Waterdrop Inc. Announces First Quarter 2021 Unaudited Financial Results

BEIJING, June 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Waterdrop Inc. ("Waterdrop", the "Company" or "we") (NYSE: WDH), a leading technology platform dedicated to insurance and healthcare service with a positive social impact, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

Financial and Operational Highlights for the First Quarter of 2021

  • We achieved solid business growth in the first quarter of 2021. The first-year premiums ("FYP") generated through our Waterdrop Insurance Marketplace reached RMB4,469 million (US$682.1 million), representing an increase of 42.7% year-over-year.
  • The number of insurance customers and FYP per customer both grew rapidly. Our cumulative paying insurance customers reached 21.9 million as of March 31, 2021. The FYP per customer increased to RMB1,165, or by 32.1% year-over-year.
  • We continued to expand our product offerings. As of March 31, 2021, we offered 240 insurance products on our platform, as compared with 200 as of December 31, 2020. Over 90% of our FYP was contributed by our exclusive customized insurance products. In terms of product mix, the FYP of critical illness insurance, increased by 131.8% in the first quarter of 2021, primarily contributed by the design and sales of products under the new regulatory definition of critical illness.
  • Our consumer acquisition channels achieved a balanced growth. The FYP generated from internal traffic (excluding mutual aid channel), third-party traffic, and natural traffic and repeat purchases increased by 65.2%, 51.6% and 48.4% year-over-year, respectively.
  • Net operating revenue increased by 35.1% to RMB883.4 million (US$134.8 million) year-over-year. Excluding the impact from the cessation of our mutual aid business in March 2021, the adjusted net operating revenue increased by 43.2% year-over-year.
  • As of March 31, 2021, approximately 360 million people donated an aggregate of over RMB40 billion to nearly 1.9 million patients through our Waterdrop Medical Crowdfunding. Waterdrop Medical Crowdfunding charges zero service fees and we do not generate any revenues from Waterdrop Medical Crowdfunding.

Mr. Peng Shen, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Waterdrop, commented, "We are pleased to report strong financial and operational growth for the first quarter of 2021 in our first earnings release as a public company. Since our inception in 2016, we have benefited from robust industry development and achieved above-industry growth, and our unique business model has allowed us to become a leading integrated technology platform for insurance and healthcare service in China. Our business model, strong data insights, and technical capabilities have contributed to improving the overall efficiencies of the broader industry, while also empowering our insurance carrier partners. Moving forward, we are going to continue playing a positive role in advancing the diversified medical payment system in China and partake in the rapid growth of the massive Chinese insurance and healthcare market."

Mr. Guang Yang, Co-founder, Director and General Manager of Insurance Marketplace, commented, "On the product side, we continued to develop customized products through deeper collaborations with our partner insurance companies. Among all products we offer to customers and by FYP contribution, over 90% are customized and co-designed by us and insurance carriers. In light of the introduction of the new regulatory definition of critical illness, we shifted our product offerings to adapt to the new definition and requirements to better cater to customer needs, and ensure our sustainable growth. In addition, we consistently diversify our customer acquisition channels, and the contribution from natural traffic and repeat purchases as a percentage of total FYP continued its upward trend."

Mr. Kangping Shi, Chief Financial Officer of Waterdrop, added, "We had a solid first quarter starting the year with both FYP and net operating revenues up 42.7% and 35.1%, respectively, from the same period of last year. The increase in operating costs and expenses were mainly attributable to expenses related with the cessation of mutual aid business. For 2021, we expect our FYP and top line to grow rapidly, and we will continue to improve our unit economics performance by optimizing our customer acquisition strategy." 

Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2021

Operating revenue, net

Net operating revenue for the first quarter of 2021 increased by 35.1% to RMB883.4 million (US$134.8 million) from RMB653.8 million for the same period of 2020, which was primarily due to the growth of insurance brokerage income and technical service income.

  • Net operating revenue from management fee income decreased from RMB38.9 million for the first quarter of 2020 to RMB2.7 million (US$0.4 million) for the first quarter of 2021, which was mainly due to the cessation of the mutual aid business at the end of March 2021. Excluding management fee income from mutual aid business, the Company generated adjusted net operating revenue of RMB880.6 million (US$134.4 million) for the first quarter of 2021, representing an increase of 43.2% compared with the same period of 2020.
  • On March 26, 2021, the Company announced the cessation of the Waterdrop Mutual Aid business by the end of March 2021. In connection with this, the Company voluntarily covered mutual aid participants’ medical expenses arising from medical conditions diagnosed before March 31, 2021 that would have formerly been covered by the ceased mutual aid plan, subject to certain procedural requirements and eligibility criteria. Following this adjustment, the Company upgraded its services and offered a one-year complementary health insurance policy to each participant with a similar coverage as the participant’s original mutual aid plan. Starting from the end of March 2021, with the cessation of the Waterdrop Mutual Aid operation, the corresponding management fee income is no longer a revenue stream for the Company. The estimated cost of medical expense coverage is RMB15.0 million (US$2.3 million) and the estimated cost of one-year health insurance coverage is RMB81.7 million (US$12.5 million). RMB19.9 million (US$3.0 million) was accounted for as a reduction of management fee revenue previously recognized for each participant to the extent of the cumulative amount earned until March 26, 2021. RMB76.8 million (US$11.8 million) was recorded as operating costs.

Operating costs and expenses

Operating costs and expenses increased by RMB579.1 million, or 75.7%, to RMB1,343.9 million (US$205.1 million) for the first quarter of 2021 from RMB764.9 million for the same period of 2020.

  • Operating costs increased by 125.5% year-over-year to RMB300.6 million (US$45.9 million) for the first quarter of 2021, compared with RMB133.3 million for the first quarter of 2020, which was mainly due to (i) the cost of RMB76.8 million that incurred in relation to the cessation of the Waterdrop Mutual Aid business, (ii) RMB30.8 million increase in personnel cost as our consultants and insurance agents team rapidly expanded to support the business growth, and (iii) RMB44.3 million increase in professional and outsourced customer service fees.
  • Sales and marketing expenses increased by 67.7% year-over-year to RMB837.2 million (US$127.8 million) for the first quarter of 2021, compared with RMB499.2 million for the first quarter of 2020. The increase was primarily due to (i) a RMB247.8 million increase in marketing expenses to third-party traffic channels as a result of our business expansion and branding promotions, and (ii) a RMB100.7 million increase in outsourced sales and marketing service fees to third parties.
  • General and administrative expenses increased by 87.2% year-over-year to RMB121.3 million (US$18.5 million) for the first quarter of 2021, compared with RMB64.8 million for the first quarter of 2020. The increase was primarily due to (i) a RMB44.6 million increase in share-based compensation expenses, and (ii) an increase of RMB11.5 million in professional fees and personnel cost.
  • Research and development expenses increased by 25.6% year-over-year to RMB84.9 million (US$13.0 million) for the first quarter of 2021, compared with RMB67.6 million for the first quarter of 2020. The increase was primarily due to a RMB16.2 million increase in research and development personnel cost and related expenses, as our research and development team continued to expand to enhance our competitive capabilities in technology.

Operating loss for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB460.6 million (US$70.3 million), compared with operating loss of RMB111.1 million for the same period of 2020.

Interest income for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB13.2 million (US$2.0 million), compared with RMB5.3 million for the same period of 2020. The increase was primarily due to the increase in cash balance as a result of the receipt of proceeds from private equity financings and interest income from short-term investment. The Company does not generate interest income from the crowdfunding business.

Income tax benefit for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB74.3 million (US$11.3 million), compared with income tax expense of RMB21.8 million for the same period of 2020.

Net loss attributable to Waterdrop for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB370.2 million (US$56.5 million), compared with net loss of RMB120.7 million for the same period of 2020.

Adjusted net loss attributable to Waterdrop for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB203.1 million (US$31.0 million), compared with RMB106.5 million for the same period of 2020. Adjusted net margin was negative 23.0% for the first quarter of 2021, compared with negative 16.3% for the first quarter of 2020.

Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash

As of March 31, 2021, the Company had combined cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash of RMB1,705.4 million (US$260.3 million), as compared with RMB1,323.3 million as of December 31, 2020.

Business Outlook

The Company expects the FYP generated through Waterdrop Insurance Marketplace to grow more than 50% year-over-year for the second quarter of 2021. This forecast is based on the current market conditions and reflects the Company’s preliminary view and estimates, which are all subject to changes.

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 RMB6.5518 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on March 31, 2021 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.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company use non-GAAP financial measures, such as adjusted net operating revenue and adjusted net loss, in evaluating the Company’s operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes. Adjusted net operating revenue represents net operating revenue excluding management fee income from mutual aid business. Adjusted net loss represents net loss excluding share-based compensation expense, impact of terminating the mutual aid plan, foreign currency exchange gain or losses, and share of results of equity method investee. Such adjustments have no impact on income tax.

These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation or construed as an alternative to net loss or any other measure of performance or as an indicator of our operating performance. Investors are encouraged to review the Company’s historical non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Adjusted net operating revenue and adjusted net loss presented here may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. Other companies may calculate similarly titled measures differently, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures to our data. The Company encourage investors and others to review its financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements that may constitute "forward-looking" statements pursuant to 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," "aims," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "likely to" and similar statements. Among other things, quotations in this announcement, contain forward-looking statements. Waterdrop may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), 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 Waterdrop’s beliefs, plans 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: Waterdrop’s mission, goals and strategies; Waterdrop’s future business development, financial condition and results of operations; the expected growth of the insurance and online healthcare industry in China; Waterdrop’s expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of our products and services; Waterdrop’s expectations regarding its relationships with consumers, insurance carriers and other partners; competition in the industry and relevant government policies and regulations relating to insurance and online healthcare industry. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Waterdrop’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and Waterdrop does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

Conference Call Information

Waterdrop’s management team will hold a conference call on June 17, 2021 at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong Time on the same day) to discuss the financial results. Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

United States:

1-888-317-6003

Hong Kong:

852-580-81995

Mainland China:

4001-206115

International:

1-412-317-6061

Elite Entry Number:

8371404 #

Please dial in 15 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the Elite Entry Number to join the call. 

A telephone replay will be accessible through June 24, 2021 by dialing the following numbers:

United States:

1- 877-344-7529

International:

1-412-317-0088

Access Code:

10157332 #

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

About Waterdrop Inc.

Waterdrop Inc. (NYSE: WDH) is a leading technology platform dedicated to insurance and healthcare service with a positive social impact. Founded in 2016, with the comprehensive coverage of Waterdrop Insurance Marketplace and Medical Crowdfunding, Waterdrop aims to bring insurance and healthcare service to billions through technology. For more information, please visit www.waterdrop-inc.com.

For investor inquiries, please contact

Waterdrop Inc.
Xiaojiao Cui
IR@shuidi-inc.com

Christensen

In China
Mr. Eric Yuan
Phone: +86-1380-111-0739
E-mail: Eyuan@christensenir.com

In US
Ms. Linda Bergkamp
Phone: +1-480-614-3004
Email: lbergkamp@christensenir.com

 

WATERDROP INC.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(All amounts in thousands, unless otherwise noted)

As of

December 31,

2020

March 31,

2021

RMB

RMB

USD

Assets

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

1,061,962

1,107,394

169,021

Restricted cash

261,387

598,027

91,277

Short-term investments

1,193,160

519,661

79,316

Accounts receivable

539,791

645,463

98,517

Current contract assets

824,544

820,264

125,197

Amount due from related parties

813

439

67

Prepaid expense and other assets

651,080

499,674

76,263

Total current assets

4,532,737

4,190,922

639,658

Non-current assets

Non-current contract assets

24,006

24,215

3,696

Property, equipment and software, net

28,724

36,873

5,628

Intangible assets, net

53,034

56,806

8,670

Long-term investments

2,741

2,749

420

Right of use assets, net

60,694

57,001

8,700

Goodwill

3,119

3,119

476

Total non-current assets

172,318

180,763

27,590

Total assets

4,705,055

4,371,685

667,248

Liabilities, Mezzanine Equity and Shareholders’ Deficit

Current liabilities

Amount due to related parties

9,789

12,295

1,877

Insurance premium payables

607,326

602,608

91,976

Deferred revenue

22,017

11,374

1,736

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

595,606

702,597

107,237

Current lease liabilities

36,551

37,497

5,723

Total current liabilities

1,271,289

1,366,371

208,549

Non-current liabilities

Non-current lease liabilities

27,709

23,150

3,533

Deferred tax liabilities

225,745

151,969

23,195

Total non-current liabilities

253,454

175,119

26,728

Total liabilities

1,524,743

1,541,490

235,277

Total mezzanine equity

4,837,336

4,947,623

755,154

Shareholders’ deficit

Ordinary shares

41

41

6

Additional paid-in capital

Accumulated other comprehensive income

14,956

13,241

2,021

Accumulated deficit

(1,672,021)

(2,130,710)

(325,210)

Total shareholders’ deficit

(1,657,024)

(2,117,428)

(323,183)

Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and
shareholders’ deficit

 

4,705,055

 

4,371,685

 

667,248

 

 

WATERDROP INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(All amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data, or otherwise noted)

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

2020

2021

RMB

RMB

USD

Operating revenue, net

653,795

883,367

134,828

Operating costs and expenses(i)

     Operating costs

(133,288)

(300,608)

(45,882)

     Sales and marketing expenses

(499,201)

(837,153)

(127,775)

     General and administrative expenses

(64,765)

(121,287)

(18,512)

     Research and development expenses

(67,610)

(84,875)

(12,954)

Total operating costs and expenses

(764,864)

(1,343,923)

(205,123)

Operating loss

(111,069)

(460,556)

(70,295)

Other income

     Interest income

5,312

13,215

2,017

     Foreign currency exchange gain

5,235

784

120

     Others, net

1,632

2,101

321

Loss before income tax, and share of loss in
  equity method investee

(98,890)

(444,456)

(67,837)

     Income tax (expense)/benefit 

(21,838)

74,300

11,340

     Share of loss in equity method investee

(3)

Net loss attributable to Waterdrop Inc.

(120,731)

(370,156)

(56,497)

     Preferred shares redemption value accretion

(53,636)

(110,287)

(16,833)

Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders

(174,367)

(480,443)

(73,330)

Net loss

(120,731)

(370,156)

(56,497)

Other comprehensive (income)/loss:

     Foreign currency translation adjustment, net
       of tax

61

(2,782)

(425)

     Unrealized gains on available for sale
       investments, net of tax

25

1,067

163

Comprehensive loss

(120,645)

(371,871)

(56,759)

Weighted average number of ordinary shares
  used in computing net loss per share

1,193,727,557

1,191,599,014

1,191,599,014

     Basic and diluted

Net loss per share attributable to ordinary
  shareholders

     Basic and diluted

(0.15)

(0.40)

(0.06)

(i) Share-based compensation expenses are included in the operating costs and expenses as follows:

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

2020

2021

RMB

RMB

USD

Sales and marketing expenses

(322)

(2,981)

(455)

General and administrative expenses

(17,389)

(62,021)

(9,466)

Research and development expenses

(1,722)

(6,176)

(943)

Total 

(19,433)

(71,178)

(10,864)

 

 

WATERDROP INC.

Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results

(All amounts in thousands, unless otherwise noted)

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

2020

2021

RMB

RMB

USD

Net operating revenue

653,795

883,367

134,828

Less:

Management fee income

38,886

2,745(ii)

419

Adjusted net operating revenue

614,909

880,622

134,409

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

2020

2021

RMB

RMB

USD

Net loss

(120,731)

(370,156)

(56,497)

Add:

Share-based compensation expense

 

19,433

71,178

10,864

Foreign currency exchange gain

(5,235)

(784)

(120)

Impact of terminating the mutual aid plan (iii)

96,697

14,759

Share of results of equity method investee

3

Adjusted net loss

(106,530)

(203,065)

(30,994)

(ii) This represents management fee revenue related to the mutual aid business for the first quarter of 2021 after recording the
RMB19.9 million reduction of management fee revenue previously recognized for each participant to the extent of the
cumulative amount earned until March 26, 2021.

(iii) This represents the estimated cost of medical expenses and cost of one-year health insurance coverage. RMB19.9 million
(US$3.0 million) was accounted for as a reduction of management fee revenue previously recognized for each participant
to the extent of the cumulative amount earned until March 26, 2021. RMB76.8 million (US$11.8 million) was recorded as operating costs.

 

 

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