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 Weibo Reports Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results
   Monday, August 08, 2016 4:30:00 PM ET

Weibo Corporation ("Weibo" or the "Company") (WB ), a leading social media in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Second Quarter 2016 Highlights

-- Net revenues increased 36% year over year to $146.9 million, exceeding the Company’s guidance between $138 million and $143 million.

-- Advertising and marketing revenue increased 45% year over year to $127.2 million.

-- Weibo Value-Added Services ("VAS") revenue was $19.7 million, compared to $20.0 million for the same period last year.

-- Net income attributable to Weibo increased 516% year over year to $25.9 million, and diluted net income per share was $0.12, compared to $0.02 for the same period last year.

-- Non-GAAP net income attributable to Weibo increased 225% year over year to $35.5 million, and non-GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.16, compared to $0.05 for the same period last year.

-- Adjusted EBITDA increased 152% year over year to $38.8 million, or 26% of net revenues.

-- Monthly active users ("MAUs") in June 2016 grew 33% year over year to 282 million, 89% of which were mobile users. Average daily active users ("DAUs") in June 2016 grew 36% year over year to 126 million.

"Weibo is benefiting from the strong adoption of social marketing with key account and SME revenues growing 73% and 107% year over year, respectively, in the second quarter." said Gaofei Wang, Weibo’s CEO. "User growth continues to be robust, especially coming from mobile, where we are seeing short video and live video taking off. Additionally, we are seeing strong operating leverage from Weibo’s financial model, resulting from strong revenue growth, coupled with the platform nature of our business model."

Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results

For the second quarter of 2016, Weibo reported net revenues of $146.9 million, compared to $107.8 million for the same period last year. Advertising and marketing revenue totaled $127.2 million, compared to $87.9 million for the same period last year. Advertising and marketing revenue from key accounts and small & medium-sized enterprises (SME) was $114.3 million, compared to $59.4 million for the same period last year. Revenue from Alibaba was $12.8 million, compared to $28.4 million for the same period last year. Weibo VAS revenue totaled $19.7 million, compared to $20.0 million for the same period last year.

Costs and expenses for the second quarter of 2016 totaled $119.6 million, compared to $105.5 million for the same period last year. Non-GAAP costs and expenses were $112.2 million, compared to $98.1 million for the same period last year. The increase in non-GAAP costs and expenses was primarily due to an increase in bandwidth costs resulting from strong video consumption and overall growth in traffic, increase in marketing expenses and value added taxes associated with higher revenues, and higher personnel-related costs.

Income from operations for the second quarter of 2016 was $27.3 million, compared to $2.3 million for the same period last year. Non-GAAP income from operations was $34.7 million, compared to $9.7 million for the same period last year.

Non-operating loss for the second quarter of 2016 was $1.0 million, compared to a non-operating income of $2.2 million for the same period last year.

Net income attributable to Weibo for the second quarter of 2016 was $25.9 million, or diluted net income per share of $0.12, compared to $4.2 million for the same period last year, or diluted net income per share of $0.02. Non-GAAP net income attributable to Weibo for the second quarter of 2016 was $35.5 million, or diluted net income per share of $0.16, compared to $10.9 million for the same period last year, or diluted net income per share of $0.05.

As of June 30, 2016, Weibo’s cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $396.5 million. For the second quarter of 2016, cash provided by operating activities was $24.1 million, capital expenditures totaled $1.5 million, and depreciation and amortization expenses amounted to $3.5 million.

Business Outlook

For the third quarter of 2016, Weibo estimates that its net revenues to be between $168 million and $173 million. This forecast reflects Weibo’s current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Non-GAAP Measures

This release contains the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP costs and expenses, non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted net income per share attributable to Weibo and adjusted EBITDA. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, measures of the Company’s financial performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

The Company’s non-GAAP financial measures exclude stock-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets and related tax provision, gain on the sale of investments and impairment on investments, net, and dividend income. In addition, adjusted EBITDA excludes depreciation expenses, interest income, net, and income tax expenses. The Company’s management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in their financial and operating decision-making, because management believes these measures reflect the Company’s ongoing operating performance in a manner that allows more meaningful period-to-period comparisons. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and others in the following ways: (i) in comparing the Company’s current financial results with the Company’s past financial results in a consistent manner, and (ii) in understanding and evaluating the Company’s current operating performance and future prospects in the same manner as management does, if they so choose. The Company also believes that the non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses, gains (losses) and other items (i) that are not expected to result in future cash payments or (ii) that are non-recurring in nature or may not be indicative of the Company’s core operating results and business outlook.

Use of non-GAAP financial measures has limitations. The Company’s non-GAAP financial measures do not include all income and expense items that affect the Company’s operations. They may not be comparable to non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Accordingly, care should be exercised in understanding how the Company defines its non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations of the Company’s non-GAAP measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures are set forth in the section below titled "Unaudited Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Results."

Conference Call

Weibo will host a conference call at 9 PM - 10 PM Eastern Time on August 8, 2016 (or 9 AM - 10 AM Beijing Time on August 9, 2016) to present an overview of the Company’s financial performance and business operations. A live webcast of the call will be available through the Company’s corporate website at http://ir.weibo.com . The conference call can be accessed as follows:

US Toll Free: +1 (888) 346-8982 Hong Kong Toll Free: +852 800-905-945 China Toll Free: +86 400-120-1203 International: +1 (412) 902-4272 Passcode for all regions: Weibo

A replay of the conference call will be available through midnight Eastern Time, August 15, 2016. The dial-in number is +1 (412) 317-0088. The passcode for the replay is 10089309.

About Weibo Corporation

Weibo is a leading social media for people to create, share and discover Chinese-language content. Weibo combines the means of public self-expression in real time with a powerful platform for social interaction, as well as content aggregation and distribution. Any user can create and post a feed of up to 140 Chinese characters and attach multi-media or long-form content. User relationships on Weibo may be asymmetric; any user can follow any other user and add comments to a feed while reposting. This simple, asymmetric and distributed nature of Weibo allows an original feed to become a live viral conversation stream.

Weibo enables its advertising and marketing customers to promote their brands, products and services to users. Weibo offers a wide variety of advertising and marketing solutions to its customers, ranging from large brand advertisers to Alibaba/e-commerce merchants to small and medium sized enterprises to individuals. The Company generates a substantial majority of revenues from the sale of advertising and marketing services, including the sale of social display ads, promoted feeds and event-based ad solutions. Weibo has developed and is continuously refining its social interest graph recommendation engine, which enables its customers to perform people marketing and target audiences based on user demographics, social relationships, interests and behaviors, to achieve greater relevance, engagement and marketing effectiveness.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that relate to, among other things, Weibo’s expected financial performance and strategic and operational plans (as described, without limitation, in the "Business Outlook" section and in quotations from management in this press release. Weibo may also make forward-looking statements in the Company’s periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology, such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "confidence," "estimates" and similar statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, Weibo’s limited operating history in certain new businesses; failure to grow active user base and the level of user engagement; the uncertain regulatory landscape in China; fluctuations in the Company’s quarterly operating results; the Company’s reliance on advertising and marketing sales for a majority of its revenues; failure to successfully develop, introduce, drive adoption of or monetize new features and products; failure to compete effectively for advertising and marketing spending; failure to develop the small and medium enterprise market by the Company or through cooperation with other parties, including Alibaba; failure to successfully integrate acquired businesses; risks associated with the Company’s investments, including equity pick-up and impairment; failure to compete successfully against new entrants and established industry competitors; changes in the macro-economic environment, including the depreciation of the Renminbi; and adverse changes in economic and political policies of the PRC government and its impact on the Chinese economy. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Weibo’s annual report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015 filed with the SEC on April 28, 2016 and other filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is current as of the date hereof, and Weibo assumes no obligation to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

Contact:

Investor Relations Weibo Corporation Phone: +86 10 5898-3017 Email: ir@staff.weibo.com

WEIBO CORPORATION
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
                                                   Three months ended                                 Six months ended
                                                   June 30,                          March 31,        June 30,
                                                   2016             2015             2016             2016             2015
Net revenues:
Advertising and marketing                          $   127,173      $     87,867     $     99,246     $   226,419      $   167,027
Weibo VAS                                          19,712           19,975           20,044           39,756           37,105
Total net revenues                                 146,885          107,842          119,290          266,175          204,132
Costs and expenses:
Cost of revenues (a)                               40,657           33,689           36,626           77,283           62,614
Sales and marketing (a)                            32,166           28,514           30,041           62,207           59,700
Product development (a)                            37,611           35,009           36,934           74,545           69,337
General and administrative (a)                     9,200            8,292            8,538            17,738           14,664
Total costs and expenses                           119,634          105,504          112,139          231,773          206,315
Income (loss) from operations                      27,251           2,338            7,151            34,402           (2,183)
Non-operating income (loss):
Gain on sale of and impairment on investments, net (3,440)          608              (868)            (4,308)          608
Interest and other income , net                    2,411            1,621            1,420            3,831            3,077
                                                   (1,029)          2,229            552              (477)            3,685
Income before income tax expenses                  26,222           4,567            7,703            33,925           1,502
Income tax expenses                                (1,796)          (414)            (548)            (2,344)          (409)
Net income                                         24,426           4,153            7,155            31,581           1,093
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to            (1,431)          (43)             57               (1,374)          (53)
noncontrolling interest
Net income attributable to Weibo                   $     25,857     $       4,196    $       7,098    $     32,955     $       1,146
Basic net income per share attributable to Weibo   $          0.12  $          0.02  $          0.03  $          0.15  $          0.01
Diluted net income per share attributable to Weibo $          0.12  $          0.02  $          0.03  $          0.15  $          0.01
Shares used in computing basic
net income per share attributable to Weibo         213,537          207,512          212,269          212,903          206,267
Shares used in computing diluted
net income per share attributable to Weibo         221,611          218,125          219,626          220,780          217,351
(a) Stock-based compensation in each category:
Cost of revenues                                   $           543  $           289  $           508  $       1,051    $           541
Sales and marketing                                900              735              1,018            1,918            1,429
Product development                                2,501            2,401            3,555            6,056            4,709
General and administrative                         3,364            3,568            3,406            6,770            5,861
WEIBO CORPORATION
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
                                                                                                                                                            June 30,          December 31,
                                                                                                                                                            2016              2015
Assets
Current assets:
                                                                                                        Cash and cash equivalents                           $        129,942  $                                                   237,440
                                                                                                        Short-term investments                                       266,575                                                      98,439
                                                                                                        Accounts receivable, net                                     114,585                                                      120,230
                                                                                                        Prepaid expenses and other current assets                    48,191                                                       42,295
                                                                                                        Current assets subtotal                                      559,293                                                      498,404
Property and equipment, net                                                                                                                                          20,312                                                       22,850
Goodwill and intangible assets, net                                                                                                                                  12,199                                                       13,083
Investments                                                                                                                                                          293,713                                                      294,679
Other assets                                                                                                                                                         5,242                                                        10,173
Total assets                                                                                                                                                $        890,759  $                                                   839,189
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Liabilities:
Current liabilities:
                                                                                                        Accounts payable *                                  $        30,461   $                                                   40,456
                                                                                                        Accrued liabilities *                                        134,429                                                      117,040
                                                                                                        Deferred revenues                                            35,743                                                       39,091
                                                                                                        Amount due to SINA                                           17,617                                                       12,188
                                                                                                        Current liabilities subtotal                                 218,250                                                      208,775
                                                    Long-term liability                                                                                              2,065                                                        2,385
                                                                                                        Total liabilities                                            220,315                                                      211,160
Shareholders’ equity :
                                                    Weibo shareholders’ equity                                                                                       664,589                                                      620,672
                                                    Non-controlling interest                                                                                         5,855                                                        7,357
                                                                                                        Total shareholders’ equity                                   670,444                                                      628,029
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity                                                                                                                  $        890,759  $                                                   839,189
* Commencing on January 1, 2016, in order to enhance comparability with industry peers, payables that have been invoiced or formally agreed with the suppliers were recorded in accounts payable. To conform to current period presentations, the relevant amounts in prior periods have been reclassified from accrued liabilities accordingly. Such reclassification amounted to $37.9 million as of December 31, 2015.
WEIBO CORPORATION
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP TO GAAP RESULTS
(In thousands, except per share data)
                                                    Three months ended
                                                    June 30, 2016                                    June 30, 2015                                    March 31, 2016
                                                                                      Non-GAAP                                         Non-GAAP                                         Non-GAAP
                                                    Actual         Adjustments        Results        Actual         Adjustments        Results        Actual         Adjustments        Results
Advertising and marketing                           $ 127,173                         $ 127,173      $    87,867                       $    87,867    $    99,246                       $    99,246
Weibo VAS                                           19,712                            19,712         19,975                            19,975         20,044                            20,044
               Net revenues                         $ 146,885                         $ 146,885      $ 107,842                         $ 107,842      $ 119,290                         $ 119,290
                                                                   (7,308)      (a)                                 (6,993)      (a)                                 (8,487)      (a)
                                                                   (161)        (b)                                 (373)        (b)                                 (241)        (b)
Total costs and expenses                            $ 119,634      $    (7,469)       $ 112,165      $ 105,504      $    (7,366)       $    98,138    $ 112,139      $    (8,728)       $ 103,411
                                                                   7,308        (a)                                 6,993        (a)                                 8,487        (a)
                                                                   161          (b)                                 373          (b)                                 241          (b)
Income from operations                              $    27,251    $      7,469       $    34,720    $      2,338   $      7,366       $      9,704   $      7,151   $      8,728       $    15,879
                                                                   7,308        (a)                                 6,993        (a)                                 8,487        (a)
                                                                   161          (b)                                 373          (b)                                 241          (b)
                                                                   (40)         (c)                                 (93)         (c)                                 (60)         (c)
                                                                   3,440        (d)                                 (608)        (d)                                 868          (d)
                                                                   (1,177)      (e)                                 80           (e)                                 (280)        (e)
Net income attributable to Weibo                    $    25,857    $      9,692       $    35,549    $      4,196   $      6,745       $    10,941    $      7,098   $      9,256       $    16,354
Diluted net income per share                        $        0.12                     $        0.16  $        0.02                     $        0.05  $        0.03                     $        0.07
attributable to Weibo
Shares used in computing  diluted
net income per share attributable to Weibo          221,611                           221,611        218,125                           218,125        219,626                           219,626
Adjusted EBITDA:
               Non-GAAP net income                                                    $    35,549                                      $    10,941                                      $    16,354
                              Interest income, net                                    (1,893)                                          (1,562)                                          (1,300)
                              Income tax expenses                                     1,836                                            507                                              608
                              Depreciation expenses                                   3,316                                            5,521                                            3,300
               Adjusted EBITDA                                                        $    38,808                                      $    15,407                                      $    18,962
WEIBO CORPORATION
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP TO GAAP RESULTS
(In thousands, except per share data)
                                                    Six months ended
                                                    June 30, 2016                                    June 30, 2015
                                                                                      Non-GAAP                                         Non-GAAP
                                                    Actual         Adjustments        Results        Actual         Adjustments        Results
Advertising and marketing                           $ 226,419                         $ 226,419      $ 167,027                         $ 167,027
Weibo VAS                                           39,756                            39,756         37,105                            37,105
               Net revenues                         $ 266,175                         $ 266,175      $ 204,132                         $ 204,132
                                                                   (15,795)     (a)                                 (12,540)     (a)
                                                                   (402)        (b)                                 (744)        (b)
Total costs and expenses                            $ 231,773      $  (16,197)        $ 215,576      $ 206,315      $  (13,284)        $ 193,031
                                                                   15,795       (a)                                 12,540       (a)
                                                                   402          (b)                                 744          (b)
Income (loss) from operations                       $    34,402    $    16,197        $    50,599    $    (2,183)   $    13,284        $    11,101
                                                                   15,795       (a)                                 12,540       (a)
                                                                   402          (b)                                 744          (b)
                                                                   (100)        (c)                                 (185)        (c)
                                                                   4,308        (d)                                 (608)        (d)
                                                                   (1,457)      (e)                                 70           (e)
Net income attributable to Weibo                    $    32,955    $    18,948        $    51,903    $      1,146   $    12,561        $    13,707
Diluted net income per share                        $        0.15                     $        0.24  $        0.01                     $        0.06
attributable to Weibo
Shares used in computing  diluted
net income per share attributable to Weibo          220,780                           220,780        217,351                           217,351
Adjusted EBITDA:
               Non-GAAP net income                                                    $    51,903                                      $    13,707
                              Interest income, net                                    (3,193)                                          (2,943)
                              Income tax expenses                                     2,444                                            595
                              Depreciation expenses                                   6,616                                            10,780
               Adjusted EBITDA                                                        $    57,770                                      $    22,139
(a)  To adjust stock-based compensation.
(b)  To adjust amortization of intangible assets.
(c)  To adjust tax provision on amortization of intangible assets.
(d)  To adjust net gain on the sale of investments and impairment on investments and dividend income.
(e)  To adjust income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests.
WEIBO CORPORATION
UNAUDITED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
(In thousands)
                                                         Three months ended                       Six months ended
                                                         June 30,                   March 31,     June 30,
                                                         2016         2015          2016          2016         2015
Net revenues
       Advertising and marketing
       Key accounts and small & medium-sized enterprises $   114,324  $     59,444  $     88,126  $   202,450  $   104,111
       Alibaba                                           12,849       28,423        11,120        23,969       62,916
       Subtotal                                          127,173      87,867        99,246        226,419      167,027
       Weibo VAS                                         19,712       19,975        20,044        39,756       37,105
                                                         $   146,885  $   107,842   $   119,290   $   266,175  $   204,132

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