Niu Technologies Provides Third Quarter 2021 E-scooter Sales Volume Update
BEIJING, Oct. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Niu Technologies (“NIU”, or “the Company”) (NASDAQ: NIU), the world’s leading provider of smart urban mobility solutions, today provides its e-scooter sales volume results for the third quarter 2021.
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In the third quarter of 2021, NIU sold 397,079 e-scooters, representing a 58.3% year-over-year growth. The number of e-scooters sold in China market reached 392,112, representing a 59.9% year-over-year growth. The number of e-scooters sold in the international markets was 4,967, representing a decrease of 11.2% year-over-year. The volume is compared on a year-over-year basis instead of on a quarter-over-quarter basis due to strong seasonality in e-scooter market.
The growth in China market was mainly driven by retail network expansion and promotion activities. The Company continued fast retail network expansion and added 320 new stores in China during the third quarter 2021. There were 2,686 NIU stores in China at the end of September. The Company also provided sales discounts for selected models during the third quarter to attract new customers to adopt e-scooters for urban commute and encourage replacement of outdated and non-compliant e-scooters.
The decrease of number of e-scooters sold in the international markets was mainly caused by the resurgence of COVID-19 in Europe during the third quarter and the ongoing difficulties in ocean freight shipping. With the successful product launch of kick-scooter, KQi3, the Company received the order of more than 15,000 units during the third quarter and started to deliver in September. 497 kick-scooters were included in the sales volume from international markets in the third quarter and the remaining orders will be shipped soon.
Out of the total sales volume, the units of G0, F0 and C0 models sold during the third quarter 2021 represented approximately 40.6%. The G0, F0 and C0 models have lower sales price and gross margin compared with other models, and high proportion of sales volume from these models has negative impacts on the blended revenues per scooter and overall gross margin for the third quarter 2021.
Our sales volume count disclosed above is based on the delivery from our manufacturing facility, which may vary slightly from the sales volume measured from financial accounting and reporting point of view. NIU’s sales volume represents only one measure of the company’s financial performance and should not be relied upon as an indicator of quarterly financial results, which depend on a variety of factors, including revenues from accessories, spare parts and services, cost of sales, operating expenses, etc.
As the world’s leading provider of smart urban mobility solutions, NIU designs, manufactures and sells high-performance electric motorcycles, scooters, bicycles and kick-scooters. NIU has a product portfolio consisting of eight series, four electric scooter series, including NQi, MQi, UQi and Gova, two urban commuter electric motorcycle series RQi and TQi, a performance electric bicycle series, NIU Aero, and an electric kick-scooter series, KQi. Different series of products address the needs of different segments of modern urban residents and resolve the demands of different scenarios of urban travel, while being united through a common design language that emphasizes style, freedom and technology. NIU has adopted an omnichannel retail model, integrating the offline and online channels, to offer the products and services. For more information, please visit www.niu.com.
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