AutoNavi Holdings Limited Announces Third Quarter 2010 Results

Automotive Navigation Net Revenues Increased by 62.6% Year-Over-Year Company Raises Guidance for Full Year 2010

BEIJING, Nov. 17, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AutoNavi Holdings Limited ("AutoNavi" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:AMAP), a leading provider of digital map content and navigation and location-based solutions in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2010.

Third Quarter 2010 Highlights
  • Net revenues in the third quarter of 2010 were $24.0 million, an increase of 47.6% year-over-year from $16.3 million in the third quarter of 2009.
  • Gross profit in the third quarter of 2010 was $16.9 million, an increase of 48.4% year-over-year from $11.4 million in the third quarter of 2009.
  • Operating income in the third quarter of 2010 was $7.7 million, an increase of 16.3% year-over-year from $6.6 million in the third quarter of 2009.
  • Net income attributable to AutoNavi shareholders was $6.2 million in the third quarter of 2010, an increase of 16.4% year-over-year from $5.3 million in the third quarter of 2009.

Year-to-Date 2010 Highlights
  • Net revenues in the first nine months of 2010 were $62.7 million, an increase of 51.3% year-over-year from $41.5 million in the first nine months of 2009.
  • Gross profit in the first nine months of 2010 was $42.5 million, an increase of 53.5% year-over-year from $27.7 million in the first nine months of 2009.
  • Operating income in the first nine months of 2010 was $16.6 million, an increase of 38.3% year-over-year from $12.0 million in the first nine months of 2009.
  • Net income attributable to AutoNavi shareholders was $13.3 million in the first nine months of 2010, an increase of 46.3% year-over-year from $9.1 million in the first nine months of 2009.

"We delivered a strong set of results in the third quarter driven by exceptional sales in our automotive navigation business with net revenues for this business line increasing by 62.6% year-over-year," said Mr. Congwu Cheng, AutoNavi's chief executive officer. "We remain highly optimistic about the prospects of our wireless and internet business line, as we are well-positioned to identify and take advantage of new opportunities in this emerging market. This past quarter also marked the beginning of a long-term, strategic partnership with TomTom - one which will allow us to enhance our global presence as a leading provider of digital map content and navigation solutions in China."

Third Quarter 2010 Results

Revenues

Net revenues in the third quarter of 2010 were $24.0 million, representing an increase of 47.6% year-over-year from the third quarter of 2009 and 8.4% sequentially from the second quarter of 2010.

Automotive Navigation

Net revenues from the automotive navigation market in the third quarter of 2010 were $17.8 million, an increase of 62.6% year-over-year and 7.1% sequentially. The increases were mainly due to increases in the number of copies of digital map data licensed for use in in-dash navigation systems, which is directly linked to the number of vehicles sold in China that are equipped with these systems.

Public Sector and Enterprise Applications

Net revenues from the public sector and enterprise applications market in the third quarter of 2010 were $3.3 million, a decrease of 14.7% year-over-year and an increase of 60.4% sequentially. The year-over-year decrease in revenues was mainly due to a decrease in revenues from the aerial photogrammetry business, partially offset by an increase in revenues from the enterprise solutions business. The year-over-year decrease in revenues from the aerial photogrammetry business was primarily attributable to a relatively large portion of revenues in the third quarter of 2009 associated with the central government's second national land survey project. The year-over-year increase in revenues from enterprise solutions was largely due to an increased number of new contracts that were entered into over the second and third quarters of this year. The sequential increase in revenues from the public sector business was primarily a result of better progress made on the Company's contracted aerial photogrammetry projects in the third quarter of 2010, as compared with the project delays in the previous quarter caused by unfavorable weather conditions. The sequential increase in revenues from the enterprise solutions business was mainly due to new contracts that were entered into in the third quarter of 2010.

Wireless and Internet Location-based Solutions

Net revenues from the wireless and Internet location-based solutions business in the third quarter of 2010 were $2.6 million, an increase of 87.7% year-over-year and 2.4% sequentially. The increase in revenues derived from pre-installing the Company's navigation solutions on certain mobile phone models as well as from the Internet map application business continued to drive the year-over-year revenue growth.

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues in the third quarter of 2010 was $7.1 million, representing an increase of 45.6% year-over-year and a decrease of 4.6% sequentially. The year-over-year increase was largely attributable to an increase in direct production costs as well as an increase in salary and benefit expenses, which rose as a result of the expansion of the Company's data collection and processing work force as the Company continued to enhance the quality, coverage and depth of its digital map database. The sequential decrease was primarily due to higher production costs associated with 3D digital city models in the previous quarter, partially offset by the increase in direct production costs and salary and benefit expenses.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit in the third quarter of 2010 was $16.9 million, an increase of 48.4% year-over-year and 15.1% sequentially. Gross margin, or gross profit as a percentage of net revenues, was 70.3% in the third quarter of 2010, compared to 69.9% in the year-ago period and 66.2% in the previous quarter.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses in the third quarter of 2010 were $9.2 million, an increase of 84.1% year-over-year and 23.6% sequentially. Non-GAAP operating expenses, which exclude share-based compensation expenses, were $8.5 million, an increase of 97.0% year-over-year and 30.6% sequentially.

Research and development ("R&D") expenses increased by 135.1% year-over-year and by 37.2% sequentially to $3.9 million. The increases were primarily due to higher salary and benefit expenses and outsourced development expense to improve the efficiency of the Company's technology platform and expand its technological capabilities. Non-GAAP R&D expenses, which exclude share-based compensation expenses, increased by 139.3% year-over-year and by 53.1% sequentially to $3.5 million.

Selling and marketing expenses increased by 92.3% year-over-year and by 10.8% sequentially to $2.4 million. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to increased travel and marketing activities associated with promoting the Company's solutions, higher salary and benefit expenses as a result of an increased sales headcount as well as an increase in share-based compensation expenses. The sequential increase was mainly attributable to higher marketing expenses and salary and benefit expenses in comparison to those in the second quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP selling and marketing expenses, which exclude share-based compensation expenses, increased by 80.2% year-over-year and by 15.1% sequentially to $2.1 million.

General and administrative expenses increased by 40.0% year-over-year and by 19.3% sequentially to $3.0 million. The increases were primarily due to the increase in professional service expenses and salary and benefit expenses, which were partially offset by lower share-based compensation expenses in the third quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, which exclude share-based compensation expenses, increased by 71.4% year-over-year and 20.8% sequentially to $2.8 million.

Operating Income and Operating Margin

Operating income in the third quarter of 2010 was $7.7 million, an increase of 16.3% year-over-year and 6.4% sequentially. Operating margin, or operating income as a percentage of net revenues, was 32.0% in the third quarter of 2010, compared to 40.6% in the year-ago period and 32.6% in the previous quarter.

Non-GAAP operating income, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, in the third quarter of 2010 was $8.5 million, an increase of 14.3% year-over-year and 1.9% sequentially. Non-GAAP operating margin, or non-GAAP operating income as a percentage of net revenues, was 35.2% in the third quarter of 2010, compared to 45.5% in the year-ago period and 37.5% in the previous quarter.

Change in Fair Value of Forward Contract

In the third quarter of 2010, the Company engaged a bank to convert certain amount of U.S. dollars into Japanese Yen and made a one-year fixed interest rate Japanese Yen deposit with the bank. Furthermore, the Company entered into a forward contract with the bank to convert the Japanese Yen deposit back into U.S. dollars upon the expiration of the one year term at a pre-determined exchange rate. The forward contract was accounted for under derivative accounting, which requires the changes in fair value of the forward contract at each period end be recorded in the statement of operations. For the third quarter of 2010, the Company recorded a loss of $1.3 million in change in fair value of forward contract.

Net Income Attributable to AutoNavi Shareholders

Net income attributable to AutoNavi shareholders in the third quarter of 2010 was $6.2 million, an increase of 16.4% year-over-year and a decrease of 0.1% sequentially. Diluted net income per American depositary share ("ADS") attributable to AutoNavi shareholders for the third quarter of 2010 was $0.12. One ADS represents four ordinary shares.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to AutoNavi shareholders, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, in the third quarter of 2010 was $7.0 million, an increase of 2.1% year-over-year and a decrease of 4.3% sequentially. Diluted non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to AutoNavi shareholders for the third quarter of 2010 was $0.14.

Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities was $7.7 million for the third quarter of 2010. As of September 30, 2010, the Company had $153.7 million in cash and term deposit.

Recent Business Updates

TomTom Joint Venture

In October 2010, AutoNavi announced a joint venture with TomTom, the world's leading provider of location and navigation solutions. The joint venture is 51% held by AutoNavi and 49% held by TomTom. The partnership provides AutoNavi the opportunity to expand its relationships with international automakers, system integrators and global handset makers, allowing the Company to further grow its business in automotive navigation as well as wireless and Internet location-based solutions.

Office Building Purchase

In September 2010, the Company made full payment for an office facility in Beijing with total office area of approximately 4,900 square meters for a total cash consideration of approximately $20 million. The office facility will serve as the Company's new headquarters to accommodate its on-going expansion. The new office is expected to be put into use in the second quarter of 2011.

Business Outlook

The Company estimates that its net revenues for the full year of 2010 will be approximately $80 million, an increase of approximately 40% on a year-over-year basis.

Conference Call Information

AutoNavi management will hold an earnings conference call at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time on November 17, 2010 (9:00 p.m. Beijing/Hong Kong Time on November 17, 2010) to discuss results and highlights from the quarter and answer questions.

The dial-in numbers and passcode for the conference call are as follows:
U.S. Toll Free: +1-888-396-2356
U.S./International: +1-617-847-8709
Hong Kong: +852-3002-1672
United Kingdom: +44-207-365-8426
Passcode: AutoNavi

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following number until November 24, 2010:
U.S. Toll Free: +1-888-286-8010
International: +1-617-801-6888
Passcode: 52543493

Additionally, an archived web-cast of this call will be available on the Investor Relations section of AutoNavi's website at http://ir.autonavi.com.

About AutoNavi Holdings Limited

AutoNavi Holdings Limited (Nasdaq:AMAP) is a leading provider of digital map content and navigation and location-based solutions in China. At the core of its business is a comprehensive nationwide digital map database that covers approximately 2.8 million kilometers of roadway and over 12.5 million points of interest across China. Through its digital map database and proprietary technology platform, AutoNavi provides comprehensive, integrated navigation and location-based solutions optimized for the Chinese market and users, including automotive navigation solutions, public sector and enterprise applications, wireless location-based solutions and Internet location-based solutions. For more information on AutoNavi, please visit http://www.autonavi.com.

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Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements made under the "safe harbor" provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "confident" and similar statements. Among other things, the Business Outlook section and quotations from management in this press release, as well as AutoNavi's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. AutoNavi 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 report 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 AutoNavi'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: AutoNavi's ability to adequately maintain and update its digital map database and minimize errors in its solutions; its current reliance on the automotive navigation market and a small number of customers for a substantial portion of its revenues; the project-based nature of its public sector and enterprise applications business; its limited operating history in the wireless/Internet location-based solutions markets; compliance with a complex set of laws, rules and regulations governing its surveying and mapping and other businesses in China; competition in the navigation and location-based solutions businesses in China; and its ability to manage its growth effectively and efficiently. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in AutoNavi's registration statement on Form F-1 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is current as of the date of the press release, and AutoNavi undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement AutoNavi's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), AutoNavi uses in this press release the following non-GAAP financial measures: (1) non-GAAP operating expenses, (2) non-GAAP R&D expenses, (3) non-GAAP selling and marketing expenses, (4) non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, (5) non-GAAP operating income, (6) non-GAAP operating margin, (7) non-GAAP net income attributable to AutoNavi shareholders, and (8) non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS attributable to AutoNavi shareholders, each of which excludes share-based compensation expenses. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.

AutoNavi believes that these non-GAAP financial measures facilitate investors' and management's comparisons to AutoNavi's historical performance and assist management's financial and operational decision making. A limitation of using these non-GAAP financial measures is that share-based compensation expenses are recurring expenses that will continue to exist in AutoNavi's business for the foreseeable future. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying table has more details on the reconciliation between non-GAAP financial measures and their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.
 
AUTONAVI HOLDINGS LIMITED
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheet
(In thousands of U.S. dollars)
    September 30,   December 31,
  2010 2009
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash 96,693 34,716
Restricted cash 478 469
Term deposit 57,016 --
Accounts receivables 23,021 18,743
Amount due from related parties, non-trading 1,794 16,663
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 7,488 3,895
Deferred costs in connection with IPO --  1,054
Deferred tax assets, current 433  469
Total current assets 186,923 76,009
     
Property and equipment, net 19,623 20,587
Prepayment for acquisition of property 20,489 --
Equity method investment 5,383 5,163
Acquired intangible assets, net 1,081 1,326
Goodwill 3,198 3,134
Deferred tax assets, non-current 175 79
Other long term assets 343 332
Total assets 237,215 106,630
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable(including accounts payable of the consolidated variable interest entities without recourse to AutoNavi Holdings Limited $1,132 and $494 as of September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively) 1,132 494
Deferred revenue(including deferred revenue of the consolidated variable interest entities without recourse to AutoNavi Holdings Limited $3,051 and $2,427 as of September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively) 5,324 3,073
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities(including accrued expenses and other current liabilities of the consolidated variable interest entities without recourse to AutoNavi Holdings Limited $13,630 and $10,063 as of September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively) 14,343 10,651
Income taxes payable(including Income taxes payable of the consolidated variable interest entities without recourse to AutoNavi Holdings Limited $4,068 and $2,062 as of September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively) 4,284 1,983
Forward contract 1,291 --
Total current liabilities 26,374 16,201
Deferred tax liability, non-current(including Deferred tax liability of the consolidated variable interest entities without recourse to AutoNavi Holdings Limited $486 and $415 as of September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively) 486 532
Total liabilities 26,860 16,733
     
     
Series A convertible redeemable preferred shares  -- 39,326
     
Stockholders' equity:    
Ordinary shares 19 11
Additional paid-in capital 168,601 25,178
Statutory reserve 6,256 3,712
Retained earnings 22,294 11,498
Accumulated other comprehensive income 10,017 7,923
Total AutoNavi Holdings Limited Shareholders' Equity 207,187 48,322
Non-controlling interest 3,168 2,249
Total equity 210,355 50,571
Total liabilities, Series A convertible redeemable preferred shares, and total equity   237,215 106,630
 
 
AUTONAVI HOLDINGS LIMITED
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share data)
 
  For the three months ended For the nine months ended
     
  September 30, 2010 September 30, 2009 June 30, 2010 September 30, 2010 September 30, 2009
           
Revenue 24,342 16,677 22,647 63,990 42,714
Business tax (334) (410) (507) (1,243) (1,242)
Net revenues 24,008 16,267 22,140 62,747 41,472
Cost of revenues (7,131) (4,899) (7,475) (20,274) (13,807)
Gross profit 16,877 11,368 14,665 42,473 27,665
           
Operating expenses          
Research and development (3,858) (1,641) (2,811) (9,140) (4,990)
Selling and marketing (2,367) (1,231) (2,136) (6,779) (3,948)
General and administrative (2,978) (2,127) (2,496) (9,996) (6,997)
Total Operating expenses (9,203) (4,999) (7,443) (25,915) (15,935)
Government subsidies 14  242 5   76   301
Operating income 7,688 6,611 7,227 16,634 12,031
           
Investment Income --  80  --     -- 81
           
Interest income 666 59 126 864 207
Change in fair value of forward contract (1,291) -- -- (1,291) --
Exchange gains (losses) 575 -- -- 575 --
Other income (expense) 47  --  -- 47  --
Income before income taxes, share of net income of equity accounted investment and discontinued operations 7,685 6,750 7,353 16,829 12,319
Income tax expense (1,099) (516) (1,008) (2,744) (942)
Share of net income of equity method accounted investment 12 26 88 113 64
Income from continuing operations 6,598 6,260 6,433 14,198 11,441
           
Discontinued operations:          
Loss on discontinued operations before income tax  --  (738)  --   --  (1,905)
Income tax benefit  --  25   --   --  65
Loss on discontinued operations, net of tax  --  (713)  --   --  (1,840)
Net income 6,598 5,547 6,433 14,198 9,601
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 381 209 207 858 482
Net income attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders 6,217 5,338 6,226 13,340 9,119
           
Net Income per share          
Net income from continuing operations attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders          
Basic 0.03 0.04 0.04 0.08 0.07
Diluted 0.03 0.04 0.04 0.08 0.07
Net Income per Series A preferred share-Basic  --  0.04 0.04  0.08 0.07
           
Net loss on discontinued operations attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders          
Basic  --  (0.01)  --   --  (0.01)
Diluted  --  (0.01)  --    --  (0.01)
Net loss per Series A preferred share-Basic  --  (0.01)  --   --  (0.01)
           
Net income attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders          
Basic 0.03 0.03 0.04 0.08 0.06
Diluted 0.03 0.03 0.04 0.08 0.06
Net income per Series A preferred share-Basic  --  0.03 0.04            0.08 0.06
           
Weighted average number of shares used in calculating net income per ordinary share          
Basic 188,273,000 117,059,000 112,298,000 136,580,641 115,893,667
Diluted 200,471,885 159,100,659 162,757,988  175,036,636 155,935,014
Weighted average number of shares used in calculating net income per Series A preferred share  --  40,000,000 40,000,000  26,520,147   40,000,000
 
 
AUTONAVI HOLDINGS LIMITED
Reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to most directly comparable GAAP measures
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except percentage and per ADS data)
 
  For the three months ended
  September 30,  September 30, June 30,
  2010 2009 2010
     
Total operating expenses 9,203 4,999 7,443
Share-based compensation (709) (688) (940)
Non-GAAP total operating expenses 8,494 4,311 6,503
       
R&D expenses 3,858 1,641 2,811
Share-based compensation (333) (168) (508)
Non-GAAP R&D expenses 3,525 1,473 2,303
       
Selling and marketing expenses 2,367 1,231 2,136
Share-based compensation (242) (52) (290)
Non-GAAP selling and marketing expenses 2,125 1,179 1,846
       
General and administrative expenses 2,978 2,127 2,496
Share-based compensation (134) (468) (142)
Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses 2,844 1,659 2,354
       
Operating income 7,688 6,611 7,227
Share-based compensation 764 786 1,066
Non-GAAP operating income 8,452 7,397 8,293
       
Operating margin 32.0% 40.6% 32.6%
Share-based compensation 3.2% 4.9% 4.9%
Non-GAAP operating margin 35.2% 45.5% 37.5%
       
Net income attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders 6,217 5,338 6,226
       
Discontinued operation, net of tax  --  713  -- 
       
Share-based compensation 764 786 1,066
Non-GAAP net income attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders 6,981 6,837 7,292
   
      For the three months ended September 30, 2010
  GAAP Adjustments Non-GAAP(a)
Diluted net income per ADS attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders 0.12 0.02 0.14
 
(a) Non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders is computed by dividing non-GAAP net income attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders by the weighted average number of diluted ordinary shares outstanding used in computing the GAAP diluted net income per ordinary share attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders for the respective periods (after adjusting for the ADS to ordinary share ratio).
CONTACT:  For investor and media inquiries please contact:                   In China:                   Serena Shi          AutoNavi Holdings Limited          +86-10-5985-9538          serena.shi@autonavi.com                   Derek Mitchell          Ogilvy Financial, Beijing          +86-10-8520-6284          amap@ogilvy.com                    In the U.S.:                   Jessica Barist Cohen          Ogilvy Financial, New York          +1-646-460-9989          amap@ogilvy.com

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