Tarena International, Inc. (NASDAQ:TEDU) Q3 2022 Earnings Call Transcript
Tarena International, Inc. (NASDAQ:TEDU) Q3 2022 Earnings Call Transcript November 30, 2022
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Third Quarter 2022 Tarena International, Inc. Earnings Conference Call. All participants will be in listen-only mode. After today's presentation there will be an opportunity to ask questions. I must advise you this conference call is being recorded today, November 30, 2022. I would now like to turn the conference over to your first speaker today, Ms. Sylvia Yang, Investor Relationship Manager. Thank you. Please go ahead.
Sylvia Yang: Thank you, operator. Hello, everyone and welcome to Tarena's earnings conference call for the third quarter of 2022. The company's earnings results were released earlier today and our available on our IR website ir.tedu.cn, as well as our newswire services. Today you will hear from Ms. Nancy Ying Sun, our CEO; and Ms. Ping Wei, our CFO who will take you through the company's operational and financial results for the third quarter of 2022 and give revenue guidance for the fourth quarter of 2022. After the prepared remarks, Nancy and Ms. Wei will be available to answer your questions. Before we continue, please note that the discussion today will contain certain forward-looking statements made under the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from our current expectations. Tarena does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements except as required under applicable law. Also, please note that some of the information to be discussed includes non-GAAP financial measures as defined in Regulation G. The financial measures and information reconcile in this non-GAAP financial measures to Tarena's financial results prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP are included in Tarena's earnings release, which has been posted on the company's IR website at ir.tedu.cn. Finally, as a reminder, this conference call is being recorded. In addition, a webcast of this conference call is available on Tarena's Investor Relations website.
I will now turn the call over to Ms. Nancy Ying Sun, the CEO of Tarena.
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Nancy Ying Sun: Thank you, Sylvia, and thanks everyone for joining us today. In the third quarter of 2022, our overall business continued its steady growth with net revenue increasing by 4.6% year-over-year. Our business also remained profitable for the third consecutive quarter, achieving an operating margin of 3.3% from our operating loss in the same period of last year. Our gross profit margin on the group level reached 55.1%, up 4.2 percentage points year-over-year. Specifically, our IT professional education business remained stable with a gross profit margin of 68.3%. In addition, our IT-focused supplementary STEAM education business continue to grow at a steady pace and their healthy operations. gross profit margin of , I saw at the end of the reporting period.
We realized that total net profit of RMB103 million in the first three quarters of this year, compared with the net loss in the same period of last year. Our total net revenues amounted to RMB643 million in the third quarter, coming at the high-end of the revenue guidance we provided last quarter. This represents a year-over-year increase of 4.6% from RMB650 million in the third quarter of 2021. Segment wise, we produced steady revenue growth of 99% year-over-year in IT-focused supplementary STEAM education in this quarter where our IT professional education revenues declined 1.7% due to market economic headwinds. With respect to cost control, we continue to optimize our margin to enhance operational efficiencies and effectively control expenses.
In the third quarter, we further loaned our cost with a year-on-year reduction of 4.3%. Against this backdrop, we achieved a gross profit of RMB354 million in the third quarter and an increase of 13.1% year-over-year. Due to the strict cost and expense control measures that were implemented this year, we realized a of in the third quarter amounting to RMB27.95 million from a net loss in the same period of last year. Next, let me walk you through our IT-focused supplementary STEAM education business. In the third quarter of 2022, net revenue from IT-focused supplementary STEAM education was , up 99% from in the third quarter of 2021, accounting for 57% of our total revenue. Enrollment increased by 25.6% from 146,900 in the third quarter of 2021 to 184,500 in the third quarter of 2022, benefiting from our high quality process and delivery, as well as our growing brand influence.
Meanwhile, with steady revenue growth and effective cost control at our centers, our gross profit rose by 27.4% year-over-year in the third quarter and our gross profit margin climbed by 6.2 percentage points to 55%. On the customer acquisition front, renewal students increased by 37.6% year-over-year. Meanwhile, students acquired by word-of-mouth referrals and the renewable students accounted for 72.6% of our fee-paying students in the third quarter, up 8.9 percentage points from 63.7% in the third quarter of 2021. Our total number of fee-paying students in the third quarter of 2022 was , an increase of 10% from 38,000 in the third quarter of 2021. We believe this growth fully demonstrates that our and our students learning results in IT-focused supplementary STEAM education has translated into word-of-mouth referrals and an increase in renewable students.
Note that the percentage of our renewable students who have enrolled for our year continue to exceed 78% in the third quarter. Regarding the operation of our centers, we continue to optimize operating costs and expand single center capacity by improving operational efficiency. In the third quarter, the total number of centers providing an IT-focused supplementary STEAM education services declined from 238 at the end of the third quarter of 2021 to 222 at the end of the third quarter of 2022. A nice reduction of 16 centers. At the same time, the number of students enrolled per center increased from 621 in the third quarter of last year to 820 in the same period of this year. In the third quarter, average revenue percentage grew by 15.8% from about RMB1.41 million in 2021 to RMB1.63 million this year.
Next moving to our IT-professional education business. In the third quarter, due to regional COVID-19 and the market economic headwinds we still do facilitate stable operations by focusing on the quality of our cross content delivery systems, reducing costs, and improving operational effectiveness and efficiency. This initiative was intended to ensure high quality cost delivery at a time when business expansion was difficult, while also lowering costs and enhancing businesses to ensure profitability. Although some of our offline centers had to temporarily suspend operations at one point, we were able to achieve high quality cross delivery without interruption. Thanks to our stable and mature online cross delivery system, developed through long-time efforts.
We also endeavor to make students' in and career investments. Supported by these initiatives, our student employment rate with six months of graduation was at about 92% in the third quarter of 2022. In the third quarter, our net revenue from IT professional education fell slightly from RMB283 million in the third quarter of 2021 to RMB278 million this year. Despite the revenue decline in macroeconomic uncertainties on the back of our strategy to reduce costs, and . The gross profit of IT professional education business rose by 3.1% from RMB184 million in the third quarter of 2021 to RMB190 million in the third quarter of 2022, with the gross profit margin of 68.3%. In addition, as we continue to streamline our costs and operating expenses, the total cost and operating expenses of IT professional education business decreased by 14% year-over-year.
Turning to the Lifelong Learning product strategy that we implemented in 2022. We have created a more diversified product portfolio aimed at student career enhancement, in addition to our core products of Java to update our product system and encourage . Meanwhile, we believe market demand for professionals who are positioned in technology, most in , such as big data, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing will continue to grow as China's digital industry continues to expand. We believe this investment will bring healthy growth momentum to the company after the pandemic's . That concludes my review of the company's operations for the third quarter of 2022. Next, I will turn the call over to Ping to walk you through our financials for the third quarter of 2022.
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Ping Wei: Thank you, Nancy, and hello, everyone. Now, let me walk you through some of the financial highlights of the third quarter. Please also refer to the press release for more information. For the third quarter of 2022, the company recorded operating income of RMB21 million or US$3 million and of RMB88.5 million in the same period of 2021. Non-GAAP operating income, which excluded share-based compensation expenses was RMB30.2 million or US$4.2 million in the third quarter of 2022, compared to non-GAAP operating loss of RMB84.4 million in the same period of 2021. The improvement in our operating profit was driven by our healthy revenue growth, as well as our well executed cost and expenses control during the quarter. Our total net revenues reached RMB643.3 million or US$90.4 million in the third quarter of 2022, up 4.6% from RMB615.2 million in the same period of 2021.
thanks to our effective cost control measures, our cost of revenues decreased by 4.3% to RMB289.1 million or US$40.6 million in the third quarter of 2022, from RMB302 million in the same period of 2021. Meanwhile, total operating expenses decreased by 17% to RMB333.2 million or US$46.8 million in the third quarter of 2022 from RMB401.7 million in the same period of 2021 as we achieved expense reductions across our entire organization. Demand contributed to the cost and expense reduction include: firstly, closing low performing centers and optimizing personnel operations to include efficiency. As a result, as Nancy mentioned earlier, our learning centers for both IT-focused supplementary STEAM education and IT professional education businesses respectively, and our total headcount decreased by 16.8% year-over-year.
Secondly, reducing sales and marketing personnel, as well as market spending and remain focused on operational excellence, which is through endeavoring to uplift our quality of core content, delivery, and services. We continue to generate more word-of-mouth referrals and renewal enrollment, and maximize lifetime value of our students. And finally, overall prudent management of R&D and general management spending also helped lower overall spending and the improved operational margins. As a result of the foregoing, net income was RMB27.9 million or US$3.9 million in the third quarter of 2022, compared to net loss of RMB94.7 million in the same period of 20221. Non-GAAP net income, which excluded share-based compensation expenses was RMB37.2 million or US$5.2 million in the third quarter of 2022, compared to non-GAAP net loss of RMB90.5 million in the same period of 2021.
For the nine months of 2022, net income has reached RMB102.9 million, or US$14.5 million, compared to a net loss of RMB293.2 million for the same period of 2021. Non-GAAP net income was RMB114.7 million, or US$16.1 million for the nine months of 2022, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of RMB278 million in the same period of 2021. Now, on the EPS side, basic income per ADS was RMB2.55 or US$0.36 in the third quarter of 2022, compared to loss per ADS of RMB8.21 in the third quarter of 2021. Diluted income per ADS was RMB2.43, or US$34 in the third quarter of 2022, compared to loss per ADS of RMB8.21 in the third quarter of 2021. For the nine months of 2022, basic income per ADS was RMB9.28 for the three quarters of 2022, compared to loss per ADS of RMB26.01 for the same period of 2021.
Diluted income per ADS was RMB8.85 for the nine months of 2022, compared to loss per ADS of RMB26.01 for the same period of 2021. As of September 30, 2022, the total balance of cash, cash equivalents, and time deposits was RMB342.1 million or US$48.1 million, decreasing by RMB88.3 million from the end of 2021. The decrease was mainly due to net cash outflow from operating activities in the first nine months of 2022 of RMB48 million or US$6.7 million as cash collected from IT professional education increased, compared to the same period of last year and was lower than GAAP revenue recognized during the period. This resulted in a decrease in deferred revenue balance, which contributed to the negative changes in working capital. Net cash outflow from investing activities for the nine months of 2022 was RMB14.1 million, or US$2 million as we repaid RMB15.5 million or US$2.2 million of short-term bank loan.
Capital expenditures in the first nine months of 2022 were RMB33.1 million or US$4.7 million, mainly from purchasing IT equipment used in , and payments to renovate teaching centers. Share repurchase also contributed to the cash outflow in the past three quarters. Going forward, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the mobility of our students and the normal operations of our offline centers, cash received from enrollment as expected to decrease in the fourth quarter, compared to the same period of last year. Despite the uncertainties, we will strive to maintain a positive operating cash flow in the fourth quarter, as well as a healthy cash and equivalent balance towards year-end with continued operational efficiency improvement and fixed spending control.
That concludes my financial highlights section. And Nancy will share with you the business outlook and revenue guidance for the fourth quarter.
Nancy Ying Sun: Thank you, Ms. Wei, for your summary of our financial performance for the third quarter of 2022. Now, turning to the company's outlook for the fourth quarter. In the complex pandemic situation, some cities have to reduce social and business activities to contain the supply of . We expect these measures to limit students' mobility and our offline centers operations, thereby impacting our enrollments and revenue in the fourth quarter. Specifically, currently out of 54 where 41 of them had various COVID-related control measures, which have affected to normal operations of 80% of our student education centers and 76% of our IT professional training centers. However, thanks to OMO-based system, we have developed over the years, we will continue to provide online cost and services to minimize the impact on our student class attendance and participation.
With respect to financial guidance, according to the company's current estimate, our total net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2022 are expected to be between RMB560 million and RMB590 million which represents a decrease of 10% to 50% from the fourth quarter of 2021. The company's guidance reflects our preliminary estimate of the current market environment and the company's operating conditions, which may change. Despite the short-term uncertainty, we remain confident about tremendous potential of the IT education services market. We will continue to optimize our OMO-based student acquisition and product delivery system and ensure the quality of our cross delivery and services, regardless of the operational status of our . Moreover, while enhancing the of our courses, we will continue to reinforce our core competencies to build a trusted grind for students and expand the word-of-mouth referrals to of enrollments.
In addition, we will continue to improve operational efficiencies, adopt high spending controls with the goal of achieving positive operating cash flow in the fourth quarter and maintain the company's healthy development amid COVID-19 . Above is our outlook for the future and our revenue guidance. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for your attention and support. We are now ready for questions.
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