Takung 2016 Revenue Rises 69% to $19.1 Million; Net Income Up 17% to $6.4 Million, EPS $.60...

HONG KONG, CHINA / ACCESSWIRE / March 29, 2017 / Takung Art Co., Ltd. (NYSE MKT: TKAT), an online platform for acquiring shared ownership units in Asian and other fine art, jewelry, and precious gems, today reported revenue of $19,143,429 for calendar/fiscal 2016, a 69 percent increase on revenue of $11,335,941 in the prior year. The company reported net income of $6,370,694, or $.60 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2016, a 17 percent improvement on net income of $5,436,109, or $.57 per share, in calendar 2015. Weighted average basic number of common shares outstanding was 10,641,180 in 2016 and 9,601,034 in 2015. Weighted average diluted number of common shares outstanding was 11,309,190 in 2016, and 9,656,736 in 2015. The company’s strong improvement in revenue compared to 2015 was primarily due to a year-over-year increase of $6,080,174 in listing fee revenue arising from both a significant increase in the number of artworks listed on the company’s trading platform and the resulting increase in listing fees charged to artists and art owners. Takung’s 2016 revenue was also boosted by year-over-year increases of $1,646,435 in management fee revenue and $810,104 in authorized agent subscription revenue. The company’s 2016 revenue, however, was slightly impacted by a decrease of $728,825 in trading commission revenue compared to 2015. This decrease was primarily the result of the company’s new policy, enacted in April 2016, offering selected traders a fixed monthly commission fee covering all monthly trades and offering commission fee rebates to service organizations bringing new traders to Takung’s platform and encouraging them to trade. This policy was intended to help accelerate the number of traders utilizing the company’s platform in order to maximize its trading liquidity. Increased liquidity, in turn, helps the platform to attract significantly greater numbers of new art listings and permits Takung to receive correspondingly increased revenue from both listing fees and management fees. In 2016, for example, Takung had 132 new listings and combined listing and management fee revenue of $12,676,277, compared to 43 new listings and combined listing and management fee revenue of $4,949,668 in 2015. Going forward, these increased revenue streams, management believes, represent a far greater revenue opportunity than any incremental trading commission fees, which may have resulted from keeping the company’s original trading commission policy intact. In addition, said Takung, the maximizing of traders utilizing its platform will help the company to increase future revenue anticipated from the marketing to these traders of a series of new company products and services, some of which are scheduled for introduction later this year. Takung’s improved profitability for 2016 compared to the previous year was primarily due to the company’s aforementioned increases in listing fee, management fee and authorized agent subscription revenue, partially offset by a year-over-year increase of $4,046,110 in general and administrative expenses. These included increases of $2,190,331 in salaries resulting from adding 82 employees, $727,789 in office, insurance and rental expenses because of two newly rented offices in Tianjin and Hangzhou, $551,207 in stock-based compensation, $265,561 in legal and professional fees, and $264,402 in travelling expense. The company’s 2016 profitability was also impacted by a year-over-year increase of $1,688,160 in selling expenses, due to a more vigorous promotion and advertising campaign carried out during that year. As previously reported, Takung’s trading platform generated 2016 transactions of $9.37 billion, a 302 percent increase on the $2.33 billion transacted in 2015. “We are very proud of our 2016 results,” said Takung Chairman and CEO, Di Xiao....