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TMCNet:  Qihoo 360 Reports Third Quarter 2012 Unaudited Financial Results

[November 19, 2012]

Qihoo 360 Reports Third Quarter 2012 Unaudited Financial Results

BEIJING, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. ("Qihoo 360" or the "Company") (NYSE: QIHU), a leading Internet company in China, today reported its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Third Quarter Financial Highlights[1] Revenues were $84.0 million, a 77% increase from $47.5 million in the third quarter of 2011.

Net income attributable to Qihoo 360 was $12.9 million, an 18% increase from $10.9 million in the third quarter of 2011.

Net income attributable to Qihoo 360 excluding share-based compensation (non-GAAP)[1] was $24.2 million, a 24% increase from $19.5 million in the third quarter of 2011.

Diluted earnings per ADS[2] ("EPADS") attributable to Qihoo 360 was $0.11 compared to $0.09 in the same period last year.

Diluted EPADS attributable to Qihoo 360 excluding share-based compensation (non-GAAP)[1] was $0.20 compared to $0.16 in the same year ago period.

Third Quarter Operating Metrics Total monthly active users of Qihoo 360's products and services reached a record 442 million in September 2012, compared to 370 million in September 2011[3].

User penetration of Qihoo 360's products was 95% in September 2012, compared to 89% in September 2011[3].

Total smartphone users of Qihoo 360's mobile security products[4] reached approximately 149 million in September 2012.

Monthly active users of Qihoo 360's browsers reached a record 303 million in September 2012, compared to 235 million in September 2011[3].

User penetration of Qihoo 360's browsers was a record 65% in September 2012, compared to 57% in September 2011[3].

Average daily unique visitors to the 360 Personal Start-up Page and its sub-pages were 89 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to 55 million in the third quarter of 2011.

Average daily clicks on Qihoo 360's Personal Start-up Page and its sub-pages were approximately 451 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to 185 million in the third quarter of 2011.

Paying users of Qihoo 360's game platform were approximately 182,000 in September 2012, compared to 148,000 in June 2012.

[1] Non-GAAP measures and related reconciliations to GAAP measures are described in the accompanying sections titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and "Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to Comparable GAAP Measures" at the end of the press release.

[2] American Depositary Shares, which are traded on the NYSE. Every two ADSs represent three Class A ordinary shares of the Company.

[3] User and market penetration data is based on data from iResearch as of September 2012.

[4] Referring to 360 Mobile Safe, the company's main mobile security product.

"The third quarter of 2012 marks our seventh straight quarter of robust revenue growth since the Company's IPO last year. We continue to outperform the growth rate of the industry, despite the macro economic challenges that persist in the market," said Mr. Hongyi Zhou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Qihoo 360. "Monthly active users of our PC-based products and services, which cover approximately 95% of the Chinese PC Internet population, increased to 442 million as of September 2012. Additionally, the number of smartphone users of our key mobile security product - 360 Mobile Safe reached 149 million and we further strengthened our established leadership in this field." "We believe our success is largely driven by our company-wide focus on innovation in product and technology, attention to customer satisfaction, as well as superior execution capabilities. A major milestone during the third quarter was our launch of 360 search services. We recently began to publicly test our search engine monetization system and we believe that our search services will capture a meaningful share of the market and have a long-term transformative effect on our business model." "We also believe that the products and services we launched earlier this year will continue to enhance our monetization capabilities in the coming quarters despite the macro headwinds in the Chinese economy," concluded Mr. Zhou.

Mr. Xiangdong Qi, President of Qihoo 360, added, "We are thrilled to have surpassed our revenue guidance and internal profitability targets this quarter even though the overall industry experienced slower growth. Our online advertising business continued to deliver solid growth, supported by a robust increase in our user activity on Qihoo's Personal Start-up Page. Internet value-added services also outpaced the market with a 111% year-over-year increase in revenue driven by strong momentum in paying user growth. As we previously stated, we have made proactive investments in product and technology development to continue our innovation and expand our footprint, particularly in mobile Internet and search technology. We believe that the investment will support sustainable growth for our company and drive long-term shareholder value." Third Quarter 2012 Results Revenues Revenues were $84.0 million, representing an increase of 77.0% from $47.5 million in the third quarter of 2011 and an increase of 15.5% from $72.8 million in the second quarter of 2012. The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter increases in revenues were mainly due to continued robust growth in both online advertising and Internet value-added services.

Online advertising revenues were $58.4 million, up 66.5% from the same period last year and 14.8% from the prior quarter. The robust year-over-year growth was primarily driven by further market penetration of the Company's key products, such as the 360 browsers and Personalized Start-up Pages, and increased user activity, somewhat offset by a subdued macro economy.

Internet value-added service revenues, which are mainly derived from web game operations, were $25.5 million, up 110.8% from the same period last year and 17.8% from the prior quarter. The strong year-over-year and sequential growth was mainly driven by solid growth of the Company's paying user base.

Cost of Revenues Cost of revenues were $7.9 million, compared to $5.3 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $6.6 million in the second quarter of 2012, representing increases of 47.8% and 19.1%, respectively.

Operating Expenses Operating expenses were $63.9 million, compared to $31.4 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $56.4 million in the second quarter of 2012. Operating expenses excluding share-based compensation (non-GAAP) were $52.6 million, compared to $22.7 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $42.7 million in the prior quarter.

The year-over-year and sequential increases in non-GAAP operating expenses were mainly driven by increased personnel-related expenses, bandwidth expenses, equipment depreciation expenses, as well as marketing expenses, as Qihoo 360 continued to strengthen its technology and product development capabilities, and expanded into new business initiatives.

Operating Income Operating income was $12.2 million, compared to $10.8 million in the third quarter of 2011 and operating income of $9.9 million in the prior quarter.

Operating income excluding share-based compensation (non-GAAP) was $23.5 million, compared to $19.4 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $23.6 million in the prior quarter.

Operating margin was 14.5%, compared to 22.7% in the third quarter of 2011 and 13.6% in the prior quarter.

Operating margin excluding share-based compensation (non-GAAP) was 28.0%, compared to 40.9% in the third quarter of 2011 and 32.4% in the prior quarter.

The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter decline in non-GAAP operating margin was due to increased expenses related to new business initiatives in search and mobile Internet.

Net Income Net income attributable to Qihoo 360 was $12.9 million, compared to $10.9 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $7.0 million in the prior quarter.

Net income attributable to Qihoo 360 excluding share-based compensation (non-GAAP) was $24.2 million, compared to $19.5 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $20.6 million in the prior quarter.

Net Margin Net margin was 15.4%, compared to 23.0% in the same period last year, and 9.6% in the prior quarter.

Net margin excluding share-based compensation (non-GAAP) was 28.8%, compared to 41.2% in the same period last year and 28.4% in the prior quarter. The year-over-year decline in non-GAAP net margin was due to increased expenses related to new business initiatives in search and mobile Internet.

Diluted Earnings per ADS Diluted EPADS for the third quarter of 2012 was $0.11, and diluted EPADS for the third quarter of 2012 excluding share-based compensation (non-GAAP) was $0.20. Both GAAP and non-GAAP weighted average ADS used in computing diluted EPADS was 122.3 million.

Cash Flows and Balance Sheet Net cash generated from operations in the third quarter of 2012 was $34.8 million. As of September 30, 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $348.0 million.

Business Outlook For the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company expects revenues to be between $93 million and $94 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 49% - 51%. For the full year 2012, the Company expects revenues to be between $319 million and $320 million, representing a year-over-year increase of approximately 90%. These estimates reflect the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to possible material changes.

Conference Call Qihoo 360's management will host a conference call to discuss the results at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on November 19, 2012 (8:00 a.m. Beijing time on November 20, 2012).

The dial-in details for the live conference call are: US Toll Free Dial In: +1 866-519-4004 US Toll / International Dial In: +1 718-354-1231 Hong Kong Dial In: +852-2475-0994 Passcode: QIHU A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time on November 19, 2012 through 07:00 a.m. Eastern Time on November 27, 2012. The dial-in details for the replay are: International Dial In: +1 855-452-5696 US Dial In: +1 646-254-3697 Passcode: 68469154 A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations section of Qihoo 360's website at: http://corp.360.cn.

About Qihoo 360 Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. (NYSE: QIHU) is a leading Internet company in China. The Company is also the number one provider of Internet and mobile security products in China as measured by its user base, according to iResearch. Qihoo 360 also provides users with secure access points to the Internet via its market leading web browsers and application stores. The Company has built one of the largest open Internet platforms in China and monetizes its massive user base primarily through online advertising and through Internet value-added services on its open platform.

Forward-looking Statements This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward- looking statements by terminology such as "will," "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "intends," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the management's quotations and the "Business Outlook" section contain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about Qihoo 360 and the industry. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the Company's ability to continue to innovate and provide attractive products and services to attract and retain users; the Company's ability to keep up with rapid changes in technologies and Internet-enabled devices; the Company's ability to leverage its user base to attract customers for our revenue-generating services; and the Company's dependence on online advertising for a substantial portion of our revenues; and the Company's ability to compete effectively. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of the press release, and Qihoo 360 undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although Qihoo 360 believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that its expectations will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results. Further information regarding risks and uncertainties faced by Qihoo 360 is included in Qihoo 360's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F dated April 19, 2012.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures To supplement our financial results presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we use non-GAAP financial measure, which is adjusted from results based on U.S. GAAP to exclude share-based compensation expenses. Reconciliations of our non-GAAP financial measures to our U.S. GAAP financial measures are set forth in tables at the end of this earnings release, which provide more details on the non-GAAP financial measures.

Our non-GAAP financial information is provided as additional information to help our investors compare business trends among different reporting periods on a consistent basis and to enhance investors' overall understanding of the historical and current financial performance of our continuing operations and our prospects for the future. Our non-GAAP financial information should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to U.S. GAAP results. In addition, our calculation of this non-GAAP financial information may be different from the calculation used by other companies, and therefore comparability may be limited.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact: Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd.

In China: Tel: +86 10-5878-1574 E-mail: ir@360.cn In the U.S.: The Piacente Group, Inc. Brandi Floberg or Lee Roth Tel: (212) 481-2050 E-mail: qihu@tpg-ir.com Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (U.S. dollars in thousands, except for shares and per share data) (Unaudited) December 31, September 30, 2011 2012 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents 343,731 348,023 Trading securities 231 173 Accounts receivable (net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $68 and $120 16,741 20,512 as of December 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012, respectively) Prepaid expenses and other current assets 12,808 22,283 Deferred tax assets - current 858 1,488 Total current assets 374,369 392,479 Property and equipment, net 16,665 52,880 Acquired intangible assets, net 7,854 8,520 Goodwill 4,580 4,587 Long-term investments 15,561 30,173 Other noncurrent assets 4,415 26,386 Deferred tax assets - noncurrent 514 517 TOTAL ASSETS 423,958 515,542 LIABILITIES Current liabilities: Accounts payable (including accounts payable of the consolidated VIEs without 5,872 5,860 recourse to Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. of $5,872 and $5,860 as of December 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012, respectively) Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (including accrued expenses and 21,287 31,937 other current liabilities of the consolidated VIEs without recourse to Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. of $9,469 and $17,992 as of December 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012, respectively) Deferred revenue-current (including deferred revenue-current of the consolidated 12,089 17,020 VIEs without recourse to Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. of $9,831 and $14,135 as of December 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012, respectively) Income tax payable (including income tax payable of the consolidated VIEs without 7,312 7,238 recourse to Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. of $3,635 and $3,740 as of December 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012, respectively) Total current liabilities 46,560 62,055 Deferred tax liabilities - noncurrent 507 464 Other noncurrent liabilities (including other noncurrent liabilities of the consolidated VIEs 286 286 without recourse to Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. of $286 and $286 as of December 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012, respectively) Deferred revenue-noncurrent (including deferred revenue-noncurrent of the consolidated 5,113 5,842 VIEs without recourse to Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. of $1,589 and $3,033 as of December 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012, respectively) TOTAL LIABILITIES 52,466 68,647 EQUITY Total Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. Shareholders' equity 370,853 445,273 Noncontrolling interest 639 1,622 Total equity 371,492 446,895 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 423,958 515,542 Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of operations (U.S. dollars in thousands, except for shares and per share data) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011 June 30, 2012 September 30, 2012 September 30, 2011 September 30, 2012 Revenues: Internet services 47,289 72,751 84,028 104,792 225,931 Sales of third party anti-virus software 201 19 7 738 150 Total revenues 47,490 72,770 84,035 105,530 226,081 Cost of revenues: Internet services 5,296 6,629 7,901 11,638 22,113 Sales of third party anti-virus software 53 8 3 200 40 Total cost of revenues 5,349 6,637 7,904 11,838 22,153 Subsidy income 9 135 143 142 Operating expenses: Selling and marketing 8,943 13,799 13,909 36,585 39,562 General and administrative 5,551 7,681 8,535 12,282 23,845 Product development(a) 16,888 34,883 41,475 41,657 104,100 Total operating expenses 31,382 56,363 63,919 90,524 167,507 Income from operations 10,768 9,905 12,212 3,311 36,563 Interest income, net 834 1,846 1,699 1,356 5,057 Other (expense) income (62) 82 54 (3) 470 Exchange gain (loss) 2,946 (1,920) 1,102 3,575 (917) Impairment loss on long-term investment (157) (157) Change on fair value of trading securities (218) (68) (44) (157) (58) Gain on disposal of subsidiaries and long-term investments 1,460 1,282 6,308 Income before income tax expense and loss from equity method investments 14,268 11,305 16,148 8,082 47,266 Income tax expense (3,460) (3,400) (1,497) (7,846) (9,940) Loss from equity method investments (271) (878) (1,932) (45) (3,490) Net income 10,537 7,027 12,719 191 33,836 Less: Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest 367 (30) 212 378 158 Net income attributable to Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd.

10,904 6,997 12,931 569 33,994 Accretion of Series A convertible participating redeemable preferred shares 203 Accretion of Series B convertible participating redeemable preferred shares 313 Accretion of Series C convertible participating redeemable preferred shares 255 Net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders 10,904 6,997 12,931 (202) 33,994 Net income (loss) per ordinary share-basic 0.06 0.04 0.07 (0.00) 0.19 Net income (loss) per ordinary share-diluted 0.06 0.04 0.07 (0.00) 0.19 Weighted average shares used in calculating net income per ordinary share-basic (in millions)(b) 176 176 176 140 176 Weighted average shares used in calculating net income per ordinary share-diluted (in millions)(b) 181 183 183 171 183 (a): From Q3 2011, the Company changed the "Research and development expenses" to "Product development expenses" in the statements of operations. This is mainly because the business has been growing rapidly and along with the development of new products, the Company has devoted more resources in enhancing its existing products, by which the Company believes using "Product development expenses" will better reflect the nature of such expenses.

The Product development expenses include costs associated with new product development and enhancement for existing products, such as salaries and benefits, including share-based compensation expenses, costs of bandwidth and utilities, license and technical service fees, and depreciation of equipment and amortization of acquired intangible assets.

(b): 3 Ordinary Shares = 2 ADSs Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (U.S. dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) Three-months period ended Nine months period ended September 30, September 30, September 30, September 30, 2012 2011 2012 2011 Cash flows from operating activities: Net income 10,537 12,719 191 33,836 Share-based compensation 8,645 11,299 38,763 36,629 Depreciation and amortization 1,254 4,443 2,592 9,523 Loss on equity method investment 271 1,932 45 3,490 Gain on disposal of subsidiaries and long-term investments - (1,282) - (6,308) Impairment on long-term investment - 157 - 157 Unrealized holding loss on trading securities 218 44 157 58 Provision of allowance for doubtful accounts - 201 51 282 Changes in operating assets and liabilities (684) 5,297 342 1,096 Net cash provided by operating activities 20,241 34,810 42,141 78,763 Cash flows from investing activities: Purchase of property and equipment and intangible assets (5,271) (46,085) (10,007) (66,614) Payment for the purchase of other assets (378) - (1,108) (459) Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment - 1,023 - 1,023 Net cash acquired from business acquisitions 1,793 443 328 258 Payment for trading securities and long-term investment (8,555) (7,304) (9,005) (20,887) Dividends received from an investee - - - 313 Cash collected from sale of a subsidiary and long-term investments - 4,202 - 9,843 Net cash used in investing activities (12,411) (47,721) (19,792) (76,523) Cash flows from financing activities: Proceeds from initial public offering ("IPO") - - 233,021 - Capital contribution from noncontrolling interest 1,559 35 1,559 35 Prepayment for share repurchase - (139) - (139) Proceeds from exercise of stock option - 1,063 - 2,089 Net cash provided by financing activities 1,559 959 234,580 1,985 Effect of exchange rate changes 706 1,080 1,583 67 INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH 10,095 (10,872) 258,512 4,292 CASH, BEGINNING OF PERIOD 308,922 358,895 60,505 343,731 CASH, END OF PERIOD 319,017 348,023 319,017 348,023 Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to Comparable GAAP Measures Three Months Ended September 30, 2011 Three Months Ended June 30, 2012 Three Months Ended September 30, 2012 GAAP Adjustment(c) Non-GAAP GAAP Adjustment(c) Non-GAAP GAAP Adjustment(c) Non-GAAP Operating expenses $31,382 ($8,641) $22,741 $56,363 ($13,647) $42,716 $63,919 ($11,299) $52,620 Income from operations $10,768 $8,645 $19,413 $9,905 $13,647 $23,552 $12,212 $11,299 $23,511 Operating margin 22.7% 40.9% 13.6% 32.4% 14.5% 28.0% Net income attributable to $10,904 $8,645 $19,549 $6,997 $13,647 $20,644 $12,931 $11,299 $24,230 Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd.

Net margin 23.0% 41.2% 9.6% 28.4% 15.4% 28.8% Diluted earnings per ADS $0.09 $0.16 $0.06 $0.17 $0.11 $0.20 Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011 Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012 GAAP Adjustment(c) Non-GAAP GAAP Adjustment(c) Non-GAAP Operating expenses $90,524 ($38,754) $51,770 $167,507 ($36,625) $130,882 Income from operations $3,311 $38,763 $42,074 $36,563 $36,629 $73,192 Operating margin 3.1% 39.9% 16.2% 32.4% Net income (loss) attributable to ($202) $38,763 $38,561 $33,994 $36,629 $70,623 Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd.

Net margin (0.2%) 36.5% 15.0% 31.2% Diluted earnings per ADS ($0.00) $0.34 $0.28 $0.58 (c): Adjustment to exclude the share-based compensation expense of each period.

SOURCE Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd.

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