YY Reports Third Quarter 2017 Unaudited Financial Results

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GUANGZHOU, China, Nov. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- YY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) ("YY" or the "Company"), a leading live streaming social media platform in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter of 2017.

“We continued to deliver robust financial and operating results in the third quarter of 2017,” stated Mr. David Xueling Li, Chairman and acting Chief Executive Officer of YY. “Our mobile live streaming monthly active users (MAU) increased by 36.6% year over year to 73.0 million, and our total live streaming paying users increased by 46.5% year over year to over 6.3 million. Our solid performance is a testament to our highly effective strategies in introducing more initiatives to attract younger generation users and to enhance existing user’s engagement and consumption on our live streaming social media platform.  In the past quarter, we rolled out a series of innovative social functionalities and features in the latest version of YY Live 7.0, including and. In addition, we launched several new short-form video products to tap into more segmented video verticals and fulfill the diversified demands of users across China. On the Huya side, we are pleased to see that it continued its trajectory of user growth and revenue generation in the third quarter. Looking ahead, by leveraging our dual growth engines, YY Live and Huya, we will continue to invent new ways to attract users and stimulate user engagement, further build our content ecosystem, and explore more monetization opportunities. We believe that we have the right strategy in place to stay ahead of the competition in China’s live streaming social media industry.”

Mr. Bing Jin, Chief Financial Officer of YY, further commented, “This was another quarter with solid financial growth for YY. In the third quarter, our total net revenues increased by 48.0% year over year to RMB3,092.3 million, exceeding the high end of our previous guidance range. The growth was primarily attributable to the significant increase of our live streaming revenues, which grew by 60.4% year over year to RMB2,871.6 million. Both YY Live and Huya broadcasting contributed to such rapid revenue growth. Our non-GAAP net income attributable to YY increased by 46.7% to RMB639.1 million in the quarter, of which Huya’s Non-GAAP operating loss further shrank year over year from RMB159.3 million to RMB10.1 million. In addition, during the quarter, we completed a secondary offering and received approximately USD442.2 million in net proceeds, thus further demonstrating investors’ confidence in YY and laying a solid capital foundation for YY’s future development.”

Revenues from online games were RMB122.0 million (US$18.3 million) in the third quarter of 2017 as compared to RMB149.5 million in the corresponding period of 2016.

Revenues from membership were RMB49.5 million (US$7.4 million) in the third quarter of 2017 as compared to RMB68.8 million in the corresponding period of 2016.

Other revenues, mainly representing revenues from the Company's online advertising revenues, were RMB49.2 million (US$7.4 million) in the third quarter of 2017, compared with RMB81.1 million in the corresponding period of 2016. The declines in online gaming, membership, and other revenues mainly reflected the Company’s continued strategic shift towards its live streaming business.

Gross profit increased by 47.6% to RMB1,203.0 million (US$180.8 million) in the third quarter of 2017 from RMB814.8 million in the corresponding period of 2016. Gross margin was 38.9% in the third quarter of 2017 as compared to 39.0% in the corresponding period of 2016 and 40.1% in the second quarter of 2017. The sequential decline of gross margin was mainly attributable to the increased revenue sharing with entry-level hosts on the Company’s platform to develop a more healthy and balanced ecosystem.

Operating income in the third quarter of 2017 increased by 39.9% to RMB661.4 million (US$99.4 million) from RMB472.9 million in the corresponding period of 2016. Operating margin in the third quarter of 2017 was 21.4% as compared to 22.6% in the corresponding period of 2016.

Non-GAAP operating income increased by 30.7% to RMB664.5 million (US$99.9 million) in the third quarter of 2017 from RMB508.4 million in the corresponding period of 2016. Non-GAAP operating margin was 21.5% in the third quarter of 2017 as compared to 24.3% in the corresponding period of 2016.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to YY Inc. increased by 46.7% to RMB639.1 million (US$96.1 million) from RMB435.6 million in the corresponding period of 2016. Non-GAAP net margin in the third quarter of 2017 was 20.7% as compared to 20.8% in the corresponding period of 2016.

Non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS increased by 41.2% to RMB10.56 (US$1.59) in the third quarter of 2017 from RMB7.48 in the corresponding period of 2016.

The replay will be accessible through November 22, 2017 by dialing the following numbers:

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available at the Company's investor relations website at . 

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

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