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Washington, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 5, 2018
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
Level 18, SOHU.com Media Plaza
Block 3, No. 2 Kexueyuan South Road, Haidian District
Peoples Republic of China
+ 86 (10) 6272-6666
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|Item 8.01.||Other Events.|
On April 5, 2018, the registrant reported that on April 5, 2018, the registrants majority-owned online game subsidiary Changyou.com Limited (NASDAQ: CYOU) (Changyou) announced that Changyous board of directors has 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; and that the aggregate amount of the special cash dividend will be approximately US$500 million. A copy of the press release issued by the registrant regarding the foregoing is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|99.1||Press Release: Sohu.coms Majority-Owned Subsidiary Changyou.com Announces Special Cash Dividend of US$9.40 per ADS|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|DATED: April 5, 2018||Sohu.com Inc.|
Chief Financial Officer
Sohu.coms Majority-Owned Subsidiary Changyou.com
Announces Special Cash Dividend of US$9.40 per ADS
BEIJING, April 5, 2018 Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU), Chinas leading online media, video, search and gaming business group, today reported that on April 5, 2018, Changyou.com Limited (NASDAQ: CYOU), Sohus majority-owned online game subsidiary, announced that Changyous board of directors has 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.
Record holders of Changyous ordinary shares at the close of business U.S. Eastern Time on April 20, 2018 (the Record Date) will be entitled to receive the special cash dividend. Changyou expects The Bank of New York Mellon, the depositary bank for Changyous ADS program, to distribute dividends to holders of ADSs as of the Record Date on or about April 26, 2018.
The amount of the dividend payable to Sohu is expected to be approximately $340 million. Sohu does not expect to pay any of such dividend to its stockholders, as the proceeds will be used to support Sohus operations.
In order to facilitate the distribution of this special dividend, Changyou has revised its policy for its PRC subsidiaries with respect to their distribution of cash dividends. Under the revised policy, all PRC subsidiaries in the Changyou Group will be able to distribute their cumulative available and undistributed earnings to their direct overseas parent companies in the Changyou Group. The change will result in Changyous accrual of additional withholding income taxes of approximately $47 million for the period before December 31, 2017. As the parent company of Changyou, Sohu will also recognize incremental tax expenses in its financial statements for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.
For more information about the special Changyou dividend, please refer to Changyous separate announcement.
Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU) is Chinas 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.
Sohus corporate services consist of online brand advertising on Sohus 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. Sohus 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. Sohus 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 Chinas internet pioneers, is in its twenty-second year of operation.
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