|IQIYI, INC. filed this Form 424B4 on 03/29/2018|
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2015, 2016 AND 2017continued
(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi (RMB) and U.S. dollars (US$),
except for number of shares (or ADS) and per share (or ADS) data)
PRC laws and regulations prohibit or restrict foreign ownership of companies that engage in value-added telecommunication services, internet audio-video program services and certain other businesses. To comply with these foreign ownership restrictions, the Group operates its websites and primarily conducts its business in the PRC through the VIEs. The paid-in capital of the VIEs was mainly funded by the Company through loans extended to the authorized individuals who were the shareholders of the VIEs. The Company has entered into certain agreements with the shareholders of the VIEs through the Company or its wholly-owned subsidiaries in the PRC, including loan agreements for the paid-in capital of the VIEs and share pledge agreements for the equity interests in the VIEs held by the shareholders of the VIEs. In addition, the Group has entered into shareholder voting rights trust agreements and exclusive purchase option agreements with the VIEs and nominee shareholders of the VIEs through the Company or its wholly-owned subsidiaries in the PRC, which give the Company or its wholly-owned subsidiaries the power to direct the activities that most significantly affect the economic performance of the VIEs and to acquire the equity interests in the VIEs when permitted by the PRC laws, respectively. Commitment letters have been entered into which obligate the Company to absorb losses of the VIE that could potentially be significant to the VIEs and certain exclusive agreements have been entered into that entitle the Company or its wholly-owned subsidiaries to receive economic benefits from the VIEs that potentially could be significant to the VIEs.
Despite the lack of technical majority ownership, the Company has effective control of the VIEs through a series of contractual arrangements (the Contractual Arrangements) and a parent-subsidiary relationship exists between the Company and the VIEs. Through the Contractual Arrangements, the shareholders of the VIEs effectively assigned all of their voting rights underlying their equity interest in the VIEs to the Company. In addition, through the other exclusive agreements, which consist of business operation agreements, business cooperating agreement, exclusive technology consulting and services agreements and trademark and software usage license agreements, the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries in the PRC, have the right to receive economic benefits from the VIEs that potentially could be significant to the VIEs. Lastly, through the commitment letters, the Company has the obligation to absorb losses of the VIEs that could potentially be significant to the VIEs. Therefore, the Company is considered the primary beneficiary of the VIEs and consolidates the VIEs and their subsidiaries as required by SEC Regulation S-X Rule 3A-02 and ASC topic 810 (ASC 810), Consolidation.
The principal terms of the Contractual Agreements are further described below:
Pursuant to the loan agreement amongst Beijing QIYI Century and the shareholder of Beijing iQIYI, amended and restated on January 30, 2013, Beijing QIYI Century provided a RMB27 million interest-free loan to the shareholder of Beijing iQIYI solely for funds necessary for the capital injection to Beijing iQIYI. The loan can be repaid only with the proceeds from the sale of all of the equity interest in Beijing iQIYI to the Company or its designated representative(s) if permitted under PRC laws. The term of the loan agreement will expire on June 23, 2021 and can be extended upon the written notification from Beijing QIYI Century.
The loan agreement entered into between Beijing QIYI Century and the shareholders of Shanghai iQIYI dated October 25, 2013, contains terms similar to the terms described above, except that the total amount of loans extended to the shareholders of Shanghai iQIYI is RMB10 million and the term of the loan agreement will expire on October 24, 2023.