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Leju Holdings Ltd (LEJU) Q3 2020 Earnings Call Transcript

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Leju Holdings Ltd (NYSE: LEJU)
Q3 2020 Earnings Call
Nov 24, 2020, 6:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Hello and thank you for standing by, for Leju Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]

I would now like to turn the meeting over to your host for today's conference, Ms. Michelle Yuan, Leju's Deputy CFO. Thank you. Please go ahead ma'am.

Michelle Yuan -- Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Leju's third quarter 2020 earnings conference call. Today, we will update you regarding our financial results for third quarter ended September 30, 2020. If you would like a copy of the earnings press release or would like to sign up for our email distribution list, please go to our IR website at ir.leju.com.

Leading the call today is Mr. Geoffrey He, our CEO, who will review operational highlights for the third quarter 2020; Mr. Li-Lan Cheng, our Acting CFO, will then discuss the financial results in more detail. We will then open the call to questions.

Before we continue, please allow me to read you Leju's Safe Harbor statement. Some of the statements during this conference call are forward-looking statements made under the Safe Harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from our current expectations.

Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to those outlined in our public filings with the SEC. You are encouraged to review the forward-looking statements section of our annual report filed with the SEC for additional information concerning factors that could cause those differences. Leju does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except, as required by applicable law.

Our earnings press release and this call include discussions of unaudited GAAP financial information as well as some unaudited non-GAAP financial measures. Our press release contains a reconciliation of the unaudited non-GAAP measures to the unaudited most directly comparable GAAP measures.

Please note that unless otherwise stated, all figures mentioned during this conference call are in U.S. dollars.

I will now turn the call over to Leju's CEO, Geoffrey He. Please go ahead.

Yinyu He -- Chief Executive Officer

Thanks everyone for joining us on today's call. We maintained a strong momentum for our business development in the third quarter and realized healthy growth in our both advertising and e-commerce business. We continued to promote our digital marketing capabilities in the third quarter and our online marketing promotions were well received throughout the industry. Also we saw that innovations we've implemented in our online advertising business have been a strong match for the new wave of online marketing needs, we see emerged recently. In addition, we further developed an innovative tools toward our online transaction platform, which also benefits the long-term growth of our e-commerce business.

Following up on our 618 Festival in June, during the third quarter, we once again successfully held our Suning & Leju 818 Summer Storm sale. These two activities deepened our partnership with Suning and involved more than 100 brands and over 500 real estate projects.

In September, our affiliate company E House and Alibaba, jointly launched Tmall Housing platform and the real estate transaction cooperation mechanism, which is called ETC. As part of this, together with the Tmall Housing, Suning e-buy and E-House, we jointly launched the Double 11-Tmall Housing 10 Billion Subsidy promotion during the Double 11 period. These activities have received a strong industry recognition, especially our Double 11 promotion, which involved 302 brands and over 2,000 real estate projects. The Double 11 promotion played a positive role in promoting incremental revenues for our online advertising business for the fourth quarter and encouraged developers to provide discounts to further feedback our e-commerce business.

The success of these activities further highlights our multiple channel digital marketing capabilities, takes the development of our advertising and e-commerce business to the next level and the further solidifies our position in the real estate marketing industry as the leader in providing comprehensive solutions throughout the value chain.

In the fourth quarter, we will hold our series of influential annual events marking Double 12. We look forward to building on the momentum of Double 11, further enhancing our influence in industry, increasing product innovation and significantly improving our client coverage and the service level as we end the year on a strong note and begin to prepare for 2021.

I will now turn the call to our acting CFO, Mr. Li-Lan Cheng, who will review our financial highlights for the quarter.

Li-Lan Cheng -- Acting Chief Financial Officer

Thank you. Geoffrey. Good morning and good evening everyone. For the third quarter of 2020, we recorded total revenues of $209.4 million, a 13% increase from the same period of 2019.

Our e-commerce services revenues for this quarter increased by 12% to $172.4 million, as a result of an increase in the number of discount coupons redeemed. E-commerce services contributed to 82.3% of our total revenues this quarter. Our online advertising services revenues for this quarter increased by 17% to $36.7 million as a result of an increase in property developers' demand for online advertising. Online advertising services contributed 17.5% of our total revenues this quarter.

Our listing services revenues for this quarter decreased by 45% to $0.3 million from the same quarter last year, as a result of a decrease in demand from secondary real estate brokers.

Our cost of sales for this quarter increased by 12% to $14.8 million from the same quarter last year, primarily due to increased cost of advertising resources purchased from media platforms related to our online advertising business.

Our selling, general and administrative expenses increased by 16% to $181.8 million from the same quarter last year. This increase was primarily due to increased marketing expenses related to our e-commerce business.

Income from operations was $12.9 million for the third quarter of 2020 compared to $15.8 million for the same quarter of 2019. Net income attributable to Leju's shareholders was $11.7 million for the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 5% from the same quarter of 2019.

Non-GAAP income from operations was $16.6 million for the third quarter of 2020, compared to $19.5 million for the same quarter of 2019. Non-GAAP net income attributable to Leju's shareholders was $14.7 million for the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 4% from the same quarter of 2019.

For the first nine months of 2020, we recorded $489.1 million in total revenue, a 5% increase from the same period of last year. Our e-commerce revenues increased by 4% to $377.8 million for the first nine months of 2020, as a result of an increase in the number of discount coupons redeemed, partially offset by a decrease in the average price per discount coupon redeemed. E-commerce services contributed 77.2% of total revenues for the first nine months of 2020.

Our online advertising revenues, contributing 22.6% of total revenues increased by 9% to $110.7 million for the first nine months of 2020, due to an increase in property developers' demand for online advertising. While our listing revenues decreased by 54% to $0.6 million, as a result of a decrease in secondary real estate brokers' demand for the first nine months of 2020.

Income from operations was $14 million for the first nine months of 2020, an increase of 61% from the same period of 2019. Net income attributable to Leju's shareholders was $13.2 million for the first nine months of 2020, an increase of 88% from the same period 2019.

Non-GAAP income from operations was $24.8 million for the first nine months of 2020, an increase of 25% from the same period of 2019. Non-GAAP net income attributable to Leju's shareholders was $21.9 million for the first nine months of 2020, an increase of 38% from the same period of 2019.

As of September 30, 2020, our cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash were $273.8 million. Our net cash flow used in operating activities for the third quarter of 2020 was $4.4 million, primarily comprised of a decrease in amounts due to related parties of $30.7 million, an increase in amounts due from related parties of $16.3 million, and an increase in accounts receivable of $15.3 million, partially offset by non-GAAP net income of $14.9 million, an increase in other current liabilities and accrued expenses of $23.1 million, an increase in income tax payable and other tax payable of $7.7 million and a decrease in customer deposits of $12 million.

Looking ahead, we estimate that our fourth quarter 2020 total revenues will be approximately between $230 million and $250 million, which represents increase of approximately 1% to 10% from the same quarter of last year. Please note that this forecast reflects our current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

This concludes our prepared remarks. We are now ready to take your questions. Operator, please go ahead.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] We have the first question from the line of Marco Rodriguez from Stonegate Capital. Please go ahead.

Marco Rodriguez -- Stonegate Capital -- Analyst

Hello, everybody. Thank you for taking my questions. I was wondering if you could talk a little bit more about the two new platforms or relationships you have here, the Double -- excuse me, the Tmall Housing platform as well as the Alibaba, Suning partnership that you have. Can you just provide a little bit more detail in terms of how those platforms performed versus your expectations? And then, if you could also, if possible, discuss the impact you saw from revenues for those two new relationships?

Yinyu He -- Chief Executive Officer

Okay, thank you for your question. First, the relationship between Leju and Tmall or Alibaba is based on our partnership from our affiliate company, E-House and Alibaba. Actually aim of the partnership is to build up on online to offline, new trading system, that is why we actually launched ETC, we call it real estate transaction cooperation mechanism, to involve all parties during real estate transactions.

I think the first step for us from the partnership is the Double 11 activities. As you know, Tmall is quite sophisticated e-commerce platform, but usually it's for the fast consumer products. While the real estate projects, it's quite a big commodity and we try to test consumer habits on that. From the effects of the Double 11 activities, actually we received very positive feedback from the consumers side. There are a lot of people, actually they are quite interested in the commodities, which is the houses, we put on the Tmall shops.

Second one is that, there are too many, a lot of people, they are asking questions about houses they look for at the Tmall stores. And also raised a lot of questions previously we cannot get from our platforms. The third one is that, we try to connect online -- online users, which are interested in certain projects to offline and showing rooms. We are trying the mechanism, how to introduce these online people, consumers to the offline trading to have them involved in that offline trading activities. I think that this is the first step we do receive a very positive feedback from consumers. On the other hand, is we received very strong positive feedback from our clients, which is the developers. They are very interested in huge audience of Alibaba, and they are trying to test if they, from this huge traffic they can find out quite intensive house investor, which are -- which can be involved in further transactions. So from both sides that laid a very solid foundation to the success of our Double 11 activities. I think this is only the first one, first step.

From Double 11, we are continue to do the Double 12 activities, and we are actually doing a new mechanism to see if the Tmall platform can both play advertising platform and our transaction platforms. We will try to develop some innovative transaction tools or transactional systems based on the Tmall to further push ahead digitalization of the real estate industry. From the revenue side, I think it does a great job and I think it will contribute to our fourth quarter revenue advertising -- online advertising revenue significantly.

Marco Rodriguez -- Stonegate Capital -- Analyst

Thank you. That was very helpful. And do you have any data that relates to the traffic that you're driving with the Tmall platform?

Yinyu He -- Chief Executive Officer

I think we have released a post about our Double 11 activities, but we combined the full platforms, actually the Tmall and Suning & Leju and the E-House, we all together, we, sorry, give me one minute, I'll give you the number. Hold up. We actually received the unique visitors from activities, that's the 47.5 million unique visitors and total page view traffic is about 289 million.

Marco Rodriguez -- Stonegate Capital -- Analyst

Excellent. Thank you. And can you maybe compare and contrast the Double 12 promotions that you'll be launching here in Q4? How does those sort of compare to the Double 11?

Yinyu He -- Chief Executive Officer

I think a lot of developers -- because the Double 11 coverage is very wide and some developers actually they are still interested in continuing to do the Double 12. And some developers actually because they already see strong traffic, but they need actual transactions. So I think the scale of the Double 12, maybe a little bit smaller then the Double 11. However, the influential, because we during the period of Double 12, we also do a lot of influential activities which concludes our -- really financial forums and also a lot of live broadcasting activities. So the influence of the Double 12 should be greater than the Double 11.

Marco Rodriguez -- Stonegate Capital -- Analyst

Got it. And last quick question, if I might. Could you maybe just update us on what you're seeing in terms of just real estate activity? And as it also relates to any sort of increases in regulations? Thank you.

Yinyu He -- Chief Executive Officer

I think the regulation, also the, let's say, the market of the real estate in the next one year, I think keeping stable will be the main stream. There will be -- pick up and downs, I think in the next year. However, we already see that the difference is between different developers. The three lines, the new regulators released three lines set for developers. So some aggressive developers will be cautious. They will decrease their investment in buying lands, so the turnover of their transaction, real estate transaction will go down. However, some healthy developers, they, which give us -- which they, say, they will receive a [Indecipherable] buy more lands at reasonable prices. So the structure of the real estate industries is changing.

For us, I think from this year, I think real estate is aggressively pushing ahead digitalization of the promotion from offline to online. So a lot of developers already realized the value, how to increase their inputs of their online promotions. And also they've received great pressure from the offline costs mainly the distributional costs from one of our competitors. So I think digitalization is very good opportunity in the next year for online developers.

Marco Rodriguez -- Stonegate Capital -- Analyst

Great. Thank you so much for your time. I really appreciate it.

Yinyu He -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. We have the next question from the line of Eric Wen from Blue Lotus. Please go ahead.

Eric Wen -- Blue Lotus -- Analyst

Hello, good evening management. Congratulations on the strong guidance. I have two questions. First question is, can you comment on the breakdown of your guidance, including advertising and e-commerce that contribute to your guidance?

Yinyu He -- Chief Executive Officer

Our guidance?

Eric Wen -- Blue Lotus -- Analyst

Yeah. And my second question is that, your competitor has reported very strong numbers of third-party agents revenue growth. I wonder if you can elaborate on your competitive strategy in funnel, and how it will enhance its competitiveness in the coming year? Thanks.

Yinyu He -- Chief Executive Officer

For your first question, I think the breakdown will be likely, around 30%, will be from online advertising, and 70% will be the e-commerce. That's around that, from our revenue guidance.

For the second one is that, [Indecipherable] actually is not in -- with Leju, so I'm not prepared to answer this question. However, I would note to that, is that I think the offline business especially that distribution business is reaching a point that puts a great pressure on the developers cost structure. Most developers actually they are talking about their distributional costs, which takes most of their profits. They are also thinking about that. Well, they also asking us is that, is there really any, online can provide a real buyers to them so that they can recognize as they're online buyers. So I think this is a great task also a great opportunity for us. From practice side, I think, we do believe that almost everybody going into the offline showrooms must have online experience before. So our cost [Phonetic] is how to catch these online people and get them recognized the by the offline sales of the developers. So that I think the cost structure of developers can be reasonably changed.

Eric Wen -- Blue Lotus -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks very much. Very helpful.

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] As there are no further questions, I would like to hand the call back to your presenters for any closing remarks.

Michelle Yuan -- Deputy Chief Financial Officer

This concludes today's call. If you have any follow-up questions, please contact us at the numbers or emails provided on our earnings release and on our website. Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 26 minutes

Call participants:

Michelle Yuan -- Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Yinyu He -- Chief Executive Officer

Li-Lan Cheng -- Acting Chief Financial Officer

Marco Rodriguez -- Stonegate Capital -- Analyst

Eric Wen -- Blue Lotus -- Analyst

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