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Chinese property portal Fang releases First Quarter 2018 results

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Chinese property portal Fang releases First Quarter 2018 resultsA leading real estate online portal in China, Fang Holdings Limited, has recently released its unaudited financial results for the fiscal quarter that ended March 31, 2018.

First Quarter 2018 Highlights

Total revenues were $62.8 million.
Operating loss was $3.9 million. Non-GAAP operating income was $0.6 million. A description of the adjustments from GAAP to non-GAAP operating income is detailed in the Reconciliation Statement following this press release.

Net loss attributable to Fang's shareholders was $44.9 million, which was primarily due to the change in fair value of equity securities of a loss of $42.2 million in accordance with new accounting pronouncement. Fully diluted loss per ADS was $0.10.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to Fang's shareholders was $1.8 million. Non-GAAP fully diluted income per ADS was $0.00. A description of the adjustments from GAAP to non-GAAP net loss attributable to Fang's shareholders and fully diluted loss per ADS is detailed in the Reconciliation Statement following this press release.

Adjusted EBITDA was $7.1 million. A description of the adjustments from GAAP net loss to Adjusted EBITDA is detailed in the Reconciliation Statement following this press release.

"The company is deepening its reform from business lines to full operations including financial management," commented Vincent Mo, Chairman and CEO of Fang. "We are fully committed to transforming and upgrading the company for future growth. The reform has been a bumpy process but I believe our endless efforts in increasing platform traffic, technology innovations, and product upgrades will be rewarded in the near future."

First Quarter 2018 Results

Revenues

Fang reported total revenues of $62.8 million in the first quarter of 2018, a 42.8% decrease from $109.8 million in the corresponding period of 2017, primarily due to the decline in e-commerce services revenue.

Revenue from listing services was $26.7 million in the first quarter of 2018, a decrease of 21.5% from $34.0 million in the corresponding period of 2017, primarily due to the decreased number of paying members.

Revenue from marketing services was $17.3 million in the first quarter of 2018, a decrease of 36.6% from $27.3 million in the corresponding period of 2017, primarily due to the slowdown in the real estate market and the continued impact of tightening government policies.

Revenue from e-commerce services was $7.2 million in the first quarter of 2018, a decrease of 82.0% from $39.9 million in the corresponding period of 2017, primarily due to Fang's transformation back to a technology-driven open platform model.

Revenue from Internet financial services was $5.1 million in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 124.9% from $2.2 million in the corresponding period of 2017, driven by the increased secured consumer loans.

Revenue from other value-added services was $6.5 million in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 4.1% from $6.3 million in the corresponding period of 2017, primarily due to a rising demand for our database and research services.

Cost of Revenue

Cost of revenue was $20.2 million in the first quarter of 2018, a decrease of 66.7% from $60.7 million in the corresponding period of 2017, primarily due to the downsizing of the secondary brokerage team in the provision of e-commerce services and the optimization in our cost structure under the technology-driven open platform model.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were $46.5 million in the first quarter of 2018, a decrease of 15.8% from $55.2 million in the corresponding period of 2017.

Selling expenses were $15.6 million in the first quarter of 2018, a decrease of 33.3% from $23.4 million for the corresponding period of 2017, primarily due to the decrease in selling expenses associated with our e-commerce services and advertising and promotional expenses.

General and administrative expenses were $30.7 million in the first quarter of 2018, a decrease of 2.0% from $31.4 million for the corresponding period of 2017.

Operating Loss

Operating loss was $3.9 million in the first quarter of 2018, compared to operating loss of $6.1 million in the corresponding period of 2017, primarily due to the downsized e-commerce services and effective cost control.

Change in fair value of equity securities

Change in fair value of equity securities for the first quarter of 2018 was a loss of $42.2 million, among which USD 47.7 million was related to the fair value change of World Union, an investee company. The amount represents changes in fair value of equity securities in accordance with FASB ASU 2016-01, which became effective on January 1, 2018. See "New accounting pronouncements and Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for more details.

Income Tax (benefits) / expenses

Income tax benefits were $4.2 million in the first quarter of 2018, compared to income tax expenses of $4.8 million in the corresponding period of 2017, primarily due to the effect of change in fair value of equity securities.

Net Loss and EPS

Net loss attributable to Fang's shareholders was $44.9 million in the first quarter of 2018, compared to net loss of $12.0 million in the corresponding period of 2017, which is primarily caused by change in fair value of equity securities. Loss per fully-diluted ordinary share and ADS were $0.51 and $0.10 in the first quarter of 2018, compared to loss of $0.14 and $0.03, respectively, in the corresponding period of 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA, defined as GAAP net income / (loss) before share-based compensation, investment income, change in fair value of equity securities, income taxes, interest expenses, interest income and depreciation, was $7.1 million in the first quarter of 2018, compared to $1.0 million in the corresponding period of 2017.

Cash

As of March 31, 2018, Fang had cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash (current and non-current) and short-term investments of $492.4 million, compared to $547.1 million as of December 31, 2017. Net cash used in operating activities was $7.0 million in the first quarter of 2018, compared to cash flow used in operating activities $11.0 million in the same period of 2017.

Business Outlook

Based on current market conditions and current operations, Fang expects its non-GAAP net income to be profitable for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018. These estimates represent management's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement Fang's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), Fang uses in this press release the following measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission: (1) non-GAAP operating (loss)/income, (2) non-GAAP net (loss)/income and (3) non-GAAP basic and diluted (loss)/earnings per ordinary share and per ADS (4) adjusted EBITDA. The presentation of the non-GAAP financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP Results" set forth at the end of this press release.

The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures help identify underlying trends in the Company's business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of the change in fair value of equity securities, and the expenses and gains that the Company includes in income from operations and net income. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information about its operating results, enhance the overall understanding of its past performance and future prospects and allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by the Company's management in its financial and operational decision-making. A limitation of using these non-GAAP financial measures is that share-based compensation, investment income, change in fair value of equity securities, interest income and expenses, income tax expenses, and depreciation expenses have been and will continue to be a significant recurring item that will continue to exist in Fang's business for the foreseeable future. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying tables have more details on the reconciliation between non-GAAP financial measures and their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

New accounting pronouncements

The new revenue recognition standard (ASU No. 2014-09 'Revenue from Contracts with Customers') was released in 2014 and becomes effective for Fang with effect from January 1, 2018. Fang has elected to adopt the new standard (ASC 606 - 'Revenue from Contracts with Customers') using cumulative effect method for all contracts that are not completed contracts at the date of initial application. Under this transition method, the new standard is applied from January 1, 2018, without restatement of comparative period amounts. The cumulative effect of initially applying the new standard is reflected as an adjustment to opening retained earnings as of January 1, 2018, in the amount of $0.6 million.

In January 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-01, Financial Instruments Overall (Subtopic 825-10): Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities, which is an amendment which addresses certain aspects of recognition, measurement, presentation, and disclosure of financial instruments. This guidance includes the requirement that equity investments that do not result in consolidation and are not accounted for under the equity method be measured at fair value with changes in the fair value recognized in net income. An entity may choose to measure equity investments that do not have readily determinable fair values at cost minus impairment, if any, plus or minus changes resulting from observable price changes in orderly transactions for the identical or a similar investment.  Fang adopted this standard from the quarter beginning January 1, 2018, and Fang recognized a cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings of $163.8 million as of January 1, 2018, for the after-tax unrealized gains of available-for-sale equity securities previously recognized in accumulated other comprehensive income.

Conference Call Information

Fang's management team will host a conference call on the same day at 8:00 AM U.S. EST (8:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong time). The dial-in details for the live conference call are:

International Toll: +65 67135090
Local Toll:
United States +1 845-675-0437 / +1 866-519-4004
Hong Kong +852 3018-6771 / +852 800-906-601
Mainland China +86 400-620-8038 / +86 800-819-0121
Passcode: SFUN

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call from 11:00 ET on July 25, 2018, through 9:59 ET August 2, 2018. The dial-in details for the telephone replay are:

International Toll: +61 2-8199-0299
Toll-Free:
United States +1 855-452-5696 / +1 646-254-3697
Hong Kong +852 800-963-117 / +852 3051-2780
Mainland China +86 400-602-2065 / +86 800-870-0205
Conference ID: 4658048

The conference call will be live as well as archived and will be available on Fang's website.

SOURCE Fang Holdings Limited
Edited by V. Haviland

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