IIJ Announces 3M Results for Fiscal 2017
OREANDA-NEWS. Internet Initiative Japan Inc. today announced its consolidated financial results for the first three months of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 (“1Q16”, from April 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016).
|Highlights of Financial Results for 1Q16|
|Revenues||JPY36,179 million (up 15.0% YoY)|
|Operating Income||JPY836 million (down 26.7% YoY)|
|Net Income attributable to IIJ||JPY529 million (down 26.6% YoY)|
Overview of 1Q16 Financial Results and Business Outlook
“We started off a new fiscal year with continuous strong revenue growth which was led by recurring revenues, especially mobile services. Overall business environment continues to be favorable. Enterprises’ systems investment appetite seems to maintain a good tone and security-related demands continue to be strong,” said Koichi Suzuki, Founder, CEO, and Chairman of IIJ.
“Regarding our MVNO services, we added approx. 172 thousand subscriptions in this three-month period, strongest net increase ever. Our total subscription reached to approx. 1.4 million as of June 30, 2016, which is in line with our annual plan. We're enhancing sales channels including by the means of MVNE transactions and we announced two new large sales partnerships in 1Q16. Our tie-up with JAPAN POST Co., Ltd. (“Japan Post”), launched on August 1st, should contribute in further reaching out to the mass market which includes elderly people by leveraging Japan Post’s branches for sales. U-NEXT Co., Ltd. started to offer their “U-mobile Premium” in July by using our mobile infrastructure under the MVNE scheme. Our consumer mobile growth strategy is to capture growing demands of consumers through many of established sales partnerships,” said Eijiro Katsu, COO and President of IIJ.
“Regarding our cloud computing services, while its quarterly revenue growth in 1Q16 wasn’t so large due to seasonal factors, we’re seeing quite an attractive accumulation of large-scale prospective orders such as information platforms for local governments, a service platform for a financial information service provider, full-scale cloud migration of large BtoC site, and virtual desktop infrastructure for a financial institution. We will launch “IIJ IoT Service” in November as we firmly believe the needs for IoT should significantly grow for the long-term. With expertise in both network and cloud computing, we’re well positioned to exercise our competitive advantages,” continued Katsu.
“1Q16 operating income decreased year over year as expected. In every first quarter, we generally see fixed costs increase such as personnel-related, while revenues don’t increase largely due to seasonal factors. This was also the case for 1Q16. Additionally, our business investments for cloud, mobile, “IIJ Omnibus,” our new network service, security, Contents Delivery Network (“CDN”) and so on have been continuously increasing along with our middle term growth strategy. Lastly, we had temporary negative income impact of approx. JPY0.12 billion regarding NTT Docomo’s connectivity charge annual revision as disclosed in our FY16 forecast announced on May 13, 2016 in our presentation material,” concluded Katsu.1Q16 Revenues and Income
Total revenues were JPY36,179 million, up 15.0% YoY (JPY31,464 million for 1Q15).
Network services revenue was JPY22,075 million, up 19.4% YoY (JPY18,481 million for 1Q15).
Revenues for Internet connectivity services for enterprise were JPY5,048million, up 24.1% YoY from JPY4,068 million for 1Q15 mainly due to an increase in mobile related services revenues. The number of our MVNE business clients continued to increase and their business volume also expanded.
Revenues for Internet connectivity services for consumers were JPY4,996 million, up 61.1% YoY from JPY3,102 million for 1Q15, mainly due to the significant revenue growth of “IIJmio High-speed Mobile/D services,” consumer mobile services which offer inexpensive data communication and voice services with SIM cards.
Revenues for WAN services revenues were JPY6,729 million, up 8.3% YoY compared to JPY6,216 million for 1Q15 as we continued to accumulate orders from enterprise customers.
Revenues for Outsourcing services revenues were JPY5,302 million, up 4.1% YoY from JPY5,095 million for 1Q15.
Systems construction revenue, a one-time revenue, was JPY3,678 million, up 14.9% YoY. Systems operation and maintenance revenue, a recurring revenue, was JPY8,688 million, up 10.4% YoY, mainly due to the continuous accumulation of systems construction projects and the increase in private cloud services revenues.
Orders received for SI and equipment sales totaled JPY17,150 million, up 24.3% YoY; orders received for systems construction and equipment sales were JPY6,564 million, up 4.1% YoY and orders received for systems operation and maintenance were JPY10,586 million, up 41.4% YoY.
Order backlog for SI and equipment sales as of June 30, 2016 amounted to JPY37,699 million, up 22.3% YoY; order backlog for systems construction and equipment sales was JPY8,233 million, up 19.4% YoY and order backlog for systems operation and maintenance was JPY29,466 million, up 23.1% YoY.
Equipment sales revenues were JPY730 million, down 22.9% YoY (JPY946 million for 1Q15).
ATM operation business revenues were JPY1,008 million, up 4.7% YoY (JPY963 million for 1Q15). As of June 30, 2016, 1,053ATMs have been placed.
Cost and expense
Total cost of revenues was JPY30,397 million, up 17.8% YoY (JPY25,806 million for 1Q15).
Cost of network services revenue was JPY18,030 million, up 22.6% YoY (JPY14,702 million for 1Q15). The increase was mainly related to outsourcing-related costs which increased along with the increase in mobile related revenue, circuit-related costs which increased along with the increase in WAN service revenue, and the increase in network operation-related costs. The increase in cost of network services revenue also reflects the increases in network operation-related, outsourcing-related and personnel-related costs which increased along with the enhancement of “IIJ Omnibus Service” as well as the increases in outsourcing-related and personnel-related costs which increased along with the enhancement of our CDN business. Additionally, as we had recognized approx. JPY0.27 billion of temporary positive impact in 1Q15 related to mobile interconnectivity costs, we recognized approx. JPY0.15 billion of that in 1Q16. Therefore, we had approx. JPY0.12 billion of temporary negative impact YoY. Gross margin was JPY4,045 million, up 7.0% YoY and gross margin ratio was 18.3% compared to 20.4% in 1Q15.
Cost of SI revenues was JPY11,094 million, up 15.7% YoY (JPY9,591 million for 1Q15). There were increases in purchasing-related, outsourcing-related and network operation-related costs along with the increase in SI revenues. The increase in cost of SI revenues also reflect the increases in network operation-related, outsourcing-related and personnel-related costs along with the enhancement of “IIJ GIO Infrastructure P2” and IoT/BigData related solutions. Gross margin was JPY1,273 million, down 14.2% YoY and gross margin ratio was 10.3% compared to 13.4% in 1Q15.
Cost of equipment sales revenues was JPY665 million, down 22.5% YoY (JPY859 million for 1Q15). Gross margin was JPY65 million and gross margin ratio was 8.9% compared to 9.2% in 1Q15.
Cost of ATM operation business revenues was JPY608 million, down 6.9% YoY (JPY654 million for 1Q15). Gross margin was JPY400 million and gross margin ratio was 39.7% compared to 32.1% in 1Q15.
SG&A and R&D expenses
SG&A and R&D expenses in total were JPY4,946 million, up 9.5 % YoY (JPY4,517 million in 1Q15).
Sales and marketing expenses were JPY2,766 million, up 10.3% YoY (JPY2,507 million for 1Q15). There were increases in sales commission expenses and advertising expenses related to mobile services.
General and administrative expenses were JPY2,056 million, up 8.0% YoY (JPY1,903 million for 1Q15). There were increases in rent expenses, commission expenses, personnel-related costs and taxes and public dues.
Research and development expenses were JPY124 million, up 15.9% YoY (JPY107 million for 1Q15).
Operating income was JPY836 million, down 26.7% YoY (JPY1,141 million for 1Q15).
Other income (expenses)
Other income (expenses) was an income of JPY158 million (an income of JPY137 million for 1Q15), mainly because there were net gain on sales of other investments of JPY214 million, dividend income of JPY63 million from other investments (JPY63 million for 1Q15), distribution from fund investment of JPY49 million which was included in other-net, foreign exchange losses of JPY91 million(gain of JPY27 million for 1Q15) and interest expense of JPY69 million (JPY57 million for 1Q15).
Income before income tax expenses
Income before income tax expenses was JPY994 million, down 22.2% YoY (JPY1,278 million for 1Q15).
Income tax expense was JPY440 million (JPY561 million for 1Q15).
Equity in net income of equity method investees was JPY17 million (JPY61 million for 1Q15) mainly due to net income of Internet Multifeed Co.
As a result of the above, net income was JPY571 million, down 26.7% YoY (JPY778 million for 1Q15).
Net income attributable to IIJ
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests was JPY42 million mainly related to net income of Trust Networks Inc. (JPY57 million for 1Q15).
Net income attributable to IIJ was JPY529 million, down 26.6% YoY (JPY721 million for 1Q15).
1Q16 Balance Sheets and Cash Flows
As of June 30, 2016, the balance of total assets was JPY119,272 million, increased by JPY1,437 million from the balance as of March 31, 2016 of JPY117,835 million.
As for current assets as of June 30, 2016, as compared to the respective balances as of March 31, 2016, prepaid expenses increased by JPY2,162 million, accounts receivable decreased by JPY1,712 million and cash and cash equivalents decreased by JPY1,065 million. As for noncurrent assets as of June 30, 2016, as compared to the respective balances as of March 31, 2016, property and equipment increased by JPY1,042 million and prepaid expenses-noncurrent increased by JPY643 million. As for liabilities as of June 30, 2016, as compared to the respective balances as of March 31, 2016, long-term borrowings increased by JPY3,000 million and accounts payable decreased by JPY2,755 million.
As for the balances of capital lease obligations as of June 30, 2016, as compared to the respective balances as of March 31, 2016, capital lease obligations-current portion increased by JPY158 million to JPY4,112 million and capital lease obligations-noncurrent increased by JPY595 million to JPY8,374 million.
As of June 30, 2016, the balance of other investments increased by JPY105 million to JPY6,054 million. The breakdown of other investments were JPY4,100 million in available-for-sale securities, JPY1,022 million in investments in funds, including some through a trust, and JPY931 million in nonmarketable equity securities.
As of June 30, 2016, the breakdown of major non-amortized intangible assets were JPY6,170 million in goodwill and JPY96 million in trademark. The balance of amortized intangible assets, which was customer relationships, was JPY3,322 million.
Total IIJ shareholders’ equity as of June 30, 2016 compared to the balance as of March 31, 2016, decreased by JPY63 million to JPY64,782 million. IIJ shareholders’ equity ratio (total IIJ shareholders’ equity divided by total assets) as of June 30, 2016 was 54.3%.
Cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2016 were JPY18,504 million compared to JPY20,004 million as of June 30, 2015.
Net cash used in operating activities for 1Q16 was JPY117 million compared to net cash provided by operating activities of JPY2,498 million for 1Q15. There were net income of JPY571 million, depreciation and amortization of JPY2,612 million and net cash out flow of JPY3,571 million from changes in operating assets and liabilities. There were an increase in prepaid expenses (including prepaid expenses-noncurrent) along with an increase in maintenance for service facilities and systems integration projects and there was an increase in accounts receivable resulted from an increase in systems integration projects and mobile related service revenue as well as a certain customer’s payment procedure.
Net cash used in investing activities for 1Q16 was JPY2,188 million compared to net cash used in investing activities of JPY2,053 million for 1Q15, mainly due to payments for purchase of property and equipment of JPY3,085 million (JPY2,370 million for 1Q15), proceeds from sales of property and equipment of JPY404 million (JPY 219 million for 1Q15) and proceeds from sales of other investments of JPY304 million (JPY 4 million for 1Q15).
Net cash provided by financing activities for 1Q16 was JPY1,344 million compared to net cash used in financing activities of JPY1,539 million for 1Q15, mainly due to proceeds from long-term borrowings of JPY 3,000million, principal payments under capital leases of JPY1,125 million (JPY1,034 million for 1Q15) and FY2015 year-end dividends payments of JPY505 million (JPY505 million for 1Q15).
FY2016 Financial Targets
Due to seasonal factors, our financial results tend to be weak in first quarter and strong in fourth quarter every fiscal year. Regarding 1Q16, while we continued to see strong revenue growth led by recurring revenues, operating income decreased compared to 1Q15 due mainly for the following factors: increase in operating costs due for business investment and service developments for the middle term growth, increase in fixed-costs such as personnel-related as a new fiscal year began, smallest overall revenue in 1Q because of small systems integration revenue, and temporary negative impact of approx. JPY0.12 billion regarding NTT Docomo’s connectivity change annual revision.9
We expect continuous recurring revenue growth, increase in systems integration revenue quarter by quarter and temporary positive impact of approximately JPY0.6 billion regarding NTT Docomo’s connectivity charge annual revision which quadrant amount will be recognized in each quarter should absorb the increase in operating costs. Therefore, our FY2016 financial targets announced on May 13, 2016 remain unchanged.