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Electronic Arts Reports Q2 FY13 Financial Results

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced preliminary financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2012.

“EA is performing well, once again beating street consensus in fiscal Q2,” said Chief Executive Officer John Riccitiello. “We delivered yet another quarter of sharp digital growth, with digital revenue up 40% compared to the same period last year, reflecting our strength across multiple brands and channels.”

“We delivered a very strong performance in the second quarter, backed by great performances from our EA SPORTS titles,” said Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen. “We are forecasting annual non-GAAP EPS growth of at least 25% at the midpoint of our guidance, and Operating Cash Flow of over $400 million.”

“Record numbers of players have engaged in the online features and content downloads for FIFA 13, Madden NFL 13, and Battlefield,” said EA President Frank Gibeau. “On the strength of our digital extensions, FIFA and Battlefield are the two biggest revenue events in our company’s history. Both are well on their way to becoming billion dollar annual franchises.”

Selected Operating Highlights and Metrics:

*On a non-GAAP basis

  • Need for Speed™ Most Wanted launches this week with great reviews. IGN and Game Informer awarded Need for Speed a 9 out of 10.
  • FIFA 13 and Madden NFL 13 debuted as the two top-selling titles in September in the Western World.
  • EA was the #1 publisher in the Western World in calendar year 2012 to date, with five of the top seven titles.
  • FIFA 13 sold through 7.4 million units, excluding mobile downloads, in its first four weeks to become the biggest sports launch of all-time.
  • FIFA digital net revenue generated over $115 million* in the first half of fiscal 13, including FIFA Online 2 and FIFA World Class Soccer that together contributed over $50 million*.
  • Madden NFL 13 launched to critical acclaim, logged record fan engagement with nearly 30% year over year increase in total online game sessions, and increased units sold through by 9% in fiscal Q2 as compared to Madden NFL 12.
  • Battlefield 3™ Premium service has sold over 2 million subscriptions to date.
  • Medal of Honor™ Warfighter topped the charts in the UK in its first week of sales.
  • The Simpsons™: Tapped Out has been a top grossing iOS game for the past four weeks, was the #1 application in 54 countries, including the US, UK and Germany, and recently logged a record-high of 2.8 million daily active users.
  • EA’s games and services for mobile have generated a 60% year-over-year increase in digital net revenue*.
  • Catalog continues to outperform with Battlefield 3 and FIFA 12 together selling through nearly 4 million units in the first half of the fiscal year .
  • Trailing twelve month non-GAAP digital net revenue was a record $1.44 billion.
  • Trailing twelve month operating cash flow was $490 million, a $183 million improvement from the prior quarter.
  • EA repurchased $108 million of shares in the second fiscal quarter pursuant to a $500 million Share Repurchase Program announced on July 31, 2012.
  • EA’s Origin™ platform for downloading digital games and services has registered over 30 million users, including 13 million mobile users. Origin has signed agreements with 71 independent developers.

Q2 Financial Highlights:

For the quarter, non-GAAP net revenue of $1,080 million was in line with our guidance of $1,050 million to $1,100 million. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.15 was above our guidance of $0.07 to $0.12. Non-GAAP net revenue in Q2 fiscal 2013 was higher compared to Q2 fiscal 2012 due to our strong performance in digital net revenue in the quarter.

 

 

(in millions of $ except per share amounts)

 

Quarter

Ended9/30/12

 

Quarter

Ended9/30/11

 
Digital Net Revenue $324 $234
Publishing Packaged Goods and Other Net Revenue 365 450
Distribution Packaged Goods Net Revenue 22   31
GAAP Total Net Revenue $711   $715
 
Non-GAAP Digital Net Revenue $314 $216
Non-GAAP Publishing Packaged Goods and Other Net Revenue 744 787
Non-GAAP Distribution Packaged Goods Net Revenue 22   31
Non-GAAP Total Net Revenue $1,080   $1,034
 
GAAP Net Loss $(381) $(340)
Non-GAAP Net Income 49 17
GAAP Loss Per Share (1.21) (1.03)
Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share 0.15 0.05
 
Cash Used in Operations $(28) $(211)
 

Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) Financial Highlights:

 

(in millions of $ except per share amounts)

 

TTM

Ended9/30/12

 

TTM

Ended9/30/11

 
GAAP Net Revenue $4,095 $3,857
GAAP Net Income (Loss) 15 (290)
GAAP Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share 0.00 (0.89)
 
Non-GAAP Net Revenue $4,199 $3,963
Non-GAAP Net Income 309 173
Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings Per Share 0.90 0.52
 
Cash Flow from Operations $490 $117
 

Q2 FY13 Digital Metrics:

(in millions)

 

Quarter

Ended9/30/12

 

Quarter

Ended9/30/11

 
GAAP Mobile Net Revenue

Non-GAAP Mobile Net Revenue

$75

$88

$55

$55

Monthly Active Users (MAU) in Social Games 42 101
Core Registered Users 250 140
 

Business Outlook as of October 30, 2012

The following forward-looking statements, as well as those made above, reflect expectations as of October 30, 2012. Electronic Arts assumes no obligation to update these statements. Results may be materially different and are affected by many factors, including: product development delays; competition in the industry; the health of the economy in the U.S. and abroad and the related impact on discretionary consumer spending; changes in anticipated costs; the financial impact of acquisitions by EA; the popular appeal of EA’s products; EA’s effective tax rate; and other factors detailed in this release and in EA’s annual and quarterly SEC filings.

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