NetEase Cloud Music, which suddenly announced the suspension of its IPO plan in August of this year, restarted its IPO again just over three months later.
On November 16, the official website of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange revealed that NetEase Cloud Music passed the Hong Kong Stock Exchange listing hearing and uploaded a new post-hearing data set. The listing co-sponsors are Bank of America Securities, CICC and Credit Suisse.
This is after NetEase Youdao, another subsidiary of NetEase split and went public.
Image source: NetEase Cloud Music APP screenshot
The latest data shows that in the first three quarters of 2021, NetEase Cloud Music’s total revenue was 5.1 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 52%; monthly active users reached 184 million; the number of online music paying users was 27.52 million, and the online music payment rate reached 14.9%.
From the first submission of the prospectus to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in May this year, more than six months have passed since the entire online music market has undergone tremendous changes. With the suspension of the exclusive copyright model, NetEase Cloud Music’s restart of IPO is bound to make the competition in China’s online music market more intense.
Western Securities analysts believe that under the premise of gradual elimination of copyright monopoly in the music industry, the core competition of online music platforms will focus more on ecological construction and user operation experience.
On the same day, NetEase also released its financial report for the third quarter of 2021. The data showed that NetEase’s net income in the third quarter was 22.2 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 19%, and its net profit was 3.182 billion yuan. As of the press release on November 16, NetEase’s US stock price rose 0.03% to 111.18 US dollars per share, with a total market value of US$76.8 billion; Hong Kong stocks rose 3.98% to close at 183 Hong Kong dollars per share, with a total market value of 632.6 billion Hong Kong dollars.
NetEase is the controlling shareholder of 5.1 billion yuan in revenue in the first three quarters
As one of the music communities favored by young people, NetEase Cloud Music is also eager to gain a place in the capital market.
Data show that in the first three quarters of 2021, NetEase Cloud Music’s revenue was 5.1 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 52%; in the first half of this year, NetEase Cloud Music’s adjusted net loss narrowed to 500 million yuan from 800 million yuan in the same period last year. If the timeline is lengthened, from 2018 to 2020, NetEase Cloud Music’s annual revenue will be 1.148 billion yuan, 2.318 billion yuan, and 4.896 billion yuan respectively.
NetEase Cloud Music, which netizens call “Cloud Village”, is mainly monetized from online music and social entertainment and other revenues.
Image source: screenshot of financial report
In the first three quarters of 2021, online music service revenue accounted for 47.7%, and social entertainment services and other revenue accounted for 52.3%. Among them, the revenue of the online music sector increased from 1.85 billion yuan in the same period in 2020 to 2.44 billion yuan, and the revenue of social entertainment and other sectors increased from 1.52 billion yuan in the same period in 2020 to 2.67 billion yuan.
For music streaming media platforms, users are always one of the foundations for the realization of online music sectors. In the first three quarters of 2021, NetEase Cloud Music MAU increased from 180 million in the same period in 2020 to 184 million; the number of paid online music users was 27.52 million, an increase of over 93% year-on-year; the online music payment rate reached 14.9%.
It is worth noting that, thanks to the strong development of the live broadcast business, in the first three quarters of 2021, the MAU of NetEase Cloud Music social entertainment service was 21.1 million; the number of paying users reached 580,000, and the monthly ARPPU of the social entertainment service was 504.1 yuan.
Image source: Netease Cloud Music APP album cover screenshot
This time NetEase Cloud Music restarted its IPO again, and NetEase is still the controlling shareholder. According to data in July this year, in NetEase Cloud Music, NetEase holds 62.46% of shares, Alibaba holds 10.81%, and Baidu (Hong Kong) holds 4.26%.
According to Qixinbao data, since 2017, NetEase Cloud Music has conducted three rounds of financing, with a cumulative financing amount of more than 1.3 billion U.S. dollars. Alibaba, Baidu, and Yunfeng Fund are all its investors.
Exclusive copyright moves towards “end”, diversified commercial realization will become a point of competition
NetEase Cloud Music restarts its IPO, which is bound to make the competition in China’s online music market more intense.
At present, the competition between online music platforms is mainly concentrated between NetEase Cloud Music and Tencent Music. The market presents a competitive landscape of “Tencent Music” and “NetEase Cloud Music”. Both major music platforms have integrated songs and videos. The functions of pan-music ecology such as, live broadcast, and social networking are converging.
Previously, the competition barriers of the platform were mainly copyright advantages. For example, Tencent Music had exclusive music copyrights including Jay Chou, Mayday, Liang Jingru, etc. However, in just a few months, the Chinese digital music market has undergone tremendous changes.
Image source: Screenshot of QQ Music
On August 31, Tencent issued the “Statement on Relinquishing the Exclusive Rights of Music Copyright.” As soon as the news came out, “When can I listen to Jay Chou on NetEase Cloud” once rushed into hot searches. Many people in the industry believe that with the cessation of the exclusive copyright model, the price of music copyright content is expected to return to reasonable in the future.
In the second quarter of 2021 earnings conference call, Ding Lei, Chairman and CEO of NetEase, said: “NetEase Cloud Music has prepared sufficient funds and is willing to carry out fair and open cooperation with copyright owners with the utmost sincerity to build a good A healthy music market.”
Source of Ding Lei’s picture: Photo courtesy of NetEase
A few days ago, Modern Sky, Hong Kong Emperor Entertainment Group and China Record Group respectively reached copyright cooperation with NetEase Cloud Music. NetEase Cloud Music has obtained all the music copyrights of these three record companies, including works by Nicholas Tse, Joey Yung, Hacken Lee, Ku Juge, Xin Pants, Sorrow, Wu Tiao Ren and many other musicians and bands. As of June 2021, the number of independent musicians in NetEase Cloud Music has exceeded 300,000.
Some insiders believe that the successive return of head music copyright is expected to release long-term benefits for the development of the platform.
From the data point of view, the UGC content and listening time of the NetEase Cloud Music Community continue to grow, and the platform is favored by young users. In the first half of 2021, NetEase Cloud Music Daily Music listeners have an average daily listening time of 76.9 minutes, and the total number of UGC playlists reached 2.8 billion. Among them, in June 2021, the monthly active users who took the initiative to create UGC accounted for nearly 30%.
Related securities analysts pointed out that with the end of the exclusive copyright era, cultivating users, improving user value, and digging out diversified forms of commercial realization will become the focus of competition. For example, we will dig into the content of community-based platforms vertically, create an entertainment and social ecosystem that integrates music, radio, and live broadcasts, and expand the industry chain horizontally, and increase monetization channels such as content promotion and music content incubation.
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