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Autohome Inc. Announces Unaudited First Quarter Ended March 31, 2018 Financial Results

First Quarter Net Revenues were RMB1.3 Billion exceeding the high end of the guidance
Net Income Attributable to Autohome Inc. Increased 47.5% Year-over-Year to RMB482.8 Million

BEIJING, May 8, 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 first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

First Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights[1]

  • Net Revenues in the first quarter of 2018 were RMB1,288.1 million ($205.3 million), exceeding the high end of the Company's original guidance of RMB1,250.0 million ($199.3 million).
  • Net revenues excluding direct vehicle sales achieved 32.6% year-over-year growth.
  • Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. increased 47.5% year-over-year to RMB482.8 million ($77.0 million).

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 from the presentation of value-added tax on a 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 first 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.

[1] The reporting currency of the Company is Renminbi ("RMB"). For the convenience of the reader, 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$1.00 to RMB6.2726 on March 30, 2018 in the City of New York for cable transfers of RMB as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted into US$ at such rate.

 



For the three months ended March 31, 2018



Under ASC 605 


Adjustments related to new revenue guidance 


Under ASC 606

 Net revenues







 Media services


619,199


(35,049)


584,150

 Leads generation services


703,218


(92,388)


610,830

 Online marketplace and others


101,459


(8,385)


93,074

 Total net revenues


1,423,876


(135,822)


1,288,054








 Cost of revenues


(214,169)


68,028


(146,141)

 Gross profit


1,209,707


(67,794)


1,141,913








 Operating profit 


523,207


-


523,207

 Net income attributable to Autohome Inc.


482,783


-


482,783

 



For the three months ended March 31, 2017



Under ASC 605 


Adjustments related to new revenue guidance 


Under ASC 606

 Net revenues







 Media services


515,682


(30,048)


485,634

 Leads generation services


537,987


(70,416)


467,571

 Online marketplace and others


294,692


(41,117)


253,575

 Total net revenues


1,348,361


(141,581)


1,206,780








 Cost of revenues


(444,593)


95,778


(348,815)

 Gross profit


903,768


(45,803)


857,965








 Operating profit 


357,449


-


357,449

Net income attributable to Autohome Inc.


327,417


-


327,417

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.

First Quarter 2018 Operational Highlights

  • Mobile Traffic Leadership Continues: According to Quest Mobile, during the first quarter of 2018, the number of average daily unique visitors who accessed the Company's primary "Autohome" application reached 10.1 million, representing an increase of 34.5% compared with the first quarter of 2017, further strengthening the Company's dominant position among auto vertical applications in China. 
  • Nationwide SaaS Platform Expansion on Track: The Company's SaaS Platform for used car dealers now covers over 35,000 dealers as of March 2018.  This one-stop total solution for used car dealers offers many innovative services, including reliable used car sourcing, inventory management, customer relations management ("CRM"), online marketing and channel management, as well as a wider array of financing options that enable used car dealers to strengthen leads generation, increase sales and improve inventory turnover. 
  • Successful Augmented Reality Automobile Show: The Company implemented the use of its Augmented Reality Automobile Show (the "AR Auto Show"), for the recent Beijing International Automobile Exhibition during April 25 to May 4, 2018, in order to enhance user engagement and interaction. The AR Auto Show attracted 21 branded automakers with over 100 automobile styles on display. This resulted in over 41 million unique visitors with approximately 80% originating from tier 2 and below cities. In addition, the cumulative page view of the AR Auto Show was over 200 million.

Mr. Min Lu, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Autohome, stated, "During the first quarter of 2018, we continued to experience strong growth in all aspects of our businesses and exceeded our top line guidance. Our solid operational and financial performance reflects the successful execution of our key growth strategies, including stimulating overall quality traffic, expanding consumer audiences of our targeted groups such as the young generation, broadening and customizing content, increasing user loyalty, advancing big data technology, which all bode well to drive the growth of our core media and lead generation businesses as well as our new initiatives for auto-financing and data product suites.  With a solid start to the year, I am confident in our ability to continue optimizing these four pillars of our business by leveraging Autohome's preferred media channels, leading traffic generation, enhanced user engagement, and precise transaction matching, to further reinforce our strengths and competitive advantages as the leading online destination for automobile consumers in China."

Mr. Jun Zou, Chief Financial Officer, added, "The increases in both net revenues and net income for the first quarter of 2018 demonstrate our ability to drive consistent revenue and profit growth by leveraging our solid expansion plan for both core and new businesses, as well as efficient cost control. Looking ahead to the remainder of the year, we will continue to strengthen the foundation of our business by focusing on planned strategic initiatives, prudent investment and value creation to capture the large and growing number of opportunities in the market."

Overview of Key Financial Results for First Quarter 2018

Key Financial Results

(In RMB Millions except for per share data)

1Q2017

1Q2018

% Change

Net Revenues

1,206.8

1,288.1

6.7%

Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc.

327.4

482.8

47.5%

Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc.[2]

367.2

520.0

41.6%

Diluted Earnings Per Share[3]

2.80

4.05

44.6%

 

[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 First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues in the first quarter of 2018 were RMB1,288.1 million ($205.3 million) compared to RMB1,206.8 million in the corresponding period of 2017.

  • Media services revenues increased 20.3% to RMB584.2 million ($93.1 million) from RMB485.6 million in the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was mainly attributable to an increase in average revenue per automaker advertiser as automakers continue to allocate a greater portion of their advertising budgets to Autohome, with increasingly diversified and optimized portfolio of products being offered. 
  • Leads generation services revenues increased 30.6% to RMB610.8 million ($97.4 million) from RMB467.6 million in the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to a 17.6% 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 were RMB93.1 million ($14.8 million) compared to RMB253.6 million in the corresponding period of 2017. This was a result of the Company's strategy to de-emphasize direct vehicle sales and focus on facilitating transactions. Online marketplace and others revenues in the first quarter of 2018 consisted of revenues related to new car and used car marketplace, auto-financing business, data products and others. Excluding the revenues from direct vehicle sales, online marketplace and others would have increased substantially to RMB93.1 million ($14.8 million) from RMB18.5 million in the corresponding period of 2017. 

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues decreased 58.1% to RMB146.1 million ($23.3 million) from RMB348.8 million in the corresponding period of 2017, primarily due to a decrease in cost of goods sold related to direct vehicle sales. Excluding the cost of direct vehicle sales, cost of revenues would have increased 24.3% to RMB146.1 million ($23.3 million) from RMB117.6 million in the corresponding period of 2017. In addition, cost of revenues included share-based compensation expenses of RMB1.1 million ($0.2 million) during the first quarter of 2018, compared to RMB4.1 million for the corresponding period of 2017.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses increased 24.0% to RMB689.7 million ($110.0 million) from RMB556.4 million in the corresponding period of 2017. This 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 increased 29.9% to RMB398.0 million ($63.5 million) in the first quarter of 2018, compared to RMB306.3 million in the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in offline execution and branding expenses as well as salaries and benefits. Sales and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2018 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB11.5 million ($1.8 million), compared with RMB10.7 million in the corresponding period of 2017.
  • General and administrative expenses increased 4.1% to RMB62.9 million ($10.0 million) from RMB60.4 million in the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in share-based compensation expenses. General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2018 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB12.2 million ($1.9 million), compared with RMB9.3 million in the corresponding period of 2017.
  • Product development expenses increased 20.6% to RMB228.8 million ($36.5 million) from RMB189.7 million in the corresponding period of 2017. This increase was primarily attributable to an increase in salaries and benefits associated with growth in product development headcount, which is in line with the Company's strategy of strengthening its technology and big data analysis capabilities. Product development expenses for the first quarter of 2018 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB11.3 million ($1.8 million), compared with RMB14.5 million in the corresponding period of 2017.

Operating Profit

Operating profit increased 46.4% to RMB523.2 million ($83.4 million) from RMB357.4 million in the corresponding period of 2017.

Income tax expense

Income tax expense increased 51.1% to RMB103.9 million ($16.6 million) in the first quarter of 2018, from RMB68.8 million in the corresponding period of 2017, primarily attributable to an increase in taxable income.

Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. and EPS

Net income attributable to Autohome Inc. increased 47.5% to RMB482.8 million ($77.0 million) from RMB327.4 million in the corresponding period of 2017. Basic and diluted earnings per share and per ADS ("EPS") were RMB4.11 ($0.66) and RMB4.05 ($0.65), respectively, compared with basic and diluted EPS in the corresponding period of 2017 of RMB2.83 and RMB2.80, respectively.

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

Adjusted net income attributable to Autohome Inc., defined as net income attributable to Autohome Inc. excluding share-based compensation expenses and amortization expenses of intangible assets related to acquisitions, increased 41.6% to RMB520.0 million ($82.9 million) from RMB367.2 million in the corresponding period of 2017. Non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS were RMB4.43 ($0.71) and RMB4.36 ($0.70), respectively, compared with non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS in the corresponding period of 2017 of RMB3.18 and RMB3.13, respectively.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of March 31, 2018, the Company had cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of RMB7,963.6 million ($1,269.6 million). Net cash provided by operating activities in the first quarter of 2018 was RMB421.4 million ($67.2 million), compared with RMB485.9 million in the corresponding period of 2017.

Employees

The Company had 3,977 employees as of March 31, 2018.

Business Outlook

Autohome currently expects to generate net revenues in the range of RMB1,780 million ($283.8 million) to RMB1,800 million ($287.0 million) in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, representing a 25.2% to 26.6% year-over-year increase. If excluding direct vehicle sales, this represents a 29.6% to 31.1% 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 from presentation of value-added tax on 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 RMB1,950 million ($310.8 million) to RMB1,970 million ($314.1 million) in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 8, 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:           84101341#

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 May 14, 2018:

United States:   +1-646-982-0473
International:     +61-2-8325-2405
Passcode:         319289894#

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
Fang Liu
Tel: +86-10-5985-7482
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.
Alan Wang
Tel: +1-212-481-2050
E-mail: autohome@tpg-ir.com

AUTOHOME INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Amount in thousands, except per share data)










  For three months ended March 31[4],  


2017


2018



 RMB 


 RMB 


 US$ 



 (Unaudited)


 (Unaudited)


  (Unaudited)


 Net revenues 







 Media services

515,682


584,150


93,127


 Leads generation services 

537,987


610,830


97,381


 Online marketplace and others

294,692


93,074


14,838


 Total net revenues 

1,348,361


1,288,054


205,346









 Cost of revenues 

(444,593)


(146,141)


(23,298)


 Gross profit 

903,768


1,141,913


182,048









 Operating expenses 







 Sales and marketing expenses 

(306,328)


(398,032)


(63,456)


 General and administrative expenses 

(60,381)


(62,880)


(10,025)


 Product development expenses 

(189,726)


(228,790)


(36,475)


Total operating expenses

(556,435)


(689,702)


(109,956)


 Other income, net

10,116


70,996


11,318


Operating profit 

357,449


523,207


83,410









 Interest income

38,890


64,042


10,210


 Loss from equity method investments

(2,619)


(1,890)


(301)


Income before income taxes 

393,720


585,359


93,319









 Income tax expense

(68,785)


(103,905)


(16,565)


Net income  

324,935


481,454


76,754


 Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

2,482


1,329


212


Net income attributable to Autohome Inc.

327,417


482,783


76,966


Earnings per share for ordinary shares  







 Basic  

2.83


4.11


0.66


 Diluted  

2.80


4.05


0.65









Weighted average shares used to compute earnings per share














Basic 

115,578,134


117,323,795


117,323,795


Diluted

117,132,322


119,164,166


119,164,166









Other comprehensive income attributable to Autohome Inc., net of tax of nil







Foreign currency translation adjustments 

(5,488)


(24,844)


(3,961)


Comprehensive income attributable to Autohome Inc.

321,929


457,939


73,005


 

[4] The operating results for the first quarter of 2017 has 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 first quarter of 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 March 31,


2017


2018


RMB


RMB


US$


 (Unaudited) 


 (Unaudited) 


 (Unaudited) 







Net income attributable to Autohome Inc.

327,417


482,783


76,966

Plus: income tax expense

68,785


103,905


16,565

Plus: depreciation of property and equipment

19,616


21,263


3,390

Plus: amortization of intangible assets

1,145


2,904


463

EBITDA

416,963


610,855


97,384

Plus: share-based compensation
expenses

38,653


36,035


5,745

Adjusted EBITDA

455,616


646,890


103,129







Net income attributable to Autohome Inc.

327,417


482,783


76,966

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

1,138


1,138


181

Plus: share-based compensation expenses

38,653


36,035


5,745

Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc.

367,208


519,956


82,892







Non-GAAP Earnings per share for ordinary shares 






Basic

3.18


4.43


0.71

Diluted

3.13


4.36


0.70







Weighted average shares used to compute earnings per share












Basic  

115,578,134


117,323,795


117,323,795

Diluted  

117,132,322


119,164,166


119,164,166







 

AUTOHOME INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Amount in thousands, except as noted)



As of December 31,


As of March 31,



2017


2018



RMB


RMB


US$



(Audited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

ASSETS







Current assets







Cash and cash equivalents


911,588


833,897


132,943

Short-term investments


7,242,636


7,129,721


1,136,645

Accounts and notes receivable, net


1,893,737


1,726,995


275,324

Amounts due from related parties, current


24,502


45,956


7,326

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


186,123


360,132


57,414

Total current assets


10,258,586


10,096,701


1,609,652

Non-current assets







Restricted cash, non-current


-


5,000


797

Property and equipment, net


130,322


115,088


18,348

Goodwill and intangible assets, net


1,555,201


1,552,298


247,473

Long-term investments


147,929


146,046


23,283

Deferred tax assets


174,620


166,552


26,552

Other non-current assets


28,317


25,531


4,070

Total non-current assets


2,036,389


2,010,515


320,523

Total assets


12,294,975


12,107,216


1,930,175








LIABILITIES AND EQUITY






Current liabilities







Accrued expenses and other payables

1,658,934


1,527,341


243,494

Advance from customers


70,454


59,895


9,549

Deferred revenue


1,409,485


1,438,085


229,265

Income tax payable


144,379


155,687


24,820

Amounts due to related parties


10,285


10,400


1,658

Dividends payable


595,779


-


-

Total current liabilities


3,889,316


3,191,408


508,786

Non-current liabilities







Other liabilities


32,122


32,122


5,121

Deferred tax liabilities


438,251


448,264


71,464

Total non-current liabilities


470,373


480,386


76,585

Total liabilities


4,359,689


3,671,794


585,371








Equity







Total Autohome Inc. Shareholders' equity


7,951,637


8,453,102


1,347,623

Noncontrolling interests


(16,351)


(17,680)


(2,819)

Total equity


7,935,286


8,435,422


1,344,804

Total liabilities and equity

12,294,975


12,107,216


1,930,175









 

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