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Ctrip Reports Unaudited Second Quarter of 2017 Financial Results

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Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (Nasdaq: CTRP), a leading travel service provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate travel management in China (“Ctrip” or the “Company”), today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Key Highlights

  • Ctrip reported strong financial results in the second quarter of 2017.
    • Net revenue increased 45% year-on-year to RMB6.4 billion in the second quarter of 2017.
      • The accommodation reservation business delivered healthy growth in the second quarter of 2017, primarily driven by the volume growth of organic businesses.
      • The transportation ticketing business also continued its strong growth, benefiting from solid execution of organic air ticketing business, fast growing new business units and the addition of Skyscanner to the Ctrip group.
    • Gross margin was 82% for the second quarter of 2017, improving from 72% for the same quarter of 2016 and 80% for the previous quarter, due to further efficiency gain
    • Operating margin for the second quarter of 2017 was 10%. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP operating margin for the second quarter of 2017 was 18%, improving significantly from 4% for the same quarter a year of 2016, primarily driven by improvements in operating efficiency across the board and synergies from the invested companies.
  • The company has continued to strengthen its position in lower-tier cities. Both new customer acquisition and user engagement in lower-tier cities improved significantly in the second quarter of 2017. Ctrip and Qunar have opened over 400 offline retail stores by the end of the quarter with approximately 200 more in the pipeline.
  • Skyscanner has officially launched its “direct booking” business, which introduces travelers to a seamless booking experience. Conversion rates of mobile traffic for direct-booking partners have increased by approximately 50%.

“We are pleased with the strong operating and financial results in the second quarter.” said Jane Jie Sun, Chief Executive Officer. “Ctrip maintained healthy revenue growth and achieved continual improvement in operating efficiency. The group will remain focused on operating fundamentals that create value for our customers and suppliers. We are confident that Ctrip will generate long-term value for shareholders in the years to come.”

“The Ctrip group has made good progress in expanding into lower-tier cities and increasing presence in international markets in the first half of 2017,” said James Jianzhang Liang, Executive Chairman. “We will continue to invest in these markets and keep improving our comprehensive product offering, providing superior services and driving effective marketing to serve both domestic and international customers.”

Second Quarter of 2017 Financial Results and Business Updates

For the second quarter of 2017, Ctrip reported net revenue of RMB6.4 billion (US$946 million), representing a 45% increase from the same period of 2016. Net revenue for the second quarter of 2017 increased 5% from the previous quarter.

Accommodation reservation revenue for the second quarter of 2017 were RMB2.3 billion (US$341 million), representing a 30% increase from the same period of 2016, primarily driven by an increase in accommodation reservation volume. Accommodation reservation revenue for the second quarter of 2017 increased 12% from the previous quarter, primarily due to seasonality.

Transportation ticketing revenue for the second quarter of 2017 were RMB3.0 billion (US$441 million), representing a 49% increase from the same period of 2016, primarily driven by an increase in ticketing volume and the consolidation of Skyscanner’s financial results since December 31, 2016. Transportation ticketing revenue increased 4% from the previous quarter, primarily due to seasonality.

Packaged-tour revenue for the second quarter of 2017 were RMB612 million (US$90 million), representing a 29% increase from the same period of 2016, primarily driven by an increase in volume growth of organized tours and self-guided tours. Packaged-tour revenue for the second quarter of 2017 decreased 13% from the previous quarter, primarily due to seasonality for Chinese New Year in the first quarter.

Corporate travel revenue for the second quarter of 2017 were RMB199 million (US$29 million), representing a 36% increase from the same period of 2016, primarily driven by expansion in travel product coverage. Corporate travel revenue for the second quarter of 2017 increased 38% from the previous quarter, primarily due to seasonality.

Gross margin was 82% for the second quarter of 2017, compared to 72% for the same period of 2016, and 80% for the previous quarter.

Product development expenses for the second quarter of 2017 increased by 18% to RMB2.0 billion (US$300 million) from the same period of 2016, primarily due to an increase in product development personnel related expenses. Product development expenses for the second quarter of 2017 increased 4% from the previous quarter. Product development expenses for the second quarter of 2017 accounted for 32% of the net revenue. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP product development expenses for the second quarter of 2017 accounted for 27% of the net revenue, which decreased from 31% for the same period of 2016 and decreased from 28% for the previous quarter.

Sales and marketing expenses for the second quarter of 2017 increased by 49% to RMB2.0 billion (US$295 million) from the same period of 2016, primarily due to an increase in sales and marketing related activities. Sales and marketing expenses for the second quarter of 2017 increased 6% from the previous quarter. Sales and marketing expenses for the second quarter of 2017 accounted for 31% of the net revenue. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP sales and marketing expenses for the second quarter of 2017 accounted for 30% of the net revenue, which increased from 29% for the same period of 2016 and remained consistent with the previous quarter.

General and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2017 increased by 19% to RMB608 million (US$90 million) from the same period of 2016, primarily due to an increase in general and administrative personnel related expenses and consulting expenses. General and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2017 decreased 5% from the previous quarter. General and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2017 accounted for 9% of the net revenue. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses accounted for 7% of the net revenue, which decreased from 8% for the same period of 2016 and remained consistent with the previous quarter.

Income from operations for the second quarter of 2017 was RMB645 million (US$95 million), compared to loss of RMB396 million for the same period of 2016 and income of RMB414 million for the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP income from operations was RMB1.2 billion (US$173 million), compared to RMB182 million for the same period of 2016 and RMB936 million for the previous quarter.

Operating margin was 10% for the second quarter of 2017, compared to -9% for the same period of 2016, and 7% for the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP operating margin was 18%, compared to 4% for the same period of 2016 and 15% for the previous quarter.

Income tax expense for the second quarter of 2017 was RMB529 million (US$78 million), compared to RMB53 million for the same period of 2016 and RMB148 million for the previous quarter. The change in the Group’s effective tax rates is primarily due to the change in profitability in the subsidiaries with different tax rates and certain non-tax deductible losses including the share based compensation.

Net income attributable to Ctrip’s shareholders for the second quarter of 2017 was RMB327 million (US$48 million), compared to net loss of RMB521 million for the same period of 2016 and net income of RMB82 million for the previous quarter, primarily due to the net gain recognized from a number of investing activities.

Diluted earnings per ADS were RMB0.59 (US$0.09) for the second quarter of 2017. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS were RMB1.49 (US$0.22) for the second quarter of 2017.

As of June 30, 2017, the balance of cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investment was RMB42 billion (US$6 billion).

Business Outlook

For the third quarter of 2017, the Company expects the net revenue growth to continue at a year-on-year rate of approximately 35-40%. This forecast reflects Ctrip’s current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call

Ctrip’s management team will host a conference call at 8:00PM U.S. Eastern Time on August 30, 2017 (or 8:00AMon August 31, 2017 in the Shanghai/Hong Kong Time) following the announcement.

The conference call will be available on Webcast live and replay at: http://ir.ctrip.com. The call will be archived for twelve months at this website.

The dial-in details for the live conference call: U.S. Toll Free Number +1.800.219.3192, International dial-in number +1.617.597.5412, Passcode 73775212#. For pre-registration, please click https://www.theconferencingservice.com/prereg/key.process?key=PCRWLE6WB.

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call until September 6, 2017. The dial-in details for the replay: U.S. Toll Free Number +1.888.286.8010, International dial-in number +1.617.801.6888, Passcode 95039104.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement 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 “may,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “future,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “is/are likely to,” “confident” or other similar statements. Among other things, quotations from management and the Business Outlook section in this press release, as well as Ctrip’s strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, severe or prolonged downturn in the global or Chinese economy, general declines or disruptions in the travel industry, volatility in the trading price of Ctrip’s ADSs, Ctrip’s reliance on its relationships and contractual arrangements with travel suppliers and strategic alliances, failure to compete against new and existing competitors, failure to successfully manage current growth and potential future growth, risks associated with any strategic investments or acquisitions, seasonality in the travel industry in the relevant jurisdictions where Ctrip operates, failure to successfully develop Ctrip’s existing or future business lines, damage to or failure of Ctrip’s infrastructure and technology, loss of services of Ctrip’s key executives, adverse changes in economic and political policies of the PRC government, inflation in China, risks and uncertainties associated with PRC laws and regulations with respect to the ownership structure of Ctrip’s affiliated Chinese entities and the contractual arrangements among Ctrip, its affiliated Chinese entities and their shareholders, and other risks outlined in Ctrip’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of the issuance, and Ctrip does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

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