Autohome Inc. Announces Unaudited Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2019 Financial Results

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Autohome Inc. Announces Unaudited Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2019 Financial Results
Second Quarter Net Revenues Were RMB2.31 Billion, Exceeding the High End of the Company's Guidance, Representing an Increase of 23.5% Year-over-Year

BEIJING, Aug. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Autohome Inc. (NYSE: ATHM) ("Autohome" or the "Company"), the leading online destination for automobile consumers in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Second Quarter 2019 Highlights[1]

  • Net Revenues in the second quarter of 2019 were RMB2,309.0 million ($336.3 million), exceeding the high end of the Company's original guidance of RMB2,305.0 million ($335.8 million).
  • Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc.in the second quarter of 2019 wasRMB801.9 million ($116.8 million), compared to RMB691.6 million for the corresponding period of 2018.
  • Mobile Traffic Leadership Continues: In June 2019, the total number of average daily active users who accessed the Company's mobile websites, primary application and mini-apps reached 37.8 million, representing an increase of 48% compared to June 2018, and further solidifying the Company's dominant position in the auto vertical sector in China.
  • 818 Global Super Auto Show: In an effort to support OEMs and dealers and maintain long- term partnership with them, starting this August, the Company has launched various offline activities and online auto show events for car owners, auto fans and industry experts in China. In particular, the Company worked with top producers from Hunan TV to launch the first-ever auto-themed gala on August 18, 2019 (the "818 Global Super Auto Show"). By the end of July, more than 80 auto brands and over 2,400 dealers have signed up for the event.

 

[1] The reporting currency of the Company is Renminbi ("RMB"). For the convenience of readers, certain amounts throughout the release are presented in US dollars ("$"). Unless otherwise noted, all conversions from RMB to US$ are translated at the noon buying rate of US$1.00 to RMB6.8650 on June 28, 2019 in the City of New York for cable transfers of RMB as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted into US$ at such rate.

Mr. Min Lu, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Autohome, stated, "I'm pleased to report a solid quarter with total revenue managing to increase by 23.5% year-over-year, despite the continuous decline in new car sales. During the quarter, we strove to expand content offerings while continuing to improve the user experience through a major upgrade of the Autohome App. On the product front, we plan to extend our data services to serve the R&D department of OEMs, and further enable dealer partners through AI-powered new data products. With all the aforementioned progress, we are confident to continue to drive our growth and generate returns for our shareholders over the long-term."

Mr. Jun Zou, Chief Financial Officer of Autohome, added, "In the second quarter, we maintained the solid growth momentum in our core business. Our new initiatives once again picked up steam and gained positive market recognition. In response to the prolonged sales decline in the auto sector, we proactively stepped up our efforts in supporting OEMs/dealers through initiatives such as the "818 Global Super Auto Show". We believe such efforts will bode well with our strategy and benefit to the long-term relationship with our partners."

Overview of Key Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2019

Key Financial Results

(In RMB Millions except for per share data)

2Q2018

2Q2019

% Change

Net Revenues

1,868.9

2,309.0

23.5%

Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc.

691.6

801.9

15.9%

Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc.[2] (Non-GAAP)

744.3

855.4

14.9%

Diluted Earnings Per Share[3] 

5.79

6.70

15.7%

 

[2] Adjusted net income attributable to Autohome Inc. is defined as net income attributable to Autohome Inc. excluding share-based compensation expenses and amortization expenses of intangible assets related to acquisitions. For more information on this and other non-GAAP financial measures, please see the section captioned "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and the tables captioned "Reconciliations of Non-GAAP and GAAP Results" set forth at the end of this release.

[3] Each ordinary share equals one ADS.

 

Unaudited Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues in the second quarter of 2019 were RMB2,309.0 million ($336.3 million) compared to RMB1,868.9 million in the corresponding period of 2018.

  • Media services revenues increased by 10.5% to RMB1,028.3 million ($149.8 million) from RMB930.2 million in the corresponding period of 2018. The increase was mainly attributable to an increase in average revenue per automaker advertiser as automakers continued to allocate a greater portion of their advertising budgets to Autohome, which provides an increasingly diversified and optimized product portfolio. 
  • Leads generation services revenues increased by 20.1% to RMB888.8 million ($129.5 million) from RMB740.0 million in the corresponding period of 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to the increase in average revenue per paying dealer.
  • Online marketplace and others revenues increased by 97.2% to RMB391.9 million ($57.1 million) from RMB198.7 million in the corresponding period of 2018. This increase was primarily attributable to the increased contribution from data products and auto-financing businesses.

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues were RMB263.6 million ($38.4 million) compared to RMB208.7 million in the corresponding period of 2018. In addition, cost of revenues included share-based compensation expenses of RMB4.1 million ($0.6 million) during the second quarter of 2019, compared to RMB7.1 million for the corresponding period of 2018.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were RMB1,335.3 million ($194.5 million) in the second quarter of 2019, compared to RMB987.5 million in the corresponding period of 2018. The increase was mainly due to increases in sales and marketing expenses and product development expenses, as the Company continued to invest in future growth opportunities.

  • Sales and marketing expenses were RMB892.9 million ($130.1 million) in the second quarter of 2019, compared to RMB588.0 million in the corresponding period of 2018. The increase was primarily due to the increased offline execution expenses to support automakers and dealers. Sales and marketing expenses for the second quarter of 2019 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB12.9 million ($1.9 million), compared to RMB13.9 million in the corresponding period of 2018.
  • General and administrative expenses were RMB81.8 million ($11.9 million) in the second quarter of 2019, compared to RMB86.4 million in the corresponding period of 2018. General and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2019 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB15.2 million ($2.2 million), compared to RMB15.7 million in the corresponding period of 2018.
  • Product development expenses were RMB360.6 million ($52.5 million) in the second quarter of 2019 compared to RMB313.1 million in the corresponding period of 2018. The increase was primarily due to an increase in staff cost related to product development. Product development expenses for the second quarter of 2019 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB20.2 million ($2.9 million), compared to RMB14.9 million in the corresponding period of 2018.

Operating Profit

Operating profit was RMB835.3 million ($121.7million) in the second quarter of 2019, compared to RMB748.4 million in the corresponding period of 2018.

Income tax expense

Income tax expense was RMB147.3 million ($21.5 million) in the second quarter of 2019, compared to RMB145.1 million in the corresponding period of 2018.

Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. and EPS

Net income attributable to Autohome Inc.was RMB801.9 million ($116.8 million) in the second quarter of 2019, compared to RMB691.6 million in the corresponding period of 2018. Basic and diluted earnings per share/per ADS or "EPS" were RMB6.77($0.99) and RMB6.70($0.98), respectively, compared to basic and diluted EPS of RMB5.89 and RMB5.79, respectively, in the corresponding period of 2018.

Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. (Non-GAAP) and Non-GAAP EPS

Adjusted net income attributable to Autohome Inc. (Non-GAAP), defined as net income attributable to Autohome Inc., excluding share-based compensation expenses and amortization expenses of intangible assets related to acquisitions, wasRMB855.4 million ($124.6 million) in the second quarter of 2019, compared to RMB744.3 million in the corresponding period of 2018. Non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS were RMB7.22($1.05) and RMB7.15($1.04), respectively, compared to non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS of RMB6.33 and RMB6.23, respectively, in the corresponding period of 2018.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of June 30, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of RMB10.83 billion ($1,577.8 million). Net cash provided by operating activities in the second quarter of 2019 was RMB372.0 million ($54.2 million).

Employees

The Company had 4,223 employees as of June 30, 2019.

Business Outlook

Autohome currently expects to generate net revenues in the range of RMB2,160.0 million($314.6 million) to RMB2,190.0 million ($319.0 million) in the third quarter of fiscal year 2019, representing a 14.4% to 16.0% year-over-year increase. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view on the market and its operating conditions, which are subject to change.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 (8:00 PM Beijing Time on the same day).

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

United States:

+1-855-824-5644

Hong Kong:

+852-3027-6500

China Domestic:

8009-880-563

United Kingdom:

0800-026-1542

International: 

+1 646-722-4977

Passcode:

34234955#

Please dial in ten minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following numbers until August 13, 2019:

United States: 

+1-646-982-0473

International: 

+61-2-8325-2405

Passcode: 

319321410#

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available at http://ir.autohome.com.cn.

About Autohome Inc.

Autohome Inc. (NYSE: ATHM) is the leading online destination for automobile consumers in China.  Its mission is to enhance the car-buying and ownership experience for auto consumers in China. Autohome provides professionally produced and user-generated content, a comprehensive automobile library, and extensive automobile listing information to automobile consumers, covering the entire car purchase and ownership cycle. The ability to reach a large and engaged user base of automobile consumers has made Autohome a preferred platform for automakers and dealers to conduct their advertising campaigns. Further, the Company's dealer subscription and advertising services allow dealers to market their inventory and services through Autohome's platform, extending the reach of their physical showrooms to potentially millions of internet users in China and generating sales leads for them. The Company offers sales leads, data analysis, and marketing services to assist automakers and dealers with improving their efficiency and facilitating transactions. As a transaction-centric company, Autohome operates its "Autohome Mall," a full-service online transaction platform, to facilitate transactions for automakers and dealers.  Further, through its websites and mobile applications, it also provides other value-added services, including auto financing, auto insurance, used car transactions, and aftermarket services. For further information, please visit www.autohome.com.cn.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements that may constitute "forward-looking" statements pursuant to 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, Autohome's business outlook, Autohome's strategic and operational plans and quotations from management in this announcement contain forward-looking statements. Autohome may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the 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 Autohome'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: Autohome's goals and strategies; Autohome's future business development, results of operations and financial condition; the expected growth of the online automobile advertising market in China; Autohome's ability to attract and retain users and advertisers and further enhance its brand recognition; Autohome's expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of its products and services; competition in the online automobile advertising industry; 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 Autohome's filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and Autohome does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement net income presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we use Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc., Non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS and Adjusted EBITDA as non-GAAP financial measures. We define Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. as net income attributable to Autohome Inc. excluding share-based compensation expenses and amortization expenses of intangible assets related to acquisitions. We define Non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS as Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. divided by the basic and diluted weighted average number of ordinary shares. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income attributable to Autohome Inc. before income tax expense/(benefit), depreciation expenses of property and equipment and amortization expenses of intangible assets and share-based compensation expenses. We present these non-GAAP financial measures because they are used by our management to evaluate our operating performance, in addition to net income prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are important to help investors understand our operating and financial performance, compare business trends among different reporting periods on a consistent basis and assess our core operating results, as they exclude certain expenses that are not expected to result in cash payments. The use of the above non-GAAP financial measures has certain limitations. Share-based compensation expenses have been and will continue to be incurred in the future and are not reflected in the presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures, but should be considered in the overall evaluation of our results. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliation of non-GAAP and GAAP Results" set forth at the end of this press release.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:

Autohome Inc.
Investor Relations
Anita Chen
Tel: +86-10-5985-7483
Email: ir@autohome.com.cn

The Piacente Group, Inc.
Xi Zhang
Tel: +86-10-6508-0677
E-mail: autohome@tpg-ir.com

In the United States:

The Piacente Group, Inc.
Brandi Piacente
Tel: +1-212-481-2050
E-mail: autohome@tpg-ir.com

 

 

AUTOHOME INC. 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Amount in thousands, except per share data) 










 For three months ended June 30, 


 For six months ended June 30, 



2018


2019


2018


2019



 RMB 


 RMB 


 US$ 


 RMB 

 RMB 


 US$ 



 (Unaudited) 


 (Unaudited) 




 (Unaudited) 

(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited) 

Net revenues: 










Media services

930,228


1,028,308


149,790


1,514,378


1,671,543


243,488

Leads generation services 

739,975


888,799


129,468


1,350,805


1,622,886


236,400

Online marketplace and others

198,680


391,855


57,080


291,754


626,461


91,254

Total net revenues 

1,868,883


2,308,962


336,338


3,156,937


3,920,890


571,142

Cost of revenues

(208,691)


(263,630)


(38,402)


(354,832)


(448,084)


(65,271)

Gross profit 

1,660,192






2,802,105




505,871

2,045,332

297,936

3,472,806













Operating expenses: 











Sales and marketing expenses 

(588,038)






(986,070)





(892,901)

(130,066)

(1,402,625)

(204,315)

General and administrative
expenses 

(86,371)






(149,251)





(81,807)

(11,917)

(149,565)

(21,787)

Product development
expenses 

(313,121)






(541,911)





(360,603)

(52,528)

(629,176)

(91,650)

Total operating expenses 

(987,530)






(1,677,232)





(1,335,311)

(194,511)

(2,181,366)

(317,752)

Other income, net

75,697






146,693





125,239

18,243

201,277

29,319

Operating profit

748,359


835,260


121,668


1,271,566


1,492,717


217,438













Interest income

88,363

114,206

16,636

152,405

228,427

33,274

Loss from equity method
investments 

(2,314)


(89)

(13)

(4,204)

(1,671)

(243)

Fair value change of other non-

-


-


-


-


(4,026)


(586)

current assets

Income before income taxes 

834,408


949,377


138,291


1,419,767


1,715,447


249,883













Income tax expense

(145,054)


(147,285)


(21,454)


(248,959)


(266,810)


(38,865)

Net income 

689,354






1,170,808


1,448,637


211,018

802,092

116,837

Net loss/(income) attributable

2,276


(213)


(31)


3,605


(449)


(65)

to noncontrolling interests

Net income attributable to

691,630


801,879


116,806


1,174,413


1,448,188


210,953

Autohome Inc.

Earnings per share for












ordinary share 

Basic 

5.89


6.77


0.99


10.00


12.24


1.78

Diluted 

5.79


6.70


0.98


9.85


12.12


1.77














Weighted average shares used to compute











earnings per share attributable to common

stockholders:














 Basic 

117,523,601


118,463,582


118,463,582


117,424,250


118,347,380



118,347,380

 Diluted

119,396,482


119,632,344


119,632,344


119,287,838


119,494,603



119,494,603

 

 

 

AUTOHOME INC.

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP AND GAAP RESULTS

(Amount in thousands, except per share data)






For three months ended June 30,


For six months ended  June 30,


2018


2019


2018


2019



RMB


RMB


US$


RMB


RMB


US$


 (Unaudited) 


 (Unaudited) 


 (Unaudited) 


 (Unaudited) 


 (Unaudited) 


 (Unaudited) 













Net income attributable to
Autohome Inc.

691,630


 

801,879


 

116,806


1,174,413


 

1,448,188


 

210,953

Plus: income tax expense

145,054


147,285


21,454


248,959


266,810


38,865

Plus: depreciation of property and
equipment

20,168


 

25,681


 

3,741


41,431


 

51,007


 

7,430

Plus: amortization of intangible
assets

2,904


 

2,917


 

425


5,808


 

5,834


 

850

EBITDA

859,756


 

977,762


 

142,426


1,470,611


 

1,771,839


 

258,098

Plus: share-based compensation
expenses

51,564


52,397


7,632


87,599


105,584


15,380

Adjusted EBITDA

911,320


1,030,159


150,058


1,558,210


1,877,423


273,478













Net income attributable to Autohome Inc.

691,630


801,879


116,806


1,174,413


1,448,188


210,953

Plus: amortization of acquired
intangible assets of Cheerbright,
China Topside and Norstar

1,138


1,139


166


2,276


2,278


332

Plus: share-based compensation expenses

51,564


52,397


7,632


87,599


105,584


15,380

Adjusted Net Income 
attributable to Autohome Inc.

744,332


855,415


124,604


1,264,288


1,556,050


226,665













Non-GAAP Earnings per share for

ordinary shares











Basic

6.33


7.22


1.05


10.77


13.15


1.92

Diluted

6.23


7.15


1.04


10.60


13.02


1.90













Weighted average shares used
to compute earnings per share
attributable to common stockholders:
























Basic 

117,523,601


118,463,582


118,463,582


117,424,250


118,347,380


118,347,380

Diluted 

119,396,482


119,632,344


119,632,344


119,287,838


119,494,603


119,494,603















 

 

AUTOHOME INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET[4]

(Amount in thousands, except as noted)








As of December 31,


As of June 30,


2018


2019


RMB


RMB


US$


(Audited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

ASSETS






Current assets






Cash and cash equivalents

211,970


1,606,520


234,016

Short-term investments

9,849,488


9,224,736


1,343,734

Accounts and notes receivable, net

2,795,835


2,930,444


426,867

Amounts due from related parties, current

34,047


43,882


6,392

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

249,977


336,245


48,980

Total current assets

13,141,317


14,141,827


2,059,989

Non-current assets






Restricted cash, non-current

5,000


5,000


728

Property and equipment, net

170,198


159,627


23,252

Goodwill and intangible assets, net

1,543,682


1,537,849


224,013

Long-term investments

70,979


69,308


10,096

Deferred tax assets

90,179


147,565


21,495

Other non-current assets

734,846


890,428


129,705

Total non-current assets

2,614,884


2,809,777


409,289

Total assets

15,756,201


16,951,604


2,469,278







LIABILITIES AND EQUITY






Current liabilities






Accrued expenses and other payables

2,439,948


2,364,244


344,389

Advance from customers

75,017


90,831


13,231

Deferred revenue

1,510,726


1,086,144


158,215

Income tax payable

119,210


181,387


26,422

Amounts due to related parties

19,868


19,525


2,844

Total current liabilities

4,164,769


3,742,131


545,101

Non-current liabilities






Other liabilities

24,068


46,255


6,738

Deferred tax liabilities

455,921


452,167


65,866

Total non-current liabilities

479,989


498,422


72,604

Total liabilities

4,644,758


4,240,553


617,705







Equity






Total Autohome Inc. Shareholders'
equity

11,135,278


12,734,437


1,854,980

Noncontrolling interests

(23,835)


(23,386)


(3,407)

Total equity

11,111,443


12,711,051


1,851,573

Total liabilities and equity

15,756,201


16,951,604


2,469,278








[4] In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued ASU No. 2016-02, Leases ("ASU 2016-02"). Under the new provisions, all lessees will report a right-of-use asset and a liability for the obligation to make payments for all leases with the exception of those leases with a term of 12 months or less. The Company has finalized its analysis and the most significant impact is the recognition of right-of-use assets and lease liabilities for operating lease related to office buildings and internet data center ("IDC") facilities. The Company adopted this guidance effective January 1, 2019 using the modified retrospective method, with the comparative information not being restated and continues to be reported under the accounting standards in effect for those periods. As of June 30, 2019, operating lease right-of-use assets (included in other non-current assets) of RMB124.3 million (US$18.1 million), operating lease liabilities, current (included in accrued expenses and other payables) of RMB98.5 million (US$14.4 million) and operating lease liabilities, non-current (included in other liabilities) of RMB22.2 million (US$3.2 million) was recognized on the consolidated balance sheet.

 

 

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