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Weibo Reports First Quarter 2023 Unaudited Financial Results and Dividend

BEIJING, May 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Weibo Corporation ("Weibo" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: WB and HKEX: 9898), a leading social media in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for first quarter ended March 31, 2023.

"We witnessed gradual recovery of our business in the first quarter of 2023 amid reopening," said Gaofei Wang, CEO of Weibo. "Throughout this quarter, we are encouraged to see solid user engagement improvement, with our continued execution of operating efficiency initiatives. Looking ahead to our monetization, with normalization of offline activities and gradual recovery of consumer spending, we will ramp up our efforts to capture pent-up demands from advertisers. In addition, we will focus on sectors that have demonstrated resilience amid economic challenges as well as those with growth opportunities, to further unlock monetization potentials of our platform. Lastly, we are pleased to announce that our board of directors has approved a special cash dividend to our shareholders. Going forward, we will remain committed to our long-term growth opportunity, with a focus on financial discipline and returning value to our shareholders."

First Quarter 2023 Highlights

  • Net revenues were $413.8 million, a decrease of 15% year-over-year or a decrease of 7% year-over-year on a constant currency basis [1].
  • Advertising and marketing revenues were $355.3 million, a decrease of 17% year-over-year.
  • Value-added service ("VAS") revenues were $58.5 million, an increase of 2% year-over-year.
  • Income from operations was $96.5 million, representing an operating margin of 23%.
  • Net income attributable to Weibo's shareholders was $100.5 million and diluted net income per share was $0.42.
  • Non-GAAP income from operations was $128.6 million, representing a non-GAAP operating margin of 31%.
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to Weibo's shareholders was $111.2 million and non-GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.47.
  • Monthly active users ("MAUs") were 593 million in March 2023, a net addition of approximately 11 million users on a year-over-year basis. Mobile MAUs represented 95% of MAUs.
  • Average daily active users ("DAUs") were 255 million in March 2023, a net addition of approximately 3 million users on a year-over-year basis.

[1] On a constant currency (non-GAAP) basis, we assume that the exchange rate in the first quarter of 2023 had been the same as it was in the first quarter of 2022, or RMB 6.34=US$1.00.

First Quarter 2023 Financial Results

For the first quarter of 2023, Weibo's total net revenues were $413.8 million, a decrease of 15% compared to $484.6 million for the same period last year.

Advertising and marketing revenues for the first quarter of 2023 were $355.3 million, a decrease of 17% compared to $427.1 million for the same period last year. Advertising and marketing revenues excluding ad revenues from Alibaba were $337.0 million, a decrease of 16% compared to $401.2 million for the same period last year. The decrease can be attributable to several factors, including (i) conservative advertising budget amid reopening; (ii) seasonality factor; and (iii) an unfavorable foreign exchange impact on our reported figures.

VAS revenues for the first quarter of 2023 were $58.5 million, an increase of 2% year-over-year compared to $57.5 million for the same period last year. The increase of VAS revenues was primary attributable to incremental revenue contribution from e-commerce business.

Costs and expenses for the first quarter of 2023 totaled $317.3 million, a decrease of 17% compared to $381.8 million for the same period last year. The decrease of costs and expenses was primarily attributable to less personnel related costs and marketing expenses.

Income from operations for the first quarter of 2023 was $96.5 million, compared to $102.8 million for the same period last year. Operating margin was 23%, compared to 21% last year. Non-GAAP income from operations was $128.6 million, compared to $141.7 million for the same period last year. Non-GAAP operating margin was 31%, compared to 29% last year.

Non-operating income for the first quarter of 2023 was $29.8 million, compared to a loss of $163.5 million for the same period last year. Non-operating income for the first quarter of 2023 mainly included (i) a $27.6 million net gain from fair value change of investments, mainly including net gains from fair value change of investments in Didi Global Inc. (OTC Pink: DIDIY) and INMYSHOW Digital Technology (Group) Co., Ltd. (SSE: 600556), which was excluded under non-GAAP measures; and (ii) a $2.7 million net interest and other income. 

Income tax expense were $21.9 million, compared to $11.7 million for the same period last year. The increase in expense was mainly due to changes in deferred tax liabilities related to fair value change on certain investments.

Net income attributable to Weibo's shareholders for the first quarter of 2023 was $100.5 million, compared to a loss of $67.5 million for the same period last year. Diluted net income per share attributable to Weibo's shareholders for the first quarter of 2023 was $0.42, compared to diluted net loss per share attributable to Weibo's shareholders of $0.29 for the same period last year. Non-GAAP net income attributable to Weibo's shareholders for the first quarter of 2023 was $111.2 million, compared to $132.9 million for the same period last year. Non-GAAP diluted net income per share attributable to Weibo's shareholders for the first quarter of 2023 was $0.47, compared to $0.56 for the same period last year.

As of March 31, 2023, Weibo's cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $2.8 billion. For the first quarter of 2023, cash provided by operating activities was $180.6 million, capital expenditures totaled $18.2 million, and depreciation and amortization expenses amounted to $15.4 million.

Special Cash Dividend

The Company's board of directors has approved a special cash dividend of US$0.85 per ordinary share and ADS to holders of its ordinary shares and ADSs as of the close of business on June 26, 2023, Beijing/Hong Kong Time and New York Time, respectively, payable in U.S. dollars. For holders of Class A ordinary shares, in order to qualify for the dividend, all valid documents for the transfer of shares accompanied by the relevant share certificates must be lodged for registration with the Company's Hong Kong branch share registrar, Computershare Hong Kong Investor Services Limited, at Shops 1712-1716, 17th Floor, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen's Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong, no later than 4:30 p.m. on June 26, 2023 (Beijing/Hong Kong Time). The aggregate amount of the dividend will be approximately $200 million. The payment date for holders of ordinary shares and ADSs is expected to be on or around July 19, 2023 and on or around July 26, 2023, respectively.

Environmental, Social and Governance ("ESG")

Weibo released its 2022 ESG report in April 2023, outlining the Company's initiatives and performance in key ESG areas for the fiscal year 2022. The ESG initiatives described in the report demonstrate our long-term commitment to sustainable development, covering the impact on our users, content creators, employees, business partners and other stakeholders. The report highlights our efforts in various areas, including cybersecurity and privacy protection, content quality, employee development, social responsibility and green operations. To view the 2022 ESG report, please visit: http://ir.weibo.com/esg.

Conference Call

Weibo's management team will host a conference call from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM Eastern Time on May 25, 2023 (or 7:00 PM8:00 PM Beijing Time on May 25, 2023) to present an overview of the Company's financial performance and business operations.

Participants who wish to dial in to the teleconference must register through the below public participant link. Dial in and instruction will be in the confirmation email upon registering.

Participants Registration Link: https://register.vevent.com/register/BI844585d64f0c4fa08a241f3dd806dcd7

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

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release contains the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income attributable to Weibo's shareholders, non-GAAP diluted net income per share attributable to Weibo's shareholders and adjusted EBITDA. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, measures of the Company's financial performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

The Company's non-GAAP financial measures exclude stock-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets resulting from business acquisitions, non-cash compensation cost to non-controlling interest shareholders, net results of impairment and provision on, gain/loss on sale of and fair value change of investments, non-GAAP to GAAP reconciling items on the share of equity method investments, non-GAAP to GAAP reconciling items for the income/loss attributable to non-controlling interests, income tax expense related to the amortization of intangible assets resulting from business acquisitions and fair value change of investments (other non-GAAP to GAAP reconciling items have no tax effect), and amortization of issuance cost of convertible debt, senior notes and long-term loans. Adjusted EBITDA excludes interest income, net, income tax benefits/expenses, and depreciation expenses.

The Company's management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in their financial and operating decision-making, because management believes these measures reflect the Company's ongoing operating performance in a manner that allows more meaningful period-to-period comparisons. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and others in the following ways: (i) in comparing the Company's current financial results with the Company's past financial results in a consistent manner, and (ii) in understanding and evaluating the Company's current operating performance and future prospects in the same manner as management does, if they so choose. The Company also believes that the non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses, gains/losses and other items (i) that are not expected to result in future cash payments or (ii) that are non-recurring in nature or may not be indicative of the Company's core operating results and business outlook.

Use of non-GAAP financial measures has limitations. The Company's non-GAAP financial measures do not include all income and expense items that affect the Company's operations. They may not be comparable to non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Accordingly, care should be exercised in understanding how the Company defines its non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations of the Company's non-GAAP financial measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures are set forth in the section below titled "Unaudited Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Results."

About Weibo

Weibo is a leading social media for people to create, share and discover content online. Weibo combines the means of public self-expression in real time with a powerful platform for social interaction, content aggregation and content distribution. Any user can create and post a feed and attach multi-media and long-form content. User relationships on Weibo may be asymmetric; any user can follow any other user and add comments to a feed while reposting. This simple, asymmetric and distributed nature of Weibo allows an original feed to become a live viral conversation stream.

Weibo enables its advertising and marketing customers to promote their brands, products and services to users. Weibo offers a wide range of advertising and marketing solutions to companies of all sizes. The Company generates a substantial majority of its revenues from the sale of advertising and marketing services, including the sale of social display advertisement and promoted marketing offerings. Designed with a "mobile first" philosophy, Weibo displays content in a simple information feed format and offers native advertisement that conform to the information feed on our platform. To support the mobile format, we have developed and continuously refining our social interest graph recommendation engine, which enables our customers to perform people marketing and target audiences based on user demographics, social relationships, interests and behaviors, to achieve greater relevance, engagement and marketing effectiveness.

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. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology, such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "confidence," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, Weibo's expected financial performance and strategic and operational plans, as described, without limitation, in quotations from management in this press release, contain forward-looking statements. Weibo may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in the Company's periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), in announcements, circulars or other publications made on the website of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the "Hong Kong Stock Exchange"), in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. 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. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, Weibo's limited operating history in certain new businesses; failure to grow active user base and the level of user engagement; the uncertain regulatory landscape in China; fluctuations in the Company's quarterly operating results; the Company's reliance on advertising and marketing sales for a majority of its revenues; failure to successfully develop, introduce, drive adoption of or monetize new features and products; failure to compete effectively for advertising and marketing spending; failure to successfully integrate acquired businesses; risks associated with the Company's investments, including equity pick-up and impairment; failure to compete successfully against new entrants and established industry competitors; changes in the macro-economic environment, including the depreciation of the Renminbi; adverse changes in economic and political policies of the PRC government and its impact on the Chinese economy; and impact of COVID-19 on the Company's operations and financial performance. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Weibo's annual report on Form 20-Fs and other filings with the SEC and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. All information provided in this press release is current as of the date hereof, and Weibo assumes no obligation to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

Contact:

Investor Relations
Weibo Corporation
Phone: +86 10 5898-3336
Email: ir@staff.weibo.com

 

 

WEIBO CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share data)



















Three months ended




March 31,


December 31,


March 31,




2022


2022


2023


Net revenues:







     Advertising and marketing

$        427,121


$        390,544


$        355,300


     Value-added services

57,501


57,454


58,478



Net revenues

484,622


447,998


413,778










Costs and expenses:







     Cost of revenues (1)

104,801


106,087


85,853


     Sales and marketing (1)

125,311


122,665


106,494


     Product development (1)

112,434


99,328


90,676


     General and administrative (1)

39,227


(40,552)


34,265



Total costs and expenses

381,773


287,528


317,288


Income from operations

102,849


160,470


96,490










Non-operating income (loss):







    Investment related gain (loss), net

(177,950)


(3,582)


27,155


    Interest and other income (loss), net

14,416


(17,508)


2,682




(163,534)


(21,090)


29,837










Income (loss) before income tax expenses

(60,685)


139,380


126,327


     Income tax benefits (expenses)

(11,716)


18,701


(21,852)










Net income (loss)

(72,401)


158,081


104,475


    Less: Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests

(4,877)


16,165


556


              Accretion to redeemable non-controlling interests

-


-


3,427


Net income (loss) attributable to Weibo's shareholders

$        (67,524)


$        141,916


$        100,492


















Basic net income (loss) per share attributable to Weibo's shareholders

$             (0.29)


$               0.61


$               0.43


Diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to Weibo's shareholders

$             (0.29)


$               0.60


$               0.42










Shares used in computing basic net income (loss) per share attributable 







    to Weibo's shareholders

235,206


234,040


234,705


Shares used in computing diluted net income (loss) per share attributable 







    to Weibo's shareholders

235,206


238,887


236,895










(1) Stock-based compensation in each category:








Cost of revenues

$              2,337


$              1,820


$              2,536



Sales and marketing

4,615


3,686


4,613



Product development

13,336


10,774


13,800



General and administrative

6,763


7,097


6,676


 

 

 

WEIBO CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)














December 31,


March 31,






2022


2023









Assets


Current assets:








Cash and cash equivalents


$          2,690,768


$          2,284,216




Short-term investments


480,428


492,640




Accounts receivable, net


502,443


477,490




Prepaid expenses and other current assets


391,502


424,184




Amount due from SINA(1)


487,117


491,644




      Current assets subtotal


4,552,258


4,170,174










Property and equipment, net


249,553


241,383


Goodwill and intangible assets, net


245,223


241,529


Long-term investments


993,630


1,235,797


Other non-current assets


1,088,790


1,125,354


Total assets


$          7,129,454


$          7,014,237









Liabilities, Redeemable Non-controlling Interests and Shareholders' Equity 


Liabilities:







Current liabilities:








Accounts payable


$             161,029


$             155,257




Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


923,678


705,885




Income tax payable


55,282


70,189




Deferred revenues


79,949


88,788




     Current liabilities subtotal


1,219,938


1,020,119











Long-term liabilities:








Unsecured senior notes


1,540,717


1,541,293




Long-term loans


880,855


881,886




Other long-term liabilities


97,404


96,324




     Total liabilities


3,738,914


3,539,622










Redeemable non-controlling interests


45,795


52,558










Shareholders' equity :







Weibo shareholders' equity 


3,330,250


3,406,906



Non-controlling interests


14,495


15,151




Total shareholders' equity 


3,344,745


3,422,057


Total liabilities, redeemable non-controlling interests and
    shareholders' equity


$          7,129,454


$          7,014,237










(1) Included short-term loans to and interest receivable from SINA of $420.4 million as of December 31,
2022 and $431.6 million as of March 31, 2023.

 

 

 

WEIBO CORPORATION

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP TO GAAP RESULTS

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share data)
















Three months ended





March 31,


December 31,


March 31,





2022


2022


2023














Income from operations

$

102,849


$

160,470


$

96,490


  Add:

Stock-based compensation


27,051



23,377



27,625



Amortization of intangible assets resulting from business acquisitions


5,751



4,367



4,439



Accrual (reversal) of non-cash compensation cost to non-controlling 
  interest shareholders


6,074



(36,225)



-


Non-GAAP income from operations

$

141,725


$

151,989


$

128,554














Net income (loss) attributable to Weibo's shareholders

$

(67,524)


$

141,916


$

100,492


  Add:

Stock-based compensation


27,051



23,377



27,625



Amortization of intangible assets resulting from business
  acquisitions


5,751



4,367



4,439



Accrual (reversal) of non-cash compensation cost to non-controlling 
  interest shareholders


6,074



(36,225)



-



Investment related gain/loss, net (1)


177,950



3,582



(27,155)



Non-GAAP to GAAP reconciling items on the share of equity
  method investments 


(2,654)



24,662



4,183



Non-GAAP to GAAP reconciling items for the income/loss
  attributable to non-controlling interests


(4,631)



15,005



(157)



Tax effects on non-GAAP adjustments (2)


(10,771)



394



196



Amortization of  issuance cost of convertible debt, unsecured
  senior notes and long-term loans


1,611



1,440



1,606


Non-GAAP net income attributable to Weibo's shareholders

$

132,857


$

178,518


$

111,229














Non-GAAP diluted net income per share attributable to Weibo's
  shareholders

$

0.56

*

$

0.75

*

$

0.47














Shares used in computing GAAP diluted net income (loss) per share
  attributable to Weibo's shareholders


235,206



238,887



236,895


  Add:

The number of shares for dilution resulted from convertible debt (3)


6,753



-



-



The number of shares for dilution resulted from unvested restricted
  share units (3)


447



-



-


Shares used in computing non-GAAP diluted net income per share
  attributable to Weibo's shareholders


242,406



238,887



236,895














Adjusted EBITDA:











Net income (loss) attributable to Weibo's shareholders

$

(67,524)


$

141,916


$

100,492



Non-GAAP adjustments


200,381



36,602



10,737



Non-GAAP net income attributable to Weibo's shareholders


132,857



178,518



111,229




Interest income, net


(10,986)



(11,784)



(9,743)




Income tax (benefits) expenses


22,487



(19,095)



21,657




Depreciation expenses


8,730



7,626



10,601



Adjusted EBITDA

$

153,088


$

155,265


$

133,744














(1)

To adjust impairment and provision on, gain/loss on sale of, fair value change of investments.

















(2)

To adjust the income tax effects of non-GAAP adjustments, which primarily related to amortization and impairment of
intangible assets resulting from business acquisitions and fair value change of investments. Other non-GAAP adjustment items
have no tax effect, because (i) they were recorded in entities established in tax free jurisdictions, or (ii) full valuation allowances
were provided for related deferred tax assets as it is more-likely-than-not they will not be realized.













(3)

To adjust the number of shares for dilution resulted from convertible debt and unvested restricted share units which were anti-
dilutive under GAAP measures.













Net income attributable to Weibo's shareholders is adjusted for interest expense of convertible debt for calculating diluted EPS.

 

 

 

WEIBO CORPORATION

UNAUDITED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)











Three months ended




March 31,


December 31,


March 31,




2022


2022


2023










Net revenues








Advertising and marketing








     Non-Ali advertisers

$        401,196


$        348,271


$        337,031



     Alibaba - as an advertiser

25,925


42,273


18,269



         Subtotal

427,121


390,544


355,300











Value-added services

57,501


57,454


58,478




$        484,622


$        447,998


$        413,778










 

 

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