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Cango inc (NYSE:CANG)
Q2 2021 Earnings Call
Aug 20, 2021, 9:00 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good morning and good evening, everyone. Welcome to Cango Inc's Second Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. This call is also being broadcast live on the company's IR website. Joining us today are Mr. Jiayuan Lin, Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Yongyi Zhang, Chief Financial Officer of the company. Following management's prepared remarks, we will conduct the Q&A session.

Before we begin, I refer you to the Safe Harbor statement in the company's earnings release, which also applies to the conference call today as management will make forward-looking statements.

With that said, I am now turning the call over to Mr. Jiayuan Lin, CEO of Cango. Mr. Lin, the floor is yours, sir.

Jiayuan Lin -- Founder and Chief Executive Officer

[Foreign Speech] Good morning and good evening, everyone. Welcome to Cango's 2021 Q2 earnings call.

[Foreign Speech] In the first half of 2021, China's auto market, still recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic faced a new pressure due to the persistent global chip shortage. In the wake of this shortage, OEMs have had to slowdown production and dealers have slashed promotions, leading to a significant decline in car production and sales. The volatility in the automotive market stemming from uneven chip supplies is unlikely to ease in the short-term and is widely expected to linger in the second half of 2021. Meanwhile price increases is other key components and raw materials have further intensified cost pressure on OEMs and field uncertainty in their production plants. The chip shortage crisis will undoubtedly slow the recovery of the auto industry.

[Foreign Speech] Despite this, Cango's overall business remained stable in the second quarter. Total revenues came in at RMB947 million, thanks to investment gains from the auto, we realized a net income of RMB558 million. [Foreign Speech] Now, I'd like to talk about our car trading transactions business. As the business at the core of our car transaction service platform, revenues from car trading transactions reached RMB523 million in the second quarter, accounting for about 55.2% of the total revenues, signaling it's gradual evolution into an important growth driver for our growth. Car dealers are not only just appealing in the auto transaction value chain, but also an important focus of our car trading transaction services by integrating car sourcing, financing, insurance and other market -- aftermarket services, Cango empowers deals an improved efficiency of the industry as a whole. For consumers, purchasing cars will be much simpler and faster with more diversified and reliable supporting services, as well as enhanced user experience.

[Foreign Speech] At the end of May 2021, we launched Cango Haoche, a B2B service platform for dealers. Cango Haoche integrate information with transactions, logistics, financing and insurance to directly address the unmet needs of car dealers in the lower tier markets. Thanks to more than 10 years of commitment, Cango has built up strong expertise in car financing and insurance services and a nationwide dealership network that covers over 40,000 dealers. Cango Haoche is the natural extension into the automotive transaction field with the aim to offer diversified and comprehensive products to further strengthen the bond between Cango and our deals, as well as to empower our dealers.

[Foreign Speech] In addition, we continue to develop the capabilities of our car transaction services platform in terms of customer acquisition and services. In line with our long-term plans, in the second quarter, we expanded our team of independent sales reps, an important method to generate sales leads to more than [Technical Issues] our sub-dealers grew to 581 as of June 30, 2021, further increasing our private traffic, notably, we updated the web app of Cango Cheshenghuo on WeChat in the second quarter, offering a one-stop service that covers car purchases, car usage and car maintenance. With Cango Haoche and Cango Cheshenghuo, we empower car dealers and serve car buyers. On supply chain operations, by the end of the second quarter, we have co-developed a total of 110 warehouses together with infrastructure service providers, covering 86 cities nationwide further enhancing our warehouse [Technical Issues].

[Foreign Speech] In Q2, revenues from aftermarket services facilitation were RMB61.9 million making a sizable contribution to the company's total revenues. Focusing on car insurance business and starting from the demand side, we recommended high quality insurance purchase channels to car owners covering a wide range of insurance products including car insurance, non-car insurance and health insurance. We continue to develop our direct sales team and established partnerships with more than 500 auto trade and maintenance operators. In the meantime, we continue to integrate our systems with those of insurance companies and launched a WeChat mini program for product library. Going forward, we will further integrate more aftermarket services. Additionally, our key 18 continued partnership negotiations with several new energy vehicle makers. Products are expected to roll out in the third quarter.

[Foreign Speech] Finally, automotive financing facilitation, our main business line, also grew steadily in the second quarter. We facilitated new financing transaction for cars amounting to RMB7.79 billion, up 57.5% year-on-year. Our automotive financing facilitation revenues were RMB303 million, up 111% from RMB144 million RMB in the same period of last year. As of June 30, 2021, total outstanding balance of financing transactions facilitated by the company amounted to RMB48.64 billion.

[Foreign Speech] Now, turning to asset quality, as of June 30, 2021, due to changes in our stock product mix, the M1+ and M3+ overdue ratio rose slightly to 1.35% and 0.69% respectively. Going forward, we plan to continue strengthening our risk management systems and improve our risk identification and control capabilities. We remain confident in our overall asset quality.

[Foreign Speech] In terms of dealership network, we had 47,740 registered dealers as of June 30, 2021. Our channel mix and customer base have been further improved, notably despite the impact of the global chip shortage, our share in a high-end market segment has risen. As of June 30, 2021, we have covered more than 9,300 4S dealers, including about 500 luxury brand dealers such as major Germany -- a major German luxury brand including BMW, Mercedes and Audi and also Lexus.

[Foreign Speech] NEVs are becoming more popular. The penetration rates of NEVs in China is expected to further increase. Meanwhile, in an effort to address the global climate change crisis, China has officially announced these carbon emission peaking and neutrality growth for 2030 and 2060 respectively. The development of NEVs is a key to achieving emission reduction targets in the transport sector. We have always believed in the future of NEVs and our business model is highly consistent with that of NEV manufacturers. We are committed to supporting NEV makers to realize the last mile of their direct sale model by leveraging our extensive dealership network in the lower tier markets. At present, Cango is Li Auto's nationwide service partner and also covers all of Tesla stores in Shanghai. We also work with Xpeng, GAC New Energy and other NEV manufacturers on transactions, financing, insurance and delivery services and so on.

[Foreign Speech] Looking ahead, we had a global chip supply shortage in the auto industry and impact from domestic financial regulatory changes to continue in the second half of 2021, which may create challenges for our business, but we will continue to execute our strategies and uphold our commitment to facilitating easy and enjoyable car purchase experiences. We remain dedicated to our goal of building an auto service platform of choice for consumers.

[Foreign Speech] Next, I will turn over to our CFO, Yongyi Zhang to review our financial performance in more detail.

Yongyi Zhang -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, and hello, everyone, and welcome to our second quarter 2021 earnings call. Before I started to view our financials, please note that unless otherwise stated all numbers are in RMB terms and all percentage comparisons are on a year-over-year basis. Our second quarter financial performance was in line with our expectations. Total revenue trending at RMB946.7 million, more than tripling from the year ago. Revenue from car trading transactions were RMB525 million, continuing to serve as an important revenue contributor. Revenue from automotive financing facilitation and aftermarket services facilitation was RMB303.3 million and RMB51.9 million respectively. while uncertainties stemming from global chip supply chain disruption are ongoing, we remain committed to improving our operating efficiency, while continually investing business to deliver more value to our dealers, partners and users.

Now let's move on to our cost and expenses during the quarter. Total operating costs and expenses in the second quarter of 2021 were RMB933.5 million compared to RMB207.4 million in the same period of 2020. This was mainly due to the related costs incurred by car trading transaction business, primarily as a result of the increase in revenue from car trading transactions, sales and marketing expenses, general and administrative expenses and research and development expenses, each decreased as a percentage of total revenue in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the same period of 2020.

Cost of revenue in the second quarter of 2021 increased to RMB697.8 million from RMB102.8 million in the same period of 2020. As a percentage of total revenue, cost of revenue in the second quarter of 2021 was 73.7% compared to 37.5% in the same period of 2020 and the change was primarily due to an increase in the amount of car trading transactions. For automotive financing facilitation and aftermarket services facilitation, cost of revenue as a percentage of relevant revenues was around 41.6% in the second quarter of 2021. Sales and marketing expenses in the second quarter 2021 were RMB60.9 million compared to RMB42.4 million in the same period of 2020.

As a percentage of total revenue, sales and marketing expenses in the second quarter of 2021 was 6.4% compared to 15.5% in the same period of 2020. General and administrative expenses in the second quarter of 2021 were RMB64.7 million compared to RMB66 million in the same period of 2020. As a percentage of total revenue, general and administrative expenses in the second quarter of 2021 was 6.8% compared to 24.1% in the same period of 2020. Research and development expenses in the second quarter of 2021 were RMB15.6 million compared to RMB12.9 million in the same period of 2020. As a percentage of total revenues, research and development expenses in the second quarter of 2021 was 1.7% compared to 4.7% in the same period of 2020.

Net loss on risk assurance liability in the second quarter of 2021 was RMB35.9 million compared to a net gain of RMB42.9 million in the same period of 2020. Net loss on risk assurance liability in the second quarter of 2021 was mainly due to an uptick in delinquent loan balance and default rate since the beginning of 2021. We recorded income from operations of RMB13.2 million in the second quarter of 2021 compared to RMB66.7 million in the same period of 2020. Due to the fair value change of the company's investments in Li Auto, net income in the second quarter of 2021 was RMB57.7 million. Non-GAAP adjusted net income in the second quarter of 2021 was RMB578.3 million. On a per share basis, diluted net income per ADS in the second quarter of 2021 was RMB3.75 and diluted non-GAAP adjusted net income per ADS in the same period was RMB3.89.

Moving onto our balance sheet as of June 30, 2021, we had cash and the cash equivalents of RMB1.5 billion compared to RMB1.6 billion as of March, 31, 2021. As of June 30, 2021, the Company had short-term investments of RMB3.1 billion compared to RMB2.6 billion as of March, 31, 2021. Looking ahead to the third quarter of 2021, we expect our total revenue to be between RMB700 million and RMB750 million. Please note that this forecast reflects our current and the preliminary view on the market and operational conditions, which are subject to change.

This concludes our prepared remarks. Operator, we are now ready to take questions. Thank you.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you, sir. We will now begin the question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] And the first question we have will come from Shelley Wang of Morgan Stanley. Please go ahead.

Shelley Wang -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

[Foreign Speech] Hi, I'm Shelley from Morgan Stanley. I have three questions. The first question is about your guidance for revenue in Q3 RMB750 million. How much of that is from car trading transaction business? And could you comment on the impact of chip shortage on these numbers? And the second question is about the gross margin for car trading transactions. Did gross margin increase, thanks to the -- or due to the car supply -- I mean the chip supply -- car supply shortage? And the third question is about the metrics of provision that is in Q1 and Q3, I noticed is a metrics of risk assurance liabilities and also provisions. So, could you comment on the trends of these two metrics in the future?

Jiayuan Lin -- Founder and Chief Executive Officer

[Foreign Speech] I will ask Michael John, our CFO, to address your questions.

Yongyi Zhang -- Chief Financial Officer

[Foreign Speech] Thank you, Shelley for your questions. Let me take all your -- take your first question first. While about our revenue guidance for Q3, in terms of contribution from car trading transactions to our Q3 revenue, we expect it to be at about 55%. So, basically in line with the development in Q2. In terms of absolute number for revenue guidance, we expect the car trading transactions contributed about $400 million to the total revenue. And the second part of your first question that is the factors impacting on our guidance for car trading transactions. Well, I would like to answer this question from two perspectives.

Firstly on supply side, actually the chip supply shortage does have a big impact on our car trading transactions and in Q3, the shortage of car supply to have quite a big impact. And also we expect the car supply shortage to gradually cascade down from the 4S Stores in Tier one, Tier 2 cities to non-4S stores in the lower-tier cities. So, in fact, we expect bigger impact on the lower tier markets. In the first half, thanks to historic stock of cars, we still enjoyed business growth in the first half. However, in Q3, we expect the car supply shortage to continue and the impact will be more significant than in the first half of this year. And secondly on the demand side, well, actually in Q2 in the lower-tier cities, the demand for new cars have been quite weak. So, these had quite a big impact on our small dealers, partners, as well as on our car financing transactions.

[Foreign Speech] Now to answer your second question on the gross margin of car trading transaction business, well, actually, the main factor impacting the gross margin is the car models that is for popular car models usually the gross margin for us is lower because OEMs when they price these are popular car models, they usually don't give a lot of room for negotiation. And for unpopular car models; however, the gross margins could be higher. And so in terms of the factors impacting gross margin of our car transaction business, really is not about the chip shortage, is in fact more about the car models. And the second point I'd like to make is that on Cango side, well, our car trading transaction business is a new strategic business line for us and it is still developing.

So, in order to encourage the development of these new business and in order to better control risks and improve operational efficiency, we focus on the popular car models, so that in the short term, we could drive up the sales and also the approach of this business line. In addition, we are offering the smaller dealers attractive general -- attractive gross margins in order to help them drive up sales on the outside as well. So in terms of gross margin as a whole, for us, when we consider pricing, we maintain a stable and robust pricing strategy with two purposes as I described that is to first of all ensure that the current stock for cars will quickly be sold off and secondly to ensure that the small dealers have attractive enough gross margin to stimulate their business growth. So overall speaking, on the gross margins for car trading transaction business line is steady.

[Foreign Speech] And on your third question about risk assurance liabilities, as well as the provisions, well, what I would like to emphasize is that actually in Q4 last year, in order to facilitate innovation of our business models, we upgrade -- we changed and upgraded our procedures and processes for some of our products, as well as the user experience. So -- but such measures and such strategies did have a negative impact on the overdue ratios of our assets. So -- but -- however since then, actually since Q1 this year, we have also made a strategic adjustment. So, we expect that the negative impact on the current -- on the stock assets to continue through Q3 this year. However, by the end of Q3, we expect the overdue ratios to improve.

[Foreign Speech] Thank you for your questions.

Shelley Wang -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

[Foreign Speech]

Operator

The next question will come from David Pan of Goldman Sachs.

David Pan -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

[Foreign Speech] Thank you. First of all, congratulations on the management -- to the management on your strong performance and also a strong progress in Q2 despite the challenges in overall market. So, I have two questions, three questions mainly. The first question is about the business performance of the auto loan facilitation business and also the aftermarket business, while in the second half, I mean in second -- in Q2, we had noticed that the revenue from the auto loan facilitation business almost doubled and the revenue from the aftermarket services remained flat. So, could you give us more colors on the reasons for such performance and also could you share with us your outlook for future trends and also the factors that will impact on the revenue performance in the future?

And second question is about NEVs. In your presentation, you talked about your partnerships with Li Auto, Tesla and also Xpeng and other NEV makers. So, could you share with us more information on the type of services that you offer to these NEV makers and also how do these partnerships on these activities contribute to your financial performance for example to revenue growth. And could you share with us the specific impact on your car trading business line and auto loan facilitation business line as well as aftermarket service business line respectively? And also third question is about your outlook for Q3, the second half as a whole?

Jiayuan Lin -- Founder and Chief Executive Officer

[Foreign Speech] So, I will take your first two questions. The first question about the insurance that is the aftermarket services business line, well, because of the pre-liberalization reform in the China market, the business models of insurance companies saw big changes over the past -- over -- I mean the business models of insurance companies have seen big changes. So, for us how to meet the new challenges and how to better partner with insurance companies and adapt to the new business models, these have been issues for us to address. So, that's why the -- our insurance business hasn't been growing as we expected it to be.

And the second question, our partnership with NEV makers including Li Auto. Well, for Li Auto specifically, for our car financing transaction business, our system for this -- of this business is in fact directly integrated into the sales app of Li Auto. So, for example, when the customer of Li Auto makes an order offline, the information is directly fed into our systems and then we can provide the necessary services for -- to the Li Auto customer service and the same principle applies to the car insurance business, for example, we help liaison and connect with the insurance companies -- local insurance -- car insurance companies and then we feed the information into the auto insurance business system and then the customer service employees of Li Auto [Indecipherable] see the information on their sales app. So, we offer one-stop car insurance services as well.

[Foreign Speech] However, our partnerships model with Xpeng is different from that with Li Auto. With Xpeng, well, we first of all, on our we collect customer orders and relevant information on our -- in our system, and then we bulk purchase the cars from Xpeng. So, in the process, we also provide financing products as well as insurance products to the customers. [Foreign Speech] I think that's all from my side. [Foreign Speech]

Operator

[Operator Instructions] We have no further questions at this time. I will hand the conference call back over to management for any closing remarks.

Jiayuan Lin -- Founder and Chief Executive Officer

[Foreign Speech] Thank you everybody that closes today's earnings call.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 46 minutes

Call participants:

Jiayuan Lin -- Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Yongyi Zhang -- Chief Financial Officer

Shelley Wang -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

David Pan -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

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