EX-99.1 2 dex991.htm PRESS RELEASE OF GOOGLE INC. Press release of Google Inc.

Exhibit 99.1

GOOGLE ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2011 RESULTS

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – April 14, 2011 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.

“We had a great quarter with 27% year-over-year revenue growth,” said Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google. “These results demonstrate the value of search and search ads to our users and customers, as well as the extraordinary potential of areas like display and mobile. It’s clear that our past investments have been crucial to our success today—which is why we continue to invest for the long term.”

Q1 Financial Summary

Google reported revenues of $8.58 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, an increase of 27% compared to the first quarter of 2010. Google reports its revenues, consistent with GAAP, on a gross basis without deducting traffic acquisition costs (TAC). In the first quarter of 2011, TAC totaled $2.04 billion, or 25% of advertising revenues.

Google reports operating income, operating margin, net income, and earnings per share (EPS) on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. The non-GAAP measures, as well as free cash flow, an alternative non-GAAP measure of liquidity, are described below and are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measures in the accompanying financial tables.

 

   

GAAP operating income in the first quarter of 2011 was $2.80 billion, or 33% of revenues. This compares to GAAP operating income of $2.49 billion, or 37% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP operating income in the first quarter of 2011 was $3.23 billion, or 38% of revenues. This compares to non-GAAP operating income of $2.78 billion, or 41% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2010.

 

   

GAAP net income in the first quarter of 2011 was $2.30 billion, compared to $1.96 billion in the first quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP net income in the first quarter of 2011 was $2.64 billion, compared to $2.18 billion in the first quarter of 2010.

 

   

GAAP EPS in the first quarter of 2011 was $7.04 on 326 million diluted shares outstanding, compared to $6.06 in the first quarter of 2010 on 323 million diluted shares outstanding. Non-GAAP EPS in the first quarter of 2011 was $8.08, compared to $6.76 in the first quarter of 2010.

 

   

Non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP operating margin exclude the expenses related to stock-based compensation (SBC). Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS exclude the expenses related to SBC and the related tax benefits. In the first quarter of 2011, the charge related to SBC was $432 million, compared to $291 million in the first quarter of 2010. The tax benefit related to SBC was $92 million in the first quarter of 2011 and $65 million in the first quarter of 2010.

 

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Q1 Financial Highlights

Revenues – Google reported revenues of $8.58 billion in the first quarter of 2011, representing a 27% increase over first quarter 2010 revenues of $6.77 billion. Google reports its revenues, consistent with GAAP, on a gross basis without deducting TAC.

Google Sites Revenues – Google-owned sites generated revenues of $5.88 billion, or 69% of total revenues, in the first quarter of 2011. This represents a 32% increase over first quarter 2010 revenues of $4.44 billion.

Google Network Revenues – Google’s partner sites generated revenues, through AdSense programs, of $2.43 billion, or 28% of total revenues, in the first quarter of 2011. This represents a 19% increase from first quarter 2010 network revenues of $2.04 billion.

International Revenues – Revenues from outside of the United States totaled $4.57 billion, representing 53% of total revenues in the first quarter of 2011, compared to 52% in the fourth quarter of 2010 and 53% in the first quarter of 2010. Excluding gains related to our foreign exchange risk management program, had foreign exchange rates remained constant from the fourth quarter of 2010 through the first quarter of 2011, our revenues in the first quarter of 2011 would have been $19 million lower. Excluding gains related to our foreign exchange risk management program, had foreign exchange rates remained constant from the first quarter of 2010 through the first quarter of 2011, our revenues in the first quarter of 2011 would have been $23 million lower.

 

   

Revenues from the United Kingdom totaled $969 million, representing 11% of revenues in the first quarter of 2011, compared to 13% in the first quarter of 2010.

 

   

In the first quarter of 2011, we recognized a benefit of $14 million to revenues through our foreign exchange risk management program, compared to a benefit of $10 million in the first quarter of 2010.

Paid Clicks – Aggregate paid clicks, which include clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our AdSense partners, increased approximately 18% over the first quarter of 2010 and increased approximately 4% over the fourth quarter of 2010.

Cost-Per-Click – Average cost-per-click, which includes clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our AdSense partners, increased approximately 8% over the first quarter of 2010 and decreased approximately 1% over the fourth quarter of 2010.

TAC – Traffic Acquisition Costs, the portion of revenues shared with Google’s partners, increased to $2.04 billion in the first quarter of 2011, compared to TAC of $1.71 billion in the first quarter of 2010. TAC as a percentage of advertising revenues was 25% in the first quarter of 2011, compared to 26% in the first quarter of 2010.

The majority of TAC is related to amounts ultimately paid to our AdSense partners, which totaled $1.70 billion in the first quarter of 2011. TAC also includes amounts ultimately paid to

 

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certain distribution partners and others who direct traffic to our website, which totaled $337 million in the first quarter of 2011.

Other Cost of Revenues – Other cost of revenues, which is comprised primarily of data center operational expenses, amortization of intangible assets, content acquisition costs as well as credit card processing charges, increased to $897 million, or 10% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2011, compared to $741 million, or 11% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2010.

Operating Expenses – Operating expenses, other than cost of revenues, were $2.84 billion in the first quarter of 2011, or 33% of revenues, compared to $1.84 billion in the first quarter of 2010, or 27% of revenues.

SBC – In the first quarter of 2011, the total charge related to SBC was $432 million, compared to $291 million in the first quarter of 2010.

We currently estimate SBC charges for grants to employees prior to April 1, 2011 to be approximately $1.7 billion for 2011. This estimate does not include expenses to be recognized related to employee stock awards that are granted after March 31, 2011 or non-employee stock awards that have been or may be granted.

Operating Income – GAAP operating income in the first quarter of 2011 was $2.80 billion, or 33% of revenues. This compares to GAAP operating income of $2.49 billion, or 37% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP operating income in the first quarter of 2011 was $3.23 billion, or 38% of revenues. This compares to non-GAAP operating income of $2.78 billion, or 41% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2010.

Interest and Other Income, Net – Interest and other income, net increased to $96 million in the first quarter of 2011, compared to $18 million in the first quarter of 2010.

Income Taxes – Our effective tax rate was 21% for the first quarter of 2011.

Net Income – GAAP net income in the first quarter of 2011 was $2.30 billion, compared to $1.96 billion in the first quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP net income in the first quarter of 2011was $2.64 billion, compared to $2.18 billion in the first quarter of 2010. GAAP EPS in the first quarter of 2011 was $7.04 on 326 million diluted shares outstanding, compared to $6.06 in the first quarter of 2010 on 323 million diluted shares outstanding. Non-GAAP EPS in the first quarter of 2011 was $8.08, compared to $6.76 in the first quarter of 2010.

Cash Flow and Capital Expenditures – Net cash provided by operating activities in the first quarter of 2011 totaled $3.17 billion, compared to $2.58 billion in the first quarter of 2010. In the first quarter of 2011, capital expenditures were $890 million, the majority of which was related to IT infrastructure investments, including data centers, servers, and networking equipment. Free cash flow, an alternative non-GAAP measure of liquidity, is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. In the first quarter of 2011, free cash flow was $2.28 billion.

 

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We expect to continue to make significant capital expenditures.

A reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities, the GAAP measure of liquidity, is included at the end of this release.

Cash – As of March 31, 2011, cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $36.7 billion.

Headcount – On a worldwide basis, Google employed 26,316 full-time employees as of March 31, 2011, up from 24,400 full-time employees as of December 31, 2010.

WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

A live audio webcast of Google’s first quarter 2011 earnings release call will be available at http://investor.google.com/webcast.html. The call begins today at 1:30 PM (PT) / 4:30 PM (ET). This press release, the financial tables, as well as other supplemental information including the reconciliations of certain non-GAAP measures to their nearest comparable GAAP measures, are also available on that site.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include statements regarding our plans to invest heavily in innovation, our expected stock-based compensation charges, and our plans to make significant capital expenditures. 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 that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted include, among others, unforeseen changes in our hiring patterns and our need to expend capital to accommodate the growth of the business, as well as those risks and uncertainties included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, which is on file with the SEC, and is available on our investor relations website at investor.google.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Additional information will also be set forth in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, which we expect to file with the SEC in May 2011. All information provided in this release and in the attachments is as of April 14, 2011, and Google undertakes no duty to update this information.

ABOUT NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which statements are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP EPS, and free cash flow. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the tables captioned “Reconciliations of non-GAAP results of operations

 

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measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures” and “Reconciliation from net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow” included at the end of this release.

We use these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. Our management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and liquidity by excluding certain expenses and expenditures that may not be indicative of our “recurring core business operating results,” meaning our operating performance excluding not only non-cash charges, such as stock-based compensation, but also discrete cash charges that are infrequent in nature. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting, and analyzing future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management’s internal comparisons to our historical performance and liquidity as well as comparisons to our competitors’ operating results. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors both because (1) they allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making and (2) they are used by our institutional investors and the analyst community to help them analyze the health of our business.

Non-GAAP operating income and operating margin. We define non-GAAP operating income as operating income plus stock-based compensation. Non-GAAP operating margin is defined as non-GAAP operating income divided by revenues. Google considers these non-GAAP financial measures to be useful metrics for management and investors because they exclude the effect of stock-based compensation so that Google’s management and investors can compare Google’s recurring core business operating results over multiple periods. Because of varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of award types that companies can use under ASC Topic 718, Google’s management believes that providing a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes stock-based compensation allows investors to make meaningful comparisons between Google’s recurring core business operating results and those of other companies, as well as providing Google’s management with an important tool for financial and operational decision making and for evaluating Google’s own recurring core business operating results over different periods of time. There are a number of limitations related to the use of non-GAAP operating income versus operating income calculated in accordance with GAAP. First, non-GAAP operating income excludes some costs, namely, stock-based compensation, that are recurring. Stock-based compensation has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in Google’s business. Second, stock-based compensation is an important part of our employees’ compensation and impacts their performance. Third, the components of the costs that we exclude in our calculation of non-GAAP operating income may differ from the components that our peer companies exclude when they report their results of operations. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from non-GAAP operating income and evaluating non-GAAP operating income together with operating income calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Non-GAAP net income and EPS. We define non-GAAP net income as net income plus stock-based compensation less the related tax effects. We define non-GAAP EPS as non-GAAP net income divided by the weighted average outstanding shares, on a fully-diluted basis. We

 

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consider these non-GAAP financial measures to be a useful metric for management and investors for the same reasons that Google uses non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP operating margin. However, in order to provide a complete picture of our recurring core business operating results, we exclude from non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS the tax effects associated with stock-based compensation. Without excluding these tax effects, investors would only see the gross effect that excluding these expenses had on our operating results. The same limitations described above regarding Google’s use of non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP operating margin apply to our use of non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS and evaluating non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS together with net income and EPS calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Free cash flow. We define free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities minus capital expenditures. We consider free cash flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by the business that, after the acquisition of property and equipment, including information technology infrastructure and land and buildings, can be used for strategic opportunities, including investing in our business, making strategic acquisitions, and strengthening the balance sheet. Analysis of free cash flow also facilitates management’s comparisons of our operating results to competitors’ operating results. A limitation of using free cash flow versus the GAAP measure of net cash provided by operating activities as a means for evaluating Google is that free cash flow does not represent the total increase or decrease in the cash balance from operations for the period because it excludes cash used for capital expenditures during the period. Our management compensates for this limitation by providing information about our capital expenditures on the face of the cash flow statement and under the caption “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K. Google has computed free cash flow using the same consistent method from quarter to quarter and year to year.

The accompanying tables have more details on the GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures and the related reconciliations between these financial measures.

Investor Relations:

Jane Penner

650-214-1624

jcpenner@google.com

 

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Google Inc.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions)

 

     As of
December 31,
2010*
     As of
March 31,
2011
 
            (unaudited)  

Assets

     

Current assets:

     

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 13,630       $ 12,415   

Marketable securities

     21,345         24,260   

Accounts receivable, net of allowance

     4,252         4,216   

Receivable under reverse repurchase agreements

     750         575   

Deferred income taxes, net

     259         320   

Income taxes receivable, net

     —           27   

Prepaid revenue share, expenses and other assets

     1,326         1,497   
                 

Total current assets

     41,562         43,310   

Prepaid revenue share, expenses and other assets, non-current

     442         390   

Deferred income taxes, net, non-current

     265         21   

Non-marketable equity securities

     523         666   

Property and equipment, net

     7,759         8,249   

Intangible assets, net

     1,044         1,016   

Goodwill

     6,256         6,308   
                 

Total assets

   $ 57,851       $ 59,960   
                 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

     

Current liabilities:

     

Accounts payable

   $ 483       $ 516   

Short-term debt

     3,465         3,216   

Accrued compensation and benefits

     1,410         945   

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

     961         964   

Accrued revenue share

     885         871   

Securities lending payable

     2,361         1,880   

Deferred revenue

     394         440   

Income taxes payable, net

     37         —     
                 

Total current liabilities

     9,996         8,832   

Deferred revenue, non-current

     35         32   

Income taxes payable, non-current

     1,200         1,322   

Other long-term liabilities

     379         423   

Stockholders’ equity:

     

Common stock and additional paid-in capital

     18,235         18,804   

Accumulated other comprehensive income

     138         381   

Retained earnings

     27,868         30,166   
                 

Total stockholders’ equity

     46,241         49,351   
                 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 57,851       $ 59,960   
                 

 

* Derived from audited financial statements.


Google Inc.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In millions, except share amounts which are reflected in thousands and per share amounts)

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2010      2011  
     (unaudited)  

Revenues

   $ 6,775       $ 8,575   

Costs and expenses:

     

Cost of revenues (including stock-based compensation expense of $6, $49)

     2,452         2,936   

Research and development (including stock-based compensation expense of $191, $237)

     818         1,226   

Sales and marketing (including stock-based compensation expense of $54, $78)

     607         1,026   

General and administrative (including stock-based compensation expense of $40, $68)

     410         591   
                 

Total costs and expenses

     4,287         5,779   
                 

Income from operations

     2,488         2,796   

Interest and other income, net

     18         96   
                 

Income before income taxes

     2,506         2,892   

Provision for income taxes

     551         594   
                 

Net income

   $ 1,955       $ 2,298   
                 

Net income per share - basic

   $ 6.15       $ 7.15   
                 

Net income per share - diluted

   $ 6.06       $ 7.04   
                 

Shares used in per share calculation - basic

     317,895         321,527   
                 

Shares used in per share calculation - diluted

     322,608         326,383   
                 


Google Inc.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions)

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2010     2011  
     (unaudited)  

Operating activities

    

Net income

   $ 1,955      $ 2,298   

Adjustments:

    

Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment

     264        301   

Amortization of intangible and other assets

     67        100   

Stock-based compensation expense

     291        432   

Excess tax benefits from stock-based award activities

     (12     (24

Deferred income taxes

     (13     289   

Other

     2        36   

Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions:

    

Accounts receivable

     46        181   

Income taxes, net

     381        73   

Prepaid revenue share, expenses and other assets

     (157     (78

Accounts payable

     120        27   

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

     (394     (463

Accrued revenue share

     23        (33

Deferred revenue

     11        33   
                

Net cash provided by operating activities

     2,584        3,172   
                

Investing activities

    

Purchases of property and equipment

     (239     (890

Purchases of marketable securities

     (12,487     (7,591

Maturities and sales of marketable securities

     9,495        4,645   

Investments in non-marketable equity securities

     (3     (131

Cash collateral returned related to securities lending

     —          (481

Maturities of reverse repurchase agreements

     —          175   

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired, and purchases of intangible and other assets

     (190     (148
                

Net cash used in investing activities

     (3,424 )      (4,421
                

Financing activities

    

Net proceeds (payments) related to stock-based award activities

     (38     116   

Excess tax benefits from stock-based award activities

     12        24   

Repurchase of common stock in connection with an acquisition

     (97     —     

Proceeds from issuance of short-term debt

     —          2,184   

Repayments of short-term debt

     —          (2,435
                

Net cash used in financing activities

     (123 )      (111 ) 
                

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

     (43     145   

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

     (1,006     (1,215 ) 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

     10,198        13,630   
                

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 9,192      $ 12,415   
                


Reconciliations of non-GAAP results of operations measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures

The following table presents certain non-GAAP results before certain material items (in millions, except share amounts which are reflected in thousands and per share amounts, unaudited):

 

    Three Months Ended March 31, 2010     Three Months Ended March 31, 2011  
    GAAP Actual     Operating
Margin (a)
    Adjustments     Non-GAAP
Results
    Non-GAAP
Operating
Margin (b)
    GAAP Actual     Operating
Margin (a)
    Adjustments     Non-GAAP
Results
    Non-GAAP
Operating
Margin (b)
 
      $ 291   (c)            $ 432   (d)     
                               

Income from operations

  $ 2,488        36.7   $ 291      $ 2,779        41.0   $ 2,796        32.6   $ 432      $ 3,228        37.6
                                                                               
      $ 291   (c)            $ 432   (d)     
        (65 ) (e)              (92 ) (e)     
                               

Net income

  $ 1,955        $ 226      $ 2,181        $ 2,298        $ 340      $ 2,638     
                                                       

Net income per share - diluted

  $ 6.06          $ 6.76        $ 7.04          $ 8.08     
                                           

Shares used in per share calculation - diluted

    322,608            322,608          326,383            326,383     
                                           

 

(a) Operating margin is defined as income from operations divided by revenues.
(b) Non-GAAP operating margin is defined as non-GAAP income from operations divided by revenues.
(c) To eliminate $291 million of stock-based compensation expense recorded in the first quarter of 2010.
(d) To eliminate $432 million of stock-based compensation expense recorded in the first quarter of 2011.
(e) To eliminate income tax effects related to expenses noted in (c) and (d).


Reconciliation from net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow (in millions, unaudited):

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31, 2011
 

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ 3,172   

Less purchases of property and equipment

     (890
        

Free cash flow

   $ 2,282   
        

Net cash used in investing activities*

   $ (4,421
        

Net cash used in financing activities

   $ (111
        

 

* Includes purchases of property and equipment.


The following table presents our revenues by revenue source (in millions, unaudited):

 

      Three Months Ended
March  31,
 
     2010      2011  

Advertising revenues:

     

Google websites

   $ 4,439       $ 5,879   

Google Network Members’ websites

     2,036         2,427   
                 

Total advertising revenues

     6,475         8,306   

Other revenues

     300         269   
                 

Revenues

   $ 6,775       $ 8,575   
                 

The following table presents our revenues, by revenue source, as a percentage of total revenues (unaudited):

 

      Three Months Ended
March  31,
 
     2010     2011  

Advertising revenues:

    

Google websites

     66     69

Google Network Members’ websites

     30     28
                

Total advertising revenues

     96     97

Other revenues

     4     3
                

Revenues

     100     100