Seven Stars Cloud Reports Full Year 2017 Financial Results

NEW YORK, March 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSC) (“SSC” or the “Company”), announced today its Full Year 2017 operating results for the period ended December 31, 2017 (a full copy of the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K will also be posted at www.sec.gov).

Conference Call: SSC’s management, including Bruno Wu (Executive Chairman & CEO), Robert G. Benya (President, Director & Chief Revenue Officer), Simon Wang (CFO) and Jason Wu (Finance Director), will host an earnings release conference call at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 2, U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 p.m. on Monday April 2, Beijing/Hong Kong Time).

To join the webcast, please visit the ‘Events & Presentations’ section of the SSC corporate website (http://www.sevenstarscloud.com/events), or click http://sevenstarscloud.equisolvewebcast.com/q4-2017 or call the toll-free dial-in number:      
877-407-3107; International callers should dial: 201-493-6796.

SSC FULL YEAR 2017 OPERATING RESULTS

Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2017 was $144.3 million as compared to $35.2 million for the same period in 2016, an increase of approximately $109.2 million, or 310% (2016 full year revenue was originally recorded as $4.5 million in the 2016 10-K, which when compared to 2017 full year revenue would have presented 2017 vs 2016 revenue growth of 3,106%.  In January 2017, the Company completed acquisitions of SVG and Wide Angle, and considering these acquisitions were under common control under our CEO and Chairman Bruno Wu since November 10, 2016, the Company’s financials for the year 2016 have been adjusted to reflect ownership by the Company since November 10, 2016, when common control existed in accordance with US GAAP).  The increase was mainly due to our new business lines acquired in January 2017, and to a lesser extent, one-time consulting services that we provided to certain customers. This increase was partially offset by a decrease of our legacy YOD business in the amount of $3.8 million, as the legacy YOD business shifts to a new exclusive distribution agreement with Zhejiang Yanhua Culture Media Co., Ltd., or Yanhua, which was announced in the fourth quarter of 2016. 

Cost of revenues was $137.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2017, as compared to $35.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2016. Our cost of revenues increased by $101.6 million which is in line with our increase in revenues. Our cost of revenues is primarily comprised of costs to purchase electronic products and crude oil from suppliers in our supply chain business as well as the cost of sales from the Legacy YOD business which is primarily comprised of content licensing fees.

Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2017 was approximately $7.2 million, as compared to a gross loss of $0.4 million during the same period in 2016. Gross profit ratio for the year ended December 31, 2017 was 5.0%, while in 2016, it was negative. The reason for the gross loss in 2016 was due to higher costs associated with the commercial electronic supply chain business as the Company looked to expand its customer base and sales volume.  For the year ended December 31, 2017, gross margin for the electronic supply chain business increased to 2.7%, which contributed gross profit in the amount of $3.3 million.

Selling, general and administrative expense for the year ended December 31, 2017 was $12.8 million as compared to $10.9 million for the same period in 2016, an increase of approximately $1.9 million or 18%. The majority of the increase was due to 1) an increase in our sales and marketing expense in the amount of $1.6 million in order to introduce and promote our services to various new potential business partners; 2) an increase of approximately $0.9 million of share based compensation due to option and restricted shares units that the Company approved for grant to independent board members for their 2017 compensation (which included a significant increase in board related work during 2017 compared with prior years; 3) an increase in headcount and relevant traveling expenses in the amount of $1.1 million and 4) leasehold improvement disposal losses of approximately $0.7 million that were incurred when the Company canceled its purchase of our Beijing office building in 2017.

Professional fees are generally related to public company reporting and governance expenses as well as legal fees related to business transition and expansion. Our professional fees increased approximately by $1.8 million, or 125%, for the year ended December 31, 2017, compared with the same period in 2016. The increase in professional fees was related to an increase in audit service fees, which increased from $0.6 million in 2016 to $1.2 million in 2017.  This increase can be primarily attributed to the non-recurring opening audit fess due to the auditor change as well as increasing legal, financial advisory, valuation and auditing service fees incurred in relation to acquisitions and general corporate business activity in 2017.

In 2016, the Company recognized an Earn-Out Share Award expense to Bruno Wu’s Sun Seven Stars of approximately $13,700,000, for reaching certain milestones and based on the fair value of common stock issued at the time.  In 2017, no such expense was incurred.

Loss per share for 2017 was $0.16 as compared to loss per share of $0.73 in 2016.

Executive Chairman and CEO Bruno Wu stated, “2017 saw persistent operational improvements throughout the year with our business gaining strength, diversification and stability quarter after quarter.  Sales were up substantially as the Company transitioned away from the old and began establishing the foundation for the future.  Looking forward, SSC’s market opportunities in fintech-powered digital asset securitization are both significant and synergistic. Our ability to innovate and execute as we did in 2017 gives us the confidence to become a leader in the digital finance space, as we foresee customers and partners beginning to recognize our platform innovations and market leadership.  The Company executed the first phase of its strategic and integration plan by acquiring, investing in, or partnering with firms focused on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Alternative Trading System platforms.  Now, SSC is poised to launch the second phase of its strategic plan in 2018 and expects to introduce a Global Trading Partner Network that enables partners to list and trade financial products both cost effectively and seamlessly across the globe.  With this plan in place, management remains focused not only on sustained revenue growth but increased and stronger margins all while continuing to evaluate all existing opportunities to create and maximize shareholder value.”

About Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (http://www.sevenstarscloud.com/)

SSC is aiming to become a next generation Artificial-Intelligent (AI) & Blockchain-Powered, Fintech company. By managing and providing an infrastructure and environment that facilitates the transformation of traditional financial markets such as commodities, currency and credit into the asset digitalization era, SSC hopes to provide asset owners and holders a seamless method and platform for digital asset securitization, tokenization and trading. Separately, SSC is aiming to offer a closed supply chain trading ecosystem for corporate buyers and sellers designed to eliminate standard transactional intermediaries and create a more direct and margin-expanding path for principals.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains certain statements that may include “forward looking statements.” All statements other than statements of historical fact included herein are “forward-looking statements.” These forward looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects” or similar expressions, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in the Company’s periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on its website (http://www.sec.gov). All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, the Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

CONTACT:
Jason Finkelstein    
VP, Investor Relations                         
Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc.                                 
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Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc., Its Subsidiaries and Variable Interest Entities

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

2017

2016

Revenue from third parties

$

125,365,751

$

35,185,508

Revenue from related party

18,973,054

Total revenue

144,338,805

35,185,508

Cost of revenue

137,188,353

35,551,198

Gross profit

7,150,452

(365,690)

Operating expenses:

Selling, general and administrative expenses

12,848,184

10,898,323

Research and development expense

406,845

Professional fees

3,153,697

1,400,139

Depreciation and amortization

306,801

505,028

Impairment of other intangible assets (Note 8)

216,468

2,018,628

Earn-out share award expense (Note 13)

13,700,000

Total operating expenses

16,931,995

28,522,118

Loss from operations

(9,781,543)

(28,887,808)

Interest and other income (expense):

Interest expense, net

(95,658)

(254,725)

Change in fair value of warrant liabilities

(112,642)

324,432

Equity in loss of equity method investees

(129,193)

(31,557)

Impairment of equity method investments

(38,448)

Others

(73,833)

57,017

Loss before income taxes and non-controlling interest

(10,192,869)

(28,831,089)

Income tax benefit

330,124

Net loss

(10,192,869)

(28,500,965)

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest

357,268

2,092,991

Net loss attributable to Seven Stars Cloud shareholders

$

(9,835,601)

$

(26,407,974)

Basic and diluted loss per share

$

(0.16)

$

(0.73)

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic and diluted

61,182,209

35,998,001

 

 

Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc., Its Subsidiaries and Variable Interest Entities

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

December 31,

2017

2016

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash

$

7,205,096

$

3,761,814

Accounts receivable, net

26,962,085

9,522,151

Licensed content, current

16,958,149

124,319

Notes receivable

1,749,830

Inventory

216,453

203,697

Prepaid expenses

2,202,728

375,944

Other current assets

2,256,727

3,581,822

Total current assets

55,801,238

19,319,577

Property and equipment, net

113,993

4,963,725

Licensed content, non-current

17,593,528

Intangible assets, net

148,874

453,242

Goodwill

6,648,911

Long-term investments

6,975,511

6,654,664

Other non-current assets

112,643

Total assets

$

63,039,616

$

55,746,290

LIABILITIES, CONVERTIBLE REDEEMABLE PREFERRED STOCK AND EQUITY

Current liabilities: (including amounts of consolidated VIEs without recourse to Seven Stars

Cloud Group, Inc. See note 4)

Accounts payable

26,829,593

13,341,680

Advance from customers

222,350

1,350,054

Accrued interest due to a related party

20,055

557,918

Accrued other expenses

174,358

708,987

Accrued salaries

737,072

766,957

Payable for purchase of building

987,015

Amount due to related parties

45,639

1,060,817

Other current liabilities

625,942

934,480

Accrued license content fees

1,236,661

Convertible promissory note due to a related party

3,000,000

3,000,000

Warrant liabilities

70,785

Total current liabilities

31,655,009

24,015,354

Total liabilities

31,655,009

24,015,354

Commitments and contingencies: (Note 18)

Convertible redeemable preferred stock:

Series A – 7,000,000 shares issued and outstanding, liquidation and deemed liquidation

preference of $3,500,000 as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively

1,261,995

1,261,995

Equity:

Series E Preferred Stock – $0.001 par value; 16,500,000 shares authorized, nil and

  7,154,997 shares issued and outstanding, liquidation preference of nil and $12,521,245

  as of December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively

7,155

Common stock – $0.001 par value; 1,500,000,000 shares authorized, 68,509,090     

  and 53,918,523 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and

  2016, respectively

68,509

53,918

Additional paid-in capital

157,968,548

152,755,919

Accumulated deficit

(125,865,391)

(115,669,268)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(759,687)

(1,353,302)

Total Seven Stars Cloud shareholder’s equity

31,411,979

35,794,422

Non-controlling interest

(1,289,367)

(5,325,481)

Total equity

30,122,612

30,468,941

Total liabilities, convertible redeemable preferred stock and equity

$

63,039,616

$

55,746,290

 

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