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NetEase Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015 Unaudited Financial Results

BEIJING, Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) ("NetEase" or the "Company"), one of China's leading Internet and online game services providers, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

"2015 marked a year of tremendous growth fueled by all-around achievement for our company," said Mr. William Ding, Chief Executive Officer and Director of NetEase. "Our total net revenues grew 94.7% for the year and 128.2% for the fourth quarter compared to the same quarter of fiscal year 2014, with expanding contributions from each of our three business segments. We saw year-over-year net revenue increases in the fourth quarter of 103.2% from online games, 68.1% from advertising services and 355.5% from e-mail, e-commerce and others."

"PC-client games remain vital to China's online game industry, while mobile games are driving rapid new growth. The steps we have taken over the last year to enhance our mobile capabilities have secured our position in the mobile arena. Our high-profile mobile portfolio now consists of over 80 diverse games, including our Fantasy Westward Journey and Westward Journey Online mobile games, which maintained their positions as the top two grossing games in China's iOS app store in the fourth quarter. Our other mobile games, including licensed game Kai-ri-sei Million Arthur as well as a number of other new and exciting games such as Invincible, the Kung Fu Panda mobile game and Chrono Blade also demonstrated strong performances during the fourth quarter."

"Offering thrilling gaming experiences to our existing and growing community of PC-client players remains an integral part of our online games strategy. Our self-developed 3D oriental fantasy MMORPG Revelation maintained strong traction in the fourth quarter, and in November we launched open beta testing for our 3D warfare MMORPG Hegemon-King of Western Chu. During the fourth quarter we also released new expansion packs for PC-client games including Tianxia III, Heroes of Tang Dynasty Zero and Kung Fu Master II, and launched a promotional campaign for Demon Seals. In addition to our successful and growing portfolio of self-developed online games, Blizzard Entertainment'sHearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraftcontinued to perform well and attract new players."

"We are taking a number of steps to broaden our game offerings with exciting new game-play for both our PC-clients and mobile users. We recently released a trailer for War Rage, a real-time action tactical game for PC-clients, which we expect to launch in 2016. We also plan to enhance the popularity of our established PC-client titles with upcoming expansion packs for games including New Westward Journey Online II, Tianxia III, Heroes of Tang Dynasty Zero, Demon Seals and Kung Fu Master IIin the first half of 2016. We are simultaneously expanding our robust mobile games pipeline with gripping new games. For example, in January we released new mobile games such as Kung Fu Panda 3 and The X-World, which have quickly gained traction with players. In addition, a number of other compelling new games including Raven, Fantasy Westward Journey: Warriors, the mobile version of New Ghost, and a series of new game titles based on the best-selling novels by Mr. Gu Long, a famous wuxia fiction writer, are scheduled to premiere in the coming months."

"Business is thriving across our game and Internet service offerings. In 2015 our advertising services revenues continued to grow. Supported by the popularity of our Mobile News App and NetEase-hosted, high profile events such as our NetEase Annual Economist Conference, our overall brand was further strengthened. The automobile, Internet services and telecommunication services sectors were our top performing advertising verticals in the fourth quarter. Our e-commerce platforms including Kaola.com also continue to grow at a swift pace, and we plan to keep expanding this business where we see considerable growth opportunity."

"We returned over $247.0 million to our investors in 2015 through share repurchases and our regular dividend program. In 2016 we believe we are well-positioned to continue to create and return value to our shareholders through diligently building and growing our business with a focus on providing the highest quality PC-client and mobile games, Internet products and e-commerce services," Mr. Ding concluded.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB7,903.0 million (US$1,220.0 million), compared to RMB6,671.8 million and RMB3,463.0 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.

Net revenues from online games were RMB5,502.9 million (US$849.5 million) for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to RMB5,212.9 million and RMB2,707.5 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.

Net revenues from advertising services were RMB609.0 million (US$94.0 million) for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to RMB454.9 million and RMB362.2 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.

Net revenues from e-mail, e-commerce and others were RMB1,791.1 million (US$276.5 million) for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to RMB1,004.0 million and RMB393.2 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.

Gross Profit

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2015 was RMB4,219.7 million (US$651.4 million), compared to RMB3,849.3 million and RMB2,485.4 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.

The year-over-year increase in online games gross profit was primarily driven by revenue contribution from mobile games such as the Fantasy Westward Journey and the Westward Journey Online mobile games, and licensed games such as Blizzard Entertainment'sHearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls, as well as Kai-ri-sei Million Arthur and NetEase's new self-developed PC-client games such as Revelation. The quarter-over-quarter increase in online games gross profit was primarily driven by revenue contribution from mobile games such as the Westward Journey Online mobile game and Kai-ri-sei Million Arthur, as well as Blizzard Entertainment'sHearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter increases in advertising services gross profit were primarily attributable to strong demand from the automobile, Internet services and telecommunication sectors, and NetEase's monetization efforts for its mobile applications, primarily its Mobile NewsApp.

The year-over-year decrease in e-mail, e-commerce and others gross profit was primarily due to the temporary suspension of higher margin e-commerce services related to third-party lottery products since February 2015. The quarter-over-quarter increase was mainly due to increased revenue contribution from NetEase's e-commerce businesses such as Kaola.com.

Gross Profit Margin

Gross profit margin for the online games business for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 67.2%, compared to 67.9% and 76.0% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively. The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter decreases in gross profit margin were mainly due to increased revenue contribution from mobile games, which have relatively lower gross profit margins as a percentage of NetEase's total online games revenues. 

Gross profit margin for the advertising services business for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 68.1%, compared to 67.6% and 65.9% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.

Gross profit margin for the e-mail, e-commerce and others business for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 6.0%, compared to 0.1% and 48.2% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively. The year-over-year decrease in gross profit margin was primarily attributable to the temporary suspension of higher margin e-commerce services related to third-party lottery products discussed above, as well as increased revenue contribution from NetEase's other e-commerce platforms, which have relatively lower gross profit margins. The quarter-over-quarter improvement in gross profit margin was mainly due to the revenue growth from NetEase's e-commerce businesses such as Kaola.com.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB1,801.7 million (US$278.1 million), compared to RMB1,761.2 million and RMB1,239.7 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively. The year-over-year increase in operating expenses was mainly due to increased selling and marketing expenses related to online games and advertising services, higher research and development investments and higher staff-related costs resulting from an increase in headcount and average compensation. The quarter-over-quarter increase in operating expenses was mainly due to increased selling and marketing expenses for mobile games.

Income Taxes

The Company recorded a net income tax charge of RMB513.8 million (US$79.3 million) for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to RMB399.2 million and RMB187.9 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 19.2%, compared to 17.1% and 12.8% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively. The year-over-year increase in the effective tax rate was mainly due to the fact that certain subsidiaries of the Company were approved as Key Software Enterprises and subject to a preferential tax rate of 10% for 2014. Those subsidiaries were subject to a tax rate of 15% in 2015.

Net Income After Tax

Net income attributable to the Company's shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled RMB2.2 billion (US$334.1 million), compared to RMB1.9 billion and RMB1.3 billion for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively. Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders[1] for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled RMB2.4 billion (US$363.5 million), compared to RMB2.1 billion and RMB1.4 billion for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.

During the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company had a net foreign exchange gain of RMB66.3 million (US$10.2 million), compared to a net foreign exchange gain of RMB66.5 million and a net foreign exchange loss of RMB7.1 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively. The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter changes in foreign exchange gains and losses were mainly due to unrealized exchange gains and losses arising from the Company's U.S. dollar-denominated bank deposits and short-term loan balances as the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against the RMB fluctuated over the periods.

NetEase reported basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$2.54 and US$2.52, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2015. The Company reported basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$2.21 and US$2.20, respectively, for the preceding quarter, and basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$1.50 and US$1.49, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2014. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS were US$2.77 and US$2.74, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$2.41 and US$2.39, respectively, in the preceding quarter, and non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$1.65 and US$1.64, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2014.

Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Total net revenues for fiscal year 2015 were RMB22.8 billion (US$3.5 billion), compared to RMB11.7 billion for the preceding fiscal year. Net revenues from online games were RMB17.3 billion (US$2.7 billion) for fiscal year 2015, compared to RMB9.3 billion for the preceding fiscal year. Net revenues from advertising services were RMB1.8 billion (US$276.2 million) for fiscal year 2015, compared to RMB1.3 billion for the preceding fiscal year. Net revenues from e-mail, e-commerce and others were RMB3.7 billion (US$571.1 million) for fiscal year 2015, compared to RMB1.1 billion for the preceding fiscal year.

Gross Profit

Gross profit for fiscal year 2015 was RMB13.4 billion (US$2.1 billion), compared to RMB8.5 billion for the preceding fiscal year.

The increase in online game services gross profit in 2015 was primarily attributable to increased revenue contribution from the Company's mobile games such as the Fantasy Westward Journey and the Westward Journey Online mobile games and Battle to the West, and licensed games such as Blizzard Entertainment'sHearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, as well as NetEase's self-developed PC-client games such as Revelation.

The increase in advertising services gross profit in 2015 was due to a rise in demand, mainly from the automobile, Internet services and real estate sectors, as well as NetEase's monetization efforts for its mobile applications, primarily its Mobile NewsApp.  

The decrease in e-mail, e-commerce and others gross profit in 2015 was primarily attributable to temporary suspension of higher margin e-commerce services related to third-party lottery products since February 2015.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses for fiscal year 2015 were RMB6.1 billion (US$946.5 million), compared to RMB3.7 billion for the preceding fiscal year. The increase in operating expenses in 2015 was primarily due to increased selling and marketing expenses for online games, advertising services and other mobile products, higher research and development investments and higher staff-related costs resulting from an increase in headcount and average compensation.

Income Taxes

The Company recorded a net income tax charge of RMB1.3 billion (US$196.6 million) and RMB662.7 million for fiscal years 2015 and 2014, respectively. The effective tax rate was 15.7% for fiscal year 2015, compared to 12.1% for fiscal year 2014. The change in the effective tax rate was mainly due to the fact that certain subsidiaries of the Company were approved as Key Software Enterprises and subject to a preferential tax rate of 10% for 2014. Those subsidiaries were subject to a tax rate of 15% in 2015.

Net Income After Tax

Net income attributable to the Company's shareholders for fiscal year 2015 totaled RMB6.7 billion (US$1.0 billion), compared to RMB4.8 billion for the preceding fiscal year. Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders[1] for fiscal year 2015 totaled RMB7.4 billion (US$1.1 billion), compared to RMB5.1 billion for fiscal year 2014.

For fiscal year 2015, the Company reported a net foreign exchange gain of RMB133.8 million (US$20.7 million), compared to a net foreign exchange loss of RMB18.0 million for the preceding fiscal year. The net foreign exchange changes for fiscal year 2015 and 2014 were mainly due to exchange gains and losses arising from the Company's U.S. dollar-denominated bank deposits and short-term loan balances as the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against the RMB fluctuated over these periods.

NetEase reported basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$7.91 and US$7.86, respectively, for fiscal year 2015, and basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$5.62 and US$5.60, respectively, for the fiscal year 2014. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS were US$8.72 and US$8.66, respectively, for fiscal year 2015, compared to non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS of US$6.04 and US$6.01, respectively, for fiscal year 2014.

Quarterly Dividend

The board of directors has approved a dividend of US$0.64 per ADS for the fourth quarter of 2015, which is expected to be paid on March 18, 2016 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 11, 2016.

NetEase paid a dividend of US$0.39 per ADS for the first quarter of 2015 on June 5, 2015, US$0.44 per ADS for the second quarter of 2015 on September 4, 2015 and US$0.56 per ADS for the third quarter of 2015 on December 4, 2015.

Under the Company's quarterly dividend policy announced on May 13, 2014, quarterly dividends will be set at an amount equivalent to approximately 25% of the Company's anticipated net income after tax in each fiscal quarter. The determination to make dividend distributions and the amount of such distributions in any particular quarter will be made at the discretion of the board of directors and will be based upon the Company's operations and earnings, cash flow, financial condition and other relevant factors.

Other Information

As of December 31, 2015, the Company's total cash and cash equivalents, current and non-current time deposits and short-term investments balance totaled RMB26.8 billion (US$4.1 billion), compared to RMB23.2 billion as of December 31, 2014. Cash flow generated from operating activities was RMB8.1 billion (US$1.2 billion) for fiscal year 2015, compared to RMB5.9 billion for the preceding fiscal year.

Beginning in the first quarter of 2015, NetEase made a reclassification of certain revenue and cost of revenue items from its advertising services segment to its e-mail, e-commerce and others segment. The reclassification of these segments reflects changes in the way the Company evaluates its business performance and manages its operations. Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation.

Share Repurchase Program

On September 1, 2015, the Company announced that its board of directors approved a new share repurchase program of up to US$500 million of the Company's outstanding ADSs for a period not to exceed 12 months. NetEase plans to fund repurchases made under this program from available working capital. Under the terms of the approved program, NetEase may repurchase its issued and outstanding ADSs in open-market transactions on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. The timing and dollar amount of repurchase transactions will be subject to Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") Rule 10b-18 requirements. It is also expected that such repurchases will be effected pursuant to a plan in conformity with SEC Rule 10b5-1. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had repurchased approximately 0.19 million ADSs for approximately US$20.7 million under this program.

** The United States dollar (US$) amounts disclosed in this press release are presented solely for the convenience of the reader. Translations of amounts from RMB into United States dollars for the convenience of the reader were calculated at the noon buying rate of US$1.00 = RMB6.4778 on December 31, 2015 as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted into US$ at that rate on December 31, 2015, or at any other certain date. The percentages stated are calculated based on RMB.

Notes to Unaudited Financial Information

The unaudited financial information disclosed in this press release is preliminary. The audit of the financial statements and related notes to be included in the Company's annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2015 is still in progress. In addition, because an audit of the Company's internal controls over financial reporting in connection with section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 has not yet been completed, the Company makes no representation as to the effectiveness of those internal controls as of the end of fiscal year 2015.

Adjustments to the financial statements may be identified when the audit work is completed, which could result in significant differences between the Company's audited financial statements and this preliminary unaudited financial information.

Conference Call

NetEase's management team will host a teleconference call with simultaneous webcast at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (Beijing/Hong Kong Time: 9:00 a.m., Thursday, February 25, 2016). NetEase's management will be on the call to discuss the quarterly results and answer questions.

Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 1-888-401-4668 (international: 1-719-325-2215), 10-15 minutes prior to the initiation of the call. A replay of the call will be available by dialing 1-888-203-1112 (international: 1-719-457-0820), and entering passcode 435922#. The replay will be available through March 9, 2016.

This call will be webcast live and the replay will be available for 12 months. Both will be available on NetEase's Investor Relations website at http://ir.netease.com.

About NetEase, Inc.

NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) is a leading Internet technology company in China. Dedicated to providing online services centered around content, community, communication and commerce, NetEase develops and operates some of China's most popular PC-client and mobile games, advertising services, e-mail services and e-commerce platforms. In partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, NetEase also operates some of the most popular international online games in China. For more information, please visit: http://ir.netease.com/.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. The accuracy of these statements may be impacted by a number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated, including risks related to: the risk that the online game market will not continue to grow or that NetEase will not be able to maintain its leading position in that market, which could occur if, for example, its new online games or expansion packs and other improvements to its existing games do not become as popular as management anticipates; the ability of NetEase to successfully expand its mobile Internet offerings; the ability of NetEase to effectively market its games and other services and achieve a positive return on its marketing expenditures; the risk that Shanghai EaseNet will not be able to continue operating World of Warcraft®, StarCraft® II, Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft, Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch or other games licensed by it for a period of time or permanently due to possible governmental actions or the risk that such games will not be popular with game players in China; the risk that changes in Chinese government regulation of the online game market and the market for NetEase's e-commerce services may limit future growth of NetEase's revenues or cause revenues to decline; competition in the online advertising business and the risk that investments by NetEase in its content and services may not increase the appeal of the NetEase websites among Internet users or result in increased advertising revenues; the risk that NetEase may not be able to continuously develop new and creative online services, including its ability to maintain and enhance the popularity of its e-mail, mobile and e-commerce services and develop attractive mobile games; the risk that NetEase will not be able to control its expenses in future periods; competition in NetEase's existing and potential markets; governmental uncertainties (including possible changes in the effective tax rates applicable to NetEase and its subsidiaries and affiliates and the ability of NetEase to receive and maintain approvals of the preferential tax treatments and general competition and price pressures in the marketplace); the risk that fluctuations in the value of the Renminbi with respect to other currencies could adversely affect NetEase's business and financial results; and other risks outlined in NetEase's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NetEase does not undertake any obligation to update this forward-looking information, except as required under the applicable law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

NetEase considers and uses non-GAAP financial measures, such as non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders and non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings 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").

NetEase defines non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders as net income attributable to the Company's shareholders excluding share-based compensation expenses. Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders enables NetEase's management to assess its operating results without considering the impact of share-based compensation expenses, which are non-cash charges. NetEase believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors in understanding and evaluating the Company's current operating performance and future prospects in the same manner as management does, if they so choose. NetEase also believes that the use of this non-GAAP financial measure facilitates investors' assessment of its operating performance.

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. One of the key limitations of using non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders is that it 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 attributable to the Company's shareholders. In addition, the non-GAAP financial measures we use may differ from the non-GAAP measures used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited.

NetEase compensates for these limitations by reconciling non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders to the nearest U.S. GAAP performance measure, all of which should be considered when evaluating the Company's performance. See "Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" at the end of this press release. NetEase encourages you to review its financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

[1]

As used in this press release, non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders is defined to exclude share-based compensation expenses. See "Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" at the end of this press release.

 

NETEASE, INC.

           

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

     

(RMB and USD in thousands)

           
   

 December 31, 

 

 December 31, 

 

 December 31, 

   

2014

 

2015

 

2015

   

 RMB  

 

 RMB  

 

 USD (Note 1) 

Assets

           
             

Current assets:

           

   Cash and cash equivalents

 

2,021,453

 

6,071,487

 

937,276

   Time deposits

 

18,496,574

 

14,593,291

 

2,252,816

   Restricted cash

 

2,628,847

 

2,192,634

 

338,484

   Accounts receivable, net

 

873,137

 

2,614,149

 

403,555

   Prepayments and other current assets

 

1,451,919

 

3,513,275

 

542,356

   Short-term investments

 

2,058,552

 

5,013,499

 

773,951

   Deferred tax assets

 

202,040

 

410,589

 

63,384

Total current assets

 

27,732,522

 

34,408,924

 

5,311,822

             

Non-current assets:

           

   Property, equipment and software, net 

 

1,281,225

 

2,092,046

 

322,956

   Land use right, net

 

77,648

 

238,878

 

36,877

   Deferred tax assets 

 

21,160

 

24,685

 

3,811

   Time deposits

 

673,000

 

1,110,000

 

171,354

   Restricted cash

 

-

 

1,200,000

 

185,248

   Other long-term assets

 

569,116

 

2,082,897

 

321,544

Total non-current assets

 

2,622,149

 

6,748,506

 

1,041,790

Total assets 

 

30,354,671

 

41,157,430

 

6,353,612

             

Liabilities, Mezzanine Classified Noncontrolling Interests
    and Shareholders' Equity

           
             

Current liabilities:

           

   Accounts payable 

 

410,722

 

700,600

 

108,154

   Salary and welfare payables

 

534,565

 

920,982

 

142,175

   Taxes payable

 

334,290

 

736,214

 

113,652

   Short-term loan

 

2,049,865

 

2,272,760

 

350,854

   Deferred revenue

 

1,967,780

 

4,651,750

 

718,106

   Accrued liabilities and other payables

 

1,357,228

 

2,218,330

 

342,451

   Deferred tax liabilities

 

101,997

 

166,787

 

25,747

Total current liabilities

 

6,756,447

 

11,667,423

 

1,801,139

             

Long-term payable:

           

   Deferred tax liabilities

 

-

 

81,434

 

12,571

   Other long-term payable

 

106,430

 

84,974

 

13,118

Total liabilities

 

6,862,877

 

11,833,831

 

1,826,828

             

Mezzanine classified noncontrolling interests 

 

133,634

 

-

 

-

             

Total NetEase, Inc.'s equity

 

23,390,345

 

29,240,083

 

4,513,891

Noncontrolling interests

 

(32,185)

 

83,516

 

12,893

Total shareholders' equity

 

23,358,160

 

29,323,599

 

4,526,784

             

Total liabilities, mezzanine classified noncontrolling
    interests and shareholders' equity    

 

30,354,671

 

41,157,430

 

6,353,612

             

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this press release.

       

 

NETEASE, INC.

                             

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

                     

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

                         
   

 Quarter Ended 

 

 Year Ended 

   

December 31,

 

September 30, 

 

December 31,

 

 December 31, 

   

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

 December 31, 

   

2014

 

2015

 

2015

 

2015

   

2014

 

2015

 

2015

   

 RMB 

 

 RMB 

 

 RMB 

 

 USD (Note 1) 

   

 RMB 

 

 RMB 

 

 USD (Note 1) 

Net revenues:

                             

Online game services

 

2,707,535

 

5,212,912

 

5,502,867

 

849,497

   

9,266,158

 

17,314,148

 

2,672,844

Advertising services

 

362,242

 

454,883

 

608,967

 

94,008

   

1,344,829

 

1,789,377

 

276,232

E-mail, e-commerce and others

 

393,216

 

1,003,994

 

1,791,120

 

276,501

   

1,101,847

 

3,699,370

 

571,084

Total net revenues

 

3,462,993

 

6,671,789

 

7,902,954

 

1,220,006

   

11,712,834

 

22,802,895

 

3,520,160

                               

Total cost of revenues

 

(977,565)

 

(2,822,522)

 

(3,683,268)

 

(568,599)

   

(3,261,544)

 

(9,399,260)

 

(1,450,996)

                               

Gross profit

 

2,485,428

 

3,849,267

 

4,219,686

 

651,407

   

8,451,290

 

13,403,635

 

2,069,164

                               

Selling and marketing expenses 

 

(704,211)

 

(817,940)

 

(893,055)

 

(137,864)

   

(1,894,998)

 

(2,958,229)

 

(456,672)

General and administrative expenses

 

(143,850)

 

(319,713)

 

(321,855)

 

(49,686)

   

(467,669)

 

(1,014,395)

 

(156,596)

Research and development expenses 

 

(391,591)

 

(623,523)

 

(586,759)

 

(90,580)

   

(1,323,498)

 

(2,158,888)

 

(333,275)

Total operating expenses

 

(1,239,652)

 

(1,761,176)

 

(1,801,669)

 

(278,130)

   

(3,686,165)

 

(6,131,512)

 

(946,543)

                               

Operating profit

 

1,245,776

 

2,088,091

 

2,418,017

 

373,277

   

4,765,125

 

7,272,123

 

1,122,621

Other income/(expenses):

                             

Investment (losses)/income, net

 

(2,492)

 

24,995

 

32,120

 

4,958

   

27,373

 

62,341

 

9,624

Interest income

 

156,747

 

140,399

 

132,832

 

20,506

   

601,502

 

596,930

 

92,150

Exchange (losses)/gains

 

(7,124)

 

66,483

 

66,285

 

10,233

   

(17,998)

 

133,776

 

20,651

Other, net

 

72,282

 

10,133

 

23,196

 

3,581

   

82,438

 

45,138

 

6,968

                               

Net income before tax

 

1,465,189

 

2,330,101

 

2,672,450

 

412,555

   

5,458,440

 

8,110,308

 

1,252,014

Income tax

 

(187,893)

 

(399,163)

 

(513,770)

 

(79,312)

   

(662,735)

 

(1,273,408)

 

(196,579)

                               

Net income after tax

 

1,277,296

 

1,930,938

 

2,158,680

 

333,243

   

4,795,705

 

6,836,900

 

1,055,435

Net (income)/losses attributable to noncontrolling interests
    and mezzanine classified noncontrolling interests

 

(6,027)

 

(49,035)

 

5,781

 

892

   

(39,082)

 

(101,792)

 

(15,714)

Net income attributable to
   the Company's shareholders

 

1,271,269

 

1,881,903

 

2,164,461

 

334,135

   

4,756,623

 

6,735,108

 

1,039,721

                               
                               

Earnings per share, basic

 

0.39

 

0.57

 

0.66

 

0.10

   

1.46

 

2.05

 

0.32

Earnings per ADS, basic

 

9.73

 

14.31

 

16.46

 

2.54

   

36.43

 

51.27

 

7.91

Earnings per share, diluted

 

0.39

 

0.57

 

0.65

 

0.10

   

1.45

 

2.04

 

0.31

Earnings per ADS, diluted

 

9.67

 

14.22

 

16.34

 

2.52

   

36.29

 

50.94

 

7.86

                               

Weighted average number of
   ordinary shares outstanding, basic

 

3,268,019

 

3,288,829

 

3,286,917

 

3,286,917

   

3,264,450

 

3,284,382

 

3,284,382

Weighted average number of
   ADS outstanding, basic

 

130,721

 

131,553

 

131,477

 

131,477

   

130,578

 

131,375

 

131,375

Weighted average number of
   ordinary shares outstanding, diluted

 

3,286,120

 

3,308,156

 

3,312,135

 

3,312,135

   

3,277,049

 

3,305,213

 

3,305,213

Weighted average number of
   ADS outstanding, diluted

 

131,445

 

132,326

 

132,485

 

132,485

   

131,082

 

132,209

 

132,209

                               

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this press release.

                         

 

NETEASE, INC.

                           

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

                   

(RMB and USD in thousands)

                           
   

Quarter Ended

 

Year Ended

   

December 31,

 

 September 30,  

 

 December 31, 

 

 December 31, 

 

 December 31, 

 

 December 31, 

 

 December 31, 

   

2014

 

2015

 

2015

 

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2015

   

 RMB  

 

 RMB  

 

 RMB  

 

 USD (Note 1) 

 

 RMB  

 

 RMB  

 

 USD (Note 1) 

Cash flows from operating activities:

                           

     Net income  

 

1,277,296

 

1,930,938

 

2,158,680

 

333,243

 

4,795,705

 

6,836,900

 

1,055,435

     Adjustments to reconcile net income to net
         cash provided by operating activities: 

                           

     Depreciation and amortization 

 

64,965

 

46,693

 

54,554

 

8,422

 

174,462

 

182,450

 

28,165

     Impairment loss for investments 

 

24,040

 

-

 

12,037

 

1,858

 

24,040

 

12,037

 

1,858

     Share-based compensation cost 

 

124,267

 

168,190

 

190,483

 

29,405

 

349,277

 

684,467

 

105,664

     (Reversal of)/ allowance for provision for doubtful debts 

 

(282)

 

(3,050)

 

836

 

129

 

3,765

 

4,041

 

624

     Loss/ (gain) on disposal of property,
         equipment and software 

 

1,619

 

(21)

 

6,017

 

929

 

1,507

 

5,903

 

911

     Unrealized exchange losses/ (gains)    

 

10,070

 

(61,483)

 

(65,963)

 

(10,183)

 

18,764

 

(116,772)

 

(18,026)

     Deferred income taxes 

 

(100,860)

 

16,261

 

(19,724)

 

(3,045)

 

(117,342)

 

(147,285)

 

(22,737)

     Net equity share of loss from associated companies 

 

1,987

 

20,774

 

9,083

 

1,402

 

48,955

 

76,134

 

11,753

     Fair value changes of short-term investments 

 

(17,885)

 

(41,623)

 

(51,160)

 

(7,898)

 

(64,249)

 

(140,104)

 

(21,628)

     Changes in operating assets and liabilities: 

                           

         Accounts receivable 

 

(104,705)

 

(164,331)

 

(672,343)

 

(103,792)

 

(474,381)

 

(1,744,059)

 

(269,236)

         Prepayments and other current assets 

 

(61,818)

 

(364,226)

 

(19,228)

 

(2,968)

 

(292,416)

 

(2,039,087)

 

(314,781)

         Accounts payable 

 

138,360

 

146,195

 

140,671

 

21,716

 

190,453

 

243,140

 

37,534

         Salary and welfare payables 

 

226,233

 

(40,219)

 

398,228

 

61,476

 

157,448

 

386,417

 

59,653

         Taxes payable 

 

60,923

 

100,165

 

144,782

 

22,350

 

259,828

 

401,924

 

62,046

         Deferred revenue 

 

217,560

 

302,082

 

541,012

 

83,518

 

486,744

 

2,683,970

 

414,334

         Accrued liabilities and other payables 

 

41,228

 

145,587

 

285,928

 

44,140

 

310,463

 

746,844

 

115,294

             Net cash provided by operating activities 

 

1,902,998

 

2,201,932

 

3,113,893

 

480,702

 

5,873,023

 

8,076,920

 

1,246,863

                             

Cash flows from investing activities:

                           

     Purchase of property, equipment and software 

 

(301,156)

 

(193,595)

 

(220,268)

 

(34,004)

 

(537,376)

 

(866,314)

 

(133,736)

     Proceeds from sale of property, equipment and software 

 

896

 

252

 

691

 

107

 

1,463

 

1,292

 

199

     Purchase of other intangible assets 

 

(1,725)

 

(256)

 

-

 

-

 

(14,011)

 

(347)

 

(54)

     Purchase of land use right 

 

(37,570)

 

(37,654)

 

(123,787)

 

(19,109)

 

(66,957)

 

(163,998)

 

(25,317)

     Net change in short-term investments
         with terms of three months or less 

 

(262,558)

 

(715,849)

 

136,256

 

21,034

 

247,406

 

(231,306)

 

(35,707)

     Purchase of short-term investments 

 

(300,000)

 

(2,050,000)

 

(1,370,000)

 

(211,492)

 

(2,358,122)

 

(5,687,000)

 

(877,922)

     Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments 

 

203,271

 

865,424

 

664,251

 

102,543

 

1,017,596

 

3,103,463

 

479,092

     Investment in associated companies 

 

-

 

(30,000)

 

-

 

-

 

(20,000)

 

(187,532)

 

(28,950)

     Transfer (to)/from restricted cash 

 

(173,252)

 

58,475

 

(231,015)

 

(35,663)

 

(492,149)

 

(763,493)

 

(117,863)

     Placement/rollover of matured time deposits 

 

(5,068,797)

 

(5,156,889)

 

(4,615,772)

 

(712,552)

 

(21,955,012)

 

(19,017,824)

 

(2,935,846)

     Proceeds from maturities of time deposits 

 

4,064,596

 

6,384,015

 

3,125,866

 

482,551

 

19,905,004

 

22,582,480

 

3,486,134

     Net change in other assets 

 

(43,634)

 

(28,910)

 

(156,401)

 

(24,144)

 

(248,008)

 

(1,305,945)

 

(201,603)

             Net cash used in investing activities 

 

(1,919,929)

 

(904,987)

 

(2,790,179)

 

(430,729)

 

(4,520,166)

 

(2,536,524)

 

(391,573)

 

NETEASE, INC.

                             

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (CONTINUED)

               

(RMB and USD in thousands)

                             
   

Quarter Ended

 

Year Ended

     

December 31,

 

 September 30,  

 

 December 31, 

 

 December 31, 

 

 December 31, 

 

 December 31, 

 

 December 31, 

     

2014

 

2015

 

2015

 

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2015

     

 RMB  

 

 RMB  

 

 RMB  

 

 USD (Note 1) 

 

 RMB  

 

 RMB  

 

 USD (Note 1) 

                               

Cash flows from financing activities:

                             

     Proceeds of short-term bank loans 

   

-

 

1,468,128

 

2,223,623

 

343,268

 

2,046,669

 

5,828,758

 

899,805

     Payment of short-term bank loans 

   

-

 

(1,468,128)

 

(2,223,623)

 

(343,268)

 

(975,504)

 

(5,741,616)

 

(886,353)

     Proceeds from employees exercising stock options 

   

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

2,917

 

-

 

-

     Capital contribution from noncontrolling interests shareholders 

   

11

 

-

 

15,000

 

2,316

 

121

 

15,015

 

2,318

     Capital contribution from/ (Repurchase of) mezzanine classified
        noncontrolling interests shareholders 

   

130,365

 

-

 

(134,736)

 

(20,800)

 

130,365

 

(134,736)

 

(20,800)

     Repurchase of shares 

   

-

 

(132,192)

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(132,192)

 

(20,407)

     Dividends paid to shareholders 

   

(288,686)

 

(369,845)

 

(470,935)

 

(72,700)

 

(1,983,010)

 

(1,467,965)

 

(226,615)

             Net cash used in financing activities      

   

(158,310)

 

(502,037)

 

(590,671)

 

(91,184)

 

(778,442)

 

(1,632,736)

 

(252,052)

                               

     Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 

                             

         held in foreign currencies 

   

1,760

 

85,302

 

68,362

 

10,553

 

(11,260)

 

142,374

 

21,979

             Net (decrease)/ increase in cash and cash equivalents 

   

(173,481)

 

880,210

 

(198,595)

 

(30,658)

 

563,155

 

4,050,034

 

625,217

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period

   

2,194,934

 

5,389,872

 

6,270,082

 

967,934

 

1,458,298

 

2,021,453

 

312,059

Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period

   

2,021,453

 

6,270,082

 

6,071,487

 

937,276

 

2,021,453

 

6,071,487

 

937,276

                               

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:

                             

     Cash paid for income tax, net 

   

186,347

 

241,807

 

353,663

 

54,596

 

551,303

 

1,124,339

 

173,568

Supplemental schedule of non-cash investing 

                             

     and financing activities:

                             

     Fixed asset purchases financed by
         accounts payable and accrued liabilities 

   

80,575

 

95,365

 

216,328

 

33,395

 

80,575

 

216,328

 

33,395

                               

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this press release.

                             

 

NETEASE, INC.

                           

UNAUDITED SEGMENT INFORMATION

                       

(RMB and USD in thousands, except percentages)

                       
                             
 

Quarter Ended

 

Year Ended

   

December 31,

 

September 30,

 

 December 31, 

 

 December 31, 

 

December 31,

 

 December 31, 

 

 December 31, 

   

2014

 

2015

 

2015

 

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2015

   

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

USD (Note 1)

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

USD (Note 1)

Net revenues:

                           

Online game services

 

2,707,535

 

5,212,912

 

5,502,867

 

849,497

 

9,266,158

 

17,314,148

 

2,672,844

Advertising services

 

362,242

 

454,883

 

608,967

 

94,008

 

1,344,829

 

1,789,377

 

276,232

E-mail, e-commerce and others

 

393,216

 

1,003,994

 

1,791,120

 

276,501

 

1,101,847

 

3,699,370

 

571,084

Total net revenues

 

3,462,993

 

6,671,789

 

7,902,954

 

1,220,006

 

11,712,834

 

22,802,895

 

3,520,160

                             

Cost of revenues:

                           

Online game services

 

(650,323)

 

(1,672,306)

 

(1,805,489)

 

(278,720)

 

(2,111,701)

 

(5,393,555)

 

(832,621)

Advertising services

 

(123,521)

 

(147,368)

 

(194,179)

 

(29,976)

 

(518,691)

 

(599,032)

 

(92,475)

E-mail, e-commerce and others

 

(203,721)

 

(1,002,848)

 

(1,683,600)

 

(259,903)

 

(631,152)

 

(3,406,673)

 

(525,900)

Total cost of revenues

 

(977,565)

 

(2,822,522)

 

(3,683,268)

 

(568,599)

 

(3,261,544)

 

(9,399,260)

 

(1,450,996)

                             

Gross profit:

                           

Online game services

 

2,057,212

 

3,540,606

 

3,697,378

 

570,777

 

7,154,457

 

11,920,593

 

1,840,223

Advertising services

 

238,721

 

307,515

 

414,788

 

64,032

 

826,138

 

1,190,345

 

183,757

E-mail, e-commerce and others

 

189,495

 

1,146

 

107,520

 

16,598

 

470,695

 

292,697

 

45,184

Total gross profit

 

2,485,428

 

3,849,267

 

4,219,686

 

651,407

 

8,451,290

 

13,403,635

 

2,069,164

                             

Gross profit margin:

                           

Online game services

 

76.0%

 

67.9%

 

67.2%

 

67.2%

 

77.2%

 

68.8%

 

68.8%

Advertising services

 

65.9%

 

67.6%

 

68.1%

 

68.1%

 

61.4%

 

66.5%

 

66.5%

E-mail, e-commerce and others

 

48.2%

 

0.1%

 

6.0%

 

6.0%

 

42.7%

 

7.9%

 

7.9%

                             

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this press release.

                   

 

NETEASE, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Note 1: The conversion of Renminbi (RMB) into United States dollars (USD) is based on the noon buying rate of USD1.00 = RMB6.4778 on the last trading day of December 2015 (December 31, 2015) as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board.
Note 2: Share-based compensation cost reported in the Company's unaudited condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income is set out as follows in RMB and USD (in thousands):

   

Quarter Ended

 

Year Ended

   

December 31,

 

September 30,

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

   

2014

 

2015

 

2015

 

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2015

   

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

USD (Note 1)

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

USD (Note 1)

Share-based compensation cost included in:

                           

Cost of revenue

 

58,826

 

77,891

 

93,689

 

14,463

 

169,621

 

328,480

 

50,709

Operating expenses

                           

- Selling and marketing expenses

 

7,910

 

9,041

 

9,071

 

1,400

 

23,253

 

36,023

 

5,561

- General and administrative expenses

 

18,130

 

29,858

 

39,742

 

6,135

 

51,475

 

120,925

 

18,668

- Research and development expenses

 

39,401

 

51,400

 

47,981

 

7,407

 

104,928

 

199,039

 

30,726

                             

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this press release.

                   

 

NETEASE, INC.

                           

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS

                       

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

                           
                             
 

Quarter Ended

 

Year Ended

   

December 31,

 

September 30, 

 

 December 31, 

 

 December 31, 

 

December 31,

 

 December 31, 

 

 December 31, 

   

2014

 

2015

 

2015

 

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2015

   

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

USD (Note 1)

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

USD (Note 1)

Net income attributable to the Company's shareholders

 

1,271,269

 

1,881,903

 

2,164,461

 

334,135

 

4,756,623

 

6,735,108

 

1,039,721

Add: Share-based compensation

 

124,267

 

168,190

 

190,483

 

29,405

 

349,277

 

684,467

 

105,664

Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders

 

1,395,536

 

2,050,093

 

2,354,944

 

363,540

 

5,105,900

 

7,419,575

 

1,145,385

                             

Non-GAAP earnings per share, basic

 

0.43

 

0.62

 

0.72

 

0.11

 

1.56

 

2.26

 

0.35

Non-GAAP earnings per ADS, basic

 

10.68

 

15.58

 

17.91

 

2.77

 

39.10

 

56.48

 

8.72

Non-GAAP earnings per share, diluted

 

0.42

 

0.62

 

0.71

 

0.11

 

1.56

 

2.24

 

0.35

Non-GAAP earnings per ADS, diluted

 

10.62

 

15.49

 

17.78

 

2.74

 

38.95

 

56.12

 

8.66

 

Contact for Media and Investors:

Juliet Yang
NetEase, Inc.
hzyangyy@corp.netease.com
Tel: (+86) 571-8985-3378

Brandi Piacente
Investor Relations
brandi@corp.netease.com
Tel: (+1) 212-481-2050

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SOURCE NetEase, Inc.