NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Electronic Arts (EA) - Get Report stock is increasing 4.57% to $75.08 on heavy trading volume on Wednesday after the company announced it will release three video games and an extension for an existing game.
The company will release FIFA 16 on September 22, Need for Speed on November 3 and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 next spring.
Electronic Arts also revealed that The Sims 4 Get Together expansion pack will be available this November.
Last week, the company reported better than expected earnings results for the first quarter of fiscal 2016, and increased its full guidance for fiscal 2016 as video game companies continue to surpass estimates.
Yesterday, Activision Blizzard (ATVI) - Get Report released its 2015 second quarter earnings results that beat estimates and raised its full year guidance ahead of the release of Call of Duty later this year.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates ELECTRONIC ARTS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate ELECTRONIC ARTS INC (EA) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- Powered by its strong earnings growth of 26.92% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 109.56% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
- ELECTRONIC ARTS INC has improved earnings per share by 26.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, ELECTRONIC ARTS INC turned its bottom line around by earning $2.68 versus -$0.03 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.85 versus $2.68).
- The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Software industry. The net income increased by 31.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $335.00 million to $442.00 million.
- EA's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.19 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.49, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
- The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, ELECTRONIC ARTS INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: EA Ratings Report