Autohome Inc. Announces Unaudited Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2018 Financial Results

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Autohome Inc. Announces Unaudited Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2018 Financial Results

Third Quarter Net Revenues were RMB1.89 Billion Exceeding the High End of the Guidance

Net income attributable to Autohome Inc. increased 59.9% Year-over-Year to RMB681.3 Million

BEIJING, Nov. 12, 2018 /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 third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Third Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights[1]

  • Net Revenues in the third quarter of 2018 were RMB1,888.4 million ($275.0 million), exceeding the high end of the Company's original guidance of RMB1,870.0 million ($272.3 million).
  • Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc.in the third quarter of 2018 was RMB681.3 million ($99.2 million), compared to RMB426.1 million in the corresponding period of 2017.
  • Adjusted net income attributable to Autohome Inc.in the third quarter of 2018 was RMB737.4 million ($107.4 million), compared to RMB475.8 million in the corresponding period of 2017.

[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$1.00 to RMB 6.8680 on September 28, 2018 in the City of New
York for cable transfers of RMB as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. No
representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted into US$ at such rate.

Adoption of ASC 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers

In May 2014, the FASB issued a new standard related to revenue recognition and further issued several amendments and updates to the new revenue guidance. The Company has finalized its analysis and the most significant impact is the change of the presentation of value-added tax from gross basis to net basis. The Company adopted this guidance effective January 1, 2018 using the modified retrospective method. The comparative information has not been restated and continues to be reported under the accounting standards in effect for those periods.

To provide investors with meaningful year-over-year comparison, the Company has provided a reconciliation table for the impact of adopting this new revenue guidance for the third quarter of 2018 and corresponding period in 2017, as adjusted, which was related to the change in presentation of value-added tax from gross basis to net basis.

 



For the three months ended September 30, 2018



Under ASC 605


Adjustments
related to new
revenue guidance


Under ASC
606

Net revenues







Media services


955,379


(54,078)


901,301

Leads generation services


842,889


(103,619)


739,270

Online marketplace and others


266,434


(18,573)


247,861

Total net revenues


2,064,702


(176,270)


1,888,432








Cost of revenues


(317,890)


102,533


(215,357)

Gross profit


1,746,812


(73,737)


1,673,075








Operating profit 


698,201


-


698,201

Net income attributable to
Autohome Inc.


681,321


-


681,321

 

 

 



For the three months ended September 30, 2017



Under ASC
605


Adjustments
related to new
revenue guidance


Under ASC
606

Net revenues







Media services


792,252


(41,998)


750,254

Leads generation services


700,811


(86,941)


613,870

Online marketplace and others


55,349


(4,810)


50,539

Total net revenues


1,548,412


(133,749)


1,414,663








Cost of revenues


(304,028)


81,682


(222,346)

Gross profit


1,244,384


(52,067)


1,192,317








Operating profit


530,012


-


530,012

Net income attributable to
Autohome Inc.
 


426,080


-


426,080

 

For the ease of readers, the operational results are discussed and analyzed under the new revenue guidance, including those for the comparative period in 2017.

Third Quarter 2018 Operational Highlights

  • Mobile Traffic Leadership Continues: In September 2018, the number of average daily unique visitors who accessed the Company's mobile websites and primary application combined reached 27.9 million, representing an increase of 48% compared with September 2017, further solidifying the Company's dominant position in the auto vertical sector in China.
  • Data-driven Professionally Generated Content (PGC) Aggregates Audience Focus: The Company's automobile content platform continued to be the best-in-class with the number of professional content contributors increasing 28% sequentially. In addition, attributable to popular demand, Autohome has further diversified its content production by expanding to 13 columns, now including automobile culture, automobile-in-use, automobile comparative evaluation, in addition to the original 9 columns existing in the previous quarter of 2018.
  • Augmented Reality Automobile Show in Chengdu Enhances O2O Convergence: The Company again successfully implemented the use of its Augmented Reality Automobile Show (the "AR Auto Show"), for the recent Chengdu 21st International Automobile Exhibition during the period from August 31, 2018 to September 9, 2018. The AR Auto Show attracted 26 branded automakers with over 130 automobile styles on display. This resulted in close to 46 million unique visitors with approximately 90% originating from tier 2 and lower-tier cities. The AR Auto Show generated further traffic of potential consumers with strong demand in lower tier Chinese cities, by surpassing the limitations set by traditional offline shows in terms of physical location and timing. Leveraging this satisfactory experience, Autohome plans to further expand the AR auto shows in other Chinese cities.

Mr. Min Lu, Chairman of the Board of directors and Chief Executive Officer of Autohome, stated, "We had another great quarter with revenue again exceeding our original guidance. With the successful implementation of our "4+1" strategy driving all of our business pillars, we have initiated strategic upgrade in building next generation auto ecosystem with AI, big data and cloud. We plan to continue to deepen our user engagement across our media platform, offer innovative intelligent marketing solutions driven by data technology, expand auto-financing options and partnerships, and accelerate our transaction platform. Given our consistent and repeated success in the past, as well as our leading position in the automotive industry, we remain committed to further strengthen our leadership, enrich our ecosystem, advance our cutting-edge technology, and enhance our competitiveness."

Mr. Jun Zou, Chief Financial Officer, added, "We are pleased with our progress so far in 2018 as we delivered resilient revenue growth and an even greater increase in net profit despite the softening macro environment for automobile sales in China. This performance was primarily driven by our core business share gains, continued focus on cost control, while ensuring the success of our new initiatives. We look forward to the opportunities ahead for Autohome as we further solidify our position as the automotive industry's most trusted marketing and technology partner."

 

Overview of Key Financial Results for Third Quarter 2018

Key Financial Results









(In RMB Millions except for per share
data)

3Q2017

3Q2018

% Change

Net Revenues

1,414.7

1,888.4

33.5%

Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc.

426.1

681.3

59.9%

Adjusted Net Income attributable to
Autohome Inc.[2]

475.8

737.4

55.0%

Diluted Earnings Per Share[3] 

3.59

5.71

59.1%

 

[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 Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues in the third quarter of 2018 were RMB1,888.4 million ($275.0 million) compared to RMB1,414.7 million in the corresponding period of 2017.                              

  • Media services revenues increased 20.1% to RMB901.3 million ($131.2 million) from RMB750.3 million in the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was mainly attributable to an increase in average revenue per automaker advertiser as automakers continued allocating a greater portion of their advertising budgets to Autohome, which provides an increasingly diversified and optimized portfolio of products.
  • Leads generation services revenues increased 20.4% to RMB739.3 million ($107.6 million) from RMB613.9 million in the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to a 15.9% year-over-year increase in average revenue per paying dealer as dealers continue to allocate a greater portion of their budgets to the Company's services, as well as an expanded dealer client base.
  • Online marketplace and others revenues increased 390.4% to RMB247.9 million ($36.1 million) from RMB50.5 million in the corresponding period of 2017. Excluding direct vehicle sales, it would have increased 620.5% compared to the corresponding period of 2017. This increase was primarily attributable to the increased contribution from auto-financing business and data products. Online marketplace and others revenues in the third quarter of 2018 consisted of revenues related to new car and used car marketplace, auto-financing business, data products and others.

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues decreased by 3.1% to RMB215.4 million ($31.4 million) from RMB222.3 million in the corresponding period of 2017. Excluding the cost of direct vehicle sales, cost of revenues would have increased 4.1% compared to the corresponding period of 2017. In addition, cost of revenues included share-based compensation expenses of RMB4.3 million ($0.6 million) during the third quarter of 2018, compared to RMB3.9 million for the corresponding period of 2017.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were  RMB1, 074.0 million ($156.4 million) in the third quarter of 2018, compared to RMB717.2 million in the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was mainly due to increases in sales and marketing expenses and product development expenses as the Company continues to reinvest in future growth opportunities.

  • Sales and marketing expenses were RMB676.5 million ($98.5 million) in the third quarter of 2018, compared to RMB422.3 million in the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in offline execution and branding expenses. Sales and marketing expenses for the third quarter of 2018 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB18.0 million ($2.6 million), compared to RMB11.6 million in the corresponding period of 2017.
  • General and administrative expenses were RMB100.3 million ($14.6 million) in the third quarter of 2018, compared to RMB87.4 million in the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in salaries and benefits. General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2018 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB12.8 million ($1.9 million), compared to RMB25.1 million in the corresponding period of 2017.
  • Product development expenses were RMB297.3 million ($43.3 million) in the third quarter of 2018, compared to RMB207.5 million in the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in salaries and benefits and increased investment in research and development activities. Product development expenses for the third quarter of 2018 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB19.9 million ($2.9 million), compared to RMB8.0 million in the corresponding period of 2017.

Operating Profit

Operating profit increased 31.7% to RMB698.2 million ($101.7 million) from RMB530.0 million in the corresponding period of 2017.

Income tax expense

Income tax expense decreased 9.2% to RMB150.7 million ($21.9 million) in the third quarter of 2018, from RMB166.0 million in the corresponding period of 2017, primarily attributable to withholding tax liability associated with special cash dividend in the corresponding period of 2017, partially offset by an increase in taxable income.

Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. and EPS

Net income attributable to Autohome Inc. increased 59.9% to RMB681.3 million ($99.2 million) from RMB426.1 million in the corresponding period of 2017. Basic and diluted earnings per share/per ADS ("EPS") were RMB5.78($0.84) and RMB5.71($0.83), respectively, compared to basic and diluted EPS of RMB3.65 and RMB3.59, respectively, in the corresponding period of 2017.

Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. 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, increased 55.0% to RMB737.4  million ($107.4  million) from RMB475.8 million in the corresponding period of 2017. Non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS were RMB6.26($0.91) and RMB6.18 ($0.90), respectively, compared to non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS of RMB4.07 and RMB4.01, respectively, in the corresponding period of 2017.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of September 30, 2018, the Company had cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of RMB8,345.9 million ($1,215.2  million). Net cash provided by operating activities in the third quarter of 2018 was RMB641.3 million ($93.4 million), compared to RMB548.3 million in the corresponding period of 2017.

Employees

The Company had 4,179 employees as of September 30, 2018.

Business Outlook

Autohome currently expects to generate net revenues in the range of RMB2,110 million($307.2 million) to RMB2,130 million ($310.1 million) in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018, representing a 31.6% to 32.8% year-over-year increase. If excluding direct vehicle sales, this represents a 32.0% to 33.3% 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.

Starting on January 1, 2018, Autohome adopted a new revenue recognition accounting standard ASC 606. Under ASC 606, the most significant impact on Autohome will be the change of presentation of value-added tax from gross basis to net basis. The above guidance reflects revenues net of value-added tax under the new revenue recognition standard. If presented on gross basis including value-added tax, the same basis as that for the year 2017, net revenues are expected to be between RMB2,310 million($336.3 million) to RMB2,330 million ($339.3 million) in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host an earnings conference call at 7:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on Monday, November 12, 2018 (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:  

18906071#

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 November 18, 2018:

United States: 

+1-646-982-0473

International: 

+61-2-8325-2405

Passcode: 

319303147#

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
Joyce Tang
Tel: +86-10-5985-7483
Email: ir@autohome.com.cn

The Piacente Group, Inc.
Xi Zhang
Tel: +86-10-5730-6200
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[4]

 (Amount in thousands, except per share data) 




For three months ended September 30,


2017


2018


RMB


RMB


US$


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

Net revenues:






Media services

792,252


901,301


131,232

Leads generation services 

700,811


739,270


107,640

Online marketplace

55,349


247,861


36,089

Total net revenues 

1,548,412


1,888,432


274,961







Cost of revenues 

(304,028)


(215,357)


(31,357)

Gross profit 

1,244,384


1,673,075


243,604







Operating expenses: 






Sales and marketing expenses 

(422,334)


(676,509)


(98,502)

General and administrative expenses 

(87,438)


(100,269)


(14,599)

Product development expenses 

(207,450)


(297,259)


(43,282)

Total operating expenses 

(717,222)


(1,074,037)


(156,383)

Other income, net

2,850


99,163


14,438

Operating profit

530,012


698,201


101,659







Interest income

61,512


102,132


14,871

Income/(loss) from equity method investments

(481)


30,419


4,429

Income before income taxes 

591,043


830,752


120,959







Income tax expense 

(165,974)


(150,702)


(21,943)

Net income  

425,069


680,050


99,016

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

1,011


1,271


185

Net income attributable to Autohome Inc.

426,080


681,321


99,201

Earnings per share for ordinary shares  






 Basic  

3.65


5.78


0.84

 Diluted  

3.59


5.71


0.83







Weighted average shares used to compute
earnings per share attributable to Class A
and Class B common stockholders:











 Basic  

116,784,140


117,835,866


117,835,866

 Diluted

118,668,278


119,245,283


119,245,283













[4] The operating results for the three months ended September 30, 2017 have not been restated and were presented on a gross
basis with the net revenues and cost of revenues including value-added tax, while those for the three months ended September
30, 2018 were presented on net basis, with the net revenues and cost of revenues excluding value-added tax.

 

 

 


AUTOHOME INC.

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP AND GAAP RESULTS

(Amount in thousands, except per share data)









For three months ended September 30,



2017


2018



RMB


RMB


US$



 (Unaudited) 


 (Unaudited) 


 (Unaudited) 









Net income attributable to Autohome Inc.

426,080


681,321


99,201


Plus: income tax expense

165,974


150,702


21,943


Plus: depreciation of property and
equipment

20,707


22,538


3,282


Plus: amortization of intangible assets

1,730


2,904


423


EBITDA

614,491


857,465


124,849


Plus: share-based compensation
expenses

48,602


54,956


8,002


Adjusted EBITDA

663,093


912,421


132,851









Net income attributable to Autohome Inc.

426,080


681,321


99,201


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

1,139


1,139


166


Plus: share-based compensation
expenses

48,602


54,956


8,002


Adjusted Net Income attributable to
Autohome Inc.

475,821


737,416


107,369









Non-GAAP Earnings per share for

ordinary shares






Basic

4.07


6.26


0.91


Diluted

4.01


6.18


0.90









Weighted average shares used to
compute earnings per share
attributable to Class A and Class B
common stockholders:














Basic  

116,784,140


117,835,866


117,835,866


Diluted  

118,668,278


119,245,283


119,245,283









 

 

 

AUTOHOME INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Amount in thousands, except as noted)




As of December 31,


As of September 30,



2017


2018



RMB


RMB


US$



(Audited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

ASSETS







Current assets








Cash and cash equivalents


911,588


483,106


70,342


Short-term investments


7,242,636


7,862,744


1,144,838


Accounts and notes receivable, net


1,893,737


2,330,751


339,364


Amounts due from related parties,
current


24,502


16,987


2,473


Prepaid expenses and other current
assets


186,123


366,408


53,350


Total current assets


10,258,586


11,059,996


1,610,367


Non-current assets








Restricted cash, non-current


-


5,000


728


Property and equipment, net


130,322


156,024


22,718


Goodwill and intangible assets, net


1,555,201


1,546,490


225,173


Long-term investments


147,929


72,492


10,555


Deferred tax assets


174,620


139,562


20,321


Other non-current assets


28,317


736,213


107,193


Total non-current assets


2,036,389


2,655,781


386,688


Total assets


12,294,975


13,715,777


1,997,055










LIABILITIES AND EQUITY







Current liabilities








Accrued expenses and other payables

1,658,934


2,061,263


300,126


Advance from customers


70,454


65,146


9,485


Deferred revenue


1,409,485


722,413


105,185


Income tax payable


144,379


292,179


42,542


Amounts due to related parties


10,285


66,073


9,620


Dividends payable


595,779


-


-


Total current liabilities


3,889,316


3,207,074


466,958


Non-current liabilities








Other liabilities


32,122


32,122


4,677


Deferred tax liabilities


438,251


450,785


65,636


Total non-current liabilities


470,373


482,907


70,313


Total liabilities


4,359,689


3,689,981


537,271










Equity








Total Autohome Inc. Shareholders' equity


7,951,637


10,047,023


1,462,875


Noncontrolling interests


(16,351)


(21,227)


(3,091)


Total equity


7,935,286


10,025,796


1,459,784


Total liabilities and equity

12,294,975


13,715,777


1,997,055
















 

 

 

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