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Zynga Reports Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

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- Results Above the High End of Q3 Revenue, Bookings, Net Loss, and Adjusted EBITDA Guidance Range

- Company Expects to be Profitable on an Adjusted EBITDA basis for Full Year 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq:ZNGA), a leading provider of social game services, today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.

  • Q3 2013 revenue of $203 million, down 36% year-over-year, and bookings of $152 million, down 40% year-over-year
  • Q3 2013 net loss of $68 thousand and Adjusted EBITDA of $7 million
  • Q3 2013 GAAP EPS of $0.00 and non-GAAP EPS of ($0.02)

"I am pleased with our Q3 performance which exceeded our guidance both in terms of bookings and adjusted EBITDA. We are encouraged to see sightlines to growth and expect to be profitable for the full year on an adjusted EBITDA basis," said Don Mattrick, Chief Executive Officer, Zynga. "Our teams are working hard to compete more aggressively on the web, move to mobile and develop new hits, and I am happy with the early progress we have made. We believe our top franchises, Zynga Poker, FarmVille and Words With Friends can be evergreen in terms of consumer interest and we are focused on growing these franchises in fiscal year 2014. I am confident that Zynga is rewiring itself in a meaningful way that will strengthen the core of our business and put us back on track to achieve significant long term growth and profits."

Financial Highlights ( in thousands, except per share data)  
  Three months ended Nine months ended
GAAP Results September 30, 2013 September 30, 2012 September 30, 2013 September 30, 2012
Revenue $ 202,580 $ 316,637 $ 696,904 $ 970,102
Net loss $ (68) $ (52,725) $ (11,740) $ (160,887)
Diluted net loss per share $ 0.00 $ (0.07) $ (0.01) $ (0.22)
         
Non-GAAP Results        
Bookings $ 152,106 $ 255,606 $ 569,499 $ 886,358
Adjusted EBITDA $ 6,901 $ 16,154 $ 43,946 $ 168,215
Non-GAAP net income (loss) $ (16,215) $ (361) $ (13,239) $ 51,243
Non-GAAP earnings per share $ (0.02) $ 0.00 $  (0.02) $ 0.06

Product Highlights

  • Zynga launched the following new titles during the third quarter of 2013; on web platforms, it launched Fairy Tale Twist, Ninja Kingdom, and Hit it Rich, and for mobile platforms, it launched 1 Word (KiK Messenger App) and CastleVille Legends. In addition, Zynga also released New Scramble with Friends, Baseball Slam (3P), and CityVille KRE-O.  
  • As of September 30, 2013, Zynga had 3 of the top 10 games on Facebook, based on DAUs as reported by the Facebook API, consisting of its most established franchises, FarmVille 2, Zynga Poker, and Words With Friends.

Business Highlights

  • In July 2013, Don A. Mattrick was hired as Zynga's Chief Executive Officer, replacing Mark Pincus, and was appointed as a director of the Company. Mr. Pincus continues to serve as Chairman of the Board and Chief Product Officer of the Company.
  • Daily active users (DAUs) decreased from 60 million in the third quarter of 2012 to 30 million in the third quarter of 2013, down 49% year-over-year. On a consecutive quarter basis, DAUs were down 23% from 39 million in the second quarter of 2013. Web DAUs and Mobile DAUs were 16 million and 14 million in the third quarter of 2013, respectively.
  • Monthly active users (MAUs) decreased from 311 million in the third quarter of 2012 to 133 million in the third quarter of 2013, down 57% year-over-year. On a consecutive quarter basis, MAUs were down 29% from 187 million in the second quarter of 2013. Web MAUs and Mobile MAUs were 82 million and 51 million in the third quarter of 2013, respectively.
  • Monthly unique users (MUUs) decreased from 177 million in the third quarter of 2012 to 97 million in the third quarter of 2013, down 45% year-over-year. On a consecutive quarter basis, MUUs were down 21% from 123 million in the second quarter of 2013.
  • Average daily bookings per average DAU (ABPU) increased from $0.047 in the third quarter of 2012 to $0.055 in the third quarter of 2013, up 17% year-over-year. On a consecutive quarter basis, ABPU was up 4% from $0.053 in the second quarter of 2013.
  • Monthly Unique Payers (MUPs) decreased from 3.0 million in the third quarter of 2012 to 1.6 million in the third quarter of 2013, down 46% year-over-year. On a consecutive quarter basis, MUPs were down 17% from 1.9 million in the second quarter of 2013.
  • In the third quarter of 2013, Zynga recorded a restructuring charge of $7 million related to the closure of certain offices as part of its continued effort to reduce its long term cost structure and also recorded a $10 million impairment charge related to intangible assets acquired in various previous acquisitions.

Q3 2013 Financial Summary

  • Revenue: Revenue was $203 million for the third quarter of 2013, a decrease of 36% compared to the third quarter of 2012 and a decrease of 12% compared to the second quarter of 2013. Online game revenue was $174 million, a decrease of 39% compared to the third quarter of 2012 and a decrease of 14% compared to the second quarter of 2013. Advertising revenue was $28 million, a decrease of 9% compared to the third quarter of 2012 and an increase of 3% compared to the second quarter of 2013.  FarmVille 2, Zynga Poker, and FarmVille accounted for 22%, 19% and 18% of online game revenue, respectively, for the third quarter of 2013 compared to 15%, 20% and 16%, respectively, for the second quarter of 2013.  
  • Bookings: Bookings were $152 million for the third quarter of 2013, a decrease of 40% compared to the third quarter of 2012 and a decrease of 19% compared to the second quarter of 2013. Web bookings were $106 million for the third quarter of 2013, compared to $205 million for the third quarter of 2012 and $138 million for the second quarter of 2013. Mobile bookings were $46 million for the third quarter of 2013, compared to $51 million for the third quarter of 2012 and $50 million for the second quarter of 2013.  
  • Net loss: Net loss was $68 thousand for the third quarter of 2013, up from a net loss of $53 million for the third quarter of 2012 and a net loss of $16 million for the second quarter of 2013.  
  • Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA was $7 million for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $16 million for the third quarter of 2012 and $8 million in the second quarter of 2013.  
  • Non-GAAP net income (loss): Non-GAAP net loss was $16 million for the third quarter of 2013, down from non-GAAP net loss of $361 thousand in the third quarter of 2012 and down from non-GAAP net loss of $6 million in the second quarter of 2013.  
  • Net loss per share: Diluted net loss per share was $0.00 for the third quarter of 2013 compared to ($0.07) for the third quarter of 2012 and ($0.02) for the second quarter of 2013.  
  • Non-GAAP EPS: Non-GAAP EPS was ($0.02) for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $0.00 for the third quarter of 2012 and ($0.01) for the second quarter of 2013.  
  • Cash and cash flow: As of September 30, 2013, cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were approximately $1.52 billion, compared to $1.53 billion as of June 30, 2013. Cash flow from operations was ($5) million for the third quarter of 2013, compared to $30 million for the third quarter of 2012. Free cash flow was ($6) million for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $17 million for the third quarter of 2012.

Outlook

Zynga's outlook for the fourth quarter of 2013 is as follows:

  • Revenue is projected to be in the range of $175 million to $185 million.
  • Net loss is projected to be in the range of ($31) million to ($21) million.
  • Diluted net loss per share is projected to be in the range of ($0.04) to ($0.03), based on a share count of approximately 812 million to 822 million shares.
  • Bookings are projected to be in the range of $130 million to $140 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is projected to be in the range of ($25) million to ($15) million.
  • Non-GAAP EPS is projected to be in the range of ($0.05) to ($0.04), based on a share count of approximately 812 million to 822 million shares.

Conference Call Details:

Zynga will host a conference call today, October 24, 2013, at 2:00 pm Pacific Time (5:00 pm Eastern Time) to discuss financial results. A live webcast of the conference call and supplemental slides will be accessible from the Investor Relations page of the company's website at http://investor.zynga.com  and a replay will be archived and accessible at the same website after the call.

About Zynga Inc.

Zynga Inc. is a leading provider of social game services, which include popular web and mobile franchises such as FarmVille, Words With Friends and Zynga Poker that are played by millions of consumers around the world. For the quarter ended September 30, 2013, Zynga had approximately 133 million monthly active users playing its games. Zynga's games are available on a number of global platforms, including Facebook, Zynga.com, Apple iOS and Google Android. Zynga is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif. Learn more about Zynga at http://blog.zynga.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

The Zynga Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=11743

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, our outlook for fourth quarter 2013 revenue, net loss, EPS, weighted average diluted share count, bookings, adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP EPS, non-GAAP weighted average diluted share count, our future operational and strategic plans; our ability to strengthen the core of our business and achieve future growth and profits; our ability to successfully transition our business to take advantage of the market opportunity in our industry; our ability to launch successful new games and hit games for web and mobile generally and deliver compelling entertainment experiences.   Forward-looking statements often include words such as "outlook," "projected," "intends," "will," "anticipate," "believe," "target," "expect," and statements in the future tense are generally forward-looking statements. The achievement or success of the matters covered by such forward-looking statements involves significant risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Our actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied, and reported results should not be considered as an indication of our future performance. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, our relationship with Facebook or changes in the Facebook platform, attrition and declines in our existing games, our ability to launch new games in a timely manner and monetize these games effectively on the web and on mobile, our ability to control and reduce expenses, our exposure to illegitimate credit card activity and other security risks, sales or purchases of virtual goods used in Zynga Poker or our other games through unauthorized or fraudulent third-party websites, our ability to anticipate and address technical challenges that may arise, competition, changing interests of players, intellectual property disputes or other litigation, asset impairment charges, our ability to retain key employees, acquisitions by us, and changes in corporate strategy or management.

More information about factors that could affect our operating results is included under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended June 30, 2013, in our registration statement on Form S-1, as amended, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 23, 2012 and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, copies of which may be obtained by visiting our Investor Relations web site at http://investor.zynga.com or the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this release, which are based on information available to us on the date hereof. There is no guarantee that the circumstances described in our forward-looking statements will occur. We assume no obligation to update such statements. The results we report in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2013 could differ from the preliminary results we have announced in this press release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

We have provided in this release non-GAAP financial information including bookings, adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP EPS, and free cash flow, as a supplement to the consolidated financial statements, which are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing our financial results to assess operational performance and liquidity. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they allow for greater transparency with respect to key financial metrics we use in making operating decisions and because our investors and analysts use them to help assess the health of our business. We have provided reconciliations between our historical and fourth quarter 2013 outlook for non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. 

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