360 DigiTech, Inc. (QFIN) (“360 DigiTech” or the “Company”), a leading financial technology platform in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Business Highlights

  • As of December 31, 2021, our digital platform has connected 119 financial institutional partners and 188.2 million consumers*1 with potential credit needs, cumulatively, an increase of 15.7% from 162.6 million a year ago.
  • Cumulative users with approved credit lines*2 were 38.5 million as of December 31, 2021, an increase of 24.6% from 30.9 million as of December 31, 2020.
  • Cumulative borrowers with successful drawdown, including repeat borrowers was 24.3 million as of December 31, 2021, an increase of 23.4% from 19.7 million as of December 31, 2020.
  • In the fourth quarter of 2021, financial institutional partners originated 20,819,996 loans*3, totaling RMB96,910 million*4 through our platform, an increase of 40.4% from RMB69,045 million in the same period of 2020.
  • Out of those loans originated by financial institutions, RMB51,866 million was under capital-light model and other technology solutions, representing 53.5% of the total, an increase of 120.2% from RMB23,550 million in the same period of 2020.
  • Total outstanding balance*5 of the loans originated by financial institutional partners through our platform was RMB141,987 million as of December 31, 2021, an increase of 54.2% from RMB92,075 million as of December 31, 2020.
  • RMB77,268 million of such loan balance was under capital-light model and other technology solutions, an increase of 163.2% from RMB29,357 million as of December 31, 2020.
  • Financial institutions granted approximately RMB9.3 billion credit lines to small and micro-sized enterprises owners (SME Owners)*6 through our platform in the fourth quarter of 2021, an increase of 16.3% from approximately RMB8.0 billion in the prior quarter.
  • The weighted average contractual tenor of loans originated by financial institutions across our platform in the fourth quarter of 2021 was approximately 10.33 months, compared with 10.41 months in the same period of 2020.
  • 90 day+ delinquency ratio*7 of loans originated by financial institutions across our platform was 1.54% as of December 31, 2021.
  • Repeat borrower contribution*8 of loans originated by financial institutions across our platform for the fourth quarter of 2021 was 87.3%.

1 Refers to cumulative registered users across our platform.2 “Users with approved credit lines” refers to the total number of users who had submitted their credit applications and were approved with a credit line by the Company at the end of each period.3 Including 7,405,777 loans across “V-pocket”, and 13,414,219 loans across other products.4 Refers to the total principal amount of loans facilitated and originated during the given period, including loan volume facilitated through Intelligence Credit Engine (“ICE”) and other technology solutions. “ICE” is an open platform on our “360 Jietiao” APP, we match borrowers and financial institutions through big data and cloud computing technology on “ICE”, and provide pre-loan investigation report of borrowers. For loans facilitated through “ICE”, the Company do not provide post-loan risk management nor bear principal risk. 5 “Total outstanding loan balance” refers to the total amount of principal outstanding for loans facilitated and originated at the end of each period, including loan balance for “ICE” and other technology solutions, excluding loans delinquent for more than 180 days.6 SME loans are Loans issued to SME Owners with e-commerce operations, with business sales receipt, and/or with business taxation record.7 “90 day+ delinquency ratio” refers to the outstanding principal balance of on- and off-balance sheet loans that were 90 to 179 calendar days past due as a percentage of the total outstanding principal balance of on- and off-balance sheet loans across our platform as of a specific date. Loans that are charged-off and loans under “ICE” and other technology solutions are not included in the delinquency rate calculation.8 “Repeat borrower contribution” for a given period refers to (i) the principal amount of loans borrowed during that period by borrowers who had historically made at least one successful drawdown, divided by (ii) the total loan facilitation and origination volume through our platform during that period.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Total net revenue increased by 32.5% to RMB4,422.1 million (US$693.9 million) from RMB3,337.5 million in the same period of 2020.
  • Income from operations increased by 19.4% to RMB1,481.6 million (US$232.5 million) from RMB1,241.3 million in the same period of 2020.
  • Non-GAAP*9 income from operations increased by 14.1% to RMB1,539.1 million (US$241.5 million) from RMB1,349.1 million in the same period of 2020.
  • Operating margin was 33.5%. Non-GAAP operating margin was 34.8%.
  • Net income increased by 8.4% to RMB1,305.3 million (US$204.8 million) from RMB1,204.4 million in the same period of 2020.
  • Non-GAAP net income increased by 3.9% to RMB1,362.9 million (US$213.9 million) from RMB1,312.1 million in the same period of 2020.
  • Net income attributed to the Company increased by 9.8% to RMB1,322.6 million (US$207.5 million) from RMB1,204.8 million in the same period of 2020.
  • Net income margin was 29.5%. Non-GAAP net income margin was 30.8%.

Full Year 2021 Operational Highlights

  • Total loan facilitation and origination volume in 2021 was RMB357,103 million, representing an increase of 44.7% from RMB246,758 million in 2020. Loan facilitation volume under capital-light model within Platform Services was RMB194,225 million, an increase of 179.4% from RMB69,524 million in 2020.
  • The weighted average contractual tenor of loans facilitated and originated was 10.62 months in full year 2021, compared with 9.72 months in 2020.
  • Repeat borrower contribution was 88.1% in full year 2021, compared with 86.5% in 2020.

Full Year 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Total net revenue increased by 22.6% to RMB16,635.6 million (US$2,610.5 million) from RMB13,564.0 million in 2020.
  • Income from operations increased by 79.0% to RMB6,786.2 million (US$1,064.9 million) from RMB3,790.2 million in 2020.
  • Non-GAAP income from operations increased by 72.1% to RMB7,040.1 million (US$1,104.7 million) from RMB4,091.3 million in 2020.
  • Operating margin was 40.8%. Non-GAAP operating margin was 42.3%.
  • Net income increased by 64.9% to RMB5,764.5 million (US$904.6 million) from RMB3,495.7 million in 2020.
  • Non-GAAP net income increased by 58.5% to RMB6,018.4 million (US$944.4 million) from RMB3,796.9 million in 2020.
  • Net income attributed to the Company increased by 65.4% to RMB5,781.7 million (US$907.3 million) from RMB3,496.6 million in 2020.
  • Net income margin was 34.7%. Non-GAAP net income margin was 36.2%.

9 Non-GAAP income from operations (Adjusted Income from operations), Non-GAAP net income (Adjusted net income), Non-GAAP operating margin and Non-GAAP net income margin are non-GAAP financial measures. For more information on this non-GAAP financial measure, please see the section of “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures Statement” and the table captioned "Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" set forth at the end of this press release.

Mr. Haisheng Wu, Chief Executive Officer and Director of 360 DigiTech, commented, “We are pleased to report a strong quarter and close the year with record breaking operational and financial results. In 2021 we have experienced significant challenges from subdued macro environment and drastically changing regulatory settings. We are proud to demonstrate management’s solid execution and the resilience of the Company’s business model. For year 2021, financial institutions originated RMB357.1 billion loans through our platform, up approximately 45% year-on-year. Approximately 54% of the loans was facilitated under the capital-light model and other technology solutions*10, as we continued to pursue long term strategic transition toward sustainable technology driven business models.

In 2021 we made significant progress in SME market. At the end of the year, SME loans accounted for approximately 13% of total loan balance. We continue to enhance our services and reach out to potential SME customers through diverse channel partners and direct sales. In consumer market, as we gradually lower the prices, we are targeting better customer segments with generally lower risk and higher retention. We will further optimize our online and offline customer acquisition channels. We are encouraged by recent comments from economic policy makers showing continuous support to healthy development in both consumer and SME markets.

On the regulatory front, as one of the top Internet platforms, we have worked diligently to implement necessary adjustment to our operations according to regulatory requirement. At the end of 2021, we increased the registered capital of our micro-lending unit to RMB5 billion, significantly enhanced its capacity to serve broader customer base and its capability to handle market risks. We note that recent speech from top regulators suggesting that the rectification of the industry is running smoothly. We are confident that we should be able to make timely adjustments to satisfy with the requirements and guidelines set out by regulators.”

“We are very glad to report another quarter of strong financial results that tops our expectations despite multiple macro challenges we were facing. Total revenue was RMB4.42 billion and non-GAAP net income was RMB1.36 billion,” Mr. Alex Xu, Chief Financial Officer, commented. “We continued to see solid demand for consumer credit, although the seasonal tightening in liquidity caused some fluctuation in asset quality. During the quarter we generated approximately RMB2 billion cash from operations. At the end of 2021, we held an ever strong financial position that not only enables us to support our long term growth and withstand market volatilities, but also allows us to continue improving returns to our shareholders through a quarterly dividend policy.”

Mr. Yan Zheng, Chief Risk Officer, added, “We are very pleased to achieve our 2021 risk management performance targets, despite experiencing some macro headwinds. In particular, we set multiple best-in-history record in key risk management metrics in first half of the year. Although we saw some fluctuation in asset quality during the fourth quarter, we believe such volatility was mainly reflecting the seasonally tightening funding cycle near year end. Among the key leading indicators, Day-1 delinquency*11 was 5.4%, while the 30-day collection rate*12 was over 87% in the quarter. As we move toward higher quality customer base, we are expecting noticeable improvement in our overall risk performance from current level throughout the year of 2022, particularly in the second half.”

10 We’ve used mainly data technology tools and AI risk management systems in the process of providing such services as loan facilitation, post-facilitation and borrowers’ referral to our customers. Revenue from these technology powered services amount to 49% of our total net revenue for the fourth quarter 2021. 11 “D1 delinquency rate” is defined as (i) the total amount of principal that became overdue as of a specified date, divided by (ii) the total amount of principal that was due for repayment as of such date.12 “M1 collection rate” is defined as (i) the amount of principal that was repaid in one month among the total amount of principal that became overdue as a specified date, divided by (ii) the total amount of principal that became overdue as a specified date.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Total net revenue was RMB4,422.1 million (US$693.9 million), compared to RMB3,337.5 million in the same period of 2020, and RMB4,612.8 million in the prior quarter.

Net revenue from Credit Driven Services was RMB2,713.2 million (US$425.8 million), compared to RMB2,557.1 million in the same period of 2020, and RMB2,620.0 million in the prior quarter.

Loan facilitation and servicing fees-capital heavy were RMB479.9 million (US$75.3 million), compared to RMB854.8 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB581.1 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year decreases were driven by lower volume and interest rates of the capital heavy loans, and sequential declines were primarily due to lower interest rates and average tenor of the loans

Financing income*13 was RMB716.1 million (US$112.4 million), compared to RMB415.9 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB570.5 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year and sequential increases were primarily due to growth in outstanding on-balance-sheet loans.

Revenue from releasing of guarantee liabilities was RMB1,494.7 million (US$234.5 million), compared to RMB1,251.6 million in the same period of 2020, and RMB1,440.7 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year and sequential growth mainly reflected trends in average outstanding balance of off-balance-sheet capital-heavy loans during the period.

Other services fees were RMB22.5 million (US$3.5 million), compared to RMB34.8 million in the same period of 2020, and RMB27.6 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year and sequential declines were mainly due to declines of late payment fees under capital-heavy model.

Net revenue from Platform Services was RMB1,708.9 million (US$268.2 million), compared to RMB780.4 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB1,992.8 million in the prior quarter.

Loan facilitation and servicing fees-capital light were RMB1,485.3 million (US$233.1 million), compared to RMB681.1 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB1,800.1 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year growth was primarily due to growth in loan facilitation volume under capital-light model, the sequential decline was in part due to decline in capital light loan volume and lower average interest rates of the loans

Referral services fees were RMB177.4 million (US$27.8 million), compared to RMB78.2 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB156.3 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year and sequential increases were primarily due to growth in facilitation volume through ICE.

Other services fees were RMB46.2 million (US$7.3 million), compared to RMB21.1 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB36.5 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year and sequential growth reflected growth of late payment fees under capital-light model.

Total operating costs and expenses were RMB2,940.5 million (US$461.4 million), compared to RMB2,096.1 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB2,719.1 million in the prior quarter.

Facilitation, origination and servicing expenses were RMB589.2 million (US$92.5 million), compared to RMB444.5 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB627.2 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to growth in loan facilitation and origination volume. The sequential decline was in part due to improvement in operational efficiency.

Funding costs were RMB91.4 million (US$14.3 million), compared to RMB131.4 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB83.8 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year decline was mainly due to increased funding contribution from ABS which has lower funding cost compared to trusts despite growth in loans facilitated through ABS and trusts. The sequential increase was mainly due to growth in funding from ABS and trusts.

Sales and marketing expenses were RMB628.2 million (US$98.6 million), compared to RMB316.4 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB577.3 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year and sequential increases were mainly due to a more proactive customer acquisition strategy, particularly related to acquiring large ticket-size customers.

General and administrative expenses were RMB140.5 million (US$22.1 million), compared to RMB135.3 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB173.0 million in the prior quarter. The sequential declines were due to lower professional service fees and our continued effort to improve operational efficiency.

Provision for loans receivable was RMB223.1 million (US$35.0 million), compared to RMB105.5 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB360.4 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to growth in on-balance sheet loans. The sequential decrease was mainly due to decline in facilitation and origination volume of on-balance sheet loans.

Provision for financial assets receivable was RMB70.3 million (US$11.0 million), compared to RMB57.5 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB70.1 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year and sequential changes primarily reflected the Company’s consistent approach in assessing provisions commensurate with its underlying loan profile.

Provision for accounts receivable and contract assets was RMB38.4 million (US$6.0 million), compared to RMB23.3 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB129.1 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to increases in facilitation and origination volume. The sequential decrease was mainly due to loans facilitated under capital-light model performed better than expected.

Provision for contingent liability was RMB1159.3 million (US$181.9 million), compared to RMB882.3 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB698.3 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year and sequential changes primarily reflected the Company’s consistent approach in assessing provisions commensurate with its underlying loan profile.

Income from operations was RMB1,481.6 million (US$232.5 million), compared to RMB1,241.3 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB1,893.7 million in the prior quarter.

Non-GAAP income from operations was RMB1,539.1 million (US$241.5 million), compared to RMB1,349.1 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB1,963.3 million in the prior quarter.

Operating margin was 33.5%. Non-GAAP operating margin was 34.8%.

Income before income tax expense was RMB1,541.5 million (US$241.9 million), compared to RMB1,351.9 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB1,922.7 million in the prior quarter.

Net income attributed to the Company was RMB1,322.6 million (US$207.5 million), compared to RMB1,204.8 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB1,564.1 million in the prior quarter.

Non-GAAP net income attributed to the Company was RMB1,380.1 million (US$216.6 million), compared to RMB1,312.5 million in the same period of 2020 and RMB1,633.6 million in the prior quarter.

Net income margin was 29.5%. Non-GAAP net income margin was 30.8%.

Net income per fully diluted ADS was RMB8.22 (US$1.30).

Non-GAAP net income per fully diluted ADS was RMB8.58 (US$1.35).

Weighted average basic ADS used in calculating GAAP and non-GAAP net income per ADS was 154.57 million.

Weighted average diluted ADS used in calculating GAAP and non-GAAP net income per ADS was 160.82 million.

13 “Financing income” is generated from loans facilitated through the Company’s platform funded by the consolidated trusts and Fuzhou Microcredit, which charge fees and interests from borrowers.

Full Year 2021 Financial Results

Total net revenues was RMB16,635.6 million (US$2,610.5 million), compared to RMB13,564.0 million in 2020.

Net revenue from Credit Driven Services was RMB10,189.2 million (US$1,598.9 million), compared to RMB11,403.7 million in 2020.

Loan facilitation and servicing fees-capital heavy were RMB2,326.0 million (US$365.0 million), compared to RMB4,596.6 million in 2020. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to lower average interest rates of the loans and a decrease in facilitation volume under capital heavy model.

Financing income was RMB2,184.1 million (US$342.7 million), compared to RMB2,184.2 million in 2020. Contributions from increases in on-balance loans were largely offset by lower average interest rates.  

Revenue from releasing of guarantee liabilities was RMB5,583.1 million (US$876.1 million), compared to RMB4,506.9 million in 2020. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to the growth in outstanding balance under capital-heavy model.

Other services fees were RMB95.9 million (US$15.0 million), compared to RMB116.0 million in 2020. The year-over-year decline was primarily due to decrease of late payment fees under capital-heavy model.

Net revenue from Platform Services was RMB6,446.5 million (US$1,011.6 million), compared to RMB2,160.2 million in 2020.

Loan facilitation and servicing fees-capital light were RMB5,677.9 million (US$891.0 million), compared to RMB1,826.7 million in 2020. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to growth in loan facilitation volume under capital-light model.

Referral services fees were RMB620.3 million (US$97.3 million), compared to RMB265.3 million in 2020. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to the facilitation volume growth through ICE.

Other services fees were RMB148.2 million (US$23.3 million), compared to RMB68.3 million in 2020. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to growth in late payment fees as loan facilitation volume under capital-light model increased.

Total operating costs and expenses were RMB9,849.4 million (US$1,545.6 million), compared to RMB9,773.8 million in 2020.

Facilitation, origination and servicing expenses were RMB2,252.2 million (US$353.4 million), compared to RMB1,600.6 million in 2020. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to growth in loan facilitation volume.

Funding costs were RMB337.4 million (US$53.0 million), compared to RMB595.6 million in 2020. The year-over-year decline was mainly due to increased funding contribution from ABS which has lower funding cost compared to trusts.

Sales and marketing expenses were RMB2,090.4 million (US$328.0 million), compared to RMB1,079.5 million in 2020. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to a more proactive customer acquisition strategy, particularly related to acquiring large ticket-size customers.

General and administrative expenses were RMB557.3 million (US$87.5 million), compared to RMB456.0 million in 2020. The year-over-year increase was due to expanded business operations, partially offset by our continued effort to improve operational efficiency.

Provision for loans receivable was RMB965.4 million (US$151.5 million), compared to RMB698.7 million in 2020. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to growth in outstanding on-balance sheet loans.

Provision for financial assets receivable was RMB243.9 million (US$38.3 million), compared to RMB312.1million in 2020. The year-over-year decline was in part due to decrease in loan facilitation volume under capital-heavy model.

Provision for accounts receivable and contract assets was RMB324.6 million (US$50.9 million), compared to RMB237.3 million in 2020. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to growth in total loan facilitation volume under capital-heavy and capital-light model.

Provision for contingent liability was RMB3,078.2 million (US$483.0 million), compared to RMB4,794.1 million in 2020. The year-over-year decline was mainly due to decrease in loan facilitation volume under capital-heavy model and in part due to loans facilitated in second and third quarter of 2021 performed better than expected.

Income from operations was RMB6,786.2 million (US$1,064.9 million), compared to RMB3,790.2 million in 2020.

Non-GAAP income from operations was RMB7,040.1 million (US$1,104.7 million), compared to RMB4,091.3 million in 2020.

Operating margin was 40.8%. Non-GAAP operating margin was 42.3%.

Income before income tax expense was RMB7,022.7 million (US$1,102.0 million), compared to RMB4,081.7 million in 2020.

Income taxes expense was RMB1,258.2 million (US$197.4 million). Effective tax rate was 17.3%, compared to 13.4% in 2020.

Net income attributed to the Company was RMB5,781.7 million (US$907.3 million), compared to RMB3,496.6 million in 2020.

Non-GAAP net income attributed to the Company was RMB6,035.6 million (US$947.1 million), compared to RMB3,797.8 million in 2020.

Net income margin was 34.7%. Non-GAAP net income margin was 36.2%.

Net income per fully diluted ADS was RMB35.98 (US$5.64).

Non-GAAP net income per fully diluted ADS was RMB37.56 (US$5.89).

Weighted average basic ADS used in calculating GAAP and non-GAAP net income per ADS was 153.63 million.

Weighted average diluted ADS used in calculating GAAP and non-GAAP net income per ADS was 160.70 million.

M1+ Delinquency Rate by Vintage and M6+ Delinquency Rate by Vintage

The following charts and tables display the historical cumulative M1+ delinquency rates by loan facilitation and origination vintage and M6+ delinquency rates by loan facilitation and origination vintage for all loans facilitated and originated through the Company’s platform. Loans that are charged-off and loans under “ICE” and other technology solutions are not included in the M1+ charts, loans under “ICE” and other technology solutions are not included in the M6+ charts:

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Quarterly Dividend

The board of directors of the Company has approved a dividend of US$0.13 per ordinary share, or US$0.26 per ADS, for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2021 in accordance with the Company’s dividend policy, which is expected to be paid on May 13, 2022 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 6, 2022.

Business Outlook

The Company currently expects total loan facilitation and origination volume for 2022 to be between RMB410 billion and RMB450 billion, representing year-on-year growth of 15% to 26%. This forecast reflects the Company’s current and preliminary views, which is subject to material change.

Conference Call

360 DigiTech’s management team will host an earnings conference call at 7:30 PM U.S. Eastern Time on Thursday, March 10, 2022 (8:30 AM Beijing Time on March 11).

United States: +1-646-722-4977
Hong Kong: +852-3027-6500
Mainland China: 400-821-0637
International: +65-6408-5782
PIN: 51117881#

Please dial in 15 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the PIN to join the call.

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call until March 17, 2022:

United States: +1-646-982-0473
International: +65-6408-5781
Access code: 520000711#

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at ir.360shuke.com.

About 360 DigiTech

360 DigiTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: QFIN) (“360 DigiTech” or the “Company”) is a leading financial technology platform. Through its platform the Company enables financial institutions to provide better and targeted products and services to a broader consumer base. The Company also offers standardized risk management service, in the form of SaaS modules to institutional clients. When coupled with its partnership with 360 Group, the Company’s solutions created noticeable advantages in customer acquisition, funding optimization, risk assessment and post-lending management.

For more information, please visit: ir.360shuke.com

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures Statement

To supplement our financial results presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we use non-GAAP financial measure, which is adjusted from results based on U.S. GAAP to exclude share-based compensation expenses. Reconciliations of our non-GAAP financial measures to our U.S. GAAP financial measures are set forth in tables at the end of this earnings release, which provide more details on the non-GAAP financial measures.

We use non-GAAP income from operation, non-GAAP operation margin, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income margin, Non-GAAP net income attributed to the Company and Non-GAAP net income per fully diluted ADS in evaluating our operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes. Non-GAAP income from operation represents income from operation excluding share-based compensation expenses, non-GAAP net income represents net income excluding share-based compensation expenses, non-GAAP net income attributed to the Company represents net income attributed to the Company excluding share-based compensation expenses and non-GAAP net income per fully diluted ADS represents net income per fully diluted ADS excluding share-based compensation. Such adjustments have no impact on income tax. We believe that non-GAAP income from operation and non-GAAP net income help identify underlying trends in our business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of certain expenses that we include in results based on U.S. GAAP. We believe that non-GAAP income from operation and non-GAAP net income provide useful information about our operating results, enhance the overall understanding of our past performance and future prospects and allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by our management in its financial and operational decision-making. Our non-GAAP financial information should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to U.S. GAAP results. In addition, our calculation of non-GAAP financial information may be different from the calculation used by other companies, and therefore comparability may be limited.

Exchange Rate Information

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to U.S. dollars are made at a rate of RMB6.3726 to US$1.00, the exchange rate set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System as of December 30, 2021.

Safe Harbor Statement

Any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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 the Company’s strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. 360 DigiTech may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its 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 the Company’s business outlook, 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, which factors include but not limited to the following: the Company’s growth strategies, the Company’s cooperation with 360 Group, changes in laws, rules and regulatory environments, the recognition of the Company’s brand, market acceptance of the Company’s products and services, trends and developments in the credit-tech industry, governmental policies relating to the credit-tech industry, general economic conditions in China and around the globe, and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties is included in 360 DigiTech'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 360 DigiTech does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

For more information, please contact:

360 DigiTechE-mail: ir@360shuke.com 

Christensen

In ChinaMr. Eric YuanPhone: +86-138-0111-0739E-mail: Eyuan@christensenir.com 

In USMs. Linda BergkampPhone: +1-480-614-3004Email: lbergkamp@christensenir.com 

 
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi (“RMB”) and U.S. dollars (“USD”)except for number of shares and per share data, or otherwise noted)
           
  December 31,   December 31,   December 31,
  2020   2021   2021
  RMB   RMB   USD
ASSETS          
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents 4,418,416   6,116,360   959,790
Restricted cash 2,355,850   2,643,587   414,836
Security deposit prepaid to third-party guarantee companies 915,144   874,886   137,289
Funds receivable from third party payment service providers 131,464   153,151   24,033
Accounts receivable and contract assets, net 2,394,528   3,097,254   486,027
Financial assets receivable, net 3,565,482   3,806,243   597,283
Amounts due from related parties 193,305   837,324   131,394
Loans receivable, net 7,500,629   9,844,481   1,544,814
Prepaid expenses and other assets 401,224   383,937   60,246
Total current assets 21,876,042   27,757,223   4,355,712
Non-current assets:          
Accounts receivable and contract assets, net-non current 307,937   223,474   35,068
Financial assets receivable, net-non current 645,326   597,965   93,834
Amounts due from related parties -   140,851   22,103
Loans receivable, net-non current 87,685   2,859,349   448,694
Property and equipment, net 19,360   24,941   3,914
Land use rights,net -   1,018,908   159,889
Intangible assets 3,403   4,961   778
Deferred tax assets 1,398,562   834,717   130,985
Other non-current assets 48,990   42,606   6,686
Total non-current assets 2,511,263   5,747,772   901,951
TOTAL ASSETS 24,387,305   33,504,995   5,257,663
           
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY          
Current liabilities:          
Payable to investors of the consolidated trusts-current 3,117,634   2,304,518   361,629
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 809,761   2,258,329   354,381
Amounts due to related parties 71,562   214,057   33,590
Short term loans 186,800   397,576   62,388
Guarantee liabilities-stand ready 4,173,497   4,818,144   756,072
Guarantee liabilities-contingent 3,543,454   3,285,081   515,501
Income tax payable 1,227,314   624,112   97,937
Other tax payable 254,486   241,369   37,876
Total current liabilities 13,384,508   14,143,186   2,219,374
Non-current liabilities:          
Deferred tax liabilities 37,843   121,426   19,054
Payable to investors of the consolidated trusts-noncurrent 1,468,890   4,010,597   629,350
Other long-term liabilities 14,974   13,177   2,068
Total non-current liabilities 1,521,707   4,145,200   650,472
TOTAL LIABILITIES 14,906,215   18,288,386   2,869,846
TOTAL 360 DIGITECH INC EQUITY 9,480,578   15,203,863   2,385,817
Noncontroling interests 512   12,746   2,000
TOTAL EQUITY 9,481,090   15,216,609   2,387,817
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 24,387,305   33,504,995   5,257,663
           

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi (“RMB”) and U.S. dollars (“USD”)except for number of shares and per share data, or otherwise noted)
 
  Three months ended December 31,   Year ended December 31,
  2020   2021   2021   2020   2021   2021
  RMB   RMB   USD     RMB   RMB   USD  
Credit driven services 2,557,129   2,713,161   425,754     11,403,675   10,189,167   1,598,902  
Loan facilitation and servicing fees-capital heavy 854,817   479,925   75,311     4,596,555   2,326,027   365,004  
Financing income 415,901   716,053   112,364     2,184,180   2,184,128   342,737  
Revenue from releasing of guarantee liabilities 1,251,564   1,494,682   234,548     4,506,935   5,583,135   876,116  
Other services fees 34,847   22,501   3,531     116,005   95,877   15,045  
Platform services 780,356   1,708,904   268,164     2,160,279   6,446,478   1,011,593  
Loan facilitation and servicing fees-capital light 681,090   1,485,268   233,071     1,826,654   5,677,941   890,993  
Referral services fees 78,151   177,428   27,842     265,300   620,317   97,341  
Other services fees 21,115   46,208   7,251     68,325   148,220   23,259  
Total net revenue 3,337,485   4,422,065   693,918     13,563,954   16,635,645   2,610,495  
Facilitation, origination and servicing 444,452   589,230   92,463     1,600,564   2,252,157   353,413  
Funding costs 131,351   91,431   14,348     595,623   337,426   52,950  
Sales and marketing 316,350   628,164   98,573     1,079,494   2,090,374   328,025  
General and administrative 135,346   140,518   22,050     455,952   557,295   87,452  
Provision for loans receivable 105,490   223,133   35,014     698,701   965,419   151,495  
Provision for financial assets receivable 57,493   70,285   11,029     312,058   243,946   38,280  
Provision for accounts receivable and contract assets 23,327   38,403   6,026     237,277   324,605   50,938  
Provision for contingent liabilities 882,334   1,159,325   181,923     4,794,127   3,078,224   483,041  
Total operating costs and expenses 2,096,143   2,940,489   461,426     9,773,796   9,849,446   1,545,594  
Income from operations 1,241,342   1,481,576   232,492     3,790,158   6,786,199   1,064,901  
Interest income, net 32,568   16,466   2,584     77,169   126,256   19,812  
Foreign exchange gain 62,013   17,652   2,770     101,534   35,549   5,578  
Investment gain -   -   -     -   10,115   1,587  
Other income, net 15,985   25,853   4,057     112,884   64,590   10,136  
Income before income tax expense 1,351,908   1,541,547   241,903     4,081,745   7,022,709   1,102,014  
Income taxes expense (147,544 ) (236,240 ) (37,071 )   (586,036 ) (1,258,196 ) (197,438 )
Net income 1,204,364   1,305,307   204,832     3,495,709   5,764,513   904,576  
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests 444   17,254   2,708     897   17,212   2,701  
Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders of the Company 1,204,808   1,322,561   207,540     3,496,606   5,781,725   907,277  
Net income per ordinary share attributable to ordinary shareholders of 360 DigiTech, Inc.                          
Basic 3.97   4.28   0.67     11.72   18.82   2.95  
Diluted 3.86   4.11   0.65     11.40   17.99   2.82  
                           
Net income per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders of 360 DigiTech, Inc.                          
Basic 7.94   8.56   1.34     23.44   37.64   5.90  
Diluted 7.72   8.22   1.30     22.80   35.98   5.64  
                           
Weighted average shares used in calculating net income per ordinary share                          
Basic 303,298,903   309,132,813   309,132,813     298,222,207   307,265,600   307,265,600  
Diluted 312,423,549   321,634,368   321,634,368     306,665,099   321,397,753   321,397,753  
                           

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi (“RMB”) and U.S. dollars (“USD”)except for number of shares and per share data, or otherwise noted)
               
  Three months ended December 31,   Year ended December 31,
  2020   2021   2021     2020   2021   2021  
  RMB RMB USD   RMB RMB USD
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,159,202   2,011,384   315,630     5,325,810   5,789,700   908,530  
Net cash provided by (used in)  investing activities 428,208   (345,515 ) (54,219 )   892,770   (6,064,328 ) (951,625 )
Net cash provided by(used in) financing activities (2,038,398 ) 456,950   71,705     (3,282,400 ) 2,263,720   355,227  
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes 3,606   (702 ) (110 )   2,236   (3,411 ) (536 )
Net increase(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (447,382 ) 2,122,117   333,006     2,938,416   1,985,681   311,596  
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of year/period 7,221,648   6,637,830   1,041,620     3,835,850   6,774,266   1,063,030  
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of year /period 6,774,266   8,759,947   1,374,626     6,774,266   8,759,947   1,374,626  
               
During the quarter, the Company acquired 30% equity interest of Shanghai 360 Changfeng Technology Co., Ltd. (“360 Changfeng”). Before the transaction, the Company owns 40% equity interest of 360 Changfeng and accounted for it as equity method investment. As such, it consolidated 360 Changfeng's financial statement into its financial statements after the transaction. The transaction is between entities under common control and has been retrospectively reflected in the consolidated financial statements from the beginning of 2021, but not to prior year as there is no impact. 360 Changfeng's major transaction in 2021 is to purchase the land use right at the amount of RMB 1 billion in the first quarter which is classified as "net cash used in operating activities" reflected in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for year 2021. The details of the transaction was provided in the Company's press release furnished to the SEC on form 6-K which dated on December 20, 2021.

 

 
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive (Loss)/Income(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi (“RMB”) and U.S. dollars (“USD”)except for number of shares and per share data, or otherwise noted)
                 
  Three months ended December 31,
  2020   2021   2021
  RMB    RMB    USD 
Net income 1,204,364     1,305,307     204,832  
Other comprehensive income, net of tax of nil:                
Foreign currency translation adjustment (61,851 )   (16,314 )   (2,560 )
Other comprehensive income (61,851 )   (16,314 )   (2,560 )
Total comprehensive income 1,142,513     1,288,993     202,272  
Comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interests 444     17,254     2,708  
Comprehensive income attributable to ordinary shareholders 1,142,957     1,306,247     204,980  
                 
                 
  Year ended December 31,
  2020   2021   2021
  RMB    RMB    USD 
Net income 3,495,709     5,764,513     904,576  
Other comprehensive income, net of tax of nil:                
Foreign currency translation adjustment (99,296 )   (36,541 )   (5,734 )
Other comprehensive (loss) income (99,296 )   (36,541 )   (5,734 )
Total comprehensive income 3,396,413     5,727,972     898,842  
Comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interests 897     17,212     2,701  
Comprehensive income attributable to ordinary shareholders 3,397,310     5,745,184     901,543  
Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi (“RMB”) and U.S. dollars (“USD”)except for number of shares and per share data, or otherwise noted)
         
    Three months ended December 31,
    2020    2021    2021
    RMB   RMB   USD
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Net Income to Net Income                
Net income   1,204,364     1,305,307     204,832
Add: Share-based compensation expenses   107,714     57,551     9,031
Non-GAAP net income   1,312,078     1,362,858     213,863
Non-GAAP net income margin   39.3 %   30.8 %    
GAAP net income margin   36.1 %   29.5 %    
                 
Net income attributable to shareholders of 360 DigiTech, Inc   1,204,808     1,322,561     207,540
Add: Share-based compensation expenses   107,714     57,551     9,031
Non-GAAP net income attributable to shareholders of 360 DigiTech, Inc   1,312,522     1,380,112     216,571
Weighted average ADS used in calculating net income per ordinary share for both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS -diluted   156,211,775     160,817,184     160,817,184
Net income per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders of 360 DigiTech, Inc. -diluted   7.72     8.22     1.30
Non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders of 360 DigiTech, Inc. -diluted   8.40     8.58     1.35
                 
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Income from operations to Income from operations                
Income from operations   1,241,342     1,481,576     232,492
Add: Share-based compensation expenses   107,714     57,551     9,031
Non-GAAP Income from operations   1,349,056     1,539,127     241,523
Non-GAAP operating margin   40.4 %   34.8 %    
GAAP operating margin   37.2 %   33.5 %    
                 
                 
    Year ended December 31,
    2020     2021     2021
    RMB     RMB     USD
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Net Income to Net Income                
Net income   3,495,709     5,764,513     904,576
Add: Share-based compensation expenses   301,161     253,922     39,846
Non-GAAP net income   3,796,870     6,018,435     944,422
Non-GAAP net income margin   28.0 %   36.2 %    
GAAP net income margin   25.8 %   34.7 %    
                 
Net income attributable to shareholders of 360 Finance, Inc   3,496,606     5,781,725     907,277
Add: Share-based compensation expenses   301,161     253,922     39,846
Non-GAAP net income attributable to shareholders of 360 Finance, Inc   3,797,767     6,035,647     947,123
Weighted average ADS used in calculating  net income per ordinary share -diluted   153,332,550     160,698,877     160,698,877
Net income per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders of 360 Finance, Inc. -diluted   22.80     35.98     5.64
Non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders of 360 Finance, Inc. -diluted   24.77     37.56     5.89
                 
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Income from operations to Income from operations                
Income from operations   3,790,158     6,786,199     1,064,901
Add: Share-based compensation expenses   301,161     253,922     39,846
Non-GAAP Income from operations   4,091,319     7,040,121     1,104,747
Non-GAAP operating margin   30.2 %   42.3 %    
GAAP operating margin   27.9 %   40.8 %    

 

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