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JOYY's (YY) Q3 Earnings Beat Estimates, Revenues Decline Y/Y

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JOYY Inc. (YY - Free Report) delivered third-quarter 2022 non-GAAP earnings of 96 cents per American depositary shares (ADS), which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 84.6% and increased significantly from the year-ago reported earnings of 42 cents per share.

Revenues totaled $586.8 million, down 9.8% year over year. The figure beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.13%. The decrease in the top line was due to a decrease in the average revenue per paying user of BIGO, as global macroeconomic uncertainties and the appreciation of the U.S. dollars against certain other local currencies affected users’ paying activities.

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Top-Line Details

Live streaming revenues (92% of total revenues) decreased 11.3% year over year to $542.7 million. Notably, other revenues (7% of total revenues) increased 14.6% to $43.9 million.

Global average mobile monthly active users (MAUs) decreased 6.6% year over year to 269.8 million, primarily due to the decrease in average mobile MAUs of Likee and Hago.

BIGO and All Other contributed 82% and 18%, respectively, to total live streaming revenues in the third quarter. During the third quarter, Bigo Live’s average MAUs increased 14.2% year over year to 35.4 million.

Average mobile MAUs of Likee decreased 34.1% year over year to 50.6 million, primarily due to reduced spending on user acquisition through advertisement.

During the third quarter, the average mobile MAUs of Hago decreased 29.6% year over year to 7.6 million.

The cost of revenues decreased 16.7% to $366.5 million in the third quarter of 2022. Revenue-sharing fees and content costs were $245.8 million, down from $290.1 million in the corresponding period of 2021.

Operating Details

Gross profit climbed 4.5% from the year-ago quarter to $220.2 million. Gross margin expanded 510 basis points (bps) to 38% in the third quarter, primarily due to the optimization of revenue sharing cost and improved bandwidth usage efficiency.

Operating expenses totaled $202.2 million, down 3.1% from the year-ago quarter. Research & development (R&D) and sales & marketing (S&M) expenses declined 2.4% and 8.9% year over year, respectively, while general & administrative (G&A) expenses increased 11.3% year over year.

As a percentage of revenues, R&D expanded 80 bps while S&M expenses expanded 20 bps year over year. G&A expenses, as a percentage of revenues, expanded 140 bps year over year.

The company reported non-GAAP operating income of $19.82 million against $6.86 million in the year-ago period. The operating income margin expanded 230 bps to 3% in the third quarter.

Balance Sheet & Cash Flow

As of Sep 30, 2022, the company had cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and cash equivalents, short-term deposits, restricted short-term deposits and short-term investments of $4.2 billion. For the third quarter of 2022, the net cash inflow from operating activities was $117.1 million.

As of Sep 30, 2022, the company had a total of 1,416.9 million common shares, or the equivalent of 70.8 million ADSs, outstanding.

Q4 Guidance

For the fourth quarter of 2022, the company expects net revenues to be between $594 million and $619 million.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Currently, JOYY carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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