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Baidu Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results

BEIJING, Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012(1).

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Third Quarter 2012 Highlights

  • Total revenues in the third quarter of 2012 were RMB6.251 billion ($994.6 million), a 49.7% increase from the corresponding period in 2011.
  • Operating profit in the third quarter of 2012 was RMB3.297 billion ($524.6 million), a 48.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2011.
  • Net income attributable to Baidu in the third quarter of 2012 was RMB3.008 billion ($478.6 million), a 59.8% increase from the corresponding period in 2011. Diluted earnings attributable to Baidu per ADS for the third quarter of 2012 were RMB8.59 ($1.37); diluted earnings attributable to Baidu per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the third quarter of 2012 were RMB8.76 ($1.39).

(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 RMB6.2848 to US$1.00, the effective noon buying rate as of September 28, 2012 in The City of New York for cable transfers of RMB as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

"We are pleased to report a solid performance for the third quarter driven by encouraging customer growth and improvements to our monetization platform," said Robin Li, chairman and chief executive officer of Baidu.

"During the quarter, we worked to improve user experience by more closely integrating Baidu's suite of market-leading vertical products with Web search," continued Mr. Li. "Mobile and cloud represent our vision for the future of China's Internet, and Baidu will continue to proactively drive the development of this crucial ecosystem. We stand ready to meet the challenges and capture the opportunities the PC-to-mobile transition presents."

Jennifer Li, Baidu's chief financial officer, commented, "In the third quarter, we saw solid profitability as we continued our strategy of investing in key areas of future growth, particularly mobile and cloud. In the quarters ahead, we will look to accelerate the pace of investment to achieve long-term, sustainable growth."

Third Quarter 2012 Results

Baidu reported total revenues of RMB6.251 billion ($994.6 million) for the third quarter of 2012, representing a 49.7% increase from the corresponding period in 2011.

Online marketing revenues for the third quarter of 2012 were RMB6.246 billion ($993.8 million), representing a 49.6% increase from the corresponding period in 2011. Baidu had approximately 390,000 active online marketing customers in the third quarter of 2012, representing a 28.3% increase from the corresponding period in 2011 and a 10.8% increase from the second quarter of 2012. Revenue per online marketing customer for the third quarter was approximately RMB16,000 ($2,546), a 16.8% increase from the corresponding period in 2011 and a 3.2% increase compared to the second quarter of 2012.

Traffic acquisition cost (TAC) as a component of cost of revenues was RMB538.2 million ($85.6 million), representing 8.6% of total revenues, as compared to 8.0% in the corresponding period in 2011 and 8.3% in the second quarter of 2012.

Bandwidth costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB266.9 million ($42.5 million), representing 4.3% of total revenues, compared to 4.0% in the corresponding period in 2011. Depreciation costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB279.9 million ($44.5 million), representing 4.5% of total revenues, compared to 4.2% in the corresponding period in 2011. These increases were mainly due to an increase in network infrastructure capacity.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were RMB642.8 million ($102.3 million), representing an increase of 39.7% from the corresponding period in 2011, primarily due to an increase in marketing- and personnel-related expenses.

Research and development expenses were RMB614.5 million ($97.8 million), a 60.6% increase from the corresponding period in 2011. The increase was primarily due to an increase in the number of research and development personnel.

Share-based compensation expenses, which were allocated to related operating costs and expense line items, were RMB56.7 million ($9.0 million) in the third quarter of 2012, compared to RMB39.4 million in the corresponding period in 2011 and RMB53.9 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Operating profit was RMB3.297 billion ($524.6 million), representing a 48.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2011. Operating profit excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB3.354 billion ($533.6 million), a 48.0% increase from the corresponding period in 2011.

Income tax expense was RMB467.7 million ($74.4 million), compared to an income tax expense of RMB317.6 million in the corresponding period in 2011. The effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2012 was 13.5% as compared to 14.5% for the corresponding period in 2011 and 7.9% in the second quarter of 2012.

Net income attributable to Baidu was RMB3.008 billion ($478.6 million), representing a 59.8% increase from the corresponding period in 2011. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS for the third quarter of 2012 amounted to RMB8.60 ($1.37) and RMB8.59 ($1.37), respectively.

Net income attributable to Baidu excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB3.064 billion ($487.6 million), a 59.5% increase from the corresponding period in 2011. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the third quarter of 2012 amounted to RMB8.76 ($1.39) and RMB8.76 ($1.39), respectively.

As of September 30, 2012, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of RMB21.287 billion ($3.387 billion). Net operating cash inflow for the third quarter of 2012 was RMB3.779 billion ($601.3 million). Capital expenditures for the third quarter of 2012 were RMB504.3 million ($80.2 million).

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP), defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, other non-operating income and share-based compensation expenses, was RMB3.724 billion ($592.5 million) for the third quarter of 2012, representing a 48.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2011.

Outlook for Fourth Quarter 2012

Baidu currently expects to generate total revenues in an amount ranging from RMB6.155 billion ($979.3 million) to RMB6.345 billion ($1.010 billion) for the fourth quarter of 2012, representing a 37.6% to 41.8% 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 today, October 29, 2012, U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 AM on October 30, 2012, Beijing/Hong Kong Time).

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

     International:    

+65-6723-9381



     US:           

+1-718-354-1231

     UK:           

+44-20-3059-8139

     Hong Kong:    

+852-2475-0994



    Passcode for all regions:  

39526117

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following number until November 5, 2012:

     International:

+61-2-8235-5000

     Passcode:

39526117

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

About Baidu

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". Currently, ten ADSs represent one Class A ordinary share.

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 2012 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. 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 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.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

China

Victor Tseng
Baidu, Inc.
Tel: +86-10-5992-7244
Email: ir@baidu.com

Nick Beswick
Brunswick Group
Tel: +86-10-5960-8600
Email: baidu@brunswickgroup.com

U.S.

Patricia Graue
Brunswick Group
Tel: +1-415-671-7676
Email: baidu@brunswickgroup.com

Baidu, Inc. 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income





For the Three Months Ended




September 30,

September 30,

June 30,

(In RMB thousands except for share, per share (or ADS) information)



2012

2011

2012




Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

 Revenues: 






 Online marketing services 



6,246,009

4,173,869

5,451,555

 Other services 



4,711

1,596

4,677

 Total revenues 



6,250,720

4,175,465

5,456,232







 Operating costs and expenses: 






 Cost of revenues (note 1, 2) 



(1,696,512)

(1,106,218)

(1,508,168)

 Selling, general and administrative (note 2) 



(642,788)

(460,212)

(587,626)

 Research and development (note 2) 



(614,541)

(382,706)

(545,549)

 Total operating costs and expenses 



(2,953,841)

(1,949,136)

(2,641,343)







 Operating profit 



3,296,879

2,226,329

2,814,889







 Other income: 






 Interest income, net 



204,328

97,938

177,800

 Foreign exchange gain (loss), net 



(2,359)

(2,343)

864

 Loss from equity method investments 



(69,312)

(156,175)

(57,331)

 Other income (loss), net 



29,656

27,457

47,581

 Total other income 



162,313

(33,123)

168,914







 Income before income taxes 



3,459,192

2,193,206

2,983,803







 Income taxes 



(467,699)

(317,568)

(235,355)







 Net income 



2,991,493

1,875,638

2,748,448

 Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests 



(16,208)

(5,993)

(21,422)

 Net income attributable to Baidu, Inc. 



3,007,701

1,881,631

2,769,870













Earnings per share for Class A and Class B ordinary shares:






Net income attributable to Baidu, Inc.-Basic 



86.02

53.92

78.70

Net income attributable to Baidu, Inc.-Diluted



85.94

53.81

78.59







Earnings per ADS (1 Class A ordinary share equals 10 ADSs ):






Net income attributable to Baidu, Inc.-Basic 



8.60

5.39

7.87

Net income attributable to Baidu, Inc.-Diluted



8.59

5.38

7.86







Weighted average number of Class A and Class B ordinary shares outstanding:




Basic 



34,946,375

34,898,813

34,931,905

Diluted



34,979,732

34,967,620

34,982,601







 (1) Cost of revenues are detailed as follows: 






 Sales tax and surcharges 



(427,146)

(302,855)

(392,544)

 Traffic acquisition costs 



(538,192)

(334,120)

(453,687)

 Bandwidth costs 



(266,871)

(165,710)

(242,592)

 Depreciation costs 



(279,873)

(176,906)

(251,087)

 Operational costs 



(182,027)

(124,829)

(165,765)

 Share-based compensation expenses 



(2,403)

(1,798)

(2,493)

 Total cost of revenues 



(1,696,512)

(1,106,218)

(1,508,168)







 (2) Includes share-based compensation expenses as follows: 






 Cost of revenues 



(2,403)

(1,798)

(2,493)

 Selling, general and administrative 



(18,294)

(12,718)

(17,800)

 Research and development 



(36,023)

(24,845)

(33,571)

 Total share-based compensation expenses 



(56,720)

(39,361)

(53,864)


 

Baidu, Inc. 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets




 September 30,

December 31,

(In RMB thousands except for number of shares and per share data)

2012

2011



Unaudited

Audited





ASSETS




    Current assets:




 Cash and cash equivalents


2,574,160

4,127,482

 Restricted cash


422,068

483,387

 Short-term investments


18,713,157

10,051,578

 Accounts receivable, net


995,789

599,558

 Due from related parties


232,503

149,728

 Deferred tax assets, net


191,774

121,411

 Other assets, current 


238,375

315,012

    Total current assets


23,367,826

15,848,156





    Non-current assets:




 Fixed assets, net


3,729,489

2,744,241

 Intangible assets, net


899,437

928,511

 Goodwill


2,418,283

2,419,542

 Long-term investments, net


1,093,557

734,360

 Due from related parties


606,996

100,000

 Deferred tax assets, net


52,144

52,125

 Other assets, non-current 


525,648

513,606

    Total non-current assets


9,325,554

7,492,385





Total assets


32,693,380

23,340,541





LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Less net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests




Short-term loans


-

125,878

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities


3,144,258

2,545,445

Customer advances and deposits


1,913,759

1,573,967

Deferred revenue


38,982

62,705

Deferred income


43,920

34,779

Due to related parties


40,851

-

Long-term loans, current portion


2,281,618

46,000

Capital lease obligation


37,030

17,773

    Total current liabilities


7,500,418

4,406,547





    Non-current liabilities:




Deferred income


223,516

19,942

Long-term loans


25,000

2,277,925

Due to related parties


447,934

148,873

Deferred tax liabilities


220,301

131,629

Capital lease obligation


52,800

30,112

    Total non-current liabilities


969,551

2,608,481





Total liabilities


8,469,969

7,015,028





Redeemable noncontrolling interests


945,066

935,978





Equity




Class A Ordinary Shares, par value US$0.00005 per share, 825,000,000 shares authorized, and   27,111,117 shares and 27,155,937 shares issued and outstanding as at December 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012


12

12

Class B Ordinary Shares, par value US$0.00005 per share, 35,400,000 shares authorized, and  7,803,000 shares and 7,803,000 shares issued and outstanding as at December 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012


3

3

Additional paid-in capital


2,014,057

1,771,770

Retained earnings


21,242,737

13,604,334

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(74,880)

(84,403)

    Total Baidu, Inc. shareholders' equity


23,181,929

15,291,716

    Noncontrolling interests


96,416

97,819

Total equity


23,278,345

15,389,535





Total liabilities and  equity


32,693,380

23,340,541


 

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












Three months ended September 30, 2011

Three months ended
June 30, 2012

Three months ended
September 30, 2012


GAAP Result

Adjustment

Non-GAAP Results

GAAP Result

Adjustment

Non-GAAP Results

GAAP Result

Adjustment

Non-GAAP Results

Operating profit

2,226,329

39,361

2,265,690

2,814,889

53,864

2,868,753

3,296,879

56,720

3,353,599












Three months ended
September 30, 2011

Three months ended
June 30, 2012

Three months ended
September 30, 2012


GAAP Result

Adjustment

Non-GAAP Results

GAAP Result

Adjustment

Non-GAAP Results

GAAP Result

Adjustment

Non-GAAP Results

Net income attributable to Baidu, Inc.

1,881,631

39,361

1,920,992

2,769,870

53,864

2,823,734

3,007,701

56,720

3,064,421











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

 

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
















Three months ended

As a % of

Three months ended

As a % of

Three months ended

As a % of


September 30, 2011

total revenues

June 30, 2012

total revenues

September 30, 2012

total revenues

Net cash provided by operating activities

1,761,126

42%

3,040,234

56%

3,779,180

61%








   Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions

397,373

10%

100,205

2%

(360,530)

-6%

   Income taxes expenses

317,568

7%

235,355

4%

467,699

8%

   Interest income and other, net

33,123

1%

(168,914)

-3%

(162,313)

-3%








Adjusted EBITDA

2,509,190

60%

3,206,880

59%

3,724,036

60%








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

SOURCE Baidu, Inc.

 

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