BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH  Equity Research         Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG)  Company Update          Current Rating: OUTPERFOR...
BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH                                 PAGE 2Turning the Page, the new CEOAs of April 1, 2011, Larry Page ha...
BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH                                   PAGE 3QuestionsDuring the quarter we learned of the JC Penny exampl...
BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH                                 PAGE 4Display BusinessGoogle’s purchase of DoublClick is bearing more...
BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH                                PAGE 5Source: Company reports & Brian Bolan ResearchBalance SheetAt th...
BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH                                  PAGE 6Source: Company reports & Brian Bolan ResearchRecommendation a...
BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH                               PAGE 7                                       1Q11 Income Statement Anal...
BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH                               PAGE 8                                       4Q10 Income Statement Anal...
BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH                               PAGE 9Exhibit 8Source: Company reports and Brian Bolan ResearchBrian Bo...
BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH                        PAGE 10                                    ANALYST CERTIFICATIONI hereby certi...
BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH                         PAGE 11company’s fixed income securities from customers on a principal basis....
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A preview of Google's 1Q11 Earnings. Call is on 4/14/11 after the close of the market.

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  1. 1. BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH Equity Research Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) Company Update Current Rating: OUTPERFORM April 11, 2011 Earnings Update Internet Analyst: Brian Bolan 773 413 0285; BBolan1@Gmail.comGOOG OutperformPrice: $578.16Price Target: $700.0052 Week High: $642.9652 Week Low: $433.63NTM P/E: 22.00Market Cap ($B): 185.00Ent Value ($B): 170.00 Earning Preview for 1Q11 Google will report earnings for 1Q11 on April 14 after the close. Brian Bolan Research has tweaked our estimates which can be found on page 7. As per usual, my estimates are well above Wall Street consensus, but given the solid results of 4Q10, another dose of eye popping results should help push GOOG shares higher by 5% or more. I recommend aggressive investors consider purchasing shares of GOOG before the release. Earning Review for 4Q10 Google announced earnings per share of $8.75 on revenues $6.37B, easily beating Wall Street consensus and our aggressive estimates of $8.24 and $5.96B. The real news, however, was that Larry Page will become the CEO in April as Eric Schmidt moves to the role of Executive Chairman. The purpose of the move was to allow the company to move faster and improve the overall organizational structure. We are maintaining our Outperform rating and $700 price target, based on a 20.7x multiple of our 2011 earnings estimate. Our increased revenue estimates are negated by higher expenses as margins contract. PLEASE SEE THE APPENDIX TO THIS REPORT FOR IMPORTANT DISCLOSURES, REG AC ANALYST CERTIFICATION AND DISCLAIMERS Brian Bolan BBolan1@Gmail.com
  2. 2. BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH PAGE 2Turning the Page, the new CEOAs of April 1, 2011, Larry Page has taken over as CEO of Google and he immediately moved to focus thecompany on the Social front. By moving key team members to new and higher positions, Page insulated himselfto a degree from the rank and file.Page also quickly moved to incentivize the company to focus on social by realigning the bonus plan to reflect anincrease or decrease depending on a measure of success of the social aspect. Page also urged Googlers to get theirfriends and family members to participate in any new venture on the social front.Looking aheadOver the next few quarters, we believe that the increased importance of Google Maps will make the local marketfocus on paid search. The top 3 ad slots are thus poised to see tremendous growth as free listings and SEO effortsfor the organic listings become less important to local advertisers. To say that 100% cost per click growth is thelikely result could be on the conservative side.Ad coverage, or the number of advertisements is likely to increase as well. The increase of space dedicated tomaps pushes out the organic listings, but that does not mean that the top section could increase to four, five oreven six ads. We have already seen an increase of advertisements in search on the right frame of the searchresults page, and more ads on the bottom of the page could be next.Mobile, Local and SocialThe 4Q10 call focused on the three areas that we believe will dominate the conversation in 2011. Mobile, Localand Social (MLS) have been focus for some time, but we see renewed emphasis on these segments. The focus onlocal will come out of more ads and higher CPC’s on Google owned properties. Other Local Stats given on thecall include: o 5 million+ users of Google Places (a primary component of being featured in the maps section) o 1 in 5 searches are local in nature o Customer acquisition is the biggest hurdle for Google in the local marketIn the Mobile area the company gave these data points: o Android activations are running at 300,000 per day, o Higher level of android sales expected to result in 10x increase in mobile searches o Mobile search grew 4x in the last yearNot as many data points for Social were given on the call, but the importance of Facebook et al was not lost onmanagement. Search results that included Twitter feeds were new this year. We note that YouTube saw itsrevenue double in the year and the display business has more than 2 million publisher partners.Brian Bolan BBolan1@Gmail.com
  3. 3. BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH PAGE 3QuestionsDuring the quarter we learned of the JC Penny example of back link fraud, how can you prevent this fromhappening / will you report cases where entities have broken the rules? Is this a bigger issue than Click Fraud wasin the recent past?Local efforts like Boost seem to be getting some traction, is there anything in place to subsidize this or get moresmaller advertisers on that platform? Plans to add transparency behind boost? Increase the capabilities (long tailkeywords)?Googles Acquisition of Travel information provider ITA gets approval? Deal to close when? What does theEXPE spin off of TripAdvisor say about the ITA and Google’s plans?Google catches Bing copying search results – what measures are being taken to prevent this? Is this an ongoingproblem in areas outside of just search? Are Google Places being copied as well?Jonathan Rosenberg announces that he is leaving, Mayer has a new boss in local, is the company done re-org?Google TV – have heard little positive news there, update?Mobile still growing at 300K subs per day on Android?HotPot is this the social answer for Google?HotPot is likely to be at least part of the Google solution for Social, with more features to be added at a later date.With little to no fan fare, HotPot rolled out in 5 cities throughout the country in 1Q01, with the Northeastnoticeably being left out. Some would say a slow a methodical launch allows the company to learn from earlymistakes, but from my vantage point there isn’t a lot “new” here, and that in itself could be the mistake.I will note that check-ins on Google places is an excellent, albeit already thought of, first step. Google user baseis certainly bigger than that of Foursquare and other geo-tagging companies, and being built into all Androidphones gives it a lasting and solid advantage.Head CountThe full-time employee headcount has significantly increased over the last 2 years, growing from 13,786 at June30, 2007 to 19,604 at June 30, 2008, including approximately 1,500 new employees as a result of the acquisitionof DoubleClick. Total headcount increased by approximately 1,000 and stood at approximately 24,400 at the endof the year.In an attempt to maintain or increase the morale of employees, everyone was given a 10% raise affective January1, 2011. To further increase the amount of cash that non executives get, bonus dollars and being shifted into thebase salary. This will increase salary expense by at least 12% from where it was the expected to be.Brian Bolan BBolan1@Gmail.com
  4. 4. BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH PAGE 4Display BusinessGoogle’s purchase of DoublClick is bearing more fruit as the company mentioned that there are now more than2M publishing partners. Those partners are seeing the number of ads placed against their content triple and areseeing commensurate financial gains.Interestingly, management noted that while most of the industry thinks of display as a means of branding for anadvertiser they noted that they are seeing search branding as well.Income StatementOver the coming quarters, we believe that Cost Per Click growth will see significant increases. This will make upfor some increases that management announced that will hit payroll and could make up for the increases weexpect to see in sales and marketing. We are raising our revenues estimates for the next year, but our increases inexpenses will eclipse all of the gains. The end result of higher revenue expectations and higher expenses justmeans that margins are contracting. We do not believe that Wall Street will punish Google as the revenue growthwill more than blind most market participants.Exhibit 1Source: Company Reports and Brian Bolan ResearchPaid ClicksAggregate paid clicks, which include clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of AdSensepartners, increased approximately 18% over the fourth quarter of 2009 and increased approximately 11% over thethird quarter of 2010.Exhibit 2Brian Bolan BBolan1@Gmail.com
  5. 5. BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH PAGE 5Source: Company reports & Brian Bolan ResearchBalance SheetAt the current time, the balance sheet remains strong. At the end of 4Q10, Google had approximately $35B incash and equivalents and marketable securities on the balance sheet. We expect the yields on cash and securitiesto continue to be at or near records lows for 2011.Exhibit 3Source: Company reports & Brian Bolan ResearchExhibit 4Brian Bolan BBolan1@Gmail.com
  6. 6. BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH PAGE 6Source: Company reports & Brian Bolan ResearchRecommendation and ValuationWe are maintaining our Outperform rating on Google and a one-year price target of $700. 2011 is likely to be avery important year for Google, as the company streamlines top management in order to move faster whenopportunities present themselves. We have increased our revenue and expense estimates and the end result islower expected EPS. That said, we believe the potential revenue increases will grab the headlines and distractthose that believe that margin increase should be then end goal of Google’s efforts.Our price target is derived using a multiple of 2011 earnings of $33.95 per share. Markets are currently seeingcontractions for most multiples and using some conservative views, we believe that 20.7x next year’s earningswill prove to be a worthy multiple. We note that 20.6x our 2011 earnings estimate produces our $700 price targetfor the stock. We rate the stock OUTPERFORM.Investment RisksIf the company experiences any or all of the following risk factors, as well as others, the company’s stock pricemay be affected.  Advertisers reduce internet budgets. Advertising is the source of 99% of Google’s revenue. Should advertisers lose faith in the internet as a medium for advertisements Google would suffer a significant revenue slowdown.  A better advertising platform is developed for internet advertising. Search has been the dominant application on the internet for the last ten years. Should another application become more acceptable than search, advertisers could move budgets from search to that platform.  Competition is intense and moves quickly. Google faces intense competition from Yahoo! and Microsoft among others. Should a competitor develop a more efficient and relevant search engine, Google would be adversely affected.  Future growth is predicated on success of mobile. Many of our assumptions of growth are based on the future success of all things mobile. Should Google’s Android open source operating system not be adopted by developers and carriers, its effectiveness would be adversely impacted.  Loss of key management. A loss of the CEO / co-founders would be viewed as a significant loss to the company. Other key management members moving to competitors would have an adverse impact.  Sustained weakness in the stock market. Portfolio liquidations and margin calls may force investors to sell positions in stocks, being a higher priced stock may make Google a likely candidate to be a source of funds.Brian Bolan BBolan1@Gmail.com
  7. 7. BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH PAGE 7 1Q11 Income Statement AnalysisExhibit 6Source: Company reports and Brian Bolan ResearchBrian Bolan BBolan1@Gmail.com
  8. 8. BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH PAGE 8 4Q10 Income Statement AnalysisExhibit 7Source: Company reports and Brian Bolan ResearchBrian Bolan BBolan1@Gmail.com
  9. 9. BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH PAGE 9Exhibit 8Source: Company reports and Brian Bolan ResearchBrian Bolan BBolan1@Gmail.com
  10. 10. BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH PAGE 10 ANALYST CERTIFICATIONI hereby certify that the views expressed in the foregoing research report accurately reflect mypersonal any of the subject companies mentioned in this report. I further certify that no part ofmy compensation was, is, or will be directly, or indirectly, related to the specificrecommendations or views contained in this research report.Financial Interests: Neither I, Brian Bolan, nor a member of my household owns securitiesin any of the subject companies mentioned in this research report. Neither I, nor a member ofmy household is an officer, director, or advisory board member of the issuer or has anothersignificant affiliation with the subject company. I do not know or have reason to know at thetime of this publication of any other material conflict of interest.By: Brian Bolan BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH STOCK RATING KEY:Outperform: (BUY) In the analysts opinion, the stock will outperform the sector by 5%over the next 12 months.Perform: (HOLD) In the analysts opinion, the stock or sector will be in line with the sectorover the next 12 months.Underperform: (SELL) In the analysts opinion, the stock or sector will underperform thesector by 5% over the next 12 months. DISCLAIMER The opinions, forecasts, and recommendations contained in this report are those of the analystpreparing the report and are based upon the information available to them as of the date of thereport. The analysts are basing their opinions upon information they have received fromsources they believe to be accurate and reliable and the completeness and/or accuracy isneither implied nor guaranteed. The opinions and recommendations are subject to changewithout notice.BRIAN BOLAN Research has no obligation to continue to provide this institutionalresearch product and no such obligation is implied or guaranteed. The report is provided tothe Institutional clients of BRIAN BOLAN Research for informational purposes only and isnot an offer or a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any financial instrument. The firm doesnot make a market in the security of the subject company(ies) or affiliated securities. The firmor its employees may buy or sell the subject company’s(ies’) securities or derivatives that is/arethe subject(s) of this report. And the firm from time to time may buy or sell the subjectBrian Bolan BBolan1@Gmail.com
  11. 11. BRIAN BOLAN RESEARCH PAGE 11company’s fixed income securities from customers on a principal basis. Past performance isnot an indication of future results. Calculations of price targets are based on a combination ofone or more methodologies generally accepted among financial analysts, including but notlimited to, analysis of multiples and/or discounted cash flows (whether whole or in part), orany other method which may be applied.Although the statements of fact in this report have been obtained from and are based uponoutside sources that the firm believes to be reliable, the firm does not guarantee the accuracy orcompleteness of material contained in this report. Any such estimates or forecasts contained inthis report may not be met. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Calculationsof price targets are based on a combination of one or more methodologies generally acceptedamong financial analysts, including but not limited to, analysis of multiples and/or discountedcash flows (whether whole or in part), or any other method which may be applied. Rating,target price and price history information on the company in this report is available uponrequest.Company Ratings History Prior Current TargetCompany Name Ticker Date Action Rating Rating Price PriceGoogle GOOG Initiation of Coverage None Outperform $591.71 $700.00Brian Bolan BBolan1@Gmail.com

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