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Momo Announces Unaudited Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2017

BEIJING, March 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Momo Inc. (NASDAQ: MOMO) ("Momo" or the "Company"), a leading mobile social networking platform in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and the full year ended December 31, 2017.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Highlights

  • Net revenues increased 57% year over year to $386.4 million.
  • Net income attributable to Momo Inc. increased to $97.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 from $83.8 million in the same period last year.
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to Momo Inc. (note 1) increased 20% to $110.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 from $91.5 million in the same period last year.
  • Diluted net income per American Depositary Share ("ADS") was $0.47, compared to $0.41 in the same period last year.
  • Non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS (note 1) was $0.53, compared to $0.44 in the same period last year.
  • Monthly Active Users ("MAU")[1] were 99.1 million in December 2017, compared to 81.1 million in December 2016

Full Year 2017 Highlights

  • Net revenues increased 138% year over year to $1,318.3 million for the full year of 2017.
  • Net income attributable to Momo Inc. was $318.6 million for the full year of 2017, compared with $145.3 million in 2016.
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to Momo Inc. (note 1) was $368.2 million for the full year of 2017, compared with $177.0 million in 2016.
  • Diluted net income per ADS was $1.53 for the full year of 2017, compared with $0.71 in 2016.
  • Non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS (note 1) was $1.77 for the full year of 2017, compared with $0.87 in 2016.

"We had a good fourth quarter, capping off a remarkable year. I am happy to see the initiatives that we took in prior quarters started to bear early fruits." Commented Yan Tang, Chairman and CEO of Momo. "Net addition in MAU reaccelerated in the quarter with improving user retention and engagement. Such reacceleration shows the effectiveness of our product and content strategy as well as the improvement in the top of the funnel efficiency driven by our new marketing system. In addition, due to the initiatives that we have been taking since the fourth quarter, the content ecosystem around the live streaming service is seeing substantial development as we entered into the new year, providing a solid foundation for us to continue to drive content improvement and business growth for live streaming business going forward."

[1]MAU during a given calendar month is defined as Momo users who accessed the Momo platform through Momo mobile application and utilized any of the functions on the Momo platform for at least one day during the 30-day period counting back from the last day of such calendar month. The active users on Hani, the Company's stand-alone live video application, were not included in the MAU disclosed herein.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Net revenues

Total net revenues were $386.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, an increase of 57% from $246.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Live video service revenues continued its momentum and generated revenues of $328.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The rapid growth in live video revenues was contributed by the increase in the quarterly paying users, which was 4.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, as well as, the increase in the average revenues per paying user per quarter.

Value-added service revenues mainly include membership subscription revenues and virtual gift revenues. The total value-added service revenues were $29.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, an increase of 54% from $19.1 million during the same period of 2016. The year over year increase was primarily driven by the increase in the number of paying users, and to a lesser extent, the increase in the average revenues per paying user per quarter with the result that we introduced more and more value-added services to our users to enrich communication experience among users. Total paying users of our value-added service were 5.0 million and 3.7 million as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

Mobile marketing revenues were $21.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, an increase of 11% from $19.7 million during the same period of 2016. The growth in mobile marketing revenues was driven by the increased demand from brand marketers which was partially offset by the decrease of our advertisement inventories in the new version of Momo 8.0.

Mobile games revenues were $6.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, a decrease of 39% from $11.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The decrease in game revenues was mainly due to the decrease in the quarterly paying users.

Cost and expenses

Cost and expenses were $293.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, an increase of 86% from $157.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily attributable to: (a) an increase in revenue sharing with the broadcasters related to our live video service and virtual gift recipients; (b)  an increase in marketing and promotional expenses to enhance our brand awareness, attract users and promote the live video service; (c) an increase in personnel related costs including share-based compensation expenses as a result of the Company's rapidly expanding talent pool; (d) increased infrastructure related spending, such as short messaging service charges, bandwidth costs and server depreciation costs, driven by more functions introduced on Momo's platform.

Non-GAAP cost and expenses (note 1) were $280.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, an increase of 87% from $150.0 million during the same period last year.

Income from operations

Income from operations was $107.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $88.4 million during the same period last year.

Non-GAAP income from operations (note 1) was $119.6 million in fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $96.1 million during the same period last year.

Income tax expenses

Income tax expenses were $19.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, increased from $3.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The increase was mainly because we generated higher profit in the fourth quarter of 2017 and the tax holiday of one of our major profit generating entities changed from 100% exemption to 50% exemption of income tax.

Net income attributable to Momo Inc.

Net income attributable to Momo Inc. was $97.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $83.8 million during the same period last year.

Non-GAAP net income (note 1) attributable to Momo Inc. was $110.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $91.5 million during the same period last year.

Net income per ADS

Diluted net income per ADS was $0.47 in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $0.41 in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS (note 1) was $0.53 in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $0.44 in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Cash and cash flow

As of December 31, 2017, Momo's cash, cash equivalents and term deposits totaled $1,059.6 million, compared to $651.3 million as of December 31, 2016. Net cash provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $119.6 million, compared to $107.2 million for the same quarter of 2016.

Full Year 2017 Financial Results

Net revenues for the full year of 2017 were $1,318.3 million, an increase of 138% from $553.1 million in 2016, primarily driven by the significant increase in net revenues from live video service, value-added service, mobile marketing business.

Net income attributable to Momo Inc. was $318.6 million for the full year of 2017, compared to $145.3 million in 2016.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to Momo Inc. (note 1) was $368.2 million for the full year of 2017, compared to $177.0 million in 2016.

Diluted net income per ADS was $1.53 for the full year of 2017, compared to $0.71 in 2016.

Non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS (note 1) was $1.77 for the full year of 2017, compared to $0.87 in 2016.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $427.6 million during the full year of 2017, compared to $218.3 million in 2016.

Business Outlook

For the first quarter of 2018, the Company expects total net revenues to be between $387.0 million and $402.0 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 46% to 52%. These estimates reflect the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Note 1: Non-GAAP measures

To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), we use various non-GAAP financial measures that are adjusted from the most comparable GAAP results to exclude share-based compensation.

Reconciliations of our non-GAAP financial measures to our U.S. GAAP financial measures are shown in tables at the end of this earnings release, which provide more details about the non-GAAP financial measures.

Our non-GAAP financial information is provided as additional information to help investors compare business trends among different reporting periods on a consistent basis and to enhance investors' overall understanding of the historical and current financial performance of our continuing operations and our prospects for the future. Our non-GAAP financial information should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to the GAAP results. In addition, our calculation of the non-GAAP financial measures may be different from the calculation used by other companies, and therefore comparability may be limited.

Our non-GAAP information (including non-GAAP cost and operating expenses, income from operations, net income attributable to Momo Inc., and diluted earnings per ADS) is adjusted from the most comparable GAAP results to exclude share-based compensation. A limitation of using these non-GAAP financial measures is that share-based compensation charge has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in our results of operations. We compensate for these limitations by providing reconciliations of our non-GAAP measures to our U.S. GAAP measures. Please see the reconciliation tables at the end of this earnings release.

Conference Call

Momo's management will host an earnings conference call on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 8: 00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (9:00 p.m. Beijing / Hong Kong Time on March 7, 2018).

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

International:

+65 6713 5090

U.S. Toll Free:

+1 866 519 4004

Hong Kong Toll Free:

800-906601

Mainland China:

4006-208038

Passcode:

Momo

Please dial in 15 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin.

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call through 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time, March 15, 2018. The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:

International: 

+61-2-8199 0299

U.S. Toll Free:

+1 855 452 5696

Passcode:

8188118

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of Momo's website at http://ir.immomo.com.

About Momo

Momo Inc. (Nasdaq: MOMO) is one of China's leading mobile social networking platforms. Momo enables users to establish and expand social relationships based on location and interests. Our platform includes our Momo mobile application and a variety of related features, functionalities, tools and services that we provide to users, customers and platform partners. We aim to offer our users an authentic social experience by encouraging them to provide detailed personal information on Momo. Leveraging our social interest graph engine and our analysis of user behavior data, we are able to provide users a customized experience based on their social preferences and needs. Momo users can maintain and strengthen their relationships through our private and group communication tools, content creation and sharing functions, recreational activities such as gaming, live and short video, as well as the offline social activities promoted on our platform. For more information, please visit http://ir.immomo.com.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Momo Inc.

MOMO Investor Relations
Ms. Ashley Jing 
Phone: +86-10-5731-0538
Email: ir@immomo.com

Christensen In China

Mr. Christian Arnell
Phone: +86-10- 5900-1548 
E-mail: carnell@christensenir.com

In US
Ms. Linda Bergkamp
Phone: +1-480-614-3004 
Email: lbergkamp@christensenir.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include but are not limited to our management quotes and our financial outlook for the first quarter of 2018. 

Our forward-looking statements are not historical facts but instead represent only our belief regarding expected results and events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of our control. Our actual results and other circumstances may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results and events indicated in these forward-looking statements. Announced results for the fourth quarter of 2017 are preliminary, unaudited and subject to audit adjustment. In addition, we may not meet our financial outlook for the first quarter of 2018 and may be unable to grow our business in the manner planned. We may also modify our strategy for growth.  In addition, there are other risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ from what we currently anticipate, including those relating to our ability to retain and grow our user base, our ability to attract and retain sufficiently trained professionals to support our operations, and our ability to anticipate and develop new services and enhance existing services to meet the demand of our users or customers.  For additional information on these and other important factors that could adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, and prospects, please see our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of the press release. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this release, except as required by law. Such information speaks only as of the date of this release.


Momo Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations

(US dollars in thousands, except per share data)


Three months


Year

ended December 31


ended December 31


2016


2017


2016


2017

Net revenues:








Live video service

194,840


327,995


376,925


1,102,592

Value-added service

19,067


29,380


67,603


103,139

Mobile marketing

19,730


21,830


66,339


76,178

Mobile games

11,299


6,891


35,453


35,619

Other services

1,182


260


6,778


743

Total net revenues

246,118


386,356


553,098


1,318,271

Cost and expenses:








Cost of revenues

(110,219)


(200,196)


(241,463)


(649,275)

Research and development

(7,733)


(18,760)


(31,399)


(51,491)

Sales and marketing

(28,395)


(56,622)


(97,173)


(217,437)

General and administrative

(11,357)


(17,711)


(38,983)


(62,581)

Total cost and expenses

(157,704)


(293,289)


(409,018)


(980,784)

Other operating (loss) income

(57)


14,008


406


23,379

Income from operations

88,357


107,075


144,486


360,866

Interest income

2,739


7,226


8,194


21,635

Impairment loss on long-term investments

(5,459)


-


(5,765)


(4,386)

Income before income tax and share of
   income on equity method investments

85,637


114,301


146,915


378,115

Income tax expenses

(3,182)


(19,047)


(5,136)


(65,980)

Income before share of income on equity
method investments

82,455


95,254


141,779


312,135

Share of income on equity method investments

1,328


2,026


3,471


5,889

Net income

83,783


97,280


145,250


318,024

Less: net loss attributable to non-controlling interest

-


(227)


-


(542)

Net income attributable to Momo Inc.

83,783


97,507


145,250


318,566

Net income per share attributable to ordinary
  shareholders








Basic

0.22


0.25


0.38


0.81

Diluted

0.20


0.23


0.36


0.77

Weighted average shares used in calculating
  net income per ordinary share








Basic

388,567,606


397,753,884


377,335,923


394,549,323

Diluted

412,934,127


416,371,383


407,041,165


415,265,078

 

 

Momo Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

(US dollars in thousands, except per share data)



Three months


Year

ended December 31


ended December 31


2016


2017


2016


2017

Net income

83,783


97,280


145,250


318,024

Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax of nil








Foreign currency translation adjustment

(8,337)


14,206


(11,642)


32,170

Comprehensive income

75,446


111,486


133,608


350,194

Less: comprehensive loss attributed to the non-
  controlling interest

-


(172)


-


(494)

Comprehensive income attributable to Momo Inc.
  shareholders

75,446


111,658


133,608


350,688

 

 

Momo Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

( US dollars in thousands)






December 31


December 31

2016

2017

Assets




Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents

257,564


685,827

Term deposits

393,759


373,794

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful
  accounts of $nil and $90 as of December 31, 2016 and
  2017, respectively

36,078


39,597

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

32,592


82,717

Deferred tax assets, current

72


-

Amount due from related parties

88


5,143

Short-term investment

-


1,614

Total current assets

720,153


1,188,692

Property and equipment, net

13,932


39,762

Intangible assets

-


7,462

Rental deposits

920


2,651

Long term investments

31,932


44,337

Deferred tax assets, non-current

208


7,197

Other non-current assets

2,593


8,495

Goodwill

-


3,401

Total assets

769,738


1,301,997

Liabilities and equity




Current liabilities




Accounts payable

40,457


74,535

Deferred revenue

41,277


64,865

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

39,965


87,809

Amount due to related parties

8,117


5,804

Income tax payable

3,881


27,033

Total current liabilities

133,697


260,046

Deferred tax liabilities, non-current

-


1,866

Other non-current liabilities

2,022


2,305

Total liabilities

135,719


264,217

Shareholder's equity (Note a)

634,019


1,037,780

Total liabilities and shareholder's equity

769,738


1,301,997

 

Note a: As of December 31, 2017, the number of ordinary shares issued and outstanding was 398,425,309.

 

Momo Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

(US dollars in thousands)








Three months


Year


ended December 31


ended December 31


2016


2017


2016


2017

Cash flows from operating activities:








Net income

83,783


97,280


145,250


318,024

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating
activities:








Depreciation of property and equipment

2,156


3,917


8,404


11,722

Amortization of intangible assets

-


262


-


714

Share-based compensation

7,734


12,486


31,706


49,657

Share of income on equity method investment

(1,328)


(2,026)


(3,471)


(5,889)

Impairment loss on long-term investments

5,459


-


5,765


4,386

Impairment loss on intangible assets

-


191


-


191

Loss on disposal of property and equipment

9


19


15


17

Provision of allowance for doubtful accounts

-


-


-


85

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:








Accounts receivable

(10,806)


(7,513)


(22,978)


(1,226)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(6,558)


(22,779)


(15,634)


(45,824)

Amount due from related parties

391


(3,924)


1,037


(4,943)

Rental deposits

(96)


(123)


(304)


(1,590)

Deferred tax assets

(284)


(6,863)


(284)


(6,790)

Other non-current assets

-


1,077


-


(750)

Accounts payable

11,280


(182)


32,019


25,778

Income tax payable

3,946


13,840


3,946


22,683

Deferred revenue

3,534


17,118


15,546


20,417

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

6,203


23,601


15,456


43,303

Amount due to related parties

1,162


(6,342)


1,642


(2,496)

Deferred tax liability

-


(52)


-


(145)

Other non-current liabilities

658


(401)


196


283

Net cash provided by operating activities

107,243


119,586


218,311


427,607

Cash flows from investing activities:








Purchase of property and equipment

(2,040)


(13,033)


(7,026)


(32,314)

Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment

24


-


63


8

Payment for long term investments

(3,012)


(3,024)


(14,542)


(8,003)

Prepayment of long term investments

(2,635)


(7,561)


(2,635)


(7,561)

Payment for acquired intangible assets

-


-


-


(2,993)

Purchase of term deposits

(129,734)


(72,683)


(509,612)


(592,432)

Cash received on maturity of term deposits

50,091


133,473


415,404


617,566

Payment for short term investments

-


(1,512)


-


(2,367)

Cash received from sales of short term investment

-


786


-


786

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

(87,306)


36,446


(118,348)


(27,310)

Cash flows from financing activities:








Proceeds from exercise of options

25


103


333


564

Deferred payment of purchase of property and equipment

-


-


(319)


(217)

Capital contribution from non-controlling interest shareholder

-


-


-


73

Net cash provided by financing activities

25


103


14


420

Effect of exchange rate on cash and cash equivalents

(8,404)


12,973


(11,882)


27,546

Net increase  in cash and cash equivalents

11,558


169,108


88,095


428,263

Cash and cash equivalent at beginning of period

246,006


516,719


169,469


257,564

Cash and cash equivalent at end of period

257,564


685,827


257,564


685,827

 

 

Momo Inc.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP financial measures to comparable GAAP measures

(US dollars in thousands, except per share data)


1.     Reconciliation of Non-GAAP cost and operating expenses, income from operations, and net income to comparable GAAP

measures.



Three months


Three months


ended December 31, 2016


ended December 31, 2017


GAAP


Adjustments


Non-


GAAP


Adjustments


Non-






GAAP






GAAP

Cost and operating expenses

(157,704)


7,734  (a)


(149,970)


(293,289)


12,486 (b)


(280,803)

Income from operations

88,357


7,734 (a)


96,091


107,075


12,486 (b)


119,561

Net income attributable to
  Momo Inc.

83,783


7,734 (a)


91,517


97,507


12,486 (b)


109,993














Year


Year 


ended December 31, 2016


ended December 31, 2017


GAAP


Adjustments


Non-


GAAP


Adjustments


Non-






GAAP






GAAP

Cost and operating expenses

(409,018)


31,706  (c)


(377,312)


(980,784)


49,657 (d)


(931,127)

Income from operations

144,486


31,706  (c)


176,192


360,866


49,657 (d)


410,523

Net income attributable to
  Momo Inc.

145,250


31,706  (c)


176,956


318,566


49,657 (d)


368,223

 

Notes:

(a)

Adjustments to exclude share-based compensation of $7,734 from the unaudited condensed consolidated statements.

(b)

Adjustments to exclude share-based compensation of $12,486 from the unaudited condensed consolidated statements.

(c)

Adjustments to exclude share-based compensation of $31,706 from the unaudited condensed consolidated statements.

(d)

Adjustments to exclude share-based compensation of $49,657 from the unaudited condensed consolidated statements.

 

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