HONG KONG, November 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — 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 2014 ended September 30, 2014.

Key Highlights

  • Total revenues were RMB19,808 million (USD3,220 million[1]), an increase of 28% over the third quarter of year ended September 30, 2013(“YoY”).
  • Gross profit was RMB12,641 million (USD2,055 million), an increase of 49% YoY. Gross margin increased to 64% from 55% for the third quarter of 2013.
  • Operating profit was RMB7,515 million (USD1,221 million), an increase of 56% YoY. Operating margin increased to 38% from 31% for the third quarter of 2013.
  • Profit for the period was RMB5,676 million (USD923 million), an increase of 46% YoY. Net margin increased to 29% from 25% for the third quarter of 2013.
  • Profit attributable to equity holders of the Company was RMB5,657 million (USD919 million), an increase of 46% YoY.
  • Basic earnings per share[2] were RMB0.612 and diluted earnings per share[2] were RMB0.605.
  • On a non-GAAP basis[3], excluding share-based compensation, deemed disposal gains, amortization of intangible assets and impairment provision:
    • Operating profit was RMB8,264 million (USD1,343 million), an increase of 55% YoY while operating margin increased to 42% from 34% for the third quarter of 2013.
    • Profit for the quarter was RMB6,483 million (USD1,054 million), an increase of 47% YoY while net margin increased to 33% from 28% for the third quarter of 2013.
    • Profit attributable to equity holders of the Company was RMB6,433 million (USD1,046 million), an increase of 47% YoY.
    • Basic earnings per share were RMB0.696 and diluted earnings per share were RMB0.688.

[1] Figures stated in USD are based on USD1 to RMB6.1525

[2] EPS was stated after taking into account the effect of Share Subdivision. Comparative figures have been restated on the assumption that the Share Subdivision had been in place in prior periods.

[3] Since the first quarter of 2014, we have included gains/losses on disposals of investees and businesses in the non-GAAP adjustment. Comparative figures have been restated to conform to the new presentation.

Mr. Ma Huateng, Chairman and CEO of Tencent, said, “We achieved another quarter of solid growth in our platforms, revenue and earnings. Our online advertising business expanded particularly swiftly, as we deployed targeted performance-based advertising on Mobile Qzone and Weixin Official Accounts. Given our traffic leadership and logged-in relationship with users, together with the proven scale of performance-based advertising services in China and overseas, we see ample scope for growth in our performance-based advertising business. During the quarter, we also retained our industry leadership in mobile and PC games, increased the market share of our app store YingYongBao significantly, and reinvigorated our subscription products via enhanced mobile privileges. Looking forward, we will deepen our partnerships with vertical leaders and continue to invest in our platforms, products, and people.”

Financial Review

Value Added Services (VAS). On a YoY basis, revenues increased by 38% to RMB16,047 million for the third quarter of 2014. Online games revenues increased by 34% to RMB11,324 million. This primarily reflected revenue growth in PC client games, driven by our major titles, recently launched titles and increased contributions from international markets. Revenues from smart phone games integrated with Mobile QQ and Weixin also grew, with an expanded user base and full quarter revenue contribution compared to the same period last year. Social networks revenues increased by 47% to RMB4,723 million, due to increased item sales on mobile platforms and renewed growth of subscription revenues, as we enhanced our mobile privileges and mobile user experience for QQ Membership, Super VIP and Qzone subscription service.

Online advertising. On a YoY basis, revenues increased by 76% to RMB2,440 million for the third quarter of 2014. This was driven by: (1) an increase in revenues from video advertising, due to underlying viewer growth and the non-recurring impact of airing the Voice of China 3 and FIFA World Cup content; and (2) enhanced revenues from performance-based social advertising, primarily due to Mobile Qzone.

eCommerce transactions. On a YoY basis, revenues decreased by 81% to RMB459 million for the third quarter of 2014. This primarily reflected a traffic shift to JD.com following our strategic transaction with JD.com in March 2014, and the repositioning of our Yixun business from principal to marketplace operations, resulting in a significant decline in revenues from principal eCommerce transactions.

Other Key Financial Information

Share-based compensation was RMB698 million for the third quarter of 2014, up 46% YoY.
EBITDA was RMB8,174 million, up 55% YoY. Adjusted EBITDA was RMB8,720 million, up 56% YoY.

Capital expenditure was RMB1,060 million for the third quarter of 2014, down 35% YoY.
For the third quarter of 2014, free cash flow was RMB6,974 million, up 69% YoY.

Net cash position was RMB21,283 million down 38% YoY, as we continue to invest for the long term, with strategic investments in mobile game developers and offline-to-online service providers. The fair market value of our listed associates and Available-for-Sale financial assets totaled RMB61 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2014.

Business Review and Outlook

Divisional and Product Highlights

  • Key platform statistics:
    • MAU of QQ was 820 million, an increase of 1% YoY.
    • Smart device MAU of QQ was 542 million, an increase of 36% YoY.
    • PCU of QQ was 217 million, an increase of 22% YoY.
    • Combined MAU of Weixin and WeChat were 468 million, an increase of 39% YoY.
    • MAU of Qzone was 629 million, an increase of 1% YoY.
    • Smart device MAU of Qzone was 506 million, an increase of 26% YoY.
    • Fee-based VAS registered subscriptions were 89 million, stable YoY.

Key Platforms

In the third quarter of 2014, QQ and Qzone benefited from further growth in mobile user base and enhanced user engagement. For QQ, smart device MAU increased by 36% YoY to 542 million at the end of the quarter. Mobile QQ experienced enhanced popularity of location-based groups and growth in the user base of Mobile QQ Wallet. New lifestyle services, including shopping, restaurant deals and health monitoring, were integrated with Mobile QQ to deepen its connection with users’ daily lives. For Qzone, smart device MAU increased by 26% YoY to 506 million at the end of the quarter.

Combined MAU of Weixin and WeChat reached 468 million at the end of the third quarter of 2014, representing YoY growth of 39%. We deepened user interaction with the launch of a short video sharing feature, and we improved content discovery through integrated in-application search. Weixin Payment gained popularity as we focused on enhancing its functionalities. We extended the “shake” function to enhance the real-time engagement of Weixin users with TV programmers, such as the Voice of China 3, via interactive games and social sharing.

Our media platforms extended their leadership, supported by robust growth in mobile traffic. Tencent Video achieved significant user growth and deepened user engagement through enriched content, enhanced content management and product innovation. We realigned our organisational resources to better focus on video and mobile, and to leverage our strengths by integrating news and social media.

VAS

In the third quarter of 2014, our social networks business benefited from YoY growth in item sales on our mobile platforms. Revenue growth at our subscription services improved, reflecting our enhancements to mobile privileges and mobile user experience for QQ Membership, Super VIP and Qzone subscription service.

Our online games business continued to expand. For PC client games, the quarter saw a healthy YoY revenue increase as we benefited from growth in major titles, recently launched titles and higher contributions from international markets. For mobile games, we consolidated our position as China’s leading publisher for smart phone games. We worked with more third-party developers on new titles and achieved encouraging results. For instance, Modoo Marble was ranked the most downloaded game in China’s iOS App Store in August 2014, and Candy Crush Saga became the most downloaded game in September 2014, according to App Annie. Total revenues generated from smart phone games integrated with Mobile QQ and Weixin amounted to approximately RMB2.6 billion in the third quarter of 2014, representing a strong year-on-year increase but a sequential revenue decline in the quarter primarily due to delayed launches of upgrades, flowing from the mandated introduction of guest access options in these games. The integration of guest access options was largely completed in October 2014. Looking ahead, we aim to enrich our PC and mobile game portfolios with new titles in different genres.

Online advertising

Our online advertising business achieved rapid YoY revenue growth in the third quarter of 2014, driven by video advertising and performance-based social advertising. The growth in video advertising reflected underlying viewer growth and the non-recurring impact of airing the Voice of China 3 and FIFA World Cup content, while mobile performance-based social advertising benefited from news feed advertising inventory on Mobile Qzone and, to a lesser extent, from advertising on Weixin Official Accounts. Approximately 45% of our performance-based advertising revenues was generated on mobile platforms in the third quarter of 2014.

eCommerce Transactions

In the third quarter of 2014, our eCommerce transactions business continued to experience a significant drop in revenues and costs, though a sequential improvement in gross profit. This reflected a traffic shift to JD.com following our strategic transaction with JD.com in March 2014, and the repositioning of our Yixun business from principal to marketplace operations.

For other detailed disclosure, please refer to our website www.tencent.com/ir.

About Tencent

Tencent uses technology to enrich the lives of Internet users. Every day, hundreds of millions of people communicate, share experiences, consume information, seek entertainment, and shop online through our integrated platforms. Our diversified services include QQ, Weixin and WeChat for communications; Qzone for social networking; QQ Game Platform for online games; QQ.com for information; as well as our eCommerce services.

Our company was founded in Shenzhen in 1998 and went public on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2004. The Company has been one of the 50 constituent stocks of the Hang Seng Index since June 10, 2008, under stock code 00700. We seek to evolve with the Internet by investing in innovation, providing a hospitable environment for our partners, and staying close to our users.

For enquiries, please contact:

Investor:

Catherine Chan

Tel: (86) 755 86013388 ext 88369 / (852) 3148 5100

Email: cchan#tencent.com

Angie Chang

Tel: (86) 755 86013388 ext 73951 / (852) 3148 5100

Email: angiechang#tencent.com

Media:

Canny Lo

Tel: (86) 755 86013388 ext 66630 / (852) 3148 5100

Email: cannylo#tencent.com

Limin Chen

Tel: (86) 755 86013388 ext 56011

Email: liminchen#tencent.com

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the consolidated results of the Company prepared in accordance with IFRS, certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP profit for the period, non-GAAP net margin and non-GAAP profit attributable to equity holders of the Company,non-GAAP basic EPS and non-GAAP diluted EPS, have been presented in this press release. These unaudited non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, measures of the Company’s financial performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may be defined differently from similar terms used by other companies.

The Company’s management believes that the non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with useful supplementary information to assess the performance of the Company’s core operations by excluding certain non-cash items and certain impact of acquisitions.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to the business outlook, forecast business plans and growth strategies of the Company. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to the Company and are stated herein on the basis of the outlook at the time of this press release. They are based on certain expectations, assumptions and premises, some of which are subjective or beyond our control. These forward-looking statements may prove to be incorrect and may not be realized in future. Underlying the forward-looking statements is a large number of risks and uncertainties. Further information regarding these risks and uncertainties is included in our other public disclosure documents on our corporate website.

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

RMB in millions, unless specified

Unaudited

Unaudited

3Q2014

3Q2013

3Q2014

2Q2014

Revenues

19,808

15,535

19,808

19,746

VAS

16,047

11,635

16,047

15,713

Online advertising

2,440

1,390

2,440

2,064

eCommerce transactions

459

2,359

459

1,324

Others

862

151

862

645

Cost of revenues

(7,167)

(7,036)

(7,167)

(7,574)

Gross profit

12,641

8,499

12,641

12,172

Gross margin

64%

55%

64%

62%

Interest income

452

336

452

406

Other gains, net

118

66

118

691

Selling and marketing expenses

(1,906)

(1,465)

(1,906)

(1,973)

General and administrative expenses

(3,790)

(2,621)

(3,790)

(3,453)

Operating profit

7,515

4,815

7,515

7,843

Operating margin

38%

31%

38%

40%

Finance (costs), net

(317)

(22)

(317)

(354)

Share of (losses)/ profits of associates and joint ventures

(139)

39

(139)

23

Profit before income tax

7,059

4,832

7,059

7,512

Income tax expense

(1,383)

(955)

(1,383)

(1,686)

Profit for the period

5,676

3,877

5,676

5,826

Net margin

29%

25%

29%

30%

Attributable to:

Equity holders of the Company

5,657

3,867

5,657

5,836

Non-controlling interests

19

10

19

(10)

Non-GAAP profit attributable to equity holders of the Company

6,433

4,371

6,433

5,874

Earnings per share (GAAP)

– basic (RMB)

0.612

0.421

0.612

0.632

– diluted (RMB)

0.605

0.414

0.605

0.623

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

RMB in millions, unless specified

Unaudited

Unaudited

3Q2014

3Q2013

3Q2014

2Q2014

Profit for the period

5,676

3,877

5,676

5,826

Other comprehensive income, net of tax:

Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss

Share of other comprehensive income of associates

30

30

5

Net (losses)/gains from changes in fair value of available-for-sale financial assets

(959)

2,233

(959)

730

Currency translation differences

(15)

30

(15)

(11)

Total comprehensive income for the period

4,732

6,140

4,732

6,550

Attributable to:

Equity holders of the Company

4,711

6,128

4,711

6,556

Non-controlling interests

21

12

21

(6)

OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION

RMB in millions, unless specified

Unaudited

3Q2014

3Q2013

2Q2014

EBITDA (a)

8,174

5,257

8,018

Adjusted EBITDA (a)

8,720

5,601

8,445

Adjusted EBITDA margin (b)

44%

36%

43%

Interest expense

266

99

224

Net cash (c)

21,283

34,400

22,485

Capital expenditures (d)

1,060

1,621

917

Note:

(a) EBITDA consists of operating profit less interest income, and plus other gains/losses, net, and plus depreciation of fixed assets and investment properties and amortisation of intangible assets. Adjusted EBITDA consists of EBITDA plus equity-settled share-based compensation expenses.

(b) Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated by dividing Adjusted EBITDA by revenues.

(c) Net cash represents period end balance and is calculated as cash and cash equivalents, term deposits, minus borrowings and notes payable.

(d) Capital expenditures consist of additions (excluding business combinations) to fixed assets, construction in progress, land use rights and intangible assets (excluding game and other content licences).


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

In RMB millions (unless otherwise stated)

Unaudited

Unaudited

Sep 30 2014

Jun 30 2014

ASSETS

Non-current assets

Fixed assets

8,231

8,336

Construction in progress

2,806

2,510

Investment properties

269

270

Land use rights

822

802

Intangible assets

4,331

4,181

Interests in associates

49,817

42,604

Investment in joint ventures

18

18

Deferred income tax assets

289

317

Available-for-sale financial assets

13,735

14,180

Prepayments, deposits and other assets

1,194

1,263

Term deposits

4,931

6,719

86,443

81,200

Current assets

Inventories

154

656

Accounts receivable

4,293

4,185

Prepayments, deposits and other assets

7,660

7,291

Term deposits

17,195

18,139

Restricted cash

6,696

6,523

Cash and cash equivalents

33,454

32,639

69,452

69,433

Total assets

155,895

150,633

EQUITY

Equity attributable to the Company’s equity holders

Share capital

Share premium

4,062

3,601

Shares held for share award schemes

(1,312)

(898)

Other reserves

3,623

4,523

Retained earnings

68,413

62,756

74,786

69,982

Non-controlling interests

608

493

Total equity

75,394

70,475

LIABILITIES

Non-current liabilities

Borrowings

5,537

4,030

Notes payable

24,207

26,192

Deferred income tax liabilities

2,176

1,917

Long-term payables

1,272

1,227

Deferred revenue

3,732

3,966

36,924

37,332

Current liabilities

Accounts payable

7,441

8,362

Other payables and accruals

14,966

13,517

Borrowings

2,710

4,790

Notes payable

1,843

Current income tax liabilities

1,123

839

Other tax liabilities

541

649

Deferred revenue

14,953

14,669

43,577

42,826

Total liabilities

80,501

80,158

Total equity and liabilities

155,895

150,663

RECONCILIATIONS OF IFRS TO NON-GAAP RESULTS

As reported

Adjustments

RMB in millions,
unless specified

Equity-settled

share-based compensation

Cash-settled

share-based

compensation (a)

(Gains)/Losses on
deemed disposals/ disposals(b)

Amortisation of

intangible

assets(c)

Impairment provision(d)

Non-GAAP

Unaudited three months ended Sep 30 2014

Operating profit

7,515

546

152

(159)

15

195

8,264

Operating margin

38%

42%

Profit for the period

5,676

546

152

(162)

76

195

6,483

Net margin

29%

33%

Profit attributable
to equity holders

5,657

536

137

(162)

74

191

6,433

Unaudited three months ended Sep 30 2013

Operating profit

4,815

344

134

(5)

38

5,326

Operating margin

31%

34%

Profit for the period

3,877

344

134

(5)

58

4,408

Net margin

25%

28%

Profit attributable
to equity holders

3,867

340

119

(5)

50

4,371

Unaudited three months ended Jun 30 2014

Operating profit

7,843

427

160

(1,082)

15

325

7,688

Operating margin

40%

39%

Profit for the period

5,826

427

160

(1,052)

204

325

5,890

Net margin

30%

30%

Profit attributable
to equity holders

5,836

418

145

(1,052)

202

325

5,874

Note:

(a) Including put options granted to employees of investees on their shares and shares to be issued under investees’ share-based incentive plans which can be acquired by the Group, and other incentives

(b) (Gains)/losses, net on deemed disposals of investees and disposals of investees and businesses

(c) Amortisation of intangible assets resulting from acquisitions, net of related deferred tax

(d) Impairment provision for associates, available-for-sale financial assets and intangible assets arising from acquisitions