– Launching Ready-to-Cook Meal Business Nationwide –
XIAMEN, China, April 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Qudian Inc. ("Qudian" or the "Company") (NYSE: QD), a consumer-oriented technology company in China, today announced it has launched a new strategic business initiative in ready-to-cook meals, or QD Food.
Qudian has been exploring innovative consumer products and services to satisfy Chinese consumers’ fundamental and daily needs by leveraging its technology capabilities. As a result, Qudian launched its QD Food business on a trial basis in March 2022. Catering to working-class families, QD Food features ready-to-cook dishes that can be conveniently prepared at home using simple procedures. Consumers order QD Food products on their smartphones through Qudian’s WeChat mini-program.
QD Food products are currently available in Shenzhen, and Qudian plans to expand the new business offerings to other cities in China. As of April 13, 2022, over 80 thousand unique users have placed orders since the Company launched the service in late March 2022. The typical price range of QD Food products is between RMB12.9 and RMB44.9 per unit before coupon discounts.
"We look forward to tapping into the opportunities offered by the strong demand for innovative consumer products and services in China," said Min Luo, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Qudian, "We expect our ready-to-cook meal business will become an important revenue stream in 2022. Since our inception, we have accumulated extensive knowledge and deep insights with respect to Chinese consumers, which, together with our technology capabilities, are driving our competitive strengths in this new business endeavor. "
In light of the regulatory uncertainties in China’s online consumer finance market and to maintain its asset quality, Qudian has implemented stringent credit standards for its loan business, which have led to a significant decrease in the number of loans facilitated in the first quarter of 2022. As a result, the Company expects its revenue to decline sequentially in the first quarter of 2022, compared with the fourth quarter of 2021. In addition, the Company expects further decreases in the total amount of loans facilitated and related revenue in the second quarter of 2022. Qudian will continue to evaluate conditions in the online consumer finance market and relevant regulatory developments. Based on this ongoing assessment, the Company may wind down its credit business.
In the near term, Qudian expects to offer discounts and incur significant marketing expenses to expand QD Food’s user base. As a result, the Company expects to incur losses initially in connection with this new venture. At the same time, it will continue to explore new business initiatives to increase stakeholders’ long-term value.
About Qudian Inc.
Qudian Inc. ("Qudian") is a consumer-oriented technology company in China. The Company historically focused on providing credit solutions to consumers. The Company is exploring innovative consumer products and services to satisfy Chinese consumers’ fundamental and daily needs by leveraging its technology capabilities. In March 2022, it launched a ready-to-cook meal business catering to working-class consumers in China.
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