Rediff.com, one of the premier online providers of news, information, communication, entertainment and shopping services to Indians worldwide, today announced results for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2012.
The Company reported overall revenues for the 2012 third fiscal quarter of $3.97 million, 18% less as compared to $4.81 million reported in the 2011 third fiscal quarter. On a sequential basis, overall revenues increased 3% over $3.84 million reported in the 2012 second quarter.
Several of the new e-commerce and advertising initiatives the company has embarked on have begun to post positive increases and as a result, the Company’s core online advertising business in India grew approximately 7% (in dollar terms) on a sequential basis, despite the continued challenging economic landscape in the country. Revenue from Rediff.com’s online shopping marketplace business grew 11% on a quarterly sequential basis and is now up 85% year-over-year, while maintaining a positive margin of 12%. Additionally, during the 2012 third fiscal quarter, the range of products listed on the Rediff.com marketplace grew 7% from 172,000 SKUs to 184,000 SKUs.
The Company’s internet-based Local TV advertising business added three new TV channels to its distribution network in the third fiscal quarter of 2012 and now can reach up to 80 million individuals, while enabling local merchants in 10 Indian cities, namely, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat, Mysore, Bangalore, Indore and Jaipur, to advertise on seven National TV channels – Zoom, NDTV Good Times, Times Now, ET Now, UTV Movies, Bindaas and ABP News at a city level. Local TV advertising was launched over the past year and has helped offset some of the weakness seen in the overall advertising market due to the economy, though there are signs that certain verticals are returning to more historical spending patterns.“We are pleased with the progress we are making, and at the same time cautiously optimistic about the sequential growth in our overall revenues for the last three quarters. We believe that our recent growth is the result of the changes we implemented two quarters ago where we revamped our sales strategy for our online advertising businesses and focused investments on growth-driven programs, specifically related to our online shopping marketplace and internet-based Local TV advertising business,” said Ajit Balakrishnan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rediff.com.