Baidu reported total revenues of RMB11.986 billion

Baidu reported total revenues of RMB11.986 billion ($1.932 billion) for the second quarter of 2014, representing a 58.5% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.

Online marketing revenues for the second quarter of 2014 were RMB11.837 billion ($1.908 billion), representing a 57.0% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. Baidu had about 488,000 active online marketing customers in the second quarter of 2014, representing a 4.3% increase from the corresponding period in 2013 and a 9.4% increase from the first quarter of 2014. Revenue per online marketing customer for the second quarter was approximately RMB24,200 ($3,901), a 50.3% increase from the corresponding period in 2013 and a 15.8% increase compared to the first quarter of 2014.

Traffic acquisition cost (TAC) as a component of cost of revenues was RMB1.517 billion ($244.6 million), representing 12.7% of total revenues, as compared to 11.6% in the corresponding period in 2013 and 12.4% in the first quarter of 2014. The increase reflects increased contribution of contextual ads, mobile and promotion of hao123.

Bandwidth costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB700.5 million ($112.9 million), representing 5.8% of total revenues, compared to 6.0% in the corresponding period in 2013.Depreciation costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB461.9 million ($74.5 million), representing 3.9% of total revenues, compared to 4.7% in the corresponding period in 2013.

Content costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB354.3 million ($57.1 million), representing 3.0% of total revenues, compared to 2.0% in the corresponding period in 2013, and 4.1% in the previous quarter. Content costs are mainly related to iQiyi.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were RMB2.149 billion ($346.4 million), representing an increase of 99.3% from the corresponding period in 2013, primarily due to an increase in promotional spending for mobile products.

Research and development expenses were RMB1.737 billion ($280.0 million), an 84.5% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. 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 RMB220.6 million ($35.6 million) in the second quarter of 2014, compared to RMB83.3 million in the corresponding period in 2013 and RMB169.0 million in the first quarter of 2014. The increase was a result of increased share grants to employees.

Operating profit was RMB3.558 billion ($573.6 million), representing a 22.5% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. Operating profit excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB3.779 billion ($609.1 million), a 26.5% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.

Income tax expense was RMB605.6 million ($97.6 million), compared to an income tax expense of RMB513.2 million in the corresponding period in 2013. The effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2014 was 15.4% as compared to 16.3% for the corresponding period in 2013 and 15.1% in the first quarter of 2014.

Net income attributable to Baidu was RMB3.547 billion ($571.7 million), representing a 34.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS for the second quarter of 2014 amounted to RMB10.12 ($1.63) and RMB10.09 ($1.63), respectively.

Net income attributable to Baidu excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB3.767 billion ($607.3 million), a 38.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the second quarter of 2014 amounted to RMB10.75 ($1.73) and RMB10.72($1.73), respectively.

As of June 30, 2014, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of RMB48.659 billion ($7.844 billion). Net operating cash inflow for the second quarter of 2014 was RMB4.128 billion ($665.4 million). Capital expenditures for the second quarter of 2014 were RMB863.7 million ($139.2 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 RMB4.494 billion ($724.5 million) for the second quarter of 2014, representing a 29.3% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.

Outlook for Third Quarter 2014

Baidu currently expects to generate total revenues in an amount ranging from RMB13.420 billion ($2.163 billion) to RMB13.780 billion ($2.221 billion) for the third quarter of 2014, representing a 50.9% to 55.0% year-over-year increase. This forecast reflects Baidu’s current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Baidu’s Second Quarter 2014 Highlights

  • Total revenues in the second quarter of 2014 were RMB11.986 billion ($1.932 billion), a 58.5% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Operating profit in the second quarter of 2014 was RMB3.558 billion ($573.6 million), a 22.5% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Net income attributable to Baidu in the second quarter of 2014 was RMB3.547 billion ($571.7 million), a 34.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. Diluted earnings attributable to Baidu per ADS for the second quarter of 2014 were RMB10.09 ($1.63); diluted earnings attributable to Baidu per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses(non-GAAP) for the second quarter of 2014 were RMB10.72 ($1.73)

We had a great quarter as we continued to build very strong mobile momentum. As the clear leader in mobile search, mobile map and app distribution, mobile revenue for the first time ever contributed to 30 percent of our total revenue

said Robin Li, chairman and chief executive officer of Baidu. “We deepened our investment in advanced technologies like Deep Learning, which is already yielding near term enhancements in user experience and customer ROI and is expected to drive transformational change over the longer term.”

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