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Here's the Full Yahoo Third-Quarter Earnings Press Release

Here is the official press release from Yahoo (YHOO) on its third-quarter earnings results:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Yahoo! Reports Third Quarter 2008 Financial Results Revenues–$1,786 Million
Operating Income–$70 Million
Operating Income Before Depreciation, Amortization, and Stock-Based Compensation Expense–$410 Million

SUNNYVALE, Calif.–October 21, 2008–Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2008.

“As economic conditions and on-line advertising softened in the third quarter, we remained highly focused on our 2008 strategy to invest in initiatives that enhance not only our long term competitiveness, but also our ability to deliver for users and advertisers in this more difficult climate. We have been disciplined about balancing investments with cost management all year, and have now set in motion initiatives to reduce costs and enhance productivity,” said Jerry Yang, co-founder and chief executive officer, Yahoo! Inc. “The steps we are taking this quarter should deliver not only near-term benefits to operating cash flow, but should also substantially enhance the nimbleness and flexibility with which we compete over the long term. We enter this slowing market with competitive advantages as the destination of choice for consumers and a leader in providing online advertisers with the broadest set of advertising management tools and products in the industry. We plan to continue building on those strengths.”

Third Quarter 2008 Financial Results

• Revenues were $1,786 million for the third quarter of 2008, a 1 percent increase compared to $1,768 million for the same period of 2007.

• Marketing services revenues were $1,563 million for the third quarter of 2008, a 1 percent increase compared to $1,544 million for the same period of 2007.
o Marketing services revenues from Owned and Operated sites were $1,002 million for the third quarter of 2008, a 9 percent increase compared to $923 million for the same period of 2007.
o Marketing services revenues from Affiliate sites were $561 million for the third quarter of 2008, a 10 percent decrease compared to $621 million for the same period of 2007.

• Fees revenues were $224 million for the third quarter of 2008, compared to $224 million for the same period of 2007.

• Revenues excluding traffic acquisition costs (“TAC”) were $1,325 million for the third quarter of 2008, a 3 percent increase compared to $1,283 million for the same period of 2007.

• Operating income for the third quarter of 2008 was $70 million, a 53 percent decrease compared to $150 million for the same period of 2007.
o Operating income for the third quarter of 2008 includes incremental costs of $37 million incurred for outside advisors related to Microsoft’s proposals to acquire all or a part of the Company, other strategic alternatives, including the Google agreement, the proxy contest, and related litigation defense (collectively, the “strategic alternatives and related matters”).

• Operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for the third quarter of 2008 was $410 million, a 12 percent decrease compared to $466 million for the same period of 2007.
o Operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for the third quarter of 2008 includes the incremental costs related to the strategic alternatives and related matters noted above.

• Cash flow from operating activities for the third quarter of 2008 was $347 million, a 24 percent decrease compared to $457 million for the same period of 2007.

• Free cash flow for the third quarter of 2008 was $215 million, a 31 percent decrease compared to $310 million for the same period of 2007.

• Net income for the third quarter of 2008 was $54 million or $0.04 per diluted share compared to $151 million or $0.11 per diluted share for the same period of 2007.

• Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2008 was $123 million or $0.09 per diluted share compared to non-GAAP net income of $153 million or $0.11 per diluted share for the same period of 2007.

“Despite a tougher revenue climate, we were able to stay focused on our strategic objectives, launching several major product initiatives that have been underway for many months,” said Sue Decker, president, Yahoo!, Inc. “These include the beta release of our new home page, which will leverage one code base globally; our new universal profile management tool at profiles.yahoo.com which is the first step toward rewiring the social graph on Yahoo!; and the launch of APT from Yahoo!TM, a transformative digital advertising platform. We delivered on our product roadmap with high quality and lower expenses than originally anticipated. Now we are conducting a deep review of our cost structure to identify more opportunities to enhance efficiency and build a stronger and more profitable Yahoo!.”

Third Quarter 2008 Segment Financial Results

• United States segment revenues for the third quarter of 2008 were $1,280 million, a 7 percent increase compared to $1,195 million for the same period of 2007.

• International segment revenues for the third quarter of 2008 were $507 million, a 12 percent decrease compared to $573 million for the same period of 2007.

• United States segment operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for the third quarter of 2008 was $291 million, a 14 percent decrease compared to $338 million for the same period of 2007.
o United States segment operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for the third quarter of 2008 includes the incremental costs related to the strategic alternatives and related matters noted above.

• International segment operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense for the third quarter of 2008 was $119 million, a 7 percent decrease compared to $128 million for the same period of 2007.

“An increasingly challenging economic climate and softening advertising demand contributed to revenues this quarter coming in at the low end of our outlook range. While we are disappointed with our results, we’re pleased that we continue to benefit from the aggressive cost management efforts we have pursued during the year. These efforts helped our adjusted operating cash flow come in above the midpoint of our outlook range for the quarter, despite significant investments in our strategic objectives,” said Blake Jorgensen, chief financial officer, Yahoo! Inc. “We have the balance sheet strength, liquidity, and free cash flow we need to continue to make progress on our core strategies as we address this slowdown.”

Cash Flow Information

In addition to free cash flow of $215 million for the third quarter of 2008, Yahoo! generated $14 million from the issuance of common stock as a result of the exercise of employee stock options. This was offset by $29 million used for acquisitions and $16 million used to acquire intellectual property rights. Cash, cash equivalents, and investments in marketable debt securities were $3,299 million at September 30, 2008 as compared to $3,219 million at June 30, 2008, an increase of $80 million.

Cost Reduction Initiatives

During the third quarter, Yahoo! began implementing a series of cost reduction initiatives that contributed to the Company’s adjusted operating cash flow exceeding the midpoint of its outlook for the quarter. The Company’s goal is to reduce its current annualized cost run rate of approximately $3.9 billion by more than $400 million before the end of 2008. The Company anticipates that both headcount and non-headcount related costs will be reduced by these actions. Because the majority of expenses are headcount-related, Yahoo! expects to reduce its global workforce by at least 10 percent during the fourth quarter of 2008.

Yahoo! also plans to implement additional cost-cutting measures aimed at achieving additional structural efficiencies over the next year. The Company anticipates these will result in substantial additional cost savings. The goal of these measures is to position Yahoo! for long-term, sustainable growth.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Explanations of the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures and the related reconciliations to the GAAP financial measures the Company considers most comparable are included in the accompanying “Note to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income,” “Reconciliations to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income,” and “Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income and GAAP Net Income Per Share to Non-GAAP Net Income and Non-GAAP Net Income Per Share.”

Quarterly Conference Call

Yahoo! will host a conference call to discuss third quarter results at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today. A live webcast of the conference call, together with supplemental financial information, can be accessed through the Company’s Investor Relations website at http://yhoo.client.shareholder.com/results.cfm. In addition, an archive of the webcast can be accessed through the same link. An audio replay of the call will be available for one week following the conference call by calling (888) 286-8010 or (617) 801-6888, reservation number: 99117465.

About Yahoo!

Yahoo! Inc. (“Yahoo!” or the “Company”) is a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo! is focused on powering its communities of users, advertisers, publishers, and developers by creating indispensable experiences built on trust. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit pressroom.yahoo.com or the Company’s blog, Yodel Anecdotal.

Owned and Operated sites refer to Yahoo!’s owned and operated online properties and services.

Affiliate sites refer to Yahoo!’s distribution network of third-party entities who have integrated Yahoo!’s advertising offerings into their websites or their other offerings.

This press release and its attachments include the following financial measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”): revenues excluding traffic acquisition costs or TAC; operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense (also referred to as operating cash flow); free cash flow; and non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share. These measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). See “Note to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income,” “Reconciliations to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income,” and “Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income and GAAP Net Income Per Share to Non-GAAP Net Income and Non-GAAP Net Income Per Share” included in this press release for further information regarding these non-GAAP financial measures.

This press release and its attachments contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Yahoo!’s expected financial performance (including without limitation the statements and information in the Business Outlook section and the quotations from management in this press release), as well as Yahoo!’s strategic and operational plans. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the expected benefits of the commercial agreement with Google may not be realized, including as a result of actions taken by United States or foreign regulatory authorities and the response or acceptance of the agreement by publishers, advertisers, users, and employees; the implementation and results of Yahoo!’s ongoing strategic initiatives; the impact of organizational changes; Yahoo!’s ability to compete with new or existing competitors; reduction in spending by, or loss of, marketing services customers; the demand by customers for Yahoo!’s premium services; acceptance by users of new products and services; risks related to joint ventures and the integration of acquisitions; risks related to Yahoo!’s international operations; failure to manage growth and diversification; adverse results in litigation, including intellectual property infringement claims; Yahoo!’s ability to protect its intellectual property and the value of its brands; dependence on key personnel; dependence on third parties for technology, services, content, and distribution; general economic conditions and changes in economic conditions; the possibility that Microsoft or another person may in the future make proposals to acquire all or a part of Yahoo!, or take other actions which may create uncertainty for our employees, publishers, advertisers, and other business partners; and the possibility of significant costs of defense, indemnification, and liability resulting from stockholder litigation relating to such proposals. All information set forth in this press release and its attachments is as of October 21, 2008. Yahoo! does not intend, and undertakes no duty, to update this information to reflect future events or circumstances. More information about potential factors that could affect the Company’s business and financial results is included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, as amended, and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2008, which are on file with the SEC and available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Additional information will also be set forth in those section in Yahoo!’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2008, which will be filed with the SEC in the fourth quarter of 2008.


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