HANGZHOU, China, Feb. 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES and HKEX: 9999, "NetEase" or the "Company"), one of China's leading internet and online game services providers, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Net revenues were RMB24.4 billion (US$3.8 billion), an increase of 23.3% compared with the fourth quarter of 2020.
    • Online game services net revenues were RMB17.4 billion (US$2.7 billion), an increase of 29.8% compared with the fourth quarter of 2020.
    • Youdao net revenues were RMB1.3 billion (US$209.3 million), an increase of 20.5% compared with the fourth quarter of 2020.
    • Cloud Music net revenues were RMB1.9 billion (US$296.5 million), an increase of 23.9% compared with the fourth quarter of 2020. [1]
    • Innovative businesses and others net revenues were RMB3.8 billion (US$588.9 million), an increase of 0.6% compared with the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Gross profit was RMB12.9 billion (US$2.0 billion), an increase of 30.1% compared with the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Total operating expenses were RMB8.3 billion (US$1.3 billion), an increase of 20.2% compared with the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Net income attributable to the Company's shareholders was RMB5.7 billion (US$893.5 million). Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders was RMB6.6 billion (US$1.0 billion). [2]
  • Basic net income per share was US$0.27 (US$1.36 per ADS). Non-GAAP basic net income per share was US$0.32 (US$1.58 per ADS). [2]

Fourth Quarter 2021 and Early 2022 Operational Highlights

  • New hit titles amassed immediate player popularity including:
    • Naraka: Bladepoint, which continually hit record-high users and was named a "Top Seller" on Steam's Best of 2021 games list. A new Bruce Lee-themed crossover addition also invigorated the global player community.
    • Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, with captivating content updates that drove the game ranking to a leading position on China's iOS download chart and grossing chart multiple times.
    • The Showbiz: Dream Chaser, which ranked No. 1 on China's iOS download chart after its December 2021 debut.
  • Extended the reach of leading franchise titles including both the Fantasy Westward Journey and Westward Journey Online series.
  • Continued the advancement of upcoming games pipeline such as console and mobile versions of Naraka: Bladepoint, Diablo® Immortal™ and Ghost World Chronicle, as well as the roll-out of Harry Potter: Magic Awakened and Dead by Daylight Mobile -NetEase in international markets.
  • Achieved continuing operating cash inflow from Youdao for the fourth quarter of 2021, while advancing its learning services and smart devices.
  • Successfully completed the initial public offering and listing of Cloud Village Inc. (HKEX: 9899, "Cloud Village") on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the "Hong Kong Stock Exchange") in December 2021. Increased Cloud Music's MAUs of online music services around 1% from 2020 to 2021. Continued to nurture independent artists, serving more than 400,000 independent musicians by the end of 2021 through Cloud Music platforms.

[1] Effective in the fourth quarter of 2021, the Company changed its segment disclosure to separately report the results of Cloud Music. As a result, the Company now reports segments as online game services, Youdao, Cloud Music and innovative businesses and others. See "Change of segment reporting" in this announcement.

[2] As used in this announcement, non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders and non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per share and per ADS are defined to exclude share-based compensation expenses. See "Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" in this announcement.

"2021 was a fruitful year with exciting new titles and steady development that propelled growth across our business. We closed the year with total net revenues of RMB24.4 billion in the fourth quarter, up 23.3% year-over-year," said Mr. William Ding, CEO and Director of NetEase. "While our flagship titles remain strong, we also introduced a number of highly successful games, including Naraka: Bladepoint and Harry Potter: Magic Awakened. These new titles further strengthen our portfolio and demonstrate our ability to develop world-class IP. For 2022, we are very excited to introduce more new games to broader demographics, paving the way for solid growth. 

"Having completed Cloud Village's IPO, we will continue to improve our music platforms' infrastructure and offerings to enrich our users' experience. In 2022 we plan to further cultivate our core interests and enhance content within each of our verticals," Mr. Ding concluded.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2021 were RMB24,373.6 million (US$3,824.7 million), compared with RMB22,190.7 million and RMB19,761.7 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively.

Net revenues from online game services were RMB17,397.5 million (US$2,730.1 million) for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with RMB15,899.1 million and RMB13,400.2 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively. Net revenues from mobile games accounted for approximately 68.3% of net revenues from online game services for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with 69.2% and 72.4% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively.

Net revenues from Youdao were RMB1,333.8 million (US$209.3 million) for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with RMB1,387.3 million and RMB1,106.8 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively.

Net revenues from Cloud Music were RMB1,889.3 million (US$296.5 million) for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with RMB1,924.7 million and RMB1,524.5 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively.

Net revenues from innovative businesses and others were RMB3,753.0 million (US$588.9 million) for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with RMB2,979.7 million and RMB3,730.3 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively.    

Gross Profit

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2021 was RMB12,917.8 million (US$2,027.1 million), compared with RMB11,810.8 million and RMB9,927.8 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively.

The quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year increases in online game services gross profit were primarily due to increased net revenues from new games such as Naraka: Bladepoint and Harry Potter: Magic Awakened.

The quarter-over-quarter decrease in Youdao gross profit was primarily due to decreased net revenues from its after-school tutoring services for academic subjects under China's compulsory education system (the "Academic AST Business") which were included in its learning services. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to business development from its learning services.

The quarter-over-quarter increase in Cloud Music gross profit was primarily due to improved cost control. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to the increased net revenues from its social entertainment services and others as well as improved cost control.

The quarter-over-quarter increase in innovative businesses and others gross profit was primarily due to increased gross profit from advertising services and Yanxuan.

Gross Profit Margin

Gross profit margin for online game services for the fourth quarter of 2021 was 64.1%, compared with 64.5% and 63.1% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively. Gross profit margin for online game services generally fluctuates within a narrow band based on the revenue mix of mobile and PC games, as well as NetEase's self-developed and licensed games.

Gross profit margin for Youdao for the fourth quarter of 2021 was 50.7%, compared with 56.6% and 47.5% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively. The quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year fluctuations were mainly due to the development and changes of its Academic AST Business.

Gross profit margin for Cloud Music for the fourth quarter of 2021 was 4.1%, compared with 2.2% and negative gross profit margin of 7.1% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively. The quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year improvements were mainly due to the factors enumerated above.  

Gross profit margin for innovative businesses and others for the fourth quarter of 2021 was 26.8%, compared with 24.2% and 28.2% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively. The quarter-over-quarter increase was primarily due to increased gross profit margin from advertising services.   

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2021 were RMB8,309.6 million (US$1,304.0 million), compared with RMB8,035.6 million and RMB6,915.8 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively. The quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year increases were mainly due to increased marketing expenditures related to online game services, higher staff-related costs and research and development investments, partially offset by decreased marketing expenditures related to Youdao. 

Other Income/ (Expenses)

Other income/ (expenses) consisted of investment (loss)/ income, interest income, exchange (losses)/ gains and others. The quarter-over-quarter increase in net other income was mainly due to higher investment income arising from fair value changes of equity investments, partially offset by higher unrealized exchange losses arising from the Company's U.S. dollar-denominated bank deposits and loans balances as the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against the RMB fluctuated over the periods. The year-over-year increase in net other income was mainly due to higher investment income arising from fair value changes of equity investments and reduced unrealized exchange losses.

Income Taxes 

The Company recorded a net income tax charge of RMB934.0 million (US$146.6 million) for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with RMB807.6 million and RMB552.7 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2021 was 14.2%, compared with 19.6% and 37.2% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively. The effective tax rate represents certain estimates by the Company regarding the tax obligations and benefits applicable to it in each quarter.

Net Income and Non-GAAP Net Income 

Net income attributable to the Company's shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2021 totaled RMB5,694.2 million (US$893.5 million), compared with RMB3,181.8 million and RMB975.7 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively.   

Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2021 totaled RMB6,595.6 million (US$1,035.0 million), compared with RMB3,857.8 million and RMB1,597.9 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively. 

NetEase reported basic net income of US$0.27 per share (US$1.36 per ADS) for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with US$0.15 per share (US$0.75 per ADS) and US$0.05 (US$0.23 per ADS) for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively.

NetEase reported non-GAAP basic net income of US$0.32 per share (US$1.58 per ADS) for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with US$0.18 per share (US$0.91 per ADS) and US$0.08 per share (US$0.37 per ADS) for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2020, respectively.

Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues for fiscal year 2021 were RMB87,606.0 million (US$13,747.3 million), compared with RMB73,667.1 million for fiscal year 2020.

Net revenues from online game services were RMB62,806.5 million (US$9,855.7 million) for fiscal year 2021, compared with RMB54,608.7 million for fiscal year 2020. Net revenues from mobile games accounted for approximately 70.4% of net revenues from online game services for fiscal year 2021, compared with 71.9% for fiscal year 2020.

Net revenues from Youdao were RMB5,354.4 million (US$840.2 million) for fiscal year 2021, compared with RMB3,167.5 million for fiscal year 2020.

Net revenues from Cloud Music were RMB6,997.6 million (US$1,098.1 million) for fiscal year 2021, compared with RMB4,895.7 million for fiscal year 2020.

Net revenues from innovative businesses and others were RMB12,447.6 million (US$1,953.3 million) for fiscal year 2021, compared with RMB10,995.2 million for fiscal year 2020. 

Gross Profit

Gross profit for fiscal year 2021 was RMB46,970.8 million (US$7,370.7 million), compared with RMB38,983.4 million for fiscal year 2020.

The year-over-year increase in online game services gross profit was primarily due to increased net revenues resulting from the launch of new games during the year such as Revelation mobile game, Naraka: Bladepoint and Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, as well as from certain existing games such as the Fantasy Westward Journey series and Sky.   

The year-over-year increase in Youdao gross profit was primarily attributable to increased gross profit from its learning services.   

The year-over-year increase in Cloud Music gross profit was primarily attributable to increased net revenues as well as improved cost control.

The slight year-over-year decrease in innovative businesses and others gross profit was primarily due to decreased gross profit from advertising business.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses for fiscal year 2021 were RMB30,553.7 million (US$4,794.5 million), compared with RMB24,445.0 million for fiscal year 2020. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to increased marketing expenditures especially related to online game services, as well as higher research and development investments and staff-related costs.

Other Income/ (Expenses)

Other income/ (expenses) consisted of investment income, interest income, exchange losses and others. The year-over-year increase in net other income was mainly due to a reduction in unrealized exchange losses recorded as well as higher investment income arising from fair value changes of equity investments.

Income Taxes

The Company recorded a net income tax charge of RMB4,128.3 million (US$647.8 million) for fiscal year 2021, compared with RMB3,041.8 million for fiscal year 2020. The effective tax rate was 19.6% for fiscal year 2021, compared with 19.8% for fiscal year 2020. The slightly lower effective tax rate for fiscal year 2021 was mainly due to reduced unrealized exchange losses.

Net Income and Non-GAAP Net Income

Net income attributable to the Company's shareholders for fiscal year 2021 totaled RMB16,856.8 million (US$2,645.2 million), compared with RMB12,062.8 million for fiscal year 2020.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders for fiscal year 2021 totaled RMB19,761.9 million (US$3,101.1 million), compared with RMB14,706.0 million for fiscal year 2020.

NetEase reported basic net income of US$0.80 per share (US$3.98 per ADS) for fiscal year 2021, compared with US$0.57 per share (US$2.86 per ADS) for fiscal year 2020.

NetEase reported non-GAAP basic net income of US$0.93 per share (US$4.66 per ADS) for fiscal year 2021, compared with US$0.70 per share (US$3.49 per ADS) for fiscal year 2020. 

Quarterly Dividend

The board of directors has approved a dividend of US$0.0810 per share (US$0.4050 per ADS) for the fourth quarter of 2021, to holders of ordinary shares and holders of ADSs as of the close of business on March 11, 2022, Beijing/Hong Kong Time and New York Time, respectively, payable in U.S. dollars. For holders of ordinary shares, in order to qualify for the dividend, all valid documents for the transfer of shares accompanied by the relevant share certificates must be lodged for registration with the Company's Hong Kong branch share registrar, Computershare Hong Kong Investor Services Limited, at Shops 1712-1716, 17th Floor, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen's Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 11, 2022 (Beijing/ Hong Kong Time). The payment date is expected to be on March 22, 2022 for holders of ordinary shares and on or around March 25, 2022 for holders of ADSs.

NetEase paid a dividend of US$0.0450 per share (US$0.2250 per ADS) for the third quarter of 2021 in December 2021.

Currently, the Company's policy is to set quarterly dividends at an amount equivalent to approximately 20%-30% of the Company's anticipated net income after tax in each fiscal quarter. Future declarations of dividends and the establishment of future record and payment dates are subject to the final determination of NetEase's board of directors and will be based upon the Company's operations and earnings, cash flow, financial condition and other relevant factors.

Other Information

As of December 31, 2021, the Company's total cash and cash equivalents, current and non-current time deposits and short-term investments balance totaled RMB103.4 billion (US$16.2 billion), compared with RMB100.1 billion as of December 31, 2020. Cash flow generated from operating activities was RMB24.9 billion (US$3.9 billion) for fiscal year 2021, compared to RMB24.9 billion for fiscal year 2020.

Update on Youdao's Disposal of Academic After-School Tutoring Business

Youdao has ceased offering after-school tutoring services for academic subjects under China's compulsory education system and completed the disposal of this business.

Change in Segment Reporting

Effective in the fourth quarter of 2021, the Company changed its segment disclosure to separately report the results of its Cloud Music business, generated from its majority-controlled subsidiary Cloud Village which completed its initial public offering and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in December 2021. As a result, the Company now reports segments as online game services, Youdao, Cloud Music and innovative businesses and others. This change in segment reporting aligns with the manner, in which the Company's chief operating decision maker ("CODM") currently receives and uses financial information to allocate resources and evaluate the performance of reporting segments. The Company retrospectively revised prior period segment information to conform to current periods presentation.  

Share Repurchase / Purchase Program

On February 25, 2021, the Company announced that its board of directors had approved a share repurchase program of up to US$2.0 billion of the Company's outstanding ADSs and ordinary shares in open market transactions for a period not to exceed 24 months beginning on March 2, 2021. On August 31, 2021, the Company announced that its board of directors had approved an amendment to such program to increase the total authorized repurchase amount to US$3.0 billion. As of December 31, 2021, approximately 18.5 million ADSs had been repurchased under this program for a total cost of US$1.8 billion.

On August 31, 2021, the Company announced that its board of directors had approved a share purchase program of up to US$50.0 million of Youdao's outstanding ADSs for a period not to exceed 36 months beginning on September 2, 2021. Under the terms of this program, NetEase may purchase Youdao's ADSs in open-market transactions on the New York Stock Exchange. As of December 31, 2021, approximately 0.6 million ADSs had been purchased under this program for a total cost of US$8.2 million.

The extent to which NetEase repurchases its ADSs and its ordinary shares or purchases Youdao's ADSs will depend upon a variety of factors, including market conditions. These programs may be suspended or discontinued at any time.

** The United States dollar (US$) amounts disclosed in this announcement are presented solely for the convenience of the reader. The percentages stated are calculated based on RMB. 

Conference Call

NetEase's management team will host a teleconference call with simultaneous webcast at 7:00 a.m. New York Time on Thursday, February 24, 2022 (Beijing/Hong Kong Time: 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 24, 2022). NetEase's management will be on the call to discuss the quarterly results and answer questions.

Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 1-646-828-8073 and providing conference ID: 6712767, 15 minutes prior to the initiation of the call. A replay of the call will be available by dialing 1-719-457-0820 and entering passcode 6712767#. The replay will be available through March 9, 2022.   

This call will be webcast live and the replay will be available for 12 months. Both will be available on NetEase's Investor Relations website at http://ir.netease.com/.

About NetEase, Inc.

As a leading internet technology company based in China, NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES and HKEX: 9999, "NetEase") provides premium online services centered around innovative and diverse content, community, communication and commerce. NetEase develops and operates some of China's most popular mobile and PC games. In more recent years, NetEase has expanded into international markets including Japan and North America. In addition to its self-developed game content, NetEase partners with other leading game developers, such as Blizzard Entertainment and Mojang AB (a Microsoft subsidiary), to operate globally renowned games in China. NetEase's other innovative service offerings include the majority-controlled subsidiaries Youdao (NYSE: DAO), China's leading intelligent learning company, and Cloud Village (HKEX: 9899), also known as NetEase Cloud Music, China's leading online music content community, as well as Yanxuan, NetEase's private label e-commerce platform. For more information, please visit: http://ir.netease.com/.  

Forward Looking Statements

This announcement contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. In addition, statements that are not historical facts, including statements about NetEase's strategies and business plans, its expectations regarding the growth of its business and its revenue and the quotations from management in this announcement are or contain forward-looking statements. NetEase may also make forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), in announcements made on the website of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the "Hong Kong Stock Exchange"), in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. The accuracy of these statements may be impacted by a number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated, including risks related to: the risk that the online game market will not continue to grow or that NetEase will not be able to maintain its position in that market in China or globally; the risk that COVID-19 or other health risks in China or globally could adversely affect the Company's operations or financial results; risks associated with NetEase's business and operating strategies and its ability to implement such strategies; NetEase's ability to develop and manage its operations and business; competition for, among other things, capital, technology and skilled personnel; potential changes in government regulation that could adversely affect the industry and geographical markets in which NetEase operates, including, among others, initiatives to enhance supervision of companies listed on an overseas stock exchange and tighten scrutiny over data privacy and data security, as well as the risk that NetEase's ADSs could be barred from trading in the United States as a result of the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act and the rules promulgated thereunder; the risk that NetEase may not be able to continuously develop new and creative online services or that NetEase will not be able to set, or follow in a timely manner, trends in the market; competition in NetEase's existing and potential markets; and the risk that fluctuations in the value of the Renminbi with respect to other currencies could adversely affect NetEase's business and financial results. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in NetEase's filings with the SEC and announcements on the website of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. NetEase does not undertake any obligation to update this forward-looking information, except as required under the applicable law. 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

NetEase considers and uses non-GAAP financial measures, such as non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders and non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per share and per ADS, as supplemental metrics in reviewing and assessing its operating performance and formulating its business plan. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP").

NetEase defines non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders as net income attributable to the Company's shareholders excluding share-based compensation expenses. Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders enables NetEase's management to assess its operating results without considering the impact of share-based compensation expenses. NetEase believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors in understanding and evaluating the Company's current operating performance and prospects in the same manner as management does, if they so choose. NetEase also believes that the use of this non-GAAP financial measure facilitates investors' assessment of its operating performance.

Non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools. One of the key limitations of using non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders is that it does not reflect all items of income / expense that affect our operations. Share-based compensation expenses have been and may continue to be incurred in NetEase's business and are not reflected in the presentation of non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders. In addition, the non-GAAP financial measures NetEase uses may differ from the non-GAAP measures used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited.

NetEase compensates for these limitations by reconciling non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders to the nearest U.S. GAAP performance measure, all of which should be considered when evaluating the Company's performance. See "Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" at the end of this announcement. NetEase encourages you to review its financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure. 

 

 

NETEASE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)
















 December 31,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  



2020


2021


2021



 RMB  


 RMB  


 USD (Note 1) 

Assets







Current assets:







   Cash and cash equivalents


9,117,219


14,498,157


2,275,077

   Time deposits


71,079,327


70,754,846


11,102,979

   Restricted cash


3,051,386


2,876,628


451,406

   Accounts receivable, net


4,576,445


5,507,988


864,324

   Inventories, net


591,508


964,733


151,388

   Prepayments and other current assets, net


6,076,543


6,235,857


978,541

   Short-term investments


13,273,026


12,281,548


1,927,243

   Assets held for sale


65,589


497


78

Total current assets


107,831,043


113,120,254


17,751,036








Non-current assets:







   Property, equipment and software, net 


4,549,943


5,433,858


852,691

   Land use right, net


4,178,257


4,108,090


644,649

   Deferred tax assets 


1,086,759


1,297,954


203,677

   Time deposits


6,630,000


5,823,840


913,888

   Restricted cash


-


1,330


209

   Other long-term assets, net


17,593,117


23,857,510


3,743,763

   Assets held for sale


5,463


1,088


171

Total non-current assets


34,043,539


40,523,670


6,359,048

Total assets 


141,874,582


153,643,924


24,110,084








Liabilities,  Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests
    and Shareholders' Equity







Current liabilities:







   Accounts payable 


1,134,413


985,059


154,577

   Salary and welfare payables


3,538,732


4,133,254


648,598

   Taxes payable


4,282,835


4,537,050


711,962

   Short-term loans


19,504,696


19,352,313


3,036,800

   Deferred revenue


10,398,872


12,132,743


1,903,892

   Accrued liabilities and other payables


7,337,672


9,360,907


1,468,931

   Liabilites held for sale


546,271


-


-

Total current liabilities


46,743,491


50,501,326


7,924,760








Non-current liabilities:







   Deferred tax liabilities


713,439


1,345,874


211,197

   Long-term loan


-


1,275,140


200,097

   Other long-term liabilities


623,728


1,097,708


172,254

Total non-current liabilities


1,337,167


3,718,722


583,548

Total liabilities


48,080,658


54,220,048


8,508,308








Redeemable noncontrolling interests 


10,796,120


145,238


22,791








NetEase, Inc.'s shareholders' equity


82,126,798


95,328,080


14,959,056

Noncontrolling interests


871,006


3,950,558


619,929

Total shareholders' equity


82,997,804


99,278,638


15,578,985








Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling 
    interests and shareholders' equity    


141,874,582


153,643,924


24,110,084








The accompanying notes are an integral part of this announcement.





 

 

NETEASE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(in thousands, except per share data or per ADS data)




 Three Months Ended 


Year Ended



 December 31, 


 September 30,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  



2020


2021


2021


2021


2020


2021


2021



 RMB 


 RMB 


 RMB 


 USD (Note 1) 


RMB


RMB


USD (Note 1)
















Net revenues


19,761,738


22,190,749


24,373,565


3,824,744


73,667,133


87,606,026


13,747,297

Cost of revenues


(9,833,976)


(10,379,981)


(11,455,785)


(1,797,662)


(34,683,731)


(40,635,225)


(6,376,553)

Gross profit


9,927,762


11,810,768


12,917,780


2,027,082


38,983,402


46,970,801


7,370,744
















Operating expenses:















Selling and marketing expenses 


(3,076,499)


(3,134,030)


(3,300,032)


(517,847)


(10,703,788)


(12,214,191)


(1,916,673)

General and administrative expenses


(809,956)


(1,140,296)


(1,161,876)


(182,324)


(3,371,827)


(4,263,549)


(669,044)

Research and development expenses 


(3,029,376)


(3,761,239)


(3,847,704)


(603,789)


(10,369,382)


(14,075,991)


(2,208,830)

Total operating expenses


(6,915,831)


(8,035,565)


(8,309,612)


(1,303,960)


(24,444,997)


(30,553,731)


(4,794,547)

Operating profit


3,011,931


3,775,203


4,608,168


723,122


14,538,405


16,417,070


2,576,197
















Other income/ (expenses):















Investment (loss)/ income, net


(271,866)


(264,611)


1,627,642


255,413


1,610,045


2,947,721


462,562

Interest income, net


410,001


349,550


395,029


61,989


1,598,618


1,519,714


238,476

Exchange (losses)/ gains, net


(1,801,891)


153,310


(331,390)


(52,003)


(3,112,152)


(490,481)


(76,967)

Other, net


139,321


117,636


297,244


46,644


737,168


710,435


111,482

Income before tax


1,487,496


4,131,088


6,596,693


1,035,165


15,372,084


21,104,459


3,311,750

Income tax


(552,661)


(807,648)


(933,985)


(146,563)


(3,041,849)


(4,128,269)


(647,815)

Net income


934,835


3,323,440


5,662,708


888,602


12,330,235


16,976,190


2,663,935
















Accretion and deemed dividends in
    connection with repurchase of
    redeemable noncontrolling interests


(131,604)


(147,825)


(99,914)


(15,678)


(787,029)


(536,981)


(84,265)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling
    interests


172,471


6,167


131,360


20,613


519,548


417,633


65,536

Net income attributable to the
    Company's shareholders


975,702


3,181,782


5,694,154


893,537


12,062,754


16,856,842


2,645,206
















Net income per share *















Basic


0.29


0.96


1.74


0.27


3.65


5.07


0.80

Diluted


0.29


0.95


1.71


0.27


3.60


5.01


0.79
















Net income per ADS *















Basic


1.45


4.78


8.68


1.36


18.25


25.34


3.98

Diluted


1.43


4.73


8.57


1.34


18.01


25.03


3.93
















Weighted average number of ordinary 
    shares used in calculating net income
    per share *















Basic


3,362,793


3,325,892


3,281,172


3,281,172


3,305,448


3,325,864


3,325,864

Diluted


3,411,169


3,361,727


3,323,004


3,323,004


3,349,759


3,367,478


3,367,478
















*  Each ADS represents five ordinary shares.













The accompanying notes are an integral part of this announcement.











 

 

NETEASE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)




Three Months Ended


Year Ended



 December 31, 


 September 30,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  



2020


2021


2021


2021


2020


2021


2021



 RMB  


 RMB  


 RMB  


 USD (Note 1) 


 RMB  


 RMB  


 USD (Note 1) 

Cash flows from operating activities:















     Net income  


934,835


3,323,440


5,662,708


888,602


12,330,235


16,976,190


2,663,935

     Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided
         by operating activities: 















     Depreciation and amortization 


962,526


805,485


836,042


131,193


3,457,782


3,275,727


514,033

     Fair value changes of equity security investments  


559,104


1,194,338


(984,901)


(154,552)


(720,565)


(471,880)


(74,048)

     Impairment losses of investments and other long-term assets 


51,795


26,055


69,572


10,917


58,395


100,424


15,759

     Fair value changes of short-term investments 


(118,945)


(184,564)


(166,513)


(26,129)


(580,732)


(639,757)


(100,392)

     Share-based compensation cost 


628,979


688,226


1,002,899


157,377


2,663,489


3,041,492


477,276

     (Reversal of)/ allowance for expected credit losses 


(5,888)


212,010


12,932


2,029


40,600


265,930


41,730

     Losses on disposal of property, equipment and software  


2,730


4,008


48,779


7,654


6,482


54,052


8,482

     Unrealized exchange losses/ (gains) 


1,796,532


(157,292)


347,235


54,489


3,102,492


488,604


76,673

     Losses/ (gains) on disposal of long-term investments, 
         business and subsidiaries 


178


(1)


(13,091)


(2,054)


(27,063)


(186,920)


(29,332)

     Deferred income taxes 


(74,041)


307,994


(431,015)


(67,636)


88,179


407,948


64,016

     Share of results on equity method investees and revaluation
        results from previously held equity interest 


(216,528)


(730,363)


(448,053)


(70,309)


(302,602)


(1,573,068)


(246,849)

     Changes in operating assets and liabilities:  















         Accounts receivable 


355,495


(1,178,290)


(97,064)


(15,231)


(530,413)


(1,186,586)


(186,201)

         Inventories 


(96,499)


(154,072)


73,588


11,548


29,699


(343,587)


(53,916)

         Prepayments and other assets 


791,254


(38,490)


870,684


136,629


(13,554)


640,349


100,485

         Accounts payable 


136,213


172,696


(89,207)


(13,999)


(86,352)


(155,262)


(24,364)

         Salary and welfare payables 


1,382,442


(647,029)


1,521,743


238,795


528,927


505,334


79,298

         Taxes payable 


220,244


(434,893)


528,725


82,968


1,126,648


255,060


40,024

         Deferred revenue 


568,704


2,154,751


(1,162,982)


(182,497)


2,342,916


1,351,261


212,042

         Accrued liabilities and other payables 


335,117


928,647


786,517


123,422


1,373,608


2,121,416


332,896

     Net cash provided by operating activities 


8,214,247


6,292,656


8,368,598


1,313,216


24,888,171


24,926,727


3,911,547
















Cash flows from investing activities:















     Purchase of property, equipment and software 


(303,347)


(407,688)


(442,524)


(69,442)


(1,055,572)


(1,601,830)


(251,362)

     Proceeds from sale of property, equipment and software 


7,895


11,030


56,517


8,869


17,540


71,524


11,224

     Purchase of intangible assets, content and licensed
        copyrights 


(333,507)


(218,168)


(297,142)


(46,628)


(2,234,915)


(1,508,179)


(236,666)

     Net change in short-term investments with terms of three
        months or less 


(2,257,404)


167,978


(1,474,371)


(231,361)


(1,655,930)


3,694,890


579,809

     Purchase of short-term investments with terms over three
        months 


(2,200,000)


(630,000)


(4,300,000)


(674,764)


(19,905,000)


(15,285,000)


(2,398,550)

     Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments with terms
        over three months 


3,597,659


6,251,750


3,313,543


519,967


24,126,210


13,235,845


2,076,993

     Investment in long-term investments and acquisition of
        subsidiaries    


(1,034,392)


(586,124)


(2,020,029)


(316,987)


(2,407,692)


(6,541,567)


(1,026,515)

     Proceeds from disposal of long-term investments, 
        businesses and subsidiaries 


93,926


33,731


616,542


96,749


722,076


1,115,457


175,039

     Placement/rollover of matured time deposits 


(14,720,632)


(11,723,614)


(26,628,133)


(4,178,535)


(91,518,767)


(81,298,080)


(12,757,443)

     Proceeds from maturities of time deposits 


18,246,875


28,328,155


15,707,821


2,464,900


64,880,317


81,307,297


12,758,889

     Change in other long-term assets 


(52,092)


(69,429)


(99,692)


(15,644)


(160,674)


(268,651)


(42,157)

     Net cash provided by/(used in) investing activities 


1,044,981


21,157,621


(15,567,468)


(2,442,876)


(29,192,407)


(7,078,294)


(1,110,739)
















The accompanying notes are an integral part of this announcement.













 

 

NETEASE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (CONTINUED)

(in thousands)




Three Months Ended


Year Ended



 December 31, 


 September 30,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  



2020


2021


2021


2021


2020


2021


2021



 RMB  


 RMB  


 RMB  


 USD (Note 1) 


 RMB  


 RMB  


 USD (Note 1) 

Cash flows from financing activities:















     Proceed of bank loan with terms over three months 


607,043


612,885


2,277,171


357,338


1,136,495


4,447,586


697,923

     Payment of bank loan with terms over three months 


(361,973)


(235,284)


(1,311,823)


(205,854)


(818,539)


(2,297,135)


(360,471)

     Net changes in bank loans with terms of three months or less       


(2,152,677)


(7,967,910)


425,020


66,695


3,723,109


(442,207)


(69,392)

     (Paid for)/ net amounts received from NetEase's issuance of
         shares in Hong Kong 


(171,440)


-


-


-


21,911,815


(13,800)


(2,165)

     Capital contribution from/ (repurchase of) noncontrolling interests 
        and redeemable noncontrolling interests shareholders, net 


10,609


34,800


1,320,122


207,156


(268,343)


2,870,147


450,389

     Cash paid for repurchase of NetEase's ADSs/ purchase of
        subsidiaries' ADSs and shares       


(3,445,930)


(6,310,841)


(2,112,256)


(331,459)


(11,490,988)


(12,910,533)


(2,025,944)

     Dividends paid to noncontrolling shareholders 


-


-


(731,250)


(114,749)


-


(731,250)


(114,749)

     Dividends paid to NetEase's shareholders 


(861,211)


(1,028,116)


(940,540)


(147,591)


(4,280,462)


(3,508,377)


(550,541)

     Net cash (used in)/ provided by financing activities      


(6,375,579)


(14,894,466)


(1,073,556)


(168,464)


9,913,087


(12,585,569)


(1,974,950)
















 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents 















     and restricted cash held in foreign currencies 


(67,229)


14,435


(80,670)


(12,659)


161,894


(55,354)


(8,686)

 Net increase/ (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash                


2,816,420


12,570,246


(8,353,096)


(1,310,783)


5,770,745


5,207,510


817,172

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, at the beginning
    of the period


9,352,185


13,158,965


25,729,211


4,037,475


6,397,860


12,168,605


1,909,520

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, at end of the period


12,168,605


25,729,211


17,376,115


2,726,692


12,168,605


17,376,115


2,726,692
















Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:















     Cash paid for income tax, net 


347,389


898,112


858,304


134,687


2,046,119


3,547,299


556,649

     Cash paid for interest expense 


46,177


52,765


42,879


6,729


246,051


187,628


29,443
















The accompanying notes are an integral part of this announcement.














 

 

NETEASE, INC.

UNAUDITED SEGMENT INFORMATION

(in thousands, except percentages)

















Three Months Ended


Year Ended



 December 31, 


 September 30,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  


December 31, 



2020


2021


2021


2021


2020


2021


2021



RMB


RMB


RMB


USD (Note 1)


RMB


RMB


USD (Note 1)

Net revenues:















Online game services


13,400,182


15,899,070


17,397,517


2,730,050


54,608,717


62,806,453


9,855,703

Youdao


1,106,796


1,387,292


1,333,791


209,301


3,167,515


5,354,357


840,215

Cloud Music


1,524,509


1,924,683


1,889,265


296,467


4,895,731


6,997,622


1,098,080

Innovative businesses and others


3,730,251


2,979,704


3,752,992


588,926


10,995,170


12,447,594


1,953,299

Total net revenues


19,761,738


22,190,749


24,373,565


3,824,744


73,667,133


87,606,026


13,747,297
















Cost of revenues:















Online game services


(4,942,484)


(5,637,027)


(6,239,410)


(979,100)


(19,847,846)


(22,101,116)


(3,468,147)

Youdao


(581,327)


(601,741)


(657,329)


(103,149)


(1,713,229)


(2,448,146)


(384,168)

Cloud Music


(1,632,497)


(1,881,859)


(1,812,036)


(284,348)


(5,491,066)


(6,854,948)


(1,075,691)

Innovative businesses and others


(2,677,668)


(2,259,354)


(2,747,010)


(431,065)


(7,631,590)


(9,231,015)


(1,448,547)

Total cost of revenues


(9,833,976)


(10,379,981)


(11,455,785)


(1,797,662)


(34,683,731)


(40,635,225)


(6,376,553)
















Gross profit:















Online game services


8,457,698


10,262,043


11,158,107


1,750,950


34,760,871


40,705,337


6,387,556

Youdao


525,469


785,551


676,462


106,152


1,454,286


2,906,211


456,047

Cloud Music


(107,988)


42,824


77,229


12,119


(595,335)


142,674


22,389

Innovative businesses and others


1,052,583


720,350


1,005,982


157,861


3,363,580


3,216,579


504,752

Total gross profit


9,927,762


11,810,768


12,917,780


2,027,082


38,983,402


46,970,801


7,370,744
















Gross profit margin:















Online game services


63.1%


64.5%


64.1%


64.1%


63.7%


64.8%


64.8%

Youdao


47.5%


56.6%


50.7%


50.7%


45.9%


54.3%


54.3%

Cloud Music


(7.1%)


2.2%


4.1%


4.1%


(12.2%)


2.0%


2.0%

Innovative businesses and others


28.2%


24.2%


26.8%


26.8%


30.6%


25.8%


25.8%
















The accompanying notes are an integral part of this announcement.











 

 

NETEASE, INC.

Notes to Unaudited Financial Information

Note 1: The conversion of Renminbi (RMB) into United States dollars (USD) is based on the noon buying rate of USD1.00 = RMB6.3726 on the last trading day of December 2021 (December 30, 2021) as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted into US$ at that rate on December 30, 2021, or at any other certain date.

Note 2: Share-based compensation cost reported in the Company's unaudited condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income is set out as follows in RMB and USD (in thousands):



Three Months Ended


Year Ended



December 30, 


September 30, 


December 31, 


December 31, 


December 31, 


December 31, 


December 31, 



2020


2021


2021


2021


2020


2021


2021



RMB


RMB


RMB


USD (Note 1)


RMB


RMB


USD (Note 1)

Share-based compensation cost included in:















Cost of revenues


181,871


180,669


267,424


41,965


794,855


833,389


130,777

Operating expenses















- Selling and marketing expenses


24,892


29,289


38,657


6,066


102,300


118,611


18,613

- General and administrative expenses


214,730


258,805


358,595


56,271


929,013


1,105,547


173,484

- Research and development expenses


207,486


219,463


338,223


53,075


837,321


983,945


154,402
















The accompanying notes are an integral part of this announcement.














Note 3: The unaudited financial information disclosed in this press release is preliminary. The audit of the financial statements and related notes to be included in the Company's annual report to shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2021 is still in progress. In addition, because an audit of the Company's internal controls over financial reporting in connection with section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 has not yet been completed, the Company makes no representation as to the effectiveness of those internal controls as of the end of fiscal year 2021. 

Adjustments to the financial statements may be identified when the audit work is completed, which could result in significant differences between the Company's audited financial statements and this preliminary unaudited financial information.

Note 4: The financial information prepared and presented in this announcement might be different from those published and to be published by NetEase's listed subsidiaries to meet the disclosure requirements under U.S. GAAP or different accounting standards requirement.

Note 5: The unaudited reconciliation on GAAP and non-GAAP results is set out as follows in RMB and USD (in thousands, except per share data or per ADS data):




Three Months Ended


Year Ended



 December 31, 



 September 30,  


 December 31,  


 December 31,  


December 31, 


December 31, 


December 31, 



2020



2021


2021


2021


2020


2021


2021



RMB



RMB


RMB


USD (Note 1)


RMB


RMB


USD (Note 1)

Net income attributable to the Company's shareholders


975,702



3,181,782


5,694,154


893,537


12,062,754


16,856,842


2,645,206

Add: Share-based compensation


622,185



675,999


901,421


141,453


2,643,287


2,905,065


455,868

Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's
    shareholders


1,597,887



3,857,781


6,595,575


1,034,990


14,706,041


19,761,907


3,101,074

















Non-GAAP net income per share *
















Basic


0.48



1.16


2.01


0.32


4.45


5.94


0.93

Diluted


0.47



1.15


1.98


0.31


4.39


5.87


0.92

















Non-GAAP net income per ADS *
















Basic


2.38



5.80


10.05


1.58


22.25


29.71


4.66

Diluted


2.34



5.74


9.92


1.56


21.95


29.34


4.60

















*  Each ADS represents five ordinary shares.
















The accompanying notes are an integral part of this announcement.















 

 

Contact for Media and Investors:

Margaret Shi 
Email: ir@service.netease.com
Tel: (+86) 571-8985-3378
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NetEase_Global

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