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Ucommune International Ltd. Announces Unaudited Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results.

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BEIJING — Ucommune International Ltd. (NASDAQ: U.K.) (“Ucommune” or the “Company”), a leading agile office space manager and provider in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.


Third Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Net revenues were RMB253.5 million, representing an increase of 26.8% from the third quarter of 2020.
  • Net loss was RMB181.5 million, compared with RMB169.3 million in the third quarter of 2020.
  • Adjusted net loss[1], which excluded share-based compensation expense, impairment loss on long-lived assets, change in fair value of warrant liability, impairment loss on long-term investments, and loss on disposal of subsidiaries, was RMB60.4 million, narrowing by 49.5% year over year from RMB119.8 million in the third quarter of 2020.
  • EBITDA loss[2] was RMB161.2 million, compared with RMB158.2 million in the third quarter of 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA loss[3] was RMB40.4 million, compared with RMB76.1 million in the third quarter of 2020.

Third Quarter 2021 Operating Highlights

  • As of September 30, 2021, Ucommune had committed to 274 office spaces in 62 cities, including 106 office spaces in tier-1 cities, 66 office spaces in new tier-1 cities, and 97 office spaces in cities tier-2 and below, and was providing approximately 758,000 square meters of the managed area to 1,170,400 members. Among those, 215 office spaces, or 78.5% of total committed spaces, were in operation.
  • As of September 30, 2021, Ucommune’s total number of spaces contracted under the Company’s asset-light model increased by 56% to 165 spaces located across 54 cities from 106 spaces across 42 cities as of September 30, 2020. The Company’s total managed area under contract[4] for the asset-light model increased by 84% to 502,000 square meters from 273,000 square meters as of September 30, 2020.

[1] See the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section and the table captioned “Ucommune International Ltd. Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” for a reconciliation of net loss to adjusted net loss” below.

[2] To reconcile net loss to EBITDA, see the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section and the table titled “Ucommune International Ltd. Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” below.

[3] To reconcile net loss to adjusted EBITDA, see the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section and the table titled “Ucommune International Ltd. Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” below.

[4] Spaces and managed areas under contract include those in operation, under construction, and in preparation for construction.

Dr. Daqing Mao, Founder and Chairman of Ucommune commented, “In sync with China’s urbanization trend of focusing more on quality development rather than outward expansion, we continued to penetrate domestic and international markets with our intelligent agile office service ecosystem. During the third quarter, we increased our asset-light model’s contribution to our business in terms of both total number of spaces contracted and total managed area under contract. By the end of 2021, we expect to have grown the proportion of projects managed under the asset-light model to about 75% from roughly 50% in 2020.

Evidence of the progressive development of our asset-light model was shown through several new partnerships during the quarter, as we entered into an agreement in the domestic market to help Besunyen improve its operating efficiency and accelerate its corporate transformation by providing customized office spaces and comprehensive facility services. In addition, we formed a partnership with Australia-based Hexa Group to jointly develop the ‘Hexa Space-Ucommune’ coworking project in Melbourne, adding another international market to our geographic footprint in addition to Hong Kong and Singapore. Leveraging our expertise in agile workspace management and operations, we plan to capitalize on the emerging market demand for green, smart, and efficient urban development and augment our growth momentum going forward.”

Ms. Xin Guan, Chief Executive Officer of Ucommune, commented, “As we continued to shift our project mix towards the asset-light business model, we not only expanded our geographic coverage by entering into 2 new cities and adding 11 new office spaces, but also broadened our comprehensive facility service offerings. During the quarter, we acquired an equity interest of 60% in ‘Xiao Sushi’, to officially enter the consumer services sector by integrating its 300,000 self-owned platform members into our operations of nearly 300 chain office spaces and 1.16 million offline members. Utilizing our combined resources, we plan to form a closed-loop ecosystem offering a variety of new products, including working meals, conference event meals, afternoon tea sets, and affordably-priced beverages, as well as for a wide range of sales scenarios, including those for office buildings, office parks, and commercial buildings.

Going forward, we will continue to explore new business opportunities that have synergies with our core business to sustain our growth trajectory.”

Mr. Siyuan Wang, Chief Financial Officer of Ucommune, added, “In the third quarter, we grew our net revenues by 26.8% to RMB253.5 million while narrowing our adjusted net loss by 49.5% to RMB60.4 million year over year. Despite the revenue recognition impact from our business mix shift, we improved the occupancy rates of our self-operated coworking spaces, increased our advertising and marketing service revenues, and expanded our interior design and construction services as well as our SaaS services. Meanwhile, we continued to simplify our corporate structure, streamline our business processes, optimize our operating efficiency, and reduce our costs and expenses. With a leaner, fitter, and more agile business operation, we are well positioned to seize emerging market opportunities and grow in a healthy manner for the long run.”

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Total net revenues increased by 26.8% to RMB253.5 million in the third quarter of 2021 from RMB199.9 million in the third quarter of 2020. Revenues from the asset-light model increased by 275.9% to RMB21.8 million in the third quarter of 2021 from RMB5.8 million in 2020.

  • Workspace membership services revenues decreased by 8.5% to RMB98.0 million in the third quarter of 2021 from RMB107.2 million in 2020. This decrease was mainly due to the closure of unprofitable spaces in operation and contraction of the Company’s self-operated co-working space services resulting from the Company’s transformation to an asset-light model.
  • Marketing and branding services revenues increased by 23.8% to RMB100.1 million in the third quarter of 2021 from RMB80.9 million in the third quarter of 2020, mainly due to increased demand for advertising and marketing services from certain customers.
  • Other services revenues increased by 366.0% to RMB55.3 million in the third quarter of 2021 from RMB11.9 million in the third quarter of 2020, primarily due to increased net revenues from the Company’s interior design and construction services and its SaaS services.

Total costs of revenues increased by 15.8% to RMB273.1 million in the third quarter of 2021 from RMB235.8 million in the third quarter of 2020. Costs of revenues from the Company’s asset-light model increased by 427.0% to RMB19.5 million in the third quarter of 2021 from RMB3.7 million in the third quarter of 2020, which was primarily in line with the increase in revenues from the Company’s asset-light model.

  • Costs of workspace membership decreased by 11.4% to RMB129.0 million in the third quarter of 2021 from RMB145.6 million in the third quarter of 2020, mainly due to decreased operational costs related to leases and staff partly offset by an increase in share-based compensation expense, amounting to RMB9.0 million.
  • Costs of marketing and branding services increased by 33.2% to RMB95.2 million in the third quarter of 2021 from RMB71.5 million in the third quarter of 2020, mainly due to increased advertising spending, which was in line with the increase in advertising revenue.
  • Costs of other services increased by 161.6% to RMB49.0 million in the third quarter of 2021 from RMB18.7 million in the third quarter of 2020, which was in line with the increase in other services revenues.

General and administrative expenses increased by 71.0% to RMB79.7 million in the third quarter of 2021 from RMB46.6 million in the third quarter of 2020, mainly due to an increase in share-based compensation expense of RMB41.2 million and professional service fees.

Sales and marketing expenses increased by 196.4% to RMB17.7 million in the third quarter of 2021 from RMB6.0 million in the third quarter of 2020, mainly due to the increase in share-based compensation expense.

EBITDA loss[5] was RMB161.2 million in the third quarter of 2021, compared with RMB158.2 million in the third quarter of 2020. Adjusted EBITDA loss[6] narrowed by 47.0% to RMB40.4 million in the third quarter of 2021 from RMB76.1 million in 2020. 

[5] To reconcile net loss to EBITDA, see the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section and the table titled “Ucommune International Ltd. Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” below.

[6] To reconcile net loss to adjusted EBITDA, see the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section and the table titled “Ucommune International Ltd. Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” below.

Impairment loss on long-lived assets was RMB74.1 million in the third quarter of 2021, compared with nil in the third quarter of 2020, primarily due to the impairment of three substantial prepaid rent from previous periods accrued in the third quarter of 2021 as a result that the carrying value is not expected to be recoverable based on current market conditions. 

Other income was RMB0.2 million in the third quarter of 2021, compared to other expenses, which recorded a net of RMB32.5 million in the third quarter of 2020, primarily due to a disposal loss of long-term assets unprofitable spaces during the third quarter of 2020.

Net loss was RMB181.5 million in the third quarter of 2021, compared with RMB169.3 million in 2020. 

The adjusted net loss[7] was RMB60.4 million in the third quarter of 2021, compared with RMB119.8 million in the third quarter of 2020.

[7] See the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section and the table captioned “Ucommune International Ltd. Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” for a reconciliation of net loss to adjusted net loss” below.

Basic and diluted net loss per share were both RMB2.01 in the third quarter of 2021, compared with RMB2.50 in the third quarter of 2020.

Basic and diluted adjusted net loss per share[8] were both RMB0.58 in the third quarter of 2021, compared with RMB1.71 in the third quarter of 2020.

[8] To reconcile net loss to adjusted net income, see the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section and the table captioned “Ucommune International Ltd. Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” below.

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash were RMB288.7 million as of September 30, 2021, compared with RMB400.8 million as of December 31, 2020.

Business Outlook

For the fourth quarter of 2021, the Company expects net revenues to be in the range of RMB250 million to RMB280 million. The forecasts reflect the Company’s current and preliminary views on the market and its operating conditions, which are subject to change.

Recent Developments

On July 1, 2021, Besunyen Holdings Company Limited, an investment company engaged in the manufacture and sale of therapeutic tea products, agreed to occupy 3,047.6 square meters at the Company’s landmark asset-light project in the Beijing Asia Finance Center for a total of 327 workstations from July 1, 2021, to December 31, 2023. In addition, the Company will also furnish its one-stop, customized U Design services to Besunyen.

In September 2021, the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Beijing Zerone Management & Consulting Company Ltd. (“Beijing Zerone”), an office space management services provider in China, acquired a 60% equity interest in Beijing Kuanneng Technology Co., Ltd., which owns and operates the Japanese culinary restaurant brand “Xiao Sushi.” In October, Beijing Zerone acquired a 60% equity interest in Beijing Jiajia Renhe Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd, a human resources solution platform.

On October 1, 2021, the Company started five-year cooperation with Hexa Group, an Australian property developer, to jointly develop the “Hexa Space-Ucommune” coworking project in Melbourne, Australia.

About Ucommune International Ltd.

Ucommune is China’s leading agile office space manager and provider. Founded in 2015, Ucommune has created a large-scale intelligent, agile office ecosystem covering economically vibrant regions throughout China to empower its members with flexible and cost-efficient office space solutions. Ucommune’s various offline agile office space services include self-operated models, such as U Space, U Studio, and U Design, as well as asset-light models, such as U Brand and U Partner. By utilizing its expertise in the real estate and retail industries, Ucommune operates its agile office spaces with high efficiency and engages in the urban transformation of older and underutilized buildings to redefine commercial real estate in China.

Exchange Rate Information

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars (“US$”) at specified rates solely for the reader’s convenience. Unless otherwise stated, all translations from RMB to US$ were done at the rate of RMB6.4434 to US$1.00, the exchange rate on September 30, 2021, outlined in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or US$ amounts referred could be converted into US$ or RMB, as the case may be at any particular rate or at all.

Statement Regarding Preliminary Unaudited Financial Information

The unaudited financial information set out in this earnings release is preliminary and subject to potential adjustments. Adjustments to the consolidated financial statements may be identified when audit work has been performed for the Company’s year-end audit, which could result in significant differences from this preliminary unaudited financial information.

Safe Harbor Statements 

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “targets,” “guidance” and similar statements. The Company may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases, and other written materials, and oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Any statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements.

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 growth strategies; its future business development, results of operations and financial condition; its ability to understand members’ needs and provide products and services to attract and retain members; its ability to maintain and enhance the recognition and reputation of its brand; its ability to maintain and improve quality control policies and measures; its ability to establish and maintain relationships with members and business partners; trends and competition in China’s agile office space market; changes in its revenues and certain cost or expense items; the expected growth of China’s agile office space market; PRC governmental policies and regulations relating to the Company’s business and industry, and general economic and business conditions in China and globally and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing.

Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties, or factors is included in the Company’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and the attachments is as of the date of this press release. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company’s consolidated financial statements, prepared and presented by U.S. GAAP, Ucommune uses the following non-GAAP financial measures for Ucommune’s consolidated results: EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net loss. The Company believes that EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net loss help understand and evaluate the Company’s core operating performance.

EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net loss 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 by U.S. GAAP. As EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net loss have material limitations as analytical metrics. They may not be calculated in the same manner by all companies, and they may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures used by other companies. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of the historical non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

In light of the preceding limitations, you should not consider EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net loss as substitutes for, or superior to, net loss prepared by GAAP. The Company encourages investors and others to review its financial information in its entirety and not rely on any single financial measure. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned “Ucommune International Ltd. Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” near the end of this release.

EBITDA represents net loss before interest expense, net provision for income taxes, depreciation of property and equipment, and amortization of intangible assets.

Adjusted EBITDA represents net loss before (i) interest expense, net, other (expense)/income, net, provision for income taxes and loss on disposal of subsidiaries and (ii) certain non-cash expenses, consisting of share-based compensation expense, impairment loss on long-lived assets, impairment loss on long-term investments, depreciation of property and equipment, amortization of intangible assets and change in fair value of warrant liability, which we do not believe are reflective of the Company’s core operating performance during the periods presented.

The adjusted net loss represents net loss before share-based compensation expense, impairment loss on long-lived assets, impairment loss on long-term investments, change in fair value of warrant liability, and loss on disposal of subsidiaries.

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