Tencent Announces 2016 Second Quarter and Interim Results

SHENZHEN, China, Aug. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Tencent Holdings Limited ("Tencent" or the "Company",) (SEHK: 0700), a leading provider of Internet value added services in China, today announced the unaudited consolidated results for the second quarter ("2Q2016") and the first half year of 2016 ("1H2016") ended June 30, 2016.

1H2016 Key Highlights:

  • Total revenues were RMB67,686 million (USD10,207 million[1]), an increase of 48% over the first half year of 2015 ("YoY").
  • Operating profit was RMB27,727 million (USD4,181 million), an increase of 43% YoY. Operating margin decreased to 41% from 42% last year.
  • Profit for the period was RMB20,148 million (USD3,038 million), an increase of 41% YoY. Net margin decreased to 30% from 31% last year.
  • Profit attributable to equity holders of the Company for the period was RMB19,920 million (USD3,004 million), an increase of 40% YoY.
  • Basic earnings per share were RMB2.128. Diluted earnings per share were RMB2.102.
  • On a non-GAAP basis, excluding share-based compensation, net (gains)/losses from investee companies, amortization of intangible assets and impairment provision:
    • Operating profit was RMB28,171 million (USD4,248 million), an increase of 43% YoY. Operating margin decreased to 42% from 43% last year.
    • Profit for the period was RMB21,630 million (USD3,262 million), an increase of 41% YoY. Net margin decreased to 32% from 34% last year.
    • Profit attributable to equity holders of the Company for the period was RMB21,351 million (USD3,220 million), an increase of 41% YoY.
    • Basic earnings per share were RMB2.280. Diluted earnings per share were RMB2.253.

[1] Figures stated in USD are based on USD1 to RMB6.6312

2Q2016 Key Highlights:

  • Total revenues were RMB35,691 million (USD5,382 million), an increase of 52% over the second quarter of 2015 ("YoY").
  • Operating profit was RMB14,329 million (USD2,161 million), an increase of 43% YoY. Operating margin decreased to 40% from 43% last year.
  • Profit for the period was RMB10,880 million (USD1,641 million), an increase of 47% YoY. Net margin decreased to 30% from 32% last year.
  • Profit attributable to equity holders of the Company for the period was RMB10,737 million (USD1,619 million), an increase of 47% YoY.
  • Basic earnings per share were RMB1.146. Diluted earnings per share were RMB1.133.
  • On a non-GAAP basis, excluding share-based compensation, net (gains)/losses from investee companies, amortization of intangible assets and impairment provision:
    • Operating profit was RMB14,687 million (USD2,215 million), an increase of 42% YoY. Operating margin decreased to 41% from 44% last year.
    • Profit for the period was RMB11,496 million (USD1,734 million), an increase of 42% YoY. Net margin decreased to 32% from 35% last year.
    • Profit attributable to equity holders of the Company for the period was RMB11,319 million (USD1,707 million), an increase of 42% YoY.
    • Basic earnings per share were RMB1.208. Diluted earnings per share were RMB1.194.

Mr. Ma Huateng, Chairman and CEO of Tencent, said, "During the second quarter, we sustained solid growth in our platforms and businesses, including our social and media platforms, games, digital content, advertising, and payment services. We executed strategic initiatives to strengthen our ecosystem and to reinforce our ability to bring best-in-class entertainment content to our users. For example, we integrated QQ Music with China Music Corporation to create the leading online music platform in China, which should help consumers to discover new music, artists to reach more fans, and record labels to drive fresh business models. And we invested in Supercell, the world's leading mobile game studio, expanding our upstream presence in the global game industry and bringing us closer to hundreds of millions of game players globally. We believe high quality content, coupled with Tencent's user base, distribution capability and targeted recommendation technology, position us and our partners to help develop the fast-changing digital entertainment market."

2Q2016 Financial Review

Value Added Services ("VAS").  Revenues from our VAS business increased by 39% YoY to RMB25,680 million for 2Q2016. Online games revenues grew by 32% YoY to RMB17,124 million. The increase was primarily driven by contributions from our major PvP and RPG genre smart phone games, and to a lesser extent by several PC games. Social networks revenues increased by 57% YoY to RMB8,556 million. The increase was driven by virtual item sales and revenue growth from subscription services, especially those for digital content services such as video, music, and literature.

Online advertising. Revenues from our online advertising business increased by 60% YoY to RMB6,532 million for 2Q2016. Performance-based advertising revenues grew by 80% YoY to RMB3,697 million, mainly reflecting growth in performance advertising revenues from Weixin Moments, our mobile news app, and Weixin Official Accounts. Brand display advertising revenues increased by 41% YoY to RMB2,835 million, primarily driven by revenue growth from Tencent News and Tencent Video.

Others. Revenues from our others businesses increased by 275% YoY to RMB3,479 million for 2Q2016. The increase was mainly due to higher revenues from our payment related and cloud services.

Other Key Financial Information for 2Q2016

Share-based compensation was RMB862 million, up 31% YoY.

EBITDA was RMB15,581 million, up 52% YoY. Adjusted EBITDA was RMB16,401 million, up 50% YoY.

Capital expenditure was RMB1,505 million, down 47% YoY. 

Free cash flow was RMB9,748 million, up 80% YoY.

As at June 30, 2016, the Company had net cash of RMB24,037 million. Fair value of our stakes in listed investee companies (both associates and available-for-sale financial assets) totalled RMB80 billion as at June 30, 2016.

Company Strategic Highlights

In recent months, we have conducted several initiatives to develop our online games and digital content businesses, such as:

  • Growing our digital music business via integrating QQ Music with China Music Corporation, which operates another leading music streaming platform. We believe there is tremendous growth potential in the China music industry, and look forward to the integrated operations facilitating users to discover more music, artists to reach out to more fans, and the music industry to create new products and business models.
  • Deepening our presence in mobile games via leading a consortium to acquire a majority equity stake in Supercell, the maker of globally popular titles such as Clash of Clans and Clash Royale. Supercell's founding team will continue to manage the company independently, enhancing their existing games and developing new games, and leveraging Tencent's platforms and expertise to expand in China.
  • Reinforcing our online video business' upstream presence via further investing in film/TV series studios and in our own production projects.
  • Developing our online literature services via working closely with industry peers to combat piracy, so as to provide more sustainable and healthy revenue for authors and for the industry.

During the quarter we also made organic progress around our other strategic priorities, such as building out our mobile ecosystem for Weixin and Mobile QQ users, enhancing our enterprise communications products, expanding our cloud services capabilities and customer base, and facilitating consumers to use our payment solutions for merchant transactions.

Business Review and Outlook

Operating information

    • Monthly active user accounts ("MAU") of QQ was 899 million, an increase of 7% YoY.
    • Smart device MAU of QQ was 667 million, an increase of 6% YoY.
    • Peak concurrent user accounts ("PCU") of QQ (for the quarter) was 247 million, an increase of 6% YoY.
    • Combined MAU of Weixin and WeChat were 806 million, an increase of 34% YoY.
    • MAU of Qzone was 652 million, a decrease of 1% YoY.
    • Smart device MAU of Qzone was 596 million, an increase of 4% YoY.
    • Fee-based VAS registered subscriptions were 105 million, an increase of 25% YoY.

Key Platforms

  • For QQ, smart device MAU increased by 6% YoY to 667 million. Mobile QQ usage benefited from enriched features in areas such as sticker-animated video editing, and from enhanced QQ Group functionalities, such as offering third-party online educational materials to users within school groups. In May 2016, we launched NOW, a live broadcast application which can link to the QQ social graph and enables users to generate and share real-time video streams.
  • For Qzone, smart device MAU increased by 4% YoY to 596 million. User activity benefited from new features such as live broadcast, which facilitates users to share live video streams within their social networks.
  • For Weixin and WeChat together, MAU reached 806 million, representing YoY growth of 34%. Weixin further penetrated into communication scenarios at work, with over 20 million registered users of Weixin Enterprise Accounts, which facilitate internal office automation operations. We enhanced consumer engagement via expanding the range of municipal services connected with Weixin, extending access to municipal services to more users in low-tier cities in China, and launching eLoyalty Cards, which merchants can issue to their customers in lieu of physical loyalty cards.

VAS

In 2Q2016, our social networks business sustained strong revenue growth as we increased virtual item sales and as our digital content subscription services became more popular.

For PC client games, we generated high single digit YoY revenue growth, with increased contributions from existing titles in genres such as sports, music, and action RPG, as well as from newer titles in genres such as RPG and shooter.

For smart phone games, we achieved approximately RMB9.6 billion revenue[2] in 2Q2016, representing 114% YoY revenue growth, with increased contributions from our major PvP titles, as well as new RPG titles.

[2] Including smart phone games revenue attributable to our social networks business.

Online Advertising

During 2Q2016, our online media platform traffic and advertising revenue continued to grow, with most of our traffic and about 80% of revenue generated on mobile platforms. Our Tencent Video views increased, supported by popular content such as our exclusive NBA rights in China, where unique viewers more than doubled online for the 2015-2016 season versus the 2014-2015 season, when the rights were split between multiple platforms. Our self-service tools enabled regional advertisers to purchase targeted traffic in low-tier cities on Weixin Moments, and we added new advertising formats, such as carousels on Qzone.

For other detailed disclosure, please refer to our website www.tencent.com/ir, or follow us via Weixin Official Account (Weixin ID: Tencent_IR).

About Tencent

Tencent uses technology to enrich the lives of Internet users. Every day, hundreds of millions of people communicate, share experiences, consume information and seek entertainment through our integrated platforms. Tencent's diversified services include QQ, Weixin/ WeChat for communications; Qzone for social networking; QQ Game Platform for online games; QQ.com and Tencent News for information and Tencent Video for video content.

Tencent was founded in Shenzhen in 1998 and went public on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2004. The Company is one of the constituent stocks of the Hang Seng Index. Tencent seeks to evolve with the Internet by investing in innovation, providing a mutually beneficial environment for partners, and staying close to users.

For enquiries, please contact:

Investor:

Catherine Chan

Tel: (86) 755 86013388 ext 88369/
(852) 3148 5100

Email: cchan@tencent.com

Tracy Huang

Tel: (86) 755 86013388 ext 83731/
(852) 3148 5100

 Email: tracyqhuang@tencent.com

Media:

Canny Lo

Tel: (86) 755 86013388 ext 66630/
(852) 3148 5100

Email: cannylo@tencent.com

Limin Chen

Tel: (86) 755 86013388 ext 56011

Email: liminchen@tencent.com

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the consolidated results of the Group prepared in accordance with IFRS, certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP profit for the period, non-GAAP net margin, non-GAAP profit attributable to equity holders of the Company, non-GAAP basic EPS and non-GAAP diluted EPS, have been presented in this announcement. These unaudited non-GAAP 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-GAAP financial measures may be defined differently from similar terms used by other companies.

The Company's management believes that the non-GAAP 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-GAAP adjustments include relevant non-GAAP adjustments for the Group's material associates based on available published financials of the relevant material 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 realized 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 millions, unless specified






Unaudited


Unaudited


2Q2016

2Q2015


2Q2016

1Q2016

Revenues

35,691

23,429


35,691

31,995

    VAS

25,680

18,428


25,680

24,964

   Online advertising

6,532

4,073


6,532

4,701

    Others

3,479

928


3,479

2,330

Cost of revenues

(15,235)

(8,991)


(15,235)

(13,406)

Gross profit

20,456

14,438


20,456

18,589

Gross margin

57%

62%


57%

58%

Interest income

626

598


626

703

Other gains, net

911

612


911

506

Selling and marketing expenses

(2,365)

(1,601)


(2,365)

(2,032)

General and administrative expenses

(5,299)

(4,011)


(5,299)

(4,368)

Operating profit

14,329

10,036


14,329

13,398

Operating margin

40%

43%


40%

42%

Finance costs, net

(377)

(341)


(377)

(491)

Share of losses of associates and joint
ventures

(292)

(452)


(292)

(1,089)

Profit before income tax

13,660

9,243


13,660

11,818

Income tax expense

(2,780)

(1,847)


(2,780)

(2,550)

Profit for the period

10,880

7,396


10,880

9,268

Net margin

30%

32%


30%

29%

Attributable to:






    Equity holders of the Company

10,737

7,314


10,737

9,183

    Non-controlling interests

143

82


143

85







Non-GAAP profit attributable to equity
holders of the Company

11,319

7,975


11,319

10,032







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






- basic

1.146

0.787


1.146

0.981

- diluted

1.133

0.778


1.133

0.970

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

RMB in millions, unless specified






Unaudited


Unaudited


2Q2016

2Q2015


2Q2016

1Q2016

Profit for the period

10,880

7,396


10,880

9,268

Other comprehensive income, net of tax:






Items that may be subsequently
reclassified to profit or loss






Share of other comprehensive income of
associates

277

(168)


277

8

Net gains/(losses) from changes in fair
value of available-for-sale financial
assets

4,979

4,805


4,979

(1,653)

Transfer to profit or loss upon disposal of
available-for-sale financial assets

79

(10)


79

-

Currency translation differences

1,308

(367)


1,308

(214)

Other fair value losses

(182)

-


(182)

(139)

Items that may not be subsequently
reclassified to profit or loss






Other fair value losses

(66)

-


(66)

(262)

Total comprehensive income for the
period

17,275

11,656


17,275

7,008

Attributable to:






    Equity holders of the Company

17,116

11,594


17,116

6,920

    Non-controlling interests

159

62


159

88

 

 

OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION

RMB in millions, unless specified




Unaudited


2Q2016

2Q2015

1Q2016

EBITDA (a)

15,581

10,258

14,329

Adjusted EBITDA (a)

16,401

10,899

15,004

Adjusted EBITDA margin (b)

46%

47%

47%

Interest expense

494

399

477

Net cash (c)

24,037

21,663

27,429

Capital expenditures (d)

1,505

2,841

4,105


Note:

(a) EBITDA consists of operating profit less interest income and other gains/losses, net, and plus depreciation of fixed assets and investment properties and amortisation of intangible assets. Adjusted EBITDA consists of EBITDA plus equity-settled share-based compensation expenses.

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

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

(d)   Capital expenditures consist of additions (excluding business combinations) to fixed assets, construction in progress, land use rights and intangible assets (excluding game and other content licenses).

 

 


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

In RMB millions (unless otherwise stated)




Unaudited      


Unaudited


June 30, 2016


March 31, 2016

ASSETS




Non-current assets




Fixed assets 

11,469


10,301

Construction in progress

4,066


5,176

Investment properties

710


291

Land use rights

4,066


4,087

Intangible assets

14,190


13,793

Investments in associates

64,092


60,747

Investments in redeemable preference shares of associates

8,203


7,015

Investments in joint ventures

573


537

Available-for-sale financial assets

54,827


43,489

Prepayments, deposits and other assets

7,049


6,694

Deferred income tax assets

4,739


667

Term deposits

9,034


9,033






183,018


161,830

Current assets




Inventories

216


226

Accounts receivable

8,810


7,148

Prepayments, deposits and other assets

11,908


12,723

Other financial assets

1,537


928

Term deposits

35,774


33,719

Restricted cash

125,490


85,816

Cash and cash equivalents

64,206


56,607






247,941


197,167





Total assets

430,959


358,997





 

 


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (continued)

In RMB millions (unless otherwise stated)



Unaudited


Unaudited


June 30, 2016


 March 31, 2016

EQUITY




Equity attributable to equity holders of the Company




Share capital

-


-

Share premium

14,619


13,670

Shares held for share award schemes

(2,425)


(2,257)

Other reserves

12,884


6,268

Retained earnings

116,192


109,185






141,270


126,866





Non-controlling interests

2,851


2,243





Total equity

144,121


129,109





LIABILITIES




Non-current liabilities




Borrowings

33,030


18,802

Notes payable

34,585


36,886

Long-term payables

3,936


3,774

Deferred income tax liabilities

3,920


3,518

Deferred revenue

2,365


2,687






77,836


65,667





Current liabilities




Accounts payable

21,168


19,748

Other payables and accruals

138,759


98,546

Borrowings

10,080


12,373

Notes payable

7,282


3,869

Current income tax liabilities

3,555


2,423

Other tax liabilities

384


301

Deferred revenue

27,774


26,961






209,002


164,221





Total liabilities

286,838


229,888





Total equity and liabilities

430,959


358,997

 

        

RECONCILIATIONS OF IFRS TO NON-GAAP RESULTS



As

reported

Adjustments


RMB in millions,
unless specified

Equity-settled

share-based
compensation

Cash-settled

share-based

compensation (a)

Net (gains)/losses

from investee
companies
 (b)

Amortisation of

intangible

assets (c)

Impairment
provision
(d)

Non-GAAP


Unaudited six months ended June 30, 2016

Operating profit

27,727

1,495

74

(3,718)

96

2,497

28,171

Profit for the period

20,148

1,880

74

(4,037)

684

2,881

21,630

Profit attributable
to equity holders

19,920

1,852

74

(4,033)

665

2,873

21,351

Operating margin

41%






42%

Net margin

30%






32%

Unaudited six months ended June 30, 2015

Operating profit

19,408

1,202

50

(2,326)

106

1,275

19,715

Profit for the period

14,326

1,364

50

(2,238)

598

1,285

15,385

Profit attributable to equity holders

14,197

1,323

48

(2,238)

578

1,269

15,177

Operating margin

42%






43%

Net margin

31%






34%

 

 

RECONCILIATIONS OF IFRS TO NON-GAAP RESULTS (continued)


As

reported

Adjustments


RMB in million,
unless specified

Equity-settled

share-based
compensation

Cash-settled

share-based

compensation (a)

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

Amortisation of

intangible

assets (c)

Impairment
provision
(d)

Non-GAAP

                  Unaudited three months ended June 30, 2016

Operating profit

14,329

820

42

(2,990)

49

2,437

14,687

Profit for the period

10,880

1,014

42

(3,251)

328

2,483

11,496

Profit attributable
to equity holders

10,737

995

42

(3,247)

317

2,475

11,319

Operating margin

40%






41%

Net margin

30%






32%

Unaudited three months ended March 31, 2016

Operating profit

13,398

675

32

(728)

47

60

13,484

Profit for the period

9,268

866

32

(786)

356

398

10,134

Profit attributable
to equity holders

9,183

857

32

(786)

348

398

10,032

Operating margin

42%






42%

Net margin

29%






32%

Unaudited three months ended June 30, 2015

Operating profit

10,036

641

18

(1,487)

56

1,052

10,316

Profit for the period

7,396

720

18

(1,399)

300

1,057

8,092

Profit attributable
to equity holders

7,314

699

17

(1,399)

287

1,057

7,975

Operating margin

43%






44%

Net margin

32%






35%


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 and businesses, and fair value changes on options we own in investee companies

(c) Amortisation of intangible assets resulting from acquisitions, net of related deferred tax

(d) Impairment provision for associates, available-for-sale financial assets, and intangible assets arising from acquisitions

 

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