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KE Holdings Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Unaudited Financial Results

BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--KE Holdings Inc. (“Beike” or the “Company”) (NYSE: BEKE), a leading integrated online and offline platform for housing transactions and services, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.

Business Highlights for the Fourth Quarter of 2020

  • Gross transaction value (GTV)1was RMB1,120.0 billion (US$171.6 billion), an increase of 65.4% year-over-year. GTV of existing home transactions was RMB584.7 billion (US$89.6 billion), an increase of 69.8% year-over-year. GTV of new home transactions was RMB469.2 billion (US$71.9 billion), an increase of 55.5% year-over-year. GTV of emerging and other services was RMB66.1 billion (US$10.1 billion), an increase of 113.2% year-over-year.
  • Net revenues were RMB22.7 billion (US$3.5 billion), an increase of 57.6% year-over-year.
  • Net income was RMB1,096 million (US$168 million). Adjusted net income2 was RMB2,001 million (US$307 million), an increase of 4,424.8% year-over-year.
  • Number of stores was 46,946 as of December 31, 2020, a 25.1% increase from one year ago.
  • Number of agents was 493,088 as of December 31, 2020, a 37.9% increase from one year ago.
  • Mobile monthly active users (MAU)3averaged 48.2 million, an increase of 88.3% year-over-year.

Business Highlights for the Fiscal Year 2020

  • GTV was RMB3,499.1 billion (US$536.3 billion), an increase of 64.5% year-over-year. GTV of existing home transactions was RMB1,940.0 billion (US$297.3 billion), an increase of 49.5% year-over-year. GTV of new home transactions was RMB1,383.0 billion (US$211.9 billion), an increase of 85.0% year-over-year. GTV of emerging and other services was RMB176.1 billion (US$27.0 billion), an increase of 113.0% year-over-year.
  • Net revenues were RMB70.5 billion (US$10.8 billion), an increase of 53.2% year-over-year.
  • Net income was RMB2,778 million (US$426 million). Adjusted net income was RMB5,720 million (US$877 million), an increase of 245.4% year-over-year.

Mr. Stanley Yongdong Peng, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Beike, commented, “We achieved exceptional growth in 2020, closing the year with solid fourth quarter operational and financial results. Our massive scale, operating efficiency and high-quality services, combined with strong network effects, have created a virtuous cycle, spurring a 64.5% year-over-year jump in our full year GTV to RMB3.5 trillion. The ground we’ve covered in the past year has cemented our confidence that the value brought by our commitment to doing the right thing even if it’s difficult, is the foundation for all our achievements.

With a focus on creating value for our customers and empowering stores and agents, our GTV for existing home transaction services grew by a substantial 49.5% to RMB1.94 trillion in 2020. Our platform vigorously promoted 8 core commitments to our customers, including authentic listing guarantees and transaction fund escrow services, which penetrated 84% of stores in the top 30 cities in the fourth quarter of 2020. GTV for new home transaction services climbed by 85% to RMB1.38 trillion in 2020, owing to our three-pronged approach of ensuring satisfaction of customers’ needs, supporting service providers, and establishing relationships with an increasing number of real estate developers and providing more tailored and more efficient services that cater to their needs. We extended commission advances covering more than 40% of new home sales commission-split to connected stores and other platform participants in 2020, and successfully brought the whole process online. During the year, we also made solid headway in home decoration and renovation services, as well as financial services in preparation for our next phase of growth.

For 2021, we have five focus areas - taking care of our customers, supporting service providers, cultivating our emerging services, creating social value, and enhancing technology’s critical role in this broad market opportunity. We are confident of our growth trajectory, as we move closer to realizing our vision of providing comprehensive and trusted housing services to 300 million families in China,” concluded Mr. Peng.

Mr. Tao Xu, Chief Financial Officer of Beike, further commented, “We delivered another quarter of solid financial results, marked by high revenue growth and strong profitability. Our total net revenues in the fourth quarter increased by 57.6% year-over-year to RMB22.7 billion, exceeding the high end of our previous guidance range. We are also very pleased to witness that over 30% of stores on Beike platform had an annual GTV of RMB50 million or more in 2020, which we believe is an adequate level to support sustainable growth of the stores, compared to 19% in prior year, demonstrating the strong network effects of our agent cooperation network (ACN). Going forward, we will remain focused on taking better care of consumers and support platform participants such as brokerage brands, store owners, agents and real estate developers to take better care of consumers, while continuously strengthening our competitive moat and growing our business at a fast pace. As we continue to invest in our ACN infrastructure, user base expansion and innovative A.I. technologies, we are confident that we will further enhance our monetization capabilities and deliver sustainable growth.”

Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues increased by 57.6% to RMB22.7 billion (US$3.5 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB14.4 billion in the same period of 2019. The increase was driven by the total GTV growth of 65.4% to RMB1,120.0 billion (US$171.6 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB677.1 billion in the same period of 2019.

  • Net revenues from existing home transaction services increased by 56.1% to RMB9.2 billion (US$1.4 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB5.9 billion in the same period of 2019, primarily attributable to a 69.8% increase in GTV of existing home transactions to RMB584.7 billion (US$89.6 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB344.3 billion in the same period of 2019.

    Among that, (i) the revenue derived from platform service, franchise service and other value-added services, which are mostly charged to connected stores and agents on the Company’s platform increased by 64.8% to RMB1.0 billion (US$0.2 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB0.6 billion in the same period of 2019, as the GTV of existing home transactions served by connected agents on the Company’s platform increased by 95.4% to RMB283.8 billion (US$43.5 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB145.2 billion in the same period of 2019, as well as moderate increase in existing home transaction commission rate charged from connected stores. The growth rate of GTV of existing home transactions served by connected agents exceeded that of the revenue derived from platform service, franchise service and other value-added services, primarily due to fee remission on recruiting, training and other VAS services, as well as a decrease in the total amount of upfront onboard fee charged to newly connected stores; and

    (ii) commission revenue increased by 55.1% to RMB8.2 billion (US$1.3 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB5.3 billion in the same period of 2019, driven by the GTV of existing home transactions served by the Company’s Lianjia brand increased by 51.l% to RMB300.9 billion (US$46.1 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB199.1 billion in the same period of 2019.

  • Net revenues from new home transaction services increased by 58.8% to RMB12.9 billion (US$2.0 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB8.1 billion in the same period of 2019, primarily attributable to an increase of 55.5% in the GTV of new home transactions to RMB469.2 billion (US$71.9 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB301.7 billion in the same period of 2019. The GTV of new home transactions served by Lianjia brand increased by 26.0% to RMB80.5 billion (US$12.3 billion) from RMB63.8 billion in the same period of 2019, while the GTV of new home transaction services completed on Beike platform through connected agents and other sales channels increased by 63.4% to RMB388.7 billion (US$59.6 billion) from RMB237.9 billion in the same period of 2019.
  • Net revenues from emerging and other services increased by 58.1% to RMB0.6 billion (US$0.1 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB0.4 billion in the same period of 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to the increase of penetration level in the Company’s financial services around the housing transaction services, as well as increased number of home decorations units completed through the Company’s platform.

Cost of Revenues

Total cost of revenues increased by 48.2% to RMB17.2 billion (US$2.6 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB11.6 billion in the same period of 2019, primarily attributable to the increase in both split commission to connected agents and other sales channels, and internal commission and compensation.

  • Commission - split. The Company’s cost of revenues for commissions to connected agents and other sales channels increased by 59.2% to RMB8.7 billion (US$1.3 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB5.5 billion in the same period of 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to the incremental increase in the number of new home transactions completed through connected agents and other sales channels.
  • Commission and compensation - internal. The Company’s cost of revenues for internal commission and compensation increased by 38.6% to RMB6.8 billion (US$1.0 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB4.9 billion in the same period of 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to the increase in the number of new and existing home transactions completed through Lianjia brand.
  • Cost related to stores. The Company’s cost related to stores increased by 19.0% to RMB0.9 billion (US$0.1 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 as compared to RMB0.8 billion in the same period of 2019, mainly due to the increase in the number of stores under Lianjia brand in top tier cities with higher rental cost, as well as a moderate increase in store level rental cost year-over-year.
  • Other cost. The Company’s other cost increased by 71.0% to RMB0.8 billion (US$0.1 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 as compared to RMB0.5 billion in the same period of 2019, mainly due to the increase in share-based compensation.

Gross Profit

Gross profit increased by 97.4% to RMB5.4 billion (US$0.8 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB2.7 billion in the same period of 2019. Gross margin increased to 23.9% in the fourth quarter of 2020 from 19.1% in the same period of 2019. The increase in gross margin was mainly attributable to the decrease of internal commission and compensation as percentage of net revenues from existing home transactions services completed through Lianjia brand, as well as the decrease of commission split as percentage of net revenues from new home transactions services completed through connected agents and other sales channels.

Income (Loss) from Operations

Total operating expenses decreased to RMB4.2 billion (US$0.6 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB5.9 billion in the same period of 2019.

  • General and administrative expenses were RMB1,884 million (US$289 million) in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to RMB4,562 million in the same period of 2019, mainly due to the decrease of share-based compensation expenses.
  • Sales and marketing expenses were RMB1,323 million (US$203 million) in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to RMB831 million in the same period of 2019, mainly due to the increase of the brand advertising and promotional marketing activities.
  • Research and development expenses were RMB714 million (US$109 million) in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to RMB478 million in the same period of 2019, mainly due to the increase of share-based compensation expenses.

Income from operations was RMB1,267 million (US$194 million) in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to loss from operations of RMB3,123 million in the same period of 2019. Operating margin was 5.6% in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to negative 21.7% in the same period of 2019, primarily due to the decrease of share-based compensation expenses.

Adjusted income from operations4 was RMB2,231 million (US$342 million) in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to adjusted loss from operations of RMB80 million in the same period of 2019. Adjusted operating margin5 was 9.8% in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to negative 0.6% in the same period of 2019, mainly attributable to the increase of gross margin and improvement of operating leverage. Adjusted EBITDA6 increased by 2,183.9% to RMB2,897 million (US$444 million) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB127 million in the same period of 2019.

Net Income (Loss)

Net income was RMB1,096 million (US$168 million) in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to net loss of RMB3,121 million in the same period of 2019.

Adjusted net income increased by 4,424.8% to RMB2,001 million (US$307 million) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB44 million in the same period of 2019.

Net Income (Loss) attributable to KE Holdings Inc.’s ordinary shareholders

Net income attributable to KE Holdings Inc.’s ordinary shareholders was RMB1,095 million (US$168 million) in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to net loss attributable to KE Holdings Inc.’s ordinary shareholders of RMB3,699 million in the same period of 2019.

Adjusted net income attributable to KE Holdings Inc.7 increased by 4,508.2% to RMB2,000 million (US$307 million) in the fourth quarter of 2020 from RMB43 million in the same period of 2019.

Net Income (Loss) per ADS

Diluted net income per ADS attributable to KE Holdings Inc.’s ordinary shareholders8 was RMB0.93 (US$0.14) in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to diluted net loss per ADS attributable to KE Holdings Inc.’s ordinary shareholders of RMB7.99 in the same period of 2019.

Adjusted diluted net income per ADS attributable to KE Holdings Inc.’s ordinary shareholders9 was RMB1.71 (US$0.26) in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to adjusted diluted net loss per ADS attributable to KE Holdings Inc.’s ordinary shareholders of RMB1.15 in the same period of 2019.

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

As of December 31, 2020, the combined balance of the Company’s cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments amounted to RMB65.2 billion (US$10.0 billion).

Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues increased by 53.2% to RMB70.5 billion (US$10.8 billion) in 2020 from RMB46.0 billion in 2019. The increase was driven by the robust total GTV growth by 64.5% to RMB3,499.1 billion (US$536.3 billion) in 2020 from RMB2,127.7 billion in 2019.

  • Net revenues from existing home transaction services increased by 24.4% to RMB30.6 billion (US$4.7 billion) in 2020 from RMB24.6 billion in 2019, primarily attributable to a 49.5% increase in GTV of existing home transactions to RMB1,940.0 billion (US$297.3 billion) in 2020 from RMB1,297.4 billion in 2019. The higher growth rate of GTV of existing home transaction services was primarily attributable to the GTV mix shift in existing home transaction services from GTV served by Lianjia brand where revenue is recorded on a gross commission revenue basis, towards GTV served by connected agents on the Company’s platform, where revenue is recorded on a net basis from platform service, franchise service and other value-added services.

    Among that, (i) the revenue derived from platform service, franchise service and other value-added services increased by 94.3% to RMB3.0 billion (US$0.5 billion) in 2020 from RMB1.5 billion in 2019, as the GTV of existing home transactions served by connected agents on the Company’s platform increased by 109.9% to RMB928.1 billion (US$142.2 billion) in 2020 from RMB442.1 billion in 2019, as well as moderate increase in existing home transaction commission rate charged from connected stores; and

    (ii) commission revenue increased by 19.7% to RMB27.6 billion (US$4.2 billion) in 2020 from RMB23.0 billion in 2019, driven by the GTV of existing home transactions served by the Company’s Lianjia brand increased by 18.3% to RMB1,011.9 billion (US$155.1 billion) in 2020 from RMB855.3 billion in 2019.

  • Net revenues from new home transaction services increased by 87.1% to RMB37.9 billion (US$5.8 billion) in 2020 from RMB20.3 billion in 2019, primarily attributable to an increase of 85.0% in the GTV of new home transactions to RMB1,383.0 billion (US$211.9 billion) in 2020 from RMB747.6 billion in 2019. The GTV of new home transactions served by Lianjia brand increased by 37.2% to RMB276.7 billion (US$42.4 billion), while the GTV of new home transaction services completed on the Company’s platform through connected agents and other sales channels increased by 102.7% year-over-year to RMB1,106.3 billion (US$169.5 billion).
  • Net revenues from emerging and other services increased by 68.7% to RMB2.0 billion (US$0.3 billion) in 2020 from RMB1.2 billion in 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to the increase of service penetration level in the Company’s financial services around the housing transaction services, as well as the increase in revenues from other services.

Cost of Revenues

Total cost of revenues increased by 54.3% to RMB53.6 billion (US$8.2 billion) in 2020 from RMB34.7 billion in 2019, primarily due to the increase in both split commission to connected agents and other sales channels, and internal commission and compensation.

  • Commission - split. The Company’s cost of revenues for commissions to connected agents and other sales channels increased by 122.7% to RMB24.8 billion (US$3.8 billion) in 2020 from RMB11.2 billion in 2019.
  • Commission and compensation - internal. The Company’s cost of revenues for internal commission and compensation increased by 20.0% to RMB23.3 billion (US$3.6 billion) in 2020 from RMB19.4 billion in 2019.
  • Cost related to stores. The Company’s cost related to stores increased by 4.2% to RMB3.2 billion (US$0.5 billion) in 2020 from RMB3.1 billion in 2019.
  • Other cost. The Company’s other cost increased by 109.8% to RMB2.2 billion (US$0.3 billion) in 2020 from RMB1.1 billion in 2019, mainly due to the increase in share-based compensation.

Gross Profit

Gross profit increased by 49.6% to RMB16.9 billion (US$2.6 billion) in 2020 from RMB11.3 billion in 2019. Gross margin was 23.9% in 2020, compared to 24.5% in 2019. The decrease in gross margin was mainly due to a continuing revenue mix shift towards new home transaction services.

Income (Loss) from Operations

Total Operating expenses increased by 7.4% to RMB14.0 billion (US$2.1 billion) in 2020 from RMB13.1 billion in 2019.

  • General and administrative expenses were RMB7,589 million (US$1,163 million) in 2020, compared to RMB8,377 million in 2019, mainly due to the decrease of share-based compensation expenses.
  • Sales and marketing expenses were RMB3,715 million (US$569 million) in 2020, compared to RMB3,106 million in 2019, mainly due to the increase of the brand advertising and promotional marketing activities.
  • Research and development expenses were RMB2,478 million (US$380 million) in 2020, compared to RMB1,571 million in 2019, mainly due to the increase of share-based compensation expenses, and the increase in headcount of experienced research and development personnel.

Income from operations was RMB2,842 million (US$436 million) in 2020, compared to loss from operations of RMB1,786 million in 2019. Operating margin was 4.0% in 2020, compared to negative 3.9% in 2019, primarily attributable to the decrease of share-based compensation expenses.

Adjusted income from operations increased by 206.2% to RMB5,935 million (US$910 million) in 2020 from RMB1,938 million in 2019. Adjusted operating margin increased to 8.4% in 2020 from 4.2% in 2019. Adjusted EBITDA increased by 165.2% to RMB7,738 million (US$1,186 million) in 2020 from RMB2,917 million in 2019.

Net Income (Loss)

Net income was RMB2,778 million (US$426 million) in 2020, compared to net loss of RMB2,180 million in 2019.

Adjusted net income increased by 245.4% to RMB5,720 million (US$877 million) in 2020 from RMB1,656 million in 2019.

Net Income (Loss) attributable to KE Holdings Inc.’s Ordinary Shareholders

Net income attributable to KE Holdings Inc.’s ordinary shareholders was RMB720 million (US$110 million) in 2020, compared to net loss attributable to KE Holdings Inc.’s ordinary shareholders of RMB4,050 million in 2019.

Adjusted net income attributable to KE Holdings Inc. increased by 246.3% to RMB5,717 million (US$876 million) in 2020 from RMB1,651 million in 2019.

Net Income (Loss) per ADS

Diluted net income per ADS attributable to KE Holdings Inc.’s ordinary shareholders was RMB0.95 (US$0.15) in 2020, compared to diluted net loss per ADS attributable to KE Holdings Inc.’s ordinary shareholders of RMB8.82 in 2019.

Adjusted diluted net income per ADS attributable to KE Holdings Inc.’s ordinary shareholders was RMB3.69 (US$0.57) in 2020, compared to adjusted diluted net loss per ADS attributable to KE Holdings Inc.’s ordinary shareholders of RMB0.47 in 2019.

Business Outlook

For the first quarter of 2021, the Company expects total net revenues to be between RMB18.5 billion (US$2.8 billion) and RMB19.5 billion (US$3.0 billion), representing an increase of approximately 159.8% to 173.9% from the same quarter of 2020. This business outlook reflects the Company’s current and preliminary view on the business situation and market condition, which is subject to change.

Conference Call Information

The Company will hold a conference call on 9:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time on Monday, March 15, 2021 (9:00 AM Beijing/Hong Kong Time on Tuesday, March 16, 2021) to discuss the financial results. Details for the conference call are as follows:

Event Title: KE Holdings Inc. Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Earnings Conference Call

Conference ID: 5058058

All participants must use the link provided below to complete the online registration process in advance of the conference call. Upon registering, each participant will receive a set of participant dial-in numbers, the Direct Event passcode, and a unique registrant ID by email.

PRE-REGISTER LINK:

http://apac.directeventreg.com/registration/event/5058058

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available at the Company’s investor relations website at http://investors.ke.com/.

The replay will be accessible through March 23, 2021, by dialing the following numbers:

United States Toll Free:

+1-855-452-5696

Mainland, China:

400-602-2065

Hong Kong, China:

+852-3051-2780

International:

+61-2-8199-0299

Conference ID:

5058058

Exchange Rate

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars ("US$") at specified rates solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise stated, all translations from RMB to US$ were made at the rate of RMB6.5250 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on December 31, 2020, in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or US$ amounts referred could be converted into US$ or RMB, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all. For analytical presentation, all percentages are calculated using the numbers presented in the financial statements contained in this earnings release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses adjusted income (loss) from operations, adjusted net income (loss), adjusted net income (loss) attributable to KE Holdings Inc.

Contacts

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:

KE Holdings Inc.

Investor Relations

Matthew Zhao

Siting Li

E-mail: [email protected]

The Piacente Group, Inc.

Ross Warner

Tel: +86-10-6508-0677

E-mail: [email protected]

In the United States:

The Piacente Group, Inc.

Brandi Piacente

Tel: +1-212-481-2050

E-mail: [email protected]

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