Activision Blizzard, Inc.
Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Form: 8-K, Received: 11/06/2013 16:30:01)

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 20549

 


 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):   November 6, 2013

 

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

Delaware

 

001-15839

 

95-4803544

(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)

 

(Commission File Number)

 

(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

3100 Ocean Park Boulevard,
Santa Monica, CA

 

90405

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (310) 255-2000

 

 

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions ( see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

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Certain Information Not Filed .  The information in Item 2.02 of this Form 8-K and Exhibit 99.1 attached to this Form 8-K shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, nor shall such Item 2.02 or such Exhibit 99.1 or any of the information contained therein be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or the Securities Act of 1933, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

 

Item 2.02.                                         Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

 

On November 6, 2013, Activision Blizzard, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing results for the Company for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2013. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.  As previously announced, the Company is hosting a conference call and webcast in conjunction with that release.

 

Item 9.01.                                         Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d)  Exhibits

 

99.1

 

Press Release dated November 6, 2013 (furnished not filed)

 

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SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

Date: November 6, 2013

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Dennis Durkin

 

 

Dennis Durkin

 

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description

 

 

 

99.1

 

Press Release dated November 6, 2013 (furnished not filed)

 

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Exhibit 99.1

 

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD ANNOUNCES BETTER-THAN-EXPECTED

THIRD QUARTER 2013 FINANCIAL RESULTS

 

Company Raises 2013 Net Revenues and EPS Outlook

 

Santa Monica, CA – November 6, 2013 – Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced better-than-expected financial results for the third quarter of 2013.

 

 

 

 

Third Quarter

 

Nine Months

(in millions, except EPS)

 

2013

 

Prior   

Outlook*

 

2012

 

2013

 

2012

 

GAAP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Net Revenues

 

$

691

 

$

635

 

$

841

$   

3,065

 

$

3,088

 

 EPS

 

$

0.05

 

$

0.03

 

$

0.20

$   

0.73

 

$

0.70

 

Non-GAAP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Net Revenues

 

$

657

 

$

585

 

$

751

$   

2,070

 

$

2,393

 

 EPS

 

$

0.08

 

$

0.03

 

$

0.15

$   

0.33

 

$

0.40

 

 

*Prior Outlook was provided by the company in its August 1, 2013 earnings release

 

 

For the third quarter, which ended September 30, 2013, the company delivered GAAP net revenues of $691 million, as compared with $841 million for the third quarter of 2012.   On a non-GAAP basis, the company’s net revenues were $657 million, as compared with $751 million for the third quarter of 2012.  GAAP net revenues from digital channels were $409 million and represented a third-quarter record 59% of the company’s total net revenues.  On a non-GAAP basis, net revenues from digital channels were $399 million and represented 61% of the quarter’s total net revenues.

 

For the third quarter of 2013, Activision Blizzard delivered GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.05, as compared with $0.20 for the third quarter of 2012.  On a non-GAAP basis, the company delivered earnings per diluted share of $0.08, as compared with $0.15 for the third quarter of 2012.

 

The company reports results on both a GAAP and a non-GAAP basis.  Please refer to the tables at the back of this press release for a reconciliation of the company’s GAAP and non-GAAP results.

 

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Activision Blizzard Announces Better-Than-Expected Q3 2013 Results

 

Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard, said, “Our third-quarter results exceeded our expectations, and we are able to raise our outlook for 2013 net revenues and earnings per share. Robust continued engagement with our core franchises drove digital revenue, which constituted a majority of all revenue. This quarter demonstrates that games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft engage and entertain our fans year round.”

 

Kotick added, “We recently released new titles in two of the most popular franchises in entertainment, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Skylanders SWAP Force . We are thrilled by the quality of those games and we are excited to show what we can do with them on next-generation consoles in the coming weeks. We are also in the process of a beta launch for our first major free-to-play game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft . However, we continue to believe that the fourth quarter this year presents a unique and challenging landscape due to increased competition and uncertainties surrounding the console transition. We are confident in our ability to navigate these challenges successfully, particularly in light of the recent completion of our transaction with Vivendi and the focus and flexibility provided by our return to independence.”

 

 

Selected Business Highlights

·                  Year to date, in both North America and Europe Activision Publishing had two of the top-five best-selling games with Skylanders Giants™ and Call of Duty: Black Ops II . ¹

 

·                  In both North America and Europe, Activision Publishing’s  Skylanders Giants was the #1 best-selling kids console and hand-held game overall in  dollars for the first nine months of 2013.¹

 

·                  As of September 30, 2013, Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft remains the #1 subscription-based MMORPG, with approximately 7.6 million subscribers.²

 

·                  In North America, Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm® was the #1 PC game for the first nine months of 2013.³

 

·                  On September 19, 2013, the company issued $2.25 billion of long-term debt, consisting of $1.5 billion of 5.625% senior notes due 2021 and $750 million of 6.125% senior notes due 2023.

 

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·                  On October 11, 2013 the company borrowed approximately $2.5 billion under a seven-year secured term loan facility.  The company now has a total of $4.75 billion in debt at a weighted average interest rate below 5%.

 

·                  On October, 11, 2013, Activision Blizzard, Inc. completed its previously announced acquisition of approximately 429 million company shares and certain tax attributes from Vivendi for approximately $5.83 billion, or $13.60 per share, in cash. ASAC II LP, an investment vehicle led by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and Chairman Brian Kelly, has also completed its purchase of approximately 172 million company shares from Vivendi for approximately $2.34 billion in cash, or $13.60 per share, in a separate transaction.  As a result of the transactions, Activision Blizzard is an independent company with a majority of its shares owned by public shareholders.  Vivendi has retained a stake of approximately 83 million shares, or approximately 12% of the company’s outstanding shares.

 

 

Company Outlook

During October, Activision Publishing released several new titles including:  Skylanders SWAP Force on October 13, 2013; Cabela’s® African Safari, and Wipeout™ Crash and Burn on October 15, 2013; SpongeBob SquarePants™: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ on October 22, 2013; and Angry Birds ™ Star Wars® on October 29, 2013.

 

On November 5, 2013, Activision Publishing released its highly anticipated game, Call of Duty: Ghosts, the next generation of Call of Duty and a stunning leap forward for the franchise .

 

As the repurchase transaction with Vivendi did not close on or before September 30, 2013 as previously expected, Activision Blizzard’s weighted average fully diluted share count is now expected to be 1.06 billion for the calendar year, and to be 785 million for the fourth quarter.

 

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Activision Blizzard is raising its outlook for calendar year 2013 from the estimates it provided on August 1, 2013, as follows:

 

Activision Blizzard Announces Better-Than-Expected Q3 2013 Results

 

(Amounts in
millions, except
share data)

 

GAAP
Outlook

 

Prior*
GAAP
Outlook

 

Non-GAAP
Outlook

 

Prior*
Non-GAAP
Outlook

 

CY 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Net Revenues

 

$

4,320

 

$

4,310

 

$

4,285

 

$

4,250

 

EPS

 

$

0.83

 

$

0.80 – 0.82

 

$

0.89

 

$

0.85 – 0.87

 

Fully diluted shares**

 

 

1,060

 

1,050

 

1,060

 

1,050

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q4 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Net Revenues

 

$

1,255

 

$

1,300

 

$

2,215

 

$

2,252

 

  EPS

 

$

0.05

 

$

0.01 – 0.04

 

$

0.72

 

$

0.76 – 0.79

 

Fully diluted shares**

 

785

 

743

 

785

 

743

 

 

*Prior outlook was provided by the company in its August 1, 2013 earnings release. This prior outlook assumed the transaction and its related financial impact (including interest expense from debt, associated fees and expenses, and lower weighted average share count as a result of the share repurchase) commenced on September 30, 2013.  ** Fully diluted weighted average shares include participating securities and dilutive options on a weighted average basis. Prior outlook assumed the repurchase transaction was closed on September 30, 2013.  The actual completion of the repurchase transaction was on October 11, 2013.  This results in higher fully diluted shares outstanding and lower non-GAAP EPS by $0.01 and $0.04 (no impact to GAAP EPS) in the current outlook than prior outlook for the calendar year and fourth quarter, respectively.

 

 

Conference Call

Today at 4:30 p.m. EST, Activision Blizzard’s management will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the company’s results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 and management’s outlook for the remainder of the calendar year.

 

The company welcomes all members of the financial and media communities and other interested parties to visit the “Investor Relations” area of www.activisionblizzard.com to listen to the conference call via live Webcast or to listen to the call live by dialing into 800 768 6544 in the U.S. with passcode 7807006.

 

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About Activision Blizzard

Activision Blizzard, Inc. is the world’s largest and most profitable independent interactive entertainment publishing company. It develops and publishes some of the most successful and beloved entertainment franchises in any medium, including Call of Duty , Skylanders, World of Warcraft , StarCraft ® and Diablo .

 

Headquartered in Santa Monica California, it maintains operations throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Activision Blizzard develops and publishes games on all leading interactive platforms and its games are available in most countries around the world. More information about Activision Blizzard and its products can be found on the company’s website, www.activisionblizzard.com .

 

¹ According to The NPD Group and GfK Chart-Track and Activision Blizzard internal estimates, including toys and accessories

² According to Activision Blizzard internal estimates

³ According to The NPD Group

 

Subscriber Definition:   World of Warcraft subscribers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or have an active prepaid card to play World of Warcraft , as well as those who have purchased the game and are within their free month of access. Internet Game Room players who have accessed the game over the last thirty days are also counted as subscribers. The above definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or cancelled subscriptions, and expired prepaid cards. Subscribers in licensees’ territories are defined along the same rules.

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:   As a supplement to our financial measures presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), Activision Blizzard presents certain non-GAAP measures of financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or as more important than, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.  In addition, these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the items associated with the company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP.

 

Activision Blizzard provides net revenues, net income (loss), earnings (loss) per share and operating margin data and guidance both including (in accordance with GAAP) and excluding (non-GAAP) certain items. In addition, Activision Blizzard provides EBITDA (defined as GAAP net income (loss) before interest (income) expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) and adjusted EBITDA (defined as non-GAAP operating margin (see non-GAAP financial measure below) before depreciation).  The non-GAAP financial measures exclude the following items, as applicable in any given reporting period:

 

·                   the change in deferred revenues and related cost of sales with respect to certain of the company’s online-enabled games;

·                   expenses related to stock-based compensation;

·                   the amortization of intangibles from purchase price accounting;

·                   fees and other expenses related to the acquisition of 429 million shares of our common stock on October 11, 2013 from Vivendi, pursuant to the stock purchase agreement dated July 25, 2013 and related debt financings; and

·                   the income tax adjustments associated with any of the above items.

 

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Activision Blizzard Announces Better-Than-Expected Q3 2013 Results

 

In the future, Activision Blizzard may also consider whether other significant non-recurring items should also be excluded in calculating the non-GAAP financial measures used by the company.  Management believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides investors with additional useful information to measure Activision Blizzard’s financial and operating performance.  In particular, the measures facilitate comparison of operating performance between periods and help investors to better understand the operating results of Activision Blizzard by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of the company’s core business, operating results or future outlook.  Internally, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the company’s operating results, and measuring compliance with the requirements of the company’s debt financing agreements, as well as in planning and forecasting.

 

Activision Blizzard’s non-GAAP financial measures are not based on a comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, and the terms non-GAAP net revenues, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per share, non-GAAP operating margin, and non-GAAP or adjusted EBITDA do not have a standardized meaning. Therefore, other companies may use the same or similarly named measures, but exclude different items, which may not provide investors a comparable view of Activision Blizzard’s performance in relation to other companies.

 

Management compensates for the limitations resulting from the exclusion of these items by considering the impact of the items separately and by considering Activision Blizzard’s GAAP, as well as non-GAAP, results and outlook, and by presenting the most comparable GAAP measures directly ahead of non-GAAP measures, and by providing a reconciliation that indicates and describes the adjustments made.

 

In addition to the reasons stated above, which are generally applicable to each of the items Activision Blizzard excludes from its non-GAAP financial measures, there are additional specific reasons why the company believes it is appropriate to exclude the change in deferred revenues and related cost of sales with respect to certain of the company’s online-enabled games.

 

Since Activision Blizzard has determined that some of our games’ online functionality represents an essential component of gameplay and, as a result, a more-than-inconsequential separate deliverable, we recognize revenues attributed to these game titles over their estimated service periods, which may range from five months to a maximum of less than a year. The related cost of sales is deferred and recognized as the related revenues are recognized. Internally, management excludes the impact of this change in deferred revenues and related cost of sales in its non-GAAP financial measures when evaluating the company’s operating performance, when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods, and when assessing the performance of its management team.

 

Management believes this is appropriate because doing so enables an analysis of performance based on the timing of actual transactions with our customers, which is consistent with the way the company is measured by investment analysts and industry data sources. In addition, excluding the change in deferred revenues and the related cost of sales provides a much more timely indication of trends in our operating results.

 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements:   Information in this press release that involves Activision Blizzard’s expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including statements under the heading “Company Outlook,” are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Activision Blizzard generally uses words such as “outlook,” “will,”  “could,” “should,” “would,” “might,” “to be,” “plans,” “believes,” “may,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimate,” “future,” “plan,” “positioned,” “potential,” “project,” “remain,” “scheduled,” “set to,” “subject to,” “upcoming” and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements.

 

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Activision Blizzard Announces Better-Than-Expected Q3 2013 Results

 

Factors that could cause Activision Blizzard’s actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include, but are not limited to, sales levels of Activision Blizzard’s titles, increasing concentration of titles, shifts in consumer spending trends, the impact of the current macroeconomic environment, Activision Blizzard’s ability to predict consumer preferences, including interest in specific genres such as first-person action, “toys to life” and massively multiplayer online games and preferences among hardware platforms, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive game market, changing business models including digital delivery of content, competition, including from used games and other forms of entertainment, possible declines in software pricing, product returns and price protection, product delays, adoption rate and availability of new hardware (including peripherals) and related software, particularly during the ongoing console transition, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, the current regulatory environment, litigation risks and associated costs, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, customers, licensees, licensors, vendors, and third-party developers, including the ability to attract, retain and develop key personnel and developers that can create high quality “hit” titles, counterparty risks relating to customers, licensees, licensors and manufacturers, domestic and international economic, financial and political conditions and policies, foreign exchange rates and tax rates, the identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities and potential challenges associated with geographic expansion, capital market risks, the possibility that expected benefits related to the recently completed transactions with Vivendi may not materialize as expected, the amount of our debt and the limitations imposed by the covenants in the agreements governing our debt, and the other  factors  identified in the risk factors section of Activision Blizzard’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K, as amended and our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.   The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and Activision Blizzard assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.  Although these forward-looking statements are believed to be true when made, they may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.

 

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(Tables to Follow)

 

 

For Information Contact:

 

 

 

 

 

Kristin Southey

 

Maryanne Lataif

SVP, Investor Relations

 

SVP, Corporate Communications

(310) 255-2635

 

(310) 255-2704

ksouthey@activision.com

 

mlataif@activision.com

 

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ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Amounts in millions, except per share data)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product sales

 

$

332

 

$

536

 

$

2,049

 

$

2,208

Subscription, licensing and other revenues 1

 

359

 

305

 

1,016

 

880

Total net revenues

 

691

 

841

 

3,065

 

3,088

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales - product costs

 

111

 

146

 

551

 

633

Cost of sales - online subscriptions

 

43

 

62

 

154

 

201

Cost of sales - software royalties and amortization

 

16

 

19

 

116

 

107

Cost of sales - intellectual property licenses

 

5

 

10

 

56

 

37

Product development

 

140

 

125

 

387

 

384

Sales and marketing

 

144

 

131

 

367

 

346

General and administrative

 

162

 

121

 

347

 

413

Total costs and expenses

 

621

 

614

 

1,978

 

2,121

Operating income

 

70

 

227

 

1,087

 

967

Interest and other investment income (expense), net

 

(4)

 

1

 

(1)

 

4

Income before income tax expense

 

66

 

228

 

1,086

 

971

Income tax expense

 

10

 

2

 

249

 

176

Net income

 

$

56

 

$

226

 

$

837

 

$

795

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per common share 2

 

$

0.05

 

$

0.20

 

$

0.73

 

$

0.70

Weighted average common shares outstanding

 

1,122

 

1,109

 

1,118

 

1,113

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per common share 2

 

$

0.05

 

$

0.20

 

$

0.73

 

$

0.70

Weighted average common shares outstanding assuming dilution

 

1,134

 

1,114

 

1,127

 

1,118

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1  Subscription, licensing and other revenues represents revenues from World of Warcraft subscriptions, Call of Duty Elite memberships, licensing royalties from our products and franchises, value-added services, downloadable content, and other miscellaneous revenues.

 

2  The company calculates earnings per share pursuant to the two-class method which requires the allocation of net income between common shareholders and participating security holders. We had, on a weighted-average basis, participating securities of approximately 24 million and 25 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively. We had, on a weighted-average basis, participating securities of approximately 27 million and 23 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively. Net income attributable to Activision Blizzard Inc. common shareholders used to calculate earnings per common share assuming dilution was $55 million and $819 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 as compared to the total net income of $56 million and $837 million for the same periods, respectively. Net income attributable to Activision Blizzard Inc. common shareholders used to calculate earnings per common share assuming dilution was $221 million and $779 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 as compared to total net income of $226 million and $795 million for the same periods, respectively.

 

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ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in millions)

 

 

 

September 30,

 

December 31,

 

 

2013

 

2012

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

4,444

 

$

3,959

Cash in escrow 1

 

2,282

 

---

Short-term investments

 

95

 

416

Accounts receivable, net

 

205

 

707

Inventories, net

 

313

 

209

Software development

 

347

 

164

Intellectual property licenses

 

12

 

11

Deferred income taxes, net

 

341

 

487

Other current assets

 

212

 

321

Total current assets

 

8,251

 

6,274

Long-term investments

 

9

 

8

Software development

 

54

 

129

Intellectual property licenses

 

---

 

30

Property and equipment, net

 

139

 

141

Other assets

 

18

 

11

Intangible assets, net

 

58

 

68

Trademark and trade names

 

433

 

433

Goodwill

 

7,098

 

7,106

Total assets

 

$

16,060

 

$

14,200

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

286

 

$

343

Deferred revenues

 

641

 

1,657

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

 

506

 

652

Total current liabilities

 

1,433

 

2,652

Long-term debt, net

 

2,211

 

---

Deferred income taxes, net

 

71

 

25

Other liabilities

 

206

 

206

Total liabilities

 

3,921

 

2,883

Shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

Common stock

 

---

 

---

Additional paid-in capital

 

9,608

 

9,450

Retained earnings

 

2,513

 

1,893

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

 

18

 

(26)

Total shareholders’ equity

 

12,139

 

11,317

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

 

$

16,060

 

$

14,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

1  Cash in escrow represents the deposit of the par value of the 5.625% unsecured senior notes due September 2021 and the 6.125% unsecured senior notes due September 2023 and related interest through December 18, 2013 pending the close of the Purchase Transaction. On October 11, 2013, the Cash in Escrow was released and used to fund the completion of the Purchase Transaction. For more details, refer to the company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.

 

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ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(Amounts in millions, except earnings per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30, 2013

 

Net Revenues

Cost of Sales -
Product Costs

Cost of Sales -
Online
Subscriptions

Cost of Sales -
Software Royalties
and Amortization

Cost of Sales -
Intellectual
Property Licenses

Product
Development

Sales and
Marketing

General and
Administrative

Total Costs and
Expenses

 GAAP Measurement

 

$

691

$

111

$

43

$

16

$

5

$

140

$

144

$

162

$

621

Less: Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales

(a)

(34)

1

-

(3)

-

-

-

-

(2)

Less: Stock-based compensation

(b)

-

-

-

(1)

-

(9)

(2)

(13)

(25)

Less: Amortization of intangible assets

(c)

-

-

-

-

(3)

-

-

-

(3)

Less: Fees and other expenses related to the Purchase Transaction and related debt financings

(d)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(62)

(62)

 Non-GAAP Measurement

 

$

657

$

112

$

43

$

12

$

2

$

131

$

142

$

87

$

529

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30, 2013

 

Operating
Income

Net Income

Basic
Earnings per
Share

Diluted Earnings
per Share

 

 

 

 

 

 GAAP Measurement

 

$

70

$

56

$

0.05

$

0.05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales

(a)

(32)

(23)

(0.02)

(0.02)

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Stock-based compensation

(b)

25

16

0.01

0.01

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Amortization of intangible assets

(c)

3

2

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Fees and other expenses related to the Purchase Transaction and related debt financings

(d)

62

39

0.03

0.03

 

 

 

 

 

 Non-GAAP Measurement

 

$

128

$

90

$

0.08

$

0.08

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine months ended September 30, 2013

 

Net Revenues

Cost of Sales -
Product Costs

Cost of Sales -
Online
Subscriptions

Cost of Sales -
Software Royalties
and Amortization

Cost of Sales -
Intellectual
Property Licenses

Product
Development

Sales and
Marketing

General and
Administrative

Total Costs and
Expenses

 GAAP Measurement

 

$

3,065

$

551

$

154

$

116

$

56

$

387

$

367

$

347

$

1,978

Less: Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales

(a)

(995)

(191)

-

(62)

(4)

-

-

-

(257)

Less: Stock-based compensation

(b)

-

-

-

(10)

-

(23)

(5)

(38)

(76)

Less: Amortization of intangible assets

(c)

-

-

-

-

(8)

-

-

-

(8)

Less: Fees and other expenses related to the Purchase Transaction and related debt financings

(d)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(62)

(62)

 Non-GAAP Measurement

 

$

2,070

$

360

$

154

$

44

$

44

$

364

$

362

$

247

$

1,575

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine months ended September 30, 2013

 

Operating
Income

Net Income

Basic
Earnings per
Share

Diluted Earnings
per Share

 

 

 

 

 

 GAAP Measurement

 

$

1,087

$

837

$

0.73

$

0.73

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales

(a)

(738)

(550)

(0.48)

(0.48)

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Stock-based compensation

(b)

76

48

0.04

0.04

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Amortization of intangible assets

(c)

8

5

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Fees and other expenses related to the Purchase Transaction and related debt financings

(d)

62

39

0.03

0.03

 

 

 

 

 

 Non-GAAP Measurement

 

$

495

$

379

$

0.33

$

0.33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a) Reflects the net change in deferred revenues and related cost of sales.

(b) Includes expense related to stock-based compensation.

(c) Reflects amortization of intangible assets from purchase price accounting.

(d) Reflects fees and other expenses related to the repurchase of 429 million shares of our common stock from Vivendi (the “Purchase Transaction”) completed on October 11, 2013 and related debt financings.

 

The company calculates earnings per share pursuant to the two-class method which requires the allocation of net income between common shareholders and participating security holders. Net income attributable to Activision Blizzard common shareholders used to calculate non-GAAP earnings per common share assuming dilution was $88 million and $370 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 as compared to the total non-GAAP net income of $90 million and $379 million for the same periods, respectively.

 

The per share adjustments are presented as calculated, and the GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share information is also presented as calculated. The sum of these measures, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.

 

10



 

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(Amounts in millions, except earnings per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30, 2012

 

Net Revenues

Cost of Sales -
Product Costs

Cost of Sales -
Online
Subscriptions

Cost of Sales -
Software Royalties
and Amortization

Cost of Sales -
Intellectual
Property Licenses

Product
Development

Sales and
Marketing

General and
Administrative

Total Costs and
Expenses

 GAAP Measurement

 

$

841

$

146

$

62

$

19

$

10

$

125

$

131

$

121

$

614

Less: Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales

(a)

(90)

(5)

-

23

2

-

-

-

20

Less: Stock-based compensation

(b)

-

-

-

(1)

-

(5)

(2)

(26)

(34)

Less: Amortization of intangible assets

(c)

-

-

-

-

(3)

-

-

-

(3)

 Non-GAAP Measurement

 

$

751

$

141

$

62

$

41

$

9

$

120

$

129

$

95

$

597

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30, 2012

 

Operating
Income

Net Income

Basic Earnings
per Share

Diluted Earnings
per Share

 

 

 

 

 

 GAAP Measurement

 

$

227

$

226

$

0.20

$

0.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales

(a)

(110)

(83)

(0.07)

(0.07)

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Stock-based compensation

(b)

34

23

0.02

0.02

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Amortization of intangible assets

(c)

3

2

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 Non-GAAP Measurement

 

$

154

$

168

$

0.15

$

0.15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine months ended September 30, 2012

 

Net Revenues

Cost of Sales -
Product Costs

Cost of Sales -
Online
Subscriptions

Cost of Sales -
Software Royalties
and Amortization

Cost of Sales -
Intellectual
Property Licenses

Product
Development

Sales and
Marketing

General and
Administrative

Total Costs and
Expenses

 GAAP Measurement

 

$

3,088

$

633

$

201

$

107

$

37

$

384

$

346

$

413

$

2,121

Less: Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales

(a)

(695)

(186)

-

5

-

-

-

-

(181)

Less: Stock-based compensation

(b)

-

-

-

(6)

-

(14)

(5)

(60)

(85)

Less: Amortization of intangible assets

(c)

-

-

-

-

(7)

-

-

-

(7)

 Non-GAAP Measurement

 

$

2,393

$

447

$

201

$

106

$

30

$

370

$

341

$

353

$

1,848

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine months ended September 30, 2012

 

Operating
Income

Net Income

Basic Earnings
per Share

Diluted Earnings
per Share

 

 

 

 

 

 GAAP Measurement

 

$

967

$

795

$

0.70

$

0.70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales

(a)

(514)

(401)

(0.35)

(0.35)

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Stock-based compensation

(b)

85

60

0.05

0.05

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Amortization of intangible assets

(c)

7

5

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 Non-GAAP Measurement

 

$

545

$

459

$

0.40

$

0.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a) Reflects the net change in deferred revenues and related cost of sales.

(b) Includes expense related to stock-based compensation.

(c) Reflects amortization of intangible assets from purchase price accounting.

 

The company calculates earnings per share pursuant to the two-class method which requires the allocation of net income between common shareholders and participating security holders. Net income attributable to Activision Blizzard Inc. common shareholders used to calculate non-GAAP earnings per common share assuming dilution was $164 million and $449 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 as compared to total non-GAAP net income of $168 million and $459 million for the same periods, respectively.

 

The per share adjustments are presented as calculated, and the GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share information is also presented as calculated. The sum of these measures, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.

 

11



 

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

For the Three And Nine Months Ended September 30, 2013 and 2012

(Amounts in millions)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

September 30, 2013

 

September 30, 2012

 

$ Increase

 

% Increase

 

 

 

Amount

 

% of Total 4

 

Amount

 

% of Total 4

 

(Decrease)

 

(Decrease)

 

GAAP Net Revenues by Distribution Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retail channels

 

$

226

 

33

%

$

357

 

42

%

$

(131)

 

(37)

%

Digital online channels 1

 

409

 

59

 

430

 

51

 

(21)

 

(5)

 

Total Activision and Blizzard

 

635

 

92

 

787

 

94

 

(152)

 

(19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution

 

56

 

8

 

54

 

6

 

2

 

4

 

Total consolidated GAAP net revenues

 

691

 

100

 

841

 

100

 

(150)

 

(18)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in Deferred Revenues 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retail channels

 

(24)

 

 

 

(87)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital online channels 1

 

(10)

 

 

 

(3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total changes in deferred revenues

 

(34)

 

 

 

(90)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP Net Revenues by Distribution Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retail channels

 

202

 

31

 

270

 

36

 

(68)

 

(25)

 

Digital online channels 1

 

399

 

61

 

427

 

57

 

(28)

 

(7)

 

Total Activision and Blizzard

 

601

 

91

 

697

 

93

 

(96)

 

(14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution

 

56

 

9

 

54

 

7

 

2

 

4

 

Total non-GAAP net revenues 3

 

$

657

 

100

%

$

751

 

100

%

$

(94)

 

(13)

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 30, 2013

 

September 30, 2012

 

$ Increase

 

% Increase

 

 

 

Amount

 

% of Total 4

 

Amount

 

% of Total 4

 

(Decrease)

 

(Decrease)

 

GAAP Net Revenues by Distribution Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retail channels

 

$

1,748

 

57

%

$

1,837

 

59

%

$

(89)

 

(5)

%

Digital online channels 1

 

1,174

 

38

 

1,085

 

35

 

89

 

8

 

Total Activision and Blizzard

 

2,922

 

95

 

2,922

 

95

 

---

 

---

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution

 

143

 

5

 

166

 

5

 

(23)

 

(14)

 

Total consolidated GAAP net revenues

 

3,065

 

100

 

3,088

 

100

 

(23)

 

(1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in Deferred Revenues 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retail channels

 

(1,033)

 

 

 

(832)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital online channels 1

 

38

 

 

 

137

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total changes in deferred revenues

 

(995)

 

 

 

(695)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP Net Revenues by Distribution Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retail channels

 

715

 

35

 

1,005

 

42

 

(290)

 

(29)

 

Digital online channels 1

 

1,212

 

59

 

1,222

 

51

 

(10)

 

(1)

 

Total Activision and Blizzard

 

1,927

 

93

 

2,227

 

93

 

(300)

 

(13)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution

 

143

 

7

 

166

 

7

 

(23)

 

(14)

 

Total non-GAAP net revenues 3

 

$

2,070

 

100

%

$

2,393

 

100

%

$

(323)

 

(13)

%

 

1  Net revenues from digital online channel represent revenues from subscriptions and memberships, licensing royalties, value-added services, downloadable content, digitally distributed products, and wireless devices.

2  We provide net revenues including (in accordance with GAAP) and excluding (non-GAAP) the impact of changes in deferred revenues.

3  Total non-GAAP net revenues presented also represents our total operating segment net revenues.

4  The percentages of total are presented as calculated. Therefore the sum of these percentages, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.

 

12



 

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

For the Three Months Ended September 30, 2013 and 2012

(Amounts in millions)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

September 30, 2013

 

September 30, 2012

 

$ Increase

 

% Increase

 

 

 

Amount

 

% of Total 6

 

Amount

 

% of Total 6

 

(Decrease)

 

(Decrease)

 

GAAP Net Revenues by Segment/Platform Mix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activision and Blizzard:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online subscriptions 1

 

$

205

 

30

%

$

226

 

27

%

$

(21)

 

(9)

%

PC

 

79

 

11

 

272

 

32

 

(193)

 

(71)

 

Sony PlayStation 3

 

119

 

17

 

81

 

10

 

38

 

47

 

Microsoft Xbox 360

 

160

 

23

 

121

 

14

 

39

 

32

 

Nintendo Wii and Wii U

 

17

 

2

 

25

 

3

 

(8)

 

(32)

 

Total console 2

 

296

 

43

 

227

 

27

 

69

 

30

 

Other 5

 

55

 

8

 

62

 

7

 

(7)

 

(11)

 

Total Activision and Blizzard

 

635

 

92

 

787

 

94

 

(152)

 

(19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Distribution

 

56

 

8

 

54

 

6

 

2

 

4

 

Total consolidated GAAP net revenues

 

691

 

100

 

841

 

100

 

(150)

 

(18)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in Deferred Revenues 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activision and Blizzard:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online subscriptions 1

 

(24)

 

 

 

119

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PC

 

(38)

 

 

 

(165)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony PlayStation 3

 

15

 

 

 

(12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Xbox 360

 

16

 

 

 

(30)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nintendo Wii and Wii U

 

(3)

 

 

 

(2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total console 2

 

28

 

 

 

(44)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other 5

 

---

 

 

 

---

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total changes in deferred revenues

 

(34)

 

 

 

(90)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP Net Revenues by Segment/Platform Mix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activision and Blizzard:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online subscriptions 1

 

181

 

28

 

345

 

46

 

(164)

 

(48)

 

PC

 

41

 

6

 

107

 

14

 

(66)

 

(62)

 

Sony PlayStation 3

 

134

 

20

 

69

 

9

 

65

 

94

 

Microsoft Xbox 360

 

176

 

27

 

91

 

12

 

85

 

93

 

Nintendo Wii and Wii U

 

14

 

2

 

23

 

3

 

(9)

 

(39)

 

Total console 2

 

324

 

49

 

183

 

24

 

141

 

77

 

Other 5

 

55

 

8

 

62

 

8

 

(7)

 

(11)

 

Total Activision and Blizzard

 

601

 

91

 

697

 

93

 

(96)

 

(14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Distribution

 

56

 

9

 

54

 

7

 

2

 

4

 

Total non-GAAP net revenues 4

 

$

657

 

100

%

$

751

 

100

%

$

(94)

 

(13)

%

 

1  Revenues from online subscriptions consists of revenues from all World of Warcraft products, including subscriptions, boxed products, expansion packs, licensing royalties, and value-added services.  It also includes revenues from Call of Duty Elite memberships.

2  Downloadable content and their related revenues are included in each respective console platforms and total console.

3  We provide net revenues including (in accordance with GAAP) and excluding (non-GAAP) the impact of changes in deferred net revenues.

4  Total non-GAAP net revenues presented also represents our total operating segment net revenues.

5  Revenues from other includes revenues from handheld and mobile devices, as well as non-platform specific game related revenues such as standalone sales of toys and accessories products from the Skylanders franchise and other physical merchandise and accessories.

6  The percentages of total are presented as calculated. Therefore the sum of these percentages, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.

 

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ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2013 and 2012

(Amounts in millions)

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 30, 2013

 

September 30, 2012

 

$ Increase

 

% Increase

 

 

 

Amount

 

% of Total 6

 

Amount

 

% of Total 6

 

(Decrease)

 

(Decrease)

 

GAAP Net Revenues by Segment/Platform Mix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activision and Blizzard:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online subscriptions 1

 

$

714

 

23

%

$

701

 

23

%

$

13

 

2

%

PC

 

274

 

9

 

471

 

15

 

(197)

 

(42)

 

Sony PlayStation 3

 

727

 

24

 

617

 

20

 

110

 

18

 

Microsoft Xbox 360

 

849

 

28

 

705

 

23

 

144

 

20

 

Nintendo Wii and Wii U

 

58

 

2

 

108

 

3

 

(50)

 

(46)

 

Total console 2

 

1,634

 

53

 

1,430

 

46

 

204

 

14

 

Other 5

 

300

 

10

 

320

 

10

 

(20)

 

(6)

 

Total Activision and Blizzard

 

2,922

 

95

 

2,922

 

95

 

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