Scienjoy Holding Corporation Reports Fiscal Year 2023 Financial Results

BEIJING, April 27, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Scienjoy Holding Corporation (“Scienjoy”, the “Company”, or “we”) (NASDAQ: SJ), an interactive entertainment leader in the Chinese market, today announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2023.

Fiscal Year 2023 Operating and Financial Summary

  • Total revenues decreased to RMB1,464.9 million (US$206.3 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023 from RMB1,953.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2022.
  • Gross profit decreased to RMB192.7 million (US$27.1 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023 from RMB283.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2022.
  • Income from operations decreased to RMB22.8 million (US$3.2 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023 from RMB149.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. Excluding one-time provision for credit loss of RMB16.3 million, income from operation would amount to RMB39.1 million (US$5.5 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023.
  • Net loss attributable to the Company’s shareholders was RMB30.8 million (US$4.3 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023, as compared with a net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders of RMB193.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. Excluding one-time expenses amounting to RMB58.8 million including investment impairment, share of unrealized loss, and provision for credit loss, the Company would have net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders of RMB28.0 million (US$3.9 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023.
  • Adjusted net loss attributable to the Company’s shareholders was RMB11.7 million (US$1.6 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023, as compared with a net income adjusted attributable to the Company’s shareholders of RMB181.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2022.
  • As of December 31, 2023, the Company had cash and cash equivalent balance of RMB205.5 million (US$28.9million), increased by 17.2% from RMB175.3 million as of December 31, 2022.
  • Total paying users were 557,692 for the year ended December 31, 2023, compared to 702,372 for the year ended December 31, 2022.

Mr. Victor He, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Scienjoy, commented, “It gives me great pleasure to look back on the past fiscal year 2023, a milestone year with remarkable progresses in our globalization and metaverse vision. We are steadily moving forward towards building a personalized and intelligent metaverse lifestyle through AI-powered technologies and strategic initiatives in Dubai. Our strategic investment in DVCC TECHNOLOGY L.L.C ushers in our business transformation journey to explore the frontier of metaverse lifestyle. Our newly established Dubai-based entity Scienjoy Verse Tech Ltd is positioned to serve global audience, with its products designed to encapsulate the opulence of Dubai‘s premium culture and world-class lifestyle. We also collaborated with NUJOOM ALMASHREQ MEDIA L.L.C to enrich our metaverse ecosystem with diversified content creation, effectively carrying us forwards in creating an innovative metaverse phenomenon with worldwide appeals. Moving forward, we will continue to improve our products by actively applying AI technologies. We firmly believe that we are at the forefront of creating a metaverse lifestyle, which resonates with global users and holds the promise for long-term returns.”

Mr. Denny Tang, Chief Financial Officer of Scienjoy, added, “For the fiscal year 2023, our total net revenue witnessed a moderate decline in the face of business transition and market fluctuations. Nevertheless, our technological capacity and strategic initiatives have enabled us to maintain stable operation and financial fundamentals. Excluding the impact of one-time expenses and losses, we would see a net income in fiscal year 2023, contrary to the loss-making situation. Moreover, our cost structure is being optimized to maximize our investment and potential returns in the metaverse business and global expansion. Our cash and cash equivalents steadily rose by 17.2% from last year, forming a solid financial basis for strategic operational activities in the coming year. Besides, our commitment to technological innovation and business expansion are already bearing fruits, with our advanced AI-powered products launched to the market recently. As we move forward, we will continue to enhance the profitability of our business, focusing on technological innovation to expedite the product rollout. We’re confident about the enormous potentials in our metaverse business, which is in the makings to bring significant returns to our shareholders.”

Fiscal Year 2023 Financial Results

Total revenues decreased by 25.0% to RMB1,464.9 million (US$206.3 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023 from RMB1,953.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2022, primarily caused by decrease of paying users and average revenue per paying user (“ARPPU”) due to competitive landscape of China’s mobile live streaming market. 

Cost of revenues decreased by 23.8% to RMB1,272.1 million (US$179.2 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023 from RMB1,670.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. The decrease was primarily attributable to a 23.8%, or RMB362.1 million, year-over-year decrease in the Company’s revenue sharing fees and content costs.  

Gross profit decreased by 31.9% to RMB192.7 million (US$27.1 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023 from RMB283.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2022.

Total operating expenses increased by 27.4% to RMB169.9 million (US$23.9 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023 from RMB133.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2022.

  • Sales and marketing expenses decreased by 36.3% to RMB1.4 million (US$0.2 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023 from RMB2.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2022, primarily due to fewer marketing activities as the Company tightened the budget based on current operating needs.
  • General and administrative expenses increased by23.9% to RMB75.6 million (US$10.6 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023 from RMB61.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. The increase was primarily due to an increase of RMB4.9 million in employee salary and welfare, an increase of RMB4.0 million in share base compensations and an increase of RMB2.5 million office renovation expenses.
  • Research and development expenses increased by 11.2% to RMB75.1 million (US$10.6 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023 from RMB67.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2022, due to an increase of RMB7.5 million in employee salary and welfare.
  • Provision for doubtful accounts increased by 552.2% to RMB17.9 million (US$2.5 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023 from RMB2.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2022, primary due to one-time credit loss provision of RMB16.3 million for the loan receivable.

Income from operations decreased by 84.8% to RMB22.8 million (US$3.2 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023 from RMB149.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. If excluded one-time provision for credit loss of RMB16.3 million, our income from operation would amount to RMB39.1 million (US$5.5 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023.

Change in fair value of contingent consideration amounted to a loss of RMB5.6 million (US$0.8 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023, as compared to a gain of RMB 13.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. Change in fair value of contingent consideration is derived from earn out liabilities resulted from historical acquisitions. The fair value of the contingent consideration is re-measured at each reporting period, and the change in fair value is recognized as either income or expense. 

Change in fair value of warrants liability decreased to a gain of RMB 0.2 million (US$0.02 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023 from a gain of RMB10.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. The fair value of the Company’s warrants derivative liability assumed from the SPAC acquisition is re-measured to its fair value at the end of each reporting period, with the change being recorded as other expense or gain.

Change in fair value of investment in marketable security amounted to a loss of RMB9.0 million (US$1.3 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023, as compared with a gain of RMB1.8 million for year ended December 31, 2022. The change was primarily attributable to the fair value changes in investments in publicly traded company.

Investment loss amounted to RMB31.3 million (US$4.4 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023 as compared with an investment income of RMB25.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. The investment loss for the year ended December 31, 2023 was primarily attributable to one-time share of unrealized loss of RMB30.7 million in the long-term investments.

Impairment of long-term investments amounted to RMB11.8 million (US$1.7 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023, and no such impairment suffered for the year ended December 31, 2022.

Net loss amounted to RMB35.0 million (US$4.9 million) for the year ended December 31 2023, as compared to a net income of RMB195.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. 

Net loss attributable to the Company’s shareholders amounted to RMB30.8 million (US$4.3 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023, as compared to a net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders of RMB193.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. If excluded one-time expenses amounting to RMB58.8 million in investment impairment, share of unrealized loss, and provision for credit loss, the Company had net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders of RMB28.0 million (US$3.9 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023.

Adjusted net loss attributable to the Company’s shareholders amounted to RMB11.7 million (US$1.6 million) for the year ended December 31, 2023, as compared to a net income adjusted attributable to the Company’s shareholders of RMB181.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2022.

Basic and diluted net loss attributable to the Company’s shareholders per ordinary share were both RMB0.76 (US$0.11) for the year ended December 31, 2023. In comparison, basic and diluted net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders per ordinary share were both RMB4.92 for the year ended December 31, 2022.

Adjusted basic and diluted net loss attributable to the Company’s shareholders per ordinary share were both RMB0.29 (US$0.04) for the year ended December 31, 2023. In comparison, adjusted basic and diluted net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders per ordinary share were both RMB4.62 for the year ended December 31, 2022.

As of December 31, 2023, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB205.5 million (US$28.9 million), which represented an increase of 17.2% from RMB175.3 million as of December 31, 2022.

Business Outlook

The Company expects its total revenues to be in the range of RMB310 million to RMB320 million in the first quarter of 2024. This forecast reflects the Company’s current and preliminary views on the market and operational conditions, which are subject to change and cannot be predicted with reasonable accuracy as of the date hereof.  

About Scienjoy Holding Corporation

Scienjoy is a pioneering Nasdaq-listed interactive entertainment leader. Driven by the vision of shaping a metaverse lifestyle, Scienjoy leverages AI-powered technology to create immersive experiences that resonate with global audiences, fostering meaningful connections and redefining entertainment. For more information, please visit http://ir.scienjoy.com/

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted net income is calculated as net income adjusted for change in fair value of contingent consideration, change in fair value of warrant liability and share based compensation. Adjusted basic and diluted net income per ordinary share is non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the calculation of non-GAAP basic and diluted net income per ordinary share. The non-GAAP financial measures are presented to enhance investors’ overall understanding of the Company’s financial performance and should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of the historical non-GAAP financial measures to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. As non-GAAP financial measures have material limitations as analytical metrics and may not be calculated in the same manner by all companies, they may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures used by other companies. In light of the foregoing limitations, you should not consider non-GAAP financial measures as a substitute for, or superior to, such metrics in accordance with US GAAP.

For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Results” near the end of this release.

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 are made at a rate of RMB7.0999 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on December 31, 2023, in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized or settled in U.S. dollars at that rate on December 31, 2023, or at any other rate.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements made in this release are “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words “estimates,” “projected,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “forecasts,” “plans,” “intends,” “believes,” “seeks,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “future,” “propose” and variations of these words or similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or expressions) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, conditions or results, and involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside the Company’s control, that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Important factors, among others, are: the ability to manage growth; ability to identify and integrate other future acquisitions; ability to obtain additional financing in the future to fund capital expenditures; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions; costs or other factors adversely affecting our profitability; litigation involving patents, intellectual property, and other matters; potential changes in the legislative and regulatory environment; a pandemic or epidemic. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) from time to time. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Such information speaks only as of the date of this release.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Investor Relations Contacts

Denny Tang
Chief Financial Officer
Scienjoy Holding Corporation
+86-10-64428188
ir@scienjoy.com 

Ascent Investor Relations LLC

Tina Xiao
+1-646-932-7242
investors@ascent-ir.com 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(All amounts in thousands, except share and per share data or otherwise stated)

As of December 31,

2022

2023

2023

RMB

RMB

US$

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

175,292

205,465

28,939

Accounts receivable, net

316,657

260,979

36,758

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

115,170

78,653

11,078

Amounts due from related parties

1,115

355

50

Investment in marketable security

40,548

31,525

4,440

Total current assets

648,782

576,977

81,265

Property and equipment, net

2,735

2,193

309

Intangible assets, net

419,055

412,154

58,051

Goodwill

172,781

182,467

25,700

Long term investment

234,176

254,411

35,833

Long term deposits and other assets

953

726

102

Right-of-use assets-operating lease

19,209

12,157

1,712

Deferred tax assets

4,337

7,379

1,039

Total non-current assets

853,246

871,487

122,746

TOTAL ASSETS

1,502,028

1,448,464

204,011

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities

Bank loan

5,000

Accounts payable

116,251

73,183

10,306

Accrued salary and employee benefits

12,428

14,763

2,079

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

13,264

27,610

3,889

Contingent consideration – earn-out liability

4,336

Warrant liabilities

166

Income tax payable

13,531

13,005

1,832

Lease liabilities-operating lease -current

7,174

7,974

1,123

Deferred revenue

93,383

97,586

13,745

Total current liabilities

265,533

234,121

32,974

Non-current liabilities

Deferred tax liabilities

61,236

59,818

8,425

Lease liabilities-operating lease -non-current

12,773

4,798

676

Total non-current liabilities

74,009

64,616

9,101

TOTAL LIABILITIES

339,542

298,737

42,075

Commitments and contingencies

EQUITY

Ordinary share, no par value, unlimited Class A ordinary shares
   and Class B ordinary shares authorized, 36,684,668 Class A
   ordinary shares and 2,925,058 Class B ordinary shares issued
   and outstanding as of December 31, 2022, respectively.
   38,113,879 Class A ordinary shares and 2,925,058 Class B
   ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of
December 31,
   2023, respectively
.

Class A ordinary shares

396,880

423,623

59,666

Class B ordinary shares

23,896

23,896

3,366

Shares to be issued

33,923

30,777

4,335

Treasury stocks

(16,482)

(19,216)

(2,707)

Statutory reserves

39,208

44,698

6,296

Retained earnings

665,099

628,821

88,568

Accumulated other comprehensive income

18,070

17,965

2,530

Total shareholders’ equity

1,160,594

1,150,564

162,054

Non-controlling interests

1,892

(837)

(118)

Total equity

1,162,486

1,149,727

161,936

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

1,502,028

1,448,464

204,011

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(All amounts in thousands, except share and per share data or otherwise stated)

For the years ended December 31

2022

2023

2023

RMB

RMB

US$

Live streaming – consumable virtual items revenue

1,886,179

1,420,258

200,040

Live streaming – time based virtual item revenue

27,683

25,004

3,522

Technical services and others

39,395

19,609

2,761

Total revenue

1,953,257

1,464,871

206,323

Cost of revenues

(1,670,068)

(1,272,145)

(179,178)

Gross profit

283,189

192,726

27,145

Sales and marketing expenses

(2,127)

(1,355)

(191)

General and administrative expenses

(61,005)

(75,582)

(10,646)

Research and development expenses

(67,538)

(75,116)

(10,580)

Recovery of (provision for) doubtful accounts

(2,739)

(17,865)

(2,516)

Income from operations

149,780

22,808

3,212

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

13,071

(5,624)

(792)

Change in fair value of warrant liabilities

10,776

170

24

Change in fair value of investment

1,760

(9,023)

(1,271)

Investments income (loss)

25,449

(31,328)

(4,412)

Impairment of long-term investments

(11,800)

(1,662)

Interest income, net

2,506

2,739

386

Other income (loss), net

11,443

7,449

1,049

Foreign exchange gain (loss), net

(1,493)

(1,887)

(266)

Income (loss) before income taxes

213,292

(26,496)

(3,732)

Income tax expense

(18,067)

(8,480)

(1,194)

Net income (loss)

195,225

(34,976)

(4,926)

Less: net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling
   interest

1,892

(4,188)

(590)

Net income (loss) attributable to the Company’s
   shareholders

193,333

(30,788)

(4,336)

Other comprehensive income (loss):

Other comprehensive income (loss) – foreign currency
   translation adjustment

955

(105)

(15)

Comprehensive income (loss)

196,180

(35,081)

(4,941)

Less: comprehensive income (loss) attributable to non-
   controlling interests

1,892

(4,188)

(590)

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to the
   Company’s shareholders

194,288

(30,893)

(4,351)

Weighted average number of shares*

Basic

39,263,147

40,649,414

40,649,414

Diluted

39,263,147

40,649,414

40,649,414

Earnings (loss) per share

Basic

4.92

(0.76)

(0.11)

Diluted

4.92

(0.76)

(0.11)

 

 

Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Results

(All amounts in thousands, except share and per share data or otherwise stated)

For the years ended December 31,

2022

2023

2023

RMB

RMB

US$

Net income (loss) attributable to the Company’s
   shareholders

193,333

(30,788)

(4,336)

Less:

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

13,071

(5,624)

(792)

Change in fair value of warrants liability

10,776

170

24

Share based compensation

(11,954)

(13,637)

(1,921)

Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to the Company’s
   shareholders*

181,440

(11,697)

(1,647)

Adjusted net income (loss) per ordinary share

Basic

4.62

(0.29)

(0.04)

Diluted

4.62

(0.29)

(0.04)

“Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to the Company’s shareholders” is defined as net income (loss) attributable to the Company’s shareholders excluding change in fair value of contingent consideration, change in fair value of warrant liability and share based compensation. For more information, refer to “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Results” at the end of this press release.

 

 

 

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