Yahoo! (YHOO) Q4 2010 Earnings Call January 25, 2011 5:00 pm ET Executives Timothy Morse - Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Marta Nichols - Director of Investor Relations Carol Bartz - Chief Executive Officer, President and Director Analysts Spencer Wang - Crédit Suisse AG Imran Khan - JP Morgan Chase & Co Youssef Squali - Jefferies & Company, Inc. Benjamin Schachter - Macquarie Research Charles Munster - Piper Jaffray Companies Justin Post - BofA Merrill Lynch Douglas Anmuth - Barclays Capital Ross Sandler - RBC Capital Markets, LLC Mark Mahaney - Citigroup Inc Presentation Operator
Carol BartzThanks, Marta, and thanks, everybody, for joining us today. We've got lots to cover so let's get started. We just completed a very encouraging quarter and year for Yahoo! We made substantial strides to improve profitability. In Q10 (sic) [Q4 '10], we doubled our operating income, doubled our operating margin, doubled EPS and doubled return on invested capital. We did this while investing aggressively in our major products and the technology to drive our strategy to turn Yahoo! around. And in the process, create value for our shareholders. The central focus of our plan is simple: increase profitability and grow revenue. To increase profitability, we have to be focused and efficient. To grow revenue, we have to deliver engaging products for users and advertisers. And to achieve our profitability and revenue goals, we have to execute across-the-board. What we've done during the past two years is all directed at these key drivers of success. We've made major strides reinventing our technology platforms so we can innovate and introduce new products and features more quickly than ever before. We've reorganized the company to improve its efficiency and to operate costs effectively. We've brought in some terrific new senior talents. The key to all of this is to deliver great content. That content takes a lot of forms, news, sports, finance, e-mail, search, entertainment and of course, relevant ads. It's what more than 630 million people come to us for every month, and it's what we're best at. It's our place in the online ecosystem, it's who we are. We focus on the aggregation, curation and creation of content, and we do it really, really well. Our direction and innovations are built around our vision of personalized content for each and every user. Already, these investments are starting to pay off. our U.S. Today module click-through rate is up 36% year-over-year, and we now serve 13 million variations everyday. And engagement among early adopters of our new Mail Beta is more than 50% higher than our legacy Mail products. Our plan is that these new products and technologies will ensure a bright and sustainable future for Yahoo! as a premier digital media company. Now let's turn to 2010 for more detail.
As I noted earlier, we made substantial progress on profitability in 2010 and the quarter. Excluding restructuring charges, our Q4 operating margin ex-TAC went from 13% last year to 21% this year. And our operating income increased to $258 million, up from $159 million. That's above consensus and above the midpoint of our outlook. Revenue ex-TAC also came in ahead of both outlook and consensus. It was down versus Q4 '09, just as we told you it would be due to the beginning of the rev [revenue] share with Microsoft and because of the various businesses we exited that did not fit with our content focus. In fact, without these items, our revenue ex-TAC would have been up 2% and GAAP revenue would have been up 3% for the quarter. Remember, as we discussed last quarter, this is all part of our plan to turn Yahoo! around. We've been working hard to make the company more efficient, expand margins and increase profitability.Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com