CHENGDU, China, February 14, 2023 -- Senmiao Technology Limited (“Senmiao”) (Nasdaq: AIHS), a financing and servicing company focused on the online ride-hailing industry in China, as well as an operator of its own online ride-hailing platform, today announced financial results for the fiscal 2023 third quarter ended December 31, 2022.
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Please note that the financial figures of Senmiao’s former variable interest entities (“VIEs”) Sichuan Senmiao Ronglian Technology Co., Ltd. (“Sichuan Senmiao”), Sichuan Jinkailong Automobile Leasing Co., Ltd. (”Jinkailong”) and Chengdu Youlu Technology Ltd. (”Youlu”) had no impact on Senmiao’s consolidated interim financial information for the three months ended December 31, 2022, as a result of deconsolidation of these former VIEs effective March 31, 2022. The financial results from these former VIEs were classified as discontinued operations in the comparative period in 2021, which were previously classified under Automobile Transaction and Related Services.
Fiscal 2023 Third Quarter Financial and Operating Highlights
· Total revenues of $1.74 million from continuing operations, compared to $1.66 million in the prior-year period, primarily as a result of increased operating lease revenues from automobile rentals, which was partially offset by decreased revenues from online ride-hailing platform services.
· From October 23, 2020, the date Senmiao launched its online ride-hailing platform, to December 31, 2022, approximately 27.4 million rides were completed (including orders completed on the platform operated by Senmiao and orders completed on partner platforms, such as Meituan, Xiehua and Anma) with fares paid by riders totaling $88.7 million. As of February 14, 2023, Senmiao operated in 26 cities in China, including three provincial capital cities.
· Loss from operations of $1.3 million, compared to loss of $2.5 million in the prior-year period, primarily due to the Company’s cost-cutting initiatives that directly resulted in significantly lower selling, general and administrative expenses.
· Net loss from continuing operations was $1.0 million, compared to net income of $0.3 million in the prior-year period, primarily as a result of a $3.6 million gain due to the change in fair value of derivative liabilities in the prior-year period.
Xi Wen, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Senmiao, stated, “During the first nine months of fiscal year 2023, we reported $6.3 million in revenues, more than doubling our top line from the prior-year period, achieving $1.0 million in gross profit, and significantly narrowing losses on the bottom line. We were pleased to have achieved slight revenue growth during the third quarter of fiscal year 2022, primarily driven by 53.0% growth in revenue from our automobile rental business. This was offset by lower revenue contributions from our online ride-hailing platform services business, which was significantly impacted by COVID-19 outbreaks in our key cities of Chengdu and Guangzhou, leading to fewer completed orders compared to the prior-year period. Since launching this business in October 2020, we have helped facilitate over 28.0 million rides in 26 cities as of the end of January 2023. As China’s public health situation improves and we continue to expand partner relationships, we believe we are well positioned to grow our automobile rental and online ride-hailing platform services businesses, which we expect will be our key growth drivers.”
Mr. Wen continued, “We have continued to establish strategic relationships with different partners for our online ride-hailing platform services business in cities where Senmiao operates across China, and we are pleased to report positive cash flow from our operating activities for the nine months ended December 31, 2022. Since January 2023, China has moved away from its zero COVID strategy, which we believe will have an overall favorable impact on our business in the near term.”
Total revenues were $1.74 million for the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2022, compared to under $1.66 million in the prior-year period. The increase was mainly due to the $0.3 million increase in operating lease revenues from automobile rentals. This was partially offset by lower revenue contributions from online ride-hailing platform services.
During the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2022, the automobile rental business generated operating lease revenues of $0.8 million, compared to $0.5 million in the prior-year period, due to a significant increase in the number of automobiles leased. The online ride-hailing platform services business generated revenues of $0.8 million, compared to $1.0 million in the prior-year period. The decrease was primarily the result of fewer rides being completed due to COVID-19 outbreaks in Chengdu and Guangzhou, two of Senmiao’s key cities, during the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2022.
Cost of Revenues
Cost of revenues increased to $1.6 million for the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2022, compared to $1.5 million in the prior-year period, primarily due to a $0.1 million increase in cost of automobiles under operating leases as a result of business expansion.
Gross profit remained flat at $0.2 million for the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2022, compared to gross profit of $0.2 million in the prior-year period.
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 48.7% to $1.4 million for the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2022, from $2.7 million in the prior-year period. The decrease was mainly attributable to the Company’s implementation of initiatives to streamline expenses during the period, which resulted in a $0.8 million decrease in financial, legal and marketing consulting fees, a $0.3 million decrease in salary and employee benefit expenses, a $0.2 million decrease in advertising and promotion expenses for online ride-hailing platform services, and other expense reductions.
Net (Loss) Income from Continuing Operations
Net loss from Senmiao’s continuing operations for the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2022, was $1.0 million, compared to net income of $0.3 million in the prior-year period. This was primarily the result of a $3.6 million gain from change in fair value of derivative liabilities related to warrants issued in Senmiao’s historical offerings recognized in the prior-year period, compared to a gain of $0.03 million during the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2022.
(Loss) Earnings per Share
Loss per share for continuing operations for the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2022, was approximately $0.13 based on a weighted average number of basic and diluted common stock of 7.7 million, compared to earnings per share of approximately $0.03 based on a weighted average number of basic and diluted common stock of 5.9 million in the prior-year period.
As of December 31, 2022, Senmiao had cash and cash equivalents of $1.5 million, compared to $1.2 million as of March 31, 2022. Total stockholders’ equity was $5.7 million as of December 31, 2022, compared to $8.1 million as of March 31, 2022.
Additional information regarding Senmiao's results of operations for this quarterly period can be found in Senmiao’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2022, to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date of this earnings release.
About Senmiao Technology Limited
Headquartered in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, Senmiao provides automobile transaction and related services including sales of automobiles, facilitation and services for automobile purchases and financing, management, operating leases, guarantees and other automobile transaction services, as well as operates its own ride-hailing platform aimed principally at the growing online ride-hailing market in Senmiao’s areas of operation in China. For more information about Senmiao, please visit: http://www.senmiaotech.com. Senmiao routinely provides important updates on its website.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements (including those relating to the operation of Senmiao’s ride-hailing platform) are subject to significant risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those detailed from time to time in the Senmiao’s filings with the SEC, and represent Senmiao’s views only as of the date they are made and should not be relied upon as representing Senmiao’s views as of any subsequent date. Senmiao undertakes no obligation to publicly revise any forward-looking statements to reflect changes in events or circumstances.
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