Tencent Announces 2012 Third Quarter Results

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HONG KONG, Nov 14, 2012  – Tencent Holdings Limited (“Tencent” or the “Company”, SEHK 00700), a leading provider of comprehensive Internet services in China, today announced the unaudited consolidated results for the third quarter of 2012 ended September 30, 2012.


Highlights of the Third Quarter of 2012:

  • Total revenues were RMB11,565.6 million (USD1,823.9 million[1]), an increase of 9.9% over the second quarter of 2012 (“QoQ”) or an increase of 54.3% over the third quarter of 2011 (“YoY”).
  • Revenues from Internet value-added services (“IVAS”) were RMB8,371.0 million (USD1,320.1 million), an increase of 7.5% QoQ or an increase of 39.4% YoY.
  • Revenues from mobile & telecommunications value-added services (“MVAS”) were RMB946.2 million (USD149.2 million), an increase of 1.9% QoQ or an increase of 12.0% YoY.
  • Revenues from online advertising were RMB1,015.3 million (USD160.1 million), an increase of 15.4% QoQ or an increase of 69.0% YoY.
  • Revenues from e-Commerce transactions were RMB1,133.9 million (USD178.8 million), an increase of 32.2% QoQ.
  • Gross profit was RMB6,778.5 million (USD1,069.0 million), an increase of 9.1% QoQ or an increase of 40.2% YoY.  Gross margin decreased to 58.6% from 59.0% last quarter.
  • Operating profit was RMB4,124.4 million (USD650.4 million), an increase of 4.7% QoQ or an increase of 37.9% YoY.  Operating margin decreased to 35.7% from 37.4% last quarter. Non-GAAP operating profit[2] was RMB4,442.8 million(USD700.6 million), an increase of 5.2% QoQ or an increase of 31.5% YoY.  Non-GAAP operating margin decreased to 38.4% from 40.1% last quarter.
  • Profit for the quarter was RMB3,241.1 million (USD511.1 million), an increase of 4.2% QoQ or an increase of 32.5% YoY.  Net margin decreased to 28.0% from 29.5% last quarter. 
    Non-GAAP profit for the quarter2 was RMB3,587.1 million (USD565.7 million), an increase of 5.2% QoQ or an increase of 29.0% YoY.  Non-GAAP net margin decreased to 31.0% from 32.4% last quarter.
  • Profit attributable to equity holders of the Company for the quarter was RMB3,218.7 million (USD507.6 million), an increase of 3.8% QoQ or an increase of 31.6% YoY. Non-GAAP profit attributable to equity holders of the Company for the quarter2 was RMB3,551.3 million (USD560.1 million), an increase of 4.9% QoQ or an increase of 28.2% YoY.
  • Basic earnings per share were RMB1.759.  Diluted earnings per share were RMB1.727. 
  • Key platform statistics:
    • Monthly active Instant Messaging (“IM”) user accounts were 783.9 million, flat QoQ or an increase of 10.1% YoY.
    • Peak simultaneous online IM user accounts were 167.3 million, an increase of 0.4% QoQ or an increase of 15.1% YoY.  
    • Monthly active Qzone user accounts were 592.8 million, a decrease of 0.8% QoQ or an increase of 8.2% YoY; monthly active Pengyou user accounts were 258.9 million, an increase of 4.5% QoQ or an increase of 26.8% YoY.  
    • Peak simultaneous online QQ Game Platform user accounts were 9.4 million, an increase of 6.8% QoQ or an increase of 17.5% YoY.
    • Fee-based IVAS registered subscriptions were 73.8 million, a decrease of 1.2% QoQ or a decrease of 4.8% YoY.  
    • Fee-based MVAS registered subscriptions were 33.7 million, a decrease of 2.6% QoQ or an increase of 8.0% YoY. 

Mr. Ma Huateng, Chairman and CEO of Tencent, said, “Our platform strength enabled us to achieve solid year-on-year growth in operating and financial metrics during the third quarter 2012. Several of our investment initiatives, such as open platform, Weixin and online video, made progress in driving user engagement or monetisation. Looking forward, we will extend our open platform from desktop to mobile Internet, and we will enrich the platform by encouraging a greater diversity of applications. Our focus remains on building our user base and enhancing our user experience, particularly during this period of rapid mobile Internet growth.”

Financial Review for the Third Quarter of 2012

Revenues from our IVAS business increased 7.5% QoQ to RMB8,371.0 million and represented 72.4% of our total revenues for the third quarter of 2012.  Online game revenues increased 7.3% QoQ to RMB5,972.9 million.  This primarily reflected growth in games revenues from China which benefited from the positive impact of summer holidays on titles such as Cross Fire, QQ Dancer and QQ Speed, as well as contributions from new titles, such as Legend of Yulong.  We also experienced growth in game revenues from international markets such as the US, Europe, and Korea.  Revenues from our community and open platforms increased 7.9% QoQ to RMB2,398.1 million, mainly driven by growth in item-based sales within applications on our open platforms. 

Revenues from our MVAS business increased 1.9% QoQ to RMB946.2 million and represented 8.2% of our total revenues for the third quarter of 2012.  This primarily reflected an increase in revenues from our mobile games and mobile books.

Revenues from our online advertising business increased 15.4% QoQ to RMB1,015.3 million and represented 8.8% of our total revenues for the third quarter of 2012.  Brand display advertising revenues increased, reflecting the positive impact of the London Olympic Games, and performance display advertising grew, as advertisers spent more on our social networks’ inventory. 

Revenues from our e-Commerce transactions business increased 32.2% QoQ to RMB1,133.9 million and represented 9.8% of our total revenues for the third quarter of 2012.  This was mainly driven by increased volume of e-Commerce transactions in which we act as principal.  Fees generated from transactions on our marketplace also contributed to the growth rate. 

Other Key Financial Information for the Third Quarter of 2012

Share-based compensation was RMB217.3 million for the third quarter of 2012 as compared with RMB255.7 million for the previous quarter. 

Capital expenditure was RMB1,132.3 million for the third quarter of 2012 as compared with RMB915.2 million for the previous quarter. 

The Company didn’t repurchase any shares on the Stock Exchange during the third quarter of 2012 as compared with 26,000 shares repurchased for an aggregate consideration of approximately RMB4.3 million in the previous quarter.

As at September 30, 2012, net cash position totaled RMB23,492.4 million which excluded short-term borrowings ofRMB3,012.0 million, long-term borrowings of RMB2,219.4 million and long-term notes payable of RMB7,591.2 million.

As at September 30, 2012, the total number of shares of the Company in issue was 1.846 billion.

Business Review and Outlook

Overall Financial Performance

In the third quarter of 2012, we achieved solid year-on-year growth in revenues and earnings. 

  • Our IVAS business benefited from the popularity of our online game titles in China and overseas, and from increased item-based sales within applications on our open platforms. 
  • Our MVAS business continued to achieve year-on-year revenue growth.  However, our primary focus for this business is maximising long-term user base and user engagement, rather than near-term financial performance.
  • Our online advertising business registered a significant year-on-year revenue increase, thanks to new platform contributions and continued expansion in traditional brand display advertising.
  • Our e-Commerce transactions business experienced a sequential revenue increase during the quarter, due to growth in transaction volume.

Strategic Highlights

In September 2012, we announced the completion of a USD 600 million senior unsecured notes offering.  This is our second international bond issue, following our first such transaction in December 2011.  We are grateful that our investors continue to display confidence in our business model and financial performance, and we remain firmly committed to maintaining our strong credit profile and investment grade credit ratings.

Divisional and Product Highlights

Communications Platforms

For QQ IM, MAU registered 10% year-on-year growth and reached 784 million at the end of the third quarter of 2012.  It’s PCU for the quarter was 167 million, representing 15% growth as compared to the same period last year.  The growth rate of PCU decelerated as the increased number of mobile users resulted in greater dispersion of time spent on QQ IM through different day parts.  During the quarter, Weixin reinforced its position as the leading mobile community in China, exceeding 200 million registered use accounts in September 2012.

Media Platforms

QQ.com extended its lead among portals in China in terms of page views and unique visitors, and Tencent Microblog maintained a leading social media position in China with 507 million registered user accounts and 94 million DAU at the end of the quarter.  Tencent Video gained popularity among Internet users due to content enrichment and user experience improvement.  During the quarter, we leveraged our in-depth coverage of the London Olympic Games and our cross-platform sharing tools to enhance our media influence and brand recognition, especially in the sports category. 

full press release

About Tencent

Tencent aims to enrich the interactive online experience of Internet users by providing a comprehensive range of Internet and wireless value-added services.  Through its various online platforms, including Instant Messaging QQ, web portal QQ.com, the QQ Game Platform under Tencent Games, multi-media social networking service Qzone and wireless portal, Tencent services the largest online community in China and fulfills the user’s needs for communication, information, entertainment and e-Commerce on the Internet.

Tencent has four main streams of revenues: Internet value-added services, mobile and telecommunications value-added services, online advertising and e-Commerce. 

Shares of Tencent Holdings Limited are traded on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, under stock code 00700.  The Company became a constituent of the Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (HSI) on June 10, 2008.

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