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Niu Technologies Announces Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

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  • NIU

-- Third Quarter Total Volume of e-scooter sales up 58.3% year over year

-- Third Quarter Revenues of RMB 1,226.4 million, up 37.1% year over year

-- Third Quarter Net Income of RMB 91.7 million, compared with RMB 80.0 million in the same period of last year

BEIJING, Nov. 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Niu Technologies (“NIU”, or “the Company”) (NASDAQ: NIU), the world’s leading provider of smart urban mobility solutions, today announced its financial results for the third quarter 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Revenues were RMB 1,226.4 million, an increase of 37.1% year over year

  • Gross margin was 20.0%, compared with 20.9% in the third quarter of last year

  • Net income was RMB 91.7 million, an increase of 14.6% compared with RMB 80.0 million in the third quarter of last year

  • Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)1 was RMB 102.2 million, an increase of 12.9% compared with RMB 90.6 million in the third quarter of last year

Third Quarter 2021 Operating Highlights

  • The number of e-scooters sold reached 397,079, up 58.3% year over year

  • The number of e-scooters sold in China reached 392,112, up 59.9% year over year

  • The number of e-scooters sold in the international markets was 4,967, down 11.2% year over year

  • The number of franchised stores in China was 2,686 as of September 30, 2021, an increase of 320 from June 30, 2021

  • International sales network expanded to 41 distributors covering 49 countries

Dr. Yan Li, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented: “We delivered a strong quarter with China sales volume up by 59.9% amid weaker economic conditions. Our expansion strategy in product offerings and retail coverage combined with targeted marketing and promotional activities continued to be effective in driving sales volume growth and increasing our market share. Our cost optimization initiatives have shown positive results since September and we expect to benefit more in the future quarters. The widened product portfolio and channel coverage also laid a strong foundation for our growth in Q4 and 2022.”

Dr. Li continued, “The decrease of sales volume in the international markets was mainly caused by the impact of COVID-19 during the third quarter and the ongoing difficulties in international shipping, which we expect to improve in Q4. In Q3, we successfully launched our kick-scooter KQi3 in the international markets and received orders for more than 15,000 units during the third quarter. In September, we started to deliver kick-scooters to the international markets and there will be more deliveries in the fourth quarter. Furthermore, we will be debuting five exciting new products at EICMA 2021, in Milan just for the global markets, including our most powerful 125cc electric moped, the MQiGT-EVO, our first 150cc hybrid moped, the YQi, our upgraded e-bike BQi and two additional KQi series kick scooters, demonstrating our continued commitment in global sustainable micro-mobility markets. With these new products, we are very excited about the growth prospects of our business for the global markets and look forward to continued growth.”

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Revenues were RMB 1,226.4 million, an increase of 37.1% year over year, due to 58.3% higher sales volume, partially offset by decreased revenues per e-scooter of 13.4%. The following table shows the revenues breakdown and revenues per e-scooter in the periods presented:

Revenues
(in RMB million)

2021
Q3

2020
Q3

% change
YoY

E-scooter sales from China market

1,077.3

740.8

+45.4%

E-scooter sales from international markets

43.2

59.6

-27.5%

E-scooter sales, sub-total

1,120.5

800.4

+40.0%

Accessories, spare parts and services

105.9

94.1

+12.6%

Total

1,226.4

894.5

+37.1%


Revenues per e-scooter
(in RMB)

2021
Q3

2020
Q3

% change
YoY

E-scooter sales from China market2

2,748

3,020

-9.0%

E-scooter sales from international markets2

8,693

10,647

-18.4%

E-scooter sales

2,822

3,190

-11.5%

Accessories, spare parts and services3

267

375

-28.8%

Revenues per e-scooter

3,089

3,565

-13.4%

  • E-scooter sales revenues from China market were RMB 1,077.3 million, an increase of 45.4%, and represented 96.1% of total e-scooter revenues. The increase was mainly driven by retail network expansion and new product launches in China.

  • E-scooter sales revenues from international markets were RMB 43.2 million, a decrease of 27.5%, and represented 3.9% of total e-scooter revenues. The decrease was mainly due to the impact of COVID-19 and the ongoing difficulties in international shipping.

  • Accessories, spare parts sales and services revenues were RMB 105.9 million, an increase of 12.6% and represented 8.6% of total revenues. The increase was mainly driven by higher e-scooter sales volume in China.

  • The decrease of revenues per e-scooter was mainly due to change in product mix.

Cost of revenues was RMB 981.2 million, an increase of 38.7% year over year, mainly due to higher e-scooter sales volume. The cost per e-scooter, defined as cost of revenues divided by the number of e-scooters sold in a specified period, was RMB 2,471, down 12.4% from RMB 2,819 in the third quarter 2020 mainly due to change in product mix.

Gross margin was 20.0%, compared with 20.9% in the same period of 2020. The decrease was mainly due to weaker international sales.

Operating expenses were RMB 153.2 million, an increase of 42.8% from the same period of 2020. Operating expenses as a percentage of revenues was 12.5%, compared with 12.0% in the third quarter of 2020.

  • Selling and marketing expenses were RMB 89.8 million (including RMB 3.3 million of share-based compensation), an increase of 76.7% from RMB 50.8 million in the third quarter of 2020. The increase was mainly due to the increase in advertising and promotion expense of RMB 24.6 million, the increase in depreciation and amortization expense of RMB 10.5 million as a result of opening of new franchised stores, and the increase in staff cost of RMB 6.8 million. Selling and marketing expenses as a percentage of revenues was 7.3% compared with 5.7% in the third quarter of 2020.

  • Research and development expenses were RMB 33.7 million (including RMB 4.2 million of share-based compensation), an increase of 16.7% from RMB 28.9 million in the third quarter of 2020, mainly due to the increase in staff cost of RMB 4.8 million and the increase in share-based compensation expenses of RMB 1.2 million, partially offset by the decrease in design expense and material expenditure of RMB 1.6 million. Research and development expenses as a percentage of revenues was 2.8%, compared with 3.2% in the third quarter of 2020.

  • General and administrative expenses were RMB 29.6 million (including RMB 2.8 million of share-based compensation), an increase of 7.6% from RMB 27.5 million in the third quarter of 2020, mainly due to the increase in professional fee of RMB 2.4 million and the increase in staff cost of RMB 1.5 million, partially offset by the decrease in share-based compensation expenses of RMB 1.8 million. General and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenues was 2.4%, compared with 3.1% in the third quarter of 2020.

Operating expenses excluding share-based compensation were RMB 142.9 million, increased by 47.5% year over year, and represented 11.7% of revenues, compared with 10.8% in the third quarter of 2020.

  • Selling and marketing expenses excluding share-based compensation were RMB 86.5 million, an increase of 80.1% year over year, and represented 7.1% of revenues, compared with 5.4% in the third quarter of 2020.

  • Research and development expenses excluding share-based compensation were RMB 29.5 million, an increase of 14.0% year over year, and represented 2.4% of revenues, compared with 2.9% in the third quarter of 2020.

  • General and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation were RMB 26.8 million, an increase of 17.1% year over year, and represented 2.2% of revenues, compared with 2.6% in the third quarter of 2020.

Government grants were RMB 10.6 million, increased by RMB 9.5 million from the same period of 2020.

Share-based compensation was RMB 10.5 million, compared with RMB 10.6 million in the same period of 2020.

Income tax expense was RMB 17.0 million, an increase of RMB 11.9 million from the same period of 2020.

Net income was RMB 91.7 million, compared with RMB 80.0 million in the third quarter of 2020. The net income margin was 7.5%, compared with 8.9% in the same period of 2020.

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) was RMB 102.2 million, compared with RMB 90.6 million in the third quarter of 2020. The adjusted net income margin4 was 8.3%, compared with 10.1% in the same period of 2020.

Basic and diluted net income per ADS were RMB 1.19 (US$ 0.18) and RMB 1.15 (US$ 0.18), respectively.

Balance Sheet
As of September 30, 2021, the Company had cash, term deposits and short-term investments of RMB 1,552.6 million in aggregate. The Company had restricted cash of RMB 147.5 million and short-term bank borrowings of RMB 140.0 million.

Business Outlook
NIU expects revenues of the fourth quarter 2021 to be in the range of RMB 840 million to RMB 910 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 25% to 35%.

The above outlook is based on information available as of the date of this press release and reflects the Company’s current and preliminary expectation, which is subject to change in light of uncertainties and situations related to how COVID-19 develops.

Conference Call

The Company will host an earnings conference call on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time (9:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong Time) to discuss its third quarter 2021 financial and business results and provide a corporate update.

To join via phone, participants need to register in advance of the conference call using the link provided below. Upon registration, participants will receive dial-in numbers, an event passcode, and a unique registrant ID, which will be used to join the conference call.

Event:

Niu Technologies Third Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call

Registration Link:

http://apac.directeventreg.com/registration/event/1922118

Conference ID:

1922118

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations website at https://ir.niu.com/news-and-events/webcasts-and-presentations.

A replay of the conference call can be accessed by phone two hours later at the following numbers until November 30, 2021.

United States

+1-855-452-5696

International

+61-281-990-299

Hong Kong

800-963-117

Mainland China

400-602-2065

Conference ID

2198233

About NIU

As the world’s leading provider of smart urban mobility solutions, NIU designs, manufactures and sells high-performance electric motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles and kick-scooters. NIU has a product portfolio consisting of eight series, four e-scooter series, including NQi, MQi and UQi with smart functions and Gova, two urban commuter electric motorcycles series RQi and TQi, a performance bicycle series, NIU Aero, and a kick-scooter series, KQi. Different series of products address the needs of different segments of modern urban residents and resolve the demands of different scenarios of urban travel, while being united through a common design language that emphasizes style, freedom and technology. NIU has adopted an omnichannel retail model, integrating the offline and online channels, to offer the products and services. For more information, please visit www.niu.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement NIU’s consolidated financial results presented in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”), NIU uses the following non-GAAP financial measures: adjusted net income and adjusted net income margin. 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 GAAP. NIU believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and liquidity by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of its operating results. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management’s internal comparisons to NIU’s historical performance. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. A limitation of using these non-GAAP financial measures is that these non-GAAP measures exclude certain items that have been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant component in the Company’s results of operations. These non-GAAP financial measures presented here may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. Other companies may calculate similarly titled measures differently, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures to the Company’s data.

Adjusted net income is defined as net income excluding share-based compensation expenses. Adjusted net income margin is defined as adjusted net income as a percentage of the revenues.

For more information on non-GAAP financial measures, please see the tables captioned “Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results”.

Exchange Rate

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars (“US$”) at specified rates solely for the convenience of the readers. Unless otherwise stated, all translations from RMB to US$ were made at the rate of RMB 6.4434 to US$ 1.00, the exchange rate in effect as of September 30, 2021, as set forth in the H.10 Statistical release of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. 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.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release 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,” “aims,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “likely to” and similar statements. Among other things, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as NIU’s strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. NIU 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 statements about NIU’s beliefs, plans 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: NIU’s strategies; NIU’s future business development, financial condition and results of operations; NIU’s ability to maintain and enhance its “NIU” brand; its ability to innovate and successfully launch new products and services; its ability to maintain and expand its offline distribution network; its ability to satisfy the mandated safety standards relating to e-scooters; its ability to secure supply of components and raw materials used in e-scooters; its ability to manufacture, launch and sell smart e-scooters meeting customer expectations; its ability to grow collaboration with operation partners; its ability to control costs associated with its operations; general economic and business conditions in China and globally; and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in NIU’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and NIU does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

Investor Relations Contact:

Niu Technologies
Jason Yang
Investor Relations Manager
E-mail: ir@niu.com

NIU TECHNOLOGIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

As of

December 31,

September 30,

September 30,

2020

2021

2021

RMB

RMB

US$

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash

227,004,137

293,949,109

45,620,186

Term deposits-current

130,498,000

175,105,800

27,175,994

Restricted cash

168,469,077

147,512,195

22,893,534

Short-term investments

745,608,877

1,063,580,320

165,065,077

Accounts receivable, net

101,320,063

63,806,419

9,902,601

Inventories

142,166,179

304,363,682

47,236,503

Prepayments and other current assets

32,832,088

52,482,982

8,145,231

Total current assets

1,547,898,421

2,100,800,507

326,039,126

Non-current assets

Term deposits-non-current

-

20,000,000

3,103,951

Property, plant and equipment, net

199,045,061

366,446,253

56,871,567

Intangible assets, net

5,607,101

4,173,937

647,785

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

-

97,087,733

15,067,780

Land use rights, net

48,835,120

-

-

Deferred income tax assets

14,593,376

12,615,297

1,957,863

Other non-current assets

30,830,304

2,282,018

354,164

Total non-current assets

298,910,962

502,605,238

78,003,110

Total assets

1,846,809,383

2,603,405,745

404,042,236

LIABILITIES

Current liabilities

Short-term bank borrowings

180,000,000

140,000,000

21,727,659

Notes payable

-

101,410,228

15,738,621

Accounts payable

395,826,435

794,735,291

123,340,983

Income taxes payable

14,555,094

11,158,916

1,731,837

Advances from customers

40,062,189

48,822,633

7,577,154

Deferred revenue-current

21,155,634

30,298,439

4,702,244

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

171,657,604

215,884,609

33,504,766

Total current liabilities

823,256,956

1,342,310,116

208,323,264

Deferred revenue-non-current

4,176,458

9,708,660

1,506,760

Deferred income tax liabilities

1,109,479

1,934,518

300,232

Operating lease liabilities-non-current

-

17,154,448

2,662,329

Other non-current liabilities

24,892,246

21,670,969

3,363,281

Total non-current liabilities

30,178,183

50,468,595

7,832,602

Total liabilities

853,435,139

1,392,778,711

216,155,866

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

Class A ordinary shares

87,300

89,019

13,816

Class B ordinary shares

11,202

10,316

1,601

Additional paid-in capital

1,801,940,071

1,842,866,291

286,008,364

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(43,016,027

)

(44,863,957

)

(6,962,777

)

Accumulated deficit

(765,648,302

)

(587,474,635

)

(91,174,634

)

Total shareholders’ equity

993,374,244

1,210,627,034

187,886,370

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

1,846,809,383

2,603,405,745

404,042,236


NIU TECHNOLOGIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2020

2021

2020

2021

RMB

RMB

US$

RMB

RMB

US$

Revenues

894,464,268

1,226,396,601

190,333,768

1,772,339,186

2,718,478,176

421,901,198

Cost of revenues(a)

(707,360,744

)

(981,194,347

)

(152,278,975

)

(1,382,236,093

)

(2,128,206,848

)

(330,292,524

)

Gross profit

187,103,524

245,202,254

38,054,793

390,103,093

590,271,328

91,608,674

Operating expenses:

Selling and marketing expenses(a)

(50,837,916

)

(89,848,749

)

(13,944,307

)

(140,614,281

)

(232,240,624

)

(36,043,180

)

Research and development expenses(a)

(28,899,391

)

(33,738,673

)

(5,236,160

)

(75,611,663

)

(90,195,590

)

(13,998,136

)

General and administrative expenses(a)

(27,520,025

)

(29,618,276

)

(4,596,684

)

(74,779,905

)

(98,117,499

)

(15,227,597

)

Total operating expenses

(107,257,332

)

(153,205,698

)

(23,777,151

)

(291,005,849

)

(420,553,713

)

(65,268,913

)

Government grants

1,110,121

10,600,000

1,645,094

9,202,371

32,456,842

5,037,223

Operating income

80,956,313

102,596,556

15,922,736

108,299,615

202,174,457

31,376,984

Interest expense

(1,860,930

)

(1,527,066

)

(236,997

)

(5,609,889

)

(4,901,414

)

(760,688

)

Interest income

1,705,239

990,553

153,731

7,073,118

3,837,418

595,558

Investment income

4,312,634

6,669,406

1,035,076

8,208,884

14,840,405

2,303,195

Income before income taxes

85,113,256

108,729,449

16,874,546

117,971,728

215,950,866

33,515,049

Income tax expense

(5,106,812

)

(17,017,065

)

(2,641,007

)

(7,514,361

)

(37,777,199

)

(5,862,929

)

Net income

80,006,444

91,712,384

14,233,539

110,457,367

178,173,667

27,652,120

Other comprehensive income (loss)

Foreign currency translation adjustment

(21,210,855

)

1,728,517

268,262

(14,663,948

)

(2,576,512

)

(399,868

)

Unrealized gain (loss) on available for sale securities, net

1,033,589

(369,258

)

(57,308

)

2,199,260

728,582

113,074

Comprehensive income

59,829,178

93,071,643

14,444,493

97,992,679

176,325,737

27,365,326

Net income per ordinary share

—Basic

0.53

0.60

0.09

0.73

1.16

0.18

—Diluted

0.50

0.57

0.09

0.71

1.11

0.17

Net income per ADS

—Basic

1.06

1.19

0.18

1.47

2.32

0.36

—Diluted

1.01

1.15

0.18

1.41

2.22

0.34

Weighted average number of ordinary shares and ordinary shares equivalents outstanding used in computing net income per ordinary share

—Basic

151,421,638

153,933,264

153,933,264

150,478,559

153,431,962

153,431,962

—Diluted

158,776,078

159,943,770

159,943,770

156,297,293

160,327,408

160,327,408

Weighted average number of ADS outstanding used in computing net income per ADS

—Basic

75,710,819

76,966,632

76,966,632

75,239,280

76,715,981

76,715,981

—Diluted

79,388,039

79,971,885

79,971,885

78,148,647

80,163,704

80,163,704

Note:

(a) Includes share-based compensation expense as follows:

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2020

2021

2020

2021

RMB

RMB

US$

RMB

RMB

US$

Cost of revenues

192,396

223,427

34,675

479,900

589,929

91,556

Selling and marketing expenses

2,782,878

3,310,173

513,731

7,273,878

9,319,492

1,446,362

Research and development expenses

2,986,491

4,190,424

650,344

8,068,468

12,475,887

1,936,227

General and administrative expenses

4,595,381

2,771,071

430,063

13,397,158

12,294,489

1,908,075

Total share-based compensation expense

10,557,146

10,495,095

1,628,813

29,219,404

34,679,797

5,382,220


NIU TECHNOLOGIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2020

2021

2020

2021

RMB

RMB

US$

RMB

RMB

US$

Net Income

80,006,444

91,712,384

14,233,539

110,457,367

178,173,667

27,652,120

Add:

Share-based compensation expense

10,557,146

10,495,095

1,628,813

29,219,404

34,679,797

5,382,220

Adjusted net income

90,563,590

102,207,479

15,862,352

139,676,771

212,853,464

33,034,340

_________________________

1 Adjusted net income/loss (non-GAAP) is defined as net income/loss excluding share-based compensation expense
2 Revenues per e-scooter on e-scooter sales from China or international markets is defined as e-scooter sales revenues from China or international markets divided by the number of e-scooters sold in China or international market in a specific period
3 Revenues per e-scooter on accessories, spare parts and services is defined as accessories, spare parts and services revenues divided by the total number of e-scooters sold in a specific period
4 Adjusted net income/loss margin is defined as adjusted net income/loss (non-GAAP) as a percentage of the revenues


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