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GDS Holdings Limited Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

SHANGHAI, China, Aug. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GDS Holdings Limited (“GDS Holdings”, “GDS” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:GDS), a leading developer and operator of high-performance data centers in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Second Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights

  • Net revenue increased by 42.4% year-over-year (“Y-o-Y”) to RMB336.2 million (US$49.6 million) in the second quarter of 2017 (2Q2016: RMB236.0 million).
  • Service revenue increased by 41.7% Y-o-Y to RMB331.5 million (US$48.9 million) in the second quarter of 2017 (2Q2016: RMB234.0 million).
  • Net loss was RMB75.7 million (US$11.2 million) in the second quarter of 2017, compared with a net loss of RMB115.4 million in the second quarter of 2016.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) increased by 111.6% Y-o-Y to RMB99.9 million (US$14.7 million) in the second quarter of 2017 (2Q2016: RMB47.2 million). See “Non-GAAP Disclosure” and “Reconciliations of GAAP and non-GAAP results” elsewhere in this earnings release.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) increased to 29.7% in the second quarter of 2017 (2Q2016: 20.0%).

Operating Highlights

  • Total area committed increased by 71.6% Y-o-Y to 76,541 sqm as of June 30, 2017 (June 30, 2016: 44,614 sqm).
  • Area utilized (or revenue generating space) increased by 32.1% Y-o-Y to 42,470 sqm as of June 30, 2017 (June 30, 2016: 32,152 sqm).
  • Area in service increased by 47.4% Y-o-Y to 71,577 sqm as of June 30, 2017 (June 30, 2016: 48,548 sqm).
  • Commitment rate for area in service was 92.2% as of June 30, 2017 (June 30, 2016: 90.8%) and utilization rate was 59.3% as of June 30, 2017 (June 30, 2016: 66.2%).
  • Area under construction was 38,028 sqm as of June 30, 2017 (June 30, 2016: 31,794 sqm).
  • Pre-commitment rate for area under construction was 27.7% as of June 30, 2017 (June 30, 2016: 1.7%).

“We are pleased to report excellent growth and operational progress in the second quarter of 2017,” said Mr. William Huang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “With significant demand from China’s rapid Cloud adoption, we added over 8,000 sqm (net) to our total area committed, worth about US$40 million in terms of annual recurring revenue. As previously announced, we entered into strategic partnerships with two of our most important customers, Alibaba and Tencent, that have recognized GDS as a preferred vendor. We are delighted to see the value we can deliver to our customers, which in turn further inspires our customers’ trust in us. In addition, we just delivered Phase 1 of our Shenzhen 5 data center into service a full quarter ahead of schedule. With the newly-announced Shanghai 5 and Shanghai 6 data centers added to our high-performance data center portfolio, we are rapidly proceeding with our resource development plan. Demand is accelerating for high-performance data-center solutions in China and we are well-positioned to capitalize on this momentum.”

“We continued to deliver our contract backlog and achieved strong financial results for the second quarter of 2017,” said Mr. Dan Newman, Chief Financial Officer of GDS Holdings. “Our service revenue grew by 41.7% year-over-year, driven by our impressive execution and the on-schedule delivery of our extensive contract backlog. Moreover, the scale of our business created significant operating leverage for us, reflected in our continued margin improvement with adjusted NOI margin and adjusted EBITDA margin reaching 46.5% and 29.7%, respectively, in the second quarter. Looking ahead, we will continue to drive growth by winning more orders and delivering our contract backlog while securing more financing facilities for future capacity expansion.”

Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Net revenue in the second quarter of 2017 was RMB336.2 million (US$49.6 million), a 42.4% increase over the second quarter of 2016 of RMB236.0 million and a 4.0% decrease over the first quarter of 2017 of RMB350.0 million. Service revenue in the second quarter of 2017 was RMB331.5 million (US$48.9 million), a 41.7% increase over the second quarter of 2016 of RMB234.0 million and a 3.5% decrease over the first quarter of 2017 of RMB343.7 million. The sequential decrease in net revenue and service revenue was mainly due to the one-time termination fee of RMB44.1 million booked in the first quarter of 2017 resulting from a churn event. Excluding the one-time termination fee, net revenue and service revenue increased by 9.9% and 10.6%, respectively, over the first quarter of 2017. The increase was mainly due to full quarter revenue contribution from additional area utilized in the previous quarter and the contribution from 4,572 sqm of net additional area utilized in the second quarter of 2017. Revenue from IT equipment sales was RMB4.7 million (US$0.7 million), compared with RMB2.0 million in the second quarter of 2016 and RMB6.4 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Cost of revenue in the second quarter of 2017 was RMB254.9 million (US$37.6 million), a 45.5% increase over the second quarter of 2016 of RMB175.1 million and a 4.5% increase over the first quarter of 2017 of RMB243.8 million. The increase over the previous quarter was mainly due to an increase in utility cost in relation to higher area utilized. Equipment cost was RMB4.0 million (US$0.6 million), compared with RMB2.0 million in the second quarter of 2016 and RMB5.1 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Gross profit was RMB81.4 million (US$12.0 million) in the second quarter of 2017, a 33.6% increase over the second quarter of 2016 of RMB60.9 million, and a 23.4% decrease over the first quarter of 2017 of RMB106.2 million. Excluding the one-time termination fee of RMB44.1 million booked in the first quarter of 2017, gross profit increased by 30.9% sequentially. The increase was mainly due to higher area utilized by customers. Gross profit margin was 24.2% in the second quarter of 2017, compared with 25.8% in the second quarter of 2016, and 20.3% in the first quarter of 2017 after excluding the one-time termination fee booked in that quarter.

Adjusted Net Operating Income (“Adjusted NOI”) (non-GAAP) is defined as gross profit excluding depreciation and amortization, accretion expenses for asset retirement costs and share-based compensation expenses allocated to cost of revenue. Adjusted NOI was RMB156.3 million (US$23.1 million) in the second quarter of 2017, a 45.7% increase over the second quarter of 2016 of RMB107.2 million and a 15.5% increase over the first quarter of 2017 of RMB135.3 million after excluding the one-time termination fee of RMB44.1 million booked in the first quarter of 2017. The increase was mainly due to higher area utilized by customers.

Adjusted NOI margin (non-GAAP) was 46.5% in the second quarter of 2017, compared with 45.4% in the second quarter of 2016, and 44.2% in the first quarter of 2017 after excluding the one-time termination fee booked in that quarter. The increase over the previous quarter excluding the one-time termination fee was mainly due to a leverage effect realized on personnel, rent and other fixed-cost components of cost of revenue as data centers ramp up.

Selling and marketing expenses, excluding share-based compensation expenses of RMB3.7 million (US$0.5 million), were RMB19.8 million (US$2.9 million) in the second quarter of 2017, a 26.6% increase over the second quarter of 2016 of RMB15.7 million (excluding share-based compensation of RMB5.1 million) and a 17.4% increase from the first quarter of 2017 of RMB16.9 million (excluding share-based compensation of RMB4.4 million). The increase over the previous quarter was primarily due to an increase in sales bonuses.

General and administrative expenses, excluding share-based compensation expenses of RMB6.4 million (US$0.9 million), were RMB41.4 million (US$6.1 million) in the second quarter of 2017, a 20.6% decrease over the second quarter of 2016 of RMB52.1 million (excluding share-based compensation of RMB50.9 million) and a 0.2% decrease from the first quarter of 2017 of RMB41.5 million (excluding share-based compensation of RMB7.3 million). The general and administrative expenses in the second quarter of 2017 stayed at the same level as the previous quarter.

Research and development costs were RMB1.2 million (US$0.2 million) in the second quarter of 2017, compared with RMB2.8 million in the second quarter 2016 and RMB1.5 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Net interest expenses for the second quarter of 2017 were RMB85.8 million (US$12.7 million), a 49.6% increase over the second quarter of 2016 of RMB57.3 million and a 9.1% increase over the first quarter of 2017 of RMB78.6 million. The increase over the previous quarter was mainly due to an increase of total debt to finance data center capacity expansion.

Foreign currency exchange loss for the second quarter of 2017 was RMB1.2 million (US$0.2 million), compared with a gain of RMB5.5 million in the second quarter of 2016 and a loss of RMB2.6 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) is defined as net loss excluding net interest expenses, income tax benefits, depreciation and amortization, accretion expenses for asset retirement costs and share-based compensation expenses. Adjusted EBITDA was RMB99.9 million (US$14.7 million) in the second quarter of 2017, a 111.6% increase over the second quarter of 2016 of RMB47.2 million and a 25.1% increase over the first quarter of 2017 of RMB79.9 million excluding the one-time termination fee of RMB44.1 million booked in the first quarter of 2017. The increase was mainly due to higher area utilized by customers.

Adjusted EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) was 29.7% in the second quarter of 2017, compared with 20.0% in the second quarter of 2016, and 26.1% excluding the one-time termination fee booked in the first quarter of 2017. Excluding the one-time termination fee, the increase over the previous quarter was mainly due to a leverage effect realized on general and administrative expenses as well as on personnel, rent and other fixed cost components of cost of revenue as data centers ramp up.

Net loss in the second quarter of 2017 was RMB75.7 million (US$11.2 million), compared with a net loss of RMB115.4 million in the second quarter of 2016, and a net loss of RMB44.3 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Basic and diluted loss per ordinary share in the second quarter of 2017 was RMB0.10 (US$0.01), compared with RMB0.66 in the second quarter of 2016, and RMB0.06 in the first quarter of 2017.

Basic and diluted loss per American Depositary Share (“ADS”) in the second quarter of 2017 was RMB0.80 (US$0.12), compared with RMB5.32 in the second quarter of 2016, and RMB0.47 or RMB0.93 excluding the one-time termination fee in the first quarter of 2017. Each ADS represents eight Class A ordinary shares.

Sales

Total area committed at the end of the second quarter of 2017 was 76,541 sqm, compared with 44,614 sqm at the end of the second quarter of 2016 and 68,313 sqm at the end of the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 71.6% Y-o-Y and 12.0% quarter-over-quarter (“Q-o-Q”). The sales increase was driven primarily by booming Cloud adoption in China leading to higher demand from Cloud service providers, as well as significant new commitments from large Internet and financial service institution customers.

Data Center Resources

Area in service at the end of the second quarter of 2017 was 71,577 sqm, compared with 48,548 sqm at the end of the second quarter of 2016 and 61,092 sqm at the end of the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 47.4% Y-o-Y and 17.2% Q-o-Q. In the second quarter of 2017, our Shenzhen 5 Phase 1 and Chengdu 1 Phase 3 data centers came into service.

Area under construction at the end of the second quarter of 2017 was 38,028 sqm, compared with 31,794 sqm at the end of the second quarter of 2016 and 35,055 sqm at the end of the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 19.6% Y-o-Y and 8.5% Q-o-Q. In the second quarter of 2017, as previously disclosed, construction commenced on our new Shanghai 5 Phase 1 and Shanghai 6 data centers.

Commitment rate of area in service was 92.2% at the end of the second quarter of 2017, compared with 90.8% at the end of the second quarter of 2016 and 90.0% at the end of first quarter 2017. Pre-commitment rate of area under construction was 27.7% at the end of the second quarter of 2017, compared with 1.7% at the end of the second quarter of 2016 and 37.9% at the end of the first quarter 2017.

Area utilized at the end of the second quarter of 2017 was 42,470 sqm, compared with 32,152 sqm at the end of the second quarter of 2016 and 37,898 sqm at the end of the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 32.1% Y-o-Y and 12.1% Q-o-Q.

Utilization rate of area in service was 59.3% at the end of the second quarter of 2017, compared with 66.2% at the end of the second quarter of 2017 and 62.0% at the end of the first quarter 2017.

Balance Sheet

As of June 30, 2017, cash was RMB1,466.0 million (US$216.2 million). Total short-term debt was RMB700.3 million (US$103.3 million), comprised of short-term borrowings and the current portion of long-term borrowings of RMB568.1 million (US$83.8 million) and the current portion of capital lease and other financing obligations of RMB132.2 million (US$19.5 million). Total long-term debt was RMB4,785.6 million (US$705.9 million), comprised of long-term borrowings (excluding current portion) of RMB2,382.3 million (US$351.4 million), convertible bonds of RMB1,016.2 million (US$149.9 million) and the non-current portion of capital lease and other financing obligations of RMB1,387.1 million (US$204.6 million). During the second quarter of 2017, the Company obtained new debt facilities of RMB694.0 million (US$102.4 million).

Conference Call

Management will hold a conference call at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 (8:00 p.m. Beijing Time on August 8, 2017) to discuss financial results and answer questions from investors and analysts. Listeners may access the call by dialing:

United States:1-845-675-0437
International:+65-6713-5090
Hong Kong:+852-3018-6771
China:400-620-8038
Conference ID: 59060121

A telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the call until August 15, 2017 by dialing:

United States:1-646-254-3697
International:
+61-2-8199-0299
Hong Kong:+852-3051-2780
China:400-632-2162
Replay Access Code:59060121

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's investor relations website at http://investors.gds-services.com.

Non-GAAP Disclosure

Our management and board of directors use adjusted NOI, adjust NOI margin, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin, which are non-GAAP financial measures, to evaluate our operating performance, establish budgets and develop operational goals for managing our business. In particular, we believe that the exclusion of the expenses eliminated in calculating adjusted NOI and adjusted EBITDA can provide a useful measure of our core operating performance.

We also present these non-GAAP measures because we believe these non-GAAP measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties as measures of the financial performance of companies in our industry.

These non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, and when assessing our operating performance, cash flows or our liquidity, investors should not consider them in isolation, or as a substitute for net loss, cash flows used in operating activities or other consolidated statements of operations and cash flow data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

We mitigate these limitations by reconciling the non-GAAP financial measure to the most comparable U.S. GAAP performance measure, all of which should be considered when evaluating our performance.

For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned “Reconciliations of GAAP and non-GAAP results” set forth at the end of this press release.

Exchange Rate

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars (“USD”) at specified rates solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise stated, all translations from RMB to USD were made at the rate of RMB6.7793 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on June 30, 2017 in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or USD amounts referred could be converted into USD or RMB, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all.

Statement Regarding Preliminary Unaudited Financial Information

The unaudited financial information set out in this earnings release is preliminary and subject to potential adjustments. Adjustments to the consolidated financial statements may be identified when audit work has been performed for the Company’s year-end audit, which could result in significant differences from this preliminary unaudited financial information.

About GDS Holdings Limited

GDS Holdings Limited (Nasdaq:GDS) is a leading developer and operator of high-performance data centers in China. The Company’s facilities are strategically located in China’s primary economic hubs where demand for high-performance data center services is concentrated. The Company’s data centers have large net floor area, high power capacity, density and efficiency, and multiple redundancy across all critical systems. GDS is carrier and cloud neutral, which enables customers to connect to all major PRC telecommunications carriers, and to access a number of the largest PRC cloud service providers, whom GDS hosts in its facilities. The Company offers colocation and managed services, including a unique and innovative managed cloud value proposition. The Company has a 16-year track record of service delivery, successfully fulfilling the requirements of some of the largest and most demanding customers for outsourced data center services in China. The Company’s base of customers consists predominantly of large Internet companies, financial institutions, telecommunications and IT service providers, and large domestic private sector and multinational corporations.

Safe Harbor

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “aim,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “estimate,” “expect,” “future,” “guidance,” “intend,” “is/are likely to,” “may,” “ongoing,” “plan,” “potential,” “target,” “will,” and similar statements. Among other things, statements that are not historical facts, including statements about GDS Holdings’ beliefs and expectations regarding the growth of its businesses and its revenue for the full fiscal year, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as GDS Holdings’ strategic and operational plans, are or contain forward-looking statements. GDS Holdings may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on Forms 20-F and 6-K, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause GDS Holdings’ actual results or financial performance to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: GDS Holdings’ goals and strategies; GDS Holdings’ future business development, financial condition and results of operations; the expected growth of the market for high-performance data centers, data center solutions and related services in China; GDS Holdings’ expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of its high-performance data centers, data center solutions and related services; GDS Holdings’ expectations regarding building, strengthening and maintaining its relationships with new and existing customers; the continued adoption of cloud computing and cloud service providers in China; risks and uncertainties associated with increased investments in GDS Holdings’ business and new data center initiatives; risks and uncertainties associated with strategic acquisitions and investments; GDS Holdings’ ability to maintain or grow its revenue or business; fluctuations in GDS Holdings’ operating results; changes in laws, regulations and regulatory environment that affect GDS Holdings’ business operations; competition in GDS Holdings’ industry in China; security breaches; power outages; and fluctuations in general economic and business conditions in China and globally and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in the GDS Holdings’ filings with the SEC, including its registration statement on Form F-1, as amended. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release and are based on assumptions that GDS Holdings believes to be reasonable as of such date, and GDS Holdings does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

GDS HOLDINGS LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amount in thousands of Renminbi ("RMB") and US dollars ("US$"))
As of
December 31, 2016
As of
June 30, 2017
RMBRMBUS$
Assets
Current assets
Cash1,811,319 1,466,013 216,248
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts198,851 308,137 45,453
Value-added-tax (“VAT”) recoverable72,958 87,254 12,871
Prepaid expenses and other current assets127,185 141,557 20,881
Total current assets2,210,313 2,002,961 295,453
Property and equipment, net4,322,891 5,631,456 830,684
Goodwill and intangible assets, net1,433,656 1,764,387 260,260
Other non-current assets237,006 353,919 52,206
Total assets8,203,866 9,752,723 1,438,603
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities
Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term borrowings628,478 568,139 83,805
Accounts payable513,543 588,080 86,746
Accrued expenses and other payables248,607 397,561 58,644
Capital lease and other financing obligations, current88,593 132,151 19,493
Total current liabilities1,479,221 1,685,931 248,688
Long-term borrowings, excluding current portion1,509,676 2,382,276 351,404
Convertible bonds payable1,040,550 1,016,160 149,892
Capital lease and other financing obligations, non-current1,022,959 1,387,132 204,613
Other long-term liabilities164,986 390,788 57,644
Total liabilities5,217,392 6,862,287 1,012,241
Shareholders' equity
Ordinary shares260 267 39
Additional paid-in capital4,036,959 4,063,639 599,419
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (192,080)(194,777)(28,731)
Accumulated deficit(858,665)(978,693)(144,365)
Total shareholders’ equity2,986,474 2,890,436 426,362
Commitments and contingencies
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity8,203,866 9,752,723 1,438,603


GDS HOLDINGS LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Amount in thousands of Renminbi ("RMB") and US dollars ("US$")
except for number of shares and per share data)
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, 2016March 31, 2017June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016June 30, 2017
RMBRMBRMBUS$ RMBRMBUS$
Net revenue
Service revenue234,010 343,665 331,490 48,897 436,394 675,155 99,591
Equipment sales2,026 6,378 4,724 697 10,741 11,102 1,638
Total net revenue236,036 350,043 336,214 49,594 447,135 686,257 101,229
Cost of revenue(175,138)(243,845)(254,853)(37,593) (332,034)(498,698)(73,562)
Gross profit60,898 106,198 81,361 12,001 115,101 187,559 27,667
Operating expenses
Selling and marketing expenses(20,829)(21,256)(23,508)(3,468) (34,563)(44,764)(6,603)
General and administrative expenses(102,963)(48,768)(47,733)(7,041) (131,452)(96,501)(14,235)
Research and development expenses(2,778)(1,458)(1,203)(177) (4,765)(2,661)(393)
Income (loss) from operations(65,672)34,716 8,917 1,315 (55,679)43,633 6,436
Other income (expenses):
Net interest expenses(57,329)(78,608)(85,755)(12,650) (110,292)(164,363)(24,245)
Foreign currency exchange gain (loss), net5,492 (2,606)(1,229)(181) 4,101 (3,835)(566)
Others, net547 826 1,010 149 1,209 1,836 271
Loss before income taxes(116,962)(45,672)(77,057)(11,367) (160,661)(122,729)(18,104)
Income tax benefits1,543 1,367 1,334 197 6,464 2,701 398
Net loss(115,419)(44,305)(75,723)(11,170) (154,197)(120,028)(17,706)
Change in redemption value of redeemable preferred shares(27,594)0 0 0 (57,869)0 0
(Cumulative) Dividend on preferred shares(1,863)0 0 0 (3,725)0 0
Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders(144,876)(44,305)(75,723)(11,170) (215,791)(120,028)(17,706)
Loss per ordinary share
Basic and diluted(0.66)(0.06)(0.10)(0.01) (0.99)(0.16)(0.02)
Weighted average number of ordinary share outstanding
Basic and diluted217,987,922 760,009,043 760,619,962 760,619,962 217,987,922 760,316,190 760,316,190


GDS HOLDINGS LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(Amount in thousands of Renminbi ("RMB") and US dollars ("US$"))
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, 2016March 31, 2017June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016June 30, 2017
RMBRMBRMBUS$ RMBRMBUS$
Net loss(115,419)(44,305)(75,723)(11,170) (154,197)(120,028)(17,706)
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of nil tax(66,969)(6,274)3,577 528 (50,576)(2,697)(398)
Comprehensive loss(182,388)(50,579)(72,146)(10,642) (204,773)(122,725)(18,104)


GDS HOLDINGS LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Amount in thousands of Renminbi ("RMB") and US dollars ("US$"))
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, 2016March 31, 2017June 30, 2017
June 30, 2016June 30, 2017
RMBRMBRMBUS$ RMBRMBUS$
Net loss(115,419)(44,305)(75,723)(11,170) (154,197)(120,028)(17,706)
Depreciation and amortization49,518 77,324 78,692 11,608 93,469 156,016 23,014
Amortization of debt issuance cost and debt discount0 4,530 4,459 658 422 8,989 1,326
Share-based compensation expense57,187 13,506 12,294 1,813 57,187 25,800 3,806
Others(805)(4,131)(1,829)(271) (9,577)(5,960)(879)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities15,392 (85,378)(85,463)(12,606) (9,373)(170,841)(25,201)
Net cash used in operating activities5,873 (38,454)(67,570)(9,968) (22,069)(106,024)(15,640)
Purchase of property, plant and equipment(144,247)(379,970)(362,149)(53,420) (317,555)(742,119)(109,468)
Payments related to acquisitions(119,363)0 (43,599)(6,431) (159,363)(43,599)(6,431)
Net cash used in investing activities(263,610)(379,970)(405,748)(59,851) (476,918)(785,718)(115,899)
Net proceeds from financing activities137,081 146,352 432,498 63,798 395,346 578,850 85,385
Net cash provided by financing activities137,081 146,352 432,498 63,798 395,346 578,850 85,385
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash15,650 (11,929)(20,485)(3,022) 13,620 (32,414)(4,782)
Net decrease of cash(105,006)(284,001)(61,305)(9,043) (90,021)(345,306)(50,936)
Cash at beginning of period939,483 1,811,319 1,527,318 225,291 924,498 1,811,319 267,184
Cash at end of period834,477 1,527,318 1,466,013 216,248 834,477 1,466,013 216,248


GDS HOLDINGS LIMITED
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS
(Amount in thousands of Renminbi ("RMB") and US dollars ("US$")
except for percentage data)
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, 2016March 31, 2017June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016June 30, 2017
RMBRMBRMBUS$ RMBRMBUS$
Gross profit 60,898 106,198 81,361 12,001 115,101 187,559 27,667
Depreciation and amortization45,030 71,288 72,609 10,710 85,806 143,897 21,226
Accretion expenses for asset retirement costs135 153 203 30 270 356 53
Share-based compensation expenses1,169 1,730 2,108 311 1,169 3,838 566
Adjusted NOI 107,232 179,369 156,281 23,052 202,346 335,650 49,512
Adjusted NOI margin45.4%51.2%46.5%46.5% 45.3%48.9%48.9%
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, 2016March 31, 2017June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016June 30, 2017
RMBRMBRMBUS$ RMBRMBUS$
Net loss(115,419)(44,305)(75,723)(11,170) (154,197)(120,028)(17,706)
Net interest expenses57,329 78,608 85,755 12,650 110,292 164,363 24,245
Income tax benefit(1,543)(1,367)(1,334)(197) (6,464)(2,701)(398)
Depreciation and amortization49,518 77,324 78,692 11,608 93,469 156,016 23,014
Accretion expenses for asset retirement costs135 153 203 30 270 356 53
Share-based compensation expenses57,187 13,506 12,294 1,813 57,187 25,800 3,806
Adjusted EBITDA47,207 123,919 99,887 14,734 100,557 223,806 33,014
Adjusted EBITDA margin20.0%35.4%29.7%29.7% 22.5%32.6%32.6%


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