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YSG earnings call for the period ending March 31, 2021.

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Yatsen Holding Limited (YSG -15.94%)
Q1 2021 Earnings Call
May 19, 2021, 7:30 a.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Good day, and welcome to the Yatsen first-quarter 2021 earnings conference call. Today's conference is being recorded. At this time, I would like to turn the conference over to Irene Lyu, head of strategic investment and capital markets. Please go ahead.

Irene Lyu -- Head of Strategic Investments and Capital Markets

Thank you, operator. Please note that the discussion today will contain forward-looking statements relating to the company's future performance and are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability as established by the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, assumptions, and other factors.

Some of these risks are beyond the company's control and could cause actual results to differ materially from those mentioned in today's press release and this discussion. A general discussion of the risk factors that could affect Yatsen's business and financial results is included in certain filings of the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company does not undertake any obligation to update this forward-looking information except as required by law. During today's call, management will also discuss certain non-GAAP financial measures for comparison purposes only.

For a definition of non-GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP financial results, please see the earnings release issued earlier today. Joining us today on the call from Yatsen senior management are Mr. Jinfeng Huang, our founder, chairman, and CEO; and Mr. Donghao Yang, our CFO and director.

Management will begin with prepared remarks and the call will conclude with a Q&A session. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. In addition, a webcast replay of this conference call will be available on Yatsen's investor relations website at I will now turn the call over to Mr.

Jinfeng Huang. Please go ahead, sir.

Jinfeng Huang -- Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Irene. And thank you, everyone, for participating in Yatsen's first-quarter 2021 earnings conference call today. Starting off the year on a solid note, Yatsen achieved a 42.7% year-over-year growth in total net revenues in the first quarter. Supported by a healthy growth of our proprietary brand and robust performance of Little Ondine and Abby's Choice, and other brands Yatsen's portfolio.

So during the quarter, the number of B2C customers increased 11.6% year over year to 9.6 million. While revenue put B2C customers also increased by 24.5% from approximately RMB 123 per customer.  So we ended the quarter with gross margin of 68.6%, an improvement of approximately 7 percentage points compared to 61.7% in the first quarter last year. So we went into the year with a clear execution plan to optimize our brands' performance, expand our portfolio and enhance our core capabilities. Our key focus has been under flagship proprietary brands, particularly to upgrade its positioning and a price point from mass to a higher-end mass market in order to further extend its growth potential.

So we have set out to achieve this through more disciplined pricing and discount policies, which successfully raised proprietary's average selling price, average order value, and gross profit margin during the quarter. At the same time, we continued to introduce new products that excite and delight our customers, such as the new Eve Lom lip gloss line, as well as the Pink Fuel lipstick gift set, which were designed for the Chinese New Year holiday season and Valentine's Day. These new products, complemented by the launch of a number of proprietary skincare products in our offline stores in early May, represent refinement and premiumization of the proprietary product line this year. So looking forward, we have further plans to launch new products in existing and new categories including base makeup, colored contact lenses, and men's skincare in staggered windows throughout the years to capture a higher volume share for our customers.

Overall, we see further room for AFP and AOV improvement. The new product rolled out and category expansions to drive operational results of proprietary brands through this year. We are also making continued progress toward our multiple brand strategy as introduce new brands. With the proprietary brands shaping up, we see the need to attract and capture new entrants in the color cosmetics market especially Gen Z and Gen A, who are more price sensitive.

Hence, we launched the Pink Bear brand in mid-March designed to meet the esteemed Young Girl brand persona with an initial focus on providing high value for money products in high volume categories for Gen Z and Gen A consumers. With the introduction of these lip gloss products, Pink Bear has achieved encouraging results during its first months of launch. Our matte peach color cosmetic brand Little Ondine also experienced robust year-over-year growth in the quarter, powered by several well-received product launches such as the crossover with Pop Mart and the Chinese pop star, Huang Zitao, as well as the new Vinyl Records eyeshadow palette, which was introduced in late March. Given Little Ondine's unique street fashion brand positioning, its further upside is expected to be lower than that of proprietary which we aim to do better further as a simple brand within the group.

As Little Ondine already become a top-selling color cosmetic brand in China's online market, for its next stage of growth, we plan to optimize the investment level in this brand with an increased focus on sustainable growth going forward. One notable channel we saw was the increase in diversity and the balance of our channel mix compared to the first quarter of 2020, which boosted the sales contribution from non-traditional e-commerce channels such as various sub-videos and a 2B platforms, as well as for our experience stores. We have adopted an omnichannel strategy to serve all customers at every touchpoint. As of the end of March 2021, we have a total of 245 experience stores.

Already having achieved a significant scale covering key cities and regions, we aim to open across approximately 100 stores throughout the rest of the year. In addition to our color cosmetics portfolio, we are excited about the expansion of our range of skincare brands, which for the addition of DR.WU's mainland China business and Eve Lom in the first quarter. Along with Galenic and Abby's Choice, we now have four skincare brands with different positioning and consumer bases. As part of our efforts to ensure a smooth transition and integrations of the Galenic DR.WU's mainland China business in the first quarter, our team was focused on putting in place the right management team and incentive structure to rejuvenate each brand product and the positioning to accelerate e-commerce and to optimize supply chains.

The team has identified few products that resonate with the new generation of consumers and recognize some 30 % for these new launches, such as Galenic new BC serum and DR.WU's Mandelic Acid serum. Since Eve Lom's transition was completed at the end of the first quarter, we remain in the early stage of the integration process, which we spent over the second quarter. We believe that over time we will have significant room to apply our disruptive B2C model and core platform capabilities for our newly acquired brands as we help them to realize their full potential.  With four brands acquisition since mid-2019, our strategic investment and capital market teams have developed its core capabilities of sourcing, executing, and integrating new brands through these experiences and has continued to improve and upgrade. We have seen 2020 started to see a number of high-quality brands emerge and become available globally and we are continually seeking to identify potential attractive additions to our portfolio.

We believe our process in acquiring is a testament to our rising reputation as a serious high-quality consolidator of global beauty assets. We plan to leverage this unique window of opportunity to add to our portfolio in a prudent and cost-effective manner. Aside from operational improvements and M&A continued investments in our core infrastructure and capabilities are also our central focus. We have increased our R&D spending during the fourth quarter to almost 2% of total net revenues, compared to 1.2% in the same period last year.

The buildout of our Guangzhou manufacturing hub and research center in the form of a joint venture with Cosmos is on track. This construction has started in late March. As of the end of the first quarter, we held a total of 75 global registered patents including 36 invention patents. Our open-lab R&D architecture, which encompasses our internal R&D division, as well as collaboration with the network of outside OEM and R&D partners, such as Sensient Technologies, Pierre Fabre, Guangzhou University of Science and Technology, etc.

We enhance our capabilities and abilities to develop unique active ingredients, formulations, and in the wake of packaging and application solutions. Finally, we would like to provide an update on our international business where our progress in certain markets such as Southeast Asia has exceeded our expectations. So even though overseas sales represent a relatively small part of our overall sales in the first quarter of 2021, it is worth noting that we have already become one of the top-selling brands in the online cosmetic categories in fast-growing consumer markets, such as Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. We are inspired by the success enjoyed by other Chinese B2C companies such as Shein and Anker in the overseas market.

We have already started to learn from these leaders, and it may accelerate our overseas business in the future. Thank you, everyone. With that, I will now turn the court over to our CFO, Donghao Yang to discuss our financial performance.

Donghao Yang -- Chief Financial Officer and Director

Thank you, David, and hello, everyone. Before I get started, I would like to clarify that all financial numbers presented today are in RMB amount and all percentage changes referred to year over year changes unless otherwise noted. Total net revenues for the first quarter of 2021 increase by 42.7% to RMB 1.4 billion from RMB 1 billion for the first quarter of 2020, primarily attributable to the increases in the number of B2C customers, as well as revenue from our B2C customer during the period. Growth profits for the first quarter of 2021 increased by 58.3% to RMB 991.6 million from RMB 624.4 million for the first quarter of 2020.

Gross margin improved by approximately seven percentage points to 68.6% in the first quarter of 2021, compared to 61.7% in the same period of 2020, on the back of white disciplined pricing and discounts policies. On the business end, we saw increased sales generated from higher-margin brands and experience stores. We have also creatively premiumized our product offerings, enabling us to achieve higher average order value and better margin outcomes. Total operating expenses for the first quarter of 2021 is RMB 4.3 billion, compared to RMB 800.3 million for the first quarter of 2020.

As a percentage of total net revenues, total operating expenses increased to 92.4% from 79.1 % in the first quarter of 2020. Fulfillment expenses for the first quarter of 2021 were RMB 92.7 million, compared to RMB 107.1 million for the first quarter of 2020. As a percentage of net revenues, fulfillment expenses decreased from 10.6% in the first quarter of 2020 to 6.4% in the first quarter of 2021. The decrease in percentage was primarily due to the normalization of logistics expenses compared to the first quarter of 2020 during which the consensus was higher due to the impact from COVID-19.

Selling and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2021 were RMB 1 billion, compared to RMB 556.9 million in the first quarter of 2020. As a percentage of total net revenues, selling and marketing expenses were 72.1%, compared to 55% in the prior-year period. The increase was primarily due to investment in promotions and consumer awareness building for the newer brands and testing of the effectiveness of new traffic acquisition channel. General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB 172.3 million, compared to RMB 124.1 million for the first quarter of 2020.

As a percentage of total net revenues, general and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2021 decreased to 11.9% from 12.3% for the first quarter of 2020. The decrease in percentage is primarily due to increased economy of scale resulting from a higher level of revenue. Research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB 27.7 million, compared to RMB 12.2 million for the first quarter of 2020. As a percentage of total net revenues, research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2021 increased to 1.9% from 1.2% for the first quarter of 2020.

The increase was primarily due to an increase in personnel costs and share-based compensation expenses, a reflection of our commitment to enhance our R&D capabilities as a sustainable source of competitive advantage. Loss from operations for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB 343.3 million, representing an operating loss margin of 23.8%, compared to loss from operations of RMB 176 million or operating loss margin of 17.4% for the first quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP loss from operations for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB 258.3 million, representing non-GAAP operating loss margin of 17.9%, compared to a non-GAAP loss from operations of RMB 213.7 million or non-GAAP operating loss margin of 11.2% for the first quarter of 2020. Net loss for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB 319 million, representing a net loss margin of 22.1%, compared to a net loss of RMB191.7 million or a net loss margin of 18.9% for the first quarter of 2020.

Non-GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB 234.3 million, representing a net loss margin of 16.2%, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of RMB 129.4 million or 12.8% of net loss margin for the first quarter of 2020. Net loss attributable to Yatsen's ordinary shareholder per diluted EPS for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB 0.5, compared to net losses attributable to Yatsen's ordinary shareholders per diluted EPS of RMB 4.6 for the first quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP net loss attributable to Yatsen's ordinary shareholders per diluted EPS for the first quarter of 2021 was RMB 0.37, compared to a non-GAAP net loss attributable to Yatsen's ordinary shareholders per diluted EPS of RMB 0.92 for the first quarter of 2020. End of March 31, 2021, the company had cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash of RMB 4.3 billion compared to RMB 5.7 billion as of December 31, 2020.

Looking at our business outlook for the first quarter of 2021, we expect -- looking at our business outlook for the second quarter of 2021, we expect our total net revenues to be between RMB 1.49 billion and RMB 1.54 billion, representing a year-over-year growth rate of approximately 50% to 55%. This forecast reflects our current and preliminary view on the market and operational conditions, which is subject to change. With that, I would now like to open the call for Q&A. Operator?

Questions & Answers:


Thank you. [Operator instructions] Our first question today comes from Dustin Wei with Morgan Stanley. Please go ahead.

Dustin Wei -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Thanks for taking my questions. And my first question's regarding the guidance for the second quarter. It seems like -- it suggests that 3% to 7% quarter-on-quarter growth versus the first quarter. And I feel it seems, you know, weaker-than-normal seasonality for cosmetics.

So, is there sort of an adjustment going on with the like, you know, some strategy change or so management tends to be conservative? So, the first question regarding the guidance. The second question is that given the competition on color cosmetics seems to be -- become more intense, so is there any strategy change for the management sort of in terms of allocating more marketing resources to the skin care rather than color cosmetics? Is that kind of part of the reason that our sales growth's slightly sort of lower than previously? And the third question is regarding the net losses in the second quarter -- in the first quarter. So, the net loss on sort of the ratio is slightly higher than fourth quarter last year. I think that's mainly because of higher selling and marketing.

So, is there any further elaboration of that, and how should we look at that ratio for the full year? Thank you very much.

Jinfeng Huang -- Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer

So, for the quarter-over-quarter growth, I think the first thing we want to clarify is right now, our brand portfolio has been changing dramatically. So, we have three years -- we have three brands last year, but now we have seven brands. And in skin care, now we have four. So, you're right.

So, when we are thinking about the resource allocation for the coming quarters, we may allocate more resources into the skin care growth. And the skin care growth might not be as dramatic as color cosmetics. However, we think the growth of skin care, especially the luxury centers of the skin care category is more sustainable and that this might influence the bottom line as well. So, for the second thing about the competitiveness of the color cosmetics market.

So, if we look at the new monitored data -- so, last year, Yatsen as a company were -- was ranked as the No. 5. And then on -- so, in 2019. In 2020, the company was ranked at No.

4. But if you look at a growth rate of the 2020 over 2019 growth rate, at the -- based on the same database, Yatsen was growing at over 30%, while the No. 1, No. 2 was declining, and that the No.

3 was just growing at a single digit. So, if we look at the overall color cosmetics, we think we still have high-growth potential and that we will work to continuously expanding our brand in color cosmetics, and we are -- we will continue to invest to grow our existing brands, including Perfect Diary until we become the No. 1 company in terms of value share in color cosmetic markets. So, your third question about the increase in sales and marketing.

So, in the first quarter this year, because we newly acquired a couple of the skin care brands, at the early integration stage, the investment in brand building, and also cleaning the inventory for the distributors will be the two core things that we need to do. So, the investment for the -- our newly acquired brands, for example, we just announced the brand ambassador for Galenic in the first quarter. And then we believe the investment into strengthening the brand equity and then improving the brand awareness will be reflected in the growth in the coming quarters for our skin care brands.

Donghao Yang -- Chief Financial Officer and Director

Yeah. And one other thing I want to add is, you know, in Q1, you know, we spent some money testing, you know, the effectiveness of new traffic-acquisition channels. Channels that is, you know, doing quite good and some others. To figure out the best -- the most efficient, cost-effective way, you know, to acquire traffic and market or products.

And on top of that, you know, we are trying to put in place a more disciplined approach to, you know, ROI optimization. So, now, we're allocating, you know, our resources, you know, to maximize our ROI, you know, to allocate resources across different brands. And now, we have seven of them to make sure that we have the highest return, you know, on our investments. So, going forward, you just mentioned, you know, in Q1, our non-GAAP net loss is 16%.

Going forward, we do expect, you know, our net loss to come down and we are actually more confident about our future prospects of profitability going forward because now we're, you know, building this, you know, sizable and sustainable skin care business.

Dustin Wei -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Thanks a lot, David and Donghao. So, if I can just have a follow-up on that. So, are we still sort of aiming for like break-even or even better profitability for 2022, given the change of the focus toward more skin care?

Donghao Yang -- Chief Financial Officer and Director

Well, now, we are actually not in a position to give guidance on profitability two or three years from now. But as I said earlier, we're now even more confident about our future prospects of, you know, turning this business profitable.

Dustin Wei -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Thank you very much again.


[Operator instructions] The next question comes from Louise Li with Bank of America. Please go ahead.

Louise Li -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Hi. Thank you, management, for taking my question. So, my first question is also on the guidance for Q2. So, I recognize that Q2 basically is the easiest base or has the easiest base if we look at the last year.

So, is it fair to say in Q2 maybe is likely the best quarter in terms of the run rate -- gross run rate? This is my first question. And the second question is if we look at DTC growth -- DTC channel growth. So, previous -- in a previous -- in the past, we actually see the number of DTC customers grow faster -- grow faster than the actual value. So -- but in this quarter, in Q1 of this year, we actually see the higher ASP growth than the number of customer.

So, are we going to see a similar trend in the future or it's just a like one-off? And if this is the case, so how can we achieve the higher ASP in the future, particularly for that Perfect Dairy. So, you just mentioned that we achieved some brand upgrade for Perfect Dairy brand. So, are we seeing the discount rate -- lower discount rate, or we have a higher ASP for the newly launched products and then we give the similar level of discount? So, this is my second question. And my third question is also on the margin side.

So, for the Q1, we do see the higher selling and distribution ratio. But my question is whether this is more about the newly acquired brand or newly -- new brand? Or we actually see the quite average-- quite similar ratio for a different kind of -- for different brands? So, if we purely look at Private Diary, how is the trend versus the last year same time? Thank you.

Jinfeng Huang -- Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer

OK. For the first question, let's discuss about our Q2 guidance, about our growth. So, if you look at the brand portfolios we are having right now, and then also we just launched a new skin care brand. So, this brand -- so there's like -- even the price point is lower than Perfect Diary.

But this brand, it has a very young brand equity to attract the new category engines. So, the brand's targeting the young and Gen Z and Gen X consumers, who are newly adapting to color cosmetic products. So, the reason we do that is that we are right now upgrading the Perfect Diary product portfolios with two things. One thing is for existing products, where we will have this modest range on discount and promotions.

And then for our newly launched products, we are trying to catch up the upgrade and the premiumization share of the consumers. So that's why we can see an increase in gross margin of the -- in the first quarter. So having said that, so Little Ondine in the Quarter 2 last year had a very dramatic growth. So this year, we are also thinking about adjusting the investment level for Little Ondine as well.

So for the second quarter, we believe the growth reflects our change in the resource allocation with more focus on skincare brands, with more focus on adjusting the investment model for Little Ondine and Abby's Choice, with more focus on price up and also the premiumization of Perfect Diary. So that the -- that's why we think the growth will have some impact on the bottom line for the second quarter. And we believe the shift of the growth model will be more sustainable and more -- will become more robust in the coming quarters. So that's my answer for the first question about the Q2 guidance.

For the second one, the DTC customer growth versus the ARPU growth. You're right, if you look at the absolute percentage, we can see in the Q1 that the average revenue per customer, the growth, is higher than the DTC customer growth. So if you look at the brand portfolios right now, and then so Galenic and Eve Lom they are -- the price point of both brands in the premium skincare sectors. And then for even for DR.WU, the brand is on massive skin care price tier.

And for Perfect Diary, the brand is moving up to the high end of the mass market. Having said that, which means the ARPU, the average revenue per customer growth will be continued due to -- because of the resource allocated and invest in both [Inaudible] premium skin care brands and also the [Inaudible] color cosmetic Little Ondine and also Perfect Diary. So -- but we think it's also very important to capture a significant share of the new engines in color cosmetics. So we believe the launch of Pink Bear is a very important strategy move to capture the new engines with higher value-for-money products.

And then -- so right now, based on the monthly run rate of Pink Bear, we are quite happy to see the early stage results, which the Pink Bear is playing a very important strategy role to take the empty space when Perfect Diary is moving up. So looking forward, we think that both the DTC customer and also the ARPU will continue to grow. But each of the brand will play different roles in the -- in driving the growth of these two figures. So about -- your third question about the margin growth.

So right now, the gross margin in the first quarter over last year was -- is over -- it's like 7%. So -- because right now, the growth mainly -- the gross margin, mainly coming from two things. One thing, as I mentioned before, is the improvement -- the increase of the skin care brands. So the skin care brands' revenue as a percentage of Yatsen's revenue has been increasing.

And then because of those skin care brands, the gross margin is higher. So that's why we see the gross margin incremental here. And then for Perfect Diary, our flagship brand, in the first quarter, we launched some new quotas with higher gross margin. For example, the slim lipstick is capturing like higher market share in the first quarter.

And therefore, that product is becoming the top-selling product in lipstick category, but the gross margin of that quarter is higher than the other products of Perfect Diary. So we think the launch is not a direct price up of existing products. It's coming from more disciplined promotion and also new products to capture -- new product new innovation, providing more value to consumers. And then -- another thing I want to add up here.

So -- part of what we call the premiumization strategy for brands, we need to have some reason for consumers. So that's why we are consistently improving our R&D expenses. As long as we have better products, better innovation, and consumers, they are -- they have very high willingness to pay for those better products and the new products. So that, we think how we can adjust the risk of the premiumization of the brand.

Louise Li -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Thank you. Thank you. Just one follow-up. So in terms -- so you just mentioned that in the rest of the year, maybe we will see a better margin profile, given our strategy shift.

So in this case, so are we looking for non-GAAP net profit narrow versus last year? Or we're still seeing a similar level? Thank you. 

Donghao Yang -- Chief Financial Officer and Director

Sorry, as I said earlier, we're not in the position to give guidance on profitability for the rest of the year. But I said earlier, you know, as we are trading out of our existing brands and introducing more luxury skin care brands with higher margins, we are more, you know, confident, you know, on the profitability of our business going forward.

Jinfeng Huang -- Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer

Maybe I can just add one thing here is the change reflects our resource allocation -- reallocation among the brands, among our portfolios. So our resources will invest in the skin care category and also continuously invest in the new brands of the color cosmetics. So that's why we think this will impact our bottom line. But sorry about that, we are not going to give you any guidance on this one.

Can we come to the next question? Thank you.


The next question comes from Christine Cho with Goldman Sachs. Please go ahead. 

Christine Cho -- Barclays -- Analyst

Thank you, David and Donghao. So two questions. So one, could you -- is it possible to give us a rough sense of the sales contributions from your own organic brands versus the newly acquired brands, both in terms of this quarter, as well as the implied in your second-quarter guidance? And then secondly, David, you mentioned that in your remarks that nontraditional channel sales contributions have increased this quarter, including the short videos in TV and experience stores. Should we expect this trend to continue going forward? And also, would it be possible for you to elaborate on your strategy in these new channels? And then lastly, a quick one is, is there any update on the repurchase rate that you can share with us? Thank you.

Jinfeng Huang -- Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer

OK. So first one, about the organic brand. So if we -- I can clarify here. So even with the brand we acquired, in terms of the growth, we still invest a lot in the new acquired brands.

So if you're talking about the revenue split between existing brands, no matter it is incubated or the brands that are coming from last year or the newly acquired brand, the percentage-wise of the newly acquired brand was still relatively small in the total percentage of the revenue. But what we do is we invest in the new brands, and then we capture the growth. So until now, I would say that the main growth driver of this community comes from the organic growth, no matter it is the existing brand, incubated brand, or even the acquired brand. So that's about the first -- your first question.

And then we're quite happy about even our flagship brand like Perfect Diary growth in the first quarter because we see the growth of Perfect Diary, mainly coming from the newly launched, no matter it's the lipstick products or the category expansion into like the color contact lens and also the skin care products as well. So your first question -- the second question is about the nontraditional channels, for example, the TV or the short video or -- you're right, we see the trend will continue because right now, in the first quarter, as mentioned by Donghao before, we spent some resources in testing the new platforms. For example, as we all know, for some of the short video and also the live broadcasting the apps as they are devoting a lot of resources in building up their e-commerce part of the business, which means in terms of GMV, we see a significant growth potential for those apps and newly emerged platforms. So this is something that we spent a lot of time in the first quarter to study, to see what will be the impact for brands in the future.

So in the transitional business model, we have brand-building platforms, social media platform, and we have the transactional-based e-commerce platforms like mainly Alibaba, and etc. But now we see some of the newly emerging players in this market, they capture both part of the -- of it. So they can help you to build brands and that they can help you to complete the transaction. So it means a lot for brands.

So that's why we had some test in the first quarter by working together with the top-level management of those platforms. And we are very happy to see some early stage results coming from the test. So looking forward, we think our resource -- our growth outside of the traditional e-commerce platform will continue to lead -- to play as the growth driver for Yatsen as well. So for your third question about repurchase rate.

Irene, do you want to share? 

Irene Lyu -- Head of Strategic Investments and Capital Markets

Yeah. So for repurchase rate, we have been seeing similar levels in the past. So previously, I think in both when we were IPO-ing and also in the annual report, we mentioned the repurchase rate over a 12-month period has been -- they're seeing around 40%. And then recently, in this quarter, we didn't disclose the actual number, but the level has been in the similar level.

Christine Cho -- Barclays -- Analyst

Thank you.


The next question comes from Zhuonan Xu with CICC. Please go ahead. Zhuonan, your line is open.

Zhuonan Xu -- CICC -- Analyst

Hello? Can you hear me?


Hello, Zhuonan.

Zhuonan Xu -- CICC -- Analyst

Yeah, this is Zhuonan from CICC. Thanks for taking my questions. I've got two questions. The first one is what's our specific plan on the skin care business this year? And how will we allocate the resources, say, the marketing and the labor, the team of talent? The second question is, as we test in the new traffic acquisition channels, such as Douyin, you mentioned, could you further elaborate what we did? And how was the performance so far? Thanks.

Jinfeng Huang -- Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer

Well, for the skin care growth, so we think the acquisition of Eve Lom is a very important milestone of the company. So, you know, we -- so when we are entering into the skin care category, we -- it takes some time for us to improve our understanding of the category and also the -- to test whether the company's core capability can be able to apply into the skin category. So based on the early stage in the results in the past few months, we are very glad and confident that the -- so our business model is working in both color cosmetics and skin care. So going back to some of the brands we are like investing in, and then we see a very clear growth path for those brands.

For example, DR.WU. So we repositioned the brand and are focused on very specific benefit category -- or benefit space for the brand. And then we strengthened the brand equity and then focus on a couple of the SKUs. So if we look at the growth of DR.WU in Tmall, it's actually very consistent and remarkable growth.

So this brand has been selling in various live broadcasting in March and April, and we see the result was quite impressive. And then this month, we are continuing to invest in the brand building with the top KOLs, actually [Inaudible]. And so in June, this brand is going to have a big promotion, working with the top KOLs and working on the June 18 promotion event. We will see continuous progress on DR.

WU sales in the masstige skincare category. So we think marketing-wise, we --our team has been devoting a lot of resources in understanding the market landscape, understanding the heritage of the brand equity, and also reposition the brand to be better communicating to our core customer base. And then in terms of the teen integration, we are also very happy to see that. When we acquired those brands, no matter if it's Eve Lom or Galenic, and then we see the new talents of those teens has been played an important -- playing an increasing role in Yatsen.

So they have been more visible and also very experienced in this skincare. So we are very happy to work with them on R&D, on the formula development, and also on some new channels globally. So we see that integration is going on quite well. And we think the definition of the assets is not the brand but also the talent we get from the assets.

So going back to your second question about a new traffic acquisition. We are testing in a few of the nontraditional e-commerce platforms. In the first quarter, if you look at live broadcasting of Douyin, we see -- we think there are very interesting models of that. For example, we know for live broadcasting, there are two -- we say two type.

One type of leverage the KOLs. Another type is you would have the live broadcasting in your own flash stores. And then we think that growth of the -- your own broadcasting is a very good methodology to communicate with your core consumers your brand story, your R&D story, your formula superiority, and also the knowledge in skincare and also makeup. So this is the newly emerged channel.

And then we think that the growth of the -- of several castings in Douyin will play an increasing role in the sales. And then we also think Kuaishou is a very interesting platform. So with the idea of Kuaishou, we see the GMV growth was quite remarkable. And there are a few top KOLs emerging in Kuaishou as well.

And then we are looking at all of them to -- for the growth of the live broadcasting Kuaishou. And then don't forget, also other interesting, well, change happened in the first quarter. So we think behind -- so we are very excited about the change and are very, very happy that we passed it in the first quarter. So even with some -- we've made some mistakes in the testing.

But somehow -- well, we made those mistakes early. So now, with the model like the finalized, we are ready to move on and with the new emerging channels. And then we think that they will play a bigger pa -- they were taking bigger shares of the e-commerce landscape.

Zhuonan Xu -- CICC -- Analyst

Thank you.


Next question comes from Ingrid Zhang with UBS. Please go ahead.

Ingrid Zhang -- UBS -- Analyst

Hi. Thanks, management, for taking my question. I have two questions. The first is Yatsen has been very strong in terms of faster on-product launch, leveraging our strong consumer insights.

With the new cosmetics deregulation coming to effect this -- in May, could you share with us the potential impact on our business? The second question is we start out as a very strong company in mass, masstige segment, and particularly in color category. Now, we acquired a new on to premium to prestige skincare brands. Can you share a bit with us as our plan to grow these new skincare brands? Many thanks.

Jinfeng Huang -- Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer

OK. So first one about the replace -- regulation change of the -- in the beauty industry. So this is nothing new because we have been discussing this like in the past one year. And then so everything maybe May or June last year, and then so we were invited by the government to discuss the potential impact of the law.

So we knew that it's going to happen and we have -- we had a very solid plan together with our external partners. And then we consistently communicate with the officials in the related government departments. So right now, we did anticipate challenges from the implement of the new law. So going back to your first question about the speech to market.

Well, speech to market is what we believe is the core capability of the company. By that means we are jumping ahead of any like necessary or law we enforced a necessary step of the product launch. So we have a very strict quality control. And also, we have very strict benefit tests for our products as well.

So we believe our existing -- the SOP and our existing company like the spend is helping us to benefit from the launch of the new law. So we believe the --that the main purpose of the law is actually to have for -- a better-regulated market, but mainly targeting on some what we call the low end or the niche brand who are not that com -- in having a strict compliance with the law reinforcement. So that's about the first question. Well, so [Audio gap] the premium skincare brands, very interesting.

You know, when we launched the BC serum, this cover is really like a very high price, with health [Inaudible]. And then the label price was RMB 750. And we at the very beginning, we were quite concerned about the price point. But when we sell this product, and now it's basically stock out for like in the coming two months or something.

And then we achieved a new set of consumers who are not that price sensitive but more focused on the benefit and instant effect of the skincare products. So this gives us some confidence when we are targeting into the premium skincare sector. And this product -- so a lot of my friends have used it. And it's -- that the benefit is amazing.

And then basically, you've got a very shiny skin where one night like dose usage. So basically, we reinforce our belief that we need to consistently and heavily invest in R&D. As long as we have better technology and it's a pure product, price point is not something the consumers -- for some of the consumers that key concern is your benefit instead of the price. So if we're going back to the fundamental for us to win in premium or win in skincare, we strongly believe that R&D support of the winning formula.

Well, on top of that -- and then because of our large consumer base, it's easy for us to get a subset of the customer base who have a high willingness to pay for premium skincare products. So that gave us some leverage when we are expanding -- when we are launching new products or new breaks at early stage. But that's just for the early stage. Looking forward, we believe it's the product benefit or the product quality will play that definition and role in whether you can win in this market.

So that's how we think about the premium skincare brand growth. 

Ingrid Zhang -- UBS -- Analyst

Thank you.


The next question comes from Kevin Xiang with 86 Research. Please go ahead.

Kevin Xiang -- 86 Research -- Analyst

Hi. Thank you for taking my questions. I have two quick questions. The first one is about the offline business.

So could you please give us more color on the progress and recovery of our offline experience stores in the second -- in the first quarter and second quarter? And then my second question is also about the offline, but it's about the distributor model because we've noted that's why I see some brands such as Perfect Diary, Little Ondine, and Abby's Choice have collaborated with popular offline cosmetic chain store, H.E.A.T. in Chinese [Inaudible]. So how should we think about the role of these offline distributor model in the long run? Thank you.

Donghao Yang -- Chief Financial Officer and Director

All right. OK. I'll -- thanks for the call. I'll take, Xiang, your first one.

Well, currently, we have about 400 -- 245 offline stores and we do have a plan to open another 104 during the rest of the year. And the stores are doing quite well. And from a stand-alone business perspective, it is already profitable. That's about our offline business. 

Jinfeng Huang -- Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer

Xiang, to build on the first question. So the reason we are trying like a higher revenue per square meters for the -- for our offline stores. So we drive this, meaning leveraging our category expansion into skincare and also some like foundations. So we launched some interesting products purely for offline.

For example the essence and also the pre-makeup lotion, and also the moisturizer as well. And then also we also have some like sunshine protectors for our like foundations for offline stores as well. So we see a very specific set of the product, which is more fit with the needs of the our offline consumers. It's playing like -- it's taking a higher percentage of the revenue in our offline stores.

And for both subsets of the products, they have higher repeat purchase rate, higher gross margin, and better net profit. So that's why we were very happy to see that our offline stores are making money fair enough. So for the second question, the reason why we -- as a B2B consume -- company, why do we need to work with hit. So if we look at Perfect Diary, so Perfect Diary has few very strong infrastructure as we can see for the offline stores network.

But you can look at our newly acquired brands, economically, it's not making sense for each of the brand to spend offline stores similar to Perfect Diary. So for example, for Little Ondine, we have plans to open a one offline store in TX Huaihai in Shanghai. So, you know, it's a place for the fashion people and also very cool people. But when we are thinking that whether it be the Ondine expand like another 200, 300 stores in China.

We think the economy model might not work. So that's why we need to work with one distinctive partner, which can capture some of our brands and then lift them in the offline stores environment. We choose it because the channel can help brands to enhance the brand equity and the mainly focus on driving the consumers like for this experience. And they can deliver the brand message to consumers quite well.

And then -- and also for our brands portfolio, the expansion in the -- based on the retailer's model is helping us to reach more -- to be -- to reaching more consumers with lower cost. So that's the reason we are working with one partner right now. But having said that, it's the early stage experience -- experimental. So we will see when the results come back and then we'll have like some more knowledge or to decide whether you should be good move or not.

Kevin Xiang -- 86 Research -- Analyst

Thank you.


And that concludes the question-and-answer session. I would like to turn the conference back over to management for any additional or closing comments.

Irene Lyu -- Head of Strategic Investments and Capital Markets

Thank you once again for joining us today. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at Yatsen directly or TPG investor relations. Our contact information for IR in both China and the U.S. can be found in today's press release.

Have a great day.


[Operator signoff]

Duration: 62 minutes

Call participants:

Irene Lyu -- Head of Strategic Investments and Capital Markets

Jinfeng Huang -- Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer

Donghao Yang -- Chief Financial Officer and Director

Dustin Wei -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Louise Li -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Christine Cho -- Barclays -- Analyst

Zhuonan Xu -- CICC -- Analyst

Ingrid Zhang -- UBS -- Analyst

Kevin Xiang -- 86 Research -- Analyst

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