GUANGZHOU, China, Dec. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CNFinance Holdings Limited (NYSE: CNF) ("CNFinance" or the "Company"), a leading home equity loan service provider in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.
Third Quarter 2018 Operational Highlights
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Third Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights
Mr. Bin Zhai, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CNFinance, commented, "I am pleased to report solid financial results in the third quarter of 2018, which is also our first quarter as a public company. Our listing on the NYSE last month was a significant milestone in our corporate history of which we are all very proud. We strategically decreased the pace of our expansion plans during this quarter due to an uncertain macro-economic environment and fluctuations in the Chinese real estate market which may adversely impact our target borrowers. Our focus right now is on strengthening our risk controls while striking a balance between our business growth and loan quality. In particular, we have been devoting resources towards strengthening our risk assessment capabilities and implementing a more selective loan approval process which is already yielding solid results with a lower loan-to-value (LTV) ratio during the quarter. We will continue to cooperate with our trust company partners and other funding partners to optimize the capital structure and diversify our funding sources. We remain committed to providing better services to our micro- and small-enterprise owners in China and to generating sustainable growth over a long-term."
Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Total interest and fees income for the third quarter of 2018 increased by 18.6% to RMB1,116.1 million (US$162.5 million) from RMB940.8 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to an increase in interest and financing service fees and in the size of outstanding loan principal.
Interest and financing service fee on loans increased by 18.3% to RMB1,112.0 million (US$161.9 million) for the third quarter of 2018 from RMB939.8 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to a substantial increase in the Company's daily average outstanding loan principal from RMB13.6 billion in the third quarter of 2017 to RMB18.1 billion in the same period in 2018.
Interest on deposits with banks increased by 310.0% to RMB 4.1 million (US$0.6 million) for the third quarter of 2018 from RMB1.0 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to a substantial increase in the amount of average daily bank deposits due to expansion of our business.
Total interest expenses increased by 29.0% to RMB521.5 million (US$75.9 million) for the third quarter of 2018 from RMB404.3 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to a substantial increase in interest-bearing borrowings the Company obtained from different funding sources.
Interest expense on interest-bearing borrowings increased by 29.9% to RMB518.6 million (US$75.5 million) for the third quarter of 2018 from RMB399.2 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to a substantial increase in capital demand. The outstanding balance of interest-bearing borrowings increased to RMB16.2 billion as of September 30, 2018 from RMB14.2 billion as of September 30, 2017.
Interest expense on amounts due to related parties decreased by 43.1% to RMB2.9 million (US$0.4 million) for the third quarter of 2018 from RMB5.1 million in the same period of 2017. The interest expense on amounts due to related parties incurred in the third quarter of 2017 was due to the interest expense paid to Fanhua, Inc. for a related-party loan, which was fully repaid by the end of 2017. Interest expense on amounts due to related parties incurred in the third quarter of 2018 was due to financing costs associated with the China Foreign Economy and Trade Trust Co., Ltd (FOTIC) and its subsidiaries' subscriptions to Jinghua Structure Fund 27's senior units.
Net interest and fees income increased by 10.8% to RMB 594.6 million (US$86.6 million) for the third quarter of 2018 from RMB536.5 million in the same period of 2017.
Provision for credit losses increased by 3.2% to RMB86.7 million (US$12.6 million) for the third quarter of 2018 from RMB84.0 million in the same period of 2017.
Total non-interest revenue was RMB0.1 million (US$0.01 million) for the third quarter of 2018, compared to a loss amounted to RMB2.3 million in the same period of 2017.
Total operating expenses decreased by 24.3% to RMB190.6 million (US$27.8 million) for the third quarter of 2018, compared with RMB251.9 million in the same period of 2017.
Employee compensation and benefits decreased by 30.8% to RMB114.9 million (US$16.7 million) for the third quarter of 2018 from RMB166.0 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to a decrease in the number of employees and lower commissions paid.
Share-based compensation expense decreased by 78.3% to RMB9.9 million (US$1.4 million) for the third quarter of 2018 from RMB45.7 million in the same period of 2017. Approximately 60% of the option grants vested during 2017 with an additional 20% to become vested during 2018. Therefore, compensation cost for 60% of the option grants was recognized over its one-year requisite service period, while compensation cost for 20% of the option grants was recognized over its two-year requisite service period under front loading approach.
Taxes and surcharges increased by 112.7% to RMB21.7 million (US$3.2 million) for the third quarter of 2018 from RMB10.2 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to the following factors:
Other expenses increased by 57.2% to RMB26.1 million (US$3.8 million) for the third quarter of 2018 from RMB16.6 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to the increase in consulting fee incurred during the ordinary course of business, which was RMB2.1 million in the third quarter of 2017 and RMB11.8 million (US$1.7 million) in the same period in 2018.
Income tax expenses decreased by 2.4% to RMB82 million (US$11.94 million) for the third quarter of 2018 from RMB84 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to the corporate income tax paid for the disposal of subsidiaries in the third quarter of 2017.
Net income increased by 105.3% to RMB234.9 million (US$34.2million) for the third quarter of 2018 from RMB114.4 million in the same period of 2017.
Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB3.80 (US$0.55) and RMB3.40 (US$0.50), respectively, compared to RMB1.80 and RMB1.80, respectively, in the same period of 2017. One ADS represents 20 ordinary shares.
As of September 30, 2018, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB1.7 billion (US$249.2 million), compared with RMB1.2 billion as of December 31, 2017.
The delinquency ratio for loans originated by the Company, which represents total balance of outstanding loan principal for which any installment payment is past-due (for one or more days) as a percentage of the outstanding loan principal as of the date, increased from 4.28% as of September 30, 2017 to 12.07% as of September 30, 2018, which was a result of a more sophisticated and rigorously regulated market, which resulted in our more prudent and disciplined collection efforts with a longer loan collection process.
For the fourth quarter of 2018, based on the information available as of the date of this press release, we expect net income to be between RMB130 million and RMB180 million.
The above outlook is based on the current market conditions and reflects our current and preliminary estimates of market and operating conditions, which are all subject to substantial uncertainty.
The Company's business is primarily conducted in China and all of the revenues are denominated in Renminbi ("RMB"). This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to U.S. dollars are made at a rate of RMB6.8680 to US$1.00, the exchange rate set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System as of September 28, 2018. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized or settled into U.S. dollars at that rate on September 28, 2018, or at any other rate.
Safe Harbor Statement
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About CNFinance Holdings Limited
CNFinance Holdings Limited (NYSE: CNF) ("CNFinance" or the "Company) is a leading home equity loan service provider in China. CNFinance facilitates loans by connecting micro- and small-enterprise ("MSE") owners with its funding partners. The Company's primary target borrower segment is MSE owners who own real properties in Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities in China. The loans CNFinance facilitates are primarily funded through a trust lending model with its trust company partners who are well-established with sufficient funding sources and have licenses to engage in lending business nationwide. The Company's risk mitigation mechanism is embedded in the design of its loan products, supported by an integrated online and offline process focusing on risks of both borrowers and collateral and further enhanced by effective post-loan management procedures.
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CNFINANCE HOLDINGS LIMITED
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