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Mar 26, 2020 2:00 AM ET

Yiren Digital Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results


iCrowd Newswire - Mar 26, 2020

BEIJING,– Yiren Digital Ltd. (NYSE: YRD) (“Yiren Digital” or the “Company”), a leading fintech company in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.

Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2019 Operational Highlights

Wealth Management—Yiren Wealth

Consumer Credit—Yiren Credit

“We have made significant progress in our strategic transformation to re-position our business as we enter 2020. We have completed our full operational integration of Yirendai with CreditEase’s Inclusive Finance and online wealth management business to form Yiren Digital, the leading fintech platform providing an array of credit products to consumers and asset allocation based wealth management services to mass affluent clients in China.” said Mr. Ning Tang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yiren Digital. “We are also making good progress in expanding our creditech business model into a loan facilitation as well as licensed lending operation model. And we believe our online wealth management business is poised for significant growth in the year to come with strong momentum.”

“For our creditech business, we are rolling out new product services to better serve our borrowers which include short tenure revolving loans and auto loans. Diversifying our funding source continues to be a top priority and we expect a significant portion of our new loan origination volume to be funded by institutional investors in 2020.” Mr. Tang continued to comment, “and as to our wealth management business, we are gaining significant traction in growing our non-P2P products and services. In the fourth quarter of 2019, AUA for non-P2P products grew 64% quarter-over-quarter, sales volume grew 232% quarter-over-quarter and the number of current investors investing in non-P2P products grew 10% from last quarter. We are seeing a strong demand for our online product offerings. In 2020, we expect the strong growth momentum for our wealth management business to continue, as we continue to roll-out non-P2P products and services by working with industry leading partners, such as Principal Global Investors (Hong Kong) Limited., a subsidiary of Principal Financial Group; and a global leader in asset management, retirement services and insurance solutions. In addition, we obtained a Hong Kong stock brokerage license in December 2019 and officially launched our stock trading APP in the same month to provide stock trading and consulting services to our clients. We strive to become the true one-stop shop asset allocation-based wealth management platform for mass affluent investors in China.”

We’re pleased to deliver another solid quarter with healthy margins as we are moving towards more diversified business models under a challenging regulatory environment. Total net revenue for the quarter was RMB 2.4 billion, up 15% from previous quarter. Net profit for the quarter was RMB 404 million up from RMB 228 million in the previous quarter. ” said Mr. Zhong Bi, Chief Financial Officer of Yiren Digital. “We are seeing meaningful operation leverage synergies as we complete the full operation integration for our business realignment. And we are also proactively managing our overall cost structure through both improving operation efficiency with technology and rationalizing our capacity to better prepare for the near term economic uncertainties due to corona virus. As such, with a lean and more efficient operational workforce, coupled with our strong balance sheet with approximately RMB 3.6 billion of cash and short-term liquidity, we believe we are on solid footing in the dynamic environment. “

“On credit performance and risk management, we are maintaining our overall risk performance inline with our expected ranges, despite the tightening collection practices, and to a lesser extend, limitation on external data usage.” said Mr. Michael Ji, Chief Risk Officer of Yiren Digital. “To promptly respond to a potential economic slowdown due to the recent coronavirus outbreak , we have been actively tightening our risk policy, adjusting our product portfolio and optimizing our risk data sets. The latest data suggested that the delinquencies had been coming down in recent weeks, showing a very encouraging trend, which led us to expect that the impact from the corona virus would rather be short term than be prolonged.”

Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Total amount of loans facilitated in the fourth quarter of 2019 was RMB 7,998.0 million (US$1,148.8 million), compared to RMB 13,595.8 million in the same period last year. As of December 31, 2019, the total outstanding principal amount of the performing loans was RMB 51.2 billion (US$7.3 billion), decreased by 25% from RMB 68.4 billion as of December 31, 2018. 

Total net revenue in the fourth quarter of 2019 was RMB 2,363.6 million (US$339.5 million), compared to RMB 2,304.5 million in the same period last year. Revenue from Yiren Credit reached RMB 1,841.8 million (US$264.6 million), representing an increase of 1% from RMB 1,816.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. Revenue from Yiren Wealth reached RMB 521.8 million (US$75.0 million), representing an increase of 7% from RMB 488.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Sales and marketing expenses in the fourth quarter of 2019 were RMB 960.4 million (US$138.0 million), compared to RMB 1,236.7 million in the same period last year. Sales and marketing expenses in the fourth quarter of 2019 accounted for 12.0% of the total amount of loans facilitated, as compared to 9.1% in the same period last year mainly due to a decline in the amount of loans facilitated.

Origination and servicing costs in the fourth quarter of 2019 were RMB 173.9 million (US$25.0 million), compared to RMB 227.1 million in the same period last year. Origination and servicing costs in the fourth quarter of 2019 accounted for 2.2% of the total amount of loans facilitated, compared to 1.7% in the same period last year.

General and administrative expenses in the fourth quarter of 2019 were RMB 139.9 million (US$20.1 million), compared to RMB 361.7 million in the same period last year. General and administrative expenses in the fourth quarter of 2019 accounted for 5.9% of the total net revenue, compared to 15.7% in the same period last year.

Allowance for contract assets in the fourth quarter of 2019 were RMB 588.3 million (US$84.5 million), compared to RMB 209.0 million in the same period last year. The increase was mainly attributable to changes in future collectability estimates.

Income tax expense in the fourth quarter of 2019 was RMB 80.9 million (US$11.6 million).

Net income in the fourth quarter of 2019 was RMB 404.0 million (US$58.0 million), compared to RMB 985.9 million in the same period last year. 

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) in the fourth quarter of 2019 was RMB 508.1 million (US$73.0 million), compared to an adjusted EBITDA of RMB 1059.3 million in the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA margin[1] (non-GAAP) in the fourth quarter of 2019 was 21.5%, compared to 46.0% in the same period last year.

Basic income per ADS in the fourth quarter of 2019 was RMB 4.35 (US$0.63), compared to a basic income per ADS of RMB 10.65 in the same period last year.

Diluted income per ADS in the fourth quarter of 2019 was RMB 4.34 (US$0.62), compared to a diluted income per ADS of RMB 10.56 in the same period last year.

Net cash generated from operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2019 was RMB 60.2 million (US$ 8.7 million), compared to a loss of RMB 1,453.6 million in the same period last year.

As of December, 2019, cash and cash equivalents was RMB 3,198.1 million (US$459.4 million), compared to RMB 2,633.0 million as of September 30, 2019. As of December 31, 2019, the balance of held-to-maturity investments was RMB 6.6 million (US$1.0 million), compared to RMB 8.1 million as of September 30, 2019. As of December 31, 2019, the balance of available-for-sale investments was RMB 461.0 million (US$66.2 million), compared to RMB 426.3 million as of September 30, 2019.

Delinquency rates. As of December 31, 2019, the delinquency rates for loans that are past due for 15-29 days, 30-59 days and 60-89 days were 1.2%, 2.0%, and 1.7%, respectively compared to 1.0%, 1.8%, and 1.6%, as of September 30, 2019. 

Cumulative M3+ net chargeoff rates. As of December 31, 2019, the cumulative M3+ net charge-off rate for loans originated in 2016 was 9.4%, compared to 9.4% as of September 30, 2019. As of December 31, 2019, the cumulative M3+ net charge-off rate for loans originated in 2017 was 16.0%, compared to 15.3% as of September 30, 2019. As of December 31, 2019, the cumulative M3+ net charge-off rate for loans originated in 2018 was 13.8%, compared to 11.6% as of September 30, 2019.

[1] Adjusted EBITDA margin is a non-GAAP financial measure calculated as adjusted EBITDA divided by total net revenue.

Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results

Total amount of loans facilitated in 2019 was RMB 39.1 billion (US$5.6 billion), compared to RMB 63.3 billion in 2018.

Total net revenue in 2019 was RMB 8,616.8 million (US$1,237.7 million), compared to RMB 11,244.1 million in 2018. Revenue from Yiren Credit for fiscal year 2019 was RMB 6,440.6 million (US$ 925.1 million), representing a decrease of 30.4% from RMB 9,257.2 million in 2018. Revenue from Yiren Wealth for fiscal year 2019 reached RMB 2,176.2 million (US$ 312.6 million), representing an increase of 9.5% from RMB 1,987.0 million in 2018.

Sales and marketing expenses in 2019 was RMB 4,457.4 million (US$ 640.3 million), compared to RMB 6,658.3 million in 2018. Sales and marketing expenses in 2019 accounted for 11.4% of the total amount of loans facilitated, as compared to 10.5% in 2018 mainly due to a decline in the amount of loans facilitated.

Origination and servicing costs in 2019 was RMB 665.1 million (US$95.5 million), compared to RMB 1,061.3 million in 2018. Origination and servicing costs in 2019 accounted for 1.7% of the total amount of loans facilitated, remaining stable when compared to 1.7% in 2018.

General and administrative expenses in 2019 was RMB 741.3 million (US$106.5 million), compared to RMB 1,755.8 million in 2018. General and administrative expenses in 2019 accounted for 8.6% of the total net revenue, compared to 15.6% in 2018 mainly due to realizing operational efficiency synergies from the Company’s business realignment transaction.

Allowance for contract assets in 2019 were RMB 1,625.1 million (US$233.4 million), compared to RMB 992.6 million in 2018. The increase was mainly attributable to changes in future collectability estimates.

Income tax expense in 2019 was RMB 239.2 million (US$34.4 million).

Net income in 2019 was RMB 1,155.6 million (US$166.0 million), compared to RMB 1,579.8 million in 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) in 2019 was RMB 1,491.3 million (US$214.2 million), compared to an adjusted EBITDA of RMB 1,968.2 million in 2018. Adjusted EBITDA margin1 (non-GAAP) in 2019 was 17.3%, compared to 17.5% in 2018.

Basic income per ADS in 2019 was RMB 12.5 (US$1.8), compared to a basic income per ADS of RMB 17.2 in 2018.

Diluted income per ADS in 2019 was RMB 12.4 (US$1.8), compared to a diluted income per ADS of RMB 17.0 in 2018.

Net cash generated from operating activities in 2019 was RMB 246.3 million (US$ 35.4million), compared to net cash used in operating activities of RMB 3,959.1 million in 2018.

Recent Development

Termination of Contingent Consideration Payment to CreditEase

Effective December 2019, CreditEase has agreed to waive the remaining RMB 1.2 billion of contingent consideration payment for the Company’s business realignment transaction.

Management Change

Mr. Chunjiang Ji, will assume the role of Chief Risk Officer of the Company to replace Mr Huan Chen who will continue to serve as director for the board of the Company. Mr. Ji has over 18 years of experiences in risk management and decision science with multiple top financial organizations. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Ji has held several senior positions at Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Fleet Boston Bank.

Mr. Jiangxu Xiang, will assume the role of Chief Technology Officer of the Company. Mr. Xiang is a technology veteran with 30 years of experience in the software, internet and fintech industries. Before joining the Company, he was Executive Vice President of R&D and Managing Director of Suning Global Research at Suning Commerce Group, a global fortune 500 company from 2016 to 2018.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In evaluating the business, the Company considers and uses several non-GAAP financial measures, such as adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin as supplemental measures to review and assess operating performance. We believe these non-GAAP measures provide useful information about our core operating results, enhance the overall understanding of our past performance and prospects and allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by our management in our financial and operational decision-making. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”). The non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools. Other companies, including peer companies in the industry, may calculate these non-GAAP measures differently, which may reduce their usefulness as a comparative measure. The Company compensates for these limitations by reconciling the non-GAAP financial measures to the nearest U.S. GAAP performance measure, all of which should be considered when evaluating our performance. See “Operating Highlights and Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP measures” at the end of this press release.

Currency Conversion

The U.S. dollar (US$) amounts disclosed in this press release, except for those transaction amounts that were actually settled in U.S. dollars, are presented solely for the convenience of the readers. The conversion of Renminbi (RMB) into US$ in this press release is based on the exchange rate set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System as of December 31, 2019, which was RMB6.9618 to US$1.00. The percentages stated in this press release are calculated based on the RMB amounts.

Conference Call

Yiren Digital’s management will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on March 25, 2020, (or 8:00 a.m. Beijing/Hong Kong Time on March 26, 2020).Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

International

+65 6713-5090

U.S.                                

+1 845-675-0437

Hong Kong                       

+852 3018-6771

Chinese Mainland         .

400-620-8038

   

Conference ID

5738805

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following numbers until April 2, 2020:

International

+61 2-8199-0299

U.S.

+1 646-254-3697

Replay Access Code:

5738805

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available at ir.yirendai.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release 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,” “target,” “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 Yiren Digital’s control. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any such statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, uncertainties as to Yiren Digital’s ability to attract and retain borrowers and investors on its marketplace, its ability to introduce new loan products and platform enhancements, its ability to compete effectively, PRC regulations and policies relating to the peer-to-peer lending service industry in China, general economic conditions in China, and Yiren Digital’s ability to meet the standards necessary to maintain listing of its ADSs on the NYSE or other stock exchange, including its ability to cure any non-compliance with the NYSE’s continued listing criteria. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in Yiren Digital’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and Yiren Digital does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable law.

About Yiren Digital

Yiren Digital Ltd. (NYSE: YRD) is a leading fintech company in China, providing both credit and wealth management services. For its credit business, the Company provides an effective solution to address largely underserved investor and individual borrower demand in China through online and offline channels to efficiently match borrowers with investors and execute loan transactions. Yiren Digital deploys a proprietary risk management system, which enables the Company to effectively assess the creditworthiness of borrowers, appropriately price the risks associated with borrowers, and offer quality loan investment opportunities to investors. Yiren Digital’s marketplace provides borrowers with quick and convenient access to consumer credit at competitive prices and investors with easy and quick access to an alternative asset class with attractive returns. For its wealth management business, the Company targets China’s mass affluent population and strives to provide customized wealth management services, with a combination of long-term and short-term targets as well as different types of investments, ranging from cash and fixed-income assets, to funds and insurance. For more information, please visit ir.Yirendai.com.

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