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Secoo Reports Unaudited First Quarter 2020 Results

BEIJING, July 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Secoo Holding Limited (“Secoo”, the “Company” or “We”) (NASDAQ: SECO), Asia's largest online integrated upscale products and services platform, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

Highlights for First Quarter 2020:

  • GMV1 reached RMB2,476.0 million (US$349.7 million) for Q1 2020, representing an increase of 12.2% from RMB2,206.5 million for Q1 2019.

  • Total number of orders2 was 723.0 thousand for Q1 2020, representing an increase of 11.6% from 647.6 thousand for Q1 2019.

  • Number of active customers3 increased by 11.5% to 340.0 thousand for Q1 2020 from 305.0 thousand for Q1 2019.  

  • Total revenues was RMB1,005.2 million (US$142.0 million) for Q1 2020, compared with RMB1,175.4 million for Q1 2019.

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1 GMV, or Gross Market Value, refers to the total value of all orders of products and services, excluding the value of whole car sales, placed on our online platform and in our offline experience centers, regardless of whether the products are delivered or returned or whether the services are cancelled during the period presented.    

2 Total orders refer to the total number of orders of products and services, excluding the number of whole car sales, placed on our online platform and in our offline experience centers, regardless of whether the products are delivered or returned or whether the services are cancelled during the period presented.

3 Active customer refers to a customer who made at least one account purchase during the period presented.

Commentary

Mr. Richard Rixue Li, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Secoo, said, “Despite the impact of COVID-19 on both the economy and our operations during the first quarter of 2020, we achieved solid performance with a GMV of RMB2,476.0 million, an increase of 12.2% year-over-year. To better address the demand for high-end products and services during this time of restrictive public movement and physical store shopping, we have been enhancing our brand partnerships and trend-setting, upscale-oriented livestream selling sessions, along with our high-quality fulfillment services, bringing a superior luxury shopping experience to our customers. Notwithstanding the challenges presented by the pandemic, we are excited to see a rebounding high-end consumption trend in China heading into the second half of the year as most of channels of shopping abroad sharply reduced due to travel restrictions, along with consumers embracing faster digitization and e-commerce, allowing Secoo to gain ever-broader recognition as the go-to luxury e-commerce platform.

“Drawing on our well-placed strategies, strong execution abilities and technology-driven innovation capabilities, we are in an advantageous position to support high-end brands and brick-and-mortar retail stores to accelerate their digital transformation, while meeting the rising demand for consumption upgrades in China. We are confident in our ability to navigate through the dynamic markets and capitalize on the elevated opportunities in the aftermath of the pandemic,” Mr. Li concluded.

Mr. Shaojun Chen, Chief Financial Officer of Secoo, said, “The outbreak of COVID-19 since the beginning of this year has brought unprecedented impact on the luxury consumer industry. Our revenue performance in the first quarter of 2020 was negatively impacted mainly due to a slowdown in discretionary spending and curtailed public movement during the outbreak. It is encouraging for us to still achieve double-digit year-over-year growth across our key operating metrics. This performance demonstrates the attractiveness of our upscale platform and the robust demand for high-profile products and services. We aim to continue investing in technology enhancements to further build our intelligent operating system in order to elevate efficiency and improve profitability. Looking ahead, our core capabilities and strengthened cash position set a solid financial foundation, which we believe will support us to recover our growth momentum in the near future and capture enormous potential in China’s online luxury consumer market in the long run.”

Recent Developments

  • In June 2020, Secoo closed on the US$100 million equity investment from Qudian, Inc. (NYSE: QD) (together with its affiliates, “Qudian”) by issuing a total of 10,204,082 Class A ordinary shares of the Company to Qudian. Secoo will utilize the proceeds to further strengthen the supply chain and enhance customer satisfaction, so as to better capture the rising demand for high-end products and services in China.
     
  • Since the beginning of the first quarter, Secoo has hosted a number of large shopping festivals, including Secoo Brands & Quality Online Shopping Festival held in May and Secoo 618 shopping festival. The Brands & Quality Online Shopping Festival featured more than 200 live-stream selling sessions in collaboration with 13 top-tier luxury brands, including Prada, Versace, Ferragamo, Tod's, Roger Vivier, Armani and covering more than 40,000 products.
     
  • From the first quarter of 2020 to date, Secoo expanded direct collaborations with 150 new brands, including IDo, Ebohr, Ted Baker, Jeff Banks and St John.
     
  • Secoo continued endeavors related to enhancing its characteristic live-streaming channel, by featuring engaging live-streaming programs with luxury tags and increasingly appealing to luxury brands that are bolstering their online strategy. For example, recently on our channel, Mulberry held its first live stream session to present its bags, DVF live streamed its runway show during fashion week and Jenny Packham live streamed its haute couture labels and jewelry series.
     
  • In early May of 2020, Secoo entered into a strategic collaboration with China Fashion Week as its exclusive e-commerce platform partner. Secoo has completed over 100 live-stream selling sessions for China Fashion Week events such as fashion shows, brand presentations, and "See Now, Buy Now" marketing campaigns. These live streaming sessions have successfully created buzz, which significantly increased Secoo’s brand awareness and attracted a large traffic.
     
  • Secoo entered into collaborations with leading short video social networking platforms such as Douyin and Kuaishou to launch a series of cross-platform live streaming events, aiming to provide a wider range of consumers with fashion luxury goods supported by Secoo’s high-quality supply chain. For example, on June 7, 2020, Secoo and Kuaishou jointly hosted a 5-hour live streaming sales campaign for luxury products, covering over one hundred select products from dozens of luxury brands, such as Hermes, LV, Armani and Gucci, which proved to be highly attractive and effective marketing approaches.

First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

GMV increased by 12.2% to RMB2,476.0 million (US$349.7 million) for the first quarter of 2020, from RMB2,206.5 million for the first quarter of 2019.

Total number of orders increased by 11.6% to 723.0 thousand for the first quarter of 2020 from 647.6 thousand for the first quarter of 2019.

Total revenues for the first quarter of 2020 was RMB1,005.2 million (US$142.0 million) compared with RMB1,175.4 million in the first quarter of 2019, primarily attributable to a slowdown in demand of discretionary spending and delayed logistics services due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

Cost of revenues decreased by 8.9% to RMB844.6 million (US$119.3 million) for the first quarter of 2020 from RMB927.2 million for the first quarter of 2019, primarily due to the decrease of total revenues.

Gross profit was RMB160.6 million (US$22.7 million) for the first quarter of 2020, compared with RMB248.2 million for the first quarter of 2019. This decrease was mainly due to the increase in discount on sales to boost customers’ willingness to purchase during the pandemic.

Operating expenses decreased by 21.0% to RMB179.2 million (US$25.3 million) for the first quarter of 2020 from RMB226.8 million for the first quarter of 2019.

Fulfillment expenses decreased by 7.4% to RMB42.3 million (US$6.0 million) for the first quarter of 2020 from RMB45.6 million for the first quarter of 2019. The decrease was primarily attributable to the decreased staff cost during the period.

Marketing expenses decreased by 37.9% to RMB69.4 million (US$9.8 million) for the first quarter of 2020 from RMB111.9 million for the first quarter of 2019. The decrease was primarily due to reduced online and offline advertising expenses, as well as the decreased staff cost.

Technology and content development expenses increased by 19.8% to RMB27.7 million (US$3.9 million) for the first quarter of 2020 from RMB23.1 million for the first quarter of 2019. The increase was primarily due to the continuous investment in the technology department in order to strengthen the driving force of technology for operation.

General and administrative expenses decreased by 13.8% to RMB39.9 million (US$5.6 million) for the first quarter of 2020 from RMB46.2 million for the first quarter of 2019. The decrease was primarily attributable to the decreased staff cost during the period, offset by the rising office rental expenses.

Loss from operations was RMB18.6 million (US$2.6 million) for the first quarter of 2020, compared with income from operations of RMB21.4 million for the first quarter of 2019.

Non-GAAP loss from operations for the first quarter of 2020 was RMB15.0 million (US$2.1 million), compared with non-GAAP income from operations of RMB24.9 million for the first quarter of 2019.

Income tax benefits was RMB4.4 million (US$0.6 million) in the first quarter of 2020, compared with income tax expense of RMB6.7 million for the first quarter of 2019.

Net loss was RMB42.5 million (US$6.0 million) for the first quarter of 2020, compared with a net income of RMB15.8 million for the first quarter of 2019.

Non-GAAP net loss, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, was RMB38.9 million (US$5.5 million) in the first quarter of 2020, compared with non-GAAP net income of RMB19.3 million in the first quarter of 2019.

Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of Secoo Holding Limited for the first quarter of 2020 was RMB42.2 million (US$6.0 million), compared with net income attributable to ordinary shareholders of Secoo Holding Limited of RMB14.2 million for the first quarter of 2019.

Basic and diluted net loss per share were both RMB1.68 (US$0.24) for the first quarter of 2020, compared with basic and diluted net income per share of RMB0.56 and RMB0.54, respectively, for the first quarter of 2019. Basic and diluted net loss per American depositary share (“ADS”) were both RMB0.84 (US$0.12) for the first quarter of 2020, compared with basic and diluted net income per ADS of RMB0.28 and RMB0.27, respectively, for the first quarter of 2019.

Non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss per share were both RMB1.53 (US$0.22) for the first quarter of 2020, compared with non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per share of RMB0.70 and RMB0.68, respectively, for the first quarter of 2019.  Non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss per ADS were both RMB0.77 (US$0.11) for the first quarter of 2020, compared with non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per ADS of RMB0.35 and RMB0.34, respectively, for the first quarter of 2019.

Cash and Restricted Cash

As of March 31, 2020, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash of RMB733.4 million (US$103.6 million).

Conference Call Information

The Company's management will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on July 16, 2020 (8:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong time on July 16, 2020).

To speed up the entry process for participants, this earnings conference call requires all participants to finish an online registration in advance.

For participants who wish to join the call, please complete the Direct Event online registration at http://apac.directeventreg.com/registration/event/6671729 at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled call start time. Upon registration, participants will receive the conference call access information, including dial-in numbers, Direct Event Passcode, unique Registrant ID, and an e-mail with detailed instructions to join the conference call.

Once complete the registration, please dial-in at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of the earnings call and enter the Direct Event Passcode and Registrant ID as instructed to connect to the call.

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's investor relations website at http://ir.secoo.com.

A replay of the conference call will be accessible by phone two hours after the conclusion of the live call at the following numbers, until July 23, 2020:

United States: +1-646-254-3697
International: +61-2-8199-0299
Hong Kong, China: +852-3051-2780
Mainland China: 400-632-2162
Replay Access Code: 6671729
   

About Secoo Holding Limited

Secoo Holding Limited (“Secoo”) is Asia’s largest online integrated upscale products and services platform as measured by GMV in 2016. Secoo provides customers a wide selection of authentic upscale products and lifestyle services on the Company’s integrated online and offline shopping platform which consists of the Secoo.com website, mobile applications and offline experience centers, offering over 400,000 SKUs, covering over 3,800 global and domestic brands. Supported by the Company’s proprietary database of upscale products, authentication procedures and brand cooperation, Secoo is able to ensure the authenticity and quality of every product offered on its platform.

For more information, please visit http://ir.secoo.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our consolidated financial statements which are presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we also use non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders of Secoo Holding Limited, and non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per share and ADS as additional non-GAAP financial measures. We present these non-GAAP financial measures because they are used by our management to evaluate our operating performance. We define non-GAAP income from operations as income from operations excluding share-based compensation expenses. We define non-GAAP net income as net income excluding share-based compensation expenses. We define non-GAAP net income per share as non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders of Secoo Holding Limited dividing by weighted average number of basic and diluted share outstanding, including the dilutive effect of share-based awards as determined under the treasury stock method.  We define non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per ADS as non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per share divided by two as two ADSs represent one ordinary share.  We also believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our consolidated results of operations in the same manner as our management and in comparing financial results across accounting periods and to those of our peer companies.

The use of non-GAAP financial measures has certain limitations. These non-GAAP measures exclude certain items that have been and will continue to be incurred in the future and are not reflected in the presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and should not be considered a substitute for or superior to U.S. GAAP results. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures utilized by other companies since such other companies may not calculate such measures in the same manner as Secoo does.

Reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure is set forth at the end of this release.

Exchange Rate Information

This press release contains translation of certain Renminbi amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of readers. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from Renminbi to U.S. dollars were made at the exchange rate of RMB7.0808 to US$1.0, the noon buying rate in New York for cable transfers of RMB as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in effect as of March 31, 2020.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include but are not limited to Secoo management quotes and the Company’s financial outlook. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “estimate,” “project,” “predict,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “potential,” “plan,” “goal” and similar statements. Secoo Holding Limited may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about: the Company’s goals and strategies; its future business development, financial condition and results of operations; its ability to attract and retain new customers and to increase revenues generated from repeat customers; its expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of its products and services; trends and competition in China’s e-commerce market; changes in its revenues and certain cost or expense items; the expected growth of the Chinese e-commerce market; Chinese governmental policies relating to the Company’s industry and general economic conditions in China. For additional information on these and other important factors that could adversely affect the Company's business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects, please see its filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:
Secoo Holding Limited
Jingbo Ma
Tel: +86 (10) 6588-0135
E-mail:  ir@secoo.com 

The Piacente Group, Inc.
Jenny Cai
Tel: +86 (10) 6508-0677
E-mail:  Secoo@tpg-ir.com 

In the United States:
The Piacente Group, Inc.  
Brandi Piacente
Tel: +1-212-481-2050
E-mail:  Secoo@tpg-ir.com 

 
SECOO HOLDING LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(All amounts in thousands, except for share data) 
               
    For the Three Months Ended March 31,  
    2019    2020  
    RMB   RMB   US$  
Revenues:              
Merchandise sales   1,123,871     959,522     135,510    
Marketplace and other services   51,516     45,649     6,447    
Total revenues   1,175,387     1,005,171     141,957    
Cost of revenues   (927,157 )   (844,562 )   (119,275 )  
Gross profit   248,230     160,609     22,682    
           
Operating expenses:              
Fulfillment expenses   (45,648 )   (42,283 )   (5,972 )  
Marketing expenses   (111,852 )   (69,423 )   (9,804 )  
Technology and content development expenses   (23,105 )   (27,676 )   (3,909 )  
General and administrative expenses   (46,242 )   (39,851 )   (5,628 )  
Total operating expenses   (226,847 )   (179,233 )   (25,313 )  
Income (loss) from operations   21,383     (18,624 )   (2,631 )  
Other income (expenses):              
Interest income   4,682     1,461     206    
Interest expense   (28,373 )   (31,062 )   (4,387 )  
Foreign currency exchange gain (loss)   893     (972 )   (137 )  
Change in fair value of equity investees   (339 )   211     30    
Others   24,226     2,020     285    
Income(loss) before income tax   22,472     (46,966 )   (6,634 )  
Income tax benefits (expenses)   (6,674 )   4,422     625    
Net income (loss)   15,798     (42,544 )   (6,009 )  
Less: Gain attributable to redeemable non-controlling interest   417     319     45    
Less: Gain (loss) attributable to non-redeemable non-controlling interest   968     (774 )   (109 )  
Net income (loss) attributable to Secoo Holding Limited   14,413     (42,089 )   (5,945 )  
Accretion to redeemable non-controlling interest redemption value   (243 )   (125 )   (18 )  
Net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders of Secoo Holding Limited   14,170     (42,214 )   (5,963 )  
               
Net income (loss) per share              
— Basic   0.56     (1.68 )   (0.24 )  
— Diluted   0.54     (1.68 )   (0.24 )  
               
Net income (loss) per ADS              
— Basic   0.28     (0.84 )   (0.12 )  
— Diluted   0.27     (0.84 )   (0.12 )  
               
Weighted average number of shares outstanding used in computing net income per share              
— Basic   25,122,199     25,122,199     25,122,199    
— Diluted   26,095,951     25,122,199     25,122,199    
               


SECOO HOLDING LIMITED  
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(All amounts in thousands, except for share data)   
               
    As of December 31,   As of March 31,  
    2019   2020  
    RMB   RMB   US$  
Assets              
Current assets              
Cash and cash equivalents   709,823     490,690     69,299    
Restricted cash   240,741     242,156     34,199    
Investment securities   2,318     2,328     329    
Accounts receivable, net   123,226     104,243     14,722    
Inventories   2,680,428     2,853,653     403,013    
Advances to suppliers   333,826     396,355     55,976    
Prepayments and other current assets   431,107     359,720     50,802    
Amounts due from related parties   30     668     94    
Total current assets   4,521,499     4,449,813     628,434    
Non-current assets              
Property and equipment, net   83,816     79,925     11,288    
Intangible asset, net   10,390     10,051     1,419    
Restricted cash   3,572     586     83    
Investment in equity investees   71,595     60,922     8,604    
Deferred tax assets   106,637     117,254     16,559    
Goodwill   23,560     24,016     3,392    
Operating lease right-of-use assets   159,321     145,627     20,566    
Other non-current assets   16,806     17,239     2,434    
Total non-current assets   475,697     455,620     64,345    
Total assets   4,997,196     4,905,433     692,779    
               
LIABILITIES              
Current liabilities              
Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term borrowings   159,500     189,500     26,763    
Accounts payable   569,045     664,065     93,784    
Amounts due to related parties   488     488     69    
Advances from customers   57,122     79,730     11,260    
Income taxes payable   110,615     116,022     16,385    
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   895,694     718,361     101,452    
Deferred revenue   97,965     90,616     12,797    
Operating lease liabilities   38,608     42,123     5,949    
Total current liabilities   1,929,037     1,900,905     268,459    
Non-current liabilities              
Long-term borrowings, excluding current portion   1,215,249     1,208,356     170,652    
Operating lease liabilities   113,782     100,938     14,255    
Long-term liabilities   77,344     90,521     12,784    
Total non-current liabilities   1,406,375     1,399,815     197,691    
       
Total liabilities   3,335,412     3,300,720     466,150    
       
Mezzanine Equity              
Redeemable non-controlling interest   9,337     9,780     1,381    
Total mezzanine equity   9,337     9,780     1,381    
       
Equity:              
Class A Ordinary shares (US$0.001 par value, 150,000,000 shares authorized including class A shares and class B shares, 19,068,224 shares issued and 18,550,770 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2020, respectively)   126     126     18    
Class B Ordinary shares (US$0.001 par value, 150,000,000 shares authorized including class A shares and class B shares, 6,571,429 shares issued and 6,571,429 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2020, respectively)   41     41     6    
Treasury Stock (517,454 Class A ordinary shares as of December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2020, respectively, at cost)   (71,018 )   (71,018 )   (10,030 )  
Additional paid-in capital   2,848,145     2,851,804     402,752    
Accumulated losses   (1,126,330 )   (1,168,544 )   (165,030 )  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (26,500 )   (45,123 )   (6,373 )  
Total equity attributable to ordinary shareholders   1,624,464     1,567,286     221,343    
Non-redeemable non-controlling interest   27,983     27,647     3,905    
Total shareholders' equity   1,652,447     1,594,933     225,248    
       
Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and shareholders' equity   4,997,196     4,905,433     692,779    
               


SECOO HOLDING LIMITED
Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
(All amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data) 
               
               
    For the Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
    2019   2020  
    RMB   RMB   US$  
Income (loss) from operations   21,383   (18,624 )   (2,631 )  
Add: Share-based compensation expenses   3,519   3,659     517    
Non-GAAP income (loss) from operations   24,902   (14,965 )   (2,114 )  
               
Net Income (loss)   15,798   (42,544 )   (6,009 )  
Add: Share-based compensation expenses   3,519   3,659     517    
Non-GAAP net income (loss)   19,317   (38,885 )   (5,492 )  
               
Net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders of Secoo Holding Limited   14,170   (42,214 )   (5,963 )  
Add: Share-based compensation expenses   3,519   3,659     517    
Non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders of Secoo Holding Limited   17,689   (38,555 )   (5,446 )  
             
Non-GAAP net income (loss) per share:              
Basic   0.70   (1.53 )   (0.22 )  
Diluted   0.68   (1.53 )   (0.22 )  
               
Non-GAAP net income (loss) per ADS:              
Basic   0.35   (0.77 )   (0.11 )  
Diluted   0.34   (0.77 )   (0.11 )  
               
Weighted average number of shares outstanding used in computing the adjusted net income per share              
— Basic   25,122,199   25,122,199     25,122,199    
— Diluted   26,095,951   25,122,199     25,122,199    



Source: Secoo Holding Limited