Tue, May 26, 10:01 AM
- Following a new $45M investment, Qihoo (QIHU -0.5%) owns 49.5% of its mobile phone JV with Chinese Android OEM Coolpad, up from a prior 45%.
- The JV, which (like Xiaomi) plans to primarily sell phones online, was first announced last December. Earlier this month, Qihoo/Coolpad announced the JV's phones would be sold under the Qiku label, and that three models would initially be offered. Aggressive pricing is promised.
Wed, May 20, 12:01 PM
- Up moderately in AH trading yesterday after beating Q1 estimates and providing in-line Q2 guidance, Qihoo (NYSE:QIHU) has tumbled towards $55 today.
- No downgrades have yet arrived. The Q1 slowdown seen in Qihoo's Internet value-added service revenue (up 7.1% Y/Y, after rising 112% in Q4) thanks to PC gaming weakness and online lottery suspensions (offsetting mobile gaming growth) could have some investors on edge.
- Shares now trade for less than 12x a pre-earnings 2016 EPS consensus of $4.75.
Tue, May 19, 7:17 PM
- Qihoo (NYSE:QIHU) is guiding for Q2 revenue of $435M-$445M (+37%-40% Y/Y), in-line with a $437.2M consensus and favorable at the midpoint.
- Lifting Q1 EPS: Operating expenses (non-GAAP) rose 35% Y/Y in Q1 to $209.7M, a marked slowdown from Q4's 84% and Q3's 110%, and below revenue growth of 45%. GAAP sales/marketing spend totaled $90.6M, G&A $27.8M, and R&D $112M. Also helping: Gross margin was 79.3%, down from 81% a year ago but up from Q4's 76.1%.
- Online ad revenue rose 75.1% Y/Y to $245.3M; Internet value-added services (IVAS - gaming-dominated) rose 7.1% to $133.7M. Rising search and mobile ad sales fueled the ad growth; IVAS revenue was hurt by "soft business trend in Web games" and the March suspension (following government mandates) of online lottery sales.
- User metrics: Total users of Qihoo products/services rose by 8M Q/Q and 24M Y/Y to 503M. Smartphone users of Qihoo's 360 Mobile Safe app rose by 34M Q/Q and 240M Y/Y to 778M. Monthly active users of Qihoo PC browsers rose by 15M Q/Q and 35M Y/Y to 376M. Average daily unique visitors for Qihoo's 360 browser startup page rose by 1M Q/Q and 11M Y/Y to 133M. Qihoo asserts its 360 Mobile Assistant app store "continued to maintain its leadership position in Android app distribution in China."
- QIHU +1.2% AH to $59.48.
- Q1 results, PR
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Tue, May 12, 3:12 PM
- Today's notable tech gainers include insurance software/data exchange provider Ebix (EBIX +5%), Chinese polysilicon maker Daqo (DQ +6.9%), networking SRAM maker MoSys (MOSY +7.7%), enterprise mobility management software firm MobileIron (MOBL +6.3%), U.S. solar installer Solar3D (SLTD +4.3%), and Korean analog/mixed-signal chipmaker MagnaChip (MX +5.3%).
- Notable decliners include Chinese online retailers JD.com (JD -4.4%) and Vipshop (VIPS -5%), Chinese Internet mini-conglomerate Qihoo (QIHU -4.6%), and cloud online learning software provider 2U (TWOU -5.6%). The Nasdaq is down 0.2%.
- Daqo is now up 11% since last Friday's mixed Q1 report. Ebix is up 18% since delivering a Q1 beat last Friday. MobileIron's gains come after the company named well-traveled tech vet Simon Biddiscombe its interim CFO. Solar3D is rallying after issuing a PR that sings the praises a of an upbeat Bernstein report on solar cost declines.
- Qihoo and JD are more than reversing the Monday gains seen amid a Chinese Internet stock rally. 2U has now fully given back the gains seen last week following its Q1 beat.
- Previously covered: Rackspace, Everyday Health, magicJack, WidePoint, LivePerson, YY, STMicroelectronics, ChipMOS, iDreamSky, Leidos, Photronics
Mon, May 11, 2:37 PM
- The Shanghai exchange rose 3% overnight, continuing a torrid 2015 after the PBOC slashed its benchmark rate by 25 bps in a fresh easing move. A slew of Chinese Internet/mobile names are rallying while the Nasdaq barely budges.
- Gainers include Qihoo (QIHU +3.3%), Weibo (WB +3.4%), SouFun (SFUN +7.2%), Renren (RENN +3.1%), Cheetah Mobile (CMCM +10.6%), ChinaCache (CCIH +7.3%), Autohome (ATHM +4.9%), Xunlei (XNET +7.2%), Jumei (JMEI +7.3%), and Changyou (CYOU +6%).
- The massive rallies occurring in the absence of major company-specific news (particularly for thinly-traded names) have triggered comparisons with the Dot.com bubble. However, many U.S.-traded firms remain well below their 2014 highs, and their forward P/E and P/S multiples (though often not cheap) are generally well below those sported by Dot.com-era darlings.
Tue, May 5, 2:51 PM
- The high-flying Shanghai exchange was down 4.1% overnight amid reports local brokerages are tightening margin requirements. Over in NYC, the Nasdaq is down 1.6%, leading a broader market selloff.
- That's proving a bad combo for Chinese Internet stocks, many of which have shot higher in recent weeks. Major decliners include Qihoo (QIHU -8.9%), Sky-mobi (MOBI -10.6%), Leju (LEJU -6%), E-House (EJ -4.7%), Qunar (QUNR -4%), and Renren (RENN -4.6%).
- Baidu is also off sharply, thanks in part to a JPMorgan downgrade. Alibaba, which reports on Thursday, is seeing more modest losses.
- ETFs: KWEB, CQQQ, QQQC
Wed, Apr. 8, 10:58 AM
- Following a big overnight rally in Hong Kong (followed a 3-day holiday during which Shanghai rallied), beaten-down Chinese Internet and mobile stocks have soared in U.S. trading.
- The biggest gainers include many names that are far below their 2014 highs: The group includes Qihoo (QIHU +10.5%), YY (YY +14.9%), Taomee (TAOM +14.3%), Sina (SINA +8.7%), and Weibo (WB +12.1%). Mobile game publishers Sky-mobi (MOBI +12.6%), China Mobile Games (CMGE +8%), and iDreamSky (DSKY +13.4%) are also sharply higher, as are online real estate plays SouFun (SFUN +13.1%), E-House (EJ +6.1%), and Leju (LEJU +9.8%).
- Giants Alibaba (BABA +3.4%) and Baidu (BIDU +4.1%) aren't being left out. Neither are Youku (YOKU +7.5%), 21Vianet (VNET +7.4%), Momo (MOMO +6.8%), Sohu (SOHU +7.7%), Changyou (CYOU +4.5%), Dangdang (DANG +7.3%), Vipshop (VIPS +4.8%), JD.com (JD +3.9%), Jumei (JMEI +6.6%), Sungy Mobile (GOMO +5.8%), China Techfaith (CNTF +7.1%), and KongZhong (KZ +5.5%).
- Alibaba has proposed an asset injection into its money-losing Alibaba Pictures (+36% in Hong Kong) film arm. Sky-mobi has seen Rosenblatt (Buy) hike its target to $11, while noting many Chinese mobile game developers have been bought out; it thinks Sky-mobi's investments in developers could be worth $140M. NetEase has been upgraded by CICC Research.
- Over in Hong Kong, software/cloud services provider Kingsoft (OTCPK:KSFTF) rose 24.2% to HKD$29.50. Messaging/gaming giant Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) rose 3.3% to HKD$154.80.
- ETFs: KWEB, CQQQ, QQQC
Wed, Mar. 25, 10:58 AM
- Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) and top search rival Qihoo (NYSE:QIHU) are selling off in early trading. The Nasdaq is down 0.6%, and the Shanghai exchange fell 0.8% overnight.
- Possibly hurting the companies: The health industry chamber of commerce for the city of Putian (a major healthcare services hub) has ordered its members to stop buying medical ads.
- Trader Marc Lehman observes 20% of Baidu's revenue comes from medical ads. HSBC reported last year Putian businessmen run at least 8K of the 10,877 private Chinese hospitals that existed nationwide as of Oct. '13 (per government data).
- Separately, Chinese tutoring services provider Xueda (XUE) has announced the creation of an online education JV with Qihoo. The JV, known as Sunshine Rabbit Technology, currently has less than $5M in registered capital.
- Last week, Bloomberg reported Sohu/Tencent's Sogou search unit is planning an IPO with a $3B+ valuation. That arguably reflects well on Qihoo, which had an estimated 17.3% Q4 search share to Sogou's 6.9% (Baidu was at 74.4%), and whose Web/mobile empire is assigned a total current market cap of $6.3B.
Fri, Mar. 20, 3:02 PM
- With the Nasdaq up 0.9% (and nearing its March 2000 highs) amid a market rally, major tech gainers are easily outnumbering major decliners.
- Following a 1.4% overnight rally in Shanghai, strong Q1 guidance from Ctrip, and a report that Sohu/Tencent's Sogou search engine is planning an IPO, a slew of Chinese tech names are posting big gains. Aside from Ctrip and Sohu, notable gainers include search/browser/security app provider Qihoo (QIHU +4.9%), sports lottery site 500.com (WBAI +12.5%), auto sites Bitauto (BITA +4.2%) and Autohome (ATHM +4.9%), online retailer Vipshop (VIPS +4.7%), data center owner 21Vianet (VNET +6.7%), polysilicon maker Daqo (DQ +6.5%), and chat/dating app owner Momo (MOMO +4.6%).
- Other standouts include optical component vendor Oclaro (OCLR +9.6%), U.S. solar installer Solar3D (SLTD +10%), NFC reader maker On Track (OTIV +10.5%), printer maker Lexmark (LXK +3.7%), and big data/analytics software provider Hortonworks (HDP +10.2%).
- Notable decliners include VoIP hardware/software provider Sonus (SONS -6.1%), solar microinverter leader Enphase (ENPH -4.2%), and authentication hardware/software provider Vasco (VDSI -5.7%).
- Qihoo is adding to Wednesday's gains, while 500.com and 21Vianet are erasing recent losses. On Track is now up 21% over the last two days. Solar3D is adding to the gains seen yesterday following a contract announcement. Vasco had rallied strongly this week before today.
- Previously covered: Ambarella, Spherix, Envivio, Youku, Viggle, Castlight/Benefitfocus, Care.com, Ultra Clean, InterCloud, Perceptron, Violin Memory, Amtech
Fri, Mar. 20, 12:20 PM
- #3 Chinese search engine Sogou is planning an IPO that will feature a $3B+ valuation, Bloomberg reports. Sources add Sogou, which is controlled by Sohu (SOHU +3.7%), could see an offering in 2H15.
- Sogou has been easily outgrowing Sohu's portal and gaming ops: Its revenue rose 70% Y/Y in Q4 to $119M. It had an estimated 6.9% Q4 Chinese search share, trailing Baidu's (NASDAQ:BIDU) 74.4% and Qihoo's (NYSE:QIHU) 17.3%.
- Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY) bought a 40.9% stake in Sogou in 2013 for $516M, and has integrated Sogou's services with its wildly popular WeChat mobile messaging platform (recently hit 500M MAUs). Aside from search, Sogou's services include a Web directory, games, and popular Chinese-language typing software (Sogou Pinyin).
Wed, Mar. 18, 11:43 AM
- Nomura has hiked its Qihoo (NYSE:QIHU) target by $4 to $69, while reiterating a Buy. The firm cites optimism about Qihoo's expansion into the enterprise security market.
- Meanwhile, Microsoft has announced Qihoo (along with Tencent, Xiaomi, and Lenovo) will help distribute Windows 10 in China following its summer launch. Notably, the OS will be provided as a free upgrade to users of both genuine and non-genuine (i.e. pirated) versions of Windows.
- Qihoo mentioned in its March 9 Q4 report enterprise security sales were better than expected. On the CC (transcript), co-CFO Alex Xu stated Qihoo's enterprise security sales totaled ~$20M in Q4 (their first quarter of revenue generation).
- CEO Hongyi Zhou argued NSA spying fallout will benefit Qihoo - "[A]s you may know, the Chinese government already make it very clear for the foreign security related companies, the foreign entities need to be out in this market." - and that the huge consumer reach of Qihoo's 360 security apps will make penetrating enterprises easier.
Tue, Mar. 10, 11:23 AM
- Up AH yesterday following its Q4 beat, Qihoo (NYSE:QIHU) has fallen to fresh 52-week lows today.
- JG Capital's Henry Guo thinks Qihoo's Q1 guidance (though above consensus) may have left investors wanting more. But he expects a 2H growth pickup.
- Guo: "While Q1 2015 guidance implies significant growth deceleration, we believe it is mainly due to seasonality (Web games and enterprise security) and lottery business disruption ... For the second half of 2015, we see multiple revenue growth drivers, including further desktop search monetization ramp-up, increasing medical/pharmaceutical search contribution, mobile search monetization traction and enterprise security revenue."
- Shares now go for 12x 2015E EPS and 9x 2016E EPS. Estimates have fallen slightly post-earnings.
Mon, Mar. 9, 6:37 PM
- In addition to beating Q4 estimates, Qihoo (NYSE:QIHU) is guiding for Q1 revenue of $375M-$380M (+41%-43% Y/Y), above a $374M consensus. Meanwhile, with a prior $200M buyback recently used up, a new $200M buyback has been authorized.
- After rising 110% Y/Y in Q3, operating expenses (non-GAAP) rose 84% Y/Y in Q4 to $201.2M (compares with 95% revenue growth), and were up less than 1% Q/Q. A mix shift towards and search ad and mobile revenue continues pressuring gross margin: It fell to 76.1% from Q3's 77.3% and the year-ago period's 86.4%.
- Search and mobile growth drove an 70.8% Y/Y increase in ad revenue to $243.2M. Mobile gaming growth led Internet value-added service (IVAS) revenue to rise 112.2% to $167.4M; PC gaming was weaker than expected. Enterprise security product sales (launched in Q4) were better than expected.
- Total monthly active users of Qihoo's PC products rose to 509M from Q3's 495M and Q4 2013's 475M. Smartphone users of Qihoo's Mobile Safe app rose to 744M from 673M and 467M. Average daily unique visitors to Qihoo's 360 browser start page rose to 132M from 129M and 119M.
- President Xiangdong Qi: "Both search and mobile app store businesses more than tripled [in 2014] and have ramped up faster than expected ... We are streamlining our monetization system into a fully integrated structure that seamlessly covers PC and mobile, and web and apps."
- QIHU +5.3% AH to $50.15. Shares remain down 28% from where they traded at the time of the Nov. 24 Q3 report.
- Q4 results, PR
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