KANZHUN LIMITED Announces Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Chaoyang District, CHINA


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