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 Youku Tudou Inc. (NYSE:YOKU)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Comments & Business Outlook

BEIJING, December 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Youku Tudou Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading Internet television company, today announced the launch of its Cloud Entertainment business unit and the unit's first batch of hardware products consisting of a WiFi router, smart TV box, and large Android tablet.

Headed by Youku Tudou's Chief Technology Officer Leo Yao, the Cloud Entertainment business unit becomes Youku Tudou's fourth consumer facing business unit after Youku, Tudou, and Heyi Pictures. The unit's responsibilities are multi-fold, spanning from developing hardware and services that make Youku Tudou's content more accessible to users to operating games, and to making the user experience more compelling.

"We have been progressively building our multi-screen media and entertainment ecosystem and taking our business to the next level. Now, we are taking a step further to extend our outreach into people's homes and offer a more comprehensive consumer media and entertainment package, which will help drive average revenue per user." said Victor Koo, Chairman and CEO of Youku Tudou.

"Now that Youku Tudou has built the largest user community of online video in China, this expansion will ensure that Youku Tudou's content and services reach all Internet enabled screens in the forms that our users want, and offer a seamless experience across devices," said Leo Yao, CTO of Youku Tudou and President of Youku Tudou's Cloud Entertainment BU. "We're developing the software, hardware, and services to execute our grand vision. Games and digital home entertainment hardware are just the beginning."

The three devices announced today will hit the market in January 2015. The WiFi router forms a P2P-based content delivery network, accelerating video content delivery to Youku Tudou's users and helping to lessen Youku Tudou's bandwidth usage. The smart TV box is capable of delivering 4K Ultra HD video and running the most demanding Android games on the market flawlessly, enhancing the viewer experience. It will transition to Aliyun OS in the next stage with a suite of Alibaba services, including Xiami music and online shopping. The Android Tablet sports a 15.6 inch screen, designed for users who want video viewing, Internet surfing and casual gaming all in one device.


Friday, November 21, 2014
Comments & Business Outlook

BEIJING, November 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on November 20 issued a fourth batch of licenses as part of its large-scale trial of opening the Chinese mobile sector up to MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators), and Youku Tudou, China's leading internet television company, has been a recipient and the only company whose main business is Internet entertainment services and content out of all the recipients.

As required by the qualification process of the MVNO license, Youku Tudou has earlier reached an agreement with China Unicom to resell the latter's mobile services, and Youku Tudou has been developing mobile internet based product and services operations. Being a licensed reseller of mobile services, Youku Tudou will be able to add more customer behavioral data to its existing big data of users' content consumption behavior, and expand its reach beyond its current mix of customers as an online video service provider, driving the convergence of online and offline services.

"Content and communications business have significant synergies that will benefit mobile users. Mobile communications services will become more attractive to users when coupled with content services. With the ever expanding 4G availability, we shall be able to leverage our strength in Internet video, multi-screen leadership, big data, and smart home entertainment to create a more compelling user experience," said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku Tudou, "We expect these packaged services will over time promote the growth of our subscriber base and boost our Average Revenue Per User (ARPU)."

On a separate account, the latest weekly data released by iResearch show that Tudou App, a mobile video application developed by Youku Tudou, was the 10th most popular app in terms of user time spent on the mobile platform. This new ranking came shortly after Youku Tudou's other App - Youku App - became the second most popular mobile app behind WeChat in terms of user time spent on the mobile platform. As a result, Youku Tudou has two apps ranked among the top 10 Chinese apps in terms of user time spent.


Friday, November 14, 2014
Comments & Business Outlook

Third Quarter 2014 Unaudited Financial Results

  • Net revenues were RMB1.11 billion (US$180.3 million), a 29% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Basic and diluted loss per ADS, each representing 18 Class A ordinary shares of the Company, for the third quarter of 2014 amounted to RMB0.88 (US$0.14) and RMB0.88 (US$0.14), respectively. Non-GAAP basic and diluted loss per ADS for the third quarter of 2014 amounted to RMB0.50 (US$0.08) and RMB0.50 (US$0.08), respectively.

"We made positive progress in the third quarter in improving the effectiveness of multi-screen advertising solutions and growing our new consumer revenue streams, which drove the top line growth momentum of 29% increase year-on-year versus 27% growth in the second quarter. The new marketing solutions we announced with Alibaba through our strategic cooperation on big data places us uniquely at the forefront of new trends in digital advertising. Our new consumer businesses enjoyed rapid growth and may help spur further top line growth in future quarters. Meanwhile, our Youku mobile video app is now ranked the second most popular mobile app in terms of user time spent after WeChat," said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku Tudou. "At the same time, we will continue to invest decisively in the future growth of advertising and consumer business, our content eco-system and continued leadership in multi-screen product development. We believe these investments, such as in headcount increase and marketing for new consumer businesses and our original content productions, will help us further capitalize on the opportunities ahead of us in the multi-screen Internet era, and structurally step up the monetization of our mass user base and brand leadership."

Dele Liu, President of Youku Tudou, added, "With regards to our content strategy, we continued to book further success in establishing a comprehensive content production and distribution eco-system. One of the key highlights for the quarter was the establishment of Heyi Pictures, our movie production and investment division, which is China's first online and offline film company to incubate content IP, scale up content from micro-movies to silver screen movies and to grow fan communities that can support films and new consumer monetization model. Our most recent deals on the production of Internet-based adaptations to television blockbusters Big Brother and The Voice Kids in 2015 are testament to the growing convergence in online and offline media and entertainment."

Business Outlook

For the fourth quarter of 2014, the Companyexpects net revenues will be between RMB1.15 billion and RMB1.22 billion, with advertising net revenues contributing between RMB1.01 billion and RMB1.07 billion. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.


CFO Trail

Departure of Chief Financial Officer

The Company today announced that its Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Ge Xu, is resigning from his position at the Company due to personal reasons, and will be effective when the Company submits its 2014 20-F filing.

Mr. Xu joined the Company in October 2011 and has made significant contributions to the Company's growth and development, including enhancing the Company's financial systems and internal controls.

Mr. Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku Tudou, said, "I'd like to thank Michael for his significant contributions to the Company. We wish him the best with his future endeavors."

"During these years in Youku Tudou, I had a lot of fun and excitement, which not many people are privileged to experience. For this, I am grateful to all my colleagues," commented Mr. Xu.

The Company noted that there were no disagreements between Mr. Xu and Youku Tudou's Board of Directors or management and that his departure is not related to the Company's operations, policies, practices or any issues regarding the integrity of Youku Tudou's financial statements or accounting policies and practices.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Joint Venture

BEIJING, November 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Youku Tudou Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading Internet television company, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Xiaomi. The partnership aims to accelerate the development of its multi-screen media and entertainment ecosystem. The two companies will jointly develop content and technology, including developing multi-screen online video services. Xiaomi will invest in Youku Tudou by acquiring the latter's stock on the open market. It will also license content from Youku Tudou, and the two companies will jointly invest in the production and distribution of online video content and movies.

As the No. 1 app and web-based video platform in China, Youku Tudou leads the way in producing original content among Internet companies. Top original content like Searching Divas, On the Road, the Tudou Video Festival and UGC channels have attracted fans to Youku Tudou, forming a large community over time. Youku Tudou's monthly active user base has exceeded 500 million and its daily video views have passed the 800 million mark. Youku App has most recently become the second most popular Chinese mobile app in terms of user time spent, according to iResearch. Youku Tudou's ability in producing original content will provide strong support to the Xiaomi family of hardware by making the user experience more compelling, and will help to boost average revenue per user.

Xiaomi is China's leading Internet company with over 85 million active MIUI users who are known for their strong brand loyalty to Xiaomi. The sales and market share of Xiaomi's smartphones and hardware have been growing steadily. In their respective quarterly reports for Q3 2014, renowned research firms including IDC, Strategy Analytics and Canalys ranked Xiaomi the third-largest smartphone vendor in the world after Samsung and Apple. Both the Mi Box - Xiaomi's set-top box - and the Mi TV are beloved by users. For example, during Alibaba's Tmall Singles Day sale that took place on November 11, Xiaomi's Mi TV achieved three milestones in its product category -- it was the first in terms of overall sales, the first product for which 10,000 units were sold, and the first to break the RMB 100 million revenue mark.

"Both Youku Tudou and Xiaomi have been pioneering multi-screen ecosystem development in the mobile internet era. With the new partnership, we'll leverage our respective capabilities to strengthen our ecosystems and to enhance user experience. Both Youku Tudou and Xiaomi have had initial success in developing intellectual properties and building fan economy for future revenue growth. We will work closely to unlock further opportunities in this area going forward," said Victor Koo, Chairman and CEO of Youku Tudou.

Xiaomi's founder and chairman and CEO Lei Jun named this partnership as the inaugural project for Chen Tong, VP of content investment and content operation, who joined Xiaomi last week and previously served as Sina.com's editor-in-chief and Executive Vice President. Tong is spearheading Xiaomi's efforts in TV and video content with Wang Chuan, a Xiaomi co-founder and VP of the company. Recently, Lei Jun announced that Xiaomi will increase its investment in content, with an initial pledge of US$1 billion.

"Youku Tudou has been a leading force in original content production among Internet companies, and Youku Tudou's user base and Xiaomi's fan community are closely associated. The partnership will bring the development of the Internet industry in China to the next level," added Wang Chuan, VP and co-founder of Xiaomi.


Thursday, November 6, 2014
Comments & Business Outlook

BEIJING, November 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Youku Tudou Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading Internet television company, today announced that it has obtained the exclusive rights from Talpa Holding, an international media company, to produce The Voice Kids format in China. This project will be operated by the company's Tudou division. This collaboration combines the strengths of Youku Tudou and Talpa media with the power of The Voice franchise.

The Voice Kids was created by the Dutch media tycoon John de Mol as a sister show to the widely successful reality show, The Voice. The positive and compassionate nature of The Voice is easily transformed into a fun and enriching kids' vocal competition. Launched in 2012, The Voice Kids offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for talented children, as top recording artists guide them with care to help develop their talent from beginning to end. There are currently 25 local versions of The Voice Kids in production worldwide and the show has become a primetime success in its own right.

The Voice of China has already been a social phenomenon, and a smash hit in each of its three seasons, garnering the No.1 viewership rating among shows in its category. The Voice Kids is expected to build on the popularity of this franchise in China.

The Voice of China Kids will retain the classic format including blind auditions, electrifying battles, and professional coaching. As it is based on an internet platform, it will have opportunities for viewers to interact with the show across multiple screens.

"We're excited to bring this worldwide hit format to China and its integration into the Youku Tudou media and entertainment ecosystem will add further appeal beyond its already great interactive, participatory quality and unique design. I believe that The Voice of China Kids provides a wonderful opportunity for today's kids who are very expressive and want a platform to show their talents. By appealing to all ages, I'm sure it'll be great for families to watch together week after week," said Weidong Yang, President of Tudou.

"I am thrilled that The Voice Kids will come to the Chinese audience through a pioneering media outlet such as Tudou. The Voice Kids has already received high ratings and recognition from around the world. With the huge success of The Voice of China, I believe The Voice of China Kids will receive massive attention and generate a huge amount of buzz for the Chinese audience," said John de Mol, President of Talpa Media.

Tudou's cooperation with Talpa fits into the new partnership approach, designed to help build Youku Tudou's multiscreen media and entertainment ecosystem. The Voice Kids is a further addition to Tudou's impressive array of original content, which caters to a mostly younger and edgier audience, with currently 30 shows and 500 episodes of original content. In similar fashion, Tudou has pioneered popular original shows such as Tudou's Weekend Show, The Show, and Tudou K-pop, which were produced by teams of seasoned professionals, 2/3 of their core members were from the top content producers in China such as Hunan TV and Jiangsu TV.


Thursday, October 30, 2014
Joint Venture

BEIJING, October 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Youku Tudou Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading Internet television company ("Youku Tudou"), and Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) today announced that the two companies will work together to drive the adoption of big data in marketing in China. Alibaba Group's online marketing technology platform, Alimama, will use its data and technology to support innovative online video marketing techniques, i.e. View and Buy developed by Youku, and Merchants' Video Channel developed by Tudou; and help small companies to improve their operations with data and make online video marketing services more accessible to them.

Alimama announced earlier this year that it would launch online video marketing services in collaboration with major video websites in China to help widen the relevance and reach of online video marketing by Taobao Marketplace and Tmall.com merchants to a broader base of customers. Today's announcement represents a deepening of the existing collaboration by working together with Youku Tudou on data and technology.

"This collaboration is benefiting from the combination of advantages from both sides. The Youku Tudou Cloud and Alibaba's data and technology will collaboratively bring consumer behavior in media and entertainment and consumer behavior in products and services closer together. Both parties will work in stride to realize the "Screen is Channel" and the "Content is Storefront" vision, creating strong synergies between the domains of media and entertainment, and commerce and payment. By working together, we will work to usher in the new online plus offline era." said Victor Koo, Chairman and CEO of Youku Tudou.

"We will build the marketing infrastructure with Youku Tudou in the big data era with the aim of creating value for small companies with data, improving user experience, and building a simple yet highly effective ecosystem that can benefit all participants," added Jonathan Lu, chief executive officer of Alibaba Group.

At the announcement event, Alimama also formally launched its open Data Management Platform (Alimama DMP). Through this platform, Alibaba Group works with brands and merchants to enhance understanding of their customer data and to direct targeted marketing to a broader base of consumers with similar attributes. For buyers, Alibaba Group uses its data to create a better shopping experience by personalizing search results and shopping recommendations.

Youku Tudou and Alimama will also jointly establish a Marketing Innovation Lab in addition to the Big Data cooperation. This lab will aim to drive development of innovative online video marketing techniques and products such as View and Buy and Merchants' Video Channel. As indicated by the name "View and Buy," a consumer can click on merchandise that appears in the video they're viewing and make a purchase without interrupting the playback. The Merchants' Video Channel gives merchants an opportunity to market their products and services by themselves where they can create fun videos to promote their products, get consumers' attention and trigger purchasing actions.

The two marketing techniques/products are a result of the seamless collaboration between Youku Tudou and Alibaba Group. Youku Tudou leverages video viewing behavior data to help merchants identify and advertise during the right timing and context in videos and to find and recommend relevant products to specific consumers.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Joint Venture

BEIJING, October 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Endemol, a world leader in multiplatform entertainment, today announced it is partnering with China's leading digital video platform Youku Tudou Inc. to launch the first ever Chinese version of global reality hit Big Brother.

The new series will be a collaboration between Youku Tudou Inc. and Endemol China. Both parties will contribute their strengths to the co-operation, including Youku's strong digital platforms, its advertising and interactive capabilities and Endemol its production expertise and international distribution network. Launching in Early 2015, Big Brother China will run for ten weeks and production is expected to begin soon.

Endemol's CEO of Asian Operations Arjen van Mierlo comments, "We're thrilled to announce this landmark deal with Youku Tudou Inc., bringing a format that has changed the face of television to China for the first time. In a market that annually generates hundreds of billions of video views, partnering with the number one digital video platform will allow us to bring Big Brother to a young audience and deliver the most immersive, interactive and unique experience to fans across the nation."

Victor Koo, Chairman and CEO of Youku Tudou Inc., adds, "We are delighted to be joining forces with Endemol to finally bring this groundbreaking format to China. Fifteen years after its launch, Big Brother continues to be a worldwide hit that engages passionate young fans across multiple platforms. Youku Tudou has been advancing its multi-screen media and entertainment ecosystem to provide its users with higher quality original content. By partnering with Endemol, Youku Tudou can build on its achievements with this great fit into our business model."

Youku Tudou Inc. currently has over 500,000,000 active users across screens, annually generating over 200 billion views.

Endemol (Beijing) Culture Media Co., Ltd. (Endemol China) is a new operation that has been established in Beijing and is engaged in developing and co-developing formats, providing production consultancy services, exploiting content and promoting Chinese content abroad. Endemol has been active in the Chinese market since 2005 and is closely co-operating with the leading TV broadcasters and digital platforms in China.

Endemol's hits in China include five series of celebrity talent format Your Face Sounds Familiar for Hunan TV and The Brain for Jiangsu, which has won the top award at the prestigious Golden Eagle ceremony, China's biggest TV awards; and is now in production for season two.

Endemol China is part of Endemol Asia, which has grown to become Asia's largest formatprovider with more than 45 series sold across the region last year (excluding India where Endemol operates separately to serve the Hindi and regional markets).

25 series of Big Brother will have aired in more than 70 countries across 2014. After 15 years, the format continues to be a hit in the USA, UK, Australia, Italy, Spain, Canada and Israel as well as in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Africa and Asia.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Notable Share Transactions
BEIJING, August 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Youku Tudou Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading Internet television company ("Youku Tudou" or the "Company"), today announced that the board of the Company has approved a new share repurchase program whereby Youku Tudou may purchase its own American depositary shares ("ADSs") with an aggregate value of up to US$300 million. The Company expects to fund the repurchase out of its existing cash balance, including cash generated from its operations. The proposed share repurchase may be effected on the open market at prevailing market prices and/or in negotiated transactions off the market from time to time as market conditions warrant in accordance with applicable requirements of Rule 10b5-1 and/or Rule 10b-18 under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Comments & Business Outlook
Second Quarter 2014 Unaudited Financial Results
  • Net revenues were RMB958.7 million (US$154.5 million), a 27% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Basic and diluted loss per ADS, each representing 18 Class A ordinary shares of the Company, for the second quarter of 2014 amounted to RMB0.88 (US$0.14) and RMB0.88 (US$0.14), respectively. Non-GAAP basic and diluted loss per ADS for the second quarter of 2014 amounted to RMB0.41 (US$0.07) andRMB0.41 (US$0.07), respectively.

"Multi-screen Internet is increasingly mainstream and the convergence of online and offline entertainment has presented new market opportunities. We are scaling our investment and leveraging our strengthened resources to enhance our business model," said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku Tudou. "Youku Tudou has helped transform how media and entertainment related content is distributed and marketed since our inception. Going forward, we will work with our online and offline partners to continue to change how content is created and monetized by directly connecting with the ever-growing consumer economy as Youku Tudou is best positioned in developing the leading multi-screen media and entertainment ecosystem in China."

Dele Liu, President and Board Director of Youku Tudou, added, "Our traffic has grown strongly this quarter with our user base reaching over 500 million on a monthly basis. We have made a smooth transition to multi-screen monetization with over 30% of revenues generated from mobile and solid progress on subscription services with 379% growth year on year. By partnering with Alibaba on big data initiatives, we are enhancing our products to create an unique value proposition to advertising partners and consumers. We are confident that our revenue will continue to diversify and grow."

Business Outlook

For the third quarter of 2014, the Companyexpects net revenues will be between RMB1.09 billion and RMB1.13 billion, with advertising net revenues contributing between RMB965 million and RMB1.01 billion. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.


Friday, May 23, 2014
Comments & Business Outlook

 First Quarter 2014 Unaudited Financial Results

  • Net revenues were RMB700.4 million (US$112.7 million),a 36% increase from the corresponding period in 2013.
  • Non-GAAP basic and diluted loss per ADS for the first quarter of 2014 amounted to RMB0.88 (US$0.14) and RMB0.88 (US$0.14), respectively.

"Mobile has already become the #1 screen for Youku Tudou. We are the undisputed leader in all of the important mobile video traffic metrics with mobile daily video views reaching 400 million. Our continued investment in product and content development has enabled us to diversify our revenue mix, with mobile monetization surpassing 30% of total revenue to date," said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku Tudou. "Online video is a key growth area for the Internet industry and we plan on further transforming Youku Tudou's business model. The transformation requires us to make additional investment in the areas of multi-screen development, diversified revenue models and content ecosystem. The strategic investment from Alibaba will boost our balance sheet and enable us to accelerate our expansion in new business opportunities."

Dele Liu, President of Youku Tudou, added, "Our growing content ecosystem represents a tremendous opportunity for Youku Tudou. We will continue to build up our content portfolio by strengthening original, partner generated and user generated content. We will also continue to invest in human resources to improve our content creation capabilities and to build out our consumer businesses. We are well-positioned to realize the full potential of the online video ecosystem and more investment will see us become an immersive culture entertainment platform."

Business Outlook

For the second quarter of 2014, the Company expects net revenues will be between RMB940 million and RMB1 billion, with advertising net revenues contributing between RMB910 million and RMB950 million. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.


Monday, April 28, 2014
Deal Flow

BEIJING, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Youku Tudou Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading Internet television company ("Youku Tudou" or the "Company"), today announced that it has entered into definitive agreements with a joint investment vehicle of Alibaba Group Holding Limited ("Alibaba") and Yunfeng Capital, pursuant to which Alibaba and Yunfeng Capital, through the joint investment vehicle, will invest an aggregate of approximately US$1.22 billion to purchase a number of Class A ordinary shares from the Company, which we estimate will be 707,250,870 newly issued shares, and 13,869,990 existing Class A ordinary shares, at a purchase price of US$1.6944 per share, corresponding to US$30.50 per American Depositary Share of the Company, each representing 18 Class A ordinary shares.

Alibaba and Yunfeng Capital will indirectly hold approximately 16.5% and 2.0%, respectively, of the total issued and outstanding shares of the Company on a fully-diluted basis determined under the treasury method, after taking into account the shares to be issued in the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the near future, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Jonathan Lu, Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba, will join Youku Tudou's board of directors upon completion of the transaction.

"We are very pleased to have Alibaba as our strategic investor. Alibaba's investment will strengthen Youku Tudou as China's largest online video platform and further differentiate our services and user experience. It will help us continue to build an immersive cultural entertainment platform that integrates online and offline entertainment," Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku Tudou, said.

"We are excited to cooperate and work closely with Victor and his team to support their innovation in this key emerging space as well as accelerate our digital entertainment and video content strategy," said Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba. "This is an important strategic initiative that will further extend the Alibaba ecosystem and bring new products and services to Alibaba's customers."

Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C. is serving as Youku Tudou's financial advisor in respect of the transaction. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as U.S. legal advisor to Youku Tudou, and TransAsia Lawyers and Maples and Calder are serving as PRC and Cayman Islands legal advisor to Youku Tudou, respectively.


Thursday, April 24, 2014
Joint Venture

BEIJING, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Youku Tudou Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading Internet television company, announces that it has inked strategic partnerships with most of China's leading smart TV and OTT manufacturers, 8 of which are an exclusive integration of the pre-installed Youku Tudou App.

In April, Youku announces four new partnerships with OTT companies. All four partnerships include the exclusively pre-installed Youku Tudou TV app. Partners include: Huawei Technologies, China's leading set-top box provider to the telecom operator market that is projected to distribute 1.5 million set-top boxes this year; ZTE 9 Network Technology's Fun Box, China's first Android-based games box; and Goldweb Technologies and Jiuzhou Electronic Technology, which, with projected sales of 800,000 boxes this year, are China's leading OTT makers.

The four additional partnerships bring Youku Tudou into strategic alliances with all top 10 major OTT manufacturers, including Coship Electronics. Youku Tudou is also in partnership with China's top six smart TV players, with Changhong, Haier and Konka all choosing to exclusively preinstall Youku Tudou App. Youku Tudou's applications are available on smart TV and OTT hardware created by dozens of smaller smart TV companies and OTT manufacturers.

Youku began implementing its smart TV and OTT strategy in 2nd half 2013. Youku has obtained its position as a market leader by adopting an open partnership model, and working closely with partners to develop Youku Tudou TV App in order to maximize user experience. Different from standard TV apps, Youku Tudou App is a highly customized application that can be embedded in multiple smart TV and OTT devices. Youku Tudou App comes pre-installed on smart TV and OTT hardware.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Comments & Business Outlook

BEIJING, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Youku Tudou Inc., China's leading Internet television company, recently launched the beta version of an interactive entertainment platform, "Xingmen (www.xingmeng.com)", that will enable millions of fans to directly connect with their favorite celebrities, musicians, and grassroots talents. The interactive product, available for use on PC and later on mobile, enables viewers to watch live broadcasts of concerts, performances, and other entertainment while simultaneously engaging in online chat, comments, and the gifting of virtual goods. Other crowd-rewarding features and live video chat will soon be available.

One key mission of the platform is for it to serve as a launchpad for stars and grassroots talents who can open their own channels on the platform, enabling them to cultivate broader fan bases, generate shared revenues from the sale of virtual goods and, depending on their popularity, have the chance to be a part of Youku Tudou's in-house produced microfilms, web serials, variety shows, and other entertainment, which normally attract millions of views. Since inception, Youku and Tudou have enabled numerous undiscovered actors, musicians, and other talents to gain widespread fame in China. Many have made it to TV stations, including CCTV's famous Chinese New Year Gala.

Cultivating undiscovered talent as well as experimenting with interactive online platforms are a part of Youku Tudou's DNA. In 2009, the Internet television company held a live webcast of a music concert sponsored by Nokia. Later in 2013 and 2014, Youku Tudou live broadcast concerts from Psy and Lincoln Park. Youku Tudou has also been incorporating interactive features, including the sale of virtual goods and voting, into its online content as part of an effort to elevate viewer experience and monetize the gigantic traffic.

"The interactive entertainment platform is an extension of Youku Tudou's ongoing efforts to innovate entertainment with interactive features," said Yang Weidong, President of Tudou. "It also reaffirms our commitment to supporting talents at the grassroots level and to building a sustainable direct-to-consumer revenue source, leveraging our existing community of more than 450 million users."


Friday, February 28, 2014
Comments & Business Outlook

Fourth Quarter 2013 Financial Results

  • Net revenues were RMB901.3 million (US$148.9 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 42% increase from the corresponding period in 2012 and exceeding the high end of the net revenues guidance previously announced by the Company.
  • Basic and diluted loss per ADS, each representing 18 Class A ordinary shares, for the fourth quarter of 2013 amounted to RMB0.15 (US$0.02) and RMB0.15 (US$0.02), respective vs. last years RMB (0.69) US $(0.09).

"The strong operational and financial performance recorded in the fourth quarter enabled Youku Tudou to achieve profitability on a combined basis for the first time in the company's history. This milestone was achieved on the back of scale economics, strong operating leverage and solid execution," stated Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku Tudou. "With dynamic rise in mobile traffic throughout 2013, our existing comprehensive content library and the two most recognized online video brands set Youku Tudou apart as China's no. 1 multi-screen video company."

Dele Liu, President of Youku Tudou, added, "As viewing content from multiple Internet-enabled devices increasingly becomes a social phenomenon in China, a diverse and comprehensive content mix is critical to elevating our media value and further expanding our leadership across China. We believe our most comprehensive content offering provides enlightening entertainment to hundreds of millions of users in China."

Business Outlook

For the first quarter of 2014, the Companyexpects net revenues will be between RMB680 million and RMB720 million, with advertising net revenues contributing between RMB600 million and RMB640 million. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.


Friday, November 15, 2013
Comments & Business Outlook

Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

  • Net revenues were RMB857.7 million (US$140.2 million), a 14% increase quarter over quarter.
  • Basic and diluted loss per ADS, each representing 18 Class A ordinary shares, amounted to RMB1.31 (US$0.21)and RMB1.31 (US$0.21)

"We are happy that we grew the topline by a strong 14% quarter over quarter and our mobile traffic surged to over 300 million video views per day. We will continue to drive mobile monetization and ramp up revenue from local advertising clients, content marketing solutions and paid services," said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku Tudou. "We expect that Youku Tudou will be non-GAAP profitable in the fourth quarter of 2013 after Youku on a stand-alone basis reached the same financial milestone in third quarter of 2012, demonstrating the success of the Youku Tudou merger and solid execution by the team."

Dele Liu, President of Youku Tudou, added, "We achieved further economies-of-scale for the group resulting in a significant narrowing of our loss at the operational level. We were able to control costs as we further leveraged the scale of our platform and in-house production capabilities. Our earlier decision to build an ecosystem for Original and User Generated Content (UGC) has continued to pay off."

Business Outlook

For the fourth quarter of 2013, the Companyexpects net revenues will be between RMB860 million and RMB900 million, which implies a 35% to 42% year over year increase, with advertising net revenues contributing betweenRMB780 million and RMB820 million, which implies a 36% to 43% year over year increase.

The Company is expected to reach non-GAAP profitability in the fourth quarter of 2013.


Friday, August 9, 2013
Comments & Business Outlook

Second Quarter Financial Results

  • Consolidated net revenues were RMB753.5 million (US$122.8 million), a 30% increase from the pro forma combined net revenues for the corresponding period in 2012.
  • Consolidated gross profit was RMB190.2 million (US$31.0 million), an 87% increase from the pro forma combined gross profit for the corresponding period in 2012. Consolidated or pro forma combined non-GAAP gross profit is herein defined as consolidated or pro forma combined gross profit excluding share-based compensation expenses and amortization of intangible assets from business combination in relation to user generated content. Consolidated non-GAAP gross profit was RMB204.4 million (US$33.3 million), a 77% increase from the pro forma combined non-GAAP gross profit for the corresponding period in 2012.
  • Consolidated net loss was RMB105.1 million (US$17.1million), a 40% decrease from the pro forma combined net loss for the corresponding period in 2012. Consolidated or pro forma combined non-GAAP net loss is herein defined as consolidated or pro forma combined net loss excluding share-based compensation expenses, amortization of intangible assets from business combination and business combination related expenses. Consolidated non-GAAP net loss was RMB44.6 million (US$7.3 million), a 63% decrease from the pro forma combined non-GAAP net loss for the corresponding period in 2012.
  • Consolidated basic and diluted loss per ADS, each representing 18 Class A ordinary shares, amounted toRMB0.63 (US$0.10) and RMB0.63 (US$0.10), respectively.

"Multi-screen video consumption is a game changer for Internet television as it offers video anytime, anywhere on any device. We are leveraging our top-of-mind video brand awareness, comprehensive content library and cross-screen product functionalities to extend our leading presence across different screens. With users watching Internet videos on multiple screens becoming the standard in China, Youku Tudou is at the center of exciting growth opportunities for the long term," said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku Tudou. "Youku Tudou is moving full speed ahead in multi-screen online video services. Mobile traffic growth is fast gaining traction ahead of our expectations with daily video views growing more than 100% in the last six months. The combination of dynamic growth in mobile traffic and the vast scale of our traffic on PC positions us as the clear leading multi-screen online video company in China."

Dele Liu, President of Youku Tudou, added, "We made solid financial and operational progress across-the-board in the second quarter. Revenue growth reaccelerated due to more effective sales execution while cost synergies further materialized as the integration between Youku and Tudou was completed, resulting in significant margin improvement. We remain committed to building our user-generated content ecosystem and leveraging our original content production capabilities to differentiate Youku Tudou and support our content marketing solutions."

Business Outlook

For the third quarter of 2013, the Company expects consolidated net revenues will be between RMB830 million and RMB870 million, with consolidated advertising net revenues contributing between RMB740 million and RMB770 million. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.


Thursday, June 20, 2013
Joint Venture

BEIJING, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Youku Tudou Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading Internet television company, Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., today announced a collaboration on H.265 technology, which will allow viewers mobile access to high quality video content on Youku when using most Qualcomm� Snapdragon� processor powered devices. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. H.265, also referred to as HEVC codec, will enable the transmission of quality video content using less data bandwidth.

H.265 technology allows a compression efficiency of up to 40% compared to the current video compression technology H.264. Qualcomm Technologies is an industry-leading company that has been closely involved in the standardization of H.265 technology.

Yoku Tudou also recently collaborated with Qualcomm Technologies on latest Qualcomm Snapdragon brand campaign. The campaign, launched on May 24, is one of the largest and most sophisticated to appear on Youku Tudou to date. Since its debut, the advertisement has received rave reviews across China's social media landscape and achieved the highest click-through-rate in Youku history. This campaign also marked the first time Qualcomm Technologies had active control over reach frequency. It is featured in other mobile device formats, ensuring full coverage no matter how users access the site.

"Qualcomm Technologies has built a campaign that resonates with smartphone consumers, and they recognized Youku Tudou's appeal as a destination for smart, high-quality, multi-screen advertising, especially among IT and telecom brands," said Yawei Dong, Chief Marketing Officer of Youku Tudou Inc. "Youku Tudou stands out as an ideal platform choice as the Chinese market is becoming increasingly impossible to overlook. We are pleased to work with companies like Qualcomm Technologies to reach a growing number of young, tech-savvy, mobile consumers."

"As the consumer appetite for rich multimedia mobile experiences began to grow, Qualcomm Technologies committed to driving the H.265 industry standard forward and integrating this technology into Snapdragon processors to enable an elite consumer experience," said Qualcomm's Chief Marketing Officer, Anand Chandrasekher. "Snapdragon is the industry's most advanced all-in-one mobile processor that offers a no compromise user experience across smartphones, tablets and other mobile computing devices. We are pleased to collaborate with Youku Tudou, China's top video platform, to further build Snapdragon brand awareness and drive H.265 technology applications to further engage this new wave of tech-savvy consumers." 

Prior to this campaign, several other brands from the IT and telecom sector have chosen Youku Tudou to launch branding campaigns to target Youku Tudou's hundreds of millions of young and sophisticated users. Advertising revenue from IT brands in Youku Tudou's first quarter of 2013 were up a remarkable 110% over the same quarter in 2012. While Youku Tudou's per-advertiser spending is up across all sectors, per-advertiser spending by IT and telecom brands is even higher.


Friday, June 7, 2013
Joint Venture

BEIJING, June 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Youku Tudou Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading Internet television company ("Youku Tudou"), today announced a strategic content-sharing alliance with SINA Corporation ("SINA"), an online media company serving China and the global Chinese communities. Under the deal, in exchange for access to Youku Tudou's video library, Sina will leverage their PC and mobile platform to promote Youku Tudou's licensed content to its users on Weibo. The multi-screen strategic collaboration also draws on huge gains in mobile traffic for both companies - 76% of Weibo's daily active users access Weibo through mobile devices, while Youku Tudou counts 170 million daily mobile views.

This collaboration builds upon the existing close relationship between Youku Tudou and Weibo users. Sharing Youku and Tudou videos has long been one of the most popular activities on Weibo. According to the most recent report from Deutsche Bank, in April, videos from Youku platform represented 47.7% of videos retweeted on Weibo, the most for any video site while content from Tudou platform earned the second-most retweets, with 15.9%.

Youku Tudou's content is scheduled to be promoted throughout Weibo starting in July. The promotion takes multiple forms including through personalized recommendation section embedded between micro-blogging posts. Search results for movies and TV dramas will provide direct thumbnail links to watch the title instantly. "Home page" for each title will be set up to provides direct links to watch it on Youku or Tudou platforms and feature reviews, mentions of that title from other Weibo users, and other information that users might find useful. Also under the deal, Youku Tudou and Weibo will cross-promote each other's premium members and their content.

"Creating and sharing content is at the core of the Internet, and Youku Tudou's cooperation with social networking sites such as Weibo is a powerful move towards deepening consumers' online video viewing and sharing experience," said Dele Liu, President of Youku Tudou. "We look forward to showcasing our content in new and innovative marketing formats as we work to expand our lead in the online video industry."

Youku Tudou's extensive video library is one of the largest in China. As of December 31, 2012, our video content library contained more than 4,500 movie titles, 2,700 television serial drama titles and over 900 variety shows. Youku Tudou hosts user-generated content and creates award-winning in-house productions, two highly popular video categories that are available for viewing on Youku.com and Tudou.com.


Thursday, May 16, 2013
Conference Call Notes

First Quarter 2013 Highlights[1]

  • Consolidated net revenues were RMB516.0 million (US$83.1 million),a 21% increase from the pro forma combined net revenues for the corresponding period in 2012.
  • Consolidated gross profit was RMB14.2 million (US$2.3 million), as compared to the pro forma combined gross loss of RMB43.5 million (US$7.0 million) for the corresponding period in 2012. Consolidated or pro forma combined non-GAAP gross profit or loss is herein defined as consolidated or pro forma combined gross profit or loss excluding share-based compensation expenses and amortization of intangible assets from business combination in relation to user generated content.  Consolidated non-GAAP gross profit was RMB28.2 million (US$4.5 million), as compared to the pro forma combined non-GAAP loss of RMB16.6 million (US$2.7 million) for the corresponding period in 2012. 
  • Consolidated net loss was RMB232.5 million (US$37.4 million), a 12% decrease from the pro forma combined net loss for the corresponding period in 2012. Consolidated or pro forma combined non-GAAP net loss is herein defined as consolidated or pro forma combined net loss excluding share-based compensation expenses, amortization of intangible assets from business combination and business combination related expenses. Consolidated non-GAAP net loss was RMB182.1 million (US$29.3 million), a decrease of 8% from the pro forma combined non-GAAP net loss for the corresponding period in 2012.
  • Consolidated basic and diluted loss per ADS, each representing 18 Class A ordinary shares, amounted to RMB1.42 (US$0.23) and RMB1.42 (US$0.23), respectively.
  • Consolidated cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments totaled RMB3.5 billion (US$569.5 million) as of March 31, 2013.
  • Consolidated acquisition of property and equipment was RMB27.4 million (US$4.4 million).
  • Consolidated acquisition of intangible assets was RMB238.9 million (US$38.5 million).

[1] The reporting currency of the Company is Renminbi ("RMB"), but for the convenience of the reader, the amounts presented throughout the release are in US dollars ("US$"). Unless otherwise noted, all conversions from RMB to US$ are made at a rate of RMB6.2108 to US$1.00, the effective noon buying rate as of March 29, 2013 in the City of New York for cable transfers of RMB as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. No representation is made that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted into US$ at such rate.

Management commented...

"I am pleased with our progress. We are in the final phase of the merger integration process with Tudou and have completed the restructuring of our sales team in the first quarter. Our combined sales team is positively impacting demand and our increased scale is helping us to optimize our cost structure," said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku Tudou. "The three key video mobile traffic metrics all recorded exciting growth in the first quarter and now we have over 100 million active monthly users, over 170 million daily video views and over 70 minutes average daily user time spent. We are emerging as the leading multi-screen online video platform in China as a result of this rapid rise in mobile traffic. Youku Tudou is developing product, content, marketing solutions and paid services across different screens to capitalize on the growing popularity of multi-screen video viewing behavior."

Dele Liu, President of Youku Tudou, added, "We recently adjusted our organizational structure to encourage unity, flexibility, and innovation and to cement our leadership in the evolving Internet space. Under the new group structure, we can further differentiate the brands, content and products of our Youku and Tudou platforms to elevate the entire group's media value. Our content strategy is to decrease our dependence on premium licensed content while strengthening in-house production and user-generated content. We will take a balanced approach and continue to deliver high-impact self-produced content that strengthens brand identity for Youku and Tudou, enhances social media value and supports our content marketing solutions."


Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Comments & Business Outlook

HONG KONG, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Youku Tudou Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading Internet television company ("Youku Tudou") and Hong Kong Television Broadcasts Limited ("TVB") announced an exclusive partnership that will bring an annual volume of over 2500 hours of TVB's hot dramas and old classics to Youku Tudou's websites and mobile clients. The announcement was made at a star-packed conference held during the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival.

The two year deal will extend Youku Tudou's coverage to virtually all new and classic TVB titles. Two parties also will explore partnerships to co-produce original content and share resources, including co-promoting content generated by TVB-affiliated celebrities, related performances and other events.

Conforming to the fast growing mobile traffic, the deal will also make TVB's exclusive content available on iPads, iPhones, and other mobile devices. By the end of 2012, Youku Tudou recorded over 100 million daily video views from mobile devices.

Prior to this exclusive partnership, Youku Tudou users were already strongly connected to TVB content. Previously, Youku.com and Tudou.com each opened a TVB channel, the video industry's most comprehensive, most convenient destination for watching TVB shows. This partnership represents the latest move in Youku Tudou's continuing pursuit of original overseas film and television content.

Youku Tudou reached an agreement three months ago with the U.S. cable network AMC to become the exclusive source for AMC content in China, in addition to other recent partnerships with the BBC, MBC (Korean Munhwa Broadcasting Corp.) and major U.S. TV content right holders.

"Youku Tudou has both the largest copyrighted video repository and user base. TVB has a spotless reputation and history throughout the Chinese-speaking world," said Youku Tudou President Dele Liu. "This strategic and cooperative partnership combines the strength of Youku Tudou's internet platform and apps with TVB's wonderful repertoire of shows. It's an invaluable combination that will help Youku Tudou achieve its goal of being the go-to source for high-quality internet television in China."


Friday, March 1, 2013
Comments & Business Outlook

Fourth Quarter 2012

  • Consolidated net revenues were RMB635.8 million (US$102.1 million),a 30% increase from the pro forma combined net revenues for the corresponding period in 2011.
  • Consolidated gross profit was RMB116.3 million (US$18.7 million), a 62% increase from the pro forma combined gross profit for the corresponding period in 2011. Consolidated or pro forma combined non-GAAP gross profit is herein defined as consolidated or pro forma combined gross profit excluding share-based compensation expenses and amortization of intangible assets from business combination in relation to user generated content. Consolidated non-GAAP gross profit was RMB129.1 million (US$20.7 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of 74% from the pro forma combined non-GAAP gross profit for the corresponding period in 2011.
  • Consolidated net loss was RMB113.6 million (US$18.2 million), a 43% decrease from the pro forma combined net loss for the corresponding period in 2011. Consolidated or pro forma combined non-GAAP net loss is herein defined as consolidated or pro forma combined net loss excluding share-based compensation expenses, amortization of intangible assets from business combination and business combination related expenses. Consolidated non-GAAP net loss was RMB62.3 million (US$10.0 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012, a decrease of 64% from the pro forma combined non-GAAP net loss for the corresponding period in 2011.
  • Consolidated basic and diluted loss per ADS, each representing 18 Class A ordinary shares, for the fourth quarter of 2012 amounted to RMB0.69 (US$0.11) and RMB0.69 (US$0.11), respectively.

"I am pleased with our financial and operational performance in the fourth quarter, which was the first full quarter for the merged Youku-Tudou company. We managed solid revenue growth and the net loss for the combined company has narrowed materially despite sales disruption brought on by the reorganization of our sales team after the merger," said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku Tudou. "Even as the integration process is proceeding well, we expect temporary business impact from this large-scale merger but we are optimistic that the second half of 2013 will see more revenue growth momentum and cost synergies. In 2013, we also plan to start monetizing the significant growth in our mobile traffic as our daily mobile video views exceeded 100 million by the end of 2012."

Dele Liu, President of Youku Tudou, commented, "In terms of cost structure, the fourth quarter results reflect early synergies resulting from the merger, especially in bandwidth and personnel related expenses. We expect this trend to continue into 2013, supported by the overall improvement of our unit economics due to the ongoing growth in traffic, especially the significant growth from mobile devices. In addition, we are strengthening our in-house productions offering to reduce our reliance on professional licensed content as well as generate additional revenues through program sponsorship and product placements."

Business Outlook

For the first quarter of 2013, the Company expects consolidated net revenues will be between RMB480 million and RMB520 million, with consolidated advertising net revenues contributing between RMB420 million and RMB450 million. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.


Friday, November 30, 2012
Comments & Business Outlook

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Consolidated net revenues were RMB502.2 million (US$79.9 million), of which Youku's net revenues wereRMB483.5 million (US$76.9 million), an 84% increase from the corresponding period in 2011, exceeding the high end of the revenue guidance previously announced.
  • Consolidated gross profit was RMB125.4 million (US$20.0 million), of which Youku's gross profit was RMB181.4 million (US$28.9 million), a 168% increase from the corresponding period in 2011. Youku's non-GAAP gross profit, which is herein defined as Youku's gross profit excluding share-based compensation expenses, wasRMB185.0 million (US$29.4 million) in the third quarter of 2012, a 167% increase from the corresponding period in 2011.
  • Consolidated net loss was RMB91.5 million (US$14.6 million), of which Youku's net loss was RMB91.5 million(US$14.6 million) as compared to a net loss of RMB47.5 million (US$7.6 million) for the same period in 2011.
  • Youku's non-GAAP net profit, which is herein defined as Youku's net loss excluding share-based compensation expenses, investment loss and business combination related expenses, was RMB25.3 million (US$4.0 million) in the third quarter of 2012, as compared to Youku's non-GAAP net loss of RMB28.2 million (US$4.5 million) in the corresponding period in 2011.
  • Consolidated basic and diluted loss per ADS, each representing 18 Class A ordinary shares, for the third quarter of 2012 amounted to RMB0.67 (US$0.11) and RMB0.67 (US$0.11), respectively.
"We are pleased with another solid quarter of revenue growth and continuing improvement in cost structure, particularly in bandwidth and personnel related expenses. Youku standalone has achieved profitability at the operational level in the third quarter. This is an important milestone for the Company," said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku Tudou. "Youku Tudou owns the #1 and #2 online video websites, in terms of daily and weekly unique visitors according to iResearch, and brands in China. With the merger of Youku Tudou, the Company becomes a unique one-stop solution for advertisers, content partners and users. We are confident to see further synergies to be realized in 2013."

"We are very excited by the progress we made in the mobile Internet sector as we witnessed significant traffic growth from mobile devices since the beginning of the year. Youku Paike, our smartphone cam-recording and uploading service program, is also gaining traction and further contributing to our UGC content. We believe that mobile Internet is quickly becoming an important business unit that contributes significantly to our growth and further improve our overall economics," Dele Liu, President of Youku Tudou, added. "While we are excited by the opportunities ahead of us, we did not underestimate the challenges that may arise from this unprecedented large scale merger in China's Internet industry. We did anticipate short-term fluctuations arising from our decisive moves to improve user experience and advertising environment in order to unlock the intrinsic value of Tudou. However I believe we will cross-over the most difficult terrain soon."

Business Outlook

For the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company expects net revenues will be between RMB610 million and RMB630 million, with advertising net revenues grow by RMB560 million to RMB585 million. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.


Monday, August 20, 2012
Comments & Business Outlook

HONG KONG, August 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Youku Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading Internet television company ("Youku" or the "Company"), announced today that, at the annual general meeting of shareholders held today (the "AGM"), the Company's shareholders voted in favor of the proposal to issue Youku Class A shares as the consideration for the merger (the "Merger") with Tudou Holdings Limited ("Tudou") pursuant to the previously announced merger agreement (the "Merger Agreement"), dated March 11, 2012, by and among the Company, Tudou and Two Merger Sub Inc. ("Merger Sub"), as well as the proposals to amend and restate Youku's memorandum and articles of association to reflect Youku's name change after the closing, change of the per share voting power of Youku's class B ordinary shares from three votes for one share to four votes for one share, and change of the vote thresholds for certain matters requiring shareholder approval .Pursuant to the Merger Agreement and the plan of merger attached as Annex A to the Merger Agreement, Tudou will merge with and into Merger Sub, with Tudou continuing as the surviving entity and as a wholly owned subsidiary of Youku and the combined entity will be named "Youku Tudou Inc."

The parties expect to complete the Merger as soon as practicable. Upon completion of the Merger, Tudou will become a privately held company wholly-owned by Youku, and Tudou's American depositary shares will no longer be listed on the NASDAQ Global Market.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Investor Alert
HONG KONG, Aug 7 (Reuters Breakingviews) - Youku’s (YOKU.N) quarterly results underscore the need for further consolidation in China’s online video market. True, revenues almost doubled, as TV viewers continue to migrate to the internet. But profits are still elusive. The company’s losses more than doubled, to $9.4 million. Even after Youku buys smaller rival Tudou (TUDO.O), too many players will be chasing too little good content. In the long run, deep-pocketed diversified players are likely to win out.  Full article.

Monday, August 6, 2012
Comments & Business Outlook

Second Quarter 2012 Results

  • Net revenues were RMB387.4 million (US$61.0 million), a 96% increase from the corresponding period in 2011.
  • Gross profit was RMB76.9 million (US$12.1 million), a 45% increase from the corresponding period in 2011. Non-GAAP gross profit, which is herein defined as gross profit excluding share-based compensation expenses, was RMB79.5 million (US$12.5 million) in the second quarter of 2012, a 48% increase from the corresponding period in 2011.
  • Net loss was RMB62.8 million (US$9.9 million), as compared to a net loss of RMB28.1 million (US$4.4 million) for the same period in 2011. Non-GAAP net loss, which is herein defined as net loss excluding share-based compensation expenses and business combination related expenses, was RMB29.3 million (US$4.6 million) in the second quarter of 2012, as compared to the non-GAAP net loss of RMB20.8 million (US$3.3 million) in the corresponding period in 2011. This increase was primarily due to content price increase during 2011, which we amortize using accelerated method, broadening of our content portfolio, increase of number of employees as a result to rapid growth of our business and our continuous and expanded investment in product development in mobile, search, social and paid services.
  • Basic and diluted loss per ADS, each representing 18 Class A ordinary shares, for the second quarter of 2012 amounted to RMB0.54 (US$0.09) and RMB0.54 (US$0.09), respectively vs loss of $0.04 in the second quarter 2011.

"Despite challenging macroeconomic conditions, we recorded another quarter of strong revenue growth." said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku. "We are pleased to see the continued rationalization of the online video sector and improving content and bandwidth cost structure. The planned integration with Tudou is proceeding smoothly and we are on track to realize the potential of the combination of No.1 and No.2 online video platforms in China."

Dele Liu, President of Youku, commented, "We are further cementing our leadership positions in video and continue to benefit in the structural budget shift from traditional media to online video by offering high ROI marketing solutions. We will continue to drive our edge in user experience, content management and monetization to achieve sustainable and profitable growth."

Business Outlook

For the third quarter of 2012, the Company expects year-on-year growth of 70% to 80% in net revenues. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.


Monday, July 9, 2012
Comments & Business Outlook

BEIJING, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Youku Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading Internet television company ("Youku"), has entered into a multiple-year agreement with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution for the video-on-demand rights in China to a broad collection of current, library and upcoming NBCUniversal feature films. The films -- including Schindler's List, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III and Apollo 13 -- will be available for on-demand viewing through Youku Premium.

In addition to a yearly rotating selection of more than 100 classic titles from NBCUniversal's rich catalogue, including such Oscar® winners and critical favorites as Trainspotting, Being John Malkovich, and The Big Lebowski, the new agreement also covers upcoming NBCUniversal releases. These will include Contraband, Safe House, The Lorax, and summer tentpole releases Battleship and Snow White & The Huntsman. The new films will appear on Youku's platform for paid on-demand viewing after their China theatrical releases.

"Youku has been steadily broadening and deepening our partnerships with Chinese and international studios," said Huilong Zhu, Youku's vice president of movie operations and corporate development. "Our new agreement with NBCUniversal is one more step forward towards our goal of offering the highest quality content to Youku's more than 300 million viewers. The new agreement best demonstrates the confidence that we and our partners share in the growth of Youku Premium."

Youku has signed deals to license content from a number of major international studios including Disney, Paramount, Dreamworks, Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox.


Monday, July 2, 2012
CFO Trail

BEIJING, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Youku Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading Internet television company, today announced that Mr. Dele Liu, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Youku, has been promoted to President and Mr. Michael Xu, previously Senior Vice President of Finance, succeeds Mr. Liu as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, effective July 1, 2012.

"Dele has been with our company since 2006 and has demonstrated exceptional leadership during his tenure as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President through a period of unprecedented change and growth in our industry," said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku. "Dele's proven ability in leading the business in a strategic manner will bode well in his new role as President with on-going focus on business operations and development. With the addition of Michael as Youku's Chief Financial Officer, who brings over 16 years of financial experience in both China and the US, we have a very strong management combination to lead Youku going forward."

Before he joined Youku in September 2011, Michael Xu held various senior executive positions at leading Chinese technology and media companies, including Lenovo, Alibaba, and Focus Media. Prior to that, Xu worked at Cisco Systems in the US and as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Beijing. Xu holds an MBA degree and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Texas and a bachelor's degree in economics from Beijing Institute of International Relations


Friday, May 18, 2012
Comments & Business Outlook

First Quarter Highlights

  • Net revenues were RMB270.2 million (US$42.9 million), a 111% increase from the corresponding period in 2011.
  • Gross loss was RMB22.6 million (US$3.6 million), as compared to a gross profit of RMB14.0 million(US$2.2 million) for the same period in 2011. Non-GAAP gross loss, which is herein defined as gross loss excluding share-based compensation expenses, was RMB20.6 million (US$3.3 million) in the first quarter of 2012, compared to the non-GAAP gross profit of RMB14.5 million (US$2.3 million) in the corresponding period in 2011. The quarterly loss position was primarily due to content price increase during 2011, which we amortize using accelerated method, and broadening of our content portfolio.
  • Net loss was RMB156.1 million (US$24.8 million), as compared to a net loss of RMB46.9 million (US$7.4 million) for the same period in 2011. Non-GAAP net loss, which is herein defined as net loss excluding share-based compensation expenses and business combination related expenses, was RMB115.4 million(US$18.3 million) in the first quarter of 2012, as compared to the non-GAAP net loss of RMB41.5 million(US$6.6 million) in the corresponding period in 2011. This increase was primarily due to content price increase during 2011, which we amortize using accelerated method, broadening of our content portfolio, increase of number of employees as a result to rapid growth of our business and our continuous and expanded investment in product development in wireless, search, social and paid services.
  • Basic and diluted loss per ADS, each representing 18 Class A ordinary shares, for the first quarter of 2012 amounted to RMB1.36 (US$0.22) and RMB1.36 (US$0.22), respectively.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled RMB3.6 billion (US$576.0 million) as of March 31, 2012.
  • Cash flow from operating activities for the first quarter of 2012 turned positive and reached RMB17.7 million(US$2.8 million), as compared to negative operating cash flow of RMB11.3 million (US$1.8 million) for the same period in 2011.
  • Acquisition of property and equipment for the first quarter of 2012 was RMB10.1 million (US$1.6 million), as compared to RMB13.5 million (US$2.1 million) for the same period in 2011.
  • Acquisition of intangible assets for the first quarter of 2012 was RMB50.4 million (US$8.0 million), as compared to RMB41.7 million (US$6.6 million) for the same period in 2011

"We are happy to have another quarter of solid triple-digit top line growth," said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku. "The pending merger with Tudou and the smooth transition to date will position us to offer the most comprehensive video service to the Chinese population and to build a world class Internet company in China."

Dele Liu, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Youku, commented, "Internet video advertising is becoming a mainstream marketing service for Chinese advertisers as evidenced by our strong growth in number of advertisers and average spending per advertiser. As a result of the consolidation in the online video industry, we are seeing significant decline in content price and expect an inflection of our content economics, which will help us to achieve profitable growth over time."

Business Outlook

For the second quarter of 2012, the Company expects year-on-year growth of 90% to 100% in net revenues. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.


Monday, April 23, 2012
Comments & Business Outlook

BEIJING, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Youku Inc. (NYSE:YOKU), China's leading Internet television company ("Youku"), recently signed an exclusive deal with CBS Studios International to bring two seasons of each series of the popular shows "Survivor" and "America's Next Top Model" to Youku's platform. The new agreement builds on Youku's previous relationship with CBS and makes Youku China's first video site to license "Survivor."

"America's Next Top Model" and "Survivor" began "airing" on Youku's platform on February 16 and March 1, respectively. New episodes are posted every Thursday, keeping Chinese viewers of the show synchronized with their US counterparts.

"We're excited to offer our viewers top shows from CBS Studios International on an advertising-supported basis." said Sunny Xiangyang Zhu, Youku's Chief Editor. "This exclusive arrangement builds on the foundation of our relationship with CBS, which we look forward to maintaining and deepening in the future."

Youku began offering "America's Next Top Model" last year. Since then, Internet users have viewed episodes of the show more than 15 million times. Youku has signed deals to license content from a number of major international film and TV studios. Recent licensing agreements have covered rights to content from studios including Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, South Korean broadcaster MBC, Disney, Paramount, Dreamworks, and Warner Bros.


Monday, March 12, 2012
Comments & Business Outlook

Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Net revenues were RMB309.3 million (US$49.1 million), a 103% increase from the corresponding period in 2010.
  • Gross profit was RMB65.6 million (US$10.4 million), a 30% increase from the corresponding period in 2010.
  • Operating expenses were RMB123.0 million (US$19.5 million), a 108% increase from the corresponding period in 2010.
  • Net loss was RMB49.6 million (US$7.9 million), a 32% increase from the corresponding period in 2010.
  • Basic and diluted loss per ADS, each representing 18 Class A ordinary shares, for the fourth quarter of 2011 amounted to RMB0.43 (US$0.07) and RMB0.43(US$0.07), respectively.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled RMB3.7 billion (US$586.8 million) as ofDecember 31, 2011.
  • Cash flow from operating activities for the fourth quarter of 2011 was RMB81.6 million (US$13.0 million), as compared to RMB10.6 million (US$1.7 million) for the same period in 2010.
  • Acquisition of property and equipment for the fourth quarter of 2011 was RMB40.7 million (US$6.5 million), as compared to RMB17.4 million (US$2.8 million) for the same period in 2010.
  • Acquisition of intangible assets for the fourth quarter of 2011 was RMB115.0 million (US$18.3 million), as compared to RMB26.7 million (US$4.2 million) for the same period in 2010.

"Over the course of our first year as a U.S. publicly listed company, we have experienced strong growth in both revenue and traffic that further solidified our market position as China's leading Internet television company," said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku. "With the growing opportunities ahead of us, our fundamental approach to this market is to continue to make long-term investments, as scalability is central to the success of our business model."

Dele Liu, Youku's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "We are glad that we continue to enjoy strong revenue growth in 2011 as a result of our solid execution and aggressive investment in content and technology. We expect that our investment will continue to increase our competitive advantages, which will position us for long-term profitable growth."

Business Outlook

For the first quarter of 2012, the Company expects year-on-year growth of 95% to 105% in net revenues. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.


Acquisition Activity

BEIJING and SHANGHAI, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Youku Inc. (NYSE: YOKU) ("Youku") and Tudou Holdings Limited (NASDAQ: TUDO) ("Tudou") announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement for Tudou to combine with Youku in a 100% stock-for-stock transaction. Under the terms of the agreement, each Class A ordinary share and Class B ordinary share of Tudou issued and outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the merger will be cancelled in exchange for the right to receive 7.177 Class A ordinary shares of Youku, and each American depositary share of Tudou ("Tudou ADSs"), each of which represents four Tudou Class B ordinary shares, will be cancelled in exchange for the right to receive 1.595 American depositary shares of Youku ("Youku ADSs"), each of which represents 18 Youku Class A ordinary shares resulting in Youku and Tudou shareholders and ADS holders owning approximately 71.5% and 28.5% of the combined entity, respectively, immediately upon completion of the transaction. Upon completion, the combined entity will be named Youku Tudou Inc. Youku's ADSs will continue to be listed on the NYSE under the symbol "YOKU".

"We intend to lead the next phase of online video development in China. Youku Tudou Inc. will represent a differentiated leader in the online video market in China with the largest user base, most comprehensive content library, most advanced bandwidth infrastructure and strongest monetization capability within the sector," said Victor Koo, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Youku. "Youku Tudou Inc. will have the reach and scale to bring our users high quality content at high speeds. The combined company will have the two leading online video brands in China: Youku and Tudou."


Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Comments & Business Outlook

BEIJING, February 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Youku Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading Internet television company (the "Company"), announced today that it had signed an agreement to extend its successful partnership with m1905.com, a leading online movie site wholly owned by China Central Television's CCTV-6. Under the one-year agreement, effective March 1, 2012, Youku will offer on-demand viewing for movie titles to which m1905.com holds exclusive online distribution rights during 2012, including new films such as Wind Seeker.

Developed and wholly owned by CCTV-6, China's only nationwide dedicated movie channel, m1905.com is one of the country's leading purchasers of online movie distribution rights. Youku first partnered with m1905.com in early 2011 for on-demand viewings of Let the Bullets Fly, a Chinese box office record breaker directed by Jiang Wen. Youku accounted for two-thirds of total on-demand video orders for the film.

The new agreement will give Youku access to all new movie titles for which m1905.com has purchased exclusive online distribution rights. Films will typically become available for on-demand viewing within 45 days of the end of their theatrical run, which typically lasts 30 days.

"We are pleased to continue the successes of our previous partnership with Youku," said Xiaojie Liu, m1905.com's General Manager of Business Value-Added Department. "With this expanded partnership, we have great hopes for establishing the online on-demand paid viewing window as a key of the industry distribution chain."

"Our internal data shows that a fast growing number of Youku users are willing to pay for convenience and quality in online film viewing," said Huilong Zhu, Vice president of Movie Operations and Corporate Development from Youku. "Whether for top domestic films or major international pictures, we believe that our partnership with m1905.com will potentially benefit millions of movie lovers and China's fast-developing film industry."

Youku Premium, Youku's on-demand platform, offers high-quality licensed content from major production houses and distribution agencies, including Warner Bros, Paramount, and 20th Century Fox. Since launching in beta a year ago, Youku Premium has processed more than 1 million paid orders, which includes both pay-per-view and subscription orders.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Comments & Business Outlook

BEIJING, January 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Youku Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading Internet television company ("Youku"), announced a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today under which Youku will license 250 titles of new release and library films. The titles will appear on Youku Premium, Youku's on-demand platform, which has processed more than one million orders since launching in beta a year ago.

Number of pay-per-view transactions on Youku Premium more than tripled between Q2 and Q3 of 2011. As of November, a growing percentage -- 13.5% -- of Youku Premium users paid more than once per month to view premium content.

"We have been working closely with Hollywood studios in providing quality content to millions of Chinese Internet users while effectively protecting intellectual properties," said Huilong Zhu, Vice president of Movie Operations and Corporate Development. "We are encouraged by the growth of the Youku Premium platform, and our new licensing agreement with Fox will make Youku Premium more compelling for our users."

"We're eager to make our entertainment content accessible to the widest audience possible in China," said Jamie McCabe, Executive Vice President, WW PPV, VOD & EST. "With Youku's on-demand platform, consumers can easily enjoy our films online with a quality viewing experience."

The 250-film deal will grant Youku Premium the right to offer Fox's new release films and library titles. Film franchises have performed well on Youku Premium, with new theatrical releases driving online interest in previous installments in the franchises, and the new deal includes online rights to some of Fox's most beloved franchises including Planet of the Apes, Ice Age, X-Men and Alien. The films will begin appearing on Youku Premium this month, ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday in late January.

Youku is the leader among China's online video sites in introducing a new model for content distribution under which recently released films become available for on-demand viewing for a certain period of time, after which they may become available either to premium plan subscribers or for free on-demand viewing. Titles licensed under the new agreement with Fox will be available purely on a transactional pay-per-view basis, without a subscription or free on-demand component.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Comments & Business Outlook

Third Quarter 2011 Highlights

  • Net revenues were RMB262.5 million (US$41.2 million), a 129% increase from the corresponding period in 2010, exceeding the high end of the Company's guidance by 4%.
  • Gross profit was RMB67.8 million (US$10.6 million), a 330% increase from the corresponding period in 2010.
  • Operating expenses were RMB120.1 million (US$18.8 million), a 120% increase from the corresponding period in 2010.
  • Net loss was RMB47.5 million (US$7.4 million) in the third quarter of 2011, an 11% decrease relative to the corresponding period in 2010.
  • Non-GAAP net loss was RMB28.2 million (US$4.4 million) in the third quarter of 2011, a 25% decrease relative to the corresponding period in 2010.
  • Basic and diluted loss per ADS, each representing 18 of our Class A ordinary shares, for the third quarter of 2011 amounted to RMB0.42 (US$0.07) and RMB0.42 (US$0.07), respectively.

"We had another quarter of solid growth in both traffic and revenues, and our gap with competitors both in terms of traffic and revenues is clearly expanding as a result of network effect," said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku. "Internet television is a young and evolving space with tremendous opportunities. We are in an aggressive investment cycle and we will continue to invest proactively to expand and leverage our user base and client base, brand, team and infrastructure as we move to establish one of the largest Internet franchises in China."

Dele Liu, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Youku, commented, "We are happy to continue to realize another quarter of triple digit growth year-on-year. We are committed to creating shareholder value through long-term market leadership."

Business Outlook

For the fourth quarter of 2011, the Company expects year-on-year growth of 90% to 100% in net revenues. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.


Monday, August 29, 2011
Joint Venture
BEIJING, August 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Youku.com, Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading internet television company, and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (NASDAQ: DWA) announced today that they have entered into a first-of-its-kind online distribution agreement for rights to the DreamWorks Animation KungFu Panda franchise films in Mainland China. This is the first time that DreamWorks Animation titles, which are distributed by Paramount Pictures, will be made available through an online platform in China.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Comments & Business Outlook

SecondQuarter 2011 Highlights

  • Net revenues were RMB197.8 million (US$30.6 million), a 178% increase from the corresponding period in 2010.(2)
  • Gross profit was RMB52.9 million (US$8.2 million), compared to a gross loss of RMB11.5 million (US$1.8 million) for the corresponding period in 2010.
  • Net loss was RMB28.1 million (US$4.3 million), a 55% decrease relative to the corresponding period in 2010.
  • Adjusted EBITDA loss (non-GAAP financial measure) was RMB10.1 million (US$1.6 million), compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of RMB44.3 million (US$6.9 million) for the corresponding period in 2010, or a 77% improvement relative to the corresponding period in 2010.

"Strong traffic growth, heightened brand preference and strong execution by the team resulted in another solid quarter of revenue growth for Youku," said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Youku. "We remain focused on enhancing user experience and, as a result, we are driving a virtuous cycle of self-reinforcing growth where factors such as higher revenue, more aggressive investment in content and technology, and growing user traffic strengthen each other. This virtuous cycle continues to expand our leadership position in the Internet television space in China. We have never been more confident about our long term potential," Mr. Koo added.

Dele Liu, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Youku, commented, "We are excited to see continued top line growth and improved economics. Comprehensive content library, high streaming speed, and economies of scale are driving our growth. The recent follow-on offering gives us a stronger balance sheet to help the Company invest more in our future growth."

Business Outlook

For the third quarter of 2011, the Company expects year-on-year growth in net revenues of 110% to 120%. This forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.


Thursday, June 23, 2011
Liquidity Requirements
We believe the cash we received from the initial public offering in December 2010, the follow-on offering in May 2011 and the anticipated cash flow from operations will provide us with sufficient capital to meet our anticipated cash needs for the foreseeable future. If we have additional liquidity needs in the future, we may obtain additional financing, including equity offering and debt financing in capital markets, to meet such needs.

Friday, May 20, 2011
Deal Flow

BEIJING, May 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Youku.com Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), the leading Internet television company in China ("Youku" or the "Company"), today announced that its follow-on public offering of 12,310,000 American depositary shares ("ADSs") by the Company and certain of its pre-IPO investors was priced at US$48.18 per ADS. Each ADS represents 18 Class A ordinary shares of the Company. In connection with this offering, the underwriters have been granted the option to purchase up to an aggregate of 1,800,000 additional ADSs from certain selling shareholders at the public offering price less underwriting discounts.

Youku will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the ADSs by the selling shareholders. The gross proceeds to the Company will be approximately US$400 million. Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C. acted as the sole bookrunner, and Allen & Company LLC, Barclays Capital Inc., Piper Jaffray & Co. and Pacific Crest Securities LLC acted as co-managers for the offering.

A registration statement relating to these securities was declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on May 19, 2011. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, the securities described herein, nor shall there be any offer, solicitation or sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.


Sunday, May 15, 2011
Deal Flow
Youku.com Inc, or Youku, is offering 8,000,000 American depositary shares, or ADSs, and the selling shareholders identified in this prospectus are offering an additional 4,000,000 ADSs.

Friday, May 6, 2011
Comments & Business Outlook

First Quarter Results:

  • Net revenues were RMB128.0 million (US$19.5 million), a 163% increase from the corresponding period in 2010(2).
  • Gross profit was RMB14.0 million (US$2.1 million), compared to a gross loss of RMB18.3 million (US$2.8 million) for the corresponding period in 2010.
  • Net loss was RMB46.9 million (US$7.1 million), an 8% decrease relative to the corresponding period in 2010.

"Our monthly unique visitors from homes and offices reached 231 million in March 2011, an increase of 22 million from December 2010, while our monthly unique visitors from Internet cafés exceeded 50 million in February 2011, according to iResearch. We continue to strengthen our leadership position in the Internet television space in China," said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

  • Basic and diluted loss per ADS, each ADS representing 18 of our Class A ordinary shares, for the first quarter of 2011 amounted to RMB0.45 (US$0.07) and RMB0.45 (US$0.07), respectively.

For the second quarter of 2011, the Company expects year-on-year growth in net revenues of 125% to 135%. This forecast reflects Youku's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Comments & Business Outlook

Fourth Quarter Highlights:

"I am very pleased to report a strong fourth quarter, which is also the first time we report financial results as a publicly listed company. Our strong growth has been driven by a surging digital economy in China and our focus on providing the most comprehensive video content library to Chinese users and the best user experience in watching, searching and sharing videos. We are also happy with the achievements we made in our video search engine Soku, P2P software iKu and our wireless products which are rapidly gaining popularity," said Victor Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  

  • Net revenues were RMB152.5 million (US$23.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2010, representing a 183% increase from the corresponding period in 2009.
  • Gross profit was RMB50.4 million (US$7.6 million) in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to a gross loss of RMB5.2 million (US$0.8 million) for the corresponding period in 2009
  • Net loss was RMB37.7 million (US$5.7 million) in the fourth quarter of 2010, representing an 18% decrease from the corresponding period in 2009. Basic and diluted loss per ADS(3) for the fourth quarter of 2010 amounted to RMB0.89 (US$0.13) and RMB0.89 (US$0.13), respectively.

For the first quarter of 2011, the Company expects the year-on-year net revenues growth at a rate of 105% to 115%. This forecast reflects Youku's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.


Friday, November 26, 2010
IPO Activity

Youku.com plans for Initial Public Offering

Company Snapshot:

The leading Internet television company in China

According to iResearch, we had approximately 203 million monthly unique visitors from homes and offices in September 2010 and approximately 61 million monthly unique visitors from Internet cafes in August 2010. We had a 40% market share in terms of total user time spent viewing online videos in China during the second quarter of 2010, while our closest competitor accounted for a 23% market share during the same period, according to iResearch. In 2009, we had an implied market share of approximately 14% in terms of online video advertising spend in China, based on iResearch’s estimated total online video advertising spend in China.

Industry Snapshot

  • China’s video media market has developed in a very distinct manner from those in the United States and Western Europe, resulting in a domestic ecosystem highly regulated and fragmented both in terms of production and distribution. This market is undergoing substantial changes partially due to macro trends affecting the global video media market, such as the migration of consumers online, the digitization of both new and existing content, and more convenient access to that content through increasingly faster fixed and mobile broadband connections. The combined effect of these macro trends is that the Internet has emerged as a viable video distribution channel. In China, these changes are magnified by the country’s rapid economic growth, the expansion of the advertising industry, significantly increased consumer spending, and the fragmentation of the legacy production and distribution ecosystems for video content. This has created opportunities for web properties in China with differentiated, desirable video content to aggregate large, nationwide audiences while delivering personalized content whenever users want. With disposable income growing quickly in China, these aggregated audiences have become more attractive to advertisers as well as more capable of paying for content.
  • According to iResearch, the size of China’s online video market, as measured by total revenues, grew rapidly from RMB0.5 billion (US$78 million) in 2006 to RMB2.8 billion (US$413 million) in 2009, representing a compound annual growth rate, or CAGR, of 74%. China’s online video market has become increasingly concentrated, with the top five players accounting for 83% of the total user time spent watching online videos in China during the second quarter of 2010, according to iResearch.

Use Of proceeds:

We expect that we will receive net proceeds of approximately US$139.3 million from this offering, assuming an initial public offering price of $10.00 per ADS, which is the mid-point of the estimated range of the initial public offering price set forth on the front cover of this prospectus (after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by us).

We intend to use the net proceeds from this offering to invest in technology, infrastructure and product development efforts, acquire additional video content and expand our sales and marketing efforts and for other general corporate purposes, including working capital needs and potential acquisitions (although we are not currently negotiating any such acquisitions).

Underwriter:

  • Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.
  • Allen & Company LLC
  • Piper Jaffray
  • Pacific Crest Securities

Proposed offering price: $$9.00 and $11.00

Post IPO Share Calculation: (Using a 18 to 1 Ordinary to ADS conversion ratio).

  • 86,427,671: Pre IPO fully diluted share count used in EPS calculation.
  • 15,367,500: Newly issued ADS shares
  •    2,305,100: Undewriter over-allotments ADS shares 
  • : Miscellaneous 1,190,022,965

GeoTeam® best effort calculation of total post IPO ADS count to be used in EPS calculations, assuming full conversions and a Ordinary to ADS conversion ratio of 18 to 1:   104,100,271

Financial Snapshot:

2009 vs 2008

  • Revenues: $22.9 vs. $4.9 million
  • Net Income: Losing money

Nine Months 2010 vs. 2009

  • Revenues: $35.1 vs $14.9 million
  • Net Income: Losing money

Liquidity Requirements

We believe that our cash, the anticipated cash flow from operations, the net proceeds we expect to receive from this offering and the borrowings from our loan agreements will be sufficient to meet our anticipated cash needs for the next two to three years, after which period we expect to generate positive cash flow from operations.

If we have additional liquidity needs in the future, we may obtain additional financing, including equity offering and debt financing in capital markets, to meet such needs.

The operation of an online video business requires significant upfront capital expenditures as well as continuous, substantial investment in content, technology and infrastructure. Prior to our initial public offering, we financed our operations primarily through private placements of our preferred shares to investors, and to a lesser extent, debt financing and cash flow from operations. Upon completion of this offering and our expected receipt of the net proceeds from this offering, we believe that we will have sufficient capital to meet our anticipated cash needs for the foreseeable future. However, in order to implement our development strategies to expand our infrastructure and optimize our services across Internet-enabled devices, and further expand and diversify our revenue sources, we may incur additional capital needs in the future