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ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results

BEIJING, March 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd. ("ChinaCache" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:CCIH), a leading total solutions provider of Internet content and application delivery services in China, today announced its unaudited condensed consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

“We achieved success in stabilizing our core business in the second half of the year, despite continued challenges from HPCC platform issues in the first half of 2016. During the third and fourth quarters of 2016, we improved the performance of our CDN platforms, launched our Internet exchange business, began offering total solution products, and reorganized the Company for better efficiency,” said Mr. Song Wang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ChinaCache. “In particular, we established several Internet exchange centers in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, and are planning on more expansions in other major cities in China. These are expected to become integral to our total solution offering. In addition to our R&D efforts in selected technologies, including big data analysis, cloud exchange platforms and CDNs for the IoT industry, we also continued to improve our HPCC platform and upgrade our network hardware. Our turnaround initiatives are well underway, and we ended the year with full year 2016 net revenues of RMB1.05 billion, meeting our previous guidance.”

“Our strategy is to capitalize on our strengths by integrating our resources to provide a unique, three-layer structured network total solution package that clearly distinguishes ChinaCache as the provider of choice,” said Mr. Song Wang. “Combined with our well diversified products and strong customer relationships, this strategy will enable ChinaCache to compete favorably in our designated markets. Our recent cooperation with PacketZoom, the Silicon Valley-based leading mobile acceleration technology provider, further attests to the markets’ recognition of our compelling value proposition built over fifteen years of proven experience. We anticipate 2017 to be a year of gradual recovery and development,” Mr. Wang continued.

“Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to announce the hiring of Ms. Cynthia Jinhong Meng as Chief Strategy Officer and senior VP at ChinaCache. We believe Ms. Meng’s experience and expertise strongly compliments our management team and will add value to the company’s strategic initiatives,” concluded Mr. Wang.

Ms. Meng has 18 years of TMT industry experience in equity research and strategy consulting for Chinese and global TMT companies. Prior to joining ChinaCache, she worked for Jefferies and BofA Merrill Lynch as head of the TMT research team and led the coverage of Chinese technology, Internet and telecom companies. She received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and completed executive education at Stanford GSB.

Fourth Quarter Financial Summary:

  • Net revenues were RMB263.3 million (US$37.9 million), compared with RMB311.4 million in the fourth quarter 2015.
  • Gross profit was RMB5.7 million (US$0.8 million), compared with RMB44.1 million in the fourth quarter 2015.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) was a loss of RMB78.6 million (US$11.3 million), compared with an adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) of RMB3.9 million in the fourth quarter 2015.
  • Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB155.2 million (US$22.4 million), compared with a net loss of RMB36.8 million in the fourth quarter 2015.

Full Year Financial Summary:

  • Net revenues were RMB1.1 billion (US$151.8 million), compared with RMB1.4 billion in 2015.
  • Gross loss was RMB5.3 million (US$0.8 million), compared with a gross profit of RMB312.2 million in 2015.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) was a loss of RMB236.9 million (US$34.1 million), compared with an adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) of RMB120.2 million in 2015.
  • Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB496.9 million (US$71.6 million), compared with a net loss of RMB88.7 million in 2015.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2016 were RMB263.3 million (US$37.9 million), a 0.6% increase from the previous quarter and a 15.5% decrease from the corresponding period in 2015. The sequential revenue stabilization in the fourth quarter of 2016 was largely due to improved performance of the HPCC platform, partially offset by increased competition.

Cost of revenues for the fourth quarter increased by 1.0% quarter-over-quarter and decreased by 3.6% year-over-year to RMB257.7 million (US$37.1 million).

Gross margin was 2.2%, compared with 2.5% in the previous quarter and 14.2% in the corresponding period in 2015. Non-GAAP gross margin, which excludes share-based compensation, was 2.4%, compared with 2.6% in the third quarter and 14.5% in the corresponding period in 2015.

Sales and marketing expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 were RMB22.5 million (US$3.2 million), or 8.5% of net revenues, representing a 2.4% decrease over the previous quarter and a 25.5% decrease from the corresponding period in 2015.

General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 were RMB50.3 million (US$7.2 million), or 19.1% of net revenues, representing a 19.2% decrease from the previous quarter and a 17.7% decrease from the corresponding period in 2015. The Company will continue to work to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Research and development (R&D) expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 were RMB25.1 million (US$3.6 million), or 9.5% of net revenues, representing a 4.4% increase from the previous quarter and a 1.7% decrease from the corresponding period in 2015.

Operating loss was RMB139.3 million (US$20.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with an operating loss of RMB99.5 million in the previous quarter and an operating loss of RMB64.1 million in the corresponding period in 2015. Non-GAAP operating loss, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, transaction tax on assets transfer and impairment of long term investments, was RMB118.4 million (US$17.0 million), compared with a non-GAAP operating loss of RMB90.9 million in the third quarter of 2016 and a non-GAAP operating loss of RMB40.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Income tax expense was RMB21.8 million (US$3.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with an income tax benefit of RMB0.4 million in the third quarter of 2016 and an income tax benefit of RMB22.9 million in the corresponding period in 2015. The income tax expense for the fourth quarter of 2016 mainly includes current income tax expense of RMB1.1 million and deferred tax expense of RMB20.7 million.

Net loss was RMB155.2 million (US$22.4 million) in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with net loss of RMB94.3 million in the third quarter of 2016, and a net loss of RMB36.8 million in the corresponding period in 2015. Net loss per basic and diluted American depositary share (“ADS”) for the fourth quarter of 2016 was RMB5.92 (US$0.80) each. Each ADS represents 16 ordinary shares of the Company.

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP), defined as EBITDA excluding share-based compensation expenses, foreign exchange gain (loss), transaction tax on assets transfer and impairment of long term investments, was a loss of RMB78.6 million (US$11.3 million), compared with a loss of RMB46.0 million in the third quarter of 2016, and adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) of RMB3.9 million in the corresponding period in 2015.

Adjusted net loss (non-GAAP), defined as net loss before share-based compensation expenses, foreign exchange gain (loss), transaction tax on assets transfer, impairment of long term investments and penalties on uncertain tax positions, was RMB141.6 million (US$20.4 million), compared with adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) of RMB86.6 million in the third quarter of 2016 and adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) of RMB15.8 million in the corresponding period in 2015. Non-GAAP net loss per basic and diluted ADS for the fourth quarter of 2016 was RMB5.44 (US$0.80) each.

Full Year 2016 Financial Results

For the full year ended December 31, 2016, net revenues were RMB1.1 billion (US$151.8 million), representing a 22.1% decrease from the previous year.

Gross loss in 2016 was RMB5.3 million (US$0.8 million), compared with a gross profit of RMB312.2 million in 2015.

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) in 2016 was a loss of RMB236.9 million (US$34.1 million), compared with an adjusted EBITDA of RMB120.2 million in 2015.

Net loss in 2016 was RMB496.9 million (US$71.6 million), compared with a net loss of RMB88.7 million in 2015.

Adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) was RMB407.2 million (US$58.6 million) in 2016, compared with an adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) of RMB23.4 million in 2015.

Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB134.9 million (US$19.4 million), compared with RMB606.8 million as of December 31, 2015. Capital expenditures for the fourth quarter and full year of 2016 were RMB25.6 million (US$3.7 million) and RMB143.1 million (US$20.6 million), respectively.

2017 Revenue Guidance

ChinaCache currently expects to generate total net revenues in the range of RMB1.18 billion to RMB1.24 billion for the full year of 2017, representing year-over-year growth of approximately 12% to 18%. On a year-over-year basis, the Company expects to see revenue growth starting from the second half of 2017.

This forecast reflects ChinaCache's current view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call Information

The Company has scheduled a conference call to discuss these results at 8:00 PM Eastern time on March 27, 2017, which corresponds to 8:00 AM Beijing time on March 28, 2017.

The dial-in details for the live conference call are as follows:

  • U.S. dial-in number: +1 (845) 675-0438
  • Hong Kong dial-in number: +852 3018-6776
  • International dial-in number: +65 6713-5440
  • China dial-in number: 400-1200-654
  • Conference ID: 88613056

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of ChinaCache's website at www.chinacache.com.

A replay of the conference call will also be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live call until April 3, 2017 by dialing:

  • U.S. dial-in number: +1 (855) 452-5696
  • International dial-in number: +61 (2) 9003-4211
  • China dial-in number: 400-632-2162
  • Conference ID: 88613056

About ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd.

ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq:CCIH) is a leading total solutions provider of Internet content and application delivery services in China. As a carrier-neutral service provider, ChinaCache's network in China is interconnected with networks operated by all telecom carriers, major non-carriers and local Internet service providers. With more than a decade of experience in developing solutions tailored to China's complex Internet infrastructure, ChinaCache is a partner of choice for businesses, government agencies and other enterprises to enhance the reliability and scalability of online services and applications and improve end-user experience. For more information on ChinaCache, please visit ir.chinacache.com.

*Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In evaluating its business, ChinaCache considers and uses the following non-GAAP measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the SEC as supplemental measures to review and assess its operating performance: non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP sales and marketing expenses, non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, non-GAAP research and development expenses, non-GAAP operating income (loss), adjusted net income (loss) (non-GAAP), EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP). 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 U.S. GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliations of Non-GAAP to GAAP Financial Measures" set forth at the end of this press release.

To present non-GAAP sales and marketing expenses, non-GAAP general and administrative expenses and non-GAAP research and development expenses, the Company excludes share-based compensation expense.

To present non-GAAP operating income (loss), the Company excludes share-based compensation expense, transaction tax on assets transfer and impairment of long term investments.

The Company defines adjusted net income (loss) as net income (loss) before share-based compensation expense, foreign exchange gain (loss), transaction tax on assets transfer, impairment of long term investments and penalties on uncertain tax positions.

The Company uses EBITDA to assist in reconciliation to adjusted EBITDA. The Company defines EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, interest income, income tax expense and penalties on uncertain tax positions and depreciation and amortization. The Company defines adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA before share-based compensation expense, foreign exchange gain (loss), transaction tax on assets transfer and impairment of long term investments that the Company does not consider reflective of its ongoing operations. The Company believes that the use of adjusted EBITDA facilitates investors' use of operating performance comparisons from period to period and company to company by backing out potential differences caused by variations in items such as capital structure (affecting relative interest expense and share-based compensation expense), the book amortization of intangibles (affecting relative amortization expense), the age and book value of facilities and equipment (affecting relative depreciation expense) and other non-cash or non-recurrent expenses. The Company also presents adjusted EBITDA because it believes it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties as a measure of the financial performance of companies in its industry.

Those non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not measures presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Those non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, and when assessing the Company's operating performance, investors should not consider them in isolation, or as a substitute for net income or other consolidated income statement data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Some of these limitations include, but are not limited to:

  • Adjusted net income, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the Company's cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • They do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, the Company's working capital needs;
  • They do not reflect the interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on the Company's debt;
  • They do not reflect income taxes or the cash requirements for any tax payments;
  • Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized often will have to be replaced in the future, and adjusted net income, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements;
  • While share-based compensation is a component of cost of revenues and operating expenses, the impact on the Company's financial statements compared to other companies can vary significantly due to such factors as assumed life of the options and assumed volatility of the Company's ordinary shares; and
  • Other companies may calculate adjusted net income, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA differently than the Company does, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.

Exchange Rate Information

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at a specified rate solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to U.S. dollars are based on the effective exchange rate of 6.9430 as of December 31, 2016.

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 revenue guidance and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as ChinaCache's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. ChinaCache may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports 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 actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the following: the Company's goals and strategies, expansion plans, the expected growth of the content and application delivery services market, the Company's expectations regarding keeping and strengthening its relationships with its customers, and the general economic and business conditions in the regions where the Company provides its solutions and services. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and ChinaCache undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

FINANCIAL TABLES

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(amounts in thousands)
As of Dec 31 As of Dec 31 As of Dec 31
2015 2016 2016
RMB RMB US$
(Audited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 606,796 134,924 19,433
Accounts receivable, net 243,431 190,587 27,450
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 31,560 56,976 8,206
Short term investments 26,169 - -
Deferred tax assets 17,923 - -
Amount due from a subsidiary held for sale 435 53,169 7,658
Assets held for sale 1,060,543 1,270,483 182,988
Total current assets 1,986,857 1,706,139 245,735
Non-current assets
Property and equipment, net 499,946 387,940 55,875
Intangible assets, net 10,898 11,728 1,689
Long term investments 50,157 34,159 4,920
Deferred tax assets 11,368 - -
Long term deposits and other non-current assets 59,390 36,525 5,261
Total non-current assets 631,759 470,352 67,745
Total Assets 2,618,616 2,176,491 313,480
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities
Short-term loan - 29,311 4,222
Accounts payable 205,593 301,569 43,435
Accrued employee benefits 44,690 46,233 6,659
Accrued expenses and other payables 76,409 34,419 4,957
Income tax payable 13,513 13,924 2,005
Liabilities for uncertain tax positions 11,337 10,020 1,443
Amounts due to related parties 18 18 3
Current portion of long term loan 7,180 3,840 553
Current portion of capital lease obligations 70,615 72,851 10,493
Deferred government grant 16,360 13,000 1,872
Amount due to a subsidiary held for sale 319,536 18,063 2,602
Liabilities held for sale 1,014,449 1,302,658 187,622
Total current liabilities 1,779,700 1,845,906 265,866
Non-current liabilities
Long-term loan 4,340 - -
Non-current portion of capital lease obligations 104,450 43,951 6,330
Deferred government grant 8,439 11,208 1,614
Total non-current liabilities 117,229 55,159 7,944
Total Liabilities 1,896,929 1,901,065 273,810
Total Shareholders' equity 721,687 275,426 39,670
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 2,618,616 2,176,491 313,480

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(amounts in thousands, except for number of shares, per share and per ADS data)
For the Three Months Ended For the Twelve Months Ended
Dec 31, 2015 Sep 30, 2016 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2016
RMB RMB RMB US$ RMB RMB US$
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Audited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Net revenues 311,447 261,643 263,312 37,926 1,353,627 1,054,235 151,842
Cost of revenues (267,339) (255,133) (257,650) (37,109) (1,041,412) (1,059,533) (152,604)
Gross profit (loss) 44,108 6,510 5,662 817 312,215 (5,298) (762)
Other operating income (loss) 13,911 3,260 (28,895) (4,162) 13,911 (19,044) (2,743)
Sales & marketing expenses (30,145) (23,009) (22,467) (3,236) (115,621) (93,603) (13,482)
General & administrative expenses (61,062) (62,202) (50,264) (7,240) (198,626) (265,017) (38,170)
Research & development expenses (25,530) (24,037) (25,102) (3,615) (103,110) (104,018) (14,982)
Transaction tax on assets transfer (5,394) - - - (27,733) - -
Impairment of long term investments - - (18,240) (2,627) - (18,240) (2,627)
Operating loss (64,112) (99,478) (139,306) (20,063) (118,964) (505,220) (72,766)
Interest income 1,940 1,627 261 38 4,618 4,669 672
Interest expense (2,473) (2,932) (2,091) (301) (13,158) (11,647) (1,678)
Other income (expense) 141 5,171 (263) (38) 2,991 5,336 769
Foreign exchange gain, net 4,845 915 8,015 1,154 13,164 14,209 2,047
Loss before income taxes (59,659) (94,697) (133,384) (19,210) (111,349) (492,653) (70,956)
Income tax benefit (expense) 22,861 384 (21,805) (3,141) 22,614 (4,229) (609)
Net loss (36,798) (94,313) (155,189) (22,351) (88,735) (496,882) (71,565)
Net loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest (44) (152) (463) (67) (44) (776) (112)
Net loss attributable to the Company's shareholders (36,754) (94,161) (154,726) (22,284) (88,691) (496,106) (71,453)
Foreign currency translation 249 (196) (426) (61) 264 (666) (96)
Unrealized holding gain on available-for-sale investments 1,106 36 - - 1,853 36 5
Reclassification adjustments for gains included in net income - (3,741) - - - (3,741) (539)
Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax 1,355 (3,901) (426) (61) 2,117 (4,371) (630)
Comprehensive loss (35,443) (98,214) (155,615) (22,412) (86,618) (501,253) (72,195)
Comprehensive loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest (44) (152) (463) (67) (44) (776) (112)
Comprehensive loss attributable to the Company's shareholders (35,399) (98,062) (155,152) (22,345) (86,574) (500,477) (72,083)
Loss per ordinary share:
Basic (0.09) (0.23) (0.37) (0.05) (0.22) (1.22) (0.18)
Diluted (0.09) (0.23) (0.37) (0.05) (0.22) (1.22) (0.18)
Loss per ADS*:
Basic (1.45) (3.68) (5.92) (0.80) (3.49) (19.52) (2.88)
Diluted (1.45) (3.68) (5.92) (0.80) (3.49) (19.52) (2.88)
Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in earnings per share computation:
Basic 404,344,939 412,253,323 421,522,374 421,522,374 407,149,509 408,189,722 408,189,722
Diluted 404,344,939 412,253,323 421,522,374 421,522,374 407,149,509 408,189,722 408,189,722
*Note1:1 ADS = 16 shares

Supplementary Metrics - Reconciliations of Non-GAAP to GAAP Financial Measures
(amounts in thousands, except for percentages, number of shares, per share and per ADS data)
(Unaudited)
For the Three Months Ended For the Twelve Months Ended
Dec 31, 2015 Sep 30, 2016 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2016
RMB RMB RMB US$ RMB RMB US$
Adjusted EBITDA — defined as EBITDA before share-based compensation expense, foreign exchange gain, transaction tax on assets transfer and impairment of long term investments
Net loss (36,798) (94,313) (155,189) (22,351) (88,735) (496,882) (71,565)
Depreciation 40,872 38,653 38,090 5,486 153,313 155,225 22,357
Amortization 1,151 1,102 1,253 180 4,298 3,869 557
Interest expense 2,473 2,932 2,091 301 13,158 11,647 1,678
Interest income (1,940) (1,627) (261) (38) (4,618) (4,669) (672)
Income tax (benefit) expense (22,861) (384) 21,805 3,141 (22,614) 4,229 609
Share-based compensation 18,259 8,601 2,685 387 48,606 85,025 12,246
Foreign exchange gain (4,845) (915) (8,015) (1,154) (13,164) (14,209) (2,047)
Penalties on uncertain tax positions 2,206 - 658 95 2,206 658 95
Transaction tax on assets transfer 5,394 - - - 27,733 - -
Impairment of long term investments - 18,240 2,627 - 18,240 2,627
Adjusted EBITDA 3,911 (45,951) (78,643) (11,326) 120,183 (236,867) (34,115)
Margin% 1.3 % (17.6%) (29.9%) (29.9%) 8.9 % (22.5%) (22.5%)
Adjusted net loss— defined as net loss before share-based compensation, foreign exchange gain (loss), penalties on uncertain tax positions, transaction tax on assets transfer and impairment of long term investments
Net loss (36,798) (94,313) (155,189) (22,351) (88,735) (496,882) (71,565)
Share-based compensation 18,259 8,601 2,685 387 48,606 85,025 12,246
Foreign exchange gain (4,845) (915) (8,015) (1,154) (13,164) (14,209) (2,047)
Penalties on uncertain tax positions 2,206 - 658 95 2,206 658 95
Transaction tax on assets transfer 5,394 - - - 27,733 - -
Impairment of long term investments - - 18,240 2,627 - 18,240 2,627
Adjusted net loss (15,784) (86,627) (141,621) (20,396) (23,354) (407,168) (58,644)
Margin% (5.1%) (33.1%) (53.8%) (53.8%) (1.7%) (38.6%) (38.6%)
Loss per ordinary share:
Basic (0.05) (0.21) (0.34) (0.05) (0.13) (1.00) (0.14)
Diluted (0.05) (0.21) (0.34) (0.05) (0.13) (1.00) (0.14)
Loss per ADS:
Basic (0.84) (3.36) (5.44) (0.80) (2.01) (16.00) (2.24)
Diluted (0.84) (3.36) (5.44) (0.80) (2.01) (16.00) (2.24)
Non-GAAP gross profit (loss) – defined as gross profit (loss) before share-based compensation expense
Gross profit (loss) 44,108 6,510 5,662 817 312,215 (5,298) (762)
Plus: Share-based compensation 945 378 623 90 3,670 5,961 859
Non-GAAP gross profit 45,053 6,888 6,285 907 315,885 663 97
Margin% 14.5 % 2.6 % 2.4 % 2.4 % 23.3 % 0.1 % 0.1 %
Non-GAAP operating expense – defined as operating expense before share-based compensation expense
Sales & marketing expenses 30,145 23,009 22,467 3,236 115,621 93,603 13,482
Minus: Share-based compensation (693) 131 (7) (1) (2,882) (2,753) (397)
Non-GAAP sales & marketing expenses 29,452 23,140 22,460 3,235 112,739 90,850 13,085
% of net revenues 9.5 % 8.8 % 8.5 % 8.5 % 8.3 % 8.6 % 8.6 %
General & administrative expenses 61,062 62,202 50,264 7,240 198,626 265,017 38,170
Minus: Share-based compensation (15,876) (8,092) (1,854) (267) (38,796) (72,483) (10,440)
Non-GAAP general & administrative expenses 45,186 54,110 48,410 6,973 159,830 192,534 27,730
% of net revenues 14.5 % 20.7 % 18.4 % 18.4 % 11.8 % 18.3 % 18.3 %
Research & development expenses 25,530 24,037 25,102 3,615 103,110 104,018 14,982
Minus: Share-based compensation (745) (262) (201) (29) (3,258) (3,828) (551)
Non-GAAP research & development expenses 24,785 23,775 24,901 3,586 99,852 100,190 14,431
% of net revenues 8.0 % 9.1 % 9.5 % 9.5 % 7.4 % 9.5 % 9.5 %
Non-GAAP operating loss — defined as GAAP operating loss before share-based compensation expense, transaction tax on assets transfer and impairment of long term investments
Operating loss (64,112) (99,478) (139,306) (20,063) (118,964) (505,220) (72,766)
Share-based compensation 18,259 8,601 2,685 387 48,606 85,025 12,246
Transaction tax on assets transfer 5,394 - - - 27,733 - -
Impairment of long term investments - - 18,240 2,627 - 18,240 2,627
Non-GAAP operating loss (40,459) (90,877) (118,381) (17,049) (42,625) (401,955) (57,893)
Margin% (13.0%) (34.7%) (45.0%) (45.0%) (3.1%) (38.1%) (38.1%)

For investor and media inquiries please contact: Investor Relations ChinaCache International Holdings Tel: +86 (10) 6408 5307 Email: ir@chinacache.com Mr. Ross Warner The Piacente Group | Investor Relations Tel: +86 10 5730-6200 Email: chinacache@tpg-ir.com Ms. Brandi Piacente The Piacente Group | Investor Relations Tel: +1 212-481 2050 Email: chinacache@tpg-ir.com

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