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Acorn International Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2016, Expands Share Repurchase Program

Acorn International Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2016, Expands Share Repurchase Program

SHANGHAI, Aug. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Acorn International, Inc. (NYSE: ATV) ("Acorn" or the "Company"), today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

In the second quarter of 2016, Acorn's management continued to execute on its plan to reorganize and turn around the business. The year-over-year decline in revenue reflects the ongoing transition of the Company's business model. However, higher gross margin, significant reductions in operating expenses and a $12.1 million gain from the sale of shares of Yimeng Software Technology Co., Ltd ("Yimeng"), a publicly traded company in China, resulted in a net profit of $5.7 million for the quarter and an improved cash position.

In the second half of 2016, Acorn will continue its efforts to increase revenue, maintain its cost structure and generate additional cash flow. Management will focus on growing sales of its proprietary-branded products as well as third-party products and brands through e-commerce, its other direct sales platforms as well as its nationwide distribution network. As part of its ongoing policy to liquidate non-core assets, Acorn plans to sell certain non-core assets with a carrying amount of approximately $17.6 million and may sell additional shares of Yimeng, as appropriate.

Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2016:

Total net revenues were $3.9 million in the second quarter of 2016, down from $8.1 million in the second quarter of 2015.

Cost of sales in the second quarter of 2016 was $1.7 million, down from $5.7 million in the second quarter of 2015.

Gross profit in the second quarter of 2016 was $2.2 million, as compared to $2.5 million in the second quarter of 2015. Gross margin was 57% in the second quarter of 2016, up from 30% in the second quarter of 2015.

Total operating expenses in the second quarter of 2016 were of $5.9 million, compared to total operating expenses of $16.2 million in the second quarter of 2015.

Loss from operations was $3.7 million in the second quarter of 2016, as compared to a loss from operations of $13.7 million in the second quarter of 2015.

Share-based compensation was $0.4 million in the second quarter of 2016, as compared to nil in the second quarter of 2015.

Other income was $12.4 million in the second quarter of 2016, primarily attributable to gains from sales of Yimeng shares, as compared to other income of $0.4 million in the second quarter of 2015.

Net income was $5.7 million in the second quarter of 2016 as compared to a net loss of $13.2 million in the second quarter of 2015.

As of June 30, 2016, Acorn's cash and cash equivalents, with restricted cash, totaled $30.5 million, as compared to $12.3 million as of December 31, 2015.

Expanded Stock Repurchase Program

Effective August 8, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Company authorized an expansion of the share repurchase program. Under the original share repurchase program announced in January 2016, the Company was authorized to purchase up to $2 million worth of its American depositary shares ("ADSs"). The Board increased the Company's repurchase authority under the stock repurchase program so that up to $4 million worth of its ADSs can be repurchased. As of June 30, the Company had repurchased approximately 13,005 ADSs at an average price $4.36 per ADS.

The Company's proposed repurchases may be made from time to time on the open market at prevailing market prices, in privately negotiated transactions, in block trades and/or through other legally permissible means, depending on market conditions and in accordance with applicable rules and regulations. The timing and extent of any purchases will depend upon market conditions, the trading price of its ADSs and other factors, and are subject to the restrictions relating to volume, price and timing under applicable law. The Company plans to fund repurchases from its existing cash balance.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT), August 12, 2016 to discuss financial results. Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

US/Canada: 1-888-713-3592
Northern China: 10-800-714-1504
Southern China: 10-800-140-1379
Hong Kong: 800-903-658
International: 913-312-1480

Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode 6187199 to join the call. A replay will be available approximately two hours following the conclusion of the conference call through August 19, 2016 and can be accessed by dialing (888) 203-1112, or (719) 457-0820, passcode 6187199. An archived audio file of the call will be available on the Company's website

About Acorn International, Inc.

Acorn is a marketing and branding company in China with a proven track record of developing, promoting and selling a diverse portfolio of proprietary-branded products, as well as well-established and promising new products from third parties. Its business is currently comprised of two main divisions, its direct sales platforms and its nationwide distribution network. For more information, visit

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "future," "going forward," "intends," "outlook," "plans," "target," "will," and similar statements and include statements with respect to the Company's ability to increase revenue, maintain its cost structure and generate additional cash flow; the Company's ability to grow sales of its proprietary-branded products as well as third-party products and brands through e-commerce, its other direct sales platforms as well as its nationwide distribution network; and the Company ability to sell its non-core assets as planned. The Company's efforts to implement its proposed business plans, reduction of operating expenses or sale of its assets may not succeed as anticipated or at all. Such statements are based on management's current expectations and current market and operating conditions, and relate to events that involve known or unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control, which may cause the Company's actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those in these preliminary financial results and the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties, or factors is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

Other factors that could cause forward-looking statements to differ materially from actual future events or results include risks and uncertainties related to: the Company's ability to successfully improve or introduce new products and services, including to offset declines in sales of existing products and services; the Company's ability to stay abreast of consumer market trends and maintain the Company's reputation and consumer confidence; the Company's ability to execute and maintain a successful market strategy; potential unauthorized use of the Company's intellectual property; potential disruption of the Company's manufacturing processes; increasing competition in China's consumer market; the Company's U.S. tax status as a passive foreign investment company; and general economic and business conditions in China. The financial information contained in this release should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company's 2015 annual report on Form 20-F filed with SEC on May 16, 2016. For a discussion of other important factors that could adversely affect the Company's business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects, see "Risk Factors" beginning on page 8 of the Company's Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015. The Company's actual results of operations for the second quarter of 2016 are not necessarily indicative of its operating results for any future periods. Any projections in this release are based on limited information currently available to the Company, which is subject to change. Although such projections and the factors influencing them will likely change, the Company will not necessarily update the information. Such information speaks only as of the date of this release.

Statement Regarding Unaudited Financial Information

The unaudited financial information set forth above is preliminary and subject to potential adjustments. Adjustments to the consolidated financial statements may be identified when audit work has been performed for the Company's year-end audit, which could result in significant differences from this preliminary unaudited condensed financial information.


Acorn International, Inc. Compass Investor Relations

Ms. Naomi Deng Ms. Elaine Ketchmere, CFA

Phone +86-21-5151-2944 Phone: +1-310-528-3031

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(In US dollars)

3 Months Ended June 30 6 Months Ended June 30
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2015 2016 2015 2016
(unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
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Net revenues 8,146,868 3,857,726 24,444,068 10,915,966

Cost of revenues (5,677,208) (1,650,582) (16,381,610) (5,574,994)

Gross profit 2,469,660 2,207,144 8,062,458 5,340,972

Operating (expenses) income

Advertising expenses (44,408) - (2,092,066) (23,701)

Other selling and marketing expenses (8,815,461) (2,894,496) (15,450,027) (5,581,752)

General and administrative expenses (6,597,193) (3,431,840) (14,135,223) (6,756,414)

Other operating income, net (748,952) 418,376 (195,933) 6,792,640

Total operating (expenses) income (16,206,014) (5,907,960) (31,873,249) (5,569,227)
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Income (loss) from operations (13,736,354) (3,700,816) (23,810,791) (228,255)

Other income, net 436,032 12,402,783 707,997 18,090,579

Income (loss) before income taxes and equity in losses of (13,300,322) 8,701,967 (23,102,794) 17,862,324

Income tax expenses 54,625 (2,989,278) 48,262 (4,759,291)

Equity in losses of affiliates - - - -

Net income (loss) (13,245,697) 5,712,689 (23,054,532) 13,103,033

Net (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests (20,006) (12,375) (39,278) (22,838)

Net income (loss) attributable to Acorn International, Inc. (13,225,691) 5,725,064 (23,015,254) 13,125,871
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(In US dollars)

December 31, 2015 June 30, 2016
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Cash and cash equivalents 12,146,854 30,372,118

Restricted cash 126,278 123,658

Accounts receivable, net 1,905,499 1,207,903

Notes receivable 276,062 176,239

Inventory 4,135,624 3,765,649

Held-for-sale assets 3,808,471 -

Prepaid advertising expenses 474,761 442,544

Other prepaid expenses and current assets, net 6,314,872 4,926,945

Deferred tax assets, net 1,076,154 1,053,824
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Current assets 30,264,575 42,068,880

Prepaid land use rights 7,195,292 6,964,067

Property and equipment, net 16,615,300 15,606,355

Acquired intangible assets, net 876,970 726,122

Investments in affiliates 718,121 718,121

Available-for-sale securities 181,164,778 75,399,959

Convertible loan 3,257,622 3,324,060

Other long-term assets 626,108 468,991

Total assets 240,718,766 145,276,555
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Liabilities and equity

Accounts payable 3,061,519 1,810,006

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 11,855,695 5,564,425

Income taxes payable 2,091,559 6,305,030

Deferred revenue 548,066 452,362
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Current liabilities 17,556,839 14,131,823

Deferred tax liability 44,449,212 18,303,521

Total liabilities 62,006,051 32,435,344
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Ordinary shares 890,185 890,185

Additional paid-in capital 161,308,330 161,716,868

Accumulated deficits (126,349,246) (113,223,375)

Accumulated other comprehensive income 162,580,400 83,262,449

Treasury stock, at cost (20,109,451) (20,166,747)
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Total Acorn International, Inc. shareholders' equity 178,320,218 112,479,380

Noncontrolling interests 392,497 361,831
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Total equity 178,712,715 112,841,211
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Total liabilities and equity 240,718,766 145,276,555
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SOURCE Acorn International, Inc.

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