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CyberAgent Reports First Quarter Results; Revenue Up 27%, Net Income Up 58.3%

Tokyo, Jan 31, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - CyberAgent, Inc. (TSE: 4751), a Tokyo-based leader in Internet media markets, has announced results for the first quarter ended December 31, 2012. Net sales reached 40,825 million yen (up 27.0% from the same period of the previous year); operating income reached 1,543 million yen (down 68.6%); ordinary income reached 1,622 million yen (down 66.8%); and quarterly net income reached 3,251 million yen (up 58.3%).

The number of smartphones shipped in 2012 was 31.1 million (73.3% of overall shipments), and 35.1 million (80.3% of overall shipments) are forecast to be shipped in 2013 with the adoption of smartphones continuing at an increased pace(1). With the rapid adoption of smartphones, the marketplace for downloadable content is expanding as well, reaching 1.6 trillion yen in 2012 and forecast to be approximately 2.0 trillion yen by 2017. The social game market is growing especially rapidly, worth 538.5 billion yen in 2012 and forecast to grow to 615 billion yen in 2013(2).

Under such conditions, the Group focused operating resources on smartphone businesses, with the smartphone community and game SNS "Ameba" starting in earnest and large scale promotions carried out with television commercials and transportation advertising. Business restructuring was also carried out, making a decision to sell FX businesses (sale completed on January 31).

1) Consolidated Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended December 31, 2012

A. Business Results (millions of yen)
First Quarter Results 12/31/2012 % 12/31/2011 %
Net Sales 40,825 27.0 32,146 11.7
Operating Income 1,543 (68.6) 4,915 38.1
Ordinary Income 1,622 (66.8) 4,888 40.0
Net Income 3,251 58.3 2,054 39.7
Net Income/Share(y) 5,022.10 3,169.23
Diluted Net Income/Share(y) -- 3,168.14
B. Financial Position
Total Assets 141,522 136,366
Net Assets 45,770 43,594
Shlders' Eqty Ratio(%) 30.3 30.6
C. Dividends
Year ended 2013 (Forecast) 2012
(y) 3,500 3,500
D. Forecast for Fiscal Year 2013
Year Ending September 30, 2013 Change
Net Sales 170,000 20.5
Operating Income 10,000 (42.6)
Ordinary Income 10,000 (41.7)
Net Income 12,000 40.8
Net Income/Share(y) 18,535.99 --

2) Results by Business Segment

As of the first quarter of this consolidated accounting period, the division of the reporting segments has been changed, so for comparisons to the same period the previous year the values from the previous year have been changed to follow the new segment divisions.

(a) Ameba business

The Ameba business includes Ameba, Ameba Pigg and AMoAd, etc. For this business, there were large scale promotion activities of approximately 3 billion yen for the smartphone community and game SNS Ameba, and new smartphone media businesses that were previously part of Internet advertisement agency business (formerly comprehensive Internet business) were consolidated.

As a result, net sales totaled 6,561 million yen (up 7.9% from the same period of the previous year), and we recorded an operating loss of 3,102 million yen (an operating income of 1,749 million yen in the same period of the previous year).

(b) SAP and other media businesses

The SAP and other media businesses includes CA Mobile, LTD. and SAP (social game) businesses in our Group companies such as Cygames Inc., Applibot, Inc., and Sumzap, Inc. For these businesses, with active expansion of SAP businesses both domestically and internationally, net sales totaled 15,750 million yen (up 65.6% from the same period of the previous year), and we recorded an operating income of 1,011 million yen (up 11.2% from the same period of the previous year).

(c) Internet advertisement business

Internet advertisement business includes advertising agency businesses and SEM (search engine marketing), centered on the Company's internet advertising business department. For this business, with healthy sales of smartphone advertising, net sales totaled 18,876 million yen (up 13.4% from the same period of the previous year), and we recorded an operating income of 1,931 million yen (up 57.3% from the same period of the previous year).

(d) Investment development business

Our investment development business includes the Company's corporate venture capital business, and fund operation in CyberAgent Ventures, Inc. It discovers, develops and generates value for promising venture companies both within Japan and in Asian countries.

In the current business year, due mainly to sales of shares, net sales totaled 889 million yen (up 1,566.3% from the same period of the previous year), and we recorded an operating income of 628 million yen (an operating loss of 69 million yen for the same period of the previous year).

(e) FX business

The FX business includes foreign exchange margin trading in CyberAgent FX, Inc. In the current business year, although the number of account openings and deposit accounts increased steadily, net sales totaled 1,896 million yen (down 6.5% from the same period of the previous year), and we recorded an operating income of 1,074 million yen (down 2.1% from the same period of the previous year).

3) Forecast for Fiscal Year 2013

In this period new smartphone media businesses that were previously part of Internet Advertisement Agency Business (formerly Comprehensive Internet Business) were consolidated into Ameba moving towards the success of the smartphone community and game SNS Ameba, and business restructuring was engaged in by selling the FX business (selling all CyberAgent FX, Inc. shares).

For sales, with expanded smartphone fees mainly from Ameba and SAP businesses as well as the growth of smartphone advertising in Internet advertising 170 billion yen are forecast.

For operating income, the strategic investment of approximately 3 billion yen into promoting the Ameba business in the first quarter resulted in a temporary decrease in income, but in the second quarter onwards the sale of the FX business and contributions from advertising income and digital item sales from smartphone lead to a forecast of 10 billion yen operating income for the full year.

For net income, extraordinary income from profits selling the FX business and sales of a portion of Cygames, Inc. shares lead to a forecast 12 billion yen net income.

Medium term forecasts of performance results are not given, as the environment surrounding the Internet is highly variable and the Group's results may fluctuate significantly in the short term.

The forecast values indicated above are based upon information available at this time, and actual results may vary significantly due to a number of uncertain factors.

Today, CyberAgent also announced that notice regarding decisions on the acquisition of treasury stocks, details are here.

(1) MM Research Institute, Ltd.
(2) Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.

4) Segment Information

Current consolidated first quarter (Oct 1, 2012 to Dec 31, 2012)
(millions of yen)
Net Sales
(1)Sales to external customers
4,927 15,547 17,565 889 1,896 40,825 -- 40,825
(2)Intersegment internal sales or transferred amount
1,634 202 1,311 0 -- 3,148 (3,148) --
Total 6,561 15,750 18,876 889 1,896 43,974 (3,148) 40,825
Segment income (loss)
(3,102) 1,011 1,931 628 1,074 1,543 -- 1,543
A. Ameba business
B. SAP and other media businesses
C. Internet advertisement business
D. Investment development business
F. Subtotal
G. Adjustment amount
H. Consolidated quarterly balance sheet amount

About CyberAgent, Inc.

Founded in 1998, CyberAgent, Inc. is a leading Internet company focused on its smartphone social community and game SNS platform Ameba and has provided many kinds of businesses in Japan including being the largest social game provider, the internet Ad, and the corporate venture capital. CyberAgent maintains operations in the U.S., China, Vietnam, Japan with corporate headquarters located in Tokyo, Japan. The company generated annual sales of more than $1.6 billion in FY2012 ended September 2012. CyberAgent is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Mothers (4751). For additional information on the company and its offerings, please visit www.cyberagent.info or contact [email protected].

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