Autohome Inc. Announces Unaudited 2022 Third Quarter Financial Results - SC

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BEIJING, Nov. 3, 2022 /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 ended September 30, 2022.

Third Quarter 2022 Highlights[1] 

  • Net Revenues in the third quarter of 2022 were RMB1,843.3 million (US$259.1 million), compared to RMB1,763.8 million in the corresponding period of 2021.
  • Net Income attributable to Autohome in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB507.8 million (US$71.4 million), compared to RMB521.7 million in the corresponding period of 2021, and net income attributable to ordinary shareholders in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB495.4 million (US$69.6 million), compared to RMB511.0 million in the corresponding period of 2021.
  • Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome (Non-GAAP)[2] in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB590.0 million (US$82.9 million), compared to RMB583.3 million in the corresponding period of 2021.

[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 ("US$"). Unless otherwise noted, all conversions from RMB to US$ are translated at the noon buying rate of US$1.00 RMB7.1135 on September 30, 2022 in the City of New York for cable transfers of RMB as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted into US$ 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.

Update on the Share Repurchase Program 

On November 18, 2021, Autohome's board of directors (the "Board") authorized a share repurchase program ("Share Repurchase Program") under which the Company may repurchase up to US$200 million of its American depositary shares ("ADSs") over the next twelve months. As of October 31, 2022, the Company has repurchased 3,510,062 ADSs for a total cost of approximately US$106.3 million. On November 3, 2022, the Board authorized an extension of the term of the Share Repurchase Program for another twelve months to November 17, 2023.

 

Mr. Quan Long, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Autohome, stated, "We are pleased to report strong quarterly results, with total revenues growing by 4.5% year-over-year to RMB1.84 billion, driven by the ongoing rebound of our traditional business since the beginning of 2022. Notably, media service revenues increased by 28% compared to the same period last year while our new business continued to expand on pace with our projections, demonstrating both our sustained recovery momentum and resilience across our business lines. More excitingly, in early September, we officially unveiled our brand-new retail model, Autohome Energy Space, with the opening of our first offline experience store in Shanghai. This significant milestone accomplishment reflects our business model's evolution and provides users with a much better purchase experience while deepening our relationship with new energy vehicle ("NEV") brands, creating a win-win for all stakeholders. Looking ahead, we will continue to uphold Autohome's unwavering spirit of innovation, and constantly use the power of technology to reshape user experience, enhance our customers' digital capabilities and promote the development of the industry. We believe that our diverse services, deep understanding of the industry and brilliant innovation will bring compelling new value to our users, customers and the entire automotive industry."

Mr. Craig Yan Zeng, Chief Financial Officer of Autohome, added, "Autohome demonstrated robust upward momentum in the third quarter despite ongoing challenges, with encouraging signs of recovery across our businesses. In September 2022, our aggregated average daily active users grew by 13.4% year-over-year to 49.56 million, according to QuestMobile, marking our fifth straight month of accelerating growth. Meanwhile, revenues from NEV brands continued to grow vigorously on a year-over-year basis, significantly outperforming the growth rate of the NEV market overall. We are also inspired by the sustained popularity of our data products, with the number of our dealer customers in the third quarter increasing by 16% year-over-year. In addition, for the first nine months of 2022, the average revenue per dealer store and the average number of data products adopted by each dealer store increased by 20% and 31% compared to the prior year period, respectively, augmenting their ongoing contribution to the acceleration of industry-wide digitalization. Moving forward, we are confident that our healthy balance sheet and solid profitability will support our new strategic initiatives as we strive to capture the industry's immense opportunities and achieve high-quality development."

Unaudited Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues in the third quarter of 2022 were RMB1,843.3 million (US$259.1 million), compared to RMB1,763.8 million in the corresponding period of 2021.               

  • Media services revenues were RMB555.7 million (US$78.1 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB434.1 million in the corresponding period of 2021, primarily attributable to the increase in average revenue per automaker advertiser, who increased their advertising spending due to the easing of the global chip shortage.
  • Leads generation services revenues were RMB809.1 million (US$113.7 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB768.4 million in the corresponding period of 2021. The increase was primarily due to the growth of average revenue per dealer.
  • Online marketplace and others revenues were RMB478.5 million (US$67.3 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB561.2 million in the corresponding period of 2021, primarily attributable to automakers' decreased spending on data products.

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues was RMB330.7 million (US$46.5 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB281.2 million in the corresponding period of 2021. The increase was primarily attributable to the continuous investment in content. Share-based compensation expense included in cost of revenues in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB2.2 million (US$0.3 million), compared to RMB6.4 million in the corresponding period of 2021.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were RMB1,385.8 million (US$194.8 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB1,187.0 million in the corresponding period of 2021.

  • Sales and marketing expenses were RMB862.6 million (US$121.3 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB712.2 million in the corresponding period of 2021. The increase was primarily attributable to the escalation of marketing and promotional spending. Share-based compensation expense included in sales and marketing expenses in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB9.5 million (US$1.3 million), compared to RMB14.7 million in the corresponding period of 2021.
  • General and administrative expenses were RMB136.4 million (US$19.2 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB110.7 million in the corresponding period of 2021. Share-based compensation expense included in general and administrative expenses in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB10.9 million (US$1.5 million), compared to RMB9.6 million in the corresponding period of 2021.
  • Product development expenses were RMB386.8 million (US$54.4 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB364.0 million in the corresponding period of 2021. The increase was primarily attributable to greater investment in research and development activities for digital products. Share-based compensation expense included in product development expenses in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB23.9 million (US$3.4 million), compared to RMB23.6 million in the corresponding period of 2021.

Operating Profit

Operating profit was RMB191.7 million (US$27.0 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB365.1 million in the corresponding period of 2021. 

Income Tax Benefit/Expense

There was an income tax benefit of RMB180.8 million (US$25.4 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to an income tax expense of RMB18.2 million in the corresponding period of 2021. The income tax benefit was primarily attributable to the tax filing adjustments of 2021, which was mainly benefit from the PRC preferential income tax rate and tax holiday of certain subsidiaries.

Net Income Attributable to Autohome

Net income attributable to Autohome was RMB507.8 million (US$71.4 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB521.7 million in the corresponding period of 2021.

Net Income Attributable to Ordinary Shareholders and Earnings per Share/ADS

Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB495.4 million (US$69.6 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB511.0 million in the corresponding period of 2021. Basic and diluted earnings per share ("EPS") were RMB0.99 (US$0.14) and RMB0.99 (US$0.14), respectively, in the third quarter of 2022, as compared to basic and diluted EPS of RMB1.01 and RMB1.01, respectively, in the corresponding period of 2021. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB3.98 (US$0.56) and RMB3.97 (US$0.56), respectively, in the third quarter of 2022, as compared to basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB4.04 and RMB4.04, respectively, in the corresponding period of 2021.

Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Autohome (Non-GAAP) and Non-GAAP Earnings per Share/ADS

Adjusted net income attributable to Autohome (Non-GAAP) was RMB590.0 million (US$82.9 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB583.3 million in the corresponding period of 2021. Non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS were RMB1.18 (US$0.17) and RMB1.18 (US$0.17), respectively, in the third quarter of 2022, as compared to non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS of RMB1.15 and RMB1.15, respectively, in the corresponding period of 2021. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB4.73 (US$0.67) and RMB4.72 (US$0.66), respectively, in the third quarter of 2022, as compared to non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB4.61 and RMB4.61, respectively, in the corresponding period of 2021.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of September 30, 2022, the Company had cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of RMB21.34 billion (US$2,999.4 million). Net cash provided by operating activities in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB540.7 million (US$76.0 million).

Employees

The Company had 5,518 employees as of September 30, 2022, including 2,086 employees from TTP Car, Inc.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on Thursday, November 3, 2022 (8:00 PM Beijing Time on the same day).

Please register in advance of the conference using the registration link provided below. Upon registering, each participant will receive a set of participant dial-in numbers and a personal PIN, which will be used to join the conference call.

Registration Link: https://register.vevent.com/register/BIbd7a8d59117e423bb183d840fcaef0d0 

Please use the conference access information to join the call ten minutes before the call is scheduled to begin.

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

About Autohome

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, Non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS and earnings per ADS, Adjusted net margin and Adjusted EBITDA as non-GAAP financial measures. We define Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome as net income attributable to Autohome excluding share-based compensation expenses, amortization of intangible assets resulting from business acquisition, investment loss relating to non-operating impact of a write-down of the initial investment in a financial product, and (gain)/loss pickup of equity method investments, with all the reconciliation items adjusted for related income tax effects. We define non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS as Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome divided by the basic and diluted weighted average number of ordinary shares. We define non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS as Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome divided by the basic and diluted weighted average number of ADSs. We define Adjusted net margin as Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome divided by total net revenues. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income attributable to Autohome 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 non-cash charges or items that are non-operating in nature. The use of the above non-GAAP financial measures has certain limitations as they excluded certain items that have been and will continue to be incurred in the future, but such items 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
Sterling Song
Investor Relations Director  
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 September 30,

 

2021

 

2022

 

 RMB 

 

 RMB 

 

 US$ 

 

 (Unaudited)

 

 (Unaudited)

 

  (Unaudited)

           

Net revenues: 

         

Media services

434,102

 

555,745

 

78,125

Leads generation services 

768,412

 

809,076

 

113,738

Online marketplace and others

561,249

 

478,466

 

67,262

Total net revenues 

1,763,763

 

1,843,287

 

259,125

Cost of revenues 

(281,212)

 

(330,661)

 

(46,484)

Gross profit 

1,482,551

 

1,512,626

 

212,641

           

Operating expenses: 

         

Sales and marketing expenses 

(712,196)

 

(862,622)

 

(121,265)

General and administrative expenses 

(110,748)

 

(136,387)

 

(19,173)

Product development expenses 

(364,029)

 

(386,750)

 

(54,368)

Total operating expenses

(1,186,973)

 

(1,385,759)

 

(194,806)

Other operating income, net

69,506

 

64,879

 

9,121

Operating profit 

365,084

 

191,746

 

26,956

           

Interest and investment income, net

152,307

 

152,858

 

21,488

Loss from equity method investments, net

(102)

 

(15,739)

 

(2,213)

Income before income taxes 

517,289

 

328,865

 

46,231

Income tax (expense)/benefit

(18,204)

 

180,842

 

25,422

Net income  

499,085

 

509,707

 

71,653

Net loss/(income) attributable to noncontrolling
     interests

22,635

 

(1,863)

 

(262)

Net income attributable to Autohome

521,720

 

507,844

 

71,391

Accretion of mezzanine equity

(24,445)

 

(35,565)

 

(5,000)

Accretion attributable to noncontrolling interests

13,763

 

23,157

 

3,255

Net income attributable to ordinary
     shareholders

511,038

 

495,436

 

69,646

           

Earnings per share for ordinary shares  

         

Basic  

1.01

 

0.99

 

0.14

Diluted  

1.01

 

0.99

 

0.14

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

         

Basic  

4.04

 

3.98

 

0.56

Diluted  

4.04

 

3.97

 

0.56

           

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

         
           

Basic  

505,628,316

 

498,413,636

 

498,413,636

Diluted

505,851,862

 

499,473,616

 

499,473,616

 

 

AUTOHOME INC.

RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP AND GAAP RESULTS

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

           
 

 For three months ended September 30,

 

2021

 

2022

 

 RMB 

 

 RMB 

 

 US$ 

 

 (Unaudited)

 

 (Unaudited)

 

  (Unaudited)

           

Net income attributable to
     Autohome

521,720

 

507,844

 

71,391

Plus: income tax expense/(benefit)

19,914

 

(179,501)

 

(25,234)

Plus: depreciation of property and
     equipment

56,550

 

55,522

 

7,805

Plus: amortization of intangible assets

9,538

 

10,845

 

1,525

EBITDA

607,722

 

394,710

 

55,487

Plus: share-based compensation
     expenses

54,276

 

46,498

 

6,537

Adjusted EBITDA

661,998

 

441,208

 

62,024

           

Net income attributable to Autohome

521,720

 

507,844

 

71,391

Plus: amortization of intangible assets
     resulting from business acquisition

8,259

 

10,722

 

1,507

Plus: share-based compensation expenses

54,276

 

46,498

 

6,537

Plus: investment loss arising from one
     of financial products[3]

-

 

14,823

 

2,084

Plus: loss on equity method
     investments, net

102

 

15,739

 

2,213

Plus: tax effects of the adjustments

(1,090)

 

(5,647)

 

(794)

Adjusted net income attributable to
     Autohome

583,267

 

589,979

 

82,938

           

Net income attributable to
     Autohome

521,720

 

507,844

 

71,391

Net margin

29.6 %

 

27.6 %

 

27.6 %

Adjusted net income attributable to
     Autohome

583,267

 

589,979

 

82,938

Adjusted net margin

33.1 %

 

32.0 %

 

32.0 %

           

Non-GAAP earnings per share 

         

Basic

1.15

 

1.18

 

0.17

Diluted

1.15

 

1.18

 

0.17

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

         

Basic

4.61

 

4.73

 

0.67

Diluted

4.61

 

4.72

 

0.66

           

Weighted average shares used to
     compute non-GAAP earnings per
     share:

         
           

Basic  

505,628,316

 

498,413,636

 

498,413,636

Diluted  

505,851,862

 

499,473,616

 

499,473,616

           

[3] It represented the loss of an overdue financial product with fair value below its initial investment in the third quarter of 2022, which was
recognized at "interest and investment income, net". The impact was considered to be not directly related to the Company's operating
activities.

 

 

AUTOHOME INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(Amount in thousands, except as noted)

           
 

As of

December 31,

 

As of September 30,

 

2021

 

2022

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

(Audited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

         

Current assets

         

Cash and cash equivalents

4,236,501

 

4,900,319

 

688,876

Restricted Cash

89,855

 

10,302

 

1,448

Short-term investments

16,496,267

 

16,435,973

 

2,310,533

Accounts receivable, net

2,139,471

 

1,518,125

 

213,415

Amounts due from related parties, current

83,376

 

56,568

 

7,952

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

280,248

 

391,750

 

55,071

Total current assets

23,325,718

 

23,313,037

 

3,277,295

Non-current assets

         

Restricted cash, non-current

5,200

 

5,000

 

703

Property and equipment, net

381,496

 

278,578

 

39,162

Goodwill and intangible assets, net

4,428,822

 

4,370,414

 

614,383

Long-term investments

70,720

 

432,937

 

60,861

Deferred tax assets

176,138

 

215,369

 

30,276

Amounts due from related parties, non-current

7,529

 

10,763

 

1,513

Other non-current assets

133,383

 

149,808

 

21,060

Total non-current assets

5,203,288

 

5,462,869

 

767,958

Total assets

28,529,006

 

28,775,906

 

4,045,253

           

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

         

Current liabilities

         

Accrued expenses and other payables

2,044,597

 

2,395,802

 

336,797

Advance from customers

123,370

 

86,110

 

12,105

Deferred revenue

1,553,013

 

793,646

 

111,569

Income tax payable

233,342

 

57,614

 

8,099

Amounts due to related parties

31,897

 

25,357

 

3,565

Total current liabilities

3,986,219

 

3,358,529

 

472,135

Non-current liabilities

         

Other liabilities

28,619

 

60,006

 

8,436

Deferred tax liabilities

576,798

 

547,878

 

77,019

Total non-current liabilities

605,417

 

607,884

 

85,455

Total liabilities

4,591,636

 

3,966,413

 

557,590

           

MEZZANINE EQUITY

         

Convertible redeemable noncontrolling interests

1,468,029

 

1,567,852

 

220,405

           

EQUITY

         

Total Autohome shareholders' equity

22,754,419

 

23,623,716

 

3,320,969

Noncontrolling interests

(285,078)

 

(382,075)

 

(53,711)

Total equity

22,469,341

 

23,241,641

 

3,267,258

Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and equity

28,529,006

 

28,775,906

 

4,045,253

 

 

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