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New Oriental Announces Results for the Second Fiscal Quarter Ended November 30, 2008
January 19, 2009 at 3:26 AM EST
                Net Revenues Increased by 53.7% Year-Over-Year

            Non-GAAP Net Income Increased by 84.9% Year-Over-Year

              GAAP Net Income Increased by 57.5% Year-Over-Year

BEIJING, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: EDU), the largest provider of private educational services in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fiscal quarter ended November 30, 2008, which is the second quarter for New Oriental's fiscal year 2009.

    Highlights for the Fiscal Quarter Ended November 30, 2008

    -- Total net revenues increased by 53.7% year-over-year to US$49.4 million
       from US$32.2 million in the same period of the prior fiscal year.

    -- Net income, excluding share-based compensation expenses (Non-GAAP),
       increased by 84.9% year-over-year to US$7.4 million from US$4.0 million
       in the same period of the prior fiscal year.  GAAP net income increased
       by 57.5% year-over-year to US$3.1 million from US$1.9 million in the
       same period of the prior fiscal year.

    -- Non-GAAP income from operations increased by 170% year-over-year to
       US$5.2 million from US$1.9 million in the same period of the prior
       fiscal year. GAAP income from operations increased to US$0.9 million
       from a loss of US$0.1 million in the same period of the prior fiscal
       year.

    -- Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS were US$0.20 and US$0.19,
       respectively. GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS were US$0.08 and
       US$0.08, respectively. Each ADS represents four common shares of the
       Company.

    -- Total student enrollments in language training and test preparation
       courses increased by 13.4% year-over-year to approximately 292,200 from
       approximately 257,700 in the same period of the prior fiscal year.

    -- The total number of schools and learning centers increased by 25 to 247
       in the quarter ended November 30, 2008, up from 222 in previous quarter.
       New Oriental opened one new school and a net of 22 new learning centers
       during the quarter, and we completed the acquisition of 100% equity
       interest of the two Tongwen schools in Changchun, Tongwen High School
       and a Tongwen school for re-takers of the gaokao, China's national
       college entrance examination. This brings the total number of schools
       and learning centers to 46 and 201, respectively, as of November 30,
       2008.



    Financial Summary - Second Fiscal Quarter 2009 and First Six Months
     of FY2009
    (US$ 000, except per ADS data and student enrollments)

                                    Q2 of FY2009 Q2 of FY 2008    Pct. Change
    Net revenues                       US$49,430     US$32,159         53.7 %
    Non-GAAP net income (1)                7,376         3,989         84.9 %
    GAAP net income                        3,064         1,946         57.5 %
    Non-GAAP operating income (1)          5,182         1,919        170.0 %
    GAAP operating income                    870          (124)            -
    Non-GAAP net income per ADS
     basic (1)(2)                           0.20          0.11         86.5 %
    Non-GAAP net income per ADS
     diluted (1)(2)                         0.19          0.10         89.4 %
    GAAP net income per ADS basic (2)       0.08          0.05         58.8 %
    GAAP net income per ADS diluted (2)     0.08          0.05         61.3 %
    Total student enrollments in
     language training and test
     preparation courses                 292,200       257,700         13.4 %


                                    1H of FY2009  1H of FY2008    Pct. Change
    Net revenues                      US$167,692    US$112,737         48.7 %
    Non-GAAP net income (1)               56,163        39,361         42.7 %
    GAAP net income                       47,967        35,648         34.6 %
    Non-GAAP operating income (1)         57,931        38,995         48.6 %
    GAAP operating income                 49,735        35,282         41.0 %
    Non-GAAP net income per ADS
     basic (1)(2)                           1.51          1.05         43.5 %
    Non-GAAP net income per ADS
     diluted (1)(2)                         1.46          1.01         45.4 %
    GAAP net income per ADS basic (2)       1.29          0.95         35.4 %
    GAAP net income per ADS diluted (2)     1.25          0.91         37.1 %
    Total student enrollments in
     language training and test
     preparation courses                 837,700       698,200         20.0 %


    (1) New Oriental provides net income, operating income, net income per
        ADS on a Non-GAAP basis that excludes share-based compensation
        expenses to reflect meaningful supplemental information regarding its
        performance and liquidity. For more information on these Non-GAAP
        financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliations
        of Non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures" set forth
        at the end of this release.
    (2) Each ADS represents four common shares.

"Despite the challenging global economic conditions, we are pleased to see continued strong demand for New Oriental's educational programs and services. We achieved year-over-year revenue growth of 53.7% to US$49.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2009, and Non-GAAP earnings growth of 84.9% to US$7.4 million," said Michael Yu, New Oriental's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We also continued to execute on our expansion plan during the second quarter by completing the acquisition of the two Tongwen schools in Changchun (the capital city of Jilin province in northeastern China), opening one new school in the city of Nanning (the capital city of Guangxi province in southern China), and opening more than 20 new learning centers in existing markets nationwide, bringing the total number of learning centers in operation to over 200."

Mr. Yu continued, "We were particularly pleased with the stellar growth in our POP Kids English program, (the language training program for children of ages 5 to 12). Enrollments in the program were up over 43% year-over-year to over 56,000 during our second fiscal quarter, which is typically the slowest quarter of our fiscal year, and up over 51% for the first half of fiscal year 2009 to over 154,000. To enhance our fast-growing POP Kids English program, in November 2008, we began a cooperation with Cambridge ESOL's sole representative in China, the Sino-British Academic Exchange Center for Education Management (SBC), for administration of the Cambridge Young Learners English exam (YLE) to our students. Currently, we are administering the YLE exam for our POP Kids English students in 13 cities across mainland China. We are the first and only language training school in China authorized by SBC to administer the exam on a national scale."

Mr. Yu concluded, "We are pleased to report continued excellent progress in our U-Can programs, which provide all subjects after-school tutoring and gaokao test preparation. Our U-Can programs had enrollments in non-English courses of over 5,800 in the seasonally slowest second fiscal quarter and enrollments of over 22,000 for the first half of fiscal year 2009. We recorded over 143,000 enrollments for middle and high school English courses in the same period. In addition, we expect a pick-up in U-Can enrollments in the second half of fiscal year 2009 ending in May because the gaokao exam is given once a year in June and students typically begin preparing in earnest as the all-important exam nears. We remain on track to achieve our 40,000 to 50,000 enrollment target for U-Can non-English enrollments for fiscal year 2009."

New Oriental's Chief Financial Officer, Louis T. Hsieh, stated, "We expected enrollment growth abatement during the second fiscal quarter after our exceptional, albeit unsustainable, student enrollment growth of 23.8% to over 545,000 enrollments in the first fiscal quarter, our seasonally strongest summer quarter. We are pleased to report that the enrollment growth abatement was moderate, and we achieved enrollment growth of 13.4% to over 292,200 for our second fiscal quarter, bringing enrollments to over 837,700 for the first half of fiscal year 2009 ending November 30, 2008, up 20.0% over the year ago period. Furthermore, we experienced a strong enrollment pick-up for the first six weeks of our third fiscal quarter from December 1, 2008 through January 11, 2009 as compared to the same period in the prior year with enrollments up 34% to approximately 160,000 enrollments from approximately 118,000 in the year ago period. We believe this enrollment pick-up is attributable, in part, to the early timing of Chinese New Year, which falls on January 26, 2009 this year compared to February 7, 2008 last year. Although we expect the student enrollment growth rate to abate from the 34% for the remainder of the third fiscal quarter, we are on track to achieve our target of between 1,475,000 to 1,500,000 student enrollments for fiscal year 2009 ending in May, up 16% to 18% from approximately 1,271,000 enrollments in fiscal year 2008."

Financial Results for the Fiscal Quarter Ended November 30, 2008

For the second fiscal quarter of 2009, New Oriental reported net revenues of US$49.4 million, representing a 53.7% increase year-over-year.

Net revenues from educational programs and services for the second fiscal quarter were US$43.8 million, representing a 56.5% increase year-over-year. The growth was mainly driven by the increase in the number of student enrollments in language training and test preparation courses. Total student enrollments in language training and test preparation courses in the second quarter of fiscal year 2009 increased by 13.4% year-over-year to approximately 292,200 from approximately 257,700 in the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Non-GAAP operating costs and expenses for the quarter were US$44.2 million, a 46.3% increase year-over-year. GAAP operating costs and expenses for the quarter were US$48.6 million, a 50.4% increase year-over-year.

Cost of revenues increased by 39.9% year-over-year to US$21.7 million, primarily due to the increased number of courses and the greater number of schools and learning centers in operation.

Selling and marketing expenses increased by 62.9% year-over-year to US$8.3 million, primarily due to brand promotion expenses.

Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses were US$14.4 million, a 43.4% increase year-over-year. GAAP general and administrative expenses for the quarter increased by 58.9% year-over-year to US$18.6 million, primarily due to increased headcount as the Company expanded its network of schools and learning centers.

Total share-based compensation expenses, which were allocated to related operating costs and expenses, increased to US$4.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2009 from US$2.0 million in the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Non-GAAP income from operations for the quarter was US$5.2 million, a 170% increase from US$1.9 million in the same period of the prior fiscal year, and GAAP income from operations for the quarter was US$0.9 million, compared to a loss of US$0.1 million in the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Non-GAAP operating margin for the quarter was 10.5%, compared to 6.0% in the same period of the prior fiscal year. GAAP operating margin for the quarter was 1.8%, compared to negative 0.4% in the same period of the prior fiscal year. This rise was primarily due to improved operating efficiency as revenue growth outpaced the growth in operating cost and expenses.

Non-GAAP net income was US$7.4 million, representing an 84.9% increase from the same period of the prior fiscal year. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses (Non-GAAP) were US$0.20 and US$0.19, respectively.

GAAP net income for the quarter was US$3.1 million, representing a 57.5% increase from the same period of the prior fiscal year. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were US$0.08 and US$0.08, respectively.

Capital expenditures for the quarter were US$3.2 million, which was primarily used to add the one new school and a net of 22 new learning centers in the quarter.

As of November 30, 2008, New Oriental had cash and cash equivalents of US$182.8 million, as compared to US$196.9 million as of August 31, 2008. In addition, we had US$86.5 million in term deposits at the end of the quarter. Net operating cash flow for the second quarter of fiscal year 2009 was US$5.3 million.

The deferred revenue balance (cash collected from registered students for courses and recognized proportionally as revenue as the instructions are delivered) at the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2009 was US$52.7 million, an increase of 39.5% as compared to US$37.7 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2008.

Financial Results for the Six Months Ended November 30, 2008

For the first six months of fiscal year 2009, New Oriental reported net revenues of US$167.7 million, representing a 48.7% increase year-over-year.

Total student enrollments in language training and test preparation courses in the first six months of fiscal year 2009 increased by 20.0% to approximately 837,700 from approximately 698,200 in the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Non-GAAP income from operations for the first six months of fiscal year 2009 was US$57.9 million, a 48.6% increase year-over-year. GAAP income from operations for the first six months of fiscal year 2009 was US$49.7 million, a 41.0% increase year-over-year.

Non-GAAP operating margin for the first six months of fiscal year 2009 was 34.5%, compared to 34.6% for the same period of the prior fiscal year; GAAP operating margin for the first six months of fiscal year 2009 was 29.7%, compared to 31.3% for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Non-GAAP net income for the first six months of fiscal year 2009 was US$56.2 million, representing a 42.7% increase year-over-year. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS for the first six months of fiscal year 2009 amounted to US$1.51 and US$1.46, respectively.

GAAP net income for the first six months of fiscal year 2009 was US$48.0 million, representing a 34.6% increase year-over-year. GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS for the first six months of fiscal year 2009 amounted to US$1.29 and US$1.25, respectively.

Outlook for Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2009

New Oriental expects its total net revenues in the third quarter of fiscal year 2009 (December 1, 2008 to February 28, 2009) to be in the range of US$65.5 million to US$67.5 million, representing year-over-year growth in the range of 36.2% to 40.3%, respectively. This forecast reflects New Oriental's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call Information

New Oriental's management will host an earnings conference call at 8 AM on January 20, 2009 U.S. Eastern Time (9 PM on January 20, 2009Beijing/Hong Kong time).

    Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

     US:         + 1 617.213.8847
     Hong Kong:  + 852 3002.1672
     UK:         + 44 207.365.8426

Please dial-in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call. The passcode is "New Oriental earnings call."

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following number until January 27, 2009:

International: + 1 617.801.6888

Passcode: 42733134

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available at http://investor.neworiental.org.

About New Oriental

New Oriental is the largest provider of private educational services in China based on the number of program offerings, total student enrollments and geographic presence. New Oriental offers a wide range of educational programs, services and products consisting primarily of English and other foreign language training, test preparation courses for major admissions and assessment tests in the United States, the PRC and Commonwealth countries, primary and secondary school education, development and distribution of educational content, software and other technology, and online education. New Oriental's ADSs, each of which represents four common shares, currently trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "EDU."

For more information about New Oriental, please visit http://english.neworiental.org .

Safe Harbor Statement

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 "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the outlook for the third quarter of fiscal year 2009 and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as New Oriental's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. New Oriental may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission 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. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about New Oriental's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: our growth strategies; our future business development, results of operations and financial condition; our ability to attract students without a significant decrease in course fees; our ability to continue to hire, train and retain qualified teachers; our ability to maintain and enhance our "New Oriental" brand; our ability to effectively and efficiently manage the expansion of our school network and successfully execute our growth strategy; the outcome of ongoing, or any future, litigation or arbitration, including those relating to copyright and other intellectual property rights; competition in the private education sector in China; changes in our revenues and certain cost or expense items as a percentage of our revenues; the expected growth of the Chinese private education market; and Chinese governmental policies relating to private educational services and providers of such services. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in our annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. New Oriental does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and New Oriental undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement New Oriental's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, New Oriental uses the following measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the SEC: net income excluding share-based compensation expenses and basic and diluted earnings per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses. 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. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures" set forth at the end of this release. New Oriental believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and liquidity by excluding share-based expenses that may not be indicative of its operating performance from a cash perspective. New Oriental believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to 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 New Oriental's historical performance and liquidity. New Oriental computes its non-GAAP financial measures using the same consistent method from quarter to quarter. New Oriental 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 excluding share-based compensation expenses, and basic and diluted earnings per share and per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses is that these non-GAAP measures exclude share-based compensation charge that has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in our business. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying tables have more details on the reconciliations between GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures.

    For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

    In China:

     Ms. Sisi Zhao
     New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc.
     Tel:    +86-10-6260-5566 x8203
     Email:  zhaosisi@staff.neworiental.org

     Ms. Cynthia HeBrunswick Group LLC
     Tel:    +86-10-6566-9504
     Email:  edu@brunswickgroup.com

     In the U.S.:

     Mr. Michael GuerinBrunswick Group LLC
     Tel:    +1-212-333-3810
     Email:  mguerin@brunswickgroup.com



                 NEW ORIENTAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC.
                      CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                                 (In thousands)
                                            As of November 30  As of August 31
                                                    2008              2008
                                                (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)
                                                    USD               USD
    ASSETS:
    Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                    182,831           196,885
      Restricted cash                                  531               530
      Term deposits                                 86,536            68,939
      Accounts receivable, net                       1,315             1,410
      Inventory                                     12,866            13,071
      Prepaid expenses and other current assets     16,131            15,870

    Total current assets                           300,210           296,705

      Property, plant and equipment, net           107,988           107,432
      Land use right, net                            3,527             3,547
      Amounts due from related parties                 396               396
      Deferred tax assets                            1,570             1,622
      Long term prepaid rent                           738               583
      Deposits for business acquisition                  -               366
      Intangible assets                                955               660
      Goodwill                                       2,163             1,401
      Long term investment                               2                 2

    Total assets                                   417,549           412,714

    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Current liabilities:
      Accounts payable-trade                         8,139             9,474
      Accrued expenses and other current
       liabilities                                  25,121            32,509
      Income tax payable                             4,268             8,286
      Amount due to related parties                      9             1,506
      Deferred revenue                              52,660            42,554

    Total current liabilities                       90,197            94,329

    Total liabilities                               90,197            94,329

    Total shareholders' equity                     327,352           318,385

    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity     417,549           412,714




                 NEW ORIENTAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC.
                 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
             (In thousands except for per share and per ADS amounts)

                                                      For the Three Months
                                                       Ended November 30
                                                     2008              2007
                                                 (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)
                                                     USD               USD
    Net Revenues:
      Educational Programs and services             43,833            28,004
      Books and others                               5,597             4,155
    Total net revenues                              49,430            32,159

    Operating costs and expenses (note 1):
      Cost of revenues                              21,719            15,523
      Selling and marketing                          8,291             5,089
      General and administrative                    18,550            11,671

    Total operating costs and expenses              48,560            32,283
    Operating income (loss)                            870              (124)

    Other income, net                                2,605             2,221

      Provision for income taxes                      (411)             (191)
      Minority interest, net of taxes                    -                40

    Net Income                                       3,064             1,946

    Net income per share-basic                        0.02              0.01
    Net income per share-diluted                      0.02              0.01

    Net income per ADS-basic (note 2)                 0.08              0.05
    Net income per ADS-diluted (note 2)               0.08              0.05



                 NEW ORIENTAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC.
                 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
             (In thousands except for per share and per ADS amounts)

                                                      For the Six Months
                                                       Ended November 30
                                                     2008              2007
                                                 (Unaudited)      (Unaudited)
                                                     USD               USD
    Net Revenues:
      Educational Programs and services            155,054           104,136
      Books and others                              12,638             8,601
    Total net revenues                             167,692           112,737

    Operating costs and expenses (note 1):
      Cost of revenues                              60,205            41,075
      Selling and marketing                         18,150            11,183
      General and administrative                    39,602            25,197

    Total operating costs and expenses             117,957            77,455
    Operating income                                49,735            35,282

    Other income, net                                4,468             3,808

      Provision for income taxes                    (6,637)           (3,528)
      Minority interest, net of taxes                  401                86

    Net Income                                      47,967            35,648

    Net income per share-basic                        0.32              0.24
    Net income per share-diluted                      0.31              0.23

    Net income per ADS-basic (note 2)                 1.29              0.95
    Net income per ADS-diluted (note 2)               1.25              0.91

    Notes:

    Note 1: Share-based compensation expenses (in thousands) are included in
            the operating costs and expenses as follows:

                                                      For the Three Months
                                                       Ended November 30
                                                     2008              2007
                                                 (Unaudited)      (Unaudited)
                                                       USD               USD
    Cost of revenues                                    83               326
    Selling and marketing                               52                67
    General and administrative                       4,177             1,650
    Total                                            4,312             2,043

    Note 2: Each ADS represents four common shares.


    Notes:

    Note 1: Share-based compensation expenses (in thousands) are included in
            the operating costs and expenses as follows:

                                                       For the Six Months
                                                        Ended November 30
                                                      2008             2007
                                                 (Unaudited)      (Unaudited)
                                                       USD               USD
    Cost of revenues                                   313               441
    Selling and marketing                              114               126
    General and administrative                       7,769             3,146
    Total                                            8,196             3,713

    Note 2: Each ADS represents four common shares.



                 NEW ORIENTAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC.
    RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO THE MOST COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES
                 (In thousands except share and per ADS amounts)

                                                     For the Three Months
                                                       Ended November 30
                                                    2008              2007
                                                (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)
                                                     USD               USD

    General and administrative expenses             18,550            11,671
    Share-based compensation expense in
     general and administrative expenses             4,177             1,650
    Non-GAAP general and administrative
     expenses                                       14,373            10,021

    Total operating costs and expenses              48,560            32,283
    Share-based compensation expenses                4,312             2,043
    Non-GAAP operating costs and expenses           44,248            30,240

    Operating income                                   870              (124)
    Share-based compensation expenses                4,312             2,043
    Non-GAAP operating income                        5,182             1,919

    Operating margin                                  1.8%             (0.4%)
    Non-GAAP operating margin                        10.5%              6.0%

    Net income                                       3,064             1,946
    Share-based compensation expense                 4,312             2,043
    Non-GAAP net income                              7,376             3,989

    Net income per ADS - basic (note 1)               0.08              0.05
    Net income per ADS - diluted (note 1)             0.08              0.05

    Non-GAAP net income per ADS - basic (note 1)      0.20              0.11
    Non-GAAP net income per ADS - diluted (note 1)    0.19              0.10

    Weighted average shares used in
     calculating basic net income per ADS
     (note 1)                                  148,852,433       150,163,711
    Weighted average shares used in
     calculating diluted net income per
     ADS (note 1)                              153,437,244       157,175,447


    Note 1: Each ADS represents four common shares.




                 NEW ORIENTAL EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC.
    RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO THE MOST COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES
                 (In thousands except share and per ADS amounts)

                                                      For the Six Months
                                                       Ended November 30
                                                     2008             2007
                                                (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)
                                                     USD              USD

    General and administrative expenses             39,602            25,197
    Share-based compensation expense in
     general and administrative expenses             7,769             3,146
    Non-GAAP general and administrative
     expenses                                       31,833            22,051

    Total operating costs and expenses             117,957            77,455
    Share-based compensation expenses                8,196             3,713
    Non-GAAP operating costs and expenses          109,761            73,742

    Operating income                                49,735            35,282
    Share-based compensation expenses                8,196             3,713
    Non-GAAP operating income                       57,931            38,995

    Operating margin                                 29.7%             31.3%
    Non-GAAP operating margin                        34.5%             34.6%

    Net income                                      47,967            35,648
    Share-based compensation expense                 8,196             3,713
    Non-GAAP net income                             56,163            39,361

    Net income per ADS - basic (note 1)               1.29              0.95
    Net income per ADS - diluted (note 1)             1.25              0.91

    Non-GAAP net income per ADS - basic (note 1)      1.51              1.05
    Non-GAAP net income per ADS - diluted (note 1)    1.46              1.01

    Weighted average shares used in
     calculating basic net income per ADS
     (note 1)                                  148,770,074       149,669,791
    Weighted average shares used in
     calculating diluted net income per
     ADS (note 1)                              153,718,565       156,594,510


    Note 1: Each ADS represents four common shares.

SOURCE  New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc

    -0-                             01/19/2009
    /CONTACT:  In China: Ms. Sisi Zhao of New Oriental Education and
Technology Group Inc., +86-10-6260-5566 x8203, zhaosisi@staff.neworiental.org;
or Ms. Cynthia He of Brunswick Group LLC, +86-10-6566-9504,
edu@brunswickgroup.com, for New Oriental; or In the U.S.: Mr. Michael Guerin
of Brunswick Group LLC, +1-212-333-3810, mguerin@brunswickgroup.com, for New
Oriental/
    (EDU)

CO:  New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc

ST:  China
IN:  EDU NET MLM CPR HED
SU:  ERN CCA ERP



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