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China Finance Online Reports 2013 First Quarter Unaudited Financial Results
Jul 04, 2013 (02:07 PM EDT)
BEIJING, July 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- China Finance Online Co. Limited ("China Finance Online", or the "Company", "we", "us" or "our") (NASDAQ GS: JRJC), a technology-driven, user-focused market leader in China providing vertically integrated financial information and services including news, data, analytics, securities investment advisory and brokerage-related services, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.
2013 First Quarter Financial Summary
2013 First Quarter Results
Net revenues for the first quarter of 2013 were $5.5 million compared with $9.1 million for the first quarter of 2012, but up from $5.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. The main sources of the Company's net revenues were subscription fees from individual customers, subscription fees from institutional customers, advertising revenues and brokerage-related revenues, which contributed 41%, 12%, 26% and 17% to total revenues respectively, compared with 69%, 8%, 9%, and 14%, respectively, for the comparable period in 2012. Revenues from subscription fees paid by individual customers decreased 64.0% year-over-year to $2.3 million. The decrease is largely due to the Company's previously disclosed strategic business transition and the weak Chinese stock market. Institutional subscription revenues decreased 15.0% year-over-year to $0.7 million. Revenues from advertising increased 85.0% year-over-year to $1.5 million from $0.8 million in the first quarter of 2012. Brokerage-related revenues were $0.9 million compared with $1.3 million one year ago.
Gross profit was $3.6 million compared with $7.1 million for the first quarter in 2012, but up from $3.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Gross margin for the first quarter of 2013 was 66.1% compared with 78.2% for the first quarter of 2012, but up from 65.5% in the fourth quarter of 2012. The year-over-year decrease in gross margin was mainly due to lower revenues.
General and administrative ("G&A") expenses for the first quarter of 2013 were $2.9 million, or 52.7% of net revenues, compared with $2.8 million, or 30.4% of net revenues for the first quarter in 2012, but down from $3.1 million, or 59.8% of net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012.
Sales and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2013 were $3.1 million, or 56.7% of net revenues compared with $3.5 million, or 39.0% in the first quarter of 2012 and $3.2 million, or 61.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012. The year-over-year decrease in sales and marketing expenses was due to lower marketing expenses and reduced sales commissions.
Product development expenses for the first quarter of 2013 were $2.2 million, or 40.2% of net revenues, compared with $3.2 million, or 35.2% of net revenues for the same quarter in 2012 and in line with the fourth quarter of 2012.
Total operating expenses for the first quarter of 2013 were $8.2 million, down from $9.5 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $8.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Net loss attributable to China Finance Online for the first quarter of 2013 was $4.3 million, compared with a net loss of $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2012, but down from a net loss of $4.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Both basic and diluted weighted average number of ordinary shares in the first quarter of 2013 was 109.0 million. Each American depositary share ("ADS") represents five ordinary shares of the Company.
As of March 31, 2013, total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash were $50.6 million and short-term investments were $1.0 million. Accounts receivable in non-margin related business was $8.5 million while iSTAR Finance had margin-related accounts receivables of $2.5 million. iSTAR Finance continues to implement strict margin account screening and ongoing monitoring to ensure the safe return of capital. As a result of the Company's participation in the Langfang City real estate project as disclosed in the fourth quarter earnings release, the long-term investment, net was $22.5 million as of March 31, 2013 compared with $0.8 million as of December 31, 2012.
China Finance Online Co. Limited's total shareholders' equity was $75.9 million as of March 31, 2013.
The combined current and non-current deferred revenues at the end of the first quarter of 2013, which mainly represented prepaid subscription fees from individual customers that have not been rendered as of March 31, 2013, were $9.3 million.
"We continue to believe that internet will play a huge role in China's financial industry. Adapting to a changing business environment, we streamlined our business structure in 2012 and accelerated our expansion into internet-based financial services. To ensure our competitive position, we continue to leverage on our massive user base to consolidate internet resources and collaborate with industry leaders who offer complementary intellect and services. Our Hong Kong-based brokerage arm continues to expand its product offerings in securities and futures trading on global exchanges. Despite the sluggish domestic stock market, we are proactively adapting ourselves to the evolving industry through integrating our proven capabilities in financial information, financial service and internet capabilities," commented Mr. Zhiwei Zhao, Chairman and CEO of China Finance Online.
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call and a simultaneous webcast, on July 4, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time/July 5, 2013 8:00 a.m. Beijing Time. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing approximately five minutes before the call start time at U.S. +1-877-847-0047, Hong Kong +852-3006-8101, Singapore 8008-523-396, or China 800-876-5011, and the pass code for all regions is 695057.
A replay of the conference call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the event through 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time on July 11, 2013 (or 11:00 a.m. Beijing Time on July 12, 2013). The dial-in details for the replay: U.S. +1-866-572-7808, Hong Kong +852-3012-8000, Singapore 800-101-2157, China 800-876-5013. Access code: 695057.
The conference call will be available as a live webcast and replay at: http://www.media-server.com/m/p/t4p5b6ef
About China Finance Online
China Finance Online Co. Limited is a technology-driven, user-focused market leader in China in providing vertically integrated financial information and services including news, data, analytics, securities investment advisory and brokerage-related services. Through its flagship portal sites, www.jrj.com and www.stockstar.com, the Company offers basic software and information services to individual investors which integrate financial and listed-company data, information and analytics from multiple sources. Leveraging on its robust internet capabilities and registered user base, China Finance Online is developing securities investment advisory and over time wealth management services. Through its subsidiary, Genius, the Company provides financial database and analytics to institutional customers including domestic financial, research, academic and regulatory institutions. Through its subsidiary, iSTAR Finance, the Company provides securities and futures brokerage services in Hong Kong.
Safe Harbor Statement
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