-- Second Quarter Total volume of e-scooter sales up 13.8% year over year
-- Second Quarter Revenues of RMB 530.5 million, up 38.1% year over year
-- Second Quarter net income of RMB 51.0 million, compared to net loss of RMB 253.0 million in the second quarter of last year
BEIJING, Aug. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Niu Technologies (“NIU”, or “the Company”) (NIU), the world’s leading provider of smart urban mobility solutions, today announced its financial results for the second quarter 2019.
Second Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights
Revenues were RMB 530.5 million, an increase of 38.1% year over year
Gross margin was 23.7%, compared with 15.1% in the second quarter of 2018
Net income was RMB 51.0 million, compared with net loss of RMB 253.0 million in the second quarter of 2018
Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)1 was RMB 54.1 million, compared with adjusted net loss of RMB 33.9 million in the second quarter of 2018
Second Quarter 2019 Operating Highlights
The number of e-scooters sold reached 99,365, up 13.8% year over year
Franchised stores in China reached 1,005, an increase of 124 since March 31, 2019
Overseas sales network expanded to 26 distributors covering 34 countries
NIU launched two new models, U+ and Us in April
Dr. Yan Li, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented: “We delivered a solid revenue growth amid the challenging market environment caused by trade wars, slowing-down of Chinese economy and the implementation of New National Standards in the Chinese e-scooter industry. Our sales in China was affected by the lengthy certification and registration procedures during the implementation of this new regulation. Our international sales, however, remained strong and our overseas sales volume for the second quarter was more than doubled year over year.”
Dr. Li continued, “Our gross margin improved to 23.7%, a result of further cost reduction and favorable changes in revenue mix. We continued to be profitable in this quarter and achieved net income of RMB 51.0 million. We are excited by our business prospects and are committed to expand our growth profitably in the quarters ahead. To cope with the increasing sales volume, we are currently building a new facility in Changzhou on a piece of land of which we acquired the land use rights in June.”
Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Revenues were RMB 530.5 million, an increase of 38.1% year over year, due to increased sales volume of 13.8% and increased revenues per e-scooter of 21.3%.
E-scooter sales represented 85.1% of total revenues, while accessories, spare parts sales and service revenues represented 14.9% of total revenues.
Higher e-scooter sales volume was mainly driven by strong demand from international markets.
Increased revenues per e-scooter was mainly driven by a larger proportion of international sales, and higher sales in accessories and spare parts.
China represented 73.0% of total e-scooter revenues, while overseas markets represented 27.0% of total e-scooter revenues, compared with 10.2% in the second quarter of 2018.
Cost of revenues were RMB 405.0 million, an increase of 24.1% year over year, mainly due to higher e-scooter sales volume. The cost per e-scooter, defined as cost of revenues divided by the number of e-scooters sold in a specified period, was RMB 4,076, up 9.0% from RMB 3,739 in the second quarter 2018 as a result of product mix change.
Gross margin was 23.7%, up substantially from 15.1% in the same period of 2018, mainly due to lower raw material costs, and a greater proportion of international sales and revenue from accessories and spare parts.
Operating expenses were RMB 82.9 million, a decrease of 73.4% from the same period of 2018. Operating expenses as a percentage of revenues was 15.6%, compared with 81.1% in the second quarter of 2018.
Selling and marketing expenses were RMB 47.0 million (including RMB 1.0 million of share-based compensation), a decrease of 7.7% from RMB 51.0 million in the second quarter of 2018. The decrease was mainly due to lower advertising and promotion expense of RMB 11.4 million, which was partially offset by the increase of staff cost, office and travelling expense of RMB 4.1 million, depreciation and amortization expense of RMB 2.0 million, as a result of the growth in e-scooter sales volume, the opening of new franchised stores and an increased number of sales staffs. Selling and marketing expenses as a percentage of revenues was 8.9% compared with 13.3% in the second quarter of 2018.
Research and development expenses were RMB 16.7 million (including RMB 0.4 million of share-based compensation), a decrease of 63.6% from RMB 45.9 million in the second quarter of 2018, mainly driven by the decrease of share-based compensation expenses of RMB 36.4 million. The lower expenses were partially offset by the increases in staff cost of RMB 5.0 million and design expense of RMB 1.2 million, which resulted from the Company’s continued efforts to enhance the research and development capability. Research and development expenses as a percentage of revenues was 3.1%, compared with 12.0% in the second quarter of 2018.
General and administrative expenses were RMB 19.2 million (including RMB 1.6 million of share-based compensation), a decrease of 91.1% from RMB 214.7 million in the second quarter of 2018, mainly due to decrease of share-based compensation expense of RMB 180.0 million and an RMB 22.3 million loss for a fire accident in April 2018. The lower expenses were partially offset by increase in staff cost of RMB 5.0 million, travelling and office expenses of RMB 1.5 million as a result of increased number of staffs. General and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenues was 3.6%, compared with 55.9% in the second quarter of 2018.
Operating expenses excluding share-based compensation was RMB 79.8 million, decreased by 13.8% year over year, and represented 15.0% of revenues, compared with 24.1% in the second quarter of 2018.
Selling and marketing expenses excluding share-based compensation were RMB 46.0 million, a decrease of 8.7% year over year, and represented 8.7% of revenues, compared with 13.1% in the second quarter of 2018.
Research and development expenses excluding share-based compensation were RMB 16.3 million, an increase of 78.8% year over year, and represented 3.1% of revenues, compared with 2.4% in the second quarter of 2018.
General and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation were RMB 17.6 million, a decrease of 46.9% year over year, and represented 3.3% of revenues, compared with 8.6% in the second quarter of 2018.
Share-based compensation was RMB 3.1 million, a decrease of RMB 216.0 million compared to RMB 219.1 million in the same period of last year mainly because of the higher expenses that arose from the accelerated vesting of certain restricted ordinary shares during 2018 and the transfer of a number of ordinary shares from a shareholder to one of our vice presidents for nil consideration in June 2018.
Net income was RMB 51.0 million, an improvement of RMB 304.0 million compared with a net loss of RMB 253.0 million in the second quarter of 2018. The net income margin was 9.6%, compared with a net loss margin of 65.8% in the same period of 2018.
Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) was RMB 54.1 million, compared with an adjusted net loss of RMB 33.9 million in the second quarter of 2018. The adjusted net income margin2 was 10.2%, compared with an adjusted net loss margin of 8.8% in the same period of 2018.
Basic and diluted net income per ADS were RMB 0.685 (US$ 0.100) and RMB 0.665 (US$ 0.097) respectively.
As of June 30, 2019, the Company had cash, term deposit and short-term investments of RMB 667.4 million in aggregate. The Company had restricted cash of RMB 272.6 million and short-term bank borrowings of RMB 268.5 million.
NIU expects revenues of third quarter to be in the range of RMB 600 million to RMB 700 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 22% to 42%.
The above outlook is based on information available as of the date of this press release and reflects the Company’s current and preliminary expectation, which is subject to change.
The Company will host a conference call at 8:00 AM on August 23, 2019 U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 PM on August 23, 2019 Beijing/Hong Kong time) to discuss its second quarter 2019 financial results and provide a corporate update.
Participants may access the call via below dial-in details.
A replay will be accessible through August 31, 2019 by dialing the following numbers:
Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available through the Company’s investor relations website at https://ir.niu.com/.
About Niu Technologies
As the world’s leading provider of smart urban mobility solutions, NIU designs, manufactures and sells high-performance smart e-scooters. NIU has a streamlined product portfolio consisting of three series, N, M and U that address the needs of different segments of the modern urban resident, while being united through a common design language that emphasizes style, freedom and technology. NIU has adopted an omnichannel retail model, integrating the offline and online channels, to sell its products and provide services. For more information, please visit www.niu.com.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement NIU’s consolidated financial results presented in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”), NIU uses the following non-GAAP financial measures: adjusted net income/loss, and adjusted net income/loss margin. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.
NIU believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and liquidity by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of its operating results. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management’s internal comparisons to NIU’s historical performance. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. A limitation of using these non-GAAP financial measures is that these non-GAAP measures exclude certain items that have been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant component in the Company’s results of operations. These non-GAAP financial measures presented here 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.
Adjusted net income/loss is defined as net income/loss excluding share-based compensation expenses and change in fair value of a convertible loan. Adjusted net income/loss margin is defined as adjusted net income/loss as a percentage of the revenues.
For more information on non-GAAP financial measures, please see the tables captioned “Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures.”
This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars (“US$”) at specified rates solely for the convenience of the readers. Unless otherwise stated, all translations from RMB to US$ were made at the rate of RMB 6.8650 to US$ 1.00, the exchange rate in effect as of June 30, 2019, as set forth in the H.10 Statistical release of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or US$ amounts referred could be converted into US$ or RMB, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all.
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