Tencent Music Posts Higher Revenue in First Earnings After IPO

Tencent Music said the net loss was mostly due to a one-off $221 million share-based accounting charge related to the company's equity issuance to Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment.

Author: Shirley Tian   

Shares of Tencent Music Entertainment Group (NYSE: TME), the subsidiary of Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent Holdings Ltd. (HKEX: 0700), quickly fell 7 percent in after-hours trading after the company posted its first earnings report following its initial public offering in December. 

The Shenzhen-based company said in a statement today that its revenue in the fourth quarter jumped 51 percent to 5.4 billion yuan ($804.7 million), beating analysts' average estimate of 5.29 billion yuan. The big increase in revenue was driven by a jump in paying users across its online music and social entertainment services as well as the increase in user spending on social entertainment. 

For the three months, the company reported a net loss of $127 million in contrast to a net profit of $78.82 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Tencent Music said the net loss was mostly due to a one-off $221 million share-based accounting charge related to the company's equity issuance to Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. 

Excluding items, the company earned 0.57 yuan per American depositary share, in line with analysts' average estimate, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

"During the fourth quarter of 2018, we recorded strong growth across our business lines, including both online music and social entertainment services, and solidified our market leadership," said Cussion Kar Shun Pang, chief executive officer of Tencent Music. "To fuel our growth for the years to come, we are firmly committed to continue investing in premium content offering, innovative products and proprietary technology. Going into 2019, we will continue executing relentlessly our mission to use technology to elevate the role of music in people's lives."

Tencent Music was formed in 2016 when its parent purchased China Music Corp., the owner of Kugou and Kuwo, for $2.7 billion. China Music subsequently merged with QQ Music, a music platform Tencent launched in 2003. WeSing, Tencent's online social karaoke platform, began operating in 2014.

The company jumped as much as 13 percent to $14.75 per share when it debuted, raising $1.1 billion after pricing its shares at the bottom of its targeted range of $13 to $15 apiece.

Shares in Tencent Music closed at $18.75 per share in New York today. 

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