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CMGE’s (0302.HK) seven-fold growth in international revenues: an emerging growth engine

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HONG KONG, Apr 13, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Despite regulation and a suspension of new game licenses in China, CMGE (0302.HK) grossed RMB3,957 million in 2021, representing a year-on-year increase of 3.6%, according to its 2021 annual earnings report. The company's gross profit margin increased to 37.2% in 2021 from 32.0% in 2020, while gross profit totaled RMB1,473 million, a year-on-year increase of 20.5%.

Jian Xiao, Executive Director, Chairman and CEO of CMGE, stated at the Performance Meeting that several games to be released in 2021 had been delayed due to the failure of achieving the game license as scheduled, as well as greater contributions to development and research, caused 2021 adjusted net margin to decline by 21.9%

With strong performance in 2020, CMGE's performance in 2021 is virtually superior to that of most peer companies.

01. The company's games have achieved international success with a year-on-year international game publishing revenue increasing by 7,260%, and another growth engine emerges.

CMGE's financial statements show that its profits are essentially sourced from developing and operating IP-based games, RMB905 million of which is sourced from the profits of its game development, representing a year-on-year increase of 23.9% and accounting for 22.9% of its annual business revenues, and RMB232 million of which is sourced from the profits of its IP licensing, doubled over the last year, representing a year-on-year increase of 106.9%, showing the abundant IP reserves and outstanding performance of its self-development strategy.

It's noteworthy that CMGE gained revenue of RMB459 million overseas, a year-on-year increase of 72 times. With this growth, its international revenue increased to 11.6% in 2021 from 0.2% in 2020, sharply representing the great progress from its overseas strategy of games.

According to an insider, it's inevitable for domestic game developers to make a breakthrough by surviving on international markets under the more serious regulation. Also, to survive on international markets, the company is facing challenges in all aspects such as the research and development of products, operation, marketing and organization. To survive on international markets has become a key indicator to measure whether a game developer is of competence.

At the Performance Meeting, Jian Xiao stated that CMGE, having committed to international game markets, has provided multiple games products in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, Southeastern Asia, Europe and America and has created professional localization teams in products operation, marketing, user service and advertising. With the success of several products in practice, the international markets will be further developed, the revenue of which will also be increasing.

02. The company has laid a strong foundation for challenges with a year-on-year contribution increase of 48.9% in R&D for core competence of excellent self-developed products.

The research and development is a must for excellent products, and CMGE's financial statements shows that it has been committed to the research and development. As indicated by a set of data, CMGE has a R&D team of 624 professionals by the end of the period, representing a year-on-year increase of 30.0%; its contributions to the R&D are increased from RMB208.6 million in 2020 to RMB310.7 million in 2021, representing a year-on-year increase of 48.9% and accounting for 7.9% of the corporate revenue.

CMGE has also invested in great game developers to develop game business. According to the financial statements, CMGE has invested in over 20 game developers directly or by convertible bonds in recent years.

With its investment, merger and self-development, CMGE's R&D has become mature gradually with five major game types - numerical games, platform games, strategy games, E-sports games and card games, and several new R&D studios and subsidiaries have also been established.

In the long run, the enhanced R&D will lay a strong foundation for the continuous development of products for a game company.

Jiao Xiao believes that as the game industry has been more and more limited and regulated, the game companies must pay more attention to high-quality, multi-platform and long-cycle products and gain profits of one game from multiple platforms. Also, the companies need to attract more loyal customers and enhance user stickiness by the worldview and IP of games, social function and other factors.

Driven by technologies, the game developers should develop more quality products to meet new demands of gamers. The game "Sword and Fairy: World" self-developed by CMGE to be released is a model one.

"Sword and Fairy: World", based on the worldview and IP of "Sword and Fairy", is an immersive open-world RPG where gamers are provided with great freedom to make choices. The game is available on multiple devices including PC, console, mobile phone and VR. The game art meets the VR standard to offer the best immersive experience for gamers. CMGE expects that "Sword and Fairy: World" will be developed into a bestselling strategy game with an annual revenue of over RMB3,000 billion, a high profit ratio and a long life cycle.

03. The company expects a promising future as the returns of self-developed products in international markets will begin after significant games are released.

Next, CMGE is going to release a series of self-developed products and further promote its international markets strategy to earn more reputation among international gamers.

CMGE is scheduled to release several new games with license in the first half of 2022, including "A New Record of a Mortal's Journey to Immortality", "Ultraman: Assembly" and "All Star Fight" that were released this January.

In addition, CMGE is also looking forward to the license of several major new games including "Sword and Fairy: Wen Qing", "Rakshasa Street: Chosen One", "Cultivation Fantasy" and "Daily Life of Group Chat".

As for the expected time when the license will be granted, Jian Xiao holds the view that the reason why the authority has stopped granting game licenses is essentially related to the improvement and review of the game protection system for the minors. In the long run, the government will still support the healthy development of game industry.

In addition, the key product "Sword and Fairy: World" is about to undergo the first test in August 2022 and to be released around the middle of 2023. And the E-sports game "Code: Basketball 3V3" developed by Shanghai Zhoujing will be tested by the end of 2022 and released around the middle of 2023.

At the Performance Meeting, Jian Xiao stated that considering the status quo, the company's R&D will truly pay off in 2023 with a target that the revenue of independent R&D business accounts for 40% or even more of the total revenue in 2023.

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Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comDespite regulation and a suspension of new game licenses in China, CMGE (0302.HK) grossed RMB3,957 billion in 2021, representing a year-on-year increase of 3.6%, according to its 2021 annual earnings report.

Indonesia Continues to Lead the Way in Site Blocking

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JAKARTA / SINGAPORE, Apr 11, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - The Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) has been tracking traffic to sites that have been blocked in Indonesia, as well as overall traffic to pirate sites and legitimate sites. The Indonesian government started blocking illegal sites in the middle of 2019 and by April this year the total number of sites blocked in Indonesia had topped 3,500. CAP's latest data also showed traffic to all pirate sites in Indonesia was down by 75% as of January this year compared to when tracking first started in September 2019. Encouragingly traffic to legitimate sites in Indonesia had also tripled over the same period.

The effectiveness of the blocking is backed up by the most recent YouGov consumer surveys undertaken by CAP in which more than 50% of Indonesian consumers say that they have stopped or rarely access pirate services as a result of blocking. Perhaps more importantly, 76% of Indonesian consumers say they are accessing more legal content and pirating less, and 26% say they have subscribed to legitimate sources as a result of illegal streaming sites being blocked. Blocking as an educational tool may also be evident in 95% of Indonesian consumers agreeing that online piracy does have negative consequences - the highest in the region.

Local movie producer Edwin Nazir, the Chairman of Asosiasi Produser Film Indonesia (APROFI) was greatly encouraged by the ongoing blocking efforts and the positive traffic data. "It is through collective consciousness and continuous effort that we can stand against piracy and bring the Indonesian film industry forward," said Nazir.

Matthew Cheetham, General Manager of CAP, noted, "Indonesia is leading the way when it comes to regulatory site blocking in the Asia Pacific region, if not the world, and the Indonesian government is to be congratulated for the strong stance they have taken in this area. Local industry is clearly benefitting from the actions, as are consumers who are not only being directed towards legitimate content, but in being blocked from accessing pirate sites, they are also protected from the serious risks that previous CAP studies shows are inherent in accessing pirate sites."

CAP's most recent YouGov consumer surveys show that while piracy continues to be a major concern around the Asia Pacific region, particularly in Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines, where 61% of consumers admit to accessing pirate services in each country, site blocking, and in particular government regulatory blocking, is having a noticeable effect in stopping consumers accessing pirated content online.

About the Asia Video Industry Association

The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) is the trade association for the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific. It serves to make the video industry stronger and healthier through promoting the common interests of its members. AVIA is the interlocutor for the industry with governments across the region, leads the fight against video piracy through its Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) and provides insight into the video industry through reports and conferences aimed to support a vibrant video industry.

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Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comThe Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) has been tracking traffic to sites that have been blocked in Indonesia, as well as overall traffic to pirate sites and legitimate sites.

Shiba Inu can reject this bearish disposition only if…

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SCCG and RONIN Partner for North America TV Sports Data

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LAS VEGAS, NV, Apr 8, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - SCCG Management CEO and Founder Stephen Crystal announced a partnership with the international digital media provider Ronin Venture, a leading provider of TV sports data branded under the name Ronin Sport.

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SCCG will be a strategic business partner to Ronin Venture and help the company grow the business in the North American market. SCCG will provide insights, business development, and advisory services to grow the company within different North American sports market segments.

Stephen Crystal said of the partnership, "Sports betting is a growing sector in the US. The TV sports solutions that Roninsport.io provides to betting operators, sports affiliations, and iGaming platforms have a unique high quality. You can tell that the founders of roninsport.io have been doing this for 15 years."

Andreas Fredmark, the Managing Director of Roninsport.io says, "All in the management team are excited to start working with Stephen and his team at SCCG. The industry experience that SCCG is extraordinary and will contribute to developing our services further. Coming from Sweden with a focus on engineering and product development, we need more experience in market reach and business approach."

SCCG will help develop the different sports solutions from Ronin Sport to fit the US market operators. They strive to perfect data and continually update and correct information in the tv guide solutions that have gotten Ronin Sport to an international level when it comes to new countries.

One of the most accessible B2B solutions Ronin Sport provide is an integrated section on a digital sports service. It can be a media site, a sports odds comparison site, or a sportsbook. At the next level, Ronin can integrate a variety of solutions, for example, sports books or betting platforms.

About Ronin Sport

The business started in January 2020. The Founding team has worked for 20 years of experience in the digital media industry and sports in particular. The business idea is to provide solutions to answer: "When and where Live Sports is sent on TV." The offering offers live TV and streaming data on several countries' wide range of sports. The platform is flexible and robust and offers built-in affiliate business models. The main B2B clients are companies in media and iGaming and offer a fully customizable sports section to help them attract and retain a broad sport interested audience

About SCCG Management

SCCG Management is a consultancy that specializes in sports betting, iGaming, sports marketing, affiliate marketing, technology, intellectual property protection, product commercialization, esports, capital formation, M&A, joint ventures, casino management, and governmental and legal affairs for the casino and iGaming industry.

SCCG Management celebrates 2022 as its 30th Anniversary of leadership and innovation for the gaming industry.

For more information, visit https://sccgmanagement.com.

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Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comSCCG Management CEO and Founder Stephen Crystal announced a partnership with the international digital media provider Ronin Venture, a leading provider of TV sports data branded under the name Ronin Sport.

Avalanche [AVAX]: Identifying the roadmap, roadblocks to alt’s $100 target

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What You Need to Know about Polkadot (DOT) in 2022

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SINGAPORE, Apr 1, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - 2021 was a huge year for the cryptocurrency market, with huge strides in growth and adoption of digital assets, NFTs, and blockchain worldwide. It was also an incredible year for Moonstake as we rose the top rankings of global staking providers, reaching a total staking assets of $1.8 billion thanks to the support of our users and partners worldwide. As we begin the new year 2022, Moonstake as well as our strategic coin partners have many exciting news and programs in store for you as our platforms scale and evolve. To welcome our user community into the exciting new year, we're creating a series of articles in collaboration with our strategic partner on what you need to know about our partner coins in the year 2022, this time with Polkadot.

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As of January 2020, Moonstake has been supporting DOT staking via strategic partnership with RockX, one of Polkadot's leading node operators. Since then, Moonstake has hosted a number of campaigns that promote awareness of the Polkadot ecosystem as well as adoption of DOT staking to global users, including webinars and giveaways. Later, Moonstake also partnered with Plasm, now known as Astar Network, a leading DApps hub on Polkadot, to expand support for the ecosystem with other parachains.

In 2021, Polkadot accomplished a number of major development milestones with the rollout of Parachains, Slot Auctions, and Crowdloans across 2 Relay-chain networks: Kusama coming live early in the year and Polkadot following up in December, both of which saw numerous successful parachain launches following their establishments. Additionally, the number of nominator accounts the network can support has tripled from 6,000 at the end of 2020 to 22,000 at its peak. In terms of organized events, Polkadot also managed to participate in over 380 meetups and conferences across the globe, both online and offline,in its effort to cultivate the global Polkadot community against the turbulence caused by the pandemic. Most notably, Polkadot received support and endorsement from the largest telecom company in Europe, Deutsche Telekom, who is currently using its infrastructure to participate in the Polkadot public blockchain network as a validator.

For 2022, Polkadot is focusing on expanding the number of Parachains on their network, with the ultimate goal being 100 parachain slots total. The project is also strongly continuing to push its efforts in building a robust development community for the ecosystem through even more events, hackathons, and initiatives. Not only will this help propel the ecosystem to greater heights in terms of technical achievements and usability, it is also how Polkadot will grow its user base and attract the interests of investors looking for high-value ecosystems.

Moonstake is proud to be strategic partners of Astar to expand the Polkadot ecosystem.We will continue to maintain strong support for the ever growing and developing Polkadot ecosystem and hope to bring even more great value to DOT and crypto users worldwide in 2022 to help accelerate adoption of the Polkadot and Moonstake ecosystems together.

About Moonstake

As a world-leading staking service provider, Moonstake develops and operates decentralized wallet services for enterprises and end users.

Our full-scale staking business started in August 2020. With the support of users all over the world, our total staking assets has risen to 1.8 billion dollars. In June 2021, we ranked third among 15,000 staking providers globally.

So far, we have expanded our business and ecosystem through about 30 strategic partnerships, including major blockchains such as Emurgo which is a constituent organization of Cardano, TRON, and NEO. In May 2021, we became a wholly owned subsidiary of the listed company "OIO Holdings Limited" on the Singapore Stock Exchange and we are working to further expand Moonstake's business and improve our credibility. https://www.moonstake.io/

About Polkadot

Polkadot will enable a completely decentralized web where users are in control.

Polkadot is built to connect private and consortium chains, public and permissionless networks, oracles, and future technologies that are yet to be created. Polkadot facilitates an internet where independent blockchains can exchange information and transactions in a trustless way via the Polkadot relay chain.

Polkadot makes it easier than ever to create and connect decentralized applications, services, and institutions. By empowering innovators to build better solutions, we seek to free society from its reliance on a broken web where its large institutions can't violate our trust. https://polkadot.network/

About Astar

Astar Network is the #1 Smart Contract Hub for WASM + EVM on Polkadot. Since winning its Parachain auction in January 2022, Astar Network has become the top Parachain in the Polkadot ecosystem in terms of Total Value Locked and most Ethereum assets transferred over. Astar Network is the leading smart contract hub that connects the Polkadot ecosystem to Ethereum, Cosmos, and all major layer 1 blockchains. Astar Network supports dApps using multiple virtual machines - namely WASM and EVM - and offers the best technology solutions and financial incentives via its Build2Earn and Astar Incubation Program for Web3 developers to build on top of a secure, scalable and interoperable blockchain. https://astar.network/

Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comAs of January 2020, Moonstake has been supporting DOT staking via strategic partnership with RockX, one of Polkadot's leading node operators.

SEMK (2250.HK) Announces 2021 Adjusted Net Profit Increases by Nearly 30% to HK$77 million, Becomes the Largest Domestic Character IP Company In China

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HONG KONG, Mar 30, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - SEMK Holdings International Limited ("SEMK", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group", stock code: 2250.HK), the largest domestic character Intellectual Property (IP) company* engaged in the provision of licensing services, design consultation services and retail of licensed brand products of its self-created B.Duck family characters, announced today the first annual results after its listing on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited on 17 January 2022.

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Mr. Eddie Hui, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SEMK.

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Together with its licensee, MADworld, SEMK launched its first drop of B. Duck NFT - 4,000 unique and original design 3D B.Duck NFTs as collectibles and potential future gaming celebrities.

Despite the unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic (the "Pandemic"), SEMK's business remains resilient. The Group's total revenue for the year ended 31 December 2021 ("FY2021" or the "Year") was approximately HK$290.0 million (FY2020: HK$233.5 million), representing a year-on-year growth of 24.2%. Excluding listing-expenses, the adjusted net profit for the Year was HK$77.3 million (FY2020: HK$59.8 million), representing a significant increase of 29.1% from the previous year.

The Board has resolved to declare a final dividend of HK$4.8 cents per ordinary share issued for the year ended 31 December 2021.

Mr. Eddie Hui, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SEMK, said, "It is an honor for me, for the first time as Chairman of SEMK, to relate to you our first annual results after listing. I am thrilled to announce that SEMK has become the largest domestic character IP company and ranked the fourth among all character IP companies in China, in terms of character licensing revenue in 2021*. It is our mission to be one of the pioneer Chinese character IP to expand in overseas so that can bring happiness and "Playful" lifestyle worldwide and empower soft power in Chinese cultural style. Indeed, the global licensing market is dominated by American and Japanese IPs, more than 60% of global retail sales of licensed goods attributable to North America. China only occupied less than 4% of global retail value of licensed products in 2021, which is not in same pace of global GDP sharing for China, this implies that the licensing market in China is in a very high growth potential. Our historical pace of growth is much faster than the overall growth rate of licensing market in China. Among other top 10 largest licensors in China, B.Duck is the youngest one and has demonstrated its high growth track records in the past years.

The listing of SEMK on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in early 2022 is undoubtedly an important milestone for us. Looking forward, we will continue to adhere to our product-oriented development strategy, draw on our strong design capabilities and extensive licensees' network to bring more high-quality products to our fans."

Resilient Business Performance
The Group are principally engaged in two major businesses - character licensing business, as well as e-commerce and other business.

Character Licensing Business
The Group's character licensing business can be broadly divided into five service types, namely (i) merchandise licensing; (ii) location-based entertainment ("LBE") licensing; (iii) content and media licensing; (iv) promotion licensing; and (v) design consultation, which are interrelated and complementary to each other, with each of them being provided on a single, multi-service or integrated basis.

The Group's revenue from character licensing business increased by 69.9% to HK$166.6 million during the Year (FY2020: HK$98.0 million), mainly driven by the increase in excess royalties charged from the Group's licencees as a result of their increased sales of goods or services featuring the Group's IP characters. This segment accounted for 57.4% of the Group's total revenue in FY2021. The number of licencees (exclusive of licensing agents) the Group had increased to 385 as at the end of FY2021 (FY2020: 315).

E-commerce and Other Business
The Group' s e-commerce and other business mainly involve the sale of B.Duck family characters-featured products on e-commerce platforms of third parties and through offline sales channels. Seeing the potential synergies to be generated from the character licensing business, the Group began to explore the possibility of designing and selling its own products on e-commerce platforms. In 2015, SEMK launched its first online flagship store on Tmall, a well-known business to customer online shopping platform in China.

Following the success in the opening of such flagship store, the Group subsequently expanded onto other e-commerce platforms, such as JD.com, VIP.com and HKTVmall, to offer its products and allow customers to pay online with products directly shipped to the customers. During the Year, revenue from e-commerce and other business was approximately HK$123.4 million.

Launch of B. Duck NFTs and MOU with MADworld
With robust design capabilities and creativity, over the decades, the Group was able to ride on its self-create characters to launch various kind of licensed products in order to cope with changing consumption habits of B.Duck's fans. Recently, SEMK deployed a globalized business blueprint with an NFT "Non-fungible token" market. Joining hands with MADworld, the launch of B.Duck NFTs was a three-part series. The first drop, which was already launched, included 4,000 unique and original design 3D B.Duck NFTs as collectibles and potential future gaming celebrities. It was well received by the market and was sold out in 5 hours during the public session.

To facilitate strategic moves in this field in the future, SEMK has also entered into a memorandum of understanding (the "MOU") with MADworld Advisory Limited ("MADworld"), which specializes in development of licensed or licensable IPs into NFTs and other digital creatives, and marketing and offering to sell the same on platforms to be developed and/or accessed by such company. Pursuant to the MOU, SEMK and MADworld shall within two (2) months from the date of the MOU, enter into a joint venture agreement to establish a joint venture entity intended to be principally engaged in, amongst others, development of artworks and IPs owned by the Group into NFTs

Mr. Eddie Hui, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SEMK, concluded, "2021 was a peculiar year for us. Against the backdrop of the pandemic, thanks to the robust commitment of our team in delivering the strategic plans, we managed to sustain a resilient performance albeit the market challenges. The opportunities presented by the pandemic prompted us to make sufficient progress in online commercial operations, product flexibility, and B.Duck community online and offline digitalization integration.

Looking forward, through our strong fan base and coverage on social media-and e-commerce platforms, we will continue to accelerate the development of our product design capabilities in different territory, so as to expand to different variety licensing categories, including but not limited to LBE and digital assets projects. We will also proactively look for opportunities of strategic partnerships, alliances and acquisitions to facilitate sustainable business development."

About SEMK Holdings International Limited
SEMK Holdings International Limited (stock code: 2250.HK) is the largest domestic character IP company engaged in the provision of licensing services, design consultation services and retail of brand products of its self-created B.Duck family characters.

With strong in-house artistic design capabilities, SEMK has developed and nurtured a proprietary portfolio of approximately 26 self-created characters created under the motto of "Be Playful". As at 31 December 2021, B.Duck family characters had recorded in aggregate more than 10.5 million subscriptions or follows by B.Duck fans on various e-commerce platforms and social networking platforms, with in aggregate, over 740 million views of various types of content in relation to the elements of B.Duck family characters along with our "Be playful" motto.

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Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comSEMK Holdings International Limited ("SEMK", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group", stock code: 2250.HK), the largest domestic character Intellectual Property (IP) company* engaged in the provision of licensing services

Report: Digital AUM Surged to $48.7 Billion in March, Average Weekly Flows Turn Negative

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CEFC Announces 2021 Annual Results

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HONG KONG, Mar 28, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - CEFC Hong Kong Financial Investment Company Limited ("CEFC Financial", together with its subsidiaries, "the Group", to be renamed as "Virtual Mind Holding Company Limited"; stock code: 1520.HK) is pleased to announce its audited consolidated results for the year ended 31 December 2021 (the "Year").

During the Year, the Group was mainly engaged in the design, manufacture and trading of apparel, as well as provision of money lending services. Thanks to the continued revival of demand in apparel market during the Year, the Group embraced growth momentum in its apparel operation. Driven by its excellent business performance, revenue of the Group increased by approximately 22.1% to approximately HK$140.0 million (2020: HK$114.0 million) during the Year. Gross profit was approximately HK$38.7 million (2020: HK$25.0 million), increased by approximately 55.1%. The overall gross profit margin increased by approximately 5.9 percentage points to approximately 27.7% (2020: 21.8%), benefiting from revenue growth and the Group's strategic focus to shift to higher-margin own brand products in the apparel operation during the Year. With the increase in the Group's revenue and no impairment loss on goodwill incurred for the Year, loss attributable to owners of the Company significantly narrowed by approximately 32.1% to approximately HK$46.3 million (2020: HK$68.1 million).

Business Review
Apparel Operation
Apparel Operation is the Group's core business. Its revenue is principally derived from the sales of apparel products, namely own brand products and private label products. The U.S. was the principal market for the Group's apparel operation during the Year. With the rebound of the U.S. economy following the relaxation of restrictive social measures, coupled with fiscal measures and monetary support, the revenue from the Group's apparel operation increased by approximately 20.7% year-on-year to approximately HK$129.3 million (2020: HK$107.1 million), accounting for 92.4% of the Group's total revenue.

In view of the higher gross profit margin of its own brand products, the Group focused on the expansion of this segment during the Year. The segmental revenue thus increased by approximately 80.4% to approximately HK$91.7 million (2020: HK$50.8 million). Own brand products became the largest contributor of the Group's apparel operation and accounted for 71.0% (2020: 47.5%) of the total revenue from apparel operation during the Year. Gross profit registered strong growth of approximately 107.5% to approximately HK$27.7 million (2020: HK$13.4 million), with gross profit margin increasing from 26.3% in 2020 to approximately 30.2%.

As the Group strategically shifted its focus to its own brand products during the Year, revenue from private label products decreased to approximately HK$37.5 million (2020: HK$56.2 million), contributing 29.0% of the total revenue from apparel operation for the Year. Gross profit and gross profit margin amounted to approximately HK$416,000 (2020: HK$4.2 million) and approximately 1.1% (2020: 7.4%) respectively.

Money Lending Business
The Group's lending business primarily offers loans to individual customers and small businesses in Hong Kong. Hong Kong saw a strong recovery in 2021, attributable to the well-contained local pandemic during the Year and continued revival of global economic activities. During the Year, revenue from money lending operation increased by approximately 42.3% to approximately HK$10.6 million (2020: HK$7.4 million), accounted for 7.6% of total revenue of the Group.

Outlook
The Group is committed to exploring new business opportunities to expand its apparel design, manufacturing and trading business. In view of the recent development that the apparel industry has shifted towards the market segment of trendy culture well-received among younger generation, the Group aims to capture the huge potential of fashion and trendy apparel market. In order to diversify from its focus of manufacturing private label women apparel products, the Group plans to expand its design, manufacturing and trading of apparels business to become an all-rounded trendy apparel product manufacturer, tapping into the men and young adults markets. To align with its business development strategy and the vision of developing trendy culture apparel products, as well as to prepare for further developing trendy apparel business, the Group proposed its company name to be changed to "Virtual Mind Holding Company Limited" which was approved at the extraordinary general meeting on 25 March 2022. This will be implemented after the approval of the Registrar of Companies in the Cayman Islands.

Looking forward, the Group will promote the development of its apparel business from various aspects, and continuously develop a more diversified portfolio of trendy apparel and related products in order to open up new sales channels. In January 2022, the Group appointed the senior designer of the renowned world luxury product brand LVMH Group Dr. Zhou Yibing as Chief Creativity Officer, who will be responsible for managing the Group's product design team, developing its own brand trendy culture products and cross-over products with other brands, etc.

In addition, the Group constantly seeks to establish strategic cooperation relationship with other apparel enterprises. In January 2022, the Group has entered a strategic cooperation agreement with Qingdao Weiding Sports Supplies Company Limited, which is principally engaged in trendy sportswear and accessory products, with an aim of expanding the Group's business in the men's and women's sportswear market segment. The Group has also entered into a licensing agreement with Chengdu Dreamtoys Cultural Creativity Company Limited so as to explore the younger generation market. The Group was granted the exclusive right of use of the intellectual property (IP) right of four animated characters which will be used for the development, production and sales of apparel of the IP Characters. Furthermore, the Group is striving to explore crossover collaboration opportunities with other world-renowned brands, artists and designers, in order to build up self-developed brand image and further increase the variety of the self-developed brands and products.

In March this year, the Group entered into a sales and purchase agreement with world-renowned art brand Leblon-Delienne to purchase art collections and the relevant digital creation for Non-Fungible Token ("NFT") for market sales. This series of products was created by Mr. Jose Levy, the creative director of Hermes. We plan to invite famous Asian artists Mr. Takashi Murakami and Ms. Mika Ninagawa to participate in the re-creation in the future, therefore the art collection is expected to be of enormous collectable value. At the same time, young artists and fashion people from Asia, especially Hong Kong, will be invited to participate in its events, bringing vitality to the fashion capital of Asia.

Mr. Li Yang, Chairman and Executive Director of CEFC Financial said, "The Group has been deeply involved in the fashion design business for more than 20 years, and is committed to designing and producing high-quality fashion products. In view of the huge potential of the fashion apparel market, the management of the Group plans to gradually expand the trendy apparel manufacturing business, and strategically upgrade itself to become an all-rounded trendy apparel product supplier. The Group is confident in the prospects of its trendy apparel operation and we believe that the change of our company name will lead us to a new chapter. We expect that the economic activities will get back on the right track and the Group's business will experience optimistic growth after the pandemic. Looking forward, the Group will continue to focus on the development of trendy apparel with the strategic focus on the young market. We will also actively look for collaboration opportunities with different well-known brands and designers, in hopes of increasing the popularity of our own brand and seize the immense opportunities in global trendy apparel market in order to bring long-term returns for our shareholders."

About CEFC Hong Kong Financial Investment Company Limited
CEFC Hong Kong Financial Investment Company Limited (1520.HK) is principally engaged in (i) design, manufacturing and trading of apparel; and (ii) provision of money-lending business. The Group's apparel operation is classified into two categories, namely, private label products and own brand products. Private label products are those designed and manufactured under the private labels owned or specified by the Group's customers, while own brand products are those designed and manufactured under the Group's proprietary labels. To align with its business development strategy, the proposed change of Company name to "Virtual Mind Holding Company Limited" was approved at the extraordinary general meeting on 25 March 2022.

For more details, please visit www.cefcfi.com.hk


Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comCEFC Hong Kong Financial Investment Company Limited ("CEFC Financial", together with its subsidiaries, "the Group", to be renamed as "Virtual Mind Holding Company Limited"; stock code: 1520.HK) is pleased to announce its audited consolidated results for the year ended 31 December 2021 (the "Year").

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