KongZhong Corporation

KongZhong Corporation Announces Unaudited Second Quarter Results for the Period Ended June 30, 2004

    Beijing (ots/PRNewswire) - KongZhong Corporation (Nasdaq: KONG), a leading provider of advanced second generation (2.5G) wireless value added services in China, today announced its second quarter (2Q04) diluted earnings of US$0.19 per ADS under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (US GAAP), up from a diluted earnings of US$0.01 per ADS in the same period of the previous year (2Q03) and diluted earnings of US$0.11 per ADS in the first quarter of 2004 (1Q04). Net income in the second quarter was US$5.30 million, up from US$0.24 million in 2Q03 and US$3.14 million in 1Q04.

    (The Company issued 8 million American Depositary Shares in early July as part of its initial public offering. Using the enlarged share count, the Company's earnings per ADS in 1Q04 and 2Q04 would have been US$0.09 and US$0.15 respectively.)

    Commenting on the results, the Company's Chairman and CEO, Yunfan Zhou, said, "We are very pleased with our achievements in the second quarter. The Chinese market is continuing its transition from 2G to 2.5G wireless technology. We continue to witness very strong interest in our products and services that utilize the enhanced capabilities offered by the 2.5G network, particularly in our media related products. This strong demand allowed us to deliver very strong financial results across all segments of our business and has allowed us to remain China Mobile's top 2.5G service provider."

    "In early July, we successfully completed our initial public offering and raised US$80 million under very challenging market conditions. We believe the proceeds, as well as the higher profile associated with being a publicly listed company, should help us to enlarge and enrich our mobile content offerings, expand our distribution network, and attract talented employees."

    "We are confident of the 2.5G market's long-term prospects. As a leading 2.5G service provider in China, we believe we are well positioned to capture this long-term potential."

@@start.t1@@      2Q04 Financial Highlights:
      -Revenue grew 876% year-over-year and 67% sequentially to
        US$11.97 million.
      -The Company's 2.5G revenue grew 950% year-over-year and 83%
        sequentially to US $9.61 million.
      -The Company's 2G revenue grew 655% year-over-year and 24% sequentially
        to US$2.36 million.
      -Net income increased 2,142% year-over-year and 69% sequentially to
        US$5.30 million.
      -Net margin was 44.3%, up from 19.3% in 2Q03 and 44.0% in 1Q04.
      Business Highlights:
      -The Company retained its number one position with China Mobile in WAP,
        MMS, and Java revenues.
      -The Company achieved three of the top five spots on China Mobile's
         games download ranking, including the number one position, in both
         revenues and the number of downloads.
      -The Company signed agreements with China Telecom and China Netcom to
        provide value added services to their fixed line and PHS customers.
      -The Company signed agreements with Amoi, CECT, DBTel, Panasonic, and
        Samsung to provide contents and services on their mobile phones for use
        on China Mobile's network.
      -The Company signed agreements with ACME, Gameloft, and Macrospace
        (leading Singaporean, French, and British publishers of mobile Java
        games, respectively) to distribute their mobile games in China.
      -The Company signed agreements with HI Corp and Superscape (leading
        Japanese and British publishers of mobile games, respectively) to
        distribute their 3D games.
      -The Company signed agreement with Net Village, a leading Japanese
        wireless value added service provider, to distribute its mobile games
        and WAP pictures.
      -The Company partnered with Warner Brothers to distribute MMS contents
        from the movie "Troy."@@end@@

    Second Quarter Financial Review

    (Note: Unless otherwise stated, all financial statement amounts used in this press release are based on US GAAP and denominated in US dollars.)

    Revenues

    Revenues for the quarter totaled a record US$11.97 million, up 876% from the same period of the previous year and up 67% from 1Q04. By platform, revenues from 2.5G wireless value added services accounted for 80% of total revenues and revenues from 2G wireless value added services represented the remaining 20%, compared with 73% and 27%, respectively, in 1Q04.

    Revenues from 2.5G services, which include services delivered using wireless access protocol (WAP), multimedia messaging service (MMS), and Java technology, grew 950% from 2Q03 and 83% from 1Q04 to US$9.61 million in 2Q04. Growth in MMS revenues accounted for the largest increase in 2.5G revenues. Revenue from 2G services, which include short messaging service (SMS), interactive voice response (IVR), and color ring back tone (CRBT), grew 655% from 2Q03 and 24% from 1Q04 to US$2.36 million in 2Q04. IVR revenues registered the highest growth rate in 2G revenues, primarily as a result of its small base in 1Q04.

    By type, revenues from monthly subscriptions accounted for 91% of total revenues, and revenues from downloads accounted for the remaining 9%. During the quarter, the number of monthly subscriptions grew by 66% from 1Q04 to 12.81 million, and average revenue per subscription fell by almost 1%.

@@start.t2@@                                                                              1Q04          2Q04
                                Subscription Revenue                93%            91%
                                Download Revenue                        7%              9%
                                Total                                      100%          100%
      By service category, the Company derived 47% of its revenues from
interactive entertainment, 37% from media services, and 16% from community.
                                                                              1Q04          2Q04
                                Interactive Entertainment        56%            47%
                                Media                                        25%            37%
                                Community                                 19%            16%
                                Total                                      100%          100%@@end@@

    Expenses

    Cost of revenues (COR) in 2Q04 totaled US$3.49 million, up 956% from 2Q03 and up 56% from 1Q04. Gross margin for the quarter was 70.8%, down from 73.0% in the same period of the previous year and up from 68.7% in 1Q04. The sequential margin expansion was attributed primarily to slower growth in transmission fees and content fees.

    Total operating expenses in 2Q04 increased by 382% from the same period of the previous year and 80% from 1Q04 and represented 26.6% of revenues, compared with 53.7% and 24.7% of revenues in 2Q03 and 1Q04, respectively. Product development expense increased by 51% from 1Q04 and represented 9.1% of revenues. The increase was primarily due to higher headcount and the staff expenses associated with higher headcount. Sales and marketing expense increased by 188% from 1Q04 and represented 7.1% of revenues. The increase was primarily driven by higher promotion and business development expense, as well as costs associated with higher headcount. General and administrative expense increased by 63% from 1Q04 and represented 9.2% of revenues. The increase was primarily driven by higher salary & benefits as well as higher business tax. Overall, the Company's operating margin improved from 19.3% in 2Q03 and 44.0% in 1Q04 to 44.2%.

    Company-wide headcount increased 29% from the end of 1Q04 to 405 at the end of 2Q04.

    Earnings

    Net income totaled US$5.30 million in the second quarter, an increase of 2,142% from US$0.24 million in the same period of the previous year and an increase of 69% from US$3.14 million in 1Q04. Net margin was 44.3%, up from 19.3% in 2Q03 and 44.0% in 1Q04. Diluted EPS was US$0.19, up from US$0.01 from the same period of the previous period and US$0.11 in 1Q04.

    Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

    At the end of the quarter, the Company had US$9.35 million in cash and cash equivalent and US$17.61 million in total assets. In second quarter, the Company generated net cash increase of US$3.62 million. In the first half of this year, the Company generated US$6.32 million in cash flow from operations and spent US$0.63 million on capital expenditures.

    In July, the Company issued 8 million American Depositary Shares and raised US$80 million in gross proceeds from its initial public offering and inclusion of its American Depositary Shares for quotation on the Nasdaq National Market.

    Business Outlook:

    The Company presently expects its third quarter revenues to grow by about 10-20% from 2Q04 with 2.5G services as the main growth driver. The Company estimates its operating margin should contract slightly from its 2Q04 level.

@@start.t3@@                                            KongZhong Corporation
                                  Consolidated Statements of Income
                  (US$ thousands, except percentages and per share data)
                                                    (unaudited)
                                                         For the              For the          For the
                                                            Three                 Three              Three
                                                          Months                Months            Months
                                                            Ended                 Ended              Ended
                                                        Jun. 30,            Mar. 31,         Jun. 30,
                                                              2003                  2004                2004
      Revenues                                        $1,226                $7,148          $11,968
      Cost of revenues                                331                 2,239              3,494
      Gross profit                                      895                 4,909              8,474
      Operating expense
            Product development                    271                    716              1,084
            Sales & marketing                        213                    294                 847
            General & administrative            175                    676              1,102
            Amortization of deferred
              stock compensation                        -                      81                 146
            Subtotal                                      659                 1,767              3,179
      Operating income                                236                 3,142              5,295
      Non-operating expense (income)
            Interest expense                            -                      (1)                 (9)
            Others                                            -                        1                    4
            Subtotal                                         -                        0                  (5)
      Income before tax                              236                 3,142                5,300
      Income tax expense                                -                        -                      -
      Net income                                        $236                 3,142                5,300
      Basic EPS                                        $0.02                 $0.27                $0.45
      Diluted EPS                                    $0.01                 $0.11                $0.19
      Margin Analysis:
      Gross margin                                    73.0%                 68.7%                70.8%
      Operating margin                              19.3%                 44.0%                44.2%
      Net margin                                        19.3%                 44.0%                44.3%
      Additional Data:
      2.5G revenue                                    $915                $5,245              $9,607
      2G revenue                                         311                 1,903                2,361
      ADS outstanding                      11,725,000         11,725,000        11,725,000
      ADS used in diluted EPS
        calculation                          27,308,472         27,455,164        27,441,525
                                            KongZhong Corporation
                                Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
                                                 (US$ thousands)
                                                    (unaudited)
                                                                         For the 6-Month  For the 6-Month
                                                                                  Ended                 Ended
                                                                          Jun. 30, 2003      Jun. 30, 2004
      Cash Flows From Operating Activities
      Net Income                                                              $334                $8,442
      Adjustments
      Amortization of deferred stock compensation                                    227
      Depreciation and amortization                                  84                    271
      Changes in operating assets and liabilities         (197)              (2,624)
      Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities              221                 6,316
      Cash Flows From Investing Activities
      Purchase of property & equipment                          (443)                 (633)
      Net Cash Used in Investing Activities                  (443)                 (633)
      Cash Flows From Financing Activities
      Increase in minority interest                                    -                    121
      Payment for IPO expenses                                            -                  (195)
      Net Cash Used in Financing Activities                        -                    (74)
      Translation Adjustments                                              -                        -
      Net increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents            (222)                5,609
      Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period  2,646                 3,743
      Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period            2,424                 9,352
                                            KongZhong Corporation
                                         Consolidated Balance Sheet
                                                 (US$ thousands)
                                                    (unaudited)
                                                                          Dec. 31, 2003  Jun. 30, 2004
      Cash and cash equivalents                                        $3,743              $9,352
      Accounts receivable                                                  1,704                6,279
      Other current assets                                                    198                  429
      Total current assets                                                 5,645              16,060
      Rental deposit                                                                74                  342
      PP&E (net)                                                                    848                1,210
      Total assets                                                            $6,567            $17,612
      Accounts payable                                                          564                1,550
      Other current liabilities                                            393                1,752
      Amount due to related party                                          90                      -
      Total current liabilities                                         1,047                3,302
      Minority interest                                                            -                  121
      Series B redeemable convertible preferred shares    2,970                2,970
      Total liabilities                                                      4,017                6,393
      Shareholders' equity                                                 2,550              11,219
      Total liabilities & shareholders' equity                $6,567            $17,612@@end@@

    KongZhong Corporation is a leading provider of advanced second generation (2.5G) wireless interactive entertainment, media, and community services to consumers in China. The Company delivers a broad range of services, through multiple technology platforms, which users can access directly from their mobile phones by choosing an icon embedded in select models of handsets or from a mobile operator's portal or web site.

    This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Although these forward-looking statements, which may include statements regarding our future results of operations, financial condition or business prospects, are based on our own information and information from other sources we believe to be reliable, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release. Our actual results of operations, financial condition or business prospects may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward looking statements for a variety of reasons. For a discussion of these risks and other factors, please see the documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Web site: http://www.kongzhong.com

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Contact:
Richard Wei, Chief Financial Officer of KongZhong Corporation,
+86-10-6808-1818, ext. 935, fax, +86-10-6808-2128, or
rwei@kongzhong.com



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