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CNFinance Announces Second Quarter and First Half of 2019 Unaudited Financial Results


GUANGZHOU, China, Aug. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CNFinance Holdings Limited (NYSE: CNF) ("CNFinance" or the "Company"), a leading home equity loan service provider in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 and the first half of 2019.

Second Quarter 2019 Operational and Financial Highlights

First Half of 2019 Operational and Financial Highlights

[1] Refers to the total amount of loans CNFinance originated during the relevant period.

[2] Refers to the total amount of loans outstanding for CNFinance at the end of the relevant period.

"I am pleased to announce that CNFinance has recorded a net income of RMB160.8 million during the second quarter of 2019 in spite of the soft macroeconomic environment in China." commented by Mr. Bin Zhai, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CNFinance. "The economic environment brought us both opportunities and challenges. In order to maximize shareholders' value, we have taken a step further to upgrade our collaboration model. We have established a sales partner service center this quarter and performed a series of services tailored for our sales partners, including offering online and offline training programs and developing a mobile app that could increase the efficiency of loan facilitation and help them control risks.

The market has received our collaboration model well. As of June 30, 2019, we have signed cooperation agreements with over 950 sales partners, 470 of which have already facilitated loans by introducing borrowers to our company. Total loan origination volume reached RMB2.7 billion during the first half of 2019. More importantly, our platform is well valued by the sales partners, 150 of whom continued their efforts in referring quality borrowers to us during the second quarter. The new borrowers introduced by these 150 sales partners contributed to another RMB1 billion of loan origination volume in the second quarter.

As our collaboration model develops and continues to expand, providing tailor-made services to our sales partners is becoming an integrated and increasingly important part of our business. We expect to attract more high-quality sales partners into our platform and better serve the financing needs of micro- and small-enterprise ("MSE") owners."

Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Total interest and fees income decreased by 25.1% to RMB802.1 million (US$116.8 million) for the second quarter of 2019 from RMB1,071.6 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to a decrease in the Company's interest and financing service fee on loans. 

Interest and financing service fee on loans decreased by 25.3% to RMB798.0 million (US$116.2 million) for the second quarter of 2019 from RMB1,068.0 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to the decrease of the loan origination volume, which is a result of the Company's strategic focus on ensuring loan quality over loan growth and devoting its resources on the new collaboration model. This slowed down the loan facilitation and led to a decrease in the interest and financing service fee on loans.

Interest on deposits with banks increased by 13.9 % to RMB4.1 million (US$0.6 million) for the second quarter of 2019 from RMB3.6 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to an increase in the amount of average daily bank deposits in the second quarter of 2019.

Interest expense decreased by 23.8% to RMB368.9 million (US$53.7 million) for the second quarter of 2019, compared to RMB484.2 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to a decrease in demand of funding resulting from a general decrease of the loan origination volume.

Collaboration cost for sales partners increased to RMB31.6 million (US$4.6 million) for the second quarter of 2019 from nil in the second quarter of 2018, primarily due to the development of the new collaboration model started in 2019.

Net interest and fees income after collaboration cost was RMB401.6 million (US$58.5 million) for the second quarter of 2019, a decrease of 31.6% from RMB587.4 million in the same period of 2018.

Provision for credit losses increased by 16.9% to RMB94.8 million (US$13.8 million) for the second quarter of 2019 from RMB81.1 million in the same period of 2018. The increase was mainly attributable to the combined effect of (a) the decrease in outstanding principal of non-delinquent loans and loans delinquent within 90 days which resulted in a decrease in collectively assessed allowances and (b) an increase in the amount of NPLs. "NPL" refers to a loan being delinquent for over 90 days.

Other gains, net increased by 411.6% to RMB22.0 million (US$3.2 million) for the second quarter of 2019 from RMB4.3 million in the same period of 2018, primarily attributable to the net gain of RMB17.3 million resulting from the transfer of loans accounted for as sales.

Total operating expenses decreased by 40.8% to RMB118.1 million (US$17.3 million) for the second quarter of 2019, compared with RMB199.6 million in the same period of 2018.

Employee compensation and benefits decreased by 59.6% to RMB51.2 million (US$7.5 million) for the second quarter of 2019 from RMB126.6 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to a decrease in the number of sales personnel with the development of the new collaboration model, under which borrowers are introduced by the sales partners who have signed cooperation agreements with us through collaboration model. 

Share-based compensation expense decreased by 59.6% to RMB4.0 million (US$0.6 million) for the second quarter of 2019 from RMB9.9 million in the same period of 2018. According to the Company's share option plan, approximately 60%, 20% and 20% of the option grants vested during 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively. Related compensation cost of the option grants was recognized over the requisite period.

Taxes and surcharges decreased by 39.0% to RMB15.2 million (US$2.2 million) for the second quarter of 2019 from RMB24.9 million for the same period of 2018, primarily due to the fact that the non-deductible value added tax ("VAT") decreased from RMB18.9 million in the second quarter of 2018 to RMB11.0 million (US$1.6 million) in the same period in 2019. The decrease of VAT was attributed to the "service fee charged to trust plans" which was a non-deductible item. According to the current regulations in China, "service fees charged to trust plans" led to a 6% VAT on service fees charged to trust plans on the subsidiary level while no input VAT should be recorded as costs on a consolidated trust plan level.

Other expenses increased by 88.2% to RMB38.2 million (US$5.6 million) for the second quarter of 2019 from RMB20.3 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to (a) the increase in consulting fee paid to professional consultants such as auditor and lawyer during the ordinary course of business and (b) the increase of litigation cost in line with the increase of NPLs during the period.

Income tax expense decreased by 20.7% to RMB55.7 million (US$8.1million) for the second quarter of 2019 from RMB70.2 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to a decrease in the amount of taxable income.

Net income decreased by 33.4% to RMB160.8 million (US$23.3 million) for the second quarter of 2019 from RMB241.3 million in the same period of 2018.

Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB2.34 (US$0.34) and RMB2.13 (US$0.31), respectively, in the second quarter of 2019, compared to RMB3.92 and RMB3.59, respectively, in the same period of 2018. One ADS represents 20 ordinary shares.

First Half of 2019 Financial Results

Total interest and fees income decreased by 20.7% to RMB1,694.4 million (US$246.8 million) in the first half of 2019 from RMB2,136.9 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to a decrease in interest and financing service fees on loans.

Interest and financing service fee on loans decreased by 20.9% to RMB1,686.2 million (US$245.6 million) in the first half of 2019 from RMB2,131.2 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to a decrease of the loan origination volume, which is a result of the Company's strategic focus on ensuring loan quality over the growth of loan volume and devoting its resources to the new collaboration model.

Interest on deposits with banks increased by 43.9% to RMB8.2 million (US$1.2 million) in the first half of 2019 from RMB5.7 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to an increase in the amount of average daily bank deposits in the first half of 2019.

Interest expense decreased by 18.2% to RMB778.3 million (US$113.4 million) in the first half of 2019 from RMB951.5 million in the same period in 2018, primarily due to a decrease in demand of funding resulting from a general decrease of the loan origination volume.

Collaboration cost for sales partners increased to RMB40.8 million (US$5.9 million) for the first half of 2019 from nil in the same period of 2018, primarily due to the development of the new collaboration model.

Net interest and fees income after collaboration cost decreased by 26.2% to RMB875.3 million (US$127.5 million) for the first half of 2019 from RMB1,185.4 million in the same period of 2018.

Provision for credit losses increased by 19.4% to RMB268.1 million (US$39.0 million) for the first half of 2019 from RMB224.6 million in the same period in 2018, primarily attributable to the combined effect of (a) the decrease in outstanding principal of non-delinquent loans and loans delinquent within 90 days which resulted in a decrease in collectively assessed allowances and (b) an increase in the amount of NPLs. "NPL" refers to a loan being delinquent for over 90 days.

Other gains, net increased by 556.9% to RMB33.5million (US$4.9 million) for the first half of 2019 from RMB5.1 million in the same period of 2018, primarily attributable to the net gain of RMB26.2 million resulting from the transfer of loans accounted for as sales.

Total operating expenses decreased by 32.8% to RMB255.2 million (US$37.2million) in the first half of 2019, compared with RMB379.8 million in the same period of 2018.

Employee compensation and benefits decreased by 55.8% to RMB107.7 million (US$15.7 million) in the first half of 2019 from RMB243.7 million in the same period in 2018, primarily due to a decrease in the number of employees and associated compensation.

Share-based compensation expense decreased by 60.3% to RMB7.9 million (US$1.2 million) in the first half of 2019 from RMB19.9 million in the same period of 2018. According to the Company's share option plan, approximately 60%, 20% and 20% of the option grants vested during 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively. Related compensation cost of the option grants was recognized over the requisite period.

Taxes and surcharges decreased by 9.1% to RMB35.9 million (US$5.2 million) in the first half of 2019 from RMB39.5 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to the fact that the non-deductible value added tax ("VAT") decreased from RMB28.1 million in the first half of 2018 to RMB26.6 million (US$3.9 million) in the same period in 2019. The decrease of VAT was attributed to the "service fee charged to trust plans" which was a non-deductible item. According to the current regulations in China, "service fees charged to trust plans" led to a 6% VAT on service fees charged to trust plans on the subsidiary level while no input VAT should be recorded as costs on a consolidated trust plan level.

Other expenses increased by 108.5% to RMB83.8 million (US$12.2 million) in the first half of 2019 from RMB40.2 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to (a) the increase in consulting fee paid to professional consultants, (b) the increase of litigation cost in line with the increase of NPLs during the period and (c) the increase in the advertising and promotion fee.

Income tax expense decreased by 32.2% to RMB101.3million (US$14.8 million) in the first half of 2019 from RMB149.3 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to a decrease in taxable income in the first half of 2019.

Net income decreased by 32.4% to RMB296.3 million (US$43.2 million) in the first half of 2019 from RMB438.0 million in the same period of 2018.

Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB4.32 (US$0.63) and RMB3.93 (US$0.57), respectively, in the first half of 2019, compared to RMB7.12 and RMB6.52, respectively, in the same period of 2018. One ADS represents 20 ordinary shares.

As of June 30, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB1.9 billion (US$0.3 billion), compared with RMB3.2 billion as of December 31, 2018, including RMB1.4 billion (US$0.2 billion) and RMB2.5 billion from structured funds as of June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively, which could only be used to grant new loans and activities.

The aggregate delinquency rate for loans originated by the Company, which is calculated by dividing (i) total balance of outstanding loan principal for which any installment payment is past-due (for one or more days) as of a particular date; by (ii) the aggregate total amount of loans we originated since 2014, slightly decreased from 7.6% as of December 31, 2018 to 7.5% as of June 30, 2019.

Business Outlook

For the third quarter of 2019, based on the information available as of the date of this press release, we expect net income to be between RMB100 million and RMB150 million.

The above outlook is based on the current market conditions and reflects our current and preliminary estimates of market and operating conditions, which are all subject to substantial uncertainty.

Conference Call

CNFinance's management will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 (8:00 PM Beijing/ Hong Kong Time on Tuesday, August 20, 2019).

Dial-in numbers for the live conference call are as follows:

International:

+1-412-902-4272

Mainland China

+86-4001-201203

United States:

+1-888-346-8982

Hong Kong:

+852-3018-4992

Passcode:

CNFinance

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call until 11:59 PM ET on August 27, 2019.

Dial-in numbers for the replay are as follows:

International:

+1-412-317-0088

United States:

+1-877-344-7529

Passcode:

10134109

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of CNFinance's website at http://ir.cashchina.cn/.

Statement Regarding Preliminary Unaudited Financial Information

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

Exchange Rate

The Company's business is primarily conducted in China and all of the revenues are denominated in Renminbi ("RMB"). This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to U.S. dollars are made at a rate of RMB6.8650 to US$1.00, the exchange rate set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System as of June 28, 2019. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized or settled into U.S. dollars at that rate on June 28, 2019, or at any other rate.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements made under the "safe harbor" provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and 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", "confident" and similar statements. The Company may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed with or furnished 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. Any statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements that involve factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Such factors and risks include, but not limited to the following: its goals and strategies, its ability to achieve and maintain profitability, its ability to retain existing borrowers and attract new borrowers, its ability to maintain and enhance the relationship and business collaboration with its trust company partners and to secure sufficient funding from them, the effectiveness of its risk assessment process and risk management system, its ability to maintain low delinquency ratios for loans it originated, and relevant government policies and regulations relating to the Company's corporate structure, business and industry. 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 current as of the date of the press release, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

About CNFinance Holdings Limited

CNFinance Holdings Limited (NYSE: CNF) ("CNFinance" or the "Company) is a leading home equity loan service provider in China. CNFinance facilitates loans by connecting micro- and small-enterprise ("MSE") owners with its funding partners. The Company's primary target borrower segment is MSE owners who own real properties in Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities in China. The loans CNFinance facilitated are primarily funded through a trust lending model with its trust company partners who are well-established with sufficient funding sources and have licenses to engage in lending business nationwide. The Company's risk mitigation mechanism is embedded in the design of its loan products, supported by an integrated online and offline process focusing on risks of both borrowers and collateral and further enhanced by effective post-loan management procedures. 

For more information, please contact:

CNFinance
E-mail: ir@cashchina.cn

Christensen

In China
Mr. Christian Arnell
Phone: +86-10-5900-1548
E-mail: carnell@christensenir.com

In US 
Ms. Linda Bergkamp
Phone: +1-480-614-3004
Email: lbergkamp@christensenir.com

 

CNFINANCE HOLDINGS LIMITED

Unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets

(In thousands)



December 31,
2018

June 30,
2019


RMB

RMB

US$

Assets








Cash and cash equivalents (including RMB2,457,243 and
     RMB1,401,640 from structured funds as of December
     31, 2018 and June 30, 2019, respectively, which could
     only be used to grant new loans and activities)

3,161,658

1,897,955

276,468

Loans principal, interest and financing service fee
     receivables (net of allowance of RMB863,038 and
     RMB1,081,282 as of Dec 31, 2018 and June 30, 2019,
     respectively)

14,998,286

11,999,520

1,747,927

Available-for-sale investments

682,252

1,167,408

170,052

Property and equipment

19,166

13,865

2,020

Intangible assets and goodwill

4,176

3,919

571

Deferred tax assets

217,615

275,352

40,110

Deposits

178,218

147,776

21,526

Right-of-use asset

-

55,283

8,053

Other assets

93,346

73,245

10,669


Total assets

19,354,717

15,634,323

2,277,396





Liabilities and shareholders' equity








Interest-bearing borrowings




    Borrowings under agreements to repurchase 

4,213,900

2,185,322

318,328

    Other borrowings

11,110,876

8,551,560

1,245,675

Accrued employee benefits

42,179

24,589

3,582

Income tax payable

689,415

732,811

106,746

Deferred tax liabilities

1,306

1,594

232

Lease liability

-

55,283

8,053

Other liabilities

251,486

732,675

106,726





Total liabilities

16,309,162

12,283,834

1,789,342





Ordinary shares

917

917

134

Additional paid-in capital

921,703

929,646

135,418

Retained earnings

2,127,502

2,423,825

353,070

Accumulated other comprehensive losses

(4,567)

(3,899)

(568)

Total shareholders' equity

3,045,555

3,350,489

488,054





Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

19,354,717

15,634,323

2,277,396

 

 

CNFINANCE HOLDINGS LIMITED

Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income

(In thousands, except for earnings per share and earnings per ADS)



Three months ended June 30,


2018

2019

2019


RMB

RMB

US$

Interest and fees income








Interest and financing service fee on
     loans

1,068,015

797,953

116,235

Interest on deposits with banks

3,554

4,088

595


Total interest and fees income

1,071,569

802,041

116,830





Interest expense

(484,188)

(368,916)

(53,739)





Net interest and fees income

587,381

433,125

63,091

Collaboration cost for sales partners

-

(31,582)

(4,600)

Net interest and fees income after
    
collaboration cost

587,381

401,543

58,491





Provision for credit losses

(81,100)

(94,788)

(13,807)


Net interest and fees income after
     collaboration cost and provision
     for credit losses

506,281

306,755

44,684





Realized gains on sales of investments,
     net

505

5,806

846

Other gains, net

4,259

21,997

3,204


Total non-interest revenue

4,764

27,803

4,050





Operating expenses




Employee compensation and benefits

(126,586)

(51,232)

(7,463)

Share-based compensation expense

(9,929)

(3,972)

(579)

Taxes and surcharges

(24,946)

(15,224)

(2,218)

Operating lease cost

(15,188)

(9,510)

(1,385)

Offering expenses

(2,666)

-

-

Other expenses

(20,326)

(38,155)

(5,558)


Total operating expenses

(199,641)

(118,093)

(17,203)





Income before income tax

311,404

216,465

31,531

Income tax expense

(70,157)

(55,661)

(8,108)


Net income

241,247

160,804

23,423


Earnings per share




  Basic

0.20

0.12

0.02

  Diluted

0.18

0.11

0.02

Earnings per ADS (1 ADS equals 20
     ordinary shares)




  Basic

3.92

2.34

0.34

  Diluted

3.59

2.13

0.31





Other comprehensive income




Net unrealized gains on available-for-
     sale investments

363

1,657

241

Foreign currency translation
     adjustment

130

5,934

864


Comprehensive income

241,740

168,395

24,528

 

 

CNFINANCE HOLDINGS LIMITED

Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income

(In thousands, except for earnings per share and earnings per ADS)



Six months ended June 30,


2018

2019

2019


RMB

RMB

US$

Interest and fees income








Interest and financing service fee on
     loans

2,131,210

1,686,175

245,619

Interest on deposits with banks

5,692

8,156

1,188


Total interest and fees income

2,136,902

1,694,331

246,807


Interest expense

(951,426)

(778,251)

(113,365)


Net interest and fees income

1,185,476

916,080

133,442

Collaboration cost for sales partners

-

(40,849)

(5,950)

Net interest and fees income after
     collaboration cost

1,185,476

875,231

127,492





Provision for credit losses

(224,647)

(268,062)

(39,048)


Net interest and fees income after
     collaboration cost and provision
     for credit losses

960,829

607,169

88,444


Realized gains on sales of investments,
     net

1,215

12,116

1,765

Other gains, net

5,102

33,545

4,886





Total non-interest revenue

6,317

45,661

6,651





Operating expenses




Employee compensation and benefits

(243,700)

(107,702)

(15,689)

Share-based compensation expense

(19,858)

(7,943)

(1,157)

Taxes and surcharges

(39,458)

(35,928)

(5,234)

Operating lease cost

(29,244)

(19,871)

(2,895)

Offering expenses

(7,326)

-

-

Other expenses

(40,234)

(83,761)

(12,201)


Total operating expenses

(379,820)

(255,205)

(37,176)





Income before income tax

587,326

397,625

57,919

Income tax expense

(149,333)

(101,299)

(14,756)


Net income

437,993

296,326

43,163





Earnings per share




  Basic

0.36

0.22

0.03

  Diluted

0.33

0.20

0.03

Earnings per ADS (1 ADS equals 20
     ordinary shares)




  Basic

7.12

4.32

0.63

  Diluted

6.52

3.93

0.57





Other comprehensive income




Net unrealized gains on available-for-
     sale investments

399

867

126

Foreign currency translation
     adjustment

156

(199)

(29)


Comprehensive income

438,548

296,994

43,260

 

SOURCE CNFinance Holdings Limited


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