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Huize Holding Limited Reports Third Quarter 2022 Unaudited Financial Results

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huize Holding Limited, (“Huize”, the “Company” or “we”) (NASDAQ: HUIZ), a leading digital insurance product and service platform for new generation consumers in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Third Quarter 2022 Financial and Operational Highlights

  • Strong business performance: Gross Written Premiums (“GWP”) facilitated on our platform in the third quarter of 2022 increased by 29.4% to RMB1,249.0 million from RMB965.5 million in the third quarter of 2021. First-year premiums (“FYP”) and renewal premiums facilitated on our platform in the third quarter of 2022 increased by 34.0% and 24.1% to RMB684.9 million and RMB564.1 million from RMB510.9 million and RMB454.6 million in the third quarter of 2021, respectively.

  • Solid revenue growth with effective cost control: Operating revenue increased by 11.6% year-over-year to RMB351.8 million in the third quarter of 2022 from RMB315.1 million in the third quarter of 2021. Operating expenses decreased by 27.7% year-over-year to RMB115.9 million in the third quarter of 2022 from RMB160.4 million in the same period of 2021.

  • As of September 30, 2022, our cash and cash equivalents amounted to RMB307.4 million (US$43.2 million).

  • Cumulative number of insurance clients served increased to approximately 8.3 million, in the third quarter of 2022. We cooperated with 106 insurer partners, including 62 life and health insurance companies and 44 property & casualty insurance companies, as of September 30, 2022.

Mr. Cunjun Ma, Founder and CEO of Huize, commented, “We are very pleased to report another strong quarter of resilient revenue growth and financial results despite the challenging macro environment and softening life insurance market. Our FYP and total revenue increased by 34.0% and 11.6% year-over-year, respectively, in the third quarter of 2022. These remarkable results were driven by our proven operational expertise and industry-leading digitalization capabilities, which enable us to satisfy the lifetime insurance needs of emerging middle-class consumers and empower the entire insurance industry value chain. We also benefited from our successful execution of the ongoing cost savings and the group-wide organizational structure optimization, which yielded a 27.7% year-over-year decrease in operating expenses during the quarter.

Capitalizing on our strengths in product innovation and our proactive response to evolving customer needs, we continued to co-develop various long-term customized savings and protection products. In the third quarter, GWP for co-developed insurance products accounted for 72.9% of the total GWP facilitated on our platform. The GWP contribution from our long-term insurance products surpassed 90% for the twelfth consecutive quarter. We expect to achieve profitability in the final quarter of 2022 on the strength of our rejuvenated revenue growth and improving operational efficiency.

We also continued to make good progress on executing our three-year “Agents, Businesses, Customers (ABC)” strategic business plan. In the “To-C” segment, we continued to acquire new customers and increase engagement with our existing customers through new products and service upgrades, driving an average third quarter ticket size of over RMB40,000 in FYP for our long-term savings products. In the “To-B” segment, we continued to drive the in-depth digital transformation of the industry, with total revenue contribution of our technology service business reaching RMB13.7 million in the first nine months of 2022. In terms of agents, we saw encouraging progress from our first independent agent store in Shenzhen and continued to empower our premium insurance agents with diversified product offerings, digital business tools, and customer service support. FYP facilitated by the “To-A” business was approximately RMB120 million in the first nine months of 2022. Going forward, we believe the “ABC” business plan will position us firmly in the top tier of insurance intermediaries in China, empowering us to strategically allocate capital to enhance shareholder value and sustain the high-quality long-term growth of our business.”

Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

GWP and operating revenue

GWP facilitated on our platform was RMB1,249.0 million (US$175.6 million) in the third quarter of 2022, an increase of 29.4% from RMB965.5 million in the same period of 2021. Of the GWP facilitated in the third quarter of 2022, first year premiums (“FYP”) accounted for RMB684.9 million (or 54.8% of total GWP), an increase of 34.0% year-over-year. Renewal premiums accounted for RMB564.1 million (or 45.2% of total GWP), an increase of 24.1% year-over-year.

Operating revenue was RMB351.8 million (US$49.5 million) in the third quarter of 2022, an increase of 11.6% from RMB315.1 million in the same period of 2021. The increase was primarily driven by the increase in FYP facilitated.

Operating costs

Operating costs were RMB248.7 million (US$35.0 million) in the third quarter of 2022, an increase of 6.7% from RMB233.0 million in the same period of 2021. The increase was primarily due to higher marketing channel cost and was more moderate than the increase in operating revenue.

Operating expenses

Selling expenses decreased by 32.4% year-over-year to RMB56.4 million (US$7.9 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared with RMB83.4 million in the same period of 2021, which was primarily due to a decrease in advertising and marketing expenses, and to a lesser extent, a decrease in salaries and employment benefits.
        
General and administrative expenses were RMB43.1 million (US$6.1 million) in the third quarter of 2022, a decrease of 8.7% from RMB47.2 million in the same period of 2021. This decrease was primarily due to a decrease in salaries and employment benefits, offset by an increase in share-based compensation expenses.

Research and development expenses were RMB16.4 million (US$2.3 million) in the third quarter of 2022, a decrease of 45.0% from RMB29.8 million in the same period of 2021, primarily due to a decrease in personnel costs.

Net loss attributable to common shareholders and Non-GAAP net loss attributable to common shareholders

Net loss in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB10.5 million (US$1.5 million), down substantially from a net loss of RMB78.9 million in the same period of 2021. Non-GAAP net loss in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB9.8 million (US$1.4 million), compared to non-GAAP net loss of RMB86.6 million in the same period of 2021.

Cash and cash equivalents

As of September 30, 2022, the combined balance of the Company’s cash and cash equivalents amounted to RMB307.4 million (US$43.2 million), compared to RMB381.2 million as of December 31, 2021.

Share Repurchase Program

As of September 30, 2022, the Company had purchased an aggregate of 381,959 ADSs for a total amount of approximately US$0.5 million, under its share repurchase program pursuant to which the Company has been authorized to repurchase up to US$5 million ADSs by March 18, 2023, as previously announced on March 18, 2022.

Business Outlook

Based on the Company’s preliminary assessment of the current market conditions, the Company expects to achieve profitability in the final quarter of 2022. This forecast reflects the Company’s current and preliminary views on the market and operational conditions, which are subject to change as a result of various market uncertainties.

Conference Call

The Company’s management team will hold an earnings conference call at 7:00 A.M. Eastern Time on Friday, November 11, 2022 (8:00 P.M. Beijing/Hong Kong Time on the same day). Details for the conference call are as follows:

Event Title:                 Huize Holding Limited’s Third Quarter 2022 Earnings Conference Call
Registration Link:    https://register.vevent.com/register/BI828fcf8d615540a0ac7410d146a4c260

All participants must use the link provided above to complete the online registration process in advance of the conference call. Upon registration, each participant will receive a confirmation email containing dial-in numbers and a unique access PIN, which will be used to join the conference call.

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

About Huize Holding Limited

Huize Holding Limited is a leading digital insurance product and service platform for new generation consumers in China. Targeting the younger generation, Huize is dedicated to serving its insurance clients for their life-long insurance needs. Leveraging its online platform, Huize offers a wide variety of insurance products with a focus on long-term life and health insurance products and empowers its insurer partners to reach a large fragmented client base in the insurance retail market efficiently and enhance their insurance sales. Huize provides insurance clients with digitalized insurance experience and services, including suitable product recommendations, consulting service, intelligent underwriting, and assistance in claim application and settlement, which significantly improve transaction experience.

For more information, please visit http://ir.huize.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measure Statement

In evaluating our business, we consider and use non-GAAP net profit/(loss) attributable to common shareholders as a supplemental measure to review and assess our operating performance. The presentation of the non-GAAP financial measure 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 net profit/(loss) attributable to common shareholders as net profit/(loss) attributable to common shareholders excluding share-based compensation expenses and interest on convertible bond. Such adjustments have no impact on income tax because either the non-GAAP adjustments were recorded at entities located in tax free jurisdictions, such as the Cayman Islands or because the non-GAAP adjustments were recorded at operating entities located in the PRC for which the non-GAAP adjustments were not deductible for tax purposes.

We present the non-GAAP financial measure because it is used by our management to evaluate our operating performance and formulate business plans. Non-GAAP net profit/(loss) attributable to common shareholders enables our management to assess our operating results without considering the impact of share-based compensation expenses and the interest on convertible bond. We also believe that the use of this non-GAAP financial measure facilitates investors’ assessment of our operating performance.

This non-GAAP financial measure is not defined under U.S. GAAP and is not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measure has limitations as an analytical tool. One of the key limitations of using adjusted net profit/(loss) attributable to common shareholders is that it does not reflect all items of income and expense that affect our operations. Further, the non-GAAP financial measure may differ from the non-GAAP financial information used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited.

The non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered in isolation or construed as an alternative to net profit/(loss) attributable to common shareholders or any other measure of performance or as an indicator of our operating performance. Investors are encouraged to review the historical non-GAAP financial measure in light of the most directly comparable GAAP measure, as shown below. The non-GAAP financial measure presented here may not be comparable to similarly titled measure presented by other companies. Other companies may calculate similarly titled measures differently, limiting the usefulness of such measures when analyzing our data comparatively. We encourage investors and others to review our financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

Exchange Rate Information

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at a specified rate solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to U.S. dollars and from U.S. dollars to RMB are made at a rate of RMB7.1135 to US$1.00, the exchange rate on September 30, 2022, set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or U.S. dollars amounts referred could be converted into U.S. dollars or RMB, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Huize’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “confident” and similar statements. Among other things, business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, contain forward-looking statements. Huize may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: Huize’s goal and strategies; Huize’s expansion plans; Huize’s future business development, financial condition and results of operations; Huize’s expectation regarding the demand for, and market acceptance of, its online insurance products; Huize’s expectations regarding its relationship with insurer partners and insurance clients and other parties it collaborates with; general economic and business conditions; and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing.

Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Huize’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and Huize does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Investor Relations
investor@huize.com

Media Relations
mediacenter@huize.com

Christensen Advisory

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Ms. Jasmine Zhu
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Email: linda.bergkamp@christensencomms.com


Huize Holding Limited

Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets
(all amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)

 

 

As of December 31

 

 

As of September 30

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

 

USD

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

381,158

 

 

307,417

 

 

 

43,216

 

Restricted cash

 

183,408

 

 

117,192

 

 

 

16,475

 

Contract assets

 

-

 

 

50,359

 

 

 

7,080

 

Accounts receivables, net of allowance for impairment

 

777,262

 

 

341,859

 

 

 

48,058

 

Insurance premium receivables

 

1,217

 

 

1,218

 

 

 

171

 

Amounts due from related parties

 

128

 

 

479

 

 

 

67

 

Deferred costs

 

-

 

 

2,212

 

 

 

311

 

Prepaid expense and other receivables

 

77,511

 

 

92,655

 

 

 

13,025

 

Total current assets

 

1,420,684

 

 

913,391

 

 

 

128,403

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restricted cash

 

44,418

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

Contract assets

 

-

 

 

3,659

 

 

 

514

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

48,461

 

 

40,142

 

 

 

5,643

 

Intangible assets, net

 

21,626

 

 

53,795

 

 

 

7,562

 

Deferred tax assets

 

605

 

 

605

 

 

 

85

 

Long-term investments

 

73,001

 

 

77,269

 

 

 

10,862

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

247,819

 

 

168,469

 

 

 

23,683

 

Goodwill

 

461

 

 

461

 

 

 

65

 

Other assets

 

379

 

 

279

 

 

 

39

 

Total non-current assets

 

436,770

 

 

344,679

 

 

 

48,453

 

Total assets

 

1,857,454

 

 

1,258,070

 

 

 

176,856

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities, Mezzanine Equity and Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Short-term borrowings

 

216,710

 

 

206,000

 

 

 

28,959

 

Accounts payable

 

680,369

 

 

324,303

 

 

 

45,590

 

Insurance premium payables

 

124,019

 

 

43,878

 

 

 

6,168

 

Contract liabilities

 

7,236

 

 

5,692

 

 

 

800

 

Provisions

 

-

 

 

3,651

 

 

 

513

 

Other payables and accrued expenses

 

71,255

 

 

60,435

 

 

 

8,496

 

Payroll and welfare payable

 

93,451

 

 

65,281

 

 

 

9,177

 

Income taxes payable

 

2,440

 

 

2,440

 

 

 

343

 

Operating lease liabilities

 

14,886

 

 

10,018

 

 

 

1,408

 

Amount due to related parties

 

11,875

 

 

6,341

 

 

 

891

 

Total current liabilities

 

1,222,241

 

 

728,039

 

 

 

102,345

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term borrowings

 

20,000

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

4,892

 

 

13,096

 

 

 

1,841

 

Operating lease liabilities

 

249,183

 

181,183

 

25,470

Payroll and welfare payable

 

225

 

 

827

 

 

 

116

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

274,300

 

 

195,106

 

 

 

27,427

 

Total liabilities

 

1,496,541

 

 

923,145

 

 

 

129,772

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders’ equity

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common shares

 

62

 

 

62

 

 

 

9

 

Class B common shares

 

10

 

 

10

 

 

 

1

 

Treasury stock

 

(9,545

)

 

(12,971

)

 

 

(1,823

)

Additional paid-in capital

 

896,772

 

 

902,360

 

 

 

126,852

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(27,295

)

 

(14,144

)

 

 

(1,988

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(499,940

)

 

(539,299

)

 

 

(75,813

)

Total shareholders’ equity attributable to Huize Holding Limited shareholders

 

360,064

 

 

336,018

 

 

 

47,238

 

Non-controlling interests

 

849

 

 

(1,093

)

 

 

(154

)

Total shareholders’ equity

 

360,913

 

 

334,925

 

 

 

47,084

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

 

1,857,454

 

 

1,258,070

 

 

 

176,856

 


Huize Holding Limited

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(all amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)

 

 

For the Three Months Ended September 30,

 

For the Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

 

2021

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

2022

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

USD

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

USD

Operating revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brokerage income

 

312,652

 

 

338,536

 

 

47,591

 

 

1,262,550

 

 

862,156

 

 

121,200

 

Other income

 

2,429

 

 

13,254

 

 

1,863

 

 

6,133

 

 

37,341

 

 

5,249

 

Total operating revenue

 

315,081

 

 

351,790

 

 

49,454

 

 

1,268,683

 

 

899,497

 

 

126,449

 

Operating costs and expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenue

 

(232,871

)

 

(236,324

)

 

(33,222

)

 

(941,536

)

 

(547,654

)

 

(76,988

)

Other cost

 

(173

)

 

(12,369

)

 

(1,739

)

 

(1,362

)

 

(24,427

)

 

(3,434

)

Total operating costs

 

(233,044

)

 

(248,693

)

 

(34,961

)

 

(942,898

)

 

(572,081

)

 

(80,422

)

Selling expenses

 

(83,396

)

 

(56,395

)

 

(7,928

)

 

(238,225

)

 

(189,850

)

 

(26,689

)

General and administrative
expenses

 

(47,172

)

 

(43,116

)

 

(6,061

)

 

(141,632

)

 

(116,104

)

 

(16,322

)

Research and development
expenses

 

(29,831

)

 

(16,363

)

 

(2,300

)

 

(74,406

)

 

(64,020

)

 

(9,000

)

Total operating costs and expenses

 

(393,443

)

 

(364,567

)

 

(51,250

)

 

(1,397,161

)

 

(942,055

)

 

(132,433

)

Operating loss

 

(78,362

)

 

(12,777

)

 

(1,796

)

 

(128,478

)

 

(42,558

)

 

(5,984

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income/(expenses)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expenses

 

(759

)

 

(1,924

)

 

(270

)

 

(1,636

)

 

(4,469

)

 

(628

)

Unrealized exchange loss

 

(8

)

 

(50

)

 

(7

)

 

(19

)

 

(95

)

 

(13

)

Investment loss

 

(3,788

)

 

(435

)

 

(61

)

 

(4,029

)

 

(2,217

)

 

(312

)

Others, net

 

3,852

 

 

4,349

 

 

611

 

 

7,892

 

 

11,071

 

 

1,556

 

Loss before income tax, and share of income/(loss) of equity method investee

 

(79,065

)

 

(10,837

)

 

(1,523

)

 

(126,270

)

 

(38,268

)

 

(5,381

)

Share of income/ (loss) of equity method investee

 

157

 

 

(393

)

 

(55

)

 

(1,294

)

 

(3,033

)

 

(426

)

Net loss

 

(78,908

)

 

(11,230

)

 

(1,578

)

 

(127,564

)

 

(41,301

)

 

(5,807

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests

 

-

 

 

(691

)

 

(97

)

 

-

 

 

(1,942

)

 

(273

)

Net loss attributable to common shareholders

 

(78,908

)

 

(10,539

)

 

(1,481

)

 

(127,564

)

 

(39,359

)

 

(5,534

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

(78,908

)

 

(11,230

)

 

(1,578

)

 

(127,564

)

 

(41,301

)

 

(5,807

)

Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of tax

 

(319

)

 

7,438

 

 

1,046

 

 

(3,789

)

 

13,151

 

 

1,849

 

Comprehensive loss

 

(79,227

)

 

(3,792

)

 

(532

)

 

(131,353

)

 

(28,150

)

 

(3,958

)

Comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling interests

 

-

 

 

(691

)

 

(97

)

 

-

 

 

(1,942

)

 

(273

)

Comprehensive loss attributable to common shareholders

 

(79,227

)

 

(3,101

)

 

(435

)

 

(131,353

)

 

(26,208

)

 

(3,685

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of common shares used in computing net profit per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

1,021,266,572

 

 

1,021,183,878

 

 

1,021,183,878

 

 

1,021,803,029

 

 

1,022,391,802

 

 

1,022,391,802

 

Net loss per share attributable to common shareholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

(0.08

)

 

(0.01

)

 

(0.00

)

 

(0.12

)

 

(0.04

)

 

(0.01

)


Huize Holding Limited

Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
(all amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)

 

 

For the Three Months Ended September 30,

 

For the Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

 

2021

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

2022

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

USD

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

USD

Net loss attributable to common shareholders

 

(78,908

)

 

(10,539

)

 

(1,481

)

 

(127,564

)

 

(39,359

)

 

(5,534

)

Share-based compensation expenses

 

(7,677

)

 

744

 

 

105

 

 

(3,569

)

 

4,447

 

 

625

 

Non-GAAP net loss attributable to common shareholders

 

(86,585

)

 

(9,795

)

 

(1,376

)

 

(131,133

)

 

(34,912

)

 

(4,909

)