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DouYu International Holdings Limited Reports Third Quarter 2023 Unaudited Financial Results

WUHAN, China, Dec. 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — DouYu International Holdings Limited (“DouYu” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: DOYU), a leading game-centric live streaming platform in China and a pioneer in the eSports value chain, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023.

Third Quarter 2023 Financial and Operational Highlights

  • Total net revenues in the third quarter of 2023 were RMB1,359.2 million (US$186.3 million), compared with RMB1,798.3 million in the same period of 2022.
  • Gross profit in the third quarter of 2023 was RMB192.4 million (US$26.4 million), compared with RMB251.2 million in the same period of 2022.
  • Net income in the third quarter of 2023 was RMB76.4 million (US$10.5 million), compared with a net loss of RMB6.6 million in the same period of 2022.
  • Adjusted net income[1] in the third quarter of 2023 was RMB71.9 million (US$9.9 million), compared with RMB25.7 million in the same period of 2022.
  • Average mobile MAUs[2] in the third quarter of 2023 were 51.7 million, compared with 57.1 million in the same period of 2022.
  • The number of quarterly average paying users[3] in the third quarter of 2023 was 3.9 million, compared with 5.6 million in the same period of 2022.

The interim management committee of DouYu commented, “In the third quarter of 2023, we diligently executed and optimized our corporate growth strategy, making steady advancements in our business that progress our goal of fostering a healthy, sustainable game-centric community ecosystem. During the quarter, we continued to progress our prudent marketing strategies and strengthened our partnerships with game developers to promote new games and enhance game operations during new game launches. Our premium content offerings and ongoing efficient operations continue to improve user experience. This has helped us maintain a stable core user base and consistently attract new users, resulting in third-quarter mobile MAUs growing slightly quarter-over-quarter to 51.7 million. Going forward, our unwavering commitment to achieving long-term, sustainable growth will remain at the forefront of our mission. To further foster our vibrant game-centric content ecosystem based on continued compliance efforts, we will enhance our content and service offerings through innovation and product upgrades. We will also explore new growth avenues to ensure the steady development of our business and financial performance, further cementing DouYu’s competitive edge and market leadership in the domestic gaming content industry.”

Mr. Hao Cao, Vice President of DouYu, commented, “Amid a complex macroeconomic environment, we proactively refined our monetization and marketing strategies, effectively stabilizing our financials in the third quarter. We adapted to the market dynamics with agile pricing, and forged ahead with our business innovation, reporting total net revenues of RMB1.36 billion in the third quarter. We also continued to improve our operating efficiency under effective cost-control measures that markedly reduced content costs. As a result, our gross profit for the third quarter was RMB192.4 million, representing gross margin of 14.2%. Our net income was RMB76.4 million in the quarter compared with the net loss of RMB6.6 million in the same period last year. Our adjusted net profit grew by 179.9% year-over-year to RMB71.9 million. Both our gross margin and adjusted net margin have now improved for three consecutive quarters. Moving forward, we will persist in executing our long-term, sustainable growth strategy, maintaining financial stability while advancing our core business operations. We will actively explore new business models and monetization channels, laying a solid foundation for business development and striving to create long-term value for shareholders.”

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results

Total net revenues in the third quarter of 2023 decreased by 24.4% to RMB1,359.2 million (US$186.3 million), compared with RMB1,798.3 million in the same period of 2022.

Livestreaming revenues in the third quarter of 2023 decreased by 32.5% to RMB1,151.0 million (US$157.8 million) from RMB1,705.0 million in the same period of 2022. The decrease was primarily attributable to the soft macroeconomic environment, leading to a decrease in the number of quarterly average paying users.

Advertising and other revenues in the third quarter of 2023 increased by 123.2% to RMB208.2 million (US$28.5 million) from RMB93.3 million in the same period of 2022. The increase was primarily driven by the increase in other revenues generated through other innovative business.

Cost of revenues in the third quarter of 2023 was RMB1,166.8 million (US$159.9 million), a decrease of 24.6% compared with RMB1,547.1 million in the same period of 2022.

Revenue sharing fees and content costs in the third quarter of 2023 decreased by 29.7% to RMB927.4 million (US$127.1 million) from RMB1,319.6 million in the same period of 2022. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in sharing fees aligned with decreased livestreaming revenues, as well as a decline in content costs resulting from improved cost management in self-produced content and streamer payments. The decrease was partially offset by an increase in copyright costs due to the acquisition of LPL tournament copyright.

Bandwidth costs in the third quarter of 2023 decreased by 21.4% to RMB106.1 million (US$14.5 million) from RMB135.0 million in the same period of 2022. The decline was primarily due to our effective bandwidth cost control measures. 

Gross profit in the third quarter of 2023 was RMB192.4 million (US$26.4 million), compared with RMB251.2 million in the same period of 2022. The decrease in gross profit was mainly due to a decrease in livestreaming revenues and an increase in other costs related to the development of innovative business. Gross margin in the third quarter of 2023 was 14.2%, relatively stable compared with 14.0% in the same period of 2022.

Sales and marketing expenses in the third quarter of 2023 decreased by 44.5% to RMB90.0 million (US$12.3 million) from RMB162.1 million in the same period of 2022. This was mainly attributable to a decrease in user acquisition marketing expenses. 

Research and development expenses in the third quarter of 2023 decreased by 11.7% to RMB74.5 million (US$10.2 million) from RMB84.4 million in the same period of 2022. This decrease was primarily due to a decrease in personnel-related expenses.

General and administrative expenses in the third quarter of 2023 decreased by 2.5% to RMB51.0 million (US$7.0 million) from RMB52.3 million in the same period of 2022.

Other operating income, net in the third quarter of 2023 was RMB14.3 million (US$2.0 million), compared with RMB36.5 million in the same period of 2022.

Loss from operations in the third quarter of 2023 was RMB8.8 million (US$1.2 million), compared with RMB11.1 million in the same period of 2022.

Net income in the third quarter of 2023 was RMB76.4 million (US$10.5 million), compared with a net loss of RMB6.6 million in the same period of 2022.

Adjusted net income, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, the share of income (loss) in equity method investments, gain on disposal of investment and impairment loss of investments, was RMB71.9 million (US$9.9 million) in the third quarter of 2023, compared with RMB25.7 million in the same period of 2022.

Basic and diluted net income per ADS[4] in the third quarter of 2023 were both RMB0.24 (US$0.03). Adjusted basic and diluted net income per ADS in the third quarter of 2023 were both RMB0.22 (US$0.03).

Cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and bank deposits

As of September 30, 2023, the Company had cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, and short-term and long-term bank deposits of RMB7,139.4 million (US$978.5 million), compared with RMB6,808.8 million as of December 31, 2022.

Conference Call Information

The Company will hold a conference call on December 7, 2023, at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time (or 8:00 p.m. Beijing Time on the same day) to discuss the financial results. Listeners may access the call by dialing the following numbers:

International:

+1-412-317-6061

United States Toll Free:

+1-888-317-6003

Mainland China Toll Free:

4001-206115

Hong Kong Toll Free:

800-963976

Singapore Toll Free:

800-120-5863

Conference ID:

0554126

The replay will be accessible through December 14, 2023, by dialing the following numbers:

International:

+1-412-317-0088

United States Toll Free:

+1-877-344-7529

Conference ID:

2412484

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

[1] “Adjusted net income” is defined as net income excluding share-based compensation expenses, and share of income (loss) in equity method investments, gain on disposal of investment and impairment loss of investments. For more information, please refer to “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” at the end of this press release.

[2] Refers to the number of mobile devices that launched our mobile apps in a given period. Average mobile MAUs for a given period is calculated by dividing (i) the sum of active mobile users for each month of such period, by (ii) the number of months in such period.

[3] “Quarterly average paying users” refers to the average paying users for each quarter during a given period of time calculated by dividing (i) the sum of paying users for each quarter of such period, by (ii) the number of quarters in such period. “Paying user” refers to a registered user that has purchased virtual gifts on our platform at least once during the relevant period.

[4] Every ten ADSs represent one ordinary share.

About DouYu International Holdings Limited

Headquartered in Wuhan, China, DouYu International Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: DOYU) is a leading game-centric live streaming platform in China and a pioneer in the eSports value chain. DouYu operates its platform on both PC and mobile apps to bring users access to immersive and interactive games and entertainment livestreaming, a wide array of video and graphic contents, as well as opportunities to participate in community events and discussions. By nurturing a sustainable technology-based talent development system and relentlessly producing high-quality content, DouYu consistently delivers premium content through integration of livestreaming, video, graphics, and virtual communities with a primary focus on games, especially on eSports. This enables DouYu to continuously enhance its user experience and pursue long-term healthy development. For more information, please see http://ir.douyu.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted operating income (loss) is calculated as operating income (loss) adjusted for share-based compensation expenses. Adjusted net income (loss) is calculated as net income (loss) adjusted for share-based compensation expenses, share of income (loss) in equity method investments, gain on disposal of investment and impairment loss of investments. Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to DouYu is calculated as net income (loss) attributable to DouYu adjusted for share-based compensation expenses, share of income (loss) in equity method investments, gain on disposal of investment and impairment loss of investments. Adjusted basic and diluted net income per ordinary share is non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the calculation of non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per ordinary share. The Company adjusted the impact of (i) share-based compensation expenses, (ii) share of income (loss) in equity method investments, (iii) gain on disposal of investment, (iv) impairment loss of investments to understand and evaluate the Company’s core operating performance. The non-GAAP financial measures are presented to enhance investors’ overall understanding of the Company’s financial performance and should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of the historical non-GAAP financial measures to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. As non-GAAP financial measures have material limitations as analytical metrics and may not be calculated in the same manner by all companies, they may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures used by other companies. In light of the foregoing limitations, you should not consider non-GAAP financial measures as a substitute for, or superior to, such metrics in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Results” near the end of this release.

Exchange Rate Information

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at a specified rate solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to U.S. dollars are made at a rate of RMB7.2960 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on September 29, 2023, in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized or settled in U.S. dollars, at that rate on September 29, 2023, or at any other rate.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward- looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, and 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 results of operations and financial condition; the Company’s business strategies; general market conditions, in particular the game live streaming market; the ability of the Company to retain and grow active and paying users; changes in general economic and business conditions in China; the impact of the COVID-19 to the Company’s business operations and the economy in China and globally; any adverse changes in laws, regulations, rules, policies or guidelines applicable to the Company; and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “target,” “aim,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “potential,” “continue,” “is/are likely to” or other similar expressions. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in the Company’s filings with the Securities Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and the Company does not undertake any duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

Investor Relations Contact

In China:

Lingling Kong

DouYu International Holdings Limited

Email: ir@douyu.tv

Tel: +86 (10) 6508-0677

Andrea Guo

Piacente Financial Communications

Email: douyu@tpg-ir.com

Tel: +86 (10) 6508-0677

In the United States:

Brandi Piacente

Piacente Financial Communications

Email: douyu@tpg-ir.com

Tel: +1-212-481-2050

Media Relations Contact

In China:

Lingling Kong

DouYu International Holdings Limited

Email: pr_douyu@douyu.tv

Tel: +86 (10) 6508-0677

 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(All amounts in thousands, except share, ADS, per share and per ADS data)

As of December 31

As of September 30

2022

2023

2023

ASSETS

RMB

RMB

US$ (1)

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

4,041,603

4,209,335

576,937

Restricted cash

6,057

25,163

3,449

Short-term bank deposits

2,511,150

2,334,950

320,032

Accounts receivable, net

109,180

75,962

10,411

Prepayments

26,064

38,495

5,276

Amounts due from related parties

46,126

55,412

7,595

Other current assets

337,004

354,180

48,544

Total current assets

7,077,184

7,093,497

972,244

Property and equipment, net

16,988

13,746

1,884

Intangible assets, net

106,723

120,424

16,505

Long-term bank deposits

250,000

570,000

78,125

Investments

531,911

462,183

63,347

Goodwill

13,804

14,231

1,951

Right-of-use assets, net

49,911

28,724

3,937

Other non-current assets, net

98,845

93,638

12,834

Total non-current assets

1,068,182

1,302,946

178,583

TOTAL ASSETS

8,145,366

8,396,443

1,150,827

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

LIABILITIES

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

666,985

568,988

77,986

Advances from customers

6,459

11,976

1,641

Deferred revenue

288,152

352,093

48,258

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

302,801

213,571

29,272

Amounts due to related parties

266,788

391,213

53,620

Lease liabilities due within one year

27,479

17,285

2,369

Total current liabilities

1,558,664

1,555,126

213,146

Lease liabilities

19,572

9,275

1,271

Deferred revenue

6,570

Total non-current liabilities

26,142

9,275

1,271

TOTAL LIABILITIES

1,584,806

1,564,401

214,417

(1) Translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at a specified rate are solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations
from RMB to U.S. dollars are made at a rate of RMB7.2960 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on September 29, 2023, in the H.10 statistical release of
the Federal Reserve Board. 

 

 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (CONTINUED)

(All amounts in thousands, except share, ADS, per share and per ADS data)

As of December 31

As of September 30

2022

2023

2023

RMB

RMB

US$ (1)

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Ordinary shares

23

23

3

Treasury shares

(911,217)

(911,217)

(124,893)

Additional paid-in capital

10,670,287

10,670,287

1,462,485

Accumulated deficit

(3,520,525)

(3,422,782)

(469,131)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

321,991

495,731

67,946

Total DouYu Shareholders’ Equity

6,560,559

6,832,042

936,410

Noncontrolling interests

1

Total Shareholders’ Equity

6,560,560

6,832,042

936,410

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

8,145,366

8,396,443

1,150,827

(1) Translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at a specified rate are solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations
from RMB to U.S. dollars are made at a rate of RMB7.2960  to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on September 29, 2023, in the H.10 statistical release of
the Federal Reserve Board. 

 

 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS) 

(All amounts in thousands, except share, ADS, per share and per ADS data)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Sep 30,

2022

Jun 30,

2023

Sep 30,

2023

Sep 30,

2023

Sep 30,

2022

Sep 30,

2023

Sep 30,

2023

RMB

RMB

RMB

US$ (1)

RMB

RMB

US$ (1)

Net revenues

1,798,333

1,392,193

1,359,189

186,292

5,427,184

4,234,443

580,379

Cost of revenues

(1,547,091)

(1,203,294)

(1,166,771)

(159,919)

(4,623,131)

(3,676,660)

(503,928)

Gross profit

251,242

188,899

192,418

26,373

804,053

557,783

76,451

Operating (expenses) income (2)

Sales and marketing expenses

(162,137)

(87,047)

(89,996)

(12,335)

(515,959)

(267,729)

(36,695)

General and administrative expenses

(52,308)

(46,938)

(50,994)

(6,989)

(233,066)

(157,725)

(21,618)

Research and development expenses

(84,371)

(71,043)

(74,510)

(10,212)

(302,525)

(217,863)

(29,861)

Other operating income, net

36,459

8,615

14,272

1,956

104,633

41,933

5,747

Total operating expenses

(262,357)

(196,413)

(201,228)

(27,580)

(946,917)

(601,384)

(82,427)

Loss from operations

(11,115)

(7,514)

(8,810)

(1,207)

(142,864)

(43,601)

(5,976)

Other expenses, net

(32,577)

(53,554)

1,401

192

(62,609)

(60,153)

(8,245)

Interest income, net

34,402

67,252

80,747

11,067

74,602

202,426

27,745

Foreign exchange loss

1,641

4

1

248

34

(Loss) Income before income taxes and share of

    Income (loss) in equity method investments

(9,290)

7,825

73,342

10,053

(130,871)

98,920

13,558

Income tax expense

Share of income (loss) in equity method investments

2,647

(977)

3,035

416

(1,386)

(1,177)

(161)

Net (loss) Income

(6,643)

6,848

76,377

10,469

(132,257)

97,743

13,397

Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest 

(3,672)

(11,513)

Net (loss) income attributable to ordinary 

    shareholders of the Company

(2,971)

6,848

76,377

10,469

(120,744)

97,743

13,397

Net (loss) income per ordinary share

Basic

(0.09)

0.21

2.39

0.33

(3.78)

3.06

0.42

Diluted

(0.09)

0.21

2.39

0.33

(3.78)

3.06

0.42

Net (loss) income per ADS(3)

Basic

(0.01)

0.02

0.24

0.03

(0.38)

0.31

0.04

Diluted

(0.01)

0.02

0.24

0.03

(0.38)

0.31

0.04

Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in calculating net (loss) income per ordinary share

Basic

31,966,417

31,977,664

31,977,664

31,977,664

31,953,780

31,977,664

31,977,664

Diluted

31,966,417

31,977,664

31,977,664

31,977,664

31,953,780

31,977,664

31,977,664

Weighted average number of ADS used in calculating net (loss) income per ADS(3)

Basic

319,664,172

319,776,640

319,776,640

319,776,640

319,537,795

319,776,640

319,776,640

Diluted

319,664,172

319,776,640

319,776,640

319,776,640

319,537,795

319,776,640

319,776,640

(1) Translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at a specified rate are solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations
from RMB to U.S. dollars are made at a rate of RMB7.2960 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on September 29, 2023, in the H.10 statistical release
of the Federal Reserve Board.

(2) Share-based compensation expenses were allocated in cost of revenues and operating expenses as follows:

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Sep 30,

2022

Jun 30,

2023

Sep 30,

2023

Sep 30,

2023

Sep 30,

2022

Sep 30,

2023

Sep 30,

2023

RMB

RMB

RMB

US$ (1)

RMB

RMB

US$ (1)

Research and development expenses

605

11,476

Sales and marketing expenses

135

2,560

General and administrative expenses

1,958

52,705

(3) Every ten ADSs represent one ordinary share.

 

 

RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS

(All amounts in thousands, except share, ADS, per share and per ADS data)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Sep 30,

2022

Jun 30,

2023

Sep 30,

2023

Sep 30,

2023

Sep 30,

2022

Sep 30,

2023

Sep 30,

2023

RMB

RMB

RMB

US$ (1)

RMB

RMB

US$ (1)

Loss from operations

(11,115)

(7,514)

(8,810)

(1,207)

(142,864)

(43,601)

(5,976)

Add:

Share-based compensation expenses

2,698

66,741

Adjusted Operating loss

(8,417)

(7,514)

(8,810)

(1,207)

(76,123)

(43,601)

(5,976)

Net (loss) income

(6,643)

6,848

76,377

10,469

(132,257)

97,743

13,397

Add:

Share-based compensation expenses

2,698

66,741

Share of income (loss) in equity method investments

(2,647)

977

(3,035)

(416)

1,386

1,177

161

Gain on disposal of investment

(5,132)

(703)

(5,132)

(703)

Impairment loss of investments

32,298

53,554

3,731

511

32,298

57,285

7,852

Adjusted net (loss) income

25,706

61,379

71,941

9,861

(31,832)

151,073

20,707

Net (loss) income attributable to DouYu

(2,971)

6,848

76,377

10,469

(120,744)

97,743

13,397

Add:

Share-based compensation expenses

2,698

66,741

Share of income (loss) in equity method investments

(2,647)

977

(3,035)

(416)

1,386

1,177

161

Gain on disposal of investment

(5,132)

(703)

(5,132)

(703)

Impairment loss of investments

32,298

53,554

3,731

511

32,298

57,285

7,852

Adjusted net (loss) income attributable to DouYu

29,378

61,379

71,941

9,861

(20,319)

151,073

20,707

Adjusted net (loss) income per ordinary share

Basic

0.92

1.92

2.25

0.31

(0.64)

4.72

0.65

Diluted

0.92

1.92

2.25

0.31

(0.64)

4.72

0.65

Adjusted net (loss) income per ADS(2)

 

Basic

0.09

0.19

0.22

0.03

(0.06)

0.47

0.06

Diluted

0.09

0.19

0.22

0.03

(0.06)

0.47

0.06

Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in calculating Adjusted net (loss) income per ordinary share

Basic

31,966,417

31,977,664

31,977,664

31,977,664

31,953,780

31,977,664

31,977,664

Diluted

31,966,417

31,977,664

31,977,664

31,977,664

31,953,780

31,977,664

31,977,664

Weighted average number of ADS used in calculating net (loss) income per ADS(2)

Basic

319,664,172

319,776,640

319,776,640

319,776,640

319,537,795

319,776,640

319,776,640

Diluted

319,664,172

319,776,640

319,776,640

319,776,640

319,537,795

319,776,640

319,776,640

(1) Translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at a specified rate are solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all
translations from RMB to U.S. dollars are made at a rate of RMB7.2960 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on September 29, 2023, in the H.10
statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board.

(2) Every ten ADSs represent one ordinary share.