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Baidu Announces First Quarter 2008 Results
Apr 24, 2008

BEIJING, April 24 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Baidu.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: BIDU), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008(1).

    (1) This announcement contains translations of certain RMB amounts into
        U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of the
        reader. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from RMB to U.S.
        dollars are made at a rate of RMB7.0120 to US$1.00, the effective
        noon buying rate as of March 31, 2008 in The City of New York for
        cable transfers of RMB as certified for customs purposes by the
        Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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    First Quarter 2008 Highlights
    -- Total revenues in the first quarter of 2008 increased to RMB574.4
       million (US$81.9 million), representing a 108.4% increase from the
       corresponding period in 2007.
    -- Operating profit in the first quarter of 2008 increased to RMB147.4
       million (US$21.0 million), representing a 99.6% increase from the
       corresponding period in 2007.
    -- Net income in the first quarter of 2008 increased to RMB146.6 million
      (US$20.9 million), representing a 71.5% increase from the corresponding
       period in 2007.
    -- Diluted earnings per share ("EPS") for the first quarter of 2008 were
       RMB4.22 (US$0.60); diluted EPS excluding share-based compensation
       expenses (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2008 were RMB4.68
      (US$0.67).
       Costs and expenses related to Baidu's Japan operations in the first
       quarter of 2008 were RMB30.1 million (US$4.3 million), which reduced
       diluted EPS by RMB0.87 (US$0.12).
    -- The number of active online marketing customers during the first
       quarter grew to approximately 161,000, an increase of 3.9% from the
       previous quarter.

"This was another excellent quarter for Baidu," said Robin Li, Baidu's chairman and CEO. "Our revenue growth remained strong and is an indication of our ability to execute our strategy of providing the best possible user experience and service to our customers. Instrumental to our growth were the ceaseless efforts of our sales force and customer service teams who continued to deliver strong results despite a long Chinese New Year holiday and severe snow storms across large parts of China. In addition, a larger customer base contributed to strong organic and Baidu Union growth."

During the first quarter Baidu launched the public testing of Baidu Hi, an instant messaging platform complementing Baidu's suite of other already popular products such as Baidu Knows, Baidu Post Bar and Baidu Space. Initial results indicate a positive response to the new product. Baidu also recently signed an agreement with China Netcom (CNC). Under the agreement, Baidu and CNC created a jointly designed Baidu search page that CNC users are redirected to if they attempt to visit an incorrect or nonexistent URL. This arrangement allows CNC Internet users to find information they need more efficiently while increasing Baidu user traffic in a revenue sharing model.

First Quarter 2008 Results

Baidu reported total revenues of RMB574.4 million (US$81.9 million) for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008, representing a 108.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2007.

Online marketing revenues for the first quarter were RMB572.7 million (US$81.7 million), representing a 108.5% increase from the first quarter of 2007. The growth was mainly driven by increases in the number of active online marketing customers as well as revenue per customer. Baidu had nearly 161,000 active online marketing customers in the first quarter of 2008, representing a sequential increase of 3.9% and an increase of 43.8% from the corresponding period in 2007. Revenue per online marketing customer for the first quarter remained stable sequentially at approximately RMB3,600 (US$513), and increased approximately 44.0% from the corresponding period in 2007.

Traffic acquisition costs (TAC) as a component of cost of revenues were RMB76.6 million (US$10.9 million), representing 13.3% of total revenues, compared to 10.3% in the corresponding period in 2007. The increase in TAC as a percentage of total revenues primarily reflects the continued growth of revenue contribution from Baidu Union members.

Bandwidth costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB38.4 million (US$5.5 million), representing 6.7% of total revenues, compared to 7.8% in the corresponding period in 2007. Depreciation costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB53.2 million (US$7.6 million), representing 9.3% of total revenues, compared to 9.4% in the corresponding period in 2007.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were RMB147.0 million (US$21.0 million), representing an increase of 96.3% from the corresponding period in 2007, primarily due to expansion of the direct sales force.

Research and development expenses were RMB51.4 million (US$7.3 million), representing a 105.9% increase from the corresponding period in 2007, primarily due to an increase in research and development staff.

Share-based compensation expenses, which were allocated to related operating cost and expense line items, increased in aggregate by 32.5% to RMB16.2 million (US$2.3 million) in the first quarter of 2008 from RMB12.2 million in the corresponding period in 2007.

Operating profit was RMB147.4 million (US$21.0 million), representing a 99.6% increase from the corresponding period in 2007. Operating profit excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB163.5 million (US$23.3 million) for the first quarter of 2008, a 90.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2007.

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP), which is defined in this announcement as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, other non- operating income and share-based compensation expenses, were RMB228.4 million (US$32.6 million) for the first quarter of 2008, representing a 93.5% increase from the corresponding period in 2007.

Income tax expense was RMB10.9 million (US$1.5 million), compared to an income tax expense of RMB1.4 million in the first quarter of 2007. The increase in tax over previous quarters is due to expected increases in tax rates applied to two PRC-based subsidiaries as their tax holidays either expired or partially elapsed.

Net income was RMB146.6 million (US$20.9 million), representing a 71.5% increase from the corresponding period in 2007. Basic and diluted EPS for the first quarter of 2008 amounted to RMB4.29 (US$0.61) and RMB4.22 (US$0.60), respectively.

Net income excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB162.8 million (US$23.2 million), a 66.6% increase from the corresponding period in 2007. Basic and diluted EPS excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2008 were RMB4.77 (US$0.68) and RMB4.68 (US$0.67), respectively.

As of March 31, 2008, Baidu's cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments amounted to RMB1.7 billion (US$237.6 million). Net operating cash inflow and capital expenditures for the first quarter of 2008 were RMB248.9 million (US$35.5 million) and RMB158.5 million (US$22.6 million), respectively. A portion of the capital expenditure was associated with the construction of Baidu's new campus facility.

Outlook for Second Quarter 2008

Baidu currently expects to generate total revenues in an amount ranging from RMB780 million (US$111 million) to RMB800 million (US$114 million) for the second quarter of 2008, representing a 94.4% to 99.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2007 and a 35.8% to 39.3% increase from the first quarter of 2008. This forecast reflects Baidu's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call Information

Baidu's management will hold an earnings conference call at 8 PM on April 24, 2008 U.S. Eastern Standard Time (8 AM on April 25, 2008 Beijing/Hong Kong time).

    Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:
    US: +1-617-597-5326
    UK: +44-207-365-8426
    Hong Kong: +852-3002-1672
    Passcode for all regions: 87344072

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following number until May 1, 2008:

International: +1-617-801-6888

Passcode: 94512505

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of this conference call will be available at http://ir.baidu.com .

About Baidu

Baidu.com, Inc. is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider. As a technology-based media company, Baidu aims to provide the best way for people to find information. In addition to serving Internet search users, Baidu provides an effective platform for businesses to reach potential customers. Baidu's ADSs, each of which represents one Class A ordinary share, currently trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "BIDU".

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the outlook for the second quarter of 2008 and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as Baidu's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. Baidu may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Baidu's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: our growth strategies; our future business development, results of operations and financial condition; our ability to attract and retain users and customers; competition in the Chinese language and Japanese language Internet search markets; competition for online marketing customers; changes in our revenues and certain cost or expense items as a percentage of our revenues; the outcome of ongoing, or any future, litigation or arbitration, including those relating to copyright and other intellectual property rights; the expected growth of the Chinese language and Japanese language Internet search markets and the number of Internet and broadband users in China; and Chinese governmental policies relating to the Internet and Internet content providers. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in our annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Baidu does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of April 24, 2008, and Baidu undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement Baidu's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, Baidu uses the following measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the SEC: adjusted EBITDA, operating profit excluding share-based compensation expenses, net income excluding share-based compensation expenses, and basic and diluted EPS excluding share-based compensation expenses. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the tables captioned "Reconciliations of non-GAAP results of operations measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures" and "Reconciliation from net cash provided by operating activities to adjusted EBITDA" set forth at the end of this release.

Baidu believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and liquidity by excluding certain expenses and expenditures that may not be indicative of its operating performance from a cash perspective. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to Baidu's historical performance and liquidity. Baidu computes its non-GAAP financial measures using the same consistent method from quarter to quarter, except that the non-GAAP measures for the quarter ended March 30, 2006 reflected the one-time cumulative effect of change in accounting principle due to our adoption of SFAS 123(R) since January 1, 2006. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. A limitation of using non-GAAP operating profit excluding share-based compensation expenses, net income excluding share-based compensation expenses, and basic and diluted EPS excluding share-based compensation expenses is that these non-GAAP measures exclude share-based compensation charge that has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in our business. A limitation of using non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA is that it does not include all items that impact our net income for the period. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying tables have more details on the reconciliations between GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures.

    Baidu.com, Inc.
    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets


                                                 March 31,        December 31,
    (in RMB thousands)                             2008               2007
                                                 Unaudited           Audited

    ASSETS
     Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                  1,427,298         1,350,600
      Short-term investments                       238,776           242,037
      Accounts receivable, net                      65,432            64,274
      Prepaid expenses and other
       current assets                               70,330            65,996
      Deferred tax assets, net                       2,587             2,587
     Total current assets                        1,804,423         1,725,494

     Non-current assets:
      Fixed assets, net                            678,716           678,886
      Land use right, net                           95,984            96,472
      Intangible assets, net                        38,932            40,460
      Goodwill                                      51,086            51,093
      Investments, net                              15,061            15,439
      Deferred tax assets, net                      20,496            15,716
      Other non-current assets                      52,574            32,348
     Total non-current assets                      952,849           930,414

    TOTAL ASSETS                                 2,757,272         2,655,908

    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
     Current liabilities:
      Accrued expenses and
       other liabilities                           296,220           359,310
      Customers' deposits                          270,169           257,577
      Deferred revenue                              12,452            11,832
      Deferred income                                1,835             2,485
     Total current liabilities                     580,676           631,204

     Non-current liabilities:
      Long-term payable                                 --             3,000
      Deferred income                                   52               332
     Total non-current liabilities                      52             3,332

    Total liabilities                              580,728           634,536

    Shareholders' equity
     Class A Ordinary Shares, Par value
      US$0.00005 per share, 825,000,000
      shares authorized, and 25,136,147
      shares and 25,300,772 shares issued
      and outstanding as at December 31,
      2007 and March 31, 2008                           10                10
     Class B Ordinary Shares, Par value
      US$0.00005 per share, 35,400,000
      shares authorized, and 8,996,842
      shares and 8,894,411 shares issued
      and outstanding as at December 31,
      2007 and March 31, 2008                            4                 4
     Additional paid-in capital                  1,197,281         1,171,575
     Accumulated other comprehensive loss          (99,085)          (81,953)
     Retained earnings                           1,078,334           931,736
    Total shareholders' equity                   2,176,544         2,021,372

    TOTAL LIABILITIES AND
     SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                        2,757,272         2,655,908



    Baidu.com, Inc.
    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

                                               For the Three Months Ended
                                            March 31,   March 31,  December 31,
    (in RMB thousands except for share,       2008        2007         2007
     per share information)                 Unaudited   Unaudited   Unaudited

     Revenues:
      Online marketing services               572,710     274,666     569,588
      Other services                            1,686         914       1,474
     Total revenues                           574,396     275,580     571,062

     Operating costs and expenses:
      Cost of revenues (note 1, 2)           (228,592)   (101,895)   (216,012)
     Selling, general and
       administrative (note 2)               (147,031)    (74,893)   (132,230)
      Research and development (note 2)       (51,406)    (24,964)    (46,535)
     Total operating costs and expenses      (427,029)   (201,752)   (394,777)

     Operating profit                         147,367      73,828     176,285

     Other income:
      Interest income                          10,604      12,070      12,846
      Exchange loss, net                       (1,708)       (214)     (1,898)
      Other income, net                         1,194       1,208      14,044
     Total other income                        10,090      13,064      24,992

     Income before income taxes               157,457      86,892     201,277

     Income taxes                             (10,859)     (1,390)     18,561

     Net income                               146,598      85,502     219,838


    Earnings per share for Class A and
     Class B ordinary shares:
      Basic                                      4.29        2.53        6.45
      Diluted                                    4.22        2.47        6.32

    Weighted average aggregate number of
     Class A and Class B ordinary shares
     outstanding:
      Basic                                34,154,776  33,752,904  34,087,848
      Diluted                              34,765,164  34,669,009  34,797,946

    (1) Cost of revenues are detailed as
        follows:
        Business tax and surcharges           (35,071)    (16,610)    (36,614)
        Traffic acquisition costs             (76,632)    (28,347)    (72,299)
        Bandwidth costs                       (38,365)    (21,540)    (35,857)
        Depreciation costs                    (53,194)    (25,858)    (46,662)
        Operational costs                     (24,415)     (9,312)    (23,820)
        Share-based compensation expenses        (915)       (228)       (760)
        Total cost of revenues               (228,592)   (101,895)   (216,012)

    (2) Includes share-based compensation
        expenses as follows:
        Cost of revenues                         (915)       (228)       (760)
        Selling, general and administrative    (8,014)     (8,322)     (5,539)
        Research and development               (7,252)     (3,664)     (6,986)
        Total share-based compensation
         expenses                             (16,181)    (12,214)    (13,285)




    Reconciliations of non-GAAP results of operations measures to the
    nearest comparable GAAP measures (*) (in RMB thousands, unaudited)

                                         Three months ended March 31, 2007
                                   GAAP Result  Adjustment  Non-GAAP Results
    Operating profit                   73,828      12,214          86,042

                                          Three months ended March 31, 2007
                                   GAAP Result  Adjustment  Non-GAAP Results
    Net income                         85,502      12,214          97,716

                                        Three months ended December 31, 2007
                                   GAAP Result  Adjustment  Non-GAAP Results
    Operating profit                  176,285      13,285         189,570

                                        Three months ended December 31, 2007
                                   GAAP Result  Adjustment  Non-GAAP Results
    Net income                        219,838      13,285         233,123

                                          Three months ended March 31, 2008
                                   GAAP Result  Adjustment  Non-GAAP Results
    Operating profit                  147,367      16,181         163,548

                                          Three months ended March 31, 2008
                                   GAAP Result  Adjustment  Non-GAAP Results
    Net income                        146,598      16,181         162,779

    (*) The adjustment is only for share-based compensation.



    Reconciliation from net cash provided by operating activities to adjusted
    EBITDA(*) (in RMB thousands, unaudited)

                                          Three months ended    As a % of
                                            March 31, 2007    total revenues
    Net cash provided by operating
     activities                                 113,036             41%

       Changes in assets and liabilities,
        net of effects of acquisitions           16,688              6%
       Income taxes expenses                      1,390              1%
       Interest income and other, net           (13,064)            -5%

    Adjusted EBITDA                             118,050             43%

                                          Three months ended    As a % of
                                          December 31, 2007   total revenues
    Net cash provided by operating
     activities                                 334,609             59%

       Changes in assets and liabilities,
        net of effects of acquisitions          (44,063)            -8%
       Income taxes expenses                    (18,561)            -3%
       Interest income and other, net           (24,992)            -4%

    Adjusted EBITDA                             246,993             44%

                                          Three months ended    As a % of
                                            March 31, 2008    total revenues
    Net cash provided by operating
     activities                                 248,876             43%

       Changes in assets and liabilities,
        net of effects of acquisitions         (21,273)             -4%
       Income taxes expenses                    10,859               2%
       Interest income and other, net          (10,090)             -2%

    Adjusted EBITDA                             228,372             39%

    (*) Definition of adjusted EBITDA: earnings before interest, taxes,
        depreciation, amortization,  other non-operating income, and share-
        based compensation expenses.


    For investor inquiries please contact:

    China
     Helen Zhang
     Baidu.com, Inc.
     Tel:   +8610-8260-7558
     Email: ir@baidu.com

     Helen Plummer
     Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Beijing)
     Tel:   +8610-8520-3090
     Email: helen.plummer@ogilvy.com

    US
     Thomas Smith
     Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (New York)
     Tel:   +1-212-880-5269
     Email: thomas.smith@ogilvypr.com
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