SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- X Financial (NYSE: XYF) (the "Company" or "we"), a leading technology-driven personal finance company in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.
Third Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights
Third Quarter 2018 Operational Highlights
Mr. Justin Tang, the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Company, commented, "I am pleased to report solid financial and operational results in our first quarter as a public company. Our successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange is a significant milestone in our corporate history which we are all very proud of. We strongly believe this will further strengthen our brand name, increase trust in our platform, and demonstrate our commitment to higher corporate governance standard."
"We believe there is tremendous potential to utilize internet and big data technology to serve unmet personal finance needs in China. The economic outlook over the near-term remains uncertain as China's credit environment continues to shift and create new challenges. Our key focus is to generate shareholder value and deliver healthy revenue and net income growth while operating our business under the highest compliance standards. We continue to strengthen risk controls across our platform, leveraging our strong big data analysis, financial modeling, credit assessment and fraud detection capabilities. We were one of the first P2P platforms to submit our P2P Compliance Self-Inspection Report before the deadline, the first step in becoming fully compliant with the industry reforms the government has been rolling out through the National P2P Rectification Office. We fully support the government's initiatives and are working closely with them to create a healthier and more sustainable environment for the personal finance industry."
"We strongly believe that we are ideally positioned to benefit from the enormous growth opportunities in China's personal finance industry and will continue to better serve our individual customers and small-and-medium sized enterprises in order to generate long-term sustainable value for our shareholders."
Mr. Kevin Zhang, the Chief Financial Officer of the Company, added, "We delivered solid results despite a difficult market environment. Our business began to recover in August following the lows we saw in July when market turmoil was at its peak. We expect the market environment to continue to improve steadily going forward. We continue to invest heavily in our risk management systems, product development, mobile platforms, and big data analysis capabilities to further strengthen our credit rating algorithms and ability to carefully manage risk."
Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Net revenues in the third quarter of 2018 increased by 83% to RMB829.5 million (US$120.8 million) from RMB452.8 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to a change in product mix resulting from a significant increase in the proportion of the revenue generated by Xiaoying Card Loan, which carries a higher service fee rate compared to the Company's other products.
Loan facilitation service fees under the direct model in the third quarter of 2018 increased by 115% to RMB678.6 million (US$98.8 million) from RMB315.2 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to a change in product mix and a shift in strategy to focus on loan facilitation services through the direct model following the cessation of the online intermediary model in April 2017 and a portion of the offline intermediary model with funding from banking financial institution partners in February 2018 to comply with recent regulatory requirements.
Loan facilitation service fees under the intermediary model in the third quarter of 2018 decreased by 12% to RMB53.4 million (US$7.8 million) from RMB60.9 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to a decrease in the total volume of products offered under the intermediary model as the Company shifts its strategy to focus on loan facilitation services through the direct model.
Post-origination service fees in the third quarter of 2018 increased by 292% to RMB46.4 million (US$6.7 million) from RMB11.8 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to a significant increase in transaction volumes in 2017 and the first three quarters of 2018. Revenues from post-origination services are recognized on a straight-line basis over the term of the underlying loans as the services are provided.
Financing income in the third quarter of 2018 decreased by 77% to RMB9.2 million (US$1.3 million) from RMB39.2 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to the expiration of a portion of the consolidated trusts administered by unrelated third-party trust companies that were offered to investors through the Company's consolidated trust business.
Other revenue in the third quarter of 2018 increased by 63% to RMB41.9 million (US$6.1 million) from RMB25.6 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to an increase in penalty fees.
Origination and servicing expenses in the third quarter of 2018 increased by 40% to RMB284.6 million (US$41.4 million) from RMB203.3 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to an increase in commission fees and share-based compensation expenses for share options granted after September 30, 2017, and an increase in collection expenses resulting from the increase in loan transactions during the first half of 2018.
General and administrative expenses in the third quarter of 2018 increased by 218% to RMB67.6 million (US$9.8 million) from RMB21.2 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to an increase in share-based compensation expenses, professional consulting fees, and higher rental fees associated with the Company's new offices.
Sales and marketing expenses in the third quarter of 2018 increased by 97% to RMB45.3 million (US$6.6 million) from RMB23.1 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to an increase in advertising campaigns aimed at strengthening the Company's image.
Provision for contingent guarantee liabilities in the third quarter of 2018 increased by 100% to RMB33.6 million (US$4.9 million) from nil in the same period of 2017, primarily due to a challenging credit environment. Xiaoying Preferred Loan was adversely impacted by sentiment across the industry resulting from closing of a number of troubled online lending platforms during the third quarter of 2018.
Provision for Accounts Receivable and Contract Assets in the third quarter of 2018 increased by 93% to RMB 115.7 million (US $ 16.9 million) from RMB 60.1 million in the same period of 2017, primarily due to the significant increase of revenue in this quarter compared with same quarter of last year and partially affected by the change of the estimated default rates.
Income from operations in the third quarter of 2018 increased by 89% to RMB274.5 million (US$40.0 million) from RMB145.2 million in the same period of 2017.
Income before income taxes and gain (loss) from equity in affiliates in the third quarter of 2018 was RMB230.3 million (US$33.5 million), compared with RMB141.0 million in the same period of 2017.
Income tax expense in the third quarter of 2018 was RMB34.4 million (US$5.0 million), compared with RMB40.7 million in the same period of 2017. The decrease was primarily due to the corporate income tax rate applicable to a major subsidiary of the Company being adjusted to 15% and a pre-tax deduction for research and development expenses recorded in the third quarter of 2018.
Net income attributable to the Company in the third quarter of 2018 was RMB197.9 million (US$28.8 million), compared to RMB100.3 million in the same period of 2017.
Non-GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2018 was RMB248.5 million (US$36.2 million), compared to RMB113.2 million in the same period of 2017.
Basic and diluted earnings per ADS in the third quarter of 2018 were RMB1.40 (US$0.20) and RMB1.30 (US$0.18), respectively, compared to RMB0.72 and RMB0.66, respectively, in the same period of 2017.
Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS in the third quarter of 2018 were RMB1.76 (US$0.26) and RMB1.64 (US$0.24), respectively, compared to RMB0.82 and RMB0.76, respectively, in the same period of 2017.
Cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2018 was RMB1,464.2 million (US$213.2 million), compared with RMB622.9 million as of June 30, 2018.
X Financial currently expects total loan facilitation amount for the fourth quarter of 2018 and the full year 2018 to be in the range of RMB8,000 million to RMB8,500 million, and RMB35,400 million to RMB35,900 million, respectively. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary views, which are subject to changes.
X Financials' management team will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time on Monday, November 19, 2018 (9:00 AM Beijing Time on Tuesday, November 20, 2018).
Dial-in numbers for the live conference call are as follows:
Please dial in ten minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.
A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone one hour after the end of the conference call until November 26, 2018 at the following numbers:
Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://ir.xiaoyinggroup.com.
About X Financial
X Financial (NYSE: XYF) (the "Company") is a leading technology-driven personal finance company in China focused on meeting the huge demand for credit from individuals and small-to-medium-sized enterprise owners. The Company's proprietary big data-driven risk control system, WinSAFE, builds risk profiles of prospective borrowers using a variety data-driven credit assessment methodology to accurately evaluate a borrower's value, payment capability, payment attitude and overall creditworthiness. X Financial has established a strategic partnership with ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co., Ltd. in multiple areas of its business operations to directly complement its cutting-edge risk management and credit assessment capabilities. ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co., Ltd. provides credit insurance on X Financial's investment products which significantly enhances investor confidence and allows the Company to attract a diversified and low-cost funding base from individuals, enterprises and financial institutions to support its growth. X Financial leverages financial technology to provide convenient, efficient, and secure investment services to a wide range of high-quality borrowers and mass affluent investors which complements traditional financial institutions and helps to promote the development of inclusive finance in China.
For more information, please visit: http://ir.xiaoyinggroup.com.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures Statement
In evaluating our business, we consider and use adjusted net income, a non-GAAP measure, as supplemental measure to review and assess our operating performance. We present the non-GAAP financial measure because it is used by our management to evaluate our operating performance and formulate business plans. We also believe that the use of the non-GAAP financial measures facilitates investors' assessment of our operating performance.
This non-GAAP financial measure is not defined under U.S. GAAP and is not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. This Non-GAAP financial measure has limitations as analytical tools, and when assessing our operating performance, investors should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
We mitigate these limitations by reconciling the non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure, which should be considered when evaluating our performance. We encourage you to review our financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.
For more information on this Non-GAAP financial measure, please see the table captioned "Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP results" set forth at the end of this press release.
Exchange Rate Information
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.
Safe Harbor Statement
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," "targets," "guidance" and similar statements. The Company may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), 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: the Company's goals and strategies; its future business development, financial condition and results of operations; the expected growth of the credit industry, and marketplace lending in particular, in China; the demand for and market acceptance of its marketplace's products and services; its ability to attract and retain borrowers and investors on its marketplace; its relationships with its strategic cooperation partners; competition in its industry; and relevant government policies and regulations relating to the corporate structure, business and industry. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in the Company's filings with the SEC. All information provided in this announcement is current as of the date of this announcement, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update such information, except as required under applicable law.
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Ms. Jennifer Zhang
Mr. Christian Arnell
Ms. Linda Bergkamp
 Non-GAAP net income is a non-GAAP financial measure. For more information on non-GAAP financial measure, please see the section of "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures Statement" and the table captioned "Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" set forth at the end of this press release.
 Each American depositary share ("ADS"), represents two Class A ordinary shares.
 Represents the total amount of loans X Financial facilitated during the relevant period.
 Represents the total amount of loans outstanding for loans X Financial facilitated at the end of the relevant period. Loans that are delinquent for more than 180 days are charged-off and are excluded in the calculation of delinquency rate by balance, except for Xiaoying Housing Loan. As Xiaoying Housing Loan is a secured loan product and the Company is entitled to payment by exercising its rights to the collateral. X Financial does not charge off the loans delinquent for more 180 days and such loans are included in the calculation of delinquency rate by balance.
 Represents the total number of transactions of loan facilitation during the relevant period.
 Calculated by dividing the total loan facilitation amount by the number of loans facilitated during the relevant period.
 Refers to individual investors who made at least one transaction during that period on our platform.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except for share and per share data)
As of December 31, 2017
As of September 30, 2018
Cash and cash equivalents
Accounts receivable and contract assets, net of
Loans held for sale
Loans at fair value
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
Amount due from related party
Defferred tax assets, net
Long term investments
Property and equipment, net
Intangible assets, net
Loan receivable from Xiaoying Housing Loans, net
Other non-current assets
Payable to investors at fair value of the Consolidated
Financial guarantee derivative
Accrued payroll and welfare
Other tax payable
Income tax payable
Deposit payable to channel cooperators
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
Commitments and Contingencies
Common shares (US$0.0001 par value; 1,000,000,000
Additional paid-in capital
Retained earnings (Accumulated deficits)
Other comprehensive income
Total X financial shareholders' equity
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
Three Months Ended September 30,
Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In thousands, except for share and per share data)
Loan facilitation service-Direct Model
Loan facilitation service- Intermediary Model
Post origination service
Total net revenue
Operating costs and expenses:
Origination and servicing
General and administrative
Sales and marketing
Provision for contingent guarantee liabilities
Provision for accounts receivable and contract assets
Provision for loan receivable from Xiaoying Housing
Total operating costs and expenses
Income from operations
Foreign exchange gain (loss)
Gain on disposal of investment
Change in fair value of financial guarantee derivative
Fair value adjustments related to Consolidated Trusts
Other income (expense), net
Income before income taxes and gain (loss) from
Income tax expense
Gain (loss) from equity in affiliates
Less: net loss attributable to non-controlling interests
Net income attributable to X Financial
Other comprehensive income, net of tax of nil:
Foreign currency translation adjustments
Less: comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling interests
Comprehensive income attributable to X Financial
Net income per share - basic
Weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding - basic
Net income per share - diluted
Weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding - diluted
Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
Three Months Ended September 30,
Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In thousands, except for share and per share data)
Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income to Net Income
Add: Share-based compensation expenses (net of tax of nil)
Adjusted net income (Non-GAAP)
SOURCE X Financial