JD.com, one of China’s largest e-commerce firms, reported higher adjusted earnings for the fourth quarter of 2022 as pandemic-related restrictions were lifted in China. The company’s net income attributable to ordinary shareholders was 3 billion yuan ($430.92 million) for the quarter, compared to a net loss of 5.2 billion yuan in the previous year.
Revenue for the three-month period increased by 7.1% to 295.4 billion yuan, falling slightly short of Refinitiv’s estimated revenue of 296.17 billion yuan. Despite this, JD.com’s U.S.-listed shares rose by 1% in premarket trading.
JD.com’s adjusted earnings per American depositary share were 4.81 yuan in the reported quarter, an increase from the previous year’s 2.21 yuan per share. The company’s positive earnings report follows its announcement in January that it would be winding down its e-commerce business in Indonesia and Thailand, where it faced tough competition from Shopee, a subsidiary of Sea Ltd.
Economic Uncertainty and Pandemic Restrictions
The fourth quarter of 2022 was marked by continued economic uncertainty and pandemic-related restrictions in some parts of China. However, as the country began to ease restrictions, JD.com saw an increase in consumer spending.
Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, JD.com’s performance in the final quarter of 2022 was significantly better than the previous year, with the company continuing to benefit from the ongoing trend of online shopping.
Comparison to Alibaba’s Earnings Report
JD.com’s earnings report comes shortly after peer company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd reported higher-than-expected revenue in the same quarter. While JD.com’s revenue for the period fell short of Refinitiv’s estimated revenue, the company’s net income increased significantly compared to the previous year.
Future Plans for JD.com
JD.com has continued to expand its offerings beyond e-commerce in recent years, with investments in logistics and healthcare services. The company’s partnerships with major brands and retailers have also helped to solidify its position in the Chinese e-commerce market.
Looking ahead, JD.com plans to continue expanding its logistics capabilities to meet the growing demand for online shopping. The company is also exploring the use of drones and autonomous delivery vehicles to improve efficiency and reduce delivery times.
JD.com’s Q4 2022 earnings report highlights the resilience of the company in the face of pandemic-related challenges. While revenue fell slightly short of estimates, JD.com’s net income increased significantly compared to the previous year, driven by an increase in consumer spending as pandemic restrictions were lifted in China.
The company’s focus on expanding its logistics capabilities and investing in new technologies, such as drones and autonomous delivery vehicles, positions it well for future growth in the Chinese e-commerce market.