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Nature Home Achieves Turnaround in 1H2014

Revenue and Gross Profit Up by 37% and 50% to Approximately RMB776 Million and RMB253 Million Respectively

Further strengthened the integrated household product strategy by introducing an O2O platform to seize online and offline shopping opportunities

HONG KONG, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Financial Highlights:

Unaudited results for the 6 months ended 30 June

2014

RMB’000

2013

RMB’000

Change

%

Revenue

776,398

566,977

+36.9

Gross Profit

252,658

168,888

+49.6

Profit Before Tax

26,679

(47,370)

N/A

Profit Attributable to Equity Shareholders

19,715

(55,248)

N/A

Profit Attributable to Equity Shareholders (excluding the net change in fair value of biological assets)

25,694

18,111

+41.9

Basic Earnings per Share (RMB)

0.013

(0.037)

N/A

Nature Home Holding Company Limited (“Nature Home” or the “Company“, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group“; HKEx Stock Code: 2083), announced today its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2014 (the “Period“).

During the Period, the Group achieved encouraging financial results with revenue increased by 36.9% to approximately RMB776 million. Gross profit surged 49.6% to approximately RMB252 million. Profit attributable to equity shareholders reached approximately RMB20 million, representing a turnaround in the Period as compared to the loss attributable to equity shareholders recorded in the corresponding period of 2013. The turnaround is mainly attributable to the reduction of the negative net change in fair value of the Group’s biological assets, as well as the increase in the Group’s revenue and gross profit. During the Period, approximately 10.09 million square meters of flooring products were sold (1H2013: approximately 8.45 million square meters), representing an increase of 19.4% year-on-year.

Mr. Se Hok Pan, Chairman and Executive Director of Nature Home stated, “In the first six months of 2014, we continued to strengthen our efforts on brand building and sales, to further broaden the coverage in international markets under the intensified industry competition, this is reflected in the significant increase in the trading revenue of timber and wood products. The turnaround recorded during the Period reflected the success of our business development strategies, brand building and sales efforts. With the change of our Company name to Nature Home Holding Company Limited, we aim at achieving our goal in offering integrated household products with our Nature brand, representing an image of high quality, safe and environmentally-friendly household brand.”

Manufacturing and Sale of Wood Products

During the Period, turnover of the Group’s manufacturing and sale of wooden products has increased 39.2% to approximately RMB527 million, mainly attributable to the continued recovery of the Group’s flooring business in the PRC and the overall increased sales in flooring products.

The Group has successfully developed a solid and extensive sales network in the PRC. It has 1,856 “Nature” stores, 1,121 “Nature No.1 My Space” stores, 152 “Nature Aesthetics” stores, 99 foreign imported brand stores and 116 other brand stores as at 30 June 2014, amounting to 3,344 stores in total.

Nature Home will continue to focus on the development in the business of wooden doors, wardrobes and cabinets with the “Nature” brand, striving to improve such business in the future with the completion and operation of the new product line in the newly opened Taizhou Production Plant in Jiangsu Province, the PRC and the planned trial production of the Zhongshan Wardrobes and Cabinets Plant in the second half of 2014.

Trading of Timber and Wood Products

For the overseas market, the recovery of the global economy, especially the economy of the U.S., has created a favorable environment for the development of the Group’s business and brought to the group significant growth in the trading business revenue of timber and wood products. The Group’s subsidiaries located in the U.S. have further boosted the Group’s business development by establishing additional sales channels, which resulted in a sustained growth in the Group’s sales for the trading of wood flooring products in the U.S. During the Period, the Group’s trading business of timber and wood products contributed a revenue of approximately RMB165 million, representing a significant increase of 61.8% as compared to approximately RMB102 million in the corresponding period of 2013.

Chairman Se concluded, “Looking forward, the Group is still facing various challenges. However, the Group has captured the opportunities from the trend of online and offline shopping. We plan to establish an online housing O2O platform for the household industry to provide our customers with a one-stop solution with household products, logistics and decoration as well as installation service. The Group also plans to open ‘O2O Household Package Experience Stores’, which will display different packages of household products, offering customers an open experience for household products. We will also continue to implement our strategy of integrated household products and enhancing our household brand with a combination of online and offline platforms, in order to maximize the effectiveness in sales of the household brand. We will also strive for better performance in the future for the relevant business, especially with the new production line of wooden doors in the Taizhou Plant and a new production line of wardrobes and cabinets in the Zhongshan Plant. As one of the largest wood flooring brands in China, we have full confidence in our business and we will continue to reinforce our leading position in the industry to maximize returns to our shareholders.”

About Nature Home Holding Company Limited

Nature Home is the largest wood flooring brand in China in terms of market share by retail sales value of branded wood flooring products. According to an industry report of China’s flooring market conducted by an independent global market research and consulting company (the “Industry Report”), the Group’s “Nature” branded products accounted for 7.0% market share in terms of China’s total retail sales value of branded wood flooring products in 2011. The Group’s branded products are manufactured through a combination of its own manufacturing facilities and exclusive authorized manufacturers.

According to Industry Report, in 2011, the Group’s branded products ranked second in laminated flooring, first in multi-layered engineered flooring and first in solid wood flooring, each in terms of both the market share of retail sales volume and retail sales value in China. The Group is the only company to achieve a top two market share position across the three primary wood flooring product categories in China in 2011. Leveraging its strong brand, extensive distribution network, comprehensive product portfolio and flexible manufacturing model, the Group grew rapidly and gained market share in China from 2008 to 2011.

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China Fordoo Holdings Limited (Stock Code: 2399) Announces 2014 Interim Results

— Turnover Reached RMB766.2 Million

— Gross Profit Increased by 13.0% to RMB269.1 Million

HONG KONG, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — China Fordoo Holdings Limited (“Fordoo” or the “Company” and, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”, Stock Code: 2399), a reputable menswear brand in the PRC, is pleased to announce its interim results for the period ended 30 June 2014 (the “period”).

During the period, benefited from the growing recognition of the Group’s “FORDOO” brand and an increase in the average wholesale price of products, the Group’s turnover increased to RMB766.2 million, representing an increase of 6.8% over the corresponding period last year (1H2013: RMB717.4 million). The expansion of distribution network further strengthened the profitability of the Group. Net profit increased by 8.5% to RMB128.7 million over the corresponding period in 2013. Basic and diluted earnings per share were RMB36 cents, representing an increase of 8.5% as compared to the corresponding period last year (1H2013: RMB33 cents).

Mr. Kwok Kin Sun, Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board said, “In the first half of 2014, China’s economic growth continued to slowdown and the retail market remained weak. For the apparel retail industry, the total retail sales of garments, hats, footwear and knitwear recorded a 10.0% year-on-year increase, which was 1.9 percentage points lower than that of the corresponding period in 2013. Therefore, the Group adopted a prudent operation strategy and focused on improving the distribution channel management and enhancing product quality and design. We are very satisfied that the purchase orders from the sales fair held in March 2014 increased by 24% from the ones held in September 2013.”

Business Review

As a reputable menswear brand in the PRC, by product type, Fordoo continued to lead the market in the men’s trousers segment. In the first half of 2014, turnover from men’s trousers increased by 16.9% to RMB458.1 million as compared to the corresponding period last year (1H2013: RMB392.0 million). In addition, sales of trousers remained the major contributor to the total turnover with a proportion of 59.8%. In terms of product style, the Group maintained a healthy growth in the business formal and business casual series. The business casual series continued to be the largest turnover contributor to the Group with a proportion of 63.4% (1H2013: 61.1%).

The Group has been striving to optimize its retail and sales network for the sustainable business growth. As of 30 June 2014, the retail and distribution network of the Group further expanded to 52 distributors and 180 sub-distributors. During the period, the Group had a total 1,353 retail outlets (including 2 self-operated retail stores), representing a net increase of 53 retail outlets as at 31 December 2013, spanning over 240 cities and 31 provinces, autonomous regions and central government-administered municipalities in the PRC. The increase in retail outlets was a strategy to further penetrate into the markets in the second and third-tier cities.

In the first half of 2014, as part of the Group’s marketing and promotion plan to enhance and reinforce its brand image, the renovation of 41 existing stores had completed, and the plan for renovating another 59 stores by the end of the year remained on track. In addition, the Group continued to actively carry out regular advertising and promotion campaign through various channels, such as advertisements in fashion magazines, promotion activities in the internet and other media, as well as advertisements on large outdoor billboards in airports, highways and well-known department stores.

Prospects

Looking ahead to the second half of 2014, the Group sustains its cautiously optimistic view with respect to the growth of consumer demand in menswear market in China. It is confident that the ongoing urbanization and expanding middle class in China will generate a strong demand on apparels in the long run. Therefore, the Group maintains its target for distributors of adding approximately 200 retail outlets within the year. In the coming 2014 spring/summer sales fair to be held in September 2014, the Group will launch a new casual fashion line targeting young customers aged 18 to 30.

Mr. Kwok concluded, “Fordoo will strive to seize the opportunities arising from the continuous growth of the men’s casual wear and trousers market in PRC, as well as strengthen its cooperation with the distributors and sub-distributors. The Group will equip itself for the future development through enhancing its product design and development capability and kicking off the implementation of the ERP system. Driven by the success of men’s trousers, business formal and business casual series, it is believed that the Group could continue its sustainable growth and maximize shareholders’ returns.”

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About China Fordoo Holdings Limited

Fordoo is a reputable menswear brand in the PRC. Positioned in the middle-upper menswear segment, Fordoo primarily targets men aged 30 to 60. According to Frost & Sullivan, Fordoo brand was ranked sixth in the middle-upper menswear market with a market share of 2.9%, fifth in both the middle-upper business casual menswear segment and the middle-upper business formal menswear segment with respective market share of 4.0% and 2.9%, and second in the men’s trousers category with a market share of 3.0%, all of which were in terms of retail sales in 2013. Fordoo manages and operates the business through a strategically integrated model, comprising brand management and marketing, design and product development, ordering process, procurement of raw materials, self-production and outsourced production and sales and distribution. As of 30 June 2014, Fordoo’s distribution network comprised of 52 distributors, 180 sub-distributors and 1,353 retail outlets (excluding the two self-operated stores).

Issued by Porda Havas International Finance Communications Group for and on behalf of China Fordoo Holdings Limited.

Baioo Family Interactive Limited Announces 2014 Interim Results

HONG KONG, Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Highlights of the First Half of 2014:

  • Total revenues for the six months ended 30 June 2014 were RMB287.8 million, representing a 35.0% increase from RMB213.2 million for the six months ended 30 June 2013
  • Gross profit for the six months ended 30 June 2014 was RMB208.4 million, representing a 23.8% increase from RMB168.4 million for the six months ended 30 June 2013
  • Adjusted net profit for the six months ended 30 June 2014 were RMB140.6 million, representing a 20.7% increase from RMB116.5 million for the six months ended 30 June 2014
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the six months ended 30 June 2014 were RMB160.5 million, representing a 17.8% increase from RMB136.3 million for the six months ended 30 June 2013
  • Average Quarterly Active Accounts (“QAA”) reached 56.2 million, up 3.1% period-on-period
  • Average Quarterly Paying Accounts (“QPA”) were 3.3 million, up 17.9% period-on-period
  • Average Quarterly Average Revenue per Quarterly Paying Accounts (“ARQPA”) was RMB41.9, up 15.1% period-on-period

BAIOO Family Interactive Limited (“BAIOO” or the “Company”; stock code: 2100), China’s largest online entertainment destination designed for children, today released the unaudited consolidated results for the first half of 2014 ended 30 June.

The Company’s revenue for the six months ended 30 June 2014 was RMB287.8 million, representing a 35.0% increase from RMB213.2 million for the six months ended 30 June 2013. Gross profit for the six months ended 30 June 2014 was RMB208.4 million, representing a 23.8% increase from RMB168.4 million for the six months ended 30 June 2013. This was primarily benefited from revenue growth of the Company’s existing major titles such as legend of Aoqi and Aola star, contributing an increase in average quarterly ARQPA.

For the six months ended 30 June 2014, all key operation metrics grew period-on-period. The average QAA for the Company’s online virtual worlds including Aobi Island, Aola Star, Dragon Knights, Light of Aoya, Legend of Aoqi, Clashes of Aoqi, were approximately 56.2 million, up by 3.1% period-on-period. The average QPA for the Company’s online virtual worlds was approximately 3.3 million, up by 17.9% period-on-period as a result of the increasing popularity of the Company’s virtual worlds. The average quarterly ARQPA for the Company’s online virtual worlds was approximately RMB41.9, up by 15.1% period-on-period which is attributed to the increase in monetization rate of the Company’s virtual worlds as their popularity continued to increase.

In the first quarter of 2014, the Company launched the mobile version of Quanquan. In June 2014, the Company also launched Magic Fighter ahead of planned September release date to capture the summer season.

Mr. Billy Wu, the CEO of BAIOO, said “With the trust of both parents and children, we continue to deliver strong performance. Our existing virtual worlds continued to build momentum and our edutainment ecosystem continued to evolve with the progresses we made with WenTa, an online tutorial platform, as well as other products. I am also very pleased to see another new virtual world being added to our portfolio, which will bring more fun and edutainment experiences to our fans in China.”

Outlook

In the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company plans to explore into a new genre of entertainment product targeting the young teenager market characterized by higher user stickiness and revenue per user. With the characters that have a long-lasting appeal to children, the Company is partnering with a production company to produce the first animation movie. The Company signed an agreement in which it provides the intellectual property licenses and the partner picks up all production costs. This unlocks value in the IP at minimal risk.

“We strive for leading the pre-teenage children’s entertainment market as well as exploring new products into the lucrative young teenager market aged between 14-16,” Billy concluded.

– End –

About BAIOO

The Company operates the largest online entertainment destination designed for children as measured by revenue in 2013. Its web portal page, 100bt.com, is a centralized platform for interactive children’s content through which users can access all six of its virtual worlds and entertainment, e-learning and other products and services using one registered account. Representing its core brand values of “Dreams, Friendship and Development,” BAIOO’s virtual worlds and their characters have gained strong awareness among children and parents in China. As the leading provider of interactive online content for children in China, the Company has accumulated an extensive knowledge base and deep understanding of children’s behavior and needs with respect to online activity and consumption. Through BAIOO’s commitment to create a safe and fun environment with age-appropriate content and its understanding of children’s needs, the Company’s products and services have gained the trust of parents and regulators. Leveraging the Company’s competitive strengths, BAIOO plans to pursue a variety of growth strategies, including increasing its addressable market, expanding its online product offerings, strengthening its brand, and continuing to execute its mobile strategy. The Company also intends to leverage its strong brand recognition, expertise in the industry and unique product development and operating model to expand into new international markets over time and is committed to maximizing shareholder value over time.

TCL Multimedia Announces 2014 Interim Results

Profit attributable to owners of the parent was approximately HK$169 million

Gross profit margin for Q2 in the PRC Market increased to 24.0% from 18.9% of the same period last year

Speed up its transformation to become a global entertainment technology enterprise

HONG KONG, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Highlights:

  •  For the six months ended 30 June 2014:
    • Turnover amounted to approximately HK$15,203 million, down by 15.9% year-on-year.
    • Gross profit amounted to approximately HK$2,382 million, down by 16.1% year-on-year. Operating profit was approximately HK$309 million, down by 6.6% year-on-year. 
    •  Net profit after tax from continuing operations was approximately HK$168 million, down by 13.8% year-on-year. Profit attributable to owners of the parent from continuing operations was approximately HK$169 million, down by 12.4% year-on-year.
  • For the three months ended 30 June 2014:
    • Benefited from optimization of its product mix with the launch of a series of large-sized and high-end new products, gross profit margin for the second quarter in the PRC Market increased to 24.0% (Q2 2013: 18.9%).
    • Operating loss for the Overseas Markets significantly lowered to approximately HK$12 million from approximately HK$60 million for the same period last year.
  • Continued to speed up its strategic transformation to become a global entertainment technology enterprise with the implementation of “double +” strategy:
    • Officially completed capital injection into Huizhou Kuyu Network Technology Co., Ltd. (“Kuyu”) in June 2014 and gained an immediate access to the online-to-offline (O2O) platform, which ensures rapid development of electronic commerce business by operating through Kuyu’s electronic commerce platform.
    • To achieve further breakthroughs in establishing recurring income streams and revenue-sharing model for its businesses, the Group launched game console T2 during the period, and jointly established a cross-industry “TCL Game TV Ecosystem Strategic Alliance” with dominant players in other industries to develop a double-screen integrated game platform. Meanwhile, the Group debuted its new product, 7V Box in July this year. Its ultimate premium appearance and control experience, the innovative cross-screen interactive function, as well as the vast volume of video game content raised the eyebrows of industry peers and consumers.
    •  Extended the “TCL-iQIYI TV+” (“TV+”) product line and further enriched the TV+ platform and introduced TV+ new products.

TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited (“TCL Multimedia” or “the Group”, HKSE stock code: 01070) today announced its unaudited consolidated interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2014.

Performance Overview

For the six months ended 30 June 2014, the Group recorded a turnover of approximately HK$15,203 million, down by 15.9% year-on-year. Gross profit amounted to approximately HK$2,382 million, down by 16.1% year-on-year. Gross profit margin remained flat year-on-year, gross profit margin of the second quarter increased to 18.5% from 13.0%. Expense ratio remained flat year-on-year. Operating profit was approximately HK$309 million, down by 6.6% year-on-year. Net profit after tax from continuing operations was approximately HK$168 million, down by 13.8% year-on-year. Profit attributable to owners of the parent from continuing operations was approximately HK$169 million, down by 12.4% year-on-year. During the period, the Group recorded a one-off gain of approximately HK$159 million from the closure of certain subsidiaries. The Group’s basic earnings per share and basic earnings per share from continuing operations were HK12.78 cents and HK12.78 cents, respectively (Basic earnings per share and basic earnings per share from continuing operations in the same period of 2013: HK19.11 cents and HK14.51 cents, respectively).

For the first half of 2014, the Group sold a total of 7.56 million sets of LCD TVs, down by 2.0% year-on-year. The Group sold 3.56 million sets of LCD TVs in the PRC Market, down 21.7% year-on-year, and 4.00 million sets of LCD TVs in the Overseas Markets, up 26.1% year-on-year, of which the sales volume of LCD TVs in the Strategic OEM business grew by 109.1% year-on-year to 1.38 million sets. According to the latest DisplaySearch report, in the first quarter of 2014, the Group ranked No.5 in the global LCD TV market with a market share of 5.4%. Meanwhile, the Group ranked No.3 in the PRC LCD TV market with a market share of 16.0%.

The PRC Market

Due to the continuing weak market demand, delays in launches of new products in the first quarter as well as the withdrawal of energy saving home appliances subsidy policy in the end of May last year, the sales volume in the PRC Market was below expectations. Nevertheless, the Group continued to optimize its product mix with the launch of a series of large-sized and high-end new products, resulting in a significant improvement in its results for the second quarter. The gross profit margin for the second quarter in the PRC Market increased to 24.0% from 18.9% of the same period last year, up by 5.1 percentage points year-on-year.

In the first half of 2014, the Group launched a total of 26 new products in 8 series, including 13 models of 4K ultra high-definition TVs, covering medium-sized, large-sized and extra-large-sized screen products ranging from 40 inches to 65 inches. These products contributed to 50% of total number of new products launched. During the period under review, the Group extended the “TCL-iQIYI TV+” product line and completed product enrichment of the large-sized 4K ultra high-definition TVs and smart TVs. Among which, new products including “A71” series and Game TV became the top seller within a short period after launch and was highly appreciated by the market, while proportion of sales volume of large-sized products also increased gradually. The sales volume of the smart TVs increased to 1.28 million sets from 1.04 million sets for the same period of last year, contributing to 36.0% of the total LCD TV sales volume in the PRC Market.

In March 2014, the Group, in a cross-industry move, jointly established a “TCL Game TV Ecosystem Strategic Alliance” with China Unicom Broadband, ATET, JD.com and Gameloft to develop a double-screen integrated game platform. Game TV, E5700, E6700 and TCL game console T2 were well received by the market after their launch. As an important step of entering into the game industry by the Group, the Group expects the game product series will become a new business growth driver, and will coordinate with the Group’s internet-oriented and entertainment-oriented transformation, exploring the blue ocean in the game entertainment market.

Moreover, the Group and IMAX Corporation (“IMAX”) jointly signed with Wasu in April 2014 an agreement in relation to the content distribution for premium home theatres. Wasu is authorised to distribute premium digital audio-visual contents of the PRC and Hollywood movie titles on the system platform of premium home theatres of TCL-IMAX Entertainment Co., Limited, a joint venture set up by TCL and IMAX.

The Overseas Market

The Group’s Overseas Markets achieved steady growths both in turnover and operating results. During the first half of 2014, the sales volume of LCD TVs increased by 26.1% year-on-year to 4.00 million sets, mainly due to proactive adjustment of its product mix focusing on large-sized products, 4K ultra high-definition TVs and smart TVs. During the period, turnover in the Overseas Markets increased by 8.2% year-on-year to HK$6,003 million and gross profit margin increased to 10.7% from 8.0% for the same period last year, up by 2.7 percentage points year-on-year. The overall sales volume and the contribution from middle- to large-sized products to the total sales volume fell short of expectations, resulting in a loss of approximately HK$12 million for the second quarter, significantly lower than approximately HK$60 million loss for the same period last year.

Sales volume of LCD TVs in the Emerging Markets reached 2.07 million sets during the period under review, which remained flat compared to the same period last year. The sales volume of the LCD TVs in the Strategic OEM business increased by 109.1% year-on-year, while the sales volume of LCD TVs in European and North American Markets recorded growths of 11.3% and 203.4%, respectively.

The Group hosted intensively various launching events for new products in the Emerging Markets. These, together with its global entertainment marketing activities with the movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and the full rollout of social media marketing initiatives, helped enhancing the TCL brand globally and proactively drove product marketing. In the European Markets, the Group actively cooperated with major retail chains comprehensively, resulting in a higher proportion of sales volume of large-sized smart TVs. Also, the Group ranked No.3 in the ultra high-definition TVs market in France, according to GfK figure with a market share of 11.6%. In the North American Market, the Group has not only reinforced its strategic cooperation with Amazon, but has also actively explored other sales channels, including leading US retailers such as Sam’s Club, etc., driving a significant increase in LCD TV sales volume in that market.

Outlook

Looking ahead to the second half of 2014, the Group will persistently enrich the product line for the PRC Market in the second half of the year, and continue to deepen sales channel and organizational reforms to flatten its enterprise structure further in order to boost its terminal sales capability and agility to changes in the market. The Group joined forces with “The Voice of China”, the hottest professional music show in the PRC, and announced TCL to be the “exclusive collaborative partner from the TV industry for The Voice of China – Season 3” in July 2014, accelerating the rapid rise of the popularity of TV+, a great step for transforming into an entertainment enterprise.

In addition, in the same month, the Group participated in the 12th China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference (China Joy) in Shanghai, the PRC. The Group joined forces with China Unicom Broadband and ATET again and announced the establishment of the largest Game TV ecosystem in the PRC, with renowned game developers including Gameloft, JJ International Company, Rovio, Marmalade, Cyberfront Korea, J-FLOW to be enrolled to “TCL Game TV Ecosystem Strategic Alliance”, as a move to further facilitate the all-round development of the ecosystem. Meanwhile, the Group debuted its new product, 7V Box in China Joy, with its ultimate premium appearance and control experience, the innovative cross-screen interactive function, as well as the vast volume of video game content raised the eyebrows of industry peers and consumers. The Group strives to enhance its product capabilities for the new businesses, such as games and OTT etc., so as to achieve further breakthroughs in establishing recurring income streams and revenue-sharing model for its businesses.

For the Overseas Markets, the Group will seek to drive sales growth with a combination of product resources, screen strategies and pricing, achieve breakthroughs for the TCL brand in key market and proactively exploit synergies with other businesses of TCL Corporation (“TCL Corporation”). TCL branded products like mobile phones and air conditioners etc. will be introduced in markets like Southeast Asia, etc., to raise the overall TCL brand influence in overseas.

Mr. Hao Yi, Chief Executive Officer of TCL Multimedia said, “We launched the ‘double +’ strategic transformation in February this year which is the combination of ‘intelligence + internet’ and ‘products + services’, marking TCL’s new business model from the product-oriented approach to a product-and-user-oriented approach and unveils our internet-oriented road. On one hand, we will step up the establishment of an internet ecosystem by cementing our hardware business and enhancing our horizontal alliances, deepening cross-industry strategic cooperations in other areas. On the other hand, we will strengthen our business layout along the 4 smart service platforms including video platform, game platform, education platform and living platform, providing users a comprehensive entertainment solution. We will fully capitalize on TCL Corporation’s resource advantages and implement ‘double +’ strategic transformation, gradually transforming into a global entertainment technology enterprise and bringing long-term value and returns to its shareholders.”

The Group’s sales volume of TVs by regions during the period under review is as follows:

1H 2014

1H 2013

Change

(000 sets)

(000 sets)

LCD TVs

7,557

7,715

(2.0%)

of which: LED backlights LCD TVs

7,558

7,328

+3.1%

Smart TVs 

1,412

1,138

+24.1%

3D TVs

837

1,335

(37.3%)

–        PRC Market

3,557

4,542

(21.7%)

–        Overseas Market

4,000

3,173

+26.1%

~ End ~

About TCL Multimedia

Headquartered in China, TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited (HKSE stock code: 01070) is one of the leading players in the global TV industry, engaged in the research and development, manufacturing and distribution of consumer electronic products. Through a new product-and-user-oriented business model that focuses primarily on a “double +” strategy which includes “intelligence + internet” and “products + services” as the main direction, striving to become a global entertainment technology enterprise that provides integrated entertainment solution to customers. According to the latest DisplaySearch report, the Group ranked No.5 in the global LCD TV market with a market share of 5.4% in the first quarter of 2014. The Group ranked No.3 in the PRC LCD TV market with a market share of 16.0%.

For more information, please visit its website: http://multimedia.tcl.com

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DKSH Holding Ltd. Announces Half-Year Report 2014

Weakness in Asian Currencies Overshadows Solid Growth in Local Markets

ZURICH, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Net sales growth of 6.7% at constant exchange rates
  • Depreciation of Asian currencies impact results negatively by 9.6%
  • Operating profit in a challenging market environment, at constant exchange rates, slightly above last year’s level
  • Impact from political unrest in Thailand more profound than expected at the beginning of the year
  • DKSH confirms outlook

Key figures of DKSH (in CHF millions)

At constant

exchange rates[1]

In CHF

In CHF

H1 2014

       Change in %

H1 2014

Change in %

H1 2013

Net sales

5,071.8

6.7%

4,618.4

(2.9%)

4,754.5

Operating profit (EBIT)

144.8

1.4%

131.4

(8.0%)

142.8

Profit after tax

99.8

(4.9%)

91.7

(12.6%)

104.9

Free cash flow

166.7

(2.4%)

136.7

(20.0%)

170.8

Earnings per share (in CHF)

1.41

(11.9%)

1.60

Number of employees[2]

27,159

1.7%

26,693

[1] Against the backdrop of substantial foreign exchange rate depreciations and to make operating performance comparable, DKSH has since the full-year 2013 results communicated figures as well at constant exchange rates. For constant exchange rates, the 2014 figures have been converted at 2013 exchange rates

[2] As of December 31, 2013

DKSH (SIX: DKSH), the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia, continued to grow in the first half-year of 2014 at constant exchange rates in a challenging market environment. All Business Units and major countries positively contributed to net sales growth.

Net sales grew by 6.7% at constant exchange rates to CHF 5,071.8 million. Organic growth was 6.0%, while just 0.7 percentage points of net sales growth resulted from M&A activities. The depreciation of Asian currencies impacted net sales in total by 9.6%. Reported in Swiss francs, net sales accordingly reached CHF 4,618.4 million.

Despite the challenging political situation in our main market, Thailand, operating profit before interest and taxes (EBIT) at constant exchange rates increased by 1.4% and reached CHF 144.8 million. Reported in Swiss francs, EBIT accordingly reached CHF 131.4 million. Political unrest in Thailand was more profound and enduring than expected at the beginning of the year, resulting in negative economic growth. Over the past months, this caused a temporary lower demand for consumer goods, higher-margin luxury and lifestyle products as well as reduced industrial investments. The military takeover at the end of May, however, helped to stabilize the situation.

Profit after tax (PAT) has been impacted by profit hedging costs and accordingly reached CHF 99.8 million at constant exchange rates. Reported in Swiss francs, PAT accordingly reached CHF 91.7 million.

Although net sales grew in the first six months of 2014, free cash flow achieved, at constant exchange rates, CHF 166.7 million thanks to sound working capital management and thereby almost reached the high level of last year.

Dr. Joerg Wolle, President & CEO of DKSH, commented: “Despite the challenging market environment, DKSH again reported solid growth in numerous markets. This was achieved on the back of our robust business model and the rigorous implementation of our strategy.”

DKSH’s strategy for sustainable, profitable growth is centered on growing organically, through expanding business with existing clients, multiplying success stories from country to country and new business development, complemented by strategic bolt-on acquisitions.

DKSH continued to invest in the skills and training of its employees, its most important asset. At the end of June 2014, DKSH employed 27,159 specialists worldwide, representing an increase of 466 people or 1.7% compared to the year-end of 2013.

Confirmation of outlook

Commenting on the outlook Dr. Joerg Wolle said: “From today’s perspective, we expect to achieve a 2014 result which is above the record year 2013. This assuming constant exchange rates. The increasingly difficult political situation in our main market Thailand has temporarily resulted in lower demand for consumer goods and in reduced investment activities. While the current situation does not allow for providing an accurate forecast for the year, we are cautiously optimistic. This based on the recently improved consumer confidence index and increased growth forecasts for the Thai economy. The recent weeks can be considered as a potential trend reversal after thirteen months of continuously declining consumer confidence.

The growth outlook for our markets and the attractiveness of our business model remain very good. Because of increased uncertainty and complexity in some Asian markets, clients are increasingly outsourcing sales and distribution of their products in Asia to transparent and reliable partners like DKSH. Demand for our services therefore continues to rise. With our strongly diversified and scalable business model, DKSH is ideally positioned to benefit from the growing middle class, rising inner-Asian trade and increased outsourcing to specialist services providers like DKSH.”

Building on these firm foundations and based on current market views, as well as constant exchange rates, DKSH is confident of achieving over a three-year time frame up to 2016 net sales of around CHF 12 billion at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8%. Within the same time frame EBIT is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10% to a level of around CHF 380 million, which should translate into profit after tax of some CHF 270 million.

Analyst and investor conference/webcast

The live webcast of today’s media conference will be held at 9:30 a.m. CET (in German) and the live webcast of today’s analyst and investor conference will be held at 11 a.m. CET (in English). A recording of the webcast will be available on DKSH’s website.

Half-Year Report

The Half-Year Report 2014 is available for download at: Half-Year Report 2014

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About DKSH Group

DKSH is the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia. As the term “Market Expansion Services” suggests, DKSH helps other companies and brands to grow their business in new or existing markets.

Publicly listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since March 2012, DKSH is a global company headquartered in Zurich. With 735 business locations in 35 countries — 710 of them in Asia — and 27,200 specialized staff, DKSH generated net sales of CHF 9.6 billion in 2013.

The company offers a tailor-made, integrated portfolio of sourcing, marketing, sales, distribution, and after-sales services. It provides business partners with expertise as well as on-the-ground logistics based on a comprehensive network of unique size and depth. Business activities are organized into four specialized Business Units that mirror DKSH fields of expertise: Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Performance Materials, and Technology.

With strong Swiss heritage, the company has nearly a 150-year-long tradition of doing business in and with Asia, and is deeply rooted in communities and businesses across Asia Pacific.