Sohu.com Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2015 Unaudited Financial Results

01 Feb, 2016, 01:11 ET from Sohu.com Inc.

BEIJING, Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU), China's leading online media, search, gaming, community and mobile service group, today reported unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Total revenues were US$466 million(1),down 2% year-over-year and 11% quarter-over-quarter.
  • Brand advertising revenues were US$141 million, down 5% year-over-year and 7% quarter-over-quarter. Of this, revenues of Sohu Media Portal, or Sohu.com excluding Sohu Video, were US$49 million, flat year-over-year and down 4% quarter-over-quarter. Revenues of Sohu Video were US$51 million, up 1% year-over-year and down 8% quarter-over-quarter. 
  • Sogou(2) revenues were US$166 million, up 39% year-over-year and 2% quarter-over-quarter.
  • Online game revenues were US$127 million, down 31% year-over-year and 17% quarter-over-quarter.
  • GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. was US$31 million, or US$0.80 loss per fully-diluted share.
  • Non-GAAP(3) net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. was US$13 million, or US$0.34 loss per fully-diluted share.

Fiscal Year 2015 Highlights

  • Total revenues were US$1.9 billion, up 16% compared with 2014, a new high in Sohu's operating history.
  • Brand advertising revenues were US$577 million, up 7% compared with 2014. Of this, revenues of Sohu Media Portal, or Sohu.com excluding Sohu Video, were US$198 million, flattish as compared with 2014. Revenues of Sohu Video were US$213 million, up 21% compared with 2014. 
  • Sogou revenues were US$592 million, up 53% compared with 2014.
  • Online game revenues were US$637 million, down 2% compared with 2014.
  • GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. was US$51 million, or US$1.32 loss per fully-diluted share.
  • Non-GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. was US$4 million, or US9 cents loss per fully-diluted share.

Dr. Charles Zhang, Chairman and CEO of Sohu.com Inc., commented, "We ended 2015 with a solid quarter as both top-line and bottom-line results were better than our prior expectation. For the full year of 2015, despite the weak macro condition and adverse foreign exchange impact, we managed to deliver steady growth. Total revenues set a new record at $1.9 billion, up 16% from 2014. For Sohu Media Portal, while the slowdown of the economy shrank the budget of traditional brand advertisers, the rapid growth of revenues from Small & Medium Enterprises ("SME") customers helped offset the impact. For Sohu Video, its 2015 total revenues rose 33% from 2014 as non-advertising business gained encouraging traction. Sogou grew annual revenue to a new record high while achieving a sizeable profit. Changyou's full year revenues reached $762 million, the highest in its history, and its profit rebounded substantially as the result of effective cost control measures."

Dr. Zhang added, "On the business side, we are pleased to see the strong momentum across our key products. Benefiting from improved product design and enriched content, in 2015, Sohu News App's daily active users rose about 50%. Sohu Video invested heavily in developing professionally-generated content or PGC, a more cost effective category, where the traffic almost doubled during the year in terms of video views. In 2015, Sogou's operating metrics set new records across the board. In particular, the aggregate search traffic increased by 34%, mainly attributable to the triple-digit growth in mobile search traffic. Sogou's mobile keyboard App solidified its No.1 position in the Chinese language input market and ranked No.3 among all mobile apps in China in terms of daily active users, according to iResearch. "

Mr. Xiaochuan Wang, CEO of Sogou, commented, "In 2015, Sogou further reinforced its competitive position through differentiation. On top of exclusive access to Weixin and QQ Group content, we recently became the exclusive search partner of Zhihu, the largest online knowledge sharing platform in China. The variety of unique and premium content helped boost the Sogou Search brand and enhance search experience among users."

(1) In the fourth quarter of 2015, depreciation of the RMB against the U.S. dollar had an impact on our reported financial results.  Excluding the effect of foreign exchange rate changes, total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2015 would have been US$19 million higher, representing an annual growth rate of 2% and a sequential decrease of 7%.

(2) Sogou operates the search and search-related business and offers Internet value-added services ("IVAS") with respect to Web games developed by third-party developers. In the statements of operations, revenues from search and search-related services are recorded as "Search and search-related" revenue, and revenues from IVAS are recorded as "Others" revenue. 

(3) Non-GAAP results exclude share-based compensation expense, non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions and dividend and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders of Sogou. Explanation of the Company's non-GAAP financial measures and related reconciliations to GAAP financial measures are included in the accompanying "Non-GAAP Disclosure" and "Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Results of Operation Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures."

Fourth Quarter Financial Results 

Revenues

Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2015 were US$466 million, down 2% year-over-year and 11% quarter-over-quarter.

Total online advertising revenues, which include revenues from the brand advertising and search and search-related businesses, for the fourth quarter of 2015 were US$292 million, up 13% year-over-year and down 2% quarter-over-quarter.

Brand advertising revenues for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled US$141 million, down 5% year-over-year and 7% quarter-over-quarter. The year-over-year decrease was mainly due to decreases in revenues from the real estate and 17173 advertising businesses. The quarter-over-quarter decrease was mainly due to decreases in revenues from the online video and 17173 advertising businesses. Revenues of Sohu Media Portal, or Sohu.com excluding Sohu Video, were US$49 million, flat year-over-year and down 4% quarter-over-quarter. Revenues of Sohu Video were US$51 million, up 1% year-over-year and down 8% quarter-over-quarter.  

Search and search-related revenues for the fourth quarter of 2015 were US$151 million, up 37% year-over-year and 2% quarter-over-quarter. The year-over-year increase was mainly driven by the search business as a result of increases in the number of paid clicks.

Online game revenues for the fourth quarter of 2015 were US$127 million, down 31% year-over-year and 17% quarter-over-quarter. The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter decreases were mainly due to the natural decline in revenues of older games, such as TLBB 3D and TLBB, and a decrease in Web game revenue as a result of  the sale of the 7Road business in the third quarter of 2015.

Gross Margin

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 57% for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with 59% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 59% in the third quarter of 2015.

GAAP gross margin for the online advertising business for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 47%, compared with 52% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 49% in the third quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP gross margin for the online advertising business for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 47%, compared with 53% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 49% in the third quarter of 2015.

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for the brand advertising business in the fourth quarter of 2015 was 38%, compared with 48% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 40% in the third quarter of 2015. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to an increase in video content costs.

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for the search and search-related business in the fourth quarter of 2015 was 55%, compared with 59% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 58% in the third quarter of 2015. The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter decreases in gross margin were mainly due to higher traffic acquisition costs as a percentage of search and search-related revenues.

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for online games in the fourth quarter of 2015 was 78%, compared with 72% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 77% in the third quarter of 2015. The year-over-year increase in gross margin was due to a change in our revenue mix, where mobile games, which typically incur higher revenue-sharing costs compared to PC games, contributed less revenue.

Operating Expenses

For the fourth quarter of 2015, GAAP operating expenses totaled US$246 million, down 22% year-over-year and 7% quarter-over-quarter. Non-GAAP operating expenses were US$221 million, down 23% year-over-year and 17% quarter-over-quarter. We recognized US$52 million of goodwill impairment and impairment of intangibles via acquisitions of businesses, largely related to Changyou's Raidcall business in the fourth quarter of 2014 and US$40 million of impairments to goodwill and intangibles via acquisitions of businesses, largely related to Changyou's Dolphin Browser business in the third quarter of 2015. Excluding the non-recurring items, non-GAAP operating expenses were down 6% year-over-year and 3% quarter-over-quarter.

Operating Profit

GAAP operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2015 was US$19 million, compared with an operating loss of US$34 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and an operating profit of US$43 million in the third quarter of 2015.

Non-GAAP operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2015 was US$44 million, compared with an operating loss of US$6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and an operating profit of US$41 million in the third quarter of 2015.

Income Tax Expense

Both GAAP and non-GAAP income tax expense was US$20 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with income tax expense of US$9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Net Income

Before deducting the share of net income pertaining to non-controlling interest, GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2015 was US$9 million, compared with a net loss of US$33 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and net income of US$93 million in the third quarter of 2015. Before deducting the share of net income pertaining to non-controlling interest, non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2015 was US$34 million, compared with a net loss of US$5 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and net income of US$91 million in the third quarter of 2015.

GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. for the fourth quarter of 2015 was US$31 million, or US$0.80 loss per fully-diluted share, compared with a net loss of US$20 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and net income of US$39 million in the third quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. for the fourth quarter of 2015 was US$13 million, or US$0.34 loss per fully-diluted share, compared with a net loss of US$14 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and net income of US$49 million in the third quarter of 2015.

Liquidity

As of December 31, 2015, the Sohu Group had net cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of US$1.42 billion, compared with US$1.07 billion as of December 31, 2014.

Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results

Revenues

Total revenues for 2015 were US$1.9 billion, up 16% compared with 2014.

Total online advertising revenues, which include revenues from the brand advertising and search and search-related businesses, for 2015 were US$1.1 billion, up 24% compared with 2014.

Brand advertising revenues for 2015 were US$577 million, up 7% compared with 2014, mainly driven by the online video business. Revenues of Sohu Media Portal, or Sohu.com excluding Sohu Video, were US$198 million,flattish as compared with 2014. Revenues of Sohu Video were US$213 million, up 21% compared with 2014.

Search and search-related revenues for 2015 were US$540 million, up 51% compared with 2014. The increase was mainly driven by the search business as a result of increases in the number of paid clicks and higher average cost per click.

Online game revenues for 2015 were US$637 million, down 2% compared with 2014.

Gross Margin

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 56% for 2015, compared with 59% in 2014.

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for the online advertising business for 2015 was 44%, compared with 48% in 2014.

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for the brand advertising business for 2015 was 34%, compared with 43% in 2014. The decrease was primarily due to an increase in video content costs.

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for the search and search-related business for 2015 was 56%, compared with 54% in 2014. The increase in gross margin was mainly due to growing revenues, combined with lower costs as a percentage of search and search-related revenues.

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for online games for 2015 was 75%, compared with 78% in 2014.

Operating Expenses

For 2015, GAAP operating expenses totaled US$996 million, down 17% compared with 2014. Non-GAAP operating expenses were US$944 million, down 16% compared with 2014. The decreases were primarily due to decreases in salary and compensation expenses and marketing and promotional spending for mobile internet products of Changyou.

Operating Profit

GAAP operating profit for 2015 was US$82 million, compared with an operating loss of US$205 million in 2014.

Non-GAAP operating profit for 2015 was US$136 million, compared with an operating loss of US$131 million in 2014.

Other Income

Other income for 2015 was US$75 million, compared with other income of US$10 million in 2014. The increase in other income for 2015 included gain recognized from the divestment of 7Road, a Web game business of Changyou in the third quarter of 2015.

Income Tax Expense

Both GAAP and non-GAAP income tax expense for 2015 was US$77 million, compared with income tax expense of US$6 million in 2014. The increase was mainly due to an increase of US$52 million income tax expense incurred by Changyou.

Net Income

Before deducting the share of net income pertaining to non-controlling interest and deemed dividend to non-controlling Sogou Series A Preferred shareholders, GAAP net income for 2015 was US$109 million, compared with a net loss of US$171 million in 2014. Before deducting the share of net income pertaining to non-controlling interest, non-GAAP net income for 2015 was US$162 million, compared with a net loss of US$97 million in 2014.

GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. for 2015 was US$51 million, or US$1.32 loss per fully-diluted share, compared with a net loss of US$171 million in 2014. Non-GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. for 2015 was US$4 million, or US9 cents loss per fully-diluted share, compared with a net loss of US$120 million in 2014.

Ms. Carol Yu, President and CFO of Sohu.com Inc. commented, "For 2015, I am pleased to see our key business lines largely achieved respective financial goals set at the beginning of the year. More importantly, it is our privilege to work with the team of capable managers at each of business lines. When today we face the challenges in light of the rapid change of industry, I believe our cohesive team is able to ensure our success in the years to come."

Business Outlook

For the first quarter of 2016, Sohu estimates:

  • Total revenues to be between US$390 million and US$420 million.
  • Brand advertising revenues to be between US$125 million and US$135 million; this implies a sequential decrease of 4% to 11% and an annual decrease of 7% to an annual increase of 1%. Sohu Media Portal revenues to be between 35% and 37% of total brand advertising revenues. Sohu Video revenues to be between 31% and 33% of total brand advertising revenues.
  • Sogou revenues to be between US$135 million and US$145 million; this implies a sequential decrease of 12% to 19% and an annual growth of 16% to 25%.
  • Online game revenues to be between US$95 million and US$105 million; this implies a sequential decrease of 17% to 25% and an annual decrease of 43% to 49%.
  • Before deducting the share of non-GAAP net income pertaining to non-controlling interest, non-GAAP net income to be between nil and US$10 million.
  • Non-GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. to be between US$15 million and US$25 million, and non-GAAP loss per fully-diluted share to be between US$0.40 and US$0.65.
  • Assuming no new grants of share-based awards and that the market price of our shares is unchanged; we estimate that compensation expense relating to share-based awards will be around US$9.5 million to US$10.5 million.
  • GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. to be between US$25 million and US$35 million, and GAAP loss per fully-diluted share to be between US$0.65 and US$0.90.

Non-GAAP Disclosure

Revision of Non-GAAP Reporting

Prior to the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company's determined its non-GAAP results excluding share-based compensation expense, goodwill impairment, impairment of intangibles via acquisitions of businesses and related tax impact, non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions and dividend and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders of Sogou.

In the fourth quarter of 2014, we reassessed our definition of non-GAAP to better reflect the economic substance and performance of the Group. With the consideration that goodwill impairment and impairment of intangibles via acquisitions of businesses can be an indicator of the economic substance of the acquired businesses, we revised the definition of non-GAAP that we use, and excluded only share-based compensation expense, non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards, income/expense from adjustments of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions, and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders of Sogou. Our results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2015 are presented using this revised definition of non-GAAP.

Revised Non-GAAP Disclosure

To supplement the unaudited consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"), Sohu's management uses non-GAAP measures of gross profit, operating profit, net income, net income attributable to Sohu.com Inc. and diluted net income attributable to Sohu.com Inc. per share, which are adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude the impact of the share-based awards, which consist mainly of share-based compensation expenses and non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions, and dividend and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders. These measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.

Sohu's management believes excluding the share-based compensation expense, non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions and dividend and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders from its non-GAAP financial measure is useful for itself and investors. Further, the impact of share-based compensation expense, non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions, and dividend and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders cannot be anticipated by management and business line leaders and these expenses were not built into the annual budgets and quarterly forecasts, which have been the basis for information Sohu provides to analysts and investors as guidance for future operating performance. As the impact of share-based compensation expense, non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions, and dividend and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders does not involve subsequent cash outflow or is reflected in the cash flows at the equity transaction level, Sohu does not factor this impact in when evaluating and approving expenditures or when determining the allocation of its resources to its business segments. As a result, in general, the monthly financial results for internal reporting and any performance measures for commissions and bonuses are based on non-GAAP financial measures that exclude the share-based compensation expense, non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions, and dividend and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders.

The non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of Sohu's current financial performance and prospects for the future. A limitation of using non-GAAP gross profit, operating profit, net income, net income attributable to Sohu.com Inc. and diluted net income attributable to Sohu.com Inc. per share, excluding share-based compensation expense, non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions, and dividend and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders is that the impact of share-based awards and non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards has been and will continue to be a significant recurring expense in Sohu's business for the foreseeable future, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions  may recur in the future, and dividend and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders may recur when Sohu and its affiliates enter into equity transactions. In order to mitigate these limitations Sohu has provided specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying tables include details on the reconciliation between the GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to the non-GAAP financial measures that have been presented.

Notes to Financial Information

Financial information in this press release other than the information indicated as being non-GAAP is derived from Sohu's unaudited interim financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. It is currently expected that the Business Outlook will not be updated until release of Sohu's next quarterly earnings announcement; however, Sohu reserves right to update its Business Outlook at any time for any reason. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Sohu's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current plans, estimates and projections, and therefore you should not place undue reliance on them. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. We caution you that 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, instability in global financial and credit markets and its potential impact on the Chinese economy; exchange rate fluctuations, including their potential impact on the Chinese economy and on Sohu's reported US dollar results; recent slow-downs in the growth of the Chinese economy; the uncertain regulatory landscape in the People's Republic of China; fluctuations in Sohu's quarterly operating results; Sohu's current and projected future losses due to increased spending by Sohu for video content; the possibilities that Sohu will be unable to recoup its investment in video content and that Changyou will be unable to develop a series of successful games for mobile platforms or successfully monetize mobile games it develops or acquires; and Sohu's reliance on online advertising sales, online games and mobile services for its revenues. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Sohu's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Conference Call and Webcast

Sohu's management team will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time, February 1, 2016 (9:30 p.m. Beijing/Hong Kong time, February 1, 2016) following the quarterly and fiscal year results announcement.

The dial-in details for the live conference call are:

US Toll-Free:

+1-866-519-4004

International:

+65-6713-5090

Hong Kong:

+852-3018-6771

China Mainland

+86-800-819-0121 / +86-400-620-8038

Passcode:

SOHU

Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time on February 1 through February 7, 2016. The dial-in details for the telephone replay are:

International:

+1-646-254-3697

Passcode:

26859474

The live Webcast and archive of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of Sohu's Website at http://investors.sohu.com/.

About Sohu.com

Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU) is China's premier online brand and indispensable to the daily life of millions of Chinese, providing a network of Web properties and community based/Web 2.0 products which offer the vast Sohu user community a broad array of choices regarding information, entertainment and communication. Sohu has built one of the most comprehensive matrices of Chinese language web properties and proprietary search engines, consisting of the mass portal and leading online media destination www.sohu.com; the interactive search engine www.sogou.com; the developer and operator of online games www.changyou.com/en/ and the leading online video Website tv.sohu.com.

Sohu corporate services consist of online brand advertising on its matrix of websites as well as bid listing and home page on its in-house developed search directory and engine. Sohu also provides multiple news and information service on mobile platforms, including Sohu News App and mobile news portal m.sohu.com. Sohu's online game subsidiary, Changyou.com (NASDAQ: CYOU) has a diverse portfolio of popular online games, such as Tian Long Ba Bu ("TLBB"), one of the most popular PC games in China, as well as a number of mobile games. Changyou also owns and operates the 17173.com Website, a leading game information portal in China. Sohu.com, established by Dr. Charles Zhang, one of China's internet pioneers, is in its twentieth year of operation.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:

Mr. Eric Yuan

Sohu.com Inc.

Tel:

+86 (10) 6272-6593

E-mail:

ir@contact.sohu.com  

In the United States:


Ms. Linda Bergkamp

Christensen

Tel:

+1 (480) 614-3004

E-mail:

lbergkamp@christensenir.com  

 


SOHU.COM INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED, IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)






Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended




Dec. 31, 2015


Sep. 30, 2015


Dec. 31, 2014


Dec. 31, 2015


Dec. 31, 2014


Revenues:












Online advertising












        Brand advertising

$

140,927

$

151,517

$

147,824

$

577,114

$

541,158


        Search and search-related


151,251


147,938


110,029


539,521


357,839


             Subtotal


292,178


299,455


257,853


1,116,635


898,997


Online games


127,001


152,501


184,405


636,846


652,008


Others


46,924


70,134


34,938


183,610


122,072


                  Total revenues


466,103


522,090


477,196


1,937,091


1,673,077














Cost of revenues:












Online advertising












       Brand advertising (includes stock-based 
           compensation expense of $534, $184, $167, $1,381 and 
           $823, respectively)


87,625


91,163


77,246


383,187


307,708


 Search and search-related (includes stock-based
     compensation expense of $211, $12, $386, $330 and 
     $1,092, respectively)


68,108


62,365


45,386


238,944


163,918


   Subtotal


155,733


153,528


122,632


622,131


471,626


Online games (includes stock-based compensation
    expense of $45, $-96, $-37, $37 and $55, respectively)


28,266


34,635


51,754


156,315


142,552


Others (includes stock-based compensation expense
    of $0, $0, $2, $0 and $2, respectively)


17,552


25,996


21,204


80,618


71,456


          Total cost of revenues


201,551


214,159


195,590


859,064


685,634














Gross profit


264,552


307,931


281,606


1,078,027


987,443














Operating expenses:












Product development (includes stock-based
    compensation expense of $9,665, $-1,332, $8,983, $19,343
    and $24,982,  respectively)


102,402


92,779


81,374


398,143


409,285


Sales and marketing (includes stock-based
    compensation expense of $1,482, $466, $1,894, $3,055 and
    $5,645, respectively)


98,230


98,596


115,812


383,931


526,514


General and administrative (includes stock-based
    compensation expense of $13,042, $-1,536, $16,442,
    $29,297 and $41,843, respectively)


44,946


33,330


65,995


173,160


204,325


Goodwill impairment and impairment of intangibles via
    acquisitions of businesses


-


40,324


52,282


40,324


52,282


           Total operating expenses


245,578


265,029


315,463


995,558


1,192,406














Operating profit /(loss)


18,974


42,902


(33,857)


82,469


(204,963)














Other income


1,590


70,219


4,619


74,526


9,959


Interest income


6,004


5,192


6,273


23,459


30,977


Exchange difference


1,885


4,322


(1,169)


5,337


(1,142)


Income /(loss) before income tax expense


28,453


122,635


(24,134)


185,791


(165,169)


 

Income tax expense


19,656


29,461


8,612


76,936


6,050


Net Income /(loss)


8,797


93,174


(32,746)


108,855


(171,219)














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


39,197


42,142


(13,171)


146,542


(32,309)


Deemed dividend to non-controlling Sogou
    series A preferred shareholders


-


11,911


-


11,911


27,747



Net income /(loss) attributable to Sohu.com Inc.


(30,400)


39,121


(19,575)


(49,598)


(166,657)














Basic net income /(loss) per share attributable to Sohu.com Inc.

$

(0.79)

$

1.01

$

(0.51)

$

(1.28)

$

(4.33)


Shares used in computing basic net income /(loss) per share
    attributable to Sohu.com Inc.


38,646


38,633


38,501


38,598


38,468














Diluted net income /(loss) per share attributable to Sohu.com Inc.

$

(0.80)

$

1.00

$

(0.52)

$

(1.32)

$

(4.43)


Shares used in computing diluted net income /(loss) per
    share attributable to Sohu.com Inc.


38,646


38,665


38,501


38,598


38,468




 

SOHU.COM INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(UNAUDITED, IN THOUSANDS)




As of Dec. 31, 2015


As of Dec. 31, 2014

ASSETS





Current assets:





           Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,245,205

$

876,340

Restricted time deposits


227,285


282,186

Short-term investments


174,515


191,577

           Accounts receivable, net


273,617


230,401

           Prepaid and other current assets


158,890


116,704

                     Total current assets


2,079,512


1,697,208

Long-term investments


62,093


24,067

Fixed assets, net


508,692


540,778

Goodwill


154,219


303,426

Intangible assets, net


55,415


110,691

Restricted time deposits


136,694


144,562

Prepaid non-current assets


6,254


8,933

Other assets


39,315


37,344

                     Total assets

$

3,042,194

$

2,867,009






LIABILITIES





Current liabilities:





           Accounts payable

$

129,025

$

127,758

           Accrued liabilities


309,657


239,231

           Receipts in advance and deferred revenue


135,385


127,740

           Accrued salary and benefits


99,631


108,741

           Taxes payable


67,480


33,380

           Deferred tax liability


24,884


22,356

           Short-term bank loans


344,500


25,500

           Other short-term liabilities


154,017


105,644

           Contingent consideration


-


3,935

                     Total current liabilities

$

1,264,579

$

794,285






Long-term accounts payable


4,600


5,143

Long-term bank loans 


-


344,500

Long-term tax payable


24,732


24,829

Deferred tax liabilities


17,531


7,417

Contingent consideration


-


1,929

Total long-term liabilities

$

46,863

$

383,818

                         Total liabilities

$

1,311,442

$

1,178,103






SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:





          Sohu.com Inc. shareholders' equity


1,241,022


1,201,661

          Noncontrolling Interest


489,730


487,245

                     Total shareholders' equity

$

1,730,752

$

1,688,906






Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 

$

3,042,194

$

2,867,009

 

SOHU.COM INC.

RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP RESULTS OF OPERATION MEASURES TO THE NEAREST COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES

(UNAUDITED, IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)




Three Months Ended Dec. 31, 2015


Three Months Ended Sep. 30, 2015


Three Months Ended Dec. 31, 2014



GAAP


Non-GAAP
Adjustments


Non-GAAP


GAAP


Non-GAAP
Adjustments


Non-GAAP


GAAP


Non-GAAP
Adjustments


Non-GAAP
























534

(a)





184

(a)





167

(a)


Brand advertising gross profit

$

53,302

$

534

$

53,836

$

60,354

$

184

$

60,538

$

70,578

$

167

$

70,745

Brand advertising gross margin


38%




38%


40%




40%


48%




48%





211

(a)





12

(a)





386

(a)


Search and search-related gross profit

$

83,143

$

211

$

83,354

$

85,573

$

12

$

85,585

$

64,643

$

386

$

65,029

Search and search-related gross margin


55%




55%


58%




58%


59%




59%
























745

(a)





196

(a)





553

(a)


Online advertising gross profit

$

136,445

$

745

$

137,190

$

145,927

$

196

$

146,123

$

135,221

$

553

$

135,774

Online advertising gross margin


47%




47%


49%




49%


52%




53%
























45

(a)





(96)

(a)





(37)

(a)


Online games gross profit

$

98,735

$

45

$

98,780

$

117,866

$

(96)

$

117,770

$

132,651

$

(37)

$

132,614

Online games gross margin


78%




78%


77%




77%


72%




72%




































2

(a)


Others gross profit

$

29,372

$

-

$

29,372

$

44,138

$

-

$

44,138

$

13,734

$

2

$

13,736

Others gross margin


63%




63%


63%




63%


39%




39%











































790

(a)





100

(a)





518

(a)


Gross profit

$

264,552

$

790

$

265,342

$

307,931

$

100

$

308,031

$

281,606

$

518

$

282,124

Gross margin


57%




57%


59%




59%


59%




59%











































24,979

(a)





(2,302)

(a)





27,837

(a)


Operating profit /(loss)

$

18,974

$

24,979

$

43,953

$

42,902

$

(2,302)

$

40,600

$

(33,857)

$

27,837

$

(6,020)

Operating margin


4%




9%


8%




8%


-7%




-1%
























25,047

(a)





(2,302)

(a)





27,837

(a)


Net income /(loss) before
Non-Controlling Interest

$

8,797

$

25,047

$

33,844

$

93,174

$

(2,302)

$

90,872

$

(32,746)

$

27,837

$

(4,909)






























(2,302)

(a)












25,047

(a)





725

(b)





27,837

(a)






(7,352)

(b)





11,911

(c)





(21,757)

(b)


Net income /(loss) attributable to
Sohu.com Inc. for diluted
net income /(loss) per share

$

(30,746)

$

17,695

$

(13,051)

$

38,796

$

10,334

$

49,130

$

(20,082)

$

6,080

$

(14,002)

Diluted net income /(loss)
per share attributable to
Sohu.com Inc.

$

(0.80)



$

(0.34)

$

1.00



$

1.27

$

(0.52)



$

(0.36)

 

Shares used in computing
diluted net income /(loss) per
share attributable to Sohu.com Inc.


38,646




38,646


38,665




38,701


38,501




38,501




















Note:

(a) To eliminate the impact of share-based awards as measured using the fair value method.

(b) To adjust Sohu's economic interests in Changyou and Sogou under the treasury stock method.

(c) Deemed dividend to non-controlling Sogou series A preferred shareholders.

 

SOHU.COM INC.

RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP RESULTS OF OPERATION MEASURES TO THE NEAREST COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES

(UNAUDITED, IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)




Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31, 2015


Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31, 2014



GAAP


Non-GAAP
Adjustments


Non-GAAP


GAAP


Non-GAAP
Adjustments


Non-GAAP


















1,381

(a)





823

(a)


Brand advertising gross profit

$

193,927

$

1,381

$

195,308

$

233,450

$

823

$

234,273

Brand advertising gross margin


34%




34%


43%




43%


















330

(a)





1,092

(a)


Search and search-related
gross profit

$

300,577

$

330

$

300,907

$

193,921

$

1,092

$

195,013

Search and search-related
gross margin


56%




56%


54%




54%


















1,711

(a)





1,915

(a)


Online advertising gross profit

$

494,504

$

1,711

$

496,215

$

427,371

$

1,915

$

429,286

Online advertising gross margin


44%




44%


48%




48%


















37

(a)





55

(a)


Online games gross profit

$

480,531

$

37

$

480,568

$

509,456

$

55

$

509,511

Online games gross margin


75%




75%


78%




78%





































2

(a)


Others gross profit

$

102,992

$

-

$

102,992

$

50,616

$

2

$

50,618

Others gross margin


56%




56%


41%




41%































1,748

(a)





1,972

(a)


Gross profit

$

1,078,027

$

1,748

$

1,079,775

$

987,443

$

1,972

$

989,415

Gross margin


56%




56%


59%




59%































53,443

(a)





74,442

(a)


Operating profit /(loss)

$

82,469

$

53,443

$

135,912

$

(204,963)

$

74,442

$

(130,521)

Operating margin


4%




7%


-12%




-8%































53,511

(a)





74,442

(a)


Net income /(loss) before
non-controlling interest

$

108,855

$

53,511

$

162,366

$

(171,219)

$

74,442

$

(96,777)































53,511

(a)





74,442

(a)






(18,230)

(b)





(51,282)

(b)






11,911

(c)





27,747

(c)


Net loss attributable to
Sohu.com Inc for diluted
net loss per share

$

(50,829)

$

47,192

$

(3,637)

$

(170,576)

$

50,907

$

(119,669)














Diluted net loss per share
attributable to Sohu.com Inc.

 

$

(1.32)



$

(0.09)

 

$

(4.43)



$

(3.11)


Shares used in computing
diluted net loss per share
attributable to Sohu.com Inc.


38,598




38,693


38,468




38,468


Note:


(a) To eliminate the impact of share-based awards as measured using the fair value method.

(b) To adjust Sohu's economic interests in Changyou and Sogou under the treasury stock method.

(c) Dividend or deemed dividend to non-controlling Sogou series A preferred shareholders.

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