LIZHI INC. (“LIZHI” or the “Company” or “We”) (NASDAQ: LIZI), an audio-based social and entertainment platform, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Third Quarter 2022 Financial and Operational Highlights

  • Net revenues were RMB565.2 million (US$79.5 million) in the third quarter of 2022, representing a 12% increase from RMB504.8 million in the third quarter of 2021.
  • Average total mobile MAUs1 in the third quarter of 2022 was 49.7 million, compared to 58.9 million in the third quarter of 2021, primarily due to reduced advertisement spending on users with lower commercialization capability.
  • Average total monthly paying users2 in the third quarter of 2022 was 476.7 thousand, compared to 485.5 thousand in the third quarter of 2021.

Mr. Jinnan (Marco) Lai, Founder and CEO of LIZHI, commented, “We are pleased to announce a strong performance for the third quarter, posting new record highs for both revenues and net income, demonstrating our market competitiveness and sustainability of our business model amidst the current macro conditions. In the third quarter, we remained focused on advancing our dual pillar approach of interactive entertainment plus audio-based social networking business and diversifying the product matrix through innovative product features. Internationally, we continued to strengthen our globalization capabilities; and the enhancement of our core technologies also empowered our global business expansion. Next, we will continue solidifying our core competencies, dedicated to creating greater value for our users and shareholders.”

Ms. Chengfang Lu, Acting Chief Financial Officer of LIZHI, said, “Our third quarter results are a testament to our strategic execution ability, with quarterly revenues growing by 12% year-over-year and 10% quarter-over-quarter to a new record high of RMB565.2 million. As we unceasingly endeavor to optimize our operational efficiency, we achieved a profit for the fourth consecutive quarter on a GAAP basis in the third quarter of 2022, with net income growing 5% sequentially to RMB19.8 million. Going forward, we aim to continuously develop our product matrix, strengthen core technological capabilities, and unleash our commercialization potential to achieve sustainable growth over the long term.”

Third Quarter 2022 Unaudited Financial Results

Net revenues were RMB565.2 million (US$79.5 million) in the third quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 12% from RMB504.8 million in the third quarter of 2021, primarily due to the growth in average user spending on our audio entertainment products. While certain regions have started to ease the COVID-19 related restrictions, given the uncertainties as to the development of the pandemic, it is difficult to predict the extent to which it might impact the Company’s operations beyond the third quarter of 2022. This will depend on the COVID-19’s development in China and overseas, which may be subject to changes and uncertainties.

Cost of revenues was RMB376.2 million (US$52.9 million) in the third quarter of 2022, representing a 6% increase from RMB353.6 million in the third quarter of 2021, mainly attributable to an increase in the revenue sharing fees to our content creators as the Company’s revenues grew, and partially offset by decreases in the salary and welfare benefits expenses related to decreases in our operation’s headcount and share-based compensation expenses.

Gross profit was RMB189.1 million (US$26.6 million) in the third quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 25% from RMB151.3 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Non-GAAP gross profit3 was RMB190.8 million (US$26.8 million) in the third quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 24% from RMB154.5 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Gross margin in the third quarter of 2022 was 33%, compared to 30% in the third quarter of 2021. Non-GAAP gross margin in the third quarter of 2022 was 34%, compared to 31% in the third quarter of 2021.

Operating expenses were RMB176.6 million (US$24.8 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB191.3 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Research and development expenses were RMB78.3 million (US$11.0 million) in the third quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 7% from RMB73.4 million in the third quarter of 2021. The increase was primarily due to the higher salary and welfare benefits expenses and rental expenses.

Selling and marketing expenses were RMB71.2 million (US$10.0 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB88.2 million in the third quarter of 2021, primarily attributable to the decrease in branding and marketing expenses, partially offset by the increased salary and welfare benefits expenses. The Company will evaluate and adjust its marketing strategy and budget based on the Company's performance, operational needs and market conditions.

General and administrative expenses were RMB27.1 million (US$3.8 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB29.7 million in the third quarter of 2021, mainly driven by a decrease in share-based compensation expenses and other miscellaneous expenses.

Operating income was RMB12.5 million (US$1.8 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to an operating loss of RMB40.1 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Non-GAAP operating income4 was RMB20.2 million (US$2.8 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to non-GAAP operating loss of RMB30.1 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Net income was RMB19.8 million (US$2.8 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to net loss of RMB37.1 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Non-GAAP net income was RMB27.5 million (US$3.9 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to non-GAAP net loss of RMB27.2 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Net income attributable to LIZHI INC.s ordinary shareholders was RMB19.8 million (US$2.8 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to net loss attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders of RMB37.1 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to LIZHI INC.s ordinary shareholders5 was RMB27.5 million (US$3.9 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to non-GAAP net loss attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders of RMB27.2 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Basic and diluted net income per ADS6 were RMB0.38 (US$0.05) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to basic and diluted net loss per ADS of RMB0.73 in the third quarter of 2021.

Non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per ADS7 were RMB0.53 (US$0.07) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss of RMB0.54 per ADS in the third quarter of 2021.

Balance Sheets

As of September 30, 2022, the Company had cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash of RMB623.1 million (US$87.6 million).

Litigation Update

On October 1, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (the “Federal Court”) dismissed in full a putative securities class action that had been filed against the Company and denied the plaintiff’s request for leave to amend the complaint. The Federal Court’s dismissal follows the March 2022 dismissal of a substantively similar putative class action filed in the New York Supreme Court, New York County (the “State Court”). Both lawsuits were filed in January 2021 on behalf of a putative class of purchasers of the Company’s ADSs and alleged that LIZHI’s registration statement on Form F-1 dated January 16, 2020 contained material misstatements and/or omissions regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the Company in violation of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933. Both the Federal Court and the State Court granted the Company’s motions to dismiss all claims, concluding that LIZHI’s registration statement was not misleading as a matter of law.

Conference Call

The Company’s management will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on November 16, 2022 (9:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong Time on November 16, 2022).

For participants who wish to join the call, please access the link provided below to complete the online registration 20 minutes prior to the scheduled call start time. Upon registration, participants will receive details for the conference call, including dial-in numbers, a personal PIN and an e-mail with detailed instructions to join the conference call.

Registration Link: https://register.vevent.com/register/BIdc851386d54e40d198eab6de87458639

Once complete the registration, please dial-in 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of the earnings call and enter the personal PIN as instructed to connect to the call.

Additionally, a live webcast of the conference call and a replay of the webcast will be available on the Company's investor relations website at http://ir.lizhi.fm.

About LIZHI INC.

LIZHI INC. has created a comprehensive audio-based social ecosystem with a global presence. The Company aims to cater to users’ interests in audio entertainment and social networking through its product portfolios. LIZHI INC. envisions an audio ecosystem where everyone can be connected and interact through voices. LIZHI INC. has been listed on Nasdaq since January 2020.

For more information, please visit: http://ir.lizhi.fm.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The unaudited condensed consolidated financial information is prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”).

LIZHI uses non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating loss/income, non-GAAP net loss/income, non-GAAP net loss/income attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders and non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss/income per ADS, which are non-GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP gross profit is gross profit excluding share-based compensation expenses. Non-GAAP gross margin is non-GAAP gross profit as a percentage of net revenues. Non-GAAP operating loss/income is operating loss/income excluding share-based compensation expenses. Non-GAAP net loss/income is net loss/income, excluding share-based compensation expenses. Non-GAAP net loss/income attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders is net loss/income attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders, excluding share-based compensation expenses. Non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss/income per ADS is non-GAAP net loss/income attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of ADS used in the calculation of basic and diluted net loss/income per ADS. The Company believes that separate analysis and exclusion of the non-cash impact of the above reconciling item adds clarity to the constituent parts of its performance. The Company reviews these non-GAAP financial measures together with GAAP financial measures to obtain a better understanding of its operating performance. It uses the non-GAAP financial measure for planning, forecasting and measuring results against the forecast. The Company believes that non-GAAP financial measure is useful supplemental information for investors and analysts to assess its operating performance without the non-cash effect of share-based compensation expenses.

However, the use of non-GAAP financial measures has material limitations as an analytical tool. One of the limitations of using non-GAAP financial measures is that they do not include all items that impact the Company’s net income for the period. In addition, because non-GAAP financial measures are not measured in the same manner by all companies, they may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures used by other companies. In light of the foregoing limitations, you should not consider non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, superior to, or as an alternative to the financial measure prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

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 U.S. GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned “Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” near the end of this release. 

Exchange Rate Information

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at a specified rate solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to U.S. dollars and from U.S. dollars to RMB are made at a 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 U.S. dollars amounts referred could be converted into U.S. dollar 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, including but not limited to the following: LIZHI’s goals and strategies; LIZHI’s future business development, results of operations and financial condition; the expected growth of the online audio market; the expectation regarding the rate at which to gain active users, especially paying users; LIZHI’s ability to monetize the user base; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions in China and overseas markets; the impact of the COVID-19 to LIZHI’s business operations and the economy in China and elsewhere generally; any adverse changes in laws, regulations, rules, policies or guidelines applicable to LIZHI; and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. 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. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in the Company’s filings with the Securities Exchange Commission. 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:

LIZHI INC.IR DepartmentTel: +86 (20) 3866-4265E-mail: ir@lizhi.fm

The Piacente Group, Inc.Jenny CaiTel: +86 (10) 6508-0677E-mail: Lizhi@tpg-ir.com

In the United States:

The Piacente Group, Inc. Brandi PiacenteTel: +1-212-481-2050E-mail: Lizhi@tpg-ir.com

LIZHI INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(All amounts in thousands, except for share, ADS, per share data and per ADS data)

  December31,2021   September30,2022   September30,2022
  RMB   RMB   US$
ASSETS          
Current assets          
Cash and cash equivalents 533,293   517,470   72,745
Short-term investments -   100,136   14,077
Restricted cash 4,155   5,538   779
Accounts receivable, net 6,458   3,338   469
Prepayments and other current assets 33,604   28,852   4,056
           
Total current assets 577,510   655,334   92,126
           
Non-current assets          
Property, equipment and leasehold improvement, net 33,391   30,039   4,223
Intangible assets, net 2,245   1,349   190
Right-of-use assets, net 28,941   26,652   3,747
Other non-current assets 799   296   42
           
Total non-current assets  65,376    58,336    8,202
           
TOTAL ASSETS  642,886    713,670    100,328
           
LIABILITIES          
Current liabilities          
Accounts payable  80,793    51,388    7,224
Deferred revenue  20,657    26,514    3,727
Salary and welfare payable  123,075    133,472    18,763
Taxes payable  5,564    5,792    814
Short-term loans  68,999    42,000    5,904
Lease liabilities due within one year  13,929    18,028    2,534
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  53,486    62,031    8,720
           
Total current liabilities  366,503    339,225    47,686
           
Non-current liabilities          
Lease liabilities  17,076    10,195    1,433
Other non-current liabilities  4,452    4,261    599
           
Total non-current liabilities  21,528    14,456    2,032
           
TOTAL LIABILITIES  388,031    353,681    49,718
           

LIZHI INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (CONTINUED)(All amounts in thousands, except for share, ADS, per share data and per ADS data)

    December31,2021     September30,2022     September30,2022  
    RMB     RMB     US$  
                   
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY                  
Class A Ordinary shares (US$0.0001 par value, 1,268,785,000 shares authorized, 798,962,260 shares issued and 782,801,250 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2021; 1,268,785,000 shares authorized, 818,962,260 shares issued and 798,323,930 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2022).   530     543     76  
Class B Ordinary shares (US$0.0001 par value, 231,215,000 shares authorized, issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2022, respectively).   168     168     24  
Treasury stock   (11 )   (14 )   (2 )
Additional paid in capital   2,630,456     2,651,759     372,779  
Accumulated deficit   (2,366,531 )   (2,311,434 )   (324,935 )
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)/income   (9,757 )   18,971     2,669  
TOTAL LIZHI Inc.’s shareholders’ equity   254,855     359,993     50,611  
             
Non-controlling interests   -     (4 )   (1 )
             
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY   254,855     359,989     50,610  
           
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY   642,886     713,670     100,328  
                   

LIZHI INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(All amounts in thousands, except for share, ADS, per share data and per ADS data)

    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September30,2021     June30,2022     September30,2022     September30,2022     September30,2021     September30,2022     September30,2022  
    RMB     RMB     RMB     US$     RMB     RMB     US$  
                                           
Net revenues                            
Audio entertainment revenues   500,792     513,018     562,573     79,085     1,545,171     1,589,613     223,464  
Podcast, advertising and other revenues   4,052     2,676     2,655     373     14,011     8,022     1,128  
Total net revenues   504,844     515,694     565,228     79,458     1,559,182     1,597,635     224,592  
Cost of revenues (1)   (353,575 )   (340,063 )   (376,159 )   (52,880 )   (1,124,099 )   (1,064,843 )   (149,693 )
Gross profit   151,269     175,631     189,069     26,578     435,083     532,792     74,899  
                             
Operating expenses (1)                            
Selling and marketing expenses   (88,230 )   (60,756 )   (71,167 )   (10,004 )   (315,345 )   (191,932 )   (26,981 )
General and administrative expenses   (29,736 )   (30,550 )   (27,093 )   (3,809 )   (72,425 )   (80,021 )   (11,249 )
Research and development expenses   (73,377 )   (70,262 )   (78,320 )   (11,010 )   (191,183 )   (219,676 )   (30,882 )
Total operating expenses   (191,343 )   (161,568 )   (176,580 )   (24,823 )   (578,953 )   (491,629 )   (69,112 )
                             
Operating (loss)/income   (40,074 )   14,063     12,489     1,755     (143,870 )   41,163     5,787  
                             
Interest (expenses)/income, net   (393 )   480     1,321     186     (949 )   1,746     245  
Foreign exchange losses   (279 )   (424 )   (311 )   (44 )   (427 )   (1,121 )   (158 )
Investment income   8     146     409     57     468     649     91  
Government grants   4,084     4,169     4,178     587     9,664     10,973     1,543  
Others, net   (446 )   480     1,736     244     (1,051 )   1,787     251  
                             
(Loss)/income before income taxes   (37,100 )   18,914     19,822     2,785     (136,165 )   55,197     7,759  
                             
Income tax expenses   -     (61 )   -     -     -     (104 )   (15 )
                             
Net (loss)/income   (37,100 )   18,853     19,822     2,785     (136,165 )   55,093     7,744  
                             
Net (income)/loss attributable to the non-controlling interests shareholders   -     (7 )   1     -     -     4     1  
                             
Net (loss)/income attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders   (37,100 )   18,846     19,823     2,785     (136,165 )   55,097     7,745  
                             

LIZHI INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)(All amounts in thousands, except for share, ADS, per share data and per ADS data)

    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September30,2021   June30,2022   September30,2022   September30,2022   September30,2021   September30,2022   September30,2022
    RMB   RMB   RMB   US$   RMB   RMB   US$
                             
Net (loss)/income   (37,100 )   18,853     19,822   2,785   (136,165 )   55,093   7,744
                             
Other comprehensive income/(loss):                            
Foreign currency translation adjustments   1,184     15,344     14,602   2,053   (2,696 )   28,728   4,039
Total comprehensive (loss)/income   (35,916 )   34,197     34,424   4,838   (138,861 )   83,821   11,783
Comprehensive (income)/loss attributable to non‑controlling interests shareholders   -     (7 )   1   -   -     4   1
Comprehensive (loss)/income attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders   (35,916 )   34,190     34,425   4,838   (138,861 )   83,825   11,784
                             
Net (loss)/income attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders per share                            
—Basic   (0.04 )   0.02     0.02   0.00   (0.14 )   0.05   0.01
—Diluted   (0.04 )   0.02     0.02   0.00   (0.14 )   0.05   0.01
Weighted average number of ordinary shares                            
—Basic   1,014,757,633     1,031,036,519     1,040,595,117   1,040,595,117   981,348,659     1,031,562,237   1,031,562,237
—Diluted   1,014,757,633     1,035,130,441     1,045,863,031   1,045,863,031   981,348,659     1,035,643,138   1,035,643,138
                             
Net (loss)/income attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders per ADS                            
—Basic   (0.73 )   0.37     0.38   0.05   (2.78 )   1.07   0.15
—Diluted   (0.73 )   0.36     0.38   0.05   (2.78 )   1.06   0.15
Weighted average number of ADS                            
—Basic   50,737,882     51,551,826     52,029,756   52,029,756   49,067,433     51,578,112   51,578,112
—Diluted   50,737,882     51,756,522     52,293,152   52,293,152   49,067,433     51,782,157   51,782,157
                                   

LIZHI INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)(All amounts in thousands, except for share, ADS, per share data and per ADS data)

(1)   Share-based compensation was allocated in cost of revenues and operating expenses as follows:

    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September30,2021   June30,2022   September30,2022   September30,2022   September30,2021   September30,2022   September30,2022
    RMB   RMB   RMB   US$   RMB   RMB   US$
                             
Cost of revenues   3,183   1,211   1,728   243   8,965   5,545   780
Selling and marketing expenses   1,084   267   455   64   2,392   1,729   243
General and administrative expenses   2,968   2,644   2,157   303   9,617   7,590   1,067
Research and development expenses   2,708   2,993   3,359   472   7,050   8,713   1,225
                             

LIZHI INC.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS(All amounts in thousands, except for share, ADS, per share data and per ADS data)

    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September30,2021   June30,2022   September30,2022   September30,2022   September30,2021   September30,2022   September30,2022
    RMB   RMB   RMB   US$   RMB   RMB   US$
                             
Gross profit   151,269     175,631   189,069   26,578   435,083     532,792   74,899
Share-based compensation expenses   3,183     1,211   1,728   243   8,965     5,545   780
Non-GAAP gross profit   154,452     176,842   190,797   26,821   444,048     538,337   75,679
                             
Operating (loss)/income   (40,074 )   14,063   12,489   1,755   (143,870 )   41,163   5,787
Share-based compensation expenses   9,943     7,115   7,699   1,082   28,024     23,577   3,315
Non-GAAP operating (loss)/income   (30,131 )   21,178   20,188   2,837   (115,846 )   64,740   9,102
                             
Net (loss)/income   (37,100 )   18,853   19,822   2,785   (136,165 )   55,093   7,744
Share-based compensation expenses   9,943     7,115   7,699   1,082   28,024     23,577   3,315
Non-GAAP net (loss)/income   (27,157 )   25,968   27,521   3,867   (108,141 )   78,670   11,059
                             
                             
Net (loss)/income attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders   (37,100 )   18,846   19,823   2,785   (136,165 )   55,097   7,745
Share-based compensation expenses   9,943     7,115   7,699   1,082   28,024     23,577   3,315
Non-GAAP net (loss)/income attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders   (27,157 )   25,961   27,522   3,867   (108,141 )   78,674   11,060
                             
Non-GAAP net (loss)/income attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders per share                            
—Basic   (0.03 )   0.03   0.03   0.00   (0.11 )   0.08   0.01
—Diluted   (0.03 )   0.03   0.03   0.00   (0.11 )   0.08   0.01
Weighted average number of ordinary shares                            
—Basic   1,014,757,633     1,031,036,519   1,040,595,117   1,040,595,117   981,348,659     1,031,562,237   1,031,562,237
—Diluted   1,014,757,633     1,035,130,441   1,045,863,031   1,045,863,031   981,348,659     1,035,643,138   1,035,643,138
                             
Non-GAAP net (loss)/income attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders per ADS                            
—Basic   (0.54 )   0.50   0.53   0.07   (2.20 )   1.53   0.21
—Diluted   (0.54 )   0.50   0.53   0.07   (2.20 )   1.52   0.21
Weighted average number of ADS                            
—Basic   50,737,882     51,551,826   52,029,756   52,029,756   49,067,433     51,578,112   51,578,112
—Diluted   50,737,882     51,756,522   52,293,152   52,293,152   49,067,433     51,782,157   51,782,157
                             

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1 Refers to the average monthly number of active users across our platforms and Apps in a given period, calculated by dividing (i) the sum of mobile active users for each month of such period, by (ii) the number of months in the same period.2 Refers to the average monthly number of paying users in a given period, calculated by dividing (i) the total number of paying users in each month of such period by (ii) the number of months in the same period.3 Non-GAAP gross profit is a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as gross profit excluding share-based compensation expenses. This adjustment amounted to RMB1.7 million (US$0.2 million) in the third quarter of 2022. Please refer to the section below titled “Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” for details.4 Non-GAAP operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as operating income excluding share-based compensation expenses. This adjustment amounted to RMB7.7 million (US$1.1 million) in the third quarter of 2022. Please refer to the section below titled “Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” for details.5 Non-GAAP net income attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders is a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as net income attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders excluding share-based compensation expenses. These adjustments amounted to RMB7.7 million (US$1.1 million) and RMB9.9 million in the third quarter of 2022 and 2021, respectively. Please refer to the section below titled “Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” for details.6 ADS refers to American Depositary Share. Each ADS represents twenty Class A ordinary shares of the Company. Basic and diluted net income per ADS is net income attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders divided by weighted average number of ADS.7 Non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per ADS is a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as non-GAAP net income attributable to LIZHI INC.’s ordinary shareholders divided by weighted average number of ADS used in the calculation of basic and diluted net income per ADS.

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