BEIJING, Aug. 17, 2015 (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 2015.
|Second Quarter 2015 Results (USD) (Unaudited)|
|Q2 2015||Q2 2014||CHANGE|
|Sales||$9.6 million||$10.4 million||-7.1%|
|Gross Profit||$2.3 million||$1.7 million||+34.3%|
|Net Loss Attributable to ChinaNet||($1.2) million||($1.3) million||--|
|Non-GAAP Adjusted Net Loss Attributable to ChinaNet (1)||($0.8) million||--||--|
|Non-GAAP Adjusted EPS (Diluted) (1)||($0.03)||--||--|
|(1) Non-GAAP Adjusted Net Loss Attributable to ChinaNet and EPS excluded a share-based compensation expense related to restricted shares of the Company's common stock issued to management of $0.4 million.|
Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results
Revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2015 were $9.6 million compared to $10.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014, representing a 7.1% decrease. During the second quarter, revenues from improving internet advertisement, which increased 16%, offset declines in search engine marketing services, TV advertising and brand management and sales channel building services from the period a year ago. Internet advertising and related services, TV advertising, and brand management and sales channel building revenues were $8.5 million, $1.0 million, and $0.04 million in the second quarter of 2015, respectively.
|Second Quarter 2015 Revenue Breakdown by Business Unit (USD in thousands)|
|Q2 2015||%||Q2 2014||%||% Change|
|Internet Advertisement and Related Services||$8,486||88%||$8,228||79%||+3.1%|
|Brand Mgmt. & Sales Channel Building||$44||1%||$254||2.5%||-82.7%|
Gross profit for the three months ended June 30, 2015 was $2.3 million compared to $1.7 million for the same period in 2014. Gross margin was 23.7%, up from 16.4% in the second quarter of 2014. The improvement of gross margin for the second quarter was a direct result of the increase in gross margin of the internet advertising and related services segment to 25% for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to 17% for the same period of last year.
The Company incurred an operating loss of $1.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to an operating loss of $1.3 million in the same period a year ago.
Net loss attributable to ChinaNet for the three months ended June 30, 2015 was $1.2 million and loss per share was $0.05, compared to a net loss of $1.3 million and loss per share of $0.06 in the second quarter of 2014. Excluding the share-based compensation expense as discussed above, the Non-GAAP adjusted net loss attributable to ChinaNet common stockholders and net loss per share were $0.8 million and $0.03, respectively.
Second Half 2015 Financial Results
Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2015 were $15.47 million, a decrease of 0.5% from $15.54 million for the same period a year ago. Increased revenues from search engine marketing services offset declines in sales from TV advertising and brand management and sales channel building.
Gross profit and gross profit margin was $3.2 million and 20.5%, respectively, for the first six months of 2015. Operating expenses increased by 32.5% to $6.6 million compared to $5.0 million for the first six months of 2014. The Company reported an operating loss of $3.4 million in the first half of 2015.
Net loss attributable to ChinaNet common stockholders and net loss per share was $3.0 million and $0.11 for the six months ended June 30, 2015. The weighted average diluted shares outstanding were 26.6 million shares. Excluding the share-based compensation expense as discussed above of $0.8 million, the Non-GAAP adjusted net loss attributable to ChinaNet common stockholders and net loss per share were $2.2 million and $0.08, respectively.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
The Company had $4.6 million in cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2015, compared to $5.0 million as of December 31, 2014, working capital of $15.7 million, compared to $17.3 million as of December 31, 2014, and a current ratio of 2.5 to 1, compared to 2.7 to 1 as of December 31, 2014. Total stockholders' equity of ChinaNet was $34.2 million at June 30, 2015 compared to $36.2 million at December 31, 2014.
The Company had a $0.9 million of cash inflows from operations in the six months ended June 30, 2015 compared to a $0.9 million of cash outflows in the first six months of 2014.
In May, ChinaNet entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with Dongsys Innovation (Beijing) Technology Development Co., Ltd. (Stock Code: 430362) (the "Purchaser" or " Dongsys Innovation ") to raise US$1,250,000 (the "Purchase Price"), pursuant to which the Purchaser has agreed to purchase 1,000,000 shares of common stock of the Company (the "Shares"). As of the date hereof, ChinaNet has received a ten percent (10%) guarantee payment in an amount equal to US$125,000 from the purchaser. On the date the Agreement was signed, the Purchaser also entered into a Lock-Up Agreement with the Company, whereby the Purchaser agreed not to transfer the Shares until May 26, 2017. Upon the Company's prior written approval, the lock-up restriction may be waived after May 26, 2016.
The proceeds from the offering, net of certain fees and expenses, will be used for working capital to fund technology research and development, marketing for new services and product launches, and potential mergers and acquisitions.
In July, the Company gave an update on its strategic investment client, Beijing Saturday Educational Technology Co., Ltd. ("Beijing Saturday"), which has experienced rapid growth since adopting ChinaNet's total solution of products and services in coordination with a 10% ownership stake. More than 600 Saturday Children's Fun Parks ("Saturday Fun Park"), a franchised chain of indoor children's entertainment/activity centers operated by Beijing Saturday, have been added to Saturday's existing 300 locations since ChinaNet's involvement in the third quarter of 2014. By continuing to leverage ChinaNet's IT service and marketing platform, Beijing Saturday expects to open an additional 150 new locations by the end of 2015, with strong focus on launching larger and more integrated Fun Parks with more than 1,000 square meters (or over 10,763 square feet) per location.
Management will host a conference call with investors at 8:30 am ET on Tuesday, August 18, 2015.
|Date:||Tuesday, August 18, 2015|
|Time:||8:30 a.m. Eastern Time|
|Conference Line (U.S.):||1-888-427-9376|
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 replay of the call will be available from 11:30 am ET on August 18, 2015 to 11:59 pm ET on September 18, 2015. To access the replay, please dial 1-877-870-5176 from the U.S. and 1-858-384-5517 from outside the U.S. The PIN is 8797257.
About ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.
The Company, a parent company of ChinaNet Online Media Group Ltd., incorporated in the BVI ("ChinaNet"), is a leading digital B2B (business to business) Internet technology company focusing on providing O2O 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, Liansuo.com and sooe.cn, TV commercials and program production via China-Net TV, and in-house LCD advertising on banking kiosks targeting Chinese banking patrons. 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, and 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.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(In thousands, except for number of shares and per share data)|
| || June 30, |
|December 31, 2014|
|(US $)||(US $)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$ 4,645||$ 5,037|
|Accounts receivable, net||4,109||2,407|
|Other receivables, net||6,538||8,392|
|Prepayment and deposit to suppliers||6,860||8,092|
|Due from related parties||108||51|
|Other current assets||133||61|
|Deferred tax assets-current||355||176|
|Total current assets||26,216||27,681|
|Property and equipment, net||790||943|
|Intangible assets, net||8,531||9,238|
|Deposit and prepayment for purchasing of software technology||851||850|
|Deferred tax assets-non current||1,112||1,037|
|Total Assets||$ 45,376||$ 47,430|
|Liabilities and Equity|
|Short-term bank loan *||$ 818||$ 817|
|Accounts payable *||510||782|
|Advances from customers *||2,325||832|
|Accrued payroll and other accruals *||612||585|
|Due to noncontrolling interest of VIE *||557||638|
|Payable for purchasing of software technology *||865||2,826|
|Guarantee payment and prepayment from new investors||1,003||--|
|Taxes payable *||3,226||3,332|
|Other payables *||597||602|
|Total current liabilities||10,513||10,414|
|Deferred tax liability-non current *||887||964|
|Long-term borrowing from director||143||143|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.'s stockholders' equity|
|Common stock (US$0.001 par value; authorized 50,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 29,580,130 shares and 29,030,130 shares at June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively)|| |
|Additional paid-in capital||25,658||24,703|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||3,648||3,625|
|Total ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.'s stockholders' equity||34,168||36,186|
|Total Liabilities and Equity||$ 45,376||$ 47,430|
|CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS, INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS|
|(In thousands, except for number of shares and per share data)|
| Six Months Ended |
| Three Months Ended |
|(US $)||(US $)||(US $)||(US $)|
|From unrelated parties||$ 15,002||$ 15,361||$ 9,217||$ 10,179|
|From related parties||468||183||405||182|
|Cost of sales||12,291||12,487||7,345||8,665|
|Sales and marketing expenses||2,250||2,095||1,047||1,506|
|General and administrative expenses||3,307||2,009||2,005||1,022|
|Research and development expenses||1,063||892||573||442|
|Loss from operations||(3,441)||(1,939)||(1,348)||(1,274)|
|Other income (expenses)|
|Loss before income tax expense, equity method investments and noncontrolling interests|| |
|Income tax benefit/(expense)||324||(120)||98||(72)|
|Loss before equity method investments and noncontrolling interests|| |
|Share of income/(losses) in equity investment affiliates|| |
|Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests||58||93||24||47|
|Net loss attributable to ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.|| |
|Foreign currency translation gain/(loss)||23||(281)||143||43|
|Comprehensive Loss||$ (3,032)||$ (2,373)||$ (1,090)||$ (1,335)|
|Comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interests|| |
|Comprehensive loss attributable to ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.|| |
|Loss per share|
|Loss per common share|
|Basic and diluted||$ (0.11)||$ (0.09)||$ (0.05)||$ (0.06)|
|Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:|
|Basic and diluted||26,572,856||22,376,540||26,776,650||22,376,540|
|CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS, INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS|
|Six Months Ended June 30,|
|(US $)||(US $)|
|Cash flows from operating activities|
|Net loss||$ (3,055)||$ (2,092)|
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities|
|Depreciation and amortization||888||715|
|Share-based compensation expenses||956||17|
|Reverse of allowances for doubtful accounts||(77)||(30)|
|Share of (income)/losses in equity investment affiliates||(2)||58|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities|
|Prepayment and deposit to suppliers||1,236||(3,460)|
|Due from related parties||(56)||86|
|Other current assets||(75)||(62)|
|Advances from customers||1,490||24|
|Accrued payroll and other accruals||26||(151)|
|Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities||850||(944)|
|Cash flows from investing activities|
|Purchases of vehicles and office equipment||(20)||(15)|
|Payment for purchasing of software technology||(1,958)||(846)|
|Repayment of short-term loan from unrelated entities||--||390|
|Long-term investment in cost/equity method investees||(186)||--|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(2,164)||(471)|
|Cash flows from financing activities|
|Short-term loan from noncontrolling interest of VIE||--||717|
|Repayment of short-term loan to noncontrolling interest of VIE||(82)||--|
|Guarantee payment and prepayment from new investors||1,000||--|
|Net cash provided by financing activities||918||717|
|Effect of exchange rate fluctuation on cash and cash equivalents||4||(21)|
|Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents||(392)||(719)|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period||5,037||3,442|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period||$ 4,645||$ 2,723|