This excerpt taken from the SOHU 10-Q filed May 11, 2009.
9. NONCONTROLLING INTEREST
In December 2007, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued FASB Statement No. 160, Noncontrolling Interests in Consolidated Financial Statementsan amendment of ARB No. 51. SFAS 160 amends ARB No. 51 to establish accounting and reporting standards for a noncontrolling interest in a subsidiary and for the deconsolidation of a subsidiary. This statement is effective for fiscal years and interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning on or after December 15, 2008.
With the adoption of SFAS 160 prospectively from January 1, 2009, the Company renamed the minority interest noncontrolling interest and reclassified it on the consolidated balance sheet from the mezzanine section between liabilities and equity to a separate line item in equity. The Company also expanded disclosures in the consolidated financial statements to clearly identify and distinguish the interests of Sohu from the interests of the noncontrolling owners of its subsidiaries. The Company has applied the presentation and disclosure requirements retrospectively for all periods presented for comparability.
Noncontrolling interest on the consolidated balance sheets as of March 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008 consisted of the share-based compensation expense relating to Changyous Class B ordinary shares granted to Tao Wang through a share-based awards arrangement, and 30% noncontrolling interest in 21 East Hong Kong and 21 East Beijing (collectively 21 East), an entertainment company, in which the Company acquired a 70% interest on October 31, 2006.
Noncontrolling interest on the consolidated statements of operations for the first quarter of 2009 reflected the 30% noncontrolling interest in 21 East.
Tao Wangs equity interest in Changyou was not reflected in noncontrolling interest on the consolidated statements of operations, because Tao Wangs shares were not entitled to participate in any distributions by Changyou until the earlier of the completion of Changyous initial public offering or February 2012 (see Note 6, Share-based Compensation Expense).
As used in this report, references to us, we, our, our company, Sohu and Sohu.com are to Sohu.com Inc. and, except where the context requires otherwise, our subsidiaries, Sohu.com (Hong Kong) Limited ( Sohu Hong Kong), Sohu.com Limited, Kylie Enterprises Limited, All Honest International Limited, Go2Map Inc., Sohu.com (Search) Limited, Sogou Inc., Sogou (BVI) Limited, 21 East Entertainment Limited (21 East HK), Changyou.com Limited (Changyou, formerly known as TL Age Limited), Changyou.com (HK) Limited (Changyou HK, formerly known as TL Age Hong Kong Limited), Sogou Hong Kong Limited, Sohu.com (Game) Limited (Sohu Game), AmazGame Entertainment (US) Inc., Beijing Sohu New Era Information Technology Co., Ltd. (Sohu Era), Beijing Sohu Interactive Software Co., Ltd. (Sohu Software), Go2Map Software (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (Go2Map Software), Beijing Sogou Technology Development Co., Ltd. (Sogou Technology), Beijing Sohu New Media Information Technology Co., Ltd. (Sohu Media), Beijing 21 East Culture Development Co., Ltd. (21 East Beijing), New 21 East Art Development (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (New 21 East), Beijing AmazGame Age Internet Technology Co., Ltd. (AmazGame), and Beijing Sohu Software Technology Co., Ltd. (New Software), Beijing Fire Fox Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (Beijing Fire Fox, also known as Beijing Huohu Digital Technology Co., Ltd., or Huohu), and our variable interest entities (VIEs) Beijing Century High Tech Investment Co., Ltd. (High Century), Beijing Sohu Entertainment Culture Media Co., Ltd. (Sohu Entertainment, formerly known as Beijing Hengda Yitong Internet Technology Development Co., Ltd., or Hengda), Beijing Sohu Internet Information Service Co., Ltd. (Sohu Internet), Beijing GoodFeel Information Technology Co., Ltd. (GoodFeel), Beijing Tu Xing Tian Xia Information Consultancy Co., Ltd. (Tu Xing Tian Xia), Beijing Feng Yang Tian Lang Advertising Co., Ltd. (Feng Yang Tian Lang), Beijing Sogou Information Service Co., Ltd. (Sogou Information), and Beijing Gamease Age Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (Gamease), and these references should be interpreted accordingly. Unless otherwise specified, references to China or PRC refer to the Peoples Republic of China and do not include the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Macau Special Administrative Region or Taiwan. This report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including, without limitation, statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions or future strategies that are signified by the words expect, anticipate, intend, believe, or similar language. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based on information available to us on the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Our business and financial performance are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. In evaluating our business, you should carefully consider the information set forth under the heading Risk Factors in Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 filed with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 26, 2009, the information in Exhibit 99.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with SEC on March 18, 2009, and the information in Exhibit 99.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with SEC on April 8, 2009, as updated by Part II Item 1A of this report. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.