Sohu.com Ltd.

Sohu.com Ltd.

Sohu.com Ltd.

Overview
Date Founded

1996

Headquarters

Level 18, Sohu.com Media Plaza,Block 3, No. 2 Kexueyuan South Road,Haidian District,Beijing 100190

Type of Company

Public

Employees (Worldwide)

7,600

Industries

Internet Software & Services
IT Consulting & Services
Computer Software

Company Description

Sohu.com Ltd. is an online media, search, and game service company, which provides online products and services on PC and mobile devices. It provides a network of web properties and community based/Web 2.0 products, which offer the vast Sohu user community a broad array of choices regarding information, entertainment and communication. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Beijing, China.

Executives & Employees

Founder

Chief Financial & Accounting Officer

Chief Executive Officer of Changyou

Chief Executive Officer of Sogou

Vice President of Finance

Vice President of Operations & Human Resources

Vice President of Marketing

Board of Directors

Founder at Sohu.com Ltd.

Founder & Chairman at China Vanke Co., Ltd.

Co-Founder at Vimicro International Corp.

Professor at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

Founder at NetBig Education Holdings Ltd.

Former Chief Financial Officer-North Asia Region at Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc

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Recent Transactions
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Tencent Holdings Ltd. purchases Sogou, Inc. from Sohu.com Ltd.

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Sohu.com Ltd. purchases Changyou.com Ltd.

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Advised onTencent Holdings Ltd. purchases Sogou, Inc. from Sohu.com Ltd.

Clients

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Key Stats and Financials As of 2020
Market Capitalization
$690M
Total Enterprise Value
$1.11B
Earnings Per Share
$-2.18
EBITDAMargin
15.92%
Total Debt
$443M
Debt TEV
0.4x
TEVNet Income
-12.86x
Enterprise Value EBITDAOperating
9.27x
Enterprise Value / Sales
1.48x
Total Equity
$1.03B
EBITDA
$119M
Net Profit
$-86.1M
Revenue
$750M
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Suppliers
China Mobile Ltd. Wireless Telecommunications | Hong Kong, Hong Kong

China Mobile Limited (the "Company", and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") was incorporated in Hong Kong on 3 September 1997. The Company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") and The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited ("HKEx" or the "Stock Exchange") on 22 October 1997 and 23 October 1997, respectively. The Company was admitted as a constituent stock of the Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong on 27 January 1998. As the leading mobile services provider in Mainland China, the Group boasts the world's largest mobile network and the world's largest mobile customer base. In 2012, the Company was once again selected as one of the "FT Global 500" by Financial Times and "The World's 2,000 Biggest Public Companies" by Forbes magazine, and was again recognized on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes ("DJSI"). The Company currently has a corporate credit rating of Aa3/Outlook Positive from Moody's Investor Service and AA-/Outlook Stable from Standard & Poor's, equivalent to China's sovereign credit rating respectively.

China Telecom Corp. Ltd. Internet Software & Services | Beijing, China

China Telecom Corp. Ltd. engages in the provision of wire line and mobile telecommunications services. Its products and services include voice, Internet, telecommunications network resource services and lease of network equipment, information and application services, and other related services. The company was founded on September 10, 2002 and is headquartered in Beijing, China.

China Digital Culture (Group) Ltd. Other Business & Consulting Services | Hong Kong

China Digital Culture (Group) Ltd. is an investment holding company, which engages in the business of licensing and selling of entertainment, sports, and music content. It operates through the following segments: Entertainment, Sports, and Theme Park. The Entertainment segment includes the business of training, nurturing and managing eSports teams and eSports broadcasters, distribution of copyright-protected items, licensing of entertainment content, production of television drama series and talent management, provision of consultancy services in cultural industry and provision of entertainment-related services. The Sports segment comprises of licensing of professional sports events content, and provision of marketing and promotional services to professional athletes. The Theme Park segment focuses on film-based cultural parks and tourism focused projects. The company was founded on October 10, 2002 and is headquartered in Hong Kong.

Competitors
Tencent Holdings Ltd. Internet Software & Services - Shenzhen, China

Founded in November, 1998, Tencent has grown into one of China's largest and most used Internet service portal. Since its establishment over the last decade, Tencent has maintained steady growth under its user-oriented operating strategies. On June 16, 2004, Tencent Holdings Limited (SEHK 700) went public on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. It is Tencent's mission to enhance the quality of human life through Internet services. Presently, Tencent is providing value-added Internet, mobile and telecom services and online advertising under the strategic goal of providing users with "one-stop online lifestyle services". Tencent’s leading Internet platforms in China – QQ (QQ Instant Messenger), QQ.com, QQ Games, Qzone, 3g.QQ.com, SoSo, PaiPai and Tenpay – have brought together China's largest Internet community, to meet the various needs of Internet users including communication, information, entertainment, e-commerce and others. As of Sep 30, 2011, the active QQ users accounts for QQ IM amounted to 711.7 million while its peak concurrent users reached 145.4 million. The development of Tencent has profoundly influenced the ways hundreds of millions of Internet users communicate with one another as well as their lifestyles. It also brings possibilities of a wider range of applications to the China’s Internet industry. Looking forward, Tencent remains committed to enhancing its development and innovation capabilities while strengthening its nationwide branding for its long term development. More than 50% of Tencent employees are R&D staff. Tencent has obtained patents relating to the technologies in various areas: instant messaging, e-commerce, online payment services, search engine, information security, gaming, and many more. In 2007, Tencent invested more than RMB100 million in setting up the Tencent Research Institute, China's first Internet research institute, with campuses in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. The institute focuses on the self-development of core Internet technologies, in pursuing its development and innovation for the industry. Tencent's long term vision is to become the most respected Internet enterprise. In order to fulfill corporate social responsibilities and to promote civil Internet communities, Tencent has been actively participating in public charity programs. In 2006, Tencent inaugurated the Tencent Charity Fund, the first charity foundation set up by a Chinese Internet enterprise, and the public charity website gongyi.qq.com. The website focuses on youth education, assisting impoverished communities, care for the disadvantaged, and disaster relief. Tencent has currently begun a number of public charity projects across China. It strives to help build a harmonious society and to become a good corporate citizen

Twitter, Inc. Internet Software & Services - San Francisco, California

Twitter, Inc. is a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. It provides a network that connects users to people, information, ideas, opinions and news. The company's services include live commentary, live connections and live conversations. Its application provides social networking services and micro-blogging services through mobile devices and the Internet. The company can also be used as a marketing tool for businesses. Its products and services include Promoted Tweets, Promoted Accounts and Promoted Trends. Twitter was founded by Jack Dorsey, Christopher Isaac Stone, Noah E. Glass, Jeremy LaTrasse and Evan Williams on March 21, 2006 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Baidu Internet Software & Services - Beijing, China

Baidu was founded in 2000 by Internet pioneer Robin Li, creator of visionary search technology Hyperlink Analysis, with the mission of providing the best way for people to find what they’re looking for online. Over the past decade we have strived to fulfill this mission by listening carefully to our users’ needs and wants. To provide intelligent, relevant search results for the tens of billions of queries that are entered into our search platform every day, we focus on powering the best technology optimized for up-to-date local tastes and preferences. Our deep understanding of Chinese language and culture is central to our success and this kind of knowledge allows us to tailor our search technology for our users’ needs. Just to cite one example, we believe there are at least 38 ways of saying "I" in the Chinese language. It is important that we recognize these nuances to effectively address our users’ requests. We provide our users with many channels to find and share information. In addition to our core web search product, we power many popular community-based products, such as Baidu PostBar, the world’s first and largest Chinese-language query-based searchable online community platform, Baidu Knows, the world’s largest Chinese-language interactive knowledge-sharing platform, and Baidu Encyclopedia, the world’s largest user-generated Chinese-language encyclopedia, to name but a few. Beyond these marquee products we also offer dozens of helpful vertical search-based products, such as Maps, Image Search, Video Search, News Search, and many more. We power these through our cutting-edge technology, continually innovating to enhance these services. Our new Box Computing Open Platform brings users deep-linked content and even applications they can use directly through their search box. We believe that Box Computing will dramatically improve people’s search experience and become ubiquitous across all Internet devices including computers and mobile platforms. In addition to serving individual users, we also serve as a media platform for online marketing customers. Our business model is mainly based on a performance-oriented marketing platform for businesses to cost effectively reach relevant Internet users. We offer performance-based online marketing services and display advertisements through both Baidu organic websites and our affiliated websites (our Union business). Our affiliated websites lead traffic to us through integrating a Baidu search box into their sites and/or by displaying relevant contextual promotional links for our customers. The majority of our revenue is derived from performance-based online marketing services and our customers pay on a cost per click basis – that is, our customers only pay when their paid-link is clicked through and they get the “lead”. Our goal is to give our customers an online marketing platform that has a wide range of functions which they can use to meet their marketing needs and an extensive selection of tools for managing their accounts as well as data for analyzing and optimizing ROI. To best serve our customers, our sales efforts consist of direct sales teams in first tier cities and third-party distributors in lower tier cities. This allows us to better penetrate each market and tailor our support and personal interaction based on customers’ needs. Today, our online marketing platform serves hundreds of thousands of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and many branded multinational customers. The measurable ROI offered by our online marketing platform has made it one of the most effective marketing platforms for companies targeting the Chinese market. We will continue to strive to provide an extra level of value-added sales and customer service to address a wide range of customer needs. Our focus is to help the market continue to develop and educate the many companies who don’t understand the benefits of search engine marketing so that we can help them grow their businesses.

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