Overnight, rumor has it again that Smartisan Technology is to be acquired.
At first, a financial report about Smartisan was revealed to public. Later on, Coolpad’s CEO Liu Jiangfeng revealed in an interview that many parties were competing to invest in Smartisan (Clickhere to read a related article). However, his words are misunderstood as evidence that Smartisan is to be sold to Xiaomi.
Smartisan soon denied the rumor, saying that it’s all make-believe. Smartisan’s CEO Luo Yonghao also posted a piece of Weibo and said: “All these rumors are not true.”
As a matter of fact, nobody can tell if Smartisan is to be sold based on existing information.
Rumors about Smartisan aren't well-grounded
Above all, there’s no direct relationship between financial report and a startup’s capitalization. We can only tell from financial report if revenue performance is good or not, not if capitalization or investment are rising or not.
According to IPO prospectus from Baotuan Ventures, a Chengdu-based subsidiary of Tap4Fun, Smartisan Technology lost 462 million RMB (over $63.8 million) in total in 2015, and 192 million ($27.8 million) in the first half of 2016 (unaudited result). At the same time, Smartisan Technology’s total asset also shrank a great deal, from 825 million RMB (around $123.7 million) near the end of 2015 to 296 million RMB (around $44.3 million) as of June, 30th, a decrease of around 500 million RMB (around $75.0 million).
Baotuan invested 30 million RMB (around $5 million) into Smartisan Technology on March, 16th, 2015 at a valuation of 2.11 billion RMB (over $316 million), and thus acquired 1.13 per cent stake of the company. All these figures are, for sure, true. Yet, we can only tell from them that Smartisan lost 528 million RMB (around$79.3 million) in the first half of 2016 and still had a cash flow of 296 million RMB (around $44.3 million) in its pocket.
However, we can’t draw from these figures that Smartisan investors’ investment is declining. Baotuan invested 30 million RMB (around $5 million) into Smartisan Technology on March, 16th, 2015 at a valuation of 2.11 billion RMB (over $316 million) and thus acquired 1.13 per cent stake of the company. So we can only tell that Smartisan’s valuation reached 2.11 billion RMB at that time, and nothing else.
To wrap up, we only get to know Smartisan’s revenue performance, but are still unclear about its valuation.
Besides, if Smartisan is to roll out new products in October, then a cash flow of 296 million RMB (around $44.4 million) is certainly not enough.
As a matter of fact, we learn from the investment circle that Smartisan raised another round of financing this July led by some Chinese tech giants.
In addition, we can tell from Mr. Luo’s Sina Weibo updatings that Smartisan is to hold a new product release conference on October, 17th and release Smartisan T3. If so, then Smartisan must have raised enough money. Otherwise, it won't be able to even manufactuer Smartisan T3.