Current Report


 

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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Form 8-K
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CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event Reported): November 15, 2017  

ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

Nevada 001-34647 20-4672080
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation) (Commission File Number) (I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)

 

No. 3 Min Zhuang Road, Building 6,
Yu Quan Hui Gu Tuspark, Haidian District, Beijing, PRC 100195
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

+86-10-6084-6616
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2). Emerging growth company [    ]

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. [    ]

 
 

Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On November 15 , 2017, ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc., a Nevada corporation (the “Company”), issued a press release containing certain financial results for its third fiscal quarter of 2017. A copy of the press release is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.

As provided in General Instruction B.2 of SEC Form 8-K, such information shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, and it shall not be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or under the Exchange Act, whether made before or after the date hereof, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

 

No.

 

Description

99.1

 

Press Release dated November 15 , 2017.


SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

  ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.
     
   
Date: November 15, 2017 By:  /s/ Handong Cheng        
    Handong Cheng
    Chief Executive Officer
   


EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit No.   Description
     
99.1   Press Release dated November 15, 2017

EXHIBIT 99.1

ChinaNet Online Holdings Reports Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

BEIJING, Nov. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNET) ("ChinaNet" or the "Company"), an integrated online advertising, precision marketing and data-analysis and management services platform, announced today financial results for the third quarter of 2017.

Summary Financials

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results (USD) (Unaudited)
  2017
  2016
  CHANGE
Sales $13.5 million   $11.9 million   +13.6 %
Gross Profit $1.4 million   $2.0 million   -32.9 %
Gross Margin 10.1%   17.0%   -41.0 %
Net Loss Attributable to ChinaNet ($2.1) million   ($1.5) million   -41.8 %
EPS from continuing operations (Basic & Diluted) ($ 0.17)   ($0.13)   -33.4 %
           

For the three months ended September 30, 2017, total revenues increased to $13.5 million from $11.9 million in the prior year, primarily due to the increase from search engine marketing and data service revenue during the quarter.

During the quarter, revenues from internet advertising and data services was $2.3 million, which decreased 49.1% from $4.4 million in the third quarter of 2016. ChinaNet continues to focus on integrating and upgrading its internet advertising and data service to SME clients and investing in developing new service modules for clients, and believes that the launch of new services in future will help to increase market penetration and recurring revenues. The decline was offset by an increase in search engine marketing and data service revenue of 49.9% from $7.5 million in the third quarter of 2016 to $11.3 million in the third quarter of 2017. This increase was supported by the CloudX system, which drove more precision marketing and ROI for clients.

Gross profit for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was $1.4 million, compared to $2.0 million in the third quarter of 2016, a decrease of 32.9%. Gross margin was 10.1%, down from 17.0% in 2016, primarily due to the increase in relative lower margin revenues from search engine marketing and data service during the quarter.

Operating expenses decreased by 0.6% to $3.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017. Sales and marketing expenses decreased by 34.3% to $0.7 million. General and administrative expenses increased by 32.3% to $2.3 million. Loss from operations was $2.0 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared to a loss of $1.4 million in the third quarter of 2016.

Net loss attributable to ChinaNet for the three months ended September 30, 2017 was $2.1 million and loss per share from continuing operations was $0.17, compared to a net loss of $1.5 million and loss per share from continuing operations of $0.13 in the third quarter of 2016. The weighted average diluted shares outstanding for the three months ended September 30, 2017 was 12.1 million shares versus 11.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016.

Nine Months 2017 Financial Results (USD) (Unaudited)
  2017
  2016
  CHANGE
Sales $31.3 million   $25.4 million   +23.2 %
Gross Profit $4.3 million   $6.1 million   -29.3 %
Gross Margin 13.8%   24.1%   -42.6 %
Net Loss Attributable to ChinaNet ($4.0) million   ($4.2) million   +4.8 %
EPS from continuing operations (Basic & Diluted) ($0.33)   ($0.36)   +8.4 %
           

Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 were $31.3 million, an increase of 23.2% from $25.4 million for the same period a year ago, which was primarily an increase in search engine marketing and data service revenue.

Gross profit was $4.3 million, a decrease of 29.3% for the first nine months of 2017, and gross profit margin of 13.8%, compared to 24.1% in 2016. Operating expenses decreased by 21.0% to $7.8 million compared to $9.9 million for the first nine months of 2016. The Company reported an operating loss of $3.5 million in the compared to an operating loss of $3.8 million for the first nine months of 2016.

Net loss attributable to ChinaNet common shareholders and net loss per share was $4.0 million and $0.33 for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

The Company had $1.2 million in cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2017, compared to $3.0 million as of December 31, 2016, working capital of $5.2 million compared to $6.9 million as of December 31, 2016, and a current ratio of 1.6 to 1, compared 1.9 to 1 as of December 31, 2016. Total shareholders' equity of ChinaNet was $19.7 million as of September 30, 2017 compared to $22.3 million at December 31, 2016.

The Company generated approximately $2.7 million of cash outflows from operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to a $1.9 million of cash outflows for the nine months ended September 30, 2016.

Business Updates

In January 2017, ChinaNet announced the launch of its updated comprehensive website www.chinanet-online.com, reflecting ongoing efforts to provide up-to-date information for customers, investors and shareholders. The new ChinaNet website has been redesigned to be more dynamic, user-friendly and content rich. The website allows visitors to efficiently access information needed regarding ChinaNet's profile and history, products and services, and investor relations content including press releases and SEC reporting. The website now also includes enhanced video, including a compressive overview of the Company's business which can be viewed directly at: http://www.chinanet-online.com/english_index.html  

In August 2017, ChinaNet was awarded the nomination of Vice President of the first China E-Commerce Industry Alliance (CEIA). The China E-Commerce Industry Alliance (CEIA) is a nation-wide business association that consists of China’s e-commerce industry web portals, industry professionals, industry leaders, and elite enterprises. CEIA commits to supporting e-commerce applications, renovation programs to facilitate cross-border cooperation and the integration of social resources to promote industry support and collaboration. The establishment of the CEIA is beneficial to solve many problems faced by fast-growing enterprises and enterprises in transition in the e-commerce industry.

A charity event hosted by ChinaNet, the China Welfare Foundation, and Tencent that started in September raised a total of 3.16 million RMB in three days. The charity promotes entrepreneurship and support for college students in creating new business leading to new employment or entrepreneurship opportunities for millions.

ChinaNet’s subsidiary 28.com released an update to its free smartphone application “28” for entrepreneurs seeking business opportunities in China. 28’s updated version 3.0 enables aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs to search and sort new business opportunities by categories including “Newest Projects”, “Hot Projects”, “Quality Projects”, and “Project Ranking” as well as new and enhanced membership functions. 28’s 3.0 now has over 100,000 average active users per month, with over 180,000 downloads since its update. Over 10,000 new users are being added each month. In total, the app has close to 1,000,000 users.

About ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.

ChinaNet Online Holdings, a parent company of ChinaNet Online Media Group Ltd., incorporated in the BVI (ChinaNet), is an integrated online advertising, precision marketing and data-analysis and management services platform. ChinaNet provides prescriptive analysis for its clients to improve business outcomes and to create more efficient enterprises. The Company leverages an optimization framework, provided by its comprehensive data-analysis infrastructure, to blend data, mathematical, and computational sciences into an outcome management platform for which it monetizes on a per client basis. ChinaNet uniquely optimizes and prescribes its clients decision making processes based on its proprietary ecosystem. For more information, visit www.chinanet-online.com.

Safe Harbor

This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" relating to the business of ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc., which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates" or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including business uncertainties relating to government regulation of our industry, market demand, reliance on key personnel, future capital requirements, competition in general and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are or will be described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are based on ChinaNet's current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting ChinaNet will be those anticipated by ChinaNet. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond the control of the Company) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. ChinaNet undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

 
CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except for number of shares and per share data)
 
      September 30,
2017
  December 31,
2016
      (US $)   (US $)
      (Unaudited)    
Assets          
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents     $ 1,234     $ 3,035  
Term deposit       -       3,056  
Accounts receivable, net       4,653       3,322  
Other receivables, net       2,863       -  
Prepayment and deposit to suppliers       5,450       4,754  
Due from related parties, net       234       213  
Other current assets       95       95  
Total current assets       14,529       14,475  
           
Long-term investments       949       1,340  
Property and equipment, net       341       471  
Intangible assets, net       6,653       7,264  
Goodwill       5,195       4,970  
Deferred tax assets       1,473       1,522  
Total Assets     $    29,140     $   30,042  
           
Liabilities and Equity          
Current liabilities:          
Short-term bank loan      $ 753     $ 721  
Accounts payable        625       102  
Advances from customers        2,267       1,420  
Accrued payroll and other accruals        529       685  
Due to new investors related to terminated security purchase agreements       923       884  
Payable for purchasing of software technology        429       411  
Taxes payable        3,089       2,910  
Other payables        715       487  
Total current liabilities       9,330       7,620  
           
Long-term liabilities:          
Long-term borrowing from a director       132       126  
Total Liabilities       9,462       7,746  
           
Commitments and contingencies          
           
Equity:          
ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.’s stockholders’ equity          
Common stock (US$0.001 par value; authorized 50,000,000 shares; issued                   
and outstanding 12,340,542 shares and 12,158,542 shares at September                  
30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively)       12       12  
Additional paid-in capital       29,769       29,285  
Statutory reserves       2,607       2,607  
Accumulated deficit       (14,325 )     (10,362 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income       1,504       700  
Total ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.’s stockholders’ equity       19,567       22,242  
           
Noncontrolling interests       111       54  
Total equity       19,678       22,296  
           
           
Total Liabilities and Equity     $  29,140     $   30,042  
 

 

CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(In thousands, except for number of shares and per share data)
 
    Nine Months Ended September 30,   Three Months Ended September 30,
      2017       2016       2017       2016  
    (US $)   (US $)   (US $)   (US $)
    (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
Revenues                
From unrelated parties   $   31,171     $   25,017     $   13,509     $   11,741  
From related parties     116       381       14       161  
Total revenues     31,287       25,398       13,523       11,902  
Cost of revenues     26,955       19,269       12,163       9,874  
Gross profit     4,332       6,129       1,360       2,028  
                 
Operating expenses                
Sales and marketing expenses     2,399       3,069       740       1,126  
General and administrative expenses     4,402       5,290       2,318       1,752  
Research and development expenses     1,012       1,530       312       514  
Total operating expenses     7,813       9,889       3,370       3,392  
                 
Loss from operations     (3,481 )     (3,760 )     (2,010 )     (1,364 )
                 
Other income (expenses)                
Interest income     39       72       2       19  
Interest expense     (109 )     (4 )     (36 )     (4 )
Other expenses     (208 )     (112 )     (2 )     (99 )
Total other expenses     (278 )     (44 )     (36 )     (84 )
                 
Loss before income tax expense, noncontrolling interests and discontinued operation     (3,759 )     (3,804 )     (2,046 )     (1,448 )
Income tax expense     (115 )     (155 )     (2 )     (3 )
Loss from continuing operations     (3,874 )     (3,959 )     (2,048 )     (1,451 )
Loss from and on disposal of discontinued operation, net of income tax     -       (60 )     -       -  
Net loss     (3,874 )     (4,019 )     (2,048 )     (1,451 )
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests from continuing operations     (89 )     (144 )     (39 )     (21 )
Net loss attributable to ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.   $ (3,963 )   $ (4,163 )   $ (2,087 )   $ (1,472 )
                                     
                                     
Net loss   $    (3,874 )   $   (4,019 )   $    (2,048 )   $    (1,451 )
Foreign currency translation gain/(loss)     772       (630 )     340       (152 )
Comprehensive loss   $    (3,102 )   $   (4,649 )   $    (1,708 )   $    (1,603 )
Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests     (57 )     (113 )     (42 )     (19 )
Comprehensive loss attributable to ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.   $  (3,159 )   $  (4,762 )   $ (1,750 )   $ (1,622 )
                     
Loss per share                    
Loss from continuing operations per common share                
Basic and diluted   $    (0.33 )   $   (0.36 )   $   (0.17 )   $    (0.13 )
Loss from discontinued operations per common share                    
Basic and diluted   $   -     $   (0.01 )   $   -     $   -  
                     
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:                    
Basic and diluted     12,019,040     11,353,657       12,074,304       11,358,971  

 

 
CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
 
    Nine Months Ended September 30,
      2017       2016  
    (US $)   (US $)
    (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
Cash flows from operating activities        
Net loss   $   (3,874 )   $   (4,019 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities        
Depreciation and amortization     1,067       1,170  
Share-based compensation expenses     484       1,718  
Loss on disposal of fixed assets/other long-term assets     -       117  
Provision for allowances for doubtful accounts     1,254       -  
Loss on deconsolidation of VIEs     -       9  
Deferred taxes     115       155  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities        
Accounts receivable     (2,436 )     (1,196 )
Other receivables     67       1,416  
Prepayment and deposit to suppliers     (470 )     (1,172 )
Due from related parties     (11 )     (24 )
Other current assets     (33 )     16  
Accounts payable     506       (129 )
Advances from customers     764       (109 )
Accrued payroll and other accruals     (169 )     (146 )
Other payables     36       403  
Taxes payable     46       66  
Commitment and contingencies     -       (128 )
Net cash used in operating activities     (2,654 )     (1,853 )
         
Cash flows from investing activities        
Payment for office equipment and leasehold improvement     (2 )     (150 )
Payment for purchasing of software technology     -       (1,977 )
Term-deposit matured during the period     3,118       -  
Long-term investment in and advance to cost/equity method investees     -       (787 )
Withdraw long-term investment in cost/equity method investees     441       -  
Short-term loan to an unrelated party     (2,795 )     -  
Proceeds from disposal of VIEs     -       28  
Cash effect on deconsolidation of VIEs     -       (18 )
Net cash provided by/( used in) investing activities     762       (2,904 )
         
Cash flows from financing activities        
Proceeds from short-term bank loan     441       456  
Repayment of short-term bank loan     (441 )     -  
Net cash provided by financing activities     -       456  
         
Changes in cash and cash equivalents included in assets classified as held for sale     -       132  
         
Effect of exchange rate fluctuation on cash and cash equivalents     91       (88 )
         
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents     (1,801 )     (4,257 )
         
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period     3,035       5,503  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period   $   1,234     $   1,246  
 

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