ZTO Reports Third Quarter 2018 Unaudited Financial Results

  • 2.1 Billion Parcel -- Clear Volume Leader Expanding Market Share to 16.6%
  • RMB 1.06 Billion Net Income Increased 47.7% -- Profitable Growth with Improving Scale & Cost Efficiency

SHANGHAI, China, Nov. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc. (NYSE: ZTO) ("ZTO" or the "Company"), a leading and fast-growing express delivery company in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018[1]. Parcel volume grew 36.5%, outpacing the industry average of 25.7%.  Adjusted net income exceeded the high end of guidance, increasing 44.9% to RMB 1.06 billion. The Company puts emphasis on the effectiveness of its approach to profitable volume growth and steady market share gain and expresses confidence in the overall business prospects of the express delivery industry, its team of people, financial strength and ability to further enhance core competitive advantages for sustainable long-term value creation. 

Third Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights

  • Revenues[2] were RMB4,234.6 million (US$616.6 million), an increase of 34.7% from RMB3,143.1 million in the same period of 2017.
  • Gross profit was RMB1,325.3 million (US$193.0 million), an increase of 16.5% from RMB1,137.8 million in the same period of 2017.
  • Net income was RMB1,059.4 million (US$154.2 million), an increase of 47.7% from RMB717.2 million in the same period of 2017.
  • Adjusted EBITDA[3]was RMB1,473.1 million (US$214.5 million), an increase of 31.8% from RMB1,118.1 million in the same period of 2017.
  • Adjusted net income[4] was RMB1,058.5 million (US$154.1 million), an increase of 44.9% from RMB730.7 million in the same period of 2017.
  • Basic and diluted earnings per American depositary share ("ADS"[5]) were RMB1.35 (US$0.20) and RMB 1.34 (US$0.20), respectively, an increase of 35.0% and 34.0% from RMB1.00 in the same period of 2017.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was RMB911.7 million (US$132.8 million), compared with RMB1,024.4 million in the same period of 2017.

Operational Highlights for Third Quarter 2018

  • Parcel volume was 2,096 million, an increase of 36.5% from 1,536 million in the same period of 2017.
  • Number of pickup/delivery outlets was approximately 30,000 as of September 30, 2018.
  • Number of network partners was over 9,500, which included over 4,150 direct network partners and over 5,350 indirect network partners as of September 30, 2018.
  • Number of line-haul vehicles was over 4,900 as of September 30, 2018, which included over 4,000 self-owned vehicles and over 900 vehicles owned and operated by Tonglu Tongze Logistics Ltd., a transportation operator that works exclusively for ZTO.
  • Number of self-owned trucks increased to around 4,000 as of September 30, 2018 from 3,800 as of June 30, 2018. Among the self-owned trucks, over 2,270 were high capacity 15-17 meter long models as of September 30, 2018, compared to over 2,070 as of June 30, 2018.
  • Number of line-haul routes between sorting hubs was over 2,000 as of September 30, 2018.
  • Number of sorting hubs was 83 as of September 30, 2018, among which 76 are operated by the Company and 7 by the Company's network partners.

[1]

An investor relations presentation accompanies this earnings release and can be found at ir.zto.com.

[2]

Starting from January 1, 2018, the Company adopted a newly enacted revenue accounting standard (ASC 606), which requires its delivery services revenue to be recognized over time, and uses a modified retrospective approach to adopt this standard. The January 1, 2018 balance of retained earnings was not adjusted due to the immaterial cumulative net impact of adopting ASC 606. The impact of applying ASC 606 as compared with previous guidance applied to revenues and costs was not material for the three months ended September 30, 2018.

[3]

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as net income before depreciation, amortization, interest expenses and income tax expenses, and further adjusted to exclude the shared-based compensation expense and non-recurring items such as the gain on disposal of equity investees and subsidiary which management aims to better represent the underlying business operations.

[4]

Adjusted net income is a non-GAAP financial measure, which is defined as net income before share-based compensation expense and non-recurring items such as gain on disposal of equity investees and subsidiary in which management aims to better represent the underlying business operations.

[5]

One ADS represents one Class A ordinary share.

Mr. Meisong Lai, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ZTO, commented "ZTO achieved strong volume growth and generated sound financial performances during this quarter.  Our market share increased steadily to 16.6% by the end of the quarter from 15.2% for the same time last year.  According to a survey conducted by the China Postal Bureau, ZTO ranked first among China's leading express delivery companies for having the least customer complaints in the June through September period. Our strategy of achieving profitable volume growth and consistent market expansion is working effectively."

Mr. Lai added, "Despite uncertainties in the near-term macro-economic environment, we believe China's express delivery industry will continue to play an important role in the continued growth of Chinese domestic consumption even as overall growth moderates. Over the years, we have systemically made investments in infrastructure, people and technology, and have established scale and cost advantage, fortified operational know-how and strengthened financial position. We will monitor the market conditions and continue to focus on scaling up capabilities, operational efficiencies and overall network stability. Our track record has proven that we are able to achieve profitable growth and expand market share while enhancing brand recognition through consistent quality of service and customer satisfaction."

Ms. Huiping Yan, Chief Financial Officer of ZTO, added, "ZTO continued to expand scale capacity and improve operational efficiency during the quarter which allowed us to drive down unit cost to partially offset the effects of a decline in unit price. Combined unit line-haul transportation and sorting hub costs for the quarter decreased by RMB 9 cents which help absorbed a portion of the decline in per parcel price. As a result, gross margin was 31.3% for the current quarter, which included a 2.1 percentage points dilutive impact from the freight forwarding business that we acquired in the fourth quarter 2017. SG&A costs as a percentage of total revenue decreased to 5.9% from 6.2% last year demonstrating the healthy leverage of corporate structure. The consistent execution of our strategy to achieve profitable market expansion resulted in RMB 1.06 billion in net income for the quarter, a 47.7% year-over-year increase which was faster than the revenue growth."

Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results


Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,


2017


2018


2017


2018


RMB


%


RMB


US$


%


RMB


%


RMB


US$


%


(in thousands, except percentages)

Express delivery services

2,990,801


95.2


3,688,358


537,035


87.1


8,339,167


95.5


10,439,890


1,520,077


87.2

Freight forwarding services

-


-


291,153


42,393


6.9


-


-


886,216


129,036


7.4

Sale of accessories

152,290


4.8


199,997


29,120


4.7


389,952


4.5


560,059


81,546


4.7

Others

-


-


55,088


8,021


1.3


-


-


90,754


13,214


0.7

Total revenues

3,143,091


100.0


4,234,596


616,569


100.0


8,729,119


100.0


11,976,919


1,743,873


100.0

Revenues were RMB4,234.6 million (US$616.6 million), an increase of 34.7% from RMB3,143.1 million in the same period of 2017. Revenue from express delivery services increased by 23.3% compared to the same period of 2017, mainly driven by a 36.5% increase in parcel volume which was partially offset by a decrease in unit price per parcel as a result of a decrease in weight per parcel and an increase in incremental volume incentives. Freight forwarding services acquired during the fourth quarter of 2017 contributed revenue of RMB291.2 million (US$42.4 million) during the third quarter of 2018. The increase in revenue from sales of accessories was mainly due to an increase in sales of thermal paper used for printing of digital waybills. Other revenues are composed of exploratory new service offerings such as financing services, advertising services and cloud warehousing solutions.


Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,


2017


2018


2017


2018


RMB


% of
revenues


RMB


US$


% of
revenues


RMB


% of
revenues


RMB


US$


% of
revenues


(in thousands, except percentages)

Line-haul transportation cost

1,103,947


35.1


1,354,209


197,177


32.0


3,286,540


37.7


3,810,114


554,763


31.8

Sorting hub cost

586,060


18.6


765,863


111,512


18.1


1,670,114


19.1


2,154,262


313,667


18.0

Freight forwarding cost

-


-


281,967


41,055


6.7


-


-


853,985


124,343


7.1

Cost of accessories sold

93,008


3.0


119,211


17,357


2.8


239,141


2.7


333,651


48,581


2.8

Other costs

222,308


7.1


388,032


56,499


9.2


540,998


6.2


1,010,213


147,089


8.4

Total cost of revenues

2,005,323


63.8


2,909,282


423,600


68.8


5,736,793


65.7


8,162,225


1,188,443


68.1

Total cost of revenues was RMB2,909.3 million (US$423.6 million), an increase of 45.1% from RMB2,005.3 million in the same period last year. Total cost of revenues includes RMB282.0 million (US$41.1 million) in costs associated with the freight forwarding business acquired during the fourth quarter of 2017, which is mainly composed of shipping, last-mile delivery, and cargo handling costs.

  • Line haul transportation cost was RMB1,354.2 million (US$197.2 million), an increase of 22.7% from RMB1,103.9 million in the same period last year. As a percentage of revenues, line-haul transportation cost decreased to 32.0% from 35.1% in the same period last year, which was mainly driven by (i) a decrease in weight per parcel, (ii) increased usage of self-owned and more efficient high capacity trailer trucks, and (iii) improved route planning. Total transportation cost of self-owned trucks accounted for 66.5% of the total truck transportation cost for the quarter, compared to 53.9% in the same period last year.
  • Sorting hub operating cost was RMB765.9 million (US$111.5 million), an increase of 30.7% from RMB586.1 million in the same period last year. As a percentage of revenues, sorting hub cost decreased to 18.1% from 18.6% in the same period last year, mainly due to an increased level of automation in the Company's sorting facilities which offset a portion of the continuous increase in labor cost per headcount. As of September 30, 2018, 78 sets of automated sorting equipment have been put into use, compared to 41 sets as of September 30, 2017. As a result, the average number of sorting hub workers increased by only 17.2% when compared to the third quarter of 2017, significantly less than the 36.5% increase in parcel volume during the third quarter of 2018.
  • Cost of accessories was RMB119.2 million (US$17.4 million), an increase of 28.2% from RMB93.0 million in the same period last year. The increase was in line with the increase in the sale of thermal paper for waybill printing by 57.1% compared to the same period last year. 
  • Other costs were RMB388.0 million (US$56.5 million), increased by RMB165.7 million compared to the same period last year, primarily due to (i) an increase of RMB91.8 million (US$13.4 million) in dispatching costs associated with serving enterprise customers, (ii) an increase of RMB45.7 million (US$6.7 million) in the IT expenses related to IT and technology development, and (iii) an increase of RMB18.3 million (US$2.7 million) in tax surcharges

Gross Profit was RMB1,325.3 million (US$193.0million), an increase of 16.5% from RMB1,137.8 million in the same period last year. Gross margin decreased to 31.3% from 36.2% in the same period last year, driven by parcel volume growth plus cost of goods sold efficiency gain and partially offset by a decrease in unit price per parcel. In addition, the lower-margin freight forwarding business caused minor dilution.

Total Operating Expenses were RMB233.6 million (US$34.0 million), compared to RMB193.0 million in the same period last year.

  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were RMB249.5 million (US$36.3 million), compared to RMB193.4 million in the same period last year. The increase was mainly due to (i) an increase of RMB33.1 million in salaries and accrued bonuses, and (ii) an increase of RMB5.3 million in depreciation and amortization expenses, and (iii) an increase of RMB3.0 million in rental costs. As a percentage of revenue, selling, general and administrative expenses accounted for 5.9%, compared to 6.2% during the same period last year, indicating corporate cost leverage.
  • Other operating income, net was RMB15.9 million (US$2.3 million) for the quarter. Other operating income mainly includes the subsidy income of RMB12.3 million (US$1.8 million) received in the third quarter of 2018.

Income from operations was RMB1,091.7 million (US$159.0 million), an increase of 15.6% from RMB944.7 million for the same period last year. Operating margin decreased to 25.8% from 30.1% in the same period last year, mainly driven by the decrease in gross margin by 4.9 percentage points.

Interest income was RMB124.0 million (US$18.1 million), compared with RMB45.2 million in the same period in 2017, resulting from an increased amount of cash and interest-earning bank deposits.

Interest expense was zero on bank borrowings, compared with RMB2.5 million in the same period in 2017. There was no borrowing during the third quarter of 2018.

Gain on disposal of equity investees and subsidiary was RMB12.9 million (US$1.9 million), from sale of equity shares of Shanghai Zhongtongji Electronic Commerce Co., Ltd. for a cash consideration of RMB10 million (US$1.5 million).

Foreign currency exchange gain, before tax was RMB40.4million (US$5.9 million), resulted from the appreciation of the U.S. dollar against the Chinese renminbi in the third quarter of 2018.

Income tax expenses were RMB201.4 million (US$29.3 million), which were associated with an effective income tax rate of 15.9% for the third quarter of 2018. The lower than normal effective tax rate was mainly due to the offshore interest income which was subject to zero income tax.

Net income was RMB1,059.4 million (US$154.2 million), an increase of 47.7% from RMB717.2 million in the same period last year.

Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB1.35 (US$0.20) and RMB1.34 (US$0.20), respectively, compared with basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB1.00 in the same period last year.

Adjusted net income was RMB1,058.5 million (US$154.1 million), compared with adjusted net income of RMB730.7 million during the same quarter last year.

EBITDA was RMB1,475.7 million (US$214.9 million), compared with RMB1,104.6 million in the same period last year.

Adjusted EBITDA was RMB1,473.1 million (US$214.5 million), compared to RMB1,118.1 million in the same period last year.

Net cash provided by operating activities was RMB911.7 million (US$132.8 million), compared with RMB1,024.4 million in the same period last year. There was an approximately RMB 130 million year-over-year increase in short-term cash used to support selected network partners for operational and business expansion needs. 

Business Outlook

Based on the current market conditions and current operations, the Company's parcel volume for the fourth quarter of 2018 is expected to be in the range of 2,620 million to 2,660 million, representing a 30% to 32% increase year over year, and the Company's adjusted net income is expected to be in the range of RMB1.2 billion to RMB1.3 billion, representing a normalized 13.4% to 22.8% increase from the same period of 2017. Note that the adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2017 included a one-time full year income tax benefit of RMB285.9 million by one of the Company's subsidiaries that qualified for the 15% reduced HNTE tax rate from the 25% statutory rate in December 2017. Approximately RMB207.2 million of this tax benefit was attributed to the first three quarters of 2017. These estimates represent management's current and preliminary view, which are subject to change.

Company Share Purchase

On November 15, 2018, the Company announced a new share repurchase program whereby ZTO is authorized to repurchase its own Class A ordinary shares in the form of ADSs with an aggregate value of up to US$500 million during an 18-month period thereafter. The Company expects to fund the repurchase out of its existing cash balance.

The Company believes that the share repurchase program represents ZTO's confidence in the overall market opportunities as well as ZTO's solid operating fundamentals and financial strength for sustained profitable growth and value creation for its shareholders.

Exchange Rate

This announcement contains translation of certain Renminbi amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of readers. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from Renminbi to U.S. dollars were made at the exchange rate of RMB6.8680 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate on September 28, 2018 as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Systems.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income, each a non-GAAP financial measure, in evaluating ZTO's operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes.

Reconciliations of the Company's non-GAAP financial measures to its U.S. GAAP financial measures are shown in tables at the end of this earnings release, which provide more details about the non-GAAP financial measures.

The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income help identify underlying trends in ZTO's business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of the expenses and gains that the Company includes in income from operations and net income. The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income provide useful information about its operating results, enhance the overall understanding of its past performance and future prospects and allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by ZTO's management in its financial and operational decision-making.

Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income should not be considered in isolation or construed as an alternative to net income or any other measure of performance or as an indicator of the Company's operating performance. Investors are encouraged to review the historical non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income presented here 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 ZTO's data. ZTO encourages investors and others to review the Company's financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

Conference Call Information

ZTO's management team will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (9:00 AM Beijing Time on November 15, 2018).

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

United States:

1-888-317-6003

Hong Kong:

852-5808-1995

Mainland China:

4001-201203

International:

1-412-317-6061

Passcode:

2612461

Please dial in 15 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following numbers until November 21, 2018:

United States:

1-877-344-7529

International:

1-412-317-0088

Passcode:

10125874

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available at http://zto.investorroom.com.

About ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc.

ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc. (NYSE: ZTO) ("ZTO" or the "Company") is a leading and fast-growing express delivery company in China. ZTO provides express delivery service as well as other value-added logistics services through its extensive and reliable nationwide network coverage in China.

ZTO operates a highly scalable network partner model, which the Company believes is best suited to support the significant growth of e-commerce in China. The Company leverages its network partners to provide pickup and last-mile delivery services, while controlling the mission-critical line-haul transportation and sorting network within the express delivery service value chain.

For more information, please visit http://zto.investorroom.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This news 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 as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include but are not limited to the Company's unaudited results for the first quarter of 2018, ZTO management quotes and the Company's financial outlook.

These forward-looking statements are not historical facts but instead represent only the Company's belief regarding expected results and events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of its control. The Company's actual results and other circumstances may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results and events indicated in these forward-looking statements. Announced results for the first quarter of 2018 are preliminary, unaudited and subject to audit adjustment. In addition, the Company may not meet its financial outlook included in this news release and may be unable to grow its business in the manner planned. The Company may also modify its strategy for growth. In addition, there are other risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company's actual results to differ from what it currently anticipates, including those relating to the development of the e-commerce industry in China, its significant reliance on the Alibaba ecosystem, risks associated with its network partners and their employees and personnel, intense competition which could adversely affect the Company's results of operations and market share, any service disruption of the Company's sorting hubs or the outlets operated by its network partners or its technology system. For additional information on these and other important factors that could adversely affect the Company's business, financial condition, results of operations, and prospects, please see its filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of the press release. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this release, except as required by law. Such information speaks only as of the date of this release.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA

Summary of Unaudited Consolidated Comprehensive Income Data:



Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,



2017


2018


2017


2018



RMB


RMB


US$


RMB


RMB


US$



(in thousands, except for share and per share data)














Revenues


3,143,091


4,234,596


616,569


8,729,119


11,976,919


1,743,873

Cost of revenues


(2,005,323)


(2,909,282)


(423,600)


(5,736,793)


(8,162,225)


(1,188,443)

Gross profit


1,137,768


1,325,314


192,969


2,992,326


3,814,694


555,430

Operating income (expenses):













Selling, general and administrative


(193,422)


(249,493)


(36,327)


(558,060)


(934,292)


(136,036)

Other operating income, net


398


15,918


2,318


88,455


98,598


14,356

Total operating expenses


(193,024)


(233,575)


(34,009)


(469,605)


(835,694)


(121,680)

Income from operations


944,744


1,091,739


158,960


2,522,721


2,979,000


433,750

Other income (expenses):













Interest income


45,177


123,995


18,054


113,374


255,024


37,132

Interest expense


(2,479)


(4)


(1)


(13,216)


(780)


(114)

Gain on disposal of equity investees and
  subsidiary



12,904


1,879



562,637


81,922

Foreign currency exchange gain/(loss),
  before tax


(27,542)


40,382


5,880


(33,386)


39,530


5,756

Income before income tax, and share of loss in
    equity method investments


959,900


1,269,016


184,772


2,589,493


3,835,411


558,446

Income tax expense


(237,670)


(201,355)


(29,318)


(637,602)


(706,494)


(102,868)

Share of loss in equity method investments


(5,000)


(8,286)


(1,206)


(14,868)


(19,859)


(2,892)

Net income


717,230


1,059,375


154,248


1,937,023


3,109,058


452,686

Net loss (income) attributable to
     noncontrolling interests


(260)


262


38


333


(1,575)


(229)

Net income attributable to ZTO Express
     (Cayman) Inc.


716,970


1,059,637


154,286


1,937,356


3,107,483


452,457

Change in redemption value of convertible
     redeemable preferred shares







Net income attributable to ordinary
     shareholders


716,970


1,059,637


154,286


1,937,356


3,107,483


452,457

Net earnings per share/ADS attributable to
    ordinary shareholders













Basic


1.00


1.35


0.20


2.70


4.20


0.61

Diluted


1.00


1.34


0.20


2.69


4.19


0.61

Weighted average shares used in calculating
    net earnings per ordinary share/ADS













Basic


716,138,386


787,163,859


787,163,859


718,790,306


739,967,814


739,967,814

Diluted


716,478,593


788,144,763


788,144,763


719,221,212


740,779,797


740,779,797

Other comprehensive income, net of tax of nil:













Foreign currency translation adjustment


(179,986)


556,140


80,976


(413,408)


844,123


122,907

Comprehensive income


537,244


1,615,515


235,224


1,523,615


3,953,181


575,593

Comprehensive loss (income) attributable to
     noncontrolling interests


(260)


262


38


333


(1,575)


(229)

Comprehensive income attributable to ZTO
     Express (Cayman) Inc.


536,984


1,615,777


235,262


1,523,948


3,951,606


575,364

 

Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets Data:

 


As of


December 31,


September 30, 

2017

2018


RMB


RMB


US$


(in thousands, except for share and per share data)







ASSETS






Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

5,425,024


6,271,359


913,127

Restricted cash

348,710



Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of

287,835


404,747


58,932

    RMB13,798 and RMB13,815 at December 31, 2017 and September

    30, 2018, respectively

Financing receivables

64,030


429,327


62,511

Short-term investment

5,224,559


11,895,376


1,732,000

Inventories

34,231


37,409


5,447

Advances to suppliers

263,574


341,673


49,749

Prepayments and other current assets

719,983


1,182,955


172,242

Amounts due from related parties

9,900


24,600


3,582

Total current assets

12,377,846


20,587,446


2,997,590

Investments in equity investees

610,160


1,709,801


248,952

Property and equipment, net

6,473,010


7,981,433


1,162,119

Land use rights, net

1,602,908


1,942,027


282,765

Intangible assets, net

60,424


55,776


8,121

Goodwill

4,241,541


4,241,541


617,580

Deferred tax assets

152,763


288,618


42,024

Other non-current assets

308,986


487,758


71,019

TOTAL ASSETS

25,827,638


37,294,400


5,430,170

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY






Current liabilities






Short-term bank borrowing

250,000



Accounts payable

889,139


837,297


121,913

Advances from customers

258,965


410,865


59,823

Income tax payable

221,926


258,436


37,629

Amounts due to related parties

114,913


117,039


17,041

Acquisition consideration payable

130,004


19,616


2,856

Dividends payable


1,697


247

Other current liabilities

2,281,067


2,279,669


331,928

Total current liabilities

4,146,014


3,924,619


571,437

Deferred tax liabilities

157,320


153,628


22,369

Acquisition consideration payable

22,942


22,942


3,340

Other non-current liabilities

60,045


63,384


9,229

TOTAL LIABILITIES

4,386,321


4,164,573


606,375







Shareholders' equity












Ordinary shares (US$0.0001 par value; 10,000,000,000 shares authorized,

471


523


76

    731,406,440 shares issued and 710,804,716 shares outstanding as of

    December 31, 2017; 811,267,551 shares issued and 787,163,859 shares

    outstanding as of September 30, 2018)

Additional paid-in capital

15,975,979


24,126,869


3,512,940

Treasury shares, at cost

(914,611)


(1,359,404)


(197,933)

Retained earnings

6,669,370


9,776,853


1,423,537

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

(295,896)


548,227


79,823

ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc. shareholders' equity

21,435,313


33,093,068


4,818,443

Noncontrolling interests

6,004


36,759


5,352

Total Equity

21,441,317


33,129,827


4,823,795

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

25,827,638


37,294,400


5,430,170

 


 

 

 

Summary of Unaudited Consolidated Cash Flow Data:



Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,



2017


2018


2017


2018



RMB


RMB


US$


RMB


RMB


US$



(in thousands)














Net cash provided by operating
   activities


1,024,381


911,741


132,750


2,259,137


2,601,711


378,817

Net cash used in investing activities[6]


(1,128,970)


(2,295,672)


(334,255)


(7,572,212)


(9,542,593)


(1,389,429)

Net cash provided by/(used in) financing activities[7]


(403,295)


1,380,280


200,972


(859,685)


7,195,347


1,047,662

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash


(117,917)


101,353


14,758


(312,106)


243,160


35,405

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


(625,801)


97,702


14,225


(6,484,866)


497,625


72,455

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period


6,064,090


6,173,657


898,902


11,923,155


5,773,734


840,672

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period


5,438,289


6,271,359


913,127


5,438,289


6,271,359


913,127

 

[6]

The amount of cash used in investing activities mainly includes purchases of the fixed term bank deposits with an original maturity of three months to one year. For the third quarter of 2017 and 2018, the amounts of net cashflow out for purchasing the short-term investment are approximately RMB397.8 million and RMB1,857.9 million (US$270.5 million) of such deposits, respectively.

[7]

The amount of cash provided by/(used in) financing activities mainly includes the proceeds from Alibaba's investment, which are approximately RMB7.6 billion (US$1.2 billion) received before June 30, 2018, while the rest of approximately RMB1.3 billion (US$0.2 billion) were received in early July 2018.

Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results



Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,




2017


2018


2017


2018




RMB


RMB


US$


RMB


RMB


US$




(in thousands, except for share and per share data)






Net income


717,230


1,059,375


154,248


1,937,023


3,109,058


452,686


Add:














Share-based compensation expense


13,492


10,876


1,584


27,235


238,603


34,741


Less:














Gain on disposal of equity
    investees and subsidiary, net of
    income taxes



(11,756)


(1,712)



(436,277)


(63,524)


Adjusted net income


730,722


1,058,495


154,120


1,964,258


2,911,384


423,903
















Net income


717,230


1,059,375


154,248


1,937,023


3,109,058


452,686


Add:














Depreciation


138,757


202,669


29,509


387,851


565,066


82,275


Amortization


8,455


11,709


1,705


24,752


35,072


5,107


Interest expenses


2,479


4


1


13,216


780


114


Income tax expenses


237,670


201,355


29,318


637,602


706,494


102,868


EBITDA


1,104,591


1,475,112


214,781


3,000,444


4,416,470


643,050
















Add:














Share-based compensation expense


13,492


10,876


1,584


27,235


238,603


34,741


Less:














Gain on disposal of equity
     investees and subsidiary,
     before income taxes



(12,904)


(1,879)



(562,637)


(81,922)


Adjusted EBITDA


1,118,083


1,473,084


214,486


3,027,679


4,092,436


595,869


 

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

ZTO

Investor Relations Department
E-mail: ir@zto.com

Christensen

In China
Mr. Christian Arnell
Phone: +86-10-5900-1548
E-mail: carnell@christensenir.com

In US
Mr. Tip Fleming
Phone: +1-917-412-3333
Email: tfleming@Christensenir.com

SOURCE ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc.


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