China Commercial Credit, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCCR), a microfinance company providing financial services to small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), farmers and individuals in Jiangsu Province, today reported that, for the three months ended March 31, 2014, the company reported net income of $1,093,633, or $.10 per share, on revenue of $2,054,009. This compares with net income of $1,569,868, or $.17 per share, on revenue of $2,670,253 in the like year-ago quarter. Total weighted average shares outstanding were 10,434,862 in the first quarter of 2014 versus 9,000,000 in the first quarter of 2013.
The decrease in first quarter net income was primarily the result of an increase of approximately $354,000 in the provision for financial guarantee services over the same provision in the first quarter of last year. The provision for loan losses for direct lending increased by approximately $100,000 over the provision recorded in the first quarter of 2013. During the 2014 first quarter, the company repaid bank lenders for certain defaulted loans it had guaranteed but anticipates it will recover most of the repayment amounts within the current year and that default repayments will decrease in subsequent quarters.
The current year first quarter was also impacted by a reduction of approximately $113,000 in commissions and fees from the company's traditional loan guarantee service, mainly the result of a transition from CCC's traditional guarantee services to an online guarantee services platform operated by the Finance Office of Jiangsu Province. The Company believes this new state-owned portal will generate commissions and fees for loan guarantees more than double those derived from CCC's traditional guarantee services.
In addition to the state-owned platform, CCC's wholly-owned subsidiary, Pride Lending Club, has begun operating its own P2P platform to match borrowers with lenders and guarantors. Pride Lending Club does not use its own capital to make loans on the P2P platform and therefore is not exposed to any credit risk. In certain transactions, Wujiang Luxiang may act as a guarantor for loans on the P2P platform and will make provisions for such guarantee services in accordance with the methods for its traditional guarantee services.
The company also announced the closing of its recently completed secondary public offering of common shares and warrants. Net proceeds of approximately $5.5 million will be used to fund the operations of CCC's wholly-owned subsidiary, Pride Financial Leasing (PFL), which will lease machinery and equipment to government and commercial entities across China.
CCC chief executive Mr. Huichun Qin said that funds derived from the secondary offering are expected to be deployed by PFL by the end of the current quarter and that the subsidiary is already in discussions regarding several promising leasing opportunities. He said that CCC is permitted to further fund PFL with bank loans up to ten times the total of PFL's registered capital.
Mr. Qin added that he expects "significant incremental revenue" from both PFL and Pride Lending Club that will contribute to improved operating results for the balance of 2014. He noted that these two subsidiaries are not limited to operating in Jiangsu Province, but instead offer CCCR, for the first time, the opportunity to target customers nationwide.
Notice Regarding Secondary Public Offering
The offering of these securities is made only by means of a prospectus. A registration statement relating to the shares of common stock has been declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 7, 2014. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state. Copies of the final prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained for free by visiting the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission website at http://www.sec.gov.
About China Commercial Credit
China Commercial Credit (http://www.chinacommercialcredit.com), founded in 2008, provides business loans and loan guarantee services to more than 260 small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), farmers and individuals in China's Jiangsu Province. Due to recent legislation and banking reform in China, these SMEs, farmers and individuals -- which historically had been excluded from borrowing funds from State-owned and commercial banks -- are now able to borrow money at competitive rates from microfinance lenders. According to 2012 data, SMEs account for eight of ten jobs in China and comprise nearly 60 percent of the nation's GDP.
Utilizing proceeds of the recently completed secondary public offering, the company intends to commence its financial leasing business. It also recently launched a peer-to-peer online lending platform designed to pair SME borrowers with willing lenders.
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The company's 2014 first quarter report on Form 10-Q will be available online at www.sec.gov or by visiting the investor relations section of the China Commercial Credit website at http://www.ir-site.com/china-commercial-credit/default.asp .
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CHINA COMMERCIAL CREDIT, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
Loans receivable, net of allowance for loan losses $1,948,400 and $1,375,948 for March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively
Due from non-controlling shareholder
Tax receivable, net
Property and equipment, net
Guarantee paid on behalf of guarantee service customers
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Short-term bank loans
Unearned income from financial guarantee services
Accrual for financial guarantee services
Other current liabilities
Deferred tax liability
Series A Preferred Stock (par value $0.001 per share, 1,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively; nil and nil shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively)
Series B Preferred Stock (par value $0.001 per share, 5,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively; nil and nil shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively)
Common stock (par value $0.001 per share, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 10,446,426 and 10,430,657 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively)
Additional paid-in capital
Accumulated other comprehensive income
Total Shareholders' Equity
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
CHINA COMMERCIAL CREDIT, INC
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
For the Three Months Ended
Interests and fees on loans
Interests on deposits with banks
Total interest and fees income
Interest expense on short-term bank loans
Net interest income
Provision for loan losses
Net interest income after provision for loan losses
Commissions and fees on financial guarantee services
Under/(over) provision on financial guarantee services
Commission (loss)/income and fees on guarantee services, net
Other non-interest income
Total non-interest income
Salaries and employee surcharge
Business taxes and surcharge
Other operating expenses
Total non-interest expense
Income Before Taxes
Income tax expense
Earnings per Share- Basic and Diluted
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding-Basic and Diluted
Other comprehensive income
Foreign currency translation adjustment
SOURCE: China Commercial Credit, Inc.