So-Young Reports Unaudited First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

BEIJING, May 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — So-Young International Inc. (Nasdaq: SY) (“So-Young” or the “Company”), the largest and most vibrant social community in China for consumers, professionals and service providers in the medical aesthetics industry, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024.

First Quarter 2024 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenues were RMB318.3 million (US$44.1 million[1]), compared with RMB310.1 million in the corresponding period of 2023, exceeding the high end of guidance.
  • Net loss attributable to So-Young International Inc. was RMB21.2 million (US$2.9 million), compared with net loss attributable to So-Young International Inc. of RMB11.9 million in the same period of 2023.
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to So-Young International Inc.[2] was RMB4.1 million (US$0.6  million), compared with non-GAAP net loss attributable to So-Young International Inc. of RMB2.8 million in the same period of 2023.

First Quarter 2024 Operational Highlights

  • Average mobile MAUs were 2.0 million, compared with 3.4 million in the first quarter of 2023.
  • Number of medical service providers subscribing to information services on So-Young’s platform was 1,160, compared with 1,419 in the first quarter of 2023.
  • Total number of purchasing users through reservation services was 132.8 thousand and the aggregate value of medical aesthetic treatment transactions facilitated by So-Young’s platform was RMB367.1 million.

Mr. Xing Jin, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of So-Young, commented, “In the first quarter, our business continued to showcase its remarkable resilience and adaptability, with top line exceeding guidance and increasing 2.6% year-over-year to RMB318.3 million. Growth during the quarter was primarily driven by sales of medical products and maintenance services, which increased 23.3% year-over-year. More importantly, we made significant progress in the businesses we are developing to fuel future growth. Building on the success of our model clinic, we are on track to expand our network into core cities nationwide by the end of the year. With a firm focus on ensuring the quality of products and services, we standardized operating procedures to streamline every stage from site selection to clinic opening and operations, allowing us to grow our offline presence at a rapid pace. Directly complimenting this is our supply chain business. With a growing pipeline of products and an expanding distribution network now covering 750 institutions, we are able to spot emerging trends, quickly bring new high-quality products to market, and create a win-win outcome for both upstream suppliers and end consumers. We will continue to enhance the vertical integration of our platform to maximize synergies along the industry value chain. I’m confident these endeavors will create long-term sustainable value for our users and shareholders going forward.”

Mr. Hui Zhao, Chief Financial Officer of So-Young, added, “Our sales of medical products and maintenance services business made solid progress in the first quarter as it increasingly contributes to revenue growth and gains traction in the market. Within just a few months, our newly established clinics are able to outperform our financial models. We will continue investing in and nurturing these promising businesses during their growth phases. At the same time, we are implementing disciplined cost controls to support a healthy and sustainable expansion of our bottom line.”

[1] This press release contains translations of certain Renminbi (RMB) amounts into U.S. dollars (US$) solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise specified, all translations of Renminbi amounts into U.S. dollar amounts in this press release are made at RMB7.2203 to US$1.00, which was the U.S. dollars middle rate announced by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System of the United States on March 29, 2024.

[2] Non-GAAP net income/(loss) attributable to So-Young International Inc. is defined as net income/(loss) attributable to So-Young International Inc. excluding share-based compensation expenses attributable to So-Young International Inc. See “Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” at the end of this press release.

First Quarter 2024 Financial Results     

Revenues

Total revenues were RMB318.3 million (US$44.1 million), an increase of 2.6% from RMB310.1 million in the same period of 2023. The increase was primarily due to an increase in revenues generated by the sales of medical products and maintenance services from growing order volumes for cosmetic products and medical equipment.

  • Information services and other revenues were RMB208.7 million (US$28.9 million), a decrease of 0.7% from RMB210.3 million in the same period of 2023. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in the number of medical service providers subscribing to information services on So-Young’s platform.
  • Reservation services revenues were RMB23.1 million (US$3.2 million), a decrease of 22.3% from RMB29.7 million in the same period of 2023. The decrease was primarily due to the policy change for commission rates and subsidies.
  • Sales of medical products and maintenance services[3] were RMB86.5 million (US$12.0 million), an increase of 23.3% from RMB70.1 million in the same period of 2023, primarily due to an increase in sales of cosmetic products and medical equipment.  

Cost of Revenues[4]

Cost of revenues was RMB117.3 million (US$16.2 million), an increase of 3.2% from RMB113.7 million in the first quarter of 2023. The increase was primarily due to an increase in costs associated with the sales of cosmetic products and medical equipment. Cost of revenues included the reversal of share-based compensation expenses of RMB0.1 million (US$0.0 million), compared with the share-based compensation expenses of RMB0.8 million in the corresponding period of 2023.

  • Cost of services and others were RMB74.2 million (US$10.3 million), a decrease of 8.9% from RMB81.5 million in the first quarter of 2023. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in payroll cost.
  • Cost of medical products sold and maintenance services were RMB43.1 million (US$6.0 million), an increase of 33.7% from RMB32.2 million in the first quarter of 2023. The increase was primarily due to an increase in costs associated with the sales of cosmetic products and medical equipment.  

 

[3] Since the second quarter of 2023, in light of the better monitoring business development of upstream supply chain, the Company grouped the revenue generated from sales of cosmetic injectables and sales of equipment and maintenance services into one line item, which is renamed as sales of medical products and maintenance services.

The sale of cosmetic injectables was previously reported in line item of information services and others. The information services and others for the first quarter of 2023 have also been retrospectively updated. The amount reclassified from information services and others to sales of medical products and maintenance services are RMB7.6 million for the first quarter of 2023.

[4] Since the second quarter of 2023, the previous line item cost of revenues was separated into two line items, which are cost of medical products sold and maintenance services and cost of services and others. Cost of medical products sold and maintenance services primarily consists of expenditures relating to medical products and maintenance services, and the remaining cost of revenues is reclassified into cost of services and others. The cost of medical products sold and maintenance services and cost of services and others for the first quarter of 2023 have also been retrospectively reclassified.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses were RMB237.8 million (US$32.9 million), an increase of 3.5% from RMB229.8 million in the first quarter of 2023.

  • Sales and marketing expenses were RMB113.3 million (US$15.7 million), an increase of 0.7% from RMB112.5 million in the first quarter of 2023. The increase was primarily due to an increase in payroll costs associated with the expansion of marketing employees. Sales and marketing expenses included share-based compensation expenses of RMB0.1 million (US$0.0 million), compared with RMB1.5 million in the corresponding period of 2023.
  • General and administrative expenses were RMB85.0 million (US$11.8 million), an increase of 38.1% from RMB61.5 million in the first quarter of 2023. The increase was due to an increase in payroll costs associated with the expansion of administrative employees to support our business upgrade and new strategic businesses. General and administrative expenses included share-based compensation expenses of RMB24.5 million (US$3.4 million), compared with RMB6.0 million in the corresponding period of 2023.
  • Research and development expenses were RMB39.6 million (US$5.5 million), a decrease of 29.0% from RMB55.8 million in the first quarter of 2023. The decrease was primarily attributable to improvements in staff efficiency. Research and development expenses included share-based compensation expenses of RMB0.8 million (US$0.1 million), compared with RMB0.9 million in the corresponding period of 2023.  

Income Tax Benefits

Income tax benefits were RMB2.6 million (US$0.4 million), compared with income tax benefits of RMB4.3 million in the same period of 2023.

Net Loss Attributable to So-Young International Inc.

Net loss attributable to So-Young International Inc. was RMB21.2 million (US$2.9 million), compared with a net loss attributable to So-Young International Inc. of RMB11.9 million in the first quarter of 2023.

Non-GAAP Net Income/(Loss) Attributable to So-Young International Inc.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to So-Young International Inc., which excludes the impact of share-based compensation expenses attributable to So-Young International Inc., was RMB4.1 million (US$0.6 million), compared with RMB2.8 million non-GAAP net loss attributable to So-Young International Inc. in the same period of 2023.

Basic and Diluted Loss per ADS

Basic and diluted loss per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders were RMB0.21 (US$0.03) and RMB0.21 (US$0.03), respectively, compared with basic and diluted loss per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders of RMB0.12 and RMB0.12, respectively, in the same period of 2023.

Cash and Cash Equivalents, Restricted Cash and Term Deposits, Term Deposits and Short-Term Investments

As of March 31, 2024, cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and term deposits, term deposits and short-term investments were RMB1,345.1 million (US$186.3 million), compared with RMB1,341.6 million as of December 31, 2023.

Business Outlook

For the second quarter of 2024, So-Young expects total revenues to be between RMB380.0 million (US$52.6 million) and RMB400.0 million (US$55.4 million), representing a 7.8% to 2.9% decrease from the same period in 2023. The above outlook is based on the current market conditions and reflects the Company’s preliminary estimates of market and operating conditions, as well as customer demand, which are all subject to change.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP, this press release presents non-GAAP income/(loss) from operations and non-GAAP net income/(loss) attributable to So-Young International Inc. by excluding share-based compensation expenses from income/(loss) from operations and net income/(loss) attributable to So-Young International Inc., respectively. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are important to help investors understand the Company’s operating and financial performance, compare business trends among different reporting periods on a consistent basis and assess the Company’s core operating results, as they exclude certain expenses that are not expected to result in cash payments. The use of the above non-GAAP financial measures has certain limitations. Share-based compensation expenses have been and will continue to be incurred in the future. All these are not reflected in the presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures, but should be considered in the overall evaluation of the Company’s results. The Company compensates for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of its share-based compensation expenses in the reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, which should be considered when evaluating the Company’s performance. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliation of each of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is set forth at the end of this release.

Conference Call Information

So-Young’s management will hold an earnings conference call on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 7:30 AM U.S. Eastern Time (7:30 PM on the same day, Beijing/Hong Kong Time). Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

International:

+1-412-902-4272

Mainland China

4001-201203

US:

+1-888-346-8982

Hong Kong:

+852-301-84992

Passcode:

So-Young International Inc.

A telephone replay will be available two hours after the conclusion of the conference call through 23:59 U.S. Eastern Time, June 4, 2024. The dial-in details are:                         

International: 

+1-412-317-0088

US: 

+1-877-344-7529

Passcode:  

5402361

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of this conference call will be available at http://ir.soyoung.com.

About So-Young International Inc.

So-Young International Inc. (Nasdaq: SY) (“So-Young” or the “Company”) is the largest and most vibrant social community in China for consumers, professionals and service providers in the medical aesthetics industry. The Company presents users with reliable information through offering high quality and trustworthy content together with a multitude of social functions on its platform, as well as by curating medical aesthetic service providers that are carefully selected and vetted. Leveraging So-Young’s strong brand image, extensive audience reach, trust from its users, highly engaging social community and data insights, the Company is well-positioned to expand both along the medical aesthetic industry value chain and into the massive, fast-growing consumption healthcare service market.

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. 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, the Financial Guidance and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as So-Young’s strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. So-Young may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 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. Statements that are not historical facts, including but not limited to statements about So-Young’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: So-Young’s strategies; So-Young’s future business development, financial condition and results of operations; So-Young’s ability to retain and increase the number of users and medical service providers, and expand its service offerings; competition in the online medical aesthetic service industry; changes in So-Young’s revenues, costs or expenditures; Chinese governmental policies and regulations relating to the online medical aesthetic service industry, general economic and business conditions globally and in China; and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of the press release, and So-Young undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

For more information, please contact:

So-Young

Investor Relations
Ms. Mona Qiao
Phone: +86-10-8790-2012
E-mail: ir@soyoung.com

Christensen

In China
Mr. Julie Zhu
Phone: +86-10-5900-1548
E-mail: julie.zhu@christensencomms.com

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

 

 

SO-YOUNG INTERNATIONAL INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)

As of

December 31,

March 31,

March 31,

2023

2024

2024

RMB

RMB

US$

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

426,119

448,036

62,052

Restricted cash and term deposits

14,695

22,176

3,071

Trade receivables

57,219

57,812

8,007

Inventories

118,924

126,533

17,525

Receivables from online payment platforms

23,158

31,386

4,347

Amounts due from related parties

9,212

10,185

1,411

Term deposits and short-term investments

900,823

874,890

121,171

Prepayment and other current assets

171,774

177,620

24,600

Total current assets

1,721,924

1,748,638

242,184

Non-current assets:

Long-term investments

261,016

256,020

35,458

Intangible assets

145,253

139,142

19,271

Goodwill

540,693

540,693

74,885

Property and equipment, net

116,782

113,159

15,672

Deferred tax assets

78,034

79,621

11,027

Operating lease right-of-use assets

118,408

122,035

16,902

Other non-current assets

232,455

189,442

26,237

Total non-current assets

1,492,641

1,440,112

199,452

Total assets

3,214,565

3,188,750

441,636

Liabilities

Current liabilities:

Dividend payable

43,573

6,035

Short-term borrowings

29,825

29,931

4,145

Taxes payable

56,894

56,128

7,774

Contract liabilities

103,374

97,798

13,545

Salary and welfare payables

86,290

52,662

7,294

Amounts due to related parties

388

164

23

Accrued expenses and other current
liabilities

233,913

237,337

32,868

Operating lease liabilities-current

29,739

26,261

3,637

Total current liabilities

540,423

543,854

75,321

Non-current liabilities:

Operating lease liabilities-non current

86,210

95,560

13,235

Deferred tax liabilities

25,082

23,356

3,235

Other non-current liabilities

1,536

1,855

257

Total non-current liabilities

112,828

120,771

16,727

Total liabilities

653,251

664,625

92,048

 

 

 

SO-YOUNG INTERNATIONAL INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Continued)

(Amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)

 

Shareholders equity:

Treasury stock

(358,453)

(359,089)

(49,733)

Class A ordinary shares (US$0.0005 par value; 750,000,000
  shares authorized as of December 31, 2023 and March 31,
  2024; 73,688,044 and 63,422,436 shares issued and
  outstanding as of December 31, 2023, 77,010,327 and
  66,679,778 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31,
  2024, respectively)

238

250

35

Class B ordinary shares (US$ 0.0005 par value; 20,000,000
  shares authorized as of December 31, 2023 and March 31,
  2024; 12,000,000 shares issued and outstanding as of
  December 31, 2023 and March 31, 2024)

37

37

5

Additional paid-in capital

3,080,433

3,062,378

424,134

Statutory reserves

33,855

33,855

4,689

Accumulated deficit

(330,166)

(351,406)

(48,669)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

18,185

19,861

2,751

Total So-Young International Inc. shareholdersequity

2,444,129

2,405,886

333,212

Non-controlling interests

117,185

118,239

16,376

Total shareholders’ equity

2,561,314

2,524,125

349,588

Total liabilities and shareholders equity

3,214,565

3,188,750

441,636

 

 

 

SO-YOUNG INTERNATIONAL INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 (Amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data) 

For the Three Months Ended

March 31,

2023

December 31,

 2023

March 31,

2024

March 31,

2024

RMB

RMB

RMB

US$

Revenues:

Information services and others

210,284

268,078

208,748

28,911

Reservation services

29,681

20,589

23,064

3,194

Sales of medical products and maintenance services

70,138

101,899

86,470

11,976

Total revenues

310,103

390,566

318,282

44,081

Cost of revenues:

Cost of services and others

(81,500)

(94,079)

(74,222)

(10,280)

Cost of medical products sold and maintenance services

(32,221)

(43,555)

(43,093)

(5,968)

Total cost of revenues

(113,721)

(137,634)

(117,315)

(16,248)

Gross profit

196,382

252,932

200,967

27,833

Operating expenses:

Sales and marketing expenses

(112,511)

(126,175)

(113,256)

(15,686)

General and administrative expenses

(61,514)

(86,668)

(84,953)

(11,766)

Research and development expenses

(55,793)

(44,993)

(39,591)

(5,483)

Total operating expenses

(229,818)

(257,836)

(237,800)

(32,935)

Loss from operations

(33,436)

(4,904)

(36,833)

(5,102)

Other income/(expenses):

Investment income, net

6,852

1,135

2,099

291

Interest income, net

11,927

10,820

12,313

1,705

Exchange gains

425

389

394

55

Impairment of long-term investment

(444)

Share of losses of equity method investee

(3,171)

(2,031)

(3,996)

(553)

Others, net

2,025

3,424

3,280

454

(Loss)/income before tax

(15,378)

8,389

(22,743)

(3,150)

Income tax benefits

4,264

10,835

2,557

354

Net (loss)/income

(11,114)

19,224

(20,186)

(2,796)

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(834)

(1,723)

(1,054)

(146)

Net (loss)/income attributable to So-Young International Inc.

(11,948)

17,501

(21,240)

(2,942)

 

 

 

SO-YOUNG INTERNATIONAL INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Continued)

 (Amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data) 

For the Three Months Ended

March 31,

2023

December 31,

 2023

March 31,

2024

March 31,

2024

RMB

RMB

RMB

US$

Net (loss)/earnings per ordinary share

Net (loss)/earnings per ordinary share attributable to ordinary shareholder – basic

(0.15)

0.23

(0.27)

(0.04)

Net (loss)/earnings per ordinary share attributable to ordinary shareholder – diluted

(0.15)

0.23

(0.27)

(0.04)

Net (loss)/earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders – basic (13 ADS represents
10 Class A ordinary shares)

(0.12)

0.18

(0.21)

(0.03)

Net (loss)/earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders – diluted (13 ADS
represents 10 Class A ordinary shares)

(0.12)

0.18

(0.21)

(0.03)

Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in computing earnings/(loss) per share,
basic*

79,850,312

76,584,151

79,551,454

 

79,551,454

Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in computing earnings/(loss) per share,

diluted*

79,850,312

77,011,890

79,551,454

79,551,454

Share-based compensation expenses included in:

Cost of revenues

(805)

(165)

55

8

Sales and marketing expenses

(1,494)

(2,830)

(53)

(7)

General and administrative expenses

(6,018)

(13,190)

(24,453)

(3,387)

Research and development expenses

(877)

(1,615)

(843)

(117)

* Both Class A and Class B ordinary shares are included in the calculation of the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding, basic and diluted.

 

 

 

SO-YOUNG INTERNATIONAL INC.

Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results

(Amounts in thousands, except for share and per share data)

For the Three Months Ended

March 31,

2023

December 31,

 2023

March 31,

2024

March 31,

2024

RMB

RMB

RMB

US$

GAAP loss from operations

(33,436)

(4,904)

(36,833)

(5,102)

Add back: Share-based compensation expenses

9,194

17,800

25,294

3,503

Non-GAAP (loss)/income from operations

(24,242)

12,896

(11,539)

(1,599)

GAAP net (loss)/income attributable to So-Young International Inc.

(11,948)

17,501

(21,240)

(2,942)

Add back: Share-based compensation expenses

9,194

17,800

25,294

3,503

Non-GAAP net (loss)/income attributable to So-Young International Inc.

(2,754)

35,301

4,054

561

 

 

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