Tencent Announces 2020 Third Quarter Results

Tencent Announces 2020 Third Quarter Results

HONG KONG, Nov. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Tencent Holdings Limited (“Tencent” or the “Company”, 00700.HK), a leading provider of Internet value added services in China, today announced the unaudited consolidated results for the third quarter (“3Q2020”) ended September 30, 2020.

3Q2020 Key Highlights

Revenues: +29% YoY, non-IFRS[1] profit attributable to equity holders of the Company: +32% YoY

  • Total revenues were RMB125,447 million (USD18,421 million[2]), an increase of 29% over the third quarter of 2019 (“YoY”).
  • On a non-IFRS basis, which is intended to reflect core earnings by excluding certain one-time and/or non-cash items:
    –  Operating profit was RMB38,116 million (USD5,597 million), an increase of 34% YoY. Operating margin increased to 30% from 29% last year.
    –  Profit for the period was RMB33,325 million (USD4,893 million), an increase of 33% YoY. Net margin increased to 27% from 26% last year.
    –  Profit attributable to equity holders of the Company for the quarter was RMB32,303 million (USD4,743 million), an increase of 32% YoY.
    –  Basic earnings per share were RMB3.402. Diluted earnings per share were RMB3.314.
  • On an IFRS basis:
    –  Operating profit was RMB43,953 million (USD6,454 million), an increase of 70% YoY. Operating margin increased to 35% from 27% last year.
    –  Profit for the period was RMB38,899 million (USD5,712 million), an increase of 85% YoY. Net margin increased to 31% from 22% last year. 
    –  Profit attributable to equity holders of the Company for the quarter was RMB38,542 million (USD5,660 million), an increase of 89% YoY.
    –  Basic earnings per share were RMB4.059. Diluted earnings per share were RMB3.964.
  • Total cash were RMB265,892 million (USD39,044 million) at the end of the quarter.

[1] Non-IFRS adjustments (formerly referred as non-GAAP) excludes share-based compensation, M&A related impact such as net (gains)/losses from investee companies, amortisation of intangible assets and impairment provision/(reversals), as well as income tax effects.

[2] Figures stated in USD are based on USD1 to RMB6.8101

Mr. Ma Huateng, Chairman and CEO of Tencent, said, “This quarter marked the second anniversary of our strategic organisation upgrade, which was intended to enhance our strength in Consumer Internet and extend our presence to Industrial Internet. While the upgrade was designed to bear fruit over the longer run, we are already seeing initial benefits in areas such as consolidating our advertising services, rejuvenating our product and content platforms, growing our cloud and SaaS businesses and building an internal open source code base. In the face of public health, macroeconomic, and geopolitical challenges, we will seek to sharpen our focus, innovate, and collaborate with our partners in order to better serve our users, customers and the society at large.”

3Q2020 Financial Review

Revenues from VAS increased by 38% to RMB69,802 million for the third quarter of 2020 on a year-on-year basis. Online games revenues grew by 45% to RMB41,422 million. The increase was primarily due to revenue growth of our smart phone games, including domestic titles such as Peacekeeper Elite and Honour of Kings, as well as overseas titles. Total smart phone games revenues (including smart phone games revenues attributable to our social networks business) were RMB39,173 million and PC client games revenues were RMB11,631 million for the third quarter of 2020. Social networks revenues increased by 29% to RMB28,380 million. The increase reflected contributions from digital content services including HUYA’s live streaming service, our video subscription service, and our music subscription service, as well as from in-game virtual item sales. 

Revenues from Online Advertising increased by 16% to RMB21,351 million for the third quarter of 2020 on a year-on-year basis, benefitting from wider adoption of our algorithmic advertisement buying solutions, as well as rapid demand growth from categories such as education, Internet services and eCommerce platforms, and recovered demand from sectors such as real estate and automobiles. Social and others advertising revenues grew by 21% to RMB17,752 million. The increase was primarily driven by higher revenues flowing from Weixin Moments due to increased inventories and eCPMs, and our mobile advertising network revenue growth on higher eCPMs as advertisers responded favorably to our video ad formats. Media advertising revenues decreased 1% to RMB3,599 million. The slower decline versus prior quarters benefitted from key Tencent Video content releases, as well as inventory and impression growth from our music platforms.

Revenues from FinTech and Business Services increased by 24% to RMB33,255 million for the third quarter of 2020 on a year-on-year basis. The increase was mainly due to higher revenues from commercial payment and wealth management, while our Business Services revenue growth slowed down due to lingering impact from the pandemic on project development and new contract sign-ups, as well as non-recurring adjustments to certain IaaS contracts.

Other Key Financial Information for 3Q2020

EBITDA was RMB45,055 million, up 27% YoY. Adjusted EBITDA was RMB47,849 million, up 26% YoY.

Capital expenditures were RMB8,684 million, up 31% YoY.

Free cash flow* was RMB28,127 million, stable YoY.

As at September 30, 2020, net cash position totalled RMB6,363 million. Fair value of our stakes in listed investee companies (excluding subsidiaries) totalled RMB890,730 million, compared to RMB726,244 million as at June 30, 2020.

* Starting from 2020, free cash flow was adjusted by subtracting payments for media content and lease liabilities, in addition to subtracting payments for capital expenditure from the operating cash flow. Restated free cash flow was RMB16.8 billion in 1Q2019, RMB12.6 billion in 2Q2019, RMB28.1 billion in 3Q2019, and RMB31.3 billion in 4Q2019, respectively.

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