HONG KONG, CHINA / ACCESSWIRE / January 9, 2017 / Takung Art Co., Ltd. (OTCQB: TKAT), an online platform for acquiring shared ownership units in Asian and other fine art, jewelry, and precious gems, today said it processed transactions totaling US$1.60 billion in the 20-day trading month of December 2016, a 254 percent increase on total transactions of US$451.22 million recorded in the 22-day trading month of December 2015.
Trading transactions on Takung's platform for calendar/fiscal 2016 totaled US$9.37 billion, a 302 percent increase on the US$2.33 billion transacted in 2015.
The platform's average daily trading volume of 104.3 million units in December is a 419 percent increase on the average of 20.1 million units traded daily in December 2015. Average daily trading volume in the fourth quarter of 2016 exceeded 106 million units, compared with just under 20 million units trading daily in the comparable year-ago period.
"The year-over-year progression in trading activity," said CEO Di Xiao, "was fueled primarily by the strong interest in the 126 new artwork listings placed onto the company's platform in 2016, as well as by Takung's referral incentive program offering commission rebates to certain traders and service agents and flat monthly trading rates for VIP traders."
These measures, said Mr. Xiao, led to a "steady and significant increase" in the number of platform participants throughout 2016.
"At the rate these numbers are progressing, we are optimistic that 2017 is going to be a terrific year for Takung," said the CEO.
The company's performance, he added, would likely be further buoyed by the addition of 12 new listings in December and six more on January 3, 2017, raising the total number of artworks trading on its platform to 181.
Since December 2013, Takung has provided a way for art collectors and investors to buy and sell ownership units in valuable paintings, calligraphies, jewelry, and precious gems. Takung's unique approach is to divide selected artwork into equal ownership units based on its appraised value. Traders can then buy and sell these units online via a client app available for download from the company's commercial website. While most of the traders on the platform are currently located in mainland China, Takung announced last year an expansion of operations to increase its trader base with residents of Russia, Mongolia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Takung generates revenue primarily from listing fees ranging from 22.5 to 48.5 percent of the artwork's offering price, as well as recurring revenue from trading commissions and management fees.
There are two types of listings on the Takung site - an individual artwork or a portfolio of several pieces. Most of the listed artworks trade actively and have shown significant appreciation following their initial sale and introduction on the site. Each listing - with its initial offering price and current price and value - can be found on Takung's corporate website at http://www.takungart.com/portfolio/listed-artwork.
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Based in Hong Kong, Takung Art Co., Ltd. is an online trading platform for acquiring shared ownership in Asian and other fine art, jewelry and precious gems. This proprietary platform allows collectors and investors - including those with modest financial resources - to buy and sell units of these assets and participate in the booming Asian art market. The company's shared-ownership business model significantly expands the number of interactions between sellers and buyers of fine art far beyond those generated by art galleries and auction houses alone.
Takung operates its online trading platform via three wholly-owned subsidiaries, Hong Kong Takung Assets and Equity of Artworks Exchange Co. Ltd., Takung (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., and Takung Cultural Development (Tianjin) Co., Ltd.
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Released January 9, 2017