SUNRISE, FL, Apr 20, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - NextPlay Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTP), a technology solutions company building a digital business ecosystem for digital advertisers, consumers, video gamers and travelers, has completed its previously announced acquisition of gaming assets and IP from goGame, a Singapore-based mobile casual video game publisher and technology company.
The acquired assets include goPlay, a new-gen game publishing platform featuring a tournament system, chat, payment, and 37 casual games ranging from arcade to strategy. NextPlay plans to complete the integration of its HotPlay in-game advertising (IGA) technology into the 37 goPlay games by year-end.
NextPlay also acquired from goGame a perpetual license to goPay, a payment aggregator that offers game developers multiple ways to more easily collect and process user payments. This includes carrier billing, over the counter, e-voucher, bank transfer and e-wallet. The goPay technology further extends NextPlay's existing payment services, offering access to a wider array of global payment providers.
"The key value for us in this acquisition is how the goPlay platform enables gamers to form a community within its ecosystem," noted NextPlay co-chief executive Nithinan (Jessie) Boonyawattanapisut. "We see this providing a ready-made platform to launch our HotPlay IGA technology, with this leading to new revenue streams and expansion of our reach to users in many additional countries around the world."
As a fully owned brand, goPlay brings Nextplay:
- Web destination for players to gather and engage in social play across a catalogue of well-crafted, hyper casual games. - Set of new technologies and APIs, such as social graph, chat, and game tournament backend services, for integration into the company's advertising and game services offering and delivered via its core game software development kit across web, set-top box, and mobile platforms. - New revenue stream through goPay payments and ability to harness exciting new partnerships in key areas of NextPlay's broader market focus, such as NFT gaming and cryptocurrency.
goPlay and goPay offer a core set of compelling features that are perfect for a wide variety of platform partners who will be able to sign up under an Open Beta this summer. The goGame offerings will become part of the NextPlay suite of customizable products that can be tailored to fit the individual needs and capabilities of B2B and B2C operators across the globe.
NextPlay also plans to introduce goPlay game users to its NextFinancial fintech-oriented products, including crypto banking, micro-lending, and potential insurance services. Across each of these offerings, NextPlay would also have full access to goGame's payment processing gateway goPay.
For further details about the NextPlay's asset and IP purchase from goGame, please see the NextPlay Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov, and also available in the nextplaytechnologies.com investor relations section.
Go Game Pte Ltd is a game company headquartered in Singapore, with offices in Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Founded in July 2015 by industry veteran David Ng, the company first made headlines for securing major investments from gaming giant SEGA and venture capitalist Incubate Fund Japan. The 200-strong team has collaborated on projects with SEGA, Disney, Colopl and Viacom. For more information, visit gogame.net
About NextPlay Technologies
NextPlay Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTP) is a technology solutions company offering games, in-game advertising, crypto-banking, connected TV and travel booking services to consumers and corporations within a growing worldwide digital ecosystem. NextPlay's engaging products and services utilize innovative AdTech, Artificial Intelligence and Fintech solutions to leverage the strengths and channels of our existing and acquired technologies. For more information about NextPlay Technologies, visit www.nextplaytechnologies.com and follow us on Twitter @NextPlayTech and LinkedIn.
Forward-Looking Statements This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of, and within the safe harbor provided by the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, 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 give our current expectations, opinions, beliefs or forecasts of future events and performance. A statement identified by the use of forward-looking words including "will," "may," "expects," "projects," "anticipates," "plans," "believes," "estimate," "should," and certain of the other foregoing statements may be deemed forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual future activities and results to be materially different from those suggested or described in this news release. Factors that may cause such a difference include risks and uncertainties related to our need for additional capital which may not be available on commercially acceptable terms, if at all, which raises questions about our ability to continue as a going concern; the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had, and is expected to continue to have, a significant material adverse impact on the travel industry and our business, operating results and liquidity; amounts owed to us by third parties which may not be paid timely, if at all; certain amounts we owe under outstanding indebtedness which are secured by substantially all of our assets and penalties we may incur in connection therewith; the fact that we have significant indebtedness, which could adversely affect our business and financial condition; uncertainty and illiquidity in credit and capital markets which may impair our ability to obtain credit and financing on acceptable terms and may adversely affect the financial strength of our business partners; the officers and directors of the Company have the ability to exercise significant influence and voting control over the Company; stockholders may be diluted significantly through our efforts to obtain financing, satisfy obligations and complete acquisitions through the issuance of additional shares of our common or preferred stock; if we are unable to adapt to changes in technology, our business could be harmed; our travel business depends substantially on property owners and managers renewing their listings; if we do not adequately protect our intellectual property, our ability to compete could be impaired; our long-term success depends, in part, on our ability to expand our property owner, manager and traveler bases outside of the United States and, as a result, our business is susceptible to risks associated with international operations; unfavorable changes in, or interpretations of, government regulations or taxation of the evolving ALR, Internet and e-commerce industries which could harm our operating results; risks associated with the operations of, the business of, and the regulation of our recent acquisitions of Longroot Holding (Thailand) Company Limited (Longroot), HotPlay Enterprise Limited (HotPlay) and NextBank International (formerly IFEB); the market in which we participate being highly competitive, and because of that we may be unable to compete successfully with our current or future competitors; our potential inability to adapt to changes in technology, which could harm our business; the volatility of our stock price; risks associated with the integration of the operations of HotPlay, Longroot and IFEB, which acquisitions we recently competed; the fact that we may be subject to liability for the activities of our property owners and managers, which could harm our reputation and increase our operating costs; and that we have incurred significant losses to date and require additional capital which may not be available on commercially acceptable terms, if at all. More information about the risks and uncertainties faced by NextPlay are detailed from time to time in NextPlay's periodic reports filed with the SEC, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, under the headings "Risk Factors". These reports are available at www.sec.gov. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on the Company's future results and/or could cause our actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that any forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. The Company takes no obligation to update or correct its own forward-looking statements, except as required by law, or those prepared by third parties that are not paid for by the Company. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.
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Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comNextPlay Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTP), a technology solutions company building a digital business ecosystem for digital advertisers, consumers, video gamers and travelers, has completed its previously announced acquisition of gaming assets and IP from goGame, a Singapore-based mobile casual video game publisher and technology company.
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Bangkok, Thailand, Apr 1, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - UPGRADE, a platform that enables NFT collectors to increase the value of their NFTs, has released dates for its whitelist event, token presale, and public sale. The platform is an ecosystem of tools designed to revolutionize the NFT market. UPGRADE has been in operation since 2017 and has delivered over 50 services to the crypto and blockchain market. The platform is mainly targeting NFT collectors and NFT artists from developing countries.
The non-fungible token (NFT) market is gradually becoming a force to reckon with in the crypto space. With a platform like UPGRADE, NFT collectors and artists can utilize the UPGRADE toolset to upgrade their NFTs. This is undoubtedly a revolutionary concept in the crypto industry. One of the core missions of UPGRADE is to ensure the NFT owners have the power over their creations.
The UPGRADE Whitelist Date
The UPGRADE project will allow some people to get early and guaranteed access to mint NFTs at a particular date and time. According to the UPGRADE team, whitelisting of NFT artists will begin on April 1st, 2022, at 5:00 AM GMT+0, and will close on May 15th, 2022, at 11:59 PM GMT+0.
To register for the whitelist, go to the UPGRADE website and click on the whitelist icon. After doing that, proceed to connect the Ethereum wallet address that will be used to buy the tokens. NFT artists and collectors should endeavor to input the correct address as the UPGRADE platform only accepts USDT, BUSD, and USDC as ERC-20 on the Ethereum network. It is important to note that the wallet number cannot be changed once it has been registered.
The token presale is scheduled to start on May 20th, 2022, at exactly 5:00 AM GMT+0, and will close on May 31st, 2022, at 11:59 PM GMT+0. UPGRADE presale will come in two batches, with the first back selling at $1, while the second batch will sell at $1.07 at a discount of 52% and 49%, respectively. As a result, 5 million tokens will be available for each batch of the presale.
Public Sale Date
The UPGRADE token public sale will commence on June 10th, 2022, at 5:00 AM GMT+0 and will close on September 30th, 2022, at 11:59 PM GMT+0. After the public sale event is complete, the team will burn all unsold tokens.
The UPGRADE Token ($XUP)
$XUP is an ERC-20 compliant token that serves as the governance token of the UPGRADE platform. It can also serve as the creative shop native token, and users can earn $XUP from by renting out their NFTs. With 100,000,000 in total supply, holders can exchange the ERC-20 $XUP token for a $XUP token on another blockchain network.
About the UPGRADE Platform
UPGRADE is a revolutionary platform that enables NFT artists and collectors to access tools that will help them upgrade and sell their NFTs at a higher price. The team is bringing "layer-2 NFTs" to the crypto space. Potential users can check the project whitepaper for more details. The team focuses on the long-term and sustainable results that will help NFT artists and collectors upgrade their passive income-earning ability. UPGRADE aims to enhance the rarity and value of the NFT. With UPGRADE, NFT collectors will be able to receive passive income from their NFT portfolio.
HONG KONG, Mar 30, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Solargiga Energy Holdings Limited ("Solargiga" or the "Group"; HKEX: 757), a leading vertically integrated enterprise that manufactures monocrystalline photovoltaic products for generating solar energy in the PRC, announced today its annual results and that it turned around to profit for the year ended 31 December 2021.
Driven by increase in sales of its major products, photovoltaic modules and monocrystalline silicon wafers, plus the climb in average selling price of silicon wafers, the Group's revenue increased by 17.4% to RMB7,105.0 million, with total external shipment volume up 7.8% year-on-year. It achieved a significant turnaround with profit attributable to owners of the parent at approximately RMB193.2 million when compared with a loss recorded last year, mainly due to substantial increase in its high-efficiency production capacity and economies of scale, which helped widen its overall gross profit margin.
During the year under review, as a result of the increase in sales of monocrystalline solar wafers which boast a higher profit margin, the Group's gross profit rose by 50.1% to RMB879.1 million, with gross profit margin improved to 12.4%. As such, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation ("EBITDA") of the Group surged by 189.7% to RMB799.7 million
In 2021, the Group continued to invest in and upgrade existing production capacity which, together with the economies of scale reaped, saw its operating profit increase significantly, with net cash flows from operating activities up by a substantial 82.8% to RMB1,030.4 million in 2021 (2020: RMB563.5 million).
Silicon ingots and wafers business
During the year under review, since monocrystalline products have advantages over multicrystalline products in photovoltaic power generation, the market share of monocrystalline products continued to increase rapidly. With most of the Group's monocrystalline silicon ingot products reserved for internal use, the external shipment volume of them was 414.4 MW (2020: 710.8 MW), whereas that of monocrystalline silicon wafers increased significantly to 4,087.0 MW (2020: 3,145.8MW), an over 30% climb against the previous year.
Apart from traditional monocrystalline P-type products, the Group also manufactures monocrystalline N-type products with higher conversion efficiencies. As TOPCON cells and heterojunction HJT cells with monocrystalline N-type silicon wafer base are expected to become the mainstream next-generation photovoltaic cells, to capture that trend, the Group managed to accomplish technical breakthrough and product marketisation of monocrystalline N-type silicon ingot and has started supplying N-type silicon ingots and wafers to domestic and foreign customers.
The Group's production base for monocrystalline silicon ingot and monocrystalline silicon wafer in Qujing, Yunnan, the PRC, started mass production during the year. As the facility enjoys various local government preferential investment policies, and more importantly, the decrease in local electricity cost, being the major manufacturing cost of ingot-pulling, of more than 50% compared to the major production base in Jinzhou, Liaoning. That can help improve the Group's overall gross profit margin. Therefore, the Group has continued to expand the production capacity there to meet the rapid growth of customer demand. As at year end, the annual production capacity of monocrystalline silicon ingots and monocrystalline silicon wafers of the facility were 4.3 GW and 2.5 GW respectively.
To concentrate resources on developing more niche products, the Group adjusted its operating strategy, ceasing manufacturing solar cells last year and moved its focus onto upstream monocrystalline silicon wafers (ingot) and downstream modules as its two major products.
During the year, the Group continued to expand module production capacity in Yancheng, Jiangsu, to meet the needs of module customers and further strengthen economies of scale. As at year end, the module production capacity of Yancheng, Jiangsu reached 5.4 GW, out of the 7.2 GW total of the Group. The production base also enjoys various local government preferential investment policies, plus the Group can take advantage of significantly lowering the investment in capital expenditure by renting plant buildings. Moreover, the area around the Yangtze River Delta is where raw and auxiliary materials that the Group needs agglomerate, meaning the Group has advantage in procurement.
Excellent product quality and price competitiveness allow the Group to secure stable and sizeable customers. Modules were mainly sold externally to large state-owned enterprises and international multinational enterprises, such as State Power Investment Corporation ("SPIC"), SHARP Corporation ("SHARP"), Xinyi Glass Holdings Limited and Xinyi Solar Group and CGN New Energy Holdings Co., Ltd., etc. The Group has been SHARP's largest processing service partner for photovoltaic module for nine consecutive years and has been cooperating in continually expanding module sales to foreign customers.
The Group embraces the "one base, two wings" strategic layout, with its base in Jinzhou, Liaoning, and Qujing in Yunnan and Yancheng in Jiangsu as its two wings. The layout has given it low-cost and high-efficiency productivity advantages and become one of the driving forces for the gross profit margins growth of its monocrystalline silicon ingots and silicon wafers. It expects that, by the end of 2022, the annual production capacity of monocrystalline silicon ingot and silicon wafers in Qujing, Yunnan will be increased to 6.0 GW and 3.6 GW, representing 81% and 49% of the Group's total annual production capacity of the products, respectively. On top of boosting the Group's gross profit margin, the layout will also enable the Group to fully unleash its technological advantages and achieve progress.
Regarding module production capacity, by the end of 2022, the annual production capacity of the plant in Yancheng, Jiangsu will increase to 6.4 GW, taking the Group's overall annual module production capacity to 8.2 GW.
In addition, the Group has been actively expanding the end-user power plants construction and application business, which has not only driven sales of module products from bottom-up, but also it will spread the profit of construction and operation of photovoltaic system businesses, helping improve the Group's overall profitability. Apart from having internal photovoltaic power plant system established and run by its wholly owned subsidiaries, the Group also plans to form joint ventures with companies from other industries to develop BAPV and BIPV business.
Mr Tan Wenhua, Chairman of Solargiga, said, "In 2022, newly installed photovoltaic power generation capacity is expected to continue to grow rapidly worldwide. That plus supportive government policies will see medium- and long-term demand for photovoltaic products climb robustly in the PRC and the global market. Marketisation will continue for photovoltaic products and the industry will move away from policy subsidies towards self-sustainable development. Technological progress will help reduce power generation cost conducive to achieving grid parity, and in turn will draw explosive demand growth.
"With proven business strategy in place, we are well prepared to apply our existing advantages to capture the tremendous opportunities in the photovoltaic industry in the good times ahead, and also help China achieve her 'carbon neutrality' goal by 2060 and contribute to sustainable development of the world."
About Solargiga Energy Holdings Limited (HKEX: 757) Solargiga Energy Holdings Limited is one of the leading manufacturers of solar energy monocrystalline photovoltaic products in the PRC. Through advantages in vertical integration, the Group focuses on manufacturing monocrystalline silicon wafers and photovoltaic modules, and designing and installing photovoltaic systems. The majority of the Group's products are currently sold to domestic state-owned enterprises and large multinational corporations with stringent quality requirements.
Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comSolargiga Energy Holdings Limited ("Solargiga" or the "Group"; HKEX: 757), a leading vertically integrated enterprise that manufactures monocrystalline photovoltaic products for generating solar energy in the PRC, announced today its annual results and that it turned around to profit for the year ended 31 December 2021.
HONG KONG, Mar 29, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Tai Hing Group Holdings Limited ("Tai Hing Group" or the "Group"; stock code: 6811), a multi-brand casual dining restaurant group with roots in Hong Kong and a network of around 220 restaurants in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau, and Taiwan, has just announced its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021 (the "Review Year" or "FY2021").
RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS -- The Group's revenue increased by 13.4% to HK$3,173.0 million (FY2020: HK$2,797.9 million), turning around the decline last year by strengthening resilience of its businesses as well as reducing costs and increasing profits -- Gross profit and gross profit margin were HK$2,294.7 million (FY2020: HK$1,976.3 million) and 72.3% (FY2020: 70.6%), respectively -- Profit attributable to owners of the Company amounted to HK$99.7 million (FY2020: HK$119.0 million) -- The Board recommended a final dividend of HK4.95 cents per share; hence total dividend for FY2021 was HK7.45 cents per share, representing a dividend payout ratio of 75% -- "Men Wah Bing Teng" recorded a significant revenue growth of 54.2% to HK$760.5 million; "Asam Chicken Rice" also achieved an impressive revenue growth of 414.9% to HK$145.2 million -- Excluding the allowances from the Hong Kong Government's "Employment Support Scheme", other government subsidies and rent reduction, the Group's performance saw significant improvement against FY2020, showing clearly the greater resilience of the Group's business model
Amid the pandemic, the Group proactively optimised internal and restaurant management, strived to maintain stable business operations as well as reduced costs and increased profits in order to strengthen its resiliency, which consequently enabled the Group to achieve satisfactory overall results during the Review Year. The Group recorded overall revenue growth of 13.4% to HK$3,173.0 million (FY2020: HK$2,797.9 million). Gross profit and gross profit margin were HK$2,294.7 million (FY2020: HK$1,976.3 million) and 72.3% (FY2020: 70.6%), respectively. Profit attributable to owners of the Company amounted to HK$99.7 million (FY2020: HK$119.0 million). Excluding the allowances from the Hong Kong Government's "Employment Support Scheme", other government subsidies and rent reduction, the Group's performance for FY2021 saw significant improvement against FY2020. Basic earnings per share were HK9.94 cents (FY2020: HK11.89 cents).
In addition, implementing prudent financial management policies, the Group managed to maintain a healthy financial position with sufficient cash on hand and steady operating cash flow, allowing it to weather ongoing adversities as well as drive business growth. As at 31 December 2021, the Group had fully repaid all bank loans, and had cash and cash equivalents of HK$452.6 million (as at 31 December 2020: HK$562.1 million).
The Board has resolved to propose a final dividend of HK4.95 cents per ordinary share for the year ended 31 December 2021. Together with the interim dividend of HK2.50 cents already paid, the total dividend for FY2021 will be HK7.45 cents.
Business Review As at 31 December 2021, the Group had a network of 217 restaurants in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan, under casual dining brands.
"Men Wah Bing Teng" continued to be a key revenue growth driver and the second largest revenue source of the Group, recording a significant revenue growth of 54.2% to HK$760.5 million (FY2020: HK$493.2 million) during the Review Year, accounting for 24.0% (FY2020: 17.6%) of total revenue. That shows to the resilience of this brand amid the pandemic. The brand had the most restaurants added during the Review Year. The Group strategically added 7 and 13 new restaurants in Hong Kong and Mainland China respectively, bringing the total number to 58, to optimise the performance of this brand.
During the Review Year, in terms of revenue growth, the Southeast Asian gourmet brand "Asam Chicken Rice" stood out among the different brands, with impressive growth of 414.9% year-on-year, to HK$145.2 million (FY2020: HK$28.2 million). Offering generic menu options, relatively less manpower is required to operate "Asam Chicken Rice". The Group believes the development prospect and competitiveness of the operation model are not to be underestimated. Heeding the enthusiastic market response to the brand, the Group took the opportune time to open 7 additional restaurants in core business and residential areas in Hong Kong. The Group opened the first "Asam Chicken Rice" in Mainland China in September, a move reflective its hope to build a restaurant network for the brand in the Mainland market.
The Group's flagship brand "Tai Hing" has continued to deliver strong and steady performance. During the Review Year, "Tai Hing" recorded revenue of HK$1,464.0 million (FY2020: HK$1,472.1 million), accounting for 46.1% of total revenue, and continued to be the largest revenue source of the Group. In the second half year of 2021, the Group launched marketing and promotional activities for the brand, including the new "Excellent BBQ Pork, Excellent Taste" TV commercial and the new limited-time upgraded version of BBQ pork dish called "Golden Foil BBQ Pork", which attracted consumer attention as well as enhanced the image of the brand. The marketing initiatives were highly effective at low costs.
"TeaWood" remained the Group's third largest revenue contributor, with revenue amounting to HK$364.6 million (FY2020: HK$398.2 million), accounting for 11.5% (FY2020: 14.2%) of total revenue. During the Review Year, the Group actively mounted online and offline marketing activities to boost promotion of the "Teawood" brand. To ensure the brand is in sync with market trend, the Group will design for it a new menu and adjust related marketing strategy, with the aim of presenting a brand new image of "Teawood" to customers.
During the Review Year, the first and second restaurant of the new brand "Dumpling Station" opened in Hong Kong and, in one short year, they started contributing revenue to the Group. For "Dimpot", which performance exceeded expectations, the Group will strive to realise its market potential with the aim of nurturing it into another new "star brand".
Prospects The Group, via its multi-brand business model and adopting heedful marketing strategy, is well-geared to maintain and seize opportunities to expand its market share. In Hong Kong, drawing on its outstanding experience in creating such high-return and high-growth brands as "Men Wah Bing Teng" and "Asam Chicken Rice", the Group will nurture more unique and potential-rich brands to widen its customer base. In addition, the Group will optimise its restaurant network, thereby increase market penetration. In Mainland China, to meet new consumer demands amid the pandemic, the Group will gradually improve and consolidate its restaurant network, with a focus on the Greater Bay Area. To capitalise on the booming fast food trend, the Group will strategically develop its own model of restaurant network, targeting high customer traffic locations and choosing smaller shop spaces to provide takeaway services which are in rising demand.
Well-aware of technology trends in the catering industry such as digitalisation and integrating innovative technologies into different operations, the Group will invest more resources in introducing advanced technology systems and equipment to upgrade its existing information technology systems. It will also enhance big data application, so as to identify potential business opportunities, enhance operational efficiency and efficiently control costs, all conducive to maintaining its leadership and competitiveness in the casual dining industry in the region. In particular, the Group's first integrated mobile application will be launched shortly, which will not only be a platform that provides customers with one-stop takeaway ordering service, but one that can also help foster customer loyalty to the Group and strengthen customer relations management. It can also allow the Group to swiftly deliver latest news of its different brands directly to customers, thus help build up their image.
Mr. Chan Wing On, Chairman and Executive Director of Tai Hing, said, "With prudence and a pragmatic attitude, we will continue to enhance internal operation and management, re-examine restaurant network strategy as well as stringently control costs to strengthen the Group's resilience. In addition, we will closely watch the impacts of the pandemic on the Group's operations and changes in consumers' catering patterns. That will allow us to seize opportunities to steadily consolidate and expand business, and be ready to achieve brilliant results post-pandemic."
About Tai Hing Group Holdings Limited (stock code: 6811) Tai Hing Group Holdings Limited ("Tai Hing Group") is a multi-brand casual dining restaurant group with roots in Hong Kong. In addition to its flagship "Tai Hing" brand, the Group has a growing brand portfolio comprising of self-developed brands, and acquired and licensed brands, including "TeaWood", "Trusty Congee King", "Men Wah Bing Teng", "Pho Le", "Rice Rule", "King Fong Bing Teng", "Asam Chicken Rice", "Dao Cheng", "Dimpot", "Dumpling Station", "Hing Ye Dai Pai Dong", "Lu Bistro" and "Yung Fong Cafe". Currently, it has a network of around 220 restaurants in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan.
Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comTai Hing Group Holdings Limited ("Tai Hing Group" or the "Group"; stock code: 6811), a multi-brand casual dining restaurant group with roots in Hong Kong and a network of around 220 restaurants in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau, and Taiwan, has just announced its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021 (the "Review Year" or "FY2021").
HONG KONG, Mar 29, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Dynasty Fine Wines Group Limited ("Dynasty" or "the Group") (Stock Code: 828), a premier grape winemaker in China, today announced its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021. Revenue in 2021 increased by 28% year-on-year to HK$306 million. Gross profit rose by 103% year-on-year to HK$121.9 million. Gross profit margin increased significantly from 25% in 2020 to 40% in 2021. Profit attributable to owners of the Company was HK$32.8 million in 2021, a decrease when compared with HK$116.4 million in 2020. The decline was due to a net gain (after tax) of HK$183.7 million from a disposal, which was a one-off transaction, recorded in 2020. If the net gain of the one-off disposal in 2020 was excluded, profit attributable to owners of the Company would have increased significantly in 2021 versus the preceding year.
In 2021, the revenue of wine products grew, mainly due to a marked increase in sales volume of products, especially middle to high-end wine products, after optimization of the Group's product mix, as well as the increase in market price of certain upgraded and custom-made products during the year. In the second half of 2021, the occurrences of flooding and heavy rain and sporadic COVID-19 cases in certain regions of China adversely affected consumer sentiment. Consequently, the Group's revenue growth for the full 2021 financial year slowed relative to the first half year.
The total number of bottles of wine sold in 2021 was approximately 11.9 million, an increase of 20% as compared with 9.9 million bottles in 2020. Red wines continued to be the Group's primary revenue contributor, accounting for approximately 51% of the Group's revenue for the year (2020: 65%). White wine sales became the growth driver of the Group, which surged by approximately 60% year-on-year and accounted for 40% of the Group' revenue. In 2021, the gross margin of red wine products and white wine products were 37% and 47%, respectively (2020: 24% and 31%, respectively).
The Group produced a wide range of more than 100 wine products under the "Dynasty" brand. This has enabled it to meet the demands and preferences of different consumer groups, mainly in the mass segment of the Chinese wine market. During the year, the Group launched a new premium product, Dynasty Chinese Zodiac Commemorative Dry Red Wine, for the Xin Chou Year of the Ox, integrating high quality with the Chinese zodiac culture. The Group also unveiled two new product series, namely "Sweet Heart" and "Pleasant Color", for the entry-level product segment. The product series are targeted at young consumers and will open a new chapter as part of the Group's product rejuvenation strategy.
The Group also sold foreign branded wines during the year. Imported mainly from France, Italy, Australia, Chile and the United States, the wines enter the Chinese market through the Group's existing distribution network. Having streamlined its portfolio, the Group currently sells about 50 imported grape wine products under approximately 10 brands.
During the year, the Group strengthened cooperation with distributors to operate online stores on such e-commerce platforms as JD.com, Tmall and Pinduoduo. Moreover, innovations were achieved across its brands and product categories, as well as business systems, procedures and models via new retail platforms including Weibo, RED (Xiaohongshu app), Kuai (Kuaishou app) and TikTok (Douyin app). The Group also established an e-commerce team and actively cultivated e-commerce live broadcasting talent to further expand its sales channels and build up a new customer base.
In October 2021, Dynasty held a grand opening ceremony in the new premises of its National-level Technology Center. The work station in the Center has commenced research for the first time on the selection of distinctive muscat yeast in order to create more mellow and enjoyable wines. Also, Dynasty Technology Center established a winemaking and wine tasting studio during the year.
In 2021, Dynasty continued to implement its market demand-oriented "5+4+N" product strategy, and completed the enhancement of the Group's organization structure. In the Group's strategy, "5" represents the five key series of products, comprising air dry series, seven-year reserve series, merlot series, classic series and best-selling series, and represents the goal of having full coverage of all mainstream price segments; "4" refers to the four advantageous categories, i.e. dry red wines, dry white wines, brandy and sparkling wines, and the aim of increasing the Group's vertical market share; and "N" stands for the development of "N" kinds of customized products to meet the diversified needs of Chinese consumers. In 2021, the Group achieved remarkable results from the adjustment of its products, sales channels and marketing campaigns.
With respect to its large-scale marketing campaign, the Group forged ahead with various endeavors, including showcasing products in 20,000 shops, hosting 1,000 wine tasting events and organizing 100 plant visits, so as to continue developing its point-of-sale network.
In the coming three years, the Group will strive to deploy 100,000 points of sale, add 1,000 distributors, and vigorously develop new channels via retail platforms. This will enable the Group to seize opportunities from the growing consumption market driven by young adults, and achieve the annual sales target of over RMB1 billion.
Mr. Wan Shoupeng, Chairman of Dynasty, said, "The Group is pleased that the "5+4+N" strategy has been effective in boosting product sales in 2021, which in turn has facilitated overall revenue growth. In the future, the Group will increase its investment in brand development in order to fully vitalize its brands as well as drive development of its major products. The latter will involve steadily enhancing quality and controlling prices to boost sales volume, with the aim of bringing Dynasty's superior wines to more consumers in China. Furthermore, in line with the industry development trend, Dynasty will strengthen its presence in the mass-market and mid-range product segments as well as target young consumers. In spite of the possible impact brought by sporadic COVID-19 cases in China, the Group is confident that its annual revenue will maintain a steady growth trend in 2022."
Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comDynasty Fine Wines Group Limited ("Dynasty" or "the Group") (Stock Code: 828), a premier grape winemaker in China, today announced its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021. Revenue in 2021 increased by 28% year-on-year to HK$306 million.
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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.
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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