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Youku.com Inc. (YOKU)

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  • Aug. 20, 2014, 9:11 AM
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  • Aug. 19, 2014, 8:08 PM
    • In addition to missing Q2 estimates, Youku (NYSE:YOKU) is guiding for Q3 revenue of RMB1.09B-RMB1.13B ($177.2M-$183.7M), below an RMB1.15B consensus.
    • Youku says it was "still in the process" of renewing a service agreement with a major mobile carrier of the end of Q2, and thus opted to defer the recognition of ~RMB40M in revenue until the renewal is in place. That contributed to the Q2 miss, and also a slowdown in Y/Y revenue growth to 27% from Q1's 36%.
    • Content costs rose to 42% of revenue from 38% a year ago; bandwidth costs were steady at 22%. Opex rose 20% Y/Y to $50.5M (33% of revenue).
    • Youku now has 500M+ monthly users. Mobile has grown to account for over 30% of revenue. Subscription service revenue rose 379% Y/Y, but over 95% of revenue still comes from advertising.
    • The company's cash balance totaled $1.6B at the end of Q2, or nearly half its current market cap.
    • Q2 results, PR
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  • Aug. 19, 2014, 6:07 PM
    • Youku.com (NYSE:YOKU): Q2 EPS of -RMB0.41 misses by RMB0.07.
    • Revenue of RMB958.7M (+27.2% Y/Y) misses by RMB21.95M.
    • Shares +0.46% AH.
    • Press Release
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  • Aug. 19, 2014, 5:37 PM
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  • Aug. 18, 2014, 5:35 PM
  • Aug. 18, 2014, 11:58 AM
    • T.H. Capital has cut Youku (YOKU -4.1%) to Hold ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report.
    • Shares now -31% YTD. Concerns about intensifying competition from Baidu, and to a lesser extent Sohu and Tencent, have weighed on shares. However, the Chinese online video giant is still expected by the Street to post 35% 2014 sales growth, and 37% 2015 growth.
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  • Jul. 8, 2014, 12:45 PM
    • Echoes of April: Following a big May/June rally that propelled the Nasdaq to new post-Dot.com bubble highs, momentum stocks are nosediving nearly across the board today.
    • The selloff comes ahead of Alcoa's afternoon Q2 report, the unofficial start of earnings season. Some of the cash going out of equities is flowing into Treasurys.
    • Notable 6%+ decliners: TWTR -7.6%. DDD -6.5%. SSYS -7.9%. P -7.7%. LNKD -7.1%. DATA -10.1%. SPLK -9.3%. WDAY -7.7%. YELP -8.3%. GOGO -6.5%. YOKU -6.6%. ZU -10.5%. NOW -6.8%.
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  • May. 23, 2014, 1:00 PM
    • Though Youku (YOKU -6.2%) beat Q1 EPS estimates, revenue of $112.7M missed a $114.2M consensus. Moreover, the company is guiding for Q2 revenue of RMB940M-RMB1B ($150.6M-$160.3M), below a $163.5M consensus.
    • Maxim Group (PT cut to $16) blames the growth slowdown on Youku's attempts to lower purchases of long-form content preferred by advertisers.
    • It believes a "weak content portfolio" led Youku to lose its Chinese online/mobile video leadership positions in Q1 to Baidu's (BIDU +1.7%) iQiyi and PPS platforms. Baidu has been busy promoting iQiyi/PPS throughout its Web empire.
    • "Top-line growth seems to be on a deceleration trend," writes Deutsche (PT cut to $21) in response to Youku's numbers. The firm and thinks the Q2 guidance points to weaker advertiser budget hikes.
    • Cost controls helped EPS beat estimates: Youku's content spend fell to 44% of revenue in Q1 from 49% a year ago. Bandwidth costs fell to 29% of revenue from 31%, and opex only grew 9% Y/Y (compares with 36% rev. growth).
    • On the CC (transcript), Youku mentioned mobile daily video views have topped 400M (they were only at 200M last June), and that mobile now accounts for 1/3 of revenue.
    • Q1 results, PR
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  • May. 23, 2014, 9:10 AM
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  • May. 22, 2014, 6:16 PM
    • Youku.com (YOKU): EPS of -$0.14 beats by $0.06.
    • Revenue of $112.7M (+36% Y/Y)
    • Shares -1.91% AH.
    • Press Release
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  • May. 21, 2014, 5:35 PM
  • May. 7, 2014, 10:50 AM
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  • Apr. 28, 2014, 10:17 AM
    • Sohu (SOHU -4.8%) missed Q1 estimates and provided light Q2 guidance. Meanwhile, as part of a recent crackdown, the Chinese government has pulled The Big Bang Theory and other popular U.S. shows from sites such as Sohu.com, Youku.com (YOKU -4.4%), Baidu's (BIDU -5%) iQiyi, and Tencent Video (TCEHY -2.8%). Time observes The Big Bang Theory has produced 1.3B video views since launching on Sohu TV in '09.
    • The news is overshadowing a $1.22B investment in Youku by Alibaba (ABABA) and an affiliated P-E firm, and a WSJ report stating Alibaba is forming a mobile search JV with leading mobile browser firm UCWeb (once targeted by Baidu).
    • The deals are the latest in a long line of investments and partnerships struck by Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu, as each firm tries to build a Web/mobile empire covering over a dozen valuable markets.
    • Is Qihoo (QIHU -0.8%) next in line to make a deal? With a $21.6B market cap, the security app/browser/search provider and Baidu rival is the biggest Chinese Internet company to remain independent of the big-3. Qihoo was reported in January to be talking with Alibaba.
    • Other decliners: NQ -6.5%. VIPS -5.2%. WB -4.2%. WBAI -3%. LONG -4.5%. QUNR -2.4%.
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  • Apr. 28, 2014, 9:15 AM
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  • Apr. 28, 2014, 7:20 AM
    • Alibaba (ABABA) and Yunfeng Capital, a private equity firm co-founded by Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma, have agreed to acquire an 18.5% stake in Youku Tudou (YOKU) for $1.22B.
    • Alibaba and Yunfeng are paying $30.50 per American Depositary Receipt, or a 26.3% premium to Youku Tudou's close on Friday of $24.14.
    • Alibaba will hold around 16.5% in Youku and Yunfeng 2%.
    • The deal is the latest in a series of acquisitions that Alibaba has carried out over the past few months, spending at least $2.7B.
    • Youku Tudou ADRs are +14.75%. (PR)
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  • Apr. 24, 2014, 4:50 PM
    • Baidu (BIDU) expects Q2 revenue of RMB11.82B-RMB-12.11B ($1.901B-$1.948B), above a consensus of RMB11.55B.
    • Revenue growth accelerated to 59.1% in Q1 from 50.4% in Q4. Online ad customers fell 1.1% Q/Q to 446K after falling 2.8% in Q4, but revenue per ad customer remained steady Q/Q and rose 44.1% Y/Y to RMB20.9K ($3,362).
    • As promised, Baidu continues to invest aggressively: SG&A spend soared 136.9% Y/Y to $323.2M, thanks in large to mobile promotional efforts. R&D spend rose 57.5% to $205.4M.
    • Traffic acquisition costs rose to 12.4% of revenue from 12.3% in Q4 and 10.2% a year ago. Content costs (fueled by online video licensing) rose to 4.1% of revenue from 3.8% in Q4 and 1.6% a year ago.
    • Up in sympathy: SINA +1.6%. SOHU +1%. QIHU +2.6%. YY +1.1%. WB +1.5%. YOKU +1.7%.
    • Q1 results, PR
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Company Description
Youku Tudou Inc is an Internet television company in china. Its internet television platform enables consumers to search, view and share high-quality video content quickly and easily across multiple devices.