Baidu Announces Second Quarter 2013 Results

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Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) (“Baidu” or the “Company”), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013[1].

Second Quarter 2013 Highlights

Total revenues in the second quarter of 2013 were RMB7.561 billion ($1.232 billion), a 38.6% increase from the corresponding period in 2012.
Operating profit in the second quarter of 2013 was RMB2.904 billion ($473.1 million), a 3.2% increase from the corresponding period in 2012.
Net income attributable to Baidu in the second quarter of 2013 was RMB2.644 billion ($430.8 million), a 4.5% decrease from the corresponding period in 2012. Diluted earnings attributable to Baidu per ADS for the second quarter of 2013 were RMB7.52 ($1.22); diluted earnings attributable to Baidu per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the second quarter of 2013 were RMB7.75 ($1.26).

“We made solid progress in the second quarter, adding a record 58,000 online active customers,” said Robin Li, chairman and chief executive officer of Baidu. “The adoption of our mobile platform gained momentum and mobile monetization improved. Mobile revenues for the first time accounted for over 10% of our total revenues this quarter.”

Mr. Li continued, “Our recent investments have further strengthened Baidu’s position in key strategic areas such as search, LBS, app distribution and online video. Our market-leading technology, innovative new products and unrivaled customer value proposition will keep us at the heart of the Internet in China.”
“We are encouraged to see clear progress in key investment areas,” commented Jennifer Li, Baidu’s chief financial officer. “We will continue to invest aggressively and remain committed to building long-term value for our shareholders.”

Second Quarter 2013 Results

Baidu reported total revenues of RMB7.561 billion ($1.232 billion) for the second quarter of 2013, representing a 38.6% increase from the corresponding period in 2012.
Online marketing revenues for the second quarter of 2013 were RMB7.539 billion ($1.228 billion), representing a 38.3% increase from the corresponding period in 2012. Baidu had about 468,000 active online marketing customers in the second quarter of 2013, representing a 33.0% increase from the corresponding period in 2012 and a 14.1% increase from the first quarter of 2013.
Revenue per online marketing customer for the second quarter was approximately RMB16,100 ($2,623), a 3.9% increase from the corresponding period in 2012 and an 11.0% increase compared to the first quarter of 2013.
Traffic acquisition cost (TAC) as a component of cost of revenues was RMB880.0 million ($143.4 million), representing 11.6% of total revenues, as compared to 8.3% in the corresponding period in 2012 and 10.2% in the first quarter of 2013. The increase mainly reflected increased contextual ads contributions and hao123 promotions through our network.
Bandwidth costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB457.3 million ($74.5 million), representing 6.0% of total revenues, compared to 4.4% in the corresponding period in 2012.  Depreciation costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB357.0 million ($58.2 million), representing 4.7% of total revenues, compared to 4.5% in the corresponding period in 2012. The increase was mainly due to an increase in network infrastructure capacity.
Content costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB150.7 million ($24.5 million), representing 2.0% of total revenues, compared to 0.6% in the corresponding period in 2012, and 1.6% in the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to the inclusion of iQiyi’s content costs.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were RMB1.078 billion ($175.7 million), representing an increase of 83.5% from the corresponding period in 2012, primarily due to expenses related to the promotion of our products.
Research and development expenses were RMB941.8 million ($153.4 million), a 72.6% increase from the corresponding period in 2012,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 RMB83.3 million ($13.6 million) in the second quarter of 2013, compared to RMB53.9 million in the corresponding period in 2012 and RMB110.9 million in the first quarter of 2013.
Operating profit was RMB2.904 billion ($473.1 million), representing a 3.2% increase from the corresponding period in 2012. Operating profit excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB2.987 billion ($486.7 million), a 4.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2012.
Income tax expense was RMB513.2 million ($83.6 million), compared to income tax expense of RMB235.4 million in the corresponding period in 2012. The effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2013 was 16.3%, as compared to 7.9% for the corresponding period in 2012 and 16.2% in the first quarter of 2013.
Net income attributable to Baidu was RMB2.644 billion ($430.8 million), representing a 4.5% decrease from the corresponding period in 2012. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS for the second quarter of 2013 amounted to RMB7.52 ($1.23) and RMB7.52 ($1.22), respectively.
Net income attributable to Baidu excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB2.727 billion ($444.4 million), a 3.4% decrease from the corresponding period in 2012. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the second quarter of 2013 amounted to RMB7.76 ($1.26) and RMB7.75 ($1.26), respectively.
As of June 30, 2013, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of RMB34.069 billion ($5.551 billion). Net operating cash inflow for the second quarter of 2013 was RMB3.205 billion ($522.2 million). Capital expenditures for the second quarter of 2013 were RMB547.8million ($89.3 million).
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP), defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, other non-operating income and share-based compensation expenses, was RMB3.477 billion ($566.5 million) for the second quarter of 2013, representing an 8.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2012.

Outlook for Third Quarter 2013

Baidu currently expects to generate total revenues in an amount ranging from RMB8.730 billion ($1.422 billion) to RMB8.960 billion ($1.460 billion) for the third quarter of 2013, representing a 39.7% to 43.3% year-over-year increase. This forecast reflects Baidu’s current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

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.

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