Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment Technology Announces First Half Year of 2020 Unaudited Financial Results
Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment Technology (“Blue Hat” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: BHAT), a producer, developer and operator of augmented reality (“AR”) interactive entertainment games, toys and educational materials in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2020.
First Half Year of 2020 Financial Highlights
Total revenues decreased by 34.9% for the six months ended June 30, 2020 to US$4.9 million.
Gross profit decreased by 30.8% for the six months ended June 30, 2020 to US$3.7 million.
Income from operations decreased by 50.8% for the six months ended June 30, 2020 to US$1.6 million.
Net income decreased by 58.8% for the six months ended June 30, 2020 to US$1.3 million.
“The outbreak of COVID-19 since the beginning of 2020 has adversely impacted the global economy and our financial performance in the first half year was negatively affected as a result of the suspension of the entire industry. With daily life in China gradually returning to normal since April, our business related to education industry ramped up during the period,” said Mr. Xiaodong Chen, Chief Executive Officer of Blue Hat, “I’m pleased that our thriving smart education business line made a significant addition to our portfolio. ‘AR Immersive Classes’ (‘ARIC’), integrated with physical exercises in terms of AR-based educational content and products, targets children between three and six years old. Interactive education combines teaching with entertainment, inspiring kids with imagination and critical thinking. We build Direct-to-Consumer social content marketing channels via short videos and live streaming to increase our brand awareness, and broaden our market reach. Looking forward, we intend to continue to explore both in-house development and strategic investment opportunities to strengthen our pipeline of toy and game content and maximize shareholder value.”
Blue Hat announced in January 2020 that its AR child abuse prevention course would be introduced in 25 preschools in Tong’an District, Xiamen City as a compulsory part of the curriculum for children before they graduate from kindergarten.
In February 2020, Blue Hat announced a new suite of smart educational products “AR Immersive Classes” (“ARIC”), which includes “Smart Screen Immersive Education Classes”, “Smart Immersive Cognitive Education Classes” and “Smart Immersive Physical Education Classes.”, and upgrades System for Evaluating Developmental Progress of Preschool Students in China.
In March 2020, Blue Hat’s “Interactive System Based on Light Intensity Recognition” received U.S. patent with the number US 10,512,836 B2 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
In May 2020, Blue Hat announced that it has signed a three-year partnership with smart education service provider, Sutesen Information Technology Ltd., to expand Blue Hat’s Smart Immersive Education Classes, or ARIC, in Guangxi province, China. The partnership aims to commercially launch ARIC in up to 1,000 Guangxi preschools in three years.
In June 2020, Blue Hat announced that it has partnered with Xiamen Xing Meng Wei Lai Culture Media Co. LTD, a leading Chinese multi-channel network and internet content development agency, to build Direct-to-Consumer social content marketing channels via short videos and live streaming.
In July 2020, Blue Hat entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with two accredited institutional investors to sell senior secured convertible notes of the Company in a private placement to the investors, in the aggregate principal amount of $3,262,000, together with the issuance of warrants to acquire up to 784,000 ordinary shares of the Company for an aggregate cash purchase price of $2,800,000 (reflecting an original issue discount of $462,000).
First Half 2020 Results
Total revenues were $4.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020, a decrease of $2.6 million, or 34.9%, from $7.5 million for the same period ended June 30, 2019. The overall decrease was primarily attributed to the fewer sales of interactive toys (game series) during the period, partially offset by revenue from ARIC, which was launched to the market this year.
Gross profit was $3.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020, a decline of $1.6 million, or 30.8%, from $5.3 million for the same period ended June 30, 2019. Gross profit margin was 75.2% for the six months ended June 30, 2020, compared to 70.8% for the same period of 2019. Research and development expenses of mobile games recorded in Cost of Sales are fully amortized this February, consequently, gross profit ratio increased by 4.4%.
Operating expenses were $ 2,032,696 for the six months ended June 30, 2020, an increase of $47,752, or 2.4%, from $1,984,944 for the same period ended June 30, 2019. This increase was mainly due to the increase of general and administrative expenses amounted to $221,638, offset by the decrease of selling expense of around $119,705. Fixed cost increased during the first half of 2020 mainly due to the amortization of newly incurred rental cost and software patents. Legal expenses accounted for an obvious growth of general and administrative expenses in connection with our recent financing.
Income from operations was $1.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020, a decrease of $1.7 million, or 50.8%, from $3.3 million for the same period ended June 30, 2019.
Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders was $1.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020, compared with $3.1 million for the same period ended June 30, 2019. or $0.04 and $0.09 per basic and diluted share respectively.
Cash and Cash Equivalents
As of June 30, 2020, BHAT maintained strong cash resources of cash and cash equivalents totaling $11.4 million, compared with $10.5 million by the ended of December 31, 2019.
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