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ZW Data Action Technologies Reports FY21 Revenue of $47.33M, Net Loss of $2.75M

Apr 18, 2022 06:24AM ET
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ZW Data Action Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:CNET) today announced its audited financial results for the year ended December 31, 2021.

Financial Highlights

  • Revenues in the full year of 2021 increased to $47.33 million, representing an increase of 23.2% YOY;
  • Working capital of $11.10 million as of December 31, 2021, compared to $4.86 million as of December 31, 2020;
  • Cash and cash equivalents of $7.17 million as of December 31, 2021, compared to $4.30 million as of December 31, 2020.

Full Year 2021 Financial Results

Revenues

For the full year of 2021, revenues increased by $8.92 million, or 23.2%, to $47.33 million from $38.41 million for the same period of last year. The increase in revenues was primarily attributable to the increase in revenues from our distribution of the right to use search engine marketing service business category.

Cost of revenues

Total cost of revenues increased by $9.45 million, or 25.0%, to $47.23 million for the full year of 2021 from $37.78 million for the same period of last year. The increase in cost of revenues was primary attributable to the increase in costs associated with the distribution of the right to use search engine marketing service we purchased from key search engines, which was in line with the increase in related revenues.

Gross profit (loss) and gross profit (loss) margin

Gross profit was $0.10 million for the full year of 2021, compared to $0.63 million for the same period of last year, which was primarily attributable to the decrease in gross margin from our internet advertising and related data and ecommerce O2O advertising and marketing services business categories, and was partially offset by the increase in gross margin from the distribution of the right to use search engine marketing services business category. Overall gross profit margin rate was 0.2% for the full year of 2021, compared to 1.6% for the same period of last year.

Operating expenses

Sales and marketing expenses increased by $0.37 million, or 102.2%, to $0.73 million for the full year of 2021 from $0.36 million for the same period of last year. The increase in sales and marketing expenses was mainly attributable to the increase in brand building and promotion expenses.

General and administrative expenses increased by $7.20 million, or 132.5%, to $12.63 million for the full year of 2021 from $5.43 million for the same period of last year. The increase in general and administrative expenses was mainly attributable to an increase in share-based compensation expenses of $5.14 million and an increase in general departmental expenses of $1.93 million which was primarily related to the increase in office lease and other administrative costs of our new office in Guangzhou.

Research and development expenses decreased by $0.21 million, or 39.5%, to $0.33 million for the full year of 2021 from $0.54 million for the same period of last year. The decrease in research and development expenses was mainly attributable to the decrease in share-based compensation expenses.

Operating loss

Loss from operations was $13.59 million for the full year of 2021, compared to $5.70 million for the same period of last year. Operating loss margin was 28.7% for the full year of 2021, compared to 14.8% for the same period of last year.

Other income (expense), net

Total other income increased to $11.08 million for the full year of 2021, compared to total $0.62 million for the same period of last year, which was primarily attributable to the increase in gain from change in fair value of warrant liabilities. Net income (loss) attributable to CNET and earnings (loss) per share

Net loss attributable to CNET was $2.75 million, or loss per share of $0.08, for the full year of 2021. This compared to net loss attributable to CNET of $5.22 million, or loss per share of $0.24, for the same period of last year.

Financial Condition

As of December 31, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $7.17 million, compared to $4.30 million as of December 31, 2020. Accounts receivable, net was $3.44 million as of December 31, 2021, compared to $2.41 million as of December 31, 2020. Working capital was $11.10 million as of December 31, 2021, compared to $4.86 million as of December 31, 2020.

Net cash used in operating activities was $8.84 million for the full year of 2021, compared to net cash provided by operating activities of $0.33 million for the same period of last year. Net cash used in investing activities was $5.47 million for the full year of 2021, compared to $3.47 million for the same period of last year. Net cash provided by financing activities was $17.11 million for the full year of 2021, compared to $5.82 million for the same period of last year.

Recent Developments

During the fourth quarter of 2021, the Company initialized a partnership with Shanghai Weiyou Information Technology Co., Ltd. to contribute to the insurance ecosystem with a blockchain technology upgrade through jointly developing a “Blockchain + Insurance” services platform for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Meanwhile, the Company cooperated with Guangzhou Digital Gold Information Technology Co., Ltd. (“Digital Gold Information”) to explore the development of Intellectual Property (“IP”) + Non-Fungible Token (“NFT”) + Metaverse business model, providing the peripheral products and digital merchandise services for authorized IPs through leveraging the resources of Digital Gold Information’s IP and the Company’s BIF platform.

About ZW Data Action Technologies Inc.

Established in 2003 and headquartered in Beijing, China, ZW Data Action Technologies Inc. (the “Company”) offers online advertising, precision marketing, data analytics and other value-added services for enterprise clients. Leveraging its fully integrated services platform, proprietary database, and cutting-edge algorithms, ZW Data Action Technologies delivers customized, result-driven business solutions for small and medium-sized enterprise clients in China. The Company also develops blockchain and artificial intelligence enabled web/mobile applications and software solutions for clients. More information about the Company can be found at: http://www.zdat.com/.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" relating to the business of ZW Data Action Technologies 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 ZW Data Action Technologies Inc.’s current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting ZW Data Action Technologies Inc. will be those anticipated by ZW Data Action Technologies Inc. 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. ZW Data Action Technologies Inc. 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.

For more information, please contact:

Sherry ZhengWeitian Group LLCEmail: shunyu.zheng@weitian-ir.comPhone: +1 718-213-7386

 

ZW DATA ACTION TECHNOLOGIES INC.CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(In thousands, except for number of shares and per share data)

    As of December 31,  
    2021     2020  
    (US $)     (US $)  
Assets                
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents *   $ 7,173     $ 4,297  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $2,236 and $4,247, respectively *     3,439       2,407  
Prepayment and deposit to suppliers *     7,559       4,657  
Due from related parties *     90       61  
Other current assets *     1,657       1,462  
Total current assets     19,918       12,884  
                 
Long-term investments *     2,280       67  
Operating lease right-of-use assets *     2,019       48  
Property and equipment, net *     375       60  
Intangible assets, net *     7,523       2,557  
Blockchain platform applications development costs     -       4,406  
Long-term deposits and prepayments     75       39  
Deferred tax assets, net *     441       606  
Total Assets   $ 32,631     $ 20,667  
                 
Liabilities and Equity                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable *   $ 1,119     $ 608  
Advances from customers *     1,245       1,436  
Accrued payroll and other accruals *     389       489  
Taxes payable *     3,534       3,430  
Operating lease liabilities *     202       18  
Lease payment liabilities related to short-term leases *     152       203  
Other current liabilities *     141       333  
Warrant liabilities     2,039       1,505  
Total current liabilities     8,821       8,022  

 

Long-term liabilities:                
Operating lease liabilities-Non current *     1,907       32  
Long-term borrowing from a related party     137       134  
Total Liabilities     10,865       8,188  
                 
Commitments and contingencies                
                 
Equity:                
ZW Data Action Technologies Inc.’s stockholders’ equity                
Common stock (US$0.001 par value; authorized 100,000,000 and 50,000,000 shares at December 31, 2021 and 2020; issued and outstanding 35,332,677 shares and 26,062,915 shares at December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively)     35       26  
Additional paid-in capital     61,785       49,772  
Statutory reserves     2,598       2,598  
Accumulated deficit     (43,734 )     (40,980 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income     1,082       1,129  
Total ZW Data Action Technologies Inc.’s stockholders’ equity     21,766       12,545  
                 
Noncontrolling interests     -       (66 )
Total equity     21,766       12,479  
                 
Total Liabilities and Equity   $ 32,631     $ 20,667  

*All of the VIEs' assets can be used to settle obligations of their primary beneficiary. Liabilities recognized as a result of consolidating these VIEs do not represent additional claims on the Company’s general assets.

ZW DATA ACTION TECHNOLOGIES INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS(In thousands, except for number of shares and per share data)

    Year Ended December 31,  
    2021     2020  
    (US $)     (US $)  
                 
Revenues                
From unrelated parties   $ 47,324     $ 38,390  
From related parties     4       18  
Total revenues     47,328       38,408  
Cost of revenues     47,230       37,776  
Gross profit     98       632  
                 
Operating expenses                
Sales and marketing expenses     730       361  
General and administrative expenses     12,632       5,433  
Research and development expenses     326       539  
Total operating expenses     13,688       6,333  
                 
Loss from operations     (13,590 )     (5,701 )
                 
Other income/(expenses)                
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities     11,329       653  
Interest income, net     4       1  
Loss on disposal of long-term investments     (38 )     -  
Other expense, net     (216 )     (31 )
Total other income     11,079       623  
                 
Loss before income tax expense and noncontrolling interests     (2,511 )     (5,078 )
Income tax expense     (177 )     (143 )
Net loss     (2,688 )     (5,221 )
Net (income)/loss attributable to noncontrolling interests     (66 )     5  
Net loss attributable to ZW Data Action Technologies Inc.   $ (2,754 )   $ (5,216 )

 

Net loss   $ (2,688 )   $ (5,221 )
Foreign currency translation loss     (47 )     (380 )
Comprehensive loss   $ (2,735 )   $ (5,601 )
Comprehensive (income)/loss attributable to noncontrolling interests     (66 )     9  
Comprehensive loss attributable to ZW Data Action Technologies Inc.   $ (2,801 )   $ (5,592 )
                 
Loss per share                
Loss per common share                
Basic and diluted   $ (0.08 )   $ (0.24 )
                 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:                
Basic and diluted     33,048,921       21,602,107  

 

ZW DATA ACTION TECHNOLOGIES INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(In thousands)

    Year Ended December 31,  
    2021     2020  
    (US $)     (US $)  
                 
Cash flows from operating activities                
Net loss   $ (2,688 )   $ (5,221 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in)/provided by operating activities                
Depreciation and amortization     632       856  
Amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets     207       13  
Share-based compensation expenses     7,028       2,152  
Loss on disposal of long-term investment     38       -  
Provision of allowances for doubtful accounts     -       833  
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities     (11,329 )     (653 )
Deferred taxes     177       143  
Other non-operating losses     524       11  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities                
Accounts receivable     (986 )     116  
Prepayment and deposit to suppliers     (2,061 )     2,804  
Due from related parties     -       24  
Other current assets     6       (6 )
Long-term deposits and prepayments     (74 )     -  
Accounts payable     495       180  
Advances from customers     (221 )     (671 )
Accrued payroll and other accruals     (90 )     (16 )
Other current liabilities     (355 )     (299 )
Taxes payable     29       14  
Operating lease liabilities     (116 )     (8 )
Lease payment liability related to short-term leases     (54 )     54  
Net cash (used in)/provided by operating activities     (8,838 )     326  
                 
Cash flows from investing activities                
Payment for leasehold improvements and purchase of vehicles, furniture and office equipment     (334 )     -  
Cash effect of deconsolidation of VIE’s subsidiaries     (8 )     -  
Proceeds from disposal of fixed assets     -       3  
Investment and advances to ownership investee entities     (2,263 )     (28 )
Short-term loan to unrelated parties     (202 )     (1,444 )
Deposit and prepayment paid for contracts of other investing activities     (1,500 )     -  
Payment for blockchain platform applications development costs     -       (503 )
Payment for purchase of software technology and other intangible assets     (1,160 )     (1,500 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (5,467 )     (3,472 )

 

Cash flows from financing activities                
Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants (net of cash offering cost of $1,600 and $750 respectively)     17,111       6,250  
Repayment of short-term bank loan     -       (435 )
Net cash provided by financing activities     17,111       5,815  
                 
Effect of exchange rate fluctuation on cash and cash equivalents     70       25  
                 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents     2,876       2,694  
                 
Cash and cash equivalents, at beginning of the year     4,297       1,603  
Cash and cash equivalents, at end of the year   $ 7,173     $ 4,297  

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ZW Data Action Technologies Reports FY21 Revenue of $47.33M, Net Loss of $2.75M
 

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