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AsiaInfo Q2 Highlights

Highlights of AsiaInfo Holdings’ (ASIA) second quarter results include strong revenue and earnings numbers.

AsiaInfo Holdings Inc. [[ASIA]] total revenues for the second quarter of 2009 were US$58.6 million, an increase of 39.3% year-over-year and 14.9% sequentially. The year-over-year and sequential increases were primarily driven by strong performance among all three major customers in the telecom business.

AsiaInfo recorded net income attributable to AsiaInfo Holdings, Inc. of US$7.2 million, or US$0.16 per basic share, compared to US$5.2 million, or US$0.12 per basic share, in the year-ago period and US$5.8 million, or US$0.13 per basic share in the previous quarter.

During the quarter, gross margin was 49.0%, compared to 45.0% in the year-ago period and 54.0% in the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase in gross margin was primarily due to a strong contribution from higher-margin software solutions and services and a decrease in lower-margin, third-party hardware sales, while the sequential decrease was largely due to increased share-based compensation expenses related to the performance stock unit awards granted to key employees on March 16, 2009.

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