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China express giant SF predicts US$137.4 million loss in first quarter

SHENZHEN express delivery giant SF Holding said it expects a loss the first quarter as rapid expansion accelerated costs, reported mainland financial news portal Caixin

13 April 2021 - 19:00
SHENZHEN express delivery giant SF Holding said it expects a loss the first quarter as rapid expansion accelerated costs, reported mainland financial news portal Caixin.

The courier expects to report a net loss of about CNY900 million (US$137.4 million) to CNY1.1 billion in the first quarter, compared to a net profit of CNY907 million in the same period in 2020, according to a filing to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.



Its 2020 annual report showed SF Holding recorded CNY7.3 billion in net profit, up 26.4 per cent year on year.



The loss, SF Holding said, was primarily due to expanding new businesses and the large amount of resources this required over the last few quarters. In May 2019, the company set up a new division catering specifically to e-commerce deliveries, which typically brings in lower shipping fees than its other services.



'The fast growing e-commerce delivery services did bring in a lot of revenue, but the new business also had an impact on the existing shipping network to some degree and squeezed its resources,' a source at SF Holding told Caixin, adding that the company needed to establish a new shipping network dedicated to e-commerce deliveries. 'That involved adjusting shipping routes and reallocating vehicle resources,' the source said.


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