SHANGHAI, China, Oct. 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FLJ Group Limited (NASDAQ: FLJ) (“FLJ” or the “Company”), announced that it entered into an equity transfer agreement on October 31, 2023 to sell all of its equity interest in its indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary Haoju (Shanghai) Artificial Intelligence Technology Co., Ltd. ( the “WFOE”), a limited company incorporated under the laws of PRC, to Wangxiancai Limited, a limited company incorporated under the laws of Hong Kong, for nominal consideration (the “Disposal”). The Disposal was completed on the same date. Through the WFOE and the WFOE’s subsidiaries, the Company carried out its long-term apartment rental business (the “Disposed Business”). The Disposed Business contributed substantially all revenue and held substantially all of the assets of the Company prior to the Disposal. Certain key management of the Company will stay after the Disposal.
The Disposal was approved by the board of directors of the Company, upon the recommendation and approval of the audit committee of the board of directors.
As previously announced, the Company entered into an equity acquisition agreement (the “Acquisition”) on September 29, 2023 with certain shareholders of Lianlian Holdings Inc. (“Lianlian”) to acquire 95% of Lianlian’s issued and outstanding shares. Lianlian is an online lifestyle service provider headquartered in Chengdu, China, providing comprehensive marketing and promotion services to restaurants, hotels and other leisure and entertainment merchants, helping them achieve cost-effective operations. Leveraging Lianlian’s e-commerce platform, merchants can effectively reach end consumers to fulfill their daily needs for food, travel and other lifestyle services.
Mr. Chengcai Qu, the chief executive officer of the Company, said, “The macro-environment of China’s long-term apartment rental market was affected by COVID-19, dampening the demand for long-term rental apartments in areas where we operate while driving up our operating cost and expenses. We believe the Disposal will help us focus our resources on China’s large and fast-growing online lifestyle services sector. Leveraging our experience from long-term apartment rental business, we are able to identify consumers’ consumption habits and patterns and quickly respond to their needs. Furthermore, we believe we can readily apply our experience in sourcing and promoting apartments and reaching tenants via online platforms to the lifestyle services sector to effectively attract quality merchants and end consumers to Lianlian’s e-commerce platform. Upon the consummation of the Acquisition, we will work together with Lianlian to offer more comprehensive and enhanced lifestyle services.”
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