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Baidu Announces First Quarter 2019 Results



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Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) (“Baidu” or the “Company”), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019[1].

“Baidu’s mobile foundation continues to strengthen with search-powered AI, and our new AI businesses are making strong progress. In March, Baidu’s mobile reach expanded to 1.1 billion monthly active devices, while DuerOS voice assistant installed base reached 275 million devices and generated 2.37 billion monthly voice queries. We are leveraging Baidu AI to provide enterprise solutions to businesses and local governments, which significantly expands our total addressable market,” said Robin Li, Chairman and CEO of Baidu. “Looking ahead, we are quite excited about the opportunities to significantly improve content and service discovery through in-app search and increase customer ROI with our entrance into CRM, to deepen our offering to our marketing customers.”

“Baidu Q1 results were solid, with revenues reaching RMB 24.1 billion, up 15% year over year, or 21% year over year, excluding revenue from divested business, and margins were dampened by our successful CCTV New Year Eve Gala marketing campaign, which accelerated the traffic of Baidu family of apps and highlighted better in-app search user experience.” said Herman Yu, CFO of Baidu. “Despite government policies to improve the market condition for SMEs, we anticipate online marketing in the near term to face a challenging environment. We will take this opportunity to improve our monetization capabilities and review our businesses for operational efficiency, while recognizing the importance to invest for sustainable long-term growth.”

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Management Change

Hailong Xiang, senior vice president of the search business, has tendered his resignation, and the Company has accepted Hailong’s resignation and thanks him for fourteen years of service at Baidu.

The Company has promoted Dou Shen to senior vice president, overseeing Baidu’s mobile business, previously known as the search business. Previously, Dou served as vice president of Baidu’s mobile products, overseeing the development of Baidu App, Haokan short video app and Baidu smart mini program. Dou has served in various other roles at Baidu since joining in 2012, including web search, display advertising and the financial services group. Prior to Baidu, Dou worked in the adCenter group at Microsoft and sold Buzzlabs, a social media monitoring and analysis platform company that he co-founded, to IAC-owned CityGrid Media. Dou received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from North China Electric Power University, a master’s degree in engineering from Tsinghua University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Other Highlights


  • The Company’s board of directors has authorized a new share repurchase program, under which the Company may repurchase up to US$1 billion of its shares, effective until July 1, 2020.
  • Baidu ranked 8th place on BrandZ’s 2019 Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands Chart and has been ranked in the Top 10 Most Valuable Chinese Brands for nine consecutive years.
  • The Company released its biannual Corporate Social Responsibility Report in April 2019, which summarizes Baidu’s efforts in environment, social responsibility and corporate governance. The report can be downloaded from

Search and Feed

  • Baidu App daily active users (“DAUs”) in March 2019 reached 174 million, growing 28% year over year.
  • Haokan DAUs in March 2019 reached 22 million, growing 768% year over year and 16% sequentially.
  • Baidu continues to expand its content ecosystem to provide users with native-app like experience for search and feed: 1) Baijiahao (“BJH accounts”), Baidu feed’s content network, grew to 2.1 million publisher accounts in March 2019, and 2) Baidu Smart Mini Program, launched in July 2018, saw its monthly active users (“MAUs”) in March 2019reach 181 million, growing 23% sequentially.
  • Baidu connected 1.5 million out-of-home digital screens in 362 cities across 31 provinces to its ad partner network in March 2019, leveraging its technology and online advertising expertise to equip brands with broader reach and more options to deliver omni-marketing campaigns.


  • DuerOS voice assistant installed base reached 275 million, increasing 279% year over year, and monthly voice queries on DuerOS reached 2.37 billion, increasing 817% year over year in March 2019.
  • DuerOS skills store continues to push the boundary on improving user experience with over 1,100 skills in wide-ranging genres, including iQIYI, (long-form video), Huya (live video), Haokan (short video), Digital Pets (gaming), 51Talk (online education) and Tencent News Audio Edition (news).
  • Recently released first-party DuerOS smart devices include: 1) Xiaodu Smart Display 1S (MSRP US$49); 2) Xiaodu TV Sound Bar (MSRP US$119), which doubles as a home theater system and high definition OTT TV box; and 3) Xiaodu Smart Speaker 1S (MSRP US$22), which comes equipped with DuerOS-powered universal remote control, capable of connecting to household appliances, including air conditioners, televisions and OTT TV boxes from Samsung, Panasonic and Haier.
  • Chery Automobile EXEED sedans were released in April 2019, equipped with DuerOS for Apollo in-vehicle infotainment system. DuerOS for Apollo has received very positive initial user feedback.
  • Over 190 Baidu Smart Mini Programs and DuerOS skills are now available in the skills store of DuerOS for Apollo, including iQIYI (online video), E Designated Driving (driving services) and GeekPark (technology news). Leveraging Baidu Cloud, Baidu aims to enable app developers to provide their services on mobile, smart devices and automobile infotainment systems.


  • In March 2019, Baidu began testing China’s first robotaxi fleet powered by Apollo in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, to help improve traffic congestion, air pollution and road safety.
  • Apollo Open Platform, embraced by a developer community of 15,000, has been adopted for many innovative auto pilot scenarios, including street cleaning, goods delivery and shuttle services.
  • According to the inaugural Beijing Autonomous Vehicles Road Test Report for 2018 issued by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport, Apollo amassed over 10 times the test miles of the next industry player in China.

Cloud & Others

  • Baidu Cloud held its ABC Internet Summit in April 2019, introducing a library of AI toolkits for Baidu Cloud to empower content producers to better create, edit and analyze video content.
  • According to the 2H18 IDC China Public Cloud Report, Baidu Cloud, for the first time, entered the top 5 ranking for public cloud service providers in IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service) in China.
  • According to the WIPO Artificial Intelligence Report for 2019 issued by the World Intellectual Property Organization, Baidu leads among companies globally in patent applications for deep learning sub-category of machine learning and is the only Chinese Internet company listed among the top 30 AI patent applicants worldwide.
  • Baidu IME (mobile keyboard) released an AI version in January 2019, which allows for mixed voice input in Mandarin with English and other Chinese dialects, real-time translation and augmented reality emoticons, demonstrating Baidu AI capabilities in voice, image and facial recognition. Over 60% of Baidu IME AI version users have opted for voice input.
  • The number of users (devices) that have used the voice assistant feature in Baidu Maps has surpassed 200 million in March 2019, over tripling over the prior year.


  • iQIYI subscribers reached 96.8 million in March 2019, adding 9.4 million members during the quarter, further strengthening its foundation to offer blockbuster original entertainment content.
  • In March 2019, iQIYI completed the offering of US$1.2 billion of 2.00% convertible senior notes due 2025, the proceeds from which, net of capped call fees, will be used to expand and enhance iQIYI’s content offerings and strengthen its technologies, as well as for working capital and other general corporate purposes.

First Quarter 2019 Results

Total revenues reached RMB 24.1 billion ($3.59 billion), increasing 15% year over year, or 21% year over year excluding the impact of announced divestures[4]. Online marketing revenues were RMB17.7 billion ($2.63 billion), increasing 3% year over year, which was mainly due to strength in education, retail, and business services, while healthcare, online games services, and financial services sectors were less vibrant. Other revenues were RMB 6.5 billion ($963 million), increasing 73% year over year, which was mainly due to the robust growth in iQIYI membership services, cloud and other businesses.

Revenue from Baidu Core reached RMB 17.5 billion ($2.60 billion), increasing 8% year over year, or 16% year over year excluding the impact of announced divestures, while revenue from iQIYI reached RMB 7.0 billion ($1.04 billion), increasing 43% year over year.

Content costs were RMB 6.2 billion ($917 million), increasing 47% year over year, mainly due to increased investments in iQIYI content and, to a lesser extent, in content for BJH accounts, Baidu feeds’ content network.

Traffic acquisition cost was RMB 3.2 billion ($474 million), increasing 41% year over year, as a result of higher TAC costs and revenues derived from online TV and offline digitalized screens.

Bandwidth costs were RMB 2.0 billion ($304 million), increasing 39% year over year, mainly due to increasing demand from feed, video and cloud.

Other cost of revenues, which includes depreciation, operational costs and share-based compensation, was RMB 3.5 billion ($515 million), increasing 75% year over year, mainly due to higher depreciation expense and the growth in sales of first-party smart devices.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were RMB 6.1 billion ($902 million), increasing 93% year over year, primarily due to increased investment in channel and promotional marketing, including the marketing campaign around the Chinese New Year, as well as an increase in personnel related expenses.

Research and development expenses were RMB 4.2 billion ($621 million), increasing 26% year over year, primarily due to an increase in personnel related expenses.

Operating loss was RMB 936 million ($139 million), compared to operating income of RMB 4.6 billion in Q1 2018. Operating income of Baidu Core was RMB 1.1 billion ($163 million), decreasing 81% year over year. Non-GAAP operating income was RMB 401 million ($60 million), decreasing 93% year over year. Non-GAAP operating income of Baidu Corewas RMB 2.1 billion ($314 million), decreasing 67% year over year.

Total other income was RMB 900 million ($134 million), decreasing 57% year over year, mainly due to increased loss from equity method investments.

Income tax expense was RMB 294 million ($44 million), compared to RMB 1.1 billion in Q1 2018. Low income tax expense in the quarter was mainly due to lower pre-tax income generated by Baidu Core.

Net loss attributable to Baidu was RMB 327 million ($49 million), compared to net income attributable to Baidu of RMB 6.7 billion in Q1 2018. Diluted loss per ADS amounted to RMB 1 ($0.15)Net income attributable to Baidu Core was RMB 703 million ($105 million), decreasing 90% year over year. Non-GAAP net income attributable to Baidu was RMB 967 million ($144 million), decreasing 80% year over year. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS amounted to RMB 3 ($0.41)Non-GAAP net income attributable to Baidu Core was RMB 1.8 billion ($272 million), decreasing 66% year over year.

Adjusted EBITDA was RMB 1.8 billion ($263 million) and adjusted EBITDA margin was 7%. Adjusted EBITDA to Baidu Core was RMB 3.4 billion ($502 million) and adjusted EBITDA margin to Baidu Core was 19%.

As of March 31, 2019cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments were RMB 143.6 billion ($21.40 billion). Excluding iQIYI, cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments were RMB 125.7 billion($18.73 billion), as of March 31, 2019Free cash flow was negative RMB 1.3 billion ($195 million). Excluding iQIYI, free cash flow was negative RMB 1.5 billion ($226 million).

Financial Guidance

For the second quarter of 2019, Baidu expects revenues to be between RMB 25.1 billion ($3.74 billion) and RMB 26.6 billion ($3.96 billion), representing -3% to 2% increase year over year, or 1% to 6% increase year over year, excluding revenues from announced divestures. Previously announced divestures, which were consummated in 2018, generated approximately RMB 1.0 billion revenue in Q2 2018. This forecast reflects Baidu’s current and preliminary view, which is subject to substantial uncertainty.

Conference Call Information

Baidu’s management will hold an earnings conference call at 9:15 PM on May 16, 2019, U.S. Eastern Time (9:15 AM on May 17, 2019Beijing/Hong Kong Time). Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:


+65 67135090

Mainland China                   



+1 8456750437


+44 2036214779

Hong Kong:

+852 30186771

Passcode for all regions:


A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following number until May 24, 2019:


+61 2 8199 0299



Additionally, a live and archived webcast of this conference call will be available at


SOURCE Baidu, Inc.

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HONG KONG, Dec. 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Future Investment Initiative PRIORITY Summit Hong Kong today reconvened leaders from finance and government for a second day to address global matters of concern to humanity.


One thousand global investors, policy makers, innovators and business leaders were joined by counterparts from across Asia to discuss ‘megatrends’ including the unstoppable rise of Asia as an economic power, the impact of technology on lifestyles and jobs, and the deployment of capital between diverse markets and economies.

The day began with a presentation by FII Institute CEO Richard Attias and COO Rakan Tarabzoni of the Priority Compass Report, a global survey of 53,000 people across 23 countries. The survey revealed a sharp drop of 20% worldwide in people’s overall satisfaction with their lives, with respondents reporting concerns over cost of living, loneliness, technology, and climate concerns. 65% of people in countries polled are worried about day-to-day living costs. Loneliness has leaped up the list of concerns, with 41% of Asia’s population reporting frequent feelings of loneliness. 55% of people worldwide are worried about access to affordable and accessible healthcare and climate concerns continue to deepen as 78% of people across the Global South are worried about pollution.

Laurence Moroney, Lead AI Advocate at Google addressed concerns about AI and the risk of biases emerging because of reliance on narrow English language datasets. Moroney pointed out that 60% of information on Web 2.0 is generated by bots.

He also argued that innovators in AI need to account for distinctive local cultural identities in the development of AI models and explained that Google’s Gemini is working to condense and preserve cultures into small models, allowing people to interact with, learn about, and preserve individual distinctive cultures.

A panel discussion on cost of living heard Jerry Li, Founder and Managing Partner eWTP Arabia Capital describe data as the new oil, a resource driving innovation and progress. The 120 zettabytes (120, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) generated in 2023 is expected to increase by over 150% in 2025, to 181 zettabytes.

During a panel discussion on the future of work Edith Yeung of Race Capital suggested that AI will free people from doing the things that they do not want to do, freeing them for more meaningful activities. The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime.

Raymond Yuan, CEO & Chairman CTH Group pointed out synergies between blockchain and AI starting to emerge in healthcare, life sciences, as well as financial services. The global Blockchain Market size was estimated to be approximately $7.4 billion in 2022 and the global artificial intelligence market $428 billion.

A panel of leading Asian venture capitalists debated ways in which Asia can grow vibrant and successful startup ecosystems, with $22.3 billion invested in Asian startups between July and September 2023.

Discussing the impact of investment on longevity and ageing Joshua Fink, Founder Luma Group, explained that revolutionary regenerative medicine, inspired by Nobel Prize-winning research, can reverse cells to a pre-disease state, offering hope against genetic diseases.

His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, Chairman, Saudi Esports Federation described the spectacular growth of gaming over the last 20 years at 12% per year. By the end of 2023 it is projected there will be 3.75 billion gamers in the world.

In a ‘titan of industry’ fireside chat with Sir Martin Sorrell, Richard Attias and Sorrell surveyed the global media sector, worth $950 billion, with digital projected to comprise 70% by 2025. On the future of platforms such as TikTok Sorrell explained that with young people’s views being shaped by new forms of social media, issues surrounding data safety and privacy will continue. Discussing ‘hyper personalization’ he pointed out that Coca Cola is thinking about the potential for AI to target individual messages to consumers.

Rakan Tarabzoni, COO, FII Institute presented the summit with FII’s inclusive ESG tool, launched to help companies in emerging markets improve sustainability and help investment capital find current and future performance leaders. The tool, which has been made publicly available will address biases inbuilt in other ESG methods and may unlock a $5.4 trillion funding gap of investments into emerging markets.

In the final session HE Kjell Magne Bondevik former Prime Minister of Norway and President, Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Right declared himself convinced that businesses that take more seriously the concerns of common people will be the businesses that will thrive in the future.

The FII Institute has worked with HKEX and consulting firm Deloitte to offset the carbon emissions generated by the summit, by purchasing credits on the HKEX Core Climate exchange, exemplifying a shared conviction that purposeful markets and business can serve humanity as a force for good.

During the summit BOC International signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with SPIC International Finance (Hong Kong) Company Ltd. on green finance, bond investment and issuance, and global capital management. The signing was witnessed by Mr. Paul Chan, Financial Secretary of Hong Kong SAR.

The summit, held in partnership with Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX), took place at HKEX Connect Hall.

The FII PRIORITY Summit Hong Kong continues conversations held in Riyadh last month. It is part of an ongoing global programme of summits, to be held next year in Miami (February) Brazil (June) and Africa (September))

Richard Attias, CEO of the Future Investment Initiative Institute said:

“I should like to thank Hong Kong Government, the Hong Kong Exchange and the people of this fabulous city for the welcome they have shown us this week. As the world charts its forward course we must be mindful at every turn of the issues that matter. Whether it’s cost of living, developing new modes of payment, new social media platforms, or poverty, it is investment and innovation that can make the difference. The investors and innovators here this week have taken these issues seriously and the conversations and hard work will continue as we strive for a better tomorrow.”


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The Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute is a global non-profit foundation driven by data with an investment arm and one agenda: Impact on Humanity. Global and inclusive, we foster great minds from around the world and turn ideas into real-world solutions in four critical areas: Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Robotics, Education, Healthcare and Sustainability.

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OrangeX Unveils $5M Innovation Fund, Accelerating Support for Bitcoin Ecosystem Growth




VICTORIA, Seychelles, Dec. 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — OrangeX, a global cryptocurrency exchange, is proud to unveil its $5 million Innovation Fund. Designed to bolster the Bitcoin ecosystem and propel blockchain innovation, the Fund’s core focus is on investing in promising projects within the Bitcoin ecosystem, including Ordinals Protocols and BRC-20 standard tokens.

In the dynamic landscape of the evolving Bitcoin ecosystem, various features and functionalities are continually reshaping its potential. Notably, the BRC-20 token standard has emerged as a key player, attracting significant attention.

Recognizing the surging demand and immense potential of BRC-20 standard token projects, OrangeX’s Innovation Fund stands ready to provide crucial capital and infrastructure support to empower the community in building a resilient and flourishing Bitcoin ecosystem.

Exciting Bitcoin Ecosystem Initiatives

OrangeX is proud to introduce a range of products and services tailored for the Bitcoin ecosystem and projects, catering to user preferences. Key offerings include:

  • Bitcoin-based Token Trading: Facilitating the listing and trading of Bitcoin-based tokens. ORDI, the largest BRC-20 token, is now available on both OrangeX Spot and Perpetual Contracts.
  • Bitcoin Ecosystem Information: Providing valuable insights and analytics on the Bitcoin ecosystem.
  • Bitcoin Ecosystem Token Launchpad: Offering a fair and efficient token distribution service for promising Bitcoin ecosystem projects with financial, technical, and marketing assistance. Share early ecosystem returns with a larger customer base. Interested project owners can contact [email protected] for more information.

OrangeX CEO, Alexandra K, expressed confidence in the potential of outstanding Bitcoin Ecosystem projects. He stated, “These projects not only stand to receive financial backing from OrangeX but also gain access to a suite of services, resources, and connections available through our platform. With these tools, we believe our supported projects will thrive, succeed, and have a positive impact on the world.”

Empowering the Bitcoin Ecosystem: OrangeX’s Pioneering Role

Bitcoin, the original cryptocurrency, remains the bedrock of blockchain finance. Every trading platform benefits from the development of Bitcoin. If there is no Bitcoin, cryptocurrency exchange will no longer exist. With 15 years since its inception, the Bitcoin revolution continues to unfold, presenting a dynamic and evolving ecosystem. Anticipate groundbreaking innovations that will redefine possibilities.

As a central figure in this domain, every cryptocurrency exchange is urged to actively contribute to the ongoing development of the Bitcoin ecosystem. OrangeX, as a trailblazer, introduces the Innovation Fund, a platform committed to integrating Bitcoin ecosystem products. This initiative aims to address user needs in exchanging, managing, and investing in Bitcoin-based projects.

OrangeX invites collaboration from institutions, communities, and projects to join forces in propelling the growth and diversification of the Bitcoin ecosystem. Together, let’s forge a future where Bitcoin is more accessible, versatile, and inclusive – ensuring its enduring significance in the ever-evolving landscape of blockchain-based finance.

About OrangeX

Founded in 2021 in Seychelles, OrangeX stands as a worldwide cryptocurrency trading platform renowned for its cutting-edge technology, proficient team, and seasoned financial knowledge. With more than 1 million active users, OrangeX has built a comprehensive product line, dedicated to empowering investors to make a better future. OrangeX futures trading offers 3 service options: USDT-M Perpetual Contracts, One-Click Copy Trading and Powerful API. According to Coinmarketcap(CMC) and CoinGecko, OrangeX Spot now supports over 100 coins with approximately 130 trading pairs.

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The 2023 Global Investment Promotion Conference Held in Shenzhen, China




SHENZHEN, China, Dec. 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — On December 8, the 2023 Shenzhen Global Investment Promotion Conference was held in Shenzhen, China. Over 380 projects were signed, with a total investment of 1 trillion yuan. The event was attended by more than 1,000 distinguished guests from countries and regions including the United States, Japan, and the EU.

Shenzhen, an open city, is extending invitations to global investors. Under the theme of “Create New Paradigms, Embrace Shared Opportunities — Invest in Shenzhen, Build a Winning Future”, the Conference took place in the format of “1+1+12+N” events, according to the Commerce Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality. Specifically, it consists of one main event, namely the Investment Promotion Conference and the Shenzhen City Summary Meeting on Investment Promotion; one Investment Outcome Exhibition Area; 12 district-level investment promotion conferences; and several overseas parallel sessions and industrial investment promotion activities. Ten overseas parallel sessions were staged in Madrid, Zurich, Hawaii, Vancouver, San Diego, Brisbane, Chicago, Tokyo, Sydney, and Milan. 12 industry investment promotion activities were held on various topics, including energy storage, digital energy, finance, consumption, talent attraction, and high-tech industries.

A favorable business environment serves as the best “Chinese parasol tree”, the greatest “magnet”, and the core competitiveness of a city. The Conference showcased investment opportunities and policies for investing in Shenzhen as well as presented Shenzhen’s first-class business environment to the world. Shenzhen has ranked among the top in China’s business environment evaluations for all 18 indicators. With a flourishing private economy, Shenzhen boasts a total of 4.16 million registered business entities and ranks first nationwide for the total quantity and density of entrepreneurship.

The excellent business environment has made Shenzhen a popular land for international investment, and multinational companies maintain promising prospects for investment in the city. Thomas Triomphe, Global Executive President of Sanofi Pasteur, expressed confidence in the tremendous potential Shenzhen holds for the future. “This is an incredible city. The technological and economic development in Shenzhen has been impressive over the past few years,” said David Kohler, Chairman and CEO of Kohler Group.

This year, the Conference set up the Investment Outcome Exhibition Area for the first time to present the investment outcomes and development plans of the districts and departments of the city in recent years. An area was also set up for an exhibition on local renowned brands to display products in advanced manufacturing, consumer electronics, trendy lifestyles, and the new-style tea industry.

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