CooTek Announces Third Quarter 2021 Unaudited Results

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SHANGHAI, Dec. 8, 2021 -- CooTek (Cayman) Inc. (NYSE: CTK) ("CooTek" or the "Company"), a global mobile internet company, today reported unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Net revenues were US$51.1 million, a decrease of 52% from US$105.7 million during the same period last year.
  • Gross profit was US$42.0 million, a decrease of 58% from US$98.9 million during the same period last year.
  • Gross profit margin was 82.2%, compared with 93.6% during the same period last year.
  • Net loss was US$0.4 million, compared with net income of US$0.3 million last quarter, and net loss of US$22.0 million during the same period last year.
  • Adjusted net income[1] (Non-GAAP) was US$0.4 million, compared with adjusted net income (Non-GAAP) US$1.1 million last quarter, and adjusted net loss (Non-GAAP) of US$20.5 million during the same period last year.
  • The Company's portfolio products[2] contributed approximately 99% of total revenues, with a focus on three main categories: online literature, mobile games and scenario-based content apps.

September 2021 Operational Highlights

  • Average daily active users ("DAUs") of the Company's portfolio products were 18.7 million, a decrease of 32% from 27.7 million in September 2020. Monthly active users ("MAUs") of the Company's portfolio products were 57.2 million, a decrease of 40% from 94.8 million in September 2020.
  • Average DAUs of the Company's online literature products were 5.0 million, a decrease of 50% from 10.0 million in September 2020. MAUs of the Company's online literature products were 13.5 million, a decrease of 54% from 29.5 million in September 2020. The average daily reading time[3] of our online literature product in the Chinese market, Fengdu Novel's users was approximately 153 minutes in September 2021, which remained stable compared with 153 minutes in June 2021.
  • Average DAUs of the Company's TouchPal Smart Input were 101.3 million. MAUs of the Company's TouchPal Smart Input were 132.5 million.

"We have been consistently focused on the achievement of group-level profitability despite uncertainties in the Chinese mobile advertising market," commented Mr. Karl Zhang, CooTek's Chairman. "We are encouraged by the solid business fundamental of Fengdu Novel, which continued to contribute efficiently to the overall gross margin of the group. At the same time, we have been further strengthening our exposure in the overseas mobile games and online literature markets based on our recently launched Metaverse and NFT plan. We developed and published 14 new mobile games in the third quarter of 2021 and currently have a pipeline of 15-20 games in the fourth quarter of 2021 with 2 key mobile casual games."

Mr. Robert Cui, CooTek's CFO further commented, "We have been committed to optimizing our product portfolio in the global market with continuous concentration on the group-level profitability. We made our strategic initiative in expanding the scale of our overseas mobile games segment which has provided exciting and satisfying business upside since the second quarter of 2021. We remain confident in further enhancing our business model targeting at a long-term sustainable growth."

(in millions)

Portfolio Products





Portfolio Products


Including: Online literature



DAUs


MAUs


DAUs


MAUs


Sep' 19

23.9


67.5


2.0


11.0


Dec' 19

24.7


74.6


4.8


19.3


Mar' 20

25.2


89.2


7.3


29.1


Jun' 20

23.9


83.5


8.1


28.4


Sep' 20

27.7


94.8


10.0


29.5


Dec' 20

27.8


85.8


10.2


29.5


Mar' 21

20.3


58.6


7.5


20.1


Jun' 21

23.5


70.0


6.7


18.1


Sep' 21

18.7


57.2


5.0


13.5


Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Net Revenues

(in US$ thousands, except percentage)

3Q 2021


2Q 2021


3Q 2020


QoQ % Change


YoY % Change











Mobile Advertising Revenues

49,767


82,078


104,842


(39)%


(53)%

Other Revenues

1,374


1,139


815


21%


69%

Total Net Revenues

51,141


83,217


105,657


(39)%


(52)%

Net revenues were US$51.1 million, a decrease of 52% from US$105.7 million during the third quarter of 2020 and a decrease of 39% from US$83.2 million during the last quarter. The decrease compared with the same quarter of 2020 was primarily due to a decrease in mobile advertising revenues.

Mobile advertising revenues were US$49.8 million, a decrease of 53% from US$104.8 million during the third quarter of 2020 and a decrease of 39% from US$82.1 million during the last quarter. The decrease compared with the same quarter of 2020 was primarily due to the restructuring of portfolio products in the Chinese mobile games and scenario-based content apps categories.

Our portfolio products focus on three categories: online literature, scenario-based content apps and mobile games. Mobile games accounted for approximately 56%, online literature accounted for approximately 39%, and scenario-based content apps accounted for approximately 4% in the third quarter of 2021.

Cost and Operating Expenses


3Q 2021

2Q 2021

3Q 2020

QoQ %
Change

YoY %

Change

(in US$ thousands, except percentage)

US$

% of revenue

US$

% of revenue

US$

% of revenue










Cost of revenues

9,165

18%

8,801

10%

6,784

6%

4%

35%

Sales and marketing

28,687

56%

59,787

72%

107,842

102%

(52)%

(73)%

Research and development

9,223

18%

9,709

12%

8,204

8%

(5)%

12%

General and administrative

4,011

8%

4,879

6%

3,707

4%

(18)%

8%

Other operating (income) loss, net

(938)

(2)%

(1,459)

(2)%

1,064

1%

(36)%

(188)%

Total Cost and Expenses

50,148

98%

81,717

98%

127,601

121%

(39)%

(61)%










Share-based compensation expenses by function

Cost of revenues

30

0.1%

54

0.1%

75

0.1%

(44)%

(60)%

Sales and marketing

20

0.0%

14

0.0%

59

0.1%

43%

(66)%

Research and development

308

0.6%

456

0.5%

815

0.8%

(32)%

(62)%

General and administrative

453

0.9%

317

0.4%

492

0.5%

43%

(8)%

Total share-based compensation expenses

811

1.6%

841

1.0%

1,441

1.5%

(4)%

(44)%

Cost of revenues was US$9.2 million, a 35% increase from US$6.8 million during the same period last year, and an increase of 4% from US$8.8 million during the last quarter. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to an increase in content costs we paid to our signed authors and third-party content providers for the publishing and licensing of relevant online literature works.

Gross profit was US$42.0 million, a decrease of 58% from US$98.9 million during the same period last year, and a decrease of 44% from US$74.4 million last quarter. Gross profit margin was 82.2%, compared with 93.6% in the same period last year and 89.4% last quarter.

Sales and marketing expenses were US$28.7 million, a decrease of 73% from US$107.8 million during the same period last year, and a decrease of 52% from US$59.8 million last quarter. As a percentage of total revenues, sales and marketing expenses accounted for 56%, compared with 102% during the same period last year, and 72% last quarter. The sequential and year-over-year decrease in sales and marketing expenses as a percentage of total net revenues was primarily due to the continuous transition of the strategy in relation to the acquisition of new users and the retention of existing users which resulted in the reduction of the user acquisition costs.

Research and development expenses were US$9.2 million, an increase of 12% from US$8.2 million during the same period last year and a decrease of 5% from US$9.7 million last quarter. The sequential decrease was primarily due to a decrease in salary and payroll expenses associated with technology R&D staff and share-based compensation expenses, and was partially offset by increase in third-party outsourcing fee. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to an increase in salary and payroll expenses associated with technology R&D staff, and was partially offset by decline in share-based compensation expenses. As a percentage of total net revenues, research and development expenses accounted for 18%, compared with 8% during the same period last year and 12% last quarter. 

General and administrative expenses were US$4.0 million, an increase of 8% from US$3.7 million during the same period last year and a decrease of 18% from US$4.9 million last quarter. The sequential decrease was mainly due to a decrease in listing expenses and bad debt provision, and was partially offset by a rise in share-based compensation. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to an increase in salary and payroll expenses associated with G&A staff and bad debt provision, and was partially offset by decline in listing expenses and professional service fee. As a percentage of total net revenues, general and administrative expenses accounted for 8%, compared with 4% during the same period last year and 6% during last quarter.

Other operating income, net was US$0.9 million, compared with other operating loss, net of US$1.1 million during the same period last year and other operation income, net of US$1.5 million last quarter. The other operating income mainly included government subsidy received.

Interest expense, net was US$2.0 million, compared with interest expense, net of US$7 thousand during the same period last year and interest expense, net of US$1.3 million last quarter. The interest expense increased was mainly due to the increase in interest expense on convertible note.

Net loss was US$0.4 million, compared with net loss of US$22.0 million during the same period last year and a net income of US$0.3 million last quarter.

Adjusted net income was US$0.4 million, compared with adjusted net loss of US$20.5 million in the same period last year and adjusted net income of US$1.1 million last quarter. The sequential decrease of profitability compared with the adjusted net income in the last quarter was mainly due to the decrease in revenues. The achievement of profitability compared with the adjusted net loss the same quarter last year was mainly due to the decrease in sales and marketing expenses as a percentage of total revenues driven by the continuous transition of the strategy in relation to the acquisition of new users and the retention of existing users.

(in US$ thousands, except percentage)

3Q 2021

2Q 2021

3Q 2020

QoQ % Change

YoY % Change







Net (Loss) Income

(444)

264

(21,964)

(268)%

(98)%

Add: Share-based compensation related to share
options and restricted share units

 

811

 

841

1,441

 

(4)%

 

(44)%

Adjusted Net Income (Loss) (Non-GAAP)

367

1,105

(20,523)

(67)%

(102)%

In the three months ended September 30, 2021, basic and diluted net loss per ADS were US$0.007 and US$0.007, and basic and diluted adjusted net income (Non-GAAP) per ADS were US$0.006 and US$0.006 respectively.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flows

As of September 30, 2021, cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash were US$36.2 million, compared with US$39.0 million as of June 30, 2021.

Net cash inflow from operating activities during the third quarter of 2021 was US$5.0 million, compared with net cash outflow from operating activities of US$14.4 million for the same period in 2020 and net cash outflow from operating activities of US$17.5 million during the last quarter. Cash inflow from operating activities during the third quarter of 2021 was mainly due to the decrease in accounts receivable driven primarily by the collection of receivable, and partially offset by the decrease in accounts payable primarily driven by the decrease of our user acquisition costs.

Net cash outflow from financing activities during the third quarter of 2021 was US$6.8 million, compared with net cash outflow from financing activities of US$2.2 million for the same period in 2020 and net cash outflow from financing activities of US$0.1 million during the last quarter. Net cash outflow from financing activities during the third quarter of 2021 was mainly due to the voluntary redemption of convertible note of US$4.2 million, and net cash outflow of US$3.9 million from the aggregate effect of proceeds from and repayment of bank borrowing, and partially offset by the net proceeds of US$1.4 million from a registered direct offering, upon which the Company sold US$1.5 million of ADSs on August 16, 2021.

Conference Call and Webcast

CooTek's management team will host a conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on December 8, 2021 (9:00 PM Beijing Time on the same day), following the results announcement.

The dial-in details for the live conference call are:

United States:

866-548-4713

Hong Kong:

800-961-105

Mainland China:

4001-209-101

International:

1-323-794-2093

Passcode:

9181320

Please dial in 15 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin. When prompted, ask to be connected to the CooTek (Cayman) Inc. call.

A live webcast and archive of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of CooTek's website at https://ir.cootek.com/

About CooTek (Cayman) Inc.

CooTek is a mobile internet company with a global vision that offers content-rich mobile applications, focusing on three categories: online literature, scenario-based content apps and mobile games. CooTek's mission is to empower everyone to enjoy relevant content seamlessly. CooTek's user-centric and data-driven approach has enabled it to release appealing products to capture mobile internet users' ever-evolving content needs and helps it rapidly attract targeted users.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

To supplement the unaudited consolidated financial information prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America ("GAAP"), the Company uses non-GAAP financial measure of adjusted net loss that is adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude the impact of share-based compensation, and Adjusted EBITDA that is net loss excluding interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and share-based compensation. The measure should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.

The Company believes that the non-GAAP measure help identify underlying financial and business trends relating to the Company's results of operations that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of certain expenses that the Company include in loss from operations and net loss. By making the Company's financial results comparable period over period, the Company believes adjusted net loss and Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to better understand the Company's historical business operations and future prospects and allows for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by the management in financial and operational decision-making. In order to mitigate these limitations, the Company has provided specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from the non-GAAP measure. The table at the bottom of this press release includes details on the reconciliation between GAAP financial measure that is most directly comparable to the non-GAAP financial measure the Company has presented.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements made under the "safe harbor" provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the U.S. 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," "confident," "optimistic" and similar statements. CooTek 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 report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Any statements that are not historical facts, including statements about CooTek's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements that involve factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Such factors and risks include, but not limited to the following: CooTek's mission and strategies; future business development, financial conditions and results of operations; the expected growth of the mobile internet industry and mobile advertising industry; the expected growth of mobile advertising; expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of our products and services; competition in mobile application and advertising industry; relevant government policies and regulations relating to the industry and the development and impacts of COVID-19. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is current as of the date of the press release, and CooTek does not undertake any obligation to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

For investor enquiries, please contact:

CooTek (Cayman) Inc.
Mr. Robert Yi Cui
Email: IR@cootek.com  

ICA Investor Relations (Asia) Limited
Mr. Kevin Yang
Phone: +86-21-8028-6033
E-mail: cootek@icaasia.com

 

 

CooTek (Cayman) Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations

(in thousands, except for share and per share data)




Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended




September 30,


June 30,


September 30,


September 30,




2020


2021


2021


2020


2021




US$


US$


US$


US$


US$









Net revenues


105,657


83,217


51,141


339,066


215,910


Cost of revenues


(6,784)


(8,801)


(9,165)


(17,057)


(26,832)


Gross Profit


98,873


74,416


41,976


322,009


189,078


Operating expenses:












Sales and marketing expenses


(107,842)


(59,787)


(28,687)


(316,277)


(159,210)


Research and development expenses


(8,204)


(9,709)


(9,223)


(23,154)


(27,969)


General and administrative expenses


(3,707)


(4,879)


(4,011)


(11,144)


(14,447)


Other operating (loss) income, net


(1,064)


1,459


938


(228)


3,200


Total operating expenses


(120,817)


(72,916)


(40,983)


(350,803)


(198,426)


(Loss) income from operations


(21,944)


1,500


993


(28,794)


(9,348)


Interest (expense) income , net


(7)


(1,336)


(2,031)


227


(3,681)


Foreign exchange (loss) gain, net


(13)


19


(25)


(13)


(250)


Fair value change of derivatives



85


656



741


(Loss) income before income taxes


(21,964)


268


(407)


(28,580)


(12,538)


Income tax expense





(3)



Share of loss in equity method investment



(4)


(37)



(41)


Net (loss) income


(21,964)


264


(444)


(28,583)


(12,579)


Net (loss) income per ordinary share












Basic


(0.007)


0.0001


(0.0001)


(0.01)


(0.004)


Diluted


(0.007)


0.0001


(0.0001)


(0.01)


(0.004)


Weighted average shares used in calculating
net (loss) income per ordinary share












Basic


3,070,510,051


3,238,319,836


3,330,388,021


3,086,630,271


3,235,801,001


Diluted


3,070,510,051


3,279,417,127


3,330,388,021


3,086,630,271


3,235,801,001


Non-GAAP Financial Data












Adjusted Net (Loss) Income


(20,523)


1,105


367


(24,777)


(9,623)


Adjusted EBITDA


(19,318)


3,428


3,317


(22,263)


(3,178)


 

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 

(in thousands, except for share and per share data)




As of




June 30, 
2021


September 30, 
2021




US$


US$








ASSETS






Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents


35,667


36,011


Restricted cash


3,293


197


Short-term investment


50


50


Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of US$1,180 as of
 
June 30, 2021 and US$1,152 as of September 30, 2021, respectively


31,451


16,422


Prepaid expenses and other current assets


8,966


11,757


Total current assets


79,427


64,437


Property and equipment, net


4,100


3,977


Intangible assets, net


326


285


Operating lease right-of-use assets[4]


1,818


1,423


Long-term investments


620


582


Other non-current assets


1,211


1,236


TOTAL ASSETS


87,502


71,940


LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' DEFICIT






Current liabilities






Accounts payable


50,245


35,436


Short-term borrowings


15,162


11,256


Accrued salary and benefits


6,555


8,387


Operating lease liabilities, current[4]


1,322


1,095


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


6,685


10,077


Convertible notes


16,243


12,591


Derivative liabilities


1,577


921


Deferred revenue


3,086


2,480


Total current liabilities


100,875


82,243


Other non-current liabilities


391


369


Operating lease liabilities, non-current[4]


231


142


TOTAL LIABILITIES


101,497


82,754



 

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (continued):

(in thousands, except for share and per share data)




As of



June 30, 
2021


September 30, 
2021



US$


US$






Shareholders' Deficit:





Ordinary shares


33


34

Treasury shares


(5,229)


(5,229)

Additional paid-in capital


206,159


209,703

Accumulated deficit


(213,099)


(213,544)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(1,859)


(1,778)

Total Shareholders' Deficit


(13,995)


(10,814)

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' DEFICIT


87,502


71,940

 

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

(in thousands, except for share and per share data)




Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended 




 September 30,


June 30,


September 30,


September 30,




2020


2021


2021


2020


2021




US$


US$


US$


US$


US$




















Net cash (used in) provided by 
     operating activities


(14,393)


(17,540)


4,985


5,969


(35,529)


Net cash provided by (used in)
     investing activities


12,266


(565)


(771)


(2,362)


(1,695)


Net cash (used in) provided by 
      financing activities


(2,183)


(135)


(6,810)


(2,937)


23,205


Net (decrease) increase in cash and
     cash equivalents


(4,310)


(18,240)


(2,596)


670


(14,019)


Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted
     cash at beginning of period


64,921


56,127


38,960


59,966


49,622


Effect of exchange rate changes on
     cash and cash equivalents


400


1,073


(156)


375


605


Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted
     cash at end of period


61,011


38,960


36,208


61,011


36,208


 

 

Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results

(in thousands, except for share and per share data)




Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended 





 September 30,


 June 30,


September 30, 


September 30,





2020


2021


2021


2020


2021





 US$


US$


US$


 US$


US$






















Net (Loss) Income


(21,964)


264


(444)


(28,583)


(12,579)



Add:













Share-based compensation related to share options and
    restricted share units


1,441


841


811


3,806


2,956



Adjusted Net (Loss) Income (Non-GAAP)*


(20,523)


1,105


367


(24,777)


(9,623)



Add:













Interest expense (income), net


7


1,336


2,031


(227)


3,681



Income taxes





3




Depreciation and amortization


1,198


987


919


2,738


2,764



Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)*


(19,318)


3,428


3,317


(22,263)


(3,178)




* The tax impact to the non-GAAP adjustments is zero.

 

 

[1] "Adjusted net income" (Non-GAAP) is a non-GAAP measure, which is defined as net loss excluding share-based compensation related to share options and restricted share units. For further information, please see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and "Reconciliations of GAAP and non-GAAP results" at the bottom of this release.

[2] "Portfolio products" is to the mobile applications that we develop and provide to our users and business partners, which exclude TouchPal Smart Input and TouchPal Phonebook.

[3] "Average daily reading time" for any day is calculated by dividing (i) the sum of time spent on reading books on our Fengdu Novel for such day, by (ii) the number of Fengdu Novel users who spent time on reading books for such day. The average daily reading time for any month is calculated by dividing (i) the sum of average daily reading time for each day in such month, by (ii) the number of days in such month.

[4] On January 1, 2021, the Company adopted ASC 842, the new lease standard, using the modified retrospective method.


 

 

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