SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov 02, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2005.
Net revenues were $222.5 million, an increase of $22.5 million from the company's prior outlook of $200 million. Net revenues for the second quarter of last fiscal year were $310.6 million. Net loss for the second fiscal quarter was $13.2 million, as compared with a net income for the second fiscal quarter last year of $25.5 million. Loss per share was $0.05, which is $0.02 better than the company's prior outlook of a loss per share of $0.07, as compared with earnings per diluted share of $0.09 reported for the same period last year.
Net revenues for the six-month period ended September 30, 2005, were $463.6 million, as compared to net revenues of $521.9 million reported for the six-month period of last fiscal year. Net loss for the six-month period was $16.8 million, or a loss per share of $0.06, as compared with net income of $37.5 million, or earnings per diluted share of $0.14, reported for the same period last year.
Robert A. Kotick, Chairman and CEO of Activision, stated, "Our second quarter revenues and earnings exceeded our expectations, despite having difficult year-over-year comparables. To date, seven of our games have shipped more than one million units each. We remain focused on big propositions and in the third quarter will release the strongest holiday slate in our history. We are optimistic about our holiday titles, although we remain cautious of the many variables that can affect the holiday selling season and our own performance. As we look toward the future, we will continue to leverage our expanding portfolio of franchises and world class development capabilities to strengthen our global competitive position."
Kotick continued, "We are excited about the long-term opportunities that will result from the next-generation consoles and handheld platforms. These new platforms combined with the ever increasing installed base of current- generation console hardware and our strong portfolio of brands should enable us to continue to take advantage of the positive market fundamentals over the long-term."
Activision's second quarter results were driven by sales of Ultimate Spider-Man(TM) for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo(R) Game Cube., Nintendo Game Boy(R) Advance, Nintendo(R) DS(TM) video game platforms and the PC; and X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse and World Series of Poker for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo(R) Game Cube(TM), the PC and the PlayStation(R) Portable Entertainment Platforms (PSP(TM)). The company also released Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix and Spider-Man 2(TM) in conjunction with the European launch of the PSP hardware.
Other highlights include: * On September 12, 2005, Activision announced the appointment of Thomas Tippl as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Activision Publishing, Inc. A 14-year veteran of Procter & Gamble, Tippl has held leadership positions in investor relations, global treasury, financial and strategic planning, acquisitions and divestitures and financial management of business units in Asia, Europe and North America. * During the second quarter, Activision's Board of Directors approved a four-for-three split of its common shares. The split was announced on September 28, 2005 and was paid on October 24, 2005 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on October 10, 2005.
Activision's third quarter slate will be driven primarily by proven franchises which include Tony Hawk's American Wasteland(TM) for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system, the soon- to-be released Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo Game Boy Advance and the Nintendo DS; Call of Duty 2(TM) and Quake 4(TM) for the PC and Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system; Call of Duty 2: Big Red One(TM) and True Crime: New York City(TM) for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system and Nintendo GameCube; and Shrek(R) SuperSlam for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo Game Boy Advance and the Nintendo DS. Additionally, the company will introduce two new intellectual properties GUN(TM), from our internal studio Neversoft, which is being developed for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system, Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube, and the PC; and The Movies(TM) for the PC.
Kotick continued, "Our ability to release our largest holiday slate in the company's history -- eight big propositions -- prior to Thanksgiving is a testament to our extraordinarily talented employees' dedication, innovation, passion and commitment, as well as our organization's institutionalized product development processes which enable us to manage a large portfolio of global products while providing consistency with launch dates and product quality."
For the full fiscal year, Activision raised its net revenue outlook to $1.48 billion, and expects earnings per diluted share of $0.52.
The company reconfirmed its net revenue outlook for the third quarter and expects net revenues of $790 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.52. For the fourth quarter, Activision expects net revenues of $226 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.05.
Today at 4:30 p.m. EST, Activision's management will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its second quarter fiscal year 2006 results and outlook. The company welcomes all members of the financial and media communities to visit the "Investor Relations" area of www.activision.com to listen to the conference call via live webcast or to listen to the call live by dialing into (913) 981-4902 in the U.S.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.4 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia and the Netherlands. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.
Note: The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking" statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. The company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause Activision's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements.
Such factors include, without limitation, product delays, retail acceptance of our products, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers, international economic and political conditions, integration of recently acquired subsidiaries and identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities. These important factors and other factors that potentially could affect the company's financial results are described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers of this press release are referred to such filings. The company may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in the company's assumptions or otherwise. The company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
ACTIVISION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousands, except earnings per share data) Quarter ended Six months ended September 30, September 30, 2005 2004 2005 2004 Restated Restated Net revenues $222,540 $310,626 $463,633 $521,902 Costs and expenses: Cost of sales - product costs 112,582 123,177 249,336 212,265 Cost of sales - software royalties and amortization 20,427 46,363 35,003 58,646 Cost of sales - intellectual property licenses 8,449 17,551 29,389 35,199 Product development 28,072 19,881 45,874 40,986 Sales and marketing 56,640 53,234 102,958 94,968 General and administrative 22,917 15,762 41,068 29,447 Total operating expenses 249,087 275,968 503,628 471,511 Operating income (loss) (26,547) 34,658 (39,995) 50,391 Investment income, net 6,330 2,645 13,678 4,757 Income (loss) before provision (benefit) for income taxes (20,217) 37,303 (26,317) 55,148 Provision (benefit) for income taxes (6,975) 11,760 (9,490) 17,648 Net income (loss) $(13,242) $25,543 $(16,827) $37,500 Basic earnings (loss) per share $(0.05) $0.10 $(0.06) $0.15 Weighted average common shares outstanding 272,129 246,231 270,643 245,576 Diluted earnings (loss) per share $(0.05) $0.09 $(0.06) $0.14 Weighted average common shares outstanding assuming dilution 272,129 271,439 270,643 272,227 Share and earnings per share data have been restated to reflect our four-for-three stock splits for shareholders of record as of March 7, 2005, paid March 22, 2005 and for shareholders of record as of October 10, 2005, paid October 24, 2005. ACTIVISION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands) September 30, March 31, 2005 2005 ASSETS Current assets: Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments $750,259 $840,864 Accounts receivable, net 116,879 109,144 Inventories 52,035 48,018 Software development 110,248 73,096 Intellectual property licenses 10,513 21,572 Deferred income taxes 11,616 6,760 Other current assets 30,712 23,010 Total current assets 1,082,262 1,122,464 Software development 12,643 18,518 Intellectual property licenses 18,825 14,154 Property and equipment, net 35,668 30,490 Deferred income taxes 48,181 28,041 Other assets 1,239 1,635 Goodwill 98,683 91,661 Total assets $1,297,501 $1,306,963 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $90,838 $108,984 Accrued expenses 85,759 98,067 Total current liabilities 176,597 207,051 Other liabilities 656 -- Total liabilities 177,253 207,051 Shareholders' equity: Common stock -- -- Additional paid-in capital 787,454 741,680 Retained earnings 329,787 346,614 Accumulated other comprehensive income 4,890 11,618 Unearned compensation (1,883) -- Total shareholders' equity 1,120,248 1,099,912 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $1,297,501 $1,306,963 ACTIVISION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES FINANCIAL INFORMATION For the Quarter Ended September 30, 2005 and 2004 (Amounts in thousands) Percent Increase Quarter Ended (Decrease) September 30, 2005 September 30, 2004 Amount % of Total Amount % of Total Geographic Revenue North America $111,904 50% $157,705 51% -29% International 110,636 50% 152,921 49% -28% Total net revenues $222,540 100% $310,626 100% -28% Activity/Platform Mix Publishing: Console $108,025 48% $145,542 47% -26% Hand-held 44,287 20% 23,669 8% 87% Total publishing $167,407 75% $266,395 86% -37% Distribution: Console $29,848 13% $29,929 10% 0% Hand-held 19,167 9% 3,556 1% 439% PC 6,118 3% 10,746 3% -43% Total distribution $55,133 25% $44,231 14% 25% Total net revenues $222,540 100% $310,626 100% -28% Percent Increase Six Months Ended (Decrease) September 30, 2005 September 30, 2004 Amount % of Total Amount % of Total Geographic Revenue Mix North America $224,224 48% $282,896 54% -21% International 239,409 52% 239,006 46% 0% Total net revenues $463,633 100% $521,902 100% -11% Activity/Platform Mix Publishing: Console $250,387 54% $264,669 51% -5% Hand-held 69,618 15% 42,099 8% 65% PC 40,953 9% 121,279 23% -66% Total publishing $360,958 78% $428,047 82% -16% Distribution: Console $67,936 15% $69,123 13% -2% Hand-held 23,075 5% 7,211 1% 220% PC 11,664 2% 17,521 4% -33% Total distribution $102,675 22% $93,855 18% 9% Total net revenues $463,633 100% $521,902 100% -11% ACTIVISION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES FINANCIAL INFORMATION For the Quarter Ended September 30, 2005 and 2004 Quarter Quarter Six Months Six Months Ended Ended Ended Ended September September September September 30, 30, 30, 30, 2005 2004 2005 2004 Publishing Net Revenues PC 9% 36% 11% 28% Console 65% 55% 70% 62% Sony PlayStation 2 39% 33% 36% 37% Microsoft Xbox 15% 14% 26% 15% Nintendo GameCube 11% 8% 8% 10% Hand-held 26% 9% 19% 10% Nintendo Game Boy Advance 12% 9% 10% 10% Nintendo Dual Screen 3% 0% 3% 0% Sony PlayStation Portable 11% 0% 6% 0% Total publishing net revenues 100% 100% 100% 100%
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