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Number of POIs1 reached 997 thousand as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2022
POIs operated through network partner model reached 52.5% as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2022

SHANGHAI, China, April 21, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Smart Share Global Limited (Nasdaq: EM) (“Energy Monster” or the “Company”), a consumer tech company providing mobile device charging service, today announced its unaudited financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2022.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2022

As of December 31, 2022, the Company’s services were available in 997 thousand POIs, compared with 956 thousand as of September 30, 2022.As of December 31, 2022, 52.5% of POIs were operated through our network partner model, compared with 47.4% as of September 30, 2022.As of December 31, 2022, the Company’s available-for-use power banks2 were 6.7 million, compared with 6.4 million as of September 30, 2022.As of December 31, 2022, cumulative registered users reached 333.7 million, with 8.4 million newly registered users acquired during the quarter.

“The year 2022 presented our operation with significant challenges due to the impact of COVID-19 outbreaks,” said Mars Guangyuan Cai, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Despite this, we remained committed to our customers and partners, delivering high-quality services throughout the pandemic. Our team’s adaptability and dedication allowed us to emerge stronger than ever coming out of the three-year pandemic. The lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in China in mid-December 2022 marked a turning point for our industry, setting the stage for a strong recovery and growth in 2023. We are confident in the outlook of the mobile device charging service industry in China and remain committed to delivering sustainable and long-term value to our stakeholders.”

“We continued to focus on expanding our mobile device charging network through a combination of the direct and network partner models in 2022 and throughout the pandemic,” said Peifeng Xu, Chief Operating Officer. “These models provide us with the flexibility we need to navigate through challenging conditions and expand the coverage of our service. Our network effect continued to benefit from economies of scale, allowing us to more efficiently attract users, location partners, and network partners. We have also been innovating new synergies between the two models to promote collaboration and extract higher levels of operating efficiency. As we move forward, we will continue to leverage the strengths of both models to drive growth and innovation in the industry.”

“Despite the impact of COVID-19, we maintained a strong financial health in 2022 with our positive operating cash flow and robust balance sheet,” said Maria Yi Xin, Chief Financial Officer. “We achieved this by reducing the amount of fixed expenses across our operation which negatively weigh-down our profitability during periods of external impact on revenue. We also continue to find ways to improve the economics of our operation. Notably, the production and implementation of the new version of our cabinet featuring improved functionality and significantly reduced cost allow us to increase the efficiency of our operation under the direct model and attract more partners under the network partner model. With the recovery from COVID-19 in progress, we are confident that we can gradually return to our pre-COVID-19 levels of efficiency and create value for our shareholders.”

FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2022

Revenues were RMB595.6 million (US$86.4 million3) for the fourth quarter of 2022, representing a 28.8% decrease from the same period in 2021. The decrease was primarily due to the decrease in revenues from mobile device charging business as a result of the impact of COVID-19 during the quarter.

Revenues from mobile device charging business decreased by 29.5% to RMB572.7 million (US$83.0 million) for the fourth quarter of 2022 from RMB812.1 million in the same period of 2021. The decrease was primarily attributable to the impact of COVID-19 during the fourth quarter of 2022, which resulted in a significant decline in general offline foot traffic in China due to COVID-19 restrictions and infections in certain regions of China.Revenues from power bank sales decreased by 20.1% to RMB15.1 million (US$2.2 million) for the fourth quarter of 2022 from RMB18.9 million in the same period of 2021. The decrease was primarily attributable to the impact of COVID-19 during the fourth quarter of 2022, which resulted in a significant decline in general offline foot traffic in China due to COVID-19 restrictions and infections in certain regions of China.Revenues from other revenues, which mainly comprise of revenue from advertising services and new business initiatives, increased by 49.4% to RMB7.8 million (US$1.1 million) for the fourth quarter of 2022 from RMB5.2 million in the same period of 2021. The increase was primarily attributable to the increase in advertisement efficiency and new business initiatives.

Cost of revenues decreased by 8.5% to RMB141.0 million (US$20.4 million) for the fourth quarter of 2022 from RMB154.1 million in the same period last year. The decrease was primarily due to the decrease in maintenance costs, accessory cost and cost of power banks sold, which was partially offset by the increase in depreciation cost.

Research and development expenses decreased by 34.1% to RMB15.6 million (US$2.3 million) for the fourth quarter of 2022 from RMB23.6 million in the same period last year. The decrease was primarily due to the decrease in personnel related expenses.

Sales and marketing expenses decreased by 9.8% to RMB635.2 million (US$92.1 million) for the fourth quarter of 2022 from RMB704.3 million in the same period last year. The decrease was primarily due to the decrease in entry fees and incentive fees paid to location partners and personnel related expenses, which was partially offset by the increase in incentive fees paid to network partners.

General and administrative expenses decreased by 13.9% to RMB27.1 million (US$3.9 million) for the fourth quarter of 2022 from RMB31.5 million in the same period last year. The decrease was primarily due to the decrease in personnel related expenses.

Loss from operations for the fourth quarter of 2022 was RMB233.9 million (US$33.9 million), compared to a loss from operations of RMB69.4 million in the same period last year. The loss from operations was attributable to the impact of COVID-19 during the fourth quarter of 2022, which resulted in a significant decline in general offline foot traffic in China due to COVID-19 restrictions and infections in certain regions of China.

Income tax expenses for the fourth quarter of 2022 was RMB114.5 million (US$16.6 million), compared to nil in the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to the change in reserves for uncertain tax positions.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2022 was RMB334.5 million (US$48.5 million), compared to a net loss of RMB68.5 million in the same period last year.

Adjusted net loss4 for the fourth quarter of 2022 was RMB327.2 million (US$47.4 million), compared to an adjusted net loss of RMB61.3 million in the same period last year.

Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2022 was RMB334.5 million (US$48.5 million), compared to a net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of RMB68.5 million in the same period last year.

As of December 31, 2022, the Company had cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments of RMB3.1 billion (US$445.9 million). 

FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2022

Revenues were RMB2.8 billion (US$411.5 million) in 2022, representing a 20.8% year-over-year decrease. The decrease was primarily due to the decrease in revenues from mobile device charging business as a result of the impact of COVID-19 during the fiscal year 2022.

Revenues from mobile device charging business decreased by 20.3% to RMB2.8 billion (US$399.3 million) in 2022, compared to RMB3.5 billion in 2021. The decrease was primarily due to the impact of COVID-19 in 2022, which resulted in a significant decline in general offline foot traffic in China due to COVID-19 restrictions and infections in certain regions of China. Revenues from power bank sales decreased by 42.2% to RMB59.5 million (US$8.6 million) in 2022, compared to RMB102.9 million in 2021. The decrease was primarily due to the impact of COVID-19 in 2022, which resulted in a significant decline in general offline foot traffic in China due to COVID-19 restrictions and infections in certain regions of China. Revenues from other revenues, which mainly comprise of revenue from advertising services and new business initiatives, decreased by 8.1% to RMB24.6 million (US$3.6 million) in 2022, compared to RMB26.7 million in 2021. The decrease was primarily due to the decrease in user traffic as a result of the impact of COVID-19 in 2022.

Cost of revenues remained stable at RMB556.9 million (US$80.7 million) in 2022, compared to RMB557.2 million in 2021.

Research and development expenses decreased by 3.4% to RMB90.7 million (US$13.1 million) in 2022, compared to RMB93.9 million in 2021. The decrease was primarily due to the decrease in system and personnel related expenses.

Sales and marketing expenses decreased by 8.1% to RMB2.7 billion (US$393.3 million) in 2022, compared to RMB3.0 billion in 2021. The decrease was primarily due to the decrease in entry fees and incentive fees paid to location partners and, personnel related expenses, which was partially offset by the increase in incentive fees paid to network partners.

General and administrative expenses decreased by 5.5% to RMB112.4 million (US$16.3 million) in 2022, compared to RMB119.0 million in 2021. The decrease was primarily due to the decrease in personnel related expenses, which was partially offset by the increase in professional service expenses.

Loss from operations was RMB621.2 million (US$90.1 million) in 2022, compared to a loss from operations of RMB109.0 million in 2021. The loss from operations was primarily attributable to the impact of COVID-19 in 2022, which resulted in a significant decline in general offline foot traffic in China due to COVID-19 restrictions and infections in certain regions of China.

Income tax expenses was RMB114.5 million (US$16.6 million) in 2022, compared to nil in 2021. The increase was primarily due to the change in reserves for uncertain tax positions.

Net loss was RMB711.2 million (US$103.1 million) in 2022, compared to a net loss of RMB124.6 million in 2021.

Adjusted net loss was RMB683.0 million (US$99.0 million) in 2022, compared to an adjusted net loss of RMB93.9 million in 2021.

Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB711.2 million (US$103.1 million) in 2022, compared to a net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of RMB5.0 billion in 2021.

BUSINESS OUTLOOK
For the first quarter of 2023 ended March 31, 2023, the Company expects to generate RMB815 million of revenues. This forecast considers the potential impact of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks and reflects the Company’s current and preliminary views on the market and operational conditions, which are subject to change, particularly as to the potential impact of COVID-19 on the economy in China.

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION
The company will hold a conference call at 8:00 A.M. Eastern Time on Friday, April 21, 2023 (8:00 P.M. Beijing Time on Friday, April 21, 2023) to discuss the financial results. Upon registration, each participant will receive dial-in details to join the conference call.

Event Title: Energy Monster Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2022 Earnings Conference Call
Pre-registration link: https://s1.c-conf.com/diamondpass/10030191-j03g2t.html

Participants may also access the call via webcast: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/kap3vxyo

A telephone replay will be available through April 28, 2023. The dial-in details are as follows:

International:+61-7-3107-6325United States:+1-855-883-1031Mainland China:+86-400-120-9216China Hong Kong:+852-800-930-639  Access Code:10030191

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available at the Company’s investor relations website at https://ir.enmonster.com/

ABOUT SMART SHARE GLOBAL LIMITED
Smart Share Global Limited (Nasdaq: EM), or Energy Monster, is a consumer tech company with the mission to energize everyday life. The Company is the largest provider of mobile device charging service in China with the number one market share. The Company provides mobile device charging service through its power banks, which are placed in POIs such as entertainment venues, restaurants, shopping centers, hotels, transportation hubs and public spaces. Users may access the service by scanning the QR codes on Energy Monster’s cabinets to release the power banks. As of December 31, 2022, the Company had 6.7 million power banks in 997,000 POIs across more than 1,800 counties and county-level districts in China.

CONTACT US
Investor Relations
Hansen Shi
ir@enmonster.com

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “target,” “aim,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “potential,” “continue,” “is/are likely to,” or other similar expressions. Among other things, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as the Company’s strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. The Company may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), in its annual reports 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 the Company’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, and 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: Energy Monster’s strategies; its future business development, financial condition and results of operations; the impact of technological advancements on the pricing of and demand for its services; competition in the mobile device charging service industry; Chinese governmental policies and regulations affecting the mobile device charging service industry; changes in its revenues, costs or expenditures; the risk that COVID-19 or other health risks in China or globally could adversely affect its operations or financial results; general economic and business conditions globally and in China and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in the Company’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and the Company does not undertake any duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE
In evaluating its business, the Company considers and uses non-GAAP adjusted net income/(loss) in reviewing and assessing its operating performance. The presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company presents this non-GAAP financial measure because it is used by management to evaluate operating performance and formulate business plans. The Company believes that this non-GAAP financial measure helps identify underlying trends in its business, provide further information about its results of operations, and enhance the overall understanding of its past performance and future prospects.

Non-GAAP financial measures are not defined under U.S. GAAP and are not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and have limitations as analytical tools. The Company’s non-GAAP financial measure does not reflect all items of expenses that affect its operations and does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures. Further, the Company’s non-GAAP measure may differ from the non-GAAP information used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore its comparability may be limited. The Company compensates for these limitations by reconciling its non-GAAP financial measure to the nearest U.S. GAAP performance measure, which should be considered when evaluating performance. Investors and others are encouraged to review the Company’s financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

The Company defines non-GAAP adjusted net income/(loss) as net income/(loss) excluding share-based compensation expenses. For more information on the non-GAAP financial measure, please see the table captioned “Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” set forth at the end of this press release.

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1 The Company defines number of points of interests, or POIs, as of a certain day as the total number of unique locations whose proprietors (location partners) have entered into contracts with the Company or its network partners on that day.
2 The Company defines available-for-use power banks as of a certain date as the number of power banks in circulation on that day.
3 The U.S. dollar (US$) amounts disclosed in this press release, except for those transaction amounts that were actually settled in U.S. dollars, are presented solely for the convenience of the readers. The conversion of Renminbi (RMB) into US$ in this press release is based on the exchange rate set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System as of December 30, 2022, which was RMB6.8972 to US$1.0000. The percentages stated in this press release are calculated based on the RMB amounts.
4 See the sections entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measure” and “Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” in this press release for more information.

 Smart Share Global LimitedUnaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets(In thousands, except share and per share data, unless otherwise noted)         December 31, 2021 December 31, 2022 December 31, 2022RMBRMBUS$   ASSETS      Current assets:      Cash and cash equivalents 1,296,924  948,773  137,559 Restricted cash 19,671  14,608  2,118 Short-term investments 1,418,721  2,091,198  303,195 Accounts receivable, net 14,881  16,482  2,390 Notes receivable 5,622  –  – Inventory 4,373  1,051  152 Prepayments and other current assets 487,540  228,672  33,154        Total current assets 3,247,732  3,300,784  478,568        Non-current assets:      Long-term restricted cash 20,000  21,000  3,045 Property, equipment and software, net 945,226  886,460  128,525 Long-term prepayments to related parties 20,037  71  10 Right-of-use assets, net* –  12,442  1,804 Other non-current assets 164,986  35,898  5,204 Deferred tax assets, net –  30,986  4,493        Total non-current assets 1,150,249  986,857  143,081        Total assets 4,397,981  4,287,641  621,649        LIABILITIES, MEZZANINE EQUITY AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY      Current liabilities:      Accounts and notes payable 551,751  810,197  117,468 Amounts due to related parties-current 23,290  –  – Salary and welfare payable 120,444  111,274  16,133 Taxes payable 10,195  147,367  21,366 Financing payable-current 84,175  76,272  11,058 Current portion of lease liabilities* –  9,761  1,415 Accruals and other current liabilities 238,510  268,007  38,858        Total current liabilities 1,028,365  1,422,878  206,298        Non-current liabilities:      Financing payable-non-current 85,658  32,281  4,680 Non-current lease liabilities* –  854  124 Amounts due to related parties-non-current 1,000  1,000  145 Other non-current liabilities 16,489  189,323  27,449 Deferred tax liabilities, net 34,445  –  –        Total non-current liabilities 137,592  223,458  32,398        Total liabilities 1,165,957  1,646,336  238,696        SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY      Ordinary shares 347  347  50 Treasury stock (27,784) (6,816) (988)Additional paid-in capital 11,799,301  11,786,482  1,708,879 Statutory reserves 16,593  16,593  2,406 Accumulated other comprehensive income 51,556  163,928  23,767 Accumulated deficit (8,607,989) (9,319,229) (1,351,161)       Total shareholders’ equity 3,232,024  2,641,305  382,953        Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity 4,397,981  4,287,641  621,649        * On 1 January 2022, the Company adopted ASC 842, Leases and used the additional transition method to initially apply this new lease standard at the adoption date. Right-of-use assets and lease liabilities were recognized on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.         Smart Share Global LimitedUnaudited Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income/(Loss)(In thousands, except share and per share data, unless otherwise noted)               Three months ended December 31, Twelve months ended December 31,  2021 2022 2021 2022  RMB RMB US$ RMB RMB US$             Revenues:            Mobile device charging business 812,072  572,720  83,037  3,455,797  2,754,143  399,313 Power bank sales 18,873  15,085  2,187  102,857  59,476  8,623 Others 5,232  7,815  1,133  26,737  24,571  3,562              Total revenues 836,177  595,620  86,357  3,585,391  2,838,190  411,498              Cost of revenues (154,070) (140,953) (20,436) (557,177) (556,923) (80,746)Research and development expenses (23,612) (15,565) (2,257) (93,882) (90,655) (13,144)Sales and marketing expenses (704,277) (635,199) (92,095) (2,950,972) (2,712,330) (393,251)General and administrative expenses (31,516) (27,148) (3,936) (118,973) (112,403) (16,297)Other operating income/(loss) 7,889  (10,682) (1,549) 26,614  12,876  1,867              Loss from operations (69,409) (233,927) (33,916) (108,999) (621,245) (90,073)             Interest and investment income 15,378  11,212  1,626  30,560  52,389  7,596 Interest expense to third parties (7,673) (4,624) (670) (38,051) (31,282) (4,535)Foreign exchange (loss)/gain, net (6,778) 7,271  1,054  (7,935) 3,787  549 Other income/(loss), net 2  (4) (1) (190) (413) (60)             Loss before income tax expense (68,480) (220,072) (31,907) (124,615) (596,764) (86,523)             Income tax expense –  (114,476) (16,597) –  (114,476) (16,597)             Net loss (68,480) (334,548) (48,504) (124,615) (711,240) (103,120)             Accretion of convertible redeemable preferred shares –  –  –  (4,729,719) –  – Deemed dividend to preferred shareholders –  –  –  (104,036) –  – Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of Smart Share Global Limited (68,480) (334,548) (48,504) (4,958,370) (711,240) (103,120)             Other comprehensive (loss)/income            Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of nil tax (23,697) (31,734) (4,601) (150,267) 112,372  16,292              Total comprehensive loss (92,177) (366,282) (53,105) (274,882) (598,868) (86,828)             Accretion of convertible redeemable preferred shares –  –  –  (4,729,719) –  – Deemed dividend to preferred shareholders –  –  –  (104,036) –  – Comprehensive loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of Smart Share Global Limited (92,177) (366,282) (53,105) (5,108,637) (598,868) (86,828)             Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in computing net loss per share            – basic and diluted 518,534,809  518,821,908  518,821,908  406,567,584  518,307,406  518,307,406              Net loss per share attributable to ordinary shareholders            – basic and diluted (0.13) (0.64) (0.09) (12.20) (1.37) (0.20)             Net loss per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders            – basic and diluted (0.26) (1.28) (0.18) (24.38) (2.74) (0.40)              Smart Share Global LimitedUnaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results(In thousands, except share and per share data, unless otherwise noted)             Three months ended December 31, Twelve months ended December 31, 2021 2022
 2021 2022 RMB RMB US$ RMB RMB US$            Net loss(68,480) (334,548) (48,504) (124,615) (711,240) (103,120)Add:           Share-based compensation7,200  7,377  1,070  30,711  28,245  4,095             Adjusted net loss (non-GAAP)(61,280) (327,171) (47,434) (93,904) (682,995) (99,025)            

  

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