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  • Canaan Inc (CAN) Q3 2020 Earnings Call Transcript
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    Canaan Inc (CAN) Q3 2020 Earnings Call Transcript

    Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to Canaan Inc.'s Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Call. The Company's financial and operating results were released by our newswire services earlier today and are currently available online. Joining us today are our Chairman and CEO, Mr. Nangeng Zhang and our CFO, Mr. Quanfu Hong.

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    Canaan Inc. Reports Unaudited Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

    HANGZHOU, China, Nov. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canaan Inc. (NASDAQ: CAN) ("Canaan" or the "Company"), a leading high-performance computing solutions provider, today announced its unaudited financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2020.Third Quarter 2020 Operating and Financial HighlightsTotal computing power sold in the third quarter of 2020 was 2.9 million Thash/s, representing a year-over-year decrease of 20.7% from 3.7 million Thash/s in the same period of 2019 and a quarter-over-quarter increase of 13.4% from 2.6 million Thash/s in the second quarter of 2020. Total net revenues in the third quarter of 2020 was RMB163.0 million (US$24.0 million), representing a year-over-year decrease of 75.7% from RMB670.6 million in the same period of 2019 and a quarter-over-quarter decrease of 8.5% from RMB178.1 million in the second quarter of 2020. Gross loss in the third quarter of 2020 was RMB17.0 million (US$2.5 million) compared to gross profit of RMB146.2 million in the same period of 2019 and gross profit of RMB43.3 million in the second quarter of 2020. Net loss in the third quarter of 2020 was RMB86.4 million (US$12.7 million) compared to net income of RMB94.6 million in the same period of 2019 and net loss of RMB16.8 million in the second quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP adjusted net loss in the third quarter of 2020 was RMB84.8 million (US$12.5 million) compared to Non-GAAP adjusted net income of RMB96.2 million in the same period of 2019 and Non-GAAP adjusted net loss of RMB16.0 million in the second quarter of 2020.Mr. Nangeng Zhang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canaan, commented, “During the third quarter of 2020, we remained undeterred by the pandemic to strengthen our research and development capabilities, expand our AI business, and execute new business initiatives. By leveraging our enhanced R&D capabilities in the third quarter, we launched our A1246 product series, which continues to lead the industry with its energy efficiency, computing power, and unit cost. In addition, we have also accelerated the monetization of our AI business through our partnerships with a number of companies in various industries, such as online education and smart city solutions. In the third quarter of 2020, for example, we implemented our K210 AI chips in hardware sensors from our partner to better ensure the proper execution of social distancing practices in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. With new generations of mining machines and AI chips in the pipeline, we are confident that the enhanced performance of our new products will continue to bolster our competitive advantages and solidify our market leadership going forward.”Mr. Quanfu Hong, Chief Financial Officer of Canaan, stated, “The pandemic and resulting macroeconomic uncertainties continued to impact the production capacity of the global IC industry in the third quarter of 2020. However, the demand for mining machines in the market continued to rebound during the third quarter, and we have received a large number of pre-sale orders which are scheduled for delivery starting in the fourth quarter of 2020. Looking ahead, we remain committed to investing in areas that will further strengthen our collaboration with established IC manufacturers, enhance our inventory management, streamline our research and development initiatives, and generate lasting value for our shareholders.”Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results Total net revenues in the third quarter of 2020 was RMB163.0 million (US$24.0 million), representing a 75.7% year-over-year decrease from RMB670.6 million in the same period of 2019 and a 8.5% quarter-over-quarter decrease from RMB178.1 million in the second quarter of 2020. The year-over-year decrease was mainly due to the decreases in total computing power sold and average selling price per Thash/s. The quarter-over-quarter decrease was mainly due to the decrease in average selling price per Thash/s.Cost of revenues in the third quarter of 2020 was RMB180.0 million (US$26.5 million) compared to RMB524.4 million in the same period of 2019 and RMB134.8 million in the second quarter of 2020. The year-over-year decrease was in line with the changes in the Company’s sales volume of Thash and cost per Thash. The quarter-over-quarter increase was mainly due to an inventory write-down of RMB44.9 million (US$6.6 million) and the increase in sales volume.Gross loss in the third quarter of 2020 was RMB17.0 million (US$2.5 million) compared to gross profit of RMB146.2 million in the same period of 2019 and gross profit of RMB43.3 million in the second quarter of 2020.Total operating expenses in the third quarter of 2020 was RMB75.9 million (US$11.2 million), representing a year-over-year increase of 4.4% from RMB72.7 million in the same period of 2019 and a quarter-over-quarter increase of 22.0% from RMB62.2 million in the second quarter of 2020.Research and development expenses in the third quarter of 2020 were RMB32.1 million (US$4.7 million), representing a year-over-year decrease of 15.8% from RMB38.1 million in the same period of 2019 and a quarter-over-quarter increase of 23.2% from RMB26.1 million in the second quarter of 2020. The year-over-year decrease and quarter-over-quarter increase were mainly due to the changes in materials that the Company used for research and development purposes. As a percentage of total net revenues, research and development expenses in the third quarter of 2020 increased to 19.7% from 5.7% in the same period of 2019 and from 14.6% in the second quarter of 2020.Selling and marketing expenses in the third quarter of 2020 were RMB3.2 million (US$0.5 million), representing a year-over-year decrease of 49.4% from RMB6.3 million in the same period of 2019 and a quarter-over-quarter decrease of 51.2% from RMB6.5 million in the second quarter of 2020. The decreases were mainly due to the decreased salaries of the staff in the Company’s sales and marketing departments. As a percentage of total net revenues, sales and marketing expenses in the third quarter of 2020 was 2.0% compared to 0.9% in the same period of 2019 and 3.7% in the second quarter of 2020.General and administrative expenses in the third quarter of 2020 were RMB40.6 million (US$6.0 million) compared to RMB28.2 million in the same period of 2019 and RMB29.6 million in the second quarter of 2020. The increases were mainly due to the increases in salary, professional service charges, and other daily administrative expenses. As a percentage of total net revenues, general and administrative expenses in the third quarter of 2020 was 24.9% compared to 4.2% in the same period of 2019 and 16.6% in the second quarter of 2020.Loss from operations in the third quarter of 2020 was RMB92.9 million (US$13.7 million) compared to income from operations of RMB73.5 million in the same period of 2019 and loss from operations of RMB18.9 million in the second quarter of 2020.Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders in the third quarter of 2020 was RMB86.4 million (US$12.7 million) compared to net income attributable to ordinary shareholders of RMB94.6 million in the same period of 2019 and net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of RMB16.8 million in the second quarter of 2020.Non-GAAP adjusted net loss in the third quarter of 2020 was RMB84.8 million (US$12.5 million) compared to non-GAAP adjusted net income of RMB96.2 million in the same period of 2019 and non-GAAP adjusted net loss of RMB16.0 million in the second quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP adjusted net loss excludes share-based compensation expense. For further information, please refer to "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" in this release.Basic and diluted net loss per ADS in the third quarter of 2020 were both RMB0.55 (US$0.08). In comparison, basic and diluted net earnings per ADS in the same period of 2019 were both RMB0.65. Basic and diluted net loss per ADS in the second quarter of 2020 were both RMB0.11. Each ADS represents 15 of the Company's Class A ordinary shares.As of September 30, 2020, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB177.4 million (US$26.1 million) compared to RMB516.6 million as of December 31, 2019. The decrease was mainly due to higher short-term investments as the Company had invested RMB204.6 million (US$30.1 million) in short-term investments as of September 30, 2020, compared with RMB11.0 million in short-term investments as of December 31, 2019. The company purchased short-term financial products to receive higher returns but at the same time can withdraw at any time.Business OutlookDue to the continued uncertainty from the rapidly changing global environment related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding economic downturn, the Company will not issue any financial guidance in the near term.Conference Call InformationThe Company’s management team will hold a Direct Event conference call on Monday, November 30, 2020, at 7:00 A.M. Eastern Time (or 8:00 P.M. Beijing Time on the same day) to discuss the financial results. Details for the conference call are as follows:Event Title:Canaan Inc. Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call Registration Link:http://apac.directeventreg.com/registration/event/3299694 All participants must use the link provided above to complete the online registration process in advance of the conference call. Upon registering, each participant will receive a set of participant dial-in numbers, the Direct Event passcode, and a unique access PIN, which can be used to join the conference call. A replay of the conference call will be accessible through December 8, 2020, by dialing the following numbers:International:+61-2-8199-0299 United States:+1-646-254-3697 Hong Kong, China:+852-3051-2780 Replay PIN:3299694 A live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available at the Company’s investor relations website at investor.canaan-creative.com. About Canaan Inc.Established in 2013, Canaan Inc. provides high-performance computing solutions to efficiently solve complex problems. In 2016, Canaan successfully initiated the production of its first 16nm chip and passed the test to receive China's national high-tech enterprise certification. In 2018, Canaan achieved major technological breakthroughs to launch the K210, the world's first-ever RISC-V-based edge artificial intelligence (AI) chip, which is now widely used for access control in situations such as smart door locks and more. Canaan Inc. is currently focused on the research and development of advanced technology, including such areas as AI chips, AI algorithms, AI architectures, system on a chip (SoC) integration and chip integration. Using the AI chip as its base, Canaan Inc. has established an intellectual value chain. Canaan Inc. also provides a suite of AI service solutions and is able to tailor these solutions to the needs of its partners. For more information, please visit: investor.canaan-creative.com.Exchange Rate InformationThis announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars ("US$") at specified rates solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise stated, all translations from RMB to US$ were made at the rate of RMB6.7896 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on September 30, 2020, in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or US$ amounts referred could be converted into US$ or RMB, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all.Safe Harbor StatementThis announcement contains forward−looking statements. These 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,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. Among other things, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as Canaan Inc.’s strategic and operational plans, contain forward−looking statements. Canaan Inc. may also make written or oral forward−looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on Forms 20−F and 6−K, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Canaan Inc.’s beliefs and expectations, are forward−looking statements. Forward−looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward−looking statement, including but not limited to the following: the Company’s goals and strategies; the Company’s future business development, financial condition and results of operations; the expected growth of the Bitcoin industry and the price of Bitcoin; the Company’s expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of its products, especially its Bitcoin mining machines; the Company’s expectations regarding maintaining and strengthening its relationships with production partners and customers; the Company’s investment plans and strategies, fluctuations in the Company’s quarterly operating results; competition in its industry in China; and relevant government policies and regulations relating to the Company and cryptocurrency. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including its registration statement on Form F−1, as amended, and its annual reports on Form 20−F. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and Canaan Inc. does not undertake any obligation to update any forward−looking statement, except as required under applicable law.Use of Non­GAAP Financial MeasuresIn evaluating Canaan’s business, the Company considers and uses adjusted net income as a supplemental measure to review and assess its operating performance. The presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company defines adjusted net loss as net loss, excluding share­based compensation expense.Canaan believes that adjusted net income helps to identify underlying trends in the Company’s business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of the expenses that the Company excludes in adjusted net income. The Company believes that adjusted net income provides useful information about our operating results, enhances the overall understanding of Canaan’s past performance and future prospects and allows for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by the Company’s management in its financial and operational decision-making.The non-GAAP financial measure “adjusted net loss” is not defined under U.S. GAAP, is not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP and has limitations as an analytical tool. One of the key limitations of using adjusted net loss is that it does not reflect all of the items of income and expense that affect the Company’s operations. Share-based compensation has been and may continue to be incurred in Canaan’s business and is not reflected in the presentation of adjusted net loss. Further, the non-GAAP financial measure “adjusted net loss” may differ from the non-GAAP information used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited.Investor Relations ContactCanaan Inc. Mr. Shaoke Li Email: IR@canaan-creative.comICR Inc. Jack Wang Tel: +1 (347) 396-3281 Email: canaan.ir@icrinc.com CANAAN INC. UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (all amounts in thousands of RMB, except share and per share data, or as otherwise noted)     As of December 31,  As of September 30,    2019  2020  2020    RMB  RMB  US$  ASSETS             Current assets:             Cash and cash equivalents  516,607   177,363   26,123  Restricted cash  8,239   4,479   660  Short-term investments  11,005   204,570   30,130  Accounts receivable  2,872   348   51  Inventories  196,067   53,284   7,848  Prepayments and other current assets  206,020   246,319   36,278  Total current assets  940,810   686,363   101,090  Non-current assets:             Property, equipment and software  22,602   14,602   2,151  Right-of-use assets, net  22,764   18,819   2,772  Non-current financial investments  —   2,500   368  Other non-current assets  5,250   2,520   371  Total non-current assets  50,616   38,441   5,662  Total assets  991,426   724,804   106,752  LIABILITIES, AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY             Current liabilities             Short-term debts  99,903   34,656   5,104  Accounts payable  99,050   10,555   1,555  Notes payable  27,462   14,050   2,069  Contract liabilities  8,288   75,612   11,136  Accrued liabilities and other current liabilities  40,691   23,213   3,419  Lease liabilities, current  9,838   8,110   1,195  Total current liabilities  285,232   166,196   24,478  Non-current liabilities:             Lease liabilities, non-current  13,399   6,246   920  Other non-current liabilities  —   8,913   1,313  Total non-current liabilities  13,399   15,159   2,233  Total liabilities  298,631   181,355   26,711  Shareholders’ equity:             Ordinary shares (US$0.00000005 par value; 1,000,000,000,000 shares    authorized, 2,372,222,222 shares issued, 2,350,123,270 and    2,348,623,525 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2019 and    September 30, 2020, respectively)  1   1   —  Subscriptions receivable from shareholders  (1)  (1)  —  Treasury stocks (US$0.00000005 par value; 22,098,952 and 23,598,697    shares as of December 31, 2019 and September 30, 2020, respectively)  —   (1,320)  (194) Additional paid-in capital  1,631,609   1,635,719   240,915  Statutory reserves  97,307   97,307   14,332  Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (55,542)  (64,541)  (9,506) Accumulated deficit  (980,579)  (1,123,716)  (165,506) Total shareholders’ equity  692,795   543,449   80,041  Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity  991,426   724,804   106,752                CANAAN INC. UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS (all amounts in thousands of RMB, except share and per share data, or as otherwise noted)     For the Three Months Ended     September 30,  June 30,  September 30,  September 30,   2019  2020  2020  2020    RMB RMB  RMB  US$  Net revenues                Products revenue  656,930   162,925   159,727  23,525  Leases revenue  13,281   15,109   2,860  421  Services revenue  401   57   151  22  Other revenue  —   35   303  45  Total net revenue  670,612   178,126   163,041  24,013  Cost of revenue  (524,402)  (134,849)  (180,033) (26,516) Gross profit (loss)  146,210   43,277   (16,992) (2,503) Operating expense                Research and development expenses  (38,146)  (26,073)  (32,117) (4,730) Selling and marketing expenses  (6,285)  (6,520)  (3,181) (469) General and administrative expenses  (28,232)  (29,587)  (40,561) (5,974) Total operating expenses  (72,663)  (62,180)  (75,859) (11,173) Income (loss) from operations  73,547   (18,903)  (92,851) (13,676) Interest income  1,197   873   283  42  Investment income  1,741   1,923   1,963  289  Interest expense  (2,259)  (1,519)  (785) (116) Foreign exchange gain  4,540   80   2,066  304  Value added tax refunds  —   —   —  —  Others, net  15,859   831   2,942  433  Income (loss) before income tax expenses  94,625   (16,715)  (86,382) (12,724) Income tax expense  —   (72)  (24) (3) Net income (loss)  94,625   (16,787)  (86,406) (12,727) Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of nil tax  (3,486)  (81)  (15,402) (2,268) Total comprehensive income (loss)  91,139   (16,868)  (101,808) (14,995) Weighted average number of shares    used in per share calculation:                — Basic  2,170,195,065   2,350,123,270   2,350,115,118  2,350,115,118  — Diluted  2,185,428,631   2,350,123,270   2,350,115,118  2,350,115,118  Net earnings (loss) per share (cent per share)                — Basic  4.36   (0.71)  (3.68) (0.54) — Diluted  4.33   (0.71)  (3.68) (0.54) Share-based compensation expenses    were included in:                Research and development expenses  9   132   1,025  151  Sales and marketing expenses  110   11   11  2  General and administrative expenses  1,422   600   600  88                   The table below sets forth a reconciliation of net loss to non-GAAP adjusted net loss for the period indicated:  For the Three Months Ended     September 30,  June 30,  September 30,  September 30,    2019  2020  2020  2020    RMB  RMB  RMB   US$  Net income (loss)  94,625   (16,787)  (86,406) (12,727) Add: Share-based compensation expense  1,541   743   1,636  241  Non-GAAP adjusted net income (loss)  96,166   (16,044)  (84,770) (12,486)