Google Reports Q4
"We are very pleased with our results for the fourth quarter as we achieved excellent performance across our businesses," said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google. "We generated significant revenue growth in our core search and advertising business, driven by continued strength in traffic and monetization. We will continue to invest significantly as we develop innovative new products and as we extend our core technologies to new user access points and to different channels."
Q4 Financial Summary
Google reported revenues of $1.919 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2005, an increase of 86% compared to the fourth quarter of 2004 and an increase of 22% compared to the third quarter of 2005. Google reports its revenues, consistent with GAAP, on a gross basis without deducting traffic acquisition costs, or TAC. In the fourth quarter, TAC totaled $629 million, or 33% percent of advertising revenues.
Google reports operating income, net income and earnings per share (EPS) on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. The non-GAAP measures are described below and reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measure in the section below titled "About non-GAAP financial measures."
GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter was $570 million, or 29.7% of revenues. This compares to GAAP operating income of $529 million, or 33.5% of revenues, in the third quarter. Non-GAAP operating income in the fourth quarter was $718 million, or 37.4% of revenues. This compares to non-GAAP operating income of $596 million, or 37.8% of revenues, in the third quarter.
GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $372 million as compared to $381 million in the third quarter. Non-GAAP net income was $469 million, compared to $437 million in the third quarter.
GAAP EPS for the fourth quarter was $1.22 on 304 million diluted shares outstanding, compared to $1.32 for the third quarter, on 290 million diluted shares outstanding. Non-GAAP EPS was $1.54, compared to $1.51 in the third quarter.
Our effective tax rate for the fourth quarter increased to 41.8% this quarter, and to 31.6% for the year, above our previously announced expectation of approximately 30% for the year. Primarily because the proportion of total expenses allocated to our international operations was greater than we anticipated, more of our profits were taxed at a higher domestic tax rate; this resulted in a greater effective tax rate compared to our expectations. We expect our effective tax rate for 2006 to be approximately 30%.
Non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP EPS are computed net of certain material items: stock-based compensation (SBC), in-process research and development (IPR&D) charges, and also Google's contribution to the Google Foundation of $90 million, which the company made in the fourth quarter of 2005. In the fourth quarter, the charge related to stock-based compensation was $58 million as compared to $46 million in the third quarter. IPR&D charges were immaterial in the fourth quarter of 2005, compared to $21 million in the third quarter. Tax benefits related to stock-based compensation charges and the contribution to the Google Foundation have been excluded from non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS. The tax benefit related to SBC was $14 million in the fourth quarter and $11 million in the third quarter, and the tax benefit related to the contribution to the Google Foundation in the fourth quarter was $37 million. Google does not expect to make further donations to the Google Foundation for the foreseeable future. Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to GAAP operating income, net income, and EPS are included at the end of this release.
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