Renren Announces Unaudited Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results

2011-11-11 00:00:00

BEIJING, China, November 11, 2011 — Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN) ("Renren" or the "Company"), the leading real-name social networking internet platform in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011.

Third Quarter 2011 Highlights

Total net revenues were US$34.2 million, a 57.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2010.

Online advertising revenues were US$19.6 million, a 91.8% increase from the corresponding period in 2010.

Gross profit was US$27.5 million, a 55.8% increase from the corresponding period in 2010.

Net loss attributable to Renren Inc. was US$1.2 million, compared to a net income of US$7.3 million for the corresponding period in 2010.

Adjusted net income was US$0.3 million, compared to US$6.3 million adjusted net income in the corresponding period in 2010.

“We are pleased that by the end of the third quarter, we have surpassed our full-year user growth target set in the beginning of this year, despite intensified competition in China’s social networking and social media sector,” commented Joseph Chen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “It has been a quarter of rapid developments for Renren, with a number of new initiatives launched across all major product lines, contributing to another quarter of solid user growth. We also made our first post-IPO strategic acquisition, 56.com, a leading Chinese user-generated-content focused video sharing site, with which we can now further broaden our video services to our users and customers.”

“In particular, we are very excited to see continuous strong momentum in our mobile initiatives,” Mr. Chen continued. “Our mobile penetration has reached over 35% of our unique monthly log-in users with over half of our mobile users accessing their Renren accounts through smart-phones. In addition, our LBS (location-based-service) commercial platform is now running 30,000 promotions and deals from thousands of merchants.”

“Looking forward, we want to continue this momentum by further ramping up our investment in product innovation, particularly in mobile related areas, and expanding Renren’s social networking services into a true technology-driven communication platform. Given the current development phase of China’s dynamic and evolving internet industry, the timing is right for accelerating the deployment of our capital resources.” Mr. Chen added.

Hui Huang, Renren's Chief Financial Officer, commented, “We are pleased that revenue growth in the third quarter was in line with our guidance. Looking ahead, we want to focus on our long-term strategy and beyond short-term financial results. In the coming quarters we expect to significantly increase the level of investment to cultivate our growing user base and their engagement with Renren products and services.”

Third Quarter 2011 Results

Net revenues for the third quarter of 2011 were US$34.2 million, representing a 57.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2010.

Online advertising revenues were US$19.6 million, representing an increase of 91.8% from the corresponding period in 2010. The significant increase was a result of the steady growth of Renren’s user base and engagement level, strengthening its market position as an effective advertising platform for advertisers in China. The number of Renren’s activated users increased from approximately 103 million as of September 30, 2010 to approximately 137 million as of September 30, 2011. Monthly unique log-in users increased from approximately 24 million in September 2010 to approximately 38 million in September 2011.

Internet Value-Added Services (IVAS) revenues were US$14.6 million, representing a 26.3% increase from the corresponding period in 2010. Within IVAS revenues, online game revenues were US$11.0 million for the third quarter of 2011, a 23.6% increase from the corresponding period in 2010. Other IVAS revenues were US$3.6 million for the third quarter of 2011, a 35.2% increase from the corresponding period in 2010. Within other IVAS revenues, Renren's social commerce service, Nuomi, which was launched on June 23, 2010, recorded US$1.7 million of net revenues for the third quarter of 2011.

Cost of revenues was US$6.7 million, a 62.3% increase from the corresponding period in 2010. Cost of revenues for the third quarter of 2011 included US$141 thousand for Nuomi.

Gross profit was US$27.5 million, a 55.8% increase from US$17.7 million in the corresponding period in 2010. Gross margin was 80.4%, compared to 81.0% in the corresponding period in 2010.

Operating expenses were US$34.0 million, a 145.9% increase from the corresponding period in 2010. Operating expenses in the third quarter of 2011 included US$8.1 million expenses incurred on Nuomi. Excluding Nuomi, the operating expenses in the third quarter of 2011 would be US$25.9 million, a 91.5% increase from the corresponding period in 2010.

Selling and marketing expenses were US$18.9 million, a 274.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2010, primarily due to the Company's advertising campaigns for Nuomi, increased promotion expenses for new games launched such as Plants VS Zombies, and increased personnel related expenses and sales commissions associated with increased advertising sales.

Research and development expenses were US$10.3 million, a 69.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2010, primarily due to headcount and personnel related expense increases.

General and administrative expenses were US$4.7 million, a 76.8% increase from the corresponding period in 2010, primarily due to the growth of the company size and business operations.

Share-based compensation expenses, which are all included in the operating expenses, were US$1.5 million, compared to US$0.7 million in the corresponding period in 2010.

Net loss attributable to Renren Inc. was US$1.2 million, compared to a net income of US$7.3 million in the corresponding period of 2010. Excluding results of operations attributable to Nuomi, net income in the third quarter of 2011 would be US$6.2 million compared to a net income of US$7.2 million in the corresponding period of 2010.

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) was US$0.3 million in the third quarter of 2011, compared to US$6.3 million in the third quarter of 2010. Excluding results of operations attributable to Nuomi, adjusted net income in the third quarter of 2011 would be US$7.7 million, a 23.5% increase from the third quarter of 2010. Adjusted net income (loss) is defined as income (loss) from continuing operations excluding share-based compensation expenses, change in fair value of our then outstanding series D warrants (which had been fully exercised by the end of 2010) and amortization of intangible assets.

Business Outlook

The Company expects to generate revenues in an amount ranging from US$31 million to US$33 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, representing 48% to 58% year-over-year growth. This forecast reflects Renren's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call Information

Renren's management will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Thursday, November 10, 2011 (Beijing/Hong Kong Time: 9:00 a.m., Friday, November 11, 2011). Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing the numbers below and entering passcode 10-15 minutes prior to the initiation of the call.

Dial-in Information:

US: +1 718-354-1231

Hong Kong: +852-2475-0994

China: +86 800-819-0121

International: + 65-6723-9381

Passcode: Renren

A replay of the call will be available for one week and dial-in information is as follows:

International: + 61 2-8235-5000

Passcode: 24919216

This call will be webcast live and the replay will be available on Renren's corporate web site at http://ir.renren-inc.com for twelve months.

About Renren Inc.

Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN) operates the leading real-name social networking internet platform in China. It enables users to connect and communicate with each other, share information and user generated content, play online games, listen to music, shop for deals and enjoy a wide range of other features and services. Renren's platform includes the main social networking website renren.com, the online games center game.renren.com, the social commerce website nuomi.com, and the newly launched professional and business social networking service website jingwei.com. It had approximately 137 million activated users as of September 30, 2011.

Safe Harbor Statement

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