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Yalla Group Limited Announces Unaudited First Quarter 2021 Financial Results


DUBAI, UAE, May 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Yalla Group Limited (“Yalla” or the “Company”) (NYSE: YALA), the leading voice-centric social networking and entertainment platform in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

First Quarter Ended March 31, 2021 Financial and Operating Highlights

  • Revenues were US$67.6 million in the first quarter of 2021, representing an increase of 221.0% from the first quarter of 2020.
    – Revenues generated from chatting services in the first quarter of 2021 were US$54.8 million.
    – Revenues generated from games services in the first quarter of 2021 were US$12.8 million.
  • Net income was US$19.8 million in the first quarter and net margin was 29.3%, representing an increase of 114.6% from the first quarter of 2020.
  • Non-GAAP net income[1] was US$33.6 million in the first quarter, representing an increase of 263.7% from the first quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP net margin was 49.7% in the first quarter of 2021.
  • Average MAUs[2] increased by 206.9% to 18.8 million in the first quarter of 2021 from 6.1 million in the first quarter of 2020.
  • The number of paying users[3] on our platform increased by 260.4% to 5.8 million in the first quarter of 2021 from 1.6 million in the first quarter of 2020.

[1] Non-GAAP net income represents net income before share-based compensation. Non-GAAP net income is a non-GAAP financial measure. See the sections entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” for more information about the non-GAAP measures referred to in this press release.

[2] “Average MAUs” refers to the average monthly active users in a given period calculated by dividing (i) the sum of active users for each month of such period, by (ii) the number of months in such period. “Active users” refers to registered users who accessed any of our mobile applications at least once during a given period.

[3] “Paying users” refers to registered users who played a game or purchased our virtual items or upgrade services using virtual currencies on our platform at least once in a given period, except for users who receive all of their virtual currencies directly or indirectly from us for free. “Registered users” refers to users who have registered accounts on our platform as of a given time; a registered user is not necessarily a unique user, however, as an individual may register multiple accounts on our platform, and consequently, the number of registered users we present in this press release may not equal the number of unique users who have registered on our platform as of a given time.

                                                                                           

Key Operating Data

For the three months ended


March 31, 2020


March 31, 2021





Average MAUs (in thousands)

6,127


18,806

Yalla

4,016


7,293

Yalla Ludo

2,111


11,513





Paying users (in thousands)

1,620


5,839

Yalla

759


1,215

Yalla Ludo

861


4,624





“We had a stellar first quarter marked by strong results in both operational and financial metrics. Yalla Group’s total revenue increased by 39.9% quarter-over-quarter and reached US$67.6 million, exceeding the upper end of our guidance range by 7.4%. This exceptional performance was driven by our continued efforts to expand our user community, effective conversion of active users into paying users, and further advancement in monetization capabilities,” said Mr.Yang Tao, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yalla. ” We continue to enrich and expand our product offerings, including Yalla, Yalla Ludo, and various new products in the pipeline, and we believe enhancing product synergies is an essential part of our plan in growing a comprehensive Yalla ecosystem and attracting new users. In addition, strong product synergies will drive efficiencies in user acquisition, encourage new product adoption and build strong platform affinity among our user base.”

“This year marks Yalla Group’s fifth anniversary, and we are proud to say that we have affirmed our mission to build the most popular destination for online social networking and entertainment activities in MENA over the past five years, and are continually enriching our product offerings to better serve local users. Looking ahead, we will keep enthusiastically monitoring trends in MENA’s local culture, expanding our friendly community, and building an integrated and synergistic ecosystem with diverse products and services tailored to local users’ needs,” concluded Mr.Yang.

“Our strong performance sustained into the first quarter, ” said Ms. Karen Hu, Chief Financial Officer of Yalla. “As we steadfastly executed our growth strategy that prioritizes user experience and community development, our revenues and non-GAAP net income rose by 221.0% and 263.7% year-over-year to reach US$67.6 million and US$33.6 million in the first quarter of 2021 respectively. Non-GAAP net margin was 49.7%, an indication of the robustness of our business model and disciplined execution. As we entered into the second quarter, with the Ramadan fasting period taking place across MENA between 13th April and 12th May in 2021, we expect to have a relatively moderate revenue growth due to potentially reduced social and entertainment activities, which is an annual seasonal impact. Looking ahead, we will leverage our team’s deep local insights, continue to develop the Yalla ecosystem and enhance our brand building to further pave the runway for long-term growth, as we are committed to delivering a superb experience to our users and meaningful returns for shareholders.”

First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Revenues

Our revenues were US$67.6 million in the first quarter of 2021, a 221.0% increase from US$21.1 million in the first quarter of 2020. The increase was primarily driven by the widening of Yalla’s and Yalla Ludo’s user base and the enhancement in Yalla Group’s monetization capability. Our average MAUs increased by 206.9% from 6.1 million in the first quarter of 2020 to 18.8 million in the first quarter of 2021. Another primary contributor to our solid revenues growth was the significant growth in the number of paying users, which increased from 1.6 million in the first quarter of 2020 to 5.8 million in the first quarter of 2021.

In the first quarter of 2021, our revenues generated from chatting services were US$54.8 million and our revenues generated from the games services were US$12.8 million.

Costs and expenses

Our total costs and expenses were US$47.4 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared with US$11.8 million in the first quarter of 2020. The increase was in line with our revenue growth and primarily due to our expanding business scale.

Our cost of revenues was US$24.0 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared with US$6.8 million in the first quarter of 2020.The increase was mainly driven by (i) share-based compensation expenses of US$1.7 million recognized for the first quarter of 2021, and (ii) other components of cost of revenues of US$22.3 million for the first quarter of 2021, a 227.2% increase from US$6.8 million for the first quarter of 2020, which was primarily due to an increase in commission fee for third-party payment platforms resulted from our expanding business scale. Other components of cost of revenues as a percentage of our total revenues remained relatively stable at 33.0% in the first quarter of 2021, compared with 32.3% in the same period in 2020.

Our selling and marketing expenses were US$8.4 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared with US$2.8 million in the same period last year. The increase was mainly driven by (i) share-based compensation expenses of US$3.2 million recognized for the first quarter of 2021, and (ii) other components of selling and marketing expenses of US$5.1 million for the first quarter of 2021, an 81.7% increase from US$2.8 million for the same quarter last year, which was primarily due to higher advertising and market promotion expenses as a result of our continued user acquisition efforts. Other components of selling and marketing expenses as a percentage of our total revenues decreased from 13.4% in the first quarter of 2020 to 7.6% in the same period in 2021, primarily due to strong growth in organic user acquisition through word-of-mouth referrals as well as brand effect, and enhanced marketing efficiency.

Our general and administrative expenses were US$11.7 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared with US$1.3 million in the same period last year. The increase was mainly driven by (i) share-based compensation expenses of US$8.7 million recognized for the first quarter of 2021, and (ii) other components of general and administrative expenses of US$3.0 million for the first quarter of 2021, a 124.4% increase from US$1.3 million for the same quarter last year, which was primarily due to an increase in salaries and other benefits for our general and administrative staff, which was in turn driven by an expansion of our general and administrative staff. Other components of general and administrative expenses as a percentage of our total revenues decreased from 6.4% in the first quarter of 2020 to 4.4% in the first quarter of 2021 due to economies of scale.

Our technology and product development expenses were US$3.3 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared with US$0.9 million in the same period last year. The increase was mainly driven by (i) share-based compensation expenses of US$0.1 million recognized for the first quarter of 2021, and (ii) other components of technology and product development expenses of US$3.2 million for the first quarter of 2021, a 277.0% increase from US$0.9 million for the same quarter last year, which was primarily due to an increase in salaries and benefits for our technology and product development staff, which was in turn driven by an expansion of our technology and product development staff due to our increased investment in new products and services. As a result of these reasons, other components of technology and product development expenses as a percentage of our total revenues also increased from 4.0% in the first quarter of 2020 to 4.7% in the same period of 2021.

Operating income

Operating income was US$20.2 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared with an operating income of US$9.2 million in the first quarter of 2020.

Non-GAAP operating income[4]

Non-GAAP operating income (which excluded share-based compensation expenses) for the first quarter of 2021 was US$34.0 million, a 267.8% increase from US$9.2 million for the same quarter last year.

Income tax expense

Our income tax expense was US$0.43 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared with US$0.19 million in the first quarter of 2020.

Net income

As a result of the foregoing, our net income was US$19.8 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared with net income of US$9.2 million in the first quarter of 2020.

Non-GAAP net income[5]

Non-GAAP net income (which excluded share-based compensation expenses) for the first quarter of 2021 was US$33.6 million, a 263.7% increase from US$9.2 million for the same quarter last year.

[4] Non-GAAP operating income represents operating income before share-based compensation. Non-GAAP operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure. See the sections entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” for more information about the non-GAAP measures referred to in this press release.

[5] Non-GAAP net income represents net income before share-based compensation. Non-GAAP net income is a non-GAAP financial measure. See the sections entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” for more information about the non-GAAP measures referred to in this press release.

Net income per share

Basic and diluted net income per ordinary share were US$0.13 and US$0.11 for the first quarter of 2021, while basic and diluted net income per ordinary share were both US$0.07 in the same period of 2020.

Non-GAAP net income per ordinary share[6]

Non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per ordinary share were US$0.23 and US$0.19 respectively, compared to US$0.07 for both in the same period of 2020.

Cash and cash equivalents

As of March 31, 2021, we had cash and cash equivalents of US$261.7 million, as compared to cash and cash equivalents of US$236.9 million as of December 31, 2020.

Outlook

For the second quarter of 2021, the management of the Company currently expects revenues to be between US$65.0 million and US$71.0 million, which would represent an increase of approximately 105.2% to 124.1% from US$31.7 million for the second quarter of 2020.

The above outlook is based on the current market conditions and reflects the Company management’s current and preliminary estimates of market and operating conditions and customer demand, which are all subject to change.

[6] Non-GAAP net income per ordinary share is non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders of Yalla Group Limited, using the two-class method, divided by weighted average number of basic and diluted share outstanding. Non-GAAP net income per share is a non-GAAP financial measure. See the sections entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” for more information about the non-GAAP measures referred to in this press release.

Conference Call

The Company’s management will host an earnings conference call on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 8:00 P.M. U.S. Eastern Time or Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 8:00 A.M. Beijing/Hong Kong time.

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

United States Toll Free: 

+1-888-317-6003

International:

+1-412-317-6061

Mainland China Toll Free:

400-120-6115

Hong Kong Toll Free: 

800-963-976

Access Code:

0256814

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.yallatech.ae/.

A replay of the conference call will be accessible until May 17, 2021, by dialing the following telephone numbers:

United States Toll Free:

+1-877-344-7529

International:

+1-412-317-0088

Access Code:

10156002

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP, this press release presents non-GAAP financial measures, namely non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net margin and non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per ordinary share, as supplemental measures to review and assess the Company’s operating performance. The presentation of the 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. We define non-GAAP operating income as operating income excluding share-based compensation. We define non-GAAP net income as net income excluding share-based compensation. Non-GAAP net margin is non-GAAP net income as a percentage of total net revenues. We define non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders as net income attributable to ordinary shareholders excluding share-based compensation. We define non-GAAP net income per ordinary share as non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders of Yalla Group Limited, using the two-class method, divided by weighted average number of basic and diluted share outstanding.

By excluding the impact of share-based compensation expenses, which are non-cash charges, the Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures help identify underlying trends in its business and enhance the overall understanding of the Company’s past performance and future prospects. Investors can better understand the Company’s operating and financial performance, compare business trends among different reporting periods on a consistent basis and assess its core operating results, as they exclude share-based compensation expenses, which are not expected to result in cash payments. The Company also believes that the non-GAAP financial measures allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by the Company’s management in its financial and operational decision-making.

The non-GAAP financial measure is not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measure has limitations as analytical tools. One of the key limitations of using the non-GAAP financial measures is that they do not reflect all items of income and expense that affect the Company’s operations. Share-based compensation has been and may continue to be incurred in the Company’s business and is not reflected in the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures. Further, the non-GAAP financial measure 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 providing the relevant disclosure of its non-GAAP financial measures in the reconciliations to the nearest U.S. GAAP performance measures, all of which should be considered when evaluating its performance. The Company encourages investors and others to review its financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results is set forth at the end of this press release.

About Yalla Group Limited

Yalla Group Limited is the leading voice-centric social networking and entertainment platform in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA). The Company’s flagship mobile application, Yalla, is specifically tailored for the people and local cultures of the region and primarily features Yalla rooms, a mirrored online version of the majlis or cafés where people spend their leisure time in casual chats. Voice chats are more suitable to the cultural norms in MENA compared to video chats. The Company strives to maintain users’ equal status on its platform, thereby encouraging all of them to freely communicate and interact with each other. The Company also operates Yalla Ludo, a mobile application featuring online versions of board games that are highly popular in MENA, such as Ludo and Domino. In-game real-time chats and Ludo chat room functions are popular social networking features among users. Through close attention to detail and localized appeal that deeply resonates with users, Yalla’s mobile applications deliver a seamless user experience that fosters a loyal sense of belonging, creating a highly devoted and engaged user community.

For more information, please visit: http://ir.yallatech.ae/

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements that may constitute “forward-looking” statements pursuant to 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,” “aims,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “likely to” and similar statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Yalla Group Limited’s beliefs, plans and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Yalla Group Limited’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and Yalla Group Limited does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Yalla Group Limited
Investor Relations
Yuwei Gao – IR Director
Tel: +86-571-8980-7962
Email: [email protected]

The Piacente Group, Inc.
Yang Song
Tel: +86-10-6508-0677
Email: [email protected]

In the United States:

The Piacente Group, Inc.
Brandi Piacente
Tel: +1-212-481-2050
Email: [email protected]

 

YALLA GROUP LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS





As of



December 31, 2020


March 31, 2021



US$


US$

 

ASSETS





Current assets





Cash and cash equivalents


236,883,282


261,708,530

Short-term investments


766,295


Prepayments and other current assets


15,725,424


29,707,422

Total current assets


253,375,001


291,415,952

Noncurrent assets





Property and equipment, net


1,241,756


1,416,172

Other assets



200,000

Total assets


254,616,757


293,032,124

 

LIABILITIES





Current liabilities





Accounts payable


1,573,784


1,996,739

Deferred revenue


13,359,827


17,399,153

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


6,148,486


6,541,119

Total current liabilities


21,082,097


25,937,011

Total liabilities


21,082,097


25,937,011

 

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY





Class A Ordinary Shares


11,920


11,920

Class B Ordinary Shares


2,473


2,473

Additional paid-in capital


220,623,005


234,398,318

Accumulated other comprehensive income


373,989


329,365

Retained earnings


12,523,273


32,353,037

Total shareholders’ equity


233,534,660


267,095,113

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity


254,616,757


293,032,124

 

YALLA GROUP LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS








Three Months Ended




March 31,

2020


December 31,

2020


March 31,

2021




US$


US$


US$


Revenues


 

21,074,524


48,343,470


 

67,649,094


Costs and expenses








Cost of revenues


(6,811,662)


(18,429,067)


(24,000,472)


Selling and marketing expenses


(2,823,662)


(7,621,296)


(8,359,404)


General and administrative expenses


(1,341,475)


(11,349,102)


(11,713,739)


Technology and product development expenses


(851,056)


(1,634,465)


(3,342,559)


Total costs and expenses


(11,827,855)


(39,033,930)


(47,416,174)


Operating income


9,246,669


9,309,540


20,232,920


Interest income


89,977


13,343


8,845


Government grant


85,325


5,627


13,809


Investment income


3,440


1,947


2,162


Income before income taxes


9,425,411


9,330,457


20,257,736


Income tax expense


(185,813)


(331,427)


(427,972)


Net income


9,239,598


8,999,030


19,829,764


Accretion of redeemable convertible
   preferred shares


 

(511,856)


 


 


Net income attributable to ordinary
shareholders


 

8,727,742


 

8,999,030


 

19,829,764


YALLA GROUP LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)








Three Months Ended




March 31,

2020


December 31,

2020


March 31,

2021




US$


US$


US$


Net income per ordinary share








——Basic


0.07


0.06


0.13


——Diluted   


0.07


0.06


0.11










Weighted average number of ordinary shares
and ordinary shares equivalents outstanding
used in computing earnings per ordinary
share








——Basic


73,393,941


144,267,234


147,319,197


——Diluted


73,393,941


157,062,018


180,045,126










Share-based compensation was allocated in cost of revenues, selling and marketing expenses, general and administrative expenses and technology and product development expenses as follows:



Three Months Ended




March 31,

2020


December 31,

2020


March 31,

2021




US$


US$


US$










Cost of revenues



2,196,453


1,709,574


Selling and marketing expenses



3,187,921


3,228,042


General and administrative expenses



8,750,756


8,703,866


Technology and product development expenses



211,881


133,831










YALLA GROUP LIMITED
RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS










Three Months Ended




March 31,

2020


December 31,

2020


March 31,

2021




US$


US$


US$










Operating income


9,246,669


9,309,540


20,232,920


Share-based compensation expenses



14,347,011


13,775,313


Non-GAAP operating income


9,246,669


23,656,551


34,008,233










Net income


9,239,598


8,999,030


19,829,764


Share-based compensation expenses



14,347,011


13,775,313


Non-GAAP net income


9,239,598


23,346,041


33,605,077










Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders


8,727,742


8,999,030


19,829,764


Share-based compensation expenses



14,347,011


13,775,313


Non-GAAP net income attributable to
ordinary shareholders


 

8,727,742


 

23,346,041


 

33,605,077










Non-GAAP net income per ordinary share








——Basic


0.07


0.16


0.23


——Diluted


0.07


0.15


0.19










Weighted average number of ordinary shares
and ordinary shares equivalents outstanding
used in computing earnings per ordinary
share








——Basic


73,393,941


144,267,234


147,319,197


——Diluted


73,393,941


157,062,018


180,045,126


SOURCE Yalla Group Limited



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