SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Liz McMillan, Carmen Gonzalez, Zakia Bouachraoui, Roger Strukhoff, David Linthicum

Related Topics: Cognitive Computing

Cognitive Computing : News Item

Baidu Announces Second Quarter 2009 Results

Baidu's management will hold an earnings conference call at 8 PM on July 23, 2009 U.S.

Baidu, Inc. (Nasdaq: BIDU), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009(1).

"Our focus on execution drove another strong quarter for Baidu," said Robin Li , Baidu's chairman and CEO. "Our ongoing initiatives to improve user and customer experience further solidified Baidu's leading market position as both large companies and SMEs are increasingly drawn to the superior ROI offered by Baidu's P4P platform."

Mr. Li noted that the recently introduced Baidu Online Marketing Professional Edition, branded as "Phoenix Nest," while still in its early stages, is already seeing encouraging customer acceptance.

Jennifer Li , Baidu's chief financial officer, commented, "The inherent scalability of Baidu's business model should allow us to produce strong margins as revenues continue to grow rapidly. At the same time, we will continue to invest in initiatives that best position Baidu for continued long-term growth."

Second Quarter 2009 Results

Baidu reported total revenues of RMB1,097.5 million ($160.7 million) for the second quarter of 2009, representing a 36.7% increase from the corresponding period in 2008.

Online marketing revenues for the second quarter of 2009 were RMB1,096.6 million ($160.6 million), representing a 36.7% increase from the corresponding period in 2008. Baidu had about 203,000 active online marketing customers in the second quarter of 2009, representing a 12.2% increase from the corresponding period in 2008 and a 9.7% increase from the previous quarter. Revenue per online marketing customer for the second quarter was approximately RMB5,400 ($791), a 22.7% increase from both the corresponding period in 2008 and the previous quarter.

Traffic acquisition cost (TAC) as a component of cost of revenues was RMB175.4 million ($25.7 million), representing 16.0% of total revenues, as compared to 12.7% in the corresponding period in 2008 and 15.3% in the first quarter of 2009. The increase in TAC as a percentage of total revenues reflects the continued fast growth of the Baidu Union business.

Bandwidth costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB50.1 million ($7.3 million), representing 4.6% of total revenues, compared to 5.4% in the corresponding period in 2008. Depreciation costs as a component of cost of revenues were RMB60.1 million ($8.8 million), representing 5.5% of total revenues, compared to 7.2% in the corresponding period in 2008. 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 RMB180.2 million ($26.4 million), representing an increase of 3.4% from the corresponding period in 2008.

Research and development expenses were RMB95.9 million ($14.0 million), a 34.9% increase from the corresponding period in 2008. The increase was primarily due to the increased number of research and development personnel.

Share-based compensation expenses, which were allocated to related operating costs and expense line items, were RMB22.9 million ($3.4 million) in the second quarter of 2009, compared to RMB23.5 million ($3.4 million) in the previous quarter and RMB29.3 million ($4.3 million) in the corresponding period in 2008.

Operating profit was RMB422.8 million ($61.9 million), representing a 53.0% increase from the corresponding period in 2008. Operating profit excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB445.7 million ($65.3 million), a 45.8% increase from the corresponding period in 2008.

Income tax expense was RMB51.1 million ($7.5 million), compared to an income tax expense of RMB28.6 million in the corresponding period in 2008. The effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2009 was 11.8% as compared to 12.9% in the previous quarter and 9.7% for the corresponding period in 2008.

Net income was RMB383.3 million ($56.1 million), representing a 44.6% increase from the corresponding period in 2008. Basic and diluted EPS for the second quarter of 2009 amounted to RMB11.09 ($1.62) and RMB11.02 ($1.61), respectively.

Net income excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) was RMB406.1 million ($59.5 million), a 38.0% increase from the corresponding period in 2008. Basic and diluted EPS excluding share based compensation expense (non-GAAP) for the second quarter of 2009 amounted to RMB11.75 ($1.72) and RMB11.68 ($1.71), respectively.

As of June 30, 2009, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of RMB3.4 billion ($491.1 million). Net operating cash inflow and capital expenditures for the second quarter of 2009 were RMB519.1 million ($76.0 million) and RMB81.7 million ($12.0 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 RMB520.9 million ($76.3 million) for the second quarter of 2009, representing a 38.2% increase from the corresponding period in 2008.

Outlook for Third Quarter 2009

Baidu currently expects to generate total revenues in an amount ranging from RMB1,260 million ($184 million) to RMB1,290 million ($189 million) for the third quarter of 2009, representing a 15% to 18% sequential increase. This forecast reflects Baidu's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call Information

Baidu's management will hold an earnings conference call at 8 PM on July 23, 2009 U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (8 AM on July 24, 2009 Beijing/Hong Kong time).

    Dial-in details for the conference call are as follows:
    US:            +1.617.597.5310
    UK:            +44.207.365.8426
    Hong Kong:     +852.3002.1672

    Passcode for all regions: 99930542

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following number until July 31, 2009:

International: +1.617.801.6888

Passcode: 60289094

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of this conference call will be available at .

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 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 the third quarter 2009 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 July 23, 2009, 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

More Stories By Salvatore Genovese

Salvatore Genovese is a Cloud Computing consultant and an i-technology blogger based in Rome, Italy. He occasionally blogs about SOA, start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, open source and bleeding-edge technologies, companies, and personalities. Sal can be reached at hamilton(at)

Latest Stories
The platform combines the strengths of Singtel's extensive, intelligent network capabilities with Microsoft's cloud expertise to create a unique solution that sets new standards for IoT applications," said Mr Diomedes Kastanis, Head of IoT at Singtel. "Our solution provides speed, transparency and flexibility, paving the way for a more pervasive use of IoT to accelerate enterprises' digitalisation efforts. AI-powered intelligent connectivity over Microsoft Azure will be the fastest connected pat...
There are many examples of disruption in consumer space – Uber disrupting the cab industry, Airbnb disrupting the hospitality industry and so on; but have you wondered who is disrupting support and operations? AISERA helps make businesses and customers successful by offering consumer-like user experience for support and operations. We have built the world’s first AI-driven IT / HR / Cloud / Customer Support and Operations solution.
ScaleMP is presenting at CloudEXPO 2019, held June 24-26 in Santa Clara, and we’d love to see you there. At the conference, we’ll demonstrate how ScaleMP is solving one of the most vexing challenges for cloud — memory cost and limit of scale — and how our innovative vSMP MemoryONE solution provides affordable larger server memory for the private and public cloud. Please visit us at Booth No. 519 to connect with our experts and learn more about vSMP MemoryONE and how it is already serving some of...
Darktrace is the world's leading AI company for cyber security. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace's Enterprise Immune System is the first non-consumer application of machine learning to work at scale, across all network types, from physical, virtualized, and cloud, through to IoT and industrial control systems. Installed as a self-configuring cyber defense platform, Darktrace continuously learns what is ‘normal' for all devices and users, updating its understa...
Codete accelerates their clients growth through technological expertise and experience. Codite team works with organizations to meet the challenges that digitalization presents. Their clients include digital start-ups as well as established enterprises in the IT industry. To stay competitive in a highly innovative IT industry, strong R&D departments and bold spin-off initiatives is a must. Codete Data Science and Software Architects teams help corporate clients to stay up to date with the mod...
As you know, enterprise IT conversation over the past year have often centered upon the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration system. In fact, Kubernetes has emerged as the key technology -- and even primary platform -- of cloud migrations for a wide variety of organizations. Kubernetes is critical to forward-looking enterprises that continue to push their IT infrastructures toward maximum functionality, scalability, and flexibility. As they do so, IT professionals are also embr...
Platform9, the leader in SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, has announced it will present five sessions at four upcoming industry conferences in June: BCS in London, DevOpsCon in Berlin, HPE Discover and Cloud Computing Expo 2019.
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
When you're operating multiple services in production, building out forensics tools such as monitoring and observability becomes essential. Unfortunately, it is a real challenge balancing priorities between building new features and tools to help pinpoint root causes. Linkerd provides many of the tools you need to tame the chaos of operating microservices in a cloud native world. Because Linkerd is a transparent proxy that runs alongside your application, there are no code changes required. I...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application p...
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the bene...
"NetApp's vision is how we help organizations manage data - delivering the right data in the right place, in the right time, to the people who need it, and doing it agnostic to what the platform is," explained Josh Atwell, Developer Advocate for NetApp, in this interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Druva is the global leader in Cloud Data Protection and Management, delivering the industry's first data management-as-a-service solution that aggregates data from endpoints, servers and cloud applications and leverages the public cloud to offer a single pane of glass to enable data protection, governance and intelligence-dramatically increasing the availability and visibility of business critical information, while reducing the risk, cost and complexity of managing and protecting it. Druva's...
Kubernetes as a Container Platform is becoming a de facto for every enterprise. In my interactions with enterprises adopting container platform, I come across common questions: - How does application security work on this platform? What all do I need to secure? - How do I implement security in pipelines? - What about vulnerabilities discovered at a later point in time? - What are newer technologies like Istio Service Mesh bring to table?In this session, I will be addressing these commonly asked ...
BMC has unmatched experience in IT management, supporting 92 of the Forbes Global 100, and earning recognition as an ITSM Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader for five years running. Our solutions offer speed, agility, and efficiency to tackle business challenges in the areas of service management, automation, operations, and the mainframe.