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TAOP Reports 13.1% YoY Revenue Increase in Fiscal Year 2018

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SHENZHEN, China, April 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Taoping Inc. (TAOP), a leading provider of internet-based ad distribution and display terminal sharing systems and online retail platform, today announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue was $20.6 million, an increase of $2.4 million, compared to $18.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2017.

  • Net income attributable to the Company was $1.7 million, compared to a net income attributable to the Company of $0.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. Earnings per share was $0.04, compared to $0.02 per share for the year ended December 31, 2017.

  • Gross profit as a percentage of revenue was 46.9% for the year ended December 31, 2018, increased from 45.8% for the year ended December 31, 2017.

  • Working capital was $4.9 million as of December 31, 2018, a significant improvement comparing to a working capital deficiency of $1.5 million as of December 31, 2017.

Fiscal Year 2018 and Recent 2019 Operational Highlights

  • Taoping Alliance, a nationwide advertising resource sharing platform jointly founded by TAOP and Shenzhen Taoping New-Media Limited, has penetrated into the county-level market nationwide. Since its establishment in May 2017, city members of Taoping Alliance have increased to 111, with the coverage of over twenty-six provinces out of thirty-four provincial level administrative units in China and three members overseas (Canadian-based Capital Green Tech & Trade Corp.(CG), Asia Taoping Pte. Ltd. (Asia Taoping) and Singapore Taoping Pte. Ltd. (Singapore Taoping)).

  • In September 2018, the Company officially launched “Taoping Go (E-store)” applet to enable interactions between advertisers and consumers and help convert Taoping terminal audience into online consumers.

  • Taoping Chain, a “Smart IoT Terminal Network- Taoping App - Taoping Go (E-store)” media ecosystem, has been fully developed, functional, and on-line.

  • While penetrating into the county-level market, the Company adopts S2B2C (Service to Business to Customer) model and creates a two-way traffic portal with “Smart IoT Terminal Network- Taoping App - Taoping Go (E-store)”. Different from traditional out of home advertising media, the Company not only showcases brands with vibrant static messages or impactful videos through its terminals, but also increase conversion rate through the online store promotion and retail function of Taoping Go (E-store) platform. With customer behavior analytics and terminal location data on the platform, merchants are able to develop better strategies and achieve brand precision marketing.

  • On November 13, 2018, TAOP announced that it has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Canada-based Capital Green Tech & Trade Corp. (CG) to formally enter the overseas market. According to the agreement, as the local partner of TAOP, CG will operate TAOP sharing new media in Toronto, Canada.

  • On December 7, 2018, TAOP announced that it has entered into strategic cooperation agreements with Asia Taoping Pte. Ltd. (Asia Taoping) and Singapore Taoping Pte. Ltd (Singapore Taoping) to expand into Asian market.

“2018 has been a challenging year for many companies in China. We experienced a business slowdown in the second half year due to the unfavorable macro environment. I am glad we still managed to achieve a revenue of $20.6 million, an increase of $2.4 million compared to the year ended December 31, 2017,” said Mr. Jianghuai Lin, CEO and Chairman of TAOP.

Mr. Lin continued, “With continuous and persevere efforts in the past two years, I am glad we have established market presences in 111 cities in China and developed three members overseas. Our S2B2C model, serving advertisers with desired consumer traffic, has received a lot of favorable feedback from consumers, advertisers and partners. With the accelerated market penetration, we expect that by the end of 2019, the number of cities that Taoping Alliance covers will reach 300 nationwide, the number of Taoping App business users (advertisers) to be at least 30,000, and the number of Taoping Go (E-store) consumer users to be at least 3 million, which is expected to significantly drive our revenue growth in coming years.”

Revenue

Revenue was $20.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared to $18.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2017, an increase of $2.4 million, or 13.1%.

The increase was primarily due to the successful execution of our business model by the creation of “Taoping Chain” and the establishment of a nationwide sales network through Taoping Alliance, which in result drove our sales in 2018.

Gross Profit

Gross Profit was $9.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, an increase of $ 1.3 million compared to $ 8.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. Gross profit as a percentage of revenue was 46.9% for the year ended December 31, 2018, increased from 45.8% for the year ended December 31, 2017.

The slight increase in the overall gross margin primarily resulted from the further increase in the Company’s product mix of new products and services offered to customers in the private sector. The Company outsourced production for CAT and IoT technology based ads display terminals which has provided significant cost savings. Also, the revenue generated from sales of software related products have resulted in high gross margin.

Administrative, R&D and Selling Expenses

Administrative expenses increased by $0.7 million, or 18.73%, to $4.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, from $3.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. Such increase was primarily due to the re-classification in 2018 of foreign currency exchange gain (loss) caused by intercompany balances from administrative expenses to other comprehensive income resulting in an increase of $0.7 million, and an increase of $0.4 million of provision for doubtful account receivables. As a percentage of revenue, administrative expenses increased to 20.9% for 2018, from 19.9% for 2017.

Research and development expenses increased by $0.7 million, or 18.0%, to $4.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, from $4.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. Such increase was primarily due to increase in payroll and benefits for R&D staff as a result of an increase in headcount, and the depreciation of software newly purchased in 2018 and software used for the digital ads distribution and sharing platform servicing our customers to efficiently and cost effectively promote their branding. As a percentage of revenue, research and development expenses increased to 23.1% for 2018, from 22.2% in 2017.

Selling expenses decreased by $0.7 million, or 61.7%, to $0.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, from $1.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. This decrease was due to the reduction of certain marketing and branding activities. Since the Company has built its own nationwide ad display terminal network with Taoping Alliance, it was able to promote its brand at lower selling and marketing expenses in 2018.

Net income attributable to Company

For the year ended December 31, 2018, net income attributable to the Company was $1.7 million, compared to a net income attributable to the Company of $0.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2017.

Cash and Financial Position

As of December 31, 2018, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $1.7 million, compared to $3.3 million as of December 31, 2017. Working capital was of $4.9 million as of December 31, 2018, a significant improvement comparing to a working capital deficiency of $1.5 million as of December 31, 2017.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $2.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, and net cash provided by operating activities was $4.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2017.

About Taoping Inc.

Taoping Inc. (formerly known as China Information Technology, Inc.) (TAOP), is a leading provider of smart display terminals for targeted advertising and online retails. The Company provides the integrated end-to-end digital advertising solutions enabling customers to distribute and manage ads on cloud-based ad display terminals. Connecting terminal owners, advertisers and consumers, it builds up a resource sharing "Smart IoT Terminal Network- Taoping App - Taoping Go (E-store)" media ecosystem to ultimately achieve the mission "our technology makes advertising and branding affordable and effective for everyone." To learn more, please visit http://www.taop.com/.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release may contain certain “forward-looking statements” relating to the business of Taoping Inc. and its subsidiaries and other consolidated entities. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included herein, are “forward-looking statements” in nature within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements, often identified by the use of forward-looking terminologies such as “believes”, “expects” or similar expressions, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. Investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in the Company’s periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on its website (http://www.sec.gov). All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company and its subsidiaries and other consolidated entities or persons acting on their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, the Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

TAOPING INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

DECEMBER 31, 2018 AND 2017


December 31,

December 31,

2018

2017

ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,653,260

$

3,260,808

Accounts receivable, net

7,995,931

5,267,752

Accounts receivable-related parties, net

9,545,453

4,872,743

Advances to suppliers

504,002

1,630,980

Inventories, net

693,677

631,610

Loan receivable

2,180,655

-

Other current assets

6,304,722

5,854,792

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS

28,877,700

21,518,685

Non-current accounts receivable

1,078,777

-

Property, plant and equipment, net

11,599,416

11,830,698

Intangible assets, net

59,921

808,707

Long-term investments

-

46,094

Other non-current assets

-

3,326,319

TOTAL ASSETS

$

41,615,814

$

37,530,503

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES

Short-term bank loans

$

6,082,574

$

7,817,610

Accounts payable

11,700,763

6,844,440

Accounts payable-related parties

66,135

-

Advances from customers

304,021

281,772

Advances from customers-related parties

51,183

1,008,426

Amounts due to related parties

1,005,307

1,183,090

Accrued payroll and benefits

243,976

290,841

Other payables and accrued expenses

4,247,391

4,038,417

Income tax payable

310,537

1,548,415

Derivative Liability – Warrants

-

-

TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES

24,011,887

23,013,011

EQUITY

Ordinary shares, 2018 and 2017: par $0;
authorized capital 100,000,000 shares;
shares issued and outstanding, 2018: 41,760,163 shares; 2017: 40,231,159 shares;

126,146,996

123,950,544

Additional paid-in capital

15,782,904

15,814,328

Reserve

14,044,269

13,812,095

Accumulated deficit

(170,935,437

)

(172,395,246

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

23,218,159

24,201,766

Total equity of the Company

8,256,891

5,383,487

Non-controlling interest

9,347,036

9,134,005

TOTAL EQUITY

17,603,927

14,517,492

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$

41,615,814

$

37,530,503


TAOPING INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2018, 2017 AND 2016

2018

2017

2016

Revenue – Products

$

6,546,016

$

4,312,048

$

6,553,090

Revenue - Products-related parties

9,373,272

9,103,222

-

Revenue – Software

3,037,912

3,441,582

2,347,197

Revenue – Software-related parties

45,400

-

-

Revenue – System integration

-

390,465

628,880

Revenue – Others

1,490,324

884,584

664,423

Revenue - Others-related parties

85,416

57,373

-

TOTAL REVENUE

20,578,340

18,189,274

10,193,590

Cost – Products

9,808,837

8,973,539

5,512,305

Cost – Software

783,702

733,617

921,432

Cost – System integration

227,677

135,224

1,078,103

Cost – Others

104,030

25,128

95,350

TOTAL COST

10,924,246

9,867,508

7,607,190

GROSS PROFIT

9,654,094

8,321,766

2,586,400

Administrative expenses

4,299,820

3,621,570

8,342,842

Research and development expenses

4,756,088

4,031,313

3,044,972

Selling expenses

429,362

1,119,586

1,334,147

Impairment of intangible assets and goodwill

-

-

4,442,367

INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS

168,824

(450,703

)

(14,577,928

)

Subsidy income

556,187

476,517

223,166

Loss on disposal of consolidated entities

-

-

(575,956

)

Loss on sale of deposits for land use right

-

-

(2,762,033

)

Other income (loss), net

400,566

281,556

(326,546

)

Interest income

36,381

7,900

17,420

Interest expense

(484,403

)

(450,024

)

(498,931

)

Change in fair value of warrant liability

-

3,720

34,175

Income (loss) before income taxes

677,555

(131,034

)

(18,466,633

)

Income tax benefit (expense )

1,201,231

1,070,343

(57,844

)

NET INCOME (LOSS)

1,878,786

939,309

(18,524,477

)

Less: Net (income) loss attributable to the non-controlling interest

(186,803

)

(80,704

)

353,876

NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE COMPANY

$

1,691,983

$

858,605

$

(18,170,601

)

Earnings (loss) per share - Basic and Diluted

Basic

$

0.04

$

0.02

$

(0.45

)

Diluted

$

0.04

$

0.02

$

(0.45

)

EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE COMPANY

Basic

$

0.04

$

0.02

$

(0.45

)

Diluted

$

0.04

$

0.02

$

(0.45

)


TAOPING INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2018, 2017 AND 2016

2018

2017

2016

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Net income (loss)

$

1,878,786

$

939,309

$

(18,524,477

)

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

Provision for losses on accounts receivable and other current assets

830,266

422,388

1,995,046

Impairment of intangible assets and goodwill

-

-

4,442,367

Provision for obsolete inventories

30,403

176,570

324,581

Depreciation

2,940,387

2,036,438

1,736,607

Amortization of intangible assets

734,150

820,468

845,149

Loss (gain) on sale of property and equipment and land use rights

4,243

(7,845

)

(8,544

)

Loss from disposal of inventories

189,861

138,316

345,963

Loss from disposals of consolidated entities

-

-

575,956

Loss on disposal of deposit for land use rights

-

-

2,762,033

Stock-based payments for consulting services

43,788

96,313

-

Stock-based compensation

584,629

487,407

273,102

Gain from write-off of long aged payables

(278,099

)

(678,012

)

-

Impairment of long-term investments

45,400

-

-

Income tax expense

-

-

365,401

Change in fair value of warrants liability

-

(3,720

)

(34,175

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(5,156,120

)

(2,145,097

)

(913,486

)

Accounts receivable from related party and its affiliates

(5,137,222

)

(4,694,068

)

-

Inventories

(320,267

)

652,921

(590,274

)

Other receivables and prepaid expenses

2,497,105

6,962,862

6,222,650

Advances to suppliers

1,123,765

(1,423,441

)

1,981,816

Restricted cash

-

-

848,573

Amounts due to/from related parties

(118,771

)

-

(154,331

)

Other payables and accrued expenses

652,149

1,497,312

(2,344,677

)

Advances from customers

38,951

(1,442,928

)

(846,599

)

Advances from customers from related party and its affiliates

(939,957

)

2,111,157

-

Accounts payable and bills payable

3,963,341

(239,628

)

(1,811,119

)

Accounts payable from related party and its affiliates

68,845

-

-

Income tax payable

(1,201,831

)

(1,166,473

)

(312,615

)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

2,473,802

4,540,249

(2,821,053

)

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

577

7,845

299,298

Investment in Biznest's joint company

-

-

(45,179

)

Purchases of property and equipment

(1,797,510

)

(3,783,064

)

(3,463,915

)

Cash received from sale of Zhongtian and Geo

-

-

12,312,378

Disbursements for loan made

(2,270,006

)

-

-

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

(4,066,939

)

(3,775,219

)

9,102,582

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Proceeds from borrowings under short-term loans

6,810,017

8,880,840

10,541,720

Proceeds from exercise of consultants stock options

44,843

-

-

Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares in connection with private placement

1,500,000

-

-

Repayment of short-term loans

(8,178,074

)

(9,366,326

)

(17,101,230

)

Repurchase of ordinary shares

-

-

(379,710

)

Repayment of long-term loans

-

-

(214,527

)

Net cash used in financing activities

176,786

(485,486

)

(7,153,747

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(191,197

)

(771,111

)

837,747

NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

(1,607,548

)

(491,567

)

(34,471

)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING

3,260,808

3,752,375

3,786,846

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, ENDING

$

1,653,260

$

3,260,808

$

3,752,375

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

Cash paid during the year

Income taxes

$

600

$

3,057

$

192

Interest

$

484,403

$

450,024

$

498,931


For further information, please contact:

Taoping Inc.

Chang Qiu

Email: chang_qiu@taoping.cn

or

Dragon Gate Investment Partners LLC

Tel: +1 (646)-801-2803

Email: taop@dgipl.com