Marissa Mayer continues to make her mark at Yahoo. The company today reported revenue of $1.3 billion for the fourth quarter, a two percent increase over the same period last year and the first revenue growth in four years.

Revenue for the full year came in at $4.986 billion — a slight increase over the $4.984 billion in 2011. Yahoo is trying to get its mojo back under the guidance of Mayer, a former Google executive, who was named CEO last July.

As part of that effort, Yahoo has invested in its Flickr photo sharing service and Yahoo Mail product. It also recently added Silicon Valley entrepreneur Max Levchin to the board.

Yahoo’s cash situation also improved during 2012, more than doubling to $6 billion.

Shares of Yahoo rose more than three percent in after-hours trading on news of the earnings report. Shares are up more than 26 percent in the past six months.

Full press release here:

SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year endedDecember 31, 2012.

Q4 2012 Full Year 2012
GAAP revenue $1,346 million $4,987 million
Revenue ex-TAC $1,221 million $4,468 million
GAAP income from operations $190 million $566 million
Non-GAAP income from operations $283 million $825 million
GAAP net earnings per diluted share $0.23 $3.28
Non-GAAP net earnings per diluted share $0.32 $1.17

“I’m proud of Yahoo!’s 2012 and fourth quarter results. In 2012, Yahoo! exhibited revenue growth for the first time in 4 years, with revenue up 2 percent year-over-year,” said Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer. “During the quarter we made progress by growing our executive team, signing key partnerships including those with NBC Sports and CBS Television, and launching terrific mobile experiences for Yahoo! Mail and Flickr. At the same time, we achieved tremendous internal transformation in the culture, energy and execution of the Company.”

GAAP revenue was $1,346 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, a 2 percent increase from the fourth quarter of 2011. Revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs (“revenue ex-TAC”) was $1,221 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, a 4 percent increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. GAAP revenue was $4,987 million for the full year of 2012, flat compared to the prior year. Revenue ex-TAC was $4,468 million for the full year of 2012, a 2 percent increase from the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $509 million, an 8 percent increase from the same period of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA was$1,699 million for the full year of 2012, a 3 percent increase from the prior year.

GAAP income from operations decreased 22 percent to $190 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $242 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP income from operations was $283 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $259 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. GAAP income from operations for the full year of 2012 was $566 million, compared to $800 million for the prior year. Non-GAAP income from operations was $825 million in both years.

GAAP net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $272 million, an 8 percent decrease from the same period of 2011. Non-GAAP net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $370 million, a 20 percent increase from the same period of 2011. GAAP net earnings for the full year of 2012 was $3,945 million, compared to $1,049 million for the prior year. For the full year of 2012, GAAP net earnings included a net gain of $2,755 million related to the sale of Alibaba shares. Non-GAAP net earnings for the full year of 2012 was $1,407 million, a 35 percent increase from the prior year.

GAAP net earnings per diluted share was $0.23 in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $0.24 in the fourth quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP net earnings per diluted share was $0.32 in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $0.25 in the fourth quarter of 2011. GAAP net earnings per diluted share was $3.28 for the full year of 2012, compared to $0.82 for the prior year. For the full year of 2012, GAAP net earnings included a net gain of $2,755 million, or $2.29 per diluted share, related to the sale of Alibaba shares. Non-GAAP net earnings per diluted share was$1.17 for the full year of 2012, compared to $0.81 for the prior year.

Business Highlights

  • Yahoo! further strengthened its board of directors, appointing Max Levchin, a computer scientist, serial entrepreneur and angel investor with extensive experience building enduring Internet companies.
  • The Company made significant improvements to two of its core products, Yahoo! Mail and Flickr. The new Yahoo! Mail is faster, easier to use and available across the Web and on Windows 8, iPhone/iPod touch and Android. Yahoo!’s redesigned Flickr app for iPhone and iPod touch makes it easier to capture, share and discover photos. The new app allows users to share photos by email, with the Flickr community or via Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.
  • Yahoo! signed distribution and branding deals to strengthen two of its leading media properties.
    • Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports announced a partnership to deliver news, fantasy games, and video coverage of sporting events — combining two of the most trusted names in sports.
    • Yahoo! and CBS Television Distribution launched omg! Insider, a multiplatform entertainment news series that combines the popularity of CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider with the online reach of omg!.
  • The Company also announced a deal with Wenner Media to further enhance the content and reach of omg! and Yahoo! Music by joining forces with the Us WeeklyRolling Stone, and Men’s Journal franchises.
  • Yahoo! acquired mobile app developers Stamped and OnTheAir, accelerating the Company’s efforts to build a world-class team of mobile engineers, product managers and designers.
  • Yahoo! expanded its partnership with Samsung, enabling Samsung SmartTV users to engage more with their favorite shows and commercials. With the touch of a remote, connected tablet or phone, Samsung SmartTV viewers who use Yahoo!’s Connected TV technologies, can easily access content or offers related to their favorite TV shows or commercials.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Highlights

Display

  • GAAP display revenue was $591 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, a 3 percent decrease compared to $612 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. GAAP display revenue was $2,143 million for the full year of 2012, a 1 percent decrease compared to $2,160 millionfor the prior year.
  • Display revenue ex-TAC was $520 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, a 5 percent decrease compared to $546 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Display revenue ex-TAC was $1,899 million for the full year of 2012, a 2 percent decrease compared to $1,932 millionfor the prior year.
  • The number of ads sold on core Yahoo! Properties decreased approximately 10 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 and increased approximately 3 percent compared to the third quarter of 2012.
  • Price-per-ad on core Yahoo! Properties increased approximately 7 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 and increased approximately 15 percent compared to the third quarter of 2012.

Search

  • GAAP search revenue was $482 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, a 4 percent increase compared to $465 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. GAAP search revenue was $1,886 million for the full year of 2012, a 2 percent increase compared to $1,853 million for the prior year.
  • Search revenue ex-TAC was $427 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, a 14 percent increase compared to $376 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Search revenue ex-TAC was $1,611 million for the full year of 2012, a 9 percent increase compared to $1,478 millionfor the prior year.
  • Paid clicks, or the number of clicks on sponsored listings on Yahoo! Properties and Affiliate sites, increased approximately 11 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 and increased approximately 8 percent compared to the third quarter of 2012.
  • Price-per-click increased approximately 1 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 and decreased approximately 2 percent compared to the third quarter of 2012.

Cash Balance

  • Cash, cash equivalents, and investments in marketable debt securities were $6 billion at December 31, 2012 compared to $2.5 billionat December 31, 2011, an increase of $3.5 billion.
  • During the fourth quarter of 2012, Yahoo! repurchased 80 million shares for $1.5 billion. During the year ended December 31, 2012,Yahoo! repurchased 126 million shares for $2.2 billion.

Conference Call

Yahoo! will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2012 results at 5 p.m. Eastern Time today. On the conference call,Yahoo! will also provide its business outlook for the first quarter and full year of 2013. A live Webcast of the conference call, together with supplemental financial information, can be accessed through the Company’s Investor Relations Website athttp://investor.yahoo.com/results.cfm. In addition, an archive of the Webcast can be accessed through the same link. An audio replay of the call will be available for one week following the conference call by calling (888) 286-8010 or (617) 801-6888, reservation number: 30622830.

Comments

  • Jefferson

    Does anyone use Yahoo anymore, other than those few that haven’t converted from using Yahoo Mail? Perhaps they are more popular in other countries?

  • Guest

    Congrats to Marissa on the big win! I use Yahoo! (especially My Yahoo! and Yahoo News) on a daily basis, and I for one am glad that this company is undergoing a renaissance.

  • Yahoo!

    Oh boy….you know it’s time to panic when you feel like Yahoo! has better leadership than Microsoft!

    • guesty

      Still acting like a child, huh?

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