EX-99.1 2 a17-25090_1ex99d1.htm EX-99.1

Exhibit 99.1

 

 

Alibaba Group Announces September Quarter 2017 Results

 

Hangzhou, China, November 2, 2017 — Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

 

“We had an outstanding quarter. Our consumer insights and technology innovation were the key drivers behind our customer value proposition across the Alibaba economy,” said Daniel Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba Group. “We are seeing the early results from our efforts to integrate online and offline with our New Retail strategy, and consumers have benefited from access to high quality products, improved customer experience and the tremendous convenience of shopping anytime, anywhere.”

 

“This quarter we delivered excellent results, with overall revenue growth of 61% demonstrating the robust momentum in our core commerce business and across the Alibaba economy,” said Maggie Wu, Chief Financial Officer of Alibaba Group. “We generated approximately US$3.4 billion in non-GAAP free cash flow during the quarter,1 which enables us to invest in our future growth areas of core commerce, including logistics, cloud computing, digital entertainment and other innovation initiatives.”

 

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

 

In the quarter ended September 30, 2017:

 

·                  Revenue was RMB55,122 million (US$8,285 million), an increase of 61% year-over-year.

 

·                  Revenue from core commerce increased 63% year-over-year to RMB46,462 million (US$6,983 million).

 

·                  Revenue from cloud computing increased 99% year-over-year to RMB2,975 million (US$447 million).

 

·                  Revenue from digital media and entertainment increased 33% year-over-year to RMB4,798 million (US$721 million).

 

·                  Revenue from innovation initiatives and others increased 27% year-over-year to RMB887 million (US$134 million).

 

·                  Annual active consumers on our China retail marketplaces reached 488 million, an increase of 22 million from the 12-month period ended June 30, 2017.

 

·                  Mobile MAUs on our China retail marketplaces reached 549 million in September 2017, an increase of 20 million over June 2017.

 

·                  Net income was RMB17,408 million (US$2,616 million), income from operations was RMB16,584 million (US$2,493 million) and adjusted EBITDA was RMB25,031 million (US$3,762 million). Operating margin was 30%, adjusted EBITDA margin was 45% and adjusted EBITA margin for core commerce was 57%.

 

·                  Diluted EPS was RMB6.78 (US$1.02) and non-GAAP diluted EPS was RMB8.57 (US$1.29).

 

·                  Net cash provided by operating activities was RMB30,507 million (US$4,585 million) and non-GAAP free cash flow was RMB22,505 million (US$3,383 million).

 


1 For the quarter ended September 30, 2017, net cash provided by operating activities was RMB30,507 million (US$4,585 million).

 

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BUSINESS AND STRATEGIC UPDATES

 

Core Commerce

 

Taobao — innovative programs driving loyalty and engagement.  Taobao App’s highly relevant personal recommendations and engaging content continue to drive robust growth in active users and engagement.  In September 2017, user activities on the Taobao App drove a quarterly net increase of 20 million mobile MAUs on our China retail marketplaces to a total of 549 million mobile MAUs.  The Taobao App is not only a destination for shopping but a community-based platform for sharing product knowledge and lifestyle content that drives user engagement and retention.

 

During the quarter, we launched a unified rewards-based loyalty program across the Tmall and Taobao marketplaces, called 88 Loyalty Membership, to enhance consumer engagement and loyalty.  Membership is free and members are tiered by loyalty scores based on their quality and frequency of spending and  social engagement, entitling them to different levels of loyalty benefits.  Members in progressively higher tiers gain more access to exclusive privileges, products and content.  Over 29 million consumers participated in our inaugural Members Festival on August 8.

 

Tmall — extending B2C market leadership and delivering high quality products to consumers.  Tmall recorded 49% year-over-year growth for physical goods GMV in the quarter ended September 30, 2017. We achieved robust growth across all major categories.  In particular, the accelerated growth in consumer electronics and FMCG categories reflects our commitment to building leadership in these two important categories.  We witnessed success in new customer acquisitions through highly coordinated marketing and promotional campaigns, which partially drove an accelerated increase in annual active consumers to 488 million for the 12 months ended September 30, 2017, a net increase of 22 million from the prior quarter and taking annualized growth to double digits for the first time in the past four quarters.

 

During the quarter, Tmall demonstrated its data technology capabilities as the leading brand-building and retail distribution platform in China. Our Luxury Pavilion on Tmall offers a unique channel for premium brands to extend their reach, launch new product campaigns and take advantage of omni-channel solutions specifically targeting affluent Chinese consumers.  For example, the algorithms powering our Tmall App enabled easy access by higher tier members of our 88 Loyalty Membership to the Luxury Pavilion, with personalized brand pages and product recommendations.  These members also receive exclusive perks such as pre-orders of limited edition products and invitations to celebrity events. The growing list of partnering brands include Loewe, Burberry, LA MER, Maserati, Guerlain and Zenith.

 

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11.11 Global Shopping Festival.  In the ninth year of the world’s largest 24-hour shopping event, this year’s 11.11 will showcase:

 

·                  Alibaba Economy at scale.  11.11 will demonstrate the technological innovation and global scale of the entire Alibaba Economy.  More than 140,000 brands and hundreds of millions of consumers will participate in 11.11 this year. This shopping festival will be supported by our global cloud, payment and logistics infrastructure. Consumers will enjoy seamless payment and consumer loan services provided by Ant Financial. Alibaba Cloud will serve as the core technology and computing backbone to ensure the best consumer experience throughout the festival. Cainiao Network expects over 3 million logistics personnel to facilitate the hundreds of millions of packages that will be generated from the festival.

 

·                  Power of the Chinese consumer.  We expect that hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers who visit our platforms on November 11 will have access to over 60,000 international brands and merchants to satisfy their increasing demand for goods and products from around the world. This year, Tmall will, for the first time, leverage its popularity outside China to bring over 100 domestic Chinese brands to international markets, targeting millions of overseas Chinese consumers in Asia and the rest of the world.

 

·                  New Retail implementation.  Our unique New Retail model with integrated online-offline customer offerings will be showcased in store locations across China. More than 1,000 brands will convert nearly 100,000 physical locations into “smart stores” and our channel distribution solutions make it easy for more than 500,000 local neighborhood stores and Rural Taobao service centers to sell to consumers in lower-tier cities and rural villages.

 

New Retail — from proof of concept to rapid expansion. As part of our effort to create a seamless online and offline consumer experience, we expanded our Hema fresh grocery footprint and launched Tmall-branded franchised convenience stores.

 

During the quarter, Hema added new stores in major cities in China, bringing the total number of Hema stores to 20 as of September 30, 2017.  We have taken our Hema model to our retail partners, who have begun to open and operate Hema franchised stores, extending coverage for the benefit of consumers.

 

In August, the first Tmall-branded franchised convenience store opened through the Lingshoutong Retail Sourcing Platform (“LST”).  The LST platform is a digital sourcing platform that has been adopted by over 500,000 neighborhood mom-and-pop shops across China.  The platform allows merchants to source from a broad selection of brands and products that can be efficiently delivered to their stores; increasing their potential revenue opportunity and lowering operational costs. The brand partners of LST benefit from deeper distribution channels, especially in lower tier cities in China where organized retail is less developed.

 

International — further investments for long-term growth. Our cross-border and international consumer businesses continue to exhibit robust growth. Revenue from our international commerce retail business reached RMB2,878 million (US$433 million) in the quarter ended September 30, 2017, representing a 115% year-on-year growth, driven by strong growth in our Southeast Asian platform Lazada and our China outbound platform AliExpress. The growth of Lazada and AliExpress further expands our customer base outside China.

 

During the quarter, cooperating with Taobao Marketplace, Lazada expanded the “Taobao Collection” to expand Lazada’s product offerings in three additional markets including Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, adding to the existing markets of Singapore and Malaysia. We will continue to invest aggressively in the nascent markets in Southeast Asia as well as launch innovative services to benefit consumers in the region.

 

Building upon the significant progress made in educating the U.S. market on the Chinese consumption economy during the Gateway ’17 conference in June, we expanded the geographic reach of our efforts to on-board small businesses from outside China to sell into China by hosting the first Gateway ’17 conference in Canada in September. Over 3,000 Canadian small businesses and entrepreneurs attended the event in Toronto to learn about business opportunities in the China market that present themselves through our ecosystem.

 

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Cloud Computing

 

Cloud computing revenue grew 99% year-over-year to RMB2,975 million (US$447 million), driven by both robust growth in paying customers and improving revenue mix to higher valued-added services.  We are seeing significant traction and diversification of customers and revenue, and will continue to invest to further expand the market through valuable services for our cloud customers.

 

In the September 2017 quarter, Alibaba Cloud launched 245 new products and features, including major products that enable large enterprises to achieve higher computing performance and storage capability. For example, our new self-developed X-Dragon Cloud server combines the performance and isolation capabilities of bare metal servers and the elasticity and agility of virtual machines. It is particularly suitable for mission critical applications requiring high performance guarantee and strong tenant isolation for enterprises. In addition, the newly released relational database POLARDB is integrated with our proprietary distributed storage backend for optimized performance and can store up to 100TB of data per TB instance.

 

Alibaba Cloud continues to develop holistic solutions to tackle the challenges of large enterprises spanning a variety of industries. Selected large enterprise customers in China include:

 

·                  Philips, one of Fortune 500 companies, has migrated their Enterprise IT applications in China onto Alibaba Cloud. This has resulted in improved operational data utilization and efficacy as well as largely reduced costs.

 

·                  Kweichow Moutai, one of the world’s most valuable Chinese liquor companies, which is publicly-traded in China, is using our cloud products including elastic computing, content delivery, database, security and others services to build its digital marketing platform which enables it to better engage with its consumers.

 

·                  Bank of Nanjing, a publicly-traded bank in China, is migrating the core system of its Internet finance business to the Alibaba Cloud platform.  Bank of Nanjing is adopting a range of proprietary cloud products including our OceanBase database and big data platform as well as other services designed specifically for the financial service sector by both Alibaba Cloud and Ant Financial.

 

We held the annual Computing Conference 2017 in Hangzhou in early October. The four-day event featured more than 800 industry experts and thought leaders at over 120 forums, covering topics such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, Big Data, quantum computing, DevOps and the Internet of Things (IoT). Approximately 60,000 people attended in person and millions viewed the conference online.

 

During the conference, we launched an innovative global research program, “Alibaba DAMO Academy,” which is designed to bridge the gap between academic and industry research in the field of technology development to solve real-world problems.

 

We intend to invest more than US$15 billion over the next three years on our research and development efforts, which will include the Alibaba DAMO Academy.

 

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Digital Media and Entertainment

 

During the quarter, we successfully executed our strategy of acquiring and developing a mixture of licensed and original content that resulted in greater consumer mind share in both the drama and variety show categories.  As a result, daily average subscribers of Youku video subscriptions increased over 180% year-on-year during the quarter ended September 30, 2017. We believe a strong content pipeline, especially with a focus on original content, offering greater flexibility around availability and distribution, will bring us sustainable long-term advantages in video entertainment.

 

Innovation Initiatives

 

AutoNavi continues to strengthen its position as a leading provider of digital map, navigation and location-based services in China.  For the National Day Golden Week holiday campaign, AutoNavi launched location-based interactive marketing services for brands and retailers across different industries, resulting in approximately 4.7 billion branded impressions and enabled the distribution of RMB1.1 billion in targeted coupons.

 

Updates on Equity Investees and Others

 

Cainiao Network — greater synergy with Alibaba ecosystem and commitment to increased logistics capability. We have completed an additional investment of US$803 million (RMB5.3 billion) to increase our ownership of Cainiao Network to a majority stake of 51%. The investment demonstrates our commitment to implement our New Retail strategy and to enhance the logistics capabilities within the Alibaba ecosystem. Together with Cainiao Network, we plan to invest RMB100 billion (US$15.0 billion) over the next five years to further strengthen our global logistics network with the aim to realize the mission of fulfilling orders within 24 hours in China and within 72 hours anywhere in the world, and enable greater efficiencies and lower costs in China’s logistics sector.

 

Cash Flow from Operating Activities and Free Cash Flow

 

Net cash provided by operating activities in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB30,507 million (US$4,585 million), an increase of 77% compared to RMB17,206 million in the same quarter of 2016. Free cash flow, a non-GAAP measurement of liquidity, in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB22,505 million (US$3,383 million), an increase of 61% compared to RMB13,943 million in the same quarter of 2016. A reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow is included at the end of this results announcement.

 

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KEY OPERATIONAL METRICS*

 

 

 

September 30,

 

June 30,

 

September 30,

 

% Change

 

 

 

2016

 

2017

 

2017

 

YoY

 

QoQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

China Commerce Retail:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual active consumers(1) (in millions)

 

439

 

466

 

488

 

11

%

5

%

Mobile monthly active users (MAUs)(2) (in millions)

 

450

 

529

 

549

 

22

%

4

%

 


*                 For definitions of terms used but not defined in this results announcement, please refer to our annual report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017.

(1)         For the twelve months ended on the respective dates.

(2)         For the month ended on the respective dates.

 

SUMMARY FINANCIAL RESULTS

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

2017

 

 

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$(1)

 

YoY % Change

 

 

 

(in millions, except percentages and per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

34,292

 

55,122

 

8,285

 

61

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from operations

 

9,045

 

16,584

 

2,493

 

83

%

Operating margin

 

27

%

30

%

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA(2)

 

15,875

 

25,031

 

3,762

 

58

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin(2)

 

46

%

45

%

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITA(2)

 

14,593

 

23,018

 

3,460

 

58

%

Adjusted EBITA margin(2)

 

43

%

42

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

7,075

 

17,408

 

2,616

 

146

%

Non-GAAP net income(2)

 

12,949

 

22,089

 

3,320

 

71

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share/ADS (EPS)

 

2.97

 

6.78

 

1.02

 

128

%

Non-GAAP diluted EPS(2)

 

5.26

 

8.57

 

1.29

 

63

%

 


(1)         This results announcement contains translations of certain Renminbi (“RMB”) amounts into U.S. dollars (“US$”) for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise stated, all translations of RMB into US$ were made at RMB6.6533 to US$1.00, the exchange rate on September 30, 2017 as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The percentages stated in this announcement are calculated based on the RMB amounts.

(2)         See the sections entitled “Information about Segments,” “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures” for more information about the non-GAAP measures referred to within this results announcement.

 

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INFORMATION ABOUT SEGMENTS

 

The table below sets forth selected financial information of our operating segments for the periods indicated:

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30, 2017

 

 

 

Core
commerce

 

Cloud
computing

 

Digital media
and
entertainment

 

Innovation
initiatives
and others

 

Unallocated(1)

 

Consolidated

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

 

 

(in millions, except percentages)

 

Revenue

 

46,462

 

2,975

 

4,798

 

887

 

 

55,122

 

8,285

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) from operations

 

23,836

 

(697

)

(3,383

)

(1,456

)

(1,716

)

16,584

 

2,493

 

Add: Share-based compensation expense

 

1,987

 

531

 

594

 

930

 

644

 

4,686

 

704

 

Add: Amortization of intangible assets

 

591

 

4

 

1,040

 

30

 

83

 

1,748

 

263

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITA

 

26,414

 

(162

)

(1,749

)

(496

)

(989

)

23,018

 

3,460

 

Adjusted EBITA margin

 

57

%

(5

)%

(36

)%

(56

)%

 

 

42

%

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30, 2016

 

 

 

Core
commerce

 

Cloud
computing

 

Digital media
and
entertainment

 

Innovation
initiatives
and others

 

Unallocated(1)

 

Consolidated

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

 

 

(in millions, except percentages)

 

Revenue

 

28,493

 

1,493

 

3,608

 

698

 

 

34,292

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) from operations

 

15,559

 

(398

)

(2,247

)

(1,888

)

(1,981

)

9,045

 

Add: Share-based compensation expense

 

1,471

 

340

 

358

 

952

 

1,130

 

4,251

 

Add: Amortization of intangible assets

 

569

 

1

 

485

 

165

 

77

 

1,297

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITA

 

17,599

 

(57

)

(1,404

)

(771

)

(774

)

14,593

 

Adjusted EBITA margin

 

62

%

(4

)%

(39

)%

(110

)%

 

 

43

%

 


(1)         Unallocated expenses are primarily related to corporate administrative costs and other miscellaneous items that are not allocated to individual segments.

 

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SEPTEMBER QUARTER OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL RESULTS

 

Revenue

 

Revenue for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB55,122 million (US$8,285 million), an increase of 61% compared to RMB34,292 million in the same quarter of 2016.  The increase was mainly driven by the robust revenue growth of our China commerce retail business, international commerce retail business and Alibaba Cloud.

 

The following table sets forth a breakdown of our revenue by segment for the periods indicated:

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

2017

 

 

 

 

 

RMB

 

% of
Revenue

 

RMB

 

US$

 

% of
Revenue

 

YoY %
Change

 

 

 

(in millions, except percentages)

 

Core commerce:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

China commerce retail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Customer management

 

16,645

 

48

%

26,272

 

3,949

 

48

%

58

%

- Commission

 

6,864

 

20

%

10,059

 

1,512

 

18

%

47

%

- Others

 

600

 

2

%

3,226

 

484

 

6

%

438

%

 

 

24,109

 

70

%

39,557

 

5,945

 

72

%

64

%

China commerce wholesale

 

1,435

 

4

%

1,714

 

258

 

3

%

19

%

International commerce retail

 

1,338

 

4

%

2,878

 

433

 

5

%

115

%

International commerce wholesale

 

1,506

 

5

%

1,651

 

248

 

3

%

10

%

Others

 

105

 

0

%

662

 

99

 

1

%

530

%

Total core commerce

 

28,493

 

83

%

46,462

 

6,983

 

84

%

63

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cloud computing

 

1,493

 

4

%

2,975

 

447

 

5

%

99

%

Digital media and entertainment

 

3,608

 

11

%

4,798

 

721

 

9

%

33

%

Innovation initiatives and others

 

698

 

2

%

887

 

134

 

2

%

27

%

Total

 

34,292

 

100

%

55,122

 

8,285

 

100

%

61

%

 

Core commerce

 

·                  China commerce retail business

 

Revenue — Revenue from our China commerce retail business in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB39,557 million (US$5,945 million), or 72% of total revenue, an increase of 64% compared to RMB24,109 million in the same quarter of 2016. The increase in revenue was due to robust growth of customer management revenue and commission revenue, as well as the consolidation of Intime starting in mid-May 2017. Customer management revenue grew by 58% year-over-year, driven largely by increases in the volume of clicks and to a lesser extent average unit price per click, reflecting continuous mobile user growth and our ability to deliver more relevant content to consumers through our enhancements in personalization technology. This growth resulted in higher average spending on our customer management services by an increasing number of merchants. Commission revenue, representing 25% of China commerce retail revenue in the quarter ended September 30, 2017, grew by 47% year-over-year, primarily due to strong growth in physical goods transactions on Tmall.  Other revenue was RMB3,226 million (US$484 million), a significant increase compared to RMB600 million in the same quarter of 2016, primarily driven by our New Retail businesses, including consolidation of Intime and contribution from Hema.

 

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Our annual China commerce retail revenue per annual active consumer increased from RMB215 for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 to RMB293 (US$44) for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, and mobile revenue per mobile MAU grew from RMB151 for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 to RMB213 (US$32) for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

 

 


(1)         China commerce retail revenue per active consumer for each of the above periods is calculated by dividing the China commerce retail revenue for the previous 12-month period by the annual active consumers for the same 12-month period.

 

(2)         Mobile revenue per mobile MAU from China commerce retail, annualized is calculated by dividing mobile revenue from China commerce retail for the previous 12-month period by the mobile MAUs for the last month of the same period.

 

Annual active consumers — Our China retail marketplaces had 488 million annual active consumers in the 12 months ended September 30, 2017, compared to 466 million in the 12 months ended June 30, 2017, representing a net addition of 22 million from the prior quarter, and an 11% increase from 439 million in the 12 months ended September 30, 2016. Average annual spend per active consumer for the 12 months ended September 30, 2017 also continued to increase from prior quarters. The longer consumers have been with our platform, the more they spend, placing more orders across more product categories.

 

Mobile MAUs — Mobile MAUs on our China retail marketplaces grew to 549 million in September 2017, compared to 529 million in June 2017, representing a net addition of 20 million MAUs in the quarter and a 22% increase from 450 million in September 2016.

 

·                  China commerce wholesale business

 

Revenue from our China commerce wholesale business in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB1,714 million (US$258 million), an increase of 19% compared to RMB1,435 million in the same quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily due to an increase in the average revenue from paying members on our 1688.com platform.

 

·                  International commerce retail business

 

Revenue from our international commerce retail business in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB2,878 million (US$433 million), an increase of 115% compared to RMB1,338 million in the same quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily due to the growth in revenue generated from Lazada and AliExpress, driven by robust GMV growth on these two marketplaces.

 

·                  International commerce wholesale business

 

Revenue from our international commerce wholesale business in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB1,651 million (US$248 million), an increase of 10% compared to RMB1,506 million in the same quarter of 2016, primarily due to an increase in online marketing revenue.

 

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Cloud computing

 

Revenue from our cloud computing business in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB2,975 million (US$447 million), an increase of 99% compared to RMB1,493 million in the same quarter of 2016, primarily driven by an increase in the number of paying customers and also by an increase in their usage of our cloud computing services including more complex offerings, such as content delivery network, database services, as well as data and security services.

 

Digital media and entertainment

 

Revenue from our digital media and entertainment business in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB4,798 million (US$721 million), an increase of 33% compared to RMB3,608 million in the same quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily due to an increase in revenue from mobile value-added services provided by UCWeb, such as news feeds and mobile search, and an increase in subscription and advertising revenue from Youku Tudou.

 

Innovation initiatives and others

 

Revenue from innovation initiatives and others in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB887 million (US$134 million), an increase of 27% compared to RMB698 million in the same quarter of 2016.

 

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Costs and Expenses

 

The following tables set forth a breakdown of our costs and expenses, share-based compensation expense and costs and expenses excluding share-based compensation expense by function for the periods indicated.

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

% of

 

 

 

2016

 

2017

 

Revenue

 

 

 

RMB

 

% of
Revenue

 

RMB

 

US$

 

% of
Revenue

 

YoY
change

 

 

 

(in millions, except percentages)

 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenue

 

13,123

 

38

%

22,002

 

3,307

 

40

%

2

%

Product development expenses

 

4,134

 

12

%

5,083

 

764

 

9

%

(3

)%

Sales and marketing expenses

 

3,878

 

11

%

6,266

 

942

 

11

%

0

%

General and administrative expenses

 

2,815

 

8

%

3,439

 

516

 

6

%

(2

)%

Amortization of intangible assets

 

1,297

 

4

%

1,748

 

263

 

4

%

0

%

Total costs and expenses

 

25,247

 

73

%

38,538

 

5,792

 

70

%

(3

)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based compensation expense by function:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenue

 

1,183

 

4

%

1,369

 

206

 

2

%

(2

)%

Product development expenses

 

1,451

 

4

%

1,686

 

253

 

3

%

(1

)%

Sales and marketing expenses

 

478

 

1

%

501

 

75

 

1

%

0

%

General and administrative expenses

 

1,139

 

3

%

1,130

 

170

 

2

%

(1

)%

Total share-based compensation expense

 

4,251

 

12

%

4,686

 

704

 

8

%

(4

)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costs and expenses excluding share-based compensation expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenue

 

11,940

 

34

%

20,633

 

3,101

 

38

%

4

%

Product development expenses

 

2,683

 

8

%

3,397

 

511

 

6

%

(2

)%

Sales and marketing expenses

 

3,400

 

10

%

5,765

 

867

 

10

%

0

%

General and administrative expenses

 

1,676

 

5

%

2,309

 

346

 

4

%

(1

)%

Amortization of intangible assets

 

1,297

 

4

%

1,748

 

263

 

4

%

0

%

Total costs and expenses excluding share-based compensation expense

 

20,996

 

61

%

33,852

 

5,088

 

62

%

1

%

 

Cost of revenue Cost of revenue in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB22,002 million (US$3,307 million), or 40% of revenue, compared to RMB13,123 million, or 38% of revenue, in the same quarter of 2016. Without the effect of share-based compensation expense, cost of revenue as a percentage of revenue would have increased from 34% in the quarter ended September 30, 2016 to 38% in the quarter ended September 30, 2017. The increase was primarily due to our investments in New Retail, globalization and improving user experience.  These increased costs primarily reflected the consolidation of Intime, investments in Hema and Lazada, content acquisition costs of Youku Tudou and logistics costs related to Tmall Supermarket.

 

Product development expenses Product development expenses in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 were RMB5,083 million (US$764 million), or 9% of revenue, compared to RMB4,134 million, or 12% of revenue, in the same quarter of 2016. Without the effect of share-based compensation expense, product development expenses as a percentage of revenue would have decreased from 8% in the quarter ended September 30, 2016 to 6% in the quarter ended September 30, 2017, reflecting operating leverage.

 

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Sales and marketing expenses Sales and marketing expenses in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 were RMB6,266 million (US$942 million), or 11% of revenue, compared to RMB3,878 million, or 11% of revenue, in the same quarter of 2016. Without the effect of share-based compensation expense, sales and marketing expenses as a percentage of revenue in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 would have remained stable at 10% as compared to the same quarter in 2016.

 

General and administrative expenses General and administrative expenses in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 were RMB3,439 million (US$516 million), or 6% of revenue, compared to RMB2,815 million, or 8% of revenue, in the same quarter of 2016. Without the effect of share-based compensation expense, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue would have decreased from 5% in the quarter ended September 30, 2016 to 4% in the quarter ended September 30, 2017, reflecting operating leverage.

 

Share-based compensation expense — Total share-based compensation expense included in the cost and expense items above in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB4,686 million (US$704 million), an increase of 10% compared to RMB4,251 million in the same quarter of 2016. Share-based compensation expense as a percentage of revenue decreased to 8% in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 from 12% in the same quarter of 2016. The following table sets forth our analysis of share-based compensation expense for the quarters indicated by type of share-based awards:

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 30,
2016

 

June 30, 2017

 

September 30, 2017

 

% Change

 

 

 

RMB

 

% of
Revenue

 

RMB

 

% of
Revenue

 

RMB

 

US$

 

% of
Revenue

 

YoY

 

QoQ

 

 

 

(in millions, except percentages)

 

By type of awards:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alibaba Group share-based awards granted to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Our employees

 

2,910

 

8

%

3,023

 

6

%

3,697

 

556

 

7

%

27

%

22

%

- Ant Financial employees and other consultants(1)

 

598

 

2

%

452

 

1

%

469

 

70

 

1

%

(22

)%

4

%

Ant Financial share-based awards granted to our employees(1)

 

543

 

1

%

297

 

1

%

266

 

40

 

0

%

(51

)%

(10

)%

Others

 

200

 

1

%

247

 

0

%

254

 

38

 

0

%

27

%

3

%

Total share-based compensation expense

 

4,251

 

12

%

4,019

 

8

%

4,686

 

704

 

8

%

10

%

17

%

 


(1)                                 Awards subject to mark-to-market accounting treatment.

 

Share-based compensation expense related to Alibaba Group share-based awards granted increased in this quarter compared to the previous quarter. The increase reflected the full quarter effect of the expense arising from the annual performance-based awards granted in the middle of the previous quarter.

 

We expect that our share-based compensation expense will continue to be affected by changes in the fair value of our shares and Ant Financial shares, as well as the quantity of awards we grant to our employees and consultants in the future. Due to the accounting treatment of Ant Financial share-based awards granted to our employees, if the fair value of Ant Financial equity increases in the future, our share-based compensation expense will likely increase, although any such increase will be non-cash and will not result in any economic cost or equity dilution to our shareholders.

 

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Amortization of intangible assets — Amortization of intangible assets in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB1,748 million (US$263 million), an increase of 35% from RMB1,297 million in the same quarter of 2016. The increase was due to an increase in intangible assets recognized relating to our strategic acquisitions and investments.

 

Income from operations and operating margin

 

Income from operations in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB16,584 million (US$2,493 million), or 30% of revenue, an increase of 83% compared to RMB9,045 million, or 27% of revenue, in the same quarter of 2016.

 

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

Adjusted EBITDA increased by 58% to RMB25,031 million (US$3,762 million) in the quarter ended September 30, 2017, compared to RMB15,875 million in the same quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased to 45% in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 from 46% in the same quarter of 2016, mainly due to our investments in New Retail, globalization, user base and user experience, partly offset by increased operating leverage.  A reconciliation of net income to adjusted EBITDA is included at the end of this results announcement.

 

As many of our newly developed and acquired businesses have different cost structures and lower margins, we expect that our margin will continue to be negatively impacted by these new businesses.

 

Adjusted EBITA and adjusted EBITA margin by segments

 

Adjusted EBITA and adjusted EBITA margin by segments are set forth in the table below. See the section entitled “Information about Segments” above for a reconciliation of income from operations to adjusted EBITA.

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

 

 

2016

 

2017

 

 

 

RMB

 

% of
Revenue

 

RMB

 

US$

 

% of
Revenue

 

 

 

(in millions, except percentages)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Core commerce

 

17,599

 

62

%

26,414

 

3,970

 

57

%

Cloud computing

 

(57

)

(4

)%

(162

)

(24

)

(5

)%

Digital media and entertainment

 

(1,404

)

(39

)%

(1,749

)

(263

)

(36

)%

Innovation initiatives and others

 

(771

)

(110

)%

(496

)

(75

)

(56

)%

 

Core commerce segment — Adjusted EBITA increased by 50% to RMB26,414 million (US$3,970 million) in the quarter ended September 30, 2017, compared to RMB17,599 million in the same quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITA margin decreased to 57% in the quarter ended September 30, 2017, as compared to 62% in the same quarter of 2016, primarily due to our investment in New Retail businesses, including Intime and Hema, globalization, including Lazada, user base and user experience.

 

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Cloud computing segment — Adjusted EBITA in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was a loss of RMB162 million (US$24 million), compared to a loss of RMB57 million in the same quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITA margin decreased to negative 5% in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 from negative 4% in the quarter ended September 30, 2016, primarily due to our continued expansion and enhancement of our customer base, products and services, both within China and overseas.

 

Digital media and entertainment segment — Adjusted EBITA in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was a loss of RMB1,749 million (US$263 million), compared to a loss of RMB1,404 million in the same quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITA margin improved to negative 36% in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 from negative 39% in the quarter ended September 30, 2016, primarily due to solid results from UCWeb, partly offset by an increase in investment in content costs of Youku Tudou.

 

Innovation initiatives and others segment — Adjusted EBITA in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was a loss of RMB496 million (US$75 million), compared to a loss of RMB771 million in the same quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITA margin improved to negative 56% in the quarter ended September 30, 2017, compared to negative 110% in the quarter ended September 30, 2016, primarily due to increase in revenue from new business initiatives.

 

Interest and investment income, net

 

Interest and investment income, net in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB3,435 million (US$516 million), a significant increase from RMB419 million in the same quarter of 2016, primarily due to gains of RMB2,362 million (US$355 million) arising from disposals of certain investments and an increase in interest income, partly offset by impairment loss on certain investments of RMB389 million (US$58 million).

 

Other income, net

 

Other income, net in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB1,737 million (US$261 million), compared to RMB868 million in the same quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily due to an increase in royalty fees and software technology service fees received from Ant Financial under our profit sharing arrangement, which amounted to RMB1,995 million (US$300 million) in the quarter ended September 30, 2017, offset by an increase in exchange loss.

 

Income tax expenses

 

Income tax expenses in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 were RMB2,719 million (US$409 million), compared to RMB2,022 million in the same quarter of 2016.

 

Our effective tax rate was 13% in the quarter ended September 30, 2017, compared to 21% in the same quarter of 2016. Excluding share-based compensation expense, impairment of investments and other unrealized investment gain/loss, our effective tax rate would have been 10% in the quarter ended September 30, 2017, compared to 14% in the same quarter of 2016. The decrease in effective tax rate was primarily due to the recognition of tax credits of approximately RMB2.3 billion (US$346 million) during the quarter as certain key subsidiaries were notified of the renewal of their Key Software Enterprise status for calendar year 2016 by the relevant tax authorities.

 

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Share of results of equity investees

 

Share of results of equity investees in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was a loss of RMB882 million (US$133 million), compared to a loss of RMB567 million in the same quarter of 2016 and a loss of RMB1,388 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2017.  We record our share of results of equity investees one quarter in arrears. Share of results of equity investees in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and the comparative periods consisted of the following:

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

 

September 30, 2016

 

June 30, 2017

 

September 30, 2017

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Share of (loss) profit of equity investees:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Koubei

 

(3

)

(391

)

(369

)

(56

)

- Cainiao Network

 

(220

)

(245

)

(273

)

(41

)

- Other equity investees

 

(160

)

(311

)

190

 

29

 

Dilution gains (losses)

 

46

 

(29

)

(14

)

(2

)

Others(1)

 

(230

)

(412

)

(416

)

(63

)

Total

 

(567

)

(1,388

)

(882

)

(133

)

 


(1)         Others mainly include amortization of intangible assets of equity investees and share-based compensation expense.

 

The share of results of equity investees in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was a loss of RMB882 million (US$133 million), compared to a loss of RMB1,388 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2017, primarily due to an increase in our share of profit, net of other equity investees.

 

Net income and Non-GAAP net income

 

Our net income in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB17,408 million (US$2,616 million), an increase of 146% compared to RMB7,075 million in the same quarter of 2016. Excluding share-based compensation expense, non-cash revaluation gain and certain other items, non-GAAP net income in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB22,089 million (US$3,320 million), an increase of 71% compared to RMB12,949 million in the same quarter of 2016. A reconciliation of net income to non-GAAP net income is included at the end of this results announcement.

 

Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders

 

Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB17,668 million (US$2,656 million), an increase of 132% compared to RMB7,623 million in the same quarter of 2016.

 

Diluted EPS and non-GAAP diluted EPS

 

Diluted EPS in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB6.78 (US$1.02) on a weighted average of 2,607 million diluted shares outstanding during the quarter, an increase of 128% compared to RMB2.97 on a weighted average of 2,566 million diluted shares outstanding during the same quarter of 2016. Excluding share-based compensation expense, non-cash revaluation gain and certain other items, non-GAAP diluted EPS in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB8.57 (US$1.29), an increase of 63% compared to RMB5.26 in the same quarter of 2016. A reconciliation of diluted EPS to non-GAAP diluted EPS is included at the end of this results announcement.

 

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Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments

 

As of September 30, 2017, cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were RMB159,855 million (US$24,027 million), compared to RMB148,152 million as of June 30, 2017. The increase in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments during the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was primarily due to free cash flow generated from operations of RMB22,505 million (US$3,383 million), partly offset by cash used in investing activities, including investments in Ele.me and Tokopedia.

 

Cash flow from operating activities and free cash flow

 

Net cash provided by operating activities in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB30,507 million (US$4,585 million), an increase of 77% compared to RMB17,206 million in the same quarter of 2016. Free cash flow, a non-GAAP measurement of liquidity, in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was RMB22,505 million (US$3,383 million), compared to RMB13,943 million in the same quarter of 2016. A reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow is included at the end of this results announcement.

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

During the quarter ended September 30, 2017, net cash used in investing activities of RMB25,683 million (US$3,860 million) primarily reflected cash outflow of RMB15,121 million (US$2,273 million) for investment and acquisition activities, including investments in Ele.me and Tokopedia, cash outflow of RMB8,117 million (US$1,220 million) for treasury activities, as well as capital expenditures and intangible assets of RMB8,673 million (US$1,303 million), which included cash outflow for acquisition of land use rights and construction in progress of RMB671 million (US$101 million). The increase in capital expenditures mainly represented our investment in technology that supports the growth of our cloud business as well as growth in our commerce platforms. The outflow was partially offset by cash inflow of RMB5,130 million (US$771 million) from disposals of various investments.

 

Employees

 

As of September 30, 2017, we had a total of 59,572 employees, compared to 57,302 as of June 30, 2017.  The number of employees as of September 30, 2017 increased by 2,270 from June 30, 2017, primarily due to the continued expansion of our cloud computing, New Retail and international businesses.

 

Adjustment of Revenue Guidance

 

As a result of the consolidation of Cainiao Network starting in the December 2017 quarter, we are increasing our 2018 fiscal year revenue guidance to 49% to 53% (previously 45% to 49%).

 

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WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

 

Alibaba Group’s management will hold a conference call to discuss the financial results at 7:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (7:30 p.m. Hong Kong Time) on November 2, 2017.

 

Details of the conference call are as follows:

International: +65 6713 5090

U.S.: +1 845 675 0437

U.K.: +44 203 621 4779

Hong Kong: +852 3018 6771

Conference ID: 96302187

 

A live webcast of the earnings conference call can be accessed at http://www.alibabagroup.com/en/ir/earnings. An archived webcast will be available through the same link following the call. A replay of the conference call will be available for one week (dial-in number: +61 2 8199 0299; conference ID: 96302187).

 

Our results announcement and accompanying slides are available at Alibaba Group’s Investor Relations website at http://www.alibabagroup.com/en/ir/home on November 2, 2017.

 

ABOUT ALIBABA GROUP

 

Alibaba Group’s mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company aims to build the future infrastructure of commerce. It envisions that its customers will meet, work and live at Alibaba, and that it will be a company that lasts at least 102 years.

 

CONTACTS

 

Investor Relations Contact

Rob Lin

investor@alibabagroup.com

 

Media Contact

Robert Christie

bob.christie@alibaba-inc.com

 

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENTS

 

This announcement contains forward-looking statements.  These statements are 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,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “targets,” “guidance” and similar statements.  Among other things, statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Alibaba’s strategies and business plans, Alibaba’s beliefs and expectations regarding the growth of its business and its revenue, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as Alibaba’s strategic and operational plans, are or contain forward-looking statements.  Alibaba may also make forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties.  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: Alibaba’s goals and strategies; Alibaba’s future business development; Alibaba’s ability to maintain the trusted status of its ecosystem, reputation and brand; risks associated with increased investments in Alibaba’s business and new business initiatives; risks associated with strategic acquisitions and investments; Alibaba’s ability to retain or increase engagement of consumers, merchants and other participants in its ecosystem and enable new offerings; Alibaba’s ability to maintain or grow its revenue or business; risks associated with limitation or restriction of services provided by Alipay; changes in laws, regulations and regulatory environment that affect Alibaba’s business operations; privacy and regulatory concerns; competition; security breaches; the continued growth of the e-commerce market in China and globally; risks associated with the performance of our business partners, including but not limited to Ant Financial; and fluctuations in 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 is included in Alibaba’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this results announcement is as of the date of this results announcement and are based on assumptions that we believe to be reasonable as of this date, and Alibaba does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

 

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NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

 

To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use the following non-GAAP financial measures: for our consolidated results, adjusted EBITDA (including adjusted EBITDA margin), adjusted EBITA (including adjusted EBITA margin), non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS and free cash flow.  For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please refer to the section entitled “Information about Segments” and the table captioned “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures” in this results announcement.

 

We believe that adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITA, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS help identify underlying trends in our business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of certain income or expenses that we include in income from operations, net income and diluted EPS.  We believe that adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITA, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS provide useful information about our core operating results, enhance the overall understanding of our past performance and future prospects and allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by our management in our financial and operational decision-making.  We consider free cash flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by our business that can be used for strategic corporate transactions, including investing in our new business initiatives, making strategic investments and acquisitions and strengthening our balance sheet.  Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITA, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS and free cash flow should not be considered in isolation or construed as an alternative to income from operations, net income, diluted EPS, cash flows or any other measure of performance or as an indicator of our operating performance.  These non-GAAP financial measures presented here may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.  Other companies may calculate similarly titled measures differently, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures to our data.

 

Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before (i) interest and investment income, net, other income, net, interest expense, income tax expenses and share of results of equity investees, and (ii) certain non-cash expenses, consisting of share-based compensation expense, amortization and depreciation, which we do not believe are reflective of our core operating performance during the periods presented.

 

Adjusted EBITA represents net income before (i) interest and investment income, net, other income, net, interest expense, income tax expenses and share of results of equity investees, and (ii) certain non-cash expenses, consisting of share-based compensation expense and amortization, which we do not believe are reflective of our core operating performance during the periods presented.

 

Non-GAAP net income represents net income before share-based compensation expense, amortization, impairment of goodwill and investments, gain on deemed disposals/disposals/revaluation of investments, amortization of excess value receivable arising from the restructuring of commercial arrangements with Ant Financial, immediate recognition of unamortized professional fees and upfront fees upon termination of bank borrowings and others, as adjusted for the tax effects on non-GAAP adjustments.

 

Non-GAAP diluted EPS represents non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the periods on a diluted basis, including accounting for the effects of the assumed conversion of convertible preference shares.

 

Free cash flow represents net cash provided by operating activities as presented in our consolidated cash flow statement less purchases of property and equipment and intangible assets (excluding acquisition of land use rights and construction in progress) and others.

 

The section entitled “Information about Segments” and the table captioned “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures” in this results announcement have more details on the non-GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to GAAP financial measures and the related reconciliations between these financial measures.

 

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ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

Six months ended September 30,

 

 

 

2016

 

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

 

 

(in millions, except per share data)

 

(in millions, except per share data)

 

Revenue

 

34,292

 

55,122

 

8,285

 

66,446

 

105,306

 

15,828

 

Cost of revenue

 

(13,123

)

(22,002

)

(3,307

)

(24,867

)

(39,462

)

(5,931

)

Product development expenses

 

(4,134

)

(5,083

)

(764

)

(8,122

)

(9,779

)

(1,470

)

Sales and marketing expenses

 

(3,878

)

(6,266

)

(942

)

(7,492

)

(11,116

)

(1,671

)

General and administrative expenses

 

(2,815

)

(3,439

)

(516

)

(5,558

)

(7,118

)

(1,070

)

Amortization of intangible assets

 

(1,297

)

(1,748

)

(263

)

(2,548

)

(3,734

)

(561

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from operations

 

9,045

 

16,584

 

2,493

 

17,859

 

34,097

 

5,125

 

Interest and investment income, net

 

419

 

3,435

 

516

 

1,169

 

4,907

 

738

 

Interest expense

 

(668

)

(747

)

(112

)

(1,294

)

(1,547

)

(233

)

Other income, net

 

868

 

1,737

 

261

 

2,631

 

3,624

 

545

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income tax and share of results of equity investees

 

9,664

 

21,009

 

3,158

 

20,365

 

41,081

 

6,175

 

Income tax expenses

 

(2,022

)

(2,719

)

(409

)

(4,113

)

(7,372

)

(1,108

)

Share of results of equity investees

 

(567

)

(882

)

(133

)

(2,035

)

(2,270

)

(342

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

7,075

 

17,408

 

2,616

 

14,217

 

31,439

 

4,725

 

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

548

 

260

 

40

 

956

 

912

 

137

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders

 

7,623

 

17,668

 

2,656

 

15,173

 

32,351

 

4,862

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share attributable to ordinary shareholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

3.08

 

6.92

 

1.04

 

6.13

 

12.70

 

1.91

 

Diluted

 

2.97

 

6.78

 

1.02

 

5.91

 

12.43

 

1.87

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of share used in calculating net income per ordinary share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

2,478

 

2,552

 

 

 

2,476

 

2,547

 

 

 

Diluted

 

2,566

 

2,607

 

 

 

2,568

 

2,603

 

 

 

 

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ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED

REVENUE

 

The following table sets forth our revenue by segments for the periods indicated:

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

Six months ended September 30,

 

 

 

2016

 

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

 

 

Core commerce(1)

 

28,493

 

46,462

 

6,983

 

55,734

 

89,489

 

13,450

 

Cloud computing(2)

 

1,493

 

2,975

 

447

 

2,736

 

5,406

 

813

 

Digital media and entertainment(3)

 

3,608

 

4,798

 

721

 

6,743

 

8,879

 

1,335

 

Innovation initiatives and others(4)

 

698

 

887

 

134

 

1,233

 

1,532

 

230

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

34,292

 

55,122

 

8,285

 

66,446

 

105,306

 

15,828

 

 


(1)                    Revenue from core commerce is primarily generated from our China retail marketplaces, 1688.com, AliExpress, Alibaba.com and Lazada.com.

(2)                    Revenue from cloud computing is primarily generated from the provision of services, such as data storage, elastic computing, database and large scale computing services, as well as web hosting and domain name registration.

(3)                    Revenue from digital media and entertainment mainly represents advertising and subscription revenue generated from our digital entertainment business provided by Youku Tudou and mobile Internet services revenue from UCWeb businesses.

(4)                    Revenue from innovation initiatives and others mainly represents revenue generated by AutoNavi and YunOS, as well as fees from Ant Financial related to the SME loan business.

 

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ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED

INFORMATION ABOUT SEGMENTS

 

The following table sets forth our income (loss) from operations by segments for the periods indicated:

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

Six months ended September 30,

 

 

 

2016

 

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

 

 

Core commerce

 

15,559

 

23,836

 

3,583

 

30,241

 

48,644

 

7,311

 

Cloud computing

 

(398

)

(697

)

(104

)

(837

)

(1,229

)

(184

)

Digital media and entertainment

 

(2,247

)

(3,383

)

(509

)

(4,100

)

(6,771

)

(1,018

)

Innovation initiatives and others

 

(1,888

)

(1,456

)

(219

)

(3,460

)

(3,068

)

(461

)

Unallocated

 

(1,981

)

(1,716

)

(258

)

(3,985

)

(3,479

)

(523

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

9,045

 

16,584

 

2,493

 

17,859

 

34,097

 

5,125

 

 

The following table sets forth our adjusted EBITA by segments for the periods indicated:

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

Six months ended September 30

 

 

 

2016  

 

2017

 

2016  

 

2017   

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

 

 

Core commerce

 

17,599

 

26,414

 

3,970

 

34,223

 

53,384

 

8,024

 

Cloud computing

 

(57

)

(162

)

(24

)

(215

)

(265

)

(40

)

Digital media and entertainment

 

(1,404

)

(1,749

)

(263

)

(2,400

)

(3,497

)

(526

)

Innovation initiatives and others

 

(771

)

(496

)

(75

)

(1,658

)

(1,130

)

(170

)

Unallocated

 

(774

)

(989

)

(148

)

(1,598

)

(1,956

)

(294

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

14,593

 

23,018

 

3,460

 

28,352

 

46,536

 

6,994

 

 

21



 

The table below sets forth selected financial information of our operating segments for six months ended September 30, 2017:

 

 

 

Six months ended September 30, 2017

 

 

 

Core 
commerce

 

Cloud 
computing

 

Digital media 
and 
entertainment

 

Innovation 
initiatives 
and others

 

Unallocated(1)

 

Consolidated

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

 

 

(in millions, except percentages)

 

Revenue

 

89,489

 

5,406

 

8,879

 

1,532

 

 

105,306

 

15,828

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) from operations

 

48,644

 

(1,229

)

(6,771

)

(3,068

)

(3,479

)

34,097

 

5,125

 

Add: Share-based compensation expense

 

3,547

 

959

 

1,096

 

1,746

 

1,357

 

8,705

 

1,308

 

Add: Amortization of intangible assets

 

1,193

 

5

 

2,178

 

192

 

166

 

3,734

 

561

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITA

 

53,384

 

(265

)

(3,497

)

(1,130

)

(1,956

)

46,536

 

6,994

 

Adjusted EBITA margin

 

60

%

(5

)%

(39

)%

(74

)%

 

 

44

%

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended September 30, 2016

 

 

 

Core 
commerce

 

Cloud 
computing

 

Digital media 
and 
entertainment

 

Innovation 
initiatives 
and others

 

Unallocated(1)

 

Consolidated

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

 

 

(in millions, except percentages)

 

Revenue

 

55,734

 

2,736

 

6,743

 

1,233

 

 

66,446

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) from operations

 

30,241

 

(837

)

(4,100

)

(3,460

)

(3,985

)

17,859

 

Add: Share-based compensation expense

 

2,927

 

620

 

692

 

1,472

 

2,234

 

7,945

 

Add: Amortization of intangible assets

 

1,055

 

2

 

1,008

 

330

 

153

 

2,548

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITA

 

34,223

 

(215

)

(2,400

)

(1,658

)

(1,598

)

28,352

 

Adjusted EBITA margin

 

61

%

(8

)%

(36

)%

(134

)%

 

 

43

%

 


(1)         Unallocated expenses are primarily related to corporate administrative costs and other miscellaneous items that are not allocated to individual segments.

 

22



 

ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

 

As of March 31,

 

As of September 30,

 

 

 

2017

 

2017

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

143,736

 

148,746

 

22,357

 

Short-term investments

 

3,011

 

11,109

 

1,670

 

Restricted cash and escrow receivables

 

2,655

 

2,941

 

442

 

Investment securities

 

4,054

 

5,155

 

775

 

Prepayments, receivables and other assets(1)

 

28,408

 

36,697

 

5,515

 

Total current assets

 

181,864

 

204,648

 

30,759

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment securities

 

31,452

 

33,049

 

4,967

 

Prepayments, receivables and other assets(1)

 

8,703

 

13,173

 

1,979

 

Investment in equity investees

 

120,368

 

126,850

 

19,066

 

Property and equipment, net

 

20,206

 

49,587

 

7,453

 

Land use rights, net

 

4,691

 

6,779

 

1,019

 

Intangible assets, net

 

14,108

 

14,542

 

2,186

 

Goodwill

 

125,420

 

130,196

 

19,569

 

Total assets

 

506,812

 

578,824

 

86,998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities, Mezzanine Equity and Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current bank borrowings

 

5,948

 

7,696

 

1,157

 

Current portion of unsecured notes

 

8,949

 

8,665

 

1,302

 

Income tax payable

 

6,125

 

11,637

 

1,749

 

Escrow money payable

 

2,322

 

2,602

 

391

 

Accrued expenses, accounts payable and other liabilities(1)

 

46,979

 

60,580

 

9,105

 

Merchant deposits

 

8,189

 

8,689

 

1,306

 

Deferred revenue and customer advances

 

15,052

 

19,665

 

2,956

 

Total current liabilities

 

93,564

 

119,534

 

17,966

 

 


(1)                  Certain reclassifications in prepayments, receivables and other assets, accrued expenses, accounts payable and other liabilities and deferred tax liabilities as of March 31, 2017 were retrospectively adjusted as a result of the adoption of a new accounting standard effective in the first quarter of fiscal 2018.

 

23



 

ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (CONTINUED)

 

 

 

As of March 31,

 

As of September 30,

 

 

 

2017

 

2017

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred revenue

 

641

 

800

 

120

 

Deferred tax liabilities(1)

 

10,361

 

13,523

 

2,032

 

Non-current bank borrowings

 

30,959

 

30,971

 

4,655

 

Unsecured senior notes

 

45,876

 

44,402

 

6,674

 

Other liabilities

 

1,290

 

1,595

 

240

 

Total liabilities

 

182,691

 

210,825

 

31,687

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mezzanine equity

 

2,992

 

898

 

135

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alibaba Group Holding Limited shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares

 

1

 

1

 

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

164,585

 

175,186

 

26,331

 

Treasury shares at cost

 

(2,823

)

(2,823

)

(424

)

Restructuring reserve

 

(624

)

(492

)

(74

)

Subscription receivables

 

(63

)

(164

)

(25

)

Statutory reserves

 

4,080

 

4,118

 

619

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income

 

5,085

 

5,474

 

823

 

Retained earnings

 

108,558

 

140,872

 

21,173

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Alibaba Group Holding Limited shareholders’ equity

 

278,799

 

322,172

 

48,423

 

Noncontrolling interests

 

42,330

 

44,929

 

6,753

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

321,129

 

367,101

 

55,176

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and equity

 

506,812

 

578,824

 

86,998

 

 


(1)                  Certain reclassifications in prepayments, receivables and other assets, accrued expenses, accounts payable and other liabilities and deferred tax liabilities as of March 31, 2017 were retrospectively adjusted as a result of the adoption of a new accounting standard effective in the first quarter of fiscal 2018.

 

24



 

ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

Six months ended September 30,

 

 

 

2016

 

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

(in millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

17,206

 

30,507

 

4,585

 

32,164

 

55,818

 

8,390

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(5,715

)

(25,683

)

(3,860

)

(67,183

)

(39,595

)

(5,951

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

9,830

 

(416

)

(63

)

31,142

 

(9,310

)

(1,399

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

117

 

(806

)

(120

)

743

 

(1,903

)

(287

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

21,438

 

3,602

 

542

 

(3,134

)

5,010

 

753

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

82,246

 

145,144

 

21,815

 

106,818

 

143,736

 

21,604

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

103,684

 

148,746

 

22,357

 

103,684

 

148,746

 

22,357

 

 

25



 

ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED

RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO THE NEAREST COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES

 

The table below sets forth a reconciliation of our net income to adjusted EBITA and adjusted EBITDA for the periods indicated:

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

Six months ended September 30,

 

 

 

2016

 

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

(in millions)

 

Net income

 

7,075

 

17,408

 

2,616

 

14,217

 

31,439

 

4,725

 

Less: Interest and investment income, net

 

(419

)

(3,435

)

(516

)

(1,169

)

(4,907

)

(738

)

Add: Interest expense

 

668

 

747

 

112

 

1,294

 

1,547

 

233

 

Less: Other income, net

 

(868

)

(1,737

)

(261

)

(2,631

)

(3,624

)

(545

)

Add: Income tax expenses

 

2,022

 

2,719

 

409

 

4,113

 

7,372

 

1,108

 

Add: Share of results of equity investees

 

567

 

882

 

133

 

2,035

 

2,270

 

342

 

Income from operations

 

9,045

 

16,584

 

2,493

 

17,859

 

34,097

 

5,125

 

Add: Share-based compensation expense

 

4,251

 

4,686

 

704

 

7,945

 

8,705

 

1,308

 

Add: Amortization of intangible assets

 

1,297

 

1,748

 

263

 

2,548

 

3,734

 

561

 

Adjusted EBITA

 

14,593

 

23,018

 

3,460

 

28,352

 

46,536

 

6,994

 

Add: Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment and land use rights 

 

1,282

 

2,013

 

302

 

2,486

 

3,619

 

544

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

15,875

 

25,031

 

3,762

 

30,838

 

50,155

 

7,538

 

 

26



 

ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED

RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO THE NEAREST COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES (CONTINUED)

 

The table below sets forth a reconciliation of our net income to non-GAAP net income for the periods indicated:

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

Six months ended September 30,

 

 

 

2016

 

2017 

 

2016

 

2017

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

(in millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

7,075

 

17,408

 

2,616

 

14,217

 

31,439

 

4,725

 

Add: Share-based compensation expense

 

4,251

 

4,686

 

704

 

7,945

 

8,705

 

1,308

 

Add: Amortization of intangible assets

 

1,297

 

1,748

 

263

 

2,548

 

3,734

 

561

 

Add: Impairment of goodwill and investments

 

856

 

389

 

58

 

933

 

1,341

 

202

 

Less: Gain on deemed disposals/disposals/revaluation of investments and others

 

(527

)

(2,297

)

(344

)

(582

)

(3,386

)

(509

)

Add: Amortization of excess value receivable arising from the restructuring of commercial arrangements with Ant Financial

 

66

 

66

 

10

 

132

 

133

 

20

 

Add: Immediate recognition of unamortized professional fees and upfront fees upon termination of bank borrowings