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Yandex N.V. Management Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

And now, I'm turning the call over to Arkady Volozh.

Arkady Volozh

Thanks, Katya. And I will start with a quarter-level overview, including a discussion of our achievements for the quarter and the competitive landscape. And then Ilya will get into more detail on products and services and Sasha will drill down into our financials. After that, we'll take your questions.

Well, first of all, we delivered another strong quarter with 50% top line growth and more than that, we expanded our profitability margins as we confirm our full year guidance of 40%, 45% year-on-year growth. And our position as the search engine leader in Russia remains unquestionable. Despite change in web browser share and evolving consumer behavior on mobile versus desktop usage, we firmly called the 60% leadership addition on the Russian market. And let me further tell you about it-- on this important point.

A year ago, Google Chrome browser was on the rise and we felt pressure. But Chrome's adoption rate slowed down at the end of 2011. At the same time, over this period we grew our share of searches in Chrome from 41% to 46%. Today, our share of searches in Chrome is even higher than those on Google. Despite the fact that Google is the default search provider in Chrome and it's not easy to change that default.

In addition to our success in Chrome, we grew our share of searches in all other major browsers including Mozilla, Opera and Internet Explorer. We made it happen by concentrating efforts, primarily on the problem. Distribution is, of course, important. But its importance sometimes is overestimated. For example, as we informed the investor and analyst community in June, [ph] as default search starting from version 14, which became available for download about 2 weeks ago. For those of you who have been watching out sales, such as -- may have noticed that over 1 of 60% of Firefox's teen users, already switched to the new version of the browser. This had a negligible impact on our shares of searches. On a related note, I'm happy to inform you that our relationship with Opera continues as before and we are looking to further extend this global world partnership.

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