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Momo Announces Unaudited Financial Results for the Third Quarter of 2019

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BEIJING, Nov. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Momo Inc. (NASDAQ:MOMO) ("Momo" or the "Company"), a leading mobile social networking platform in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter of 2019.

Third Quarter of 2019 Highlights

  • Net revenues increased by 22% year over year to RMB4,451.6 million (US$622.8 million*) in the third quarter of 2019.
  • Net income attributable to Momo Inc. increased to RMB893.9 million (US$125.1 million) in the third quarter of 2019 from RMB579.5 million in the same period of 2018.
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to Momo Inc. (note 1) increased to RMB1,088.1 million (US$152.2 million) in the third quarter of 2019, from RMB777.6 million in the same period of 2018.
  • Diluted net income per American Depositary Share ("ADS") was RMB4.04 (US$0.57) in the third quarter of 2019, compared to RMB2.69 in the same period of 2018.
  • Non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS (note 1) was RMB4.90 (US$0.69) in the third quarter of 2019, compared to RMB3.57 in the same period of 2018.
  • Monthly Active Users ("MAU") on Momo application were 114.1 million in September 2019, compared to 110.5 million in September 2018.
  • Total paying users of our live video service and value-added service, without double counting the overlap and including 4.5 million paying users of Tantan, were 13.4 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to 12.5 million for the third quarter of 2018, which included 3.6 million paying users of Tantan.

* 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 RMB7.1477 to US$1.00, the effective noon buying rate for September 30, 2019 as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board.

First Nine Months of 2019 Highlights

  • Net revenues increased 29% year over year to RMB12,327.2 million (US$1,724.6 million) for the first nine months of 2019.
  • Net income attributable to Momo Inc. was RMB1,915.0 million (US$267.9 million) for the first nine months of 2019, compared with RMB2,154.9 million during the same period of 2018.
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to Momo Inc. (note 1) was RMB3,240.8 million (US$453.4 million) for the first nine months of 2019, compared with RMB2,574.6 million during the same period of 2018.
  • Diluted net income per ADS was RMB8.76 (US$1.23) for the first nine months of 2019, compared with RMB10.16 during the same period of 2018.
  • Non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS (note 1) was RMB14.65 (US$2.05) for the first nine months of 2019, compared with RMB12.12 during the same period of 2018.

"The third quarter of 2019 was another robust quarter," commented Yan Tang, Chairman and CEO of Momo. "We continued to deliver strong financial results both in terms of revenues and profitability. Moreover, we are also making solid progress with our product initiatives and sowing the seeds for future growth."

Third Quarter of 2019 Financial Results

Net revenues

Total net revenues were RMB4,451.6 million (US$622.8 million) in the third quarter of 2019, an increase of 22% from RMB3,647.6 million in the third quarter of 2018.

Live video service revenues were RMB3,275.4 million (US$458.2 million) in the third quarter of 2019, an increase of 18% from RMB2,769.2 million during the same period of 2018, as a result of the successful strategy to apply different products and operational efforts to drive spending from different cohorts of users.

Value-added service revenues mainly include virtual gift revenues and membership subscription revenues. Total value-added service revenues were RMB1,064.6 million (US$148.9 million) in the third quarter of 2019, an increase of 86% from RMB573.1 million during the same period of 2018. The year-over-year increase was primarily attributable to the continued growth of the virtual gift business on the Momo application driven by more functions launched and more paying scenarios introduced to enhance the social experience of Momo users, and to a lesser extent, the increase in the membership subscription revenues of Tantan.

Mobile marketing revenues were RMB81.9 million (US$11.5 million) in the third quarter of 2019, a decrease of 30% from RMB117.3 million during the same period of 2018. The decrease in mobile marketing revenues was primarily caused by the decreased demand from our advertising and marketing customers and the decrease in advertisement properties on Momo's platform.

Mobile games revenues were RMB15.8 million (US$2.2 million) in the third quarter of 2019, a decrease of 43% from RMB27.9 million in the third quarter of 2018. The decrease in mobile game revenues was mainly due to the continued decrease in quarterly paying users of mobile games.

Revenues from other services in the third quarter of 2018 mainly consisted of revenues from Phanta City, a TV variety show co-produced by the Company, which did not generate revenues in the third quarter of 2019.

Net revenues from Momo segment increased from RMB3,325.1 million in the third quarter of 2018 to RMB4,138.9 million (US$579.1 million) in the third quarter of 2019, primarily driven by the significant increase in net revenues from live video service and value-added service. Net revenues from Tantan segment increased from RMB164.1 million in the third quarter of 2018 to RMB310.0 million (US$43.4million) in the third quarter of 2019, which was mainly due to the increase in the number of paying users of Tantan.

Cost and expenses

Cost and expenses were RMB3,487.9 million (US$488.0 million) in the third quarter of 2019, an increase of 16% from RMB3,009.1 million in the third quarter of 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to: (a) an increase in revenue sharing with broadcasters related to our live video service and virtual gift recipients; (b) an increase in marketing and promotional expenses to attract users on both Momo and Tantan platforms and promote our live video services; (c) an increase in personnel related costs as a result of the Company's rapidly expanding talent pool; (d) an increase in infrastructure-related spending, such as bandwidth costs and server depreciation costs, driven by more functions introduced on Momo's platform. The increase was partially offset by a decrease in production cost in connection with a television program.

Non-GAAP cost and expenses (note 1) were RMB3,284.0 million (US$459.5 million) in the third quarter of 2019, an increase of 17% from RMB2,801.6 million during the same period of 2018.

Income from operations

Income from operations was RMB993.1 million (US$138.9 million) in the third quarter of 2019, compared to RMB643.8 million during the same period of 2018. Income from operations of Momo segment was RMB1,227.2 million (US$171.7 million) in the third quarter of 2019, increasing from RMB943.9 million in the third quarter of 2018. Loss from operations of Tantan segment was RMB228.7 million (US$32.0 million) in the third quarter of 2019, compared to loss from operations of RMB227.6 million in the third quarter of 2018.

Non-GAAP income from operations (note 1) was RMB1,196.9 million (US$167.5 million) in the third quarter of 2019, compared to RMB851.3 million during the same period of 2018. Non-GAAP income from operations of Momo segment was RMB1,364.1 million (US$190.9 million) in the third quarter of 2019, increasing from RMB1,055.9 million in the third quarter of 2018. Non-GAAP loss from operations of Tantan segment was RMB164.4 million (US$23.0 million) in the third quarter of 2019, compared to non-GAAP loss from operations of RMB132.2 million in the third quarter of 2018.

Income tax expenses

Income tax expenses were RMB182.6 million (US$25.5 million) in the third quarter of 2019, increasing from RMB146.8 million in the third quarter of 2018. The increase was mainly because we generated higher profit in the third quarter of 2019.

Net income

Net income was RMB890.8 million (US$124.6 million) in the third quarter of 2019, compared to RMB571.9 million during the same period of 2018. Net income from Momo segment was RMB1,110.2 million (US$155.3 million) in the third quarter of 2019, increasing from RMB862.4 million in the third quarter of 2018. Net loss from Tantan segment was RMB214.1 million (US$29.9 million) in the third quarter of 2019, compared to net loss of RMB218.1 million in the third quarter of 2018.

Non-GAAP net income (note 1) was RMB1,084.9 million (US$151.8 million) in the third quarter of 2019, compared to RMB770.0 million during the same period of 2018. Non-GAAP net income from Momo segment was RMB1,247.2 million (US$174.5 million) in the third quarter of 2019, increasing from RMB974.4 million in the third quarter of 2018. Non-GAAP net loss of Tantan segment was RMB159.5 million (US$22.3 million) in the third quarter of 2019, compared to non-GAAP net loss of RMB132.0 million in the third quarter of 2018.

Net income attributable to Momo Inc.

Net income attributable to Momo Inc. was RMB893.9 million (US$125.1 million) in the third quarter of 2019, compared to RMB579.5 million during the same period of 2018.

Non-GAAP net income (note 1) attributable to Momo Inc. was RMB1,088.1 million (US$152.2 million) in the third quarter of 2019, compared to RMB777.6 million during the same period of 2018.

Net income per ADS

Diluted net income per ADS was RMB4.04 (US$0.57) in the third quarter of 2019, compared to RMB2.69 in the third quarter of 2018.

Non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS (note 1) was RMB4.90 (US$0.69) in the third quarter of 2019, compared to RMB3.57 in the third quarter of 2018.

Cash and cash flow

As of September 30, 2019, Momo's cash, cash equivalents, term deposits and short-term investment totaled RMB13,669.9 million (US$1,912.5 million), compared to RMB11,292.6 million as of December 31, 2018. Net cash provided by operating activities in the third quarter of 2019 was RMB1,175.9 million (US$164.5 million), compared to RMB346.5 million in the third quarter of 2018.

First Nine Months of 2019 Financial Results

Net revenues for the first nine months of 2019 were RMB12,327.2 million (US$1,724.6 million), an increase of 29% from RMB9,564.5 million in the same period of 2018, primarily driven by the significant increase in net revenues from live video service and value-added service.

Net income attributable to Momo Inc. was RMB1,915.0 million (US$267.9 million) for the first nine months of 2019, compared to RMB2,154.9 million during the same period of 2018.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to Momo Inc. (note 1) was RMB3,240.8 million (US$453.4 million) for the first nine months of 2019, compared to RMB2,574.6 million during the same period of 2018.

Diluted net income per ADS was RMB8.76 (US$1.23) during the first nine months of 2019, compared to RMB10.16 in the same period of 2018.

Non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS (note 1) was RMB14.65 (US$2.05) during the first nine months of 2019, compared to RMB12.12 in the same period of 2018.

Net cash provided by operating activities was RMB3,773.8 million (US$528.0 million) during the first nine months of 2019, compared to RMB2,164.4 million in the same period of 2018.

Business Outlook

For the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company expects total net revenues to be between RMB4.52 billion to RMB4.62 billion, representing an increase of 18% to 20% year over year. These estimates reflect the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Note 1: Non-GAAP measures

To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), we use various non-GAAP financial measures that are adjusted from the most comparable GAAP results to exclude share-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets from business acquisitions, and tax impacts related to the amortization of intangible assets from business acquisitions.

Reconciliations of our non-GAAP financial measures to our U.S. GAAP financial measures are shown in tables at the end of this earnings release, which provide more details about the non-GAAP financial measures.

Our non-GAAP financial information is provided as additional information to help investors compare business trends among different reporting periods on a consistent basis and to enhance investors' overall understanding of the historical and current financial performance of our continuing operations and our prospects for the future. Our non-GAAP financial information should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to the GAAP results. In addition, our calculation of the non-GAAP financial measures may be different from the calculation used by other companies, and therefore comparability may be limited.

Our non-GAAP information (including non-GAAP cost and operating expenses, income (loss) from operations, net income (loss), net income attributable to Momo Inc., and diluted net income per ADS) is adjusted from the most comparable GAAP results to exclude share-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets from business acquisitions, and tax impacts related to the amortization of intangible assets from business acquisitions. A limitation of using these non-GAAP financial measures is that share-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets from business acquisitions and tax impacts related to the amortization of intangible assets from business acquisitions have been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in our results of operations. We compensate for these limitations by providing reconciliations of our non-GAAP measures to our U.S. GAAP measures. Please see the reconciliation tables at the end of this earnings release.

Conference Call

Momo's management will host an earnings conference call on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (9:00 p.m. Beijing / Hong Kong Time on November 26, 2019).

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

International:

+65-6713-5090

U.S. Toll Free:

+1-866-519-4004

Hong Kong Toll Free:

800-906601

Mainland China: 

4006-208038

Passcode:

Momo

Please dial in 15 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin.

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call through 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time, December 4, 2019. The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:

International: 

+61-2-8199-0299

U.S. Toll Free:

+1-855-452-5696

Passcode:

9698746

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