HANGZHOU, China, May 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Youdao, Inc. ("Youdao" or the "Company") (NYSE: DAO), a leading technology-focused intelligent learning company in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

First Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights[1]

  • Total net revenues were RMB1.2 billion (US$189.4 million), representing a 26.6% increase from the same period in 2021.
    - Net revenues from learning services were RMB826.0 million (US$130.3 million), representing a 36.1% increase from the same period in 2021.
    - Net revenues from smart devices were RMB253.2 million (US$39.9 million), representing a 25.4% increase from the same period in 2021.
    - Net revenues from online marketing services were RMB121.4 million (US$19.1 million), representing a 12.7% decrease from the same period in 2021.
  • Gross margin was 53.5%, compared to 52.4% for the same period in 2021.

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

"We are pleased to report our solid performance in the first quarter of 2022 following the cessation of our K-9 academic AST business at the end of December 2021, with record-breaking revenues and overall gross margin, as well as a significant improvement in operating loss," said Dr. Feng Zhou, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Youdao. "Our transition is smooth. We were able to grow our smart devices and STEAM courses as originally planned. Our net revenue was RMB1.2 billion, up 26.6% year-over-year and 14.5% quarter-over-quarter, achieving new record-high revenue. We also achieved new record in quarterly gross margin with an overall gross margin of 53.5% in this quarter. Furthermore, we narrowed operating loss by 49.6% quarter-over-quarter to RMB125.1 million, from a loss of RMB248.3 million in Q4 2021, and by 41.6% year-over-year from a loss of RMB214.3 million in Q1 2021. These results amid a challenging macro environment clearly reflect our strengthening fundamentals as well as the effectiveness of our strategy."

"Looking ahead, we will continue to implement our strategy of four growth pillars, i.e. smart devices, STEAM courses, vocational education and education digitization. The first two, smart devices and STEAM courses, are at a larger scale and already contribute a significant portion of our business. The latter two are making good progress in terms of product development and business model validation. We expect to see challenges, including this new wave of COVID pandemic in China. We will endeavor to overcome them through our diversity of businesses, large user bases and deep technical roots for innovation," Dr. Zhou concluded.

First Quarter of 2022 Financial Results 

Net Revenues

Net revenues for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB1.2 billion (US$189.4 million), representing a 26.6% increase from RMB948.0 million for the same period of 2021.

Net revenues from learning services were RMB826.0 million (US$130.3 million) for the first quarter of 2022, representing a 36.1% increase from RMB607.0 million for the same period of 2021. The year-over-year growth from learning services was driven by the growth in active users compared with the same period of 2021.

Net revenues from smart devices were RMB253.2 million (US$39.9 million) for the first quarter of 2022, representing a 25.4% increase from RMB201.9 million for the same period of 2021, primarily driven by the increase in sales volume of Youdao Dictionary Pen in the first quarter of 2022.

Net revenues from online marketing services were RMB121.4 million (US$19.1 million) for the first quarter of 2022, representing a 12.7% decrease from RMB139.1 million for the same period of 2021. The decrease was mainly attributable to the curtailed advertising budget of partial advertising customers.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB641.8 million (US$101.2 million), representing a 29.3% increase from RMB496.4 million for the same period of 2021. Gross margin increased to 53.5% for the first quarter of 2022 from 52.4% for the same period of 2021.

Gross margin for learning services increased to 63.9% for the first quarter of 2022 from 63.4% for the same period of 2021.

Gross margin for smart devices decreased to 33.7% for the first quarter of 2022 from 44.1% for the same period of 2021. The decrease was due to more sales contributed from offline distributors, which had lower gross margin.

Gross margin for online marketing services was 23.7% for the first quarter of 2022, compared with 16.4% for the same period of 2021. The increase was mainly attributable to the improved distribution of third parties' internet properties, which improved gross margin over the same period of 2021.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB766.9 million (US$121.0 million), compared with RMB710.8 million for the same period of last year.

Sales and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB506.4 million (US$79.9 million), representing a decrease of 7.7% from RMB548.7 million for the same period of 2021. This decrease was due to the reduction in marketing expenditures in tutoring services in the first quarter of 2022 due to the changing regulatory environment, and partially offset by the increase in marketing expenditures in smart devices.

Research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB203.0 million (US$32.0 million), representing an increase of 59.0% from RMB127.7 million for the same period of 2021. The increase was primarily due to higher payroll-related expenses associated with a larger number of development and technology professionals in smart devices and education digitalization solutions sectors.

General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB57.6 million (US$9.1 million), representing an increase of 67.6% from RMB34.3 million for the same period of 2021. The increase was mainly attributable to an increase in employee headcount and related expenses in the first quarter of 2022.

Loss from Operations

Loss from operations for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB125.1 million (US$19.7 million), compared with RMB214.3 million for the same period in 2021. The margin of loss from operations was 10.4%, compared with 22.6% for the same period of last year.

Net Loss from Continuing Operations Attributable to Youdao's Ordinary Shareholders

Net loss from continuing operations attributable to Youdao's ordinary shareholders for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB95.4 million (US$15.1 million), compared with RMB219.3 million for the same period of last year. Non-GAAP net loss from continuing operations attributable to Youdao's ordinary shareholders for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB70.9 million (US$11.2 million), compared with RMB204.8 million for the same period of last year.

Basic and diluted net loss per American depositary shares ("ADSs") of the Company from continuing operations attributable to ordinary shareholders for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB0.77 (US$0.12), compared with RMB1.85 for the same period of 2021. Non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss from continuing operations per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB0.57 (US$0.09), compared with RMB1.73 for the same period of 2021.

Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2022, Youdao's cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, time deposits and short-term investments totaled RMB1.2 billion (US$183.0 million), compared with RMB1.6 billion as of December 31, 2021. For the first quarter of 2022, net cash used in continuing operating activities was RMB425.6 million (US$67.1 million), capital expenditures totaled RMB6.5 million (US$1.0 million), and depreciation and amortization expenses amounted to RMB8.2 million (US$1.3 million). Youdao's ability to continue as a going concern is dependent on management's ability to implement an effective business plan in future periods in light of the changing regulatory environment, generate operating cash flows and continue to be able to obtain outside sources of financing as necessary for Youdao's future development. As of the date of this release, Youdao has received various financial support from the NetEase Group, including, among others, RMB878.0 million short-term loans and US$70.0 million long-term loans with maturity dated March 31, 2024 drawn down under the US$300.0 million revolving loan facility. In support of Youdao's future business, NetEase Group has agreed to provide financial support for Youdao's continuing operations.

As of March 31, 2022, the Company's contract liabilities, which mainly consisted of deferred revenues generated from Youdao's learning services, were RMB729.5 million (US$115.1 million), compared with RMB1.1 billion as of December 31, 2021.

Conference Call

Youdao's management team will host a teleconference call with simultaneous webcast at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 (Beijing/Hong Kong Time: 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2022). Youdao's management will be on the call to discuss the financial results and answer questions.

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

United States (toll free):

+1-888-346-8982

International:

+1-412-902-4272

Mainland China (toll free):

400-120-1203

Hong Kong (toll free): 

800-905-945

Hong Kong:

+852-3018-4992

Conference ID:

8183251

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's investor relations website at http://ir.youdao.com.

A replay of the conference call will be accessible by phone one hour after the conclusion of the live call at the following numbers, until May 31, 2022:

United States:                  

+1-877-344-7529

International:

+1-412-317-0088

Replay Access Code:

8183251

About Youdao, Inc. 

Youdao, Inc. (NYSE: DAO) is a leading technology-focused intelligent learning company in China dedicated to developing and using technologies to provide learning content, applications and solutions to users of all ages. Building on the popularity of its online knowledge tools such as Youdao Dictionary and Youdao Translation, Youdao now offers smart devices, STEAM courses, adult and vocational courses, and education digitalization solutions. In addition, Youdao has developed a variety of interactive learning apps. Youdao was founded in 2006 as part of NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES; HKEX: 9999), a leading internet technology company in China.

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

Non-GAAP Measures

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

Youdao defines non-GAAP net income/(loss) from continuing operations attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders as net income/(loss) from continuing operations attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders excluding share-based compensation expenses, amortization of intangible assets from business combination, impairment of intangible assets from business combination and impairment of long-term investments, adjusted for GAAP to non-GAAP by reconciling items for the income/(loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests. Non-GAAP net income/(loss) from continuing operations attributable to the Company's shareholders enables Youdao's management to assess its operating results without considering the impact of these items, which are non-cash charges in nature. Youdao believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors in understanding and evaluating the Company's current operating performance and prospects in the same manner as management does, if they so choose.

Non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, which possibly does not reflect all items of expense that affect our operations. In addition, the non-GAAP financial measures Youdao uses may differ from the non-GAAP measures uses by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited.

The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP Results" set forth at the end of this release.

The accompanying tables have more details on the reconciliations between our GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures. Youdao encourages you to review its financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure. 

Exchange Rate Information

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars ("US$") at specified rates solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise stated, all translations from RMB to US$ were made at the rate of RMB6.3393 to US$1.00, the exchange rate on March 31, 2022 set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or US$ amounts referred could be converted into US$ or RMB, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all.

Safe Harbor Statement

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

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

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

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

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

 

 

 

YOUDAO, INC.






UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS






(RMB and USD in thousands)



















As of December 31,


As of March 31,


As of March 31,


2021


2022


2022


RMB


RMB


USD(1)







Assets






Current assets:






  Cash and cash equivalents

322,777


415,164


65,491

  Time deposits

268


273


43

  Restricted cash

749,770


738,234


116,454

  Short-term investments

503,831


6,124


966

  Accounts receivable, net

248,339


290,426


45,814

  Inventories, net

255,411


213,726


33,714

  Amounts due from NetEase Group

6,192


9,997


1,577

  Prepayment and other current assets

182,577


196,908


31,061

  Assets held for sale

497


-


-

Total current assets

2,269,662


1,870,852


295,120







Non-current assets:






  Property, equipment and software, net

80,315


108,905


17,179

  Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

118,104


96,294


15,190

  Long-term investments

32,518


27,509


4,339

  Goodwill

109,944


109,944


17,343

  Other assets, net

22,436


35,894


5,662

  Assets held for sale

1,088


-


-

Total non-current assets

364,405


378,546


59,713







Total assets

2,634,067


2,249,398


354,833







Liabilities, Mezzanine Equity and Shareholders' Deficits






Current liabilities:






  Accounts payables

161,006


132,984


20,978

  Payroll payable

277,383


186,444


29,411

  Amounts due to NetEase Group

83,041


98,246


15,498

  Contract liabilities

1,065,639


729,468


115,071

  Taxes payable

53,323


28,696


4,527

  Accrued liabilities and other payables

515,567


598,812


94,460

  Short-term loans from NetEase Group

878,000


878,000


138,501

Total current liabilities

3,033,959


2,652,650


418,446







Non-current liabilities:






  Long-term lease liabilities

73,070


51,578


8,136

  Long-term loans from NetEase Group

255,028


349,151


55,077

  Other non-current liabilities

2,411


4,307


679

Total non-current liabilities

330,509


405,036


63,892







Total liabilities

3,364,468


3,057,686


482,338







Mezzanine equity

78,592


78,895


12,445







Shareholders' deficit:






  Youdao's shareholders' deficit

(807,067)


(884,206)


(139,480)

  Noncontrolling interests

(1,926)


(2,977)


(470)

Total shareholders' deficit

(808,993)


(887,183)


(139,950)







Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and shareholders' deficit

2,634,067


2,249,398


354,833

 

Note 1:
The conversion of Renminbi (RMB) into United States dollars (USD) is based on the noon buying rate of USD1.00=RMB6.3393 on the last trading day of March

 (March 31, 2022) as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board.

 

 

 

YOUDAO, INC.









UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS







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




















Three Months Ended



March 31,


December 31,


March 31,


March 31,



2021


2021


2022


2022



RMB


RMB


RMB


USD(1)

Net revenues:









  Learning services


606,960


579,259


826,011


130,300

  Smart devices


201,919


317,702


253,160


39,935

  Online marketing services


139,094


151,836


121,370


19,146

Total net revenues


947,973


1,048,797


1,200,541


189,381










Cost of revenues (2)


(451,538)


(603,504)


(558,719)


(88,136)

Gross profit


496,435


445,293


641,822


101,245










Operating expenses:









  Sales and marketing expenses (2)


(548,744)


(420,437)


(506,385)


(79,880)

  Research and development expenses (2)


(127,698)


(170,245)


(202,980)


(32,019)

  General and administrative expenses (2)


(34,339)


(46,112)


(57,561)


(9,081)

  Impairment of intangible assets from business combination


-


(56,778)


-


-

Total operating expenses


(710,781)


(693,572)


(766,926)


(120,980)

Loss from operations


(214,346)


(248,279)


(125,104)


(19,735)










  Interest income


3,074


3,012


2,034


321

  Interest expense


(7,617)


(8,428)


(8,585)


(1,354)

  Others, net


354


12,339


36,053


5,687

Loss before tax


(218,535)


(241,356)


(95,602)


(15,081)










  Income tax (expense)/benefit


(1,615)


556


(566)


(89)

  Net loss from continuing operations


(220,150)


(240,800)


(96,168)


(15,170)

  Net (loss)/income from discontinued operations


(106,508)


199,290


(6,105)


(963)

Net loss


(326,658)


(41,510)


(102,273)


(16,133)

  Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests


867


24,897


748


118

Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of the Company


(325,791)


(16,613)


(101,525)


(16,015)

  Including:









  Net loss from continuing operations attributable to ordinary shareholders of

  the Company


(219,283)


(215,903)


(95,420)


(15,052)

  Net (loss)/income from discontinued operations attributable to ordinary

  shareholders of the Company


(106,508)


199,290


(6,105)


(963)










Basic net (loss)/income per ADS


(2.75)


(0.13)


(0.82)


(0.13)

-Continuing operations


(1.85)


(1.75)


(0.77)


(0.12)

-Discontinued operations


(0.90)


1.62


(0.05)


(0.01)

Diluted net (loss)/income per ADS


(2.75)


(0.13)


(0.82)


(0.13)

-Continuing operations


(1.85)


(1.75)


(0.77)


(0.12)

-Discontinued operations


(0.90)


1.62


(0.05)


(0.01)










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


118,297,304


123,193,273


123,330,958


123,330,958

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


118,297,304


123,193,273


123,330,958


123,330,958










Note 1:
The conversion of Renminbi (RMB) into United States dollars (USD) is based on the noon buying rate of USD1.00=RMB6.3393 on the last trading day of March

(March 31, 2022) as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board.


Note 2:









Share-based compensation in each category:









Cost of revenues


1,442


3,249


2,180


344

Sales and marketing expenses


1,990


2,800


3,090


487

Research and development expenses


7,395


8,735


8,862


1,398

General and administrative expenses


3,648


5,449


5,384


850










 

 

 

YOUDAO, INC.









UNAUDITED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION









(RMB and USD in thousands)




















Three Months Ended



March 31,


December 31,


March 31,


March 31,



2021


2021


2022


2022



RMB


RMB


RMB


USD










Net revenues









  Learning services


606,960


579,259


826,011


130,300

  Smart devices


201,919


317,702


253,160


39,935

  Online marketing services


139,094


151,836


121,370


19,146

Total net revenues


947,973


1,048,797


1,200,541


189,381










Cost of revenues









  Learning services


222,302


281,433


298,297


47,056

  Smart devices


112,914


219,703


167,804


26,470

  Online marketing services


116,322


102,368


92,618


14,610

Total cost of revenues


451,538


603,504


558,719


88,136










Gross margin









  Learning services


63.4%


51.4%


63.9%


63.9%

  Smart devices


44.1%


30.8%


33.7%


33.7%

  Online marketing services


16.4%


32.6%


23.7%


23.7%

Total gross margin


52.4%


42.5%


53.5%


53.5%

 

 

 

YOUDAO, INC.









UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS







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




















Three Months Ended



March 31,


December 31,


March 31,


March 31,



2021


2021


2022


2022



RMB


RMB


RMB


USD










Net loss from continuing operations attributable to ordinary

shareholders of the Company


(219,283)


(215,903)


(95,420)


(15,052)

Add: share-based compensation


14,475


20,233


19,516


3,079

         amortization of intangible assets from business combination


-


1,976


-


-

         impairment of long-term investment


-


-


5,000


789

         impairment of intangible assets from business combination


-


56,778


-


-

Less: tax effects on non-GAAP adjustments


-


(8,813)


-


-

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


-


(22,473)


-


-

Non-GAAP net loss from continuing operations attributable to ordinary

shareholders of the Company


(204,808)


(168,202)


(70,904)


(11,184)



















Non-GAAP basic net loss from continuing operations per ADS


(1.73)


(1.37)


(0.57)


(0.09)

Non-GAAP diluted net loss from continuing operations per ADS


(1.73)


(1.37)


(0.57)


(0.09)

 

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