GUANGZHOU, China, May 22, 2019 /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 first quarter ended March 31, 2019.
First Quarter 2019 Operational and Financial Highlights
 Refers to the total amount of loans CNFinance originated during the relevant period.  Refers to the total amount of loans outstanding for loans CNFinance at the end of the relevant period
 Refers to the total amount of loans CNFinance originated during the relevant period.
 Refers to the total amount of loans outstanding for loans CNFinance at the end of the relevant period
"I'm pleased with the operational and financial progress we have made during the quarter despite the challenging industry environment and China's softening economy," commented by Mr. Bin Zhai, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CNFinance. "In order to broaden our customer reach, reduce credit risk and lower customer acquisition costs, we started to develop a new collaboration model. Under such model, we collaborate with sales partners who are dedicated to introduce our company and our loan services to prospective borrowers. The unique feature of this collaboration model is that the sales partners will be required to contribute an amount equal to 20% of the loans issued to the borrowers introduced by them. We began to roll out this model nationwide in the first quarter of 2019. We have signed cooperation agreements with approximately 600 sales partners, 300 of whom have already begun introducing borrowers to our company. Total loan origination volume approached RMB1 billion during the first quarter with over 1,900 transactions. We believe that the development of the collaboration model will offer an effective way for us to lower our credit risk and raise our return on capital. Hence as it continues to expand nationwide, it may help us gain more market share in the future. Furthermore, our sophisticated risk management system and highly-experienced post-loan services team continue to provide effective control of the quality and recovery of our loan portfolio given the current market environment. Our actual loss remains relatively low. I believe that this improvement in our business model will support our long-term sustainable growth and create greater value for our shareholders."
First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Total interest and fees income decreased by 16.2% to RMB892.3 million (US$133.0 million) for the first quarter of 2019 from RMB1,065.3 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to a decrease in the Company's interest income on loans.
Interest and financing service fee on loans decreased by 16.5% to RMB888.2 million (US$132.3 million) for the first quarter of 2019 from RMB1,063.2 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to the decrease of the loan origination volume, which is a result of the Company's strategic focus on ensuring loan quality over loan growth and devoting its resources on the new collaboration model, which is currently at its early stage. This slowed down the loan facilitation and led to a decrease in the interest and financing service fee on loans.
Interest on deposits with banks increased by 95.2% to RMB4.1 million (US$0.6 million) for the first quarter of 2019 from RMB2.1 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to an increase in the amount of average daily bank deposits in the first quarter of 2019.
Interest and fees expenses decreased by 10.4% to RMB418.6 million (US$62.4 million) for the first quarter of 2019, compared to RMB467.2 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due a general decrease of the loan original volume.
Net interest and fees income was RMB473.7 million (US$70.6million) for the first quarter of 2019, a decrease of 20.8% from RMB598.1 million in the same period of 2018.
Provision for credit losses increased by 20.8% to RMB173.3 million (US$25.8 million) for the first quarter of 2019 from RMB143.5 million in the same period of 2018. The increase was mainly attributable to (a) the increase in outstanding principal of loans delinquent between 61 to 90 days which resulted in an increase in collectively assessed allowances and (b) an increase in the amount of NPLs. "NPL" refers to a loan being delinquent for over 90 days.
Other gains, net increased by 1,337.5% to RMB11.5 million (US$1.7 million) for the first quarter of 2019 from RMB0.8 million in the same period of 2018, primarily attributable to the net gain of RMB8.9 million resulting from the transfer of loans.
Total operating expenses decreased by 23.9% to RMB137.1 million (US$20.4 million) for the first quarter of 2019, compared with RMB180.2 million in the same period of 2018.
Employee compensation and benefits decreased by 51.8% to RMB56.5 million (US$8.4 million) for the first quarter of 2019 from RMB117.1 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to a decrease in the number of sales personnel with the introduction of the collaboration model, under which borrowers are introduced by the sales partners we collaborate with.
Share-based compensation expense decreased by 59.6% to RMB4.0 million (US$0.6 million) for the first quarter of 2019 from RMB9.9 million in the same period of 2018. According to the Company's share option plan, approximately 60%, 20% and 20% of the option grants vested during 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively. Related compensation cost of the option grants was recognized over the requisite period.
Taxes and surcharges increased by 42.8% to RMB20.7 million (US$3.1 million) for the first quarter of 2019 from RMB14.5 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to the non-deductible value added tax ("VAT") increased from RMB9.3 million in the first quarter of 2018 to RMB15.6 million (US$2.3 million) in the same period in 2019, which was attributable to the "service fee charged to trust plans," a non-deductible item. According to the current regulations in China, "service fees charged to trust plans" records a 6% VAT on service fees charged to trust plans on the subsidiary level and cannot be recorded as costs on a consolidated basis.
Other expenses increased by 129.1% to RMB45.6 million (US$6.8 million) for the first quarter of 2019 from RMB19.9 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to (a) an increase in advertising and promotion fee and (b) an increase in litigation expenses as a result of an increase in the amount of NPLs, and the litigations associated therewith in the first quarter of 2019.
Income tax expenses decreased by 42.4% to RMB45.6 million (US$6.8 million) for the first quarter of 2019 from RMB79.2 million in the same period of 2018, primarily due to a combined effect of a decrease in net interest income of RMB124.4 million (US$18.5 million) and a decrease in operating expenses of RMB43.1 million (US$6.4 million) in the first quarter of 2019, resulting in a decrease in income before income taxes.
Net income decreased by 31.1% to RMB135.5 million (US$20.2 million) for the first quarter of 2019 from RMB196.7 million in the same period of 2018.
Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB1.98 (US$0.30) and RMB1.80 (US$0.27), respectively, in the first quarter of 2019, compared to RMB3.20 and RMB2.94, respectively, in the same period of 2018. One ADS represents 20 ordinary shares.
As of March 31, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB2.0 billion (US$0.3 billion), compared with RMB3.2 billion as of December 31, 2018, including RMB1.1 billion (US$0.2 billion) and RMB2.5 billion from structure funds as of March 31, 2019 and December 31,2018, respectively, which could only be used to grant new loans and activities.
The aggregate delinquency rate for loans originated by the Company, which is calculated by dividing (i) total balance of outstanding loan principal for which any installment payment is past-due (for one or more days) as of a particular date; by (ii) the aggregate total amount of loans we originated since 2014, increased from 7.6% as of December 31, 2018 to 8.2% as of March 31, 2019. The increase in the aggregate delinquency rate was a result of the changing market environment, slower growth of outstanding loan principal and longer collection process.
For the second quarter of 2019, based on the information available as of the date of this press release, we expect net income to be between RMB100 million and RMB150 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.
CNFinance's management will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (8:00 PM Beijing/ Hong Kong Time on the same day).
Dial-in numbers for the live conference call are as follows:
A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call until 11:59 PM ET on May 29, 2019.
Dial-in numbers for the replay are as follows:
A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of CNFinance's website at http://ir.cashchina.cn/.
Statement Regarding Preliminary Unaudited Financial Information
The unaudited financial information set out in this earnings release is preliminary and subject to potential adjustments. Adjustments to the consolidated financial statements may be identified when audit work has been performed for the Company's year-end audit, which could result in significant differences from this preliminary unaudited financial information.
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 RMB6.7112 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 March 29, 2019. 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 March 29, 2019, or at any other rate.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements made under the "safe harbor" provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and 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", "confident" and similar statements. The Company may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed with or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 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. Any statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements that involve factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Such factors and risks include, but not limited to the following: its goals and strategies, its ability to achieve and maintain profitability, its ability to retain existing borrowers and attract new borrowers, its ability to maintain and enhance the relationship and business collaboration with its trust company partners and to secure sufficient funding from them, the effectiveness of its risk assessment process and risk management system, its ability to maintain low delinquency ratios for loans it originated, and relevant government policies and regulations relating to the Company's corporate structure, business and industry. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is current as of the date of the press release, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update such information, except as required under applicable law.
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
Unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets
Cash and cash equivalents (including RMB2,457,243 and RMB1,050,215
Loans principal, interest and financing service fee receivables (net of
Property and equipment
Intangible assets and goodwill
Deferred tax assets
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Borrowings under agreements to repurchase
Accrued employee benefits
Income tax payable
Deferred tax liabilities
Additional paid-in capital
Accumulated other comprehensive losses
Total shareholders' equity
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
 On January 1, 2019, the Company adopted ASC 842, the new lease standard, using the optional transition method.
CNFINANCE HOLDINGS LIMITED
Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income
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Three months ended March 31,
Interest and fees income
Interest and financing service fee on loans
Interest on deposits with banks
Total interest and fees income
Interest and fees expense
Net interest and fees income
Provision for credit losses
Net interest and fees income after provision for credit losses
Realized gains on sales of investments, net
Other gains, net
Total non-interest revenue
Employee compensation and benefits
Share-based compensation expense
Taxes and surcharges
Operating lease cost
Total operating expenses
Income before income tax
Income tax expense
Earnings per share
Earnings per ADS (1 ADS equals 20 ordinary shares)
Other comprehensive income
Net unrealized gains on available-for-sale investments
Foreign currency translation adjustment
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