Baidu’s Q4 earnings: Revenue up 6% YoY to RMB35.0B ($4.92B). Net income: RMB2.6B ($366M), EPS: RMB6.77 ($0.95).

Key Highlights

Baidu posted quarterly earnings of $3.08 per share, surpassing the analyst consensus estimate by 24.19% and marking a 39.37% YoY increase from $2.21 per share. The company’s quarterly sales amounted to $4.92 billion, beating the analyst consensus estimate by 1.30% and showing a 2.65% increase compared to the same period last year when sales were $4.80 billion.

Baidu releases its earnings for the fourth quarter, showcasing notable performance metrics. Firstly, the company’s total revenues saw a 6% year-over-year increase, amounting to RMB35.0 billion ($4.92 billion). This growth underscores Baidu’s sustained revenue generation capabilities in a dynamic market landscape.

Moreover, Baidu reported an adjusted EBITDA of RMB9.1 billion ($1.28 billion), accompanied by an impressive adjusted EBITDA margin of 26%. Delving deeper, within its core operations, Baidu achieved an adjusted EBITDA of RMB8.1 billion ($1.14 billion), boasting a robust adjusted EBITDA margin of 30%. These figures not only highlight the company’s financial stability but also its ability to efficiently manage costs while driving profitability.

Net income attributable to Baidu was reported at RMB2.6 billion ($366 million), translating to diluted earnings per ADS of RMB6.77 ($0.95). These earnings figures provide insights into the company’s bottom-line performance and its ability to generate value for shareholders.

Additionally, Baidu has been proactive in returning value to its shareholders, having repurchased US$318 million worth of shares since the beginning of Q4 2023. This brings the cumulative repurchase under the 2023 share repurchase program to US$669 million, reflecting the company’s commitment to enhancing shareholder value.

Looking forward, Rong Luo, the CFO of Baidu, emphasized the company’s ongoing focus on enhancing operational efficiencies. He articulated a strategic goal for 2024, aiming to persistently improve operational efficiencies while striving for high-quality growth. This vision underscores Baidu’s commitment to long-term sustainability and value creation in the competitive tech landscape.

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