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Ideanomics Reports Third Quarter Financial Results
- 2018 Third Quarter revenue of $43.7 Million (+45% vs. $30.2M Q3 2017)
- Ideanomics seeks to become a next generation fintech company by leveraging blockchain and artificial intelligence technologies
- Ideanomics provides update on guidance for fiscal year 2018 revenue and EBITDA
- Earnings Release Conference Call to be held Wednesday November 14, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. ET

NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ideanomics, Inc. (Nasdaq: IDEX) ("IDEX" or the "Company"), announced today its third quarter 2018 operating results for the period ended September 30, 2018.

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Conference Call:Ideanomics management, including Dr. Bruno Wu (Special Advisor & Former Executive Chairman), Brett McGonegal (CEO), Federico Tovar (CFO), and Alf Poor (President and COO) will host an earnings release conference call at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 U.S. Eastern Time (9:00 p.m.Beijing/Hong Kong Time).

To join the webcast, please visit the "Events & Presentations" section of the IDEX corporate website (http://www.ideanomics.com/events), or click:

https://78449.themediaframe.com/dataconf/productusers/ssc/mediaframe/27134/indexl.html or call the toll-free dial-in number: 877-407-3107; International callers should dial: 201-493-6796.

OVERVIEW
In the third quarter of 2018, Ideanomics, formerly known as Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc., continued its transition from its legacy video-on-demand business towards becoming a next generation financial technology ("fintech") company, with the intention of offering financing solutions and logistics management solutions, each based on the emergence of systems that utilize blockchain and artificial intelligence ("AI") technologies. Through acquisitions of, joint ventures with, and strategic investments in leading AI and fintech companies, we are building an ecosystem of technologies and market players to help realize this business strategy.  Ideanomics aims to bring transparency, efficiency, cost savings and new ownership paradigms to various markets including finance, commodities, energy, consumer, media and transportation logistics. With headquarters in New York, NY and its planned "Fintech Village" Center for Technology and Innovation in West Hartford, CT, Ideanomics is focused pioneering the new blockchain and AI-empowered economy.

To support our development of a financing solutions business, we have been building capabilities both in providing business consulting services related to traditional financings, as well as in developing digital asset services via AI and blockchain enabled financial services platforms. To support our development of a logistics management business, we are working with industry experts to explore the application of blockchain technologies to logistics management platforms in order to eliminate standard transactional intermediaries in the freight and shipping industry.

Our Strategy
Our core business objective is to assist various companies across industry verticals in completing capital raising transactions. We intend to provide consulting services to companies seeking financing through conventional means, such as sales of traditional equity and debt securities. We also intend to use AI and blockchain enabled financial technology to provide asset owners and the investment community a seamless method and platform for the creation of digital assets. We believe that this dual approach to raising capital will provide us with flexibility to address the needs of issuers and investors.

We believe that regulated alternative trading systems ("ATSs") are important for the development of digital assets which we plan to originate as part of our hybrid financing solutions business. Accordingly, we are making strategic investments that are intended to promote the development of regulated ATSs.

We also believe that blockchain enabled logistics platforms can eliminate standard transactional intermediaries in the freight and shipping industry. We believe that by decreasing middle-man costs, we can greatly improve the efficiency of capital utilization, expand margins and accelerate inventory turnover for companies shipping goods across myriad industries. 

As part of our efforts to develop blockchain-based solutions to streamline the logistics market, we entered the commodities trading business through a series of acquisitions and investments, with the primary goal of learning about the needs of buyers and sellers in industries that rely heavily on the shipment of goods to inform our understanding of the features a blockchain platform would need to serve the logistics market. Specifically, we elected to focus on the crude oil and consumer electronics businesses, which are industries that we believe are sufficiently commoditized and high volume to serve as meaningful controls to identify inefficiencies in the logistics market and generate data to support the potential future application of AI solutions.

Although to date, aside from our legacy video-on-demand business, only our commodities trading business has generated revenues, given that our oil trading and consumer electronics businesses have realized low margins in relation to top line sales, we decided to focus our efforts on the higher margins we believe may be achievable in our digital securitized asset business. As a result, we intend to phase out our oil trading and consumer electronics businesses, with the intention to fully divest these assets in the near future.

Guidance Update
Revenue for the third quarter was $43.7 million, an increase of approximately $13.5 million, or approximately 45%, from the same period in 2017.  Given our strong revenue results, we are on track to exceed our revenue guidance of $280 million for fiscal year 2018.

During the third quarter, the Company continued to focus on right-sizing the staffing levels of our legacy business, in addition to hiring a best-in-class executive team capable of positioning the business to be competitive and successful in the continued evolution of our business in 2019. Costs associated with building out our U.S. infrastructure and hiring our new executive team have put a strain on our bottom line performance, resulting in our increased net loss for the third quarter of 2018 as compared to the third quarter of 2017. As a result of these factors, we do not anticipate meeting our EBITDA guidance of $35 million for fiscal year 2018.

Ideanomics Third Quarter 2018 Operating Results
Revenue for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018 was $43.7 million as compared to $30.2 million for the same period in 2017, an increase of approximately $13.5 million, or approximately 45%.  The increase was mainly due to our expanding consumer electronics business.

Cost of revenues was $42.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, as compared to $28.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. Our cost of revenues increased by $14.6 million, which is in line with our increase in revenues.

Gross profit for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was approximately $0.9 million, or 2.0%, as compared to a gross profit of $2.0 million, or 6.5%, during the same period in 2017, a decrease of approximately $1.1 million, or -56%, mainly due to a decrease of the gross profit ratio of our consumer electronics business as compared to the same period in 2017.

Selling, general and administrative expense for the third quarter was $4.3 million as compared to $3.7 million for the same period in 2017, an increase of approximately $0.6 million or 18%. The majority of the increase was due to our efforts in building out our management team in the U.S. and investing in establishing our fintech infrastructure as part of our transformation year. 

Professional fees for the three months ended September 30, 2018 were $1.9 million as compared to $0.8 million for the same period in 2017, an increase of approximately $1.1 million.  The increase was related to public company reporting and governance expenses, as well as legal fees related to our business transformation and expansion and the continued build out of our technology ecosystem, establishing strategic partnerships, deal origination, and strategic M&A activity. The majority of the increase was due to required professional services for legal, audit and tax.

Loss per share for the three months ended September 30, 2018 was $0.10 per share, as compared to a loss per share for same period in 2017 of $0.05 per share. As of September 30, 2018, the company had cash of $15.7 million, total assets of $167.7 million, total equity of $43.4 million.

Over the past three quarters Ideanomics has been able to continue its transformation from its legacy business, with a goal of becoming a prominent player for fintech services and asset digitization through establishing a global network of financial technology, user community, and digital asset production. Our team of seasoned digital strategists and technology leaders is key to the success of the Ideanomics transformation to become further "Westernized," and we believe that this will assist in unlocking blockchain related revenue for 2019.  We have several signed customer revenue deals in our pipeline, and our product and tech teams are diligently building out these new digital products to unlock this revenue in the near term and position the company towards a strong 2019.

The strain on our bottom line performance is primarily a result of the investments needed for our transformation, as well as a delay in products we intended to release to the market in Q4 2018. We have addressed the issues and believe we have positioned the products for a successful launch in early 2019.

We are committed to these successful product launches, which will be done in a regulatory and compliant manner, while continuing to enhance our deal origination and customer pipeline activities well into 2019. We believe that these deals have the potential to derive significant revenues and prove the long-term viability of our business model.

Further, Ideanomics is pleased to announce that it has received its new trading letters. Effective today, the Company will trade on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the ticker symbol "IDEX."

Also, the Ideanomics team is pleased to announce it will ring the Nasdaq opening bell on November 23, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in New York, NY. 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company supplements its condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), with EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure.  We define EBITDA as consolidated net income (loss) before depreciation and amortization, interest expense and provision for income taxes. We compute this measure by adjusting the applicable GAAP measures to remove the impact of certain recurring and non-recurring charges and gains and the tax effect of these adjustments.  The Company is not able to provide a reconciliation of the Company's EBITDA guidance to the corresponding GAAP measures without unreasonable effort because of the uncertainty and variability of the nature and amount of these future charges and costs. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.  The Company uses this non-GAAP financial measure for financial and operational decision making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons.  The Company believes that it provides useful information about operating results, enhance the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making.  EBITDA, as used by the Company in this press release, may be different from the non-GAAP financial measures, including similarly titled measures, used by other companies.

About Ideanomics
Ideanomics seeks to become a next generation fintech company by leveraging blockchain and artificial intelligence technologies.

We are headquartered in New York, NY, and have planned a "Fintech Village" Center for Technology and Innovation in West Hartford, CT, and have offices in London, Hong Kong and Beijing, China.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains certain statements that may include "forward looking statements." All statements other than statements of historical fact included herein are "forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects" or similar expressions, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, and include statements regarding our intention to transition our business model to become a next-generation financial technology company, our business strategy and planned product offerings, our intention to phase out our oil trading and consumer electronics businesses, our belief that we will successfully launch products in early 2019; our plan to enhance our deal origination and customer pipeline activities well into 2019; and potential future financial results. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of risks and uncertainties, such as risks related to: our ability to continue as a going concern; our ability to raise additional financing to meet our business requirements; the transformation of our business model; fluctuations in our operating results; strain to our personnel management, financial systems and other resources as we grow our business; our ability to attract and retain key employees and senior management; competitive pressure; our international operations; and other risks and uncertainties disclosed under the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and similar disclosures in subsequent reports filed with the SEC, which are available on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these risk factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, the Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

IR Contacts
Federico Tovar, CFO at Ideanomics
Tony Sklar, VP of Communications at Ideanomics
Email: ir@ideanomics.com

 

Ideanomics, Inc., Its Subsidiaries and Variable Interest Entities
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS




Three Months Ended



Nine Months Ended




September 30,



September 30,



September 30,



September 30,




2018



2017



2018



2017







(As adjusted*)






(As adjusted*)


Revenue

$

43,707,937



30,229,255



$ 362,628,296


$

106,724,866


Cost of revenue from third parties


42,844,876



28,273,863



115,729,433



100,889,004


Cost of revenue from related parties


-



-



244,110,132



-


Gross profit


863,061



1,955,392



2,788,731



5,835,862















Operating expenses:













       Selling, general and administrative expense


4,333,259



3,684,749



16,861,425



8,021,825


       Research and development expense


667,416



400,040



1,393,025



400,040


       Professional fees


1,927,431



839,836



3,280,729



1,888,361


       Depreciation and amortization


291,512



36,952



314,737



294,272


       Impairment of other intangible assets


-



152,847



-



216,468


Total operating expense


7,219,618



5,114,424



21,849,916



10,820,966















Loss from operations


(6,356,557)



(3,159,032)



(19,061,185)



(4,985,104)















Interest and other income (expense)













       Interest expense, net


(145,610)



(26,029)



(201,782)



(70,779)


       Change in fair value of warrant liabilities


-



131,357



-



(112,642)


       Equity in loss of equity method investees


(13,882)



(23,632)



(44,316)



(100,468)


       Other


(925,771)



72,120



(558,271)



(38,480)


Loss before income taxes


(7,441,820)



(3,005,216)



(19,865,554)



(5,307,473)















Income tax benefit


-



-



-



-















Net loss


(7,441,820)



(3,005,216)



(19,865,554)



(5,307,473)















Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest


254,973



(22,723)



637,314



608,910















Net loss attributable to shareholders

$

(7,186,847)



$(3,027,939)



$(19,228,240)



$(4,698,563)















Basic loss per share

$

(0.10)



$(0.05)



$(0.27)



$(0.08)


Diluted loss per share

$

(0.10)



$(0.05)



$(0.27)



$(0.08)















Weighted average shares outstanding:













       Basic


74,063,495



62,146,168



71,574,303



59,594,289


       Diluted


74,063,495



62,146,168



71,574,303



59,594,289


 

Ideanomics, Inc., Its Subsidiaries and Variable Interest Entities
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS



September 30, 2018



December 31, 2017








(As adjusted*)



ASSETS








Current assets:








       Cash

$

16,030,248


$

7,208,037



       Restricted cash


-



369,280



       Accounts receivable, net


105,534,523



26,962,085



       Licensed content


16,958,148



16,958,149



       Inventory


216,453



216,453



       Prepaid expenses


1,995,538



2,202,728



       Other current assets


3,054,573



2,276,096



Total current assets


143,789,483



56,192,828



       Property and equipment, net


258,053



127,275



       Intangible assets, net


3,124,979



148,874



       Goodwill


1,399,646



-



       Long term investments


18,767,510



6,975,511



       Other non-current assets


383,797



-



Total assets

$

167,723,468


$

63,444,488



LIABILITIES, CONVERTIBLE REDEEMABLE PREFERRED STOCK AND EQUITY


Current liabilities: (including amounts of the consolidated VIEs
without recourse to Ideanomics, Inc. See Note 3)







Accounts payable

$

33,390,027


$

26,829,593









Deferred revenue


588,824



222,350


Accrued interest due to a related party


109,808



20,055


        Accrued salaries


720,385



737,072


Amount due to related parties


71,908,057



434,030


Other current liabilities


1,906,147



801,560


Convertible promissory note due to a related party


3,074,197



3,000,000


Total current liabilities


111,697,445



32,044,660


Convertible note, net of debt discount


10,734,949



-


Deferred tax liabilities


673,706



-


Other non-current liabilities


-



384,243


Total liabilities

$

123,106,100


$

32,428,903


Commitments and contingencies (Note 15)







Convertible redeemable preferred stock:







     Series A - 7,000,000 shares issued and outstanding, liquidation and
deemed liquidation preference of $3,500,000 as of September 30, 2018
and December 31, 2017, respectively

$

1,261,995


$

1,261,995


Equity:







     Common stock - $0.001 par value; 1,500,000,000 shares
authorized,  77,246,801 and 68,509,090 shares issued and outstanding as
of September 30,2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively


77,246

 



68,509


     Additional paid-in capital


190,188,410



158,449,544


     Accumulated deficit


(145,921,262)



(126,693,022)


     Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(239,775)



(782,074)



Total shareholders' equity


44,104,619



31,042,957



       Non-controlling interest


(749,246)



(1,289,367)



Total equity


43,355,373



29,753,590



Total liabilities, convertible redeemable preferred stock and equity

$

167,723,468


$

63,444,488

















 

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