Baidu earnings and revenue topped expectations

By: Miguel A. Rodriguez

14:55, 18 February 2021

The Chinese giant is looking to expand in the artificial intelligence semiconductor business

Baidu, the Chinese search engine company, reported fourth-quarter figures that beat forecasts.

The company announced an EPS of $20.08 on revenues of $30.26 billion. The markets were expecting an EPS of $17.78 and a revenue of $30.02.

The report came just days after CNBC revealed that it is in talks to raise money to create a stand-alone AI semiconductor company. This decision is seen as a way for the Chinse companies to secure their spot in the chip sector, and Baidu’s efforts to diversify beyond advertising. Since September, Baidu raised money for a biotech firm and an electric vehicle company.

Despite the results, the market reacted negatively, Baidu closing the session 5.37% lower. However, year-to-date, the company’s stock price went up 42%, while TECH100 added 8.36%.


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