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GUANGZHOU, China, March 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fanhua Inc., (Nasdaq:FANH), (the "Company" or "Fanhua"), a leading independent online-to-offline ("O2O") financial services provider in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 20161.
Financial Highlights for the Fourth Quarter of 2016:
|(In thousands, except per ADS)||
|Total net revenues||860,003||1,534,462||221,008||78.4|
Net income attributable to
the Company’s shareholders
|Basic net income per ADS||0.96||1.28||0.18||34.1|
Financial Highlights for 2016:
|(In thousands, except per ADS)||
|Total net revenues||2,828,308||4,700,622||677,031||66.2|
Net income attributable to
the Company’s shareholders
|Basic net income per ADS||3.65||2.71||0.39||-25.9|
Commenting on the fourth quarter and 2016 financial results, Mr. Chunlin Wang, Chief Executive Officer of Fanhua, stated, "We had exceptional growth in 2016, during which our insurance premiums increased by 49.7% year-over-year to RMB14.6 billion and net revenues increased by 66.2% year-over-year to RMB4.7 billion. We generated positive operating income for two consecutive quarters in the second half of 2016, which boosted total operating income in 2016 to RMB14.0 million. These positive results were primarily due to the significant growth of our life insurance business, effective cost controls and the substantial progress we have made in implementing multiple strategic initiatives, including the expansion of our sales network, enhanced cross-selling efforts, the upgrade and promotion of CNpad and the initiation of several marketing campaigns."
"The outstanding performance in 2016 shows the success of our business strategies. In 2017, we plan to further increase our profitability by investing more on our life insurance business. We remain optimistic about our growth momentum, and expect to generate no less than RMB180 million of operating income in 2017."
Financial Results for the Fourth quarter of 2016
Total net revenues were RMB1.5 billion (US$221.0 million) for the fourth quarter of 2016, representing an increase of 78.4% from RMB860.0 million for the corresponding period in 2015.
Total operating costs and expenses were RMB1.5 billion (US$216.0 million) for the fourth quarter of 2016, representing an increase of 81.3% from RMB827.2 million for the corresponding period in 2015.
As a result of the preceding factors, we had an operating income of RMB34.7 million (US$5.0 million) for the fourth quarter of 2016, representing an increase of 5.7% from RMB32.8 million for the corresponding period in 2015.
Operating margin was 2.3% for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 3.8% for the corresponding period in 2015. The decrease in operating margin for the fourth quarter of 2016 was mainly due to enhanced marketing efforts to develop market shares in 2016.
Investment income was RMB53.8 million (US$7.8 million) for the fourth quarter of 2016, representing an increase of 157.8% from RMB20.9 million for the corresponding period in 2015. The investment income represented yields from short-term investments in financial products which mainly consist of inter-bank deposits or collective trust products with a term of half a year to two years, which pay interest on a quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis. Our investment income fluctuates from quarter to quarter because these investments are classified as available for sales and investment income is recognized when received.
Interest income was RMB0.4 million (US$0.1 million) for the fourth quarter of 2016, representing a decrease of 96.1% from RMB9.2 million for the corresponding period in 2015. The decrease in interest income was primarily due to decreases in term deposits as a result of an increase in short-term investments.
Income tax expense was RMB20.5 million (US$3.0 million) for the fourth quarter of 2016, representing an increase of 131.1% from RMB8.9 million for the corresponding period in 2015. The increase was primarily due to an increase in investment income. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2016 was 23.2% compared with 13.1% for the corresponding period in 2015.
Share of income of affiliates was RMB13.9 million (US$2.0 million) for the fourth quarter of 2016, representing an increase of 460.3% from RMB2.5 million for the corresponding period in 2015, mainly attributable to an increase of profits from Sincere Fame International Limited, in which the Company owns 20.6% of the equity interests.
Net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders was RMB74.6 million (US$10.7 million) for the fourth quarter of 2016, representing an increase of 35.4% from RMB55.1 million for the corresponding period in 2015.
Net margin was 4.9% for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with 6.4% for the corresponding period in 2015. The decrease in net margin for the fourth quarter of 2016 was mainly due to enhanced marketing efforts to increase market shares in 2016.
Basic and diluted net income per ADS were RMB1.28 (US$0.18) and RMB1.23 (US$0.18) for the fourth quarter of 2016, respectively, representing increases of 34.1% and 34.6% from RMB0.96 and RMB0.91 for the corresponding period in 2015.
Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2016
Total net revenues were RMB4.7 billion (US$677.0 million) for fiscal year 2016, representing an increase of 66.2% from RMB2.8 billion in fiscal year 2015.
Total operating costs and expenses were RMB4.7 billion (US$675.0 million) for fiscal year 2016, representing an increase of 70.4% from RMB2.7 billion in fiscal year 2015.
As a result of the preceding factors, operating income was RMB14.0 million (US$2.0 million) for fiscal year 2016, representing a decrease of 82.1% from RMB78.5 million in fiscal year 2015.
Operating margin was 0.3% for fiscal year 2016, compared with 2.8% in fiscal year 2015. The decrease in operating margin for fiscal year 2016 was mainly due to enhanced marketing efforts to increase market shares in 2016.
Investment income was RMB118.4 million (US$17.1 million) for fiscal year 2016, representing an increase of 80.5% from RMB65.6 million in fiscal year 2015. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in short term investment products.
Interest income was RMB6.9 million (US$1.0 million) for fiscal year 2016, representing a decrease of 87.9% from RMB57.2 million in fiscal year 2015. The decrease in interest income was primarily due to decreases in term deposits as a result of an increase in short-term investments.
Income tax expense was RMB28.4 million (US$4.1 million) for fiscal year 2016, representing an increase of 9.6% from RMB25.9 million in fiscal year 2015. The effective tax rate for fiscal year 2016 was 19.2% compared with 12.1% in fiscal year 2015. The increase in effective tax rate was primarily due to preferential tax treatment enjoyed by one of our subsidiaries in 2015, which was not available in 2016.
Share of income of affiliates was RMB48.3 million (US$7.0 million) for fiscal year 2016, representing an increase of 79.4% from RMB26.9 million in fiscal year 2015, mainly attributable to an increase of profits from Sincere Fame International Limited, in which the Company owns 20.6% of the equity interests.
Net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders was RMB157.0 million (US$22.6 million) for fiscal year 2016, representing a decrease of 25.2% from RMB210.1 million in fiscal year 2015.
Net margin was 3.3% for fiscal year 2016 compared with 7.4% in fiscal year 2015. The decrease in net margin for fiscal year 2016 was mainly due to enhanced marketing efforts to increase market shares in 2016.
Basic and diluted net income per ADS was RMB2.71 (US$0.39) and RMB2.60 (US$0.37) for fiscal year 2016, respectively, representing decreases of 25.9% and 25.6% from RMB3.65 and RMB3.49 respectively in fiscal year 2015.
As of December 31, 2016, the Company had RMB240.2 million (US$34.6 million) in cash and cash equivalents.
Key Operational Metrics for Fanhua's Online Initiatives for Year 2016:
Fanhua expects its operating income to be no less than RMB40 million for the first quarter of 2017 and no less than RMB180 million for 2017. This forecast reflects Fanhua’s current view, which is subject to change.
The Company will host a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 financial results as per the following details.
Time: 8:00 PM Eastern Time on March 6, 2017
or 9:00 AM Beijing/Hong Kong Time on March 7, 2017
|The toll free dial-in numbers:|
|The toll dial-in numbers:|
|Singapore & Other Areas||+65-6713-5440|
|Conference ID #: 70494822|
Additionally, a live and archived web cast of this call will be available at:
About Fanhua Inc.
Fanhua Inc. is a leading independent online-to-offline financial services provider. Through our online platforms and offline sales and service network, we offer a wide variety of financial products and services to individuals and businesses, including property and casualty and life insurance products. We also provide insurance claims adjusting services, such as damage assessments, surveys, authentications and loss estimations.
Our online platforms include (1) CNpad, a mobile sales support application, (2) Baoxian.com, an online entry portal for comparing and purchasing health, accident, travel and homeowner insurance products; and (3) eHuzhu (www.ehuzhu.com), a non-profit online mutual aid platform in China. Our extensive distribution and service network covers 29 provinces in China, including most economically developed regions and cities.
For more information about Fanhua Inc., please visit http://ir.fanhuaholdings.com/.
This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements, including the statements relating to the Company’s future financial and operating results, are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “estimates” and similar statements. Among other things, management's quotations and the Business Outlook section contain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about Fanhua and the industry. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those relating to its ability to attract and retain productive agents, especially entrepreneurial agents, its ability to maintain existing and develop new business relationships with insurance companies, its ability to execute its growth strategy, its ability to adapt to the evolving regulatory environment in the Chinese insurance industry, its ability to compete effectively against its competitors, quarterly variations in its operating results caused by factors beyond its control and macroeconomic conditions in China and their potential impact on the sales of insurance products. All information provided in this press release is as of the date hereof, and Fanhua undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although Fanhua believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that its expectations will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results. Further information regarding risks and uncertainties faced by Fanhua is included in Fanhua's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F.
|Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|As of December 31,||As of December 31,||As of December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||1,115,266||240,242||34,602|
|Short term investments||2,026,256||2,797,842||402,973|
|Accounts receivable, net||241,264||502,975||72,443|
|Insurance premium receivables||1,526||187||27|
|Amounts due from related parties||36,508||32,495||4,680|
|Other current assets||22,828||37,900||5,459|
|Total current assets||3,513,061||3,694,564||532,127|
|Property, plant, and equipment, net||34,145||31,414||4,525|
|Goodwill and intangible assets, net||153,182||181,549||26,149|
|Deferred tax assets||1,658||8,277||1,192|
|Investment in affiliates||284,194||294,576||42,427|
|Other non-current assets||28,188||28,188||4,060|
|Total non-current assets||501,367||544,004||78,353|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY:|
|Accounts payable (including accounts payable of the consolidated variable interest entities ("VIEs") without recourse to Fanhua Inc. of RMB4,141 and nil as of December 31, 2015 and 2016, respectively)||160,891||278,188||40,067|
|Insurance premium payables (including insurance premium payables of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Fanhua Inc. of RMB1,680 and nil as of December 31, 2015 and 2016, respectively)||5,187||5,491||791|
|Other payables and accrued expenses (including other payables and accrued expense of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Fanhua Inc. of RMB5,720 and nil as of December 31, 2015 and 2016, respectively)||213,562||314,051||45,233|
|Accrued payroll (including accrued payroll of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Fanhua Inc. of RMB1,625 and nil as of December 31, 2015 and 2016, respectively)||48,150||59,201||8,527|
|Income tax payable (including income tax payable of the consolidated of VIEs without recourse to Fanhua Inc. of RMB1,152 and nil as of December 31, 2015 and 2016, respectively)||60,658||90,188||12,990|
|Total current liabilities||488,448||747,119||107,608|
|Other tax liabilities||70,354||72,778||10,482|
|Deferred tax liabilities||22,057||14,577||2, 099|
|Total non-current liabilities||92,411||87,355||12,581|
|Additional paid-in capital||2,454,244||2,301,655||331,507|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(50,048||)||(65,844||)||(9,483||)|
|Total The Company's shareholders’ equity||3,317,430||3,286,852||473,405|
|Total liabilities and equity||4,014,428||4,238,568||610,480|
|Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income|
|(In thousands, except for shares and per share data)|
|For The Three Months Ended||For The Twelve Months Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Total net revenues||860,003||1,534,462||221,008||2,828,308||4,700,622||677,031|
|Operating costs and expenses:|
|Total operating costs||(642,661||)||(1,169,288||)||(168,412||)||(2,150,506||)||(3,610,526||)||(520,024||)|
|General and administrative expenses||(127,906||)||(145,268||)||(20,923||)||(456,001||)||(487,234||)||(70,176||)|
|Total operating costs and expenses||(827,176||)||(1,499,766||)||(216,011||)||(2,749,786||)||(4,686,582||)||(675,008||)|
|Income from operations||32,827||34,696||4,997||78,522||14,040||2,023|
|Other income, net:|
|Income before income taxes and income of affiliates||67,952||88,484||12,744||214,422||147,698||21,273|
|Income tax expense||(8,876||)||(20,511||)||(2,954||)||(25,865||)||(28,353||)||(4,084||)|
|Share of income of affiliates||2,480||13,895||2,001||26,924||48,293||6,955|
|less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests||6,467||7,274||1,048||5,395||10,591||1,526|
|Net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders||55,089||74,594||10,743||210,086||157,047||22,618|
|Net income per share:|
|Net income per ADS:|
|Shares used in calculating net income per share:|
|Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax: Foreign currency translation adjustments||1,010||(7,151||)||(1,030||)||6,153||2,177||314|
|Fair value changes||—||632||91||—||632||91|
|Share of other comprehensive gain (loss) of affiliates||37,567||(955||)||(138||)||37,567||(37,911||)||(5,460||)|
|Comprehensive income||100,113||74,394||10, 714||259,201||132,536||19,089|
|Less: Comprehensive income attributable to the noncontrolling interests||6,467||7,274||1,048||5,395||10,591||1,526|
|Comprehensive income attributable to the Company’s shareholders||93,666||67,120||9,666||253,806||121,945||17,563|
|Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow|
|For The Three Months Ended||For The Twelve Months Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash generated from operating activities:|
|Amortization of intangible assets||2,270||8,800||1,267||11,571||20,232||2,914|
|Allowance for doubtful receivables||4,694||1,839||265||7,597||2,381||343|
|Compensation expenses associated with stock option||2,829||—||—||17,653||4,937||711|
|(Gain) loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment||(143||)||14||2||(126||)||115||17|
|Share of income of affiliates||(2,480||)||(13,895||)||(2,001||)||(26,924||)||(48,293||)||(6,955||)|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities||101,951||77,357||11,142||68,760||11,025||1,588|
|Net cash generated from operating activities||173,400||113,516||16,350||281,304||87,846||12,652|
|Cash flows used in investing activities:|
|Purchase of property, plant and equipment||(2,845||)||(4,345||)||(626||)||(6,663||)||(11,885||)||(1,712||)|
|Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment||159||—||—||539||48||7|
|Purchase of short term investments||(1,353,956||)||(2,973,700||)||(428,302||)||(2,308,956||)||(9,515,500||)||(1,370,517||)|
|Proceeds from disposal of short term investments||704,052||2,878,955||414,656||994,839||8,825,355||1,271,116|
|Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash||—||—||—||—||(4,185||)||(603||)|
|Disposal of subsidiaries, net of cash||—||—||—||15,476||29,376||4,231|
|Increase in restricted cash||(1,771||)||(7,016||)||(1,011||)||(10,107||)||(16,152||)||(2,326||)|
|Decrease in other receivables||16,120||—||—||16,120||—||—|
|Purchase of intangible assets||—||—||—||—||(60,000||)||(8,642||)|
|Addition in investment in non-current assets||(3,980||)||—||—||(13,980||)||—||—|
|Decrease in amounts due from related parties||69,242||—||—||181,181||—||—|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(572,979||)||(106,106||)||(15,283||)||(1,131,551||)||(752,943||)||(108,446||)|
|Cash flows generated from (used in) financing activities:|
|Acquisition of additional interest in subsidiaries||—||—||—||(153,500||)||(213,534||)||(30,755||)|
|Dividend distributed to noncontrolling interests||—||—||—||(2,450||)||—||—|
|Repurchase of ordinary shares||—||—||—||(6,276||)||—||—|
|Capital injection by noncontrolling interests||—||—||—||17,000||—||—|
|Proceeds on exercise of stock options||397||399||57||1,518||1,144||165|
|Net cash generated from (used in) financing activities||397||399||57||(143,708||)||(212,390||)||(30,590||)|
|Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents||(399,182||)||7,809||1,124||(993,955||)||(877,487||)||(126,384||)|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period||1,513,438||231,512||33,345||2,103,068||1,115,266||160,632|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents||1,010||921||133||6,153||2,463||354|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of period||1,115,266||240,242||34,602||1,115,266||240,242||34,602|
|Income taxes paid||534||589||85||4,383||4,133||595|
1 This announcement contains currency conversions of certain Renminbi (RMB) amounts into U.S. dollars (US$) 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 RMB6.943 to US$1.00, the effective noon buying rate as of December 30, 2016 in The City of New York for cable transfers of RMB as set forth in H.10 weekly statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board.
2 “Marketing expenses” are defined as expenses related to marketing activities aimed at promoting sales and gaining market share. Such expenses are included in selling expenses in the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated statement of income and comprehensive income attached hereto. The marketing expenses were mainly related to P&C insurance business during 2016, which we expect to significantly decrease in 2017 while we intend to increase commissions paid to sales agents for P&C insurance business in 2017.
3 Active users are defined as users who made at least one purchase through CNpad App during the specified period.
4 Active customer accounts are defined as customer accounts that made at least one purchase directly through www.baoxian.com or its mobile application during the specified period.
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