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BEIJING, Jan. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Niu Technologies (“NIU”, or “the Company”) (NASDAQ: NIU), the world’s leading provider of smart urban mobility solutions, today provides its sales volume results for the fourth quarter 2021.
In the fourth quarter of 2021, NIU sold 238,188 units, including e-motorcycles, e-mopeds, kick-scooters and e-bikes, representing a 58.3% year-over-year growth. The number of units sold in China market reached 205,239, representing a 49.2% year-over-year growth. The number of units sold in the international markets was 32,949, representing an increase of 155.8% year-over-year. The volume is compared on a year-over-year basis instead of on a quarter-over-quarter basis due to strong seasonality in the e-scooter market.
The growth in China market was mainly driven by retail network expansion. The Company continued fast retail network expansion and added 422 new stores in China during the fourth quarter 2021. There were 3,108 NIU stores in China at the end of 2021. Out of the total sales volume in the fourth quarter 2021, the entry models (G0, F0 and C0), having lower sales price and gross margin compared with other models being sold in China market, represented only 20.7%.
The robust growth in the international markets was mainly driven by strong demand for newly rolled out advanced e-motorcycles and accretionary kick-scooters. During the fourth quarter 2021, the sales volume of e-motorcycles and e-mopeds in the international markets reached 17,905, increasing by 39.2% year-over-year. Furthermore, the Company delivered 14,916 units of kick-scooters to Europe and United States in the fourth quarter 2021. The kick-scooters have lower sales prices compared with other products sold in the international markets.
In full year 2021, the Company sold approximately 1,037,914 units, representing a 72.5% year-over-year growth. The number of units sold in China market and international markets reached 988,023 and 49,891, respectively.
Our sales volume count disclosed above is based on the delivery from our manufacturing facility, which may vary slightly from the sales volume measured from a financial accounting and reporting point of view. NIU’s sales volume represents only one measure of the company’s financial performance and should not be relied upon as an indicator of quarterly financial results, which depend on a variety of factors, including revenues from accessories, spare parts and services, cost of sales, operating expenses, etc.
As the world’s leading provider of smart urban mobility solutions, NIU designs, manufactures and sells high-performance electric motorcycles, scooters, bicycles and kick-scooters. NIU has a product portfolio consisting of eight series, four electric scooter series, including NQi, MQi, UQi and Gova, two urban commuter electric motorcycle series RQi and TQi, a performance electric bicycle series, NIU Aero, and an electric kick-scooter series, KQi. Different series of products address the needs of different segments of modern urban residents and resolve the demands of different scenarios of urban travel, 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 offer the products and services. For more information, please visit www.niu.com.
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