- Average MAUs increased by 13.6% to 35.1 million in the third quarter of 2023
- Yalla to push the boundaries of innovation and efficiency in the social networking and gaming landscape
UAE, Dubai: Yalla Group Limited ("Yalla" or the "Company") (NYSE: YALA), the largest Middle East and North Africa (MENA)-based online social networking and gaming company, has announced a remarkable milestone, reporting a record revenue of AED 873.9 million ($237.9 million) for the first nine months of 2023.
The latest quarterly financial results also showcase substantial growth, with third-quarter revenues reaching AED 312.9 million ($85.2 million), marking an impressive 6.4% increase compared to the same quarter in 2022. These results underscore Yalla's robust financial performance and sustained business momentum.
In addition to the revenue achievements, Yalla has reported a Q3 net income of AED 129.2 million (US$35.2 million), reflecting a substantial 44.3% increase from the third quarter of 2022, when it stood at AED 89.6 million (US$24.4 million). The company's net margin remained exceptionally high at 41.4%, highlighting its strong monetization capabilities and disciplined SG&A spending.
Moreover, Yalla's average monthly active users (MAUs) experienced significant growth, surging by 13.6% to 35.1 million in the third quarter of 2023, compared to 30.9 million in the same period in 2022. Meanwhile, the number of paying users on the Yalla platform decreased by 2.6% to 11.2 million in the third quarter of 2023 from 11.5 million in the third quarter of 2022, primarily due to a short-term game mechanism adjustment.
“We were pleased to achieve strong results in the third quarter of 2023,” said Mr. Yang Tao, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Yalla. “We recorded all-time high revenues of US$85.2 million in the third quarter of 2023, beating the upper end of our guidance, while year over year revenue growth from gaming services exceeded 30% once again. Our robust quarterly results demonstrate our operational success in refining processes, enhancing the gamification of our flagship applications, improving our gaming mechanics and optimizing user acquisition. These efforts have empowered us to build a more engaged community of users, reflected by a 13.6% year over year increase in our group’s average MAUs to 35.1 million.
“Thanks to our consistent game iterations and engagement of our existing Yalla user community, our two hard-core games have gained traction in the MENA region. Through this process, we are seeing immense room for growth in this sector, and we are determined to gradually increase our investment in the mid-core and hard-core game business, unleashing our growth potential in this flourishing market,” Mr. Yang added.
For his part, Saifi Ismail, Group President at Yalla Group, said: “We delivered a robust third quarter performance, highlighted by our record-high revenues and impressive net margin enhancement. Our relentless efforts to streamline costs as well as our enhanced, ROI-focused marketing strategy continued to yield positive outcomes, enabling us to elevate our overall efficiency. As we head into the fourth quarter, we will continue to execute our high-quality growth strategy with focus on efficiency and profitability enhancement. We believe our solid fundamentals and strong cash position will support us well to capture future opportunities as we strive to create sustainable value for our shareholders in the long run.”
He added: 'At Yalla Group, we are consistently pushing the boundaries of innovation and efficiency in the social networking and gaming landscape. Our impressive financial achievements this quarter are a direct result of our dedicated team's efforts and our strategic foresight. As we move forward, we remain committed to investing in our people, technology, and new market opportunities, ensuring that we stay at the forefront of the industry and continue delivering exceptional value to our users and shareholders alike.'"
About Yalla Group Limited
Yalla Group Limited is the largest MENA-based online social networking and gaming company, in terms of revenue in 2022. The Company operates two flagship mobile applications, Yalla, a voice-centric group chat platform, and Yalla Ludo, a casual gaming application featuring online versions of board games, popular in MENA, with in-game voice chat and localized Majlis functionality. Building on the success of Yalla and Yalla Ludo, the Company continues to add engaging new content, creating a regionally focused, integrated ecosystem dedicated to fulfilling MENA users’ evolving online social networking and gaming needs. Through its holding subsidiary, Yalla Game Limited, the Company has expanded its capabilities in mid-core and hard-core games in the MENA region, leveraging its local expertise to bring innovative gaming content to its users. In addition, the growing Yalla ecosystem includes YallaChat, an IM product tailored for Arabic users; Waha, a social networking product featuring 3-D avatars; and casual games such as Yalla Baloot and 101 Okey Yalla, developed to sustain vibrant local gaming communities in MENA. Yalla is also actively exploring outside of MENA with Yalla Parchis, a Ludo game designed for the South American markets. Yalla’s mobile applications deliver a seamless experience that fosters a sense of loyalty and belonging, establishing highly devoted and engaged user communities through close attention to detail and localized appeal that profoundly resonates with users.