Phoenix New Media Reports Third Quarter 2013 Unaudited Financial Results 3Q13 Total Revenues Up 32.3% YOY

3Q13 Net Advertising Revenues Up 59.3% YOY

3Q13 Net Income Attributable to PNM Reached RMB80.0 Million

Live Conference Call to be Held at 7:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time on November 13

BEIJING, Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Phoenix New Media Limited (NYSE: FENG), a leading new media company in China ("Phoenix New Media", "ifeng" or the "Company"), today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013.

Third Quarter 2013 Highlights

  • Total revenues increased by 32.3% year-over-year to RMB378.7 million (US$61.9 million), driven by a 59.3% increase in net advertising revenues, and a 6.2% increase in paid service revenues.
  • Net income attributable to Phoenix New Media Limited increased by 593.5% year-over-year to RMB80.0 million (US$13.1 million).
  • Adjusted net income attributable to Phoenix New Media Limited1 increased by 481.5% year-over-year to RMB82.0 million (US$13.4 million).
  • Adjusted net income per diluted ADS2 increased by 507.5% year-over-year to RMB1.06 (US$0.17).

Mr. Shuang Liu, CEO of Phoenix New Media, stated, "We are very pleased to report another strong quarter with net advertising revenues growing by almost 60% year-over-year, exceeding our previous guidance. The growth, driven by increased traffic and strong sales execution, has demonstrated the synergy potential of our multiple media platforms, and the increasing receptiveness that our users and advertisers have developed towards our proprietary content and platform offerings. Moreover, the cost synergy from our convergence model has further helped margin expansion, which led to record GAAP net income."

Mr. Liu continued, "Looking forward to 2014, we are focusing on leveraging the economies of scale inherent in our core media platform to expand into additional lifestyle verticals such as real estate, auto, health and several other key areas. We expect these new initiatives will not only help solidify the ifeng brand as a respected and diversified news and lifestyle media company, but they will also further expand our user reach and strengthen user stickiness across the ifeng media platform. As one of China's most influential Internet media companies, we are confident that our strategy of expanding exclusive and premium content across PC, video and mobile Internet platforms will further strengthen our leading position in today's increasingly digital and mobile world."

Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

REVENUES

Total revenues for the third quarter of 2013 increased by 32.3% to RMB378.7 million (US$61.9 million) from RMB286.4 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Net advertising revenues, calculated net of advertising agency service fees, for the third quarter of 2013 increased by 59.3% to RMB223.8 million (US$36.6 million) from RMB140.5 million in the third quarter of 2012, primarily due to an increase in average revenue per advertiser ("ARPA") of 13.8% to RMB0.7 million (US$0.1 million) and an increase in the total number of advertisers of 40.0% to 336.

Paid service revenues3 for the third quarter of 2013 increased by 6.2% to RMB154.9 million (US$25.3 million) from RMB145.8 million in the third quarter of 2012. Mobile value-added services ("MVAS")4 revenues decreased by 4.3% to RMB132.4 million (US$21.6 million) in the third quarter of 2013 from RMB138.4 million in the third quarter of 2012 due to declining usage of 2G text message based pay-per-view services. Games and other5 revenues increased by 202.6% to RMB22.5 million (US$3.7 million) in the third quarter of 2013 from RMB7.4 million in the third quarter of 2012, primarily driven by the increase in revenues generated from web-based games on the Company's game platform.

COST OF REVENUES AND GROSS PROFIT

Cost of revenues for the third quarter of 2013 increased by 11.8% to RMB194.4 million (US$31.8 million) from RMB173.9 million in the third quarter of 2012, primarily due to an increase in content and operational costs, and sales taxes and surcharges, and partially offset by a decrease in revenue sharing fees, and bandwidth costs. Revenue sharing fees to telecom operators and channel partners decreased to RMB76.2 million (US$12.4 million) in the third quarter of 2013 from RMB79.4 million in the third quarter of 2012, primarily due to a decrease in WVAS revenues. Content and operational costs increased to RMB75.5 million (US$12.3 million) in the third quarter of 2013 from RMB60.1 million in the third quarter of 2012 due to an increase in staff-related costs. Bandwidth costs decreased to RMB18.3 million (US$3.0 million) in the third quarter of 2013 from RMB20.2 million in the third quarter of 2012, primarily due to more efficient bandwidth management. Sales taxes and surcharges increased to RMB24.4 million (US$4.0 million) in the third quarter of 2013 from RMB14.2 million in the third quarter of 2012. Share-based compensation expenses included in cost of revenues was RMB1.9 million (US$0.3 million) in the third quarter of 2013 as compared to RMB0.6 million in the third quarter of 2012. The year-over-year increase in share-based compensation expenses was primarily due to the stock options newly granted in 2013.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2013 increased by 63.9% to RMB184.3 million (US$30.1 million) from RMB112.5 million in the third quarter of 2012. Gross margin for the third quarter of 2013 increased to 48.7% from 39.3% in the third quarter of 2012, mainly due to the increased revenue contribution from advertising and web-based games. Adjusted gross margin, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, increased to 49.2% in the third quarter of 2013 from 39.5% in the third quarter of 2012.

OPERATING EXPENSES AND INCOME FROM OPERATIONS

Total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2013 increased by 0.8% to RMB109.7 million (US$17.9 million) from RMB108.8 million in the third quarter of 2012. The increase in operating expenses was primarily attributable to the increase in staff-related costs, and expenses associated with the Company's marketing and promotions, and partially offset by a decrease in bad debt provision. Share-based compensation expenses included in operating expenses was RMB0.04 million (US$0.01 million) in the third quarter of 2013 as compared to RMB2.0 million in the third quarter of 2012. The year-over-year decrease in share-based compensation expenses was primarily due to the true-up adjustment made to recognize actual forfeitures.

Income from operations for the third quarter of 2013 increased significantly to RMB74.6 million (US$12.2 million) from RMB3.7 million in the third quarter of 2012. Operating margin for the third quarter of 2013 increased to 19.7% from 1.3% in the third quarter of 2012, mainly due to increased revenue contribution from advertising and web-based games.

Adjusted income from operations for the third quarter of 2013, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, increased significantly to RMB76.6 million (US$12.5 million) from RMB6.3 million in the third quarter of 2012. Adjusted operating margin for the third quarter of 2013 increased to 20.2% from 2.2% in the third quarter of 2012.

FOREIGN CURRENCY EXCHANGE (LOSS) GAIN AND INTEREST INCOME

Foreign currency exchange gain for the third quarter of 2013 was RMB3.0 million (US$0.5 million), as compared to an exchange loss of RMB2.0 million in the third quarter of 2012. The foreign currency exchange gain for the third quarter of 2013 was mainly attributable to RMB appreciation against the U.S. dollar during the period. Interest income for the third quarter of 2013 was RMB8.9 million (US$1.4 million), as compared to RMB8.2 million in the third quarter of 2012.

NET INCOME

Net income attributable to Phoenix New Media Limited for the third quarter of 2013 increased by 593.5% to RMB80.0 million (US$13.1 million) from RMB11.5 million in the third quarter of 2012. Net margin for the third quarter of 2013 increased to 21.1% from 4.0% in third quarter of 2012. Net income per diluted ADS in the third quarter of 2013 increased by 624.4% to RMB1.04 (US$0.17) from RMB0.14 in the third quarter of 2012.

Adjusted net income attributable to Phoenix New Media Limited for the third quarter of 2013, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, increased by 481.5% to RMB82.0 million (US$13.4 million) from RMB14.1 million in the third quarter of 2012. Adjusted net margin for the third quarter of 2013 increased to 21.7% from 4.9% in the third quarter of 2012. Adjusted net income per diluted ADS in the third quarter of 2013 increased by 507.5% to RMB1.06 (US$0.17) from RMB0.17 in the third quarter of 2012.

For the third quarter of 2013, the Company's weighted average number of ADSs used in the computation of diluted net income per ADS was 77,223,579.

Business Outlook

For the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company expects its total revenues to be between RMB368 million and RMB378 million. Net advertising revenues are expected to be between RMB244 million and RMB249 million. Paid service revenues are expected to be between RMB124 million and RMB129 million. These forecasts reflect the Company's current and preliminary view on the market and operational conditions, which are subject to change.

Share Options

In October 2013, the Company granted options to purchase up to 6,324,500 Class A ordinary shares to its employees under its 2008 Option Scheme.

Conference Call Information

The Company will hold a conference call at 7:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on November 13, 2013 (November 14, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. Beijing / Hong Kong time) to discuss its third quarter 2013 financial results and operating performance.

To participate in the call, please dial the following numbers:

International: 

+6567239385

China: 

4001200654

Hong Kong:

+85230512745

United States:

+18456750438

Conference ID: 

94119115

A replay of the call will be available through November 20, 2013 by dialing the following numbers:

International:

+61281990299

China: 

4001200931

Hong Kong: 

+85230512780

United States: 

+16462543697

Conference ID: 

94119115

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available at the Company's investor relations website at http://ir.ifeng.com

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with the United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), Phoenix New Media Limited uses adjusted gross profit, adjusted gross margin, adjusted income from operations, adjusted operating margin, adjusted net income attributable to Phoenix New Media Limited, adjusted net margin and adjusted net income per diluted ADS, each of which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted gross profit is gross profit excluding share-based compensation expenses. Adjusted gross margin is adjusted gross profit divided by total revenues. Adjusted income from operations is income from operations excluding share-based compensation expenses. Adjusted operating margin is adjusted income from operations divided by total revenues. Adjusted net income attributable to Phoenix New Media Limited is net income attributable to Phoenix New Media Limited excluding share-based compensation expenses. Adjusted net margin is adjusted net income attributable to Phoenix New Media Limited divided by total revenues. Adjusted net income per diluted ADS is adjusted net income attributable to Phoenix New Media Limited divided by weighted average number of diluted ADSs. The Company believes that separate analysis and exclusion of the non-cash impact of share-based compensation adds clarity to the constituent parts of its performance. The Company reviews adjusted net income together with net income to obtain a better understanding of its operating performance. It uses this non-GAAP financial measure for planning, forecasting and measuring results against the forecast. The Company believes that using multiple measures to evaluate its business allows both management and investors to assess the Company's performance against its competitors and ultimately monitor its capacity to generate returns for its investors. The Company also believes that non-GAAP financial measures are useful supplemental information for investors and analysts to assess its operating performance without the effect of non-cash share-based compensation expenses, which have been and will continue to be significant recurring expenses in its business. However, the use of non-GAAP financial measures has material limitations as an analytical tool. One of the limitations of using non-GAAP financial measures is that they do not include all items that impact the Company's net income for the period. In addition, because non-GAAP financial measures are not measured in the same manner by all companies, they may not be comparable to other similar titled measures used by other companies. In light of the foregoing limitations, you should not consider non-GAAP financial measure in isolation from or as an alternative to the financial measure prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Exchange Rate

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars ("USD") at specified rates solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise stated, all translations from RMB to USD were made at the rate of RMB6.1200 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on September 30, 2013 in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or USD amounts referred could be converted into USD or RMB, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all. For analytical presentation, all percentages are calculated using the numbers presented in the financial statements contained in this earnings release.

About Phoenix New Media Limited

Phoenix New Media Limited (NYSE: FENG) is the leading new media company providing premium content on an integrated platform across Internet, mobile and TV channels in China.  Having originated from a leading global Chinese language TV network based in Hong Kong, Phoenix TV, the Company enables consumers to access professional news and other quality information and share user-generated content on the Internet and through their mobile devices. Phoenix New Media's platform includes its ifeng.com channel, consisting of its ifeng.com website and web-based game platform, its video channel, comprised of its dedicated video vertical and mobile video services, and its mobile channel, including its mobile Internet website, mobile applications and mobile value-added services.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement 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," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as Phoenix New Media's strategic and operational plans, contain forward−looking statements. Phoenix New Media may also make written or oral forward−looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on Forms 20−F and 6−K, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Phoenix New Media's beliefs and expectations, are forward−looking statements. Forward−looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward−looking statement, including but not limited to the following: the Company's goals and strategies; the Company's future business development, financial condition and results of operations; the expected growth of the online and mobile advertising, online video and mobile paid service markets in China; the Company's reliance on online advertising and MVAS for the majority of its total revenues; the Company's expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of its services; the Company's expectations regarding the retention and strengthening of its relationships with advertisers, partners and customers; fluctuations in the Company's quarterly operating results; the Company's plans to enhance its user experience, infrastructure and service offerings; the Company's reliance on mobile operators in China to provide most of its MVAS; changes by mobile operators in China to their policies for MVAS; competition in its industry in China; and relevant government policies and regulations relating to the Company. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's filings with the SEC, including its registration statement on Form F−1, as amended, and its annual reports on Form 20−F. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and Phoenix New Media does not undertake any obligation to update any forward−looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

[1]

 

 

  

An explanation of the Company's non-GAAP financial measures is included in the section entitled "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below, and the related reconciliations to GAAP financial measures are presented in the accompanying "Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Results of Operation Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures".

[2]

  

"ADS" means American Depositary Share of the Company. Each ADS represents eight Class A ordinary shares of the Company.

[3]

 

  

In 2013, the Company adjusted paid service revenues classification from previously mobile Internet value-added services, or MIVAS, and video value-added services, or VVAS, into currently mobile value-added services, or MVAS, and games and others.

[4]

  

MVAS includes wireless value-added services, or WVAS, mobile video, mobile digital reading, and mobile games through telecom operators' platforms.

[5]

  

Games and others includes web-based games, content sales, and other online and mobile paid services through the Company's own platforms.

For investor and media inquiries please contact:

Phoenix New Media Limited
Matthew Zhao
Email: investorrelations@ifeng.com  

ICR, Inc.
Jeremy Peruski
Tel: +1 (646) 405-4883
Email: investorrelations@ifeng.com  


Phoenix New Media Limited

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Amounts in thousands)



December 31,


September 30,


September 30,

2012

2013


2013


RMB


RMB


US$


Audited*


Unaudited


Unaudited







ASSETS






Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

916,169


1,198,626


195,854

Term deposits

235,000


55,332


9,041

Accounts receivable, net

280,987


322,014


52,617

Amounts due from related parties

63,811


156,178


25,519

Prepayment and other current assets

42,557


70,532


11,525

Deferred tax assets

17,504


21,993


3,594

Total current assets

1,556,028


1,824,675


298,150

Non-current assets:






Property and equipment, net

102,547


99,813


16,309

Intangible assets, net

9,488


9,750


1,593

Other non-current assets

13,104


12,161


1,987

Total non-current assets

125,139


121,724


19,889

Total assets

1,681,167


1,946,399


318,039







LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current liabilities:






Accounts payable

154,637


194,235


31,738

Amounts due to related parties

1,806


20,030


3,273

Advances from customers

5,884


16,155


2,640

Taxes payable

40,156


60,373


9,865

Salary and welfare payable

63,631


83,425


13,632

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

40,717


83,781


13,689

Total current liabilities

306,831


457,999


74,837

Long-term liabilities

7,996


8,264


1,350

Total liabilities

314,827


466,263


76,187







Shareholders' equity






Class A ordinary shares

19,575


18,567


3,034

Class B ordinary shares

22,053


22,053


3,603

Additional paid-in capital

1,785,597


1,721,183


281,239

Treasury stock

(112)


-


-

Statutory reserves

31,985


31,985


5,226

Accumulated deficit

(455,810)


(259,123)


(42,340)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(36,948)


(54,529)


(8,910)

Total shareholders' equity

1,366,340


1,480,136


241,852

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

1,681,167


1,946,399


318,039


* Derived from audited financial statements included in the Company's Form 20-F dated April 26, 2013.

 


Phoenix New Media Limited

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(Amounts in thousands, except for number of shares and per share (or ADS) data)



Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


September

30,


June 30,


September

30,


September

30,


September

30,


September

30,


September

30,


2012


2013


2013


2013


2012


2013


2013


RMB


RMB


RMB


US$


RMB


RMB


US$


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited















Revenues:














  Net advertising revenues

140,521


209,520


223,831


36,574


417,022


599,797


98,006

  Paid service revenues

145,837


154,728


154,910


25,312


391,788


424,569


69,374

Total revenues

286,358


364,248


378,741


61,886


808,810


1,024,366


167,380

Cost of revenues

(173,887)


(173,422)


(194,434)


(31,770)


(466,224)


(511,710)


(83,613)

Gross profit

112,471


190,826


184,307


30,116


342,586


512,656


83,767

Operating expenses:














  Sales and marketing expenses

(54,073)


(64,406)


(65,839)


(10,758)


(130,773)


(185,337)


(30,284)

  General and administrative expenses

(29,029)


(29,320)


(16,604)


(2,713)


(78,004)


(70,756)


(11,561)

  Technology and product development expenses

(25,676)


(26,457)


(27,224)


(4,448)


(67,875)


(79,306)


(12,958)

Total operating expenses

(108,778)


(120,183)


(109,667)


(17,919)


(276,652)


(335,399)


(54,803)

Income from operations

3,693


70,643


74,640


12,197


65,934


177,257


28,964

Other income:














  Interest income

8,150


7,502


8,860


1,448


25,466


23,253


3,800

  Foreign currency exchange (loss)/gain

(1,976)


9,969


3,008


492


(4,692)


15,150


2,475

  Others, net

1,494


1,368


2,769


452


4,508


7,423


1,213

Income before tax

11,361


89,482


89,277


14,589


91,216


223,083


36,452

  Income tax benefit/(expense)

181


(12,041)


(9,235)


(1,510)


(11,719)


(26,396)


(4,313)

Net income attributable to Phoenix New Media Limited

11,542


77,441


80,042


13,079


79,497


196,687


32,139

  Other comprehensive income/(loss), net of tax: foreign

     currency translation adjustment

2,660


(11,533)


(3,722)


(608)


6,326


(17,581)


(2,873)

Comprehensive income attributable to Phoenix New

  Media Limited

14,202


65,908


76,320


12,471


85,823


179,106


29,266

Net income attributable to Phoenix New Media Limited

11,542


77,441


80,042


13,079


79,497


196,687


32,139

Net income per Class A and Class B ordinary share:














  Basic

0.02


0.13


0.13


0.02


0.13


0.32


0.05

  Diluted

0.02


0.12


0.13


0.02


0.12


0.32


0.05

Net income per ADS (1 ADS represents 8 Class A ordinary

  shares):














  Basic

0.15


1.02


1.07


0.17


1.02


2.59


0.42

  Diluted

0.14


1.00


1.04


0.17


0.98


2.52


0.41

Weighted average number of Class A and Class B ordinary

  shares used in computing net income per share:














  Basic

627,328,020


608,449,218


599,683,858


599,683,858


626,476,370


607,657,461


607,657,461

  Diluted

645,376,189


621,692,696


617,788,630


617,788,630


647,617,767


623,179,760


623,179,760

 

Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Results of Operations Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures

(Amounts in thousands, except for number of ADSs and per ADS data)




















Three Months Ended September 30, 2012


Three Months Ended June 30, 2013


Three Months Ended September 30, 2013


GAAP


Non-GAAP

Adjustments(1)


Non-GAAP


GAAP


Non-GAAP

Adjustments(1)


Non-GAAP


GAAP


Non-GAAP

Adjustments(1)


Non-GAAP


RMB


RMB


RMB


RMB


RMB


RMB


RMB


RMB


RMB


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited

Gross profit

112,471


554


113,025


190,826


1,931


192,757


184,307


1,929


186,236

Gross margin

39.3%




39.5%


52.4%




52.9%


48.7%




49.2%

Income from operations

3,693


2,561


6,254


70,643


6,156


76,799


74,640


1,973


76,613

Operating margin

1.3%




2.2%


19.4%




21.1%


19.7%




20.2%

Net income attributable

     to Phoenix New

     Media Limited

11,542


2,561


14,103


77,441


6,156


83,597


80,042


1,973


82,015

Net margin

4.0%




4.9%


21.3%




23.0%


21.1%




21.7%

Net income per

ADS—diluted

0.14




0.17


1.00




1.08


1.04




1.06

Weighted average

     number of ADSs used

     in computing diluted

     net income per ADS

80,672,024




80,672,024


77,711,587




77,711,587


77,223,579




77,223,579



















(1) Non-GAAP adjustment is only to exclude share-based compensation expenses.

 


Details of cost of revenues is as follows:



Three Months Ended


September 30,


June 30,


September 30,


September 30,


2012


2013


2013


2013


RMB


RMB


RMB


US$

(Amounts in thousands)

Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited

Revenue sharing fees

79,383


67,962


76,182


12,448

Content and operational costs

60,109


64,172


75,538


12,343

Bandwidth costs

20,175


20,231


18,331


2,995

Sales taxes and surcharges

14,220


21,057


24,383


3,984

Total cost of revenues

173,887


173,422


194,434


31,770

 

SOURCE Phoenix New Media Limited



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