Qutoutiao Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2019 Unaudited Financial Results

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SHANGHAI, China, Dec. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Qutoutiao Inc. (“Qutoutiao”, the “Company” or “We”) (NASDAQ: QTT), a leading operator of mobile content platforms in China, today announced its unaudited financial results in the third quarter ended September 30, 2019. 

Mr. Eric Siliang Tan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Qutoutiao, commented, “Despite the less than hospitable operating environment which has persisted for much of the year, we have pushed on with determination as well as agility. Our quarterly average MAUs has reached 133.9 million and DAUs has reached 42.1 million, both of which have doubled from the levels a year ago. During this quarter, we have also made meaningful progress on product suite expansion, most notably which commenced in May and has quickly gathered more than 3 million DAU.”

“We believe the lower tier cities remain the most attractive space today with unmatched structural potential for growth and monetization. During the Double 11 Shopping Festival, GMVs generated by Qutoutiao users on e-commerce platforms increased more than ten-fold in comparison to last year.”

“Our priority is not simply growth, but rather long-term profitable growth. We tend to respond to market fluctuations with reason and gain comfort in remaining focused on doing the right things that will ultimately matter. That means a balanced approach to growth and capital allocation, with an emphasis on sustainability. With better retention and ARPU on an improving path in this quarter, we shall see better ROI driving our business going forward.” Mr. Tan. Concluded.

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As of September 30, 2019, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of RMB 2,120.1 million (US$296.6 million), compared to RMB2,287.6 million as of June 30, 2019.

On October 16, 2019, Qutoutiao announced that its subsidiary holding the operations of and had completed Series B financing in the amount of USD100 million. The financing round was led by CMC Capital and followed by Qutoutiao.

Effective May 28, 2019, the Board of Directors approved a share repurchase program to repurchase in the open market up to US$50 million worth of outstanding ADSs of the Company, every four of which represents one class A ordinary share, from time to time over the next 12 months, depending on market conditions, share price and other factors, as well as subject to the memorandum and articles of association, the relevant rules under United States securities laws and regulations, and the relevant stock exchange rules. As of September 30, 2019, 4,665,700 ADSs, representing 1,166,425 ordinary shares, were repurchased with a total consideration of US$20.7 million.

Based on the current market conditions, the Company provides the following outlook reflecting the Company’s preliminary estimates of market and operating conditions, and customer demand:

For the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company expects net revenues to be between RMB 1,600 million and RMB 1,620 million.

The Company’s management will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time on December 3, 2019 (9:00 p.m. Beijing/Hong Kong time on the same day, 2019).

Dial-in details for the live conference call are as follows:

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's investor relations website at .

A replay of the conference call will be accessible approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live call until December 9, 2019, by dialing the following telephone numbers:

Qutoutiao Inc. operates innovative and fast-growing mobile content platforms in China with a mission to bring fun and value to its users. The eponymous flagship mobile application, , meaning “fun headlines” in Chinese, applies artificial intelligence-based algorithms to deliver customized feeds of articles and short videos to users based on their unique profiles, interests and behaviors. has attracted a large group of loyal users, many of whom are from lower-tier cities in China. They enjoy ’s fun and entertainment-oriented content as well as its social-based user loyalty program. Launched in May 2018, is a pioneer in offering free literature supported by advertising and has grown rapidly to become a leading player in the online literature industry. The Company will continue to bring more exciting products to users through innovation, and strive towards creating a leading global online content ecosystem.

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We use non-GAAP loss from operations, non-GAAP operating loss margin, non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP net loss margin, non-GAAP net loss attributable to Qutoutiao Inc.’s ordinary shareholders and non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss per ADS, which are non-GAAP financial measures, in evaluating our operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes. Each of these non-GAAP financial measures represents the corresponding GAAP financial measure before share-based compensation expenses. We believe that such non-GAAP financial measures help identify underlying trends in our business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of such share-based compensation expenses that we include in cost of revenues, total operating expenses and net loss. We believe that all such non-GAAP financial measures also provide useful information about our operating results, enhance the overall understanding of our past performance and future prospects and allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by our management in its financial and operational decision-making.

The non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. They should not be considered in isolation or construed as alternatives to net loss or any other measure of performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP or as an indicator of our operating performance. We mitigate these limitations by reconciling the non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable U.S. GAAP performance measures, all of which should be considered when evaluating our performance. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned “Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” set forth at the end of this press release.

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 RMB7.1477 to US$1.00, the rate in effect as of September 30, 2019 as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or US$ amounts referred could be converted into US$ or RMB, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the United States 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. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Qutoutiao's beliefs, plans and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Among other things, the “Business Outlook” section and quotations from management in this announcement, contain 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: Qutoutiao’s strategies; Qutoutiao’s future business development, financial condition and results of operations; Qutoutiao’s ability to retain and increase the number of users and provide quality content; competition in the mobile content platform industry; Qutoutiao’s ability to manage its costs and expenses; general economic and business conditions globally and in China; and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Qutoutiao's filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and Qutoutiao does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

In China:

Qutoutiao Inc.Investor RelationsTel: +86-21-6858-3790E-mail: ir@qutoutiao.net

The Piacente Group, Inc.Jenny CaiTel: +86-10-6508-0677E-mail: qutoutiao@tpg-ir.com

In the United States:

Qutoutiao Inc. Oliver Yucheng Chen E-mail: oliver@qutoutiao.net

The Piacente Group, Inc. Brandi PiacenteTel: +1-212-481-2050E-mail: qutoutiao@tpg-ir.com

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