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Baidu Announces First Quarter 2010 Results
Apr 28, 2010 (05:04 PM EDT)


BEIJING, April 28 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Baidu, Inc. (Nasdaq: BIDU), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010(1).

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    First Quarter 2010 Highlights
    -- Total revenues in the first quarter of 2010 were RMB1.294 billion
       ($189.6 million), a 59.6% increase from the corresponding period
       in 2009.
    -- Operating profit in the first quarter of 2010 was RMB530.8 million
       ($77.8 million), a 167.4% increase from the corresponding period
        in 2009.
    -- Net income in the first quarter of 2010 was RMB480.5 million
       ($70.4 million), a 165.3% increase from the corresponding period in
       2009. Diluted earnings per share ("EPS") for the first quarter of 2010
       was RMB13.77 ($2.02); diluted EPS excluding share-based compensation
       expenses (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2010 was RMB14.33 ($2.10).

"We delivered a quarter of record revenue and strong profitability despite the usual seasonality associated with the Chinese New Year holiday," said Robin Li, chairman and chief executive officer of Baidu. "In particular, Phoenix Nest's performance continued to exceed our expectations as customers increasingly appreciate the new platform's advanced tools and superior return on investment. Looking ahead, we will continue to innovate and educate Chinese companies about the benefits of search engine marketing with Baidu."

Jennifer Li, Baidu's chief financial officer, added, "True to our commitment to managing for profitable growth, we delivered both strong top and bottom line results in the first quarter. For the rest of the year, we will aggressively expand our R&D and sales teams to drive improvements in technology and monetization while investing in network infrastructure to support traffic growth."

    (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 RMB6.8258 to US$1.00, the effective noon
        buying rate as of March 31, 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.

First Quarter 2010 Results

Baidu reported total revenues of RMB1.294 billion ($189.6 million) for the first quarter of 2010, representing a 59.6% increase from the corresponding period in 2009.

Online marketing revenues for the first quarter of 2010 were RMB1.293 billion ($189.5 million), representing a 59.6% increase from the corresponding period in 2009. Baidu had around 221,000 active online marketing customers in the first quarter of 2010, representing a 19.5% increase from the corresponding period in 2009 and a 0.9% decrease from the previous quarter. Revenue per online marketing customer for the first quarter was approximately RMB5,900 ($864), a 34.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2009 and a 3.5% increase from the previous quarter.

Traffic acquisition costs (TAC) as a component of cost of revenues were RMB171.3 million ($25.1 million), representing 13.2% of total revenues, as compared to 15.3% in the corresponding period in 2009 and 16.0% in the fourth quarter of 2009. The decrease in TAC as a percentage of total revenues reflects initiatives to drive quality improvements on Baidu Union traffic.

Bandwidth costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB58.0 million ($8.5 million), representing 4.5% of total revenues, compared to 6.0% in the corresponding period in 2009. Depreciation costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB65.9 million ($9.7 million), representing 5.1% of total revenues, compared to 7.4% in the corresponding period in 2009. The decreases in bandwidth and depreciation costs as percentages of total revenues reflect efficiency improvements as well as increased scalability of investment in capital expenditure.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were RMB214.6 million ($31.4 million), representing an increase of 5.0% from the corresponding period in 2009, primarily due to increased sales headcount. The increase was partly offset by lower marketing expenses.

Research and development expenses were RMB122.1 million ($17.9 million), representing a 42.6% increase from the corresponding period in 2009, primarily due to increased R&D personnel expenses.

Share-based compensation expenses, which were allocated to related operating costs and expense line items, decreased in aggregate by 16.7% to RMB19.5 million ($2.9 million) in the first quarter of 2010 from RMB23.5 million in the corresponding period in 2009.

Operating profit was RMB530.8 million ($77.8 million), representing a 167.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2009. Operating profit excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB550.3 million ($80.6 million), a 147.9% increase from the corresponding period in 2009.

Income tax expense was RMB70.7 million ($10.4 million), compared to an income tax expense of RMB26.9 million for the corresponding period in 2009. The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2010 was 12.8% as compared to 12.9% for the corresponding period in 2009.

Net income was RMB480.5 million ($70.4 million), representing a 165.3% increase from the corresponding period in 2009. Basic and diluted EPS for the first quarter of 2010 amounted to RMB13.82 ($2.02) and RMB13.77 ($2.02), respectively.

Net income excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB500.1 million ($73.3 million), a 144.4% increase from the corresponding period in 2009. Basic and diluted EPS excluding share based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2010 amounted to RMB14.38 ($2.11) and RMB14.33 ($2.10), respectively.

As of March 31, 2010, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of RMB4.909 billion ($719.2 million). Net operating cash inflow and capital expenditures for the first quarter of 2010 were RMB426.2 million ($62.4 million) and RMB105.3 million ($15.4 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 RMB641.2 million ($93.9 million) for the first quarter of 2010, representing a 116.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2009.

Outlook for Second Quarter 2010

Baidu currently expects to generate total revenues in an amount ranging from RMB 1.830 billion ($268.1 million) to RMB 1.870 billion ($274.0 million) for the second quarter of 2010, representing a 67% to 70% year-over-year increase. This forecast reflects Baidu's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Earnings Conference Call

Baidu's management will hold an earnings conference call at 8:00 PM on April 28, 2010 U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 AM on April 29, 2010 Beijing/Hong Kong time).

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

     US:        +1-617-597-5364
     UK:        +44-207-365-8426
     Hong Kong: +852-3002-1672

     Passcode for all regions: 83504881

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following number until May 6, 2010:

International: +1-617-801-6888

Passcode: 34704854

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, each of which represents one Class A ordinary share, currently trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "BIDU".

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 second quarter 2010 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. Baidu does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of April 28, 2010, 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 EPS 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 and 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 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

     Cynthia He
     Brunswick Group LLC
     Tel:   +86-10-6566-2256
     Email: che@brunswickgroup.com

    U.S.:

     Ms. Kate Tellier
     Brunswick Group LLC
     Tel:   +1-212-333-3810
     Email: ktellier@brunswickgroup.com



    Baidu, Inc.
    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

                                             March 31, December 31,  March 31,
    (in RMB thousands)                         2010        2009        2009
                                            Unaudited    Audited    Unaudited

    ASSETS
      Current assets:
        Cash and cash equivalents            4,157,130   4,199,889   2,494,320
        Short-term investments                 751,894     381,149     276,329
        Accounts receivable, net               153,686     161,610      76,434
        Other assets, current                  118,822      91,067      76,785
        Deferred tax assets, net                10,118       9,157       5,580
      Total current assets                   5,191,650   4,842,872   2,929,448

      Non-current assets:
        Fixed assets, net                    1,036,921     997,557     767,159
        Intangible assets, net                 120,054     122,595     122,928
        Goodwill                                63,691      63,691      54,083
        Long-term investments, net              14,577      14,308      12,300
        Deferred tax assets, net                33,799      33,799      27,679
        Other assets, non-current               99,222      82,153      85,416
      Total non-current assets               1,368,264   1,314,103   1,069,565

    TOTAL ASSETS                             6,559,914   6,156,975   3,999,013

    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
      Current liabilities:
        Accounts payable and accrued
         liabilities, current                  664,078     749,861     410,740
        Customer advances and deposits,
         current                               573,724     607,828     379,090
        Deferred revenue                        59,170      42,035       5,662
        Deferred income                             --          --          52
      Total current liabilities              1,296,972   1,399,724     795,544

      Non-current liabilities:
        Long-term payable for business
         acquisition                             4,150       4,150          --
      Total non-current liabilities              4,150       4,150          --

    Total liabilities                        1,301,122   1,403,874     795,544

    Shareholders' equity
      Class A Ordinary Shares, Par value
       US$0.00005 per share, 825,000,000
       shares authorized, and 26,298,960
       shares and 26,330,659 shares issued
       and outstanding as at December 31,
       2009 and March 31, 2010                      11          11          11
      Class B Ordinary Shares, Par value
       US$0.00005 per share, 35,400,000
       shares authorized, and 8,454,332
       shares and 8,454,332 shares issued
       and outstanding as at December 31,
       2009 and March 31, 2010                       4           4           4
      Additional paid-in capital             1,455,395   1,426,070   1,183,217
      Accumulated other comprehensive loss    (117,684)   (113,513)   (116,305)
      Retained earnings                      3,921,066   3,440,529   2,136,542
      Total shareholders' equity             5,258,792   4,753,101   3,203,469

    TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS'
     EQUITY                                  6,559,914   6,156,975   3,999,013



    Baidu, Inc.
    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

                                               For the Three Months Ended
    (in RMB thousands except for share,     March 31,   March 31,  December 31,
     per share information)                    2010        2009        2009
                                            Unaudited   Unaudited   Unaudited
    Revenues:
      Online marketing services             1,293,396     810,193   1,260,301
      Other services                              519         518         593
    Total revenues                          1,293,915     810,711   1,260,894

    Operating costs and expenses:
      Cost of revenues (note 1, 2)           (426,405)   (322,235)   (452,559)
      Selling, general and
       administrative (note 2)               (214,568)   (204,300)   (221,767)
      Research and development (note 2)      (122,129)    (85,670)   (124,402)
    Total operating costs and expenses       (763,102)   (612,205)   (798,728)

    Operating profit                          530,813     198,506     462,166

    Other income:
      Interest income                          11,374       9,123       9,313
      Exchange loss, net                           (1)         --         (40)
      Gain and loss from equity method
       investments                                247          --        (167)
      Other income, net                         8,797         385      27,507
    Total other income                         20,417       9,508      36,613

    Income before income taxes                551,230     208,014     498,779

    Income taxes                              (70,693)    (26,897)    (70,915)

    Net income                                480,537     181,117     427,864


    Earnings per share for Class A and
     Class B ordinary shares:
        Basic                                   13.82        5.25       12.33
        Diluted                                 13.77        5.22       12.27

    Weighted average aggregate number of
     Class A and Class B ordinary shares
     outstanding:
        Basic                              34,766,823  34,525,338  34,702,168
        Diluted                            34,894,049  34,727,972  34,877,586

    (1) Cost of revenues are detailed as
        follows:
      Business tax and surcharges             (81,301)    (48,868)    (78,822)
      Traffic acquisition costs              (171,349)   (124,119)   (201,880)
      Bandwidth costs                         (58,012)    (48,280)    (54,403)
      Depreciation costs                      (65,888)    (59,616)    (67,628)
      Operational costs                       (48,256)    (39,719)    (48,298)
      Share-based compensation expenses        (1,599)     (1,633)     (1,528)
      Total cost of revenues                 (426,405)   (322,235)   (452,559)

    (2) Includes share-based compensation
        expenses as follows:
      Cost of revenues                         (1,599)     (1,633)     (1,528)
      Selling, general and administrative      (8,593)    (11,156)     (7,472)
      Research and development                 (9,339)    (10,665)     (9,728)
      Total share-based compensation
       expenses                               (19,531)    (23,454)    (18,728)



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

                               Three months ended March 31, 2009
                        GAAP Result     Adjustment        Non-GAAP Results
    Operating profit      198,506         23,454               221,960

                               Three months ended March 31, 2009
                        GAAP Result     Adjustment        Non-GAAP Results
    Net income             181,117        23,454               204,571


                              Three months ended December 31, 2009
                        GAAP Result     Adjustment        Non-GAAP Results
    Operating profit       462,166        18,728               480,894

                              Three months ended December 31, 2009
                        GAAP Result     Adjustment        Non-GAAP Results
    Net income             427,864        18,728               446,592


                               Three months ended March 31, 2010
                        GAAP Result     Adjustment        Non-GAAP Results
    Operating profit       530,813        19,531               550,344

                               Three months ended March 31, 2010
                        GAAP Result     Adjustment        Non-GAAP Results
    Net income             480,537        19,531               500,068



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

                                            Three
                        Three      As a     months   As a    Three      As a
                        months     % of     ended    % of    months     % of
                        ended      total  December  total    ended      total
                       March 31, revenues 31, 2009 revenues March 31, revenues
                          2009                                2010
    Net cash provided
     by operating
     activities         247,438     31%    779,079    62%    426,169     33%

      Changes in assets
       and liabilities,
       net of effects
       of acquisitions   31,799      4%   (244,723)  -20%    164,711     13%
      Income taxes
       expenses          26,897      3%     70,915     6%     70,693      5%
      Interest income
       and other, net    (9,508)    -1%    (36,613)   -3%    (20,417)    -2%

    Adjusted EBITDA     296,626     37%    568,658    45%    641,156     49%

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

SOURCE Baidu, Inc.