Skillful Craftsman Announces Financial Results for The First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2022
Continues to Accelerate the Deployment of New Business Strategy and Empower Training Platform with Integrated Metaverse-based Technologies
WUXI, China, Dec. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Skillful Craftsman Education Technology Ltd. ("the Company") (NASDAQ: EDTK), an education technology company providing interactive online learning services, today announced its financial results for the first six months of fiscal year 2022 ended September 30, 2021.
First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2022 Financial and Operational Highlights
All financial figures are in US Dollars unless otherwise noted.
Mr. Xiaofeng Gao, Chairman and CEO of Skillful Craftsman Education Technology Ltd., commented, "To seize the market opportunities, we have accelerated the deployment of new business strategy and new technology since the first half year of 2021. With respect to business development, the Company is leveraging online cloud technology service and flexible employment service platform, to cooperate with schools and institutions to provide them with high quality vocational training. It has already landed in the two major fields of Chinese medicine basic education and hotel management. With respect to technology enhancement, the Company will integrate metaverse technology with big data, cloud technology and traditional Augmented Reality (AR) simulation teaching capabilities. Through co-constructing metaverse vocational labs with universities and ecological chain companies, the Company plans to launch multi-persons collaborative simulation skills training platform based on metaverse. We remain optimistic about the vocational education industry based on the Opinions on Promoting the High-quality Development of Modern Vocational Education (the "Opinions") issued by the General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the General Office of the State Council. The Opinions encourage companies to participate in and support the development of vocational education, which provides clear directions and positive incentives for the Company's future development. We believe our brand, strategic development and the supporting policy will position us well for the future and we are confident in creating long-term value and returns for our shareholders."
First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Results
All figures refer to the first six months of fiscal year 2022 ended September 30, 2021 unless otherwise stated
Revenue decreased by 23% to $11.9 million, from $15.3 million for the same period of last year, primarily due to a decrease in the number of total fee-paying members resulting from the decline in training needs of workers from rural area as the urbanization continued.
Cost of Revenue
Cost of revenue increased by 21% to $8.3 million, from $6.8 million for the same period of last year. The increase of cost of revenue was mainly caused by the increase of $0.8 million amortization of the newly purchased courseware and software copyrights, and the increase of virtual simulation fee by $0.6 million, both related to the Company's efforts to shift target customers to students at vocational schools.
Gross Profit and Gross Margin
Gross profit decreased by 58% to $3.6 million, from $8.5 million for the same period of last year. The decrease was mainly due to the combined effect of increased cost of revenue in courseware, software copyrights and virtual simulation fees and decrease in revenue.
Gross margin decreased by 25 percentage points to 30%, from 55% for the same period of last year. The main reason was the cost spent in platform upgrade and courses enrichment did not result in the expansion of customer base to the extent expected.
Operating expenses increased by 27% to $3.0 million, from $2.4 million for the same period of last year.
Sales and marketing expenses decreased by 18% to $0.7 million, from $0.9 million for the same period of last year. The decrease was mainly due to the decreases in both of the promotion expenses and telecommunications service fees.
General and administrative expenses increased by 53% to $2.3 million, from $1.5 million for the same period of last year. The increase was primarily caused by the increased compensation paid to employees, audit fees, the insurance fee and consulting fees for the period ended September 30, 2021.
Income Before Tax
Income before tax expense decreased by 90% to $0.6 million, from $6.1 million for the same period of last year.
Net loss was $43.3 thousand, compared with net income of $4.4 million for the same period of last year.
Basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.00, compared with $0.44 for the same period of last year.
Cash and Cash Equivalents
As of September 30, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $23.7 million, compared with $17.5 million as of March 31, 2021.
Net cash generated from operating activities was $1.8 million, compared with $6.6 million for the same period of last year.
Net cash provided by investing activities was $4.4 million, compared with net cash used in investing activities $14.2 million for the same period of last year.
Net cash generated from financing activities was nil, compared with $13.24 million for the same period of last year.
About Skillful Craftsman
Skillful Craftsman is an education technology company that provides interactive online vocational training and virtual simulation experimental training courses. The Company began operations in Wuxi, China in 2013 and is a key supporter for China education reform and development for labor employment. For more information, please visit: ir.kingwayup.com
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