Skillful Craftsman Announces Financial Results for The First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2022


    Continues to Accelerate the Deployment of New Business Strategy and Empower Training Platform with Integrated Metaverse-based Technologies

    WUXI, China, Dec. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Skillful Craftsman Education Technology Ltd. ("the Company") (NASDAQ: EDTK), an education technology company providing interactive online learning services, today announced its financial results for the first six months of fiscal year 2022 ended September 30, 2021.

    First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2022 Financial and Operational Highlights

    All financial figures are in US Dollars unless otherwise noted.

    • Revenue was $11.9 million, compared with $15.3 million for the same period of last year, representing a 23% decrease, primarily due to a decrease in the number of total fee-paying members resulting from the decline in training needs of workers from rural area as the urbanization continued.

    • Gross profit was $3.6 million, compared with $8.5 million for the same period of last year, representing a 58% decrease. The decrease was mainly due to the combined effect of the decrease in revenue and an increase in cost of revenue as the Company incurred increased fees in courseware, software copyrights and virtual simulation in connection with its efforts to shift target customers to students at vocational schools.

    • Gross profit margin was 30%, compared with 55% for the same period of last year. The main reason was the cost spent in platform upgrade and courses enrichment did not result in the expansion of customer base to the extent expected.

    • Net loss was $43.3 thousand, compared with net income of $4.4 million for the same period of last year. The decrease was due to the decrease in revenue, an increase in the cost of revenue and an increase in general and administrative expenses.

    • Basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.00, compared with $0.44 for the same period of last year.

    • Total fee-paying members(1) was 1.1 million, compared with 3.3 million during the same period of last year, representing a 68% decrease. The decrease was primarily due to the combined effect of (i) the shrinking training needs of workers from rural area as a result of the development of urbanization, and (ii) unsatisfactory acquisition of new customers among students at vocational schools, who nowadays tend to be more interested in mobile live streaming and short video training courses than the personal computer courses offered by the Company.

    (1) Number of fee-paying members is defined as the total number of members that are paying fees for accessing our platforms as of the end of the applicable period.

    Mr. Xiaofeng Gao, Chairman and CEO of Skillful Craftsman Education Technology Ltd., commented, "To seize the market opportunities, we have accelerated the deployment of new business strategy and new technology since the first half year of 2021. With respect to business development, the Company is leveraging online cloud technology service and flexible employment service platform, to cooperate with schools and institutions to provide them with high quality vocational training. It has already landed in the two major fields of Chinese medicine basic education and hotel management. With respect to technology enhancement, the Company will integrate metaverse technology with big data, cloud technology and traditional Augmented Reality (AR) simulation teaching capabilities. Through co-constructing metaverse vocational labs with universities and ecological chain companies, the Company plans to launch multi-persons collaborative simulation skills training platform based on metaverse. We remain optimistic about the vocational education industry based on the Opinions on Promoting the High-quality Development of Modern Vocational Education (the "Opinions") issued by the General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the General Office of the State Council. The Opinions encourage companies to participate in and support the development of vocational education, which provides clear directions and positive incentives for the Company's future development. We believe our brand, strategic development and the supporting policy will position us well for the future and we are confident in creating long-term value and returns for our shareholders."

    First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Results

    All figures refer to the first six months of fiscal year 2022 ended September 30, 2021 unless otherwise stated

    Revenue

    Revenue decreased by 23% to $11.9 million, from $15.3 million for the same period of last year, primarily due to a decrease in the number of total fee-paying members resulting from the decline in training needs of workers from rural area as the urbanization continued.

    Cost of Revenue

    Cost of revenue increased by 21% to $8.3 million, from $6.8 million for the same period of last year. The increase of cost of revenue was mainly caused by the increase of $0.8 million amortization of the newly purchased courseware and software copyrights, and the increase of virtual simulation fee by $0.6 million, both related to the Company's efforts to shift target customers to students at vocational schools.

    Gross Profit and Gross Margin

    Gross profit decreased by 58% to $3.6 million, from $8.5 million for the same period of last year. The decrease was mainly due to the combined effect of increased cost of revenue in courseware, software copyrights and virtual simulation fees and decrease in revenue.

    Gross margin decreased by 25 percentage points to 30%, from 55% for the same period of last year. The main reason was the cost spent in platform upgrade and courses enrichment did not result in the expansion of customer base to the extent expected.

    Operating Expenses

    Operating expenses increased by 27% to $3.0 million, from $2.4 million for the same period of last year.

    Sales and marketing expenses decreased by 18% to $0.7 million, from $0.9 million for the same period of last year. The decrease was mainly due to the decreases in both of the promotion expenses and telecommunications service fees.

    General and administrative expenses increased by 53% to $2.3 million, from $1.5 million for the same period of last year. The increase was primarily caused by the increased compensation paid to employees, audit fees, the insurance fee and consulting fees for the period ended September 30, 2021.

    Income Before Tax

    Income before tax expense decreased by 90% to $0.6 million, from $6.1 million for the same period of last year.

    Net (loss)/Income

    Net loss was $43.3 thousand, compared with net income of $4.4 million for the same period of last year.

    Basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.00, compared with $0.44 for the same period of last year.

    Cash and Cash Equivalents

    As of September 30, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $23.7 million, compared with $17.5 million as of March 31, 2021.

    Cash Flow

    Net cash generated from operating activities was $1.8 million, compared with $6.6 million for the same period of last year.

    Net cash provided by investing activities was $4.4 million, compared with net cash used in investing activities $14.2 million for the same period of last year.

    Net cash generated from financing activities was nil, compared with $13.24 million for the same period of last year.

    About Skillful Craftsman

    Skillful Craftsman is an education technology company that provides interactive online vocational training and virtual simulation experimental training courses. The Company began operations in Wuxi, China in 2013 and is a key supporter for China education reform and development for labor employment. For more information, please visit: ir.kingwayup.com

    Safe Harbor Statement

    This report contains "forward-looking statements" for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that represent our beliefs, projections and predictions about future events. All statements other than statements of historical fact are "forward-looking statements," including any projections of earnings, revenue or other financial items, any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations, any statements concerning proposed new projects or other developments, any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance, any statements of management's beliefs, goals, strategies, intentions and objectives, and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Words such as "may", "will", "should", "could", "would", "predicts", "potential", "continue", "expects", "anticipates", "future", "intends", "plans", "believes", "estimates" and similar expressions, as well as statements in the future tense, identify forward-looking statements.

    Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time those statements are made and management's belief as of that time with respect to future events. These statements are necessarily subjective and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements described in or implied by such statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, but are not limited to, our ability to improve launch and leverage new technologies and cooperative relationships or anticipate market demand in a timely or cost-effective manner, and those factors discussed under the headings "Risk Factors", "Operating and Financial Review and Prospects," and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 20-F. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether, or the times by which, our performance or results may be achieved. Actual results may differ materially from expected results described in our forward-looking statements, including with respect to correct measurement and identification of factors affecting our business or the extent of their likely impact, and the accuracy and completeness of the publicly available information with respect to the factors upon which our business strategy is based or the success of our business. The Company disclaims any intention to, and undertakes no obligation to, update or revise any forward-looking statement.

    For investor and media enquiries, please contact:

    Skillful Craftsman
    Investor Relations Department
    Email: iredtk@kingwayedu.cn

    Ascent Investor Relations LLC
    Tina Xiao
    Tel: +1 917-609-0333
    Email: tina.xiao@ascent-ir.com

     

     

     

    SKILLFUL CRAFTSMAN EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

    CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

    (Amounts in US$, except for number of shares)





    As of




    September 30,
    2021


    March 31,
    2021





    (Unaudited)



    (Audited)


    ASSETS








    Current assets








    Cash and cash equivalents


    $

    23,712,359


    $

    17,453,360


    Accounts receivable, net



    50,246



    83,980


    Prepayments



    2,903,533



    1,784,537


    Other receivables



    186,325



    5,713,192


    Total current assets



    26,852,463



    25,035,069


    Non-current assets








    Long-term investment



    306,498



    -


    Property and equipment, net



    12,462,098



    13,725,957


    Intangible assets, net



    17,144,418



    20,416,461


    Goodwill



    4,581,112



    -


    Long-term prepayments and other non-current assets



    -



    28,406


    Total non-current assets



    34,494,126



    34,170,824


    TOTAL ASSETS


    $

    61,346,589


    $

    59,205,893


    LIABILITIES








    Current liabilities








    Accounts payable


    $

    122,119


    $

    113,707


    Taxes payable



    292,532



    448,485


    Amounts due to a related party



    5,764



    257,037


    Accrued expenses



    920,665



    1,051,929


    Deferred tax liabilities



    43,234



    -


    Deferred revenue-current



    9,270,561



    11,456,667


    Total current liabilities



    10,654,875



    13,327,825


    Non-current liabilities








    Deferred revenue-noncurrent



    -



    312,896


    Total non-current liabilities



    -



    312,896


    TOTAL LIABILITIES


    $

    10,654,875


    $

    13,640,721


    COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES



    -



    -


    SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY








        Ordinary shares, par value $0.0002 per share, 500,000,000



     

    2,980

     



     

    2,400

     


    shares authorized; 14,900,000 and 12,000,000 shares issued






    and outstanding as of 30 September, 2021 and 31 March,






    2021, respectively






    Additional paid-in capital



    18,055,407



    13,415,987


    Statutory reserve



    746,323



    745,590


    Accumulated profits



    30,375,080



    30,419,177


    Accumulated other comprehensive income



    1,511,924



    982,018


    TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY



    50,691,714



    45,565,172


    TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY


    $

    61,346,589


    $

    59,205,893


     

     

     

    SKILLFUL CRAFTSMAN EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

     (Amounts in US$, except for number of shares)





    For the six months ended


    September 30,




    2021


    2020




    (Unaudited)


    (Unaudited)


    Revenue


    $

    11,851,792


    $

    15,313,780


    Cost of revenue



    (8,255,007)



    (6,826,879)


    Gross income



    3,596,785



    8,486,901










    Operating expenses:








    Selling and marketing expenses



    (720,191)



    (879,812)


    General and administrative expenses



    (2,293,011)



    (1,499,774)


    Total operating expenses



    (3,013,202)



    (2,379,586)


    Income from operations



    583,583



    6,107,315


    Interest income



    31,237



    30,292


    Investment loss



    (1,897)



    -


    Government grant



    493



    -


    Foreign currency exchange loss



    (48,819)



    -


    Loss on disposals of equipment



    (54,147)



    -


    Other expenses, net



    (2,147)



    (909)


    Income before income taxes



    508,303



    6,136,698


    Income tax expense



    (551,667)



    (1,744,005)


    Net (loss)/income


    $

    (43,364)


    $

    4,392,693










    Other comprehensive income/(loss):








    Foreign currency translation adjustment



    529,906



    1,246,805


    Total comprehensive income



    486,542



    5,639,498


    Net earnings per ordinary share, basic and diluted


    $

    0.00


    $

    0.44


    Weighted average number of ordinary shares, basic and
    diluted



    12,475,410



    10,000,000


     

     

     

    SKILLFUL CRAFTSMAN EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

    (Amounts in US$)





    For the six months ended September 30,




    2021


    2020


    Cash Flows from Operating Activities








    Net (loss)/income


    $

    (43,364)


    $

    4,392,693


    Adjustments to reconcile net profit to net cash provided








    by operating activities:








    Depreciation of property and equipment



    2,051,081



    1,657,961


    Amortization of intangible assets



    3,948,391



    3,157,605


    Loss from equity-method investment



    1,897



    -


    Loss on disposals of equipment



    54,147



    -


    Changes in operating assets and liabilities:








    Accounts receivables, net



    33,734



    (24,284)


    Prepayments and other current assets



    (1,118,873)



    (602,972)


    Other receivables



    (19,296)



    -


    Long-term prepayments and other non-current assets



    28,406



    28,509


    Accounts payable



    8,412



    (149,822)


    Amounts due to a related party



    (251,273)



    509,012


    Deferred revenue



    (2,552,387)



    (2,939,360)


    Accrued expenses



    (220,164)



    768,911


    Taxes payable



    (154,248)



    (213,411)


    Deferred tax liabilities



    (730)



    -


    Net cash generated from operating activities



    1,765,733



    6,584,842










    Cash flows from investing activities








    Purchase of property and equipment



    (653,189)



    (3,988,249)


    Purchase of intangible assets



    (209,469)



    (2,254,100)


    Proceed from redemption of financial assets held for



    5,563,191



    -


    trading






    Investment in private held company



    (308,385)



    -


    Purchase of Jisen Information, net of cash acquired



    50,229



    -


    Proceed from disposal of equipment



    4,650



    -


    Purchases of other investments



    -



    (8,000,000)


    Net cash generated from/(used in) investing activities


    $

    4,447,027


    $

    (14,242,349)










    Cash flows from financing activities








    Proceeds from IPO net off IPO expenses



    -



    13,243,554


    Net cash generated from financing activities


    $

    -


    $

    13,243,554










    Effects of foreign currency translation



    46,239



    (67,122)










    Net increase in cash and cash equivalents



    6,258,999



    5,518,925


    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period



    17,453,360



    11,931,714


    Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


    $

    23,712,359


    $

    17,450,639










    Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information








    Cash paid for income taxes


    $

    687,877


    $

    1,974,038










    Non cash transactions








    Ordinary shares issued for Jisen Information acquisition


    $

    4,640,000


    $

    -


     

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