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Tencent Announces 2019 Third Quarter Results

Revenues increased by 21% YoY
Non-IFRS[1] Profit attributable to equity holders of the Company increased by 24% YoY
2019-11-13 20:54 5287

HONG KONG, Nov. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --  Tencent Holdings Limited ("Tencent" or the "Company", 00700), a leading provider of Internet value added services in China, today announced the unaudited consolidated results for the third quarter ("3Q2019") ended September 30, 2019.

3Q2019 Highlights

  • Total revenues were RMB97,236 million (USD13,748 million[2]), an increase of 21% over the third quarter of 2018 ("YoY").
  • On a non-IFRS basis, which is intended to reflect core earnings by excluding certain one-time and/or non-cash items:
    - Operating profit was RMB28,544 million (USD4,036 million), an increase of 27% YoY. Operating margin increased to 29% from 28% last year.
    - Profit for the period was RMB25,086 million (USD3,547 million), an increase of 23% YoY. Net margin increased to 26% from 25% last year.
    - Profit attributable to equity holders of the Company for the quarter was RMB24,412 million (USD3,451 million), an increase of 24% YoY.
    - Basic earnings per share were RMB2.577. Diluted earnings per share were RMB2.548.
  • On an IFRS basis:
    - Operating profit was RMB25,827 million (USD3,652 million), a decrease of 7% YoY. Operating margin decreased to 27% from 35% last year.
    - Profit for the period was RMB20,976 million (USD2,966 million), a decrease of 10% YoY. Net margin decreased to 22% from 29% last year.
    - Profit attributable to equity holders of the Company for the quarter was RMB20,382 million (USD2,882 million), a decrease of 13% YoY.
    - Basic earnings per share were RMB2.151. Diluted earnings per share were RMB2.127.

 

[1] Non-IFRS (formerly referred to as non-GAAP) adjustments excludes share-based compensation, M&A related impact such as net (gains)/losses from investee companies, amortisation of intangible assets and impairment provision, as well as income tax effects.

[2] Figures stated in USD are based on USD1 to RMB7.0729 

Mr. Ma Huateng, Chairman and CEO of Tencent, said, "Since the founding of Tencent, we have always sought to provide the best products and best experiences to our users. Now, as the Internet becomes more pervasive in everyday life, we believe it is important to explicitly state our values and motivations, so our colleagues, partners, and users understand the standards to which we aspire. Consequently, we have just announced our new corporate mission: "Value for Users, Tech for Good". We believe these are not new principles but rather a reiteration of what we have always believed and how we have always sought to behave.

During the third quarter we experienced sustained healthy growth rates in our operating and financial metrics. Notably, our FinTech and Business Services and Advertising segment revenues each increased at double digit percentage rates from the second quarter thanks to rising user activity and improved advertising technology, demonstrating the strength of our new businesses and increasing the diversity of our business mix. Our non-IFRS net income grew at a faster year-on-year rate versus the prior quarter. Looking forward, we will continue investing in our products, technology and services as we seek to provide value to our users and do good for society."

3Q2019 Financial Review

Revenues from VAS increased by 15% to RMB50,629 million for the third quarter of 2019 on a year-on-year basis. Online games revenues grew by 11% to RMB28,604 million. The increase primarily reflected revenue growth from smart phone games in both domestic and overseas markets, including key titles such as Honour of Kings, PUBG MOBILE and Peacekeeper Elite, partly offset by lower revenue from PC client games such as DnF. Social networks revenues increased by 21% to RMB22,025 million. The increase was mainly driven

by greater contributions from digital content services such as live streaming, video streaming subscriptions and music streaming services.

Revenues from FinTech and Business Services increased by 36% to RMB26,758 million for the third quarter of 2019 on a year-on-year basis. The increase primarily reflected greater revenues from commercial payments due to both increased daily active consumers and number of transactions per user, as well as revenue growth from cloud services as a result of penetration in key verticals.

Revenues from Online Advertising increased by 13% to RMB18,366 million for the third quarter of 2019 on a year-on-year basis. Social and others advertising revenues increased by 32% to RMB14,716 million. The increase was mainly due to advertising revenue growth from Weixin Moments as a result of its increased inventories and impressions, as well as contributions from our mobile advertising network. Media advertising revenues decreased by 28% to RMB3,650 million. The decrease was primarily driven by lower revenues from our media platforms including Tencent Video due to the challenging macro environment and unpredictability in scheduling major content releases.

Other Key Financial Information

EBITDA was RMB35,378 million, up 28% YoY. Adjusted EBITDA was RMB38,123 million, up 29% YoY.

Capital expenditure was RMB6,632 million, up 11% YoY.

Free cash flow* was RMB37,732 million, up 36% YoY.

As at September 30, 2019, net debt position totalled RMB7,173 million. Fair value of our stakes in listed investee companies (excluding subsidiaries) totalled RMB352,656 million as at 30 September 2019. During the period from August 28 to October 11, 2019, the Company repurchased approximately 3.5 million shares on the Stock Exchange for an aggregate cost of approximately USD148 million.

* Starting from the first quarter of 2019, we have reclassified interest paid in cash flow presentation from operating activities to financing activities in order to reflect the nature of business. Comparative figures have been reclassified to conform with the current period presentation.

Business Review and Outlook

1.  Company Strategic Highlights

This quarter marked the first anniversary of our strategic organizational upgrade. While we believe that the upgrade will generate its desired results over the next several years, we are pleased to report some initial progress and results. For example:

  • We consolidated our efforts to help various industries reap the benefits of digitalization, supporting important rapid revenue growth and reached substantial scale for our Cloud Services.
  • We reinforced our historic leadership in long form content activities such as drama series, variety shows, anime series, music, literature and comics via upstream integration. We established significant market share in newsfeed services, where the competitive landscape has stabilized, and are seeking to similarly capture share in short and mini video, where the competitive landscape is still fast-changing.
  • We pioneered and then proliferated Mini Programs, fostering a vibrant ecosystem with a large number of mid-to-long tail Mini Programs, as well as better online and offline integration. We have exceeded 300 million DAU for Mini Programs, and now feature vertical Mini Programs via Weixin Pay entry points for healthcare, mobility and smart retail services.
  • We have made encouraging progress toward globalizing our activities, particularly for online games, where we created, published and/or operated some of the most popular mobile games outside China, such as PUBG MOBILE and Call of Duty Mobile; international markets contributed a teens percentage of our games revenue in the quarter.
  • We have streamlined our operations for agility, resulting in, for example, a reduction in our selling and marketing expenses to revenue ratio in recent quarters.

We recently announced "Value for Users, Tech for Good" as our company mission and vision. We have always sought to provide the best products and services and in so doing best serve our users. However, given the increasing prominence of the Internet in everyday life, we believe it is important that we state our guiding principles explicitly, and to better guide our employees in their daily actions; to achieve the higher aspiration of "Tech for Good".

2.  Company Financial Performance

In the third quarter of 2019, revenues increased by 21% year-on-year, primarily driven by commercial payment services and other FinTech services, smart phone games, as well as social and others advertising.

Operating profit decreased by 7% year-on-year. Non-IFRS operating profit increased by 27% year-on-year.

Profit attributable to equity holders of the Company decreased by 13% year-on-year.

Non-IFRS profit attributable to equity holders of the Company increased by 24% year-on-year..

3.  Company Business Highlights

Operating Information


As at

30 Sep

2019

As at

30 Sep

2018

Year-

on-year

change

As at

30 Jun

2019

Quarter-
on-quarter

change


(in millions, unless specified)







MAU of QQ

731.0

802.6

-8.9%

807.9

-9.5%







Smart device MAU of QQ                                     

653.4

697.9

-6.4%

706.7

-7.5%







Combined MAU of Weixin and
    
WeChat

1,151.0

1,082.5

6.3%

1,132.7

1.6%







Smart device MAU of Qzone

517.0

531.1

-2.7%

553.5

-6.6%







Fee-based VAS registered
    
subscriptions

170.6

154.1

10.7%

168.9

1.0%

Communication and Social

During the third quarter of 2019, combined MAU of Weixin and WeChat was 1,151.0 million, up 6% year-on-year. Smart device MAU of QQ was 653.4 million, down 6% year-on-year. We enhanced our security protocol and proactively cleaned up accounts that engaged in spamming, and bots activities.

In Weixin, we sought to enhance the Mini Programs ecosystem. For example, we launched Growth Program, which provides Mini Programs system integrators with the training and development tools to better support Mini Programs owners. We introduced Industry Assistant, a dashboard tool which enables Mini Programs owners to gain analytical insight into their operations and enhance efficiencies. Daily commercial transactions in mid-to-long tail Mini Programs more than doubled year-on-year.

In QQ, we released a feature which recommends ice-breaking topics in 5-minute chatrooms. We enhanced the core chat experience by enabling users to dedicate songs to their friends and to listen to synchronized music streaming together.

Online Games

Total online games revenues increased 11% year-on-year to RMB28.6 billion.

Total smart phone games revenues (including smart phone games revenues attributable to our social networks business) increased 25% year-on-year to RMB24.3 billion. The robust performance of key domestic titles and increasing contributions from overseas titles drove the growth.

Sequentially, smart phone games revenues grew 9%. In China, Peacekeeper Elite's summer content update enhanced user engagement. Peacekeeper Elite contributed to cash receipts for the full quarter, but is still in the early-stage of deferred revenue recognition. DAU of Honour of Kings remained healthy and more users purchased season passes. New role-playing and strategy games also contributed to the quarterly revenue growth. Internationally, PUBG MOBILE doubled its MAU year-on-year, and we co-developed the Call of Duty Mobile game with Activision Blizzard, which exceeded 100 million downloads within a month of launch, making it one of the biggest ever smart phone game launches.

Our PC client games revenues decreased 7% year-on-year and 2% quarter-on-quarter to RMB11.5 billion, due to reduced revenue from DnF, whose recent 11th anniversary content update resulted in fewer paying users than the year-ago update. League of Legends' (LoL's) auto-chess mode Teamfight Tactics (TFT) established global leadership in the emerging auto chess genre by leveraging the core MOBA's strong IP and engaged user base. TFT enhanced LoL's user time spent and increased its revenue internationally. In China, LoL's active users and cash receipts also grew year-on-year.

We have proactively implemented our Healthy Gameplay System since 2017 and upgraded it last year, in order to foster balanced game playing habits among younger players. As a result, we believe the recent regulations that limit younger players' game play will have limited additional impact to our business.

Digital Content

Fee-based VAS subscriptions increased 11% year-on-year to 170.6 million, mainly attributable to video and music subscriptions. Tencent Video subscriptions grew 22% year-on-year to 100.2 million. Music subscriptions increased 42% year-on-year to 35.4 million as our paid content library expanded.

Daily views of short and mini videos distributed via our Penguin Media Content Platform grew rapidly, benefitting from more sophisticated content curation and more targeted distribution to our high DAU platforms including Tencent Video, QQ KanDian and QQ Mobile Browser. 

Online Advertising

Online advertising revenues were RMB18.4 billion, up 13% year-on-year. Strong advertiser demand from the games, education, and eCommerce verticals offset weakness from the automobile sector.

Media advertising revenues were RMB3.7 billion, down 28% year-on-year, and down 17% quarter-on-quarter due to uncertain content scheduling and lower sponsorship advertising revenues. Resilient mobile video DAU and higher advertising loads drove rapid growth of in-feed advertising in Tencent Video.

Social and others advertising revenues growth accelerated in the quarter, up 32% year-on-year and up 23% quarter-on-quarter to RMB14.7 billion. Weixin Moments advertising revenues grew on more inventories and increased impressions. Our mobile advertising network revenues increased as we streamlined our advertising formats and rolled out more video advertising inventories. Weixin Mini Programs advertising revenues climbed due to DAU and impressions growth, as well as new formats such as interstitial ads and pre-roll ads.

FinTech and Business Services

FinTech and Business Services revenues were RMB26.8 billion, up 36% year-on-year.

Within FinTech Services, our payment ecosystem is becoming more vibrant as user activities and money flows increase. We experienced robust growth in commercial payment transactions, especially offline, as well as commercial payments volume, due to more daily active consumers, number of transactions per user, and active merchants.

With increased loyalty, users were more willing to retain funds in our ecosystems and increasingly using more FinTech services on our platform, which resulted in improved margin for the business. For wealth management, in particular, the number of LiCaiTong users more than doubled year-on-year, boosting our aggregated customer assets.

Within Business Services, cloud revenues grew 80% year-on-year to RMB4.7 billion due to increased consumption from existing customers and an expanded customer base in the education, financial, municipal services and retail sectors. For example, Tencent Cloud contracted the digitalization of school operations in the Luohu district of Shenzhen, the largest software-only project for the education vertical in China. We also experienced rapid growth in Smart Industries solutions, notably our smart retail initiatives. We launched initiatives to foster more SaaS solutions, by facilitating collaboration between SaaS enterprises and tools from Tencent such as cloud services and WeChat Work. We enhanced our cloud services operating efficiency as our scale grew and we optimized our supply chain. For other detailed disclosure, please refer to our website http://www.tencent.com/en-us/investors.htmlor follow us via Weixin Official Account (Weixin ID: Tencent_IR).

About Tencent

Tencent uses technology to enrich the lives of Internet users.

Our communications and social platforms, Weixin and QQ, connect users with each other and with digital content and services, both online and offline, making their lives more convenient. Our targeted advertising platform helps advertisers reach out to hundreds of millions of consumers in China. Our FinTech and business services support our partners' business growth and assist their digital upgrade.

Tencent invests heavily in talent and technological innovation, actively promoting the development of the Internet industry. Tencent was founded in Shenzhen, China, in 1998. Shares of Tencent (00700.HK) was listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in 2004.

For enquiries, please contact:

Catherine Chan

Tel: (86) 755 86013388 / (852) 3148 5100 ext. 888369

Email: cchan#tencent.com

Wendy Huang

Tel: (86) 755 86013388 / (852) 3148 5100 ext. 850839

Email: wendyyhuang#tencent.com

Jane Yip

Tel: (86) 755 86013388 / (852) 3148 5100 ext. 868961

Email: janeyip#tencent.com

PH Cheung

Tel: (86) 755 86013388 / (852) 3148 5100 ext. 868919

Email: phcheung#tencent.com

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

To supplement the consolidated results of the Group prepared in accordance with IFRS, certain additional non-IFRS financial measures (in terms of operating profit, operating margin, profit for the period, net margin, profit attributable to equity holders of the Company, basic EPS and diluted EPS), have been presented in this press release. These unaudited non-IFRS financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, measures of the Group's financial performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. In addition, these non-IFRS financial measures may be defined differently from similar terms used by other companies.

The Company's management believes that the non-IFRS financial measures provide investors with useful supplementary information to assess the performance of the Group's core operations by excluding certain non-cash items and certain impact of M&A transactions. In addition, non-IFRS adjustments include relevant non-IFRS adjustments for the Group's major associates based on available published financials of the relevant major associates, or estimates made by the Company's management based on available information, certain expectations, assumptions and premises.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to the business outlook, forecast business plans and growth strategies of the Company. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to the Company and are stated herein on the basis of the outlook at the time of this press release. They are based on certain expectations, assumptions and premises, some of which are subjective or beyond our control. These forward-looking statements may prove to be incorrect and may not be realised in future. Underlying the forward-looking statements is a large number of risks and uncertainties. Further information regarding these risks and uncertainties is included in our other public disclosure documents on our corporate website.

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

RMB in million, unless specified



Unaudited


Unaudited


3Q2019

3Q2018


3Q2019

2Q2019

Revenues

97,236

80,595


97,236

88,821

VAS

50,629

44,049


50,629

48,080

FinTech and Business Services

26,758

19,693


26,758

22,888

Online Advertising

18,366

16,247


18,366

16,409

Others

1,483

606


1,483

1,444

Cost of revenues

(54,757)

(45,115)


(54,757)

(49,695)

Gross profit

42,479

35,480


42,479

39,126

Gross margin

44%

44%


44%

44%

Interest income

1,674

1,082


1,674

1,652

Other gains, net

932

8,762


932

4,038

Selling and marketing expenses

(5,722)

(6,573)


(5,722)

(4,718)

General and administrative expenses

(13,536)

(10,890)


(13,536)

(12,577)

Operating profit

25,827

27,861


25,827

27,521

Operating margin

27%

35%


27%

31%

Finance costs, net

(1,747)

(1,492)


(1,747)

(1,982)

Share of profit of associates and joint ventures

234

264


234

2,370

Profit before income tax

24,314

26,633


24,314

27,909

Income tax expense

(3,338)

(3,228)


(3,338)

(3,225)

Profit for the period

20,976

23,405


20,976

24,684

Net margin

22%

29%


22%

28%

Attributable to:






    Equity holders of the Company

20,382

23,333


20,382

24,136

    Non-controlling interests

594

72


594

548







Non-IFRS profit attributable to equity holders of the
     Company

24,412

19,710


24,412

23,525







Earnings per share for profit attributable to
     equity holders of the Company
    
(in RMB per share)






- basic

2.151

2.469


2.151

2.550

- diluted

2.127

2.440


2.127

2.520

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

RMB in million, unless specified



Unaudited



3Q2019

3Q2018


Profit for the period

20,976

23,405


Other comprehensive income, net of tax:




Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss




Share of other comprehensive (loss)/income of associates and joint ventures

(21)

41


Transfer of share of other comprehensive income to profit or loss upon deemed
     disposal of associates

(3)

-


Currency translation differences

2,069

4,462


Other fair value (losses)/gains

(475)

223






Items that will not be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss
Net losses from changes in fair value of financial assets at fair value through other
     comprehensive income
Other fair value (losses)/gains

 

(3,213)

(96)

 

(7,864)

22



(1,739)

(3,116)


Total comprehensive income for the period

19,237

20,289


Attributable to:




    Equity holders of the Company

18,885

19,761


    Non-controlling interests

352

528


 

 

OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION

RMB in million, unless specified



Unaudited


3Q2019

2Q2019

3Q2018

EBITDA (a)

35,378

32,649

27,568

Adjusted EBITDA (a)

38,123

35,102

29,577

Adjusted EBITDA margin (b)

39%

40%

37%

Interest and related expenses

2,086

1,757

1,298

Net debt (c)

(7,173)

(15,766)

(29,227)

Capital expenditures (d)

6,632

4,362

5,974

 

Note:

(a) EBITDA is calculated as operating profit less interest income and other gains/losses, net, and adding back depreciation of property, plant and equipment, investment properties as well as right-of-use assets, and amortisation of intangible assets. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as EBITDA plus equity-settled share-based compensation expenses.

(b) Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated by dividing Adjusted EBITDA by revenues.

(c) Net debt represents period end balance and is calculated as cash and cash equivalents, plus term deposits and others, minus borrowings and notes payable.

(d) Capital expenditures consist of additions (excluding business combinations) to property, plant and equipment, construction in progress, investment properties, land use rights and intangible assets (excluding media contents, game licences and other contents).

 

 


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

RMB in million, unless specified



Unaudited


Audited

30-Sep-19


31-Dec-18



ASSETS




Non-current assets




Property, plant and equipment 

43,104


35,091

Right-of-use assets

10,820


-

Land use rights

7,136


7,106

Construction in progress

2,702


4,879

Investment properties

890


725

Intangible assets

54,422


56,650

Investments in associates

230,009


219,215

Investments in joint ventures

8,478


8,575

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

122,249


91,702

Financial assets at fair value through other comprehensive income

68,332


43,519

Prepayments, deposits and other assets

30,167


21,531

Other financial assets

116


1,693

Deferred income tax assets

17,832


15,755






596,257


506,441





Current assets




Inventories

412


324

Accounts receivable

32,069


28,427

Prepayments, deposits and other assets

24,110


18,493

Other financial assets

377


339

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

5,748


6,175

Term deposits

49,596


62,918

Restricted cash

2,046


2,590

Cash and cash equivalents

145,607


97,814






259,965


217,080





Total assets

856,222


723,521

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (continued)

RMB in million, unless specified



Unaudited


Audited

30-Sep-19


31-Dec-18



EQUITY




Equity attributable to equity holders of the Company




Share capital

-


-

Share premium

32,811


27,294

Treasury shares

(66)


-

Shares held for share award schemes

(3,988)


(4,173)

Other reserves

12,078


729

Retained earnings

363,147


299,660


403,982


323,510









Non-controlling interests

37,555


32,697





Total equity

441,537


356,207





LIABILITIES




Non-current liabilities




Borrowings

90,013


87,437

Notes payable

84,474


51,298

Long-term payables

3,172


4,797

Other financial liabilities

2,597


3,306

Deferred income tax liabilities

9,461


10,964

Lease liabilities

8,534


-

Deferred revenue

4,910


7,077






203,161


164,879





Current liabilities




Accounts payable

71,212


73,735

Other payables and accruals

37,464


33,312

Borrowings

22,135


26,834

Notes payable

10,657


13,720

Current income tax liabilities

10,175


10,210

Other tax liabilities

1,279


1,049

Other financial liabilities

1,141


1,200

Lease liabilities

2,989


-

Deferred revenue

54,472


42,375






211,524


202,435





Total liabilities

414,685


367,314





Total equity and liabilities

856,222


723,521


 

 

RECONCILIATIONS OF IFRS TO NON-IFRS RESULTS



As

reported

Adjustments

Non-IFRS


RMB in million,

unless specified

Share-based

compensation (a)

Net (gains)/losses from
investee companies (b)

Amortisation of

intangible assets (c)

Impairment

provision (d)

Income

tax effects (e)


Unaudited three months ended September 30, 2019

Operating profit

25,827

2,745

(1,814)

118

1,668

-

28,544

Profit for the period

20,976

3,568

(2,509)

1,544

1,981

(474)

25,086

Profit attributable to equity
    
holders

20,382

3,475

(2,444)

1,491

1,971

(463)

24,412

Operating margin

27%






29%

Net margin

22%






26%


Unaudited three months ended June 30, 2019

Operating profit

27,521

2,453

(4,950)

118

2,139

-

27,281

Profit for the period

24,684

2,373

(6,523)

1,486

2,492

(321)

24,191

Profit attributable to equity
    
holders

24,136

2,296

(6,522)

1,432

2,492

(309)

23,525

Operating margin

31%






31%

Net margin

28%






27%


Unaudited three months ended September 30, 2018

Operating profit

27,861

2,011

(20,949)

127

13,513

-

22,563

Profit for the period

23,405

3,531

(20,718)

943

13,511

(249)

20,423

Profit attributable to equity
    
holders

23,333

3,458

(20,694)

892

12,935

(214)

19,710

Operating margin

35%






28%

Net margin

29%






25%

 

Note:

(a) Including put options granted to employees of investee companies on their shares and shares to be issued under investee companies' share-based incentive plans which can be acquired by the Group, and other incentives

(b) Including net (gains)/losses on deemed disposals/disposals of investee companies, fair value changes arising from investee companies, and other expenses in relation to equity transactions of investee companies

(c) Amortisation of intangible assets resulting from acquisitions

(d) Impairment provisions for associates, joint ventures and intangible assets arising from acquisitions

(e) Income tax effects of non-IFRS adjustments


 

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