Press Releases

<< Back
Printer Friendly Version View printer-friendly version
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.
  Cision View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/momo-announces-unaudited-financial-results-for-the-fourth-quarter-and-fiscal-year-2017-300609701.html SOURCE Momo Inc.