Unveils Strategy to Lead Emerging Hybrid Education Market

CUPERTINO, Calif., April 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Ambow Education Holding Ltd. (NYSE American: AMBO) ("Ambow" or the "Company"), a technology-driven educational company with primary operations in the United States, today announced its financial and operating results for the second half[1] and full fiscal year[2], ended December 31, 2022.

"During the second half of 2022, we completed the sale of our overseas assets and transitioned our business operations to the U.S. where we introduced HybriU, our industry-leading hybrid learning platform designed to tackle the challenges of the new education paradigm," said Dr. Jin Huang, Ambow's President, Chief Executive Officer and acting Chief Financial Officer. "We believe that HybriU brings the education industry its first fully integrated, interactive, online and offline instruction platform. This places Ambow at the cutting edge of a game-changing transition toward hybrid learning with HybriU's ability to facilitate borderless education opportunities by removing historical barriers between online and offline, languages and regions, as well as academia and industry.

"In 2023, we will continue to build out our U.S. operations by expanding our sales network to establish strategic partnerships with top-tier educational institutions and leading corporations, with a primary focus on the rapidly growing higher education market. While we work diligently to deploy our innovative technology, we maintain solid cash resources of approximately US$ 7.7 million as of December 31, 2022. As always, we remain committed to creating sustainable, long-term value for all our stakeholders as we leverage our expertise in the education industry to take us into our next phase of growth," concluded Dr. Huang.

[1] Financial results for the second half of 2022 have not been audited or reviewed by the Company's independent registered accounting firm.

[2] Financial results for the full fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 have been audited by the Company's independent registered accounting firm.

 

Ambow Provides Update on Strategic Operations in the U.S. with New HybriU Platform

Ambow is wholly dedicated to offering connective technology that can dramatically decrease the historical barriers between online and offline education, languages, regions, academia and industry. During the second half of 2022, the Company transitioned its business to an exclusive focus on operations in the U.S., powered by its HybriU education technology platform. HybriU's first-to-market, patented technology solutions are ideally positioned to meet the rapidly growing global demand for higher education and workforce training. As the education market begins to grow beyond purely online and offline models of learning, HybriU's advanced platform capabilities place Ambow at the forefront of the global education market's transition toward a hybrid learning model.

Designed to address the specific needs of colleges, universities and corporations across the world, HybriU empowers these institutions to convert traditional teaching and training facilities into hybrid classrooms and laboratories in a scalable, affordable manner. The platform provides instant AI translation, simultaneous content creation and SaaS-based right-fit IT solutions. To date, HybriU has been deployed at Ambow's fully owned and operated U.S.-based schools, providing case studies in success for Ambow's potential scope and reach.

Ambow is targeting deployment of its HybriU solution in large U.S. markets such as leading colleges, universities and corporations, and particularly those that have historically relied on offline instruction and training. This includes top-tier universities that wish to make their courses available to audit students, as well as smaller colleges that need to increase their enrollment through out-of-state and international students. In addition, the Company is seeking to deploy HybriU in industry-leading corporations, helping to connect the global workforce with regional or international offices, outside trainers, or academic institutions.

Ambow believes HybriU's connective technology will be invaluable in decreasing the traditional barriers that have existed between students and employees from different regional and linguistic backgrounds, and that it will help to facilitate a global transition toward hybrid education and training, where Ambow is ideally positioned to lead this growing revolution.

Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Net revenues from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2022 were RMB 22.6 million (US$ 3.3 million), compared with RMB 29.7 million (US$ 4.7 million) in the same period of 2021. The decrease was primarily driven by lower student enrollment.
  • Gross loss from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2022 was RMB 5.2 million (US$ 0.8 million), compared with gross profit of RMB 2.0 million (US$ 0.3 million) in the same period of 2021. Gross profit margin was negative 23.2%, compared with positive 6.8% in the fourth quarter of 2021. The decrease in gross profit was mainly attributable to the decrease in net revenues due to lower student enrollment during the period.
  • Operating expenses from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2022 decreased by 79.8% to RMB 5.2 million (US$ 0.8 million) from RMB 25.7 million (US$ 4.0 million) in the same period of 2021. The decrease was primarily due to stringent expense controls to improve operating efficiency, primarily driven by decreased rental expense associated with college campus during the period.
  • Operating loss from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2022 improved to RMB 10.4 million (US$ 1.5million), compared with a loss of RMB 23.6 million (US$ 3.7 million) in the same period of 2021.
  • Net loss attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders from continuing operations improved to RMB 6.1 million (US$ 0.9 million), or RMB 0.12 (US$ 0.02) per basic and diluted share, compared with a loss of RMB 23.2 million (US$ 3.7 million), or RMB 0.50 (US$ 0.08) per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2021.

Full Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Net revenues from continuing operations in fiscal year 2022 decreased by 9.8% to RMB 102.4 million (US$ 14.8 million) from RMB 113.5 million (US$ 17.8 million) in 2021. The decrease was primarily driven by lower student enrollment.
  • Gross loss from continuing operations in fiscal year 2022 was RMB 0.6 million (US$ 0.1 million), decreasing from gross profit of RMB 12.4 million (US$ 1.9 million) in 2021. The decrease in gross profit was mainly attributable to the decrease in net revenues due to lower student enrollment.
  • Operating expenses from continuing operations in fiscal year 2022 decreased by 3.7% to RMB 64.9 million (US$ 9.4 million) from RMB 67.4 million (US$ 10.6 million) in 2021. The decrease was primarily attributable to lower selling and marketing expense due to decreased marketing activities as the Company transitioned its business operations to the U.S., and the enactment of strict expense control measures. The decrease was partially offset by increased general and administrative expense due to the grant of restricted shares to senior management, as well as the impairment loss during the period.
  • Operating loss from continuing operations in fiscal year 2022 was RMB 65.4 million (US$ 9.5 million), compared to an operating loss of RMB 55.0 million (US$ 8.6 million) in 2021.
  • Net loss attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders from continuing operations was RMB 63.8 million (US$ 9.3 million), or RMB 1.29 (US$ 0.19) per basic and diluted share, compared with a loss of RMB 42.6 million (US$ 6.7 million), or RMB 0.91 (US$ 0.14) per basic and diluted share in 2021.
  • As of December 31, 2022, Ambow maintained strong cash resources of RMB 52.9 million (US$ 7.7 million), comprised of cash and cash equivalents of RMB 22.8 million (US$ 3.3 million) and restricted cash of RMB 30.1 million (US$ 4.4 million).

Subsequent Events

On February 28, 2023, the Company consummated a private placement of ordinary shares and an accompanying warrant to an institutional investor, generating total proceeds of US$ 2.0 million. The warrant is exercisable upon issuance and has a three-year term from the exercise date. The exercise price of the warrant is US$ 0.80 per share. As of the date of this report, the warrant had not been issued.

On January 19, 2023, the New England Commission of Higher Education ("NECHE") informed Bay State College ("BSC") of its intention to withdraw BSC's accreditation as of August 31, 2023. Ambow has filed an appeal for the decision. On March 20, 2023, the appeal panel of NECHE affirmed NECHE's decision to withdraw. Without NECHE accreditation, Bay State College will not be able to disburse Title IV funding to its students for classes after August 2023, and will not be able to disburse VA funding to its students for classes after Spring semester ends.

As part of Ambow's strategic initiatives, the Company expects its future growth to be powered by the integration of its Hybri-U learning platform within higher-education institutions and corporate learning markets that it is targeting across the U.S.

Exchange Rate Information

This announcement contains conversions of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at a specified rate solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all amounts converted from RMB to U.S. dollars for the third quarter is based on the effective exchange rate of 7.1135 as of September 30, 2022; all amounts converted from RMB to U.S. dollars for the fourth quarter and fiscal year of 2022 are based on the effective exchange rate of 6.8972 as of December 30, 2022.The exchange rates were according to the middle rate as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board. Fluctuations in financial highlights are based on RMB amounts.

About Ambow

Ambow Education Holding Ltd. is a technology-driven educational company with primary operations in the United States. Through the operation of its for-profit colleges and dynamic patented open platform technology, Ambow offers high-quality, individualized, and dynamic career education services and products.

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Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by terminology such as "will," "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "intends," "estimates" and similar statements. These forward- looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about Ambow and the industry. All information provided in this press release is as of the date hereof, and Ambow undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although Ambow believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that its expectations will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results.

For more information, please contact:

Ambow Education Holding Ltd.
Email: ir@ambow.com

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Tel: +1-212-481-2050 or +86-10-6508-0677
E-mail: ambow@tpg-ir.com 

 

 

AMBOW EDUCATION HOLDING LTD.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(All amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)
















As of December 31,


As of December 31,





2022


2021





US$


RMB


RMB


ASSETS









Current assets:









Cash and cash equivalents



3,308


22,819


26,753


Restricted cash



4,362


30,084


-


Accounts receivable, net



1,983


13,679


11,961


Prepaid and other current assets



6,171


42,560


6,261


Current assets of discontinued operations



-


-


335,135


Total current assets



15,824


109,142


380,110


Non-current assets:









Property and equipment, net



276


1,906


2,654


Intangible assets, net



537


3,703


7,790


Operating lease right-of-use asset



6,909


47,653


146,732


Other non-current assets



1,970


13,587


18,832


Non-current assets of discontinued operations



-


-


414,044


Total non-current assets



9,692


66,849


590,052











Total assets



25,516


175,991


970,162











LIABILITIES









Current liabilities:









Short-term borrowings 



3,029


20,894


103


Deferred revenue



-


-


5,403


Accounts payable 



2,393


16,505


18,143


Accrued and other liabilities 



3,737


25,773


17,738


Income taxes payable, current 



528


3,645


3,337


Operating lease liability, current 



2,218


15,299


27,584


Current liabilities of discontinued operations



-


-


526,345


Total current liabilities



11,905


82,116


598,653


Non-current liabilities:









Operating lease liability, non-current 



5,744


39,616


123,804


Non-current liabilities of discontinued operations



-


-


101,023


Total non-current liabilities



5,744


39,616


224,827











Total liabilities



17,649


121,732


823,480











EQUITY









Preferred shares









(US$ 0.003 par value; 1,666,667 shares authorized,
nil issued and outstanding as of December 31,
2021 and 2022) 



-


-


-


Class A Ordinary shares









(US$ 0.003 par value; 66,666,667 and 66,666,667
shares authorized; 41,973,276 and 47,419,109
shares issued and outstanding as of December
31, 2021 and 2022, respectively)



131


903


795


Class C Ordinary shares









(US$ 0.003 par value; 8,333,333 and 8,333,333
shares authorized; 4,708,415 and 4,708,415
shares issued and outstanding as of December
31, 2021 and 2022, respectively)



13


90


90


Additional paid-in capital



515,182


3,553,315


3,545,955


Statutory reserve



-


-


3,837


Accumulated deficit



(508,757)


(3,509,002)


(3,415,771)


Accumulated other comprehensive income



1,298


8,953


11,291


Total Ambow Education Holding Ltd.'s equity



7,867


54,259


146,197


Non-controlling interests



-


-


485


Total equity



7,867


54,259


146,682


Total liabilities and equity



25,516


175,991


970,162













 

 

AMBOW EDUCATION HOLDING LTD.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME

(All amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)



For the three months ended September 30,


For the three months ended December 31,



2022


2022


2021


2022


2022


2021



US$


RMB


RMB


US$


RMB


RMB


NET REVENUES













 Educational program and
   services

2,351


16,727


16,916


3,274


22,582


29,688


COST OF REVENUES













 Educational program and
   services

(4,232)


(30,101)


(23,796)


(4,033)


(27,815)


(27,665)















GROSS LOSS

(1,881)


(13,374)


(6,880)


(759)


(5,233)


2,023


Operating expenses:













Selling and marketing

(283)


(2,012)


(4,477)


(95)


(656)


(8,009)


General and administrative

(1,201)


(8,543)


(9,670)


(655)


(4,520)


(17,648)


Impairment loss

(637)


(4,534)


-


-


-


-


Total operating expenses

(2,121)


(15,089)


(14,147)


(750)


(5,176)


(25,657)















OPERATING LOSS

(4,002)


(28,463)


(21,027)


(1,509)


(10,409)


(23,634)















OTHER INCOME
   (EXPENSES)













Interest (expenses) income

(34)


(239)


359


1


7


829


Foreign exchange (loss) gain,
   net

-


(1)


(1)


-


2


(1)


Other (expenses) income, net

(33)


(235)


(315)


661


4,556


(750)


Gain on forgiven PPP loan

-


-


9,305


-


-


-


Total other (expenses) income

(67)


(475)


9,348


662


4,565


78















LOSS BEFORE INCOME
   TAX AND NON-
   CONTROLLING
   INTEREST

(4,069)


(28,938)


(11,679)


(847)


(5,844)


(23,556)


Income tax benefit (expenses)  

1


8


3,322


(33)


(231)


316















LOSS FROM CONTINUING
   OPERATIONS

(4,068)


(28,930)


(8,357)


(880)


(6,075)


(23,240)


(Loss) Income from and on
   sale of discontinued
   operations, net of income
   tax

(923)


(6,563)


39,947


4,794


33,066


(13,938)















NET (LOSS) INCOME

(4,991)


(35,493)


31,590


3,914


26,991


(37,178)


Less: Net loss attributable to
   noncontrolling interests
   from continuing operations

-


-


-



-


-



Less: Net loss attributable to
   noncontrolling interests
   from discontinued
   operations

(35)


(250)


(302)


(29)


(202)


(177)















NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE
   TO ORDINARY
   SHAREHOLDERS FROM
   CONTINUING
   OPREATIONS

(4,068)


(28,930)


(8,357)


(880)


(6,075)


(23,240)


NET (LOSS) INCOME
   ATTRIBUTABLE TO
   ORDINARY
   SHAREHOLDERS FROM
   DISCONTINUED
   OPREATIONS

(888)


(6,313)


40,249


4,823


33,268


(13,761)















NET (LOSS) INCOME
   ATTRIBUTABLE TO
   ORDINARY
   SHAREHOLDERS

(4,956)


(35,243)


31,892


3,943


27,193


(37,001)















OTHER
   COMPREHENSIVE
   (LOSS) INCOME, NET
   OF TAX













Foreign currency translation
   adjustments

(278)


(1,979)


147


104


720


(440)


Unrealized (loss) gain on short
   term investments

-


-


(382)


-


-


60


Other comprehensive (loss)
   income

(278)


(1,979)


(235)


104


720


(380)















TOTAL
   COMPREHENSIVE
   (LOSS) INCOME

(5,269)


(37,472)


31,355


4,018


27,711


(37,558)















Net loss from continuing
   operations per share –
   basic and diluted

(0.08)


(0.56)


(0.18)


(0.02)


(0.12)


(0.50)


Net (loss) income from
   discontinued operations per
   share – basic and diluted

(0.02)


(0.12)


0.86


0.09


0.64


(0.29)















Weighted average shares used
   in calculating basic and
   diluted net (loss) income
   per share

52,110,948


52,110,948


46,660,948


52,127,524


52,127,524


46,673,494
















 

 

AMBOW EDUCATION HOLDING LTD.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME

(All amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)


For the years ended December 31,




2022


2022


2021



US$


RMB


  RMB



NET REVENUES







 Educational program and services

14,840


102,352


113,534


COST OF REVENUES







 Educational program and services

(14,924)


(102,933)


(101,138)









GROSS (LOSS) PROFIT

(84)


(581)


12,396


Operating expenses:







Selling and marketing

(1,487)


(10,256)


(19,968)


General and administrative

(7,260)


(50,074)


(47,436)


Impairment loss

(657)


(4,534)


-


Total operating expenses

(9,404)


(64,864)


(67,404)









OPERATING LOSS

(9,488)


(65,445)


(55,008)









OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES)







Interest (expenses) income

(101)


(698)


1,515


Other income (expenses), net

500


3,451


(1,657)


Loss on disposal of subsidiaries

(163)


(1,124)


-


Gain on forgiven PPP loan

-


-


9,305


Total other income

236


1,629


9,163









LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAX AND NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST

(9,252)


(63,816)


(45,845)


Income tax benefit

-


-


3,220









LOSS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

(9,252)


(63,816)


(42,625)


(Loss) Income from and on sale of discontinued operations, net of income tax

(5,056)


(34,871)


44,629









NET (LOSS) INCOME

(14,308)


(98,687)


2,004


Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests from continuing operations

-


-


-


Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests from discontinued operations

(235)


(1,619)


(998)









NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO ORDINARY SHAREHOLDERS FROM
   CONTINUING OPREATIONS

(9,252)


(63,816)


(42,625)


NET (LOSS) INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO ORDINARY SHAREHOLDERS
   FROM DISCONTINUED OPREATIONS

(4,821)


(33,252)


45,627









NET (LOSS) INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO ORDINARY
   SHAREHOLDERS

(14,073)


(97,068)


3,002









OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS, NET OF TAX







Foreign currency translation adjustments

(339)


(2,338)


(711)


Unrealized loss on short term investments

-


-


(99)


Other comprehensive loss

(339)


(2,338)


(810)









TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME

(14,647)


(101,025)


1,194









Net loss from continuing operations per share – basic and diluted

(0. 19)


(1. 29)


(0.91)


Net (loss) income from discontinued operations per share – basic and diluted

(0.10)


(0.67)


0.98









Weighted average shares used in calculating basic and diluted net (loss) income per
   share

49,458,266


49,458,266


46,654,853













 

 

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