Yiren Digital Ltd. (NYSE: YRD) (“Yiren Digital” or the “Company”), a leading fintech company in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.
First Quarter 2020 Operational Highlights
Wealth Management—Yiren Wealth
- Cumulative number of investors served reached 2,218,181 as of March 31, 2020, representing an increase of 0.3% from 2,210,530 as of December 31, 2019 and compared to 2,159,771 as of March 31, 2019.
- Number of current investors was 220,568 as of March 31, 2020, representing a decrease of 10.5% from 246, 561 as of December 31, 2019.
- Number of current non-P2P investors was 26,346 as of March 31, 2020, representing an increase of 23.3% from 21,360 as of December 31, 2019 and compared to 19,236 as of March 31, 2019.
- Total assets under administration (“AUA”) for P2P products on Yiren Wealth was RMB 30,536.4 million (US$ 4,312.6 million) as of March 31, 2020, representing a decrease of 10.9% from RMB 34,264.8 million as of December 31, 2019, and compared to RMB 46,236.7 million as of March 31, 2019.
- Total AUA for non-P2P products on Yiren Wealth was RMB 1,713.1 million (US$241.9 million) as of March 31, 2020, representing an increase of 66.8% from RMB 1,026.9 million as of December 31, 2019 and compared to RMB 424.9 million as of March 31, 2019.
- Sales volume of non-P2P products amounted to RMB 2,163.3 million (US$ 305.5 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing a decrease of 15.1% from RMB 2,548.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 and compared to RMB 328.7 million in the same period of 2019.
Consumer Credit—Yiren Credit
- Total loan originations in the first quarter of 2020 reached RMB 1.8 billion (US$0.3 billion), representing a decrease of 77.0% from RMB 8.0 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019 and compared to RMB 10.9 billion in the first quarter of 2019.
- Cumulative number of borrowers served reached 4,810,184 as of March 31, 2020, representing an increase of 2.4% from 4,695,487 as of December 31, 2019 and compared to 4,405,115 as of March 31, 2019.
- Number of borrowers served in the first quarter of 2020 was 115,420, representing a decrease of 8.1% from 125,622 in the fourth quarter of 2019 and compared to 149,715 in the first quarter of 2019.
- The percentage of loan volume generated by repeat borrowers was 4.9% in the first quarter of 2020.
- 51.4% of loan originations were generated online in the first quarter of 2020.
- Total outstanding principal balance of performing loans reached RMB 42,063.0 million (US$ 5,940.4 million) as of March 31,2020, representing a decrease of 17.8% from RMB 51,157.3 million as of December 31, 2019.
“During this unprecedented time, our core businesses remained stable while we made substantial progress to diversify and enrich our business lines as we continue our business transformation into China’s leading digital financial service platforms for consumers.” said Mr. Ning Tang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yiren Digital. “We are making good progress in expanding our creditech business with new products and services and through rapidly ramping up institutional funding. Meanwhile, our wealth management has seen strong growth despite the pandemic situation, especially for non-P2P wealth management products and services.
“For credit business, we have rolled out a series of new products to provide a full spectrum of credit services and meet broader needs for mainstream consumers’ daily financing, including small-ticket-shorter-tenor loans, auto loans and SME loans. For the micro and small loans, we launched our products and services partnering with online consumption platforms. To fully leverage our nationwide service network coverage, we have rolled out auto loans targeted at second-handed cars, and the business has shown encouraging early growth momentum.”
“On the wealth management front, non-P2P products are increasingly popular among investors and have seen strong growth. As of March 31, 2020, the total AUA for non-P2P products on Yiren Wealth grew to RMB 1,713.1 million, representing a 66.8% quarter-over-quarter growth and 303.2% year-over-year growth. Particularly we see strong demand of our fund products during the first quarter, with a 56.8% quarter-over-quarter growth of AUA driven by our new product offerings and also customers’ strong demand, we expect this growth trends to continue through the year.”
“Under the challenging operating environment amid the pandemic in the first quarter of 2020, we maintained strong liquidity and profitability,” said Mr. Zhong Bi, Chief Financial Officer of Yiren Digital. “Despite significant business volume drop during the quarter, our strong cost control and operation efficiency efforts have kept our business at a profit and good cash position. Our cash and cash equivalents remained stable at RMB 3.2 billion. Our usable cash maintained at a healthy level at RMB 3.6 billion and we believe we are on solid footing in the dynamic environment.”
“For credit performance and the risk management, overall, early delinquencies increased in the first quarter and reached its peak at the end of March due to the pandemic situation before it quickly declined in April and returned to near pre-pandemic level in May.” said Mr. Michael Ji, Chief Risk Officer of Yiren Digital. “Visible progress has been made in prioritizing our business toward higher-quality customers, which was reflected in risk performance and we are glad to see essential improvement trend in 2019 and we expect a more substantially improved trend in 2020.”
First Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Total amount of loans facilitated in the first quarter of 2020 was RMB 1,839.5 million (US$259.8 million), compared to RMB 10,934.9 million in the same period last year. As of March 31, 2020, the total outstanding principal amount of the performing loans was RMB 42.1 billion (US$5.9 billion), decreased by 17.8% from RMB 51.2 billion as of December 31 2019.
Total net revenue in the first quarter of 2020 was RMB 1,023.7 million (US$144.6 million), compared to RMB 1,980.4 million in the same period last year. Revenue from Yiren Credit reached RMB 607.8 million (US$ 85.8 million), representing a decrease of 58.3% from RMB 1,459.0 million in the first quarter of 2019. Revenue from Yiren Wealth reached RMB 415.9 million (US$58.7 million), representing a decrease of 20.2% from RMB 521.4 million in the first quarter of 2019.
Sales and marketing expenses in the first quarter of 2020 were RMB 616.4 million (US$87.1 million), compared to RMB 1,127.9 million in the same period last year. Sales and marketing expenses in the first quarter of 2020 accounted for 33.5% of the total amount of loans facilitated, as compared to 10.3% in the same period last year mainly due to the decline of loan volume.
Origination and servicing costs in the first quarter of 2020 were RMB 102.9 million (US$14.5 million), compared to RMB 172.1 million in the same period last year. Origination and servicing costs in the first quarter of 2020 accounted for 5.6% of the total amount of loans facilitated, compared to 1.6% in the same period last year due to the decline of loan volume.
General and administrative expenses in the first quarter of 2020 were RMB 149.0 million (US$21.0 million), compared to RMB 257.7 million in the same period last year. General and administrative expenses in the first quarter of 2020 accounted for 14.6% of the total net revenue, compared to 13.0% in the same period last year.
Allowance for contract assets and receivables in the first quarter of 2020 were RMB 143.4 million (US$20.3 million), compared to RMB 191.1 million in the same period last year.
Income tax expense in the first quarter of 2020 was RMB 3.9 million (US$0.6 million).
Net income in the first quarter of 2020 was RMB 19.2 million (US$2.7 million), compared to RMB 369.1 million in the same period last year.
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) in the first quarter of 2020 was RMB 29.8 million (US$4.2 million), compared to an adjusted EBITDA of RMB 469.0 million in the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) in the first quarter of 2020 was 2.9%, compared to 23.7% in the same period last year.
Basic income per ADS in the first quarter of 2020 was RMB 0.21 (US$0.03), compared to a basic income per ADS of RMB 3.99 in the same period last year.
Diluted income per ADS in the first quarter of 2020 was RMB 0.21 (US$0.03), compared to a diluted income per ADS of RMB 3.96 in the same period last year.
Net cash generated from operating activities in the first quarter of 2020 was RMB 557.8 million (US$78.8 million), compared to net cash used in operating activities of RMB 658.4 million in the same period last year.
Net cash used in investing activities in the first quarter of 2020 was RMB 524.5 million (US$74.1 million), compared to RMB 249.9 million in the same period last year.
As of March 31, 2020, cash and cash equivalents was RMB 3,195.0 million (US$451.2 million), compared to RMB 3,198.1 million as of December 31, 2019. As of March 31, 2020, the balance of held-to-maturity investments was RMB 4.4 million (US$0.6 million), compared to RMB 6.6 million as of December 31, 2019. As of March 31, 2020, the balance of available-for-sale investments was RMB 456.1 million (US$64.4 million), compared to RMB 461.0 million as of December 31, 2019.
Delinquency rates. As of March 31, 2020, the delinquency rates for loans that are past due for 15-29 days, 30-59 days and 60-89 days were 1.6%, 4.1%, and 3.2%, respectively compared to 1.2%, 2.0%, and 1.7%,as of December 31, 2019.
Cumulative M3+ net charge–off rates. As of March 31, 2020, the cumulative M3+ net charge-off rate for loans originated in 2017 was 16.5%, compared to 16.0% as of December 31, 2019. As of March 31, 2020, the cumulative M3+ net charge-off rate for loans originated in 2018 was 15.8%, compared to 13.8% as of December 31, 2019. As of March 31, 2020, the cumulative M3+ net charge-off rate for loans originated in 2019 was 5.2%, compared to 3.1% as of December 31, 2019.
 Adjusted EBITDA margin is a non-GAAP financial measure calculated as adjusted EBITDA divided by total net revenue.
Accounting Policy Change
Effective January 1, 2020, the Company adopted ASU No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments. This guidance replaces the existing “incurred loss” methodology, and introduces a forward-looking expected loss approach referred to as a current expected credit losses (“CECL”) methodology. Under the incurred loss methodology, credit losses are recognized only when the losses are probable of having been incurred. The CECL methodology requires that the full amount of expected credit losses for the lifetime be recorded at the time the financial asset is originated or acquired, and adjusted for changes in expected lifetime credit losses subsequently, which requires earlier recognition of credit losses.
The CECL methodology is applicable to estimation of credit losses of financial assets measured at amortized cost, primarily including accounts receivable, contract assets, financing receivables and other receivables. As a result, the Company recognized the cumulative effect as a decrease of approximately RMB 26.1 million to the opening balances of accumulated deficit on January 1, 2020.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In evaluating the business, the Company considers and uses several non-GAAP financial measures, such as adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin as supplemental measures to review and assess operating performance. We believe these non-GAAP measures provide useful information about our core operating results, enhance the overall understanding of our past performance and prospects and allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by our management in our financial and operational decision-making. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”). The non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools. Other companies, including peer companies in the industry, may calculate these non-GAAP measures differently, which may reduce their usefulness as a comparative measure. The Company compensates for these limitations by reconciling the non-GAAP financial measures to the nearest U.S. GAAP performance measure, all of which should be considered when evaluating our performance. See “Operating Highlights and Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP measures” at the end of this press release.
This announcement contains currency conversions of certain RMB amounts into US$ at specified rates solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to US$ are made at a rate of RMB 7.0808 to US$1.00, the effective noon buying rate on March 31, 2020, as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board.
Yiren Digital’s management will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on June 23, 2020 (or 8:00 a.m. Beijing/Hong Kong Time on June 24, 2020).
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Safe Harbor Statement
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