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Sentage (SNTG)

Filed: 21 Dec 21, 4:30pm

Exhibit 99.1 

 

Sentage Holdings Inc. Announces Financial Results for the First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2021

 

Shanghai, China, December 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sentage Holdings Inc. (the “Company”, “we”, “our”) (Nasdaq: SNTG), a financial service provider that offers a comprehensive range of financial services across consumer loan repayment and collection management, loan recommendation, and prepaid payment network services in China, today announced its financial results for the first six months of fiscal year 2021 ended June 30, 2021. The following summarizes such financial results.

 

Financial Highlights for the First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2021

 

Total operating revenue was $1.32 million in the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared with $1.73 million for the same period of last year, representing a 24.0% decrease, primarily due the decreased number of outstanding service agreements under the consumer loan repayment and collection management business, and mitigated by increased revenue from the loan recommendation business and prepaid payment network services business.

 

Net income was $0.45 million in the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared with $0.73 million for the same period of last year.

 

Basic and diluted earnings per share was $0.04 in the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared with $0.07 for the same period of last year.

 

COVID-19 Impact

 

Our business operations have been, and may continue to be, affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Although the impact of COVID-19 on our operating results and financial performance for fiscal year 2020 and for the six months ended June 30, 2021 were temporary, a resurgence and the continued uncertainties associated with COVID-19 may negatively impact our future revenue and cash flows. A COVID-19 resurgence may again give rise to economic downturns and other significant changes in regional and global economic conditions, which could have an adverse impact on the real estate market in the Shanghai area and other first-tier cities we target, decreasing the total loan amount borrowers are able to obtain through our services, reducing our service fees, which in each instance is based on the specific loan amount, and adversely impacting our revenue from the loan recommendation business. In addition, borrowers’ default and delinquency risks might increase as they experience unemployment or a reduction in income. Higher default and delinquency risks may increase our operating costs and require us to dedicate more resources to maintain our current collection rate for the loan repayment and collection management business, and may pose risk-management challenges for our loan recommendation business. The extent of the future impact of COVID-19 is still uncertain and cannot be accurately predicted at this time.

 

Financial Results for the First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2021

 

Operating Revenue

 

Total operating revenue decreased by $0.41 million, or 24.0%, to $1.32 million in the six months ended June 30, 2021, from $1.73 million for the same period of last year, primarily due to the decreased number of outstanding service agreements under the consumer loan repayment and collection management business, which decrease was partially offset by increased revenue from the loan recommendation business and prepaid payment network services business.

 

Loan Repayment and Collection Management Business

 

Revenue from the consumer loan repayment and collection management business decreased by $0.63 million, or 84.4%, to $0.12 million in the six months ended June 30, 2021, from $0.75 million for the same period of last year, primarily due to the decrease in the number of outstanding service agreements.

 

Loan Recommendation Business

 

Revenue from loan recommendation services business increased by $0.12 million, or 14.6%, to $0.87 million in the six months ended June 30, 2021, from $0.75 million for the same period of last year. The number of borrowers who successfully received mortgages from the Company’s funding partners were 31 and 49 in the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. The decrease in the number of borrowers for the Company’s loan recommendation services was largely affected by the tightened measures adopted by the Chinese government recently to control the overheating real estate market, which measures have resulted in PRC financial institutions tightening their loan approvals and disbursements to the loan applicants. The Company charged referral partners an average 2% commission fees, based on the loan proceeds disbursed to the borrowers. Although the total number of borrowers decreased by 18 from 49 in the six months ended June 30, 2020 to 31 in the six months ended June 30, 2021, the average amount of loan proceeds disbursed to borrowers increased by approximately 18.2% when comparing the six months ended June 30, 2021 to the six months ended June 30, 2020.

 

 

 

 

Prepaid Payment Network Service Business

 

Revenue from the prepaid payment network services business increased by $0.09 million, or 28.3%, to $0.33 million in the six months ended June 30, 2021, from $0.24 million for the same period of last year. Total number of merchant customers who have used the Company’s prepaid payment network services was 4 in the six months ended June 30, 2021 and in the same period in 2020. During the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company successfully provided technology consulting and support services to these customers. The Company charged such merchant customers service fees for designing tailored payment solutions, interfacing their internal systems with our prepaid card payment system, and providing their staff with relevant operation training. These merchant customers have not yet issued prepaid cards to their end customers as of June 30, 2021 and 2020 and as of the date of this filing.

 

Operating Expenses

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by $38,977, or 5.1%, to $720,244 in the six months ended June 30, 2021, from $759,221 for the same period of last year. The decrease was due to following combination of reasons:

 

Office rental expenses decreased by $9,126, or 18.6%, to $39,975 in the six months ended June 30, 2021, from $49,101 for the same period of last year. Utility and office supply expenses also decreased by $2,867, or 6.7%, to $40,107 in six months ended June 30, 2021, from $42,974 for the same period of last year. The decrease was due to the termination of the lease agreement for Daxin Wealth, upon which, the Company consolidated the two office spaces for Daxin Wealth and Daxin Zhuohui into one office, in accordance with the Company’s cost control management strategy.

 

Outsourcing service expenses decreased by $6,315, or 23.8%, to $20,171 in the six months ended June 30, 2021, from $26,486 for the same period of last year. In order to conduct the loan repayment and collection management in an effective and compliant way, the Company outsourced certain collection efforts to third-party collection agencies and also paid service fees to third-party law firms to initiate judicial proceedings against borrowers for loan delinquency. As the number of outstanding service agreements under the consumer loan repayment and collection management business decreased from 3,010 as of June 30, 2020 to 211 as of June 30, 2021, the related outsourcing service expenses also decreased in the six months ended June 30, 2021.

 

Consulting and professional expenses decreased by $186,114, or 55.6% to $148,436 in the six months ended June 30, 2021, from $334,550 for the same period of last year. In order to successfully grow the Company’s new businesses, it paid a higher amount for consulting service fees to third-party professionals for business strategy and planning during the six months ended June 30, 2020. In addition, in connection with the Company’s initial public offering (“IPO”), it incurred a higher amount of audit and legal service fees in the six months ended June 30, 2020, as compared to the six months ended June 30, 2021. These factors led to the decrease in the Company’s consulting and professional expenses in the six months ended June 30, 2021

 

Salary and employee benefit expenses increased by $171,229 or 63.1%, to $442,482 in the six months ended June 30, 2021, from $271,253 for the same period of last year, primarily due to the increased number of employees.

 

Provision for Income Taxes

 

Provision for income taxes decreased by $0.10 million, or 38.7%, to $0.15 million in the six months ended June 30, 2021, from $0.25 million for the same period of last year, due to decreased taxable income.

 

Net Income

 

Net income was $0.45 million in the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared with $0.73 million for the same period of last year.

 

Earnings Per Share

 

Basic and diluted earnings per share was $0.04 in the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared with $0.07 for the same period of last year.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

As of June 30, 2021, the Company had cash and restricted cash of $0.10 million, compared with $0.14 million as of December 31, 2020. On July 13, 2021, the Company completed its IPO and raised $16.6 million from the issuance and sale of 4,000,000 ordinary shares, par value $0.001 per share (the “ordinary shares”) at a public offering price of $5.00 per share. The Company’s management believes that the $16.6 million net proceeds received from the IPO will provide sufficient liquidity for the Company to meet its future liquidity and capital requirement for at least 12 months from the date of the issuance of the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

Cash Flow

 

Net cash provided by operating activities was $0.87 million, compared with $0.42 million for the same period of last year.

 

Net cash provided by investing activities was $644, compared with $nil for the same period of last year.

 

Net cash used in financing activities was $0.91 million, compared with $0.08 million for the same period of last year.

 

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Recent Development

 

Completion of the Initial Public Offering (“IPO”)

 

On July 13, 2021, we completed our IPO of 4,000,000 ordinary shares, par value $0.001 per share (the “ordinary shares”) at a public offering price of $5.00 per share. The gross proceeds of our IPO totaled $20.0 million before deducting underwriting discounts and other related expenses. The net proceeds of our IPO were approximately $16.6 million. Our ordinary shares began trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “SNTG” on July 9, 2021.

 

About Sentage Holdings Inc.

 

Sentage Holdings Inc., headquartered in Shanghai, China, is a financial service provider that offers a comprehensive range of financial services across consumer loan repayment and collection management, loan recommendation, and prepaid payment network services in China. Leveraging the Company’s deep understanding of its client base, strategic partner relationships, and proprietary valuation models and technologies, the Company is committed to working with its clients to understand their financial needs and challenges and offering customized services to help them meet their respective objectives. For more information, please visit the company’s website at ir.sentageholdings.com.

 

Forward-Looking Statement

 

Certain statements in this announcement are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that the Company believes may affect its financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs. Investors can identify these forward-looking statements by words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “aim,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “potential,” “continue,” “is/are likely to” or other similar expressions. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that such expectations will turn out to be correct, and the Company cautions investors that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results and encourages investors to review risk factors that may affect its future results in the Company’s registration statement.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Sentage Holdings Inc.

 

Investor Relations Department 

Email: ir@sentageholdings.com

 

Ascent Investor Relations LLC

 

Tina Xiao

President

Tel: +1 917-609-0333

Email: tina.xiao@ascent-ir.com

 

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SENTAGE HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(UNAUDITED)

 

  As of , 
  June 30,
2021
  December 31,
2020
 
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS      
Cash $77,710  $117,434 
Restricted cash  25,424   22,948 
Accounts receivable, net  1,278,623   1,221,844 
Deferred initial public offering costs  986,307   765,885 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  124,690   383,041 
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS  2,492,754   2,511,152 
         
Property and equipment, net  118,623   123,672 
Intangible assets, net  43,625   61,797 
Deferred tax assets  36,918   87,967 
TOTAL NONCURRENT ASSETS  199,166   273,436 
         
TOTAL ASSETS $2,691,920  $2,784,588 
         
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)        
CURRENT LIABILITIES        
Accounts payable $2,708  $4,912 
Deferred revenue  38,353   154,106 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  589,339   336,467 
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES  630,400   495,485 
         
Due to a related party, non-current  750,223   1,437,661 
Total Liabilities  1,380,623   1,933,146 
         
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES        
         
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)        
Ordinary shares, $0.001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, 10,000,000 shared issued and outstanding*  10,000   10,000 
Additional paid in capital  40,214,830   38,419,832 
Accumulated deficit  (38,935,942)  (37,639,385)
Accumulated other comprehensive income  22,409   60,995 
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)  1,311,297   851,442)
         
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT) $2,691,920  $2,784,588 

 

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SENTAGE HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(UNAUDITED)

 

  

For the six months ended

June 30,

 
  2021  2020 
       
OPERATING REVENUE      
Consumer loan repayment and collection management service fees $117,287  $753,239 
Loan recommendation service fees  872,201   745,186 
Prepaid payment network service fee  328,195   235,407 
Total operating revenue  1,317,683   1,733,832 
         
OPERATING EXPENSES        
Selling, general and administrative expenses  720,244   759,221 
Total operating expenses  720,244   759,221 
         
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS  597,439   974,611 
         
OTHER EXPENSES  (304)  (300)
         
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAX PROVISION  597,135   974,311 
         
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES  151,954   247,713 
         
NET INCOME  445,181   726,598 
         
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME        
Foreign currency translation adjustment  (38,586)  7,366 
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME $406,595  $733,964 
         
Earnings per common share- basic and diluted $0.04  $0.07 
         
Weighted average shares- basic and diluted  10,000,000   10,000,000 

 

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SENTAGE HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)

 

  

For the six months ended

June 30,

 
  2021  2020 
       
Cash flows from operating activities      
Net income $445,181  $726,598 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash and restricted cash provided by operating activities        
Depreciation and amortization  25,316   27,468 
Gain on disposition of fixed assets      - 
Deferred income tax expense  51,956   247,713 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable  (42,536)  19,550 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  265,424   64,107 
Accounts payable  (2,256)  (2,076)
Deferred revenue  (117,287)  (753,239)
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  248,446   91,092 
Net cash provided by  operating activities  874,244   421,213 
         
Cash flows from investing activity        
Cash acquired from newly established VIE entity- Zhenyi  644   - 
Net cash provided by investing activities  644   - 
         
Cash flows from financing activity        
Deferred initial public offering costs  (220,422)  (524,981)
Proceeds from (repayment to) related party loans  (693,268)  445,143 
Net cash used in financing activities  (913,690)  (79,838)
         
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and restricted cash  1,554   (5,377)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and restricted cash  (37,248)  335,998 
Cash and restricted cash, beginning of period  140,382   251,031 
Cash and restricted cash, end of period $103,134  $587,029 
    
Reconciliation of cash and restricted cash, beginning of period      
Cash $117,434  $227,387 
Restricted cash  22,948   23,644 
Cash and restricted cash, beginning of period $140,382  $251,031 
         
Reconciliation of cash and restricted cash, end of period        
Cash $77,710  $564,525 
Restricted cash  25,424   22,504 
Cash and restricted cash, end of period $103,134  $587,029 

 

 

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