TD Holdings, Inc. Reports Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results – News

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TD Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: GLG) (the “Company”) (Formerly known as Bat Group, Inc.), a used luxurious car rental and commodities trading service provider in China today announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.

The Company began to operate its current used luxurious car leasing business in China, after it disposed its direct loans, loan guarantees and financial leasing services in July 2018, and began to operate commodities trading business in China in November 2019. In January 2020, we changed the Company’s name to TD Holdings, Inc., which better represents our current focus on the new commodities trading business. The letter “T” in the name representing Chinese character for “Bronze,” indicating the Company’s focus on the commodities trading business, and particularly on the trading of nonferrous metals such as bronze as the main direction of the Company’s business in the future.

Mrs. Renmei Ouyang, the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, “We are pleased to report our financial results for fiscal year 2019. We started our commodity trading business in late 2019. The turnover of China’s commodity market has shown a rapid upward trend, and I believe that entering into the commodity trading business will bolster the Company’s income and increase shareholder value. We will focus on non-ferrous metal commodities such as aluminum, copper, silver, and gold. We strive to become an emerging platform in the non-ferrous metal e-commerce industry by offering all participants in the non-ferrous metal e-commerce industry a seamless, one-stop transaction experience.”

Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Highlights

  • Income from commodities trading business was $0.66 million, consisting of $0.10 million from sales of commodities products, and $0.56 million from supply chain management services; Income from operating lease reached $1.83 million, compared with $0.49 million for the fiscal year 2018, representing an increase of $1.34 million or 275%.
  • Net loss from continuing operations was $6.94 million, compared with net loss from continuing operations of $2.32 million for the fiscal year 2018.
  • Basic and diluted loss per share from continuing operations was $0.89, compared with basic and diluted loss per share of $0.50 for the fiscal year 2018.
  • Shareholders’ equity was $5.80 million as of December 31, 2019, compared with shareholders’ equity of $2.80 million as of December 31, 2018.

Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results

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Revenues

We generate revenue from commodities trading business and used car leasing business.

Income from commodities trading business

In December 2019, we commenced our commodities trading business and we generated revenues from sales of commodity products and revenue from supply chain management consulting services.

In December 2019, we sold 55 tons of aluminum ingots to one customer and earned revenues of $100,427 from the sales of commodity products. There was no such revenue in fiscal year 2018.

We also launched supply chain management services to refer loans and distribute commodity products for our customers. In December 2019, we earned loan recommendation service fees of $323,623 for facilitation of loan volume of approximately 13.72 million (RMB 94.8 million) with two customers, and distribution service fees of $238,963 for facilitation sales for two customers. There was no such revenue in fiscal year 2018.

Income from used car leasing business

Income from used car leasing business was $1.83 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, as compared with $0.49 for the fiscal year 2018. The increase was mainly driven by the increase in the number of our self-owned used luxurious cars from 6 as of December 31, 2018 to 11 as of December 31, 2019 and expansion of our car leasing business to more extended geographic areas such as Shanghai and Chengdu in 2019 which attracted increased number of contracts from 185 for the fiscal year 2018 to 1,067 for the fiscal year 2019.

Operating costs

Cost associated with commodities trading business

The cost associated with commodities trading business was $0.59 million for the fiscal year 2019, comprised of purchase costs of aluminum ingots of $0.10 million from one related party, and cost of supply chain fees of $0.49 million which was primarily charged by a related party who assisted us with loan recommendation services. We did not incur such costs for the fiscal year 2018.

Cost associated with used car leasing business

The cost associated with used car leasing business mainly consisted of depreciation expenses on operating lease assets and car related expenses arising from lease of cars. The cost associated with used car leasing business was $1.54 million, as compared with $0.07 million for the fiscal year 2018, representing an increase of $1.47 million.

Our depreciation expenses increased from $0.07 million for the fiscal year 2018 to $0.30 million for the fiscal year 2019, representing an increase of $0.23 million, or 315%. The increase was a result of our continuous investment in used luxurious cars from 6 cars as of December 31, 2018 to 11 cars as of December 31, 2019.

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We incurred car-related expenses of $1.07 million for the fiscal year 2019 as we launched sub-lease of luxurious car business through leasing cars from both third parties and one related party, over which we owned 40% equity interest. We had no car related expenses for the fiscal year 2018.

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses was $3.83 million for the fiscal year 2019, as compared with $2.47 million for the fiscal year 2018, representing an increase of $1.36 million, or 55%. Selling, general and administrative expenses primarily consisted of salary and employee benefits, office rental expense, business tax and surcharge, professional service fees, office supplies. The increase was mainly attributable to combined effects of an increase of salary and welfare expenses of $0.41 million as a result of increase of sales commissions to salespersons when we extended our car lease business to Shanghai and Chengdu market and when we started the commodity trading business in 2019, an increase of legal and consulting expenses of $0.76 million as a result of 1) issuance of 502,391 restricted shares as compensation to service providers, and 2) an increase in expenses incurred for the registered direct offerings in April and May 2019, including an increase of audit related fees of $0.16 million, an increase of commission of $0.1 million to a third party vendor for referral of underwriters.

Other expenses, net

Other expenses, net primarily consisted of impairment of investment securities of $200,000, impairment on investment in financial products of $1,000,000, and impairment on investment in two equity investees of $2,098,737 for the year ended December 31, 2019, as compared with interest expenses of $20,157 for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Net loss from continuing operations

Our net loss from continuing for the year ended December 31, 2019 was $6.94 million, representing an increase of $4.62 million, or 199% from net loss from continuing operations of $2.32 million for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Fiscal Year 2019 Cash Flows

As of December 31, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $2.45 million, compared with $1.48 million as of December 31, 2018.

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Net cash used in operating activities was $2.17 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, as compared with $0.09 million as of December 31, 2018.

Net cash used in investing activities was $8.87 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, compared to $3.27 million as of December 31, 2018.

Net cash provided by financing activities was $11.83 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, compared to $3.81 million as of December 31, 2018.

About TD Holdings, Inc.

TD Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: TD) (Formerly known as Bat Group, Inc.) is a used luxurious car rental and commodities trading service provider in China. The used luxurious car business is conducted under the brand name “BatCar” by the Company’s VIE entity, Tianxing Kunlun Technology Co. Ltd, from its headquarters in Beijing. The commodities trading business is conducted under the brand name “Huamucheng” by the Company’s VIE entity, Shenzhen Huamucheng Trading Co., Ltd. For more information please visit https://www.imbatcar.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release may contain certain “forward-looking statements” relating to the business of TD Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary companies. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included herein are “forward-looking statements.” These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology 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 at http://www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its 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.

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