Trip.com Group Limited Reports Unaudited First Quarter of 2021 Financial Results

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SHANGHAI, May 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Trip.com Group Limited (Nasdaq: TCOM and HKEX: 9961) (“Trip.com Group” or the “Company”), a leading one-stop travel service provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate travel management, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

Key Highlights for the First Quarter of 2021

  • Our business has showed resilient recovery in the China domestic market.

– Compared with the same period pre-COVID in 2019, both domestic hotel and air ticketing reservations have fully recovered since early March 2021 and achieved double-digit growth for the month.

– Revenues from corporate travel management grew 101% year-over-year and 6% compared with the same period in 2019.

“Trip.com Group’s mission is to pursue the perfect trip for a better world. Over the past two decades, we have continuously been exploring and innovating to further expand our offerings,” said James Liang, Executive Chairman. “Going forward, we will continue to expand product offerings, improve service quality, innovate our content, and bring new value to the travel industry.”

“Despite the challenges in January and February of 2021 due to outbreaks of virus during the winter season, China domestic travel rebounded quickly in March and showed stronger momentum in April and May,” said Jane Sun, Chief Executive Officer. “Quality leisure travel showed rapid growth, with reservations for mid to high-end hotels spearheading growth. Meanwhile, long-distance travel in mainland China has fully recovered, and short-distance travel has shown a continuing growth trajectory.”

First Quarter of 2021 Financial Results and Business Updates

Since the beginning of 2021, a few waves of COVID-19 infections have re-emerged in various regions of China, and precautionary measures, including varying levels of travel restrictions and encouragement of reduced travel during the Chinese New Year, have been reinstated in China. These travel restrictions reduced users’ demand for the Company’s products, and materially and adversely affected its results of operations in January and February of 2021.

As vaccines roll out globally and the total vaccination rate continues to climb, social and economic conditions have gradually recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic within China. The Company observed an emerging demand for short-haul travel, local trips, and domestic boutique and premium accommodation experiences. The Company has offered new products in these categories to better serve users’ travel demand and achieved a strong recovery in the domestic travel business. The Company has continued innovations in products, services, and content allowing it to quickly respond to the evolving need of users and capture the pent-up demand for outbound travel post-COVID-19. As a result, the Company’s operation performance saw significant improvement in March 2021.

For the first quarter of 2021, Trip.com Group reported net revenue of RMB4.1 billion (US$628 million), representing a 13% decrease from the same period in 2020, mainly due to a strong recovery in March 2021, partially offset by the decrease in cross-border travel. Net revenue for the first quarter of 2021 decreased by 17% from the previous quarter.

Accommodation reservation revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB1.6 billion (US$241 million), representing a 37% increase from the same period in 2020, primarily due to the strong demand for inter-provincial stays. Accommodation reservation revenue for the first quarter of 2021 decreased by 30% from the previous quarter, primarily due to the travel restrictions introduced in January and February of 2021.

Transportation ticketing revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB1.5 billion (US$230 million), representing a 37% decrease from the same period in 2020, and an 11% decrease from the previous quarter, primarily due to the travel restrictions introduced in January and February of 2021.

Packaged-tour revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB169 million (US$26 million), representing a 68% decrease from the same period in 2020, and a 35% decrease from the previous quarter.

Corporate travel revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB252 million (US$39 million), representing a 101% increase from the same period in 2020. Corporate travel revenue for the first quarter of 2021 decreased by 18% from the previous quarter.

Gross margin was 75% for the first quarter of 2021, which slightly increased from 74% for the same period in 2020. Gross margin for the first quarter of 2021 decreased from 82% for the previous quarter, largely due to the travel restrictions at the outset of 2021.

Product development expenses for the first quarter of 2021 increased by 31% to RMB2.2 billion (US$340 million) from the same period in 2020, primarily due to the fluctuations in expenses related to product development personnel. Product development expenses increased by 3% from the previous quarter. Product development expenses for the first quarter of 2021 accounted for 54% of the net revenue.

Sales and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2021 decreased by 31% to RMB952 million (US$145 million) from the same period in 2020 and decreased by 23% from the previous quarter, primarily due to the decrease in expenses relating to sales and marketing promotion activities. Sales and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2021 accounted for 23% of the net revenue.

General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2021 decreased by 65% to RMB684 million (US$104 million) from the same period in 2020, primarily due to the decrease in allowance for expected credit losses which we accrued amount of RMB1.2 billion in the first quarter of 2020. General and administrative expenses increased by 1% from the previous quarter. General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2021 accounted for 17% of the net revenue.

Income tax expense for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB41 million (US$6 million), compared to income tax benefit of RMB254 million in the same period of 2020 and income tax expense of RMB163 million in the previous quarter. The change in our effective tax rate was primarily due to the non-taxable income of the fair value changes in equity securities investments and exchangeable senior notes.

Net income attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB1.8 billion (US$273 million), compared to net loss attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders of RMB5.4 billion in the same period in 2020 and net income attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders of RMB1.0 billion in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation charges and fair value changes of equity securities investments and exchangeable senior notes, non-GAAP net loss attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders was RMB204 million (US$30 million), compared to non-GAAP net loss attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders of RMB2.2 billion in the same period in 2020 and non-GAAP net income attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders of RMB1.1 billion in the previous quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB-216 million (US$-33 million), compared to RMB-875 million in the same period in 2020 and RMB799 million in the previous quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margin was -5% for the first quarter of 2021, compared to -18% in the same period in 2020 and 16% in the previous quarter.

Diluted earnings per ordinary share and per ADS were RMB2.88 (US$0.44) for the first quarter of 2021. Excluding share-based compensation charges and fair value changes of equity securities investments and exchangeable senior notes, non-GAAP diluted losses per ordinary share and per ADS were RMB0.34 (US$0.05) for the first quarter of 2021. Each ADS currently represents one ordinary share of the Company.

As of March 31, 2021, the balance of cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, short-term investment, held to maturity time deposit and financial products was RMB66.1 billion (US$10.1 billion).

Conference Call

Trip.com Group’s management team will host a conference call at 8:00PM EST on May 18, 2021 (or 8:00AM CST on May 19, 2021) following this announcement.

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

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

https://s1.c-conf.com/DiamondPass/10013812-ah49l7.html

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

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call until May 26, 2021.

The dial-in details for the replay:
International dial-in number: +61-7-3107-6325
Passcode: 10013812

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “future,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “is/are likely to,” “confident” or other similar statements. Among other things, quotations from management and the Business Outlook section in this press release, as well as Trip.com Group’s strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, severe or prolonged downturn in the global or Chinese economy, general declines or disruptions in the travel industry, volatility in the trading price of Trip.com Group’s ADSs or shares, Trip.com Group’s reliance on its relationships and contractual arrangements with travel suppliers and strategic alliances, failure to compete against new and existing competitors, failure to successfully manage current growth and potential future growth, risks associated with any strategic investments or acquisitions, seasonality in the travel industry in the relevant jurisdictions where Trip.com Group operates, failure to successfully develop Trip.com Group’s existing or future business lines, damage to or failure of Trip.com Group’s infrastructure and technology, loss of services of Trip.com Group’s key executives, adverse changes in economic and political policies of the PRC government, inflation in China, risks and uncertainties associated with PRC laws and regulations with respect to the ownership structure of Trip.com Group’s affiliated Chinese entities and the contractual arrangements among Trip.com Group, its affiliated Chinese entities and their shareholders, and other risks outlined in Trip.com Group’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of the issuance, and Trip.com Group does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

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About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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

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

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

About Trip.com Group Limited

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

For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations

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

Trip.com Group Limited

Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In millions, except share and per share data)

December 31, 2020

March  31, 2021

March  31, 2021

RMB (million)

RMB (million)

USD (million)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

19,415

23,060

3,520

Short-term investments

24,820

30,679

4,683

Accounts receivable, net 

4,119

4,353

664

Prepayments and other current assets 

9,657

9,786

1,493

Total current assets

58,011

67,878

10,360

Property, equipment and software

5,780

5,662

864

Intangible assets and land use rights

13,344

13,231

2,019

Right-of-use asset

987

1,159

177

Investments (Includes held to maturity time deposit and
financial products of RMB15,357 million and RMB12,398
million as of December 31,2020 and March 31, 2021,
respectively)

47,943

48,246

7,364

Goodwill

59,353

59,352

9,059

Other long-term assets

436

408

62

Deferred tax asset

1,395

1,506

230

Total assets

187,249

197,442

30,135

LIABILITIES

Current liabilities:

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

33,665

40,796

6,227

Accounts payable

4,506

4,973

759

Advances from customers

7,605

7,210

1,100

Other current liabilities

12,593

12,659

1,932

Total current liabilities

58,369

65,638

10,018

Deferred tax liability

3,574

3,545

541

Long-term debt

22,718

23,356

3,565

Long-term lease liability

618

735

112

Other long-term liabilities

403

385

59

Total liabilities

85,682

93,659

14,295

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Total Trip.com Group Limited shareholders’ equity

100,354

102,837

15,696

Non-controlling interests

1,213

946

144

Total shareholders’ equity

101,567

103,783

15,840

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

187,249

197,442

30,135

Trip.com Group Limited

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income/(Loss)

(In millions, except share and per share data)

Quarter Ended

Quarter Ended

Quarter Ended

Quarter Ended

March  31, 2020

December  31, 2020

March  31, 2021

March  31, 2021

RMB (million)

RMB (million)

RMB (million)

USD (million)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Revenue:

Accommodation reservation 

1,155

2,244

1,580

241

Transportation ticketing 

2,393

1,699

1,506

230

Packaged-tour 

523

262

169

26

Corporate travel

126

307

252

39

Others

538

454

602

92

Total revenue

4,735

4,966

4,109

628

Less: Sales tax and surcharges

(4)

(2)

(1)

(0)

Net revenue

4,731

4,964

4,108

628

Cost of revenue

(1,220)

(910)

(1,034)

(158)

Gross profit

3,511

4,054

3,074

470

Operating expenses:

Product development **

(1,696)

(2,162)

(2,225)

(340)

Sales and marketing **

(1,382)

(1,232)

(952)

(145)

General and administrative **

(1,942)

(676)

(684)

(104)

Total operating expenses

(5,020)

(4,070)

(3,861)

(589)

Loss from operations

(1,509)

(16)

(787)

(119)

Interest income 

513

429

418

64

Interest expense

(448)

(377)

(407)

(62)

Other (expense)/income

(3,827)

769

2,508

383

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

(5,271)

805

1,732

266

Income tax benefit/(expense)

254

(163)

(41)

(6)

Equity in (loss)/income of affiliates

(321)

318

74

11

Net (loss)/income

(5,338)

960

1,765

271

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests

9

44

15

2

Accretion to redemption value of redeemable non-controlling interests

(24)

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

(5,353)

1,004

1,780

273

(Losses)/Earnings per ordinary share *

– Basic

(8.98)

1.67

2.95

0.45

– Diluted

(8.98)

1.65

2.88

0.44

(Losses)/Earnings per ADS *

– Basic

(8.98)

1.67

2.95

0.45

– Diluted

(8.98)

1.65

2.88

0.44

Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding *

– Basic

595,953,184

602,968,832

604,596,792

604,596,792

– Diluted

595,953,184

609,135,914

629,540,722

629,540,722

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

  Product development 

180

260

151

23

  Sales and marketing 

30

43

22

3

  General and administrative 

133

208

121

18

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

Trip.com Group Limited

Reconciliation of  GAAP and Non-GAAP Results

(In millions, except share,% and per share data)

Quarter Ended

Quarter Ended

Quarter Ended

Quarter Ended

March  31, 2020

December  31, 2020

March  31, 2021

March  31, 2021

RMB (million)

RMB (million)

RMB (million)

USD (million)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Net (Loss)/income

(5,338)

960

1,765

271

Less: Interest income

(513)

(429)

(418)

(64)

Add: Interest expense

448

377

407

62

Add: Other expense/(income)

3,827

(769)

(2,508)

(383)

Add: Income tax (benefit)/expense

(254)

163

41

6

Add: Equity in loss/(income) of affiliates

321

(318)

(74)

(11)

Loss from operations

(1,509)

(16)

(787)

(119)

Add: Share-based compensation

343

511

294

44

Add: Depreciation and amortization

291

304

277

42

Adjusted EBITDA

(875)

799

(216)

(33)

Adjusted EBITDA margin

-18%

16%

-5%

-5%

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

(5,353)

1,004

1,780

273

Share-based compensation

343

511

294

44

Fair value changes of equity securities investments and exchangeable senior notes

2,999

(407)

(2,367)

(361)

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

(209)

(45)

89

14

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

(2,220)

1,063

(204)

(30)

Non-GAAP Diluted weighted average ordinary shares outstanding *

595,953,184

609,135,914

604,596,792

604,596,792

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

(3.73)

1.75

(0.34)

(0.05)

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

(3.73)

1.75

(0.34)

(0.05)

Notes for all the condensed consolidated financial schedules presented:

Note 1: The conversion of Renminbi (RMB) into U.S. dollars (USD) is based on the certified exchange rate of USD1.00=RMB6.5518 on March 31, 2021 published by the Federal Reserve
Board.

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