Tencent Music Entertainment Group (NYSE:TME) held its Q4 2022 earnings call on March 21, 2023. The call began with Tony Yip, the CSO, welcoming the participants and introducing the speakers for the call. Cussion Pang, the Executive Chairman, started the call by discussing the company's progress in 2022 and its focus on high-quality growth and product innovation. He also mentioned the completion of a $1 billion share buyback program approved by the Board in 2021.
Looking ahead to 2023, Cussion Pang stated that they expect quarterly revenues from online music services to exceed those from social entertainment services at some point during the year. He expressed confidence in achieving year-over-year growth in total revenues and profitability, as well as continuous improvement in user quality. Cussion Pang also highlighted the company's achievements in building collaborations with top artists, labels, and industry partners, as well as its efforts in content ecosystem improvement.
Ross Liang, the CEO, then discussed the platform updates and the company's mission to create with music and technology. He mentioned the development of AI tools, such as the LyraSinger engine and the Muse Engine, to enhance content creation and production efficiency. Ross Liang also highlighted the improvements in sound quality and sound effects, as well as the customization features for users' listening experience. He mentioned the collaboration with Weixin Video Accounts and the expansion of virtual experiences on their platforms.
Tony Yip, the CSO, provided an overview of the company's business operations. He mentioned the decline in online music mobile MAUs due to the surge in COVID cases and competition. However, he highlighted the growth in online music paying users and ARPPU, driven by improved operating strategies and attractive member privileges. Tony Yip also discussed the company's efforts in monetization, including advertising partnerships, merchandising collaborations, and the expansion of long-form audio content. He mentioned the challenges in social entertainment services due to macro headwinds and competition, but expressed optimism about the growth potential in audio live streaming and international expansion.
Shirley Hu, the CFO, provided a financial perspective on the company's results. She highlighted the growth in net profit and revenues from music subscription services, as well as the recovery in advertising revenues. Shirley Hu also mentioned the cost control measures and operating efficiency improvements that contributed to the increase in gross margin. She discussed the decrease in operating expenses, particularly selling and marketing expenses, and the increase in net profit and diluted earnings per ADS. Shirley Hu concluded by discussing the company's outlook for 2023, focusing on monetization expansion and revenue growth, as well as investments in content, products, and technologies.