Gaotu Techedu Announces Third Quarter of 2022 Unaudited Financial Results and a Share Repurchase Program

BEIJING, Nov. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Gaotu Techedu Inc. (NYSE: GOTU) ("Gaotu" or the "Company"), a technology-driven education company and online large-class tutoring service provider in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Third Quarter 2022 Highlights[1]

  • Net revenues were RMB606.2 million, compared with net revenues of RMB1,114.9 million in the same period of 2021.
  • Gross billings[2] were RMB607.0 million, compared with gross billings of RMB301.6 million in the same period of 2021.
  • Net loss was RMB61.4 million, compared with net loss of RMB1,044.6 million in the same period of 2021.
  • Non-GAAP net loss was RMB44.8 million, compared with non-GAAP net loss of RMB989.3 million in the same period of 2021.

Third Quarter 2022 Key Financial and Operating Data
(In thousands of RMB, except for percentages)

For the three months ended September 30,

2021

2022

Pct. Change

Net revenues

1,114,883

606,169

(45.6) %

Gross billings

301,632

607,042

101.3 %

Net loss

(1,044,613)

(61,350)

(94.1) %

Non-GAAP net loss

(989,283)

(44,754)

(95.5) %

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022 Highlights

  • Net revenues were RMB1,868.6 million, compared with net revenues of RMB5,287.5 million in the same period of 2021.
  • Gross billings were RMB1,536.8 million, compared with gross billings of RMB4,177.7 million in the same period of 2021.
  • Net loss was RMB57.4 million, compared with net loss of RMB3,389.3 million in the same period of 2021.
  • Non-GAAP net income was RMB48.4 million, compared with non-GAAP net loss of RMB3,082.6 million in the same period of 2021.

[1] For a reconciliation of non-GAAP numbers, please see the table captioned "Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures" at the end of this press release. Non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, non-GAAP net income (loss) exclude share-based compensation expenses.

[2] Gross billings is a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as the total amount of cash received for the sale of course offerings in such period, net of the total amount of refunds in such period. See "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and "Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures" elsewhere in this press release.

First Nine Months 2022 Key Financial and Operating Data
(In thousands of RMB, except for percentages)

For the nine months ended September 30,

2021

2022

Pct. Change

Net revenues

5,287,480

1,868,583

(64.7) %

Gross billings

4,177,706

1,536,805

(63.2) %

Net loss

(3,389,323)

(57,441)

(98.3) %

Non-GAAP net (loss) income

(3,082,593)

48,434

NM

Larry Xiangdong Chen, the Company’s founder, Chairman and CEO, commented, "The gradual and stable increase of our net revenues is solid evidence that our new businesses are growing continuously and sustainably, which boosts our confidence in our future, and indicates that our organization is resilient and our operations are efficient. Guided by the strategy of profitable growth, we expect the growth momentum of our businesses to continue, and to see a sizable positive net operating cashflow next quarter.

Further, to demonstrate our management’s unwavering confidence in our company’s future development, our board of directors today authorized an up to US$30 million share repurchase program. I also intend to personally purchase up to US$20 million of our shares. Going forward, we will continue to stay true to our original aspiration to educate, continue to create value for our shareholders, continue to nurture talents for our society and continue to contribute to the educational development of China."

Shannon Shen, CFO of the Company, added, "As we continued to explore new businesses post restructuring against the backdrop of external challenges and uncertainties, we are pleased to report that our business sustained its continuous and healthy growth as we expected, driven by our deepening understanding of the vertical markets, relentless efforts to improve our operational efficiency and constant investment in teaching quality. Our net revenues in the third quarter recorded a 12.7% quarter-over-quarter increase to RMB606.2 million, and our gross billings increased 101.3% year-over-year to RMB607.0 million. Our businesses exhibit certain seasonality, with the third quarter’s increase in gross billings largely contributed by new customers.

Further, our capital position remains strong. As of September 30, 2022, we had a total of approximately RMB3.3 billion in terms of cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and short-term investments on our balance sheet, providing ample resources for continued business development."

Financial Results for the Third Quarter of 2022

Net Revenues

Net revenues decreased by 45.6% to RMB606.2 million from RMB1,114.9 million in the third quarter of 2021. The decrease was mainly due to the organizational adjustments and business restructuring  the Company performed to comply with government regulations, including the cessation of compulsory education academic subject tutoring services to students ("Business Restructuring").

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues decreased by 76.4% to RMB168.8 million from RMB715.2 million in the third quarter of 2021. The decline was mainly due to the reduction of employees and offices as a result of the Business Restructuring, which resulted in decreases in staff related cost, rental expenses, as well as teaching materials and bandwidth cost.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit was RMB437.4 million, compared with RMB399.7 million in the third quarter of 2021. Gross profit margin increased to 72.2% from 35.9% in the same period of 2021.

Non-GAAP gross profit was RMB439.3 million, compared with RMB436.9 million in the same period of 2021. Non-GAAP gross profit margin increased to 72.5% from 39.2% in the same period of 2021.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses decreased by 65.8% to RMB506.9 million from RMB1,481.1 million in the third quarter of 2021. The decline was primarily due to the reduction of employees as a result of the Business Restructuring, as well as the losses incurred during the impairment assessment of long-lived assets and disposal of assets the Company performed in the third quarter of 2021. Moreover, the expenditure on branding and marketing activities on academic subject tutoring services also showed a large decline as a result of the changes of regulatory environment.

  • Selling expenses decreased to RMB336.8 million from RMB826.4 million in the third quarter of 2021.
  • Research and development expenses decreased to RMB106.5 million from RMB336.3 million in the third quarter of 2021.
  • General and administrative expenses decreased to RMB63.6 million from RMB164.7 million in the third quarter of 2021.
  • Impairment loss on long-lived assets decreased to nil from RMB28.6 million in the third quarter of 2021.
  • Disposal loss on assets decreased to nil from RMB125.0 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Loss from Operations

Loss from operations was RMB69.6 million, compared with loss from operations of RMB1,081.3 million in the third quarter of 2021, which was primarily due to a large decrease in operation related cost and expenses as a result of the Business Restructuring, as well as no impairment loss or disposal loss on assets related to Business Restructuring incurred in the third quarter.

Non-GAAP loss from operations was RMB53.0 million, compared with non-GAAP loss from operations of RMB1,026.0 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Interest Income and Realized Gains from Investments

Interest income and realized gains from investments, on aggregate, was RMB12.1 million, compared with a total of RMB35.0 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Other Income (Expenses)

Other expenses were RMB3.4 million, compared with other income of RMB1.3 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Net Loss

Net loss was RMB61.4 million, compared with net loss of RMB1,044.6 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Non-GAAP net loss was RMB44.8 million, compared with non-GAAP net loss of RMB989.3 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Cash Flow

Net operating cash outflow for the third quarter of 2022 was RMB34.7 million. The operating cash outflow in the third quarter was mainly due to staff compensation and marketing expenditure paid to enhance our market share.

Basic and Diluted Net Loss per ADS

Basic and diluted net loss per ADS were both RMB0.24 in the third quarter of 2022.

Non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss per ADS were both RMB0.17 in the third quarter of 2022.

Share Outstanding

As of September 30, 2022, the Company had 172,679,700 ordinary shares outstanding.

Cash, Cash Equivalents, Restricted Cash and Short-term Investments

As of September 30, 2022, the Company had cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments of RMB3,342.9 million in aggregate, compared with a total of RMB3,671.1 million as of December 31, 2021.

Other Payables

As of September 30, 2022, other payables in non-current liabilities totaled RMB26.6 million, which were payables related to the purchase of the Zhengzhou properties.

Share Repurchase Program

The Company’s board of directors today authorized a share repurchase program under which the Company may repurchase up to US$30 million of its common shares, including shares represented by American depositary shares, effective until November 22, 2025. Additionally, Mr. Larry Xiangdong Chen, the Company’s founder, Chairman and CEO, intends to personally purchase up to US$20 million of the Company’s shares.

The Company’s proposed repurchases may be made from time to time on the open market at prevailing market prices, in privately negotiated transactions, in block trades and/or through other legally permissible means, depending on market conditions and in accordance with applicable rules and regulations. The Company’s board of directors will review the share repurchase program periodically, and may authorize adjustment of its terms and size. The Company plans to fund repurchases from its cash balance.

Concluded SEC Investigation

Regarding the SEC investigation that followed the publication of various short sellers’ reports about the Company in early- to mid- 2020, and which the Company previously disclosed in its 2021 Form 20-F, the SEC notified the Company, by releasing a closing letter dated October 19, 2022, that the SEC had concluded its investigation into the Company and that, based on the information that the SEC had as of the date of its letter, the SEC did not intend to recommend an enforcement action against the Company.

Business Outlook

Based on the Company’s current estimates, total net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2022 are expected to be between RMB608 million and RMB628 million, representing a decrease of 50.7% to 52.3% on a year-over-year basis. These estimates reflect the Company’s current expectations, which are subject to change.

Conference Call

The Company will hold an earnings conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 (9:00 PM on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, Beijing/Hong Kong Time). Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

International:

1-412-317-6061

United States:

1-888-317-6003

Hong Kong:

800-963-976

Mainland China:

400-120-6115

Passcode: 

7874828

A telephone replay will be available two hours after the conclusion of the conference call through November 29, 2022. The dial-in details are:

International:

1-412-317-0088

United States:

1-877-344-7529

Passcode: 

1333222

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of this conference call will be available at http://ir.gaotu.cn/home.

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, as well as the Company’s strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. The Company may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports 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 the Company’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 ability to continue to attract students to enroll in its courses; the Company’s ability to continue to recruit, train and retain qualified teachers; the Company’s ability to improve the content of its existing course offerings and to develop new courses; the Company’s ability to maintain and enhance its brand; the Company’s ability to maintain and continue to improve its teaching results; and the Company’s ability to compete effectively against its competitors. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company’s reports filed with, or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no duty to update such information or any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

About Gaotu Techedu Inc.

Gaotu is a technology-driven education company and online large-class tutoring service provider in China. The Company offers learning services and educational contents & digitalized learning products. Gaotu adopts an online live large-class format to deliver its courses, which the Company believes is the most effective and scalable model to disseminate scarce high-quality teaching resources to aspiring students in China. Big data analytics permeates every aspect of the Company’s business and facilitates the application of the latest technology to improve teaching delivery, student learning experience, and operational efficiency.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses gross billings, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP income (loss) from operations and non-GAAP net income (loss), each a non-GAAP financial measure, in evaluating its operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes.

The Company defines gross billings for a specific period as the total amount of cash received for the sale of course offerings in such period, net of the total amount of refunds in such period. The Company’s management uses gross billings as a performance measurement because the Company generally bills its students for the entire course fee at the time of sale of its course offerings and recognizes revenue proportionally as the classes are delivered. For some courses, the Company continues to provide students with 12 months to 36 months access to the pre-recorded audio-video courses after the online live courses are delivered. The Company believes that gross billings provides valuable insight into the sales of its course packages and the performance of its business. As gross billings have material limitations as an analytical metrics and may not be calculated in the same manner by all companies, it may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures used by other companies.

Non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP income (loss) from operations and non-GAAP net income (loss) exclude share-based compensation expenses, and such adjustment excludes the impact on income tax. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and liquidity by excluding share-based expenses that may not be indicative of its operating performance from a cash perspective. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management’s internal comparisons to the Company’s historical performance. A limitation of using non-GAAP measures is that these non-GAAP measures exclude share-based compensation charges that have been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in the Company’s business.

The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures" set forth at the end of this release.

The accompanying tables have more details on the reconciliations between GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures.

Exchange Rate

The Company’s business is primarily conducted in China and a significant majority of revenues generated are denominated in Renminbi ("RMB"). This announcement contains currency conversions of RMB amounts into U.S. dollars ("USD") solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to USD are made at a rate of RMB7.1135 to USD1.0000, the effective noon buying rate for September 30, 2022 as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized or settled into USD at that rate on September 30, 2022, or at any other rate.

For further information, please contact:

Gaotu Techedu Inc.
Investor Relations
E-mail: ir@gaotu.cn

Christensen

In China
Ms. Vivian Wang
Phone: +852 2232 3978
E-mail: gotu@christensencomms.com

In the US

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

Gaotu Techedu Inc.

Unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets

(In thousands of RMB and USD, except for share, per share and per ADS data)

As of December
31,

As of September 30,

2021

2022

2022

RMB

RMB

USD

ASSETS

Current assets

    Cash and cash equivalents

728,934

908,736

127,748

    Restricted cash

168,189

717

101

    Short-term investments

2,774,000

2,433,428

342,086

    Inventory

15,595

19,010

2,672

    Prepaid expenses and other current assets

250,068

339,930

47,787

Total current assets

3,936,786

3,701,821

520,394

Non-current assets

    Operating lease right-of-use assets

353,877

105,367

14,812

    Property, equipment and software, net

680,009

567,019

79,710

    Land use rights, net

28,178

27,574

3,876

    Rental deposit

22,544

9,290

1,306

    Other non-current assets

3,272

17,395

2,446

TOTAL ASSETS

5,024,666

4,428,466

622,544

LIABILITIES

Current liabilities

    Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
      (including accrued expenses and other
      current liabilities of the consolidated VIE
      without recourse to the Group of
      RMB417,032 and RMB296,771 as
      of December 31, 2021 and September 30,
      2022, respectively)

693,265

546,741

76,860

    Deferred revenue, current portion of the
      consolidated VIE without recourse to the
      Group

986,993

604,600

84,993

   Operating lease liabilities, current portion
      (including current portion of operating lease
      liabilities of the consolidated VIE without
      recourse to the Group of RMB41,479 and
      RMB12,916 as of December 31, 2021 and
      September 30, 2022, respectively)

80,010

29,446

4,139

Income tax payable (including income tax
   payable of the consolidated VIE without
   recourse to the Group of nil and nil as of
   December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2022,
   respectively)

876

123

Total current liabilities

1,760,268

1,181,663

166,115

 

 

Gaotu Techedu Inc.

Unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets

(In thousands of RMB and USD, except for share, per share and per ADS data)

As of December 31,

As of September 30,

2021

2022

2022

RMB

RMB

USD

Non-current liabilities

    Deferred revenue, non-current portion of
      the consolidated VIE without recourse
      to the Group

9,225

33,826

4,755

    Operating lease liabilities, non-current
      portion (including non-current portion
      of operating lease liabilities of the
      consolidated VIE without recourse
      to the Group of RMB158,824 and
      RMB45,091 as of December 31, 2021
      and September 30, 2022, respectively)

276,035

75,824

10,659

    Deferred tax liabilities of the consolidated
      VIE without recourse to the Group

71,616

70,912

9,969

    Other payables of the consolidated VIE
       without recourse to the Group

26,580

26,580

3,737

TOTAL LIABILITIES

2,143,724

1,388,805

195,235

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

    Ordinary shares

114

115

16

    Additional paid-in capital

7,793,234

7,898,852

1,110,403

    Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(143,111)

(32,570)

(4,579)

    Statutory reserve

40,380

40,380

5,677

    Accumulated deficit

(4,809,675)

(4,867,116)

(684,208)

TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

2,880,942

3,039,661

427,309

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND TOTAL
  SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

5,024,666

4,428,466

622,544

 

 

Gaotu Techedu Inc.

Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations

(In thousands of RMB and USD, except for share, per share and per ADS data)

For the three months ended September 30,

For the nine months ended September 30,

2021

2022

2022

2021

2022

2022

RMB

RMB

USD

RMB

RMB

USD

Net revenues

1,114,883

606,169

85,214

5,287,480

1,868,583

262,681

Cost of revenues

(715,172)

(168,799)

(23,729)

(2,010,952)

(541,748)

(76,158)

Gross profit

399,711

437,370

61,485

3,276,528

1,326,835

186,523

Operating expenses:

Selling expenses

(826,439)

(336,799)

(47,346)

(4,756,232)

(889,948)

(125,107)

Research and development
expenses

(336,288)

(106,537)

(14,977)

(1,127,900)

(333,716)

(46,913)

General and administrative
expenses

(164,743)

(63,598)

(8,940)

(624,340)

(207,975)

(29,237)

Impairment loss on long-
lived assets

(28,609)

(81,740)

Disposal loss on assets

(124,975)

(124,975)

Total operating expenses

(1,481,054)

(506,934)

(71,263)

(6,715,187)

(1,431,639)

(201,257)

Loss from operations

(1,081,343)

(69,564)

(9,778)

(3,438,659)

(104,804)

(14,734)

Interest income

5,412

4,325

608

27,164

13,770

1,936

Realized gains from
investments

29,545

7,753

1,090

54,181

27,486

3,864

Other income (expenses)

1,323

(3,438)

(483)

9,691

24,963

3,509

Loss before provision for
income tax and share of
results of equity investees

(1,045,063)

(60,924)

(8,563)

(3,347,623)

(38,585)

(5,425)

Income tax benefits
(expenses)

450

(426)

(60)

(41,398)

(18,856)

(2,651)

Share of results of equity
investees

(302)

Net loss

(1,044,613)

(61,350)

(8,623)

(3,389,323)

(57,441)

(8,076)

Net loss attributable to
Gaotu Techedu Inc.’s
ordinary shareholders

(1,044,613)

(61,350)

(8,623)

(3,389,323)

(57,441)

(8,076)

Net loss per ordinary
share

Basic

(6.11)

(0.36)

(0.05)

(19.86)

(0.33)

(0.05)

Diluted

(6.11)

(0.36)

(0.05)

(19.86)

(0.33)

(0.05)

Net loss per ADS

Basic

(4.07)

(0.24)

(0.03)

(13.24)

(0.22)

(0.03)

Diluted

(4.07)

(0.24)

(0.03)

(13.24)

(0.22)

(0.03)

Weighted average shares
used in net (loss) income
per share

Basic

170,964,073

172,515,359

172,515,359

170,645,019

172,085,108

172,085,108

Diluted

170,964,073

172,515,359

172,515,359

170,645,019

172,085,108

172,085,108

Note: Three ADSs represent two ordinary shares.

 

 

Gaotu Techedu Inc.

Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures

(In thousands of RMB and USD, except for share, per share and per ADS data)

For the three months ended September 30,

For the nine months ended September 30,

2021

2022

2022

2021

2022

2022

RMB

RMB

USD

RMB

RMB

USD

Net revenues

1,114,883

606,169

85,214

5,287,480

1,868,583

262,681

Less: other revenues(1)

134

24,088

3,386

605

50,504

7,100

Add: VAT and surcharges

68,772

36,029

5,065

326,295

114,336

16,073

Add: ending deferred revenue

1,360,329

638,426

89,748

1,360,329

638,426

89,748

Add: ending refund liability

58,655

40,812

5,737

58,655

40,812

5,737

Less: beginning deferred revenue

1,976,369

647,867

91,076

2,733,739

996,218

140,046

Less: beginning refund liability

324,504

42,439

5,966

120,709

78,630

11,054

Gross billings

301,632

607,042

85,336

4,177,706

1,536,805

216,039

Note (1): Include miscellaneous revenues generated from services other than courses. 

 

 

For the three months ended September 30,

For the nine months ended September 30,

2021

2022

2022

2021

2022

2022

RMB

RMB

USD

RMB

RMB

USD

Gross profit

399,711

437,370

61,485

3,276,528

1,326,835

186,523

Share-based compensation expenses in
cost of revenues

37,212

1,939

273

97,554

38,918

5,471

Non-GAAP gross profit

436,923

439,309

61,758

3,374,082

1,365,753

191,994

Loss from operations

(1,081,343)

(69,564)

(9,778)

(3,438,659)

(104,804)

(14,734)

Share-based compensation expenses

55,330

16,596

2,333

306,730

105,875

14,884

Non-GAAP (loss) income from
operations

(1,026,013)

(52,968)

(7,445)

(3,131,929)

1,071

150

Net loss

(1,044,613)

(61,350)

(8,623)

(3,389,323)

(57,441)

(8,076)

Share-based compensation expenses

55,330

16,596

2,333

306,730

105,875

14,884

Non-GAAP net (loss) income

(989,283)

(44,754)

(6,290)

(3,082,593)

48,434

6,808

 

 

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