Baidu, Inc (NASDAQ: BIDU) reported second-quarter FY21 revenue growth of 20% year-on-year to $4.86 billion, beating the analyst consensus of $4.78 billion. In contrast, Alphabet, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) reported Q2 revenue growth of 62% Y/Y to $61.88 billion, beating the consensus of $56.16 billion.

Segments: Baidu Core revenue increased 27% Y/Y to $3.72 billion as AI cloud grew 71% Y/Y, Online marketing revenue expanded 18% Y/Y to $2.95 billion, Non-online marketing revenue jumped 80% Y/Y to $771 million, driven by cloud and other services, and Revenue from iQIYI increased 3% Y/Y to $1.18 billion.

YouTube revenue grew 83% Y/Y to $7.34 billion, beating the consensus of $6.37 billion. Google Cloud revenue rose 53.8% Y/Y to $4.63 billion, exceeding analyst consensus of $4.4 billion.

Baidu's non-GAAP operating income rose 1% Y/Y to $876 million as SG&A and R&D expenses increased 29-30% Y/Y from higher channel spending, promotional, and personnel-related expenses. Baidu Core's non-GAAP operating income stood flat at $1 billion.

Margins: The non-GAAP Baidu Core operating margin decreased 700 bps to 27% as costs climbed 21% Y/Y to $2.46 billion due to higher traffic acquisition costs and new AI business costs. Google's TACs also totaled $10.93 above the analyst consensus of $9.74 billion.

Baidu's adjusted EBITDA margin contracted 400 bps to 23%. Baidu Core's margin declined 800 bps to 33%.

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Baidu's Non-GAAP EPS of $2.39 beat the analyst consensus of $2.07. In contrast, Google's EPS of $27.26 beat the consensus of $19.34.

Baidu held $27.9 billion in cash and equivalents and generated $1.2 billion in operating cash flow. It returned $566 million to shareholders via a share buyback, reaching $2.5 billion since 2020.

Baidu's search and feed business was solid, and it continues to lead on its new AI business, including AI cloud, autonomous driving, and intelligent assistant.

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In Jun., Baidu MAUs reached 580 million, and daily logged-in users reaching 77%. The iQIYI subscribers reached 106.2 million in Jun.

Outlook: Baidu sees Q3 revenues between $4.7 billion – $5.2 billion, representing a growth of 8% – 19% Y/Y compared to the analyst consensus of $5.14 billion. It implies that Baidu Core revenue will grow between 9% – 20% Y/Y.

Price Action: BIDU shares traded lower by 1.84% at $161.92 in the premarket session on the last check Thursday.

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