SearchMedia Reports Unaudited Financial Results For The First Six Months Of 2012

SearchMedia Holdings Limited (“SearchMedia”) (NYSE MKT:IDI),(NYSE MKT:IDI.WS), one of China's leading nationwide multi-platform media companies, today reported unaudited financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2012

Financial Highlights for the Six Months ended June 30, 2012
  • Revenue decreased 43% year-on-year from $28.3 million to $16.1 million.
  • Operating profit increased from $1.8 million to $10.8 million year-on-year.
  • Net profit increased from $0.7 million to $9.8 million year-on-year mainly attributable to one time gain on disposal of subsidiaries and gain from extinguishment of acquisition consideration.
  • Acquisition consideration payable reduced from $23.2 million at year end 2011 to $10.1 million at June 30, 2012.
  • Upon closing of the $6.1 million equity investment and conversion of the $3.1 million convertible notes including accrued interest announced separately today, shareholders’ equity will increase to $7.2 million.

Unaudited Financial Results for the Six Months ended June 30, 2012

Revenue decreased 43% to $16.1 million in the first six months of 2012 from $28.3 million for the same period last year primarily due to the divestiture of Zhejiang Continental and Shenyang Jingli, the streamlining of Ad-Icon Shanghai’s non-profitable elevator business and the termination of our VIE structure.

Gross profit decreased year-on-year from $8.1 million in the same period last year to $2.6 million as a result of a decrease in revenue during the period, divestiture of Shenyang Jingli, Zhejiang Continental, and streamlining of the Ad Icon Shanghai elevator business while still incurring contracted advertising space lease costs. Gross margin decreased to 16% from 29% in the same period last year due to higher concession costs, higher network expansion cost, higher percentage of agency business in advertising revenue, and recent subsidiaries separation and elevator business streamlining.

Total operating expenses for the first six months of 2012 were $4.8 million compared to $6.4 million for the prior year period as a result of business streamlining and management's continued efforts to control costs. Sales and marketing expenses decreased 49% to $1.3 million from $2.5 million in the prior year period, primarily reflecting a proportional decrease in sales commissions as a result of lower revenue. General and administrative expenses decreased 8% to $3.5 million from $3.9 million in the prior year period, reflecting a decrease in salary expense driven by business streamlining and management’s efforts in controlling costs.

Operating profit was $10.8 million compared to $1.8 million due to the $13.0 million gain on disposal of subsidiaries and extinguishment of certain acquisition consideration payable. Net profit for the first half of 2012 was $9.8 million compared to $0.7 million in the prior year period due to a gain on the disposal of subsidiaries and the extinguishment of certain acquisition consideration payable.

Adjusted net loss for the first half of 2012 was $2.0 million compared with net profit of $0.7 million after excluding non-cash items such as gain from the extinguishment of acquisition consideration payable of $3 million, gain on disposal of subsidiaries of $10 million, loss on abandonment of lease of $0.5 million, loss on disposal of fixed assets of $0.4 million, and share based compensation of $0.3 million. Please refer to the non-GAAP reconciliation table provided at the end of the release for a period-over-period comparison of non-cash adjustments.

Upon closing of the $6.1 million equity investment announced separately today, cash will increase to $9.3 million. Earnout liabilities as of June 30, 2012 totaled $10.1 million down from $23.2 million at December 31, 2011. Additional reduction of the earnout liability is expected in third quarter of 2012. For the six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company had a weighted average number of basic and diluted shares outstanding of 18.2 million shares.

Peter W.H. Tan, Chief Executive Officer of SearchMedia remarked, “The first six months of 2012 are an important transition period for the Company. We have strategically streamlined our business by closing unprofitable offices and divesting certain subsidiaries and eliminating the underlying earnout liability in order to pursue more accretive concession opportunities. These actions resulted in reduced performance in the first half of 2012. However, as shown by the recent announcement of our nationwide concession with Home Inns & Hotel Management, Inc.(“Home Inns”), and our new Luxury Mall LCD Advertising Joint Venture we believe that we will create significant shareholder value through strategic, long term proprietary concessions with prominent partners. We have additional concessions in our pipeline and we expect additional announcements during the balance of 2012. We expect these concessions will result in SearchMedia becoming a much larger and more profitable company and we will start to see the impact in the second half of 2012 as a result of the improved cash flow and cost savings. We estimate revenue per location of approximately $200,000 for the Luxury Mall LCD Joint Venture with a net margin of 40% and over $120,000 in revenue per location for the Home Inns concession with net margin of 30%. The Company also eliminated its VIE structure in December 2011 in order that our shareholders have a direct interest in all of the operations and subsidiaries, in addition to improving transparency.

About SearchMedia

SearchMedia is a leading nationwide multi-platform media company and one of the largest operators of integrated outdoor billboard and in-elevator advertising networks in China. SearchMedia operates a network of high-impact billboards and one of China’s largest networks of in-elevator advertisement panels in 50 cities throughout China. SearchMedia’s core outdoor billboard and in-elevator platforms are complemented by its transit advertising platform, which together enable it to provide multi-platform, “one-stop shop” services for its local, national and international advertising clients. Learn more at www.searchmediaholdings.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Any statements contained in this press release that do not describe historical facts, including statements about SearchMedia’s beliefs and expectations, may constitute forward-looking statements as that term is defined by the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “future,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “confident” and similar statements. Any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on current expectations, but are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from expectations.

Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: whether we will create significant shareholder value through large, long term proprietary concessions with prominent partners; whether the additional concessions in our pipeline will come to fruition and be beneficial; whether the additional concessions will allow the Company to become a larger and more profitable company resulting in improved cash flow and cost savings; whether we can achieve the projected revenue and net margin for the Luxury Mall LCD Joint Venture and Home Inns concession; and whether the elimination of the VIE structure will, among other things, improve transparency and the risks that there are uncertainties and matters beyond the control of management, and other risks outlined in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. SearchMedia cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. SearchMedia does not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
SearchMedia Holdings Limited
Condensed Statements Of Operations
In USD'000 For Six Months Ended June 30
2012 2011
Unaudited Unaudited
Advertising service revenues $ 16,100 $ 28,309
Cost of revenues (13,492) (20,200)
Gross profit 2,608 8,109
 
Sales and marketing expenses (1,284) (2,494)
General and administrative expenses (3,541) (3,858)
Gain on disposal of subsidiaries 9,963 -
Gain from extinguishment of acquisition

consideration payable
3,032 -
Profit from operations 10,778 1,757
 
Interest income 11 8
Non-operating income 121 26
Loss on abandonment of lease (523) -
Loss on disposals of fixed assets (358) -
Foreign currency exchange loss, net 1 (4)
Profit before tax 10,030 1,787
Income tax expense (221) (1,103)
Net profit after tax $ 9,809 $ 684
 
SearchMedia Holdings Limited
Condensed Balance Sheets
In USD'000   June 30, December 31,
2012   2011  
Unaudited Unaudited
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,175 $ 4,630
Restricted bank deposit 45 1
Accounts receivable, net 9,116 15,822
Other current assets 9,802   12,406  
Total current assets 22,138 32,859
NON-CURRENT ASSETS
Property and equipment, net 187 633
Deposits for PPE - 31
Goodwill 16,864   16,926  
Total assets $ 39,189   $ 50,449  
 

LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Accounts payable $ 8,796 $ 14,167
Short-term borrowings 2,972 -
Acquisition consideration payable 10,132 23,238
Income taxes payable 7,126 9,524
Other current liabilities 12,202   16,973  
Total current liabilities 41,228   63,902  
Total liabilities $ 41,228   $ 63,902  
 
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Common Shares - $0.0001 par value

1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 18,241,916 shares
$ 2 $ 2

issued and outstanding
Additional paid-in capital 124,872 123,288
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,050 ) (1,071 )
Accumulated deficit (125,863 ) (135,672 )
Total shareholders’ equity (2,039 ) (13,453 )
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 39,189   $ 50,449  
 
SearchMedia Holdings Limited
Condensed Statements Of Cash Flows
In USD'000
For Six Months Ended June 30
2012 2011
Unaudited Unaudited
Net cash provided by / (used in) operating activities $ (3,169 ) $ 1,417
Net cash used in investing activities (462 ) (374 )
Net cash provided by financing activities 2,307 1
Foreign currency translation adjustment (131 ) (228 )
Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (1,455 ) 816
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 4,630   7,554  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 3,175   $ 8,370  
 
SearchMedia Holdings Limited
Reconciliation Of Net Income To Non-GAAP Adjusted Net Income
 
In USD'000 For Six Months Ended June 30
2012 2011
Unaudited Unaudited
 
Net income $ 9,809 $ 684
Gain on disposal of subsidiaries (9,963 )
Gain from extinguishment of acquisition

consideration payable
(3,032 )
Share-based compensation 285
Loss on abandonment of lease 523
Loss on disposals of fixed assets 358
   
Adjusted non-GAAP net income / (loss) $ (2,020 ) $ 684

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