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Mail.ru Group Limited
28 October 2021
 

 

Mail.ru Group Limited unaudited results for Q3 2021

 

October 28, 2021. Mail.ru Group Limited (MAIL, hereinafter referred to as "the Company" and together with its subsidiaries "VK" or "the Group"), one of the largest companies in the Russian-speaking Internet market, today releases unaudited IFRS results and segment financial information for the three and nine months ended 30 September 2021.

 

Performance highlights*

Results for the three months ended 30 September 2021:

·     

Q3 2021 Group aggregate segment revenue grew 19% YoY to RUB 30,418m

·     

Q3 2021 Group aggregate segment EBITDA rose 28% YoY to RUB 8,426m

·     

Q3 2021 Group aggregate net profit from consolidated subsidiaries grew 41% YoY to RUB 3,836m

·     

Q3 2021 Group aggregate net loss including key strategic associates and joint ventures was RUB (1,371m), compared to Q3 2020 net loss of RUB (415m), including the following contributions:

O2O JV: RUB (3,882m) in Q3 2021 vs RUB (2,968m) in Q3 2020;

AER JV: RUB (1,212m) in Q3 2021 vs RUB (162m) in Q3 2020;

Uchi.ru Group: RUB (113m) in Q3 2021

 

Results for the nine months ended 30 September 2021:

·     

9M 2021 Group aggregate segment revenue rose 21% YoY to RUB 88,699m

·     

9M 2021 Group aggregate segment EBITDA grew 8% YoY to RUB 21,159m

·     

9M 2021 Group aggregate net profit from consolidated subsidiaries declined 2% YoY to RUB 8,070m

·     

9M 2021 Group aggregate net loss including key strategic associates and joint ventures was RUB (5,299m), compared to 9M 2020 net profit of RUB 674m, including the following contributions:

O2O JV: RUB (11,098m) in 9M 2021 vs RUB (6,866m) in 9M 2020;

AER JV: RUB (2,179m) in 9M 2021 vs RUB (695m) in 9M 2020;

Uchi.ru Group: RUB (92m) in 9M 2021

 

* Performance highlights are based on the Group aggregate segment financial information, which is different from IFRS accounts. See "Presentation of Aggregate Segment Financial Information".

Commenting on the results of the Group, Dmitry Grishin, Chairman of the Board, and Boris Dobrodeev, CEO (Russia) of VK, said:

 

In Q3, Group revenue grew by 18.6% (to RUB 30.4bn). We saw a particularly strong YoY performance from online advertising (+28.2%) and Education Technology services (+56.2%). Community IVAS returned to growth (+5.7% YoY versus -2.3% in Q2), with largely flat performance from MMO Games (-0.8% YoY) given the continued challenging base effect (+34% YoY in Q3 2020), combined with no major new games launches.

 

Q3 revenue split:

·      Advertising: +28.2% YoY to RUB 12,229m

·      MMO: -0.8% YoY to RUB 8,841m

·      Community IVAS: +5.7% YoY to RUB 4,479m

·      Education Technology services: +56.2% YoY to RUB 2,546m

·      Other: 74.9% YoY to RUB 2,323m

 

VKontakte remains the key contributor to our core online advertising revenue stream as well as the largest Communications & Social (C&S) reporting segment, with its quarterly revenue exceeding RUB 7bn on the back of 29% YoY revenue growth. In terms of advertising products, performance remained the key driver (+40% YoY). Within advertising formats, we saw 52% YoY growth in our in-stream video revenue in Q3, with the further monetization of video among our key strategic priorities. As the base effect becomes more challenging, we expect further QoQ moderation in the advertising revenue growth rate in Q4, but with the goal to continue to outgrow the broader digital market.

 

Community IVAS (~14.7% of Group revenue in Q3), which returned to growth in Q3 (5.7% versus -2.3% in Q2), was driven by Music, which sits at the heart of our VK Combo loyalty program, with >4.5mn subscribers as of the end of September. We expect a broadly similar growth rate for IVAS in Q4, with moderate growth for the year.

 

With >97% of Community IVAS and >80% of Online advertising revenues booked within the C&S segment, it saw solid underlying trends in Q3, with 20.2% YoY growth. C&S segment also saw margin improvement, with an EBITDA margin of 49.1% versus 41.3% in Q2 and 46.1% in Q3 2020.

 

While MMO Games (29.1% of Group revenue) was largely flat YoY in Q3, the overall Games segment (represented by MY.GAMES) delivered slight growth (+2.3% YoY, RUB 10.1bn). EBITDA of MY.GAMES was RUB 2.4bn with a margin of 24.2%, an improvement compared to 20.2% margin in Q3 2020. MY.GAMES is set to deliver an EBITDA margin of ~20% in 2021 versus 16% in 2020, along with some revenue growth.

 

EdTech segment (Skillbox Holding Limited) revenues grew >56% YoY in Q3 (to RUB 2.5bn), supported by active ongoing course offer expansion, which helps drive paying user growth (+37,000 in Q3). EdTech revenues are now expected to exceed RUB 10bn in 2021. EBITDA margin improved to -13% in Q3 versus -38% in Q2 and we target further improvement in profitability in Q4.

 

Within the New Initiatives segment, Youla saw 28% revenue growth in Q3 (to RUB 968m), with a continued reduction in EBITDA burn, to -17% in Q3, versus -20% in Q2 and -58% in Q3 2020. Youla is on track to deliver RUB3.6-3.9bn in revenues in 2021, with major progress towards break-even, expected in 2022.

 

We are very bullish on the growth prospects of MY.GAMES, but with 2021 being more focused on EBITDA growth for the segment. This is due to the high COVID-19 related base effect for growth along with IDFA-related changes, which shifted launches into 2022, allowing for a period of adjustment for our marketing models to maximize efficiency of the key cost item for MY.GAMES. As a result, we currently see RUB124-127bn in revenue as the base case for 2021, with 16.5-19.4% growth for this year. The target for slight YoY margin improvement versus 25.3% delivered in 2020 remains in place.

 

Our net debt position excluding lease liabilities at the end of September stood at RUB 29,231m (RUB 45,025m including lease liabilities). During the quarter Mail.ru Finance finalized the placement of the RUB 15bn in exchange-traded local bonds with a 7.9% annual coupon rate, with proceeds used for investments into the O2O and AliExpress Russia (AER) JVs as well as online education and games. In 2021, we invested RUB 21.5bn into the O2O JV, $60.3mn into the AER JV and RUB 4bn into online education and games as we see these assets as strategically important ecosystem elements and growth areas for the Group.

 

The Group's rebranding from "Mail.ru Group" into "VK" is also part of our ecosystem development strategy. The positive impact the "VK" brand has on awareness and use of products is clear and should help drive the Group's reach, engagement and monetization, while also stimulating the internal culture of togetherness and collaboration.

 

Also, to closer align with our stakeholders, the Remuneration and Nomination Committee of the Board has recently approved the shift to a new long-term incentive program (LTI) for Executives. It is equity-based with awards in Performance Stock Units ("PSUs") and options linked to GDRs, with annual vesting over 4 years, starting in 2022. Vesting of PSUs is subject to meeting performance conditions linked to financial parameters such as budgeted Revenue and Adjusted Free-Cash-Flow, while options have a strike price of $20/GDR (which will only have value in case of share price appreciation above that level), with any gains to be settled in GDRs. Under the Program, PSUs or options may be clawed back in the event of misconduct or certain accounting irregularities. 

 

Financial and operational highlights around our most material non-consolidated assets among associates and joint ventures including AliExpress Russia JV and O2O JV can be found below in the "Joint Ventures" section of the press release.

 

As of September 2021, we reassessed the probability of successfully completing the Payments and Financial Services JVs deal in its current structure as agreed in February 2021 as not highly probable. Hence, we ceased to classify assets and liabilities related to Money.Mail.Ru, VK Pay and InPlat as held for sale. The event is P&L neutral and the Group intends to form Payments JV and Financial Services JV in the foreseeable future, and is currently in active negotiations on the matter.

 

Segmental highlights

 

Communications and Social segment

 

The segment's revenue was up 20.2% YoY to RUB 15bn in Q3 2021 driven by advertising revenue growth along with improved Community IVAS performance. EBITDA increased by 28.1% YoY to RUB 7.4bn in Q3 (with a margin of 49% vs 46% a year ago) due to the improvement seen in the high margin Community IVAS revenue and despite the ongoing product investments, particularly into content and music.

 

Communications and Social Segment Performance - Q3 2021 & 9M 2021

 

RUB millions

Q3 2020

Q3 2021

YoY, %

9M 2020

9M 2021

YoY, %

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

External revenue

12,456

14,910

 

36,464

42,283

 

Intersegment revenue

(2)

62

 

(3)

222

 

Total revenue

12,454

14,972

20%

36,461

42,505

17%

Total operating expenses

6,718

7,622

13%

18,492

23,356

26%

EBITDA

5,736

7,350

28%

17,969

19,149

7%

EBITDA margin, %

46.1%

49.1%

3.0pp

49.3%

45.1%

-4.2pp

 

VKontakte

 

VKontakte maintained its local social networking leadership, with a stable average Russia MAU of 72mn and DAU of 46.2mn (+0.2% YoY) in Q3. Mobile time spent stood at ~33 minutes per day as of August, including ~48 minutes per day for the most engaged 12-24 age groupa.

 

The number of VK Mini Apps rose by almost 70% YoY in September to above 36,800, with MAU of 34mn (+26% YoY). Monetization of mini apps and games based on the VK Mini Apps platform is progressing, with related in-app ads revenue rising by 550% YoY in Q3.

 

Communication products and related technology enhancements continued, with the rollout of free-of-charge unlimited duration group video calls for up to 2,048 simultaneous participants on desktop, with video call MAU of 20mn. VKontakte launched VK Mail, an email service integrated with VKontakte messenger with authorization via VK ID. 5.7mn email accounts were registered in VK Mail within the first three days.

 

Video remains a major focus area, with several significant video platform updates. VKontakte is focused on content creation as a driver of video consumption, having launched VK Squad, an educational project for bloggers. VKontakte is also boosting its video monetization tools, which includes the launch of revenue share with authors, initially available for Groups participating in the VKontakte partner program. These initiatives helped drive a 5x YoY increase in VKontakte's revenue from video ads in Q3, to be further stimulated by the rollout of VK Video in October, unifying all of the Group's video resources in a platform with 40mn video DAU, the largest in Russia.

 

Сontent creators using VK Donut earned >RUB 126mn since its launch in late June 2020. The VKontakte Mobile Games catalogue grew by 135% YoY, with +15% YoY growth in mobile games audience in Q3.

 

Technological enhancements are ongoing, with VKontakte being among the pioneers to have implemented the advanced technology of data transmission based on the new network protocol QUIC, which accelerated delivery of content by 2x.

 

a

Source: Mediascope, August 2021, Russia (all cities, age 12+), Mobile app

 

Odnoklassniki (OK)

 

Average Russia MAU stood at 38mn in Q3. Users sent more than 6.6bn virtual gifts, 500mn postcards and 450mn stickers during Q3. Additional IVAS growth contribution came from social games. Average DAU in mobile games on the OK platform grew by 22% YoY in Q3, with penetration exceeding 10% of OK's overall mobile DAU. Game advertising revenue inside OK also continues to grow, with total games advertising revenue up by 340%.

 

Moments MAU reached 26mn in September, with the number of views and reactions growing by 390mn and 42mn respectively during the period.

 

OK continues to develop advertising based monetization, with the number of advertisers increasing by 17% YoY in Q3. Revenue from the internal advertising manager within OK was up 74% YoY in Q3.

 

Cross-integrations continue, with the launch of a recruiting service and a special section in OK main menu with VK Jobs. In September, OK rolled out the AI-based voice message transcription feature on the basis of the technology developed by VKontakte, and enhanced its music service.

 

Games segment (represented by MY.GAMES)

 

MY.GAMES revenues grew 2.3% YoY in Q3 (to RUB 10.1bn) given the still elevated COVID-19 base effect from 2020 along with no major new launches as of 9M21 (versus 8 during the same period last year). ~96% of revenues came from F2P games, with mobile share at 75% of the total in Q3 (versus 73% in Q3 2020). War Robots, Warface, Hustle Castle, Rush Royale and Grand Hotel Mania were the largest revenue contributors for the quarter.

 

The Games segment EBITDA stood at RUB 2.4bn in Q3, delivering 22.6% YoY growth, with a margin of 24.2% (versus 20.2% in Q3 2020), and the segment is firmly on track to deliver margin growth for the year. Average MAU stood at 21mn in Q3 with a 4.32% share of monthly paying users and Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) of RUB 160.

 

Games Segment Performance - Q3 2021 & 9M 2021

 

RUB millions

Q3 2020

Q3 2021

YoY, %

9M 2020

9M 2021

YoY, %

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

External revenue

9,822

10,054

 

28,498

32,083

 

Intersegment revenue

30

26

 

73

78

 

Total revenue

9,852

10,080

2%

28,571

32,161

13%

Total operating expenses

7,865

7,644

-3%

23,682

25,615

8%

EBITDA

1,987

2,436

23%

4,889

6,546

34%

EBITDA margin, %

20.2%

24.2%

4.0pp

17.1%

20.4%

3.3pp

 

The share of revenue coming from markets outside of Russia & CIS stood at 77% (versus 75% in Q3 2020), with the US, Germany and France holding the largest share of international revenue.

 

MY.GAMES Venture Capital (MGVC) completed four minority investments in new studios in Q3 (VOX, Tworogue Games, Breach Studios, Wideview Games) and consolidated Mamboo Games.

 

MY.GAMES continued to grow by supporting its existing portfolio with product updates, spreading existing titles to other platforms as well as expanding its portfolio with new IP consolidations. Mamboo games joined MY.GAMES in late Q3 to drive further portfolio diversification into the attractive and fast-growing hyper casual and hybrid casual genres. A total of 14 internal studios of MY.GAMES have 20 new titles in active development across PC, console and mobile platforms, set to support future growth, to be further enhanced by MGVC acquisitions.

 

Mobile

The top-5 revenue-generating mobile titles in Q3 remained War Robots, Rush Royale, Hustle Castle, Grand Hotel Mania and Left to Survive, with the most recently launched (December 2020) Rush Royale now ranked second in terms of quarterly revenue.

 

War Robots (2014, Pixonic studio) shooter had 200mn registered users in September, with average monthly revenue of ~RUB 850mn in Q3 and significant positive EBITDA contribution.

 

Hustle Castle (2017, Nord studio) RPG title exceeded 71mn in downloads, with >RUB 300mn in average monthly revenue in Q3. The Nord Studio also operates Zero City (~19mn downloads, ~RUB 100mn in average monthly revenue). American Dad! Apocalypse Soon continued to scale, with ~10mn in cumulative downloads as of the end of Q3.

 

Grand Hotel Mania (2020, Deus Craft studio) time management game approached 13mn installs, with nearly RUB 200mn in average monthly revenue in Q3.

 

Left to Survive (2018, Whalekit studio) shooter reached 42mn downloads and exceeded RUB 150mn in average monthly revenue in Q3. Another title from this studio, Warface: Global Operations (2020), reached 20mn downloads.

 

Rush Royale (2020, IT Territory studio) tower defence game reached ~14mn downloads with average monthly revenue reaching a new record of >RUB 400mn in September, being the most successful launch in MY.GAMES' history.

 

Tacticool (2019, Panzerdog) top-down PvP mobile shooter game reached 21mn downloads and achieved nearly RUB 100mn in average monthly revenue in Q3.

 

In Q3, MY.GAMES continued to port its mobile titles to PC on MY.GAMES Store as part of internal cross-selling and cross-integration, with Tacticool and Grand Hotel Mania ported in Q3.

 

PC & Console

The Warface (2013, PC/console/mobile) first-person shooter franchise reached 120mn players worldwide across all platforms and remains a top-3 revenue generator for MY.GAMES. Warface cross-play via console platforms connects over 24mn players to the same server, with growth supported by the rollout of the new Heist season on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in September, to be soon extended to Nintendo Switch. 

 

Lost Ark (PC, licensed from Smilegate RPG) MMORPG reached 3mn in registered users.

 

Tactical action MMO Conqueror's Blade (2019, PC, licensed from Booming Tech) reached 3.5mn in users in Q3.

 

Free-to-play MMO Skyforge (2017, PC, Allods Team) reached 13.2mn in registered users.

 

MY.GAMES and the third-party developer (The Farm 51 studio) launched Early Access to tactical online multiplayer FPS World War 3, which is set to launch globally in Q1 2022.

 

EdTech segment (represented by Skillbox Holding Limited)

 

The segment continued to demonstrate solid performance in Q3, with revenue rising by 56% YoY to RUB 2.5bn. EdTech delivered an EBITDA loss of RUB 0.3bn in Q3 compared to a positive RUB 0.3bn contribution in Q3 2020 due to personnel, content development cost as well as marketing expense increases. An increase in the tax burden relative to 2020 also had a negative effect (with 4% margin excluding this tax effect). At the same time, the economics of the business improved QoQ, with a negative EBITDA margin of -13% vs -38% during the prior quarter.

 

EdTech Segment Performance - Q3 2021 & 9M 2021

 

RUB millions

Q3 2020

Q3 2021

YoY, %

9M 2020

9M 2021

YoY, %

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

External revenue

1,630

2,545

 

3,522

6,869

 

Intersegment revenue

-

1

 

-

2

 

Total revenue

1,630

2,546

56%

3,522

6,871

95%

Total operating expenses

1,319

2,875

118%

2,872

8,024

180%

EBITDA

311

(329)

n/m

650

(1,153)

n/m

EBITDA margin, %

19.1%

-12.9%

 -32.0pp

18.5%

-16.8%

 -35.3pp

 

The platforms exceeded 1.94mn in combined cumulative registered students as of the end of September, up 1.5x YoY, with 210,000 in new registrations during the quarter. The cumulative number of paying students approached 273,000, up 2.1x YoY, with nearly 37,000 new paying students added during Q3.

 

The units launched 163 new courses and programs (professions and faculties) during Q3, with most additions in programming and gaming (41), design (30), marketing (21) and management (19), and the overall number of available courses reaching 1,210. The average check stood at RUB 67,000 in Q3 (+13% YoY).

 

Accounting for the consolidation of SkillFactory since the back end of September, we expect EdTech revenues to exceed RUB 10bn in 2021 with further QoQ improvement in EBITDA margin in Q4.

 

New Initiatives segment

 

The segment's revenue was up 68% to RUB 2.9bn in Q3 driven mainly by Youla. New Initiatives EBITDA loss amounted to RUB 1bn (vs. the loss of RUB 1.5bn in Q3 2020), which implies a -35.2% margin (-83.2% in Q3 2020) due to the ongoing improvement in profitability across most product groups, including Youla, recommendation platforms and B2B (including Cloud).

 

New Initiatives Segment Performance - Q3 2021 & 9M 2021

 

RUB millions

Q3 2020

Q3 2021

YoY, %

9M 2020

9M 2021

YoY, %

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

External revenue

1,737

2,909

 

4,910

7,464

 

Intersegment revenue

8

17

 

33

30

 

Total revenue

1,745

2,926

68%

4,943

7,494

52%

Total operating expenses

3,197

3,957

24%

8,809

10,877

23%

EBITDA

(1,452)

(1,031)

-29%

(3,866)

(3,383)

-12%

EBITDA margin, %

-83.2%

-35.2%

48.0pp

-78.2%

-45.1%

33.1pp

 

Youla (classifieds)

Youla grew revenues by 28% YoY in Q3 to RUB 968mn, driven by the rising share of B2B sales. EBITDA loss as a proportion of revenue continued to decline, at -17% in Q3 versus -58% in Q3 2020. MAU grew by 27% YoY reaching 33mn in September, stimulated by the ongoing rollout of VK Classifieds, with 115,000 Groups in VKontakte now able to show relevant listings via VK Classifieds (+130% QoQ).

 

The revenue of the Jobs vertical (VK / Youla Jobs) nearly doubled YoY, with related DAU rising by 32% YoY, and the number of new CVs increasing by 144% YoY. Within the VKontakte social network, more than 90% of job search Groups are now connected to the VK Jobs.

 

Youla remains on track to deliver RUB 3.6-3.9bn in revenues in 2021, with significant progress towards break-even.

 

VK ID (unified ID)

Since its launch in June 2020, 51.5mn people have used VK ID for authentication, not counting for authentication on vk.com, with their number growing 27% QoQ in Q3. 27 Group services are now using VK ID (versus 24 as of the end of June), including CityDrive and VK Mail among the most recently added.

 

VK Clips (short video)

VK Clips' video inventory now exceeds 8mn+ clips, with 2.1mn unique authors.

 

Engagement continues to rise, with daily video views reaching up to 350mn and DAU at 20mn in September.

 

Time spent per user in Clips grew by 62% YoY in September, with the number of users spending 10+ minutes per day on Clips rising by 71% during the same period.

 

Product enhancements continue, with VK Clips being the first short video platform to launch thematic feeds. There is already certain advertising-based monetization in Clips with two main formats used: traditional video promos and special projects (with special effects, AR masks, challenges, etc), albeit the main near-term focus remains on rising engagement and retention on the platform.

 

Pulse and Relap (recommendation platforms)

In Q3, Pulse DAU stood at 9mn (+144.8% YoY), with MAU of 70.4mn (+87.5% YoY). Relap DAU stood at 6.3mn (+1.63% YoY) in Q3, with MAU of 84.5mn (-7.27% YoY), driven by the change in the cookie-collection policy of the major internet browsers. The two platforms' combined revenue reached RUB 345mn in Q3 (+141% YoY). So far in Q4, the first iteration of integration with the VK Video platform was completed and Pulse launched a video uploading feature for authors via Pulse personal cabinet. At the end of September, UGC video recommendations on pulse.mail.ru were launched, with Pulse now offering bloggers a new way to monetize on the recommendation platform.

 

Joint Ventures

 

O2O JV (equal 45.01% ownership between Sber and VK)

GMV of O2O JV reached 47.7bn (+55% YoY) in Q3. EBITDA burn stood at RUB 7.6bn, as its units remain in an active investment phase. At the same time, continuous focus on operational efficiency resulted in an EBITDA margin of -16% (as % of GMV), an improvement versus -20% in Q2 and -25% in Q3 2020. 

 

 

Q3 2020

Q3 2021

YoY, %

9M 2020

9M 2021

YoY, %

GMV, RUB mn

30,829

47,745

55%

75,645

133,442

76%

EBITDA, RUB mn

(7,598)

(7,631)

-0.4%

(17,730)

(23,003)

-30%

EBITDA margin, as % of GMV

-25%

-16%

8.7pp

-23%

-17%

6.2pp

 

Food-tech, including Delivery Club (98%), Samokat (85%), r_keeper (99%) and Local Kitchen (85%)

 

Delivery Club generated RUB 4bn in gross revenue (+53% YoY) in Q3, with a 45% YoY growth in orders to 22mn. 1P orders stood at 64% of total platform orders in Q3 (versus 59% in Q3 2020), while egrocery orders amounted to 17% of the total (versus 6% in Q3 2020).

 

Delivery Club is present in all federal districts and covers >50% of the Russian population, with a connected partner network exceeding 47,000 September (+55% YoY), including 6,270 retail stores.

 

As a result of the expanding offer and the ongoing improvements in the service level (with an average delivery time of 32.9 min in Moscow in September), the average frequency increased QoQ as well as YoY, with ~4.3 orders/active user in Q3 and the number of active customers up 27% YoY to 5mn.

 

 

Q3 2020

Q3 2021

YoY, %

9M 2020

9M 2021

YoY, %

Gross revenue, RUB mn

2,622

4,014

53%

6,963

10,850

56%

Number of orders, mn

15.3

22.1

45%

42.2

60.5

44%

Share of egrocery orders

6%

17%

 

4%

14%

 

Share of 1P orders

59%

64%

 

57%

63%

 

Number of vendors, thousands,
end of period

30.7

47.5

 

 

 

 

Active customers, mn

4.0

5.1

27%

 

 

 

Average frequency, orders

3.8

4.3

14%

 

 

 

 

Samokat grew gross revenue by 4.5x YoY (to RUB 9.5bn) in Q3, with 18.9mn in orders (+4.2x YoY), including up to 250,000 in daily orders in September.

 

Samokat launched operations in 2 additional cities in Q3, now available across 22 Russian cities with access to ~19% of the local population. It plans further expansion, including into cities with <500,000 in population.

 

Samokat's dark store base reached 758 in September (+2.6x YoY), being among the largest networks globally.

 

The entire category base has greatly expanded, including into cosmetics, with plans to further scale this into categories such as medicine. The private label SKU base reached 720 and contributed >16% of revenue in Q3.

 

 

Q3 2020

Q3 2021

YoY, %

9M 2020

9M 2021

YoY, %

GMV, RUB mn

2,340

10,808

362%

5,300

26,782

405%

Gross revenue, RUB mn

2,093

9,497

354%

4,725

23,556

399%

Share of revenue from private label
assortment

13%

16%

 

10%

16%

 

Number of orders, mn

4.5

18.9

324%

9.5

45.6

379%

Number of dark stores

290

758

161%

 

 

 

 

Local Kitchen delivered 1.8mn orders (+27% YoY) and generated RUB 930mn in gross revenue (+29% YoY) in Q3 from its 50 dark kitchens across Moscow.

 

 

Q3 2020

Q3 2021

YoY, %

9M 2020

9M 2021

YoY, %

GMV, RUB mn

849

1,110

31%

1,972

3,157

60%

Gross revenue, RUB mn

719

930

29%

1,671

2,654

59%

Number of orders, mn

1.4

1.8

27%

3.2

5.0

56%

Average number of kitchens

33

50

 

 

 

 

Active users, thousands

169

238

41%

 

 

 

 

Mobility, including Citymobil (97%) and Citydrive (former YouDrive) (77%)

In Q3, Citymobil completed 44.6mn rides with GMV growth of 8.5% YoY (to RUB 14.6bn), supported by the ongoing growth in B2B (+3.2 YoY) and Premium segment rides (+1.9x YoY). Focus on unit economics resulted in a 20% increase in contribution profit per passenger ride QoQ in Q3. Delivery business continues to expand, with up to 21,000 deliveries in peak days in September. 

 

 

Q3 2020

Q3 2021

YoY, %

9M 2020

9M 2021

YoY, %

GMV, RUB mn

13,444

14,592

9%

30,433

44,450

46%

Number of rides, mn

49.7

44.6

-10%

125

146

17%

Active riders, mn

4.4

3.9

-11%

3.5

4.2

20%

 

Citydrive grew rides by 1.5x YoY in Q3 through its 5,690 car park with GMV more than doubling to RUB 1bn. 

 

 

Q3 2020

Q3 2021

YoY, %

9M 2020

9M 2021

YoY, %

GMV, RUB mn

483

1,000

107%

854

2,345

174%

Number of rides, mn

1.4

2.1

47%

2.6

5.4

105%

Number of cars, end of period

4,329

5,690

31% 

4,329

5,690

31% 

 

AliExpress Russia (AER) JV (15% stake held by VK)

AER continues its diversification, with the local marketplace GMV growing 126% YoY during H1 FY22 (April 2021 - September 2021), including ~5.5x YoY growth in orders, reflecting the focus on category diversification towards higher frequency categories. The number of local sellers exceeded 75,000 in September (+172% YoY), with the number of local SPUs (Standardized Product Units) growing by 230% YoY to 11.7mn. Including the cross-border business, the platform offers a total of 176mn SPUs from 350,000+ sellers with a total GMV of RUB 133.3bn in H1 FY22 (139.2mn of total orders). LTM active buyers reached 27.9mn, with 114% YoY growth of buyers in local.

 

Target remains to reach ~30mn total buyers, with local GMV approaching 50% of the total by the end of AER's FY2022 (April 2022) versus 33% as of September.

VK provided $60.3mn in additional capital to AER in August as part of its ongoing funding round, which is expected to close by the end of November. Group's shareholding is expected to remain broadly unchanged. 
 

Conference call and webcast:

 

The management team will host an analyst and investor conference call and webcast at 16.00 Moscow time (14.00 London, 9.00 New York) on the same day, including a Question and Answer session.

 

Conference call details:

Date: Thursday, October 28

Time: 16:00 (Moscow), 14:00 (London), 9:00 (New York)

 

Dial-in Numbers (recommended option to be able to ask questions*):

From the UK/International:                 +44 (0)330 336 9434 (local access) / 0800 279 7209 (toll free)
From Russia:                                      +7 495 646 9190 (local access) / 8 10 8002 8675011 (toll free)

From the US:                                      +1 929 477 0324 (local access) / 800 458 4148 (toll free)

Confirmation Code: 8774578

 

Webcast (recommended option to be able to listen and view related slides):

https://www.webcast-eqs.com/mailru20211028

 

*We recommend participants to dial at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the conference call.

 

For further information please contact:

Investors

Tatiana Volochkovich

Phone: +7 495 725 6357 extension: 3434

Mobile: +7 905 594 6604

E-mail:  t.volochkovich@vk.team

 

Press

Sergei Luchin

Mobile: +7 915 223 35 71

E-mail:  s.luchin@vk.team

 

Cautionary Statement regarding Forward Looking Statements and Disclaimers

This press release contains statements of expectation and other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of the Group. You can identify forward looking statements by terms such as "expect", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "forecast", "intend", "will", "could", "may" or "might", the negative of such terms or other similar expressions including "outlook" or "guidance". The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions that are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and may be beyond the Group's control. Actual results could differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements herein. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward looking statements included herein, including competition in the marketplace, changes in consumer preferences, the degree of Internet penetration and online advertising in Russia, concerns about data security, claims of intellectual property infringement, adverse media speculation, changes in political, social, legal or economic conditions in Russia, exchange rate fluctuations, and the Group's success in identifying and responding to these and other risks involved in its business, including those referenced under "Risk Factors" in the Group's public filings. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date they were made, and the Group does not intend to amend or update these statements except to the extent required by law to reflect events and circumstances occurring after the date hereof.

 

About VK

VK develops the ecosystem helping millions of people with their day-to-day needs online. More than 90% of the Russian internet audience use it every day.

 

The ecosystem enables people to keep in touch (using social networks OK and VK, messaging apps and email service), play video games (via MY.GAMES), get and offer items and services, browse jobs and hire talent (via Youla and VK Jobs), order food and grocery delivery (via Delivery Club, Samokat and Local Kitchen), get a ride (with Citymobil and Citydrive), master new skills (at GeekBrains, Skillbox and other educational services), buy and sell at AliExpress Russia and fulfill other needs.

 

The VK ecosystem features a number of shared elements bringing the services together. Users can sign in to different services with a single VK ID account, pay and earn cash back with the VK Pay platform, get discounts and deals with VK Combo, access their favorite services via the VK Mini Apps platform - and the Marusya voice assistant can help with any task.

 

The company offers enterprises to employ its dynamic ecosystem to digitize their business processes, providing a range of solutions from online promotion and predictive analytics to corporate social networks, cloud services and enterprise automation.

 

Filing of the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for 9m 2021

The Group's interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the nine months ended 30 September 2021 prepared in accordance with IFRS and accompanied by an independent auditor's review report have been filed on the National Storage Mechanism appointed by the Financial Conduct Authority and can be accessed at https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism or on the Group's website at https://vk.company/media/files/vkifrsq32021.pdf.

 

Group Aggregate Segment Financial Information*

RUB millions

Q3

2020

Q3 2021

YoY, %

9m 2020

9m 2021

YoY, %

Group aggregate segment revenue (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online advertising

9,540

12,229

28.2%

26,225

33,949

29.5%

MMO games

8,910

8,841

-0.8%

26,060

27,788

6.6%

Community IVAS

4,237

4,479

5.7%

13,433

13,403

-0.2%

Education Technology services

1,630

2,546

56.2%

3,521

6,865

95.0%

Other revenue**

1,328

2,323

74.9%

4,155

6,694

61.1%

Total Group aggregate segment revenue

25,645

30,418

18.6%

73,394

88,699

20.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group aggregate operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personnel expenses

6,068

7,615

25.5%

17,273

23,050

33.4%

Agent/partner fees

7,000

7,967

13.8%

19,549

24,418

24.9%

Marketing expenses

4,707

4,654

-1.1%

13,088

15,828

20.9%

Server hosting expenses

202

225

11.4%

567

635

12.0%

Professional services

236

318

34.7%

627

1,038

65.6%

Other operating (income)/expenses, excl. D&A

850

1,213

42.9%

2,648

2,571

-2.9%

Total Group aggregate operating expenses

19,063

21,992

15.4%

53,752

67,540

25.7%

Group aggregate segment EBITDA (2)

6,582

8,426

28.0%

19,642

21,159

7.7%

margin, %

25.7%

27.7%

 

26.8%

23.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortisation (3)

2,779

3,592

29.3%

8,123

10,412

28.2%

Share of loss of key JVs and equity associates

3,130

5,207

66.4%

7,561

13,369

76.8%

Other non-operating income (expense), net

(578)

(385)

-33.2%

(1,576)

(1,385)

-12.1%

Profit/(loss) before tax (4)

95

(758)

n/m

2,382

(4,007)

n/m

Income tax expense (5)

510

613

20.2%

1,708

1,292

-24.4%

Group aggregate net profit from consolidated subsidiaries (6)

2,715

3,836

41.3%

8,235

8,070

-2.0%

margin, %

10.6%

12.6%

 

11.2%

9.1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group aggregate net profit/(loss) (7)

(415)

(1,371)

n/m

674

(5,299)

n/m

margin, %

-1.6%

-4.5%

 

0.9%

-6.0%

 

 (*) The numbers in this table and further in the document may not exactly foot or cross-foot due to rounding.

(**) Including Other IVAS revenues.

(1)       

Group aggregate segment revenue is calculated by aggregating the segment revenue of the Group's operating segments and eliminating intra-segment and inter-segment revenues. This measure differs in significant respects from IFRS consolidated net revenue. See "Presentation of Aggregate Segment Financial Information" below.

(2)       

Group aggregate segment EBITDA is calculated by subtracting Group aggregate segment operating expenses from Group aggregate segment revenue. Group aggregate segment operating expenses are calculated by aggregating the segment operating expenses (excluding the depreciation and amortisation) of the Group's operating segments including allocated Group's corporate expenses, and eliminating intra-segment and inter-segment expenses. See "Presentation of Aggregate Segment Financial Information".

(3)       

Group aggregate depreciation, amortisation and impairment expense is calculated by aggregating the depreciation, amortisation and impairment expense of the subsidiaries consolidated as of the date hereof, excluding amortisation and impairment of fair value adjustments to intangible assets acquired in business combinations.

(4)       

Profit before tax is calculated by deducting from Group aggregate segment EBITDA Group aggregate depreciation, amortisation and impairment expense and adding/deducting Group aggregate other non-operating incomes/expenses primarily consisting of interest income on cash deposits, interest expenses, dividends from financial and available-for-sale investments and other non-operating items.

(5)       

Group aggregate income tax expense is calculated by aggregating the income tax expense of the subsidiaries consolidated as of the date hereof. Group aggregate income tax expense is different from income tax as would be recorded under IFRS, as  it is adjusted for the tax effect of differences in profit before tax between Group aggregate segment financial information and IFRS.

(6)       

Group aggregate net profit from consolidated subsidiaries is the (i) Group aggregate segment EBITDA; less (ii) Group aggregate depreciation, amortisation and impairment expense; less (iii) Group aggregate other non-operating expense; plus (iv) Group aggregate other non-operating income; less (v) Group aggregate income tax expense.

(7)       

Group aggregate net profit is the (i) Group aggregate net profit from consolidated subsidiaries; less (ii) Share of loss of key JVs and equity associates. Group aggregate net profit differs in significant respects from IFRS consolidated net profit. See "Presentation of Aggregate Segment Financial Information"

 

Operating Segments

The composition of the reporting segments reflects the Group's strategy, the way the business is managed and units' interconnection within its eco-system. From the first quarter of 2021 the Group has identified the following reportable segments on this basis:

 

•    

Communications and Social;

•    

Games;

•    

Education Technologies (EdTech); and

•    

New initiatives.

 

The Communications and Social segment includes email, instant messaging and portal (main page and media projects). It earns substantially all revenues from display and context advertising. This segment also aggregates the Group's social network VKontakte (VK) and two other social networks (OK and My World) and earns revenues from (i) commission from application developers based on the respective applications' revenue, (ii) user payments for virtual gifts, stickers and music subscriptions and (iii) online advertising, including display and context advertising. It also includes Search and music services (UMA). These businesses have similar nature and economic characteristics as they are represented by social networks and online communications, common type of customers for their products and services and are regulated under similar regulatory environment.

 

The Games segment includes online gaming services, including MMO, social and mobile games operated by the Group. It earns substantially all revenues from (i) sale of virtual in-game items to users, (ii) royalties for games licensed to third-party online game operators and (iii) in-game advertising.

 

The Education Technologies (EdTech) segment includes our consolidated education businesses presented by GeekBrains and Skillbox. The businesses earn substantially all revenues from education technology services.

 

The New initiatives segment primarily consists of Youla classifieds earning substantially all revenues from advertising and listing fees, VK Clips with potential to become a major separate product with the planned launch of own application and target presence across the various Group's services, B2B new projects including cloud along with other services, which are considered insignificant by the CODM for the purposes of performance review and resource allocation.

 

Each segment's EBITDA is calculated as the respective segment's revenue less operating expenses (excluding depreciation and amortisation and impairment of intangible assets), including our corporate expenses allocated to the respective segment.

 

Operating Segments Performance - Q3 2021

RUB millions

Communications and Social

Games

EdTech

New initiatives

Eliminations

Group

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

External revenue

 14,910

 10,054

 2,545

 2,909

 -

 30,418

Intersegment revenue

 62

 26

 1

 17

 (106)

 -

Total revenue

 14,972

 10,080

 2,546

 2,926

 (106)

 30,418

Total operating expenses

 7,622

 7,644

 2,875

 3,957

 (106)

 21,992

EBITDA

 7,350

 2,436

 (329)

 (1,031)

 -

 8,426

EBITDA margin, %

49.1%

24.2%

-12.9%

-35.2%

 

27.7%

Net profit from consolidated subsidiaries

 

 

 

 

 3,836

Net profit from consolidated subsidiaries margin, %

 

 

 

12.6%

Share of loss of key JVs and equity associates:

 

 

 

 

Aliexpress Russia JV

 

 

 

 

 

 (1,212)

O2O JV

 

 

 

 

 

 (3,882)

Uchi.ru

 

 

 

 

 

 (113)

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 (1,371)

Net loss margin, %

 

 

 

 

 

-4.5%

 


Operating Segments Performance - Q3 2020

RUB millions

Communications and Social

Games

EdTech

New initiatives

Eliminations

Group

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

External revenue

 12,456

 9,822

 1,630

 1,737

 -

 25,645

Intersegment revenue

 (2)

 30

 -

 8

 (36)

 -

Total revenue

 12,454

 9,852

 1,630

 1,745

 (36)

 25,645

Total operating expenses

 6,718

 7,865

 1,319

 3,197

 (36)

 19,063

EBITDA

 5,736

 1,987

 311

 (1,452)

 -

 6,582

EBITDA margin, %

46.1%

20.2%

19.1%

-83.2%

 

25.7%

Net profit from consolidated subsidiaries

 

 

 

 2,715

Net profit from consolidated subsidiaries margin, %

 

 

 

10.6%

Share of loss of key JVs

 

 

 

 

Aliexpress Russia JV

 

 

 

 

 

 (162)

O2O JV

 

 

 

 

 

 (2,968)

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 (415)

Net loss margin, %

 

 

 

 

 

-1.6%

 


Operating Segments Performance - 9m 2021

RUB millions

Communications and Social

Games

EdTech

New initiatives

Eliminations

Group

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

External revenue

 42,283

 32,083

 6,869

 7,464

 -

 88,699

Intersegment revenue

 222

 78

 2

 30

 (332)

 -

Total revenue

 42,505

 32,161

 6,871

 7,494

 (332)

 88,699

Total operating expenses

 23,356

 25,615

 8,024

 10,877

 (332)

 67,540

EBITDA

 19,149

 6,546

 (1,153)

 (3,383)

 -

 21,159

EBITDA margin, %

45.1%

20.4%

-16.8%

-45.1%

 

23.9%

Net profit from consolidated subsidiaries

 

 

 

 8,070

Net profit from consolidated subsidiaries margin, %

 

 

 

9.1%

Share of loss of key JVs and equity associates:

 

 

 

 

Aliexpress Russia JV

 

 

 

 

 

 (2,179)

O2O JV

 

 

 

 

 

 (11,098)

Uchi.ru

 

 

 

 

 

 (92)

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 (5,299)

Net loss margin, %

 

 

 

 

 

-6.0%

 


Operating Segments Performance - 9m 2020

RUB millions

Communications and Social

Games

EdTech

New initiatives

Eliminations

Group

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

External revenue

 36,464

 28,498

 3,522

 4,910

 -

 73,394

Intersegment revenue

 (3)

 73

 -

 33

 (103)

 -

Total revenue

 36,461

 28,571

 3,522

 4,943

 (103)

 73,394

Total operating expenses

 18,492

 23,682

 2,872

 8,809

 (103)

 53,752

EBITDA

 17,969

 4,889

 650

 (3,866)

 -

 19,642

EBITDA margin, %

49.3%

17.1%

18.5%

-78.2%

 

26.8%

Net profit from consolidated subsidiaries

 

 

 

 8,235

Net profit from consolidated subsidiaries margin, %

 

 

 

11.2%

Share of loss of key JVs:

 

 

 

 

Aliexpress Russia JV

 

 

 

 

 

 (695)

O2O JV

 

 

 

 

 

 (6,866)

Net profit

 

 

 

 

 

 674

Net profit margin, %

 

 

 

 

 

0.9%

 

Liquidity

As of 30 September 2021, the Group had RUB 30,820 million of cash and cash equivalents and RUB 60,051 million of debt outstanding (excluding lease liabilities). The Group's net debt position was RUB 29,231 million excluding lease liabilities and RUB 45,025 million including lease liabilities.

 

Presentation of Aggregate Segment Financial Information

The Group aggregate segment financial information is derived from the financial information used by management to manage the Group's business by aggregating the segment financial data of the Group's operating segments and eliminating intra-segment and inter-segment revenues and expenses. Group aggregate segment financial information differs significantly from the financial information presented on the face of the Group's consolidated financial statements in accordance with IFRS. In particular:

 

•    

The Group's segment financial information excludes certain IFRS adjustments which are not analysed by management in assessing the core operating performance of the business. Such adjustments affect such major areas as revenue recognition, share-based payment transactions, disposal of and impairment of investments, fair value adjustments, amortisation and impairment thereof, net foreign exchange gains and losses, as well as irregular non-recurring items that occur from time to time and are evaluated for adjustment as and when they occur. The tax effect of these adjustments is also excluded from segment reporting.

•    

In 2021 the Group changed the approach to the presentation and composition of reporting segments in order to better reflect the Group's strategy and the way the business is managed. From the first quarter of 2021 the Group has presented reportable segments based on the consolidation scope as determined in accordance with IFRS, a change from previously applying a pro forma approach to acquisitions, disposals and assets held for sale.

•    

Segment revenues do not reflect certain other adjustments required when presenting consolidated revenues under IFRS. For example, segment revenue excludes barter revenues and adjustments to defer online gaming, social network and education revenues under IFRS.

 

A reconciliation of group aggregate segment revenue, as presented to the CODM, to IFRS consolidated revenue of the Group for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 is presented below:

 

RUB millions 

Q3 2021

Q3 2020

Group aggregate segment revenue, as presented to the CODM

30,418

25,645

Adjustments to reconcile revenue as presented to the CODM to consolidated revenue under IFRS:

 

 

Differences in timing of revenue recognition

 (377)

 (1,128)

Consolidated revenue under IFRS

30,041

24,517

 

A reconciliation of group aggregate segment EBITDA, as presented to the CODM, to IFRS consolidated loss before income tax expense of the Group for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 is presented below:

 

RUB millions 

Q3 2021

Q3 2020

Group aggregate segment EBITDA, as presented to the CODM

8,426

6,582

Adjustments to reconcile EBITDA as presented to the CODM to consolidated loss before income tax expenses under IFRS:

 

 

Differences in timing of revenue recognition

 (377)

 (1,128)

Share-based payment transactions

27

 (447)

Other

12

 (95)

EBITDA

8,088

4,912

Depreciation and amortisation

 (4,562)

 (3,578)

Share of loss of equity accounted associates and joint ventures

 (5,451)

 (4,986)

Finance income

340

76

Finance expenses

 (993)

 (627)

Other non-operating income/(loss)

47

 (15)

Net gain on derivative financial assets and liabilities at fair value through profit or loss

698

3,939

Gain on remeasurement of previously held interest in equity accounted associate

305

 -

Loss on remeasurement of financial instruments

 (116)

 (53)

Net foreign exchange (loss)/gain

 (205)

331

Consolidated loss before income tax expense under IFRS

 (1,849)

 (1)

 

A reconciliation of group aggregate net loss, as presented to the CODM, to IFRS consolidated net loss of the Group for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 is presented below:

 

RUB millions 

Q3 2021

Q3 2020

Group aggregate net loss, as presented to CODM

 (1,371)

 (415)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss as presented to the CODM to consolidated net loss under IFRS:

 

 

Differences in timing of revenue recognition

 (377)

 (1,128)

Share-based payment transactions

27

 (447)

Other non-operating income/(loss)

47

 (15)

Net gain on derivative financial assets and liabilities at fair value through profit or loss

698

3,939

Gain on remeasurement of previously held interest in equity accounted associate

305

 -

Loss on remeasurement of financial instruments

 (116)

 (53)

Net foreign exchange (loss)/gain

 (205)

331

Amortisation of fair value adjustments to intangible assets

 (970)

 (800)

Net loss on financial liabilities at amortised cost

 (227)

 -

Differences in recognition of net share in loss of equity accounted associates and joint ventures

 (244)

 (1,856)

Other

 (29)

 (67)

Tax effect of the adjustments

108

249

Consolidated net loss under IFRS

 (2,354)

 (262)

 

A reconciliation of group aggregate segment revenue, as presented to the CODM, to IFRS consolidated revenue of the Group for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 is presented below:

 

RUB millions 

9m 2021

9m 2020

Group aggregate segment revenue, as presented to the CODM

88,699

73,394

Adjustments to reconcile revenue as presented to the CODM to consolidated revenue under IFRS:

 

 

 (1,235)

 (4,168)

Consolidated revenue under IFRS

87,464

69,226

 

A reconciliation of group aggregate segment EBITDA, as presented to the CODM, to IFRS consolidated loss before income tax expense of the Group for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 is presented below:

 

RUB millions 

9m 2021

9m 2020

Group aggregate segment EBITDA, as presented to the CODM

21,159

19,642

Adjustments to reconcile EBITDA as presented to the CODM to consolidated loss before income tax expenses under IFRS:

 

 

Differences in timing of revenue recognition

 (1,235)

 (4,168)

Share-based payment transactions

 (711)

 (1,380)

Expected credit loss on consideration receivable

 (473)

 -

Other

 (18)

 (149)

EBITDA

18,722

13,945

Depreciation and amortisation

 (13,405)

 (10,526)

Share of loss of equity accounted associates and joint ventures

 (14,181)

 (10,327)

Finance income

716

280

Finance expenses

 (2,910)

 (1,868)

Other non-operating income

25

23

Goodwill impairment

 -

 (6,430)

Net gain on derivative financial assets and liabilities at fair value through profit or loss

2,023

3,525

Impairment of equity accounted associates

 -

 (260)

Gain on remeasurement of previously held interest in equity accounted associate

305

46

Loss on remeasurement of financial instruments

 (414)

 (230)

Net foreign exchange gain

7

425

Consolidated loss before income tax expense under IFRS

 (9,112)

 (11,397)

 

A reconciliation of group aggregate net (loss)/profit, as presented to the CODM, to IFRS consolidated net loss of the Group for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 is presented below:

 

RUB millions 

9m 2021

9m 2020

Group aggregate net (loss)/profit, as presented to CODM

 (5,299)

674

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss)/profit as presented to the CODM to consolidated net loss under IFRS:

 

 

Differences in timing of revenue recognition

 (1,235)

 (4,168)

Share-based payment transactions

 (711)

 (1,380)

Expected credit loss on consideration receivable

 (473)

 -

25

23

 -

 (6,430)

Net gain on derivative financial assets and liabilities at fair value through profit or loss

2,023

3,525

Impairment of equity accounted associates

 -

 (260)

Gain on remeasurement of previously held interest in equity accounted associate

305

46

Loss on remeasurement of financial instruments

 (414)

 (230)

Net foreign exchange gain

7

425

Amortisation of fair value adjustments to intangible assets

 (2,993)

 (2,399)

Net loss on financial liabilities at amortised cost

 (659)

 -

Differences in recognition of net share in loss of equity accounted associates and joint ventures

 (812)

 (2,766)

Other

 (168)

 (165)

Tax effect of the adjustments

616

954

Consolidated net loss under IFRS

 (9,788)

 (12,151)

 


Consolidated IFRS Statement of Financial Position

RUB millions

September 30, 2021 (unaudited)

December 31, 2020 (audited)

ASSETS

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

Investments in equity accounted associates and joint ventures

48,045

41,948

Goodwill

138,003

135,670

Right-of-use assets

15,330

15,618

Other intangible assets

19,160

19,623

Property and equipment

15,511

11,651

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

5,382

2,305

Deferred income tax assets

4,407

2,924

Long-term loans issued

1,298

422

Advance under office lease contracts

460

249

Total non-current assets

247,596

230,410

Current assets

 

 

Trade accounts receivable

16,251

16,707

Prepaid income tax

340

358

Prepaid expenses and advances to suppliers

1,807

853

Loans issued

623

2,441

Inventories

148

98

Other current assets

1,826

1,247

Cash and cash equivalents

30,820

39,297

Total current assets

51,815

61,001

Total assets

299,411

291,411

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

 

Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

 

Issued capital

-

-

Share premium

77,920

77,101

Treasury shares

 (1,044)

 (1,071)

Retained earnings

94,929

103,103

Foreign currency translation reserve

873

1,195

Total equity attributable to equity holders of the parent

172,678

180,328

Non-controlling interests

407

1,663

Total equity

173,085

181,991

Non-current liabilities

 

 

Deferred income tax liabilities

1,509

1,379

Deferred revenue

2,076

1,871

Non-current lease liabilities

12,358

11,338

Non-current financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss

1,622

3,506

Long-term interest-bearing loans and bonds

51,369

41,497

Other non-current liabilities

265

265

Total non-current liabilities

69,199

59,856

Current liabilities

 

 

Trade accounts payable

12,947

10,923

Income tax payable

2,450

2,673

VAT and other taxes payable

3,422

2,259

Deferred revenue and customer advances

18,766

16,912

Short-term portion of long-term interest-bearing loans

7,060

3,718

Current lease liabilities

3,436

3,861

Other payables, accrued expenses and contingent consideration liabilities

9,046

9,218

Total current liabilities

57,127

49,564

Total liabilities

126,326

109,420

Total equity and liabilities

299,411

291,411

 


Consolidated IFRS Statement of Comprehensive Income

RUB millions

Q3 2021
(unaudited)

Q3 2020
(unaudited)

9m 2021
(unaudited)

9m 2020
(unaudited)

Online advertising

12,229

9,543

33,950

26,230

MMO games

8,888

8,514

27,649

23,527

Community IVAS

4,425

4,109

13,316

13,086

Education technology services

2,173

934

5,924

2,097

Other revenue

2,326

1,417

6,625

4,286

Total revenue

30,041

24,517

87,464

69,226

 

 

 

 

 

Personnel expenses

 (7,589)

 (6,515)

 (23,762)

 (18,653)

Agent/partner fees

 (7,970)

 (7,002)

 (24,430)

 (19,549)

Marketing expenses

 (4,653)

 (4,709)

 (15,827)

 (13,093)

Server hosting expenses

 (225)

 (202)

 (635)

 (567)

Professional services

 (321)

 (238)

 (1,050)

 (637)

Other operating expenses

 (1,195)

 (939)

 (3,038)

 (2,782)

Total operating expenses

 (21,953)

 (19,605)

 (68,742)

 (55,281)

EBITDA

8,088

4,912

18,722

13,945

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortisation

 (4,562)

 (3,578)

 (13,405)

 (10,526)

Share of loss of equity accounted associates and joint ventures

 (5,451)

 (4,986)

 (14,181)

 (10,327)

Finance income

340

76

716

280

Finance expenses

 (993)

 (627)

 (2,910)

 (1,868)

Other non-operating income/(loss)

47

 (15)

25

23

Goodwill impairment

-

-

-

 (6,430)

Net gain on financial assets and liabilities at fair value through profit or loss  

698

3,939

2,023

3,525

Impairment of equity accounted associates

-

-

-

 (260)

Gain on remeasurement of previously held interest in equity accounted associate

305

-

305

46

Loss on remeasurement of financial instruments

 (116)

 (53)

 (414)

 (230)

Net foreign exchange (loss)/gain

 (205)

331

7

425

Loss before income tax expense

 (1,849)

 (1)

 (9,112)

 (11,397)

Income tax expense

 (505)

 (261)

 (676)

 (754)

Net loss

 (2,354)

 (262)

 (9,788)

 (12,151)

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent

 (2,096)

 (141)

 (9,424)

 (11,886)

Non-controlling interest

 (258)

 (121)

 (364)

 (265)

Other comprehensive loss that may be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations:

 

 

 

 

Differences arising during the period

202

244

 (322)

128

Total other comprehensive income/(loss), net of tax effect of 0

202

244

 (322)

128

Total comprehensive loss, net of tax

 (2,152)

 (18)

 (10,110)

 (12,023)

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent

 (1,894)

103

 (9,746)

 (11,758)

Non-controlling interest

 (258)

 (121)

 (364)

 (265)

Loss per share, in RUB:

 

 

 

 

Basic loss per share attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent

 (9.00)

 (1.00)

 (42.00)

 (55.00)

Diluted loss per share attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a


Consolidated IFRS Statement of Cash Flows

RUB millions

Nine months ended
 September 30, 2021

Nine months ended
September 30, 2020

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

Loss before income tax

 (9,112)

 (11,397)

Adjustments to reconcile loss before income tax to cash flows:

 

 

Depreciation and amortisation

13,405

10,526

Share of loss of equity accounted associates and joint ventures

14,181

10,327

Finance income

 (716)

 (280)

Finance expenses

2,910

1,868

Expected credit loss allowance on trade and other receivables

326

310

Goodwill impairment

-

6,430

Net gain on financial assets and liabilities at fair value through profit or loss

 (2,023)

 (3,525)

Impairment of equity accounted associates

-

260

Gain on remeasurement of previously held interest in equity accounted associates

 (305)

 (46)

Loss on remeasurement of financial instruments

414

230

Net foreign exchange gain

 (7)

 (425)

Сash settled and equity settled share-based payments

711

1,380

Other non-cash items

25

29

Net loss on disposal of intangible assets

-

11

Impairment of intangible assets

-

56

Change in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

Decrease in accounts receivable

134

556

(Increase)/decrease in prepaid expenses and advances to suppliers

 (971)

37

(Increase)/decrease in inventories and other assets

 (1,202)

384

Increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses

2,587

102

Decrease/(increase) in other non-current assets

208

 (103)

Increase in deferred revenue and customer advances

1,535

4,213

Increase in financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

 (3,724)

 (375)

Operating cash flows before interest and income taxes

18,376

20,568

Interest received

36

355

Interest paid

 (2,347)

 (1,868)

Income tax paid

 (2,234)

 (2,535)

Net cash provided by operating activities

13,831

16,520

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

Cash paid for property and equipment

 (7,331)

 (4,432)

Cash paid for intangible assets

 (4,057)

 (2,399)

Dividends received from equity accounted associates

883

29

Loans issued

 (15,962)

 (408)

Loans collected

139

507

Cash paid for acquisitions of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired

 (1,762)

 (19)

Cash paid for investments in equity accounted associates and joint ventures

 (4,717)

 (6,577)

Net cash used in investing activities

 (32,807)

 (13,299)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

Payment of lease liabilities

 (2,714)

 (2,956)

Loans repaid

 (1,960)

 (1,969)

Proceeds from bonds issued

15,000

-

Proceeds from issuance of GDR, net of issuance costs paid

-

15,209

Cash received from disposal of non-controlling interests in subsidiaries

655

-

Cash paid for non-controlling interests in subsidiaries

 (20)

-

Dividends paid by subsidiaries to non-controlling shareholders

 (215)

 (235)

Net cash provided by financing activities

10,746

10,049

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

 (8,230)

13,270

Effect of exchange differences on cash balances

 (247)

1,578

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

39,297

9,825

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

30,820

24,673

 

 

 

 

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