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China Finance Online Reports 2012 Second Quarter and Six Months Unaudited Financial Results
Sep 13, 2012 (06:09 PM EDT)
BEIJING, Sept. 13, 2012 /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 second quarter and first six months ended June 30, 2012.
2012 Second Quarter Financial Summary
2012 First Six Months Financial Summary
2012 Second Quarter Results
Net revenues for the second quarter of 2012 were $8.1 million, compared with $13.8 million for the second quarter of 2011. A considerably challenging global and domestic macroeconomic environment and a downward-trending stock market in China continue to negatively impact our operating performance. The main sources of the Company's net revenues were subscription fees from individual customers, subscription fees from institutional customers, advertising revenues and revenues from brokerage-related services, which contributed 60%, 9%, 15% and 16% to total revenues respectively, compared with 80%, 5%, 9%, and 6%, respectively, for the comparable period in 2011. Revenues from subscription fees paid by individual customers decreased 56.2% year-over-year. The decrease is due to the Company's previously disclosed strategic transition; as part of the transition, the Company has ceased accepting new paid subscribers or renewals for its premium individual subscription service. Institutional subscription revenues increased 5.4% year-over-year to $0.8 million. Revenues from advertising were slightly up to $1.2 million from the second quarter of 2011. Revenues from brokerage-related services increased 57.5% year-over-year to $1.3 million.
For the second quarter of 2012, gross profit was $5.5 million compared with $11.6 million for the comparable period in 2011. Gross margin for the second quarter of 2012 was 68.5% compared with 84.3% for the second quarter of 2011. The year-over-year decrease in gross margin was mainly due to lower revenues.
General and administrative ("G&A") expenses for the second quarter of 2012 were $2.6 million, or 32.1% of net revenues, compared with $2.6 million, or 19.0% of net revenues for the comparable period in 2011. The increase in G&A expenses as a percentage of quarterly revenues was mainly due to lower revenues.
Sales and marketing expenses for the second quarter of 2012 were $3.3 million, or 40.5% of net revenues, compared with $6.0 million, or 43.8% in the second quarter of 2011. The decrease in sales and marketing expenses in absolute value was due to lower marketing expenses and sales commissions.
Product development expenses for the second quarter of 2012 were $2.7 million, or 33.3% of net revenues, compared with $3.3 million, or 23.6% of net revenues for the same quarter in 2011. The Company continues to invest in its data, product and technical capabilities for the long run.
Total operating expenses for the second quarter of 2012 were $8.6 million, down from $11.9 million in the second quarter of 2011.
Net loss attributable to China Finance Online for the second quarter of 2012 was $2.6 million, compared with a net loss of $1.8 million in the second quarter of 2011. Both basic and diluted weighted average number of ordinary shares in the second quarter of 2012 was 109 million. Each ADS represents five ordinary shares of the Company.
As of June 30, 2012, total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash were $80.6 million. Accounts receivable in non-margin related business were $3.9 million while Daily Growth had margin-related accounts receivables of $18.6 million. Daily Growth continues to implement strict margin account screening and ongoing monitoring to ensure the safe return of capital.
Total China Finance Online Co. Limited's shareholders' equity was $87.3 million as of June 30, 2012.
The combined current and non-current deferred revenues at the end of the second quarter of 2012, which represented prepaid service fees made by customers for subscription services that have not been rendered as of June 30, 2012, were $16.9 million.
As of June 30, 2012, the number of active paid subscribers of the Company was approximately 64,000. Given that the Company has ceased accepting new paid subscriptions and renewals for the Company's premium individual subscriptions as part of the strategic transition, this metric will no longer be disclosed going forward.
Six Month Results
Total net revenues for the first six months ended June 30, 2012 were $17.2 million, compared with $28.7 million in the first six months last year. Gross profit for the first six months of 2012 was $12.7 million, compared to $24.3 million in the same period a year ago. Gross margin was 73.6% for the first six months of 2012. Net loss attributable to China Finance Online for the first six months of 2012 was $3.8 million, compared to a net loss of $0.4 million in the same period in 2011.
In the third quarter of 2012, one of our PRC affiliates received the regulatory approval for mutual fund distribution in Mainland China.
Mr. Zhiwei Zhao, Chairman and CEO of China Finance Online, commented, "Amidst the persistent European sovereign debt crisis and a slowing PRC domestic economy, the Chinese stock market continued its downward trend during the second quarter of 2012. China's GDP growth dipped below 8% for the first time in twelve consecutive quarters. The Shanghai A-Share index breached its three-year lows and investor sentiment remains fragile. A tough macroeconomic and market environment poses substantial challenges for our ongoing operations.
"In the face of these challenges, we are implementing additional cost-cutting initiatives to increase efficiency and improve operational performance. We continue to expand the influence and technical capabilities of our flagship financial media platforms for further internet applications. With improving internet capabilities and consistent user traffic, we are also looking to upgrade our advertising business.
"Meanwhile, we continue to proceed with operational transition and we have launched trial services for our securities investment advisory operations during the third quarter. In the third quarter of 2012, one of our PRC affiliates obtained regulatory approval to distribute mutual funds. The newly granted mutual fund license will allow us to diversify our product portfolio and help expand our customer base. However, given the trying external environment, it will take some time for such new segments to generate revenues.
"In the midst of a slowing economy and weak stock markets, we are proactively laying the foundation for future growth through product innovation, resource consolidation and streamlining our corporate structure. Our strategic vision remains to become a leading service provider of informational and other value-added financial products for Chinese investors through leveraging on our proven strength in vertically integrated market intelligence and our substantial experience in financial services," concluded Mr. Zhao.
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call and a simultaneous webcast, on September 13, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time/September 14, 2012 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 680771.
A replay of the conference call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the event through 11:59 a.m. Eastern Time on September 21, 2012 (or 11:59 p.m. Beijing Time on September 21, 2012). 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: 680771.
The conference call will be available as a live webcast and replay at: http://www.media-server.com/m/p/tu2498j3
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 brokerages and investment firms. Through its subsidiary, Daily Growth, the Company provides securities brokerage services in Hong Kong.
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