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OneConnect Announces Third Quarter 2021 Unaudited Financial Results

OneConnect Financial Technology Co., Ltd. (“OneConnect” or the “Company”) (NYSE: OCFT), a leading technology-as-a-service platform for financial institutions in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue increased 20.8% year over year to RMB 1,065 million from RMB 881 million for the same period last year.
  • Gross margin was 35.5%, as compared to 42.7% for the same period last year; non-IFRS gross margin1 was 42.2%, as compared to 51.2% for the same period last year.
  • Operating margin was -26.6%, as compared to -28.4% for the same period last year.
  • Net loss attributable to shareholders was RMB 270 million, as compared to RMB 243 million for the same period last year.
  • Net loss per share, basic and diluted, was RMB 0.24, as compared to RMB 0.23 for the same period last year.

In RMB’000, except percentages and per share amounts

 

Three Months Ended

Sept 30

YoY

Change

 

Nine Months Ended

Sept 30

YoY

Change

 

2021

2020

 

 

2021

2020

 

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue from Ping An Group

 

600,998

491,023

22.4%

 

1,601,298

1,110,841

44.2%

Revenue from Lufax

 

112,562

88,083

27.8%

 

277,200

266,657

4.0%

Revenue from third-party customers2

 

351,021

302,341

16.1%

 

973,594

859,066

13.3%

Total

 

1,064,581

881,447

20.8%

 

2,852,092

2,236,564

27.5%

Gross profit

 

378,359

375,968

 

 

986,516

875,086

 

Gross margin

 

35.5%

42.7%

 

 

34.6%

39.1%

 

Non-IFRS gross margin1

 

42.2%

51.2%

 

 

42.6%

48.6%

 

Operating loss

 

-283,078

-250,471

 

 

-1,024,567

-1,056,489

 

Operating margin

 

-26.6%

-28.4%

 

 

-35.9%

-47.2%

 

Net loss to shareholders

 

-269,658

-243,025

 

 

-923,340

-988,686

 

Net loss per share, basic and diluted

 

-0.24

-0.23

 

 

-0.83

-0.94

 

Net loss ratio

 

-25.3%

-27.6%

 

 

-32.4%

-44.2%

 

1

For more details on this non-IFRS financial measure, please see the section entitled “Use of Unaudited Non-IFRS Financial Measures” and the table captioned “Reconciliations of IFRS and Non-IFRS Results (Unaudited)” set forth at the end of this press release.

2

Third-party customers refer to customers with revenue contribution of less than 5% of total. These customers are a key focus of the Company’s diversification strategy.

3

Some numbers do not add up due to rounding.

Chairman and CFO Comments

“We achieved a solid result this quarter. Our revenue grew steadily, rose by 20.8% year over year to RMB 1,065 million. As we continued to deepen our relationships with customers, it is encouraging seeing early signs of 3rd party revenue starting to pick up. For example, third-party customers’ revenue growth rate rose by 16.1% year-over-year to RMB 351 million in the third quarter. In the third quarter, the number of premium customer reached 601, rose by 29.5%, exceeding that in 2020 full year. Again, benefiting from our customer relationships deepen strategy, we are delighted to see the number of premium plus customers1 reached 150, rose by 24.0%, close to that in 2020 full year. The strong growth momentum of the numbers of premium and premium plus customers, demonstrated customer acknowledgement and market recognition of our products.” said Ye Wangchun, chairman of OneConnect. “As we announced on OCFT’s investor open day in September, we have now entered our second stage development, where we focus on strengthening products integration, deepening relationships with customers, and empowering other participants within our ecosystem. We firmly believe this will fuel the long term growth of our company.”

“We are delighted to see the progress in the third quarter in terms of a significantly broader base of solutions and customers,” commented CFO Luo Yongtao. “While gross margin 35.5% held slightly better sequentially to the second quarter. With the scale and cost discipline, net loss ratio further narrowed, from 27.6% to 25.3% year over year in the quarter.

1   

Premium plus customers refer to our customers that contribute annual revenue of at least RMB1 million, excluding Ping An Group and its subsidiaries, Lufax & phased out products.

Revenue Breakdown

In RMB’000, except percentages

 

Three Months Ended

Sept 30

YoY

Change

 

Nine Months Ended

Sept 30

YoY

Change

 

2021

2020

 

 

2021

2020

 

Implementation revenue

 

189,003

217,151

-13.0%

 

517,026

572,435

-9.7%

Transaction-based and support revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business origination services

 

114,662

130,245

-12.0%

 

350,912

457,407

-23.3%

Risk management services

 

112,585

95,239

18.2%

 

317,562

249,676

27.2%

Operation support services

 

280,196

314,415

-10.9%

 

766,912

766,547

0.0%

Cloud services platform

 

302,936

97,229

211.6%

 

745,496

123,819

502.1%

Post-implementation support services

 

8,953

15,148

-40.9%

 

33,629

35,072

-4.1%

Others

 

56,246

12,020

367.9%

 

120,555

31,608

281.4%

Total

 

875,578

664,296

31.8%

 

2,335,066

1,664,129

40.3%

Total

 

1,064,581

881,447

20.8%

 

2,852,092

2,236,564

27.5%

Revenue for the third quarter of 2021 increased year over year by 20.8% to RMB 1,065 million from RMB 881 million and revenue of nine months ended Sept 30 increased year over year by 27.5% to RMB 2,852 million from RMB 2,237 million. Among our various solutions, the cloud services platform was the biggest driver of our revenue increase. Launched last year, cloud service platform now made up 28.5% of our total revenue in the quarter. Another major contributor of our revenue increase was revenue from risk management services, which increased 18.2% year over year to RMB 113 million from RMB 95 million, reflecting the growth of solutions. However, revenue from business origination services decreased to RMB 115 million from RMB 130 million, due to change of operating environment and product optimization.

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Revenue

Revenue for the third quarter of 2021 increased year over year by 20.8% to RMB 1,065 million from RMB 881 million and revenue of nine months ended Sept 30 increased year over year by 27.5% to RMB 2,852 million from RMB 2,237 million, mainly driven by cloud services platform and risk management services.

Cost of Revenue

Cost of revenue amounted to RMB 686 million, as compared to RMB 505 million for the same period last year, mainly attributable to an increase in technology service expenses related to the cloud services platform.

Gross Profit

Gross profit increased by 0.6% to RMB 378 million from RMB 376 million for the same period last year. Gross margin fell to 35.5% from 42.7%, following changes in the mix of solutions. Non-IFRS gross margin decreased year over year to 42.2% from 51.2% for the same reason. For a reconciliation of the Company’s non-IFRS gross margin to IFRS gross margin, its most comparable IFRS measure, please refer to “Reconciliation of IFRS and Non-IFRS Results (Unaudited).”

Operating Expenses and Loss from Operations

Total operating expenses amounted to RMB 642 million in the third quarter of 2021, as compared to RMB 663 million for the same period last year. As a percentage of revenue, total operating expenses decreased to 60.3% from 75.3%.

  • Research and Development expenses amounted to RMB 323 million in the third quarter of 2021, as compared to RMB 296 million for the same period last year, reflecting expenses relating to supporting the development of new solutions. As a percentage of revenue, R&D expenses decreased year over year to 30.4% from 33.5%.
  • Selling and Marketing expenses amounted to RMB 131 million in the third quarter of 2021, as compared to RMB 154 million for the same period last year, primarily due to reduced spending on telecommunication and advertising. As a percentage of revenue, selling and marketing expenses decreased year over year to 12.3%, as compared to 17.5% previously.
  • General and Administrative expenses amounted to RMB 170 million, as compared to RMB 201 million for the same period last year, reflecting consistent management resource optimization. As a percentage of revenue, general and administrative expenses decreased to 15.9% from 22.7%.

Loss from operations for the third quarter of 2021 amounted to RMB 283 million, as compared to RMB 250 million for the same period last year. Operating loss margin was 26.6%, as compared to 28.4% for the same period last year.

Net Loss

Net loss attributable to OneConnect’s shareholders amounted to RMB 270 million, as compared to RMB 243 million for the same period last year. Net loss attributable to OneConnect’s shareholders per basic and diluted share amounted to RMB 0.24, as compared to RMB 0.23 for the same period last year.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2021, the Company’s weighted average number of shares used in calculating per share net loss was 1,109,081,051. The number of outstanding shares as of September 30, 2021 was 1,169,980,653.

Cash Flow

As of September 30, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB 1,894 million and financial assets at fair value through profit or loss of RMB 1,361 million. For the quarter ended September 30, 2021, net cash generated in operating activities was RMB 333 million. Net cash generated in investing activities was RMB 657 million, mainly due to the purchase of financial assets at fair value through profit or loss. Net cash used in financing activities was RMB 20 million.

Conference Call Information

Date/Time

   

Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 9:00 p.m., U.S. Eastern Time

     

Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., Beijing Time

Online registration

   

http://www.directeventreg.com/registration/event/7195680

An archived recording and the transcript of the conference call will be available at OneConnect’s investor relations website at ir.ocft.com.

About OneConnect

OneConnect Financial Technology Co. Ltd. is a technology-as-a-service platform for financial institutions. The Company integrates extensive financial services industry expertise with market-leading technology to provide technology applications and technology-enabled business services to financial institutions. The integrated solutions and platform the Company provides include digital retail banking solution, digital commercial banking solution, digital insurance solution and Gamma Platform, which is a technology infrastructural platform for financial institutions. The Company’s solutions enable its customers’ digital transformations, which help them improve efficiency, enhance service quality, and reduce costs and risks.

The Company has established long-term cooperation relationships with financial institutions to address their needs of digital transformation. The Company has also expanded its services to other participants in the value chain to support the digital transformation of financial services eco-system. In addition, the Company has successfully exported its technology solutions to overseas financial institutions.

For more information, please visit ir.ocft.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “future”, “intends”, “plans”, “believes”, “estimates”, “confident” and similar statements. Such statements are based upon management’s current expectations and current market and operating conditions and relate to events that involve known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company’s control. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: the Company’s limited operating history in the technology-as-a-service for financial institutions industry; its ability to achieve or sustain profitability; the tightening of laws, regulations or standards in the financial services industry; the Company’s ability to comply with the evolving regulatory requirements in the PRC and other jurisdictions where it operates; its ability to comply with existing or future laws and regulations related to data protection or data security; its ability to maintain and enlarge the customer base or strengthen customer engagement; its ability to maintain its relationship with Ping An Group, which is its strategic partner, most important customer and largest supplier; its ability to compete effectively to serve China’s financial institutions; the effectiveness of its technologies, its ability to maintain and improve technology infrastructure and security measures; its ability to protect its intellectual property and proprietary rights; risks of defaults by borrowers under the loans for which the Company provided credit enhancement under its legacy credit management business; its ability to maintain or expand relationship with its business partners and the failure of its partners to perform in accordance with expectations; its ability to protect or promote its brand and reputation; its ability to timely implement and deploy its solutions; its ability to obtain additional capital when desired; litigation and negative publicity surrounding China-based companies listed in the U.S.; disruptions in the financial markets and business and economic conditions; the Company’s ability to pursue and achieve optimal results from acquisition or expansion opportunities; the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, including the emergence of COVID variants, and its potential impact on the Company’s business and financial performance; and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

Use of Unaudited Non-IFRS Financial Measures

The unaudited consolidated financial information is prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Non-IFRS measures are used in gross profit and gross margin, adjusted to exclude non-cash items, which consist of amortization of intangible assets recognized in cost of revenue, depreciation of property and equipment recognized in cost of revenue, and share-based compensation expenses recognized in cost of revenue. OneConnect’s management regularly review non-IFRS gross profit and non-IFRS gross margin to assess the performance of our business. By excluding non-cash items, these financial metrics allow OneConnect’s management to evaluate the cash conversion of one dollar revenue on gross profit. OneConnect uses these non-IFRS financial to evaluate our ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. OneConnect believes that non-IFRS financial information, when taken collectively, is helpful to investors because it provides consistency and comparability with past financial performance, facilitates period-to-period comparisons of results of operations, and assists in comparisons with other companies, many of which use similar financial information. OneConnect also believes that presentation of the non-IFRS financial measures provides useful information to its investors regarding its results of operations because it allows investors greater transparency to the information used by OneConnect’s management in its financial and operational decision making so that investors can see through the eyes of OneConnect’s management regarding important financial metrics that the management uses to run the business as well as allowing investors to better understand OneConnect’s performance. However, non-IFRS financial information is presented for supplemental informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with IFRS and may be different from similarly-titled non-IFRS measures used by other companies. In light of the foregoing limitations, you should not consider non-IFRS financial measure in isolation from or as an alternative to the financial measure prepared in accordance with IFRS. Whenever OneConnect uses a non-IFRS financial measure, a reconciliation is provided to the most closely applicable financial measure stated in accordance with IFRS. You are encouraged to review the related IFRS financial measures and the reconciliation of these non-IFRS financial measures to their most directly comparable IFRS financial measures. For more information on non-IFRS financial measures, please see the table captioned “Reconciliations of IFRS and non-IFRS results (Unaudited)” set forth at the end of this press release.

ONECONNECT

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

Sept 30

 

Nine Months Ended

Sept 30

 

2021

2020

 

2021

2020

 

RMB’000

RMB’000

 

RMB’000

RMB’000

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

1,064,581

881,447

 

2,852,092

2,236,564

Cost of revenue

 

-686,222

-505,479

 

-1,865,576

-1,361,478

Gross profit

 

378,359

375,968

 

986,516

875,086

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development expenses

 

-323,328

-295,552

 

-963,298

-824,067

Selling and marketing expenses

 

-130,658

-154,043

 

-423,381

-475,081

General and administrative expenses

 

-169,763

-200,509

 

-561,404

-587,267

Net impairment losses on financial and contract assets

 

-18,374

-13,251

 

-63,274

-71,398

Other income, gains or loss-net

 

-19,314

36,916

 

274

26,238

Operating loss

 

-283,078

-250,471

 

-1,024,567

-1,056,489

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

2,866

17,973

 

25,924

59,967

Finance costs

 

-17,402

-33,337

 

-62,003

-117,751

Finance costs – net

 

-14,536

-15,364

 

-36,079

-57,784

Share of losses of associate and joint venture

 

770

-1,254

 

10,832

-6,480

Loss before income tax

 

-296,844

-267,089

 

-1,049,814

-1,120,753

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax benefit

 

26,870

18,267

 

82,470

93,515

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

 

-269,974

-248,822

 

-967,344

-1,027,238

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Owners of the Company

 

-269,658

-243,025

 

-923,340

-988,686

– Non-controlling interests

 

-316

-5,797

 

-44,004

-38,552

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income, net of tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Foreign currency translation differences

 

22,821

-325,549

 

-47,764

-212,895

– Changes in the fair value of debt instruments at fair value through other comprehensive income

 

0

4

 

1

-36

Total comprehensive loss for the period

 

-247,153

-574,367

 

-1,015,107

-1,240,169

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive loss attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Owners of the Company

 

-246,837

-568,570

 

-971,103

-1,201,617

– Non-controlling interests

 

-316

-5,797

 

-44,004

-38,552

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per share attributable to owners of the Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

(expressed in RMB per share)

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Basic and diluted

 

-0.24

-0.23

 

-0.83

-0.94

ONECONNECT

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

Sept 30

December 31

2021

(Unaudited)

2020

(Audited)

RMB’000

RMB’000

 

ASSETS

Non-current assets

Property and equipment

243,273

224,284

Intangible assets

745,617

917,063

Deferred tax assets

656,136

564,562

Financial assets measured at amortized cost from banking operations

424,739

25,283

Investments accounted for using the equity method

186,236

175,733

Financial assets at fair value through other comprehensive income

 

21,659

21,828

Contract assets

1,816

16,788

Total non-current assets

2,279,476

1,945,541

 

Current assets

 

Trade receivables

1,377,393

838,690

Contract assets

311,740

257,830

Prepayments and other receivables

768,551

443,328

Financial assets measured at amortized cost from banking operations

 

574,528

576,305

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

 

1,361,436

1,487,871

Restricted cash

1,276,959

2,280,499

Cash and cash equivalents

1,893,693

3,055,194

Total current assets

7,564,300

8,939,717

Total assets

9,843,776

10,885,258

 

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

Equity

 

Share capital

78

78

Shares held for share option scheme

-80,600

-87,714

Other reserves

10,608,658

10,639,931

Accumulated losses

-6,280,266

-5,356,926

Equity attributable to equity owners of the Company

4,247,870

5,195,369

 

Non-controlling interests

45,910

89,914

 

 

Total equity

4,293,780

5,285,283

 

LIABILITIES

 

Non-current liabilities

 

Trade and other payables

352,215

395,514

Contract liabilities

22,576

17,683

Deferred tax liabilities

11,376

20,080

Total non-current liabilities

386,167

433,277

 

Current liabilities

 

Trade and other payables

1,744,921

1,547,781

Payroll and welfare payables

535,866

625,330

Contract liabilities

119,412

138,547

Short-term borrowings

1,182,573

2,283,307

Customer deposits

1,426,992

405,853

Derivative financial liabilities

154,065

165,880

Total current liabilities

5,163,829

5,166,698

Total liabilities

5,549,996

5,599,975

 

Total equity and liabilities

9,843,776

10,885,258

ONECONNECT

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

Sept 30

 

Nine Months Ended

Sept 30

 

2021

2020

 

2021

2020

 

RMB’000

RMB’000

 

RMB’000

RMB’000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash generated from / (used in) operating activities

 

332,706

-310,618

 

-895,812

-1,431,703

Net cash generated from / (used in) investing activities

 

657,160

-527,324

 

969,587

714,549

Net cash generated from / (used in) financing activities

 

-20,116

2,431,075

 

-1,223,432

1,758,978

Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

969,750

1,593,133

 

-1,149,657

1,041,824

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

 

920,826

535,122

 

3,055,194

1,077,875

Effects of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

3,117

-47,863

 

-11,844

-39,307

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of period

 

1,893,693

2,080,392

 

1,893,693

2,080,392

ONECONNECT

RECONCILIATION OF IFRS AND NON-IFRS RESULTS

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

Sept 30

 

Nine Months Ended

Sept 30

 

2021

2020

 

2021

2020

 

RMB’000

RMB’000

 

RMB’000

RMB’000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

378,359

375,968

 

986,516

875,086

Gross margin

 

35.5%

42.7%

 

34.6%

39.1%

Non-IFRS adjustment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of intangible assets recognized in cost of revenue

 

69,496

70,490

 

226,136

203,198

Depreciation of property and equipment recognized in cost of revenue

 

1,551

947

 

2,749

2,673

Share-based compensation expenses recognized in cost of revenue

 

47

4,020

 

338

5,335

Non-IFRS gross profit

 

449,453

451,425

 

1,215,739

1,086,292

Non-IFRS gross margin

 

42.2%

51.2%

 

42.6%

48.6%

 

Contacts

Investor Relations:

OCFT IR Team

OCFT_IR@ocft.com

Media Relations:

Amy Ding

dingjingmin787@ocft.com

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