|IQIYI, INC. filed this Form 424B4 on 03/29/2018|
Notwithstanding the fluctuations of our quarterly results of operations as discussed below, we have achieved significant revenue growth in the last six quarters. Our quarterly revenues were primarily generated from our membership services and online advertising services, and to a lesser extent, from content distribution and other revenues. We have experienced lower online advertising services revenue in the first quarter of each year in connection with the Chinese New Year holiday as advertisers limit their budget for online platforms and less blockbuster content is released during the period. We have generally achieved the fastest revenue growth in the third quarter, driven by summer holidays and more popular content titles being released on our platform, thereby providing more space for advertisements and attracting more paying members.
Our quarterly operating costs and expenses generally increased in absolute amounts during the period from July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017, as our revenues increased and we acquired more content and used more bandwidth, expanded market promotion and recruited more experienced employees. Our quarterly operating costs and expenses decreased between the third and fourth quarters of 2017, primarily because less blockbuster content was released in the fourth quarter of 2017. Our operating loss as a percentage of revenue increased from July 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 and decreased afterwards, primarily because of economy of scale and of our more mature technology to manage bandwidth as well as more efficient expenditure on market promotion.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Prior to this offering, our principal sources of liquidity have been net cash provided by operating activities, debt financing support from Baidu, as well as private placements of preferred shares and convertible notes. As of December 31, 2017, we had RMB733.0 million (US$112.7 million) in cash and cash equivalents. Our cash and cash equivalents primarily consist of cash on hand and highly liquid investments, which are unrestricted from withdrawal or use, or which have original maturities of three months or less when purchased. As of December 31, 2017, we had RMB779.9 million (US$119.9 million) in short-term investments. Our short-term investments consisted of available-for-sale debt securities with maturities of less than one year purchased from commercial banks and other financial institutions.
Our total current liabilities were RMB11,625.6 million (US$1,786.8 million) as of December 31, 2017, which primarily included RMB7,041.3 million (US$1,082.2 million) in accounts payable and RMB2,511.2 million (US$386.0 million) in accrued expenses and other liabilities.
We had working capital (defined as total current assets deducted by total current liabilities) deficits as of December 31, 2016 and 2017. Historically, we have not been profitable nor generated positive net cash flows. Accounts payable amounted to RMB4,184.6 million and RMB7,041.3 million (US$1,082.2 million) as of December 31, 2016 and 2017, respectively. A substantial majority of our accounts payable is due to third party content and bandwidth providers. The increase in accounts payable was primarily a result of our continued significant investments to acquire premium licensed copyrights and expand our content offering.
The working capital deficits will restrict our liquidity position and have a negative impact on our ability to repay current liabilities.
We prudently manage our working capital to support our business and operations. In terms of financing activities, we have been actively seeking additional financings to improve our liquidity position and we have been able to raise capital through private placements to investors. We completed the US$1.53 billion convertible notes financing in 2017, which were converted to Series G preferred shares in October 2017, obtained multiple lines of credit from commercial banks and have secured from Baidu another loan of around RMB650.0 million in early 2018. In terms of business initiatives, we will (i) continue to work closely with our advertising customers and suppliers in order to optimize our payment terms, (ii) continue to pursue strategies to increase our revenues from membership services, live broadcasting services and in-feed advertising services, where customers usually prepay for our services, and (iii) continue to strengthen our content production capabilities in order to gain more pricing power over our content sourcing efforts.