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

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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

  • Total loan origination volume[1] was RMB1,667.1 million (US$242.8 million) during the second quarter of 2019, compared to RMB3,598.0 million in the same period of 2018.
  • Total outstanding loan principal[2] was RMB13.0 billion (US$1.9 billion) as of June 30, 2019, compared to RMB15.8 billion as of December 31, 2018.
  • Total interest and fees income were RMB802.1 million (US$116.8 million) in the second quarter of 2019, compared to RMB1,071.6 million in the same period of 2018.
  • Net income was RMB160.8 million (US$23.3 million) in the second quarter of 2019, compared to 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.

First Half of 2019 Operational and Financial Highlights

  • Total loan origination volume[1] was RMB2,664.7 million (US$388.2 million) during the first half of 2019, compared to RMB5,799.4 million in the same period of 2018.
  • Total interest and fees income were RMB1,694.4 million (US$246.8 million) in the first half of 2019, compared to RMB2,136.9 million in the same period of 2018.
  • Net income was RMB296.3 million (US$43.2 million) in the first half of 2019, compared to 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.

[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:

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