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E-mail: FHS_info@dygz.com
Phone: 010-62555966 (9:30-12:00, 13:30-16:00 CST)

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First High-School Education Group Announces First Quarter 2022 Unaudited Financial Results

-- First Quarter Revenues of RMB89.3 million, up 14.2% year-over-year

-- First Quarter Net Income of RMB19.6 million, up 264.4% year-over-year

BEIJING, May 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- First High-School Education Group Co., Ltd. ("First High-School Education Group" or the "Company") (NYSE: FHS), an education service provider primarily focusing on high schools in Western China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

First Quarter 2022 Financial and Operational Highlights – Continuing Operations

  • Total revenues were RMB89.3 million (US$14.1 million), an increase of 14.2% from RMB78.2 million in the first quarter of 2021.
  • Gross profit was RMB32.1 million (US$5.1 million), an increase of 69.0% from RMB19.0 million in the first quarter of 2021.
  • Income from operations was RMB22.4 million (US$3.5 million), an increase of 103.4% from RMB11.0 million in the first quarter of 2021.
  • Net income was RMB19.6 million (US$3.1 million), an increase of 264.4% from RMB5.4 million in the first quarter of 2021.
  • Adjusted net income[1] (Non-GAAP) was RMB19.6 million (US$3.1 million), an increase of 264.4% from RMB5.4 million in the first quarter of 2021.
  • The total number of students enrolled at our school programs and public schools that we provide management services as of March 31, 2022 was 21,242, an increase of 3.0% from 20,631 as of March 31, 2021.
  • The total number of school programs at our school programs and public schools that we provide management services as of March 31, 2022 was 22, an increase of 4.8% from 21 as of March 31, 2021.

[1] Adjusted net income is a non-GAAP measure. See "Non-GAAP measure" in this press release. A reconciliation of the Company's most directly comparable GAAP measure to historical non-GAAP financial measure has been provided in the tables captioned "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measure" included at the end of this press release, and investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation.

CFO Comments

Mr. Tommy Zhou, Chief Financial Officer of First High-School Education Group, commented:

May 2022 had been a busy month for the Company. We completed the annual report on Form 20-F (the "2021 Annual Report") for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on May 9, 2022, and is now announcing our first quarter 2022 unaudited financial results.

For our first quarter 2022 unaudited financial results, it signals a distinctly improved trend compared to the same period of 2021. The Company's revenue from continuing operation increased by 14.2% to RMB89.3 million (US$14.1 million), and net income increased by 264.4% to RMB19.6 million (US$3.1 million). The notable increase in our profit margin was primarily driven by the effective cost control measures implemented since the second half of 2021. Despite our increased revenue, and increased total number of students enrolled in the first quarter of 2022, our cost of revenues actually decreased slightly compared with the same period of 2021, significantly increasing our gross profit. The effective cost control was completed by a combination of driving down campus-related expenses, and improved staffing efficiency.

Since April 2022, we have been proactively working on student admission related work. For school year 2022, we have 18 school programs with recurring enrollments, and two school programs with first-year enrollments. Additionally, in 2022 we will have noticeably increased number of liberal education classes such as fine arts, media studies, dance and music majors, as well as vocational education classes. In May 2022, leveraging our strong brand name and reputation, we were able to expand our management service to a new school in central China, further expanding our first-rate teaching method and services.

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results – Continuing Operations

Total Revenues

Total revenues were RMB89.3 million (US$14.1 million), an increase of 14.2% from RM78.2 million in the first quarter of 2021. The increase was primarily driven by greater student enrollment due to the increased number of students enrolled in our schools.

Revenues from customers were RMB76.9 million (US$12.1 million), an increase of 13.3% from RMB67.8 million in the first quarter of 2021. The increase was primarily driven by greater student enrollment in our schools.

Revenues from government cooperative agreements were RMB12.5 million (US$2.0 million), an increase of 20.1% from RMB10.4 million in the first quarter of 2021, primarily due to increased number of publicly-sponsored students served.

Cost of revenues 

Cost of revenues were RMB57.3 million (US$9.0 million), a decrease of 3.3% from RMB59.3 million in the first quarter of 2021. The decrease was primarily due to improved control of campus-related costs, and more efficient compensation structure for teachers and staffs.

Gross profit

Gross profit was RMB32.1 million (US$5.1 million), an increase of 69.0% from RMB19.0 million in the first quarter of 2021.

Gross margin was 35.9%, compared with 24.2% in the first quarter of 2021. The increased gross margin was primarily due to the improved cost control measures, resulted from (1) improved school operating efficiencies with reduced repairs, tighter utility usage limits, and stricter budget control; and (2) revised compensation structure for teachers and supporting staffs, for a more efficient system tying pay to performances.

Net operating expenses

Net operating expenses were RMB9.7 million (US$1.5 million), an increase of 21.5% from RMB8.0 million in the first quarter of 2021.

  • Selling and marketing expenses were RMB0.1 million (US$0.02 million), a decrease of 60.0% from RMB0.3 million in the first quarter of 2021. The decrease was primarily due to the decreased expenses in brand promotion and marketing activities for our relatively mature school operation.
  • General and administrative expenses were RMB9.9 million (US$1.6 million), an increase of 12.9% from RMB8.7 million in the first quarter of 2021. The increase was primarily due to increased professional service costs related to complying with our reporting obligations under applicable securities laws after we became a public company since March 2021.
  • Government grants were RMB0.3 million (US$0.05 million), a decrease of 72.0% from RMB1.1 million in the first quarter of 2021, primarily because the majority of the government grants were paid to the discontinued operations of middle school programs.

Income from operations

Income from operations was RMB22.4 million (US$3.5 million), an increase of 103.4% from RMB11.0 million in the first quarter of 2021.

Net Income from continuing operations

Net income from continuing operations was RMB21.1 million (US$3.3 million), an increase of 125.1% from RMB9.4 million in the first quarter of 2021.

Net Loss from discontinued operations

Net loss from discontinued operations was RMB1.5 million (US$0.2 million), compared with a net loss of RMB4.0 million in the first quarter of 2021.

Net income

Net income was RMB19.6 million (US$3.1 million), an increase of 264.4% from RMB5.4 million in the first quarter of 2021.

Adjusted net income[2] (Non-GAAP)

Adjusted net income (Non-GAAP) was RMB19.6 million (US$3.1 million), an increase of 264.4% from RMB5.4 million in the first quarter of 2021.

[2] Adjusted net income is a non-GAAP measure. See "Non-GAAP measure" in this press release. A reconciliation of the Company's most directly comparable GAAP measure to historical non-GAAP financial measure has been provided in the tables captioned "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measure" included at the end of this press release, and investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation.

Business Outlook

For the fiscal year 2022, the Company expects total revenues of continuing operations to be between RMB480.0 million to RMB520.0 million, representing an increase of 15% to 24% on a year-over-year basis. This outlook reflects the Company's current and preliminary views on the market and operational conditions, and the outlook ranges for the fiscal year 2022 reflect a number of assumptions that are subject to change based on uncertainties. 

Impact of Implementation Rules for Private Education Laws

On May 14, 2021, the State Council of the People's Republic of China promulgated the amended Implementation Regulations of the Law on the Promotion of Private Education of the People's Republic of China (中华人民共和国民办教育促进法实施条例) (the "Implementation Rules"), which became effective on September 1, 2021. The Implementation Rules prohibit social organizations and individuals from controlling private schools that provide compulsory education through, among other methods, mergers, acquisitions and contractual arrangements. Additionally, the Implementation Rules prohibit any private schools providing compulsory education from conducting transactions with its related parties. As a result, the Implementation Rules affected the Company's control over the affiliated entities providing compulsory education as well as the sponsor entities (collectively referred to as the "Affected Entities").

In compliance with the Implementation Rules and other applicable PRC regulations and based on the relevant accounting standard in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company has determined to cease to recognize revenues for all activities related to schools providing compulsory education and the sponsor entities after September 1, 2021 within China that are affected by the Implementation Rules, and classified such Affected Entities as discontinued operations. The discontinued operations of the Affected Entities had certain impact on the Company's financial conditions for the three months ended March 31, 2022. Net loss from discontinued operations was RMB1.5 million (US$0.2 million) for the three months ended March 31, 2022.

There still exist uncertainties with respect to the interpretation and enforcement of the Implementation Rules. The Company will closely monitor the developments related to the Implementation Rules, and continue to assess the possible impacts on the Company and make any applicable actions to keep in compliance with the Implementation Rules and other applicable PRC regulations.

Conference Call

First High-School Education Group's management will hold an earnings conference call on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 PM May 18, 2022, Beijing/Hong Kong Time). Please dial in 15 minutes before the conference is scheduled to begin using below numbers.

International

1-412-317-6061

United States

1-888-317-6003

Hong Kong

800-963976

Mainland China

4001-206115

Passcode

7478244

A telephone replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following numbers until May 25, 2022.

International

1-412-317-0088

United States

1-877-344-7529

Replay Access Code

2433115

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's investors relations website at https://ir.diyi.top/

About First High-School Education Group

First High-School Education Group is an education service provider primarily focusing on high schools in Western China. The Company aspires to become a leader and innovator of private high school education in China, with the focuses on a comprehensive education management integrating education information consulting, education research project development, education talent management, education technology management, education service management, and general vocational integration development services. For more information, please visit https://ir.diyi.top/. 

Non-GAAP Measure

The Company has provided in this press release financial information that has not been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or U.S. GAAP. The Company considers and uses one non-GAAP measure, adjusted net income, as a supplemental measure to review and assess its operating performance. Adjusted net income enables the Company's management to assess the Company's operating results without considering the impact of non-cash charges, including share-based compensation expenses, and without considering the impact of donation expenses and transaction costs in relation to previous financing activities. The Company also believes that the use of the non-GAAP measure facilitates investors' assessment of its operating performance.

The presentation of the non-GAAP financial measure 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. Adjusted net income is a non-GAAP measure. A reconciliation of the Company's most directly comparable GAAP measure to historical non-GAAP financial measure has been provided in the tables captioned "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measure" included at the end of this press release, and investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation.

Exchange Rate

The Company's business is primarily conducted in China and all of the revenues are denominated in Renminbi ("RMB"). This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars ("USD" or "US$") at specified rates solely for the convenience of the readers. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to USD are made at the rate of RMB6.3393 to US$1.00, the exchange rate set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board on March 31, 2022. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized or settled into US$ at that rate on March 31, 2022, or at any other rate.

Statement Regarding Preliminary Unaudited Financial Information

The unaudited financial information set out in this earnings release is preliminary and subject to potential adjustments. Adjustments to the consolidated financial statements may be identified when audit work has been performed for the Company's year-end audit, which could result in significant differences from this preliminary unaudited financial information.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects, as well as any other statements regarding matters that are not historical facts, may constitute "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 statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the expected trading commencement and closing dates. The words "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "should," "target," "will," "would" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: the uncertainties related to market conditions and the completion of the public offering on the anticipated terms or at all, and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of the preliminary prospectus filed with the SEC. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof, and the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For Investor and Media Inquiries Please Contact:

First High-School Education Group
Tommy Zhou
Chief Financial Officer
E-mail: tommyzhou@dygz.com

Customer Service
E-mail: FHS_info@dygz.com
Phone: 010-62555966 (9:30-12:00, 13:30-16:00 CST)

First High-School Education Group Co., Ltd.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(All amounts in thousands, except share data and per share data, or otherwise noted)



Three months ended March 31,

2021


2022


2022

RMB


RMB


US$

Revenues






    Revenue from customers

67,838


76,859


12,124

    Revenue from governments cooperative agreements  

10,393


12,482


1,969

Total revenues

78,231


89,342


14,093

Cost of revenues

(59,263)


(57,286)


(9,037)

Gross profit

18,968


32,056


5,057







Operating expenses and income






    Selling and marketing expenses

(329)


(132)


(21)

    General and administrative expenses

(8,734)


(9,864)


(1,556)

    Government grants

1,089


305


48

Income from operations

10,995


22,366


3,528







Other income (expenses):






    Interest income

(10)


248


39

    Interest expense

(379)


(310)


(49)

    Foreign currency exchange loss, net

-


-


-

    Others, net

592


310


49

Income from Continuing Operations before Income Tax

11,198


22,613


3,567

Income tax expenses

(1,831)


(1,530)


(241)

Income (loss) from

    Continuing Operations

9,367


21,083


3,326

    Discontinued Operations

(4,002)


(1,533)


(242)

Net Income

5,365


19,550


3,084

   Comprehensive income - Continuing Operations

9,367


21,083


3,326

   Comprehensive income (loss) - Discontinued Operations

(4,002)


(1,533)


(242)







Attributable to






   Shareholder of the Company

5,365


19,550


3,084

   Non-controlling interests

158


(650)


(102)







Earnings per ordinary share
    Basic

0.07


0.23


0.04

    Diluted

0.07


0.21


0.03







Weighted average number of ordinary share outstanding
    Basic

74,162,857


86,838,700


86,838,700

    Diluted

74,162,857


92,388,700


92,388,700







 

 

First High-School Education Group Co., Ltd. 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 

(All amounts in thousands, except share data and per share data, or otherwise noted) 



Assets

As of March 31,

2021


2022


2022

RMB


RMB


US$

Current assets






     Cash

247,435


120,031


18,934

     Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts

18,635


58,129


9,170

     Amounts due from related parties

47,282


55,055


8,685

     Prepaid expenses and other current assets

115,022


99,312


15,666

     Other receivables from the controlling shareholder

4,986


4,986


787

     Assets related to discontinued operation

6,836


26,708


4,213

Total current assets

440,197


364,220


57,454







     Property and equipment, net

116,263


135,716


21,409

     Intangible assets, net

49,054


46,890


7,397

     Goodwill

40,218


150,996


23,819

     Deferred tax assets

13,681


28,567


4,506

     Amounts due from related parties

500


-


-

     Other non-current assets

27,859


34,050


5,371

     Assets related to discontinued operation

17,105


13,358


2,107

Total non-current assets

264,679


409,576


64,609

Total assets

704,876


773,796


122,063

 

 

Liabilities and Equities

 

Current liabilities

As of March 31,

2021


2022


2022

RMB


RMB


US$






     Contract liabilities

42,629


106,330


16,773

     Deferred revenue from governments

23,160


14,807


2,336

     Borrowings

64,053


43,500


6,862

     Other payables due to the controlling shareholder

1,379


1,379


218

     Accounts payable

20,941


23,799


3,754

     Accrued expenses and other payables

91,493


108,589


17,129

     Income tax payables

6,015


22,921


3,616

     Amounts due to related parties

16,839


17,634


2,782

     Liability related to discontinued operation

35,708


52,585


8,295

Total current liabilities

302,217


391,544


61,765







     Borrowings

69,188


88,610


13,978

     Deferred revenue from governments

-


-


-

     Other long-term liabilities

12,644


12,384


1,953

     Deferred tax liabilities

10,961


16,417


2,590

     Liability related to discontinued operation

-


15,097


2,381

Total non-current liabilities

92,793


132,507


20,903

Total liabilities

395,010


524,051


82,667







Equity/(Deficit)






     Ordinary shares (US$0.00001 par value; 5,000,000,000 shares
authorized; and 86,838,700 shares issued and outstanding as of
March 31, 2021, and 86,838,700 shares issued and outstanding as
of March 31, 2022, respectively)

6


6


1

     Additional paid-in capital

389,199


389,199


61,395

     Statutory reserves

41,591


49,060


7,739

     Accumulated income

120,283


188,163


29,682

     Accumulated other comprehensive income

(804)


293


46

Total (deficit)/equity attributable to the shareholders of the
Company

309,708


250,395


39,499

     Non-controlling interests

158


(650)


(102)

Total (deficit)/equity

309,866


249,745


39,396













Total liabilities and (deficit)/equity

704,876


773,796


122,063

 

 

First High-School Education Group Co., Ltd.

Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Measure

(All amounts in thousands)





Three months ended March 31,




2021


2022


2022



RMB


RMB


US$








Reconciliation of net income to adjusted net income:







Net income


5,365


19,550


3,084

     Add:







     Share-based compensation expenses


-


-


-

     Donation expenses


-


-


-

     Transaction costs in relation to previous financing
         activities


-


-


-

     Tax effects of adjustments*


-


-


-

Adjusted net income


5,365


19,550


3,084


* Tax effects were determined based upon the nature, as well as the jurisdiction, of each reconciliation
adjustment at the respective applicable income tax rate.

 

 

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