Huize Holding Limited Reports Second Quarter 2022 Unaudited Financial Results

September 23, 2022

/EIN News/ -- SHENZHEN, China, Sept. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huize Holding Limited, (“Huize”, the “Company” or “we”) (NASDAQ: HUIZ), a leading digital insurance product and service platform for new generation consumers in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

Second Quarter 2022 Financial and Operational Highlights

Mr. Cunjun Ma, Founder and CEO of Huize commented, “We are very pleased to report another set of resilient operating and financial results in the second quarter of 2022, despite the challenging macro environment and disruptions caused by regional pandemic restrictions in China. Our remarkable results were underpinned by our proven ability to satisfy the long-term insurance needs of emerging middle-class consumers through both online and offline channels, and our successful execution on the group-wide organizational structure optimization resulting in continued cost savings during the quarter.

We continued to work with our insurer partners to co-develop a wide range of long-term customized savings and protection products which have received overwhelming demand from our users. In the second quarter, GWP for co-developed insurance products accounted for 59.6% of the total GWP facilitated on our platform, and the GWP contribution of our long-term insurance products remained above 90% for the eleventh consecutive quarter. We maintain our guidance and expect to achieve quarterly profitability in the second half of 2022, demonstrating our confidence in the gradual recovery in total revenue and the improving operating efficiency.

Last quarter, we set a strategic roadmap for the next three years to build an omnichannel digital insurance service ecosystem that integrates “Agents, Businesses, Customers (ABC)”. We have achieved satisfactory progress in executing the “ABC” business plans. To customers, the average ticket size of long-term savings products, in terms of FYP, was over RMB44,000 in the second quarter, demonstrating our ability to deepen engagement with our high-value customers through our proven online platform, expanding offline service coverage, as well as product innovation. To businesses, we have developed and exported our technology to insurance companies to support their digital customer relationship management, underwriting risk management and insurance claims. To agents, we have registered insurance agents covering Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan, Guangdong and Shenzhen. By empowering them with diversified product offerings, digital business tools and customer service support, FYP facilitated by the “To-A” business has reached RMB56.6 million in the first 6 months of 2022. Going forward, we believe the “ABC” business plans will provide us with tremendous opportunities to enhance shareholder value and sustain our long-term business growth.”

Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

GWP and operating revenue

GWP facilitated on our platform was RMB871.8 million (US$130.2 million) in the second quarter of 2022, an increase of 30.5% from RMB668.0 million in the same period of 2021. Of the GWP facilitated in the second quarter of 2022, first year premiums (“FYP”) accounted for RMB484.9 million (or 55.6% of total GWP), an increase of 59.9% year-over-year. Renewal premiums accounted for RMB386.9 million (or 44.4% of total GWP), an increase of 6.1% year-over-year.

Operating revenue was RMB248.2 million (US$37.1 million) in the second quarter of 2022, an increase of 13.5% from RMB218.6 million in the same period of 2021. The increase was primarily driven by the increase in FYP facilitated.

Operating costs

Operating costs were RMB173.7 million (US$25.9 million) in the second quarter of 2022, an increase of 14.0% from RMB152.4 million in the same period of 2021. The increase was primarily due to higher marketing channel cost and was in line with the increase in operating revenue.

Operating expenses

Selling expenses decreased by 23.6% year-over-year to RMB59.5 million (US$8.9 million) in the second quarter of 2022, compared with RMB77.9 million in the same period of 2021, which was primarily due to a decrease in advertising and marketing expenses, and a decrease in salaries and employment benefits.

General and administrative expenses were RMB34.7 million (US$5.2 million) in the second quarter of 2022, a decrease of 14.1% from RMB40.4 million in the same period of 2021. This decrease was primarily due to a decrease in salaries and employment benefits, and a decrease in rental and utilities expenses.

Research and development expenses were RMB24.3 million (US$3.6 million) in the second quarter of 2022, a decrease of 5.4% from RMB25.7 million in the same period of 2021, primarily due to a decrease in personnel costs.

Net loss attributable to common shareholders and Non-GAAP net loss attributable to common shareholders

Net loss in the second quarter of 2022 was RMB39.4 million (US$5.9 million), compared to a net loss of RMB77.2 million in the same period of 2021. Non-GAAP net loss in the second quarter of 2022 was RMB37.5 million (US$5.6 million), compared to non-GAAP net loss of RMB83.3 million in the same period of 2021.

Cash and cash equivalents

As of June 30, 2022, the combined balance of the Company’s cash and cash equivalents amounted to RMB294.4 million (US$44.0 million), compared to RMB381.2 million as of December 31, 2021.

Share Repurchase Program

As of June 30, 2022, the Company had purchased an aggregate of 357,257 ADSs for a total amount of approximately US$0.5 million, under its share repurchase program pursuant to which the Company has been authorized to repurchase up to US$5 million ADSs by March 18, 2023, as previously announced on March 18, 2022.

Business Outlook

Based on the Company’s preliminary assessment of the current market conditions, the Company currently expects to achieve quarterly profitability in the second half of 2022. This forecast reflects the Company’s current and preliminary views on the market and operational conditions, which are subject to change as a result of various market uncertainties.

Conference Call

The Company’s management team will hold an earnings conference call at 8:00 A.M. Eastern Time on Friday, September 23, 2022 (8:00 P.M. Beijing/Hong Kong Time on the same day). Details for the conference call are as follows:

Event Title: Huize Holding Limited’s Second Quarter 2022 Earnings Conference Call
Registration Link: https://register.vevent.com/register/BI359ba9005e66422bb7a2368c1574802a

All participants must use the link provided above to complete the online registration process in advance of the conference call. Upon registration, each participant will receive a confirmation email containing dial-in numbers and a unique access PIN, which will be used to join the conference call.

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available on the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.huize.com.

About Huize Holding Limited

Huize Holding Limited is a leading digital insurance product and service platform for new generation consumers in China. Targeting the younger generation, Huize is dedicated to serving its insurance clients for their life-long insurance needs. Leveraging its online platform, Huize offers a wide variety of insurance products with a focus on long-term life and health insurance products and empowers its insurer partners to reach a large fragmented client base in the insurance retail market efficiently and enhance their insurance sales. Huize provides insurance clients with digitalized insurance experience and services, including suitable product recommendations, consulting service, intelligent underwriting, and assistance in claim application and settlement, which significantly improve transaction experience.

For more information, please visit http://ir.huize.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measure Statement

In evaluating our business, we consider and use non-GAAP net profit/(loss) attributable to common shareholders as a supplemental measure to review and assess our operating performance. The presentation of the non-GAAP financial measure is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We define non-GAAP net profit/(loss) attributable to common shareholders as net profit/(loss) attributable to common shareholders excluding share-based compensation expenses and interest on convertible bond. Such adjustments have no impact on income tax because either the non-GAAP adjustments were recorded at entities located in tax free jurisdictions, such as the Cayman Islands or because the non-GAAP adjustments were recorded at operating entities located in the PRC for which the non-GAAP adjustments were not deductible for tax purposes.

We present the non-GAAP financial measure because it is used by our management to evaluate our operating performance and formulate business plans. Non-GAAP net profit/(loss) attributable to common shareholders enables our management to assess our operating results without considering the impact of share-based compensation expenses and the interest on convertible bond. We also believe that the use of this non-GAAP financial measure facilitates investors’ assessment of our operating performance.

This non-GAAP financial measure is not defined under U.S. GAAP and is not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measure has limitations as an analytical tool. One of the key limitations of using adjusted net profit/(loss) attributable to common shareholders is that it does not reflect all items of income and expense that affect our operations. Further, the non-GAAP financial measure may differ from the non-GAAP financial information used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited.

The non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered in isolation or construed as an alternative to net profit/(loss) attributable to common shareholders or any other measure of performance or as an indicator of our operating performance. Investors are encouraged to review the historical non-GAAP financial measure in light of the most directly comparable GAAP measure, as shown below. The non-GAAP financial measure presented here may not be comparable to similarly titled measure presented by other companies. Other companies may calculate similarly titled measures differently, limiting the usefulness of such measures when analyzing our data comparatively. We encourage investors and others to review our financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

Exchange Rate Information

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars at a specified rate solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to U.S. dollars and from U.S. dollars to RMB are made at a rate of RMB6.6981 to US$1.00, the exchange rate on June 30, 2022, set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or U.S. dollars amounts referred could be converted into U.S. dollars or RMB, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all.

Safe Harbor Statement

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. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Huize’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “confident” and similar statements. Among other things, business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, contain forward-looking statements. Huize 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 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: Huize’s goal and strategies; Huize’s expansion plans; Huize’s future business development, financial condition and results of operations; Huize’s expectation regarding the demand for, and market acceptance of, its online insurance products; Huize’s expectations regarding its relationship with insurer partners and insurance clients and other parties it collaborates with; general economic and business conditions; and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing.

Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Huize’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and Huize does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Investor Relations
investor@huize.com

Media Relations
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In China
Ms. Jasmine Zhu
Phone: +852 2117 0861
Email: jasmine.zhu@christensencomms.com

In U.S.
Ms. Linda Bergkamp
Phone: +1-480-614-3004
Email: linda.bergkamp@christensencomms.com

Huize Holding Limited
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets
(all amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)

    As of December 31    As of June 30
    2021      2022
    RMB     RMB     USD  
Assets                  
Current assets                  
Cash and cash equivalents   381,158     294,390     43,951  
Restricted cash   183,408     125,222     18,695  
Contract assets   -     59,066     8,818  
Accounts receivables, net of allowance for impairment   777,262     258,822     38,641  
Insurance premium receivables   1,217     1,099     164  
Amounts due from related parties   128     668     100  
Deferred costs   -     1,715     256  
Prepaid expense and other receivables   77,511     101,432     15,143  
Total current assets   1,420,684     842,414     125,768  
                   
Non-current assets                  
Restricted cash   44,418     24,481     3,655  
Contract assets   -     3,600     537  
Property, plant and equipment, net   48,461     43,485     6,492  
Intangible assets, net   21,626     54,095     8,076  
Deferred tax assets   605     605     90  
Long-term investments   73,001     77,912     11,632  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   247,819     233,531     34,865  
Goodwill   461     461     69  
Other assets   379     325     49  
Total non-current assets   436,770     438,495     65,465  
Total assets   1,857,454     1,280,909     191,233  
                   
Liabilities, Mezzanine Equity and Shareholders’ Equity                  
Current liabilities                  
Short-term borrowings   216,710     251,240     37,509  
Accounts payable   680,369     251,452     37,541  
Insurance premium payables   124,019     45,766     6,833  
Contract liabilities   7,236     5,178     773  
Provisions   -     334     50  
Other payables and accrued expenses   71,255     59,245     8,844  
Payroll and welfare payable   93,451     45,671     6,819  
Income taxes payable   2,440     2,440     364  
Operating lease liabilities   14,886     14,485     2,163  
Amount due to related parties   11,875     5,794     865  
Total current liabilities   1,222,241     681,605     101,761  
                   
Non-current liabilities                  
Long-term borrowings   20,000     -     -  
Deferred tax liabilities   4,892     13,096     1,955  
Operating lease liabilities   249,183     248,573     37,111  
Payroll and welfare payable   225     152     23  
Total non-current liabilities   274,300     261,821     39,089  
Total liabilities   1,496,541     943,426     140,850  
                   
Commitments and contingencies                  
Shareholders’ equity                  
Class A common shares   62     62     9  
Class B common shares   10     10     1  
Treasury stock   (9,545 )   (12,787 )   (1,909 )
Additional paid-in capital   896,772     900,942     134,507  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (27,295 )   (21,582 )   (3,222 )
Accumulated deficit   (499,940 )   (528,760 )   (78,943 )
Total shareholders’ equity   360,064     337,885     50,443  
Non-controlling interests   849     (402 )   (60 )
Total shareholders’ equity   360,913     337,483     50,383  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity   1,857,454     1,280,909     191,233  
                   

Huize Holding Limited
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(all amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)

    For the Three Months Ended June 30,
  For the Six Months Ended June 30,
    2021    2022   2021    2022
    RMB
  RMB
  USD
  RMB
  RMB
  USD
Operating revenue                                    
Brokerage income   217,268     231,802     34,607     949,898     523,620     78,174  
Other income   1,353     16,422     2,452     3,704     24,087     3,596  
Total operating revenue   218,621     248,224     37,059     953,602     547,707     81,770  
Operating costs and expenses                                    
Cost of revenue   (151,969 )   (163,070 )   (24,346 )   (708,665 )   (311,330 )   (46,480 )
Other cost   (418 )   (10,643 )   (1,589 )   (1,189 )   (12,058 )   (1,800 )
Total operating costs   (152,387 )   (173,713 )   (25,935 )   (709,854 )   (323,388 )   (48,280 )
Selling expenses   (77,853 )   (59,537 )   (8,889 )   (154,829 )   (133,455 )   (19,924 )
General and administrative expenses   (40,399 )   (34,730 )   (5,185 )   (94,460 )   (72,988 )   (10,897 )
Research and development expenses   (25,742 )   (24,314 )   (3,630 )   (44,575 )   (47,657 )   (7,115 )
Total operating costs and expenses   (296,381 )   (292,294 )   (43,639 )   (1,003,718 )   (577,488 )   (86,216 )
Operating loss   (77,760 )   (44,070 )   (6,580 )   (50,116 )   (29,781 )   (4,446 )
                                     
Other income/(expenses)                                    
Interest expenses   (657 )   (1,290 )   (193 )   (877 )   (2,545 )   (380 )
Unrealized exchange loss   (9 )   (31 )   (5 )   (11 )   (45 )   (7 )
Investment (loss)/income   (482 )   357     53     (241 )   (1,782 )   (266 )
Others, net   1,402     5,271     787     4,040     6,722     1,004  
Loss before income tax, and share of loss of equity method investee   (77,506 )   (39,763 )   (5,938 )   (47,205 )   (27,431 )   (4,095 )
Income tax expense   1,529     -     -     -     -     -  
Share of loss of equity method investee   (1,200 )   (199 )   (30 )   (1,451 )   (2,640 )   (394 )
Net loss   (77,177 )   (39,962 )   (5,968 )   (48,656 )   (30,071 )   (4,489 )
                                     
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests   -     (585 )   (87 )   -     (1,251 )   (187 )
Net loss attributable to common shareholders   (77,177 )   (39,377 )   (5,881 )   (48,656 )   (28,820 )   (4,302 )
                                     
Net loss   (77,177 )   (39,962 )   (5,968 )   (48,656 )   (30,071 )   (4,489 )
Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of tax   (4,693 )   6,375     952     (3,470 )   5,713     853  
Comprehensive loss   (81,870 )   (33,587 )   (5,016 )   (52,126 )   (24,358 )   (3,636 )
Comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling interests   -     (585 )   (87 )   -     (1,251 )   (187 )
Comprehensive loss attributable to common shareholders   (81,870 )   (33,002 )   (4,929 )   (52,126 )   (23,107 )   (3,449 )
                                     
Weighted average number of common shares used in computing net profit per share                                    
Basic and diluted   1,021,197,639     1,020,237,707     1,020,237,707     1,022,075,704     1,023,005,019     1,023,005,019  
Net loss per share attributable to common shareholders                                    
Basic and diluted   (0.08 )   (0.04 )   (0.01 )   (0.05 )   (0.03 )   (0.00 )
                                     

Huize Holding Limited
Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
(all amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)

    For the Three Months Ended June 30,   For the Six Months Ended June 30,
    2021    2022   2021    2022
    RMB   RMB   USD   RMB   RMB   USD
Net loss attributable to common shareholders   (77,177 )   (39,377 )   (5,881 )   (48,656 )   (28,820 )   (4,302 )
Share-based compensation expenses   (6,119 )   1,920     287     4,108     3,703     553  
Non-GAAP net loss attributable to common shareholders   (83,296 )   (37,457 )   (5,594 )   (44,548 )   (25,117 )   (3,749 )