-Fourth quarter net revenue outlook increases 24%-
-Fiscal year 2004 net revenue and earnings highest in company's history -
Santa Monica, CA - March 25, 2004 - Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that based on better-than-expected performance of its publishing and distribution divisions, as well as an adjustment to the company's estimated effective tax rate related to its international operations, the company is raising its outlook for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2004.
For the fiscal fourth quarter ending March 31, 2004, Activision expects earnings per diluted share of $0.01 on net revenues of $155 million, an increase from the company's prior outlook of a loss per share of $0.01 on net revenues of $125 million. In the fiscal fourth quarter ending March 31, 2003 the company had a loss per share of $0.06 on net revenues of $125 million.
For the full fiscal year, Activision expects earnings per diluted share of $0.50, an increase of 16% year over year, and net revenues of $940 million, a 9% increase year over year. Activision's previous fiscal year outlook was $0.48 earnings per diluted share and net revenue of $910 million. The company's revised full fiscal year outlook marks the highest net revenue and earnings per share in Activision's history.
Ron Doornink, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc., said, "Our hit holiday titles Tony Hawk's Underground, True Crime: Streets of L.A.™ and Call of Duty™ continue to perform well worldwide. We are especially pleased that Call of Duty has remained the #1 best selling PC game in terms of dollars from November 2003 through February 2004, according to NPD Intellect's U.S. PC sales report."
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 $864 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003.
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 www.activision.com.
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