TuanChe Announces Unaudited Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results
BEIJING, Sept. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- TuanChe Limited ("TuanChe," "Company," "we" or "our") (NASDAQ: TC), a leading omni-channel automotive marketplace in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.
Key Second Quarter 2020 Financial and Operating Metrics Compared with the Prior Year Period
The Company's financial and operational results for the second quarter of 2020 have been materially and adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic:
First Half 2020 Financial and Operating Metrics Compared with the Prior Year Period
Mr. Wei Wen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TuanChe, commented, "In the second quarter, we are pleased to report a 63.3% year-over-year reduction of net losses attributable to the Company's shareholders primarily driven by the acceleration of our rigorous cost measures and online strategy, albeit a year-over-year decrease of 73.1% in net revenues and a year-over-year decrease of 70.1% in gross profit due to material COVID-19 related impact. Our offline auto shows and special promotion events have gradually resumed since May and are now mostly back to normal in some cities we operate. We will continue to assess and adjust the pace of resumption of our offline business and focus on generating higher ROIs. Our revenues from virtual dealership, online marketing services and others increased by 180.0% year-over-year, primarily driven by successful online sales events that were held during the second quarter and, most notably, the live streaming promotion events we conducted in collaboration with TMall Auto during the week of June 18th, 2020. Such encouraging results were propelled by our unique integration of touch points and channels for online customer acquisition and marketing with offline promotional activities, which not only creates a seamless and holistic shopping experience for consumers, but also helps auto OEMs and dealers effectively reach customers and achieve increased sales conversion rates. As live streaming promotion events become the central component for the acceleration of full digitalization of automotive marketing, we see ourselves increasingly well-positioned to capture the enormous opportunity associated with changes in the automotive retail industry."
Mr. Chenxi Yu, Deputy Chief Financial Officer of TuanChe, added, "While the COVID-19 pandemic was effectively contained in China, the Company continued to hold fewer auto shows and special promotion events during the second quarter of 2020 than usual, in accordance with all national and local regulatory guidelines on COVID-19 prevention and control and for the best interest of public health. This resulted in a 73.1% year-over-year decline in net revenues to RMB54.7 million in the second quarter. Amidst the COVID-19 and macroeconomic challenges, we remained focused on optimizing our cost structure, which resulted in a 66.8% year-over-year reduction in operating expenses, and significantly reduced our net losses both year-over-year and sequentially. We are closely monitoring the circumstances and will adjust our operation strategy accordingly, while keeping a disciplined cost structure in order to deliver positive returns for our shareholders in the long run."
Recent Business Developments
In order to fully support the government's guidance on COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control and in the interest of public health, the Company held very few offline events in April 2020. Since the end of May 2020, the Company has gradually resumed offline operations in some cities, with the pace of recovery subject to the ongoing development of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated government guidance. Recent development of the COVID-19 pandemic in China, such as the cases reported in Beijing in June and in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Dalian city in the third quarter, continues to generate uncertainties over the Company's business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows. Furthermore, as the business operations of industry customers have also been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company continues to experience delays in collecting accounts receivables from these customers and recorded an increased bad debt expense due to liquidity issues of certain customers. See "Business Outlook" for the Company's current and preliminary views on the impact of COVID-19 on the auto market and operational conditions for the third quarter. The Company also continues to closely monitor both the development of the pandemic and regulatory responses and restrictions as well as the impact on the Company's business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows. The Company will also continue to implement measures to adjust the pace of business operations and conserve resources and may resort to other costs cutting measures in response to cash flow management.
Unaudited Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Net revenues in the second quarter of 2020 decreased by 73.1% to RMB54.7 million (US$7.7 million) from RMB203.5 million in the prior year period, primarily due to a 82.3% year-over-year decrease of revenues generated from offline marketing services to RMB34.9 million (US$4.9 million) from RMB196.4 million in the prior year period, and partially offset by the strong growth of revenues generated from virtual dealerships, online marketing services and others.
Gross profit decreased by 70.1% to RMB43.0 million (US$6.1 million) in the second quarter of 2020 from RMB144.0 million in the prior year period. Gross margin increased to 78.6% in the second quarter of 2020 from 70.8% in the prior year period, primarily attributable to the change in the revenue mix.
Total Operating Expenses and Loss from Continuing Operations
Total operating expenses decreased by 66.8% to RMB84.9 million (US$12.0 million) in the second quarter of 2020 from RMB255.5 million in the prior year period.
As a result of the foregoing, loss from continuing operations was RMB41.8 million (US$5.9 million) in the second quarter of 2020 compared with RMB111.4 million in the prior year period.
Net loss attributable to the Company's Shareholders and Non-GAAP Measures
Net loss attributable to the Company's shareholders in the second quarter of 2020 decreased by 63.3% to RMB40.0 million (US$5.7 million) from RMB108.9 million in the prior year period. Basic and diluted loss per ordinary share from continuing operations were both RMB0.13 (US$0.02) in the second quarter of 2020 compared with RMB0.36 in the prior year period.
Adjusted net loss attributable to the Company's shareholders was RMB32.8 million (US$4.6 million) in the second quarter of 2020 compared with RMB29.3 million in the prior year period. Adjusted basic and diluted net loss per ordinary share were both RMB0.11 (US$0.02) in the second quarter of 2020 compared with RMB0.10 in the prior year period.(1)
Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of RMB32.1 million (US$4.5 million) in the second quarter of 2020 compared with a loss of RMB30.4 million in the prior year period. (1)
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
As of June 30, 2020, the Company had cash and cash equivalents, time deposits, and short-term investment of RMB200.4 million (US$28.4 million). Net cash used in operating activities in the second quarter of 2020 was RMB5.7 million (US$0.8 million) compared with net cash used in operating activities of RMB7.7 million in the prior year period.
Unaudited First Half 2020 Financial Results
Net revenues in the first half of 2020 decreased by 80.3% to RMB64.4 million (US$9.1 million) from RMB326.4 million in the prior year period, primarily due to a 87.1% year-over-year decrease in revenue generated from offline marketing services to RMB40.9 million (US$5.8 million) from RMB316.0 million in the prior year period, partially offset by the accelerated growth of new business initiatives, including virtual dealership and online marketing services.
Gross profit in the first half of 2020 decreased by 79.1% to RMB48.7 million (US$6.9 million) from RMB232.9 million in the prior year period. Gross margin increased to 75.6% in the first half of 2020 from 71.4% in the prior year period, primarily attributable to the change in the revenue mix.
Total Operating Expenses and Loss from Continuing Operations
Total operating expenses in the first half of 2020 decreased by 59.8% to RMB149.5 million (US$21.2 million) from RMB372.0 million in the prior year period.
Loss from continuing operations was RMB100.8 million (US$14.3 million) in the first half of 2020 compared to RMB139.1 million in the prior year period.
Net loss attributable to the Company's Shareholders and Non-GAAP Measures
Net loss attributable to the Company's shareholders in the first half of 2020 was RMB96.5 million (US$13.7 million) compared to RMB136.2 million in the prior year period. Basic and diluted loss per ordinary share from continuing operations were both RMB0.32(US$0.05) in the first half of 2020 compared to RMB0.46 in the prior year period.
Adjusted net loss attributable to the Company's shareholders was RMB84.6 million (US$12.0 million) in the first half of 2020 compared to an adjusted net loss of RMB44.8 million in the prior year period. Adjusted basic and diluted loss per ordinary share were both RMB0.28(US$0.04) in the first half of 2020 compared to adjusted basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share, which were both RMB0.15 in the prior year period. (1)
Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of RMB82.8 million (US$11.7 million) in the first half of 2020 compared to an adjusted EBITDA of RMB48.2 million in the prior year period. (1)
For the third quarter of 2020, the Company expects net revenues to range from approximately RMB90.0 million to RMB95.0 million, representing a year-over-year approximate decrease of 33.6% to 29.9%. This is primarily attributable to the estimated declining number of offline events that is expected to be held in the third quarter of 2020 (including auto shows and special promotion events) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary views on the market and operational conditions as well as the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, which are subject to change.
Share Repurchase Program
On June 17, 2019, TuanChe announced that its board of directors had authorized a share repurchase program of up to US$20.0 million worth of the Company's ADSs for a period not to exceed 12 months and beginning on June 17, 2019. The Company had repurchased 427,738 ADSs for approximately US$2.0 million under this program.
Conference Call Information
TuanChe's management will hold a conference call on Friday, September 18, 2020, at 8:00 A.M. Eastern Time or 8:00 P.M. Beijing Time on the same day to discuss the financial results. Listeners may access the call by dialing the following numbers:
The replay will be accessible through September 25, 2020, by dialing the following numbers:
A live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available at the Company's investor relations website at http://ir.tuanche.com/.
This press release contains translations of certain Renminbi amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of readers. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from Renminbi to U.S. dollars, in this press release, were made at a rate of RMB7.0651 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on June 30, 2020 in the City of New York for cable transfers in Renminbi per U.S. dollar as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. No representation is made that the Renminbi amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized or settled into U.S. dollars at that rate on June 30, 2020, or at any other rate.
Safe Harbor Statement
This announcement contains 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 include, without limitation, the Company's business plans and development, business outlook, as well as the length and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Company's business and industry, which can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "expect," "anticipate," "aim," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "potential," "continue," "is/are likely to" or other similar expressions. Such statements are based upon management's current expectations and current market 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. 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. The Company 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 law.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement the Company's condensed consolidated quarterly financial information which are presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company also uses adjusted net income/(loss) attributable to the Company's shareholders, adjusted net income/(loss) per ordinary share and adjusted EBITDA as additional non-GAAP financial measures. The Company presents these non-GAAP financial measures because they are used by the Company's management to evaluate its operating performance. The Company also believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating the Company's consolidated results of operations in the same manner as its management and in comparing financial results across accounting periods and to those of the Company's peer companies.
The Company defines adjusted net income/(loss) as net income/(loss) excluding the impact of share-based compensation expenses and impairment of investment. The Company defines adjusted net income/(loss) per ordinary share as adjusted net income/(loss) divided by the weighted average number of ordinary shares. The Company defines adjusted EBITDA as net income/(loss) excluding the impact of depreciation and amortization, interest income/(expenses), net, share-based compensation expenses and impairment of investment. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating the Company's operating results. These non-GAAP financial measures are adjusted for the impact of items that the Company does not consider indicative of the operational performance of the Company's business, and should not be considered in isolation or construed as an alternative to net income/(loss) or any other measure of performance or as an indicator of the Company's operating performance.
In addition, the non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools. One of the key limitations of using these non-GAAP financial measures is that they do not reflect all items of income and expense that affect the Company's operations. Interest income or expenses, depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation expenses and impairment of investment have been and may continue to be incurred in the Company's business and are not reflected in the presentation of these non-GAAP measures. Further, these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. Other companies may calculate similarly titled measures differently, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures to the Company's data. The Company encourages investors and others to review the Company's financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure. Investors are encouraged to compare the historical non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable GAAP measures.
Founded in 2010, TuanChe Limited (NASDAQ: TC) is a leading omni-channel automotive marketplace in China. TuanChe offers services to connect automotive consumers with various industry players such as automakers, dealers and other automotive service providers. TuanChe provides automotive marketing and transaction related services by integrating its online platforms with offline sales events. Through its integrated marketing solutions, TuanChe turns individual and isolated automobile purchase transactions into large-scale collective purchase activities by creating an interactive many-to-many environment. TuanChe also provides virtual dealership services by connecting automakers and franchised dealerships with secondary dealers, which ultimately helps automakers penetrate and expand into lower-tier cities. Furthermore, leveraging its proprietary data analytics and advanced digital marketing system, TuanChe's online marketing service platform helps industry customers increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their advertising placements. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
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