July 13, 2018 / 3:14 PM / 9 months ago

China's Leshi sees wider first half net losses as business falters

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Leshi Internet Information & Technology Corp is seen on its building in Beijing, China March 15, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Embattled Chinese tech firm Leshi Internet and Technology said it expected a bigger net loss in the first six months of the year and saw the possibility of continued losses in the second half if its business operations did not improve.

It estimated a wider net loss of 1.10-1.11 billion yuan ($165.12-$166.02 million) during the January to June period versus a loss of 636.8 million yuan a year ago, it said in a filing to the Shenzhen stock exchange late on Friday.

A video-streaming company that also makes internet-connected television sets, Leshi said a continued loss in the second half of the year was a possible scenario as its main business had faltered, the filing showed.

Listing status of its shares may be suspended by the Shenzhen stock exchange if its net asset value turned negative at end of this year, the filing added.

Leshi warned in May that its cash flow was “extremely tight” and could lose control of its smart TV subsidiary.

Reporting by Meg Shen; Editing by David Evans

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