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Tencent Announces 2011 First Quarter Results

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HONG KONG, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Tencent Holdings Limited ("Tencent" or the "Company", SEHK 00700), a leading provider of Internet and mobile & telecommunications value-added services in China, today announced the unaudited consolidated results for the first quarter of 2011 ended March 31, 2011.

Highlights of the first quarter of 2011:

  • Total revenues were RMB6,338.4 million (USD966.8 million1), an increase of 14.7% over the fourth quarter of 2010 ("QoQ") or an increase of 50.0% over the first quarter of 2010 ("YoY")
  • Revenues from Internet value-added services ("IVAS") were RMB5,251.3 million (USD800.9 million), an increase of 19.8% QoQ or an increase of 55.0% YoY
  • Revenues from mobile & telecommunications value-added services ("MVAS") were RMB777.8 million (USD118.6 million), an increase of 6.8% QoQ or an increase of 25.8% YoY
  • Revenues from online advertising were RMB280.9 million (USD42.8 million), a decrease of 27.6% QoQ or an increase of 37.5% YoY
  • Gross profit was RMB4,144.7 million (USD632.2 million), an increase of 12.3% QoQ or an increase of 43.0% YoY.  Gross margin decreased to 65.4% from 66.8% last quarter
  • Operating profit was RMB3,386.5 million (USD516.5 million), an increase of 27.7% QoQ or an increase of 57.6% YoY.  Operating margin increased to 53.4% from 48.0% last quarter
    Non-GAAP operating profit2 was RMB3,119.9 million (USD475.9 million), an increase of 11.0% QoQ or an increase of 38.1% YoY.  Non-GAAP operating margin decreased to 49.2% from 50.9% last quarter
  • Profit for the period was RMB2,884.2 million (USD439.9 million), an increase of 30.3% QoQ or an increase of 60.0% YoY.  Net margin increased to 45.5% from 40.1% last quarter
    Non-GAAP profit for the period2 was RMB2,601.6 million (USD396.8 million), an increase of 9.8% QoQ or an increase of 36.1% YoY.  Non-GAAP net margin decreased to 41.0% from 42.9% last quarter
  • Profit attributable to equity holders of the Company for the period was RMB2,870.4 million (USD437.8 million), an increase of 30.4% QoQ or an increase of 61.0% YoY
    Non-GAAP profit attributable to equity holders of the Company for the period2 was RMB2,584.7 million (USD394.2 million), an increase of 9.7% QoQ or an increase of 36.8% YoY
  • Basic earnings per share for the quarter were RMB1.575, and diluted earnings per share were RMB1.540.
  • Key platform statistics:
    • Active Instant Messaging ("IM") user accounts increased 4.1% QoQ to 674.3 million
    • Peak simultaneous online IM user accounts increased 7.6% QoQ to 137.2 million
    • Active Qzone user accounts increased 2.6% QoQ to 504.8 million; active Pengyou user accounts increased 19.9% QoQ to 101.4 million
    • Peak simultaneous online QQ Game (for mini casual games only) user accounts increased 13.2% QoQ to 7.7 million
    • Fee-based IVAS registered subscriptions increased 10.0% QoQ to 72.3 million
    • Fee-based MVAS registered subscriptions increased 10.6% QoQ to 27.2 million


(1) Figures stated in USD are based on USD1 to RMB6.5564

(2) see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section for more details on the reasons for presenting these measures



Mr. Ma Huateng, Chairman and CEO of Tencent, said, "During the first quarter in 2011, we performed well in both operational and financial metrics, mainly benefiting from a strong holiday season.  On the strategic front, we have strengthened our franchise in social networking services through continued growth of Qzone and Pengyou, as well as made marked progress in growing our microblog service in terms of both user base and user activeness.  

"Looking forward, we remain committed to making significant investments in our existing core businesses and new strategic initiatives including microblog, e-commerce, search, online security, online video and international expansion.  Although these investments will put pressure on our short-term financial performance, we believe they are necessary for our long-term competitiveness.  As the competitive landscape of the Internet industry evolves rapidly, we have also been accelerating our open platform strategy to collaborate with more industry partners and to introduce more third-party applications onto our platforms.  Through these continuous efforts, we aim to drive long-term business growth and help build a healthier ecosystem for the Internet industry as a whole."

Financial Review for the First Quarter of 2011

IVAS revenues increased 19.8% QoQ to RMB5,251.3 million and represented 82.8% of our total revenues for the first quarter of 2011.  Online gaming revenues increased 28.2% QoQ to RMB3,572.7 million, primarily reflecting increased monetisation of our major online games during the Chinese New Year holidays and winter break for students.  Cross Fire registered strong revenue growth in the quarter and underpinned the growth in online gaming revenues.  Growth in DNF and Qi Xiong Zheng Ba, as well as contribution from World of West, a hardcore 3D fantasy MMOG launched in the first quarter of the year, also contributed to the increase in online gaming revenues.  For our community value-added services, revenues increased 5.1% QoQ to RMB1,678.6 million.  Qzone benefited from growth in item-based revenues driven by an increased number of third-party social applications offered on the platform.  Revenues from QQ Membership increased primarily as a result of enhanced privileges and valued-added functions as well as positive seasonality.  As for QQ Show, revenues were broadly stable compared to the previous quarter.

MVAS revenues increased 6.8% QoQ to RMB777.8 million and represented 12.3% of our total revenues.  This primarily reflected growth in revenues from our bundled SMS packages as a result of promotional activities launched during the holiday period, as well as an increase in revenues from mobile SNS and mobile games.  On the other hand, the regulation of requiring service providers to conduct double confirmation plus reminder services for monthly subscription and item sales continued to impact our MVAS revenues.

Online advertising revenues decreased 27.6% QoQ to RMB280.9 million and represented 4.4% of our total revenues.  This primarily reflected weaker seasonality due to reduced activities of advertisers around the Chinese New Year holidays.

Other Key Financial Information for the First Quarter of 2011

Share-based compensation was RMB144.1 million for the first quarter of 2011 as compared with RMB144.2 million for the previous quarter.  

Capital expenditure was RMB720.8 million for the first quarter of 2011 as compared with RMB481.0 million for the previous quarter.  

The Company repurchased 400,000 shares on the Stock Exchange for an aggregate consideration of approximately RMB63.7 million before expenses as compared with 2,624,000 shares repurchased for an aggregate consideration of approximately RMB310.2 million for the previous quarter.

Donation made to the Tencent Charity Fund was RMB100.0 million for the first quarter of 2011. No donation was made for the previous quarter.

As at March 31, 2011, net cash position totaled RMB18,129.2 million which excluded unsecured short-term borrowings of RMB4,923.9 million.  

The total number of shares of the Company in issue was 1.837 billion.

Business Review and Outlook

In the first quarter of 2011, our IVAS business benefited from increased monetisation of our major online games during the Chinese New Year holidays and winter break for students.  Our community value-added services also registered growth.  For MVAS, the business expanded further on the back of growth in our bundled SMS packages, mobile SNS and mobile games.  Our online advertising business experienced sequential decline in revenues, reflecting weaker seasonality in the first quarter driven by reduced activities of advertisers around the Chinese New Year holidays.  For the second quarter of 2011, we expect weaker seasonality for IVAS mainly due to school examinations and fewer school holidays.  This negative seasonality may be more severe than previous years as a higher percentage of our revenues is based on item sale and such item-based revenues are more prone to seasonal fluctuation than subscription-based revenues.  With an uncertain regulatory environment and impact of new policies, visibility of our MVAS business would remain low.  Our online advertising business is expected to benefit from stronger seasonality in the second quarter.  As we previously indicated, we have entered into a new investment phase, during which we will make significant investments in our existing platforms and new strategic initiatives.  We will continue to increase our strategic investments in areas that include microblog, e-commerce, search, online security, online video and international expansion.

IM Platform

Our IM platform benefited from positive seasonality and increasing penetration of mobile Internet in China.  At the end of the first quarter of 2011, active user accounts reached 674.3 million, representing a quarter-on-quarter growth of 4.1%.  PCU for the quarter grew by 7.6% to 137.2 million.  Looking ahead, we expect the growth of our IM platform to slow down with the growing scale of Internet users in China as well as the reducing number of users maintaining multiple accounts to play our social games QQ Farm and QQ Ranch, as these games become more mature.  

QQ.com

In the first quarter of 2011, QQ.com continued to register healthy growth in traffic, consolidating its position as the leading Internet portal in China.  During the quarter, we continued to improve the content quality and user experience of QQ.com.  In addition, we focused on developing deeper integration with our microblog so as to unleash cross-platform synergies.

IVAS

Our community value-added services registered growth in the first quarter of 2011 on the back of positive seasonality and recovery in the growth of subscribers following the significant security attack that we encountered in the previous quarter.  For Qzone, active user accounts grew by 2.6% on a quarter-on-quarter basis to 504.8 million at the end of the quarter.  However, the year-on-year growth rate decreased, mainly reflecting the growing scale of its user base as well as the maturity of QQ Farm and QQ Ranch which resulted in a reduced number of users maintaining multiple accounts.  Qzone also registered growth in item-based revenues in the quarter as more third-party applications were available on the platform.  Pengyou, the largest real-name SNS platform for university students and white collar communities in China, experienced continued growth with active user accounts increasing sequentially by 19.9% to 101.4 million at the end of the quarter.  For our microblog, registered user accounts have exceeded 160 million.  We are focusing on growing our user base and increasing user activeness through introducing more celebrity microblogs and enriching premium content.  We have also launched significant marketing programs to promote the brand awareness of our microblog.  As for QQ Membership, the first quarter of 2011 saw solid growth in subscription base as we enriched functionalities, broadened lifestyle privileges and focused on cross-platform promotions.  QQ Show was helped by special promotions during the Chinese New Year holidays and registered modest growth.

In the first quarter of 2011, our online gaming business benefited from increased monetisation of our major advanced casual games and MMOGs during the holiday periods.  Riding on the introduction of new play modes, Cross Fire registered significant growth in PCU and revenues during the quarter.  New content and in-game promotions for DNF were also launched to increase usage and stickiness.  For QQ Game, PCU reached a historical high level of 7.7 million, mainly driven by launch of new play modes for major games, enhanced cross-platform integration and, to a lesser extent, positive impact of holidays.  In addition, we continued to implement our strategy of diversifying our game portfolio through identifying attractive yet differentiated genres.  Qi Xiong Zheng Ba, a major title in the web game sector, continued to register growth in user base and revenues during the quarter.  Meanwhile, Roco Kingdom has become a leading online game in the children segment with its PCU increasing to 400,000.  We are aiming to launch more titles along this strategy of differentiation.

MVAS

Our bundled SMS packages, mobile SNS and mobile games experienced solid growth in the first quarter of 2011.  Our WAP portal continued to register significant traffic increase as we enhanced content and user experience.  Looking ahead, we will continue to extend our PC-based services, including SNS and microblog, to different wireless platforms and customise our applications for a larger variety of terminal devices.  On regulatory front, a new service cancellation policy, which is an extension to the "double confirmation plus reminder" rule, has been introduced.  We expect that the resultant negative impact would affect the business in the next few quarters.

Online advertising

Due to weaker seasonality in the first quarter, our online advertising business experienced sequential decline in revenues.  Compared to the same period of last year, the business registered solid growth, riding on our expanded client base, enhanced media influence and improved awareness of the strengths of our platforms.  During the quarter, we launched a major corporate brand advertising campaign to enhance our corporate image, which is expected to benefit our advertising business over the longer term.  We are also stepping up our investments in bandwidth and content acquisition to position ourselves for the opportunities in video advertising.  User base of QQ Live has registered healthy growth with PCU for the first quarter of 2011 reaching 4.5 million, representing a quarter-on-quarter growth of 21.6%.  In March 2011, a web-based version of QQ Live was launched to offer a more convenient channel for users to access our video content.  With our significant traffic on multiple platforms, we believe our investments in building our content, branding, technology and advertising team will bear fruit for our advertising business over the long run.

About Tencent

Tencent aims to enrich the interactive online experience of Internet users by providing a comprehensive range of Internet and wireless value-added services.  Through its various online platforms, including Instant Messaging QQ, web portal QQ.com, the QQ Game platform under Tencent Games, multi-media social networking service Qzone and wireless portal, Tencent services the largest online community in China and fulfills the user's needs for communication, information, entertainment and e-Commerce on the Internet.  

Tencent has three main streams of revenues: Internet value-added services, mobile and telecommunications value-added services and online advertising.  

Shares of Tencent Holdings Limited are traded on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, under stock code 00700.  The Company became one of the 43 constituents of the Hang Seng Index (HSI) on June 10, 2008.  For more information, please visit www.tencent.com/ir.

For enquiries, please contact:


Catherine Chan Tel: (86) 755 86013388 ext 88369 or (852) 21795122 Email: cchan#tencent.com

Jane Yip Tel: (86) 755 86013388 ext 81374 or (852) 21795122 Email: janeyip#tencent.com  



Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the consolidated results of the Company 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 and non-GAAP profit attributable to equity holders of the Company, have been presented in this press release.  These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, measures of the Company's financial performance prepared in accordance with 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 Company's core operations by excluding certain non-cash items and certain impact of acquisitions.

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

In RMB '000 (unless otherwise stated)



Unaudited


Unaudited


1Q2011

4Q2010


1Q2011

1Q2010

Revenues

6,338,420

5,524,163


6,338,420

4,226,060

   Internet VAS

5,251,282

4,383,940


5,251,282

3,387,377

   Mobile & Telecom VAS

777,792

728,516


777,792

618,238

   Online Advertising

280,894

388,126


280,894

204,334

   Others

28,452

23,581


28,452

16,111

Cost of revenues

(2,193,729)

(1,832,362)


(2,193,729)

(1,328,355)

Gross profit

4,144,691

3,691,801


4,144,691

2,897,705

Gross margin

65.4%

66.8%


65.4%

68.6%

Interest income

100,662

79,467


100,662

57,191

Other gains/ (losses), net

339,069

23,437


339,069

(35,275)

S&M expenses

(300,453)

(301,796)


(300,453)

(185,417)

G&A expenses

(897,466)

(840,407)


(897,466)

(585,766)

Operating profit

3,386,503

2,652,502


3,386,503

2,148,438

Operating margin

53.4%

48.0%


53.4%

50.8%

Finance (costs)/income, net

(3,869)

265


(3,869)

(1,558)

Share of profit of associates

37,854

37,127


37,854

12,913

Share of (loss)/profit of jointly controlled entities

(4,297)

3,399


(4,297)

-

Profit before income tax

3,416,191

2,693,293


3,416,191

2,159,793

Income tax expense

(531,983)

(480,011)


(531,983)

(357,375)

Profit for the period

2,884,208

2,213,282


2,884,208

1,802,418

Net margin

45.5%

40.1%


45.5%

42.7%

Attributable to:






   Equity holders of the Company

2,870,374

2,200,818


2,870,374

1,783,194

   Non-controlling interests

13,834

12,464


13,834

19,224







Non-GAAP profit attributable to equity holders of the Company

2,584,720

2,356,624


2,584,720

1,889,885







Earnings per share (GAAP)






- basic (RMB)

1.575

1.209


1.575

0.984

- diluted (RMB)

1.540

1.182


1.540

0.959




CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

In RMB '000 (unless otherwise stated)



Unaudited


Unaudited


1Q2011

4Q2010


1Q2011

1Q2010

Profit for the period

2,884,208

2,213,282


2,884,208

1,802,418

Other comprehensive income:






(Losses)/income from changes in fair value of available-for-sale financial assets

(682,436)

1,821,129


(682,436)

-

Currency translation differences

207

-


207

-

Total comprehensive income for the period

2,201,979

4,034,411


2,201,979

1,802,418

Attributable to:






   Equity holders of the Company

2,188,145

4,021,947


2,188,145

1,783,194

   Non-controlling interests

13,834

12,464


13,834

19,224




CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION


 In RMB '000 (unless otherwise stated)

Unaudited


Audited


31 March


31 December


2011


2010

ASSETS




Non-current assets




Fixed assets  

4,095,980


3,292,828

Construction in progress

17,682


386,943

Investment properties

37,043


37,229

land use rights

228,711


229,890

Intangible assets

3,097,395


572,981

Investment in associates

1,713,489


1,070,633

Investment in jointly controlled entities

71,245


74,542

Deferred income tax assets

204,495


219,019

Available-for-sale financial assets

3,635,123


4,126,878

Prepayments, deposits and other assets

490,926


445,430


13,592,089


10,456,373

Current assets




Accounts receivable

2,070,013


1,715,412

Prepayments, deposits and other assets

682,210


487,872

Term deposits with initial term of over three months

12,170,143


11,725,743

Restricted cash

2,330,410


1,036,457

Cash and cash equivalents

10,882,954


10,408,257


28,135,730


25,373,741

Total assets

41,727,819


35,830,114





EQUITY




Equity attributable to the Company's equity holders




Share capital

198


198

Share premium

1,049,294


1,100,302

Shares held for share award scheme

(346,988)


(258,137)

Share-based compensation reserve

1,343,923


1,199,663

Other reserves

566,481


1,919,695

Retained earnings

20,665,599


17,795,225


23,278,507


21,756,946

Non-controlling interests

284,838


83,912

Total equity

23,563,345


21,840,858





LIABILITIES




Non-current liabilities




Deferred income tax liabilities

858,315


967,211

Long-term payables

980,214


-


1,838,529


967,211

Current liabilities




Accounts payable

2,046,669


1,380,464

Other payables and accruals

2,844,696


2,997,808

Derivative financial instruments

39,338


17,964

Short-term bank borrowings

7,131,801


5,298,947

Current income tax liabilities

452,768


341,103

Other tax liabilities

346,115


225,188

Deferred revenue

3,464,558


2,760,571


16,325,945


13,022,045

Total liabilities

18,164,474


13,989,256





Total equity and liabilities

41,727,819


35,830,114




RECONCILIATIONS OF IFRS TO NON-GAAP RESULTS


 

As
reported

Adjustments


In RMB '000
except percentages


Share-based 
compensation

Gain on deemed 
disposal of 
previously held 
interest in an 
associate

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

Put options granted to employees of investees 
on their shares and shares to be issued under 
investees' share-based incentive plans which 
can be acquired by the Group

Non-GAAP

Unaudited three months ended 31 March 2011*

Operating profit

3,386,503

144,123

(459,037)

39,230

9,091

3,119,910

Operating margin

53.4%

 

 

 

 

49.2%

Profit for the period 

2,884,208

144,123

(459,037)

23,229

9,091

2,601,614

Net margin

45.5%

 

 

 

 

41.0%

Profit attributable to equity 
holders of the Company

2,870,374

143,121

(459,037)

21,827

8,435

2,584,720

Unaudited three months ended 31 December 2010

Operating profit

2,652,502

144,159

-

13,167

-

2,809,828

Operating margin

48.0%

 

 

 

 

50.9%

Profit for the period 

2,213,282

144,159

-

11,726

-

2,369,167

Net margin

40.1%

 

 

 

 

42.9%

Profit attributable to equity 
holders of the Company

2,200,818

144,159

-

11,647

-

2,356,624

Unaudited three months ended 31 March 2010

Operating profit

2,148,438

100,972

-

9,513

-

2,258,923

Operating margin

50.8%

 

 

 

 

53.5%

Profit for the period 

1,802,418

100,972

-

7,759

-

1,911,149

Net margin

42.7%

 

 

 

 

45.2%

Profit attributable to equity
 holders of the Company

1,783,194

100,972

-

5,719

-

1,889,885

* Note: The figures above include the impact of the Riot Games Acquisition which was closed on 18 February 2011.




SOURCE Tencent Holdings Limited



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