MOL Global Inc. to Announce First Quarter 2015 Financial Results
|MOL Announces First Quarter 2015 Unaudited Financial Results|
|KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MOL Global, Inc. (Nasdaq:MOLG) (“MOL” or the “Company”), a leading e-payment enabler for online goods and services in emerging and developed markets, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of 2015.
First Quarter 2015 Highlights
Mr. Charles Ng and Mr. Preecha Praipattarakul, Co-Chief Executive Officers of MOL, stated, “We are pleased to begin the year on a solid note with revenues growing by over 23.4% year over year, driven by solid revenue and volume growth of our core MOLPoints, MOLReloads, and MOLPay business lines. MOLPoints experienced rapid revenue growth in Thailand, Brazil, and the United States; MOLReloads benefited from new payment services; and MOLPay showed strong revenue growth in Vietnam and Malaysia. In addition, we are seeing strong contributions from the PayByMe carrier billing acquisition in both Turkey and the Middle East, and our volume contributions from this segment now account for 12% of total volumes for MOLPoints. However, MMOG.asia continues to face challenges in launching popular game titles for both PC and mobile, which led to a decline in MMOG.asia segment revenues.”
“Since last year, we have been focusing on our strategies and effort around the payment ecosystem for mobile games, especially for our MOLPoints segment. One of our key initiatives on the mobile payment front has been our recently announced strategic partnership with Mobogenie, a leading third party Android App store with more than 40 million installs in South East Asia. This partnership provides users an alternative source to mobile game content which allows payments with MOL, which enables our users to utilize localized content and apps through Mobogenie’s Android Store. In terms of our MMOG.asia segment, we are planning to launch the mobile version of Boomz, one of our most popular PC games, in the second quarter of 2015. At its peak, the PC version of Boomz recorded an annual volume of more than MYR30 million. In addition, our strategic acquisition of PayByMe in September 2014 has enabled MOL to penetrate into the Middle East region, diversifying our revenue stream and geographic coverage at the same time. Similarly, our Easy2Pay acquisition in the first half of 2014 enabled us to expand our carrier billing opportunities in South East Asia. We are excited by the numerous new initiatives planned for the year and we’re confident that we will be able to achieve robust growth in 2015, further fortifying our position as the leading e-payments enabler in developing markets.”
Mr. Ramesh Pathmanathan, Group Chief Financial Officer of MOL, stated, “We continue to see strong top-line growth, driven primarily by an increase in volume from our MOLPoints business. In the first quarter, we also began to see margin compression due to several factors. First, we witnessed a shift in our revenue mix, as PayByMe and MOLPay, both lower margin businesses in comparison to our MOLPoints business, began contributing more to overall revenues. This, coupled with a decline in MMOG.asia segment revenue, which historically has had the highest gross margin at over 90%, led to a decline in our gross margin year over year. Moving forward, we are confident that the increased operating leverage and scalability of our business will allow us to provide consistent value for our shareholders.”
First Quarter 2015 Financial Results
Consolidated revenue increased by 23.4% to MYR57.2 million (US$15.5 million) from MYR46.4 million in the prior year period. Consolidated revenue increased primarily due to the growth of MOLPoints, MOLReloads and MOLPay, and was partially offset by MMOG.asia.
DIRECT COST AND OTHER ANCILLARY EXPENSES
Direct cost and other ancillary expenses increased by 54.1% to MYR31.1 million (US$8.4 million) from MYR20.2 million in the prior year period.
Gross profit remained stable at MYR26.2 million (US$7.1 million) for the first quarter in 2014 and 2015 despite a 53.3% decline in MMOG.asia segment gross profit. Other than MMOG.asia, there was an increase in gross profit across all other segments. Gross profit margin was 45.7% in the first quarter of 2015, compared to 56.5% in the prior year period. The decline in gross profit margin was primarily due to a shift in the business segment mix in which lower margin businesses, including the PayByMe carrier billing business and the MOLPay segment, contributed more to the overall revenues. In addition, Thailand and Turkey experienced higher channel costs. Furthermore, the MMOG.asia segment, which is our highest gross profit margin segment with profit margins exceeding 90%, experienced a 52.4% decline in volumes, which also contributed to the overall decline in gross profit margin. MMOG.asia revenues represented 5.2% of total revenues of the Company in the first quarter of 2015, compared to 13.2% in the prior year period.
OPERATING INCOME/(LOSS) AND EXPENSES
Total operating expenses increased by 162.7% to MYR49.6 million (US$13.4 million) from MYR18.9 million in the prior year period. The increase was primarily due to share-based compensation charges of MYR18.2 million. In addition, we also incurred greater employee costs, increased professional costs of being a publicly listed company, and unrealized foreign exchange losses.
As a result of the above, loss from operations in the first quarter of 2015 was MYR23.4 million (US$6.3 million) as compared to a profit from operations of MYR7.3 million in the prior year period.
Adjusted EBITDA decreased by 23.9% to MYR10.0 million (US$2.7 million) from MYR13.2 million in the prior year period. The decline in adjusted EBITDA is primarily due to the decline in revenue from MMOG.asia.
Other income increased to MYR4.4 million (US$1.2 million) from MYR4.1 million in the prior year period.
PROFIT/(LOSS) FOR THE PERIOD
Loss attributable to MOL Global Inc. shareholders was MYR19.9 million (US$5.4 million) compared to profit attributable to MOL Global Inc. shareholders of MYR7.7 million in the prior year period. The loss was primarily due to share-based compensation costs of MYR18.2 million. Diluted loss per ADS attributable to MOL Global Inc. shareholders was MYR0.30 (US$0.08), as compared to diluted earnings per ADS attributable to MOL Global Inc. shareholders of MYR0.13 in the prior year period.
As of March 31, 2015, MOL had cash and cash equivalents of MYR115.0 million (US$31.1 million) and total borrowings of MYR19.6 million (US$5.3 million).
As of March 31, 2015, the Company had a total of 67.5 million common shares outstanding, or the equivalent of 67.5 million ADSs outstanding.
Conference Call Information
The Company will hold a conference call on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 8:00 am Eastern Time or 8:00 pm Kuala Lumpur Time to discuss the financial results. Participants may access the call by dialing the following numbers:
The replay will be accessible through June 3, 2015 by dialing the following numbers:
A live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available at the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.mol.com/.
About MOL Global, Inc.
MOL Global, Inc. (Nasdaq:MOLG) is a leading e-payment enabler for online goods and services in emerging and developed markets. MOL operates a payments platform that connects consumers with digital content providers, telecommunications service providers and online merchants by providing a vast network of distribution channels that accepts cash and online payment methods. Its physical distribution network comprises more than 970,000 locations in 11 countries across four continents. The Company also has mobile payment channels, electronic distribution channels that accept major credit cards and online banking from more than 100 banks.
For more information, please visit ir.mol.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
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This press release contains translations of certain Ringgit amounts into U.S. dollars solely for the convenience of readers. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from Ringgit to U.S. dollars, in this press release, were made at a rate of MYR3.7020 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on March 31, 2015 in the City of New York for cable transfers in Ringgit per U.S. dollar as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
About Non-IFRS Financial Measures
To supplement our consolidated financial results presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), we present adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-IFRS financial measure, and related ratios. You should not consider adjusted EBITDA as a substitute for or superior to net profit prepared in accordance with IFRS. Furthermore, because adjusted EBITDA is not determined in accordance with IFRS, it is susceptible to varying calculations and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures presented by other companies. We encourage investors and others to review our financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.
We present adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental performance measure because we believe that it facilitates operating performance comparisons from period to period and company to company by backing out potential differences caused by the age and book depreciation of fixed assets (affecting relative depreciation and amortization expenses), changes in foreign exchange rates that impact financial assets and liabilities denominated in currencies other than our functional currency (affecting unrealized gain/(loss) on foreign exchange and realized gain/(loss) on foreign exchange), variations in capital structures (affecting interest income and interest expenses), share of results of operation of associates, gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment and tax positions (affecting income tax expenses) (such as the impact on periods or companies of changes in effective tax rates), and various non-recurring charges. In addition, adjusted EBITDA excludes the non-cash impact of changes in the fair value of derivative and employee share based compensation, that, in each case, we do not believe reflect the underlying performance of our business. Some limitations of adjusted EBITDA, among others, are that: (i) adjusted EBITDA does not reflect income tax payments that may represent a reduction in cash available to us; (ii) adjusted EBITDA does not include other income, other expense and foreign exchange gains and losses; and (iii) adjusted EBITDA excludes depreciation and amortization and although these are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future.
The following table reconciles adjusted EBITDA to profit for the period for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2015:
CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact MOL Global, Inc. Alvin Tan Tel: +65-6221-5680 Email: IR@mol.com ICR, Inc. Calvin Jiang Tel: +1 (646) 405-4884 Email: IR@mol.com
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