424B2
BAIDU, INC. filed this Form 424B2 on 06/29/2017
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BAIDU, INC.

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

not assume the risks and rewards of ownership of products nor is it responsible for the actual fulfillment of services. Both of these are the responsibilities of the merchants. The Company recognizes revenue when all of the criteria prescribed in ASC 605 are met, which is generally when the foods, drinks or snacks are delivered to the users.

The Company also provides delivery services and charges a fee to users if the merchants do not provide such services. The Company recognizes delivery fees from users as part of its takeout delivery services revenue. The costs for providing the delivery services are included in cost of revenues.

Subscription services

The Company provides subscription services which requires the Company to stand ready to provide registered users with access to online documents sharing platform, personal cloud computing service and premium content provided by iQiyi. Access to these services are available to subscribers throughout the subscription period, and revenue is recognized ratably as services are provided over the subscription period.

Online marketing services involving Baidu Union

Baidu Union is the program through which the Company expands distribution of its customers’ sponsored links or advertisements by leveraging traffic of the Baidu Union members’ internet properties. The Company makes payments to Baidu Union members for acquisition of traffic. The Company recognizes gross revenue for the amount of fees it receives from its customers. Payments made to Baidu Union members are included in cost of revenues as traffic acquisition costs.

Barter transactions

Nonmonetary exchanges of licensed copyrights of video contents

The Company enters into nonmonetary transactions to exchange online broadcasting rights of licensed copyrights with other online video broadcasting companies (“OVBC”) from time to time. The exchanged licensed copyrights provide rights for each respective party only to broadcast the licensed copyrights received on its own website; meanwhile, each party retains the right to continue broadcasting and/or sublicense the rights to the content it surrendered in the exchange. The Company accounts for these nonmonetary exchanges in accordance with ASC topic 845 (“ASC 845”), Nonmonetary Transactions, and records the transaction based on the fair value of the asset surrendered.

The Company estimates the fair value of the contents surrendered by deriving an “average transaction price” using actual cash sublicensing transactions for the same content with comparable counterparties, when available. The comparability of counterparties is assessed based on a number of factors, including relative size and scale, as well as market share of online viewership traffic they generate. In instances when the Company does not have actual cash sublicensing transactions for the same content as reference points, the estimates of fair value of the content surrendered is derived using an average transaction price of cash sub-licenses of content that is similar in nature with comparable counterparties. To assess whether the content is similar in nature to the bartered content, the Company considers, amongst others, (i) the type and the popularity of the content (i.e. movie, television series); (ii) the geographic origination source of the content; and (iii) the unique visitor statistics for each OVBC.

The attributable cost of the barter transaction is recognized as cost of revenues through the amortization of the sublicensing right component of the exclusive licensed copyright, computed using the individual-film-forecast-computation method in accordance with ASC topic 926 (“ASC 926”), Entertainment—Films. The Company recognized barter sublicensing revenues of RMB108.12 million and RMB193.77 million (US$28.15 million) and related costs of RMB74.94 million and RMB194.30 million (US$28.23 million) for the periods ended March 31, 2016 and 2017, respectively.

 

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