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Qihoo 360 Reports Unaudited Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results
Nov 16, 2011 (04:11 PM EST)
- Record Revenues of $47.5 million, up 207% Year-over-Year;
- GAAP Net Income of $10.9 million, up 186% Year-over-Year
- Record Non-GAAP Net Income of $19.5 million, up 306% Year-over-Year
BEIJING, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. ("Qihoo 360" or the "Company") (NYSE: QIHU), the leading Internet company in China as measured by active user base, today reported its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011.
Third Quarter 2011 Highlights (1)
"We are very pleased to report our third consecutive quarter of robust growth since becoming a public company as we set a number of new records in financial and operating metrics," commented Hongyi Zhou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Qihoo 360. "Our success was driven by our continued focus on product and technology innovation and customer satisfaction. Despite continued global economic uncertainty and capital markets volatility, growth in China's Internet sector remains healthy and we continue to outgrow the market by a wide margin.
"Our business fundamentals are stronger than ever. We saw accelerated growth in all major business segments, including online advertising and Internet value-added services during the quarter. As we maintain our dominant market position in China's Internet security industry, we continued to expand our market share in other key product areas. Our browsers' user penetration hit a record high of 57%, effectively becoming the market leader in September. This is particularly encouraging as it shows the level of trust our users have in us and the strong brand recognition we carry in the market.
"We remain well positioned for the many opportunities that we believe lie ahead as we execute our open platform strategy and to drive long-term growth. Our focus on innovation has been a core strength and will continue to be vital as we expand our online platform with new services and applications. Today, more businesses than ever have come to appreciate the value that our open platform brings to the market. We intend to capitalize on this untapped potential as we build scale in the coming quarters and years," Mr. Zhou concluded.
Xiangdong Qi, President of Qihoo 360, added, "With a healthy market environment in China and our history of solid execution, we achieved stronger than expected revenue growth and profitability in the third quarter. During the quarter, we significantly expanded our mobile product portfolio by launching a full range of mobile browsers and app stores for mobile applications. As we continue to execute our business plan, we are confident that we can consistently deliver strong operating results in the near term. We believe our proactive investments in product innovation and technology on both PC and mobile platforms will support long-term sustainable growth for our company."
Third Quarter 2011 Operating Metrics,
As of September 2011:
Third Quarter 2011 Results
Revenues were $47.5 million, representing an increase of 207% from $15.5 million in the third quarter of 2010 and an increase of 35% from the second quarter of 2011. The significant year-over-year and sequential increases in revenues were mainly due to accelerated growth in both online advertising and Internet value-added services.
Online advertising revenues were $35.1 million, up 227% from the same period last year and 31% from the prior quarter. The robust growth was primarily driven by further market penetration of the Company's key products, such as the 360 browsers and the 360 Personalized Start-up Pages, robust growth in user activity, as well as the support of a healthy market environment. The Company also collected approximately $2.7 million in back payments from a former search partner through a settlement reached during the quarter.
Internet value-added service revenues, which are mainly derived from web game operations, were $12.1 million, up 198% from the same period last year and 49% from the prior quarter. The year-over-year and sequential growth was mainly driven by the accelerated growth of the games' user base.
Cost of revenues
Cost of revenues was $5.3 million, compared with $1.8 million in the third quarter of 2010 and $3.7 million in the second quarter of 2011, representing increases of 200% and 45%, respectively.
Operating expenses were $31.4 million, compared with $10.0 million in the third quarter of 2010 and $18.7 million in the second quarter of 2011. Operating expenses excluding share-based compensation (non-GAAP) were $22.7 million, compared with $9 million in the third quarter of 2010 and $16.6 million in the prior quarter.
Operating income was $10.8 million, compared with $3.7 million in the third quarter of 2010 and $12.8 million in the prior quarter.
Operating income excluding share-based compensation (non-GAAP) was $19.4 million, compared with $4.7 million in the third quarter 2010 and $14.8 million in the prior quarter.
Operating margin was 22.7%, compared with 24.1% in the third quarter of 2010 and 36.3% in the prior quarter.
Operating margin excluding share-based compensation (non-GAAP) was 40.9%, compared with 30.6% in the third quarter of 2010 and 42.2% in the prior quarter. The significant year-over-year improvements in non-GAAP operating margin were primarily driven by robust revenue growth.
Net income attributable to Qihoo 360 was $10.9 million, compared with $3.8 million in the third quarter of 2010 and $11.1 million in the prior quarter.
Net income attributable to Qihoo 360 excluding share-based compensation (non-GAAP) was $19.5 million, compared with $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2010 and $13.2 million in the prior quarter, representing increases of 306% and 48%, respectively.
Net margin was 23.0%, compared with 24.7% in the same period last year, and 31.6% in the prior quarter.
Net margin excluding share-based compensation (non-GAAP) was at a record high of 41.2%, compared with 31.1% in the same period last year and 37.6% in the prior quarter. The substantial year-over-year improvements in non-GAAP net margin were driven by robust revenue growth, as well as foreign currency exchange gains.
Cash Flows and Balance Sheet
Net cash flow generated from operations in the third quarter of 2011 was $20.2 million. Capital expenditures were $5.3 million during the quarter. As of September 30, 2011, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $319 million.
For the fourth quarter of 2011, the Company expects revenues to be between $55 million and $56 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 178% - 183% and a sequential increase of 16% - 18%. For the full year 2011, the Company expects revenues to be between $160 million and $161 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 177% - 179%. These estimates reflect the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to possible material changes.
Qihoo 360's management will host a conference call to discuss the results at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 16, 2011 (8:30 a.m. Beijing time on November 17, 2011).
The dial-in details for the live conference call are:
A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 17, 2011 through 11:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 25, 2011. The dial-in details for the replay are:
A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations section of Qihoo 360's website at: http://corp.360.cn.
About Qihoo 360
Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. is a leading Internet company in China as measured by active user base. The Company is also the No. 1 provider of Internet and mobile security solutions in China as measured by active smartphone user base, according to iResearch. In addition, Qihoo 360 also provides users with secure access points to the Internet via its market leading web browsers and application stores. The Company has built one of the largest Internet open platform in China. Qihoo 360 monetizes its massive user base primarily through online advertising and through Internet value-added services on its open platforms.
This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward- looking statements by terminology such as "will," "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "intends," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the management's quotations and the Business Outlook section contain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about Qihoo 360 and the industry. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the Company's ability to continue to innovate and provide attractive products and services to attract and retain users; the Company's ability to keep up with rapid changes in technologies and Internet-enabled devices; the Company's ability to leverage its user base to attract customers for our revenue-generating services; and the Company's dependence on online advertising for a substantial portion of our revenues; and the Company's ability to compete effectively. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of the press release, and Qihoo 360 undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although Qihoo 360 believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that its expectations will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results. Further information regarding risks and uncertainties faced by Qihoo 360 is included in Qihoo 360's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its final prospectus dated March 29, 2011.
About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our financial results presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we use non-GAAP financial measure, which is adjusted from results based on U.S. GAAP to exclude share-based compensation expenses. Reconciliations of our non-GAAP financial measures to our U.S. GAAP financial measures are set forth in tables at the end of this earnings release, which provide more details on the non-GAAP financial measures.
Our non-GAAP financial information is provided as additional information to help our investors compare business trends among different reporting periods on a consistent basis and to enhance investors' overall understanding of the historical and current financial performance of our continuing operations and our prospects for the future. Our non-GAAP financial information should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to U.S. GAAP results. In addition, our calculation of this non-GAAP financial information may be different from the calculation used by other companies, and therefore comparability may be limited.
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