|Baidu Announces Third Quarter 2011 Results|
|Oct 27, 2011|
BEIJING, Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011(1).
Third Quarter 2011 Highlights
Robin Li, chairman and chief executive officer of Baidu commented, "Baidu recorded stellar results in the third quarter driven by rapid growth in customer spending and user traffic. In particular, spending by large customers significantly outperformed our expectations as we continued to build strong relationships with high quality companies. China's search industry is still in its early stages, and as the clear industry leader we see enormous room for continuing growth as users and online marketing customers become increasingly sophisticated."
"On the user front, during the third quarter we launched a personalized homepage feature which provides users with a Baidu experience uniquely tailored to their individual online behavior, as well as instant and centralized access to their online social activities," Mr. Li continued. "As we continue to create new ways for users to engage with the Internet, we believe that more and more people will rely on Baidu as their online gateway, further solidifying Baidu's position at the heart of China's Internet ecosystem."
Jennifer Li, Baidu's chief financial officer, commented, "We enjoyed another strong quarter of top and bottom line growth, while maintaining a robust level of investment in R&D, infrastructure development and new strategic opportunities to support our future growth.
"In this quarter, we completed the acquisition of Qunar, a leading travel search engine in China, and for the first time consolidated Qunar's financial results. In addition, to support the rapid growth of our online video service provider Qiyi, we made a $23 million cash contribution and incurred a chargebased on equity method accounting. Our EPADS would have been $0.91 without this charge associated with Qiyi."
Third Quarter 2011 Results
Baidu reported total revenues of RMB4.175 billion ($654.7 million) for the third quarter of 2011, representing an 85.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2010.
Online marketing revenues for the third quarter of 2011 were RMB4.174 billion ($654.4 million), representing an 85.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2010. Baidu had approximately 304,000 active online marketing customers in the third quarter of 2011, representing an 11.8% increase from the corresponding period in 2010 and a 2.0% increase from the previous quarter. Revenue per online marketing customer for the third quarter was approximately RMB13,700($2,148), a 65.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2010 and a 19.1% increase from the previous quarter.
Traffic acquisition cost (TAC) as a component of cost of revenues was RMB334.1 million ($52.4 million), representing 8.0% of total revenues, as compared to 8.9% in the corresponding period in 2010 and 7.9% in the second quarter of 2011.
Bandwidth costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB165.7 million ($26.0 million), representing 4.0% of total revenues, compared to 3.8% in the corresponding period in 2010. Depreciation costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB176.9 million ($27.7 million), representing 4.2% of total revenues, compared to 3.7% in the corresponding period in 2010. The increase was mainly due to an increase in network infrastructure capacity.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were RMB460.2 million ($72.2 million), representing an increase of 55.4% from the corresponding period in 2010, primarily due to increased personnel costs and marketing expenses.
Research and development expenses were RMB382.7 million ($60.0 million), an 86.9% increase from the corresponding period in 2010. The increase was primarily due to increased R&D headcount.
Share-based compensation expenses, which were allocated to related operating costs and expense line items, were RMB39.4 million ($6.2 million) in the third quarter of 2011, compared to RMB24.4 million in the corresponding period in 2010 and RMB34.7 million in the previous quarter.
Operating profit was RMB2.226 billion ($349.1 million), representing an 88.5% increase from the corresponding period in 2010. Operating profit excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB2.266 billion ($355.2 million), an 87.9% increase from the corresponding period in 2010.
Loss from equity method accounting was RMB156.2 million ($24.5 million), representing an increase of RMB153.4 million ($24.1m) from the corresponding period in 2010. This increase was mainly due to a $23 million cash investment made in Qiyi.
Income tax expense was RMB317.6 million ($49.8 million), compared to an income tax expense of RMB165.2 million in the corresponding period in 2010. The effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2011 was 14.5%, compared to 13.6% for the corresponding period in 2010 and 14.9% in the previous quarter. The year-on-year increase was due to expiration of some PRC subsidiaries' preferential tax rates.
Net income attributable to Baidu was RMB1.882 billion ($295.0 million), representing a 79.8% increase from the corresponding period in 2010. Basic and diluted earnings attributable to Baiduper ADS for the third quarter of 2011 amounted to RMB5.39($0.85) and RMB5.38($0.84), respectively.
Net income attributable to Baidu excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB1.921 billion ($301.2 million), a 79.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2010. Basic and diluted earnings attributable to Baidu per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the third quarter of 2011 amounted to RMB5.50($0.86) and RMB5.49($0.86), respectively.
As of September 30, 2011, Baidu had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of RMB11.442 billion ($1.794 billion). Net operating cash inflow and capital expenditures for the third quarter of 2011 were RMB1.761 billion ($276.1 million) and RMB489.9 million ($76.8 million), respectively.
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP), defined in this announcement as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, other non-operating income and share-based compensation expenses, was RMB2.509 billion ($393.4 million) for the third quarter of 2011, representing a 90.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2010.
Outlook for Fourth Quarter 2011
Baidu currently expects to generate total revenues in an amount ranging from RMB4.410 billion($691.4 million) to RMB4.535 billion ($711.0 million) for the fourth quarter of 2011, representing a 79.9% to 85.0% year-over-year increase. 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 8:00 PM on October 27, 2011, U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (8:00 AM on October 28, 2011, Beijing/Hong Kong time).
Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:
A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following number until November 3, 2011:
Additionally, a live and archived webcast of this conference call will be available at http://ir.baidu.com.
Baidu, 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 individual Internet search users, Baidu provides an effective platform for businesses to reach potential customers. Baidu's ADSs trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "BIDU". Each of Baidu's Class A ordinary shares is represented by 10 ADSs.
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," "confident" and similar statements. Among other things, the outlook for the fourth quarter 2011 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, including development of new products and services; our ability to attract and retain users and customers; competition in the Chinese 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 intellectual property rights; the expected growth of the Chinese language Internet search market and the number of Internet and broadband users in China; Chinese governmental policies relating to the Internet and Internet search providers and general economic conditions in China, Japan and elsewhere. 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 the date of the press relesae, 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 U.S. 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 attributable to Baidu, Inc. excluding share-based compensation expenses, and basic and diluted earnings per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation of or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. 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, particularly share-based compensation expenses that may not be indicative of its operating performance or financial condition 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 has computed its non-GAAP financial measures using the same consistent method from quarter to quarter since five years ago. 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 these non-GAAP financial measures 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 results of operations. 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 the GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to the non-GAAP financial measures.
SOURCE Baidu, Inc.