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Fang Announces Second Quarter and First Half Year 2019 Results

BEIJING, Aug. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Fang Holdings Limited (SFUN) ("Fang" or "we"), a leading real estate Internet portal in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter and the first half year ended June 30, 2019.

Second Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Total revenues were $67.6 million, an increase of 6.8% from $63.3 million in the corresponding period of 2018.
  • Operating income from continuing operations was $29.0 million, compared to an operating loss from continuing operations of $9.6 million in the corresponding period of 2018. 
  • Net income was $4.2 million, compared to a net loss of $53.5 million in the corresponding period of 2018.

First Half 2019 Highlights

  • Total revenues were $102.6 million, a decrease of 8.7% from $112.3 million in the corresponding period of 2018.
  • Operating income from continuing operations was $17.2 million, compared to an operating loss from continuing operations of $20.2 million in the corresponding period of 2018.
  • Net income was $17.6 million, compared to a net loss of $98.4 million in the corresponding period of 2018.

"We are turning around and achieved revenue growth after many quarters of decrease," commented Mr. Jian Liu, CEO of Fang. "The main drivers behind this growth are marketing services and leads generation services, which will continue to generate growth into the coming quarters."

Second Quarter 2019 Results

Revenues

Fang reported total revenues of $67.6 million in the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 6.8% from $63.3 million in the corresponding period of 2018, mainly due to the increase in revenues from marketing services.   

Revenue from marketing services was $32.5 million in the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 19.3% from $27.2 million in the corresponding period of 2018, driven by Fang's efforts in customer development.

Revenue from listing services was $19.2 million in the second quarter of 2019, a decrease of 26.0% from $26.0 million in the corresponding period of 2018, mainly due to the decrease of paying members in listing services.

Revenue from leads generation services was $10.8 million in the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 290.2% from $2.8 million in the corresponding period of 2018, driven by the increased effectiveness of the service and customer development.

Revenue from financial services was $2.6 million in the second quarter of 2019, a decrease of 3.2% from $2.7 million in the corresponding period of 2018.

Cost of Revenue

Cost of revenue was $8.3 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $8.4 million in the corresponding period of 2018.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were $30.3 million in the second quarter of 2019, a decrease of 53.0% from $64.5 million in the corresponding period of 2018, mainly due to the decrease in bad debt and staff costs.

  • Selling expenses were $16.1 million in the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 12.5% from $14.3 million in the corresponding period of 2018.
  • General and administrative expenses were $15.7 million in the second quarter of 2019, a decrease of 69.1% from $50.7 million in the corresponding period of 2018, mainly due to the decrease in bad debt and staff costs.

Operating Income/Loss from Continuing Operations

Operating income from continuing operations was $29.0 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to operating loss from continuing operations of $9.6 million in the corresponding period of 2018, mainly due to the decrease in operating expenses.

Change in Fair Value of Securities

Change in fair value of securities for the second quarter of 2019 was a loss of $48.5 million, compared to a loss of $82.9 million in the corresponding period of 2018, mainly due to the fluctuation in market price of investments in equity securities.

Income Tax Benefits

Income tax benefits were $20.6 million in the second quarter of 2019, a decrease of 27.2% compared to income tax benefits of $28.3 million in the corresponding period of 2018, primarily due to the effect of change in fair value of equity securities and the reversal of previously recorded ASC 740 (FIN 48) income taxes and interest.

Net Income/Loss

Net income was $4.2 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to net loss of $53.5 million in the corresponding period of 2018.

Cash

As of June 30, 2019, Fang had cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash (current and non-current) and short-term investments of $500.6 million, compared to $439.7 million as of December 31, 2018.

First half year 2019 Results

Revenues

Fang reported total revenues of $102.6 million in the first half year of 2019, a decrease of 8.7% from $112.3 million in the corresponding period of 2018.   

Revenue from marketing services was $45.7 million in the first half year of 2019, an increase of 5.3% from $43.4 million in the corresponding period of 2018, driven by Fang's efforts in customer development.

Revenue from listing services was $31.4 million in the first half year of 2019, a decrease of 29.7% from $44.6 million in the corresponding period of 2018, mainly due to the decrease of paying members in listing services.

Revenue from leads generation services was $14.8 million in the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 281.2% from $3.9 million in the corresponding period of 2018, driven by the increased effectiveness of the service and customer development.

Revenue from financial services was $6.1 million in the first half year of 2019, a decrease of 21.1% from $7.8 million in the corresponding period of 2018.

Cost of Revenue

Cost of revenue was $16.7 million in the first half year of 2019, a decrease of 34.2% from $25.4 million in the corresponding period of 2018, primarily due to cost savings from optimizing Fang's core business.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were $68.6 million in the first half year of 2019, a decrease of 36.0% from $107.2 million in the corresponding period of 2018, mainly due to the decrease in bad debt and staff costs.

  • Selling expenses were $32.5 million in the first half year of 2019, an increase of 16.9% from $27.8 million in the corresponding period of 2018.
  • General and administrative expenses were $38.1 million in the first half year of 2019, a decrease of 52.6% from $80.2 million in the corresponding period of 2018, mainly due to the decrease in bad debt and staff costs.

Operating Income/Loss from Continuing Operations

Operating income from continuing operations was $17.2 million in the first half year of 2019, compared to an operating loss from continuing operations of $20.2 million in the corresponding period of 2018, mainly due to the decrease in operating expenses.

Change in Fair Value of Securities

Change in fair value of securities for the first half year of 2019 was a loss of $16.5 million, compared to a loss of $125.2 million in the corresponding period of 2018, mainly due to the fluctuation in market price of investments in equity securities.

Income Tax Benefits

Income tax benefits were $9.5 million in the first half year of 2019, a decrease of 71.7% from $33.5 million in the corresponding period of 2018, primarily due to the effect of change in fair value of equity securities and the reversal of previously recorded ASC 740 (FIN 48) income taxes and interest.

Net Income/Loss

Net income was $17.6 million in the first half year of 2019, compared to a net loss of $98.4 million in the corresponding period of 2018.

Business Outlook

Based on current operations and market conditions, Fang's management remains confident that net income is expected to be positive for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019. This estimate represents management's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call Information

Fang's management team will host a conference call on the same day at 8:00 AM U.S. EST (8:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong time). The dial-in details for the live conference call are:

International Toll:

+65 67135090

Toll-Free/Local Toll:


United States

+1 866-519-4004 / +1 845-675-0437

Hong Kong

+852 800-906-601 / +852 3018-6771

Mainland China

+86 800-819-0121 / +86 400-620-8038

Passcode:

SFUN

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call from 11:00 AM ET on August 30, 2019 through 9:59 AM ET September 07, 2019. The dial-in details for the telephone replay are:

International Toll:

+61 2-8199-0299

Toll-Free/Local Toll:


United States

+1 855-452-5696 / +1 646-254-3697

Hong Kong

+852 800-963-117 / +852 3051-2780

Mainland China

+86 400-602-2065 / +86 800-870-0205

Conference ID:

3968246

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on Fang's website at http://ir.fang.com.

About Fang

Fang operates a leading real estate Internet portal in China in terms of the number of page views and visitors to its websites. Through its websites, Fang provides primarily marketing, listing, leads generation and financial services for China's fast-growing real estate and home furnishing and improvement sectors. Its user-friendly websites support active online communities and networks of users seeking information on, and value-added services for, the real estate and home furnishing and improvement sectors in China. Fang currently maintains approximately 65 offices to focus on local market needs and its website and database contains real estate related content covering 658 cities in China. For more information about Fang, please visit http://ir.fang.com.

Safe Harbor Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "is expected to," "anticipates," "aim," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "are likely to," "estimates," "may," "should" and similar expressions, and include, without limitation, statements regarding Fang's future financial performance, revenue guidance, growth and growth rates, market position and continued business transformation. 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 Fang's control, which may cause its actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the impact of Fang's transformation back to a technology-driven Internet platform and the impact of current and future government policies affecting China's real estate market. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in Fang's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Fang 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.  

Fang Holdings Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets[I]

(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share data and per share data)


ASSETS

June 30,

December 31,



2019

2018

Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

232,119

171,183


Restricted cash, current

245,064

245,474


Short-term investments

17,387

16,043


Accounts receivable, net

67,481

58,687


Funds receivable

6,576

5,474


Prepayment and other current assets

29,265

27,894


Commitment deposits

191

191


Loans receivable, current

66,264

117,602


Amounts due from related parties

699

-


Current assets of discontinued operations

-

26,289

Total current assets 

665,046

668,837

Non-current assets:




Property and equipment, net

716,359

727,739


Land use rights

32,670

33,153


Loans receivable, non-current

1,762

6,249


Deferred tax assets

2,023

2,202


Deposits for non-current assets

409

902


Restricted cash, non-current portion

6,002

6,990


Long-term investments

358,384

373,233


Other non-current assets

10,404

4,558


Non-current assets of discontinued operations

-

573

Total non-current assets

1,128,013

1,155,599

Total assets

1,793,059

1,824,436





LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY



Current liabilities:




Short-term loans

293,089

297,811


Deferred revenue

141,252

142,473


Accrued expenses and other liabilities

111,377

118,925


Customers' refundable fees

3,529

3,976


Income tax payable

8,757

2,383


Amounts due to related parties

135

19


Current liabilities of discontinued operations

-

35,326

Total current liabilities

558,139

600,913

Non-current liabilities:




Long-term loans

119,503

123,215


Convertible senior notes

253,498

254,435


Deferred tax liabilities

97,305

97,578


Other non-current liabilities

133,835

150,837


Non-current liabilities of discontinued operations

-

2,258

Total non-current liabilities

604,141

628,323

Total Liabilities  

1,162,280

1,229,236





Equity:




Class A ordinary shares, par value Hong Kong Dollar ("HK$") 1 per share,
600,000,000 shares authorized for Class A and Class B in aggregate, issued
shares as of December 31, 2018 and June 30, 2019: 72,069,645 and

71,775,686; outstanding shares as of December 31, 2018 and June 30, 2019:
65,004,587 and 65,062,992

9,244

9,286


Class B ordinary shares, par value HK$1 per share, 600,000,000 shares
authorized for Class A and Class B in aggregate, and 24,336,650 shares and
24,336,650 shares issued and outstanding as at December 31, 2018 and
June 30, 2019, respectively

3,124

3,124


Treasury stock

(129,801)

(136,615)


Additional paid-in capital

521,494

517,802


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(82,351)

(75,837)


Retained earnings

308,375

276,746

Total Fang Holdings Limited shareholders' equity

630,085

594,506


Non controlling interests

694

694

Total equity

630,779

595,200

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

1,793,059

1,824,436

 

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income[1]

(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share data and per share data)







Three months ended

Six months ended



June 30,


June 30,

June 30,

June 30,



2019


2018

2019

2018








Revenues:







Marketing services

32,465


27,202

45,728

43,417


Listing services

19,212


25,962

31,371

44,617


Leads generation services

10,801


2,768

14,787

3,879


Value-added services

1,666


1,390

2,668

2,277


Financial services

2,640


2,726

6,139

7,779


E-commerce services

779


3,211

1,860

10,380

Total revenues

67,563


63,259

102,553

112,349








Cost of revenues:







Cost of services

(8,254)


(8,365)

(16,692)

(25,362)

Total cost of revenues

(8,254)


(8,365)

(16,692)

(25,362)








Gross profit

59,309


54,894

85,861

86,987








Operating expenses and income:






Selling expenses

(16,137)


(14,341)

(32,456)

(27,766)


General and administrative expenses

(15,659)


(50,716)

(38,052)

(80,196)


Other income

1,509


593

1,896

752








Operating income /(loss) from continuing
operations

29,022


(9,570)

17,249

(20,223)








Foreign exchange loss

(371)


(185)

(633)

(187)


Interest income

1,632


3,334

3,321

5,939


Interest expense

(5,696)


(4,815)

(11,741)

(10,300)


Investment income, net

338


4,785

343

4,887


Realized gain on sale of available-for-sale
securities

573


669

871

361


Change in fair value of securities

(48,514)


(82,917)

(16,464)

(125,161)


Government grants

464


399

699

614


Other non-operating loss

-


(95)

-

(465)

Loss before income taxes and noncontrolling
interests from continuing operations

(22,552)


(88,395)

(6,355)

(144,535)

Income tax benefits







Income tax benefits

20,609


28,302

9,490

33,513

Net (loss) income from continuing operations,
net of income taxes

(1,943)


(60,093)

3,135

(111,022)

Income from discontinued operations, net of income
taxes

6,123


6,553

14,446

12,607

Net income (loss)

4,180


(53,540)

17,581

(98,415)


Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

-


-

-

-

Net income (loss) attributable to Fang Holdings
Limited shareholders

4,180


(53,540)

17,581

(98,415)

Earnings /(loss) per share for Class A and Class B ordinary shares and per ADS:




Basic

0.05


(0.60)

0.20

(1.11)


Diluted

0.05


(0.60)

0.19

(1.11)

Earnings /(loss) from continuing operations per share for Class A and Class B ordinary shares and per ADS:


Basic

(0.02)


(0.68)

0.04

(1.25)


Diluted

(0.02)


(0.68)

0.03

(1.25)

Earnings from discontinued operations per share for Class A and Class B ordinary shares and per ADS:


Basic

0.07


0.08

0.16

0.14


Diluted

0.07


0.08

0.16

0.14








 


[i] Impact of the Separation of China Index Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ:CIH) ("CIH") on the Company's Financial Statements: The separation of CIH represents a strategic shift of Fang and has a major effect on Fang's results of operations, the business operated by CIH has been reclassified as discontinued operations. For the periods presented in this press release, the assets and liabilities of the discontinued operations are presented separately on the consolidated balance sheets, and the results of the discontinued operations, less applicable income taxes, are reported as a separate component of income, which is income from discontinued operations, on the consolidated statements of comprehensive income (loss).

On July 8, 2019, a ratio change that had the same effect as a 1-for-5 reverse ADS split took effect, and as a result, one ADS currently represents one Class A ordinary share.

 

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