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HUYA Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2020 Unaudited Financial Results

Published : Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 5:00 pm
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GUANGZHOU, China, Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- HUYA Inc. ("Huya" or the "Company") (NYSE: HUYA), a leading game live streaming platform in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Third Quarter 2020 Highlights

  • Total net revenues for the third quarter of 2020 increased by 24.3% to RMB2,814.8 million (US$414.6 million), from RMB2,265.1 million for the same period of 2019.
  • Net income attributable to HUYA Inc. was RMB253.0 million (US$37.3 million) for the third quarter of 2020, representing an increase of 105.3% from RMB123.2 million for the same period of 2019.
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to HUYA Inc.[1] was RMB361.2 million (US$53.2 million) for the third quarter of 2020, representing an increase of 75.0% from RMB206.4 million for the same period of 2019.
  • Average mobile MAUs[2] of Huya Live in the third quarter of 2020 reached 74.2 million, representing an increase of 16.3% from 63.8 million in the third quarter of 2019.
  • Average MAUs[3] of Huya Live in the third quarter of 2020 reached 172.9 million, representing an increase of 18.3% from 146.1 million in the third quarter of 2019.
  • Total number of paying users[4] of Huya Live in the third quarter of 2020 reached 6.0 million, representing an increase of 13.2% from 5.3 million in the third quarter of 2019.

[1] "Non-GAAP net income attributable to HUYA Inc." is defined as net income attributable to HUYA Inc. before share-based compensation expenses, gain on fair value change of investments, and income tax effects on non-GAAP adjustments. For more information, refer to "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and "Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" at the end of this press release.

[2] Refers to average monthly active users on our mobile apps. Average mobile MAUs for any period is calculated by dividing (i) the sum of active users on our mobile apps for each month during such relevant period, by (ii) the number of months during such relevant period.

[3] Refers to average monthly active users on our platform. Average MAUs for any period is calculated by dividing (i) the sum of active users on our platform for each month during such relevant period, by (ii) the number of months during such relevant period.

[4] Refers to the sum of user accounts that purchased various products and services on our platform at least once during such relevant period.

"Despite a relatively shorter summer vacation period due to the impact of COVID-19 in China, we were still able to increase our user base by offering enriched content and enhanced experience, as well as through our deepened collaboration with Tencent," said Mr. Rongjie Dong, Chief Executive Officer of Huya. "In the third quarter of 2020, average MAUs of Huya Live reached 172.9 million. The continued user growth momentum sets a solid foundation for the strengthening of user engagement and incremental monetization opportunities."

"We are also excited about the opportunities that lie ahead of us with the potential merger with DouYu. We believe the potential combination will allow us to build on our complementary strengths, achieve significant synergies, and create more value for our users, our business partners and our shareholders," concluded Mr. Dong.

Ms. Catherine Liu, Chief Financial Officer of Huya, commented, "While driving significant user growth, we have also been able to achieve improving financial results in the third quarter of 2020. Our total net revenues and gross profit increased year-over-year by 24.3% and 52.7%, respectively. Our operating margin increased to 7.9% in the third quarter of 2020, substantially improved from 2.8% in the third quarter of 2019, while our non-GAAP operating margin increased to 11.8%, compared to 6.5% in the third quarter of 2019. With such strong operating leverage, we have confidence that we can execute on the many opportunities ahead of us."

Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Total net revenues for the third quarter of 2020 increased by 24.3% to RMB2,814.8 million (US$414.6 million), from RMB2,265.1 million for the same period of 2019.

Live streaming revenues increased by 23.2% to RMB2,657.2 million (US$391.4 million) for the third quarter of 2020, from RMB2,156.1 million for the same period of 2019, primarily due to the increase in the number of paying users and the average spending per paying user on Huya Live. The increase in the number of paying users was primarily driven by the Company's overall user growth. The increase in the average spending per paying user was primarily driven by the enrichment and enhancement of content, products and services.

Advertising and other revenues increased by 44.6% to RMB157.6 million (US$23.2 million) for the third quarter of 2020, from RMB109.0 million for the same period of 2019, primarily driven by the increasing and diversifying advertiser base, mainly attributable to strengthened recognition of Huya's brand name in China's online advertising market.

Cost of revenues increased by 18.0% to RMB2,194.3 million (US$323.2 million) for the third quarter of 2020 from RMB1,858.8 million for the same period of 2019, primarily attributable to the increase in revenue sharing fees and content costs, and personnel-related costs.

Revenue sharing fees and content costs increased by 21.1% to RMB1,826.7 million (US$269.0 million) for the third quarter of 2020 from RMB1,508.9 million for the same period of 2019, primarily due to the increase in revenue sharing fees in relation to higher live streaming revenues, and increased spending in content creators, e-sports and self-produced content. The year-over-year increase was partially offset by benefits from economies of scale.

Bandwidth costs decreased by 1.4% to RMB207.6 million (US$30.6 million) for the third quarter of 2020 from RMB210.5 million for the same period of 2019, primarily due to improved management in bandwidth costs and continued technology enhancement efforts.

Gross profit increased by 52.7% to RMB620.6 million (US$91.4 million) for the third quarter of 2020 from RMB406.3 million for the same period of 2019. Gross margin increased to 22.0% for the third quarter of 2020 from 17.9% for the same period of 2019.

Research and development expenses increased by 35.4% to RMB182.7 million (US$26.9 million) for the third quarter of 2020 from RMB135.0 million for the same period of 2019, mainly attributable to increased personnel-related expenses.

Sales and marketing expenses increased by 17.6% to RMB143.8 million (US$21.2 million) for the third quarter of 2020 from RMB122.3 million for the same period of 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to the increased marketing expenses in the summer to promote the Company's content, products, services and brand name, as well as increased personnel-related expenses. 

General and administrative expenses increased by 23.3% to RMB118.7 million (US$17.5 million) for the third quarter of 2020 from RMB96.3 million for the same period of 2019, mainly due to the increased professional fees associated with the Company's ongoing merger process with DouYu International Holdings Limited ("DouYu") (NASDAQ: DOYU).

Operating income increased by 249.0% to RMB222.9 million (US$32.8 million) for the third quarter of 2020 from RMB63.9 million for the same period of 2019. Operating margin increased to 7.9% for the third quarter of 2020 from 2.8% for the same period of 2019.

Non-GAAP operating income, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, increased by 125.2% to RMB331.1 million (US$48.8 million) for the third quarter of 2020 from RMB147.0 million for the same period of 2019. Non-GAAP operating margin increased to 11.8% for the third quarter of 2020 from 6.5% for the same period of 2019.

Income tax expenses increased by 81.7% to RMB50.7 million (US$7.5 million) for the third quarter of 2020 from RMB27.9 million for the same period of 2019.

Net income attributable to HUYA Inc. for the third quarter of 2020 increased by 105.3% to RMB253.0 million (US$37.3 million), from RMB123.2 million for the same period of 2019.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to HUYA Inc. for the third quarter of 2020, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, increased by 75.0% to RMB361.2 million (US$53.2 million), from RMB206.4 million for the same period of 2019.

Diluted net income per American depositary share ("ADS") was RMB1.05 (US$0.15) for the third quarter of 2020, compared with RMB0.52 for the same period of 2019. Each ADS represents one Class A ordinary share of the Company.

Non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS was RMB1.50 (US$0.22) for the third quarter of 2020, compared with RMB0.87 for the same period of 2019.

Balance Sheets and Cash Flow

As of September 30, 2020, the Company had cash and cash equivalents, short-term deposits and short-term investments of RMB10,798.3 million (US$1,590.4 million), compared with RMB10,745.1 million as of June 30, 2020. The increase was primarily due to net cash provided by operating activities of RMB133.8 million (US$19.7 million) for the third quarter of 2020.

Recent Updates

On October 12, 2020, the Company and DouYu jointly announced that they had entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Merger Agreement") with Tiger Company Ltd., a direct wholly owned subsidiary of Huya, and, solely for the limited purposes set forth therein, Nectarine Investment Limited ("Tencent"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tencent Holdings Limited. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, Huya will acquire all the outstanding shares of DouYu, including ordinary shares represented by ADSs, through a stock-for-stock merger (the "Merger"). At the effective time of the Merger, each ordinary share of DouYu will be cancelled in exchange for the right to receive 7.30 Class A ordinary shares of Huya, and each DouYu ADS will be cancelled in exchange for the right to receive 0.73 Huya ADS. If the Merger is completed, the shareholders of Huya and DouYu immediately prior to the Merger, respectively, will each hold approximately 50% shares of the combined company on a fully diluted basis.

Concurrently with the execution of the Merger Agreement, DouYu and Tencent entered into a Reassignment Agreement, pursuant to which Tencent will assign its interests in the game live streaming business operated by the Tencent group under the "Penguin e-Sports" brand (the "Penguin Business") to DouYu and deepen its business cooperation with DouYu in order to integrate the Penguin Business with the business of the combined Huya and DouYu upon the Merger, for a total consideration of US$500 million.

The Merger, which is currently expected to close during the first half of 2021, is subject to customary closing conditions. There can be no assurance that the Merger will be completed during the first half of 2021 or at all.

Huya also announced that its board of directors approved a cash dividend in an aggregate amount of US$200 million to be paid on or around the date of the closing of the Merger to the holders of ordinary shares of Huya, including the holders of Huya ADSs, as of the close of business on certain record date after the date when the required DouYu shareholder approval is obtained and prior to the closing of the Merger. Such record date and payment date will be designated by Huya's authorized officer and will be announced in due course.

In connection with the proposed merger transaction pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, Huya has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form F-4 that includes a proxy statement of DouYu that also constitutes a prospectus of Huya relating to ordinary shares and ADSs of Huya to be offered as merger consideration in the Merger. Huya and DouYu urge investors and security holders to read the proxy statement/prospectus and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC carefully and in their entirety, because they will contain important information about Huya, DouYu, the Penguin Business and the Merger. Investors and security holders may obtain the registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC free of charge at the SEC's website, www.sec.gov.

On November 11, 2020, the Company obtained the usage right to a piece of land with an area of approximately 29,258 square meters in Foshan City, Guangdong Province, through a public auction. The Company's winning bid price was approximately RMB310 million. The Company intends to develop office space on the land in order to accommodate future work force expansion and reduce long term operating costs and expenses.

Conference Call

The Company's management will host an earnings conference call at 7:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time on November 11, 2020 (8:00 p.m. Beijing/Hong Kong time on November 11, 2020).

For participants who wish to join the call, please complete online registration using the link provided below at least 20 minutes prior to the scheduled call start time. Upon registration, participants will receive the conference call access information, including dial-in numbers, Direct Event passcode, a unique registrant ID and an e-mail with detailed instructions to join the conference call.

Participant Online Registration: https://apac.directeventreg.com/registration/event/6564986

Once complete the registration, please dial-in at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of the earnings call and enter the Direct Event passcode and registrant ID as instructed to connect to the call.

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's investor relations website at https://ir.huya.com.

A replay of the conference call will be accessible approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live call until November 18, 2020, by dialing the following telephone numbers:

United States:

+1-646-254-3697

International:

+61-2-8199-0299

Hong Kong, China:

+852-3051-2780

Replay Access Code:

6564986

About HUYA Inc.

HUYA Inc. is a leading game live streaming platform in China with a large and active game live streaming community. The Company cooperates with e-sports event organizers, as well as major game developers and publishers, and has developed e-sports live streaming as one of the most popular content genres on its platform. The Company has created an engaged, interactive and immersive community for game enthusiasts of China's young generation. Building on its success in game live streaming, Huya has also extended its content to other entertainment content genres. Huya's open platform also functions as a marketplace for broadcasters and talent agencies to congregate and closely collaborate with the Company.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The unaudited condensed consolidated financial information is prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP"), except that the consolidated statement of changes in shareholders' equity, consolidated statements of cash flows, and the detailed notes have not been presented. Huya uses non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income attributable to HUYA Inc., non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders, and non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per ADS, which are non-GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP gross profit is gross profit excluding share-based compensation expenses allocated in cost of revenues. Non-GAAP operating income is operating income excluding share-based compensation expenses. Non-GAAP net income attributable to HUYA Inc. is net income attributable to HUYA Inc. excluding share-based compensation expenses, gain on fair value change of investments, and income tax effects on non-GAAP adjustments. Non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders is net income attributable to ordinary shareholders excluding share-based compensation expenses, gain on fair value change of investments, and income tax effects on non-GAAP adjustments. Non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per ADS is non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the calculation of non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per ADS. The Company believes that separate analysis and exclusion of the non-cash impact of (i) share-based compensation expenses, (ii) gain on fair value change of investments, and (iii) income tax effects on non-GAAP adjustments add clarity to the constituent parts of its performance. The Company reviews these non-GAAP financial measures together with GAAP financial measures to obtain a better understanding of its operating performance. It uses the non-GAAP financial measure for planning, forecasting and measuring results against the forecast. The Company believes that non-GAAP financial measure is useful supplemental information for investors and analysts to assess its operating performance without the non-cash effect of (i) share-based compensation expenses, which have been and will continue to be significant recurring expenses in its business, and (ii) gain on fair value change of investments and (iii) income tax effects on non-GAAP adjustments, which both may recur when there is observable price change in the future. However, the use of non-GAAP financial measures has material limitations as an analytical tool. One of the limitations of using non-GAAP financial measures is that they do not include all items that impact the Company's net income for the period. In addition, because non-GAAP financial measures are not measured in the same manner by all companies, they may not be comparable to other similar titled measures used by other companies. In light of the foregoing limitations, you should not consider non-GAAP financial measure in isolation from or as an alternative to the financial measure prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "HUYA Inc. Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" near the end of this release.

Exchange Rate Information

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at a specified rate solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to U.S. dollars are made at a rate of RMB6.7896 to US$1.00, the rate in effect as of September 30, 2020 as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under 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, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as Huya's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. Huya may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. 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 Huya'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: Huya's goals and strategies; Huya's future business development, results of operations and financial condition; the expected growth of the game live streaming market; the expectation regarding the rate at which to gain active users, especially paying users; Huya's ability to monetize the user base; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions in China; the impact of the COVID-19 to Huya's business operations and the economy in China and elsewhere generally; any adverse changes in laws, regulations, rules, policies or guidelines applicable to Huya; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the right of one or both of Huya and DouYu to terminate the definitive merger agreement between Huya and DouYu; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Huya, DouYu or their respective shareholders or directors; the ability to obtain regulatory approvals and meet other closing conditions to the merger, including the risk that regulatory approvals required for the merger are not obtained or are obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated or that are material and adverse to Huya's or DouYu's business; a delay in closing the merger; the ability to obtain approval by DouYu's shareholders on the expected terms and schedule; business disruptions from the proposed merger that will harm Huya's or DouYu's business, including current plans and operations; potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement or completion of the merger; certain restrictions during the pendency of the merger that may impact Huya's or DouYu's ability to pursue certain business opportunities or strategic transactions; the ability of Huya or DouYu to retain and hire key personnel; uncertainty as to the long-term value of the Class A ordinary shares of Huya following the merger; the continued availability of capital and financing following the merger; Huya's ability to realize the intended synergies from the potential merger with DouYu; and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Huya's filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and Huya does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:

HUYA Inc.
Investor Relations
Tel: +86-20-2290-7829
E-mail: ir@huya.com

The Piacente Group, Inc.
Jenny Cai
Tel: +86-10-6508-0677
E-mail: huya@tpg-ir.com

In the United States:

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

 

 

 

HUYA INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(All amounts in thousands, except share, ADS, per share data and per ADS data)




As of December 31,


As of September 30,



2019


2020


2020



RMB


RMB


US$








Assets







Current assets







Cash and cash equivalents


1,113,193


3,287,962


484,264

Restricted cash


1,392


13,789


2,031

Short-term deposits


6,743,445


5,815,186


856,484

Short-term investments


2,219,531


1,695,117


249,664

Accounts receivable, net


61,708


76,537


11,273

Amounts due from related parties


51,936


52,690


7,760

Prepayments and other current assets


400,615


473,647


69,761








Total current assets


10,591,820


11,414,928


1,681,237








Non-current assets







Deferred tax assets


45,816


67,928


10,005

Investments


379,424


450,705


66,382

Property and equipment, net


96,686


108,933


16,044

Intangible assets, net


45,085


72,857


10,731

Right-of-use assets, net


102,824


94,565


13,928

Prepayments and other non-current assets


104,895


79,045


11,642








Total non-current assets


774,730


874,033


128,732








Total assets


11,366,550


12,288,961


1,809,969








Liabilities and shareholders' equity







Current liabilities







Accounts payable


3,725


19,700


2,901

Advances from customers and deferred revenue


845,966


491,811


72,436

Income taxes payable


26,051


12,141


1,788

Accrued liabilities and other current liabilities


1,460,025


1,637,925


241,241

Amounts due to related parties


79,032


136,991


20,177

Lease liabilities due within one year


31,878


31,607


4,655








Total current liabilities


2,446,677


2,330,175


343,198








Non-current liabilities







Lease liabilities


70,110


63,312


9,325

Deferred tax liabilities


-


540


80

Deferred revenue


164,913


173,978


25,624








Total non-current liabilities


235,023


237,830


35,029








Total liabilities


2,681,700


2,568,005


378,227








 

 

 

HUYA INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (CONTINUED)

(All amounts in thousands, except share, ADS, per share data and per ADS data)




As of December 31,


As of September 30,



2019


2020


2020



RMB


RMB


US$








Shareholders' equity







Class A ordinary shares (US$0.0001 par value;
   750,000,000 shares authorized as of December
   31, 2019 and September 30, 2020, respectively;
   67,101,314 and 82,940,180 shares issued and
   outstanding as of December 31, 2019 and
   September 30, 2020, respectively)


44


55


8

Class B ordinary shares (US$0.0001 par value;
   200,000,000 shares authorized as of December
   31, 2019 and September 30, 2020, respectively;
   152,357,321 and 152,357,321 shares issued and
   outstanding as of December 31, 2019 and
   September 30, 2020, respectively)


100


100


15

Additional paid-in capital


10,081,946


11,377,213


1,675,683

Statutory reserves


64,679


64,679


9,526

Accumulated deficit*


(1,986,054)


(2,079,054)


(306,212)

Accumulated other comprehensive income


524,135


357,963


52,722








Total shareholders' equity


8,684,850


9,720,956


1,431,742








Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


11,366,550


12,288,961


1,809,969


*

On January 1, 2020, the Company adopted ASC326, "Financial Instruments-Credit Losses" using modified-retrospective transition
approach. Following the adoption of this guidance, a cumulative-effect adjustment accumulated deficit, amounting to RMB3.1 million,
was recognized as of January 1, 2020.

 

 

 

HUYA INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(All amounts in thousands, except share, ADS, per share data and per ADS data)




Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended



September 30,
2019


June 30,
2020(2)


September 30,
2020


September 30,
2020


September 30,
2019


September 30,
2020(2)


September 30,
2020(2)



RMB


RMB


RMB


US$


RMB


RMB


US$
















Net revenues







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