SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 4, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced record net revenues for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006.
Net revenues for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006 were $1,468 million, as compared to $1,406 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005. Net income for the fiscal year was $41.9 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $138.3 million, or $0.50 per diluted share reported for the last fiscal year.
Net revenues for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2006 were $188.1 million, as compared to $203.9 million that the company reported for the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year. For the fourth quarter, the company reported a net loss of $9.2 million, or a loss per share of $0.03, as compared to net income of $3.6 million, or earnings per diluted share of $0.01 for the fiscal year 2005 fourth quarter.
Robert Kotick, Chairman and CEO of Activision, Inc. commented, "Activision's fiscal year 2006 net revenues totaled $1,468 million, marking 14 consecutive years of revenue growth. We delivered better than expected results for the fourth quarter. Our balance sheet remains one of the strongest in the industry with nearly $1 billion in cash and short-term investments and $1.2 billion in shareholder's equity. In fiscal 2006, we strengthened our market position, although our operating results were impacted by the challenges of a console transition. We ended the fiscal year as the #2 U.S. software publisher overall and had the #1 game on the next-generation Xbox 360 platform, Call of Duty 2(TM), according to the NPD Group."
Kotick added, "Looking ahead, we will continue to leverage our assets -- the competitive leadership of our world-class franchises, production capabilities and worldwide distribution resources. Our leadership position will provide us with a competitive advantage in our continued efforts to provide superior returns to our shareholders. We are planning for and investing in the market growth that historically follows the introduction of new console hardware. We remain focused on expanding operating margins by growing our balanced franchise portfolio, delivering compelling game experiences, increasing our international market position and improving operational efficiency worldwide."
Yesterday, Activision announced that it has been awarded the rights to develop and publish interactive entertainment games based on the James Bond license through 2014. Under the terms of the agreement, Activision has obtained the worldwide rights to develop games for all current and next-generation consoles, the PC and hand-held platforms for the James Bond license. The license grants Activision the right to develop and publish games based on subsequent movies, as well as non-movie games.
Since the initial release of Dr. No in 1962, James Bond films have grossed more than $3.6 billion theatrically worldwide, and approximately 30 million units of video games based on the world of James Bond have been sold to date. Bond is one of the most successful franchises in film history and continues to have popular global appeal.
During the fiscal year, Activision's game slate was based on such franchises as Call of Duty(TM), DOOM(R), QUAKE(R), Shrek(TM)(R), Spider-Man(R), True Crime(TM), Tony Hawk(TM), World Series of Poker(R) and X-Men(R).
* Sales of the Tony Hawk games exceeded $1 billion and the franchise was a top-10 selling game for the sixth consecutive year. * The company successfully launched an internally developed game GUN(TM) which marks the third consecutive year that Activision has created the #1 new intellectual property in the marketplace. * Additionally, the company's multi-title approach with Call of Duty 2 and Call of Duty 2: Big Red One(TM) drove the brand to be its best-selling franchise of fiscal 2006. * Call of Duty 2 ended the year as #1 best-selling Xbox 360 game. Other business highlights are as follows:
During the fiscal year, Activision signed four exclusive long-term licensing agreements and acquired two development studios. These initiatives will allow the company to plan its game slate three to five years in advance and make prudent investments that may facilitate future growth.
* Activision expanded its alliance with Marvel Enterprises for the Spider-Man(TM) and X-Men(TM) franchises and its agreement with Spider-Man Merchandising L.P. and Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc., to extend its worldwide publishing rights to the phenomenally successful Spider-Man(R) motion pictures through 2017. To date, games based on the Spider-Man and X-Men franchises have generated more than $785 million in video game sales worldwide. * Activision signed a multi-year agreement with DreamWorks Animation for the exclusive video game rights to four upcoming feature films -- "Bee Movie," "Kung Fu Panda," "Rex Havoc" and "How to Train Your Dragon." The deal also extended its rights beyond "Shrek 3" to include potential future films in the "Shrek" franchise. The company's alliance with DreamWorks has resulted in more than $300 million in video game sales worldwide. * Activision entered into an agreement with The Hasbro Properties Group to develop console, handheld and PC games based on Hasbro's renowned Transformers brand. Transformers has been one of the best-selling boys' action brands in a wide-range of categories, from toys to publishing to apparel, since its launch as a global property in 1984. * Activision strengthened its internal development capabilities with two game developer acquisitions -- Toys For Bob, Inc. and Beenox, Inc. Toys For Bob created Madagascar(TM), which was based on DreamWorks Animation's feature film and ended calendar 2005 as the #1 best-selling children's movie game in the U.S. Beenox provided us with a foothold in the Canadian province of Quebec, one of the fastest growing development talent pools in North America.
In fiscal 2006, Activision's European publishing net revenues grew 18% to more than $400 million. The company sells direct to retail in the seven largest European markets -- UK, France, Germany, Benelux, Nordic, Spain and Italy and during the fiscal year added Austria. Through its direct model, Activision is increasing volume, market share, retail presence, customer relationships and logistic and financial efficiencies.
For the first quarter of fiscal 2007, Activision will release games based on two highly anticipated summer movie releases, DreamWorks Animation's "Over the Hedge" and Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Studio's "X-Men: The Last Stand."
For fiscal 2007, Activision expects net revenues of $1.025 billion and earnings per diluted share of $0.10, including the impact of adopting FAS 123(R), which relates to the expensing of stock options and other share-based payments. Excluding the impact of FAS 123(R), the company expects earnings per diluted share of $0.15. This is consistent with the company's previously provided outlook.
For the first quarter of the fiscal year 2007, the company expects net revenues of $145 million and a loss per share of $0.11, including the impact of adopting FAS 123(R). The company's loss per share outlook for the first quarter excluding the impact of FAS 123(R) is expected to be $0.10.
Activision also reaffirmed its fiscal year 2008 outlook. The company expects net revenues to exceed $1.6 billion.
Today at 4:30 p.m. EDT, Activision's management will host a conference call and Webcast to discuss its fiscal 2006 year-end results and outlook for fiscal 2007. The company welcomes all members of the financial and media communities to visit the "Investor Relations" area of www.activision.com to listen to the conference call via a live Webcast or to listen to the call live by dialing into in the U.S. (719) 457-2637 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 $1,468 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, 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.
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, sales of the company's titles during the remainder of fiscal 2007, consumer spending trends, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive game market, the company's ability to predict consumer preferences among competing hardware platforms including next-generation hardware, software pricing, product returns and price protection product delays, retail acceptance of our products, delays in hardware launches, 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 March 31, Year ended March 31, 2006 2005 2006 2005 Net revenues $188,125 $203,861 $1,468,000 $1,405,857 Costs and expenses: Cost of sales - product costs 117,853 130,190 734,874 658,949 Cost of sales - software royalties and amortization 8,555 6,954 147,822 123,800 Cost of sales - intellectual property licenses 1,901 4,400 57,666 62,197 Product development 32,769 20,489 131,782 86,543 Sales and marketing 24,263 29,842 283,220 230,058 General and administrative 28,899 14,885 94,679 59,739 Total operating expenses 214,240 206,760 1,450,043 1,221,286 Operating income (loss) (26,115) (2,899) 17,957 184,571 Investment income, net 7,790 5,138 30,630 13,092 Income (loss) before income tax provision (18,325) 2,239 48,587 197,663 Income tax provision (benefit) (9,106) (1,334) 6,688 59,328 Net income (loss) $(9,219) $3,573 $41,899 $138,335 Basic earnings (loss) per share $(0.03) $0.01 $0.15 $0.55 Weighted average common shares outstanding 276,506 260,551 273,177 250,023 Diluted earnings (loss) per share $(0.03) $0.01 $0.14 $0.50 Weighted average common shares outstanding assuming dilution 276,506 287,485 299,437 278,860
Share and earnings per share data have been restated to reflect our four-for-three stock split for shareholders of record as of October 10, 2005, paid October 24, 2005.
ACTIVISION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands) March 31, March 31, 2006 2005 ASSETS Current assets: Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments $944,960 $840,864 Accounts receivable, net 28,782 109,144 Inventories 61,483 48,018 Software development 40,260 73,096 Intellectual property licenses 4,973 21,572 Deferred income taxes 30,017 6,760 Other current assets 25,933 23,010 Total current assets 1,136,408 1,122,464 Software development 20,359 18,518 Intellectual property licenses 82,073 14,154 Property and equipment, net 45,368 30,490 Deferred income taxes 33,460 28,041 Other assets 1,409 1,635 Goodwill 100,446 91,661 Total assets $1,419,523 $1,306,963 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $88,994 $108,984 Accrued expenses 103,169 98,067 Total current liabilities 192,163 207,051 Other liabilities 1,776 -- Total liabilities 193,939 207,051 Shareholders' equity: Common stock -- -- Additional paid-in capital 823,735 741,680 Retained earnings 388,513 346,614 Accumulated other comprehensive income 16,369 11,618 Unearned compensation (3,033) -- Total shareholders' equity 1,225,584 1,099,912 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $1,419,523 $1,306,963 ACTIVISION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES FINANCIAL INFORMATION For the Quarter and Year Ended March 31, 2006 and 2005 (Amounts in thousands) Percent Increase Quarter Ended (Decrease) March 31, 2006 March 31, 2005 % of % of Amount Total Amount Total Geographic Revenue Mix North America $83,502 44% $69,087 34% 21% International 104,623 56% 134,774 66% -22% Total net revenues $188,125 100% $203,861 100% -8% Segment/Platform Mix Publishing: Console $82,272 44% $66,878 33% 23% Hand-held 15,211 8% 33,353 16% -54% PC 28,722 15% 30,398 15% -6% Total publishing net revenues $126,205 67% $130,629 64% -3% Distribution: Console $33,069 18% $52,826 26% -37% Hand-held 16,744 9% 8,148 4% 105% PC 12,107 6% 12,258 6% -1% Total distribution net revenues $61,920 33% $73,232 36% -15% Total net revenues $188,125 100% $203,861 100% -8% Percent Increase Quarter Ended (Decrease) March 31, 2006 March 31, 2005 % of % of Amount Total Amount Total Geographic Revenue Mix North America $710,040 48% $696,325 50% 2% International 757,960 52% 709,532 50% 7% Total net revenues $1,468,000 100% $1,405,857 100% 4% Segment/Platform Mix Publishing: Console $812,345 55% $713,947 51% 14% Hand-held 158,861 11% 138,695 10% 15% PC 183,457 13% 220,087 15% -17% Total publishing net revenues $1,154,663 79% $1,072,729 76% 8% Distribution: Console $196,413 13% $256,452 18% -23% Hand-held 76,973 5% 23,282 2% 231% PC 39,951 3% 53,394 4% -25% Total distribution net revenues $313,337 21% $333,128 24% -6% Total net revenues $1,468,000 100% $1,405,857 100% 4% ACTIVISION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES FINANCIAL INFORMATION For the Quarter and Year Ended March 31, 2006 and 2005 Quarter Quarter Year Year Ended Ended Ended Ended March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31, 2006 2005 2006 2005 Publishing Net Revenues PC 23% 23% 16% 21% Console 65% 51% 70% 66% Sony PlayStation 2 27% 26% 36% 39% Microsoft Xbox 360 25% 0% 9% 0% Microsoft Xbox 8% 22% 18% 18% Nintendo GameCube 5% 3% 7% 9% Hand-held 12% 26% 14% 13% Nintendo Game Boy Advance 6% 7% 7% 9% Sony PlayStation Portable 4% 15% 5% 2% Nintendo Dual Screen 2% 4% 2% 2% Total publishing net revenues 100% 100% 100% 100%
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