NetEase Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015 Unaudited Financial Results

Feb 24, 2016, 18:00 ET from NetEase, Inc.

BEIJING, Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) ("NetEase" or the "Company"), one of China's leading Internet and online game services providers, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

"2015 marked a year of tremendous growth fueled by all-around achievement for our company," said Mr. William Ding, Chief Executive Officer and Director of NetEase. "Our total net revenues grew 94.7% for the year and 128.2% for the fourth quarter compared to the same quarter of fiscal year 2014, with expanding contributions from each of our three business segments. We saw year-over-year net revenue increases in the fourth quarter of 103.2% from online games, 68.1% from advertising services and 355.5% from e-mail, e-commerce and others."

"PC-client games remain vital to China's online game industry, while mobile games are driving rapid new growth. The steps we have taken over the last year to enhance our mobile capabilities have secured our position in the mobile arena. Our high-profile mobile portfolio now consists of over 80 diverse games, including our Fantasy Westward Journey and Westward Journey Online mobile games, which maintained their positions as the top two grossing games in China's iOS app store in the fourth quarter. Our other mobile games, including licensed game Kai-ri-sei Million Arthur as well as a number of other new and exciting games such as Invincible, the Kung Fu Panda mobile game and Chrono Blade also demonstrated strong performances during the fourth quarter."

"Offering thrilling gaming experiences to our existing and growing community of PC-client players remains an integral part of our online games strategy. Our self-developed 3D oriental fantasy MMORPG Revelation maintained strong traction in the fourth quarter, and in November we launched open beta testing for our 3D warfare MMORPG Hegemon-King of Western Chu. During the fourth quarter we also released new expansion packs for PC-client games including Tianxia III, Heroes of Tang Dynasty Zero and Kung Fu Master II, and launched a promotional campaign for Demon Seals. In addition to our successful and growing portfolio of self-developed online games, Blizzard Entertainment's Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft continued to perform well and attract new players."

"We are taking a number of steps to broaden our game offerings with exciting new game-play for both our PC-clients and mobile users. We recently released a trailer for War Rage, a real-time action tactical game for PC-clients, which we expect to launch in 2016. We also plan to enhance the popularity of our established PC-client titles with upcoming expansion packs for games including New Westward Journey Online II, Tianxia III, Heroes of Tang Dynasty Zero, Demon Seals and Kung Fu Master II in the first half of 2016. We are simultaneously expanding our robust mobile games pipeline with gripping new games. For example, in January we released new mobile games such as Kung Fu Panda 3 and The X-World, which have quickly gained traction with players. In addition, a number of other compelling new games including Raven, Fantasy Westward Journey: Warriors, the mobile version of New Ghost, and a series of new game titles based on the best-selling novels by Mr. Gu Long, a famous wuxia fiction writer, are scheduled to premiere in the coming months."

"Business is thriving across our game and Internet service offerings. In 2015 our advertising services revenues continued to grow. Supported by the popularity of our Mobile News App and NetEase-hosted, high profile events such as our NetEase Annual Economist Conference, our overall brand was further strengthened. The automobile, Internet services and telecommunication services sectors were our top performing advertising verticals in the fourth quarter. Our e-commerce platforms including Kaola.com also continue to grow at a swift pace, and we plan to keep expanding this business where we see considerable growth opportunity."

"We returned over $247.0 million to our investors in 2015 through share repurchases and our regular dividend program. In 2016 we believe we are well-positioned to continue to create and return value to our shareholders through diligently building and growing our business with a focus on providing the highest quality PC-client and mobile games, Internet products and e-commerce services," Mr. Ding concluded.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB7,903.0 million (US$1,220.0 million), compared to RMB6,671.8 million and RMB3,463.0 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.

Net revenues from online games were RMB5,502.9 million (US$849.5 million) for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to RMB5,212.9 million and RMB2,707.5 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.

Net revenues from advertising services were RMB609.0 million (US$94.0 million) for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to RMB454.9 million and RMB362.2 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.

Net revenues from e-mail, e-commerce and others were RMB1,791.1 million (US$276.5 million) for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to RMB1,004.0 million and RMB393.2 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.

Gross Profit

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2015 was RMB4,219.7 million (US$651.4 million), compared to RMB3,849.3 million and RMB2,485.4 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.

The year-over-year increase in online games gross profit was primarily driven by revenue contribution from mobile games such as the Fantasy Westward Journey and the Westward Journey Online mobile games, and licensed games such as Blizzard Entertainment's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls, as well as Kai-ri-sei Million Arthur and NetEase's new self-developed PC-client games such as Revelation. The quarter-over-quarter increase in online games gross profit was primarily driven by revenue contribution from mobile games such as the Westward Journey Online mobile game and Kai-ri-sei Million Arthur, as well as Blizzard Entertainment's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter increases in advertising services gross profit were primarily attributable to strong demand from the automobile, Internet services and telecommunication sectors, and NetEase's monetization efforts for its mobile applications, primarily its Mobile News App.

The year-over-year decrease in e-mail, e-commerce and others gross profit was primarily due to the temporary suspension of higher margin e-commerce services related to third-party lottery products since February 2015. The quarter-over-quarter increase was mainly due to increased revenue contribution from NetEase's e-commerce businesses such as Kaola.com.

Gross Profit Margin

Gross profit margin for the online games business for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 67.2%, compared to 67.9% and 76.0% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively. The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter decreases in gross profit margin were mainly due to increased revenue contribution from mobile games, which have relatively lower gross profit margins as a percentage of NetEase's total online games revenues. 

Gross profit margin for the advertising services business for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 68.1%, compared to 67.6% and 65.9% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.

Gross profit margin for the e-mail, e-commerce and others business for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 6.0%, compared to 0.1% and 48.2% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively. The year-over-year decrease in gross profit margin was primarily attributable to the temporary suspension of higher margin e-commerce services related to third-party lottery products discussed above, as well as increased revenue contribution from NetEase's other e-commerce platforms, which have relatively lower gross profit margins. The quarter-over-quarter improvement in gross profit margin was mainly due to the revenue growth from NetEase's e-commerce businesses such as Kaola.com.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB1,801.7 million (US$278.1 million), compared to RMB1,761.2 million and RMB1,239.7 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively. The year-over-year increase in operating expenses was mainly due to increased selling and marketing expenses related to online games and advertising services, higher research and development investments and higher staff-related costs resulting from an increase in headcount and average compensation. The quarter-over-quarter increase in operating expenses was mainly due to increased selling and marketing expenses for mobile games.

Income Taxes

The Company recorded a net income tax charge of RMB513.8 million (US$79.3 million) for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to RMB399.2 million and RMB187.9 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 19.2%, compared to 17.1% and 12.8% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively. The year-over-year increase in the effective tax rate was mainly due to the fact that certain subsidiaries of the Company were approved as Key Software Enterprises and subject to a preferential tax rate of 10% for 2014. Those subsidiaries were subject to a tax rate of 15% in 2015.

Net Income After Tax

Net income attributable to the Company's shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled RMB2.2 billion (US$334.1 million), compared to RMB1.9 billion and RMB1.3 billion for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively. Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders[1] for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled RMB2.4 billion (US$363.5 million), compared to RMB2.1 billion and RMB1.4 billion for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.

During the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company had a net foreign exchange gain of RMB66.3 million (US$10.2 million), compared to a net foreign exchange gain of RMB66.5 million and a net foreign exchange loss of RMB7.1 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively. The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter changes in foreign exchange gains and losses were mainly due to unrealized exchange gains and losses arising from the Company's U.S. dollar-denominated bank deposits and short-term loan balances as the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against the RMB fluctuated over the periods.

NetEase reported basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$2.54 and US$2.52, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2015. The Company reported basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$2.21 and US$2.20, respectively, for the preceding quarter, and basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$1.50 and US$1.49, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2014. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS were US$2.77 and US$2.74, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$2.41 and US$2.39, respectively, in the preceding quarter, and non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$1.65 and US$1.64, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2014.

Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Total net revenues for fiscal year 2015 were RMB22.8 billion (US$3.5 billion), compared to RMB11.7 billion for the preceding fiscal year. Net revenues from online games were RMB17.3 billion (US$2.7 billion) for fiscal year 2015, compared to RMB9.3 billion for the preceding fiscal year. Net revenues from advertising services were RMB1.8 billion (US$276.2 million) for fiscal year 2015, compared to RMB1.3 billion for the preceding fiscal year. Net revenues from e-mail, e-commerce and others were RMB3.7 billion (US$571.1 million) for fiscal year 2015, compared to RMB1.1 billion for the preceding fiscal year.

Gross Profit

Gross profit for fiscal year 2015 was RMB13.4 billion (US$2.1 billion), compared to RMB8.5 billion for the preceding fiscal year.

The increase in online game services gross profit in 2015 was primarily attributable to increased revenue contribution from the Company's mobile games such as the Fantasy Westward Journey and the Westward Journey Online mobile games and Battle to the West, and licensed games such as Blizzard Entertainment's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, as well as NetEase's self-developed PC-client games such as Revelation.

The increase in advertising services gross profit in 2015 was due to a rise in demand, mainly from the automobile, Internet services and real estate sectors, as well as NetEase's monetization efforts for its mobile applications, primarily its Mobile News App.  

The decrease in e-mail, e-commerce and others gross profit in 2015 was primarily attributable to temporary suspension of higher margin e-commerce services related to third-party lottery products since February 2015.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses for fiscal year 2015 were RMB6.1 billion (US$946.5 million), compared to RMB3.7 billion for the preceding fiscal year. The increase in operating expenses in 2015 was primarily due to increased selling and marketing expenses for online games, advertising services and other mobile products, higher research and development investments and higher staff-related costs resulting from an increase in headcount and average compensation.

Income Taxes

The Company recorded a net income tax charge of RMB1.3 billion (US$196.6 million) and RMB662.7 million for fiscal years 2015 and 2014, respectively. The effective tax rate was 15.7% for fiscal year 2015, compared to 12.1% for fiscal year 2014. The change in the effective tax rate was mainly due to the fact that certain subsidiaries of the Company were approved as Key Software Enterprises and subject to a preferential tax rate of 10% for 2014. Those subsidiaries were subject to a tax rate of 15% in 2015.

Net Income After Tax

Net income attributable to the Company's shareholders for fiscal year 2015 totaled RMB6.7 billion (US$1.0 billion), compared to RMB4.8 billion for the preceding fiscal year. Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders[1] for fiscal year 2015 totaled RMB7.4 billion (US$1.1 billion), compared to RMB5.1 billion for fiscal year 2014.

For fiscal year 2015, the Company reported a net foreign exchange gain of RMB133.8 million (US$20.7 million), compared to a net foreign exchange loss of RMB18.0 million for the preceding fiscal year. The net foreign exchange changes for fiscal year 2015 and 2014 were mainly due to exchange gains and losses arising from the Company's U.S. dollar-denominated bank deposits and short-term loan balances as the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against the RMB fluctuated over these periods.

NetEase reported basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$7.91 and US$7.86, respectively, for fiscal year 2015, and basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$5.62 and US$5.60, respectively, for the fiscal year 2014. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS were US$8.72 and US$8.66, respectively, for fiscal year 2015, compared to non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$6.04 and US$6.01, respectively, for fiscal year 2014.

Quarterly Dividend

The board of directors has approved a dividend of US$0.64 per ADS for the fourth quarter of 2015, which is expected to be paid on March 18, 2016 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 11, 2016.

NetEase paid a dividend of US$0.39 per ADS for the first quarter of 2015 on June 5, 2015, US$0.44 per ADS for the second quarter of 2015 on September 4, 2015 and US$0.56 per ADS for the third quarter of 2015 on December 4, 2015.

Under the Company's quarterly dividend policy announced on May 13, 2014, quarterly dividends will be set at an amount equivalent to approximately 25% of the Company's anticipated net income after tax in each fiscal quarter. The determination to make dividend distributions and the amount of such distributions in any particular quarter will be made at the discretion of the board of directors and will be based upon the Company's operations and earnings, cash flow, financial condition and other relevant factors.

Other Information

As of December 31, 2015, the Company's total cash and cash equivalents, current and non-current time deposits and short-term investments balance totaled RMB26.8 billion (US$4.1 billion), compared to RMB23.2 billion as of December 31, 2014. Cash flow generated from operating activities was RMB8.1 billion (US$1.2 billion) for fiscal year 2015, compared to RMB5.9 billion for the preceding fiscal year.

Beginning in the first quarter of 2015, NetEase made a reclassification of certain revenue and cost of revenue items from its advertising services segment to its e-mail, e-commerce and others segment. The reclassification of these segments reflects changes in the way the Company evaluates its business performance and manages its operations. Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation.

Share Repurchase Program

On September 1, 2015, the Company announced that its board of directors approved a new share repurchase program of up to US$500 million of the Company's outstanding ADSs for a period not to exceed 12 months. NetEase plans to fund repurchases made under this program from available working capital. Under the terms of the approved program, NetEase may repurchase its issued and outstanding ADSs in open-market transactions on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. The timing and dollar amount of repurchase transactions will be subject to Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") Rule 10b-18 requirements. It is also expected that such repurchases will be effected pursuant to a plan in conformity with SEC Rule 10b5-1. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had repurchased approximately 0.19 million ADSs for approximately US$20.7 million under this program.

** The United States dollar (US$) amounts disclosed in this press release are presented solely for the convenience of the reader. Translations of amounts from RMB into United States dollars for the convenience of the reader were calculated at the noon buying rate of US$1.00 = RMB6.4778 on December 31, 2015 as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted into US$ at that rate on December 31, 2015, or at any other certain date. The percentages stated are calculated based on RMB.

Notes to Unaudited Financial Information

The unaudited financial information disclosed in this press release is preliminary. The audit of the financial statements and related notes to be included in the Company's annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2015 is still in progress. In addition, because an audit of the Company's internal controls over financial reporting in connection with section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 has not yet been completed, the Company makes no representation as to the effectiveness of those internal controls as of the end of fiscal year 2015.

Adjustments to the financial statements may be identified when the audit work is completed, which could result in significant differences between the Company's audited financial statements and this preliminary unaudited financial information.

Conference Call

NetEase's management team will host a teleconference call with simultaneous webcast at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (Beijing/Hong Kong Time: 9:00 a.m., Thursday, February 25, 2016). NetEase's management will be on the call to discuss the quarterly results and answer questions.

Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 1-888-401-4668 (international: 1-719-325-2215), 10-15 minutes prior to the initiation of the call. A replay of the call will be available by dialing 1-888-203-1112 (international: 1-719-457-0820), and entering passcode 435922#. The replay will be available through March 9, 2016.

This call will be webcast live and the replay will be available for 12 months. Both will be available on NetEase's Investor Relations website at http://ir.netease.com.

About NetEase, Inc.

NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) is a leading Internet technology company in China. Dedicated to providing online services centered around content, community, communication and commerce, NetEase develops and operates some of China's most popular PC-client and mobile games, advertising services, e-mail services and e-commerce platforms. In partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, NetEase also operates some of the most popular international online games in China. For more information, please visit: http://ir.netease.com/.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. The accuracy of these statements may be impacted by a number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated, including risks related to: the risk that the online game market will not continue to grow or that NetEase will not be able to maintain its leading position in that market, which could occur if, for example, its new online games or expansion packs and other improvements to its existing games do not become as popular as management anticipates; the ability of NetEase to successfully expand its mobile Internet offerings; the ability of NetEase to effectively market its games and other services and achieve a positive return on its marketing expenditures; the risk that Shanghai EaseNet will not be able to continue operating World of Warcraft®, StarCraft® II, Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft, Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch or other games licensed by it for a period of time or permanently due to possible governmental actions or the risk that such games will not be popular with game players in China; the risk that changes in Chinese government regulation of the online game market and the market for NetEase's e-commerce services may limit future growth of NetEase's revenues or cause revenues to decline; competition in the online advertising business and the risk that investments by NetEase in its content and services may not increase the appeal of the NetEase websites among Internet users or result in increased advertising revenues; the risk that NetEase may not be able to continuously develop new and creative online services, including its ability to maintain and enhance the popularity of its e-mail, mobile and e-commerce services and develop attractive mobile games; the risk that NetEase will not be able to control its expenses in future periods; competition in NetEase's existing and potential markets; governmental uncertainties (including possible changes in the effective tax rates applicable to NetEase and its subsidiaries and affiliates and the ability of NetEase to receive and maintain approvals of the preferential tax treatments and general competition and price pressures in the marketplace); the risk that fluctuations in the value of the Renminbi with respect to other currencies could adversely affect NetEase's business and financial results; and other risks outlined in NetEase's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NetEase does not undertake any obligation to update this forward-looking information, except as required under the applicable law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

NetEase considers and uses non-GAAP financial measures, such as non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders and non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS, as supplemental metrics in reviewing and assessing its operating performance and formulating its business plan. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP").

NetEase defines non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders as net income attributable to the Company's shareholders excluding share-based compensation expenses. Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders enables NetEase's management to assess its operating results without considering the impact of share-based compensation expenses, which are non-cash charges. NetEase believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors in understanding and evaluating the Company's current operating performance and future prospects in the same manner as management does, if they so choose. NetEase also believes that the use of this non-GAAP financial measure facilitates investors' assessment of its operating performance.

Non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools. One of the key limitations of using non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders is that it does not reflect all items of expense that affect our operations. Share-based compensation expenses have been and may continue to be incurred in our business and are not reflected in the presentation of non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders. In addition, the non-GAAP financial measures we use may differ from the non-GAAP measures used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited.

NetEase compensates for these limitations by reconciling non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders to the nearest U.S. GAAP performance measure, all of which should be considered when evaluating the Company's performance. See "Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" at the end of this press release. NetEase encourages you to review its financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

[1]

As used in this press release, non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders is defined to exclude share-based compensation expenses. See "Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" at the end of this press release.

 

NETEASE, INC.







UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS




(RMB and USD in thousands)









 December 31, 


 December 31, 


 December 31, 



2014


2015


2015



 RMB  


 RMB  


 USD (Note 1) 

Assets














Current assets:







   Cash and cash equivalents


2,021,453


6,071,487


937,276

   Time deposits


18,496,574


14,593,291


2,252,816

   Restricted cash


2,628,847


2,192,634


338,484

   Accounts receivable, net


873,137


2,614,149


403,555

   Prepayments and other current assets


1,451,919


3,513,275


542,356

   Short-term investments


2,058,552


5,013,499


773,951

   Deferred tax assets


202,040


410,589


63,384

Total current assets


27,732,522


34,408,924


5,311,822








Non-current assets:







   Property, equipment and software, net 


1,281,225


2,092,046


322,956

   Land use right, net


77,648


238,878


36,877

   Deferred tax assets 


21,160


24,685


3,811

   Time deposits


673,000


1,110,000


171,354

   Restricted cash


-


1,200,000


185,248

   Other long-term assets


569,116


2,082,897


321,544

Total non-current assets


2,622,149


6,748,506


1,041,790

Total assets 


30,354,671


41,157,430


6,353,612








Liabilities, Mezzanine Classified Noncontrolling Interests
    and Shareholders' Equity














Current liabilities:







   Accounts payable 


410,722


700,600


108,154

   Salary and welfare payables


534,565


920,982


142,175

   Taxes payable


334,290


736,214


113,652

   Short-term loan


2,049,865


2,272,760


350,854

   Deferred revenue


1,967,780


4,651,750


718,106

   Accrued liabilities and other payables


1,357,228


2,218,330


342,451

   Deferred tax liabilities


101,997


166,787


25,747

Total current liabilities


6,756,447


11,667,423


1,801,139








Long-term payable:







   Deferred tax liabilities


-


81,434


12,571

   Other long-term payable


106,430


84,974


13,118

Total liabilities


6,862,877


11,833,831


1,826,828








Mezzanine classified noncontrolling interests 


133,634


-


-








Total NetEase, Inc.'s equity


23,390,345


29,240,083


4,513,891

Noncontrolling interests


(32,185)


83,516


12,893

Total shareholders' equity


23,358,160


29,323,599


4,526,784








Total liabilities, mezzanine classified noncontrolling
    interests and shareholders' equity    


30,354,671


41,157,430


6,353,612








The accompanying notes are an integral part of this press release.





 

NETEASE, INC.
















UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME












(RMB and USD in thousands, except per share data)
















 Quarter Ended 


 Year Ended 



December 31,


September 30, 


December 31,


 December 31, 



December 31,


December 31,


 December 31, 



2014


2015


2015


2015



2014


2015


2015



 RMB 


 RMB 


 RMB 


 USD (Note 1) 



 RMB 


 RMB 


 USD (Note 1) 

Net revenues:
















Online game services


2,707,535


5,212,912


5,502,867


849,497



9,266,158


17,314,148


2,672,844

Advertising services


362,242


454,883


608,967


94,008



1,344,829


1,789,377


276,232

E-mail, e-commerce and others


393,216


1,003,994


1,791,120


276,501



1,101,847


3,699,370


571,084

Total net revenues


3,462,993


6,671,789


7,902,954


1,220,006



11,712,834


22,802,895


3,520,160

















Total cost of revenues


(977,565)


(2,822,522)


(3,683,268)


(568,599)



(3,261,544)


(9,399,260)


(1,450,996)

















Gross profit


2,485,428


3,849,267


4,219,686


651,407



8,451,290


13,403,635


2,069,164

















Selling and marketing expenses 


(704,211)


(817,940)


(893,055)


(137,864)



(1,894,998)


(2,958,229)


(456,672)

General and administrative expenses


(143,850)


(319,713)


(321,855)


(49,686)



(467,669)


(1,014,395)


(156,596)

Research and development expenses 


(391,591)


(623,523)


(586,759)


(90,580)



(1,323,498)


(2,158,888)


(333,275)

Total operating expenses


(1,239,652)


(1,761,176)


(1,801,669)


(278,130)



(3,686,165)


(6,131,512)


(946,543)

















Operating profit


1,245,776


2,088,091


2,418,017


373,277



4,765,125


7,272,123


1,122,621

Other income/(expenses):
















Investment (losses)/income, net


(2,492)


24,995


32,120


4,958



27,373


62,341


9,624

Interest income


156,747


140,399


132,832


20,506



601,502


596,930


92,150

Exchange (losses)/gains


(7,124)


66,483


66,285


10,233



(17,998)


133,776


20,651

Other, net


72,282


10,133


23,196


3,581



82,438


45,138


6,968

















Net income before tax


1,465,189


2,330,101


2,672,450


412,555



5,458,440


8,110,308


1,252,014

Income tax


(187,893)


(399,163)


(513,770)


(79,312)



(662,735)


(1,273,408)


(196,579)

















Net income after tax


1,277,296


1,930,938


2,158,680


333,243



4,795,705


6,836,900


1,055,435

Net (income)/losses attributable to noncontrolling interests
    and mezzanine classified noncontrolling interests


(6,027)


(49,035)


5,781


892



(39,082)


(101,792)


(15,714)

Net income attributable to
   the Company's shareholders


1,271,269


1,881,903


2,164,461


334,135



4,756,623


6,735,108


1,039,721

































Earnings per share, basic


0.39


0.57


0.66


0.10



1.46


2.05


0.32

Earnings per ADS, basic


9.73


14.31


16.46


2.54



36.43


51.27


7.91

Earnings per share, diluted


0.39


0.57


0.65


0.10



1.45


2.04


0.31

Earnings per ADS, diluted


9.67


14.22


16.34


2.52



36.29


50.94


7.86

















Weighted average number of
   ordinary shares outstanding, basic


3,268,019


3,288,829


3,286,917


3,286,917



3,264,450


3,284,382


3,284,382

Weighted average number of
   ADS outstanding, basic


130,721


131,553


131,477


131,477



130,578


131,375


131,375

Weighted average number of
   ordinary shares outstanding, diluted


3,286,120


3,308,156


3,312,135


3,312,135



3,277,049


3,305,213


3,305,213

Weighted average number of
   ADS outstanding, diluted


131,445


132,326


132,485


132,485



131,082


132,209


132,209

















The accompanying notes are an integral part of this press release.














 

NETEASE, INC.















UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS











(RMB and USD in thousands)

















Quarter Ended


Year Ended



December 31,


 September 30,  


 December 31, 


 December 31, 


 December 31, 


 December 31, 


 December 31, 



2014


2015


2015


2015


2014


2015


2015



 RMB  


 RMB  


 RMB  


 USD (Note 1) 


 RMB  


 RMB  


 USD (Note 1) 

Cash flows from operating activities:















     Net income  


1,277,296


1,930,938


2,158,680


333,243


4,795,705


6,836,900


1,055,435

     Adjustments to reconcile net income to net
         cash provided by operating activities: 















     Depreciation and amortization 


64,965


46,693


54,554


8,422


174,462


182,450


28,165

     Impairment loss for investments 


24,040


-


12,037


1,858


24,040


12,037


1,858

     Share-based compensation cost 


124,267


168,190


190,483


29,405


349,277


684,467


105,664

     (Reversal of)/ allowance for provision for doubtful debts 


(282)


(3,050)


836


129


3,765


4,041


624

     Loss/ (gain) on disposal of property,
         equipment and software 


1,619


(21)


6,017


929


1,507


5,903


911

     Unrealized exchange losses/ (gains)    


10,070


(61,483)


(65,963)


(10,183)


18,764


(116,772)


(18,026)

     Deferred income taxes 


(100,860)


16,261


(19,724)


(3,045)


(117,342)


(147,285)


(22,737)

     Net equity share of loss from associated companies 


1,987


20,774


9,083


1,402


48,955


76,134


11,753

     Fair value changes of short-term investments 


(17,885)


(41,623)


(51,160)


(7,898)


(64,249)


(140,104)


(21,628)

     Changes in operating assets and liabilities: 















         Accounts receivable 


(104,705)


(164,331)


(672,343)


(103,792)


(474,381)


(1,744,059)


(269,236)

         Prepayments and other current assets 


(61,818)


(364,226)


(19,228)


(2,968)


(292,416)


(2,039,087)


(314,781)

         Accounts payable 


138,360


146,195


140,671


21,716


190,453


243,140


37,534

         Salary and welfare payables 


226,233


(40,219)


398,228


61,476


157,448


386,417


59,653

         Taxes payable 


60,923


100,165


144,782


22,350


259,828


401,924


62,046

         Deferred revenue 


217,560


302,082


541,012


83,518


486,744


2,683,970


414,334

         Accrued liabilities and other payables 


41,228


145,587


285,928


44,140


310,463


746,844


115,294

             Net cash provided by operating activities 


1,902,998


2,201,932


3,113,893


480,702


5,873,023


8,076,920


1,246,863
















Cash flows from investing activities:















     Purchase of property, equipment and software 


(301,156)


(193,595)


(220,268)


(34,004)


(537,376)


(866,314)


(133,736)

     Proceeds from sale of property, equipment and software 


896


252


691


107


1,463


1,292


199

     Purchase of other intangible assets 


(1,725)


(256)


-


-


(14,011)


(347)


(54)

     Purchase of land use right 


(37,570)


(37,654)


(123,787)


(19,109)


(66,957)


(163,998)


(25,317)

     Net change in short-term investments
         with terms of three months or less 


(262,558)


(715,849)


136,256


21,034


247,406


(231,306)


(35,707)

     Purchase of short-term investments 


(300,000)


(2,050,000)


(1,370,000)


(211,492)


(2,358,122)


(5,687,000)


(877,922)

     Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments 


203,271


865,424


664,251


102,543


1,017,596


3,103,463


479,092

     Investment in associated companies 


-


(30,000)


-


-


(20,000)


(187,532)


(28,950)

     Transfer (to)/from restricted cash 


(173,252)


58,475


(231,015)


(35,663)


(492,149)


(763,493)


(117,863)

     Placement/rollover of matured time deposits 


(5,068,797)


(5,156,889)


(4,615,772)


(712,552)


(21,955,012)


(19,017,824)


(2,935,846)

     Proceeds from maturities of time deposits 


4,064,596


6,384,015


3,125,866


482,551


19,905,004


22,582,480


3,486,134

     Net change in other assets 


(43,634)


(28,910)


(156,401)


(24,144)


(248,008)


(1,305,945)


(201,603)

             Net cash used in investing activities 


(1,919,929)


(904,987)


(2,790,179)


(430,729)


(4,520,166)


(2,536,524)


(391,573)

 

NETEASE, INC.
















UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (CONTINUED)









(RMB and USD in thousands)


















Quarter Ended


Year Ended




December 31,


 September 30,  


 December 31, 


 December 31, 


 December 31, 


 December 31, 


 December 31, 




2014


2015


2015


2015


2014


2015


2015




 RMB  


 RMB  


 RMB  


 USD (Note 1) 


 RMB  


 RMB  


 USD (Note 1) 

















Cash flows from financing activities:
















     Proceeds of short-term bank loans 



-


1,468,128


2,223,623


343,268


2,046,669


5,828,758


899,805

     Payment of short-term bank loans 



-


(1,468,128)


(2,223,623)


(343,268)


(975,504)


(5,741,616)


(886,353)

     Proceeds from employees exercising stock options 



-


-


-


-


2,917


-


-

     Capital contribution from noncontrolling interests shareholders 



11


-


15,000


2,316


121


15,015


2,318

     Capital contribution from/ (Repurchase of) mezzanine classified
        noncontrolling interests shareholders 



130,365


-


(134,736)


(20,800)


130,365


(134,736)


(20,800)

     Repurchase of shares 



-


(132,192)


-


-


-


(132,192)


(20,407)

     Dividends paid to shareholders 



(288,686)


(369,845)


(470,935)


(72,700)


(1,983,010)


(1,467,965)


(226,615)

             Net cash used in financing activities      



(158,310)


(502,037)


(590,671)


(91,184)


(778,442)


(1,632,736)


(252,052)

















     Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 
















         held in foreign currencies 



1,760


85,302


68,362


10,553


(11,260)


142,374


21,979

             Net (decrease)/ increase in cash and cash equivalents 



(173,481)


880,210


(198,595)


(30,658)


563,155


4,050,034


625,217

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period



2,194,934


5,389,872


6,270,082


967,934


1,458,298


2,021,453


312,059

Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period



2,021,453


6,270,082


6,071,487


937,276


2,021,453


6,071,487


937,276

















Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:
















     Cash paid for income tax, net 



186,347


241,807


353,663


54,596


551,303


1,124,339


173,568

Supplemental schedule of non-cash investing 
















     and financing activities:
















     Fixed asset purchases financed by
         accounts payable and accrued liabilities 



80,575


95,365


216,328


33,395


80,575


216,328


33,395

















The accompanying notes are an integral part of this press release.
















 

NETEASE, INC.















UNAUDITED SEGMENT INFORMATION













(RMB and USD in thousands, except percentages)





























Quarter Ended


Year Ended



December 31,


September 30,


 December 31, 


 December 31, 


December 31,


 December 31, 


 December 31, 



2014


2015


2015


2015


2014


2015


2015



RMB


RMB


RMB


USD (Note 1)


RMB


RMB


USD (Note 1)

Net revenues:















Online game services


2,707,535


5,212,912


5,502,867


849,497


9,266,158


17,314,148


2,672,844

Advertising services


362,242


454,883


608,967


94,008


1,344,829


1,789,377


276,232

E-mail, e-commerce and others


393,216


1,003,994


1,791,120


276,501


1,101,847


3,699,370


571,084

Total net revenues


3,462,993


6,671,789


7,902,954


1,220,006


11,712,834


22,802,895


3,520,160
















Cost of revenues:















Online game services


(650,323)


(1,672,306)


(1,805,489)


(278,720)


(2,111,701)


(5,393,555)


(832,621)

Advertising services


(123,521)


(147,368)


(194,179)


(29,976)


(518,691)


(599,032)


(92,475)

E-mail, e-commerce and others


(203,721)


(1,002,848)


(1,683,600)


(259,903)


(631,152)


(3,406,673)


(525,900)

Total cost of revenues


(977,565)


(2,822,522)


(3,683,268)


(568,599)


(3,261,544)


(9,399,260)


(1,450,996)
















Gross profit:















Online game services


2,057,212


3,540,606


3,697,378


570,777


7,154,457


11,920,593


1,840,223

Advertising services


238,721


307,515


414,788


64,032


826,138


1,190,345


183,757

E-mail, e-commerce and others


189,495


1,146


107,520


16,598


470,695


292,697


45,184

Total gross profit


2,485,428


3,849,267


4,219,686


651,407


8,451,290


13,403,635


2,069,164
















Gross profit margin:















Online game services


76.0%


67.9%


67.2%


67.2%


77.2%


68.8%


68.8%

Advertising services


65.9%


67.6%


68.1%


68.1%


61.4%


66.5%


66.5%

E-mail, e-commerce and others


48.2%


0.1%


6.0%


6.0%


42.7%


7.9%


7.9%
















The accompanying notes are an integral part of this press release.











 

NETEASE, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Note 1: The conversion of Renminbi (RMB) into United States dollars (USD) is based on the noon buying rate of USD1.00 = RMB6.4778 on the last trading day of December 2015 (December 31, 2015) as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board.
Note 2: Share-based compensation cost reported in the Company's unaudited condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income is set out as follows in RMB and USD (in thousands):



Quarter Ended


Year Ended



December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,



2014


2015


2015


2015


2014


2015


2015



RMB


RMB


RMB


USD (Note 1)


RMB


RMB


USD (Note 1)

Share-based compensation cost included in:















Cost of revenue


58,826


77,891


93,689


14,463


169,621


328,480


50,709

Operating expenses















- Selling and marketing expenses


7,910


9,041


9,071


1,400


23,253


36,023


5,561

- General and administrative expenses


18,130


29,858


39,742


6,135


51,475


120,925


18,668

- Research and development expenses


39,401


51,400


47,981


7,407


104,928


199,039


30,726
















The accompanying notes are an integral part of this press release.











 

NETEASE, INC.















UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS













(RMB and USD in thousands, except per share data)































Quarter Ended


Year Ended



December 31,


September 30, 


 December 31, 


 December 31, 


December 31,


 December 31, 


 December 31, 



2014


2015


2015


2015


2014


2015


2015



RMB


RMB


RMB


USD (Note 1)


RMB


RMB


USD (Note 1)

Net income attributable to the Company's shareholders


1,271,269


1,881,903


2,164,461


334,135


4,756,623


6,735,108


1,039,721

Add: Share-based compensation


124,267


168,190


190,483


29,405


349,277


684,467


105,664

Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders


1,395,536


2,050,093


2,354,944


363,540


5,105,900


7,419,575


1,145,385
















Non-GAAP earnings per share, basic


0.43


0.62


0.72


0.11


1.56


2.26


0.35

Non-GAAP earnings per ADS, basic


10.68


15.58


17.91


2.77


39.10


56.48


8.72

Non-GAAP earnings per share, diluted


0.42


0.62


0.71


0.11


1.56


2.24


0.35

Non-GAAP earnings per ADS, diluted


10.62


15.49


17.78


2.74


38.95


56.12


8.66

 

Contact for Media and Investors:

Juliet Yang
NetEase, Inc.
hzyangyy@corp.netease.com
Tel: (+86) 571-8985-3378

Brandi Piacente
Investor Relations
brandi@corp.netease.com
Tel: (+1) 212-481-2050

SOURCE NetEase, Inc.



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