Baidu announces first quarter 2012 results

Baidu, Inc., the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, on April 24, 2012 announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.

First Quarter 2012 Highlights

Total revenues in the first quarter of 2012 were RMB4.264 billion ($677.1 million), a 75.0% increase from the corresponding period in 2011.

Operating profit in the first quarter of 2012 was RMB2.091 billion ($332.1 million), a 75.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2011.

Net income attributable to Baidu in the first quarter of 2012 was RMB1.883 billion ($299.0 million), a 75.9% increase from the corresponding period in 2011. Diluted earnings attributable to Baidu per ADS for the first quarter of 2012 were RMB5.38($0.85); diluted earnings attributable to Baidu per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2012 were RMB5.48 ($0.87).

“We’ve started the year with solid financial results and steady business progress,” said Robin Li, chairman and chief executive officer of Baidu. “Although this is usually a seasonally slow quarter, our effective sales and marketing efforts enabled us to expand our SME customer base significantly.”

Mr. Li continued, “China’s Internet landscape is evolving quickly and we are very excited about fast-emerging opportunities in areas such as mobile and Cloud Computing. We believe that Baidu is uniquely positioned to capture this immense growth potential in the Chinese online market.”

Jennifer Li, Baidu’s chief financial officer, commented, “We kept up our pace of investment in talent and network infrastructure in the first quarter in support of our long-term growth initiatives. We are committed to this aggressive investment strategy for the year ahead and will maintain our focus on managing operational efficiency to ensure sustainable growth.”

First Quarter 2012 Results

Baidu reported total revenues of RMB4.264 billion ($677.1 million) for the first quarter of 2012, representing a 75.0% increase from the corresponding period in 2011.

Online marketing revenues for the first quarter of 2012 were RMB4.261 billion ($676.5 million), representing a 75.0% increase from the corresponding period in 2011. Baidu had about 321,000 active online marketing customers in the first quarter of 2012, representing a 17.2% increase from the corresponding period in 2011 and a 3.2% increase from the fourth quarter of 2011. Revenue per online marketing customer for the first quarter was approximately RMB13,300 ($2,112), a 49.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2011 and a 7.6% decrease compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.

Traffic acquisition cost (TAC) as a component of cost of revenues was RMB331.3 million ($52.6 million), representing 7.8% of total revenues, as compared to 8.2% in the corresponding period in 2011 and 7.9% in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Bandwidth costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB222.6 million ($35.4 million), representing 5.2% of total revenues, compared to 5.0% in the corresponding period in 2011. Depreciation costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB233.4 million ($37.1 million), representing 5.5% of total revenues, compared to 5.0% in the corresponding period in 2011. These increases were mainly due to an increase in network infrastructure capacity.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were RMB478.5 million ($76.0 million), representing an increase of 43.9% from the corresponding period in 2011, primarily due to an increase in personnel-related expenses.

Research and development expenses were RMB443.2 million ($70.4 million), an 85.2% 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 RMB35.2 million ($5.6 million) in the first quarter of 2012, compared to RMB31.3 million in the corresponding period in 2011 and RMB46.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Operating profit was RMB2.091 billion ($332.1 million), representing a 75.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2011. Operating profit excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB2.127 billion ($337.7 million), a 73.5% increase from the corresponding period in 2011.

Income tax expense was RMB331.2 million ($52.6 million), compared to an income tax expense of RMB181.3 million in the corresponding period in 2011. The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2012 was 15.1% as compared to 14.5% for the corresponding period in 2011 and 16.5% in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Net income attributable to Baidu was RMB1.883 billion ($299.0 million), representing a 75.9% increase from the corresponding period in 2011. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS for the first quarter of 2012 amounted to RMB5.39 ($0.86) and RMB5.38 ($0.85), respectively.

Net income attributable to Baidu excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB1.918 billion ($304.6 million), a 74.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2011. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2012 amounted to RMB5.49 ($0.87) and RMB5.48 ($0.87), respectively.

As of March 31, 2012, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of RMB16.115 billion ($2.559 billion). Net operating cash inflow for the first quarter of 2012 was RMB2.367 billion ($375.9 million). Capital expenditures for the first quarter of 2012 were RMB298.1 million ($47.3 million).

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 RMB2.442 billion ($387.8 million) for the first quarter of 2012, representing a 76.0% increase from the corresponding period in 2011.

Outlook for Second Quarter 2012

Baidu currently expects to generate total revenues in an amount ranging from RMB5.335 billion ($847.2 million) to RMB5.460 billion ($867.0 million) for the second quarter of 2012, representing a 56.2% to 59.9% 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.

Source: http://ir.baidu.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=188488&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1686769&highlight=

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