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Luckin’s Q1 results exceed expectations despite impact of Covid-19

Luckin on Tuesday posted better-than-expected results for the first quarter of this year. The company’s revenue soared 89.5% year-on-year to RMB 2.4 billion ($379.3 million), easily beating the high-end $310.8 million estimate compiled by Yahoo Finance. The Xiamen-based company also announced a total of 6,580 stores as of the end of the reporting period, including 556 new store openings, which represents a 9% growth on a quarter-over-quarter basis. Net income was RMB 19.8 million for the period, compared to a net loss of RMB 232.5 million a year ago. While the company’s shares are still reeling from the negative impacts of the financial fraud scandal revealed in April 2020, the company is gearing up for a comeback in the Chinese market. However, new Covid-19 outbreaks, increasing competition, and its infamous fraud history may factor in this turnaround.

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Luckin, Li Auto among 17 Chinese companies added to US delisting list

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) added seventeen US-listed Chinese companies to its provisional delisting list, identified under the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act in the US. Some of China’s major tech-related firms are included, such as coffee chain Luckin, electric vehicle maker Li Auto, Q&A platform Zhihu, and online housing firm KE Holdings. The US regulator has given these companies 15 business days to submit evidence to oppose the commission’s charge, with a deadline of May 12.

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Luckin pays $180 million penalty after US court ruling

Luckin Coffee announced Friday that it has paid the $180 million civil penalty agreed to as part of a settlement plan it reached with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in December. On February 3, the SEC acknowledged in a notice to the Southern District of New York that Luckin Coffee had satisfied the penalty provisions by making cash payments to the company’s security holders. The US court had ordered the China-based company to pay the civil penalty after it found that Luckin had defrauded investors by inflating its revenues by around $310 million in 2019. [Luckin press release]

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US court approves Luckin Coffee’s $460 million debt restructuring plan

A US federal judge in Manhattan has passed Luckin Coffee’s debt restructuring plan for a $460 million bond due 2025. Court documents show that noteholders will get $320 million in cash and new debt. Luckin announced Tuesday that the plan has already won approval from creditors and the grand court of Cayman Islands, where it registered. US court approval means the plan can be implemented in the US. [Bloomberg Law]