Cango Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2023 Unaudited Financial Results
SHANGHAI, August 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Cango Inc. (NYSE: CANG) (“Cango” or the “Company”), a leading automotive transaction service platform in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter of 2023.
Second Quarter 2023 Financial and Operational Highlights
Total revenues were RMB675.4 million (US$93.1 million), a 133.6% increase from RMB289.2 million in the same period of 2022. Car trading transactions revenues were RMB562.8 million (US$77.6 million) in the second quarter of 2023, representing 83.3% of total revenues in the same period, a 157.4% increase from RMB218.6 million in the same period of 2022.
The total outstanding balance of financing transactions the Company facilitated was RMB16,628.1 million (US$2,293.1 million) as of June 30, 2023. M1+ and M3+ overdue ratios for all financing transactions that remained outstanding and were facilitated by the Company were 2.12% and 1.09%, respectively, as of June 30, 2023, compared with 2.33% and 1.29%, respectively, as of March 31, 2023.
“Cango Haoche” had engaged 11,066 dealers in China’s 31 provinces and 305 cities as of June 30, 2023. During the second quarter, total sales were 5,893 cars. Since the “Cango Haoche” APP was launched at the end of the second quarter of 2022, it had attracted a total of over one million page views and more than 98,000 unique visitors as of the end of June 2023.
“Cango U-Car” had engaged 6,900 dealers in China’s 30 provinces and 225 cities as of June 30, 2023. During the second quarter, total sales were 651 cars. As of June 30, 2023, the “Cango U-Car” APP and mini program had attracted a total of over 611,000 page views and more than 31,000 unique visitors.
Mr. Jiayuan Lin, Chief Executive Officer of Cango, commented, “Despite the release of various consumption stimulus policies targeting the automotive market in the first half of the year, consumer confidence and consumption willingness remained weak. Amid challenging market conditions overall, we leveraged our deep insights into the industry’s pain points to continuously refine our product offerings. “
“In the second quarter, we updated functions and products on ‘Cango Haoche,’ adding the car loan program, cross-regional delivery service, as well as auto insurance and non-auto insurance products. These offerings empowered our dealers with enhanced service capabilities and broadened profit streams, resulting in a year-over-year increase of 34.3% in the total number of dealers engaged on ‘Cango Haoche.’ Meanwhile, we assembled a dedicated team of professional technicians and broadened service coverage across the used car transaction value chain with our onsite service team of over 100 experts beginning to engage in basic vehicle inspection and other relevant services.”
“Digital technology capabilities are key to improving service capabilities across the platform. Beyond revamping our transaction business across the platform, we have also been actively working towards group-wide digital transformation. Our ‘Car Dealer Operational Index Query’ was launched and listed on the Shanghai Data Exchange in May 2023, which is believed to be the first data index available in the market and could be served as a tool for assessing the financial stability of car dealers in lower-tier markets.”
“Moving into the second half of the year, we will prudently manage inventory to address the potential risk of market and vehicle price fluctuation while continuing to invest in transaction infrastructure and enhancing our platforms’ overall capabilities,” concluded Mr. Lin.
Mr. Yongyi Zhang, Chief Financial Officer of Cango, stated, “Our resilient second quarter results demonstrated the effectiveness of our business model amid a dynamic operating environment. We made encouraging progress with our diversified and enhanced service offerings across our business in the second quarter, propelling our dealers’ growth and helping them achieve their goals. We believe that our dedication to technology innovation and operating efficiency has set Cango firmly on a path toward sustainable and healthy growth.”
Accounting Policy Changes
The Company has adopted the Financial Instruments – Credit Losses (ASC 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments on January 1, 2023, using the modified retrospective transition method. This standard requires the measurement of all expected credit losses for financial assets measured at amortized cost and off-balance sheet credit exposures not accounted for as insurance at the reporting date based on historical experience, current conditions, and reasonable and supportable forecasts.
Upon adoption of the standard on January 1, 2023, the Company recorded RMB302.4 million (US$41.7 million) increase in risk assurance liabilities, RMB14.5 million (US$2.0 million) increase in the allowance for finance lease receivables, RMB13.8 million (US$1.9 million) increase in the allowance for financing receivables and RMB3.2 million (US$0.4 million) increase in the allowance of other current and non-current assets. After adjusting for deferred taxes, RMB306.9 million (US$42.3 million) decrease was recorded in beginning retained earnings on January 1, 2023 through a cumulative-effect adjustment.
Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results
Total revenues in the second quarter of 2023 increased by 133.6% to RMB675.4 million (US$93.1 million) from RMB289.2 million in the same period of 2022. Revenues from car trading transactions in the second quarter of 2023 were RMB562.8 million (US$77.6 million), representing 83.3% of total revenues in the second quarter of 2023 and a 157.4% increase from RMB218.6 million in the same period of 2022. The guarantee income, which represented the fee income earned on the non-contingent aspect of a guarantee, was RMB55.9 million (US$7.7 million) in the second quarter of 2023, which was presented separately from the contingent aspect of a guarantee pursuant to the adoption of ASC 326 since January 1, 2023.
OPERATING COST AND EXPENSES
Total operating cost and expenses in the second quarter of 2023 were RMB684.4 million (US$94.4 million) compared with RMB643.3 million in the same period of 2022.
Cost of revenue in the second quarter of 2023 was RMB615.8 million (US$84.9 million) compared with RMB272.7 million in the same period of 2022. As a percentage of total revenues, cost of revenue in the second quarter of 2023 was 91.2%, compared with 94.3% in the same period of 2022.
Sales and marketing expenses in the second quarter of 2023 decreased to RMB12.2 million (US$1.7 million) from RMB41.8 million in the same period of 2022. As a percentage of total revenues, sales and marketing expenses in the second quarter of 2023 was 1.8%, compared with 14.5% in the same period of 2022.
General and administrative expenses in the second quarter of 2023 decreased to RMB36.8 million (US$5.1 million) from RMB124.7 million in the same period of 2022. As a percentage of total revenues, general and administrative expenses in the second quarter of 2023 was 5.5%, compared with 43.1% in the same period of 2022.
Research and development expenses in the second quarter of 2023 decreased to RMB7.7 million (US$1.1 million) from RMB12.9 million in the same period of 2022. As a percentage of total revenues, research and development expenses in the second quarter of 2023 was 1.1%, compared with 4.4% in the same period of 2022.
Net loss on contingent risk assurance liabilities in the second quarter of 2023 was RMB1.6 million (US$0.2 million).
Provision for credit losses in the second quarter of 2023 decreased to RMB10.2 million (US$1.4 million) from RMB138.2 million in the same period of 2022. Provision for credit losses included the special provisions of RMB57.3 million on the Company’s prepayments and other receivables due from two car trading suppliers based on the assessments of their probabilities of delinquency.
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS
Loss from operations in the second quarter of 2023 was RMB8.9 million (US$1.2 million), compared with RMB354.1 million in the same period of 2022.
Net income in the second quarter of 2023 was RMB36.2 million (US$5.0 million). Non-GAAP adjusted net income in the second quarter of 2023 was RMB48.2 million (US$6.6 million). Non-GAAP adjusted net income excludes the impact of share-based compensation expenses. For further information, see “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measure.”
NET INCOME PER ADS
Basic and diluted net income per American Depositary Share (the “ADS”) in the second quarter of 2023 were RMB0.27 (US$0.04) and RMB0.26 (US$0.04), respectively. Non-GAAP adjusted basic and diluted net income per ADS in the second quarter of 2023 were RMB0.36 (US$0.05) and RMB0.35 (US$0.05), respectively. Each ADS represents two Class A ordinary shares of the Company.
As of June 30, 2023, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB589.4 million (US$81.3 million), compared with RMB696.6 million as of March 31, 2023.
As of June 30, 2023, the Company had short-term investments of RMB2,055.7 million (US$283.5 million), compared with RMB2,017.7 million as of March 31, 2023.
For the third quarter of 2023, the Company expects total revenues to be between RMB300 million and RMB350 million. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary views on the market and operational conditions, which are subject to change.
Share Repurchase Program
Pursuant to the share repurchase program announced on April 22, 2022, the Company had repurchased 2,846,285 ADSs with cash in the aggregate amount of approximately US$5.7 million up to April 25, 2023, the day on which the program expired.
Pursuant to the share repurchase program announced on April 21, 2023 (the “New Share Repurchase Program”), the Company had repurchased 24,845,983 ADSs with cash in the aggregate amount of approximately US$32.2 million up to June 30, 2023. The ADS purchase agreement entered into between an institutional investor and the Company on June 1, 2023 was settled on June 26, 2023, pursuant to which the Company repurchased an aggregate of 24,300,562 ADSs for an aggregate purchase price of approximately US$31.6 million.
The above share repurchases were conducted pursuant to resolutions of the Company’s board of directors, which authorized that the Company’s proposed repurchases may be made from time to time on the open market at prevailing market prices, in privately negotiated transactions, in block trades, and/or through other legally permissible means, in accordance with applicable rules and regulations. The repurchases will be funded from the Company’s existing cash balance.