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AOL Inc. (AOL) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review
Published on May 2011

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AOL Inc. (AOL) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review


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AOL Inc. (AOL) is a global web services company. The company provides online content, products, and services for various
consumers, publishers, and advertisers. It operates 80 branded and content sites which contain digital content and sells display
advertising. The company's content brands include AOL.com, Moviefone, FanHouse, ParentDish, Asylum, Spinner, DailyFinance,
BlackVoices, AOL Latino, PoliticsDaily, Engadget, WalletPop, MapQuest, and Patch. It also engages itself in consumer applications
and communication products and services like mail, instant messaging, and mobile offerings. The company provides its online
advertising services on its owned sites, as well as on third-party sites. AOL also distributes its content through agreements with
manufacturers of computers, digital devices, and other consumer electronics and third-party web sites. The company is
headquartered in New York, the US.


AOL Inc. Key Recent Developments


Feb 11, 2010: AOL integrates instant messaging service with Facebook Chat
Feb 03, 2010: AOL Q4 revenues down 17% to $809.7m


This comprehensive SWOT profile of AOL Inc. provides you an in-depth strategic SWOT analysis of the company's businesses and
operations. The profile has been compiled by GlobalData to bring to you a clear and an unbiased view of the company's key strengths
and weaknesses and the potential opportunities and threats. The profile helps you formulate strategies that augment your business by
enabling you to understand your partners, customers and competitors better.


The profile contains critical company information including:


- Business description ' A detailed description of the company's operations and business divisions.
- Corporate strategy ' Analyst's summarization of the company's business strategy.
- SWOT Analysis ' A detailed analysis of the company's strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats.
- Company history ' Progression of key events associated with the company.
- Major products and services ' A list of major products, services and brands of the company.
- Key competitors ' A list of key competitors to the company.
- Key employees ' A list of the key executives of the company.
- Executive biographies ' A brief Summary of the executives' employment history.
- Key operational heads ' A list of personnel heading key departments/functions.
- Important locations and subsidiaries ' A list and contact details of key locations and subsidiaries of the company.
- Detailed financial ratios for the past five years ' The latest financial ratios derived from the annual financial statements published by
the company with 5 years history.
- Interim ratios for the last five interim periods ' The latest financial ratios derived from the quarterly/semi-annual financial statements
published by the company for 5 interims history.




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Key benefits of buying this profile include:


You get detailed information about the company and its operations to identify potential customers and suppliers.
- The profile analyzes the company's business structure, operations, major products and services, prospects, locations and
subsidiaries, key executives and their biographies and key competitors.


Understand and respond to your competitors' business structure and strategies, and capitalize on their weaknesses. Stay up to date
on the major developments affecting the company.
- The company's core strengths and weaknesses and areas of development or decline are analyzed and presented in the profile
objectively. Recent developments in the company covered in the profile help you track important events.


Equip yourself with information that enables you to sharpen your strategies and transform your operations profitably.
- Opportunities that the company can explore and exploit are sized up and its growth potential assessed in the profile. Competitive
and/or technological threats are highlighted.


Scout for potential investments and acquisition targets, with detailed insight into the companies' strategic, financial and operational
performance.
- Financial ratio presented for major public companies in the profile include the revenue trends, profitability, growth, margins and
returns, liquidity and leverage, financial position and efficiency ratios.


Gain key insights into the company for academic or business research.
- Key elements such as SWOT analysis, corporate strategy and financial ratios and charts are incorporated in the profile to assist your
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                                                                                                              Table of Content


Table of Contents
Table of Contents 2
List of Tables 4
List of Figures 4
Section 1 - About the Company 5
AOL Inc. - Key Facts 5
AOL Inc. - Key Employees 6
AOL Inc. - Key Employee Biographies 7
AOL Inc. - Key Operational Employees 8
AOL Inc. - Major Products and Services 9
AOL Inc. - History 11
AOL Inc. - Company Statement 13
AOL Inc. - Locations And Subsidiaries 16
Head Office 16
Other Locations & Subsidiaries 16
Section 2 ' Company Analysis 18
AOL Inc. - Business Description 18
AOL Inc. - SWOT Analysis 20
SWOT Analysis - Overview 20


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AOL Inc. - Strengths 20
Strength - Focused Research and Development Operations 20
Strength - Strong Distribution Channel 20
Strength - Broad Range of Offerings 20
AOL Inc. - Weaknesses 21
Weakness - Overdependence on the US Market 21
Weakness - Decline in Top and Bottom Line 21
AOL Inc. - Opportunities 21
Opportunity - Focus on Emerging Markets 21
Opportunity - Strong Outlook for Online Photo Services 21
Opportunity - Positive Outlook for Digital Media 22
Opportunity - Strategic Acquisitions 22
Opportunity - Trends in Content Delivery 22
AOL Inc. - Threats 22
Threat - Switching Consumer Preference 22
Threat - Stringent Regulatory Environment 22
Threat - Integration of Acquisitions 23
Threat - Highly Competitive Market 23
Threat - Invalid Clicks 23
AOL Inc. - Key Competitors 24
Section 3 ' Company Financial Ratios 25
Financial Ratios - Capital Market Ratios 25
Financial Ratios - Annual Ratios 25
Performance Chart 27
Financial Performance 27
Financial Ratios - Interim Ratios 28
Financial Ratios - Ratio Charts 29
AOL Inc., Recent Deals Summary 30
Section 4 ' Company's Recent Developments 31
Feb 11, 2010: AOL integrates instant messaging service with Facebook Chat 31
Feb 03, 2010: AOL Q4 revenues down 17% to $809.7m 31
Section 5 ' Appendix 33
Methodology 33
Ratio Definitions 33
About GlobalData 37
Contact Us 37
Disclaimer 37



List of Tables


AOL Inc., Key Facts 5
AOL Inc., Key Employees 6
AOL Inc., Key Employee Biographies 7
AOL Inc., Key Operational Employees 8
AOL Inc., Major Products and Services 9
AOL Inc., History 11
AOL Inc., Subsidiaries 16
AOL Inc., Key Competitors 24
AOL Inc., Ratios based on current share price 25


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AOL Inc., Annual Ratios 25
AOL Inc., Interim Ratios 28
AOL Inc., Recent Deals Summary 30
Currency Codes 33
Capital Market Ratios 33
Equity Ratios 34
Profitability Ratios 34
Cost Ratios 35
Liquidity Ratios 35
Leverage Ratios 35
Efficiency Ratios 36



List of Figures


AOL Inc., Performance Chart (2006 - 2010) 27
AOL Inc., Ratio Charts 29


Companies Mentioned
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MySpace, Inc.
WPP plc
ValueClick, Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Google Inc.
Yahoo Inc.




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