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SINA Reports Third Quarter 2010 Financial Results

SHANGHAI, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- SINA Corporation (Nasdaq: SINA), a leading online media company and mobile value-added service ("MVAS") provider for China and for the global Chinese communities, today announced its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2010.

Starting in the fourth quarter of 2009, in addition to the disclosure of GAAP results below, SINA's historical revenues and certain non-GAAP measures (namely, gross profit, operating expenses, income from operations and advertising gross margin) have been revised to exclude results from China Online Housing Technology Corporation ("COHT"), adjusted for the impact of the amended and restated advertising agency agreement on a pro forma basis as if the agreement had been effective at the beginning of the periods presented.  These adjustments were made to reflect SINA injecting its online real estate advertising business into its majority-owned subsidiary COHT and exchanging its interest in COHT for approximately 33% interest in China Real Estate Information Corporation ("CRIC") upon the successful listing of CRIC on the NASDAQ Global Select Market in October 2009 ("Transaction").  Non-GAAP measures are described below and reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measures in the section below titled "Unaudited Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Results."

Third Quarter 2010 Highlights

  • Net revenues grew 12% year over year to $108.2 million.
  • Non-GAAP net revenues grew 20% year over year to $103.6 million, reaching the high end of SINA's guidance between $101.0 million and $104.0 million.
  • Advertising revenues grew 27% year over year to $81.0 million.
  • Non-GAAP advertising revenues grew 50% year over year to $81.0 million, within SINA's guidance between $80.0 million and $82.0 million.
  • Non-advertising revenues decreased 16% year over year to $27.3 million.
  • Non-GAAP non-advertising revenues decreased 31% year over year to $22.6 million, but exceeded SINA's guidance between $21.0 million and $22.0 million.
  • Net income attributable to SINA increased 87% year over year to $31.3 million, or $0.48 diluted net income per share attributable to SINA.
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to SINA increased 65% year over year to $33.2 million, or $0.50 non-GAAP diluted net income per share attributable to SINA.

"For the third quarter of 2010, SINA's online advertising business, which excludes the adjusted results of SINA real estate advertising, grew 50% year over year to reach a historical high.  The strength of SINA's online advertising business has accelerated our bottom line growth." said Charles Chao, CEO of SINA.  "On the operation side, we believe the continued momentum around our mini-blog SINA Weibo and the formation of strategic partnerships with MSN and NBA will further enhance our leadership position in China's online media space."  

Financial Results

For the third quarter of 2010, SINA reported net revenues of $108.2 million, compared to $96.4 million for the same period last year.   Non-GAAP net revenues for the third quarter of 2010 totaled $103.6 million, compared to $86.5 million for the same period last year.  Advertising revenues for the third quarter of 2010 were $81.0 million, compared to $63.8 million for the same period last year.  Non-GAAP advertising revenues for the third quarter of 2010 were $81.0 million, compared to $53.9 million for the same period last year. The strong year over year growth of SINA's online advertising business was partially due to a successful coverage of the World Cup in the third quarter of 2010 and an improvement of the business climate in China.

Non-advertising revenues for the third quarter of 2010 totaled $27.3 million, compared to $32.6 million for the same period last year.  MVAS revenues for the third quarter of 2010 amounted to $20.7 million, compared to $30.9 million for the same period last year.  The year over year decline in MVAS revenues was primarily due to China Mobile implementing a series of measures in late 2009 and early 2010. Other non-advertising revenues for the third quarter of 2010 included amortized deferred revenue of $4.7 million relating to the license agreements resulting from the Transaction.  

Gross margin for the third quarter of 2010 was 60%, up from 59% for the same period last year.  Advertising gross margin for the third quarter of 2010 was 63%, up from 61% for the same period last year. Non-GAAP advertising gross margin for the third quarter of 2010 was 63%, compared to 59% for the same period last year.  The increase in non-GAAP advertising gross margin was mostly due to revenues growing faster than advertising cost of revenues.  MVAS gross margin for the third quarter of 2010 was 38%, compared to 54% for the same period last year.  The decline in MVAS gross margin was primarily due to product mix and increased revenue share with MVAS partners.  

Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2010 totaled $36.0 million, compared to $38.3 million for the same period last year.  Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2010 included $2.2 million in stock-based compensation expenses and $0.2 million in amortization expenses of intangible assets.  Non-GAAP operating expenses for the third quarter of 2010 were $33.5 million, compared to $32.9 million for the same period last year.  

Operating income for the third quarter of 2010 was $28.5 million, compared to $18.3 million for the same period last year.  Non-GAAP operating income for the third quarter of 2010 was $26.9 million, compared to $16.7 million for the same period last year.

Interest and other income, net for the third quarter of 2010 was $3.4 million, compared to $1.8 million for the same period last year.  Interest and other income, net for the third quarter of 2010 included a foreign exchange gain of $1.4 million resulting from a distribution of dividends from a subsidiary to its overseas parent company.

The Company accounts for its investment in CRIC using the equity method of accounting and reports its interest in CRIC one quarter in arrears.  Equity income from CRIC for the third quarter of 2010 was $1.7 million, which is based on the Company's share of net income attributable to CRIC for the second quarter of 2010 less its share of amortization of CRIC's intangibles not on CRIC's books. On a non-GAAP basis, equity income from CRIC for the third quarter of 2010 was $5.3 million, which was calculated based on non-GAAP net income attributable to CRIC following the same non-GAAP financial measures as the Company.  

Provision for income taxes for the third quarter of 2010 was $2.2 million, compared to $3.3 million for the same period last year.

Net income attributable to SINA for the third quarter of 2010 was $31.3 million, compared to $16.7 million for the same period last year.  Diluted net income per share attributable to SINA for the third quarter of 2010 was $0.48, compared to $0.29 for the same period last year.  Non-GAAP net income attributable to SINA for the third quarter of 2010 was $33.2 million, compared to $20.1 million for the same period of last year.  Non-GAAP diluted net income per share attributable to SINA for the third quarter of 2010 was $0.50, compared to $0.34 for the same period last year.

As of September 30, 2010, SINA's cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $857.0 million, compared to $821.5 million as of December 31, 2009.  Cash flow from operating activities was $51.3 million for the third quarter of 2010, compared to $29.1 million for the same period last year.

Business Outlook

SINA estimates that its non-GAAP net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2010 to be between $103 million and $106 million, with non-GAAP advertising revenues to be between $81 million and $83 million and non-GAAP non-advertising revenues to be between $22 million and $23 million.  Non-GAAP net revenues and non-GAAP non-advertising revenues exclude the recognition of $4.7 million in deferred revenue, which is related to the license agreements resulting from the Transaction.

Non-GAAP Measures

This release contains non-GAAP financial measures.  These non-GAAP financial measures, which are used as measures of SINA's performance, should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, measures of the Company's financial performance prepared in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP").  The Company's non-GAAP financial measures may be defined differently than similar terms used by other companies.  Accordingly, care should be exercised in understanding how the Company defines its non-GAAP financial measures.

Reconciliations of the Company's non-GAAP measures to the nearest GAAP measures are set forth in the section below titled "Unaudited Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Results."  These non-GAAP measures include non-GAAP revenues, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income attributable to SINA, non-GAAP diluted net income per share attributable to SINA, and non-GAAP advertising gross margin.

The Company's management uses non-GAAP financial measures to gain an understanding of the Company's comparative operating performance (when comparing such results with previous periods or forecasts) and future prospects.  The Company's non-GAAP financial measures exclude certain items, including stock-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets, recognition of deferred revenues relating to the license agreements resulting from the Transaction and COHT's adjusted results (for certain non-GAAP measures) from its internal financial statements for purposes of its internal budgets. Non-GAAP financial measures are used by the Company's management in their financial and operating decision-making, because management believes they reflect the Company's ongoing business in a manner that allows meaningful period-to-period comparisons.  The Company's management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and others in the following ways:  1) in comparing the Company's current financial results with the Company's past financial results in a consistent manner, and 2) in understanding and evaluating the Company's current operating performance and future prospects in the same manner as management does, if they so choose.  The Company's management further believes the non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses, gains/losses and other items (i) that are not expected to result in future cash payments or (ii) that are non-recurring in nature or may not be indicative of its core operating results and business outlook.

The Company's management believes excluding stock-based compensation from its non-GAAP financial measures is useful for itself and investors, as such expense will not result in future cash payment and is not an indicator used by management to measure the Company's core operating results and business outlook.

The Company's management believes excluding the amortization expense of intangible assets from its non-GAAP financial measures is useful for itself and investors, because they enable a more meaningful comparison of the Company's cash performance between reporting periods.  In addition, such charges will not result in cash settlement in the future and is not an indicator used by management to measure the Company's core operating results and business outlook.

The Company's management believes excluding the recognition of deferred revenues relating to the license agreements resulting from the Transaction from its non-GAAP financial measures is useful for itself and investors, because they enable a more meaningful comparison of the Company's revenue performance between reporting periods.  In addition, such revenues will not result in cash settlement in the future and is not an indicator used by management to measure the Company's core operating results and business outlook.

The Company's management believes excluding COHT's results, adjusting for the impact of the amended and restated advertising agency agreement on a pro forma basis as if the agreement had been effective at the beginning of the periods presented, from its non-GAAP financial measures to reflect the spin off of COHT is useful for itself and investors, because they enable management and investors to gain a better understanding of the Company's comparative operating performance (when comparing such results with the current period or forecasts) and future prospects.

The Company's non-GAAP equity income from its interest in net income attributable to CRIC exclude stock-based compensation, amortization expense of intangible assets and gains from the purchase of a business, which are consistent with the Company's adjusted items to calculate non-GAAP measures.

The non-GAAP financial measures have limitations.  They do not include all items of income and expense that affect the Company's operations.  Specifically, these non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, may not be comparable to non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies and, with respect to the non-GAAP financial measures that exclude certain items under GAAP, do not reflect any benefit that such items may confer to the Company.  Management compensates for these limitations by also considering the Company's financial results as determined in accordance with GAAP.

Conference Call

SINA will host a conference call at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time to present an overview of the Company's financial performance and business operations. A live webcast of the call will be available from 8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 (9:00 a.m.10:00 a.m. Beijing Time on November 17, 2010). The webcast can be accessed through the Company's corporate website at http://corp.sina.com. A dial-in to the conference is also available. Dial-in details are as follows:

US:

+1 857 350 1586

UK:

+44 207 365 8426

Hong Kong:

+852 3002 1672

Password for all regions:

73304515



A replay of the conference call will be available through midnight Eastern Time, November 23, 2010. The dial-in number is + 1 617 801 6888 (International). The pass code for the replay is 29517329.

About SINA

SINA Corporation (NASDAQ GS: SINA) is a leading online media company and mobile value-added service provider for China and for the global Chinese communities.  With a branded network of localized websites targeting Greater China and overseas Chinese, the Company provides services through five major business lines including SINA.com (online news and content), SINA Mobile (MVAS), SINA Community (Web 2.0-based services and games), SINA.net (search and enterprise services) and SINA E-Commerce (online shopping).  Together these business lines provide an array of services, including region-focused online portals, MVAS, social networking service (SNS), blog, audio and video streaming, album, online games, email, search, classified listings, fee-based services, e-commerce and enterprise e-solutions.  The Company generates the majority of its revenues from online advertising and MVAS offerings, and, to a lesser extent, from search and other fee-based services.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that relate to, among other things, SINA's expected financial performance and SINA's strategic and operational plans (as described without limitation in the "Business Outlook" section and in quotations from management in this press release).  SINA may also make forward-looking statements in the Company's periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report to shareholders, in its proxy statements, in its offering circulars and prospectuses, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties.  SINA assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements in this release and elsewhere.  Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties.  A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.  Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, SINA's limited operating history, the current global financial and credit market crisis and its impact on the Chinese economy, the recent slower growth of the Chinese economy, the uncertain regulatory landscape in the People's Republic of China, fluctuations in the Company's quarterly operating results, the Company's reliance on online advertising sales and MVAS for a majority of its revenues, the Company's reliance on mobile operators in China to provide MVAS, changes by mobile operators in China to their policies for MVAS, any failure to successfully develop and introduce new products, including MVAS products, any failure to successfully integrate acquired businesses, and risks associated with CRIC, including the merger of SINA online real estate business with CRIC.  Further information regarding these and other risks is included in SINA's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2009 and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:

Cathy Peng

SINA Corporation

Phone: 8610-82628888 x 3112

Email: ir@staff.sina.com.cn



SINA CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(U.S. Dollar in thousands, except per share data)














Three months ended


Nine months ended



September 30,


June 30,


September 30,



2010


2009


2010


2010


2009

Net revenues:










   Advertising

$ 80,994


$ 63,782


$ 73,090


$ 208,363


$ 164,708

   Non-advertising

27,252


32,576


26,326


84,300


95,673



108,246


96,358


99,416


292,663


260,381

Cost of revenues:










   Advertising  (a)

30,269


25,104


29,053


83,324


70,978

   Non-advertising

13,465


14,627


12,303


38,637


43,873



43,734


39,731


41,356


121,961


114,851

Gross profit

64,512


56,627


58,060


170,702


145,530












Operating expenses:










   Sales and marketing (a)

21,132


21,757


19,584


57,766


58,704

   Product development (a)

8,684


7,851


7,983


24,352


23,170

   General and administrative (a)

5,914


8,324


4,169


16,289


21,804

   Amortization of intangibles

240


412


246


3,086


1,234



35,970


38,344


31,982


101,493


104,912

Income from operations

28,542


18,283


26,078


69,209


40,618












Non-operating income:










  Interest and other income, net

3,355


1,848


1,601


6,549


6,904

  Income (loss) from investments, net

1,570


-


(84)


11,477


-



4,925


1,848


1,517


18,026


6,904












Income before income taxes

33,467


20,131


27,595


87,235


47,522

Provision for income taxes

(2,226)


(3,268)


(2,391)


(6,515)


(7,311)












Net income

31,241


16,863


25,204


80,720


40,211

  Less: Net income (loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interest

(69)


160


(25)


(172)


421












Net income attributable to SINA

$ 31,310


$ 16,703


$ 25,229


$   80,892


$   39,790























Basic net income per share attributable to SINA

$     0.51


$     0.31


$     0.41


$       1.32


$       0.74

Diluted net income per share attributable to SINA

$     0.48


$     0.29


$     0.38


$       1.23


$       0.68












Shares used in computing  basic










  net income per share attributable to SINA

61,249


53,884


61,066


61,080


54,025

Shares used in computing diluted










  net income per share attributable to SINA

65,825


58,504


65,562


65,653


58,347























(a) Stock-based compensation included was as follows:











Cost of revenues - advertising

$      566


$      622


$      812


$     2,399


$     1,883


Sales and marketing

479


558


615


1,847


1,638


Product development

333


435


444


1,429


1,285


General and administrative

     1,377


     1,305


     1,531


       4,640


       4,714



SINA CORPORATION

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP TO GAAP RESULTS

(U.S. Dollar in thousands, except per share data)









































Three months ended


Three months ended


Three months ended



September 30, 2010


September 30, 2009


June 30, 2010







Non-GAAP






Non-GAAP






Non-GAAP



Actual


Adjustments


Results


Actual


Adjustments


Results


Actual


Adjustments


Results




















Advertising revenues

$        80,994




$        80,994


$        63,782


(9,875)

(d)

$        53,907


$        73,090




$        73,090

Non-advertising revenues

27,252


(4,687)

(c)

22,565


32,576




32,576


26,326


(4,686)

(c)

21,640

Revenues

$      108,246


$          (4,687)


$      103,559


$        96,358


$           (9,875)


$        86,483


$        99,416


$           (4,686)


$        94,730






























622

(a)












566

(a)





88

(b)





812

(a)






(4,687)

(c)





(7,797)

(d)





(4,686)

(c)


Gross profit

$        64,512


$          (4,121)


$        60,391


$        56,627


$           (7,087)


$        49,540


$        58,060


$           (3,874)


$        54,186






























(2,298)

(a)












(2,189)

(a)





(412)

(b)





(2,590)

(a)






(240)

(b)





(2,757)

(d)





(246)

(b)


Operating expenses

$        35,970


$          (2,429)


$        33,541


$        38,344


$           (5,467)


$        32,877


$        31,982


$           (2,836)


$        29,146











































2,755

(a)





2,920

(a)





3,402

(a)






240

(b)





500

(b)





246

(b)






(4,687)

(c)





(5,040)

(d)





(4,686)

(c)


Income from operations

$        28,542


$          (1,692)


$        26,850


$        18,283


$           (1,620)


$        16,663


$        26,078


$           (1,038)


$        25,040






























































2,755

(a)











3,402

(a)






240

(b)











246

(b)






3,569

(e)





2,903

(a)





3,558

(e)






(4,687)

(c)





470

(b)





(4,686)

(c)


Net income attributable to SINA

$        31,310


$            1,877


$        33,187


$        16,703


$             3,373


$        20,076


$        25,229


$            2,520


$        27,749







































Diluted net income per share attributable to SINA

$            0.48




$            0.50


$            0.29




$            0.34


$            0.38




$            0.42

Shares used in computing diluted


















net income per share attributable to SINA

65,825




65,825


58,504




58,504


65,562




65,562







































Gross margin - advertising

63%


0%


63%


61%


-2%


59%


60%


1%


61%


















Nine months ended


Nine months ended



September 30, 2010


September 30, 2009







Non-GAAP






Non-GAAP



Actual


Adjustments


Results


Actual


Adjustments


Results














Advertising revenues

$      208,363




$      208,363


$      164,708


(25,702)

(d)

$      139,006

Non-advertising revenues

84,300


(14,059)

(c)

70,241


95,673




95,673

Revenues

$      292,663


$        (14,059)


$      278,604


$      260,381


$         (25,702)


$      234,679
























1,883

(a)






2,399

(a)





265

(b)






(14,059)

(c)





(20,409)

(d)


Gross profit

$      170,702


$        (11,660)


$      159,042


$      145,530


$         (18,261)


$      127,269
























(7,637)

(a)






(7,916)

(a)





(1,234)

(b)






(3,086)

(b)





(8,117)

(d)


Operating expenses

$      101,493


$        (11,002)


$        90,491


$      104,912


$         (16,988)


$        87,924


















10,315

(a)





9,520

(a)






3,086

(b)





1,499

(b)






(14,059)

(c)





(12,292)

(d)


Income from operations

$        69,209


$             (658)


$        68,551


$        40,618


$           (1,273)


$        39,345


















10,315

(a)












3,086

(b)












3,033

(e)





9,479

(a)






(14,059)

(c)





1,409

(b)


Net income attributable to SINA

$        80,892


$            2,375


$        83,267


$        39,790


$           10,888


$        50,678



























Diluted net income per share attributable to SINA

$            1.23




$            1.27


$            0.68




$            0.87

Shares used in computing diluted












net income per share attributable to SINA

65,653




65,653


58,347




58,347



























Gross margin - advertising

60%


1%


61%


57%


-3%


54%








































(a)  To adjust stock-based compensation related to employee incentives.

(b)  To adjust  amortization of intangible assets.

(c)  To adjust the recognition of deferred revenue related to the license agreements resulting from the transaction with CRIC.

(d)  To exclude COHT’s results, adjusting for the impact of the amended and restated advertising agency agreement on a pro forma basis as if the agreement had been effective at the beginning of the period presented.

(e)  To adjust share of CRIC's GAAP to Non-GAAP reconciling items, net of share of amortization of CRIC's intangibles not on CRIC's books.
























Three months ended


Three months ended


Nine months ended



September 30, 2010


June 30, 2010


September 30, 2010



Actual


Adjustments


Non-GAAP Results


Actual


Adjustments


Non-GAAP Results


Actual


Adjustments


Non-GAAP Results





















To adjust stock-based compensation



$            1,311






$             1,311






$            3,912




To adjust amortization expenses of intangible



















assets resulting from business acquisitions



1,485






1,474






4,658




To adjust gains from the purchase of a business:



















Income from investment in affiliates*



-






-






(7,155)




Gain from settlement of pre-existing



















relationship with COHT



-






-






(701)




Equity income from CRIC

$          2,491


$            2,796


$          5,287


$             650


$             2,785


$          3,435


$        13,947


$               714


$        14,661


Share of amortization of CRIC's intangibles not



















on CRIC's books

$           (773)


$               773


$                -


$           (773)


$                773


$                -


$        (2,319)


$            2,319


$                -



$          1,718


$            3,569


$          5,287


$           (123)


$             3,558


$          3,435


$        11,628


$            3,033


$        14,661







































 * Represents the excess of fair value over the carrying amount recognized as a result of acquisition of COHT.  



SINA CORPORATION

UNAUDITED SEGMENT INFORMATION

(U.S. Dollar in thousands)














Three months ended


Nine months ended



September 30,


June 30,


September 30,



2010


2009


2010


2010


2009












Net revenues











Advertising

$              80,994


$             63,782


$               73,090


$            208,363


$            164,708


Mobile related

20,658


30,881


19,964


65,176


90,745


Others

6,594


1,695


6,362


19,124


4,928



$            108,246


$             96,358


$               99,416


$            292,663


$            260,381












Cost of revenues











Advertising

$              30,269


$             25,104


$               29,053


$              83,324


$              70,978


Mobile related

12,741


14,223


11,660


36,825


42,644


Others

724


404


643


1,812


1,229



$              43,734


$             39,731


$               41,356


$            121,961


$            114,851



SINA CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(U.S. Dollar in thousands)













September 30,



December 31,





2010



2009



Assets



Current assets:
















Cash and cash equivalents


$                  620,777



$                746,423



Short-term investments


236,236



75,095



Accounts receivable, net


86,158



74,999



Other current assets


30,415



22,381



     Total current assets


973,586



918,898










Property and equipment, net


29,043



23,022


Goodwill and intangible assets, net


85,367



87,740


Investments


628,228



580,606


Other assets


4,060



3,576


Total assets


$               1,720,284



$             1,613,842











Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity



Current liabilities:








Accounts payable


$                      4,864



$                    1,918



Accrued liabilities


118,766



108,970



Income taxes payable


14,251



14,526



Convertible debt


99,000



99,000



    Total current liabilities


236,881



224,414










Long-term deferred revenue


150,190



164,019


Other long-term liabilities


3,548



2,710



    Total liabilities


390,619



391,143










Shareholders' equity








SINA shareholders' equity


1,328,389



1,221,727



Noncontrolling interest


1,276



972



    Total shareholders' equity


1,329,665



1,222,699










Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$               1,720,284



$             1,613,842



SOURCE SINA Corporation



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