Net Revenues Hit Q1 All Time High, Rising 33% Year Over Year
SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced financial results for the first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2004.
Company Increases Q2 and Fiscal 2005 Net Revenues and E.P.S. Outlook
FY 2005 Earnings Per Diluted Share Outlook Up 28% Year Over Year
Net revenues were $211.3 million as compared to net revenues of $158.7 million reported for the first quarter last fiscal year. Net income for the first fiscal quarter was $12.0 million, an increase of $7.8 million, as compared with net income of $4.2 million for the previous first quarter. Earnings per diluted share were $0.08, an increase of $0.05, as compared with $0.03 per diluted share reported for the same period last year.
Robert A. Kotick, Chairman and CEO of Activision, stated, "In addition to delivering record net revenues for the first quarter, we also significantly increased our earnings. Both Shrek 2™ and Spider-Man 2™ were top-selling titles, and as of today, the two titles combined have shipped more than five million units. In the past nine months, all five games created by our internal development studios have each shipped more than one million units, with three shipping more than three million units."
Kotick continued, "Our focus on big propositions is yielding superb results and we intend to continue leveraging our increasing portfolio of franchises. For the balance of this year and next year, our production strategy centers around developing games based on proven, predictable brands.
This strategy should enable us to grow our revenues, earnings and operating margin, and increase our return on invested capital as we have over the past few years. As we look toward the future, Activision will also selectively develop groundbreaking original content, as we did last year with the introductions of True Crime: Streets of L.A.™ and Call of Duty™."
Activision's results were driven by strong global consumer response to its products across all platforms. During the quarter, the company released Shrek 2™ and Spider-Man 2™ for the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game system, Nintendo® GameCube™, Nintendo Game Boy® Advance and the PC and True Crime: Streets of L.A.™ for the PC.
Other highlights include:
* Today, Activision announced that one of its wholly owned studios, Neversoft, the creators behind the Tony Hawk franchise, is in development on a compelling new intellectual property that will bring Neversoft's world renowned development prowess to a new genre. The unnamed title is slated for release in fiscal 2006, alongside a new game based on the Tony Hawk franchise that Neversoft will also develop for fiscal 2006. * According to NPD TRSTS, Spider-Man 2 was the #1 best-selling video game in the U.S. across all platforms for the month of June. Additionally, Shrek 2 was the #1 best-selling title across all platforms for the month of May and the #2 game behind Spider-Man 2 in June. * On July 16, Activision Value Publishing announced a multi-year alliance with Discovery Consumer Products to develop and distribute video games based on the popular television series American Chopper. * On July 14, Activision confirmed that id Software's highly anticipated DOOM 3(TM) for the PC has entered manufacturing and will begin shipping to retail stores worldwide the week of August 2. * On July 7, Activision announced that the company's North American Publishing unit has shipped more than two million units of its Spider-Man 2 video game timed to the theatrical release of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Columbia Pictures "Spider-Man(R) 2". * On April 8, Activision announced that it had partnered with Nielsen Entertainment to develop a new initiative that will allow video game companies to supply advertisers with audience measurement metrics to help them assess the impact of in-game ad exposure. The new initiative will provide tools for advertisers to effectively measure everything from ad exposure to demographics to audience recall when it comes to video game use.
Activision also increased its outlook for fiscal 2005. For the second quarter, the company expects net revenues of $254 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.08. For the third quarter, it expects net revenues of $515 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.52. For the fourth quarter, Activision expects net revenues of $120 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.01. For the full fiscal year, the company expects net revenues of $1.10 billion and earnings per diluted share of $0.69. The company's previous fiscal year outlook was $1.05 billion in net revenues and earnings per diluted share of $0.64. The company's revised outlook represents a 16% increase in net revenues and a 28% increase in earnings per diluted share year over year.
Looking ahead to the second quarter, Activision's slate will be driven by Doom 3™ and Rome: Total War™, two of the most anticipated PC games of the year; Call of Duty: United Offensive™, the expansion pack to the best-selling, critically acclaimed PC title Call of Duty; DreamWork's Shark Tale™, for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo Game Boy Advance and the PC; and X-Men Legends™ for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system and Nintendo GameCube.
Today at 4:30 p.m. EDT, Activision's management will host a conference call and Webcast to discuss its Q1 fiscal year 2005 results and outlook. The company welcomes all members of the financial and media communities to visit the "Investor Relations" area of http://www.activision.com to listen to the conference call via live Webcast or to listen to the call live by dialing into (719) 457-2617 in the U.S.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $948 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia and the Netherlands. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at http://www.activision.com.
Note: The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking" statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. The company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause Activision's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements.
Such factors include, without limitation, product delays, retail acceptance of our products, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers, international economic and political conditions, integration of recently acquired subsidiaries and identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities.
These important factors and other factors that potentially could affect the company's financial results are described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers of this press release are referred to such filings. The company may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in the company's assumptions or otherwise. The company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
ACTIVISION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousands, except earnings per share data) Quarter ended June 30, 2004 2003 Restated Net revenues $211,276 $158,725 Costs and expenses: Cost of sales - product costs 89,088 76,610 Cost of sales - software royalties and amortization 12,283 15,498 Cost of sales - intellectual property licenses 17,648 10,143 Product development 21,105 13,580 Sales and marketing 41,734 26,285 General and administrative 13,685 11,463 Total operating expenses 195,543 153,579 Operating income 15,733 5,146 Investment income, net 2,112 1,257 Income before provision for income taxes 17,845 6,403 Provision for income taxes 5,888 2,240 Net income $11,957 $4,163 Basic earnings per share $0.09 $0.03 Weighted average common shares outstanding 137,765 132,069 Diluted earnings per share $0.08 $0.03 Weighted average common shares outstanding assuming dilution 153,407 140,655 Share and earnings per share data have been restated to reflect our three-for-two stock split for shareholders of record as of February 23, 2004, paid March 15, 2004. ACTIVISION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands) June 30, March 31, 2004 2004 ASSETS Current assets: Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments $539,146 $587,649 Accounts receivable, net 123,048 62,577 Inventories 39,635 26,427 Software development 75,696 58,320 Intellectual property licenses 15,159 32,115 Deferred income taxes 23,497 26,127 Other current assets 21,184 18,660 Total current assets 837,365 811,875 Software development 21,660 28,386 Intellectual property licenses 17,630 16,380 Property and equipment, net 24,841 25,539 Deferred income taxes 6,666 9,064 Other assets 1,243 1,080 Goodwill 76,436 76,493 Total assets $985,841 $968,817 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $75,558 $72,874 Accrued expenses 56,534 63,205 Total current liabilities 132,092 136,079 Shareholders' equity: Common stock - -- Additional paid-in capital 770,257 758,626 Retained earnings 220,236 208,279 Treasury stock (144,128) (144,128) Accumulated other comprehensive income 7,384 9,961 Total shareholders' equity 853,749 832,738 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $985,841 $968,817 ACTIVISION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES FINANCIAL INFORMATION For the Quarter Ended June 30, 2004 and 2003 (Amounts in thousands) Percent Increase Quarter Ended (Decrease) June 30, 2004 June 30, 2003 Amount %of Total Amount %of Total Geographic Revenue Mix United States $125,191 59% $82,739 52% 51% International 86,085 41% 75,986 48% 13% Total net revenues $211,276 100% $158,725 100% 33% Activity/Platform Mix Publishing: Console $119,127 74% $88,484 77% 35% Hand-held 18,430 11% 4,596 4% 301% PC 24,095 15% 21,325 19% 13% Total publishing $161,652 77% $114,405 72% 41% Distribution: Console $39,194 79% $35,342 80% 11% Hand-held 3,655 7% 2,912 6% 26% PC 6,775 14% 6,066 14% 12% Total distribution $49,624 23% $44,320 28% 12% Total net revenues $211,276 100% $158,725 100% 33% ACTIVISION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES FINANCIAL INFORMATION For the Quarter Ended June 30, 2004 and 2003 Quarter Ended Quarter Ended June 30, 2004 June 30, 2003 Publishing Net Revenues PC 15% 19% Console 74% 77% PlayStation 2 42% 37% Microsoft Xbox 16% 31% Nintendo GameCube 15% 5% PlayStation 1% 4% Hand-held 11% 4% Game Boy Advance 11% 4% Total publishing net revenues 100% 100%SOURCE Activision, Inc.