Bitauto beats Q2 revenue expectations but earnings fall short of estimates

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Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE: BITA) topped revenue estimates for the second quarter of 2019 but earnings fell short of forecasts. The consensus estimate was for earnings of $0.59 per share on revenue of $390 million. Shares were down by 0.94% in premarket hours on Thursday.

Total revenues increased 8.9% year-over-year to RMB2.79
billion ($406.6 million), mainly driven by growth in the transaction services
business.

Net loss attributable to Bitauto was RMB145.5
million ($21.2
million), compared to net
income of RMB2.7
million ($0.4
million) in the year-ago
period.

Adjusted net income
attributable to Bitauto was RMB155.3
million ($22.6
million), compared to RMB257.3
million ($37.5
million) last year.

Net loss per ADS amounted to RMB2.06 ($0.30). Adjusted net income per ADS totaled RMB2.12 ($0.31).

Also see: Qutoutiao Q2 2019 Earnings Report

During the quarter, advertising and subscription business revenue
fell 5% to RMB1.01 billion ($146.6 million) from the year-ago
quarter, mainly due to a reduction in marketing spend by automakers and dealers,
reflecting declines in new car sales.

In the transaction services business, revenues amounted to RMB1.49 billion ($217.1 million), reflecting a 17.2% increase from last year, driven mainly by growth in loan facilitation services. Revenues in the digital marketing solutions business jumped 31.2% to RMB294.7 million ($42.9 million) from the prior-year quarter.

Also see: Ciena Q3 2019 Earnings Report

For the third quarter of 2019, Bitauto expects revenue to range from RMB2.65
billion ($386
million) to RMB2.75 billion ($400.6 million), representing a 2.8% decrease to 0.9% increase from the prior-year
period.

Bitauto’s controlled subsidiary Yixin reported total revenues of RMB1.50 billion ($218.5 million) during the quarter. At quarter-end, Yixin’s accumulated total financed automobile transactions reached approx. 1.4 million and its accumulated aggregate auto financing amount exceeded RMB100 billion. 

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