PR NEWSWIRE - Nov 26 - Momo's net revenue increased by 22% YOY to $622.8M. Net income attributable to Momo is $125.1M. Monthly Active Users on Momo app were 114M in Sep 2019, compared to 110M in Sep 2018. Total paying users were 13.4M. Live video service revenues were up 18% to $458M. Value-added service revenues mainly include virtual gift revenues and membership subscription revenues. Total value-added service revenues were $148.9M, up 86% YOY. Mobile marketing revenues increased 30% $11.5M.
SEEKING ALPHA - Nov 18 - Momo recently introduced Qianshou Love, a new app designed for lower tier cities. Qianshou Love is available only via app stores owned by Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo smartphones. This makes sense as these smartphone brands are favorite amongst lower-tier city users due to competitive specs and low price point. Qianshou is more suitable for the latter stage where marriage is the objective. In terms of monetization, Qianshou Love has multiple levers to encourage in-app spending. Every day, 15 free recommendations are sent to the user, after which the user will have to pay for additional matches. VIP service is also available where the user can receive 20 matches per day with 3x more likelihood to connect with a potential match.
SCREEN DAILY - Oct 14 - Momo is moving into film production with Beijing-set drama, The Best Is Yet To Come, to be executive produced by Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke. The film revolves around a group of young people who move to Beijing in the early 2000s, just as the city's economic development was starting to take flight. Momo started out as a dating app, similar to Tinder, before moving into the live streaming space as it started to boom in China. Momo also moved into reality TV production last year, as competition for talent that can attract eyeballs to the country's growing number of live streaming platforms heats up.
GRIZZLE - Sep 3 - Momo released Q2 results last week which were better than expected. The stock price have also received a boost from Zao, the face swapping app which went viral over the weekend. For Q2 revenue grew 32% to $604M, $25M ahead of consensus. But revenue from live streaming video is seeing a dramatic slowdown in growth. This segment grew revenue 18%, vs 32% for the entire company. Value added revenue, which includes virtual gifting, was the main growth driver and increased 169%. Momo faced several challenges, including the temporary suspension in May of the homepage and its Tantan dating app. However, the stock still has a strong following. Going forward, this share is likely to be driven by sentiment more than anything else. As such it may best be treated as a trading stock.
RADII - Aug 30 - Momo's new face swap app Zao is the hottest thing on the Chinese internet right now. But the app is also raising a host of privacy concerns on Chinese social media. Users take a selfie and put themselves into their favorite movie or soap opera. Zao user agreement states that the app gives Momo global rights to use any imagery created on the app for free. Once a user has opted in, there doesn't seem to be the right to revoke the agreement.
PRESS RELEASE - Aug 27 - Net revenues increased by 32% YOY to RMB4,152.6M ($605M) in the Q2'19. Net income slightly decreased to RMB731.8M ($106.6M). Monthly Active Users on Momo app were 113.5M in June 2019, compared to 108M in June 2018. Total paying users of the company's live video service and value-added service, including 3.2M paying users of Tantan, were 11.8M, up from 11.6M in Q2'18.
KRASIA - Aug 16 - Momo ranked first in the recently published Fortune's 2019 edition of 100 fastest-growing companies worldwide, which takes account of earnings per share (EPS) growth rate, revenue growth rate and three-year annualized return. Momo, founded in March 2011, started as a dating app but has diversified to offer a more comprehensive social experience that integrates live streaming and gaming. Momo registered 114.4M monthly active users in March 2019, compared to 103.3M in March 2018. The revenue increased by 141% yearly on average in the past three years. Its EPS in the three years that ended on June 28 raised 193% each year on average, ranking second. Total stock return for three years grew 53% each year on average, ranking 14th.
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RADII CHINA - July 30 - Chinese company Momo, who also owns dating app Tantan, is launching new dating app Qiao Qiao, where personality comes first. The biggest hallmark of the app is that it blurs out profile pictures when users are first matched; only through chatting and interacting may they request to reveal each other's photo.
SEEKING ALPHA - July 24 - On April 29, dating app Tantan was removed from app stores in China at the direction of government authorities. After a 10-week hiatus, the app is available again on Chinese app stores. Less than 24 hours after being back online, the app roared to the top of the grossing ranks in China. Momo shares were trading ~$36 before the announcement of the suspension of Tantan. The share price fell ~25% over the course of May. Now shares have rallied back up, close to their price pre-suspension.
QUARTZ - June 25 - Tencent, the Chinese technology giant that operates messaging app WeChat, has shut down an anonymous chat function, called "drift bottle". On drift bottle, users could "throw" bottles containing either a text or voice message into a virtual ocean or "pick up" floating ones. The function allowed users to stay anonymous, but people could also exchange contact details through the bottles. Tencent announced in December that it would suspend drift bottle on both QQ Mail and WeChat, after it found that users had been spreading pornography or soliciting prostitution on the platform. In April, the company said it would officially shut down the chat programme on QQ Mail on June 24. It has not said whether drift bottle would be resumed on WeChat. For many of China's Internet users, particularly those born in the 1980s, drift bottle was a go-to-place for finding either friendship or romance online. With the rise of local dating apps and social networks such as Momo and Weibo, drift bottle is now largely an object of nostalgia for China's Internet users.
THE MOTLEY FOOL - May 29 - Momo, the owner of two top dating apps in China, shed 30% of its value over the past 12 months as investors fled Chinese tech stocks amid the escalating trade war. It was also hit by a triple whammy of bad news over the past month - regulators ordered the removal of its Tantan app from Chinese app stores, Apple suspended in-app payments for Tantan, and the company voluntarily suspended news feed posts in both Momo and Tantan for an internal review. Momo's revenue rose 35% annually to $555M in the first quarter, beating estimates by $23M. Its monthly active users on Momo and Tantan increased 11% to 114.4M, while its paid users on both apps jumped 73% to 14M. Those growth rates look solid, but Momo's growth in revenue and MAUs decelerated significantly over the past year. Momo expects its revenue to rise 27% to 30% annually during the second quarter. That forecast is encouraging, since it indicates that Momo can still squeeze out revenue from its namesake app's existing users. It also suggests that Momo could easily beat its own guidance if its services are fully restored during the quarter.
PR NEWSWIRE - May 28 - Net revenues increased 35% YOY to RMB3,722.9M ($554.7M) in the Q1 of 2019. Net income attributable to Momo decreased to RMB289.3M ($43.1M) from RMB825.2M in the same period of 2018. Monthly Active Users on Momo app were 114.4M in March 2019, compared to 103M in March 2018. Total paying users of live video service and value-added service, including 5M paying users of Tantan, were 14M, up from 8.1M in Q1 2018. Live video service revenues were RMB2,689.4M ($400M), up 14% YOY. The growth in live video revenues was contributed by the increase in quarterly paying users, as well as the increase in average revenues per paying user per quarter.
GLOBE NEWSWIRE - May 15 - Bragar Eagel & Squire, announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of all persons or entities who purchased Momo Shares between April 21, 2015 and April 29, 2019. Investors have until July 15, 2019 to apply to the Court to be appointed as lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. The complaint alleges that throughout the period, defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding the company's business, operational and compliance policies.
TECHNODE - May 13 - Shares of dating app company Momo fell on Friday after announcing it would temporarily shut down the social newsfeed on its platform for a month amid tightening government scrutiny. Momo users are restricted from posting on the newsfeed until June 11. Dating app, Tantan, made a parallel announcement on Friday night, saying its social feature, "Moments," would be suspended for a month as it is conducts a comprehensive investigation and works to enhance its screening capabilities. The incident follows Tantan's removal from major Chinese Android app stores in late April. Tantan responded by saying the removal was due to the "violations" of relevant rules and it had launched a total investigation on the platform. It remains unknown when Tantan will be available on app stores again. Momo had acquired Tantan in a $600M buyout in February 2018.
TECHNODE - Apr 29 - Chinese dating app Tantan has been taken down from major Android app stores. As of Monday morning it was still available on Apple's App Store as well as on smartphone brand Xiaomi's Mi Store. Tantan stated that the takedown was due to "violations," and that the company would work to rectify the issues. In February 2018, Tantan was acquired by its larger competitor Momo in a $600M buyout.
MEDIUM.COM - Apr 18 - The Western live streaming industry is still in its early stages yet surprisingly, only The Meet Group has adopted the Momo playbook successfully at scale outside of China. The Meet Group has experienced a similar growth trajectory as Momo. 25% of Momo users were using video within six quarters of launch; it took MeetMe five quarters to achieve that same penetration. In about 11 months after starting monetization, 750k users were viewing video, generating a $42M annualized video run-rate; The Meet Group sees $70+ average revenue per paying user. Live streaming can be extremely engaging and interactive, and loyal viewers often form a tight bond with their favorite streamers, thinking of them as close friends. Live is the opposite of loneliness.
PROFIT CONFIDENTIAL - Apr 15 - Part of the problem might be that Momo is based not out of Silicon Valley, but China. And the U.S. and China have not exactly had the closest friendship over the years. Fraudulent Chinese stocks have also been an ongoing concern. With a market cap of $7.6B, Momo is not exactly a tiny company operating in a shady business. It's a leading mobile social networking app and deserves much more attention than it receives from the average investor. The company's monthly active users (MAUs) reached 113.3M in December 2018, up from the 99.1M YOY. Momo stock is up 71.5% year-to-date.