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Weibo Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

BEIJING, Nov. 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Weibo Corporation (the "Company" or "Weibo") (Nasdaq:WB), a leading social media platform for people to create, distribute and discover Chinese-language content, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.

Third Quarter 2014 Highlights

  • Net revenues increased 58% year over year to $84.1 million, exceeding the Company's guidance between $79 million and $82 million.
  • Advertising and marketing revenues grew 50% year over year to $65.4 million.
  • Weibo Value Added Services ("Weibo VAS") revenues increased 93% year over year to $18.8 million.
  • Net loss attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders decreased 2% year over year to $5.2 million or $0.03 diluted net loss per share attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders.
  • Non-GAAP net loss attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders decreased 73% year over year to $1.4 million, or $0.01 non-GAAP diluted net loss per share attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders.
  • Monthly active users ("MAUs") were 167.0 million as of September 30, 2014, an increase of 36% year over year.
  • Daily active users ("DAUs") were 76.6 million on average for September 2014, an increase of 30% year over year.

"I'm delighted that Weibo reported another quarter of strong financial performance," stated Gaofei Wang, Weibo's CEO. "On the operational front, we are taking meaningful steps in growing Weibo's user base and engagements, as well as refining formats and improving relevance of our advertising products. In addition, we have made significant progress in expanding the scale of our payment system, building a solid foundation for long term growth of the social commerce eco-system on Weibo."

Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

For the third quarter of 2014, Weibo reported net revenues of $84.1 million, compared to $53.4 million for the same period last year. Advertising and marketing revenues for the third quarter of 2014 totaled $65.4 million, compared to $43.7 million for the same period last year. Weibo VAS revenues for the third quarter of 2014 totaled $18.8 million, compared to $9.7 million for the same period last year.

Costs and expenses for the third quarter of 2014 totaled $91.8 million, compared to $59.1 million for the same period last year. Non-GAAP costs and expenses for the third quarter of 2014 was $87.8 million, compared to $58.3 million for the same period last year. The increase in non-GAAP costs and expenses was mainly due to an increase in personnel-related costs, marketing expenditures as well as VAT costs resulting from higher revenues and infrastructure costs due to the growth in traffic.

Loss from operations for the third quarter of 2014 was $7.6 million, compared to a loss of $5.8 million for the same period last year. Non-GAAP loss from operations for the third quarter of 2014 was $3.7 million, compared to a loss of $4.9 million for the same period last year.

Non-operating income for the third quarter of 2014 was $1.9 million, compared to an income of $0.5 million for the same period last year.

Net loss attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders for the third quarter of 2014 was $5.2 million, compared to a net loss of $5.3 million for the same period last year. Diluted net loss per share attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders for the third quarter of 2014 was $0.03, compared to a diluted net loss of $0.04 per share for the same period last year. Non-GAAP net loss attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders for the third quarter of 2014 was $1.4 million, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $5.1 million for the same period last year. Non-GAAP diluted net loss per share attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders for the third quarter of 2014 was $0.01, compared to a non-GAAP diluted net loss of $0.03 per share for the same period last year.

As of September 30, 2014, Weibo's cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $524.0 million. For the third quarter of 2014, cash provided by operating activities was $52.5 million, capital expenditures totaled $4.2 million, and depreciation and amortization expenses amounted to $6.0 million.

Business Outlook

For the fourth quarter of 2014, Weibo estimates that its net revenues to be between $102 million and $105 million. This forecast reflects Weibo's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Non-GAAP Measures

This release contains the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP costs and expenses, non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders. 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 of tax, change in fair value of investor option liability and remeasurement gain upon obtaining control. 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 measures to the nearest GAAP measures are set forth in the section below titled "Unaudited Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Results."

Conference Call

Weibo will host a conference call at 8p.m.– 9p.m. Eastern Time on November 13, 2014 (or 9a.m.10a.m. Beijing Time on November 14, 2014) 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: +1 888-346-8982
Hong Kong Toll Free: 800-905-945
China Toll Free: 400-120-1203
International: +1 412-902-4272
Passcode for all regions: Weibo

A replay of the conference call will be available through midnight Eastern Time, November 27, 2014. The dial-in number is +1 412-317-0088. The passcode for the replay is 10055857.

About Weibo

Weibo is a leading social media platform for people to create, distribute and discover Chinese-language content. By providing an unprecedented and simple way for Chinese people and organizations to publicly express themselves in real time, interact with others on a massive global platform and stay connected with the world, Weibo has had a profound social impact in China. A microcosm of Chinese society and a cultural phenomenon in China, Weibo allows people to be heard publicly and exposed to the rich ideas, cultures and experiences of the broader world. Media outlets use Weibo as a source of news and a distribution channel for their headline news. Government agencies and officials use Weibo as an official communication channel for disseminating timely information and gauging public opinion to improve public services. Individuals and charities use Weibo to make the world a better place by launching charitable projects, seeking donations and volunteers and leveraging the celebrities and organizations on Weibo to amplify their social influence.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that relate to, among other things, Weibo's expected financial performance and Weibo's 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, 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 a new and unproven market; failure to grow active user base and user engagement; failure to compete effectively for user traffic or user engagement; lack of experience operating as a stand-alone public company; the uncertain regulatory landscape in China; fluctuations in the Company's quarterly operating results; the Company's reliance on advertising sales for a majority of its revenues; failure to successfully develop, introduce, drive adoption of or monetize new features and products; failure to enter and develop the small and medium enterprise market by the Company or through cooperation with other parties, such as Alibaba and failure to compete successfully against new entrants and established industry competitors. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is current as of the date of the press release, and Weibo does not undertake any obligation to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

Contact:
Investor Relations
Weibo Corporation
Phone: +8610-5898 3336
Email: ir@staff.weibo.com
 
WEIBO CORPORATION
UNAUDITED CONDENSED COMBINED AND CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(U.S. Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
           
  Three months ended Nine months ended
  September 30, June 30, September 30,
   2014   2013   2014   2014   2013 
Net revenues:          
Advertising and marketing  $ 65,373  $ 43,662  $ 59,583  $ 176,809  $ 92,381
Weibo VAS  18,757  9,704  17,737  52,151  24,508
Total net revenues  84,130  53,366  77,320  228,960  116,889
           
Costs and Expenses:          
Cost of revenues (a)  20,670  14,524  19,700  57,813  43,649
Sales and marketing (a)  32,414  16,753  30,006  86,269  40,209
Product development (a)  31,757  24,629  32,155  92,720  74,609
General and administrative (a)  6,919  3,225  5,931  18,322  17,519
Total costs and expenses  91,760  59,131  87,792  255,124  175,986
Loss from operations  (7,630)  (5,765)  (10,472)  (26,164)  (59,097)
           
Non-operating income (loss):          
Loss from equity method investment  --   --   --   --   (1,236)
Remeasurement gain upon obtaining control  --   --   --   --   3,116
Change in fair value of investor option liability  --   665  (6,784)  (46,972)  1,529
Interest and other income (expenses), net  1,943  (139)  1,501  3,741  (3,245)
   1,943  526  (5,283)  (43,231)  164
           
Loss before income taxes  (5,687)  (5,239)  (15,755)  (69,395)  (58,933)
Income tax benefits (expenses)  441  (66)  732  1,749  (742)
           
Net loss  (5,246)  (5,305)  (15,023)  (67,646)  (59,675)
Less: Net (loss) income attributable to non-controlling interest  (26)  --   349  323  -- 
           
Net loss attributable to Weibo' ordinary shareholders  $ (5,220)  $ (5,305)  $ (15,372)  $ (67,969)  $ (59,675)
           
Basic net loss per share attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders  $ (0.03)  $ (0.04)  $ (0.08)  $ (0.37)  $ (0.41)
Diluted net loss per share attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders  $ (0.03)  $ (0.04)  $ (0.08)  $ (0.37)  $ (0.41)
           
Shares used in computing basic net loss per share attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders  201,302  148,040  192,190  181,548  146,071
Shares used in computing diluted net loss per share attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders  201,302  148,040  192,190  181,548  146,071
           
           
(a) Stock-based compensation in each category:          
Cost of revenues  $ 205  $ 73  $ 187  $ 561  $ 4,113
Sales and marketing  525  161  433  1,215  5,913
Product development  1,156  310  989  2,737  8,764
General and administrative  1,757  325  1,831  4,759  10,832
           
           
WEIBO CORPORATION
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(U.S. Dollars in thousands)
     
  September 30, December 31,
   2014   2013 
Assets
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 358,744  $ 246,436
Short-term investments  165,292  252,342
Accounts receivable, net  69,825  47,304
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  20,055  5,693
Current assets subtotal  613,916  551,775
     
Property and equipment, net  32,741  35,702
Goodwill and intangible assets, net  10,043  10,588
Long-term investments  21,784  5,500
Other assets  14,312  3,369
Total assets  $ 692,796  $ 606,934
     
Liabilities, Mezzanine Equity and Shareholders' Equity (Deficit)
Liabilities:    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 2,233  $ 824
Accrued liabilities  87,368  56,414
Deferred revenues  19,832  15,031
Amount due to SINA  25,432  267,722
Investor option liability  --   29,504
Current liabilities subtotal  134,865  369,495
     
Long-term liabilities  550  768
Total liabilities  135,415  370,263
     
Mezzanine equity - preferred shares  --   479,612
     
Shareholders' equity (deficit):    
Weibo ordinary shareholders' equity (deficit)  557,031  (242,941)
Non-controlling interest  350  -- 
Total shareholders' equity (deficit)  557,381  (242,941)
     
Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and shareholders' equity (deficit)  $ 692,796  $ 606,934
     
     
WEIBO CORPORATION
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP TO GAAP RESULTS
(U.S. Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
                         
  Three months ended
  September 30, 2014 September 30, 2013 June 30, 2014
        Non-GAAP       Non-GAAP       Non-GAAP
  Actual Adjustments   Results Actual Adjustments   Results Actual Adjustments   Results
                         
Advertising and marketing  $ 65,373      $ 65,373  $ 43,662      $ 43,662  $ 59,583      $ 59,583
Weibo VAS  18,757      18,757  9,704      9,704  17,737      17,737
Net revenues  $ 84,130      $ 84,130  $ 53,366      $ 53,366  $ 77,320      $ 77,320
                         
     (3,643) (a)               (3,440) (a)   
     (277) (b)       (869) (a)       (273) (b)   
Total costs and expenses  $ 91,760  $ (3,920)    $ 87,840  $ 59,131  $ (869)    $ 58,262  $ 87,792  $ (3,713)    $ 84,079
                         
     3,643 (a)               3,440 (a)   
     277 (b)       869 (a)       273 (b)   
Loss from operations  $ (7,630)  $ 3,920    $ (3,710)  $ (5,765)  $ 869    $ (4,896)  $ (10,472)  $ 3,713    $ (6,759)
                         
                     3,440 (a)   
     3,643 (a)       869 (a)       214 (b)   
     214 (b)       (665) (c)       6,784 (c)   
Net loss attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders  $ (5,220)  $ 3,857    $ (1,363)  $ (5,305)  $ 204    $ (5,101)  $ (15,372)  $ 10,438    $ (4,934)
                         
                         
Basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders  $ (0.03)      $ (0.01)  $ (0.04)      $ (0.03)  $ (0.08)      $ (0.03)
Shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders  201,302  --     201,302  148,040  --     148,040  192,190  --     192,190
                         
 
WEIBO CORPORATION
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP TO GAAP RESULTS
(U.S. Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
                 
  Nine months ended
  September 30, 2014 September 30, 2013
        Non-GAAP       Non-GAAP
  Actual Adjustments   Results Actual Adjustments   Results
                 
Advertising and marketing  $ 176,809      $ 176,809  $ 92,381      $ 92,381
Weibo VAS  52,151      52,151  24,508      24,508
Net revenues  $ 228,960      $ 228,960  $ 116,889      $ 116,889
                 
     (9,272) (a)           
     (830) (b)       (29,622) (a)   
Total costs and expenses  $ 255,124  $ (10,102)    $ 245,022  $ 175,986  $ (29,622)    $ 146,364
                 
     9,272 (a)           
     830 (b)       29,622 (a)   
Loss from operations  $ (26,164)  $ 10,102    $ (16,062)  $ (59,097)  $ 29,622    $ (29,475)
                 
     9,272  (a)       29,622 (a)   
     619 (b)       (1,529) (c)   
     46,972 (c)       (3,116) (d)  
Net loss attributable to Weibo' ordinary shareholders  $ (67,969)  $ 56,863    $ (11,106)  $ (59,675)  $ 24,977    $ (34,698)
                 
                 
Basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders  $ (0.37)      $ (0.06)  $ (0.41)      $ (0.24)
Shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to Weibo's ordinary shareholders  181,548  --     181,548  146,071  --     146,071
                 
(a) To adjust stock-based compensation.
(b) To adjust amortization of intangible assets and tax provision on amortization of acquired intangible assets.
(c) To adjust the change in fair value of investor option liability.
(d) To adjust the remeasurement gain upon obtaining control.
 
 
WEIBO CORPORATION
UNAUDITED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
(U.S. Dollars in thousands)
           
  Three months ended Nine months ended
  September 30, June 30, September 30,
   2014   2013   2014   2014   2013 
           
Net revenues          
Advertising and marketing:          
 Advertising and marketing other than Alibaba  $ 37,845  $ 23,511  $ 37,401  $ 107,238  $ 67,085
 Alibaba *  27,528  20,151  22,182  69,571  25,296
 Subtotal  65,373  43,662  59,583  176,809  92,381
           
Weibo VAS  18,757  9,704  17,737  52,151  24,508
   $ 84,130  $ 53,366  $ 77,320  $ 228,960  $ 116,889
           
*Revenue related to the strategic alliance between Weibo and Alibaba formed on April 29, 2013.
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