Acorn International Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016

SHANGHAI, China, February 24, 2017 – Acorn International, Inc. (NYSE: ATV) (“Acorn” or the “Company”), today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

Acorn’s financial results for 2016 reflect the continuing business turnaround strategy led by co-founder and Executive Chairman, Robert Roche, and the new management team installed in May 2015.  Under new leadership, Acorn significantly improved gross margin, made meaningful reductions in operating expenses and completed the sale of non-core assets.  Net income for 2016 was $3.4 million compared to a net loss of $40.2 million in 2015, marking the first year of profitability since 2011. The Company closed the year with a stronger balance sheet, including $25.5 million in cash and equivalents, up from $12.3 million at the end of 2015.

In 2017, Acorn will seek to increase revenue by growing sales of its proprietary-branded products as well as third-party branded products through e-commerce, its other direct sales channels and nationwide distribution network. The Company will continue to support its own brands and build its reputation as a trusted partner for top foreign brands entering China.  Management will remain focused on maintaining healthy margins, managing expenses and generating additional cash flow. The Company anticipates further liquidation of non-core assets, including a potential sale of certain non-core property or potentially another form of transaction involving such non-core property, with a carrying amount of approximately $16.4 million and potential sales of shares of Yimeng Software Technology Co., Ltd, a publicly traded company in China, as appropriate.

Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter of 2016:

Total net revenues were $6.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, down from $9.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Cost of sales in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $3.0 million, down from $4.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $3.0 million, as compared to $4.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Gross margin was 50.3% in the fourth quarter of 2016, unchanged from the fourth quarter of 2015.

Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2016 were of $10.5 million, compared to total operating expenses of $11.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Loss from operations was $7.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, as compared to a loss from operations of $7.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.  The operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 includes approximately $3.9 million in non-recurring expenses, including a write-down of obsolete inventory and other accruals.  This compares to $5.5 million in non-recurring expenses in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Share-based compensation was $247,941 in the fourth quarter of 2016, as compared to nil in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Other expense was $0.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, as compared to other income of $0.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Net loss was $7.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 as compared to a net loss of $7.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

As of December 31, 2016, Acorn’s cash and cash equivalents, with restricted cash, totaled $25.5 million, as compared to $12.3 million as of December 31, 2015.

As of December 31, 2016, the Company had repurchased 196,213 ADSs at an average price $7.80 per ADS under its share repurchase program.

Financial Results for the Full Year 2016:

Total net revenues were $24.4 million in 2016, down from $47.5 million in 2015.

Cost of sales in 2016 was $12.0 million, down from $34.9 million in 2015.

Gross profit in 2016 was $12.5 million, as compared to $12.7 million in 2015. Gross margin was 51.0% in 2016, up from 26.6% in 2015.

Total operating expenses in 2016 were of $21.7 million, including a $6.0 million in gain from the sale of non-core real estate, compared to total operating expenses of $53.5 million in 2015.

Loss from operations was $9.3 million in 2016, as compared to a loss from operations of $40.9 million in 2015.

Share-based compensation was $736,017 in 2016, as compared to $71,333 in 2015.

Other income was $18.1 million in 2016, primarily attributable to gains from sales of Yimeng shares, as compared to other income of $1.0 million in 2015.

Net income was $3.4 million in 2016 as compared to a net loss of $40.2 million in 2015.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT), February 24, 2017 to discuss financial results. Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

US/Canada:                        +1-800‑894‑5910
International:                     +1-785‑424‑1052

Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode 2587288 to join the call. A replay will be available approximately two hours following the conclusion of the conference call through March 3, 2017 and can be accessed by dialing (866) 375-1919, or (719) 457-0820, passcode 2587288.  An archived audio file of the call will be available on the Company’s website http://www.acorninternationalir.com/home/news-and-events/webcasts-and-presentations/.

About Acorn International, Inc.

Co-founded in 1998 by Executive Chairman Robert Roche, Acorn is a marketing and branding company in China with a proven track record of developing, promoting and selling a diverse portfolio of proprietary-branded products, as well as well-established and promising new products from third parties. Its business is currently comprised of two main divisions, its direct sales platforms and its nationwide distribution network. For more information visit www.acorninternationalir.com.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “future,” “going forward,” “intends,” “outlook,” “plans,” “target,” “will,” and similar statements and include statements with respect to the Company’s ability to increase revenue, maintain margins, manage expenses and generate additional cash flow; the Company’s ability to grow sales of its proprietary-branded products as well as third-party products and brands through e-commerce, its other direct sales platforms as well as its nationwide distribution network; and the Company ability to sell its non-core assets as planned.  The Company’s efforts to implement its proposed business plans, reduction of operating expenses or sale of its assets may not succeed as anticipated or at all.  Such statements are based on management’s current expectations and current market and operating conditions, and relate to events that involve known or unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company’s control, which may cause the Company’s actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those in these preliminary financial results and the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties, or factors is included in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

Other factors that could cause forward-looking statements to differ materially from actual future events or results include risks and uncertainties related to: the Company’s ability to successfully improve or introduce new products and services, including to offset declines in sales of existing products and services; the Company’s ability to stay abreast of consumer market trends and maintain the Company’s reputation and consumer confidence; the Company’s ability to execute and maintain a successful market strategy; potential unauthorized use of the Company’s intellectual property; potential disruption of the Company’s manufacturing processes; increasing competition in China’s consumer market; the Company’s U.S. tax status as a passive foreign investment company; and general economic and business conditions in China. The financial information contained in this release should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s 2015 annual report on Form 20-F filed with SEC on May 16, 2016. For a discussion of other important factors that could adversely affect the Company’s business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects, see “Risk Factors” beginning on page 8 of the Company’s Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015. The Company’s actual results of operations for the fourth quarter of 2016 are not necessarily indicative of its operating results for any future periods. Any projections in this release are based on limited information currently available to the Company, which is subject to change. Although such projections and the factors influencing them will likely change, the Company will not necessarily update the information. Such information speaks only as of the date of this release.

Statement Regarding Unaudited Financial Information

The unaudited financial information set forth above is preliminary and subject to potential adjustments. Adjustments to the consolidated financial statements may be identified when audit work has been performed for the Company’s year-end audit, which could result in significant differences from this preliminary unaudited condensed financial information.

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Acorn International, Inc.                                                                                Compass Investor Relations

Ms. Naomi Deng                                                                                               Ms. Elaine Ketchmere, CFA

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ACORN INTERNATIONAL, INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In US dollars)
3 Months Ended December 31 Year Ended December 31
2015
(unaudited)
2016
(unaudited)
2015 2016
(unaudited)
 Net revenues 9,060,977 5,979,224 47,545,611 24,435,336
 Cost of revenues (4,500,858) (2,968,832) (34,887,158) (11,972,293)
 Gross profit 4,560,119 3,010,392 12,658,453 12,463,043
 Operating (expenses) income
 Advertising expenses (60,498) (2,203,996) (23,701)
 Other selling and marketing expenses (4,776,052) (3,992,815) (25,185,444) (12,859,778)
 General and administrative expenses (9,012,295) (6,901,288) (27,839,081) (16,441,555)
 Other operating income, net 2,185,772 346,595 1,712,774 7,607,334
Total operating (expenses) income (11,663,073) (10,547,508) (53,515,747) (21,717,700)
Loss from operations (7,102,954) (7,537,116) (40,857,294) (9,254,657)
 Other income (expenses), net 199,657 (412,454) 1,017,383 18,137,553
 Income (loss) before income taxes and equity in
losses of affiliates
(6,903,297) (7,949,570) (39,839,911) 8,882,896
 Income tax (expenses) benefit (200,882) 151,110 (183,091) (4,634,413)
 Equity in losses of affiliates (226,779) (150,000) (226,779) (868,121)
 Net income (loss) (7,330,958) (7,948,460) (40,249,781) 3,380,362
 Net (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests (36,970) (5,129) (91,127) (29,707)
 Net income (loss) attributable to Acorn International,

  Inc.

(7,293,988) (7,943,331) (40,158,654) 3,410,069

 

 

ACORN INTERNATIONAL, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In US dollars)

December 31,
2015
December 31,
2016
(Unaudited)
Assets
 Cash and cash equivalents 12,146,854 25,505,731
 Restricted cash 126,278 72,077
 Accounts receivable, net 1,905,499 1,208,517
 Notes receivable 276,062
 Inventory 4,135,624 3,977,336
 Held-for-sale assets 3,808,471
 Prepaid advertising expenses 474,761 10,689
 Other prepaid expenses and current assets, net 6,314,872 2,667,930
 Deferred tax assets, net 1,076,154 1,007,369
 Current assets 30,264,575 34,449,649
Prepaid land use rights 7,195,292 6,578,765
Property and equipment, net 16,615,300 13,885,079
Acquired intangible assets, net 876,970 575,273
Investments in affiliates 718,121
Available-for-sale securities 181,164,778 74,666,865
Convertible loan 3,257,622 3,218,665
Other long-term assets 626,108 301,752
Total assets 240,718,766 133,676,048
Liabilities and equity
 Accounts payable 3,061,519 2,614,118
 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 11,855,695 8,977,637
 Income taxes payable 2,091,559 4,001,920
 Deferred revenue 548,066 380,526
 Current liabilities 17,556,839 15,974,201
Deferred tax liability 44,449,212 18,017,610
Total liabilities 62,006,051 33,991,811
Equity
 Ordinary shares 890,185 918,185
 Additional paid-in capital 161,308,330 162,016,347
 Accumulated deficits (126,349,246) (122,998,927)
 Accumulated other comprehensive income 162,580,400 81,049,845
 Treasury stock, at cost (20,109,451) (21,640,346)
 Total Acorn International, Inc. shareholders’ equity 178,320,218 99,345,104
Noncontrolling interests 392,497 339,133
Total equity 178,712,715 99,684,237
Total liabilities and equity 240,718,766 133,676,048

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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