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IQIYI, INC. filed this Form 424B4 on 03/29/2018
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Year Ended December 31, 2017 Compared with Year Ended December 31, 2016


Our revenues increased by 54.6% from RMB11,237.4 million in 2016 to RMB17,378.4 million (US$2,671.0 million) in 2017.

Membership services. Our membership services revenue increased by 73.7% from RMB3,762.2 million in 2016 to RMB6,536.0 million (US$1,004.6 million) in 2017, primarily driven by the increase in the number of subscribing members, which in turn results from the expansion of our user base and user engagement. The number of subscribing members increased by 68.4% from 30.2 million as of December 31, 2016 to 50.8 million as of December 31, 2017. “Subscribing members” refers to the individuals who purchased our monthly, quarterly or annual membership packages, including individuals with trial membership, and excluding individuals who used paid video on-demand service. The number of individuals with trial memberships has consistently accounted for less than 5% of the total number of subscribing members. Excluding individuals with trial memberships, the number of subscribing members increased by 66.8% from 30.0 million as of December 31, 2016 to 50.0 million as of December 31, 2017. Between the fourth quarters of 2016 and 2017, our average mobile DAUs increased by 0.5% from 125.4 million to 126.0 million, and our average mobile MAUs increased by 3.9% from 405.4 million to 421.3 million. Daily average total user time spent on our iQIYI platform increased by 15.8% from 259.1 million hours in 2016 to 300.1 million hours in 2017.

Online advertising services. Our online advertising services revenue grew by 44.4% from RMB5,650.4 million in 2016 to RMB8,158.9 million (US$1,254.0 million) in 2017, as a result of the increase of brand advertising, which is primarily due to the increase in average brand advertising revenue per brand advertiser, driven mainly by the increased attractiveness and efficiency of our advertising services, as well as the growth of our in-feed advertising service launched in the fourth quarter of 2016. Average brand advertising revenue per brand advertiser increased by 16.3% from RMB4.9 million in 2016 to RMB5.7 million (US$0.9 million) in 2017.

Content distribution. Our content distribution revenue increased by 137.9% from RMB501.0 million in 2016 to RMB1,191.8 million (US$183.2 million) in 2017, primarily caused by an increased amount of content titles distributed.

Others. Other revenues increased by 12.7% from RMB1,323.9 million in 2016 to RMB1,491.6 million (US$229.3 million) in 2017, primarily as a result of the growth in live broadcasting revenue.

Cost of revenues

Our cost of revenues increased by 52.0% from RMB11,436.6 million in 2016 to RMB17,386.6 million (US$2,672.3 million) in 2017.

Content cost. Content cost increased by 67.3% from RMB7,541.0 million in 2016 to RMB12,616.9 million (US$1,939.2 million) in 2017. The RMB5,075.9 million increase was primarily due to the increased purchase of third-party professionally-produced or partner-generated content, which increased by RMB3,633.9 million as we procured more high-quality and popular licensed content; and to a lesser extent, to the increase of RMB1,002.9 million in revenue sharing with content partners as more content was uploaded onto our platform, and to our rapid expansion of original content production, which resulted in an increase of RMB429.4 million in content cost. The increase was partially offset by a decrease of other content cost.

Bandwidth cost. Our bandwidth cost increased by 16.8% from RMB1,874.6 million in 2016 to RMB2,190.2 million (US$336.6 million) in 2017, primarily as a result of the increased bandwidth necessary to support the growth of our user traffic and better user experience.