BEIJING, Aug. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNET) ("ChinaNet" or the "Company"), a leading B2B (business to business) Internet technology company providing online-to-offline ("O2O") sales channel expansion services for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurial management and networking services for entrepreneurs in the People's Republic of China, today announced financial results for the second fiscal quarter of 2014.
|Second quarter 2014 Results (USD) (Unaudited)|
|Q2 2014||Q2 2013||CHANGE|
|Sales||$10.4 million||$8.9 million||+17%|
|Gross Profit||$1.7 million||$3.6 million||-53%|
|Net (Loss)/Income Attributable to ChinaNet||($1.3) million||0.4 million||--|
Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results
Revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2014 were $10.4 million compared to $8.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013, representing a 17% increase. New revenues from search engine marketing services, an integrated internet marketing service, offset declines in internet advertising, TV advertising and brand management and sales channel building services.
|Second quarter 2014 Revenue Breakdown by Business Unit (USD in thousands)|
|Q2 2014||%||Q2 2013||%||% Change|
|Internet Advertisement and Related Services||$8,228||79%||$5,436||61%||+51%|
|Brand Mgmt. & Sales Channel Building||$254||2%||$896||10%||-72%|
Revenue from internet advertisements, search engine marketing and other related technical services for the three months ended June 30, 2014 increased by 51% to $8.2 million compared to the same period a year ago. Search engine marketing services, designed to help customers optimize their online search marketing effectiveness and maximize the sales leads generated from our integrated internet marketing solutions, generated approximately $3.1 million of revenues in the second quarter of 2014. Management believes this service will help raise overall customer satisfaction, thereby increasing recurring revenues and market share from online advertising and marketing services in the future. Internet advertising revenues fell by 7% to $5 million due to fewer SME customers using its services as a result of slowing economic growth in China.
TV advertising revenue decreased by 27% to $1.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014 from $2.5 million for the same period in 2013. The decrease in TV advertising revenue was primarily due to the adoption of a restriction notice to TV shopping infomercials broadcasted in provincial satellite television stations, issued by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People's Republic of China (the "SARFT") in October 2013, which further restricts the content, air time and duration of these infomercials. In response to these restrictions, management plans to cooperate with the television stations to develop and produce new forms of TV program which will replace TV shopping infomercials to help clients raise their brand and product awareness, and to develop non-TV shopping advertising customers. In addition, in response to uncertain business environment and policies, management shifted more resources into the online advertising business while maintaining the ongoing business relationship with some selected provincial satellite television stations.
Gross profit for the three months ended June 30, 2014 was $1.7 million compared to $3.6 million for the same period in 2013. Gross margin was 16%, down from 41% in the second quarter of 2013. This decrease is a direct result of the decrease in the gross margin of the internet advertising business to 23% from 51% for the same period last year and lower margins for the new search engine marketing services.
Operating expenses increased by 6% to $3.0 million compared to $2.8 million for the second quarter of 2013. General and administrative expenses decreased by 41% to $1.0 million as a result of decrease in allowance for doubtful accounts and overall cost reduction plan executed by management during the period. Selling expenses increased to $1.5 million from $0.6 million for the second quarter of 2013, which was primarily due to the increase in brand building expenses for promoting our websites and services to enhance brand awareness. The Company incurred an operating loss of $1.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014 compared to an operating profit of $0.8 million in the same period a year ago.
Net loss attributable to ChinaNet for the three months ended June 30, 2014 was $1.3 million and loss per share was $0.06, compared to a net income of $0.4 million and earnings per share of $0.02 in the second quarter of 2013.
Second Half 2014 Financial Results
Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2014 were $15.5 million, a decrease of 2% from $15.9 million for the same period a year ago. New revenues from search engine marketing services offset declines in sales from internet advertising, TV advertising and brand channel management.
Gross profit and gross profit margin was $3.1 million and 19.7%, respectively, for the first six months of 2014. Operating expenses fell by 8% to $5 million compared to $5.4 million for the first six months of 2013. The Company reported an operating loss of $1.9 million in the first half of 2014.
Net loss attributable to ChinaNet common shareholders and net loss per share was $2.0 million and $0.09 for the six months ended June 30, 2014. The weighted average diluted shares outstanding were 22.4 million shares.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
The Company had $2.7 million in cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2014, compared to $3.4 million as of December 31, 2013, working capital of $21.5 million, compared to $24.0 million as of December 31, 2013, and a current ratio of 2.9 to 1, compared to 3.3 to 1 as of December 31, 2013. Accounts receivable net balance decreased by 33% to $5.2 million as of June 30, 2014, compared to $7.7 million as of December 31, 2013. Total shareholders' equity of ChinaNet was $42.9 million at June 30, 2014 compared to $45.1 million at December 31, 2013.
The Company had a $0.9 million of cash outflows from operations in the six months ended June 30, 2014 compared to a $0.02 million of cash outflows in the first six months of 2013. The increase in cash outflows from operations was primarily due to the increase in deposit and prepayment to internet resource suppliers as a result of expanded cooperation with the key search engine in China.
ChinaNet regained compliance with NASDAQ's filing requirements set forth in Listing Rule 5250(c)(1) on July 24, 2014 after it filed its Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2014 on July 17, 2014.
ChinaNet cooperates with the major search engines to perform search engine marketing and related value-added services for its clients. In order to secure and further enhance the business relationship with Baidu, Inc. ("Baidu"), China's largest online search engine, the Company signed a one-year agreement with Baidu for approximately $29 million to optimize the search advertising campaigns run on behalf of ChinaNet's clients through Baidu's search engine.
Liansuo.com, one of ChinaNet's online advertising portals, collaborated with Entrepreneur Magazine to host the "2014 Franchise China 50" conference in Beijing, China on August 5, 2014. This conference gathered executives and management from premier franchise enterprises and investors across the country to share their experience and elect the 50 fastest growth enterprises. This was a great platform for Liansuo.com to expand its brand awareness in China franchise industry. Liansuo also took this opportunity to introduce more ChinaNet clients to the market and investors.
Management will host a conference call with investors at 8:30 am ET on August 21, 2014.
|Date:||Thursday, August 21, 2014|
|Time:||8:30 a.m. Eastern Time|
|Conference Line (U.S.):||1-888-455-2263|
A power point presentation will be available for downloading on the date of the conference call on ChinaNet's corporate website www.chinanet-online.com under Investor Relations-News/Events-Events and Presentations.
Please dial in at least 10 minutes before the call to ensure timely participation.
A playback of the call will be available until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on September 4, 2014. To listen, call 1-877-870-5176 within the United States or 1-858-384-5517 when calling internationally. Please use the replay pin number 6502897.
About ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.
The Company, a parent company of ChinaNet Online Media Group Ltd., incorporated in the BVI ("ChinaNet"), is a leading B2B (business to business) Internet technology company focusing on providing O2O (online to offline) sales channel expansion service for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurial management and networking service for entrepreneurs in China. The Company, through certain contractual arrangements with operating companies in the PRC, provides Internet advertising and other services for Chinese SMEs via its portal websites, 28.com and Liansuo.com, TV commercials and program production via China-Net TV, and offline brand management and sales channel building services. Website: http://www.chinanet-online.com.
This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" relating to the business of ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc., which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates" or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including business uncertainties relating to government regulation of our industry, market demand, reliance on key personnel, future capital requirements, competition in general and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are or will be described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are based on ChinaNet's current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting ChinaNet will be those anticipated by ChinaNet. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond the control of the Company) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. ChinaNet undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.
|CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS, INC.|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(In thousands, except for number of shares and per share data)|
|June 30,||December 31,|
|(US $)||(US $)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$2,723||$3,442|
|Accounts receivable, net||5,169||7,673|
|Other receivables, net||2,603||4,299|
|Prepayment and deposit to suppliers||18,041||14,692|
|Due from related parties||412||502|
|Other current assets||88||27|
|Deferred tax assets-current||168||153|
|Total current assets||32,647||34,255|
|Investment in and advance to equity investment affiliates||781||845|
|Property and equipment, net||875||1,057|
|Intangible assets, net||5,447||6,015|
|Deposit and prepayment for purchasing of software technology||3,281||2,453|
|Deferred tax assets-non current||881||759|
|Liabilities and Equity|
|Short term bank loan *||$812||$818|
|Accounts payable *||412||421|
|Advances from customers *||1,012||995|
|Accrued payroll and other accruals *||523||676|
|Due to noncontrolling interest of VIE *||715||--|
|Taxes payable *||7,152||7,029|
|Other payables *||526||288|
|Total current liabilities||11,152||10,227|
|Deferred tax liability-non current *||1,317||1,439|
|Long-term borrowing from director||142||143|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.'s stockholders' equity|
|Common stock (US$0.001 par value; authorized 50,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 22,376,540 shares at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013)||22||22|
|Additional paid-in capital||19,887||19,870|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||3,407||3,689|
|Total ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.'s stockholders' equity||42,884||45,148|
|Total Liabilities and Equity||$55,280||$56,834|
|CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS, INC.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS)/INCOME|
|(In thousands, except for number of shares and per share data)|
|Six Months Ended June 30,||Three Months Ended June 30,|
|(US $)||(US $)||(US $)||(US $)|
|From unrelated parties||$15,361||$15,767||$10,179||$8,777|
|From related parties||183||174||182||115|
|Cost of sales||12,487||9,757||8,665||5,290|
|General and administrative expenses||2,009||3,146||1,022||1,744|
|Research and development expenses||892||912||442||463|
|(Loss)/income from operations||(1,939)||736||(1,274)||793|
|Other income (expenses)|
|(Loss)/income before income tax expense, equity method investments and noncontrolling interests||(1,914)||798||(1,263)||824|
|Income tax expense||(120)||(268)||(72)||(354)|
|(Loss)/income before equity method investments and noncontrolling interests||(2,034)||530||(1,335)||470|
|Share of losses in equity investment affiliates||(58)||(125)||(43)||(54)|
|Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests||93||59||47||18|
|Net (loss)/income attributable to ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.||(1,999)||464||(1,331)||434|
|Foreign currency translation (loss)/gain||(281)||828||43||613|
|Comprehensive (Loss)/income||$ (2,373)||$1,233||$ (1,335)||$1,029|
|Comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interests||92||47||47||9|
|Comprehensive (loss)/income attributable to ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.||$ (2,281)||$1,280||$ (1,288)||$1,038|
|(Loss)/earnings per share|
|(Loss)/earnings per common share|
|Basic||$ (0.09)||$0.02||$ (0.06)||$0.02|
|Diluted||$ (0.09)||$0.02||$ (0.06)||$0.02|
|Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:|
|CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS, INC.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS|
|Six Months Ended June 30,|
|(US $)||(US $)|
|Cash flows from operating activities|
|Net (loss)/income||$ (2,092)||$405|
|Adjustments to reconcile net (loss)/income to net cash used in operating activities|
|Depreciation and amortization||715||840|
|Share-based compensation expenses||17||21|
|Allowances for doubtful accounts||(30)||787|
|Share of losses in equity investment affiliates||58||125|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities|
|Prepayment and deposit to suppliers||(3,460)||258|
|Due from related parties||86||(160)|
|Other current assets||(62)||32|
|Advances from customers||24||(274)|
|Accrued payroll and other accruals||(151)||32|
|Net cash used in operating activities||(944)||(20)|
|Cash flows from investing activities|
|Purchases of vehicles and office equipment||(15)||(60)|
|Prepayment/deposit for purchasing of software technology||(846)||(800)|
|Repayment of short-term loan from unrelated entities||390||--|
|Payment for acquisition of VIEs||--||(1,280)|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(471)||(2,140)|
|Cash flows from financing activities|
|Short-term loan from noncontrolling interest of VIE||717||--|
|Net cash provided by financing activities||717||--|
|Effect of exchange rate fluctuation on cash and cash equivalents||(21)||69|
|Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents||(719)||(2,091)|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period||3,442||5,483|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period||$2,723||$3,392|