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Google heeft haar financiele resultaten bekend gemaakt over het 4e kwartaal van 2007. De zoekmachine boekt over het vierde kwartaal van 2007 een netto-winst van 1,21 miljard dollar op een omzet van 4,83 miljard dollar. Dat is 51% meer dan vorig jaar en 14 procent meer dan de $4,23 miljard in het 3e kwartaal. Dat lijken weer prachitige cijfers. De winst blijft volgens analisten echter achter bij de verwachtingen. 

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GOOGLE ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR 2007 RESULTS 
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – January 31, 2008 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.
 
"We're very pleased with our performance this quarter," said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.  "It reflects strong momentum in our core business, growing receptivity to our new business initiatives, and improved discipline in managing our operating expenses."
 
Q4 Financial Summary 
 
Google reported revenues of $4.83 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2007, an increase of 51% compared to the fourth quarter of 2006 and an increase of 14% compared to the third quarter of 2007.  Google reports its revenues, consistent with GAAP, on a gross basis without deducting traffic acquisition costs, or TAC.  In the fourth quarter of 2007, TAC totaled $1.44 billion, or 30% 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, as well as free cash flow, an alternative non-GAAP measure of liquidity, are described below and are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measures in the accompanying financial tables.  
 
•    GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $1.44 billion, or 30% of revenues.  This compares to GAAP operating income of $1.32 billion, or 31% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2007.  Non-GAAP operating income in the fourth quarter of 2007 was $1.69 billion, or 35% of revenues. This compares to non-GAAP operating income of $1.52 billion, or 36% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2007.    
•    GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $1.21 billion as compared to $1.07 billion in the third quarter of 2007.  Non-GAAP net income in the fourth quarter of 2007 was $1.41 billion, compared to $1.24 billion in the third quarter of 2007.  
•    GAAP EPS for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $3.79 on 318 million diluted shares outstanding, compared to $3.38 for the third quarter of 2007 on 317 million diluted shares outstanding.  Non-GAAP EPS in the fourth quarter of 2007 was $4.43, compared to $3.91 in the third quarter of 2007.
•    Non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP EPS are computed net of stock-based compensation (SBC).  In the fourth quarter of 2007, the charge related to SBC was $245 million as compared to $198 million in the third quarter of 2007.  Tax benefits related to SBC have also been excluded from these non-GAAP measures.  The tax benefit related to SBC was $42 million in the fourth quarter of 2007 and $31 million in the third quarter of 2007.  Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to GAAP operating income, operating margin, net income, and EPS are included at the end of this release.  
Q4 Financial Highlights 
 
Revenues – Google reported revenues of $4.83 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2007, representing a 51% increase over fourth quarter 2006 revenues of $3.21 billion and a 14% increase over third quarter 2007 revenues of $4.23 billion.  Google reports its revenues, consistent with GAAP, on a gross basis without deducting TAC. 
 
Google Sites Revenues - Google-owned sites generated revenues of $3.12 billion, or 65% of total revenues, in the fourth quarter of 2007.  This represents a 58% increase over fourth quarter 2006 revenues of $1.98 billion and a 14% increase over third quarter 2007 revenues of $2.73 billion.   
 
Google Network Revenues - Google's partner sites generated revenues, through AdSense programs, of $1.64 billion, or 34% of total revenues, in the fourth quarter of 2007.  This represents a 37% increase over network revenues of $1.20 billion generated in the fourth quarter of 2006 and a 12% increase over third quarter 2007 revenues of $1.45 billion.  
 
International Revenues - Revenues from outside of the United States totaled $2.32 billion, representing 48% of total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2007, compared to 44% in the fourth quarter of 2006 and 48% in the third quarter of 2007.  Had foreign exchange rates remained constant from the third quarter of 2007 through the fourth quarter of 2007, our revenues in the fourth quarter of 2007 would have been $94 million lower. Had foreign exchange rates remained constant from the fourth quarter of 2006 through the fourth quarter of 2007, our revenues in the fourth quarter of 2007 would have been $195 million lower.

Revenues from the United Kingdom totaled $692 million, representing 14% of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2007, compared to 15% in the fourth quarter of 2006 and 16% in the third quarter of 2007.
 
Paid Clicks – Aggregate paid clicks, which include clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our AdSense partners, increased approximately 30% over the fourth quarter of 2006 and approximately 9% over the third quarter of 2007.
 
TAC - Traffic Acquisition Costs, the portion of revenues shared with Google's partners, increased to $1.44 billion in the fourth quarter of 2007.  This compares to TAC of $1.22 billion in the third quarter of 2007.  TAC as a percentage of advertising revenues was 30% in the fourth quarter, compared to 29% in the third quarter of 2007.
 
The majority of TAC expense is related to amounts ultimately paid to our AdSense partners, which totaled $1.31 billion in the fourth quarter of 2007.  TAC is also related to amounts ultimately paid to certain distribution partners and others who direct traffic to our website, which totaled $125 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. 
 
Other Cost of Revenues - Other cost of revenues, which is comprised primarily of data center operational expenses, credit card processing charges as well as content acquisition costs, increased to $516 million, or 11% of revenues, in the fourth quarter of 2007, compared to $441 million, or 10% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2007.  
 
Operating Expenses - Operating expenses, other than cost of revenues, were $1.43 billion in the fourth quarter of 2007, or 30% of revenues, compared to $1.25 billion in the third quarter of 2007, or 30% of revenues.  The operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2007 included $756 million in payroll-related and facilities expenses, compared to $659 million in the third quarter of 2007.
 
Stock-Based Compensation (SBC) – In the fourth quarter of 2007, the total charge related to SBC was $245 million as compared to $198 million in the third quarter of 2007.     
 
We currently estimate stock-based compensation charges for grants to employees prior to January 1, 2008 to be approximately $950 million for 2008.  This does not include expenses to be recognized related to employee stock awards that are granted after January 1, 2008 or non-employee stock awards that have been or may be granted.  We currently anticipate that dilution related to all equity grants to employees will be at or below 2% this year.
 
Operating Income - GAAP operating income in the fourth quarter of 2007 was $1.44 billion, or 30% of revenues.  This compares to GAAP operating income of $1.32 billion, or 31% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2007.  Non-GAAP operating income in the fourth quarter of 2007 was $1.69 billion, or 35% of revenues.  This compares to non-GAAP operating income of $1.52 billion, or 36% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2007.
 
Net Income – GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $1.21 billion as compared to $1.07 billion in the third quarter of 2007.  Non-GAAP net income was $1.41 billion in the fourth quarter of 2007, compared to $1.24 billion in the third quarter of 2007.  GAAP EPS for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $3.79 on 318 million diluted shares outstanding, compared to $3.38 for the third quarter of 2007, on 317 million diluted shares outstanding.  Non-GAAP EPS for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $4.43, compared to $3.91 in the third quarter of 2007. 
 
Income Taxes – Our effective tax rate was 25.0% for the fourth quarter of 2007 compared to 27.3% in the third quarter of 2007.  The tax rate in the fourth quarter was more favorably impacted by our R&D credit as a result of our stock option activity 

Cash Flow and Capital Expenditures – Net cash provided by operating activities for the fourth quarter of 2007 totaled $1.69 billion as compared to $1.63 billion for the third quarter of 2007.  In the fourth quarter of 2007, capital expenditures were $678 million, the majority of which was related to IT infrastructure investments, including data centers, servers, and networking equipment.  Free cash flow, an alternative non-GAAP measure of liquidity, is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures.  In the fourth quarter of 2007, free cash flow was $1.02 billion. 
 
We expect to continue to make significant capital expenditures. A reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities, the GAAP measure of liquidity, is included at the end of this release. 
 
Cash – As of December 31, 2007, cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $14.2 billion. On a worldwide basis, Google employed 16,805 full-time employees as of December 31, 2007, up from 15,916 full-time employees as of September 30, 2007. 

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