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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):  October 29, 2020

 

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)

 

Title of Each Class  Trading Symbol  Name of Each Exchange
on Which Registered
Common Stock, par value $.000001 per share  ATVI  The Nasdaq Global Select Market

 

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):

 

¨Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

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¨Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company      ¨

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.      ¨

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 October 29, 2020, Activision Blizzard, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing results for the Company for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2020. 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

 

99.1Press Release dated October 29, 2020 (furnished not filed)

 

104Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)

 

 

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: October 29, 2020 ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC.
   
   
   
  By: /s/ Dennis Durkin
   
    Dennis Durkin
    Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD ANNOUNCES BETTER-THAN-EXPECTED

THIRD-QUARTER 2020 FINANCIAL RESULTS

 

Santa Monica, CA – October 29, 2020 – Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced third-quarter 2020 results.

 

“Our teams continue to execute our growth plans with excellence during incredibly challenging circumstances,” said Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard. “We are on a path to deliver sustained long-term growth across our fully-owned franchises. With confidence in our ability to continue to execute, we are raising our outlook for the year and remain enthusiastic for our growth prospects next year.”

 

Financial Metrics

 

  Q3
(in millions, except EPS) 2020 Prior Outlook* 2019
GAAP Net Revenues $ 1,954 $ 1,800 $ 1,282
      Impact of GAAP deferralsA $ (187) $ (150) $ (68)
       
GAAP EPS $ 0.78 $ 0.64 $ 0.26
Non-GAAP EPS $ 0.88 $ 0.75 $ 0.38
      Impact of GAAP deferralsA $ (0.17) $ (0.15) $ (0.06)
       

 

* Prior outlook was provided by the company on August 4, 2020 in its earnings release.

 

Please refer to the tables at the back of this earnings release for a reconciliation of the company’s GAAP and non-GAAP results.

 

For the quarter ended September 30, 2020, Activision Blizzard’s net revenues presented in accordance with GAAP were $1.95 billion, as compared with $1.28 billion for the third quarter of 2019. GAAP net revenues from digital channels were $1.75 billion, as compared with $1.01 billion for the third quarter of 2019. GAAP operating margin was 40%. GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.78, as compared with $0.26 for the third quarter of 2019.

 

For the quarter ended September 30, 2020, on a non-GAAP basis, Activision Blizzard’s operating margin was 44% and earnings per diluted share were $0.88, as compared with $0.38 for the third quarter of 2019.

 

For the quarter ended September 30, 2020, operating cash flow was $196 million. For the trailing twelve-month period, operating cash flow was $2.03 billion.

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Operating Metrics

 

For the quarter ended September 30, 2020, Activision Blizzard’s net bookingsB were $1.77 billion, as compared with $1.21 billion for the third quarter of 2019. Net bookingsB from digital channels were $1.61 billion, as compared with $975 million for the third quarter of 2019. In-game net bookingsC were $1.2 billion, as compared with $709 million for the third quarter of 2019.

 

For the quarter ended September 30, 2020, overall Activision Blizzard Monthly Active Users (MAUs)D were 390 million.

 

Selected Business Highlights

 

Activision Blizzard exceeded its third quarter outlook, with strong execution across our three strategic growth drivers: audience reach, engagement and player investment. Successful execution across major content launches, live operations and in our new approaches to engagement and business models in key franchises was the primary driver of our results. Our continued investments and successful initiatives for our largest franchises position the business for ongoing strong results into the future.

 

Activision

·Activision had 111 million MAUsD in the third quarter.

·Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® and WarzoneTM saw more than three times as many MAUsD as the prior title in the year-ago quarter. Console MAUsD grew strongly and PC MAUsD grew over ten-fold year-over-year. Across PC and console combined, hours played were approximately seven times higher year-over-year.

·We again saw substantial year-over-year growth in premium game sales as Warzone players chose to upgrade to the full Call of Duty experience. Modern Warfare first-year premium sales are the highest in Call of Duty’s history, with two-thirds of units sold digitally.

·Call of Duty console and PC in-game net bookingsC were four times the year-ago level.

·Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will release on November 13 into the largest and most engaged community in franchise history at the time of launch, and will support cross-platform play across PC, current-generation, and next-generation consoles. Anticipation for the release is high, with far more players engaged in the game’s public testing than for the year-ago title.

·Call of Duty Mobile sustained the impressive levels of reach and engagement from the prior quarter, as the title crossed its one year anniversary. The title was the highest grossing new game in US app stores since its launch last October1 and is now in final large-scale testing in China, where over 50 million players have pre-registered to date.

·The inaugural season of the Call of Duty LeagueTM concluded with the September Champs Weekend breaking viewership records for a Call of Duty esports event.

 

Blizzard

·Blizzard had 30 million MAUsD in the third quarter.

·World of Warcraft® MAUsD were stable year-over-year. Anticipation continues to build for Shadowlands, the next expansion for modern World of Warcraft, ahead of its November 23 launch. World of Warcraft franchise engagement is at its highest level for this stage ahead of an expansion in a decade, with Shadowlands presales well ahead of any prior expansion.

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·Hours played in Hearthstone® grew year-over-year in the third quarter, with the Battlegrounds mode seeing sustained strong engagement since its release last November. This November will see the broad release of Duels, a new player-versus-player mode, alongside a new in-game progression system and the latest expansion, Madness at the Darkmoon FaireTM.

·Overwatch® continues to have a large and dedicated community, with 10 million MAUsD in the quarter, over four years since launch.

·Millions of Overwatch fans have engaged through the 2020 season of the Overwatch LeagueTM, with the October Grand Finals being the most-watched event in the league’s history.

 

King

·King had 249 million MAUsD in the third quarter, with Candy CrushTM MAUsD growing year-over-year.

·King in-game net bookingsC grew year-over-year and Candy Crush was once again the top grossing franchise in the U.S. app stores1.

·The Farm HeroesTM and Bubble WitchTM franchises grew net bookingsB year-over-year as the teams delivered a higher frequency of in-game content.

·King again delivered robust double-digit year-over-year growth in advertising net bookingsB, with strength across both direct brand advertisers and partner networks.

 

Company Outlook

 

(in millions, except EPS) GAAP
Outlook
Non-GAAP
Outlook
Impact of GAAP
deferralsA
CY 2020      
Net Revenues $ 7,675 $ 7,675 $ 425
  EPS $ 2.61 $ 3.08 $ 0.27
  Fully Diluted Shares 779 779  
       
Q4 2020      
  Net Revenues $ 2,001 $ 2,001 $ 731
  EPS $ 0.44 $ 0.63 $ 0.46
  Fully Diluted Shares 782 782  

 

Net bookingsB are expected to be $8.10 billion for 2020 and $2.73 billion for the fourth quarter of 2020.

 

Conference Call

 

Today at 4:30 p.m. EDT, Activision Blizzard’s management will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the company’s results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 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 https://investor.activision.com to listen to the conference call via live Webcast or to listen to the call live by dialing into 866-777-2509 in the U.S. We encourage participants to pre-register for the conference call using the following link https://dpregister.com/sreg/10148877/dad94a3f28. A replay of the call will also be available after the call's conclusion and archived for one year at https://investor.activision.com/events.cfm.

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About Activision Blizzard

 

Activision Blizzard, Inc. connects and engages the world through epic entertainment. A member of the Fortune 500 and S&P 500, Activision Blizzard is a leading interactive entertainment company. We delight hundreds of millions of monthly active users around the world through franchises including Activision’s Call of Duty® and Crash Bandicoot™, Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Hearthstone®, Diablo®, and StarCraft®, and King's Candy Crush™, Bubble Witch™, and Farm Heroes™. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Blizzard has operations throughout the world. More information about Activision Blizzard and its products can be found on the company's website, www.activisionblizzard.com.

 

1 Based on App Annie Intelligence.

 

A Net effect of accounting treatment from revenue deferrals on certain of our online-enabled products. Since certain of our games are hosted online or include significant online functionality that represents a separate performance obligation, we defer the transaction price allocable to the online functionality from the sale of these games and then recognize the attributable revenues over the relevant estimated service periods, which are generally less than a year. The related cost of revenues is deferred and recognized as an expense as the related revenues are recognized. Impact from changes in deferrals refers to the net effect from revenue deferrals accounting treatment for the purposes of revenues, along with, for the purposes of EPS, the related cost of revenues deferrals treatment and the related tax impacts. Internally, management excludes the impact of this change in deferred revenues and related cost of revenues 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. In addition, management believes excluding the change in deferred revenues and the related cost of revenues provides a much more timely indication of trends in our operating results.

 

B Net bookings is an operating metric that is defined as the net amount of products and services sold digitally or sold-in physically in the period, and includes license fees, merchandise, and publisher incentives, among others, and is equal to net revenues excluding the impact from deferrals.

 

C In-game net bookings primarily includes the net amount of downloadable content and microtransactions sold during the period, and is equal to in-game net revenues excluding the impact from deferrals.

 

D Monthly Active User (“MAU”) Definition: We monitor MAUs as a key measure of the overall size of our user base. MAUs are the number of individuals who accessed a particular game in a given month. We calculate average MAUs in a period by adding the total number of MAUs in each of the months in a given period and dividing that total by the number of months in the period. An individual who accesses two of our games would be counted as two users. In addition, due to technical limitations, for Activision and King, an individual who accesses the same game on two platforms or devices in the relevant period would be counted as two users. For Blizzard, an individual who accesses the same game on two platforms or devices in the relevant period would generally be counted as a single user. In certain instances, we rely on third parties to publish our games. In these instances, MAU data is based on information provided to us by those third parties, or, if final data is not available, reasonable estimates of MAUs for these third-party published games.

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures: As a supplement to our financial measures presented in accordance with U.S. 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 income (loss), earnings (loss) per share, and operating margin data and guidance both including (in accordance with GAAP) and excluding (non-GAAP) certain items. When relevant, the company also provides constant FX information to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying businesses performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. 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 and our outlook:

 

·expenses related to share-based compensation;

·the amortization of intangibles from purchase price accounting;

·fees and other expenses related to acquisitions, including related debt financings, and refinancing of long-term debt, including penalties and the write off of unamortized discount and deferred financing costs;

·restructuring and related charges;

·other non-cash charges from reclassification of certain cumulative translation adjustments into earnings as required by GAAP;

·the income tax adjustments associated with any of the above items (tax impact on non-GAAP pre-tax income is calculated under the same accounting principles applied to the GAAP pre-tax income under ASC 740, which employs an annual effective tax rate method to the results); and

·significant discrete tax-related items, including amounts related to changes in tax laws (including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in December 2017), amounts related to the potential or final resolution of tax positions, and other unusual or unique tax-related items and activities.

 

In the future, Activision Blizzard may also consider whether other 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. Additionally, we consider quantitative and qualitative factors in assessing whether to adjust for the impact of items that may be significant or that could affect an understanding of our ongoing financial and business performance or trends. Internally, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures, along with others, 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.

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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 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.

 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: The statements contained herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements about: (1) projections of revenues, expenses, income or loss, earnings or loss per share, cash flow, or other financial items; (2) statements of our plans and objectives, including those related to releases of products or services and restructuring activities; (3) statements of future financial or operating performance, including the impact of tax items thereon; and (4) statements of assumptions underlying such statements. Activision Blizzard, Inc. generally uses words such as “outlook,” “forecast,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “to be,” “plan,” “aims,” “believes,” “may,” “might,” “expects,” “intends,” “seeks,” “anticipates,” “estimate,” “future,” “positioned,” “potential,” “project,” “remain,” “scheduled,” “set to,” “subject to,” “upcoming,” and other similar words and expressions to help identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to business and economic risks, reflect management’s current expectations, estimates, and projections about our business, and are inherently uncertain and difficult to predict.

 

We caution that a number of important factors, many of which are beyond our control, could cause our actual future results and other future circumstances to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: the ongoing global impact of a novel strain of coronavirus which emerged in December 2019 (“COVID-19”) (including, without limitation, the potential for significant short- and long-term global unemployment and economic weakness and a resulting impact on global discretionary spending; potential strain on the retailers and distributors who sell our physical product to customers; effects on our ability to release our content in a timely manner; the impact of large-scale intervention by the Federal Reserve and other central banks around the world, including the impact on interest rates; and volatility in foreign exchange rates); our ability to consistently deliver popular, high-quality titles in a timely manner, which has been made more difficult as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; concentration of revenue among a small number of franchises; our ability to satisfy the expectations of consumers with respect to our brands, games, services, and/or business practices; our ability to attract, retain and motivate skilled personnel; rapid changes in technology and industry standards; competition, including from other forms of entertainment; increasing importance of revenues derived from digital distribution channels; risks associated with the retail sales business model; the continued growth in the scope and complexity of our business, including the diversion of management time and attention to issues relating to the operations of our newly acquired or started businesses and the potential impact of our expansion into new businesses on our existing businesses; substantial influence of third-party platform providers over our products and costs; risks associated with transitions to next-generation consoles; success and availability of video game consoles manufactured by third parties; risks associated with the free-to-play business model, including dependence on a relatively small number of consumers for a significant portion of revenues and profits from any given game; our ability to realize the expected financial and operational benefits of, and effectively implement and manage, our previously-announced restructuring actions; our ability to quickly adjust our cost structure in response to sudden changes in demand; risks and costs associated with legal proceedings; intellectual property claims; changes in tax rates or exposure to additional tax liabilities, as well as the outcome of current or future tax disputes; our ability to sell products at assumed pricing levels; reliance on external developers for development of some of our software products; the amount of our debt and the limitations imposed by the covenants in the agreements governing our debt; the seasonality in the sale of our products; counterparty risks relating to customers, licensees, licensors, and manufacturers, which have been magnified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; risks associated with our use of open source software; piracy and unauthorized copying of our products; insolvency or business failure of any of our partners, which has been magnified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; risks and uncertainties of conducting business outside the United States; increasing regulation of our business, products, and distribution in key territories; compliance with continually evolving laws and regulations concerning data privacy; reliance on servers and networks to operate our games and our proprietary online gaming service; potential data breaches and other cybersecurity risks; and the other factors identified in “Risk Factors” included in Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 30, 2020, and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

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The forward-looking statements contained herein are based on information available to Activision Blizzard, Inc. as of the date of this filing and we assume 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 our future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors, some of which are beyond our control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.

 

Activision Blizzard, Inc.

 

Investors and Analysts:

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or

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pr@activisionblizzard.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, 
   2020   2019   2020   2019 
Net revenues                    
Product sales   $408   $260   $1,484   $1,276 
Subscription, licensing, and other revenues1    1,546    1,022    4,190    3,227 
Total net revenues    1,954    1,282    5,674    4,503 
                     
Costs and expenses                    
Cost of revenues—product sales:                    
Product costs    101    137    357    388 
Software royalties, amortization, and intellectual property licenses    37    9    152    171 
Cost of revenues—subscription, licensing, and other:                    
Game operations and distribution costs    290    246    819    714 
Software royalties, amortization, and intellectual property licenses    41    50    115    164 
Product development    274    210    802    702 
Sales and marketing    238    182    722    580 
General and administrative    186    177    529    527 
Restructuring and related costs    9    24    39    104 
Total costs and expenses    1,176    1,035    3,535    3,350 
                     
Operating income    778    247    2,139    1,153 
Interest and other expense (income), net    25    (2)   55    (33)
Loss on extinguishment of debt    31        31     
Income before income tax expense    722    249    2,053    1,186 
                     
Income tax expense    118    45    365    208 
                     
Net income   $604   $204   $1,688   $978 
                     
Basic earnings per common share   $0.78   $0.27   $2.19   $1.28 
Weighted average common shares outstanding    772    767    771    766 
                     
Diluted earnings per common share   $0.78   $0.26   $2.17   $1.27 
Weighted average common shares outstanding assuming dilution    779    771    777    770 

 

1Subscription, licensing, and other revenues represent revenues from World of Warcraft subscriptions, licensing royalties from our products and franchises, downloadable content, microtransactions, and other miscellaneous revenues.

 

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ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in millions)

 

  September 30, 2020   December 31, 2019 
Assets         
Current assets         
Cash and cash equivalents $7,415   $5,794 
Accounts receivable, net  619    848 
Software development  398    322 
Other current assets  570    328 
Total current assets  9,002    7,292 
Software development  145    54 
Property and equipment, net  211    253 
Deferred income taxes, net  1,287    1,293 
Other assets  699    658 
Intangible assets, net  469    531 
Goodwill  9,764    9,764 
Total assets $21,577   $19,845 
          
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity         
Current liabilities         
Accounts payable $224   $292 
Deferred revenues  1,108    1,375 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities  855    1,248 
Total current liabilities  2,187    2,915 
Long-term debt, net  3,604    2,675 
Deferred income taxes, net  480    505 
Other liabilities  924    945 
Total liabilities  7,195    7,040 
          
Shareholders’ equity         
Common stock       
Additional paid-in capital  11,395    11,174 
Treasury stock  (5,563)   (5,563)
Retained earnings  9,183    7,813 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (633)   (619)
Total shareholders’ equity  14,382    12,805 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $21,577   $19,845 

 

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ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION

(Amounts in millions)

 

   Three Months Ended     
   September 30,
2019
   December 31,
2019
   March 31,
2020
   June 30,
2020
   September 30,
2020
   Year over Year %
Increase
(Decrease)
 
Cash Flow Data                              
Operating Cash Flow  $309   $918   $148   $768   $196    (37)%
Capital Expenditures   34    37    19    13    24    (29)
Non-GAAP Free Cash Flow1   275    881    129    755    172    (37)
                               
Operating Cash Flow - TTM2   1,912    1,831    1,529    2,143    2,030    6%
Capital Expenditures - TTM2   113    116    117    103    93    (18)
Non-GAAP Free Cash Flow1 - TTM2  $1,799   $1,715   $1,412   $2,040   $1,937    8 

 

1 Non-GAAP free cash flow represents operating cash flow minus capital expenditures.

 

2 TTM represents trailing twelve months. Operating Cash Flow for the three months ended December 31, 2018, three months ended March 31, 2019, and three months ended June 30, 2019 were $999 million, $450 million, and $154 million, respectively. Capital Expenditures for the three months ended December 31, 2018, three months ended March 31, 2019, and three months ended June 30, 2019 were $34 million, $18 million, and $27 million, respectively.

 

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ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(Amounts in millions, except per share data)

 

Three Months Ended September 30, 2020       Net Revenues   Cost of Revenues -
Product Sales:
Product Costs
   Cost of
Revenues -
Product Sales:
Software
Royalties and
Amortization
   Cost of
Revenues -
Subs/Lic/Other:
Game
Operations and
Distribution
Costs
   Cost of
Revenues -
Subs/Lic/Other:
Software
Royalties and
Amortization
   Product
Development
   Sales and
Marketing
   General and
Administrative
   Restructuring
and related
costs
   Total Costs and
Expenses
 
GAAP Measurement $1,954   $101   $37   $290   $41   $274   $238   $186   $9   $1,176 
Share-based compensation1          (2)           (12)   (5)   (34)       (53)
Amortization of intangible assets2                  (12)           (4)       (16)
Restructuring and related costs3                                  (9)   (9)
Non-GAAP Measurement $1,954   $101   $35   $290   $29   $262   $233   $148   $   $1,098 
                                                  
Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues4 $(187)  $(15)  $(15)  $(5)  $(2)  $   $   $   $   $(37)
                                                  
   Operating
Income
    Net Income    Basic Earnings
per Share
    Diluted Earnings
per Share
                               
GAAP Measurement $778   $604   $0.78   $0.78                               
Share-based compensation1  53    53    0.07    0.07                               
Amortization of intangible assets2  16    16    0.02    0.02                               
Restructuring and related costs3  9    9    0.01    0.01                               
Loss on extinguishment of debt5      31    0.04    0.04                               
Income tax impacts from items above6      (30)   (0.04)   (0.04)                              
Non-GAAP Measurement $856   $683   $0.88   $0.88                               
                                                  
Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues4 $(150)  $(130)  $(0.16)  $(0.17)                              

 

1Includes expenses related to share-based compensation.
2Reflects amortization of intangible assets from purchase price accounting.
3Reflects restructuring initiatives, primarily severance and other restructuring-related costs. Refer to our third quarter Form 10-Q for further details.
4Reflects the net effect from deferral of revenues and (recognition) of deferred revenues, along with related cost of revenues, on certain of our online-enabled products, including the effects of taxes.
5Reflects the loss on extinguishment of debt from financing activities.
6Reflects the income tax impact associated with the above items. Tax impact on non-GAAP pre-tax income is calculated under the same accounting principles applied to the GAAP pre-tax income under ASC 740, which employs an annual effective tax rate method to the results.

 

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

 

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RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(Amounts in millions, except per share data)

 

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020          Net Revenues   Cost of
Revenues -
Product Sales:
Product Costs
   Cost of
Revenues -
Product Sales:
Software
Royalties and
Amortization
   Cost of
Revenues -
Subs/Lic/Other:
Game
Operations and
Distribution
Costs
   Cost of
Revenues -
Subs/Lic/Other:
Software
Royalties and
Amortization
   Product
Development
   Sales and
Marketing
   General and
Administrative
   Restructuring
and related
costs
   Total Costs and
Expenses
 
GAAP Measurement $5,674   $357   $152   $819   $115   $802   $722   $529   $39   $3,535 
Share-based compensation1          (8)   (1)       (30)   (17)   (82)       (138)
Amortization of intangible assets2                  (55)           (7)       (62)
Restructuring and related costs3                                  (39)   (39)
Non-GAAP Measurement $5,674   $357   $144   $818   $60   $772   $705   $440   $   $3,296 
                                                  
Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues4 $(306)  $(72)  $(82)  $8   $9   $   $   $   $   $(137)
                                                  
   Operating
Income
    Net Income    Basic Earnings
per Share
    Diluted Earnings
per Share
                               
GAAP Measurement $2,139   $1,688   $2.19   $2.17                               
Share-based compensation1  138    138    0.18    0.18                               
Amortization of intangible assets2  62    62    0.08    0.08                               
Restructuring and related costs3  39    39    0.05    0.05                               
Loss on extinguishment of debt5      31    0.04    0.04                               
Income tax impacts from items above6      (52)   (0.07)   (0.07)                              
Non-GAAP Measurement $2,378   $1,906   $2.47   $2.45                               
                                                  
Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues4 $(169)  $(148)  $(0.19)  $(0.19)                              

 

 

1Includes expenses related to share-based compensation.
2Reflects amortization of intangible assets from purchase price accounting.
3Reflects restructuring initiatives, primarily severance and other restructuring-related costs. Refer to our third quarter Form 10-Q for further details.
4Reflects the net effect from deferral of revenues and (recognition) of deferred revenues, along with related cost of revenues, on certain of our online-enabled products, including the effects of taxes.
5Reflects the loss on extinguishment of debt from financing activities.
6Reflects the income tax impact associated with the above items. Tax impact on non-GAAP pre-tax income is calculated under the same accounting principles applied to the GAAP pre-tax income under ASC 740, which employs an annual effective tax rate method to the results.

 

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

 

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RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(Amounts in millions, except per share data)

 

Three Months Ended September 30, 2019         Net Revenues   Cost of Revenues -
Product Sales:
Product Costs
   Cost of
Revenues -
Product Sales:
Software
Royalties and
Amortization
   Cost of
Revenues -
Subs/Lic/Other:
Game
Operations and
Distribution Costs
   Cost of
Revenues -
Subs/Lic/Other:
Software
Royalties and
Amortization
   Product
Development
   Sales and
Marketing
   General and
Administrative
   Restructuring
and related
costs
   Total Costs and
Expenses
 
GAAP Measurement $1,282   $137   $9   $246   $50   $210   $182   $177   $24   $1,035 
Share-based compensation1          (1)           (7)   (2)   (17)       (27)
Amortization of intangible assets2                  (48)           (2)       (50)
Restructuring and related costs3      (4)                           (24)   (28)
Non-GAAP Measurement $1,282   $133   $8   $246   $2   $203   $180   $158   $   $930 
                                                  
Net effect of deferred revenues and
related cost of revenues4
$(68)  $(7)  $(6)  $(1)  $(1)  $   $   $   $   $(15)
                                                  
   Operating
Income
    Net Income    Basic Earnings
per Share
    Diluted Earnings
per Share
                               
GAAP Measurement $247   $204   $0.27   $0.26                               
Share-based compensation1  27    27    0.03    0.03                               
Amortization of intangible assets2  50    50    0.06    0.06                               
Restructuring and related costs3  28    28    0.04    0.04                               
Income tax impacts from items above5      (14)   (0.02)   (0.02)                              
Non-GAAP Measurement $352   $295   $0.38   $0.38                               
                                                  
Net effect of deferred revenues and
related cost of revenues4
$(53)  $(48)  $(0.06)  $(0.06)                              

 

1Includes expenses related to share-based compensation.
2Reflects amortization of intangible assets from purchase price accounting.
3Reflects restructuring initiatives, primarily severance and other restructuring-related costs.
4Reflects the net effect from deferral of revenues and (recognition) of deferred revenues, along with related cost of revenues, on certain of our online-enabled products, including the effects of taxes.
5Reflects the income tax impact associated with the above items. Tax impact on non-GAAP pre-tax income is calculated under the same accounting principles applied to the GAAP pre-tax income under ASC 740, which employs an annual effective tax rate method to the results.

 

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

 

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RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(Amounts in millions, except per share data)

 

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019        Net Revenues   Cost of
Revenues -
Product Sales:
Product Costs
   Cost of
Revenues -
Product Sales:
Software
Royalties and
Amortization
   Cost of
Revenues -
Subs/Lic/Other:
Game
Operations and
Distribution Costs
   Cost of
Revenues -
Subs/Lic/Other:
Software
Royalties and
Amortization
   Product
Development
   Sales and
Marketing
   General and
Administrative
   Restructuring
and related
costs
   Total Costs and
Expenses
 
GAAP Measurement $4,503   $388   $171   $714   $164   $702   $580   $527   $104   $3,350 
Share-based compensation1          (15)   (1)   (1)   (42)   (8)   (60)       (127)
Amortization of intangible assets2                  (146)           (5)       (151)
Restructuring and related costs3      (4)                           (104)   (108)
Non-GAAP Measurement $4,503   $384   $156   $713   $17   $660   $572   $462   $   $2,964 
                                                  
Net effect of deferred revenues and
related cost of revenues4
$(824)  $(81)  $(106)  $(6)  $(2)  $   $   $   $   $(195)
                                                  
   Operating
Income
    Net Income    Basic Earnings
per Share
    Diluted Earnings
per Share
                               
GAAP Measurement $1,153   $978   $1.28   $1.27                               
Share-based compensation1  127    127    0.17    0.16                               
Amortization of intangible assets2  151    151    0.20    0.20                               
Restructuring and related costs3  108    108    0.14    0.14                               
Income tax impacts from items above5      (49)   (0.07)   (0.07)                              
Discrete tax-related items6      (8)   (0.01)   (0.01)                              
Non-GAAP Measurement $1,539   $1,307   $1.71   $1.70                               
                                                  
Net effect of deferred revenues and
related cost of revenues4
$(629)  $(524)  $(0.69)  $(0.68)                              

 

1Includes expenses related to share-based compensation.
2Reflects amortization of intangible assets from purchase price accounting.
3Reflects restructuring initiatives, primarily severance and other restructuring-related costs.
4Reflects the net effect from deferral of revenues and (recognition) of deferred revenues, along with related cost of revenues, on certain of our online-enabled products, including the effects of taxes.
5Reflects the income tax impact associated with the above items. Tax impact on non-GAAP pre-tax income is calculated under the same accounting principles applied to the GAAP pre-tax income under ASC 740, which employs an annual effective tax rate method to the results.
6Reflects the impact of significant discrete tax-related items, including amounts related to the changes in tax laws, amounts related to the potential or final resolution of tax positions, and/or other unusual or unique tax-related items and activities.

 

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

 

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OPERATING SEGMENTS INFORMATION

(Amounts in millions)

 

Three Months Ended:  September 30, 2020   $ Increase / (Decrease) 
   Activision   Blizzard   King   Total   Activision   Blizzard   King   Total 
Segment Net Revenues                                        
Net revenues from external customers  $773   $393   $536   $1,702   $564   $1   $36   $601 
Intersegment net revenues1       18        18        16        16 
Segment net revenues  $773   $411   $536   $1,720   $564   $17   $36   $617 
                                         
Segment operating income  $345   $133   $248   $726   $319   $59   $54   $432 
                                         
Operating Margin                  42.2%                     
                                         
    September 30, 2019                      
    Activision    Blizzard    King    Total                     
Segment Net Revenues                                        
Net revenues from external customers  $209   $392   $500   $1,101                     
Intersegment net revenues1       2        2                     
Segment net revenues  $209   $394   $500   $1,103                     
                                         
Segment operating income  $26   $74   $194   $294                     
                                         
Operating Margin                  26.7%                     

 

Nine Months Ended:  September 30, 2020   $ Increase / (Decrease) 
   Activision   Blizzard   King   Total   Activision   Blizzard   King   Total 
Segment Net Revenues                                        
Net revenues from external customers  $2,285   $1,264   $1,587   $5,136   $1,491   $151   $60   $1,702 
Intersegment net revenues1       62        62        53        53 
Segment net revenues  $2,285   $1,326   $1,587   $5,198   $1,491   $204   $60   $1,755 
                                         
Segment operating income  $1,088   $533   $615   $2,236   $935   $329   $72   $1,336 
                                         
Operating Margin                  43.0%                     
                                         
    September 30, 2019                     
    Activision    Blizzard    King    Total                     
Segment Net Revenues                                        
Net revenues from external customers  $794   $1,113   $1,527   $3,434                     
Intersegment net revenues1       9        9                     
Segment net revenues  $794   $1,122   $1,527   $3,443                     
                                         
Segment operating income  $153   $204   $543   $900                     
                                         
Operating Margin                  26.1%                     

 

1Intersegment revenues reflect licensing and service fees charged between segments.

 

Our operating segments are consistent with the manner in which our operations are reviewed and managed by our Chief Executive Officer, who is our chief operating decision maker (“CODM”). The CODM reviews segment performance exclusive of: the impact of the change in deferred revenues and related cost of revenues with respect to certain of our online-enabled games; share-based compensation expense; amortization of intangible assets as a result of purchase price accounting; fees and other expenses (including legal fees, costs, expenses and accruals) related to acquisitions, associated integration activities, and financings; certain restructuring and related costs; and other non-cash charges. See the following page for the reconciliation tables of segment revenues and operating income to consolidated net revenues and consolidated income before income tax expense.

 

Our operating segments are also consistent with our internal organization structure, the way we assess operating performance and allocate resources, and the availability of separate financial information. We do not aggregate operating segments.

 

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OPERATING SEGMENTS INFORMATION

(Amounts in millions)

 

   Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30, 
   2020   2019   2020   2019 
Reconciliation to consolidated net revenues:                    
Segment net revenues  $1,720   $1,103   $5,198   $3,443 
Revenues from non-reportable segments1   65    113    232    245 
Net effect from recognition (deferral) of deferred net revenues2   187    68    306    824 
Elimination of intersegment revenues3   (18)   (2)   (62)   (9)
Consolidated net revenues  $1,954   $1,282   $5,674   $4,503 
                     
Reconciliation to consolidated income before income tax expense:                    
Segment operating income  $726   $294   $2,236   $900 
Operating income (loss) from non-reportable segments1   (20)   5    (27)   10 
Net effect from recognition (deferral) of deferred net revenues and related cost of revenues2   150    53    169    629 
Share-based compensation expense   (53)   (27)   (138)   (127)
Amortization of intangible assets   (16)   (50)   (62)   (151)
Restructuring and related costs4   (9)   (28)   (39)   (108)
Consolidated operating income   778    247    2,139    1,153 
Interest and other expense (income), net   25    (2)   55    (33)
Loss on extinguishment of debt   31        31     
Consolidated income before income tax expense  $722   $249   $2,053   $1,186 

 

1Includes other income and expenses from operating segments managed outside the reportable segments, including our distribution business. Also includes unallocated corporate income and expenses.
2Reflects the net effect from (deferral) of revenues and recognition of deferred revenues, along with related cost of revenues, on certain of our online-enabled products.
3Intersegment revenues reflect licensing and service fees charged between segments.
4Reflects restructuring initiatives, primarily severance and other restructuring-related costs. Refer to our third quarter Form 10-Q for further details.

 

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NET REVENUES BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL

(Amounts in millions)

 

   Three Months Ended 
   September 30, 2020   September 30, 2019   $ Increase   % Increase 
   Amount   % of Total1   Amount   % of Total1   (Decrease)   (Decrease) 
Net Revenues by Distribution Channel                              
Digital online channels2  $1,753    90%  $1,014    79%  $739    73%
Retail channels   117    6    93    7    24    26 
Other3   84    4    175    14    (91)   (52)
Total consolidated net revenues    $1,954    100%  $1,282    100%  $672    52 
                               
Change in deferred revenues4                              
Digital online channels2  $(148)       $(39)               
Retail channels   (39)        (29)               
Other3                            
Total changes in deferred revenues  $(187)       $(68)               

  

   Nine Months Ended 
   September 30, 2020   September 30, 2019   $ Increase   % Increase 
   Amount   % of Total1   Amount   % of Total1   (Decrease)   (Decrease) 
Net Revenues by Distribution Channel                              
Digital online channels2  $4,782    84%  $3,493    78%  $1,289    37%
Retail channels   509    9    599    13    (90)   (15)
Other3   383    7    411    9    (28)   (7)
Total consolidated net revenues    $5,674    100%  $4,503    100%  $1,171    26 
                               
Change in deferred revenues4                              
Digital online channels2  $(1)       $(444)               
Retail channels   (295)        (373)               
Other3   (10)        (7)               
Total changes in deferred revenues  $(306)       $(824)               

 

1The percentages of total are presented as calculated. Therefore, the sum of these percentages, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.
2Net revenues from Digital online channels represent revenues from digitally-distributed subscriptions, downloadable content, microtransactions, and products, as well as licensing royalties.
3Net revenues from Other include revenues from our distribution business, the Overwatch League, and the Call of Duty League.
4Reflects the net effect from deferral of revenues and (recognition) of deferred revenues on certain of our online-enabled products.

 

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NET REVENUES BY PLATFORM

(Amounts in millions)

 

   Three Months Ended 
   September 30, 2020   September 30, 2019   $ Increase   % Increase 
   Amount   % of Total1   Amount   % of Total1   (Decrease)   (Decrease) 
Net Revenues by Platform                              
Console  $695    36%  $241    19%  $454    NM 
PC   514    26    341    27    173    51 
Mobile and ancillary2   661    34    525    41    136    26 
Other3   84    4    175    14    (91)   (52)
Total consolidated net revenues  $1,954    100%  $1,282    100%  $672    52 
                               
Change in deferred revenues4                              
Console  $(129)       $(45)               
PC   (45)        (21)               
Mobile and ancillary2   (13)        (2)               
Other3                            
Total changes in deferred revenues  $(187)       $(68)               

  

   Nine Months Ended 
   September 30, 2020   September 30, 2019   $ Increase   % Increase 
   Amount   % of Total1   Amount   % of Total1   (Decrease)   (Decrease) 
Net Revenues by Platform                              
Console  $1,944    34%  $1,324    29%  $620    47%
PC   1,494    26    1,196    27    298    25 
Mobile and ancillary2   1,853    33    1,572    35    281    18 
Other3   383    7    411    9    (28)   (7)
Total consolidated net revenues  $5,674    100%  $4,503    100%  $1,171    26 
                               
Change in deferred revenues4                              
Console  $(301)       $(589)               
PC   (27)        (218)               
Mobile and ancillary2   32         (10)               
Other3   (10)        (7)               
Total changes in deferred revenues  $(306)       $(824)               

 

1The percentages of total are presented as calculated. Therefore, the sum of these percentages, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.
2Net revenues from Mobile and ancillary include revenues from mobile devices, as well as non-platform specific game related revenues, such as standalone sales of physical merchandise and accessories.
3Net revenues from Other include revenues from our distribution business, the Overwatch League, and the Call of Duty League.
4Reflects the net effect from deferral of revenues and (recognition) of deferred revenues on certain of our online-enabled products.

 

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ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NET REVENUES BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION

(Amounts in millions)

 

   Three Months Ended 
   September 30, 2020   September 30, 2019   $ Increase   % Increase 
   Amount   % of Total1   Amount   % of Total1   (Decrease)   (Decrease) 
Net Revenues by Geographic Region                              
Americas  $1,127    58%  $655    51%  $472    72%
EMEA2   589    30    452    35    137    30 
Asia Pacific   238    12    175    14    63    36 
Total consolidated net revenues    $1,954    100%  $1,282    100%  $672    52 
                               
Change in deferred revenues3                              
Americas  $(86)       $(33)               
EMEA2   (75)        (26)               
Asia Pacific   (26)        (9)               
Total changes in deferred revenues  $(187)       $(68)               

 

   Nine Months Ended 
   September 30, 2020   September 30, 2019    $ Increase   % Increase 
   Amount   % of Total1   Amount   % of Total1   (Decrease)   (Decrease)  
Net Revenues by Geographic Region                              
Americas  $3,188    56%  $2,406    53%  $782    33%
EMEA2   1,770    31    1,525    34    245    16 
Asia Pacific   716    13    572    13    144    25 
Total consolidated net revenues  $5,674    100%  $4,503    100%  $1,171    26 
                               
Change in deferred revenues3                              
Americas  $(106)       $(469)               
EMEA2   (159)        (285)               
Asia Pacific   (41)        (70)               
Total changes in deferred revenues  $(306)       $(824)               

 

1The percentages of total are presented as calculated. Therefore, the sum of these percentages, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.
2Net revenues from EMEA consist of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa geographic regions.
3Reflects the net effect from deferral of revenues and (recognition) of deferred revenues on certain of our online-enabled products.

 

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ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

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