BEIJING, Aug. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- 58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA) ("58.com" or the "Company"), China's largest online market place for classifieds, today reported its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Second Quarter 2019 Highlights

Total revenues were RMB4,134.7 million (US$601.4 million[1]), a 20.5% increase from RMB3,430.5 million in the same quarter of 2018, exceeding the high end of the Company's guidance of RMB4,100 million.Total number of paying business users[2] was approximately 3.6 million in the second quarter of 2019, a 2.2% increase from the same quarter of 2018.Gross margin was 89.5% compared with 90.0% in the same quarter of 2018.Income from operations was RMB967.8 million (US$140.8 million), a 30.3% increase from RMB742.9 million in the same quarter of 2018.Non-GAAP income from operations[3] was RMB1,145.6 million (US$166.6 million), a 28.9% increase from RMB888.7 million in the same quarter of 2018.The Company sold a portion of its equity interest in Che Hao Duo group ("Che Hao Duo", formerly known as Guazi) and recorded RMB642.2 million in realized gains and RMB3.4 billion in unrealized gains on the change in fair value of the remainder of its stake.Net income attributable to 58.com Inc. ordinary shareholders was RMB4,178.7 million (US$607.8 million), a 509.7% increase from RMB685.3 million in the same quarter of 2018.Non-GAAP net income attributable to 58.com Inc. ordinary shareholders [4] was RMB1,646.4 million (US$239.5 million), a 101.4% increase from RMB817.5 million in the same quarter of 2018.Basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders were RMB28.12 (US$4.09) and RMB27.77 (US$4.04), respectively, representing 504.7% and 507.5% increases from RMB4.65 and RMB4.57, respectively, in the same quarter of 2018. One ADS represents two Class A ordinary shares.Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders [5] were RMB11.08 (US$1.61) and RMB10.94 (US$1.59), respectively, representing 99.7% and 100.6% increases from RMB5.55 and RMB5.45, respectively, in the same quarter of 2018.

First Half 2019 Financial Highlights

Total revenues were RMB7,163.0 million (US$1,041.9 million), a 21.4% increase from RMB5,901.7 million in the same period of last year.Gross margin was 89.8% in the first half of 2019 and 2018.Income from operations was RMB1,249.1 million (US$181.7 million), a 23.7% increase from RMB1,009.7 million during the same period of last year.Non-GAAP income from operations was RMB1,610.8 million (US$234.3 million), a 23.9% increase from RMB1,300.2 million during the same period of last year.Net income attributable to 58.com Inc. ordinary shareholders was RMB4,876.9 million (US$709.4 million), a 467.1% increase from RMB859.9 million during the same period of last year.Non-GAAP net income attributable to 58.com Inc. ordinary shareholders was RMB2,082.3 million (US$302.9 million), an 85.4% increase from RMB1,123.3 million during the same period of last year.Basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders were RMB32.84 (US$4.78) and RMB32.43 (US$4.72), respectively, representing 461.9% and 463.7% increases from RMB5.85 and RMB5.75, respectively, in the same period of 2018.Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders were RMB14.02 (US$2.04) and RMB13.85 (US$2.01), respectively, representing 83.7% and 84.3% increases from RMB7.64 and RMB7.51, respectively, in the same period of 2018.

Management Comments

"I'm pleased to report a second quarter of solid financial and operational results for 2019, in which total revenues increased 20.5% year-over-year and exceeded the high-end of our guidance," commented Mr. Michael Yao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 58.com. "On a non-GAAP basis, operating income and net income attributable to 58.com Inc. ordinary shareholders grew 28.9% and 101.4% year-over-year, respectively."

Mr. Yao continued, "While a softening economy and uncertain macro-economic environment impacted some of our content categories such as jobs, we remain optimistic about the enormous market opportunity and the future growth potential for our platform. The rapid growth of traffic and revenues from lower-tier cities and towns speaks to the size of the market, and the improvement in user engagement across all content categories reflects the strength of our technology and ability to innovate. Our online platforms for housing and jobs continue to lead the market as we invest further in areas that will strengthen our leadership position and generate long-term value for our shareholders."

Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Revenues

Total revenues were RMB4,134.7 million (US$601.4 million), representing an increase of 20.5% from RMB3,430.5 million in the same quarter of 2018.

Membership revenues were RMB1,183.8 million (US$172.2 million), an increase of 1.5% from RMB1,166.9 million in the same quarter of 2018.

Online marketing services revenues were RMB2,706.3 million (US$393.7 million), an increase of 23.8% from RMB2,186.7 million in the same quarter of 2018.

The increase was primarily driven by the increasing adoption and effectiveness of the Company's various online marketing services such as real-time bidding, priority listings and various other online marketing services.

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues was RMB434.5 million (US$63.2 million), an increase of 27.2% from RMB341.5 million in the same quarter of 2018. The year-over-year increase was primarily driven by increases in the costs of goods sold on Zhuan Zhuan, services provided on other platforms, expenses associated with the operations of all the Company's platforms, and salaries and benefits relating to web operation and information quality control teams.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit was RMB3,700.3 million (US$538.2 million), an increase of 19.8% from RMB3,089.0 million during the same quarter of 2018.

Gross margin was 89.5%, compared with 90.0% during the same quarter of 2018.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were RMB2,732.5 million (US$397.5 million), an increase of 16.5% from RMB2,346.1 million in the same quarter of 2018.

Sales and marketing expenses in the second quarter of 2019 were RMB2,056.1 million (US$299.1 million), an increase of 15.3% from RMB1,782.6 million in the same quarter in 2018.

Within sales and marketing expenses, advertising expenses in the second quarter of 2019 were RMB979.0 million (US$142.4 million), an increase of 14.8% from RMB852.8 million in the same quarter of 2018.

The increase was primarily due to an increase in mobile traffic acquisition expenses, particularly for mobile applications such as 58.com and Anjuke, which are part of the Company's core business.

Non-advertising sales and marketing expenses in the second quarter of 2019 were RMB1,077.1 million (US$156.7 million), an increase of 15.8% from RMB929.8 million in the same quarter in 2018.

Non-advertising sales and marketing expenses include salaries and benefits, commissions and share-based compensation expenses for the Company's sales, sales support, customer service, marketing dealer management personnel, online and offline promotional expenses, and other operating expenses that are associated with sales and marketing activities.

The increase in non-advertising sales and marketing expenses was mainly related to an increase in commissions and salaries of field sales teams and customer service personnel and marketing and promotional expenses for 58.com and newer platforms such as 58 Town and Zhuan Zhuan.

Research and development expenses in the second quarter of 2019 were RMB482.0 million (US$70.1 million), an increase of 22.3% from RMB394.0 million in the same quarter of 2018. The increase was primarily due to increases in salaries and benefits and share-based compensation expenses for the Company's research and development personnel for the development of new features and services.

General and administrative expenses in the second quarter of 2019 were RMB194.4 million (US$28.3 million), an increase of 14.7% from RMB169.4 million in the same quarter of 2018. The increase was primarily driven by increases in salaries and benefits and share-based compensation expenses for administrative personnel.

Income from Operations

Income from operations was RMB967.8 million (US$140.8 million) in the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 30.3% from RMB742.9 million in the same quarter of 2018.

Operating margin, defined as income from operations divided by total revenues, was 23.4% in the second quarter of 2019, compared with 21.7% in the same quarter of 2018.

Non-GAAP income from operations was RMB1,145.6 million (US$166.6 million) in the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 28.9% from RMB888.7 million in the same quarter of 2018.

Non-GAAP operating margin, defined as non-GAAP income from operations divided by total revenues, was 27.7% in the second quarter of 2019, compared with 26.0% in the same quarter of 2018.

Other Income/(Expenses)

Net other income in the second quarter of 2019 was RMB3.7 billion (US$538.9 million), compared with net other income of RMB94.1 million in the same quarter of 2018.

Net other income in the second quarter of 2019 mainly consisted of RMB3.7 billion in net investment income. Within net investment income was RMB3.4 billion in unrealized gains on the change in fair value of long-term investments in Che Hao Duo, which is accounted for using measurement alternative method, as a result of the occurrence of an observable price change event related to the Company's sale of a certain equity stake in Che Hao Duo, RMB642.2 million in realized gains generated from the sale of a certain equity stake in Che Hao Duo, RMB56.5 million in income from short-term commercial bank investment products the Company purchased with its surplus cash, and a fair value gain of RMB41.3 million due to the revaluation of certain convertible notes the Company invested in the second quarter of 2019, which were partially offset by a fair value loss of RMB492.9 million primarily as a result of a decline in the share price of 5I5J Holding Group Co., Ltd., a publicly traded company in which the Company invested in the third quarter of 2018 and holds a minority stake.

Net Income Attributable to 58.com Inc. Ordinary Shareholders

Net income attributable to 58.com Inc. ordinary shareholders was RMB4,178.7 million (US$607.8 million) in the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 509.7% from RMB685.3 million in the same quarter of 2018.

Net margin, defined as net income attributable to 58.com Inc. ordinary shareholders divided by total revenues, was 101.1% in the second quarter of 2019, compared with 20.0% in the same quarter of 2018.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to 58.com Inc. ordinary shareholders was RMB1,646.4 million (US$239.5 million) in the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 101.4% from RMB817.5 million in the same quarter of 2018.

Non-GAAP net margin, defined as non-GAAP net income attributable to 58.com Inc. ordinary shareholders divided by total revenues, was 39.8% in the second quarter of 2019, compared with 23.9% in the same quarter of 2018.

Basic and Diluted Earnings per ADS

Basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders in the second quarter of 2019 were RMB28.12 (US$4.09) and RMB27.77 (US$4.04), respectively, representing 504.7% and 507.5% increases from RMB4.65 and RMB4.57, respectively, in the same quarter of 2018.

Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders in the second quarter of 2019 were RMB11.08 (US$1.61) and RMB10.94 (US$1.59), respectively, representing 99.7% and 100.6% increases from RMB5.55 and RMB5.45, respectively, in the same quarter of 2018.

Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities was RMB1,549.9 million (US$225.4 million) in the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 23.0% from RMB1,260.0 million in the same quarter of 2018.

First Half 2019 Financial Results

Revenues

Total revenues were RMB7,163.0 million (US$1,041.9 million) in the first half of 2019, representing an increase of 21.4% from RMB5,901.7 million during the same period of 2018.

Membership revenues were RMB2,165.9 million (US$315.0 million) in the first half of 2019, an increase of 3.3% from RMB2,095.7 million during the same period of 2018.

Online marketing services revenues were RMB4,647.2 million (US$676.0 million) in the first half of 2019, an increase of 26.3% from RMB3,678.6 million during the same period of 2018.

The increase was primarily driven by the increasing adoption and effectiveness of the Company's various online marketing services such as real-time bidding, priority listings and various other online marketing services.

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues was RMB731.3 million (US$106.4 million) in the first half of 2019, an increase of 22.0% from RMB599.5 million during the same period of 2018. The year-over-year increase was primarily driven by increases in the costs of goods sold on Zhuan Zhuan, services provided on other platforms, expenses associated with the operations of all the Company's platforms, and salaries and benefits relating to web operation and information quality control teams.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit was RMB6,431.7 million (US$935.6 million) in the first half of 2019, an increase of 21.3% from RMB5,302.2 million during the same period of 2018.

Gross margin was 89.8% in the first half of 2019 and 2018.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were RMB5,182.6 million (US$753.9 million), representing an increase of 20.7% from RMB4,292.5 million during the same period of 2018.

Sales and marketing expenses in the first half of 2019 were RMB3,849.0 million (US$559.9 million), an increase of 19.5% from RMB3,221.8 million during the same period in 2018.

Within sales and marketing expenses, advertising expenses in the first half of 2019 were RMB1,865.4 million (US$271.3 million), an increase of 21.5% from RMB1,534.8 million during the same period in 2018.

The increase was primarily due to an increase in mobile traffic acquisition expenses, particularly for mobile applications such as 58.com and Anjuke, which are part of the Company's core business.

Non-advertising sales and marketing expenses in the first half of 2019 were RMB1,983.6 million (US$288.5 million), an increase of 17.6% from RMB1,687.0 million during the same period in 2018.

Non-advertising sales and marketing expenses include salaries and benefits, commissions and share-based compensation expenses for the Company's sales, sales support, customer service, and marketing dealer management personnel, online and offline promotional expenses, and other operating expenses that are associated with sales and marketing activities.

The increase in non-advertising sales and marketing expenses was mainly related to an increase in commissions and salaries of field sales teams and customer service personnel and marketing and promotional expenses for 58.com and newer platforms such as 58 Town and Zhuan Zhuan.

Research and development expenses in the first half of 2019 were RMB977.0 million (US$142.1 million), an increase of 31.9% from RMB740.4 million during the same period of 2018. The increase was primarily due to increases in salaries and benefits and share-based compensation expenses for the Company's research and development personnel for the development of new features and services.

General and administrative expenses in the first half of 2019 were RMB356.5 million (US$51.9 million), an increase of 8.0% from RMB330.2 million during the same period of 2018. The increase was primarily driven by increases in share-based compensation expenses and salaries and benefits of administrative personnel.

Income from Operations

Income from operations was RMB1,249.1 million (US$181.7 million) in the first half of 2019, an increase of 23.7% from RMB1,009.7 million during the same period of 2018.

Operating margin was 17.4% in the first half of 2019, compared with 17.1% during the same period of 2018.

Non-GAAP income from operations was RMB1,610.8 million (US$234.3 million) in the first half of 2019, an increase of 23.9% from RMB1,300.2 million during the same period of 2018.

Non-GAAP operating margin was 22.5% in the first half of 2019, compared with 22.0% during the same period of 2018.

Other Income/(Expenses)

Net other income in the first half of 2019 were RMB4.3 billion (US$619.5 million), compared with net other income of RMB102.9 million during the same period of 2018.

Net other income in the first half of 2019 mainly consisted of RMB4.2 billion in net investment income. Within net investment income was RMB3.4 billion in unrealized gains on the change in fair value of long-term investments in Che Hao Duo, which is accounted for using measurement alternative method, as a result of the occurrence of an observable price change event related to the Company's sale of a certain equity stake in Che Hao Duo, RMB642.2 million in realized gains generated from the sale of a certain equity stake in Che Hao Duo, RMB92.1 million in income from short-term commercial bank investment products the Company purchased with its surplus cash, a fair value gain of RMB41.3 million due to the revaluation of certain convertible notes the Company invested in the second quarter of 2019, and a fair value gain of RMB21.5 million as a result of the increase in the share price of 5I5J Holding Group Co., Ltd., a publicly traded company in which the Company invested in the third quarter of 2018 and holds a minority stake.

Net Income Attributable to 58.com Inc. Ordinary Shareholders

Net income attributable to 58.com Inc. ordinary shareholders was RMB4,876.9 million (US$709.4 million) in the first half of 2019, an increase of 467.1% from RMB859.9 million in the same period of 2018. Net margin was 68.1% in the first half of 2019, compared with 14.6% during the same period of 2018.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to 58.com Inc. ordinary shareholders was RMB2,082.3 million (US$302.9 million) in the first half of 2019, an increase of 85.4% from RMB1,123.3 million during the same period of 2018. Non-GAAP net margin was 29.1% in the first half of 2019, compared with 19.0% during the same period of 2018.

Basic and Diluted Earnings per ADS

Basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders in the first half of 2019 were RMB32.84 (US$4.78) and RMB32.43 (US$4.72), representing increases of 461.9% and 463.7% from basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders of RMB5.85 and RMB5.75, respectively, during the same period of 2018.

Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders in the first half of 2019 were RMB14.02 (US$2.04) and RMB13.85 (US$2.01), respectively, representing increases of 83.7% and 84.3% from non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders of RMB7.64 and RMB7.51, respectively, during the same period of 2018.

Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities was RMB2,114.8 million (US$307.6 million) in the first half of 2019, an increase of 7.3% from net cash provided by operating activities of RMB1,970.0 million during the same period of 2018.

Cash and Cash Equivalents, Term deposits, Restricted Cash and Short-term Investments

As of June 30, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents, term deposits, restricted cash and short-term investments of RMB8,217.4 million (US$1,195.3 million).

Shares Outstanding

As of June 30, 2019, the Company had a total of 297,350,925 ordinary shares (including 252,118,805 Class A and 45,232,120 Class B ordinary shares) issued and outstanding.

Business Outlook

Based on the Company's current operations, total revenues for the third quarter of 2019 are expected to be between RMB4.1 billion and RMB4.2 billion. This represents a year-over-year increase of 13% to 16% in Renminbi amounts. These estimates reflect the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP, this press release presents non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income attributable to 58.com Inc. ordinary shareholders, non-GAAP net margin and non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per share and per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders by excluding share-based compensation expenses, amortization of intangible assets resulting from business acquisitions, change in fair value of long-term investments, share-based compensation expenses included in share of results of equity investees, income tax effects of above GAAP to non-GAAP reconciling items. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are important to help investors understand the Company's operating and financial performance, compare business trends among different reporting periods on a consistent basis and assess the Company's core operating results, as they exclude certain expenses that are not expected to result in cash payments. The use of the above non-GAAP financial measures has certain limitations. Share-based compensation expenses, amortization of intangible assets resulting from business acquisitions, non-cash gain or loss and income tax effects resulting from GAAP to non-GAAP reconciling items have been and will continue to be incurred in the future and are not reflected in the presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures, but should be considered in the overall evaluation of the Company's results. The Company compensates for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of its share-based compensation expenses, amortization of intangible assets resulting from business acquisitions, change in fair value of long-term investments, share-based compensation expenses included in share of results of equity investees, income tax effects of above GAAP to non-GAAP reconciling items, all of which should be considered when evaluating the Company's performance. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliation of each of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is set forth at the end of this release.

Conference Call

58.com's management will host an earnings conference call on August 22, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 p.m. Beijing / Hong Kong time on the same day).

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

Please dial in 15 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call through 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time, August 29, 2019. The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of 58.com's website at http://ir.58.com.

About 58.com Inc.

58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA) operates China's largest online market place for classifieds, as measured by monthly unique visitors on both its www.58.com website and mobile applications. The Company's online marketplace enables local business users and consumer users to connect, share information and conduct business. 58.com's broad, in-depth and high-quality local information, combined with its easy-to-use website and mobile applications, has made it a trusted marketplace for consumers. 58.com's strong brand recognition, large and growing user base, merchant network and massive database of local information create a powerful network effect. For more information on 58.com, please visit http://www.58.com.

Safe Harbor Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements made under 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," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "confident" and similar statements. 58.com may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed with or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Any statements that are not historical facts, including statements about 58.com's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements that involve factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Such factors and risks include, but not limited to the following: 58.com's goals and strategies; its future business development, financial condition and results of operations; its ability to retain and grow its user base and network of local merchants for its online marketplace; the growth of, and trends in, the markets for its services in China; the demand for and market acceptance of its brand and services; competition in its industry in China; its ability to maintain the network infrastructure necessary to operate its website and mobile applications; relevant government policies and regulations relating to the corporate structure, business and industry; and its ability to protect its users' information and adequately address privacy concerns. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is current as of the date of the press release, and 58.com does not undertake any obligation to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

For more information, please contact:

58.com Inc. ir@58.com

Christensen In China Mr. Christian Arnell Phone: +86-10-5900-1548 E-mail: carnell@christensenir.com

In US Ms. Linda Bergkamp Phone: +1-480-614-3004 Email: lbergkamp@ChristensenIR.com

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