Qudian in Search of a Business as Stock Returns to Penny Territory

The former fintech highflyer was warned a third time about possible delisting this year after its stock fell below $1 on the failure of its latest new foray into the food industry Key Takeways: Qudian was notified by the New York Stock Exchange that it was in violation of listing rules that require its stock price to stay above $1 The warning was its third one this year, and came after the company said it was scaling down a food business it started just six months ago and ceased its…

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FinVolution Picks Up the Pace in Its Global Expansion

The fintech lender announced a major boost in the size of the borrowing facility from its Indonesia partner, though the expanded amount is still small at around $30 million Key Takeaways: FinVolution has announced a major expansion in the size of its borrowing facility from Indonesian partner PT Bank Jago The fintech lender still gets a miniscule part of its business from outside China, with international loans accounting for just 2% of its lending transaction volume By Doug Young Every journey begins with a single step, especially when that first…

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All in the Family: Cash-strapped ZhongAn Taps Chairman’s Ties to Fund a Money-losing Unit

Sinolink, majority-owned by ZhongAn’s chairman Ou Yaping, will provide about $103 million in fresh capital for a ZhongAn unit that develops businesses overseas Key Takeaways: Sinolink will buy about 156 million new shares in ZhongAn’s overseas business development unit, ZhongAn International, for about $103 million The deal comes in a difficult year for ZhongAn, whose own cash holdings are dwindling By Warren Yang Created in 2013 by Alibaba-affiliated (BABA.US; 9988.HK) Ant Group, Tencent (0700.HK) and Ping An Insurance (2318.HK; 601318.SS), ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co. Ltd. (6060.HK) has been working…

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Credit, Anyone? China’s Online Loan Platforms Get Stuck as Quality Borrowers Dwindle

Three online loan facilitators reported second-quarter profit declines of varying degrees, as China’s slowing economy forced them to prioritize risk management over revenue growth Key Takeaways: FinVolution’s revenue growth slowed to about 12% in the second quarter from 16% and 32% in the previous two quarters, while its latest quarterly net profit fell about 6% 360 DigiTech and Lexin posted little or no revenue growth for the quarter, as their profits plunged 37% and 80%, respectively, during the period By Warren Yang It’s difficult for any lender to grow its…

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After Ho-Hum Pricing, AMTD Digital Storms Out of the Gate in U.S. Trading Debut

Shares of fintech accelerator backed by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing more than tripled from their IPO price in their first two trading days Key Takeaways: Hong Kong-based AMTD Digital Raised About $125 million in a New York IPO, becoming the largest New York listing by a Chinese company this year The company, which is backed by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, is suffering from slowing revenue growth, but boasts higher margins than other fintech stocks By Warren Yang There are plenty of China fintech stocks out there, though many…

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Qudian Finds New Business Model in Buying Back Shares

Online lender announces plan to buy back up to $200 million worth of its shares, sending its stock up by as much as 60% Key Takeaways: Qudian has announced a $200 million share buyback plan, extending a recent series of buying of its own stock Aggressive share purchasing comes as Qudian dramatically scales back its original consumer lending business and searches for a new business model By Doug Young It seems that Qudian Inc. (QD.US), the former fintech pioneer that is now considering dumping its original consumer lending business, has…

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China’s Economic Slump Leaves Internet Lenders Battling Bad Loans

360 DigiTech, FinVolution and Lexin all reported first-quarter net profit declines and growing delinquent loans, amid a grim outlook for China’s economy Key takeaways: •      360 DigiTech and FinVolution posted 12% and 9% profit declines in the first quarter, respectively, while Lexin’s profit plunged by 89% •      Delinquent loans rose for all three lending platforms, forcing them to increase loan-loss provisions By Warren Yang The fortunes of consumer lenders are a good proxy for the state of an economy. When times get rough, individuals with shaky income are often among…

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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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