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9F Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2019 Unaudited Financial Results

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BEIJING, Sept. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 9F Inc. ("9F" or "the Company") (NASDAQ:JFU), a leading digital financial account platform integrating and personalizing financial services in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Second Quarter 2019 Operational Highlights

  • Loan origination volume1 was RMB9.8 billion in the second quarter of 2019, representing a decrease of 40.8% from RMB16.5 billion in the second quarter of 2018. Loans funded by institutional funding partners2 accounted for 58.0% of total loan origination volume in the second quarter of 2019.
  • Number of registered users3 was 82.8 million as of June 30, 2019, representing an increase of 31.9% from 62.7 million as of June 30, 2018.
  • Number of active borrowers4 was 0.6 million in the second quarter of 2019, representing a decrease of 38.2% from 1.0 million in the second quarter of 2018.
  • Outstanding loan balance5 was RMB59.2 billion as of June 30, 2019, representing an increase of 9.1% from RMB54.3 billion as of June 30, 2018.    

Second Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights

  • Total net revenues were RMB1,046.5 million (US$152.4 million) in the second quarter of 2019.
  • Operating income was RMB256.6 million (US$37.4 million) in the second quarter of 2019.
  • Net income was RMB171.6 million (US$25.0 million) in the second quarter of 2019.
  • Adjusted net income6 was RMB205.8 million (US$30.0 million) in the second quarter of 2019.

Mr. Lei Sun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased to announce our first earnings as a public company.  An uncertain regulatory environment continued to hang over the industry throughout the quarter. One of the key initiatives we unveiled earlier this year to ensure long-term sustainable growth was our Tech Enablement Strategy, which saw us evolve our business by becoming a provider of advanced technologies for marketing, credit decision, pricing, and anti-fraud to financial institution and merchant partners through our one-stop digital financial account platform. With over 13 years of fintech operating history, we already have the experience and cutting-edge technology to effectively deliver many of these services. This new business will operate alongside our online lending business and will help us move to more of a capital light business model, reduce regulatory risk, maintain a strong cash position and provide greater scalability over the long-term.  I'm pleased with the initial results and we are now working on further diversifying our funding sources to drive future growth."

"We will continue to invest and acquire licensed financial institutions to diversify our portfolio of services and create synergies. We strategically acquired a stake in a licensed consumer finance company in China which will complement our existing consumer credit loan business and diversify the products we have on offer. We are also actively obtaining financial licenses in overseas markets such as Southeast Asia where we can leverage and apply our extensive experience and operational expertise to new high-growth markets. We are pleased with our progress so far and look forward to strengthening our technological capabilities to provide additional services to our partners and building this business for the long-term."

Mr. Yanjun Lin, Chief Financial Officer and Director, added, "We spent the majority of April and May carefully fine tuning the entire technical infrastructure for our lending platform in order to better connect to and synchronize with our institutional funding partners as part of our Tech Enablement Strategy. While our performance in the second quarter was affected by the adjustments to our systems, once the process was completed in June, we were especially pleased to see an immediate and positive impact. Loan origination volume in June was RMB5.0 billion, exceeding the RMB4.8 billion from April and May combined. Net revenues in June were RMB536.4 million compared with RMB510.1 million in April and May combined. We were able to significantly increase the proportion of total loan origination volume that was funded by institutional funding partners to 58.0% from just 10.5% in the first quarter of this year. We expect institutional funding partners to increasingly account for a greater proportion of loan volumes going forward. As of June 30, 2019, the number of registered users increased 31.9% year-over-year to 82.8 million while the number of active borrowers decreased 38.2% year-over-year to 0.6 million. Evolving our business in this way will allow us to offer a more comprehensive portfolio of products that cover more segments to our institutional funding partners and help increase conversion rates. Looking forward, with RMB5,924.6 million in cash and cash equivalents and term deposits on the balance sheet and a clear strategy to scale our business in an uncertain regulatory environment, we believe we are well positioned to sustainably grow our business over the long-term."

Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Total net revenues decreased 58.0% to RMB1,046.5 million (US$152.4 million) from RMB2,491.3 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to a decrease in loan facilitation services and post-origination services which was partially offset by an increase in other revenues.

  • Loan facilitation services decreased 62.2% to RMB863.0 million (US$125.7 million) from RMB2,285.6 million in the second quarter of 2018, due primarily to a decrease in loan origination volume through the Company's platform which was driven by a decrease in number of active borrowers.
     
  • Post-origination services decreased 27.4% to RMB72.3 million (US$10.5 million) from RMB99.5 million in the same period of 2018, primarily as a result of a decrease in loan origination volume.
     
  • Other revenues increased 4.7% to RMB111.2 million (US$16.2 million) from RMB106.3 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to an increase in revenue from online direct sales of products.

Sales and marketing expenses decreased 41.1% to RMB394.4 million (US$57.4 million) for the second quarter of 2019 from RMB669.7 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to a temporary slowdown in user acquisition.

Origination and servicing expenses increased 5.7% to RMB130.3 million (US$19.0 million) from RMB123.3 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to the increase in expenses associated with collection.

General and administrative expenses decreased 19.0% to RMB199.5 million (US$29.1 million) from RMB 246.2 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to a decrease in share-based compensation expenses which was partially offset by an increase in salaries and benefits and professional fees.

Operating income was RMB256.6 million (US$37.4 million), compared with RMB1,452.0 million in the same period of 2018.

Interest income was RMB62.9 million (US$9.2 million), compared with RMB42.3 million in the same period of 2018.

Income tax decreased by 65.5% to RMB76.5 million (US$11.1 million) for the second quarter of 2019 from RMB221.6 million in the same period of 2018.

Net income was RMB171.6 million (US$25.0 million), compared with RMB1,288.5 million in the same period of 2018.

Adjusted net income was RMB205.8 million (US$30.0 million), compared with RMB1,411.3 million in the same period of 2018.

As of June 30, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents and term deposits of RMB5,924.6 million (US$863.0 million).
                                                                                                                                                        
Delinquency rates

As of June 30, 2019, the delinquency rates7 for loans that are past due for 15-30 days, 31-60 days, 61-90 days and 91-180 days were 0.10%, 0.19%, 0.20% and 0.54% respectively.

The following table displays the delinquency rates for all our outstanding loan products as of December 31, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and June 30, 2019:

    Delinquency rate    
 Delinquent for
 
  15-30 days 31-60 days 61-90 days 91-180 days
31-Dec-16 0.82% 0.91% 0.57% 1.42%
31-Dec-17 0.77% 1.00% 0.89% 1.88%
31-Dec-18 0.59% 0.35% 0.24% 1.43%
30-Jun-19 0.10% 0.19% 0.20% 0.54%

The following chart displays the M3+ delinquency rates by vintage8 for all our outstanding loan products. Loan products that have been transferred to non-performing loan companies are not included in the calculation of M3+ Delinquency Rates by Vintage.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/68ccb981-c8ee-4327-b31d-d1ad49c0fb75

Business Outlook

The Company currently expects total loan origination volume to be in the range of RMB20 billion to RMB21 billion in the third quarter of 2019. The above outlook is based on current market conditions and reflects the Company's preliminary expectations as to market conditions, its regulatory and operating environment, as well as customer demand, all of which are subject to change.

Conference Call

The Company's management will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on September 27, 2019 (8:00 PM Beijing / Hong Kong Time on the same day).

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

United States (toll free): +1-866-519-4004
Hong Kong (toll free): 800-906-601
China: 400-620-8038
International: +65-6713-5090
Passcode: 8079418

Please dial in ten minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's investor relations website at http://ir.9fbank.com.

About 9F Inc.

9F Inc. is a leading digital financial account platform integrating and personalizing financial services in China with the footprint expanding overseas. The Company provides a comprehensive range of financial products and services across loan products, online wealth management products, and payment facilitation, all integrated under a single digital financial account.

For more information, please visit http://ir.9fbank.com

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses adjusted net income, a non-GAAP financial measure, in evaluating its operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes. The Company believes that adjusted net income helps identify underlying trends in its business by excluding the impact of share-based compensation expenses. The Company believes that adjusted net income provides useful information about its operating results, enhances the overall understanding of its past performance and future prospects and allows for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by the Company's management in its financial and operational decision-making.

Adjusted net income is not defined under U.S. GAAP and is not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. This non-GAAP financial measure has limitations as an analytical tool, and when assessing the Company's operating performance, cash flows or liquidity, investors should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for net income, cash flows provided by operating activities or other consolidated statements of operation and cash flow data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company encourages investors and others to review its financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

For more information on this non-GAAP financial measure, please see the table captioned "Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP results" set forth at the end of this press release.

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 made at a rate of RMB 6.8650 to US$1.00, the rate in effect as of June 28, 2019 as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in 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," "target," "confident" and similar statements. Such statements are based upon management's current expectations and current market, regulatory and operating conditions and relate to events that involve known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any such statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, uncertainties as to the Company's ability to attract and retain borrowers and investors on its marketplace, its ability to increase volume of loans facilitated through the Company's marketplace, its ability to introduce new loan products and platform enhancements, its ability to compete effectively, laws, regulations and governmental policies relating to the online consumer finance industry in China, general economic conditions in China, and the Company's ability to meet the standards necessary to maintain listing of its ADSs on the Nasdaq, including its ability to cure any non-compliance with the Nasdaq's continued listing criteria. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors 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 9F Inc. does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable law.

For investor and media enquiries, please contact:

In China:
9F Inc.
Head of Investor Relations
Cecilia Ma
E-mail: ir@9fbank.com.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

9F Inc.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(All amounts in thousands, except for number of shares and per share data, or otherwise noted)
           
  December 31   June 30   June 30
  2018   2019   2019
  RMB    RMB   USD
ASSETS          
Cash and cash equivalents 5,469,077   5,697,578   829,946
Term deposits 833,478   226,993   33,065
Accounts receivable, net 180,141   857,935   124,972
Other receivables, net 146,438   164,201   23,919
Loan receivables, net   593,943   552,167   80,432
Amounts due from related parties   146,273   197,312   28,742
Prepaid expenses and other assets 543,088   971,486   141,513
Contract assets, net   12,642   27,396   3,991
Long‑term investments   954,158   874,053   127,320
Operating lease right-of-use assets -   146,643   21,361
Property, equipment and software, net  86,267   84,660   12,332
Goodwill  13,385   78,329   11,410
Intangible assets, net  44,733   78,399   11,420
Deferred tax assets, net 
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