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Weibo Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

2017-08-09 17:30
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BEIJING, Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Weibo Corporation ("Weibo" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: WB), a leading social media in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights

  • Net revenues totaled $253.4 million, an increase of 72% year-over-year, exceeding the Company's guidance between $240 million and $250 million.
  • Advertising and marketing revenues were $218.3 million, an increase of 72% year-over-year.
  • Other revenues were $35.0 million, an increase of 78% year-over-year.
  • Net income attributable to Weibo was $73.5 million, an increase of 184% year-over-year, and diluted net income per share was $0.33, compared to $0.12 for the same period last year.
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to Weibo was $86.7 million, an increase of 144% year-over-year, and non-GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.38, compared to $0.16 for the same period last year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $103.1 million, an increase of 166% year-over-year, or 41% of net revenues, compared to 26% for the same period last year.
  • Monthly active users ("MAUs") in June 2017 was 361 million, an increase of 28% year-over-year, 92% of which were mobile users. Average daily active users in June 2017 was 159 million, an increase of 26% year-over-year.

"We continue to see great momentum in our business. Revenues from SMEs, key accounts and non-advertising all saw robust growth, while our profit and user base reached new highs," said Gaofei Wang, CEO of Weibo. "These strong results give us confidence that our strategy to focus on developing a unique and expansive content ecosystem, launching engaging features like Weibo Stories, and attracting KOLs, celebrities and other influencers to increase the social and viral nature of Weibo is boding well for us."

Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

For the second quarter of 2017, Weibo reported net revenues of $253.4 million, compared to $146.9 million for the same period last year. Advertising and marketing revenues totaled $218.3 million, compared to $127.2 million for the same period last year, and advertising and marketing revenues from small & medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs") and key accounts were $205.1 million, compared to $114.3 million for the same period last year. Other revenues totaled $35.0 million, compared to $19.7 million for the same period last year.

Costs and expenses for the second quarter of 2017 totaled $165.4 million, compared to $119.6 million for the same period last year. The rise in costs and expenses was primarily due to an increase in marketing expenses, turnover taxes (resulting from higher revenues), development costs and stock-based compensation. Non-GAAP costs and expenses were $153.3 million, compared to $112.2 million for the same period last year.

Income from operations for the second quarter of 2017 was $88.0 million, compared to $27.3 million for the same period last year. Non-GAAP income from operations was $100.1 million, compared to $34.7 million for the same period last year. 

Non-operating income for the second quarter of 2017 was $1.5 million, compared to a non-operating loss of $1.0 million for the same period last year. Income tax expenses were $16.4 million, compared to $1.8 million for the same period last year, primarily due to higher profitability and the change in tax status of the Company's PRC subsidiary from being fully tax exempted to being subject to 50% of the enterprise income tax rate, or 12.5%, in 2017.

Net income attributable to Weibo for the second quarter of 2017 was $73.5 million, or diluted net income per share of $0.33, compared to $25.9 million for the same period last year, or diluted net income per share of $0.12. Non-GAAP net income attributable to Weibo for the second quarter of 2017 was $86.7 million, or diluted net income per share of $0.38, compared to $35.5 million for the same period last year, or diluted net income per share of $0.16.

As of June 30, 2017, Weibo's cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $609.2 million. For the second quarter of 2017, cash provided by operating activities was $157.2 million, capital expenditures totaled $2.5 million, and depreciation and amortization expenses amounted to $3.5 million.

Business Outlook

For the third quarter of 2017, Weibo estimates that its net revenues to be between $290 million and $300 million, which assumes an average exchange rate of 6.75 RMB to US$1.00. This forecast reflects Weibo's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call

Weibo's management team will host a conference call from 7 AM - 8 AM Eastern Time on August 9, 2017 (or 7 PM - 8 PM Beijing Time on August 9, 2017) 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 http://ir.weibo.com. The conference call can be accessed as follows:

US Toll Free:  +1 866-519-4004
Hong Kong Toll Free:  800-906-601
China Toll Free:  400-620-8038
International:  +65 6713-5090
Passcode for all regions:  64857454

A replay of the conference call will be available from 10:00 AM Eastern Time on August 9, 2017-10:00 AM Eastern time on August 17, 2017. The dial-in number is +61 2-8199-0299. The passcode for the replay is 64857454.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release contains the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP costs and expenses, non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income attributable to Weibo, non-GAAP diluted net income per share attributable to Weibo and adjusted EBITDA. 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 exclude stock-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets, net gain on the sale of investments and impairment on investments, non-GAAP to GAAP reconciling items for the loss attributable to non-controlling interest, and provision for income tax related to the amortization of intangible assets (other non-GAAP to GAAP reconciling items have no tax effect). Adjusted EBITDA excludes interest income, income tax expenses, and depreciation expenses. 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 operating performance 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 also believes that 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.  Accordingly, care should be exercised in understanding how the Company defines its non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations of the Company's non-GAAP financial measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures are set forth in the section below titled "Unaudited Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Results."

About Weibo

Weibo is a leading social media for people to create, share and discover Chinese-language content. It provides an unprecedented and simple way for people and organizations to publicly express themselves in real time, interact with others and stay connected with the world. Any user can post a feed and attach multi-media or long-form content. User relationships on Weibo may be asymmetric; any user can follow any other user and add comments to a feed while reposting. This simple, asymmetric and distributed nature of Weibo allows an original feed to become a live viral conversation stream.

Weibo enables its advertising and marketing customers to promote their brands, products and services to users. Weibo offers a wide range of advertising and marketing solutions to its customers, ranging from large companies to small and medium-sized enterprises to individuals. The Company generates a substantial majority of revenues from the sale of advertising and marketing services, including the sale of social display ads and promoted feeds. Weibo has developed and is continuously refining its social interest graph recommendation engine, which enables its customers to perform people marketing and target audiences based on user demographics, social relationships, interests and behaviors, to achieve greater relevance, engagement and marketing effectiveness.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that relate to, among other things, Weibo's expected financial performance and strategic and operational plans (as described, without limitation, in the "Business Outlook" section and in quotations from management in this press release. Weibo may also make forward-looking statements in the Company's periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), 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 the Company's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology, such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "confidence," "estimates" and similar 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, Weibo's limited operating history in certain new businesses; failure to grow active user base and the level of user engagement; the uncertain regulatory landscape in China; fluctuations in the Company's quarterly operating results; the Company's reliance on advertising and marketing sales for a majority of its revenues; failure to successfully develop, introduce, drive adoption of or monetize new features and products; failure to compete effectively for advertising and marketing spending; failure to successfully integrate acquired businesses; risks associated with the Company's investments, including equity pick-up and impairment; failure to compete successfully against new entrants and established industry competitors; changes in the macro-economic environment, including the depreciation of the Renminbi; and adverse changes in economic and political policies of the PRC government and its impact on the Chinese economy. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Weibo's annual report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 filed with the SEC on April 27, 2017 and other filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is current as of the date hereof, and Weibo assumes no obligation to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

Contact:

Investor Relations
Weibo Corporation
Phone: +86 10 5898-3017
Email: ir@staff.weibo.com

WEIBO CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)




























Three months ended


Six months ended




June 30,


March 31,


June 30,




2017


2016


2017


2017


2016













Net revenues:











     Advertising and marketing revenues


$        218,340


$        127,173


$        169,297


$        387,637


$        226,419

     Other revenues


35,033


19,712


29,904


64,937


39,756


Total net revenues


253,373


146,885


199,201


452,574


266,175













Costs and expenses:











     Cost of revenues (a)


50,372


40,657


46,450


96,822


77,283

     Sales and marketing (a)


59,363


32,166


47,163


106,526


62,207

     Product development (a)


45,528


37,611


39,191


84,719


74,545

     General and administrative (a)


10,140


9,200


10,546


20,686


17,738


Total costs and expenses


165,403


119,634


143,350


308,753


231,773

Income from operations


87,970


27,251


55,851


143,821


34,402













Non-operating income (loss):











    Gain on sale of and impairment on investments, net


(1,248)


(3,440)


(122)


(1,370)


(4,308)

    Interest and other income , net


2,768


2,411


2,222


4,990


3,831




1,520


(1,029)


2,100


3,620


(477)













Income before income tax expenses


89,490


26,222


57,951


147,441


33,925

     Income tax expenses


(16,363)


(1,796)


(11,316)


(27,679)


(2,344)

Net income


73,127


24,426


46,635


119,762


31,581













    Less: Net loss attributable to
    noncontrolling interest

(421)


(1,431)


(296)


(717)


(1,374)













Net income attributable to Weibo

$           73,548


$           25,857


$           46,931


$        120,479


$           32,955

























Basic net income per share attributable to Weibo

$               0.33


$               0.12


$               0.21


$               0.55


$               0.15

Diluted net income per share attributable to Weibo

$               0.33


$               0.12


$               0.21


$               0.54


$               0.15













Shares used in computing basic











   net income per share attributable to Weibo

220,256


213,537


218,296


219,281


212,903

Shares used in computing diluted











   net income per share attributable to Weibo

225,245


221,611


224,632


224,955


220,780













(a) Stock-based compensation in each category:












Cost of revenues


$                940


$                543


$                695


$             1,635


$             1,051


Sales and marketing


2,157


900


1,604


3,761


1,918


Product development


5,251


2,501


4,994


10,245


6,056


General and administrative


3,585


3,364


3,400


6,985


6,770

 

WEIBO CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)















June 30,


December 31,







2017


2016












Assets


Current assets:









Cash and cash equivalents


$             224,080


$             364,766





Short-term investments


385,105


31,188





Accounts receivable, net


134,673


116,054





Prepaid expenses and other current assets


131,845


66,664





Amount due from SINA


-


18,565





      Current assets subtotal


875,703


597,237












Property and equipment, net


25,924


22,816



Goodwill and intangible assets, net


11,473


11,366



Investments


419,711


399,933



Other assets


10,553


5,592



Total assets


$          1,343,364


$          1,036,944












Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity 


Liabilities:








Current liabilities:









Accounts payable


$               86,565


$               48,997





Accrued and other liabilities


281,811


180,142





Deferred revenues


58,971


48,964





Amount due to SINA


2,885


-





     Current liabilities subtotal


430,232


278,103













Long-term liability


1,234


1,483





Total liabilities


431,466


279,586












Shareholders' equity :








Weibo shareholders' equity


908,407


753,225




Non-controlling interest


3,491


4,133





Total shareholders' equity 


911,898


757,358












Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 


$          1,343,364


$          1,036,944











 

WEIBO CORPORATION

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP TO GAAP RESULTS

(In thousands, except per share data)


























Three months ended





June 30, 2017


June 30, 2016


March 31, 2017


























Non-GAAP






Non-GAAP






Non-GAAP





Actual


Adjustments


Results


Actual


Adjustments


Results


Actual


Adjustments


Results






















Advertising and marketing revenues


$    218,340




$    218,340


$    127,173




$    127,173


$    169,297




$    169,297

Other revenues


35,033




35,033


19,712




19,712


29,904




29,904


Net revenues


$    253,373




$    253,373


$    146,885




$    146,885


$    199,201




$    199,201




























(11,933)

 (a) 





(7,308)

 (a) 





(10,693)

 (a) 








(157)

 (b) 





(161)

 (b) 





(155)

 (b) 


Total costs and expenses


$    165,403


$    (12,090)


$    153,313


$    119,634


$       (7,469)


$    112,165


$    143,350


$    (10,848)


$    132,502




























11,933

 (a) 





7,308

 (a) 





10,693

 (a) 








157

 (b) 





161

 (b) 





155

 (b) 


Income from operations


$      87,970


$      12,090


$    100,060


$      27,251


$        7,469


$      34,720


$      55,851


$      10,848


$      66,699




























11,933

 (a) 





7,308

 (a) 





10,693

 (a) 








157

 (b) 





161

 (b) 





155

 (b) 








1,248

 (c) 





3,440

 (c) 





122

 (c) 








(194)

 (d) 





(1,177)

 (d) 





(29)

 (d) 








(39)

 (e) 





(40)

 (e) 





(39)

 (e) 


Net income attributable to Weibo

$      73,548


$      13,105


$      86,653


$      25,857


$        9,692


$      35,549


$      46,931


$      10,902


$      57,833






















Diluted net income per share attributable to Weibo

$           0.33




$           0.38


$           0.12




$           0.16


$           0.21




$           0.26






















Shares used in computing  diluted



















    net income per share attributable to Weibo

225,245




225,245


221,611




221,611


224,632




224,632






















Adjusted EBITDA:









































Non-GAAP net income attributable to Weibo





$      86,653






$      35,549






$      57,833



Interest income






(3,343)






(1,893)






(1,911)



Income tax expenses






16,402






1,836






11,355



Depreciation expenses






3,365






3,316






3,245


Adjusted EBITDA






$    103,077






$      38,808






$      70,522

 

WEIBO CORPORATION

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP TO GAAP RESULTS

(In thousands, except per share data)




















Six months ended





June 30, 2017


June 30, 2016









Non-GAAP






Non-GAAP





Actual


Adjustments


Results


Actual


Adjustments


Results
















Advertising and marketing


$    387,637




$    387,637


$    226,419




$    226,419

Other revenues


64,937




64,937


39,756




39,756


Net revenues


$    452,574




$    452,574


$    266,175




$    266,175






















(22,626)

 (a) 





(15,795)

 (a) 








(312)

 (b) 





(402)

 (b) 


Total costs and expenses


$    308,753


$    (22,938)


$    285,815


$    231,773


$    (16,197)


$    215,576





































22,626

 (a) 





15,795

 (a) 








312

 (b) 





402

 (b) 


Income from operations


$    143,821


$      22,938


$    166,759


$      34,402


$      16,197


$      50,599




















































22,626

 (a) 





15,795

 (a) 








312

 (b) 





402

 (b) 








1,370

 (c) 





4,308

 (c) 








(223)

 (d) 





(1,457)

 (d) 








(78)

 (e) 





(100)

 (e) 

















Net income attributable to Weibo

$    120,479


$      24,007


$    144,486


$      32,955


$      18,948


$      51,903
















Diluted net income per share attributable to Weibo

$           0.54




$           0.64


$           0.15




$           0.24
















Shares used in computing  diluted













    net income per share attributable to Weibo

224,955




224,955


220,780




220,780
















Adjusted EBITDA:





























Non-GAAP net income attributable to Weibo





$    144,486






$      51,903



Interest income






(5,254)






(3,193)



Income tax expenses






27,757






2,444



Depreciation expenses






6,610






6,616


Adjusted EBITDA






$    173,599






$      57,770































(a)  To exclude stock-based compensation.












(b)  To exclude amortization of intangible assets.












(c)  To exclude net gain on the sale of investments and impairment on investments.








(d)  To exclude non-GAAP to GAAP reconciling items for the loss attributable to non-controlling interests.





(e)  To exclude the provision for income tax related to item (b). Other non-GAAP to GAAP reconciling items have no income tax effect.



     Most of the reconciliation items were recorded in entities in tax free jurisdictions hence no income tax implications. 

     For impairment on investments, valuation allowances were made for those differences the Company does not expect to realize the benefit in the foreseeable future.

WEIBO CORPORATION

UNAUDITED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

(In thousands)















Three months ended


Six months ended




June 30,


March 31,


June 30,




2017


2016


2017


2017


2016














Net revenues












Advertising and marketing revenues












     Small & medium-sized enterprises and key accounts

$      205,144


$     114,324


$        161,506


$      366,650


$     202,450



     Alibaba

13,196


12,849


7,791


20,987


23,969



         Subtotal

218,340


127,173


169,297


387,637


226,419















Other revenues

35,033


19,712


29,904


64,937


39,756




$      253,373


$     146,885


$        199,201


$      452,574


$     266,175


 

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