|By Business Wire||
|November 6, 2012 07:03 AM EST||
AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) released third quarter 2012 results today. “We just reported the best relative revenue performance in seven years and the second consecutive quarter of year-over-year profit growth, exceeding our expectations,” said Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO. “We have positioned AOL for growth in 2013 and beyond with consumer and advertiser demand growing for our premium content and innovative products, video, services and ad formats.”
|In millions (except per share amounts)|
|Q3 2012||Q3 2011||Change|
|Adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization (OIBDA) (1)||$||97.9||$||87.2||12%|
|Net income (loss) attributable to AOL Inc.||$||20.8||$||(2.6)||NM|
|Cash provided by operating activities||$||101.8||$||82.5||23%|
|Free Cash Flow (1)||$||71.5||$||56.4||27%|
(1) See Page 9 for a reconciliation of Adjusted OIBDA and Free Cash Flow to the GAAP financial measures the Company considers most comparable.
KEY QUARTERLY TRENDS
- AOL’s total revenue was flat year-over-year, representing AOL’s best revenue performance in over 7 years.
Global Advertising revenue grew 7%, its sixth consecutive quarter of
year-over-year growth, reflecting:
- 7% year-over-year growth in combined AOL Properties Display and Third Party Network revenue, which totaled $248.2 million for the quarter.
- 18% growth in Third Party Network revenue, its sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth.
- 8% year-over-year growth in Search and Contextual revenue, representing AOL’s first quarter of year-over-year growth in over 3 years, driven primarily by continued double-digit growth in search revenue on AOL.com.
- Subscription trends continued to improve meaningfully with a 10% decline in revenue year-over-year and 1.8% monthly average churn compared to a 22% decline year-over-year in revenue and 2.2% monthly average churn in Q3 2011.
- AOL grew Adjusted OIBDA 12% year-over-year, the second consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth.
- AOL reduced Adjusted OIBDA expenses excluding Traffic Acquisition Costs (TAC) and one-time items sequentially for the fifth consecutive quarter. Additionally, these expenses declined $26.6 million, or 7% year-over-year in Q3 2012.
AOL continued to make progress in key internet growth areas:
- Video: The AOL On Network grew rapidly in both usage and revenue in Q3 2012, rising to the 2nd largest video network by views per comScore and growing revenue at double-digit rates both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter in Q3 2012.
- Brand Advertising: Increased advertiser adoption of AOL premium formats contributed to higher year-over-year reserved inventory pricing with the number of advertisers purchasing Project Devil ads continuing to grow at double-digit rates year-over-year and advertiser repeat usage of Devil remaining very strong.
- Advertising.com: The number of publishers joining the Advertising.com network and the number of impressions available for sale to advertisers continued to grow at double-digit rates, while the number of video impressions sold grew over 100% from Q3 2011.
- Local: Patch grew its traffic 19% year-over-year in September to 11.9 million unique visitors per comScore and frequency of visits grew both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year.
- Traffic: Unique visitors to AOL Properties in Q3 2012 were 111 million, growing 4% year-over-year.
Asset, Cash & Cash Flow Trends:
- On August 3rd, AOL announced the expiration of its modified "Dutch Auction" tender offer and the repurchase of approximately 300,000 shares of AOL's common stock at $30.00 per share.
- On August 27th, AOL announced its method of returning $1.1 billion, or 100% of the patent transaction proceeds, to shareholders through a fixed dollar collared Accelerated Stock Repurchase (ASR) agreement with Barclays Bank PLC. (Barclays) and the authorization of a $5.15 per share special, one-time, cash dividend.
- In addition to the approximately 300,000 shares acquired from the Dutch Auction, AOL has reduced its shares outstanding by a further 10.5 million shares as of today, based on shares delivered by Barclays under the ASR agreement. AOL expects to receive approximately 8 million additional shares by December 31, 2012, at which time AOL’s shares outstanding should be approximately 77 million shares. This represents an approximate 30% reduction in AOL’s shares outstanding from a high of approximately 107 million shares in 2011.
- AOL had approximately $867 million of cash and equivalents at September 30, 2012. Q3 cash provided by operating activities and Free Cash Flow were $101.8 million and $71.5 million, up 23% and 27% year-over-year, reflecting growth in operating income.
DISCUSSION OF RESULTS
|Q3 2012||Q3 2011||Change|
Display - domestic
|122.5||125.8||-3%||Q3 2012||Q3 2011||Change|
Display - international
Search and contextual
|91.8||85.1||8%||AOL Properties Display||$||135.4||$||136.7||-1%|
|227.2||221.8||2%||Third Party Network||112.8||95.9||18%|
Third Party Network
|112.8||95.9||18%||AOL Properties Display &|
|Total advertising revenue||340.0||317.7||7%||Third Party Network||$||248.2||$||232.6||7%|
Total revenue was flat year-over-year, representing AOL’s best year-over-year revenue performance in 7 years. Global advertising revenue grew 7% year-over-year in Q3 2012, reflecting continued double-digit growth in Third Party Network revenue, growth in Search and Contextual revenue for the first time in over 3 years and double-digit growth in international display revenue, partially offset by a decline in domestic display revenue.
Third Party Network revenue increased 18%, reflecting 8% growth in Advertising.com revenues and $9.6 million related to the inclusion of Ad.com Japan, which AOL began consolidating in Q1 2012. Advertising.com growth reflects an increase in publishers on the network and increased sales of premium packages and products, including video.
Search and contextual revenue grew year-over-year for the first time in over 3 years, driven by continued growth in search revenue on AOL.com through the optimization of both the consumer and advertiser experiences and by increased queries from marketing related efforts. Search and contextual revenue growth was impacted by a decline in queries from domestic AOL-brand access subscribers and from cobranded portals.
Global display revenue declined 1% year-over-year, reflecting a 3% decline in domestic display revenue, partially offset by double-digit growth in international display advertising revenue. Domestic display revenue declined due to a reduction in the sale of reserved inventory, but was partially offset by an increase in the number of impressions sold through Ad.com, growth in reserved pricing due to the increased sales of premium formats and video and strong revenue growth from Patch. International display revenue growth reflects continued growth in both the UK and Canada.
Subscription revenue declined 10%, its lowest rate of decline in over 6 years driven by continued lower churn versus the prior year period and 6% growth in domestic average monthly subscription revenue per AOL-brand access subscriber (ARPU), partially offset by a 16% decline in domestic AOL-brand access subscribers. ARPU growth reflects the impact of an ongoing price rationalization program. The program began in Q3 2011 and included the migration of certain individuals who had not previously received access service (and therefore were not included as domestic AOL-brand access subscribers) to a higher priced plan with additional services including the access service. This program, as previously disclosed, increased the number of AOL-brand access subscribers by approximately 200,000, positively impacting the total number of subscribers beginning in Q3 2011 and accounting for the sequential increase in the rate of decline in subscribers from 12% in Q2 to 16% in Q3 2012. Other revenue declines primarily reflect lower mobile carrier revenues. Revenue from mobile carriers represented 24% of total “Other revenue” in Q3 2011 and 8% in Q3 2012.
AOL’s operating income and Adjusted OIBDA grew meaningfully year-over-year primarily reflecting growth in advertising revenue, and lower costs of revenues. Costs of revenues continued to decline in Q3 2012, driven by lower network related expenses, personnel costs and reduced content costs related primarily to AOL’s reduced reliance on freelancers. Cost of revenues declines were partially offset by $13.1 million of increased TAC, primarily due to continued growth in Third Party Network advertising. Net and operating income also benefitted from a year-over-year decline in depreciation and amortization of $17.6 million related to certain intangible assets being fully amortized and the decommissioning of certain network equipment.
AOL had pre-tax income from operations of $45.1 million and a related income tax expense of $24.4 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 54.1% for the three months ended September 30, 2012, as compared to an effective tax rate of 136.6% for the three months ended September 30, 2011. The effective tax rate for the three months ended September 30, 2012 differed substantially from the statutory U.S. federal income tax rate of 35.0% primarily due to foreign losses that did not produce a tax benefit.
On August 27th, AOL adopted a Tax Asset Protection Plan (the “TAPP”) in an effort to preserve its significant domestic tax attributes, the utilization of which could be prohibited or significantly delayed should a “change of control” be triggered under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The TAPP is intended to act as a deterrent to any individual, individual fund or family of funds with common dispositive power of acquiring 4.9% or more of the AOL’s outstanding shares without the approval of the Board of Directors. Unless otherwise restricted, AOL can utilize these tax attributes in certain circumstances to offset future U.S. taxable income, including in connection with capital gains that may be generated from a potential asset sale. AOL believes the implementation of the TAPP will serve the interests of all shareholders given the size of its domestic tax assets and the potential damage that could occur should a change of control occur. This plan is similar to other arrangements adopted by many other public companies with significant tax attributes.
Q3 2012 cash provided by operating activities was $101.8 million, while Free Cash Flow was $71.5 million, up 23% and 27% year-over-year, respectively. Cash provided by operating activities and Free Cash Flow growth both reflect the year-over-year improvement in operating income.
Accelerated Stock Repurchase Agreement and Special Cash Dividend
On August 26, 2012, AOL entered into the ASR Agreement with Barclays effective August 27, 2012. Under the ASR Agreement, on August 30, 2012, we paid $654.1 million from cash on hand to Barclays to repurchase outstanding shares of common stock. The consideration paid to Barclays included $54.1 million in contemplation of the special cash dividend discussed further below, which was calculated as the present value of the special cash dividend with respect to those shares deliverable under the ASR Agreement prior to the ex-dividend date. The purchase price is also subject to floor and cap provisions establishing a minimum and maximum number of repurchased shares. The special cash dividend will be payable on December 14, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 5, with an ex-dividend date of December 3, 2012.
|Q3 2012||Q3 2011||Y/Y Change||Q2 2012||Q/Q Change|
Domestic AOL-brand access subscribers (in thousands) (1)
Domestic AOL-brand access subscriber monthly average churn (2)
|Unique Visitors (in millions) (3)|
Domestic average monthly unique visitors to AOL Properties
Domestic average monthly unique visitors to AOL Advertising Network
Domestic AOL-brand access subscribers include subscribers participating in introductory free-trial periods and subscribers that are paying no monthly fees or reduced monthly fees through member service and retention programs. Individuals, who have registered for our free offerings, including subscribers who have migrated from paid subscription plans, are not included in the AOL-brand access subscriber numbers presented above. ARPU is calculated as average monthly subscription revenue divided by the average monthly subscribers for the applicable period.
Churn represents the percentage of subscribers that are either terminated or cancel our services, factoring in new and reactivated subscribers. Monthly average churn is calculated as the monthly average number of terminations plus cancellations divided by the initial subscriber base plus any new registrations and reactivations for the applicable period.
See “Unique Visitor Metrics” on page 10 of this press release.
Webcast and Conference Call Information
AOL Inc. will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2012 financial results on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at 8:00 am ET. To access the call, parties in the United States and Canada should call toll-free (888) 396.2369 and other international parties should call (617) 847.8710. Additionally, a live webcast of the conference call, together with supplemental financial information, can be accessed through the Company's Investor Relations website at http://ir.aol.com. In addition, an archive of the webcast can be accessed through the link above for one year following the conference call, and an audio replay of the call will be available for two weeks following the conference call by calling (888) 286.8010 and other international parties should call (617) 801.6888. The access code for the replay is 79845370.
|Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income|
|(Unaudited; in millions, except per share amounts)|
|Three Months Ended September 30,||Nine Months Ended September 30,|
|Costs of revenues||382.3||397.9||1,163.1||1,190.2|
|General and administrative||97.2||95.5||301.2||333.5|
|Amortization of intangible assets||9.0||22.6||28.6||73.5|
|Income from licensing of intellectual property||–||–||(96.0)||–|
|(Gain) loss on disposal of assets, net||(0.3)||–||(946.1)||1.6|
Operating income (loss)
|Other income (loss), net||2.0||(1.5)||9.3||(2.6)|
Income (loss) from operations before income taxes
|Income tax provision (benefit)||24.4||9.7||130.7||(1.9)|
Net income (loss)
|Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests||0.1||–||0.4||–|
Net income (loss) attributable to AOL Inc.
|Per share information attributable to AOL Inc. common stockholders:|
|Basic net income (loss) per common share||$||0.22||$||(0.02)||$||10.82||$||(0.09)|
|Diluted net income (loss) per common share||$||0.22||$||(0.02)||$||10.64||$||(0.09)|
|Shares used in computing basic income (loss) per common share||92.6||106.2||93.6||106.7|
|Shares used in computing diluted income (loss) per common share||96.0||106.2||95.2||106.7|
|Cash dividends declared per common share||$||5.15||$||-||$||5.15||$||-|
|Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to AOL Inc.:|
|Comprehensive income (loss)||$||22.6||$||(7.1)||$||1,000.0||$||0.6|
|Comprehensive (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests||0.1||–||0.6||–|
|Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to AOL Inc.||$||22.7||$||(7.1)||$||1,000.6||$||0.6|
|Depreciation expense by function:|
Costs of revenues
General and administrative
Total depreciation expense
|Equity-based compensation by function:|
Costs of revenues
General and administrative
Total equity-based compensation
|Retention compensation expense related to acquired companies by function: (1)|
Costs of revenues
General and administrative
Total retention compensation expense related to acquired companies
|Traffic Acquisition Costs (included in costs of revenues)||$||89.6||$||76.5||$||252.8||$||222.2|
These amounts relate to incentive cash compensation arrangements with employees of acquired companies made at the time of acquisition. Incentive compensation amounts are recorded as retention compensation expense over the future service period of the employees of the acquired companies.
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(In millions, except per share amounts)|
|September 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and equivalents||$||867.1||$||407.5|
|Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $7.2 and $8.3, respectively||303.1||311.5|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||27.9||36.9|
|Deferred income taxes||38.1||53.7|
|Total current assets||1,236.2||809.6|
|Property and equipment, net||487.3||505.2|
|Intangible assets, net||129.2||135.2|
|Long-term deferred income taxes||169.0||259.2|
|Other long-term assets||62.7||51.8|
|Liabilities and Equity|
|Accrued compensation and benefits||117.2||152.8|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||163.3||171.6|
|Current portion of obligations under capital leases||49.4||44.6|
|Total current liabilities||916.2||514.8|
|Long-term portion of obligations under capital leases||60.8||66.2|
|Long-term deferred income taxes||6.7||3.5|
|Other long-term liabilities||81.0||67.9|
Redeemable noncontrolling interest
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 109.2 million shares issued and 90.1
outstanding as of September 30, 2012 and 107.0 million shares issued and 94.3
million shares outstanding as of December 31, 2011
|Additional paid-in capital||2,953.0||3,422.4|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net||(299.6||)||(287.5||)|
Treasury stock, at cost, 19.1 million shares at September 30, 2012
and 12.7 million
shares at December 31, 2011
|Total stockholders' equity||2,082.4||2,172.6|
|Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest and equity||$||3,160.9||$||2,825.0|
|Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows|
|(Unaudited; in millions)|
|Nine Months Ended September 30,|
|Net income (loss)||$||1,012.3||$||(9.7||)|
|Adjustments for non-cash and non-operating items:|
Depreciation and amortization
Asset impairments and write-offs
(Gain) loss on step acquisitions and disposal of assets, net
Deferred income taxes
Other non-cash adjustments
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions||(30.0||)||(29.9||)|
|Cash provided by continuing operations||288.9||196.4|
|Investments and acquisitions, net of cash acquired||(10.3||)||(374.8||)|
|Proceeds from disposal of assets, net||951.5||2.9|
|Capital expenditures and product development costs||(49.0||)||(67.9||)|
|Cash provided (used) by investing activities||892.2||(439.8||)|
|Repurchase of common stock||(698.7||)||(69.2||)|
|Principal payments on capital leases||(41.1||)||(36.4||)|
|Tax withholdings related to net share settlements of restricted stock units||(6.3||)||(0.3||)|
|Decrease (increase) in cash collateral securing letters of credit||0.3||(12.6||)|
|Proceeds from exercise of stock options||26.1||0.6|
|Cash used by financing activities||(719.7||)||(117.9||)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and equivalents||(1.8||)||3.6|
|Increase (decrease) in cash and equivalents||459.6||(357.7||)|
|Cash and equivalents at beginning of period||407.5||801.8|
|Cash and equivalents at end of period||$||867.1||$||444.1|
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION – UNAUDITED
Items impacting comparability: The following table represents certain items that impacted the comparability of net income attributable to AOL Inc. for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 (In millions, except per share amounts):
Three Months Ended
Nine Months Ended
|Equity-based compensation expense||(11.1||)||(10.3||)||(28.3||)||(31.7||)|
|Retention compensation expense related to acquired companies (1)||(2.4||)||(9.9||)||(9.6||)||(28.9||)|
|Costs related to proxy contest||–||–||(10.6||)||–|
|Costs related to patent sale and return of proceeds to shareholders||(3.0||)||–||(9.4||)||–|
|Gain on consolidation of Ad.com Japan (2)||–||–||10.8||–|
|Income from licensing of intellectual property||–||–||96.0||–|
|Gain on sale of patents||0.3||–||946.1||–|
|Settlement of tax matters||–||–||(9.6||)||–|
|Income tax impact (3)||5.0||8.5||(47.3||)||34.7|
|Income tax benefit related to worthless stock deduction||–||–||–||7.1|
|After-tax impact of items impacting comparability of net income||$||(11.9||)||$||(19.0||)||$||930.0||$||(64.0||)|
|Impact per basic common share||$||(0.13||)||$||(0.18||)||$||9.94||$||(0.60||)|
|Impact per diluted common share||$||(0.12||)||$||(0.18||)||$||9.77||$||(0.60||)|
|Effective tax rate (4)||39.5||%||39.0||%||39.5||%||39.0||%|
These amounts relate to incentive cash compensation arrangements with employees of acquired companies made at the time of acquisition. Incentive compensation amounts are recorded as retention compensation expense over the future service period of the employees of the acquired companies. For tax purposes, a portion of these costs are treated as additional basis in the acquired entity and are not deductible until disposition of the acquired entity.
|(2)||During the three months ended March 31, 2012, AOL purchased an additional interest in a joint venture, Ad.com Japan and gained control of the board and day-to-day operations of the joint venture. As a result, beginning in February 2012, AOL consolidated the results of Ad.com Japan and upon closing of the transaction, AOL recorded a noncash gain of approximately $10.8 million related to our pre-existing investment in Ad.com Japan.|
|(3)||The income tax impact for the gain on consolidation of Ad.com Japan, licensing of intellectual property and gain on sale of patents is calculated by using the actual tax expense for the transactions. The income tax impact for all remaining items is calculated by applying the normalized annual effective tax rate to deductible items. Items that are not deductible include a portion of the retention compensation expense, discussed above.|
|(4)||For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, the effective tax rate was calculated based on AOL's 2012 projected normalized annual effective tax rate. The effective tax rate for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 was calculated based upon AOL's 2011 normalized annual effective tax rate.|
|Reconciliation of Adjusted OIBDA to Operating Income (Loss) and Free Cash Flow to Cash Provided by Operating Activities|
|(Unaudited; in millions)|
Three Months Ended September 30,
Nine Months Ended September 30,
|Operating income (loss)||$||43.1||$||8.6||$||1,133.7||$||(9.0||)|
|Add: Amortization of intangible assets||9.0||22.6||28.6||73.5|
|Add: Restructuring costs||0.4||7.1||7.7||35.5|
|Add: Equity-based compensation||11.1||10.3||28.3||31.7|
|Add: Asset impairments and write-offs||0.2||0.9||3.0||5.1|
|Add: Losses/(gains) on disposal of assets, net||(0.2||)||(0.6||)||(946.6||)||1.0|
|Cash provided by operating activities||$||101.8||$||82.5||$||288.9||$||196.4|
|Less: Capital expenditures and product development costs||17.3||14.0||49.0||67.9|
|Less: Principal payments on capital leases||13.0||12.1||41.1||36.4|
|Free Cash Flow||$||71.5||$||56.4||$||198.8||$||92.1|
Note Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release and its attachments include the financial measures Adjusted OIBDA and Free Cash Flow, both of which are defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These measures may be different than similarly-titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Explanations of our non-GAAP financial measures are as follows:
Adjusted OIBDA. We define Adjusted OIBDA as operating income before depreciation and amortization excluding the impact of restructuring costs, noncash equity-based compensation, gains and losses on all disposals of assets (including those recorded in costs of revenues) and noncash asset impairments and write-offs. We consider Adjusted OIBDA to be a useful metric for management and investors to evaluate and compare the ongoing operating performance of our business on a consistent basis across reporting periods, as it eliminates the effect of noncash items such as depreciation of tangible assets, amortization of intangible assets that were primarily recognized in business combinations, asset impairments and write-offs, as well as the effect of restructurings and gains and losses on asset sales, which we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance. We exclude the impacts of equity-based compensation to allow us to be more closely aligned with the industry and analyst community. A limitation of this measure, however, is that it does not reflect the periodic costs of certain capitalized tangible and intangible assets used in generating revenues in our business or the current or future expected cash expenditures for restructuring costs. The Adjusted OIBDA measure also does not include equity-based compensation, which is and will remain a key element of our overall long-term compensation package. Moreover, the Adjusted OIBDA measures do not reflect gains and losses on asset sales or impairment charges and write-offs related to goodwill, intangible assets and fixed assets which impact our operating performance. We evaluate the investments in such tangible and intangible assets through other financial measures, such as capital expenditure budgets, investment spending levels and return on capital.
Free Cash Flow. We define Free Cash Flow as cash provided by operating activities, less capital expenditures, product development costs and principal payments on capital leases. We consider Free Cash Flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by the business that, after capital expenditures, capitalized product development costs and principal payments on capital leases, can be used for strategic opportunities, including investing in our business, making strategic acquisitions, and strengthening the balance sheet. Analysis of Free Cash Flow also facilitates management's comparisons of our operating results to competitors' operating results. A limitation on the use of this metric is that Free Cash Flow does not represent the total increase or decrease in cash for the period because it excludes certain non-operating cash flows.
Unique Visitor Metrics
We utilize unique visitor numbers to evaluate the performance of AOL Properties. In addition, we utilize unique visitor numbers to evaluate the reach of our total advertising network, which includes both AOL Properties and the Third Party Network. Unique visitor numbers provide an indication of our consumer reach. Although our consumer reach does not correlate directly to advertising revenue, we believe that our ability to broadly reach diverse demographic and geographic audiences is attractive to brand advertisers seeking to promote their brands to a variety of consumers without having to partner with multiple content providers. The source for our unique visitor information is a third party (comScore Media Metrix, or “Media Metrix”). While we are familiar with the general methodologies and processes that Media Metrix uses in estimating unique visitors, we have not performed independent testing or validation of Media Metrix’s data collection systems or proprietary statistical models, and therefore we can provide no assurance as to the accuracy of the information that Media Metrix provides.
Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release and our conference call at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time today may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding business strategies, market potential, future financial and operational performance and other matters. Words such as “anticipates,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “intends,” “plans,” “will,” “believes” and words and terms of similar substance used in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs about future events. As with any projection or forecast, they are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Except as required by law, we are under no obligation to, and expressly disclaim any obligation to, update or alter any forward-looking statements whether as a result of such changes, new information, subsequent events or otherwise. Various factors could adversely affect our operations, business or financial results in the future and cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including those factors discussed in detail in the “Risk Factors” section contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 (the “Annual Report”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, we operate a web services company in a highly competitive, rapidly changing and consumer- and technology-driven industry. This industry is affected by government regulation, economic, strategic, political and social conditions, consumer response to new and existing products and services, technological developments and, particularly in view of new technologies, the continued ability to protect intellectual property rights. Our actual results could differ materially from management’s expectations because of changes in such factors. Achieving our business and financial objectives, including improved financial results and maintenance of a strong balance sheet and liquidity position, could be adversely affected by the factors discussed or referenced under the “Risk Factors” section contained in the Annual Report as well as, among other things: 1) changes in our plans, strategies and intentions; 2) potential fluctuation in market valuations associated with our cash flows and revenues; 3) the impact of significant acquisitions, dispositions and other similar transactions; 4) our ability to attract and retain key employees; 5) any negative unintended consequences of cost reductions, restructuring actions or similar efforts, including with respect to any associated savings, charges or other amounts; 6) market adoption of new products and services; 7) our ability to attract and retain unique visitors to our properties; 8) asset impairments; and 9) the impact of “cyber-warfare” or terrorist acts and hostilities.
AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is a brand company, committed to continuously innovating, growing, and investing in brands and experiences that inform, entertain, and connect the world. The home of a world-class collection of premium brands, AOL creates original content that engages audiences on a local and global scale. We help marketers connect with these audiences through effective and engaging digital advertising solutions.
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When it comes to IoT in the enterprise, namely the commercial building and hospitality markets, a benefit not getting the attention it deserves is energy efficiency, and IoT’s direct impact on a cleaner, greener environment when installed in smart buildings. Until now clean technology was offered piecemeal and led with point solutions that require significant systems integration to orchestrate and deploy. There didn't exist a 'top down' approach that can manage and monitor the way a Smart Building actually breathes - immediately flagging overheating in a closet or over cooling in unoccupied ho...
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As more and more data is generated from a variety of connected devices, the need to get insights from this data and predict future behavior and trends is increasingly essential for businesses. Real-time stream processing is needed in a variety of different industries such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Automobile, Finance, Online Retail, Smart Grids, and Healthcare. Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed distributed stream computation service that provides low latency, scalable processing of streaming data in the cloud with an enterprise grade SLA. It features built-in integration with Azur...
Oct. 6, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 731
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Oct. 6, 2015 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 566
The enterprise is being consumerized, and the consumer is being enterprised. Moore's Law does not matter anymore, the future belongs to business virtualization powered by invisible service architecture, powered by hyperscale and hyperconvergence, and facilitated by vertical streaming and horizontal scaling and consolidation. Both buyers and sellers want instant results, and from paperwork to paperless to mindless is the ultimate goal for any seamless transaction. The sweetest sweet spot in innovation is automation. The most painful pain point for any business is the mismatch between supplies a...
Oct. 6, 2015 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 130
The broad selection of hardware, the rapid evolution of operating systems and the time-to-market for mobile apps has been so rapid that new challenges for developers and engineers arise every day. Security, testing, hosting, and other metrics have to be considered through the process. In his session at Big Data Expo, Walter Maguire, Chief Field Technologist, HP Big Data Group, at Hewlett-Packard, will discuss the challenges faced by developers and a composite Big Data applications builder, focusing on how to help solve the problems that developers are continuously battling.
Oct. 6, 2015 04:00 AM EDT Reads: 408
SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM Cloud Data Services has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. IBM Cloud Data Services offers a portfolio of integrated, best-of-breed cloud data services for developers focused on mobile computing and analytics use cases.
Oct. 5, 2015 11:00 PM EDT Reads: 610
Mobile messaging has been a popular communication channel for more than 20 years. Finnish engineer Matti Makkonen invented the idea for SMS (Short Message Service) in 1984, making his vision a reality on December 3, 1992 by sending the first message ("Happy Christmas") from a PC to a cell phone. Since then, the technology has evolved immensely, from both a technology standpoint, and in our everyday uses for it. Originally used for person-to-person (P2P) communication, i.e., Sally sends a text message to Betty – mobile messaging now offers tremendous value to businesses for customer and empl...
Oct. 5, 2015 01:15 PM EDT Reads: 161
SYS-CON Events announced today that ProfitBricks, the provider of painless cloud infrastructure, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. ProfitBricks is the IaaS provider that offers a painless cloud experience for all IT users, with no learning curve. ProfitBricks boasts flexible cloud servers and networking, an integrated Data Center Designer tool for visual control over the cloud and the best price/performance value available. ProfitBricks was named one of the coolest Clo...
Oct. 5, 2015 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 729
“The Internet of Things transforms the way organizations leverage machine data and gain insights from it,” noted Splunk’s CTO Snehal Antani, as Splunk announced accelerated momentum in Industrial Data and the IoT. The trend is driven by Splunk’s continued investment in its products and partner ecosystem as well as the creativity of customers and the flexibility to deploy Splunk IoT solutions as software, cloud services or in a hybrid environment. Customers are using Splunk® solutions to collect and correlate data from control systems, sensors, mobile devices and IT systems for a variety of Ind...
Oct. 5, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 576
Organizations already struggle with the simple collection of data resulting from the proliferation of IoT, lacking the right infrastructure to manage it. They can't only rely on the cloud to collect and utilize this data because many applications still require dedicated infrastructure for security, redundancy, performance, etc. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Emil Sayegh, CEO of Codero Hosting, will discuss how in order to resolve the inherent issues, companies need to combine dedicated and cloud solutions through hybrid hosting – a sustainable solution for the data required to manage I...
Oct. 5, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 425
You have your devices and your data, but what about the rest of your Internet of Things story? Two popular classes of technologies that nicely handle the Big Data analytics for Internet of Things are Apache Hadoop and NoSQL. Hadoop is designed for parallelizing analytical work across many servers and is ideal for the massive data volumes you create with IoT devices. NoSQL databases such as Apache HBase are ideal for storing and retrieving IoT data as “time series data.”
Oct. 5, 2015 11:45 AM EDT Reads: 450
Clearly the way forward is to move to cloud be it bare metal, VMs or containers. One aspect of the current public clouds that is slowing this cloud migration is cloud lock-in. Every cloud vendor is trying to make it very difficult to move out once a customer has chosen their cloud. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Naveen Nimmu, CEO of Clouber, Inc., will advocate that making the inter-cloud migration as simple as changing airlines would help the entire industry to quickly adopt the cloud without worrying about any lock-in fears. In fact by having standard APIs for IaaS would help PaaS expl...
Oct. 5, 2015 11:30 AM EDT Reads: 530
Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bradley Holt, Developer Advocate at IBM Cloud Data Services, will demonstrate techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user experience, both offline and online. The focus of this talk will be on IBM Cloudant, Apa...
Oct. 5, 2015 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 438
As enterprises capture more and more data of all types – structured, semi-structured, and unstructured – data discovery requirements for business intelligence (BI), Big Data, and predictive analytics initiatives grow more complex. A company’s ability to become data-driven and compete on analytics depends on the speed with which it can provision their analytics applications with all relevant information. The task of finding data has traditionally resided with IT, but now organizations increasingly turn towards data source discovery tools to find the right data, in context, for business users, d...
Oct. 5, 2015 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 377
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a software development company, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software development company with representative offices in Atlanta (US), Sheffield (UK) and Würzburg (Germany); and development centers in Ukraine. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business managers to a full-scale mobile software company with over 150 developers, designers, quality assurance engineers, project manage...
Oct. 5, 2015 05:00 AM EDT Reads: 732
Learn how IoT, cloud, social networks and last but not least, humans, can be integrated into a seamless integration of cooperative organisms both cybernetic and biological. This has been enabled by recent advances in IoT device capabilities, messaging frameworks, presence and collaboration services, where devices can share information and make independent and human assisted decisions based upon social status from other entities. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Heydt, founder of Seamless Thingies, will discuss and demonstrate how devices and humans can be integrated from a simple clust...
Oct. 4, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 625
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloud Raxak has been named “Media & Session Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Raxak Protect automates security compliance across private and public clouds. Using the SaaS tool or managed service, developers can deploy cloud apps quickly, cost-effectively, and without error.
Oct. 3, 2015 01:15 PM EDT Reads: 624
Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ben Klang, Founder & President of Mojo Lingo, will discuss the impact of technology on identity. Should we federate, or not? How should identity be secured? Who owns the identity? How is identity ...
Oct. 3, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 417