Youdao Reports Third Quarter 2022 Unaudited Financial Results

HANGZHOU, China, Nov. 17, 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 third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Third Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights[1]

Total net revenues were RMB1.4 billion (US$197.2 million), representing a 35.0% increase from the same period in 2021.
– Net revenues from learning services were RMB888.5 million (US$124.9 million), representing a 37.2% increase from the same period in 2021.
– Net revenues from smart devices were RMB356.5 million (US$50.1 million), representing a 40.1% increase from the same period in 2021.
– Net revenues from online marketing services were RMB157.5 million (US$22.1 million), representing a 14.9% increase from the same period in 2021. Gross margin was 54.2%, compared to 52.6% for the same period in 2021.

“We achieved record-high revenues of RMB1.4 billion in Q3, up 35.0% year-over-year, mainly due to our continuous innovation in learning services and smart devices. Since the beginning of this year, we have launched five new smart devices for various consumer learning scenarios. The success of our newly-designed products, such as the Youdao Dictionary Pen X5 and Youdao Smart Learning Pad, has infused confidence in our ability to generate return on investment through continuous innovation. We help our customers learn even better through more innovative products and services,” said Dr. Feng Zhou, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Youdao.

“Our transition from regulatory changes last year is mostly finished. Despite the many obstacles and the uncertain macro environment, we are seizing the bigger picture opportunity to evolve and make advancements in our company that solidify our sustainable growth over the long term,” Dr. Zhou concluded.

[1] As previously disclosed, in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements, the Company had ceased to offer the after-school tutoring services on academic subjects in China’s compulsory education system (the “Academic AST Business”) at the end of December 2021. The Academic AST Business met the criteria of discontinued operations. Retrospective adjustments to the historical statement of operations have also been made to provide a consistent basis of comparison for the financial results of the continuing operations. The financial information and non-GAAP financial information included in this press release is presented on a continuing operations basis, unless otherwise specifically stated.

Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Net Revenues 

Net revenues for the third quarter of 2022 were RMB1.4 billion (US$197.2 million), representing a 35.0% increase from RMB1.0 billion for the same period of 2021.

Net revenues from learning services were RMB888.5 million (US$124.9 million) for the third quarter of 2022, representing a 37.2% increase from RMB647.5 million for the same period of 2021. The year-over-year growth was primarily driven by the strong sales performance from the new services initiated after the implementation of the “Double Reduction” Policy.

Net revenues from smart devices were RMB356.5 million (US$50.1 million) for the third quarter of 2022, representing a 40.1% increase from RMB254.5 million for the same period of 2021, primarily driven by the popularity of Youdao’s newly launched products, such as the Youdao Dictionary Pen X5.

Net revenues from online marketing services were RMB157.5 million (US$22.1 million) for the third quarter of 2022, representing a 14.9% increase from RMB137.0 million for the same period of 2021. The year-over-year increase in revenues from online marketing services was mainly attributable to the increase in performance-based advertisements through third parties’ internet properties.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2022 was RMB760.2 million (US$106.9 million), representing a 39.0% increase from RMB546.9 million for the same period of 2021. Gross margin increased to 54.2% for the third quarter of 2022 from 52.6% for the same period of 2021.

Gross margin for learning services was 64.5% for the third quarter of 2022, compared with 65.0% for the same period of 2021.

Gross margin for smart devices increased to 40.4% for the third quarter of 2022 from 33.7% for the same period of 2021. The improvement was mainly attributable to the popularity of Youdao’s newly launched Youdao Dictionary Pen X5, which carries a higher gross margin than other products.

Gross margin for online marketing services was 27.1% for the third quarter of 2022, compared with 29.2% for the same period of 2021. The decrease was mainly attributable to the increase in performance-based advertisements through third parties’ internet properties, which typically have a lower gross margin profile.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2022 were RMB979.2 million (US$137.7 million), compared with RMB772.6 million for the same period of last year.

Sales and marketing expenses for the third quarter of 2022 were RMB709.8 million (US$99.8 million), representing an increase of 28.3% from RMB553.4 million for the same period of 2021. This increase was mainly driven by increasing sales and marketing efforts associated with Youdao’s learning services and smart devices.

Research and development expenses for the third quarter of 2022 were RMB212.9 million (US$29.9 million), representing an increase of 30.1% from RMB163.6 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.

General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2022 were RMB56.5 million (US$7.9 million), compared with RMB55.6 million for the same period of 2021.

Loss from Operations

Loss from operations for the third quarter of 2022 was RMB219.0 million (US$30.8 million), compared with RMB225.7 million for the same period in 2021. The margin of loss from operations was 15.6%, compared with 21.7% 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 third quarter of 2022 was RMB183.9 million (US$25.9 million), compared with RMB225.3 million for the same period of last year. Non-GAAP net loss from continuing operations attributable to Youdao’s ordinary shareholders for the third quarter of 2022 was RMB164.4 million (US$23.1 million), compared with RMB200.2 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 third quarter of 2022 was RMB1.49 (US$0.21), compared with RMB1.84 for the same period of 2021. Non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss from continuing operations per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB1.33 (US$0.19), compared with RMB1.63 for the same period of 2021.

Balance Sheet

As of September 30, 2022, Youdao’s cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, time deposits and short-term investments totaled RMB953.1 million (US$134.0 million), compared with RMB1.6 billion as of December 31, 2021. For the third quarter of 2022, net cash used in continuing operating activities was RMB294.1 million (US$41.3 million), capital expenditures totaled RMB12.7 million (US$1.8 million), and depreciation and amortization expenses amounted to RMB11.6 million (US$1.6 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.

As of September 30, 2022, the Company’s contract liabilities, which mainly consisted of deferred revenues generated from Youdao’s learning services, were RMB996.5 million (US$140.1 million), compared with RMB1.1 billion as of December 31, 2021.

Share Repurchase Program

The Company today also announced that its board of directors has authorized the Company to adopt a share repurchase program in the near future in accordance with applicable laws and regulations for up to US$20 million of its Class A ordinary shares (including in the form of ADSs) during a period of up to 36 months.

Repurchases under the Company’s share repurchase program, if adopted, may be made from time to time on the open market at prevailing market prices, in open-market transactions, privately negotiated transactions or block trades, and/or through other legally permissible means, depending on market conditions and in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations. The timing and conditions of the share repurchases will be subject to various factors including the requirements under Rule 10b-18 and Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

Conference Call

Youdao’s management team will host a teleconference call with simultaneous webcast at 5:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, November 17, 2022 (Beijing/Hong Kong Time: 6:00 p.m., Thursday, November 17, 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:

United States (toll free):

+1-888-346-8982

International:

+1-412-902-4272

Mainland China (toll free):

400-120-1203

Hong Kong (toll free): 

800-905-945

Hong Kong:

+852-3018-4992

Conference ID:

7502413

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 November 24, 2022:

United States:                    

+1-877-344-7529

International:

+1-412-317-0088

Replay Access Code:

7502413

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.

For more information, please visit: http://ir.youdao.com.

Non-GAAP Measures

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 long-term investments, income tax effects of above GAAP to non-GAAP reconciling items, and adjustment for GAAP to non-GAAP 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 do 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 RMB7.1135 to US$1.00, the exchange rate on September 30, 2022 set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or US$ amounts referred could be converted into US$ or RMB, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, and a number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “target,” “aim,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “potential,” “continue,” “is/are likely to” or other similar expressions. The Company may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports 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 the Company’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Further information regarding such risks, uncertainties or factors is included in the Company’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and the Company does not undertake any duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:
Jeffrey Wang
Youdao, Inc.
Tel: +86-10-8255-8163 ext. 89980
E-mail: IR@rd.netease.com

The Piacente Group, Inc.
Emilie Wu
Tel: +86-21-6039-8363
E-mail: youdao@thepiacentegroup.com

In the United States:
The Piacente Group, Inc. 
Brandi Piacente
Tel: +1-212-481-2050
E-mail: youdao@thepiacentegroup.com

 

 

YOUDAO, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(RMB and USD in thousands)

As of December 31,

As of September 30,

As of September 30,

2021

2022

2022

RMB

RMB

    USD (1)

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

322,777

712,115

100,108

Time deposits

268

273

38

Restricted cash

749,770

219,456

30,851

Short-term investments

503,831

21,215

2,982

Accounts receivable, net

248,339

332,331

46,718

Inventories, net

255,411

170,393

23,953

Amounts due from NetEase Group

6,192

7,388

1,039

Prepayment and other current assets

182,577

212,605

29,888

Assets held for sale

497

Total current assets

2,269,662

1,675,776

235,577

Non-current assets:

Property, equipment and software, net

80,315

104,884

14,744

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

118,104

80,822

11,362

Long-term investments

32,518

67,032

9,423

Goodwill

109,944

109,944

15,456

Other assets, net

22,436

38,288

5,382

Assets held for sale

1,088

Total non-current assets

364,405

400,970

56,367

Total assets

2,634,067

2,076,746

291,944

Liabilities, Mezzanine Equity and Shareholders’ Deficit

Current liabilities:

Accounts payables

161,006

179,756

25,270

Payroll payable

277,383

176,003

24,742

Amounts due to NetEase Group

83,041

74,476

10,470

Contract liabilities

1,065,639

996,535

140,091

Taxes payable

53,323

52,889

7,435

Accrued liabilities and other payables

515,567

626,256

88,038

Short-term loans from NetEase Group

878,000

878,000

123,427

Total current liabilities

3,033,959

2,983,915

419,473

Non-current liabilities:

Long-term lease liabilities

73,070

43,476

6,112

Long-term loans from NetEase Group

255,028

496,986

69,865

Other non-current liabilities

2,411

17,604

2,475

Total non-current liabilities

330,509

558,066

78,452

Total liabilities

3,364,468

3,541,981

497,925

Mezzanine equity

78,592

72,959

10,256

Shareholders’ deficit:

Youdao’s shareholders’ deficit

(807,067)

(1,532,313)

(215,410)

Noncontrolling interests

(1,926)

(5,881)

(827)

Total shareholders’ deficit

(808,993)

(1,538,194)

(216,237)

Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and shareholders’ deficit

2,634,067

2,076,746

291,944

Note 1:

The conversion of Renminbi (RMB) into United States dollars (USD) is based on the noon buying rate of USD1.00=RMB7.1135 on the last trading day of September
(September 30, 2022) as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board.

 

 

YOUDAO, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(RMB and USD in thousands, except share and per ADS data)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2021

2022

2022

2022

2021

2022

RMB

RMB

RMB

  USD (1)

RMB

RMB

Net revenues:

Learning services

647,522

563,601

888,493

124,902

1,862,162

2,278,105

Smart devices

254,513

239,850

356,480

50,113

662,722

849,490

Online marketing services

137,040

152,774

157,461

22,136

442,113

431,605

Total net revenues

1,039,075

956,225

1,402,434

197,151

2,966,997

3,559,200

Cost of revenues (2)

(492,176)

(546,498)

(642,254)

(90,287)

(1,423,452)

(1,747,471)

Gross profit

546,899

409,727

760,180

106,864

1,543,545

1,811,729

Operating expenses:

Sales and marketing expenses (2)

(553,407)

(595,997)

(709,769)

(99,778)

(1,657,201)

(1,812,151)

Research and development expenses (2)

(163,627)

(208,411)

(212,926)

(29,933)

(437,128)

(624,317)

General and administrative expenses (2)

(55,612)

(60,532)

(56,520)

(7,944)

(144,185)

(174,613)

Total operating expenses

(772,646)

(864,940)

(979,215)

(137,655)

(2,238,514)

(2,611,081)

Loss from operations

(225,747)

(455,213)

(219,035)

(30,791)

(694,969)

(799,352)

Interest income

5,959

3,769

4,033

567

15,768

9,836

Interest expense

(7,835)

(10,102)

(12,277)

(1,726)

(23,216)

(30,964)

Others, net

614

1,567

40,058

5,631

24,334

77,678

Loss before tax

(227,009)

(459,979)

(187,221)

(26,319)

(678,083)

(742,802)

Income tax (expense)/benefit

(2,590)

(553)

1,108

156

(7,204)

(11)

Net loss from continuing operations

(229,599)

(460,532)

(186,113)

(26,163)

(685,287)

(742,813)

Net income/(loss) from discontinued operations

96,447

(299,557)

(6,105)

Net loss

(133,152)

(460,532)

(186,113)

(26,163)

(984,844)

(748,918)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

4,254

6,646

2,194

308

5,802

9,588

Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of the Company

(128,898)

(453,886)

(183,919)

(25,855)

(979,042)

(739,330)

Including:

Net loss from continuing operations attributable to ordinary shareholders of the
Company

(225,345)

(453,886)

(183,919)

(25,855)

(679,485)

(733,225)

Net income/(loss) from discontinued operations attributable to ordinary
shareholders of the Company

96,447

(299,557)

(6,105)

Basic net (loss)/income per ADS

(1.05)

(3.67)

(1.49)

(0.21)

(8.08)

(5.98)

-Continuing operations

(1.84)

(3.67)

(1.49)

(0.21)

(5.61)

(5.93)

-Discontinued operations

0.79

(2.47)

(0.05)

Diluted net (loss)/income per ADS

(1.05)

(3.67)

(1.49)

(0.21)

(8.08)

(5.98)

-Continuing operations

(1.84)

(3.67)

(1.49)

(0.21)

(5.61)

(5.93)

-Discontinued operations

0.79

(2.47)

(0.05)

Shares used in computing basic net (loss)/income per ADS

122,715,264

123,703,353

123,767,013

123,767,013

121,131,136

123,602,039

Shares used in computing diluted net (loss)/income per ADS

122,715,264

123,703,353

123,767,013

123,767,013

121,131,136

123,602,039

Note 1:

The conversion of Renminbi (RMB) into United States dollars (USD) is based on the noon buying rate of USD1.00=RMB7.1135 on the last trading day of September (September 30, 2022) as set forth in the
H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board.

Note 2:

Share-based compensation in each category:

Cost of revenues

1,356

1,775

798

112

4,613

4,753

Sales and marketing expenses

2,678

3,451

2,879

405

7,721

9,420

Research and development expenses

7,641

8,428

7,586

1,066

25,040

24,876

General and administrative expenses

5,984

4,448

4,801

675

14,594

14,633

 

 

YOUDAO, INC.

UNAUDITED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

(RMB and USD in thousands)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2021

2022

2022

2022

2021

2022

RMB

RMB

RMB

USD

RMB

RMB

Net revenues

Learning services

647,522

563,601

888,493

124,902

1,862,162

2,278,105

Smart devices

254,513

239,850

356,480

50,113

662,722

849,490

Online marketing services

137,040

152,774

157,461

22,136

442,113

431,605

Total net revenues

1,039,075

956,225

1,402,434

197,151

2,966,997

3,559,200

Cost of revenues

Learning services

226,543

269,491

315,086

44,294

699,267

882,874

Smart devices

168,637

166,503

212,365

29,854

399,222

546,672

Online marketing services

96,996

110,504

114,803

16,139

324,963

317,925

Total cost of revenues

492,176

546,498

642,254

90,287

1,423,452

1,747,471

Gross margin

Learning services

65.0 %

52.2 %

64.5 %

64.5 %

62.4 %

61.2 %

Smart devices

33.7 %

30.6 %

40.4 %

40.4 %

39.8 %

35.6 %

Online marketing services

29.2 %

27.7 %

27.1 %

27.1 %

26.5 %

26.3 %

Total gross margin

52.6 %

42.8 %

54.2 %

54.2 %

52.0 %

50.9 %

 

 

YOUDAO, INC.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS

(RMB and USD in thousands, except per ADS data)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2021

2022

2022

2022

2021

2022

RMB

RMB

RMB

USD

RMB

RMB

Net loss from continuing operations attributable to ordinary shareholders of
the Company

(225,345)

(453,886)

(183,919)

(25,855)

(679,485)

(733,225)

Add: share-based compensation

17,659

18,102

16,064

2,258

51,968

53,682

         amortization of intangible assets from business combination

996

996

         impairment of long-term investments

7,000

3,500

492

7,000

8,500

Less: tax effects on non-GAAP adjustments

(149)

(149)

         GAAP to non-GAAP reconciling items for the loss attributable to
         noncontrolling interests

(381)

(381)

Non-GAAP net loss from continuing operations attributable to ordinary
shareholders of the Company

(200,220)

(435,784)

(164,355)

(23,105)

(620,051)

(671,043)

Non-GAAP basic net loss from continuing operations per ADS

(1.63)

(3.52)

(1.33)

(0.19)

(5.12)

(5.43)

Non-GAAP diluted net loss from continuing operations per ADS

(1.63)

(3.52)

(1.33)

(0.19)

(5.12)

(5.43)