CLPS Incorporation Reports Financial Results for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2022


    HONG KONG, March 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- CLPS Incorporation (the "Company" or "CLPS") (Nasdaq: CLPS), today announced its unaudited financial results for the six months ended December 31, 2021, or the first half of the Company's fiscal year 2022.

    First Half of Fiscal 2022 Highlights (all results compared to the six months ended December 31, 2020) 

    • Revenues increased by 30.2% to $75.9 million from $58.3 million.
    • Revenue from IT consulting services increased by 26.2% to $72.0 million from $57.1 million.
    • Revenue from customized IT solution services increased by 208.1% to $3.3 million from $1.1 million.
    • Revenue from e-Commerce area increased by 88.1% to $14.4 million from $7.7 million.
    • Operating income increased by 54.2% to $7.6 million from $4.9 million.
    • Net income increased by 31.2% to $6.5 million from $4.9 million.
    • Net income attributable to CLPS Incorporation's shareholders increased by 28.9% to $6.3 million from $4.9 million.
    • Non-GAAP net income attributable to CLPS Incorporation's shareholders[1] increased by 37.4% to $8.7 million, compared to $6.4 million. Please refer to "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section for the discussion of such measures used in this press release.
    • Net cash provided by operating activities increased by 40.1% to $13.2 million from $9.4 million.

    Mr. Raymond Lin, Chief Executive Officer of CLPS, commented, "The first half of fiscal year 2022 has concluded at an amazing pace for CLPS, and yet another period of solid market share gains, increased profitability, consistent strategic execution, and technology progress that translated into stronger financial results. Our disciplined approach to financial allocation enabled us to grow our top and bottom lines, and we have been able to make strategic investments into our business to propel our future growth."

    "We are keeping up with that momentum as we continuously implement our growth and innovation strategies. In particular, while we continuously grow organically, we are also pursuing new revenue streams by promoting our customized IT solution services. New products and business development advancements will be essential components to achieving this goal. It involves the development of a next generation loan trading software for overseas markets, blockchain-based solutions for financial institutions, CLPS SaaS platform-based credit card products, and digital yuan business solution which recently gained traction."

    "We are further expanding our international presence and industry reach to new markets.  We made significant progress in penetrating the overseas tourism industry by upgrading our client's digital infrastructure. Further, our goals for 2022 include attracting more clients and creating more business opportunities in the United States and Singapore."

    "Our achievements and progress only exemplify the strength of our business, and the strategies we plan to implement will continue to drive the success of the Company in the long run."

    Ms. Rui Yang, Chief Financial Officer of CLPS, commented, "We are pleased to announce that our financial results have grown consistently in the first half of fiscal year 2022, with revenue rising by 30.2% and net income growing by 31.2% respectively. Our dual-engine strategy has also contributed greatly to our financial performance. We achieved top-line growth horizontally by bringing in new clients and expanding our services and business scope for existing clients vertically, which resulted in a 208.1% revenue growth in our customized IT solution services. With an eye toward the future, we remain committed to improving the value of the Company over the long-term. We are optimistic to achieve this goal through the synergy among our IT services and products, improved capabilities of service delivery, and enhanced operating efficiencies."

    First Half of Fiscal year 2022 Financial Results

    Revenues

    In the first half of fiscal 2022, revenues increased by $17.6 million, or 30.2%, to $75.9 million from $58.3 million in the prior year period. This increase in revenue was mainly due to an increase in revenue from IT consulting services.

    Revenues by Service

    • Revenue from IT consulting services increased by $14.9 million, or 26.2%, to $72.0 million in the first half of fiscal year 2022 from $57.1 million in the prior year period. Revenue from IT consulting services accounted for 94.8% of total revenue, compared to 97.8% in the prior year period. The increase was due to the increased demand from existing and new clients, and our improved service delivery capability.
    • Revenue from customized IT solution services increased by $2.2 million, or 208.1%, to $3.3 million and accounted for 4.3% of total revenue in the first half of fiscal 2022 from $1.1 million, or 1.8% of total revenue. The increase was primarily due to our strengthened relationship and expanded business scope with our existing clients.
    • Revenue from other services increased by $0.5 million, or 236.7%, to $0.7 million and accounted for 0.9% of total revenue in the first half of fiscal year 2022, up from $0.2 million, or 0.3% of total revenue in the prior year period. The increase was primarily due to the increased demand for other services, including non-IT consulting service.

    Revenues by Operational Areas

    • Revenue from banking area increased by $6.4 million, or 22.1% to $35.1 million in the first half of fiscal 2022, from $28.7 million in the prior year period. Revenue from banking area accounted for 46.2% and 49.3% of total revenues in the first half of fiscal 2022 and 2021, respectively.
    • Revenue from wealth management area increased by $3.7 million, or 32.4% to $15.1 million in the first half of fiscal 2022, from $11.4 million in the prior year period. Revenue from wealth management area accounted for 19.9% and 19.6% of total revenues in the first half of fiscal 2022 and 2021, respectively.
    • Revenue from e-Commerce area increased by $6.7 million, or 88.1% to $14.4 million in the first half of fiscal 2022, from $7.7 million in the prior year period. Revenue from e-Commerce area accounted for 19.0% and 13.2% of total revenues in the first half of fiscal 2022 and 2021, respectively.
    • Revenue from automotive area increased by $1.5 million, or 44.5% to $5.0 million in the first half of fiscal 2022, from $3.5 million in the prior year period. Revenue from automotive area accounted for 6.6% and 6.0% of total revenues in the first half of fiscal 2022 and 2021, respectively.

    Revenues by Geography

    • Despite the recent macroeconomic volatility and the increased uncertainty caused by COVID-19 pandemic, our revenue generated outside of Mainland China continued to grow by 15.4% to $7.7 million in the first half of fiscal year 2022 from $6.6 million in the same period of the previous year. The increase in revenue generated outside of Mainland China reflects the Company's successful and continuous global expansion strategy.

    Gross Profit

    Gross profit increased by $3.8 million, or 20.7%, to $22.3 million in the first half of fiscal 2022 from $18.5 million in the prior year period.

    Operating Expenses

    Selling and marketing expenses increased by $0.5 million, or 27.3%, to $2.3 million in the first half of fiscal 2022 from $1.8 million in the prior year period due to the increase of salary expenses as new staff were hired to improve the Company's capability of service delivery to meet clients' demand. As a percentage of total revenues, selling and marketing expenses decreased to 3.0% in the first half of fiscal 2022 compared to 3.1% in the prior year period. The decrease was primarily due to the increase in operational efficiency as a result of economies of scale.

    Research and development expenses decreased by $2.0 million, or 32.2%, to $4.2 million in the first half of fiscal 2022 from $6.2 million in the prior year period. As a percentage of total revenues, research and development expenses decreased to 5.5% in the first half of fiscal 2022 compared to 10.6% in the prior year period. The decrease was primarily due to the optimization of our R&D staff structure by allocating a number of staff to deliver customized IT solution to meet the increased demand for this service. As a result, the R&D salary expenses were shifted to costs.

    General and administrative expenses increased by $2.6 million, or 38.3%, to $9.2 million in the first half of fiscal 2022 from $6.6 million in the prior year period. As a percentage of total revenues, general and administrative expenses increased to 12.1% in the first half of fiscal 2022 compared to 11.4% in the prior year period. The increase was primarily due to an increase of share-based compensation, new staff were hired, and a year-over-year increase of salary expenses.

    Operating Income

    Operating income increased by $2.7 million, or 54.2%, to $7.6 million in the first half of fiscal 2022 from $4.9 million in the same period of the previous year. Operating margin was 10.0% in the first half of fiscal 2022 compared to 8.4% in the prior year period.

    Other Income and Expenses

    Total other expenses, net of other income was $0.2 million in the first half of fiscal 2022, compared to $0.1 million total other income, net of other expenses in the prior year period.

    Provision for Income Taxes

    Provision for income taxes increased by $0.8 million to $0.9 million in the first half of fiscal 2022 from $0.1 million in the same period of the previous year, mainly due to certain subsidiaries made profit and used up recoverable losses.

    Net Income and EPS

    Net income increased by $1.6 million, or 31.2%, to $6.5 million in the first half of fiscal 2022 from $4.9 million in the prior year period. After excluding the impact of non-cash share-based compensation expenses, non-GAAP net income[2] increased by $2.5 million, or 39.1%, to $8.9 million in the first half of fiscal 2022 from $6.4 million in the same period of the previous year.

    After excluding the impact of non-controlling interests, net income attributable to CLPS Incorporation's shareholders in the first half of fiscal 2022 was $6.3 million, or $0.31 basic and diluted earnings per share compared to net income attributable to CLPS Incorporation's shareholders of $4.9 million, or $0.30 basic and diluted earnings per share, in the first half of fiscal 2021. After excluding the impact of non-cash share-based compensation expenses, non-GAAP net income attributable to CLPS Incorporation's shareholders[1] in the first half of fiscal 2022 was $8.7 million, or $0.43 basic and diluted earnings per share. This is compared to non-GAAP net income attributable to CLPS Incorporation's shareholders of $6.4 million, or $0.39 basic and diluted earnings per share, in the prior year period.

    Cash Flow

    As of December 31, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $21.7 million compared to $24.7 million as of June 30, 2021.

    Net cash provided by operating activities was approximately $13.2 million. Net cash used in investing activities was approximately $22.0 million. Net cash provided by financing activities was approximately $5.6 million. The effect of exchange rate change on cash was approximately positive $0.1 million. The Company believes that its current cash position and cash flow from operations are sufficient to meet its anticipated cash needs for at least the next 12 months.

    Financial Outlook

    For fiscal year 2022, the Company expects, absent material acquisitions or non-recurring transactions, total sales growth in the range of approximately 30% to 35%, non-GAAP net income growth in the range of approximately 32% to 37% compared to fiscal year 2021 financial results.

    This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary views, which are subject to change and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to various risks and uncertainties facing the Company's business and operations as identified in its public filings.

    Exchange Rate

    The balance sheet amounts with the exception of equity as of December 31, 2021, were translated at 6.3726 RMB to 1.00 USD compared to 6.4566 RMB to 1.00 USD as of June 30, 2021. The equity accounts were stated at their historical rate. The average translation rates applied to the income statements accounts for the periods ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 were 6.4316 RMB to 1.00 USD and 6.7734 RMB to 1.00 USD, respectively. The change in the value of the RMB relative to the U.S. dollar may affect our financial results reported in the U.S. dollar terms without giving effect to any underlying change in our business or results of operation.

    Conference Call Information

    The Company will hold a conference call at 8:30 am ET on March 4, 2022 to discuss first half of fiscal 2022 results. Listeners may access the call by dialing:

    U.S. Toll-Free:

    +1-888-204-4368

    U.S. Local /International:

    +1-323-994-2093

    Mainland China:

    400 120 9101

    Hong Kong:

    800 961 105

    To access the live webcast of the conference call, please visit this link. The live and archived webcast will also be available through the Company's investor relations website at https://ir.clpsglobal.com.

    A replay of the call will be available through March 18, 2022 by dialing:

    U.S. Toll-Free:

    +1-844-512-2921

    U.S. Local/International:

    +1-412-317-6671

    Passcode:

    2222362

    About CLPS Incorporation

    Headquartered in Hong Kong, CLPS Incorporation (the "Company") (Nasdaq: CLPS) is a global leading information technology ("IT"), consulting and solutions service provider focusing on the banking, insurance and financial sectors. The Company serves as an IT solutions provider to a growing network of clients in the global financial industry, including large financial institutions in the US, Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia and Hong Kong, and their PRC-based IT centers. The Company maintains 19 delivery and/or research & development centers to serve different customers in various geographic locations. Mainland China centers are located in Shanghai, Beijing, Dalian, Tianjin, Baoding, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, and Hainan. The remaining eight global centers are located in Hong Kong SAR, USA, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, India and the Philippines. For further information regarding the Company, please visit: https://ir.clpsglobal.com/, or follow CLPS on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    Certain of the statements made in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning and protections of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements include statements with respect to the Company's beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, anticipations, assumptions, estimates, intentions, and future performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may be beyond the Company's control, and which may cause the actual results, performance, capital, ownership or achievements of the Company to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All such statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary notice, including, without limitation, those risks and uncertainties related to the Company's financial and operational performance in the first half of Fiscal 2022, its expectations of the Company's future performance, its preliminary outlook and guidance offered in this presentation, as well as the risks and uncertainties described in the Company's most recently filed SEC reports and filings. Such reports are available upon request from the Company, or from the Securities and Exchange Commission, including through the SEC's Internet website at http://www.sec.gov. We have no obligation and do not undertake to update, revise or correct any of the forward-looking statements after the date hereof, or after the respective dates on which any such statements otherwise are made.

    Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

    The unaudited condensed consolidated financial information is prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP"), except that the consolidated statement of changes in shareholders' equity, consolidated statements of cash flows, and the detailed notes have not been presented. The Company uses non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income attributable to CLPS Incorporation's shareholders, and basic and diluted non-GAAP net income per share, which are non-GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP operating income is operating income excluding share-based compensation expenses. Non-GAAP operating margin is non-GAAP operating income as a percentage of revenues. Non-GAAP net income attributable to CLPS Incorporation's shareholders is net income attributable to CLPS Incorporation's shareholders excluding share-based compensation expenses. Basic and diluted non-GAAP net income per share is non-GAAP net income attributable to common shareholders divided by weighted average number of shares used in the calculation of basic and diluted net income per share. The Company believes that separate analysis and exclusion of the non-cash impact of share-based compensation expenses clarity to the constituent parts of its performance. The Company reviews these non-GAAP financial measures together with GAAP financial measures to obtain a better understanding of its operating performance. It uses the non-GAAP financial measure for planning, forecasting and measuring results against the forecast. The Company believes that non-GAAP financial measure is useful supplemental information for investors and analysts to assess its operating performance without the effect of non-cash share-based compensation expenses, which have been and will continue to be significant recurring expenses in its business. However, the use of non-GAAP financial measures has material limitations as an analytical tool. One of the limitations of using non-GAAP financial measures is that they do not include all items that impact the Company's net income for the period. In addition, because non-GAAP financial measures are not measured in the same manner by all companies, they may not be comparable to other similar titled measures used by other companies. In light of the foregoing limitations, you should not consider non-GAAP financial measure in isolation from or as an alternative to the financial measure prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

    The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company encourages investors to carefully consider its results under GAAP, as well as its supplemental non-GAAP information and the reconciliation between these presentations, to more fully understand its business. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Unaudited Reconciliations of Non-GAAP and GAAP Results" near the end of this release.

    Contact:    

    CLPS Incorporation
    Rhon Galicha
    Investor Relations Office
    Phone: +86-182-2192-5378
    Email: ir@clpsglobal.com

    [1] Non-GAAP net income attributable to CLPS Incorporation's shareholders is a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as net income attributable to the Company excluding share-based compensation expenses. Please refer to the section titled "Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" for details.

    [2] Non-GAAP net income is a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as net income excluding share-based compensation expenses. Please refer to the section titled "Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" for details.

     

     

    CLPS INCORPORATION

    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

    (Amounts in U.S. dollars ("$"), except for number of shares)




    As of




    December 31,

    June 30,




    2021

    (Unaudited)



    2021

    (Audited)


    ASSETS







    Current assets:









    Cash and cash equivalents



    21,741,601




    24,739,382


    Short-term investments



    6,512,256




    4,158,535


    Accounts receivable, net



    43,819,782




    44,138,997


    Prepayments, deposits and other assets, net



    3,318,639




    2,530,458


    Prepaid income tax



    181,886




    -


    Amounts due from related parties



    430,614




    546,128


    Total Current Assets



    76,004,778




    76,113,500


    Non-Current assets:









    Property and equipment, net



    20,886,477




    600,791


    Intangible assets, net



    1,106,806




    1,050,499


    Goodwill



    2,441,368




    2,444,950


    Long-term investments



    835,041




    1,014,784


    Prepayments, deposits and other assets, net



    407,821




    896,145


    Deferred tax assets, net



    408,445




    607,773


    Total Assets



    102,090,736




    82,728,442











    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY









    Current liabilities:









    Bank loans



    13,294,897




    7,536,839


    Accounts payable



    515,918




    559,450


    Accrued expenses and other current liabilities



    424,356




    245,408


    Tax payables



    2,238,739




    1,715,009


    Contract liabilities



    1,161,507




    326,912


    Salaries and benefits payable



    14,839,684




    12,466,921


    Amount due to related parties



    61,845




    183,148


    Total Current Liabilities



    32,536,946




    23,033,687


    Non-Current liabilities:









    Bank loans



    -




    9,644


    Deferred tax liabilities



    144,253




    155,033


    Other non-current liabilities



    2,101,145




    1,799,383


     TOTAL LIABILITIES



    34,782,344




    24,997,747


    Commitments and Contingencies


















    Shareholders' Equity









    Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized;
    20,213,822 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31,
    2021; 20,293,552 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30,
    2021



    2,021




    2,029


    Additional paid-in capital



    50,988,671




    48,516,695


    Statutory reserves



    4,826,600




    4,214,075


    Retained earnings



    8,376,104




    2,726,165


    Accumulated other comprehensive income



    1,715,151




    1,230,083











    Total CLPS Incorporation's Shareholders' Equity



    65,908,547




    56,689,047











    Noncontrolling Interests



    1,399,845




    1,041,648











    Total Shareholders' Equity



    67,308,392




    57,730,695











    Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity



    102,090,736




    82,728,442












     

     

    CLPS INCORPORATION 

    UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED statements

    of INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

    (Amounts in U.S. dollars ("$"), except for number of shares)






    For the six months ended
    December 31,






    2021




    2020











    Revenues




    75,921,605




    58,318,208


    Less: Cost of revenues (note 1)




    (53,609,609)




    (39,840,283)


    Gross profit




    22,311,996




    18,477,925












    Operating income (expenses):










    Selling and marketing expenses (note 1)




    2,284,404




    1,793,807


    Research and development expenses




    4,175,373




    6,161,188


    General and administrative expenses (note 1)




    9,168,389




    6,629,000


    Subsidies and other operating income




    (878,083)




    (1,011,448 )


    Total operating expenses




    14,750,083




    13,572,547


    Income from operations




    7,561,913




    4,905,378


    Other income




    295,704




    174,468


    Other expenses




    (475,269)




    (49,224)


    Income before income tax and share of  (loss) in equity investees




    7,382,348




    5,030,622


    Provision for income taxes




    864,921




    92,214


    Income before share of (loss) in equity investees

    Share of (loss) in equity investees, net of tax

    Net income




    6,517,427

         (47,082)

    6,470,345




    4,938,408

    (6,127)

    4,932,281


    Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests




    207,881




    72,165


    Net income attributable to CLPS Incorporation's shareholders




    6,262,464




    4,860,116












    Other comprehensive income (loss)




















    Foreign currency translation income




    500,376




    2,226,431


    Less: foreign currency translation income attributable to
    noncontrolling interest




    15,308




    93,622


    Other comprehensive income attributable to CLPS
    Incorporation's shareholders




    485,068




    2,132,809












    Comprehensive income attributable to










    CLPS Incorporation's shareholders




    6,747,532




    6,992,925


    Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests




    223,189




    165,787


    Comprehensive income




    6,970,721




    7,158,712












    Basic earnings per common share*




    0.31




    0.30


    Weighted average number of share outstanding – basic




    20,374,035




    16,147,508


    Diluted earnings per common share*




    0.31




    0.30


    Weighted average number of share outstanding – diluted




    20,457,630




    16,174,530













    Note:


    (1)

    Includes share-based compensation expenses as follows:

     


    Cost of revenues



    22,923




    4,183



    Selling and marketing expenses



    109,375




    79,531



    General and administrative expenses



    2,335,803




    1,411,613






    2,468,101




    1,495,327


     


    *

    The shares and per share data are presented on a retroactive basis to reflect the nominal share
    issuance.

     

     

    CLPS INCORPORATION

    UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP AND GAAP RESULTS

    (Amounts in U.S. dollars ("$"), except for number of shares)




    For the six months ended 

    December 31,




    2021



    2020









    Cost of revenues



    53,609,609




    39,840,283


    Less: share-based compensation expenses



    22,923




    4,183


    Non-GAAP cost of revenues



    53,586,686




    39,836,100











    Selling and marketing expenses



    2,284,404




    1,793,807


    Less: share-based compensation expenses



    109,375




    79,531




    Non-GAAP selling and marketing
       expenses



    2,175,029




    1,714,276











    General and administrative expenses



    9,168,389




    6,629,000


    Less: share-based compensation expenses



    2,335,803




    1,411,613


    Non-GAAP general and administrative
       expenses



     

    6,832,586




     

    5,217,387











    Operating income



    7,561,913




    4,905,378


    Add: share-based compensation expenses



    2,468,101




    1,495,327


    Non-GAAP operating income



    10,030,014




    6,400,705











    Operating Margin



    10.0%




    8.4%


    Add: share-based compensation expenses



    3.2%




    2.6%


    Non-GAAP operating margin



    13.2%




    11.0%











    Net income



    6,470,345




    4,932,281


    Add: share-based compensation expenses



    2,468,101




    1,495,327


    Non-GAAP net income



    8,938,446




    6,427,608











    Net income attributable to CLPS
       Incorporation's shareholders



    6,262,464




    4,860,116


    Add: share-based compensation expenses



    2,468,101




    1,495,327


    Non-GAAP net income attributable to
       CLPS Incorporation's shareholders



    8,730,565




    6,355,443











    Weighted average number of share
       outstanding used in computing GAAP and
       non-GAAP basic earnings



    20,374,035




    16,147,508


    GAAP basic earnings per common share



    0.31




    0.30


    Add: share-based compensation expenses



    0.12




    0.09


    Non-GAAP basic earnings per common share



    0.43




    0.39











    Weighted average number of share
       outstanding used in computing GAAP
       diluted earnings



    20,457,630




    16,174,530


    Weighted average number of share
       outstanding used in computing non-GAAP
       diluted earnings



    20,457,630




    16,174,530











    GAAP diluted earnings per common share



    0.31




    0.30


    Add: share-based compensation expenses



    0.12




    0.09


    Non-GAAP diluted earnings per common
       share



    0.43




    0.39












     

     

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