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Li Auto Inc. Announces Unaudited First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

Quarterly total revenues reached RMB25.6 billion (US$3.6 billion)1
Quarterly deliveries reached 80,400 vehicles

BEIJING, China, May 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Li Auto Inc. (“Li Auto” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: LI; HKEX: 2015), a leader in China’s new energy vehicle market, today announced its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2024.

Operating Highlights for the First Quarter of 2024

  • Total deliveries for the first quarter of 2024 were 80,400 vehicles, representing a 52.9% year-over-year increase.

 

 

2024 Q1

 

2023 Q4

 

2023 Q3

 

2023 Q2

Deliveries

 

80,400

 

131,805

 

105,108

 

86,533

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2023 Q1

 

2022 Q4

 

2022 Q3

 

2022 Q2

Deliveries

 

52,584

 

46,319

 

26,524

 

28,687

 

  • As of March 31, 2024, in China, the Company had 474 retail stores in 142 cities, 356 servicing centers and Li Auto-authorized body and paint shops operating in 209 cities, and 357 super charging stations in operation equipped with 1,544 charging stalls.

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Financial Highlights for the First Quarter of 2024

  • Vehicle sales were RMB24.3 billion (US$3.4 billion) in the first quarter of 2024, representing an increase of 32.3% from RMB18.3 billion in the first quarter of 2023 and a decrease of 39.9% from RMB40.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023.

  • Vehicle margin2 was 19.3% in the first quarter of 2024, compared with 19.8% in the first quarter of 2023 and 22.7% in the fourth quarter of 2023.

  • Total revenues were RMB25.6 billion (US$3.6 billion) in the first quarter of 2024, representing an increase of 36.4% from RMB18.8 billion in the first quarter of 2023 and a decrease of 38.6% from RMB41.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023.

  • Gross profit was RMB5.3 billion (US$731.9 million) in the first quarter of 2024, representing an increase of 38.0% from RMB3.8 billion in the first quarter of 2023 and a decrease of 46.0% from RMB9.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023.

  • Gross margin was 20.6% in the first quarter of 2024, compared with 20.4% in the first quarter of 2023 and 23.5% in the fourth quarter of 2023.

  • Operating expenses were RMB5.9 billion (US$812.9 million) in the first quarter of 2024, representing an increase of 71.4% from RMB3.4 billion in the first quarter of 2023 and a decrease of 13.1% from RMB6.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023.

  • Loss from operations was RMB584.9 million (US$81.0 million) in the first quarter of 2024, compared with RMB405.2 million income from operations in the first quarter of 2023 and RMB3.0 billion income from operations in the fourth quarter of 2023.

  • Operating margin was negative 2.3% in the first quarter of 2024, compared with 2.2% in the first quarter of 2023 and 7.3% in the fourth quarter of 2023.

  • Net income was RMB591.1 million (US$81.9 million) in the first quarter of 2024, representing a decrease of 36.7% from RMB933.8 million in the first quarter of 2023 and a decrease of 89.7% from RMB5.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023. Non-GAAP net income3 was RMB1.3 billion (US$176.8 million) in the first quarter of 2024, representing a decrease of 9.7% from RMB1.4 billion in the first quarter of 2023 and a decrease of 72.2% from RMB4.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023.

  • Diluted net earnings per ADS4 attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB0.56 (US$0.08) in the first quarter of 2024, compared with RMB0.89 in the first quarter of 2023 and RMB5.32 in the fourth quarter of 2023. Non-GAAP diluted net earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB1.21 (US$0.17) in the first quarter of 2024, compared with RMB1.35 in the first quarter of 2023 and RMB4.23 in the fourth quarter of 2023.

  • Net cash used in operating activities was RMB3.3 billion (US$462.9 million) in the first quarter of 2024, compared with RMB7.8 billion net cash provided by operating activities in the first quarter of 2023 and RMB17.3 billion net cash provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2023.

  • Free cash flow5 was negative RMB5.1 billion (US$700.1 million) in the first quarter of 2024, compared with RMB6.7 billion in the first quarter of 2023 and RMB14.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023.

Key Financial Results

(in millions, except for percentages and per ADS data)

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

% Change6

 

 

March 31,
2023

 

December 31,
2023

 

March 31,
2024

 

YoY

 

QoQ

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

 

 

 

 

Vehicle sales

18,327.3

 

40,379.3

 

24,251.6

 

32.3%

 

(39.9)%

 

Vehicle margin

19.8%

 

22.7%

 

19.3%

 

(0.5)pts

 

(3.4)pts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenues

18,787.1

 

41,732.1

 

25,633.7

 

36.4%

 

(38.6)%

 

Gross profit

3,830.1

 

9,786.9

 

5,284.3

 

38.0%

 

(46.0)%

 

Gross margin

20.4%

 

23.5%

 

20.6%

 

0.2pts

 

(2.9)pts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

(3,424.9)

 

(6,750.5)

 

(5,869.2)

 

71.4%

 

(13.1)%

 

Income/(Loss) from operations

405.2

 

3,036.4

 

(584.9)

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

Operating margin

2.2%

 

7.3%

 

(2.3)%

 

(4.5)pts

 

(9.6)pts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

933.8

 

5,752.3

 

591.1

 

(36.7)%

 

(89.7)%

 

Non-GAAP net income

1,414.1

 

4,588.7

 

1,276.4

 

(9.7)%

 

(72.2)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted net earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders

0.89

 

5.32

 

0.56

 

(37.1)%

 

(89.5)%

 

Non-GAAP diluted net earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders

1.35

 

4.23

 

1.21

 

(10.4)%

 

(71.4)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities

7,780.4

 

17,294.2

 

(3,342.4)

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

Free cash flow (non-GAAP)

6,702.1

 

14,638.1

 

(5,055.2)

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Developments

Delivery Update

  • In April 2024, the Company delivered 25,787 vehicles, representing an increase of 0.4% from April 2023. As of April 30, 2024, in China, the Company had 481 retail stores in 144 cities, 361 servicing centers and Li Auto-authorized body and paint shops operating in 210 cities, and 386 super charging stations in operation equipped with 1,678 charging stalls.

New Model Launches

  • Li MEGA: in March 2024, the Company launched and commenced delivery of Li MEGA, its high-tech flagship family MPV. Built on an 800-volt battery electric platform, Li MEGA is equipped with Qilin 5C battery and can achieve a driving range of 500 kilometers with a 12-minute charge using Li Auto 5C super charging stalls. It features a next-generation design with low drag coefficient and energy consumption, while offering superior driving and riding comfort and safety with spacious interior, numerous premium configurations, and strict safety standards. In terms of vehicle intelligence, its Li SS Ultra smart space and Li AD Max autonomous driving systems are powered by a high-performance Qualcomm Snapdragon 8295P chip and dual NVIDIA DRIVE Orin-X chips, respectively.

  • 2024 Li L Series: in March 2024, the Company launched and commenced delivery of the 2024 Li L7, Li L8, and Li L9. With extensive upgrades across range extension system, chassis system, and configurations with respect to safety, comfort, intelligence, among others, the 2024 Li L series boast comprehensively enhanced product strengths to better meet families’ needs.

  • Li L6: in April 2024, the Company launched and commenced delivery of Li L6, a five-seat premium family SUV that offers a spacious interior and superior configurations. It employs an all-wheel-drive extended range electric system built with the latest generation of lithium iron phosphate batteries. Li L6 is available in Pro and Max trims, both featuring a four-screen interaction system powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8295P chip. Li L6 Pro comes standard with Li AD Pro autonomous driving system, powered by a Horizon Robotics Journey 5, while the Max trim comes standard with Li AD Max autonomous driving system, powered by dual NVIDIA DRIVE Orin-X chips.

2023 Environmental, Social and Governance Report

  • On April 12, 2024, the Company published its 2023 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report (https://ir.lixiang.com/esg), which outlines its efforts in fulfilling social responsibilities and the advancements and practices that it has implemented throughout the year to integrate sustainability and sound governance into its corporate strategies and daily operations.

CEO and CFO Comments

Mr. Xiang Li, chairman and chief executive officer of Li Auto, commented, “In the first quarter of 2024, our deliveries reached 80,400 vehicles, up 52.9% year over year, further solidifying Li Auto’s leadership position in the RMB300,000 and higher NEV market in China. In March, we launched and commenced delivery of our high-tech flagship family MPV, Li MEGA, which is also our first high-power charging BEV. Meanwhile, we accelerated our efforts to deploy super charging stations nationwide, adding charging resources for Li Auto users to expedite the 0-to-1 development phase of our high-power charging BEVs. In April, we launched and commenced delivery of Li L6, a five-seat premium family SUV, to satisfy the mobility needs of more young families, making all-wheel-drive range extension system and intelligent features available on vehicles priced below RMB300,000. As our company continues to grow amidst an ever-changing market landscape, we will embrace the twists and turns that the journey presents and consistently focus on enhancing operating efficiency while persistently creating incremental user value.”

Mr. Tie Li, chief financial officer of Li Auto, added, “Despite the rollout of a new model, product iterations, and pricing adjustments, our first quarter financial results remained solid. Our revenue reached RMB25.6 billion for the period, growing by 36.4% year over year, and our gross margin stayed healthy at 20.6%. While our first quarter deliveries fluctuated sequentially, we remain confident that our deliveries will continue to grow in the coming quarters. In line with this outlook, we have maintained the pace of our investments in research and development and sales and servicing network. Looking ahead, we will continue to rigorously evaluate and streamline our operations while being fully centered on users and products, driving progress toward our long-term goals and strategic vision amidst a competitive market.”

Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2024

Revenues

  • Total revenues were RMB25.6 billion (US$3.6 billion) in the first quarter of 2024, representing an increase of 36.4% from RMB18.8 billion in the first quarter of 2023 and a decrease of 38.6% from RMB41.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023.

  • Vehicle sales were RMB24.3 billion (US$3.4 billion) in the first quarter of 2024, representing an increase of 32.3% from RMB18.3 billion in the first quarter of 2023 and a decrease of 39.9% from RMB40.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023. The increase in revenue from vehicle sales over the first quarter of 2023 was mainly attributable to the increase in vehicle deliveries, partially offset by the lower average selling price due to different product mix and pricing strategy changes between two quarters. The decrease in revenue from vehicle sales over the fourth quarter of 2023 was mainly due to the decrease in vehicle deliveries which were affected by seasonal factors related to the Chinese New Year holiday and lower-than-expected order intake in March.

  • Other sales and services were RMB1.4 billion (US$191.4 million) in the first quarter of 2024, representing an increase of 200.6% from RMB459.7 million in the first quarter of 2023 and an increase of 2.2% from RMB1.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023. The increase in revenue from other sales and services over the first quarter of 2023 was mainly attributable to the increased sales of embedded products and services, including charging stalls, offered together with vehicle sales, which is in line with higher vehicle deliveries, and the increased sales of accessories and provision of services, which is in line with higher accumulated vehicle sales. The revenue from other sales and services remained relatively stable over the fourth quarter of 2023.

Cost of Sales and Gross Margin

  • Cost of sales was RMB20.3 billion (US$2.8 billion) in the first quarter of 2024, representing an increase of 36.1% from RMB15.0 billion in the first quarter of 2023 and a decrease of 36.3% from RMB31.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023. The increase in cost of sales over the first quarter of 2023 was mainly attributable to the increase in vehicle deliveries, partially offset by the lower average cost of sales due to different product mix between two quarters. The decrease in cost of sales over the fourth quarter of 2023 was mainly attributable to the decrease in vehicle deliveries.

  • Gross profit was RMB5.3 billion (US$731.9 million) in the first quarter of 2024, representing an increase of 38.0% from RMB3.8 billion in the first quarter of 2023 and a decrease of 46.0% from RMB9.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023.

  • Vehicle margin was 19.3% in the first quarter of 2024, compared with 19.8% in the first quarter of 2023 and 22.7% in the fourth quarter of 2023. The vehicle margin remained relatively stable over the first quarter of 2023. The decrease in vehicle margin over the fourth quarter of 2023 was mainly due to lower average selling price as a result of pricing strategy changes in the first quarter of 2024 and true-up adjustments of warranty reserve in the fourth quarter of 2023 based on updated estimate of costs of future claims.

  • Gross margin was 20.6% in the first quarter of 2024, compared with 20.4% in the first quarter of 2023 and 23.5% in the fourth quarter of 2023. The gross margin remained relatively stable over the first quarter of 2023. The decrease of gross margin over the fourth quarter of 2023 was mainly attributable to the decrease in vehicle margin.

Operating Expenses

  • Operating expenses were RMB5.9 billion (US$812.9 million) in the first quarter of 2024, representing an increase of 71.4% from RMB3.4 billion in the first quarter of 2023 and a decrease of 13.1% from RMB6.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023.

  • Research and development expenses were RMB3.0 billion (US$422.3 million) in the first quarter of 2024, representing an increase of 64.6% from RMB1.9 billion in the first quarter of 2023 and a decrease of 12.7% from RMB3.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023. The increase in research and development expenses over the first quarter of 2023 was primarily due to increased employee compensation as a result of the growth in number of staff as well as increased expenses to support the expanding product portfolios and technologies. The decrease in research and development expenses over the fourth quarter of 2023 was mainly in line with timing and progress of new vehicle programs.

  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were RMB3.0 billion (US$412.4 million) in the first quarter of 2024, representing an increase of 81.0% from RMB1.6 billion in the first quarter of 2023 and a decrease of 8.9% from RMB3.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023. The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses over the first quarter of 2023 was primarily due to increased employee compensation as a result of the growth in number of staff as well as increased rental and other expenses associated with the expansion of sales and servicing network. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses over the fourth quarter of 2023 was mainly due to the decrease in vehicle deliveries.

(Loss)/Income from Operations

  • Loss from operations was RMB584.9 million (US$81.0 million) in the first quarter of 2024, compared with RMB405.2 million income from operations in the first quarter of 2023 and RMB3.0 billion income from operations in the fourth quarter of 2023. Operating margin was negative 2.3% in the first quarter of 2024, compared with 2.2% in the first quarter of 2023 and 7.3% in the fourth quarter of 2023. Non-GAAP income from operations was RMB100.3 million (US$13.9 million) in the first quarter of 2024, representing a decrease of 88.7% from RMB885.4 million in the first quarter of 2023 and a decrease of 97.4% from RMB3.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023.

Net Income and Net Earnings Per Share

  • Net income was RMB591.1 million (US$81.9 million) in the first quarter of 2024, representing a decrease of 36.7% from RMB933.8 million in the first quarter of 2023 and a decrease of 89.7% from RMB5.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023. Non-GAAP net income was RMB1.3 billion (US$176.8 million) in the first quarter of 2024, representing a decrease of 9.7% from RMB1.4 billion in the first quarter of 2023 and a decrease of 72.2% from RMB4.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023.

  • Basic and diluted net earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders were RMB0.60 (US$0.08) and RMB0.56 (US$0.08) in the first quarter of 2024, respectively, compared with RMB0.95 and RMB0.89 in the first quarter of 2023, respectively, and RMB5.72 and RMB5.32 in the fourth quarter of 2023, respectively. Non-GAAP basic and diluted net earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders were RMB1.29 (US$0.18) and RMB1.21 (US$0.17) in the first quarter of 2024, respectively, compared with RMB1.44 and RMB1.35 in the first quarter of 2023, respectively, and RMB4.54 and RMB4.23 in the fourth quarter of 2023, respectively.

Cash Position, Operating Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow

  • Cash position7 was RMB98.9 billion (US$13.7 billion) as of March 31, 2024.

  • Net cash used in operating activities was RMB3.3 billion (US$462.9 million) in the first quarter of 2024, compared with RMB7.8 billion net cash provided by operating activities in the first quarter of 2023 and RMB17.3 billion net cash provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2023. The change in net cash used in operating activities over the first quarter of 2023 was mainly due to the increased payment related to inventory purchase partially offset by the increase in cash received from customers. The change in net cash used in operating activities over the fourth quarter of 2023 was mainly due to the decrease in cash received from customers as a result of the decrease in vehicle deliveries.

  • Free cash flow was negative RMB5.1 billion (US$700.1 million) in the first quarter of 2024, compared with RMB6.7 billion in the first quarter of 2023 and RMB14.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023.

Business Outlook

For the second quarter of 2024, the Company expects:

  • Deliveries of vehicles to be between 105,000 and 110,000 vehicles, representing an increase of 21.3% to 27.1% from the second quarter of 2023.

  • Total revenues to be between RMB29.9 billion (US$4.1 billion) and RMB31.4 billion (US$4.3 billion), representing an increase of 4.2% to 9.4% from the second quarter of 2023.

This business outlook reflects the Company’s current and preliminary views on its business situation and market conditions, which are subject to change.

Conference Call

Management will hold a conference call at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Monday, May 20, 2024 (8:00 p.m. Beijing/Hong Kong Time on May 20, 2024) to discuss financial results and answer questions from investors and analysts.

For participants who wish to join the call, please complete online registration using the link provided below prior to the scheduled call start time. Upon registration, participants will receive the conference call access information, including dial-in numbers, passcode, and a unique access PIN. To join the conference, please dial the number provided, enter the passcode followed by your PIN, and you will join the conference instantly.

Participant Online Registration: https://s1.c-conf.com/diamondpass/10038704-ogh75Er.html

A replay of the conference call will be accessible through May 27, 2024, by dialing the following numbers:

United States:

+1-855-883-1031

Mainland China:

+86-400-1209-216

Hong Kong, China:

+852-800-930-639

International:

+61-7-3107-6325

Replay PIN:

10038704

 

 

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company’s investor relations website at https://ir.lixiang.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses non-GAAP financial measures, such as non-GAAP cost of sales, non-GAAP research and development expenses, non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses, non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders, non-GAAP basic and diluted net earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders, non-GAAP basic and diluted net earnings per share attributable to ordinary shareholders and free cash flow, in evaluating its operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes. By excluding the impact of share-based compensation expenses and release of valuation allowance on deferred tax assets, the Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures help identify underlying trends in its business and enhance the overall understanding of the Company’s past performance and future prospects. The Company also believes that the non-GAAP financial measures allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by the Company’s management in its financial and operational decision-making.

The non-GAAP financial measures are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP methods of accounting and reporting used by other companies. The non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and when assessing the Company’s operating performance, investors should not consider them in isolation, or as a substitute for financial information prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company encourages investors and others to review its financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

The Company mitigates these limitations by reconciling the non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable U.S. GAAP performance measures, all of which should be considered when evaluating the Company’s performance.

For more information on the non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned “Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” set forth at the end of this press release.

Exchange Rate Information

This press release contains translations of certain Renminbi amounts into U.S. dollars at a specified rate solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from Renminbi to U.S. dollars and from U.S. dollars to Renminbi are made at a rate of RMB7.2203 to US$1.00, the exchange rate on March 29, 2024, set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. The Company makes no representation that the Renminbi or U.S. dollars amounts referred could be converted into U.S. dollars or Renminbi, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all.

About Li Auto Inc.

Li Auto Inc. is a leader in China’s new energy vehicle market. The Company designs, develops, manufactures, and sells premium smart electric vehicles. Its mission is: Create a Mobile Home, Create Happiness (创造移动的家, 创造幸福的家). Through innovations in product, technology, and business model, the Company provides families with safe, convenient, and comfortable products and services. Li Auto is a pioneer to successfully commercialize extended-range electric vehicles in China. The Company started volume production in November 2019. Its current model lineup includes Li MEGA, a high-tech flagship family MPV, Li L9, a six-seat flagship family SUV, Li L8, a six-seat premium family SUV, Li L7, a five-seat flagship family SUV, and Li L6, a five-seat premium family SUV. The Company leverages technology to create value for its users. It concentrates its in-house development efforts on its proprietary range extension system, next-generation electric vehicle technology, and smart vehicle solutions while expanding its product line by developing new BEVs and EREVs to target a broader user base.

For more information, please visit: https://ir.lixiang.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements that may constitute “forward-looking” statements pursuant to 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,” “targets,” “likely to,” “challenges,” and similar statements. Li Auto may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “HKEX”), 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 Li Auto’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: Li Auto’s strategies, future business development, and financial condition and results of operations; Li Auto’s limited operating history; risks associated with extended-range electric vehicles and high-power charging battery electric vehicles; Li Auto’s ability to develop, manufacture, and deliver vehicles of high quality and appeal to customers; Li Auto’s ability to generate positive cash flow and profits; product defects or any other failure of vehicles to perform as expected; Li Auto’s ability to compete successfully; Li Auto’s ability to build its brand and withstand negative publicity; cancellation of orders for Li Auto’s vehicles; Li Auto’s ability to develop new vehicles; and changes in consumer demand and government incentives, subsidies, or other favorable government policies. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Li Auto’s filings with the SEC and the HKEX. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and Li Auto does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Li Auto Inc.
Investor Relations
Email: ir@lixiang.com


Li Auto Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(All amounts in thousands, except for ADS/ordinary share and per ADS/ordinary share data)

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31, 2023

 

December 31, 2023

 

March 31, 2024

 

March 31, 2024

 

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

 

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vehicle sales

 

18,327,316

 

40,379,267

 

24,251,553

 

3,358,801

 

Other sales and services

 

459,737

 

1,352,830

 

1,382,107

 

191,420

 

Total revenues

 

18,787,053

 

41,732,097

 

25,633,660

 

3,550,221

 

Cost of sales:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vehicle sales

 

(14,705,143)

 

(31,202,028)

 

(19,561,658)

 

(2,709,258)

 

Other sales and services

 

(251,804)

 

(743,186)

 

(787,697)

 

(109,095)

 

Total cost of sales

 

(14,956,947)

 

(31,945,214)

 

(20,349,355)

 

(2,818,353)

 

Gross profit

 

3,830,106

 

9,786,883

 

5,284,305

 

731,868

 

Operating expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

(1,852,297)

 

(3,491,026)

 

(3,048,886)

 

(422,266)

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

(1,645,307)

 

(3,269,668)

 

(2,977,585)

 

(412,391)

 

Other operating income, net

 

72,701

 

10,237

 

157,264

 

21,781

 

Total operating expenses

 

(3,424,903)

 

(6,750,457)

 

(5,869,207)

 

(812,876)

 

Income/(Loss) from operations

 

405,203

 

3,036,426

 

(584,902)

 

(81,008)

 

Other (expense)/income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

(32,438)

 

(13,675)

 

(28,598)

 

(3,961)

 

Interest income and investment income, net

 

418,531

 

794,355

 

1,068,888

 

148,039

 

Others, net

 

181,488

 

358,825

 

220,184

 

30,495

 

Income before income tax

 

972,784

 

4,175,931

 

675,572

 

93,565

 

Income tax (expense)/benefit

 

(38,947)

 

1,576,385

 

(84,446)

 

(11,696)

 

Net income

 

933,837

 

5,752,316

 

591,126

 

81,869

 

Less: Net income/(loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

4,169

 

94,235

 

(1,432)

 

(198)

 

Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders of Li Auto Inc.

 

929,668

 

5,658,081

 

592,558

 

82,067

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

933,837

 

5,752,316

 

591,126

 

81,869

 

Other comprehensive income/(loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of tax

 

27,607

 

40,438

 

(59,936)

 

(8,301)

 

Total other comprehensive income/(loss)

 

27,607

 

40,438

 

(59,936)

 

(8,301)

 

Total comprehensive income

 

961,444

 

5,792,754

 

531,190

 

73,568

 

Less: Net income/(loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

4,169

 

94,235

 

(1,432)

 

(198)

 

Comprehensive income attributable to ordinary shareholders of Li Auto Inc.

 

957,275

 

5,698,519

 

532,622

 

73,766

 

Weighted average number of ADSs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

979,166,653

 

989,909,259

 

993,308,654

 

993,308,654

 

Diluted

 

1,052,402,047

 

1,064,538,392

 

1,066,436,872

 

1,066,436,872

 

Net earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

0.95

 

5.72

 

0.60

 

0.08

 

Diluted

 

0.89

 

5.32

 

0.56

 

0.08

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

1,958,333,306

 

1,979,818,518

 

1,986,617,307

 

1,986,617,307

 

Diluted

 

2,104,804,095

 

2,129,076,784

 

2,132,873,744

 

2,132,873,744

 

Net earnings per share attributable to ordinary shareholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

0.47

 

2.86

 

0.30

 

0.04

 

Diluted

 

0.45

 

2.66

 

0.28

 

0.04

 



Li Auto Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(All amounts in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

As of

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2023

 

March 31, 2024

 

March 31, 2024

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

91,329,030

 

85,124,762

 

11,789,643

Restricted cash

 

479

 

5,225

 

724

Time deposits and short-term investments

 

11,933,255

 

13,763,658

 

1,906,245

Trade receivable

 

143,523

 

77,255

 

10,700

Inventories

 

6,871,979

 

12,158,602

 

1,683,947

Prepayments and other current assets

 

4,247,318

 

4,525,497

 

626,774

Total current assets

 

114,525,584

 

115,654,999

 

16,018,033

Non-current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term investments

 

1,595,376

 

1,545,525

 

214,053

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

15,745,018

 

20,323,916

 

2,814,830

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

 

5,939,230

 

6,893,866

 

954,789

Intangible assets, net

 

864,180

 

880,571

 

121,958

Goodwill

 

5,484

 

5,484

 

760

Deferred tax assets

 

1,990,245

 

1,990,245

 

275,646

Other non-current assets

 

2,802,354

 

2,365,248

 

327,583

Total non-current assets

 

28,941,887

 

34,004,855

 

4,709,619

Total assets

 

143,467,471

 

149,659,854

 

20,727,652

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short-term borrowings

 

6,975,399

 

7,136,525

 

988,397

Trade and notes payable

 

51,870,097

 

54,586,888

 

7,560,197

Amounts due to related parties

 

10,607

 

12,640

 

1,751

Deferred revenue, current

 

1,525,543

 

1,400,236

 

193,930

Operating lease liabilities, current

 

1,146,437

 

1,243,520

 

172,226

Finance lease liabilities, current

 

 

34,451

 

4,771

Accruals and other current liabilities

 

11,214,626

 

11,186,337

 

1,549,291

Total current liabilities

 

72,742,709

 

75,600,597

 

10,470,563

Non-current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term borrowings

 

1,747,070

 

1,803,030

 

249,717

Deferred revenue, non-current

 

812,218

 

813,494

 

112,668

Operating lease liabilities, non-current

 

3,677,961

 

4,421,642

 

612,390

Finance lease liabilities, non-current

 

 

671,878

 

93,054

Deferred tax liabilities

 

200,877

 

200,877

 

27,821

Other non-current liabilities

 

3,711,414

 

4,354,846

 

603,139

Total non-current liabilities

 

10,149,540

 

12,265,767

 

1,698,789

Total liabilities

 

82,892,249

 

87,866,364

 

12,169,352

Total Li Auto Inc. shareholders’ equity

 

60,142,624

 

61,362,324

 

8,498,584

Noncontrolling interests

 

432,598

 

431,166

 

59,716

Total shareholders’ equity

 

60,575,222

 

61,793,490

 

8,558,300

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

 

143,467,471

 

149,659,854

 

20,727,652



Li Auto Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(All amounts in thousands)

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

 

March 31,
2023

 

December 31,
2023

 

March 31,
2024

 

March 31,
2024

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities

 

7,780,366

 

17,294,228

 

(3,342,386)

 

(462,915)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(2,692,753)

 

(469,104)

 

(3,098,206)

 

(429,097)

Net cash (used in)/provided by financing activities

 

(195,821)

 

863,355

 

185,257

 

25,658

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

(25,241)

 

(48,180)

 

55,813

 

7,731

Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

4,866,551

 

17,640,299

 

(6,199,522)

 

(858,623)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

 

40,418,158

 

73,689,210

 

91,329,509

 

12,648,990

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

 

45,284,709

 

91,329,509

 

85,129,987

 

11,790,367

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities

 

7,780,366

 

17,294,228

 

(3,342,386)

 

(462,915)

Capital expenditures

 

(1,078,295)

 

(2,656,106)

 

(1,712,843)

 

(237,226)

Free cash flow (non-GAAP)

 

6,702,071

 

14,638,122

 

(5,055,229)

 

(700,141)



Li Auto Inc.
Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
(All amounts in thousands, except for ADS/ordinary share and per ADS/ordinary share data)

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

 

March 31,
2023

 

December 31,
2023

 

March 31,
2024

 

March 31,
2024

 

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

RMB

 

US$

Cost of sales

 

(14,956,947)

 

(31,945,214)

 

(20,349,355)

 

(2,818,353)

Share-based compensation expenses

 

11,186

 

15,334

 

13,469

 

1,865

Non-GAAP cost of sales

 

(14,945,761)

 

(31,929,880)

 

(20,335,886)

 

(2,816,488)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development expenses

 

(1,852,297)

 

(3,491,026)

 

(3,048,886)

 

(422,266)

Share-based compensation expenses

 

336,220

 

537,843

 

433,764

 

60,076

Non-GAAP research and development expenses

 

(1,516,077)

 

(2,953,183)

 

(2,615,122)

 

(362,190)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

(1,645,307)

 

(3,269,668)

 

(2,977,585)

 

(412,391)

Share-based compensation expenses

 

132,823

 

273,443

 

237,994

 

32,962

Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses

 

(1,512,484)

 

(2,996,225)

 

(2,739,591)

 

(379,429)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income/(Loss) from operations

 

405,203

 

3,036,426

 

(584,902)

 

(81,008)

Share-based compensation expenses

 

480,229

 

826,620

 

685,227

 

94,903

Non-GAAP income from operations

 

885,432

 

3,863,046

 

100,325

 

13,895

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

933,837

 

5,752,316

 

591,126

 

81,869

Share-based compensation expenses

 

480,229

 

826,620

 

685,227

 

94,903

Release of valuation allowance on deferred tax assets

 

 

(1,990,245)

 

 

Non-GAAP net income

 

1,414,066

 

4,588,691

 

1,276,353

 

176,772

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders of Li Auto Inc.

 

929,668

 

5,658,081

 

592,558

 

82,067

Share-based compensation expenses

 

480,229

 

826,620

 

685,227

 

94,903

Release of valuation allowance on deferred tax assets

 

 

(1,990,245)

 

 

Non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders of Li Auto Inc.

 

1,409,897

 

4,494,456

 

1,277,785

 

176,970

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ADSs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

979,166,653

 

989,909,259

 

993,308,654

 

993,308,654

Diluted

 

1,052,402,047

 

1,064,538,392

 

1,066,436,872

 

1,066,436,872

Non-GAAP net earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

1.44

 

4.54

 

1.29

 

0.18

Diluted

 

1.35

 

4.23

 

1.21

 

0.17

Weighted average number of ordinary shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

1,958,333,306

 

1,979,818,518

 

1,986,617,307

 

1,986,617,307

Diluted

 

2,104,804,095

 

2,129,076,784

 

2,132,873,744

 

2,132,873,744

Non-GAAP net earnings per share attributable to ordinary shareholders8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

0.72

 

2.27

 

0.64

 

0.09

Diluted

 

0.67

 

2.11

 

0.60

 

0.08

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 All translations from Renminbi (“RMB”) to U.S. dollars (“US$”) are made at a rate of RMB7.2203 to US$1.00, the exchange rate on March 29, 2024 as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board.

2 Vehicle margin is the margin of vehicle sales, which is calculated based on revenues and cost of sales derived from vehicle sales only.

3 The Company’s non-GAAP financial measures exclude share-based compensation expenses and release of valuation allowance on deferred tax assets. See “Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” set forth at the end of this press release.

4 Each ADS represents two Class A ordinary shares.

5 Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures, which is considered a non-GAAP financial measure.

6 Except for vehicle margin, gross margin, and operating margin, where absolute changes instead of percentage changes are presented.

7 Cash position includes cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, time deposits and short-term investments, and long-term time deposits and financial instruments included in long-term investments.

8 Non-GAAP basic net earnings per share attributable to ordinary shareholders is calculated by dividing non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the periods. Non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share attributable to ordinary shareholders is calculated by dividing non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares and dilutive potential ordinary shares outstanding during the periods, including the dilutive effects of convertible senior notes as determined under the if-converted method and the dilutive effect of share-based awards as determined under the treasury stock method.