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Trip.com Group Limited Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2021 Financial Results

SHANGHAI, March 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Trip.com Group Limited (Nasdaq: TCOM; HKEX: 9961) (“Trip.com Group” or the “Company”), a leading one-stop travel service provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate travel management, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2021.

Key Highlights for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2021

Our business has shown resilience with consistent results mainly driven by the recovery in the Chinese domestic market

  • Net revenue remained largely stable for the fourth quarter and increased by 9% for the full year of 2021, both on a year-over-year basis.
  • Short-haul travel continued to serve as a key contributor to the recovery of the Chinese domestic market, with the number of intra-provincial and local hotel reservations for the fourth quarter increasing by over 30% and 50% respectively compared to the same period in 2019.
  • Revenues from corporate travel management experienced a year-over-year growth of 20% for the fourth quarter and a year-over-year growth of 54% for the full year of 2021.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was RMB 54 million (US$7 million) for the fourth quarter and RMB 1.3 billion (US$203 million) for the full year of 2021. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 1% for the fourth quarter and 6% for the full year of 2021.

“2021 was a year full of challenges and opportunities. On the bumpy path to recovery, we have built solid resilience and become fundamentally stronger,” said James Liang, Executive Chairman. “During the past year, we have further expanded our product offerings and improved our content capabilities, which pave the way for our sustainable growth in the longer-term. Going forward, we will continue to focus on the business recovery in the Chinese domestic market while remaining ambitious with our global vision towards global travel reopening.”

“Despite the industry fluctuations and weaker seasonality, we delivered another solid performance in the fourth quarter” said Jane Sun, Chief Executive Officer. “We will remain adaptive facing fast-changing market conditions and continue to adopt stringent cost control. Meanwhile, we are also working hard to create more value for our customers, industry partners, and the society at large.”

Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2021 Financial Results and Business Updates

For the fourth quarter of 2021, a few waves of COVID-19 infections reemerged in certain regions of China, which discouraged user demand for the Company’s products. As a result, the Company’s results of operations for the fourth quarter of 2021 were materially and adversely affected.

For the fourth quarter of 2021, Trip.com Group reported net revenue of RMB4.7 billion (US$735 million), representing a 6% decrease from the same period in 2020. Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2021 decreased by 12% from the previous quarter, primarily due to the re-emergence of COVID-19 infections in certain regions in China.

For the full year of 2021, net revenue was RMB20.0 billion (US$3.1 billion), representing a 9% increase from 2020.

Accommodation reservation revenue for the fourth quarter of 2021 was RMB1.9 billion (US$301 million), representing a 14% decrease from the same period in 2020, and a 13% decrease from the previous quarter, primarily due to the re-emergence of COVID-19 infections in certain regions in China.

For the full year of 2021, accommodation reservation revenue was RMB8.1 billion (US$1.3 billion), representing a 14% increase from 2020. The accommodation reservation revenue accounted for 41% of the total revenue in 2021 and 39% of the total revenue in 2020.

Transportation ticketing revenue for the fourth quarter of 2021 was RMB1.5 billion (US$238 million), representing a 11% decrease from the same period in 2020, and a 17% decrease from the previous quarter, primarily due to the re-emergence of COVID-19 infections in certain regions in China.

For the full year of 2021, transportation ticketing revenue was RMB6.9 billion (US$1.1 billion), representing a 3% decrease from 2020. The transportation ticketing revenue accounted for 34% of the total revenue in 2021 and 39% of the total revenue in 2020.

Packaged-tour revenue for the fourth quarter of 2021 was RMB177 million (US$28 million), representing a 32% decrease from the same period in 2020 and a 55% decrease from the previous quarter, primarily due to the re-emergence of COVID-19 infections in certain regions in China.

For the full year of 2021, packaged-tour revenue was RMB1.1 billion (US$173 million), representing an 11% decrease from 2020. The packaged-tour revenue accounted for 6% of the total revenue in 2021 and 7% of the total revenue in 2020.

Corporate travel revenue for the fourth quarter of 2021 was RMB367 million (US$58 million), representing a 20% increase from the same period in 2020 and a 9% increase from the previous quarter, primarily driven by expansion in corporate customer base and an optimized product mix.

For the full year of 2021, corporate travel revenue was RMB1.3 billion (US$211 million), representing a 54% increase from 2020. The corporate travel revenue accounted for 7% of the total revenue in 2021 and 5% of the total revenue in 2020.

Cost of revenue for the fourth quarter of 2021 increased by 23% to RMB1.1 billion (US$176 million) from the same period in 2020, primarily due to an increase in compensation to customer service center personnel. Cost of revenue decreased by 9% compared to the previous quarter. Cost of revenue as a percentage of net revenue was 24% for the fourth quarter of 2021.

For the full year of 2021, cost of revenue increased by 14% to RMB4.6 billion (US$721 million) from 2020, amounting to 23% as a percentage of net revenue.

Product development expenses for the fourth quarter of 2021 increased by 3% to RMB2.2 billion (US$351 million) from the same period in 2020 and decreased by 3% from the previous quarter. Product development expenses as a percentage of net revenue was 48% for the fourth quarter of 2021.

For the full year of 2021, product development expenses increased by 17% to RMB9.0 billion (US$1.4 billion) from 2020, amounting to 45% as a percentage of net revenue.

Sales and marketing expenses for the fourth quarter of 2021 increased by 5% to RMB1.3 billion (US$204 million) from the same period in 2020 and stayed flat from the previous quarter. Sales and marketing expenses as a percentage of net revenue was 28% for the fourth quarter of 2021.

For the full year of 2021, sales and marketing expenses increased by 12% to RMB4.9 billion (US$772 million) from 2020, amounting to 25% as a percentage of net revenue.

General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2021 increased by 8% to RMB733 million (US$115 million) from the same period in 2020 and decreased by 7% from the previous quarter. General and administrative expenses as a percentage of net revenue was 16% for the fourth quarter of 2021.

For the full year of 2021, general and administrative expenses decreased by 20% to RMB2.9 billion (US$459 million) from 2020, amounting to 15% as a percentage of net revenue.

Income tax expense for the fourth quarter of 2021 was RMB37 million (US$6 million), compared to income tax expense of RMB163 million in the same period in 2020 and income tax expense of RMB95 million in the previous quarter. The change in our effective tax rate was primarily due to the non-taxable income of the fair value changes in equity securities investments and exchangeable senior notes, as well as the change in valuation allowance provided to deferred tax assets.

For the full year of 2021, income tax expense was RMB270 million (US$42 million), compared to RMB355 million in 2020.

Net loss attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2021 was RMB834 million (US$131 million), compared to net income attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders of RMB1.0 billion in the same period in 2020 and net loss attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders of RMB849 million in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation charges and fair value changes of equity securities investments and exchangeable senior notes recorded in other income/(expense), non-GAAP net income attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders was RMB309 million (US$48 million), compared to non-GAAP net income attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders of RMB1.1 billion in the same period in 2020 and non-GAAP net income attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders of RMB523 million in the previous quarter.

For the full year of 2021, net loss attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders was RMB550 million (US$86 million), compared to net loss attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders of RMB3.2 billion in 2020. Excluding share-based compensation charges and fair value changes of equity securities investments and exchangeable senior notes, non-GAAP net income attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders was RMB1.4 billion (US$213 million) in 2021, compared to non-GAAP net loss attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders of RMB913 million in 2020

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2021 was RMB54 million (US$7 million), compared to RMB799 million in the same period in 2020 and RMB537 million in the previous quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 1% for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to 16% in the same period in 2020 and 10% in the previous quarter.

For the full year of 2021, adjusted EBITDA was RMB1.3 billion (US$203 million), compared to adjusted EBITDA of RMB1.7 billion in 2020. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 6% in 2021, compared to 9% in 2020.

Diluted loss per ordinary share and per ADS was RMB1.29 (US$0.20) for the fourth quarter of 2021. Excluding share-based compensation charges and fair value changes of equity securities investments and exchangeable senior notes, non-GAAP diluted earnings per ordinary share and per ADS was RMB0.48 (US$0.08) for the fourth quarter of 2021. Each ADS currently represents one ordinary share of the Company.

For the full year of 2021, diluted losses per share and per ADS was RMB0.87 (US$0.14). Excluding share-based compensation charges and fair value changes of equity securities investments and exchangeable senior notes, non-GAAP diluted income per share and per ADS was RMB2.12 (US$0.33). Each ADS currently represents one ordinary share of the Company.

As of December 31, 2021, the balance of cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, short-term investment, held to maturity time deposit and financial products was RMB63.9 billion (US$10.0 billion).

Conference Call

Trip.com Group’s management team will host a conference call at 8:00PM EST on March 23, 2022 (or 8:00AM CST on March 24, 2022) following this announcement.

The conference call will be available live on Webcast and for replay at: https://investors.trip.com. The call will be archived for twelve months on our website.

All participants must pre-register to join this conference call using the Participant Registration link below:

https://s1.c-conf.com/diamondpass/10020365-sdmd33.html

Upon registration, each participant will receive details for this conference call, including dial-in numbers, passcode and a unique access PIN. To join the conference, please dial the number provided, enter the passcode, followed by your PIN.

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call until March 31, 2022.

The dial-in details for the replay:

International dial-in number:

+61-7-3107-6325

Passcode:

10020365

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement 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 “may,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “future,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “is/are likely to,” “confident” or other similar statements. Among other things, quotations from management in this press release, as well as Trip.com Group’s strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, severe or prolonged downturn in the global or Chinese economy, general declines or disruptions in the travel industry, volatility in the trading price of Trip.com Group’s ADSs or shares, Trip.com Group’s reliance on its relationships and contractual arrangements with travel suppliers and strategic alliances, failure to compete against new and existing competitors, failure to successfully manage current growth and potential future growth, risks associated with any strategic investments or acquisitions, seasonality in the travel industry in the relevant jurisdictions where Trip.com Group operates, failure to successfully develop Trip.com Group’s existing or future business lines, damage to or failure of Trip.com Group’s infrastructure and technology, loss of services of Trip.com Group’s key executives, adverse changes in economic and political policies of the PRC government, inflation in China, risks and uncertainties associated with PRC laws and regulations with respect to the ownership structure of Trip.com Group’s affiliated Chinese entities and the contractual arrangements among Trip.com Group, its affiliated Chinese entities and their shareholders, and other risks outlined in Trip.com Group’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of the issuance, and Trip.com Group does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement Trip.com Group’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), Trip.com Group uses Non-GAAP financial information related to adjusted net income attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin and adjusted diluted earnings per ordinary share and per ADS, each of which is adjusted from the most comparable GAAP result to exclude the share-based compensation charges recorded under ASC 718, “Compensation-Stock Compensation” and its share-based compensation charges are not tax deductible, and fair value changes of equity securities investments and exchangeable senior notes, net of tax, recorded under ASU 2016-1. Trip.com Group’s management believes the Non-GAAP financial measures facilitate better understanding of operating results from quarter to quarter and provide management with a better capability to plan and forecast future periods.

Non-GAAP information is not prepared in accordance with GAAP, does not have a standardized meaning under GAAP, and may be different from Non-GAAP methods of accounting and reporting used by other companies. The presentation of this additional information should not be considered a substitute for GAAP results. A limitation of using Non-GAAP financial measures is that Non-GAAP measures exclude share-based compensation charges and fair value changes of equity securities investments and exchangeable senior notes that have been and will continue to be significant recurring expenses in Trip.com Group’s business for the foreseeable future.

Reconciliations of Trip.com Group’s Non-GAAP financial data to the most comparable GAAP data included in the consolidated statement of operations are included at the end of this press release.

About Trip.com Group Limited

Trip.com Group Limited (Nasdaq: TCOM; HKEX: 9961) is a leading one-stop travel platform globally, integrating a comprehensive suite of travel products and services and differentiated travel content. It is the go-to destination for travelers in China, and increasingly for travelers around the world, to explore travel and get inspired, to make informed and cost-effective travel bookings, and to enjoy hassle-free, on-the-go support and share travel experience. Founded in 1999 and listed on Nasdaq in 2003, the Company operates under a portfolio of brands, including Ctrip, Qunar, Trip.com and Skyscanner.

For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations
Trip.com Group Limited
Tel: +86 (21) 3406-4880 X 12229
Email: [email protected]

 

 

Trip.com Group Limited

Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In millions, except share and per share data)

December 31, 2020

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2021

RMB (million)

RMB (million)

USD (million)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

19,415

21,196

3,326

Short-term investments

24,820

29,566

4,640

Accounts receivable, net 

4,119

4,649

729

Prepayments and other current assets 

9,657

10,697

1,679

Total current assets

58,011

66,108

10,374

Property, equipment and software

5,780

5,534

868

Intangible assets and land use rights

13,344

13,046

2,047

Right-of-use asset

987

777

122

Investments (Includes held to maturity time deposit and
financial products of RMB15,357 million and RMB13,112
million as of December 31,2020 and December 31,
2021, respectively)

47,943

44,961

7,055

Goodwill

59,353

59,353

9,314

Other long-term assets

436

396

62

Deferred tax asset

1,395

1,684

265

Total assets

187,249

191,859

30,107

LIABILITIES

Current liabilities:

Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt

33,665

39,866

6,256

Accounts payable

4,506

6,019

945

Advances from customers

7,605

7,535

1,182

Other current liabilities

12,593

12,798

2,008

Total current liabilities

58,369

66,218

10,391

Deferred tax liability

3,574

3,527

554

Long-term debt

22,718

11,093

1,741

Long-term lease liability

618

400

63

Other long-term liabilities

403

165

25

Total liabilities

85,682

81,403

12,774

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Total Trip.com Group Limited shareholders’ equity

100,354

109,677

17,211

Non-controlling interests

1,213

779

122

Total shareholders’ equity

101,567

110,456

17,333

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

187,249

191,859

30,107

 

 

Trip.com Group Limited

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income/(Loss)

(In millions, except share and per share data)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31, 2020

September 30, 2021

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2021

RMB (million)

RMB (million)

RMB (million)

USD (million)

RMB (million)

RMB (million)

USD (million)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Revenue:

Accommodation reservation 

2,244

2,194

1,919

301

7,132

8,148

1,279

Transportation ticketing 

1,699

1,817

1,516

238

7,146

6,905

1,084

Packaged-tour 

262

392

177

28

1,241

1,105

173

Corporate travel

307

338

367

58

877

1,347

211

Others

454

605

703

110

1,931

2,524

396

Total revenue

4,966

5,346

4,682

735

18,327

20,029

3,143

Less: Sales tax and surcharges

(2)

(2)

(1)

(0)

(11)

(6)

(1)

Net revenue

4,964

5,344

4,681

735

18,316

20,023

3,142

Cost of revenue

(910)

(1,223)

(1,118)

(176)

(4,031)

(4,598)

(721)

Gross profit

4,054

4,121

3,563

559

14,285

15,425

2,421

Operating expenses:

Product development **

(2,162)

(2,305)

(2,236)

(351)

(7,667)

(8,992)

(1,411)

Sales and marketing **

(1,232)

(1,270)

(1,298)

(204)

(4,405)

(4,922)

(772)

General and administrative **

(676)

(792)

(733)

(115)

(3,636)

(2,922)

(459)

Total operating expenses

(4,070)

(4,367)

(4,267)

(670)

(15,708)

(16,836)

(2,642)

Loss from operations

(16)

(246)

(704)

(111)

(1,423)

(1,411)

(221)

Interest income 

429

485

757

119

2,187

2,132

335

Interest expense

(377)

(382)

(358)

(56)

(1,716)

(1,565)

(246)

Other income/(expense)

769

(854)

(433)

(68)

(273)

373

58

Income/(Loss) before income tax
expense and equity in income of
affiliates

805

(997)

(738)

(116)

(1,225)

(471)

(74)

Income tax expense

(163)

(95)

(37)

(6)

(355)

(270)

(42)

Equity in income/(loss) of affiliates

318

224

(108)

(17)

(1,689)

96

15

Net income/(loss)

960

(868)

(883)

(139)

(3,269)

(645)

(101)

Net loss attributable to non-
controlling interests

44

19

49

8

62

95

15

Accretion to redemption value of
redeemable non-controlling
interests

(40)

Net income/(loss) attributable to
Trip.com Group Limited

1,004

(849)

(834)

(131)

(3,247)

(550)

(86)

Earnings/(Losses) per ordinary
share *

– Basic

1.67

(1.32)

(1.29)

(0.20)

(5.40)

(0.87)

(0.14)

– Diluted

1.65

(1.32)

(1.29)

(0.20)

(5.40)

(0.87)

(0.14)

Earnings/(Losses) per ADS *

– Basic

1.67

(1.32)

(1.29)

(0.20)

(5.40)

(0.87)

(0.14)

– Diluted

1.65

(1.32)

(1.29)

(0.20)

(5.40)

(0.87)

(0.14)

Weighted average ordinary shares
outstanding *

– Basic

602,968,832

643,856,428

646,213,517

646,213,517

600,888,208

634,109,233

634,109,233

– Diluted

609,135,914

643,856,428

646,213,517

646,213,517

600,888,208

634,109,233

634,109,233

** Share-based compensation included in Operating expenses above is as follows:

  Product development 

260

221

249

39

964

802

126

  Sales and marketing 

43

35

58

9

159

149

23

  General and administrative 

208

258

200

31

750

730

115

* The change in ADS ratio proportionate to the Share Subdivision from eight ADSs representing one ordinary share to one ADS representing one Share, effective on March 18, 2021. Basic and diluted
earnings/(losses) per ordinary share (GAAP and Non-GAAP) and weighted average ordinary shares outstanding (GAAP and Non-GAAP) for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and for the year ended
December 31, 2020 have been retrospectively adjusted for the Share Subdivision that became effective on March 18, 2021.

 

 

Trip.com Group Limited

Reconciliation of  GAAP and Non-GAAP Results

(In millions, except % and per share data)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31, 2020

September 30, 2021

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2021

RMB (million)

RMB (million)

RMB (million)

USD (million)

RMB (million)

RMB (million)

USD (million)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Net income/(loss)

960

(868)

(883)

(139)

(3,269)

(645)

(101)

Less: Interest income

(429)

(485)

(757)

(119)

(2,187)

(2,132)

(335)

Add: Interest expense

377

382

358

56

1,716

1,565

246

Add: Other (income)/expense

(769)

854

433

68

273

(373)

(58)

Add: Income tax expense

163

95

37

6

355

270

42

Add: Equity in (income)/loss of affiliates

(318)

(224)

108

17

1,689

(96)

(15)

Loss from operations

(16)

(246)

(704)

(111)

(1,423)

(1,411)

(221)

Add: Share-based compensation

511

514

507

79

1,873

1,681

264

Add: Depreciation and amortization

304

269

251

39

1,217

1,021

160

Adjusted EBITDA

799

537

54

7

1,667

1,291

203

Adjusted EBITDA margin

16%

10%

1%

1%

9%

6%

6%

Net income/(loss) attributable to Trip.com Group Limited

1,004

(849)

(834)

(131)

(3,247)

(550)

(86)

Share-based compensation

511

514

507

79

1,873

1,681

264

Fair value changes of equity securities investments and
exchangeable senior notes

(408)

903

581

91

612

170

27

Add: Tax effects on fair value changes of equity securities
investments and exchangeable senior notes

(44)

(45)

55

9

(151)

55

8

Non-GAAP net income/(loss) attributable to Trip.com Group
Limited

1,063

523

309

48

(913)

1,356

213

Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding- Diluted-non
GAAP *

609,135,914

646,684,353

648,139,290

648,139,290

600,888,208

640,866,173

640,866,173

Non-GAAP Diluted income/(losses) per share *

1.75

0.81

0.48

0.08

(1.52)

2.12

0.33

Non-GAAP Diluted income/(losses) per ADS *

1.75

0.81

0.48

0.08

(1.52)

2.12

0.33

Notes for all the condensed consolidated financial schedules presented:

Note 1: The conversion of Renminbi (RMB) into U.S. dollars (USD) is based on the certified exchange rate of USD1.00=RMB6.3726 on December 31, 2021 published by the Federal Reserve Board.

* The change in ADS ratio proportionate to the Share Subdivision from eight ADSs representing one ordinary share to one ADS representing one Share, effective on March 18, 2021. Basic and diluted earnings/(losses) per ordinary share (GAAP
and Non-GAAP) and weighted average ordinary shares outstanding (GAAP and Non-GAAP) for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and for the year ended December 31, 2020 have been retrospectively adjusted for the Share
Subdivision that became effective on March 18. 2021.

 

 

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