Qudian Sees Food for Growth in Prepared Meals, Weighs Exit of Core Lending Business

The former fintech pioneer’s stock fell more than 10% after it announced a potential wind down of its original credit business as well as a new foray into ready-made meal kits Key Takeaways •      Qudian said it has started trial operations for QD Food, which sells ready-to-cook meal kits through a WeChat mini app •      The move comes as company says it may wind down its original credit business due to challenging regulatory environment By Warren Yang Some China fintech companies seem to know no bounds when it comes to…

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FinVolution Emerging as Fintech Lending Leader After Industry Makeover

Direct lender-turned-loan facilitator reported better results for 2021 than two of its peers that also released earnings last week, sparking a 30% jump in its shares Key Takeaways: •      FinVolution, which has transformed into a loan facilitator from a direct lender, reported a 32% rise in fourth quarter revenue despite regulatory headwinds for fintech lenders •      Lexin, which is also switching to a facilitator model but still continues to lend directly, posted a 27% decline in quarterly revenue, as it sacrificed growth for better risk management •      Fourth-quarter revenue at…

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New Energy Lands as Hottest Category Among Chinese Concept Stocks in 2021 – Bamboo Works Special Report

Investors kept a close look at China’s solar and wind power stocks last year, but were least interested in the hobbled education sector By Bamboo Works team Chinese concept stocks experienced unprecedented challenges in the Year of the Ox. The small and mid-sized companies covered by Bamboo Works were no exception, also coming under intense pressure. Looking past their stock prices and financial reports, how did these companies perform in terms of media and investor attention? Which companies stood out despite all the pressures? Our special report highlights such trends…

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Opaque Nisun’s Cash Problems Exposed With Massive New Share Sale

Online financing company’s stock plunged after it raised funds equaling more than 70% of its market value in a public offering of new shares and warrants Key takeaways: •      Online financing company Nisun raised $77 million by selling new shares and pre-funded warrants at a heavy discount •      The transaction came after the company, which has a weak track record of disclosure, raised previous new funds as it struggled with anemic cash flow By Warren Yang For a listed company, Shanghai-based Nisun International Enterprise Development Group Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq: NISN)…

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Qudian Shares Sink Into Danger Zone as It Fails to Find New Footing

Embattled microlender’s shares dropped below $1 to all-time lows as its loan business shrank and a new child education club struggled Key takeaways: Qudian’s revenues slid 59% and the company swung to a loss in the third quarter, spooking investors and sending its shares to penny-stock territory Company could be forced to do a reverse share split or delist if its stock trades below $1 for an extended period By Mia Shanley Bruised and battered shareholders of Qudian Inc. (NYSE: QD) took another beating this week after the Chinese microlender…

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FinVolution Solidifies New Growth Path After Weathering Fintech Clampdown

Company’s latest quarterly results show it’s bouncing back strongly from regulatory overhaul for former P2P lenders Key takeaways: •      FinVolution’s user base increased sharply in the third quarter, leading to 41% revenue growth •      The company posted only a small net profit gain because of swelling costs By Warren Yang FinVolution Group (FINV.US) is making respectable strides as it rises from the ashes of its former life as a peer-to-peer (P2P) lender. The company is spending heavily to grow under a new business model as an online loan facilitator, following…

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OneConnect’s New Win in Promising Indonesian Market Fails to Impress Investors

Technology as-a-service provider’s shares dropped more than 3% on the day it announced a new business contract with PT Bank Mayapada Key takeaways: •      OneConnect signs new partnership to assist in the digitalization of Indonesia’s PT Bank Payapada •      Finding customers unrelated to OneConnect’s de facto parent Ping An is crucial for it to reduce the risk of relying too heavily on one customer By Warren Yang The misery never seems to end for investors in OneConnect Financial Technology Co. Ltd. (OCFT.US). Its shares keep sagging even when the company…

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Xiaobai Maimai Eyes Cancer Treatment as E-Commerce Pivot Sputters

Former P2P lender’s stock soared up to tenfold after announcement of latest shift, but later gave up much of the gains Key Takeaways: Xiaobai Maimai, the former P2P lender known as Hexindai, is making a radical move into cancer treatment in the U.S. The shift comes after the company struggled to generate revenue from social e-commerce By Warren Yang What do you do when your original peer-to-peer (P2P) lending business becomes the subject of an intense government clampdown? Turn to the less controversial e-commerce sector. And when you discover that’s…

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FinVolution Tests Regulatory Tolerance With First Asset-Backed Securities Issue

Online loan facilitator issues 200 million yuan worth of ABS months after Ant Group scrapped plan for much larger similar offering Key Takeaways: •      Online loan facilitator FinVolution has issued its first batch of 200 million yuan worth of asset-backed securities as a new form of fundraising tool •      Move comes four months after the larger Ant Group canceled a much larger ABS sale totaling 18 billion yuan By Warren Yang Online loan facilitator FinVolution Group (FINV.US) is undergoing its own low-key revolution in China’s fintech realm, quietly adding asset…

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Lexin Slows Down Lending as Latest Regulatory Wave Rocks Fintechs

Company scales back 2021 loan facilitation goals amid latest talk that Beijing could sharply lower interest rate cap for personal loans Key Takeaways: •      LexinFintech is voluntarily slowing down its lending activity while it awaits the next major move in China’s rapidly evolving regulatory environment •      Company’s shares tumbled after its latest quarterly results announcement, despite reporting 10% revenue growth and 88% profit growth By Thomas Zhang Solid growth is the gold standard for investors, even though such growth may not guarantee a stock will rise. That lesson is on…

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