/C O R R E C T I O N -- ATA Inc./ PR Newswire BEIJING, Nov. 7, 2013 In the news release, "ATA Reports Fiscal 2014 Second Quarter Financial Results", issued on November 7, 2013 by ATA Inc. over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that in the section titled "Conference Call and Webcast Information (With Accompanying Presentation)", the dial-in numbers listed for the conference call should read: U.S. & Canada (Toll-Free): +1 (888) 339-2688 / International (Toll): +1 (617) 847-3007, rather than: U.S. & Canada (Toll-Free): +1 (877) 407-6914 / International (Toll): +1 (201) 493-6709 as originally issued inadvertently. Complete, corrected release follows. ATA Reports Fiscal 2014 Second Quarter Financial Results Company to Hold Conference Call on November 8, 2013, at 8 a.m. ET BEIJING, Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ATA Inc. ("ATA" or the "Company", Nasdaq: ATAI), a leading provider of advanced testing technologies and testing-related services in China, today announced preliminary unaudited financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended September 30, 2013 ("Second Quarter 2014"). Second Quarter 2014 Financial and Operating Highlights (percentage changes and comparisons are year over year) oNet revenues of RMB45.1 million (US$7.4 million), compared to RMB46.8 million oGross profit of RMB22.0 million (US$3.6 million), compared to RMB21.6 million oLoss from operations of RMB4.7 million (US$0.8 million), an improvement from loss from operations of RMB11.0 million oNet loss of RMB4.3 million (US$0.7 million), an improvement from net loss of RMB9.1 million oAdjusted net loss excluding share-based compensation expense and foreign currency exchange gain (non-GAAP) of RMB2.7 million (US$0.5 million), an improvement from adjusted net loss excluding share-based compensation expense and foreign currency exchange gain (non-GAAP) of RMB6.6 million oBasic and diluted losses per ADS excluding share-based compensation expense and foreign currency exchange gain (non-GAAP) for Second Quarter 2014 were both RMB0.12 (US$0.02) oDelivered approximately 1.7 million billable tests, up 21% oRMB284.6 million (US$46.5 million) in cash and no long-term debt as of September 30, 2013 oClosed the acquisition of Xing Wei Institute (HK) Limited ("Xing Wei") on October 31, 2013, and appointed Xing Wei's founder and chairman Mr. Cheng-Yaw Sun as ATA's new CEO, succeeding Mr. Kevin Ma Fiscal Year 2014 Outlook oFor the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014 ("Fiscal Year 2014"), ATA reiterates its expectation of net revenues of between RMB403.0 million and RMB423.0 million and non-GAAP net income (net income excluding share-based compensation expense and foreign currency exchange gain/loss) of between RMB37.0 million and RMB47.0 million. oFor the quarter ending December 31, 2013 ("Third Quarter 2014"), ATA expects net revenues of between RMB180.0 million and RMB200.0 million. Mr. Kevin Ma, ATA's Chairman of the Board, stated, "The Company recently announced the acquisition of Xing Wei, a private education technology company that provides training solutions as well as online and mobile training platforms for corporations in China. I am very pleased that Xing Wei's founder and Chairman Mr. Cheng-Yaw Sun has joined ATA as its new CEO and look forward to working with him to build upon the synergies created by combining the service offerings of our two companies. During Second Quarter 2014, we successfully delivered 1.7 million billable exams, including the exam for the Securities Association of China ('SAC'). ATA continued to experience challenges related to decreasing volumes of the SAC exam during the period, which we expect may continue into the remainder of Fiscal Year 2014. During the period, we saw growth in volumes for and revenues from the China Futures Association exam and security guard exams, which took place in Shanghai and a few other provinces. Using our new mobile testing system ('MTS'), ATA successfully administered the Cambridge English Junior Exam in Hong Kong in July and August, transitioning this exam from a paper-and-pencil format to ATA's new technology-based platform. Thus far, we have conducted successful trials of this exam in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mexico and Spain. We expect ATA's continued efforts to diversify its revenue streams will, over time, mitigate the impact of changes in scheduling or demand with regards to any one exam." Operating Review In Second Quarter 2014, ATA delivered a total of 1.7 million billable tests. The Company had a network of 2,916 authorized test centers throughout China as of September 30, 2013, which the Company believes to be the largest test center network of any commercial computer-based testing service provider in China. ATA has delivered more than 51.7 million billable tests since it began operations in 1999. GAAP Results Second Quarter 2014 For Second Quarter 2014, ATA's total net revenues were RMB45.1 million (US$7.4 million), compared to RMB46.8 million in the prior-year period. This decrease was primarily due to lower volumes of the SAC exam and lower revenue contributions from certain certification exams, which were partially offset by increased exam volumes and revenue contributions from the China Futures Association exam and security guard exams. Net revenues from TOEIC and HR Select for Second Quarter 2014 increased 11% year over year to RMB14.5 million (US$2.4 million). Gross profit for Second Quarter 2014 was RMB22.0 million (US$3.6 million), compared to RMB21.6 million in the same period last fiscal year.Gross margin was 48.7% in Second Quarter 2014, compared to 46.1% in the prior-year period. The increase in gross margin was primarily due to a decrease in CPA exam-related expenses, which were higher in the prior-year period to ensure the smooth delivery of the first computer-based China CPA exam. The year-over-year improvement in contributions from TOEIC and HR select exams also had a positive impact on gross margin. Loss from operations in Second Quarter 2014 was RMB4.7 million (US$0.8 million), compared to RMB11.0 million in the prior-year period. The year-over-year decrease in loss from operations was primarily due to lower sales and marketing expenses resulting from the Company's efforts to streamline its operations earlier this year. Net loss for Second Quarter 2014 was RMB4.3 million (US$0.7 million), compared to RMB9.1 million in the prior-year period. For Second Quarter 2014, basic and diluted losses per common share were both RMB0.10 (US$0.02), compared to RMB0.21 in the same period last fiscal year. Basic and diluted losses per ADS were both RMB0.19 (US$0.03) in Second Quarter 2014, compared to RMB0.42 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP Measures Adjusted net loss for Second Quarter 2014, which excludes share-based compensation expense and foreign currency exchange gain (non-GAAP), was RMB2.7 million (US$0.5 million), compared to RMB6.6 million in the prior-year period. Basic and diluted losses per common share excluding share-based compensation expense and foreign currency exchange gain (non-GAAP) for Second Quarter 2014 were both RMB0.06 (US$0.01). Basic and diluted losses per ADS excluding share-based compensation expense and foreign currency exchange gain (non-GAAP) for Second Quarter 2014 were both RMB0.12 (US$0.02), compared to RMB0.30 in the same period last fiscal year. Please see the note about non-GAAP measures and the reconciliation table at the end of this press release. Other Data The number of weighted average ADSs used to calculate basic and diluted earnings per ADS for Second Quarter 2014 were both 22.6 million. Each ADS represents two common shares. ATA had 45.3 million common shares outstanding on September 30, 2013. Guidance for Fiscal Year 2014 and for Third Quarter 2014 For Third Quarter 2014, ATA expects net revenues of between RMB180.0 million and RMB200.0 million. For Fiscal Year 2014, ATA expects net revenues of between RMB403.0 million and RMB423.0 million and non-GAAP net income of between RMB37.0 million and RMB47.0 million. Estimated Financial Results (unaudited) (RMB in millions) Estimated for the year Actual for the year ending ended March 31, 2014 March 31, 2013 Net Revenues 403.0-423.0 366.7 Non-GAAP Net Income 37.0-47.0 36.0 Estimated for the quarter Actual for the quarter ending ended December 31, 2013 December 31, 2012 Net Revenues 180.0-200.0 179.4 Mr. Ma concluded, "We continue to be on track with our budget and are working hard during our busiest quarter of the year—the fiscal third quarter. In late October, we completed the successful delivery of the 2013 National Unified Certified Public Accountants ('CPA') exam on behalf of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants. This was the second CPA exam to be delivered via ATA's advanced computer-based platform, and I am pleased to report that ATA administered a record 1.52 million exams, approximately 13% more than the 2012 CPA exam. We anticipate increased volumes of the exam for the China Banking Association during the third quarter of fiscal 2014 and continue to promote and market MTS globally. We expect to launch the Cambridge English Junior Exam in additional cities in the coming months. We also continue working to develop new corporate client partnerships and to deepen existing ones, an effort that we believe will be supported by the additional service offerings from the recent Xing Wei acquisition. I have been working closely with ATA's new CEO Mr. Sun and the rest of the management team on this integration, and anticipate a smooth transition in the coming months. We share a belief in the importance of diversifying ATA's business to achieve greater balance in our revenue streams between the public and private sectors and believe we have a solid foundation upon which to further grow the Company over the long term." These are ATA's current projections, which are subject to change. You are cautioned that operating results in Second Quarter 2014 are not necessarily indicative of operating results for any future periods. Conference Call and Webcast Information (With Accompanying Presentation) ATA will host a conference call at 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, November 8, 2013, during which senior management will discuss the results of Second Quarter 2014. To participate in the conference call, please use the following dial-in numbers about 10 minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time: U.S. & Canada (Toll-Free): +1 (888) 339-2688 International (Toll): +1 (617) 847-3007 Toll-Free Local Access China (Netcom): (10 800) 713 1756 China (Telecom): (10 800) 130 1713 (400) 881 1629 Participant Passcode: 96355980 A live webcast of the conference call can be accessed at the investor relations section of ATA's website at www.ata.net.cn or by clicking the following link: http://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/274/2478. An accompanying slide presentation in PDF format will also be made available 30 minutes prior to the conference call on the same investor relations section of ATA's website. To listen to the webcast, please visit ATA's website a few minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download, and install any necessary audio software. A replay will be available shortly after the call on the investor relations section of ATA's website and will remain available for 90 days. About ATA Inc. ATA is a leading provider of advanced testing technologies in China. The Company offers comprehensive services for the creation and delivery of assessments based on its proprietary testing technologies and test delivery platform. ATA's testing technologies are used for professional licensure and certification tests in various industries, including information technology services, banking, teaching, securities, insurance, and accounting. As of September 30, 2013, ATA's test center network comprised 2,916 authorized test centers located throughout China. The Company believes it has the largest test center network of any commercial testing service provider in China. ATA has delivered more than 51.7 million billable tests since ATA started operations in 1999. For more information, please visit ATA's website at www.ata.net.cn. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terms such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "future," "intend," "look forward to," "outlook," "plan," "should," "will," and similar terms and include, among other things, the Company's guidance relating to anticipated financial and operating results for Third Quarter 2014 and Fiscal Year 2014 and statements regarding market demand and trends, the SAC exam, the potential growth and success of the Company's CPA, China Futures Association, security guard and Cambridge English Junior exams and other businesses, including its mobile testing system, the Company's integration with Xing Wei, and the Company's future growth and results of operations. The factors that could cause the Company's actual financial and operating results to differ from what the Company currently anticipates can include its ability to meet challenges associated with its rapid expansion, its ability to meet the expectations of current and future clients, its ability to deploy new test titles, its ability to win new enterprise contracts, its ability to convert its existing contracts into actual revenues, the economy of China, uncertainties with respect to the China's legal and regulatory environments, and other factors stated in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The financial information contained in this release should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and related notes included in the Company's annual report on Form 20-F for its fiscal year ended March 31, 2013, and other filings that ATA has made with the SEC. The filings are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and at ATA's website at www.ata.net.cn. For additional information on the risk factors that could adversely affect the Company's business, financial condition, results of operations, and prospects, please see the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013. The forward-looking statements in this release involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates, and projections about ATA and the markets in which it operates. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements, which speak only of the Company's views as of the date of this release, to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, or to changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, the Company cannot assure you that its expectations and assumptions will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results. Currency Convenience Translation The Company's financial information is stated in Renminbi ("RMB"), the currency of the People's Republic of China. The translation of RMB amounts for Second Quarter 2014, into U.S. dollars are included solely for the convenience of readers and have been made at the rate of RMB6.1179 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate as of September 30, 2013, in New York for cable transfers in RMB per U.S. dollar as set forth in the H.10 weekly statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. Such translations should not be construed as representations that RMB amounts could be converted into U.S. dollars at that rate or any other rate, or to be the amounts that would have been reported under U.S. GAAP. About Non-GAAP Financial Measures To supplement ATA's consolidated financial information presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), ATA uses the following non-GAAP financial measures: net income (loss) excluding share-based compensation expense and foreign currency exchange gain or loss, and basic and diluted earnings (losses) per common share and ADS excluding share-based compensation expense and foreign currency exchange gain or loss. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. ATA believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information about its performance by excluding share-based compensation expense and foreign currency exchange gains or losses, which may not be indicative of its operating performance from a cash perspective. ATA believes that both management and investors benefit from these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to ATA's historical performance. ATA computes its non-GAAP financial measures using a consistent method from period to period. ATA believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. A limitation of using non-GAAP net income (loss) excluding share-based compensation expense and foreign currency exchange gains or losses and basic and diluted earnings (losses) per common share and per ADS excluding share-based compensation expense and foreign currency exchange gain or loss is that share-based compensation charges and foreign currency exchange gains or losses have been, and are expected to continue to be for the foreseeable future, a significant recurring expense in ATA's business. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The table captioned "Unaudited Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures to the Most Comparable GAAP Measures" shown at the end this news release has more details on the reconciliations between GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to the non-GAAP financial measures used by ATA. 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AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS March 31, September 30, September 30, 2013 2013 2013 RMB RMB USD ASSETS Current assets: Cash 290,029,715 284,640,469 46,525,845 Accounts receivable, net 51,114,718 56,457,832 9,228,303 Prepaid expenses and other 13,625,663 13,587,863 2,221,001 current assets Total current assets 354,770,096 354,686,164 57,975,149 Property and equipment, net 61,310,690 59,331,694 9,698,049 Goodwill 23,422,850 23,422,850 3,828,577 Intangible assets, net 15,082,874 13,825,678 2,259,873 Other assets 3,231,971 3,111,069 508,520 Total assets 457,818,481 454,377,455 74,270,168 Current liabilities: Accrued expenses and other 72,191,260 62,465,159 10,210,229 payables Deferred revenues 7,376,527 6,911,315 1,129,687 Total current liabilities 79,567,787 69,376,474 11,339,916 Deferred revenues 2,644,294 2,320,860 379,356 Deferred tax liabilities 58,681 - - Total liabilities 82,270,762 71,697,334 11,719,272 Shareholders' equity: Common shares 3,461,060 3,472,799 567,646 Treasury shares (329,357) (461,885) (75,497) Additional paid-in capital 427,443,700 430,372,880 70,346,505 Accumulated other comprehensive (26,379,146) (27,143,666) (4,436,762) loss Accumulated deficit (28,648,538) (23,560,007) (3,850,996) Total shareholders' equity 375,547,719 382,680,121 62,550,896 Total liabilities and 457,818,481 454,377,455 74,270,168 shareholders' equity ATA INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME Three-month Period Ended September 30, September 30, September 30, 2012 2013 2013 RMB RMB USD Net revenues: Testing services 40,606,394 40,981,608 6,698,640 Test preparation and training 2,097,338 1,097,654 179,417 solutions Other revenue 4,050,052 3,010,227 492,036 Total net revenues 46,753,784 45,089,489 7,370,093 Cost of revenues 25,182,632 23,113,181 3,777,960 Gross profit 21,571,152 21,976,308 3,592,133 Operating expenses: Research and development 4,406,188 5,561,924 909,123 Sales and marketing 14,048,569 9,252,243 1,512,323 General and administrative 14,137,759 11,831,685 1,933,945 Total operating expenses 32,592,516 26,645,852 4,355,391 Loss from operations (11,021,364) (4,669,544) (763,258) Other income: Interest income 945,814 763,825 124,851 Foreign currency exchange gain, 351,354 91,924 15,025 net Total other income 1,297,168 855,749 139,876 Loss before income taxes (9,724,196) (3,813,795) (623,382) Income tax benefit (expense) 636,736 (506,237) (82,747) Net loss (9,087,460) (4,320,032) (706,129) Other comprehensive loss: Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of nil income taxes (216,972) (186,684) (30,514) Comprehensive loss (9,304,432) (4,506,716) (736,643) Basic losses per common share (0.21) (0.10) (0.02) Diluted losses per common share (0.21) (0.10) (0.02) Basic losses per ADS (0.42) (0.19) (0.03) Diluted losses per ADS (0.42) (0.19) (0.03) ATA INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME Six-month Period Ended September 30, September 30, September 30, 2012 2013 2013 RMB RMB USD Net revenues: Testing services 121,775,057 125,151,958 20,456,686 Test preparation and training 4,314,695 3,490,125 570,478 solutions Other revenue 8,925,460 8,513,219 1,391,526 Total net revenues 135,015,212 137,155,302 22,418,690 Cost of revenues 66,700,656 67,111,466 10,969,690 Gross profit 68,314,556 70,043,836 11,449,000 Operating expenses: Research and development 10,491,793 11,889,186 1,943,344 Sales and marketing 27,856,119 20,693,182 3,382,400 General and administrative 35,169,328 33,002,151 5,394,359 Total operating expenses 73,517,240 65,584,519 10,720,103 Income (loss) from operations (5,202,684) 4,459,317 728,897 Other income (expense): Interest income 1,643,833 1,517,859 248,101 Foreign currency exchange gain (117,414) 217,012 35,472 (loss), net Total other income 1,526,419 1,734,871 283,573 Income (loss) before income taxes (3,676,265) 6,194,188 1,012,470 Income tax benefit (expense) (146,920) (1,105,657) (180,725) Net income (loss) (3,823,185) 5,088,531 831,745 Other comprehensive income (loss): Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of nil income taxes 119,808 (764,520) (124,964) Comprehensive income (loss) (3,703,377) 4,324,011 706,781 Basic earnings (losses) per (0.10) 0.11 0.02 common share Diluted earnings (losses) per (0.10) 0.11 0.02 common share Basic earnings (losses) per ADS (0.20) 0.22 0.04 Diluted earnings (losses) per ADS (0.20) 0.22 0.04 UNAUDITED RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO THE MOST COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES Three-month Period Ended Six-month Period Ended September 30, September 30, September 30, September 30, 2012 2013 2012 2013 RMB RMB RMB RMB GAAP net income (loss) (9,087,460) (4,320,032) (3,823,185) 5,088,531 Share-based 2,818,383 1,670,903 6,754,395 3,462,378 compensation expenses Foreign currency exchange (gain) loss, (351,354) (91,924) 117,414 (217,012) net Non-GAAP net income (6,620,431) (2,741,053) 3,048,624 8,333,897 (loss) GAAP earnings (losses) per common share Basic (0.21) (0.10) (0.10) 0.11 Diluted (0.21) (0.10) (0.10) 0.11 Non-GAAP earnings (losses) per common share Basic (0.15) (0.06) 0.07 0.18 Diluted (0.15) (0.06) 0.07 0.18 SOURCE ATA Inc. 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