¡¡¡¡SHANGHAI, China¡ªAugust 12, 2013¡ªSINA Corporation (NASDAQ GS: SINA), a leading online media company serving China and the global Chinese communities, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.
¡¡¡¡Second Quarter 2013 Highlights
¡¡¡¡¡€Net revenues increased 20% year over year to $157.5 million. Non-GAAP net revenues increased 20% year over year to $152.8 million, exceeding the Company¡¯s guidance between $143.0 million and $147.0 million.
¡¡¡¡¡€Advertising revenues grew 17% year over year to $120.6 million, exceeding the Company¡¯s guidance between $117.0 million and $119.0 million.
¡¡¡¡¡€Non-advertising revenues increased 30% year over year to $36.9 million. Non-GAAP non-advertising revenues increased 35% year over year to $32.2 million, exceeding the Company¡¯s guidance between $26.0 million and $28.0 million.
¡¡¡¡¡€Net loss attributable to SINA, which included a one-off charge of $27.1 million in connection with the investment from the Alibaba Group (¡°Alibaba¡±) in Weibo Corporation (¡°Weibo¡±), was $11.5 million, or $0.17 diluted net loss per share attributable to SINA. Non-GAAP net income attributable to SINA grew 281% year over year to $14.2 million, or $0.21 non-GAAP diluted net income per share attributable to SINA.
¡¡¡¡¡°I¡¯m pleased with SINA¡¯s performance in the second quarter.¡± said Charles Chao, Chairman and CEO of SINA. ¡°Although the macro-economic conditions in China remain uncertain, our strategy to diversify SINA¡¯s revenue stream to beyond big-brand advertisers and to leverage Weibo¡¯s continued traffic growth to develop social and mobile advertising as well as value-added services is placing SINA in a good position for more profitable revenue growth while making heavy investments for the future.¡±
¡¡¡¡Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results
¡¡¡¡For the second quarter of 2013, SINA reported net revenues of $157.5 million, compared to $131.6 million for the same period last year. Non-GAAP net revenues for the second quarter of 2013 totaled $152.8 million, compared to $126.9 million for the same period last year.
¡¡¡¡Online advertising revenues for the second quarter of 2013 were $120.6 million, compared to $103.1 million for the same period last year. Weibo advertising revenues for the second quarter of 2013 grew 209% year over year to $30.0 million. Non-GAAP non-advertising revenues for the second quarter of 2013 totaled $32.2 million, compared to $23.8 million for the same period last year. Mobile Value-Added Services (¡°MVAS¡±) revenues for the second quarter of 2013 increased 13% year over year to $19.9 million, which included 4.3 million dollars from one-off revenues. Weibo Value-Added Services (¡°Weibo VAS¡±) revenues, which include revenue share from web games and Weibo membership fees, grew 186% to $7.7 million.
¡¡¡¡Gross margin for the second quarter of 2013 was 54% compared to 53% for the same period last year. Cost of sales included $3.9 million in stock-based compensation expense related to the Alibaba transaction (see Other section below for further information). Non-GAAP advertising gross margin increased to 57% from 54% for the same period last year reflecting the Company¡¯s ability to scale its advertising business profitably. Non-advertising revenue gross margin for the second quarter of 2013 was 55%, up from 54% for the same period last year. Non-GAAP non-advertising revenue gross margin for the second quarter of 2013 increased to 49% from 45% for the same period last year, due to the increase in revenue contribution from higher margin Weibo VAS, partially offset by the decline in MVAS margin.
¡¡¡¡Operating expenses for the second quarter of 2013 totaled $102.5 million, compared to $69.8 million for the same period last year. Excluding stock-based compensation, which included $23.2 million related to the Alibaba transaction (see Other section below for further information), non-GAAP operating expenses for the second quarter of 2013 totaled $75.4 million, compared to $66.8 million for the same period last year. The increase in non-GAAP operating expenses was primarily due to higher personnel costs and, to a lesser extent, increased bad debt expenses, partially offset by lower marketing expenditures.
¡¡¡¡Loss from operations for the second quarter of 2013 was $18.2 million, compared to income from operations of $0.2 million for the same period last year. Non-GAAP income from operations for the second quarter of 2013 was $8.8 million, compared to loss from operations of $0.8 million for the same period last year.
¡¡¡¡Non-operating income for the second quarter of 2013 was $8.2 million, compared to $34.2 million for the same period last year. Non-operating income for the second quarter of 2013 included $1.3 million, or $4.2 million on a non-GAAP basis, in earnings from equity investments, which were accounted for under the equity-method accounting and reported on a one-quarter lag basis. Non-operating income for the second quarter of 2012 included a net gain of $32.8 million, primarily related to the gain in investment from China Real Estate Corporation (¡°CRIC¡±) resulting from its merger with E-House (China) Holdings Limited (¡°E-House¡±).
¡¡¡¡Net loss attributable to SINA for the second quarter of 2013 was $11.5 million, compared to a net income of $33.2 million for the same period last year. Diluted net loss per share attributable to SINA for the second quarter of 2013 was $0.17, compared to a diluted net income per share of $0.49 for the same period last year. Non-GAAP net income attributable to SINA for the second quarter of 2013 was $14.2 million, compared to $3.7 million for the same period last year. Non-GAAP diluted net income per share attributable to SINA for the second quarter of 2013 was $0.21, compared to $0.05 for the same period last year.
¡¡¡¡As of June 30 2013, SINA¡¯s cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $1,237.0 million, compared to $713.6 million as of December 31, 2012. The increase in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments was mainly due to the net cash received from Alibaba for the investment in Weibo. For the second quarter of 2013, cash provided by operating activities was $43.6 million, capital expenditures totaled $10.9 million and depreciation expenses amounted to $8.7 million.
¡¡¡¡On April 29, 2013, Alibaba, through a wholly owned subsidiary, invested $586 million to purchase preferred and ordinary shares representing approximately 18% of Weibo¡¯s outstanding share capital on a fully-diluted basis (¡°Transaction¡±). SINA also granted options to Alibaba to enable Alibaba to increase its ownership in Weibo to 30% on a fully-diluted basis at a mutually agreed valuation within a certain period of time in the future. As part of the Transaction, $49.7 million was recorded as investor options liabilities to reflect the fair value of the options at June 30, 2013, as well as a one-off charge of $27.1 million in stock-based compensation.
¡¡¡¡SINA estimates that its non-GAAP net revenues for the third quarter of 2013 will be between $176 million and $180 million, including advertising revenues to be between $151 million and $153 million and non-GAAP non-advertising revenues to be between $25 million and $27 million. This estimate assumes the low-margin MVAS revenues to decline approximately $6 million sequentially. Non-GAAP net revenues and non-GAAP non-advertising revenues exclude the recognition of $4.7 million in deferred license revenues related to SINA¡¯s equity investment in E-House/CRIC.
¡¡¡¡This release contains the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP net revenues, non-GAAP non-advertising revenues, non-GAAP advertising and non-advertising gross margin, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP income/(loss) from operations, non-GAAP earning/(loss) from equity investments, non-GAAP net income/(loss) attributable to SINA and non-GAAP diluted net income/(loss) per share attributable to SINA. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, measures of the Company¡¯s financial performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company¡¯s non-GAAP financial measures may be defined differently than similar terms used by other companies. Accordingly, care should be exercised in understanding how the Company defines its non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations of the Company¡¯s non-GAAP measures to the nearest GAAP measures are set forth in the section below titled ¡°Unaudited Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Results.¡±
¡¡¡¡The Company¡¯s non-GAAP financial measures exclude certain items, including share-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets, recognition of deferred revenue in relation to the CRIC Transaction and gain/loss resulting from the disposal, purchase or impairment of a business, investment or non-controlling interest in a subsidiary and change in fair value of investor options liabilities. The Company¡¯s management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in their financial and operating decision-making, because management believes these measures reflect the Company¡¯s ongoing business operations in a manner that allows more meaningful period-to-period comparisons. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and others in the following ways: (i) in comparing the Company¡¯s current financial results with the Company¡¯s past financial results in a consistent manner, and (ii) in understanding and evaluating the Company¡¯s current operating performance and future prospects in the same manner as management does, if they so choose. The Company further believes the non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses, gains/losses and other items (i) that are not expected to result in future cash payments or (ii) that are non-recurring in nature or may not be indicative of the Company's core operating results and business outlook.
¡¡¡¡Use of non-GAAP financial measures has limitations. The Company¡¯s non-GAAP financial measures do not include all income and expense items that affect the Company¡¯s operations. They may not be comparable to non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Management compensates for these limitations by also considering the Company¡¯s financial results prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
¡¡¡¡SINA will host a conference call at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on August 12, 2013 (or 9 a.m. Beijing Time on August 13, 2013) to present an overview of the Company¡¯s financial performance and business operations. A live webcast of the call will be available through the Company's corporate website at corp.sina.com. The conference call can be accessed as follows:
¡¡¡¡US: +1 845 675 0438
¡¡¡¡Hong Kong: +852 3051 2745
¡¡¡¡Passcode for all regions: 29900221
¡¡¡¡A replay of the conference call will be available through midnight Eastern Daylight Time August 19, 2013. The dial-in number is +61 2 8199 0299. The passcode for the replay is 29900221.
¡¡¡¡SINA is an online media company serving China and the global Chinese communities. Our digital media network of SINA.com (portal), SINA.cn (mobile portal) and Weibo.com (social media) enable Internet users to access professional media and user generated content in multi-media formats from the web and mobile devices and share their interests with friends and acquaintances.
¡¡¡¡SINA.com offers distinct and targeted professional content on each of its region specific websites and a range of complementary offerings. SINA.cn provides information and entertainment content from SINA portal customized for mobile (WAP) users. Based on an open platform architecture to host organically developed and third-party applications, Weibo is a form of social media, featuring microblogging services and social networking services that allow users to connect and share information anywhere, anytime and with anyone on the platform.
¡¡¡¡Through these properties and other product lines and businesses, SINA offers an array of online media and social networking services to its users to create a rich canvas for businesses and brand advertisers to connect and engage with their targeted audiences. SINA generates the majority of its revenues from online advertising, MVAS and fee-based services.
¡¡¡¡Safe Harbor Statement
¡¡¡¡This press release contains forward-looking statements that relate to, among other things, SINA¡¯s expected financial performance and SINA¡¯s strategic and operational plans (as described, without limitation, in the ¡°Business Outlook¡± section and in quotations from management in this press release). SINA may also make forward-looking statements in the Company¡¯s 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. SINA assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements in this press release and elsewhere. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company¡¯s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: SINA¡¯s limited operating history in certain new businesses; the global financial and credit market crisis and its impact on the Chinese economy; the uncertain regulatory landscape in China; fluctuations in the Company¡¯s quarterly operating results; the Company¡¯s reliance on online advertising sales and MVAS for a majority of its revenues; failure to successfully develop, introduce, drive adoption of or monetize new features and products, including portal, Weibo and MVAS products; failure to enter and develop the small and medium enterprise market by the Company or through cooperation with third parties, such a Alibaba; the Company¡¯s reliance on mobile operators in China to provide MVAS and changes in mobile operators' policies for MVAS in China; failure to successfully integrate acquired businesses; risks associated with the Company¡¯s investments, including equity pick-up and impairment; and failure to compete successfully against new entrants and established industry competitors. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in SINA¡¯s annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2012 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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