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Sohu.com Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2017 Unaudited Financial Result

January 29, 2018 at 1:15 AM EST

BEIJING, Jan. 29, 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 fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2017.

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Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Total revenues were US$510 million1, up 24% year-over-year and down 1% quarter-over-quarter.
  • Brand advertising revenues were US$72 million, down 27% year-over-year and 4% quarter-over-quarter.
  • Search and search related advertising revenues were US$247 million, up 62% year-over-year and 10% quarter-over-quarter.
  • Online game revenues were US$109 million, up 15% year-over-year and down 17% quarter-over-quarter.

Fiscal Year 2017 Highlights

  • Total revenues were US$1.86 billion, up 13% compared with 2016.
  • Brand advertising revenues were US$314 million, down 30% compared with 2016. 
  • Search and search related advertising revenues were US$801 million, up 34% compared with 2016.
  • Online game revenues were US$450 million, up 14% compared with 2016.

Dr. Charles Zhang, Chairman and CEO of Sohu.com Inc., commented, "We ended 2017 with an eventful quarter. After fourteen years of great effort, our search subsidiary Sogou finally completed a successful U.S. IPO in November. The IPO has strengthened Sogou's brand and balance sheet and should help us to further expand our market share in China's search industry while developing advanced AI capabilities. For Sohu Media Portal, we have built a stronger product development team and seen encouraging user metrics of Sohu News App. For Sohu Video, 2017 was a transformative year when we shifted our focus to original content and began to significantly cut spending on traditional TV programs. The initiative should generate meaningful cost savings and narrow the losses in our video business in 2018. On the online game side, in 2017 Changyou benefited from the launch of the mobile game Legacy TLBB and achieved solid year-over-year growth in revenue and adjusted net profit. At the same time, the business has not stopped its efforts in developing multiple new mobile games and diversifying its game portfolio."

1 On a constant currency (non-GAAP) basis, if the exchange rate in the fourth quarter of 2017 had been the same as it was in the fourth quarter of 2016, or RMB6.83=US$1.00, US$ total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2017 would have been US$493 million, or US$17 million less than GAAP total revenues, and up 20% year-over-year.

Fourth Quarter Financial Results 

Revenues

Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017 were US$510 million, up 24% year-over-year and down 1% quarter-over-quarter.

Total online advertising revenues, which include revenues from the brand advertising and search and search-related advertising businesses, for the fourth quarter of 2017 were US$319 million, up 27% year-over-year and 6% quarter-over-quarter.

Brand advertising revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017 totaled US$72 million, down 27% year-over-year and 4% quarter-over-quarter. The year-over-year decrease was mainly due to decreases in video and real estate advertising revenues. The quarter-over-quarter decrease was mainly due to a decrease in video advertising revenues.

Search and search-related advertising revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017 were US$247 million, up 62% year-over-year and 10% quarter-over-quarter. The increases were mainly due to healthy traffic growth and improved monetization on the mobile end.

Online game revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017 were US$109 million, up 15% year-over-year and down 17% quarter-over-quarter. The year-over-year increase was due to the revenue contribution of Legacy TLBB Mobile. The quarter-over-quarter decrease was due to decreasing revenues of our existing games, including Legacy TLBB Mobile.

Gross Margin

Both GAAP and non-GAAP2 gross margin was 46% for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with 44% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 49% in the third quarter of 2017.

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for the online advertising business for the fourth quarter of 2017 was 37%, compared with 33% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 36% in the third quarter of 2017.

GAAP gross margin for the brand advertising business in the fourth quarter of 2017 was -16%, compared with 9% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and -1% in the third quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP gross margin for the brand advertising business was -17%, compared with 9% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and -1% in the third quarter of 2017. The year-over-year decrease was mainly due to a decrease in revenues of the video and media portal businesses. The quarter-over-quarter decrease was mainly due to increased video content cost. In the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company recognized impairment charges of approximately US$26 million in video content cost as a result of softer-than-expected video advertising sales.

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for the search and search-related advertising business in the fourth quarter of 2017 was 52%, compared with 48% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 49% in the third quarter of 2017. The increases were mainly a result of slower growth in costs relative to search and search-related advertising revenues.

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for online games in the fourth quarter of 2017 was 84%, compared with 78% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 87% in the third quarter of 2017. The year-over-year increase in gross margin was due to Legacy TLBB Mobile, which was launched in the second quarter of 2017 and has a high gross margin as revenue is recognized on a net basis after revenue-sharing with the third-party licensee operator.

2 Non-GAAP results exclude share-based compensation expense, non-cash tax benefits from excess tax deductions related to share-based awards, impairment loss recognized with respect to available-for-sale securities of an investee that is unrelated to the Company's current business operations, income/expense from the adjustment of contingent consideration previously recorded for acquisitions, dividend and deemed dividend 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 fourth quarter of 2017, GAAP operating expenses totaled US$275 million, up 19% year-over-year and down 18% quarter-over-quarter. Non-GAAP operating expenses were US$255 million, up 12% year-over-year and down 22% quarter-over-quarter. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to increases in personnel expenses and share-based compensation expense due to a higher market price for the Company's common stock as of December 31, 2017. The quarter-over-quarter change was mainly due to an impairment charge related to Changyou's MoboTap business recognized in the third quarter of 2017.

Operating Loss

GAAP operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2017 was US$41 million, compared with an operating loss of US$52 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and an operating loss of US$81 million in the third quarter of 2017.

Non-GAAP operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2017 was US$22 million, compared with an operating loss of US$49 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and an operating loss of US$75 million in the third quarter of 2017.

Income Tax Expense

GAAP income tax expense was US$234 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with income tax expense of US$6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and income tax expense of US$16 million in the third quarter of 2017. Income tax expense includes a one-time charge of US$219 million, which represents management's estimate of the amount of U.S. corporate income tax based on the deemed repatriation to the United States of accumulated Sohu earnings mandated by the new U.S. income tax law that went into effect on December 22, 2017 (the "U.S. Tax Reform"), offset by a reduction of US$4 million in liability for deferred U.S. income tax as a result of the U.S. Tax Reform.  Excluding the one-time charge and one-time reduction, non-GAAP income tax expense for the fourth quarter was US$19 million. The one-time charge for deemed repatriation will be payable by Sohu over an eight-year period commencing April 2019. The actual impact of the U.S. Tax Reform on Sohu may differ from management's estimates, and management may update its judgments based on its review of future regulations or guidance issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and specific actions Sohu may take in the future.

Net Loss

Before deducting the share of net income pertaining to non-controlling interest, GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of 2017 was US$270 million, compared with a net loss of US$37 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and net loss of US$102 million in the third quarter of 2017. Before deducting the share of net income pertaining to non-controlling interest, non-GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of 2017 was US$36 million, compared with a net loss of US$34 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and net loss of US$90 million in the third quarter of 2017.

GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. for the fourth quarter of 2017 was US$295 million, or US$7.57 loss per fully-diluted share, compared with a net loss of US$66 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and net loss of US$104 million in the third quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. for the fourth quarter of 2017 was US$78 million, or US$2.01 loss per fully-diluted share, compared with a net loss of US$69 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and net loss of US$93 million in the third quarter of 2017.

Liquidity

As of December 31, 2017, cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments held by the Sohu Group, minus short-term bank loans, were US$2.12 billion, compared with US$1.30 billion as of December 31, 2016. The cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments balance as of the end of 2017 includes net proceeds of approximately US$622 million from the U.S. IPO of Sogou completed in November 2017.

Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results

Revenues

Total revenues for 2017 were US$1.86 billion, up 13% compared with 2016.

Total online advertising revenues, which include revenues from the brand advertising and search and search-related advertising businesses, for 2017 were US$1.12 billion, up 7% compared with 2016.

Brand advertising revenues for 2017 were US$314 million, down 30% compared with 2016. The decrease was mainly due to declines in video and real estate advertising revenues.

Search and search-related advertising revenues for 2017 were US$801 million, up 34% compared with 2016. The increase was mainly attributable to healthy traffic growth and improved monetization on the mobile end.

Online game revenues for 2017 were US$450 million, up 14% compared with 2016. The increase was mainly due to the revenue contribution of Legacy TLBB Mobile.

Gross Margin

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin was 44% for 2017, compared with 48% in 2016.

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for the online advertising business for 2017 was 30%, compared with 37% in 2016.

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for the brand advertising business for 2017 was -16%, compared with 17% in 2016. The decrease was mainly attributable to the decrease in revenues.

GAAP gross margin for the search and search-related advertising business for 2017 was 48%, compared with 51% in 2016. Non-GAAP gross margin for the search and search-related advertising business for 2017 was 49%, compared with 51% in 2016. The decreases were mainly due to higher traffic acquisition cost as a percentage of search and search-related advertising revenues.

Both GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin for online games for 2017 was 86%, compared with 76% in 2016. The increase in gross margin was mainly due to the impact of Legacy TLBB Mobile, a mobile game launched in mid- 2017 that has a relatively high margin.

Operating Expenses

For 2017, GAAP operating expenses totaled US$1.03 billion, up 14% compared with 2016. Non-GAAP operating expenses were US$990 million, up 11% compared with 2016. The increases were primarily due to an increase in personnel expenses and share-based compensation expense due to a higher market price for the Company's common stock as of December 31, 2017 and certain impairment charges recognized in 2017.

Operating Loss

GAAP operating loss for 2017 was US$209 million, compared with an operating loss of US$117 million in 2016.

Non-GAAP operating loss for 2017 was US$164 million, compared with an operating loss of US$98 million in 2016.

Income Tax Expense

GAAP income tax expense for 2017 was US$273 million, compared with income tax expense of US$21 million in 2016. Income tax expense includes a one-time charge of US$219 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, which represents management's estimate of the amount of U.S. corporate income tax based on the deemed repatriation to the United States of accumulated Sohu earnings mandated by the U.S. Tax Reform, offset by a reduction of US$4 million in liability for deferred U.S. income tax as a result of the U.S. Tax Reform. Excluding the one-time charge and one-time reduction, non-GAAP income tax expense for 2017 was US$58 million. The one-time charge for deemed repatriation will be payable by Sohu over an eight-year period commencing April 2019.  The actual impact of the U.S. Tax Reform on Sohu may differ from management's estimates, and management may update its judgments based on its review of future regulations or guidance issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and specific actions Sohu may take in the future.

Net Loss

Before deducting the share of net income pertaining to non-controlling interest, GAAP net loss for 2017 was US$470 million, compared with net loss of US$115 million in 2016. Before deducting the share of net income pertaining to non-controlling interest, non-GAAP net loss for 2017 was US$204 million, compared with net loss of US$96 million in 2016.

GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. for 2017 was US$556 million, or US$14.30 loss per fully-diluted share, compared with a net loss of US$226 million in 2016. Non-GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. for 2017 was US$310 million, or US$7.99 loss per fully-diluted share, compared with a net loss of US$219 million in 2016.

Other Development

On January 27, 2018, the Company promoted acting Chief Financial Officer Joanna Lv to permanent CFO with immediate effect. Joanna has held the position of acting CFO since June 2016, prior to which she was a senior finance director. She joined Sohu in 2000.

Business Outlook

For the first quarter of 2018, Sohu estimates:

  • Total revenues to be between US$410 million and US$435 million.
  • Brand advertising revenues to be between US$55 million and US$60 million; this implies an annual decrease of 26% to 32% and a sequential decrease of 16% to 23%.
  • Sogou revenues to be between US$218 million and US$228 million; this implies an annual increase of 35% to 41% and a sequential decrease of 18% to 22%.
  • Online game revenues to be between US$90 million and US$100 million; this implies an annual increase of 5% to 17% and a sequential decrease of 9% to 18%.
  • Before deducting the share of non-GAAP net income pertaining to non-controlling interest, non-GAAP net loss to be between US$45 million and US$55 million. Assuming no new grants of share-based awards and that the market price of our shares is unchanged; we estimate that compensation expense relating to share-based awards will be around US$6 million. Including the impact of these share-based awards, GAAP net loss before non-controlling interest to be between US$51 million and US$61 million.
  • Non-GAAP net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc. to be between US$65 million and US$75 million, and non-GAAP loss per fully-diluted share to be between US$1.65 and US$1.90. 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$68 million and US$78 million, and GAAP loss per fully-diluted share to be between US$1.75 and US$2.00.

For the first quarter 2018 guidance, the Company has adopted a presumed exchange rate of RMB6.60=US$1.00, as compared with the actual exchange rate of approximately RMB6.88=US$1.00 for the first quarter of 2017, and RMB6.61=US$1.00 for the fourth quarter of 2017.

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, impairment loss recognized with respect to available-for-sale securities of an investee that is unrelated to the Company's current business operations, 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, impairment loss recognized with respect to available-for-sale securities of an investee that is unrelated to the Company's current business operations, 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 impairment loss recognized with respect to available-for-sale securities of an investee that is unrelated to the Company's current business operations, 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, which 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 impairment loss recognized with respect to available-for-sale securities of an investee that is unrelated to the Company's current business operations, 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 impairment loss recognized with respect to available-for-sale securities of an investee that is unrelated to the Company's current business operations, 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, 2016 and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Conference Call and Webcast 

Sohu's management team will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m.U.S. Eastern Time, January 29, 2018 (9:30 p.m.Beijing/Hong Kong time, January 29, 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 January 29 through February 5, 2018. The dial-in details for the telephone replay are:

International:

+1-646-254-3697

Passcode:

8285538

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; the interactive search engine www.sogou.com; the developer and operator of online games www.changyou.com/en/ and the 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


Twelve Months Ended




Dec. 31, 2017


Sep. 30, 2017


Dec. 31, 2016


Dec. 31, 2017


Dec. 31, 2016


Revenues:












Online advertising












        Brand advertising

$

71,751

$

74,832

$

98,695

$

314,066

$

447,956


        Search and search-related advertising


247,054


225,363


152,500


801,199


597,133


                 Subtotal


318,805


300,195


251,195


1,115,265


1,045,089


Online games


109,383


132,427


95,400


449,533


395,709


Others


81,442


83,439


65,164


296,164


209,633


                      Total revenues


509,630


516,061


411,759


1,860,962


1,650,431














Cost of revenues:












Online advertising












        Brand advertising (includes stock-based c
            ompensation expense of $-1,034, $278, $-91,
            $-415 and $163, respectively)


82,932


75,733


89,658


363,592


371,085


  Search and search-related (includes stock-based
      compensation expense of $535, $0, $168, $540
      and $172, respectively)


118,683


115,422


79,611


412,904


290,158


       Subtotal


201,615


191,155


169,269


776,496


661,243


Online games (includes stock-based compensation
    expense of $1, $4, $-5, $73 and $31, respectively)


17,097


17,560


20,936


62,775


96,168


Others


56,987


53,679


41,606


195,895


102,389


              Total cost of revenues


275,699


262,394


231,811


1,035,166


859,800














Gross profit


233,931


253,667


179,948


825,796


790,631














Operating expenses:












Product development (includes stock-based
    compensation expense of $14,048, $2,247, $3,383,
    $23,547 and $9,184,  respectively)


122,767


105,162


91,499


412,173


353,144


Sales and marketing (includes stock-based
    compensation expense of $3,976, $344, $1,467,
    $5,915 and $2,394, respectively)


116,179


111,935


116,183


413,045


434,780


General and administrative (includes stock-based
    compensation expense of $1,486, $3,682, $-1,949,
    $15,816 and $7,176, respectively)


35,829


31,038


23,914


122,874


119,841


Goodwill impairment and impairment of intangibles via
    acquisitions of businesses


-


86,882


-


86,882


-


                Total operating expenses


274,775


335,017


231,596


1,034,974


907,765














Operating loss


(40,844)


(81,350)


(51,648)


(209,178)


(117,134)














Other  income /(expense)


4,321


(5,068)


6,258


6,658


(10,713)


Interest income


7,357


6,497


5,051


24,138


22,499


Interest expense


(2,567)


(1,141)


(205)


(4,088)


(1,356)


Exchange difference


(4,059)


(5,032)


9,257


(14,385)


12,803


Loss before income tax expense


(35,792)


(86,094)


(31,287)


(196,855)


(93,901)


 

Income tax expense


233,785


15,927


5,800


273,148


21,072


Net loss


(269,577)


(102,021)


(37,087)


(470,003)


(114,973)














Less: Net income attributable to the noncontrolling i
    nterest shareholders


24,558


1,939


28,810


84,523


109,048


 

Net loss attributable to Sohu.com Inc.


(294,135)


(103,960)


(65,897)


(554,526)


(224,021)














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

$

(7.56)

$

(2.67)

$

(1.70)

$

(14.27)

$

(5.79)


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


38,888


38,877


38,739


38,858


38,706














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

$

(7.57)

$

(2.67)

$

(1.71)

$

(14.30)

$

(5.83)


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


38,888


38,877


38,739


38,858


38,706




 

 

SOHU.COM INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(UNAUDITED, IN THOUSANDS)




As of Dec. 31, 2017


As of Dec. 31, 2016

ASSETS





Current assets:





           Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,366,115

$

1,050,957

Restricted cash


1,908


-

Short-term investments


818,934


247,926

           Accounts receivable, net


250,468


189,167

           Prepaid and other current assets


192,676


260,133

Assets held for sale (a)


-


103,079

                     Total current assets


2,630,101


1,851,262

Long-term investments


90,145


74,273

Fixed assets, net


529,717


503,631

Goodwill (a)


71,565


68,290

Intangible assets, net


23,060


32,131

Restricted time deposits


271


269

Prepaid non-current assets


4,211


4,734

Other assets


40,169


29,100

                         Total assets

$

3,389,239

$

2,563,690






LIABILITIES





Current liabilities:





           Accounts payable

$

288,394

$

193,209

           Accrued liabilities


343,106


324,876

           Receipts in advance and deferred revenue


127,758


118,951

           Accrued salary and benefits


102,087


92,475

           Taxes payable


96,541


40,014

           Short-term bank loans


61,216


-

           Other short-term liabilities


136,300


159,315

Liabilities held for sale (a)


-


3,902

                     Total current liabilities

$

1,155,402

$

932,742






Long-term accounts payable


1,157


744

Long-term Bank Loans 


122,433


-

Long-term tax liabilities


293,010


72,409

Total long-term liabilities

$

416,600

$

73,153

                         Total liabilities

$

1,572,002

$

1,005,895






 

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:





          Sohu.com Inc. shareholders' equity


750,634


993,580

          Noncontrolling Interest


1,066,603


564,215

                     Total shareholders' equity

$

1,817,237

$

1,557,795






Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 

$

3,389,239

$

2,563,690


Note:

 

(a) In the third quarter of 2016, Changyou's management had an intention to divest Changyou's
interest in MoboTap. Therefore, the assets and liabilities of MoboTap were recognized as assets-held-for-sale
and liabilities-held-for-sale, respectively, in Changyou's financial statements for the third and fourth quarters of 2016.  In the first quarter of 2017, due to the suspension of negotiations with the potential buyers of MoboTap, Changyou's management determined that the disposal was unlikely to be completed within one year. As a result, the assets-held-for-sale and liabilities-held-for-sale related to MoboTap have been reclassified as assets and liabilities in Changyou's balance sheet since March 31, 2017. In the third quarter of 2017, Changyou recognized impairment charges related to the MoboTap business.

 

 

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 Dec. 31, 2017


Three Months Ended Sep. 30, 2017


Three Months Ended Dec. 31, 2016



GAAP


Non-GAAP
Adjustments[3]


Non-GAAP


GAAP


Non-GAAP
Adjustments


Non-GAAP


GAAP


Non-GAAP
Adjustments


Non-GAAP
























(1,034)

(a)





278

(a)





(91)

(a)


Brand advertising gross profit

$

(11,181)

$

(1,034)

$

(12,215)

$

(901)

$

278

$

(623)

$

9,037

$

(91)

$

8,946

Brand advertising gross margin


-16%




-17%


-1%




-1%


9%




9%





535

(a)





-

(a)





168

(a)


Search and search-related
    advertising gross profit

$

128,371

$

535

$

128,906

$

109,941

$

-

$

109,941

$

72,889

$

168

$

73,057

Search and search-related
    advertising gross margin


52%




52%


49%




49%


48%




48%
























(499)

(a)





278

(a)





77

(a)


Online advertising gross profit

$

117,190

$

(499)

$

116,691

$

109,040

$

278

$

109,318

$

81,926

$

77

$

82,003

Online advertising gross margin


37%




37%


36%




36%


33%




33%
























1

(a)





4

(a)





(5)

(a)


Online games gross profit

$

92,286

$

1

$

92,287

$

114,867

$

4

$

114,871

$

74,464

$

(5)

$

74,459

Online games gross margin


84%




84%


87%




87%


78%




78%







































Others gross profit

$

24,455

$

-

(a) $

24,455

$

29,760

$

-

(a) $

29,760

$

23,558

$

-

(a) $

23,558

Others gross margin


30%




30%


36%




36%


36%




36%











































(498)

(a)





282

(a)





72

(a)


Gross profit

$

233,931

$

(498)

$

233,433

$

253,667

$

282

$

253,949

$

179,948

$

72

$

180,020

Gross margin


46%




46%


49%




49%


44%




44%







































Operating expenses

$

274,775

$

(19,510)

(a) $

255,265

$

335,017

$

(6,273)

(a) $

328,744

$

231,596

$

(2,901)

(a) $

228,695











































19,012

(a)





6,555

(a)





2,973

(a)


Operating loss

$

(40,844)

$

19,012

$

(21,832)

$

(81,350)

$

6,555

$

(74,795)

$

(51,648)

$

2,973

$

(48,675)

Operating margin


-8%




-4%


-16%




-14%


-13%




-12%


























































Income tax expense

$

(233,785)

$

214,819

$

(18,966)

$

15,927

$

-

$

15,927

$

5,800

$

-

$

5,800






























































233,831

(a)





12,309

(a)





2,973

(a)


Net loss before non-controlling interest

$

(269,577)

$

233,831

$

(35,746)

$

(102,021)

$

12,309

$

(89,712)

$

(37,087)

$

2,973

$

(34,114)























































































































19,012

(a)





6,555

(a)





2,973

(a)






(17,545)

(b)





(1,017)

(b)





(6,051)

(b)






-






5,754

(c)





-







214,819

(d)





-






-



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

$

(294,543)

$

216,286


(78,257)

$

(103,960)

$

11,292

$

(92,668)

$

(66,411)

$

(3,078)

$

(69,489)

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

$

(7.57)




(2.01)

$

(2.67)



$

(2.38)

$

(1.71)



$

(1.79)

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


38,888




38,888


38,877




38,877


38,739




38,739







































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 impairment loss of available-for-sale securities of an investee that is unrelated to the Company's current business operations

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

 

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

 

SOHU.COM INC.

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

(UNAUDITED, IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)




Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31, 2017


Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31, 2016



GAAP


Non-GAAP
Adjustments[4]


Non-GAAP


GAAP


Non-GAAP
Adjustments


Non-GAAP


















(415)

(a)





163

(a)


Brand advertising gross profit

$

(49,526)

$

(415)

$

(49,941)

$

76,871

$

163

$

77,034

Brand advertising gross margin


-16%




-16%


17%




17%


















540

(a)





172

(a)


Search and search-related
    advertising gross profit

$

388,295

$

540

$

388,835

$

306,975

$

172

$

307,147

Search and search-related
    advertising gross margin


48%




49%


51%




51%


















125

(a)





335

(a)


Online advertising gross profit

$

338,769

$

125

$

338,894

$

383,846

$

335

$

384,181

Online advertising gross margin


30%




30%


37%




37%


















73

(a)





31

(a)


Online games gross profit

$

386,758

$

73

$

386,831

$

299,541

$

31

$

299,572

Online games gross margin


86%




86%


76%




76%








































Others gross profit

$

100,269

$

-

(a)$

100,269

$

107,244

$

-

(a)$

107,244

Others gross margin


34%




34%


51%




51%































198

(a)





366

(a)


Gross profit

$

825,796

$

198

$

825,994

$

790,631

$

366

$

790,997

Gross margin


44%




44%


48%




48%



























Operating expenses

$

1,034,974

$

(45,278)

(a)$

989,696

$

907,765

$

(18,754)

(a)$

889,011































45,476

(a)





19,120

(a)


Operating loss

$

(209,178)

$

45,476

$

(163,702)

$

(117,134)

$

19,120

$

(98,014)

Operating margin


-11%




-9%


-7%




-6%



























Income tax expense

$

(273,148)

$

214,819

$

(58,329)

$

21,072

$

-

$

21,072































45,476

(a)





19,118

(a)






5754

(c)





-

(c)






214,819

(d)





-



Net loss before
    non-controlling interest

$

(470,003)

$

266,049

$

(203,954)

$

(114,973)

$

19,118

$

(95,855)












































45,476

(a)





19,118

(a)






(20,624)

(b)





(12,260)

(b)






5754

(c)





-







214,819

(d)





-



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

$

(555,791)

$

245,425

$

(310,366)

$

(225,660)

$

6,858

$

(218,802)














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

 

$

(14.30)



$

(7.99)

 

$

(5.83)



$

(5.65)

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


38,858




38,858


38,706




38,706


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 impairment loss of available-for-sale securities of an investee that is unrelated to the Company's current business operations.

(d) To adjust for the 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