Youdao Reports First Quarter 2022 Unaudited Financial Results
HANGZHOU, China, May 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Youdao, Inc. ("Youdao" or the "Company") (NYSE: DAO), a leading technology-focused intelligent learning company in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.
First Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights
"We are pleased to report our solid performance in the first quarter of 2022 following the cessation of our K-9 academic AST business at the end of December 2021, with record-breaking revenues and overall gross margin, as well as a significant improvement in operating loss," said Dr. Feng Zhou, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Youdao. "Our transition is smooth. We were able to grow our smart devices and STEAM courses as originally planned. Our net revenue was RMB1.2 billion, up 26.6% year-over-year and 14.5% quarter-over-quarter, achieving new record-high revenue. We also achieved new record in quarterly gross margin with an overall gross margin of 53.5% in this quarter. Furthermore, we narrowed operating loss by 49.6% quarter-over-quarter to RMB125.1 million, from a loss of RMB248.3 million in Q4 2021, and by 41.6% year-over-year from a loss of RMB214.3 million in Q1 2021. These results amid a challenging macro environment clearly reflect our strengthening fundamentals as well as the effectiveness of our strategy."
"Looking ahead, we will continue to implement our strategy of four growth pillars, i.e. smart devices, STEAM courses, vocational education and education digitization. The first two, smart devices and STEAM courses, are at a larger scale and already contribute a significant portion of our business. The latter two are making good progress in terms of product development and business model validation. We expect to see challenges, including this new wave of COVID pandemic in China. We will endeavor to overcome them through our diversity of businesses, large user bases and deep technical roots for innovation," Dr. Zhou concluded.
First Quarter of 2022 Financial Results
Net revenues for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB1.2 billion (US$189.4 million), representing a 26.6% increase from RMB948.0 million for the same period of 2021.
Net revenues from learning services were RMB826.0 million (US$130.3 million) for the first quarter of 2022, representing a 36.1% increase from RMB607.0 million for the same period of 2021. The year-over-year growth from learning services was driven by the growth in active users compared with the same period of 2021.
Net revenues from smart devices were RMB253.2 million (US$39.9 million) for the first quarter of 2022, representing a 25.4% increase from RMB201.9 million for the same period of 2021, primarily driven by the increase in sales volume of Youdao Dictionary Pen in the first quarter of 2022.
Net revenues from online marketing services were RMB121.4 million (US$19.1 million) for the first quarter of 2022, representing a 12.7% decrease from RMB139.1 million for the same period of 2021. The decrease was mainly attributable to the curtailed advertising budget of partial advertising customers.
Gross Profit and Gross Margin
Gross profit for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB641.8 million (US$101.2 million), representing a 29.3% increase from RMB496.4 million for the same period of 2021. Gross margin increased to 53.5% for the first quarter of 2022 from 52.4% for the same period of 2021.
Gross margin for learning services increased to 63.9% for the first quarter of 2022 from 63.4% for the same period of 2021.
Gross margin for smart devices decreased to 33.7% for the first quarter of 2022 from 44.1% for the same period of 2021. The decrease was due to more sales contributed from offline distributors, which had lower gross margin.
Gross margin for online marketing services was 23.7% for the first quarter of 2022, compared with 16.4% for the same period of 2021. The increase was mainly attributable to the improved distribution of third parties' internet properties, which improved gross margin over the same period of 2021.
Total operating expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB766.9 million (US$121.0 million), compared with RMB710.8 million for the same period of last year.
Sales and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB506.4 million (US$79.9 million), representing a decrease of 7.7% from RMB548.7 million for the same period of 2021. This decrease was due to the reduction in marketing expenditures in tutoring services in the first quarter of 2022 due to the changing regulatory environment, and partially offset by the increase in marketing expenditures in smart devices.
Research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB203.0 million (US$32.0 million), representing an increase of 59.0% from RMB127.7 million for the same period of 2021. The increase was primarily due to higher payroll-related expenses associated with a larger number of development and technology professionals in smart devices and education digitalization solutions sectors.
General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB57.6 million (US$9.1 million), representing an increase of 67.6% from RMB34.3 million for the same period of 2021. The increase was mainly attributable to an increase in employee headcount and related expenses in the first quarter of 2022.
Loss from Operations
Loss from operations for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB125.1 million (US$19.7 million), compared with RMB214.3 million for the same period in 2021. The margin of loss from operations was 10.4%, compared with 22.6% for the same period of last year.
Net Loss from Continuing Operations Attributable to Youdao's Ordinary Shareholders
Net loss from continuing operations attributable to Youdao's ordinary shareholders for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB95.4 million (US$15.1 million), compared with RMB219.3 million for the same period of last year. Non-GAAP net loss from continuing operations attributable to Youdao's ordinary shareholders for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB70.9 million (US$11.2 million), compared with RMB204.8 million for the same period of last year.
Basic and diluted net loss per American depositary shares ("ADSs") of the Company from continuing operations attributable to ordinary shareholders for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB0.77 (US$0.12), compared with RMB1.85 for the same period of 2021. Non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss from continuing operations per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB0.57 (US$0.09), compared with RMB1.73 for the same period of 2021.
As of March 31, 2022, Youdao's cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, time deposits and short-term investments totaled RMB1.2 billion (US$183.0 million), compared with RMB1.6 billion as of December 31, 2021. For the first quarter of 2022, net cash used in continuing operating activities was RMB425.6 million (US$67.1 million), capital expenditures totaled RMB6.5 million (US$1.0 million), and depreciation and amortization expenses amounted to RMB8.2 million (US$1.3 million). Youdao's ability to continue as a going concern is dependent on management's ability to implement an effective business plan in future periods in light of the changing regulatory environment, generate operating cash flows and continue to be able to obtain outside sources of financing as necessary for Youdao's future development. As of the date of this release, Youdao has received various financial support from the NetEase Group, including, among others, RMB878.0 million short-term loans and US$70.0 million long-term loans with maturity dated March 31, 2024 drawn down under the US$300.0 million revolving loan facility. In support of Youdao's future business, NetEase Group has agreed to provide financial support for Youdao's continuing operations.
As of March 31, 2022, the Company's contract liabilities, which mainly consisted of deferred revenues generated from Youdao's learning services, were RMB729.5 million (US$115.1 million), compared with RMB1.1 billion as of December 31, 2021.
Youdao's management team will host a teleconference call with simultaneous webcast at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 (Beijing/Hong Kong Time: 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2022). Youdao's management will be on the call to discuss the financial results and answer questions.
Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:
A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's investor relations website at http://ir.youdao.com.
A replay of the conference call will be accessible by phone one hour after the conclusion of the live call at the following numbers, until May 31, 2022:
About Youdao, Inc.
Youdao, Inc. (NYSE: DAO) is a leading technology-focused intelligent learning company in China dedicated to developing and using technologies to provide learning content, applications and solutions to users of all ages. Building on the popularity of its online knowledge tools such as Youdao Dictionary and Youdao Translation, Youdao now offers smart devices, STEAM courses, adult and vocational courses, and education digitalization solutions. In addition, Youdao has developed a variety of interactive learning apps. Youdao was founded in 2006 as part of NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES; HKEX: 9999), a leading internet technology company in China.
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Youdao considers and uses non-GAAP financial measures, such as non-GAAP net income/(loss) from continuing operations attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders and non-GAAP basic and diluted income/(loss) from continuing operations per ADS, as supplemental metrics in reviewing and assessing its operating performance and formulating its business plan. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP").
Youdao defines non-GAAP net income/(loss) from continuing operations attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders as net income/(loss) from continuing operations attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders excluding share-based compensation expenses, amortization of intangible assets from business combination, impairment of intangible assets from business combination and impairment of long-term investments, adjusted for GAAP to non-GAAP by reconciling items for the income/(loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests. Non-GAAP net income/(loss) from continuing operations attributable to the Company's shareholders enables Youdao's management to assess its operating results without considering the impact of these items, which are non-cash charges in nature. Youdao believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors in understanding and evaluating the Company's current operating performance and prospects in the same manner as management does, if they so choose.
Non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, which possibly does not reflect all items of expense that affect our operations. In addition, the non-GAAP financial measures Youdao uses may differ from the non-GAAP measures uses by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited.
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 GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP Results" set forth at the end of this release.
The accompanying tables have more details on the reconciliations between our GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures. Youdao encourages you to review its financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.
Exchange Rate Information
This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars ("US$") at specified rates solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise stated, all translations from RMB to US$ were made at the rate of RMB6.3393 to US$1.00, the exchange rate on March 31, 2022 set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or US$ amounts referred could be converted into US$ or RMB, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all.
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