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YY Reports Third Quarter 2016 Unaudited Financial Results

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GUANGZHOU, China, Nov. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- YY Inc. (NASDAQ: YY) ("YY" or the "Company"), a live streaming platform, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter of 2016.

Third Quarter 2016 Highlights 

  • Net revenues increased by 40.3% to RMB2,089.8 million (US$313.4 million) from RMB1,490.0 million in the corresponding period of 2015.
  • Net income attributable to YY increased by 155.8% to RMB400.0 million (US$60.0 million) from RMB156.4 million in the corresponding period of 2015.
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to YY increased by 83.7% to RMB435.6 million (US$65.3 million) from RMB237.1 million in the corresponding period of 2015.

"We are extremely pleased to have achieved solid results this quarter with both top- and bottom-line growth across the board," said Mr. Zhou Chen, Chief Executive Officer of YY. "This growth was primarily driven by the robust 54.5% year-over-year growth in our live streaming business, which was made possible through the successful execution of our business and content strategy. Importantly, we continued to focus on the development of PUGC (Professionally-curated User Generated Content) and PGC. In the third quarter of 2016, we launched a new relationships program and further developed our sports content. Additionally, Huya broadcasting continues to increase its content offerings for mobile game broadcasting and broaden its popularity. Going forward, we will continue to strengthen our content to meet the ever evolving demands of YY's 98.0 million PC MAU and 53.4 million mobile MAU in the third quarter of 2016. We believe in our ability to build a comprehensive content ecosystem across our two live streaming platforms, YY Live and Huya broadcasting, and are confident that we have the right strategy in place to further fortify our position as China's leading interactive, live streaming platform."

Mr. Eric He, Chief Financial Officer of YY, further commented, "For the third quarter of 2016, we continued to see strong revenue growth as total revenues increased by 40.3% year over year to RMB2,089.8 million, primarily driven by a 63.4% year-over-year growth in the total number of paying users to 4.6 million, as well as a solid live streaming revenues  growth of 54.5% year over year to RMB1,790.4 million. In particular, Huya broadcasting witnessed continued strong growth with a significant 139.0% year-over-year increase in revenues. Meanwhile, in the third quarter of 2016, mobile revenues contributed 52.8% to YY Live revenues, which demonstrated the improvement we have further made in mobilization. With these exciting growth momentum, we are confident in our ability to maintain healthy revenue growth in the coming quarters. Going forward, we will continue to expand our content offerings and remain agile in adopting new and innovative ideas to further differentiate the user experience on our platform from our competitors."

Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

NET REVENUES1
Net revenues increased by 40.3% to RMB2,089.8 million (US$313.4 million) in the third quarter of 2016 from RMB1,490.0 million in the corresponding period of 2015, primarily driven by the increase in live streaming revenues. Live streaming revenues, which mainly consisted of revenues from YY Live, online dating, Huya broadcasting, PK Show, ME App, and other live streaming services, increased by 54.5% to RMB1,790.4 million (US$268.5 million) in the third quarter of 2016 from RMB1,159.2 million in the corresponding period of 2015. The increase in live streaming revenues was primarily driven by the growth of online dating revenues and Huya broadcasting revenues.

Revenues from online games were RMB149.5 million (US$22.4 million) in the third quarter of 2016, as compared to RMB168.3 million in the corresponding period of 2015, which primarily reflects the continued softness in China's web game market.

Revenues from membership were RMB68.8 million (US$10.3 million) in the third quarter of 2016, as compared to RMB76.3 million in the corresponding period of 2015.

Other revenues, mainly including revenues from the Company's online education platform and online advertising revenues, were RMB81.1 million (US$12.2 million) in the third quarter of 2016, compared with RMB86.2 million in the corresponding period of 2015.

COST OF REVENUES AND GROSS PROFIT
Cost of revenues increased by 40.8% to RMB1,275.0 million (US$191.2 million) in the third quarter of 2016 from RMB905.5 million in the corresponding period of 2015, primarily attributable to an increase in revenue-sharing fees and content costs to RMB967.4 million (US$145.1 million) in the third quarter of 2016 from RMB572.6 million in the corresponding period of 2015. The increase in revenue-sharing fees and content costs paid to performers, channel owners and content providers was in line with the increase in revenues and was primarily due to the higher level of user engagement and spending driven by promotional activities, as well as the Company's investments in expanding the amount of new and innovative content it provides to users. In addition, bandwidth costs slightly increased to RMB149.2 million (US$22.4 million) in the third quarter of 2016 from RMB147.2 million in the corresponding period of 2015, primarily reflecting the continued user base expansion and video quality improvements, but partially offset by the Company's improved efficiency and pricing terms.

Gross profit increased by 39.4% to RMB814.8 million (US$122.2 million) in the third quarter of 2016 from RMB584.5 million in the corresponding period of 2015. Gross margin was 39.0% in the third quarter of 2016, as compared to 39.2% in the corresponding period of 2015.

OPERATING INCOME
Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2016 decreased by 6.6% to RMB375.0 million (US$56.2 million) from RMB401.3 million in the corresponding period of 2015.

Operating income in the third quarter of 2016 increased by 136.1% to RMB472.9 million (US$70.9 million) from RMB200.3 million in the corresponding period of 2015. Operating margin in the third quarter of 2016 increased to 22.6% from 13.4% in the corresponding period of 2015.

Non-GAAP operating income2 increased by 80.9% to RMB508.4 million (US$76.2 million) in the third quarter of 2016 from RMB281.0 million in the corresponding period of 2015. Non-GAAP operating margin3 increased to 24.3% in the third quarter of 2016 from 18.9% in the corresponding period of 2015.

NET INCOME
Net income attributable to YY Inc. increased by 155.8% to RMB400.0 million (US$60.0 million) in the third quarter of 2016 from RMB156.4 million in the corresponding period of 2015.  Net margin in the third quarter of 2016 increased to 19.1% from 10.5% in the corresponding period of 2015. Excluding  the government subsidy of RMB18.7 million, net income attributable to YY Inc. was RMB381.3 million (US$57.2 million), representing an increase of 143.8% year over year.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to YY Inc.4 increased by 83.7% to RMB435.6 million (US$65.3 million) from RMB237.1 million in the corresponding period of 2015. Non-GAAP net margin5 increased to 20.8% in the third quarter of 2016 from 15.9% in the corresponding period of 2015.

NET INCOME PER ADS
Diluted net income per ADS6 increased by 150.9% to RMB6.90 (US$1.03) in the third quarter of 2016 from RMB2.75 in the corresponding period of 2015.

Non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS7 increased by 79.4% to RMB7.48 (US$1.12) in the third quarter of 2016 from RMB4.17 in the corresponding period of 2015.

BALANCE SHEET AND CASH FLOWS
As of September 30, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB746.5 million (US$111.9 million) and short-term deposits of RMB3,631.3 million (US$544.5 million). For the third quarter of 2016, net cash from operating activities was RMB652.5 million (US$97.8 million).

SHARES OUTSTANDING
As of September 30, 2016, the Company had a total of 1,107.3 million common shares outstanding, or the equivalent of 55.4 million ADSs outstanding.

Business Outlook
For the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company expects its net revenues to be between RMB2.4 billion and RMB2.5 billion, representing a year-over-year growth of approximately 26.3% to 31.6%. These forecasts reflect the Company's current and preliminary view on the market and operational conditions, which are subject to change.

Conference Call Information
The Company will hold a conference call on November 21, 2016 at 8:00 am Eastern Time or 9:00 pm Beijing Time to discuss the financial results. Participants may access the call by dialing the following numbers:

United States:+1-845-675-0438
International Toll Free: +1-855-500-8701
China Domestic:400-1200-654
Hong Kong: +852-3018-6776
Conference ID: # 16894086

The replay will be accessible through November 29, 2016 by dialing the following numbers:

United States Toll Free:+1-855-452-5696
International: +61-2-9003-4211
Conference ID: # 16894086

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available at the Company's investor relations website at http://investors.yy.com/.

Exchange Rate
This press release contains translations of certain Renminbi amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of readers. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from Renminbi to U.S. dollars, in this press release, were made at a rate of RMB6.6685 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on September 30, 2016 in the City of New York for cable transfers in Renminbi per U.S. dollar as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

About YY Inc.
YY Inc. ("YY" or the "Company") is a live streaming platform that enables users to interact in live online group activities through voice, text and video. Launched in July 2008, YY Client, the Company's core product, empowers users to create and organize groups of varying sizes to discover and participate in a wide range of activities, including online music and entertainment, online games, online dating, live game broadcasting and education. YY Inc. was listed on NASDAQ in November 2012 and generated revenues of US$910 million in the fiscal year 2015.

Safe Harbor Statement
This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as YY's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. YY may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about YY's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: YY's goals and strategies; YY's future business development, results of operations and financial condition; the expected growth of the online communication social platform market in China; the expectation regarding the rate at which to gain registered user accounts, active users, especially paying users; YY's ability to monetize the user base; YY's ability to continue attracting advertisers and offering popular online games; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions in China and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in YY's filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and YY does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The unaudited condensed consolidated financial information is prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP"), except that the consolidated statement of changes in shareholders' equity, consolidated statements of cash flows, and the detailed notes have not been presented. YY uses non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income attributable to YY Inc., non-GAAP net margin, non-GAAP net income attributable to common shareholders, and basic and diluted non-GAAP net income per ADS, which are non-GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP operating income is operating income excluding share-based compensation expenses. Non-GAAP operating margin is non-GAAP operating income as a percentage of net revenues. Non-GAAP net income attributable to YY Inc. is net income attributable to YY Inc. excluding share-based compensation expenses. Non-GAAP net margin is non-GAAP net income attributable to YY Inc. as a percentage of net revenues. Non-GAAP net income attributable to common shareholders is net income attributable to common shareholders excluding share-based compensation expenses. Basic and diluted non-GAAP net income per ADS is non-GAAP net income attributable to common shareholders divided by weighted average number of ADS used in the calculation of basic and diluted net income per ADS. The Company believes that separate analysis and exclusion of the non-cash impact of share-based compensation adds clarity to the constituent parts of its performance. The Company reviews these non-GAAP financial measures together with GAAP financial measures to obtain a better understanding of its operating performance. It uses the non-GAAP financial measure for planning, forecasting and measuring results against the forecast. The Company believes that non-GAAP financial measure is useful supplemental information for investors and analysts to assess its operating performance without the effect of non-cash share-based compensation expenses, which have been and will continue to be significant recurring expenses in its business. However, the use of non-GAAP financial measures has material limitations as an analytical tool. One of the limitations of using non-GAAP financial measures is that they do not include all items that impact the Company's net income for the period. In addition, because non-GAAP financial measures are not measured in the same manner by all companies, they may not be comparable to other similar titled measures used by other companies. In light of the foregoing limitations, you should not consider non-GAAP financial measure in isolation from or as an alternative to the financial measure prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "YY Inc. Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" near the end of this release.

1From the third quarter of 2016, the Company changed revenue segmenting to live streaming, online games, membership and others. The Company believes this new method better captures the way it generates revenues and is more transparent and reliable than breaking down revenues by business lines as previously presented.

2Non-GAAP operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as operating income excluding share-based compensation expenses. 

3Non-GAAP operating margin is a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as non-GAAP operating income as a percentage of net revenues. 

4Non-GAAP net income attributable to YY Inc. is a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as net income attributable to YY Inc. excluding share-based compensation expenses.

5Non-GAAP net margin is a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as non-GAAP net income attributable to YY Inc. as a percentage of net revenues.

6ADS is American Depositary Share. Each ADS represents twenty Class A common shares of the Company. Diluted net income per ADS is net income attributable to common shareholders divided by weighted average number of diluted ADS.

7Non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS is a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as non-GAAP net income attributable to common shareholders divided by weighted average number of ADS used in the calculation of diluted net income per ADS.

YY INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(All amounts in thousands, except share, ADS and per ADS data)
 
  December 31,
2015 
 September 30,
2016
 September 30,
2016
  RMB RMB US$
Assets      
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents 928,934 746,454  111,937
Short-term deposits 1,894,946 3,631,269  544,541
Restricted short-term deposits 389,221  - -
Accounts receivable, net 132,353 145,919  21,882
Inventory 14,385 3,453  518
Amount due from related parties 5,297 35,622  5,342
Prepayments and other current assets 147,823 176,749  26,504
Deferred tax assets 116,921 106,179  15,922
       
Total current assets 3,629,880 4,845,645 726,646
       
Non-current assets      
Deferred tax assets 3,363  5,503  825
Investments 567,557 840,663 126,065
Property and equipment, net 843,449  841,155  126,139
Land use rights, net - 1,884,371  282,578
Intangible assets, net 146,437 120,822  18,118
Goodwill 151,638 132,311  19,841
Other non-current assets 1,960,430 126,779 19,012
   
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