Viomi Technology Co., Ltd (“Viomi” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: VIOT), a leading IoT @ Home technology company in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.
Third Quarter 2022 Financial and Operating Highlights
- Net revenues reached RMB685.8 million (US$96.4 million), compared to RMB1,056.5 million for the third quarter of 2021.
- Gross margin was 19.8%.
- Number of cumulative household users reached approximately 7.4 million, compared to approximately 7.2 million as of the end of the second quarter of 2022 and approximately 6.3 million as of the end of the third quarter of 2021.
- Percentage of household users with at least two connected products reached 22.3%, compared to 22.0% as of the end of the second quarter of 2022 and 21.1% as of the end of the third quarter of 2021.
Mr. Xiaoping Chen, Founder and CEO of Viomi, commented, “In the third quarter of 2022, the resurgence of COVID-19 pandemic in China led to increased uncertainties in various means in the macro environment. As a result, the overall market demand remained weak, and our total revenue came in below our expectations. However, despite external challenges, we have made good progress in product innovation, brand promotion and channel expansion over the past few months. Underpinned by our effective, long-term brand and product development strategy, we continued to strengthen our ‘trending technology’ brand positioning.”
“In terms of product innovation and technological development, we held our inaugural annual Scientific and Technological Meeting in August, where we generously rewarded our technological innovation teams and individuals in order to stimulate ongoing R&D innovation. Also, we hosted ‘AI: Helpful 2.0,’ our autumn online software launch event on October 25th, which focused on our software upgrades and product iteration across four dimensions, including health care, energy conservation and environmental protection, active intelligence, and natural interaction, further improving our one-stop IoT home solutions from the software side. At the same time, on the hardware side, we launched a series of new smart home appliances, including Alpha, our AI range hood with AI smart eye suction; Master Pro, our 1200G Quanxian AI water purifier with integrated heat purification; Alpha 3 Pro, our AI sweeping robot equipped with an all-purpose base station; and Super 2 Max, our AI gas water heater with intelligent temperature control. In the category of smart home products, we introduced Super 2 AI smart door locks with an ultra-wide-angle digital peephole. These new products achieved good results and have received broad consumer recognition in their pre-sale and crowdfunding stages. By deeply integrating our software and hardware, we provide richer home use scenarios and more intelligent user experiences, empowering more users to enjoy the convenience and ease of IoT home solutions.”
“On the branding side, in addition to our ongoing elevator and print ad campaigns, we jointly launched a video interview program with Langchao Studio and Gongmao Home Appliances. In this program, we dove deeper into the topic of ‘how the IoT home solution is reshaping the future home of Chinese people’ with Zhang Quanling, senior media specialist and investor, and Li Feng, Chairman of Gongmao Home Appliances. In the interview, ‘Asking about the Whole-Home Intelligence,’ we responded to senior media specialist, Yi Lijing’s questions about smart home development with in-depth information on our one-stop IoT home solution and our four capabilities, four services approach to the smart home. With smart home appliances and smart home products covering all scenarios, we believe more people would now choose to live in smart homes. Given the continuous expansion of the customer base for whole-home intelligence, the industry is approaching an inflection point, and Viomi has taken the lead by completing the hardware and software integration and upgrade necessary to create a truly smart home. We believe our communications with consumers and our explorations of the future of smartification will encourage more consumers to become smart home users.”
“Furthermore, we continued to execute our ‘larger store, better merchant’ channel strategy in the third quarter and opened additional Viomi 4S flagship stores encompassing over 200 to 400 square meters in provinces including Hebei, Anhui, Hubei, and Fujian, among others. Meanwhile, the sales volume of our bundled home solutions increased steadily. With various solution options and prices to meet consumers’ demand, our offline merchants signed whole-home solution orders ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of RMB with customers in Hunan, Guangdong, Ningxia and other areas during this quarter. As to our overseas business, in September, we showcased a number of our new products at IFA 2022 in Berlin, marking our first appearance at one of the world’s most significant technology marketplaces for the consumer and electronic industries. We were pleased to receive positive feedback from the European market, helping us to further enrich our overseas product category offerings.”
Mr. Chen concluded, “The uncertain economic environment continued to weigh on our sales during the third quarter. Going forward, we will concentrate on the following three aspects of operation optimization: (i) continuously refine our operational structure and implement disciplined cost control measures; (ii) expand channels and add premium offline merchants while rolling out more product categories in overseas markets; (iii) adhere to our solid development strategy with adequate funding reserves to support our operations. We have already significantly streamlined the number of SKUs and our operational optimization efforts have begun to bear fruit. Moving forward, we will continue to optimize our product portfolio, improve operation efficiency and enhance brand strength to bring long-term value to our users and shareholders.”
Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Net revenues were RMB685.8 million (US$96.4 million), compared to RMB1,056.5 million for the third quarter of 2021. Net revenues were below the Company’s previous guidance. The decline was mainly due to the ongoing product portfolio adjustments in some categories, as well as overall weakened consumer spending.
– IoT @ Home portfolio. Revenues from IoT @ Home portfolio decreased by 41.6% to RMB376.0 million (US$52.9 million) from RMB643.5 million for the third quarter of 2021. The decline was primarily due to the SKU adjustments for some categories, as well as the complete cutoff of sales of Xiaomi-branded sweeper robots.
– Home water solutions. Revenues from home water solutions decreased by 23.6% to RMB119.9 million (US$16.9 million) from RMB157.0 million for the third quarter of 2021. The decline was primarily due to the decreased demand for water purifiers.
– Consumables. Revenues from consumables decreased by 11.8% to RMB70.2 million (US$9.9 million) from RMB79.6 million for the third quarter of 2021, which was in line with the decreased demand for water purifiers.
– Small appliances and others. Revenues from small appliances and others decreased by 32.2% to RMB119.7 million (US$16.8 million) from RMB176.5 million for the third quarter of 2021, primarily due to the product portfolio adjustment within this category.
Gross profit was RMB135.9 million (US$19.1 million), compared to RMB239.7 million for the third quarter of 2021. Gross margin was 19.8%, compared to 22.7% for the third quarter of 2021, the decline was primarily due to the temporary increase in the proportion of revenue from products categories with relatively low gross margins.
Total operating expenses decreased by 16.5% to RMB242.5 million (US$34.1 million) from RMB290.3 million for the third quarter of 2021, primarily due to the year-over-year decrease in selling and marketing expenses.
Research and development expenses decreased by 19.1% to RMB66.5 million (US$9.4 million) from RMB82.2 million for the third quarter of 2021, mainly due to the reduced expenses in product development, as well as the decrease in research and development experts and related salaries and expenses.
Selling and marketing expenses decreased by 22.0% to RMB143.1 million (US$20.1 million) from RMB183.4 million for the third quarter of 2021, mainly due to the decrease in sales related expenses and personnel costs.
General and administrative expenses increased by 33.0% to RMB32.9 million (US$4.6 million), compared to RMB24.7 million for the third quarter of 2021, primarily due to the increase in the estimated allowance for accounts and notes receivables recognized in the current period.
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS
Loss from operations was RMB97.2 million (US$13.7 million), compared to loss from operations of RMB38.7 million for the third quarter of 2021.
Non-GAAP operating loss was RMB96.4 million (US$13.6 million), compared to non-GAAP operating loss of RMB31.6 million for the third quarter of 2021.
Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of the Company was RMB79.6 million (US$11.2 million), compared to net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of the Company of RMB29.3 million for the third quarter of 2021.
Non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of the Company was RMB78.7 million (US$11.1 million), compared to non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of the Company of RMB22.2 million for the third quarter of 2021.
 “Non-GAAP operating loss” is defined as loss from operation excluding share-based compensation expenses. See “Use of Non-GAAP Measures” and “Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” included in this press release.
 “Non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of the Company” is defined as net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of the Company excluding share-based compensation expenses. See “Use of Non-GAAP Measures” and “Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” included in this press release.
As of September 30, 2022, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB760.1 million (US$106.9 million), restricted cash of RMB65.0 million (US$9.1 million), short-term deposits of RMB83.7 million (US$11.8 million) and short-term investments of RMB259.5 million (US$36.5 million), compared to RMB587.0 million, RMB35.8 million, nil and RMB828.9 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2021.