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Fincera Reports Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results, Highlighted by Continued Growth of the Company's Primary Financial Service Offerings

Fincera Reports Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results, Highlighted by Continued Growth of the

Company’s Primary Financial Service Offerings

Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China / ACCESSWIRE / September 30, 2016 / Fincera Inc. (“Fincera” or the “Company”) (OTCQB: AUTCF) (fka. AutoChina International), a leading provider of web-based financing and ecommerce services for small and medium-sized businesses and individuals in China, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Operational Highlights

(RMB in millions)   For the Three Months Ended  
    June 30, 2016     March 31, 2016           June 30, 2015        
    Amount     Amount     % Change     Amount     % Change  
CeraPay Transaction Volume     6,024.1       4,362.7       38.1
%
    1,829.9       229.2
%
CeraVest Loans Issued     1,264.2       1,109.7       13.9
%
    517.4       144.3
%

CeraPay (https://www.dianfubao.com/) is the Company’s credit advance and online payment processing platform. Launched in November 2014, CeraPay allows customers to pay for their everyday needs at participating merchants through the online CeraPay transaction network. With functionality similar to a credit card, the Company issues revolving credit lines to customers, with which they can use to make purchase transactions via the CeraPay application. Fincera earns transaction fees through its CeraPay platform.

CeraPay was used to make payment transactions totaling RMB6.0 billion during the second quarter of 2016, a 229.2% increase compared to the prior-year period and a 38.1% increase compared to the first quarter of 2016.

CeraVest (https://www.qingyidai.com/) is the Company’s small business lending platform. From its inception in November 2014 through June 30, 2016, CeraVest has originated over RMB4.8 billion in loans. Fincera created CeraVest as an online lending marketplace that provides short-term operating capital for small and medium-sized businesses. CeraVest originates loans and then sells these loans to the public. Currently, individuals may invest on the CeraVest platform and earn an annual interest rate of up to approximately 8.6%. Fincera earns origination fees on CeraVest loans.

CeraVest originated RMB1.3 billion in loans during the second quarter of 2016, a 144.3% increase compared to the prior-year period and a 13.9% increase compared to the first quarter of 2016. CeraVest had a total loan portfolio unpaid principal balance of approximately RMB2.5 billion at June 30, 2016.

The Company continued to wind down its legacy truck-leasing business, which is now classified as a discontinued operation, and expects to continue servicing and collecting payments on existing commercial vehicle leases until all obligations related to the individual leases are met, which the Company estimates should occur by the end of 2017.

Subsequent Events

As previously announced, in August 2016 the Company entered an agreement to purchase the remaining portions of the Kai Yuan Finance Center building that it does not already own. The remaining property consists of thirty-one floors and an underground parking garage which complement the Company’s purchase of twenty-three floors of the building in 2012. The Company is headquartered in the building.

Management Comments

Mr. Yong Hui Li, Chairman and CEO of Fincera, stated, “The results for the second quarter of 2016 continue to reflect increased market acceptance of Fincera’s primary financial services offerings, CeraPay and CeraVest. We were pleased to recognize further growth of our Internet-based businesses during the quarter, having once again achieved quarter-over-quarter as well as year-over-year growth in both transaction volume and number of loans issued. While Fincera remains committed to serving the transportation market, the Company’s extension into new markets outside of this specialty niche has begun to bear fruit, as demonstrated by heightened cross-market adoption of our offering among small and medium-sized businesses and individuals in China.

“In upcoming quarters, we expect the recently launched ecommerce platform, PingPing, to serve existing customers as well as drive new business development. Providing our customers with a product offering that fulfills market demand is Fincera’s top priority, and we anticipate continuous enhancements to be made to the platform going forward, all of which will be driven by feedback from the small business community. We are excited to explore the number of opportunities we continue to see in the online financial services industry in China, and are dedicated to supporting our customers as a collaborative financial and technology partner.”

Financial Review

The Company now classifies its legacy truck-leasing business as a discontinued operation for all periods presented below. Continuing operations consist of the Company’s Internet-based business and its property lease and management business.

Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Income (Revenues)

The table below sets forth certain income (revenue) items from the Company’s Consolidated Statement of Income as a percentage of income (revenues):

(in thousands)
 
Three months ended
June 30, 2016
   
Three months ended
June 30, 2015
       
   
Amount
   
% of Revenue
   
Amount
   
% of Revenue
   
% Change
 
Service charges
 
$
17,165
     
60.7
%
 
$
6,983
     
62.1
%
   
145.8
%
Interest income
   
7,855
     
27.8
%
   
1,835
     
16.3
%
   
328.1
%
Other Income
   
767
     
2.7
%
   
     
%
   
100.0
%
Property lease and management
   
2,496
     
8.8
%
   
2,433
     
21.6
%
   
2.6
%
Total income
 
$
28,283
     
100.0
%
 
$
11,251
     
100.0
%
   
151.4
%
  Income for the three months ended June 30, 2016, increased 151.4% to $28.3 million, from $11.3 million in the prior-year period, primarily as a result of the Company’s ramp-up of its Internet-based business
segment, particularly its CeraPay and CeraVest products, which launched in November 2014. The Company’s property lease and management revenue also increased due to a higher percentage of available space being leased out.
     
  Service charges, which represent CeraPay transaction fees and penalty and late fees for both CeraPay and CeraVest, increased 145.8% to $17.2 million in the three months ended June 30, 2016, from $7.0 million in the prior-year period. This was due to the significant increase in the volume of CeraPay transactions processed. CeraPay was used to make payment transactions totaling over RMB6.2 billion (approximately $923.0 million) during the three months ended June 30, 2016, an increase of 229.2% from the RMB1.9 billion (approximately $280.4 million) processed in the second quarter of 2015.
     
  Interest income, which represents interest earned on CeraVest loans and origination fees, increased 315.8% to $7.9 million in the three months ended June 30, 2016, from $1.9 million in the prior-year period. This was due to a significant increase in the outstanding amount of CeraVest loans facilitated by the Company. At June 30, 2016, CeraVest had a total loan portfolio of RMB2.5 billion (approximately $374.3 million), an increase of 178.4% from the RMB897.0 million (approximately $134.5 million) in CeraVest loans outstanding at June 30, 2015.
     
  Property lease and management revenues totaled $2.5 million in the three months ended June 30, 2016, unchanged from the prior quarter, and represent the revenues of the property lease and management business. This represents an increase of 2.6% compared to the prior year period due to a higher percentage of available space in the Kai Yuan Finance Center being leased out to tenants. At June 30, 2016, the occupancy rate of the Kai Yuan Finance Center was 81%, as compared to 80% at June 30, 2015. The property lease and management business commenced operations during the third quarter of 2013.

Operating Costs and Expenses

  The Company’s operating costs and expenses increased 142.6% to $27.0 million during the second quarter of 2016 from $11.1 million in the prior-year period, primarily due to increased expenses incurred for interest expense, provision for credit losses, product development expense, selling and marketing expense, and general and administrative expenses to support the growth of the Company’s Internet-based business.

Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations before Income Taxes

  Income from continuing operations before income taxes totaled $0.8 million during second first quarter of 2016, compared to a loss of $25,000 in the prior-year period, primarily due to the ramp up of the Company’s Internet-based business and associated income.

Income from Discontinued Operations, Net of Taxes

  Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes, totaled $0.8 million during the second quarter of 2016, compared to income of $3.0 million in the prior-year period, primarily due to the winding down of the legacy truck-leasing business. The decrease resulted from the winding down of the businesses classified as discontinued operations.

Net Income

  Net income totaled $5,000 during the second quarter of 2016, compared to $3.0 million in the prior-year period, as a result of the decline in income from discontinued operations, which was partially offset by the increase in income from continuing operations.

Balance Sheet Highlights

At June 30, 2016, Fincera’s cash and cash equivalents (not including restricted cash) were $119.9 million, working capital was $161.0 million, total liabilities were $658.7 million, and stockholders’ equity was $252.4 million, compared to $62.0 million, $162.6 million, $494.2 million, and $256.1 million, respectively, at December 31, 2015.

About Fincera Inc.

Founded in 2005, Fincera Inc. (OTCQB: AUTCF) provides innovative web-based financing and ecommerce services for small and medium-sized businesses and individuals in China. The Company also operates a network of branch offices in 31 provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions across China. Fincera’s primary service offerings include a credit advance/online payment processing network and a web-based small business lending platform. The Company’s website is http://www.fincera.net. Fincera trades on the OTCQB venture stage marketplace for early stage and developing U.S. and international companies. OTCQB companies are current in their reporting and undergo an annual verification and management certification process.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 about the Company. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements, based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the Company's management, are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to meaningfully differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements:

  Changing principles of generally accepted accounting principles
     
  Continued compliance with government regulations
     
  Legislation or regulatory environments, requirements or changes adversely affecting the financial services industry in China
     
  Fluctuations in customer demand
     
  Management of rapid growth
     
  General economic conditions
     
  Changes in government policy
     
  China’s overall economic conditions and local market economic conditions
     
  The Company’s ability to expand through strategic acquisitions
     
  The Company’s business strategy and plans, including whether its new financial services products are accepted by consumers
     
  Credit risk affecting the Company’s revenue and profitability – such as being able to manage the default risk of customers
     
  The results of future financing efforts; and
     
  Geopolitical events.
     
In this press release, forward-looking statements include those related to the pending acquisition of hotel operations. Such acquisition includes various risks, including that:
     
  The hotel operations may not be profitable after subsidy provision expires
     
  The acquisition is outside the scope of the Company’s core operations; and
     
  The entry into new business may not be viewed favorably by investors and could adversely affect its share price.

The information set forth herein should be read in light of such risks. The Company does not assume any obligation to update the information contained in this press release.

CONTACT
At the Company
Jason Wang
Chief Financial Officer
(858) 997-0680 / jcwang@fincera.net

Investor Relations
The Equity Group Inc.
Adam Prior
Senior Vice President
(212) 836-9606 / aprior@equityny.com
Carolyne Y. Sohn

Senior Associate
(415) 568-2255 / csohn@equityny.com

FINCERA INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME (Unaudited)
(in thousands except share and per share data)

   
Three months ended June 30,
   
Six months ended June 30,
 
   
2016
   
2015
   
2016
   
2015
 
                         
Income
                       
Service charges
 
$
17,165
   
$
6,983
   
$
32,252
   
$
9,752
 
Interest income
   
7,855
     
1,835
     
11,194
     
2,640
 
Other income
   
767
     
     
767
     
 
Property lease and management
   
2,496
     
2,433
     
4,996
     
4,629
 
Total income
   
28,283
     
11,251
     
49,209
     
17,021
 
                                 
Operating Costs and Expenses
                               
Interest expense
   
8,171
     
4,435
     
14,627
     
7,838
 
Interest expense, related parties
   
1,149
     
777
     
2,621
     
1,879
 
Provision for credit losses
   
6,849
     
1,094
     
9,250
     
1,743
 
Product development expense
   
2,235
     
1,434
     
4,207
     
2,757
 
Property and management cost
   
502
     
556
     
999
     
1,126
 
Selling and marketing
   
2,914
     
357
     
5,141
     
524
 
General and administrative
   
5,220
     
2,493
     
9,784
     
5,167
 
Total operating costs and expenses
   
27,040
     
11,146
     
46,629
     
21,034
 
                                 
                                 
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes
   
1,243
     
105
     
2,580
     
(4,013
)
Income tax provision (benefit)
   
403
     
80
     
884
     
(976
)
Income (loss) from continuing operations
   
840
     
25
     
1,696
     
(3,037
)
                                 
(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of taxes
   
(835
)
   
2,987
     
(1,207
)
   
8,715
 
Net income
   
5
     
3,012
     
489
     
5,678
 
Foreign currency translation adjustment
   
(6,034
)
   
1,265
     
(4,727
)
   
260
 
                                 
Comprehensive (loss) income
   
(6,029
)
   
4,277
     
(4,238
)
   
5,938
 
                                 
Earnings per share
                               
Basic
                               
Continuing operations
 
$
0.04
   
$
0.00
   
$
0.07
   
$
(0.13
)
Discontinued operations
   
(0.04
)
   
0.13
     
(0.05
)
   
0.37
 
   
$
0.00
   
$
0.13
   
$
0.02
   
$
0.24
 
                                 
Diluted
                               
Continuing operations
 
$
0.03
   
$
(0.00
)
 
$
0.07
   
$
(0.13
)
Discontinued operations
   
(0.04
)
   
0.12
     
(0.05
)
   
0.36
 
   
$
(0.01
)
 
$
0.12
   
$
0.02
   
$
0.23
 
                                 
Weighted average shares outstanding
                               
Basic
   
23,553,541
     
23,549,644
     
23,553,923
     
23,549,644
 
Diluted
   
24,070,599
     
24,258,035
     
24,130,698
     
24,262,250
 

FINCERA INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands except share and per share data)

   
June 30,
   
December 31,
 
   
2016
   
2015
 
   
(unaudited)
       
ASSETS
           
Current assets
           
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
119,940
   
$
61,957
 
Restricted cash
   
4,213
     
157
 
Other financing receivables, net
   
278,960
     
235,349
 
Loans, net
   
374,383
     
250,659
 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
   
2,338
     
1,520
 
Current assets of discontinued operations
   
38,994
     
104,595
 
Total current assets
   
818,828
     
654,237
 
                 
Noncurrent assets
               
Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net
   
70,920
     
73,817
 
Deferred income tax assets
   
11,146
     
7,011
 
Non-current assets of discontinued operations
   
10,280
     
15,250
 
                 
Total assets
 
$
911,174
   
$
750,315
 
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
               
Current liabilities
               
Short-term bank borrowings (including short-term bank borrowings of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Fincera of $79,322 and $56,363 as of June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively)
 
$
88,370
   
$
75,921
 
Long-term bank borrowings, current portion (including long-term bank borrowings, current portion of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Fincera of nil and nil as of June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively)
   
12,064
     
13,860
 
Borrowed funds from CeraVest loan investors, related party (including borrowed funds from CeraVest loan investors, related party of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Fincera of $264 and $2,716 as of June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively)
   
3,341
     
2,716
 
Borrowed funds from CeraVest loan investors (including borrowed funds from CeraVest loan investors of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Fincera of 243,392 and $202,725 as of June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively)
   
346,373
     
202,725
 
Financing payables, related parties (including financing payables, related parties of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Fincera of $63,523 and $58,620 as of June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively)
   
117,838
     
106,869
 
Other payables and accrued liabilities (including other payables and accrued liabilities of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Fincera of $45,742 and $14,334 as of June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively)
   
73,107
     
35,806
 
Income tax payable (including income tax payable of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Fincera of $4,591 and $2,562 as of June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively)
   
4,767
     
3,317
 
Current liabilities of discontinued operations (including current liabilities of discontinued operations of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Fincera of $7,892 and $9,868 as of June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively)
   
11,969
     
50,445
 
Total current liabilities
   
657,829
     
491,659
 

FINCERA INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS - Continued
(in thousands except share and per share data)

   
June 30,
   
December 31,
 
   
2016
   
2015
 
   
(unaudited)
       
             
Noncurrent liabilities
           
Non-current liabilities of discontinued operations (including non-current liabilities of discontinued operations of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Fincera of nil and nil as of June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively)
   
915
     
2,587
 
Total liabilities
   
658,744
     
494,246
 
                 
Commitments and Contingencies
   
     
 
                 
Stockholders’ equity
               
Preferred shares, $0.001 par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized; –no shares issued or outstanding at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015
   
     
 
Ordinary shares - $0.001 par value, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 23,557,616 and 23,549,644 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively
   
24
     
24
 
Additional paid-in capital
   
329,875
     
329,276
 
Statutory reserves
   
24,849
     
27,014
 
Accumulated losses
   
(112,575
)
   
(115,229
)
Accumulated other comprehensive income
   
10,257
     
14,984
 
Total stockholders’ equity
   
252,430
     
256,069
 
                 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
 
$
911,174
   
$
750,315
 

FINCERA INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
(in thousands)

   
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
   
2016
   
2015
 
             
Cash flow from operating activities:            
Net cash provided by operating activities – continuing operations
 
$
47,236
   
$
17,775
 
Net cash provided by operating activities – discontinued operations
   
28,307
     
153,707
 
                 
Net cash provided by operating activities    
75,543
     
171,482
 
                 
Cash flow from investing activities:
               
Net payments in loans
   
(136,753
)
   
(102,975
)
Change in other financing receivables
   
(55,707
)
   
(114,942
)
Purchase of property, equipment and leasehold improvements
   
(291
)
   
(1,715
)
                 
Net cash (used in) investing activities    
(192,751
)
   
(219,632
)
                 
Cash flow from financing activities:
               
Net proceeds in borrowed funds from CeraVest loan investors
   
150,816
     
79,081
 
Proceeds from financing payables, related party
   
44,983
     
101,479
 
Repayment of financing payables, related party
   
(31,623
)
   
(81,478
)
Proceeds from bank borrowings
   
64,325
     
65,259
 
Repayment of bank borrowings
   
(51,641
)
   
(123,176
)
Repayment to affiliates
   
     
(14,439
)
Net cash provided by financing activities – discontinued operations
   
3
     
39,023
 
                 
Net cash provided by financing activities    
176,863
     
65,749
 
                 
Net cash provided by operating, investing and financing activities
   
59,655
     
17,599
 
                 
Effect of foreign currency translation on cash and cash equivalents
   
(1,672
)
   
80
 
                 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
   
57,983
     
17,679
 
                 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period    
61,957
     
26,027
 
                 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period
 
$
119,940
   
$
43,706
 
                 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
               
Interest paid
 
$
21,673
   
$
11,751
 
Income taxes paid
 
$
1,765
   
$
3,755
 
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