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AutoNavi Holdings Limited Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

Total Free Mobile Map App Users Up More Than 123% Year-Over-Year to 116 Million

Monthly Active Free Mobile Map App Users Up More Than 93% Year-Over-Year to 56 Million

BEIJING, May 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AutoNavi Holdings Limited ("AutoNavi" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:AMAP), a leading provider of digital map content and navigation and location-based solutions in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

First Quarter 2013 Operational Highlights

  • As of the end of the first quarter of 2013, AutoNavi's free mobile map application had a total of 116 million users and more than 56 million monthly active users. This compares with a total of 98 million users and more than 49 million monthly active users at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012, and a total of 52 million users and over 29 million monthly active users at the end of the first quarter of 2012.

First Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights

  • Net revenues in the first quarter of 2013 were $34.3 million.
  • Gross profit in the first quarter of 2013 was $23.9 million.
  • Operating income in the first quarter of 2013 was $3.2 million. Non-GAAP operating income, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, was $5.9 million in the first quarter of 2013.
  • Net income attributable to AutoNavi shareholders was $5.7 million in the first quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP net income attributable to AutoNavi shareholders, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, was $8.4 million in the first quarter of 2013.

"Our first quarter results reflect the implementation of our mobile strategy for 2013 and the degree to which we have reinvested in our business to advance our product technology and increase our market share," said Mr. Congwu Cheng, AutoNavi's chief executive officer. "We remain committed to investing in our people and products in order to build a world-class location-based service platform for hundreds of millions of users on the go."

First Quarter 2013 Results

Revenues

Total net revenues in the first quarter of 2013 were $34.3 million, compared to $35.7 million in the first quarter of 2012, and $43.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Automotive Navigation

Net revenues from the automotive navigation market in the first quarter of 2013 were $15.5 million, compared to $21.7 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $21.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The changes were largely attributable to a decline in the number of copies of digital map data licensed for use with in-dash navigation systems during the quarter.

Mobile and Internet Location-based Solutions

The Company's mobile and Internet location-based solutions business earned $13.9 million in net revenues in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $9.9 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $15.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to the growth in revenues derived from the pre-installation of the Company's premium navigation solutions on mobile phones and the Company's mobile navigation service with China Mobile. The sequential fluctuation reflects what were historically high deliveries with respect to the Company's pre-installation business in the fourth quarter of last year.

Public Sector and Enterprise Applications

Net revenues from the public sector and enterprise applications market in the first quarter of 2013 were $4.3 million, compared to $3.6 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $5.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The year-over-year increase was largely attributable to certain new map data licensing projects in the first quarter of 2013. The sequential change was mainly due to a decline in the number of 3-D modeling applications projects, which was associated with certain large contracts that neared completion in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues in the first quarter of 2013 was $10.4 million, compared to $8.8 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $12.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to outsourced data production costs and service costs associated with certain government and enterprise projects, as well as a general annual increase in salary and welfare benefits for employees directly involved in data collection and processing. The sequential decrease was largely attributable to a decline in government and enterprise project-related costs, primarily as a result of certain large contracts that were nearly completed in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses in the first quarter of 2013 were $20.8 million, compared to $17.6 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $22.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Non-GAAP operating expenses, which exclude share-based compensation expenses, were $18.2 million, compared to $14.5 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $20.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Research and development ("R&D") expenses were $10.6 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $8.0 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $10.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The increases were primarily due to higher salary and benefit expenses resulting from an increase in the number of R&D staff. Non-GAAP R&D expenses, which exclude share-based compensation expenses, were $9.6 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $6.9 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $9.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Selling and marketing expenses were $5.8 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $5.3 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $7.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to higher promotion and marketing expenses for brand awareness and product promotion activities, and a general increase in salary for sales and marketing talent. The sequential decrease resulted from decreased marketing, promotion and travelling expenses during the Chinese New Year holiday period. Non-GAAP selling and marketing expenses, which exclude share-based compensation expenses, were $4.9 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $4.0 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $6.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

General and administrative expenses were $4.4 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $4.4 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $5.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The sequential decrease reflects higher expenses in the fourth quarter of 2012 related to year-end in-house activities, as well as a higher bad debt allowance recorded in the fourth quarter. Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, which exclude share-based compensation expenses, were $3.7 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $3.5 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $4.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Income Tax

Income tax benefit was $0.8 million in the first quarter of 2013, primarily due to the fact that in March 2013, one of AutoNavi's consolidated entities was certified as a "key software enterprise" by the relevant PRC government authorities and was therefore entitled to a retroactive preferential tax rate of 10% for the years 2011 and 2012, which resulted in a decrease of income tax expense of approximately $1.5 million. The cumulative effect of the change in the enacted tax rate was reflected in the first quarter of 2013 that included the enactment date.

Net Income Attributable to AutoNavi Shareholders

Net income attributable to AutoNavi shareholders was $5.7 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $8.9 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $8.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Diluted net income per American depositary share ("ADS") attributable to AutoNavi shareholders for the first quarter of 2013 was $0.12. One ADS represents four ordinary shares.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to AutoNavi shareholders, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, was $8.4 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $12.2 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $11.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Diluted non-GAAP net income per ADS attributable to AutoNavi shareholders for the first quarter of 2013 was $0.17.

Cash and Term Deposits Balance

As of March 31, 2013, the Company had $220.3 million in cash and cash equivalents and term deposits.

Business Outlook

The Company expects its full year 2013 net revenues will be in the range of $168 million to $176 million, representing an increase of approximately 5% to 10 % over fiscal year 2012.

Recent Developments

On May 10, 2013, AutoNavi entered into definitive agreements with Alibaba Group ("Alibaba"), pursuant to which Alibaba, through a wholly owned subsidiary, will invest approximately $294 million in newly issued preferred and ordinary AutoNavi shares, representing approximately 28% of the Company's total issued and outstanding shares on a fully-diluted basis.

Upon the closing of the transaction, Mr. Joseph C. Tsai, executive vice chairman of Alibaba, and Mr. Eddie Wu, president of Alibaba's Mobile Products Division, will join AutoNavi's board of directors ("board") as directors. Meanwhile, Mr. Jun Hou, AutoNavi's current chairman of the board, will become the honorary chairman of the board, and Mr. Congwu Cheng, the Company's chief executive officer and a member of the board, will become executive chairman of the board.

Conference Call Information

AutoNavi's management will hold an earnings conference call at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 10, 2013 (8:00 a.m. Beijing/Hong Kong time on May 11, 2013).

The dial-in numbers and passcode for the conference call are as follows:

U.S. Toll Free: +1-866-519-4004
International: +65-6723-9381
Hong Kong: +852-2475-0994
United Kingdom: +44-203-059-8139
Passcode: AutoNavi

A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following number until May 18, 2013:

U.S. Toll Free: +1-855-452-5696
International: +61-2-8199-0299
Passcode: 64804697

Additionally, an archived web-cast of this call will be available on the Investor Relations section of AutoNavi's website at http://ir.autonavi.com.

About AutoNavi Holdings Limited

AutoNavi Holdings Limited (Nasdaq:AMAP) is a leading provider of digital map content and navigation and location-based solutions in China. At the core of its business is a comprehensive nationwide digital map database that covers approximately 3.6 million kilometers of roadway and over 20 million points of interest across China. Through its digital map database and proprietary technology platform, AutoNavi provides comprehensive, integrated navigation and location-based solutions optimized for the China market, including automotive navigation solutions, mobile location-based solutions and Internet location-based solutions, and public sector and enterprise applications. For more information on AutoNavi, please visit http://www.autonavi.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements made under the "safe harbor" provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "confident" and similar statements. Among other things, the Business Outlook section and the quotations from management in this press release, as well as AutoNavi's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. AutoNavi may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed with or furnished 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. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about AutoNavi's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: AutoNavi's ability to adequately maintain and update its digital map database and minimize errors in its solutions; its current reliance on the automotive navigation market and a small number of customers for a substantial portion of its revenues; the project-based nature of its public sector and enterprise applications business; its limited operating history in the mobile/Internet location-based solutions markets; compliance with a complex set of laws, rules and regulations governing its surveying and mapping and other businesses in China; competition in the navigation and location-based solutions businesses in China; and its ability to manage its growth effectively and efficiently. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in AutoNavi's annual report on Form 20-F as well as in its other 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 AutoNavi undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement AutoNavi's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), AutoNavi uses in this press release the following non-GAAP financial measures: (1) non-GAAP operating expenses, (2) non-GAAP R&D expenses, (3) non-GAAP selling and marketing expenses, (4) non-GAAP general and administrative expenses, (5) non-GAAP operating income, (6) non-GAAP net income attributable to AutoNavi shareholders, and (7) non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS attributable to AutoNavi shareholders, which are adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude the impact of share-based compensation expenses. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.

AutoNavi believes that these non-GAAP financial measures facilitate investors' and management's comparisons to AutoNavi's historical performance and assist management's financial and operational decision making. A limitation of using these non-GAAP financial measures is that share-based compensation expenses are recurring expenses that will continue to exist in AutoNavi's business for the foreseeable future. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying table has more details on the reconciliation between non-GAAP financial measures and their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures to provide investors with context as to how the adjustments impact the GAAP amounts.

AUTONAVI HOLDINGS LIMITED
Consolidated Balance Sheet (unaudited)
(In thousands of U.S. dollars)
March 31, December 31,
2013 2012
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 126,420 151,543
Restricted cash 84 835
Term deposits 93,869 64,686
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $2,023 and $1,859 as of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively 42,237 45,985
Due from related parties, trading 3,022 4,749
Due from related parties, non-trading 71 3
Prepaid expense and other current assets 11,674 7,840
Deferred tax assets-current 1,235 1,838
Total current assets 278,612 277,479
Properties and equipment, net 47,039 47,120
Prepayment for acquisition of property 8,704 8,677
Equity method investments 3,981 4,164
Acquired intangible assets, net 4,576 5,004
Goodwill 8,864 8,837
Deferred tax assets-non-current 115 150
Other long term assets 288 373
TOTAL ASSETS 352,179 351,804
Liabilities
Current liabilities
Accounts payable (including accounts payable of the consolidated variable interest entities without recourse to AutoNavi Holdings Limited $2,673 and $2,124 as of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively) 2,681 2,124
Deferred revenue (including deferred revenue of the consolidated variable interest entities without recourse to AutoNavi Holdings Limited $11,946 and $13,907 as of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively) 12,812 14,630
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (including accrued expenses and other current liabilities of the consolidated variable interest entities without recourse to AutoNavi Holdings Limited $21,296 and $26,230 as of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively) 24,226 29,613
Income tax payable (including income tax payable of the consolidated variable interest entities without recourse to AutoNavi Holdings Limited $7,748 and $10,082 as of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively) 8,177 10,417
Total current liabilities 47,896 56,784
Non-current liabilities
Deferred tax liability-non-current (including deferred tax liability of the consolidated variable interest entities without recourse to AutoNavi Holdings Limited $786 and $862 as of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively) 877 966
Total liabilities 48,773 57,750
Equity
Ordinary shares 20 19
Additional paid-in capital 192,225 189,373
Treasury stock (29,164) (29,164)
Statutory reserve 11,668 11,668
Retained earnings 101,426 95,715
Accumulated other comprehensive income 21,234 20,546
Total AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders' equity 297,409 288,157
Noncontrolling interest 5,997 5,897
Total equity 303,406 294,054
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 352,179 351,804
AUTONAVI HOLDINGS LIMITED
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (unaudited)
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share data)
For the three months ended
March 31, March 31, December 31,
2013 2012 2012
Net revenues 34,314 35,666 43,608
Cost of revenues (10,372) (8,757) (12,771)
Gross profit 23,942 26,909 30,837
Operating expenses:
Research and development (10,552) (8,008) (10,077)
Selling and marketing (5,822) (5,260) (7,112)
General and administrative (4,416) (4,369) (5,448)
Total operating expenses (20,790) (17,637) (22,637)
Government subsidies 2 762 597
Operating income 3,154 10,034 8,797
Interest income 1,883 1,616 1,707
Foreign exchange gains/(loss) 149 (30) 377
Other Income 47 47 201
Income before income taxes and share of net loss of equity method investments 5,233 11,667 11,082
Income tax benefit/(expense) 820 (2,093) (1,792)
Share of net loss of equity method investments (260) (238) (248)
Net income 5,793 9,336 9,042
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 82 403 352
Net income attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders 5,711 8,933 8,690
Net income per ordinary share
Basic 0.03 0.05 0.05
Diluted 0.03 0.04 0.04
Weighted average number of shares used in calculating net income per ordinary share
Basic 186,115,424 191,804,433 188,136,499
Diluted 196,523,224 202,405,245 198,054,969
Other comprehensive income, net of tax
Foreign currency translation adjustment 706 (139) 1,867
Comprehensive income 6,499 9,197 10,909
Less: comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest 100 400 402
Comprehensive income attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders 6,399 8,797 10,507
AUTONAVI HOLDINGS LIMITED
Reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to most directly comparable GAAP measures (unaudited)
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per ADS data)
For the three months ended
March 31, March 31, December 31,
2013 2012 2012
Total operating expenses 20,790 17,637 22,637
Share-based compensation (2,574) (3,157) (2,180)
Non-GAAP total operating expenses 18,216 14,480 20,457
R&D expenses 10,552 8,008 10,077
Share-based compensation (945) (1,082) (644)
Non-GAAP R&D expenses 9,607 6,926 9,433
Selling and marketing expenses 5,822 5,260 7,112
Share-based compensation (902) (1,221) (828)
Non-GAAP selling and marketing expenses 4,920 4,039 6,284
General and administrative expenses 4,416 4,369 5,448
Share-based compensation (726) (854) (708)
Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses 3,690 3,515 4,740
Operating income 3,154 10,034 8,797
Share-based compensation 2,705 3,223 2,316
Non-GAAP operating income 5,859 13,257 11,113
Net income attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders 5,711 8,933 8,690
Share-based compensation 2,705 3,223 2,316
Non-GAAP net income attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders 8,416 12,156 11,006
For the three months ended March 31, 2013
GAAP Adjustments Non-GAAP(a)
Diluted net income per ADS attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders 0.12 0.05 0.17
(a) Non-GAAP diluted net income per ADS attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders is computed by dividing non-GAAP net income attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders by the weighted average number of diluted ordinary shares outstanding used in computing the GAAP diluted net income per ordinary share attributable to AutoNavi Holdings Limited shareholders (after adjusting for the ADS to ordinary share ratio).

CONTACT: For investor and media inquiries please contact: In China: Investor Relations AutoNavi Holdings Limited Tel: +86-10-8410-7883 E-mail: ir@autonavi.com Derek Mitchell Ogilvy Financial, Beijing Tel: +86-10-8520-3073 E-mail: amap@ogilvy.com In the U.S.: Jessica Barist Cohen Ogilvy Financial, New York Tel: +1-646-460-9989 E-mail: amap@ogilvy.com

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