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Yandex Gains Share on Android in Another Decent Quarter

By Steve Symington - Aug 2, 2016 at 4:24PM

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But the Russian internet leader's overall slice of its country's search market still fell in Q2.

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Yandex N.V. ( YNDX -1.07% ) reported second-quarter 2016 results on July 28. And though shares initially jumped as Yandex exceeded expectations for the third consecutive quarter, they've since pulled back as the market digested the Russian internet search leader's latest report. 

Let's take a closer look at how Yandex capped the first half of the year.

Yandex results: The raw numbers


Q2 2016 Actual

Q2 2015 Actual

Growth (YOY)


18.04 billion RUR

13.92 billion RUR


Adjusted net income

3.91 billion RUR

2.79 billion RUR


Adjusted EPS (diluted)

11.96 RUR

8.62 RUR


*Figures in Russian rubles. Data source: Yandex N.V. YOY = year over year.  

What happened with Yandex this quarter?

  • Revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs -- which Yandex compares to sales commissions -- grew 33% year over year, to 14.49 billion RUR.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 40% year over year, to 6.76 billion RUR.
  • Shares of the Russian search market (including mobile) averaged 57% during the quarter, down from 57.6% last quarter, which management says was driven by a combination of seasonality, "limitation of our distribution activities in Google Chrome," and a decline in share of overall iOS devices.
  • It gained 200 basis points of market share on Android as new smartphone models with Yandex services pre-installed became available in retail stores.
  • Top-line gains were again broad-based, including:
    • 26% growth in search and portal revenue, to 13.11 billion RUR.
    • 46% growth in e-commerce revenue, to 1.07 billion RUR.
    • 172% growth in taxi revenue, to 528 million RUR.
    • 48% growth in classifieds revenue, to 211 million RUR.
    • 63% growth in "experiments" revenue, to 153 million RUR, including KinoPoisk, Yandex.Music, Yandex.Radio, Yandex.Tickets, Yandex.Afisha, and Yandex TV.
  • Search queries in Russia increased 7% year over year.
  • Total advertising revenue increased 28% year over year, to 17.3 billion RUR, representing 96% of total revenue. Within that:
    • Revenue from Yandex websites increased 24%, to comprise 70% of total revenue.
    • Revenue from ad network partners rose 37%, to comprise 26% of total revenue.
  • Aggregate paid clicks grew 13% year over year.
  • Average cost per click increased 14% year over year.
  • "Other" revenue rose 106% to 641 million RUR, primarily driven by Yandex.Taxi.
  • There were no significant updates to Yandex's antitrust complaint against Google following the favorable Federal Anti-Monopoly Service ruling last quarter. As it stands, the next hearing in the case is scheduled for August 16, 2016, and Yandex continues to expect the case to be resolved by the end of the year.

What management had to say 

Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh stated:

We posted strong results in Q2'16 with notable contributions from our Taxi, Market, and Classifieds business units. Our expertise in data analysis and AI is fueling advances in ad targeting and driving the adoption of personalized products, such as Yandex Zen, by users in Russia and abroad.

Yandex COO Alexander Shulgin added:

I am proud of our accomplishments across all the segments in Q2. Our focus on mobile resulted in significant improvements in mobile monetization, and Yandex share on Android devices started to grow again in late June as a result of new distribution deals following the favorable FAS ruling in our case against Google.

Looking forward

Based on Yandex's strong first-half results, the company increased its full-year guidance and now expects 2016 revenue to grow 19% to 22% over 2015. By comparison, last quarter, Yandex increased its guidance to call for 2016 revenue growth in the range of 15% to 19%.

All things considered, this was another solid quarter from Yandex with continued broad growth across its various business segments. But in the end, while Yandex's top and bottom lines are still moving in the right direction, we should also keep a close eye on Yandex's overall market share as it continues to battle Google in the courtroom.

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