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TAL Education Reports Q4 Revenue of $541.2M, EPS of $0.17

Apr 29, 2022 06:27AM ET
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TAL Education Group (NYSE:TAL) today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and the fiscal year ended February 28, 2022.

Highlights for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2022

  • Net revenues decreased by 60.3% year-over-year to US$541.2 million from US$1,362.7 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Income from operations was US$0.6 million, compared to loss from operations of US$297.2 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Non-GAAP income from operations, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, was US$0.8 million, compared to non-GAAP loss from operations of US$216.9 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Net loss attributable to TAL was US$108.1 million, compared to net loss attributable to TAL of US$169.0 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Non-GAAP net loss attributable to TAL, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, was US$108.0 million, compared to non-GAAP net loss attributable to TAL of US$88.7 million in the same period of the prior year.
  • Basic and diluted net loss per American Depositary Share ("ADS") were both US$0.17. Non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss per ADS, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, were both US$0.17. Three ADSs represent one Class A common share.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled US$2,708.7 million as of February 28, 2022, compared to US$5,937.5 million as of February 28, 2021.

Highlights for the Fiscal Year Ended February 28, 2022

  • Net revenues decreased by 2.3% year-over-year to US$4,390.9 million from US$4,495.8 million in fiscal year 2021.
  • Loss from operations was US$614.5 million, compared to loss from operations of US$438.2 million in fiscal year 2021.
  • Non-GAAP loss from operations, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, was US$439.7 million, compared to non-GAAP loss from operations of US$233.3 million in fiscal year 2021.
  • Net loss attributable to TAL was US$1,136.1 million, compared to net loss attributable to TAL of US$116.0 million in fiscal year 2021.
  • Non-GAAP net loss attributable to TAL, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, was US$961.3 million, compared to non-GAAP net income attributable to TAL of US$89.0 million in fiscal year 2021.
  • Basic and diluted net loss per ADS were both US$1.76. Non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss per ADS, excluding share-based compensation expenses, were both US$1.49.

Financial and Operating Data——Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2022

(In US$ thousands, except per ADS data and percentages)

Three Months Ended

February 28,

2021

2022

Pct. Change

Net revenues

1,362,689

541,152

(60.3%)

Operating (loss)/income

(297,210)

644

(100.2%)

Non-GAAP operating (loss)/income

(216,872)

779

(100.4%)

Net loss attributable to TAL

(169,002)

(108,123)

(36.0%)

Non-GAAP net loss attributable to TAL

(88,664)

(107,988)

21.8%

Net loss per ADS attributable to TAL – basic

(0.27)

(0.17)

(37.0%)

Net loss per ADS attributable to TAL – diluted

(0.27)

(0.17)

(37.0%)

Non-GAAP net loss per ADS attributable to TAL – basic

(0.14)

(0.17)

20.0%

Non-GAAP net loss per ADS attributable to TAL – diluted

(0.14)

(0.17)

20.0%

Fiscal Year Ended

February 28,

2021

2022

Pct. Change

Net revenues

4,495,755

4,390,907

(2.3%)

Operating loss

(438,224)

(614,516)

40.2%

Non-GAAP operating loss

(233,279)

(439,684)

88.5%

Net loss attributable to TAL

(115,990)

(1,136,115)

879.5%

Non-GAAP net income/(loss) attributable to TAL

88,955

(961,283)

(1,180.6%)

Net loss per ADS attributable to TAL – basic

(0.19)

(1.76)

828.3%

Net loss per ADS attributable to TAL – diluted

(0.19)

(1.76)

828.3%

Non-GAAP net income/(loss) per ADS attributable to TAL – basic

0.15

(1.49)

(1,124.2%)

Non-GAAP net income/(loss) per ADS attributable to TAL – diluted

0.14

(1.49)

(1,162.6%)

Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2022

Net Revenues

In the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022, TAL reported net revenues of US$541.2 million, representing a 60.3% decrease from US$1,362.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.

Operating Costs and Expenses

In the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022, operating costs and expenses were US$546.3 million, representing a 67.1% decrease from US$1,662.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021. Non-GAAP operating costs and expenses, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, were US$546.2 million, representing a 65.5% decrease from US$1,581.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.

Cost of revenues decreased by 65.9% to US$198.1 million from US$581.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021. Non-GAAP cost of revenues, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, decreased by 65.9% to US$197.9 million, from US$580.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.

Selling and marketing expenses decreased by 84.3% to US$103.5 million from US$660.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021. Non-GAAP selling and marketing expenses, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, decreased by 82.2% to US$113.1 million, from US$635.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.

General and administrative expenses decreased by 39.2% to US$212.1 million from US$348.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021. Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, decreased by 31.1% to US$202.5 million, from US$293.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.

Total share-based compensation expenses allocated to the related operating costs and expenses decreased by 99.8% to US$0.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022 from US$80.3 million in the same period of fiscal year 2021.

Impairment loss on intangible assets and goodwill was US$32.6 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022, compared to US$71.5 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.

Gross Profit

Gross profit decreased by 56.1% to US$343.1 million from US$781.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.

(Loss)/Income from Operations

Income from operations was US$0.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022, compared to loss from operations of US$297.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021. Non-GAAP income from operations, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, was US$0.8 million, compared to Non-GAAP loss from operations of US$216.9 million in the same period of the prior year.

Other Income/ (Expense)

Other expense was US$0.7 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022, compared to other income of US$7.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.

Impairment Loss on Long-term Investments

Impairment loss on long-term investments was US$97.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022, compared to US$6.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.

Income Tax Benefit/ (Expense)

Income tax expense was US$29.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022, compared to US$80.5 million of income tax benefit in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.

Net Loss Attributable to TAL Education Group

Net loss attributable to TAL was US$108.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022, compared to net loss attributable to TAL of US$169.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021. Non-GAAP net loss attributable to TAL, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, was US$108.0 million, compared to Non-GAAP net loss attributable to TAL of US$88.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.

Basic and Diluted Net Loss per ADS

Basic and diluted net loss per ADS were both US$0.17 in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022. Non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss per ADS, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, were both US$0.17, in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022.

Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Short-Term Investments

As of February 28, 2022, the Company had US$1,638.2 million of cash and cash equivalents and US$1,070.5 million of short-term investments, compared to US$3,243.0 million of cash and cash equivalents and US$2,694.5 million of short-term investments as of February 28, 2021.

Deferred Revenue

The Company's deferred revenue balance was US$187.7 million, compared to US$1,417.5 million as of February 28, 2021, representing a year-over-year decrease of 87.2%.

Financial Results for the Fiscal Year Ended February 28, 2022

Net Revenues

For fiscal year 2022, TAL reported net revenues of US$4,390.9 million, representing a 2.3% decrease from US$4,495.8 million in the fiscal year 2021.

Operating Costs and Expenses

In the fiscal year 2022, operating costs and expenses were US$5,026.2 million, a 1.5% increase from US$4,953.5 million in the fiscal year 2021. Non-GAAP operating costs and expenses, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, were US$4,851.4 million, a 2.2% increase from US$4,748.5 million in the fiscal year 2021.

Cost of revenues grew by 7.6% to US$2,203.3 million from US$2,048.6 million in the fiscal year 2021. Non-GAAP cost of revenues, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 7.6% to US$2,202.2 million from US$2,046.8 million in the fiscal year 2021.

Selling and marketing expenses decreased by 33.4% to US$1,118.1 million from US$1,680.1 million in the fiscal year 2021. Non-GAAP selling and marketing expenses, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, decreased by 34.4% to US$1,064.3 million from US$1,623.4 million in the fiscal year 2021.

General and administrative expenses increased by 7.4% to US$1,199.7 million from US$1,117.3 million in the fiscal year 2021. Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, increased by 11.2% to US$1,079.9 million from US$970.8 million in the fiscal year 2021.

Total share-based compensation expenses allocated to the related operating costs and expenses decreased by 14.7% to US$174.8 million in the fiscal year 2022 from US$204.9 million in fiscal year 2021.

Impairment loss on intangible assets and goodwill was US$505.1 million for the fiscal year 2022, compared to US$107.5 million for the fiscal year 2021.

Gross Profit

Gross profit decreased by 10.6% to US$2,187.6 million from US$2,447.2 million in the fiscal year 2021.

Loss from Operations

Loss from operations was US$614.5 million in the fiscal year 2022, compared to loss from operations of US$438.2 million in the prior year. Non-GAAP loss from operations, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, was US$439.7 million for the fiscal year 2022, compared to non-GAAP loss from operations of US$233.3 million in the fiscal year 2021.

Other Income

Other income was US$17.0 million for the fiscal year 2022. Other income was US$140.9 million for the fiscal year 2021.

Impairment Loss on Long-term Investments

Impairment loss on long-term investments was US$275.9 million for the fiscal year 2022, compared to US$24.6 million for the fiscal year 2021.

Income Tax Benefit/ (Expense)

Income tax expense was US$397.0 million in the fiscal year 2022, compared to US$69.9 million of income tax benefit in the fiscal year 2021.

Net (Loss)/Income Attributable to TAL Education Group

Net loss attributable to TAL was US$1,136.1 million in the fiscal year 2022, compared to net loss attributable to TAL of US$116.0 million in the fiscal year 2021. Non-GAAP net loss attributable to TAL, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, was US$961.3 million, compared to Non-GAAP net income attributable to TAL of US$89.0 million in the fiscal year 2021.

Basic and Diluted Net Loss per ADS

Basic and diluted net loss per ADS were both US$1.76 in the fiscal year 2022. Non-GAAP basic and Non-GAAP diluted net loss per ADS, which excluded share-based compensation expenses, were both US$1.49.

Extension of Share Repurchase Program by the Company

TAL's board of directors (the "Board") has authorized to extend its share repurchase program launched in April 2021 by 12 months. Since launch, the Company has repurchased approximately US$196.3 million of its American depositary shares under the share repurchase program. Pursuant to the extended share repurchase program, the Company may repurchase up to approximately US$803.7 million of its common shares through April 30, 2023. The share repurchases may be effected from time to time on the open market at prevailing market prices, in privately negotiated transactions, in block trades and/or through other legally permissible means, depending on market conditions and will be implemented in accordance with applicable rules and regulations. The Company expects to fund the repurchases out of its existing cash balance.

Separately, the Company was also informed by senior management of the Company of their intention to use their personal funds to purchase up to an aggregate of US$100 million worth of the Company's common shares during a 12-month period following today, pursuant and subject to applicable laws and the Company's securities trading policy. The proposed share purchases may be made from time to time in the open market at prevailing market prices, in privately negotiated transactions, in block trades and/or through other legally permissible means, depending on market conditions and in accordance with applicable rules and regulations.

Changes to Board Composition

TAL has announced the appointment of Ms. Janet Yan Feng to the Board and the resignation of Ms. Jane Jie Sun from the Board, both effective April 29, 2022. Ms. Feng will serve as the chairperson of the audit committee of the Board, a member of the compensation committee of the Board, and a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee of the Board.

"We are delighted to welcome Janet to the Board," said Mr. Bangxin Zhang, Founder, Director and Chief Executive Officer of TAL, "We believe Janet will bring significant value to TAL as we continue to transform our business. On behalf of the Board and the Company, I would also like thank Jane for her over-a-decade of service."

Ms. Janet Yan Feng currently serves as a senior vice president and the chief executive officer of the financial services business unit of Trip.com Group Limited (Nasdaq: TCOM), where she has held a number of general management and finance positions since 2004. Prior to that, Ms. Feng served as a senior audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian LLP from 2000 to 2004. Ms. Feng received her MBA degree in 2008 and bachelor's degree in 2000 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Further, effective on April 29, Mr. Bangxin Zhang will serve as the chairman of the Board, whereas Mr. Yunfeng Bai will continue serving as a director.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss its financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter of fiscal year 2022 ended February 28, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on April 29, 2022 (8:00 p.m. Beijing time on April 29, 2022).

Please note that you will need to pre-register for conference call participation, using the link provided below. Upon registering, you will be sent participant dial-in numbers, Direct Event passcode and unique registrant ID by email.

Conference call registration link: http://apac.directeventreg.com/registration/event/5787527. It will automatically direct you to the registration page of "TAL Education Group Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2022 Earnings Conference Call", where you may fill in your details for RSVP. When you are requested to submit a participant conference ID, please enter the number "5787527".

In the 10 minutes prior to the call start time, you may use the conference access information (including dial-in number(s), Direct Event passcode and unique registrant ID) provided in the confirmation email that you have received following your pre-registration.

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of TAL's website at https://ir.100tal.com/.

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available through 9:59 a.m. on May 6, 2022, U.S. Eastern time (9:59 p.m. Beijing time on May 6, 2022).The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:

- U.S. toll free: +1-855-452-5696- Hong Kong toll free: 800-963-117- International toll: +61-2-8199-0299Conference ID: 5787527

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" and similar statements. Among other things, TAL Education Group's strategic and operational plans contain forward-looking statements. The Company may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports 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 the Company'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: the Company's ability to continue to provide competitive learning services and products; the Company's ability to continue to recruit, train and retain talents; the Company's ability to improve the content of current course offerings and develop new courses; the Company's ability to maintain and enhance its brand; the Company's ability to maintain and continue to improve its teaching results; and the Company's ability to compete effectively against its competitors. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's reports filed with, or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and TAL Education Group undertakes no duty to update such information or any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

TAL Education Reports Q4 Revenue of $541.2M, EPS of $0.17
 

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