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 Autohome Inc. Announces Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results
   Tuesday, February 26, 2019 4:30:00 AM ET

BEIJING, Feb. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Autohome Inc. (NYSE: ATHM) ("Autohome" or the "Company"), the leading online destination for automobile consumers in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights[1]

  • Net Revenues in the fourth quarter of 2018 were RMB2,187.8 million ($318.2 million), exceeding the high end of the Company's original guidance of RMB2,130.0 million ($309.8 million).
  • Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. in the fourth quarter of 2018 increased 39.0% year-over-year to RMB1,015.3 million ($147.7 million).
  • Adjusted net income attributable to Autohome Inc. (Non-GAAP) in the fourth quarter of 2018 increased 38.7% year-over-year to RMB1,076.2 million ($156.5 million).


Full Year 2018 Financial Highlights[1]

  • Net Revenues excluding direct vehicle sales increased 35.4% year-over-year to RMB7,233.2 million ($1,052.0 million).
  • Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. increased 43.4% year-over-year to RMB2,871.0 million ($417.6 million).
  • Adjusted net income attributable to Autohome Inc. was RMB3,077.9 million ($447.7 million), an increase of 40.9% year-over-year.

Adoption of ASC 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers

In May 2014, the FASB issued a new standard related to revenue recognition and further issued several amendments and updates to the new revenue guidance. The Company has finalized its analysis and the most significant impact is the change of the presentation of value-added tax from gross basis to net basis. The Company adopted this guidance effective January 1, 2018 using the modified retrospective method. The comparative information has not been restated and continues to be reported under the accounting standards in effect for those periods.

To provide investors with meaningful year-over-year comparison, the Company has provided a reconciliation table for the impact of adopting this new revenue guidance for the fourth quarter of 2018 and corresponding period in 2017, as adjusted, which was related to the change in presentation of value-added tax from gross basis to net basis.



















































 

 



















































For the ease of readers, the operational results are discussed and analyzed under the new revenue guidance, including those for the comparative period in 2017.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Operational Highlights

  • Mobile Traffic Leadership Continues: In December 2018, the number of average daily unique visitors who accessed the Company's mobile websites and primary application combined reached 29 million, representing an increase of approximately 10% compared to December 2017, further solidifying the Company's dominant position in the auto vertical sector in China.
  • Data-driven Professionally Generated Content (PGC) Aggregates Audience Focus: The Company's automobile content platform continued to be best-in-class with the number of professional content contributors increasing 110% compared to the previous year. The high-quality content generated by the PGCs has attracted users to visit Autohome platform repeatedly.

Mr. Min Lu, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Autohome, stated, "As we closed out 2018, despite relatively soft macro-economic conditions in China, we continued to outperform in business operations and financial metrics.  This demonstrates the successful execution of our overall strategy in transforming Autohome into a technology and data-driven automotive eco-platform, which serves as the essential foundation for driving future growth of robust traffic, a broadened and actively engaged user base and deepened partnerships with automakers and dealers, providing compelling returns on investment from our innovative marketing solutions. In addition, we have achieved solid monetization from our new initiatives in auto-financing and data products with increasing client penetration, complementing our core leading media and leads generation businesses in 2018.  Looking ahead, we will continue our efforts in building the next generation auto eco-system utilizing AI, big data and cloud, in order to further reinforce our leadership, as well as to generate long-term value and growth opportunities."

Mr. Jun Zou, Chief Financial Officer, added, "While we experienced challenges in the overall automobile sales environment in China during 2018, we delivered excellent results, generating full-year revenue growth of over 35% if excluding direct sales, and adjusted net income growth of over 40% compared to last year.  This reflects the unique strength of our platform with multifaceted revenue streams, as well as our disciplined cost control with increasing operational leverage.  Given the several consecutive quarters of increased revenue and profitability year-over-year, we are confident in the resiliency and high-performance of our platform and organization, which bodes well with our continued focus on business expansion, eco-system advancement, cost-containment strategies, and partnership collaboration."



 

Unaudited Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues in the fourth quarter of 2018 were RMB2,187.8 million ($318.2 million) compared to RMB1,603.6 million in the corresponding period of 2017.                                        

  • Media services revenues increased 20.1% to RMB1,092.6 million ($158.9 million) from RMB909.6 million in the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was mainly attributable to an expanded automaker client base as well as to an increase in average revenue per automaker advertiser as automakers continued to allocate a greater portion of their advertising budgets to Autohome, which provides an increasingly diversified and optimized portfolio of products.
  • Leads generation services revenues increased 24.2% to RMB780.9 million ($113.6 million) from RMB628.8 million in the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to an 18.5% year-over-year increase in average revenue per paying dealer together with an expanded dealer client base.
  • Online marketplace and others revenues increased 381.3% to RMB314.3 million ($45.7 million) from RMB65.3 million in the corresponding period of 2017. This increase was primarily attributable to the increased contribution from the auto-financing business and data products. Online marketplace and others revenues in the fourth quarter of 2018 consisted of revenues related to the new car and used car marketplace, the auto-financing business, data products and others.

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues increased 7.5% to RMB250.1 million ($36.4 million) from RMB232.6 million in the corresponding period of 2017. In addition, cost of revenues included share-based compensation expenses of RMB3.6 million ($0.5 million) during the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to RMB3.8 million for the corresponding period of 2017.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were  RMB1,134.1 million ($164.9 million) in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to RMB827.3  million in the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was mainly due to increases in sales and marketing expenses and product development expenses as the Company continues to reinvest in future growth opportunities.

  • Sales and marketing expenses were RMB772.7 million ($112.4 million) in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to RMB506.6 million in the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in offline execution and branding expenses. Sales and marketing expenses for the fourth quarter of 2018 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB18.2 million ($2.7 million), compared to RMB17.0 million in the corresponding period of 2017.
  • General and administrative expenses were RMB65.3 million ($9.5 million) in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to RMB54.5 million in the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in salaries and benefits. General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2018 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB15.4 million ($2.2 million), compared to RMB8.7 million in the corresponding period of 2017.
  • Product development expenses were RMB296.1 million ($43.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to RMB266.2 million in the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in salaries and benefits and increased investment in research and development activities. Product development expenses for the fourth quarter of 2018 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB22.5 million ($3.3 million), compared to RMB14.7 million in the corresponding period of 2017.

Operating Profit

Operating profit increased 50.7% to RMB899.2 million ($130.8 million) from RMB596.6 million in the corresponding period of 2017.

Income tax benefit

There was an income tax benefit of RMB21.8 million ($3.2 million) in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to an income tax benefit of RMB68.9 million in the corresponding period of 2017. The income tax benefit was derived from Autohome's certain subsidiaries.

Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. and EPS

Net income attributable to Autohome Inc. increased 39.0% to RMB1,015.3 million ($147.7 million) from RMB730.4 million in the corresponding period of 2017. Basic and diluted earnings per share/per ADS ("EPS") were RMB8.60 ($1.25) and RMB8.52 ($1.24 ), respectively, compared to basic and diluted EPS of RMB6.24 and RMB6.15, respectively, in the corresponding period of 2017.

Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. (Non-GAAP) and Non-GAAP EPS

Adjusted net income attributable to Autohome Inc. (Non-GAAP), defined as net income attributable to Autohome Inc. excluding share-based compensation expenses and amortization expenses of intangible assets related to acquisitions, increased 38.7% to RMB1,076.2  million ($156.5 million) from RMB775.7 million in the corresponding period of 2017. Non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS were RMB9.12 ($1.33) and RMB9.03 ($1.31), respectively, compared to non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS of RMB6.62 and RMB6.53, respectively, in the corresponding period of 2017.

Unaudited Full Year 2018 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues increased 28.1% to RMB7,233.2 million ($1,052.0 million) from RMB5,647.3 million in 2017. Excluding direct vehicle sales in 2017, the increase would have been 35.4%.

  • Media services revenues increased 21.3% to RMB3,508.3 million ($510.3 million) from RMB 2,892.3 million in 2017. The increase was mainly attributable to an increase in average revenue per automaker advertiser as automakers continued to allocate a greater portion of their advertising budgets to Autohome, which provided an increasingly diversified and optimized portfolio of products.
  • Leads generation services revenues increased 25.5% to RMB2,871.0 million ($417.6 million) from RMB2,288.3 million in 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to a 19.1% year-over-year increase in average revenue per paying dealer as well as an expanded dealer client base.
  • Online marketplace and others revenues increased 83.0% to RMB853.9 million ($124.2 million) from RMB466.7 million in 2017. Excluding direct vehicle sales, it would have increased 429.4% compared to 2017. This increase was primarily attributable to the increased contribution from the auto-financing business, data products and others.

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues decreased by 18.5% to RMB820.3 million ($119.3 million) from RMB1,006.0 million in 2017. Excluding the cost of direct vehicle sales in 2017, cost of revenues would have increased 16.1% compared to 2017. In addition, cost of revenues included share-based compensation expenses of RMB16.1 million ($2.3 million) compared to RMB15.2 million in 2017.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were RMB3,885.3 million ($565.1 million) compared to RMB2,808.2 million in 2017. The increase was mainly due to increases in sales and marketing expenses and product development expenses as the Company continued to reinvest in future growth opportunities.

  • Sales and marketing expenses were RMB2,435.2 million ($354.2 million) in 2018, compared to RMB1,647.5 million in 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in offline execution and branding expenses. Sales and marketing expenses for 2018 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB61.6 million ($9.0 million), compared to RMB53.1 million in 2017.
  • General and administrative expenses were RMB314.8 million ($45.8 million) in 2018, compared to RMB282.0 million in 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in salaries and benefits. General and administrative expenses for 2018 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB56.0 million ($8.1 million), compared to RMB60.0 million in 2017.
  • Product development expenses were RMB1,135.2 million ($165.1 million) in 2018, compared to RMB878.8 million in 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in salaries and benefits and increased investment in research and development activities. Product development expenses for 2018 included share-based compensation expenses of RMB68.6 million ($10.0 million), compared to RMB49.6 million in 2017.

Operating Profit

Operating profit increased 39.8% to RMB2,868.9 million ($417.3 million) from RMB2,051.8 million in 2017.

Income tax expense

Income tax expense increased 41.5% to RMB377.9 million ($55.0 million) from RMB267.1 million in 2017, primarily attributable to an increase in taxable income.

Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. and EPS

Net income attributable to Autohome Inc. increased 43.4% to RMB2,871.0 million ($417.6 million) from RMB2,001.6 million in 2017. Basic and diluted earnings per share/per ADS ("EPS") were RMB24.40 ($3.55) and RMB24.08 ($3.50), respectively, compared to basic and diluted EPS of RMB17.20 and RMB16.95, respectively, in 2017.

Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. (Non-GAAP) and Non-GAAP EPS

Adjusted net income attributable to Autohome Inc. (Non-GAAP), defined as net income attributable to Autohome Inc. excluding share-based compensation expenses and amortization expenses of intangible assets related to acquisitions, increased 40.9% to RMB3,077.9 million ($447.7 million) from RMB2,184.0 million in 2017. Non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS were RMB26.16 ($3.80) and RMB25.81 ($3.75), respectively, compared to non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS of RMB18.77 and RMB18.50, respectively, in 2017.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of December 31, 2018, the Company had cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of RMB10.06 billion ($1,463.4 million). Net cash provided by operating activities in the year of 2018 was RMB3,111.4 million ($452.5 million), compared to RMB2,463.7 million in 2017.

Employees

The Company had 4,335 employees as of December 31, 2018.

Business Outlook

Autohome currently expects to generate net revenues in the range of RMB1,565.0 million ($227.6 million) to RMB1,585.0 million ($230.5 million) in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, representing a 21.5% to 23.1% year-over-year increase. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view on the market and its operating conditions, which are subject to change.

Starting on January 1, 2018, Autohome adopted a new revenue recognition accounting standard ASC 606. Under ASC 606, the most significant impact on Autohome will be the change of presentation of value-added tax from a gross basis to a net basis. The above guidance reflects revenues net of value-added tax under the new revenue recognition standard.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host an earnings conference call at 7:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (8:00 PM Beijing Time on the same day).

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

Please dial in ten minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following numbers until March 4, 2019:

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available at http://ir.autohome.com.cn .

About Autohome Inc.

Autohome Inc. (NYSE: ATHM) is the leading online destination for automobile consumers in China.  Its mission is to enhance the car-buying and ownership experience for auto consumers in China. Autohome provides professionally produced and user-generated content, a comprehensive automobile library, and extensive automobile listing information to automobile consumers, covering the entire car purchase and ownership cycle. The ability to reach a large and engaged user base of automobile consumers has made Autohome a preferred platform for automakers and dealers to conduct their advertising campaigns. Further, the Company's dealer subscription and advertising services allow dealers to market their inventory and services through Autohome's platform, extending the reach of their physical showrooms to potentially millions of internet users in China and generating sales leads for them. The Company offers sales leads, data analysis, and marketing services to assist automakers and dealers with improving their efficiency and facilitating transactions. As a transaction-centric company, Autohome operates its "Autohome Mall," a full-service online transaction platform, to facilitate transactions for automakers and dealers.  Further, through its websites and mobile applications, it also provides other value-added services, including auto financing, auto insurance, used car transactions, and aftermarket services. For further information, please visit www.autohome.com.cn .

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements that may constitute "forward-looking" statements pursuant to 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", "future", "intends", "plans", "believes", "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, Autohome's business outlook, Autohome's strategic and operational plans and quotations from management in this announcement contain forward-looking statements. Autohome may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Autohome'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: Autohome's goals and strategies; Autohome's future business development, results of operations and financial condition; the expected growth of the online automobile advertising market in China; Autohome's ability to attract and retain users and advertisers and further enhance its brand recognition; Autohome's expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of its products and services; competition in the online automobile advertising industry; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions in China and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Autohome's filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and Autohome does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement net income presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we use Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc., Non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS and Adjusted EBITDA as non-GAAP financial measures. We define Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. as net income attributable to Autohome Inc. excluding share-based compensation expenses and amortization expenses of intangible assets related to acquisitions. We define Non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS as Adjusted Net Income attributable to Autohome Inc. divided by the basic and diluted weighted average number of ordinary shares. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income attributable to Autohome Inc. before income tax expense/(benefit), depreciation expenses of property and equipment and amortization expenses of intangible assets and share-based compensation expenses. We present these non-GAAP financial measures because they are used by our management to evaluate our operating performance, in addition to net income prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are important to help investors understand our operating and financial performance, compare business trends among different reporting periods on a consistent basis and assess our core operating results, as they exclude certain expenses that are not expected to result in cash payments. The use of the above non-GAAP financial measures has certain limitations. Share-based compensation expenses have been and will continue to be incurred in the future and are not reflected in the presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures, but should be considered in the overall evaluation of our results. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliation of non-GAAP and GAAP Results" set forth at the end of this press release.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:

Autohome Inc.
Investor Relations
Aggie Zhao
Tel: +86-10-5985-7483
Email: ir@autohome.com.cn

The Piacente Group, Inc.
Xi Zhang
Tel: +86-10-5730-6200
E-mail: autohome@tpg-ir.com

In the United States:

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

 

 

 
























































































































































































































































































































































































































 

 

 




























































































































































































































































 

 

 



































































































































































 

 

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