SHANGHAI, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Acorn International, Inc. (NYSE: ATV) (“Acorn” or the “Company”), a media and branding company in China engaged in developing, promoting and selling products through extensive direct and distribution networks, announced today that the New York Stock Exchange has notified the Company about unusual trading activity in its American depositary shares on July 22, 2014. It is the Company’s policy to not comment on unusual trading activity.
About Acorn International, Inc.
Acorn is a media and branding company in China, operating TV direct sales businesses other direct sales platforms and a nationwide distribution network. Acorn’s TV direct sales platform consists of airtime purchased from both national and local channels. Acorn’s other direct sales platforms include outbound telemarketing centers, e-commerce websites, and catalogs. Acorn has built a proven track record of developing, promoting and selling proprietary-branded products, as well as products from established third parties. For more information, please visit http://ir.chinadrtv.com.
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This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” including, among other things, Acorn’s unaudited operating results for 2014; Acorn’s ability to realize its planned new product testing, launches and upgrades; Acorn’s expectation regarding growth in customer acceptance and sales of its kitchen and household products and the new electronic learning products with mobile interactive internet features; Acorn’s ability to form and implement business strategies and initiatives in response to the recent SAPPRFT Circular imposing restrictions on TV infomercials including its new product placement marketing strategy; the Company’s ability to improve its e-commerce and catalog sales and expand its nationwide distribution network while controlling relevant operating costs; and the Company’s ability to enhance its media efficiency. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts but instead represent only the Company’s belief regarding future events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of the Company’s control. The Company’s actual results and financial condition and other circumstances may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results and financial condition indicated in these forward-looking statements. Acorn may fail to meet the operating results expectations. In particular, the operating results of the Company for any period are impacted significantly by the mix of products and services sold by the Company in the period and the platforms through which they are sold, causing the operating result to fluctuate and making them difficult to predict. The Company may not be able to maintain the sales and margin of such products at current level in the event that there is a change in the customers’ preference, which may result in a material adverse impact on the Company’s results of operations and financial condition.
Other factors that could cause forward-looking statements to differ materially from actual future events or results include risks and uncertainties related to: the Company’s ability to successfully improve or introduce new products and services, including to offset declines in sales of existing products and services; the Company’s ability to stay abreast of consumer market trends and maintain the Company’s reputation and consumer confidence; the Company’s ability to execute and maintain a successful market strategy, continued access to and effective usage of TV advertising time and pricing related risks; relevant government policies and regulations relating to TV media time and TV direct sales programs, including SAPPRFT regulations and actions that may make TV media time unavailable to the Company or require the Company to suspend or terminate a particular TV direct sales program; potential unauthorized use of the Company’s intellectual property; potential disruption of the Company’s manufacturing processes; increasing competition in China’s consumer market; the Company’s U.S. tax status as a passive foreign investment company; and general economic and business conditions in China. The financial information contained in this release should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s 2013 annual report on Form 20-F filed with Securities and Exchange Commission on April 17, 2014. For a discussion of other important factors that could adversely affect the Company’s business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects, see “Risk Factors” beginning on page 6 of the Company’s Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013. The Company’s actual results of operations for the first quarter of 2014 are not necessarily indicative of its operating results for any future periods. Any projections in this release are based on limited information currently available to the Company, which is subject to change. Although such projections and the factors influencing them will likely change, the Company will not necessarily update the information. Such information speaks only as of the date of this release.