- VIEs are also referred as "Consolidated Affiliated Entities" in Baidu's annual report
- Key Excerpts
- VIE Structure
- VIE Risks
- VIE Revenue
Key excerpts from filing(s) - related to VIEs
In 2014, 2015 and 2016, we derived approximately 27%, 31% and 35% of our total revenues, respectively, from our consolidated affiliated entities through contractual arrangements.
PRC laws and regulations restrict and impose conditions on foreign investment in internet, value-added telecommunication-based online advertising, online audio and video services and mobile application distribution businesses. Accordingly, we operate these businesses in China through our consolidated affiliated entities. We have entered into a series of contractual arrangements with our consolidated affiliated entities and the nominee shareholders of our consolidated affiliated entities.
We do not have any equity interests in our consolidated affiliated entities. However, as a result of contractual arrangements, we have effective control over and are considered the primary beneficiary of these companies, and we have consolidated the financial results of these companies in our consolidated financial statements.
If our consolidated affiliated entities or the nominee shareholders fail to perform their respective obligations under the contractual arrangements, we could be limited in our ability to enforce the contractual arrangements that give us effective control over our consolidated affiliated entities.
Risks identified in filing(s) - related to VIEs
PRC laws and regulations governing our businesses and the validity of certain of our contractual arrangements are uncertain. If we are found to be in violation, we could be subject to sanctions. In addition, changes in PRC laws and regulations or changes in interpretations thereof may materially and adversely affect our business.
Our contractual arrangements with our consolidated affiliated entities in China and the individual nominee shareholders may not be as effective in providing control over these entities as direct ownership.
Our contractual arrangements with our consolidated affiliated entities in China may result in adverse tax consequences to us.
The individual nominee shareholders of our consolidated affiliated entities may have potential conflicts of interest with us, which may adversely affect our business. We do not have any arrangements in place to address such potential conflicts.
We may be unable to collect long-term loans to the nominee shareholders of our consolidated affiliated entities in China.
We are in the process of registering the pledges of equity interests by nominee shareholders of some of our consolidated affiliated entities, and we may not be able to enforce the equity pledges against any third parties who acquire the equity interests in good faith in the relevant consolidated affiliated entities before the pledges are registered.
We may be adversely affected by the complexity, uncertainties and changes in PRC regulation of internet and related business and companies.
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