KANZHUN LIMITED Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Chaoyang District, CHINA


BEIJING, June 24, 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 first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

First Quarter 2022 Highlights

Revenues for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB1,137.9 million (US$179.5 million), an increase of 44.3% from RMB788.5 million for the same quarter of 2021.

• Calculated cash billings1 for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB1,291.5 million (US$203.7 million), an increase of 9.2% from RMB1,182.4 million for the same quarter of 2021.

• Average monthly active users2 for the first quarter of 2022 were 25.2 million, compared to 24.9 million for the same quarter of 2021.

• Total paid enterprise customers3 in the twelve months ended March 31, 2022 increased by 41.4% to 4.1 million from 2.9 million in the twelve months ended March 31, 2021.

• Net loss for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB12.2 million (US$1.9 million), compared to RMB176.2 million for the same quarter of 2021. Adjusted net income4 for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB121.1 million (US$19.1 million), compared to an adjusted net loss of RMB127.5 million for the same quarter of 2021.

Mr. Jonathan Peng Zhao, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented, “We are pleased to report another quarter of solid performance despite headwinds and challenges. Our effective and resilient business model, combined with our strong value propositions and industrial competence, were further proven with sustainable revenue growth momentum and sturdy profit capability. While facing the negative impact of the pandemic’s resurgence in China, we believe that our quality services and technologies continue make us well positioned to serve the needs of our users and uphold our social responsibility in overcoming difficulties during these challenging times.”

Mr. Phil Yu Zhang, Chief Financial Officer, further commented, “Our strong financial performance in the quarter once again demonstrates our sustainable competitive advantages. Our total revenues in the quarter increased by 44.3% year over year. We recorded net loss of RMB12.2 million and adjusted net income of RMB121.1 million in the quarter, compared with an adjusted net loss of RMB127.5 million in the same period last year. We believe that the continued strides we are making in our operating efficiency and profit-generating capabilities will lay a solid foundation for a quality growth in the long run.”

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Revenues

Revenues were RMB1,137.9 million (US$179.5 million) for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 44.3% from RMB788.5 million for the same period in 2021. The increase was primarily due to the growth in revenues from online recruitment services to enterprise customers.

• Revenues from online recruitment services to enterprise customers were RMB1,127.3 million (US$177.8 million) for the first quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 44.1% from RMB782.2 million for the same period in 2021. The increase was mainly due to the rapid growth in our paid enterprise customer numbers following the expansion of our user base.

• Revenues from other services, which mainly comprise of paid value-added services offered to job seekers, were RMB10.6 million (US$1.7 million) for the first quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 65.6% from RMB6.4 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 RMB1,146.1 million (US$180.8 million) for the first quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 18.0% from RMB970.9 million for the same period of 2021. Total share-based compensation expenses were RMB133.2 million (US$21.0 million) for the first quarter of 2022, compared with RMB48.7 million for the same period of 2021.

• Cost of revenues was RMB177.3 million (US$28.0 million) for the first quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 65.9% from RMB106.9 million for the same period of 2021, primarily driven by increased headcount, especially in security and operation personnel, as well as increases in server and bandwidth cost as a result of expanded user base.

• Sales and marketing expenses were RMB522.4 million (US$82.4 million) for the first quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of 15.5% from RMB618.5 million for the same period of 2021, primarily due to decreased marketing and advertising expenses, partially offset by increased sales and marketing employee-related expenses.

• Research and development expenses were RMB290.7 million (US$45.9 million) for the first quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 77.5% from RMB163.8 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 RMB155.7 million (US$24.6 million) for the first quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 90.6% from RMB81.7 million for the same period of 2021, primarily due to increased headcount in general and administrative personnel and increased share-based compensation expenses.

Loss from operations

Loss from operations was RMB3.3 million (US$0.5 million) for the first quarter of 2022, compared to RMB180.0 million for the same period of 2021.

Net loss and adjusted net income/loss

Net loss was RMB12.2 million (US$1.9 million) for the first quarter of 2022, compared to RMB176.2 million for the same period of 2021.

Adjusted net income was RMB121.1 million (US$19.1 million) for the first quarter of 2022, compared to an adjusted net loss of RMB127.5 million for the same quarter of 2021.

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

Basic and diluted net loss per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders were both RMB0.03 (US$0.00) for the first quarter of 2022, compared to RMB3.94 in the same period of 2021.

Adjusted basic and diluted net income per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders4 were RMB0.28 (US$0.04) and RMB0.26 (US$0.04), respectively, for the first quarter of 2022, compared to adjusted basic and diluted net loss per ADS of RMB3.23 for the same period of 2021.

Net cash generated from operating activities

Net cash generated from operating activities was RMB294.0 million (US$46.4 million) in the first quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 77.9% from RMB165.3 million in the same period of 2021.

Cash position

Balance of cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments was RMB12,425.2 million (US$1,960.0 million) as of March 31, 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. The share repurchases may be made in the open market, in privately negotiated transactions, in block trades and/or through other legally permissible means, depending on market conditions and in accordance with applicable rules and regulations.

Outlook

For the second quarter of 2022, the Company currently expects its total revenues to be between RMB1.09 billion and RMB1.10 billion, representing a year-on-year decrease of 6.7% to 5.8%. This forecast considers the impact of the resurgence of COVID-19 in certain cities and their corresponding control measures 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 Friday, June 24, 2022 (8:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong Time on June 24, 2022) to discuss the financial results. Details for the conference call are as follows:

Event Title: KANZHUN LIMITED First Quarter 2022 Earnings Conference Call
Conference ID: 9966786
Registration Link: http://apac.directeventreg.com/registration/event/9966786

Upon registration, participants will receive an email containing conference call dial-in details, a passcode, and a unique registrant ID. 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.

A replay of the conference call will be accessible approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live call and will be available until July 1, 2022, via the following details:

International: +61-2-8199-0299
China (Mandarin) Toll Free: 800-870-0206
China Toll Free: 400-632-2162
United States Toll Free: +1-855-452-5696
Hong Kong Toll Free: 800-963-117
Singapore Toll Free: 800-616-2305
Conference ID: 9966786

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 RMB6.3393 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate on March 31, 2022 as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or US$ 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
(All amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)

  For the three months ended March 31, 
  2021 2022 
  RMB RMB US$
Revenues            
Online recruitment services to enterprise customers  782,156   1,127,318   177,830 
Others  6,379   10,562   1,666 
Total revenues  788,535   1,137,880   179,496 
Operating cost and expenses            
Cost of revenues(1)  (106,856)  (177,348)  (27,976)
Sales and marketing expenses(1)  (618,537)  (522,374)  (82,402)
Research and development expenses(1)  (163,767)  (290,739)  (45,863)
General and administrative expenses(1)  (81,712)  (155,687)  (24,559)
Total operating cost and expenses  (970,872)  (1,146,148)  (180,800)
Other operating income, net  2,318   5,009   790 
Loss from operations  (180,019)  (3,259)  (514)
Investment income  2,811   9,274   1,463 
Financial income, net  1,961
   3,677   580 
Foreign exchange gain/(loss)  464
   (442)  (70)
Other expenses, net  (1,396)  (8,854)  (1,397)
(Loss)/Income before income tax expense  (176,179)  396   62 
Income tax expense  -   (12,568)  (1,983)
Net loss  (176,179)  (12,172)  (1,921)
Accretion on convertible redeemable preferred shares to redemption value  (92,263)  -   - 
Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders  (268,442)  (12,172)  (1,921)
Net loss  (176,179)  (12,172)  (1,921)
Other comprehensive gain/(loss)            
Foreign currency translation adjustments  25,968   (44,243)  (6,979)
Total comprehensive loss  (150,211)  (56,415)  (8,900)
Weighted average number of ordinary shares            
—Basic and diluted  136,255,542   869,631,088   869,631,088 
Net loss per ordinary share attributable to ordinary shareholders            
—Basic and diluted  (1.97)  (0.01)  (0.00)
Net loss per ADS* attributable to ordinary shareholders            
—Basic and diluted  (3.94)  (0.03)  (0.00)

* Each ADS represents two Class A ordinary shares.
(1) Includes share-based compensation expenses as follows:

  For the three months ended March 31, 
  2021 2022
  RMB RMB US$
Cost of revenues  3,485   7,719   1,218 
Sales and marketing expenses  1,946   29,330   4,627 
Research and development expenses  16,572   57,415   9,057 
General and administrative expenses  26,655   38,762   6,115 
   48,658   133,226   21,017 
             


KANZHUN LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(All amounts in thousands, except for share data)

  As of 
  December
31, 2021
 March 31, 2022
  RMB RMB US$
ASSETS            
Current assets            
Cash and cash equivalents  11,341,758   11,356,683   1,791,473 
Short-term investments  884,996   1,068,523   168,555 
Accounts receivable  1,002   1,523   240 
Amounts due from related parties  6,615   8,997   1,419 
Prepayments and other current assets  724,583   583,012   91,968 
Total current assets  12,958,954   13,018,738   2,053,655 
Non-current assets            
Property, equipment and software, net  369,126   423,500   66,805 
Intangible assets, net  458   436   69 
Right-of-use assets, net  309,085   288,144   45,454 
Other non-current assets  4,000   4,000   631 
Total non-current assets  682,669   716,080   112,959 
Total assets  13,641,623   13,734,818   2,166,614 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY            
Current liabilities            
Accounts payable  52,963   105,141   16,586 
Deferred revenue  1,958,570   2,112,210   333,193 
Other payables and accrued liabilities  645,138   457,233   72,127 
Operating lease liabilities, current  127,531   128,891   20,332 
Total current liabilities  2,784,202   2,803,475   442,238 
Non-current liabilities            
Operating lease liabilities, non-current  183,365   163,036   25,718 
Total non-current liabilities  183,365   163,036   25,718 
Total liabilities  2,967,567   2,966,511   467,956 
Shareholders’ equity            
Ordinary shares  554   556   88 
Treasury shares (21,097,870 and 18,604,116 shares as of December 31, 2021 and March 31, 2022, respectively)  -   -   - 
Additional paid-in capital  14,624,386   14,775,050   2,330,707 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (257,765)  (302,008)  (47,642)
Accumulated deficit  (3,693,119)  (3,705,291)  (584,495)
Total shareholders’ equity  10,674,056   10,768,307   1,698,658 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity  13,641,623   13,734,818   2,166,614 
             



KANZHUN LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(All amounts in thousands)
   
  For the three months ended March 31,
  2021 2022
  RMB RMB US$
Net cash generated from operating activities  165,335   294,011   46,379 
Net cash used in investing activities  (76,498)  (243,519)  (38,414)
Net cash (used in)/generated from financing activities  (12,192)  9,104   1,436 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  26,432   (44,671)  (7,046)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents  103,077   14,925   2,355 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period  3,998,203   11,341,758   1,789,118 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period  4,101,280   11,356,683   1,791,473 
             



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 March 31,
  2021 2022
  RMB RMB US$
Revenues  788,535   1,137,880   179,496 
Add: Change in deferred revenue  393,823   153,640   24,236 
Calculated cash billings  1,182,358   1,291,520   203,732 
             
Net loss  (176,179)  (12,172)  (1,921)
Add: Share-based compensation expenses  48,658   133,226   21,017 
Adjusted net (loss)/income  (127,521)  121,054   19,096 
             
Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders  (268,442)  (12,172)  (1,921)
Add: Share-based compensation expenses  48,658   133,226   21,017 
Adjusted net (loss)/income attributable to ordinary shareholders  (219,784)  121,054   19,096 
             
Weighted average number of ordinary shares (Non-GAAP)            
—Basic  136,255,542   869,631,088   869,631,088 
—Diluted  136,255,542   922,626,236   922,626,236 
             
Adjusted net (loss)/income per ordinary share attributable to ordinary shareholders            
—Basic  (1.61)  0.14   0.02 
—Diluted  (1.61)  0.13   0.02 
             
Adjusted net (loss)/income per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders            
—Basic  (3.23)  0.28   0.04 
—Diluted  (3.23)  0.26   0.04