NetEase Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2023 Unaudited Financial Results

HANGZHOU, China, Feb. 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES and HKEX: 9999, “NetEase” or the “Company”), a leading internet and game services provider, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2023.

Fourth Quarter 2023 Financial Highlights

  • Net revenues were RMB27.1 billion (US$3.8 billion), an increase of 7.0% compared with the fourth quarter of 2022.
    • Games and related value-added services net revenues were RMB20.9 billion (US$2.9 billion), an increase of 9.6% compared with the fourth quarter of 2022.
    • Youdao net revenues were RMB1.5 billion (US$208.5 million), an increase of 1.8% compared with the fourth quarter of 2022.
    • Cloud Music net revenues were RMB2.0 billion (US$279.7 million), a decrease of 16.4% compared with the fourth quarter of 2022.
    • Innovative businesses and others net revenues were RMB2.8 billion (US$387.7 million), an increase of 12.9% compared with the fourth quarter of 2022.
  • Gross profit was RMB16.8 billion (US$2.4 billion), an increase of 27.0% compared with the fourth quarter of 2022.
  • Total operating expenses were RMB10.0 billion (US$1.4 billion), an increase of 13.0% compared with the fourth quarter of 2022.
  • Net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders was RMB6.6 billion (US$927.1 million). Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to the Company’s shareholders was RMB7.4 billion (US$1.0 billion).[1]
  • Basic net income per share was US$0.29 (US$1.44 per ADS). Non-GAAP basic net income from continuing operations per share was US$0.32 (US$1.62 per ADS).[1]

[1] As used in this announcement, non-GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to the Company’s shareholders and non-GAAP basic and diluted net income from continuing operations per share and per ADS are defined to exclude share-based compensation expenses. See the unaudited reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results at the end of this announcement.

Fourth Quarter 2023 and Early 2024 Operational Highlights

  • Leading franchises, such as Fantasy Westward Journey and Westward Journey Online, maintained enduring user appeal, supported by periodic new content introductions.
  • Eggy Party‘s broad popularity has engaged over 500 million cumulative registered players since its launch in 2022 and made a significant breakthrough of 40 million daily active users during the Lunar New Year.
  • Justice franchises reached a new milestone of 100 million active users with densely packed content and widely embraced in-game events for players.
  • Racing Master achieved superb performances in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, including topping the local iOS download and grossing charts in Taiwan within the first week of its launch.
  • Cloud Music considerably enhanced its music-centric monetization and further improved profitability, while continuing to cultivate its music community and introduce new premium content and features.
  • Youdao further improved its profitability and achieved record-high operating cash flow, driven by the robust performance of digital content services and online marketing services.

“2023 proved to be another landmark year for NetEase Games with continuous cross-category innovations that expand and diversify our robust game portfolio,” said Mr. William Ding, Chief Executive Officer and Director of NetEase. “The success of games like Eggy Party and our heralded new titles, such as Racing Master and Dunk City Dynasty, highlights our ability to bring players dynamic and original products in multiple genres. At the same time, we have maintained a strategic advantage with our MMO roots, propelling Justice mobile game to transcend the boundaries of conventional MMO gaming.

“Alongside our business’s momentum, we have assumed increasing social responsibility. By integrating a ‘Minors Mode’ across our domestic game lineup, we have strengthened our existing anti-addiction system and continue to steer the gaming ecosystem toward a healthier trajectory with innovative products and technology.

“Besides games, our diverse business segments, such as Cloud Music and Youdao, remain on course, consistently delivering premium content. Throughout the NetEase family, we prioritize the creation of novel and high-quality products and services that grow our global appeal and elevate user experiences while pushing innovation forward,” Mr. Ding concluded.

Fourth Quarter 2023 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2023 were RMB27.1 billion (US$3.8 billion), compared with RMB27.3 billion and RMB25.4 billion for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively.

Net revenues from games and related value-added services were RMB20.9 billion (US$2.9 billion) for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with RMB21.8 billion and RMB19.1 billion for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively. Net revenues from the operation of online games accounted for approximately 93.4% of the segment’s net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with 93.7% and 91.8% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively. Net revenues from mobile games accounted for approximately 76.7% of net revenues from the operation of online games for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with 77.6% and 66.4% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively. 

Net revenues from Youdao were RMB1.5 billion (US$208.5 million) for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with RMB1.5 billion each for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022.

Net revenues from Cloud Music were RMB2.0 billion (US$279.7 million) for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with RMB2.0 billion and RMB2.4 billion for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively.

Net revenues from innovative businesses and others were RMB2.8 billion (US$387.7 million) for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with RMB2.0 billion and RMB2.4 billion for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively.

Gross Profit

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2023 was RMB16.8 billion (US$2.4 billion), compared with RMB17.0 billion and RMB13.2 billion for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively. 

The slight quarter-over-quarter decrease in games and related value-added services’ gross profit was primarily due to decreased net revenues from online games. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to increased net revenues from online games such as Justice mobile game, which was launched in 2023, and Eggy Party, offset in part by the termination of certain licensed games. 

The quarter-over-quarter decrease in Youdao’s gross profit was primarily due to decreased revenue contribution from its learning services. The slight year-over-year decrease was primarily due to reduced revenue contribution from its smart devices, which was partially offset by increased revenue contribution from its online marketing services.

The quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year increases in Cloud Music’s gross profit primarily resulted from increased net revenues from sales of membership subscriptions and continued improvement in cost control measures.

The quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year increases in innovative businesses and others’ gross profit were primarily due to increased gross profit contribution from Yanxuan and advertising services.

Gross Profit Margin

Gross profit margin for games and related value-added services for the fourth quarter of 2023 was 69.5%, compared with 69.0% and 59.1% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively. The slight quarter-over-quarter increase was primarily attributable to changes in the revenue contribution from different channels. The year-over-year increase was mainly attributable to a higher proportion of net revenues contributed by NetEase’s self-developed games.

Gross profit margin for Youdao for the fourth quarter of 2023 was 49.9%, compared with 55.9% and 53.3% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively. The quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year decreases were mainly due to decreased revenue contribution from its learning services and decreased gross profit margin from its smart devices.

Gross profit margin for Cloud Music for the fourth quarter of 2023 was 30.3%, compared with 27.2% and 17.8% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively. The quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year improvements were mainly due to the factors enumerated above.

Gross profit margin for innovative businesses and others for the fourth quarter of 2023 was 34.4%, compared with 27.3% and 31.5% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively. The quarter-over-quarter increase was mainly due to improved gross profit margin from advertising services. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to improved gross profit margin from Yanxuan and advertising services.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2023 were RMB10.0 billion (US$1.4 billion), compared with RMB9.4 billion and RMB8.8 billion for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively. The quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year increases were mainly due to increased marketing expenditures and research and development investments associated with games and related value-added services. 

Other Income/(Expenses)

Other income/(expenses) consisted of investment (loss)/income, interest income, exchange (losses)/ gains and others. The quarter-over-quarter decrease was mainly due to a net investment loss resulting from fair value changes of equity investments with readily determinable fair value in the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with a net investment income recorded in the prior quarter, as well as a higher net exchange loss arising from the fluctuation of the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against the RMB in the fourth quarter of 2023. The year-over-year increase was primarily attributable to higher interest income resulting from the improved net cash position.

Income Tax

The Company recorded a net income tax charge of RMB1.1 billion (US$150.5 million) for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with RMB1.3 billion and RMB966.6 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2023 was 13.8%, compared with 14.2% and 20.2% for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively. The effective tax rate represents certain estimates by the Company as to the tax obligations and benefits applicable to it in each quarter.

Net Income and Non-GAAP Net Income

Net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders totaled RMB6.6 billion (US$927.1 million) for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with RMB7.8 billion and RMB4.0 billion for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively.

NetEase reported basic net income of US$0.29 per share (US$1.44 per ADS) for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with US$0.34 per share (US$1.72 per ADS) and US$0.17 per share (US$0.86 per ADS) for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively.

Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to the Company’s shareholders totaled RMB7.4 billion (US$1.0 billion) for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with RMB8.6 billion and RMB4.8 billion for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively.

NetEase reported non-GAAP basic net income from continuing operations of US$0.32 per share (US$1.62 per ADS) for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared with US$0.38 per share (US$1.89 per ADS) and US$0.21 per share (US$1.05 per ADS) for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2022, respectively.

Fiscal Year 2023 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues for fiscal year 2023 were RMB103.5 billion (US$14.6 billion), compared with RMB96.5 billion for fiscal year 2022. 

Net revenues from games and related value-added services were RMB81.6 billion (US$11.5 billion) for fiscal year 2023, compared with RMB74.6 billion for fiscal year 2022. Net revenues from the operation of online games accounted for approximately 92.9% of the segment’s total net revenues for fiscal year 2023, compared with 92.5% for fiscal year 2022. Net revenues from mobile games accounted for approximately 75.2% of net revenues from the operation of online games for fiscal year 2023, compared with 67.0% for fiscal year 2022. The higher percentage contribution from mobile games was mainly due to a higher proportion of net revenues generated by mobile games such as Eggy Party and Justice mobile game.

Net revenues from Youdao were RMB5.4 billion (US$759.1 million) for fiscal year 2023, compared with RMB5.0 billion for fiscal year 2022.

Net revenues from Cloud Music were RMB7.9 billion (US$1.1 billion) for fiscal year 2023, compared with RMB9.0 billion for fiscal year 2022.

Net revenues from innovative businesses and others were RMB8.6 billion (US$1.2 billion) for fiscal year 2023, compared with RMB7.9 billion for fiscal year 2022.

Gross Profit

Gross profit for fiscal year 2023 was RMB63.1 billion (US$8.9 billion), compared with RMB52.8 billion for fiscal year 2022.

The year-over-year increase in games and related value-added services gross profit was primarily due to increased net revenues from the operation of online games, mainly from certain newly launched mobile games.

The year-over-year increase in Youdao gross profit was mainly due to increased revenue contribution from its online marketing services and learning services.

The year-over-year increase in Cloud Music gross profit was primarily attributable to increased net revenues from sales of membership subscriptions and continued improvement in cost control measures.

The year-over-year increase in innovative businesses and others gross profit was primarily due to increased gross profits from Yanxuan and several other businesses included within the segment.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses for fiscal year 2023 were RMB35.4 billion (US$5.0 billion), compared with RMB33.1 billion for fiscal year 2022. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to higher research and development investments and marketing expenditures for games and related value-added services.

Other Income/(Expenses)

The year-over-year increase was mainly due to higher interest income resulting from the Company’s increased net cash position, and investment income arising from fair value changes of equity investments with readily determinable fair value. The foregoing was partially offset by the fact that the Company recorded a net exchange loss in fiscal year 2023, compared to a net exchange gain in fiscal year 2022, mainly resulting from the fluctuation of the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against the RMB during the years.

Income Taxes

The Company recorded a net income tax charge of RMB4.7 billion (US$661.9 million) for fiscal year 2023, compared with RMB5.0 billion for fiscal year 2022. The effective tax rate was 13.8% for fiscal year 2023, compared with 20.7% for fiscal year 2022. The lower effective tax rate for fiscal year 2023 was partially due to tax benefits recognized in the year.

Net Income and Non-GAAP Net Income

Net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders for fiscal year 2023 totaled RMB29.4 billion (US$4.1 billion), compared with RMB20.3 billion for fiscal year 2022.

NetEase reported basic net income of US$1.29 per share (US$6.44 per ADS) for fiscal year 2023, compared with US$0.88 per share (US$4.39 per ADS) for fiscal year 2022.

Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to the Company’s shareholders for fiscal year 2023 totaled RMB32.6 billion (US$4.6 billion), compared with RMB22.8 billion for fiscal year 2022.

NetEase reported non-GAAP basic net income from continuing operations of US$1.43 per share (US$7.14 per ADS) for fiscal year 2023, compared with US$0.98 per share (US$4.92 per ADS) for fiscal year 2022.

Other Financial Information

As of December 31, 2023, the Company’s net cash (total cash and cash equivalents, current and non-current time deposits and restricted cash, as well as short-term investments balance, minus short-term and long-term loans) totaled RMB110.9 billion (US$15.6 billion), compared with RMB95.6 billion as of December 31, 2022. Net cash provided by operating activities was RMB35.3 billion (US$5.0 billion) for fiscal year 2023, compared with RMB27.7 billion for fiscal year 2022. 

Quarterly Dividend

The board of directors has approved a dividend of US$0.21597 per share (US$1.07985 per ADS) for the fourth quarter of 2023 to holders of ordinary shares and holders of ADSs as of the close of business on March 14, 2024, Beijing/Hong Kong Time and New York Time, respectively, payable in U.S. dollars. For holders of ordinary shares, in order to qualify for the dividend, all valid documents for the transfer of shares accompanied by the relevant share certificates must be lodged for registration with the Company’s Hong Kong branch share registrar, Computershare Hong Kong Investor Services Limited, at Shops 1712-1716, 17th Floor, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 14, 2024 (Beijing/ Hong Kong Time). The payment date is expected to be March 25, 2024 for holders of ordinary shares, and on or around March 28, 2024 for holders of ADSs.

NetEase paid a dividend of US$0.0990 per share (US$0.4950 per ADS) for the third quarter of 2023 in December 2023.

Under the Company’s current dividend policy, the determination to make dividend distributions and the amount of such distribution in any particular quarter will be made at the discretion of its board of directors and will be based upon the Company’s operations and earnings, cash flow, financial condition and other relevant factors.

Share Repurchase Program

On November 17, 2022, the Company announced that its board of directors had approved a share repurchase program of up to US$5.0 billion of the Company’s ADSs and ordinary shares in open market transactions. This share repurchase program commenced on January 10, 2023 and will be in effect for a period not to exceed 36 months from such date. As of December 31, 2023, approximately 7.2 million ADSs had been repurchased under this program for a total cost of US$644.1 million.

The extent to which NetEase repurchases its ADSs and its ordinary shares depends upon a variety of factors, including market conditions. These programs may be suspended or discontinued at any time.

** The United States dollar (US$) amounts disclosed in this announcement are presented solely for the convenience of the reader. The percentages stated are calculated based on RMB.

Conference Call

NetEase’s management team will host a teleconference call with a simultaneous webcast at 7:00 a.m. New York Time on Thursday, February 29, 2024 (Beijing/ Hong Kong Time: 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 29, 2024). NetEase’s management will be on the call to discuss the quarterly results and answer questions.

Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 1-914-202-3258 and providing conference ID: 10036635, 15 minutes prior to the initiation of the call. A replay of the call will be available by dialing 1-855-883-1031 and entering PIN: 10036635. The replay will be available through March 6, 2024.

This call will be webcast live and the replay will be available for 12 months. Both will be available on NetEase’s Investor Relations website at http://ir.netease.com/.

About NetEase, Inc.

NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES and HKEX: 9999, “NetEase”) is a leading internet and game services provider centered around premium content. With extensive offerings across its expanding gaming ecosystem, the Company develops and operates some of the most popular and longest running mobile and PC games available in China and globally.

Powered by one of the largest in-house game R&D teams focused on mobile, PC and console, NetEase creates superior gaming experiences, inspires players, and passionately delivers value for its thriving community worldwide. By infusing play with culture, and education with technology, NetEase transforms gaming into a meaningful vehicle to build a more entertaining and enlightened world.

Beyond games, NetEase service offerings include its majority-controlled subsidiaries Youdao (NYSE: DAO), an intelligent learning company with industry-leading technology, and Cloud Music (HKEX: 9899), a well-known online music platform featuring a vibrant content community, as well as Yanxuan, NetEase’s private label consumer lifestyle brand.

NetEase’s market-leading ESG initiatives are among the most recognized in the global media and entertainment industry, earning it inclusion in the 2022 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, 2022 Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index and 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, as well as receiving an “A” rating from MSCI. For more information, please visit: http://ir.netease.com/.

Forward Looking Statements

This announcement contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar expressions. In addition, statements that are not historical facts, including statements about NetEase’s strategies and business plans, its expectations regarding the growth of its business and its revenue and the quotations from management in this announcement are or contain forward-looking statements. NetEase may also make forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), in announcements made on the website of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Hong Kong Stock Exchange”), in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. The accuracy of these statements may be impacted by a number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated, including risks related to: the risk that the online games market will not continue to grow or that NetEase will not be able to maintain its position in that market in China or globally; risks associated with NetEase’s business and operating strategies and its ability to implement such strategies; NetEase’s ability to develop and manage its operations and business; competition for, among other things, capital, technology and skilled personnel; potential changes in government regulation that could adversely affect the industry and geographical markets in which NetEase operates; the risk that NetEase may not be able to continuously develop new and creative online services or that NetEase will not be able to set, or follow in a timely manner, trends in the market; risks related to economic uncertainty and capital market disruption; risks related to the expansion of NetEase’s businesses and operations internationally; risks associated with cybersecurity threats or incidents; and the risk that fluctuations in the value of the Renminbi with respect to other currencies could adversely affect NetEase’s business and financial results. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in NetEase’s filings with the SEC and announcements on the website of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. NetEase does not undertake any obligation to update this forward-looking information, except as required under applicable law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

NetEase considers and uses non-GAAP financial measures, such as non-GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to the Company’s shareholders and non-GAAP basic and diluted net income from continuing operations per ADS and per share, as supplemental metrics in reviewing and assessing its operating performance and formulating its business plan. The presentation of 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 accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”).

NetEase defines non-GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to the Company’s shareholders as net income from continuing operations attributable to the Company’s shareholders excluding share-based compensation expenses. Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to the Company’s shareholders enables NetEase’s management to assess its operating results without considering the impact of share-based compensation expenses. NetEase believes that this non-GAAP financial measure provide useful information to investors in understanding and evaluating the Company’s current operating performance and prospects in the same manner as management does, if they so choose. NetEase also believes that the use of this non-GAAP financial measure facilitates investors’ assessment of its operating performance.

Non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools. One of the key limitations of using non-GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to the Company’s shareholders is that it does not reflect all items of expense/ income that affect our operations. Share-based compensation expenses have been and may continue to be incurred in NetEase’s business and are not reflected in the presentation of non-GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to the Company’s shareholders. In addition, the non-GAAP financial measures NetEase uses may differ from the non-GAAP measures used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited.

NetEase compensates for these limitations by reconciling non-GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to the Company’s shareholders to the nearest U.S. GAAP performance measure, all of which should be considered when evaluating the Company’s performance. See the unaudited reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results at the end of this announcement. NetEase encourages you to review its financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure. 

Contact for Media and Investors:
Email: ir@service.netease.com
Tel: (+86) 571-8985-3378

NETEASE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

December 31, 

 December 31,  

 December 31,  

2022

2023

2023

 RMB  

 RMB  

 USD (Note 1) 

Assets

Current assets:

   Cash and cash equivalents

24,889,000

21,428,902

3,018,198

   Time deposits

84,947,679

100,856,034

14,205,275

   Restricted cash

2,699,055

2,777,206

391,161

   Accounts receivable, net

5,002,872

6,422,417

904,579

   Inventories

993,636

695,374

97,941

   Prepayments and other current assets, net

5,448,284

6,076,595

855,871

   Short-term investments

7,622,673

4,436,057

624,806

Total current assets

131,603,199

142,692,585

20,097,831

Non-current assets:

   Property, equipment and software, net 

6,342,330

8,075,044

1,137,346

   Land use rights, net

4,121,767

4,075,143

573,972

   Deferred tax assets 

1,480,789

1,560,088

219,734

   Time deposits

2,973,840

1,050,000

147,889

   Restricted cash

270

550

77

   Other long-term assets

26,238,790

28,471,568

4,010,136

Total non-current assets

41,157,786

43,232,393

6,089,154

Total assets 

172,760,985

185,924,978

26,186,985

Liabilities, Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests
    and Shareholders’ Equity

Current liabilities:

   Accounts payable 

1,507,141

881,016

124,089

   Salary and welfare payables

4,732,941

4,857,206

684,123

   Taxes payable

2,813,096

2,571,534

362,193

   Short-term loans

23,875,704

19,240,163

2,709,920

   Contract liabilities

12,518,890

13,362,166

1,882,022

   Accrued liabilities and other payables

11,381,075

12,930,399

1,821,209

Total current liabilities

56,828,847

53,842,484

7,583,556

Non-current liabilities:

   Deferred tax liabilities

2,126,120

2,299,303

323,850

   Long-term loans

3,654,964

427,997

60,282

   Other long-term liabilities

1,277,574

1,271,113

179,032

Total non-current liabilities

7,058,658

3,998,413

563,164

Total liabilities

63,887,505

57,840,897

8,146,720

Redeemable noncontrolling interests 

136,440

115,759

16,304

NetEase, Inc.’s shareholders’ equity

104,731,317

124,285,776

17,505,285

Noncontrolling interests

4,005,723

3,682,546

518,676

Total equity

108,737,040

127,968,322

18,023,961

Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling 
    interests and shareholders’ equity    

172,760,985

185,924,978

26,186,985

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this announcement.

NETEASE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(in thousands, except per share data or per ADS data)

 Three Months Ended 

Year Ended

 December 31,  

September 30, 

December 31, 

 December 31,  

 December 31,  

December 31, 

December 31, 

2022

2023

2023

2023

2022

2023

2023

 RMB 

 RMB 

 RMB 

 USD (Note 1) 

RMB

RMB

USD (Note 1)

Net revenues

25,354,129

27,270,406

27,140,165

3,822,612

96,495,809

103,468,159

14,573,185

Cost of revenues

(12,109,765)

(10,304,106)

(10,315,030)

(1,452,842)

(43,729,683)

(40,404,765)

(5,690,892)

Gross profit

13,244,364

16,966,300

16,825,135

2,369,770

52,766,126

63,063,394

8,882,293

Operating expenses:

Selling and marketing expenses 

(3,417,909)

(3,567,153)

(4,225,556)

(595,157)

(13,402,721)

(13,969,460)

(1,967,557)

General and administrative expenses

(1,302,932)

(1,494,186)

(1,251,869)

(176,322)

(4,695,798)

(4,899,880)

(690,134)

Research and development expenses 

(4,090,076)

(4,347,052)

(4,479,219)

(630,885)

(15,039,014)

(16,484,910)

(2,321,851)

Total operating expenses

(8,810,917)

(9,408,391)

(9,956,644)

(1,402,364)

(33,137,533)

(35,354,250)

(4,979,542)

Operating profit

4,433,447

7,557,909

6,868,491

967,406

19,628,593

27,709,144

3,902,751

Other income/(expenses):

Investment (loss)/income, net

(37,102)

556,603

(8,940)

(1,259)

53,976

1,306,722

184,048

Interest income, net

629,290

1,147,227

1,261,583

177,690

2,149,673

4,120,418

580,349

Exchange (losses)/gains , net

(594,241)

(400,483)

(810,904)

(114,213)

1,571,207

(132,999)

(18,733)

Other, net

344,875

240,024

434,759

61,235

846,815

1,053,642

148,402

Income before tax

4,776,269

9,101,280

7,744,989

1,090,859

24,250,264

34,056,927

4,796,817

Income tax

(966,574)

(1,290,398)

(1,068,657)

(150,517)

(5,031,838)

(4,699,704)

(661,939)

Net income from continuing operations

3,809,695

7,810,882

6,676,332

940,342

19,218,426

29,357,223

4,134,878

Net income from discontinued operations

624,864

Net income

3,809,695

7,810,882

6,676,332

940,342

19,843,290

29,357,223

4,134,878

Accretion of redeemable noncontrolling
    interests

(710)

(895)

(966)

(136)

(2,978)

(3,589)

(506)

Net loss/(income) attributable to noncontrolling
    interests

143,752

26,901

(93,103)

(13,113)

497,288

62,918

8,862

Net income attributable to the
    Company’s shareholders

3,952,737

7,836,888

6,582,263

927,093

20,337,600

29,416,552

4,143,234

Including: 

-Net income from continuing operations
    attributable to the  Company’s shareholders

3,952,737

7,836,888

6,582,263

927,093

19,712,736

29,416,552

4,143,234

-Net income from discontinued operations
    attributable to the Company’s shareholders

624,864

Basic net income per share *

1.22

2.44

2.05

0.29

6.23

9.15

1.29

 -Continuing operations

1.22

2.44

2.05

0.29

6.04

9.15

1.29

 -Discontinued operations

0.19

Basic net income per ADS *

6.10

12.19

10.25

1.44

31.16

45.73

6.44

 -Continuing operations

6.10

12.19

10.25

1.44

30.20

45.73

6.44

 -Discontinued operations

0.96

Diluted net income per share *

1.21

2.41

2.02

0.28

6.17

9.05

1.27

 -Continuing operations

1.21

2.41

2.02

0.28

5.98

9.05

1.27

 -Discontinued operations

0.19

Diluted net income per ADS *

6.05

12.06

10.12

1.42

30.85

45.23

6.37

 -Continuing operations

6.05

12.06

10.12

1.42

29.90

45.23

6.37

 -Discontinued operations

0.95

Weighted average number of ordinary
    shares used in calculating net income
    per share *

Basic

3,239,282

3,213,834

3,212,328

3,212,328

3,263,455

3,216,475

3,216,475

Diluted

3,269,082

3,249,649

3,253,166

3,253,166

3,296,014

3,252,029

3,252,029

*  Each ADS represents five ordinary shares.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this announcement.

NETEASE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

 December 31,  

 September 30,  

 December 31,  

 December 31,  

 December 31,  

 December 31,  

 December 31,  

2022

2023

2023

2023

2022

2023

2023

 RMB  

 RMB  

 RMB  

 USD (Note 1) 

 RMB  

 RMB  

 USD (Note 1) 

Cash flows from operating activities:

    Net income 

3,809,695

7,810,882

6,676,332

940,342

19,843,290

29,357,223

4,134,878

    Net income from discontinued operations 

(624,864)

    Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided
        by operating activities:

    Depreciation and amortization

769,141

651,856

659,772

92,927

2,858,209

3,055,260

430,324

    Fair value changes of equity security investments 

148,156

(382,132)

151,571

21,348

3,104,336

(535,316)

(75,398)

    Impairment losses on investments and other long-term assets

45,401

280,641

140,648

19,810

300,249

469,159

66,080

    Fair value changes of short-term investments

(23,364)

(72,875)

(106,532)

(15,005)

(342,642)

(414,207)

(58,340)

    Share-based compensation cost

876,560

819,548

812,987

114,507

3,174,160

3,242,810

456,740

    Allowance for expected credit losses

6,615

22,386

9,500

1,338

61,393

61,146

8,612

    Losses on disposal of property, equipment and software 

1,166

2,649

3,385

477

3,620

5,676

799

    Unrealized exchange losses/(gains)

589,665

362,213

838,056

118,038

(1,604,260)

119,935

16,893

    Gains on disposal of long-term investments, business and
        subsidiaries

(62,922)

(3,197)

(38,437)

(5,414)

(1,791,355)

(63,784)

(8,984)

    Deferred income taxes

578,317

(305,703)

193,854

27,304

489,670

131,437

18,513

    Share of results on equity method investees and revaluation
        results from previously held equity interest

(54,746)

(160,042)

(88,805)

(12,508)

(1,259,941)

(473,947)

(66,754)

    Changes in operating assets and liabilities: 

        Accounts receivable

224,197

(1,177,732)

53,089

7,477

554,340

(1,470,374)

(207,098)

        Inventories

(60,695)

84,970

25,054

3,529

(27,613)

296,764

41,798

        Prepayments and other assets

1,095,882

(573,631)

542,593

76,423

731,100

87,556

12,332

        Accounts payable

576,021

150,868

18,443

2,598

447,666

(559,419)

(78,792)

        Salary and welfare payables

1,965,624

(588,217)

1,992,931

280,698

424,513

(62,917)

(8,862)

        Taxes payable

(928,071)

515,087

(500,172)

(70,448)

(917,614)

(244,261)

(34,403)

        Contract liabilities

(1,396,523)

1,560,628

(847,562)

(119,377)

385,396

1,161,861

163,645

        Accrued liabilities and other payables

849,094

845,721

1,271,572

179,098

1,899,580

1,166,673

164,323

    Net cash provided by operating activities

9,009,213

9,843,920

11,808,279

1,663,162

27,709,233

35,331,275

4,976,306

Cash flows from investing activities:

    Purchase of property, equipment and software

(348,821)

(643,144)

(484,927)

(68,300)

(2,100,264)

(2,301,554)

(324,167)

    Proceeds from sale of property, equipment and software

2,257

3,101

405

57

41,467

10,302

1,451

    Purchase of intangible assets, content and licensed copyrights    

(161,987)

(742,523)

(121,797)

(17,155)

(543,220)

(1,974,323)

(278,078)

    Net change in short-term investments with terms of three
        months or less

(931,790)

(1,993,921)

(690,628)

(97,273)

776,357

(1,777,687)

(250,382)

    Purchase of short-term investments with terms over three
        months

(4,700,000)

(5,950,000)

    Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments with terms
        over three months

6,966,682

376,950

4,897,291

689,769

10,175,160

5,378,510

757,547

    Investment in long-term investments and acquisition of
        subsidiaries

(1,694,928)

(417,448)

(914,962)

(128,870)

(5,129,680)

(2,831,686)

(398,834)

    Proceeds from disposal of long-term investments, businesses
        and subsidiaries

92,795

20,898

73,855

10,402

2,411,070

152,564

21,488

    Placement/rollover of matured time deposits

(22,975,014)

(30,831,994)

(46,666,670)

(6,572,863)

(98,973,884)

(124,693,598)

(17,562,726)

    Proceeds from maturities of time deposits

27,676,529

33,893,436

33,273,393

4,686,459

92,247,046

111,417,969

15,692,893

    Change in other long-term assets

(61,552)

(181,263)

(90,635)

(12,766)

(323,779)

(423,928)

(59,709)

    Net cash provided by/(used in)  investing activities

3,864,171

(515,908)

(10,724,675)

(1,510,540)

(7,369,727)

(17,043,431)

(2,400,517)

Cash flows from financing activities:

    Net changes from loans with terms of three months or less  

(3,753,493)

(7,501,788)

6,179,979

870,432

(1,274,043)

(13,654,704)

(1,923,225)

    Proceed of loans with terms over three months

2,765,086

7,607,060

2,511,000

353,667

6,392,695

13,569,160

1,911,176

    Payment of loans with terms over three months

(191,158)

(4,250,550)

(695,000)

(97,889)

(273,639)

(8,219,472)

(1,157,688)

    Net amounts received/(paid) related to capital contribution from
        or repurchase of noncontrolling interests shareholders

23,616

11,573

28,009

3,945

(30,921)

86,159

12,136

    Cash paid for repurchase of NetEase’s ADSs/purchase of
        subsidiaries’ ADSs and shares      

(3,007,765)

(296,495)

(625,832)

(88,147)

(8,328,124)

(5,234,294)

(737,235)

    Dividends paid to NetEase’s shareholders

(2,018,984)

(2,423,355)

(2,258,892)

(318,158)

(6,723,667)

(8,013,903)

(1,128,735)

    Net cash (used in)/provided by  financing activities     

(6,182,698)

(6,853,555)

5,139,264

723,850

(10,237,699)

(21,467,054)

(3,023,571)

    Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and
        restricted cash held in foreign currencies

53,237

4,197

(174,276)

(24,546)

110,403

(202,457)

(28,516)

Net increase/(decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash               

6,743,923

2,478,654

6,048,592

851,926

10,212,210

(3,381,667)

(476,298)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, at the beginning
    of the period

20,844,402

15,679,412

18,158,066

2,557,510

17,376,115

27,588,325

3,885,734

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, at end of the period

27,588,325

18,158,066

24,206,658

3,409,436

27,588,325

24,206,658

3,409,436

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:

    Cash paid for income tax, net

971,217

1,165,196

1,030,932

145,204

5,092,391

4,895,752

689,552

    Cash paid for interest expenses

264,232

105,665

71,847

10,119

588,381

779,872

109,843

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this announcement.

NETEASE, INC.

UNAUDITED SEGMENT INFORMATION

(in thousands, except percentages)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

 December 31,  

 September 30,  

 December 31,  

 December 31,  

 December 31,  

December 31, 

December 31, 

2022

2023

2023

2023

2022

2023

2023

RMB

RMB

RMB

USD (Note 1)

RMB

RMB

USD (Note 1)

Net revenues:

Games and related value-added services 

19,085,708

21,779,851

20,921,355

2,946,711

74,566,471

81,565,449

11,488,253

Youdao

1,453,982

1,538,783

1,480,521

208,527

5,013,182

5,389,208

759,054

Cloud Music

2,376,257

1,973,064

1,985,548

279,659

8,992,221

7,866,992

1,108,043

Innovative businesses and others

2,438,182

1,978,708

2,752,741

387,715

7,923,935

8,646,510

1,217,835

Total net revenues

25,354,129

27,270,406

27,140,165

3,822,612

96,495,809

103,468,159

14,573,185

Cost of revenues:

Games and related value-added services 

(7,805,578)

(6,749,507)

(6,383,474)

(899,094)

(27,784,419)

(25,938,865)

(3,653,413)

Youdao

(679,295)

(679,147)

(741,720)

(104,469)

(2,430,738)

(2,621,746)

(369,265)

Cloud Music

(1,953,900)

(1,436,552)

(1,384,537)

(195,008)

(7,699,103)

(5,764,322)

(811,888)

Innovative businesses and others

(1,670,992)

(1,438,900)

(1,805,299)

(254,271)

(5,815,423)

(6,079,832)

(856,326)

Total cost of revenues

(12,109,765)

(10,304,106)

(10,315,030)

(1,452,842)

(43,729,683)

(40,404,765)

(5,690,892)

Gross profit:

Games and related value-added services 

11,280,130

15,030,344

14,537,881

2,047,617

46,782,052

55,626,584

7,834,840

Youdao

774,687

859,636

738,801

104,058

2,582,444

2,767,462

389,789

Cloud Music

422,357

536,512

601,011

84,651

1,293,118

2,102,670

296,155

Innovative businesses and others

767,190

539,808

947,442

133,444

2,108,512

2,566,678

361,509

Total gross profit

13,244,364

16,966,300

16,825,135

2,369,770

52,766,126

63,063,394

8,882,293

Gross profit margin:

Games and related value-added services 

59.1 %

69.0 %

69.5 %

69.5 %

62.7 %

68.2 %

68.2 %

Youdao

53.3 %

55.9 %

49.9 %

49.9 %

51.5 %

51.4 %

51.4 %

Cloud Music

17.8 %

27.2 %

30.3 %

30.3 %

14.4 %

26.7 %

26.7 %

Innovative businesses and others

31.5 %

27.3 %

34.4 %

34.4 %

26.6 %

29.7 %

29.7 %

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this announcement.

NETEASE, INC.

NOTES TO UNAUDITED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Note 1: The conversion of Renminbi (RMB) into United States dollars (USD) is based on the noon buying rate of USD1.00 = RMB7.0999 on the last trading day of December 2023 (December 29, 2023) as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted into US$ at that rate on December 29, 2023, or at any other certain date.

Note 2: Share-based compensation cost reported in the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income is set out as follows in RMB and USD (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31, 

September 30, 

December 31,

December 31,

December 31,

December 31,

December 31,

2022

2023

2023

2023

2022

2023

2023

RMB

RMB

RMB

USD (Note 1)

RMB

RMB

USD (Note 1)

Share-based compensation cost included in:

Cost of revenues

195,793

210,533

216,717

30,524

758,413

823,765

116,025

Operating expenses

  Selling and marketing expenses

33,001

33,804

35,575

5,011

120,171

132,801

18,705

  General and administrative expenses

349,444

280,581

262,830

37,019

1,214,995

1,119,018

157,610

  Research and development expenses

298,322

294,630

297,865

41,953

1,080,581

1,167,226

164,400

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this announcement.

Note 3: The financial information prepared and presented in this announcement might be different from those published and to be published by NetEase’s listed subsidiaries to meet the disclosure requirements under U.S. GAAP or different accounting standards requirements.

Note 4: The unaudited reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results is set out as follows in RMB and USD (in thousands, except per share data or per ADS data):

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

 December 31, 

 September 30,  

 December 31, 

 December 31, 

 December 31, 

December 31,

December 31,

2022

2023

2023

2023

2022

2023

2023

RMB

RMB

RMB

USD (Note 1)

RMB

RMB

USD (Note 1)

Net income  from continuing operations attributable to the
    Company’s shareholders

3,952,737

7,836,888

6,582,263

927,093

19,712,736

29,416,552

4,143,234

Add: Share-based compensation

858,637

808,276

797,194

112,282

3,095,693

3,191,753

449,549

Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations
    attributable to the Company’s shareholders

4,811,374

8,645,164

7,379,457

1,039,375

22,808,429

32,608,305

4,592,783

Non-GAAP basic net income from continuing
    operations per share *

1.49

2.69

2.30

0.32

6.99

10.14

1.43

Non-GAAP basic net income from continuing
    operations per ADS *

7.43

13.45

11.49

1.62

34.95

50.69

7.14

Non-GAAP diluted net income from continuing
    operations per share *

1.47

2.66

2.27

0.32

6.92

10.03

1.41

Non-GAAP diluted net income from continuing
    operations per ADS *

7.36

13.30

11.34

1.60

34.60

50.14

7.06

*  Each ADS represents five ordinary shares.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this announcement.

Source: NetEase, Inc.