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Ongoing lockdowns deliver rare profit for Meituan
Meituan, the China-based shopping platform service, reported a 28% revenue increase in its latest earnings, as demand for delivery services defy a dampened economy and deliver the company’s first profit in seven quarters.
Why it matters
Delivery is generally an expensive service to provide, with costs scaling alongside delivery volumes. As a result, the companies that provide delivery services have a different route to profitability, with significant tactical marketing implications.
Circumstance often plays a role in a company's fortunes too – and that's no less true of Meituan.
By the numbers
- Revenues grew 28% year-over-year to reach 62.62 billion yuan ($8.7 billion), beating estimates, its Q3 results revealed.
- Net profits grew to 1.2 billion yuan ($170.6 million) versus a loss of 9.9 billion yuan, also beating estimates.
Growing existing users and new merchants
With around 70% of the market share in food delivery, Meituan has successfully managed to turn that dominance into additional growth.
Despite steady user growth of 2.9% year on year, the number of active merchants has grown 11.3% – an indication that sellers needed somewhere to continue doing business.
But users were also buying more. Average annual orders were up from 34.4 in the same quarter of 2021 to 39.5, a year-on-year increase of 14%. It’s here that ongoing lockdowns have really helped the business.
Focus on costs
Around the world, app-based brands (for want of the increasingly meaningless term ‘tech’) are shifting away from a focus on growth to the protection of margins. While this is an imperative from the markets, it means that publicly listed tech brands are operating on a similar plane to everybody else.
Meituan is no exception. It slashed spending across its divisions this quarter, including a 5.9% decrease in selling and marketing expenses – mostly down to advertising cuts. However, brands must remember that future demand is not a cost but an investment.
Sourced from Meituan, WARC
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