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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.

Source: Weibo