China’s Meituan posts 28.2% quarterly revenue growth swings to profit
Meituan reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue growth of 28.2 percent and swung back to profit as the company recovered from Covid-19 curbs.
The Chinese food delivery giant, whose services include restaurant reviews and bike-sharing, said its total revenue rose to US$8.74 billion in the three months that ended September, surpassing the analysts’ average estimate of $8.57 billion.
The company swung to a quarterly profit of $167 million after suffering a $1.4 billion loss a year earlier after it held back on heavily funding its new initiatives.
Sales from new initiatives, including its community e-commerce business Meituan Select, grew by 39.7 percent on year to $2.3 billion.
Revenue from core local commerce, which includes food delivery and in-store, hotel, and travel businesses, jumped 24.6 percent to $6.4 billion.
Tencent Holdings, which owns 17 percent of Meituan, would return capital to shareholders through a dividend distribution of its $20 billion stake which represents roughly 15.5 percent of the total shares issued.
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