|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)
Litigation, claims and assessments
The Group is involved in a number of claims pending in various courts, in arbitration, or otherwise unresolved as of December 31, 2017. These claims are substantially related to alleged copyright infringement as well as routine and incidental matters to its business, among others. Adverse results in these claims may include awards of damages and may also result in, or even compel, a change in the Groups business practices, which could impact the Groups future financial results. The Group has accrued RMB20,531 (US$3,156) in Accrued expenses and other liabilities in the consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2017 and recognized losses of RMB19,012 (US$2,922) for the year ended December 31, 2017.
The Group is unable to estimate the reasonably possible loss or a range of reasonably possible losses for proceedings in the early stages or where there is a lack of clear or consistent interpretation of laws specific to the industry-specific complaints among different jurisdictions. Although the results of unsettled litigations and claims cannot be predicted with certainty, the Group does not believe that, as of December 31, 2017, there was at least a reasonable possibility that the Group may have incurred a material loss, or a material loss in excess of the accrued expenses, with respect to such loss contingencies. The losses accrued include judgments made by the court and out-of-court settlements after December 31, 2017, but related to cases arising on or before December 31, 2017. The Group is in the process of appealing certain judgments for which losses have been accrued.
As of December 31, 2016 and 2017, there were 342,548,237 ordinary shares issued and outstanding at par value of US$0.00001.
On October 26, 2017, the Companys shareholders and Board of Directors approved an increase in its authorized share capital from 3,500,000,000 to 5,000,000,000 ordinary shares.
On November 30, 2017, the Companys shareholders and Board of Directors approved a dual class voting structure whereby (i) all of the ordinary shares held by Baidu after automatic conversion of outstanding redeemable convertible preferred shares into ordinary shares upon the closing of an IPO are to be re-designated as Class B ordinary shares and (ii) all of the other ordinary shares held by others after automatic conversion of outstanding redeemable convertible preferred shares into ordinary shares upon the closing of an IPO are to be re-designated as Class A ordinary shares. Class A and Class B ordinary shares have the same rights except for voting and conversion rights. Holders of Class A ordinary shares will be entitled to one vote per share while holders of Class B ordinary shares will be entitled to ten votes per share, on corporate matters that require shareholders vote. Each Class B ordinary share is convertible into one Class A ordinary share at any time by the holder thereof. Class A ordinary shares are not convertible into Class B ordinary shares under any circumstances. Concurrently, the Companys shareholders and Board of Directors also approved an increase in its authorized share capital from 5,000,000,000 to 10,000,000,000 ordinary shares.
The Companys subsidiaries, VIEs and the VIEs subsidiaries in China are required to make appropriations to certain non-distributable reserve funds. In accordance with the laws applicable to Chinas WFOE, its subsidiaries have to make appropriations from its after-tax profit (as determined under Generally Accepted