Yalla Group Limited Announces Unaudited First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

DUBAI, UAE, May 21, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Yalla Group Limited (“Yalla” or the “Company”) (NYSE: YALA), the largest Middle East and North Africa (MENA)-based online social networking and gaming company, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024.

First Quarter 2024 Financial and Operating Highlights

  • Revenues were US$78.7 million in the first quarter of 2024, representing an increase of 7.1% from the first quarter of 2023.
    • Revenues generated from chatting services in the first quarter of 2024 were US$52.2 million.
    • Revenues generated from games services in the first quarter of 2024 were US$26.5 million.
  • Net income was US$31.1 million in the first quarter of 2024, a 56.2% increase from US$19.9 million in the first quarter of 2023. Net margin1 was 39.5% in the first quarter of 2024.
  • Non-GAAP net income2 was US$35.3 million in the first quarter of 2024, a 38.4% increase from US$25.5 million in the first quarter of 2023. Non-GAAP net margin3 was 44.8% in the first quarter of 2024.
  • Average MAUs4 increased by 14.6% to 37.8 million in the first quarter of 2024 from 33.0 million in the first quarter of 2023.
  • The number of paying users5 on our platform decreased by 5.2% to 12.8 million in the first quarter of 2024 from 13.5 million in the first quarter of 2023.

1 Net margin is net income as a percentage of revenues.

2 Non-GAAP net income represents net income excluding share-based compensation. Non-GAAP net income is a non-GAAP financial
measure. See the sections entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” for more
information about the non-GAAP measures referred to in this press release.

3 Non-GAAP net margin is non-GAAP net income as a percentage of revenues.

4 “Average MAUs” refers to the average monthly active users in a given period calculated by dividing (i) the sum of active users for
each month of such period, by (ii) the number of months in such period. “Active users” refers to registered users who accessed any of
our main mobile applications at least once during a given period. Yalla, Yalla Ludo, Yalla Parchis, YallaChat and 101 Okey Yalla have
been our main mobile applications for the periods presented herein; WeMuslim has been our main mobile application since the second
quarter of 2023; and Ludo Royal has been our main mobile application since the third quarter of 2023.

5 “Paying users” refers to registered users who played a game or purchased our virtual items or upgrade services using virtual currencies
on our main mobile applications at least once in a given period, except for users who received all of their virtual currencies directly or
indirectly from us for free; YallaChat and WeMuslim do not involve the usage of virtual currencies, and the metrics of “paying users”
and “ARPPU” do not reflect user activities on YallaChat and WeMuslim. “Registered users” refers to users who have registered accounts
on our main mobile applications as of a given time; a registered user is not necessarily a unique user, as an individual may register
multiple accounts on our main mobile applications.

 

Key Operating Data

For the three months ended

March 31, 2023

March 31, 2024

Average MAUs (in thousands)

32,973

37,791

Paying users (in thousands)

13,514

12,806

 

“We kicked off 2024 with a solid set of operational and financial results. In the first quarter, despite the impact posed by Ramadan beginning on March 11, our revenues increased by 7.1% year-over-year to US$78.7 million, landing in the upper end of our guidance and once again demonstrating the remarkable strength of our flagship applications,” said Mr. Yang Tao, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Yalla. “We also reaped rewards as we continued optimizing our user acquisition strategies and strengthening user engagement by leveraging our local know-how. For the first quarter, our group’s average MAUs reached 37.8 million, up 14.6% year-over-year. Our paying users also sequentially increased by 7.3% from last quarter to 12.8 million, reflecting users’ increasing willingness to pay for our products.

“Furthermore, we continued to explore and invest in Yalla Game, with a strategic focus on new game development. We are actively communicating with potential premium partners and recently joined the UK Interactive Entertainment Association (UKIE), deepening our commitment to enhancing connectivity within the global gaming industry and enriching the Middle Eastern gaming community with diverse, high-quality game content. We remain confident in the vast opportunities in MENA’s gaming industry. By capitalizing on our extensive expertise and resources in the MENA region, we are well-positioned to unlock the growth potential in the addressable market. As always, we are dedicated to delivering high-quality, tailored digital products that cater to the evolving needs of local users,” Mr. Yang concluded.

Ms. Karen Hu, CFO of Yalla, commented, “Our financial performance remained robust throughout the first quarter of 2024. Our ongoing efforts to deliver high-quality growth and enhance our operating efficiency resulted in meaningful profitability improvements, with net income increasing 56.2% year-over-year to US$31.1 million and net margin expanding from 27.1% to 39.5%. Looking ahead, we are confident that our strong cash position and excellent execution will empower us to capitalize on future opportunities, driving sustainable growth and creating value for all our stakeholders.”

First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

Revenues

Our revenues were US$78.7 million in the first quarter of 2024, a 7.1% increase from US$73.5 million in the first quarter of 2023. The increase was primarily driven by our broadening user base and enhanced monetization capability. Our average MAUs increased by 14.6% from 33.0 million in the first quarter of 2023 to 37.8 million in the first quarter of 2024. Our solid revenue growth was also partially attributable to the significant increase in ARPPU,6 which grew from US$5.39 in the first quarter of 2023 to US$6.03 in the first quarter of 2024.

In the first quarter of 2024, our revenues generated from chatting services were US$52.2 million, and revenues from games services were US$26.5 million.

Costs and expenses

Our total costs and expenses were US$49.6 million in the first quarter of 2024, a 12.7% decrease from US$56.8 million in the first quarter of 2023.

Our cost of revenues was US$28.6 million in the first quarter of 2024, a 2.6% increase from US$27.9 million in the same period last year, primarily due to higher commission fees paid to third-party payment platforms as a result of increasing revenue generated. Cost of revenues as a percentage of our total revenues decreased to 36.3% in the first quarter of 2024, compared with 37.9% in the first quarter of 2023.

Our selling and marketing expenses were US$8.1 million in the first quarter of 2024, a 28.7% decrease from US$11.4 million in the same period last year, primarily driven by our more disciplined advertising and promotion approach and lower share-based compensation expenses recognized in the first quarter of 2024. Selling and marketing expenses as a percentage of our total revenues decreased from 15.4% in the first quarter of 2023 to 10.3% in the first quarter of 2024.

Our general and administrative expenses were US$6.6 million in the first quarter of 2024, a 34.6% decrease from US$10.2 million in the same period last year, primarily driven by lower share-based compensation expenses recognized in the first quarter of 2024 and a decrease in professional service fees. General and administrative expenses as a percentage of our total revenues decreased from 13.8% in the first quarter of 2023 to 8.4% in the first quarter of 2024.

Our technology and product development expenses were US$6.3 million in the first quarter of 2024, a 15.5% decrease from US$7.4 million in the same period of last year, primarily due to a lower amount in performance-based bonuses recognized during this quarter. Technology and product development expenses as a percentage of our total revenues decreased from 10.1% in the first quarter of 2023 to 8.0% in the first quarter of 2024.

Operating income

Operating income was US$29.1 million in the first quarter of 2024, a 74.2% increase from US$16.7 million in the first quarter of 2023.

Non-GAAP operating income7

Non-GAAP operating income in the first quarter of 2024 was US$33.3 million, a 49.3% increase from US$22.3 million in the same period last year.

Interest income

Our interest income was US$6.6 million in the first quarter of 2024, compared with US$3.1 million in the first quarter of 2023, primarily due to an increase in interest rates applicable to the Company’s bank deposits.

Income tax expense

Our income tax expense was US$3.48 million in the first quarter of 2024, compared with US$0.62 million in the first quarter of 2023. The increase was primarily due to the introduction and implementation of the UAE Corporate Tax Law, which is effective for the financial years starting on or after June 1, 2023.

Net income

As a result of the foregoing, our net income was US$31.1 million in the first quarter of 2024, a 56.2% increase from US$19.9 million in the first quarter of 2023.

Non-GAAP net income

Non-GAAP net income in the first quarter of 2024 was US$35.3 million, a 38.4% increase from US$25.5 million in the same period last year.

Earnings per ordinary share

Basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share were US$0.20 and US$0.17, respectively, in the first quarter of 2024, while basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share were US$0.13 and US$0.11, respectively, in the same period of 2023.

Non-GAAP earnings per ordinary share8

Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share were US$0.22 and US$0.20, respectively, in the first quarter of 2024, compared with US$0.16 and US$0.14, respectively, in the same period of 2023.

Cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, term deposits and short-term investments 

As of March 31, 2024, we had cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, term deposits and short-term investments of US$482.7 million, compared with US$535.7 million as of December 31, 2023. The decrease was primarily due to the reallocation of some of the Company’s cash reserves to long-term investments in the first quarter of 2024.

Extension of the Share Repurchase Program

Pursuant to the Company’s share repurchase program beginning on May 21, 2021 with an extended expiration date of May 21, 2024, the Company had completed cash repurchases in the open market of 3,972,876 American depositary shares (“ADSs”), representing 3,972,876 Class A ordinary shares, for an aggregate amount of approximately US$35.5 million, as of March 31, 2024. The aggregate value of ADSs and/or Class A ordinary shares that remain available for purchase under the current share repurchase program was US$114.5 million as of March 31, 2024. On May 16, 2024, the Company’s board of directors approved an extension of the expiration date of the share repurchase program to May 21, 2025.

Outlook

For the second quarter of 2024, Yalla currently expects revenues to be between US$72.0 million and US$79.0 million.

The above outlook is based on current market conditions and reflects the Company management’s current and preliminary estimates of market and operating conditions and customer demand, which are all subject to change.

6 “ARPPU” refers to average revenues per paying user in a given period, which is calculated by dividing (i) revenues for such period,
by (ii) the number of paying users for such period. When calculating the ARPPU, we include revenues generated from Yalla, Yalla
Ludo, Yalla Parchis, 101 Okey Yalla and Ludo Royal (since the third quarter of 2023) in a given period.

7 Non-GAAP operating income represents operating income excluding share-based compensation. Non-GAAP operating income is
a non-GAAP financial measure. See the sections entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-
GAAP Results” for more information about the non-GAAP measures referred to in this press release.

8 Non-GAAP earnings per ordinary share is non-GAAP net income attributable to Yalla Group Limited’s shareholders, divided by
weighted average number of basic and diluted shares outstanding. Non-GAAP net income attributable to Yalla Group Limited’s
shareholders represents net income attributable to Yalla Group Limited’s shareholders, excluding share-based compensation. Non-
GAAP earnings per ordinary share and non-GAAP net income attributable to Yalla Group Limited’s shareholders are non-GAAP
financial measures. See the sections entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results”
for more information about the non-GAAP measures referred to in this press release.

Conference Call

The Company’s management will host an earnings conference call on Monday, May 20, 2024, at 8:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time, Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 4:00 AM Dubai Time, or Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 8:00 AM Beijing/Hong Kong time.

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

United States Toll Free:

+1-888-317-6003

International:

+1-412-317-6061

United Arab Emirates Toll Free:

80-003-570-3589

Mainland China Toll Free:

400-120-6115

Hong Kong, China Toll Free:

800-963-976

Access Code:

3921468

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

A replay of the conference call will be accessible until May 27, 2024, by dialing the following telephone numbers:

United States Toll Free:

+1-877-344-7529

International:

+1-412-317-0088

Access Code:

7146269

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 financial measures, namely non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net margin and non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share, as supplemental measures to review and assess the Company’s operating performance. The presentation of the 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 U.S. GAAP. We define non-GAAP operating income as operating income excluding share-based compensation. We define non-GAAP net income as net income excluding share-based compensation. We define non-GAAP net margin as non-GAAP net income as a percentage of revenues. We define non-GAAP net income attributable to Yalla Group Limited’s shareholders as net income attributable to Yalla Group Limited’s shareholders, excluding share-based compensation. We define non-GAAP earnings per ordinary share as non-GAAP net income attributable to Yalla Group Limited’s shareholders, divided by the weighted average number of basic and diluted shares outstanding.

By excluding the impact of share-based compensation expenses, which are non-cash charges, the Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures help identify underlying trends in its business and enhance the overall understanding of the Company’s past performance and future prospects. Investors can better understand the Company’s operating and financial performance, compare business trends among different reporting periods on a consistent basis and assess its core operating results, as they exclude share-based compensation expenses, which are not expected to result in cash payments. The Company also believes that the non-GAAP financial measures allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by the Company’s management in its financial and operational decision-making.

The 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 analytical tools. One of the key limitations of using the non-GAAP financial measures is that they do not reflect all items of income and expense that affect the Company’s operations. Share-based compensation has been and may continue to be incurred in the Company’s business and is not reflected in the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures. Further, the non-GAAP financial measure may differ from the non-GAAP information used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited.

The Company compensates for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of its non-GAAP financial measures in the reconciliations to the nearest U.S. GAAP performance measures, all of which should be considered when evaluating its performance. The Company encourages investors and others to review its financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

Reconciliations of GAAP and non-GAAP results are set forth at the end of this press release.

About Yalla Group Limited

Yalla Group Limited is the largest MENA-based online social networking and gaming company, in terms of revenue in 2022. The Company operates two flagship mobile applications, Yalla, a voice-centric group chat platform, and Yalla Ludo, a casual gaming application featuring online versions of board games, popular in MENA, with in-game voice chat and localized Majlis functionality. Building on the success of Yalla and Yalla Ludo, the Company continues to add engaging new content, creating a regionally-focused, integrated ecosystem dedicated to fulfilling MENA users’ evolving online social networking and gaming needs. Through its holding subsidiary, Yalla Game Limited, the Company has expanded its capabilities in mid-core and hard-core games in the MENA region, leveraging its local expertise to bring innovative gaming content to its users. In addition, the growing Yalla ecosystem includes YallaChat, an IM product tailored for Arabic users, WeMuslim, a product that supports Arabic users in observing their customs, and casual games such as Yalla Baloot and 101 Okey Yalla, developed to sustain vibrant local gaming communities in MENA. Yalla is also actively exploring outside of MENA with Yalla Parchis, a Ludo game designed for the South American markets. Yalla’s mobile applications deliver a seamless experience that fosters a sense of loyalty and belonging, establishing highly devoted and engaged user communities through close attention to detail and localized appeal that profoundly resonates with users.

For more information, please visit: https://ir.yalla.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements that may constitute “forward-looking” statements pursuant to 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,” “aims,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “likely to” and similar statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Yalla Group Limited’s beliefs, plans and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Yalla Group Limited’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and Yalla Group Limited does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Yalla Group Limited
Investor Relations
Kerry Gao – IR Director
Tel: +86-571-8980-7962
Email: ir@yalla.com

Piacente Financial Communications
Jenny Cai
Tel: +86-10-6508-0677
Email: yalla@tpg-ir.com

In the United States:

Piacente Financial Communications
Brandi Piacente
Tel: +1-212-481-2050
Email: yalla@tpg-ir.com

 

 

YALLA GROUP LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

As of

December 31,
2023
 

March 31,
2024
 

US$

US$

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

311,883,463

296,550,420

Restricted cash

423,567

422,833

Term deposits

213,105,501

175,330,585

Short-term investments

10,282,329

10,394,214

Amounts due from a related party

109,507

Prepayments and other current assets

33,340,602

36,199,326

Total current assets

569,144,969

518,897,378

Non-current assets

Property and equipment, net

1,583,604

1,346,083

Intangible asset, net

1,133,715

1,074,036

Operating lease right-of-use assets

2,382,026

2,114,623

Long-term investments

51,692,218

131,516,864

Other assets

13,015,729

12,993,165

Total non-current assets

69,807,292

149,044,771

Total assets

638,952,261

667,942,149

LIABILITIES

Current liabilities

Accounts payable

928,055

867,064

Deferred revenue

46,558,571

49,336,350

Operating lease liabilities, current

1,153,691

1,107,495

Amounts due to a related party

47,036

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

26,694,999

18,171,848

Total current liabilities

75,335,316

69,529,793

Non-current liabilities

Operating lease liabilities, non-current

949,970

466,142

Total non-current liabilities

949,970

466,142

Total liabilities

76,285,286

69,995,935

EQUITY

Shareholders’ equity of Yalla Group Limited

Class A Ordinary Shares

13,778

13,811

Class B Ordinary Shares

2,473

2,473

Additional paid-in capital

313,306,523

317,571,228

Treasury stock

(35,527,305)

(35,527,305)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(2,341,740)

(2,415,420)

Retained earnings

292,223,525

323,817,628

Total shareholders’ equity of Yalla Group Limited

567,677,254

603,462,415

Non-controlling interests

(5,010,279)

(5,516,201)

Total equity

562,666,975

597,946,214

Total liabilities and equity

638,952,261

667,942,149

 

 

YALLA GROUP LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS

OF OPERATIONS

Three Months Ended

March 31,
2023

December 31,
2023

March 31,
2024

US$

US$

US$

Revenues

73,518,613

80,925,228

78,728,578

Costs and expenses

Cost of revenues

(27,852,477)

(30,571,656)

(28,571,261)

Selling and marketing expenses

(11,354,975)

(10,356,555)

(8,099,936)

General and administrative expenses

(10,164,394)

(11,300,036)

(6,647,892)

Technology and product development expenses

(7,411,188)

(5,411,303)

(6,262,254)

Total costs and expenses

(56,783,034)

(57,639,550)

(49,581,343)

Operating income

16,735,579

23,285,678

29,147,235

Interest income

3,118,289

6,479,095

6,644,884

Government grants

177,659

154,908

67,332

Investment income (loss)

491,889

271,566

(1,288,127)

Income before income taxes

20,523,416

30,191,247

34,571,324

Income tax expense

(616,358)

(539,276)

(3,483,208)

Net income

19,907,058

29,651,971

31,088,116

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests

554,591

1,533,491

505,987

Net income attributable to Yalla Group
   Limited’s shareholders

20,461,649

31,185,462

31,594,103

Earnings per ordinary share

——Basic

0.13

0.20

0.20

——Diluted

0.11

0.17

0.17

Weighted average number of shares
   outstanding used in computing earnings
   per ordinary share

——Basic

157,976,350

159,656,332

160,379,455

——Diluted

180,517,715

182,819,044

183,260,168

Share-based compensation was allocated in cost of revenues, selling and marketing expenses, general and administrative expenses and
technology and product development expenses as follows:

Three Months Ended

March 31,
2023

December 31,
2023

March 31,
2024

US$

US$

US$

Cost of revenues

1,030,249

1,479,600

1,902,717

Selling and marketing expenses

971,335

692,727

700,115

General and administrative expenses

3,245,278

1,417,835

1,333,314

Technology and product development expenses

349,277

198,803

262,731

Total share-based compensation expenses

5,596,139

3,788,965

4,198,877

 

 

YALLA GROUP LIMITED

RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS 

Three Months Ended

March 31,
2023

December 31,
2023

March 31,
2024

US$

US$

US$

Operating income

16,735,579

23,285,678

29,147,235

Share-based compensation expenses

5,596,139

3,788,965

4,198,877

Non-GAAP operating income

22,331,718

27,074,643

33,346,112

Net income

19,907,058

29,651,971

31,088,116

Share-based compensation expenses,
   net of tax effect of nil

5,596,139

3,788,965

4,198,877

Non-GAAP net income

25,503,197

33,440,936

35,286,993

Net income attributable to Yalla
   Group Limited’s shareholders

20,461,649

31,185,462

31,594,103

Share-based compensation expenses,
   net of tax effect of nil

5,596,139

3,788,965

4,198,877

Non-GAAP net income attributable to
   Yalla Group Limited’s shareholders

26,057,788

34,974,427

35,792,980

Non-GAAP earnings per ordinary share

——Basic

0.16

0.22

0.22

——Diluted

0.14

0.19

0.20

Weighted average number of shares
   outstanding used in computing earnings
   per ordinary share

——Basic

157,976,350

159,656,332

160,379,455

——Diluted

180,517,715

182,819,044

183,260,168

 

 

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