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Electronic Arts Misses Estimates

SAN FRANCISCO -- Video-games publisher Electronic Arts (ERTS) narrowed its loss for the first fiscal quarter of 2009 but missed analyst expectations.

The company reported a net loss of $95 million, or a loss of 30 cents a share in the quarter vs. a loss of $132 million, or 40 cents a share, a year ago.

Excluding charges, EA reported net loss of $135 million, or a loss of 42 cents a share, compared with a loss of $69 million, or a loss of 22 cents a share, a year ago.

Revenue for the quarter rose 41% to $609 million from $431 million a year ago.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were expecting a loss of 34 cents a share on revenue of $639.8 million.

Sales were driven by the launches of Battlefield: Bad Company, UEFA EURO 2008 , Burnout Paradise and continued strength of its game Rock Band launched in partnership with Harmonix and Viacom's (VIA - Get Report) MTV Networks, said EA. The Battlefield Bad Company game sold 1.6 million copies.

Including all charges, EA reported revenue of $804 million, up from $395 million the year before. During the quarter, EA had a net benefit of $231 million related to the recognition of deferred revenue for some online enabled games.

Shares of EA were down $1.54, or 3.2%, to $45.86 in recent extended trading.

For the fiscal year, EA said it expects revenue to range between $5 billion and $5.3 billion Earnings, excluding items, is expected to range between $1.30 a share and $1.70 a share. Analysts are expecting earnings of $1.59 a share on revenue of $5.15 billion.
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