Tue, Jan. 27, 6:28 PM
- Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) is guiding for FQ4 revenue of $830M and EPS of $0.22, below a consensus of $911.6M and $0.26. However, the huge beat posted for EA's seasonally biggest quarter is taking priority.
- EA's packaged goods/other revenue (traditional game sales) fell 31% Y/Y in FQ3 to $755M. But full game download revenue rose 22% to $140M, extra content revenue 47% to $314M, and subscriptions/ad/other revenue 52% to $100M. Mobile revenue grew 13% to $139M.
- Also boosting EPS: Sales/marketing spend fell 21% to $169M. R&D spend rose 3% to $283M. $97M was spent on buybacks.
- Xbox One/PS4 revenue rose 51% to $593M. Xbox 360/PS3 revenue fell 42% to $412M. International markets accounted for 58% of sales.
- FQ3 results, PR
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Jul. 22, 2014, 5:55 PM
- Though it soundly beat FQ1 estimates, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) is guiding for FQ2 revenue of $1.14B and EPS of $0.50, nearly in-line with a consensus of $1.14B and $0.51. Moreover, FY15 (ends March '15) guidance is for revenue of $4.1B and EPS of $1.85, below a consensus of $4.14B and $1.89.
- With the help of Titanfall, UFC, and FIFA 14, EA's packaged goods and other revenue rose 150% Y/Y in FQ1 to $293M, helping drive a big revenue beat. Digital sales rose 28% to $482M, with mobile revenue rising 18% to $120M (15% of total revenue) and full game downloads 87% to $71M.
- North America revenue +57% to $321M, international revenue +57% to $454M. The Xbox One/PS4 accounted for 26% of revenue, and the Xbox 360/PS3 35%. PCs made up 21%.
- Job cuts allowed R&D spend to fall 5% Y/Y to $265M. G&A spend +4% to $88M. $50M was spent on buybacks.
- Shares have priced in some good news.
- FQ1 results, PR.
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May. 6, 2014, 4:10 PM
- Electronic Arts (EA) expects FY15 (ends March '15) revenue of $4.1B and EPS of $1.85; the former is slightly below a $4.11B consensus, but the latter is well above a $1.52 consensus.
- In addition, FQ1 guidance is for revenue of $700M and EPS of -$0.05, well above a consensus of $632.7M and -$0.23.
- EA has also announced a $750M buyback; it's good for buying nearly 8% of shares at elevated AH levels.
- FQ4 results, PR
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Feb. 7, 2014, 7:15 PM
- More than two decades have passed since Activision (ATVI +14.4%) last traded at current levels, as a Q4 beat, slight dividend hike, World of Warcraft subscriber growth, and game pipeline enthusiasm took precedence over below-consensus 2014 guidance.
- Rivals Electronic Arts (EA +2.8%) and Take-Two (TTWO +2.2%) joined in on the fun. Shares of both companies are roughly $1 removed from their respective 52-week highs.
- BofA/Merrill's Justin Post notes Activision has a history of issuing conservative full-year guidance to start the year, and considers the WoW sub growth a pleasant surprise.
- Wedbush's Michael Pachter is upbeat about a 2014 pipeline that includes updates to WoW and Diablo III, and the launch of anticipated open world first-person shooter Destiny. He thinks the game could produce $500M or more in sales following its September release.
- Activision stated on its CC (transcript) it thinks Destiny could be its third billion-dollar franchise (after Call of Duty and Skylanders), and that it's moving to a 3-year development cycle for Call of Duty titles (three studios take turns launching titles) to allow for better game development.
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