Pinduoduo Announces First Quarter 2021 Unaudited Financial Results

Wednesday, 26. May 2021 12:34

SHANGHAI, China, May 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pinduoduo Inc. (“Pinduoduo” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: PDD), China’s largest agriculture and interactive commerce platform, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

First Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Total revenues in the quarter were RMB22,167.1 million (US$13,383.4 million), an increase of 239% from RMB6,541.1 million in the same quarter of 2020.

  • Average monthly active users2 in the quarter was 724.6 million, an increase of 49% from 487.4 million in the same quarter of 2020.

  • Active buyers3 in the twelve-month period ended March 31, 2021 was 823.8 million, an increase of 31% from 628.1 million in the twelve-month period ended March 31, 2020.

  • Operating loss in the quarter was RMB4,147.0 million (US$633.0 million), compared with operating loss of RMB4,397.2 million in the same quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP4 operating loss in the quarter was RMB3,174.1 million (US$484.5 million), compared with operating loss of RMB3,587.9 million in the same quarter of 2020.

  • Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders in the quarter was RMB2,905.4 million (US$ 443.5 million), compared with RMB4,119.3 million in the same quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders in the quarter was RMB1,890.3 million (US$288.5 million), compared with RMB3,169.6 million in the same quarter of 2020.

“Our growing scale gives us both greater capacity and responsibility to live up to our mission to ‘benefit all’,” said Mr. Lei Chen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pinduoduo. “We envision Pinduoduo as a platform that not only facilitates the trading of goods and services but also serves as a conduit for turning ideas into solutions to everyday problems.”

“We remain laser-focused on serving our users and anticipating what they need, and doing so in a way that is respectful of the community and environment,” added Mr. David Liu, Vice President of Strategy. “We will continue to engage our users, merchants and partners in improving all aspects of our services.”

“We continued to deliver strong results in the first quarter and remain disciplined,” said Mr. Tony Ma, Vice President of Finance. “Our total revenues, excluding contribution from merchandise sales, for the first quarter 2021 increased 161% from the prior year, while our non-GAAP operating and net losses narrowed at the same time.”

First Quarter 2021 Unaudited Financial Results

Total revenues were RMB22,167.1 million (US$3,383.4 million), an increase of 239% from RMB6,541.1 million in the same quarter of 2020. The increase was primarily due to an increase in revenues from online marketing services and contribution from merchandise sales.

  • Revenues from online marketing services and others were RMB14,111.5 million (US$2,153.8 million), an increase of 157% from RMB5,492.3 million in the same quarter of 2020.

  • Revenues from transaction services were RMB2,931.5 million (US$447.4 million), an increase of 180% from RMB1,048.8 million in the same quarter of 2020.

  • Revenues from merchandise sales were RMB5,124.1 million (US$782.1 million), an increase of RMB5,124.1 million from nil in the same quarter of 2020.

Total costs of revenues were RMB10,746.1 million (US$1,640.2 million), an increase of 487% from RMB1,830.2 million in the same quarter of 2020. The increase was mainly due to costs attributable to merchandise sales, higher cost of payment processing fees, cloud services fees, and delivery and storage fees.

Total operating expenses were RMB15,568.0 million (US$2,376.1 million), compared with RMB9,108.0 million in the same quarter of 2020.

  • Sales and marketing expenses were RMB12,997.4 million (US$1,983.8 million), an increase of 78% from RMB7,296.6 million in the same quarter of 2020, mainly due to an increase in advertising expenses and promotion and coupon expenses.

  • General and administrative expenses were RMB351.9 million (US$53.7 million), an increase of 4% from RMB338.3 million in the same quarter of 2020.

  • Research and development expenses were RMB2,218.7 million (US$338.6 million), an increase of 51% from RMB1,473.2 million in the same quarter of 2020. The increase was primarily due to an increase in headcount and the recruitment of more experienced R&D personnel and an increase in R&D-related cloud services expenses.

Operating loss was RMB4,147.0 million (US$633.0 million), compared with operating loss of RMB4,397.2 million in the same quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP operating loss was RMB3,174.1 million (US$484.5 million), compared with operating loss of RMB3,587.9 million in the same quarter of 2020.

Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB2,905.4 million (US$443.5 million), compared with RMB4,119.3 million in the same quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB1,890.3 million (US$288.5 million), compared with RMB3,169.6 million in the same quarter of 2020.

Basic and diluted net loss per ADS were RMB2.33 (US$0.36), compared with RMB3.54 in the same quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss per ADS were RMB1.52 (US$0.23), compared with RMB2.73 in the same quarter of 2020.

Net cash flow used in operating activities was RMB3,724.5 million (US$568.5 million), compared with RMB567.1 million in the same quarter of 2020, primarily due to an increase in restricted cash outflow due to seasonality, offset by increase in online marketing services revenues.

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were RMB83.4 billion (US$12.7 billion) as of March 31, 2021, compared with RMB87.0 billion as of December 31, 2020.

Recent Development

As of April 30, 2021, US$756.4 million of the 0% convertible bonds due in 2024 have been converted into newly issued ADSs.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss the earnings at 7:30 AM U.S. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (7:30 PM Beijing/Hong Kong Time on Wednesday, May 26, 2021).

The conference call will be webcast live at https://investor.pinduoduo.com/investor-events. The webcast will be available for replay at the same website following the conclusion of the call.

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1
This announcement contains translations of certain Renminbi (RMB) amounts into U.S. dollars (US$) at a specified rate solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, the translation of RMB into US$ has been made at RMB6.5518 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on March 31, 2021 as set forth in the H.10 Statistical Release of the Federal Reserve Board.
2 “Monthly active users” refers to the number of user accounts that visited the Pinduoduo mobile app during a given month, which does not include those that accessed the platform through social networks and access points.
3 “Active buyers” in a given period refers to the number of user accounts that placed one or more orders (i) on the Pinduoduo mobile app, and (ii) through social networks and access points in that period, regardless of whether the products and services are actually sold, delivered or returned.
4 The Company’s non-GAAP financial measures exclude share-based compensation expenses, fair value change of long-term investments, and interest expenses related to the convertible bonds’ amortization to face value and gain on extinguishment. See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to The Most Directly Comparable GAAP Measures” set forth at the end of this press release. 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In evaluating the business, the Company considers and uses non-GAAP measures, such as non-GAAP operating loss and non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders, as supplemental measures to review and assess operating performance. The presentation of these 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”). The Company’s non-GAAP financial measures exclude share-based compensation expenses, fair value change of long-term investments, and interest expenses related to the convertible bonds’ amortization to face value and gain on extinguishment.

The Company presents these non-GAAP financial measures because they are used by management to evaluate operating performance and formulate business plans. The Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures help identify underlying trends in its business by excluding the impact of share-based compensation expenses, fair value change of long-term investments, and interest expenses related to the convertible bonds’ amortization to face value and gain on extinguishment, which are non-cash charges. The Company also believes that the non-GAAP financial measures could provide further information about the Company’s results of operations, and enhance the overall understanding of the Company’s past performance and future prospects.

The non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools. The Company’s non-GAAP financial measures do not reflect all items of income and expenses that affect the Company’s operations and do not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures. Further, these non-GAAP measures may differ from the non-GAAP information used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited. The Company compensates for these limitations by reconciling the non-GAAP financial measures to the nearest U.S. GAAP performance measure, all of which should be considered when evaluating performance. The Company encourages you to review the Company’s financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

For more information on the non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to The Most Directly Comparable GAAP Measures” set forth at the end of this press release.

Safe Harbor Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “aims,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “confident,” “potential,” “continue” or other similar expressions. Among other things, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as Pinduoduo’s strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. Pinduoduo may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to fourth parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including but not limited to statements about Pinduoduo’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: Pinduoduo’s growth strategies; its future business development, results of operations and financial condition; its ability to understand buyer needs and provide products and services to attract and retain buyers; its ability to maintain and enhance the recognition and reputation of its brand; its ability to rely on merchants and fourth-party logistics service providers to provide delivery services to buyers; its ability to maintain and improve quality control policies and measures; its ability to establish and maintain relationships with merchants; trends and competition in China’s e-commerce market; changes in its revenues and certain cost or expense items; the expected growth of China’s e-commerce market; PRC governmental policies and regulations relating to Pinduoduo’s industry, and general economic and business conditions globally and in China and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Pinduoduo’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and Pinduoduo undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

About Pinduoduo Inc.

Pinduoduo is a mobile-only marketplace that connects millions of agricultural producers with consumers across China. Pinduoduo aims to bring more businesses and people into the digital economy so that local communities can benefit from the increased productivity and convenience through new market opportunities.

For more information on Pinduoduo news and industry trends, please visit the content hub at https://stories.pinduoduo-global.com/.

 
PINDUODUO INC.
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi (“RMB”) and U.S. dollars (“US$”))
   
  As of
  December
31, 2020
 March 31, 2021
   RMB  RMB  US$
     (Unaudited)
     
ASSETS      
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents 22,421,189 17,012,978 2,596,688
Restricted cash 52,422,447 47,297,740 7,219,045
Receivables from online payment platforms 729,548 699,203 106,719
Short-term investments 64,551,094 66,342,813 10,125,891
Amounts due from related parties 4,240,069 4,131,179 630,541
Prepayments and other current assets 5,159,531 4,152,823 633,845
Total current assets  149,523,878  139,636,736  21,312,729
       
Non-current assets      
Property, equipment and software, net 202,853 227,917 34,787
Intangible asset 1,276,751 1,169,499 178,500
Right-of-use assets 629,827 651,701 99,469
Other non-current assets 7,275,305 11,733,999 1,790,958
Total non-current assets 9,384,736  13,783,116 2,103,714
       
Total Assets 158,908,614 153,419,852  23,416,443
       


   
PINDUODUO INC.
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi (“RMB”) and U.S. dollars (“US$”))
   
  As of
  December
31, 2020
 March 31, 2021
   RMB  RMB  US$
     (Unaudited)
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY   
Current liabilities      
Amounts due to related parties 3,385,863  4,885,267  745,637 
Customer advances and deferred revenues 2,423,190  1,786,246  272,634 
Payable to merchants 53,833,981  49,360,986  7,533,958 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 11,193,372  10,609,374  1,619,307 
Merchant deposits 10,926,319  11,589,459  1,768,897 
Short-term borrowings 1,866,316  634,995  96,919 
Lease liabilities 253,036  271,940  41,506 
Total current liabilities 83,882,077   79,138,267   12,078,858  
       
Non-current liabilities      
Convertible bonds 14,432,792  11,502,472  1,755,620 
Lease liabilities 414,939  418,330  63,850 
Other non-current liabilities 2,918  2,467  377 
Total non-current liabilities 14,850,649  11,923,269   1,819,847  
       
Total Liabilities 98,732,726   91,061,536  13,898,705 
       
       
Shareholders’ equity      
Ordinary shares 159  161  25 
Additional paid-in capital 86,698,660  91,270,473  13,930,595 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,047,728) (531,699) (81,153)
Accumulated deficits (25,475,203) (28,380,619) (4,331,729)
Total Shareholders’ Equity 60,175,888   62,358,316  9,517,738  
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity 158,908,614   153,419,852   23,416,443  
       


 
PINDUODUO INC.
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF LOSS
 (Amounts in thousands of RMB and US$)
   
  For the three months ended March 31,
  2020  2021
  RMB RMB US$
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Revenues 6,541,059  22,167,099  3,383,359 
Costs of revenues (1,830,247) (10,746,050) (1,640,168)
Gross profit 4,710,812  11,421,049   1,743,191 
       
Sales and marketing expenses (7,296,621) (12,997,407) (1,983,792)
General and administrative expenses (338,274) (351,855) (53,704)
Research and development expenses (1,473,150) (2,218,743) (338,646)
Total operating expenses (9,108,045) (15,568,005) (2,376,142)
       
Operating loss (4,397,233) (4,146,956) (632,951)
       
Interest and investment income, net 460,282  970,477  148,124 
Interest expenses (150,634) (335,456) (51,201)
Foreign exchange loss (19,273) (10,374) (1,583)
Other (loss)/income, net (12,391) 470,384  71,795 
Loss before income tax and share of results of equity investees  (4,119,249) (3,051,925) (465,816)
Share of results of equity investees (80) 146,509  22,362 
Income tax expenses -  -  - 
Net loss  (4,119,329) (2,905,416) (443,454)
          


 
PINDUODUO INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF LOSS
(Amounts in thousands of RMB and US$, except for per share data)
   
  For the three months ended March 31,
  2020  2021
   RMB  RMB  US$
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
       
Net loss (4,119,329) (2,905,416) (443,454)
Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders (4,119,329) (2,905,416) (443,454)
       

Loss per ordinary share:
      
-Basic (0.89) (0.58) (0.09)
-Diluted (0.89) (0.58) (0.09)
       
Loss per ADS (4 ordinary shares equals 1 ADS):      
-Basic (3.54) (2.33) (0.36)
-Diluted (3.54) (2.33) (0.36)
       
Weighted average number of outstanding ordinary shares (in thousands):      
-Basic 4,650,112  4,983,530  4,983,530 
-Diluted 4,650,112  4,983,530  4,983,530 
          


 
PINDUODUO INC.
NOTES TO FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(Amounts in thousands of RMB and US$)
   
  For the three months ended March 31,
  2020 2021
  RMB RMB US$
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Revenues      
- Online marketing services and others 5,492,270 14,111,486 2,153,833
- Transaction services 1,048,789 2,931,475 447,430
- Merchandise sales - 5,124,138 782,096
Total 6,541,059 22,167,099 3,383,359
       


 
PINDUODUO INC.
NOTES TO FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(Amounts in thousands of RMB and US$)
   
  For the three months ended March 31,
  2020 2021
  RMB RMB US$
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Share-based compensation costs included in:      
Costs of revenues 8,447 4,364 666
Sales and marketing expenses 231,799 299,483 45,710
General and administrative expenses 220,188 191,170 29,178
Research and development expenses 348,939 477,792 72,926
Total 809,373 972,809 148,480
       


   
PINDUODUO INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Amounts in thousands of RMB and US$)
   
  For the three months ended March 31,
  2020  2021
  RMB RMB US$
  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Net cash flow used in operating activities (567,070) (3,724,547) (568,477)
Net cash flow used in investing activities (1,584,192) (5,621,047) (857,939)
Net cash flow provided by/(used in) financing activities 1,205,472  (1,238,874) (189,089)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash 99,058  51,550  7,868 
       
Decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash (846,732) (10,532,918) (1,607,637)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period   33,345,857   74,843,636  11,423,370 
       
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period   32,499,125   64,310,718  9,815,733 
          


 
PINDUODUO INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO THE MOST DIRECTLY COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES
(Amounts in thousands of RMB and US$, except for per share data)
    
  For the three months ended March 31, 
  2020  2021
  RMB RMB US$
  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Operating Loss (4,397,233) (4,146,956) (632,951)
Add: Share-based compensation 809,373  972,809  148,480 
Non-GAAP operating loss (3,587,860) (3,174,147) (484,471)
       
Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders (4,119,329) (2,905,416) (443,454)
Add: Share-based compensation 809,373  972,809  148,480 
Add: Interest expense related to convertible bonds’ amortization to face value and gain on extinguishment, net 140,312  318,611  48,630 
Less: Fair value change of long-term investments -  (276,336) (42,177)
Non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders (3,169,644) (1,890,332) (288,521)
       
Weighted-average number of ordinary shares outstanding – basic and diluted (in thousands) 

4,650,112
  

4,983,530
  

4,983,530
 
       
Basic and diluted loss per ordinary share (0.89) (0.58) (0.09)
Add: Non-GAAP adjustments to loss per ordinary share 0.21  0.20  0.03 
Non-GAAP basic and diluted loss per ordinary share (0.68) (0.38) (0.06)
Non-GAAP basic and diluted loss per ADS (2.73) (1.52) (0.23)
          

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