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KANZHUN LIMITED Announces Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

August 23, 2022 at 6:30 AM EDT

BEIJING, Aug. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KANZHUN LIMITED (“BOSS Zhipin” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: BZ), a leading online recruitment platform in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

Second Quarter 2022 Highlights

  • Revenues for the second quarter of 2022 were RMB1,112.3 million (US$166.1 million), a decrease of 4.8% from RMB1,168.2 million for the same quarter of 2021.
  • Calculated cash billings1 for the second quarter of 2022 were RMB979.2 million (US$146.2 million), a decrease of 32.2% from RMB1,444.5 million for the same quarter of 2021.
  • Average monthly active users2 for the second quarter of 2022 were 26.5 million, a decrease of 12.8% from 30.4 million for the same quarter of 2021.
  • Total paid enterprise customers3 in the twelve months ended June 30, 2022 increased by 5.6% to 3.8 million from 3.6 million in the twelve months ended June 30, 2021.
  • Net income for the second quarter of 2022 was RMB107.4 million (US$16.0 million), compared to a net loss of RMB1,414.1 million for the same quarter of 2021. Adjusted net income4 for the second quarter of 2022 was RMB257.2 million (US$38.4 million), an increase of 4.3% from RMB246.5 million for the same quarter of 2021.

Mr. Jonathan Peng Zhao, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented, “We delivered solid results in the quarter despite the challenging business environment and soft macro conditions. Our business model demonstrated its effectiveness and resilience with stable user scale and engagement. Our dedicated efforts in the past year drove sustainable capability enhancement across the full spectrum of our business. Coupled with the opening of new user registration in late June, we are looking forward to reaccelerating our business growth.”

Mr. Phil Yu Zhang, Chief Financial Officer, further commented, “In the second quarter, our topline performance beat our guidance range and we achieved solid profitability. Given adverse pandemic-related challenges, our total revenues in the quarter decreased slightly by 4.8% year over year. During the quarter, we also recorded RMB107.4 million in net income compared with a net loss in the same period of last year and grew our adjusted net income to RMB257.2 million, up 4.3% year over year. We believe our resilient business model and enhanced operational efficiency will continue to drive our sustainable and healthy growth amidst the challenging external environment.”

Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Revenues

Revenues were RMB1,112.3 million (US$166.1 million) for the second quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of 4.8% from RMB1,168.2 million for the same period in 2021.

  • Revenues from online recruitment services to enterprise customers were RMB1,099.9 million (US$164.2 million) for the second quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of 5.0% from RMB1,157.8 million for the same period in 2021. The decrease was mainly due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in several major cities, which adversely affected recruitment needs in the quarter.
  • Revenues from other services, which mainly comprise paid value-added services offered to job seekers, were RMB12.5 million (US$1.9 million) for the second quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 20.2% from RMB10.4 million for the same period in 2021, benefiting from our continued overall growth in user base.

Operating cost and expenses

Total operating cost and expenses were RMB1,041.8 million (US$155.5 million) for the second quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of 59.8% from RMB2,594.3 million for the same period of 2021. Total share-based compensation expenses were RMB149.8 million (US$22.4 million) for the second quarter of 2022, compared with RMB1,660.6 million for the same period of 2021.

  • Cost of revenues was RMB174.2 million (US$26.0 million) for the second quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 21.6% from RMB143.2 million for the same period of 2021, primarily driven by increased headcount as well as increased server and bandwidth cost, partially offset by decreased third-party payment processing cost.
  • Sales and marketing expenses were RMB399.5 million (US$59.6 million) for the second quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of 25.2% from RMB534.2 million for the same period of 2021, primarily due to decreased customer acquisition cost.
  • Research and development expenses were RMB307.7 million (US$45.9 million) for the second quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 23.1% from RMB250.0 million for the same period of 2021, primarily due to increased headcount in research and development personnel and increased share-based compensation expenses.
  • General and administrative expenses were RMB160.3 million (US$23.9 million) for the second quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of 90.4% from RMB1,666.9 million for the same period of 2021. This decrease was primarily due to one-off share-based compensation expenses of RMB1,506.4 million recognized in the second quarter of 2021, related to the issuance of Class B ordinary shares to TECHWOLF LIMITED.

Income/Loss from operations

Income from operations was RMB76.3 million (US$11.4 million) for the second quarter of 2022, compared to a loss from operations of RMB1,420.8 million for the same period of 2021.

Net income/loss and adjusted net income

Net income was RMB107.4 million (US$16.0 million) for the second quarter of 2022, compared to a net loss of RMB1,414.1 million for the same period of 2021.

Adjusted net income was RMB257.2 million (US$38.4 million) for the second quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 4.3% from RMB246.5 million for the same quarter of 2021.

Net income/loss per ADS and adjusted net income per ADS

Basic and diluted net income per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders were RMB0.25 (US$0.04) and RMB0.24 (US$0.04), respectively, for the second quarter of 2022, compared to basic and diluted net loss per ADS of RMB18.79 in the same period of 2021.

Adjusted basic and diluted net income per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders4 were RMB0.59 (US$0.09) and RMB0.56 (US$0.08), respectively, for the second quarter of 2022, compared to RMB2.21 and RMB1.32, respectively, in the same period of 2021.

Net cash generated from operating activities

Net cash generated from operating activities was RMB186.9 million (US$27.9 million) in the second quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of 72.2% from RMB671.2 million in the same period of 2021.

Cash position

Balance of cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments was RMB12,986.3 million (US$1,938.8 million) as of June 30, 2022.

Share Repurchase Program

In March 2022, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a share repurchase program under which the Company may repurchase up to US$150 million of its American depositary shares over the following 12 months.

Recent Update

As approved by the Cybersecurity Review Office of the Cyberspace Administration of China, the Company recommenced new user registration on its “BOSS Zhipin” app on June 29, 2022.

Outlook

For the third quarter of 2022, the Company currently expects its total revenues to be between RMB1.14 billion and RMB1.16 billion, representing a year-on-year decrease of 5.9% to 4.3%. This forecast considers the impact of the COVID-19 resurgence in certain cities which adversely affected recruitment needs, as well as reflects the Company’s current views on the market and operational conditions in China, which are subject to change and cannot be predicted with reasonable accuracy as of the date hereof.

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1 Calculated cash billings is a non-GAAP financial measure, derived by adding the change in deferred revenue to revenues. For more information on the non-GAAP financial measures, please see the section of “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
2 Monthly active users refer to the number of verified user accounts, including both job seekers and enterprise users, that logged on to our mobile applications in a given month at least once.
3 Paid enterprise customers are defined as enterprise users and company accounts from which we recognize revenues for our online recruitment services.
4 Adjusted net income/loss and adjusted basic and diluted net income/loss per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders are non-GAAP financial measures, excluding the impact of share-based compensation expenses. For more information on the non-GAAP financial measures, please see the section of “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 (8:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong Time on Tuesday, August 23, 2022) to discuss the financial results.

Participants are required to pre-register for the conference call at:
https://register.vevent.com/register/BIbc4dd254499d43dea2bdcd990e367002

Upon registration, participants will receive an email containing participant dial-in numbers and unique personal PIN. This information will allow you to gain immediate access to the call. Participants may pre-register at any time, including up to and after the call start time.

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's investor relations website at https://ir.zhipin.com.

Exchange Rate

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollar (“US$”) amounts at specified rates solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise stated, all translations from RMB to US$ were made at the rate of RMB6.6981 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate on June 30, 2022 as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or US$ amounts referred could be converted into US$ or RMB, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In evaluating the business, the Company considers and uses non-GAAP measures, such as calculated cash billings, adjusted net income/loss, adjusted net income/loss attributable to ordinary shareholders, adjusted basic and diluted net income/loss per ordinary share attributable to ordinary shareholders and adjusted basic and diluted net income/loss per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders as supplemental measures to review and assess operating performance. The Company derives calculated cash billings by adding the change in deferred revenue to revenues. The Company uses calculated cash billings to measure and monitor sales growth because the Company generally bills its paid enterprise customers at the time of sales, but may recognize a portion of the related revenue ratably over time. The Company believes calculated cash billings provide valuable insights into the cash that will be generated from sales and is a valuable measure for monitoring service demand and financial performance. The Company defines adjusted net income/loss and adjusted net income/loss attributable to ordinary shareholders by excluding the impact of share-based compensation expenses, which are non-cash expenses, from the related GAAP measures. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures help identify underlying trends in the business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of certain expenses that are included in net income/loss and facilitate investors’ assessment of the Company’s operating performance.

The non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP measures have material limitations as an analytical metric and may not be calculated in the same manner by all companies, and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures used by other companies. The Company encourages investors and others to review its financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

A reconciliation of the historical non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures has been provided in the table captioned “Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” at the end of this press release.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements that may constitute “forward-looking” statements which are made 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 the Company’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 the Company’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

About KANZHUN LIMITED

KANZHUN LIMITED (Nasdaq: BZ) operates the leading online recruitment platform BOSS Zhipin in China. Established eight years ago, the Company connects job seekers and enterprise users in an efficient and seamless manner through its highly interactive mobile app, a transformative product that promotes two-way communication, focuses on intelligent recommendations, and creates new scenarios in the online recruiting process. Benefiting from its large and diverse user base, BOSS Zhipin has developed powerful network effects to deliver higher recruitment efficiency and drive rapid expansion.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

KANZHUN LIMITED
Investor Relations
Email: ir@kanzhun.com

THE PIACENTE GROUP, INC.
Email: kanzhun@tpg-ir.com

 
KANZHUN LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS)/INCOME
(All amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)
       
    For the three months ended June 30,     For the six months ended June 30,  
    2021     2022     2021     2022  
    RMB     RMB     US$     RMB     RMB     US$  
Revenues                                                
Online recruitment services to enterprise customers     1,157,763       1,099,866       164,206       1,939,919       2,227,184       332,510  
Other services     10,419       12,478       1,863       16,798       23,040       3,440  
Total revenues     1,168,182       1,112,344       166,069       1,956,717       2,250,224       335,950  
Operating cost and expenses                                                
Cost of revenues(1)     (143,173 )     (174,230 )     (26,012 )     (250,029 )     (351,578 )     (52,489 )
Sales and marketing expenses(1)     (534,243 )     (399,526 )     (59,648 )     (1,152,780 )     (921,900 )     (137,636 )
Research and development expenses(1)     (249,961 )     (307,686 )     (45,936 )     (413,728 )     (598,425 )     (89,343 )
General and administrative expenses(1)     (1,666,900 )     (160,348 )     (23,939 )     (1,748,612 )     (316,035 )     (47,183 )
Total operating cost and expenses     (2,594,277 )     (1,041,790 )     (155,535 )     (3,565,149 )     (2,187,938 )     (326,651 )
Other operating income, net     5,339       5,734       856       7,657       10,743       1,604  
(Loss)/Income from operations     (1,420,756 )     76,288       11,390       (1,600,775 )     73,029       10,903  
Investment income     5,818       7,801       1,165       8,629       17,075       2,549  
Financial income, net     2,056       20,508       3,062       4,017       24,185       3,611  
Foreign exchange (loss)/gain     (1,050 )     5,136       767       (586 )     4,694       701  
Other expenses, net     (201 )     (803 )     (120 )     (1,597 )     (9,657 )     (1,442 )
(Loss)/Income before income tax expense     (1,414,133 )     108,930       16,264       (1,590,312 )     109,326       16,322  
Income tax expense     -       (1,555 )     (232 )     -       (14,123 )     (2,109 )
Net (loss)/income     (1,414,133 )     107,375       16,032       (1,590,312 )     95,203       14,213  
Accretion on convertible redeemable preferred shares to redemption value     (71,802 )     -       -       (164,065 )     -       -  
Net (loss)/income attributable to ordinary shareholders     (1,485,935 )     107,375       16,032       (1,754,377 )     95,203       14,213  
Net (loss)/income     (1,414,133 )     107,375       16,032       (1,590,312 )     95,203       14,213  
Other comprehensive (loss)/income                                                
Foreign currency translation adjustments     (18,084 )     583,255       87,078       7,884       539,012       80,472  
Total comprehensive (loss)/income     (1,432,217 )     690,630       103,110       (1,582,428 )     634,215       94,685  
Weighted average number of ordinary shares                                                
—Basic     158,122,725       869,222,984       869,222,984       147,308,942       869,427,036       869,427,036  
—Diluted     158,122,725       912,341,882       912,341,882       147,308,942       917,484,059       917,484,059  
Net (loss)/income per ordinary share attributable to ordinary shareholders                                                
—Basic     (9.40 )     0.12       0.02       (11.91 )     0.11       0.02  
—Diluted     (9.40 )     0.12       0.02       (11.91 )     0.10       0.02  
Net (loss)/income per ADS* attributable to ordinary shareholders                                                
—Basic     (18.79 )     0.25       0.04       (23.82 )     0.22       0.03  
—Diluted     (18.79 )     0.24       0.04       (23.82 )     0.21       0.03  
                                                 

* Each ADS represents two Class A ordinary shares.

(1)   Include share-based compensation expenses as follows:
 

       
    For the three months ended June 30,     For the six months ended June 30,  
    2021     2022     2021     2022  
    RMB     RMB     US$     RMB     RMB     US$  
Cost of revenues     9,652       8,394       1,253       13,137       16,113       2,406  
Sales and marketing expenses     24,976       34,487       5,149       26,922       63,817       9,528  
Research and development expenses     42,061       57,702       8,615       58,633       115,117       17,187  
General and administrative expenses     1,583,904       49,237       7,351       1,610,559       87,999       13,138  
      1,660,593       149,820       22,368       1,709,251       283,046       42,259  
                         

 

 
KANZHUN LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(All amounts in thousands)
 
    As of  
    December 31, 2021     June 30, 2022  
    RMB     RMB     US$  
ASSETS                        
Current assets                        
Cash and cash equivalents     11,341,758       12,174,097       1,817,545  
Short-term investments     884,996       812,225       121,262  
Accounts receivable     1,002       2,013       301  
Amounts due from related parties     6,615       9,583       1,431  
Prepayments and other current assets     724,583       520,589       77,722  
Total current assets     12,958,954       13,518,507       2,018,261  
Non-current assets                        
Property, equipment and software, net     369,126       546,106       81,531  
Intangible assets, net     458       413       62  
Right-of-use assets, net     309,085       303,609       45,328  
Other non-current assets     4,000       4,000       597  
Total non-current assets     682,669       854,128       127,518  
Total assets     13,641,623       14,372,635       2,145,779  
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY                        
Current liabilities                        
Accounts payable     52,963       135,273       20,196  
Deferred revenue     1,958,570       1,979,056       295,465  
Other payables and accrued liabilities     645,138       564,099       84,218  
Operating lease liabilities, current     127,531       146,134       21,817  
Total current liabilities     2,784,202       2,824,562       421,696  
Non-current liabilities                        
Operating lease liabilities, non-current     183,365       166,309       24,829  
Total non-current liabilities     183,365       166,309       24,829  
Total liabilities     2,967,567       2,990,871       446,525  
Shareholders’ equity                        
Ordinary shares     554       559       83  
Treasury shares     -       (267,982 )     (40,009 )
Additional paid-in capital     14,624,386       14,965,856       2,234,343  
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)/income     (257,765 )     281,247       41,991  
Accumulated deficit     (3,693,119 )     (3,597,916 )     (537,154 )
Total shareholders’ equity     10,674,056       11,381,764       1,699,254  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity     13,641,623       14,372,635       2,145,779  
 

 

 
KANZHUN LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(All amounts in thousands)
 
    For the three months ended June 30,     For the six months ended June 30,  
    2021     2022     2021     2022  
    RMB     RMB     US$     RMB     RMB     US$  
Net cash generated from operating activities     671,208       186,937       27,909       836,543       480,948       71,804  
Net cash (used in)/generated from investing activities     (90,867 )     145,610       21,739       (167,365 )     (97,909 )     (14,617 )
Net cash generated from/(used in) financing activities     6,424,406       (96,920 )     (14,470 )     6,412,214       (87,816 )     (13,111 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     (17,068 )     581,787       86,859       9,364       537,116       80,189  
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents     6,987,679       817,414       122,037       7,090,756       832,339       124,265  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period     4,101,280       11,356,683       1,695,508       3,998,203       11,341,758       1,693,280  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period     11,088,959       12,174,097       1,817,545       11,088,959       12,174,097       1,817,545  
 

 

   
KANZHUN LIMITED  
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS  
(All amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)  
 
    For the three months ended June 30,     For the six months ended June 30,  
    2021     2022     2021     2022  
    RMB     RMB     US$     RMB     RMB     US$  
Revenues     1,168,182       1,112,344       166,069       1,956,717       2,250,224       335,950  
Add: Change in deferred revenue     276,306       (133,154 )     (19,879 )     670,129       20,486       3,058  
Calculated cash billings     1,444,488       979,190       146,190       2,626,846       2,270,710       339,008  
                                                 
Net (loss)/income     (1,414,133 )     107,375       16,032       (1,590,312 )     95,203       14,213  
Add: Share-based compensation expenses     1,660,593       149,820       22,368       1,709,251       283,046       42,259  
Adjusted net income     246,460       257,195       38,400       118,939       378,249       56,472  
                                                 
Net (loss)/income attributable to ordinary shareholders     (1,485,935 )     107,375       16,032       (1,754,377 )     95,203       14,213  
Add: Share-based compensation expenses     1,660,593       149,820       22,368       1,709,251       283,046       42,259  
Adjusted net income/(loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders     174,658       257,195       38,400       (45,126 )     378,249       56,472  
                                                 
Weighted average number of ordinary shares (Non-GAAP)                                                
—Basic     158,122,725       869,222,984       869,222,984       147,308,942       869,427,036       869,427,036  
—Diluted     264,847,465       912,341,882       912,341,882       147,308,942       917,484,059       917,484,059  
                                                 
Adjusted net income/(loss) per ordinary share attributable to ordinary shareholders                                                
—Basic     1.10       0.30       0.04       (0.31 )     0.44       0.06  
—Diluted     0.66       0.28       0.04       (0.31 )     0.41       0.06  
                                                 
Adjusted net income/(loss) per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders                                                
—Basic     2.21       0.59       0.09       (0.61 )     0.87       0.13  
—Diluted     1.32       0.56       0.08       (0.61 )     0.82       0.12