevertheless, Nanjing Xinbai might participate in the future sale and purchase of the CCBC shares in accordance with other relevant regulatory policies. Subsequently, on 1 September 2016, the Company entered into an earnest money agreement with Sanpower Group Limited ("Sanpower"), the substantial shareholder of Nanjing Xinbai. Pursuant to the agreement, Sanpower agreed to deposit an earnest money of RMB300,000,000 (approximately HK$348,867,000) so as to secure alternative arrangements for the future sale and purchase of the CCBC shares.

Moreover, the Company made a full impairment provision of HK$759,934,000 (the "Impairment Provision") against its investment in Fortress Group Limited ("Fortress", a former associate of the Group) in the 2014/2015 fiscal year. The management is committed to maximising returns for its shareholders. Through several constructive negotiations, the Company entered into settlement agreements with each of PAG Asia I LP and its assignee PAGAC Fortress Holding I Limited and Sanpower. It is expected that the conclusions of the two settlement arrangements will bring approximately US$120,000,000 (approximately HK$930,000,000) to the Group, which exceeds the Impairment Provision. Such two settlement agreements are subject to the approval of the Company's shareholders.

Mr. Kam Yuen continued, "During the Reporting Period, the Group is still undergoing business strategies transformation. Whilst our healthcare services segment delivers business development as expected, our medical devices segment faces challenges. Importantly, the Group is determined to seek investment opportunities in the broad healthcare market. As such, the Company teamed up with The University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the U.S.A. and an independent strategic investor to establish Cellenkos Inc., which focuses on umbilical cord blood derived T-regulatory cellular therapies. The Group will actively integrate its existing resources so as to improve its overall competitiveness."

Continuing Operations

Healthcare Services Segment

During the Reporting Period, healthcare services revenue increased by 2.4% year-on-year to HK$31,885,000, accounting for 26.2% of total revenue from continuing operations. Revenue generated from hospital management business and medical insurance administration business were HK$29,901,000 and HK$1,984,000, accounting for 93.8% and 6.2% of healthcare services revenue respectively.

Hospital Management Business. Beijing Qinghe Hospital ("Qinghe Hospital") obtained its license in late 2015, and Beijing Sunbow Obstetrics & Gynecology Hospital ("Sunbow O&G Hospital") was officially opened in October 2016. Over the years, leveraging on its well-known brand and sound reputation, Shanghai East International Medical Center ("SEIMC") had achieved a steady development and provided premium healthcare services to the affluent people in Shanghai and the surrounding neighbourhoods. During the Reporting Period, SEIMC made revenue growth contribution to the hospital management business. The management believes the revenue, profit and cash flow of Qinghe Hospital will improve progressively once it is fully operational.

Medical Insurance Administration Business. The Group's self-developed claim administration system continues to gain recognition and accreditation by the market and end users. This has helped the Group in building a sound reputation in the insurance sector while expanding its sales channels. The management expects that the Group will explore more collaboration opportunities with insurance companies while its self-developed claim administration system obtained broader recognition. As a result, the Group will enhance its operational efficiency as well as its profitability.

Medical Devices Segment

Medical devices revenue decreased by 24.8% year-on-year to HK$87,615,000, accounting for 72.0% of total revenue from continuing operations. The decrease was mainly attributable to the increasing competition in the medical devices market. The Group proactively adjusted its marketing strategy and lowered its Autologous Blood Recovery System selling price in order to cushion the decrease in the sales of medical device consumables. The management expects that the decline in the medical devices revenue will gradually improve as the Group adjusts its marketing strategy to cope with the intensifying market competition.

Strategic Investments

The Chinese herbal medicines business recorded an operating loss of HK$11,620,000 during the Reporting Period. The Group received a potential land resumption request from the local government in Qingpu District of Shanghai in April 2016. The Group is negotiating with the relevant regulatory department regarding the land valuation and expects to improve its cash position if the land resumption is successful.  

Cord Blood Storage Business -- Discontinuing Operation

During the Reporting Period, revenue from the discontinuing operation decreased slightly by 0.5% year-on-year to HK$419,785,000, which was largely attributable to the depreciation of Renminbi. Excluding the impact of the depreciation of Renminbi, the revenue in fact increased by 6.0% year-on-year. Profit from discontinuing operation amounted to HK$135,481,000. No depreciation and amortisation were charged on the assets of the discontinuing operation subsequent to the reclassifications as "assets of disposal group classified as held for sale" on 31 March 2016. Excluding depreciation & amortisation and fair value changes of financial liabilities, the adjusted profit from discontinuing operation during the corresponding period last year was HK$135,608,000, which represents insignificant fluctuation when compared to the Reporting Period.

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Last updated on: 24/11/2016

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