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Pinduoduo Announces Second Quarter 2020 Unaudited Financial Results

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SHANGHAI, China, Aug. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pinduoduo Inc. ("Pinduoduo" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:PDD), an innovative and fast growing technology platform and one of the leading Chinese e-commerce players, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.

Second Quarter 2020 Highlights

  • GMV1 in the twelve-month period ended June 30, 2020 was RMB1,268.7 billion (US$2179.6 billion), an increase of 79% from RMB709.1 billion in the twelve-month period ended June 30, 2019.
     
  • Total revenues in the quarter were RMB12,193.3 million (US$1,725.9 million), an increase of 67% from RMB7,290.0 million in the same quarter of 2019.
     
  • Average monthly active users3 in the quarter were 568.8 million, an increase of 55% from 366.0 million in the same quarter of 2019.
     
  • Active buyers4 in the twelve-month period ended June 30, 2020 were 683.2 million, an increase of 41% from 483.2 million in the twelve-month period ended June 30, 2019.
     
  • Annual spending per active buyer5 in the twelve-month period ended June 30, 2020 was RMB1,857.0 (US$262.8), an increase of 27% from RMB1,467.5 in the twelve-month period ended June 30, 2019.

"In the second quarter of 2020 we continued to devote resources to support economic recovery across China, and we witnessed great resilience amongst our merchant community," said Mr. Lei Chen, Chief Executive Officer of Pinduoduo. "We also continued our investments in user engagement and expanded our promotional offerings to cover more household necessities and agriculture products based on user demand. Our users' increasing recognition of Pinduoduo's value proposition contributed to the user base growth and user activities on our platform."

"For the quarter ended June 30, 2020, our total revenues increased by 67% year-over-year to RMB12,193.3 million, driven primarily by growth in our online marketing services revenues. We observed healthy recovery in advertising demand from our merchants during the quarter," commented Mr. Tony Ma, Vice President of Finance. "In addition to merchants deferring their marketing spend to the June quarter, we would attribute such increase to better returns as a result of higher user engagement on our platform and more compelling advertising product offerings."

Second Quarter 2020 Unaudited Financial Results

Total revenues were RMB12,193.3 million (US$1,725.9 million), an increase of 67% from RMB7,290.0 million in the same quarter of 2019. The increase was primarily due to an increase in revenues from online marketing services.

  • Revenues from online marketing services were RMB11,054.7 million (US$1,564.7 million), an increase of 71% from RMB6,467.1 million in the same quarter of 2019.
     
  • Revenues from transaction services were RMB1,138.6 million (US$161.2 million), an increase of 38% from RMB822.9 million in the same quarter of 2019.

Total costs of revenues were RMB2,662.1 million (US$376.8 million), an increase of 67% from RMB1,594.7 million in the same quarter of 2019. The increase was mainly due to higher costs for cloud services, call center and merchant support services.

Total operating expenses were RMB11,170.8 million (US$1,581.1 million), compared with RMB7,185.7 million in the same quarter of 2019.

  • Sales and marketing expenses were RMB9,113.6 million (US$1,289.9 million), an increase of 49% from RMB6,103.7 million in the same quarter of 2019, mainly due to an increase in advertising expenses and promotion and coupon expenses.
     
  • General and administrative expenses were RMB394.8 million (US$55.9 million), an increase of 42% from RMB278.3 million in the same quarter of 2019, primarily due to an increase in headcount.
     
  • Research and development expenses were RMB1,662.4 million (US$235.3 million), an increase of 107% from RMB803.7 million in the same quarter of 2019. The increase was primarily due to an increase in headcount and the recruitment of more experienced R&D personnel, and an increase in R&D-related cloud services expenses.

Operating loss was RMB1,639.6 million (US$232.1 million), compared with RMB1,490.4 million in the same quarter of 2019. Non-GAAP operating loss6 was RMB725.1 million (US$102.6 million), compared with RMB898.4 million in the same quarter of 2019.

Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB899.3 million (US$127.3 million), compared with RMB1,003.3 million in the same quarter of 2019. Non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders6 was RMB77.2 million (US$10.9 million), compared with RMB411.3 million in the same quarter of 2019.

Basic and diluted net loss per ADS were RMB0.75 (US$0.11), compared with RMB0.88 in the same quarter of 2019. Non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss per ADS were RMB0.06 (US$0.01), compared with RMB0.36 in the same quarter of 2019.

Net cash provided by operating activities was RMB5,495.3 million (US$777.8 million), compared with RMB4,148.0 million in the same quarter of 2019, primarily due to an increase in online marketing services revenues.

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were RMB49.0 billion (US$6.9 billion) as of June 30, 2020, compared with RMB41.1 billion as of December 31, 2019.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss the earnings at 7:30 AM U.S. Eastern Time on Friday, August 21, 2020 (7:30 PM Beijing/Hong Kong Time on Friday, August 21, 2020).

Please pre-register to join this conference using the registration link below. Please dial in using the participant dial-in numbers, direct event passcode, PIN and unique registrant ID which would be provided to you upon registering.

Pre-register at: http://apac.directeventreg.com/registration/event/6066567

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call until 9:59 AM Eastern Time on August 29, 2020.

Dial-in numbers for the replay are as follows:

International: +61-2-8199-0299
U.S.: +1-646-254-3697
Passcode: 6066567

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of Pinduoduo's website at http://investor.pinduoduo.com/

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In evaluating the business, the Company considers and uses non-GAAP measures, such as non-GAAP operating loss and non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders, as supplemental measures to review and assess operating performance. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP"). The Company's non-GAAP financial measures exclude share-based compensation expenses, interest expenses related to the convertible bonds' amortization to face value and gain from fair value change of long-term investments.

The Company presents these non-GAAP financial measures because they are used by management to evaluate operating performance and formulate business plans. The Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures help identify underlying trends in its business by excluding the impact of share-based compensation expenses, interest expenses related to the convertible bonds' amortization to face value and gain from fair value change of long-term investments, which are non-cash items. The Company also believes that the non-GAAP financial measures could provide further information about the Company's results of operations, and enhance the overall understanding of the Company's past performance and future prospects.

The non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools. The Company's non-GAAP financial measures do not reflect all items of income and expenses that affect the Company's operations and do not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures. Further, these non-GAAP measures may differ from the non-GAAP information used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited. The Company compensates for these limitations by reconciling the non-GAAP financial measures to the nearest U.S. GAAP performance measure, all of which should be considered when evaluating performance. The Company encourages you to review the Company's financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

For more information on the non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to The Most Directly Comparable GAAP Measures" set forth at the end of this press release.

Safe Harbor Statements

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," "aims," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "confident," "potential," "continue" or other similar expressions. Among other things, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as Pinduoduo's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. Pinduoduo may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "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 but not limited to statements about Pinduoduo'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: Pinduoduo's growth strategies; its future business development, results of operations and financial condition; its ability to understand buyer needs and provide products and services to attract and retain buyers; its ability to maintain and enhance the recognition and reputation of its brand; its ability to rely on merchants and third-party logistics service providers to provide delivery services to buyers; its ability to maintain and improve quality control policies and measures; its ability to establish and maintain relationships with merchants; trends and competition in China's e-commerce market; changes in its revenues and certain cost or expense items; the expected growth of China's e-commerce market; PRC governmental policies and regulations relating to Pinduoduo's industry, and general economic and business conditions globally and in China and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Pinduoduo'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 Pinduoduo undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

About Pinduoduo Inc.

Pinduoduo is an innovative and fast growing technology platform that provides buyers with value-for-money merchandise and fun and interactive shopping experiences. The Pinduoduo mobile platform offers a comprehensive selection of attractively priced merchandise, featuring a dynamic social shopping experience that leverages social networks effectively.

For more information, please visit http://investor.pinduoduo.com/

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Pinduoduo Inc.
investor@pinduoduo.com
internationalmedia@pinduoduo.com


PINDUODUO INC.
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi ("RMB") and U.S. dollars ("US$"))

    As of  
    December
31, 2019
  June 30, 2020  
     RMB    RMB    US$  
         (Unaudited)  
           
ASSETS              
Current assets              
Cash and cash equivalents   5,768,186   4,209,623   595,833  
Restricted cash   27,577,671   32,468,267   4,595,585  
Receivables from online payment platforms   1,050,974   429,375   60,774  
Short-term investments   35,288,827   44,801,078   6,341,181  
Amounts due from related parties   2,365,528   2,428,172   343,685  
Prepayments and other current assets   950,277   1,245,451   176,282  
Total current assets   73,001,463   85,581,966   12,113,340  
               
Non-current assets              
Property, equipment and software, net   41,273   47,525   6,727  
Intangible asset   1,994,292   1,706,291   241,510  
Right-of-use assets   517,188   514,926   72,883  
Other non-current assets   503,120   3,049,958   431,694  
Total non-current assets   3,055,873   5,318,700   752,814  
               
Total assets   76,057,336   90,900,666   12,866,154  
               

 

PINDUODUO INC.
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi ("RMB") and U.S. dollars ("US$"))

    As of
    December
31, 2019
  June 30, 2020
     RMB    RMB    US$
         (Unaudited)
         
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY      
LIABILITIES            
             
Current liabilities            
Amounts due to related parties   1,502,892     1,928,353     272,941  
Customer advances and deferred revenues   605,970     750,548     106,233  
Payable to merchants   29,926,488     33,978,503     4,809,345  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   4,877,062     5,906,412     835,998  
Merchant deposits   7,840,912     9,923,180     1,404,535  
Short-term borrowings   898,748     2,754,466     389,869  
Lease liabilities   115,734     144,293     20,423  
Total current liabilities   45,767,806     55,385,755     7,839,344  
             
Non-current liabilities            
Convertible bonds   5,206,682     5,572,449     788,729  
Lease liabilities   428,593     410,531     58,107  
Other non-current liabilities   7,389     38,071     5,389  
Total non-current liabilities   5,642,664     6,021,051     852,225  
             
Total liabilities   51,410,470     61,406,806     8,691,569  
             
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY            
Ordinary shares   148     153     22  
Additional paid-in capital   41,493,949     51,013,118     7,220,438  
Accumulated other comprehensive income   1,448,230     1,794,728     254,027  
Accumulated deficits   (18,295,461 )   (23,314,139 )   (3,299,902 )
Total shareholders' equity   24,646,866     29,493,860     4,174,585  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   76,057,336     90,900,666     12,866,154  
             


PINDUODUO INC.
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF LOSS  
 (Amounts in thousands of RMB and US$)

    For the three months ended June 30,   For the six months ended June 30,
    2019    2020     2019    2020  
    RMB   RMB   US$   RMB   RMB   US$
    (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
Revenues                        
Online marketing services   6,467,073     11,054,698     1,564,691     10,415,487     16,546,968     2,342,072  
Transaction services   822,935     1,138,617     161,161     1,419,725     2,187,406     309,607  
Total Revenues   7,290,008     12,193,315     1,725,852     11,835,212     18,734,374     2,651,679  
                         
Costs of revenues                        
Costs of online marketplace services   (1,594,709 )   (2,662,115 )   (376,798 )   (2,468,023 )   (4,492,362 )   (635,853 )
Total costs of revenues   (1,594,709 )   (2,662,115 )   (376,798 )   (2,468,023 )   (4,492,362 )   (635,853 )
                         
Gross profit   5,695,299     9,531,200     1,349,054     9,367,189     14,242,012     2,015,826  
                         
Sales and marketing expenses   (6,103,703 )   (9,113,584 )   (1,289,944 )   (10,992,958 )   (16,410,205 )   (2,322,714 )
General and administrative expenses   (278,345 )   (394,842 )   (55,886 )   (514,420 )   (733,116 )   (103,766 )
Research and development expenses   (803,664 )   (1,662,356 )   (235,291 )   (1,470,745 )   (3,135,506 )   (443,802 )
Total operating expenses   (7,185,712 )   (11,170,782 )   (1,581,121 )   (12,978,123 )   (20,278,827 )   (2,870,282 )
                         
Operating loss   (1,490,413 )   (1,639,582 )   (232,067 )   (3,610,934 )   (6,036,815 )   (854,456 )
                         
Interest and investment income, net   402,568     838,276     118,650     654,670     1,298,558     183,799  
Interest expenses   -     (162,918 )   (23,060 )   -     (313,552 )   (44,380 )
Foreign exchange gain/(loss)   44,760     (2,397 )   (339 )   42,874     (21,670 )   (3,067 )
Other income, net   39,835     67,008     9,484     32,432     54,617     7,731  
                         
Loss before income tax and share of results of equity investees     (1,003,250 )    

(899,613


)
   

(127,332


)
  (2,880,958 )    

(5,018,862


)
   

(710,373


)
Share of results of equity investees   -     264     37     -     184     26  
Income tax expenses   -     -     -     -     -     -  
Net loss   (1,003,250 )   (899,349 )   (127,295 )   (2,880,958 )   (5,018,678 )   (710,347 )
                                     

 

PINDUODUO INC.
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF LOSS  
 (Amounts in thousands of RMB and US$, except for per share data)

    For the three months ended June 30,   For the six months ended June 30,
    2019    2020   2019    2020 
     RMB    RMB    US$   RMB   RMB   US$
    (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
                         
Net loss   (1,003,250 )   (899,349 )   (127,295 )   (2,880,958 )   (5,018,678 )   (710,347 )
Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders   (1,003,250 )   (899,349 )   (127,295 )   (2,880,958 )   (5,018,678 )   (710,347 )
                         
Loss per ordinary share:                        
  -Basic   (0.22 )   (0.19 )   (0.03 )   (0.63 )   (1.06 )   (0.15 )
  -Diluted   (0.22 )   (0.19 )   (0.03 )   (0.63 )   (1.06 )   (0.15 )
                         
Loss per ADS (4 ordinary shares equals 1 ADS):                        
  -Basic   (0.88 )   (0.75 )   (0.11 )   (2.52 )   (4.26 )   (0.60 )
  -Diluted   (0.88 )   (0.75 )   (0.11 )   (2.52 )   (4.26 )   (0.60 )
                         
Weighted average number of outstanding ordinary shares (in thousands):                        
  -Basic   4,649,429     4,781,243     4,781,243     4,604,472     4,715,677     4,715,677  
  -Diluted   4,649,429     4,781,243     4,781,243     4,604,472     4,715,677     4,715,677  
                                     

 

PINDUODUO INC.
NOTES TO FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(Amounts in thousands of RMB and US$)

    For the three months ended June 30,   For the six months ended June 30,
    2019   2020   2019   2020 
    RMB   RMB   US$   RMB   RMB   US$
    (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
Share-based compensation costs included in:                        
Costs of revenues   3,731   9,497   1,344   8,012   17,944   2,540
Sales and marketing expenses   208,379   249,542   35,320   404,500   481,341   68,129
General and administrative expenses   187,049   258,316   36,562   356,052   478,504   67,728
Research and development expenses   192,816   397,156   56,214   322,043   746,095   105,603
Total   591,975   914,511   129,440   1,090,607   1,723,884   244,000
                         


PINDUODUO INC.
  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Amounts in thousands of RMB and US$)

    For the three months ended June 30,   For the six months ended June 30,
    2019    2020     2019    2020  
    RMB   RMB   US$   RMB   RMB   US$
    (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
Net cash provided by operating activities   4,147,982     5,495,336     777,814     2,604,731     4,928,266     697,549  
Net cash used in investing activities   (1,139,423 )   (9,695,818 )   (1,372,354 )   (681,950 )   (11,280,010 )   (1,596,581 )
Net cash provided by financing activities   -     8,418,741     1,191,596     7,993,828     9,624,213     1,362,219  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash   436,368     (39,494 )   (5,591 )   207,871     59,564     8,431  
                         
Increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash   3,444,927     4,178,765     591,465     10,124,480     3,332,033     471,618  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period   37,219,239     32,499,125     4,599,953     30,539,686     33,345,857     4,719,800  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period   40,664,166     36,677,890     5,191,418     40,664,166     36,677,890     5,191,418  
                                     

 

PINDUODUO INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO THE MOST DIRECTLY COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES
(Amounts in thousands of RMB and US$, except for per share data)

    For the three months ended June 30,   For the six months ended June 30,
    2019    2020     2019    2020  
    RMB   RMB   US$   RMB   RMB   US$
    (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
Operating loss   (1,490,413 )   (1,639,582 )   (232,067 )   (3,610,934 )   (6,036,815 )   (854,456 )
Add: Share-based compensation   591,975     914,511     129,440     1,090,607     1,723,884     244,000  
Non-GAAP operating loss   (898,438 )   (725,071 )   (102,627 )   (2,520,327 )   (4,312,931 )   (610,456 )
                         
Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders   (1,003,250 )   (899,349 )   (127,295 )   (2,880,958 )   (5,018,678 )   (710,347 )
Add: Share-based compensation   591,975     914,511     129,440     1,090,607     1,723,884     244,000  
Add: Interest expense related to convertible bonds' amortization to face value   -     146,445     20,728     -     286,757     40,588  
Less: Gain from fair value change of long-term investments   -     (238,848 )   (33,807 )   -     (238,848 )   (33,807 )
Non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders      (411,275 )   (77,241 )   (10,934 )   (1,790,351 )   (3,246,885 )   (459,566 )
                         
Weighted-average number of ordinary shares outstanding - basic and diluted (in thousands)   4,649,429     4,781,243     4,781,243     4,604,472     4,715,677     4,715,677  
                         
Basic and diluted loss per ordinary share   (0.22 )   (0.19 )   (0.03 )   (0.63 )   (1.06 )   (0.15 )
Add: Non-GAAP adjustments to loss per ordinary share   0.13     0.17     0.03     0.24     0.37     0.05  
Non-GAAP basic and diluted loss per ordinary share   (0.09 )   (0.02 )   (0.00 )   (0.39 )   (0.69 )   (0.10 )
Non-GAAP basic and diluted loss per ADS   (0.36 )   (0.06 )   (0.01 )   (1.56 )   (2.75 )   (0.39 )
                         

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1  "GMV" refers to the total value of all orders for products and services placed on the Pinduoduo mobile platform, regardless of whether the products and services are actually sold, delivered or returned. Buyers on the platform are not charged for shipping fees in addition to the listed price of merchandise. Hence, merchants may embed the shipping fees in the listed price. If embedded, then the shipping fees are included in GMV. As a prudential matter aimed at eliminating any influence on Pinduoduo's GMV of irregular transactions, the Company excludes from its calculation of GMV transactions in certain product categories over certain amounts and transactions by buyers in certain product categories over a certain amount per day.
2  This announcement contains translations of certain Renminbi (RMB) amounts into U.S. dollars (US$) at a specified rate solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, the translation of RMB into US$ has been made at RMB7.0651 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on June 30, 2020 as set forth in the H.10 Statistical Release of the Federal Reserve Board.
3  "Monthly active users" refers to the number of user accounts that visited the Pinduoduo mobile app during a given month, which does not include those that accessed the platform through social networks and access points.
4  "Active buyers" in a given period refers to the number of user accounts that placed one or more orders (i) on the Pinduoduo mobile app, and (ii) through social networks and access points in that period, regardless of whether the products and services are actually sold, delivered or returned.
5  "Annual spending per active buyer" in a given period refers to the quotient of total GMV in that period divided by the number of active buyers in the same period.
6  The Company's non-GAAP financial measures exclude share-based compensation expenses, interest expenses related to the convertible bonds' amortization to face value and gain from fair value change of long-term investments. See "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to The Most Directly Comparable GAAP Measures" set forth at the end of this press release.

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