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UP Fintech Client Accounts and Balances Hit Record High in Q1 2021

 

UP Fintech Holding Limited (the “Company”, a NASDAQ-listed company under the ticker “TIGR”, and all of its subsidiaries and consolidated entities), a leading online brokerage firm, posted a strong earnings report for Q1 FY 2021. The firm saw record trading volume of $123.8 billion in the first quarter as demand for online securities trading continued to rise.

UP Fintech added 296K new client accounts in the first quarter of 2021, more than 3 times that of the first quarter of 2020. The total number of clients with deposits increased 180.4% year-over-year to 376K. Led by strong growth in the client base coupled with active engagement in the markets during the quarter, the total client account balance reached a record high of $21.4 billion in Q1.

Total revenue increased 255.5% year-over-year to $81.3 million. Non-GAAP profit was $23.5 million during the quarter, 22 times that of the first quarter of 2020.

In the first quarter, UP Fintech continued to expand its international reach with a growing presence in Singapore. Since the launch of its mobile trading app in Singapore a year ago, the firm has successfully differentiated itself with its innovative technology in a crowded market. In order to further expand product offerings for local users to diversify their portfolios, UP Fintech introduced new products and services in Singapore including its Fund Mall, as well as Daily Leveraged Certificates (DLCs), and US-listed over the counter (OTC) equities in Q1.

The quarterly additions of new client accounts and funded accounts in Singapore increased by 257.9% and 300.8%, respectively, compared to the preceding quarter. The number of new accounts in Singapore during the first three months of 2021 also exceeded the total for 2020, representing an important step forward in implementing the firm’s global expansion strategy.

Other revenues from corporate services, including investment banking and ESOP, rose 330.5% to $10.5 million from the prior year period. In Q1, UP Fintech participated in 14 H.K. and U.S. IPOs and served as an underwriter in 8 of them. The firm’s U.S. subsidiary also served as a lead bank for the first time in KuKe’s U.S. IPO (NYSE:KUKE). Despite having only started its investment banking business three years ago, UP Fintech has participated in more than 80 U.S. IPOs of Chinese issuers, leading U.S. IPO underwriting of Chinese companies by deal count among brokerages in both 2019 and 2020.

The firm also added 41 ESOP clients in Q1. Meanwhile, UP Fintech received ISO27701:2019 and ISO29151:2017 accreditations from DNV. These certifications certified the firm’s commitment to comply with the most stringent international standards in supporting data integrity and client confidentiality.

“We delivered another strong performance in Q1 with the highest ever funded account additions of 117K during the quarter. We are proud to now serve a diverse and sophisticated base of 376K investors. In Q1, more than half of new clients came from international markets, demonstrating our global expansion strategy is proceeding nicely. The Singapore market delivered phenomenal customer growth, serving as a testament to the relevance of our product offering and the opportunity in the retail brokerage market,” stated Mr. Wu Tianhua, CEO of UP Fintech. “We are off to a strong start in 2021 with record new accounts and client balances. Looking ahead, we will continue to expand our product portfolio and enhance our one-stop trading platform to meet investor preferences.”

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UP Fintech Holding Limited Posts 136% Revenue Growth in 2020

 

UP Fintech Holding Limited (the “Company”, a NASDAQ-listed company under the ticker “TIGR”, and all of its subsidiaries and consolidated entities), a leading online brokerage firm focusing on global investors, posted its first full-year profit and laid out plans for further international expansion over the coming years after gaining popularity in Singapore.

Fourth quarter revenue rose 136.5% to US$47.2 million, compared with revenue of US$20.0 million in same quarter of 2019. UP Fintech generated US$10.3 million in Non-GAAP net income in the fourth quarter, approximately 29 times higher than the US$0.3 million the company reported in the same quarter of last year. For the full year, the company reported revenues of US$138.5 millionUS$77.6 million of which was commission revenue. Commission revenue was bolstered by an increase in the firm’s user base and trading activity. Non-GAAP Net income for the year came in at US$22.3 million, compared with a loss of US$1.8 million in 2019.

Total account balance increased by US$5 billion in the fourth quarter and reached US$16.0 billion, an increase of 215.9% since the end of 2019. The firm added 44,000 funded accounts in the fourth quarter, 3.9 times the number of new funded accounts in the same quarter of last year; the total number of funded accounts more than doubled in 2020.

“We again recorded significant increases in client accounts and assets, supported by strong demand for online financial services and increased trading activities in the equity market,” stated Mr. Wu Tianhua, CEO of UP Fintech. “With a diverse set of licenses, our internationalization strategy continues to progress nicely and is now a new driver for our growth. During the quarter we participated in eight IPOs, of which we underwrote three. For the full year we participated in 26 U.S. IPOs of Chinese-based companies and served as an underwriter in 14 of them. Our leadership position in underwriting for Chinese ADR issuers in the U.S. continued to yield significant benefits as it led to more IPO subscriptions being available to our retail clients. We also added 35 ESOP clients in the fourth quarter for a cumulative total of 124 clients. Despite having only started our ESOP business two years ago, we have been able to gain substantial market share due to the enhanced user experience of our system.”

The company’s flagship trading app, Tiger Trade, has formed a closed-loop platform for trading, social networking, and financial media. By adding more investment tools and products such as grey market for Hong Kong IPOs, the firm continues to boost its brand recognition and retail client stickiness.

“We are enthusiastic about the year ahead as we will continue to leverage our technological capabilities to build an integrated trading platform for global clients with a comprehensive product offering,” Wu added.

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UP Fintech Tops 1 Million Customer Accounts

 

UP Fintech Holding Limited (with all of its subsidiaries, referred to as “UP Fintech” or the “Company”, known as Tiger Brokers in Asia) (NASDAQ: TIGR), a leading online brokerage firm focusing on global investors, recently announced that it opened its one millionth customer account. Since launching its flagship APP, Tiger Trade, six years ago, the firm has invested heavily in innovation and now enables clients to trade securities across multiple global markets that span the U.S., ChinaSoutheast Asia, and Europe. UP Fintech also reached the million-account milestone faster than any other online brokerage firm focusing on global Chinese investors, attesting to the value the firm delivers to its clients as well as its reputation in the market as a fintech leader.

Mr. Wu Tianhua, CEO and Director of UP Fintech commented, “Reaching one million client accounts represents an extremely exciting milestone for us and we want to thank our clients for trusting us. We delivered these results by growing from an online broker focused on securities brokerage services to a full-service brokerage firm with investment banking business, ESOP management services and other corporate services. By leveraging our strong technological capabilities and swift product launching ability, we will continue to provide clients efficient, first-rate and differentiated services by constantly expanding our product and enriching its features. In addition, we will continue to invest in growing our client base in new markets like Singapore.

Founded in 2014, the company began by offering online brokerage services and margin financing for U.S. equities in August 2015. By catering its platform to meet the unique needs of global Chinese investors, UP Fintech achieved significant growth, both in client base and total securities trading volume. The company continues to update its platform and now offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of securities among global online brokers; clients may currently trade equities in the U.S., Hong Kong S.A.RSingaporeAustralia, and the U.K., as well as futures, warrants, options, and mutual funds, among others.

Mr. Wu added, “Today, our clients may trade multiple currencies, multiple markets, and multiple classes of securities all in one integrated account on our trading platform thanks to our proprietary infrastructure and technology. Our firm is committed to innovation and we will continue to invest in technology as we are confident it will strengthen our market position in the online brokerage industry.”

In addition, the firm has also expanded into new business lines, namely investment banking and ESOP management, as it seeks to diversify its business and provide more services to corporate clients. The company has already participated in more than 60 Chinese ADRs listings in the U.S. including Li Auto, Kingsoft Cloud, Pinduoduo and XPeng Motors. According to data from the SEC and Bloomberg, UP Fintech led the rankings of underwriters for U.S. IPOs of Chinese ADR issuers among brokerages in the first half of 2020, based on deal count. By further enhancing its underwriting capabilities, the company aims to provide its retail clients more opportunities to subscribe to Chinese ADR IPOs, as well as attract new clients who want to participate in the growth of leading companies.

In parallel, ESOP management also positions the company well to drive additional growth for years to come. ESOP participants may use UP Fintech’s platform to exercise their stock options in the future, allowing the firm to capture a growing group of high-net-worth clients.

Reflecting on the firm’s progress, Mr. Wu concluded, “Looking forward, we will continue to bring our clients innovative products and smarter features. Our commitment to innovation, combined with our global vision will continue to attract new clients across the diverse markets we operate in.”

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This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These 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,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. Among other statements, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as the Company’s strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. The Company may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on Forms 20-F and 6-K, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: the Company’s growth strategies; trends and competition in global financial markets; the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic; and governmental policies relating to the Company’s industry and general economic conditions in China and other countries. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

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