BEIJING, April 3, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Quhuo Limited (NASDAQ: QH) (“Quhuo,” the “Company,” “we” or “our”), a leading gig economy platform focusing on local life services in China, today reported its unaudited financial results for the six months and full year ended December 31, 2023.

Financial and Operational Highlights for the Second Half of 2023

  • Revenues from vehicle export solutions that were launched in May 2023 were RMB142.5 million (US$20.1 million), accounting for 81.3% of revenues from mobility solution services, driving a 239.6% year-over-year increase in the latter’s revenue.
  • Net income was RMB11.7 million (US$1.6 million), representing a year-over-year increase of 15.0% from RMB10.2 million.
  • General and administrative expense was RMB102.7 million (US$14.5 million), representing a year-over-year decrease of 9.9% from RMB114.1 million.
  • Quhuo International has shipped over 1,700 units of vehicles under its vehicle export solutions.

Financial and Operational Highlights for Full Year 2023

  • Revenues from vehicle export solutions that were launched in May 2023 were RMB154.5 million (US$21.8 million), accounting for 66.1% of revenues from mobility solution services, driving a year-over-year increase of 116.4% in the latter’s revenue.
  • Net income was RMB6.0 million (US$0.8 million) in 2023, compared with net loss of RMB16.4 million in 2022.
  • Adjusted net income was RMB5.5 million (US$0.8 million), representing a year-over-year increase of 64.7% from RMB3.3 million.
  • General and administrative expense was RMB184.3 million (US$26.0 million), representing a year-over-year decrease of 13.7% from RMB213.6 million.
  • Quhuo International has signed service contracts for over 3,000 units of vehicles under its vehicle export solutions, of which over 1,900 units have been shipped.

Mr. Leslie Yu, Quhuo’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to close out fiscal year 2023 with strong financial and operational results. As of the end of 2023, we have achieved positive EBITDA for four consecutive half years, which is a remarkable accomplishment. It signifies the company’s consistent profitability over the past two years, demonstrating a stable and sound operational performance.”

“In 2023, we strategically pursued a second growth curve for our business by expanding into new avenues through vehicle export solutions and SaaS+ services , following our strategy to enhance profitability following revenue growth initiated in the fiscal year 2021. Our successful export of approximately 1,900 units of new energy vehicles and electric mopeds from China, generating revenue of RMB154.5 million, underscores the growth potential of our new business ventures. Furthermore, we have empowered local service providers through SaaS+ services, resulting in favorable transformational outcomes. The gross profit of housekeeping and accommodation solutions and other services achieved a significant increase leveraging SaaS+. In the future, we anticipate forming large-scale partnerships with new customers and expanding service coverage to a wider business area, bringing more business growth to the Company through SaaS+ services.”

“With a firm belief in the immense opportunities presented by global markets, we are dedicated to seizing these prospects for growth and advancement. Coupled with over a decade of experience in internet operation and technology as well as outstanding last-mile delivery capability achieved through flexible labor practices by Quhuo, the Company will leverage China’s superior capabilities and industry clusters in new energy vehicle manufacturing to adapt to the vast overseas market. By capitalizing on our core strengths and fostering strong collaborations, we aim to penetrate untapped markets, strengthen our global footprint, capture emerging opportunities, and drive sustained success in the years ahead.”

Unaudited Financial Results of the Second Half of 2023

Total revenues were RMB1,966.1 million (US$276.9 million), compared with total revenues of RMB1,956.6 million in the second half of 2022.

  • Revenues from on-demand food delivery solutions were RMB1,763.2 million (US$248.3 million), representing a decrease of 6.0% from RMB1,874.9 million in the second half of 2022, primarily because we enjoyed more preferential policies during the second half of 2022 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which was significantly reduced in the six months ended December 31, 2023 following the relief of the pandemic.
  • Revenues from mobility service solutions, consisting of shared-bike maintenance, ride-hailing, vehicle export solutions and freight service solutions, were RMB175.3 million (US$24.7 million), representing an increase of 239.6% from RMB51.6 million in the second half of 2022, primarily due to the success of vehicle export solutions, which generated revenue of RMB 142.5 million (US$20.1 million).
  • Revenues from housekeeping and accommodation solutions and other services were RMB27.5 million (US$3.9 million), representing a decrease of 8.3% from RMB30.0 million in the second half of 2022, primarily due to the transition of business model in hotel service.

The cost of revenues was RMB1,866.3 million (US$262.9 million), representing a year-over-year increase of 3.8%, primarily in line with the increase in our total revenues.

General and administrative expenses were RMB102.7 million (US$14.5 million), representing a decrease of 9.9% from RMB114.1 million in the second half of 2022, primarily due to the improvement in company management efficiency and the decrease in share-based compensation expenses from RMB7.3 million in the second half of 2022 to RMB(4.3) million (US$(0.6) million) in the second half of 2023.

Research and development expenses were RMB5.7 million (US$0.8 million), representing an increase of 6.6% from RMB5.4 million in the second half of 2022, primarily due to the increase in investment in SaaS+ technology.

We recorded other income, net, of RMB10.7 million (US$1.5 million), compared to other loss, net, of RMB17.8 million in the second half of 2022, primarily due to the fluctuation in the fair value of our investment in a mutual fund.

Income tax expense was RMB1.5 million (US$0.2 million), as compared to income tax expense of RMB14.3 million in the second half of 2022, primarily due to the lower estimated annual effective tax rate for the second half of 2023.

Net income attributable to Quhuo Limited was RMB13.0 million (US$1.8 million), compared with net income attributable to Quhuo Limited of RMB11.8million in the second half of 2022.

Adjusted EBITDA was RMB24.1 million (US$3.4 million), compared with adjusted EBITDA of RMB47.8 million in the second half of 2022.

Adjusted net income was RMB7.4 million (US$1.0 million), compared to the adjusted net income of RMB17.4 million in the second half of 2022.

Unaudited Financial Results of Full Year 2023

Total revenues were RMB3,702.4 million (US$521.5 million), compared with total revenues of RMB3,820.4 million in 2022.

  • Revenues from on-demand food delivery solutions were RMB3,412.8 million (US$480.7 million), representing a decrease of 6.2% from RMB3,638.7 million in 2022, primarily because we enjoyed more preferential policies during 2022 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which was significantly reduced in 2023 following the relief of the pandemic.
  • Revenues from mobility service solutions were RMB233.8 million (US$32.9 million), representing an increase of 116.4% from RMB108.1 million in 2022, primarily due to the success of vehicle export solutions, and we exported around 1,900 units of new energy vehicles and electric mopeds from China and generated revenue of RMB 154.5 million (US$21.8 million) in 2023.
  • Revenues from housekeeping and accommodation solutions and other services were RMB55.7 million (US$7.9 million), representing a decrease of 24.2% from RMB73.6 million in 2022, primarily due to the transition of business model in hotel service.

Cost of revenues was RMB3,535.8 million (US$498.0 million), which remained relatively stable as compared to the cost of revenues in 2022.

General and administrative expenses were RMB184.3 million (US$26.0 million) in 2023, representing a decrease of 13.7% from RMB213.6 million in 2022, primarily due to the decrease in share-based compensation expenses from RMB19.8 million in 2022 to RMB(0.5) million (US$(0.07) million) in 2023.

Research and development expenses remained relatively stable at RMB12.4 million (US$1.7 million) in 2023 and RMB12.5 million in 2022.

Other income, net was RMB16.7 million (US$2.4 million) in 2023, as compared to other loss, net of RMB26.1 million in 2022, primarily due to the fluctuation in the fair value of our investment in a mutual fund.

Income tax benefit was RMB0.9 million (US$0.1 million) in 2023, as compared to income tax expense of RMB21.0 million in 2022, primarily due to the lower estimated annual effective tax rate for the year of 2023, and the increase in deferred tax asset benefit.

Net income attributable to Quhuo Limited was RMB3.3 million (US$0.5 million) in 2023, as compared to net loss attributable to Quhuo Limited of RMB13.1 million in 2022.

Adjusted EBITDA was RMB35.2 million (US$5.0 million) in 2023, as compared to adjusted EBITDA of RMB58.6 million in 2022.

Adjusted net income was RMB5.5 million (US$0.8 million) in 2023, as compared to adjusted net income of RMB3.3 million in 2022.

(1)  See “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2023, the Company had cash, short-term investments and restricted cash of RMB114.8 million (US$16.2 million) and short-term debt of RMB92.7 million (US$13.1 million).

CONFERENCE CALL 

Quhuo will hold a conference call on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 p.m. Beijing/Hong Kong time on the same day) to discuss the financial results.

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

PARTICIPANT DIAL IN (TOLL FREE):

1-888-346-8982

PARTICIPANT INTERNATIONAL DIAL IN:

1-412-902-4272

Hong Kong Toll Free:

800-905945

Hong Kong-Local Toll:

852-301-84992

Mainland China Toll Free:

4001-201203

Conference ID:

QUHUO

Please dial in ten minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the conference ID to join the call.

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following numbers until April 10, 2024:

US Toll Free:

1-877-344-7529

International Toll:

1-412-317-0088

Canada Toll Free:

855-669-9658

Replay Access Code:

8059541

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available at the Company’s investor relations website at https://ir.quhuo.cn/.

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

Quhuo has provided in this press release financial information that has not been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP).

Quhuo uses adjusted net income/loss and adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP financial measures, in evaluating its operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes. Adjusted net income/loss represents net income/loss before share-based compensation expenses. Adjusted EBITDA represents adjusted net income/loss before income tax benefit/expense, amortization, depreciation and interest. Quhuo believes that these non-GAAP financial measures help identify underlying trends in its business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of share-based compensation expenses, income tax benefits or expenses, amortization, depreciation and interest. Quhuo believes that such non-GAAP financial measures also provide useful information about its operating results, enhance the overall understanding of its past performance and prospects and allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by its management in its financial and operational decision-making.

The non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. They should not be considered in isolation or construed as alternatives to net loss or any other performance measures or as an indicator of Quhuo’s operating performance. Further, these non-GAAP financial measures 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. Quhuo encourages investors and others to review the Company’s financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure. Investors are encouraged to compare the historical non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Quhuo mitigates these limitations by reconciling the non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable U.S. GAAP performance measures, all of which should be considered when evaluating its performance. The following table sets forth a reconciliation of our net income/loss to adjusted net income and adjusted EBITDA, respectively.

For the Six Months Ended

For the Year Ended

December 31,
2022

December
31, 2023

December
31, 2023

December
31, 2022

December
31, 2023

December
31, 2023

 (RMB)

 (RMB)

 (US$)

 (RMB)

 (RMB)

 (US$)

Net income/(loss)

10,172

11,698

1,647

(16,414)

6,008

846

Add: Share-based Compensation

7,259

(4,348)

(612)

19,762

(495)

(70)

Adjusted net income

17,431

7,350

1,035

3,348

5,513

776

Add: Income tax expense/(benefit)

14,319

1,468

207

21,002

(927)

(131)

Depreciation

3,715

2,389

336

7,513

5,316

749

Amortization

10,431

10,302

1,451

21,094

20,430

2,878

Interest

1,897

2,559

360

5,683

4,882

688

Adjusted EBITDA

47,793

24,068

3,389

58,640

35,214

4,960

EXCHANGE RATE INFORMATION

This press release contains translations of certain Renminbi amounts into U.S. dollars at a specified rate solely for readers’ convenience. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to U.S. dollars are made at a rate of RMB7.0999 to US$1.00, the rate in effect as of December 31, 2023 as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the Renminbi or U.S. dollar amounts referred could be converted into U.S. dollars or Renminbi, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all.

ABOUT QUHUO LIMITED

Quhuo Limited (NASDAQ: QH) (“Quhuo” or the “Company”) is a leading gig economy platform focusing on local life services in China. Leveraging Quhuo+, its proprietary technology infrastructure, Quhuo is dedicated to empowering and linking workers and local life service providers and providing end-to-end operation solutions for the life service market. The Company currently provides multiple industry-tailored operational solutions, primarily including on-demand delivery solutions, mobility service solutions, housekeeping and accommodation solutions, and other services, meeting the living needs of hundreds of millions of families in the communities.

With the vision of promoting employment, stabilizing income and empowering entrepreneurship, Quhuo explores multiple scenarios to promote employment of workers, provides, among others, safety and security and vocational training to protect workers, and helps workers plan their career development paths to realize their self-worth.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

This press release contains ”forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical or current fact included in this press release are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements regarding Quhuo’s business development, financial outlook, beliefs and expectations. Forward-looking statements include statements containing words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “project,” “will” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on Quhuo’s current expectations and involve risks and uncertainties. Quhuo’s actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties related to Quhuo’s abilities to (1) manage its growth and expand its operations, (2) address any or all of the risks and challenges in the future in light of its limited operating history and evolving business portfolios, (3) remain its competitive position in the on-demand food delivery market or further diversify its solution offerings and customer portfolio, (4) maintain relationships with major customers and to find replacement customers on commercially desirable terms or in a timely manner or at all, (5) maintain relationship with existing industry customers or attract new customers, (6) attract, retain and manage workers on its platform, and (7) maintain its market shares to competitors in existing markets and its success in expansion into new markets. Other risks and uncertainties are included under the caption “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, the Company’s latest annual report on Form 20-F. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, and Quhuo undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

For more information about Quhuo, please visit https://ir.quhuo.cn/.

QUHUO LIMITED

 UNAUDITED INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 (Amounts in thousands of Renminbi (“RMB”) and U.S. dollars (“US$”), except for number of shares and per share data)

As of December 31,

2022 

As of December 31,

2023 

As of December 31,

2023 

 (RMB)

 (RMB)

 (US$)

Assets

Current assets

Cash

95,444

45,185

6,364

Restricted cash

5,579

1,271

179

Short-term investments

64,355

68,378

9,631

Accounts receivable, net

495,046

475,992

67,042

Prepayments and other current assets

54,921

108,354

15,261

Amounts due from related parties

3,876

253

36

Total current assets

719,221

699,433

98,513

Property and equipment, net

11,450

14,635

2,061

Right-of-use assets, net

5,562

6,217

876

Intangible assets, net

101,603

82,818

11,665

Goodwill

65,481

65,481

9,223

Deferred tax assets

12,000

21,968

3,094

Other non-current assets

140,300

141,384

19,914

Total non-current assets

336,396

332,503

46,833

Total assets

1,055,617

1,031,936

145,346

liabilities, non-controlling interests and shareholders’ equity

Current liabilities

Accounts payables

293,281

254,099

35,789

Accrued expenses and other current

liabilities

125,949

108,132

15,230

Short-term debt

65,434

92,653

13,050

Short-term lease liabilities

3,276

3,906

550

Total current liabilities

487,940

458,790

64,619

Long-term debt

1,303

7,533

1,061

Long-term lease liabilities

1,103

1,434

202

Deferred tax liabilities

814

4,689

660

Other non-current liabilities

66,880

54,212

7,636

Total non-current liabilities

70,100

67,868

9,559

Total liabilities

558,040

526,658

74,178

QUHUO LIMITED

 UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 As of December
31, 2022 

 As of December
31, 2023 

 As of December
31, 2023 

 (RMB)

 (RMB)

 (US$)

Shareholders’ equity

Ordinary shares

43

43

6

Additional paid-in capital

1,885,637

1,885,142

265,517

Accumulated deficit

(1,379,864)

(1,376,530)

(193,880)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

(4,654)

(2,466)

(347)

Total Quhuo Limited shareholders’ equity

501,162

506,189

71,296

Non-controlling interests

(3,585)

(911)

(128)

Total shareholders’ equity

497,577

505,278

71,168

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

1,055,617

1,031,936

145,346

QUHUO LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS)/INCOME

(Amounts in thousands of Renminbi (“RMB”) and U.S. dollars (“US$”), except for number of shares and per share data)

For the Six Months Ended

For the Year Ended

December
31, 2022

December
31, 2023

December
31, 2023

December
31, 2022

December
31, 2023

December
31, 2023

 (RMB)

 (RMB)

 (US$)

 (RMB)

 (RMB)

 (US$)

Revenues

1,956,583

1,966,070

276,915

3,820,378

3,702,387

521,470

Cost of revenues

(1,797,823)

(1,866,263)

(262,858)

(3,567,690)

(3,535,778)

(498,004)

General and administrative

(114,067)

(102,725)

(14,469)

(213,592)

(184,336)

(25,963)

Research and development

(5,379)

(5,733)

(807)

(12,540)

(12,378)

(1,743)

Gain on disposal of assets, net

9,243

13,401

1,887

13,975

22,317

3,143

Goodwill impairment

(4,882)

(4,882)

Operating income/(loss)

43,675

4,750

668

35,649

(7,788)

(1,097)

Interest income

499

305

43

690

1,047

147

Interest expense

(1,897)

(2,559)

(360)

(5,683)

(4,882)

(688)

Other (loss)/income, net

(17,786)

10,670

1,503

(26,068)

16,704

2,353

Loss before income tax

24,491

13,166

1,854

4,588

5,081

715

Income tax (expense)/benefit

(14,319)

(1,468)

(207)

(21,002)

927

131

Net income/(loss)

10,172

11,698

1,647

(16,414)

6,008

846

   Net loss/(income) attributable
to non-controlling interests

1,651

1,284

181

3,284

(2,674)

(377)

Net income/(loss) attributable
to ordinary shareholders of
the Quhuo limited

11,823

12,982

1,828

(13,130)

3,334

469

Non-GAAP Financial Data

Adjusted net income

17,431

7,350

1,035

3,348

5,513

776

Adjusted EBITDA

47,793

24,068

3,389

58,640

35,214

4,960

Earnings/(loss) per share for class A and class B ordinary shares

Basic

0.21

0.23

0.03

(0.23)

0.06

0.01

Diluted

0.20

0.23

0.03

(0.23)

0.06

0.01

Shares used in earnings/(loss) per share computation:

Basic

56,168,787

55,855,737

55,855,737

56,007,723

55,534,919

55,534,919

Diluted

59,123,432

55,855,737

55,855,737

56,007,723

55,534,919

55,534,919