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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):  February 4, 2021

 

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)

 

¨Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

¨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 February 4, 2021, Activision Blizzard, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing results for the Company for the fiscal quarter and year ended December 31, 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 8.01.Other Events.

 

Cash Dividend. On February 4, 2021, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.47 per share of the Company’s outstanding common stock, payable on May 6, 2021, to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 15, 2021.

 

Share Repurchase. On January 27, 2021, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized the Company to repurchase up to $4 billion of the Company’s common stock on terms and conditions to be determined by the Company from February 14, 2021 until the earlier of February 13, 2023 and a determination by the Board of Directors to discontinue the repurchase program.

 

Item 9.01.Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

 

99.1Press Release dated February 4, 2021 (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: February 4, 2021 ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC.
   
  By: /s/ Dennis Durkin
   
    Dennis Durkin
    Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD ANNOUNCES FOURTH-QUARTER AND 2020 FINANCIAL RESULTS

 

Better-Than-Expected Q4 and Full Year Results

 

Santa Monica, CA – February 4, 2021 – Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced fourth-quarter 2020 results.

 

“In a year filled with adversity our extraordinary employees were determined to provide connection and joy to our 400 million players around the world,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “They accomplished this as well as generating record financial results for our shareholders. Under difficult circumstances, but with the same conviction and focus, they will continue to do so in 2021.”

 

Financial Metrics

 

  Q4   CY
(in millions, except EPS) 2020 Prior Outlook* 2019   2020 2019
GAAP Net Revenues $ 2,413 $ 2,001 $ 1,986   $ 8,086 $ 6,489
      Impact of GAAP deferralsA $ 638 $ 731 $ 722   $ 333 $ (101)
             
GAAP EPS $ 0.65 $ 0.44 $ 0.68   $ 2.82 $ 1.95
Non-GAAP EPS $ 0.76 $   0.63 $ 0.62   $ 3.21 $ 2.31
      Impact of GAAP deferralsA $ 0.45 $ 0.46 $ 0.61   $ 0.26 $ (0.06)
             

 

* Prior outlook was provided by the company on October 29, 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 year ended December 31, 2020, Activision Blizzard’s net revenues presented in accordance with GAAP were $8.09 billion, as compared with $6.49 billion for 2019. GAAP net revenues from digital channels were $6.66 billion. GAAP operating margin was 34%. GAAP earnings per diluted share were $2.82, as compared with $1.95 for 2019. On a non-GAAP basis, Activision Blizzard’s operating margin was 39% and earnings per diluted share were $3.21, as compared with $2.31 for 2019.

 

For the quarter ended December 31, 2020, Activision Blizzard’s net revenues presented in accordance with GAAP were $2.41 billion, as compared with $1.99 billion for the fourth quarter of 2019. GAAP net revenues from digital channels were $1.87 billion. GAAP operating margin was 25%. GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.65, as compared with $0.68 for the fourth quarter of 2019. On a non-GAAP basis, Activision Blizzard’s operating margin was 31% and earnings per diluted share were $0.76, as compared with $0.62 for the fourth quarter of 2019.

 

Activision Blizzard generated $2.25 billion in operating cash flow for the year ended December 31, 2020, as compared with $1.83 billion for 2019. For the quarter, operating cash flow was $1.14 billion, as compared with $918 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.

 

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

 

Operating Metrics

 

For the year ended December 31, 2020, Activision Blizzard’s net bookingsB were $8.42 billion, as compared with $6.39 billion for 2019. Net bookingsB from digital channels were $7.12 billion, as compared with $4.93 billion for 2019. In-game net bookingsC were $4.85 billion.

 

For the quarter ended December 31, 2020, Activision Blizzard’s net bookingsB were $3.05 billion, as compared with $2.71 billion for the fourth quarter of 2019. Net bookingsB from digital channels were $2.34 billion, as compared with $1.88 billion for the fourth quarter of 2019. In-game net bookingsC were $1.32 billion.

 

For the quarter ended December 31, 2020, overall Activision Blizzard Monthly Active Users (MAUs)D were 397 million.

 

Selected Business Highlights

 

Activision Blizzard delivered better-than-expected results in the fourth quarter and is entering 2021 with strong momentum. In 2020, we saw the benefits of fundamental changes to our core franchises, including deeper and more consistent engagement with current and new players across multiple platforms. Much of our growth was driven by strong execution in premium content, in-game operations, expanding our presence on mobile, and ramping new engagement models. We are already seeing the impact of our growth initiatives for Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft® and Candy CrushTM, which we expect to again drive strong results in 2021. And at the same time, we are making significant progress against our development pipeline for other key intellectual properties, which we expect to fuel further growth in 2022 and beyond.

 

Activision

·2020 was a record year for the Call of Duty franchise, in which premium and free-to-play experiences across platforms sustained more than 100 million monthly active players and drove franchise net bookings to approximately double the year ago level.
·Full year Call of Duty premium unit sales grew over 40% year-over-year, with a further strong shift to digital downloads.
·In the fourth quarter, Activision had 128 million MAUsD and net bookingsB for the Call of Duty franchise grew by a double-digit percentage year-over-year
·The November launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War further expanded the ecosystem across console and PC. Year-over-year in the fourth quarter, MAUsD grew approximately 70% and time spent more than doubled.
·Following the launch of the Black Ops Cold War’s first season of in-game content and the integrated WarzoneTM experience, unit sell through grew sharply year-over-year in December and January.
·Call of Duty in-game net bookingsC on console and PC grew more than 50% year-over-year in the fourth quarter. To date, the first season of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone content has seen the highest number of battle passes consumed since the introduction of Call of Duty’s new in-game system in late 2019.
·Call of Duty Mobile delivered its best quarter yet, with strong double-digit growth in net bookingsB year-over-year. In the fourth quarter, monthly payers in the West reached the highest level yet, with average spend per payer increasing strongly year-over-year. The game also launched in China in late December, quickly reaching the top of the download charts1.

 

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·World of Warcraft saw strong engagement across both the Classic and modern game modes throughout 2020, and full year franchise net bookingsB grew 40% year-over-year, reaching the highest level in nearly a decade.
·World of Warcraft MAUsD grew year-over-year for the sixth consecutive quarter, contributing to overall Blizzard MAUsD of 29 million in the fourth quarter.
·Fourth quarter net bookingsB for World of Warcraft grew sharply year-over-year, driven by strong sales of the Shadowlands expansion, subscriber growth, and high participation in value added services.
·World of Warcraft player and engagement trends since the Shadowlands release are stronger than levels typically seen at this point after an expansion launch.
·

On mobile, the first stage of regional testing for Diablo® ImmortalTM in December and January was met with very positive feedback and strong engagement metrics. More players will get to experience the game in further rounds of testing ahead of the launch planned for later this year.

·The Blizzard team is looking forward to channeling the spirit of BlizzCon® to engage and celebrate the community once again, at BlizzConlineTM on February 19th and 20th, where they will share more about the plans for their franchises.

 

King

·In 2020, King delivered its best full year financial performance since the acquisition, ending the year with strong momentum. In-game net bookingsC grew by a double-digit percentage year-over-year in the fourth quarter, with growth accelerating versus the third quarter.
·King’s fourth quarter MAUsD were 240 million, and payer numbers continued on a positive year-over-year trajectory.
·King’s largest franchise, Candy Crush, exited 2020 with momentum. Players responded positively to new features in the franchise, driving strong growth in in-game spend per player and double-digit year-over-year growth in in-game net bookingsC in the fourth quarter. 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 driven by strong execution across live operations and seasonal events.
·King again delivered robust year-over-year growth in advertising, with net bookingsB from direct brand advertisers and partner networks each growing sharply year-over-year. For the full year, advertising net bookingsB grew nearly 50% year-over-year.

 

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Company Outlook

 

(in millions, except EPS) GAAP
Outlook
Non-GAAP
Outlook
Impact of GAAP
deferralsA
CY 2021      
  Net Revenues $ 8,225 $ 8,225 $ 225
  EPS $ 2.83 $ 3.34 $ 0.26
  Fully Diluted Shares   787   787  
       
Q1 2021      
  Net Revenues $ 2,015 $ 2,015 $ (265)
  EPS $ 0.59 $ 0.84 $ (0.19)
  Fully Diluted Shares   784   784    

 

Net bookingsB are expected to be $8.45 billion for 2021 and $1.75 billion for the first quarter of 2021.

 

Capital Allocation

 

The Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.47 per common share, payable on May 6, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 15, 2021, which represents a 15% increase from 2020. Additionally, the Board of Directors authorized a new two-year stock repurchase program under which the company is authorized to repurchase up to $4 billion of its outstanding common stock during the period.

 

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 December 31, 2020 and management’s outlook for 2021. 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/10150732/dfb8d1757c. 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.

 

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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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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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 December 31,   Year Ended December 31, 
   2020   2019   2020   2019 
Net revenues                    
Product sales  $866   $699   $2,350   $1,975 
In-game, subscription, and other revenues1   1,547    1,287    5,736    4,514 
Total net revenues   2,413    1,986    8,086    6,489 
                     
Costs and expenses                    
Cost of revenues—product sales:                    
Product costs   349    268    705    656 
Software royalties, amortization, and intellectual property licenses   117    69    269    240 
Cost of revenues—in-game, subscription, and other:                    
Game operations and distribution costs   313    251    1,131    965 
Software royalties, amortization, and intellectual property licenses   39    68    155    233 
Product development   350    296    1,150    998 
Sales and marketing   341    346    1,064    926 
General and administrative   255    205    784    732 
Restructuring and related costs   55    29    94    132 
Total costs and expenses   1,819    1,532    5,352    4,882 
                     
Operating income   594    454    2,734    1,607 
                     
Interest and other expense (income), net   31    7    87    (26)
Loss on extinguishment of debt           31     
Income before income tax expense (benefit)   563    447    2,616    1,633 
                     
Income tax expense (benefit)   55    (78)   419    130 
                     
Net income  $508   $525   $2,197   $1,503 
                     
Basic earnings per common share  $0.66   $0.68   $2.85   $1.96 
Weighted average common shares outstanding   773    768    771    767 
                     
Diluted earnings per common share  $0.65   $0.68   $2.82   $1.95 
Weighted average common shares outstanding assuming dilution   780    773    778    771 

 

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

 

 

 

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ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in millions)

 

   December 31, 2020   December 31, 2019 
Assets          
Current assets          
Cash and cash equivalents  $8,647   $5,794 
Accounts receivable, net   1,052    848 
Software development   352    322 
Other current assets   514    328 
Total current assets   10,565    7,292 
Software development   160    54 
Property and equipment, net   209    253 
Deferred income taxes, net   1,318    1,293 
Other assets   641    658 
Intangible assets, net   451    531 
Goodwill   9,765    9,764 
Total assets  $23,109   $19,845 
           
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity          
Current liabilities          
Accounts payable  $295   $292 
Deferred revenues   1,689    1,375 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   1,116    1,248 
Total current liabilities   3,100    2,915 
Long-term debt, net   3,605    2,675 
Deferred income taxes, net   418    505 
Other liabilities   949    945 
Total liabilities   8,072    7,040 
           
Shareholders' equity          
Common stock        
Additional paid-in capital   11,531    11,174 
Treasury stock   (5,563)   (5,563)
Retained earnings   9,691    7,813 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (622)   (619)
Total shareholders’ equity   15,037    12,805 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity  $23,109   $19,845 

 

 

 

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in millions)

 

   Year Ended December 31, 
   2020   2019 
Cash flows from operating activities:          
Net income  $2,197   $1,503 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Deferred income taxes   (94)   (352)
Non-cash operating lease cost   65    64 
Depreciation and amortization   197    328 
Amortization of capitalized software development costs and intellectual property licenses1   249    225 
Share-based compensation expense2   218    166 
Other   59    19 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Accounts receivable, net   (194)   182 
Software development and intellectual property licenses   (378)   (275)
Other assets   (119)   171 
Deferred revenues   216    (154)
Accounts payable   (10)   31 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   (154)   (77)
Net cash provided by operating activities   2,252    1,831 
           
Cash flows from investing activities:          
Proceeds from maturities of available-for-sale investments   121    153 
Purchases of available-for-sale investments   (221)   (65)
Capital expenditures   (78)   (116)
Other investing activities       6 
Net cash used in investing activities   (178)   (22)
           
Cash flows from financing activities:          
Proceeds from issuance of common stock to employees   170    105 
Tax payment related to net share settlements on restricted stock units   (39)   (59)
Dividends paid   (316)   (283)
Proceeds from issuance of debt, net of discounts   1,994     
Repayment of long-term debt   (1,050)    
Payment of financing costs   (20)    
Premium payment for early redemption of notes   (28)    
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   711    (237)
           
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   69    (3)
           
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash   2,854    1,569 
           
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period   5,798    4,229 
           
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period  $8,652   $5,798 

 

1 Excludes deferral and amortization of share-based compensation expense.

2 Includes the net effects of capitalization, deferral, and amortization of share-based compensation expense.

 

 

 

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SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION

(Amounts in millions)

 

    Three Months Ended      
    March 31,   June 30,   September 30,   December 31,   March 31,   June 30,   September 30,   December 31,   Year over Year %
Increase
 
    2019   2019   2019   2019   2020   2020   2020   2020   (Decrease)  
Cash Flow Data                                      
Operating Cash Flow   $ 450    $ 154    $ 309    $ 918    $ 148    $ 768    $ 196    $ 1,140    24  %
Capital Expenditures   18    27    34    37    19    13    24    22    (41 )
Non-GAAP Free Cash Flow1   $ 432    $ 127    $ 275    $ 881    $ 129    $ 755    $ 172    $ 1,118    27   
                                     
Operating Cash Flow - TTM2   $ 1,711    $ 1,856    $ 1,912    $ 1,831    $ 1,529    $ 2,143    $ 2,030    $ 2,252    23   
Capital Expenditures - TTM2   118    115    113    116    117    103    93    78    (33 )
Non-GAAP Free Cash Flow1 - TTM2   $ 1,593    $ 1,741    $ 1,799    $ 1,715    $ 1,412    $ 2,040    $ 1,937    $ 2,174    27  %

 

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 June 30, 2018, three months ended September 30, 2018, and three months ended December 31, 2018 was $9 million, $253 million, and $999 million, respectively. Capital Expenditures for the three months ended June 30, 2018, three months ended September 30, 2018, and three months ended December 31, 2018 was $30 million, $36 million, and $34 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 December 31, 2020 Net Revenues   Cost of
Revenues—
Product Sales:
Product Costs
   Cost of
Revenues—
Product Sales:
Software Royalties and
Amortization
   Cost of
Revenues—In-
game/Subs/Other:
Game Operations
and
Distribution
Costs
   Cost of
Revenues—In-
game/Subs/Other:
Software
Royalties
and
Amortization
   Product
Development
   Sales and
Marketing
   General and
Administrative
   Restructuring
and related
costs
   Total Costs and
Expenses
 
GAAP Measurement $2,413   $349   $117   $313   $39   $350   $341   $255   $55   $1,819 
Share-based compensation1          (6)           (14)   (3)   (57)       (80)
Amortization of intangible assets2                  (13)           (5)       (18)
Restructuring and related costs3                                  (55)   (55)
Non-GAAP Measurement $2,413   $349   $111   $313   $26   $336   $338   $193   $   $1,666 
                                                  
Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues4 $638   $31   $193   $5   $2   $   $   $   $   $231 
                                                  
   Operating
Income
    Net Income    Basic Earnings
per Share
    Diluted Earnings
per Share
                               
GAAP Measurement $594   $508   $0.66   $0.65                         
Share-based compensation1  80    80    0.10    0.10                               
Amortization of intangible assets2  18    18    0.02    0.02                               
Restructuring and related costs3  55    55    0.07    0.07                               
Income tax impacts from items above5      (71)   (0.09)   (0.09)                              
Non-GAAP Measurement $747   $590   $0.76   $0.76                               
                                                  
Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues4 $407   $353   $0.46   $0.45                               

 

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)

 

Year Ended December 31, 2020                 Net Revenues   Cost of
Revenues—
Product Sales:
Product Costs
   Cost of
Revenues—
Product Sales:
Software Royalties and
Amortization
   Cost of
Revenues—In-
game/Subs/Other:
Game Operations
and Distribution
Costs
   Cost of
Revenues—In-
game/Subs/Other:
Software
Royalties
and Amortization
   Product
Development
   Sales and
Marketing
   General and
Administrative
   Restructuring
and related
costs
   Total Costs and
Expenses
 
GAAP Measurement $8,086   $705   $269   $1,131   $155   $1,150   $1,064   $784   $94   $5,352 
Share-based compensation1          (14)   (1)       (42)   (21)   (140)       (218)
Amortization of intangible assets2                  (68)           (11)       (79)
Restructuring and related costs3                                  (94)   (94)
Non-GAAP Measurement $8,086   $705   $255   $1,130   $87   $1,108   $1,043   $633   $   $4,961 
                                                  
Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues4 $333   $(40)  $111   $13   $11   $   $   $   $   $95 
                                                  
   Operating
Income
    Net Income    Basic Earnings
per Share
    Diluted Earnings
per Share
                               
GAAP Measurement $2,734   $2,197   $2.85   $2.82                               
Share-based compensation1  218    218    0.28    0.28                               
Amortization of intangible assets2  79    79    0.10    0.10                               
Restructuring and related costs3  94    94    0.12    0.12                               
Loss on extinguishment of debt5      31    0.04    0.04                               
Income tax impacts from items above6      (123)   (0.16)   (0.16)                              
Non-GAAP Measurement $3,125   $2,496   $3.24   $3.21                               
                                                  
Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues4 $238   $205   $0.26   $0.26                               

 

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 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.

 

 

 

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(Amounts in millions, except per share data)

 

Three Months Ended December 31, 2019 Net Revenues   Cost of
Revenues—
Product Sales:
Product Costs
   Cost of
Revenues—
Product Sales:
Software Royalties and
Amortization
   Cost of
Revenues—In-
game/Subs/Other:
Game Operations
and Distribution
Costs
   Cost of
Revenues—In-
game/Subs/Other:
Software
Royalties
and Amortization
   Product
Development
   Sales and
Marketing
   General and
Administrative
   Restructuring
and related
costs
   Total Costs and
Expenses
 
GAAP Measurement $1,986   $268   $69   $251   $68   $296   $346   $205   $29   $1,532 
Share-based compensation1          (4)           (10)   (2)   (23)       (39)
Amortization of intangible assets2                  (49)           (2)       (51)
Restructuring and related costs3      (1)                           (29)   (30)
Discrete tax-related items4              (5)       (3)   (5)   (4)       (17)
Non-GAAP Measurement $1,986   $267   $65   $246   $19   $283   $339   $176   $   $1,395 
                                                  
Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues5 $722   $59   $81   $3   $2   $   $   $   $   $145 
                                                  
  Operating
Income
    Net Income     Basic Earnings
per Share
    Diluted Earnings
per Share
                                                 
GAAP Measurement $ 454     $ 525     $ 0.68     $ 0.68                                                  
Share-based compensation1   39       39       0.05       0.05                                                  
Amortization of intangible assets2   51       51       0.07       0.07                                                  
Restructuring and related costs3   30       30       0.04       0.04                                                  
Income tax impacts from items above6         (45 )     (0.06 )     (0.06                                                
Discrete tax-related items4   17       (123 )     (0.16 )     (0.16                                                
Non-GAAP Measurement $ 591     $ 477     $ 0.62     $ 0.62                                                  
                                                                               
Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues5 $ 577     $ 476     $ 0.62     $ 0.61                                                  

 

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 impact of significant discrete tax-related items, including amounts related to 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. Activision Blizzard provided additional information in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.
5Reflects 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.
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)

 

Year Ended December 31, 2019               Net Revenues   Cost of
Revenues—
Product Sales:
Product Costs
   Cost of
Revenues—
Product Sales:
Software Royalties and
Amortization
   Cost of
Revenues—In-
game/Subs/Other:
Game Operations
and Distribution
Costs
   Cost of
Revenues—In-
game/Subs/Other:
Software
Royalties
and Amortization
   Product
Development
   Sales and
Marketing
   General and
Administrative
   Restructuring
and related
costs
   Total Costs and
Expenses
 
GAAP Measurement $6,489   $656   $240   $965   $233   $998   $926   $732   $132   $4,882 
Share-based compensation1          (19)   (1)   (1)   (53)   (10)   (82)       (166)
Amortization of intangible assets2                  (196)           (7)       (203)
Restructuring and related costs3      (5)                           (132)   (137 )
Discrete tax-related items4              (5)       (3)   (5)   (4)       (17)
Non-GAAP Measurement $6,489   $651   $221   $959   $36   $942   $911   $639   $   $4,359 
                                                  
Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues5 $(101)  $(23)  $(25)  $(2)  $1   $   $   $   $   $(49)
                                                  
  Operating
Income
    Net Income     Basic Earnings
per Share
    Diluted Earnings
per Share
                                                 
GAAP Measurement $ 1,607     $ 1,503     $ 1.96     $ 1.95                                                  
Share-based compensation1   166       166       0.22       0.22                                                  
Amortization of intangible assets2   203       203       0.26       0.26                                                  
Restructuring and related costs3   137       137       0.18       0.18                                                  
Income tax impacts from items above6         (95 )     (0.13 )     (0.12 )                                              
Discrete tax-related items4   17       (131 )     (0.17 )     (0.17 )                                              
Non-GAAP Measurement $ 2,130     $ 1,783     $ 2.33     $ 2.31                                                  
                                                                               
Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues5 $ (52 )   $ (47 )   $ (0.07 )   $ (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 impact of significant discrete tax-related items, including amounts related to 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. Activision Blizzard provided additional information in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.
5Reflects 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.
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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OPERATING SEGMENTS INFORMATION

For the Three Months and Years Ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

(Amounts in millions)

 

Three Months Ended:  December 31, 2020   $ Increase / (Decrease) 
   Activision   Blizzard   King   Total   Activision   Blizzard   King   Total 
Segment Net Revenues                                        
Net revenues from external customers  $1,657   $530   $577   $2,764   $231   $(32)  $74   $273 
Intersegment net revenues1       49        49        16        16 
Segment net revenues  $1,657   $579   $577   $2,813   $231   $(16)  $74   $289 
                                         
Segment operating income  $780   $160   $242   $1,182   $84   $(100)  $45   $29 
                                         
Operating Margin                  42.0%                    

 

    December 31, 2019                                  
    Activision     Blizzard     King     Total                                  
Segment Net Revenues                                                                
Net revenues from external customers   $ 1,426     $ 562     $ 503     $ 2,491                                  
Intersegment net revenues1           33             33                                  
Segment net revenues   $ 1,426     $ 595     $ 503     $ 2,524                                  
                                                                 
Segment operating income   $ 696     $ 260     $ 197     $ 1,153                                  
                                                                 
Operating Margin                             45.7 %                                

 

Years Ended:  December 31, 2020   $ Increase / (Decrease) 
   Activision   Blizzard   King   Total   Activision   Blizzard   King   Total 
Segment Net Revenues                                        
Net revenues from external customers  $3,942   $1,794   $2,164   $7,900   $1,723   $118   $133   $1,974 
Intersegment net revenues1       111        111        68        68 
Segment net revenues  $3,942   $1,905   $2,164   $8,011   $1,723   $186   $133   $2,042 
                                         
Segment operating income  $1,868   $693   $857   $3,418   $1,018   $229   $117   $1,364 
                                         
Operating Margin                  42.7%                    

 

    December 31, 2019                                  
    Activision     Blizzard     King     Total                                  
Segment Net Revenues                                                                
Net revenues from external customers   $ 2,219     $ 1,676     $ 2,031     $ 5,926                                  
Intersegment net revenues1           43             43                                  
Segment net revenues   $ 2,219     $ 1,719     $ 2,031     $ 5,969                                  
                                                                 
Segment operating income   $ 850     $ 464     $ 740     $ 2,054                                  
                                                                 
Operating Margin                             34.4 %                              

 

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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ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

OPERATING SEGMENTS INFORMATION

For the Three Months and Years Ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

(Amounts in millions)

 

   Three Months Ended December 31,   Years Ended December 31, 
   2020   2019   2020   2019 
Reconciliation to consolidated net revenues:                    
Segment net revenues  $2,813   $2,524   $8,011   $5,969 
Revenues from non-reportable segments1   287    217    519    462 
Net effect from recognition (deferral) of deferred net revenues2   (638)   (722)   (333)   101 
Elimination of intersegment revenues3   (49)   (33)   (111)   (43)
Consolidated net revenues  $2,413   $1,986   $8,086   $6,489 
                     
Reconciliation to consolidated income before income tax expense:                    
Segment operating income  $1,182   $1,153   $3,418   $2,054 
Operating income (loss) from non-reportable segments1   (28)   15    (55)   24 
Net effect from recognition (deferral) of deferred net revenues and related cost of revenues2   (407)   (577)   (238)   52 
Share-based compensation expense   (80)   (39)   (218)   (166)
Amortization of intangible assets   (18)   (51)   (79)   (203)
Restructuring and related costs4   (55)   (30)   (94)   (137)
Discrete tax-related items5       (17)       (17)
Consolidated operating income   594    454    2,734    1,607 
Interest and other expense (income), net   31    7    87    (26)
Loss on extinguishment of debt           31     
Consolidated income before income tax expense (benefit)  $563   $447   $2,616   $1,633 

 

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.
5Reflects the impact of other unusual or unique tax-related items and activities.

 

 

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NET REVENUES BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL

For the Three Months and Years Ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

(Amounts in millions)

 

   Three Months Ended 
   December 31, 2020   December 31, 2019   $ Increase   % Increase 
   Amount   % of Total1   Amount   % of Total1   (Decrease)   (Decrease) 
Net Revenues by Distribution Channel                              
Digital online channels2  $1,874    78%  $1,439    72%  $435    30%
Retail channels   234    10    310    16    (76)   (25)
Other3   305    13    237    12    68    29 
Total consolidated net revenues    $2,413    100%  $1,986    100%  $427    22 
Change in deferred revenues4                              
Digital online channels2  $466        $439                
Retail channels   182         278                
Other3   (10)       5                
  Total changes in deferred revenues  $638        $722                

 

   Years Ended 
   December 31, 2020   December 31, 2019   $ Increase   % Increase 
   Amount   % of Total1   Amount   % of Total1   (Decrease)   (Decrease) 
Net Revenues by Distribution Channel                              
Digital online channels2  $6,658    82%  $4,932    76%  $1,726    35%
Retail channels   741    9    909    14    (168)   (18)
Other3   687    8    648    10    39    6 
Total consolidated net revenues    $8,086    100%  $6,489    100%  $1,597    25 
Change in deferred revenues4                              
Digital online channels2  $464        $(4)               
Retail channels   (112)        (95)               
Other3   (19)        (2)               
Total changes in deferred revenues  $333        $(101)               

 

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 downloadable content, microtransactions, subscriptions, and products, as well as licensing royalties.
3Net revenues from Other primarily includes 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

For the Three Months and Years Ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

(Amounts in millions)

 

   Three Months Ended 
   December 31, 2020   December 31, 2019   $ Increase   % Increase 
   Amount   % of Total1   Amount   % of Total1   (Decrease)   (Decrease) 
Net Revenues by Platform                              
Console  $840    35%  $595    30%  $245    41%
PC   561    23    521    26    40    8 
Mobile and ancillary2   707    29    633    32    74    12 
Other3   305    13    237    12    68    29 
Total consolidated net revenues  $2,413    100%  $1,986    100%  $427    22 
Change in deferred revenues4                              
Console  $432        $536                
PC   207         165                
Mobile and ancillary2   9         16                
Other3   (10)        5                
Total changes in deferred revenues  $638        $722                

 

   Years Ended 
   December 31, 2020   December 31, 2019   $ Increase   % Increase 
   Amount   % of Total1   Amount   % of Total1   (Decrease)   (Decrease) 
Net Revenues by Platform                              
Console  $2,784    34%  $1,920    30%  $864    45%
PC   2,056    25    1,718    26    338    20 
Mobile and ancillary2   2,559    32    2,203    34    356    16 
Other3   687    8    648    10    39    6 
Total consolidated net revenues  $8,086    100%  $6,489    100%  $1,597    25 
Change in deferred revenues4                              
Console  $132        $(54)               
PC   179         (53)               
Mobile and ancillary2   41         8                
Other3   (19)        (2)               
Total changes in deferred revenues  $333        $(101)               

 

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 primarily includes 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 GEOGRAPHIC REGION

For the Three Months and Years Ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

(Amounts in millions)

 

   Three Months Ended 
   December 31, 2020   December 31, 2019   $ Increase   % Increase 
   Amount   % of Total1   Amount   % of Total1    (Decrease)    (Decrease) 
Net Revenues by Geographic Region                              
Americas  $1,247    52%  $935    47%  $312    33%
EMEA2   910    38    713    36    197    28 
Asia Pacific   256    11    338    17    (82)   (24)
Total consolidated net revenues    $2,413    100%  $1,986    100%  $427    22 
                               
Change in deferred revenues3                              
Americas  $390        $425                
EMEA2   220         238                
Asia Pacific   28         59                
Total changes in deferred revenues  $638        $722                

 

   Years Ended 
   December 31, 2020   December 31, 2019   $ Increase   % Increase 
   Amount   % of Total1   Amount   % of Total1   (Decrease)    (Decrease) 
Net Revenues by Geographic Region                              
Americas  $4,434    55%  $3,341    51%  $1,093    33%
EMEA2   2,680    33    2,239    35    441    20 
Asia Pacific   972    12    909    14    63    7 
Total consolidated net revenues  $8,086    100%  $6,489    100%  $1,597    25 
                               
Change in deferred revenues3                              
Americas  $285        $(44)               
EMEA2   59         (47)               
Asia Pacific   (11)        (10)               
Total changes in deferred revenues  $333        $(101)               

 

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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EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA

For the Trailing Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2020

(Amounts in millions)

 

                  Trailing Twelve
  March 31,
2020
  June 30,
2020
  September 30,
2020
  December 31,
2020
  Months Ended
December 31,
2020
                   
GAAP Net Income $ 505      $ 580      $ 604      $ 508      $ 2,197   
Interest and other expense (income), net     22      25      31      87   
Loss on extinguishment of debt —      —      31      —      31   
Provision for income taxes 99      147      118      55      419   
Depreciation and amortization     62      43      46      45      197   
EBITDA 674      792      824      639      2,931   
                   
Share-based compensation expense1 43      42      53      80      218   
Restructuring and related costs2 23              55      94   
Adjusted EBITDA $ 740      $ 840      $ 886      $ 774      $ 3,243   
                   
Change in deferred net revenues and related cost of revenues3 $ (171)     $ 152      $ (150)     $ 407      $ 238   

 

 

1Includes expenses related to share-based compensation.
2Reflects restructuring initiatives, primarily severance and other restructuring-related costs.
3Reflects 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.

 

Trailing twelve months amounts are presented as calculated. Therefore, the sum of the four quarters, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.

 

 

 

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Outlook for the Three Months Ending March 31, 2021 and Year Ending December 31, 2021

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation

(Amounts in millions, except per share data)

 

  Outlook for the   Outlook for the
  Three Months Ending   Year Ending
  March 31, 2021   December 31, 2021
       
Net Revenues1 $ 2,015      $ 8,225   
Change in deferred revenues2 $ (265)     $ 225   
       
       
Earnings Per Diluted Share (GAAP) $ 0.59      $ 2.83   
Excluding the impact of:      
Share-based compensation3 0.25      0.43   
Amortization of intangible assets4 0.01      0.01   
Restructuring and related costs5 0.05      0.13   
Income tax impacts from items above6 (0.05)     (0.06)  
Earnings Per Diluted Share (Non-GAAP) $ 0.84      $ 3.34   
       
       
Net effect of deferred net revenues and related cost of revenues on Earnings Per Diluted Share7 $ (0.19)     $ 0.26   

 

1Net Revenues represents the revenue outlook for both GAAP and Non-GAAP as they are measured the same.
2Reflects the net effect from deferral of revenues and (recognition) of deferred revenues on certain of our online enabled products.
3Reflects expenses related to share-based compensation.
4Reflects amortization of intangible assets from purchase price accounting, including intangible assets from the acquisition of King.
5Reflects our restructuring initiatives, primarily severance and other restructuring-related costs.
6Reflects the income tax impacts associated with the above items. Due to the inherent uncertainties in share price and option exercise behavior, we do not generally forecast excess tax benefits or tax shortfalls.
7Reflects 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 effect of taxes.

 

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