Autohome Inc. Announces Unaudited 2021 Second Quarter and Interim Financial Results

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Autohome Inc. Announces Unaudited 2021 Second Quarter and Interim Financial Results

BEIJING, Aug. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Autohome Inc. (NYSE: ATHM; HKEX: 2518) ("Autohome" or the "Company"), the leading online destination for automobile consumers in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2021.

Second Quarter 2021 Highlights[1] 

  • Net Revenues in the second quarter of 2021 were RMB1,938.0 million ($300.2 million), compared to RMB2,313.3 million in the corresponding period of 2020.
  • Online Marketplace and Others Revenues in the second quarter of 2021 were RMB594.3 million ($92.0 million), an increase of 10.0% year-over-year. Data Products delivered revenue growth of 47.1% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2021.
  • Net income attributable to Ordinary Shareholders in the second quarter of 2021 was RMB746.7 million ($115.7 million), compared to RMB824.5 million in the corresponding period of 2020 and net income attributable to Autohome Inc. in the second quarter of 2021 was RMB754.9 million ($116.9 million), compared to RMB824.5 million in the corresponding period of 2020.
  • Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. (Non-GAAP)[2] in the second quarter of 2021 was RMB790.2 million ($122.4 million), compared to RMB881.0 million in the corresponding period of 2020.

Mr. Quan Long, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Autohome, stated, "We're pleased with the improving metrics across our new initiatives in the second quarter, along with margin expansion. Specifically, revenues from our new initiatives increased 10.0% year-over-year and contributed 30.7% to total revenues, compared with 23.4% in the same period of 2020. Our data products maintained its strong growth momentum, generating a revenue increase of 54.7% year-over-year in the first half of the year, thanks to the higher contribution from OEM data products. We are excited to report that with steady operating efficiency improvements, TTP, our online used car auction business, broke even at the operating level for the first time in June, a significant milestone for us. We also made further progress in our cooperation with new energy vehicle ("NEV") automakers. During the second quarter, revenues from NEV brands jumped 238% year-over-year. Adjusted net margin continued to expand to 40.8%, up 2.7 percentage points year-over-year."

Mr. Long added, "We maintained our leading position in auto media vertical in terms of traffic, with mobile daily active users increasing 16.1% year-over-year. We're also exploring new business areas to capture greater market opportunities. We plan to announce our strategic upgrading plans in detail at our upcoming Investor Day on September 15th. Looking ahead, with our strong balance sheet and profitable position and backed by our cooperation with Ping An, we believe we are well positioned to capture new opportunities in strategic growth areas, as we seek to propel long-term sustainable growth."

[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$1.00 to RMB6.4566 on June 30, 2021 in the City of New York for cable transfers of RMB as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted into US$ at such rate.

[2] 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.

Unaudited Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues in the second quarter of 2021 were RMB1,938.0 million ($300.2 million), compared to RMB2,313.3 million in the corresponding period of 2020.

  • Media services revenues were RMB599.8 million ($92.9 million), compared to RMB932.1 million in the corresponding period of 2020. The decline was primarily due to the decrease in average revenue per automaker advertiser, who adjusted their advertising budgets due to the ongoing global chip shortage.
  • Leads generation services revenues were RMB744.0 million ($115.2 million), compared to RMB841.0 million in the corresponding period of 2020. The decline was primarily due to the decrease in dealer advertising spending.
  • Online marketplace and others revenues increased by 10.0% year-over-year to RMB594.3 million ($92.0 million) from RMB540.2 million in the corresponding period of 2020. The increase was primarily attributable to the consolidation of TTP and the increased contribution from data products.

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues was RMB261.6 million ($40.5 million) in the second quarter of 2021, compared to RMB265.2 million in the corresponding period of 2020. In addition, cost of revenues included share-based compensation expenses of RMB5.1 million ($0.8 million) during the second quarter of 2021, compared to RMB6.2 million in the corresponding period of 2020.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were RMB1,073.8 million ($166.3 million) in the second quarter of 2021, compared to RMB1,281.3 million in the corresponding period of 2020.

  • Sales and marketing expenses were RMB562.4 million ($87.1 million) in the second quarter of 2021, compared to RMB872.4 million in the corresponding period of 2020, primarily due to a decrease in promotional spending. Sales and marketing expenses for the second quarter of 2021 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB10.8 million ($1.7 million), compared to RMB9.3 million in the corresponding period of 2020.
  • General and administrative expenses were RMB176.8 million ($27.4 million) in the second quarter of 2021, compared to RMB82.5 million in the corresponding period of 2020. The increase was primarily attributable to the consolidation of TTP and bad debt provisions related to certain advertising customers. General and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2021 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB10.2 million ($1.6 million), compared to RMB15.2 million in the corresponding period of 2020.
  • Product development expenses were RMB334.7 million ($51.8 million) in the second quarter of 2021, compared to RMB326.4 million in the corresponding period of 2020. Product development expenses for the second quarter of 2021 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB18.8 million ($2.9 million), compared to RMB24.8 million in the corresponding period of 2020.

Operating Profit

Operating profit was RMB673.0 million ($104.2 million) in the second quarter of 2021, compared to RMB870.7 million in the corresponding period of 2020.

Income Tax Expense

There was an income tax expense of RMB70.2 million ($10.9 million) in the second quarter of 2021, compared to RMB174.4 million in the corresponding period of 2020.

Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. 

Net income attributable to Autohome Inc. was RMB754.9 million ($116.9 million) in the second quarter of 2021, compared with RMB824.5 million in the corresponding period of 2020.

Net income attributable to Ordinary Shareholders and Earnings per Share/ADS

Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB746.7 million ($115.7 million) in the second quarter of 2021, compared to RMB824.5 million in the corresponding period of 2020. Basic and diluted earnings per share ("EPS") were RMB1.48 ($0.23) and RMB1.48 ($0.23), respectively, as compared to basic and diluted EPS of RMB1.73 and RMB1.72, respectively, in the corresponding period of 2020. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB5.92 ($0.92) and RMB5.91 ($0.92), respectively, as compared to basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB6.92 and RMB6.89, respectively, in the corresponding period of 2020.

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

Adjusted net income attributable to Autohome Inc. (Non-GAAP) was RMB790.2 million ($122.4 million) in the second quarter of 2021, compared to RMB881.0 million in the corresponding period of 2020. Non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS were RMB1.57 ($0.24) and RMB1.56 ($0.24), respectively, compared to non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS of RMB1.85 and RMB1.84 respectively, in the corresponding period of 2020. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB6.27 ($0.97) and RMB6.26 ($0.97), respectively, compared to non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB7.39 and RMB7.36, respectively, in the corresponding period of 2020.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of June 30, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of RMB18.43 billion ($2.85 billion). Net cash provided by operating activities in the second quarter of 2021 was RMB580.8 million ($90.0 million).

Employees

The Company had 6,267 employees as of June 30, 2021, including 2,471 employees from TTP.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 (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, China:

+852-3027-6500

Mainland, China:

8009-880-563/ 400-821-0637

United Kingdom:

0800-026-1542

International:

+1-646-722-4977

Passcode:

10698223#

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 September 1, 2021:

United States:

+1-646-982-0473

International: 

+61-2-8325-2405

Passcode:  

319341001#  

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; HKEX: 2518) is the leading online destination for automobile consumers in China. Its mission is to engage, educate and inform consumers about everything auto. Autohome provides original generated content, professionally generated content, user-generated content, and AI-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. 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 announcements made on the website of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the "Hong Kong Stock Exchange"), 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; relevant government policies and regulatory environment of China; 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 and announcements on the website of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 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 per ADS, Adjusted net margin 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, amortization expenses of acquired intangible assets of Cheerbright, China Topside and Norstar, and certain noncontrolling interests adjustments for TTP (which for the first time starting in the first quarter of 2021 included interest income related to convertible bond investment to TTP, which is eliminated in consolidation). 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 net margin as Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. divided by total net revenues. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income attributable to Autohome Inc. before income tax expense, depreciation expenses of property and equipment, 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  
Tel: +86-10-5985-7483
E-mail: ir@autohome.com.cn

The Piacente Group, Inc.
Jenny Cai
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.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS DATA

 (Amount in thousands, except per share / per ADS data) 



 For three months ended June 30,  


 For six months ended June 30


2020


2021


2020


2021


RMB


RMB


US$


RMB


RMB


US$


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


 (Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

Net revenues: 












Media services

932,078


599,812


92,899


1,498,388


1,204,636


186,574

Leads generation services 

841,020


743,953


115,224


1,511,479


1,441,587


223,273

Online marketplace and others

540,170


594,278


92,042


850,030


1,133,401


175,541

Total net revenues 

2,313,268


1,938,043


300,165


3,859,897


3,779,624


585,388

Cost of revenues

(265,217)


(261,587)


(40,515)


(443,079)


(504,710)


(78,170)

Gross profit 

2,048,051


1,676,456


259,650


3,416,818


3,274,914


507,218













Operating expenses: 












Sales and marketing expenses 

(872,426)


(562,362)


(87,099)


(1,396,647)


(1,244,995)


(192,825)

General and administrative
  expenses 

(82,482)


(176,782)


(27,380)


(171,634)


(305,407)


(47,302)

Product development
  expenses 

(326,385)


(334,662)


(51,833)


(618,323)


(639,213)


(99,001)

Total operating expenses

(1,281,293)


(1,073,806)


(166,312)


(2,186,604)


(2,189,615)


(339,128)

Other income, net

103,991


70,337


10,894


226,462


154,322


23,901

Operating profit

870,749


672,987


104,232


1,456,676


1,239,621


191,991

Interest income

128,869


138,859


21,506


266,260


268,562


41,595

Loss from equity method
  investments

(360)


(763)


(118)


(1,815)


(960)


(149)

Fair value change of other non-
  current assets

-


-


-


(9,116)


-


-

Income before income taxes 

999,258


811,083


125,620


1,712,005


1,507,223


233,437

Income tax expense

(174,430)


(70,216)


(10,875)


(299,914)


(135,249)


(20,947)

Net income  

824,828


740,867


114,745


1,412,091


1,371,974


212,490

Net loss attributable to
  noncontrolling interests

(351)


14,073


2,180


(435)


87,255


13,514

Net income attributable to
  Autohome Inc.

824,477


754,940


116,925


1,411,656


1,459,229


226,004

Accretion of mezzanine equity 

-


(29,218)


(4,525)


-


(356,291)


(55,182)

Accretion attributable to
  noncontrolling interests

-


20,984


3,250


-


277,567


42,990

Net income attributable to
  ordinary shareholders

824,477


746,706


115,650


1,411,656


1,380,505


213,812













Earnings per share for
  ordinary share  












Basic  

1.73


1.48


0.23


2.96


2.79


0.43

Diluted  

1.72


1.48


0.23


2.95


2.79


0.43

Earnings per ADS
  attributable to ordinary
  shareholders (one ADS
  equals for four ordinary
  shares)












Basic  

6.92


5.92


0.92


11.85


11.18


1.73

Diluted  

6.89


5.91


0.92


11.79


11.15


1.73













Weighted average shares used to compute
  earnings per share attributable to ordinary
  shareholders:























 Basic  

476,641,792


504,293,912


504,293,912


476,459,072


493,953,692


493,953,692

 Diluted

478,985,592


505,183,728


505,183,728


478,787,248


495,253,000


495,253,000

 

 

 

AUTOHOME INC.

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP AND GAAP RESULTS

(Amount in thousands, except per share / per ADS data)



For three months ended June 30,


For six months ended June 30,


2020


2021




2020


2021




RMB


RMB


US$


RMB


RMB


US$


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

Net income attributable to
  Autohome Inc.

824,477


754,940


116,925


1,411,656


1,459,229


226,004

Plus: income tax expense

174,430


72,198


11,182


299,914


137,231


21,254

Plus: depreciation of property
  and equipment

38,289


53,816


8,335


70,694


104,510


16,187

Plus: amortization of intangible
  assets

2,921


8,307


1,287


6,151


11,276


1,746

EBITDA

1,040,117


889,261


137,729


1,788,415


1,712,246


265,191

Plus: share-based compensation
  expenses

55,420


44,966


6,964


113,277


98,803


15,303

Adjusted EBITDA

1,095,537


934,227


144,693


1,901,692


1,811,049


280,494













Net income attributable to
  Autohome Inc.

824,477


754,940


116,925


1,411,656


1,459,229


226,004

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

1,139


1,139


176


2,278


2,278


353

Plus: share-based compensation
  expenses

55,420


44,966


6,964


113,277


98,803


15,303

Minus:certain noncontrolling
  interests adjustments for TTP

-


(10,826)


(1,677)


-


(35,196)


(5,451)

Adjusted net income
  attributable to Autohome
  Inc.

881,036


790,219


122,388


1,527,211


1,525,114


236,209













Non-GAAP earnings per
  share for ordinary shares












Basic

1.85


1.57


0.24


3.21


3.09


0.48

Diluted

1.84


1.56


0.24


3.19


3.08


0.48

Non-GAAP earnings per ADS
  attributable to ordinary
  shareholders (one ADS
  equals for four ordinary
  shares)












Basic

7.39


6.27


0.97


12.82


12.35


1.91

Diluted

7.36


6.26


0.97


12.76


12.32


1.91













Weighted average shares
  used to compute earnings
  per share attributable to

  ordinary shareholders:












Basic

476,641,792


504,293,912


504,293,912


476,459,072


493,953,692


493,953,692

Diluted

478,985,592


505,183,728


505,183,728


478,787,248


495,253,000


495,253,000

 

 

AUTOHOME INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(Amount in thousands, except as noted)








As of December 31,


As of June 30,


2020


2021


RMB


RMB


US$


(Audited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

ASSETS






Current assets






Cash and cash equivalents

1,751,222


2,629,817


407,307

Restricted Cash

-


86,976


13,471

Short-term investments

12,878,176


15,796,359


2,446,544

Accounts receivable, net

3,124,197


2,330,359


360,927

Amounts due from related parties, current

47,303


26,584


4,117

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

563,182


782,968


121,266

Total current assets

18,364,080


21,653,063


3,353,632

Non-current assets






Restricted cash, non-current

17,926


6,985


1,082

Property and equipment, net

410,081


413,576


64,055

Goodwill and intangible assets, net

4,511,812


4,469,312


692,208

Long-term investments

70,418


69,458


10,758

Deferred tax assets

79,661


79,399


12,297

Other non-current assets

276,867


233,678


36,192

Total non-current assets

5,366,765


5,272,408


816,592

Total assets

23,730,845


26,925,471


4,170,224







LIABILITIES AND EQUITY






Current liabilities






Accrued expenses and other payables

2,577,709


1,717,322


265,978

Advance from customers

127,235


109,265


16,923

Deferred revenue

1,315,667


1,060,037


164,179

Income tax payable

85,177


187,067


28,973

Amounts due to related parties

79,895


37,680


5,836

Other current liabilities

-


14,247


2,207

Total current liabilities

4,185,683


3,125,618


484,096

Non-current liabilities






Other liabilities

104,861


65,167


10,093

Deferred tax liabilities

631,509


583,490


90,371

Total non-current liabilities

736,370


648,657


100,464

Total liabilities

4,922,053


3,774,275


584,560







MEZZANINE EQUITY






Convertible redeemable noncontrolling interests

1,056,237


1,412,528


218,773







EQUITY






Total Autohome Inc. shareholders' equity

17,625,734


21,976,669


3,403,753

Noncontrolling interests

126,821


(238,001)


(36,862)

Total equity

17,752,555


21,738,668


3,366,891

Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and equity

23,730,845


26,925,471


4,170,224


 

 

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