Aurora Mobile Limited Announces Third Quarter 2022 Unaudited Financial Results

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SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aurora Mobile Limited (“Aurora Mobile” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: JG), a leading provider of customer engagement and marketing technology services in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Third Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Revenues were RMB80.4 million (US$11.3 million), a decrease of 11% year-over-year.
  • Cost of revenues was RMB26.4 million (US$3.7 million), an increase of 14% year-over-year.
  • Gross profit was RMB54.0 million (US$7.6 million), a decrease of 20% year-over-year.
  • Total operating expenses were RMB80.0 million (US$11.3 million), a decrease of 23% year-over-year.
  • Net loss was RMB20.7 million (US$2.9 million), compared with a net loss of RMB35.6 million for the same quarter last year.
  • Net loss attributable to Aurora Mobile Limited’s shareholders was RMB20.4 million (US$2.9 million), compared with a net loss attributable to Aurora Mobile Limited’s shareholders of RMB35.6 million for the same quarter last year.
  • Adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) was RMB14.5 million (US$2.0 million), compared with a RMB26.2 million adjusted net loss for the same quarter last year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) was a negative RMB6.7 million (US$0.9 million), compared with a negative RMB16.1 million for the same quarter last year.

Mr. Weidong Luo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Mobile, commented, “While we continued to navigate through macro-economic uncertainties, Q3’2022 was a solid quarter for performance and financial measurements in most of our business lines. We are also actively expanding our footprint into overseas markets and prioritizing opportunities for future growth. We continued our cost control initiatives into the 3rd quarter and are very pleased with our progress. Here is a snapshot of some of the key results that we want to share with you:

  • Lowest operating expenses for the past 16 quarters since Q4 of 2018, at RMB80.0 million, down 23% year-over-year
  • Lowest net loss since Q3 of 2019, at RMB20.7 million, narrowed down by 42% year-over-year
  • Adjusted EBITDA at negative RMB6.7 million, significantly improved by 58% year-over-year
  • Deferred Revenue balance is the highest in the history of the Company, at RMB139.1 million
  • Total customer number up 71% year-over-year to 4,665
  • AR turnover days significantly improved by 8 days from 46 days in Q2’2022 to 38 days despite the tough business environment

Another encouraging sign is from the revenue perspective, as we saw sequential revenue growth in most of our business lines this quarter. While we are anticipating more recovery in growth, it’s still too early to call this a definite trend. However, the sequential growth in our business lines is a major positive sign for us. In Q3’2022, Developer Services revenues increased by 3% quarter-over-quarter to RMB57.0 million, which was mainly due to the increase in Subscription Services. Year-over-year Developer Services decreased by 12% mainly due to the weakness in Value-added Services, offset by the growth in Subscription Services.

Subscription Services revenues were RMB41.7 million, up 9% quarter-over-quarter and up 5% year-over-year. Subscription Services, our core business line, including JPUSH, Analytics, UMS and others, are products and services that help APP developers and enterprises to improve their operational efficiency. The increase in ARPU contributed to the growth in revenues, and we managed to further grow our customer base, signing up several well-known and sizable customers.

During Q3’2022, we saw the ad market demand further pressured and advertisers continuing to cut back budgets. Although we believe that these factors are temporary and the ad market is expected to bounce back, we are taking actions and continue to prioritize our resources on projects that will drive the most growth. With the launch of our AD Mediation Platform in Q2’2022, over 3 million daily active users (“DAU”) and over 40 APPs have joined our platform and we are anticipating more DAUs to join our platform in Q4’2022.

While we put some emphasis on coping with the near-term uncertainties, we consistently stay focused on our long-term strategy of expanding our business overseas since we believe that going overseas is becoming a substantial growth strategy for Chinese companies. After several months of our team’s effort, in mid-October we launched our overseas messaging service platform EngageLab, allowing developers to reach global users effectively and efficiently. This is a major milestone for us, since we can now help both the Chinese companies and overseas based companies to carry out refined and accurate user reach and engagement at low cost with high message delivery rates and conversion rates. I invite you to visit our website at www.Engagelab.com and see for yourselves.”

Mr. Shan-Nen Bong, Chief Financial Officer of Aurora Mobile, added, “We have also seen sequential growth in Vertical Applications revenues. Vertical Applications mainly consist of Financial Risk Management and Market Intelligence. Vertical applications revenues increased by 12% quarter-over-quarter and decreased by 9% year-over-year.

Financial Risk Management Service revenues increased by 20% quarter-over-quarter to RMB14.4 million and decreased by 7% year-over-year. The Financial Risk Management sequential revenues growth was mainly due to the increase in customer numbers as demand has shown good growth over the quarters.

Our Market Intelligence Services also delivered strong revenue growth, up 23% quarter-over-quarter and 24% year-over-year to RMB8.9 million. During this quarter, we have further cemented our strategy to retain key account customers both from the PRC and overseas markets, and signed up numerous well-known customers.

As we mentioned earlier, tightening expense control has been the theme over the past few quarters. By doing so, we have achieved some very solid results to tide us through the tough times. We had another record low quarter for operating expenses at RMB80.0 million, down 23% year-over-year. All 3 components within the operating expense category have recorded year-over-year reductions.

Adjusted EBITDA (calculated as EBITDA excluding share-based compensation, reduction in force charges, impairment of long-term investment and change in fair value of foreign currency swap contracts), improved by 58% year-over-year and 16% quarter-over-quarter respectively, to negative RMB6.7 million.

AR turnover days decreased from 46 days in Q2’2022 to 38 days in this quarter. Our disciplined accounting policy and cash collecting efforts ensure a timely collection of our accounts receivables. This is very important to mitigate the exposure to bad and doubtful debts during these particularly challenging times.

Last but not least, our deferred revenue balance which represents cash collected in advance from customers for future contract performance, recorded the highest balance in history of the Company at RMB139.1 million. Another angle on this matter, our deferred revenue balance has been continually growing and exceeded RMB100 million at quarter end for the 10th consecutive quarter. This demonstrates the excellent health conditions of our financial KPIs under the SAAS businesses.”

Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Revenues were RMB80.4 million (US$11.3 million), a decrease of 11% from RMB90.5 million in the same quarter of last year, mainly due to the impact of COVID-19 on overall macroeconomic conditions.

Cost of revenues was RMB26.4 million (US$3.7 million), an increase of 14% from RMB23.2 million in the same quarter of last year. The increase was mainly due to the increase in short message cost of RMB1.3 million and increase in technical service cost of RMB1.1 million.

Gross profit was RMB54.0 million (US$7.6 million), a decrease of 20% from RMB67.4 million in the same quarter of last year.

Total operating expenses were RMB80.0 million (US$11.3 million), a decrease of 23% from RMB103.7 million in the same quarter of last year.

  • Research and development expenses were RMB38.3 million (US$5.4 million), a decrease of 31% from RMB55.5 million in the same quarter of last year, mainly due to a RMB9.4 million decrease in personnel costs, a RMB2.0 million decrease in technical service fee, a RMB2.9 million decrease in cloud cost, and a RMB1.4 million decrease in depreciation expense.
  • Sales and marketing expenses were RMB24.2 million (US$3.4 million), a decrease of 18% from RMB29.4 million in the same quarter of last year, mainly due to a RMB3.2 million decrease in personnel costs and a RMB1.7 million decrease in marketing expense.
  • General and administrative expenses were RMB17.6 million (US$2.5 million), a decrease of 7% from RMB18.8 million in the same quarter of last year, mainly due to a RMB0.7 million decrease in personnel costs and a RMB0.3 million decrease in travel and entertainment expense.

Loss from operations was RMB26.0 million (US$3.7 million), compared with RMB36.4 million in the same quarter of last year.

Net Loss was RMB20.7 million (US$2.9 million), compared with RMB35.6 million in the same quarter of last year.

Adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) was RMB14.5 million (US$2.0 million), compared with RMB26.2 million in the same quarter of last year.

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) was a negative RMB6.7 million (US$0.9 million), compared with a negative RMB16.1 million for the same quarter of last year.

The cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments were RMB108.1 million (US$15.2 million) as of September 30, 2022 compared with RMB284.6 million as of December 31, 2021. The decrease was primarily due to the short-term bank loan of RMB150.0 million was fully repaid in April 2022.

Update on Share Repurchase

As of September 30, 2022, the Company had repurchased a total of 947,749 ADS, of which 27,143 ADSs, or around US$27.9 thousand were repurchased during the third quarter in 2022 at the average purchase price of US$1.03.

Conference Call

The Company will host an earnings conference call on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 7:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (8:30 p.m. Beijing time on the same day).

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, operator assisted conference calls are not available at the moment. All participants must register in advance to join the conference using the link provided below. Please dial in 15 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin. Conference access information will be provided upon registration.

Participant Online Registration: https://register.vevent.com/register/BI14552f1bcf6b41d7bfa6f2da3c115cb9

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of Aurora Mobile’s website at https://ir.jiguang.cn/.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In evaluating the business, the Company considers and uses two non-GAAP measures, adjusted net loss and adjusted EBITDA, as a supplemental measure to review and assess its operating performance. The presentation of these 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 U.S. GAAP. The Company defines adjusted net loss as net loss excluding share-based compensation, reduction in force charges, impairment of long-term investment and change in fair value of foreign currency swap contract. The Company defines adjusted EBITDA as net loss excluding interest expense, depreciation of property and equipment, amortization of intangible assets, amortization of land use right, income tax expenses/(benefits), share-based compensation, reduction in force charges, impairment of long-term investment and change in fair value of foreign currency swap contract.

The Company believes that adjusted net loss and adjusted EBITDA help identify underlying trends in its business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of certain expenses that it includes in loss from operations and net loss.

The Company believes that adjusted net loss and adjusted EBITDA provide useful information about its operating results, enhance the overall understanding of its past performance and future prospects and allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by the management in their financial and operational decision-making.

The non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools. One of the key limitations of using adjusted net loss and adjusted EBITDA is that they do not reflect all items of income and expense that affect the Company’s operations. Further, the non-GAAP financial measures may differ from the non-GAAP information used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited.

The Company compensates for these limitations by reconciling the non-GAAP financial measures to the nearest U.S. GAAP performance measure, all of which should be considered when evaluating the Company’s performance. The Company encourages you to review its financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

Reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable U.S. GAAP measure are included at the end of this press release.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of 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” and similar statements. Among other things, the Business Outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as Aurora Mobile’s strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. Aurora Mobile may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports 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. Statements that are not historical facts, including but not limited to statements about Aurora Mobile’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: Aurora Mobile’s strategies; Aurora Mobile’s future business development, financial condition and results of operations; Aurora Mobile’s ability to attract and retain customers; its ability to develop and effectively market data solutions, and penetrate the existing market for developer services; its ability to transition to the new advertising-driven SAAS business model; its ability maintain or enhance its brand; the competition with current or future competitors; its ability to continue to gain access to mobile data in the future; the laws and regulations relating to data privacy and protection; general economic and business conditions globally and in China and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of the press release, and Aurora Mobile undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

About Aurora Mobile Limited

Founded in 2011, Aurora Mobile is a leading provider of customer engagement and marketing technology services in China. Since its inception, Aurora Mobile has focused on providing stable and efficient messaging services to enterprises and has grown to be a leading mobile messaging service provider with its first-mover advantage. With the increasing demand for customer reach and marketing growth, Aurora Mobile has developed forward-looking solutions such as Cloud Messaging and Cloud Marketing to help enterprises achieve omnichannel customer reach and interaction, as well as artificial intelligence and big data-driven marketing technology solutions to help enterprises’ digital transformation.

For more information, please visit https://ir.jiguang.cn/.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Aurora Mobile Limited

[email protected]

Christensen

In China

Mr. Eric Yuan

Phone: +86-10-5900-1548

E-mail: [email protected]

In U.S.

Ms. Linda Bergkamp

Phone: +1-480-614-3004

Email: [email protected]

Footnote:

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to U.S. dollars are made at a rate of RMB7.1135 to US$1.00, the exchange rate set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System as of September 30, 2022.

AURORA MOBILE LIMITED
UNAUDITED INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS
(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi (“RMB”) and US dollars (“US$”), except for number of shares and per share data)
                             
    Three months ended   Nine months ended
    September 30, 2021   June 30, 2022   September 30,
2022
  September 30, 2021   September 30,
2022
    RMB   RMB   RMB   US$   RMB   RMB   US$
                             
Revenues   90,517     76,147     80,431     11,307     256,126     241,908     34,007  
Cost of revenues   (23,167 )   (22,673 )   (26,403 )   (3,712 )   (63,255 )   (75,904 )   (10,670 )
Gross profit   67,350     53,474     54,028     7,595     192,871     166,004     23,337  
Operating expenses                            
Research and development   (55,511 )   (40,794 )   (38,275 )   (5,381 )   (161,730 )   (119,047 )   (16,735 )
Sales and marketing   (29,358 )   (23,326 )   (24,178 )   (3,399 )   (83,262 )   (73,787 )   (10,373 )
General and administrative   (18,831 )   (23,601 )   (17,569 )   (2,470 )   (65,523 )   (69,366 )   (9,751 )
Total operating expenses   (103,700 )   (87,721 )   (80,022 )   (11,250 )   (310,515 )   (262,200 )   (36,859 )
Loss from operations   (36,350 )   (34,247 )   (25,994 )   (3,655 )   (117,644 )   (96,196 )   (13,522 )
Foreign exchange gain/(loss), net   535     (2,667 )   (449 )   (63 )   (969 )   (3,713 )   (522 )
Interest income   1,668     388     276     39     4,998     1,915     269  
Interest expenses   (1,936 )   (775 )   (194 )   (27 )   (6,914 )   (2,815 )   (396 )
Other (loss)/ income   (507 )   13,726     5,479     770     12,591     24,010     3,375  
Change in fair value of structured deposits       3     49     7     20     52     7  
Change in fair value of foreign currency swap contract   1,019     (677 )           2,924     764     107  
Loss before income taxes   (35,571 )   (24,249 )   (20,833 )   (2,929 )   (104,994 )   (75,983 )   (10,682 )
Income tax (expenses)/ benefits       (139 )   110     15     (11 )   (25 )   (4 )
Net loss   (35,571 )   (24,388 )   (20,723 )   (2,914 )   (105,005 )   (76,008 )   (10,686 )
Less: net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests       (972 )   (296 )   (42 )       (2,357 )   (331 )
Net loss attributable to Aurora Mobile Limited’s shareholders   (35,571 )   (23,416 )   (20,427 )   (2,872 )   (105,005 )   (73,651 )   (10,355 )
Net loss attributable to common shareholders   (35,571 )   (23,416 )   (20,427 )   (2,872 )   (105,005 )   (73,651 )   (10,355 )
Net loss per share, for Class A and Class B common shares:                            
Class A and B Common Shares – basic and diluted   (0.45 )   (0.30 )   (0.26 )   (0.04 )   (1.33 )   (0.93 )   (0.13 )
Shares used in net loss per share computation:                            
Class A Common Shares – basic and diluted   61,906,065     62,138,645     62,306,416     62,306,416     61,748,610     62,168,880     62,168,880  
Class B Common Shares – basic and diluted   17,000,189     17,000,189     17,000,189     17,000,189     17,000,189     17,000,189     17,000,189  
Other comprehensive (loss)/income                            
Foreign currency translation adjustments   (294 )   3,519     3,472     488     360     7,300     1,026  
Total other comprehensive (loss)/income, net of tax   (294 )   3,519     3,472     488     360     7,300     1,026  
Total comprehensive loss   (35,865 )   (20,869 )   (17,251 )   (2,426 )   (104,645 )   (68,708 )   (9,660 )
Less: comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interests       (972 )   (296 )   (42 )       (2,357 )   (331 )
Comprehensive loss attributable to Aurora Mobile Limited’s shareholders   (35,865 )   (19,897 )   (16,955 )   (2,384 )   (104,645 )   (66,351 )   (9,329 )
                             
AURORA MOBILE LIMITED
UNAUDITED INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi (“RMB”) and US dollars (“US$”))
             
    As of
    December 31, 2021   September 30, 2022
    RMB   RMB   US$
ASSETS            
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   90,552     87,977     12,368  
Restricted cash   164,030     137     19  
Derivative assets   5,989     22     3  
Short-term investments   30,000     20,000     2,812  
Accounts receivable   43,860     32,167     4,522  
Prepayments and other current assets   46,670     32,060     4,508  
Amounts due from a related party   35          
Total current assets   381,136     172,363     24,232  
Non-current assets:            
Long-term investments   141,926     142,908     20,090  
Property and equipment, net   62,179     42,878     6,028  
Intangible assets, net   5,398     25,191     3,541  
Land use right       21,743     3,057  
Goodwill       37,785     5,312  
Other non-current assets   4,898     2,152     303  
Total non-current assets   214,401     272,657     38,331  
Total assets   595,537     445,020     62,563  
LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY            
Current liabilities:            
Short-term loan   150,000          
Accounts payable   18,292     17,456     2,454  
Deferred revenue and customer deposits   119,991     132,714     18,657  
Accrued liabilities and other current liabilities   85,305     88,240     12,405  
Amounts due to a related party   54     63     9  
Total current liabilities   373,642     238,473     33,525  
Non-current liabilities:            
Deferred revenue   3,845     6,366     895  
Deferred tax liabilities       4,965     698  
Other non-current liabilities   2,607     2,430     342  
Total non-current liabilities   6,452     13,761     1,935  
Total liabilities   380,094     252,234     35,460  
Redeemable noncontrolling interests       31,582     4,440  
Shareholders’ equity:            
Common shares   49     49     7  
Treasury shares       (199 )   (28 )
Additional paid-in capital   1,021,961     1,034,272     145,396  
Accumulated deficit   (819,018 )   (892,669 )   (125,489 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income   12,451     19,751     2,777  
Total shareholders’ equity   215,443     161,204     22,663  
Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interests and shareholders’ equity   595,537     445,020     62,563  
             
AURORA MOBILE LIMITED
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS
(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi (“RMB”) and US dollars (“US$”))
                             
    Three months ended   Nine months ended
    September 30, 2021   June 30, 2022   September 30,
2022
  September 30, 2021   September 30,
2022
    RMB   RMB   RMB   US$   RMB   RMB   US$
Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted Net Loss:                            
Net loss   (35,571 )   (24,388 )   (20,723 )   (2,914 )   (105,005 )   (76,008 )   (10,686 )
Add:                            
Share-based compensation   7,754     6,792     4,470     628     26,790     14,654     2,060  
Reduction in force charges           1,712     241         5,903     830  
Impairment of long-term investment   2,588                 2,588     7,016     986  
Change in fair value of foreign currency swap contract   (1,019 )   677             (2,924 )   (764 )   (107 )
Adjusted net loss   (26,248 )   (16,919 )   (14,541 )   (2,045 )   (78,551 )   (49,199 )   (6,917 )
Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA:                            
Net loss   (35,571 )   (24,388 )   (20,723 )   (2,914 )   (105,005 )   (76,008 )   (10,686 )
Add:                            
Income tax expenses/ (benefits)       139     (110 )   (15 )   11     25     4  
Interest expenses   1,936     775     194     27     6,914     2,815     396  
Depreciation of property and equipment   7,086     6,350     5,868     825     20,492     18,854     2,650  
Amortization of intangible assets   1,156     1,671     1,665     234     3,346     4,412     620  
Amortization of land use right           183     26         183     26  
EBITDA   (25,393 )   (15,453 )   (12,923 )   (1,817 )   (74,242 )   (49,719 )   (6,990 )
Add:                            
Share-based compensation   7,754     6,792     4,470     628     26,790     14,654     2,060  
Reduction in force charges           1,712     241         5,903     830  
Impairment of long-term investment   2,588                 2,588     7,016     986  
Change in fair value of foreign currency swap contract   (1,019 )   677             (2,924 )   (764 )   (107 )
Adjusted EBITDA   (16,070 )   (7,984 )   (6,741 )   (948 )   (47,788 )   (22,910 )   (3,221 )
                             
AURORA MOBILE LIMITED
UNAUDITED SAAS BUSINESSES REVENUE
(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi (“RMB”) and US dollars (“US$”))
                             
                             
    Three months ended   Nine months ended
    September 30, 2021   June 30, 2022   September 30,
2022
  September 30, 2021   September 30,
2022
    RMB   RMB   RMB   US$   RMB   RMB   US$
                             
Developer Services   64,677     55,249     57,003     8,014     178,285     172,009     24,181  
Subscription   39,773     38,343     41,692     5,862     110,987     114,391     16,081  
Value-Added Services   24,904     16,906     15,311     2,152     67,298     57,618     8,100  
Vertical Applications   25,840     20,898     23,428     3,293     77,841     69,899     9,826  
Total Revenue   90,517     76,147     80,431     11,307     256,126     241,908     34,007  
Gross Profits   67,350     53,474     54,028     7,595     192,871     166,004     23,337  
Gross Margin   74.4%     70.2%     67.2%     67.2%     75.3%     68.6%     68.6%