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Weibo Reports Second Quarter 2018 Unaudited Financial Results

BEIJING, Aug. 8, 2018 /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, 2018.

"We continue to see great momentum in our business. Net revenues grew 68% year over year, while both MAUs and DAUs maintained their growth trajectories," said Gaofei Wang, Weibo's CEO. "As a leading social media platform with a full spectrum of media formats in China, we believe Weibo's larger user scale, enriched content ecosystem and strong social marketing capabilities will put us in a unique position to take advantage of the marketing budget shift toward mobile, social and video in the Chinese mobile internet market."

Second Quarter 2018 Highlights

  • Net revenues totaled $426.6 million, an increase of 68% year-over-year.
  • Advertising and marketing revenues were $369.9 million, an increase of 69% year-over-year.
  • Value-added service ("VAS") revenues were $56.6 million, an increase of 62% year-over-year.
  • Net income attributable to Weibo was $140.9 million, an increase of 92% year-over-year, and diluted net income per share was $0.62, compared to $0.33 for the same period last year.
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to Weibo was $156.1 million, an increase of 80% year-over-year, and non-GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.68, compared to $0.38 for the same period last year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $173.3 million, an increase of 68% year-over-year, or 41% of net revenues, compared to 41% for the same period last year.
  • Monthly active users ("MAUs") had a net addition of approximately 70 million users year over year and reached 431 million in June 2018. Mobile MAUs represented 93% of MAUs.
  • Average daily active users ("DAUs") had a net addition of approximately 31 million users year over year and reached 190 million in June 2018.

Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

For the second quarter of 2018, Weibo reported net revenues of $426.6 million; despite that the general weakening of the China Renminbi related to the U.S. dollar had an unfavorable impact on revenue. The net revenues for the same period last year were $253.4 million. Advertising and marketing revenues totaled $369.9 million, compared to $218.3 million for the same period last year, and advertising and marketing revenues from small & medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs") and key accounts were $338.7 million, compared to $205.1 million for the same period last year, or an increase of 65% year-over-year. VAS revenues totaled $56.6 million, compared to $35.0 million for the same period last year.

Costs and expenses for the second quarter of 2018 totaled $271.7 million, compared to $165.4 million for the same period last year. Other than the inclusion of marketing expense related to advertising barter transactions under ASC Topic 606 as illustrated below, the increase in costs and expenses was primarily attributable to more marketing expenses incurred for channels, brand promotion and development expenditures incurred in relations to the personnel-related cost. Non-GAAP costs and expenses were $259.3 million, compared to $153.3 million for the same period last year.

Income from operations for the second quarter of 2018 was $154.9 million, compared to $88.0 million for the same period last year. Non-GAAP income from operations was $167.3 million, compared to $100.1 million for the same period last year.

Non-operating income for the second quarter of 2018 was $10.9 million, compared to a non-operating income of $1.5 million for the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to more interest income arising from a higher balance of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. Income tax expenses were $25.1 million, compared to $16.4 million for the same period last year, largely attributable to higher profitability with a relatively stable tax rates in the Company's PRC operation.

Net income attributable to Weibo for the second quarter of 2018 was $140.9 million, or diluted net income per share of $0.62, compared to $73.5 million for the same period last year, or diluted net income per share of $0.33. Non-GAAP net income attributable to Weibo for the second quarter of 2018 was $156.1 million, or diluted net income per share of $0.68, compared to $86.7 million for the same period last year, or diluted net income per share of $0.38.

As of June 30, 2018, Weibo's cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $1.57 billion. For the second quarter of 2018, cash provided by operating activities was $117.2 million, capital expenditures totaled $7.5 million, and depreciation and amortization expenses amounted to $4.8 million.

Business Outlook

For the third quarter of 2018, Weibo estimates its net revenues to be between $465 million and $475 million, or an increase of 49% year over year to 52% year over year on a constant currency basis. This forecast reflects the currency translation risks and assumes an average exchange rate of RMB 6.80 to US$1.00. This forecast also reflects Weibo's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Financial Impact from New Revenue Guidance

As the Company adopted new revenue guidance ASC Topic 606 on January 1, 2018, results for reporting periods beginning after January 1, 2018 are presented under Topic 606 ('New Basis'), while prior period amounts are not adjusted and continue to be reported under Topic 605 ('Old Basis'), the Company's historic accounting method.

Adoption of the new revenue guidance impacted the Company's current period reported results as follows:


Three months ended


June 30, 2018


Adjustments


Old Basis
ASC 605


VAT


Barter
Transaction


New Basis
ASC 606


($ In thousands, except for percentage)









Net revenues

423,593


(23,745)


26,741


426,589









Cost of revenues

85,535


(23,745)


-


61,790

Operating expenses








-Sales and
marketing expenses

114,736


-


25, 241


139,977

Income from
operations

153,396


-


1,500


154,896

Operating margin

36.2%






36.3%

 

Conference Call

Weibo's management team will host a conference call from 7AM - 8 AM Eastern Time on August 8, 2018 (or 7 PM - 8 PM Beijing Time on August 8, 2018) 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:

2574828

A replay of the conference call will be available from 10:00 AM Eastern Time on August 8, 20189:59 AM Eastern time on August 16, 2018. The dial-in number is +61 2-8199-0299. The passcode for the replay is 2574828.

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 results of impairment on, loss on sale of and fair value change of investments, non-GAAP to GAAP reconciling items for the gain/loss attributable to non-controlling interests, provision for income tax related to the amortization of intangible assets (other non-GAAP to GAAP reconciling items have no tax effect), and amortization of convertible debt issuance cost. Adjusted EBITDA excludes interest income, net, 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 content online. It combines the means of public self-expression in real time with a powerful platform for social interaction, content aggregation and content distribution. Any user can create and post a feed and attach multi-media and 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 companies of all sizes. The Company generates a substantial majority of its revenues from the sale of advertising and marketing services, including the sale of social display advertisement and promoted marketing offerings. 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-Fs 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,




2018


2017


2018


2018


2017













Net revenues (1):











     Advertising and marketing


$             369,942


$             218,340


$             302,949


$             672,891


$             387,637

     Value-added service


56,647


35,033


46,934


103,581


64,937


Net revenues


426,589


253,373


349,883


776,472


452,574













Costs and expenses:











     Cost of revenues (1)(2)


61,790


50,372


62,902


124,692


96,822

     Sales and marketing (1)(2)


139,977


59,363


105,863


245,840


106,526

     Product development(2)


60,613


45,528


60,523


121,136


84,719

     General and administrative(2)


9,313


10,140


11,216


20,529


20,686


Total costs and expenses


271,693


165,403


240,504


512,197


308,753

Income from operations


154,896


87,970


109,379


264,275


143,821













Non-operating income:























    Impairment on, loss on sale of and
        fair value change of investments, net (3)


(1,535)


(1,248)


(1,499)


(3,034)


(1,370)

    Interest and other income , net


12,481


2,768


9,128


21,609


4,990




10,946


1,520


7,629


18,575


3,620













Income before income tax expenses


165,842


89,490


117,008


282,850


147,441

     Income tax expenses


(25,148)


(16,363)


(18,297)


(43,445)


(27,679)













Net income


140,694


73,127


98,711


239,405


119,762













    Less: Net loss attributable to
    noncontrolling interests

(220)


(421)


(374)


(594)


(717)













Net income attributable to Weibo

$             140,914


$               73,548


$               99,085


$             239,999


$             120,479

























Basic net income per share attributable to Weibo

$                    0.63


$                    0.33


$                    0.44


$                    1.08


$                    0.55

Diluted net income per share attributable to Weibo

$                    0.62


$                    0.33


$                    0.44


$                    1.06


$                    0.54













Shares used in computing basic











   net income per share attributable to Weibo

223,542


220,256


222,902


223,224


219,281

Shares used in computing diluted











   net income per share attributable to Weibo

232,768


225,245


225,971


225,995


224,955














(1)  On January 1, 2018, the Company adopted ASC 606 "Revenue from Contracts with Customers" using the modified retrospective method, which means amounts for 2018 are
reported on the new basis while prior periods amount will be reported on a historical basis. Under the new accounting standard, the main impact to the Company is that it now
reports the revenue net of value added tax and recognizes revenues and expenses at fair value for the advertising barter transaction.




































(2) Stock-based compensation in each category:












Cost of revenues


$                 1,445


$                     940


$                 1,011


$                 2,456


$                 1,635


Sales and marketing


2,831


2,157


1,968


4,799


3,761


Product development


6,064


5,251


5,051


11,115


10,245


General and administrative


1,908


3,585


2,984


4,892


6,985


(3)  The Company adopted ASU 2016-01 "Classification and Measurement of Financial Instruments" beginning the first quarter of fiscal year 2018. After the adoption of this new
accounting update, the Company will measure long-term investments other than equity method investments at fair value through earnings. For those investments without readily
determinable fair values, the Company will elect to record these investments at cost, less impairment, and plus or minus subsequent adjustments for observable price changes.
Changes in the basis of these investments will be reported in current earnings.

 

 

 

WEIBO CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)














June 30,

December 31,







2018

2017











Assets


Current assets:








Cash and cash equivalents


$                        314,829

$                        1,000,953





Short-term investments


1,255,353

791,730





Accounts receivable, net


261,456

170,100





Prepaid expenses and other current assets(1)


334,929

69,233





Amount due from SINA


45,504

16,356





      Current assets subtotal


2,212,071

2,048,372











Property and equipment, net


36,346

33,793



Goodwill and intangible assets, net


13,369

13,937



Long-term investments


567,906

452,337



Other assets


46,710

13,380



Total assets


$                     2,876,402

$                        2,561,819











Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity 


Liabilities:








Current liabilities:








Accounts payable


$                          99,245

$                             64,043





Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


302,748

268,615





Deferred revenues


101,183

81,311





Income tax payable(2)


54,039

70,907





     Current liabilities subtotal


557,215

484,876












Long-term liabilities:








Convertible debt


882,054

879,983





Other long-term liabilities


1,861

2,166





     Total liabilities


1,441,130

1,367,025











Shareholders' equity :







Weibo shareholders' equity(3)


1,433,897

1,192,587




Non-controlling interests


1,375

2,207





Total shareholders' equity 


1,435,272

1,194,794











Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 


$                     2,876,402

$                        2,561,819











(1) Included a short-term loan to SINA of $86.1 million as of June 30, 2018.







(2) Commencing on January 1, 2018, in order to enhance comparability with industry peers, income tax payable has been presented as a
single line item in balance sheet as opposed to be part of accounts payable. To conform with current period presentation, the relevant
amount of $70.9 million as of December 31, 2017 has been adjusted accordingly. 











(3) The Company adopted ASU 2016-1 "Classification and Measurement of Financial Instruments" beginning the first quarter of fiscal
year 2018. After the adoption of this new accounting update, the Company will measure long-term investment other than equity method
investments at fair value through earnings. For those investments without readily determinable fair values, the Company will elect to record
these investments at cost, less impairment, and plus or minus subsequent adjustments for observable price changes. Changes in the basis
of these investments will be reported in current earnings. The cumulative impact arising from the adoption of this update was immaterial to
retained earnings as of January 1, 2018.








 

 

 

WEIBO CORPORATION


UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP TO GAAP RESULTS


(In thousands, except per share data)




























Three months ended






June 30, 2018


June 30, 2017


March 31, 2018
























Non-GAAP






Non-GAAP






Non-GAAP






Actual


Adjustments


Results


Actual


Adjustments


Results


Actual


Adjustments


Results
























Advertising and marketing


$       369,942




$       369,942


$       218,340




$       218,340


$       302,949




$       302,949


Value-added service


56,647




56,647


35,033




35,033


46,934




46,934



Net revenues


$       426,589




$       426,589


$       253,373




$       253,373


$       349,883




$       349,883






























(12,248)

 (a) 





(11,933)

 (a) 





(11,014)

 (a) 









(164)

 (b) 





(157)

 (b) 





(169)

 (b) 



Total costs and expenses


$       271,693


$        (12,412)


$       259,281


$       165,403


$        (12,090)


$       153,313


$       240,504


$        (11,183)


$       229,321






























12,248

 (a) 





11,933

 (a) 





11,014

 (a) 









164

 (b) 





157

 (b) 





169

 (b) 



Income from operations


$       154,896


$          12,412


$       167,308


$          87,970


$          12,090


$       100,060


$       109,379


$          11,183


$       120,562






























12,248

 (a) 











11,014

 (a) 









164

 (b) 





11,933

 (a) 





169

 (b) 









1,535

 (c) 





157

 (b) 





1,499

 (c) 









277

 (d) 





1,248

 (c) 





(118)

 (d) 









(41)

 (e) 





(194)

 (d) 





(42)

 (e) 









1,035

 (f) 





(39)

 (e) 





1,035

 (f) 



Net income attributable to Weibo

$       140,914


$          15,218


$       156,132


$          73,548


$          13,105


$          86,653


$          99,085


$          13,557


$       112,642
























Diluted net income per share attributable to Weibo

$              0.62

*



$              0.68

*

$              0.33




$              0.38


$              0.44




$              0.50

*























Shares used in computing diluted




















    net income per share attributable to Weibo

232,768




232,768


225,245




225,245


225,971


6,753

 (g) 

232,724
























Adjusted EBITDA:











































Non-GAAP net income attributable to Weibo





$       156,132






$          86,653






$       112,642




Interest income,net






(12,604)






(3,343)






(10,909)




Income tax expenses






25,189






16,402






18,339




Depreciation expenses






4,626






3,365






4,521



Adjusted EBITDA






$       173,343






$       103,077






$       124,593


























































































WEIBO CORPORATION


UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP TO GAAP RESULTS


(In thousands, except per share data)




























Six months ended












June 30, 2018


June 30, 2017
















Non-GAAP






Non-GAAP












Actual


Adjustments


Results


Actual


Adjustments


Results






























Advertising and marketing


$       672,891




$       672,891


$       387,637




$       387,637








Value-added service


103,581




103,581


64,937




64,937









Net revenues


$       776,472




$       776,472


$       452,574




$       452,574




































(23,262)

 (a) 





(22,626)

 (a) 















(333)

 (b) 





(312)

 (b) 









Total costs and expenses


$       512,197


$        (23,595)


$       488,602


$       308,753


$        (22,938)


$       285,815


























































23,262

 (a) 





22,626

 (a) 















333

 (b) 





312

 (b) 









Income from operations


$       264,275


$          23,595


$       287,870


$       143,821


$          22,938


$       166,759






































































































23,262

 (a) 





















333

 (b) 





22,626

 (a) 















3,034

 (c) 





312

 (b) 















159

 (d) 





1,370

 (c) 















(83)

 (e) 





(223)

 (d) 















2,070

 (f) 





(78)

 (e) 































Net income attributable to Weibo

$       239,999


$          28,775


$       268,774


$       120,479


$          24,007


$       144,486






























Diluted net income per share attributable to Weibo

$              1.06




$              1.18

*

$              0.54




$              0.64






























Shares used in computing  diluted




















    net income per share attributable to Weibo

225,995


6,753

 (g) 

232,748


224,955




224,955






























Adjusted EBITDA:











































Non-GAAP net income attributable to Weibo





$       268,774






$       144,486










Interest income, net






(23,513)






(5,254)










Income tax expenses






43,528






27,757










Depreciation expenses






9,147






6,610









Adjusted EBITDA






$       297,936






$       173,599




















































(a)  To exclude stock-based compensation.




















(b)  To exclude amortization of intangible assets.



















(c)  To exclude net results of impairment on, loss on sale of and fair value change of investments.
















(d)  To exclude non-GAAP to GAAP reconciling items for the gain/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, loss on sale of and fair value change of investment, valuation allowances were made for those differences the Company does not expect to realize the benefit in the foreseeable future.


(f)  To exclude the amortization of convertible debt issuance cost. 



















(g) To adjust the number of shares for dilution resulted from convertible debt which were anti-dilutive under GAAP measures.



































*  Net income attributable to Weibo is adjusted for interest expense of convertible debt for calculating diluted EPS.














 

 

 

WEIBO CORPORATION

UNAUDITED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

(In thousands)















Three months ended


Six months ended




June 30,


March 31,


June 30,




2018


2017


2018


2018


2017














Net revenues












Advertising and marketing












     Small & medium-sized enterprises and key accounts

$          338,662


$        205,144


$            276,613


$          615,275


$        366,650



     Alibaba

31,280


13,196


26,336


57,616


20,987



         Subtotal

369,942


218,340


302,949


672,891


387,637















Value-added service

56,647


35,033


46,934


103,581


64,937




$          426,589


$        253,373


$            349,883


$          776,472


$        452,574




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