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 Fang Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Results
   Friday, March 31, 2017 7:40:00 AM ET

Fang Holdings Limited (SFUN ) ("Fang" or "we"), the leading real estate Internet portal in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Highlights

-- Total revenues were $174.7 million.

-- Operating loss was $8.9 million. Non-GAAP operating loss was $6.4 million. A description of the adjustments from GAAP to non-GAAP operating income is detailed in the Reconciliation Statement following this press release.

-- Net loss attributable to Fang’s shareholders was $10.4 million. Fully diluted loss per ADS was 0.02.

-- Non-GAAP net loss attributable to Fang’s shareholders was $8.9 million. Non-GAAP fully diluted loss per ADS was 0.02. A description of the adjustments from GAAP to non-GAAP net loss attributable to Fang’s shareholders and fully diluted loss per ADS is detailed in the Reconciliation Statement following this press release.

-- Net cash generated from operating activities was $85.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to cash flow used in operating activities $31.6 million in the same period of 2015

"I admit that our two-year long transformation is a failure up to today. We did not know in depth of the new markets and new business lines. We were too aggressive in transformations at the same time with all of our business lines," said Vincent Mo, Chairman and CEO of Fang.com. "We are making adjustments to our transformations. We will return to open-platform strategy in which we will support and facilitate businesses of our partners including developers, brokers and agents, property owners and buyers, and other home related companies and professionals."

Fourth Quarter 2016 Results

Revenues

Fang reported total revenues of $174.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 42% decrease from $300.7 million in the corresponding period of 2015, primarily due to the decline in e-commerce and marketing services.

Revenue from e-commerce services was $89.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a decrease of 48% from $173.9 million in the corresponding period of 2015. The decline was primarily due to the decreased transaction volume impacted by the tightening regulations, as well as the strategic change to have scaled down on rental and home furnishing business.

Revenue from marketing services was $48.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a decrease of 42% from $83.0 million in the corresponding period of 2015, primarily due to less demand from property developers for online advertising under the regulatory change.

Revenue from listing services was $38.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of 74.0% from $22.3 million in the corresponding period of 2015, driven by the increased number of paying members and unit price.

Revenue from Internet financial services was $0.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a decrease of 96.0% from $15.6 million in the corresponding period of 2015, primarily due to the policy impact on the new home financial services and the decreased secondary transaction volumes of the Company’s own brokerage services.

Revenue from other value-added services was negative $2.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $5.9 million in the corresponding period of 2015, primarily due to the re-classification accounting treatment of BaoAn’s revenue.

Cost of Revenue

Cost of revenue was $89.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a decrease of 59.1% from $218.4 million in the corresponding period of 2015. The decrease in cost of revenue was mainly due to the downsizing of the secondary agent team and the scaling down of rental and home furnishing in ecommerce services.

Operating Expense

Operating expenses were $94.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a decrease of 18% from $114.9 million in the corresponding period of 2015.

Selling expenses were $59.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a decrease of 27.2% from $81.3 million in the mainly due to the decrease of sales staff cost.

General and administrative expenses were $35.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of 5.2% from $33.6 million for the corresponding period of 2015, primarily due to the increased bad-debt expense.

Operating Loss/Income

Operating loss was $8.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to operating loss of $32.6 million in the corresponding period of 2015, which is attributable to the strategic change of optimization and effective cost control.

Income Tax Benefit/Expenses

Income tax expenses were $3.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to income tax expenses of $7.5 million in the corresponding period of 2015.

Net Loss and EPS

Net loss attributable to Fang’s shareholders was $10.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to net loss of $38.8 million in the corresponding period of 2015. Loss per fully-diluted ordinary share and ADS were $0.11 and $0.02 in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to loss of $0.44 and $0.09, respectively, in the corresponding period of 2015.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA, defined as non-GAAP net income before income taxes, interest expenses, interest income, depreciation and amortization, was $2.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to the loss of $23.4 million in the corresponding period of 2015.

Cash

As of December 31, 2016, Fang had cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments of $590.5 million, compared to $983.7 million as of December 31, 2016. Net cash generated from operating activities was $85.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to cash flow used in operating activities of $31.6 million in the same period of 2015, primarily due to the decrease of loan receivables of $80.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

Fiscal Year 2016 Results

Revenues

Fang reported total revenues of $916.4 million for 2016, representing an increase of 4% from $883.5 million for 2015, primarily driven by the growth in e-commerce services.

Revenue from marketing services was $165.4 million for 2016, a decrease of 34% from $249.9million for 2015, primarily due to less demand from property developers.

Revenue from e-commerce services was $577.7 million for 2016, an increase of 22% from $474.8 million for 2015, primarily driven by the fast growth of our secondary brokerage services.

Revenue from listing services was $118.1 million for 2016, an increase of 9% from $107.9 million for 2015, driven by the increased number of paying member and unit price.

Revenue from financial services was $29.6 million for 2016, flat with $29.6 million in 2015

Revenue from other value-added services was $25.6 million for 2016, an increase of 20% from $21.4 million for 2015, primarily driven by the rapid growth of our research related products.

Cost of Revenue

Cost of revenue was $687.2 million for 2016, an increase of 23.7% from $555.4 million for 2015. The increase in cost of revenue was mainly due to the increased staff cost in secondary brokerage services.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were $381.1 million for 2016, an increase of 5.3% from $362.0 million for 2015.

Selling expenses were $229.8 million for 2016, a decrease of 2.9% from $236.6 million for 2015, primarily due to slightly decreased staff cost in selling expenses.

General and administrative expenses were $151.3 million for 2016, an increase of 20.6% from $125.4 million for 2015, primarily due to increased bad-debt expense.

Operating Loss

Operating loss was $151.5 million for 2016, compare with operating loss of $34.5 million for 2015.

Income Tax Expenses/Benefit

Income tax expenses were $25.0 million for 2016, compared to $5.9 million of income tax benefit for the corresponding period in 2015. The expenses increase was primarily due to no reversal or accrual of withholding tax for the dividend declared in 2016.

Net Loss and EPS

Net loss attributable to Fang’s shareholders was $169.6 million for 2016, compared to $15.1 million for the corresponding period in 2015. Fully diluted loss per ADS was $0.36 for 2016, compared to $0.04 for 2015.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA, defined as non-GAAP net income before income taxes, interest expenses, interest income, depreciation and amortization, was $121.2 million of loss for 2016, compared to $9.6 million of loss for 2015.

Cash

Cash generated from operating activities was $131.2 million for 2016, compared to net cash used in operating activities $165.3 million for 2015, primarily due to the decrease of loan receivables of $263.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

Business Outlook

The Company is undergoing adjustments to its transformations and the company is planning to return to open-platform strategy. Before these changes are finalized, the company will see a decrease in its top line revenue but will expect to be profitable for the whole year 2017.

Conference Call Information

Fang’s management team will host a conference call on the same day at 8:00 AM U.S. EST (8:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong time). The dial-in details for the live conference call are:

International Toll: +65 67135090
Local Toll:
United States       +1 845-675-0437 / +1 866-519-4004
Hong Kong           +852 3018-6771 / +852 800-906-601
Mainland China      +86 400-620-8038 / +86 800-819-0121
Passcode:           SFUN

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call from 11:00 ET on Mar 31, 2017 through 9:59 ET April 8, 2017. The dial-in details for the telephone replay are:

International Toll: +61 2-8199-0299
Toll-Free:
United States       +1 855-452-5696 / +1 646-254-3697
Hong Kong           +852 800-963-117 / +852 3051-2780
Mainland China      +86 400-602-2065 / +86 800-870-0205
Conference ID:      94961713

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on Fang’s website at http://ir.fang.com .

About Fang

Fang operates the leading real estate Internet portal in China in terms of the number of page views and visitors to its websites. Through our websites, we provide e-commerce, marketing, listing, financial and other value-added services for China’s fast-growing real estate and home furnishing and improvement sectors. Our user-friendly websites support active online communities and networks of users seeking information on, and other value-added services for, the real estate and home furnishing and improvement sectors in China. Fang currently maintains about 100 offices to focus on local market needs and its website and database contains real estate related content covering more than 629 cities in China. For more information about Fang, please visit http://ir.fang.com .

Safe Harbor Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "is expected to," "anticipates," "aim," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "are likely to," "estimates," "may," "should" and similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding Fang’s future financial performance, revenue guidance for 2017, growth and growth rates, and market position and continued business transformation. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Fang’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the impact of Fang’s transformation from a pure Internet information platform to a transaction-oriented platform, the impact of Fang’s implementation of a "zero tolerance policy" that has resulted in dismissal of employees, the impact of the slowdown in China’s real estate market on Fang and the impact on revenues of our existing and new service fees reductions, the ability of Fang to retain real estate listing agencies as customers during challenging economic periods, the success of Fang’s new business initiatives, the ability of Fang to manage its operating expenses, the impact of, measures taken or to be taken by the Chinese government to control real estate growth and prices and other events which could occur in the future, economic challenges in China’s real estate market, the impact of competitive market conditions for our services, our ability to maintain and increase our leadership in China’s home related internet sector, the uncertain regulatory landscape in China, fluctuations in our quarterly operating results, our continued ability to execute business strategies including our SouFun membership services and SouFun Online Shop, our ability to continue to expand in local markets, our reliance on online advertising sales and listing services and transactions for our revenues, any failure to successfully develop and expand our content, service offerings and features, including the success of new features to meet evolving market needs, and the technologies that support them, the quality of the loans we originate and resell and the performance of those loans in the future, our ability to successfully service and process customer loans for our own benefit and for the purchasers of those loans and, should we in the future make acquisitions, any failure to successfully integrate acquired businesses.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Dr. Hua Lei CFO Phone: +86-10-5631-8661 Email: leihua@fang.com

Ms. Joyce Tang Senior Investor Relations Manager Phone: +86-10-5631 8659 Email: tangjunning@fang.com

Ms. Dana Cheng Investor Relations Manager Phone: +86-10-5631 8174 Email: chengyu.bj@fang.com

Fang Holdings Limited
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share data and per share data)
ASSETS                                                                                                        December 31,      December 31,
                                                                                                              2,016             2,015
Current assets:                                                                                               (Unaudited)       (Audited)
                         Cash and cash equivalents                                                            336,528           817,921
                         Restricted cash, current                                                             211,084           103,179
                         Short-term investments                                                               42,929            62,559
                         Accounts receivable, net                                                             93,672            147,516
                         Funds receivable                                                                     20,483            45,400
                         Prepayment and other current assets                                                  39,824            60,265
                         Commitment deposits                                                                  6,527             10,646
                         Loan receivable, current                                                             41,966            266,990
                         Amount due from related parties                                                      197               262
Total current assets                                                                                          793,210           1,514,738
Non-current assets:
                         Property and equipment, net                                                          319,897           326,504
                         Loan receivable, non-current                                                         16,808            55,349
                         Deferred tax assets, non-current                                                     4,915             5,490
                         Deposit for non-current assets                                                       240,712           137,715
                         Long-term investments                                                                231,880           244,678
                         Other non-current assets1                                                            7,391             7,569
Total non-current assets                                                                                      821,603           777,305
Total assets                                                                                                  1,614,813         2,292,043
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
                         Short-term loans                                                                     212,734           100,000
                         Deferred revenue                                                                     129,765           145,321
                         Accrued expenses and other liabilities                                               318,540           361,593
                         Customers’ refundable fees                                                           28,630            59,107
                         Income tax payable                                                                   6,022             9,948
                         Convertible senior notes-current1                                                    -                 396,716
Total current liabilities                                                                                     695,691           1,072,685
Non-current liabilities:
                         Long-term loans                                                                      65,190            -
                         Convertible senior notes                                                             295,268           287,887
                         Deferred tax liabilities, non-current                                                70,424            76,631
                         Other non-current liabilities                                                        415               312
Total non-current liabilities                                                                                 431,297           364,830
Total Liabilities                                                                                             1,126,988         1,437,515
Equity:
                         Class A ordinary shares, par value Hong Kong Dollar ("HK$") 1 per share, 600,000,000 9,157             9,110
                         shares authorized for Class A and Class B in aggregate, and 64,012,758 shares and
                         70,736,679 shares issued and outstanding as at December 31, 2016 and December 31,
                         2015, respectively
                         Class B ordinary shares, par value HK$1 per share, 600,000,000 shares authorized for 3,124             3,124
                         Class A and Class B in aggregate, and 24,336,650 shares and 24,336,650 shares issued
                         and outstanding as at December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively
                         Treasure stock                                                                       (136,615)         -
                         Additional paid-in capital                                                           488,943           478,391
                         Accumulated other comprehensive income                                               (81,349)          (10,364)
                         Retained earnings                                                                    203,870           373,505
Total Fang Holdings Limited shareholders’ equity                                                              487,130           853,766
                         Non-controlling interests                                                            695               761
Total equity                                                                                                  487,825           854,527
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND  EQUITY                                                                                 1,614,813         2,292,043
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share data and per share data)
                                                                        Three months ended                Year ended
                                                                        December 31,     December 31,     December 31,  December 31,
                                                                        2,016            2,015            2,016         2,015
                                                                        (Unaudited)      (Unaudited)      (Unaudited)   (Audited)
Revenues:
                    E-commerce services                                 89,853           173,863          577,684       474,810
                    Marketing services                                  48,019           82,995           165,437       249,862
                    Listing services                                    38,628           22,261           118,109       107,922
                    Financial services                                  606              15,648           29,602        29,582
                    Other value-added services and                      (2,443)          5,895            25,559        21,373
                    other services
Total revenues                                                          174,663          300,662          916,391       883,549
Cost of Revenues:
                    Cost of services                                    (89,403)         (218,367)        (687,184)     (555,389)
Total Cost of Revenues                                                  (89,403)         (218,367)        (687,184)     (555,389)
Gross Profit                                                            85,260           82,295           229,207       328,160
Operating expenses and income:
                    Selling expenses                                    (59,227)         (81,306)         (229,817)     (236,603)
                    General and administrative expenses                 (35,338)         (33,595)         (151,251)     (125,405)
                    Other income                                        415              37               415           (625)
Operating Income (loss)                                                 (8,891)          (32,569)         (151,446)     (34,473)
                    Foreign exchange gain (loss)                        6,451            1,307            (1,882)       1,464
                    Realized (loss) gain on                             -                -                10,583        -
                    available-for-sale securities
                    (including accumulated other
                    comprehensive income
                    reclassifications for unrealized
                    (loss) gain on available-for-sale
                    securities of nil, US$10,583 for
                    the year ended December 31,
                    2015, 2016 respectively)
                    Interest income                                     2,884            2,833            11,367        22,221
                    Interest expense                                    (7,514)          (4,367)          (20,791)      (16,519)
                    Investment income                                   1,056            358              3,281         1,333
                    Government grants                                   940              1,150            6,469         4,936
                    Other-than-temporary                                (2,232)          -                (2,232)       -
                    impairment on available-for-sale
                    securities
Income (loss) before income taxes                                       (7,305)          (31,288)         (144,651)     (21,038)
and noncontrolling interests
Income tax expenses
                    Income tax expenses                                 (3,079)          (7,530)          (24,983)      5,905
Net income (loss)                                                       (10,385)         (38,818)         (169,635)     (15,133)
                    Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (2)              (4)              -             (37)
Net income (loss) attributable to Fang                                  (10,383)         (38,814)         (169,635)     (15,096)
Holdings Limited shareholders
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax
                    Foreign currency Translation                        (81,642)         (21,593)         (67,728)      (55,928)
                    Amounts reclassified from                           -                -                (10,583)      -
                    accumulated other
                    comprehensive income
                    Unrealized gain on available-for-                   (1,057)          4,612            7,326         (4,002)
                    sale security
Total other comprehensive income                                        (82,699)         (16,981)         (70,985)      (59,930)
(loss), net of tax
Comprehensive income (loss)                                             (93,084)         (55,799)         (240,620)     44,830
Earnings per share for Class A and Class B ordinary shares
                    Basic                                               (0.11)           (0.44)           (1.81)        (0.18)
                    Diluted                                             (0.11)           (0.44)           (1.81)        (0.18)
Earnings per ADS
                    Basic                                               (0.02)           (0.09)           (0.36)        (0.04)
                    Diluted                                             (0.02)           (0.09)           (0.36)        (0.04)
Weighted average number of Class A and Class B ordinary shares outstanding:
                    Basic                                               91,214,789       88,189,443       93,659,152    85,170,886
                    Diluted                                             91,214,789       88,189,443       93,659,152    85,170,886
Weighted average number of ADSs outstanding:
                    Basic                                               456,073,946      440,947,315      468,295,759   425,854,430
                    Diluted                                             456,073,946      440,947,315      468,295,759   425,854,430
Fang Holdings Limited
Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
( in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share data and per share data)
                                                          Three months ended            Year ended
                                                          December 31,    December 31,  December 31,  December 31,
                                                          2,016           2,015         2,016         2,015
               GAAP income from operations                (8,891)         (32,567)      (151,447)     (34,473)
               Share-based compensation expense           2,545           856           9,477         4,008
               Non-GAAP income from operations            (6,346)         (31,711)      (141,970)     (30,465)
               GAAP net income                            (10,385)        (38,816)      (169,635)     (15,133)
               One-off tax benefit                        -               (30,578)      -             (61,162)
               Investment income                          (1,056)         (358)         (13,864)      (1,333)
               Share-based compensation expense           2,545           856           9,477         4,008
               Non-GAAP net income                        (8,896)         (68,896)      (174,022)     (73,620)
               Net Income attributable to Fang            (10,383)        (38,812)      (169,635)     (15,096)
               shareholders
               One-off tax benefit                        -               (30,578)      -             (61,162)
               Investment income                          (1,056)         (358)         (13,864)      (1,333)
               Share-based compensation expense           2,545           856           9,477         4,008
               Non-GAAP net Income attributable to        (8,894)         (68,892)      (174,022)     (73,583)
               Fang Holdings Limited shareholders
               GAAP earnings per share for Class A and
               Class B ordinary shares:
               Basic                                      (0.11)          (0.44)        (1.81)        (0.18)
               Diluted                                    (0.11)          (0.44)        (1.81)        (0.18)
               GAAP earnings per ADS:
               Basic                                      (0.02)          (0.09)        (0.36)        (0.04)
               Diluted                                    (0.02)          (0.09)        (0.36)        (0.04)
               Non-GAAP earnings per share for Class A
               and Class B ordinary shares:
               Basic                                      (0.10)          (0.78)        (1.86)        (0.86)
               Diluted                                    (0.10)          (0.78)        (1.86)        (0.86)
Non-GAAP earnings per ADS:
               Basic                                      (0.02)          (0.16)        (0.37)        (0.17)
               Diluted                                    (0.02)          (0.16)        (0.37)        (0.17)
               Weighted average number of Class
               A and Class B ordinary shares outstanding:
               Basic                                      91,214,789      88,189,443    93,659,152    85,170,886
               Diluted                                    91,214,789      88,189,443    93,659,152    85,170,886
Weighted average number of ADSs outstanding:
               Basic                                      456,073,946     440,947,215   468,295,759   425,854,430
               Diluted                                    456,073,946     440,947,215   468,295,759   425,854,430
               Non-GAAP Net income                        (8,896)         (68,896)      (174,022)     (73,620)
Add back:
               Interest expense                           7,514           3,927         20,791        16,519
               Income tax expenses                        3,079           42,371        24,983        59,519
               Depreciation expenses                      3,562           3,813         18,442        14,544
Subtract:
               Interest income                            (2,884)         (4,680)       (11,367)      (22,221)
               Adjusted EBITDA                            2,375           (23,465)      (121,173)     (5,259)

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