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Niu Technologies Announces Unaudited First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

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— First Quarter Revenues of RMB 504.7 million, an increase of 21.0% year-over-year

— First Quarter Net Loss of RMB 54.8 million, compared to Net Loss of RMB 60.3 million in the same period of last year

BEIJING, May 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Niu Technologies (“NIU”, or “the Company”) (NASDAQ: NIU), the world’s leading provider of smart urban mobility solutions, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024.

First Quarter 2024 Financial Highlights

  • Revenues were RMB 504.7 million, an increase of 21.0% year-over-year
  • Gross margin was 18.9%, compared with 21.7% in the first quarter of 2023
  • Net loss was RMB 54.8 million, compared with net loss of RMB 60.3 million in the first quarter of 2023
  • Adjusted net loss (non-GAAP)1 was RMB 48.5 million, compared with adjusted net loss of RMB 46.1 million in the first quarter of 2023

First Quarter 2024 Operating Highlights

  • The number of e-scooters sold was 129,139, up 36.8% year-over-year
  • The number of e-scooters sold in China was 110,115, up 35.1% year-over-year
  • The number of e-scooters sold in the international markets was 19,024, up 47.6% year-over-year
  • The number of franchised stores in China was 2,878 as of March 31, 2024
  • International sales network expanded to 58 distributors covering 54 countries as of March 31, 2024

Dr. Yan Li, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, remarked, “Since their debut at the end of February, our newly launched products have received exceptionally positive feedback in the domestic market. Additionally, we are proactively expanding our retail footprint to bolster our sales channels. As a result, we anticipate continuous sales growth in China throughout the upcoming peak sales season.”

Dr. Li continued, “Global expansion remains a top priority for us. Our retail channels in the US and Europe have significantly boosted our sales volume. To solidify our international presence, we are increasing our investments to establish a robust sales network. We are also taking steps to enhance our brand recognition with the introduction of new models. We are confident that we will deliver strong sales growth throughout 2024.”

First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

Revenues were RMB 504.7 million, an increase of 21.0% year-over-year, mainly due to an increase in sales volume of 36.8%, partially offset by a decrease in revenues per e-scooter of 11.6%. The following table shows the revenue breakdown and revenues per e-scooter in the periods presented:

Revenues
(in RMB million)
  2024
Q1
  2023
Q1
  % change
YoY

E-scooter sales from China market   392.9     305.1     +28.8%  
E-scooter sales from international markets   49.0     53.3     -8.1%  
E-scooter sales, sub-total   441.9     358.4     +23.3%  
Accessories, spare parts and services   62.8     58.8     +6.8%  
Total   504.7     417.2     +21.0%  
Revenues per e-scooter
(in RMB)
  2024
Q1
  2023
Q1
  % change
YoY
E-scooter sales from China market2   3,568     3,743     -4.7%  
E-scooter sales from international markets2   2,577     4,138     -37.7%  
E-scooter sales   3,422     3,797     -9.9%  
Accessories, spare parts and services3   486     623     -22.0%  
Revenues per e-scooter   3,908     4,420     -11.6%  
                   
  • E-scooter sales revenues from China market were RMB 392.9 million, an increase of 28.8% year-over-year, and represented 88.9% of total e-scooter revenues. The increase was mainly due to the increased sales volume of e-scooter, partially offset by a decrease in revenues per e-scooter in China market.
  • E-scooter sales revenues from international markets were RMB 49.0 million, a decrease of 8.1% year-over-year, and represented 11.1% of total e-scooter revenues. The decrease was mainly due to the decline in sales of electric motorcycles and mopeds, partially offset by the increased sales of kick-scooter in international markets.
  • Accessories, spare parts sales and services revenues were RMB 62.8 million, an increase of 6.8% year-over-year and represented 12.4% of total revenues. The increase was mainly due to the increase of accessories and spare parts sales in China market.
  • Revenues per e-scooter was RMB 3,908, a decrease of 11.6% year-over-year, mainly due to the increased proportion and changes in product mix of kick-scooter in international markets.

Cost of revenues was RMB 409.2 million, an increase of 25.2% year-over-year, in line with the increase of revenues. The cost per e-scooter, defined as cost of revenues divided by the number of e-scooters sold in a specific period, was RMB 3,169, down 8.5% from RMB 3,462 in the first quarter of 2023, mainly due to the decreased cost of battery packs, and lower freight cost in international sales.

Gross margin was 18.9%, compared with 21.7% in the same period of 2023. The decrease was mainly due to the increased proportion of kick-scooter in international markets, and decreased gross margin of e-scooter in China market due to the product mix change.

Operating expenses were RMB 164.9 million, an increase of 4.6% year-over-year. Operating expenses as a percentage of revenues was 32.7%, compared with 37.8% in the first quarter of 2023.

  • Selling and marketing expenses were RMB 105.3 million (including RMB 2.0 million of share-based compensation), an increase of 45.6% from RMB 72.4 million in the first quarter of 2023, mainly due to the increase of RMB 19.8 million in after-sale services and rental expenses, and the increase of RMB 12.9 million in advertising and promotion activities, primarily result from the expansion into international markets. Selling and marketing expenses as a percentage of revenues was 20.9%, compared with 17.3% in the first quarter of 2023.
  • Research and development expenses were RMB 28.9 million (including RMB 1.4 million of share-based compensation), a decrease of 17.3% from RMB 35.0 million in the first quarter of 2023, mainly due to the decrease in share-based compensation of RMB 4.9 million. Research and development expenses as a percentage of revenues was 5.7%, compared with 8.4% in the first quarter of 2023.
  • General and administrative expenses were RMB 30.6 million (including RMB 2.6 million of share-based compensation), a decrease of 39.2% from RMB 50.3 million in the first quarter of 2023, mainly due to the decrease in allowance for doubtful accounts of RMB 20.0 million. General and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenues was 6.1%, compared with 12.1% in the first quarter of 2023.

Operating expenses excluding share-based compensation were RMB 158.9 million, increased by 10.5% year-over-year, and represented 31.5% of revenues, compared with 34.5% in the first quarter of 2023.

  • Selling and marketing expenses excluding share-based compensation were RMB 103.3 million, an increase of 49.2% year-over-year, and represented 20.5% of revenues, compared with 16.6% in the first quarter of 2023.
  • Research and development expenses excluding share-based compensation were RMB 27.5 million, a decrease of 4.0% year-over-year, and represented 5.4% of revenues, compared with 6.9% in the first quarter of 2023.
  • General and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation were RMB 28.1 million, a decrease of 38.9% year-over-year, and represented 5.6% of revenues, compared with 11.0% in the first quarter of 2023.

Government grants were nominal, compared with RMB 0.3 million in the same period of 2023.

Share-based compensation was RMB 6.3 million, compared with RMB 14.2 million in the same period of 2023.

Income tax benefit was RMB 6.2 million, compared with income tax expense of RMB 1.8 million in the same period of 2023.

Net loss was RMB 54.8 million, compared with net loss of RMB 60.3 million in the first quarter of 2023. The net loss margin was 10.9%, compared with net loss margin of 14.5% in the same period of 2023.

Adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) was RMB 48.5 million, compared with an adjusted net loss of RMB 46.1 million in the first quarter of 2023. The adjusted net loss margin4 was 9.6%, compared with an adjusted net loss margin of 11.1% in the same period of 2023.

Basic and diluted net loss per ADS were both RMB 0.69 (US$ 0.10).

Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2024, the Company had cash and cash equivalents, term deposits and short-term investments of RMB 977.7 million in aggregate. The Company had restricted cash of RMB 214.3 million and short-term bank borrowings of RMB 200.0 million.

Business Outlook

NIU expects revenues of the second quarter 2024 to be in the range of RMB 912 million to RMB 995 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 10% to 20%.

The above outlook is based on information available as of the date of this press release and reflects the Company’s current and preliminary expectation and is subject to change.

Conference Call

The Company will host an earnings conference call on Monday, May 20, 2024 at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong Time) to discuss its first quarter financial and business results and provide a corporate update.

To join via phone, participants need to register in advance of the conference call using the link provided below. Upon registration, participants will receive dial-in numbers and a personal PIN, which will be used to join the conference call.

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations website at https://ir.niu.com/news-and-events/webcasts-and-presentations.

About NIU

As the world’s leading provider of smart urban mobility solutions, NIU designs, manufactures and sells high-performance electric motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles, as well as kick-scooters and e-bikes. NIU has a diversified product portfolio that caters to the various demands of our users and addresses different urban travel scenarios. Currently, NIU offers two model lineups, comprising a number of different vehicle types. These include (i) the electric motorcycle, moped and bicycle series, including the NQi, MQi, UQi, F series and others, and (ii) the micro-mobility series, including the kick-scooter series KQi and the e-bike series BQi. NIU has adopted an omnichannel retail model, integrating the offline and online channels, to sell its products and provide services to users.

For more information, please visit www.niu.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement NIU’s consolidated financial results presented in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”), NIU uses the following non-GAAP financial measures: adjusted net loss and adjusted net loss margin. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. NIU believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and liquidity by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of its operating results. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management’s internal comparisons to NIU’s historical performance. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. A limitation of using these non-GAAP financial measures is that these non-GAAP measures exclude certain items that have been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant component in the Company’s results of operations. These non-GAAP financial measures 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 the Company’s data.

Adjusted net loss is defined as net loss excluding share-based compensation expenses. Adjusted net loss margin is defined as adjusted net loss as a percentage of the revenues.

For more information on non-GAAP financial measures, please see the tables captioned “Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results”.

Exchange Rate

This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into U.S. dollars (“US$”) at specified rates solely for the convenience of the readers. Unless otherwise stated, all translations from RMB to US$ were made at the rate of RMB 7.2203 to US$ 1.00, the exchange rate in effect as of March 29, 2024, as set forth in the H.10 Statistical release of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The Company makes no representation that the RMB or US$ amounts referred could be converted into US$ or RMB, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release 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 “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “aims,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “likely to” and similar statements. Among other things, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as NIU’s strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. NIU may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about NIU’s beliefs, plans and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: NIU’s strategies; NIU’s future business development, financial condition and results of operations; NIU’s ability to maintain and enhance its “NIU” brand; its ability to innovate and successfully launch new products and services; its ability to maintain and expand its offline distribution network; its ability to satisfy the mandated safety standards relating to e-scooters; its ability to secure supply of components and raw materials used in e-scooters; its ability to manufacture, launch and sell smart e-scooters meeting customer expectations; its ability to grow collaboration with operation partners; its ability to control costs associated with its operations; general economic and business conditions in China and globally; and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in NIU’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and NIU does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

Investor Relations Contact:

Niu Technologies
E-mail: [email protected]

NIU TECHNOLOGIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
           
  As of
  December 31,   March 31,   March 31,
  2023   2024   2024
  RMB   RMB   US$
ASSETS          
Current assets          
Cash and cash equivalents 872,573,460     900,035,724     124,653,508  
Term deposits-current 97,555,565     77,690,250     10,759,975  
Restricted cash 107,666,733     214,278,458     29,677,224  
Notes receivable     841,979     116,613  
Accounts receivable, net 94,956,170     87,247,383     12,083,623  
Inventories 392,790,141     480,794,368     66,589,251  
Prepayments and other current assets 195,072,129     203,246,142     28,149,266  
Total current assets 1,760,614,198     1,964,134,304     272,029,460  
           
Non-current assets          
Property, plant and equipment, net 323,112,366     300,087,589     41,561,651  
Intangible assets, net 1,306,401     1,240,523     171,810  
Operating lease right-of-use assets 76,821,285     75,171,140     10,411,083  
Deferred income tax assets 20,747,021     26,420,397     3,659,183  
Other non-current assets 6,730,378     6,367,961     881,952  
Total non-current assets 428,717,451     409,287,610     56,685,679  
           
Total assets 2,189,331,649     2,373,421,914     328,715,139  
           
LIABILITIES          
Current liabilities          
Short-term bank borrowings 100,000,000     200,000,000     27,699,680  
Notes payable 167,282,688     249,820,844     34,599,787  
Accounts payable 575,724,288     605,268,781     83,828,758  
Income taxes payable  1,357,913     1,357,913     188,069  
Advances from customers 19,304,488     56,780,929     7,864,068  
Deferred revenue-current 41,755,097     39,554,099     5,478,179  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 165,511,396     150,153,395     20,796,006  
Total current liabilities 1,070,935,870     1,302,935,961     180,454,547  
           
Deferred revenue-non-current 13,168,111     12,933,753     1,791,304  
Deferred income tax liabilities 2,362,494     4,096,486     567,357  
Operating lease liabilities 280,421     211,506     29,293  
Other non-current liabilities 8,968,519     7,460,490     1,033,266  
Total non-current liabilities 24,779,545     24,702,235     3,421,220  
           
Total liabilities 1,095,715,415     1,327,638,196     183,875,767  
           
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY:          
Class A ordinary shares 90,031     90,215     12,495  
Class B ordinary shares 10,316     10,316     1,429  
Additional paid-in capital 1,964,138,365     1,970,596,785     272,924,502  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (9,495,674 )   (8,989,181 )   (1,244,987 )
Accumulated deficit (861,126,804 )   (915,924,417 )   (126,854,067 )
Total shareholders’ equity 1,093,616,234     1,045,783,718     144,839,372  
           
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity 2,189,331,649     2,373,421,914     328,715,139  
                 
NIU TECHNOLOGIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
         
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2023   2024
  RMB   RMB US$
Revenues 417,236,018     504,734,575   69,904,931  
Cost of revenues(a) (326,861,860 )   (409,184,315 ) (56,671,373 )
Gross profit 90,374,158     95,550,260   13,233,558  
         
Operating expenses:        
Selling and marketing expenses(a) (72,360,079 )   (105,333,173 ) (14,588,476 )
Research and development expenses(a) (35,004,134 )   (28,930,975 ) (4,006,894 )
General and administrative expenses(a) (50,324,650 )   (30,612,959 ) (4,239,846 )
Total operating expenses (157,688,863 )   (164,877,107 ) (22,835,216 )
Government grants 298,853     3,756   520  
Operating loss (67,015,852 )   (69,323,091 ) (9,601,138 )
         
Interest expenses (66,667 )   (966,400 ) (133,845 )
Interest income 8,112,383     9,254,711   1,281,763  
Investment income 426,836        
Loss before income taxes (58,543,300 )   (61,034,780 ) (8,453,220 )
Income tax (expense) benefit (1,794,824 )   6,237,167   863,838  
Net loss (60,338,124 )   (54,797,613 ) (7,589,382 )
         
Other comprehensive loss        
Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of nil income taxes (5,693,250 )   506,493   70,148  
Unrealized gain on available-for-sale securities, net of reclassification (345,356 )      
Comprehensive loss (66,376,730 )   (54,291,120 ) (7,519,234 )
Net loss per ordinary share        
—Basic (0.39 )   (0.35 ) (0.05 )
—Diluted (0.39 )   (0.35 ) (0.05 )
Net loss per ADS        
—Basic (0.77 )   (0.69 ) (0.10 )
—Diluted (0.77 )   (0.69 ) (0.10 )
         
Weighted average number of ordinary shares and ordinary shares equivalents outstanding used in computing net loss per ordinary share  
—Basic 155,766,833     157,713,699   157,713,699  
—Diluted 155,766,833     157,713,699   157,713,699  
Weighted average number of ADS outstanding used in computing net loss per ADS        
—Basic 77,883,417     78,856,850   78,856,850  
—Diluted 77,883,417     78,856,850   78,856,850  
         
Note:        
(a) Includes share-based compensation expenses as follows:        
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2023   2024
  RMB   RMB US$
Cost of revenues 290,987     303,535   42,039  
Selling and marketing expenses 3,128,077     2,010,112   278,397  
Research and development expenses 6,370,625     1,441,278   199,615  
General and administrative expenses 4,402,524     2,555,850   353,981  
Total share-based compensation expenses 14,192,213     6,310,775   874,032  
         
NIU TECHNOLOGIES
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS
         
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2023   2024
  RMB   RMB US$
Net loss (60,338,124 )   (54,797,613 ) (7,589,382 )
Add:        
Share-based compensation expenses 14,192,213     6,310,775   874,032  
Adjusted net loss (46,145,911 )   (48,486,838 ) (6,715,350 )
         

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1 Adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) is defined as net loss excluding share-based compensation expenses
2 Revenues per e-scooter on e-scooter sales from China or international markets is defined as e-scooter sales revenues from China or international markets divided by the number of e-scooters sold in China or international markets in a specific period
3 Revenues per e-scooter on accessories, spare parts and services is defined as accessories, spare parts and services revenues divided by the total number of e-scooters sold in a specific period
4 Adjusted net loss margin is defined as adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) as a percentage of the revenues 


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