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Sohu.com Reports First Quarter 2018 Unaudited Financial Results

April 25, 2018 at 2:40 AM EDT

BEIJING, April 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU), China's leading online media, video, search and gaming business group, today reported unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

LOGO

First Quarter Highlights

  • Total revenues1 were US$455 million2, up 22% year-over-year and down 11% quarter-over-quarter.
  • Brand advertising revenues were US$56 million, down 31% year-over-year and 22% quarter-over-quarter.
  • Search and search related advertising revenues were US$220 million, up 55% year-over-year and down 11% quarter-over-quarter.
  • Online game revenues were US$105 million, up 24% year-over-year and down 4% quarter-over-quarter.

1 The Company has adopted ASU No. 2014-09, ''Revenue from Contracts with Customers" beginning January 1, 2018. The only major impact of the standard is that revenues and expenses related to advertising barter transactions will be recognized beginning January 1, 2018. The impact for the first quarter of 2018 was approximately US$7 million for both revenues and cost of revenues and expenses, most of which were generated from Sogou.

2 On a constant currency (non-GAAP) basis, if the exchange rate in the first quarter of 2018 had been the same as it was in the first quarter of 2017, or RMB6.88=US$1.00, US$ total revenues in the first quarter of 2018 would have been US$421 million, or US$34 million less than GAAP total revenues, and up 13% year-over-year.

Dr. Charles Zhang, Chairman and CEO of Sohu.com Inc., commented, "We started 2018 steadily as we delivered better-than-expected topline growth in the first quarter, mainly driven by the solid performance of our search and online game businesses. Total revenues reached US$455 million, up 22% year-over-year. For Sohu.com, or our media portal and video businesses, we have sharpened our focus on key mobile products as we aim to grow the user base and ramp up monetization. At the same time, we are streamlining our organization and significantly reducing video content costs. We believe that these measures will help improve our bottom line results in the coming quarters. Sogou's core search revenues rose over 50% year-on-year. During the first quarter, Sogou Mobile Keyboard added 30 million new users, bringing the total DAU to 362 million. For Changyou, thanks to the contribution of its flagship PC and mobile TLBB games, revenues and adjusted profits both topped expectations. Changyou also declared a $500 million special cash dividend to its shareholders in early April."

First Quarter Financial Results

Revenues

Total revenues for the first quarter of 2018 were US$455 million, up 22% year-over-year and down 11% quarter-over-quarter.

Total online advertising revenues, which include revenues from the brand advertising and search and search-related advertising businesses, for the first quarter of 2018 were US$277 million, up 24% year-over-year and down 13% quarter-over-quarter.

Brand advertising revenues for the first quarter of 2018 totaled US$56 million, down 31% year-over-year and 22% quarter-over-quarter. The year-over-year and quarter over quarter decrease was mainly due to decreases in video and real estate advertising revenues.

Search and search-related advertising revenues for the first quarter of 2018 were US$220 million, up 55% year-over-year and down 11% quarter-over-quarter. The year-on-year increase was primarily driven by continued traffic growth and improved monetization in mobile search. The quarter-over-quarter decrease was primarily due to typical seasonality.

Online game revenues for the first quarter of 2018 were US$105 million, up 24% year-over-year and down 4% quarter-over-quarter. The year-over-year increase was due to the revenue contribution of Legacy TLBB Mobile, which was launched in the second quarter of 2017. The quarter-over-quarter decrease was due to the natural decline in revenue of Changyou's older games, including Legacy TLBB Mobile.

Gross Margin

GAAP gross margin for the first quarter of 2018 was 43%, compared with 41% in the first quarter of 2017 and 46% in the fourth quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP3 gross margin for the first quarter of 2018 was 43%, compared with 42% in the first quarter of 2017 and 46% in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for the online advertising business for the first quarter of 2018 was 29%, compared with 27% in the first quarter of 2017 and 37% in the fourth quarter of 2017.

GAAP gross margin for the brand advertising business in the first quarter of 2018 was 10%, compared with 1% in the first quarter of 2017 and negative 16% in the fourth quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP gross margin for the brand advertising business was 9%, compared with 2% in the first quarter of 2017 and negative 17% in the fourth quarter of 2017. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to decreased video content cost. The quarter-over-quarter increase resulted primarily from decreased video content cost and the Company's having recognized impairment charges of approximately US$26 million in video content cost in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for the search and search-related advertising business in the first quarter of 2018 was 34%, compared with 42% in the first quarter of 2017 and 52% in the fourth quarter of 2017. The year-over-year decrease primarily resulted from traffic acquisition cost outgrowing revenues. The quarter-over-quarter decrease was primarily due to an increase in traffic acquisition cost on seasonally lower revenues.

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for online games business in the first quarter of 2018 was 84%, compared with 81% in the first quarter of 2017 and 84% in the fourth quarter of 2017.

3 Non-GAAP results exclude share-based compensation expense, non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards, changes in fair value recognized in the Company's consolidated statements of operations with respect to equity investments with readily determinable fair values, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions, dividends and deemed dividends to non-controlling preferred shareholders of Sogou, and a one-time income tax expense, offset by a one-time reduction in liability for deferred U.S. income tax, as a result of the U.S. Tax Reform. Explanation of the Company's non-GAAP financial measures and related reconciliations to GAAP financial measures are included in the accompanying "Non-GAAP Disclosure" and "Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Results of Operation Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures."

Operating Expenses

For the first quarter of 2018, GAAP operating expenses totaled US$226 million, up 11% year-over-year and down 18% quarter-over-quarter. Non-GAAP operating expenses were US$228 million, up 16% year-over-year and down 11% quarter-over-quarter. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to increases in personnel expenses. The quarter-over-quarter decrease was mainly due to decreased expenses for marketing and promotion activities as well as decreased personnel expenses.

Operating Loss

GAAP operating loss for the first quarter of 2018 was US$31 million, compared with an operating loss of US$47 million in the first quarter of 2017 and an operating loss of US$41 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Non-GAAP operating loss for the first quarter of 2018 was US$34 million, compared with an operating loss of US$40 million in the first quarter of 2017 and an operating loss of US$22 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Income Tax Expense

GAAP income tax expense was US$63 million for the first quarter of 2018, compared with income tax expense of US$11 million in the first quarter of 2017 and income tax expense of US$234 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP income tax expense was US$63 million for the first quarter of 2018, compared with income tax expense of US$11 million in the first quarter of 2017 and income tax expense of US$19 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The year-over-year increases in both GAAP and non-GAAP income tax expense were mainly due to Changyou's accrual of additional withholding income taxes of US$47 million for the period before December 31, 2017 recognized in relation to a change in policy for Changyou's PRC subsidiaries with respect to their distribution of cash dividends. For more information, please refer to the "Other development" section. The quarter-over-quarter decrease in GAAP income tax expense resulted from GAAP income tax expense in the fourth quarter of 2017 having included a one-time charge of approximately US$219 million, which represented management's estimate of the Company's lability for a one-time transition tax on a mandatory deemed repatriation of previously deferred foreign earnings , offset by a reduction of US$4 million in liability for deferred U.S. income tax due to a new U.S. income tax law that went into effect on December 22, 2017 (the "U.S. Tax Reform").

Net Loss

Before deducting the share of net income pertaining to non-controlling interest, GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2018 was US$87 million, compared with a net loss of US$50 million in the first quarter of 2017 and net loss of US$270 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Before deducting the share of net income pertaining to non-controlling interest, non-GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2018 was US$90 million, compared with a net loss of US$43 million in the first quarter of 2017 and net loss of US$36 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. for the first quarter of 2018 was US$93 million, or a loss of US$2.39 per fully-diluted share, compared with a net loss of US$69 million in the first quarter of 2017 and a net loss of US$295 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. for the first quarter of 2018 was US$97 million, or a loss of US$2.50 per fully-diluted share, compared with a net loss of US$68 million in the first quarter of 2017 and a net loss of US$78 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Liquidity

As of March 31, 2018, cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments held by the Sohu Group, minus short-term bank loans, were US$2.17 billion, compared with US$2.12 billion as of December 31, 2017.

Other Development

On April 5, 2018, Changyou, the Company's majority-owned online game subsidiary, declared a special cash dividend of US$4.70 per Class A ordinary or Class B ordinary share, or US$9.40 per American depositary share ("ADS"), each of which represents two Class A ordinary shares. The aggregate amount of the special cash dividend will be approximately US$500 million. The Bank of New York Mellon, the depositary bank for Changyou's ADS program, will distribute dividends to holders of the ADSs on April 26, 2018. The amount of the dividend payable to Sohu is approximately $340 million. Sohu does not expect to pay any of such dividend to its stockholders, as the proceeds will be used to support Sohu's operations.

Business Outlook

For the second quarter of 2018, Sohu estimates:

  • Total revenues to be between US$485 million and US$510 million.
  • Brand advertising revenues to be between US$65 million and US$70 million; this implies an annual decrease of 19% to 24% and a sequential increase of 16% to 24%.
  • Sogou revenues to be between US$295 million and US$305 million; this implies an annual increase of 40% to 45% and a sequential increase of 19% to 23%.
  • Online game revenues to be between US$85 million and US$95 million; this implies an annual decrease of 22% to 31% and a sequential decrease of 10% to 19%.
  • Before deducting the share of non-GAAP net income pertaining to non-controlling interest, non-GAAP net loss to be between US$28 million and US$38 million. Assuming no new grants of share-based awards, the market price of our shares is unchanged and considering the impact of the payment of special cash dividend from Changyou, we estimate that compensation expense relating to share-based awards will be around US$4 million. Including the impact of these share-based awards, GAAP net loss before non-controlling interest to be between US$32 million and US$42 million.
  • Non-GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. to be between US$55 million and US$65 million, and non-GAAP loss per fully-diluted share to be between US$1.40 and US$1.65. Including the impact of the aforementioned share-based awards, and netting off approximately US$3 million of Sohu's economic interests in Changyou and Sogou, GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. to be between US$56 million and US$66 million, and GAAP loss per fully-diluted share to be between US$1.44 and US$1.70.

For the second quarter 2018 guidance, the Company has adopted a presumed exchange rate of RMB6.40=US$1.00, as compared with the actual exchange rate of approximately RMB6.86=US$1.00 for the second quarter of 2017, and RMB6.36=US$1.00 for the first quarter of 2018.

Non-GAAP Disclosure

To supplement the unaudited consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"), Sohu's management uses non-GAAP measures of gross profit, operating profit, net income, net income attributable to Sohu.com Inc. and diluted net income attributable to Sohu.com Inc. per share, which are adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude the impact of the share-based awards, which consist mainly of share-based compensation expenses and non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards,  changes in fair value recognized in the Company's consolidated statements of operations with respect to equity investments with readily determinable fair values, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions, dividend and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders, and a one-time income tax expense, offset by a one-time reduction in liability for deferred U.S. income tax, as a result of the U.S. Tax Reform. These measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.

Sohu's management believes excluding share-based compensation expense,  changes in fair value recognized in the Company's consolidated statements of operations with respect to equity investments with readily determinable fair values, non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions, dividend and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders, and net one-time tax expense as a result of the U.S. Tax Reform from its non-GAAP financial measure is useful for itself and investors. Further, the impact of share-based compensation expense and  changes in fair value recognized in the Company's consolidated statements of operations with respect to equity investments with readily determinable fair values, non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions, dividend and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders, and net one-time tax expense as a result of the U.S. Tax Reform cannot be anticipated by management and business line leaders and these expenses were not built into the annual budgets and quarterly forecasts that have been the basis for information Sohu provides to analysts and investors as guidance for future operating performance. As the impact of share-based compensation expense and changes in fair value recognized in the Company's consolidated statements of operations with respect to equity investments with readily determinable fair values, non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions, and dividend and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders does not involve subsequent cash outflow or is reflected in the cash flows at the equity transaction level, Sohu does not factor this impact in when evaluating and approving expenditures or when determining the allocation of its resources to its business segments. As a result, in general, the monthly financial results for internal reporting and any performance measures for commissions and bonuses are based on non-GAAP financial measures that exclude share-based compensation expense and  changes in fair value recognized in the Company's consolidated statements of operations with respect to equity investments with readily determinable fair values, non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions, and dividend and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders, and also excluded the net one-time tax expense as a result of U.S. Tax Reform.

The non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of Sohu's current financial performance and prospects for the future. A limitation of using non-GAAP gross profit, operating profit, net income, net income attributable to Sohu.com Inc. and diluted net income attributable to Sohu.com Inc. per share, excluding share-based compensation expense, non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions, dividend, and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders is that the impact of share-based awards and non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards has been and will continue to be a significant recurring expense in Sohu's business for the foreseeable future, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions may recur in the future, and dividend and deemed dividend to non-controlling preferred shareholders may recur when Sohu and its affiliates enter into equity transactions. In order to mitigate these limitations Sohu has provided specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying tables include details on the reconciliation between the GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to the non-GAAP financial measures that have been presented.

Notes to Financial Information

Financial information in this press release other than the information indicated as being non-GAAP is derived from Sohu's unaudited interim financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. It is currently expected that the Business Outlook will not be updated until release of Sohu's next quarterly earnings announcement; however, Sohu reserves right to update its Business Outlook at any time for any reason. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Sohu's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current plans, estimates and projections, and therefore you should not place undue reliance on them. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. We caution you that 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, instability in global financial and credit markets and its potential impact on the Chinese economy; exchange rate fluctuations, including their potential impact on the Chinese economy and on Sohu's reported US dollar results; recent slow-downs in the growth of the Chinese economy; the uncertain regulatory landscape in the People's Republic of China; fluctuations in Sohu's quarterly operating results; Sohu's current and projected future losses due to increased spending by Sohu for video content; the possibilities that Sohu will be unable to recoup its investment in video content and that Changyou will be unable to develop a series of successful games for mobile platforms or successfully monetize mobile games it develops or acquires; Sohu's reliance on online advertising sales, online games and mobile services for its revenues; and the impact of the U.S. Tax Reform. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Sohu's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Conference Call and Webcast

Sohu's management team will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m.U.S. Eastern Time, April 25, 2018 (8:30 p.m.Beijing/Hong Kong time, April 25, 2018) following the quarterly results announcement.

The dial-in details for the live conference call are:

US Toll-Free:

+1-866-519-4004

International:

+65-6713-5090

Hong Kong:

+852-3018-6771

China Mainland

+86-800-819-0121 / +86-400-620-8038

Passcode:

SOHU

Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time on April 25 through May 2, 2018. The dial-in details for the telephone replay are:

International:

+1-646-254-3697

Passcode:

9871969

The live Webcast and archive of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of Sohu's Website at http://investors.sohu.com/.

About Sohu.com

Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU) is China's premier online brand and indispensable to the daily life of millions of Chinese, providing a network of web properties and community based/web 2.0 products which offer the vast Sohu user community a broad array of choices regarding information, entertainment and communication. Sohu has built one of the most comprehensive matrices of Chinese language web properties and proprietary search engines, consisting of the mass portal and leading online media destination www.sohu.com; interactive search engine www.sogou.com; developer and operator of online games www.changyou.com/en/ and leading online video website tv.sohu.com .

Sohu's corporate services consist of online brand advertising on Sohu's matrix of websites as well as bid listing and home page on its in-house developed search directory and engine. Sohu also provides multiple news and information services on mobile platforms, including Sohu News App and the mobile news portal m.sohu.com. Sohu's online game subsidiary, Changyou.com (NASDAQ: CYOU) develops and operates a diverse portfolio of PC and mobile games, such as Tian Long Ba Bu ("TLBB"), one of the most popular PC games in China. Changyou also owns and operates the 17173.com Website, a leading game information portal in China. Sohu's online search subsidiary Sogou (NYSE: SOGO) has grown to become the second largest search engine by mobile queries in China. It also owns and operates Sogou Input Method, the largest Chinese language input software. Sohu.com, established by Dr. Charles Zhang, one of China's internet pioneers, is in its twenty-second year of operation.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:

Mr. Eric Yuan

Sohu.com Inc.

Tel:

+86 (10) 6272-6593

E-mail:

ir@contact.sohu.com

In the United States:

 

Ms. Linda Bergkamp

Christensen

Tel:

+1 (480) 614-3004

E-mail:

lbergkamp@christensenir.com

 

 

 

SOHU.COM INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED, IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

 
   

Three Months Ended

 
   

Mar. 31, 2018

 

Dec. 31, 2017

 

Mar. 31, 2017

 

Revenues:

             

Online advertising

             

        Brand advertising

$

56,254

$

71,751

$

81,412

 

        Search and search-related advertising

 

220,301

 

247,054

 

142,035

 

             Subtotal

 

276,555

 

318,805

 

223,447

 

Online games

 

105,461

 

109,383

 

85,325

 

Others

 

72,979

 

81,442

 

65,331

 

                   Total revenues

 

454,995

 

509,630

 

374,103

 
               

Cost of revenues:

             

Online advertising

             

       Brand advertising (includes stock-based compensation 
expense of $-657, $-1,034, and $159, respectively)

 

50,611

 

82,932

 

80,197

 

           Search and search-related (includes stock-based 
     compensation expense of $219, $535, and $3, respectively)

 

144,696

 

118,683

 

82,107

 

Subtotal

 

195,307

 

201,615

 

162,304

 

       Online games (includes stock-based compensation expense of
$-12, $1, and $24, respectively)

 

17,119

 

17,097

 

16,505

 

      Others

 

48,407

 

56,987

 

40,070

 

        Total cost of revenues

 

260,833

 

275,699

 

218,879

 
               

Gross profit

 

194,162

 

233,931

 

155,224

 
               

Operating expenses:

             

Product development (includes stock-based compensation
expense of $715, $14,048, and $2,327,  respectively)

 

111,543

 

122,767

 

84,098

 

Sales and marketing (includes stock-based compensation
expense of $-89, $3,976, and $665, respectively)

 

90,273

 

116,179

 

90,086

 

General and administrative (includes stock-based compensation
expense of $-2,520, $1,486, and $4,051, respectively)

 

23,836

 

35,829

 

28,350

 

       Total operating expenses

 

225,652

 

274,775

 

202,534

 
               

Operating loss

 

(31,490)

 

(40,844)

 

(47,310)

 
               

Other  income

 

12,281

 

4,321

 

4,099

 

Interest income

 

7,808

 

7,357

 

4,471

 

Interest expense

 

(3,081)

 

(2,567)

 

(175)

 

Exchange difference

 

(9,340)

 

(4,059)

 

(766)

 

Loss before income tax expense

 

(23,822)

 

(35,792)

 

(39,681)

 

 

Income tax expense

 

63,379

 

233,785

 

10,672

 

Net loss

 

(87,201)

 

(269,577)

 

(50,353)

 
               

        Less: Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest
shareholders

 

5,617

 

24,588

 

17,895

 

 

Net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc.

 

(92,818)

 

(294,135)

 

(68,248)

 
               

Basic net loss per share attributable to Sohu.com Inc.

$

(2.39)

$

(7.56)

$

(1.76)

 

Shares used in computing basic net loss per share attributable to
Sohu.com Inc.

 

38,904

 

38,888

 

38,811

 
               

Diluted net loss per share attributable to Sohu.com Inc.

$

(2.39)

$

(7.57)

$

(1.77)

 

Shares used in computing diluted net loss  per share attributable to
Sohu.com Inc.

 

38,904

 

38,888

 

38,811

 

 

 

SOHU.COM INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(UNAUDITED, IN THOUSANDS)

 
   

As of Mar. 31, 2018

 

As of Dec. 31, 2017

ASSETS

       

Current assets:

       

           Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,156,408

$

1,366,115

Restricted cash

 

2,140

 

1,908

Short-term investments

 

1,074,538

 

818,934

           Accounts receivable, net

 

217,148

 

250,468

           Prepaid and other current assets

 

211,696

 

192,676

                     Total current assets

 

2,661,930

 

2,630,101

Long-term investments

 

98,612

 

90,145

Fixed assets, net

 

545,419

 

529,717

Goodwill

 

73,102

 

71,565

Intangible assets, net

 

19,908

 

23,060

Restricted time deposits

 

272

 

271

Prepaid non-current assets

 

3,967

 

4,211

Other assets

 

41,638

 

40,169

                         Total assets

$

3,444,848

$

3,389,239

         

LIABILITIES

       

Current liabilities:

       

           Accounts payable

$

347,955

$

288,394

           Accrued liabilities

 

351,732

 

343,106

           Receipts in advance and deferred revenue

 

135,986

 

127,758

           Accrued salary and benefits

 

87,311

 

102,087

           Taxes payable

 

96,742

 

96,541

           Short-term bank loans

 

63,612

 

61,216

           Other short-term liabilities

 

125,166

 

136,300

                     Total current liabilities

$

1,208,504

$

1,155,402

         

Long-term accounts payable

 

1,203

 

1,157

Long-term bank loans 

 

127,224

 

122,433

Long-term tax liabilities

 

345,304

 

293,010

Total long-term liabilities

$

473,731

$

416,600

                         Total liabilities

$

1,682,235

$

1,572,002

         

 

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:

       

          Sohu.com Inc. shareholders' equity

 

664,357

 

750,634

          Noncontrolling Interest

 

1,098,256

 

1,066,603

                     Total shareholders' equity

$

1,762,613

$

1,817,237

         

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 

$

3,444,848

$

3,389,239

                

 

SOHU.COM INC.

RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP RESULTS OF OPERATION MEASURES TO THE NEAREST COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES

(UNAUDITED, IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

 
   

Three Months Ended Mar. 31, 2018

 

Three Months Ended Dec. 31, 2017

 

Three Months Ended Mar. 31, 2017

   

GAAP

 

Non-GAAP
Adjustments4

 

Non-GAAP

 

GAAP

 

Non-GAAP
Adjustments

 

Non-GAAP

 

GAAP

 

Non-GAAP
Adjustments

 

Non-GAAP

                                     
       

(657)

(a)

       

(1,034)

(a)

       

159

(a)

 

Brand advertising gross profit

$

5,643

$

(657)

$

4,986

$

(11,181)

$

(1,034)

$

(12,215)

$

1,215

$

159

$

1,374

Brand advertising gross
margin

 

10%

     

9%

 

-16%

     

-17%

 

1%

     

2%

       

219

(a)

       

535

(a)

       

3

(a)

 

Search and search-related
advertising gross profit

$

75,605

$

219

$

75,824

$

128,371

$

535

$

128,906

$

59,928

$

3

$

59,931

Search and search-related
advertising gross margin

 

34%

     

34%

 

52%

     

52%

 

42%

     

42%

                                     
       

(438)

(a)

       

(499)

(a)

       

162

(a)

 

Online advertising gross profit

$

81,248

$

(438)

$

80,810

$

117,190

$

(499)

$

116,691

$

61,143

$

162

$

61,305

Online advertising gross margin

 

29%

     

29%

 

37%

     

37%

 

27%

     

27%

                                     
       

(12)

(a)

       

1

(a)

       

24

(a)

 

Online games gross profit

$

88,342

$

(12)

$

88,330

$

92,286

$

1

$

92,287

$

68,820

$

24

$

68,844

Online games gross margin

 

84%

     

84%

 

84%

     

84%

 

81%

     

81%

                                     
                                     

Others gross profit

$

24,572

$

-

(a) $

24,572

$

24,455

$

-

(a) $

24,455

$

25,261

$

-

(a) $

25,261

Others gross margin

 

34%

     

34%

 

30%

     

30%

 

39%

     

39%

                                     
                                     
       

(450)

(a)

       

(498)

(a)

       

186

(a)

 

Gross profit

$

194,162

$

(450)

$

193,712

$

233,931

$

(498)

$

233,433

$

155,224

$

186

$

155,410

Gross margin

 

43%

     

43%

 

46%

     

46%

 

41%

     

42%

                                     
                                     

Operating expenses

$

225,652

$

1,894

(a) $

227,546

$

274,775

$

(19,510)

(a) $

255,265

$

202,534

$

(7,043)

(a) $

195,491

                                     
                                     
       

(2,344)

(a)

       

19,012

(a)

       

7,229

(a)

 

Operating loss

$

(31,490)

$

(2,344)

$

(33,834)

$

(40,844)

$

19,012

$

(21,832)

$

(47,310)

$

7,229

$

(40,081)

Operating margin

 

-7%

     

-7%

 

-8%

     

-4%

 

-13%

     

-11%

                                     
                                     
                                     

Income tax expense

$

(63,379)

$

-

$

(63,379)

$

(233,785)

$

214,819

$

(18,966)

$

10,672

$

-

(a)$

10,672

                                     
                                     
                                     
       

(2,344)

(a)

       

233,831

(a)

       

7,229

(a)

 

Net loss before non-
controlling interest

$

(87,201)

$

(2,344)

$

(89,545)

$

(269,577)

$

233,831

$

(35,746)

$

(50,353)

$

7,229

$

(43,124)

                                     
                                     
       

(2,344)

(a)

       

19,012

(a)

       

7,229

(a)

 
       

(2,102)

(b)

       

(17,545)

(b)

       

(6,302)

(b)

 
       

-

         

214,819

(c)

       

-

   

Net  loss attributable to
Sohu.com Inc. for diluted net 
loss per share

$

(92,925)

$

(4,446)

 

(97,371)

$

(294,543)

$

216,286

 

(78,257)

$

(68,664)

$

927

$

(67,737)

Diluted net  loss  per share
attributable to Sohu.com Inc.

$

(2.39)

     

(2.50)

$

(7.57)

     

(2.01)

$

(1.77)

   

$

(1.75)

 

Shares used in computing
diluted net  loss  per share
attributable to Sohu.com Inc.

 

38,904

     

38,904

 

38,888

     

38,888

 

38,811

     

38,811

                                     
                                     

Note:

(a)    To eliminate the impact of share-based awards as measured using the fair value method.

(b)   To adjust Sohu's economic interests in Changyou and Sogou attributable to the above non-GAAP adjustments.

(c)    To adjust for one-time effect of the U.S. Tax Reform.

 

4 Above Non-GAAP adjustment does not have impact on income tax expense.

 

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SOHU.COM LIMITED

NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018

 

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (the “2018 Annual Meeting”) of Sohu.com Limited (the “Company”) will be held at Level 2, Sohu.com Media Plaza, Block 3, No. 2 Kexueyuan South Road, Haidian District, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. China time, to consider and act upon the following matters:

 

  1. To elect the following nominees to the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) as Class I Directors, each to hold office until the second succeeding annual general meeting of shareholders and until his successor is duly elected or appointed, or until his resignation or removal: 

Charles Zhang

Zhonghan Deng

Dave De Yang

 

  1. To ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian LLP as the Company’s independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018.

  

  1. To consider and act upon all other matters which may properly come before the 2018 Annual Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.

 

The Board consists of six directors, and is divided into Class I Directors and Class II Directors, with three directors in each class. Class I Directors are to initially serve until the 2018 Annual Meeting and for each successive term expiring at the second succeeding annual general meeting thereafter and Class II Directors are to initially serve until the next annual general meeting immediately following the 2018 Annual Meeting and for each successive term expiring at the second succeeding annual general meeting thereafter.

 

The Board has nominated Charles Zhang, Zhonghan Deng, and Dave De Yang, who are currently designated as Class I Directors and whose terms will expire at the 2018 AGM, to stand for election as Class I Directors. The Board knows of no reason why any of the nominees would be unable or unwilling to serve, but if that should be the case, proxies will be voted for the election of substitute nominee(s) selected by the Board, or the Board will fix the number of directors at a lesser number. The proxies may not be voted for a greater number of persons than the number of nominees named in item 1 above. The three nominees receiving a plurality of the votes cast by the shareholders represented at the 2018 Annual Meeting in person or by proxy will be elected as Class I Directors.

 

The Board recommends that shareholders vote “FOR” election to the Board as Class I Directors of each of the nominees listed in item 1 above and “FOR” item 2 above at the 2018 Annual Meeting. Your vote is very important to the Company.

 

The Board has set the close of business U.S. Eastern time on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 as the record date (the “Record Date”) for the purpose of determining the shareholders entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the 2018 Annual Meeting or any adjournment(s) thereof.

 

On May 31, 2018, effective at 4:30 PM Eastern Time (such date and time, the “Effective Time”), pursuant to a proposal for the dissolution of Sohu.com Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Sohu Delaware”), and adoption of a plan of complete liquidation and dissolution of Sohu Delaware that was approved by the stockholders of Sohu Delaware at a special meeting of stockholders held on May 29, 2018, Sohu Delaware was dissolved; all outstanding shares of the common stock of Sohu Delaware were cancelled; American depositary shares (“ADSs”) representing all outstanding ordinary shares (“Ordinary Shares”) of the Company were distributed by Sohu Delaware on a share-for-share basis to the stockholders of Sohu Delaware as of immediately prior to the Effective Time; and the Company replaced Sohu Delaware as the top-tier, publicly-traded holding company of the group of subsidiaries and variable interest entities that had been held by Sohu Delaware prior to the Effective Time.

 

From and after the Effective Time, the business, operations, and assets of the Company and its subsidiaries and variable interest entities have been substantially the same as the business, operations, and assets of Sohu Delaware and its subsidiaries and variable interest entities immediately prior to the Effective Time.

 

The Annual Report on Form 10-K of Sohu Delaware for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on February 28, 2018 (the “Form 10-K”), and Amendment No. 1 to Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed by Sohu Delaware with the SEC on April 2, 2018 (the “Form 10-K Amendment,” and together with the Form 10-K, the “Sohu Delaware Form 10-K”), are available for your viewing and downloading at the Company’s website at:

http://investors.sohu.com/SEC file/2018 10-K.pdf

http://investors.sohu.com/SEC file/2018 10-K/ Amendment.pdf

 

A hard or soft copy of the Sohu Delaware Form 10-K will be provided to you at no charge upon your request. Please notify the Company in your request of (i) your mailing address if you request a hard copy of the Sohu Delaware Form 10-K, or (ii) your email address if you request a soft copy of the Sohu Delaware Form 10-K. You can send your request to the Company by mail or e-mail at:

 

Sohu.com Limited

Level 18, Sohu.com Media Plaza

Block 3, No. 2 Kexueyuan South Road, Haidian District

Beijing 100190, People’s Republic of China

Attention: Eric Yuan, Investor Relations

Email: ir@contact.sohu.com

Tel: +86 (10) 6272-6593

 

In addition to the other information included in the Sohu Delaware Form 10-K, you will find in the Form 10-K Amendment biographies of the incumbent members of the Board, including biographies of the three Class I Directors, Dr. Charles Zhang, Dr. Zhonghan Deng and Mr. Dave De Yang, who are standing for election to the Board at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

 

Whether or not you plan to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting, please complete, date, sign and return the enclosed proxy attached hereto as Exhibit A promptly in the enclosed, pre-addressed envelope provided for that purpose. 

 

A holder of the Company’s ADSs may instruct The Bank of New York Mellon (the “ADR Depositary”) to vote the outstanding Ordinary Shares represented by such holder’s ADSs by completing pursuant to the instructions and procedures of the ADR Depositary the voting card furnished to holders of ADSs by the ADR Depositary.

 

You are cordially invited to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting.

 

                                                                       

By Order of the Board of Directors,

____________________________

                                                                       

Charles Zhang           

Chief Executive Officer