KANZHUN LIMITED Announces Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Chaoyang District, CHINA


BEIJING, Nov. 29, 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 third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Third Quarter 2022 Highlights

  • Revenues for the third quarter of 2022 were RMB1,178.6 million (US$165.7 million), a decrease of 2.7% from RMB1,211.8 million for the same quarter of 2021.
  • Calculated cash billings1 for the third quarter of 2022 were RMB1,238.2 million (US$174.1 million), an increase of 1.4% from RMB1,221.0 million for the same quarter of 2021.
  • Average monthly active users2 for the third quarter of 2022 were 32.4 million, an increase of 12.5% from 28.8 million for the same quarter of 2021.
  • Total paid enterprise customers3 in the twelve months ended September 30, 2022 was 3.7 million, a decrease of 7.5% from 4.0 million in the twelve months ended September 30, 2021.
  • Net income for the third quarter of 2022 was RMB211.7 million (US$29.8 million), a decrease of 26.0% from RMB286.2 million for the same quarter of 2021. Adjusted net income4 for the third quarter of 2022 was RMB376.6 million (US$52.9 million), a decrease of 2.2% from RMB385.1 million for the same quarter of 2021.

“We delivered solid results in the quarter despite the challenging macro environment, once again demonstrating the resilience and effectiveness of our business model,” said Mr. Jonathan Peng Zhao, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. “Our user base growth has rebounded back to its fast momentum. Average monthly active users for the quarter hit a record high of 32.4 million, propelling the quick recovery of our business. Looking ahead, we will stay true to our original aspiration to better serve our users. Despite the near term uncertainties, we are confident that the strong user growth, combined with our efficient services and technical capabilities, will continue to drive the sustainable business growth in the years to come.”

“In the third quarter, we achieved solid profitability, while our revenues exceeded the topline of the Company’s guidance,” said Mr. Phil Yu Zhang, Chief Financial Officer of the Company. “Due to the challenging market condition, our total revenues in the quarter decreased slightly by 2.7% year over year, but picked up by 6.0% quarter over quarter. Calculated cash billings achieved a 26.4% increase compared to the prior quarter. Both our net income and adjusted net income recorded sequential growth along with our strong user growth, driven by our improved brand recognition and marketing efficiency. The strong performance we achieved in the quarter demonstrated not only our business’s resilience and operational efficiency but also our capabilities to swiftly respond to the market recovery opportunity as we strive for growth in the long term.”

Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Revenues

Revenues were RMB1,178.6 million (US$165.7 million) for the third quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of 2.7% from RMB1,211.8 million for the same period in 2021.

  • Revenues from online recruitment services to enterprise customers were RMB1,164.5 million (US$163.7 million) for the third quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of 2.7% from RMB1,197.1 million for the same period in 2021.
  • Revenues from other services, which mainly comprise paid value-added services offered to job seekers, were RMB14.1 million (US$2.0 million) for the third quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of 3.4% from RMB14.6 million for the same period in 2021.

Operating cost and expenses

Total operating cost and expenses were RMB1,044.1 million (US$146.8 million) for the third quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 15.5% from RMB903.9 million for the same period of 2021. Total share-based compensation expenses were RMB164.9 million (US$23.2 million) for the third quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 66.7% from RMB98.9 million for the same period of 2021.

  • Cost of revenues was RMB200.9 million (US$28.2 million) for the third quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 29.8% from RMB154.8 million for the same period of 2021, primarily driven by increased server and bandwidth cost and increased employee-related expenses.
  • Sales and marketing expenses were RMB396.9 million (US$55.8 million) for the third quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of 4.7% from RMB416.4 million for the same period of 2021, primarily due to decreased advertising expenses, partially offset by increased employee-related expenses.
  • Research and development expenses were RMB290.2 million (US$40.8 million) for the third quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 38.7% from RMB209.3 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 RMB156.1 million (US$21.9 million) for the third quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 26.6% from RMB123.3 million for the same period of 2021, primarily due to increased headcount in general and administrative personnel and increased share-based compensation expenses.

Income from operations

Income from operations was RMB137.9 million (US$19.4 million) for the third quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of 55.7% from RMB311.1 million for the same period of 2021.

Net income and adjusted net income

Net income was RMB211.7 million (US$29.8 million) for the third quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of 26.0% from RMB286.2 million for the same period of 2021.

Adjusted net income was RMB376.6 million (US$52.9 million) for the third quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of 2.2% from RMB385.1 million for the same quarter of 2021.

Net income per ADS and adjusted net income per ADS

Basic and diluted net income per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders were RMB0.49 (US$0.07) and RMB0.46 (US$0.07), respectively, for the third quarter of 2022, compared to basic and diluted net income per ADS of RMB0.66 and RMB0.62, respectively, in the same period of 2021.

Adjusted basic and diluted net income per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders4 were RMB0.86 (US$0.12) and RMB0.82 (US$0.12), respectively, for the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB0.89 and RMB0.83, respectively, in the same period of 2021.

Net cash generated from operating activities

Net cash generated from operating activities was RMB366.6 million (US$51.5 million) in the third quarter of 2022, representing an increase of 35.8% from RMB269.9 million in the same period of 2021.

Cash position

Balance of cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments was RMB13,923.1 million (US$1,957.3 million) as of September 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.

Outlook

For the fourth quarter of 2022, the Company currently expects its total revenues to be between RMB1.05 billion and RMB1.09 billion, representing a year-on-year decrease of 3.8% to 0.0%. 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 7:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 (8:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong Time on Tuesday, November 29, 2022) to discuss the financial results.

Participants are required to pre-register for the conference call at:
https://register.vevent.com/register/BIca9f44015fe24291aa1cf211c948508d

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 RMB7.1135 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate on September 30, 2022 as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or US$ 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.
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KANZHUN LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS)
(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  US$  RMB  RMB  US$ 
Revenues                        
Online recruitment services to enterprise customers  1,197,135   1,164,464   163,698   3,137,054   3,391,648   476,790 
Other services  14,626   14,099   1,982   31,424   37,139   5,221 
Total revenues  1,211,761   1,178,563   165,680   3,168,478   3,428,787   482,011 
Operating cost and expenses                        
Cost of revenues(1)  (154,834)  (200,888)  (28,240)  (404,863)  (552,466)  (77,664)
Sales and marketing expenses(1)  (416,419)  (396,943)  (55,801)  (1,569,199)  (1,318,843)  (185,400)
Research and development expenses(1)  (209,323)  (290,230)  (40,800)  (623,051)  (888,655)  (124,925)
General and administrative expenses(1)  (123,338)  (156,064)  (21,939)  (1,871,950)  (472,099)  (66,367)
Total operating cost and expenses  (903,914)  (1,044,125)  (146,780)  (4,469,063)  (3,232,063)  (454,356)
Other operating income, net  3,291   3,502   492   10,948   14,245   2,003 
Income/(Loss) from operations  311,138   137,940   19,392   (1,289,637)  210,969   29,658 
Investment income  7,162   14,037   1,973   15,791   31,112   4,374 
Financial income, net  2,737   53,828   7,567   6,754   78,013   10,967 
Foreign exchange gain/(loss)  269   5,442   765   (317)  10,136   1,425 
Other (expenses)/income, net  (5,072)  28,221   3,967   (6,669)  3,682   518 
Income/(Loss) before income tax expense  316,234   239,468   33,664   (1,274,078)  333,912   46,942 
Income tax expense  (30,066)  (27,751)  (3,901)  (30,066)  (41,874)  (5,887)
Net income/(loss)  286,168   211,717   29,763   (1,304,144)  292,038   41,055 
Accretion on convertible redeemable preferred shares to redemption value  -   -   -   (164,065)  -   - 
Net income/(loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders  286,168   211,717   29,763   (1,468,209)  292,038   41,055 
Net income/(loss)  286,168   211,717   29,763   (1,304,144)  292,038   41,055 
Other comprehensive income                        
Foreign currency translation adjustments  40,385   614,496   86,384   48,269   1,153,508   162,158 
Total comprehensive income/(loss)  326,553   826,213   116,147   (1,255,875)  1,445,546   203,213 
Weighted average number of ordinary shares                        
—Basic  861,454,878   872,301,268   872,301,268   420,605,543   870,385,113   870,385,113 
—Diluted  927,370,444   915,769,596   915,769,596   420,605,543   916,912,571   916,912,571 
Net income/(loss) per ordinary share attributable to ordinary shareholders                        
—Basic  0.33   0.24   0.03   (3.49)  0.34   0.05 
—Diluted  0.31   0.23   0.03   (3.49)  0.32   0.04 
Net income/(loss) per ADS* attributable to ordinary shareholders                        
—Basic  0.66   0.49   0.07   (6.98)  0.67   0.09 
—Diluted  0.62   0.46   0.07   (6.98)  0.64   0.09 

* Each ADS represents two Class A ordinary shares.

(1)   Include share-based compensation expenses as follows:

  For the three months ended September 30,  For the nine months ended September 30, 
  2021  2022  2021  2022 
  RMB  RMB  US$  RMB  RMB  US$ 
Cost of revenues  11,431   9,091   1,278   24,568   25,204   3,543 
Sales and marketing expenses  17,916   42,796   6,016   44,838   106,613   14,987 
Research and development expenses  36,688   69,828   9,816   95,321   184,945   25,999 
General and administrative expenses  32,888   43,200   6,073   1,643,447   131,199   18,444 
   98,923   164,915   23,183   1,808,174   447,961   62,973 


KANZHUN LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(All amounts in thousands)

  As of 
  December 31, 2021  September 30, 2022 
  RMB  RMB  US$ 
ASSETS            
Current assets            
Cash and cash equivalents  11,341,758   11,158,756   1,568,673 
Short-term investments  884,996   2,764,368   388,609 
Accounts receivable  1,002   4,511   634 
Amounts due from related parties  6,615   10,050   1,413 
Prepayments and other current assets  724,583   549,174   77,202 
Total current assets  12,958,954   14,486,859   2,036,531 
Non-current assets            
Property, equipment and software, net  369,126   550,894   77,444 
Intangible assets, net  458   390   55 
Right-of-use assets, net  309,085   310,445   43,642 
Other non-current assets  4,000   4,000   562 
Total non-current assets  682,669   865,729   121,703 
Total assets  13,641,623   15,352,588   2,158,234 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY            
Current liabilities            
Accounts payable  52,963   51,763   7,277 
Deferred revenue  1,958,570   2,038,669   286,592 
Other payables and accrued liabilities  645,138   638,947   89,822 
Operating lease liabilities, current  127,531   150,513   21,159 
Total current liabilities  2,784,202   2,879,892   404,850 
Non-current liabilities            
Operating lease liabilities, non-current  183,365   163,800   23,027 
Total non-current liabilities  183,365   163,800   23,027 
Total liabilities  2,967,567   3,043,692   427,877 
Shareholders’ equity            
Ordinary shares  554   560   79 
Treasury shares  -   (346,532)  (48,715)
Additional paid-in capital  14,624,386   15,160,206   2,131,188 
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)/income  (257,765)  895,743   125,921 
Accumulated deficit  (3,693,119)  (3,401,081)  (478,116)
Total shareholders’ equity  10,674,056   12,308,896   1,730,357 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity  13,641,623   15,352,588   2,158,234 


KANZHUN LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(All amounts in thousands)

  For the three months ended September 30,  For the nine months ended September 30, 
  2021  2022  2021  2022 
  RMB  RMB  US$  RMB  RMB  US$ 
Net cash generated from operating activities  269,928   366,551   51,529   1,106,471   847,499   119,140 
Net cash used in investing activities  (638,386)  (1,993,177)  (280,196)  (805,751)  (2,091,086)  (293,960)
Net cash (used in)/generated from financing activities  (2,370)  46,538   6,542   6,409,844   (41,278)  (5,803)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  38,234   564,747   79,391   47,598   1,101,863   154,897 
Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents  (332,594)  (1,015,341)  (142,734)  6,758,162   (183,002)  (25,726)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period  11,088,959   12,174,097   1,711,407   3,998,203   11,341,758   1,594,399 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period  10,756,365   11,158,756   1,568,673   10,756,365   11,158,756   1,568,673 


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 September 30,  For the nine months ended September 30, 
  2021  2022  2021  2022 
  RMB  RMB  US$  RMB  RMB  US$ 
Revenues  1,211,761   1,178,563   165,680   3,168,478   3,428,787   482,011 
Add: Change in deferred revenue  9,241   59,613   8,380   679,370   80,099   11,260 
Calculated cash billings  1,221,002   1,238,176   174,060   3,847,848   3,508,886   493,271 
                         
Net income/(loss)  286,168   211,717   29,763   (1,304,144)  292,038   41,055 
Add: Share-based compensation expenses  98,923   164,915   23,183   1,808,174   447,961   62,973 
Adjusted net income  385,091   376,632   52,946   504,030   739,999   104,028 
                         
Net income/(loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders  286,168   211,717   29,763   (1,468,209)  292,038   41,055 
Add: Share-based compensation expenses  98,923   164,915   23,183   1,808,174   447,961   62,973 
Adjusted net income attributable to ordinary shareholders  385,091   376,632   52,946   339,965   739,999   104,028 
                         
Weighted average number of ordinary shares (Non-GAAP)                        
—Basic  861,454,878   872,301,268   872,301,268   420,605,543   870,385,113   870,385,113 
—Diluted  927,370,444   915,769,596   915,769,596   480,361,688   916,912,571   916,912,571 
                         
Adjusted net income per ordinary share attributable to ordinary shareholders                        
—Basic  0.45   0.43   0.06   0.81   0.85   0.12 
—Diluted  0.42   0.41   0.06   0.71   0.81   0.11 
                         
Adjusted net income per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders                        
—Basic  0.89   0.86   0.12   1.62   1.70   0.24 
—Diluted  0.83   0.82   0.12   1.42   1.61   0.23