Scienjoy Reports Unaudited First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

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Revenues up 27.0% First Quarter Year Over Year

BEIJING, June 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Scienjoy Holding Corporation (“Scienjoy”, the “Company”, or “We”) (NASDAQ: SJ), a leading live entertainment mobile streaming platform in China, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

First Quarter 2022 Operating and Financial Highlights

  • Total net revenues increased by 27.0% to RMB 463.4 million (US$73.1 million) from RMB365.0 million in the same period of 2021, exceeding the high end of the estimated range for total net revenues released by the Company on May 17, 2022.
  • Gross profit increased by 42.8% to RMB114.5 million (US$18.1 million) from RMB80.1 million in the same period of 2021. Gross margin increased to 24.7% from 22.0% in the same period of 2021.
  • Net income increased by 17.3% to RMB83.2 million (US$13.1 million) from RMB71.0 million in the same period of 2021.
  • Adjusted net income decreased to RMB77.7 million (US$12.3 million) from RMB83.5 million in the same period of 2021. 
  • Total paying users decreased to 248,988 from 291,949 in the same period of 2021.
  • Total number of active broadcasters decreased to 50,317 from 143,980 in the same period of 2021.
  • As of March 31, 2022, the Company had RMB205.4 million (US$32.4 million) in cash and cash equivalents, which represented a decrease from RMB240.9 million as of December 31, 2021.

Mr. Victor He, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Scienjoy, commented, “We started the new fiscal year by delivering solid results amid the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in China and the complex macro environment. In the first quarter of 2022, our financial metrics demonstrated strong resilience against market volatility and were a testimonial to our business strategies as we provided high-quality content across our platforms to our users. The acquisition of Hongle.tv showed the continuing execution in expanding our platform categories. We remain confident in our business model and our ability to add additional value to our broadcasters and users. We will continue to leverage the strengths of our strong position in the market to enhance and expand the relationship with our users and deliver high-quality content to them. Moreover, developing the metaverse project remains a key focus for us, which will integrate user experience with advanced technologies, attract more users, and enhance our brand awareness. Looking ahead to the remainder of 2022, fueled by our continuing focus on research and development (R&D), we believe our multiple live streaming platforms, integrated with our advanced technologies and content investment, will position Scienjoy well to generate more value for our shareholders in the long term.”

Mr. Denny Tang, Chief Financial Officer of Scienjoy, added, “In the first quarter of 2022, we delivered a strong financial performance with a 27% increase in our total revenue, compared to the same period of 2021. We maintained our healthy growth momentum, bolstered by the phenomenal rise of the digital economy and the successful execution of our business strategies. Reinforcing our competitive edge, we expanded our capabilities to improve users’ experience on our platforms including Hongle.tv acquired in December 2021 with our superior content. We continued our efforts to satisfy users’ demands for high-quality content on our platforms by further optimizing content and online infrastructure capacity through technology innovation. Also, our R&D investments in developing metaverse live streaming and upgrading our platform brands remained to be our fundamental support for future growth. As macroeconomic uncertainties remain in the near future, we will prioritize improving our operational efficiency and aim to achieve sustainable profitability in the long-term, while synchronizing our business model aligning with the trend of China’s digital economy. We believe our financial position sets a solid foundation to support our growth objectives and strategic business development.”

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Total net revenues in the first quarter of 2022 increased by 27.0% to RMB463.4 million (US$73.1 million) from RMB365.0 million in the same period of 2021, because more quality content was provided through our integrated multiple live streaming platforms, including Hongren platforms we acquired in December 2021 and our ARPPU in the first quarter of 2022 increased by 46% comparing to the same period of 2021, partially offset by decrease in number of paying users.

Cost of revenues in the first quarter of 2022 increased by 22.5% to RMB349.0 million (US$55.0 million) from RMB284.9 million in the same period of 2021. This increase was primarily attributable to a year-over-year increase of RMB65.9 million, or 27.1%, in the Company’s revenue sharing fees and content costs, which was in line with the growth of the Company’s live streaming operations in the first quarter of 2022.

Gross profit in the first quarter of 2022 increased by 42.8% to RMB114.5 million (US$18.1 million) from RMB80.1 million in the same period of 2021.

Total operating expenses in the first quarter of 2022 increased by 81.6% to RMB36.2 million (US$5.7 million) from RMB20.0 million in the same period of 2021.

  • Sales and marketing expenses in the first quarter of 2022 decreased by 47.1% to RMB0.6 million (US$92,000) from RMB1.1 million in the same period of 2021, primarily due to fewer marketing activities.
  • General and administrative expenses in the first quarter of 2022 increased by 116.0% to RMB19.1 million (US$3.0 million) from RMB8.8 million in the same period of 2021. This increase was mainly caused by more consulting and professional fees due to the expansion of the Company, as well as higher employee salary and welfare as compared to the same period of 2021.
  • Research and development expenses in the first quarter of 2022 increased by 75.8% to RMB16.8 million (US$2.7 million) from RMB9.6 million in the same period of 2021. The increase was due to a higher R&D headcount and the Company had share based compensation of RMB2.0 million in the first quarter of 2022, no such expenses were incurred in the same period of 2021.
  • Recovery of doubtful accounts in the first quarter of 2022 was RMB0.3 million (US$41,000) as compared to a provision for doubtful accounts of RMB0.4 million in the same period of 2021, as a result of the Company’s increased collection efforts.

Income from operations in the first quarter of 2022 increased by 30.0% to RMB78.2 million (US$12.3 million) from RMB60.2 million in the same period of 2021.

Change in fair value of contingent consideration in the first quarter of 2022 recorded a gain of RMB4.7 million (US$748,000) as compared to a loss of RMB11.8 million in the same period of 2021. Change in fair value of contingent consideration is derived from the Company’s reverse recapitalization with Wealthbridge Acquisition Limited on May 7, 2020, acquisition of Beelive on August 10, 2020, and acquisition of Hongren on December 29, 2021 which involved payments of future contingent consideration upon the achievement of certain financial performance targets and specific market price levels. Earn out liabilities are recorded for the estimated fair value of the contingent consideration on the merger date. The fair value of the contingent consideration is re-measured at each reporting period, and the change in fair value is recognized as either income or expense.

Change in fair value of warrant liabilities in the first quarter of 2022 recorded a gain of RMB4.5 million (US$710,000) as compared to a loss of RMB0.7 million in the same period of 2021. The Company’s warrants assumed from the SPAC acquisition that has complex terms, such as a clause in which the warrant agreements contain a cash settlement provision whereby the holders could settle the warrants for cash upon a fundamental transaction that is considered outside of the control of management are considered to be a derivative that are recorded as a liability at fair value. The warrant derivative liability is adjusted to its fair value at the end of each reporting period, with the change being recorded as other expense or gain.

Change in fair value of investment in the first quarter of 2022 decreased by 97.3% to RMB0.7 million (US$112,000) from 26.2 million in the same period of 2021. Change in fair value of investment is primarily related to investment in marketable securities. In January 2021, the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Scienjoy Inc., purchased from Cross Wealth Investment Holding Limited, an entity related to two directors of the Company, 606,061 ordinary shares of Goldenbridge Acquisition Limited (“Goldenbridge”) for an aggregated consideration of US$2 million. Goldenbridge was formed as a special purpose acquisition company. The investment was classified as investment in marketable security, which is adjusted to its fair value at the end of each reporting period, with the change being recorded as other expense or gain.

Net income in the first quarter of 2022 increased by 17.3% to RMB83.2 million (US$13.1 million) from RMB71.0 million in the same period of 2021.

Adjusted net income in the first quarter of 2022, decreased to RMB77.7 million (US$12.3 million) from RMB83.5 million in the same period of 2021. 

Basic and diluted net income per ordinary share in the first quarter of 2022 were both RMB2.34(US$0.37). In comparison, basic and diluted net income per ordinary share in the same period of 2021 were both RMB2.32.

Adjusted basic and diluted net income per ordinary share in the first quarter of 2022 were both RMB2.18 (US$0.34). In comparison, adjusted basic and diluted net income per ordinary share in the same period of 2021 were both RMB2.73.

The Company adopted ASU 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) on January 1, 2022. The guidance requires the lessee to record operating leases on the balance sheet with a right-of-use asset and corresponding liability for future payment obligations. The Company recognized right of use assets and lease liabilities of approximately RMB12.2 million and RMB11.7 million as of March 31, 2022.

As of March 31, 2022, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB205.4 million (US$32.4 million) compared to RMB240.9 million as of December 31, 2021.

Business Outlook

The Company expects its total net revenues to be in the range of RMB 438 million to RMB 478 million in the second quarter of 2022. This forecast reflects the Company’s current and preliminary views on the market and operational conditions, which are subject to change, particularly with respect to the potential impact of COVID-19 on the economy in China and other markets around the world.

Recent Developments

On December 29, 2021, the Company has entered into an equity acquisition framework agreement (the “Agreement”) to acquire 100% equity interest in Beijing Weiliantong Tech Co., Ltd (“Weiliantong”), which holds Hongle.tv, and 100% equity interest in Golden Shield Enterprises Limited (“Golden Shield“), which holds the NFT business for a total consideration of RMB280 million (approximately US$43.8 million). The objective of the Agreement is to support the Company’s strategic growth initiative of acquiring the top-tier online live streaming platform Hongle.tv and expanding the NFT business scope. The transaction was closed on January 1, 2022. 

About Scienjoy Holding Corporation

Founded in 2011, Scienjoy is a leading mobile livestreaming platform in China, and its core mission is to build a livestreaming service ecosystem to delight and entertain users. With over 300  million registered users, Scienjoy currently operates five livestreaming platform brands, including Showself, Lehai, Haixiu, and BeeLive, which features both the Mifeng Chinese version and BeeLive International version, and Hongle.tv. Scienjoy uniquely combines a gamified business approach to livestreaming, in-depth knowledge of the livestreaming industry, and cutting-edge technologies such as blockchain, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and big data, to create a unique user experience. Scienjoy is devoted to building a livestreaming Metaverse to provide users with the ultimate immersive experience, a social media network that transcends time and space, a digital community that spans virtual and physical reality, and a content-rich ecosystem. For more information, please visit http://ir.scienjoy.com/.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted net income is calculated as net income adjusted for change in fair value of contingent consideration, change in fair value of warrant liability and share based compensation. Adjusted basic and diluted net income per ordinary share is non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the calculation of non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per ordinary share. 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 US 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 RMB6.3393 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on March 31, 2022, 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 March 31, 2022, or at any other rate. 

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements made in this release are “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words “estimates,” “projected,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “forecasts,” “plans,” “intends,” “believes,” “seeks,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “future,” “propose” and variations of these words or similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or expressions) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, conditions or results, and involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside the Company’s control, that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Important factors, among others, are: the ability to manage growth; ability to identify and integrate other future acquisitions; the ability to obtain additional financing in the future to fund capital expenditures; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions; costs or other factors adversely affecting the Company’s profitability; litigation involving patents, intellectual property, and other matters; potential changes in the legislative and regulatory environment; a pandemic or epidemic. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) from time to time. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Such information speaks only as of the date of this release. 

Investor Relations Contacts

Denny Tang

Chief Financial Officer

Scienjoy Holding Corporation

+86-10-64428188

[email protected]

Tina Xiao

Ascent Investor Relations

+1 (917) 609-0333

[email protected] 

 

 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

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


















As of

December 31,



As of

March 31,




2021



2022

2022




RMB



RMB

USD


ASSETS













Current assets













Cash and cash equivalents



240,947




205,362




32,395


Accounts receivable, net



206,307




222,375




35,079


Prepaid expenses and other current assets



165,409




79,446




12,532


Amounts due from related parties



1,059




2,052




324


Investment in marketable security



38,789




39,250




6,192


Total current assets



652,511




548,485




86,522















Property and equipment, net



1,674




1,782




281


Intangible assets, net



235,870




424,172




66,911


Goodwill



92,069




172,781




27,256


Long term investments



101,727




176,979




27,918


Long term deposits and other non-current assets



1,152




1,190




188


Deferred tax assets – non-current



4,352




4,145




654


Right of use assets






12,245




1,932


Total non-current assets



436,844




793,294




125,140


TOTAL ASSETS



1,089,355




1,341,779




211,662















LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY













Current liabilities













Accounts payable



85,801




61,089




9,640


Accrued salary and employee benefits



24,533




30,182




4,761


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities



16,181




5,710




901


Current portion of contingent consideration – earn-out liability



10,638




17,538




2,767


Warrant liabilities



10,324




5,769




910


Income tax payable



8,282




13,711




2,163


Deferred revenue



65,405




80,891




12,760


Lease liability-current






4,377




690


Total current liabilities



221,164




219,267




34,592















Non-current liabilities













Deferred tax liabilities



58,746




62,299




9,827


Contingent consideration – earn-out liability






8,235




1,299


Lease liability-non-current






7,334




1,157


Total non-current liabilities



58,746




77,868




12,283


TOTAL LIABILITIES



279,910




297,135




46,875


Commitments and contingencies Shareholders’ equity













Ordinary share, no par value, unlimited shares authorized, 34,743,152 and

   30,844,641 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 and

   December 31, 2021, respectively













Class A ordinary shares



140,196




292,205




46,094


Class B ordinary shares



13,041




13,041




2,057


Shares to be issued



128,119




128,119




20,210


Statutory reserves



31,775




35,971




5,674


Retained earnings



479,199




558,229




88,058


Accumulated other comprehensive income



17,115




17,079




2,694


Total shareholders’ equity



809,445




1,044,644




164,787


TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY



1,089,355




1,341,779




211,662


 

 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

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







For three months ended




March 31,



March 31,



March 31,




2021



2022



2022




RMB



RMB



US$


Live streaming – consumable virtual items revenue



354,236




445,339




70,250


Live streaming – time based virtual items revenue



9,098




7,465




1,178


Technical services



1,697




10,641




1,679


Total revenues



365,031




463,445




73,107















Cost of revenues



(284,892)




(348,969)




(55,049)















Gross profit



80,139




114,476




18,058















Operating expenses













Sales and marketing expenses



(1,104)




(584)




(92)


General and administrative expenses



(8,847)




(19,108)




(3,014)


Recovery of (provision for) doubtful accounts



(448)




259




41


Research and development expenses



(9,563)




(16,815)




(2,653)


Total operating expenses



(19,962)




(36,248)




(5,718)


Income from operations



60,177




78,228




12,340















Change in fair value of contingent consideration



(11,778)




4,740




748


Change in fair value of warrants liability



(778)




4,499




710


Change in fair value of investment



26,168




712




112


Interest income



738




496




78


Interest expense



(117)








Other expenses, net






60




9


Foreign exchange gain (loss), net



(93)




60




9















Income before income taxes



74,317




88,795




14,006















Income tax expenses



(3,359)




(5,569)




(878)















Net income



70,958




83,226




13,128


Other comprehensive income – foreign currency translation adjustment



(486)




(36)




(6)


Comprehensive income attributable to the Company’s shareholders



70,472




83,190




13,122















Weighted average number of shares













Basic



30,582,611




35,612,100




35,612,100


Diluted



30,582,611




35,612,100




35,612,100


Earnings per share













Basic



2.32




2.34




0.37


Diluted



2.32




2.34




0.37


 

 

Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Results

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











For the three months ended




March 31,



March 31,



March 31,




2021



2022



2022




RMB



RMB



US$












Net income



70,958




83,226




13,128


Less:













Change in fair value of contingent consideration



(11,778)




4,740




748


Change in fair value of warrants liability



(778)




4,499




710


Share based compensation






(3,726)




(588)


Adjusted net income *



83,514




77,713




12,258















Adjusted net income per ordinary share*













Basic



2.73




2.18




0.34


Diluted



2.73




2.18




0.34















“Adjusted net income” is defined as net income excluding change in fair value of contingent consideration,

change in fair value of warrant liability and share based compensation.

 

 

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