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    111, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2019 Unaudited Financial Results

    SHANGHAI, March 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- 111, Inc. ("111" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: YI), a leading integrated online and offline healthcare platform in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Highlights

    • Net revenues were RMB1.35 billion (US$193.6 million), representing an increase of 141.8% year-over-year and an increase of 21.4% quarter-over-quarter, beating high-end of previous guidance of RMB1.24 billion.
    • Operating expenses[1] were RMB210.6 million (US$30.2 million), representing an increase of 35.6% year-over-year. Operating expenses accounted for 15.6% of net revenue this quarter as compared to 27.9% in the same quarter of last year.
    • Number of pharmacies served increased to more than 235,000 as of December 31, 2019, successfully accomplished the company's strategic goal of reaching 230,000 by end of 2019.
    • Quarterly pharmacy order numbers reached 366,000, representing an increase of 201% year-over-year.

    Fiscal Year 2019 Highlights

    • Net revenues were RMB3.95 billion (US$567.7 million), representing an increase of 121.3% year-over-year.
    • Operating expenses[1] were RMB658.7 million (US$94.6 million), representing an increase of 30.5% year-over-year. Operating expenses accounted for 16.7% of net revenue in 2019 as compared to 28.3% last year.
    • Annual pharmacy order numbers reached 982,000, representing an increase of 237% year-over-year.

    [1] Operating expense consists of fulfillment expenses, selling and marketing expenses, general and administrative expenses, technology expenses and other operating expenses (net).

    Mr. Junling Liu, Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of 111, commented, "Our fourth quarter capped off a strong year for the company as we achieved record high growth rate of 141.8%. On a full year basis, we achieved net revenue of RMB3.95 billion, representing an increase of 121.3% year-over-year. In addition to the accelerated revenue growth and the rapid scaling of our business, we have made substantial progress in improving gross profit and further narrowing operating losses as a percentage of net revenue.    

    2019 was a year of considerable strategic progress where we continue to break down barriers to accessible healthcare by offering transformative novel model to serve the vast demand in China's multi-trillion healthcare industry. Firstly, 1 Drugstore, the pioneer in online drugstore model in China has become a well-recognized and trusted brand. Instead of tediously adjusting their schedules around an antiquated healthcare system, customers can now obtain drugs and other medical services in the privacy of their homes.

    Secondly, in an ongoing effort to offer healthcare services to as many people as possible and to provide the largest selection to our consumers, we substantially expanded our network, ending the year covering more than 235,000 pharmacies (approximately 50% of the pharmacy market), which makes 111 the largest virtual pharmacy network in China. In addition, we established direct purchasing relationships with 188 drug manufacturers, expanded our technology-enabled infrastructure that includes a nationwide network of five fulfillment centers, and reinforced our commitment for a best-in-class supply chain infrastructure. Finally, we continued to strengthen our ecosystem through strategic partnerships with insurance companies and other healthcare providers.

    2019 was also a year of major regulatory changes in our sector with sweeping reforms enacted to improve efficiency and affordability of healthcare delivery to China's large and geographically dispersed aging population. Many of these reforms are providing a strong tailwind for our business and we believe we are uniquely positioned as we strive to build a comprehensive healthcare services platform to meet the growing demand in every city. 

    In 2020, we will continue to scale our operations, further growing our network of pharmacies, drug manufacturers and doctors.  In addition, we plan to expand into public hospitals across China, with a particular focus on tier three to six cities where we believe the need for our services is the most acute. We will also continue to develop novel services and tools that will educate and empower our customers and partners to make better informed decisions.

    We are the only company in our industry with the capacity to provide nationwide, omni-channel coverage in China in the drug commercialization space. Every year, new life saving or life improving drugs are being approved and we can ensure that these drugs reach the people in need. The "111 omni-channel model" will offer multiple channels for pharmaceutical companies to simultaneously reach healthcare providers nationwide and educate them about new drugs and therapies. This will significantly reduce time, resources, and cost, which will allow drugs to be distributed efficiently, and quickly. Imagine a platform that can deliver innovative drugs to a vast pool of patients in every city across China simultaneously! That is the power of the 111 omni-channel model."

    Environment, Social and Governance

    On January 20, 2020, in response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, 111 established an anti-epidemic command team, and senior executives led their teams to the front lines of the epidemic in Hubei province to provide medical supplies and resources. All of 111's employees worked overtime during the Chinese New Year holiday to meet the needs of the nation.

    On January 24, 2020, 111's Internet hospital was one of the first Internet-based healthcare companies to offer free online medical consultations to the public in Wuhan and subsequently to the entire Hubei province. It was also among the first to provide free online drug refill services to individuals with chronic conditions. 111 worked with both pharmaceutical manufacturers and logistics companies to ensure supplies are delivered to those in need, whether it is in WuhanHubei province, or nationwide. Our ability to act quickly and effectively alleviated pressure on overburdened hospitals and helped to curtail the further spread of COVID-19 by allowing people with chronic illnesses and COVID-19 patients who do not have any life-threatening symptoms to receive medical care without visiting a hospital. In addition, 111 donated 100,000 protective masks and other drug products to the people in Wuhan. We also launched a channel featuring real-time information about COVID-19, with news updates and advice from medical professionals on containing the virus and preventing infection. Finally, 111 is currently offering our "Medical Supply Assurance Service" to help businesses protect their employees as they begin to resume their operations and recover from the impact of the epidemic.

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Results

    Net revenues were RMB1.35 billion (US$193.6 million), representing an increase of 141.8% from RMB557.4 million in the same quarter of last year. Product revenues from B2B segment increased by 247.5% to RMB1.15 billion (US$164.8 million) as compared to RMB330.2 million in the same quarter of last year.

    Operating costs and expenses were RMB1,515.9 million (US$217.7 million), representing an increase of 119.8% from RMB689.6 million in the same quarter of last year. 

    • Cost of products sold was RMB1,305.3 million (US$187.5million), representing an increase of 144.3% from RMB534.3 million in the same quarter of last year. The increase was primarily due to our rapid revenue growth in B2B business, which increased by 247.5% as compared to same quarter last year.
    • Fulfillment expenses were RMB48.7 million (US$7.0 million), representing an increase of 120.8% from RMB22.0 million in the same quarter of last year. Fulfillment expenses accounted for 3.6% of net revenue this quarter as compared to 4.0% in the same quarter of last year.
    • Selling and marketing expenses were RMB102.9 million (US$14.8 million), representing an increase of 31.6% from RMB78.2 million in the same quarter of last year, mainly due to increase in the number of sales staff and expenses associated with the expansion of B2B business. Selling and marketing expenses accounted for 7.6% of net revenue this quarter as compared to 14.0% in the same quarter of last year.
    • General and administrative expenses were RMB35.5 million (US$5.1 million), representing an increase of 4.2% from RMB34.1 million in the same quarter of last year, mainly due to increases in professional service fee. General and administrative expenses accounted for 2.6% of net revenue this quarter as compared to 6.1% in the same quarter of last year.
    • Technology expenses were RMB19.9 million (US$2.9 million), representing a decrease of 2.8% from RMB20.4 million in the same quarter of last year, mainly due to improvements in our system development efficiency and implementation of automation tools. Technology expenses accounted for 1.5% of net revenue this quarter as compared to 3.7% in the same quarter of last year.

    The Company will continue to make infrastructure investments to support its rapid revenue growth and expects operational efficiency and effectiveness to continue to improve.

    Loss from operations was RMB168.1 million (US$24.1 million), compared to RMB132.2 million in the same quarter of last year.  Loss from operations accounted for 12.5% of net revenue this quarter as compared to 23.7% in the same quarter of last year.

    Non-GAAP Loss from operations[2] was RMB154.2 million (US$22.1 million), compared to RMB115.9 million in the same quarter of last year. Non-GAAP loss from operations accounted for 11.4% of net revenue this quarter as compared to 20.8% in the same quarter of last year.

    Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB157.6 million (US$22.6 million), compared to RMB125.9 million in the same quarter of last year.  Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders accounted for 11.7% of net revenue this quarter as compared to 22.6% in the same quarter of last year.

    Non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders[3] was RMB143.7 million (US$20.6million), compared to RMB109.6 million in the same quarter of last year. Non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders accounted for 10.7% of net revenue this quarter as compared to 19.7% in the same quarter of last year. 

    Loss per ADS was RMB1.92 (US$0.28), compared to RMB1.54 for the same period of last year.

    Non-GAAP Loss per ADS[4] was RMB1.75 (US$0.26), compared to RMB1.34 for the same period of last year.

    As of December 31, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments of RMB697.7 million (US$100.2 million), compared to RMB1,106.5 million as of December 31, 2018.

    [2] Non-GAAP loss from operations represents loss from operations excluding share-based compensation.

    [3] Non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders represents net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders excluding share-based compensation and impairment loss of long-term investment.

    [4] Non-GAAP loss per ADS represents loss per ADS excluding share-based compensation and impairment loss of long-term investment per ADS.

    Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results

    Net revenues were RMB3.95 billion (US$567.7 million), representing an increase of 121.3% from RMB1.79 billion. Product revenues from B2B segment increased by 243.2% to RMB3.17 billion (US$454.8 million) as compared to RMB922.8 million last year. Product revenues from B2C segment decreased by 9.9% to RMB763.3 million (US$109.6 million) as compared to RMB847.5 million last year.

    Operating costs and expenses were RMB4,445.6 million (US$638.6 million), representing an increase of 103.3% from RMB2,186.3 million last year.

    • Cost of products sold was RMB3,786.9 million (US$543.9 million), representing an increase of 125.2% from RMB1,681.7 million last year. The increase was primarily due to growth in sales and a change in revenue mix with a much higher proportion of B2B business.
    • Fulfillment expenses were RMB129.0 million (US$18.5 million), representing an increase of 74.5% from RMB73.9 million last year, primarily as a result of growth in B2B business. Fulfillment expenses accounted for 3.3% of net revenue in 2019 as compared to 4.1% last year.
    • Selling and marketing expenses were RMB340.6 million (US$48.9 million), representing an increase of 31.0% from RMB260.0 million last year, mainly due to increase in sales staff and expenses associated with the expansion of B2B business. Selling and marketing expenses accounted for 8.6% of net revenue in 2019 as compared to 14.6% last year.
    • General and administrative expenses were RMB123.5 million (US$17.7 million), representing an increase of 25.1% from RMB98.8 million last year, mainly due to increases in managerial staffs and professional service fee. General and administrative expenses accounted for 3.1% of net revenue in 2019 as compared to 5.5% last year.
    • Technology expenses were RMB61.9 million (US$8.9 million), representing a decrease of 13.1% from RMB71.2 million last year, mainly due to improvements in our system development efficiency and implementation of automation tools. Technology expenses accounted for 1.6% of net revenue in 2019 as compared to 4.0% last year.

    Loss from operations was RMB493.5 million (US$70.9 million), compared to RMB400.4 million last year.  Loss from operations accounted for 12.5% of net revenue in 2019 as compared to 22.4% last year.

    Non-GAAP Loss from operations was RMB439.2 million (US$63.1 million), compared to RMB349.0 million last year.  Non-GAAP loss from operations accounted for 11.1% of net revenue in 2019 as compared to 19.5% last year. 

    Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB499.6 million (US$71.8 million), compared to RMB380.1 million last year.  Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders accounted for 12.6% of net revenue this quarter as compared to 21.3% in the same quarter of last year.

    Non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB434.3 million (US$62.4million), compared to RMB328.7 million last year.  Non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders accounted for 11.0% of net revenue in 2019 as compared to 18.4% last year. 

    Loss per ADS was RMB6.10 (US$0.88), compared to RMB7.64 last year.

    Non-GAAP Loss per ADS was RMB5.30 (US$0.77), compared to RMB6.61 last year.

    Update on Share Repurchase

    Under the share repurchase program announced on August 15, 2019, the Company has been authorized to repurchase an aggregate value of up to US$10 million worth of its own class A ordinary shares in the form of American depositary shares ("ADSs") in the next twelve months following the announcement. As of December 31, 2019, the Company had repurchased 742,931 ADSs for an aggregate of US$3.26 million.

    Business Outlook

    For the first quarter of 2020, the Company expects total net revenues to be between RMB1.40 billion and RMB1.48 billion, representing year-over-year growth of approximately 113.5% to 125.7%.

    The above outlook is based on the current market conditions and reflects the Company's current and preliminary estimates of market and operating conditions and customer demand, which are all subject to change.