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Full Truck Alliance Co. Ltd. (NYSE:YMM) Q3 2022 Earnings Call Transcript

Full Truck Alliance Co. Ltd. (NYSE:YMM) Q3 2022 Earning Call Transcript November 23, 2022

Full Truck Alliance Co. Ltd. beats earning expectations. Reported EPS is $0.07, expectations were $0.03.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, good day and welcome to Full Truck Alliance's Third Quarter 2022 Earnings Conference Call. Today's conference is being recorded. At this time, I would like to turn the conference over to Mao Mao, Head of Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

Mao Mao: Thank you, operator. Please note that today's discussion will contain forward-looking statements relating to the Company's future performance, which are intended to qualify for the Safe Harbor from liability, as established by the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, assumptions and other factors. Some of these risks are beyond the Company's control and could cause actual results to differ materially from those mentioned in today's press release and discussion. A general discussion of the risk factors that could affect FTA's business and financial results is included in certain filings of the Company with the SEC.

The Company does not undertake any obligation to update this forward-looking information, except as required by law. During today's call, management will also discuss certain non-GAAP financial measures, for comparison purposes only. For a definition of non-GAAP financial measures, and a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial results, please see the earnings release issued earlier today. Joining us today on the call from FTA's senior management side are Mr.Hui Zhang, our Founder, Chairman and CEO, and Mr.Simon Cai, our CFO. Management will begin with prepared remarks, and the call will conclude with a Q&A session. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. In addition, a webcast replay of this call will be available on FTA's Investor Relations website at ir.fulltruckalliance.com. I will now turn the call over to our Founder, Chairman and CEO, Mr.Zhang. Please go ahead.

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Peter Hui Zhang: Hello, everyone. Thank you for joining us today on our third quarter 2022 earnings conference call. In the third quarter, under the gradual implementation of China's ensures smoothness of freight logistic policy and the effective pandemic controls, China's road transportation industry saw a series of positive changes. We are pleased with our steady growth and strong financial and operational performance we delivered in the quarter as we continue to enhance our capabilities from product development to technology innovation, while also optimizing user experience and operational efficiency. All of these improvements have empowered us to navigate the challenging external environment and the highly dynamic market with great agility.

Amid weak seasonal demand and the strong macro headwinds, our solid third quarter results underscored the sustainability of our business model and our commitment to building and strengthening our industry-leading competitive edge. Looking at our operational performance with the full resumption of new user registration on our Yunmanman and Huochebang apps, we witnessed the rapid growth of our user base in the third quarter with an increasing number of high quality users through a series of effective user acquisition strategies. Furthermore, we consistently strengthened and upgraded our products and functionality for direct shippers, further enhancing both their fulfilment rate and retention. As a result, our GTV and the number of field orders grew by 5.7% and 20.2% quarter-over-quarter to RMB69.6 billion and RMB33.5 million respectively. Our average shipper MAU reached RMB1.85 million, representing a 15.2% increase year-over-year. Now turning to our financial results, our total net revenues came in above the upper boundary of our previous top line guidance, climbing by 45.7% year-over-year to RMB1.81 billion, alongside our efforts to expand our monetization channels and improve monetization efficiency, we continue to streamline our operational workflow during the third quarter to enhance our profitability. Our approach has yield positive results with the non-GAAP adjusted net income reaching RMB493 million compared with a non-GAAP adjusted net loss of RMB4.7 million a year ago. Building on this momentum, we will continue to explore and capitalize on our strengths, improving user experience and refining our operational capability while fulfilling the demand of our growing user base.

Additionally, we will trying to boost our existing users engagement and retention rate, while also stimulating new user frequency and accelerating their conversion into frequent users, synchronizing an increase across the existing and incremental business to drive the sustainable growth of our overall business scale. We have also continually improved our operations to make sure in full compliance with the regulatory requirements. We are not aware of any ongoing government investigation or subject to any administrative penalties to date that would materially affect our business, financial position or results of operations. Looking ahead, China's road transportation industry will continue to transform and upgrade digitally. As the world's largest digital trade platform, we will focus on leveraging our platform scale, enhancing our big data capabilities and integrating with a gathered transportation capacity and supply of goods nationwide.

By taking this approach, we will facilitate the connectivity of the entire free logistics network and benefit individual track truckers while driving the industries high quality development and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders. With that, I will now turn the call over to our CFO, Simon Cai. He will go over our operational and financial results in more detail. Simon, please go ahead.

Simon Cai: Thank you, Mr.Zhang, Mao Mao, and hello everyone. I will start by sharing some of this quarter's major initiatives and development and then walk you through our key financials. In the context of a challenging macro environment and a new wave of omicron clusters, we are glad to have delivered another quarter of solid financial and operational results. Our third quarter average fulfilment rate reached approximately 25%, an increase of four percentage points on a sequential basis, despite the weak demand in the third quarter and a particularly hot summer, which diminished trucker's willingness to take freight orders. These orders were partially -- these factors were partially offset by the gradual easing of the pandemic and the resumption of new users registrations.

As expected, we experienced a surge in both new shipper and trucker members and numbers upon the full resumption of user registration on our Yunmanman and Huochebang apps at the end of June. In the third quarter, our average monthly active shippers and monthly active truckers responding to orders grew by more than 300,000 and 200,000 from the previous quarter, respectively. Almost all of our newly added monthly active shippers are low and medium frequency shippers, which include a large number of direct shippers, resulting in further changes to our overall shipper's consumption. Furthermore, the contribution to GTV and fulfilled orders by low and median frequency shippers, including 688 members and non-members, continue to increase over the past eight quarters.

Notably, the proportion of the orders fulfilled by the shipper's cohort has gradually increased from less than 30% two years ago to more than 40% now and we expect this number to continue to expand in the future. Meanwhile, driven by increasing dependence on our platform, user's transaction frequency and activity level also improved, as evidenced by average quarterly fulfilment per monthly active shipper and monthly active trucker fulfilling orders strengthening quarter-over-quarter. Thanks to our relentless efforts to improve the quality of our services, our continued user growth has not had a dilutive impact on our user retention. In the country, the 12-month retention rate of paying shippers and the next month's retention rate of truckers who responded to shipping orders on our platform, both remain high at around 85% in the third quarter, following the trend of previous quarters.

We have also established a more effective communication channel during this quarter to re-engage users whose registration have failed within last year, mainly through a combination of manual outbound calls, text messages and precise information targeting. By the end of October, we had reactivated nearly two million new shippers and truckers from failed registrations, representing a significant rise in the reaction in the reactivation rate. In the future, we will remain focused on optimizing the user experience, thereby converting and retaining more long term users. We believe that offering a broader array of effective products and solutions to our expanding and increasingly diverse user base will be the key to our sustainable high quality growth.

To this end, we continue to optimize our platform's ecosystem during the quarter with upgraded functionalities designed to tackle shippers and truckers pain points. For example, we enhanced our algo model with more frequent updates going from daily to real time in real time to improve search efficiency and matching accuracy. Committed to continuous improvement in operation efficiency, we focus on our freight matching capabilities, reducing the rate of all our cancellation by imposing tighter traffic restriction on shippers who frequently cancel orders. While refining the matching of truckers with trustworthy shippers and prime orders, we extended our data analytical tools to cover more shippers, particularly those using virtual private numbers to place orders.

We were delighted to see a lower order cancellation rate and improvement -- and an improved fulfilment rate on our platform in the third quarter as a result. Consequently, those ongoing efforts to improve operating efficiency, targeting better freight matching are driving and overall enhancement in enhanced user experience. Along with our continuous process refinement and product optimizations, we expect to support further improvements in cancellation and fulfilment rates and importantly, reinforce the user's positive experience on the platform going forward. During the quarter, we also made several advancements in user retention and engagement. For instance, in the third quarter, we introduced our trucker growth program in several pilot areas, through which truckers accumulate reward points as a complete transaction.

The more points they accumulate, the higher their priority status with respect to having full access to others posted on the platform. The program incentivizes all truckers to increase transaction frequency and improve service quality, creating better user experiences for shippers and raising overall matching efficiency. Furthermore, we successfully implemented our shipper rating system on a national scale and iterated the system in the third quarter. Our upgrade enables truckers to more precisely evaluate shipper's behaviors with operating indicators, including number of fulfilled orders, fulfilment and cancellation rate, etcetera, empowering them to make more comprehensive evaluation of the quality of other postings. After six months of pilot operations, our enhanced shipper rating system has been widely recognized by shippers and truckers, leading to a 5.8% drop in the complaint rate against shippers and 8.5% drop in the overall order cancellation rate. Finally, our online transaction service continue to deliver sustainable growth with a 114.1% year-over-year increase to RMB390.2 million in revenue, largely attributable to the continued ramp up of commission transaction volume. This quarter, we continue to expand our commission model to additional cities, which raised the commission penetration rate to above 50%. As a result of the increasing scale of this commission model, our online transaction service has gradually become the foundation of our overall increase in revenue. In summary, thanks to our optimized products and user composition, our third quarter results reflected solid progress. We continue to expand, capitalizing on our core competitiveness to strengthen our industry-leading position over the long term.

Looking ahead, we will remain committed to elevating the quality of our products and services, refining our highly efficient operations and protecting user's rights and interest bearing no efforts to create more value for all of our users, investors and stakeholders. Now I'd like to provide a brief overview of our third quarter financial results. Given the limited time for today's call, I'll be presenting some abbreviated financial highlights. We encourage you to read through our press release issued earlier today for further details. Our total net revenues in the third quarter were RMB1.8 million, representing an increase of 45.7% year-over-year, primarily attributable to an increase in revenues from freight matching services. Revenues from freight matching services, including service fees freight brokerage models, membership fees from listing models, and commissions from online transaction services were RMB1.5 billion in the third quarter, representing an increase of 39.5% year-over-year, primarily attributable to an increase in revenue from our freight brokerage services as well as rapid growth in transaction commissions. Revenues from freight brokerage service in the third quarter were RMB904.1 million representing an increase of 31.2% year-over-year, primarily driven by continued growth in transaction volume as a result of improved user penetration. Revenue from freight listing service in the third quarter were RMB219.7 million up 2.8% year-over-year, primarily attributable to an increase in total paying numbers -- paying members. Revenue from value added services in the third quarter -- revenue from value added services in third quarter were RMB294.5 million, an increase of 88.2% year-over-year, mainly attributable to increased revenues from credit solutions. Cost of revenues in the quarter was RMB953.0 million compared with RMB842.1 million in the same period of 2021.The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in VAT related tax surcharges and other tax costs and net of tax refund from government authorities. These tax related costs net of refund totaled RMB866.7 million, representing an increase of 12.7% from RMB768.9 million in the same period last year, primarily due to an increase in transaction activities involving our freight brokerage service. Sales and marketing expenses in the third quarter were RMB232.9 million compared with RMB190.6 million in the same period last year.

The increase was primarily due to an increase in salary and benefits expenses driven by higher sales and marketing headcount. General and administrative expenses in the third quarter were RMB206.6 million compared with RMB190.0 million in the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to an increase in professional service fees as well as an increase in salary and benefits expenses driven by higher G&A headcount. R&D expenses in the quarter were RMB226.6 million compared with RMB202.9 million in the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to an increase in salary and benefits expenses driven by higher R&D headcount. Income from operations in the third quarter was RMB149.7 million compared with a loss from operation of RMB201.7 million in the same period last year. Net income in the third quarter was RMB395.5 million compared with a net loss of RMB178.3 million in the same period last year. Under the non-GAAP measures, our adjusted operating income in the third quarter was RMB242.8 million compared with an adjusted operating loss of RMB81.1 million in the same period last year. Our adjusted net income for the third quarter was RMB493.0 million compared with adjusted net loss of RMB4.7 million in the same period last year. Basic and diluted net income for ADS were RMB0.37 in the third quarter compared with basic and diluted net loss for ADS of RMB0.17 in the same period last year. Non-GAAP adjusted basic and diluted net income per ADS were RMB0.46 in the third quarter compared with non-GAAP adjusted basic and diluted net loss per ADS of RMB0.0 in the same period last year.

As of September 30 this year, the company had cash and cash equivalent, restricted cash and short term investments of RMB26.8 billion in total compared with RMB26.0 billion as of December last year. For the third quarter of 2022, net cash generated by operating activities were RMB398.3 million.Looking at our business outlook for the fourth quarter of this year, we expect our total net revenues to be between RMB1.79 billion and RMB1.88 billion, representing a year-over-year growth rate of approximately 25.2% to 31.5%. I want to emphasize that these forecasts reflect the company's current and preliminary views on the market and operational conditions. The COVID outbreaks are associated with substantial uncertainties, including the geographic scope and duration of the outbreaks, the additional restrictive measures that the government authorities may take and a further impact of the business of shipper, truckers and other ecosystem participants, all of which are subject to change and cannot be predicted with reasonable accuracy as of the date hereof.

That concludes our prepared remarks. Now, I'd like to open the call to Q&A. Operator, please go ahead.

Operator: Our first question comes from Ronald Keung from Goldman Sachs. Please go ahead.

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