China Finance Online Reports Third Quarter and First Nine Months of 2020 Unaudited Financial Results

BEIJING, Dec. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — China Finance Online Co. Limited (“China Finance Online”, or the “Company”, “we”, “us” or “our”) (NASDAQ GS: JRJC), a leading web-based financial services company that provides Chinese individual investors with fintech-powered online access to securities trading services, wealth management products, securities investment advisory services, as well as financial database and analytics services to institutional customers, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter and first nine months ended September 30, 2020.

Third Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights and Recent Development

  • Net loss attributable to China Finance Online was $1.5 million, compared with a net loss of $2.1 million in the third quarter of 2019.
  • Net revenues grew 32.9% year-over-year and 9.8% quarter-over-quarter to $10.7 million.
  • Revenues from the financial information and advisory business, accounted for 46.5% total revenue in the third quarter of 2020, were up 108.0% year-over-year to $5.0 million, powered by 139.6% growth in individual investor subscription and 176.3% growth in investment advisory services.

First Nine Months of 2020 Highlights

  • Net revenues were $30.3 million compared with $26.8 million in the first nine months of 2019.
  • Net loss attributable to China Finance Online was $4.9 million, compared with a net loss of $7.9 million in the first nine months of 2019.

Mr. Zhiwei Zhao, Chairman and CEO of China Finance Online, commented that “During the third quarter, we continued to expand our top line as our financial information and advisory business experienced robust growth in a market that participation keeps reaching new highs among retail investors. We are pleased that our years of accumulated experience in fintech and wealth management are gaining popularity and showing results. Through our product mix change and vigorous cost controls, we further reduced our bottom-line loss in the third quarter as well.”

“As a professional financial media, we continued to retain our leadership and market influence. On October 16th, the prestigious Hurun Institute published its 2020 Hurun China’s Most Influential Financial Media report and awarded China Finance Online as a Top 8 Most Influential Financial Media. We continue to promote innovations and the rise of short-form videos demonstrates how new media is becoming the new entry point for online traffic. As a professional financial media provider, we have strengthened our new media operation to deliver our enriched content to audiences through different channels. With our original content and proprietary programs, we made substantial strides in the popular short-form video social media, DouYin. In recent years, we also have been providing value-added services to public companies listed on domestic and international exchanges which helped grow our revenue in the third quarter.”

“In addition, our fintech offerings to empower wealth management buy-side services began to bear fruit. Our one-stop wealth management service platform, i-TAMP, not only empowers investment advisors and wealth managers, but helps elevate their service efficiency and professionalism. Our i-TAMP has supported more than 100 third-party platforms and reached nearly 40 million individual investors. With the growing scale of the platform, our revenue from services for individual investors increased significantly during the third quarter.”

“Our two-year-old robo-advisor, Lingxi, remains committed to providing personalized services for global asset allocation to the vast investor population. Lingxi’s outstanding performance didn’t go unnoticed by the financial industry and academia. In the 2020 China Robo-Advisor Industry report recently published by Tsinghua University, Lingxi won as the Top 10 Best Robo-Advisors.”

“On the institutional wealth management service front, we are forming partnerships with more and more financial institutions. With the growing popularity of our content, our services in investor education drew increasingly more attention and won projects from leading financial institutions. We strongly believe that China presents a massive market opportunity in wealth management. We will continue to develop and upgrade our technologies, products and services to empower the wealth management sector in China,” Mr. Zhao concluded.


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