HANGZHOU, China, May 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Youdao, Inc. (“Youdao” or the “Company”) (NYSE: DAO), a leading intelligent learning company in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

First Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

Total net revenues were RMB1.3 billion (US$204.5 million), representing a 147.5% increase from the same period in 2020.
– Net revenues from learning services were RMB998.9 million (US$152.5 million), representing a 156.8% increase from the same period in 2020.
– Net revenues from learning products were RMB201.9 million (US$30.8 million), representing a 279.8% increase from the same period in 2020.
– Net revenues from online marketing services were RMB139.1 million (US$21.2 million), representing a 40.1% increase from the same period in 2020.
Gross billings of online courses[1] increased by 55.9% year-over-year to RMB808.7 million (US$123.4 million) and gross billings of Youdao Premium Courses[2] increased by 66.2% year-over-year to RMB741.5 million (US$113.2 million).
Gross margin was 57.3%, compared with 43.5% for the same period in 2020.
Deferred revenue from online courses was RMB1.2 billion (US$176.4 million), compared with RMB1.4 billion as of December 31, 2020.

[1] Gross billings is a non-GAAP financial measure. Gross billings for a specific period refers to the total amount of consideration for Youdao’s online courses sold mainly on Youdao Premium Courses, NetEase Cloud Classroom and China University MOOC, net of the total amount of refunds, in such period. See “Non-GAAP Measures” and “Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP Results” at the end of this press release.

[2] Youdao Premium Courses are Youdao’s flagship online learning offerings primarily focused on K-12 students, covering a wide spectrum of subject matters, learning goals and areas of interest.

 

First Quarter 2021 Key Operating and Financial Data

For the three months

ended March 31

(in millions, RMB)

2020

2021

% of Change

Gross billings of online courses

518.6

808.7

55.9%

Gross billings of Youdao Premium Courses 

446.2

741.5

66.2%

Paid student enrollments of Youdao Premium Courses (in thousands)

275.6

484.0

75.6%

        K-12 paid student enrollments

152.8

306.0

100.3%

       Adult paid student enrollments

122.8

178.0

44.9%

Gross billings per paid student enrollment of Youdao Premium Courses (in RMB)

1,619

1,532

-5.4%

“We achieved sound and sustainable growth in the first quarter this year with a record net revenues of RMB1.3 billion. Our margins are also greatly improving with our gross profit margin and operating loss margin reaching the best levels since our public listing. Overall gross profit margin reached 57.3% in the first quarter, up from 43.5% in the first quarter of 2020. Simultaneously, we narrowed our operating loss margin to 23.9% in the first quarter this year, compared with 32.5% in the first quarter of 2020,” said Dr. Feng Zhou, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Youdao.

“Looking ahead, we are confident we can build on our position as a top-quality course provider and producer of industry-leading intelligent learning services and products to meet our customers’ needs. Our diversified business model, along with products and technologies that improve learning efficiency, will help us navigate the evolving AST and EdTech market,” Dr. Zhou concluded.

First Quarter 2021 Financial Results 

Net Revenues 

Net revenues for the first quarter of 2021 were RMB1.3 billion (US$204.5 million), representing a 147.5% increase from RMB541.4 million for the same period of 2020.

Net revenues from learning services were RMB998.9 million (US$152.5 million) for the first quarter of 2021, representing a 156.8% increase from RMB389.0 million for the same period of 2020. The year-over-year growth from learning services was primarily attributable to the increased revenues generated from online courses, which were further driven by a substantial increase in the paid student enrollments for K-12 courses of Youdao Premium Courses. The paid student enrollments for K-12 courses of Youdao Premium Courses increased by 100.3% year-over-year to 306,000 in the first quarter of 2021.

Net revenues from learning products were RMB201.9 million (US$30.8 million) for the first quarter of 2021, a 279.8% increase from RMB53.2 million for the same period in 2020, which was primarily driven by the substantially increased sales volume of Youdao Dictionary Pen.

Net revenues from online marketing services were RMB139.1 million (US$21.2 million) for the first quarter of 2021, representing a 40.1% increase from RMB99.3 million for the same period in 2020. The year-over-year increase in revenues from online marketing services was attributable to the increase in the sales of performance-based advertisement through third parties’ internet properties.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB767.5 million (US$117.1 million), representing a 225.6% increase from RMB235.7 million for the same period of 2020. Gross margin increased to 57.3% for the first quarter of 2021 from 43.5% for the same period of 2020.

Gross margin for learning services increased to 65.6% for the first quarter of 2021 from 51.9% for the same period of 2020. The increase was due to improved economies of scale and the continuous optimization of Youdao’s faculty compensation structure.

Gross margin for learning products increased to 44.1% for the first quarter of 2021 from 25.6% for the same period of 2020. The improvement was mainly attributable to the substantially increased sales volume of Youdao Dictionary Pen 3.0, which carried a higher gross margin profile than other learning products.

Gross margin for online marketing services was 16.4% for the first quarter of 2021, compared with 20.5% for the same period of 2020. The decrease was mainly attributable to the increase in the sales of performance-based advertisements through third parties’ internet properties, which typically had a lower gross margin profile.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses for the first quarter of 2021 were RMB1.1 billion (US$166.1 million), representing an increase of 164.3%, compared with RMB411.7 million for the same period of last year.

Sales and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2021 were RMB883.9 million (US$134.9 million), representing an increase of 195.5% from RMB299.2 million for the same period of 2020. This increase was mainly driven by intensified sales and marketing efforts associated with student acquisition and branding enhancement, as well as increased compensation expenses incurred due to the expansion of the sales and marketing team for Youdao’s online courses.

Research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2021 were RMB155.1 million (US$23.7 million), representing an increase of 84.4% from RMB84.1 million for the same period of 2020. The increase was primarily due to increased payroll-related expenses including share-based compensation expenses associated with an increased number of course development and technology professionals, as well as increased server and technical expenses due to the increased scale of online courses.

General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2021 were RMB49.4 million (US$7.5 million), representing an increase of 73.4% from RMB28.5 million for the same period of 2020. The increase was mainly attributable to the increase in employee headcount and related expenses in the first quarter of 2021.

Loss from Operations

Loss from operations for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB320.9 million (US$49.0 million), compared with RMB176.0 million for the same period in 2020. The margin of loss from operations was 23.9%, compared with 32.5% for the same period of last year.

Net Loss Attributable to Youdao’s Ordinary Shareholders

Net loss attributable to Youdao’s ordinary shareholders for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB325.8 million (US$49.7 million), compared with RMB169.4 million for the same period of last year. Non-GAAP net loss attributable to Youdao’s ordinary shareholders for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB307.8 million (US$47.0 million), compared with RMB161.9 million for the same period of last year.

Basic and diluted net loss per American Depositary Share (“ADS”) attributable to ordinary shareholders for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB2.75 (US$0.42), compared with RMB1.52 for the same period of 2020. Non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB2.60 (US$0.40), compared with RMB1.45 for the same period of 2020.

Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2021, Youdao’s cash, cash equivalents, time deposits and short-term investments totaled RMB2.2 billion (US$333.7 million), compared with RMB1.2 billion as of December 31, 2020. For the first quarter of 2021, net cash used in operating activities was RMB517.8 million (US$79.0 million), capital expenditures totaled RMB11.4 million (US$1.7 million), and depreciation and amortization expenses amounted to RMB5.4 million (US$0.8 million).

As of March 31, 2021, the Company’s contract liabilities, which mainly consisted of deferred revenues generated from Youdao’s online courses, were RMB1.2 billion (US$186.5 million), compared with RMB1.4 billion as of December 31, 2020.

Revolving Loan Facilities

In April 2021, the Company entered into a three-year US$300 million revolving loan facility agreement with its parent company, NetEase, Inc. (“NetEase”). In addition, a group of banks provided a commitment letter to the Company with a three-year US$150 million revolving loan facility under the guarantee of NetEase. The Company plans to use the proceeds from these credit facilities for general corporate and working capital purposes.

Conference Call

Youdao’s management team will host a teleconference call with simultaneous webcast at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 (Beijing/Hong Kong Time: 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 18, 2021). Youdao’s management will be on the call to discuss the financial results and answer questions.

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

United States (toll free):

+1-888-346-8982

International:

+1-412-902-4272

Mainland China (toll free):

400-120-1203

Hong Kong (toll free): 

800-905-945

Hong Kong:

+852-3018-4992

Conference ID:

10155911

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

A replay of the conference call will be accessible by phone one hour after the conclusion of the live call at the following numbers, until May 25, 2021:

United States:                  

+1-877-344-7529

International:

+1-412-317-0088

Replay Access Code: 

10155911

About Youdao, Inc. 

Youdao, Inc. (NYSE: DAO) is a leading intelligent learning company in China dedicated to developing and using technologies to provide learning content, applications and solutions to users of all ages. Building on the popularity of its online knowledge tools such as Youdao Dictionary, Youdao Cloudnote and Youdao Translation, Youdao now offers online courses covering a wide spectrum of age groups, subject matters, learning goals and areas of interest. In addition, Youdao has developed a variety of interactive learning apps and smart learning devices. Youdao was founded in 2006 as part of NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES; HKEX: 9999), a leading internet technology company in China.

For more information, please visit: http://ir.youdao.com.

Non-GAAP Measures

Youdao considers and uses non-GAAP financial measures, such as gross billings and non-GAAP net income/(loss) attributable to the Company’s ordinary shareholders and non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per ADS, as supplemental metrics in reviewing and assessing its operating performance and formulating its business plan. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”).

Youdao defines gross billings for a specific period as the total amount of consideration for online courses sold mainly on Youdao Premium Courses, NetEase Cloud Classroom and China University MOOC, net of the total amount of refunds, in such period. The management uses gross billings as a performance measurement because the Company generally bills students for the entire course tuition at the time of sale of the courses and recognizes revenue proportionally over an average of the learning periods of different online courses. Youdao defines non-GAAP net income/(loss) attributable to the Company’s ordinary shareholders as net income/(loss) attributable to the Company’s ordinary shareholders excluding share-based compensation expenses. Non-GAAP net income/(loss) attributable to the Company’s shareholders enables Youdao’s management to assess its operating results without considering the impact of share-based compensation expenses, which are non-cash charges. Youdao believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors in understanding and evaluating the Company’s current operating performance and prospects in the same manner as management does, if they so choose.

Non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, which possibly does not reflect all items of expense that affect our operations. Share-based compensation expenses have been and may continue to be incurred in our business and are not reflected in the presentation of non-GAAP net income/(loss) attributable to the Company’s ordinary shareholders. In addition, the non-GAAP financial measures Youdao uses may differ from the non-GAAP measures uses by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited.

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 “Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP Results” set forth at the end of this release.

The accompanying tables have more details on the reconciliations between our GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures. Youdao encourages you to review its financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure. 

Exchange Rate Information

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars (“US$”) at specified rates solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise stated, all translations from RMB to US$ were made at the rate of RMB6.5518 to US$1.00, the exchange rate on March 31, 2021 set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or US$ amounts referred could be converted into US$ or RMB, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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, and a number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “target,” “aim,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “potential,” “continue,” “is/are likely to” or other similar expressions. 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. Further information regarding such risks, uncertainties or factors is included in the Company’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and the Company does not undertake any duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:

Jeffrey Wang
Youdao, Inc.
Tel: +86-10-8255-8163 ext. 89980
E-mail: [email protected]

The Piacente Group, Inc.
Emilie Wu
Tel: +86-21-6039-8363
E-mail: [email protected]

In the United States:

The Piacente Group, Inc. 
Brandi Piacente
Tel: +1-212-481-2050
E-mail: [email protected]

 

 

 

YOUDAO, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(RMB and USD in thousands)

As of December 31,

As of March 31,

As of March 31,

2020

2021

2021

RMB

RMB

USD(1)

Assets

Current assets:

  Cash and cash equivalents

609,199

1,848,765

282,177

  Time deposits

263

268

41

  Short-term investments

584,999

337,452

51,505

  Accounts receivable, net

268,830

247,929

37,841

  Inventories, net

148,662

268,541

40,987

  Amounts due from NetEase Group

4,081

4,009

612

  Prepayment and other current assets

235,532

198,032

30,226

Total current assets

1,851,566

2,904,996

443,389

Non-current assets:

  Property and equipment, net

45,636

49,772

7,597

  Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

105,865

100,932

15,405

  Other assets, net

67,181

78,996

12,057

Total non-current assets

218,682

229,700

35,059

Total assets

2,070,248

3,134,696

478,448

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Deficit

Current liabilities:

  Accounts payables

141,304

125,360

19,134

  Payroll payable

209,603

176,861

26,994

  Amounts due to NetEase Group

67,230

95,997

14,652

  Contract liabilities

1,440,489

1,221,793

186,482

  Taxes payable

54,895

30,183

4,607

  Accrued liabilities and other payables

602,044

720,316

109,941

  Short-term loans from NetEase Group

878,000

878,000

134,009

Total current liabilities

3,393,565

3,248,510

495,819

Non-current liabilities:

  Long-term lease liabilities

79,748

74,470

11,366

  Other non-current liabilities

4,043

3,689

563

Total non-current liabilities

83,791

78,159

11,929

Total liabilities

3,477,356

3,326,669

507,748

Shareholders’ deficit:

  Youdao’s shareholders’ deficit

(1,408,105)

(192,103)

(29,320)

  Noncontrolling interests

997

130

20

Total shareholders’ deficit

(1,407,108)

(191,973)

(29,300)

Total liabilities and shareholders’ deficit

2,070,248

3,134,696

478,448

Note 1:
The conversion of Renminbi (RMB) into United States dollars (USD) is based on the noon buying rate of USD1.00=RMB6.5518
on the last trading day of March (March 31, 2021) as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board.

 

 

 

YOUDAO, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(RMB and USD in thousands, except share and per ADS data)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

December 31,

March 31,

March 31,

2020

2020

2021

2021

RMB

RMB

RMB

USD(1)

Net revenues:

  Learning services

388,978

731,644

998,854

152,454

  Learning products

53,160

237,315

201,919

30,819

  Online marketing services

99,250

137,837

139,094

21,230

Total net revenues

541,388

1,106,796

1,339,867

204,503

Cost of revenues (2)

(305,663)

(581,327)

(572,415)

(87,367)

Gross profit

235,725

525,469

767,452

117,136

Operating expenses:

  Sales and marketing expenses (2)

(299,159)

(804,781)

(883,872)

(134,905)

  Research and development expenses (2)

(84,099)

(128,080)

(155,080)

(23,670)

  General and administrative expenses (2)

(28,463)

(45,379)

(49,354)

(7,533)

Total operating expenses

(411,721)

(978,240)

(1,088,306)

(166,108)

Loss from operations

(175,996)

(452,771)

(320,854)

(48,972)

  Interest income

7,885

3,673

3,074

470

  Interest expense

(7,762)

(7,846)

(7,617)

(1,163)

  Others, net

8,576

9,505

354

54

Loss before tax

(167,297)

(447,439)

(325,043)

(49,611)

  Income tax expense

(2,185)

(495)

(1,615)

(246)

Net loss

(169,482)

(447,934)

(326,658)

(49,857)

  Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

58

180

867

132

Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of the Company

(169,424)

(447,754)

(325,791)

(49,725)

Basic net loss per ADS

(1.52)

(3.93)

(2.75)

(0.42)

Diluted net loss per ADS

(1.52)

(3.93)

(2.75)

(0.42)

Shares used in computing basic net loss per ADS

111,767,756

113,898,308

118,297,304

118,297,304

Shares used in computing diluted net loss per ADS

111,767,756

113,898,308

118,297,304

118,297,304

Note 1:
The conversion of Renminbi (RMB) into United States dollars (USD) is based on the noon buying rate of USD1.00=RMB6.5518
on the last trading day of March (March 31, 2021) as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board.

Note 2:

Share-based compensation in each category:

Cost of revenues

1,168

2,016

1,881

287

Sales and marketing expenses

911

2,078

2,559

391

Research and development expenses

3,143

9,321

8,435

1,287

General and administrative expenses

2,347

1,262

5,156

787

 

 

 

YOUDAO, INC.

UNAUDITED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

(RMB and USD in thousands)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

December 31,

March 31,

March 31,

2020

2020

2021

2021

RMB

RMB

RMB

USD

Net revenues

  Learning services

388,978

731,644

998,854

152,454

  Learning products

53,160

237,315

201,919

30,819

  Online marketing services

99,250

137,837

139,094

21,230

Total net revenues

541,388

1,106,796

1,339,867

204,503

Cost of revenues

  Learning services

187,233

337,033

343,179

52,379

  Learning products

39,544

143,545

112,914

17,234

  Online marketing services

78,886

100,749

116,322

17,754

Total cost of revenues

305,663

581,327

572,415

87,367

Gross margin

  Learning services

51.9%

53.9%

65.6%

65.6%

  Learning products

25.6%

39.5%

44.1%

44.1%

  Online marketing services

20.5%

26.9%

16.4%

16.4%

Total gross margin

43.5%

47.5%

57.3%

57.3%

 

 

YOUDAO, INC.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS

(RMB and USD in thousands, except per ADS data)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

December 31,

March 31,

March 31,

2020

2020

2021

2021

RMB

RMB

RMB

USD

Net revenues of online courses

355,800

692,279

963,046

146,990

Add: value-added tax

21,348

63,356

45,775

6,987

Add: ending deferred revenue

549,317

1,356,041

1,155,891

176,423

Less: beginning deferred revenue

(407,861)

(992,393)

(1,356,041)

(206,972)

Non-GAAP gross billings of online courses

518,604

1,119,283

808,671

123,428

Net revenues of Youdao Premium Courses

301,525

617,706

898,920

137,202

Add: value-added tax

18,092

58,663

41,971

6,406

Add: ending deferred revenue

470,668

1,253,527

1,054,107

160,888

Less: beginning deferred revenue

(344,111)

(893,517)

(1,253,527)

(191,326)

Non-GAAP gross billings of Youdao Premium Courses

446,174

1,036,379

741,471

113,170

Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of the Company

(169,424)

(447,754)

(325,791)

(49,725)

Add: share-based compensation

7,569

14,677

18,031

2,752

Non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of the
Company

(161,855)

(433,077)

(307,760)

(46,973)

Non-GAAP basic net loss per ADS

(1.45)

(3.80)

(2.60)

(0.40)

Non-GAAP diluted net loss per ADS

(1.45)

(3.80)

(2.60)

(0.40)

 

 

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