BEIJING, Oct. 21, /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010.
Third Quarter 2010 Highlights -- Total revenues in the third quarter of 2010 were RMB2.256 billion ($337.2 million), a 76.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2009. -- Operating profit in the third quarter of 2010 was RMB1.181 billion ($176.6 million), a 126.6% increase from the corresponding period in 2009. -- Net income in the third quarter of 2010 was RMB1.047 billion ($156.4 million), a 112.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2009. Diluted earnings per ADS for the third quarter of 2010 were RMB3.00 ($0.45); diluted earnings per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the third quarter of 2010 were RMB3.07 ($0.46). (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 RMB6.6905 to US$1.00, the effective noon buying rate as of September 30, 2010 in The City of New York for cable transfers of RMB as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. (2) Effective on May 12, 2010, Baidu adjusted the ratio of its American depositary shares ("ADSs") representing Class A ordinary shares from one (1) ADS for one (1) Class A ordinary share to ten (10) ADSs for one (1) Class A ordinary share. All earnings per ADS figures in this announcement give effect to the forgoing ADS to share ratio change.
"Strong execution on our initiatives to expand our customer base and enhance customer service drove another quarter of strong results," said Robin Li, chairman and chief executive officer of Baidu. "By focusing on continuously improving our online marketing system and customer engagement while building awareness of search engine marketing, we are successfully enhancing Baidu's position as a key enabler of China's Internet industry."
Mr. Li continued, "On the user experience front, during the quarter we announced several exciting developments including the Baidu Open Application Platform, the first platform integrating web search with an applications library. Such pioneering initiatives that focus on Internet user needs are at the center of our R&D investment."
Jennifer Li, Baidu's chief financial officer, commented, "We are pleased to have delivered record margins in the third quarter, even as we actively invested in sales and marketing, R&D and network equipment. Looking forward, we will continue to invest aggressively to support Baidu's long-term growth."
Third Quarter 2010 Results
Baidu reported total revenues of RMB2.256 billion ($337.2 million) for the third quarter of 2010, representing a 76.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2009.
Online marketing revenues for the third quarter of 2010 were RMB2.256 billion ($337.1 million), representing a 76.5% increase from the corresponding period in 2009. Baidu had about 272,000 active online marketing customers in the third quarter of 2010, representing a 25.9% increase from the corresponding period in 2009 and a 7.1% increase from the previous quarter. Revenue per online marketing customer for the third quarter was approximately RMB8,300 ($1,241), a 40.7% increase from the corresponding period in 2009 and a 10.7% increase from the previous quarter.
Traffic acquisition cost (TAC) as a component of cost of revenues was RMB201.7 million ($30.2 million), representing 8.9% of total revenues, as compared to 15.3% in the corresponding period in 2009 and 9.7% in the second quarter of 2010. The sequential decrease in TAC as a percentage of total revenues reflects faster organic traffic growth during the quarter.
Bandwidth costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB85.4 million ($12.8 million), representing 3.8% of total revenues, compared to 4.0% in the corresponding period in 2009. Depreciation costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB84.2 million ($12.6 million), representing 3.7% of total revenues, compared to 5.0% in the corresponding period in 2009.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were RMB296.2 million ($44.3 million), representing an increase of 49.8% from the corresponding period in 2009, primarily due to increased headcount costs and marketing expenses.
Research and development expenses were RMB204.7 million ($30.6 million), a 75.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2009. The increase was primarily due to increased R&D personnel expenses.
Share-based compensation expenses, which were allocated to related operating costs and expense line items, were RMB24.4 million ($3.7 million) in the third quarter of 2010, compared to RMB21.3 million in the corresponding period in 2009 and RMB21.6 million in the previous quarter.
Operating profit was RMB1.181 billion ($176.6 million), representing a 126.6% increase from the corresponding period in 2009. Operating profit excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB1.206 billion ($180.2 million), a 122.2% increase from the corresponding period in 2009.
Income tax expense was RMB165.2 million ($24.7 million), compared to an income tax expense of RMB49.1 million in the corresponding period in 2009. The effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2010 was 13.6% as compared to 9.1% for the corresponding period in 2009 and 14.4% in the previous quarter.
Net income was RMB1.047 billion ($156.4 million), representing a 112.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2009. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS for the third quarter of 2010 amounted to RMB3.01 ($0.45) and RMB3.00 ($0.45), respectively.
Net income excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB1.071 billion ($160.1million), a 108.3% increase from the corresponding period in 2009. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the third quarter of 2010 amounted to RMB3.08 ($0.46) and RMB3.07 ($0.46), respectively.
As of September 30, 2010, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of RMB6.938 billion ($1.037 billion). Net operating cash inflow and capital expenditures for the third quarter of 2010 were RMB1.265 billion ($189.0 million) and RMB246.3 million ($36.8 million), respectively.
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP), defined in this announcement as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, other non-operating income and share-based compensation expenses, was RMB1.320 billion ($197.3 million) for the third quarter of 2010, representing a 112.2% increase from the corresponding period in 2009.
Outlook for Fourth Quarter 2010
Baidu currently expects to generate total revenues in an amount ranging from RMB2.370 billion ($354.2 million) to RMB2.440 billion ($364.7 million) for the fourth quarter of 2010, representing an 88% to 93.5% 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 21, 2010 U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 AM on October 22, 2010 Beijing/Hong Kong time).
Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows: US: +1-617-597-5343 UK: +44-207-365-8426 Hong Kong: +852-3002-1672 Passcode for all regions: 48293357
A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following number until October 28, 2010:
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 currently 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
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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 earnings per ADS 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, 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 April 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 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 GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to the non-GAAP financial measures.
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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets Sep 30, Dec 31, (in RMB thousands) 2010 2009 Unaudited Audited ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents 5,043,711 4,199,889 Short-term investments 1,893,799 381,149 Accounts receivable, net 286,113 161,610 Other assets, current 177,662 91,067 Deferred tax assets, net 14,413 9,157 Total current assets 7,415,698 4,842,872 Non-current assets: Fixed assets, net 1,445,713 997,557 Intangible assets, net 118,322 122,595 Goodwill 63,688 63,691 Long-term investments, net 50,628 14,308 Deferred tax assets, net 33,799 33,799 Other assets, non-current 135,318 82,153 Total non-current assets 1,847,468 1,314,103 TOTAL ASSETS 9,263,166 6,156,975 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued liabilities, current 1,152,609 749,861 Customer advances and deposits, current 827,806 607,828 Deferred revenue 58,989 42,035 Total current liabilities 2,039,404 1,399,724 Non-current liabilities: Long-term payable for business acquisition 4,150 4,150 Deferred Income, non-current 5,000 -- Total non-current liabilities 9,150 4,150 Total liabilities 2,048,554 1,403,874 Shareholders' equity Class A Ordinary Shares, Par value US$0.00005 per share, 825,000,000 shares authorized, and 26,298,960 shares and 26,618,614 shares issued and outstanding as at December 31, 2009 and September 30, 2010 11 11 Class B Ordinary Shares, Par value US$0.00005 per share, 35,400,000 shares authorized, and 8,454,332 shares and 8,214,332 shares issued and outstanding as at December 31, 2009 and September 30, 2010 4 4 Additional paid-in capital 1,524,463 1,426,070 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (114,949) (113,513) Retained earnings 5,805,083 3,440,529 Total shareholders' equity 7,214,612 4,753,101 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 9,263,166 6,156,975 Baidu, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income For the Three Months Ended (in RMB thousands except for share, Sep 30, Sep 30, Jun 30, per share information) 2010 2009 2010 Unaudited Unaudited Unaudited Revenues: Online marketing services 2,255,512 1,278,192 1,913,467 Other services 348 511 927 Total revenues 2,255,860 1,278,703 1,914,394 Operating costs and expenses: Cost of revenues (note 1, 2) (573,571) (442,851) (518,336) Selling, general and administrative (note 2) (296,189) (197,717) (265,003) Research and development (note 2) (204,731) (116,691) (159,271) Total operating costs and expenses (1,074,491) (757,259) (942,610) Operating profit 1,181,369 521,444 971,784 Other income: Interest income 17,410 6,637 15,069 Exchange loss, net -- (1) (23) Gain and loss from equity method investments (2,776) (62) 243 Other income, net 15,809 13,989 (9,201) Total other income 30,443 20,563 6,088 Income before income taxes 1,211,812 542,007 977,872 Income taxes (165,159) (49,145) (140,508) Net income 1,046,653 492,862 837,364 Earnings per share for Class A and Class B ordinary shares: Basic 30.06 14.23 24.07 Diluted 29.97 14.14 23.98 Earnings per ADS (1 Class A ordinary share=10 ADSs): Basic 3.01 1.42 2.41 Diluted 3.00 1.41 2.40 Weighted average aggregate number of Class A and Class B ordinary shares outstanding: Basic 34,816,282 34,639,268 34,794,808 Diluted 34,924,125 34,849,020 34,912,940 (1) Cost of revenues are detailed as follows: Business tax and surcharges (141,168) (80,357) (121,627) Traffic acquisition costs (201,720) (196,229) (185,642) Bandwidth costs (85,399) (51,194) (67,927) Depreciation costs (84,173) (63,619) (83,627) Operational costs (59,791) (49,880) (57,743) Share-based compensation expenses (1,320) (1,572) (1,770) Total cost of revenues (573,571) (442,851) (518,336) (2) Includes share-based compensation expenses as follows: Cost of revenues (1,320) (1,572) (1,770) Selling, general and administrative (9,544) (9,142) (9,064) Research and development (13,564) (10,539) (10,757) Total share-based compensation expenses (24,428) (21,253) (21,591) Reconciliations of non-GAAP results of operations measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures (*) (in RMB thousands, unaudited) Three months ended September 30, 2009 GAAP Result Adjustment Non-GAAP Results Operating profit 521,444 21,253 542,697 Three months ended September 30, 2009 GAAP Result Adjustment Non-GAAP Results Net income 492,862 21,253 514,115 Three months ended June 30, 2010 GAAP Result Adjustment Non-GAAP Results Operating profit 971,784 21,591 993,375 Three months ended June 30, 2010 GAAP Result Adjustment Non-GAAP Results Net income 837,364 21,591 858,955 Three months ended September 30, 2010 GAAP Result Adjustment Non-GAAP Results Operating profit 1,181,369 24,428 1,205,797 Three months ended September 30, 2010 GAAP Result Adjustment Non-GAAP Results Net income 1,046,653 24,428 1,071,081 (*) The adjustment is only for share-based compensation. Reconciliation from net cash provided by operating activities to adjusted EBITDA(*) (in RMB thousands, unaudited) Three As a Three As a Three As a months % of months % of months % of ended total ended total ended total Sept. revenues June 30, revenues Sept. revenues 30, 2009 2010 30, 2010 Net cash provided by operating activities 733,866 57% 1,239,850 65% 1,264,502 56% Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions (140,338) -11% (270,138) -14% (79,043) -4% Income taxes expenses 49,145 4% 140,508 7% 165,159 7% Interest income and other, net (20,563) -2% (6,088) 0% (30,443) -1% Adjusted EBITDA 622,110 48% 1,104,132 58% 1,320,175 58% (*) Definition of adjusted EBITDA: earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, other non-operating income, and share-based compensation expenses.
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